EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/4/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ACPBL   


Standings

ACPBL Standings
Big Apple Division
 1. Hudson Valley 7-7
 2. NYC 524 6-8
 3. Toms River S. 5-9
 4. Manhattan P. 0-14
North Division
 1. Hartford L. 11-3
 2. Garden St. R. 10-4
 3. North Jersey P. 4-10
 4. Buffalo W. 1-3
South Division
 1. Palmieri Jeans 12-2
 2. Beltway B. 11-3
 3. Bay Area Sh. 6-8
 4. Center Court 1-3



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Awards 2011-12 - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 1st Team 2012
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Keith Langford
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Dontaye Draper
Draper
Krunoslav Simon
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Mike Scott
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Boris Savovic
Savovic
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Finals MVP: Keith Langford (193-G/F-83) of Maccabi T-A
Player of the Year: David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K.
Guard of the Year: Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO
Forward of the Year: Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Radnicki K.
Center of the Year: David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K.
Import Player of the Year: David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K.
European Player of the Year: Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Galatasaray
Defensive Player of the Year: Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) of Krka
Coach of the Year: Ivan Velic of Siroki WWin

1st Team
PG: Dontaye Draper (180-84) of Cedevita
F: Krunoslav Simon (197-85) of KK Zagreb CO
F: Mike Scott (203-86) of Radnicki K.
F: Boris Savovic (206-87) of Galatasaray
C: David Simon (207-82) of Radnicki K.

2nd Team
G: D.J. Gay (183-89) of Helios
G: Klemen Prepelic (191-92) of Helios
F/G: Zoran Dragic (196-89) of Krka
C: Milan Macvan (206-89) of Partizan
C: Mario Kasun (213-80) of KK Zagreb CO

Honorable Mention
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82) of Cibona
Fran Pilepic (192-G-89) of Siroki WWin
Sasu Salin (190-PG-91) of Union Olimpija
Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91) of Buducnost
Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of Cedevita
Miro Bilan (213-F-89) of Cedevita
Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi T-A
Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85) of Maccabi T-A
Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of Partizan
Sean May (206-F-84) of Fabi Shoes

All-European Players Team
G: Miljan Pavkovic (178-81) of Radnicki K.
F: Krunoslav Simon (197-85) of KK Zagreb CO
F/G: Zoran Dragic (196-89) of Krka
F: Boris Savovic (206-87) of Galatasaray
C: Mario Kasun (213-80) of KK Zagreb CO

All-Imports Team
PG: Dontaye Draper (180-84) of Cedevita
G/F: Antwain Barbour (196-82) of Cibona
F: Mike Scott (203-86) of Radnicki K.
F/C: Richard Hendrix (203-86) of Maccabi T-A
C: David Simon (207-82) of Radnicki K.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras16.6 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 8. Pittman, Libertad.15.4 
 9. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.5 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras8.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 8. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 9. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
 10. Rollins, Sionista7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.1 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.5 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.7 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 8. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 9. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.1.8 
 4. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 8. Torre, Club 91.4 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.1.4 
 10. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Humphrey, Atenas0.9 
 10. Rollins, San M.0.9 


Penarol takes 2-1 lead against Libertad in Liga A Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Liga A Semifinals, Game 3: Libertad - Penarol 76-90 (1-2)

Third game of the Liga A Semifinals between Libertad and Penarol was played last night. Visitors registered comfortable 76-90 road victory for 2-1 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five, so Penarol is just one win away from the Finals. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) was a key player for the guests with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) followed him with 21 points and Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) added 17 points, plus 5 rebs. At the other side, Libertad got 15 points and 8 rebs from Will Graves (198-F/G-88, college: N.Carolina). Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville) and Jonatan Treise (186-PG-85) netted 13 points each. Quarters: 18-22, 19-27, 18-19, 21-22. Teams will meet again tomorrow. Libertad will be the host and will try to force Game Five. If necessary, that one will be played on May 9 and Penarol will be the host.

Libertad: Will Graves 15+8 boards, Joshua Pittman 13, Jonatan Treise 13
Penarol: Kyle Lamonte 27+6 boards, Facundo Campazzo 21, Leonardo Gutierrez 17+5 boards



Argentino joins Union Progresista in TNA Finals - by Eurobasket News

Decisive Game Five of TNA Semifinals between Argentino and Obera TC was played on Monday. The hosts celebrated comfortable 81-65 victory closing the series with 3-2. It means that Argentino advanced to TNA Finals, where they will meet Union Progresista. The format is best-of-five and first game is scheduled for Sunday. Obera will play against Monte Hermoso for third place and it will be another best-of-five battle. Eduardo Spalla (197-F-89, agency: Dream Team Management) and Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, agency: Dream Team Management, college: E.Carolina) scored 21 points each for Argentino. The also grabbed 11 rebounds together. Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81) added 12 points and 5 boards. Obera TC got 17 points and 5 rebounds from Nwankwo Ije. Union Progresista will have a home court advantage in the series against Argentino.


Argentina NT 2012 for southamerican championship - by Facundo Iatzky

CABB released the list of 16 players who will be in the camp for southamerican championship that will be played in Chaco, Argentina in June. In this list there are some experienced players who look for the best shape for olympic games and other young players who want to get a place in that team.

Guards:
Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) of Pinheiros (brazil)
Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of penarol
Nicolas Laprovittola (188-PG-90) of lanus
Juan Fernandez (193-G-90, college: Temple) of Milano (italy)
Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) of badalona (spain)
Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) of Sionista
Selem Safar (190-G-87) of penarol

Forwards:
Marcos Mata (201-F-86) of penarol
Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92) of penarol
Pablo Espinoza (200-F-87) of obras
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of penarol
Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) of sionista
Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) of Fuenlabrada (spain)

Centers:
Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75)
Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of obras
Marcos Delia (206-C-92) of boca jrs

coach: Gonzalo garcia of Flamengo (brazil)



Buenos Aires Metopolitan League 2012 - by Facundo Iatzky

this weekend will start the 2012 edition of Regional league of Buenos Aires. the champion of this tournament will promote to Torneo Federal (third division of argentinean basketball). That is why many teams have important players on their rosters.

Platense: Matias Novoa (198-F-80), Leonardo Daniel Ricci (191-G-79, agency: Players Group), Radbel Hechavarria (188-G-75), Marco Zoric (201-F-79, college: Anderson, SC), Guido Accardi (200-C), Agustin Pirovani (196-F-91), Fabian Gabriel (192-F-90), Ignacio Romani (181-G-90), Santiago Iglesias (183-G-89)
Huracan san justo: Bruno Estala (204-C-89), Matias Aluzzo (176-G-84), Maximiliano Segon (200-F),
los indios moreno: Alejandro Fidalgo (180-G-82), Mariano Piaggio (195-F), Nicolas Suarez (200-C-74), Miguel Ricci (183-G-82), Cristian Arias), Rafael Carbone (192-G-89, agency: World Sport Agency), Matias Bertoglio (197-F-90)
Pinocho: Eloy Martin (186-G-80), Dante Predazzi (195-F-85), Gabriel Sapochnik (200-C-81), Benjamin Pereyra (197-F-75), Mariano Latorre (196-F-71)
AFALP: Jonathan Kralj, Federico Villagran (90), Matias Paciotti (180-G-91)
River Plate: Pedro Barcelona (194-F-88), Guillermo Crespo (196-F-85), Pablo Noy (204-C-88), Mauro Daira, Nicolas Amaya (200-C-90)
Racing Club Avellaneda: Maximiliano Bertolino (180-G-81), Nicolas Gonzalez, Martin Zekas (200-F/C-87), David Cabezas (197-F/C-88), Maximiliano Maneiro (196-F-84), Nicolas Rolandi (182-G-90)
Club Moron: Javier Montero (200-F/C-71), Fernando Lamela (184-G-76), Martin Terzi (203-C-83)
Sociedad hebraica: Alejandro Camargo (199-F-80, agency: Players Group), Nahuel Asinsten (192-G), Franco Tonelli (188-G), Facundo Flores
Nautico hacoaj: Juan Alzaga, Leandro Heffes, Maximiliano Fernandez (190-F/C-82), Javier Luchansky, Federico Glinberg (201-C-90), Diego Rios
Ciudad buenos Aires: Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71), Joaquin Olmedo (185-G-85)
San antonio de Padua: Leonardo Rodriguez (183-G-84), Santiago Ferrario (208-C-79), Juan Dameli
tres de Febrero: Andres Lopresti (175-G-76), Leonardo Miranda (199-C-76), Pablo Zaldo (186-F-81), Facundo Menini (191-F-90)
Independiente avellaneda: Daniel Lares (187-F-79), Alejo Meire (178-G-86), Matias Kunkel (197-F-83), Jorge Martocci (188-G-86)
jose hernandez: Leandro Barreiro (187), Mauro Sierra (198-F/C-80), Nicolas Ballicora (198-F/C-81)
Temperley: Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76), Alejandro Eiguren (185-G-86), Matias Fernandez (200-F-88), German Fernandez (199-G/F-91), Julian Aguirre (180-PG-92)
Argentinos Juniors: Santiago Haag (182-G-85), Javier Peredo (186-G-83), Fernando Zekas (191-F-90), Sebastian Bogado (G)
GEBA: Juan Ignacio Guildris (194-F-84), Facundo Lapadula (202-C), Rafael Rubado (200-F-88), Demian Portela (184-G-89), Gerardo Anegon (195-F), Gonzalo Peralta, Alberto Farre (C)



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Taipans snare college star - by Eurobasket News

The Skytrans Cairns Taipans are proud to announce the signing of college star Cameron Gliddon (195-G-89) to a multiple year deal today.

Gliddon will shortly graduate from the NAIA National Championship school, Concordia University, where he led the team in scoring and was named as to the First Team All-American. Gliddon was also named the National Tournament Most Valuable Player, receiving the prestigious Chuck Taylor Award. He is also graduates from Concordia as the all-time leading Three point shooter.

Head Coach of the Skytrans Cairns Taipans Aaron Fearne said he was excited about have the 23 year olds signature on the dotted line.

Cameron comes to us with a pretty impressive resume already, said Fearne.

Mick (Downer) brought him to our attention after he coached him at the World University Games and at the 4 nations event in Shanghai China with the Emerging Australian Boomers squad

He (Gliddon) also worked out up here in our pre-season prior to the 2011/12 season starting. He really impressed me with his ability to shoot the ball consistently from depth and his overall smarts on the court.

The fact he had such a fantastic senior year with the (Concordia) Eagles proves to us that he can handle the big stage and is ready to be a contracted as a full time NBL player.

Fearne commented on what fans should expect from the college star.

Cam is a straight shooter. If he gets going, he will be pretty hard to stop, said Fearne.

He will surprise a few people with his athleticism as well, something that I felt we lacked a little bit with this season.

Im looking forward to working and developing Cameron into a future star of this league, because I think he has the ability to be something special.

Gliddon couldnt hide his excitement about signing his first professional contract.

I cant wait to get to Cairns and get started, said Gliddon.

Fearney (Aaron) and Mick (Downer) were welcoming when I was in Cairns during the pre-season, they spoke to me and encouraged me to make a decision after I finished college that was going to be best for my personal development and for me to become the best player I can be... and I truly believe being a Cairns Taipans is the best situation I can be in.

Gliddon also commented on the reviews he had been given of the Taipans program.

Ive heard nothing but positive reviews about the professionalism and direction of the club.

Thats another reason as to why I thought Cairns would be the best decision for me. They are a driven and positive club with nothing but wanting success on and off the court said the highly recruited Gliddon.

I have also followed the club's involvement throughout the local community. Im especially looking forward to putting back into the community and to the people that have helped keep the club afloat.

Bio - http://www.cuieagles.com/roster/10/2/1800.php

List of Awards - http://gsacsports.org/wordpress/?page_id=1649

Awards Article - http://www.victorysportsnetwork.com/article/16461.php

World Uni Bio - http://www.unisport.com.au/HighPerformance/SummerUniversiade/Pages/CameronGliddon.aspx

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)



Crocs keep Todd Blanchfield until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

Townsville McDonald's Crocodiles announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91). It means that Blanchfield will stay with the club until the end of the 2014/15 season. He is regarded league-wide as a player to watch after having a solid second half of the season, including breakout games against Perth and Wollongong, netting 15 and 18 points per game respectively. Blanchfield appeared 31 times in the league averaging 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. That is a nice improvement after 2.7 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 2010/11 season. Blanchfield played for the Crocs also in 2009/10. Meanwhile, he played for ABA teams Mackay Meteors and Townsville Heat. He will play for Heat this year as well. Todd Blanchfield was a member of the Australian U18 National Team three years ago. They won the Bronze at Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18).


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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shaw, Oberwart18.3 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden17.9 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg17.2 
 8. Djuric, Gussing17.2 
 9. Matthews, BC Vi.17.2 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Werner, Wels9.3 
 2. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.5 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden8.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Ware, Furstenfeld7.2 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.9 
 9. Chappell, Klostern.6.9 
 10. Robinson, Fursten.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.4 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.9 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden4.9 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Matthews, BC Vi.2.0 
 4. Pryor, Wels1.9 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Toroman, BC Vienna1.9 
 7. Brown, Wels1.9 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.5 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden1.5 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 2. Scott, Gussing0.9 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 5. Brown, Wels0.7 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 10. Kohlmaier, Wels0.6 


A Bundesliga: Gmunden is the first finalist - by Eurobasket News

Third games of A Bundesliga Semifinals were played last night. Gmunden cruised past Wels on the road 86-93 winning the series with perfect 3-0. It means that Gmunden advanced to the Finals and now waits for the winner of Kapfenberg - Klosterneuburg series. Klosterneuburg celebrated list night as a guest 78-89 coming one win away from the Finals. Two teams will meet again on Sunday. Kapfenberg will be the host and will try to force decisive Game Five. If Kapfenberg wins on Sunday, Game Five will be played at Klosterneuburg's home court. The first finalist Gmunden was the regular season champ in A Bundesliga with 23-7 record. They already eliminated Vienna with almost perfect 3-1 in the QFinals.

Wels - Gmunden 86-93 (0-3)
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-21. But Raiffeisen Wels won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Gmunden Swans outrebounded Raiffeisen Wels 35-22 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Iranian point guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa) who recorded 23 points and 5 assists and American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St.) added 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Wels: A.Farokhmanesh 23+3reb+5ast, D.Lamesic 21+4reb+1ast, T.Brown 19+7reb+4ast, J.Werner 11+5reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 8+1reb+1ast, R.Vieider 4+1reb
Gmunden: M.Curry 34+1reb+5ast, E.Murati 24+6reb, D.Oppland 14+6reb, M.Mayer 7+9reb+2ast, F.Schoeninger 5+5reb+3ast, T.Stelzer 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 175817


Kapfenberg - Klosterneub. 78-89 (1-2)
It looked good early as Kapfenberg Bulls took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Xion Dukes had a 21-11 second period charge getting the lead and Kapfenberg Bulls were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-89. Xion Dukes shot 60.8 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Xion Dukes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Kapfenberg Bulls were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 assists. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 9 points and 10 assists in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: L.Gordon 25+5reb+2ast, D.Mayes 19+3reb+1ast, C.Gray 13+4reb+3ast, T.Schreiner 9+4reb+10ast, H.Kuegerl 6+4reb, D.Nelson 6+2reb
Klosterneub.: M.Lanegger 19+2reb+8ast, R.Suljanovic 18+5reb+2ast, C.Nagler 13+4reb+3ast, C.Bobb 13+5reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 11+2reb+2ast, J.Chappell 11+5reb+3ast



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Ali Ton joins Azerbaijan National Team coaching staff - by Eurobasket News

Ali Ton will work with Azerbijan National Team. Azerbaijan National Basketball federation appointed the American specialist assistant head coach. Ali Ton spent the last two season at the University of California-Irvine. He worked as coach assistant with the Anteaters. Ali Ton reached Big West Tournament semifinals with the team this season. Previously Ali Ton had assistant coach stints with Radford and Binghampton. He also worked as an assistant coach with the Turkish U18 National Team in 2005.
Azerbaijan will start their 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round campaign on August 15th. Azerbaijan will visit Luxembourg. Azerbaijan will fight for two qualifying spots in Group B alongside Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Sweden and Germany.



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  BAHRAIN   


Manama team in Tunisia for training camp - by Yousef Ahmed


MANAMA Club's basketball team arrived in Tunisia yesterday for a 10-day training camp to prepare for the 25th Arab Clubs Championship.

The upcoming event will be taking place in Kuwait from May 15 to 27 and is organisied by Kazma Club.

Manama's delegation to Tunisia is being headed by former Bahrain national team skipper Nooh Najaf and includes Argentinean coach Ricardo Daniel, assistant coach Ahmed Nejat, team manager Ihsan Kazerooni, administrator Hussain Abdulkarim.

Daniel named 13 players for the camp, including Mahmood Ghuloom, Mohammed Najaf, Hani Alam, Mohammed Hassan, Mohammed Hussain, Ahmed Aziz, Omran Abdulreda, Hassan Naorooz, Jassim Mohammed, Isa Ebrahim, Ahmed Younes, Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) and American professional Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL).

Joining the Bahraini team are new American professionals - Chris Briggs and Cory Bradford, who will be soon arriving in Tunisia.

Najaf said the team's camp is aimed to prepare the players mentally and physiologically, as well as to provide team cohesion before heading for Kuwait.

The delegation head noted that the team is scheduled to play three friendly matches with first and second division clubs in Tunisia to help coach Daniel and his assistant Najat made the final selection of the team for the Arab Championship.

Najaf praised the level of the club's recently-signed professionals, who he believes will be an extra boost for the team during the championship.

Source GDN Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2012



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - D2 Leagues

D2 Standings
1. Liga RS
 1. Radnik B. 18-0
 2. Plus Gradanski 16-2
 3. Rudar 12-6
 4. Bratunac 10-8
 5. Prijedor 9-9
 6. Drina 7-11
 7. Feniks 6-12
 8. Wolf Security 5-13
 9. Borac 4-14
 10. Sutjeska 3-15
A1 Liga
 1. Kakanj 19-1
 2. Spars Sarajevo 16-4
 3. Gradina 15-5
 4. Play Off 12-8
 5. Bosnjak 9-11
 6. Student 9-11
 7. Brcko 7-13
 8. Orlovik 7-13
 9. Donji Vakuf 6-14
 10. Limometal 6-14
 11. Igman 4-16
Liga Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 11-0
 2. Posusje 8-4
 3. Grude 6-5
 4. Livno 6-5
 5. Siroki II 5-6
 6. Kiseljak 5-7
 7. Busovaca 4-7
 8. Rama 4-7
 9. Tomislav 0-0



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


ESHS Rams join 2012 Basketball League - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Inter House Basketball Championship which started on Tuesday May 1, 2012, takes on added significance this season as they will be entering three teams into the BVI Basketball Federations 2012 Summer League.

The first round of matches in the Inter House tournament saw House 1 Juniors beat House 4, 20-19. Rasheele Roberts top scored with 7 points whilst Vincent Wattley added 4 with 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 assists. Paul Mourillon also scored 4 and finished with 1 rebound and a steal.

For House 4, Akeem Nibbs scored 10 along with 3 steals and Rolondo Rogers added 5 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block.

In other action, House 4 extracted some revenge with a 32-30 win over House 1 in the senior division.

House 1 was up 23-21 at the end of the third, but had no answer as House 4 took the 4th 11-7 to record the win. Shaquiel Prescott scored 8, Stefan Richardson 7 and Shacoy George 6. George also added 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist. For House 1, both Kishawn Fahie and Wattley scored 8 with Kemul Gumbs adding 6. Gumbs and Wattley also recorded 5 rebounds each.

As for entry into the BVIBF Summer League, all the school players have been hard at training under Head Coach of the Junior Rams, Bryant Thomas.

It is a significant move for the School, he said. Its been over 20 years since we entered teams and if we can be competitive and reach the play offs then I will be happy.

A lot of the students have been affiliated with Clubs and Coaches, but this year they wanted to represent the School. A lot of the players are also first timers, said Bryant.

Some key players though have starred in BD Basketball including Romain Minott and Dominic Adams and the left handed Mumba.

Kevon Lettsome also known as Shaq, got his nickname for playing at East End where he was likened to Kobe Bryant commented, I am looking forward to playing and coaching for the School. The Hawks will be a game Im looking forward to and if anyone beats us they will need to be the Champs.

Minott is looking forward to the league season with great excitement. I want us to be competitive; we have to come out as one and play as a team. The training has been intense and we will be ready for the games.

The three teams are known as the Rams, The Junior Rams and the Yellow Rams.

Rhennie Phipps, who is also on the coaching staff stated, What we are doing right now is great. Its a great experience for them. We have been planning this for a while now and another goal is to start playing against neighboring Schools in St Thomas and St Croix.



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.4 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More18.0 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.0 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.2 
 5. Pavlovski, Chernom.16.1 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.4 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.3 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.0 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.14.9 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.2 
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.8.9 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More8.7 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.7.3 
 6. Todorov, Spartak6.8 
 7. Georgiev, Levski S.6.5 
 8. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 9. Sundov, Lukoil A.5.9 
 10. Marintchechk., Ba.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.8 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.2 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.8 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.1 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.3.9 
 7. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.5 
 8. Filipov, Balkan3.4 
 9. Hall, Levski Sofia3.3 
 10. Hunt, Cherno More3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 3. Roshmanov, Cherno.1.9 
 4. Howell, Levski Sof.1.9 
 5. Harper, Levski S.1.9 
 6. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.8 
 7. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.8 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GUGINO
  Tundja Y.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.0 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 7. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 9. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 10. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.6 


All of the semifinal qualifiers have now been determined - by Christomir Rackov

Euroins Cherno More shocked Rilski Sportist Samokov and won a second game in a row to close the play-off series at 2-0. Petko Delev's players won the first game in Samokov by a one point margin and were much more confident in their second win 89-75 in Varna. Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90) had yet another great game with 33 pts on 10-of-14 shooting (4-of-7 from beyond the arc) and 8 boards. Cherno More has now become Rilski's executioner for the second time this season, defeating them at the quarterfinal stage of both the Cup of Bulgaria tournament and the NBL.

Tundja Yambol is the second team that secured its spot in the semifinals after winning the series against Balkan Botevgrad 2-0. In the first game the Yambol team won at home by 81-74 and in a close away game tonight they got a 88-85 victory.

Tundja will face Levski Sofia in the semifinal playoffs, after The Blues sent BC Spartak Pleven packing in the second game too. They won away 90-82 and that made the result in the series 2-0 after their home win in the first game (92-76).

The reigning champion Lukoil Academic will face Cherno More in the semifinals. In the span of just two days the champions completed their series sweep over Chernomorets Burgas. They had no problems winning 94-69 in the first and 86-68 in the second game.



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Changan Group 0-0
 2. Guangzhou FM 0-0
 3. Hebei 0-0
 4. Heilongjiang 0-0
 5. Hong Kong 0-0
 6. Jiangsu 0-0
 7. Jiyuan 0-0
 8. Nanjin Army 0-0
 9. Sichuan 0-0
 10. Whampoa 0-0

Regular Season: Round 2

May. 5: Henan Jiyuan - Guangzhou FM
May. 5: Guangzhou W. - Changan Group
May. 5: Hebei - Jiangsu
May. 5: Sichuan - Hong Kong
May. 5: Heilongjiang - Nanjin Army



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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 11-7 
 2. Alkar Sinj 11-7 
 3. Kvarner 2010 10-8 
 4. Darda 8-10 
 5. Borik 7-11 
 6. Dubrovnik 7-11 
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



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  D-LEAGUE   


2011-12 All-NBA D-League selections named - by Eurobasket News

2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Guard Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.)* Reno Bighorns
Guard Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) Austin Toros
Forward Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.) Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) Dakota Wizards
Center Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) Rio Grande Valley Vipers

SECOND TEAM
Guard Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) Los Angeles D-Fenders
Guard Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward Eric Dawson (6'9''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) Austin Toros
Forward Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) Tulsa 66ers
Center Jeff Foote (7'0''-C-88, college: Cornell) Springfield Armor

THIRD TEAM
Guard Morris Almond* Maine Red Claws
Guard Jerry Smith Springfield Armor
Forward Brandon Costner Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward Dennis Horner Springfield Armor
Center Sean Williams* Texas Legends

HONORABLE MENTION
Guard JamesOn Curry Springfield Armor
Guard Andre Emmett Reno Bighorns
Guard Mike Efevberha Iowa Energy
Guard Stefhon Hannah Dakota Wizards
Forward Zach Andrews Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward Marcus Dove Dakota Wizards
Forward D.J. Kennedy* Erie BayHawks
Forward Renaldo Major Bakersfield Jam
Forward Ryan Reid Tulsa 66ers
Center Mikki Moore* Idaho Stampede



2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Guard Dwight Buycks Tulsa 66ers
Guard Cameron Jones Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Forward Edwin Ubiles Dakota Wizards
Forward Malcolm Thomas Los Angeles D-Fenders
Center Greg Smith Rio Grande Valley Vipers

SECOND TEAM
Guard Mustapha Farrakhan Bakersfield Jam
Guard Kyle Gibson Canton Charge
Forward D.J. Kennedy* Erie BayHawks
Forward Mychel Thompson Erie BayHawks
Center Jamie Vanderbeken Bakersfield Jam



2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Guard Stefhon Hannah Dakota Wizards
Guard Jerry Smith Springfield Armor
Forward Marcus Dove Dakota Wizards
Forward Malcolm Thomas Los Angeles D-Fenders
Center Sean Williams* Texas Legends

SECOND TEAM
Guard Jerome Dyson* Tulsa 66ers
Guard Courtney Fortson* Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward Marcus Lewis Tulsa 66ers
Forward Larry Owens Tulsa 66ers
Center Mikki Moore* Idaho Stampede

* - Finished the 2011-12 season on an NBA roster

Courtesy of D-League



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  EUROCUP   


Valencia injury update: Lischuk out for 3-4 weeks - by Uygar Karaca

According to ACB.com; The Ukranian Center of Valencia, Serhiy Lischuk is injured from his left hand need to rest for three or four weeks. That means he will probably miss the first stage of playoff action. Moreover, Rodrigo San Miguel is on the way of recovery and hopefully starts action next week. Meanwhile, altough the injury situation of Rafa Martinez is getting better, the club did not specify a date for his return. Valencia guaranteed to make a presence in the playoffs despite the loss against Blusens.


