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  ALGERIA   


Standings

D1 Standings
 1. CSMC 23-4 
 2. GS Petroliers 21-3 
 3. WA Boufarik 21-5 
 4. CRB Dar El-B. 18-9 
 5. Trefle BB Blida 17-10 
 6. Skikda 15-13 
 7. NAH Dey 13-14 
 8. O Batna 12-15 
 9. US Setif 11-15 
 10. Arreridj 11-15 
 11. MS Cherchell 11-15 
 12. USM Blida 10-16 
 13. Staoueli 9-16 
 14. CRB Temouch. 9-18 
 15. Sidi-bel-Abbes 8-18 
 16. Annaba 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 27

May. 22: CRB Dar El-B. - Annaba 90-50
May. 22: CRB Temouch. - O Batna 87-79
May. 22: CSMC - GS Petroliers 81-67
May. 22: Skikda - Trefle BB Blida 76-77
May. 22: WA Boufarik - Arreridj 74-66
May. 22: NAH Dey - MS Cherchell 70-65
May. 22: Staoueli - USM Blida 69-63

Regular Season: Round 29

Jun. 5: WA Boufarik - GS Petroliers



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  ANGOLA   


Team to Train in Spain, Brazil for Pre-Olympic - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The Angola senior men basketball team will train in Spain and Brazil, ahead of the pre-Olympic tournament of July 2-8 in Caracas (Venezuela), qualifying for the Olympics Games of London.

According to coach Jos Carlos Guimares, who was speaking to ANGOP, the continental vice-champions will start training on May 28 in Spain, facing the teams of Austria and Basque Country.

Given administrative difficulties, the preparation may start in Luanda at Cidadela pavilion. 'We have not planned any field training in Angola, but if we can not travel in time we will begin working here (Luanda) on May 28,' he said.

Of the 17 pre-invited, only nine players showed up. They are Armando Costa (192-G-83), Kikas Gomes, Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76), Olmpio Cipriano, Lus Costa, Eduardo Mingas Valdelcio Joaquim and Yanick Moreira (208-F-91) were absent.
Courtesy of Angola Press



Recreativo Do Libolo Win Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Luanda Recreativo do Libolo won the national senior males basketball championship, after beating 1 de Agosto by 91-82 at Luanda's Cidadela pavilion, in the last round of the competition.

In the first half, Recreativo do Libolo were already winning the game by 43-38.

This is the first time that Recreativo do Libolo conquer this title, thus overthrowing Petro de Luanda.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



Interclubes coach resigns to focus on national team - by Eurobasket News

Interclubes mens senior basketball coach Carlos Guimares has resigned in order to focus on the national team ahead of the pre-Olympic tournament and the 2013 AFROBASKET tournament.

Coach Guimares has thanked the authorities of his former club for not opposing his decision.

It should be recalled that Interclube was fourth in the just ended season.
Courtesy of: Starafrica



Cameroonian to coach Petros senior basketeers - by Eurobasket News

Cameroon borne, Lazare Adingono , is said to sign a one-year contract with Petro do Luanda mens senior basketball team.

The 42-year-old is the former coach of Cameroons national basketball team which he took to the 2007 AFROBASKET tournament in Angola.

Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  AUSTRALIA   


Brad Newley shines in Spain, leads Valencia to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Australian National Team member Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) shined last night in decisive Game Three of Spanish league Quarterfinals between Valencia and Lagun Aro GBC. He stepped up for the hosts 17 points and 5 rebounds leading them to 75-67 victory. It means that Valencia advanced to the Semifinals, where they will meet Regal Barcelona. 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.
Brad Newley joined Valencia in January from Lietuvos Rytas. He appeared in 10 EuroCup games with the Spanish squad averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. Bradley also has 6.6 ppg and 2.3 for 20 games in Spain. He will appear at least three more times with the club. Before Valencia and Rytas, Brad Newley was a member of Besiktas, Panellinios and Panionios.



Harvey refuses to dump on Blaze - by Eurobasket News

Outgoing Blaze captain James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) has revealed the emotional roller-coaster he endured being shut out of the Gold Coast team's NBL playoff campaign.

Harvey is determined to regain his best form and help drive Sydney towards a title after signing a two-year contract with the Kings.

While Harvey was officially given permission to negotiate with clubs at the end of the Blaze's semi-final campaign, it had long been known the foundation captain would not remain on the Coast.

The split, while not fiery, was far from amicable. It's understood Harvey was essentially banished from the team late in the regular season, sent for surgery and told he would not be rejoining the group.

In joining Sydney, Harvey links with mentor and good friend Shane Heal. But he is not willing to fire parting shots at the Blaze coaching staff or management.

In fact, he can understand the Blaze's reticence to gamble on his return from surgery after a season dogged by injury.

'I respect the fact that I had a great five years here (on the Coast) and I respect the fact that they invested a lot of time and a lot of money into me,' Harvey said. 'So I'm not about to take aim at people or a club that are not in a great way at the moment or certainly, publicly, are having some struggles.

'I was hoping to come back and help the team for the last couple of games of the season and into the finals but the decision was made by the coaching staff and the club that they were on a bit of a roll at that time.

'And I understand that. They felt that they were winning games and were where they wanted to be. I guess the risks to them outweighed the reward of bringing me back.'

He said they were obviously concerned about re-injury and the danger of him upsetting their rhythm. But the decision hurt.

'Obviously that was pretty hard for me. I felt like I worked pretty hard to get back to being ready to go and to find that out towards the end of the season was just pretty disappointing,' Harvey said.

'Being injured the whole year, I didn't like it, I hated it and I wanted to be out there more than anyone else, particularly being the captain.'

On the final year of a contract he knew would not be renewed, the reality he would no longer be a Blaze player hit home just before tip-off of the home semi-final in late March.

'I remember standing listening to the national anthem before that game at home and I got quite emotional ... everything had sunk in at that moment,' Harvey said.

'Suddenly I was looking around at a stadium full of fans that I'd worked very hard for and the realisation that might be the last time I'd stand in front of them was a bit emotional.'

But Harvey understands the nature of professional sport as a business and is ready to move on. And linking with Sydney coach and great mate Shane Heal has already given him a new lease of life.

'I'm going there with every intention of dominating the league like I have in the past,' he said.

'I'm going there with every intention of helping the Kings be very successful and winning games.

'And if I can survive these two years well and play well, I still feel like I've got a lot left in me. I'm going there very motivated.'

Harvey will not dump on Blaze coach Joey Wright but it takes little to read between the lines.

His descripion of Heal as 'someone I trust and respect a lot' is likely to indicate what was missing between captain and coach at the Blaze. But he relishes a new beginning.

'I'm a big believer that things do happen for a reason,' Harvey said.

Courtesy of www.goldcoast.com.au



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.8 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.7 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.1 
 4. Mallet, Spirou14.7 
 5. Haynes, Gent14.1 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 7. Black, Antwerp13.9 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.3 
 9. Jenkins, Gent13.0 
 10. Broyles, Spirou13.0 
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, Antwerp7.7 
 4. Merriex, Verviers.7.1 
 5. Young, Aalstar7.1 
 6. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 7. McLean, Leuven6.8 
 8. Jackson, Aalstar6.3 
 9. Booker, Oostende6.2 
 10. Maras, M.Hainaut6.0 
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, Antwerp3.0 
 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. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Bosco, Gent2.0 
 6. Mallet, Spirou2.0 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Muya, Liege1.7 
 9. Maras, M.Hainaut1.6 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.5 
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. De Zeeuw, Verviers.0.5 
 9. Holiday, Aalstar0.5 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


Semifinals, Game 1: Charleroi wins in Antwerp 72-65 - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 1: Port of Antwerp Giants - Spirou Charleroi 65-72 (0-1)

First game of the Belgian league Semifinals between Antwerp and Charleroi was played last night. Visitors grabbed 65-72 victory for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-three and Charleroi is now one win away from the Finals. The second game will be played at their home court tomorrow.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Antwerp Giants won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi dominated on the defensive end, holding Antwerp Giants to just 5 points in first quarter. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 11 points. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. At the losing side Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-C-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-G-78) scored 17 points.
Antwerp was the second ranked team of the regular season, while Charleroi was third. However, both squads had the same 23-9 record. Antwerp had the home court advantage in the Semifinals series, but lost it last night. In the other Semis, Oostende blasted Mons-Hainaut in Game One 92-67.

Antwerp: R.Moors 17+2ast, S.Mejri 15+16reb, B.Hopkins 11+3reb+1ast, R.Biggs 8+6reb+1ast, T.Black 6, D.Wilson 3+3reb+1ast
Spirou: D.Mallet 17+4reb+2ast, J.Welsch 11+2reb, C.Hill 11+4reb, C.Beghin 11+3reb+1ast, D.Broyles 8+4reb+1ast, C.Green 5+3reb



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  BOSNIA   


Drasko Albijanic wins the duel over Jovanovic Zlatko - by Eurobasket News

Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) wins the duel over Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) as both player finished the season in Romania. Draskos Ploiesti swept the Final series for the title leaving no chances to Timisoara. Game 3 was the last in the series and brought 63:55 for home side.
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Timisoara won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international center Catalin Burlacu who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Darius Hargrove contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic answered with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Timisoara.
Zlatko Jovanovic averaged 16.2 points per game for BC Timisoara. Drasko Albijanic's stats read 8.6 points per game.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


East, Latinos Take Down Hon. Fraser Rebels; Jasin Edwin Drops 50 Points For Legs - by David Edole

Hon. Fraser Rebels received a harsh welcome to the 2012 BVI Basketball Federations Summer League, falling on Friday to the Latinos in a close encounter and on Sunday to East, making a bounce back from their poor showing a week ago against Legs when the league opened.

Sandy Nadal finished with 27 points, Jose Acevedo, 13 points and Papo Joseph had 11 points for Latinos who defeated Hon. Fraser Rebels 74 - 72 last Friday, May 18.

Scoring from the Rebels came from Sean Woods with 25 points, Calvin Smith 11 points and Kelcent Fulgence 10 points.

The Rebels took to the court again on Sunday, but Akil Lewis 22 points was too much for the Rebels as they fell to the East who are now boasting a 1-1 record following their defeat to Legs.

David 'Bolo Lettsome added 16 points with 7 assists and Houston Penn narrowly missed a double-double on 10 points and 9 assists.

Woods again top scored for Rebels with 17 points while Smith added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Louie Poblete also finished with 12 points.

Legs continued their winning streak with a 93-61 victory over Kings.

Led by a remarkable 50 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists performance from Jasin Edwin, Legs jumped to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter and they never looked back.

Two other players had double-double performance for Legs - Gary Hillhouse, 13 points and 10 rebounds; and Rhennie Phipps, 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jovaughn Cameron added 10 points and 7 assists for Legs.

Top scores for Kings were Jevone Demming and Wuli Frometa 16 points each and Kimani Stevens 8 points and 7 rebounds.

In the other senior division game played at the weekend, Mega Mix started their march back to title contention with a 106-68 victory against all Ah Wee. Mega Mix was led by Kelvin Samuel with 21 points and 6 assists.

Other support came from Shamal Caines, 19 points and 7 rebounds; Douron Phillips 18 points and 14 rebounds; and Devon Watty 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Kenrick Thomas Jr. delivered the bulk of the scoring for All Ah Wee with 19 points while Dominic Ward and Aubrey Daniels Sr. finished with 13 and 10 respectively.

Jostling for position in the Junior division has already started and a number of highly contested games were played. Led by Juron Jones 16 points and 11 rebounds, And One topped Jr. Pure Playaz 71-60.

Tyree Maduro scored 22 points and collected 13 rebounds for Playaz. Young Starz pushed ESHS rams to the limit 77-73 led by Jamari Roera 22 points. Robert Riley also had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Starz.

Kevin Jones topped scored for Rans with 16 points and also finished with 5 steals. Young Gunners led by LiShaqua Fahie outplayed Jr. Mystics 76-73.

Mystics had four players in double digits including Paul Bridgewaters 15 points, Kimron Telemaque, 14 points; and Kenya Achom and Deondre Rymer each finished with 12 points.

Another Level stepped up their offence for a 99-74 victory against Jr. Pure Playaz. Kevin Bodkin picked off 9 steals and finished with 28 points for Another Level.

DAngelo Sampson led the way for Playaz with matching 17 points and 17 rebounds. Hawks came from behind in the fourth quarter to topple Skulls 63-61.

Kadeem Jones finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Khadin Fahie added 12 points and 13 steals for Hawks. Shamoii Dagou led Skulls with 22 points and 7 rebounds.

In D-League action, VG Heats beat High Speed 53-11 and Bulls scored 45 points and held Jr. Mega Mix to 32 points.



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian U20 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Bulgarian U20 National Team
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Planimir Dafinov
Dafinov
Angel Natskin
Natskin
Ivan Tenev
Tenev
Pavlin Ivanov
Ivanov
Samuel Francis
Francis
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Planimir Dafinov 181-PG-92 Beroe Bulgaria
Angel Natskin 182-PG-93 Cherno More Bulgaria
Ivan Tenev 175-G-93 Tundja Yambol Bulgaria
Pavlin Ivanov 195-G-93 Benetton TV Italy
Samuel Francis 190-G-92 S.Dakota St. USA
Vasil Bachev 195-G-92 Overgas Bulgaria
Ivan Runyov 187-G/F-92 Lukoil Academik Bulgaria
Tencho Tenchev 202-F-93
Alexandros Vezenkov 204-F/G-95 Aris Greece
Georgi Dangalakov 200-G/F-93 Overgas Bulgaria
Aleks Simeonov 200-F-93 Levski Sofia Bulgaria
Rayko Dundalov 199-F/C-93 Balkan 2 Bulgaria
Dimitar Dimitrov 202-F-93 Rimini Italy
Georgi Boyanov 195-F-93 Overgas Bulgaria
Georgi Kunov 205-C-92 Levski Sofia Bulgaria
Mario Karailiev 206-C-93 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
Milen Petrov Lukoil Academik Bulgaria

Lyubomir Minchev Head Coach Cherno More Bulgaria



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  CAMEROON   


Cameroonian to coach Petros senior basketeers - by Eurobasket News

Cameroon borne, Lazare Adingono , is said to sign a one-year contract with Petro do Luanda mens senior basketball team.

The 42-year-old is the former coach of Cameroons national basketball team which he took to the 2007 AFROBASKET tournament in Angola.

Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  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


NBL Round 7: Hebei loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Round 7 in NBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in where host Guangzhou FM (4-3) beat league's leader Hebei (5-2) 105-95 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou FM. Hebei managed to win third quarter 33-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou FM forced 22 Hebei turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou FM made 9 blocks. American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 8 blocks for the winners. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) for lost side. Hebei's coach Jinlin Zhou rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou FM maintains fifth place with 4-3 record, which they share with Hong Kong. Hebei at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Guangzhou L. who have the same record. Hebei will play next round against strong Changan Group trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Guangzhou FM will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Heilongjiang at home.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Guangzhou L. as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Hebei) loss. Guangzhou L. smashed 8th ranked Heilongjiang at home 105-84. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jing Wang (197-78) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. DaWei Chen contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for Heilongjiang. Heilongjiang's coach Zhiwei Liu gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Heilongjiang will play next round against Guangzhou FM trying to get back on the winning streak. Guangzhou L. will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Hong Kong on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Jiangsu (5-2) against fourth ranked Changan Group (5-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting Jiangsu was defeated by Changan Group in a tough game on the road 81-89. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jiangsu. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a great evening for Joseph Taylor who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Julius Hodge responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Changan Group have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Jiangsu. Changan Group will meet Hebei (#4) in the next round. Jiangsu will play against Sichuan and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 7 bottom-ranked Nanjin Army was defeated by Sichuan in a road game 99-86. Henan Jiyuan was beaten by Hong Kong at home 73-86.


Guangzhou FM - Hebei 105-95

Round 7 in NBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in where host Guangzhou FM (4-3) beat league's leader Hebei (5-2) 105-95 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou FM. Hebei managed to win third quarter 33-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou FM forced 22 Hebei turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou FM made 9 blocks. American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 8 blocks for the winners. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) and guard TingYu Yin (197-89) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hebei's coach Jinlin Zhou rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou FM maintains fifth place with 4-3 record, which they share with Hong Kong. Hebei at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Guangzhou L. who have the same record. Hebei will play next round against strong Changan Group trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Guangzhou FM will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Heilongjiang at home.
Top scorers:
Hebei: D.Bryan 41+22reb+1ast, Y.TingYu 11+6reb+4ast, Z.ZhenHu 10+5reb+3ast, L.YiDing 10+5reb+2ast, W.Tong 5+4reb+2ast, C.YuNan 5+1reb
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 38+20reb+3ast, Y.KaiFu 18+8reb+6ast, L.DaPeng 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Liang 11+3reb+2ast, Y.Peng 9+3reb+1ast, D.JunJiang 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 176049


Changan Group - Jiangsu 89-81

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Jiangsu (5-2) against fourth ranked Changan Group (5-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting Jiangsu was defeated by Changan Group in a tough game on the road 81-89. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jiangsu. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Jiangsu was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 31-21 charge of Changan Group, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Jiangsu turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Yan Gao (190-93) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side U.S. Virgin Islands-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Xin Feng (187-92) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Changan Group have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Jiangsu. Changan Group will meet Hebei (#4) in the next round. Jiangsu will play against Sichuan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: H.Julius 26+12reb+2ast, S.XianLing 17+2reb, F.Xin 14+7reb+4ast, S.XinLei 11+6reb+1ast, F.Hui 9+7reb+2ast, G.MingYang 4+4reb+1ast
Changan Group: T.Joseph 28+11reb+1ast, R.XiaTi 11+5reb+1ast, G.Yan 11+6reb+3ast, L.Peng 10+2reb, L.Yang 10+2reb+1ast, J.JunQi 7+10reb+3ast
gschID: 176050


Sichuan - Nanjin Army 99-86

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Nanjin Army (1-6) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Sichuan (3-4) 99-86 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Sichuan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Nanjin Army's 46. Sichuan forced 25 Nanjin Army turnovers and outrebounded them 41-27 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American power forward Jarrid Famous (210-88, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side center ShouWei Wang (208-86) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) scored 18 points and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sichuan maintains seventh place with 3-4 record. Nanjin Army lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Henan Jiyuan. Sichuan will meet at home higher ranked Jiangsu (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nanjin Army will play against Henan Jiyuan (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanjin Army: F.ChengLin 18+4reb, T.JiaFu 13+2reb, W.ShouWei 13+8reb+2ast, S.ZhiHeng 11+2reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 8, Y.Liu 6+2reb+5ast
Sichuan: F.Jarrid 32+16reb+7ast, C.XiaoDong 20+6reb, C.Ma 18+4reb+2ast, W.YingLiang 10+1reb+4ast, D.ChengLong 9+6reb+2ast, Z.Kun 3
gschID: 176051


Henan Jiyuan - Hong Kong 73-86

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Hong Kong (4-3) defeated on the road 9th ranked Henan Jiyuan (1-6) 86-73 on Tuesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hong Kong forced 20 Henan Jiyuan turnovers. It was a great evening for forward MingHao Li (200-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) helped adding 11 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and ZhanYu Wang (196-86) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hong Kong moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Henan Jiyuan lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with Nanjin Army. Hong Kong will meet at home league's leader Guangzhou L. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Henan Jiyuan will play against Nanjin Army (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Henan Jiyuan: A.Kenny 32+15reb+4ast, W.ZhanYu 13+4reb+1ast, H.Bin 10+3reb+1ast, G.Wei 10+2reb+1ast, H.Xin 4+6reb+2ast, Z.Chao 3
Hong Kong: L.MingHao 30+11reb+6ast, Y.XiaoHang 13+1reb+1ast, Z.DongYang 13+4reb+3ast, H.DeVon 11+15reb+1ast, W.XiaoDong 9, J.KaiYi 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176047


Guangzhou L. - Heilongjiang 105-84

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Guangzhou L. as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Hebei) loss. Guangzhou L. smashed 8th ranked Heilongjiang at home 105-84. The game without a history. Guangzhou L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Heilongjiang's players. Guangzhou L. brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jing Wang (197-78) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward DaWei Chen (203-85) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and forward Xu Liu (201-85) added 13 points in the effort for Heilongjiang. Heilongjiang's coach Zhiwei Liu gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Heilongjiang at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Heilongjiang will play next round against Guangzhou FM trying to get back on the winning streak. Guangzhou L. will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Hong Kong on the road.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: F.Rashaun 38+14reb+1ast, L.Xu 13+4reb+2ast, J.Ming 9+7reb+3ast, Y.Gang 8+8reb+1ast, L.JinYang 5+4reb, L.XueSong 5+1reb
Guangzhou L.: W.Jing 23+6reb+7ast, C.DaWei 22+5reb+4ast, J.Lei 17+8reb+3ast, N.Hamady 12+8reb, L.Yao 12+8reb+6ast, T.Chao 11+5reb+7ast
gschID: 176048



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Mimica, KK Split18.8 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.9 
 4. Markota, KK.17.6 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost16.7 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita16.5 
 7. Sobin, KK Split15.3 
 8. Simovic, Kvarner15.3 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok15.1 
 10. Vrbanc, Zadar14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damir MARKOTA
  KK.
  (210-C/F-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Markota, KK.7.5 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.5 
 3. Sobin, KK Split7.1 
 4. Stimac, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner6.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.8 
 7. Suton, Cibona6.7 
 8. Bilan, Cedevita6.6 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.4 
 3. Vujcic, KK Split4.2 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner4.2 
 5. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 7. Wright, Cibona3.6 
 8. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.2 
 9. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 10. Draper, Cedevita3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Draper, Cedevita2.5 
 3. Wright, Cibona2.2 
 4. Rozic, Cibona2.0 
 5. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 6. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 7. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.7 
 8. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 9. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 10. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.7 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.2 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Owens, Cedevita0.8 
 6. Vujcic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 8. Vukovic, KK Split0.7 
 9. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita0.7 


Dubrovnik remains in A1 League ! - by Dani Erceg

KK Dubrovnik won both games against KK Crikvenica ( 61-76 ) , (98-68 ) and will play in A1 League next season too. Top scorer in second game was Nikola Dosen with 27 pts. Newcomer in A1 League will be Osjecki Sokol, champion of A2 League East. Borik Puntamika is relegated and will play in A2 League South in next season.


Dubrovnik survives in A1 league - by Eurobasket News

Dubrovnik managed to survive in Croatian A1 league. After 61-76 road victory against Crikvenica, Dubrovnik outplayed them at home 98-68 to stay in the league. Nikola Dosen (187-G-91) led the hosts with 27 points. Mislav Peric (191-G-88) followed him with 23. Dubrovnik had 8-12 record in A1 Play-out and was not able to avoid additional games to keep the spot in the league. Crikvenica played this season in A2 and managed to reach the qualification games for A1, what is considered as nice success.
In the first stage of A1, Dubrovnik was the last ranked team. They had only 3 wins in 20 games. At that time it seemed they will not be able to survive in the league, but the things changed and Dubrovnik played good when it mattered most. They will for sure try to improve next season and to avoid fight for the survival.



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Jam's Higdon honored as Executive of Year - by Eurobasket News

David Higdon, managing partner of the Jam, has been named Executive of the Year for the NBA D-League.

Higdon, 43, oversees the day-to-day operations of Bakersfield's D-League franchise.

'This came out of nowhere. It's a nice surprise,' Higdon said.

'He deserves it,' said Jam owner Stan Ellis. 'He worked hard for it. What's neat: It was voted on by his peers.'

The Jam reached the second round of the playoffs this season, the sixth year of the team's existence.

During the season, the Jam had four front office personnel members hired away by NBA teams, the most of any team in the D-League.

The team just completed its third year of playing its games in the 750-seat Jam Events Center on Norris Road in north Bakersfield. The first three years' games were played in Rabobank Arena.

'We went from losing a lot of money to making money,' Higdon said of the switch that was made three years ago.

Higdon noted that Jam season ticketholders bring clients to games where dinner is served and business discussions take place during the basketball game.

Day-of-game tickets are not sold. The emphasis is season tickets.

'We offer good customer service and bring in the business element with a sports backdrop,' Higdon said. 'Business and service is what we focus on. Clients can eat dinner and discuss business while they're watching basketball.

