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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Maccabi TA withdraws, three main candidates for the wild card - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv will not defend their champions title in the coming season of the Adriatic league, David Federman announced on Friday. The reason is the increased number of games in the coming season of Euroleague, which will make it practically impossible for the club from Tel Aviv to participate in all 3 competitions, like this year. Israeli champions have been deciding between the Israeli league and ABA league, and finally decided to continue in the domestic league.

The main question now is, who is going to get a wild card instead of the Israeli club, but we can expose at least three of the candidates. The most expected decision would be, that KK Vojvodina Novi Sad would get it, while Helios Domzale has shown interest too. However, some sources suggest that even an ambitious Hungarian team Szolnoki Olajbanyasz could join the club from outside the territory of former Yougoslavia, like Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and Nymburk in the previous two seasons.




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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras16.7 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 9. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
 10. Pittman, Libertad.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.5 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 8. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 9. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
 10. Matthews, Quilm.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.5 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.7 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 8. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.1.8 
 4. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.1.4 
 10. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 8. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 9. Humphrey, Atenas0.9 
 10. Garces, Atenas0.9 


Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Player of the Year: Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) of Union Progr.
Domestic player of the Year: Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) of Union Progr.
Import player of the Year: Gordon James (198-F-79) of Ciclista
Guard of the Year: Maximiliano Rios (185-G-81) of Union Sunch
Forward of the Year: Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) of Union Progr.
Center of the Year: Gordon James (198-F-79) of Ciclista
Coach of the Year: Mauricio Santangelo of Ciclista

1st Team
G: Maximiliano Rios (185-81) of Union Sunch
G: Cesar Avalle (189-85) of Union Progr.
F: Eduardo Spalla (197-89) of Argentino
F/C: Lisandro Rasio (197-90) of Union Progr.
F: Gordon James (198-79) of Ciclista

2nd Team
G: Joaquin Olmedo (185-85) of Argentino
F: Patricio Rodriguez (193-84) of Alianza Viedma
F/C: Joseph Bunn (198-75) of Estudian.Con.
F: Chuck Robinson (201-72) of Argentino
C: Juan Manuel Torres (208-84) of Huracan



Argentino Junin gets second promotion to Liga A - by Facundo Iatzky

Argentino Junin beat Obera TC on friday night and got the second promotion to Liga A for next season. Argentino, therefore, returns to Liga A after one year in TNA. The key for this triumph was the great season of veterans Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) and Julian Olmedo (188-G-77). they were also helped by young talented players like Eduardo Spalla (197-F-89) and Luciano Tantos (185-G-88). Experienced coach Adrian Capelli guided the team. Obera, on the other side, counted with a good import player like Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.) and Matias Fioretti (199-G/F-84) as most important players.


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Courtney FIELDS
  USA
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Fields, Al Shabab24.8 
 2. Williams, Mahram24.4 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons22.3 
 4. Dragajlovic, Al It.21.6 
 5. Khatib, Al Riyadi21.0 
 6. Leslie, Al Rayyan19.9 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.19.1 
 8. Watkins, ASU18.7 
 9. Giles, Duhok18.6 
 10. Gray, Duhok18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladislav DRAGOJLOVIC
  SRB
  (207-C-79)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Dragajlovic, Al It.13.9 
 2. Giles, Duhok12.1 
 3. Douthit, Smart Gil.12.1 
 4. Ayer, KL Dragons11.8 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi10.7 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.5 
 7. Watkins, ASU9.8 
 8. Ngombo, Al Rayyan9.7 
 9. Fields, Al Shabab8.3 
 10. Samb, Mahram7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Daghlas, ASU7.4 
 2. Casio, Smart Gilas6.1 
 3. Nikkhah, Mahram4.9 
 4. Guganeswaran, KL D.4.5 
 5. Miller, Al Jalaa4.3 
 6. Keely, Al Ittihad4.3 
 7. Al-Doori, Duhok4.1 
 8. Akl, Al Riyadi4.0 
 9. Tiu John, Smart G.3.9 
 10. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Hamed AFAGH
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Afagh, Mahram2.1 
 2. Watkins, ASU1.7 
 3. Williams, Mahram1.6 
 4. Al-Doori, Duhok1.4 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.3 
 6. Fields, Al Shabab1.3 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 8. Gray, Duhok1.3 
 9. Casio, Smart Gilas1.1 
 10. Giles, Duhok1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi3.8 
 2. Samb, Mahram2.9 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons1.8 
 4. Giles, Duhok1.6 
 5. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 7. Walker, Al Jalaa1.2 
 8. Aguilar, Smart Gil.1.1 
 9. Mahdi, Duhok1.0 
 10. Rouzbahani, Mahr.1.0 



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shaw, Oberwart18.3 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden18.0 
 7. Djuric, Gussing17.2 
 8. Matthews, BC Vi.17.2 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.17.1 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Werner, Wels9.3 
 2. Oppland, Gmunden8.7 
 3. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.4 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Ware, Furstenfeld7.2 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Robinson, Furstenf.6.8 
 9. Chappell, Klostern.6.8 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.5 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.9 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden5.0 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Matthews, BC Vi.2.0 
 4. Toroman, BC Vienna1.9 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Brown, Wels1.9 
 7. Pryor, Wels1.9 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.5 
 9. Curry, Gmunden1.4 
 10. Bobb, Klosterneub.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 2. Scott, Gussing0.9 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 5. Brown, Wels0.7 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 9. Kohlmaier, Wels0.6 
 10. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.8 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.7 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.1 
 4. Mallet, Spirou14.9 
 5. Haynes, Gent14.1 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 7. Black, Antwerp13.7 
 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, Antwerp7.8 
 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. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.0 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.9 
 7. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 8. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 9. Bostic, Liege2.6 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.6 
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, Spirou1.9 
 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 


Exclusive interview: Coach Herb Brown shows interest in Belgian basketball - by Bert Larsimont

It is not everyday that you find an NBA coach who is interested in the Belgian basketball program. Last week, my colleague Peter Buyse and I exchanged e-mails with Matthew D. Brown of Strategic Sports Management LLC. He represents Herb Brown, who has a vast resume of coaching in the USA (NBA) and overseas (ACB). Herb Brown, a former Head Coach of the Detroit Pistons, has thirty years of successful basketball experience at the highest professional levels in the USA and internationally. When going through Coach Brown's resume, we can read that he is able to get the most out of his players, getting them to reach their full potential. A tireless worker, his unparalleled level of knowledge, dedication and attention to detail make him a superior coaching candidate. His coaching experience also includes eight years in college and fifteen seasons in Puerto Rico. He has fourteen years service as an NBA assistant coach. Herb Brown is presently assisting and helping the coach of the Uruguay National Team in preparation for the FIBA South American Championship in Chaco, Argentina from 18th to 22th June 2012.

Herb Brown
is a six time Coach of the Year and his teams have won five championships. Coach Brown is an active participant in voluntary US and international basketball programs including the NBA's Basketball Without Borders, Peace Players International and The Friendship Games. He has authored three books and has participated in many basketball coaching clinics throughout the world.

With this communication, Coach Brown's agent wants to target the teams in the Belgian top division. Matthew D. Brown of Strategic Sports Management LLC believes that Herb Brown would be a great fit based on his experience and knowledge. He is sure that Herb Brown would be happy to exchange opinions and viewpoints as the American basketball coach is a true student of the game.

Although it is true that we do not often get an NBA legend who shows interest in the Belgian competition or program, we should nevertheless remind our readers that another NBA legend, Jack Ramsay, perfectly completed the Belgian National Team's staff by giving the players (the Belgian Lions) some excellent tips in 1993. It had been a big plus for all the Lions back then.

Here is the exclusive interview with Herb Brown:


Bertrand Larsimont - Eurobasket.com (EB): In a first e-mail exchange with your agent Matthew D. Brown (Strategic Sports Management LLC), he has mentioned: 'Herb Brown is currently available and interested in going back overseas next year. I know he would love to have the opportunity to come to Belgium to coach.' What do you know about Belgian basketball and what would your coaching expectations be in Belgium? Have you ever had contacts with some club (s) or manager (s) in Belgium?

Coach Herb Brown (H.B.): When I previously coached in Spain, Belgium always had good teams in the Korac Cup and other European competitions. Charleroi, Pepinster and Oostende were always very good teams and the league in Belgium was always competitive. If I was given the opportunity to coach in Belgium, I would try to work on developing and improving the foundation for a winning situation by working hard, teaching and coaching every day. The goal I would establish is to have every player realize his obligation to not only improve individually but to also work each day to make their teammates better as well. I dont know much about the Belgian league and regretfully have not been in contact with any of its clubs. I honestly leave that up to my agent. I am sure I would like very much to explore the opportunity to coach in the league.

EB: The Ethias League, the Belgian pro league, will only count 8 teams next season (losing one more -- Optima Gent -- again this season). The Ethias League obviously looks more and more like a closed league where being able to pay a licence to keep a chance to play in the pro league and reaching a big budget remain the main rules to be met by top clubs. According to you, what could be a solution to get a more competitive and appealing league in the future?

H.B.: I am disappointed to see that the Ethias League will be reduced to only eight teams. Many leagues have downsized but I do not think that it is good for a country trying to develop players. In order to become more competitive, you need more teams in the league or you need a strong Division II devoted to developing young Belgian players by giving them a chance to play and gain experience. It would also help if the first league could somehow try to expand by adding one team a year and by getting sponsors to help bring up a team each year from a strong Division II, possibly the title winner. Maybe these teams could be subsidized by giving them the ability to have perhaps one extra foreign player for one year to help them compete. They should not be relegated to the Division II again for at least two or three seasons to help the team develop.

EB: 2012 is an Olympic year. The London Olympics are getting closer and closer. What European teams and talents will leave their imprint on the Olympic basketball tournament next summer?

H.B.: Many European teams have a chance to medal and cause problems at the Olympics, notably Spain and France. They are experienced and deep teams. Russia as well as Greece and/or Turkey could also make waves. Lithuania is always a threat to medal. European basketball has grown consistently and looks poised to really compete for the gold.

EB: Through your previous experiences in Europe, who were the most impressive European players that you coached and what were your best memories?

H.B.: I thoroughly enjoyed coaching in Spain. I have many great memories even though my first season in Joventut Badalona was incredibly difficult because I did not fully understand the club and its policies. At that time, winning did not prove to be enough. However, I did learn a great deal and coached three outstanding Spanish players: Jordi Villacampa, Jose Antonio Montero and Rafa Jofresa. I also remember having coached some very good young players like Juan Antonio Morales and Carlos Ruf. The Americans Reggie Johnson and LeMone Lampley were terrific too! That team won the Korac Cup in 1989-90 and, had I been retained as the coach, would have won the Liga ACB title. Of the latter, I have no doubt. At Tau Ceramica Vitoria, I coached Juan Ramon Rivas, Chicho Sibillio and Pablo Laso, the present Real Madrid coach. The Americans Joe Arlauckas, Scott Roth and David Wood were all good players and warriors. We got better each year, made it to the playoffs and almost upset Real Madrid in a tough five game semi-final series, going to the fifth game on the road. When I was coach for Zaragoza, we lost a tough quarter-final playoff to Joventut Badalona who went on to win the European League with Zeljko Obradovic as Head Coach. I love winning and helping to develop players and their winning attitudes and like very much to watch them improve and take pride in making each other better.

EB: We are in the wake of a period of changes in Belgium. Professional clubs in the top Ethias League are trying to have more Belgian players on their rosters. Would you consider training local players as a challenge if you could train and coach in Belgium? Would getting the best of Belgian young talents and giving them a chance to improve and play more be among your projects? Could it be a mission that you would fulfill?

H.B.: I think my previous answer helps answer this question. I would definitely want to coach young Belgian players and help them improve and succeed. It would be a challenge I would embrace and welcome. I believe in coaching fundamentals and teamwork both offensively and defensively and preparing players to compete to the best of their abilities. I want to accentuate their positive attributes instead of dwelling on negatives. Our goal is to coach, teach and prepare them to compete at the highest level and to the best of their ability. We will correct mistakes positively, not negatively. Our players will grow as players and teammates.

EB: The NBA remains the main reference in basketball worldwide. How would you compare it with European professional basketball nowadays? What would you consider as strengths and weaknesses in Europe's domestic leagues? Where would you rank Belgium on the international basketball scene?

H.B.: While I still believe the NBA is the best basketball league in the world, one must recognize the fact that of the 450 players in the league almost 100 come from foreign countries. Many of these players were trained and developed in European leagues. For example: Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) of Germany; Tony Parker (183-PG-82), Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of France; Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81), the Gasol brothers and Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) of Spain; Vlade Divac (212-C-68), Predrag Stojakovic (207-F-77) of Serbia; Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) of Slovenia; Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79), Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) of Turkey; Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84), Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81), Danilo Gallinari (208-F-88), Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) and many more. So many great players and even more coming from other countries every year! Jan Vesely (211-F-90) from the Czech Republic is another example. I have not recently seen enough of Belgium basketball but I know Belgian squads compete favourably on the European circuit. I almost neglected to mention the great European players who led the emergence of European talents to the NBA including Drazen Petrovic of Croatia, Fernando Martin of Spain and Arvidas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis of Lithuania.

EB: What message can you send to convince Belgian club managers who would think about you as a possible coach in the future?

H.B.: All of the above answers this question. Let me also stress the fact that they would be getting a highly qualified, dedicated and professional teacher and coach who loves helping create and develop a winning atmosphere. My goal is to help make the organizations become the best they can be.

EB: In only one sentence, how would you summarize your previous experiences as a coach overseas?

H.B.: I thoroughly enjoyed every experience I had when coaching overseas, including myself and my family, not only in all aspects of teaching and coaching but also immersing ourselves in the culture and the community.


As we are currently in the middle of the 2012 Ethias League playoffs, we hope that this interview with Coach Herb Brown will be considered as a nice end-of-season present by Belgium's as well as all other Eurobasket.com readers. A big 'thank you' to Coach Brown for his time and professionalism in answering the above questions.

If you want more information about Herb Brown's profile, please contact his agent Matthew D. Brown of Strategic Sports Management LLC at matthew.brown@strategicsportsman.com.



Charleroi joins Oostende in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 2: Belgacom Spirou Charleroi - Port of Antwerp Giants 73-63 (2-0)

Second game of the Belgian league Finals between Charleroi and Antwerp was played last night. Charleroi celebrated 73-63 victory closing the series with perfect 2-0. It means that Charleroi advanced to the Finals, were they will meet Oostende. The format is best-of-five and first game is scheduled for Monday. Oostende was the regular season champion and will have a home court advantage in this series.
The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Guard Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds and forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Antwerp Giants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Charleroi is the defending champion. Actually they won last four championship titles in Belgium. As mentioned above, first game of the Finals is scheduled for Monday. After that teams will meet on Wednesday and Friday. If necessary, they will play on June 5 and June 8 as well.

Antwerp: B.Hopkins 25+6reb, D.Wilson 11+8reb+1ast, T.Black 8+1reb+3ast, S.Mejri 7+12reb, R.Biggs 6+4reb+1ast, R.Moors 4+2reb+1ast
Spirou: D.Mallet 20+4reb+3ast, C.Green 19+8reb+1ast, D.Broyles 13+7reb+1ast, C.Hill 10+3reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 6+2reb+1ast, A.Riddick 3+4reb



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  BELIZE   


Playoffs are underway in BECOL Tournament !!! - by David Magana

The last 3 games of the regular season were played this past Friday night, where all 3 games had playoff implications. Game 1 witnessed Flames (5-1) defeating Young Money (3-3) in the Under 21 division, by the score of 47 - 42. Flames was lead by Shelton Defour who had the game high with 19 points, while Elvis Zui Usher and Neon Harris netted 11 and 9 respectively. The top scorers for Young Money were Johan Cutto Bermudez and Elliot Sams Bermudez who scored 13 and 9 points respectively . With the win, Flames clinched the #1 seed and a bye to the finals, while Young Money and JDB Ballers will face each other in the U21 semi finals. In the second game, it was a must win game for the Over 35 Hydro (3-3) team so as to obtain the final playoff berth, and they surely played like it, defeating JCF (3-3) by the score of 70 - 64. Hydro was lead by Alston Hope who scored 25 points, while Gerald Hedge Usher, Joe Clark and Douglas Smith topped off a balance scoring attack, sinking 14, 13 and 11 points respectively . In a losing effort, JCF was lead by Desmond Berry who scored 23 points, while Karim Juan and Lupito Acosta tallied 16 and 14 points respectively. With the win, Hydro and JCF will meet in the semi finals this coming Friday. In the nightcap, defending senior champs Western Hardware (4-4) defeated Galen (3-5) in overtime to secure the final playoff berth, by the score of 83 - 77. Western Hardware was lead by Keith Acosta (193-G/F-76, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) who had the tournament high with 38 points, while Ivan Flowers and Emerson King chipped in with 19 and 13 points respectively. In the loss, Galen was lead by Jarell Bird Velasquez who scored 23 points, while Don Williams sank 12 points and Elvis Zui Usher and Michael Martinez scored 10 points apiece.

On Saturday night the playoffs tipped off with all matchups being a best of three series. In the Under 18 division, the #3 seed Ball Starz was able to upset the #2 seed Benque Eagles in the series opener, by the score of 51 - 45. The local team Ball Starz was lead by Felix Cat Requena who scored 20 points while Brandon Coleman helped out with 13 points. In the loss, Benque Eagles was lead by Najib Hotsauce Hernandez who sank 13 points, while Christopher Enriquez and Nigel Jude Martinez tallied 12 and 9 points respectively. Due to inclement weather, the next 2 playoffs games scheduled for Saturday night were postponed until next week Tuesday.

Playoff games for this coming weekend are below.

Friday Night, May 25
Game 1 (U 81) - 6:30 p.m. Benque Eagles (#2) vs. Ball Starz ( #3)
Game 2 (O35) - 7:30 p.m. JCF (#2) vs. Hydro (#3)
Game 3 (U21) - 9:00 p.m. JDB Ballers (#2) vs. Young Money (#3)

Saturday Night, May 26
Game 1 (U18) - 6:30 p.m. S. I. Spurs (#1) vs. Hydro (#4)
Game 2 (Srs.) - 7:30 p.m. Hydro (#2) vs. Western Hardware (#3)
Game 3 (Srs.) - 9:00 p.m. E-3 (#1) vs. Galen (#4)

Tuesday, May 29
Game 1 (U18) - 6:30 p.m. S. I. Spurs (#1) vs. Hydro (#4)
Game 2 (Srs.) - 9:00 p.m. E-3 (#1) vs. Galen (#4)



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  BRAZIL   


Pinheiros/Sky and Flamengo force deciders - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky avoided elimination claiming a road 109:105 overtime win over Uniceub/BRB in the fourth game of the semifinal series. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) stepped up with 26 points and 7 assists to lead the visitors. Pinheiros/Sky threw everything they got into this one. They accumulated a 22:11 lead after an aggressive start. But Uniceub/BRB quickly narrowed the deficit. The visitors managed to pull away at a 6-point distance at the third break. But Uniceub/BRB knocked down 29 points in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Pinehiros/Sky however were ready for the challenge. They unloaded 28 points in the extra period and sealed the crucial win. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) knocked down 21 points, while Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) added 18 points in the victory. Uniceub/BRB answered with 27 points from Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances). Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) and Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) had 19 points each in the loss.
In the meantime Flamengo also tied things up at 2-2 against Sao Jose/Vinac. The Rio de Janeiro team clinched a 92:80 win in the fourth game. Sao Jose/Vinac led by one point at halftime. But Flamengo stepped on the gas in the second half and rolled to a vital win at the end. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 19 points for Flamengo. Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) added 16 points for the home team. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) answered with 17 points for Sao Jose/Vinac.



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  BULGARIA   


Yambol claims the bronze once again - by Maria Mitzova

Tundja Yambol won the bronze medal series in Bulgarian National Basketball League 2-1, after 90:81 victory over Euroins Cherno More in Game 3.
This is the second consecutive year that Tundja Yambol reaches the podium, and is the first time to do so, since the Golden era of the club.
Euroins Cherno More will still have the bronze medals in the Cup of Bulgaria as gratification of this season.
This was also the first time in five years, that the series was decided in three games. Strong start and strong finish granted the win for Tundja Yambol in front of the full packed Diana Hall.
Most dominant center in Bulgarian League this season - John Ofoegbu (206-C-84, college: Idaho St.) - managed his 19th double-double with 20 pts and 12 rebounds, and Tundja Yambol was once again a killer in the front court. Martin Durchev (200-G-87) was top scorer with 22 points for Tundja Yambol, who also shot nicely from the arch.
Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) had 22 points for Euroins Cherno More, and Plamen Aleksiev (180-G-87) added 14 points and 6 rebounds.
The other two sets of medals will be decided no later than June 1st.