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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. Hawkins, ToPo18.1 
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, Pyrinto10.1 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 7. Newson, Kataja8.6 
 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. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 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: ToPo winning bronze - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, the bronze contest: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) winning bronze tonight after winning at Tampere over local Pyrinto 90-97 (42-45). Quarters: 22-25, 20-20, 24-31, 24-21.
Pyrinto probably didn't like the strange situation at all after winning two Finnish championships in the spring 2010 and 2011. Head Coach Pieti Poikola , after coaching four years Pyrinto, is leaving the team now. Poikola led Pyrinto into positions 3 - 1 - 1 - 4 and that is telling he was doing a very good job. Pyrinto team roster didn't change much during these four years and that must have been also an advantage. The energy might have been a little bit lost in game # 5 in the semi-finals and tonight? Anyway, ToPo came and won the bronze medals. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: N.Mexico St.) had a big night being the game MVP: 34 points, eight rebounds and nine assists! Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) added 21 pts and Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) 14 pts. Head Coach Tomi Kaminen must be satisfied even his future as a coach is still open.

Pyrinto - ToPo 90-97 (42-45). (Antwine Williams 27/7, Damon Williams 17/9, Antero Lehto 11, Kenneth Lowe 10 - Justin Hawkins 34/8/9a, Carl Lindbom 21/7, Hanno Mottola 14, Chase Griffin 9/6a. A: 957).



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  FRANCE   


Strasbourg keeps Ricardo Greer for 2012/13 season - by Eurobasket News

SIG Strasbourg officially announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh). The player averages 13.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4 assists this season in ProA. He appeared in 28 games so far. Ricardo Greer played last season for Strasbourg as well. He had 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 3.7 apg for 28 games. In 2010, he was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year. Greer was a member of Nancy at that time (2007-2010). Before Nancy, he spent one season with Pau-Orthez. From 2004 to 2006, Greer played for Strasbourg. They won the ProA title together in 2005. Three years later Greer won another title, but with Nancy. In 2007, he won the French Cup with Pau-Orthez.


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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.5 
 3. Tucker, Brose B.15.5 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.4 
 5. Swann, Ratiopharm15.3 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.14.8 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.6 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.5 
 10. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.4 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.6 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.4 
 5. Tucker, Brose B.7.1 
 6. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm6.6 
 9. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.9 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Wood, ALBA4.9 
 5. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Joyce, TBB Trier4.4 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 4. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 5. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 6. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 7. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 8. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.4 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.0.9 


Krists Plendiskis Will Coach Cuxhaven Bascats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the last years, guys like Thorsten Leibenath and Bjoern Harmsen had started their coaching jobs at a young age and moved there way up to the Beko BBL and now the PRO A has a new face with Krists Plendiskis that one may to keep an eye on in the future as he will coach the Cuxhaven Bascats until 2014. Krists Plendiskis is a 22 year old Latvian that last playedin the 2009-2010 season for BSG Bremerhaven (Germany-2.Regionalliga): 16 games: 5.6ppg. Last season, he started the season as a Coach Assistant, in Mar.'12 promoted to a Head Coach for the Cuxhaven Bascats as Vilmantas Matkevicius had to sit out due to illness. 'Krists has done great things in his first season as interim coach. We are happy that he will continue to stay with us in the future showing his unrecognizible indentity and his big ambition and effort', stated Cuxhaven Bascats CEO Peter Neumann. 'It is all going very quickly for me, but I am very happy that I have recieved the trust to build something here after a season that had many injuries', added Krists Plendiskis .

Source: Cuxhaven BasCats





Chris Ensminger (Telekom Baskets Bonn) This Win In Game One Ranks In My Top Five Since Leaving Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) is a 38 year old 209cm center from Ohio that is playing his third season with the Telekom Baskets Bamberg. He played at Valparaiso (NCAA) from 1992-1996. From 1996-1999, he played in countries like France and New Zealand before he went to Germany in 1999 where he has played since. He played for MBC from 1999-2001. From 2001-2008, he played for the Brise Baskets Bamberg winning 2 Beko BBL titles and having his most productive time as a player. He was five times (2001-2005) the leading rebounder in German BBL.He led the 2004-05 ULEB Cup (10,7 rpg.) and the 2003/04 Fiba Eurocup (12,6 rpg.) in rebounding. He played for the Paderborn Baskets from 2008-2009 finished the 2009/10 BBL season as the 2nd most efficient player and the 2nd best rebounder (8,6 rpg.) He played in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 German BBL All Star Game. He has reached the German Beko BBL playoffs 11 times in 12 years. He spoke to eurobasket after the big 75-74 win in game one in Bamberg.

Congrats on the 75-74 win in Bamberg to win game one. How does it feel to be first team to win here in 23 months?


It feels great being the first team to win here after Frankfurt did. No one expected us to win here. We might have stole a game, but its a five game series and you need to win three games. This gives us a lot of confidence and momentum, but I am sure that Bamberg will respond and probably play even better in Bonn in game two.

Where would you place this win since you left Bamberg in 2008?


This win in game one ranks in my top five since leaving Bamberg in 2008. Getting to the playoffs with Paderborn was big and also the win last week against Frankfurt in a do or die game is in my top five since Bamberg. But this win in game one against Bamberg is up there.

Did Brose Baskets Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder congratulate you after the win?


I didnt see him after the game.


The Telekom Baskets Bonn forced Bamberg to 10 turnovers in the first half. Did Bonn play the type of defense that you envisioned?


Well we wanted to keep them guessing and always keep them on their toes with our switching defense on pick and role situations and different zones. We knew that Bamberg had beaten so many teams at home by 10-30 points and we knew that if we had any chance to win, we had to keep it close at the end and we did with good defense.

In the third quarter, the Brose Baskets Bamberg made a two point lead into a 10 point lead. What was key for them getting the big lead?


They started to hit more shots. Brian Roberts made some shots as did Anton gavel. We were to passive on defense and they took advantage of it with their aggressive play. We also were unable to respond on good offensive opportunities. They never led by more than 10 points and we were able to keep them more in a half court game and not let them get out on the fast break.

After Casey Jacobson hit a tough shot, what did you want to do on the last play?

We wanted to get the clock down and take the last clock. Everything worked for us on the last play. Taylor Battles shot rattled around the rim and didnt want to fall, but Bene Veikalis tipped it in and after rattling around the rim went in giving us the win.

Is Bene Veikalis the unsung hero on the team?


I think he is. He does a little bit of all, can shoot, penetrate, plays good defense and is a great teammate.

The fans saw a beautiful back door pass from you to point guard Jared Jordan. Who was your favorite point guard back in the day in the NBA?


Magic Johnson was my idol and favorite passer.

What can we expect from game two?



Bamberg will try to steal one in Bonn. We have shown this season that we can win on the road winning in Berlin, Oldenburg and Now Bamberg. We havent had the best home record this year so we will have to play well. I am sure that we will have a full house and we will have to play good defense like in game and limit the easy Bamberg baskets. If we can do that then anything can happen.

Thanks Chris for the chat.




Jacob Burtschi (Fraport Skyliners) There Arent Many Teams In This League That Go From 3-9 To 40 Minutes Until The Playoffs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Fraport Skyliners. He completed his rookie season for Phoenix Hagen averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He spoke to eurobasket after the 81-62 season ending loss in Bonn.

As you came to the Fraport Skyliners, the team started to have success. Now the season is over. How quickly has time flown by?


Time went fast in the last five months, but that is what happens when your playing basketball.

Was the do or die game loss in Bonn your toughest loss as a professional athlete?


Yes it was. There was a lot on the line in this game. Bonn wanted it more and this loss was a tough pill to swallow.

How much did the absence of Michael Thompson hurt the Fraport Skyliners?


It hurt a lot. It was tough for Devin Gibson to play so much. Bonn was playing with two point guards at a time and had the deeper rotation while Gibson was running on E. That was a lot to expect from him, but he did a solid job.

Was the first quarter to high of a tempo and scoring for your appetite?


We didnt want Bonn to get going. At times we can score with the best of them, but we were unable to then and Bonn got going and then took over.

In the second quarter, The Telekom Baskets Bonn got going. What were the reasons for them breaking away?


They got two fast breaks in a row and Ensminger got going. Bonn also often got big plays at the end of the shot clock which really broke our back.

What did head Coach Muli Katzurin tell the team to do better in the third quarter?


We told us that we were only down by 12 and had been in that kind of situation in Berlin. The game was not out of reach and we had to cut down their fast breaks.

Muli Katzurin stated after the game that the team wasnt at the same level as in the wins against Munich, Bamberg and Ulm. Would you agree with him?


Yes absolutely.

The Fraport Skyliners gave up 56 points in the paint. Why was the team unable to turn off their softness?


Ensminger plays very physical and he just whipped our butts. We were unable to force him baseline so the help could come and sometimes the help wasnt even there and he just took advantage of it.

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

He has to be. He has good competition with Jason Kidd that is still playing, but you really have to respect him for the way he can still perform at that age.

Before the Tuebingen loss, the Fraport Skyliners had given up 59 points per game in the last 10 before the loss, but since the loss 84 points. Was the team mentally tired?


I think we were tired at times, but we hadnt been executing in the last two games. We cant make the excuse that we were tired. There were two games to play and we had the chnace to put everything aside and win, but we didnt.

What is yur fondest memories of the last five months that you were here?


The Bamberg win and all the ups and downs in the season. There arent many teams in this league that go from 3-9 to being 40 minutes away from the playoffs.

How does it make you feel when you hear someone say that you were a big reason for the turn around of the team?


It feels good, but in the end, it is a team effort. It doesnt come down to one guy, but there are always five guys on the floor. I brought some special energy to the team.

Who was the most improved Skyliner?


Devin Gibson. It was impressive what he was able to do as a rookie.

How disappointed are you that Quantez Robertson didnt get best defensive player?

I am disappointed, because Tez always brings energy and has to defend the other teams best player. However Anton Gavel is a great player, but for Tez to be mentioned in that crowd is a compliment.

What did you improve most on this season?


I improved most on defense. I dont want to say to much coming from hagen where we didnt defend much and am not like a Gavel or tez, but I feel good how I was able play against some big athletic players making it hard for them boxing them out or playing them in the post.

Who was your best opponent this season?

It is tough defending PJ Tucker.

In Trier you were diving for many loose balls. Would you dive into the third row for a ball?

Yes I would.

What are the chances that you will return to the Fraport Skyliners?


I think the chances could be good. We will stay in contact.

How confident were you that your ex team Phoenix Hagen would stay in the Beko BBL?

Since the game was at home, I was confident that they would win with the game on the line.


You said in the last interview that if you and German national player Johannes Herber were stuck in the wilderness that you would hunt while Herber built the house. If Herber was absent and Jermareo Davidson was there, what would he do?


We would be in trouble. He would have no idea what to do in the wilderness.

Do you see any upsets in the NBA playoffs and who will win?

I dont see any upsets happening. I would like to see the Thunder beat the Heat, but the number one team to beat are the San Antonio Spurs.

What are your summer plans?


Spend time with family and take a month off. Then I will start preparing for next season.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The good sell with Jeremy Piven.

Thanks Jake for the chat.





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  HOLLAND   


Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 6 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had an amazing evening in the last round for Groningen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage). The 31-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Groningen in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Zwolle (2-2) in overtime 84-80. Groningen is the winner of Group B with almost perfect 3-1 record. Wesby had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Groningen's top player in his first season with the team. Temple University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wesby is in league's top in points (5th best: 14.7ppg) and averages solid 61.2% FGP and 43.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80) of Leiden. Jackson impressed basketball fans with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Leiden cruised to a 82-72 relatively comfortable win over Leeuwarden (1-3). Leiden won Group A with 3-1 score. Jackson is well-known by Leiden fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Lance Jeter (190-G-88) of Leeuwarden. Jeter scored 22 points. Despite Jeter's great performance Leeuwarden lost 72-82 to Leiden. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Leeuwarden ended as the last ranked team of Group A (1-3) and failed to reach the Semifinals. Jeter has individually a great season in Holland. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (2nd best) and assists with 3.4apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameron Wells (185-G-88) of Zwolle - 18 points and 7 rebounds
5. Amu Saaka (198-F-88) of Zwolle - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) of Leiden - 13 points and 8 rebounds
7. Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) of Leiden - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of Groningen - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brandon Rozzell (187-G-89) of Leeuwarden - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Manny Adako (203-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 15 points and 4 rebounds

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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  HUNGARY   

Standings - B Division

B Division Standings
East
 1. Salgotarjani 17-3
 2. EKF Hesz Gep. 16-4
 3. MTK Torokbalint 15-5
 4. Bajai FKE 13-7
 5. Kecskemeti Foi. 11-9
 6. EnterNet Vas. 9-11
 7. Nagykorosi 9-11
 8. Phoenix KK 7-13
 9. DEAC 6-14
 10. Obudai 6-14
 11. Szerencs 1-19
West
 1. Kanizsa 17-5
 2. Bonyhadi 16-6
 3. PTE-PEAC PVSK 15-7
 4. SMAFC-NYME 15-7
 5. Gyorszol 14-8
 6. Veszpremi 14-8
 7. Bp. Honved 12-10
 8. TF Budapest 11-11
 9. MAFC 8-14
 10. Ceragem 5-17
 11. Treff 4-18
 12. FKSZC-Sarvar 1-21



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  IBA   

Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Gary Splash 9-3 
 2. Albany L. 8-2 
 3. Chicago R. 7-1 
 4. Kankakee S. 7-2 
 5. Kenosha B. 5-7 
 6. Lansing C. 4-6 
 7. Lake County S. 4-9 
 8. Battle Creek K. 2-6 
 9. St.Louis T. 0-0 
 10. L.Angeles L. 0-0 
 11. Rockford RD 0-0 
 12. Springfield E. 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 4: Battle Creek K. - Springfield E.
May. 5: Lansing C. - Lake County S.
May. 6: Springfield E. - Kenosha B.



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  INDONESIA   


Asia-basket.com All-Indonesian NBL Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Asia-basket.com All-Indonesian NBL 1st Team 2012
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Arki Wisnu
Wisnu
Faisal Julius Ahmad
Ahmad
Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro
Dwi Priasmoro
Pringgo Regowo
Regowo
Christian Ronaldo Sitepu
Sitepu
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Player of the Year: Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda
Guard of the Year: Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda
Forward of the Year: Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of Aspac
Center of the Year: Isman Thoyib (202-C-84) of Aspac
Defensive Player of the Year: Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights
Coach of the Year: Octaviarro Romely of Satria Muda

1st Team
PG: Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) of Satria Muda
SG: Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) of Bima Sakti
G: Arki Wisnu (187-88) of Satria Muda
F: Pringgo Regowo (190-87) of Aspac
C/F: Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) of Satria Muda
C: Isman Thoyib (202-84) of Aspac

2nd Team
PG: Kelly Purwanto (177-83) of Pelita Jaya
SG: Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) of Stadium Jak.
F: Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) of Pelita Jaya
PF: Galank Gunawan (194-87) of Satria Muda
F/C: Dian Heryadi (194-80) of Muba Hangtuah

Honorable Mention
Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights
Gege Nagata (185-F-88) of Pacific Caesar
Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bima Sakti
Ary Sapto (188-F-80) of Muba Hangtuah
Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya



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  IRELAND   


Bryan Mullins selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois). Mullins was the major contributor in Chalons-Reims' victory against the 13th-ranked Nantes (13-19) crushing them 75-54 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored 19 points and added 6 passes (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line); quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mullins' third season in pro basketball. Chalons-Reims (22-10) is placed third in the ProB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mullins is currently second on the league's list of best passers. This season he averages: 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 71.8%. Mullins is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mullins played also for the Irish national team in 2009. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post). O'Reilly led Cheshire Jets to a victory over the closely-ranked Worcester Wolves (22-8) 87-77 in the British BBL on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. O'Reilly had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 40 minutes. Cheshire Jets (13-17) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. O'Reilly has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 3.7apg and FT: 76.1% in the 29 games he played so far. Despite O'Reilly played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Irish national team in 2009.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Ogilvy could not help Valencia Basket (19-14) to beat Blusens Monbus (12-21). His contribution was not very remarkable in Wednesday's game. Ogilvy scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Valencia Basket was defeated 76-62 on the road by the much lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#14). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Ogilvy's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(43-68) and FT: 87.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Irish. Ogilvy played for the Irish national team three years ago.

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #4. Guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence) 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). He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. McGrath scored only 3 points in 20 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. This year McGrath's overall stats are: 3.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. McGrath used to play for the Irish national team back in 2008. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

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

   #1. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Blusens Monbus (12-21) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Blusens Monbus lost 75-81 on the road to the league outsider (#18) Blancos de Rueda. Kendall was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Kendall's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Kendall averages: 9.3ppg and 5.9rpg in the 33 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Despite Kendall's Irish passport, he currently plays for the Canadian national team and is not eligible to play for the Irish team.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Steven Hale (200-F-75) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Conor Grace (210-F-82) plays for Uppsala Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Allen Conlan (196-F-74) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga
Ian O'Boyle (191-G-84) plays for Hub Jets in New Zealand NBL
Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) plays for Inter Bratislava in Czech Republic NBL
Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
James Kelly (183-G-87) plays for Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows in British EBL2
Mark Donnelly (196-G-75) plays for New Jersey Shorecats in the USBL
Tom Sheehey (204-F-65) plays for Fabriano in Italian B dilettanti
Damian Matacz (205-C-79) plays for Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves in Australian SBL

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



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  ISRAEL   

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. McCollum, Hapoel K.24.3 
 2. Miller, Macc.B.Y.23.4 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 4. Daniel, Ironi K-A22.7 
 5. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 6. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.21.2 
 7. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.2 
 8. Hall, Macc.B.Y.21.2 
 9. Laing, Elitzur Yav.21.1 
 10. Clemente, Kiryat21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.6 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.2 
 3. Reynolds, Lev H.12.1 
 4. Turner, Hapoel Y/M11.1 
 5. Moses, Hapoel K/S10.3 
 6. Blair, Ironi N.9.3 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.9.3 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.2 
 9. Daniel, Ironi K-A8.9 
 10. Traimel, Ironi N.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.9 
 2. Berkowitz, Elitzu.7.1 
 3. Bannister, Ironi R.6.7 
 4. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.6 
 5. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.3 
 6. Assaf, Ironi N.5.3 
 7. Rub, Lev Hasharon5.1 
 8. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.5.1 
 9. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.9 
 10. Golan, Elitzur Ya.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Macc.B.Y.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Miller, Macc.B.Y.3.0 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.2.9 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur2.8 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.7 
 5. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 6. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.3 
 7. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.3 
 8. McCollum, Hapoel K.2.2 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.0 
 10. Davidi, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.3 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.7 
 5. Reynolds, Lev H.1.5 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.1.4 
 7. Thondique, Hapoel1.4 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.4 
 9. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.1.3 
 10. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.1 


Yotam Halperin selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Yotam Halperin (196-84). He was the major contributor in a 2-point Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-11) 73-71 in the Russian PBL in Saturday night's game. Halperin recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists in 37 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) is placed fifth in the PBL. Halperin is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This year he averages: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.6apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 64.8%(46-71), 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 89.8% in the 19 games he played so far. Halperin is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket). He led Krka to a victory against the second-ranked Union Olimpija (7-3) 73-67 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Nissim 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 critical. Nissim's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 84.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and French. Despite Nissim played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Robert Rothbart (217-86). Rothbart contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-10) 80-65 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Wednesday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. 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 is very crucial. This year Rothbart's overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%(10-16) and FT: 45.5% in the six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Despite Rothbart played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, he played also for the Israeli national team in 2010.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #4. Swingman Omri Casspi (204-88), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-45) to beat the Washington Wizards (20-46). Casspi scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 96-85 on the road by the Wizards. It was Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Casspi has relatively good stats this season: 7.1ppg and 3.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Casspi is currently in the Israeli national team roster.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #5. International point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.) contributed to a Benetton Treviso's victory against the seventh-ranked Umana Venezia (17-14) 72-61 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 22 minutes. Benetton Treviso (13-18) is placed 11th in the SerieA. Mekel's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Mekel's first season with the team. Mekel is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 3.6apg. This year he also averages: 6.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the 21 games. Mekel has both Israeli and Polish nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Mekel is currently in the Israeli national team roster.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #6. Guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) led Svendborg to a 2-point victory over the league leader Bakken (25-2) 65-63 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Colman scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Svendborg Rabbits (23-4) is placed second in the Ligaen. Colman belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Colman averages: 15.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Danish national team, Colman is also an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Facundo Sucatzky (175-PG-72) plays for Atenas in Argentinian LigaA
Yaniv Green (206-C/F-80) plays for Banca Tercas in Italian SerieA
Oded Brandwein (188-G-88) plays for Kotwica in Polish PLK
Jason Thomas (191-G-82) plays for Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) plays for Zwolle in Dutch Eredivisie
Guy Aud (182-G-89) plays for Licher Baeren in German ProB
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-G-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga
Itay Hadar (191-G-87) plays for TuS Makkabi Frankfurt in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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  ITALY   


Best players of Italian SerieA round 33 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sidigas AV and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 18 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team edged out Cimberio VA (#8, 16-15) 78-77. Sidigas AV maintains the 9th position in Italian SerieA. Sidigas AV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-17 record. It's Johnson's second year at Sidigas AV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tulane University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.1rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 56.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of CS Bologna. Sanikidze impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds. Of course CS Bologna cruised to a 78-69 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#1, 23-8). CS Bologna's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sanikidze is one of the most experienced players at CS Bologna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American James White (199-G-84, agency: Court Side) of Scavolini PS (#5). White showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Scavolini PS, leading his team to a 82-75 win against the lower-ranked Acea Roma (#13, 13-19). Scavolini PS needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 12 lost games. White has a great season in Italy. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Novipiu CM - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Achille Polonara (203-F-91) of Banca Tercas - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82) of Armani Mit - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86) of Otto Caserta - 18 points and 10 rebounds
8. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Umana Venezia - 25 points and 8 rebounds
9. Diego Fajardo (208-C-76) of Cimberio VA - 18 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Scavolini PS - 19 points and 2 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen 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)



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

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

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, agency: Players Group), who plays in the NBA. Gallinari could not help the Denver Nuggets (38-28) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets were defeated 103-88 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. Gallinari was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Gallinari has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 87.1%. Despite Gallinari played previously for the Brazilian national team, he is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Leandro Garcia Morales
Leandro Garcia Morales
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M). Garcia Morales led Cocodrilos to a victory over the third-ranked Bucaneros (2-2) 98-93 in the Venezuelan LPB on Monday night. He was MVP of the game. Garcia Morales scored 26 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Cocodrilos de Caracas (2-2) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Garcia Morales has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.8spg in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan. Despite Garcia Morales played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Marco Belinelli (196-86). Belinelli was not able to help the New Orleans Hornets (21-45) in their game against the Houston Rockets (34-32) in the NBA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But the New Orleans Hornets were defeated 84-77 in Houston by the Rockets. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This season Belinelli has very high stats. He averages: 11.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 78.3%. Despite Belinelli played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Guilherme Giovannoni
Guilherme Giovannoni
   #4. Forward Guilherme Giovannoni (202-80, agency: Interperformances), who plays in Brazil was not able to secure a victory for Uniceub/BRB (1-2) in their last game. Despite Giovannoni's good performance the third-placed Uniceub/BRB lost 63-73 in Buenos Aires to the leading Obras in the group G of Liga Americas. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Top 4 already ended in the Liga Americas. Giovannoni is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.2rpg. This year he also averages: 13.0ppg and 1.3apg in the nine games. Giovannoni is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian. Despite he played previously for the Brazilian national team, Giovannoni is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #5. International guard Jayson Granger (186-89) was the major contributor in an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (12-21) 79-62 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. Granger 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 is very crucial. It's Granger's sixth season with the team. He is currently fourth on the list of best passers. Granger has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He has both Uruguayan and Italian nationalities. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Granger played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Mauricio Aguiar
Mauricio Aguiar
   #6. Forward Mauricio Aguiar (197-83, also represented by Players Group) was the main contributor in Hebraica's victory against the third-ranked Malvin (0-0) 65-48 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. Aguiar was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 37 minutes. 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. Aguiar has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.9apg in the 41 games. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Aguiar is also a former international player as he played for the Italian senior team three years ago.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #7. An experienced former international guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Belgacom Liege (9-20) crushing them 80-49 in the Belgian D1 last Wednesday. He scored 9 points and added 4 assists. Telenet Oostende (20-10) is placed third in the D1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Lauwers' overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg. Despite he played previously for the Belgian national team, Lauwers is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Anthony Dobbins
Anthony Dobbins
   #8. Guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) couldn't help Poitiers (9-19) in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque (25-3) in the French ProA. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Poitiers was crushed 88-64 on the opponent's court by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dobbins is currently second on the list of most steals with 2.2spg. This year his other stats are: 7.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 4.1apg in the 13 games. Dobbins is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Dobbins is currently in the Italian national team roster. He used to play for Banca Nuova Trapani in Italian league.