He added that 98 percent of the season ticketholders renewed last off-season.

The Jam also won the Golden Apple Award last summer, an award that goes to organizations that support education programs. The Jam was nominated for its Jam Education Foundation that supports academic programs for Oildale students and schools.

Higdon is one league representatives on the D-League executive committee, which works closely with D-League President Dan Reed and NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.

Higdon said he and Ellis entered their Jam experience six years ago with little knowledge of sports business operations.

'It's a different type of business,' Higdon said. 'It's about product -- the NBA label -- and service -- to your season ticketholders.'

As the Jam Events Center was being planned and then built, Jam officials visited with NBA officials to see what was the best way to ensure a successful basketball operation.

The Event Center has two saunas and two whirlpools, plus a full weight room.

'We wanted to emulate what NBA teams had,' Higdon said.

NBA officials told Higdon and Ellis their No. 1 request for a minor league team that could receive their players was having a practice facility that was available 24 hours a day.

And NBA teams affiliated with the Jam have responded by assigning some of their first- and second-year players to the Jam.

Higdon said the Jam has a waiting list for people and businesses wanting season tickets. Expanding the Jam Event Center is under consideration, he added.

The four who left the Jam for NBA positions were former head trainer and strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco, who is now the head strength and conditioning coach with the Lakers; Natalya Pyatkovska and Ryan Bishara, who both worked in basketball operations for the Jam and now work for the Detroit Pistons as assistants to the president in the business and basketball operations departments, respectively; and Ryan Marchand, who worked in basketball operations for the Jam who is now the video coordinator for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

'We think we do a great job training our people and we're very proud of those individuals,' Higdon said.

Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com



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  ETHIOPIA   


Addis Ababa Basketball Federation - Weekend Schedule - by Eurobasket News

Weekend Basketball Schedule
Friday May 18,2012 at Arat Kilo Gym
Water Sport Vs Olympiacos 9:30
Saturday May 19, 2012 at Arat Kilo Gym
Tasty Vs Green Star (2nd Division) 8:30
St Joseph Vs Red Fox (2nd Division) 10:00
Challenger Vs Cathedral (2nd Division) 11:30
Vivid Vs Addis Ababa University (1st Division)14:00
Housing Agency Vs BGI (1st Division Women) 15:30
Addis Afro Vs Friends (1s Division) 16:30
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Eurobasket Summer League players who are currently playing pro basketball.

   #1. John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) led s Oliver Baskets to a victory over the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (26-8) 66-60 in the German BBL in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Little recorded 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (20-14) is placed sixth in the BBL. It's Little's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 39 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Little went to the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Athens.

   #2. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans), who plays in the Romanian Division A could not help U-Mobitelco (20-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Dykes' very good performance U-Mobitelco was edged 77-75 on the road by the leading Gaz Metan. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Dykes also added 5 assists and 3 blocks. Dykes is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Dykes averages: 19.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg. Worth to mention Dykes played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

   #3. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) was the main contributor in Penarol's victory against the closely-ranked Obras (20-10) 89-76 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. Lamonte was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Penarol Mar del Plata (21-9) is placed first in the LigaA. Lamonte has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 44 games. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

   #4. Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) contributed to an easy victory against the Georgia Lions (14-4) 101-83 in the UBA in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Barnes recorded 30 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The GIE Morrow Disciples have a very solid 19-1 record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Barnes is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). This season he has very high stats. Barnes averages: 30.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 6.4apg and 2.9spg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 Barnes attended the ESL camp in Houston playing for Tokyo.

   #5. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) was the major contributor in a Rayos de Hermosillo's victory against the eighth-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (13-25) crushing them 108-85 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Wednesday. Little scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Rayos de Hermosillo (34-4) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Little has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.9apg in the 37 games. He played in 2008at the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago for London.

   #6. William Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.) contributed to a 2-point Pioneros Los Mochis' victory against the closely-ranked Mineros de Cananea 104-102 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Tuesday night. Funn recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 14 passes. He also added and 3 steals. Funn is the league's best passer. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 8.8apg. He attended three years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

   #7. Charles Moore (201-F-86, college: S.Arkansas), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA was not able to help Garra Canera de Navolato (13-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Garra Canera de Navolato was crushed 115-83 in Hermosillo by the leading Rayos de. Moore was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. Moore is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.6rpg. He also averaged so far 16.4ppg in the 14 games. Worth to mention Moore played also for Team Monaco at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2011.

   #8. Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Harbour Heat 87-71 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. Wright also added 9 assists. Wright is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). This season he has very high stats. Wright averages: 22.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 4.6apg, 1.2bpg and 2.2spg. Wright played three years ago at the ESL in New York for Team Kiev.

   #9. Pele Paelay (193-SG-84, agency: Two Points, college: Co.Carolina), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Quimper UJAP (9-25) in their last game. Despite Paelay's very good performance Quimper UJAP was crushed 99-77 in Antibes by the higher-ranked (#11) Olympique. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Paelay also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. Paelay belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 15.8ppg. This year his other stats are: 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.9spg in the 33 games. Paelay is a naturalized American. He attended in 2008 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

   #10. Luis Miguel Colon (208-C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St.) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Mets crushing them 108-83 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Monday night's game. Colon scored 10 points. This season he averages: 1.5ppg and 1.3rpg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Brussels at the ESL in Las Vegas two years ago.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


CSKA Moscow extends Sasha Kaun until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow announced signing of a three-year contract extension with Sasha Kaun (211-C-85). It means that the Russian center will stay with the club until the end of the 2014/15 season. Kaun arrived to CSKA in 2008 and it was his first professional deal. Last season he had 4.3 ppg and 2 rpg for 21 Euroleague games. In Russian league Kaun added 5.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 20 games. The center also registered 6.7 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 18 games in VTB United League. Sasha Kaun is a product of Kansas University, where he graduated in 2008. He is active member of the Russian National Team.

Andrey Vatutin CSKA President:
It is a pleasure to realize that Sasha decided to stay. It should be noted that he did not insist on NBA opt-out though he had a chance to try himself in the NBA. In his four years with CSKA Kaun has become the key player on the court, he showed the desire to improve and he polished his skills even when he was not playing much. Sasha is well-educated, intelligent, friendly person. It is always a pleasure to task to him, said Vatutin for the CSKA Moscow official web site.

Sasha Kaun, CSKA center:
I am glad that we agreed to continue our cooperation. It will be a pleasure to play three more years in CSKA uniform. I am sure we will win a lot. But especially Id like to get another chance to win the Euroleague title, because I still dont have one. And, surely, we should continue our winning series in Russia. Hopefully, the fans will be glad to see me on the court again, said Kaun for the CSKA Moscow official web site.



Olympiakos-Panathinaikos 84-78: Game analysis - by Dimitris Katsionis

Greek finals just started and it's the first time after many years, that Panathinaikos doesn't seem the clear favorite for the title.. Let's see some important points from the first game.

-Obradovic started with Romain Sato on Olympiakos point guard, Mantzaris, and Nick Kalathes on Spanoulis. Diamantidis had a very impressive first period at both ends of the court and that helped Panathinaikos to control the game tempo. Until the end of the 1st quarter 3D had already defend on every perimeter position, from point guard to small forward spot.

-Ivkovic started with Mantzaris on Diamantidis and his usual defensive tactic against the opponent's pick 'n roll offense, defending on 2 against 2 situations without any help.

CREDIT: It was very impressive the fact that Panathinaikos didn't manage to finish even one single pick'n roll play scoring in the heart of the paint. It is known that this is coach Obradovic 'secure play'. The Serbian uses it always at first minutes of a critical game (Maccabi T.Aviv, CSKA M.) with Diamantidis targeting Maric deep in the paint. Those easy buckets kill the opponent's psychology and help Panathinaikos find it's rhythm. Ivkovic was prepared and as a result the Green ball handler couldn't find his center and passed the ball back to the top of the offense on the power forward (both Kaimakoglou and Tsartsaris had an ice- cold shooting night). Panathinaikos took its first points from this play (in the paint) only when Mike Batiste came in to the court..

-Panathinaikos coaching stuff put Jasikevicius on the court early and send him defend Keselj at '3'. Ivkovic answered immediately, replacing the Serbian forward with Kostas Papanikolaou, a much better post up player. From that moment Papanikolaou was receiving cross-screens to take the ball at the low post against Saras. Ivkovic also put a great shooter like Sloukas in the strong side (when Papanikolaou had the ball down low) to prevent any help from the perimeter.

-KEY POINT: In the second half OIympiakos coaching staff put -the game's MVP- Papanikolaou on Diamantidis (opponent's main ball handler and creator on the pick'n roll) targeting to defend the switches. As a result Panathinaikos centers had a 2.05 athletic monster in their back down low and Diamantidis a hard time against the super-speedy Kyle Hines.

-Vasilis Spanoulis had another ice-cold shooting night against his previous team. Panathinaikos knows how to defend him and Spanoulis straggles against Obradovic defence, two years now. But it's very important how Olympiakos captain handled this. He understood that it's not his night, early in the game, stayed calm and tried to help his teammates with every other possible way. Olympiakos can win without Spanoulis's scoring, but not without his mind..

-It's obvious that Zeliko Obradovic has to make a few adjustments in order to win this series. Panathinaikos must immediatelly improve two basic parts of its game. 1.) Defensive rebound. Ok, the greens face a team that hits the offensive boards like Partizan, back on the Vujosevic's days. Olympiakos was the best offensive rebounding team this year in the Euroleague. But Panathinaikos must defend its paint with every cost and not allow any offensive boards. 2.) Three point shot. This the biggest difference between this year's team and last year's Panathinaikos. Obradovic's offense produces many ''good looks'' to its players, but their percentages are low. It's simple.. You can't win this Olympiakos team without at least decent perimeter shot..

-Who would be Obradovic hide ace for the next game..? Maybe Stratos Perperoglou. It's obvious that he is in a good shape. Perperoglou's versatile offense (post up, cuts, drive to the rim, midrange game, three point threat) can give Panathinaikos some freshness. This sense is totally missing from the team..

Game 2 is critical. Panathinaikos will have tremendous pressure against a team in stroke which now shows as the ''heavy favorite'' for the title. And everydoby knows that this is probably Obradovic's biggest motivation..



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  FINLAND   


Sasu Salin selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League. He could not help Union Olimpija (7-3) in their last game. Despite Salin's very good performance the second-placed Union Olimpija lost 65-75 at home to the leading Krka in the Championship Group. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Salin also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court. Salin has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(24-42), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 77.1% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Petteri Koponen (194-88), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Koponen was not able to help one of league's weakest teams CS Bologna (20-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance CS Bologna was edged 72-71 on their home court in Bologna by the higher-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (#4). Koponen was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It's Koponen's fourth season with the team. This year Koponen has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 78.1%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80). Rannikko contributed to a Cimberio Varese's surprising victory against the league leader Montepaschi Siena (24-8) 73-70 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. He scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Cimberio Varese (17-15) is placed eighth in the SerieA. This year Rannikko's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 85.0% in the 30 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #4. Forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Prima Veroli (13-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Lee's good performance Prima Veroli was edged 80-78 on their home court in Veroli by the second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It's Lee's first season with the team. Lee has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lee played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Finnish national team roster. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Mikko Riipinen (177-PG-87) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81) plays for Aget Imola in Italian Lega2
Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84) plays for MarcoPoloShop.it in Italian Lega2
Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1
Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) plays for Srbija in Swedish Basketettan
Antti Ranta (190-F-87) plays for Nottingham Hoods in British EBL3



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  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, Chalon16.5 
 8. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Causeur, Cholet15.8 
 10. Delaney, Chalon15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.3 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.3 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 4. Armstrong, AS.7.2 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 6. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.6.9 
 7. Vebobe, Cholet6.8 
 8. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 9. Labeyrie, Hyeres-T.6.5 
 10. Falker, Cholet6.5 
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. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.5 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.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. Shuler, Nancy1.7 
 8. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg1.6 
 10. Dixon, Dijon1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.1.2 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 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, Evreux16.2 
 6. Paelay, Quimper15.8 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac15.5 
 8. Carter, Chalons-.15.2 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier15.1 
 10. Osby, Maurienne15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Massie, Limoges11.3 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.9 
 3. Osby, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Rossiter, Denain9.6 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 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. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 4. Rowland, Evreux5.3 
 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
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.5 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.5 
 3. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 4. Shiloh, St Vallier1.9 
 5. Driss, Bordeaux1.9 
 6. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 7. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 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 


Lille tab Loic Akono - by Eurobasket News

Loic Akono (178-G-87) will continue his career in Lille. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with ProB team. The deal is meant for four seasons. Last season Loic Akono played for Nanterre. He tallied 4.4 points, 2.2 assist and 2.0 rebounds per appearance in ProA. Previously the guard had stints with Gravelines and Brest. He earned Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honourable Mention in 2008. Loic Akono also won ProB title in 2011.
Lille finished the last ProB season in the 10th place. They won 16 out of 34 games played.



Limoges bring in Brandon Costner - by Eurobasket News

Limoges strengthened their roster for the playoffs. They agreed on terms of short-term contract with Brandon Costner (206-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.). He is meant to replace injured Landon Milbourne. Brandon Costner started the season in D-League. He played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The forward notched 17.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in D-League. He was named into Gatorade All-D-League 3rd Team. The forward also participated at 2012 All-Star Game. Previously Brandon Costner had stints in D-League and Belgium. He earned All-D-League Honourable Mention in 2011.


Lesly Bengaber extends with Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Lesly Bengaber (197-F/G-79) extended his contract with Antibes. The new deal is meant for two seasons. The forward spent the last two seasons with Antibes. Last season Lesly Bengaber tallied 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game in ProB. Previously the forward had spells for Nancy, Stade Clermontois, Bourg, Rueil-Malmaison, Bondy and Ajaccio. Eurobasket.com named Lesly Bengaber All-French ProB Most Improved Player of the Year in 2006.


Mathieu Bigote will join Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

Le Portel continued to strengthen their roster for the next season. Yesterday we wrote about Armand Charles (193-SF-83) joining the team. Now it has become known that Mathieu Bigote (187-G-84) will continue his career in Le Portel. The guard spent the last four seasons with Cognac BB. Last season Mathieu Bigote tallied 17.4 points, 2.4 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in NM1. Previously Mathieu Bigote had stints with Bordeaux, Boulogne and Entente des 2 Caps Wimereux. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-French NM1 Newcomer of the Year in 2008. He also became NM2 champion with Cognac in 2011. So now six player have been confirmed for Le Portel for the next season. These are Mathieu Bigote, Armand Charles, Moustapha N'Diaye (202-PF-84),, Benoit Mangin (196-G-88), Guillaume Leburgue (205-C/F-80) and Ronnie Taylor (188-PG-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro).


Fabien Romeyer takes over Vichy as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Fabien Romeyer is a new Head Coach of Vichy. He signed a 2-season deal with the club. Vichy finished this season as the last ranked team of ProB with 7-27 score and they will compete next season in NM1. Romeyer already has experience from this league as he worked with Saint-Etienne in 2009/10. Fabien Romeyer was coaching Lille for the last two years. They finished as No.10 of ProB this season with 16-18 record. In the past, Romeyer served as Assistant Coach at Saint-Etienne. He also led their youth selections from the bench. The main goal for Vichy next season will be to consolidate after extremely poor year in ProB. They will for sure try to return to ProB as soon as possible.


Tony Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (40-26) 96-86 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 10 passes in 36 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 23.9% and FT: 80.1% in the 68 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Nando De Colo (202-87). He was the main contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) crushing them 82-60 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. De Colo was the best player in that game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and added 4 assists. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. De Colo belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 85.8%. De Colo is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC). He contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (12-6) 91-79 in the Russian PBL on Saturday night. Traore was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-9) is placed fourth in the PBL. Traore has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 59.1%(97-164) and FT: 60.9% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #4. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw contributed to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (40-26) 105-88. He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Diaw's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.4apg. He is also French national team player.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #5. Former international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Cimberio Varese (17-15) in their last game. Despite Diawara's very good performance Cimberio Varese was badly defeated 91-75 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Diawara also added 7 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes. It's Diawara's first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg in the 36 games. Diawara used to play for the French national team four years ago.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #6. Point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to Krka's victory against the second-ranked Union Olimpija (7-3) 72-63 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Nissim scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. Krka Novo Mesto (8-2) is placed first in Championship Group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Nissim's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.7apg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Nissim is also a former international player as he played for the French senior team four years ago.

Mickael Pietrus
Mickael Pietrus
   #7. International swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, agency: Court Side) contributed to an easy victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) 107-91 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 13 points in 24 minutes. The Boston Celtics have 39-27 record this season. This year Pietrus' overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 2.7rpg in the 53 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Pietrus is currently in the French national team roster.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #8. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 77-73 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. He recorded 8 points. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Heurtel's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Heurtel is currently in the French U20 national team roster.

Florent Pietrus
Florent Pietrus
   #9. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Pietrus helped Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) 75-67. He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. This year Pietrus' total stats are: 3.2ppg and 3.3rpg in the 35 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Pietrus is currently in the French national team roster.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #10. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to help PGE Turow (2-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was defeated 74-69 in Zielona Gora by the higher-ranked Zastal ZG (#3) in the Group A. Cel was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Cel has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 3.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Cel is also a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. International power forward Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was not able to secure a victory for the Miami Heat in their game against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 94-75 in the NBA. Turiaf has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 4.1rpg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, another player represented by Court Side) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Khimky in their game against CSKA Moscow in the Russian PBL. Gelabale scored only 4 points and blocked 2 shots. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 79-61. Gelabale has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. An experienced former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) helped Levski Sofia edge the closely-ranked Tundja Yambol 89-87 in the Bulgarian NBL in Wednesday night's game. Evtimov recorded 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Evtimov is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 9.8rpg. He also averaged so far 8.9ppg and 1.6apg in the 30 games. Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) couldn't help Meridiano Alicante in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB. Kone was the second best scorer with 9 points. His team was crushed by 27 points 84-57. He has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.5rpg. Despite Kone played previously for the Ivorian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #15. International center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Tampa) couldn't help Umana Venezia in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian SerieA. Bryan recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team was crushed by 29 points 92-63. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 3.1rpg in the 32 games. Bryan is also in the roster of the French national team.



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Blair, MIA Academy26.0 
 2. Carter, Dinamo T.23.4 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.20.6 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi18.3 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy17.8 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi17.3 
 7. Woodside, Armia16.8 
 8. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.7 
 9. Thomas, Armia16.5 
 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, Olimpi7.5 
 9. Thomas, Armia7.4 
 10. Atuashvili, Sokhu.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Armia
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Woodside, Armia7.0 
 2. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi6.8 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.4 
 4. Blair, MIA Academy6.4 
 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. Kobidze, STU T.0.8 
 8. Todorovic, Olimpi0.8 
 9. Shermadini, TSU T.0.8 
 10. Smith, MIA Acade.0.8 


Armia achieve 2011/2012 title defense - by Eurobasket News

Olimpi - Armia 67:91 (1-3)

Armia achieve 2011/2012 title defense in Georgia. The Winner of the Regular season won the series over Olimpi to triumph in the country.
Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Armia outrebounded Olimpi 41-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 assists and the other American import swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) responded with 20 points and 5 assists and Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic (211-C-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Oakland) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Last year Armia triumphed in the country winning the series 3-1 over TSU. The last game finished with 65:61 for Army that brought them gold medals.

Olimpi: Mikheil Berishvili 20, Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86, agency: Interperformances) 15, Ilija Milutinovic 9
Armia: Ben Woodside 20, Jeremy Richardson 18, Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) 15



Manuchar Markoishvili selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86). He led Bennet Cantu to a victory over the closely-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (19-13) 78-72 in the Italian SerieA in Friday night's game. Markoishvili was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. Bennet Cantu (21-11) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 76.8% in the 35 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.). Hosley was the main contributor in a 1-point Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against the closely-ranked CS Bologna (20-12) 72-71 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. He was the best player in that game. Hosley recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) is placed fourth in the SerieA. Hosley is currently fifth on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3FGP: 32.2% and FT: 69.9%. Hosley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hosley is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Sanikidze could not help one of league's weakest teams CS Bologna (20-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance CS Bologna was edged in an overtime 88-86 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Sanikidze had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 41 minutes. Sanikidze is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 11.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.7ppg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(98-172), 3FGP: 30.5% and FT: 63.7% in the 33 games. Despite Sanikidze played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #4. Forward Tornike Shengelia (207-91) managed to help Belgacom Spirou to win against the closely-ranked Leuven Bears (14-18) crushing them 89-68 in the Belgian Ethias League in Saturday night's game. Shengelia scored only 4 points and had 3 steals. Belgacom Spirou (23-9) is placed third in the Ethias League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Shengelia averages: 8.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) plays for Bennet Cantu in Italian SerieA
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Nika Metreveli (212-C/F-91) plays for Banco di Sardegna Sassari in Italian SerieA
Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77) plays for Meridiano Alicante in Spanish ACB
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) plays for Mahram in Iranian Superleague
Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) plays for Hacettepe University in Turkish TBL
Niko Chkhatarashvili (203-G/F-86) plays for ENAD in Cypriot Division A
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Georges Mdivani (205-C-85) plays for Rueil in French NM1

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



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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.16.2 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.15.6 
 4. Swann, Ratiopharm15.3 
 5. Wood, ALBA15.0 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.14.8 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen14.5 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.5 
 10. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.1 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Homan, B.Muenchen7.8 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.7.3 
 5. Tucker, Brose B.7.2 
 6. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 8. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 9. Watts, Ratiopharm6.5 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.7 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Joyce, TBB Trier4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 3. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.4 
 4. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 7. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 8. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Holston, Art.Drag.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.5 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 7. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.0.9 


Forget the semis, I'm going home: Chester Frazier leaves Wuerzburg with immediate effect - by Moritz Korff

The s.oliver Baskets Wuerzburg have to do without Chester Frazier (188-G-86, college: Illinois) for the remainder of the season. Though being in the middle of the BBL semifinal series against Ulm, the 26-year-old decided to head home today. Frazier has accepted a job as a coach assistant at Kansas State University, but nonetheless this sudden exit has caught the Wuerzburg club offcials by surprise: 'We are very disappointed that Chester Frazier has decided to leave the s.Oliver Baskets in this important part of the season. When we signed him, nobody could have expected that we would go so far in the playoffs. We had an agreement with Chester, that he would stay at least until the end of the semifinal series against Ulm. He did not tell us, why he decided to return to the US already now', Jochen Baehr, GM of the s.Oliver Baskets said.
In the first game of the semifinal series Frazier had scored 14 points. He averaged 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest throughout the 2011-12 season.



Smiles And More Basketball Commentary: Will The Departure Of One Pitbull Disrupt The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Not only was it a hot and muggy 27c in Dirk Nowitzki country Wurzburg yesterday, but 2012 Beko BBL semi finalist s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg felt the annoying steam heat in another aspect as it was learned that their American Chester Frazier (188-G-86, college: Illinois) was headed back to the States before game 2 against ratiopharm Ulm Thursday thus ending his shortened season in the Bavarian city. Ratiopharm Ulm has been the big surprise team this season in the beko BBL and took away some of the basketball glare and spotlight from the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg this season despite finishing the regular season in sixth place and kicking out 8 time Alba Berlin from the playoffs and making them scamper back to the German capital like scared sick poodles who had been picked at and bitten for 200 minutes by the aggravating Wurzburg defense led by the pit bull duo of John Little and Chester Frazier (188-G-86, college: Illinois). It was announced yesterday that Frazier had opted to get out of his contract early and head back to the States to take an offer as an assistant at Kansas State, a job that he had done before last season assisting at Illinois. According to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg, Frazier had a contract until the end of the Ulm series. Why the American from Baltimore, Maryland opted to return home early is unknown.

Frazier entered the Beko BBL in 2009 after a stellar four year career at Illinois (NCAA) where he led the Big Ten in assists in his senior year and went to MEG Goettingen where he helped the team win the Eurochallenge in 2010 playing 14 Eurochallenge games averaging 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg. In the German League, he played 31 games: 5.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 53.3%. After sitting out last season and being an assistant coach at Illinois, he returned late this season going to Wurzburg in November 2011 being reunited again with his Goettingen mates John Patrick, Jason Boone, Ben Jacobson and John Little. Frazier was an important piece of the Wurzburg success this season as he scored in double figures 8 times including a 17 point game against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, 16 points against his ex team BG Goettingen and a huge 15 point, 12 rebound outburst against Phoenix Hagen. Despite some impressive offensive games, his strength remained on defense where he formed a nasty duo with John Little driving guard opponents wild as Alba Berlin guard Dashaun Wood found out twice never finding his rhythm in game two and four in Wurzburg and saying after the game two loss that they are so tough to go against.

