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  ACPBL   



Palmieri Jeans Destroyers Number 1 seed - by Justin Moore

The Palmieri Jeans Destroyers are the #1 heading into the final four of the ACPBL 2012 season being played in Hartford connecticut at the Medical Science Academy May 5th-6th the destroyers finished with a 12-2 record and wins in the quarter finals have lead them to the final four where they will face the #4 Hudson Valley Kingz 4:00pm opening game followed by the #2 seed Beltway Bombers vs the host team #3 Hartford Lightning at 6:30pm This will be a great event hosted by a class organization in The Hartford Lightning the ACPBL is in its second season and the talent level has grown look for alot of players getting signed overseas and moving on to higher levels of basketball check www.theacpbl.com for more info on the ACPBL below are the top four teams who made it to the final four with regular season records beside them.

#1 Palmieri Jeans Destroyers 12-2
#2 Beltway Bombers 11-3
#3 Hartford Lightning 11-3
#4 Hudson Valley Kingz 7-7



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  ALBANIA   


SK Tirana won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

SK Tirana won the Final opener as they overcame Kamza Basket 74:59. The winner of the Regular Season looked better and dominated the court. They did not allow the opponents to upset them in the first game. Game 2 to be played on May 4th.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 16-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 14-5 
 3. Satria Muda 10-9 
 4. KL Dragons 10-9 
 5. Singapore S. 8-10 
 6. Saigon H. 7-12 
 7. Bangkok C. 6-13 
 8. Thailand S. 5-14 

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 2: Saigon H. - Bangkok C. 77-69
May. 5: KL Dragons - Thailand S.
May. 5: Philip.Patriots - Singapore S.
May. 6: Bangkok C. - Satria Muda
May. 6: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup postponed to October - by Eurobasket News

The 23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup scheduled to be held in Beirut from June 2-10 has been postponed to Oct 6-14. Beirut will remain the host to FIBA Asias most prestigious event for clubs. We took a lot of factors into consideration before deciding to postpone the event, said FIBA Asia Secretary General Hagop Khajirian. There have been a lot of requests presented to the FIBA Asia Central Board and FIBA Asia Executive Committee that the event be held in September or October in order to facilitate the domestic leagues properly, he said. Also the calendar of the ABL, which is the qualification event from SEABA one of the FIBA Asia subzones, extends till the end of June this year. We also saw that nominations from three subzones without playing their own regional qualification, he added. Further the Lebanese National Federation sought more time to completely renovate the playing arena at the Sports City in Beirut before hosting the event. Taking all this into consideration, FIBA Asia president Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al-Thani thought it wise to postpone the event to October, Khajirian added.
Courtesy of: fibaasia.net



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  BAHRAIN   


Al Ittihad and Wasl arrive for GCC clubs championship - by Yousef Ahmed


PREPARATIONS for the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship cranked up another gear yesterday, as Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad and Al Wasl from the UAE arrived in Bahrain, writes TOM HANRATTY.

The clubs are among seven from around the GCC taking part in this, the 32nd edition of the tournament, after reigning champions Al Shabab, also from the UAE, pulled out of the event earlier this week.

Hosted for the first time by reigning Zain Bahrain Basketball League champions Al Hala, the tournament is being held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

It gets underway at the Bahrain Basketball Association arena in Um Al Hassam tomorrow afternoon.

Sharing the responsibility of home-town hopes will be long-time heavyweights and regular participants Muharraq, who will take their place in Group A alongside Oman's Nizwa and Qatari champions and last year's runners-up Al Rayyan.

Repeat

Al Hala meanwhile, are pitted against Al Ittihad, fellow Saudi representatives Al Fath and Al Wasl.

Al Shabab and Al Rayyan had been scheduled to open the tournament with a repeat of last year's final but in the absence of the champions, the opening ceremony will now kick-off proceedings from 5pm.

Al Hala will take on Nizwa in the first match at 6pm, followed by the meeting of Muharraq and Saudi Arabian side Al Fath at 8pm. Fresh off the back of special training camp in Turkey, both Al Hala and Muharraq will be looking to make the most of home advantage in this week-long event.

Although still in the reckoning for the league title, Al Hala have found the going touch this year as defending champions and will welcome the introduction of experienced American coach Matthew Skillman for the start of the tournament.

Muharraq on the other hand, were the pace-setters in the league this year and, under the watchful eye of the wily Charlie Parker, have recently qualified for the Zain Bahrain Cup Final against arc-rivals Manama.

Source GDN
Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2012



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Awards 2011-2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Mantas Kalnietis
Kalnietis
Rashaun Broadus
Broadus
Josh Mayo
Mayo
Valdas Vasylius
Vasylius
David McClure
McClure
#e#5

Playoffs MVP: Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86) of Zalgiris
Player of the Year: David McClure (200-86) of Kedainiai
Guard of the Year: Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84) of Siauliai
Forward of the Year: David McClure (200-F-86) of Kedainiai
Center of the Year: Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89) of Siauliai
European Player of the Year: Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Siauliai
Import Player of the Year: Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89) of Siauliai
Defensive Player of the Year: Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph
Coach of the Year: Antanas Sireika of Siauliai

1st Team
PG: Rashaun Broadus (183-84) of Siauliai
G: Josh Mayo (182-87) of Liepaja
F: Valdas Vasylius (203-83) of Siauliai
F: David McClure (200-86) of Kedainiai
F/C: Denzel Bowles (208-89) of Siauliai

2nd Team
G: Jahmar Young (196-86) of Ventspils
F: Dainius Salenga (197-77) of Zalgiris
F: Sergey Karasev (201-93) of Triumph
F: Bill Amis (205-87) of Tartu Ulikool
C: Bamba Fall (216-86) of Kalev/Cramo

Honorable Mention
Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) of Liepaja
Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) of Zalgiris
Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of Bayreuth
TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) of Pieno Zvaigzdes
Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) of Kalev/Cramo
Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86) of Ventspils
Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Triumph
Gediminas Maceina (188-PG-84) of Juventus
Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) of Tartu Ulikool
Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) of Zalgiris

All-European Players Team
PG: Gediminas Maceina (188-84) of Juventus
F/G: Gregor Arbet (194-83) of Kalev/Cramo
F: Dainius Salenga (197-77) of Zalgiris
F: Sergey Karasev (201-93) of Triumph
F/C: Mario Delas (207-90) of Zalgiris

All-Imports Team
PG: Rashaun Broadus (183-84) of Siauliai
G: Josh Mayo (182-87) of Liepaja
F: Bill Amis (205-87) of Tartu Ulikool
F: David McClure (200-86) of Kedainiai
F/C: Denzel Bowles (208-89) of Siauliai

All-Playoffs Team
Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86) of Zalgiris
Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87) of Lietuvos rytas
Darius Gvezdauskas (191-PG-88) of Siauliai
Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84) of Zalgiris
Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of VEF Riga



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Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 22-8 
 2. Antwerp 21-8 
 3. Oostende 20-10 
 4. Aalstar 16-13 
 5. M.Hainaut 14-15 
 6. Leuven 14-15 
 7. Gent 11-19 
 8. Liege 9-20 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-24 

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 2: Oostende - Liege 80-49
May. 2: M.Hainaut - Gent 73-70
May. 2: Antwerp - Leuven 67-58
May. 2: Verviers-Pep. - Spirou 56-81

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 4: Leuven - M.Hainaut
May. 5: Spirou - Leuven
May. 5: Gent - Verviers-Pep.
May. 5: Antwerp - Aalstar
May. 5: M.Hainaut - Leuven


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.0 
 2. Bostic, Liege15.9 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 4. Mallet, Spirou14.6 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.1 
 6. Haynes, Gent14.0 
 7. Black, Antwerp13.9 
 8. Freeman, Leuven13.8 
 9. Broyles, Spirou13.6 
 10. Love, Verviers-Pe.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.0 
 2. Brown, Gent7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.3 
 5. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 6. McLean, Leuven6.7 
 7. Merriex, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.0 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar6.0 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Waters, Liege4.2 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.7 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 4. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 5. Bosco, Gent3.0 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.9 
 7. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
 9. Bostic, Liege2.6 
 10. Mallet, Spirou2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 5. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 8. Muya, Liege1.7 
 9. Bostic, Liege1.6 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Holiday, Aalstar0.5 


D1 Round 33: Belfius Mons-Hainaut beats Optima Gent by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 33 in the D1 took place in Quaregnon. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Optima Gent (11-19) to sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-15) 73-70 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 40-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds for Optima Gent. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Leuven. Optima Gent at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (22-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (5-24) 81-56. American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and Tornike Shengelia chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-8 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Spirou Charleroi will play against Leuven Bears (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Base Oostende (20-10) and 8th ranked Belgacom Liege (9-20) in Oostende on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Base Oostende outscored guests from Liege 80-49. Dwight Buycks nailed 13 points for the winning side. Coach Dario Gjergja's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olivier Troisfontaines came up with 10 points for Belgacom Liege in the defeat. Base Oostende maintains third place with 20-10 record having just two points less than leader Spirou. Loser Belgacom Liege keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 33 Leuven were beaten by Antwerp on the road 67-58.
The most impressive performance of 33th round was 21 points and 7 rebounds by Ian Hanavan of Leuven.


M.Hainaut - Gent 73-70

The most exciting game of round 33 in the D1 took place in Quaregnon. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Optima Gent (11-19) to sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-15) 73-70 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 40-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and center Brian Heinle (207-78, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Optima Gent. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Leuven. Optima Gent at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 18+9reb+3ast, A.Nivins 13+8reb+1ast, J.Cage 12+3reb+1ast, I.Maras 11+3reb+3ast, S.Foster 9+2reb+1ast, A.Libert 7+2reb
Gent: M.Haynes 24+5reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 13+2reb+2ast, L.Bosco 9+5reb+3ast, B.Heinle 8+12reb+1ast, L.Anderson 7+6reb+2ast, G.Brown 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 132461


Verviers-Pep. - Spirou 56-81

D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (22-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (5-24) 81-56. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was better in fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi forced 19 VOO Verviers-Pepinster turnovers. American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (207-91) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) with 11 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) scored 6 points and 11 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-8 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Spirou Charleroi will play against Leuven Bears (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: C.Green 23+5reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 14+8reb+1ast, D.Mallet 9+2reb+3ast, J.Welsch 8+4reb+1ast, D.Broyles 6+1ast, A.Riddick 6+4reb
Verviers-Pep.: M.De Zeeuw 12+4reb, W.Boss Mukubu 11+8reb+1ast, T.Thompson 8, J.Beal 7+3reb+1ast, J.Love 6+11reb, S.Moris 6+3reb
gschID: 132462


Oostende - Liege 80-49

The game between third ranked Base Oostende (20-10) and 8th ranked Belgacom Liege (9-20) in Oostende on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Base Oostende outscored guests from Liege 80-49. The game without a history. Base Oostende led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Base Oostende outrebounded Belgacom Liege 48-29 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) nailed 13 points for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds. Coach Dario Gjergja's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (194-89, agency: Promotex) came up with 10 points and American forward Terrence Jennings (205-88, college: Louisville) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Belgacom Liege in the defeat. Base Oostende maintains third place with 20-10 record having just two points less than leader Spirou. Loser Belgacom Liege keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Buycks 13+3reb+3ast, B.Wright 12+5reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 11+4reb, D.Lauwers 9+3reb+4ast, D.Djordjevic 6+5reb+3ast, Q.Serron 6+1reb+2ast
Liege: O.Troisfontaines 10+4reb+2ast, G.Hockins 9, T.Jennings 8+7reb, G.Muya 7+3reb+4ast, X.Collette 6+3ast, J.Bostic 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132463


Antwerp - Leuven 67-58

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Antwerp Giants (21-8) beat at home 5th ranked Leuven Bears (14-15) 67-58 on Wednesday. Leuven Bears were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Antwerp Giants dominated on the defensive end, holding Leuven Bears to just 6 points in third quarter. Antwerp Giants forced 19 Leuven Bears turnovers. American guard Bryan Hopkins (183-83, college: SMU) nailed 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) accounted for 7 points and 13 rebounds. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) came up with 21 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) added 14 points respectively for Leuven Bears in the defeat. Antwerp Giants have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-8 record behind leader Spirou. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with M.Hainaut. Antwerp Giants will meet at home Okapi Aalstar (#4) in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: B.Hopkins 20+7reb+1ast, R.Moors 13+2reb+1ast, R.Biggs 11+7reb, S.Mejri 7+13reb, J.Mwema 5+5reb, T.Black 4+2reb+4ast
Leuven: I.Hanavan 21+7reb+2ast, B.Freeman 14+4reb+2ast, J.Davis 8+5reb+1ast, J.McLean 5+5reb+1ast, M.McGhee 3+4reb+2ast, J.Tofi 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 132464



Green's 23 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Caleb Green (203-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Spirou and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
He had the game-high 23 points adding five rebounds for Spirou in his team's victory, helping them to crush Verviers-Pep. (#9, 5-24) with 25-point margin 81-56. It allowed Spirou to consolidate first place in the Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spirou has a very solid 22-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Green turned to be Spirou's top player in his first season with the team. Caleb Green averages this season 13.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) of Leuven. He is naturalized American forward in his first season at Leuven. In the last game Hanavan recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Leuven lost that game 58-67 to the higher-ranked Antwerp (#2, 21-8). This loss caused Leuven to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-15 record. Hanavan is a newcomer at Leuven and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Salah Mejri (216-C-86) of league's second-best Antwerp. Mejri scored 7 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Antwerp, leading his team to a 67-58 win against the lower-ranked Leuven (#6, 14-15). Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 8 lost games. Mejri has a great season in Belgium. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.5bpg and FGP: 55.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Haynes (203-F/C-81) of Gent - 24 points and 5 rebounds
5. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 13 points and 8 rebounds
7. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) of Spirou - 14 points and 8 rebounds
8. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 12 points and 5 rebounds
9. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89) of Oostende - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86) of M.Hainaut - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Mons coaches News - by Peter Buyse

Belfius Mons-Hainaut has officially announced the successor to head-coach Arik Shivek. His name had already been mentioned for a while now but now Yves Defraigne has officially appointed Mons's coach for the next 2 seasons. The 47 year old Belgian coach is no stranger to Mons since he played there between 1994 and 1999 and later become their head coach from 1999-2005. Afterwards he coached Brussels, Trier in Germany and now Optima Gent.


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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Spartans 8-1 
 2. Police 5-2 
 3. Cadets 4-1 
 4. Troopers 4-2 
 5. Dolphins 2-1 
 6. Flames 1-1 
 7. Bullets 1-3 
 8. BDF V 1-6 
 9. Saints 0-4 
 10. Splinters 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 1: Cadets - Police 71-60
May. 4: Saints - BDF V
May. 5: Splinters - Bullets
May. 5: Flames - Cadets
May. 5: Flames - Bullets
May. 5: Splinters - Cadets
May. 5: Dolphins - Police
May. 5: Troopers - Spartans



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  BRAZIL   


Joinville shock Pinheiros/Sky once again - by Eurobasket News

Joinville celebrated quite unexpected second win in a row against one of the league leaders Pinheiros/Sky in their quarterfinal series. This time Joinville eked out a 74:68 away from home victory to take 2-0 lead in the series. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne) posted 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Joinville snatched a 38:34 halftime lead. They maintained Pinheiros/Sky at distance outscoring them in both the third and the fourth quarters and posting what can be crucial victory at the end. Tiago Lima (201-C/F-81) added 14 points, while Rashad Bishop (198-F-88, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points for the winners. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) answered with 15 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) netted 12 points in the loss.
Flamengo went 2-0 up on Uberlandia celebrating a 70:63 home win. Flamengo came back from a 2-point deficit at the first break to build an 11-point buffer before the final stanza. The hosts hung on in the fourth quarter to post a well-deserved win at the end. David Jackson (196-G-82, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Penn St.) notched 24 points for Flamengo. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points for the home team. Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) answered with 18 points for Uberlandia.
Sao Jose/Vinac also gained the second straight win in the series against Vivo/Franca. The regular season winners toppled the visitors 96:85. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) delivered 28 points and 8 rebounds for Sao Jose/Vinac. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) connected for 21 points in the winning case. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) reacted with 23 points for Vivo/Franca.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.2 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.8 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.2 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.0 
 5. Pavlovski, Chernom.16.1 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja15.5 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.3 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.1 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.14.9 
 10. Hall, Levski Sofia14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.10.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.8 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.8 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More8.7 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.7.4 
 6. Todorov, Spartak6.7 
 7. Georgiev, Levski S.6.6 
 8. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 9. Marojevic, Balkan6.1 
 10. Marintchechk., Ba.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.6 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.1 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.7 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.2 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.4.0 
 7. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.5 
 8. Filipov, Balkan3.3 
 9. Hall, Levski Sofia3.3 
 10. Harper, Levski S.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 2. Howell, Levski Sof.2.1 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 4. Harper, Levski S.1.9 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.9 
 6. Roshmanov, Cherno.1.9 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.8 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GUGINO
  Tundja Y.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.5 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.0 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 7. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 8. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.6 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Gocevski, Tundja0.6 


Lukoil Academik is the first semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

NBL Quarterfinals, Game 2: Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 68-86 (0-2)|

Game Two of the NBL Quarterfinals between Chernomorets and Lukoil Academik just ended. Visitors celebrated 68-86 victory closing the series with perfect 0-2. It means that Lukoil already advanced to the Semifinals and now waits for the winner of Rilski Sportist - Cherno More series. Cherno More currently has 1-0 lead. Tonights game was the game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire match increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) who scored 17 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) chipped in 13 points. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik's coach Marin Dokuzovski used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Lukoil Academik was the regular season champion with 25-3 record. They are also the defending champs in NBL.

Chernomorets: D.Dunovic 17+5reb+3ast, K.Pavlovski 14+12reb+2ast, I.Slavchev 10+3reb+1ast, A.Saraliyski 9+2reb+2ast, K.Koev 7+1reb+1ast, H.Gospodinov 4+5reb
Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 17+3reb+4ast, A.Owens 13+3reb+3ast, B.Sundov 13+5reb, T.Stoykov 10+3reb+3ast, L.Mack 8+5reb+1ast, P.Marinov 8+1ast



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cibona 12-0 
 2. Cedevita 8-3 
 3. KK Split 8-3 
 4. Zadar 6-5 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 6-6 
 6. Jolly 2-9 
 7. Svjetlost 2-9 
 8. Zabok 1-10 
Play-Out
 1. Krizevci 11-6 
 2. Alkar Sinj 11-7 
 3. Kvarner 2010 10-8 
 4. Darda 8-10 
 5. Borik 7-11 
 6. Dubrovnik 6-11 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 12

Championship

May. 4: Cibona - Zadar
May. 5: Cedevita - KK Zagreb CO
May. 5: Svjetlost - Jolly
May. 5: KK Split - Zabok

Play-Out

May. 5: Borik - Dubrovnik
May. 5: Darda - Alkar Sinj
May. 5: Kvarner 2010 - Krizevci

Round 10

May. 2: KK Split - KK Zagreb CO 82-70


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Mimica, KK Split19.1 
 2. Ross, Jolly18.4 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner17.7 
 4. Sobin, KK Split15.5 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner15.3 
 6. Stimac, Svjetlost15.1 
 7. Vrbanc, Zadar14.7 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.2 
 10. Drezga, Borik13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.3 
 2. Stimac, Svjetlost7.1 
 3. Cinac, Kvarner 20107.0 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner7.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split6.7 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.6 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 8. Vujcic, KK Split5.9 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci5.8 
 10. Mrva, Jolly5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split4.7 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.6 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner4.2 
 5. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.8 
 7. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.1 
 8. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.7 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.0 
 3. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.9 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.6 
 6. Stimac, Svjetlost1.6 
 7. Puljko, Jolly1.5 
 8. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
 9. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 10. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.9 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.3 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split1.0 
 6. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Buva, Krizevci0.7 
 9. Babic, KK Split0.6 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 



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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 Decin15.3 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
 10. Stanek, Chomutov14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Pesic, Inter B.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 6. Naymick, CEZ N.7.6 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.5 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 9. Modric, Levice7.2 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.6.8 
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. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava4.1 
 10. Barnes, BC Kolin3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.7 
 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. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Abrams, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 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. Grant, Levice0.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 8. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


CEZ Nymburk and BK Prostejov won NBL Semi-Final openers - by Eurobasket News

BK Prostejov - BK Decin 93-60 (1-0)

The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-60. BK Prostejov made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. International guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. At the losing side international power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) responded with 13 points and swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) scored 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 22+5reb+1ast, T.Peterson 16+4reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 13+8reb+2ast, M.Venta 11+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 11+6reb+4ast, J.Bohacik 8+2reb
BK Decin: L.Stria 15+1reb+1ast, P.Houska 13+3reb+1ast, D.Burke 9+6reb, T.Pomikalek 6+3reb+1ast, J.Boyer 5+4reb, J.Houska 4+5reb
gschID: 175742


CEZ Nymburk - BC Kolin 101-53 (1-0)

The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 32. They outrebounded BC Kolin 43-31 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. CEZ Nymburk players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by BC Kolin's players. American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) nailed 22 points for the winning side and his fellow American import center Andrew Naymick (211-85) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) came up with 10 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for BC Kolin in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 22+1reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 15+5reb, A.Abrams 15+3reb+3ast, A.Naymick 14+9reb+1ast, R.Necas 9+9reb+1ast, P.Pumprla 8+3reb+2ast
BC Kolin: J.Jelinek 10+5reb, S.Zuzak 8+1reb, R.Field 7+7reb, M.Hubalek 5+3reb, C.Barnes 5+2reb+1ast, R.Ames 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 175743



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Spring Tournament News 2012 - by Peedu Goldenbeck

After discussions with a few of the PTB (powers that be) in some of the upcoming regional tournaments that have normally tipped off by this time each year. I have news.
I was recently informed that the Santo Domingo Superior Torneo, arguably the best tournament in the country, is to be postponed until 25 May, after the presidential election that has the entire island held captive as it appears to be a race between Hippolito and Danilo.
The top members of the press and a few club management heads have also informed me that they will not be having a Superior Tournament this spring. We have seen then go back and forth on allowing import players, limiting the age of participating players and also claiming financial difficulties.
The only thing that I can truly say is that, THE BEST IS YET TO COME REGARDING DOMINICAN BASKETBALL!



Luis Flores selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luis Flores
Luis Flores
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan). He led Budivelnyk to a victory over the seventh-ranked BC Odessa (22-17) 88-73 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. Flores was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points in 26 minutes on the court. Budivelnyk Kyiv (30-9) is placed second in the Superleague. Flores has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(67-121) and FT: 78.6% in the 14 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Flores played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2004.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Assignia Manresa (15-17) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Asselin's very good performance Assignia Manresa was edged 96-93 on the road by the second-ranked Real Madrid. He recorded 19 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Asselin has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 69.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Asselin played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2006. Asselin used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

James Feldeine
James Feldeine
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac). He was the main contributor in a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the second-ranked Ford Burgos (22-12) 80-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Feldeine was the best player in that game. He recorded 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Feldeine's second season in pro basketball. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (19-15) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Feldeine belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3 with 17.9ppg. This year he also averages: 4.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 39.6% and FT: 77.6% in the 34 games. Feldeine is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Feldeine played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2006. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #4. Guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) managed to help CSKA Moscow to win against the closely-ranked Khimky (15-3) 91-72 in the Russian PBL on Tuesday night. Mejia scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSKA Moscow (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Mejia's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2005.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #5. Former international forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) was the major contributor in a FIATC Joventut's surprising victory against the third-ranked Caja Laboral (21-11) 68-66 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Baez scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (15-17) is placed 11th in the ACB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Baez's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg in the 22 games. Despite Baez played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

Francisco Garcia
Francisco Garcia
   #6. Swingman Francisco Garcia (201-81, college: Louisville) contributed to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25) 113-96 in the NBA last Thursday. Garcia scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings have rather weak 22-44 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Garcia has been at the team for seven years. His total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg. Garcia is a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team three years ago.

Sean Ogirri
Sean Ogirri
   #7. Former international guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) is a teammate of previously mentioned James Feldeine and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Ogirri contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the second-ranked Ford Burgos (22-12) 80-71. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. Ogirri has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.5apg in the 34 games. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Ogirri is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

Ruben Guillandeaux
Ruben Guillandeaux
   #8. Guard Ruben Guillandeaux (198-88, college: La Salle) helped Ourense win their game against the eighth-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (12-12) 83-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (15-13) is placed in the LEB Silver. Guillandeaux's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Despite Guillandeaux played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Apparently Guillandeaux has never played in Dominican Republic.

Larry Turner
Larry Turner
   #9. Former international power forward Larry Turner (210-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to help Toyama Grouses (25-27) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Toyama Grouses lost 63-75 at home to the leading Okinawa GK in the Eastern group. Turner recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. This year Turner's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1bpg in the 49 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Turner played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Interesting that Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #10. Swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) was not able to secure a victory for EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-24) in their game against EWE Baskets (16-18) in the German BBL. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EnBW Ludwigsburg was defeated 84-77 in Oldenburg by the higher-ranked EWE Baskets (#10). The Regular Season already ended. Greer has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.1apg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Greer played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Dominican Republic senior national team. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

   #11. Former international forward Franklin Western (200-72, college: Providence) helped Vaqueros win their game against the closely-ranked Capitanes crushing them 80-47 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Friday night's game. He recorded only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. This year Western averages just 2.1ppg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) led Cocodrilos to a victory against the third-ranked Bucaneros (1-2) 98-93 in the Venezuelan LPB in Monday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Cocodrilos de Caracas (2-1) is placed first. Martinez has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg and 9.0rpg in the three games he played so far.

   #2. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) contributed to an easy victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) crushing them 108-86 in the NBA last Thursday. Villanueva scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons have 25-41 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Villanueva averages: 7.0ppg and 3.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Villanueva's Dominican Republic passport, he previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Strangely Villanueva has never played in Dominican Republic.



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All-EBA teams announced - by Justin Moore

The 2012 All -EBA teams have been announced

1st Team All EBA
Nick Carter (6'1''-F-86, college: C.W. Post) Hudson Valley Hype
Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) New York Wizards
Calvin Brown (6'9''-C-83, college: Norfolk St.) Metro All Stars
Elyon Bush (6'7''-F-85, college: Delaware St.) Metro All Stars
Jamaal Wise (6'6''-F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Rhode Island) Washington Madness

2nd Team
Joseph Flegler (6'0''-G-85, college: Savannah St.) Nova Hawks
Chris Matthews (6'4''-G-85, college: St.Bonaventure) Washington Madness
Trey Sharpe Harrisburg Horizon
Cody Boone (6'9''-F/C) Harrisburg Horizon
Keyodi Ayeni Forward Hudson Valley Hype
Steffon Farley (6'8''-F, college: Adelphi) Hudson Valley Hype

MVP Nick Carter Hudson Valley Hype
MVP Chris Matthews Washington Madness

Newcome of the Year Cody Boone Harrisburg Horizon
Coach of the Year James Ryans Hudson Valley Hype



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  ESTONIA   


Kristjan Kangur selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82). He led Cimberio Varese to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-17) 71-55 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Kangur recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Cimberio Varese (16-14) is placed eighth in the SerieA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kangur has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(60-108), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 80.3% in the 30 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90), who plays in Latvia. Vene could not help VEF Riga (0-0) to beat Lietuvos rytas (0-0). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. VEF Riga was crushed 89-61 at home by the lower-ranked Lietuvos rytas. This season Vene averages: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%. He played for the Estonian national team in 2010.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Janar Talts (206-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kristjan Kangur. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Talts contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the closely-ranked Vanoli-Braga (13-18) 78-66. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Cimberio Varese (16-14) is placed eighth in the SerieA. It's Talts' first season with the team. This year Talts' overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 71.3%(57-80), 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 51.5% in the 30 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #4. Forward Rait Keerles (201-80) was not able to help Gloria Giants (15-13) in their game against Kirchheim Knights (18-10) in the German ProA (second division). Keerles scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Gloria Giants was defeated 76-72 on the road by the second-ranked Kirchheim Knights. This season Keerles has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2010.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #5. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91) was not able to secure a victory for BBC Bayreuth (12-22) in their game against Brose Baskets (30-4) in the German BBL. Veideman recorded 6 points in 19 minutes. BBC Bayreuth was crushed 102-65 in Bamberg by the leading Brose Baskets. It was BBC Bayreuth's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Veideman's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Artur Surov
Artur Surov
   #6. Center Artur Surov (216-83) managed to help Torpan Pojat Helsinki to win against the league leader Joensuun Kataja (31-9) crushing them 96-57 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Wednesday night. Surov scored only 4 points. Torpan Pojat Helsinki (21-19) is placed fifth in the Korisliiga. Surov has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Siergiej Babenko (208-F/C-61) plays for Ironi Ashkelon in Israeli Premier League
Remy Pold (198-G-92) plays for Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders in British BBL
Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) plays for Stjarnan in Icelandic Express L.
Kent Vene (192-F-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) plays for Garonne in French NM2
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German 2.Regionalliga



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

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

   #1. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) was the major contributor in a BK Pardubice's victory against the fifth-ranked BC Kolin (22-24) 81-69 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 17 rebounds. Arnold also added 2 blocks in 40 minutes. BK JIP Pardubice (24-12) is placed fourth in A1 group. Arnold is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.9ppg and 7.9rpg in the 38 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Arnold went to the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

   #2. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans), who plays in the Romanian Division A could not help one of league's weakest teams U-Mobitelco (20-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Dykes' very good performance U-Mobitelco was defeated 76-72 on the road by the second-ranked Timisoara. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Dykes also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Dykes is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Dykes averages: 20.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. Worth to mention Dykes played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

   #3. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) led Rayos de Hermosillo to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-14) 116-101 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 12 passes. Little also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. Rayos de Hermosillo (23-4) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Little has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 3.0apg in the 26 games. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four years ago Little played at the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

   #4. Jayson Granger (186-G-89) led Asefa Estudiantes to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (11-21) 79-62 in the Spanish ACB in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (9-22) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Granger's sixth season with the team. Granger belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. Granger has also Italian passport. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2010 Granger attended the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Budapest.