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  COLOMBIA   


COLOMBIA DEFEATED URUGUAY IN THE SUPER 4 OPENER - by Victor Garcia

Colombia defeated Uruguay in the Super 4 opener in Valencia - Venzuela.
The National team with few practices found one more time in Stalin Ortiz its main weapon, Ortiz finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebound, Uruguay had in Jason Granger its main player, Granger scored 14 points.

Colombia 66 , Ortiz 16pts + 10 rebs
Uruguay 57., Granger 14 pts.

Colombia will face Venezuela tomorrow, Venezuela also won today defeating Chile





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  COSTA RICA   


Last market news - by Gianni Pascucci

The Clausura Tournment of LBS starts this weekend, the following are the last league transactions.
Ferreteria Brenes Barva added to its roster a new point guuard: he is Jermaine Green (169-G-84), last at Escazu. Another player expected to join Barva is Harold Mitchell (200-C-83), who will replace n roster the injured Jose West (202-C-85), sidelined for at least three months.
Arca Limon added to roster young players Herman Lewis, Dave Cohen and Jerson Brown and released the yet cited Harold Mitchell and Reyner Archer (G), who will join Perez Zeledon. This last team also inked Everson Solano (187-F-85), who left Barva he too
It seems that Perez Zeledon will lose top scorer Yackie Acuna (190-F-80), there are rumors that he is talking with Sanatura and Escazu
Cartago inked import player Dante Hunter (191-G-83, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Calumet) from Brazilian league and domestic tower Hernold Gardener (205-C-82, college: Lon Morris JC) from Hungarian league.
Escazu agreed to terms with Hector Reynolds (196-F/C-87), who will replace in roster Grisville Hilarion, who left the team. Another new signee at Escazu is Hector Shepherd (191-C-78).
USJ-ARBA San Ramon needs to replace the injured Darrell St.Rose (191-F-88) and is negotiating with Urwick Anderson (201-C-81) and with a import player from USA



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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus league summary - by Michael Aristidou


In Cyprus league season is over and the new one is way ahead! This period everybody is resting and for the moment the teams are not in rush to make their movements
For the moment Petrolina AEK is the only team with significant movements so far. Head coach Nikolas Papadopoulos will continue for another season. Moreover Jo Jo Garcia, Panteli, Hart, Harisson and Fisher will stay for next season also.
The last two season champions Intercollege Etha will continue without coach Antonis Konstantinidis and therefore they look for a new head coach.
In the other teams there is nothing special to mention for the moment.



Cyprus league summary - by Michael Aristidou


In Cyprus league season is over and the new one is way ahead! This period everybody is resting and for the moment the teams are not in rush to make their movements
For the moment Petrolina AEK is the only team with significant movements so far. Head coach Nikolas Papadopoulos will continue for another season. Moreover Jo Jo Garcia, Panteli, Hart, Harisson and Fisher will stay for next season also.
The last two season champions Intercollege Etha will continue without coach Antonis Konstantinidis and therefore they look for a new head coach.
In the other teams there is nothing special to mention for the moment.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 4. Grant, Levice17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.0 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Smith, BK Prost.14.9 
 10. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Pesic, Inter B.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.0 
 5. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 7. Naymick, CEZ N.7.6 
 8. Modric, Levice7.2 
 9. Peterson, BK Prost.7.0 
 10. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. McFadden, Usti n.4.1 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.1 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 10. George, Svitavy3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.6 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 7. Grant, Levice0.9 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


NBL Round 3 of Finals. Nymburk post third win in a row - by Eurobasket News

BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk 66-84

Nymburk earned the third straight win over Prostejov to appear one step away from the NBL title. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-66. CEZ Nymburk forced 19 BK Prostejov turnovers. Strangely BK Prostejov outrebounded CEZ Nymburk 46-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when CEZ Nymburk made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Pavel Pumprla (200-86) helped adding 12 points and 4 assists. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 19 points.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: J.Smith 19+3reb+3ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 12+14reb+2ast, J.Bohacik 9+7reb+2ast, P.Slezak 8+2reb, V.Bratcenkov 8+5reb, R.Pelikan 6+4reb
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 26+1reb+4ast, P.Benda 12+4reb, P.Pumprla 12+4reb+4ast, M.Lenzly 10+9reb, E.Lawrence 10+1reb+2ast, R.Necas 7+3reb
gschID: 176927



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.2 
 5. Millsap, Los A.20.0 
 6. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.6 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 8. Gilder, Sioux F.19.2 
 9. Ubiles, Dakota W.19.2 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Harangody, Canton11.7 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 4. Dawson, Austin T.10.2 
 5. Thomas, Los A.10.1 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.0 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 8. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 5. Wise, Bakersfield6.2 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.8 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Sioux F.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Blakely, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Smith, Springfield2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 6. Hannah, Dakota W.2.0 
 7. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 8. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 9. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 10. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Maine R.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. N''Diaye, Maine R.3.2 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Thomas, Los A.1.8 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 9. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


NATIONAL TEAM PRELIMINARY ROSTER ANNOUNCED - by Ozell Wells

SANTO DOMINGO (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) - CSKA Moscow's Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) and Assignia Manresa's Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) have been included in the Dominican Republic's preliminary squad for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT).

Mejia, a 1.98m guard who burst onto the Euroleague scene last season with Cholet Basket and once earned the Player of the Week honor, did not feature as much in a star-studded CSKA outfit that finished runners-up to Olympiacos.

Asselin, a 2.10m center who hails from Michigan but has Dominican nationality, averaged 12.7 points this season in the Spanish Liga Endesa as Manresa impressed with a 12th place finish in arguably the toughest domestic competition outside the NBA.

The 33-year-old pivot played for the Dominican team at the2005 FIBA Americas Championship.

The Dominican Republic, who recently confirmed John Calipari is to coach the team for a second straight summer, are not short of star power.

Among the others in the preliminary squad are Atlanta Hawks centerAl Horford, one of the top players in last year'sFIBA Americas Championship, Sacramento Kings guardFrancisco Garcia, Detroit Pistons forwardCharlie Villanuevaand big manJack Martinezof Cocodrilos in Venezuelas.

Eulis Baez of Joventut Badalona in Spain, whorecently spoketo FIBA.com about this summer's big opportunity at the OQT in Caracas, is also in the squad.

The Dominicans will train 1-15 June at the University of Kentucky, where Calipari is the coach, and then compete at the Centrobasket
(18-24) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The national team will be at the OQT in Caracas, which runs from 2-8 July.

Dominican Republic squad: Edgar Sosa, Manuel Quezada, Ronald Ramon, Gerardo Suero, Juan Coronado, Luis Flores, Victor Liz, Manuel Fortuna, Dagoberto Pena, James Feldeine, Sammy Mejia, Ricky Greer, Francisco Garcia, Charlie Villanueva, Eulis Baez, Jack Michael Martinez, Alejandro Salas, Eloy Vargas, Orlando Sanchez, Al Horford, Josh Asselin, Manuel Guzman, Karl Towns.

FIBA




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  EL SALVADOR   

Standings - Liga Superior

LEBES Standings
 1. UTEC 8-1 
 2. Leones 6-2 
 3. San Marcos 6-3 
 4. Denver 5-2 
 5. ExSAL 5-4 
 6. Delgadense 2-3 
 7. Roll Royce 1-7 
 8. Chaleco 0-9 


Last week resuls - by Jaime Arevalo

Here down we supply the Salvadorean First Division game results of the last week

Games of Thursday, May 17
Leones automoto 95 - Roll Royce 73 (Eduardo Garcia (191-F-88) 17 pts, Roberto Figueroa (191-F) 16 pts; Marcos Baltrons 20 pts)
Denver 99 - ExSal 79 (Mauricio Lahud (176-PG-84) 25 pts, Hector Ceron (191-F-81) 14 pts; Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) 19 pts)

Games of Saturday, May 19
ExSal 104 - San Marcos 66 (Martin Ignacio Ramos 25 pts, Guillermo Ochoa (190-F-93) 22 pts; Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) 30 pts)
UTEC 78 - Chaleco 58 (Hector Osorio (191-F-81) 21 pts; Jacobo Abullarade 28 pts)

Thanks to this results, UTEC has yet claimed the ticket to semifinals.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jovo STANOJEVIC
  Karsi.
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stanojevic, Karsi.20.3 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar20.1 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka20.0 
 4. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.18.5 
 5. Schilb, Chalon17.4 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok17.3 
 7. Jefferson, Triumph16.7 
 8. Holland, Roanne16.4 
 9. Brown, EWE Baskets15.8 
 10. Roll, Antwerp15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  Besik.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.11.8 
 2. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 4. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.9 
 5. Jefferson, Triumph7.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 7. Karaman, Karsiyaka7.3 
 8. Mejri, Antwerp7.2 
 9. Landry, Triumph6.9 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.8 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.3 
 3. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.3 
 4. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 5. Slagter, Leiden4.8 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok4.5 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets4.3 
 8. Delaney, Chalon4.3 
 9. McKee, Triumph4.1 
 10. Diabate, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny HASBROUCK
  EWE B.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hasbrouck, EWE B.2.1 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.1.8 
 3. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
 4. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 5. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 6. Kotas, BK Pardubi.1.6 
 7. Muirhead, BK Pardu.1.6 
 8. Chatman, Karsiyaka1.6 
 9. Ikonic, Karsiyaka1.5 
 10. Delaney, Chalon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.1.0 
 4. Hilliman, Leiden1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 6. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 7. Soloviev, Triumph0.8 
 8. Pospisil, BK Pardu.0.8 
 9. de Jong, Leiden0.7 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgo.0.7 



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  EUROCUP   


BC Donetsk wrote some history - by Diamadis Farmakis

One of the ''suprise teams'' of this year's Eurocup, BC Donetsk, crowned Ukrainian champion, for the first time in teams history. Donetsk, who reached the quarterfinals in Eurocup, swept Azovmash Mariupol in the best-of-seven finals series and took the championship.

Vojdan Stojanovski led the winning effort for the new champs with 17 points and Ivan Radenovic added 16 for the team from Donetsk, who led 23-24 after 10 minutes, before Azovmash put together an amazing run led by Matt Walsh to climb in front 51-32 at halftime. However, after the intermission, Coach Sasa Obradovic teams started its comeback and cut the deficit to 70-60 at the end of the third. Enthusiasm and a great defensive effort made the difference for Donetsk in the last 10 minutes, as they limited Azovamsh to just 9 points.

Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Viacheslav Kravstov added 12 points apiece and Maksym Pustozvonov scored 11 for the new champs. Walsh paced Azovmash with 21 points, Radoslav Rancik added 18, Artur Drozdov 16 and Igor Zaytsev 10 for the hosts.



Afik Nissim Leads Krka To National Title - by David Pick

Slovenian Krka Novo Mesto clinched its 3rd consecutive national title after bouncing back from a Game 1 deficit against Olimpija Ljubljana to an impressive 3-1 series triumph.

Krka's Israeli National Point Guard, Afik Nissim, who joined in January after leaving Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia), proved to be the difference not just in the series, but from a winning team to a championship one.

Nissim recorded 14.25 points per game during the finals series and dishes out over a dozen dimes including a perfect 15/15 from the charity line, en route to winning finals MVP honors.

Nissim, who battled Ljubljana's Israeli NT teammate Robert Rothbart, spent his European career playing in Russia, Czech Republic (champion), Italy (Lega Due Cup Winner), France (champion), Ukraine, Israel and Slovenia. The high percentage shooting guard was also recently named a member of Israel's NT roster, preparing for the upcoming 2013 Eurobasket qualification games.





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  EUROLEAGUE   


Maccabi TLV to End Partnership With Farm Team Yokneam/Megido? - by David Pick

Maccabi Tel-Aviv, who last night clinched its fiftieth title in franchise history continues its preparations for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

'Unexpectedly, we lost money while playing in the Adriatic League,' said team owner David Federman during a television interview last night.

That said, Eurobasket was tipped that Tel Aviv is entertaining the thought of ending its partnership with Division II farm team,
Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. 'It's not really the financial aspect that is a problem for Maccabi,' said one source familiar with the situation between the two clubs. 'The potential player talent and geographic difficulties are also a problematic issue they're considering.'

According to another source, Maccabi and Megido leaders are set to meet next week and reevaluate their situation.

During September, 2010, Maccabi partnered with Megido, making it the unofficial college development program for Tel Aviv's talented youth. The Israeli champions' youth program looks extremely promising as both 17-year-olds Arad Harari and Idan Zalmanson successfully managed to play and score with the senior team.

However, Carmel Bouchman and Nimrod Tishman, who grew up playing for Maccabi's youth teams, and hooped last season for Megido, found themselves this season, on different Israeli organizations. Important to note, Maccabi's financial contribution serves a key value to Megido's player personnel.

Maccabi's spokesperson was unreachable for comment.





Maccabi Electra confirms Giorgi Shermadini, eyes Aleks Maric - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Maccabi Electra officially confirmed signing of Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89). Also Maccabi owner David Federman said to local media (Sport5.co.il) that for Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) the club will have to wait until the end of the season in Greece. He added that Maccabi already negotiates with Yotam Halperin (196-G-84), while Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) would like to return. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) asked for few days to take a rest and think about his future. According to Federman, there are 50-50 chances for Blu to stay.
Giorgi Shermadini is currently a member of Bennet Cantu, but he is sidelined with injury. He had 10.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 16 Euroleague games this season. He also had 9 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 22 games in Serie A. Giorgi Shermadini joined Bennet Cantu last summer from Union Olimpija, where he spent 2010/11 season on loan from Panathinaikos. He registered 7.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 16 Euroleague games. He helped Olimpija to win the Slovenian Cup and also to reach the championship Finals. In 2009/10, Shermadini had limited playing time with PAO averaging 4.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 12 Euroleague games. His numbers in Greece were just a little bit higher. Giorgi Shermadini joined PAO in 2008 from Maccabi Tbilisi.



Acie Law ready for the third final - by Giorgos Diploidis

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) had happy news from the training today (2505) as the American point gurad of his team, Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) returned to normal rythm and he will be available for the third final on Sunday (27/05) in the court of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus The player had a problem in his ankle and missed the first two games between the two teams which took place after the Final Four of the Euroleague.

The series so far is at 1-1, Olympiakos took the first game and Panathinaikos Athens repsonded at OAKA.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

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



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Marquis Hall next to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish teams begin to re-build their rosters for 2012-13 season. Vilpas (Salo) has signed with American PG Marquis Hall (183-PG-87, college: Lehigh) Hall has played earlier already two seasons in Scandinavian countries; first in Denmark (Aalborg, 21,7 ppg - 5,2 apg) and last season in Iceland (Snaefell, 18,5 ppg - 5,5 apg). American G-F Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) instead has been already in Finland during five seasons being part of four different teams: Tarmo (Porvoo), Team Componenta (Karkkila), Pyrinto (Tampere) and Karhu (Kauhajoki). Now Hester will make a come back, when joining Kouvot (Kouvola) roster.


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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. Hamilton, Paris-.17.0 
 5. Rochestie, Le Mans16.8 
 6. Williams, Paris-.16.5 
 7. Schilb, Chalon16.5 
 8. Causeur, Cholet15.8 
 9. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 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-.8.2 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.7 
 4. Armstrong, AS.7.2 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 6. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.6.9 
 7. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 8. Vebobe, Cholet6.8 
 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. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.5 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Dobbins, Poitiers2.3 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.1 
 5. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 7. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 8. Shuler, Nancy1.7 
 9. Dixon, Dijon1.6 
 10. Acker, Le Mans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.1.2 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 9. Armstrong, AS.0.9 
 10. Sy, Orleans0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 2. Brown, Maurienne17.2 
 3. Davis, Le Portel17.0 
 4. Wood, Evreux16.2 
 5. Paelay, Quimper15.8 
 6. McCray, Boulogne15.7 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac15.6 
 8. Carter, Chalons-.15.1 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier15.1 
 10. Mels, Chalons-Rei.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Massie, Limoges11.3 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.9 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.6 
 4. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.5 
 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.5.1 
 6. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 7. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 8. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.8 
 9. Poupet, Rouen4.4 
 10. Eito, Vichy4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.6 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.5 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
 4. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 5. Shiloh, St Vallier1.9 
 6. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 7. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux1.8 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.1.8 
 10. Mels, Chalons-Rei.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 3. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 5. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 8. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 9. Barrett, St Vallier0.8 
 10. Barro, Bourg0.8 


Marc Judith extends with Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre kept Marc Judith (192-G-87) on the roster. The team has agreed on terms of 1+1 new contract with the guard. Marc Judith will enter the fourth straight season with Nanterre. Last season the guard notched 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance in ProA. Previously Marc Juduth played for Challans.


Jason Siggers close to Lille - by Eurobasket News

Jason Siggers (189-SG-85, college: Albany) is close to returning to Lille. The guard may rejoin the team he played for in 2009/10 season. Jason Siggers tallied 17.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game then. Later Jason Siggers moved to Rouen and spent the next two seasons there. Last season the guard notched 18.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game in ProB. Eurobasket.com named Jason Siggers into French ProB All-Imports Team in both 2010 and 2011. Previously the guard had stints in Denmark and Switzerland. He was trumped All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year in 2008. Jason Siggers led his team to the title. Later he was named into All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team playing for Boncourt.