Cristopher Mortellaro
Cristopher Mortellaro
   #9. International power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-82, college: Drury) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Baloncesto Leon (15-19) in their game against Basquet Mallorca (15-19) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Mortellaro recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Baloncesto Leon was defeated 78-70 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Basquet_Mallorca (#13). The Regular Season already ended. It's Mortellaro's first season with the team. Mortellaro is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 10.9ppg and 7.7rpg. Mortellaro is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mortellaro is currently in the Italian national team roster. He used to play for Sicc BPA Jesi in Italian league.

Nicolas Borsellino
Nicolas Borsellino
   #10. Forward Nicolas Borsellino (202-86) faced previously mentioned Mauricio Aguiar in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Borsellino couldn't help Malvin (7-3) in their game against Hebraica (9-1). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Borsellino scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Malvin (#2) was badly defeated 65-48 in a derby game by the leading Hebraica in the Serie 2. This year Borsellino's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 41 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Italian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Steve Dagostino (180-85, agency: Duran International, college: St.Rose, NY) couldn't help Lleida Basquet in their game against Palencia Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Dagostino recorded 7 points. His team was edged 73-71. Dagostino's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Dagostino played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Dagostino used to play for Edimes Pavia in Italian league.

   #12. International power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) couldn't help Grindavik in their game against Thor Thorl in the Icelandic Express League. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. His team lost 91-98. This year Pettinella's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Pettinella played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Pettinella used to play for Premiata Montegranaro in Italian league.

   #13. International guard Dennis Dadezzio (191-81) managed to help Trotamundos de Carabobo to win in overtime against the third-ranked Gigantes 113-105 in the Venezuelan LPB last Thursday. He scored only 3 points. This season Dadezzio averages just 3.7ppg. He is also Italian national team player.

   #14. Former international swingman Ross Schraeder (196-83, college: Cal-Irvine) couldn't help Ford Burgos in their game against Leche Rio Breogan in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Schraeder cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes. His team lost 71-80. Schraeder has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 1.3rpg in the 34 games. He is a naturalized American. Schraeder used to play for the Italian national team back in 2000. He played also for 86.4%, in March '06 signed a 3 year contract with Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia in Italian league.

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

   #1. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) led Regal FC Barcelona to a victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (22-11) 97-89 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. He recorded 17 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regal FC Barcelona (27-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Huertas averages: 8.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg in the 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Despite Huertas' Italian passport, he currently plays for the Brazilian national team and is not eligible to play for the Italian team.



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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the French ProA. Amagou could not help Sluc Nancy (16-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Sluc Nancy was defeated 83-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#3). Amagou was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Amagou's first season with the team. Amagou has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 82.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2010.

Mamadou Lamizana
Mamadou Lamizana
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN. Lamizana was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Vaqueros (17-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Vaqueros lost 69-77 in Mayaguez to the leading Indios. Lamizana was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 5 shots in 33 minutes. Lamizana's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Lamizana is currently first on the list of best blockers with 2.4bpg. This year his other stats are: 10.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 66.2% in the 26 games he played so far. Lamizana is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Lamizana is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso). He was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante (17-15) in their game against FIATC Joventut (16-17) in the Spanish ACB. Kone scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Meridiano Alicante was defeated 74-63 in Badalona by the lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#10). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Kone averages: 4.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 39.2% and FT: 67.4%. Similarly like Lamizana and Amagou above he has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite Kone played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #4. Forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) couldn't help Lleida Basquet (20-14) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto (18-16) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his good performance last Friday. Kale had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 22 minutes. But Lleida Basquet was edged 73-71 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#11) Palencia_Baloncesto. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Kale has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg and 5.5rpg in the 34 games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Despite Kale played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Alain Koffi
Alain Koffi
   #5. International center Alain Koffi (207-83, also represented by Beo Basket) couldn't help Le Mans (17-11) in their game against JDA Dijon (14-14) in the French ProA. Koffi recorded only 4 points. Le Mans was defeated 72-63 in JDA Dijon by the lower-ranked JDA Dijon (#10). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Koffi's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He has Ivorian and French nationalities. Koffi plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Andre Oupoh
Andre Oupoh
   #6. Forward Andre Oupoh (196-84, college: Abil.Christian) led Caballeros de Culiacan to a victory against the league outsider Coras de Tepic (2-26) 94-85 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points and added 7 passes in 36 minutes. Caballeros de Culiacan (10-18) is placed eighth in the CIBACOPA. This year Oupoh's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 15 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Oupoh played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team two years ago.

Francis Koffi
Francis Koffi
   #7. Former international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) was the major contributor in Ourense's victory against the eighth-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (12-12) 83-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. Koffi scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (15-13) is placed in the LEB Silver. Koffi has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg and 5.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Koffi is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #8. Center Frejus Zerbo (205-89) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite in a victory against the 11th-ranked JL Bourg (15-17) 88-83 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He scored only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. Limoges CSP Elite (26-6) is placed first in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Zerbo's total stats are: 2.3ppg and 3.0rpg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2010.

Mickael Toti
Mickael Toti
   #9. International point guard Mickael Toti (181-87) couldn't help Saint Vallier (15-17) in their game against ALM Evreux (16-16) in the French ProB (second division). Toti scored 5 points. Saint Vallier was badly defeated 88-68 in Evreux by the higher-ranked ALM Evreux (#8). They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Toti has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) led Zastal ZG to a 2-point victory over the fifth-ranked Energa Czarni (3-7) 75-73 in the Polish PLK in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hodge scored 24 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Zastal Zielona Gora (6-4) is placed third in Group A. Hodge is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodge averages: 19.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.4spg in the 39 games he played so far. He has also Puerto Rican passport.



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Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown). He was the major contributor in an Indiana Pacers' victory against the Orlando Magic (37-29) crushing them 97-74 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hibbert had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 42-24 record this season. It's Hibbert's fourth year with the team. Hibbert is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.1bpg. He also averaged so far 12.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 49.8% and FT: 70.7% in the 68 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hibbert played also for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jerome Jordan (213-86, college: Tulsa). He led New York Knicks to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-59) crushing them 104-84 in the NBA last Thursday. Jordan scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The New York Knicks have 36-30 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Jordan averages: 2.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 51.4%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Jordan played also for the Jamaican national team in 2006.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-45) to beat the Washington Wizards (20-46). Samuels scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. But the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 85-96 on the road to the Wizards. It was Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Samuels' overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.5% and FT: 70.1% in the 54 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Samuels played also for the Jamaican national team in 2009.

Maurice Bailey
Maurice Bailey
   #4. Guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Latvijas Universitate (12-14) crushing them 100-77 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL in Tuesday night's game. He scored 10 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Bailey's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bailey played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #5. Former international power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra), who plays in the Israeli Premier League was not able to help Maccabi Rishon (15-10) in their last game. Despite Uter's good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 64-63 at home by the lower-ranked (#8) Ironi Ashkelon. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 15 rebounds. Uter also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Uter is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5bpg and 1.7spg in the 26 games. Uter is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Uter is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Kimany Ffriend
Kimany Ffriend
   #6. An experienced center Kimany Ffriend (211-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-21) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 79-65 in Malaga by the higher-ranked Unicaja (#11). Ffriend was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Ffriend's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Ffriend's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ffriend is also a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team two years ago.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #7. Former international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) couldn't help Indios (21-8) in their game against Quebradillas (17-12) in the Puerto Rican BSN, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Efejuku also added 3 steals in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. But the league leader Indios lost 77-82 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#4) Quebradillas. Efejuku's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Efejuku is currently fourth on the league's list of most steals with 1.3spg. He also averaged so far 13.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.7apg in the 23 games. Despite Efejuku played previously for the Nigerian national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Sherman Gay
Sherman Gay
   #8. Power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) couldn't help Fos Ouest (20-12) in their game against Le Portel (12-20) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance last Friday Gay scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Gay is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gay averages: 15.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.8bpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Gay played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #9. Former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Fribourg (4-1) in their game against Lugano Tigers (20-4) in the Swiss LNA, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Yates was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Fribourg lost 67-77 in Lugano to the leading Tigers. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. It's Yates' first season with the team. Yates has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg in the 32 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Yates played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Jermaine Bucknor
Jermaine Bucknor
   #10. Forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) couldn't help s Oliver Baskets (20-14) in their game against ratiopharm Ulm (27-7) in the German BBL. Bucknor cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. s Oliver Baskets was crushed 91-65 in Ulm by the second-ranked ratiopharm. Bucknor's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Bucknor's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Jamaican senior national team.



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New rule will limit age and number of foreign basketball players in American colleges - by Eurobasket Center

By John Jordan

In March of 2011 the National Junior College Athletic Associations board of directors voted to limit the number of non- US players at no more than one fourth of a teams allotment of scholarship players. This year that Board went further and expanded the rule to cover any foreign athlete regardless of whether they were on scholarship or not. They determined that a basketball roster size was twelve, so no American junior college is allowed to have more than three non-US players on their mens or womens basketball roster. In their March meeting the NJCAA also put an age restriction rule in that a player may not turn 21 before August 1st of their freshman year. These rules are set to go in effect for the coming 2012-13 school year. The decision was by no means unanimous on the percentage of a roster that could be non-US players. A counter proposal was floated that would have put the percentage at 50% of the roster. That compromise was voted down. There is a strong sentiment among American college coaches that the NCAA will eventually follow a similar path. The other factor is that the NJCAA has made getting a foreign athlete through their eligibility process so meticulous, that many schools just decide not to have foreign athletes at all. With all of this legislation, one thing is certain, there will be fewer foreign players on American college basketball rosters.

While basketball certainly has many foreign athletes on team rosters, the rule changes seem to be aimed more closely at sports such as tennis, soccer and womens volleyball. There were instances where NJCAA schools had teams comprised almost if not totally of foreign players. The NJCAA defends their position by citing that the majority of the schools in their association are community based institutions and that their athletic team rosters should reflect that. I guess it then comes down to what a college considers their community to be? I feel it could easily be argued that some schools in the NJCAA have a global perspective and consider the whole world to be their community. Regardless of right and wrong this legislation is going to severely limit not just the players coming to American junior colleges but also the availability of foreign athletes to NCAA college programs.

The NCAA requires that any student make a minimal score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT Test. On the NCAA Division I level, that test score then corresponds with what the NCAA clearinghouse determines that a student-athletes grade point average comes out to in the core courses they took in high school. The higher the test score, the lower the grade point average has to be for eligibility. However if the student-athlete does not have a test score high enough to meet their grade point average criteria on the NCAA chart, they are deemed ineligible and have to continue to take the test to try and get the minimal score. The other option they have is to attend a junior college, spend two years there and graduate with a two year degree (Associates) and will then have two years remaining of athletic eligibility at a four year college. Many foreign students have a very hard time making a passing score on these tests and have to go the junior college route. Now by limiting these NJCAA rosters to 25%, and limiting the age a student-athlete can be when entering junior college, there is no doubt many players who are not going to be able to come to the United States and play college basketball.

The Prep School option has been one that has popped up in greater numbers over the last few years for both American players and foreign athletes who are trying to become NCAA eligible. The way this works is the NCAA allows a student-athlete one year from time they graduate high school until they enroll at an NCAA institution before their Clock starts. Your clock refers to the five years you have from time you enroll in an NCAA Division I institution to use four years of eligibility. During this one year you are out of high school and waiting to become eligible for the NCAA, you can take up to one additional class that will count toward your grade point average. You can also continue to take the SAT and ACT tests in an attempt to improve your scores. For years, traditional American prep schools have been around more for the normal high school student who just needed an extra year to get ready for the rigors of college. Now because of the great number of American and foreign basketball players that do not meet the NCAA standard by time of high school graduation, make shift Prep Schools have sprang up virtually everywhere. For example, in Charlotte, NC this last year there were 10 different Prep teams. The problem with many of these programs is they are not sanctioned or monitored by any state or US government agency. Anybody off the street can start one and they do. Some work through a local school to piggy back on their I-20 status to get foreign players student visas. While in most instances the students are offered courses at these schools, they are not made to attend or in some cases never actually attend classes. In many instances players pay thousands of dollars to come participate in these programs and they find shotty living conditions, are not fed, little training time, and no academic help at all. The NCAA is beginning to crack down on many of these programs and not allow credits from the ones that claim to be schools. There are several that do what they say they will do and are very legitimate but the bad ones hurt the reputation of the entire bunch. While this can be an effective option for some, it can also cost as much as a year of college would have cost in the first place. The top legitimate traditional prep schools are mainly located on the upper East Coast and can run as much as $30,000 to $40,000 per year to attend. These schools also have highly competitive basketball teams such as Hargrave Military Academy, Fork Union Military, and Brewster Academy. The players for these teams do not simply come, they are recruited much like a college program and you have to in many times be an NCAA division I level player to even be considered for them.

The new concept that is emerging is the Prep Training Program A good example of this was our program this past year at the American Basketball Institute in Charlotte, NC. We ran a six month residential program that was totally based on providing a team for the players to play on and twice a day training sessions in an attempt to get them recruited by American colleges. We tried to make it affordable as possible and kept the cost at $1500 per month or $9000 total including room, board, training and travel expenses. We played nearly a 50 game schedule. There was also a tourist side to the program in that the players visited several different American states and got to experience American culture by a quick immersion. We in no way pretended to be a school or tried to do any of the academic portion of the program. Instead, we farmed the academic portion out to online accredited schools that the players who needed that type of help could use. By keeping our program six months or under and not being a school, we were able to bring our foreign players over on extended visitors visas. This seemed to work well as all of our players both foreign and American have college basketball options for the coming year.

In closing, it is hard for me to understand why a country founded by immigrants is trying to limit the educational opportunities for foreign student-athletes to come to the United States, but they are. What it means is that it is going to get much more competitive for non-US players to be able to obtain a basketball scholarship to an American college. My advice is to start the process of finding your path to that scholarship early in your high school career, perhaps even look at trying to come to America as a high school exchange student or directly to an American high school so that you can get that early exposure. I also encourage foreign athletes to use the many free recruiting services that are online and available such as Berecruited.com, as a college coach and director of a prep training program, I use that site often to recruit players. Dont be taken in by individuals or services that charge you a large fee to Get you an American scholarship. Many colleges do not even deal with those type situations because the NCAA can misinterpret that as dealing with a pro agent. If you work hard enough and smart enough you can still earn that American college basketball scholarship, things have just gotten a little harder .

About the Writer:
John Jordan is the head womens basketball coach at Wentworth Military College in Lexington MO, who are members of the NJCAA. He is also the Director and former head coach of the American Basketball Institute in Charlotte, NC. Coach Jordan has sent 42 of his male and female high school and post-graduate players to the college level in the past 8 years. 31 of them have gone on to play on the NCAA Division I level. Over half of those players were non-US born. He is considered an expert on the various levels of American college basketball and has spoken at camps all over the world. He is also a FIBA licensed coach and has coached professional mens basketball. He has run camps and clinics in over a dozen countries.. For more information on Coach Jordan, visit his website www.abibasketball.com



Former Lakeland CC (Mentor Oh) Star Darrell Lampley Named to third-team All-Mid-American Conference for the 2011-12 Season - by Vance Marbury

Former Lakeland Community College and Eastern Michigan University senior point guard Darrell Lampley (Linden, N.J.-Linden-Lakeland C.C.) has been named third-team All-Mid-American Conference for the 2011-12 men's basketball season it was announced today by the league office. The all-league teams are voted on by the league's head coaches.

The 5-foot-10 Lampley played in all 32 games for the Eagles in 2011-12 and earned 31 starts. He led the Eagles in scoring, at 13.3 ppg, assists, with 3.3 dishes per game, and three-point field goals, with 46. In addition, he was the only Eagle to log more than 1,000 minutes this past year with 1,011. He is also one of the top free throw shooters in the MAC with a percentage of .846, making 110-of-130 attempts.

At Lakeland Lampley Averaged 17.9 points, sixth in the conference, and had a league-leading 6.8 assists and was fourth in steals at 2.7 per game...Earned a S.T.A.R academic honor with a 3.0 GPA in 2009-10 at Lakeland.



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 25-3
 2. Trepca 25-3
 3. Peja 18-10
 4. Bashkimi 16-12
 5. Kolegji Univer. 9-19
 6. Kosova 8-20
 7. Futura 6-22
 8. Drita 5-23

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 2: Bashkimi - Kolegji Univer. 95-55
May. 2: Peja - Kosova 114-50

Quarter-Finals: Round 2

May. 5: Kosova - Peja
May. 5: Kolegji Univer. - Bashkimi


Bashkimi & Peja near Play-off Semis - by Dren Shporta

Rolando Little (206-F-86, college: Idaho St.) was the main contributor of the oranges from Prizren in a match against Kolegji Univers. He scored 27 points and showed a great game, especially in third period while Bashkimi registered its first victory in play-off quarterfinals 95-55.

Little was assisted by in form captain Artan Kurti who added 14 points and, 22 year old Kushtrim Hyda who helped his team with 11 points. Bashkimi is now leading the series 1-0.
The winner of this quarterfinal will play against Sigal Prishtina in the semifinal.

Peja has also played a great match against Kosova Vushtrri. They won with 64 points difference the vushtrrian team, Kosova, 114-50. Peja leads the quarterfinal series against Kosova Vushtrri with 1-0. The winner of the tie will play in play-off semifinal against Trepca, that is actual Cup winner of Kosovo




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Rinalds Sirsnins selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rinalds Sirsnins
Rinalds Sirsnins
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85, agency: Promotex), who plays in the Estonian KML. He could not help BC Rakvere (19-9) in their last game. Despite Sirsnins' very good performance BC Rakvere was crushed 91-69 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Kalev/Cramo. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Sirsnins also added 6 assists in 31 minutes on the court. It was BC Rakvere's first loss after four consecutive victories. Sirsnins is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.8apg. He also averaged so far 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 86.8% in the 16 games he played so far. Sirsnins played for the Latvian senior national team two years ago.

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rinalds Sirsnins and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Cipruss, who plays in the Estonian KML. He was not able to help BC Rakvere (19-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Cipruss' very good performance BC Rakvere was crushed 91-69 in Tallinn by the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Cipruss also added 6 rebounds. Cipruss is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Cipruss averages: 16.6ppg, 10.2rpg, 2FGP: 64.1%(193-301), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 69.8%. He played for the Latvian national team in 2008.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Janis Blums (190-82). Blums contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the tenth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (16-17) 68-57 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. He recorded 7 points in only 13 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (19-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. Blums' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Blums' fourth season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 62.5% in the 30 games. Blums is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #4. Guard Armands Skele (192-83) faced previously mentioned Rinalds Sirsnins in the Estonian KML last game. Skele led Kalev/Cramo to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) crushing them 91-69. He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Skele's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #5. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) was not able to secure a victory for Siauliai (16-4) in their game against VEF Riga (0-0) in the Baltic League. Grafs recorded 9 points in 20 minutes. But the first-placed Siauliai was badly defeated 92-75 at home by the higher-ranked VEF Riga in the group 1 of Baltic League. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Grafs' total stats are: 5.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Kaspars Kambala
Kaspars Kambala
   #6. An experienced center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) led Turk Telekom to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (6-24) crushing them 103-81 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. Kambala scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Turk Telekom Ankara (13-17) is placed ninth in the TBL. The Regular Season already ended. It's Kambala's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg and 4.7rpg. Kambala is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team three years ago.

Edgard Jeromanovs
Edgard Jeromanovs
   #7. International point guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86) was the major contributor in a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the league leader Sodertalje Kings (23-13) 79-70 in the Swedish Basketligan in Thursday night's game. He scored 14 points in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) is placed second in the Basketligan. Jeromanovs has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg in the 49 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #8. Swingman Rihards Kuksiks (198-88, agency: Two Points, college: Arizona St.) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the 13th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (13-20) 77-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kuksiks scored only 4 points. Valencia Basket (19-14) is placed fifth in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Kuksiks averages just 2.6ppg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #9. International swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) led Assi Ostuni to a 2-point victory against the seventh-ranked Fileni BPA (13-14) 88-86 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Jurevicus scored 17 points in 33 minutes. Assi Basket Ostuni (12-15) is placed 11th in the Lega2. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Jurevicus has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 27 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #10. Swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rinalds Sirsnins. But that was another game of his team in Estonian KML which we would like to mention. Umbrasko couldn't help BC Rakvere (19-9) in their game against Kalev/Cramo (23-5). He scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. BC Rakvere was edged 66-65 in Tallinn by the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3). Umbrasko has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) faced previously mentioned Kaspars Kambala in the Turkish TBL last game. Kalve couldn't help Trabzonspor in their game against Turk Telekom. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team was crushed by 22 points 103-81. Kalve has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.5rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

   #12. International center Andrejs Selakovs (210-88, agency: Players Group) couldn't help CB Tarragona 2017 in their game against Canarias in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Selakovs recorded 8 points. His team was defeated 111-98. Selakovs has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 5.1rpg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. International forward Mareks Mejeris (207-91, also represented by Players Group) couldn't help CB Clavijo in their game against Caceres 2016 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Mejeris recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 94-76. Mejeris has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg in the 32 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. International power forward Rolands Freimanis (207-88) couldn't help Girona FC in their game against Melilla Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Freimanis cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was crushed by 28 points 98-70. Freimanis averaged so far 12.6ppg and 5.8rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.



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Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Revolution 2-0 
 2. Seigneurs 2-0 
 3. Monteregie 1-1 
 4. Jaguars 0-2 
 5. Page-Dynamo 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 2: Monteregie - Seigneurs 88-103
May. 3: Jaguars - Page-Dynamo



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Lavrinovic Darjus and Siskauskas Ramunas won the first title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) and Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) won the first title abroad as their CSKA. The latter celebrated the second VTB League title in their history. They overcame Unics in the Final tonight in Vilnius to repeat the success of 2009/10 season. Darjus Lavrinovic scored 15 points to pace the effort. Andrei Kirilenko was named the MVP of Final Four.
CSKA opened the game with eight points in a row. Teodosic made it 11:1 less than two minutes into the game. The Moscow team maintained the lead posting a 22:15 advantage after ten minutes. Nathan Jawai brought Unics back to life in the second quarter. The Kazan team narrowed the margin to just a single point 33:34. CSKA however remained in front as they posted a 40:37 halftime advantage. CSKA went on an 8:0 run at the start of the second half to open an 11-point lead. Lynn Greer and Domercant pulled back within four 49:53 at the final break. However the intrigue slowly disappeared as CSKA stretched the margin back to 10 points midway through the final term. Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic made it 70:56 with under four minutes to go and CSKA cruised to the victory afterwards. Ramunas Siskauskas nailed 12 points, while Nenad Krstic added 11 points for the winners. Lynn Greer replied with 14 points for Unics. Nathan Jawai provided 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Darjus Lavrinovic averaged 8.6 points per game in VTB League, while Ramunas Siskauskas had 6.7.



VTB League: Lietuvos Rytas clinch Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Lokomotiv Kuban 91:83

Lietuvos Rytas stepped onto the pedestal in VTB League. The Vilnius powerhouse held off Lokomotiv to earn the Bronze medals. Six Lietuvos Rytas players scored in double digits. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) knocked down 15 points to pace the winners.
Lietuvos Rytas started the game aggressively. They unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to take 3-point lead. Teams paid more attention to defence in the second term. Lietuvos Rytas limited Lokomotiv to just 10 points in the period to boost the margin to 11 points at halftime 47:36. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the lead throughout the third term. They stretched the margin to as many as 20 points before the final frame. Lokomotiv refused to surrender as they unleashed 36 points in the fourth quarter but Lietuvos Rytas withheld the challenge and earned the victory at the end. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) notched 13 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) nailed 12 points in the winning case. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) replied with 22 points for Lokomotiv. Nikita Shabalkin (205-F-86) netted 19 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Jonas Valanciunas 15, Steponas Babrauskas 13, Renaldas Seibutis 12
Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 22, Nikita Shabalkin 19



Ksistof Lavrinovic selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ksistof Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory over the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (19-12) 92-85 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Lavrinovic was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. 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 that game will be critical. It's Lavrinovic's fifth season with the team. Lavrinovic has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(54-92), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 84.2% in the 16 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Darjus Lavrinovic
Darjus Lavrinovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79). Lavrinovic was the main contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the leader Unics Kazan (14-2) 74-62 in the VTB United League last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Lavrinovic recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group B. CSKA Moscow (14-2) is placed first. This season Lavrinovic averages: 8.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 67.6%(23-34), 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 81.1%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Ramunas Siskauskas
Ramunas Siskauskas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) is a teammate of previously mentioned Darjus Lavrinovic and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Siskauskas was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the leader Unics Kazan (14-2) 74-62. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 21 minutes. Siskauskas has been at the team for five years. This season Siskauskas' overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 63.3%(19-30), 3FGP: 39.4% in the 13 games. He played for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #4. Center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Siauliai (16-4) 92-75 in the Baltic League in Sunday night's game. Kavaliauskas was the top player that evening. He recorded 24 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (0-0) is placed in the Baltic League. Kavaliauskas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg and 4.2rpg. Kavaliauskas used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2007.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #5. International guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kolossos (16-8) crushing them 102-71 in the Greek A1 last Thursday. He scored 14 points and added 7 passes in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (22-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Jasikevicius' first season with the team. This year Jasikevicius' total stats are: 8.5ppg and 3.1apg in the 30 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #6. Power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, also represented by Interperformances) contributed to an Asseco Prokom's victory against the second-ranked AZS Koszalin (22-16) 83-76 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. Motiejunas scored 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (8-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Motiejunas belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. This season he has very high stats. Motiejunas averages: 16.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #7. Former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Zavackas contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Siauliai (16-4) 92-75. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in a mere 19 minutes. Zavackas has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.4rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team twelve years ago.