   #5. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) led Minsk-2006 to an easy victory against the second-ranked Grodno-93 (25-5) crushing them 106-63 in the Belarusian Premier League last Friday. Knox scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Championship. BK Minsk-2006 (29-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. It's Knox's first season with the team. Knox belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9 with 13.6ppg. This year he also averages: 6.0rpg in the 27 games. He played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Cologne, Germany for Team Munich.

   #6. Charles Moore (201-F-86, college: S.Arkansas), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA was not able to help Garra Canera de Navolato (9-18) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Garra Canera de Navolato was defeated 84-74 in Los Mochis by the higher-ranked Pioneros (#7). Moore was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 8 rebounds. This season Moore has very high stats. He averages: 22.0ppg and 8.3rpg. Moore attended last year the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

   #7. Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) led Mitteldeutscher BC to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Crailsheim Merlins 99-95 in the German ProA (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Holcomb Faye scored 22 points and added 5 assists in 35 minutes. Holcomb Faye is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers with 4.4apg. He also averaged so far 9.5ppg and 2.0rpg in the 31 games. Worth to mention Holcomb Faye played also for Team Brussels at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2008.

   #8. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to secure a victory for Penarol (21-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Penarol was edged 86-83 at home by the second-ranked Libertad Sunchales. Lamonte recorded 15 points. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.5apg. Lamonte attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

   #9. John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help s Oliver Baskets (20-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance s Oliver Baskets was crushed 91-65 in Ulm by the second-ranked ratiopharm. Little was the top scorer with 14 points in 23 minutes. This year he averages: 7.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg in the 34 games. Little attended in 2008 the ESL camp in Chicago.

   #10. Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) couldn't help Sendai 89ers in their game against Yokohama BC in the Japanese BJ League. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the top scorer with 21 points. Fitzgerald also added 9 rebounds. Fitzgerald is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Fitzgerald averages: 18.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg. Worth to mention Fitzgerald played also for Team Brussels at the ESL in Las Vegas four years ago.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Awards 2011-2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team 2012
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Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Mensah-Bonsu
Obie Trotter
Trotter
Jared Jordan
Jordan
Blake Schilb
Schilb
Jovo Stanojevic
Stanojevic
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Finals MVP: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas
Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas
Guard of the Year: Obie Trotter (186-PG-84) of Szolnok
Forward of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas
Center of the Year: Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka
European Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas
Import of the Year: Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon
Defensive Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas
Coach of the Year: Ergin Ataman of Besiktas

1st Team
PG: Obie Trotter (186-84) of Szolnok
PG: Jared Jordan (188-84) of Telekom Baskets
F/G: Blake Schilb (200-83) of Chalon
F: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83) of Besiktas
C: Jovo Stanojevic (208-77) of Karsiyaka

2nd Team
G: Bobby Brown (188-84) of EWE Baskets
G: David Holston (170-86) of Art.Dragons
G/F: John Holland (195-88) of Roanne
F: Christopher Copeland (203-84) of Aalstar
C/F: Zoran Erceg (210-85) of Besiktas

3rd Team
PG: Mire Chatman (187-78) of Karsiyaka
SG: Maurice Hampton (188-84) of BK Pardubice
G/F: Akos Horvath (193-81) of Szolnok
F/C: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78) of Roanne
F: Davon Jefferson (204-86) of Triumph

Honorable Mention
Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) of Fuenlabrada
Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar
Michael Roll (196-G-87) of Antwerp
Anthony King (206-F/C-85) of Art.Dragons
Semen Antonov (202-PF-89) of N.Novgorod
Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84) of BK Pardubice
David Hawkins (194-G-82) of Besiktas
Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok
Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Chalon
Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87) of Telekom Baskets

All-Europeans Team
PG: Obie Trotter (186-84) of Szolnok
G/F: Akos Horvath (193-81) of Szolnok
F: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83) of Besiktas
F/C: Christopher Young (206-79) of Aalstar
C: Jovo Stanojevic (208-77) of Karsiyaka

All-Imports Team
G: Bobby Brown (188-84) of EWE Baskets
PG: Jared Jordan (188-84) of Telekom Baskets
F/G: Blake Schilb (200-83) of Chalon
G/F: John Holland (195-88) of Roanne
F: Christopher Copeland (203-84) of Aalstar



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blue, KTP23.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons19.4 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
 8. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.3 
 9. Newson, Kataja18.1 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto10.2 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.6 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.4 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.1 
 7. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.5 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 8. Mottola, ToPo0.8 
 9. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Coach Miikka Sopanen and his come back - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga newcomer FoKoPo (Forssa) has informed the name of team's new Head Coach. 38-year-old Finnish Miikka Sopanen will make a come back on the basketball courts after a break of two years. Sopanen and FoKoPo have agreed and signed the contract of model 1+2 years. Sopanen has been coaching earlier three years on top level in Finland: one year Pyrinto (Tampere) roster, one year KTP (Kotka) roster and one season Catz (Lappeenranta) roster on women's side.
Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has signed with a talented young Finnish guard Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92), who has played earlier on Honka (Espoo and Tapiola) roster. Last season Kopio was one of the key players in Division 1. averaging 15,6 ppg. Korihait has now five players signed: Kopio, Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88), Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82), Niko Malinen (191-F-90) and Mikael Herbert (205-F-93).



KORISLIIGA: Kataja - Bisons 0-1 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 1: Bisons (Loimaa) stole at once the home court advantage away from regular season winner Kataja (Joensuu). Kataja (37-11) was leading the thriller during the half time 43-40, but Bisons (35-14) was five points ahead at the final buzzer: 80-85. Quarters: 18-21, 25-19, 15-22, 22-23. Kataja - Bisons 0-1.
Both teams missed many FTs, but the road team had 14 FTs more than the hosts. Also Bisons' defense was tougher and the victory came after a good team work. Head Coach Greg Gibson had made excellent home work. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) led Bisons with 26 points. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) added 17 pts. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (16) and Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (15) were also in double digits. American sharpshooter Ivey, playing his third season in Finland, was this time 2/7 from behind the arc, and has now made at least one 3-pointer in 100 consecutive contests! Ivey is shooting and making 42,9 % (130/303) of his treys this season.
Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) was Kataja's leading scorer (18) even he was early in foul troubles. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) had a double-double 17pts/11rbs. Four players were over 10 points.
Game # 2 on Saturday, May 5, at Loimaa. Teams will meet again in Joensuu (Game # 3) on Monday, May 7.

Kataja - Bisons 80-85 (43-40). (Antti Kanervo 18, Jared Newson 17/11, Petri Virtanen 13, Jeremy Price 10. 1 - 50,0% (8/16), 2 - 55,8% (24/43), 3 - 42,1% (8/19). R: 27+7=34. TO: 10. - Mikko Koivisto 26, Matti Nuutinen 17/8, Jeb Ivey 16, Martin Zeno 15/8. 1 - 56,6% (17/30), 2 - 50,0% (19/38), 3 - 41,6% (10/24). R: 26+10=36. TO: 11. A: 2194).



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

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91). He led Union Olimpija to a victory over the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-10) 80-65 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Wednesday night's game. Salin was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points in 22 minutes on the court. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (7-3) is placed second in Championship Group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Salin averages: 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.0%(17-27), 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 68.2% in the 10 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Petteri Koponen (194-88). Koponen contributed to an overtime CS Bologna's victory against the league outsider Novipiu CM (7-23) 80-77 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He recorded 17 points and had 3 steals. Canadian Solar Bologna (18-12) is placed sixth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Koponen's fourth season with the team. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 76.4%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU). Lee was the major contributor in a Prima Veroli's victory against the closely-ranked Tezenis Verona (12-15) 76-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Lee's second season in pro basketball. Prima Veroli (12-15) is placed ninth in the Lega2. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Lee has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 63.0%(116-184) and FT: 82.9% in the 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lee played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. Guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-17) 71-55 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 10 points and added 4 assists. Cimberio Varese (16-14) is placed eighth in the SerieA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Rannikko is currently in the Finnish national team roster.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #5. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Aget Imola (10-17) to beat Trenkwalder RE (20-7). He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Aget Imola lost 67-71 on the road to the leading Trenkwalder RE. Kotti's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Kotti's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3spg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kotti is currently in the Finnish national team roster.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #6. Swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) was not able to help MarcoPoloShop.it (8-19) in their game against Tuscany Pistoia (18-10) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it was crushed 94-73 in Pistoia by the second-ranked Tuscany. Huff's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Huff has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg. Despite Huff played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

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



Nilan Bisons won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Kataja - Nilan Bisons 80-85 (0-1)

Nilan Bisons won the Final opener. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international swingman Antti Kanervo (193-89) scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kataja: A.Kanervo 18+2reb+1ast, J.Newson 17+11reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 13+4ast, J.Price 10+4reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 8+5reb, J.Nenonen 8+2reb+1ast
Nilan Bisons: M.Koivisto 26+1reb, M.Nuutinen 17+8reb+2ast, J.Ivey 16+3reb+4ast, M.Zeno 15+8reb+4ast, E.Aaltonen 4, V.Makalainen 3+1reb
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Tony Parker selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Utah Jazz (36-30) 106-91 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He recorded 28 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 8 assists in 37 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.7apg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 79.9% in the 61 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Chicago Bulls (50-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Noah's very good performance the Chicago Bulls were badly defeated 109-92 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Noah also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It's Noah's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 73.7%. Noah is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Noah is currently a member of the French senior national team. Strangely he has never played in France.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side), who plays in the NBA. Beaubois was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (36-30) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Dallas Mavericks were badly defeated 106-89 in Atlanta by the Hawks. Beaubois was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. It's Beaubois' first season with the team. This year Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 84.1% in the 54 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Beaubois is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #4. Center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (9-9) in their game against CSKA Moscow (17-1) in the Russian PBL. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Traore has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg and 4.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Traore is currently in the French national team roster.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #5. International guard Nando De Colo (202-87) couldn't help Valencia Basket (19-14) in their game against Cajasol (18-14) in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance last Wednesday. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. De Colo also added 5 assists and 4 steals in 33 minutes. But Valencia Basket lost 58-65 in Sevilla to the lower-ranked (#6) Cajasol. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. De Colo is ranked third on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.6spg. This year he also averages: 13.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.8apg in the 33 games. Despite De Colo played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #6. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw contributed to an easy victory against the Utah Jazz (36-30) 106-91. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Diaw's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Diaw is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #7. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86) couldn't help the New Jersey Nets (22-44) in their game against the Toronto Raptors (23-43) in the NBA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 39 minutes. But the New Jersey Nets were crushed 98-67 in Toronto by the Raptors. It was Nets' sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Petro's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.8rpg in the 59 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Petro is currently in the French national team roster.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #8. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) couldn't help Caja Laboral (22-11) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (27-5) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 8 points and added 7 assists. Caja Laboral was defeated 97-89 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. Heurtel's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Heurtel's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.8apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Heurtel is currently in the French U20 national team roster.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #9. International power forward Kevin Seraphin (205-89) was the major contributor in a Washington Wizards' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-45) 96-85 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 20-46 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Seraphin's stats this year are: 7.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3bpg in the 57 games. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Seraphin is currently in the French national team roster.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #10. Point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to Krka's victory against the second-ranked Union Olimpija (7-3) 73-67 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 12 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. Krka Novo Mesto (8-2) is placed first in Championship Group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Nissim's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.7apg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Nissim is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, another player represented by Court Side) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Khimky in their game against CSKA Moscow in the Russian PBL. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 91-72. This year Gelabale's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 3.0rpg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Gelabale is currently in the French national team roster.

   #12. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Mahinmi couldn't help the Dallas Mavericks in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team were edged 102-99 in the NBA. Mahinmi has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Mahinmi is currently in the French national team roster.

   #13. An experienced former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven 92-76 in the Bulgarian NBL in Tuesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Evtimov is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.6rpg. He also averaged so far 9.9ppg and 1.8apg in the 24 games. Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #14. International power forward Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) couldn't help the Miami Heat in their game against the Washington Wizards in the NBA. Turiaf scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was crushed by 34 points 104-70 in the NBA. He has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1bpg. Turiaf plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. International swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, another player represented by Court Side) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks 87-74 in the NBA on Thursday night. He scored 9 points in 20 minutes. Pietrus has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 3.1rpg in the 44 games. Despite he played previously for the Bulgarian national team, Pietrus is currently in the French national team roster.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Lirija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Tasovski, Lirija19.2 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.16.4 
 7. Karadzovski, Torus15.9 
 8. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.3 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus15.1 
 10. Georgievski, Vard.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.7.8 
 3. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 4. Cekovski, MZT S.7.5 
 5. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.8 
 7. Mikic, Kumanovo6.6 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Dahlman, MZT S.6.5 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Morban, Lirija4.4 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus3.8 
 3. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 4. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 8. Dimitrovski, Kozuv3.0 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.0 
 10. Cekovski, MZT S.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 2. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.3 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar1.2 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 10. Filipovic, Lirija1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 6. Reynolds, Torus S.0.9 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 10. Simic, Lirija0.7 


MZT Skopje dethrones Feni Industri, wins Superleague title - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 4: Feni Indistrija - MZT Skopje 73-81 (1-4)

MZT Skopje is the new champion of FYROM. They celebrated 73-81 victory in Kavadarci tonight closing the series with almost perfect 1-3. It means that Feni is dethroned after two years. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-73. Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 21 points for the winners. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MZT Skopje was the regular season champion in Superleague with 22-4 record. They eliminated Torus with 3-1 in the Semis and started the Finals with 1-0 lead due to victories in the regular season. It is important to mention that MZT Skopje already for the Cup this year.

Feni Indistrija: D.Sokolov 17+3reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 12+9reb+1ast, I.Lilov 10+2reb, D.Knezevic 10+9reb, Z.Gocevski 9+2reb, G.Samardziev 7+5reb+7ast
MZT Skopje: I.Mijajlovic 21+4reb+2ast, T.Grncarov 15+2reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 14+5reb+2ast, N.Vucurovic 11+4reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 10+8reb+2ast, O.Stojanovski 5+6reb+5ast



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Viktor Sanikidze's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86). He led CS Bologna to a victory against the league leader Montepaschi Siena (23-8) 78-69 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Sanikidze had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. Canadian Solar Bologna (19-12) is placed sixth in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Sanikidze is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.9rpg. He also averaged so far 12.1ppg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.9%(91-147) and FT: 63.4% in the 29 games he played so far. Sanikidze is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Tornike Shengelia (207-91). He led Spirou Charleroi to a victory over the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar (16-13) 68-64 in the Belgian D1 last Friday. Shengelia was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Belgacom Spirou (22-8) is placed first in the D1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Shengelia's first season with the team. This year Shengelia averages: 8.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 45.4%, 3FGP: 24.1% and FT: 62.3%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.). Hosley contributed to a Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (17-14) 81-74 in the Italian SerieA on Wednesday night. He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (19-12) is placed fourth in the SerieA. Hosley's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Hosley is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.2spg. This year his other stats are: 15.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 71.1% in the 30 games. Hosley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hosley is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #4. Guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) helped Bennet Cantu win their game against the 15th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (12-19) 81-63 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Markoishvili scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Bennet Cantu (21-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Markoishvili is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
   #5. An experienced former international guard Tyrone Ellis (193-77, college: S.Nazarene) was the major contributor in a Meridiano Alicante's victory against the 16th-ranked UCAM Murcia (12-21) 82-78 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. He recorded 15 points (made all of his seven free throws) in 29 minutes. Lucentum Alicante (17-15) is placed seventh in the ACB. Ellis' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Ellis' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Ellis played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently Ellis has never played in Georgia.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #6. Power forward Nika Metreveli (212-91, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Quinton Hosley. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Metreveli managed to help Banco di Sardegna Sassari to win against the tenth-ranked Angelico Biella (13-18) 104-97. He recorded only 4 points. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (19-12) is placed fourth in the SerieA. Metreveli's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 1.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #7. Former international center Georges Mdivani (205-85, agency: Promotex), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) could not help Rueil (14-19) in their last game. Despite Mdivani's good performance Rueil was edged 71-68 on the road by the higher-ranked (#10) Vendee Challans. He scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Mdivani's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Mdivani has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Mdivani is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) plays for Bennet Cantu in Italian SerieA
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) plays for Mahram in Iranian Superleague
Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) plays for Hacettepe University in Turkish TBL
Niko Chkhatarashvili (203-G/F-86) plays for ENAD in Cypriot Division A
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA

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



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Dirk Nowitzki's 31 points make him top German player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (36-30) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 102-99 on the road by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the top scorer with 31 points. Nowitzki also added 6 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) in 38 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 14th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 21.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 89.9% in the 64 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Robert Sarovic
Robert Sarovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Robert Sarovic (205-78). Sarovic led Timisoara to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco (20-8) 81-78 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Sarovic recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Timisoara (21-7) is placed second in the Division A. Sarovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 83.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and German. Despite Sarovic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton). Wysocki led PGE Turow to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Anwil (5-5) crushing them 85-63 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A. This year Wysocki's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(84-142), 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 71.4% in the 36 games. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish. Despite Wysocki played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #4. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed to a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (18-14) 65-59 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Toppert scored 9 points. CAI Zaragoza (16-16) is placed ninth in the ACB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Toppert's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Toppert played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Strangely Toppert has never played in Germany.

Julian Sensley
Julian Sensley
   #5. Former international forward Julian Sensley (206-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii) led Gigantes to a victory over the second-ranked Trotamundos (2-2) 74-68 in the Venezuelan LPB last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Sensley scored 15 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Gigantes this season. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. His team is placed third. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Sensley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sensley is currently in the German national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Alon Stein
Alon Stein
   #6. Guard Alon Stein (188-78) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv to win against the closely-ranked B.C. Habikaa (14-6) crushing them 99-76 in the Israeli Premier League on Wednesday night. Stein recorded only 3 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (23-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Stein averages just 0.3ppg. He is a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago.

Keith Waleskowski
Keith Waleskowski
   #7. Former international power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Tezenis Verona (12-15) in their game against Prima Veroli (12-15) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Waleskowski scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 33 minutes. Tezenis Verona lost 71-76 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) Prima Veroli. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Waleskowski is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.4rpg. He also averaged so far 10.2ppg and 1.4spg in the 18 games. Waleskowski is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Waleskowski is currently in the German national team roster. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #8. Swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances) was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante (17-15) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (27-5) in the Spanish ACB. Stojic cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Meridiano Alicante was crushed 83-57 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. Stojic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Stojic's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the German national team back in 1998.

Kiril Wachsmann
Kiril Wachsmann
   #9. Former international power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) helped Melilla Baloncesto win their game against the 12th-ranked Girona FC (16-18) crushing them 98-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Wachsmann recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (20-14) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Wachsmann's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 5.2ppg and 6.0rpg in the 34 games. Despite Wachsmann played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the German national team roster.

Mike Dejworek
Mike Dejworek
   #10. Center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel) helped Bakken win their game against the closely-ranked Svendborg (23-4) 79-76 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. Dejworek scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (25-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. Dejworek has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 4.4rpg. He is a former U18 international player as seven years ago he still played for the German national team.



Jared Jordan (Telekom Baskets Bonn) Tony Gaffney And I Have A Great Connection On The Court - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) is a 27 year old 188 cm pure point guard who understands how to run a team and has great court vision and leadership and hails from Hartford Connecticut. He played at Kingswood-Oxford prep school before going to Marist from 2003-2007. He really made a name for himself as he gave the word assist a new meaning as he was leading the nation in assists in his junior and senior years. In his last year, he played 33 games and averaged 17.2ppg, 5.9rpg and led the NCAA in assists with 8.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 69.0%. He finished as Marist's all-time leader in assists with 813 and ranks sixth all-time in points with 1,538. It was no surprise that he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round at #45. He was traded to the New York Knicks, but didnt make the roster so he ventured to Europe and played at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and played in the Lithuanian league averaging 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 75.0%, 3PT: 45.0%; and in 18 games in the Baltic League averaging 6.0ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-4 (4.4apg), 1.9spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 53.8% in 10 games. In the 2008-2009 season, he tried his luck again in the NBA landing with the New Orleans Hornets, but not making the team and playing in the D-league for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers playing 36 games and averaging 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (9.0apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 70.3%. In 2009-2010, he played the first time for the Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroCup: 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 76.8%. Last season, he played for : VAP Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1, starting five): 27 games: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-1 (5.5apg), FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 23.2%, FT: 56.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the playoff series against the Brose Baskets Bamberg,

A do or die 81-62 win against the Fraport Skyliners last weekend. Where would you rank this game in your all time do or die games?

This was one of the biggest wins in my career. All was on the line playing against a direct competitor. It was a good win for the club and me.

The first quarter was pretty much even, but the turning point came in the second quarter. What was key for this?



We picked up our defense. We allowed the Skyliners to nine points in the second quarter and 10 points in the third quarter. We understoon that we needed to defend better and up our intensity level.

Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin stated after the game that his team didnt have the same level as the wins against FC Munich, Bamberg and Ulm. Were the Skyliners a bit mentally tired?

I dont know if they were, but once they got down it was hard coming back in our arena. Our fans helped us a lot. Frankfurt has been fighting back all season long and that is what happens in games, but you have to give them a lot of credit for some big wins this season.

It was no secret that Bonn would push the ball inside. Were you surprised by how easy you scored inside?


56 points is a lot of points inside, but our mindset from the start was to give Chris Ensminger the ball and let him operate and we came out on top.

Jimmy Mckinney stated after the big win in Trier that many teams were afraid of the Skyliner defense. I guess Bonn didnt feel any of that?


They are a very good defensive team and a big reason for their success lately had been their defense. We just trier to get the ball inside and it worked out well.

Is Chris Ensminger the best 38 year old player you have ever seen?


Yes he is. What he is able to do at his age is impressive. He doesnt have to rely on athletic ability, but he is so smart and can create so well with both hands. I think that he will be able to play as long as he wants.

What was your impression of Beko BBL Skyliner Devin Gibson?


He is a good player. It wasnt easy getting the bulk with the Thompson injury, but he did a solid job.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn are the underdog against the Brose Baskets Bamberg. What kind of series can we await?


We have nothing to lose and know exactly how Bamberg plays. We just have to go in and fight and hope to surprise some people. We have to keep game close at the end and see what happens. Maybe we can steal a game in Bamberg.

Does the all around strong Bamberg roster kind of erase the absence of American John Goldsberry?


Yes they do. They have guys like Suput, Slaughter and Tadda coming from the bench that when one player comes out, a new guy is able pick up what was left. Their deep roster is a big reason for their success.

When talking about the Telekom Baskets Bonn, one usually mentions Chris Ensminger, Tony Gaffney or Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist). Where would the team be without the mostly consistent Bene Veikalis?

He doesnt get enough credit. He can shoot and drive and is a good teammate. I am happy that he is coming back next season.

How much has young German Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann improved since your first season in Bonn?


He has improved so much from my first time, but even this season he has improved a lot. He did a great job protecting the rim against Frankfurt. He is always active on defense and doesnt need to always score, but important is rebounding, blocking shots and defense.

Is a Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) to Tony Gaffney pass as impressive as a John Stockton to Karl Malone pass?


Well we arent as good as them as they were unbelievable, but Tony and I have a good connection. He understands that when he runs the floor, that I will get him the ball. We have a great relationship on the court and the fans are always awaiting an ally-op from us.

Why was your ally-op to Tony Gaffney in the Frankfurt game the best?


I think that Tony said that. I will have to look at the replay again, but Tony does all the hard work, so if he said it was the best then he must be right.

Can Tony Gaffney return to the NBA soon?


The NBA likes players like a Tony Gaffney who are athletic and can jump like he does. He can fit into any team. He does all the small things like the hustle plays and blocking shots. I think that he could get back to the NBA.

You come from Hartford which is between Boston and New York. Are you more a Red Sox or Yankees fan?


My dad is a Red Sox fan. I like the Yankees, but am not such a diehard fan like Tony Gaffney is of his Red Sox.

What was your fondest memory of playing prep school basketball at Kingswood?


It was a smaller school, but the experience was fun. Some of my best friends were on the team. I had a good coach who helped me develop. It seemed like a long time ago, but it is always nice looking back.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?


My favorite was always Michael Jordan. I also liked Steve Nash.

You have made so many amazing assists in your career. What assist is still missing from the Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) highlight film?


I have no idea. Any assist is good for me.

After leading the NCAA in assists in your last two seasons, did you think that you would get drafted by the NBA?


After my senior year there was some talk leading up to the NBA draft, but I never really gave it so much thought. I think that looking back it is always cool to say that you were drafted by an NBA team.


Do you have any more ambition of getting to the NBA?


I have no more ambition of playing summer league or going to a training camp. I want to concentrate on a career in Europe. I like living in Europe and playing here.

In 2008-2009, you played in the D-league for the Rio Grande Vipers averaging 9,0apg. Were you surprised that no NBA team asked for your services?


Before I went to the Vipers, I was close to making the Hornets and I decided to stay in the D-league and give it one more chance, but I didnt return.

At Rio Grande, you played together with EnBW Ludwigsburg player Kurt Looby. Ex Ludwigsburg player Terrell Harris made it to the NBA, can Looby?


He started very late and is still developing. He is similar to a Gaffney and that is what the NBA is looking for. He has long arms and can block shots. I wouldnt be surprised if he got to the NBA.

Where is it easier to gat an assist in Greece or Beko BBL?


It is weird in Greece that sometimes you dont get an assist after a jump shot, but then again they give an assist when a player gets fouled. The style is more up and down in the Beko BBL and you have better chances of getting an assist

Who was your best opponent in Greece?

Dimitris Diamantidis was the best. I always watched him on TV and it seemed like he got better each team when I saw him. He can really do it all.

Who was your best opponent in the Beko BBL?


PJ Tucker who is so hard to match up against.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?

25

What was your most crazy shot in a game?


My freshman year at Marist, I hit a shot before halftime against Sienna from our own free throw line.

Who will win the NBA title?

I think the Miami Heat will. It would be nice for Lebron James because he has taken so much heat from the Media.

Can Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks upset the Thunder?


When Dirk gets going then he can really carry a team, but I think that the Thunder are too athletic and too good of a team to lose.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Contraband with Mark Wahlberg.

Thanks Jared for the chat.



Rickey Paulding Remains Until 2014 in Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


After the unsatisfactory season, EWE Baskets Oldenburg fans got an early summer present by holding on to fan favorite Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) for another two seasons until 2014. Paulding is 29 year old 196cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that played together with Fraport Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney at Missouri and got first professional basketball experience in Israel and France, but continues to love Germany and the Beko BBL as he will play his sixth season in Oldenburg next season. The 2009 beko BBL champion played 34 games last season in the Beko BBL averaging 12,4ppg, 3,8rpg and 1,8apg while hitting 53,9% from the field and a very respectible 40,2% from the parking lot. 'I am very happy that we were able to keep him so quickly. He continues to show that he is a dependable and hard working player like the years before. He has values like respect, discipline and boundless committment. He is a basketball role model for the fans and has appreciation from the whole league', stressed EWE Baskets Oldenburg CEO Hermann Schuller. 'My family and I feel very comfortable here and I am already looking forward to next season', added Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri). Good friends usually stick together and now the question remains if Fraport Skyliner Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) will follow his friend Paulding and stay in Frankfurt for his seventh season?

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg





PRO A/PRO B Transfer News - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A club BG Karlsruhe announced today that Matthias Hurst (204-C-89) will play another season for the Baden team. Hurst is a 22 year old 204cm center that will be playing his sixth season for BG Karlsruhe. In his 5 year PRO A career the German has played a total of 72 games and last season played 18 games averaging 1,7ppg and 1,8rpg in 7,2 minutes per contest. 'It wasnt actually a satisfying season for me, but I feel comfrotable in Karlsruhe with basketball and learning to become an industrial sales representative. I am not a leading player, but I want to be in best physical shape when traing camp starts', stated Matthias Hurst (204-C-89).