There are two sides to the Chester Frazier (188-G-86, college: Illinois) story. Some will say that he is abandoning his team in a very crucial time of the season and looking out more for his best interests. Others will say that basketball is a cruel business where a player has to take care of his best interests and how often does one see an NBA player go to a horrible team for the extra bucks. His leaving seems to leave a sour mark of him letting his team down, but according to a tweet by Frazier yesterday, his team supports his decision. I won't respond to criticism of leaving! My teammates gave me their blessing and everyone doesn't know what and how my decision to leave occurred, stated Chester Frazier (188-G-86, college: Illinois). The departure will hurt the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg team on the defensive side, but the team has shown all season long that they are a fighting team and will continue to play like that. A John Little averaged 18 points in the last three games against Alba Berlin and played like he was related to Dashaun Wood and he wont stop now. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg have more than a capable basketball team to overcome this loss and with Chris Kraemer an ace up John Patricks sleeve as he plays like a pit bull also even though sometimes his offense strength overshadows his defense cusine. John Patrick will have to make adjustments, but just as ratiopharm Ulm is on a mission and the slight favorite in this series, one should never count out the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. John Patrick made a BG Goettingen into winning teams with the least amount of basketball means and has done the same in Wurzbug. As long as John Patrick is on the sidelines, its not over until the fat lady sings.



Steven Key Remains Head Coach With EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Since 2007, EnBW Ludwigsburg has been trying to reach the Beko BBL playoffs and this past season experienced another rough year as the team finsihed in 16th place with a record of 10-24. Despite this hard ship, the club continues to show trust in head coach Steven Key and have announced today that the American will lead the team in the 2012-2013 season. Key was assistant coach last season under Markus Jochum and took over the reigns in December as the german was fired. Key has had experience in Germany coaching the LTi Giessen 46ers and ART Dusseldorf Magics (2.Bundesliga). 'As Steven Key became coach last season, we were in a tough situation. We were able to stay in the league on the second to last game day. He was able to improve the intensity and attitude in the fight to stay in the league and was able to keep a positive atmosphere', stressed Alexander Reil.

source: EnBW Ludwigsburg





Achmadschah Zazai (I Think That We Will See A Bamberg-Ulm Final) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Achmadschah Zazai (177-PG-86) is a 25 year old German/Afghani 177 cm guard that is playing for the Lti Giessen 46ers. He started his basketball career for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and played there until 2005. In the 2005-2006 season, he played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) playing 28 games and averaging 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 19.3ppg, and also had a license for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) playing 12 games and averaging 1.1ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for the Bremen Roosters (Germany-ProA) playing 14 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.1apg, and then went to Denmark to play for Horsens IC playing 8 games and averaging 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Telemotive Muenchen (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games averaging 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.5apg), Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.4%. In 2009-2010 he played for Freiburg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 21.8%, FT: 76.0%. In 2010-2011 he played for : BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), Steals-4 (2.1spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 64.7%. Last season, he played for the Lti Giessen 46ers averaging 3,1ppg, 1,1rpg and 2,0apg. He spoke to eurobasket about the 2012 Beko BBL playoffs.

How surprised were you that the s:Oliver Baskets Wurzburg got past Alba Berlin 3-1? What was key in this series for Alba Berlin getting an early summer vacation?

That surprised me but Wurzburg wanted it more and they also deserved it thats for sure!!

Were you surprised by the easy time that ratiopharm Ulm had in getting past the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig? What was key for Ulm advancing?

That wasnt really a surprise since Ulm play well together and have a great team chemistry.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn won game one, but Bamberg then won the next three. What was key for Bamberg advancing?

Bamberg wasnt taking Bonn seriously thats the reason they picked up the last games and wont it!!

The most exciting series was Artland-FC Bayern Munich. Why wasnt FC Bayern Munich a title team this season?

This was their first season together. They need time as a team, but their time will come.

The most exciting semi final series seems to be Wurzburg-Ulm. Wurzburg comes in with a lot of confidence. What kind of series can we await?

I think that ratiopharm Ulm will win 3-1. It will be a tight series.

What does Wurzburg/Ulm have to do to get to the final and what is your prediction?

Ulm will have to play tough defense. I think we will see a Bamberg-Ulm final.

Who are the x-factors?

Bryant and Swann are the x-factors for ratiopharm Ulm.

What kind of a series can we await with Bamberg-Artland?


Bamberg will sweep Artland. They will have a tough game at Artland, but they have the expereince to reach the final again.

Will the Artland Dragons have any more energy for Bamberg after their hard 5 game series against FC Bayern Munich?

It will be tough for Artland, because they come into the series after a toughs eries against Munich and now must play against the champion.

Who are the x-factors?

They have to stop PJ Tucker.

Do The Los Angeles Lakers have any chance being down 0-2 to get past the Thunder?

The Lakers have no chance.

The Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers series is at 1-1. Do the Pacers have any chnace of advancing?

Miami really needs Bosh. It will be a tough series without him.

Derrick Rose is projected to miss 8-12 months. Could this injury change him as a player when he finally returns?

He will get strong again and be as hungry as ever.

Thanks Achmadschah for the chat.



Mr Basketball Edward Scissorhands Devin Gibson Remains With The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



With the earliest summer vacation in the last 5 years, the Fraport Skyliners have had an early jump to get on setting the roster for the 2012-2103 season and after signing young German Konstatin Klein a few weeks ago have announced today that Devin Gibson (182-G-89, college: UTSA) will return to te team and showcase his ultimate energy game as he got a contract extension with an option for an additional year. Gibson who is a 22 year old 182cm guard from Texas came to the team at the start of 2012 and quickly showed that he had no problems getting used to the Beko BBL coming from UTSA (NCAA) and making a mark in Germany quickly. Already in his third game, he poured in a season high 21 points against the LTi Giessen 56ers. Last season he played 18 games avergaing 8,4ppg, 2,7apg and 1,4spg in 22 minutes per game. 'I am happy that Devin will also play next season with us. He developed well and showed his talent. He works very hard and can get better. I hope that he can use his experience from last season and remain an important part of the team', stressed Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin . Gibson was best known for releasing that needed energy and using his
Edward Scissorhands to bat away balls, get timely steals and just make life uncomfortable for opponents. 'I am happy that Devin will stay. He got comfortable in Frankfurt quickly and helped coming from the bench and starting. Holding him gives us some more continuity. He plays very aggressive on ball defense and is athletic. He is already very professional despite his age and I think he can still improve a lot and I am curious to know how he will develop further', added Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . Gibson scored in double figurers seven times and also scored 20 points against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. 'I am very happy to remain a part of the Skyliner family.

Source: Fraport Skyliners



Jason Cain Craves For A Taste Of Bavaria Joining BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



BBC Bayreuth will be starting their third season in hte Beko BBL after a long stay in the second bundesliga this season and one thing that they have done well the last few years was hauling in big men. Two seasons ago it was ex NBA player Jared Reiner, last season the spunky and physical ex Boston Celtic Brandon Hunter and today they announced the signing of athletic Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) who can play forward as well as center and is the second new signing. BBC Bayreuth finally released Cain from Northern Germany as he had played in Braunschweig and Bremerhaven the last 5 years. Cain is a 27 year old 208cm player from Philadelphia that played in Bremerhaven last year playing 32 games and avergaing 9,3ppg, 4,1rpg and 1,0apg. 'Jason has very much experience in the Beko BBL and can play the positions 4 and 5. That makes him very flexibel for us and I have a good feeling about him since he wanted to come to Bayreuth. He is very motivated and fits well to the team with his charachter. He is agood puzzle piece for a hopefully successful team', warned BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco Van Den Berg.

Cain played at
Virginia (NCAA) and in his senior year played 32 games: 6.8ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 47.9%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 73.2%. He came to Germany in 2007-2008 and already quickly showed tat he could play at the beko BBL level as he In Sep. signed a temporary contract with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga) to replace injured Peter Fehse, then stayed for the rest of season: 31 games: 5.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 58.4%. His best season with Braunscweig was 2009-2010 as he played 40 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 72.6%. He reached the Beko BBL playoffs twice and played a total of 142 games for the Phantoms. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS Most Valuable Player of the Philadelphia Public League championship game, earned first-team All-City honors and was the MVP of the Public League All-Star Game -05, ACC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, German Bundesliga Semifinals -10, and German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -11

Source: BBC Bayreuth



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Interview Vassilis Spanoulis:''We believed, we fought'' - by Diamadis Farmakis

Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) is the leader of Olympiacos. A man who played basketball in the highest level, for all of his career. Spanoulis, a two time Euroleague champion, spoke to the official site of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, about his memories and conclusions of the 2012 EL Final Four, which made him and his team, the best in Europe.

Here is Vassilis Spanoulis's interview:

Many people still can't believe what happened in the final. What about you? Does it seem a little unbelievable?

'It's hard to believe that we won the Euroleague, yes. Sometimes, people stop me in the street now, they congratulate me for being Euroleague champions, but I don't think I believe it yet. We deserved it, for sure. But it's very difficult for such a new team with so many young guys to be on top of Europe. It's something unbelievable and a lot of credit belongs to everyone. We never quit in the season or in that game. We believed, we fought and we played great defense. I think that in the end, that's what gave us the title, our defense. That was most important, the defense we played the last three months.'

Go back to last summer. You had a coaching change, so many new players. How did you understand all these changes? What were you thinking at that time?

'Our presidents and our coaches said that we would go step by step, and that's what we did. We didn't make any goals. We didn't choose any big targets. We just said that we want to go step by step. We tried to improve, to play nice basketball and to enjoy ourselves, and at the end of the day, see what we are able to do. This was a good approach because there was never any pressure put on this young, new team, perhaps the youngest in the Euroleague. Some moments were very difficult, for sure. Nothing was easy. But we succeeded in creating a very strong character and chemistry, because from the beginning of the season we were playing must-win finals to get to the Top 16 even, with wins against Bilbao, Caja Laboral, Cantu and Nancy. We got tough playing those games.'

You believed in the team's possibilities long before most people. When did you start to think that the team could make the Final Four?

'When we won the fourth game of the Top 16 against Efes in Turkey, I started to believe, myself, that something good can happen this year. We never talked big during the whole season or tried to say something more about our chances. But inside each of us, we worked hard, knowing that if we did that, we could do something good and could change a lot for the team. We believed in ourselves through the difficult times and must-win situations early in the season. That created character and confidence that showed later, in more and more crucial games.'

In the final, down 19 late in the third quarter, there was a timeout, right before the comeback. Do you remember what was said in that timeout?

'Well, first, Coach Ivkovic replaced me and Kostas Papanikolaou, I think, with Kostas Sloukas and Marko Keselj. And then just told everyone to keep fighting and keep our winning spirit, because there was a lot of game left to play. We were together with the idea of doing our best until we saw what the end result would be.'

At that moment, only you, Pero Antic and Papanikolaou had scored any points. And none of you were on the floor. How could the team have had the confidence to come back?

'That's something I didn't realize that in that moment. With the game in progress, you don't realize who scored and who didn't. Afterwards, people talked about it, but what can I say? It happened. A game can have a lot of options or a few. You can't predict what might happen. What's important is that the team wasn't worried about that. Because after that, everyone started scoring. We knew that we didn't have anything to lose playing against a great CSKA team. It was the best team all year, with great players, a big budget. They were the big favorite. But when we started playing great defense and hitting shots, it turned the momentum and the psychology of the game to our side.'

What were you thinking on the bench while watching the young guys make that 14-0 run?

'I felt proud about them because their improvement all during the year was unbelievable. To see them give everything on the floor and fight like that showed that we were a real team that never quits. It was everybody for the team, and that is the only way to win titles. You can't do it with three or four players, you need 12 players, 15 players, everybody. In big games, other teams work to stop some players, so everyone has to be prepared to step up, and we did that. We showed what big teams have: character.'

Do you believe this was a team of destiny?

'I cannot say we were the best team from the start of the season. But for sure we were the team that improved the most, maybe more than any team in the history of the Euroleague, if you look from the beginning to the end of the season. In the beginning, not a lot of people believed in us, and that was extra motivation to work hard and prove that we could do big

Were you always looking for this opportunity to truly lead a team to the top, like you did with Olympiacos this year?

'In my career, I am always looking for motivation, for something that can make me a better player. This is why we play basketball: because we love it and want to succeed in it. The word motivation for me is very important in my basketball career and in life. For sure, it's nice to think of having achieved with all the team, the coaches and the fans together this big thing for Olympiacos. But with goals and targets, as soon as something is achieved, you look for the next one. Basketball never stops. What counts is the present. Now, after we are Euroleague champions, every team will be coming after us, trying to beat us. That gives me extra motivation, because like I said, after one target ends, I am always looking for a new one in my career.'

And what is the next target in the Euroleague?

'If this team keeps its core, I can see this team making many Final Fours, because it's a team that is new, young and thirsty. Everybody here wants to stay on the highest level. We fit together good. The chemistry is right. And when you win something like the Euroleague, your confidence and psychology go much higher, to a level we didn't dream of before this.'



Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Awards 2011-2012 - by Chris Mammides

Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 1st Team 2011-2012
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Kostas Papanikolaou
Papanikolaou
Dimitris Diamantidis
Diamantidis
Vasilis Xanthopoulos
Xanthopoulos
Georgios Printezis
Printezis
Aron Baynes
Baynes
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Player of the Year: Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus
Co-Guard of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Co-Guard of the Year: Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-G-84) of Panionios
Forward of the Year: Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) of Olympiacos
Center of the Year: Aron Baynes (208-C-86) of Ikaros
Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) of Olympiacos
Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Haralampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89) of Peristeri GS
Bosman Player of the Year: David Logan (184-G-82) of Panathinaikos
Import Player of the Year: Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos
Domestic Player of the Year: Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) of Olympiacos
Newcomer of the Year: Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) of Kolossos
Rookie of the Year: Andreas Kanonidis (198-F-91) of Marousi
Defensive Player of the Year: Zack Wright (188-G-85) of AGOR
Co-Coach of the Year: Giorgos Bartzokas of Panionios
Co-Coach of the Year: Dusan Ivkovic of Olympiacos

1st Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) of Panathinaikos
G: Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-84) of Panionios
F: Kostas Papanikolaou (204-90) of Olympiacos
F: Georgios Printezis (206-85) of Olympiacos
C: Aron Baynes (208-86) of Ikaros

2nd Team
G: Zack Wright (188-85) of AGOR
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82) of Olympiacos
G: Dionte Christmas (196-86) of AGOR
F: Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) of Marousi
F: Kyle Hines (198-86) of Olympiacos

3rd Team
G: Angelos Tsamis (192-81) of VAP Kolossos
G: Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) of KAOD
G: Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) of Marousi
G/F: Romel Beck (203-82) of Ikaros
F/C: Dimos Dikoudis (206-77) of PAOK

Honorable Mention
Richard Roby (198-G-85) of Peristeri GS
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus
Pero Antic (210-F-82) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus
Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) of Panathinaikos Athens
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Panathinaikos Athens
Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) of Aris Thessaloniki
Scotty Hopson (200-G-89) of VAP Kolossos Rodou
Vasileios Kavvadas (202-F-91) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
Romain Sato (194-G/F-81) of Panathinaikos Athens
William Keys (188-PG-77) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
Alex Stepheson (205-F-87) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) of Panathinaikos
F: Kostas Papanikolaou (204-90) of Olympiacos
F: Georgios Printezis (206-85) of Olympiacos
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82) of Olympiacos
C/F: Ian Vougioukas (212-85) of Panathinaikos

All-Imports Team
G: Zack Wright (188-85) of AGOR
G: Dionte Christmas (196-86) of AGOR
G: Michael Taylor (188-86) of Kavala
F: Kyle Hines (198-86) of Olympiacos
F: Mike Batiste (203-77) of Panathinaikos

All-Bosmans Team
C: Damir Latovic (204-80) of AGOR
G: Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76) of Panathinaikos
F: Pero Antic (210-82) of Olympiacos
F: Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79) of Panionios
F: Sergio Kerusch (195-89) of Aris

All-Defensive Team
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Zack Wright (188-G-85) of AGOR
Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-G-84) of Panionios
Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos
Marcus Hatten (186-G-80) of VAP Kolossos



Antonis Fotsis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the seventh-ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) 89-83 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Fotsis had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Fotsis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 64.8%(68-105), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 77.3% in the 35 games he played so far. Fotsis is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antonis Fotsis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Bourousis led Armani Milano to a victory over the seventh-ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) 89-83. He was MVP of the game. Bourousis scored 20 points. Bourousis has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.5%(123-200), 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 73.8%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, also represented by FCM), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Vasiliadis could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Gescrap BB lost 73-77 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. Vasiliadis recorded 15 points (made all of his seven free throws) in 28 minutes. This year Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 60.6%(60-99), 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 90.7%(136-150) in the 35 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Cimberio Varese (17-15) 91-75 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Zisis recorded 6 points and added 6 passes. Montepaschi Siena (24-8) is placed first in the SerieA. Zisis' overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.8apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #5. International guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89), who plays in the Estonian KML was not able to help Tartu Ulikool (25-3) in their last game. Despite Sokk's good performance the league leader Tartu Ulikool lost in an overtime 76-87 in Tallinn to the second-ranked Kalev/Cramo. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 21 minutes. Sokk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Tartu Ulikool's roster. Sokk is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.1apg. This year he also averages: 9.5ppg and 2.2rpg in the 24 games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Sokk is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Alexey Savrasenko
Alexey Savrasenko
   #6. Center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) managed to help Unics Kazan to win against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) 81-75 in the Russian PBL on Thursday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Savrasenko's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
   #7. International center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Mavroeidis was not able to secure a victory for Gescrap BB (19-15) in their game against Caja Laboral (23-11). He scored 5 points in 7 minutes. Gescrap BB was edged in an overtime 90-88 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. This year Mavroeidis' overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.4rpg in the 31 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Emmanouil Papamakarios
Emmanouil Papamakarios
   #8. Guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80) contributed to an overtime Lagun Aro GBC's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (20-14) 86-82 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Papamakarios scored 6 points and had 3 steals. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (19-15) is placed fifth in the ACB. Papamakarios' total stats this season are: 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Papamakarios is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Dimitris Haritopoulos
Dimitris Haritopoulos
   #9. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a 1-point ASVEL's victory against the seventh-ranked Chorale de Roanne (16-14) 69-68 in the French ProA on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-17) is placed 12th in the ProA. The Regular Season already ended. This year Haritopoulos' total stats are: 7.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.



Olympiakos-Panathinaikos 84-78: Game analysis - by Dimitris Katsionis

Greek finals just started and it's the first time after many years, that Panathinaikos doesn't seem the clear favorite for the title.. Let's see some important points from the first game.

-Obradovic started with Romain Sato on Olympiakos point guard, Mantzaris, and Nick Kalathes on Spanoulis. Diamantidis had a very impressive first period at both ends of the court and that helped Panathinaikos to control the game tempo. Until the end of the 1st quarter 3D had already defend on every perimeter position, from point guard to small forward spot.

-Ivkovic started with Mantzaris on Diamantidis and his usual defensive tactic against the opponent's pick 'n roll offense, defending on 2 against 2 situations without any help.

CREDIT: It was very impressive the fact that Panathinaikos didn't manage to finish even one single pick'n roll play scoring in the heart of the paint. It is known that this is coach Obradovic 'secure play'. The Serbian uses it always at first minutes of a critical game (Maccabi T.Aviv, CSKA M.) with Diamantidis targeting Maric deep in the paint. Those easy buckets kill the opponent's psychology and help Panathinaikos find it's rhythm. Ivkovic was prepared and as a result the Green ball handler couldn't find his center and passed the ball back to the top of the offense on the power forward (both Kaimakoglou and Tsartsaris had an ice- cold shooting night). Panathinaikos took its first points from this play (in the paint) only when Mike Batiste came in to the court..

-Panathinaikos coaching stuff put Jasikevicius on the court early and send him defend Keselj at '3'. Ivkovic answered immediately, replacing the Serbian forward with Kostas Papanikolaou, a much better post up player. From that moment Papanikolaou was receiving cross-screens to take the ball at the low post against Saras. Ivkovic also put a great shooter like Sloukas in the strong side (when Papanikolaou had the ball down low) to prevent any help from the perimeter.

-KEY POINT: In the second half OIympiakos coaching staff put -the game's MVP- Papanikolaou on Diamantidis (opponent's main ball handler and creator on the pick'n roll) targeting to defend the switches. As a result Panathinaikos centers had a 2.05 athletic monster in their back down low and Diamantidis a hard time against the super-speedy Kyle Hines.

-Vasilis Spanoulis had another ice-cold shooting night against his previous team. Panathinaikos knows how to defend him and Spanoulis straggles against Obradovic defence, two years now. But it's very important how Olympiakos captain handled this. He understood that it's not his night, early in the game, stayed calm and tried to help his teammates with every other possible way. Olympiakos can win without Spanoulis's scoring, but not without his mind..

-It's obvious that Zeliko Obradovic has to make a few adjustments in order to win this series. Panathinaikos must immediatelly improve two basic parts of its game. 1.) Defensive rebound. Ok, the greens face a team that hits the offensive boards like Partizan, back on the Vujosevic's days. Olympiakos was the best offensive rebounding team this year in the Euroleague. But Panathinaikos must defend its paint with every cost and not allow any offensive boards. 2.) Three point shot. This the biggest difference between this year's team and last year's Panathinaikos. Obradovic's offense produces many ''good looks'' to its players, but their percentages are low. It's simple.. You can't win this Olympiakos team without at least decent perimeter shot..

-Who would be Obradovic hide ace for the next game..? Maybe Stratos Perperoglou. It's obvious that he is in a good shape. Perperoglou's versatile offense (post up, cuts, drive to the rim, midrange game, three point threat) can give Panathinaikos some freshness. This sense is totally missing from the team..

Game 2 is critical. Panathinaikos will have tremendous pressure against a team in stroke which now shows as the ''heavy favorite'' for the title. And everydoby knows that this is probably Obradovic's biggest motivation..



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Energy set to battle Soldiers - by Eurobasket News

The 15-man roster has been set and the Edmonton Energy are now on their way to Orlando to take on the Venom, April 27-28, 2012. The team, led by head coach Dave Youngs, will open up their 2012 campaign against an Orlando squad full of southern talent and a developing program similar to what we are producing in the Edmonton community.

The 2012 roster is highlighted by returning guard Steven Siracusa (6'3''-F), 4-time IBL All-star Lee Scruggs, and University of Saskatchewan standout and 2011 IBL All-Star Troy Gottselig (6'8''-F-87).

New to the team this year, locals Danny Boticki, Jesse Reimink (6'4''-F, college: Hope), recent University of Alberta grad Daniel Ferguson, and former University of Calgary Dino Robbie Sihota among other top talents from across North America.

The Edmonton Energy will play their first games at their new home, the Saville Community Sports Centre, on May 4-5, 2012. The Jersey G-Force will battle the Energy in their Home Opener weekend. Friday and Saturday's games are both 7:30pm start times.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Iraqi Wassim Abou El Zloulof wins the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Iraqi Wassim Abou El Zloulof (187-G-90) wins the title abroad as his Champville defeated Anibal Zahle 63-59 to collect the Lebanese Basketball League title for the first time in their brief history. Anibal's first trip to the finals ended in despair, as they lost 3-1 for the series. In 2011-2012 he started for Champville (Lebanon-Div.A) and after 10 games averaged 1.4ppg.


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Ligat Loto F-4 pre finals quotes - by Netanel Dahan

Just before the final game of the season game tomorrow Maccabi Tel Aviv's and Maccabi Ashdod's representatives participated in the press confrence here are the main quotes:

Maccabi Tel Aviv's HC David Blatt: '

We can win any team, not just in Israel but in Europe as well. Our win against Holon doesn't mean anything, it only shows that we were good. The game tomorrow will be tough.
I hope that Keith Langford, and David Blu will be in our team next season, at this point of the season they don't have contract for the next season.'