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Vojdan Stojanovski selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87). He led BC Donetsk to a victory over the closely-ranked Azovmash (26-13) 84-79 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Thursday night's game. Stojanovski was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 29 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Donetsk (31-8) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Stojanovski has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 47.7%(31-65) and FT: 86.1% in the 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket). Antic contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (22-2) 84-78 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Monday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (23-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 20th consecutive victory in a row. This season Antic averages: 7.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(45-81), 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 76.1%. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite Antic played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans). McCalebb was the major contributor in a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the eighth-ranked Cimberio Varese (17-15) 91-75 in the Italian SerieA on Wednesday night. He recorded 15 points in 26 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (24-8) is placed first in the SerieA. This year McCalebb has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 63.2%(146-231), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 77.7% in the 35 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite McCalebb played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #4. Forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban to win against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (12-6) 91-79 in the Russian PBL in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-9) is placed fourth in the PBL. Massey belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.9apg and 2.0spg. Massey is a naturalized American. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2009. Apparently Massey has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Damjan Stojanovski
Damjan Stojanovski
   #5. International forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) contributed to a Lukoil Academik's victory against the closely-ranked Levski Sofia (23-5) 87-80 in a derby game in the Bulgarian NBL last Tuesday. He recorded 7 points in only 9 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academik Sofia (25-3) is placed first in the NBL. This year Stojanovski's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Stojanovski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Darius Washington
Darius Washington
   #6. Point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) helped Quebradillas win their game against the fourth-ranked Vaqueros (6-4) 81-72 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Saturday night. He scored 12 points and added 3 passes. Pirates de Quebradillas (5-5) is placed fifth in Top 6 group. The Second Stage already ended. Washington has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Washington played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster. Interesting that Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:

Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) plays for Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL
Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian PBL
Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian PBL
Marques Green (167-PG-82) plays for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA
Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80) plays for Otto Caserta in Italian SerieA
Riste Stefanov (198-G-81) plays for Ilysiakos in Greek A1
Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) plays for Sundsvall Dragons in Swedish Basketligan
Blagoj Janev (203-F-84) plays for Thor Thorl in Icelandic Express L.
Nenad Vujadinovic (202-F-64) plays for Soproni in Hungarian A Division

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



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 20-0 
 2. Olimpi 16-4 
 3. Kutaisi 16-4 
 4. MIA Academy 12-8 
 5. Sokhumi 11-9 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 10-10 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 8-12 
 8. Samedicino 7-13 
 9. STU Tbilisi 5-15 
 10. Rustavi 3-17 
 11. Batumi 2-18 

Finals: Round 4

May. 23: Olimpi - Armia 67-91


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 Academy17.6 
 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. Smith, MIA Academy9.0 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.8.3 
 7. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.1 
 8. Hoger, Olimpi7.5 
 9. Atuashvili, Sokhumi7.4 
 10. Thomas, Armia7.4 
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 Academy6.3 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 6. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi5.4 
 7. Artsividze, Rustavi4.8 
 8. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.8 
 9. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.6 
 10. Patsatsia, Sokhu.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.0 
 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. Carter, Dinamo T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kjellbom, Armia1.7 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.1 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.1 
 4. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 5. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.0 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy0.9 
 7. Milutinovic, Olimpi0.9 
 8. Todorovic, Olimpi0.8 
 9. Hoger, Olimpi0.8 
 10. Antadze, STU T.0.8 


Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Awards 2011-2012 - by Geo Basket

Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Jeremy Richardson
Richardson
Ben Woodside
Woodside
Georgi Tsintsadze
Tsintsadze
Will Thomas
Thomas
Joakim Kjellbom
Kjellbom
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84) of Armia
Guard of the Year: Ben Woodside (180-PG-85) of Armia
Forward of the Year: Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of Armia
Center of the Year: Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Armia
Most Improved Player of the Year: Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) of Dinamo Tbilisi
Bosman Player of the Year: Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Armia
Import Player of the Year: Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84) of Armia
Domestic Player of the Year: Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) of Olimpi
Newcomer of the Year: Larry Blair (183-G-84) of MIA Academy
Rookie of the Year: Keyon Carter (203-F-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi
Defensive Player of the Year: Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86) of Olimpi
Coach of the Year: Kote Tugushi of Armia

1st Team
PG: Ben Woodside (180-85) of Armia
G: Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) of Olimpi
G/F: Jeremy Richardson (200-84) of Armia
PF: Will Thomas (203-86) of Armia
C/F: Joakim Kjellbom (213-79) of Armia

2nd Team
G: Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86) of Olimpi
SG: Guillermo Diaz (188-85) of Armia
F: Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) of Dinamo Tbilisi
F: Keyon Carter (203-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi
C: Milan Oluic (210-84) of Dinamo Tbilisi

3rd Team
G: Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi
G: Lasha Parghalava (191-87) of Sokhumi
G: Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) of Olimpi
F: Tracy Smith (203) of MIA Academy
C: Richard Matiashvili (209-89) of Kutaisi

Honorable Mention
Justin Tubbs (190-G-87) of MIA Academy
Levan Tsekvava (190-G-89) of Kutaisi
Rezo Didia (203-F-87) of Kutaisi
Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84) of Olimpi
Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) of TSU Tbilisi
Merab Bokolishvili (198-G-92) of MIA Academy

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86) of Olimpi
G: Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) of Olimpi
F: Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) of Olimpi
F: Rezo Didia (203-87) of Kutaisi
C: Richard Matiashvili (209-89) of Kutaisi

All-Imports Team
PG: Ben Woodside (180-85) of Armia
G: Larry Blair (183-84) of MIA Academy
G/F: Jeremy Richardson (200-84) of Armia
F: Keyon Carter (203-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi
PF: Will Thomas (203-86) of Armia

All-Bosmans Team
SG: Joshua Jackson (189-85) of Sokhumi
G: Nikica Sljuka (187-87) of Olimpi
F: Aleksandar Zecevic (201-75) of Dinamo Tbilisi
F: Darko Cohadarevic (206-86) of Kutaisi
C/F: Joakim Kjellbom (213-79) of Armia



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  GERMANY   


Cuxhaven BasCats acquire Monyea Pratt - by Moritz Korff

Pro A team Cuxhaven BasCats has signed Monyea Pratt (196-F-85, college: Stillman) for the 2012-13 season. The 26-year-old Birmingham, Alabama, native is a true all-around player and capable of playing several positions on the basketball court. He is coming off a three year stint with Uni Riesen Leipzig. During the 2011-12 Pro B season he averaged 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest. He graduated from NCAA Division 2 school Stillman College and started his overseas career at BC Weissenhorn in 2007.


PRO B Transfer News - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kelubia Ekoemeye (200-F/C-80) will play for the Soba Dragons Rhondorf this season. Kelubia Ekoemeye (200-F/C-80) is a 32 year old 200cm power forward that comes with a lot of experience and grew up playing basketball with the legendary German players Dirk Nowitzki, Robert Garrett and Demond Greene with DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg. Last season, he played for FC Bayern Muenchen II (2.Regionalliga). 'He has a lot of routine and has expereinced a lot on the court. Our young players will profit fropm him. He has a good charachter and I am convinced that he will help us', added Dragons manager Sebastian Schmidt. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German University National Team -03, World University Games -03, FIBA Europe Cup Central Conference Semifinals -04, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -04, and Regionalliga South-East Champion -09.

PRO B teams also announced a number of players returning back to their teams with Max Gentner who will play his second season with the Nordlingen Giants and Friedrich Lotze will continue to play for Lok Bernau. Lotze is a 21 year old 205cm power forward/center that will be playing is second season for the club. Last season, he played
20 games: 3.7ppg, 2.3rpg. Lotze started his career with TUS Lichterfelde Berlin cadet team in 2006. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -07
Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) -09, German U18 National Team -09, European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 8 games: 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, and German U20 National Team -10









Aaron Henrichs Gets Contract Extension With The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen announced today that Aaron Henrichs (187-G-90) will remain with the PRO A team and is the fourth German to sign for next season. Henrichs is a 22 year old 187cm guard that got into 12 games last season. 'We are happy that Aaron will stay with us and hope that he continues to develop well and help us next season', stated ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen CEO Niklas Cox. Henrichs started is basketball career in 2008 with DJK MJC Trier (Regionalliga) and played there two seasons and in the 2010-2011 season played for BV Villingen-Schwenningen (ProB): 14 games: 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen





The Hertener Lions Add Julius Ducker - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Hertener Lions added some experience today with Julius Ducker (205-C-84) who had played the last five years in Schwelm. Ducker is a 27 year old 204cm 115 kilo forward that was born in Berlin. Last season for SG Schwelmer Baskets (ProB), he played 29 games: 8.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 77.5%. 'After 5 years in Schwelm, I am looking foward to the new challenge with Herten. Since I have played often in Herten, I know the good atmosphere there and I am sure that we will have a successful season with the atmosphere there', added Julius Ducker (205-C-84). 'We want to have much power under the basket next season and that is why we got Julius Ducker (205-C-84)', added Lions manager Dirk Ewald. Ducker started his basketball career in 2001 with TUS Lichterfelde junior team and played there until 2004 playing a total of 65 second Bundesliga games. He then played two seasons with Paderborn playing 52 second Bundesliga games and then played for : Benslips Baskets Salzkotten (Regionalliga) before heading to Schwelm. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -01-03, European Championships U18 in Germany -02, German Bundesliga All-Star Rookie Game -03, German 2.Bundesliga (Group North) Runner-Up -05, German 2.Bundesliga (Group North) Champion -06, German Regionalliga (West Group) Runner-Up -08, German Regionalliga (West Group) Champion -10, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -11

Source: RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lions



Malte Schwarz Remains With The Mitteldeutscher BC Until 2014 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Mitteldeutscher BC announced today that they have given Malte Schwarz (188-G-89, agency: Court Side) a contract extension until 2014. Schwarz is a 23 year old 188cm shooting guard that will play his second season in Weissenfels. Last season, the German played 25 games: 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 88.0%. 'Malte is a very important player and person for us. He has a lot of energy, a postive attitude and good shot that we have a good bench. At the end of the season where we needed him most, he played his best basketball. He is a fighter and a interesting player and his shot gives us a lot of persprective. I am happy that he will stay and we will do all we can that he will get even better', stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat. Schwarz started his basketball career with Bramfelder SV Hamburg (2.Regionalliga) in 2006 and played with Phoenix Hagen the last three years playing a total of 58 Beko BBL games.Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -08, German U20 National Team -09, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Runner-Up -09, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -11

Source: MBC





Joe Trapani Joins BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



It isnt even June yet, but BBC Bayreuth have wasted no time getting an eraly jump on getting ready for next season by signing Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll.). Trapani is a 23 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Madison, Connecticut. Last season, he played for Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-SerieA, starting five), left in Oct.'11, in Nov.'11 try-out at Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five), then moved to MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (Italy-Lega2), in Mar.'12 signed at Maine Red Claws (D-League): 6 games: 3.2ppg, 3.7rpg. 'When talking with him, I noticed quickly that he wants to prove himself and is hungry to come to Bayreuth. . He is a good power forward that had a consistent shot in college. He has a good atitude and makes the right decisions on the court', stressed BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco Van Den Berg. Trapani stayed true to is New England roots playing first playing for Vermont (NCAA) ( and then transering to Boston College where he played form 2007-2011. In hiss enior year, he played 34 games: 14.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 70.7%. I am very impressed by the vision of coach Marco Van Den Berg. I have friends that have played in Germany and that praised the country. I want to practice hard each day as the Beko BBL is a good league and there are no easy games. I want to help the team make a step forward', warned Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll.). Awards/Achievements in his career have been AEC Tournament Finalist -07, AEC Regular Season Champion -07, AEC All-Rookie Team -07, USBWA All-District I Team -10, aand ll-ACC 3rd Team -10, 11

Source: BBC Bayreuth





Kostas Flevarakis Is Named New Head Coach Of The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It had been no secret that the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have been looking for a new coach since Sebastian Machowski left for Oldenburg recently and last week sport director Oliver Braun had stressed that the search was nearing its end as the team had some candidates and today the club announced that Kostas Flevarakis will be the new head coach. Kostas Flevarakis is a 43 year old Greek that has coached PAOK Thessaloniki und AEK Athens and been the national coach of Sweeden for 5 years. He last coached Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1) the last 2 years. 'I had many good offers, but I thought that Braunschweig works under very good professional conditions. Another reason for me coming was Oliver Braun who showed me the most the last weeks that he wanted me most. My goal now is too work much with the team and get ready for the new season', declared Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1)

He started his coaching career in 1998 replacing Zvi Sherf in PAOK Thessaloniki. He also coached teams like Akropol BBK (Sweden-Basketligan)
Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-A1) and Makedonikos Kozani (A1), left in Dec.'06 and joined Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL). Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been
Greek Cup Winner -99, Greek League Finalist -00, Greek A1 All-Star Game -01, Swedish Basketligan Semifinals -05, Head Coach: Swedish National Team -05-06, 08-09
Cyprus Cup Winner -06, Cyprus League Regular Season Champion -06, Cyprus League Semifinals -06, and European Championships Division B in Poland -09

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig





Marco Voeller Moves To The White Wings Hanau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It wasnt quite the same kind of press conference that his dad got signing with As Rom in 1987, but PRO B team White Wings Hanau know how to present a new player with style as new White Wing Marco Voeller (201-F-89) was presented in a unitymedia store in Hanau. Voller is a 23 year old is a 201cm forward that played the last five years in the south of Hessen with TV Langen. Last season for TV Langen, the German played 23 games: 14.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 69.6%. 'He is unpredictable for the defense of opponents and will give us flexibility. He is also annoying on defense for opponents', added White Wings Hanau head coach Hans Beth. Voeller played a total of 59 PRO A games for TV Langen and 51 PRO games.

Source: White Wings Hanau





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Acie Law ready for the third final - by Giorgos Diploidis

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) had happy news from the training today (2505) as the American point gurad of his team, Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) returned to normal rythm and he will be available for the third final on Sunday (27/05) in the court of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus The player had a problem in his ankle and missed the first two games between the two teams which took place after the Final Four of the Euroleague.

The series so far is at 1-1, Olympiakos took the first game and Panathinaikos Athens repsonded at OAKA.



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Leiden is alive in Eredivisie Finals - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 4: Den Bosch - Leiden 65-70 (3-1)

It's not over yet. Leiden celebrated 70-65 victory in Den Bosch on Thursday night coming to 1-3 in the series. The format is best-of-seven and Den Bosch is still one win away from the title. However, Leiden will be the host of Game Five on Sunday.
The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 46-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Den Bosch helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-80, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 17 points (made all of his eight free throws). Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) added 18 points in the effort for Den Bosch.
Leiden is the defending champion, but they faced with three straight defeats in the Finals. Two of them came at the Leiden's home court. The team managed to survive last night in Den Bosch and will try to return there for Game Six. At the other side, Den Bosch will try to win in Leiden for third consecutive time in this series and to grab the title. If necessary, Game Six and Seven will be played on May 31 and June 3.
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Den Bosch: F.Turner 21+5reb+3ast, R.Jansen 18+1reb+3ast, K.Akerboom 10+1reb+1ast, S.Wessels 8+5reb+1ast, T.Wesley 6+8reb+1ast, D.Gonzalvez 2+3reb+1ast
Leiden: T.Jackson 17+4reb, J.Shepherd 11+3reb+1ast, W.de Jong 10+3reb+1ast, P.Hilliman 8+6reb, S.Cunningham 7, A.Slagter 7+4reb



Netherlands win one, lose two on China trip - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands travelled to China to take part in the friendly tournaments. They recently played three games winning one.
Netherlands outscored USA All-Star Selection 90:81 in the opener in Wujiang. The Europeans grabbed a 23:7 lead early in the game and rallied to the victory at the end. Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87) added 17 points, while Mitchel Kouwijzer (190-G-87, agency: Court Side) added 13 points in the winning effort.
Next Netherlands faced China U23 team. The Dutch team trailed by 6 points at halftime 35:41. They could not recover in the second half suffering a 68:82 loss at the end. Leon Williams (183-PG-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) provided 17 points for Netherlands. Mitchel Kouwijzer topscored with 18 points in the loss.
Finally Netherlands took on Latvian B National Team. Latvia celebrated an 85:71 victory at the end. They built a 47:31 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 17 points and 8 boards for Netherlands. Sjors Besseling (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) contributed 14 points in the losing case.



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Falco-Szova defeats Szolnoki in Game 3, 106-98 - by Eurobasket News

Falco-Szova KC Szombathely - Szolnoki Olaj 106-98

Third game of the Hungarian league Finals was played last night. Falco-Szova registered 106-98 home victory coming to 1-2 in the series. The format is best-of-five and Szolnoki is still one win away from the title defense. Game Four is scheduled for Monday, when Szolnoki will be the host. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fair Dickinson) shined for Falco last night with 25 points and Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) also was great adding 25. Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) followed them with 18 points and Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 14. In the loosing squad, Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 23 and 21 points respectively. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) scored 19 points. Quarters: 26-25, 30-18, 18-26, 32-29. As mentioned above, Szolnoki is the defending champion and Falco-Szova was the regular season champ this season. However Falco-Szova lost the home court advantage in the first game and now will have to win in Szolnoki on Monday to force decisive Game Five.

Falco-Szova: Chad Timberlake 27, Laszlo Kalman 25, Djordje Pantelic 18, Zsolt Szabo 14
Szolnoki: Obie Trotter 23, Marton Bader 21, Julien Mills 19



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Maccabi Haifa Tabs Donta Smith - by David Pick

Maccabi Haifa announced today (Friday) they have signed American guard/forward Donta Smith to a two-year contract, becoming the first player to join the team this post season.

Smith, 28, is currently playing in Puerto Rico for the Indios de Mayaguez and posting averages of 15.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.

Despite Haifa still being without a head coach, the newly signed 6-foot-7 Smith will look to help Haifa bounce back from last season as they proved to be one of the worst teams in Israeli basketball history, dropping 16 consecutive games.

Smith played last season for Fuerza Regia Monterrey in Mexico and averaged 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game.





Afik Nissim Leads Krka To National Title - by David Pick

Slovenian Krka Novo Mesto clinched its 3rd consecutive national title after bouncing back from a Game 1 deficit against Olimpija Ljubljana to an impressive 3-1 series triumph.

Krka's Israeli National Point Guard, Afik Nissim, who joined in January after leaving Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia), proved to be the difference not just in the series, but from a winning team to a championship one.

Nissim recorded 14.25 points per game during the finals series and dishes out over a dozen dimes including a perfect 15/15 from the charity line,
en route to winning finals MVP honors.

Nissim, who battled Ljubljana's Israeli NT teammate Robert Rothbart, spent his European career playing in Russia, Czech Republic (champion), Italy (Lega Due Cup Winner), France (champion), Ukraine, Israel and Slovenia. The high percentage shooting guard was also recently named a member of Israel's NT roster, preparing for the upcoming 2013 Eurobasket qualification games.





Maccabi TLV to End Partnership With Farm Team Yokneam/Megido? - by David Pick

Maccabi Tel-Aviv, who last night clinched its fiftieth title in franchise history continues its preparations for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

'Unexpectedly, we lost money while playing in the Adriatic League,' said team owner David Federman during a television interview last night.

That said, Eurobasket was tipped that Tel Aviv is entertaining the thought of ending its partnership with Division II farm team,
Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. 'It's not really the financial aspect that is a problem for Maccabi,' said one source familiar with the situation between the two clubs. 'The potential player talent and geographic difficulties are also a problematic issue they're considering.'

According to another source, Maccabi and Megido leaders are set to meet next week and reevaluate their situation.

During September, 2010, Maccabi partnered with Megido, making it the unofficial college development program for Tel Aviv's talented youth. The Israeli champions' youth program looks extremely promising as both 17-year-olds Arad Harari and Idan Zalmanson successfully managed to play and score with the senior team.

However, Carmel Bouchman and Nimrod Tishman, who grew up playing for Maccabi's youth teams, and hooped last season for Megido, found themselves this season, on different Israeli organizations. Important to note, Maccabi's financial contribution serves a key value to Megido's player personnel.

Maccabi's spokesperson was unreachable for comment.





Maccabi Electra confirms Giorgi Shermadini, eyes Aleks Maric - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Maccabi Electra officially confirmed signing of Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89). Also Maccabi owner David Federman said to local media (Sport5.co.il) that for Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) the club will have to wait until the end of the season in Greece. He added that Maccabi already negotiates with Yotam Halperin (196-G-84), while Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) would like to return. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) asked for few days to take a rest and think about his future. According to Federman, there are 50-50 chances for Blu to stay.
Giorgi Shermadini is currently a member of Bennet Cantu, but he is sidelined with injury. He had 10.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 16 Euroleague games this season. He also had 9 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 22 games in Serie A. Giorgi Shermadini joined Bennet Cantu last summer from Union Olimpija, where he spent 2010/11 season on loan from Panathinaikos. He registered 7.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 16 Euroleague games. He helped Olimpija to win the Slovenian Cup and also to reach the championship Finals. In 2009/10, Shermadini had limited playing time with PAO averaging 4.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 12 Euroleague games. His numbers in Greece were just a little bit higher. Giorgi Shermadini joined PAO in 2008 from Maccabi Tbilisi.



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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bell, S.Antimo23.2 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.9 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.5 
 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: 12.1
 1. Thomas, Givova S.12.1 
 2. Anderson, Morpho B.8.2 
 3. Jones, Giorgio7.8 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.4 
 7. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.4 
 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: 4.9
 1. Green, Sigma B.4.9 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.5 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.5 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 6. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 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. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 6. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 7. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.2.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.2.2 
 10. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 5. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Kotti, Aget Imola0.6 
 8. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.6 
 9. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.6 
 10. Yango, Biancoblu0.5 



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Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

All-Japanese BJ League 1st Team 2012
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Michael Parker
Parker
Jermaine Dixon
Dixon
Kevin Palmer
Palmer
Anthony McHenry
McHenry
Chris Holm
Holm
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Player of the Year: Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM
Guard of the Year: Jermaine Dixon (191-G-87) of Hamamatsu P.
Forward of the Year: Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM
Center of the Year: Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Niigata Albirex
Domestic Player of the Year: Narito Namizato (175-G-89) of Okinawa GK
Import Player of the Year: Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM
Defensive Player of the Year: Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM
Coach of the Year: Dai Oketani of Okinawa GK

1st Team
G: Jermaine Dixon (191-87) of Hamamatsu P.
G/F: Kevin Palmer (198-87) of Fukuoka Rizing
SF: Anthony McHenry (202-83) of Okinawa GK
F: Michael Parker (202-81) of Shimane SM
C/F: Chris Holm (212-84) of Niigata Albirex

2nd Team
G: Wayne Arnold (193-84) of Hamamatsu P.
F: Johnny Dukes (203-84) of Sendai 89ers
F: Justin Burrell (206-88) of Yokohama BC
F: Rick Rickert (211-83) of Kyoto Hannar.
C: Jeff Newton (205-81) of Okinawa GK

Honorable Mention
Carlos Dixon (201-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing
Jamel Staten (198-G-83) of Chiba Jets
Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Akita NH
Maurice Hargrow (193-G-83) of Chiba Jets
Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84) of Sendai 89ers
T.J. Cummings (205-F-81) of Oita H.Devils
Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Fukuoka Rizing
Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM
Ray Nixon (203-F-84) of Shiga L-Stars
Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89) of Toyama Grouses

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Naoto Takushi (182-81) of Oita H.Devils
G: Narito Namizato (175-89) of Okinawa GK
G: Cohey Aoki (167-80) of Osaka Evessa
G: Yu Okada (184-83) of Shiga L-Stars
SF: Masashi Joho (183-82) of Toyama Grouses

All-Imports Team
G: Jermaine Dixon (191-87) of Hamamatsu P.
G/F: Kevin Palmer (198-87) of Fukuoka Rizing
SF: Anthony McHenry (202-83) of Okinawa GK
F: Michael Parker (202-81) of Shimane SM
C/F: Chris Holm (212-84) of Niigata Albirex

All-Defensive Team
Jamel Staten (198-G-83) of Chiba Jets
Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of Fukuoka Rizing
Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87) of Sendai 89ers
Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86) of Hamamatsu P.
Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM



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Daghles spells out Jordanian hopes for FIBA OQT - by Maarouf Mawloud


S Mageshwaran / FIBA Asia

AMMAN, Jordan (2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament): Sam Daghles has been a busy, and a productive, man in the last 12 months or so.