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #8. Guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-10) crushing them 90-65 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Thursday. Gecevicius scored 10 points. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (23-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 20th consecutive victory in a row. Gecevicius has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Rimantas Kaukenas
Rimantas Kaukenas
   #9. International guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ksistof Lavrinovic. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Kaukenas, who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Montepaschi Siena (23-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Montepaschi Siena lost 69-78 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) CS Bologna. Kaukenas scored 11 points in 20 minutes. This year Kaukenas has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #10. Small forward Simas Jasaitis (201-82) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (6-24) crushing them 103-81 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Jasaitis was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Turk Telekom Ankara (13-17) is placed ninth in the TBL. The Regular Season already ended. Jasaitis has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Duke) contributed to a 3-point Real Madrid's victory against the 12th-ranked Assignia Manresa 96-93 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. Pocius recorded 8 points and added 3 assists in only 13 minutes. Pocius has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 1.9rpg in the 30 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Simonas Serapinas (197-82) contributed to a Telekom Baskets' surprising victory against the league leader Brose Baskets 75-74 in the German BBL on Thursday night. Serapinas was the top player that evening. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Serapinas has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) helped Budivelnyk win their game against the seventh-ranked BC Odessa 88-73 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Anisimovas scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. Anisimovas' stats this year are: 10.3ppg and 3.7rpg in the 45 games. Despite he played previously for the Ukrainian national team, Anisimovas is currently in the Lithuanian university national team roster.

   #14. Former international power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) helped Scavolini Pesaro win their game against the 13th-ranked Lottomatica Roma 82-75 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lydeka has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 5.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the Ukrainian national team, Lydeka is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.

   #15. Former international guard Giedrius Gustas (190-80, another player represented by Interperformances) helped PGE Turow win their game against the fourth-ranked Anwil 96-92 in the Polish PLK on Monday night. He recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. Gustas has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg in the 37 games. Despite he played previously for the Ukrainian national team, Gustas is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.



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Domigue Benseghir heads to Soleuvre - by Eurobasket News

Soleuvre will strengthen their roster for the upcoming season. They reached provisional agreement on terms of contract with Domigue Benseghir (183-G-85). Last two seasons the guard spent with Heffingen. Current season Domigue Benseghir averaged 8.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance. Previously the guard played for Etzella.


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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 24-4 
 2. Guaymas 22-6 
 3. Tijuana 19-9 
 4. Cananea 14-14 
 5. Guasave 14-14 
 6. Los Mochis 13-15 
 7. Nogales 13-15 
 8. Culiacan 10-18 
 9. Navolato 9-19 
 10. Tepic 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 2: Guaymas - Tepic 99-74
May. 2: Guasave - Nogales 94-84
May. 2: Cananea - Culiacan 107-99
May. 2: Los Mochis - Navolato 107-82
May. 2: Tijuana - Hermosillo 105-108 2OT

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
 Ray REESE
  Tepic
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Reese, Tepic23.8 
 2. Robinson, Culiacan22.8 
 3. McCullough, Nogales22.8 
 4. Thomas, Cananea21.7 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato20.8 
 6. Carter, Guasave20.2 
 7. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 8. Habel, Guaymas19.0 
 9. Riley, Tepic18.3 
 10. Sanders, Hermosil.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Riley, Tepic11.1 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato8.9 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan7.9 
 5. Lopez, Hermosillo7.5 
 6. Zamora, Culiacan7.5 
 7. Habel, Guaymas7.3 
 8. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
 9. Moore, Guasave7.0 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 2. Nungaray, Guaymas5.6 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.3 
 4. Harris, Cananea4.4 
 5. Pulido, Culiacan4.1 
 6. Riley, Tepic3.8 
 7. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 8. Reatiga, Navolato3.4 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana3.2 
 10. Swanson, Tepic3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Riley, Tepic1.7 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 4. Buelna, Guasave1.6 
 5. Pulido, Culiacan1.4 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 7. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 8. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
 9. Heredia, Nogales1.2 
 10. Robinson, Culiacan1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan1.0 
 6. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 7. Johnson, Guaymas0.7 
 8. Cuen, Los Mochis0.6 
 9. Mercado, Nogales0.6 
 10. Verdugo, Navolato0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Third-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (19-9) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (24-4) on Wednesday. The visitors from Hermosillo managed to secure only three-point victory 108-105. However their fans expected easier game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Brian Hamilton (198-F-82, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-4 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third place with nine games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will face Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Frayles de Guasave (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 28th round was 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists by Marcus Morrison of Tijuana.


Tijuana - Hermosillo 105-108 2OT

Third-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (19-9) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (24-4) on Wednesday. The visitors from Hermosillo managed to secure only three-point victory 108-105. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 0-point victory in double-overtime. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 47-32 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Brian Hamilton (198-82, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 28 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) replied with 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tijuana Zonkeys. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-4 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third place with nine games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will face Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Frayles de Guasave (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 28+7reb+1ast, B.Hamilton 27+12reb+2ast, E.Little 20+12reb+2ast, S.Monreal 11+5reb+6ast, J.Camacho 9+3reb+1ast, J.Lopez 9+7reb+3ast
Tijuana: M.Morrison 36+9reb+7ast, C.Tate 18+9reb+3ast, D.Hugee 13+2reb+8ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 13+6reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 12+1reb+3ast, E.Medina 9+1reb+6ast
gschID: 171211


Guasave - Nogales 94-84

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave and one of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales had identical 13-14 record. This time Frayles de Guasave used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Nogales 94-84 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Frayles de Guasave looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Eniel Polynice (195-88, college: Seton Hall) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) replied with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave (14-14) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cananea. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will face higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: E.Polynice 27+7reb+4ast, A.Izaguirre 22+6reb+7ast, V.Buelna 13+4reb+3ast, D.Green 13+8reb+6ast, R.Carter 12+4reb+2ast, G.Giron 7+2reb+3ast
Nogales: M.Gale 19+3reb+3ast, M.Strobbe 19+7reb+3ast, O.McCullough 18+8reb+4ast, B.Heredia 16+3reb+2ast, J.Mercado 10+4reb, K.Davis 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 171212


Los Mochis - Navolato 107-82

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (9-19) was smashed on the road by seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (13-15) 107-82 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Pioneros Los Mochis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Pioneros Los Mochis had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Carlos M. Toussaint (190-91) contributed with 29 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds and forward Froylan Verdugo (196-79) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Five Pioneros Los Mochis and four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nogales. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will face Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#7) on the road in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.M. Toussaint 29+1reb+5ast, D.Pearson 29+12reb+2ast, W.Funn 17+7reb+6ast, S.Scott 15+8reb+1ast, E.Hare 13+7reb, L.Felipe Diaz 3+1reb
Navolato: R.Selleaze 25+6reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 13+11reb+1ast, C.Moore 12+3reb+1ast, M.Gibson 12+1reb+3ast, J.Angel Reatiga 9+5reb+7ast, H.Munguia 2
gschID: 171213


Guaymas - Tepic 99-74

Very predictable result when second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (22-6) rolled over at home bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (2-26) 99-74 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Coras de Tepic was better in third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) contributed with 8 points and 11 assists for the winners. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach LaSelle Taylor felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa, agency: David Lee services) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Coras de Tepic. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Coras de Tepic lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Ostioneros de Guaymas will face Garra Canera de Navolato (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will play against Mineros de Cananea.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Sanchez 16+3reb+1ast, J.Habel 15+11reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 14+4reb, F.Benitez 14+5reb+1ast, H.Johnson 9+6reb+1ast, M.Allen 8+3reb+11ast
Tepic: D.Riley 25+14reb+3ast, R.Reese 19+5reb+5ast, K.Young 16+5reb+1ast, E.Swanson 10+9reb+2ast, S.Lugo 2+4reb+2ast, J.Orduno 2+1ast
gschID: 171209


Cananea - Culiacan 107-99

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-18) lost on the road to sixth ranked Mineros de Cananea (14-14) 107-99 on Wednesday. Caballeros de Culiacan trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 31-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 99-107 at the end of the game. Mineros de Cananea made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Mineros de Cananea outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 35-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Cheyenne Moore (198-84, college: Georgetown, KY) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The other American import forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) replied with 21 points and Ricardo Lopez added 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Four Mineros de Cananea and five Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mineros de Cananea have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guasave. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo.
Top scorers:
Cananea: C.Moore 29+9reb, R.Alexander 24+6reb, D.Thomas 14+3reb+5ast, F.Harris 12+5reb+6ast, J.Casillas 8+3reb, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 5+2reb+1ast
Culiacan: R.Lopez 22+2reb+1ast, R.Robinson 21+3reb+2ast, J.Manuel Gutierrez 12+5reb+1ast, M.Henderson 12+3reb+1ast, R.Navarro 11+1reb+4ast, R.Zamora 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 171210



Moore's 29 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Round award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cananea and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round award for round 28.
He had the game-high 29 points adding nine rebounds for Cananea in his team's victory, helping them to beat Culiacan (#8, 10-18) 107-99. Cananea is placed at 4th position in Mexican league. Cananea is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-14 record. In the team's last game Moore had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cananea, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Georgetown College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moore is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 3.0rpg) and averages solid 60.6% FGP and 54.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis. He is American forward in his first season at Los Mochis. In the last game Pearson recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Los Mochis to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Navolato (#9, 9-19) 107-82. This victory allowed Los Mochis to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Pearson is one of the most experienced players at Los Mochis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana (#3). Morrison got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and seven assists. Despite Morrison's great performance Tijuana lost 105-108in overtime to #1 ranked Hermosillo. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Tijuana needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 9 lost games. Morrison has a very solid season. In 27 games in Mexico he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 59.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Hamilton (198-F-82) of Hermosillo - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alonso Izaguirre (200-G/F-76) of Guasave - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Deangelo Riley (205-C) of Tepic - 25 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Eniel Polynice (195-G-88) of Guasave - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dallas Green (203-F-88) of Guasave - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. William Funn (188-G-82) of Los Mochis - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 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 - 1A

1A Stage Two Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 9-1
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3
 3. Sutjeska 6-4
 4. Lovcen 4-6
 5. Ulcinj 2-8
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-8
Play-Out
 1. ABS Primorje 8-2
 2. KK Podgorica 7-3
 3. Jedinstvo 6-4
 4. Danilovgrad 5-5
 5. Centar BP 4-6
 6. Mogren 0-10
Erste Basketball League Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 2

May. 3: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar 83-87
May. 3: Lovcen - Buducnost 71-98

Semi-Finals: Round 3

May. 5: Mornar Bar - Sutjeska


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska24.3 
 2. Mugosa, KK Podgo.21.3 
 3. Lopicic, Lovcen17.9 
 4. Lekovic, Jedinstvo17.1 
 5. Petkovic, Danilovg.16.6 
 6. Bulatovic, ABS P.15.8 
 7. Nicaj, KK Podgorica15.4 
 8. Radulovic, Teodo T.15.2 
 9. Seferovic, Mogren14.4 
 10. Bogojevic, KK Pod.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen8.5 
 2. Nicaj, KK Podgorica8.0 
 3. Radulovic, Teodo T.7.4 
 4. Mugosa, KK Podgo.7.2 
 5. Devrnja, ABS P.6.9 
 6. Jocovic, Sutjeska6.8 
 7. Popovic, Sutjeska6.0 
 8. Djurkovic, Ulcinj5.7 
 9. Medenica, Ulcinj5.6 
 10. Petkovic, Danilov.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Goran BULATOVIC
  ABS P.
  (184-G-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Bulatovic, ABS P.4.8 
 2. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.6 
 3. Vranjes, Sutjeska3.2 
 4. Scott, Mornar Bar3.2 
 5. Mugosa, KK Podgo.2.8 
 6. Jelenic, Mornar B.2.8 
 7. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.7 
 8. Calic, Teodo Tivat2.5 
 9. Tepavcevic, Ulcinj2.4 
 10. Seferovic, Mogren2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar2.2 
 2. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.2 
 3. Miljic, Jedinstvo1.8 
 4. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.8 
 5. Jovovic, Danilovgr.1.8 
 6. Vranjes, Sutjeska1.7 
 7. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.5 
 8. Seferovic, Mogren1.5 
 9. Vrbica, Lovcen1.4 
 10. Bulatovic, ABS P.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica2.4 
 2. Djurkovic, Ulcinj1.0 
 3. Vujosevic, Mornar1.0 
 4. Lopicic, Lovcen1.0 
 5. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.0 
 6. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.9 
 7. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.9 
 8. Cebalovic, Danilov.0.9 
 9. Pejovic, Sutjeska0.9 
 10. Jocovic, Sutjeska0.8 


Standings - 1B

1B First B League Standings
 1. Ibar Rozaje 14-4
 2. Centar BP 13-5
 3. Un.Mediteran 12-6
 4. S.Centar 12-6
 5. Rudar 9-9
 6. Gorstak 8-10
 7. Berane 2010 7-11
 8. Kotor 7-11
 9. Zeta 6-12
 10. Pljevlja 2-16


EBL Play-offs Semifinals:Buducnost advances to the Finals, Mornar ties the score - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost, the strongest team in Montenegro, did not have a lot of trouble against Lovcen. The young squad from Cetinje had a decent performance in the first game was in the second one it was obvious from beginning that the more experienced guests from Podgorica would advance to the Finals with no problem (98-71 for Buducnost). The power duo Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket)- Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) dominated under the basket. They combined 44 points (Dubljevic 28 and Vitkovac 16). In Lovcen Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) had another great scoring night with 21 points. Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) added 12.

In the other game of the night, Sutjeska lost at home against Mornar (87-83) and wasted the opportunity to eliminate the gusts from Bar. The game was decided in the third quarter although the home team made efforts in the last quarter to win the game. But Mornar's lead was huge and now they are tied (1-1). The series will be decided in Bar tomorow. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) scored 16 points each for Mornar while Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) also had 16 in Sutjeska and Goran Gajovic (199-SF-88, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) added 13.



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Taipans snare college star - by Eurobasket News

The Skytrans Cairns Taipans are proud to announce the signing of college star Cameron Gliddon (195-G-89) to a multiple year deal today.

Gliddon will shortly graduate from the NAIA National Championship school, Concordia University, where he led the team in scoring and was named as to the First Team All-American. Gliddon was also named the National Tournament Most Valuable Player, receiving the prestigious Chuck Taylor Award. He is also graduates from Concordia as the all-time leading Three point shooter.

Head Coach of the Skytrans Cairns Taipans Aaron Fearne said he was excited about have the 23 year olds signature on the dotted line.

Cameron comes to us with a pretty impressive resume already, said Fearne.

Mick (Downer) brought him to our attention after he coached him at the World University Games and at the 4 nations event in Shanghai China with the Emerging Australian Boomers squad

He (Gliddon) also worked out up here in our pre-season prior to the 2011/12 season starting. He really impressed me with his ability to shoot the ball consistently from depth and his overall smarts on the court.

The fact he had such a fantastic senior year with the (Concordia) Eagles proves to us that he can handle the big stage and is ready to be a contracted as a full time NBL player.

Fearne commented on what fans should expect from the college star.

Cam is a straight shooter. If he gets going, he will be pretty hard to stop, said Fearne.

He will surprise a few people with his athleticism as well, something that I felt we lacked a little bit with this season.

Im looking forward to working and developing Cameron into a future star of this league, because I think he has the ability to be something special.

Gliddon couldnt hide his excitement about signing his first professional contract.

I cant wait to get to Cairns and get started, said Gliddon.

Fearney (Aaron) and Mick (Downer) were welcoming when I was in Cairns during the pre-season, they spoke to me and encouraged me to make a decision after I finished college that was going to be best for my personal development and for me to become the best player I can be... and I truly believe being a Cairns Taipans is the best situation I can be in.

Gliddon also commented on the reviews he had been given of the Taipans program.

Ive heard nothing but positive reviews about the professionalism and direction of the club.

Thats another reason as to why I thought Cairns would be the best decision for me. They are a driven and positive club with nothing but wanting success on and off the court said the highly recruited Gliddon.

I have also followed the club's involvement throughout the local community. Im especially looking forward to putting back into the community and to the people that have helped keep the club afloat.

Bio - http://www.cuieagles.com/roster/10/2/1800.php

List of Awards - http://gsacsports.org/wordpress/?page_id=1649

Awards Article - http://www.victorysportsnetwork.com/article/16461.php

World Uni Bio - http://www.unisport.com.au/HighPerformance/SummerUniversiade/Pages/CameronGliddon.aspx

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)



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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 Heat27.2 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 6. Anthony, New Y.22.6 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.0 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.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. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.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.9.8 
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. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
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. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Brand, Philadelph.1.7 


Sportsmanship of the Year Award Winner - by Robert Pate

The NBA announced today Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks has been awarded the Joe Dumars Trophy, which is presented to the 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner.
Jason Kidd was one of six divisional winners. Representing the southwest was the Dallas Mavericks Jason Kidd, from the Central Division Cleveland's Antawn Jamison, from the Pacific Division the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, from the Southeast Division Miami's Shane Battier, from the Northwest Division Minnesota's Luke Ridnour, and from the
Atlantic Division New York's Jeremy Lin. Out of a possible 334 first place votes, Jason received 93 first-place votes and 2,501 votes overall . $10,000 will be donated to The Jason Kidd Foundation by the NBA. This is the 8th year NBA players have voted on their peers selections, and a distinguished panel of former players have the honor of selecting the 6 Divisional winners. Each of which will have $5,000 donated to the charity of their choice by the NBA listed below:

Jason Kidd: The Jason Kidd Foundation
Jeremy Lin: The Jeremy Lin Foundation
Shane Battier: The Battier Take Charge Foundation
Chris Paul: The CP3 Foundation
Luke Ridnour: The Blaine (Wash.) Boys and Girls Club
Antawn Jamison: KaBOOM!

The prize has been named after Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame guard Joe Dumars who won the very first Sportsmanship Award in the 1995-96 season. Some say it should be renamed after its only multiple award winner Grant Hill, who has won it an astonishing 3-times for his efforts in the community and with the NBA Cares program. Below is a list of the former winners and the years they claimed the coveted honor:

Joe Dumars:1995-96
Terrell Brandon, Cleveland: 1996-97
Avery Johnson, San Antonio: 1997-98
Hersey Hawkins, Seattle: 1998-99
Eric Snow, Philadelphia: 1999-00
David Robinson, San Antonio: 2000-01
Steve Smith, San Antonio: 2001-02
Ray Allen, Seattle: 2002-03
P.J. Brown, New Orleans: 2003-04
Grant Hill, Orlando: 2004-05
Elton Brand, L.A. Clippers: 2005-06
Luol Deng, Chicago: 2006-07
Grant Hill, Phoenix: 2007-08
Chauncey Billups, Denver: 2008-09
Grant Hill, Phoenix: 2009-10
Stephen Curry, Golden State: 2010-11
Jason Kidd, Dallas: 2011-12



Mike Woodson is planning adjustments for game 3 - by Dimitris Katsionis



After two losses at Miami and without counting on Amare Stoudemire anymore New York Knicks preparing game 3 against the Heat, which is crucial for the teams future in the playoffs. New York's offense was much improved in game 2 but not enough. Coach Woodson mainly used cross-screens to free Carmello Antohny from Heat's ''fronting'' defense (Battier was outstanding at game 1) and ''Mello'' found himself having the ball in his ''strong'' spots around the paint for some easy buckets. Also as a secondary option Woodson gave the ball to Antohny early on Knickss offense, before the half court line so he could pick the style of offense by his own from ''1'' spot. As a result Carmello Antohny scored 31 points with 12/26 FG but Amare Stoudemire took only 9 shots for 18 pts..

Tonight at Madison Square Garden is expected that Woodson will start Melo at 4 and Fields among Smith in the wings. Probably we will see Tony Douglas taking some minutes too. At the last practice Knicks's coaching staff worked a lot with Steve Novak, hoping to find some free shots from the three point line. Novak, the best 3 point shooter in the league, had big problem against Miamis quick defenders who played help & recover defense perfectly.

Its not a secret that game 3 is probably New York's biggest chance to take a win in the post season after many years . Knicks will face Miami without their starting backourt, Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumbert, and their superstar Amare Stoudemire.. Chris Bosh returned home to Miami for his birth of his child and might miss tonight's game.





Thunder run past Mavericks, take 3-0 series lead - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) slowed the tempo as he dribbled toward a deflated Dallas Mavericks defense. Given such a rare open 3-point shot, Durant instinctively swished the jumper a basket that came with five minutes still to play yet symbolized how the Oklahoma City Thunder have imposed its will on the reigning N.B.A. champions.

Using youthful speed, savvy shooting and numbing defense, the Thunder finally exposed the aging Mavericks in a 95-79 victory in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinals, a rout that ended with about half the sellout crowd of 20,640 fans already gone from the American Airline Center.

Durant scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had 20 points as Oklahoma City took a 3-0 series lead and will look to sweep Dallas here Saturday night. James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.), Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, college: UALR) and Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) added 10 points each.

No team in N.B.A. history has rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, and after Oklahoma City broke the Mavericks with a 30-12 second-half run for an 86-60 lead with 10 minutes left, the defending champs appear incapable of slowing down the Thunder.

We know we havent done anything yet, said Durant, who shook off what was considered a shooting slump (15 of 44) by his standards, making 11 of 15 attempts Thursday night.

We played two close-out games last year and know how tough they were. We have to come out with a sense of urgency and know those guys will bring it Saturday especially in their building.

Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) managed only 17 points and Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) had 12 for Dallas, which shot 34 percent to the Thunders 42 percent. Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) was the only other Mavericks player in double figures with 11 points. Ibaka added the most emphasis to Oklahoma Citys gritty defense, making four of the teams seven blocks, including one against Terry that sent the ball into the seats five rows deep.

They threw a heck of a game at us, said Nowitzki, who finished 6 of 15. We played two pretty good games at Oklahoma City and couldnt find a way to steal one. Now weve got to show some pride on Saturday and try to win one game.

Durant broke loose for 21 points in the first half, nearly matching his 25.5 average for the first two games, as the Thunder took a 50-41 lead. Nowitzki and Kidd led Dallas with 10 points apiece, but the Mavericks couldnt establish any momentum and never led in the first half, falling behind by as many as 15 points twice.

Some of it was at times we got down and got a little frantic to try and make things happen, Carlisle said. That led to some mistakes. We havent had a good shooting game yet in this series, the kind were capable of, and its frustrating.

Fisher and Westbrook tamped down a key Dallas run in the second quarter, drilling back-to-back 3-pointers for a 48-33 lead with 3:51 left. After Westbrook hit his shot, he turned to the Thunder bench and blew the smoke off an imaginary pair of guns as he pretended to holster them.

Clearly, Oklahoma City appeared to be measuring Dallas for Thursday nights blowout and was not intimated this time by the Mavericks, who had ousted the Thunder in five games of last years Western Conference finals.

You have to win four, said Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks. Well play every game like its the most important game. Weve done that all year and continue to do that. (The Mavericks) have pride, theyre not going to give you anything. Theyre going to make you earn it.

After losing Games 1 and 2 by a combined four points, the Mavericks believed they needed to push back at what they viewed as chippy tactics being used by the Thunder. That frustration surfaced in Game 2 when an agitated Nowitzki threw a shoulder into Kendrick Perkins chest and the two briefly scuffled.

Indeed, Oklahoma City certainly has been more aggressive with the Mavericks than it was in last years playoffs. And without the inside muscle of center Tyson Chandler, who signed with the Knicks in the offseason and this week was named the leagues defensive player of the year, Dallas has struggled in dealing with the Thunders physical style.

Being home, weve got to dictate a lot of that stuff in our own building, Carlisle said prior to tipoff. Thats on us, and weve got to do it the right way. We got to do it without being dirty and without going after people and intentionally hurting anybody and that kind of stuff. But its supposed to be physical. Its the playoffs.