Maccabi Tel Aviv's player David Blu: '

We are coming to work, just like any other team. Our record speaks for itself. We have our goals and right now I'm only thinking on Ashdod.'

Maccabi Ashdod's HC Ofer Berkovic: '

We don't have pressure. We came here to the F-4 with a feeling that we can make good things. Of course Maccabi Tel Aviv is the better team.'

Maccabi Ashdod's captein Meir Tapiro: '

We want to go as far as we can. We must do the maximum. I'm blessed to have the chance of playing at high level on my age. I'm enjoying in Ashdod and the results are clear.

The game on the 3rd place will take place on 18:00 as Maccabi Rishon will face off Holon. And the final game will take off on 21:00 as Maccabi Tel Aviv will meet Maccabi Ashdod.



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.4 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. White, Scavolin.17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Hickman, Scavolin.16.2 
 6. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 8. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 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. Easley, Banco d.6.9 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.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. Hickman, Scavolin.1.7 
 10. Johnson, Sidigas1.7 
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 Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bell, S.Antimo23.2 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.6 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.4 
 4. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 5. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.8 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.5 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.0 
 8. McConnell, Fileni17.6 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.1 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.8 
 2. Anderson, Morpho B.8.2 
 3. Jones, Giorgio7.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.4 
 7. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.3 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.1 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
 10. Kotti, Aget Imola6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.0 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.5 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.5 
 5. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 7. Renfroe, Enel B.3.3 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.3.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.3.0 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. West, Tezenis3.1 
 2. Thompson, Centra.2.6 
 3. Radulovic, Givova2.5 
 4. Green, Sigma B.2.5 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.2.4 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 8. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.2.2 
 10. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Kotti, Aget Imola0.6 
 8. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.6 
 9. Galanda, Giorgi.0.6 
 10. Zerini, Enel Brin.0.6 


Koponen ready to leave Bologna. Milano and Siena on him - by Andrea Centenari

As confirmed by Virtus Canadian Solar Bologna president, Claudio Sabatini, after the elemination from the Serie A playoffs, this has been the last season for Petteri Koponen (194-G-88) in Bologna. The finnish guard now is targeted by EA7 Emporio Armani Milano who has already made an offer to him for the next season.
Also Montepaschi Siena seems to be interested in Koponen where he should replace Nikos Zisis who will likely leave the italian team at the end of this season.
Koponen has also to talk with the Dallas Mavericks who owns his rights in the NBA.



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KPA Succumb to Visiting KCB Lions At Their Own Makande Backyard - by Eurobasket News

KENYA Ports Authority (KPA) succumbed to a 38-65 beating against visiting Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Lions before their home fans at the recently renovated Makande Stadium.

KCB were upbeat right from the whistle as they ruled all the four quarters. The bankers ran away with the first quarter 14-10 before returned to extend the lead with a 16-4 victory in the second.

KCB recorded a 14-10 win in the third quarter before sealing the match with an emphatic 21-14 in the last quarter.

Head coach Francis aka 'Officer' Ngunjiri said his side had left Nairobi with the sole objective of winning the match. ' We came here with a mission and I am happy we accomplished it,' he noted.

The loss is a bad start for the Dockers who were playing their first league match this year. KCB's Chiza Ntarata top scored with 16 points while compatriots Victor Odendo and Ancestas Wafula scored 10 points apiece.

KPA's Aran Dickson, Samuel Ochola posted nine points each while Javan Odhiambo scored eight. 'This is a sad for basketball fans in the coast region but we have to accept it because it is the spirit of sports,' said Coast Basketball Federation chairman Ali Hilmy.

Elsewhere, Starthmore University beat Blazers 69-59 in a Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium. The 'Blades' who are eyeing a top four finish this year, rolled away early and never looked back.

They had 21 points from Davie Ogolla and 15 from Cliffton Odhiambo. Mutwiri Kiogoro led all scorers with game high of 25 points but this did not help them turn the tables on Blazers, who found the going rough.

But it was different scenario in the ladies match as Strathmore University 'Swords' crushed 32-54 to an upbeat Co-operative Bank of Kenya side who had Emma Nyakweba scoring 15 and Irene Makori chipping in with 11.

The students had 11 from Denise Apondi and 10 from Carol Onsong. In the lower division, Emyba nipped Parklands Baptists 54-51, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) hit Umoja 59-42 while Trailblazers walloped Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 64-38.
Courtesy of: The Star (Nairobi)



KPA Succumb to Visiting KCB Lions At Their Own Makande Backyard - by Eurobasket News

KENYA Ports Authority (KPA) succumbed to a 38-65 beating against visiting Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Lions before their home fans at the recently renovated Makande Stadium.
KCB were upbeat right from the whistle as they ruled all the four quarters. The bankers ran away with the first quarter 14-10 before returned to extend the lead with a 16-4 victory in the second.
KCB recorded a 14-10 win in the third quarter before sealing the match with an emphatic 21-14 in the last quarter.
Head coach Francis aka 'Officer' Ngunjiri said his side had left Nairobi with the sole objective of winning the match. ' We came here with a mission and I am happy we accomplished it,' he noted.
The loss is a bad start for the Dockers who were playing their first league match this year. KCB's Chiza Ntarata top scored with 16 points while compatriots Victor Odendo and Ancestas Wafula scored 10 points apiece.
KPA's Aran Dickson, Samuel Ochola posted nine points each while Javan Odhiambo (202-F-84) scored eight. 'This is a sad for basketball fans in the coast region but we have to accept it because it is the spirit of sports,' said Coast Basketball Federation chairman Ali Hilmy.
Elsewhere, Starthmore University beat Blazers 69-59 in a Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium. The 'Blades' who are eyeing a top four finish this year, rolled away early and never looked back.
They had 21 points from Davie Ogolla and 15 from Cliffton Odhiambo. Mutwiri Kiogoro led all scorers with game high of 25 points but this did not help them turn the tables on Blazers, who found the going rough.
But it was different scenario in the ladies match as Strathmore University 'Swords' crushed 32-54 to an upbeat Co-operative Bank of Kenya side who had Emma Nyakweba scoring 15 and Irene Makori chipping in with 11.
The students had 11 from Denise Apondi and 10 from Carol Onsong. In the lower division, Emyba nipped Parklands Baptists 54-51, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) hit Umoja 59-42 while Trailblazers walloped Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 64-38.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Garnett Thompson... Lebanese Naturalized player for WABA.... - by Rabih Khoury

Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) will be the new naturalized Lebanese -American player to join the Lebanese NT for WABA that will take place next month in Jordan. Thompson finished his second season in Lebanon. He played for Champville and averaged: Lebanese League: 21 games: 17.6ppg, Reb-4 (11.0rpg), 3.1apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 15.2%, FT: 59.6%; got injured in March '12 and was sidelined for the rest of season: WABA League: 8 games: 18.8ppg, Reb-5 (9.9rpg), 2.5apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 89.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 66.7%.


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  LITHUANIA   


Cepulis Arvydas wins the Romanian Finals with his team - by Eurobasket News

Arvydas Cepulis (196-G-79) tastes Gold in Romanian Finals as Ploiesti swept the Final series for the title leaving no chances to Timisoara. Game 3 was the last in the series and brought 63:55 for home side.
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Timisoara won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international center Catalin Burlacu who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Darius Hargrove contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Arvydas Cepulis had 11. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic answered with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Timisoara.
Arvydas Cepulis averaged 12.7 points per game this season for his team.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Musel Pikes keep Brandon Gary, return Trenton Wurtz - by Eurobasket News

Musel Pikes will keep Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83, college: Hutchinson CC) for the next season. The centre will enter the second straight season with the team. Brandon Gary arrived to Musel Pikes from Contern at the start of the last season. He tallied 17.5 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.6 assists per game in Diekirch League. Previously Brandon Gary spent three straight seasons with Contern. He was named All-Luxembourg League Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. In 2009 Eurobasket.com named Brandon Gary All-Luxembourg League Player of the Year. Brandon Gary also had stints in Finland and Germany.
Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) is coming back to Musel Pikes after one season with Avanti Mondorf. The forward posted 16.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for Musel Pikes in 2010/11 season. Trenton Wurtz also had spells in New Zealand, Spain and Denmark.



AB Contern adds two more players - by Eurobasket

AB Contern is proud to announce that the men's roster will be reinforced by the 203cm tall power forward, Howard Crawford (203-F-88, agency: SDJ Sports, college: UAB) and the 196cm tall forward Elton Frazier (195-F-88).

Howard Crawford, 24 years old, graduated of the University of Alabama Birmingham, led UAB to the NIT Elite Eight. At 203cm and 107kg, Howard is a very physical power forward that rebounds and defends well inside. Crawford has played in Kuwait, Netherlands and England during the last seasons.

Elton Frazier, 24 years old, 196cm tall, graduated of the Univerisity of Canisius in NCAA in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, plays on multiple positions as well in defense and in offense, and will help us with his athletic, speed and different ways of scoring.



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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Pearson, Los M.27.4 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.4 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis23.0 
 4. McCullough, Nogales22.5 
 5. Thomas, Cananea22.3 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan21.8 
 7. Carter, Guasave20.5 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato20.3 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 10. Riley, Tepic19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.4 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.6 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis8.4 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.4 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan7.7 
 7. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.5 
 9. Zamora, Culiacan7.2 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.2 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Funn, Los Mochis8.8 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.4 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.9 
 4. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.9 
 6. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 7. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 8. Pulido, Culiacan3.9 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana3.6 
 10. Reatiga, Navolato3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.2.0 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.6 
 3. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 4. Thomas, Cananea1.5 
 5. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 6. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 7. Gale, Nogales1.3 
 8. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 9. Toussaint, Los M.1.2 
 10. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic0.9 
 6. Davis, Nogales0.8 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Tate, Tijuana0.8 
 9. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 10. Scott, Los Mochis0.7 


CIBACOPA Quarterfinals: No mercy for guests in Game One - by Eurobasket News

First games of CIBACOPA Quarterfinals were played last night. Home teams had no mercy for guests registering all four wins. The format is best-of-seven and second games are scheduled for today. Same teams will be the hosts. After that, teams will meet again on Friday and Saturday. If necessary, Game Five, Six and Seven will be played on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Hermosillo was the CIBACOPA regular season champion with 34-4 record.

Guaymas - Nogales 81-73 (1-0)
The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-12 Fuerza Guinda Nogales' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-73 at the end of the game. American forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) nailed 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) accounted for 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach LaSelle Taylor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 21+9reb, A.Pedroza 15+3ast, H.Johnson 10+1reb+3ast, M.Allen 9+7reb+4ast, H.Nungaray 8+1reb+4ast, H.Carrillo 8+5reb+1ast
Nogales: O.McCullough 21+5reb+3ast, B.Heredia 14+3reb+4ast, M.Strobbe 13+7reb+1ast, J.Mercado 9+3reb, R.George 8+2reb, C.Estrada 4+1reb
gschID: 176919


Tijuana - Guasave 99-78 (1-0)
The game without a history. Tijuana Zonkeys led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Tijuana Zonkeys forced 27 Frayles de Guasave turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Rogelio Castaneda (201-91) came up with 20 points and 4 assists and American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) added 18 points respectively for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Five Tijuana Zonkeys and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 23+5reb+4ast, R.Hornsby 18+7reb+4ast, O.Quintero 16+4reb+4ast, C.Tate 13+7reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 12+2reb+1ast, A.Solares 5+5reb+3ast
Guasave: R.Castaneda 20+4reb+4ast, R.Carter 18+4reb+1ast, V.Buelna 13+5reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 10+6reb+2ast, G.Giron 6+3reb+3ast, H.Fuller 5+10reb+2ast
gschID: 176920


Los Mochis - Cananea 104-102 (1-0)
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-27. But Mineros de Cananea won second period 29-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros Los Mochis well out of reach of Mineros de Cananea shooting 78.4 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Pioneros Los Mochis looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!) for the winners and guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) chipped in 17 points and 14 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) responded with 30 points and 5 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) scored 23 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 36+4reb+3ast, S.Scott 18+1reb+5ast, W.Funn 17+14ast, E.Cuen 12+1ast, C.M. Toussaint 10+1reb+4ast, E.Hare 6+1reb+3ast
Cananea: D.Thomas 30+2reb+5ast, R.Alexander 23+3reb+1ast, A.Mojardin 16, D.White 16+3ast, F.Harris 10+15ast, J.Casillas 7+1ast
gschID: 176921


Hermosillo - Culiacan 81-69 (1-0)



Funn number one in Mexico for round 38 - by Eurobasket News

American guard William Funn (188-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Los Mochis, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 38 award (CIBACOPA). The 29-year old player got a double-double of 15 points and 16 assists, while his team crushed Guasave (19-19) with 25-point margin 110-85. Los Mochis ended regular season as No.5 with 19-19 record and booked a spot for the Playoff Quarterfinals. In the team's last game Funn had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Los Mochis, being already a very valuable addition to the team. William Funn averages this season 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 8.3apg. Worth to mention Funn played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales. McCullough had a very good evening with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Nogales lost that game 77-91 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 34-4). Nogales finished as No.7 with 17-21 score and advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals. McCullough is one of the most experienced players at Nogales and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#4). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Nogales' star - American forward Michael Strobbe (201-F-85). Strobbe showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Strobbe's great performance Nogales lost 77-91 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 34-4). Strobbe has a great season in Mexico. After 37 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (9th best). Michael Strobbe has also Mexican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Navolato - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ray Reese (196-G-87) of Tepic - 25 points and 10 rebounds
7. Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82) of Tijuana - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Brian Hamilton (198-F-82) of Hermosillo - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of Navolato - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Luis Rodriguez Sainz (C) of Tijuana - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Mike Woodson reportedly set to return as Knicks coach - by Eurobasket News

Mike Woodson will return to the New York Knicks bench next season without the interim tag to his name.

The Knicks could introduce Woodson as permanent head coach in the coming days, sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

The source said a deal between the Knicks and Woodson could be reached within the week as soon as minor details are ironed out.

The length and amount of the deal are still being worked out, the source added.

A second source familiar with the negotiations said Woodson has already clinched the coaching job and its just a matter of time before the Knicks make the formal announcement.

Woodson and a team spokesman both declined comment when asked about the state of negotiations.

Woodson led the Knicks to an 18-6 record to finish the regular season, taking over on an interim basis after Mike DAntoni stepped down March 14.

The Knicks made it to the playoffs as seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and snapped 13-game postseason losing streak with a Game 4 victory over the Miami Heat in the first round. The Knicks were eventually eliminated in five games.

Many players are batting for Woodsons return to the bench, including Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin.

Im hopeful hes back, Anthony said earlier this month. Theres no need to try to change it up now. Im a big believer in sticking with what you have.

Before his stint with the Knicks, Woodson guided the Atlanta Hawks to the playoffs in three of his six seasons with the club.

Woodson also served as assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks (1996-99), Cleveland Cavaliers (1999-2001), Philadelphia 76ers (2001-2003) and Detroit Pistons (2003-2004).

Known for his defensive mindset, Woodson helped Larry Brown win a championship with the Detroit Pistons.

Courtesy of http://gantdaily.com



Magic CEO says Dwight Howard not behind Stan Van Gundy's dismissal - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic CEO Tony Martin went out of his way in a press conference on Monday to say that Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had nothing to do with the team's decision to part ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy.

'Let me say in no uncertain terms that Dwight did not want to be part of this decision,' Martins said at a televised press conference announcing the firings. 'He did not want to make this decision. He never asked me to make this decision. Yes, (the Howard/Van Gundy) relationship was a challenge, but Dwight Howard never asked me to fire Stan Van Gundy.'

Howard might not have been actually behind the firing but you can bet that he will play a big part in who is brought in to replace Van Gundy. Going forward every move that the team makes will be made with the intent of convincing Howard to sign an extension with the club. The rumor mill has already kicked in with names such as Donnie Walsh as GM and Mike D'Antoni as head coach being mentioned.

The coaching job for the Magic will be quite an attractive opening provided that Howard stays with the team. If he decides to bolt then it could become one big and ugly rebuilding project overnight.

Courtesy of http://atlanta.sbnation.com



Dirk Nowitzki picks Spurs, praises coach Pop - by Eurobasket News

If Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) can't play in it, he's darn sure going to watch the Western Conference finals between the Dallas Mavericks' oldest rival and their newest.

The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder tip off on Sunday night. Who's Dirk got?

'I think San Antonio's going to do it, just because they've got one more home game,' he said during Tuesday's appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's 'Galloway & Company.' 'They really came on strong late in the season and they snatched home-court advantage away from OKC. So, I got to think just by that there is a little slight advantage. But honestly, both teams are good enough to win on the opponent's floor, so I would give a slight advantage to San Antonio, but, man, OKC is looking really good.'

He should know. The Thunder rode the Mavs out of the first round in four games, handing Nowitzki the wrong side of the broom for the first time in his career.

Nowitzki's had his classic battles with the Spurs, including the amazing Game 7 in the 2006 semifinals that propelled Dallas to its first NBA Finals. It was a Spurs team that still included the Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, yet, as Nowitzki pointed out, it is an entirely different style of ball those boys are playing these days, and the reigning NBA Finals MVP says all credit goes to this season's Coach of the Year, Gregg Popovich .

'To me, he's the best coach in the league, he's a genius on both ends of the floor,' Nowitzki said. 'The adjustment that he goes through -- at the beginning they win all their championships with defense, and he saw where the game's going; the game is going to free-flowing and more movement, you need basically four shooters on the floor at all times, and he's the man, he made it all happen.

'With [general manager] R.C. Buford helping him, finding people left and right. I mean, they draft people in the second round that nobody gives them a shot and they turn them into players. They have an amazing franchise and they really do a great job finding people that play well in their system and Pop makes them believe in their system. They're really fun to watch, they're rolling.'

Dirk said he's ready to get this series going now, but unfortunately we'll have to wait until the end of the weekend. So, he's got the Spurs getting back to the NBA Finals for the first time in five seasons, but he's looking for the thing to go the distance, strictly from an entertainment standpoint.

'It's going to be spectacular. Hopefully, it's going to be a long series and we can all watch some great basketball,' Nowitzki said. 'The whole thing is full of great matchups. Just off the bench with Ginobili and [James] Harden going at it, the two point guards, obviously [Russell] Westbrook was phenomenal against us all series, but Parker is having a phenomenal year, probably in the prime of his career and Duncan is still looking really good this year. And now they got another week off to rest everybody.

Courtesy of ESPN



Jerry Sloan interested in Magic coaching job - by Eurobasket News

Jerry Sloan once coached temperamental star Karl Malone (6'10''-F-63, college: Louisiana Tech) for 15 years. Perhaps his next challenge could be another such guy, Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85).

Sloan told FOX Sports Florida on Tuesday he has interest in the Orlando Magic job, which became open Monday when Stan Van Gundy was fired.

Yes, I think so, Sloan said from his farm in McLeansboro, Ill., about his interest. It would be very intriguing. But they would have to be interested in me.

Sloan, a Hall of Famer, resigned from the Utah Jazz in February 2011 after 23 seasons. But he said not long after that he got the urge to return to coaching.

Sloan, who has a 1,221-803 career NBA coaching mark in 26 overall seasons, said he has not heard anything yet from the Magic. He also said he has interest in the Charlotte job but hasnt heard from the Bobcats.

Its not always about starting at the top, Sloan, 70, said when asked if he really would interested in a rebuilding situation such as the one with Bobcats, whose 7-59 record resulted in the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106).

The Orlando job is obviously a much better one. Howard, who had plenty of friction with Van Gundy, is the NBAs best center and is under contract, at least for next season.

Id let other people judge that, Sloan said when asked if he could coach Howard, who had been flirting with leaving small-market Orlando but decided just before the March 15 trade deadline that he would not opt out of his contract and delay possible free agency until the summer of 2013.

The Magic on Monday also let go of general manager Otis Smith. That makes the Orlando situation a little tricky for Sloan to gauge.

You dont know what direction that theyre going to go, said Sloan, who coached Malone and star point guard John Stockton with Utah from 1988-2003, leading the Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. You have to see what happens with their staff. Id have to weigh the pluses and minuses. But Id be interested in listening.

When Sloan left the Jazz, he didnt know if he wanted to coach again. But Sloan, while not pinpointing an exact moment, said he eventually got the urge to again be back on the bench.

I felt like I needed to get away from basketball, Sloan said. I worked (26) years (as a head coach). It was time for me to move on and see what was going in the world. Thats been kind of interesting. But I still have that void of basketball.

Sloan was asked what he learned about what was going on in the world.

Well, the sun comes up every day, he said.

That sure sounds like a guy who got bored not coaching. And right now, he would welcome another chance to get back.

I dont have an agent, Sloan said. I dont need for anybody to talk for me. If somebody calls me, I will listen.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsflorida.com



Ramon Sessions 'definitely' wants to return to Lakers - by Eurobasket News

After talking with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday at his exit interview, Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada) knows the Lakers would like to keep him.

''It was clear leaving the meeting they wanted me back,' Sessions said. 'It was 100% clear.'

Sessions said he 'definitely' wants to return to the Lakers and described his experience with the team as a 'dream come true.' But he said he doesn't know how he's going to proceed regarding his player option worth $4.55 million next season. Though The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported Sessions was expected to opt out of the option in hopes of getting a long-term deal, Sessions was noncommital on the issue Tuesday.

'I definitely hope to be here,' said Sessions, who has until June 20 to inform the Lakers of his decision. 'Hopefully everything works out ... well just see what happens.'

Even though both parties showed interest, how Sessions proceeds regarding his player option could dictate his future with the team. Though Kupchak had anticipated signing Sessions to a longer-term deal, the Lakers also had anticipated he would provide a larger presence at point guard.

Those early glimpses of Sessions instantly bolstering the Lakers' offense soon dialed down as he adjusted to playing at a slower pace. Sessions averaged only 6.8 points on 35.3% shooting and largely struggled defending Russell Westbrook in the Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That's why it shouldn't be a surprise about Sessions revelation both Kupchak and Brown suggested that he improve his outside shooting during the offseason.

Sessions, who has played for four NBA teams in five seasons, said long-term security is something he'd 'consider,' but is 'not everything I'm weighing on.'

'I want to win,' he said.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Granger leaves early with sprained ankle - by Eurobasket News

Indiana forward Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) left the Pacers' Eastern Conference semifinal game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night early in the second half with a sprained left ankle.

The Pacers said Granger would not return. Indiana will host Game 6 of the series on Thursday night.

Granger got hurt late in the first half, missing a 3-pointer with about 3 minutes left and landing on LeBron James' foot. Granger went down near the Heat bench, and play was stopped about 15 seconds later. Granger limped into the Indiana locker room for treatment and evaluation.

He was re-taped and warmed up at halftime, moving gingerly at times, but started the second half. About 3 minutes into the half, Granger committed a foul and went down near the Heat bench again, clearly in pain. The team announced moments after he returned to the locker room that his night was over.

Granger had a team-best 10 points when he departed.

Granger was at the center of a number of incidents throughout the series, and got technical fouls in Games 2, 3 and 4 after various dustups with Heat players. And going into Game 5, even with the series knotted up, what he was doing was a talking point for both teams.

The back-and-forth varied greatly, depending on perspective. The Heat said Granger was instigating, trying to disrupt Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Pacers said Granger is sticking up for his teammates and showing that Indiana isn't intimidated of the reigning East champs.

'Whatever he's trying is not working,' James said before Game 5. 'I don't know if he's trying to do it for his own self-confidence. He's told you guys already, 'I'm not scared of LeBron. I want to let him know.' So I guess he's doing it for his own psyche. I don't know. It's stupid.'

Countered Granger, also before Game 5: 'A little trash talking won't get them off their game.'

But when he turned the ankle, Indiana appeared to be off its game.

The Heat outscored Indiana 8-2 the rest of the half after Granger got hurt, with James - who had been guarded for much of the series by Indiana's best scorer - scoring seven of them.

James opened the burst with a 3-pointer, stole the ball from David 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.

It was 56-45 when Granger left for good, and the Heat quickly stretched the margin to 18 points in three-plus minutes following his departure.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



76ers top Celtics to force Game 7 in East semis - by Eurobasket News

The buzz at the start was for Allen Iverson's ceremonial return.

By the end, more than 20,000 fans were on their feet and going wild for Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA), Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke), Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) and the rugged-and-determined play that kept the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers alive for at least one more game.