Source: BG Karlsruhe

It was a long season for SC Rasta Vechta, but it was worth it since the team amde the jump to the PRO A after getting past the Gotha Rockets in the playoffs. The team wants continued success to remain and have decided to hold the successful coaching duo of Patrick Elzie and Thomas Fischer. Elzie will be in his fourth year as coach after coming in the 2009-2010 season. Fischer will be in his second season as assistant and is best known for leading the team to a big OT win against Hannover as Elzie was sick and unable to be on the sidelines.

Source: SC Rasta Vechta


The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen announced today that Carsten Bartels will remain with the team for a fifth season. Bartels is a 23 year old 198cm forward that played 24 games averaging 1,8ppg and 1,0apg in 9,1 minutes per game. 'Carsten is an importnat part of the team. We are happy that he is staying with us', said ETB Wohnbau Baskets manager Markus Horn.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets





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Interview with Vladimir Jankovic - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90), the most improved player in this season, spoke to Eurobasket.com:

What about your predictions for the Greek playoffs and the Euroleague F4?

I believe that this year's Greek playoffs are the most unpredictable ones of the last years. On one hand, Panathinaikos has the heart of the champion from the last years and big experience and quality, on the other hand Olympiacos has the home court advantage and plays impressive basketball as well. I believe it will be one of the best series ever.

Concerning the final four, it looks like csska is a little bit more complete than the other teams and has probably the biggest budget of all. However, the 3 other clubs are among the biggest European clubs of the last 20 years and so nothing can be for sure in those games. For sure we will watch great games

What would you improve in your game?

I believe that improvement in basketball is a never ending process and I would like to improve every aspect of my game. I spend many hours every day in trying to improve and I have seen that it never ends. There is room to improve everything and my goal is this. I think that when you start believing that any aspect of your game is complete, then you start getting worse and worse every day.

If you had unlimited money, which team would you buy and what players would be your fist picks for transfers?

If I had unlimited money, I would buy Panionios because it is a team that I have emotional bonds with and is the team that I grew up in. My first and only picks for transfer would be Mr. Ivkovic and Mr Obradovic to form the best coaching duo ever since they are not only huge coaches but also have a great relationship between them. Then I would just give them the unlimited budget that you say to pick anyone they believe and I would just sit back and enjoy basketball.

What plans do you have for the new season? Do you want to stay in Panionios, in the Greek league or are you interested in playing in a new league?

The truth is that I have not yet decided about my next move. I am waiting to see all my options and weigh them. The challenge of a new league is something very interesting to me and will depend on the options that I will have. It is something that I see in a very positive way. Now, if I stay in the Greek league, I would like to move to the next level and compete with one of the two biggest teams at the moment, Panathinaikos or Olympiacos. If this does not happen and I stay in Greece, Panionios will always be the team of my heart and the team of choice.



Top 6 of the 39th U18 league - Fourth Day - by Chris Mammides

The most crucial day of the U18 league was the one played on Monday as the two strongest teams of the competition, Panathinaikos and Ikaros Kallitheas in a do or die game gave their best and the winner was the basketball!! In the suffered Greece the Basketball is strongest than ever!! The two teams in a thrilling game and in front of not so many people in Kavala, played like real A1 teams at Men's level and succeeded to kept the paste up all the 40 minutes. Two equivalent teams full of passion, and ready to do whatever they have to do in order for their team to win. An amazing game by two great teams which basically proved once more that the Basketball is in the DNA of the Greek athlete!
About the game now, the two Head Coaches, Papadopoulos of Panathinaikos and Tsaousidis of Ikaros Kallitheas started the game with their crme de la crme rosters, so on the one site we had Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93), Oikonomopoulos, Panagiotaras, Xydas, Kefalas and Mitsialos (most of which played this season in the Men's team too) while on the other site we had Fotios Zoumpos (191-G-93), Karamalegkos, Konstantinos Gontigas (204-SF-94), Kakargias and Dimakopoulos (with Fotios Zoumpos, Karamalegkos and Dimakopoulos participating in a number of games for Panathinaikos).
Ikaros started a bit more aggressively and proved it in the court as by the end of the first period took a small lead of two (23-21) in the second period though, Fotios Zoumpos and Konstantinos Gontigas took it personally and with the solid defense by Dimakopoulos who covered the baskets in both edges, the Greens of Papadopoulos took a lead of 8 at the end of the first period (34-42) The third period was exactly the same as the second one with Panathinaikos finsing some solid score from Konstantinos Gontigas and Fotios Zoumpos was leading his team with unbelievable maturity for his age (Zeljko Obradovic added something on that) and the period ended with 48-58. At the end though Giannoulis Larentzakis took it personally ans with an amazing game brought his team a step from the miracle but it was too late.... Panathinaikos won the game and with this victory is only typical the nomination of the champion as the last games are not as aggressive as this one!
Ikaros Kallitheas - Panathinaikos 68-71
Quarters: 23-21, 34-42, 48-58, 68-71
Top scorers:
Ikaros: Panagiotaras 6, Giannoulis Larentzakis 25, Xydas 8, Kefalas 13, Mitsialos 7
Panathinaikos: Konstantinos Gontigas 17, Dimakopoulos 13, Fotios Zoumpos 22, Kakargias 6

In the other games we had the following results:

Ergotelis - AGS Ioanninon 57-55
Quarters: 20-14, 28-27, 39-43, 57-55
In another thrilling game the team of Coach Christodoulou with a solid fourth period and with Skandalos being the man of the game and of the day, beat the team of Coach Tsoukanelis after succeeding a great 18-12 at the end. This game it was a Skandalos brother's case as the two brothers scored the 39 points of the total of 57 of their team.
Top scorers:
Ergotelis: Christos Skandalos 27, Alexandros Skandalos (186-PG-95) 12
AGS Ioanninon: Thomai 8, Lampropoulos 17, Ioannis Anagnostakis (192-SF-94) 17

Pierikos-Mantoulidis 45-88
Quarters: 3-25, 16-49, 26-68, 45-88
Lastly in the third game of the 4th day the team of Mantoulidis over scored and thrashed the team of Pierikos with 43 points difference!
Top scorers:
Pierikos: Bousios 15, Stathis Tamouridis (186-G-93) 10
Mantoulidis: Apollon Deligeorgis (191-PG-93) 16, Slaftsakis 10, Velissariou 11, Nikos Paparegkas (200-G-94) 14



Top 6 of the 39th U18 league - Final Day: Panathinaikos is the Champion! - by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos (as expected after the last results and the win over Ikaros Mantoulidis) won the U18 championship this season after beating in the final game the team of Mantoulidis with 50-61. Panathinaikos ruled the rebounding area from the early beginning in the game as Mantoulidis was lacking in the specific sector moreover the team of Nikolaidis was truly bad from the parameter. Panathinaikos took the control of the game and with a series of 14-2 at the beginning of the second quarter increased its deficit to the 8 points for a first time in the game (24-32) The momentum was totally Green as Panathinaikos kept on a solid basis a difference between 8-12 points during the remaining of the game.
Mantoulidis - Panathinaikos 50-61
Quarters: 22-21, 29-39, 41-52, 50-61
Top Scorer:
Mantoulidis: Dimitrios Siologkas (199-F-94) 16, Diamantis Slaftsakis (202-PF-94) 14
Panathinaikos: Georgios Drakopoulos (183-SG-93) 13, Konstantinos Gontigas (204-SF-94) 12, Giannis Dimakopoulos (213-C-94) 14,

On the other games of the fifth and final day of this special final phase, Ikaros Kallitheas beat easily the team of Ergotelis with 79-63 in the battle of the two top scorers of the league, Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) vs Christos Skandalos, at the end Giannoulis Larentzakis scored more in the specific game than Skandalos but the islander won the top seat in the scoring board.
Ergotelis Ikaros Kallitheas 63-79
Quarters: 21-27, 36-49, 43-66, 63-79
Top scorers:
Ergotelis: G. Skandalos 9, Christos Skandalos 14
Ikaros Kallitheas : Spyridon Panagiotaras (180-PG-93) 12, Giannoulis Larentzakis 16, Panagiotis Zaraidonis (195-SF-95) 18, Vlahos 9, Gogolis 10

In the final game of the competition, the team of AGS Ioanninon succeeded its rookie victory in this final day of the competition after beating the winless team of Pierikos Arhelaos with 60-55. Top performer in the specific game was Andreadakis who succeeded a points record in the tournament with his 30 points scored in the game.
AGS Ioanninon Pierikos Arhealos 60-55
Quarters: 7-7, 23-12, 32-34, 60-55
Top scorers:
AGS Ioanninon: Dimitrios Mantzios (201-PF-95) 20, Ioannis Anagnostakis (192-SF-94) 30
Pierikos Arhelaos: Kostas Fakopoulidis (200-G-95) 25, Anastasios Priskomatis (188-G-96) 11

MVP of the Tournament was voted the guard of Panathinaikos Fotios Zoumpos (191-G-93). The Head Coaches voted the young talented player unanimously. The top five players of the tournament were voted Christos Skandalos of Ergotelis, Giannoulis Larentzakis of Ikaros Kallitheas, Diamantis Diamantis Slaftsakis of Mantoulidis, and Konstantinos Gontigas of Panathinaikos



Kostas Vasiliadis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM). He led Gescrap BB to a 1-point victory over the eighth-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (17-15) 77-76 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Vasiliadis was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 31 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (19-13) is placed fourth in the ACB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vasiliadis has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 60.5%(52-86), 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 89.3% in the 31 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, also represented by FCM). Bourousis was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the 11th-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-18) 84-76 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (21-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Bourousis has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.5%(112-182), 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 73.6%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89). Sokk led Tartu Ulikool to a victory over the closely-ranked Rapla (14-14) 81-72 in the Estonian KML on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Sokk scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool (25-3) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Sokk's fourth season with the team. He is currently second on the list of best passers with 4.2apg. This year Sokk's other stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Despite Sokk played previously for the Estonian national team, he is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
   #4. Center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Mavroeidis contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the ninth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (16-16) 68-57. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (19-13) is placed fourth in the ACB. Mavroeidis' overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 3.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Mavroeidis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Alexey Savrasenko
Alexey Savrasenko
   #5. An experienced international center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) helped Unics Kazan win their game against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) 72-62 in the Russian PBL last Friday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Savrasenko's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 4.2rpg in the 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Russian. Despite Savrasenko played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #6. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) helped Montepaschi Siena win their game against the fifth-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (19-12) 85-81 in the Italian SerieA on Thursday night. Zisis recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Montepaschi Siena (23-8) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Zisis' total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Zisis is also an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #7. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.) helped Denver Nuggets win their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-40) crushing them 131-102 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 38-28 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. It's Koufos' first year with the team. This season Koufos' total stats are: 5.3ppg and 5.3rpg in the 50 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Koufos played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster. Strangely Koufos has never played in Greece.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #8. Point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, another player represented by FCM) helped his Israeli team Maccabi T-A win their game against the fourth-ranked Buducnost (18-8) crushing them 82-60 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He recorded 6 points and added 3 assists. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (24-2) is placed first in group A. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Papaloukas is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Despite Papaloukas played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
   #9. International center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Theodoros Papaloukas. However that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which brought him to that list. Schortsanitis managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in a victory against the closely-ranked Cedevita (19-7) 87-77. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (24-2) is placed first. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Schortsanitis has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #10. Forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Fotsis helped Armani Milano win their game against the 11th-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-18) 84-76. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Fotsis has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Fotsis is also an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Gran Canaria 2014 (12-20) in their last game. Despite his good performance Gran Canaria 2014 lost 62-77 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) Valencia Basket. Bramos was the second best scorer with 10 points in 22 minutes. Bramos has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Bramos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #12. International guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) was not able to help Enel Brindisi in their game against Biancoblu BO in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Charalampidis also added 5 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). It was his first game for Enel Brindisi this season. Despite Charalampidis played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) helped S.Antimo win their game against the eighth-ranked Morpho Basket 92-78 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kommatos scored 16 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 4 assists and added 6 steals in 28 minutes. Kommatos has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in the eight games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kommatos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) was not able to secure a victory for Lottomatica Roma in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian SerieA. Despite his good performance last Wednesday He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kakiouzis has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kakiouzis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, another player represented by Interperformances) helped ASVEL win their game against one of league's weakest teams Pau-Lacq-Orthez 72-53 in the French ProA on Friday night. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Haritopoulos has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 12 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Haritopoulos is currently in the Greek national team roster.



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
Group A
 1. Leiden 3-1 
 2. Den Bosch 2-2 
 3. Leeuwarden 1-3 
Group B
 1. Groningen 3-1 
 2. Zwolle 2-2 
 3. Nijmegen 1-3 
Places 7-8
 1. Weert 5-23 
 2. Rotterdam 4-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

A

May. 1: Leiden - Leeuwarden 82-72

B

May. 1: Groningen - Zwolle 84-80 2OT

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 3: Leiden - Zwolle
May. 3: Groningen - Den Bosch


Eredivisie: Second stage is over, Semifinals set - by Eurobasket News

Second stage of Eredivisie is over. Leiden is the winner of Group A with 3-1 record, while the first place in Group B belongs to Groningen (3-1 as well). The Semifinals start on Thursday and pairs are Leiden - Zwolle and Groningen - Den Bosch. The format is best-of-five. Leiden and Groningen will have a home court advantage in their series. Second and third games are scheduled for May 6 and 8. If necessary, teams will meet in fourth and fifth games.

Group A
1. Leiden 3-1
2. Den Bosch 2-2
3. Leeuwarden 1-3

Group B
1. Groningen 3-1
2. Zwolle 2-2
3. Nijmegen 1-3



Group A

Leiden - Leeuwarden 82-72
The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Leeuwarden was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Leeuwarden 39-25 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Leeuwarden was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Lance Jeter (190-88, college: Nebraska) with 22 points and his fellow American import guard Brandon Rozzell (187-89, college: VCU) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Leiden: A.Slagter 18+3reb+3ast, J.Shepherd 13+8reb+1ast, S.Boxley 10+2reb+2ast, P.Hilliman 9+6reb, T.Jackson 9+5reb+4ast, W.de Jong 7+1reb
Leeuwarden: L.Jeter 22+2reb+3ast, M.Adako 15+4reb, S.Poels 12+3reb+1ast, B.Rozzell 12+5reb+3ast, M.Sanchez 9+5reb, A.Dawson 2+1reb


gschID: 174860

Group B
Groningen - Zwolle 84-80 2OT
American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Groningen's coach Hakim Salem used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American-Ghanian forward Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Cameron Wells (185-88, college: Citadel, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Groningen: A.Wesby 24+7reb+3ast, J.Dourisseau 18+9reb+2ast, J.Voorn 11+2reb+3ast, D.Bell 10+3reb+4ast, T.Koenis 6+4reb, B.Defares 5+1reb+1ast
Zwolle: G.Robinson 19+6reb, A.Saaka 19+8reb+2ast, C.Wells 18+7reb+1ast, D.Huffman 12+5reb+5ast, K.Zondervan 6+4reb+1ast, A.Bunnig 3+1reb



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Balazs Szoke stays with Kaposvari KK - by Levente Szabo

After failing short in the playoff race, Kaposvari KK is looking ahead and has already started to build their Hungarian core for next year. Balazs Szoke (200-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) is one of the first signings of next season as he signed for one more year with the club this week. The experienced forward played most of his career in Kaposvar. After joining back the team last season, he averaged 4.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg as a captain of Kaposvar. Based on the official website of the team some other signings will be published soon.


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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 1: Olympia R. - Vancouver V. 99-114
May. 3: Olympia R. - Portland C.
May. 4: Vancouver V. - Olympia R.
May. 4: Orlando V. - Bellingham S.
May. 4: Edmonton E. - Jersey G-F



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.5 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.4 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik21.9 
 6. Bullock, Grindavik21.4 
 7. Cole, Keflavik21.0 
 8. Sovic, IR20.5 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
 10. Brown, KR20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.0 
 2. Hairston, Thor T.12.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.1 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Cole, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik9.6 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.6 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giordan WATSON
  Grindavik
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Watson, Grindavik7.2 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan7.1 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.5 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl5.3 
 6. Brown, KR4.7 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 8. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.7 
 4. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 5. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 6. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 7. Parker, Keflavik2.2 
 8. Govens, Thor Thorl2.1 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan2.0 
 10. Brown, KR1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hairston, Thor T.3.7 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 
 5. Ferguson, KR1.1 
 6. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 7. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 8. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.0 
 10. Barja, Haukar0.9 


Grindavik celebrate Express League title - by Eurobasket News

Thor Thorl - Grindavik 72:78

Grindavik are the new Express League champions. They overcame Thor Thorl on the road to clinch the trophy. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.) stepped up with impressive 36 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Grindavik surged ahead early in the game. The visitors posted 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Thor Thorl however stopped the bleeding in the second quarter. The hosts took over and surged ahead. Thor Thorl registered a 36:33 halftime advantage. Grindavik went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They accounted for 26 points in the quarter taking a 6-point lead at the final intermission. Thor Thorl got within a single point 70:71 with under a minute remaining in regulation. But J'Nathan Bullock came up with six points in the reminder of the contest and sealed the win for Grindavik. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) provided 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Thorleifur Olafsson (192-G/F-84) knocked down 10 points in the win. Darrin Govens (185-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) reacted with 26 points for Thor Thorl. Joseph Henley (196-F-85, college: Sacred Heart) notched 17 points in the loss.

Thor Thorl: Darrin Govens 26, Joseph Henley 17
Grindavik: J'Nathan Bullock 36, Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 12, Thorleifur Olafsson 10



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  IRAN   


Mahram advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Mahram advanced to the Finals as they swept the Semifinal series over Azad. Game 3 became the last in the series as the defending champions celebrated a 92:78 win. They trailed 6:15 in the opening tip and had 17:24 after the first 10 minutes. A 16-2 run however in the second frame allowed them to take the lead and dominate the game. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) erupted with 32 points and Samad Nik Khahbahramioloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) netted 20. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) scored 13, while Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) notched 12. Mousa Nabipour (213-C-83) replied with 21 points in the losing effort.
Petrochimi meanwhile reduced in the series against Foolan. They beat the opponent 105:84 and now reduced to 1-2 in the series. Petrochimi will hope for Game 4 to tie the score.



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.5 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.20.7 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.7 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.19.7 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.3 
 6. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.2 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.0 
 8. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.6 
 9. Carter, Maccabi17.4 
 10. Duncan, Maccabi17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaac ROSEFELT
  Bnei H.
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rosefelt, Bnei H.9.3 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.3 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.5 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi8.4 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi8.3 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.6 
 7. Uter, Maccabi7.4 
 8. Killingswort., Iro.7.3 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.2 
 10. Kitchen, Maccabi7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon7.9 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.5 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.7.1 
 4. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.8 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.4.8 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 7. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 9. Naimy, Hapoel J-M4.3 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 2. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.9 
 3. Lifshitz, Elitzu.1.8 
 4. Limonad, Ironi A.1.8 
 5. Kitchen, Maccabi1.8 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 7. Robinson, B.C. H.1.7 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.1.7 
 9. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.7 
 10. Berkowitz, Ironi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.1 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi1.4 
 5. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.2 
 7. Rosefelt, Bnei H.1.0 
 8. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 9. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.0 
 10. Wilkerson, Maccab.0.9 


Premier League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 72-77

Galil Gilboa was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 45-38 second half run of Maccabi Ashdod. The former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75) nailed 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and American swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 24 points and 5 rebounds. American Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) came up with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) added 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Galil Gilboa in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 24+5reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 14+8reb+9ast, A.Tyus 12+9reb, J.Duncan 9+6reb+1ast, I.Iram 8+1reb+2ast, G.Karni 5+2reb
Galil Gilboa: C.Fells 26+6reb+4ast, J.Jones 16+7reb, D.Yavzuri 10+4reb+5ast, W.Hatcher 7+3reb+1ast, R.Travis 6+9reb+5ast, I.Kozikaro 5+6reb
gschID: 175358


Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 78-73

The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) produced 24 points and 4 assists and the former international point guard Moran Roth (183-82) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: D.Strawberry 17+5reb+2ast, Y.Naimy 14+4reb+6ast, R.Bradley 14+1reb+2ast, M.Mizrahi 9+3reb, E.Kadir 8+3reb+1ast, B.Randle 8+4reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: R.Lewis 24+4reb+4ast, M.Roth 13+1reb+7ast, T.Mitchell 13+4reb+1ast, B.Dunston 12+7reb, S.Daniel 7+7reb, P.Sullivan 4+10reb
gschID: 175359


Maccabi T-A - B.C. Habikaa 99-76

The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to B.C. Habikaa's 34. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. International guard Yogev Ohayon (189-87) fired 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 22 points and the other American import swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: Y.Ohayon 16+3reb+7ast, K.Langford 16+4reb+6ast, S.James 15+7reb+3ast, D.Blu 15+4reb+3ast, D.Smith 14+5reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 10+5reb+3ast
B.C. Habikaa: T.Gillenwater 22+3reb+1ast, F.Robinson 11+6reb+2ast, N.Cohen 11+4reb, G.Porat 9+3reb+2ast, D.Dowell 9+9reb+1ast, E.Skverer 8+3ast
gschID: 175360


Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Ashkelon 63-64

The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) stepped up and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Five Ironi Ashkelon and four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: T.Skinn 15+6reb+5ast, R.Limonad 13+5reb+2ast, M.Killingsworth 13+4reb, D.Mitchell 11+4reb+6ast, J.Skeen 10+7reb+1ast, N.Berkowitz 2+2reb+1ast
Maccabi Rishon: D.Kitchen 12+5reb, A.Uter 11+15reb+3ast, J.Crawford 11+6ast, A.Ben David 10+2reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 10+3reb+2ast, B.Bowman 9+10reb+1ast
gschID: 175357



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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 23-8 
 2. Bennet Cantu 21-10 
 3. Armani Mit 21-10 
 4. Banco di Sard. 19-12 
 5. Scavolini PS 19-12 
 6. CS Bologna 19-12 
 7. Umana Venezia 17-14 
 8. Cimberio VA 16-15 
 9. Sidigas AV 14-17 
 10. Angelico BI 13-18 
 11. Benetton TV 13-18 
 12. Vanoli CR 13-18 
 13. Acea Roma 13-19 
 14. Banca Tercas 12-19 
 15. Fabi Shoes 12-19 
 16. Otto Caserta 12-19 
 17. Novipiu CM 7-24 

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 2: Angelico BI - Otto Caserta 88-84
May. 2: Banca Tercas - Novipiu CM 83-77
May. 2: Scavolini PS - Acea Roma 82-75
May. 2: Banco di Sard. - Umana Venezia 81-74
May. 2: Bennet Cantu - Fabi Shoes 81-63
May. 2: Sidigas AV - Cimberio VA 78-77
May. 2: Benetton TV - Armani Mit 76-84
May. 2: Montepaschi - CS Bologna 69-78

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 6: Fabi Shoes - Montepaschi
May. 6: CS Bologna - Bennet Cantu
May. 6: Vanoli CR - Benetton TV
May. 6: Umana Venezia - Sidigas AV
May. 6: Otto Caserta - Banco di Sard.
May. 6: Novipiu CM - Scavolini PS
May. 6: Armani Mit - Angelico BI
May. 6: Cimberio VA - Banca Tercas


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.5 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. White, Scavolin.17.4 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.6 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI16.1 
 7. Hickman, Scavolin.16.1 
 8. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 9. Green, Sidigas AV15.5 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.9 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.1 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.9 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Jones, Scavolini PS7.4 
 7. Gigli, CS Bologna7.2 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.4 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.5 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.1 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.0 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Poeta, CS Bologna3.9 
 7. Mekel, Benetton TV3.6 
 8. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.5 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI3.3 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 4. Green, Sidigas AV2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.2 
 6. Rich, Vanoli CR2.0 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 10. Poeta, CS Bologna1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Acea Roma
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Varnado, Acea Roma1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.3 
 4. Easley, Banco d.1.1 
 5. Johnson, Sidigas1.1 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Viggiano, Benetton.0.9 
 8. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 9. Brunner, Bennet C.0.9 
 10. Bourousis, Armani0.8 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Musso, Napoli19.8 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.16.9 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo15.1 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.8 
 8. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.5 
 9. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.3 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.7 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.9 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.7 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.1 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste7.9 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.8 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..7.5 
 10. Raminelli, Castel.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Musso, Napoli4.2 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.2 
 3. Traini, Recanati3.9 
 4. Marino, Treviglio3.9 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 6. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 8. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.3.0 
 10. Vico, Matera3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 3. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 4. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 8. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 9. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 10. Musso, Napoli2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 5. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 6. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 7. Raminelli, Castell.1.1 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Benevelli, Orlandi.0.9 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.0.9 


Nazionale A Round 3 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Playoff
Ferentino - Latina Basket 102-72 (2-1)

The game was mostly controlled by Ferentino. Latina Basket was better in second period 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 29-of-29 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Ferentino outrebounded Latina Basket 37-19 including a 30-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ferentino especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. It was a good game for naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Ferentino players scored in double figures. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international point guard Riccardo Serena (181-82) answered with 16 points and point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (188-91) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for Latina Basket.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 17+4reb+3ast, L.Panzini 17+3reb, A.Iannuzzi 16+6reb+2ast, F.Ihedioha 13+9reb, G.Andrea Fratini 10, S.Parrillo 10+1ast
Latina Basket: R.Serena 16+1reb, S.Orlando 15+1reb, R.Tavernelli 13+3reb, A.Quarisa 7+5reb, G.Gazzotti 7+1reb, A.Pastore 5+1reb
gschID: 175951


Recanati - Orlandina 88-76 (2-1)

The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 47-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Recanati made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Orlandina turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Andrea Traini (-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) helped adding 13 points. The best for the losing side was forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) with 29 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85, agency: Two Points) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Recanati: A.Traini 28+6reb+5ast, M.Evangelisti 13+2reb+1ast, A.Pierini 10+3reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 9+5reb+1ast, M.Ceron 8+4reb+1ast, S.Centanni 8+1reb+3ast
Orlandina: N.Crow 29+5reb, A.Benevelli 20+9reb+2ast, G.Zampolli 11+1reb+2ast, F.Zanelli 7+3reb+2ast, L.Bisconti 4+5reb, M.Cardinali 3+3reb+7ast
gschID: 175952


Playout
San Severo - Matera 51-49 (2-1)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Matera won fourth quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) who recorded 4 points and 14 rebounds and guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
San Severo: G.Rugolo 21+7reb, R.Marzoli 10+5reb, I.Scarponi 10+7reb+2ast, F.Candido 5+14reb, F.Amoroso 4+3reb+1ast, M.Poluzzi 1
Matera: G.Cantagalli 14+5reb, F.Centrone 13+4reb, L.Tardito 8+8reb, M.Castoro 5, A.LaGioia 5+3reb, S.Vico 4+14reb+3ast
gschID: 175953



SerieA Round 33: Leader Montepaschi Siena loses to CS Bologna - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Montepaschi Siena (23-8) recorded its eighth loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked CS Bologna (19-12) 78-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 45-25 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-87, college: Memphis) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Scavolini PS and Banco di Sard. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top position with eight games lost. CS Bologna is looking forward to face league's second-placed Bennet Cantu at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montepaschi Siena will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Avellino. Ninth ranked Air Avellino (14-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Cimberio Varese (16-15) 78-77 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. It was a good game for American power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. Marques Green contributed with 15 points and 10 assists for the winners. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) answered with 23 points and 6 assists for Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Air Avellino maintains ninth place with 14-17 record. Cimberio Varese at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Air Avellino will play against higher ranked Umana Venezia (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cimberio Varese will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Cantu. Local Bennet Cantu (21-10) beat 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (12-19) 81-63 on Wednesday night. Doron Perkins stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Bennet Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Jerel McNeal with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-10 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi, which they share with Armani Mit. Loser Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Otto Caserta and Banca Tercas. Bennet Cantu will meet CS Bologna (#6) on the road in the next round. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena (#1) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 33 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Novipiu CM was defeated by Banca Tercas in Teramo 83-77. Banco di Sard. beat Umana Venezia at home 81-74. Acea Roma lost to Scavolini PS on the opponent's court 75-82. Angelico BI managed to outperform Otto Caserta in a home game 88-84. Armani Mit managed to beat Benetton TV on the road 84-76.