The Mavericks then promptly fell behind by 15 points, before Carlisle flew into a rage and came off the bench to scream about a call with 4 minutes to go in the first quarter. He was quickly slapped with a technical, the second assessed to Dallas in the quarter; Nowitzki earlier had earned a technical after being outmaneuvered for an offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka, fouling the Thunder forward, and then having a few terse words with the referee.

There was some distraction there. Look, theres been some frustration with the officials, but were not going to make it about the officials. Its a long game, Carlisle said afterward.

Carlisles attempt to manufacture a spark worked briefly. The Mavericks closed within 32-26 at the end of the first quarter, and they rallied again to pull within nine points at halftime.

But age and experience was no match in the second half against the energized Thunder.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com



Miami Heat overcomes uneven first half to defeat New York Knicks, take 3-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

The only thing more offensive than the language that spewed from the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night was the form of basketball those angry fans had to witness.

The Heat played like a team that knew the series was already over. There wasnt much energy or effort beyond LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), which left Miami vulnerable for the first time this postseason. But the Knicks just didnt have enough to make this first round even slightly interesting. And so, the Heat had seven more turnovers than assists, shot just 42.6 percent but still defeated the Knicks 87-70 in Game 3 of this first-round series.

James and Wade combined for 52 points in the first playoff game of their careers at Madison Square Garden. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), who rushed back and forth from New York to Miami and then back to New York to witness the birth of his child, had nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Heats bench only scored five points.

Up 3-0 in the series, the Heat can sweep with a win on Sunday in Game 4.

Coaches like those type of wins when youre not playing necessarily really well, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Some of the game was ugly.

Actually, most of it was almost unwatchable. The good parts were merely ugly.

Miami managed just 36 points in the first half but trailed by only four points to start the third quarter. From there, the Knicks were abysmal. New York scored just 30 points in second half.

We were so stagnant and Ive got to take the heat for that, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

The Heat led 19-10 in the first quarter before it completely lost all interest in the game. For the next nine minutes and nine seconds, the Heat didnt score a field goal and the Knicks used an 18-1 run to build a 28-20 lead.

The Heat committed eight turnovers in the second quarter and James picked up three fouls in less than eight minutes. New Yorks lead reached 11 points in the second quarter before Bosh, Wade and James pieced together a 7-0 run to end the half.

You like to see your team show some resiliency and dig back in, Spoelstra said.

James sat out most of the third quarter with foul trouble but Wade carried the team with 12 points in the period. The Heat led 58-56 entering the fourth quarter and then held the Knicks to just 14 points in the final period. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) added 19 points, including 5 of 8 from behind the three-point arc.

James, who finished with 32 points, had 17 in the fourth quarter. He scored eight consecutive points, including two three-pointers, to begin the period. The Knicks were done.

I just wanted to try to make plays and help our team win, James said.

Eventually, the Knicks fans turned on their own team, booing and lobbing plenty of colorful language toward the court. The crowd heckled James throughout the game.

It was the Knicks first game without Amare Stoudemire, who sliced open his hand in Miami on Monday after punching a the glass housing of a fire extinguisher. The Knicks didnt play any better without him in the lineup.

Three-point specialist Steve Novak started for the Knicks at small forward and didnt score a point. Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony's (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) struggles continued. He finished with 22 points, going 7 of 23 from the field.

J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) provided 12 points off the bench and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Spoelstra bristled when asked if the five points his bench had was a concern.

All it is is noise to us, Spoelstra said. We feel comfortable and confident in our rotation.

Bosh arrived at Madison Square Garden less than an hour before the game after flying from Miami to New York. His son was born at 3 a.m. in Miami. Bosh arrived in New York during rush hour and was stuck in traffic for two hours trying to get to the game, according to Spoelstra.

I barely made it, Bosh said, But I made it.

When he finally arrived, Spoelstra said Bosh had a glow on is face. It was great.

The game wasnt.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Bosh might miss Game 3 against Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Heat forward Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) looked set to miss Game 3 with the Knicks on Thursday after he apparently rushed home to Miami to attend the impending birth of his first son.

Bosh, who has a two-year-old daughter by a former girlfriend, has been carrying a beeper throughout the series in readiness for a due date in the third week of May.

But a message posted online by his heavily-pregnant wife, Adrienne Bosh, suggested that the baby boy -- the couple's first child together -- was arriving ahead of schedule.

'Thank God for private flights...Hurry home Baby :)' she wrote on instant messaging picture site Instagram, next to a photo of Bosh on a runway walking close to a small plane.

Speaking last week, Bosh said he was preparing to head home as soon as the beeper sounded.

'When it goes off, I'll be ready,' he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 'We'll see what happens, man, just waiting.'

The Heat head into Thursday's game at Madison Square Garden well in control of the first-round series after back-to-back wins at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Bosh's absence would offer some consolation to Knicks fans lamenting the ridiculous loss from Game 3 of Amar'e Stoudemire, who damaged his hand smashing a glass-enclosed fire extinguisher after Monday night's defeat.

Courtesy of www.myfoxdfw.com



Suns forward Channing Frye undergoes shoulder surgery - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) today underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder, the team has announced.

Under the recommendation of Suns orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Carter, Frye had the procedure performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Anaheim, Calif.

Frye injured the shoulder in second quarter of the Suns April 21 game against the Denver Nuggets at US Airways Center and missed the seasons final two games. Frye averaged 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in 64 games (59 starts) this season. It was the career-high third-straight season Frye has averaged double-digit scoring, all three seasons since joining the Suns.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Hawks worried about Josh Smith heading into Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks are running out of players.

The team learned Wednesday that forward Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) has a strained tendon in his left knee, perhaps costing the Hawks another key player for their playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Smith is day-to-day and it's not known if he'll be able to go in Game 3 Friday night. While the injury doesn't sound as serious as some feared before he underwent an MRI, it's worth noting that Hawks center Zaza Pachulia is also considered day-to-day because of a sprained left foot - and he hasn't been on the court in nearly three weeks.

'I'm very concerned about it,' coach Larry Drew said after the team held a brief shootaround and film session at Philips Arena. 'I know Josh is a guy, that if he's just hurting, he's going to play. He has that kind of toughness. But if it's a situation where he can't play, then he won't be out there.'

The Celtics evened the series 1-1 on Tuesday night, rallying in the fourth quarter for an 87-80 victory. Smith, who has battled tendinitis this season, appeared to be having trouble with his knee at several points in the game. He finally headed to the locker room with 4:20 remaining, and the Hawks' offense bogged down without his presence in the post.

Now, Atlanta is facing the prospect of trying to regain home-court advantage while missing its top two centers, Al Horford and Pachulia, and possibly Smith, who had taken over many of the offensive responsibilities in the lane after Horford went down early in the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Smith averaged a career- best 18.8 points a game during the regular season. He led the Hawks to a Game 1 victory with 22 points and 18 rebounds, and followed with 16 points and 12 rebounds on Tuesday.

'He's just been so good for us,' Drew said. 'He's certainly a key component in order for us to have success. Obviously, we already have both centers out, and now we're looking at our starting power forward possibly being injured. These type of situations have been happening to us all year. We've been kind of snake-bit, but we're just hoping for the best.'

Horford had wanted to return for the playoffs, but he's already ruled himself out of the entire first round. Pachulia took over as the starting center and did a solid job, but he was injured in mid-April and missed the last seven games of the regular season. The Hawks keep evaluating him on a daily basis, but he's still wearing a protective boot on his foot and there's no indication that he's close to returning.

'We've had a lot of bumps in the road this year, and we've been able to overcome them all,' said Jason Collins, who's gone from third string to starting center. 'This is just another one. There's a lot of guys on this team with a lot of playoff experience. If someone goes down, someone else steps right in.'

But losing Smith for even one game would be a huge blow. Ivan Johnson, a 28-year-old rookie and most likely candidate to step in at power forward, has been a solid contributor off the bench but isn't likely to be nearly as effective Smith over long stretches. The Hawks got a glimpse of how tough it would be without J-Smoove when he left Game 2 with Boston clinging to a 74-72 lead.

Going to a small lineup and trying to spread the court, the Hawks couldn't find any space to get open looks. They missed four of their next five shots - including a couple of long, desperate 3-pointers - and turned it over twice, allowing the Celtics to pull away.

'If you're slow and methodical getting into sets, it feeds right into what they want to do,' Drew said. 'We have to continue a mindset of trying to get out there and get easy fast-break points. If it's not there, we have to run our sets and run them with pace. In that fourth quarter, we just played too slow and too methodical. Boston is a good half-court team, especially in the fourth quarter. We fed right into their defense in the fourth quarter.'

But that's not taking anything away from the gutty Celtics. They evened the series without point guard Rajon Rondo, who was suspended for Game 2 after bumping an official in the opener. Paul Pierce took the game in his own hands, scoring 36 points to almost single-handedly beat the Hawks. He actually outscored Atlanta all by himself, 18-15, after the Hawks built an 11-point lead late in the third quarter.

'We've won games this year without some of our key players,' coach Doc Rivers said. 'This is a tough-minded basketball team, and having a lot of veterans on your team helps with that.'

Rondo will be back in the lineup when the series shifts to Boston for the next two games. Also, the Celtics are still hoping to get a contribution from shooting guard Ray Allen, who's missed the first two games of the series with a sprained right ankle.

Rivers gave his team Wednesday off.

As for the Hawks, they're just hoping for the best with Smith.

'I don't want to think about' not having him for Game 3, forward Marvin Williams said, shaking his head. 'I'm just trying to stay optimistic at this point.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Brendan Haywood still Mavs starter - by Eurobasket News

Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, college: N.Carolina) is still the Mavericks' starting center.

Coach Rick Carlisle made it clear that Haywood's benching for the start of the second half in Game 2 is not a trend that will continue. Carlisle typically refuses to reveal his starting lineup until required by the league 16 minutes before tip-off, but he said Haywood would remain the Mavs' starting center for Game 3.

'He's started every game all year that he's been available,' Carlisle said. 'We're not going to change that now. The second half the other night, it's an outlier situation. It was a gut feel and I went with it, but tomorrow night Wood's going to be our guy again.'

The 7-foot, 263-pound Haywood, who took over as the starter after Tyson Chandler's departure in free agency, played only 9:54 in Game 2. He finished the game with two points, one blocked shot and no rebounds.

Oklahoma City starting center Kendrick Perkins, who is usually not a scoring threat, had seven of his 13 points in the first quarter.

'I played nine minutes last game, so the impact is going to be minimal that game,' said Haywood, who had four points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 19 minutes in Game 1. 'My whole thing is just to do the same thing. I'm not trying to get out of character. Perkins got open early last time when we had some switches, he switched on Dirk [Nowitzki] a couple times and was able to take advantage. But we're trying to win the game; we're not trying to win any individual matchup.'

After Game 2, Carlisle cited energy and quickness as reasons that influenced his gut feeling to start Ian Mahinmi for the second half. Asked if Haywood needed to play with more energy in Game 3, Carlisle said: 'I just think that guys need to do things that they're capable of doing. When Brendan is out there, we need him to play his game and give us what he can.'

Haywood has taken a professional approach when asked about his playing time.

'I'm fine, that's a coach's decision,' Haywood said. 'This is the playoffs; you might play nine minutes, you might play 29. Be ready either way.'

Courtesy of ESPN



Stoudemire: 'Great chance' of playing in Game 4 - by Eurobasket News

Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) thinks there's a ''great chance'' he can play in Game 4 of the Knicks' series against Miami on Sunday despite cutting his left hand on a fire extinguisher case.

Stoudemire is out of Thursday's Game 3 after a surgeon repaired a muscle in the hand Tuesday. The Knicks are calling him doubtful for Game 4, but Stoudemire said Wednesday he's ''not totally sure yet.''

The Knicks forward missed 13 games down the stretch with a bulging disk in his back. Wearing a large wrap around his hand, he said he's hoping for another comeback.

''I just persevere through a lot of injuries and work hard to recover from injuries,'' Stoudemire said.

This one was self-inflicted.

He said he punched the case out of frustration Monday after the Knicks' 104-94 loss dropped them into a 2-0 hole, denying he was upset about his diminishing role in the offense. He said the casing was around 85 percent metal and 2 percent glass, calling it bad luck that he hit the glass and cut himself.

''Everybody gets upset. You're so passionate for the game. Everyone gets upset at times, but never in a million years did I think that I would actually cut my hand the way I did it,'' Stoudemire said. ''So, bad timing, but I'll be back.''

Interim coach Mike Woodson said Stoudemire was very apologetic when talking to his teammates Wednesday. Fellow star Carmelo Anthony said he had already spoken with Stoudemire a day earlier.

''He feels bad about what happened,'' Anthony said. ''He understands what was at stake, the the situation. Only thing I care about is him being healthy, his hand being OK. He did it, it's over with. I don't really care about that, as long as his hand is fine.''

Fans may not be so understanding after Stoudemire was injured during the playoffs for the second straight season.

Last year, he pulled a muscle in his back while dunking in warm-ups before Game 2 in Boston. He didn't miss a game, but was clearly limited in Games 2 and 3 as the Knicks were swept.

This time, he may not be able to play at all because of what could be considered a selfish or foolish action.

''I think the fans are thinking that I actually had a closed fist and I punched through a glass, a glass door, you know what I mean?'' Stoudemire said. ''So I think they've got the wrong perception of what actually happened. Obviously I walked by and I swung my arm backwards and I hit the fire extinguisher door and sliced my hand a little bit by accident, so I think they got the wrong perception of what actually happened. I can understand their frustrations right now. I'm frustrated with myself as well for not being available for Game 3.''

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



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Sources: Anthony Davis to be added as finalist to US Olympic roster - by Eurobasket News

With injuries plaguing the current men's basketball squad headed to this years Olympic games, the rumors have been swirling as to whether or not they would look to the collegiate ranks for some help. Well, the rumors might be coming to a head today, as several sources, including Sports Illustrated, are saying Kentucky big man, and likely first overall NBA pick in the upcoming draft Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) has been added as a replacement candidate to the roster.

Derrick Rose is the latest Team USA finalist to suffer an injury over the weekend, joining the already down and out Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups. Based on those names, it appears a big man like Davis could be a good fit to fill the void left by the injured big men.

The current Team USA finalists are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Odom, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. The United States team has until June 18th to sumbit their final roster.

Courtesy of http://cincinnati.com



After graduating from Tennessee, Woolridge to play hoops at USC - by Eurobasket News

Renaldo Woolridge (6'9''-F-90), a son of former NBA player Orlando Woolridge, will play for Southern California next season.

The forward is set to graduate from Tennessee this summer with a degree in sociology, but was granted one more season of eligibility after being limited to eight games because of an ankle injury during his junior year.

Woolridge averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds playing in 25 games last season for the Volunteers. In three years at Tennessee, he started 20 of 93 games. The 6-foot-9, 215-pounder is from Sherman Oaks, Calif. His father played 13 years in the NBA, including with the Los Angeles Lakers.

USC coach Kevin O'Neill says Woolridge can play multiple positions and will make an impact in the one year that he's eligible.

The Trojans recently signed guard Brendyn Taylor from Los Angeles to a national letter of intent, joining earlier signees guard J.T. Terrell and Strahinja Gavrilovic of Serbia.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



UNC basketball hires Hubert Davis as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

Former University of North Carolina guard, 12-year NBA veteran and ESPN analyst Hubert Davis (6'5''-G-70, college: N.Carolina) is the Tar Heels newest assistant men's basketball coach, head coach Roy Williams announced today.

Davis has spent the past seven years with ESPN as a highly regarded college basketball analyst and co-host of College GameDay. He is replacing Jerod Haase, who spent nine years on Williams staff at Carolina prior to being named the head coach at UAB.

I am very excited, thankful and honored to re-join the Carolina basketball program as an assistant to Coach Williams, says Davis. I loved being a part of college basketball during my time at ESPN by attending practices and games and developing relationships with players and coaches. Now I will have the opportunity to do this on a more personal level at a university and with a basketball program that I have loved my entire life.

The Burke, Va., native played in 137 games as a Tar Heel from 1988-92, during which time UNC went 102-37, won the 1989 and 1991 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournaments and played in the 1991 Final Four. He scored 1,615 points, an average of 11.8 per game, and holds the UNC record for career three-point percentage at .435 (197 of 453). He scored in double figures 80times, had 23 games with 20 or more points, including 25 against Kansas in the 1991 national semifinals.

Davis averaged 21.4 points and earned second-team All-ACC honors as a senior. He scored in double figures in 32 of 33 games that season, including 20 games with 20 or more points and 30 or more in four games. He netted a career-high 35 points at Duke on March 8, 1992.

As a junior, Davis made 64 of 131 three-pointers, a percentage of .489 that is second-best in UNC history. He shares the UNC single-game record for three-pointers, as he made eight at Florida State as a senior.

I am ecstatic to announce that Hubert Davis will be joining our program as an assistant coach to replace Jerod Haase, says Williams. Jerod was phenomenal as a player and assistant and I am elated that I can fill this spot with Hubert. I helped recruit him to Carolina in 1988, coached him in the World University Games in 1991 and have always admired him on and off the court. I knew the day would eventually come when I would need to replace staff members as they moved on. For the last four or five years Hubert has alwaysbeen on my mind in case a spot did come open. I didnt know if I could get him to come back, but I knew I wanted him to be the first option. Coaching is about teaching, relationships and passion and I feel Hubert is the perfect choice. Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from what he adds to our staff.

I really was overjoyed by the interest from former players and I knew I wanted the hire to be a former Tar Heel. I considered several current college coaches as well as people wanting to get into college coaching - it was a fabulous group. Guys like Shammond Williams are not in college coaching now, but is going to be great when his time comes. We also had interest from NBA assistants, so it truly was a diverse group, but Hubert is taking the job and I know all former Tar Heels will be extremely happy.

Again, I am ecstatic to make this announcement and look forward to working with Hubert. My entire staff and team are excited about Hubert and his family being with us.

The New York Knicks selected Davis in the first round of the 1992 NBA Draft. He played in 12 seasons in the NBA, scoring 5,583 points, an average of 8.2 per contest. He made 728 three-point field goals and prior to the 2011-12 season was third in NBA history in three-point percentage at .441.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



AP Source: Stanford AD Bowlsby offered Big 12 job - by Eurobasket News

Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby has been offered the Big 12 commissioner job to replace the ousted Dan Beebe, a person with knowledge of the search said Wednesday night.

The person confirmed that Bowlsby had received the offer after ESPN first reported the news, but didn't know whether he planned to accept the job. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the offer weren't made public.

Bowlsby called an all-staff meeting for Thursday morning, according to an email to the athletic department staff. A copy was sent to The Associated Press.

Bowlsby is a nationally respected college administrator in his sixth full season at Stanford. He was hired away from Iowa in the spring of 2006, following 15 years running the Hawkeyes' athletic department. Stanford's rigorous academic standards present unique circumstances, and Bowlsby has shined and helped oversee the transformation of the football program back into a national power.

Bowlsby, who passed up several chances to leave Stanford previously, has served on NCAA committees and had a role in the recently expanded conference landing its own television network - something the Big 12 is working to finalize itself.

The Pac-12 held a February groundbreaking for its networks in downtown San Francisco before it hits the air with a national cable television network, six regional networks and a digital network this fall.

After reaching a 12-year contract worth about $3 billion last May with Fox and ESPN, the conference announced plans to launch a new conference-owned network to supplement coverage and create more exposure for Pac-12 athletes.

Beebe was fired in September 2011 and replaced on an interim basis by Chuck Neinas when the Big 12 was in turmoil.

While Texas A&M was in the process of leaving for the Southeastern Conference, and Oklahoma, Texas and others were again flirting with the Pac-12, Beebe was ousted from a job he held for five years.

After Beebe was let go, Neinas, the former Big Eight commissioner, stepped in but still couldn't keep Missouri from joining Texas A&M in leaving for the SEC. In 2010, under Beebe's watch, Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten and Colorado departed for the Pac-12.

The Big 12 has seemed to stabilize since Missouri's departure, adding TCU and West Virginia to get back to 10 members.

The conference is reportedly working toward a new television deal with ESPN, and Neinas was pushing members to agree to a longterm grant of media rights to the league that would make it all but impossible for schools to bolt.

No deal has been struck yet, but that will likely be among the first items on the agenda for the next commissioner.

Courtesy of www.utsandiego.com



Gonzaga lands Polands Przemek Karnowski - by Greg

Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'0''-C-93), 280-pound center from Poland, announced his intentions Wednesday morning on Twitter: In the next season I will play in Zags uni! The left-handed Karnowski, who has played on Polands junior national teams, selected Gonzaga over California. He visited both schools recently and turned down an opportunity to visit Duke.

Karnowski played most recently in Polish PLK. While playing 35 games for Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg he was averaging 10.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2bpg. Last summer he averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 boards for Polish U19 National Team at the U19 World Championships in Latvia.



Faisal Aden: No matter where I am, basketball will make things easier for me - by Kristian Santiago

Kris Santiago and Faisal Aden (193-G-89) sat down to talk about Faisal's past season and his future in professional basketball.

Africabasket: Faisal, you finished your college-basketball career in the worst way by injuring your knee during the season. What were your first thoughts after getting the news that you wouldn't be playing for WSU anymore?

Faisal: It was really difficult when I heard the news. I was just coming off some very big games and things were going well. I had 33 points against Stanford and 24 points against Cal and we won both those games even though those teams were ranked much higher than us. I was playing the best basketball of my career and I was named National Player of the Week that week. I then started out really well against Arizona, another really good team, when I hurt my knee. It was really difficult for me but eventually I realized everything would be okay. The good news is that I will make a 100% recovery and will be back on the court later this year.

AB: What comes next for Faisal Aden (193-G-89)? A career in basketball in the States or overseas?

Faisal: My agents, Ben and Adam Pensack, have been talking to NBA teams as well as teams in Europe. So far several NBA teams have said they watched me play last year and like my game because I can score the ball in a variety of ways and shoot good percentages. Most people don't know this but I was the leading scorer in the Pac-12 Conference per 40 minutes. There were a lot of good players in the conference that will be in the NBA so it is a nice accomplishment to be mentioned in the same group as those guys (Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross, my teammate Brock Motum, etc...). I know that if I continue to get stronger and work on my all around game (ball handling, creating opportunities for my teammates, etc...) the sky is the limit. I am just honored that I am going to have the chance to play professional basketball. Depending on the timing of my recovery I may end up in the D-League here in the U.S. or I may end up overseas. No matter what happens I am just working incredibly hard every day to get stronger and get better. I know I have things I need to work on but I am not afraid to work hard to accomplish all of my goals.

AB: You grew up in sunny San Diego. How was it for you to grow up there and moving later on to Pullman so far away from a major city and the beach?|

Faisal: Moving to Pullman away from the sunshine and big city was definitely a big a change for me. Everything about Pullman is different from home like the weather, being on my own etc.. Once basketball season kicked off though I didn't think about it too much since I was just focusing on the season and my classwork. I feel like as long as I have basketball it will make it easier no matter where I am.

AB: Qatar seems to be a hotbed for Somali basketball players. Would this be an option for you? Are you holding a Somali passport?

Faisal: Right now I think the priorities are going to be the D-League and Europe but I will never rule anything out. I just want to play at the highest level possible so I can continue to get better every day. I don't have a Somali passport yet but I am eligible for it and we are working on getting it.

AB: Fellow Cougar Thomas Kelati (Eritrean) is pretty known here in Europe. If you could choose, where would you like to play, country-wise and why?

Faisal: If it were up to me I'd play in the NBA here in the U.S. of course. But I know I may have to go to the D-League or overseas. If I go overseas, I am open to going wherever the best basketball is played. My agents have talked to me about different leagues so I know Spain, Italy, Turkey, and a few other leagues are really good. But I really am open to going wherever the best basketball is. I know this is my career now and I'm going to work hard every day wherever I end up to become the best all around player I can be.

AB: Thank you Faisal for answering our questions and all the best for your future!





North Carolina hires Hubert Davis as assistant - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of Sportsillustrated.cnn.com
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina has hired former Tar Heels guard and
NBA veteran Hubert Davis (6'5''-G-70, college: N.Carolina) as an assistant men's basketball coach.

Davis was a first-round draft pick in 1992 and played 12 years in the NBA.
He spent the past seven years as a college basketball analyst on ESPN.
Davis replaced Jerod Haase, who left in March after nine years as an assistant in
Chapel Hill to become head coach at UAB.

UNC coach Roy Williams recruited Davis as an assistant to
Dean Smith before leaving to take over at Kansas. Williams had said previously
he wanted to hire a former North Carolina player to replace Haase.

Davis played for the Tar Heels from 1988-92, helping the Tar Heels win two
Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments and reach the Final Four in 1991.