The 33-year-old Jordanian guard came up with an inspiring performance off and on the court leading the Al Nashama to their maiden Finals appearance at the 26th FIBA Asia Championship at Wuhan last year.

He then stayed back in China and finished with an average of 17.1 points and 7.3 assists per game, the latter stats a topper in the 2011-12 CBA season charts.

Daghles then signed up with Orthodox leading them to their first Jordanian Premier League title in almost a decade, a personal high for Daghles who now has figured in each of the champions rosters in the last seven seasons.

It feels great to win once again, Daghles said a day after scoring a team-high 23 points in the all important Game 5 of the JPL Finals.

Ive been blessed to be able to win the Jordan league every year Ive played in Jordan, he said.

But for Jordan, the most important event of this years calendar is the July 2-8 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela.

We will start preparations with our first practice in 7 days from now. We have a tough road ahead of us but its going to be exciting and challenging. We are up for it, Daghles said of the FIBA OQT.

Playing solid basketball and defending well. If you defend well you give you self at chance at the end of games, he said of Jordans chances at the FIBA OQT.

Jordan will be up against Greece and Puerto Rico in Group B for the Preliminary Round of competiton at Venezuela with two teams making it to the second round.

Great powerful national teams, Daghles said about Jordans two opponents in the Prelim Round.

Its going to be tough games, but I think Jordan has played lots of tough games in the last few years so we should be up for the challenge, he added.

Daghles locker-room speech before the quarterfinal game against then twice defending champions, and fellow WABA team Iran, was termed by coach Tab Baldwin as one of the key elements in the teams success at 26th FIBA Asia Championship.

I think my speech was nothing compare to my teammates performance, Daghles shrugged off.

I just gave them the push and they took the lead. Im always willing to do whatever it takes to help my team and if it requires another talk or anything in that matter Im up for it, he signed off.





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  LATVIA   


Latvian B National Team travels to China - by Eurobasket News

Latvian B National Team went on a China Tour playing a number of friendly games. They won one game out of three played in China.
Latvia B opened their campaign against China B National Team. Latvia had to surrender 66:71 despite leading in the first half. The Europeans enjoyed a 29:28 lead after the first half but China regrouped in the second part of the game and stole a tough win.
Next Latvia faced USA All-Star selection. This time the Europeans led for three quarters. Ainars Bagatskis team entered the fourth period up by 4 points 65:61. However USA turned things around and fired to an 89:84 victory at the end. Kristers Zeidaks (203-F-90) delivered 14 points for Latvia. Maris Ziedins (200-F/C-90) and Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93) added 13 points each in the loss.
Latvia finally posted victory in the third game. They took on Netherlands and secured an 85:71 win. Latvia piled up a 47:31 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory in the second half. Zanis Peiners (203-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Ingus Jakovics stepped up with 15 points each. Pavels Pastusena (218-C-90, agency: Players Group) accounted for 13 points in the victory.



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tony WASHAM
  Obras
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Washam, Obras19.6 
 2. Ayuso, Arecibo18.7 
 3. Lewis, La Union17.3 
 4. Hickerson, Bucan.16.3 
 5. Nunes, Itabom/B.16.2 
 6. Silva, Un.15.8 
 7. Smith, La Union15.3 
 8. Hornsby, Pioneros15.1 
 9. Dos Santos, Unice.15.0 
 10. Elliott, Cocodril.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregory LEWIS
  La Union
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Lewis, La Union8.7 
 2. Garces, Arecibo8.3 
 3. Hickerson, Bucan.7.3 
 4. Nunes, Itabom/B.7.3 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras6.8 
 6. Colmenares, Cocod.6.4 
 7. Giovannoni, Unice.6.2 
 8. Graterol, Cocodril.6.2 
 9. Agba, Itabom/Bauru6.0 
 10. Washam, Obras5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Unice.
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Dos Santos, Unice.5.9 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo5.0 
 3. Ribeiro, Un.4.6 
 4. Konsztatd, Obras4.3 
 5. Taylor, Itabom/B.4.2 
 6. Farabello, La Union3.6 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos3.5 
 8. Osimani, Obras3.0 
 9. Perez, La Union2.8 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 2. Elsener, Obras2.1 
 3. Washam, Obras1.8 
 4. Colmenares, Cocod.1.8 
 5. Dos Santos, Unice.1.8 
 6. Deodato, Itabom/B.1.7 
 7. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 8. Ribeiro, Un.1.7 
 9. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 10. Hornsby, Pioneros1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alirio DE SOUZA
  Un.
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. de Souza, Un.1.4 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Bayona, Bucaneros1.2 
 5. Graterol, Cocodril.1.0 
 6. Wolkowyski, La Uni.0.9 
 7. Lewis, La Union0.9 
 8. Hickerson, Bucan.0.8 
 9. de Sousa, Itabom/.0.8 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.0.7 



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.2 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia25.7 
 3. Raji, Etzella23.8 
 4. McNutt, Heffingen22.2 
 5. Kennedy, Residence22.0 
 6. Schumacher, T7121.8 
 7. Muller, T7120.5 
 8. Rajniak, Basket E.20.4 
 9. Smith, Sparta19.8 
 10. Ulin, Sparta19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.5 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.2 
 3. McNutt, Heffingen12.0 
 4. Svitek, Basket Es.10.9 
 5. Stephens, T7110.9 
 6. Kennedy, Residence10.3 
 7. Poznaks, BBC Nitia10.1 
 8. Raji, Etzella10.1 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.7 
 10. Muller, T719.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.1 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.1 
 3. Schumacher, T713.8 
 4. Arre, BBC Nitia3.7 
 5. Rajniak, Basket E.3.6 
 6. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 7. Biever, Basket Es.3.3 
 8. Koster, Residence2.9 
 9. Ruffato, T712.7 
 10. Jones, Amicale2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Amicale2.5 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia2.2 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen1.7 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.6 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes1.4 
 7. Gary, Musel Pikes1.3 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.3 
 9. McNutt, Heffingen1.2 
 10. Biever, Basket E.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.1 
 2. McNutt, Heffingen1.5 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.3 
 4. Hoffmann, Sparta1.2 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen0.9 
 6. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Djerman, Amicale0.6 
 8. Poznaks, BBC Nitia0.5 
 9. Horace, Etzella0.5 
 10. Svitek, Basket E.0.5 


Standings - Nationale 2

N2 Stage Two Standings
Play-offs
 1. Contern 24-4 
 2. Black Star 23-5 
 3. Bascharage 18-10 
 4. Grengewald 15-13 
 5. BC Mess 14-14 
 6. Racing 10-18 
Play-out
 1. Mondorf 12-12 
 2. Red Miners 10-14 
 3. Kordall Steelers 3-21 
 4. Pall Aren 3-21 
Stage One Standings


Larrie Smith leads Sparta to the title - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange - Sparta 85:93 (OT)

Sparta Bertrange celebrated Diekirch League title. They outscored T71 Dudelange on the road tonight to sweep the title series. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) scored 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the visitors. Sparta returned the title they last won in 2008.
T71 started the game aggressively. The hosts grabbed a 27:24 lead ten minutes into the game. But Sparta answered with 30 points in the second quarter to narrow the margin to a single point 54:55 at halftime. Sparta stiffened their defence in the third quarter to limit T71 at just 12 points. The visitors pulled ahead to build a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. Sparta led by three points with 7 seconds to go in regulation but Jairo Delgado drained a triple to send the game into overtime. Larrie Smith stepped up for Sparta in extra period. He scored 7 points and led the visitors to the crucial win in the series. Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82, college: Dickinson St.) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Xavier Engel (185-G-88) added 16 points in the victory. Frank Muller (194-F/C-88, college: Cuesta JC) answered with 28 points and 15 rebounds for T71. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87, college: Cal.Baptist) and Denell Stephens (193-F/G-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Slippery Rock) provided 18 points each in the loss.

T71 Dudelange: Frank Muller 28+15 boards, Tom Schumacher 18, Denell Stephens 18
Sparta: Larrie Smith 31+16 boards, Kasey Ulin 17, Xavier Engel 16



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  MALI   


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81). He led Entente Orleans 45 to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (17-13) 70-68 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Sy was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes on the court. Entente Orleans 45 (21-9) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 80.2% in the 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite Sy played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Yohann Sangare
Yohann Sangare
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Yohann Sangare (193-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Amara Sy and both played together in the last French ProA game. Sangare contributed to a 2-point Entente Orleans 45's victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (17-13) 70-68. He recorded 6 points and added 4 assists. This season Sangare averages: 5.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 16.0% and FT: 83.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Sangare played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Tahirou Sani
Tahirou Sani
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Tahirou Sani (204-85). Sani led Blois to a victory against the closely-ranked Roche (23-11) 72-66 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (23-11) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Sani's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(122-214), 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 71.3% in the 35 games. Similarly like Sangare and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Sani played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #4. An experienced power forward Sambou Traore (199-79), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help Limoges CSP Elite (27-7) to beat ALM Evreux (17-17). Traore's contribution was not very remarkable in Wednesday's game. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The league leader Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 72-67 on the road by the much lower-ranked ALM Evreux (#8). Traore's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore is also Mali national team player.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #5. International guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) was not able to help Cognac (21-13) in their game against Charleville-Mezieres (24-10) in the French NM1 (third division). He recorded 8 points in only 14 minutes. Cognac lost 69-79 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Charleville-Mezieres. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Saounera's total stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.9apg in the 34 games. He holds both Mali and French passports. Despite Saounera played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) plays for JSF Nanterre in French ProA
Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93) plays for UB La Palma in Spanish LEB Gold
Djibril Diallo (207-C-91) plays for Hyeres-Toulon in French ProA
Souarata Cisse (197-G/F-86) plays for Hyeres-Toulon in French ProA
Negueba Samake (211-C-90) plays for Boulazac Basket in French ProB
Dramane Diarra (203-F/C-80) plays for Saint Vallier in French ProB
Mahamadou Drame (188-SG-86) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Cheick Soumaoro (205-F/C-90) plays for SPO Rouen in French ProB
Ludovic Chelle (183-G-83) plays for SPO Rouen in French ProB
Nouha Diakite (207-C-80) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Soumaila Samake (215-C-78) plays for Quebec Kebs in the NBL Canada
Mamadou Diarra (213-F-88) plays for Feve Oviedo in Spanish LEB Silver

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



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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 Mochis23.3 
 4. Thomas, Cananea22.4 
 5. McCullough, Nogales22.2 
 6. Alexander, Cananea22.2 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan21.8 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.4 
 9. Selleaze, Navolato20.3 
 10. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.4 
 3. Alexander, Cananea9.8 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis8.4 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.4 
 6. Sanders-F., Nogales8.3 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan7.7 
 8. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.4 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.3 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Funn, Los Mochis9.1 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.5 
 3. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.8 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.8 
 6. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 7. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 8. Pulido, Culiacan4.0 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana3.8 
 10. Reatiga, Navolato3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.2.1 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.6 
 3. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 4. Thomas, Cananea1.4 
 5. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
 6. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
 7. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 8. Gale, Nogales1.3 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Alexander, Cananea0.9 
 6. Young, Tepic0.9 
 7. Davis, Nogales0.8 
 8. Tate, Tijuana0.8 
 9. Scott, Los Mochis0.8 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.0.8 



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  MONTENEGRO   


Suad Sehovic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. He could not help Budivelnyk (30-9) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's very good performance Budivelnyk lost 85-99 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Ferro-ZNTU. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Sehovic also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.4%(95-160), 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 77.1% in the 52 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite Sehovic played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, he is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's). Cook led Armani Milano to a 2-point victory against the seventh-ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) 82-80 in the Italian SerieA last Tuesday. He scored 12 points and added 6 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Cook is currently fourth on the list of best passers. This season he averages: 8.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 60.3%(38-63), 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 77.8%. Cook is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Cook is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League. Dasic was not able to help Union Olimpija (7-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the second-placed Union Olimpija lost 63-72 in Novo Mesto to the leading Krka in the Championship Group. Dasic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. Dasic is currently third on the league's list of most steals with 1.8spg. This year his other stats are: 12.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 47.2% in the 14 games. Despite Dasic played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Dragovic
Nikola Dragovic
   #4. Forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA) was not able to secure a victory for Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) in their game against Unics Kazan (8-10) in the Russian PBL. Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Dragovic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dragovic's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 1.5rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic played previously for the Serbian university national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Dusan Djordjevic
Dusan Djordjevic
   #5. International guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, another player represented by Beo Basket) was the major contributor in a Base Oostende's victory against the fifth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (15-17) crushing them 92-67 in the Belgian Ethias League last Monday. Djordjevic recorded 17 points and had 3 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes. Telenet Oostende (23-9) is placed first in the Ethias League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Djordjevic is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 3.5apg. This year he also averages: 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 31 games. Djordjevic has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Djordjevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #6. Center Milko Bjelica (207-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (26-8) 81-71 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Bjelica is also an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Ivan Maras
Ivan Maras
   #7. Former international power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) faced previously mentioned Dusan Djordjevic in the Belgian Ethias League last game. Maras couldn't help Belfius Mons-Hainaut (15-17) in their game against Base Oostende (23-9), despite his very good performance in Monday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 31 minutes. But Belfius Mons-Hainaut was crushed 92-67 in Oostende by the leading Base. This year Maras' overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg in the 17 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Maras is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Branko Cuic
Branko Cuic
   #8. An experienced guard Branko Cuic (197-78) couldn't help Timisoara (21-7) in their game against Ploiesti (20-8) in the Romanian Division A. Despite his very good performance last Thursday He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Cuic also added 5 rebounds. It's Cuic's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 4.5apg. Despite Cuic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Miljan Pavkovic
Miljan Pavkovic
   #9. Former international guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, another player represented by Beo Basket) led Radnicki Kragujevac to a 3-point victory against the fifth-ranked Hemofarm (4-10) 92-89 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. Pavkovic recorded 11 points and added 7 assists in 28 minutes. Radnicki Kragujevac (10-4) is placed second in SuperLiga group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Pavkovic is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 7.5apg. This year his other stats are: 10.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2spg in the 13 games. Despite Pavkovic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #10. Guard Bojan Bakic (197-83) led Hemofarm to a victory against the seventh-ranked Mega Vizura (5-9) 100-92 in the Serbian A League in Wednesday night's game. Bakic scored 26 points (!!!) and added 3 passes. KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac (0-0) is placed second in SuperLiga group. The Second Stage already ended. This season Bakic has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.0apg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Bakic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Boris Bakic (194-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Miljan Pavkovic and both played together in the last Serbian A League game. Bakic helped Radnicki Kragujevac win their game against the fifth-ranked Hemofarm 92-89. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Bakic's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 14 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Bakic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #12. International guard Goran Jeretin (192-79, another player represented by Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dasic and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Jeretin couldn't help Union Olimpija in their game against Krka. He scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 72-63. Jeretin has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.4apg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

   #13. Former international forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) helped Lugano Tigers win their game against the closely-ranked Geneve Lions 92-81 in the Swiss LNA in Friday night's game. Rakocevic had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. Rakocevic is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg. He also averaged so far 12.0ppg and 1.2apg in the 20 games. Despite Rakocevic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Boris Lalovic (206-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bojan Bakic. He played also in the last Serbian A League game facing Miljan Pavkovic (above) in the other team. Lalovic couldn't help Hemofarm in their game against Radnicki Kragujevac. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lalovic has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg and 4.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Lalovic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Ivan Todorovic (214-84, agency: Interperformances) couldn't help Olimpi in their game against Armia in the Georgian Superleague, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Todorovic also added 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. But his team lost 66-72. He averaged so far 11.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. Despite Todorovic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.



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Allen Iverson: 'I want to play basketball so bad' - by Eurobasket News

The Answer wants another chapter.

Former NBA MVP Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) was in the house for Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Greeted with a standing ovation by the Philly crowd after spending the first 10-plus seasons of his 14-year NBA career with the Sixers, Iverson said that he isn't ready to officially call himself retired from professional basketball.

'I'm not using that word [retirement],' he said during an in-game interview televised on ESPN. 'I want to play basketball so bad.'

Iverson, 36, has not played in the NBA since the 2009-2010 season, when he made an encore run with the Sixers for 25 games. From there, Iverson played professionally in Turkey for Besiktas and has repeated a desire to return to the NBA while dealing with rumors of financial and personal problems.

He said Wednesday that he understands that an NBA comeback isn't likely to happen but that he still wants to lace up the sneakers.

'I mean, the way it is right now, I've accepted the fact that [playing in the NBA] might not happen,' he said. 'But I still want to play basketball. If I can get an opportunity to where it's going to make me happy at the end of my career, I'll take that opportunity. But I just love to play and I want to have another opportunity to play on the professional level.'

Iverson was the 2001 NBA MVP, the 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year, an 11-time All-Star, and he guided the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals.

Asked for his memories of playing in Philadelphia, Iverson admitted the return to the arena had him near tears as he stepped onto the court to deliver the game ball to the officiating crew.

'It was the best,' he said. 'I love these fans, and obviously they showed me a lot of love here. I was basically trying to hurry up and get off the court. My legs started wobbling, I was getting ready to tear up. My eyes got teary and my lips started shaking. I knew it was time to go, so I hurried up and tried to get off the court.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



LeBron James: Referees blew it by not ejecting Hansbrough - by Eurobasket News

To LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), the simple solution could have prevented the bigger mess.

While not directly calling out the officiating crew at Tuesday's Game 5 of this Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, James said Thursday that harsher immediate action could have prevented the eventual suspension of Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida) for Thursday night's Game 6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

James said had Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) been immediately cited for a Flagrant 2 foul Tuesday and ejected for his hard hit on Dwyane Wade, then there would have been no retaliation foul from Haslem. Hansbrough instead was cited for a Flagrant 1 foul, which allowed him to remain in the game. The NBA later upgraded the violation to a Flagrant 2 foul, which would have mandated immediate ejection.

Courtesy of http://articles.sun-sentinel.com



Chris Bosh says he is recovering from abdominal strain at a very fast pace - by Eurobasket News

After sitting out the last five games for the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) in a recent interview has claimed that his recovery process is progressing at a very fast rate.

Im just hoping that everyone can keep doing what theyre doing and extend the season, Bosh said as reported by ESPN. I do have a chance to play again. Thats the light at the end of the tunnel for me. That keeps me going every day.

Ive come a far way in a week, He added. I was kind of nervous initially but it wasnt the worst news I could have gotten. I just have to keep believing and stay mentally strong. I think Im healing at a very fast rate right now.

These comments came before the Heat wrapped up their series against the Indiana Pacers to advance into the Conference Finals. They now await the winner for the other semi final series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers which is going to be decided in seven games.

However this is great news for the Miami unit who would have learned much about themselves in the past few days. After winning Game one of their series against Indiana, they lost the next two games with Bosh absent from the line up due to abdominal strain.