Yes, the Sixers are talking about Game 7 - and they're taking this improbable postseason run back to Boston.

Holiday scored 20 points, and Brand had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sixers to an 82-75 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night that tied the Eastern Conference semifinals.

No team has won consecutive games in a series where neither team has played well enough to seize control. But the Sixers were good enough to win Game 6, improving to 5-0 this postseason in games following a loss.

'Game 7,' coach Doug Collins said. 'That's all we wanted was to win tonight and give ourselves a chance to go into Boston and see what happens on Saturday.'

Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas), Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76), Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Rajon Rondo could be playing their last game together Saturday night if they can't find a way to hang onto the ball and put away a Sixers team that won't quit.

Boston has learned three times already how difficult that can be.

The fun started when the not-quite retired Iverson earned a roaring standing ovation when he presented the game ball.

It ended with the song, 'I'm Shipping Up to Boston,' blasting through the arena.

'I want more,' Collins said. 'We're going to get greedy. We want more.'

The Celtics posted ugly numbers across the board: Blame the loss on the 33 percent shooting, the 17 turnovers or the 3 for 14 3-point shooting. Either way, there's enough to go around. Pierce had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Garnett had 20 points and 11 boards.

'We found a way to stay in the game, for the most part,' Pierce said.

They did because the Sixers again failed to put up the sparkling numbers in the box score usually required for a deep postseason run. They missed 8 of 9 3-pointers, shot a woeful 17 of 28 from the free throw line and had 12 turnovers.

But when the Sixers really needed that game-changing basket, there was Evan Turner twisting and fighting through defenders down the lane. When the Sixers needed a stop, there was Brand, ripping a rebound away from Boston, even with painful neck and shoulder injuries that keep him awake at night.

'When you get out there, you don't feel much,' Brand said. 'You've got the adrenaline flowing. You're banging and fighting. That's why Coach has confidence in me to play 34 minutes.'

The Sixers wrote 'Huddle Up and Fight' on their locker room chalkboard.

They did just that and are now one win away from reaching the conference finals for the first time since 2001.

Iverson was the MVP of that run.

Maybe a little of that ol' A.I. magic rubbed off in Game 6.

Unlike Game 5, when the Sixers collapsed in the third quarter and blew a lead, they suddenly found a groove in front of 20,403 fans.

The Sixers started hitting free throws, kept turnovers to a minimum (two), and fed the ball to a starting lineup that had been largely outproduced by a fantastic bench.

Turner was fouled on a go-ahead layup but missed from the line. That made the Sixers 5 of 13 while the Celtics were 14 for 14.

Iguodala split two defenders and threw down a ferocious dunk over Pierce to draw the foul. He made his first free throw after missing his first four and the Sixers led by five.

Pierce led the parade to the line for the Boston. He made his first 11 attempts for a Celtics team that was 17 for 17 through three quarters. The Celtics made only 19 field goals through three.

'We've got to move the ball and continue to play the defense that we've been playing,' Pierce said.

The Sixers also couldn't find their way from the 3-point line and missed their first six attempts until Iguodala nailed one for a 58-52 lead.

Garnett caught some heat after calling Philly fans 'fair weather' after Game 5 in Boston.

Well, the forecast called for thunderous cheers after Iguodala buried his 3.

That helped the Sixers take a 60-56 lead into the fourth and put them 12 minutes away from Game 7.

This time, the Sixers weren't blowing a lead.

Turner, who never met a clutch attempt he didn't like, went right-to-left on a drive down the lane for a nine-point lead. The 6-foot-4 Holiday brushed off the 4-inch difference and went high over Garnett for a one-handed bucket and an 11-point lead.

'Someone else was talking bad about our fans, so it was good to get this victory for them,' Brand said.

While the Sixers swapped shot makers on almost every possession, the Celtics never found that third and fourth option behind Pierce and Garnett.

'We never really established Kevin,' coach Doc Rivers said. 'Even though Kevin had points, it wasn't the type of points we needed.'

Rondo had tortured the Sixers over the first five games, but was limited to nine points (4 for 14 shooting) and six assists.

He'll need to return to form at home for the Celtics to have a chance at avoiding the upset.

'It's been a tough series. It's down to a Game 7,' Garnett said. 'We've played well at times, they've played well at times. But now, we'll take it home and see what we can do.'

Iguodala and Turner scored 12 points. Lou Williams had 11 and the Sixers outscored Boston 42-16 in the paint.

'I just want our guys to play with no fear,' Collins said.

Collins had the Sixers watch a highlight video from Game 7 of the 1982 Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday. The Sixers blew a 3-1 lead in that series and were forced to win Game 7 at Boston to reach the finals - which they did.

Thirty years later, the Sixers get to try again.

Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Deron Williams still undecided on Nets - by Eurobasket News

Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) has a request: Don't read into movements, actions or vacations.

Williams future remains very undetermined.

His hanging around the Nets and practicing at their facility doesnt mean hes staying long term. He sold his California home and is in the process of selling his house in Utah. He has nowhere else to go.

When he goes to Dallas this week, dont interpret that as a desire to go into the employ of the Mavericks. He has family there, he grew up there, his sons birthday party is being staged there.

His vacation to Russia was just that - a vacation to Russia. It does not mean he is Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorovs BFF.

'I hate all the speculation', said Williams, who before the season revealed his intention to opt out of the final year of his contract, worth $17.8 million, for free agency. I want to reiterate, I dont know what Im doing next year. Still.

Williams said no one knows what he is going to do not even my mom, my brother, my uncle, my cousin. I havent talked to anybody about where Im going next year.

So dispel reports from sources, friends, confidants, strangers.

'I just hate that people think they know where I'm going, because I don't know where I'm going', Williams said. 'So there's no way for them to know, or assume that I'm going to Dallas or that I'm staying here. I don't know. There could be another team that comes into the picture.'

The Nets have made Williams the face of the franchise for their move to Brooklyn next season. Much of last season, they pursued Dwight Howard, who had indicated he wanted to join Williams. But with the Magic firing coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith, that scenario has new subplots. The right pieces in the new regime could change Howards fickle mind again. Still, the Nets remain optimistic, but have contingency plans.

I think hes happy here, Nets coach Avery Johnson said of Williams, noting GM Billy King is prepared for any situation in the saga. I think hes excited about his future and were all hoping and praying thats with the Nets. Hes working out, hes around every day.

Obviously if he didnt like being here, he wouldnt be around. But, again, until he gets signed on the dotted line, well stay the course. Right now, the idea and feeling is we have to do everything we can to get Deron re-signed.

Williams has maintained a lets wait and see attitude for roster improvement. He expects to begin fielding calls at 12:01 a.m. July 1.

Probably. Im sure when it comes down to the time, itll only be between a couple teams, Williams said, noting that by July 1, I think Ill have a good idea. My agent [Jeff Schwartz], hes done this before. So were going to talk, actually today about some scenarios.

Williams insisted he is no closer to deciding than he was at seasons end. He has been working out and preparing for the Olympics except for that vacation with his wife. He returned to Turkey, where he played during the lockout and where he met King, who was scouting and had a brief chat with Prokhorov. From Turkey, he went to Russia.

People say Im staying here for sure because I went to Russia, Williams said. Ive never been to Russia. [Andrei Kirilenko has] been telling me to come to Russia for the last six years, so I went. It was close to Turkey. I went to Turkey because I love Turkey, I played there for three months.

Make of it what you want.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



Irving, Rubio lead NBA rookie team - by Eurobasket News

NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) was the only unanimous choice in voting for the NBA All-Rookie First Team, announced Tuesday in New York.

The Cleveland Cavaliers guard got 58 points in voting held among NBA head coaches. Irving had an average of 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 51 games this season.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) finished second with 49 points after averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 assists per game in his rookie season.

Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) of the Denver Nuggets was third with 46 points, followed by Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) of the Golden State Warriors with 43.

Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) of the New York Knicks, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) of the Detroit Pistons were tied for fifth place with 40 points each.

The NBA All-Rookie Second Team included Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets, Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings, MarShon Brooks of the New Jersey Nets, Derrick Williams of Minnesota and Tristan Thompson of Cleveland.

Courtesy of www.upi.com



Exclusive: Howard wants trade despite Magic ousting Van Gundy, Smith - by Eurobasket News

Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) wants out of Orlando, the events of yesterday notwithstanding, a source close to Howard tells SheridanHoops.com

On the day coach Stan Van Gandy and general manager Otis Smith lost their jobs with the Magic, a source who has spoken with Howard recently said the All-Star center desperately wants to be traded prior to the start of next season.

And although the Brooklyn Nets are still considered the frontrunner, it is not going to be a one-horse race, the source said, listing the Mavericks, Knicks and - to a lesser degree - the Clippers and Lakers as among the destinations that would appeal to Howard.

When the news first broke Monday that Van Gundy had been fired and Smith had agreed to leave, the knee-jerk reaction was to assume that Howard had won the power struggle, and the Magic would now empower him to have a say in who the new hires would be - provided he agreed to sign a contract extension and commit to the Magic for the long term.

But in fact, the source said, Howard wants out of Orlando more than he ever did before in order to start a new chapter of his career. And it is well-known throughout the league that the Magic do not want to endure another soap opera season like the one they just experienced.

Orlando team executives are expected to meet soon with Howard as he recovers from the back surgery he underwent last month in California. If Howard tells them he wants out, they are expected to try to accomodate him and deal him to the highest bidder.

One piece of the puzzle that could influence Howards landing spot is whether a team acquiring Howard would be willing to take on the contract of Hedo Turkoglu, who is due to make $23.6 million over the next two seasons. The combined salaries of Howard and Turkoglu will be $30.6 million next season, and few teams will have the cap room or the assets to do a trade in which the salaries match.

One scenario that could improve the Nets chances to acquire Howard is if they win the draft lottery and get one of the top three choices in this Junes draft, which then could be bundled in a deal for Howard. (If the pick is No. 4 or lower, it goes to the Portland Trail Blazers as payment for the Nets acquisition of Gerald Wallace at the trading deadline.)

Wallace has a player option for next season that he must exercise by mid-June , and the Nets other marquee player Deron Williams plans to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, with the Mavericks believing they have a shot at convincing him to return to his hometown. But Williams future in Brooklyn would be solidified if the Nets could find a way to make a deal for Howard, who they have been trying to acquire since training camp last December.

Whatever the future may hold, Howard does not want his to be headquartered in Orlando, the source insisted.

These are the days you dread in this business, but we feel its time for new leadership and new voices, Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a statement.

Van Gundy had four straight 50-win seasons before going 37-29 this season, when he dealt with Howards frequent changes of heart regarding his future with the Magic. Late in the season, Van Gundy revealed that he knew that Howard had asked for him to be removed as head coach.

On the day of the trade deadline, Howard agreed not to opt out of his contract for next season but he has since given no indication he is willing to ink a multi-year contract extension that the Magic would gladly give him.

Howard came out of the lockout expecting to be traded to New Jersey, but the Magic pulled out of the trade talks late in training camp, Howard spent an uneasy season in Orlando before being sidelined late in the season with a back injury that required surgery, and the Magic were ousted in five games by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.

Even if Howard is offered a say in who the next coach and general manager will be, the Magic will want him do sign an extension before ceding that type of power to him. Two coaches who worked with Howard on Team USA, Mike DAntoni and Nate McMillan, are currently unemployed after being fired by the Knicks and Trail Blazers midway through this season. Several news outlets have reported that Michael Malone, the lead assistant in Golden State and the son of former NBA head coach Brendan Malone, is a favorite to be given consideration.

The Orlando Sentinel has already published a list of potential replacement candidates.

Courtesy of www.sheridanhoops.com



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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Andrew NICHOLSON
  St.Bon.
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Nicholson, St.Bon.18.5 
 2. Holloway, Xavier17.5 
 3. Moore, Temple17.3 
 4. Wyatt, Temple17.1 
 5. Gaston, Fordham17.1 
 6. Jones, St.Joseph''s16.8 
 7. Williams, Massachu.16.4 
 8. Galloway, St.Josep.15.8 
 9. Braswell, Charlotte15.8 
 10. Pettis, La Salle15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GASTON
  Fordham
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Gaston, Fordham9.9 
 2. Eric, Temple8.8 
 3. Nicholson, St.Bon.8.4 
 4. Kanacevic, St.Jose.8.2 
 5. Holton, Rhode I.8.1 
 6. Bristol, Fordham8.0 
 7. Braswell, Charlotte7.6 
 8. Evans, St.Louis7.3 
 9. Mayfield, Charlotte7.0 
 10. Outerbridge, Rhod.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chaz WILLIAMS
  Massachu.
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Massachu.6.4 
 2. Dillard, Dayton6.0 
 3. McConnell, Duque.5.5 
 4. Holloway, Xavier4.9 
 5. Taylor, G.Washin.4.3 
 6. Frazier, Fordham4.1 
 7. Duren, La Salle4.0 
 8. Fernandez, Temple3.8 
 9. Lindsay, Richmond3.7 
 10. Kanacevic, St.Jos.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 T.J. MCCONNELL
  Duque.
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McConnell, Duque.2.8 
 2. Henry, Charlotte2.6 
 3. Williams, Massachu.2.3 
 4. Wyatt, Temple2.2 
 5. Pettis, La Salle1.8 
 6. Kromah, G.Washin.1.7 
 7. Duren, La Salle1.7 
 8. Galloway, La Salle1.5 
 9. Holloway, Xavier1.5 
 10. Jefferson, Temple1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 C.J. AIKEN
  St.Joseph''s
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Aiken, St.Joseph''s3.6 
 2. Garrett, Richmond3.3 
 3. Bristol, Fordham2.4 
 4. Eric, Temple2.1 
 5. Nicholson, St.Bon.2.0 
 6. Outerbridge, Rhode1.8 
 7. Kanacevic, St.Jose.1.7 
 8. Gaston, Fordham1.6 
 9. Edwards, G.Washin.1.5 
 10. Lalanne, Massach.1.5 


Cincy-Xavier rivalry to continue on neutral court - by Eurobasket News

Now that the Cincinnati-Xavier Crosstown Shootout will continue on as scheduled, the rivalry has also found a new gym at which to play the game.

In recent decades, Cinci and X swapped home arenas every other year, playing host and giving one of the sport's most intense, local, familiar rivalries a real intimate, hostile backdrop for the play on the court. But due to the hostility that fostered for the players during last year's fight on the floor, the schools have agreed to go neutral for the near future, signing on to play at U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Bill Koch broke the news early Tuesday morning.

Keeping the game going was the right move; because some players got their heads hot and couldn't stop themselves from making a disgrace of the game one time isn't a reason to end things. Yes, it was ugly, but I'll add that this was far from the worst basketball brawl we've ever seen. The fiasco was fleetingly bad for college basketball's look -- most may not remember this now, but Indiana's iconic, last-second win over Kentucky happened about three hours after this brouhaha occurred -- but in the interest of keeping college basketball's non-conference season interesting, as well as not overreacting to what could be an aberration of bad behavior, school officials on both sides made the right call.

From the Enquirer, here are some of the terms of the deal:

The rivalry game ... will be played on Dec. 18, 19 or 20 and will be televised on one of the ESPN channels, with an official announcement expected in June.
Based on the alternating site arrangement that has been in effect for years, the game was to be played this season at UC's Fifth Third Arena, but in the wake of the brawl that erupted with 9.4 seconds left in XU's 76-53 victory in last year's game at Xavier's Cintas Center, officials from the two schools agreed to move it to a neutral court for two years in an attempt to improve the climate surrounding the game. Financial details have not been finalized.

After the two-year trial period, the behavior of players and fans will be re-evaluated, with no guarantee that the series will continue.


The teams haven't met in this particular arena in 25, and what will essentially be 26 years by the time the game is played.

I'm pretty surprised the deal is for two years. Taking a stab in the dark, I'm thinking the contract must have a clause that states if another ugly incident takes place next season, the second game gets the ax.

The iconic city-of-Cincinnati rivalry has been played every year since 1946. Cincinnati leads the series 48-31.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Indiana's big 4 teams to keep Crossroads Classic - by Eurobasket News

Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue have agreed to continue playing the Crossroads Classic through 2014.

The schools made joint announcements Wednesday, saying they had agreed to extend the contract for two more years. Last year marked the first time those four teams had played in a doubleheader at Conseco Fieldhouse, drawing more than 19,000 fans. This year's games feature Butler-Indiana and Notre Dame-Purdue on Dec. 15.

Additional games will now be played Dec. 14, 2013 and Dec. 20, 2014.

The announcement comes less than three weeks after Indiana announced it would not play Kentucky because it was already playing too many games away from its Bloomington campus. The Crossroads Classic was one of the games Indiana officials had cited.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Big East basketball coaches support inviting all teams to expanded hoops tournament - by Eurobasket News

Big East basketball coaches have endorsed having all its members in an expanded lineup participate in the league's high-profile conference hoops tournament.

The Big East is poised to expand from 16 to at least 18 men's basketball programs in July 2013. If Pittsburgh and Syracuse successfully move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, the conference would have 18 teams participating in the Big East tournament.

The Big East has tried a variety of formats, including limiting the tournament to the league's top 12 teams. In 2008, conference leaders decided to allow all 16 current Big East members play in the tournament. Some coaches expressed concerns about the burden of having to win so many games before trying to make an NCAA Tournament run, but Connecticut proved it was possible. The Huskies were the ninth seed and won five games in five days before going on to win the national championship in 2011.

Big East interim commissioner Joe Bailey said the basketball coaches wanted all teams to enjoy the complete Big East tournament experience.

While the league is likely to accept the coaches' request, it will take some time to figure how exactly to manage what likely will be an 18-team basketball tournament.

Big East teams typically end their regular season on Saturday. Unless the Big East can squeeze in five games on the Tuesday of tournament week the traditional opening day of the tournament the league will have to play at least two play-in games on Monday.

The Big East's contract with Madison Square Garden does not give the league access to the venue until Tuesday, so the conference would have to renegotiate its contract with the arena or hold the games at a nearby venue so that winners would be available to play in the full tournament the next day.

UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury said he is glad the conference has embraced the idea of letting all members participate in the tournament.

'The Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden is such a unique and really special experience,' Stansbury said. 'We really want our basketball team to be able to experience it. I think it's one of many reasons we're really excited about this move to the Big East.'

While fewer tournament games likely would help the Big East's powerhouse basketball teams, veteran Villanova coach Jay Wright said the schools have embraced the idea of doing whatever is best for the conference.

'In the past, when we had more stability, you would go for what you thought was best for men's basketball or best for your school,' Wright said. 'Now everybody just says we have to do what's best for the whole conference.'

Courtesy of http://articles.orlandosentinel.com



UNC Wilmington's Adam Smith transfers to Virginia Tech Hokies - by Eurobasket News

New Virginia Tech men's basketball coach James Johnson has landed his first player.

Johnson says guard Adam Smith (5'11''-G) is transferring from UNC Wilmington to the Hokies.

Smith started 29 games for the Seahawks as a freshman and was second on the team with a 13.7-point scoring average. He did some of his best work in the biggest games, scoring 32 against Wake Forest and 23 against Maryland.

The Jonesboro, Ga., native will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the coming season.

Johnson replaced Seth Greenberg on May 1. Since then, star freshman forward Dorian Finney-Smith has been released to pursue opportunities at other schools and recruit Montrezl Harrell has asked to be released from his commitment to the Hokies.

Courtesy of ESPN



Washington St. adds ex-Fresno boss Lopes as assistant - by Eurobasket News

Washington State has hired former Fresno State head coach Ray Lopes as an assistant coach.

Cougars coach Ken Bone made the announcement Tuesday. Lopes spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Idaho. Before that, Lopes coached in the NBA Developmental League, leading Idaho to the league title in 2008.

Lopes was an assistant under Kelvin Sampson at Washington State in 1993-94 and went with Sampson to Oklahoma. He took over at Fresno State during the 2002-03 season, leading the Bulldogs to the Western Athletic Conference regular season title. Lopes was named the WAC coach of the year that season.

Lopes resigned following the 2004-05 season when he admitted to school officials he had violated NCAA rules on telephone contact with recruits.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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New TV Contract for Great Alaska Shootout - by Sanjey Noriega

From:gnacsports.com

The University of Alaska Anchorage has reached a multi-year agreement with CBS Sports Network to televise the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Beginning with the 2012 event, CBS Sports Network will carry seven games from the 35th annual men's basketball tournament, scheduled for Nov. 21-24 at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.
This year's action will feature three first-round matchups, both semifinals, and the third-place and championship games.

We are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports Network to bring the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout to a national audience, said UAA athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb. This should be the beginning of a long and successful venture for both parties.

CBS Sports Network coverage will premiere with Belmont versus host Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. AST.

The other first-round contests will air Thanksgiving night, Nov. 22, with Loyola Marymount playing Oral Roberts at 5 p.m. AST and Texas State taking on Charlotte at 7:30 p.m. AST.

Started in 1978, the Shootout is the longest running regular-season tournament in men's college basketball, featuring such past champions as North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky, and a list of alumni that includes 10 NBA Draft No. 1 picks.



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DStv PBL: Pillars, Warriors remain elusive - by Olusegun Ikuesan

.... As regular season inch to a close

With two weeks left in the regular season of the 2011/2012 DStv Premier Basketball League, the two leading teams in the Savannah and Atlantic conferences Kano Pillars basketball club and Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos have remain elusive keeping a clean slate so far.

Three-time winner of the DStv league Pillars lead the Savannah conference and has the best defense so far in the league scoring 970 points and conceding 639 for an average of 80.83 points and 53.25 points for and against per-game it Atlantic conference counterpart Warriors has the best offense with 998 points scored from twelve games which gave them an average of 83.16 points per-game having conceded 748 points for an average of 62.33 points per-game.

Pillars recorded an 81-66 points victory over Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna last Sunday in Kano while Warriors defeated relegation bound Chariots basketball club by 79-45 points at the national stadium, Lagos.

Other results from week-12 games played last weekend across Nigeria, Chariots finally confirmed it place in the less fancy national division-1 with a double lose to Islanders by 59-64 points on Saturday before going down to rampaging Warriors on Sunday by 45-79 points.

Comets and Police Bation basketball clubs renewed their final-8 aspiration with solid performance against their opponents at the weekend in the Atlantic conference just as Niger Potters basketball club of Minna solidy it place in Savannah conference thus leaving the fourth place ticket to fought for between Kada Stars abd Bauchi Nets basketball clubs.

Comets had the better of Union Bank basketball club by 75-73 points to move to the fourth position of the conference with a 5-7 records, Police Baton defeated Customs by 72-66 points; Potters humbled Immigration in Minna by 80-67 points while Nets and Kada Stars lost their week-12 games to Defenders (60-63) and Kano Pillars (66-81).



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Metropolitan League Standings

Prof. Masculino Standings
 1. Campo Alto 0-0 
 2. Cerro Porteno 0-0 
 3. Ciudad Nueva 0-0 
 4. D.San Jose 0-0 
 5. Dep.Sajonia 0-0 
 6. Felix Perez 0-0 
 7. Libertad 0-0 
 8. Olimpia 0-0 
 9. Sol de Amer. 0-0 
 10. Sportivo SL 0-0 
 11. Univ.Autonoma 0-0 
 12. Univ.Catolica 0-0 



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Rochester is a little title town - by Eurobasket News

Championships are meant to be celebrated and while you can never really win too many, Rochester has certainly claimed its share.

The Rochester Knighthawks rode an inspired defensive effort and a big second half to win the National Lacrosse League championship Saturday from the Edmonton Rush 9-6. It was the teams third title in an 18 year existence (they won in 1997 and 2007). It was also the sixth championship won by Flower City teams in the last six years, a pretty formidable display.

The Premier Basketball League Rochester RazorSharks won four championships in six years beginning in 2006. In 2008 Rochester won two titles when the Sharks and Major League Lacrosse Rattlers each claimed a crown. The Rattlers are a largely forgotten team since they disbanded after that season, with the bulk of the players regrouping in Toronto where as the Nationals, they won the 2009 MLL title.

The Knighthawks, RazorSharks and Rattlers went six in six with only 2010 passing without a title. This run of success followed a stretch of four years, 2002-2005, when none of our professional teams won.