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  B-Meg L.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Bowles, B-Meg L.25.4 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.19.8 
 3. Parada, Alaska Ac.19.3 
 4. Baguio, Alaska Ac.18.2 
 5. Cardona, Meralco17.8 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska A.15.3 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull14.9 
 8. Yap, B-Meg Llam.14.8 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.14.4 
 10. Seigle, Barako Bu.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.0 
 2. Parada, Alaska Ac.14.1 
 3. Bowles, B-Meg L.12.1 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces8.2 
 5. Hatfield, Ginebra7.2 
 6. Cardona, Meralco6.8 
 7. Hugnatan, Meralco6.1 
 8. Williams, Talk N.6.0 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.5.7 
 10. Taulava, Meralco5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.6 
 3. Cortez, Ginebra5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.1 
 5. Custodio, Alaska A.3.8 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull3.7 
 7. Urbiztondo, B-Meg3.3 
 8. Castro, Talk N Te.3.1 
 9. Bowles, B-Meg L.3.1 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.6 
 3. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 4. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.1 
 6. Cortez, Ginebra1.1 
 7. Dillinger, Talk N.1.0 
 8. Urbiztondo, B-Meg1.0 
 9. Hatfield, Ginebra0.9 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.0.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam PARADA
  Alaska Aces
  (213-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 2. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.8 
 3. Eman, Alaska Aces1.3 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 5. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.1 
 6. Pingris, B-Meg L.0.7 
 7. Williams, Talk N.0.6 
 8. Borboran, Meralco0.5 
 9. Taulava, Meralco0.5 
 10. Seigle, Barako Bu.0.5 


Yap, Bowles push B-Meg closer to Comm's Cup throne - by Eurobasket News

B-Meg Llam. - Talk N Text 82-66
B-Meg drew monster games from James Yap (191-F/G-82) and Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) and is now on the brink of the PBA Commissioner's Cup championship. Yap and Bowles combined for 58 points and the Llamados handily beat the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, 82-66, Wednesday to move within another win of capping the franchise's ninth title overall at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The victory was the third in five games for B-Meg in the best-of-seven title duel and coach Tim Cone said no less than a reprise of his charges' herculean efforts on Friday is needed for them to close out the series. 'It took a tremendous effort for us to win tonight. We gave our absolute all to win tonight,' said Cone, now on the verge of a 14th championship in all in only his second conference with the team formerly known as Purefoods. 'The pressure is on us to close out the series, especially against a great team like Talk N Text. I hope we have another effort like that, I hope Denzel has another effort like that, I hope James has another effort like that.' Yap said he will surely try, notwithstanding a right middle finger that got jammed early in the series. 'Pagdating sa ganitong sitwasyon kailangan huwag na bigyan ng discouragement 'yung katawan, kelangan bounce-back para makatulong sa team,' said Yap, who scored 14 points but only on 3-for-16 field shooting in an 85-100 Game 4 loss. Before a crowd of almost 16,000, the two-time MVP went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and 10-for-16 from the field in all for a personal conference-high 30 points that went with nine rebounds despite an array of defenders thrown at him. 'Patayan na itong series na ito, e. Focused ako di ko kinuk'westyon sarili ko,' he related. 'Tine-take ko 'yun as a challenge. Expected na pagdating sa finals 'yung depensa hard.' Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) had a second straight 18-point game and Donnell Harvey had 13 points and 16 rebounds, but TNT found itself now taking its turn at trying to come up with an effort to match B-Meg's come Friday. Coach Chot Reyes doesn't know yet, however, if his charges are up to the task. 'They played tremendous defense and we couldn't get untracked,' said Reyes after seeing his team come up with its lowest output in seven years, or since a 66-74 loss to San Miguel Beer in the opener of the 2005 Fiesta Conference finals. 'Our defense was not bad. Once you hold down your opponent to 82 points you should win games,' he stated. 'But our offense tonight was completely off the mark and I don't think if there's something left in our tank. Tingin ko wala na kami.' Bowles wound up with 28 points on top of a gamehigh 18 rebounds. His 13 points in the fourth period matched the entire Texters output, leading to the series' second straight blowout after the first three games were decided by an average margin of only four points. With Yap chipping in five points, Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) three and Marc Pingris (195-C-81) two, B-Meg turned a 59-53 game after three quarters into a rout that was totally unexpected even by Cone himself. 'I can't explain it,' said Cone. Pingris, who dislocated his left ring finger early in the game but had it taped to the middle joint and came back to finish the game, was especially cited by Cone, as well as Yancy de Ocampo, who finished with eight points and seven rebounds and helped defend Harvey and sustain B-Meg's attack in the middle quarters before fouling out late in the third period. 'When Yancy plays well, he can surely help us because Talk N Text has nobody big enough who can defend him,' said Cone. PJ Simon was held to only five points but that was offset by Texter Ranidel de Ocampo winding up with only three points. Even Jimmy Alapag had just six points but those came too far between. His first triple, though, moved TNT within 53-54 before Yap strung up five straight points to make it a six-point game heading to the final 12 minutes of play. Devance opened up the fourth quarter with a three-point play off a Simon feed and Pingris' teardrop made it 64-53, before Yap and Bowles took over. Talk N Text would come no closer than seven points the rest of the way. The windup was a far cry from what was being offered when battled through six lead changes and as many deadlocks in the first half. B-Meg had a 41-33 lead at the break but that quickly vanished, much like its 24-15 spread in the opening canto. Bowles, Yap and De Ocampo were main reason for the Llamados' surge from the last tie at 32, combining for a 9-0 surge. (NC) *Courtesy of www.pba.ph



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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. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.6 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.15.4 
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. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.2 
 2. Blassingame, Assec.5.9 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.9 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.3 
 5. Wilczek, AZS P.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 


Gonzaga lands Polands Przemek Karnowski - by Eurobasket Center

Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'0''-C-93), 280-pound center from Poland, announced his intentions Wednesday morning on Twitter: In the next season I will play in Zags uni! The left-handed Karnowski, who has played on Polands junior national teams, selected Gonzaga over California. He visited both schools recently and turned down an opportunity to visit Duke.

Karnowski played most recently in Polish PLK. While playing 35 games for Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg he was averaging 10.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2bpg. Last summer he averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 boards for Polish U19 National Team at the U19 World Championships in Latvia.



PLK Round 5 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Zastal ZG - Energa Czarni 75-73

Zastal Zielona Gora narrowly defeated Energa Czarni to enter the semifinals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Energa Czarni won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zastal ZG made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Energa Czarni outrebounded Zastal ZG 41-23 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Energa Czarni was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) nailed 24 points and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Kamil Chanas (188-85) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) came up with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Energa Czarni in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 24+1reb+4ast, K.Chanas 20+5reb, M.Sroka 9+5reb, U.Mirkovic 9+7reb+2ast, M.Flieger 6+1reb, P.Stelmach 5+1reb+1ast
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 27+8reb+5ast, S.Morrison 11+5reb+1ast, D.Hinson 10+7reb+1ast, D.Weaver 9+5reb, Z.Bialek 6+1reb, P.Leonczyk 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 175890


Trefl Sopot - Slask Wroclaw 86-76

Trefl Sopot knocked down Slask Wroclaw to reach the next stage of the competition. American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) stepped up and scored 29 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-80, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American center Pawel Buczak (206-88, college: Princeton) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: J.Turek 29+8reb, F.Dylewicz 14+7reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 12+3reb+5ast, L.Koszarek 8+4reb+7ast, M.Stefanski 6+3reb, J.Mallett 5+4ast
Slask Wroclaw: S.Bogavac 24+6reb+2ast, P.Buczak 14+2reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 13+1reb+3ast, P.Graham 8+3reb+2ast, A.Mladenovic 8+4reb+1ast, A.Wojcik 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 175891


Asseco Prokom - AZS Koszalin 83-76

Asseco Prokom made it into the semifinals edging AZS Koszalin at home court. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AZS Koszalin won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asseco Prokom dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Koszalin's 28. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Asseco Prokom's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) produced 14 points and naturalized Croatian guard Igor Milicic (194-76, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Four AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: J.Blassingame 23+3reb+5ast, D.Motiejunas 18+7reb+3ast, A.Hrycaniuk 9+6reb+1ast, M.Ponitka 7+1reb+1ast, L.Seweryn 6+3reb, A.Lapeta 6+1reb
AZS Koszalin: P.Pamula 17+2reb+1ast, K.Laczynski 14+4reb+3ast, I.Milicic 13+3reb+5ast, G.Reese 10+4reb, C.Eziukwu 8+4reb+1ast, M.Jarmakowicz 7+3reb
gschID: 175889



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 28

May. 1: Mayaguez - San German 83-82
May. 2: Quebradillas - Arecibo 77-76
May. 2: Guaynabo - Bayamon 67-85
May. 1: Humacao - Guayama 130-117

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 3: Bayamon - Humacao
May. 3: Arecibo - Mayaguez
May. 4: Guayama - Guaynabo
May. 4: San German - Quebradillas


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. Ramos, Quebradillas18.8 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon18.5 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 8. Powell, Guayama16.1 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez15.5 
 10. Galindo, Guayama15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Harris, San German10.2 
 2. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 3. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 5. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.5 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 8. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.3 
 9. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Smith, Mayaguez5.7 
 2. Rivera, San German5.7 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo5.1 
 6. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 7. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon3.9 
 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. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 4. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.3 
 5. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 6. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Rivera, San German1.3 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon1.2 
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. Aubry, Arecibo1.4 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 8. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. Harris, San German1.0 


Piratas get Washington for playoffs: - by Marcos Carlo

Piratas de Quebradillas signed guard Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis) for the 2012 playoffs. The announcement was made by team owner Felo Rivera during a league press conference.

Last year Washington played in the playoffs and averaged 25 points in the quarterfinals, 16.67 in the semifinals and 14 points with 5 assists in the finals. Quebradillas lost the finals in five games against Arecibo.

In the 2011-2012 season he played for Turk Telekom in Turkey and averaged 16.6 points and 4.4 assists in 22 games.

Washington replaces Jamar Butler who played in 13 games this season.

Quebradillas is expected to have Washington along with Jovan Harris and Shavlik Randolph as their imports for the playoffs.




Piratas beat Capitanes, Vaqueros dominate Mets: - by Luis Modestti

In another up and down battle, Piratas de Quebradillas edged Capitanes de Arecibo 77-76 at Manuel Iguina Coliseum.

Quebradillas scored 29 points in the final quarter, starting with a 12-4 run. Three-pointers by David Huertas and Alvin Cruz gave Quebradillas the lead with less than a minute left.

Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) had 26 points with 13 rebounds and Shavlik Randolph 17 with 14 boards for the winners.

Larry Ayuso netted 27 for Arecibo.

In Bayamon, vaqueros dominated Mets 85-67. Carmelo Antrone Lee came back fron injury and scored 16 points.



Vaqueros de Bayamon sign Wilkinson: - by Luis Modestti

Vaqueros de Bayamon signed forward Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.). He is expected to make his debut in the playoffs and replaces Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers).

Wilkinson won the Australian League title with the New Zealand Breakers. This season he averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 33 games. Bayamon expects him to become a main weapon in their offensive attack.

He replaces Lamizana who averaged 10.85 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 26 games.

Bayamon already have Mike Sweetney and expect to have Josimar Ayarza for the playoffs. If Ayarza can't get his visa in time they will consider other options for the Latin-American spot.



Indios and Vaqueros finish strong: - by Luis Modestti

Indios de Mayaguez and Vaqueros de Bayamon finished their 2012 BSN season in strong fashion with wins over Capitanes and Caciques, respectively.

Indios defeated Capitanes 89-83 as Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) had another great performance with 19 points and Patrick OBryant followed with 14. The first pick of the 2012 draft, Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena) made his debut with 2 points.

Mayaguez finished the regular season in first place with a 22-8 record.

Vaqueros de Bayamon defeated Caciques de Humacao 87-85. Christian Dalmau led the way with 32 points and Gilbert Brown had 25 for Caciques.

Vaqueros finished with an 18-12 record. If Quebradillas loses on Friday they finish second.

The final day of the regular season is on Friday as Guayama plays at Guaynabo and San German faces Quebradillas.

The first round of the playoffs, to be played in a Round Robin format, begin on Sunday.



Jonathan Garcia gets MVP of the Round award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Jonathan Garcia (183-G-87, agency: Paris Global Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Humacao and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round award for round 28. The 24-year old guard had the game-high 7 points adding four rebounds and 33 assists for Humacao in his team's victory, helping them to beat Guayama (#8, 8-21) 130-117. Humacao is placed at 7th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Humacao is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 9-20 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Garcia as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Garcia has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.2apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 22-year old American forward Tomas Vazquez-Simmons (202-F-89, agency: Strategic Sports) of Guayama. Vazquez-Simmons impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Guayama lost that game 117-130 to slightly higher-ranked Humacao (#7, 9-20). This loss caused Guayama to slide to the very bottom (8) position in the standings. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Guayama managed to get this year. Vazquez-Simmons is one of the most experienced players at Guayama and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was another Humacao's star - Jose Lopez (196-F-88). Lopez showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last week. He was another key player of Humacao, helping his team with a 130-117 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Guayama (#8, 8-21). The chances of Humacao not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lopez could try to bring Humacao's a little bit higher in the standings. Lopez has a very solid season. In 22 games in Puerto Rico he scored 5.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas - 26 points and 13 rebounds
5. Hector Valenzuela (204-C-82) of Humacao - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Andres Torres (177-G-89) of Guayama - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
7. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80) of San German - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) of Mayaguez - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-C-81) of Guaynabo - 18 points and 13 rebounds
10. Armando Erazo (183-PG-87) of Humacao - 23 points

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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Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.2 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.2 
 3. Beverley, Spart.15.8 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.15.3 
 5. McKee, Triumph15.0 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv14.6 
 7. Fridzon, Khimky14.1 
 8. Victor, Spartak-.13.3 
 9. Labovic, Krasnie13.1 
 10. Karasev, Triumph13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv8.1 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.7.8 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph7.4 
 4. Kirilenko, CSKA6.2 
 5. Landry, Triumph6.2 
 6. Beverley, Spart.6.1 
 7. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 8. Veremeenko, Unics6.0 
 9. Monya, Khimky5.9 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.9 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.4 
 3. Beverley, Spart.4.9 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.4.7 
 5. Samoylenko, Unics4.7 
 6. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.5 
 8. McKee, Triumph4.2 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.4 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.3 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.2 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.1 
 5. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 6. Jefferson, Triumph1.6 
 7. Planinic, Khimky1.6 
 8. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.1 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph1.1 
 3. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.9 
 4. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 5. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 6. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 7. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.8 
 8. Kikanovic, Enisey0.8 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Monya, Khimky0.7 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.19.0 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.8 
 3. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.0 
 4. Ageev, Ruskon-M.14.8 
 5. Sotnikov, TE.13.7 
 6. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan13.6 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.5 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.1 
 9. Kirjanov, TE.12.4 
 10. Aleksandrov, Univ.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.0 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.5 
 3. Zaykin, TE.7.2 
 4. Petukhov, Spart.7.2 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.2 
 6. Trushkin, Spart.6.0 
 7. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.0 
 8. Gordon, Ural E.5.8 
 9. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.8 
 10. Goritskov, Sever.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.4 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.0 
 4. Aleksandrov, Sojuz4.0 
 5. Tokarev, TE.3.8 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.7 
 7. Zelenskiy, Univ.Su.3.7 
 8. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.1 
 9. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.1 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.2 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.1 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 4. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.7 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 6. Zelenskiy, Univ.Su.1.7 
 7. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.5 
 8. Ivlev, Rjazan1.4 
 9. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 10. Zakamov, Ruskon-.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.6 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.1 
 3. Varlamov, Ural E.1.0 
 4. Tsvetkov, Severst.0.9 
 5. Goritskov, Sever.0.9 
 6. Rindin, Univ.Surgut0.9 
 7. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 8. Trushkin, Spart.0.7 
 9. Polyakov, Severstal0.7 
 10. Kuznetsov, Rusko.0.7 


VTB League: CSKA earn their second title - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Unics 74:62

CSKA celebrated the second VTB League title in their history. They overcame Unics in the Final tonight in Vilnius to repeat the success of 2009/10 season. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) scored 15 points to pace the effort. Andrei Kirilenko was named the MVP of Final Four.
CSKA opened the game with eight points in a row. Teodosic made it 11:1 less than two minutes into the game. The Moscow team maintained the lead posting a 22:15 advantage after ten minutes. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) brought Unics back to life in the second quarter. The Kazan team narrowed the margin to just a single point 33:34. CSKA however remained in front as they posted a 40:37 halftime advantage. CSKA went on an 8:0 run at the start of the second half to open an 11-point lead. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) and Domercant pulled back within four 49:53 at the final break. However the intrigue slowly disappeared as CSKA stretched the margin back to 10 points midway through the final term. Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) made it 70:56 with under four minutes to go and CSKA cruised to the victory afterwards. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) nailed 12 points, while Nenad Krstic added 11 points for the winners. Lynn Greer replied with 14 points for Unics. Nathan Jawai provided 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

CSKA: Darjus Lavrinovic 15, Ramunas Siskauskas 12, Nenad Krstic 11
Unics: Lynn Greer 14, Nathan Jawai 13+13 boards



VTB League: Lietuvos Rytas clinch Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Lokomotiv Kuban 91:83

Lietuvos Rytas stepped onto the pedestal in VTB League. The Vilnius powerhouse held off Lokomotiv to earn the Bronze medals. Six Lietuvos Rytas players scored in double digits. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) knocked down 15 points to pace the winners.
Lietuvos Rytas started the game aggressively. They unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to take 3-point lead. Teams paid more attention to defence in the second term. Lietuvos Rytas limited Lokomotiv to just 10 points in the period to boost the margin to 11 points at halftime 47:36. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the lead throughout the third term. They stretched the margin to as many as 20 points before the final frame. Lokomotiv refused to surrender as they unleashed 36 points in the fourth quarter but Lietuvos Rytas withheld the challenge and earned the victory at the end. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) notched 13 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) nailed 12 points in the winning case. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) replied with 22 points for Lokomotiv. Nikita Shabalkin (205-F-86) netted 19 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Jonas Valanciunas 15, Steponas Babrauskas 13, Renaldas Seibutis 12
Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 22, Nikita Shabalkin 19



Khimky won the Semifinal Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS

Khimky- Triumph 102-76

The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. Triumph Lyubertsy was better in second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky shot 64.9 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 75.0 percentage. Khimky players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Triumph Lyubertsy's players. International guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 21 points for the winning side and Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Triumph Lyubertsy in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Khimky: V.Fridzon 21+3reb+3ast, Z.Planinic 15+3reb+7ast, E.Vyaltsev 14+1reb+2ast, J.Adrien 12+1reb+1ast, K.Loncar 11+1reb+2ast, D.Khvostov 8+1reb+3ast
Triumph: T.McKee 20+5reb+2ast, D.Kulagin 11+2reb+3ast, A.Kuzyakin 10+1reb, D.Jefferson 10+6reb+2ast, K.Landry 7+3reb, A.Vikhrov 5+2ast


gschID: 151258


CSKA - Lokomotiv 94-87

Lokomotiv trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 29-19 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 87-94 at the end of the game. CSKA Moscow shot 25 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Lokomotiv only scored eight points from the stripe. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) fired 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) produced 24 points and French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: A.Shved 13+1reb+3ast, S.Kaun 11+2reb+1ast, N.Krstic 11+6reb, M.Teodosic 11+3reb+6ast, R.Siskauskas 9+1reb+3ast, V.Khryapa 9+4reb
Lokomotiv: K.Rivers 24+4reb+1ast, A.Traore 12+6reb+2ast, S.Bykov 12+1reb+5ast, M.Ignerski 10+6reb, V.Ilievski 9+1reb+5ast, M.Sheleketo 8+2reb+2ast
Group 5-8 places
Spartak SP - Krasnie Krilya 73-71

Krasnie Krilya was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-15 charge of Spartak St.Petersburg, which allowed them to win the game. Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) stepped up and scored 15 points and 8 assists for the winners and American point guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach Jurij Zdovc used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Beo Basket) responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) scored 11 points. Five Spartak St.Petersburg and four Krasnie Krilya players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: M.Zupan 16+3reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 15+4reb+8ast, A.Zozulin 14+3reb, P.Beverley 11+10reb+3ast, V.Likhodey 11+1reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 4+4reb+1ast
Krasnie Krilya: D.Labovic 11+4reb, N.Balashov 11+3reb+1ast, J.Hayes 10+1reb, B.Rush 10+7reb+3ast, A.Miles 9+1reb+4ast, R.Alijevas 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151259


Unics - Spartak-Prim. 72-62

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) fired 23 points for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Aleksei Golyakhov (190-84) produced 13 points and forward Aleksandr Savenkov (205-82) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Unics: T.Lyday 23+2reb+2ast, H.Domercant 19+5reb+1ast, A.Savrasenko 14+6reb+2ast, N.Jawai 6+1reb+1ast, V.Veremeenko 6+4reb+2ast, P.Samoylenko 4+2reb+6ast
Spartak-Prim.: A.Golyakhov 13+3reb+3ast, V.Uskov 8+1reb+1ast, A.Savenkov 8+5reb, S.Denison 7+6reb, E.Baburin 6+3reb, C.Victor 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 151256



Superleague Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Severstal - Ural Ekaterinb. 63-71

The guests were already 17 points ahead at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 26-12 last quarter charge of Severstal cut the lead to 71-63 at the end of the game. Ural Ekaterinburg forced 19 Severstal turnovers. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Uzbekistani guard Ruslan Nazmiev (200-87, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) responded with 14 points and center Maksim Polyakov (206-84, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Severstal: R.Nazmiev 14+4reb+3ast, M.Polyakov 12+3reb, A.Kuzemkin 9+1reb+3ast, A.Amirkhanov 8+2reb+2ast, S.Toropov 7+3reb+1ast, S.Zakharov 6+2reb
Ural Ekaterinb.: L.Gordon 18+6reb, N.Lepojevic 14+3reb, A.Glazunov 12+3reb+3ast, A.Isakov 8+1reb+1ast, D.Nikolaev 7+10reb+2ast, M.Dybovskiy 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 175801


Rjazan - Univ.Surgut 86-57

The game was mostly controlled by Rjazan. Universitet-Yugra managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rjazan dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Universitet-Yugra's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) contributed with 27 points for the winners. Guard Vladimir Shevel (200-84, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 12 points and guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Universitet-Yugra. 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:
Univ.Surgut: V.Shevel 12+4reb, V.Dyachok 11+5reb, A.Savkov 8+3reb+3ast, I.Aleksandrov 8+7reb+1ast, A.Ekimov 4+2reb, D.Beliaev 4+2reb+1ast
Rjazan: N.Stepanenkov 27+4reb+1ast, V.Ivlev 16+12reb+5ast, A.Kirdyachkin 8+3reb+1ast, V.Kazakov 8+5reb+1ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 8+9reb+9ast, S.Krasavtsev 6+4reb
gschID: 175802



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  SERBIA   

Standings - A Liga

A Standings
SuperLiga
 1. Radnicki K. 7-2 
 2. Partizan 7-2 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 6-4 
 4. Radnicki Basket 5-4 
 5. Vojvodina 5-4 
 6. BKK Radnicki 3-6 
 7. Mega Vizura 3-7 
 8. Hemofarm 1-8 
Places 9-18
 1. OKK Beograd 15-11 
 2. Tamis 15-11 
 3. Sloga 13-13 
 4. Borac 12-14 
 5. Smederevo 12-212 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 11-15 
 7. Metalac 10-16 
 8. Napredak 8-18 
 9. Zeleznicar 6-20 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 2-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 2: Mega Vizura - Crvena Zvezda 75-79
May. 12: Radnicki Basket - Hemofarm
May. 12: Partizan - Radnicki K.
May. 12: BKK Radnicki - Vojvodina


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.7 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Dimic, Radnicki.16.7 
 7. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
 9. Miljenovic, Mega V.15.5 
 10. Petrovic, BKK R.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.7.5 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.0 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.0 
 9. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  BKK R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boltic, BKK R.5.8 
 2. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.8 
 3. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.6 
 4. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 5. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.1 
 6. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.0 
 8. Rakic, Sloboda Uzi.3.8 
 9. Drca, OKK Beograd3.8 
 10. Mitrovic, OKK B.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.1 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 5. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 7. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 8. Miljenovic, Mega V.1.8 
 9. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 10. Kalinic, Vojvodina1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 5. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 6. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 7. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 8. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.8 
 9. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.7 
 10. Milovanovic, Radn.0.7 


Teodosic and Krstic enjoy the first title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) enjoy the first title abroad. Their CSKA celebrated the second VTB League title in their history. They overcame Unics in the Final tonight in Vilnius to repeat the success of 2009/10 season. Darjus Lavrinovic scored 15 points to pace the effort. Andrei Kirilenko was named the MVP of Final Four.
CSKA opened the game with eight points in a row. Teodosic made it 11:1 less than two minutes into the game. The Moscow team maintained the lead posting a 22:15 advantage after ten minutes. Nathan Jawai brought Unics back to life in the second quarter. The Kazan team narrowed the margin to just a single point 33:34. CSKA however remained in front as they posted a 40:37 halftime advantage. CSKA went on an 8:0 run at the start of the second half to open an 11-point lead. Lynn Greer and Domercant pulled back within four 49:53 at the final break. However the intrigue slowly disappeared as CSKA stretched the margin back to 10 points midway through the final term. Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic made it 70:56 with under four minutes to go and CSKA cruised to the victory afterwards. Ramunas Siskauskas nailed 12 points, while Nenad Krstic added 11 points for the winners. Lynn Greer replied with 14 points for Unics. Nathan Jawai provided 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Nenad Krstic averaged 10.7 points per game while Milos Teodosic showed 8.1 points per game this season.