Heat missed his rebounding credentials and his presence down low in the post and even if he did not score much, he made crucial plays which worked in Miami's favour. After the Miami side went down 1-2 in the series, they had to rely on their other stars like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Both of these players stepped their game in a major way, LeBron responded with 40 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assist performance to win Game 4. He put up 30 points in the next one and had 28 points in the Game 6 victory. Dwyane Wade finally got it going after a dismal start to the series. He put up 30 points to silence all his critics, put up 28 in the following game and erupted for 41 points in the series clinching game 6.

However despite the excellence from the duo, Miami lacked that presence on the court which could have gotten them out of trouble a lot early in the series. Many who considered Bosh to be not a very key figure of this Heat team would have gotten their answer as to how instrumental, his presence is on the court.

Bosh was averaging 18 points per game during the regular season and put up an average of 14.7 points in the playoffs before going out injured. However his presence was the key to stopping the likes of Amare' Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler in the first round series against the New York Knicks.

Heat faced the size disadvantage in their series against the Pacers and will have their work cut out for them against either of the two teams out of Boston or Philadelphia in the conference finals. So if the Heat are to having any kind of chance of making a return trip to the NBA Finals, they would certainly want Bosh to be on the court.

Courtesy of http://blogs.bettor.com



Magic's off-season plate overloaded - by Eurobasket News

Never in the 23-year history of the Magic franchise has ownership had so much on its off-season plate.

It is deciding the fates of coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith (6'5''-64, college: Jacksonville). And with a nod one way or the other by Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), the Magic either have hope to retool with him or face a massive rebuilding job without him.

Howard again controls the table. He affects the futures, directly or indirectly, of Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's), J.J.Redick and Ryan Anderson, three main pieces who could be exposed to free agency in some form.

Adios, Jameer?

He'll have to declare by June 15 whether to opt out of the last year of his contract ($7.8 million). Jameer Nelson says he wants to stay but probably not without a contract extension. And perhaps not without Howard.

At 30, Nelson must try to land one more decent deal as a free agent and, preferably, a starting role.

Possible suitors: The Chicago Bulls need an interim point guard after Derrick Rose's devastating knee injury. Although the Bulls have luxury-tax concerns, Nelson would be a nice insurance policy at the midlevel exception. New Jersey (if Deron Williams leaves), Phoenix (if Steve Nash exits) and Philadelphia (Nelson's hometown) might have interest.

Consequences for Magic: Nelson has some leverage (Chris Duhon is backup) and lots of critics, but he might be their best option. There are few quality free agents available, especially for an Orlando team with no flexibility. They can pay Nelson whatever they want.

J.J. jumping?

J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) has no control of his fate. His next season ($6 million) is not guaranteed. The Magic must decide by early July whether to keep J.J. or waive him, taking him off the books.

Howard's decision might affect Redick. He can thrive playing off Dwight. Without him, the club might need to let Redick go to begin creating cap room.

Possible suitors: To receive the full midlevel exception ($6 million to start), Redick might need to sign with noncontenders (Charlotte, Toronto, Phoenix, Minnesota) who have cap space. Contenders such as the L.A. Lakers, Boston and Memphis could use shooting-guard help but can only offer the mini midlevel ($3 million.)

Consequences for Magic: Loss of Redick makes them vulnerable at shooting guard. Jason Richardson will be another year older but is insanely under contract for the next three years.

Ryan's value

Anderson must play the waiting game as a restricted free agent. As they did with Marcin Gortat and Redick, the Magic can match any offer sheet. The club kept Gortat and Redick but traded Gortat later. Look for them to keep Anderson as an asset/trade bait unless somebody terribly overbids.

NBA's Most Improved Player hurt his value some in the playoffs. Howard's exit will affect Anderson's 3-point game. Plus, Glen Davis starred in the postseason and won't be happy backing up Anderson again unless Big Baby replaces Howard at center.

Possible suitors: New Jersey, Sacramento and Utah.

Consequences for Magic: They lose the league's most prolific 3-point shooter as well as a young, developing player. But maybe they can trade him for another piece.

Howard a Rocket rental?

According to ClutchFans.net, a website covering the Houston Rockets, the Rockets were close to acquiring, er, renting Dwight Howard before the six-time all-star waived his opt-out.

OK. At this point, it's all moot speculation anyway, right?

Except that ClutchFans.net says the Rockets are prepared to try to rent Howard again if he wants out this season, even though he agreed to play another year.

If true, my guess is the Rockets are offering Kevin Martin and Luis Scola for Howard because the salaries match up. Martin can be prolific at times, but I like Scola's skill and toughness.

Even if Howard doesn't sign a long-term extension with Rockets, they would at least have Martin and Scola off the books for a relaunch.

I used to like Howard for Andrew Bynum, straight up, but Bynum has become an alarming head case. I'm leaning now toward the Magic needing two players or more for Dwight as a way to improve Orlando's overall talent.

Playoff payoff

The playoffs have been fascinating not for the great play, necessarily, but the great story lines.

Indiana vs. Miami: Indy's lunch-pail guys are throwing a wrench into that whole Super Friends concept. And LeBron thought he was through the worst of it.

San Antonio vs. L.A. Clippers: The Spurs are like that great rock band that has come back to tour again to incredible reviews. (And make no mistake: San Antonio isn't some Little Engine That Could. It has had a Big Three, too, in Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.)

Boston vs. Philly:Celtics' smelling salts have been the opening to the Finals creating by injuries to ChrisBosh and Rose.

Oklahoma City vs. L.A. Lakers: Like the Heat, the Lakers find themselves in a tough spot. The Thunder are too athletic, too young, too deep. Hard part: Driving a stake through Kobe Bryant's heart.

Courtesy of http://articles.orlandosentinel.com



Shaquille O'Neal says no Magic in future - by Eurobasket News

TNT analyst and former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) released a statement Thursday saying despite reports otherwise, he is not interested in the Orlando Magic general manager job and will not be interviewing next week with the team for which he once starred.

'When I first heard about the vacancy for the Orlando Magic general manager position, I was clearly intrigued,' O'Neal began in the statement. 'I was drafted by the Magic, I have a great love for the franchise and I have made the city of Orlando my home. Additionally, I have great admiration and respect for the DeVos (ownership) family.

'However, this is not a job I have an interest in pursuing. I feel very fortunate to be with TNT and to have the best job in sports. I look forward to many more years with Charles (Barkley), Kenny (Smith) and E.J. (Ernie Johnson). I wish the best for the Magic and I am confident that they will select a great GM and coach.'

Coach Stan Van Gundy was fired Monday, and GM Otis Smith and the team mutually agreed to part ways.

O'Neal, who retired after last season, spent four years as the Magic's starting center, leading the NBA in scoring during the 1994-95 season and guiding the team to the 1995 NBA Finals. This month he was awarded his doctorate in education from Barry University in Miami.

His interest in the Magic raised eyebrows for many reasons, including that he and Orlando center Dwight Howard do not get along. O'Neal was hurt when Howard adopted the 'Superman' personna that O'Neal originated.

For another, Magic CEO Alex Martins has said he wants to go after a general manager with proven winning experience.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Jerry Sloan to interview with Bobcats today - by Eurobasket News

A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Bobcats will interview Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan on today for their vacant head coaching position.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't made its list of candidates public.

The 70-year-old Sloan spent 23 seasons with the Utah Jazz before resigning in February 2011. He hasn't coached since.

Sloan first told SI.com on Thursday that he plans to meet with Bobcats officials.

Sloan becomes the ninth known candidate, joining Patrick Ewing, Nate McMillan, Dave Joerger, Mike Malone, Nate Tibbetts, Mike Dunlap and Stephen Silas. The Bobcats also plan to interview Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.

The Bobcats finished the season 7-59, the worst record in NBA history.

Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com



Sources: Del Negro's fate resting with Sterling - by Eurobasket News

The fate of Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro won't be known until next week at the earliest, according to sources close to the situation.

But Del Negro's status must be resolved by next Friday at the latest thanks to the June 1 deadline in his contract for the Clippers to either pick up or decline their third-year team option.

Sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the decision rests largely with Clippers owner Donald Sterling, which could help Del Negro. The embattled coach has enjoyed a largely positive relationship with Sterling over the past two seasons, with Sterling issuing a public vote of confidence in Del Negro in March after an ESPN.com report that his job was in jeopardy.

The Clippers then followed up Sterling's backing by winning 14 of their final 19 regular-season games and toppled the No. 4-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs in a grueling seven-game series before getting swept in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs with the star duo of Chris Paul (hip) and Blake Griffin (knee) trying to play through injuries.

It is not immediately clear whether a strong crop of out-of-work coaches -- such as Mike D'Antoni, Nate McMillan and the recently fired Stan Van Gundy -- might influence the Clippers' call on Del Negro. But NBA coaching sources said Thursday the Clippers, should they decide to move in another direction, would probably target two coaches who aren't free agents to see if there's any shot at prying one of them loose: Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks and New Orleans' Monty Williams.

Sources say Brooks' negotiations with the Thunder on a contract extension are unlikely to resume until after the playoffs, with Oklahoma City about to enter a Western Conference finals showdown with the San Antonio Spurs. Yet the widely held assumption in coaching circles is that Brooks never reaches free agency and will reach terms quickly with the Thunder once the season is over, similar to the Dallas Mavericks' speedy negotiations with Rick Carlisle earlier this month after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban put off all contract talks until Dallas was eliminated from the postseason. The Thunder are 8-1 in the playoffs, having eliminated the two teams -- Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers -- that have won the past three NBA championships.

Any team interested in Williams, meanwhile, would have to formally ask for permission to interview him, with the Hornets having ample cause to reject any such interest after Williams -- who was just 38 when New Orleans took the gamble of hiring him -- earned strong reviews for his work in his first two seasons. But Paul's deep respect for Williams is well known around the league, which would seemingly encourage the Clippers to go after Williams if they have an opening.

Paul, though, publicly lauded Del Negro's work under fire this season after the Clippers were eliminated by San Antonio, saying: 'I think Coach did an outstanding job. Also with Neil (Olshey) and them in our front office. Everybody knows what happened in mid-December with the trade going through and picking up Chauncey (Billups) off the waiver wire.

'With Chauncey going down and all the injuries we had to endure, it's been a roller-coaster season for us, but I think the way they managed everything was great. Bringing in (Kenyon Martin), bringing in Reggie (Evans); they did an outstanding job. The season was crazy enough with 66 games, but they helped us get here. Now we have to build from it.'

Clippers general manager Neil Olshey and Del Negro himself tried to deflect questions about the future when they met with local reporters on the day after San Antonio's series-clinching win in Game 4.

'I think Vinny did a great job,' Olshey said, 'and that's as far as I'm going to go today.'

Said Del Negro: 'I'm not gonna get into all my contract stuff. It's a waste of energy and whatever I say, you're not gonna listen anyway, so it doesn't matter. ... I'm not worried about it. I'll let that stuff work itself out.'

Hired in July 2010, Del Negro has compiled a regular-season record of 72-76 in two seasons with the Clippers and a playoff record of 4-7. He spent the previous two seasons as coach of the Chicago Bulls and finished 81-81 there, losing in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs both times.

Courtesy of ESPN



2011-12 All-NBA Teams announced - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat's LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), the 2011-12 NBA Most Valuable Player and winner of three of the previous four MVP awards, highlights the 2011-12 All-NBA First Team. James received 118 of a possible 120 first team votes. Joining James on the First Team are Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) of the Orlando Magic, and Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Despite averaging a career-low 37.5 minutes, the eight-time All-Star led the NBA in plus-minus score differential (+7.6) and ranked third in scoring (27.1 ppg), while pacing the Heat in assists (6.2 apg) and tying for the team lead in rebounds (7.9 rpg). In addition, James established career bests in field goal percentage (.531) and three-point field goal percentage (.362). James earns First Team honors for the fifth straight season and sixth time overall.

Durant earns his third All-NBA First Team selection. He led the league in scoring (28.0 ppg) for the third consecutive year, edging Bryant in the second-closest finish all-time, to go along with career highs in rebounds (8.0 rpg) and assists (3.5 apg). Durant scored at least 40 points four times including a career-high 51 on Feb. 19 vs. Denver. He earned All-Star MVP honors after scoring 36 points in the Western Conferences 152-149 win over the East.

Bryant, an All-NBA First Team selection for the seventh straight season, becomes the active leader for most First-Team nods with 10. Bryant finished second in the league in scoring (27.9 ppg). On Feb. 6, at Philadelphia, Bryant moved past Shaquille ONeal for fifth on the NBAs all-time scoring list; and on March 9, at Minnesota, he became the youngest player to 29,000 points (33 years, 199 days). Bryants 10 First-Team selections tie for second all-time (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit, and Jerry West). Karl Malone is the all-time leader with 11.

Howard, an All-NBA First Team selection for the fifth consecutive season, led the league in rebounding with a career-high 14.5 rpg and field goal percentage (.573), and finished second in double-doubles (43) and third in blocks (2.15 bpg). Howard also averaged 20.6 points and was one of only three players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Paul, an All-NBA First Team selection for the second time in his career, paced the league in steals (2.53 spg) and finished third in assists (9.1 apg), adding 19.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg. He posted 23 double-doubles, tying for 16th overall. Paul this season became only the second player (Tim Hardaway, 1990-91) in NBA history to average at least 19.0 points, 9.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals.

The All-NBA Second Team consists of guards Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) of the San Antonio Spurs and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) of the Oklahoma City Thunder, forwards Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) of the Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The All-NBA Third Team includes the Miami Heats Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and the Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) at guard, the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and the Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) at forward, and the Knicks Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) at center.

The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.

Below are the results of the voting for the 2011-12 All-NBA Teams, with First Team votes in parentheses. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.



2011-12 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami (118) 596
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (117) 591
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando (75) 476
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (104) 568
Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (74) 484

2011-12 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward Kevin Love, Minnesota (16) 365
Forward Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 170
Center Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers (33) 400
Guard Tony Parker, San Antonio (41) 367
Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (5) 239

2011-12 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward Carmelo Anthony, New York (1) 154
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 136
Center Tyson Chandler, New York (4) 60
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (1) 235
Guard Rajon Rondo, Boston (4) 142


Other players receiving votes, with point totals: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 55; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 52; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 44; Josh Smith, Atlanta, 33; Paul Pierce, Boston, 31; Al Jefferson, Utah, 30; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers, 27; Steve Nash, Phoenix, 24; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 22; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 18; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 16; Deron Williams, New Jersey, 14; Rudy Gay, Memphis, 10; James Harden, Oklahoma City, 8; Luol Deng, Chicago, 5; Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 5; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 3; Danny Granger, Indiana, 3; Joakim Noah, Chicago, 3; Monta Ellis, Milwaukee, 2; Chris Bosh, Miami, 2; Luis Scola, Houston, 2; Marcin Gortat, Phoenix, 2; Paul Millsap, Utah, 2; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 2; David Lee, Golden State, 1; and DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 1.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Celtics' Bradley likely done for Playoffs - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Globe is reporting it is 'highly likely' Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) is done the rest of the playoffs, giving the Celtics another hurdle to jump over this postseason.

The Celtics have yet to rule Bradley out for good, and will take it on a day-to-day basis, but with the risk that his left shoulder will pop out of its socket again - it already has three times during the playoffs, twice during the 76ers series alone - and cause structural damage, its better to shut down the second-year guard.

Bradley is already likely facing surgery for the lingering ailment, something that has bothered him throughout the season, and with his future looking bright in a Boston uniform, why risk any further damage to the 21-year-old guard?

Unfortunately for the Celtics, Bradley had molded into a key player for them after taking over for Ray Allen in the starting five. Aside from his spectacular defense, his offensive game - which was spotty at best during his rookie campaign and the start of this season rounded out with a decent jumper and better nose for attacking the basket. Bradley started the postseason very well, scoring a very aggressive 24 points in the first two games against the Hawks, but his shoulder popped out for the first time in Game 3, and his game has not been the same since.

So now, the Celtics have to hope Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus can help carry the load. Allen, nursing a bad ankle, looked awful in Bostons Game 6 loss Wednesday night, shooting 4-for-11 (including 1-for-5 from three-point range) and finishing with nine points in 25 minutes. Pietrus was a little better, playing solid defense in his 35 minutes on the floor (something Ray has not offered this postseason), but he seems disinterested on offense. If Allen cannot provide a scoring boost for the Cs, Pietrus (and possibly even reserve guard Keyon Dooling) will have to step up in that department.

What the Celtics will miss most is Bradleys youth and aggressiveness on both sides of the floor. He loved attacking the basket, often giving Rajon Rondo a quick guard to dump the ball to as he drives to the hoop. Bradley is one of the better, if not best, on-ball defender on the team, and his absence was felt in Game 6 with Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday getting to the Cs in the fourth quarter.

Losing Bradley is a big blow to the Celtics, especially if they advance to the conference finals. But in the long-term, its better for the future of the team to protect one of their potential cornerstones.

Courtesy of http://boston.cbslocal.com



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Binghamton tabs Tommy Dempsey - by Eurobasket News

Binghamton has hired Tom Dempsey as its new men's basketball coach.

Dempsey, 38, a native of Scranton, Pa., comes from Rider, where he was coach for the past seven seasons.

Dempsey guided the Broncs to national postseason tournaments in three of the past five years, and his teams averaged 17 wins. He will be formally introduced at a news conference Friday.

Dempsey replaces Mark Macon, who was fired after posting a 24-68 record in three seasons.

Macon took over after Kevin Broadus was suspended for recruiting violations in October 2009, and eventually let go.

Six players were dismissed from that team, some for committing criminal acts, as the small state university in New York near the Pennsylvania border paid the price for compromising academics for athletic success.

Courtesy of ESPN



Rider promotes longtime assistant Baggett to coach - by Eurobasket News

Rider has named Kevin Baggett its new coach.

Broncs athletic director Don Harnum announced the appointment Thursday at roughly the same time that former coach Tommy Dempsey was named the new coach at Binghamton.

Baggett spent the past four seasons as Rider's associate head coach. He has 16 years of coaching experience at the Division I level, with the last six at Rider. Over those six seasons, Rider posted 111 wins.

Dempsey coached Rider for seven seasons, and guided the Broncs to national postseason tournaments in three of the past five years. His teams averaged 17 wins during his tenure.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Texas-Arlington to compete in Sun Belt in 2013 - by Eurobasket News

The University of Texas at Arlington will begin competing in the Sun Belt Conference, effective in July 2013.

The conference schools voted Wednesday in Sandestin, Fla., to accept Texas-Arlington as a non-football member. Subject to approval by the University of Texas System Board of Regents, the Mavericks would depart their longtime home in the Southland Conference to join the Florida-based league.

UTA doesn't have a football program.

The Sun Belt Conference is slated to have 12 members for the 2013-14 academic year, including 10 in football.

Denver is leaving this summer for the Western Athletic Conference, while North Texas and FIU will leave in the summer of 2013 for Conference USA. They'll be replaced by Texas State, Georgia State and UTA.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Fordham needs new AD after promoting McLaughlin - by Eurobasket News

Fordham University promoted Athletic Director Frank McLaughlin and will be looking for a new AD for the first time in nearly 30 years.

It was announced Thursday that McLaughlin will become associate vice president of student affairs for athletic alumni relations and external affairs and athletic director emeritus on July 1, 2012.

McLaughlin took over as athletic director at his alma mater in 1985. He went to Fordham after eight seasons as head basketball coach at Harvard.

Last year Fordham ranked 18th in the country among NCAA Academic Progress Rates.

The school said it will conduct a national search for McLaughlin's replacement.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Akinlolu Akingbala selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Akinlolu Akingbala
Akinlolu Akingbala
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson). He led Sluc Nancy to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (19-11) crushing them 89-64 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. Akingbala recorded 12 points in 24 minutes on the court. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (18-12) is placed fifth in the ProA. It's Akingbala's fourth season with the team. He is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.7rpg. This year Akingbala's other stats are: 12.3ppg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 62.3%(154-247) and FT: 55.1% in the 32 games he played so far. He played for the Nigerian senior national team three years ago.