Before that, the Rochester Rhinos soccer team carried the citys banner most proudly. The original inhabitants of Frontier Field, the Rhinos were A-League champions in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Their most proud accomplishment was the US Open Cup tournament championship, an event honored with a brick on the Walk of Fame as a team for the ages. No team playing outside of Major League Soccer has won the Cup since.

The Rhinos participated in what can only be referred to as a golden age of Rochester sports. In a three year span, 1996-1998, the soccer team along with the the Knighthawks, the Rochester Red Wings and the Rochester Americans won championships.

The Wings and Hawks helped make 1997 a year to remember by winning titles the year the baseball team moved to Frontier Field. That Red Wings team managed by Marv Foley not only finished the regular International League season with a 83-58 record, but played before its two biggest crowds ever. The team drew nearly 541 thousand to the new ballpark that year, still a Frontier Field record and tops in the International League.

It is the Amerks who have waited the longest. Rochesters last Calder Cup championship occurred 16 years ago. That 1996 team, coached by John Tortorella, who is currently trying to win his second Stanley Cup in the NHL with the New York Rangers, shares a little something with our most recent champs. They both had losing regular season records.

It has indeed been a long wait for our flagship baseball and hockey teams, but Rochesters other sports franchises have picked up the slack quite nicely. 13 championships in the last 17 years. Has anyone done better?

Courtesy of www.mpnnow.com



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 1-0 
 2. Rain or Shine 1-0 
 3. Air21 Express 0-0 
 4. B-Meg Llam. 0-0 
 5. Barako Bull 0-0 
 6. Ginebra Kings 0-0 
 7. Meralco Bolts 0-0 
 8. Talk N Text 0-0 
 9. Alaska Aces 0-1 
 10. Powerade T. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 25: Powerade T. - Barako Bull
May. 25: B-Meg Llam. - Rain or Shine


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Edward BASDEN
  Petron B.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 28
 1. Basden, Petron B.28.0 
 2. McCants, Powerade.27.0 
 3. Cornley, Rain o.27.0 
 4. David, Powerade T.26.0 
 5. Forte, Alaska Aces25.0 
 6. Chan, Rain or Shine20.0 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.19.0 
 8. Lee, Rain or Shine17.0 
 9. Cabagnot, Petron17.0 
 10. Santos, Petron B.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason FORTE
  Alaska Aces
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Forte, Alaska Aces14.0 
 2. Pena, Petron Blaze13.0 
 3. Cornley, Rain o.11.0 
 4. Santos, Petron B.10.0 
 5. Salvador, Powerade.10.0 
 6. Basden, Petron B.10.0 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska A.8.0 
 8. Adducul, Powerade.8.0 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces7.0 
 10. McCants, Powerad.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Alaska A.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Tenorio, Alaska A.7.0 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.6.0 
 3. David, Powerade T.6.0 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron6.0 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze5.0 
 6. Lee, Rain or Shine4.0 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.3.0 
 8. Cornley, Rain o.3.0 
 9. Casio, Powerade T.3.0 
 10. Basden, Petron B.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edward BASDEN
  Petron B.
  (196-G/F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Basden, Petron B.3.0 
 2. McCants, Powerade.2.0 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.2.0 
 4. Baguio, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 5. David, Powerade T.2.0 
 6. Casio, Powerade T.1.0 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze1.0 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.0 
 9. Cabagnot, Petron1.0 
 10. Santos, Petron B.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joachim THOSS
  Alaska Aces
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Thoss, Alaska Aces2.0 
 2. Baguio, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 3. Quinahan, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Forte, Alaska Aces2.0 
 5. Baracael, Alaska A.1.0 
 6. Reyes, Petron Bla.1.0 
 7. McCants, Powerade.1.0 
 8. Baclao, Petron B.1.0 
 9. Custodio, Alaska A.0.0 
 10. Casio, Powerade T.0.0 


Asean Basketball League Roundup: May 9-12, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over SAIGON HEAT, 83-68
The San Miguel Beermen stayed hot heading into the AirAsia ABL Playoffs. The Beermens defense proved to be too much for the Saigon Heat. With this win, the Beermen have won 12 of their last 13 games, finishing the regular with the best record in the league at 17 wins and only 4 lossses.

Nick Fazekas came up big for the Beermen once again as he finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Leo Avenido had 15 points and Duke Crews added 12 points for SMB.

San Miguel actually started to pull away at the end of the third quarter. A follow up by Fazekas off a Norman Gonzales miss started an 8-0 run for the Beermen at this point. An alley-oop dunk by Crews and a free throw by Chris Banchero then stretched the Beermens lead to 64-51 going into the fourth quarter. The Heat were also held to only 10 points in the third period.

Beermens coach Bobby Parks credited his teams defense for the win.

We did not play great tonight but our defense helped us win the game, said Coach Parks after the game. We are going straight back to work when we get back to Manila. We have to get ready for the playoffs right away.

Jonathan Jones finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat while Rob Sanz and Jahmar Thorpe added 11 points each.

Even though the Heat did not have a chance to make it to the playoffs, Tan Binh Stadium was still sold out and the fans were still in full support for their favorite team.

I cant say enough about all these fans. They are very great and they are the best fans in the world, said Coach Rabedeaux. We are looking forward to next season and I would like to wish good luck to all the four teams competing in the playoffs. They are all very good and well-coached teams.

SMB 83 Fazekas 24, Avenido 15, Crews 12, Yap 10, Baguion 7, Banchero 5, Fernandez 2, Ferriols 2, Cabatu 2, Gonzales 2, Fajardo 2
SGH 68 Jones 25, Sanz 11, Thorpe 11, Trieu 9, Smith 7, Nguyen 5
QS: 20-20, 41-41, 64-51, 83-68

JOBSTREET.COM SINGAPORE SLINGERS over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 105-88
The Westports Malaysia Dragons landed on third spot when the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers demolished them in front of their own home crowd. Coupled with an Indonesia Warriors win this Sunday, which is also against the Slingers, the Dragons will finish fourth and be matched up against the current top-seeded San Miguel Beermen in the playoffs.

It was a relatively even first half, but the Slingers pulled away in the second quarter with an 11-2 run capped by a three from Wong Wei Long to grab a 13-point lead, 41-28. They continued to steadily build on their lead and they held a very comfortable 62-39 halftime lead in front of a stunned Dragons home crowd.

The night was looking worse and worse for the Dragons as Brian Williams hit the floor hard and limp off the court three minutes into the third quarter. Fortunately for the Dragons, he was able to rejoin his team on the court after a quick examination.

The Slingers continued their incredible run and earned themselves a massive 30-point lead with a little over three minutes to go until the fourth. It was all but finished from that point.

Louis Graham finished the game with 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Slingers, while Donald Dulay scored 24 points. Kyle Jeffers rounded up the Slingers top three scorers with 16 markers.

Brian Williams topscored for the Dragons with 30 points and 13 rebounds while Tiras Wade was not far behind him with 27 points. Amongst the rest of the Dragons squad only Shee Fai Loh managed double digits in scoring with 10 markers.

SGS 105 Graham 32, Dulay 24, Jeffers 16, Canta 12, Wong 10, Oh 5, Lim 4, Matialakan 2
WMD 88 Williams 30, Wade 27, Loh 10, Lau 5, Pacana 5, Cabahug 4, Belasco 3, Ng 2, Kuppusamy 2
QS: 28-24, 62-39, 85-61, 105-88

AIRASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 80-74
The AirAsia Philippine Patriots were forced to fight until the final buzzer to beat the Chang Thailand Slammers at the Thai Japanese Association Gym.

Anthony Johnson, playing through a groin injury, contributed 15 points for the Patriots, who finished the season with a record of 16 wins and 5 losses. Marcy Arellano, Rob Wainwright and Nakiea Miller added 11 points each.

We are ready for the playoffs and I will do everything to help my team win in the playoffs. said Johnson after the game. The Patriots will find out who they will face in the playoffs tomorrow after the game between the Indonesia Warriors and JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers.

It looked like the Patriots would have been able to rest Johnson and Miller when Johnson finished an alley-oop pass from Al Vergara and was fouled in the process. Johnsons three-point play gave Patriots a 49-30 lead with 5:40 left in the third quarter.

The Slammers had other ideas, however, and came alive to quickly trim the Patriots lead. Thailands Rexander Leynes was very aggressive at the end of the third quarter and his reverse lay-up at the buzzer cut the Patriots adfvantage even further to single digits going into the fourth quarter.

Things did not go the Patriots way early in the fourth quarter when Miller was forced to leave the game after receiving two technical fouls. In Millers absence, Wainwright stepped up to help his team regain a double-digit lead. A three-point shot and a lay-up by Wainwright stretched the Patriots lead to 71-58 with 5:52 left.

Calvin Williams had 21 points while Leynes added 15 points for the Slammers, who finished the season with a record of 5 wins and 16 losses despite being crowned league champions last season.

APP 80 Johnson 15, Miller 11, Wainwright 11, Arellano 11, Larong 8, Vergara 7, Raymundo 5, Ramos 4, Fernandez 3, Adriano 3, Rodriguez 2
CTS 74 Williams 21, Leynes 15, Garnett 13, Pinitpatcharalert 11, Apiromvilaichai 7, Lertmalaiporn 4, Jantuma 2, Supachai 1
QS: 20-13, 36-23, 57-49, 80-74

SAIGON HEAT over BANGKOK COBRAS, 68-66
It was the battle for the sixth spot on the standings when these two AirAsia ABL newcomers battled it out for the final time this season. After leading for most of the game, the Bangkok Cobras steadily ran out of steam, which allowed the Saigon Heat to close out their season on a high note as they escaped Thailand with a big win and the sixth position overall in their first run in the league.

Jonathan Jones finished as the games top scorer with 32 points and 16 rebounds for Saigon, followed by Jahmar Thorpe who recorded 22 points. The rest of the squad did not have a good afternoon, however, and collectively scored only 14 points among them.

For the Cobras, Travis George finished with 19 points followed by Marvin Cruz and his 13. Danai Kongkum rounded up the Cobras top three with 9. The Cobras also played without Gentry Lewis in this game after he was released earlier this week.

The Cobras controlled most of the game until a Jahmar Thorpe three-pointer early in the fourth saw the Heat grab the lead for the first time. Cruz and George answered almost immediately with baskets, however, to take it away from the visitors. The lead then changed four times between the teams before a Thorpe basket at 0:42 gave the Heat their biggest lead of 4 points for this game. In the heart-stopping final seconds, Marvin Cruz then sank a basket to put the Cobras back within two points with 30 seconds remaining. George then had a chance to throw the game into overtime with 6 seconds left, but missed his shot.

SGH 68 Jones 32, Thorpe 22, Sanz 7, Smith 5, Trieu 2
BKC 66 George 19, Cruz 13, Kongkum 9, Klahan 6, Kruatiwa 6, Wanna 5, Reyes 4, Limsuwan 4
QS: 9-22, 26-36, 46-49, 68-66

INDONESIA WARRIORS over JOBSTREET.COM SINGAPORE SLINGERS, 92-85
The Indonesia Warriors clinched the third seed for the playoffs, earning them a date with AirAsia Philippine Patriots after they defeated the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers.

Evan Brock and Stanley Pringle continued to carry the Warriors. Brock recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Pringle added 21 points. Steven Thomas also contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds for Indonesia, who will face the Patriots in the semifinal round of the playoffs on May 27 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The Slingers, however, made the Warriors work for the win. The Slingers were shooting the ball very well in the first half as the Warriors trailed, 30-39, with 6 minutes left before halftime after Slingers made a 9-0 run capped by a basket from Kyle Jeffers.

The score was 67-65 for the Warriors at the start of the fourth quarter until the Warriors made a 12-2 run to open the final quarter with their biggest lead in the game. Amin Prihantono made back-to-back three point shots and Brock had four points during that stretch and subsequently the Warriors had a 79-67 lead with 5:53 left.

Christian Ronaldo Sitepu made a good first impression for the Warriors as the 25-year old forward hit back-to-back threes to answer the Slingers run down the stretch. It was Thomas who made sure the Warriors finished the regular season with a record of 12 wins and 9 losses after icing the game with his free throw in the dying seconds.

The Warriors overcame a great effort from Louis Graham, who finished with 34 points. Jeffers contributed 17 and Don Dulay added 12 for the Slingers, who will not be advancing to the playoffs for the first time since joining the AirAsia ABL. The Slingers will finish the regular season at fifth position with a record of 9 wins and 12 losses.

This will be the second time in the playoffs for the Warriors, having been finalists in the first season and falling short of making the playoffs last year. The Warriors will head to the playoffs carrying a five-game winning streak.

INW 92 Brock 22, pringle 21, Thomas 20, Prihantonop 11, Sitepu 6, Wuysang 6, Canada 3, Salangsang 3
SGS 85 Graham 34, Jeffers 17, Dulay 12, Canta 9, Lim 6, Wong 4, Oh 3
QS: 25-27, 45-48, 67-65, 92-85

INDONESIAN STARS JOIN THE WARRIORS
The Indonesia Warriors strengthened their squad for the upcoming playoffs with the inclusion of two local players, Arki Dikania Wisnu and Christian Ronaldo Sitepu.

Both Arki (Wisnu) and Dodo (Sitepu) are familiar faces in the Indonesian basketball scene as they both are both part of the NBL Indonesia Satria Muda team which has recently won the championship. Arki averaged 13.8 points per game in the NBL season and won two awards, Rookie of The Year and Sixth Man of the Year. The 6'2'' guard also has experience playing in US The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) division III with Baruch College.

Dodo is a promising young player and has the biggest upside of any player in Indonesia. The 68 forward can help the Warriors in rebounding, and hes also a great defender. Dodo was part of the Indonesian National Team in the 2011 South East Asian Game. Dodo had a break-out performance in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship at Wuhan, China, where he was the leading scorer of Indonesia with 14 points per game.

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com
**All images are from AseanBasketballLeague.com




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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.4 
 2. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 3. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 4. Motiejunas, Asseco15.8 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.6 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.5 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Hrycaniuk, Asseco9.2 
 4. Archibeque, Zastal8.2 
 5. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 6. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.4 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 9. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Asseco P.
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Blassingame, Assec.7.2 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask7.2 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.7 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 5. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 6. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.0 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow4.5 
 10. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 2. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 4. Motiejunas, Asseco1.5 
 5. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 6. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 8. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 9. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 10. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 2. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 3. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 9. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


Czarni Slupsk and Slask Wroclaw are waiting for the decision of their coaches - by Maciej Paszyn

According to the local press coach of Energa Czarni Slupsk - Dainius Adomaitis - is supposed to give a definitive answer about further coaching the team by this Thursday. For the Lithuanian it would be hes fourth season of the work in the club, and third in the role of the head coach. Both sides value the current cooperation for themselves, in consequence of what the club from Slupsk for the new season commenced building the team up exactly from negotiations with coach Adomaitis.

A little bit differently the situation looks in the WKS Slask Wroclaw team. Both sides expressed desire for the further cooperation, but coach Miodrag Rajkovic is making it conditional above all on the payment of overdue money. The club from Wroclaw is ensuring that all accounts in the near future will be balanced and will stay of coach Miodrag Rajkovic in the city for the next season is sealed. Simultaneously the chairman and the owner of the club - Mr Koelner - announced that in the team he will remain current first playmaker - Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83)




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Carlos Arroyo shines in Turkey, leads Besiktas to TBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rican National Team point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) shined last night in Game Four of the Turkish league Semifinals between Besiktas and Galatasaray. He scored 23 points and handed out 6 assists leading Besiktas to 84-73 home victory. They won the series with 3-1 and booked a spot for the Finals. It is important to mention that Galatasaray was the regular season champion in Turkey, but they are out now. 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. Besiktas now waits for the winner of Anadolu Efes - Banvit series. Efes currently has 2-1 lead.
Carlos Arroyo joined Besiktas in December last year. He appeared 9 times in EuroChallenge averaging 10.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2 rebounds. Besiktas managed to win the title in this competition. Earlier this season Besiktas also celebrated in Turkish Cup. Arroro played 21 games in TBL so far registering 14.4 ppg, 4.3 apg and 2.2 rpg. They will fight for the title in this competition as well.



Guillermo Diaz wins the title in Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Guillermo Diaz (188-SG-85, college: Miami, FL) and his Armia achieve 2011/2012 title defense in Georgia. The Winner of the Regular season won the series over Olimpi to triumph in the country.
Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Armia outrebounded Olimpi 41-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Ben Woodside who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 assists and the other American import swingman Jeremy Richardson who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest, while Guillermo Diaz had 8 points and 4 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili responded with 20 points and 5 assists and Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic scored 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Last year Armia triumphed in the country winning the series 3-1 over TSU. The last game finished with 65:61 for Army that brought them gold medals.
Guillermo Diaz moved to the team this season and in EuroChallenge averaged 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5spg. In Georgian League his stats read 12.6 points per game.



Indios beat Vaqueros with a great second half: - by Luis Modestti

Indios de Mayaguez dominated Vaqueros de Bayamon 89-74 to start their semifinal series in front of a capacity crowd at the Sports Palace.

Bayamon had control of the first quarter with a great team effort and good perimeter shooting. The first ten minutes ended 23-17.

In the second quarter Mayaguez took the lead and maintained a consistent attack. The bench players injected some energy into their execution on both sides and Bayamon at times looked lost on the offensive side.

Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) was key in that second quarter surge along with the bench players. He had 13 points at the half that was dominated by Mayaguez 40-35.

Mayaguez put some pressure on the backcourt and never looked back.

Smith finished with 21 while Weyinmi Efejuku added 12 for Mayaguez.

Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) scored 26 points and Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) had 17 for Bayamon.

Game two is in Bayamon on Friday night.



Capitanes starts series with a convincing win: - by Marcos Carlo

Capitanes de Arecibo started the semifinals with a convincing 82-67 win over Atleticos de San German. Game two is on Thursday in San German.

Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) scored 25 points, Larry Ayuso 15 and David Cortes 12 for the defending champions.

Arecibo did a great defensive job over San German, allowing just 9 points in the first quarter. The game was a defensive struggle for both teams, but Arecibo showed more consistency on the offensive side and forced many bad shots.

San German had Richard Chaney had 22 points, Jose Lloreda 11 and Mike Harris was limited to eight points. Their poor shooting inside and lack of scoring from the perimeter affected San German in this game.



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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu23.5 
 2. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.23.0 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.9 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.8 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.5 
 7. Sims, Giurgiu18.3 
 8. Ross, Craiova18.0 
 9. Gallimore, CSM B.17.9 
 10. Darby, Rovinari17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.3 
 3. McKenzie, CSM B.8.6 
 4. Carutasu, CSM B.8.6 
 5. Dies, Perla Harghi.8.4 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.4 
 7. Steffel, Rovinari8.3 
 8. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.1 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.1 
 10. Vlaicu, Giurgiu7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.3 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 3. Maric, Oradea6.1 
 4. Sims, Giurgiu5.5 
 5. Nikolic, Rovinari5.4 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.5.3 
 8. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.3 
 9. Long, Perla Harghi.5.0 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu2.9 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Tucker, Perla H.2.1 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 6. Hurjui, Politehnica1.8 
 7. Archie, Timisoara1.8 
 8. Nicolae, Politehni.1.8 
 9. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.8 
 10. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylone RILEY
  CSU Sibiu
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 3. McKenzie, CSM B.1.7 
 4. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.5 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti1.4 
 6. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 7. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 
 8. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.1 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 
 10. McCulloch, Dinamo0.9 


Asesoft wants to join EuroCup - Timisoara to play in EuroChallenge - by Chris Terrell

FIBA Europe has a 3 tier system for it's top clubs, EuroLeague, EuroCup, and EuroChallenge. Asesoft Ploesti who competed in the EuroChallenge last season is seeking to join the EuroCup for the 2012/2013 Season potentially joining clubs such as Valencia from ACB Spain, Khimky, Lokomotiv and Spartak from the Russia's Premier League, and Benetton Treviso from Italy Serie A. Traditionally the champion of the EuroCup could pursue an opportunity to join the EuroLeague. This would be a nice step forward for the Romanian Basketball Federation. Also, Timisoara will play in the EuroChallenge this season and will be included in competition with clubs from the top leagues of France, Russia, and Spain among others. Star forward Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) and company in Timisoara competed in the Balkan Cup last season and will look to make the transition to the EuroChallenge. More and more the European basketball community is beginning to recognize Romania's top league as a proud compliment to other top leagues in Europe.


Ploiesti swept the Final series for the title - by Eurobasket News

Ploiesti - Timisoara 63:55 (3-0)

Ploiesti swept the Final series for the title leaving no chances to Timisoara. Game 3 was the last in the series and brought 63:55 for the home side.
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Timisoara won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Virginia Union) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-G-78) answered with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Timisoara.

Ploiesti: Darius Hargrove 14, Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) 11, Catalin Burlacu 11, Arvydas Cepulis (196-G-79) 11
Timisoara: Robert Sarovic 14, Bogdan Popescu (200-F-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) 10, Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) 8, Branko Cuic 8



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  RUSSIA   


Russian Teams Calling On Chatman - by Eurobasket Center

Similar Clubs in Russia like CSKA Moscow and Unics Kazan are looking at Mire Chatman's (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) return to Russia again because over the past three seasons in Turkey Chatman has been the most efficient player in Turkey and arguably throughout europe especially amongst point guards. In Turkey, Chatman has consistently rated at the top of the charts in scoring, assists, steals and efficiency ratings the last three seasons for his clubs Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul and Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir where he reached the playoffs each season. This season, in Pinar Karsiyaka, Chatman particulary has been at his best where he finished second in scoring (18.3) and first in assists (6.4) and fourth in steals (2.0).


Lokomotiv Kuban join Koponen race - by Anton Zirkov

Lokomotiv Kuban has joined the race to sign Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen (194-G-88).
The 24 years old ,who finished his 4 years contract at Canadian Solar Bologna will be a free agent in the summer and a host of European top teams are interested in him.
Its reported that EA Milano and Montepachi Siena are already in the race to sign him,and today its reported in Russia that also Lokomotiv Kuban are keen and trying to hijack him with a 900,000 Euros per year in 3 years contract.
Koponen was selected in the 2007 NBA draft by Philadelphia 76ers (1rd 30) but his rights were moved to the Dallas Mavricks,and maybe he will try to get a contract there in the Summer.
Koponen avreged 14.3ppg,3rpg and 2.6apg in 35 games a SerieA this season.




CSKA Moscow extends Sasha Kaun until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

CSKA Moscow announced signing of a three-year contract extension with Sasha Kaun (211-C-85). It means that the Russian center will stay with the club until the end of the 2014/15 season. Kaun arrived to CSKA in 2008 and it was his first professional deal. Last season he had 4.3 ppg and 2 rpg for 21 Euroleague games. In Russian league Kaun added 5.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 20 games. The center also registered 6.7 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 18 games in VTB United League. Sasha Kaun is a product of Kansas University, where he graduated in 2008. He is active member of the Russian National Team.

Andrey Vatutin CSKA President:
It is a pleasure to realize that Sasha decided to stay. It should be noted that he did not insist on NBA opt-out though he had a chance to try himself in the NBA. In his four years with CSKA Kaun has become the key player on the court, he showed the desire to improve and he polished his skills even when he was not playing much. Sasha is well-educated, intelligent, friendly person. It is always a pleasure to task to him, said Vatutin for the CSKA Moscow official web site.

Sasha Kaun, CSKA center:
I am glad that we agreed to continue our cooperation. It will be a pleasure to play three more years in CSKA uniform. I am sure we will win a lot. But especially Id like to get another chance to win the Euroleague title, because I still dont have one. And, surely, we should continue our winning series in Russia. Hopefully, the fans will be glad to see me on the court again, said Kaun for the CSKA Moscow official web site.