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Standings - D2

D3 Standings
East
 1. Crnomelj 16-4
 2. Lastovka 16-4
 3. Bistrica 14-6
 4. Krka II 12-8
 5. Nazarje 10-10
 6. Vrani Vransko 10-10
 7. Calcit Kamnik 9-11
 8. Podbocje 8-12
 9. Lenart 7-13
 10. Hram Gorjan 5-15
 11. Union Olim. II 3-17
West
 1. Koper 17-3
 2. Plama Pur 17-3
 3. Ajdovscina 14-6
 4. Jesenice 10-10
 5. Fenomeni 9-11
 6. Jezica 9-11
 7. Logatec 9-11
 8. Pingvini S. 8-12
 9. Tolmin 7-13
 10. Javor Pivka 6-14
 11. Globus 4-16



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  SOMALIA   


Faisal Aden: No matter where I am, basketball will make things easier for me - by Kristian Santiago

Kris Santiago and Faisal Aden (193-G-89) sat down to talk about Faisal's past season and his future in professional basketball.

Africabasket: Faisal, you finished your college-basketball career in the worst way by injuring your knee during the season. What were your first thoughts after getting the news that you wouldn't be playing for WSU anymore?

Faisal: It was really difficult when I heard the news. I was just coming off some very big games and things were going well. I had 33 points against Stanford and 24 points against Cal and we won both those games even though those teams were ranked much higher than us. I was playing the best basketball of my career and I was named National Player of the Week that week. I then started out really well against Arizona, another really good team, when I hurt my knee. It was really difficult for me but eventually I realized everything would be okay. The good news is that I will make a 100% recovery and will be back on the court later this year.

AB: What comes next for Faisal Aden (193-G-89)? A career in basketball in the States or overseas?

Faisal: My agents, Ben and Adam Pensack, have been talking to NBA teams as well as teams in Europe. So far several NBA teams have said they watched me play last year and like my game because I can score the ball in a variety of ways and shoot good percentages. Most people don't know this but I was the leading scorer in the Pac-12 Conference per 40 minutes. There were a lot of good players in the conference that will be in the NBA so it is a nice accomplishment to be mentioned in the same group as those guys (Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross, my teammate Brock Motum, etc...). I know that if I continue to get stronger and work on my all around game (ball handling, creating opportunities for my teammates, etc...) the sky is the limit. I am just honored that I am going to have the chance to play professional basketball. Depending on the timing of my recovery I may end up in the D-League here in the U.S. or I may end up overseas. No matter what happens I am just working incredibly hard every day to get stronger and get better. I know I have things I need to work on but I am not afraid to work hard to accomplish all of my goals.

AB: You grew up in sunny San Diego. How was it for you to grow up there and moving later on to Pullman so far away from a major city and the beach?|

Faisal: Moving to Pullman away from the sunshine and big city was definitely a big a change for me. Everything about Pullman is different from home like the weather, being on my own etc.. Once basketball season kicked off though I didn't think about it too much since I was just focusing on the season and my classwork. I feel like as long as I have basketball it will make it easier no matter where I am.

AB: Qatar seems to be a hotbed for Somali basketball players. Would this be an option for you? Are you holding a Somali passport?

Faisal: Right now I think the priorities are going to be the D-League and Europe but I will never rule anything out. I just want to play at the highest level possible so I can continue to get better every day. I don't have a Somali passport yet but I am eligible for it and we are working on getting it.

AB: Fellow Cougar Thomas Kelati (Eritrean) is pretty known here in Europe. If you could choose, where would you like to play, country-wise and why?

Faisal: If it were up to me I'd play in the NBA here in the U.S. of course. But I know I may have to go to the D-League or overseas. If I go overseas, I am open to going wherever the best basketball is played. My agents have talked to me about different leagues so I know Spain, Italy, Turkey, and a few other leagues are really good. But I really am open to going wherever the best basketball is. I know this is my career now and I'm going to work hard every day wherever I end up to become the best all around player I can be.

AB: Thank you Faisal for answering our questions and all the best for your future!





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Korean Basketball Olympic Training Continues - by Jeff Liebsch

The South Korean National Basketball team has begun training this week in Anyang, in preparation for their Olympic qualifiers with Russia and the Dominican Republic this July in Venezuela.

According to Seo Jung-hwan of Jumpball Magazine, the KBA has selected 24 players, including 19 professionals for the tryouts. The team will be whittled down to 16 after the 11 day camp.

Nine mens national teams (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Spain, Tunisia and USA) have already qualified. The last three teams will qualify via the 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) for men taking place in Caracas, Venezuela, June 2nd to the 8th. The OQT (Men) teams are: Angola, Dominican Republic, FYROM, Greece, Jordan, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Russia and hosts Venezuela according to the London 2012 website.



Destinations for Naturalized-Korean Players Falling into Place - by Kevin Campigotto

One of the biggest stories in the KBL this off-season is the future teams for the first three naturalized Korean players, Tony Akkins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech), Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond), and Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific). The four teams who have not had a naturalized Korean on their team were eligible to sign one of the three. The system was such that each team would name their top choice and how much they would pay him. If two or more teams had the same first choice that player would go to the team that offered more money. If both teams offered the max, some sort of lottery would decide the winner.

The Goyang Orions won the rights to Akins, and appear to be the only team to have him as their first choice. Stevenson will join the Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and he makes them an immediate contender to vie for the KBL Championship. Two teams, the Wonju Dongbu Promy and the Seoul SK Knights both had Sandrin as their first choice and so they will now await the results of a lottery next week.

While Sandrin may be the more athletic of the two, he has been criticized for inconsistent play, especially on the defensive end. Many expected Stevenson to be the top draw as he has the highest statistics and Akins is coming off a season where he struggled through injury. Because of the way the system was designed its curious whether Wonju and Seoul over-thought their strategy and expected the other teams to have Stevenson first and so they would be guaranteed Sandrin. Either way all three of these players should provide a huge boost to the teams they end up on.



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 28-5
 2. Real Madrid 25-8
 3. Caja Laboral 22-11
 4. Gescrap BB 19-14
 5. Valencia 19-14
 6. Lagun Aro GBC 18-15
 7. Cajasol 18-15
 8. Lucentum 17-16
 9. FIATC Joventut 16-17
 10. CAI Zaragoza 16-17
 11. Unicaja 16-17
 12. Assignia M. 15-18
 13. GC 2014 13-20
 14. Blusens M. 12-21
 15. Fuenlabrada 12-21
 16. UCAM Murcia 12-21
 17. Asefa Estudian. 11-22
 18. B.de Rueda V. 8-25

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 2: Fuenlabrada - Caja Laboral 87-92
May. 3: FCB Regal - Real Madrid 86-83
May. 3: Gescrap BB - Unicaja 80-83
May. 2: UCAM Murcia - Assignia M. 78-60
May. 2: Blusens M. - Valencia 76-62
May. 2: FIATC Joventut - Lucentum 74-63
May. 3: GC 2014 - CAI Zaragoza 72-62
May. 3: B.de Rueda V. - Asefa Estudian. 68-79
May. 3: Cajasol - Lagun Aro GBC 61-65

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 6: Unicaja - Cajasol
May. 6: CAI Zaragoza - Blusens M.
May. 6: Valencia - B.de Rueda V.
May. 6: Asefa Estudian. - UCAM Murcia
May. 6: Assignia M. - FCB Regal
May. 6: Real Madrid - FIATC Joventut
May. 6: Lucentum - Fuenlabrada
May. 6: Caja Laboral - Gescrap BB
May. 6: Lagun Aro GBC - GC 2014


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 19
 1. Panko, Lagun A.19.0 
 2. Doellman, Assignia16.9 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.6 
 4. Davis, Cajasol14.6 
 5. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.4 
 6. Wright, CAI Z.14.4 
 7. Navarro, FCB Regal13.7 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.13.5 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.13.3 
 10. De Colo, Valencia13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.2 
 2. Ivanov, Lucentum7.6 
 3. Borchardt, B.de R.7.6 
 4. Davis, Cajasol7.4 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja7.4 
 6. Williams, FIATC J.7.2 
 7. Teletovic, Caja L.7.1 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.7.0 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.6.5 
 10. Ndong, FCB Regal6.4 
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. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.9 
 5. Granger, Asefa E.3.8 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.3.8 
 7. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.3.5 
 9. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.3.4 
 10. Llompart, Lucent.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.1.9 
 2. Vidal, Lagun A.1.6 
 3. De Colo, Valencia1.6 
 4. Lofton, Asefa E.1.5 
 5. Doellman, Assignia1.5 
 6. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.4 
 7. Granger, Asefa E.1.4 
 8. Udoka, UCAM M.1.4 
 9. Calloway, Cajasol1.4 
 10. Hanga, Assignia M.1.4 
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. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 
 7. Ndong, FCB Regal1.0 
 8. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 9. Asselin, Assignia1.0 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja0.9 


ACB Round 33: Regal FC Barcelona edges Real Madrid by three points - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ACB. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Seven teams already booked a spot for the Playoffs and there is just one more available. At the other side, Valladolid is already relegated and Estudiantes will try to avoid 17th place next Sunday. Barca secured position No.1 in regular season.

The most exciting game of round 33 in the ACB took place in Barcelona. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Real Madrid (25-8) to first ranked Regal FC Barcelona (28-5) 86-83 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Real Madrid. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. American swingman Chuck Eidson (202-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Regal FC Barcelona have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-5 record. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Regal FC Barcelona are looking forward to face Assignia Manresa (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Real Madrid will play against FIATC Joventut (#9) in Badalona and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Bilbao. Eleventh ranked Unicaja Malaga (16-17) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Gescrap BB (19-14) 83-80 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gescrap BB. It was a good game for British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Luka Zoric contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Greek swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM) answered with 23 points (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) for Gescrap BB. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Unicaja Malaga moved-up to ninth place, which they share with CAI Zaragoza and FIATC Joventut. Gescrap BB at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Valencia. Unicaja Malaga will play against higher ranked Cajasol (#7) in Sevilla in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gescrap BB will play on the road against Caja Laboral in Vitoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Las Palmas, where higher ranked CAI Zaragoza (16-17) lost to thirteenth ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (13-20) in a road game 62-72 on Thursday. Michael Bramos stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Gran Canaria 2014's coach Pedro Martinez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Carlos Cabezas with 14 points. Gran Canaria 2014 maintains thirteenth place with 13-20 record. Loser CAI Zaragoza keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with FIATC Joventut and Unicaja. Gran Canaria 2014 will meet higher ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CAI Zaragoza will play against Blusens Monbus in Santoago de Comp and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Murcia, where higher ranked Assignia Manresa (15-18) lost to sixteenth ranked UCAM Murcia (12-21) in a road game 60-78. Ime Udoka nailed 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. UCAM Murcia moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Blusens M. and Fuenlabrada. Assignia Manresa at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. UCAM Murcia's next round opponent will be Asefa Estudiantes (#17) in Madrid.
An interesting game took place in Badalona, where higher ranked Meridiano Alicante (17-16) lost to eleventh ranked FIATC Joventut (16-17) in a road game 63-74 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Pooh Jeter who scored 14 points and 8 assists. FIATC Joventut's coach Salvador Maldonado allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for FIATC Joventut. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with CAI Zaragoza and Unicaja. Meridiano Alicante lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 16 games lost. FIATC Joventut will face league's second-placed Real Madrid on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 33 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Caja Laboral defeated Fuenlabrada in Vitoria 92-87. Blusens M. beat Valencia at home 76-62. Asefa Estudian. won against B.de Rueda V. on the opponent's court 79-68. Cajasol unfortunately lost to Lagun Aro GBC in a home game 61-65.
The best stats of 33th round was 16 points and 10 rebounds by James Augustine of UCAM Murcia.


GC 2014 - CAI Zaragoza 72-62
We should mention about the upset which took place in Las Palmas, where higher ranked CAI Zaragoza (16-17) lost to thirteenth ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (13-20) in a road game 62-72 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Gran Canaria 2014. CAI Zaragoza managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Greek swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) chipped in 18 points. Gran Canaria 2014's coach Pedro Martinez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Carlos Cabezas (186-80) with 14 points and Icelandic guard Jon Stefansson (196-82) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Gran Canaria 2014 maintains thirteenth place with 13-20 record. Loser CAI Zaragoza keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with FIATC Joventut and Unicaja. Gran Canaria 2014 will meet higher ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CAI Zaragoza will play against Blusens Monbus in Santoago de Comp and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CAI Zaragoza: C.Cabezas 14+4reb+1ast, R.Hettsheimer 13+1reb+1ast, J.Stefansson 10+6reb, P.Aguilar 7+5reb+3ast, C.Toppert 6+2reb+1ast, S.Van Rossom 5+2reb+3ast
GC 2014: M.Bramos 18+6reb+3ast, M.Haynes 18+2reb, Z.Dowdell 12+3reb+2ast, T.Bellas 9+3reb+6ast, S.Nelson 6+8reb+4ast, X.Rey 3+2reb
gschID: 134270


UCAM Murcia - Assignia M. 78-60
An interesting game took place in Murcia, where higher ranked Assignia Manresa (15-18) lost to sixteenth ranked UCAM Murcia (12-21) in a road game 60-78. The game was mostly controlled by UCAM Murcia. Assignia Manresa was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian-American forward Ime Udoka (198-77, college: Portland St., agency: Priority Sports) nailed 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Four UCAM Murcia players scored in double figures. American-Dominican power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, college: Michigan, agency: Duran International) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Assignia Manresa in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. UCAM Murcia moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Blusens M. and Fuenlabrada. Assignia Manresa at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. UCAM Murcia's next round opponent will be Asefa Estudiantes (#17) in Madrid.
Top scorers:
Assignia M.: J.Asselin 18+6reb, J.Doellman 13+5reb+1ast, S.Gladyr 9+7reb+1ast, M.Downs 6+2reb+1ast, R.Montanez 5+4reb+1ast, K.Achara 5+4reb
UCAM Murcia: I.Udoka 19+7reb+5ast, J.Augustine 16+10reb+2ast, Q.Douby 11+3reb+4ast, J.Franch 10+4reb+2ast, B.Sekulic 7+11reb+1ast, A.Miso 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134271


Gescrap BB - Unicaja 80-83
Important game to mention about took place in Bilbao. Eleventh ranked Unicaja Malaga (16-17) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Gescrap BB (19-14) 83-80 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gescrap BB. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gescrap BB won fourth quarter 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unicaja Malaga made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Gescrap BB was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Croatian power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Unicaja Malaga players scored in double figures. Greek swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM) answered with 23 points (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) and Croatian forward Marko Banic (205-84) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gescrap BB. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Unicaja Malaga moved-up to ninth place, which they share with CAI Zaragoza and FIATC Joventut. Gescrap BB at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Valencia. Unicaja Malaga will play against higher ranked Cajasol (#7) in Sevilla in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gescrap BB will play on the road against Caja Laboral in Vitoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gescrap BB: K.Vasiliadis 23+4reb+3ast, A.Jackson 13+3reb+3ast, M.Banic 12+8reb+1ast, R.Lopez 8+1reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 6+3reb+1ast, J.Blums 5+2reb+1ast
Unicaja: J.Freeland 19+9reb+1ast, L.Zoric 18+7reb+3ast, T.DeVries 16+1reb+1ast, T.Darden 10+9reb+3ast, N.Sinanovic 9+5reb, A.Diaz 7+1ast
gschID: 134265


Fuenlabrada - Caja Laboral 87-92
There was no surprise in Madrid where 14th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-21) was defeated by third ranked Caja Laboral (22-11) 92-87 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 21-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Italian-Argentinian forward Andres Nocioni (199-79) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Italian-Argentinian guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Sergio Sanchez (190-81) who recorded 23 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Argentinian-Italian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) added 11 points respectively. Five Caja Laboral and four Baloncesto Fuenlabrada players scored in double figures. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caja Laboral maintains third place with 22-11 record having six points less than leader FCB Regal. Loser Baloncesto Fuenlabrada keeps the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Caja Laboral will face Gescrap BB (#4) in Bilbao in the next round. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play on the road against Meridiano Alicante (#8).
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: S.Sanchez 23+3reb+3ast, L.Mainoldi 11+4reb+3ast, S.Blanco 10+3reb+2ast, J.Colom 10+2reb+5ast, K.Ffriend 9+5reb, A.Munoz 8+1reb+1ast
Caja Laboral: A.Nocioni 22+5reb+3ast, P.Prigioni 16+1reb+6ast, B.Oleson 15+1reb+1ast, M.Teletovic 15+4reb+1ast, M.Lampe 10+7reb+1ast, N.Bjelica 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 134266


FIATC Joventut - Lucentum 74-63
An interesting game took place in Badalona, where higher ranked Meridiano Alicante (17-16) lost to eleventh ranked FIATC Joventut (16-17) in a road game 63-74 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by FIATC Joventut. Meridiano Alicante was better in second period 12-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. FIATC Joventut looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Pooh Jeter (179-83, college: Portland) who scored 14 points and 8 assists. American-Nigerian forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points. FIATC Joventut's coach Salvador Maldonado allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American power forward Lamont Barnes (208-78, college: Temple) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for FIATC Joventut. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with CAI Zaragoza and Unicaja. Meridiano Alicante lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 16 games lost. FIATC Joventut will face league's second-placed Real Madrid on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: P.Llompart 11+1reb+1ast, A.Urtasun 11+2reb, K.Ivanov 11+13reb+5ast, T.Ellis 9+2reb+1ast, L.Barnes 8+8reb+1ast, M.Kone 7+5reb
FIATC Joventut: P.Jeter 14+1reb+8ast, D.Obasohan 13+2reb+2ast, E.Baez 11+3reb+1ast, H.Norel 9+8reb, L.Williams 8+6reb+1ast, D.Jelinek 7
gschID: 134267


FCB Regal - Real Madrid 86-83
The most exciting game of round 33 in the ACB took place in Barcelona. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Real Madrid (25-8) to first ranked Regal FC Barcelona (28-5) 86-83 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Real Madrid. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. American swingman Chuck Eidson (202-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and American-Azerbaijani point guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Regal FC Barcelona have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-5 record. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Regal FC Barcelona are looking forward to face Assignia Manresa (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Real Madrid will play against FIATC Joventut (#9) in Badalona and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: A.Tomic 17+9reb+1ast, J.Carroll 13+2reb+3ast, N.Velickovic 11+5reb+1ast, N.Mirotic 10+2reb, C.Suarez 8+3reb+4ast, S.Rodriguez 8+2ast
FCB Regal: J.Carlos Navarro 23+1reb+4ast, C.Eidson 19+3reb+3ast, P.Mickeal 16+6reb, F.Vazquez 8+1reb, B.Ndong 7+6reb+1ast, M.Huertas 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 134268


Blusens M. - Valencia 76-62
There was a surprise result in Santoago de Comp where fifteenth ranked Blusens Monbus (12-21) defeated higher ranked Valencia Basket (19-14) 76-62 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Blusens Monbus's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-13 extending their advantage to 14 points. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Blusens Monbus outrebounded Valencia Basket 34-23 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Alberto Corbacho (201-84) chipped in 20 points. Blusens Monbus' coach Moncho Fernandez used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and French guard Nando De Colo (202-87) added 12 points respectively. Blusens Monbus moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with UCAM Murcia and Fuenlabrada. Loser Valencia Basket dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Blusens Monbus will face higher ranked CAI Zaragoza (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valencia Basket will play against Blancos de Rueda (#18) in Valladolid.
Top scorers:
Valencia: N.Caner-Medley 17+8reb+2ast, B.Newley 13, N.De Colo 12+2reb+2ast, V.Claver 9+2reb+1ast, V.Faverani 4+6reb+2ast, R.Kuksiks 3
Blusens M.: A.Corbacho 20+2reb+1ast, O.Junyent 16+6reb, S.Lasme 15+8reb, E.Ere 8+9reb+3ast, M.Palacio 6+1reb+4ast, A.Rodriguez 5+3ast
gschID: 134269


B.de Rueda V. - Asefa Estudian. 68-79
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 18th ranked Blancos de Rueda's (8-25) home loss to seventeenth ranked Asefa Estudiantes (11-22) 68-79 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Asefa Estudiantes. Blancos de Rueda was better in fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) who scored 17 points. The former international forward Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-76, college: Washington, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points. Asefa Estudiantes' coach Trifon Poch used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) who recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Curtis Borchardt (211-80, college: Stanford, agency: Pro One Sports) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Asefa Estudiantes maintains seventeenth place with 11-22 record. Loser Blancos de Rueda stay dead last with 25 lost games. Asefa Estudiantes will face higher ranked UCAM Murcia (#16) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blancos de Rueda will play against Valencia Basket.
Top scorers:
B.de Rueda V.: J.Robinson 14+8reb+4ast, R.Uriz 13+2reb+4ast, D.Songaila 11+3reb+1ast, C.Borchardt 11+12reb+1ast, S.Udrih 8+2reb+1ast, N.Martin 5+7reb
Asefa Estudian.: C.Lofton 17+1reb+2ast, R.De La Fuente 15+3reb+1ast, D.Clark 11+5reb+2ast, J.Granger 10+3reb+1ast, C.Simmons 6+7reb, W.Deane 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134263


Cajasol - Lagun Aro GBC 61-65
There was a small surprise in Sevilla where eighth ranked Lagun Aro GBC (18-15) beat 6th ranked Cajasol (18-15) 65-61 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-61. The best player for the winners was point guard Javier Salgado (180-80) who scored 15 points and 4 assists. American forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana) who recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (198-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 7 points respectively. Cajasol's coach Joan Plaza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lagun Aro GBC moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Cajasol. Lagun Aro GBC will face Gran Canaria 2014 (#13) in Las Palmas in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: E.Calloway 14+5reb+5ast, C.English 10+3reb, G.Rubio 9+3reb+1ast, T.Urtasun 7+4reb+1ast, M.Tepic 7+4reb+2ast, L.Bogdanovic 6+5reb
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Salgado 15+3reb+4ast, J.Baron 13+1reb+1ast, A.Panko 9+7reb, P.Lorant 8+2reb, E.Papamakarios 6+2reb+1ast, S.Vidal 5+3reb



Jakim Donaldson claims Spanish LEB Gold weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jakim Donaldson (204-C/F-83) had a great game in the last round for league's leader TenerifeCanarias and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 34. The 28-year old had a double-double of 20 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat CB Tarragona (#16, 11-23) 111-98. Canarias finished regular season as No.1 (26-8) and won the promotion for Liga Endesa. They will not compete in the Playoffs. Donaldson turned to be Canarias' top player in his first season with the team. Edinboro University graduate had very impressive stats this year. Donaldson is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old power forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-F/C-87) of Caceres. Antelo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Caceres to another comfortable win 94-76 over Knet Clavijo (18-16) being unquestionably team leader. Caceres grabbed the last Playoffs spot (No.9, 18-16). Antelo is well-known by Caceres fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#9). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Czech Republic Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) of Navarra (#3). Starosta scored 16 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Navarra, leading his team to a 89-79 win against #4 ranked Menorca in a game of the week. Navarra ended regular season as No.3 with 21-13 record and of course advanced to the Playoffs. Starosta has a great season in Spain. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shaun Green (203-F-87) of Mallorca - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88) of Huesca - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jose Manuel Coego (204-C/F-78) of Granada - 20 points and 12 rebounds
7. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Burgos - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-85) of Melilla - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86) of Palencia - 18 points and 10 rebounds
10. Miguel Angel Garcia (205-C-85) of Mallorca - 15 points and 13 rebounds

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)



Play Off Semifinal - by Ricardo Mingo

The first games of Adecco Silver Playoffs has been really intense, attractive and surprising. Last tuesday there were surprises in three different fields, and after 72 hours it ended in other two games, with the fourth and fifth teams eliminated.

Aguas de Sousas had to go all the way to the third game to win their draw against Lan Mobel ISB. And all because the team from Azpeitia assaulted the Pazo Paco Paz in the first game, but could not end the draw in front of their people three days after. At Sunday, in the last game, the pupils of Rafa Sanz were not surprised and got their way to semi-finals.

In that round they will go against Aurteneche Maquinaria. In the other basque-Gallego of the first round, the men of Iaki Merino took their first victory, in the extra time, and sentenced the eliminatory in their field in a maratonian game and decided with a three pointer at the end of the game.

On the other side of the Play-off, CB Prat Joventut was the only head team that fulfilled the expectations and went through the first round without knowing defeat. The boys of Carles Durn suffered in both games, but their good game in the final period and their center couple Mart-Todorovic took them to semi-finals.

Bara Regal was the second one who excelled in quarter finals. In a very tied first game, the men of Borja Comenge played one of their most offensive games in the right moment to keep the victory against in the field of Omnia Las Rozas. And two days after, they broke the game since the first minute to assure a relaxed pass to next round.