Bennet Cantu - Fabi Shoes 81-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cantu. Local Bennet Cantu (21-10) beat 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (12-19) 81-63 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Bennet Cantu. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro managed to win fourth quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bennet Cantu forced 20 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's players. American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and the former international guard Gianluca Basile (192-75) chipped in 14 points. Bennet Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Jerel McNeal (191-87, college: Marquette) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Coby Karl (196-83, college: Boise St., agency: Priority Sports) scored 15 points. Four Fabi Shoes Montegranaro players scored in double figures. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-10 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi, which they share with Armani Mit. Loser Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Otto Caserta and Banca Tercas. Bennet Cantu will meet CS Bologna (#6) on the road in the next round. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: J.McNeal 16+6reb, C.Karl 15+4reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 10+6reb, F.Di Bella 10+5reb+1ast, V.Mazzola 8+3reb+3ast, M.Ianua 2
Bennet Cantu: D.Perkins 15+10reb+6ast, G.Basile 14+1reb+3ast, M.Leunen 9+1ast, G.Brunner 8+6reb, M.Markoishvili 8+2reb+3ast, A.Cinciarini 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 150891


Banca Tercas - Novipiu CM 83-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 17th ranked Novipiu CM's (7-24) road loss to sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (12-19) 77-83 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-77. Forward Achille Polonara (203-91) stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Novipiu CM's coach Andrea Valentini let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Banca Tercas moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Otto Caserta and Fabi Shoes. Newly promoted Novipiu CM stay dead last with 24 lost games. Banca Tercas will meet higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novipiu CM will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Novipiu CM: O.Stevic 20+12reb, R.Minard 19+5reb+4ast, O.Nnamaka 12+3reb, M.Janning 8+2reb+3ast, S.Pierich 5+2reb, M.Malaventura 4
Banca Tercas: A.Polonara 21+9reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 20+6reb+1ast, D.Brown 13+3reb+7ast, R.Fultz 9+1reb+7ast, B.Brown 8+2reb+1ast, M.Borisov 7+4reb
gschID: 150892


Banco di Sard. - Umana Venezia 81-74

No shocking result in a game in Sassari where fourth ranked Banco di Sard. (19-12) defeated 7th ranked Umana Venezia (17-14) 81-74 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Umana Venezia won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. Five Banco di Sard. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) with 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Banco di Sard. maintains fourth place with 19-12 record, which they share with Scavolini PS and CS Bologna. Umana Venezia lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Banco di Sard. will meet Otto Caserta (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Umana Venezia will play against Air Avellino (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: S.Szewczyk 25+8reb, K.Kee Clark 14+3reb+6ast, T.Slay 13+3reb+2ast, T.Fantoni 8+4reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 5+4reb+2ast, A.Young 4+6reb+1ast
Banco di Sard.: V.Plisnic 16+4reb+2ast, T.Diener 16+2reb+8ast, T.Easley 14+12reb, Q.Hosley 14+4reb+6ast, D.Diener 10+8reb+2ast, M.Vanuzzo 6+3reb
gschID: 150893


Montepaschi - CS Bologna 69-78

Top ranked Montepaschi Siena (23-8) recorded its eighth loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked CS Bologna (19-12) 78-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 45-25 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-87, college: Memphis) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) added 12 points respectively. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Scavolini PS and Banco di Sard. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top position with eight games lost. CS Bologna is looking forward to face league's second-placed Bennet Cantu at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montepaschi Siena will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: K.Lavrinovic 17+5reb+2ast, B.McCalebb 12+1reb+3ast, R.Kaukenas 11+1reb+2ast, N.Zisis 6+4reb+3ast, P.Aradori 6+2reb, T.Ress 5
CS Bologna: C.Douglas-Roberts 21+6reb+1ast, P.Koponen 19+4reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 16+15reb+1ast, L.Vitali 8+3reb, A.Gigli 7+9reb+2ast, G.Poeta 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 150888


Scavolini PS - Acea Roma 82-75

Very expected game when 12th ranked Lottomatica Roma (13-19) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (19-12) 82-75 on Wednesday. Lottomatica Roma was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Scavolini Pesaro made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 19 points. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) with 18 points and forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Lottomatica Roma's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Banco di Sard. and CS Bologna. Lottomatica Roma lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will meet bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lottomatica Roma will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Acea Roma: C.Tucker 18+4reb+3ast, M.Mordente 16+2reb+1ast, J.Varnado 11+8reb+2ast, M.Kakiouzis 8+5reb, N.Gordic 7+2reb+3ast, U.Slokar 6+5reb+1ast
Scavolini PS: J.White 25+5reb+5ast, R.Hickman 19+2reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 12+6reb, D.Cavaliero 10+5reb+4ast, D.Hackett 9+1reb+3ast, A.Urbutis 4+3reb
gschID: 150889


Angelico BI - Otto Caserta 88-84

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Angelico Biella and 14th ranked Otto Caserta had identical 12-18 record. This time Angelico Biella used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Caserta 88-84 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 4 points. Angelico Biella forced 21 Otto Caserta turnovers. Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) chipped in 22 points and 6 steals. The best for the losing side was Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Angelico Biella and four Otto Caserta players scored in double figures. Otto Caserta's coach Stefano Sacripanti let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Angelico Biella (13-18) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Benetton TV and Vanoli CR. Loser Otto Caserta keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Banca Tercas and Fabi Shoes. Angelico Biella will meet higher ranked Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Otto Caserta will play against Banco di Sard. (#4) in Sassari and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Otto Caserta: A.Smith 20+6reb+1ast, A.Stipanovic 18+10reb+1ast, A.Collins 15+9ast, A.Doornekamp 12+6reb+1ast, C.Bell 6+4reb+2ast, G.Maresca 6+4reb+1ast
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 22+1reb+3ast, J.Pullen 22+1reb, T.Dragicevic 13+7reb+6ast, A.Miralles 12+6reb+1ast, G.Jurak 10+6reb+2ast, M.Lagana 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150890


Benetton TV - Armani Mit 76-84

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Benetton Treviso (13-18) was defeated at home by third ranked Armani Milano (21-10) 84-76 on Wednesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But Benetton Treviso won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 assists for the winners and Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (197-84, college: Massachusetts) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Armani Milano have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Bennet Cantu. Loser Benetton Treviso keeps the tenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Angelico BI and Vanoli CR. Armani Milano will meet at home Angelico Biella (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Benetton Treviso will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: J.Viggiano 18+5reb, B.Ortner 17+6reb+1ast, V.Moldoveanu 9+1reb, G.Mekel 8+3reb+2ast, M.Bulleri 8+1reb+1ast, J.Thomas 7+5reb
Armani Mit: O.Cook 23+2reb+6ast, I.Bourousis 22+6reb+2ast, A.Gentile 13+8reb, M.Hairston 9+4reb+1ast, A.Fotsis 6+7reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 150886


Sidigas AV - Cimberio VA 78-77

Important game to mention about took place in Avellino. Ninth ranked Air Avellino (14-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Cimberio Varese (16-15) 78-77 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. It looked good early as Cimberio Varese took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Air Avellino took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. Cimberio Varese was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists for the winners. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) answered with 23 points and 6 assists and center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) added 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Five Air Avellino and four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Air Avellino maintains ninth place with 14-17 record. Cimberio Varese at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Air Avellino will play against higher ranked Umana Venezia (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cimberio Varese will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 23+2reb+6ast, D.Fajardo 18+10reb+1ast, K.Kangur 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 11+5reb, J.Talts 7+6reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 5+2reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: L.Johnson 18+18reb+1ast, T.Dean 16+1reb+2ast, V.Gaddefors 15+1ast, M.Green 15+3reb+10ast, R.Slay 10+7reb+1ast, A.Infanti 2
gschID: 150887



Serie C Regionale Campania - Round 28 Results - by Crazy



SERIE C REGIONALE CAMPANIA - ROUND 28 RESULTS

POULE PROMOZIONE


Cercola - RF Group Matera: 85-92
Capua - Casavatore: 72-51
Senise - Scafati: 69-71
Maddaloni - Savoia: 97-71
S.Maria - Eosolare Matera: 72-71
Stabia - Casaurea: 68-66
Meomartini - Arzano: 78-68
Cala Moresca - Mugnano: 88-59

POULE RETROCESSIONE

Barra - Nola: 48-70
Telese - Solofra: 48-53

Scoring Leaders: Njegos Visnjic (199-F-79) (Maddaloni) 24.1 points per game; Accettola (Meomartini) 21.6 ppg; Andrija Djukanovic (205-PF-89) (Telese) 19.9 ppg; Dominik Kos (198-G/F-87) (Senise) 19.2 ppg; Gallaro (Meomartini) 18.1 ppg; Aprea (Casavatore) 17.6 ppg; Riccardo Fiore (182-G-85) (Mugnano) 16.9 ppg; Antonio Auriemma (202-F-84) (S.Maria) 16.2 ppg

Njegos Visnjic wins the scoring title of C Regionale Campania for the 3rd consecutive year: he scores 24.0 ppg in 2009 with Agropoli and 22.8 ppg in 2010 with Benevento.



Italian shooting guard Amedeo Della Valle signs with Ohio State - by Eurobasket News

Ohio State coach Thad Matta has confirmed he has signed 6-foot-4 shooting guard Amedeo Della Valle (196-G-93) to a letter of intent.

The signing had been expected ever since Della Valle, who played high school ball at powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., visited campus recently and then verbally committed to the Buckeyes.

Della Valle, a native of Alba, Italy, will begin classes on June 18 and will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2012-13 season.

He led Italy in scoring at 15.1 points a game in the 2011 U-18 European Championships.

Courtesy of http://ca.sports.yahoo.com



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  KOSOVO   


Play-offs begin today - by Dren Shporta

With two matches on the program today, BKT Superliga Play-Offs begin. Bashkimi will host Kolegji Univers, while Peja hosts Kosova Vushtrri in the first play-off clashes.

The third placed Peja in four matches with Kosova Vushtrri has a 2 2 record, two victories and two defeats. But, they should have no problem in play-offs against Kosova. Peja
with their Croatian coach have started very well the second part of the season in BKT Superliga.

On the other hand, Bashkimi, that came to itself with the new (fourth) coach of the season, Montenegrin Rejhan Palamar , in four matches against Kolegji Univers has a positive record
of 3 victories and only one defeat.

First matches of play-off quarterfinals will be played tonight, while the returning matches are 4 days later. Bashkimi and Peja start the tie with 1-0, because of better result against
their opponents.

Reigning champions, Sigal Prishtina and new Cup Winners, Trepca, will wait in semifinals the winners of the respective matches, Bashkimi vs Kolegji Univers, Peja vs. Kosova
Vushtrri.





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  LEBANON   


GAME 5 between Riyadi and Anibal - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In one of the best series ever to be played in the new era of Lebanese Basketball League Anibal and Riyadi will be going to Game 5 on Thursday Nay 3rd 2012 after the big win of Anibal against Riyadi in Zahle on the score of 88-76 , this win comes the first time this season on their home court ( In Zahle) , the previous 2 wins were in Manara ( Riyadis court) . Like in the previous 3 games the game saw a rocket start but this time for both teams who scored 5 three pointers in the first minutes of the game this start was through Jay Youngblood and Leroy Hurd from Anibal and Andre Emett for Riyadi who continued from where he stopped in game 3 when he had 46 points. This tempo was continued but minute after minute Anibal start imposing its tempo and building a lead as much as 15 points despite the comebacks of Riyadi that reduced the difference , In the end of the 2nd quarter Anibal controlled the tempo of the game and scored many unanswered points which gave them a comfortable lead of 15 points at the half on the score of 54-39. This big lead was due of the big contribution of Mazen Mneimneh who was scoring from everywhere together with Jay Youngblood and Leroy Hurd. The end of the 2nd quarter saw a huge blow to Riyadi for the outcome of the game with the injury of Ismail Ahmad in his finger.
The start of 3rd quarter saw a different scenario , Riyadi made a 7-0 run which reduced the difference and started to impose their game but Anibal regrouped and started fighting back to have a 9points lead at the end of the 3rd . Ismail Ahmad didnt continue all the quarter and was rested in the 4th.
The 4th quarter saw Anibal cruising into a big win and they led as much as 18 points through the great teamwork and Organized defense they applied. Riyadi players slowed down their tempo and it was obvious they started thinking about game 5 , On the other side Anibal remained focused throughout all the 40 minutes to cruise in the end to a big win on the score of 88-76.

Andre Emmett led Riyadi wih 23 points and he received a help in the 2nd half from Jean Abed El Nour with 21 points. As for Anibal Jay Youngblood had 22 points , Leroy Hurd 19 points and Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) with 20 points.



Champville to the Finals for the 3rd consecutive season - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Champville will play its 3rd consecutive Final this season after managing to win the series against Sagesse on the score of 3-0. Sagesse who missed for this game Nate Johnson had nothing to lose and this turned very positive to the 3 times Asian Champion , the Locals played a very good game and they led at the half 35-34. This lead was lost in the 3rd due to the big quarter made by Champville players and especially Sam Hoskin who finished the game with 35 points ( Champville was playing the game without Marcus Haislip who was rested ) . The 3rd quarter finished for Champville on the score of 63-52. The 4th quarter saw Sagesse coming back in the game and causing lot of problems to Champvilles defense this come back obliged Coach Ghassan Sarkis to bring Fadi Khatib on the court for the last 3 minutes of the game ( Khatib was rested for this game) , this little minutes for Fadi secured the game on the score of 84-79, he scored 5 points ( 5 free throws ) and sent his team flying to the Finals to meet the winner of the series Riyadi vs Anibal.
For the first time this season Charbel Sokhen led his team with 24 points , Joey Akkawi with 17 and Sabah Khoury with 18. As for Champville Samuel Hoskin had 35 points and 10 points for the youngster Paul Iskandar.



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.18.0 
 2. Mazeika, Neptunas15.2 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.0 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.8 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.14.6 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.13.9 
 7. Long, Siauliai13.6 
 8. Urbonas, Juventus13.3 
 9. Reminas, Naglis P.13.0 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.7 
 3. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.1 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.5 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.6.4 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.1 
 8. Valeika, Neptunas6.0 
 9. Katelynas, Lietuv.5.9 
 10. Adomaitis, Kedain.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.3 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.1 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.3 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.0 
 6. Popovic, Zalgiris3.7 
 7. Broadus, Siauliai3.7 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 9. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.5 
 10. Samenas, Sakalai3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cam LONG
  Siauliai
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Long, Siauliai2.1 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai1.7 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 5. Salenga, Zalgiris1.6 
 6. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 7. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 8. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.5 
 9. Dainys, Neptunas1.5 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudu.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.9 
 6. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis0.8 
 10. Joneliunas, Sakal.0.7 


LKL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos rytas - Siauliai 82-67

Lietuvos Rytas outscored Siauliai by 15 points to enter the Final. Lietuvos rytas dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Siauliai's 20 and made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Siauliai 42-25 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 33 personal fouls committed by Siauliai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Arturas Jomantas (200-85) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU) responded with 20 points and American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Valanciunas 23+7reb+2ast, A.Rasic 14+1ast, S.Babrauskas 14+3reb+1ast, L.Roberts 9+9reb, M.Katelynas 8+8reb+1ast, A.Jomantas 8+9reb+3ast
Siauliai: R.Broadus 20+3reb, C.Long 13+3ast, V.Liutych 9+1reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 6+3reb+1ast, M.Zukauskas 6+1reb+1ast, A.Siksnius 5
gschID: 175268


Zalgiris - Rudupis 89-81

Zalgiris shot down Rudupis for the second time in a row to make into the Final. Rudupis was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 45-36 second half run of Zalgiris. Rudupis was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) notched 27 points to lead the effort and the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) by swingman Gediminas Orelikas (198-90) did not help to save the game for Rudupis. Forward Simas Buterlevicius (200-89) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Popovic 27+3reb+2ast, P.Jankunas 14+5reb+1ast, D.Salenga 13+3reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 8+9reb, T.Delininkaitis 7+1reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 7+9reb+10ast
Rudupis: S.Buterlevicius 18+5reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 18+6reb+3ast, A.Juskevicius 14+5reb+4ast, G.Kadziulis 9+4reb+1ast, A.Labuckas 8+3reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 8+2reb
gschID: 175269



VTB League: CSKA beat Lietuvos Rytas to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Lietuvos Rytas 79:72

CSKA will play in VTB League Final. They silenced sell-out crowd at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius edging local favorites Lietuvos Rytas and entering the Final. CSKA will play against Unics tomorrow. Lietuvos Rytas will take on Lokomotiv Kuban in Bronze medals game.
The hosts started with four points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the opening quarter. However CSKA eked out a narrow 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. The Moscow team used a 9:0 run early in the second frame to open a 31:22 advantage. The visitors stayed in front posting a 41:38 halftime lead. CSKA tried to keep Lietuvos Rytas at distance throughout the third quarter. The home team managed to pull within three points at the final intermission 52:55. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) finally drew things level at 61 midway through the final frame. However Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) immediately restored lead for CSKA. Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) put Lietuvos Rytas within three points with just 11 seconds to go. However Milos Teodosic and Shved capped the regulation with four points in a row and brought victory to CSKA. Andrei Kirilenko chipped in 19 points, Milos Teodosic notched 13 points and 7 assists, while Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) contributed 12 points in the winning effort. Aleksandar Rasic answered with 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Predrag Samardziski finished with 15 points in the loss.

CSKA: Andrei Kirilenko 19, Milos Teodosic 13, Nenad Krstic 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Aleksandar Rasic 16, Predrag Samardziski 15



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 23-4 
 2. Guaymas 21-6 
 3. Tijuana 19-8 
 4. Nogales 13-14 
 5. Guasave 13-14 
 6. Cananea 13-14 
 7. Los Mochis 12-15 
 8. Culiacan 10-17 
 9. Navolato 9-18 
 10. Tepic 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 27

May. 1: Guasave - Nogales 95-90
May. 1: Tijuana - Hermosillo 86-99
May. 1: Los Mochis - Navolato 84-74
May. 1: Cananea - Culiacan 117-109
May. 1: Guaymas - Tepic 103-87

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 4: Guaymas - Navolato
May. 4: Cananea - Tepic
May. 4: Tijuana - Guasave
May. 4: Nogales - Los Mochis
May. 4: Hermosillo - Culiacan


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 O''Louis MCCULLOUGH
  Nogales
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23
 1. McCullough, Nogales23.0 
 2. Robinson, Culiacan22.9 
 3. Thomas, Cananea22.0 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato20.7 
 5. Carter, Guasave20.6 
 6. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 7. Habel, Guaymas19.1 
 8. Riley, Tepic17.9 
 9. Johnson, Guaymas17.8 
 10. Gibson, Navolato17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Riley, Tepic10.9 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato9.0 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan8.1 
 5. Zamora, Culiacan7.6 
 6. Lopez, Hermosillo7.5 
 7. Habel, Guaymas7.2 
 8. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
 9. Moore, Guasave7.0 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 2. Nungaray, Guaymas5.7 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 4. Harris, Cananea4.3 
 5. Pulido, Culiacan4.0 
 6. Riley, Tepic3.9 
 7. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 8. Swanson, Tepic3.3 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana3.2 
 10. Heredia, Nogales3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  Navolato
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 2. Riley, Tepic1.7 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 4. Buelna, Guasave1.6 
 5. Pulido, Culiacan1.5 
 6. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 7. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 9. Heredia, Nogales1.2 
 10. Carter, Guasave1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Riley, Tepic3.6 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan1.0 
 5. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 6. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 7. Johnson, Guaymas0.7 
 8. Giron, Guasave0.6 
 9. Cuen, Los Mochis0.6 
 10. Verdugo, Navolato0.6 


Mineros de Cananea lands Alexander - by Eurobasket Center

Mineros de Cananea strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Rodney Alexander (201-F-104kg-87, college: Oklahoma City). In his first game he scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds helping his new team beat Culiacan 117-109. Alexander played most recently at IR Reykjavik (Iceland). He is a very experienced player. Alexander played also pro basketball in Brazil, Iceland and USA. He graduated Oklahoma City University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pioneros de Los Mochis lands Funn - by Eurobasket Center

Pioneros de Los Mochis strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard William Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.). In his first game he scored 8 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and 7 assists helping his new team beat Navolato 84-74. Funn played most recently at Santa Barbara Breakers (WCBL) in the U.S. He is a very experienced player. Funn played also pro basketball in Canada, Dominican Rep., Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Venezuela. He graduated Portland State University in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CIBACOPA Round 27: Rayos de Hermosillo beats Tijuana Zonkeys in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tijuana. First ranked Rayos de Hermosillo faced 3rd placed Tijuana Zonkeys. Guests from Hermosillo (23-4) defeated host Tijuana Zonkeys (19-8) 99-86. The game was mostly controlled by Rayos de Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to win fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rayos de Hermosillo shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who scored 27 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded 30 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-4 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with eight games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Guasave was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (13-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-14). Frayles de Guasave managed to secure a 5-point victory 95-90. It was a good game for American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Alonso Izaguirre contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) answered with 32 points and 9 rebounds for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nogales and Cananea. Frayles de Guasave will again play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) at home in the next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Guaymas. Local Ostioneros de Guaymas (21-6) beat 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (2-25) 103-87 on Tuesday night. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Jerome Habel who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach LaSelle Taylor used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Ray Reese with 29 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ostioneros de Guaymas. They maintain second place with 21-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Coras de Tepic at the other side stay dead last with 25 lost games. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again meet at home bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 27 Navolato was defeated by Los Mochis in a road game 84-74. Cananea beat Culiacan at home 117-109.


Tijuana - Hermosillo 86-99

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tijuana. First ranked Rayos de Hermosillo faced 3rd placed Tijuana Zonkeys. Guests from Hermosillo (23-4) defeated host Tijuana Zonkeys (19-8) 99-86. The game was mostly controlled by Rayos de Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to win fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rayos de Hermosillo shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who scored 27 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded 30 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-4 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with eight games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 27+2reb+2ast, E.Little 20+6reb+1ast, J.Manuel Esteva 15+2ast, S.Monreal 11+6reb+5ast, J.Lopez 11+4reb+4ast, J.Camacho 8+6reb+1ast
Tijuana: M.Morrison 30+9reb+6ast, D.Hugee 20+3reb, C.Tate 17+5reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 7+2reb, A.Solares 4+5reb+3ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171206


Guasave - Nogales 95-90

The game in Guasave was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (13-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-14). Frayles de Guasave managed to secure a 5-point victory 95-90. Fuerza Guinda Nogales were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 48-41 second half run of Frayles de Guasave. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Guinda Nogales' 50. Frayles de Guasave players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) answered with 32 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nogales and Cananea. Frayles de Guasave will again play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) at home in the next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Carter 23+9reb+9ast, A.Izaguirre 20+5reb+3ast, G.Giron 19+1reb+1ast, E.Polynice 18+6reb+4ast, D.Green 9+11reb+3ast, V.Buelna 4+1reb+2ast
Nogales: O.McCullough 32+9reb+2ast, M.Gale 19+7reb+4ast, M.Strobbe 13+3reb+4ast, K.Davis 12+2reb+2ast, C.Estrada 5+3reb+1ast, J.Mercado 4+4reb
gschID: 171207


Los Mochis - Navolato 84-74

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (9-18) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (12-15) 84-74 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros Los Mochis. Garra Canera de Navolato managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 47-36 including 32 on the defensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains seventh place with 12-15 record. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the ninth position with 18 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will again meet at home Garra Canera de Navolato (#9) in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 23+17reb+3ast, S.Scott 19+8reb+2ast, C.M. Toussaint 18+6reb+3ast, W.Funn 8+10reb+7ast, E.Hare 8+2reb+1ast, L.Felipe Diaz 4+1reb
Navolato: C.Moore 24+8reb+1ast, M.Gibson 15+2reb+2ast, R.Selleaze 14+14reb+2ast, J.Angel Reatiga 10+1reb+2ast, C.Uribe 6+7reb+2ast, F.Verdugo 5+1reb
gschID: 171208


Guaymas - Tepic 103-87

The game with biggest result difference took place in Guaymas. Local Ostioneros de Guaymas (21-6) beat 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (2-25) 103-87 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Coras de Tepic managed to win fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Coras de Tepic's players. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) helped adding 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach LaSelle Taylor used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa, agency: David Lee services) with 29 points and 7 rebounds and center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ostioneros de Guaymas. They maintain second place with 21-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Coras de Tepic at the other side stay dead last with 25 lost games. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again meet at home bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 32+13reb+1ast, H.Johnson 18+7reb+6ast, H.Carrillo 14+4reb+4ast, R.Benitez 11+1reb, H.Nungaray 10+3reb+5ast, M.Allen 10+1reb+9ast
Tepic: R.Reese 29+7reb+1ast, D.Riley 23+8reb+1ast, K.Young 19+6reb+3ast, R.Aguilar Nery 6+4reb, E.Swanson 5+9reb+6ast, A.Velarde 3+1reb
gschID: 171204


Cananea - Culiacan 117-109

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Mineros de Cananea (13-14) defeated at home 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-17) 117-109 on Tuesday. Caballeros de Culiacan trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 34-28 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 109-117 at the end of the game. Mineros de Cananea shot 61.8 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 9 assists. Naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) helped adding 22 points and 7 assists. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-86, college: Montana St.) with 32 points (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mineros de Cananea. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guasave and Nogales. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will again meet at home Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) in the next round. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.Thomas 28+2reb+9ast, C.Moore 25+3reb+1ast, F.Harris 22+3reb+7ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 18+6reb+2ast, R.Alexander 13+9reb+2ast, J.Casillas 6+1reb+1ast
Culiacan: R.Zamora 32+4reb+1ast, R.Robinson 18+5reb+4ast, V.Avila 17+5reb, L.Pulido 11+4reb+11ast, R.Lopez 10+1reb+3ast, M.Henderson 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 171205



Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 27 - by Eurobasket News

American Jerome Habel (208-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Guaymas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Tepic (#10, 2-25) with 16-point margin 103-87. Guaymas maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guaymas will need more victories to improve their 21-6 record. In the team's last game Habel had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Habel is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.6ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 66.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana. Morrison impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Tijuana lost that game 86-99 to slightly higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 23-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tijuana still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 19-8 record is not bad at all. Morrison is one of the most experienced players at Tijuana and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American center Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86) of Culiacan (#8). Zamora got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. Despite Zamora's great performance Culiacan lost 109-117 to slightly higher-ranked Cananea (#6, 13-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Culiacan not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zamora could try to bring Culiacan's a little bit higher in the standings. Zamora has individually a great season in Mexico. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (5th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 57.8%. Rodrigo Zamora has also Mexican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales - 32 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis - 23 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Cananea - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Franco Harris (183-G-83) of Cananea - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jose Arturo Farrera Chantiri (204-C-85) of Cananea - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Luis Pulido (188-G-85) of Culiacan - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Alonso Izaguirre (200-G/F-76) of Guasave - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Donbasket 16-1 
 2. PGU-SDUSHOR 11-6 
 3. UASM 11-6 
 4. Gamma 10-7 
 5. Fireball 7-7 
 6. Politech 3-11 
 7. Soroka 2-12 
 8. ASEM 2-12 

Top 4: Round 4

May. 4: UASM - Donbasket
May. 4: PGU-SDUSHOR - Gamma


Top Four results - by Eurobasket News

Top Four teams started their campaign in Tiraspol. In Day 1 PGU-SDUSHOR beat Gamma 105:93, while UASM surprised Donbasket 88:67. In Day 2 Donbasket overcame PGU-SDUSHOR 91:73 and UASM won over Gamma 87:76. In Day 3 Donbasket outscored Gamma 96:79, while PGU-SDUSHOR rolled over UASM 84:73.


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Nikola Vucurovic wins title in Macedonia! - by Darko Pekic

The experienced Montenegrin forward Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and his team MZT Skopje won the League title in Macedonia tonight after they defeated Feni Industries (81:73) in Kavadarci and closed the Final series with 3-1 record. Vucurovic, who came to Skopje after the first part of the season scored 11 points, grabed 4 rebounds and added 1 assist to his teams's success. After he left Mogren, where he was one of the EBL scoring leaders, he averaged 6.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg in 17 games for MZT and helped his new team with experience. Vucurovic knows how to win titles because he has already won a title in Germany with RheinEnergie Koln in 2006.

It is important to mention that MZT Skopje already won the Cup this year.



EBL Play-offs Game 2: Buducnost gets the lead against Lovcen - by Darko Pekic

In the 2nd game of the EBL 2012 Semifinals. Buducnost defeated at home Lovcen in a close game- 80:72 and got the 1-0 lead. If they beat Lovcen tomorow in Cetinje coach Dejan Radonjic 's boys will advance to the Finals. The game started well for Buducnost as they got a 9 point lead after the first quarter. But in the second quarter Lovcen made some extra efforts and did not want to let the game slip away. However,after the halftime the more experienced squad from Podgorica found ways to keep the advantage and they deserved the lead.

Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had a solid game with 19 points while Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) confirmed once again his great shape. He added 18 points to help Buducnost beat their arch rivals. On the other side, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) scored 19 points and Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) added 18.

Both semifinals are scheduled to be continued tomorow at 18h. Maybe the play-off story will reach the end for someone tomorow afternoon?