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  SENEGAL   


Play-offs: AS Douanes finds its mark in mens basketball playoffs - by Eurobasket News

After a poor performance in their first match, AS Douanes regained form to defeated SLBC 64-62 in their last outing. Despite their defeat, SLBC however maintained the third position with a point lead over AS Douanes and Mermoz. In another matchday seven encounter, UBG won US Rail by default.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  SERBIA   

Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 14

May. 23: Vojvodina - Radnicki Basket 91-71
May. 23: Crvena Zvezda - Radnicki K. 87-75
May. 23: BKK Radnicki - Partizan 77-87
May. 23: Hemofarm - Mega Vizura 100-92


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.7 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Jeremic, Hemofarm17.1 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 7. Dimic, Radnicki.16.5 
 8. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.16.2 
 10. Miljenovic, Mega16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.7.2 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.0 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Scott, Radnicki K.6.6 
 9. Musli, Mega Vizura6.4 
 10. Gagic, Hemofarm6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.5 
 2. Boltic, BKK R.5.7 
 3. Osmokrovic, BKK R.5.1 
 4. Popovic, Crvena Z.4.8 
 5. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.7 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki4.4 
 7. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 8. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.1 
 9. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.1 
 10. Stefanovic, Smed.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki2.8 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.1 
 5. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 7. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.8 
 8. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 9. Miljenovic, Mega V.1.7 
 10. James, Partizan1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.3 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.1.1 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 7. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 8. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 9. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac0.7 


Vojvodina in playoffs - by Ivan Milenkovic

Partizan MTS, Radnicki Kragujevac and Crvena zvezda Beograd Diva secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively before the final round.
In Round 14, Vojvodina and Radnicki FMP battled for 4th and last playoff position and home team won 91-71. Vojvodina easily celebrated thanks to great defense in second quarter. It was 1-point game after 10 minutes of play, but team from Novi Sad won second period 22-7 to open huge lead. Hosts definitely secured win in third quarter which finished 21-11.
Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) led Vojvodina with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Dragan Zekovic scored 19 and Vladimir Ivelja added 15 points. Milos Dimic and Milan Milovanovic scored 15 each for Radnicki FMP, Dejan Djokic had 14 points.

Other games were not important for final standings. Led by Davis Bertans (208-F-92), leaders Partizan MTS won in small Belgrade derby at BKK Radnicki without major problems. Winner was known after first half which 'black and whites' won by 17 points. Young Latvian forward made 8 out of 11 field goal shots, scored 20 points, had 6 rebs and finished with performance index rating of 27. Davis Bertans had good assistants in Marko Cakarevic (16, 6 rebs, index rating 18) and Dominic James (12, 5 ass, index rating 18). Aleksandar Petrovic had great game for home team - 23 points (9/13 FG), 6 rebs, index rating 30. Marko Boltic had 17, 6 ass and 5 to, while Dragoljub Kitanovic added 14 points.

Muta Nikolic gave extended playing time to his reserves and Crvena zvezda Beograd used that to win in what looked like friendly game. It was 73-74 in 36th minute, but Radnicki failed to score field goal until the end. Hosts used 10-0 run to secure win and in the end it was 12-point game.
Finally, Hemofarm confirmed improvement of form in the end of Superleague with 100-92 win against Mega Vizura. Youngster Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) once again showed his talent with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists (index rating 32). Mladen Jeremic (36 pts, 7/11 for 2 and 6/9 for 3) and Bojan Bakic (26 pts, 4/6 for 2 and 5/8 for 3) had great shooting nights for Hemofarm. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) was best player in Mega with 20 points, 7 ass and 6 rebs.

In semifinals (best out of 3 series), Partizan and Radnicki Kragujevac will have home court advantage against Vojvodina and Crvena zvezda Diva respectively.

Round 14 results:
Vojvodina Srbijagas - Radnicki FMP 91:71 (28:27, 22:7, 21:11, 20:26)
BKK Radnicki - Partizan mt:s 77:87 (15:25, 21:28, 21:19, 20:15)
Crvena zvezda Beograd Diva - Radnicki Kragujevac 87:75 (21:19, 22:30, 19:15, 25:11)
Hemofarm STADA - Mega Vizura 100:92 (26:14, 20:32, 23:21, 31:25)



Serbian trio won the title with CSU Asesoft - by Eurobasket News

Serbian trio won the title with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti as the latter swept the Final series for the title leaving no chances to Timisoara. Game 3 was the last in the series and brought 63:55 for the Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90), Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) and Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, agency: TSS Management, college: NYIT) side.
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Timisoara won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international center Catalin Burlacu who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Darius Hargrove contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic answered with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Timisoara.
Rade Dzambic averaged 5.2 points per game this season, while Aleksandar Vlahovic had 13.1. Vladimir Tica showed high 15.4 points per game for the Romanian team.



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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.17.9 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife16.5 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.16.4 
 4. Salson, Las Rozas16.3 
 5. Todorovic, Prat J.16.0 
 6. Eriksson, Barca R.15.8 
 7. Ortiz, Aurtenec.14.3 
 8. Balmon, Las Rozas14.0 
 9. Oha, Gandia Basqu.13.1 
 10. Guigou, Tenerife13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.8.4 
 2. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 3. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 4. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.1 
 5. Thompson, Aurtene.8.0 
 6. Monroe, Tenerife7.7 
 7. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.3 
 8. Ortega, Oviedo CB7.2 
 9. Adams, Coruna6.9 
 10. Miller, Gandia B.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Andorra
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bavosi, Andorra5.8 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 3. Guigou, Tenerife4.1 
 4. Alvarado, Gandia B.3.5 
 5. Llorente, Avila3.2 
 6. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.2 
 7. Vilanova, Prat J.3.2 
 8. Faner, Plasencia3.1 
 9. Bassas, Prat J.3.1 
 10. Robles, Plasencia2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.2.9 
 2. Faner, Plasencia2.9 
 3. Hill, Ourense1.9 
 4. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 5. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 6. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 7. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 8. Creus, Barca R.1.5 
 9. Ros, Plasencia1.5 
 10. Arcelus, Aurtenec.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Papa MBAYE
  Barca R.
  (209-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mbaye, Barca R.1.6 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.4 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.4 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.1.2 
 5. Flis, Andorra1.0 
 6. Serrano, Lan M.1.0 
 7. Iglesias, Plasencia0.9 
 8. Miller, Gandia B.0.9 
 9. Elias, Tenerife0.8 
 10. Olaizola, Lan M.0.8 


Marko Banic and Aaron Jackson leave Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

According to Spanish media (El Correo), Marko Banic (205-F-84) and Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) are no longer members of Bilbao. Reportedly, their contracts expired and Banic turned down the extension offer. About Jackson, Bilbao still has rights on him in Liga Endesa, so if he decides to play in Spain next season Bilbao will have a chance to match the offer and to keep the player.
Marko Banic appeared 20 times in Euroleague this season averaging 13.3 points and 4 rebounds. He also added 11.5 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 34 Liga Endesa games. He joined Bibao in 2007 from Girona.
Aaron Jackson registered 9.1 ppg, 3.9 apg and 2.8 rpg for 20 Euroleague games this season. In Liga Endesa, Jackson had 10.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.9 apg for 36 games. He joined the club in 2010 from Canadian Solar Bologna. Before that, Jackson played for Antalya.



Pau Gasol's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Spaniards playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Pau Gasol (214-80), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25) in their last game. Despite Gasol's good performance the Los Angeles Lakers were badly defeated 106-90 on the road by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Gasol also added 3 blocks in 44 minutes on the court. It's Gasol's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gasol averages: 16.6ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 29.0% and FT: 78.6% in the 77 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89). Ibaka led Oklahoma City Thunder to a 3-point victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25) 103-100 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 47-19 record this season. It's Ibaka's first year with the team. Ibaka has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.7bpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 65.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Despite Ibaka played previously for the Congolese national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances). Splitter led San Antonio Spurs to a 3-point victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (40-26) 102-99 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Splitter's first year with the team. This season Splitter has relatively solid stats: 9.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 61.7%(235-381) and FT: 65.7% in the 66 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter played previously for the Brazilian national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Angel Santana
Angel Santana
   #4. An experienced forward Angel Santana (198-77, college: St.Francis, NY) led Ploiesti to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Timisoara (17-13) 104-89 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. Santana recorded 13 points. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (20-8) is placed fourth in the Division A. Santana's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 1.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Brazilian national team, Santana is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Omar Quintero
Omar Quintero
   #5. International point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) led Tijuana Zonkeys to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Frayles de Guasave (19-19) crushing them 99-78 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Tuesday. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Zonkeys de Tijuana (26-12) is placed third in the CIBACOPA. Quintero has reliable stats this year: 14.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.6apg in the 33 games. He has both Spanish and Mexican nationalities. Despite Quintero played previously for the Mexican national team, he is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Other top Spanish players, who play abroad:

Marc Gasol (212-C-85) plays for Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA
Rudy Fernandez (198-G/F-85) plays for Denver Nuggets in the NBA
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) plays for Houston Rockets in the NBA
Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Jan Martin (203-PF-84) plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Caio Silveira (211-C-87) plays for Flamengo in Brazilian NBB
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Jose Blanco (183-G-70) plays for Benfica in Portuguese LPB
Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) plays for Sao Jose/Vinac in Brazilian NBB
Sidnei De Santana (215-C-83) plays for Libolo in Angolan Division I

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



Aaron Jackson leads exodus of players at Bilbao Basket - by Antonio Carlo

American guard Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) has confirmed that his Spanish adventure with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket has reached an end after two successful seasons.
The former Duquesne College player has played an important role in Bilbaos transformation as a club and helped them to reach the elite of European basketball with great nights in the EuroCup and Euroleague.
The game against Valencia has been my last time with Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. I have enjoyed these two years with the club and in Bilbao, Jackson added.
Jackson has been linked with possible moves to Russia or Turkey to earn a lucrative deal.
Aaron Jackson is not the only departure at the Basque club. Center D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia),, Croatian Marko Banic (205-F-84), Greek swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM), Latvian Janis Blums (190-G-82) and American Johnna Fisher (190-C) are surplus to requirements.
Greek Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) who is currently playing for Italian giants Montepaschi Siena and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's Argentinian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) have been rumoured that they could join Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Baskets revolution for next season.



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Joakim Kjellbom tastes the gold abroad - by Eurobasket News

Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) and his Armia achieve 2011/2012 title defense in Georgia. The Winner of the Regular season won the series over Olimpi to triumph in the country.
Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Armia outrebounded Olimpi 41-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Ben Woodside who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 assists and the other American import swingman Jeremy Richardson who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest, while Guillermo Diaz had 8 points and 4 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili responded with 20 points and 5 assists and Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic scored 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Last year Armia triumphed in the country winning the series 3-1 over TSU. The last game finished with 65:61 for Army that brought them gold medals.
Joakim Kjellbom joined the team in the beginning of the season and EuroChallenge showed 10.3ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.0apg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 67.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 63.0%. In Georgia League he showed 8.8 points per game.



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SAM Massagno announced the new head coach - by Luca Maffioli

SAM Basket Massagno has hired Robbi Gubitosa as the new coach of the team. Last season Gubitosa was the assistant coach of SAM and he replace Milutin Nikolic . In his career he was also head coach of SAM Basket Massagno junior teams. The assistant coach will be Gary Stich . He already played in the '80s in SAM Basket Massagno.


Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team 2012
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Mohammed Abukar
Abukar
Rickey Gibson
Gibson
Terry Smith
Smith
Sean Barnette
Barnette
Sean Finn
Finn
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Player of the Year: Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Lugano Tigers
Guard of the Year: Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo
Forward of the Year: Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Lugano Tigers
Center of the Year: Sean Finn (212-C-82) of Monthey
Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Florent Ramseier (197-F-90) of SAV Vacallo
Co-Most Improved Player of the Year: Jonathan Dubas (202-F/C-91) of Monthey
Bosman Player of the Year: Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) of Lugano Tigers
Import Player of the Year: Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Lugano Tigers
Domestic Player of the Year: Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86) of Lugano Tigers
Defensive Player of the Year: Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo
Coach of the Year: Petar Aleksic of Monthey

1st Team
G: Rickey Gibson (191-84) of SAV Vacallo
PG: Terry Smith (185-86) of Monthey
F: Sean Barnette (195-86) of Geneve Lions
F: Mohammed Abukar (208-85) of Lugano Tigers
C: Sean Finn (212-82) of Monthey

2nd Team
PG: Rod Brown (186-78) of Lugano Tigers
PG: John Sharper (186-84) of Boncourt
G/F: Edwin Draughan (196-82) of Lugano Tigers
F: Jaraun Burrows (203-85) of Starwings
F: Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) of Lugano Tigers

Honorable Mention
Nemanja Calasan (203-C-85) of Boncourt
Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings
Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) of SAV Vacallo
Matt Schneiderman (204-F/C-81) of SAV Vacallo
Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78) of Fribourg
Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) of Geneve Lions
Ronald Yates (201-F-83) of Fribourg
Kelvin Parker (183-G-82) of Monthey
Stefan Petkovic (186-G-92) of Fribourg
Vladimir Buscaglia (197-G-80) of Geneve Lions
Tony Brown (193-G-79) of Geneve Lions
Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82) of Geneve Lions

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Stefan Petkovic (186-92) of Fribourg
G: Dusan Mladjan (199-86) of Lugano Tigers
G/F: Derek Stockalper (198-84) of Lugano Tigers
F: Florent Ramseier (197-90) of SAV Vacallo
F/C: Jonathan Dubas (202-91) of Monthey

All-Imports Team
G: Rickey Gibson (191-84) of SAV Vacallo
PG: Terry Smith (185-86) of Monthey
F: Sean Barnette (195-86) of Geneve Lions
F: Mohammed Abukar (208-85) of Lugano Tigers
C: Sean Finn (212-82) of Monthey

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Rod Brown (186-78) of Lugano Tigers
F: Rokas Uzas (202-88) of SAV Vacallo
C/F: Danilo Mitrovic (208-84) of SAM Massagno
F: Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) of Lugano Tigers
C: Nemanja Calasan (203-85) of Boncourt



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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Trabzonspor
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Gibson, Trabzonspor19.9 
 2. Reynolds, Antalya18.3 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.3 
 4. Brown, Trabzonspor18.1 
 5. Scales, Mersin17.4 
 6. Toolson, Aliaga17.3 
 7. Fisher, Antalya17.2 
 8. 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. Miller, Bandirma6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.4 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK5.9 
 3. Ratkovica, Aliaga5.3 
 4. Tunceri, Anadolu5.3 
 5. Senturk, Erdemir4.9 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray4.5 
 7. Washington, Turk T.4.4 
 8. Fisher, Antalya4.4 
 9. Reynolds, Antalya4.4 
 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. Guler, Turk T.1.4 
 8. Scales, Mersin1.4 
 9. Ikonic, Karsiyaka1.3 
 10. Sneed, Mersin1.3 
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. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.9 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.0.9 
 8. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.8 
 9. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.8 
 10. Qvale, Aliaga0.8 


Banvit grabs 73-71 win in Istanbul, forces Game Five against Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 4: Anadolu Efes - Banvit BK 71-73 (2-2)

Banvit survived in Istanbul tonight. They grabbed 71-73 road victory tying the score to 2-2 in the series. It means that Banvit forced crucial Game Five, which will be played at their home court on Saturday. The winner will join Besiktas in TBL Finals.
Anadolu Efes was ahead by 12 points after three quarters before a 24-10 charge of Banvit BK, which allowed them to win the game. Anadolu Efes was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) replied with 17 points and Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the effort for Anadolu Efes. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Banvit was the second ranked team of the regular season with 25-5 record. Anadolu Efes was No.3 with 24-6. In the other Semifinals, Besiktas eliminated regular season champion Galatasaray with almost perfect 3-1. Before that, Besiktas edged defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker.

Anadolu Efes: C.Akyol 17+2reb+1ast, D.Savanovic 13+3reb, T.Kinsey 9+4reb+3ast, E.Kurtoglu 7+8reb, K.Tunceri 7+1reb+5ast, E.Batista 6+3reb
Banvit BK: K.Bajramovic 17+6reb+5ast, C.Davis 17+9reb+4ast, S.Erdogan 12+1reb, I.Turkyilmaz 8+2reb+1ast, K.Simmons 6+6reb+3ast, K.Lucas 3



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  UBA   

URBL Stats Leaders

UBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Barnes, GIE 30.1
2 Williams, GIE 23.9
3 Avery, Slam 23.1
4 Franklin, Knights 22.8
5 Williams, Lions 21.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dailey, Lions 14.9
2 Terrell, Stars 12.9
3 Moore, GIE 12.7
4 Avery, Slam 11.0
5 Joseph, S.Generals 10.9
Assists Per Game
1 Bray, S.Generals 11.8
2 Horton, C.Texas C. 7.8
3 Ragedale, GIE 7.8
4 Bolick, Assault 7.0
5 Barnes, GIE 6.5
Steals Per Game
1 Bray, S.Generals 3.9
2 Williams, GIE 3.3
3 Barnes, GIE 3.0
4 Ransom, Assault 2.5
5 Knight, O.Kings 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Moore, GIE 5.9
2 Terrell, Stars 2.4
3 Davis, Queen CG 2.4
4 Dailey, Lions 2.3
5 Williams, Slam 1.8



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KIU, Power cruise in league - by Eurobasket News

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.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.22.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 9. Guinn, Fe.16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.7 
 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. Ewing, Azovmash4.8 
 9. Randle, Azovmash4.8 
 10. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.6 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 2. House, Dnipro1.9 
 3. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 4. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 5. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Ewing, Azovmash1.7 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 9. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.4 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.1.8 
 4. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 5. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.6 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Hunter, Fe.1.3 


Superleague Round 3 of Finals. BC Donetsk earn third straight victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Azovmash - BC Donetsk 74-77

BC Donetsk toppled Azovmash to take 3-0 lead in the title series. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 18-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Azovmash helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. International center Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) who recorded 20 points and 5 assists and the former international guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: R.Curry 18+5reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 15+6reb, V.Stojanovski 14+2reb+3ast, M.Lee 12+4reb, V.Avdalovic 7+1reb+4ast, I.Radenovic 7+2reb+2ast
Azovmash: M.Walsh 20+4reb+5ast, A.Drozdov 14+13reb, O.Pecherov 13+5reb+1ast, R.Rancik 7+4reb+1ast, A.Slipenchuk 6+1ast, D.Ewing 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 176529
3rd Place
Ferro-ZNTU - Budivelnyk 99-85

Ferro-ZNTU stepped closer to the pedestal after beating Budivelnyk in the third game of the consolation final series. It looked good early as Budivelnyk took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ferro-ZNTU had a 29-12 second period charge getting the lead and Budivelnyk was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-99. It was a great shooting night for Ferro-ZNTU especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Budivelnyk was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for Budivelnyk. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 22+5reb+3ast, R.Guinn 22+8reb+3ast, H.Kandrusevich 19+3reb+2ast, J.Chappell 14+4reb+4ast, A.Butskyy 8+4reb+9ast, M.Kozlovets 5
Budivelnyk: S.Sehovic 24+8reb, A.Parakhouski 18+5reb, A.Malysh 11+2reb+2ast, J.McClinton 11+3reb+5ast, A.Agafonov 7+4reb, Z.Morley 6+7reb+7ast
gschID: 176634



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Standings - BBL

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


BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.3 
 2. 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. Green, Glasgow4.4 
 6. Patton, Sheffiel.4.4 
 7. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.3 
 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. Williams, Cheshir.0.7 


Pops Mensah-Bonsu selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington). He led Besiktas to a victory against the league leader Galatasaray (25-5) 84-73 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Tuesday night's game. Mensah-Bonsu recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-8) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mensah-Bonsu's first season with the team. Mensah-Bonsu is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg. He also averaged so far 13.2ppg, 2FGP: 60.7%(130-214) and FT: 65.2% in the 27 games he played so far. Mensah-Bonsu played for the British senior national team two years ago.

Michael Lenzly
Michael Lenzly
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford). He contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked BK Prostejov (25-11) crushing them 88-58 in the Czech Republic NBL last Monday. Lenzly scored 11 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A1. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (34-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Lenzly averages: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(63-111), 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 73.6%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lenzly played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the British senior national team. Strangely Lenzly has never played in United Kingdom.

Rod Brown
Rod Brown
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rod Brown (186-78, agency: Two Points, college: W.Michigan). He contributed to a Lugano Tigers' victory against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions (18-6) 92-81 in the Swiss LNA on Friday night. Brown scored 13 points and added 9 assists in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lugano Tigers (20-4) are placed first in the LNA. Brown is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league with 6.0apg. This year his other stats are: 11.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 55.2%(95-172), 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 73.2% in the 25 games. Brown is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Brown is currently a member of the British senior national team. He used to play for Essex Leopards London in British league.

Andrew Betts
Andrew Betts
   #4. Center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (20-14). Betts recorded only 4 points. Lagun Aro GBC was crushed 82-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#4). Betts' overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the British national team back in 2009.

Phill Jones
Phill Jones
   #5. Former international guard Phill Jones (196-74), who plays in the New Zealand NBL was not able to help Fico Finance Nelson Giants (6-10) in their last game. Despite Jones' very good performance Fico Finance Nelson Giants were crushed 120-88 in Auckland by the second-ranked Pirates. He scored 16 points and added 3 passes in 36 minutes. It was Fico Finance Nelson Giants' third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Jones is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Jones averages: 20.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: British and New Zealand. Despite Jones played previously for the New Zealand national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Tafari Toney
Tafari Toney
   #6. Power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) helped Charleville-Mezieres win their game against the closely-ranked Cognac (21-13) 79-69 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Toney recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (24-10) is placed fourth in the NM1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Toney has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Toney played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the British senior team three years ago. Toney used to play for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

Arthur Trousdell
Arthur Trousdell
   #7. Former international power forward Arthur Trousdell (203-81, college: Cameron), who plays in the New Zealand NBL was not able to secure a victory for Wellington Exodus Saints (9-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Wellington Exodus Saints were edged 94-91 in Auckland by the second-ranked Pirates. Trousdell scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 25 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Trousdell belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4 with 1.3bpg. He also averaged so far 10.9ppg and 4.3rpg in the 16 games. Despite Trousdell played previously for the New Zealand U18 national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Nicholas George
Nicholas George
   #8. Forward Nicholas George (199-82, also represented by Two Points, college: VCU) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rod Brown and both played together in the last Swiss LNA game. George managed to help Lugano Tigers to win against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions (18-6) 92-81. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. George's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the British national team back in 2008.

Dzaflo Larkai
Dzaflo Larkai
   #9. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine) helped Okinawa GK win their game against the third-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (34-18) 79-74 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. Larkai recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Western. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (39-13) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Larkai's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 5.2rpg in the 42 games. He used to play for the British national team four years ago.

Darren Phillip
Darren Phillip
   #10. Forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Ford Burgos (22-12) in their game against Caceres 2016 (2-1) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Phillip cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ford Burgos was edged 77-74 on the opponent's court by the leading Caceres_2016. It was Ford Burgos' first loss after five consecutive victories. This season Phillip has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg and 6.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Phillip is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the British senior national team. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.



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Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league (2nd. round)
Cader 78 - Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle) 17 points 8 rebounds 3 assists, Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 24 points 2 rebounds 4 assists
Atenas 71 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 30 points 17 rebounds, 1 block, Pablo Clerici (195-F-78) 14 points 3 rebounds
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Yale 70 - Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, college: Virginia Union) 30 points 23 rebounds 3 blocks, Lucas Vassalucci 17 points 3 rebounds 4 assists
Guruyu Waston 69 - Martavius Adams 17 points 9 rebounds 1 block,



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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.4 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.18.6 
 7. Stoll, Gigantes17.6 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Romero, Trotamun.16.8 
 10. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Martinez, Cocodril.10.5 
 2. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.4 
 3. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 4. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 5. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 6. Jackson, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Allen, Marinos7.7 
 8. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 9. Sucre, Marinos7.5 
 10. Gilder, Trotamun.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Stoll, Gigantes6.8 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.6 
 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. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 6. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 7. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Gilder, Trotamun.1.9 
 10. Edwin, Gaiteros1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Marinos
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Allen, Marinos2.3 
 2. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.8 
 4. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 5. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 6. Graterol, Cocodril.1.3 
 7. Gilder, Trotamun.1.1 
 8. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 9. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 10. Romero, Trotamun.1.0 


Marcus Lewis joins Trotamundos - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos de Carabobo strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Marcus Lewis (203-F/C-86, college: ORU). The centre spent the bigger part of the season in D-League. Marcus Lewis played for the Tulsa 66ers. The centre averaged 15.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in D-League. Marcus Lewis was voted All-United States Awards Centre of the Year in 2012. He also made it into USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team. The centre participated at 2012 D-League All-Star Game. Marcus Lewis played for the USA National Team in 2011. The player participated at Panamerican Games in Mexico. Marcus Lewis tallied 7.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists per appearance in Guadalajara.