Kenny Adeleke
Kenny Adeleke
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford), who plays in the Chinese NBL (second division). Adeleke could not help Henan Jiyuan (1-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Henan Jiyuan was defeated 95-83 at home by the higher-ranked Sichuan (#7). Adeleke recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 5 steals. Adeleke is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Adeleke averages: 33.7ppg, 20.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 48.6% and FT: 62.2%. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Adeola Dagunduro
Adeola Dagunduro
   #3. best in steals with 2.5spg. This year he also averages: 11.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 63.8% in the 33 games. Dagunduro played for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Chamberlain Oguchi
Chamberlain Oguchi
   #4. Guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St.) led Meralco Bolts to a victory over the league outsider Talk N Text (0-1) 105-99 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Oguchi recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was his first game for Meralco Bolts this season; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. His team are placed second in the PBA. Oguchi is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #5. Former international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) was the major contributor in Indios' victory against the fourth-ranked Vaqueros (6-4) 89-74 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Wednesday night's game. Efejuku recorded 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 20 minutes. Indios de Mayaguez (6-4) is placed second in Top 6 group. Efejuku has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg in the 35 games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Despite Efejuku played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Olumuyiwa Famutimi
Olumuyiwa Famutimi
   #6. Swingman Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-84, college: Arkansas) was the main contributor in a 3-point Optimum TED's victory against the closely-ranked Gaziantep (26-12) 72-69 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Friday. Famutimi was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara (30-8) is placed second in the TB2L. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Famutimi has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Famutimi is also a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team three years ago.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) contributed to a 2-point Melilla Baloncesto's victory against the league leader Caceres 2016 (2-1) 93-91 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (20-14) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. It's Odiakosa's first season with the team. Odiakosa has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1bpg in the 41 games. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Odiakosa is currently in the Nigerian U22 national team roster.

Uche Nsonwu-Amadi
Uche Nsonwu-Amadi
   #8. An experienced power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (16-14) in their game against Chalon/Saor (23-7) in the French ProA. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne was crushed 91-70 on the road by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Nsonwu-Amadi belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg and 6.9rpg. Nsonwu-Amadi used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2004.

Tony Omotayo
Tony Omotayo
   #9. Former international forward Tony Omotayo (193-85, college: Ft.Valley St.), who plays in the UBA was not able to secure a victory for the Georgia Lions (14-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Georgia Lions (#4) were badly defeated 101-83 in Morrow by the GIE Disciples. Omotayo was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. Omotayo's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.2apg in the 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Omotayo played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #10. Forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) couldn't help Zadar (8-6) in their game against Cibona (14-0) in the Croatian A1. Kuso scored 7 points and had 3 steals. The fourth-placed Zadar was crushed 85-62 on their home court in Zadar by the leading Cibona in the Championship Group. Kuso's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 5.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kuso is also a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Vasilis Ekine (201-83), who plays in the Greek A2 (second division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Doxa Lefkadas (15-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Doxa Lefkadas was edged 73-72 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#8) Lavrio. Ekine had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Ekine's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.9rpg in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the Greek national team, Ekine is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #12. International forward Andy Ogide (205-87, college: Colorado St.) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Ogide recorded only 2 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 82-60. Ogide's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.4rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2012.

   #13. International forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, also represented by Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) couldn't help Cocodrilos in their game against Marinos in the Venezuelan LPB. Obasohan cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. His team lost 68-73. This year Obasohan's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 2.0rpg in the three games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Obasohan is also Nigerian national team player.

The list of other players, who all have Nigerian passport but never been selected to any of Nigerian national teams:

   #1. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) led Chalon/Saor to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Chorale de Roanne (16-14) crushing them 91-70 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (23-7) is placed second in the ProA. Aminu is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.8rpg. He also averaged so far 11.7ppg in the 31 games he played so far.

   #2. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) led Jiangsu to a victory over the closely-ranked Guangzhou FM (4-3) 107-100 in the Chinese NBL (second division) last Saturday. Ebi was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 41 points and getting 27 rebounds. Ebi also added 3 assists. Jiangsu Tongxi (5-2) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Ebi is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ebi averages: 30.0ppg, 16.3rpg, 2.7apg, 3.7bpg and 2.5spg.



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Standings - Men

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



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

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

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington). He led Capitanes to a victory over the fifth-ranked Quebradillas (5-5) 85-77 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Monday night's game. Pinnock was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Capitanes de Arecibo (6-4) is placed third in Top 6 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Pinnock is currently seventh on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 78.8% in the 42 games he played so far. Pinnock is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Pinnock is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Gabriel Giron
Gabriel Giron
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Gabriel Giron (192-88). Giron was the main contributor in a 1-point Frayles de Guasave's victory against the closely-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (19-19) 90-89 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Giron recorded 26 points (!!!) and added 4 assists. Frayles de Guasave (19-19) is placed sixth in the CIBACOPA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Giron has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.5%(178-285), 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 67.6%. Giron has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican. Despite he played previously for the Mexican university national team, Giron is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU). He was the major contributor in Atleticos' victory against the third-ranked Capitanes (6-4) 76-62 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Thursday night. Lloreda scored 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Top 6. Atleticos de San German (7-3) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lloreda is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 9.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.4ppg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 43.4% and FT: 58.7% in the 21 games. Despite Lloreda played previously for the Mexican national team, he is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #4. Forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: San Diego) contributed to a Hamamatsu Phoenix's victory against the second-ranked Yokohama BC (31-21) 87-78 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game. Pomare was the top player that evening. He recorded 20 points and blocked 3 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Pomare's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Eastern. Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix (37-15) is placed first in Eastern group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Pomare's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 5.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Pomare played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Panamanian national team roster. Pomare used to play for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

Levour Warren
Levour Warren
   #5. Former international forward Levour Warren (196-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) helped Cedevita win their game against the third-ranked KK Split (10-4) crushing them 96-70 in the Croatian A1 last Wednesday. He scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. KK Cedevita Zagreb (11-3) is placed second in Championship Group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Warren has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Warren played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Panamanian national team roster. Strangely Warren has never played in Panama.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #6. An experienced swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Sigma Barcellona (16-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Sigma Barcellona was defeated 102-97 on the road by the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#3). Hicks recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Hicks has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hicks is also an international player who is currently on the senior Panamanian National Team roster.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Jamaal Levy (206-C-83) plays for Lanus in Argentinian LigaA
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN
Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80) plays for Shiga L-Stars in Japanese BJ League
Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Ruben Douglas (193-G-79) plays for Usak in Turkish TB2L
Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



NT camp updatings - by Gianni Pascucci

Thanks to the help of Miguel Sanchiz, the President of Panama Basketball federation, we can supply the liist of the first twelve players to attend the Panama National Team Pre-Selection camp at the Gimnasio Reginald Grenald
Under coach Rodolfo Fonseca , who will serve as Coach Assistant of Team Panama, are currently practicing the players Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi), Joshua Chambers (195-G/F-83, college: N.Colorado), Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89), Eduardo Archibold (206-C-87), Nicanor Alvarez (192-G/F-91), Israel Munoz (195-F-91), Daniel King (203-F-87), Enrique jr Grenald (175-G-93), Jamahr Johnson (192-G-81), Josimar Stewart (193-F-89), Xavier Acosta (F) and Erick Clarke (C-89).
'In this group, we have five players higher than 200 mts, two good point guards, and some forwards higher than 195. All the players are quick, strong and above all young. IIt seems to me a very good start !' stated Mr. Sanchiz to Usbasket.com



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Stats Leader

Points Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Martinez, DOM21.2 
 2. Barea, PUR21.0 
 3. Balkman, PUR17.0 
 4. Sandes, ARG15.5 
 5. Harris, MEX15.0 
 6. Magalhaes, BRA14.3 
 7. Osimani, URU14.0 
 8. Scrubb, CAN14.0 
 9. Borsellino, URU12.8 
 10. Ward, CAN12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Martinez, DOM11.4 
 2. Mata, MEX10.2 
 3. Balkman, PUR7.8 
 4. Thomas, USA7.6 
 5. Klassen, CAN7.5 
 6. Sandes, ARG7.5 
 7. Borsellino, URU6.8 
 8. Giovannoni, BRA6.0 
 9. Guzman, DOM5.8 
 10. Lieffers, CAN5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  URU
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Osimani, URU5.8 
 2. Dos Santos, BRA4.5 
 3. Barea, PUR4.4 
 4. Magalhaes, BRA3.3 
 5. Dentmon, USA3.2 
 6. Soliver, DOM3.2 
 7. Laprovittola, ARG3.0 
 8. Stoll, MEX2.8 
 9. Cequeira, ARG2.7 
 10. Gonzalez, ARG2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcelo MAGALHAES
  (199-F/G-75)
  Avg: 2
 1. Magalhaes, BRA2.0 
 2. Coronado, DOM1.8 
 3. Balkman, PUR1.8 
 4. Soliver, DOM1.6 
 5. Mendez-V., MEX1.6 
 6. Dos Santos, BRA1.5 
 7. Strong, PUR1.4 
 8. Dyson, USA1.4 
 9. Pena, DOM1.4 
 10. Hobin, CAN1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Real MATA
  USA
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Mata, MEX3.2 
 2. Stiemsma, USA2.0 
 3. Felicio, BRA1.0 
 4. Balkman, PUR1.0 
 5. Becker, BRA1.0 
 6. Martinez, DOM1.0 
 7. Newsome, URU0.8 
 8. Klassen, CAN0.8 
 9. Ward, CAN0.8 
 10. Ubiles, PUR0.6 



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  PBL   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.5 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.6 
 4. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 5. Commons, Scranton.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 8. Harris, Dayton A.S.17.5 
 9. Petty, Cent.Ill.17.0 
 10. Hill, Chicago M.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 3. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.4 
 4. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.7.5 
 6. Harris, Sauk V.7.1 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 8. Harris, Dayton A.S.6.8 
 9. Russ, Dayton A.S.6.6 
 10. Love, Chicago M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.2 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.6 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.9 
 5. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.7 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.4.7 
 7. Smith, Dayton A.S.4.1 
 8. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 9. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
 10. Council, Rocheste.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.6 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 4. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.4 
 6. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 7. Favors, Sauk V.1.3 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.1.3 
 9. Bobo, Lake M.1.2 
 10. Smith, Dayton A.S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.1.9 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.2 
 5. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.1.0 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 
 9. Gorman, Scranton.0.7 
 10. Giddings, Rochest.0.7 



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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 25: Powerade T. - Barako Bull 101-106
May. 25: Rain or Shine - B-Meg Llam. 100-94 OT

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 26: Meralco Bolts - Petron Blaze
May. 26: Talk N Text - Air21 Express



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Maciej Lampe shines in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) demonstrated great performance in Game One of the Spanish league Semifinals. The Polish star paced his Caja Laboral to 81-71 road victory against Real Madrid. Lampe had double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, and it was one of his best games after the injury. Caja Laboral is 1-0 up now and second game is scheduled for Saturday, also in Madrid. After that, the series moves to Vitoria. Maciej Lampe faced with serious hip injury during the pre-season. He joined his teammates at the end of February, when he played first official game for Caja Laboral. He appeared 17 times in Liga Endesa so far averaging 12.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. Lampe joined the club last summer from Unics Kazan. Recently he got a new 2-year deal by the Vitoria team. It will keep him in Caja Laboral until the end of 2013/14 season.


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  PORTUGAL   


Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Awards 2011-2012 - by Bruno Baltazar

Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Ted Scott
Scott
Nate Bowie
Bowie
Gregory Stempin
Stempin
Christopher Lee
Lee
Durrell Nevels
Nevels
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Player of the Year: Ted Scott (188-G-85) of Benfica
Guard of the Year: Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket
Forward of the Year: Gregory Stempin (203-F-79) of Porto Ferpinta
Center of the Year: Christopher Lee (206-C-84) of Ovarense
Newcomer of the Year: Ted Scott (188-G-85) of Benfica
Most Improved Player of the Year: Cavel Witter (183-G-87) of Barreirense
Import Player of the Year: Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket
Domestic Player of the Year: Carlos Andrade (197-F-78) of Porto Ferpinta
Defensive Player of the Year: Durrell Nevels (198-F-86) of Terceira Basket
Coach of the Year: Antonio Herrera of Barreirense

1st Team
G: Nate Bowie (183-86) of Terceira Basket
G: Ted Scott (188-85) of Benfica
F: Gregory Stempin (203-79) of Porto Ferpinta
C: Christopher Lee (206-84) of Ovarense
F: Durrell Nevels (198-86) of Terceira Basket

2nd Team
G: Cavel Witter (183-87) of Barreirense
F: Carlos Andrade (197-78) of Porto Ferpinta
F: Brian Addison (205-87) of Sampaense

F: Seth Doliboa (203-80) of Benfica

C/F: Robert Johnson (203-C/F-81)

Honorable Mention

Heshimu Evans (198-F-75) of Benfica
Brian Morris (205-F-87) of Vitoria SC
Anthony Hill (204-F-88) of Barreirense
Brian Mills (203-F-88) of Lusitania
Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82) of Barcelos
Stefan Djukic (201-SF-89) of Ginasio
Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71) of CAB Madeira
Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) of Vitoria SC
Cavel Witter (183-G-87) of Barreirense

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Jaime Silva (187-80) of CAB Madeira
PG: Mario Fernandes (176-82) of CAB Madeira
C: Jorge Coelho (200-78) of CAB Madeira
F: Carlos Andrade (197-78) of Porto Ferpinta
F: Heshimu Evans (198-75) of Benfica

All-Imports Team
G: Nate Bowie (183-86) of Terceira Basket
G: Ted Scott (188-85) of Benfica
F: Gregory Stempin (203-79) of Porto Ferpinta
C: Christopher Lee (206-84) of Ovarense
F: Durrell Nevels (198-86) of Terceira Basket

All-Defensive Team
Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket
Brian Addison (205-F-87) of Sampaense
Brian Morris (205-F-87) of Vitoria SC
Christopher Lee (206-C-84) of Ovarense
Durrell Nevels (198-F-86) of Terceira Basket

All-Newcomers Team
Cavel Witter (183-G-87) of Barreirense
Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket
Brian Addison (205-F-87) of Sampaense
Brian Mills (203-F-88) of Lusitania
Durrell Nevels (198-F-86) of Terceira Basket



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  PUERTO RICO   

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 3. Harris, San German19.5 
 4. Randolph, Quebradi.19.4 
 5. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon18.1 
 7. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas17.1 
 9. Ayuso, Arecibo16.8 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.11.5 
 2. Harris, San German10.3 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.3 
 5. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 6. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 7. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Shannon, Quebradi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Rivera, San German5.6 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 3. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 4. Smith, Mayaguez5.1 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 7. Pinnock, Arecibo4.3 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.2 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.4 
 10. Alvarado, Humacao3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.0 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 4. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 5. Rivera, San German1.4 
 6. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.4 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 9. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 10. Pagan, Guayama1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 4. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 8. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 9. Randolph, Quebradi.1.3 
 10. Ramos, Quebradill.1.2 


Vaqueros defend their home and tie the semifinals: - by Luis Modestti

Vaqueros de Bayamon defeated Indios de Mayaguez 75-69 to tie the series 1-1.

Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) led the way with 23 points; Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) had 14 and Carmelo Antrone Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) 12 for Vaqueros.

Bayamon had a great start to the game, having a 17-6 advantage led by a balanced attack. Their half court offense and aggressive defense hurt Mayaguez and ended with a 36-21 halftime lead.

In the second half Mayaguez made an impressive run, taking advantage from the three-point misses by Bayamon and some turnovers. They had a 20-7 run in the last six minutes of the third quarter and cut the lead 50-48 after a three-pointer by Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra).

Mayaguez kept the pressure and even took the lead after another long distance connection by Rivera with 5:08 remaining, but baskets in penetration by their guards and trips to the free throw line gave Bayamon the win.

Carlos Rivera scored 15 points and Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) 13 for Mayaguez.

Game three is on Saturday in Mayaguez. The series between Capitanes and Atleticos also continue the same day in Arecibo.



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  SERBIA   


Arnautovic, Tica, Vlahovic and Dzambic win the title in Romania - by Eurobasket News

Coach Vladimir Arnautovic and players Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell), Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) and Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, agency: TSS Management, college: NYIT) won the championship title in Romania last night with their team CSU Asesoft Ploiesti. They swept Timisoara with perfect 4-0 in the Finals. Last night, Ploiesti celebrated 80-78 overtime victory to grab the trophy.
Ploiesti started the game with 15-14, but allowed the guests to take the lead at the halftime after 19-10 in the second period. Ploiesti needed 22-18 in the third quarter and 25-21 in the fourth period to tie the game. Timisoara was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Aleksandar Vlahovic who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Vladimir Tica helped with 7 points and 5 rebounds. Rade Dzambic did not play in Game Four.
Vladimir Tica, who joined the club in February, was one of the key players of Ploiesti in the second half of the season. He appeared in 21 games averaging 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. Aleksandar Vlahovic also had a great season, especially in the Playoff Finals. He played 35 games registering 13.3 ppg, 5.2 apg and 3.1 rpg. Rade Dzambic averaged 5.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 27 games.



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  SLOVAKIA   

D2 - Standings

League One Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Inter B 8-2 
 2. Petrzalka 8-2 
 3. Slavia Kosice 7-3 
 4. Nova Ves B 5-5 
 5. Karlovka 5-5 
 6. Trnava 4-6 
 7. Ziar/Hronom 3-7 
 8. Sabinov 0-10 
Places 9-16
 1. BSC Bratislava 8-2 
 2. SKP Filozof 7-3 
 3. Holic 6-4 
 4. BKM Svit 5-5 
 5. Roznava 5-5 
 6. Sered 4-6 
 7. Liptovsky M. 3-7 
 8. Lucenec 2-8 
Stage One Standings


Czechoslovakia again? - by Petr Marek

Czech and Slovak part want to create the commnon league from 16 teams. Two Slovak teams Astrum Levice and Inter Bratislava have played in Czech Mattoni NBL in this season. Sixteen teams (10 from Czech republic, 6 from Slovakia) shoul be divided in to groups by 8. Teams from one group will play 4 games to each other and 2 games with teams from another group. Czechoslovak league will start since season 2013/2014. All depends now on decision of Slovak teams and then both sides will negotiate about details.


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  SLOVENIA   


Jamtland Basket returns Luka Marolt - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Jamtland Basket announced that Luka Marolt (201-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will return to the club for the 2012/13 season. The Slovenian forward joined Jamltand in January of 2011 and spent rest of the 2010/11 season there. He appeared 22 times in Basketligan averaging 7.9 points and 3.3 rebounds. Marolt started 2010/11 with Litija (FYROM), where he had 12 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 6 games. The player missed last season. In the past, he was a member of Geoplin Slovan, Thor AK (Iceland), CB LHospitalitet (Spain) and Union Olimpija. He also played for Jamtland in 2008/09. In 2005, Luka Marolt won the Slovenian league title with Union Olimpija. However, he appeared only few times for the club that season. Marolt played for Slovenian U20 and U17 National Teams in the past. His new/old team KFUM Jamtland Basket ended last season as No.9 in Basketligan (13-23 score).


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


COLOMBIA DEFEATED URUGUAY IN THE SUPER 4 OPENER - by Victor Garcia

Colombia defeated Uruguay in the Super 4 opener in Valencia - Venzuela.
The National team with few practices found one more time in Stalin Ortiz its main weapon, Ortiz finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebound, Uruguay had in Jason Granger its main player, Granger scored 14 points.

Colombia 66 , Ortiz 16pts + 10 rebs
Uruguay 57., Granger 14 pts.