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.1 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.8 
 6. Anthony, New Y.22.6 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.1 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.8 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.8 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
 10. Chandler, New Y.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.7 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.7 
 10. Miller, Denver N.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 6. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.7 
 10. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 7. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Brand, Philadelph.1.7 


THE EFFECTS OF WORLD PEACE - by Robert Pate

We have heard the final word from David Stern on the penalty brought down on Metta World Peace. Those privy to Wednesdays Press Conference/Call, heard Commissioner Stern say the elbow Metta World Peace threw that caused James Harden a concussion was 'recklessly thrown'. NBA commissioner Stern suspended Metta World Peace seven games without pay on Tuesday. A penalty that will almost assuredly see Peace out of the complete first round of the playoffs for his actions. The Commissioner said during the conference call, 'We look at the previous penalties, we look at who's involved in the altercation, we do take into account the seriousness of the injury and a variety of whatever else is in the atmosphere, and then it just becomes my job to decide what it should be.' A great deal of the decision making process the Commissioner said, involved the inclusion of Metta World Peace's past NBA transgressions. Not speaking directly about, but alluding to when he went by his former name Ron Artest, and received an NBA record 86-game suspension in 2004 for what has been dubbed the 'Malice in the Palace', of Auburn Hills in Detroit where he got into an altercation with a group of fans that were reportedly saying things about his family and heckling he and his teammates. An incident that caused NBA League wide 'Lockdown' style rule changes.
Most assuredly the commissioner weighed the 12 previous suspensions for various transgressions, from exceeding the maximum allowable amount of Flagrant Fouls to
throwing a T.V. monitor and cameras after a loss to the New York Knicks. From receiving a seven game suspension after pleading 'No Contest' in a misdemeanor Domestic Violence charge, to the 86 games Metta was suspended for his role in the brawl in Auburn Hills. But the consensus is, two of the biggest factors were World Peace
winning the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award last season, mostly stemming from his miraculous attitudinal turnaround and commitment to worldwide mental health
awareness, and the backing from Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak in saying, 'Metta has for the most part been a model citizen, both on and off the court
since joining the Lakers Mitch also said the Lakers would be there to get World Peace help in moving forward.
Wednesday though, Commissioner Stern was cautious, and sounding somewhat tired even. Yet at the same time, committed to his process of discovery when asked how he
decided on the length of the suspension, answering, 'some combination of art and science.' The NBA Commissioner made one thing crystal clear, 'I believe that it was
recklessly thrown and I believe that in looking at the replays again and again that he should have known that James was up against him. And some would argue that he had to
have known.' He went on to say, 'I think the seven was larger than some people might have thought just from an elbow, and I think that in many cases people who thought that
this was so horrible that it should result in a lifetime ban.' He went on to say, 'But at the end of the day, I have to close the door and say, 'OK, what's justice here, and what's
fairness here,' and I came up with seven.' There is no way to calibrate the scale for how this will weigh on all the parties concerned for the future. But let's look at the facts.
The elbow Metta delivered to James Harden's neck and head in last Sundays game against OKC, took away the rising powerhouse's third and in some cases, 2nd scoring
option no matter the duration. Harden is 3rd on OKC's team in scoring averaging 16.8 points, 31.4 MPG, 3.7 Assists, 1.00 Steal, 5.0 FGM, 10.1 FGA, and even Player
Efficiency Rating at 21.1.
That's to say nothing of his 'Marksman-like' 3pt and free throw shooting that has not only at times kept them in games, but continued to spread the floor to enable Russell
Westbrook and Kevin Durant the one on one opportunities needed to get good looks and paths to the basket.Hands down, Harden has to be the odds on favorite to win the Sixth Man of the Year award and is the catalyst for the second squad and could easily start on almost any team in the league. But what Harden not being in the line-up will cost them in terms of Playoff seating and the extra minutes on the legs of Russell Westbrook and OKC's leader Kevin Durant, ask yourself this, when James Harden returns to the hardwood, will there be lasting, lingering effects? Let's be honest. We don't know. Computerized Neuropsychological testing and balance are the standard by which concussions are judged. And by the preliminary testing that was done, James Harden was sent back out to the basketball court, before heading back to the locker room due to 'headaches'. For everything we know about concussions and concussion testing, and to the credit of those pioneers working so diligently and feverishly to solve the concussion riddle, we are still unsure of
what to expect when someone suffers concussion effects and are reminded we dont know as much as we thought. We cant forget, this is the same test that is used for the
MLB, NHL and NFL today. The fact that all of these sports have the potential to be tremendously more physical, notwithstanding, a great number of athletes from the
previously aforementioned sports have only shown mild effects immediately after the incident, to then move on to deeply horrific outcomes. Beyond that maybe, is the undercurrent slowly building and creeping through the league, World Peace peers, and the NBA fans.
Whether it be Harden's teammate Kendrick Perkins who's first reaction was to defend Metta World Peace in feeling he didn't mean to hurt Harden in saying, 'Metta World
Peace is a good dude so I know he wouldn't try to hurt nobody', then he was shown the tape. 'It was just uncalled for. I really don't have any sympathy for a guy that does
something like that. He could have really hurt James', was all he could say.
Maybe NBA analyst Shaquille O'Neal said it best when he said, 'I think he deserved more maybe 10 games, 'I don't like to talk about 'ifs' but if Harden would've turned to
the left a little bit, we could've had a Rudy Tomjanovich situation on our hands.'
Charles Barkley, said ' I'm surprised they didn't make it just the first round of the playoffs because he could come back for a Game 7. But he can't do that, when you
start hitting people in the head, that's dangerous.'
Analyst Jay Williams tweets, 'His name is NOT Metta World Peace or Ron Artest. His name against OKC was definitely 'Ron Ron'.
NFL Free Agent Safety Chris 'The Hitman' Harris Tweets, 'My 4yr old son just saw the Metta World Peace incident and said 'You don't hit people, You just play
basketball'.
Chicago Bulls Analyst Stacy King tweeted, 'Metta World Peace #WTF Dude.....You're now banned from watching Jon Bones Jones on anymore UFC Telecast! U R in the NBA not the UFC'.
Memphis Grizzllies Guard Tony Allen took it in a different direction on 730 AM Yahoo! Sports Radio Memphis when he said, 'That was some MMA stuff. If that was
me, you might have to meet me after the game.' Metta World Peace first reaction after the elbow was to run down the floor as if it didnt happen, then look back over his shoulder. When the OKC players started rallying around James Harden and running down the floor towards World Peace, Metta put his hands up, as if preparing to defend himself for a fight. He was assessed a Flagrant 2, which results in the immediate ejection of the player which committed the infraction.
After the game World Peace said, 'I got real emotional and excited, and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow,' said World Peace after the game. 'I apologize to the Thunder and James Harden. It was just unfortunate.'
He tweeted a few hours later, 'I just watched the replay again.. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much Didn't even see James .. Omg Looks bad' 'I hope James Harden is ok,' Metta relayed in a statement. 'I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers and the Lakers' fans.'
The day after the incident, 'Wow.. Didn't really think Kendrick Perkins broke my nose...Super sore... Basketball too emotional ..., came next from Metta World Peace speaking about his injuries. 'Hope James Hardin is ok... I remember when I got hit by Marc Gasol the same way. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game.
He also tweeted, 'I'll podcast on itunes on The Ron And Metta Show so yal hear exactly how I feel about the situation; so my words don't get twisted. Luv yal' From Twitter, ESPN, Facebook, Myspace...the list goes on, and continues to build when looking at social media sources being inundated by NBA fans, sports writers and players, letting everyone who will listen know how they feel. The Commissioner has been listening: 'We know we had a concussion here. In a, frankly, wholly separate way, we
have begun to focus on these entire concussion protocols,' The Commissioner stated. 'The number of concussions diagnosed is up this year. Whether they're up or we're diagnosing more, I can't tell you. We didn't have the same uniform standards for all teams...' He also let it be known he understood NBA fans stand on both sides of the line when it
comes down to how severe the penalty should be, and he would agree with everyone of them if he could, but that just isnt' an option and a decision had to be made.
Fortunately for James Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the wait is over. Not just for the Metta World Peace punishment announcement, but also for beginning to regroup
for the 2012 Playoffs. After additional concussion testing, their 'Young Gun' is now cleared to resume his role as OKC's oftentimes overlooked, intangible playmaker. Only
time will tell what, if any lasting effects will remain with James Harden, the mental stability of Metta World Peace, and the NBA.



East and West Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News

East
Atlanta H. - Boston C. 80-87
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) knocked down the free throws to clinch it, then dropped to a knee near midcourt. He wasn't planning on Tebowing, but it just felt right. With a stunning performance, Pierce single-handedly led the Boston Celtics to a playoff win - even without their floor leader. Pierce battled through another tough shooting night to score 36 points and the Celtics wiped out Atlanta's 11-point lead in the second half, stunning the Hawks 87-80 on Tuesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference series. Boston heads home for Game 3 on Friday night tied 1-1. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) will be back for the Celtics in that one, his shorthanded team having claimed the home-court edge even while he served a one-game suspension for bumping a ref in the postseason opener. Pierce made sure the point guard wasn't missed, outscoring the Hawks all by himself over the last 15:08. ''I have a lot of experience, a lot of confidence from being in those moments,'' Pierce said. ''You believe in yourself, your coach believes in you, your team believes in you, it's a combination of all those things.'' Pierce scored Boston's first nine points but struggled mightily through the second and third quarters. He came through when the Celtics really needed him, especially with the Rondo-less offense a bit out of sync and Ray Allen sitting out again with an injured right ankle. Down the stretch, the Celtics simplified things: Give the ball to Pierce and get out of the way. ''Paul was great,'' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ''The only way we were going to win a game like this without Ray and Rondo was if Paul had a game like this.'' After making a couple of foul shots with just over a minute remaining to clinch it, Pierce paused on his way back to the bench to copy the move named after NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, sinking to a knee and bowing his head for a brief prayer in the middle of the court. ''You just want to thank God for putting you in those positions,'' Pierce said. ''It wasn't pre-scrpted. It just came to me.'' The Hawks appeared to be in control when they pushed out to a 65-54 lead late in the third quarter. But Boston sliced it to 66-61 by the end of the period, and Pierce led a dominating fourth. In wiping out the double-figure deficit, Pierce outscored the Hawks all by himself, 18-15, including 13 points in the final quarter. That was more than he had in all of Game 1, when Atlanta held Pierce to 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting. ''We expected him to come out and be aggressive offensively,'' Hawks coach Larry Drew said. ''He got going early.'' The Celtics were up 74-72 when a quick spurt essentially finished the Hawks, especially when Josh Smith went out late in the game with a sprained left knee. Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) turned it over, part of another tough game for the Hawks star, sparking a fast break that ended with a give-and-go from Avery Bradley to Pierce for a dunk. After Jeff Teague missed badly on a jumper, Pierce came down and hit his first 3-pointer of the series after missing his 10, stretching the lead to 79-72 with 3 1/2 minutes left. The Hawks called a timeout, but no need. This one was over. Atlanta's last hurrah ended when Johnson missed a free throw with a chance to close the gap to two points with 1:35 remaining. Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) was hacked at the other end and made both his foul shots, Johnson missed a wild 3 from the top of the key and chants of ''Let's go Celtics!'' erupted at Philips Arena while the red-clad fans headed for the exits. For good measure, Pierce also led his team in rebounding with 14. Garnett had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Bradley, who shifted over to take Rondo's spot at the point, chipped in with 14 points but only three assists - a far cry from what the Celtics usually get out of that position. Johnson had 22 points but never got many open looks, hitting just 7 of 17 from the field. Smith had 16 points and 12 rebounds, the state of his knee now becoming a major concern for the Hawks, who already have played most of the season without Al Horford. Smith, who went out for good with 4:20 remaining, will be re-evaluated Wednesday. The Hawks surely can't afford to lose him, too. ''He is one of our go-to guys down the stretch,'' Drew said. ''We were missing all of the things he brings to the table for us, especially down low.'' Early on, Teague was a force at both ends for the Hawks. He made a great crossover move out beyond the 3-point stripe, split the Celtics defense and went right down the lane for a massive slam. Defensively, he showed off his speed when he got caught on the wrong side trying to double-team the ball, sprinting all the way to the other corner to swat a 3-point attempt by Keyon Dooling into the crowd. Teague thumped his chest defiantly and was patted on the back by a fan wearing a vintage Hawks jersey. He finished with 18 points but missed all four of his shots in the fourth. The game definitely appeared to be going the Hawks' way by the third quarter. When Smith tried to pass the ball inside, Boston's Greg Stiemsma got a hand on it, but the ball deflected into the corner - right to a wide-open Johnson, standing behind the 3-point arc. With no one around, he swished the 3 to push the Hawks to their 65-54 advantage. For the longest time, the Celtics struggled to do anything right. They botched a 3-on-1 when Mickael Pietrus tried an ill-advised bounce pass, which was about the only way Atlanta's Kirk Hinrich had any chance of breaking it up. The Hawks took off the other way, and Smith laid in an easy one. Rivers stormed out of his seat, livid at his team's sloppiness, and signaled for a timeout. He was so mad he didn't even want to stand near his players as they trudged to the bench, remaining out near the foul line until he regained his composure. He was feeling a lot better by the end. The Hawks made just 4 of 19 shots in the final quarter, missing all four of their 3-point attempts. They also turned it over five times. ''We wanted that one at home,'' Teague said. ''We'll have to go on the road and try to get the next one.'' Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

Chicago B. - Philadelph.76 92-109
The fans gave Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) a standing ovation before the game. There wasn't much for them to cheer about in the end. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 26 points, Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Chicago 109-92 on Tuesday night to even their first-round series in the Bulls' first game since Rose's season-ending knee injury. The superstar point guard received a standing ovation and waved to the crowd as he limped onto the court to present the game ball, then watched from a suite as the 76ers simply blitzed the Bulls in the third quarter. They outscored Chicago 36-14 in the period, turning an eight-point deficit into an 83-69 lead, and pulled even with the league's top-seeded team. Game 3 is Friday in Philadelphia. 'This game we caught fire and it was pretty hard to put it out,' Holiday said. All the Bulls could do was shake their heads and vow to do better. 'Disappointed,' Chicago's Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) said. 'Disappointing effort overall. We didn't play well defensively. We didn't play well offensively.' Holiday was 11 of 15 from the field, and the Sixers shot 59 percent overall. Williams came up big, going 8 of 13 after hitting just 1 of 6 shots in the opener, and Chicago product Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) chipped in with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Noah led the Bulls with 21 points and eight rebounds. John Lucas III scored 15 points, but Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored just nine and Luol Deng finished with eight. More alarming, the Bulls simply couldn't stop the Sixers, particularly in the third quarter. Turner scored 11 points in the period, and Philadelphia wiped out a 55-47 deficit. 'That third quarter we played tonight was as good a quarter as I ever seen our team play as long as I've been with them,' Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said. 'We were active.' For the Bulls, that was about as bad as it gets. They were unable to make any stops, and they couldn't find a rhythm on offense, either. 'We kind of let our offense affect our defense,' Richard Hamilton said. The Sixers were leading 68-61 midway through the quarter after a 12-0 run that Elton Brand started with a foul-line jumper. Then, after a basket by C.J. Watson, Andre Iguodala threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk over Deng for a three-point play that drew plenty of oohs, aahs and groans from a crowd that felt this one slipping away. Things didn't get much better for Chicago after that. The 76ers continued to pour it on, with Iguodala delivering another vicious dunk late in the quarter and then hitting Williams with an alley-oop pass that made it 83-69 heading into the fourth. 'For the first time in a long time our defense dictated our offense,' Iguodala said. 'We rebounded the ball. Evan and myself pushed it out on the break and we finished pretty well. It started with that in the third quarter.' It added up to a rough night for the Bulls, who were in a familiar spot with Rose sidelined again - this time after tearing the ACL in his left knee late in Game 1. He missed 27 games during the regular season because of a variety of ailments, and the Bulls did just fine, going 18-9. Throw in injuries to Hamilton and Deng, and they were able to go with their projected starting five just 15 times, yet they still captured homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs for the second straight season. That's why they insist they can still make a run, even with Rose out. They won without him before. They insist their championship hopes didn't die when he went down. 'It's different (without Rose),' Noah said. 'There's no excuses, though. We know we can play better. It's disappointing, but you know what? We live to fight another day. There's a lot of basketball to play.' Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Miami Heat - New York K. 104-94
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) led the way with 25 points and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had another big game as host Miami took a 2-0 lead over New York. James collected 19 points, seven rebounds and nine assists and Chris Bosh added 21 points for the Heat, who led the Eastern Conference with a 28-5 home record during the regular season and have been in complete control at AmericanAirlines Arena through the first two games of the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony, who was held to 11 points in Game 1, came back to score 30 points on 12-of-26 shooting in Game 2 but New York still struggled on the defensive end. Without Iman Shumpert - who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Game 1 - around to guard him, Wade took over in the first half, shooting 8 for 10 and scoring 19 points before the break. Miami took a 53-47 lead into the half. James highlighted a 9-2 run early in the third quarter by hitting a pair of shots in the lane while drawing fouls. He failed to convert either for three-point plays but still pushed the lead to double figures. The lead grew to as much as 92-77 with 5:20 left, when Bosh hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock was winding down. The Knicks matched an NBA record with their 12th straight playoff loss. *By Milord Nikolic

Indiana P. - Orlando M. 93-78
Although this wasnt an elimination game, by all accounts the Pacers were playing for their playoff lives against the Orlando Magic. Losing one game at home is critical enough but dropping both would put them in a desperate situation. The Pacers came out the gate playing like their lives depended on it too. But, just like in game one, the Magic wouldnt stop fighting. In the end, the strength and depth of the Indiana Pacers finally dominated and created separation like many thought they would from the beginning. The Pacers took control in the third quarter and pushed ahead to victory, 93-78. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier), Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) and George Hill led the team with 18 points apiece as they dominated from the paint and worked their way out. The Pacers clicked offensively all game but the defense and rebounding wasnt always solid which allowed Orlando to hang around for a while. In the first quarter the Pacers jumped out to an 11 point lead on the strength of hot shooting and tight defense. The Magic also missed a number of jump shots and layups early on. They settled down finished the quarter only down three at, 24-21. In the second quarter Orlando pulled ahead and they seemed to have more energy and determination to steal both road games before returning home. The Pacers came out of halftime looking to change that and take momentum back. In the third quarter Orlando was outplayed, outmuscled and out hustled as they outscored the Magic, 30-13. The crowd grew louder and the team more confident with every basket scored and defensive stop at the other end. After the game the Magic knew that was when they lost the game. 'In the third quarter, they just kicked our butts,' said Glen Davis. 'They got every loose ball.' In the fourth, Orlando could never get enough defensive stops to make Indiana feel threatened. The Pacers continued to hustle and pile onto the lead with some breakaway baskets by Darren Collison and Paul George. Now the series shifts to Orlando tied at 1-1. Even with the tough loss, Orlando returns home feeling good because they were able to steal the home court advantage. 'We tried to get two, got one,' said Davis. 'We're still in a good position. We just need to make sure that we play with a lot of energy and not let up.'

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San Antonio S. - Utah Jazz 114-83
Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) shooed away the NBA coach of the year. The San Antonio Spurs were ahead 36 points and he didn't want Gregg Popovich to end his night just yet. 'To stay in shape,' Parker said. That's how bad it got for the Utah Jazz. It was the third quarter of a playoff game, and Parker by then was practically treating it as just another workout. Pummeling the Jazz in a fashion not seen since Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls humiliated them in the 1998 NBA Finals, San Antonio handed Utah its second-worst playoff loss, winning 114-83 on Wednesday night to take 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Parker scored 18 points, while Popovich - a day after receiving the NBA's highest coaching honor - could practically put the Spurs on autopilot after a 20-0 run in the second quarter. Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin had admitted to being unusually jittery before losing Game 1, but this time, it was center Al Jefferson summing up how this shiner felt. 'Embarrassing,' he said. The only bigger embarrassment for the Jazz in the playoffs was that 42-point loss to Jordan's Bulls in 1998. Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City. It's the first time the Spurs have led a series 2-0 since opening the 2008 playoffs against Phoenix. San Antonio won that series in five, and unless the Jazz can shake this off, this one will be over just as quick. If not sooner. 'I can't explain it. I couldn't explain it the other night,' Jazz forward Paul Millsap said. 'They came out and just whipped us.' It was a total collapse by the Jazz in spite of flying back to Salt Lake City after Game 1 and regrouping with two days of practice back home. There they had talked about adjustments and maybe giving Parker 'a hard foul or two' to get him thinking twice about driving, but Parker didn't seem to have a dent on him before taking the entire fourth quarter off. Jefferson and Millsap weren't any more imposing on offense than they were defensively. Jefferson scored 10 points, and Millsap had nine. Popovich chalked the blowout more to the Jazz having a bad night - they shot 23 percent in the first half - than the Spurs dominating. Parker played 28 minutes and Popovich said the decision on when to take his star out was a struggle between keeping him in condition and not risking injury. 'He wanted to get the whole quarter, but we compromised and got two more minutes,' Popovich said. 'He's been special for us all year, obviously. We got to keep him ready to go.' The Spurs held the Jazz scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the second quarter while rookie Kawhi Leonard and unheralded swingman Danny Green outplayed the Jazz's stars. The Jazz filed off the court at halftime walking slow, heads down and quiet after being as close as 31-26 minutes earlier. Jefferson and Josh Howard, who also had 10 points, were Utah's leading scorers. It was the most lopsided postseason win for the Spurs since beating the Nuggets by 28 in 2005. San Antonio's playoff record is a 40-point victory over Denver in 1983. 'You don't expect to win a playoff game like that,' Green said. 'They're a very good team, but they didn't shoot it as well as they liked. They didn't shoot it as well as they did, and we shot the ball pretty well. Stuff like that happens.' The Spurs have won 12 in a row, a season high after surrendering two 11-game winning streaks this season by not playing Parker, Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Duncan finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Leonard scored 17 points, and Green had 13. At least the Jazz didn't look the most embarrassed the entire night. Popovich again had to show off his coach of the year trophy before the game, this time for fans while standing between Duncan and Spurs great David Robinson. Popovich obliged for several seconds before scrambling to hand the trophy off to one of his assistants as fast as possible. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Memphis G. - LA Clippers 105-98
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies bounced back to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-98 on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead in losing Game 1 on Sunday night and letting the Clippers grab home-court advantage in the best-of-seven, first-round Western Conference series. They got back to their physical style and evened the series. Game 3 is Saturday in Los Angeles. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) also scored 21 points as Memphis showed off its depth with six players reaching double figures. Mike Conley had 19, Zach Randolph 15, Marreese Speights 11 and Tony Allen 10. All-Star guard Chris Paul led the Clippers with 29 points. Blake Griffin had 22, and Mo Williams and Nick Young 11 apiece. The Grizzlies had the lead going into the fourth quarter for a second straight game. This time, the Clippers got no closer than four. Memphis led 75-69 at the start of this fourth quarter, and Paul's four-point play with 8:06 left got the Clippers to 83-79. The Grizzlies answered with Conley scoring on a driving layup, followed by another 3 from Mayo. Bobby Simmons, starting with Caron Butler out with a broken left hand, scored seven of his nine points in the fourth. It wasn't enough as Gay and Randolph combined to score six straight points with Gay's basket giving Memphis its biggest lead of the night at 97-84 with 3:52 remaining. The Grizzlies sealed the victory by hitting six of 10 free throws in the final 47.6 seconds. Both the Clippers and Grizzlies started this game as if they simply picked up Sunday night when Los Angeles finished the game on a 28-3 run. Playing aggressively, the Clippers jumped out to a 6-1 lead as the Grizzlies missed their first four shots. Memphis didn't hit its first shot until Conley's driving layup with 8:19 left in the first quarter, and Gay missed his first three shots before hitting a 15-foot jumper. The Clippers shot 64.7 percent (11 of 17) in the first quarter and hit 4 of 6 at the free throw line. But they just couldn't match the Grizzlies who outrebounded the Clippers (37-2) with a big edge on the offensive boards (16-4), which they used to outscore them 18-6 on second-chance points. Memphis also had a 46-38 edge in the paint. The emotions are starting to boil in this series, and the Grizzlies brought out wrestler Jerry 'The King' Lawler came out and delivered a pile driver to someone dressed up as a Clippers' fan. That almost seemed to help spark the Grizzlies. They opened the second quarter hitting six of their first seven shots and took their first lead on a pair of free throws by Mayo at 31-30 early in the quarter. Nick Young tied it at 37 on a 3 with 6:22 left, then Marreese Speights tipped in a bucket with 5:53 left, and the Grizzlies never trailed or were tied again. Memphis led 51-47 at halftime. Memphis hit 11 3-pointers in Game 1 and reverted back to the team that ranked 25th in the NBA from outside the arc by missing its first eight attempts Wednesday night. Mayo finally ended the drought with his 3 over Griffin with 9:32 left, and he followed with a jumper on the next possession giving Memphis an 82-73 lead. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Oklah.City T. - Dallas M. 102-99
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) was hoping for the same kind of friendly bounce that allowed Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in their first-round playoff series. When Nowitzki didn't get it, the Dallas Mavericks could only settle for another frustratingly close loss and an uphill climb to survive in their first postseason since winning the NBA title. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 29 points, Durant added 26 in an off-shooting performance and Oklahoma City clawed out a 102-99 victory over Dallas on Monday night to take a 2-0 series lead. The Mavs led in the final minute of both games in Oklahoma City but couldn't even manage a split as the Thunder gutted out two wins by a total of four points. 'That's what the playoffs are about,' Westbrook said. 'Toughness.' Durant hit two free throws with 50.4 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 98-97 lead, and James Harden hit four more foul shots to close it out for the Thunder. Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) missed two 3-point attempts from the left wing in the final 5 seconds that could have tied it and set up overtime. 'We come away from these two games disappointed but not dismayed. You tip your hat to the fact that they have made some big time plays,' Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. 'Now, we've got to go home and do the same.' Game 3 is Thursday night in Dallas. 'We're just a couple bounces away from being up 2-0,' said Nowitzki, who led Dallas with 31 points but missed both his shots in the final 75 seconds. 'It's tough and it's frustrating, but we're going to keep coming. We're not going to lay down. If they beat us, we're going to make them earn it.' Durant put the Thunder ahead to stay after salvaging two key points with Oklahoma City inbounding the ball with only 2.6 seconds left on the shot clock. He grabbed the inbounds pass from Harden while headed toward the sideline, and Terry was called for a foul for bumping him. Durant hit both foul shots, and Nowitzki missed his chance to answer with a fade-away 12-foot jumper from the left side. He compared it to Durant's foul-line jumper - on which he later admitted he couldn't even see the rim - that hit the front rim and backboard before falling in with 1.5 seconds left to win Game 1. 'I've made it 100 times. It bounced, hit every part of the rim and bounced off,' Nowitzki said. 'That's kind of the way our season's been going. 'They get that bounce last game and we don't get it, so that's frustrating.' After that, the Mavs were fighting from behind. Shawn Marion fouled Harden on the rebound, and the league's top scoring reserve - only eight days removed from a concussion suffered as the result of Metta World Peace's elbow to the head - also converted both free throws. He hit two more with 15.6 seconds left after Terry got the Mavs within one with a driving layup. 'We've just got to continue to take that punch from them and do a great job of sticking together,' Durant said. 'Games like this in the playoffs, they're going to get chippy and we know that. So, we've just got to play through it. This one nearly came to blows, literally. The tension escalated quickly after Serge Ibaka tried to block Nowitzki's jumper midway through the first quarter and smacked him in the left eye on his follow-through, without getting called for a foul. Nowitzki hit another jumper along the baseline on Dallas' next possession before he got shoved in the back by Kendrick Perkins while jockeying for rebounding position on a made 3-pointer by Durant. Perkins followed Nowitzki for a few steps before Nowitzki bumped him away, and Perkins responded by taking a swing at Nowitzki's head with his open hand. Official Zach Zarba stepped in front of Perkins and backed him away, and both were assessed technical fouls. 'He tried to bully me and I bullied back a little bit and talked about some stuff, and moved on,' Nowitzki said. The Thunder erupted a few minutes later, scoring the final nine points of the first quarter - all within an 82-second span - and then carrying over the momentum to build a 46-30 lead with 5:55 left before halftime. When Nowitzki and Perkins finally got back on the court together, the Mavericks' All-Star exacted some revenge while getting his team back in the game. He went on a personal 10-2 run, with all of the points coming while he was matched up against Perkins, to get the deficit down to 50-47. 'It's playoff basketball. It's physical. We don't like the cheap shots when they give them, and they don't like them if we give them. That's the nature of competition,' Carlisle said. 'I love hard-played, clean, competitive playoff series. You throw the ball up and may the best team win. 'The dirty (expletive) has got to stop. We don't want anybody getting hurt out there, either way.' Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Lakers - Denver N. 104-100
The Denver Nuggets ran the court and drove the lane with all the intensity they lacked in their playoff opener. They double-teamed Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services), harassed Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and scored relentlessly in the paint. Nope, still not enough to beat Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and the Los Angeles Lakers. Not even enough to get a lead. Bryant scored 38 points, Bynum followed up his triple-double with a career playoff-high 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Lakers weathered Denvers late rally for a 104-100 victory Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 series lead. Gasol had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the third-seeded Lakers, who still havent trailed in two games despite several dicey moments in Game 2. They survived a much-improved effort by the Nuggets and Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina), who scored 25 points and led the fourth-quarter charge. Bryant was too sharp in his 83rd career 30-point playoff game, more than anybody except Michael Jordan. After last seasons second-round ouster in their failed quest for a threepeat, Bryant and his teammates are healthier and happier and theyve been too much for Denver. I think were just playing much better, Bryant said. Its tough to play against us, because theres legitimately three guys you have to double-team. Game 3 is Friday in Denver. The Lakers didnt get out of Staples Center without a little drama. Los Angeles 19-point lead in the third quarter dwindled to four with 3 minutes to play, but Ramon Sessions scored four key points in the final 1:14 before Bryants icing free throws with 9.4 seconds left. I think losing last season, and the way we lost, were approaching this postseason much more focused, Gasol said. Were not overlooking any team, any game. Were doing whatever it takes to be successful. ... Overall, I think we played well again. We just allowed them to play their game a little more than in the first game. Lawson shook his awful series opener with 17 second-half points, but the sixth-seeded Nuggets lost their ninth straight road playoff game despite playing much closer to their preferred speedy tempo after the Lakers muzzled them in Game 1. Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Danilo Gallinari and Corey Brewer added 13 points apiece, but Denver still couldnt consistently defend Bryant or negate Bynum, who played another outstanding low-post game on both ends until disappearing a bit in a three-point fourth quarter. Its closer, (but) when you get down 19 points and try to battle back, it takes a lot of energy, Lawson said. I feel like we learned a couple of things from this game. At one point in the game, weve got to be up. Its tough to be battling back the whole game. Sessions scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles, which played just enough fast-break ball of its own to stay ahead of Denver and now the Lakers are halfway to the second round. They have only lost one playoff series in franchise history after winning the first two games, going 42-1. A 14-5 run in the final minutes eventually trimmed Los Angeles lead to 98-84, but Sessions hit a teardrop layup with 1:14 to play, and Bryant made a slick steal on the other end. JaVale McGees tip-in with 30 seconds left trimmed the Lakers lead back to four, but Sessions and Bryant hit their free throws. The only thing I wish is the fight of this game is what we had in Game 1, Denver coach George Karl said. But were young, and were learning. You saw us play a lot of Nuggets basketball today. I think itll get a little better in Game 3. I think the home court will be good for us. We havent played a good defensive game yet, so well learn from this. Jordan Hill shook off brewing legal troubles to contribute six points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who used just three reserves. Denvers bench outscored the Lakers reserves 35-8. Bynum blocked just two shots after swatting 10 in the Lakers series-opening victory, but Denver minimized his dominance with home run passes, speedy outlets and 30 fast-break points. Karl attempted to help through the media after Game 1, saying Bynum and the Lakers played illegal defense constantly during the opener. Karl tried another gambit before Game 2, saying Staples Center is not a noisy, intimidating road building, but more like a Broadway stage. The Lakers were called for no illegal defenses in Game 2, and their fans were screaming for encores. Denver cut Los Angeles lead to four points late on consecutive hustle plays by Faried, but Bryant scrapped for a loose ball on one end and led the break to the other, feeding Bynum for a dunk his first points of the fourth quarter and a foul with 2:15 to play. Hill produced another strong performance off the Lakers bench a day after news broke of a felony assault charge against him in Houston, where he played for the Rockets before a late-season trade. Hill said Tuesday night he was shocked by the charges, but thinks he wont miss any time in the Lakers championship quest. Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Pacers shoot past Magic to take 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News

Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 26 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 97-74 on Wednesday night to a take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

The Pacers regained home-court advantage with the victory, riding good shooting early and building a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter.