LPB Finals: Marinos destroy Trotamundos in Game One, 100-71 - by Eurobasket News

LPB Finals, Game 1: Marinos - Trotamundos 100-71 (1-0)

First game of the LPB Finals was played last night. Marinos had no mercy for Trotamundos celebrating huge 100-71 home victory for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-seven and second game is scheduled for today. Marinos will be the host again.
The game without a history. Marinos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Jose Vargas (196-82) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Marinos have a home court advantage in this series. As mentioned above, the format is best-of-seven. Third and fourth games are scheduled for May 29 and 30. If necessary, Game Five, Six and Seven will be played after that.

Marinos: A.Sucre 19+12reb+2ast, J.Vargas 17+3reb+3ast, L.Rodgers 16+3reb+2ast, G.Vargas 11+4reb+3ast, M.Marriaga 9+6reb, E.Mijares 9+1ast
Trotamundos: S.Pruitt 15+14reb, K.Hayes 13+1reb+2ast, T.Gilder 12+12reb+1ast, D.Lewis 9+1ast, R.Perez 8+2reb+2ast, H.Romero 6+7reb+1ast



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Garnett Thompson... Lebanese Naturalized player for WABA.... - by Rabih Khoury

Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) will be the new naturalized Lebanese -American player to join the Lebanese NT for WABA that will take place next month in Jordan. Thompson finished his second season in Lebanon. He played for Champville and averaged: Lebanese League: 21 games: 17.6ppg, Reb-4 (11.0rpg), 3.1apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 15.2%, FT: 59.6%; got injured in March '12 and was sidelined for the rest of season: WABA League: 8 games: 18.8ppg, Reb-5 (9.9rpg), 2.5apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 89.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 66.7%.



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Women News


Angola grabs qualification - by Eurobasket News

The Angola U-18 female national basketball team has qualified for the 2012 Afrobasket tournament after crushing Mozambique 60-43 this week. With one encounter left, the Angolans have recorded three straight wins to stand second. Mozambique follows with four points while Botswana has just two points with one encounter to play against Angola.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Belarus rally past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Belarus 46:74

Belarus celebrated a comfortable win over Lithuania in the exhibition game in Druskininkai. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
Belarus strongly started the game. They ensured an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew in the second quarter. Belarus stretched the margin to as many as 11 points at halftime 31:20. The visitors went on a 16:0 run in the third quarter to clear off. Belarus piled up a 29-point lead at the final intermission. Lithuania finally stopped the rot and managed to outscore Belarus in the fourth term. But it just sweetened the pill for the hosts. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) finished with 13 points, while Rytsikava netted 12 points in the win. Kristina Vengryte (190-C-81) answered with 11 points for Lithuania. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) accounted for 9 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Lithuania: Kristina Vengryte 11, Gintare Petronyte 9+10 boards
Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 14, Tatyana Troina 13, Rytsikava 12



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Petra Kulichova heads to Good Angels Kosice - by Eurobasket News

Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) heads to Good Angels Kosice for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com the Czech Republic player will continue in Slovakia.
In 2010-2011 she joined ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL, starting five) and averaged 3.5ppg, 6.1rpg in EuroLeague. In Czech Rep. League after 29 games her stats read 5.9ppg, Reb-4 (7.7rpg), 1.5spg, Blocks-2 (1.5bpg), FGP: 57.1%, FT: 33.9%.
In 2011-2012 for ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL, starting five) she improved to 7.8ppg, 7.2rpg, Blocks-1 (1.3bpg), FGP: 59.6%, FT: 41.4% Czech Rep. League and in Euroleague showed 3.4ppg, 3.1rpg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg, starting five).
Together with USK Praha Petra Kulichova defended this season their ZBL title. They swept the title series against Frisco Sika. The reigning champions claimed an 82:52 win in the third game of the series to triumph in the League. Delisha Milton-Jonesled the effort with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Petra Kulichova collected 6 points and 12 rebounds.



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Homend Antakya signs French PG Lucie Bouthors - by Eurobasket News

Lucie Bouthors (174-PG-88) stays in Turkey. The French point guard signed a one-year deal with TKBL team Homend Antakya. Bouthors spent last season with Optimum TED registering 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg for them in 6 EuroCup games. Her numbers in domestic championship dropped to 2.4 ppg for 12 games. Before Optimum TED, Lucie Bouthors spent two years with Besiktas. There she had limited playing time in both seasons. The French PG also has experience from Reims, COB Calais, Valenciennes and CFBB. In 2007 she won the French LFB title and Cup with Valenciennes. Lucie Bouthors played for French U20 and U18 National Team in the past. With U18 NT she won the Bronze at U18 EuroBasket 2005.


Herve Coudray named Coach of the Year by LFB - by Eurobasket News

Herve Coudray is awarded with Coach of the Year by LFB. Coudray is a Head Coach of Mondeville, who reached LFB Semifinals this season. However, they were eliminated by Bourges (0-2). Mondeville finished regular season as No.4 with 15-11 record. Herve Coudray took over the club in 2008. He worked with them also in 2005/06 season. In the meantime, Coudray spent one season with Valenciennes USVO. He reached three LFB Semifinals so far in his career. In 2010 with Mondeville, Coudray reached EuroCup QFinals.
Herve Coudray worked with Mali National Team for the last two years. He guided them to Bronze medal at 2011 AfroBasket in Bamako. The French specialist was awarded with Africabasket.com All-African Championships Best Coach in 2011.



Montpellier and Diandra Tchatchouang part ways - by Eurobasket News

Diandra Tchatchouang (190-F-91, college: Maryland) is no longer a member of Montpellier. Her contract expired and will not be extended. The French forward played 21 games in LFB this season averaging 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds. She also had 4.9 ppg for 7 Euroleague games. Diandra Tchatchouang arrived to Montpellier last summer from the University of Maryland. She spent two years with Maryland registering 8.7 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.5 apg for 32 games in their last one. Tchatchouang also has experience from CFBB. In the past, Diandra Tchatchouang played for the French U20, U18 and U16 National Team. Two years ago she helped U20 France to reach the Semifinals at U20 EuroBasket in Latvia. She had 11.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.2 spg for 6 games at this event. Tchatchouang was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team -10. In 2008, she was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Best Forward.


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  LITHUANIA   


Ausra Bimbaite can not help the national team - by Eurobasket News

According to Lithuanian Basketball Federation via lovewomensbasketball.com, Ausra Bimbaite (178-SG-82) can not help the National team this summer. The Lithuanian Guard will not join the team this summer for health reasons.
Ausra Bimbaite spent last season with Dynamo Kursk (Russia-PBL, starting five). In EuroCup after 14 games her stats read 11.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 81.5%. In Russian League she averaged 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 80.0%.
Together with Dynamo Kursk Ausra Bimbaite became the EuroCup winner for season 2011/12. The Russian squad had 14-point deficit after the first game against Kayseri, but they exploded when it mattered most and blasted visitors with huge 75-52. It was enough for the final 130-121 win after two games. Ausra Bimbaite helped with 14 points, 8 rebs and 6 assists.
At the European Championships in Poland -11 after 9 games she showed 11.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 77.3%.



Belarus rally past Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Belarus 46:74

Belarus celebrated a comfortable win over Lithuania in the exhibition game in Druskininkai. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
Belarus strongly started the game. They ensured an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew in the second quarter. Belarus stretched the margin to as many as 11 points at halftime 31:20. The visitors went on a 16:0 run in the third quarter to clear off. Belarus piled up a 29-point lead at the final intermission. Lithuania finally stopped the rot and managed to outscore Belarus in the fourth term. But it just sweetened the pill for the hosts. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) finished with 13 points, while Rytsikava netted 12 points in the win. Kristina Vengryte (190-C-81) answered with 11 points for Lithuania. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) accounted for 9 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Lithuania: Kristina Vengryte 11, Gintare Petronyte 9+10 boards
Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 14, Tatyana Troina 13, Rytsikava 12



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  MADAGASCAR   


MB2All wins Analamanga basketball tournament - by Eurobasket News

The ladies of MB2All have won the Analamanga basketball tournament for the second consecutive time after recording a crushing victory over JCSA 103-83. The encounter took place yesterday at the gymnasium of Mahamasina. With 26 points recorded at the tournament, MB2Alls Anita was voted best winger. On her part, Judith of JCSA lifted the trophy of the best pivot
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  NCAA1   


Maryland to face off against Nebraska in ACC/Big Ten Challenge - by Eurobasket News

The ACC champion Maryland women's basketball team will face off with Nebraska University on Nov. 28 in this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Terrapins will visit Lincoln, Neb. to play the Cornhuskers, who went 24-9 last season before being knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Kansas.

Maryland was victorious in last year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge when they defeated Michigan. The Terrapins also beat the Cornhuskers in their last meeting by a score of 74-64, during the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge features 12 games, in which teams from opposing conferences battle it out. The ACC won more games for each of the first four years of the Challenge, and the two conferences tied at six victories each in 2011.

Maryland is one of only two teams that are still undefeated in the Challenge, along with Georgia Tech. Game times as well as broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

Courtesy of www.wboc.com



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  PUERTO RICO   


Sandra Garcia is definite for the National Team - by Eurobasket News

Sandra Garcia (190-C-90) is definite for the National Team. The player agreed terms for FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) to continue for Puerto Rico.
In 2009-2010 she appeared for Wake Forest (NCAA, starting five) and in 31 games averaged 9.6ppg, 7.1rpg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 73.7%. In 2010-2011 for Wake Forest (NCAA, starting five) her stats read 11.2ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 68.8%.
Last season for Wake Forest (NCAA, starting five) Sandra showed 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 78.4%.
As a member of the Puerto Rican National Team -10-11 she participated at the Centrobasket in Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) and won Gold with her team. In 5 games she averaged 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.1%, FT-1 (87.5%). That time Puerto Rico smashed Jamaica in the 2010 Centrobasket Finals. It meant that Puerto Rico won the Gold medal at this championship with the perfect record (5-0). Puerto Rico was huge 22 points up and question about the winner was resolved. They ended last quarter 13-15 for the final 48-72 victory and the Gold medal in Mayaguez.



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  RUSSIA   


Dynamo Moscow lands C Laura Harper - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow announced signing of Laura Harper (193-F/C-86, college: Maryland) for the next season. She will be third University of Maryland graduate in Dynamo. Harper will join two other Maryland grads Kristi Toliver (170-PG-87, college: Maryland) and Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland). Laura Harper spent last season with Homend Antakya Belediyesi. She appeared 24 times in Turkish league averaging 13.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Harper finished as third best rebounder of TKBL and was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention -12. Before Antakya, Harper played one season for Italian Umana Reyer Venezia. In 2009, she was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBBL 1st Team -09. That season Harper was a member of Besiktas averaging 17.6 points and 10.4 rebounds for 18 games in Turkish league. She also added 18 ppg and 12 tps for 10 Euroleague games that season (top rebounder, third scorer). Laura Harper graduated at the University of Maryland in 2008.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Petra Kulichova heads to Good Angels Kosice - by Eurobasket News

Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) heads to Good Angels Kosice for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com the Czech Republic player will continue in Slovakia.
In 2010-2011 she joined ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL, starting five) and averaged 3.5ppg, 6.1rpg in EuroLeague. In Czech Rep. League after 29 games her stats read 5.9ppg, Reb-4 (7.7rpg), 1.5spg, Blocks-2 (1.5bpg), FGP: 57.1%, FT: 33.9%.
In 2011-2012 for ZVVZ USK Praha (ZBL, starting five) she improved to 7.8ppg, 7.2rpg, Blocks-1 (1.3bpg), FGP: 59.6%, FT: 41.4% Czech Rep. League and in Euroleague showed 3.4ppg, 3.1rpg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg, starting five).
Together with USK Praha Petra Kulichova defended this season their ZBL title. They swept the title series against Frisco Sika. The reigning champions claimed an 82:52 win in the third game of the series to triumph in the League. Delisha Milton-Jonesled the effort with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Petra Kulichova collected 6 points and 12 rebounds.



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  SPAIN   


Cadi la Seu extends Margaret de Ciman - by Eurobasket News

Cadi la Seu started to build the roster for the next season. The team announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Margaret De Ciman (200-C-84, college: Louisiana Tech). The Canadian/Irish center joined Cadi la Seu last summer. She played 26 games in LFB registering 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Before Cadi la Seu, she spent one season with C.B.F Sarria-Grupo Consultoria in LF2. There, Ciman had 11.1 ppg and 5 rpg for 50 games. In the past, she played for Ibiza and also in Portugal. Margaret De Ciman is a product of the Lousiana Tech University. She helped them win the WAC Tournament in 2006. Ciman played for Seward County CC, before she moved to Louisiana Tech in 2005.


Ros Casares on the verge of bankruptcy, reportedly, release players - by Eurobasket News

According to a report on Salamanca en Directo, EuroLeague Women champions Ros Casares are in very poor financial shape and have already released all their major stars from contracts.

Its no secret that Spain is currently suffering a financial crisis and same goes for German Ros, the owner of Ros Casares whose main business is in a real estate company.

While the management are trying to salvage the situation and field a team next season, the players who were under contract have been reportedly released from them and are searching for new teams.

Those players mentioned are Silvia Dominguez (167-PG-87), Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC), Jana Vesela (192-F-83), Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston), Laia Palau (178-G-79) and Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). That also very likely means that talks of re-signing Maya Moore (182-F-89, college: Connecticut) wont be materializing.
Courtesy of: http://lovewomensbasketball.com



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  TURKEY   


Homend Antakya signs French PG Lucie Bouthors - by Eurobasket News

Lucie Bouthors (174-PG-88) stays in Turkey. The French point guard signed a one-year deal with TKBL team Homend Antakya. Bouthors spent last season with Optimum TED registering 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg for them in 6 EuroCup games. Her numbers in domestic championship dropped to 2.4 ppg for 12 games. Before Optimum TED, Lucie Bouthors spent two years with Besiktas. There she had limited playing time in both seasons. The French PG also has experience from Reims, COB Calais, Valenciennes and CFBB. In 2007 she won the French LFB title and Cup with Valenciennes. Lucie Bouthors played for French U20 and U18 National Team in the past. With U18 NT she won the Bronze at U18 EuroBasket 2005.


NT player Tugba Palazoglu joins Istanbul Universitesi - by Eurobasket News

Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) is a new member of Istanbul Universitesi. The Turkish National Team member penned a deal for the next season. Palazoglu heads to Istanbul Universitesi from Mersin, where she spent 2011/12. For 22 games in TKBL she averaged 10.5 points, 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds. The 31-year-old guard played for Galatasaray from 2008 to 2011. She had 5 ppg and 1.9 apg in their last season together (TKBL). Before Galatasaray, Palazoglu played for Mersin, Besiktas, Ceyhan and Migros. Tugba Palazoglu is active member of the Turkish National Team since 2006. She had 3.6 ppg and 2 apg for 9 games at the 2011 EuroBasket in Poland. Turkey won the Silver medal at this event.


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WUBA Standings

WUBA Standings
Northern Conference
 1. Cinncinatti S. 8-2 
 2. Queen City G. 6-5 
 3. Sharonville F. 5-5 
 4. Seven Hills F. 3-8 
Southern Conference
 1. Southern G. 16-1 
 2. GIE Disciples 11-4 
 3. Tennessee D. 5-8 
 4. Atlanta A. 2-10 
 5. Metro A. Sparks 2-12 


WUBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Pearson, Los M.27.4 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.4 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis23.0 
 4. McCullough, Nogales22.5 
 5. Thomas, Cananea22.3 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan21.8 
 7. Carter, Guasave20.5 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato20.3 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 10. Riley, Tepic19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.4 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.6 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis8.4 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.4 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan7.7 
 7. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.5 
 9. Zamora, Culiacan7.2 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.2 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Funn, Los Mochis8.8 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.4 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.9 
 4. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.9 
 6. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 7. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 8. Pulido, Culiacan3.9 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana3.6 
 10. Reatiga, Navolato3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.2.0 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.6 
 3. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 4. Thomas, Cananea1.5 
 5. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 6. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 7. Gale, Nogales1.3 
 8. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 9. Toussaint, Los M.1.2 
 10. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic0.9 
 6. Davis, Nogales0.8 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Tate, Tijuana0.8 
 9. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 10. Scott, Los Mochis0.7 



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BBL MVP 'Mighty' Joe Chapman Back At Clean Sweep Eagles - by Paul Nilsen

BBL MVP and quadruple winning Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) has pledged his allegiance to Newcastle Eagles for a fourth consecutive season. The 6'4' Chicago born guard had a remarkable comeback season, following a 90% achilles tear suffered in February 2011, ending his 2010-11 campaign.

Chapman joined the Eagles in 2009, and has since won 7 trophies in 3 seasons with the Newcastle side. Joe was second top scorer in the BBL last season, averaging 20.2 points per game and averaged 38.7% from three point range. Eagles first returning heralds the start of a process to put another winning team together for 2012-13 season.

Chapman stated; 'The club looked after me through a tough time with my achilles injury. I think I've still got a little way to go to get back to where I was and I wanted to put another strong season in with the Eagles. I'm looking forward to coming back in the new season 100% ready to go!'

Eagles managing director Paul Blake was excited by the news; 'It's great to be announcing Joe's return. He is one of the hardest working players on this team and to come back from the type of injury he had to win Player of the Year was a fantastic reward for the effort he put in, both on and off the court. We have a lot of work still to do to rebuild this team and repeat what we achieved in 2011-12. Joe is certainly a key building block in making it happen again.'



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  WNBA   


Ex-Gopher McCarville sitting out second WNBA season - by Eurobasket News

Ex-Gopher Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) played center for the New York Liberty two years ago. But she won't be on the court on Tuesday when the Lynx play New York.

She is home in Wisconsin again this summer.

Seems McCarville got into a dispute with the Liberty and its new coach and general manager last year and never reported. They got off on the wrong foot right away. Coach/GM John Whisenant started fining her $1,000 a day from the day she arrived home in Wisconsin from a long season in Italy. That day also happened to be the start of Whiz's training camp.

She wanted four, five days home with her family. The Liberty suspended her for the 2011 season.

Whisenant visited her last winter in Italy, but McCarville decided to sit out this WNBA season, too.

Last month the Liberty released this statement from McCarville: 'While I love the Liberty and the WNBA, I've decided to sit out the 2012 season to spend more time with my family. I sincerely appreciated and enjoyed the time that Coach Whiz spent with me in Italy earlier this year, and it has been great to hear from so many Liberty fans encouraging my return. I wish the team nothing but the best in its quest for a WNBA championship.'

The Liberty still hold her WNBA rights. ... Hmm, if Taj McWilliams-Franklin retires after this season, and the Lynx are looking for a veteran center next season, and Lindsay Whalen returns [McCarville was in Whalen's wedding], how about a call to the Liberty, or to Custer, Wis., Janel's summer home?

* First there was the problem with McCarville last season, now this year she didn't come back and another center, Quanitra Hollingsworth will miss the first half of the WNBA. Q played for the Lynx for two seasons before being traded to the Liberty last season.

Q, an American who went to Virginia Commonwealth, is out because she is in Turkey. She became a Turkish citizen and is training with that country's national team as it prepares to host an international tournament that will determine the final qualifiers for the London Olympics. Turkey's women's basketball team has never advanced to the Olympics. Q hopes to change that.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



Teresa Weatherspoon to make Garden coaching debut in annual Maggie Dixon Classic - by Eurobasket News

Women's basketball pioneer and New York Liberty legend, Teresa Weatherspoon will make her Garden coaching debut in the annual Maggie Dixon Classic, MSG Sports and the Dixon Family announced today. Duke, Louisiana Tech, Rutgers and local favorite St. John's University will take to the court at the World's Most Famous Arena on Sunday, December 9th, in what has become the nation's premier women's college basketball showcase. The national matchups will mark the seventh anniversary of the Maggie Dixon Classic and the sixth consecutive season The Garden has hosted the event.

Tickets for the Maggie Dixon Classic start at $20.00 and go on sale Tuesday, May 22nd at noon. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.thegarden.com .

Weatherspoon, affectionally known as 'T-Spoon', was one of the original WNBA players and donned the New York Liberty uniform from 1997-2003. Known as a charismatic leader with high energy, 'T- Spoon' quickly became a fan favorite not only at Madison Square Garden, but throughout the WNBA. The perennial All-Star led the Liberty to the first-ever WNBA Finals in 1997 and will always be remembered for hitting a half-court shot against the Houston Comets to extend the 1999 WNBA Finals. Honored as the Maggie Dixon rookie coach of the year in 2010, Weatherspoon will lead her Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in her Garden coaching debut to take on C. Vivian Stringer and Rutgers University, who will make their fifth appearance in the Maggie Dixon Classic.

'I'm so excited that my players will have the opportunity to play at MSG,' Weatherspoon said. 'The memories that I have are in my mind, body, and soul and will never be forgotten. The opportunity to play at the World's Most Famous Arena, in front of those amazing fans, will give my young players the confidence they need to be successful.'

'The Maggie Dixon Classic has become one of the premier showcases in women's college basketball and having the opportunity to compete in the first four years was a tremendous privilege, said coach Stringer. 'Maggie was one of the rising stars in the profession who had an amazing passion and love for the game. This is an opportunity to keep her legacy alive and bring awareness to a cause that affects the lives of many Americans.'

Coming off one their best season's and returning with four starters, the Red Storm of St. John's will take on Duke in the second game of the doubleheader. The game will be a rematch of last season's NCAA tournament regional semifinal when the Blue Devils defeated the Red Storm to advance to the regional finals.

'We are so very pleased and honored to be a part of the Maggie Dixon Classic for the second time in six years,' Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. 'Maggie's incredible passion and commitment are forever a part of this event.'

'I have tremendous admiration for everything the Dixon Family and Madison Square Garden do in memory of Maggie, who I was fortunate to briefly meet in 2006,' St. John's associate head coach Joe Tartamella said. 'As a young head coach starting out, I have great respect for what she did with Army's program in such a short time.'

The Maggie Dixon Classic is held annually in memory of the former Army Black Knights women's basketball coach. On April 6, 2006, 29 year old Maggie Dixon died from an undiagnosed heart condition. Over the course of her six months as head coach at the United States Military Academy she led the program to unprecedented heights; the Black Knights played in their first Patriot League Championship and Dixon led her team to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Over 325,000 Americans die every year from sudden cardiac arrest and Madison Square Garden will again team with the Dixon family to host a Heart Health Fair during both games.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Tuesday's games review (3) - by Eurobasket News

New York L. - Minnesota L. 62-80
Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 22 points and defending champion Minnesota cruised over New York. Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) had 15 points, Rebekkah Brunson scored 14 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (2-0). Cappie Pondexter scored 15 points and Essence Carson had 13, and Kia Vaughn grabbed 11 rebounds for the Liberty (0-3). Minnesota took control with a tiebreaking 17-4 run over the last 5 minutes of the second quarter and into the start of the third. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

Tulsa S. - Phoenix M. 87-89
Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored 31 points and had a key offensive rebound that led to Samantha Prahalis' winning free throws with 22.2 seconds left and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Tulsa Shock for an 89-87 victory on Tuesday. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) started, but played only 10 minutes and scored three points in her first playing time of the season while recovering from a strained left hip flexor. Temeka Johnson and Ivory Latta each scored 16 points for Tulsa (0-2). DeWanna Bonner had 16 points for Phoenix (1-1). Trailing by 11 with 4:42 to play, Tulsa went on a 14-2 run to take the lead at 86-85 on Glory Johnson's two free throws with 1:26 remaining. Charde Houston hit a pair of free throws to put the Mercury ahead 87-86, before Tulsa's Scholanda Dorrell made a free to tie it at 87 with 55.8 seconds left. Following a miss by Houston, Dupree grabbed the offensive rebound and Prahalis was fouled on the possession. She hit both free throws to give Phoenix an 89-87 lead. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

L.Angeles S. - Seattle S. 74-61
Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) scored 21 points and Kristi Toliver added 18 and Los Angeles defeated Seattle. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) scored 15 points as the Sparks (2-0) led from the first quarter after their big comeback victory against the Storm on Friday in which the Sparks erased a 21-point second-half deficit. Ann Wauters led Seattle (0-2) with 15 points. Tina Thompson added 13. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com