Colombia will face Venezuela tomorrow, Venezuela also won today defeating Chile





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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.1 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.2 
 3. Feldeine, Breogan17.7 
 4. Quezada, Leon16.5 
 5. Franklin, Huesca16.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Granada15.7 
 8. Moss, Palencia15.4 
 9. Antelo, Caceres14.9 
 10. Leonavicius, Hue.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.6 
 2. Donaldson, Canarias8.8 
 3. Diouf, Palencia8.8 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.8.6 
 5. Starosta, Navarra8.2 
 6. Antelo, Caceres7.9 
 7. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 8. Sikma, La Palma7.7 
 9. Fernandez, Granada7.6 
 10. Williams, Caceres7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.1 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca5.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 6. Perez, Menorca3.7 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 8. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 9. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander FRANKLIN
  Huesca
  (196-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Franklin, Huesca2.5 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.1 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 4. Xavier, Palencia2.0 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.9 
 6. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 7. Green, Mallorca1.8 
 8. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.7 
 10. Guerra, Granada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 5. Olmos, Caceres1.1 
 6. Samb, Granada1.1 
 7. Odiakosa, Melilla1.1 
 8. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 9. Donaldson, Canarias0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.9 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.17.9 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife16.5 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.16.4 
 4. Salson, Las Rozas16.3 
 5. Todorovic, Prat J.15.8 
 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
 Jose BALMON
  Las Rozas
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 2. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.8.2 
 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. Miller, Gandia B.6.9 
 10. Adams, Coruna6.9 
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. Vilanova, Prat J.3.2 
 6. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.2 
 7. Llorente, Avila3.2 
 8. Faner, Plasencia3.1 
 9. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
 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. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 5. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 6. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 7. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 8. Arcelus, Aurtenec.1.5 
 9. Creus, Barca R.1.5 
 10. Balmon, Las Rozas1.5 
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 


Ourense wins LEB Silver Playoffs and promotion to LEB Gold - by Eurobasket News

LEB Silver Finals, Game 4: Prat Juventud - Ourense 69-88 (1-3, best-of-five)

The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-69. Worth to mention a great performance of French-Ivorian forward Francis Koffi (202-F-81, college: Fresno St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Alberto Miguel (188-77) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Ourense players scored in double figures. Ourense's coach Rafael Sanz used an eleven-player rotation in this game. Forward Joan Tomas (201-92) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Albert Ventura (196-92) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Prat Juventud.
Top scorers:
Prat Juventud: J.Tomas 14+7reb, A.Ventura 12+5reb+2ast, M.Todorovic 12+2reb+3ast, G.Marti 8+2reb, A.Suarez 8+4reb, R.Vilanova 7+3reb+6ast
Ourense: F.Koffi 18+6reb, A.Miguel 18+3reb+1ast, P.Movilla 15+2ast, A.Jaume Vicens 10+6reb, K.Hill 9+1reb+1ast, J.Manuel Ruiz 8+3reb



Janis Blums and Josh Fisher leave Bilbao - by Eurobasket News

Janis Blums (190-G-82) and Josh Fisher (189-G-80, college: St.Louis) are no longer members of Bilbao, the club announced today. Marko Banic (205-F-84) and Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) already left earlier this week as their contracts expired.
Janis Blums arrived to Bilbao in 2008 from Napoli. He played 17 Euroleague games this season averaging 6 points. Blums also added 5.7 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 33 games in Liga Endesa.
Josh Fisher signed for Bilbao in December of 2010. He had very limited playing time this season and he registered only 1.2 ppg for 17 Euroleague games. In Liga Endesa Fisher had 3.1 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 29 matches. Before Bilbao, Fisher played for Real Madrid and Gran Canaria. He also has experience from Alicante, Murcia, Gijon and Zaragoza.



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Jamtland Basket returns Luka Marolt - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Jamtland Basket announced that Luka Marolt (201-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will return to the club for the 2012/13 season. The Slovenian forward joined Jamltand in January of 2011 and spent rest of the 2010/11 season there. He appeared 22 times in Basketligan averaging 7.9 points and 3.3 rebounds. Marolt started 2010/11 with Litija (FYROM), where he had 12 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 6 games. The player missed last season. In the past, he was a member of Geoplin Slovan, Thor AK (Iceland), CB LHospitalitet (Spain) and Union Olimpija. He also played for Jamtland in 2008/09. In 2005, Luka Marolt won the Slovenian league title with Union Olimpija. However, he appeared only few times for the club that season. Marolt played for Slovenian U20 and U17 National Teams in the past. His new/old team KFUM Jamtland Basket ended last season as No.9 in Basketligan (13-23 score).


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  TURKEY   

TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.7 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir19.4 
 3. Gray, Baskent18.9 
 4. Carter, Tire Gucu18.4 
 5. Waller, Gaziantep18.3 
 6. Delic, Genc Telekom18.2 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale17.8 
 8. Taggart, TED I.16.4 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.16.0 
 10. Senol, Pamukkale15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles JACKSON
  Balikesir
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jackson, Balikesir11.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.5 
 3. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.3 
 4. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.0 
 5. Gray, Baskent9.7 
 6. Pasco, Vestel8.9 
 7. Can, Pertevniyal8.4 
 8. Taggart, TED I.8.2 
 9. Ozseven, TED I.8.0 
 10. Ozdemir, Vestel7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.4 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep5.2 
 3. Sinanoglu, Final G.5.2 
 4. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.1 
 5. Bayraktar, Tire G.5.0 
 6. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 7. Bayrak, Usak4.6 
 8. Yikilmaz, Pertevni.4.5 
 9. Ogut, Genc Telekom4.4 
 10. Senol, Pamukkale4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.8 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.5 
 3. Akcay, Balikesir2.0 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu1.7 
 6. Okkali, Final Genc.1.6 
 7. Mentese, Gelisim1.6 
 8. Waller, Gaziantep1.6 
 9. Jackson, Balikesir1.5 
 10. Dobie, Selcuk Uni.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ersan OZSEVEN
  TED I.
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ozseven, TED I.1.3 
 2. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 3. Gray, Baskent1.3 
 4. Cevik, Selcuk Univ.1.3 
 5. Pasco, Vestel1.2 
 6. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.2 
 7. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 8. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.1 
 9. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 
 10. Boswell, Tire Gucu0.9 


Optimum TED wins TB2L title - by Eurobasket News

TB2L, Final: Optimum TED - Gaziantep 72-69

Optimum TED is TB2L champion for season 2011/12. Both teams won the promotion for TBL. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Center Hakan Yapar (202-C-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Nigerian-Canadian swingman Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-84, college: Arkansas) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) responded with 13 points and forward Hadi Dogan (200-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.

Optimum TED: O.Famutimi 19+8reb+1ast, H.Yapar 16+12reb+2ast, O.Orcun Gollu 12+2reb+2ast, D.Downey 8, G.Orcun Tunca 6+3reb, I.Turel 4+1ast
Gaziantep: A.Waller 13+3reb+3ast, H.Dogan 13+3reb+2ast, E.Eryuz 12+2reb+4ast, T.Ford 6+8reb, S.Ugrasan 5+7reb+1ast, A.Kaplan 5+6reb



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Tim Duncan has won four NBA titles and two MVP awards in his 15 years in San Antonio. - by David Edole


SAN ANTONIO -- Times change.

Bill Clinton was still in the White House when the Spurs swept the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals on the way to beginning a run that could stretch into the second decade of the new millennium.

Faces change.

There have been 116 teammates to take a turn alongside the only player to be a member -- the member -- of all four San Antonio championships.

Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) doesn't change. With a second consecutive series sweep in the rear view mirror and his seventh trip to the conference finals just around the corner, Duncan never looks back or ahead.

'It feels a lot like some of the championship teams,' Duncan said before the Spurs began their preparations for Game 1 against Oklahoma City here in the Western Conference finals on Sunday night. 'In saying that, we haven't done anything yet. We've won two rounds. That's it.'

The Spurs and Duncan are too well-traveled, too well-schooled and too well-scarred to get too excited at the halfway mark. They can remember being swept out of the playoffs one step short of The Finals in 2001 and dusted against at the threshold by the Lakers in 2008. This is their first time back in four years. It comes at a time when some began to wonder if it would happen again.

Just last weekend, somebody wanted to know how the Spurs were able to turn around last spring's unceremonious dumping by Memphis in the first round of the playoffs into their current 18-game winning streak.

'It helps that we're healthy,' said coach Gregg Popovich.

Indeed, Duncan rolled an ankle in the last week of the 2010-11 regular season. With his mobility limited, he was never able to perform close to his usual All-Star capability. It was also a fact that Manu Ginobili broke a bone in his elbow in the final game of the reason and was barely a shadow of himself.

It also helps that Duncan, 36, returned this season more slender, more fit and was able to play a less taxing schedule within the grueling 66-game compressed NBA calendar (he played fewer minutes per game than he ever has) and that the Spurs came to thrive on a more wide-open style that took far less of a toll on the tentpole player in the middle.

'Before you start handing out applause and credit to anyone else in this organization for anything that's been accomplished,' Popovich said, 'remember it all starts with and goes through Timmy.'

Even the transformation of the Spurs' style of play from pound-it-inside on offense and clamp down on defense was done with Duncan in mind. After winning a fourth NBA championship in 2007, only to be bounced out by the Lakers in the conference finals the following season, there was a realization that the team was due for an evolution.

'As we got a little older and personnel changed, we were going to go from one of the best defensive teams to a more middle-of-the-road defensive team,' Popovich said. 'Something else had to change if we wanted to continue to win at a high level, so we went to the offense about two years ago and shifted it to pick up the pace to shift a little bit, went a little bit from Timmy to Manu and Tony [Parker] and more attack early in the clock -- kind of Mike D'Antoni-ish.'

Duncan was not only able, he was more than willing to make the adjustment.

'The idea is to win as many games as you can and put yourself in the best position to compete for a championship,' he said. 'To do that, you take the best advantage of the players and the talent on hand. That's something Pop's always been good at.'

After last season's early playoff exit and his own physical limitations, Duncan, never a slacker, rededicated himself to fitness.

'Timmy's been very disciplined,' Popovich said. 'Mostly it's about continuing to work out during the summer, not so much with weight weights, but flexibility and explosive type things. And what he puts in his body is impressive. I wish I had half his discipline. He's very lean. It's helped him quickness-wise and the program he's been on has helped balance-wise, explosiveness-wise.'

Back in the days of the Showtime Lakers, Pat Riley used to joke that he rode into town with Magic Johnson and would ride out with him. Popovich and Duncan have been together for 15 seasons. It's almost impossible to envision one without the other.

'It's fun coaching him,' Popovich said. 'I've got my hands hanging on his coattail ... and he just keeps dragging me around wherever I'm at. Every time I walk around the house once a month, I tell my wife, 'Say thank you, Tim.' I'm serious.'

Duncan grumbled and fidgeted when Popovich kept him on the short leash of a career-low 28.2 minutes per game. But projecting his playing time to a starter's usual minutes (36 a night), Duncan's scoring (19.7) and rebounding (11.5) are right at his career averages. In the just-completed sweep of the Clippers, he averaged 21 points, 9.3 rebounds and two blocked shots while shooting 59.4 percent.

An older, slimmer, fresher Duncan is running the floor more quickly than he has in years. He still can roll from the left post through the lane for that right-handed hook, square up and drop in that trademark bank shot.

So here are the Spurs, with a re-jiggered offense that has the ball more in the hands of Parker, playing at a much faster pace and with a bench as deep as a well. They are back at a level that some thought had passed them by.

'We've been blessed to be contenders, year in and year out, and put good teams together,' said Duncan. 'For the most part, going into the postseason, we always feel like we have a chance to make a run at it.'

Yes, things change. But Duncan doesn't. Except when he has to.

Fran Blinebury has covered the NBA since 1977.



Duncan overlooked in search for next MJ - by David Edole

Jen Floyd Engel is a national writer for FOXSports.com.

Too bad for Tim Duncan the ghost of Michael Jordan defines any and everything that happens in the NBA.

While Kobe chases MJ's ghost, it haunts LeBron James. Kobe desperately wants a sixth title and the right to stamp his name next to Jordan's. LeBron hosted a hypothetical victory party to announce his desire for not one, not two, not three but seven titles so he can stamp his name above Jordan's.

So what should we do with Tim Duncan's name, especially if his Spurs win a fifth title?

Duncan is involved in a fascinating ghost story, too. He's chasing Bill Russell, the player more-seasoned NBA fans revere as the greatest of all time, the player who is inarguably the league's greatest winner.

I was raised by a more-seasoned fan, my dad. He never bought into the Nike Air Jordan hype machine. My dad witnessed the Russell era. He saw the Celtics win 11 of 13 NBA titles during Russell's reign. He believes Russell was and remains the greatest to ever play the game of basketball.

He ascribes to my generation's general lack of agreement on this point to the corruptive power of advertising, the folly of youth and the fact we are too damn young to have seen him.

There are highlights, yes. But what you see in 10-second grainy snippets are just that, snippets. What made Russell the best ever was how he played between those moments of excellence his willingness to slide over for a double team, to block shots as if it were a stat that mattered and to always battle for rebounds. His singular focus was winning, his excellence funneled into a team philosophy to accomplish that goal.

My dad used to love asking, typically with regard to schoolwork, 'Do you want to be a Wilt or a Russell?' He still asks that sometimes when we talk about journalism or parenting or tennis. This was his way of saying: Are you OK with being talented, or do you want to win?

There is a difference. It is clearer the older we get.

Jordan understood this better than almost anybody, but he also screwed us up. Too many young NBA players have convinced themselves that to 'Be Like Mike' is a shoe deal, a slogan on a T-shirt and talent. They forget how hard he worked and how relentless he was. And we have been so intent on finding the next Jordan a player who scores and dominates like him that we overlooked the next Russell.

Duncan has been playing relatively underappreciated in a time of Kobe, LeBron and D-Wade.

'Most probably, I think he was overlooked because his greatest accomplishments were in the game's subtleties and in seeking to guarantee team victory in a society which tends to focus attention on the individual achiever,' Bill Bradley wrote of Russell in 'Life on the Run.'

This is Tim Duncan. He, too, is overlooked because he's OK with being a part of The Big Three instead of The Chosen One. Even casual fans know that if San Antonio were a law firm it would be Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.

He is the biggest partner; yet he is willingly a partner.

I should add a general disclaimer before going any further: I normally hate playing the 'so-and-so is the next so-and-so' game. So I do not do this lightly. Nor do I compare Duncan and Russell simply because they are both quiet, thoughtful men. They are. Both had to go up against bigger, more physical centers and dominated anyway. But this is not why.

It is the moments between the highlights. How Duncan plays and how he wins are what make him my generation's Russell.

How can I equate Russell's 11 championships with Duncan's four or possibly five? Easy. Russell played in the NBA when there were eight to 14 teams. Just as significant, Russell played in the NBA when there was only one Red Auerbach and no free agency. During this era of professional basketball, one smart and committed man could dominate the league. Auerbach did that. Now there are 30 smart, committed and highly paid men trying to be the next Red Auerbach, and they have far less control over the players.

Duncan and Gregg Popovich's four or five titles are every bit the equal of Russell and Auerbach's.

Yet Duncan and his consistency, adaptability, longevity and NBA championships bore us for some reason. We say, in one breath, how great he is as this Western Conference finals is set to begin, yet we do not want to talk too much about him.

He has never gotten the recognition he deserves, not because the Spurs are boring but because of where they play.

If Duncan had played in LA or Miami, New York or Chicago or Boston, or even Dallas, he'd have been bigger than Kobe-LeBron-D-Wade. Molly Ivins once called San Antonio 'Monterrey North,' while Mavericks owner Mark Cuban prefers to focus on 'that ugly, muddy-watered thing,' the River Walk. That it is the biggest tourist attraction in Texas says more about the state of attractions in the state than the little river that flows through the city.

What they also have is one of the two best players Kobe being the other of the past 10 years. I do not need anybody to tell me this. I have seen Duncan live more times than I can count, and he plays the way my dad describes Russell.

It is too bad for Duncan that the ghost of MJ defines any and everything that happens in the NBA. Because when everybody wants to be like Mike, it is hard to know what to do with the guy who is like Russell.

This is how Duncan has come to be underrated.

There is no doubt, however, of the correct answer to 'Do you want to be a Duncan or a LeBron?'



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FUBA WEEKEND ACTION FIXTURES - by Joel Nature

26-May-2012 SAT

Crane High vs Emperors 9:30
Livingstone vs TLC 10:00


Amazon Rhino vs UCU Lady Canons 11:30

Ssaku vs Air Force 12:00

Makindye Shooters vs Diamonds In The Sun

Gladiators vs MUK Sparks 14:00

Gulu Hawks vs Sharing Youth 15:30

Knight Riders vs Kampala University 15:30

Bush Court vs Charging Rhino 16:00
Rez Life vs D-Mark Power 17:30


Heaters vs KIU Titans 19:30
27-May-2012 SUN


Gulu Hawks vs Kings 9:00

MUK Cubs vs KCC Leopards 9:30

Biston Planet vs Blue Jackets 10:00

Phenoms vs UMU Flames 11:30
Nabisunsa vs Crane High Ladies 12:00


St. Michael vs Sky Jammers 13:30

A1 Challenge vs Nkumba Lady Marines 14:00
Giant Stormers vs Vegetarian 15:30
City Oil vs UCU JV 16:00
Warriors vs Nkumba Marines 17:30


UCU Canons vs Falcon 19:30



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Culpepper, Fe.22.4 
 2. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.1 
 8. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.6 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 9. Todic, Halychyna7.4 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mitchell, Khimik5.9 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.6 
 4. Rowe, BC Odessa5.2 
 5. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash4.8 
 8. Randle, Azovmash4.8 
 9. Walsh, Azovmash4.7 
 10. Pringle, DniproAz.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 2. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Culpepper, Fe.1.7 
 6. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash1.7 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 9. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.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. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 7. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Hunter, Fe.1.3 


Ferro-ZNTU keep Andriy Lebedintsev - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU decided to keep Andriy Lebedintsev (187-PG-91). The Superleague Bronze medalists extended the contract with the guard for another season. Andriy Lebedintsev joined Ferro-ZNTU at the start of the season. He tallied 1.9 points, 1.1 assists per game in Superleague. Last season the guard spent in Slovenia. He played for Mercator Skofja Loka. The guard notched 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. He participated at 2011 Slovenian League All-Star Game. Andriy Lebedintsev also played for BC Kyiv, BC Odessa during his career. He was the member of U16, U18 and U20 Ukrainian National Teams.


Ferro-ZNTU rally past Budivelnyk to earn Superleague Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU - Budivelnyk 99:88

Ferro-ZNTU clinched Superleague Bronze medals. They defeated Budivelnyk in Zaporizhya tonight to win the consolation final series 3-1. Randy Culpepper (182-G-89, college: UTEP) was once again unstoppable scoring 36 points for the hosts.
Ferro-ZNTU surged ahead in the opening quarter. The hosts piled up a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. But Budivelnyk erupted for 33 points to surge ahead in the second term. The Kyiv team established a 51:48 halftime advantage. Ferro-ZNTU stopped the defensive rot in the third frame. They held Budivelnyk to 18 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to two points. The final period belonged to the hosts. Ferro-ZNTU dropped 32 points in the fourth ten minutes and snatched a decisive win at the end. R.T. Guinn (208-PF-81, college: Baylor) provided 25 points, while Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-F-78, agency: New Trend Agency) added 19 points in the winning effort. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) answered with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Budivelnyk. Jack McClinton (185-PG-85, agency: Alti Sport, college: Miami, FL) had 18 points in the loss.

Ferro-ZNTU: Randy Culpepper 36, R.T. Guinn 25, Heorhi Kandrusevich 19
Budivelnyk: Zach Morley 24, Jack McClinton 18



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2011-12 BBL Player of the Year Returns to Eagles - by Jeff King

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.

The Eagles will be looking to make further announcements in the near future as they look to retain the titles won in the 2011-12 Clean Sweep.



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  VENEZUELA   

Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.4 
 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 


Official schedule for Olympic Basketball Tournaments confirmed - by Yelitza La Torre

LONDON (Olympics) - The official schedule of competition for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments (for Men and Women) at the 2012 London Games has been confirmed.

The schedule reveals the order of play and all tip-off times for games in the Preliminary Round as well as the Final Round.

The men and women play their games on alternate days throughout the period of competition (28 July-12 August).

The Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament gets underway at 9am local time on Saturday 28 July with Asia champions China taking on a team that will have qualified through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for Women.

The USA, winners of the gold medal in the women's tournament at the last four Olympics, will open their title defense against a yet-to-be named opponent, who will be among the five teams to book a place for London via the OQT in Ankara, Turkey (25 June-1 July).

Great Britain's women will make their Olympic debut against the mighty Opals from Australia in the last game of the day, which tips off at 10:15pm.

On Sunday 29 July, African champions Tunisia get the Men's Olympic Tournament started when they take on one of the three qualifiers from the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Caracas, Venezuela (2-8 July).

At 2:30pm, the USA - gold medallists in Beijing in 2008 - kickstart their campaign with a clash against EuroBasket 2011 runner-ups France, who return to the Olympics for the first time in 12 years.

Great Britain's men face one of the other qualifiers from the OQT in their tournament opener at 8pm.

You can find the official schedule for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women here.

The full schedule of competition comes after the draw for the Olympic Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of FIBA's Central Board at the end of April.