They also dominated scoring underneath thanks to a 46-33 rebounding edge and have outscored the Magic 81-43 in the third quarter in the series.

Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) led the Magic with 22 points, and J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) added 13. The Magic never led, struggled to get any scoring in the paint, and made a series-low five 3-pointers.

Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando.

Indiana coach Frank Vogel's implored the Pacers after each of the first two games to make better shot selections.

They finally did it in Game 3.

It translated into their best shooting of the series as the Pacers built a 23-point lead in the third quarter and led 76-55 entering the fourth.

Indiana had its way both inside and out, shooting 47 percent for the game (37 for 79) and holding a 42-22 edge on points in the paint.

Meanwhile, aside from Davis, Orlando's offense stalled at several points and the Magic connected on only 30 of their 71 attempts from the field.

Indiana led 44-38 at the half, but started the game on an offensive tear hitting nine of its first 10 shots from the field and shot 52 percent (18 for 34) for the half.
The Magic had few answers for Hill, who scored 13 points in the opening two periods.

Orlando survived the fast start, though, thanks largely to Davis' 16-point second quarter. His scoring spree featured mid-range jumpers and some baskets in the post. It all came after Davis missed all three of his shots in the first quarter.

The Pacers put the Magic in a 10-point first-quarter hole for the third straight game, jumping out to a 13-3 advantage.

Orlando missed its first five shots before Hedo Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer to finally put the Magic on the board.

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Nets close to signing Kirilenko, Humphries - by Eurobasket News

The New Jersey Nets, so far unable to complete a trade with the Orlando Magic to acquire Dwight Howard, are moving ahead without their dream big man by bringing back power forward Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) under a one-year deal worth $7-8 million, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Humphries was expected to sign the deal on Tuesday and play in Wednesdays preseason game against the Knicks, according to the report.

Humphries wanted a multi-year deal worth $10 million annually, but the Nets would sign him to a one-year deal only in order to the maintain cap flexibility necessary to be able to fit Howard on their roster.

Another piece that may be falling into place imminently for the Nets is Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81), a countryman of the Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. The signing of Kirilenko has been anticipated for some time, and Sportando reported (via Pro Basketball Talk) that he will leave CSKA Moscow and sign a multiyear deal in New Jersey.

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Stoudemire likely done for Heat series - by Eurobasket News

Amare Stoudemire's (6'10''-F-82) difficult season may be over.

Stoudemire had a small muscle in his left hand repaired Tuesday and will not play for the New York Knicks in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Thursday.

Stoudemire met with a hand specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, a day after he was badly cut when he punched the case surrounding a fire extinguisher after the Knicks' 104-94 loss in Miami.

The Knicks are listing Stoudemire as doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday.

Stoudemire apologized on his Twitter account for the act, which leaves the Knicks without another key player as they try to rally from a 2-0 deficit. Jeremy Lin is still recovering from knee surgery and Iman Shumpert is out for the season after tearing a knee ligament in Game 1.

''We all have done thing out of anger that we regret,'' Stoudemire wrote. ''That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This (too) shall pass.''

Stoudemire scored 18 points in Game 2, though he didn't get into a good flow until the fourth quarter, when the Knicks could never seriously challenge the Heat. But any hope of carrying the momentum from his positive finish into Thursday's game at Madison Square Garden was lost during his walk back to the locker room.

''It's tough. Your emotions run high. Split-second decisions can obviously alter things,'' center Tyson Chandler said after the game. ''You can't fault anybody because I'm obviously a person that has high emotions at times. So one quick decision, make a mistake and now you've got to deal with the repercussions.''

Perhaps it was all the frustration built up during a tough season on and off the court.

Stoudemire missed time in February after his older brother died in a car accident. He then sat out 13 games late in the season with a bulging disk in his back, and when he did play had his worst statistical season since he was a rookie in 2002-03.

Reactions to his self-inflicted wound ranged from disbelief to criticism.

''And people talk about me. That's what I'm saying. As much stuff as I do, I've never did nothing where I'm punching some glass in the middle of the playoffs, where I'm going to hurt my team,'' the Spurs' Stephen Jackson said.

''Throw the ball or kick the dresser. Don't punch glass to where you can't play. I know Amare has had a tough year with losing his family member. It's been a tough year for him. And going down 0-2 is definitely frustrating in the playoffs when you have a good team. So I understand his frustration. But it's definitely not the right thing to do at that time.''

The Knicks played well without Stoudemire down the stretch by moving Carmelo Anthony to power forward, where he could take advantage of slower opponents. But asking him to carry so much of the offensive load on his own is probably too much to ask against the Heat, who are 5-0 against the Knicks this season.

Stoudemire was an instant favorite when he decided to sign in New York in July 2010. Though the Knicks had been hoping to get some combination of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who all signed in Miami, Stoudemire confidently proclaimed that the Knicks were back.

He backed up his boast, leading them to their first playoff appearance since 2004. But he pulled a muscle in his back before Game 2 against Boston and wasn't the same the rest of the series as the Knicks were swept.

He was never right this season. In part because he wanted to strengthen the back and partly because he wasn't able to get on the court during the lockout, Stoudemire started the season 15 pounds above his usual playing weight of 245. It was clear his explosiveness was gone, and he wasn't picked for the All-Star game in his hometown of Orlando.

But the Knicks needed whatever they could get from him in this series, especially with their previous injuries, plus Chandler battling the flu and Baron Davis a balky back.

By the time the news about Stoudemire broke after the game, many Heat players were already dressed and gone - apparently unaware of both the injury and its severity.

The Heat had a day off on Tuesday, with no players or coaches available for comment.

''We did what we're supposed to do,'' Bosh said Monday night. ''We protected our home court. Now it's their turn and New York is going to be ready. So we're going to see a totally different team.''

At the time he said those words, Bosh had no idea how different the Knicks might really look.

Stoudemire questioned why he ranked below Bosh on most free agent lists in 2010, noting that he had been on winning teams in Phoenix and Bosh rarely had in Toronto.

Yet part of the Knicks' problems against the Heat has been the power forward matchup. Bosh has averaged 18.5 points on 50 percent shooting while helping Miami go 7-1 against New York, counting playoffs, according to STATS, LLC. Stoudemire has scored 18.3 per game - though hasn't reached that number in his last five games - while the Knicks have gone 2-6.

Stoudemire called this an ''up-and-down'' year for him last week before the Knicks' final regular-season home game, acknowledging the difficulties he faced and saying how important it was to him emotionally to be playing again. He was looking forward to the postseason.

''It's going to be a great, great run for us,'' he said.

Not for Stoudemire, and it's not looking that way for the Knicks, either.

''It was a really stupid thing to do,'' Charles Barkley said on TNT on Monday, ''but they were not going to beat the Miami Heat either way.''

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Pippen writes Bulls still team to beat in open letter to team - by Eurobasket News

Scottie Pippen (6'8''-G/F-65, college: Cent.Arkansas) says the Chicago Bulls still are the team to beat even without the injured Derrick Rose.

In an open letter to the team posted Tuesday on the Bulls' website, Pippen writes, 'You're still the best team in the NBA until an opponent proves otherwise.' The Hall of Famer also compares the loss of Rose to Michael Jordan's first retirement and points out the 1993-94 team won 55 games. Pippen says the Bulls 'believed in ourselves' and never 'felt sorry for ourselves.'

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in Game 1 against Philadelphia, a staggering blow for the top-seeded team. The Bulls took a 1-0 lead into Game 2 on Tuesday.

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca



Team USA to add a player or two to the preliminary roster - by Eurobasket News

In the wake of an injury crisis, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Tuesday that he's likely to add 'one or two players' to the list of finalists for Team USA's Olympic roster.

The U.S. announced 20 finalists in January, but has since lost four of those candidates to injury. Starting center Dwight Howard recently had back surgery and point guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) tore a knee ligament Saturday.

The losses of Howard and Rose follows previous season-ending injuries suffered by Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) (Achilles) and LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) (hip).

Colangelo announced the intent to add a player or two to the preliminary roster at a news conference in Las Vegas with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski in the midst of meetings with Krzyzewski's staff about the roster and logistics for the summer.

Colangelo said Tuesday that the 12-man final roster won't be selected 'until the very last moment,' but the deadline still falls before the NBA playoffs will be over in late June. A final roster with up to six alternates is due June 18, although USA Basketball had been planning to make the selections by June 1 before the rash of injuries.

Team USA should be able to withstand the loss of Rose, as long as it suffers no further backcourt casualties, because Colangelo and Krzyzewski can still call upon Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook at point guard.

The frontcourt rotation is where Team USA needs reinforcements most after the injuries suffered by Howard and Aldridge left only four recognized centers or power forwards on the original 20-man preliminary roster announced in January: Kevin Love, Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler and Blake Griffin.

Although LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant can all routinely be deployed as power forwards against most opponents in the international game, Team USA knows it needs ample size to counter its biggest rivals from Spain, who can trot out Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins, Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe and incoming Kentucky star Anthony Davis -- widely regarded as a lock to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft -- are among the young big men under consideration to be among the late additions Colangelo mentioned.

The most natural replacement for Howard is Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, but Bynum stated publicly in April that he intends to take the summer off to get some rest and treatment for his knees. Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert would be another natural contender, especially after his stint on the USA's Pan-American team in 2007, but Hibbert elected to join Jamaica's senior national team for the 2010 Centrobasket tournament and FIBA rules preclude players from representing two different countries at the senior level.

Colangelo met Monday and Tuesday with Krzyzewski and assistant coaches Jim Boeheim, Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan.

'I think we have concluded to some degree, although we're not finished with our meetings, that we will probably add one or two players to that pool and that's because of circumstances,' Colangelo said. 'And we are probably at this point not going to make any announcement on who that 12 will be until the very last moment as we watch the NBA games and keep our fingers crossed that no other further injuries take place.

'A lot of things have been said along the way. Equity is certainly right at the top of the list, those who have participated, paid their dues, etc. So equity is very important. No. 2, as injuries take their toll, we've said also that we would be fluid, there'd be additions, there'd be deletions and we need to be flexible. I think the key word today is flexibility. Flexibility on time, flexibility with names and roster sizes, etc.'

Colangelo and Krzyzewski also confirmed during the press conference that Team USA would train in Las Vegas from July 6-11 and play an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic -- coached by Kentucky's John Calipari -- on July 12 at The Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

The remaining healthy finalists eligible for selection for the eventual 12-man squad bound for London are Anthony, Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Chandler, Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Griffin, Andre Iguodala, James, Love, Paul, Dwyane Wade, Westbrook and Williams.

In what came as a surprise to observers, Colangelo told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday that he would also continue to consider Team USA veteran Lamar Odom for the London roster, despite the fact that Odom was deactivated by the Dallas Mavericks before the playoffs began after a poor season.

After telling the Los Angeles Times last month that he doubted that Odom could be ready 'physically or emotionally' to remain in the mix for London, Colangelo told the Review-Journal that he prefers to be 'willing to give someone a second chance' if Odom can reclaim the form that made him an integral part of the squad that won the FIBA World Championship in Turkey in 2010.

'I would like to think he'd like to put this season behind him,' Colangelo was quoted as saying by the Review-Journal. 'His Dallas episode hurt his image. If he comes in and shows he can be a contributor and his attitude is good and he wants to be here ... why not? As far as USA Basketball is concern, (Odom) is in the (player) pool and we'll see how it plays out.'

Courtesy of ESPN



Skiles will return as Bucks coach - by Eurobasket News

Scott Skiles still will be in charge of the Milwaukee Bucks next season.

Skiles confirmed Tuesday that he would return for his fifth season as coach with the franchise.

And it was clear he believes he has unfinished business after the Bucks faded to a 3-7 record in the last three weeks of the season, hardly good enough to catch the surging New York Knicks or the fading Philadelphia 76ers for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The lockout-shortened season became just the latest non-playoff year for the franchise, its fifth in the last six seasons and third in four years under Skiles.

Skiles confirmed in a phone call that he would return to the Bucks and said he wanted to 'hit the ground running' this summer to prepare for next season.

Skiles had discussions during the past few days with owner Herb Kohl and general manager John Hammond. The coach decided to work in the final year of his deal with a clear goal of returning to the playoffs.

'We want to get moving in that direction consistently,' Skiles said. 'Now we have to get it done on the court.'

Skiles signed a four-year deal with the Bucks in April 2008 and received a one-year extension in October 2010, taking him through the 2012-'13 season.

The Bucks did not take the big step they wanted after finishing 35-47 the previous season, although they did flirt with the .500 mark before ending at 31-35 over the 66-game schedule.

They beat the teams below them with regularity (22-5 against sub-.500 teams) but could not beat the teams at the top of the Eastern and Western conferences. The Bucks were just 3-17 against the top six teams in the East, failing to beat Boston, Orlando, Chicago and Indiana (0-14).

'That coupled with our home record (17-16) are two things that really haunted us,' Skiles said. 'If you're beating everybody below you and you're losing often to everybody above you, you're probably going to end up right in the middle, which is about where we ended up.

'We end up with a losing record, and typically our point differential would be worse (the Bucks outscored opponents, 99.0-98.7). And you'd have some blowouts sprinkled in. That rarely happened. We were always right there, even against the great teams.

'We somehow couldn't get over the hump in those games. We have to figure out why we weren't good enough to win some of those games.'

The Bucks lost 12 games by five points or fewer, including eight home games.

Milwaukee greatly improved its offensive play, jumping from 30th in scoring to fifth, but its defensive play declined.

Late in the season as the Bucks tried to grab a playoff spot, they allowed 121 points at Washington and 118 at Indiana on back-to-back nights.

'Whatever your defensive system is, the good clubs don't take shortcuts,' Skiles said. 'We took too many shortcuts.

'It's something we have to address. Last year we got to the point where we didn't take any and we were a very good defensive team. We talked about it many times.'

Hammond spoke recently about acquiring more size throughout the lineup during the off-season.

But playing better defense also will require a new approach from the players on the current roster.

'Some of it has to be different guys, lack of repetition, lack of a training camp,' Skiles said. 'But as the season goes on, you're kind of doing training camp on the fly, like everybody.

'You don't have a great practice day but you've got 45 minutes, you've got two guys sitting out because they're hurt. And you're trying to get one thing accomplished. Then you have to have carryover.

'We had trouble transferring our preparation out on the floor. It was one of the things that bothered us, for sure.'

Hammond made a franchise-shaking decision to trade 7-foot center Andrew Bogut to Golden State in return for 26-year-old guard Monta Ellis and 24-year-old forward Ekpe Udoh.

The Bucks went 12-11 after the March 14 trade, but greater dividends will have to come in the future.

'Hopefully next year we'll be in a better position where we won't have to fight as hard to get a (playoff) spot,' Ellis said. 'We'll establish ourselves early enough that we can land that spot.

'I'm looking forward to the summer and coming back for a great season next year.'

The tandem of Ellis and point guard Brandon Jennings will have a full training camp and a better chance to mesh over a full regular-season schedule.

'Around all-star weekend you usually have 40 or 50 games left,' Jennings said. 'For this one we only had a short period of time. It was a little bit difficult, just the fact you're coming in the middle of the season and trying to learn the team, trying to get the chemistry together.

'I think with an 82-game season we'll be even better.'

Skiles agreed.

'Considering the circumstances they played really well together,' he said. 'But some more time together, a full training camp, eight exhibition games, different lineups. . . they can't help but get better together.

'Monta is a good passer. Brandon is still learning how to play without the ball in his hands. And it's a lot easier to learn when you have other people out there who are passing the ball, and the ball finds him (Jennings) again when he gives it up.

'I thought they worked really well together.'

Ellis also showed his ability to turn on the scoring firepower in the final quarter, helping the Bucks take home-court victories over Atlanta and Cleveland.

'You also need a guy to go get you a big basket,' Skiles said. 'One of our issues - we had so many close games - was just making a couple plays that are winning plays. That may not be a basket. It may be a key block. We struggled making fourth-quarter free throws.

'He's certainly a guy who is talented enough to help us do that.'

The Bucks have young talent in the frontcourt, including Udoh, 23-year-old Larry Sanders, 19-year-old Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer, who will turn 23 in a few weeks.

'I thought Larry showed real flashes of improvement,' Skiles said. 'We like Ekpe a lot. I thought Jon and Tobias, even though they didn't play very much, got better as the year went on.

'And now they'll have a normal summer. They'll be able to be here, be in the gym, be in rookie league. Take a break, come back, be here in the fall and go through a normal camp.

'It can't help but benefit those guys.'

Courtesy of The Journal Sentinel



Rockets G Kyle Lowry underwent sports hernia surgery, out 6-8 weeks - by Eurobasket News

The road to a rebound begins today.

The Houston Rockets announced on Tuesday that guard Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) underwent surgery 'to correct a sports hernia.' The procedure will keep him away from his offseason regimen for six to eight weeks.

That timeline allows plenty of time for Lowry to return to full health prior to training camp for the 2012-2013 season.

Lowry had a difficult season personally, as he was sidelined for an extended period of time due to a bacterial infection. At one point, it was thought that the infection would cost him his season but Lowry was able to return after missing a month, albeit in a reserve role.

The Rockets, as a team, crashed out of the Western Conference playoff picture in disappointing fashion this season, losing seven of their final nine games to finish with a 34-32 record.

Lowry, 26, averaged a career-high 14.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals on 40.9 percent shooting in 32.1 minutes per game this season. He's under contract with the Rockets through the 2013-2014 season.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Tyson Chandler officially named 'Defensive Player of the Year' - by Eurobasket News

Knicks center Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) has officially been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, making him the first recipient in team history. Chandler garnered 311 points, including 45 first-place votes from the 121 voting sportswriters and broadcasters.

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka (294 points), Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (186 points), Miami Heat forward LeBron James (112) points, Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (44 points) and Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (36 points) finished second through sixth respectively.

'For those of you who didn't vote for me, hopefully I'll prove you wrong next season,' Chandler told the media at the Knicks facility on Wednesday, as quoted by ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling.

Chandler wasn't the only Knicks player to get some attention for the award, which is sponsored by Kia Motors. Rookie Iman Shumpert received two third place votes as well. Unfortunately, Shumpert is recovering from knee surgery after tearing his ACL in the Knicks Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat. He is expected to miss 6-8 months.

As previously mentioned in this blog, the Knicks went from 21st in the NBA in defensive efficiency last season to fifth in that category this year after the team signed Chandler to a four-year $58 million deal in December. Without Chandler in 2010-2011, the Knicks allowed opposing centers to score 19.7 points per game while yielding 42.4 ppg in the paint. This season, however, New York held centers to a league-low 14.3 ppg while yielding an NBA best 32.3 ppg in the paint.

Howard had won the award for the three previous seasons, but Chandler got the best of Orlando's big man in two recent meetings. Howard had just 12 points and five rebounds (and six turnovers) while losing to the Knicks on March 28th, and was even worse (eight points, eight rebounds, five turnovers) when New York beat Orlando on April 5th.

Chandler averaged 9.7 rebounds and 8.3 points per game on 70.6 percent field goal shooting against the Magic this season, while Howard averaged 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in three performances against the Knicks.

Chandler finished the regular season averaging 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting a league-best 67.9 percent from the field. He has never come close to winning the award, but was on the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team last year.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



NY Knicks center Tyson Chandler to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News

Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) has been voted the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year for his impact on the New York Knicks, a person with knowledge of the award said Tuesday.

The Knicks went from tied for 27th in the NBA in opponent points per game last season to 11th in their first season with Chandler at center. They trimmed 11 points off the 105.7 they yielded in 2010-11.

Chandler's victory was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

The person told The Associated Press of the honor on condition of anonymity because the official announcement was to come from the NBA. The award will be announced Wednesday.

Chandler helped Dallas win its first NBA title last season, but the Mavericks made no attempt to re-sign him so they could retain salary flexibility for this summer.

So Chandler quickly became the top big man on the market and the Knicks, long one of the league's worst defensive clubs, emerged as a surprising suitor. They even waived point guard Chauncey Billups using the amnesty clause so they could fit Chandler under the salary cap.

He was worth it, particularly after the Knicks became a more defensive-minded team following coach Mike D'Antoni's resignation in March. The Knicks went on to finish seventh in the Eastern Conference and trail Miami 2-0 in their first-round playoff series.

Chandler averaged 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. He also had one of his best offensive seasons, averaging 11.3 points and shooting an NBA-high 67.9 percent from the field.

Chandler becomes the first Knicks player to win the award and ends the three-year winning streak of Orlando's Dwight Howard.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com



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Kentucky's national championship basketball team to visit White House on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the national champion Wildcats will visit President Barack Obama and the White House on Friday to celebrate the school's eighth title.

Calipari says the first thing the players said in the moments after beating Kansas 67-59 last month was that they were headed to the White House.

Calipari says hes excited his players will get a chance to meet Obama. Kentucky has seven players departing from this years squad including all five starters. They are freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Harris granted release from NC State for transfer - by Eurobasket News

North Carolina State has granted a requested release for Tyler Harris (6'8''-F) so the forward can transfer.

Harris averaged 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 games during mostly spot duty as a freshman last season. He started three games.

In a statement, coach Mark Gottfried says he's ''disappointed'' his staff won't be able to keep working with Harris. The player came to NCS from the Dix Hills, NY (St. Benedict's Prep).

Courtesy of http://ca.sports.yahoo.com



Italian shooting guard Amedeo Della Valle signs with Ohio State - by Eurobasket News

Ohio State coach Thad Matta has confirmed he has signed 6-foot-4 shooting guard Amedeo Della Valle (196-G-93) to a letter of intent.

The signing had been expected ever since Della Valle, who played high school ball at powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., visited campus recently and then verbally committed to the Buckeyes.

Della Valle, a native of Alba, Italy, will begin classes on June 18 and will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2012-13 season.

He led Italy in scoring at 15.1 points a game in the 2011 U-18 European Championships.

Courtesy of http://ca.sports.yahoo.com



Abromaitis loses bid for 6th year at Notre Dame - by Eurobasket News

The NCAA has turned down Notre Dame star Tim Abromaitis' (6'8''-F-89) request for a sixth year of eligibility.

The school confirmed the decision Wednesday and said there were no plans to appeal.

Abromaitis was lost for the season Nov. 25 when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice. The 6-foot-8 fifth-year senior had played in two games.

Abromaitis averaged 15.4 points and six rebounds a game the previous season when Notre Dame went 27-7. He received an MBA in business from Notre Dame a year ago.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 2: Harbour H. - Hub Jets 94-90
May. 4: Nelson G. - Bay Hawks
May. 4: Southland S. - Auckland P.
May. 4: Taranaki MA - Hub Jets
May. 5: Wellington S. - Bay Hawks
May. 5: OceanaGold N. - Auckland P.
May. 5: Hub Jets - Harbour H.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Akeem WRIGHT
  OceanaGo.
  (200-F/G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Wright, OceanaGo.23.0 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.22.8 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.22.5 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.22.3 
 5. Pace, Hub Jets21.9 
 6. Hudson, Taranaki.21.9 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.21.8 
 8. Horvath, Hub Jets21.8 
 9. Bartlett, Bay H.20.7 
 10. Tait, Auckland P.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets15.5 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.2 
 3. Abney, Southland10.6 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.9.6 
 5. Johnson, Bay Hawks9.0 
 6. Harrison, Nelson G.8.8 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.8.8 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.8 
 9. Frank, Wellington8.5 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.5 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.8 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.3 
 5. Pace, Hub Jets4.6 
 6. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.3 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.4.3 
 8. Bailey, Harbour H.4.3 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.4.2 
 10. Hudson, Taranaki.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Braswell, Southlan.2.8 
 2. Crowe, Wellington2.4 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.2.2 
 5. Bailey, Harbour H.2.0 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.1.9 
 7. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 8. Pace, Hub Jets1.7 
 9. Ross, OceanaGold1.6 
 10. Tait, Auckland P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.2 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.5 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.1.2 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.1.1 
 5. Trousdell, Wellin.1.0 
 6. Abney, Southland1.0 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.9 
 8. Frank, Wellington0.8 
 9. Prewster, Southlan.0.7 
 10. Cartwright, Auckl.0.7 



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DStv PBL Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Atlantic

May. 5: Union Bank - Police Baton
May. 5: Comets - Royal Hoopers
May. 6: D.Warriors - Islanders
May. 7: Customs - Chariots
May. 4: Comets - Royal Hoopers

Savannah

May. 5: Yelwa Hawks - Bauchi Nets
May. 5: Kano Pillars - Defenders
May. 6: Rockets - Niger Potters
May. 6: Kada Stars - Immigration


Al-Farouq Aminu will play for Nigerian National Team - by Eurobasket News

According to the US media, Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest) will play for the Nigerian National Team in the future. The player is expected to get Nigerian citizenship soon. It is not known yet will Aminu play for Nigeria at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas. Al-Farouq Aminu is currently a member of the New Orleans Hornets. He was traded to the Hornets in December from the LA Clippers. Aminu appeared 66 times for the Hornets averaging 6 points and 4.7 rebounds. Last season, he had 5.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 80 games with the Clippers. Al-Farouq Aminu is a product of the Wake Forest University. He spent just two years with them, after what he declared for the NBA Draft. The Clippers selected him two years ago as eighth overall pick.