The qualified teams for both the Men and Womens tournaments were divided into two groups of six teams each.

Both the men's and women's tournaments see teams play the five others in their respective groups in the Preliminary Round.

The top four classified teams from each group will then move on to the Quarter-Finals of a standard knock-out tournament.

Nine mens national teams (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Spain, Tunisia and USA) have already qualified for the Olympics. Click here for the Men's Preliminary Round groups. The last three teams will qualify via the 12-team OQT in Caracas.

Seven womens national teams (Angola, Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Russia and USA) have booked their places for London. Click here for the Women's Preliminary Round groups. The last five teams will secure their places via the 12-team OQT for Women in Ankara.

Source: FIBA




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Women News


Perpignan adds Abby Bishop, Angie Bjorklund and Elodie Bertal - by Eurobasket News

Perpignan is very active this week. After arrival of Diandra Tchatchouang (190-F-91, college: Maryland), the French LFB newcomer also announced signing of Abby Bishop (189-C-88), Angie Bjorklund (182-G/F-89, college: Tennessee) and Elodie Bertal (190-C-84).
Abby Bishop heads to Perpignan from the Australian team Adelaide Link Lightning. She had 16.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.6 apg for them in 23 games last season. The center won three titles in Australia in her career and she also won the 2010 WNBA title with the Seattle Storm.
Angie Bjorklund spent last season with Elitzur Netanya. She was the fourth scorer of Israeli championship with 20.4 ppg in 13 games. Bjorklund also added 6.1 ppg and 2.1 apg. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -12.
Elodie Bertal played last two seasons for Villeneuve. She had 8 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 12 LFB games in the latest one. Before Villeneuve, Bertal was a member of Montpellier.



WNBL Forward of the Year Belinda Snell signs deal in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Belinda Snell (181-F-81) will continue her career in Poland. The WNBL Forward of the Year penned a 1-year deal with CCC Polkowice. The club reached PLKK Finals last season. Snell was a member of the Sydney Uni Flames in the latest edition of WNBL. She appeared 22 times in the league averaging 19.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals. Snell ended as third best scorer of the competition and fourth in assists. Before Sydney Uni Flames, Belinda Snell spent one season with Perfumerias. She paced them to Euroleague and Spanish league titles last year. In the past, Snell played for Ros Casares, Dynamo Moscow and Bourges. She won the Spanish and French championships with Ros Casares and Bourges. In 2007, Snell won the WNBA title with the Phoenix Mercury.


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  BELARUS   


Belarus hand second loss to Lithuania in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Belarus 50:54

Belarus posted the second straight win over Lithuania in the friendly series in Druskininkai. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up with 15 points to lead the visitors to a narrow win this time.
Belarus started with an aggressive defence. They held Lithuania to 8 points in the opening quarter posting a 4-point lead. Belarus dominated in the second quarter. They outscored the hosts 19:9 for a comfortable 14-point halftime lead. Lithuania found the rhythm in the third term. They narrowed the deficit to 10 points at the final break. The hosts went on a 15:9 run in the fourth stanza to cut the distance but still came up short of victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) knocked down 12 points for Belarus. Haradzetskaya added 8 points for the winners. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-PG-90), Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) and Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) finished with 7 points each in the loss.

Lithuania: Gabriele Gutkauskaite 7, Laura Svaryte 7, Gintare Petronyte 7
Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 15, Alexandra Tarasava 12, Haradzetskaya 8



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  BELGIUM   


Kangoeroes-Boom lands Janelle Bekkering - by Eurobasket News

Janelle Bekkering (182-G/F-88, college: Gonzaga) will continue her career in Belgium. The Canadian/Dutch guard penned a deal with Kangoeroes-Boom for the next season. She finished the latest one with Lekdetec.nl and helped them to win the Cup in Holland. The team also reached Eredivisie Semifinals. Bekkering arrived to Lekdetec.nl in February and quickly became their key player. She averaged 21.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 1.9 assists in 7 games. Janelle Bekkering started the season with Spanish LF2 team Huelva and later moved to HLB Accountants Den Helder, but left after one game to join Lekdetec. It was the first professional season for Bekkering, who graduated at Gonzaga University something more than a year ago. She had 11.1 ppg and 4.2 rpg for her school in their last season together. Bekkering is currently in the hunt for a spot on Canadian NT roster spot in the Olympic Qualification tournament. She played for them at 2010 World Championships in Czech Republic.


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  CANADA   


Kangoeroes-Boom lands Janelle Bekkering - by Eurobasket News

Janelle Bekkering (182-G/F-88, college: Gonzaga) will continue her career in Belgium. The Canadian/Dutch guard penned a deal with Kangoeroes-Boom for the next season. She finished the latest one with Lekdetec.nl and helped them to win the Cup in Holland. The team also reached Eredivisie Semifinals. Bekkering arrived to Lekdetec.nl in February and quickly became their key player. She averaged 21.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 1.9 assists in 7 games. Janelle Bekkering started the season with Spanish LF2 team Huelva and later moved to HLB Accountants Den Helder, but left after one game to join Lekdetec. It was the first professional season for Bekkering, who graduated at Gonzaga University something more than a year ago. She had 11.1 ppg and 4.2 rpg for her school in their last season together. Bekkering is currently in the hunt for a spot on Canadian NT roster spot in the Olympic Qualification tournament. She played for them at 2010 World Championships in Czech Republic.


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  FRANCE   


Perpignan adds Abby Bishop, Angie Bjorklund and Elodie Bertal - by Eurobasket News

Perpignan is very active this week. After arrival of Diandra Tchatchouang (190-F-91, college: Maryland), the French LFB newcomer also announced signing of Abby Bishop (189-C-88), Angie Bjorklund (182-G/F-89, college: Tennessee) and Elodie Bertal (190-C-84).
Abby Bishop heads to Perpignan from the Australian team Adelaide Link Lightning. She had 16.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.6 apg for them in 23 games last season. The center won three titles in Australia in her career and she also won the 2010 WNBA title with the Seattle Storm.
Angie Bjorklund spent last season with Elitzur Netanya. She was the fourth scorer of Israeli championship with 20.4 ppg in 13 games. Bjorklund also added 6.1 ppg and 2.1 apg. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -12.
Elodie Bertal played last two seasons for Villeneuve. She had 8 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 12 LFB games in the latest one. Before Villeneuve, Bertal was a member of Montpellier.



Perpignan inks deal with Diandra Tchatchouang - by Eurobasket News

Diandra Tchatchouang (190-F-91, college: Maryland) is a new member of Perpignan. She signed a one-year deal with the LFB newcomers. Tchatchouang parted ways with Montpellier few days ago. 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   


Belarus hand second loss to Lithuania in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania - Belarus 50:54

Belarus posted the second straight win over Lithuania in the friendly series in Druskininkai. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up with 15 points to lead the visitors to a narrow win this time.
Belarus started with an aggressive defence. They held Lithuania to 8 points in the opening quarter posting a 4-point lead. Belarus dominated in the second quarter. They outscored the hosts 19:9 for a comfortable 14-point halftime lead. Lithuania found the rhythm in the third term. They narrowed the deficit to 10 points at the final break. The hosts went on a 15:9 run in the fourth stanza to cut the distance but still came up short of victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) knocked down 12 points for Belarus. Haradzetskaya added 8 points for the winners. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-PG-90), Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) and Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) finished with 7 points each in the loss.

Lithuania: Gabriele Gutkauskaite 7, Laura Svaryte 7, Gintare Petronyte 7
Belarus: Anastasiya Veremeenko 15, Alexandra Tarasava 12, Haradzetskaya 8



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  NIGERIA   


Zenith Bank WBL: Lagos host final phase - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The sports hall of the national stadium, Surulere, Lagos will play host to the final phase of the 8th edition of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) organised Zenith Bank Women Basketball League from 29th May through 9th June 2012.

The final phase of the league will see all ten teams in the league participating with Dolphins basketball club who missed out of the first and second phases in Kaduna and Ilorin likely to stage a come-back in the final phase which will dunk-off next Thursday as the NBBF rolled out time-table for the countrys biggest women basketball show-piece.

According to the final phase calendar released from the federation secretariat, participating teams and invited officials are expected in Lagos on May 29 while the mandatory technical meeting holds on May 30 and the first jump-ball commencing at 08H00 on May 31.

The final phase like the two previous phases will see all teams taking on each other in a round-robin basis with each club playing a total of nine matches over twelve days.

Defending champion, First Deepwater basketball club who leads other nine teams from the first two phases already decided with a hundred percent record will open it final phase campaign against Plateau Rocks basketball club of Jos.

Other pairings slated for the opening day of the final stage of the Zenith Bank women league will see Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano squaring against city rival AHIP Queens basketball club at 08H00; Dolphins basketball club of Lagos go up against FCT Angels basketball club of Abuja at 10H00; former champion First Bank basketball club of Lagos will try to consolidate its second position on the log when it file out against Delta Force basketball club of Asaba at 15H00 with Nigeria Customs basketball club of Lagos and last season third place team Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure rounding off the opening day proceeding at 17H00.

NBBF President Tijjani Umar urged all the participating teams to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship throughout the duration of the phase.

The two top teams in the series will represent Nigeria at the August/September FIBA Africa Zone-III elimination billed for Monrovia, Liberia with final round of the continent biggest women club championship The FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women holding in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire in October this year.



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Belinda Snell joins CCC - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice continued to strengthen their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Belinda Snell (181-F-81). The forward spent the last season in Australia. Belinda Snell played for Sydney Uni Flames. Her stats read 19.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game in WNBL. Previously the forward had spells in Spain, WNBA, Russia, France and Italy. Belinda Snell was named All-French LFB Import Player of the Year in 2008. She also trumped All-Australian WNBL Forward of the Year last season. Snell has been the member of Australian National Team since 2002. She participated at 2006 Commonwealth Games as well as 2006 World Championship and 2008 Olympic Games.


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Puerto Rican women's NT travels to Europe: - by Luis Modestti

Fourteen players of the Puerto Rican women's team traveled to Czech Republic and the Netherlands this week for a couple of warm-ups prior to the Centrobasket and Olympic qualifier.

The players who made the trip are: Stephanie Rosado, Sandra Garcia, Carla Escalera, Esmary Vargas, Mari Placido, Angiely Morales, Cristina Centeno, Deanna Ortiz, Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida), Carla Cortijo, Jennifer O'Neil, Pamela Rosado and Megan Vazquez.

They will play at the Czech Republic for four days and then on May 31 they travel to the Netherlands and complete their warm-ups there.



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Ukraine edge Russia B in Yuzhny - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Russia B 64:58

Ukrainian National Team registered victory in the first exhibition encounter against Russian B National Team in Yuzhny. Iryna Tsekova (177-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) scored 13 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine gained a 22:21 lead after the close first quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Ukraine maintained the lead posting a 34:33 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the margin in the third term. Ukraine ensured a two-point lead at the final intermission 48:46. The hosts limited Russia to 12 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to a tough victory at the end. Butenko provided 11 points, while Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) answered with 13 points for Russia. Anna Ostrouhova (172-G-90) had 12 points in the loss.

Ukraine: Iryna Tsekova 13, Butenko 11, Alina Iagupova 9
Russia B: Liudmila Sapova 13, Anna Ostrouhova 12



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Serbia beats Slovenia in third straight game - by Eurobasket News

Serbian and Slovenian National Teams met in another friendly game. Serbia celebrated 72-94 victory in Zrece thanks to impressive second half. Serbia was better than Slovenia in the first two games as well (79-59, 98-48). Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) led the winners third game with 21 points and 5 assists. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) scored 12 points, while Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) and Maja Skoric (184-F-89) helped their team with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was better than the others with 22 points and Teja Oblak (171-G-90) had 15. Quarters: 21-21, 27-21, 14-27, 10-25.
Serbia earned a 79-59 victory in the opening encounter. Ana Dabovic top-scored for Serbia with 16 points and Tamara Radocaj had 14 pts. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) answered with 17 points in loss.
Serbia had little problems in the second game as well celebrating 98-48 win at the end. Ana Dabovic connected for 22 points for Serbia. Tina Trebec answered with 12 points for the hosts.



Traveling is OK with Skys Sonja Petrovic - by Eurobasket News

It took a little more prodding than Sky coach/general manager Pokey Chatman thought, but she eventually convinced forward Sonja Petrovic (6'2''-F-89) to make the biggest move of her life.

Petrovic, 23, is part of a new group of players that Chatman brought in for this season. And Petrovic could play her first game at Allstate Arena on Friday, when the Sky (1-0) hosts the Indiana Fever (1-0) in its home opener (7:30, CN100).

But Petrovics move to Chicago was a little more complicated than just deciding to leave her Russian team, Spartak. Petrovic was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, and spent her entire career in Europe. She had never been to the United States.

Petrovic was drafted by the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2009 but opted to stay in Europe. She played for Spartak for four years under Chatman, who acquired Petrovic in a trade with the Silver Stars on March 14. The Sky gave up a second-round draft pick in 2013.

Shes 23 going on 33, Chatman said. She understands being away from Serbia, and shes played in Spain, France and Russia. But this is her first trip to the United States.

So Petrovic, who also played alongside Sky center Sylvia Fowles, was apprehensive of what shed encounter in Chicago.

Courtes of www.suntimes.com



Serbian National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
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Tijana Ajdukovic
Ajdukovic
Milica Dabovic
Dabovic
Milica Ivanovic
Ivanovic
Nevena Jovanovic
Jovanovic
Dunja Prcic
Prcic
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Tijana Ajdukovic 197-C-91 Hemofarm Serbia
Milica Dabovic 175-PG-82 Partizan Serbia
Milica Ivanovic 175-G-88 Vozdovac Serbia
Nevena Jovanovic 179-G-90 Radivoj Korac Serbia
Dunja Prcic 181-G-87 Partizan Serbia
Tamara Radocaj 170-PG-87 Partizan Serbia
Iva Roglic 189-PF-88 Partizan Serbia
Nevena Saponjic 186-C-85 Timisoara Romania
Maja Skoric 184-F-89 DKSK Hungary
Natasa Krnjetin 180-G-88 Hemofarm Serbia
Kristina Baltic 187-F/C-90 AJM Maribor Slovenia
Sara Krnjic 193-C-91 UNIQA Eurol. Hungary
Marina Mandic 181-G-83 Hemofarm Serbia
Ivanka Matic 195-F/C-79 Galatasaray Turkey
Jelena Maksimovic 192-C-82 Energa Torun Poland
Ana Dabovic 183-G/F-89 Wisla Can-Pak Poland

Marina Maljkovic Head Coach Partizan Serbia



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Serbia beats Slovenia in third straight game - by Eurobasket News

Serbian and Slovenian National Teams met in another friendly game. Serbia celebrated 72-94 victory in Zrece thanks to impressive second half. Serbia was better than Slovenia in the first two games as well (79-59, 98-48). Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) led the winners third game with 21 points and 5 assists. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) scored 12 points, while Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) and Maja Skoric (184-F-89) helped their team with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) was better than the others with 22 points and Teja Oblak (171-G-90) had 15. Quarters: 21-21, 27-21, 14-27, 10-25.
Serbia earned a 79-59 victory in the opening encounter. Ana Dabovic top-scored for Serbia with 16 points and Tamara Radocaj had 14 pts. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) answered with 17 points in loss.
Serbia had little problems in the second game as well celebrating 98-48 win at the end. Ana Dabovic connected for 22 points for Serbia. Tina Trebec answered with 12 points for the hosts.



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Rivas Ecopolis locks Queralt Casas until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

Rivas Ecopolis made a move for the future. The team penned a 3-year deal with young Spanish star Queralt Casas (180-G-92). The 19-year-old guard heads to Rivas from Mann Filter Zaragoza, where she spent last two seasons. In the latest one she had 9.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for 26 LFB games. In 2010/11, Casas averaged 4.5 points in EuroCup and 4.1 ppg in LFB. She joined Mann Filter in 2010 from Segle XXI Bercelona. Queralt Casas won the Gold with U20 Spanish NT last summer at U20 EuroBasket in Serbia. She had 11.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 2 apg. Casas was named Best Player of the championship. She also was very successful with U18 NT in the past. They won Gold and Silver together at 2009 and 2010 European championships. Last summer Casas also won the Silver at U19 World Championship in Chile (10 ppg, 3.6 rpg).


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Ukraine edge Russia B in Yuzhny - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Russia B 64:58

Ukrainian National Team registered victory in the first exhibition encounter against Russian B National Team in Yuzhny. Iryna Tsekova (177-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) scored 13 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine gained a 22:21 lead after the close first quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Ukraine maintained the lead posting a 34:33 halftime lead. The hosts stretched the margin in the third term. Ukraine ensured a two-point lead at the final intermission 48:46. The hosts limited Russia to 12 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to a tough victory at the end. Butenko provided 11 points, while Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) answered with 13 points for Russia. Anna Ostrouhova (172-G-90) had 12 points in the loss.

Ukraine: Iryna Tsekova 13, Butenko 11, Alina Iagupova 9
Russia B: Liudmila Sapova 13, Anna Ostrouhova 12



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 24: Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 92-84
May. 25: Connecticut S. - S.Antonio SS 83-79
May. 25: Chicago S. - Indiana F. 72-83
May. 25: Atlanta D. - New York L. 100-74

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 26: Washington M. - Tulsa S.
May. 26: Phoenix M. - L.Angeles S.
May. 27: Atlanta D. - Indiana F.
May. 27: Minnesota L. - Seattle S.


Seimone Augustus scores 25 to rally Lynx past Sparks - by Eurobasket News

Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 25 points to rally the Minnesota Lynx from nine points down in the second half in a 92-84 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday night.

Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) scored 17 points, Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) had 14 and Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) added 11 for the defending champion Lynx (3-0).

Augustus, who shot 11 for 17 from the field, scored six points in the final 4:17 and Candice Wiggins' tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:19 remaining put Minnesota ahead for good.

The Lynx closed with a 10-2 run after the Kristi Toliver's 3-pointer tied the score at 82-all with 2:47 to go.

Toliver and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) scored 23 points each to lead the Sparks (2-1) and rookie Nnemkadi Ogwumike added a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds.

Parker's layup with 3.9 seconds to go in the first half gave the Sparks a 47-44 lead at the break. Ogwumike made two free throws in the opening minute of the third quarter and Parker hit a jumper to put Los Angeles up seven.

Whalen's layup with 6 1 / 2minutes left in the third capped the Lynx's 8-2 run to pull to 53-52. However, the Sparks scored the next eight points, to stretch their lead to 61-52 with 4:53 to go in the quarter.

Minnesota had a 6-0 run, capped by Whalen's jumper with 9:05 remaining in the fourth to tie the score at 70.

Neither team led by more than two points until Moore's jumper with 3:15 left put the Lynx ahead 82-79.

After winning their first two games by an average of 20 points, the Lynx looked poised for another rout early, scoring the game's first seven points before the Sparks chipped their way back. Parker had eight points in the first quarter as the Sparks tied the score at 17 with 3:40 to go in the period.

However, Minnesota closed the quarter on a 13-2 run to take a 30-19 lead.

The Lynx were played by turnovers in the first half, committing 13 that led to 11 points for the Sparks. Parker scored 17 points and Tolliver had 14 to help Los Angeles take its three-point lead at the break.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Traveling is OK with Skys Sonja Petrovic - by Eurobasket News

It took a little more prodding than Sky coach/general manager Pokey Chatman thought, but she eventually convinced forward Sonja Petrovic (6'2''-F-89) to make the biggest move of her life.

Petrovic, 23, is part of a new group of players that Chatman brought in for this season. And Petrovic could play her first game at Allstate Arena on Friday, when the Sky (1-0) hosts the Indiana Fever (1-0) in its home opener (7:30, CN100).

But Petrovics move to Chicago was a little more complicated than just deciding to leave her Russian team, Spartak. Petrovic was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, and spent her entire career in Europe. She had never been to the United States.

Petrovic was drafted by the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2009 but opted to stay in Europe. She played for Spartak for four years under Chatman, who acquired Petrovic in a trade with the Silver Stars on March 14. The Sky gave up a second-round draft pick in 2013.

Shes 23 going on 33, Chatman said. She understands being away from Serbia, and shes played in Spain, France and Russia. But this is her first trip to the United States.

So Petrovic, who also played alongside Sky center Sylvia Fowles, was apprehensive of what shed encounter in Chicago.

Courtes of www.suntimes.com