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Team USA to add a player or two to the preliminary roster - by Eurobasket News

In the wake of an injury crisis, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Tuesday that he's likely to add 'one or two players' to the list of finalists for Team USA's Olympic roster.

The U.S. announced 20 finalists in January, but has since lost four of those candidates to injury. Starting center Dwight Howard recently had back surgery and point guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) tore a knee ligament Saturday.

The losses of Howard and Rose follows previous season-ending injuries suffered by Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) (Achilles) and LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) (hip).

Colangelo announced the intent to add a player or two to the preliminary roster at a news conference in Las Vegas with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski in the midst of meetings with Krzyzewski's staff about the roster and logistics for the summer.

Colangelo said Tuesday that the 12-man final roster won't be selected 'until the very last moment,' but the deadline still falls before the NBA playoffs will be over in late June. A final roster with up to six alternates is due June 18, although USA Basketball had been planning to make the selections by June 1 before the rash of injuries.

Team USA should be able to withstand the loss of Rose, as long as it suffers no further backcourt casualties, because Colangelo and Krzyzewski can still call upon Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook at point guard.

The frontcourt rotation is where Team USA needs reinforcements most after the injuries suffered by Howard and Aldridge left only four recognized centers or power forwards on the original 20-man preliminary roster announced in January: Kevin Love, Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler and Blake Griffin.

Although LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant can all routinely be deployed as power forwards against most opponents in the international game, Team USA knows it needs ample size to counter its biggest rivals from Spain, who can trot out Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins, Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe and incoming Kentucky star Anthony Davis -- widely regarded as a lock to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft -- are among the young big men under consideration to be among the late additions Colangelo mentioned.

The most natural replacement for Howard is Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, but Bynum stated publicly in April that he intends to take the summer off to get some rest and treatment for his knees. Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert would be another natural contender, especially after his stint on the USA's Pan-American team in 2007, but Hibbert elected to join Jamaica's senior national team for the 2010 Centrobasket tournament and FIBA rules preclude players from representing two different countries at the senior level.

Colangelo met Monday and Tuesday with Krzyzewski and assistant coaches Jim Boeheim, Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan.

'I think we have concluded to some degree, although we're not finished with our meetings, that we will probably add one or two players to that pool and that's because of circumstances,' Colangelo said. 'And we are probably at this point not going to make any announcement on who that 12 will be until the very last moment as we watch the NBA games and keep our fingers crossed that no other further injuries take place.

'A lot of things have been said along the way. Equity is certainly right at the top of the list, those who have participated, paid their dues, etc. So equity is very important. No. 2, as injuries take their toll, we've said also that we would be fluid, there'd be additions, there'd be deletions and we need to be flexible. I think the key word today is flexibility. Flexibility on time, flexibility with names and roster sizes, etc.'

Colangelo and Krzyzewski also confirmed during the press conference that Team USA would train in Las Vegas from July 6-11 and play an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic -- coached by Kentucky's John Calipari -- on July 12 at The Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

The remaining healthy finalists eligible for selection for the eventual 12-man squad bound for London are Anthony, Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Chandler, Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Griffin, Andre Iguodala, James, Love, Paul, Dwyane Wade, Westbrook and Williams.

In what came as a surprise to observers, Colangelo told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday that he would also continue to consider Team USA veteran Lamar Odom for the London roster, despite the fact that Odom was deactivated by the Dallas Mavericks before the playoffs began after a poor season.

After telling the Los Angeles Times last month that he doubted that Odom could be ready 'physically or emotionally' to remain in the mix for London, Colangelo told the Review-Journal that he prefers to be 'willing to give someone a second chance' if Odom can reclaim the form that made him an integral part of the squad that won the FIBA World Championship in Turkey in 2010.

'I would like to think he'd like to put this season behind him,' Colangelo was quoted as saying by the Review-Journal. 'His Dallas episode hurt his image. If he comes in and shows he can be a contributor and his attitude is good and he wants to be here ... why not? As far as USA Basketball is concern, (Odom) is in the (player) pool and we'll see how it plays out.'

Courtesy of ESPN



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.0 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco16.5 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.8 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.5 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Hrycaniuk, Asseco8.4 
 4. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 6. Archibeque, Zastal7.8 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 8. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.3 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.9 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.9 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.2 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow4.6 
 10. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.5 
 3. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 4. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 5. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 7. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 8. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 9. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 10. Wilczek, AZS P.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 2. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.6 
 3. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 21-8 
 2. Arecibo 17-11 
 3. Quebradillas 16-12 
 4. Bayamon 16-12 
 5. San German 15-14 
 6. Guaynabo 12-16 
 7. Humacao 9-20 
 8. Guayama 8-21 

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 1: Mayaguez - San German 83-82
May. 1: Humacao - Guayama 130-117
May. 2: Guaynabo - Bayamon
May. 2: Quebradillas - Arecibo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Harris, San German21.2 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon18.9 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas18.5 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo18.0 
 7. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 8. Powell, Guayama16.1 
 9. Maye, Guaynabo15.6 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Harris, San German10.2 
 2. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 3. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas9.1 
 5. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.6 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 8. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.3 
 9. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Rivera, San German5.7 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.7 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.5 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo5.0 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.0 
 8. Cruz, Quebradillas3.3 
 9. Rodriguez, San G.3.2 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.3 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Rivera, San German1.3 
 5. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 6. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 7. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Pagan, Guayama1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.9 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.9 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Aubry, Arecibo1.3 
 9. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 10. Harris, San German1.0 


Caciques start week with a two-game winning streak led by Garcia: - by Luis Modestti

Caciques de Humacao started the final week of the regular season with two wins by beating Guaynabo and Guayama.

On Monday they defeated Guaynabo 106-98 as Hector Valenzuela netted 24 points and Gilbert Brown added 22.

Then on Tuesday Jonathan Garcia (183-G-87, agency: Paris Global Sports) had 33 assists as Humacao dominated Guayama 130-117. Jose Enrique Lopez led all scorers with 29 points.

Garcia with his 33 assists broke the league record in assists held by Pablo Alicea who made 26 in 1989.

In other games Arecibo defeated Quebradillas 84-81 and Mayaguez edged San German 83-82.



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VTB League: CSKA beat Lietuvos Rytas to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Lietuvos Rytas 79:72

CSKA will play in VTB League Final. They silenced sell-out crowd at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius edging local favorites Lietuvos Rytas and entering the Final. CSKA will play against Unics tomorrow. Lietuvos Rytas will take on Lokomotiv Kuban in Bronze medals game.
The hosts started with four points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the opening quarter. However CSKA eked out a narrow 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. The Moscow team used a 9:0 run early in the second frame to open a 31:22 advantage. The visitors stayed in front posting a 41:38 halftime lead. CSKA tried to keep Lietuvos Rytas at distance throughout the third quarter. The home team managed to pull within three points at the final intermission 52:55. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) finally drew things level at 61 midway through the final frame. However Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) immediately restored lead for CSKA. Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) put Lietuvos Rytas within three points with just 11 seconds to go. However Milos Teodosic and Shved capped the regulation with four points in a row and brought victory to CSKA. Andrei Kirilenko chipped in 19 points, Milos Teodosic notched 13 points and 7 assists, while Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) contributed 12 points in the winning effort. Aleksandar Rasic answered with 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Predrag Samardziski finished with 15 points in the loss.

CSKA: Andrei Kirilenko 19, Milos Teodosic 13, Nenad Krstic 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Aleksandar Rasic 16, Predrag Samardziski 15



VTB League: Unics are the first finalists - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Lokomotiv Kuban 87:86

Unics became the first finalists of VTB League. They outscored Lokomotiv Kuban in a thrilling semifinal battle in Vilnius tonight. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) knocked down a jumper with 2 seconds remaining in regulation to propel the Kazan team to the victory. He finished with 30 points to lead all scorers.
Lokomotiv Kuban got to a flying start. They unleashed 27 points in the opening quarter to pile up a 5-point lead after ten minutes. Unics however stiffened their defence and limited Lokomotiv to 16 points in the second quarter. It allowed Unics to erase the deficit and post a 45:43 halftime advantage. Lokomotiv surged back in front in the third term. The Krasnodar team accounted for 23 points and gained a 66:62 lead with ten minutes remaining. It all came down to final minutes in this one. Henry Domercant and Savrasenko gave Unics an 83:79 lead with under two minutes to go. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) split free throws and Jeremiah Massey followed with a three-pointer to put level things up at 83. Henry Domercant hit another bucket to make it 85:83. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) then erupted with a big-time three-pointer to put Lokomotiv in front 86:85 with five seconds to go. Henry Domercant used just three seconds to set up a winning shot and drilled it sealing the victory for Unics. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) provided 15 points, while Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) contributed 10 points for the winners. Roderick Blakney (184-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) answered with 22 points for Lokomotiv. Sergey Bykov and K.C. Rivers netted 17 points apiece in the loss.

Unics: Henry Domercant 30, Terrell Lyday 15, Lynn Greer 10
Lokomotiv Kuban: Roderick Blakney 22, Sergey Bykov 17, K.C. Rivers 17



Nets close to signing Kirilenko, Humphries - by Eurobasket News

The New Jersey Nets, so far unable to complete a trade with the Orlando Magic to acquire Dwight Howard, are moving ahead without their dream big man by bringing back power forward Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) under a one-year deal worth $7-8 million, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Humphries was expected to sign the deal on Tuesday and play in Wednesdays preseason game against the Knicks, according to the report.

Humphries wanted a multi-year deal worth $10 million annually, but the Nets would sign him to a one-year deal only in order to the maintain cap flexibility necessary to be able to fit Howard on their roster.

Another piece that may be falling into place imminently for the Nets is Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81), a countryman of the Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. The signing of Kirilenko has been anticipated for some time, and Sportando reported (via Pro Basketball Talk) that he will leave CSKA Moscow and sign a multiyear deal in New Jersey.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



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BKK Radnicki and Darko Balaban part ways - by Eurobasket News

Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of BKK Radnicki. Two sides agreed to terminate their deal. Balaban joined the club less than two months ago for the Superleague. He appeared 9 times with Radnicki averaging 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. Darko Balaban started the season with Smederevo. There he had 20 ppg and 8.8 rpg for 23 games. He finished as the MVP of A League. Before Smederevo, Balaban spent one season with Crvena Zvezda. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 11 games in Adriatic league. In Serbian championship Balaban registered 2.6 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 7 games. In the past, he was a member of Partizan and Sport Key Novi Sad.


Jovo Stanojevic wins EuroChallenge Center of the Year award - by Eurobasket News

Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) won the Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Center of the Year -12 award. The experienced big guy appeared 12 times in this competition with Karsiyaka averaging 20.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. He finished as the best scorer and fourth rebounder of the league. Jovo Stanojevic joined Karsiyaka two years ago. Last season he had 15 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 16 EuroChallenge games. In Turkey his numbers were 12.6 ppg and 5 rpg for 32 games. This season in TBL Stanojevic averages 15.1 points, 6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He led Karsiyaka to sixth place in the regular season with 19-11 record. They will meet Anadolu Efes in the Playoff Quarterfinals. Before Karsiyaka, Jovo Stanojevic played for Kepez and Al Kuwait.


Superleague Round 11, Important win for Crvena zvezda Beograd - by Ivan Milenkovic

First game of Superleague Round 11 - which is scheduled for May 12 - was played on Wednesday. Crvena zvezda Beograd Diva had to win at Mega Vizura to keep their chances to finish in top 3 and they did it.
However, it wasn't a walk in the park for 'red and whites' - 75-79. First period ended 25-25, although visitors had 12-20 lead in 7th minute. Mega even led 32-27 in 13th minute, but Crvena zvezda played better than their rivals in remainder of second quarter and had +9 after first half (43-52). Visitors opened 16-point lead middle through third quarter (45-61), but hosts ended period with 6-0 run. Crvena zvezda kept their lead throughout final period and it was 10-point game with less than 2 minutes to go (67-77). But, young Mega Vizura players didn't want to surrender and with quick 8-0 run closed deficit to 2 points. Pavle Reljic missed one key free throw for hosts, while Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) scored both of his free throws to secure important win for his team.
Veteran center Petar Popovic (211-C-79) led Crvena zvezda Beograd with 26 points (12/21 fg), Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) added 15 (5/11 fg), Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) had 11 and 8 rebounds. Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) couldn't score, but had 9 assists. Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had double-double for Mega Vizura with 11 points and amazing 18 rebounds. Nenad Miljenovic and Branko Milisavljevic also scored 11 for hosts.

Mega Vizura - Crvena zvezda Diva 75:79 (25:25, 18:27, 11:12, 21:15)



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia outscore New Zealand in Fuxi - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian U18 National Team continued their Tour of China. They faced New Zealand counterparts in the second game of Fuxi Tournament. Slovenia bounced back from the loss to China a day ago and shot down the Junior Tall Blacks 73:63.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Slovenia secured a narrow 18:16 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Slovenia ensure a 35:29 halftime lead. The Europeans unloaded 27 points in the third quarter to clear off. Slovenia piled up a 20-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. New Zealand however refused to surrender as they went on a massive 21:11 run in the final period to narrow the deficit. Matic Rebec (179-PG-95) knocked down 18 points to pace Slovenia. Gregor Hrovat (94) added 13 points, while Jure Kopac (198-F-94) and Jakob Strazar (200-F-94) delivered 8 points each in the win.



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Promy Head Coach Signs Multi-Year Extension - by Kevin Campigotto

Wonju Dongbu Promy head coach Kang Dong Hae has signed a 3 year 400 million Won contract extension according to a news article originally posted on Jumpball.co.kr. This comes after the season where the Promy broke nearly every league record for winning but fell short in the KBL Finals for the second straight year.

While many would say that Kang should be rewarded for his team's excellent play, others would suggest that he has been an ineffective coach that inherited a championship team and his actual in-game coaching leaves much to be desired. Wonju consistently failed to make any adjustments during games and often appeared very unprepared in the first halves of games. His teams rarely went at an oppoent in foul trouble, and they regularly went away from plays that were working. His inability to recognize weak points and attack them, while continually running the same plays despite them not working is one of the reasons Wonju struggled so much in the finals. Yoon Ho-Young's constant post-ups that led to turnovers and bad shots continued to be the bread and butter of the Promy offense while Benson and Kim Joo-Sung, both better post players, watched Yoon at work.




Kang was especially ineffective with drawing up plays. Anyone watching the team all year would recognize that Wonju had more turnovers and shot clock violations out of timeouts than any good team ever should. This was especially evident in the finals, and in game six where Wonju committed turnovers out of timeouts that sealed its fate. Kang also has the comical habit of calling timeouts when his team goes on a run and seems to have the opponents on the ropes. Giving up the momentum is something other coaches appreciate, but its not sound coaching philosophy.

Kang's substitutions also seemed to be random and he continued to tinker with the starting lineup into the finals. There never seemed to be any reasoning behind why certain players got playing time and others didn't. Wonju had star shooting guard Lee Kwang Jae return and yet in the finals he was never able to find his rhythm because he wasn't given consistent playing time.



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Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 27-5 
 2. Real Madrid 25-7 
 3. Caja Laboral 22-11 
 4. Gescrap BB 19-13 
 5. Valencia 19-14 
 6. Cajasol 18-14 
 7. Lucentum 17-15 
 8. Lagun Aro GBC 17-15 
 9. CAI Zaragoza 16-16 
 10. FIATC Joventut 16-17 
 11. Unicaja 15-17 
 12. Assignia M. 15-18 
 13. GC 2014 12-20 
 14. Blusens M. 12-21 
 15. Fuenlabrada 12-21 
 16. UCAM Murcia 12-21 
 17. Asefa Estudian. 9-22 
 18. B.de Rueda V. 8-24 

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 2: Fuenlabrada - Caja Laboral 87-92
May. 2: UCAM Murcia - Assignia M. 78-60
May. 2: Blusens M. - Valencia 76-62
May. 2: FIATC Joventut - Lucentum 74-63
May. 3: B.de Rueda V. - Asefa Estudian.
May. 3: Cajasol - Lagun Aro GBC
May. 3: Gescrap BB - Unicaja
May. 3: FCB Regal - Real Madrid
May. 3: GC 2014 - CAI Zaragoza


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Panko, Lagun A.19.3 
 2. Doellman, Assignia16.9 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.6 
 4. Wright, CAI Z.14.7 
 5. Davis, Cajasol14.6 
 6. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.4 
 7. Caner-Medley, Vale.13.5 
 8. Navarro, FCB Regal13.4 
 9. Navarro, FCB Regal13.4 
 10. Hettsheimer, CAI13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.2 
 2. Ivanov, Lucentum7.6 
 3. Davis, Cajasol7.4 
 4. Borchardt, B.de R.7.4 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja7.3 
 6. Williams, FIATC J.7.2 
 7. Teletovic, Caja L.7.1 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.7.0 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.6.6 
 10. Ndong, FCB Regal6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.6.5 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid4.2 
 3. Salgado, Lagun A.4.2 
 4. Granger, Asefa E.3.9 
 5. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
 6. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.9 
 7. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.3.5 
 9. Llompart, Lucentum3.4 
 10. Uriz, B.de Rueda3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.1.9 
 2. Lofton, Asefa E.1.6 
 3. De Colo, Valencia1.6 
 4. Vidal, Lagun A.1.6 
 5. Doellman, Assignia1.5 
 6. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.4 
 7. Hanga, Assignia M.1.4 
 8. Granger, Asefa E.1.4 
 9. Udoka, UCAM M.1.4 
 10. Garbajosa, Unicaja1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Gescrap BB
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.9 
 2. Lasme, Blusens M.1.8 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Asselin, Assignia1.0 
 8. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 
 9. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 10. Achara, Assignia.0.9 


Serge Ibaka selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89). Ibaka led Oklahoma City Thunder to a 1-point victory against the Dallas Mavericks (36-30) 99-98 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 47-19 record this season. Ibaka has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.6bpg, 2FGP: 54.0% and FT: 66.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Despite Ibaka played previously for the Congolese national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Marc Gasol (212-85, agency: Interperformances). Gasol led Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the Orlando Magic (37-29) 88-76 in the NBA on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Gasol scored 22 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 32 minutes. The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid 41-25 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Gasol's fourth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gasol averages: 14.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 74.9% in the 66 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the Congolese national team, Gasol is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Pau Gasol (214-80). He contributed to a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Denver Nuggets (38-28) 104-100 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Gasol recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 2 blocks. The Los Angeles Lakers have a solid 41-25 record this season. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Lakers' roster. This season Gasol has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 78.1%. Despite Gasol played previously for the Congolese national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #4. Center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Angelico Biella (12-18) in their last game. Despite Miralles' good performance Angelico Biella was edged 77-76 on the road by the second-ranked Bennet Cantu. He scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Miralles' first season with the team. This year Miralles has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg and 6.9rpg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the Congolese national team, Miralles is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Gustavo Barrera
Gustavo Barrera
   #5. Former international guard Gustavo Barrera (194-85) helped Hebraica win their game against the third-ranked Malvin (0-0) 65-48 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Friday night. He scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 1. Hebraica Macabi (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Barrera is the league's best passer. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 8.0apg and 2.2spg. Barrera is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Uruguayan. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Barrera is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Angel Santana
Angel Santana
   #6. Forward Angel Santana (198-77, college: St.Francis, NY) helped Ploiesti win their game against the league leader Gaz Metan (22-5) 94-90 in the Romanian Division A in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (20-8) is placed fourth in the Division A. This year Santana's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg in the 16 games. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Santana is also an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.

Carlos Fernandez
Carlos Fernandez
   #7. International forward Carlos Fernandez (197-87, college: IlIinois Tech) was not able to help Worcester Wolves (22-8) in their game against Cheshire Jets (13-17) in the British BBL. He recorded 7 points and added 3 assists. Worcester Wolves was edged 80-80 in Chester by the lower-ranked Cheshire Jets (#6). Fernandez's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Fernandez is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Jan Martin
Jan Martin
   #8. Power forward Jan Martin (203-84) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (16-9) in their game against Maccabi Ashdod (15-5) in the Israeli Premier League. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Martin recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. Galil Gilboa lost 72-77 at home to the leading Maccabi Ashdod. This year Martin's total stats are: 4.4ppg and 2.4rpg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Spanish U20 national team back in 2004.

Rafael Lopez
Rafael Lopez
   #9. Former international center Rafael Lopez (204-86) helped Etendard de Brest win their game against the 15th-ranked Stade Clermont (8-25) 84-81 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. Lopez scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Etendard de Brest (18-15) is placed ninth in the NM1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Lopez has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Lopez is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

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

   #1. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Phoenix Suns (33-33) 110-106 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg in the 60 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter's Spanish passport, he currently plays for the Brazilian national team and is not eligible to play for the Spanish team.



Micah Downs named Most Surprising Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News

Micah Downs (203-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) of Assignia Manresa is named Liga Endesa Most Surprising Player of the Year. He succeeded Mexican big guy Gustavo Ayon. Downs joined Manresa last summer. He got injured in September and missed about two months of action. Later he appeared 26 times in the league averaging 11.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Micah Downs spent last season with Burgos. He had 13.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.7 apg in 43 games and was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 2nd Team -11. The player was also named to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -11, while Burgos reached LEB Gold Playoff Finals. Before Burgos, Downs split one season between Croatian Zadar and Belgian Leuven. He graduated at Gonzaga University in 2009.


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  SWEDEN   


Official Awards of Basketligan - by Andreas Eriksson

The season is over, and the Swedish League have announced throughout the playoffs the official awards of the year, and here's a summary of who's been dealt the prices.

MVP: Johnell Smith, Sodertalje
Guard of the year: Omar Krayem, Boras Basket
Forward of the year: Keith Ramsey, LF Basket
Center of the Year: Michael Palm, Boras Basket
Defensive Player of the Year: Rickard Eriksson, Uppsala Basket

For soem strange reason, the MVP of the league can not in get guard/forward/center of the year award as well, while logically Johnell Smith should have been named Guard of the Year as well of course, but that award instead went to Krayem of Boras.



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  SWITZERLAND   

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.19.9 
 2. Sharper, Boncourt19.4 
 3. Burrows, Starwings18.2 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings17.8 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt17.7 
 6. Barnette, Geneve16.9 
 7. Jones, SAM M.16.8 
 8. Smith, Monthey16.4 
 9. Mitrovic, SAM M.16.3 
 10. Gibson, SAV Vacal.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.9.7 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt9.1 
 3. Bing, Geneve Lions8.5 
 4. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.3 
 5. Burrows, Starwings8.1 
 6. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 7. Finn, Monthey7.5 
 8. Rakocevic, Lugano7.5 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.7.5 
 10. Jones, SAM M.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.4 
 2. Brown, Lugano T.5.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 4. Petkovic, Starw.4.7 
 5. Boylan, Monthey4.6 
 6. Draughan, Lugano4.5 
 7. Bobetso, BBC Nyon4.0 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Buscaglia, Geneve3.4 
 10. Parker, Monthey3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.1 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.7 
 3. Boylan, Monthey2.6 
 4. Jones, SAM M.2.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings2.1 
 6. N''Diaye, Boncourt1.8 
 7. Smith, Monthey1.8 
 8. Sloan, SAV Vacallo1.8 
 9. Draughan, Lugano1.7 
 10. Dubas, Monthey1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.2.2 
 2. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.7 
 3. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 4. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 5. Roberson, Boncourt1.1 
 6. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 7. Bing, Geneve Lions0.9 
 8. Albrecht, Starw.0.9 
 9. Barnette, Geneve0.9 
 10. Aw, Geneve Lions0.8 


LNA Round 4 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg - Lugano Tigers 87-85

Fribourg toppled Lugano Tigers to tie the series at 2-2. Lugano Tigers trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 31-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-87 at the end of the game. Fribourg looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Lugano Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international guard Stefan Petkovic (186-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 26+7reb+2ast, D.Mladjan 16+5reb+2ast, R.Brown 14+4reb+2ast, D.Stockalper 10+2reb, Z.Rakocevic 7+5reb, E.Draughan 6+3reb+1ast
Fribourg: O.Vogt 30+11reb+1ast, T.Johnson 15+2reb+3ast, D.Esterkamp 12+5reb, S.Petkovic 12+4reb+11ast, R.Yates 8+2reb, B.Polyblank 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 175879


Geneve Lions - Monthey 77-81

Monthey prevailed against Geneve Lions on the road to make it 2-2 in the series. The game without a history. Monthey led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) contributed with 11 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Monthey players scored in double figures. Guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate) added 22 points in the effort for Geneve Lions.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: S.Barnette 22+3reb+1ast, C.Dunn 18+5reb+6ast, T.Brown 14+2reb+3ast, J.Aw 8+5reb+1ast, E.Bing 6+7reb+4ast, B.Toure 6+5reb
Monthey: T.Smith 18+5reb+3ast, S.Finn 14+6reb+2ast, K.Parker 12+1reb+3ast, M.Mihajlovic 11+3reb+1ast, I.Boylan 11+4reb+7ast, J.Dubas 9+3reb
gschID: 175880



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No Syrian clubs in Arab Cup Chmapion this year .. - by Ahmad Madwar

For the third year in row .. Syria wont represent in Arab Cup Champion by any club ..
at least this season we have clear reasons .. why the Syrian Club withdraw from this competition .. and the main reason is the bad economey situation in the club due the bad polictical problem in the country ..
specially each club has to sign with 1 foreign player at least .. the rule allow for 3 foreigns to play on the court ..
many clubs wont play in arab champion this year .. one of them is Al-Shabab UAE club the champion last year



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ASEAN League: Heat prevail against Cobras - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Bangkok Cobras 77:69

Saigon Heat registered the seventh win in their inaugural ASEAN League season. They held off Bangkok Cobras for 7-12 record. The Cobras slipped at 6-13 record after the loss.
The Heat started to build the lead right from the start. The hosts knocked down 25 points in the opening period to claim an 11-point lead. The Heat maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Vietnamese team ensured a 42:30 halftime advantage. The Cobras started to show the signs of recovery in the third term. They nailed 21 points to cut the deficit to 9 points at the final intermission. The visitors maintained the pressure on the hosts during the final quarter but the Heat stayed calm and registered victory at the end. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) posted 29 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Robert Sanz (191-G/F-81) added 17 points in the win. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) replied with 23 points and 15 boards for the Cobras. Chanachon Klahan (190-F-84) netted 17 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Jonathan Jones 29+14 boards, Robert Sanz 17, Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) 14
Bangkok Cobras: Gentry Lewis 23+15 boards, Chanachon Klahan 17



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 25-5 
 2. Banvit BK 25-5 
 3. Anadolu Efes 24-6 
 4. Besiktas 22-8 
 5. Fener.Ulker 21-9 
 6. Karsiyaka 19-11 
 7. Aliaga 14-16 
 8. Tofas 14-16 
 9. Turk Telekom 13-17 
 10. Mersin 12-18 
 11. Erdemir 12-18 
 12. Hacettepe Univ. 11-19 
 13. Antalya 10-20 
 14. Olin Edirne 8-22 
 15. Trabzonspor 6-24 
 16. Bandirma Kir. 4-26 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 2: Besiktas - Antalya 99-100
Apr. 28: Erdemir - Hacettepe Univ. 85-63
Apr. 29: Aliaga - Galatasaray 83-85
Apr. 29: Mersin - Anadolu Efes 78-106
Apr. 29: Fener.Ulker - Tofas 76-68
Apr. 29: Bandirma Kir. - Karsiyaka 59-80
Apr. 29: Olin Edirne - Banvit BK 56-72
Apr. 28: Turk Telekom - Trabzonspor 103-81

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 5: Banvit BK - Aliaga
May. 5: Galatasaray - Tofas
May. 6: Besiktas - Fener.Ulker
May. 6: Anadolu Efes - Karsiyaka


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Trabzonspor
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Gibson, Trabzonspor19.9 
 2. Reynolds, Antalya18.3 
 3. Brown, Trabzonspor18.1 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.0 
 5. Toolson, Aliaga17.8 
 6. Scales, Mersin17.4 
 7. Fisher, Antalya17.2 
 8. Sneed, Mersin16.9 
 9. Grundy, Mersin16.9 
 10. Washington, Turk16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elton BROWN
  Trabzonspor
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Brown, Trabzonspor12.2 
 2. Stimac, Olin Edirne9.9 
 3. Sanders, Hacett.8.9 
 4. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.8.2 
 5. McGhee, Bandirma.7.8 
 6. Buckman, Tofas7.6 
 7. Wesson, Erdemir7.6 
 8. Sonkol, Aliaga7.5 
 9. Yucel, Turk T.7.0 
 10. Aldemir, Galatasa.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.5 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK6.1 
 3. Tunceri, Anadolu5.6 
 4. Ratkovica, Aliaga5.3 
 5. Senturk, Erdemir4.9 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray4.9 
 7. Arroyo, Besiktas4.5 
 8. Reynolds, Antalya4.4 
 9. Washington, Turk T.4.4 
 10. Fisher, Antalya4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Trabzons.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Trabzons.2.1 
 2. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 3. Bryan-A., Hacett.2.0 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka2.0 
 5. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray1.6 
 7. Kinsey, Anadolu1.5 
 8. Hawkins, Besiktas1.4 
 9. Scales, Mersin1.4 
 10. Guler, Turk T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Robinson, Erdemir1.1 
 4. McGhee, Bandirma.1.0 
 5. Aldemir, Galatasar.0.9 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.9 
 7. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 8. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.9 
 9. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.9 
 10. Buckman, Tofas0.8 


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld22.0 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir19.4 
 3. Gray, Baskent18.9 
 4. Waller, Gaziantep18.6 
 5. Delic, Genc Telekom18.5 
 6. Carter, Tire Gucu18.4 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale17.8 
 8. Williams, Gelisim17.2 
 9. Taggart, TED I.16.4 
 10. Dobie, Selcuk Uni.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.6 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir11.6 
 3. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.3 
 4. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.0 
 5. Gray, Baskent9.7 
 6. Pasco, Vestel8.7 
 7. Can, Pertevniyal8.4 
 8. Taggart, TED I.8.2 
 9. Ozseven, TED I.8.0 
 10. Ozdemir, Vestel7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.4 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep5.3 
 3. Sinanoglu, Final G.5.2 
 4. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.1 
 5. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 6. Bayraktar, Tire G.4.8 
 7. Bayrak, Usak4.6 
 8. Yikilmaz, Pertevni.4.5 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.4.4 
 10. Ogut, Genc Telek.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.8 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.5 
 3. Akcay, Balikesir2.0 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu1.7 
 6. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.1.7 
 7. Mentese, Gelisim1.6 
 8. Waller, Gaziantep1.6 
 9. Okkali, Final Genc.1.6 
 10. Jackson, Balikesir1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ismail CEVIK
  Selcuk Univ.
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Cevik, Selcuk Univ.1.4 
 2. Ozseven, TED I.1.3 
 3. Pasco, Vestel1.3 
 4. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 5. Gray, Baskent1.3 
 6. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.2 
 7. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.1 
 8. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 9. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.1 
 10. Boswell, Tire Gucu0.9 


TBL Round 30: Regular season is over, Galatasaray is No.1 - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in TBL just ended. Galatasaray is No.1 with 25-5 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals and format is best-of-three. Pairs are Galatasaray - Tofas, Banvit - Aliaga, Anadolu Efes - Karsiyaka and Besiktas - Fenerbahce Ulker. First games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

TBL standings
1. Galatasaray 25-5
2. Banvit BK 25-5
3. Anadolu Efes 24-6
4. Besiktas 22-8
5. Fener.Ulker 21-9
6. Karsiyaka 19-11
7. Aliaga 14-16
8. Tofas 14-16
9. Turk Telekom 13-17
10. Mersin 12-18
11. Erdemir 12-18
12. Hacettepe Univ. 11-19
13. Antalya 10-20
14. Olin Edirne 8-22
15. Trabzonspor 6-24
16. Bandirma Kir. 4-26



Turk Telekom - Trabzonspor 103-81
The game without a history. Turk Telekom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Turk Telekom forced 26 Trabzonspor turnovers. Strangely Trabzonspor outrebounded Turk Telekom 86-43 including a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Simas Jasaitis (201-82) who scored 22 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Russell Robinson (185-86) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Trabzonspor: E.Brown 22+13reb+1ast, R.Robinson 17+3reb+4ast, F.Kaan Uner 14+1reb+2ast, E.Kalve 7+4reb, I.Alkan 5+1reb, P.Kaya 4+1reb+1ast
Turk Telekom: S.Jasaitis 22+4reb+2ast, D.Washington 17+1reb+8ast, N.Yucel 13+12reb+1ast, K.Kambala 12+4reb+1ast, A.Karadeniz 12+10reb, C.Altay 11+2reb+1ast


gschID: 134517


Erdemir - Hacettepe Univ. 85-63
Erdemir used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Ankara 85-63 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Erdemir. Hacettepe Univ. managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Gerrod Henderson (192-78, college: Louisiana Tech) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Antwayne Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 13 points. Erdemir's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and power forward Ali Isik (206-90) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Hacettepe Univ.: M.Bryan-Amaning 18+7reb+2ast, R.Marsh 9+8reb+1ast, A.Isik 8+11reb, R.Murat Kaya 8+1reb, D.Yannier 6+1ast, C.Eldridge 6+2reb+1ast
Erdemir: A.Robinson 13+4reb, G.Henderson 12+6reb+3ast, Y.Cankaya 10+1reb+2ast, M.Yildiz 9+4reb+1ast, M.Akpinar 8+1reb+2ast, K.Wesson 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 134518


Fener.Ulker - Tofas 76-68
The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-68. Fenerbahce Ulker made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Emir Preldzic (205-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-78, agency: Alti Sport) who recorded 14 points and American swingman Austin Nichols (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) added 13 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Tofas: J.Zuza 14+4reb+1ast, A.Nichols 13+3reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 10+4reb+2ast, B.Buckman 9+4reb, R.Steele 7+3reb+2ast, I.Koc 7+6reb+2ast
Fener.Ulker: E.Preldzic 17+3reb+1ast, O.Onan 14+2reb, R.Ukic 13+7reb+5ast, B.Bogdanovic 8+1reb+1ast, B.Candan 8+1reb, J.Gist 5+6reb
gschID: 134519


Aliaga - Galatasaray 83-85
The visitors from Istanbul managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Galatasaray forced 19 Aliaga turnovers. International forward Furkan Aldemir (207-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Galatasaray's coach Oktay Mahmudi used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) with 32 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Trent Plaisted (211-86, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Aliaga: R.Toolson 32+5reb+3ast, T.Plaisted 14+7reb+2ast, O.Haciyeva 12+8reb+2ast, B.Ratkovica 9+6ast, E.Goerkem 7+4reb, B.Qvale 4
Galatasaray: F.Aldemir 23+9reb, J.Lukas Gordon 15+5reb+6ast, B.Savovic 9+1reb+1ast, J.Lakovic 8+1ast, N.Djedovic 7+1reb+1ast, T.Acik 6+2ast
gschID: 134520


Bandirma Kir. - Karsiyaka 59-80
The game was mostly controlled by Karsiyaka. Bandirma Kir. managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Bandirma Kir. 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Gary McGhee (208-88, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded 9 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Yigitcan Turna (187-87) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Bandirma Kir.: P.Miller 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Turna 10+5reb+2ast, G.McGhee 9+10reb+1ast, T.Onen 7+4reb+2ast, A.Cantitiz 6+8reb+1ast, C.Sekeroglu 5+1reb
Karsiyaka: J.Stanojevic 18+10reb+2ast, G.Ikonic 16+2reb, A.Saruhan 11, B.Batuk 8+6reb, I.Karaman 8+8reb+1ast, C.Allen 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 134513


Besiktas - Antalya 99-100
The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 9-point deficit before their 28-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Antalya shot 61.3 percent from the field. Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: BeoExcell) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Bora Pacun (210-87) supported him with 16 points. Even a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds by British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) did not help to save the game for Besiktas. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) added 18 points and 7 assists. Four Antalya and five Besiktas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: P.Mensah-Bonsu 26+10reb+1ast, D.Hawkins 18+1reb+7ast, K.Ozmizrak 13+2reb+1ast, M.Kemp 12+3reb+2ast, B.Hersek 10+3reb+2ast, E.Dagli 6+6reb+3ast
Antalya: S.Jelovac 24+10reb+2ast, B.Pacun 16+4reb+2ast, C.Fisher 15+1reb+6ast, M.Mahmutoglu 15+1reb+1ast, V.Pastal 9+4reb+1ast, G.Gen 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 134514


Mersin - Anadolu Efes 78-106
Anadolu Efes dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Mersin's 38. The best player for the winners was international power forward Kerem Gonlum (208-77) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Kerem Tunceri (190-79) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Central African forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Mersin: A.Scales 15+5reb+3ast, J.Mays 14+10reb+2ast, O.Sneed 10+7reb+3ast, E.Bibo 9+5reb+1ast, M.Demir 7+1reb+1ast, I.Azizmahmutogullari 6+1reb
Anadolu Efes: S.Guler 18+4ast, K.Tunceri 16+3reb+4ast, S.Vujacic 12+2reb+1ast, E.Kurtoglu 12+3reb+3ast, O.Lafayette 11+2reb+2ast, K.Gonlum 10+11reb+2ast
gschID: 134515


Olin Edirne - Banvit BK 56-72
The game was mostly controlled by Banvit BK. Olin Edirne managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Olin Edirne to just 6 points in first quarter. Banvit BK made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Keith Simmons (196-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. American-Azerbaijani forward Charles Davis (202-84, college: Alabama) chipped in 14 points and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Bulgarian swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Ogun Sevinc (198-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 12 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Olin Edirne: F.Videnov 16+7reb+4ast, O.Sevinc 12+3reb+1ast, D.Kamer 6+1reb+1ast, V.Stimac 5+8reb, M.Abi 5+3reb+1ast, F.Toz 3+1reb+1ast
Banvit BK: K.Simmons 14+7reb+2ast, C.Davis 14+4reb+1ast, K.Bajramovic 11+2reb+4ast, E.Cinko 8+2reb, C.Hammonds 6+2reb+1ast, C.Nalga 6+2reb+1ast



Jasaitis number one in Turkey for round 30 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Turk Telekom, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, four rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Trabzonspor (#15, 6-24) with 22-point margin 103-81. Turk Telekom finished the season as No.9 with 13-17 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Jasaitis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Simas Jasaitis averaged this season 10.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old British Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Besiktas. Mensah-Bonsu had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Besiktas was edged by the lower-ranked Antalya (#13, 10-20) 100-99. Besiktas managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings (22-8 record). Mensah-Bonsu is a newcomer at Besiktas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Trabzonspor (#15). Brown scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Brown's great performance Trabzonspor lost 81-103 to the higher-ranked Turk Telekom (#9, 13-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Brown has individually a great season in Turkey. He made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 12.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) of Galatasaray - 23 points and 9 rebounds
6. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85) of Aliaga - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of Antalya - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Darius Washington (188-PG-85) of Turk Telekom - 17 points and 8 assists
9. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Hacettepe Univ. - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sinan Guler (193-G-83) of Anadolu Efes - 18 points and 4 assists

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



TB2L Quarterfinals: Optimum TED and Gaziantep eliminate their rivals - by Eurobasket News

Second games of TB2L Quarterfinals just ended. Optimum TED and Gaziantep registered second straight wins against their rivals and advanced to the next stage. Final Genclik and Maliye Milli are out of the competition. Genc Telekom and Selcuk also celebrated tonight, so they tied the score at 1-1 in their series. They will play third crucial games against Akhisar and Vestel on Saturday. Genc Telekom and Selcuk will be the hosts.

Akhisar Bld - Selcuk Univ. 75-81 (1-1)
Akhisar Bld was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Selcuk Universitesi, which allowed them to win the game. Selcuk Universitesi outrebounded Akhisar Bld 34-21 including 28 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Akhisar Bld helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mustafa Gucyetmez (188-80) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Selcuk Universitesi players scored in double figures. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Guven Esmer (193-80) scored 15 points. Akhisar Bld's coach Zafer Aktas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 22+6reb+3ast, G.Esmer 15+1reb+2ast, C.Terzioglu 10+5reb+1ast, M.Eken 8+1reb+2ast, L.Demirci 7+2reb+1ast, E.Yenice 5+2reb
Selcuk Univ.: H.Antwan Dobie 17+2reb+3ast, M.Gucyetmez 12+3reb+5ast, L.Johnson 11+4reb, I.Cevik 10+7reb, E.Turetken 9+3reb, O.Unver 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 175733


Final Genclik - Optimum TED 66-83 (0-2)
The game without a history. Optimum TED led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Optimum TED especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Guard Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86) notched 16 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Nigerian-Canadian swingman Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-84, college: Arkansas) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Optimum TED players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by Cameroonian power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA) did not help to save the game for Final Genclik. point guard Esat Sinanoglu (188-82) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: A.Aboya 22+6reb, E.Sinanoglu 13+5reb+7ast, E.Ilter 11+2reb+2ast, O.Aksoy 7+2reb+2ast, O.Okkali 6+2reb+5ast, M.Esen 5
Optimum TED: A.Kavaklioglu 16+3reb+4ast, O.Famutimi 14+5reb+1ast, H.Yapar 12+5reb+1ast, N.Ozbakir 10, G.Orcun Tunca 10+4reb, O.Orcun Gollu 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 175730


Gaziantep - Maliye Milli 69-62 (2-0)
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was guard Serhat Ugur (192-85) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. American guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) chipped in 19 points. American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Umit Turkoglu (211-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Maliye Milli: A.Johnson 15+8reb, U.Turkoglu 14+8reb, B.Cinar 9+2reb, T.Garrison 8+3reb+1ast, F.Aydemir 6+1ast, K.Tutuncu 4+3reb+3ast
Gaziantep: A.Waller 19+4reb+3ast, S.Ugur 17+4reb+5ast, M.Ademoglu 11+8reb+2ast, M.Goektas 8+5reb+1ast, A.Kaplan 5+1reb+1ast, U.Durmus 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 175731


Vestel - Genc Telekom 53-65 (1-1)
The game was mostly controlled by Genc Telekom. Vestel was better in third quarter 19-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vestel to just 7 points in first quarter. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Genc Telekom players scored in double figures. American power forward Pervis Pasco (206-81, college: Kansas St., agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and forward Hadi Ozdemir (203-83) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Vestel.
Top scorers:
Vestel: F.Bugra Bingoelbali 14+3reb+1ast, H.Ozdemir 11+9reb+1ast, P.Pasco 11+11reb, A.Ozdemir 7+3reb, S.Topcu 6+2reb+3ast, C.Erdogan 4+3reb+2ast
Genc Telekom: N.Delic 16+10reb+1ast, S.Ekmen 14+2reb+3ast, M.Goerur 12+7reb+3ast, C.Ugur Ogut 11+7reb+9ast, K.Cipa 8, H.Avci 4+4reb+1ast



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Jermaine Barnes named 2012 UBA MVP - by Travis McAvene


GIE Morrow Disciples swingman Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian) was today named the 2012 UBA Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the UBA 16 head coaches.

Barnes, a 6-5, 210-pound swingman out of Point University, started in all 20 regular season games he played for the Disciples, averaging 30.1 points, 6.5 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 37.2 minutes. A 2012 UBA All-Star, Barnes ranked first in the League in scoring, finishing with double-digit points in all 20 games. He led the Disciples in scoring in 15 games and was the assist leader 10 times.

Twice honored for his play during the season, Barnes was named the UBA Player of the Month in January and the Performer of the Week on Nov. 20 (50 points). He led the Disciples to an UBA best 19-1 regular season record and the top seed in the UBA Playoffs presented by Phoenix Group. Barnes will return to the postseason for the Disciples after returning from the Dominican Republic, he is averaging 23.0 points, 3.5 assists, 12.5 rebounds and 40.0 minutes.

Barnes was signed by Titanes de Miramar in the Dominican Republic. Mibahia news was quoted by saying Barnes had the best debut in Miramar history posting a monster double-double with 28 points and 17 rebounds.

'The impressive season that JB had for the Disciples is a testament to his talent and work ethic', said D.J. Douglas , Disciples head coach. His leadership helped the Disciples to its best season yet, while individually he earned an UBA All-Star selection and his 3rd UBA MVP. He has emerged as the leagues top prime time player, and I congratulate him on a fantastic season.

Barnes will be presented with the 2012 UBA Most Valuable Player trophy May 28, 2012 when he return from the Dominican Republic.

Courtesy of www.ubabasket.com



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.21.6 
 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. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.7 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 9. Todic, Halychyna7.4 
 10. Hunter, Azovmash7.4 
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. Walsh, Azovmash5.1 
 7. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 8. Ewing, Azovmash4.9 
 9. Randle, Azovmash4.7 
 10. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Fe.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 2. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 5. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Culpepper, Fe.1.7 
 7. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 8. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 10. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
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. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.7 
 5. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 7. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Parakhouski, Budi.1.2 


Superleague Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Azovmash and BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Azovmash 82-97

Azovmash shot down Budivelnyk in Kyiv once again to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Azovmash. Budivelnyk was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Azovmash outrebounded Budivelnyk 42-31 including 27 on the defensive glass. Budivelnyk was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) who scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The former international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Azovmash players scored in double figures. American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) produced 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: M.Walsh 26+5reb+6ast, J.Randle 22+1reb+2ast, O.Pecherov 17+8reb+1ast, A.Drozdov 12+11reb+2ast, D.Ewing 10+3reb, R.Rancik 6+5reb+2ast
Budivelnyk: Z.Morley 21+5reb+4ast, S.Sehovic 21+5reb, J.McClinton 15+2reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 8+2reb+1ast, A.Parakhouski 7+7reb+1ast, A.Agafonov 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 175723


BC Donetsk - Ferro-ZNTU 106-101 OT

BC Donetsk and Ferro-ZNTU once again needed overtime to decide on the winner. And one more time the hosts celebrated victory at the end. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 17-12. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Ferro-ZNTU's 42. It was a great shooting night for BC Donetsk especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) produced 35 points (!!!) and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 22 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five BC Donetsk and four Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: V.Stojanovski 20+6reb, R.Curry 19+6reb+4ast, V.Kravtsov 17+4reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 15+3reb+5ast, V.Avdalovic 14+8reb+6ast, D.Gliebov 10+1reb
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 35+3reb+6ast, J.Chappell 22+9reb+3ast, R.Guinn 17+6reb+1ast, V.Hunter 10+6reb+2ast, A.Rybalko 5+2reb+1ast, H.Kandrusevich 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 175722



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BBL April Stat Stars - by Paul Nilsen

We take a look at who has been hot and topping our stat charts during April.

Sensational scorers

Five players managed to average more than 20 points per game during April with Daniel Northern way out in front of everybody else. The Prestige Homes MK Lions forward poured in 25.8 points per game as he finished the campaign playing his best basketball of the season. In fact, it was the Lions who took both spots on the top of the scoring podium with team-mate Demarius Bolds managing to accumulate 23.6 points per game. Adam Brown (Cheshire Jets), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats) and Olu Babalola (One Health Sharks Sheffield) were the only other players to surpass the 20 points per game landmark.

Glorious on the glass

A fantastic total of six players all averaged double-digits in rebounding and indeed all of those respective players also managed to complete double-double performances across the month. Mike Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) of One Health Sharks Sheffield was the leading rebounder with 11.8 boards and 16 points per game. Daniel Northern added 11.2 rebounds per game to his sensational scoring month while Matt Schneck (Mersey Tigers), Paul Williams (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders) and Morakinyo Williams (Mersey Tigers) also completed excellent double-double performances.

Percentage kings

There were some amazing shooting performances during April but two players really excelled by shooting over 70%! Adrien Sturt of Prestige Homes MK Lions enjoyed a truly stellar month converting 73.1% of his shots and was closely followed by Mike Capocci of Durham Wildcats who averaged 71.4%. Danny Huffor (Glasgow Rocks), Ayron Hardy (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Paul Williams (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders) and Marlon Capers (Mersey Tigers) were the other players who managed to shoot more than 60% during the period.

Deadly from downtown

Durham Wildcats veteran Ralph Bucci was absolutely on fire during April from downtown and finished with an astonishing 60% perimeter shooting performance having made 15 of 25 attempts from the arc. No other player even managed to surpass the 50% mark to highlight just how far out in front Bucci was of his rivals. Nine players managed to shoot more than 40% and most impressive of the higher volume shooters was Bradd Wierzbicki of Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders having made 22 of 45 attempts to land him second place in our accuracy chart.

Dishing up a storm

Storming to the top of our chart is a player who actually takes over the mantle from former team-mate Antonio Bustamante who previously managed to dish up the most assists during a month earlier this year. This time however it is Mersey Tigers point guard Devan Bailey who sits proudly at the top of the list with an incredible 8.8 assists per game during April. Arguably just as amazing is small forward Ayron Hardy finishing second in the list with 6.2 assists per game absolutely sensational for a non-guard! Colin OReilly (Cheshire Jets), DJ Glavan (Durham Wildcats), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats) and Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions) all finished April with five assists per game or more.

On the line

Not for the first time this season, Michjael Ojo of UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders is statistically the best free-throw shooter with our top five players in the list all missing a solitary free-throw during the period to finish with more than 90% from the charity stripe. But, Ojo made more than anybody else with 17 of 18 to top the podium and was followed by Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Jamal Williams (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Colin OReilly (Cheshire Jets) and Mario Flaherty (Durham Wildcats).

Pickpockets

Molten BBL Player of the Month for April Ayron Hardy (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders) led the way in April with 2.8 steals per game and he was one of six players to all claim two steals or more per game during the month. Myles Hesson of Mersey Tigers got closest to Hardy with 2.3 steals per game and was followed by Olu Babalola (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Paul Gause (Newcastle Eagles), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles) and Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions)

Swatters

Bill Cole of Cheshire Jets topped the chart and was head and shoulders above all his rivals after swatting away an impressive 2.4 shots per game. Daniel Northern (Prestige Homes MK Lions) was the nearest challenger in second place with 1.6 blocks per game ahead of Richie Gordon (Worcester Wolves) and Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles) locked on 1.2 blocks per game.



Chapman Crowned BBL Season MVP - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles' guard Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) has won the Molten BBL Most Valuable Player of the season award after a fine season with the north east club.

The 6'4' American guard had an outstanding year for the BBL regular season, Cup and Trophy champions, averaging 20.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in a team-high 34.7 minutes per game. He shot 55 percent from inside the three point arc and 39 percent from outside, scoring more three-pointers per game than anyone else in the league and coming second in total three-pointers.

Chapman's achievement is made more remarkable by the fact that he missed the end of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, and his coach Fabulous Flournoy was delighted that he'd won the award:

'It's truly well deserved,' he said. 'The only person who ran him close would be Charles Smith, but coming back from his horrific injury to where he is now is truly astonishing. He's probably only 75 percent of where he wants to be but I'm happy for him. He's been left out in the past and he's played hard for us and taken pride in what he's done. He's never got the player of the month award in three seasons, so it'll really help him that his work has been rewarded.

'Everyone talks about Joe's offence, but he takes great pride in his defence, and his leadership has really helped us this season. He's an extra voice for us, and he steps up and does whatever we need him to do.'

Chapman was delighted with the award: 'It's a great award, and it think it pays tribute to the hard work and dedication I put in this year. I didn't know if I'd even be able to play, so I had to stay focussed and try to be consistent. Running out in September and knowing that I could play again was the highlight of my year. Just getting the fear out my head that it'd happen again was important. I've been able to play hard and guard some of the best players in the league. I hope I've made everyone proud.'

With Flournoy picking up the Molten Coach of the year award, Eagles' managing director Paul Blake had praise for his coach and Chapman: 'Its fantastic news for both Fab and Joe to receive these awards. They are both hard working guys and had a long road back to recovery over the summer. I know it will mean that bit more to them both because of that. From a club perspective it just goes further to cap off what has been a momentous season for the club. I am certain they will both tell you it's not over yet and they are desperate to make it four trophies this season.'

The award is voted for by the 11 BBL Championship coaches. Each coach nominates three players, with their top player getting three points, second two points and third one point. Coaches cannot vote for a player on their own team. Chapman gained four top spots on the way to 17 points.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders' forward Ayron Hardy came second with 12 points, ahead of Richie Gordon (Worcester Wolves) 10 points, Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles) six points and Cameron Rundles (Riders) five points.



Pops Mensah-Bonsu's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among British players playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington). He led his Turkish team Besiktas to a victory over the leader Chalon/Saor (3-3) 91-86 in the EuroChallenge in Sunday night's game. Mensah-Bonsu was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 20 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (4-2) is placed second. Mensah-Bonsu is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mensah-Bonsu averages: 18.5ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 65.0%(76-117) and FT: 65.8% in the 11 games he played so far. He played for the British senior national team two years ago.

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut). Gordon was the main contributor in a Detroit Pistons' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) crushing them 108-86 in the NBA last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Gordon scored 26 points (!!!) and added 5 passes. The Detroit Pistons have 25-41 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Gordon has very high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 86.0%. Gordon is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gordon is currently a member of the British senior national team. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke). Deng contributed to a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) 103-91 in the NBA on Saturday night. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 39 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have a very solid 50-16 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Deng's eighth year with the team. Deng has very impressive stats this season: 15.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 42.8%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 76.6% in the 56 games. He has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. Despite Deng played previously for the Sudanese national team, he is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #4. Forward Joel Freeland (208-87) helped Unicaja Malaga win their game against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) 79-65 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Freeland was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Unicaja Malaga (15-17) is placed 12th in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Freeland is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg and 7.3rpg. Despite Freeland played previously for the Sudanese national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #5. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, also represented by Interperformances, college: Washington), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Hacettepe University (11-19) in their last game. Despite Bryan-Amaning's very good performance Hacettepe University was crushed 85-63 on the road by the higher-ranked (#11) Erdemir. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Bryan-Amaning also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Hacettepe University's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Bryan-Amaning's first year with the team. Bryan-Amaning has relatively good stats this season: 12.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3bpg and 2.0spg in the 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ghanian and British. Despite Bryan-Amaning played previously for the Ghanian national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Byron Mullens
Byron Mullens
   #6. Center Byron Mullens (213-89, college: Ohio St.), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-59) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Mullens' good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were defeated 102-95 in Orlando by the Magic. He scored 11 points. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This season Mullens has relatively solid stats: 9.3ppg and 5.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Mullens played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster. Apparently Mullens has never played in United Kingdom.

Kelenna Azubuike
Kelenna Azubuike
   #7. International swingman Kelenna Azubuike (196-83, college: Kentucky) was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks (36-30) in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (40-26) in the NBA. He scored 7 points in only 8 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks were badly defeated 106-89 in Atlanta by the Hawks. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Azubuike averages only 2.3ppg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Azubuike played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster. Interesting that Azubuike has never played in United Kingdom.

Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark
   #8. Power forward Daniel Clark (210-88), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (9-22) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Asefa Estudiantes was edged 78-75 in Manresa by the much higher-ranked Assignia (#10). Clark was the top scorer with 18 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Clark's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 3.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Clark is currently in the British national team roster.

Darren Phillip
Darren Phillip
   #9. An experienced international forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Ford Burgos (22-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Ford Burgos lost 71-80 in Lugo to the lower-ranked (#7) Leche Rio Breogan. Phillip was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was Ford Burgos' first loss after five consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Phillip's first season with the team. Phillip has reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg and 7.1rpg in the 34 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Phillip played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster. However Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #10. Forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova) couldn't help the Memphis Grizzlies (41-25) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (40-26) in the NBA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Cunningham recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies were edged 99-98 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. Cunningham's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Cunningham is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the British senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (23-10) in their last game. Despite Toney's very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was badly defeated 92-76 in Orchies by the second-ranked Orchesien BC. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Toney also added 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Toney's stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Toney played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster. Toney used to play for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

   #12. Former international swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) was the major contributor in Prievidza's victory against the league leader Komarno 69-61 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Wednesday night. He recorded 13 points and added 6 passes. Phillips is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league. This season he has very good stats: 15.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.6spg. Despite Phillips played previously for the Bermudas national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

   #13. Former international center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC in their game against Gescrap BB in the Spanish ACB. Betts scored 5 points in 16 minutes. His team was edged 77-76. This year Betts' overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 3.6rpg in the 32 games. He used to play for the British national team three years ago.

   #14. International guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help CB Tarragona 2017 (11-23) in their last game on Friday. Despite Van Oostrum's very good performance CB Tarragona 2017 was defeated 111-98 in Tenerife by the leading Canarias. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Van Oostrum's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Van Oostrum is currently in the British national team roster.

   #15. International swingman Paul Guede (195-87, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Portland St.) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sullivan Phillips and both played together in the last Slovakian Extraliga game. Guede helped Prievidza win their game against the league leader Komarno 69-61. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Guede averaged so far 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg in the 45 games. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Guede is currently in the British national team roster.



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 3-1 
 2. Trotamundos 2-2 
 3. Gigantes 1-3 
Group B
 1. Cocodrilos 2-2 
 2. Guaiqueries 2-2 
 3. Bucaneros 2-2 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 17-19 
 2. Gaiteros 14-22 
 3. Panteras 9-27 
 4. Toros 6-30 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Apr. 30: Bucaneros - Cocodrilos 93-98
Apr. 30: Trotamundos - Marinos 90-83
May. 1: Bucaneros - Cocodrilos 87-84
Apr. 29: Trotamundos - Marinos 73-78

Second Stage: Round 4

May. 2: Gigantes - Marinos
May. 3: Gigantes - Marinos
May. 3: Guaiqueries - Cocodrilos
May. 4: Guaiqueries - Cocodrilos


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, Marinos20.3 
 5. Romero, Trotamun.19.7 
 6. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 7. Hickerson, Bucan.17.8 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5