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Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team 2012
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Johnell Smith
Smith
Omar Krayem
Krayem
Jonte Flowers
Flowers
Oladapo Ayuba
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Michael Palm
Palm
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Player of the Year: Johnell Smith (185-PG-80) of Sodertalje
Guard of the Year: Omar Krayem (185-G-86) of Boras
Forward of the Year: Keith Ramsey (205-F-87) of LF Basket
Center of the Year: Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras
Bosman Player of the Year: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Sundsvall
Import Player of the Year: Johnell Smith (185-PG-80) of Sodertalje
Domestic Player of the Year: Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras
Defensive Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Solna
Coach of the Year: Vedran Bosnic of Sodertalje

1st Team:
G: Omar Krayem (185-86) of Boras
PG: Johnell Smith (185-80) of Sodertalje
F/G: Jonte Flowers (196-85) of Solna
F: Oladapo Ayuba (198-86) of Norrkoping
C: Michael Palm (208-79) of Boras

2nd Team:
G: Andrew Mitchell (181-79) of Norrkoping
G: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82) of Sundsvall
G/F: Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) of Sundsvall
F: Demond Watt (200-89) of Eco Orebro
C: Kenneth Simms (203-86) of Sodertalje

Honorable Mention:
Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Jamtland
Rickard Eriksson (190-G-82) of Uppsala
Adnan Chuk (193-G-81) of Sodertalje
Nils Hedstrom (190-G-83) of 08
Joakim Blom (211-C-76) of 08
Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77) of Solna
Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85) of Sodertalje

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Rudy Mbemba (184-87) of LF Basket
G: Dino Pita (192-88) of Sodertalje
G/F: Johan Jeansson (197-85) of Uppsala
G/F: Stefan Grundberg (197-82) of Uppsala
C: Michael Palm (208-79) of Boras

All-Imports Team
G: Omar Krayem (185-86) of Boras
PG: Johnell Smith (185-80) of Sodertalje
F/G: Jonte Flowers (196-85) of Solna
F: Demond Watt (200-89) of Eco Orebro
C: Kenneth Simms (203-86) of Sodertalje

All-Defensive Team
Johnell Smith (185-PG-80) of Sodertalje
Rudy Mbemba (184-G-87) of LF Basket
Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Solna
Keith Ramsey (205-F-87) of LF Basket
Dino Gregory (200-F-89) of Sundsvall



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Jermaine Barnes wins UBA scoring title, again - by David Walls


David Walls Reports:
April 28, 2012

Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian) has won the UBA scoring title ever season since the inaugural in 2009 when he averaged an amazing 35.9ppg.

Shockingly, Barnes ends the regular season at 30.1 points per game to his teammate Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) 23.9. It's the first time in UBA history that two teammates lock down the scoring list 1 and 2.

Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) was crowned rebound king for the 2nd time and DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) locks down the assists crown.

Below you will find the complete list of UBA stat leaders for the 2011-2012 season.

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David Walls interview with UBA Guard of the Year: DeAndre Bray - by David Walls


David Walls Reports:
May 3, 2012
ATLANTA, GA


David Walls interview with UBA All-Star DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.)

DeAndre Bray has been terrorizing the UBA all season with his great play but has now set his focus on the playoffs. Bray is currently leading the UBA playoffs in assists and is playing for the hottest team in the league. We took the time to get a up close and personal interview with DeAndre Bray.

Q: Congratulations on your success in this years playoffs. What do you think is the reason of the success of the Lions?

A: Thanks a lot Mr. Walls. I think my success with the lions is because of the team mind set! We just want to win! My first game with the lions was the first round of the playoffs and they put the ball in my hand like I was a Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) trade! We are just on the same page and we listen to each other no matter what or when!

Q: Why play in the UBA? Why not the ABA, WBA D-League etc.?

A: The UBA gives better chances! The UBA help a lot more than the others leagues probally combined.

Q: The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in the last 3 years. What does that say about the league and the talent that plays in the league?

A: its talent on every team and each team find new talent during the season because players are getting jobs and leaving. They get players ready for the overseas style of play and what a team is looking for in a player.

Q: You are a great talent. Why do you think you haven't played overseas yet?

A: Thanks Mr. Walls!! I really think it's my height! But I feel like once a team give me a chance to play overseas somewhere they gone really see what I do for a team! I can make any team go! People can see the stats but seeing me in person is even better! You can just see how a game just changes when I'm in! Teams don't know how contagious I am! Hard defense, smart defense, help defense, hustle plays, smart shots, smarts passes, and even players take criticism from each others better!

Q: Well sources say that since the words out on your playoff run you are receiving a lot attention from Iceland and likes of the Harlem Globetrotters. How does that make you feel?

A: once I got the call about the news it made my heart feel better that someone is noticing me for my talent and skills.it would be an honor to be part of the tradition of the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals. They had many legends come thru there!

Q: If anyone follows the UBA they know that youre going to be voted UBA Guard of the Year. How does that make you feel?

A: Receiving this reward would be the best individual reward I ever had! Thats an honor to be at the top of the list with all these great guards in the league!

Q: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian) was the UBA Most Valuable Player and has 3 UBA titles. I can't help but to notice the rivalry you guys have with him and the GIE Morrow Disciples. Is this a Knicks vs. the Bulls rivalry?

A: Thats a great comparison! They are the team to beat ever year because the talent they have with Jermaine being the ring leader. It's a battle every game.

Q: Barnes was quoted on UBA TV saying 'Bray is the best guard in the UBA'. What I would like to know is who is the best in the UBA (In your opinion)?

A: For the MVP to say that! Excuse me 3 times MVP winner I really feel like Im doing a great job and earned respect in the league!

Q: What are you goals for the offseason and next season?

A: During the off seasons I play in many pro leagues and pro tournament all over but mostly in Atlanta so for the summer I want to win as many championships I can because the more you win the more games you get to show people your skills. I play against a lot of NBA and overseas players in the summer time so just want to continue to hold my own and make a name for myself. For next season hopefully I'm somewhere winning doing something I love and getting paid for it!

Q: Who are some of your major influences and what words of advice can you give younger players who seek to play professional basketball?

A: For a word of advice would be for younger players to learn each level of the game! Know what you can do and what you shouldn't do. Know that your roll for a team can change so know how to be coachable to listen and learn!

Q: There are alot of talented teams left in the UBA Playoffs (Disciples, Havok, Express, Cyclones), who do you think you guys will face in the finals?

A: It is a lot of talented teams with all star players left. I know the Disciples to well not to say them but they lost last year in the first round. That was a shocker! Look at this year we upset the number one team in the first round. Stats don't mean nothing in the playoffs only W's! I know one thing that the lions are here to keep making history!



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Jeremy Chappell extends contract with Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU continued to shape up their roster for the next season. They extended the contract with Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Robert Morris). The guard joined the team at the start of the season. He tallies 15.2 points, 7.0 boards, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game in Superleague. Jeremy Chappell will enter his third straight season in Ukraine. He previously played a season for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk. Earlier Jeremy Chappell had stints in France and Poland. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Polish League Defensive Player of the Year. Jeremy Chappell was also named into All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team in 2011. The guard also participated at 2012 Superleague All-Star Game.
Previously Ferro-ZNTU announced the extension of contracts with Randy Culpepper (182-G-89, college: UTEP), Stanislav Dikiy (201-F-88) and Artem Butskyy (185-PG-81, agency: New Trend Agency).



Igor Chumakov leaves Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News

Igor Chumakov (207-C-90) is no longer the player of Ferro-ZNTU. The player and the team have agreed on terms of contract termination. The centre joined Ferro-ZNTU at the start of the season. He averaged 0.7 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in Superleague. Igor Chumakov also played for Ferro-ZNTU farm club. There his stats read 15.3 points, 7.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Igor Chumakov played for BC Donetsk. He was the member of Ukrainian U18 and U20 National Teams.


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Standings - EBL2

EBL2 Standings
 1. Northumbria 18-2
 2. Hemel Storm 16-4
 3. Glamorgan G. 14-6
 4. Birmingham M. 12-8
 5. Team Solent 11-9
 6. Derbyshire A. 10-10
 7. London W. 9-11
 8. Eastside E. 9-11
 9. Mansfield G. 6-14
 10. Birmingham A's 3-17
 11. London Utd 2-18


It's all go for BBL Final Four - by Paul Nilsen

Its the penultimate weekend of the BBL season as four teams battle it out for a shot at scooping the last remaining piece of silverware.

Leading the charge are Newcastle Eagles who have already secured a brilliant treble but look to have a tough task in completing their much talked about potential clean sweep.

Standing in their way and looking to not only deny them a fourth successive trophy but also an appearance at the National Indoor Arena a week tomorrow are Cheshire Jets.

They north-west club are currently the form team in the BBL after their red-hot finish to the regular campaign which spilled over into the post-season as the sixth seeds knocked out third seeded Worcester Wolves in the quarter-finals last weekend.

Less than two months ago, it looked like the Jets could even miss out on a play-off spot altogether in what was developing into a fierce battle for a top eight berth. But, John Lavery has managed to get his players to really find their rhythm down the season stretch and they have not been beaten in seven games.

Unsurprisingly, Lavery managed to land the Molten BBL Coach Of The Month Award for April and he will now have to successfully pit his wits against the most successful coach in British Basketball League history if he wants to make the final game of the season in the form of Eagles play-caller Fab Flournoy.

He will also have to come up with an effective strategy for shackling recently crowned MVP Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) and particularly since the player is determined to ensure an already fantastic season finishes in a fitting manner with yet another winners medal.

Im really looking forward to the challenge of winning it all explained the Eagles ace.

I know its only been done a couple of times in recent years and we want to keep the momentum going.

Not that Chapman is taking anything for granted. In fact, he is acutely aware of the threat posed by the Jets whose players have been putting up terrific numbers because of the continuity and chemistry they get from a relatively short rotation.

He admitted, They pretty much play five guys for 40 minutes, so you cant really saw whose key.

Theyll all get good stats, because theyre out there so much.'

Cheshire travel to Sport Central tonight where they won only a couple of weeks ago albeit against an under strength Eagles team and will be hoping they are in a good position to complete another surprise when they host the league champions in the semi-final second leg at Northgate on Sunday night.

Bidding to line-up against either the Eagles or Jets are Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and fifth seeded Glasgow Rocks who host the first leg at Kelvin Hall this evening knowing that they have also found some momentum in recent weeks and they will need it against a powerful Riders team.

Its likely that defence will be the key for Sterling Davis and his team who dont often give up too many points on their home floor although with a Riders team who just love to run and gun, slowing down their opponent will be easier said than done.

Still, Rocks have some real game winners in the likes of Mychal Green while Gareth Murray has arguably posted the best season of his BBL career with some brilliantly efficient performances including last weeks sparkling display in the quarter-final second leg success against UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

As for Riders, they could possibly be the unstoppable force during the last fortnight of the season having ruthlessly trashed One Health Sharks Sheffield in the quarter-finals.

With Molten BBL Player Of The Month Ayron Hardy still in inspirational form, Bradd Wierzbicki finding his range from downtown, the experience and quality of Drew Sullivan and excellent guard play of Cameron Rundles, Riders will fancy their chances of not just making it through the semi-finals but also being crowned Play-Off Champions.

The final will be played at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday 12th May.

To get closer to the action and find the best seats, click here for further information.




BBL Teams Of The Year Announced - by Paul Nilsen



2012 BBL Team Of The Year

The BBL is delighted to announce the respective line-ups for the 2012 BBL Team Of The Year, BBL All-Defensive Team Of The Year and BBL All-British Team Of The Year.

Voted for by BBL coaches, Newcastle Eagles ace and 2012 BBL Most Valuable Player Joe Chapman leads the prestigious BBL Team Of The Year line-up while unsurprisingly, Ayron Hardy (195-F-88, college: Jacksonville) who had more BBL Team Of The Week appearances than any other player is also included.

His team-mate at Riders and fellow rookie professional Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford) also grabs a spot while Ritchie Gordon who pushed Hardy all the way in terms of his weekly accolades also takes a spot. Completing the line-up is UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders centre Paul Williams who consistently excelled for the Devon based club in the paint.

2012 BBL Team Of The Year

Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)
Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles)
Ayron Hardy (195-F-88, college: Jacksonville) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)
Ritchie Gordon (Worcester Wolves)
Paul Williams (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
Off The Bench Tommy Freeman (Worcester Wolves), Jeremy Bell (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Adam Brown (Cheshire Jets), Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) (Worcester Wolves), Andy Thomson (Newcastle Eagles)

2012 BBL All-Defensive Team Of The Year

Paul Gause (Newcastle Eagles)
Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions)
Ayron Hardy (195-F-88, college: Jacksonville) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)
Ritchie Gordon (Worcester Wolves)
Bill Cole (Cheshire Jets)
Off The Bench Daniel Northern (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Fab Flournoy (Newcastle Eagles), Andrew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Mychal Green (Galsgow Rocks), Paul Williams (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Tommy Freeman (Worcester Wolves)

2012 BBL All-British Team Of The Year
Myles Hesson (Mersey Tigers)
Tayo Ogedengbe (Guildford Heat)
Andrew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)
Anthony Rowe (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
Andrew Thomson (Newcastle Eagles)
Off The Bench Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles), James Jones (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Gareth Murray (Glasgow Rocks)

Next week, the BBL Fans Team Of The Year will be announced after supporters from around the UK voted for their favourite players.

The BBL season will reach an exciting climax next weekend at the Play-Off Final at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday 12th May.

For more ticket information please click here.





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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 4-1 
 2. Trotamundos 2-2 
 3. Gigantes 1-4 
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 4

May. 2: Gigantes - Marinos 78-87
May. 3: Gigantes - Marinos
May. 3: Guaiqueries - Cocodrilos
May. 4: Guaiqueries - Cocodrilos



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CSKA celebrate the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Unics - CSKA 62-74
CSKA celebrated the second VTB League title in their history. They overcame Unics in the Final tonight in Vilnius to repeat the success of 2009/10 season. Darjus Lavrinovic scored 15 points to pace the effort. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) was named the MVP of Final Four. CSKA opened the game with eight points in a row. Teodosic made it 11:1 less than two minutes into the game. The Moscow team maintained the lead posting a 22:15 advantage after ten minutes. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) brought Unics back to life in the second quarter. The Kazan team narrowed the margin to just a single point 33:34. CSKA however remained in front as they posted a 40:37 halftime advantage. CSKA went on an 8:0 run at the start of the second half to open an 11-point lead. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) and Domercant pulled back within four 49:53 at the final break. However the intrigue slowly disappeared as CSKA stretched the margin back to 10 points midway through the final term. Andrei Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) made it 70:56 with under four minutes to go and CSKA cruised to the victory afterwards. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) nailed 12 points, while Nenad Krstic added 11 points for the winners. Lynn Greer replied with 14 points for Unics. Nathan Jawai provided 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

3rd Place
Lietuvos rytas - Lokomotiv 91-83
Lietuvos Rytas stepped onto the pedestal in VTB League. The Vilnius powerhouse held off Lokomotiv to earn the Bronze medals. Six Lietuvos Rytas players scored in double digits. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) knocked down 15 points to pace the winners. Lietuvos Rytas started the game aggressively. They unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to take 3-point lead. Teams paid more attention to defence in the second term. Lietuvos Rytas limited Lokomotiv to just 10 points in the period to boost the margin to 11 points at halftime 47:36. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the lead throughout the third term. They stretched the margin to as many as 20 points before the final frame. Lokomotiv refused to surrender as they unleashed 36 points in the fourth quarter but Lietuvos Rytas withheld the challenge and earned the victory at the end. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) notched 13 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) nailed 12 points in the winning case. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) replied with 22 points for Lokomotiv. Nikita Shabalkin (205-F-86) netted 19 points in the loss.




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Lanus tip off South American Club Championship campaign - by Eurobasket News

Lanus travelled to Quito, Ecuador to participate at the South American Club Championship. The Argentinean powerhouse played three games already. They earned only one win in three outings.
Lanus opened their campaign against Brazilian Ourinhos. Lanus could not match their opponents losing 56:70 at the end. Ourinhos led by just two points at the interval 30:28. But they went on a 20:13 run in the third term to stretch the gap. Lanus scored just 15 points in the fourth quarter and could not threaten the margin. Andrea Boquete Manna (183-F/C-90) finished with 16 points for Lanus. Agostina Burani (188-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) had 14 points in the loss.
Lanus however rebounded in the second round of the tourney. They rolled past Regatas Lima 60:54. Andrea Boquete Manna stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Lanus trailed by as many as 11 points at halftime but came back from behind in the second half to seal the win. Noelia Zinna (172-G-88) and Nadia Flores (173-G-90) accounted for 8 points each in the victory.
Lanus faced Brazilian champions Americana in the third round. The game turned into a one-way traffic as Americana dominated the clash. They claimed a 72:44 victory as Lanus fell at 1-2 record. Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds for Americana. Agostina Burani answered with 12 points for Lanus.



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Chainey sets WNBL finals goal for Thunder - by Eurobasket News

New BDS Logan Thunder WNBL head coach Jason Chainey has revealed there will be changes to the side following the departure of coach Olaf Lange.
Chainey was promoted to the head coaching role last Thursday after the announcement Lange had accepted an offer to coach in the EuroLeague.

'There will be changes but I don't want to throw everything out and start again,' Chainey said.

'We have built a strong program and will continue to do that but it's important to realise I'm not Olaf and I will build on what we have.'

The Thunder thrived under the guidance of Lange, who lifted the side to the club's first finals in 2011 but the former coach is still yet to reveal what team he is joining.

'Sandy (Brondello) and I have accepted a joint coaching position in Europe that can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime-oppor-tunity,' Lange said.

'We had no intention of leaving when we were approached in late April but the magnitude of this opportunity really changed our mind.

'We are not leaving to coach just any team in Europe, this offer came from one of the top teams in Europe.

'While this is a new and exciting challenge on one hand, the flip side is that we are leaving a situation, a team and a club that is very dear to our hearts.'

Chainey said he was excited about taking up the top position.

'I'm really looking forward to it and have been fortunate to coach under Olaf and Sandy which has made me a much better coach,' Chainey said.

'We are in a better position as a club and I'm fortunate to come in at this part of our journey in to what I think is a pretty strong team.'

Chainey has been the assistant coach of the Thunder and said he could help the club win a WNBL title next season.

'We always play for a title and we have a shot,' Chainey said.

'We have to keep the team together and do what we can but only time will tell.

'My goal is to make the finals and go as far as we can so I will be disappointed if we don't make the top five.'

Courtesy of www.couriermail.com.au



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Americana start strong at South American Clubs Championship - by Eurobasket News

LBF current champions Americana started strong at the 2012 South American Clubs Championship in Quito, Ecuador. They celebrated three victories in as many games played at the event.
Americana opened their campaign with a comfortable 93:59 victory over Malvin. Americana erupted for 50 points in the first half to build an 18-point halftime lead. Americana maintained the pressure throughout the second half rallying to the victory. Tassia Carcavalli (179-F-92) provided 19 points, while Karla Martins (172-G-78) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the win.
Next Americana took on their Brazilian rivals Ourinhos. Americana proved their strength claiming an 84:54 victory. They established a 48:23 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88) stepped up with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Karla Martins had 18 points and 6 boards for the winners.
Americana stayed on the winning track with a 72:44 win over Lanus in Round 3. Once again the Brazilian champions ensured a storming start to the encounter building a 46:17 advantage at the interval. Lanus never threatened the margin and yielded at the end. Clarissa Dos Santos accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds for Americana. Karen Gustavo and Karla Martins netted 11 points each in the win.



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UTE with two wins at the start of South American Club Championships - by Eurobasket News

UTE celebrated two victories in three games at the start of the South American Club Championships. The hosts of the tournament opened their campaign with a massive 108:50 victory over Regatas Lima. UTE dominated from start to finish. The Ecuadorian team posted a 52:23 halftime lead and cruised to the victory from there on. Dayana Salcedo notched 18 points for UTE. Anabel Barahona contributed 16 points in the victory. Zuleira Aties (190-F/C-80, agency: Regeneracom Sports) answered with 15 points for Regatas.
Next UTE faced Uruguayan Malvin. And once again UTE started strong enough to build a 41:24 halftime advantage. They kept Malvin at bay throughout the second half celebrating a well-deserved 80:61 win at the end. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 31 points for UTE. Angelica Robinson (196-F-87, college: Georgia) added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners.
The third round brought the first upset for the home team. UTE took on Ourinhos and suffered a 71:77 defeat. Ourinhos led by 7 points after ten minutes but UTE took over in the next two periods. The Ecuadorian team surged ahead to ensure a 5-point buffer at the final break. Ourinhos regained control in the fourth frame though. The Brazilian team went on a 22:11 run and sealed the victory. Chuca De Oliveira (182-F/G-79) accounted for 25 points in the win. Angelica Robinson answered with 25 points for UTE. Paola Ferrari provided 20 points in the loss.



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LFB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mistie MIMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Mims, Challes19.0 
 2. Carter, Union H.18.3 
 3. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.9 
 4. Gomis, Villeneuve16.6 
 5. Sanni, Villeneuve16.0 
 6. Hurst, Aix-en-P.15.5 
 7. Williams, Nantes15.1 
 8. Stampalija, Union13.6 
 9. Joens, Bourges13.3 
 10. Lawson-Wade, Lat.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer HUMPHREY
  Landes
  (191-C-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Humphrey, Landes10.8 
 2. Carter, Union H.9.8 
 3. Diawara, Charlevil.9.3 
 4. Sanni, Villeneuve9.0 
 5. Bonnan, Nantes8.9 
 6. Thomas, Lyon7.5 
 7. Stampalija, Union7.5 
 8. Coulibaly, Mondevi.7.5 
 9. Aziz, Lyon7.4 
 10. Mims, Challes7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kathy WAMBE
  Villeneuve
  (173-G-81)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Wambe, Villeneuve5.1 
 2. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 3. Dumerc, Bourges4.7 
 4. Lawson-Wade, Latt.4.7 
 5. Bouderra, Charlevi.4.6 
 6. Sauret Gille., Lyon4.5 
 7. Manic, Landes4.4 
 8. Bonnan, Nantes3.9 
 9. Konate, Nice3.9 
 10. Sharp, Mondeville3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Challes
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bar, Challes2.0 
 2. Kamba, Mondeville1.9 
 3. Houts, Union H.1.9 
 4. Bouderra, Charlevi.1.8 
 5. Carter, Union H.1.8 
 6. Skrela, Lattes M.1.7 
 7. Konate, Nice1.6 
 8. Dimitrova, Charlev.1.6 
 9. Lawson-Wade, Latt.1.6 
 10. Lima, Aix-en-P.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Emmeline NDONGUE
  Bourges
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ndongue, Bourges1.0 
 2. Paugaite, Mondevil.1.0 
 3. Sy-Diop, Lyon0.9 
 4. Bonnan, Nantes0.9 
 5. Thomas, Lyon0.9 
 6. Cata-Chitiga, Tar.0.8 
 7. Miyem, Bourges0.7 
 8. Grishaeva, Arras0.7 
 9. Page, Challes0.7 
 10. Humphrey, Landes0.6 


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News

LF2 Standings
 1. Perpignan 22-4 
 2. COB Calais 20-6 
 3. Toulouse 20-6 
 4. Voiron 15-11 
 5. Roche 15-11 
 6. Laveyron 14-12 
 7. LTB 29 12-14 
 8. Armentieres 12-14 
 9. Dunkerque 11-15 
 10. SIG 9-17 
 11. Reims 9-17 
 12. Limoges 9-17 
 13. CFBB 7-19 
 14. Le Havre 7-19 

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 12: Perpignan - Voiron
May. 12: COB Calais - Toulouse


Bourges defends LFB title - by Eurobasket News

LFB Finals, Game 2: Bourges - Lattes Montpellier 53-45 (2-0)

Bourges was better than Lattes Montpellier tonight 53-45 winning the Finals with perfect 2-0. It means that Bourges defended the LFB championship title. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-10. But Lattes Montpellier won second period 16-15. However Bourges extended its lead in the second half and later won the game with 8-point margin. International center Emmeline Ndongue (191-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. International Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Fatimatou Sacko (183-85) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian swingman Ana Lelas (183-83) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lattes Montpellier. Bourges was the LFB regular season champion with 22-4 record. They eliminated Mondeville with perfect 2-0 in the Semis. Bourges was the LFB champion also in 2006, 2008 and 2009. They dominated in French league from 1995 to 2000.

Top scorers:
Bourges: E.Ndongue 15+12reb+5ast, C.Joens 11+3reb+2ast, M.Amant 8+7reb, N.Miyem 8+10reb, K.Brown 6+3reb+1ast, J.Digbeu 3+1ast
Lattes Montp.: F.Sacko 14+7reb, A.Lelas 10+6reb+1ast, S.Dijon 9+8reb, E.Lawson-Wade 5+5reb+4ast, V.Bremont 4+3reb, G.Skrela 3+1reb+2ast



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Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 1st Team 2011-12
#s#
Latoya Williams
Williams
Olga Hatzinikolaou
Hatzinikolaou
Collen Planeta
Planeta
Chantelle Handy
Handy
Diana Delva
Delva
#e#5

Player of the Year: Latoya Williams (193-C-87) of Esperides
Guard of the Year: Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) of Athinaikos
Forward of the Year: Diana Delva (188-F/C-88) of Panathinaikos
Center of the Year: Latoya Williams (193-C-87) of Esperides
Import Player of the Year: Latoya Williams (193-C-87) of Esperides
Bosman Player of the Year: Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87) of Athinaikos
Domestic Player of the Year: Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) of Athinaikos
Defensive Player of the Year: Latoya Williams (193-C-87) of Esperides
Coach of the Year: Thanasis Adamopoulos of Athinaikos

1st Team
G: Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-81) of Athinaikos
F: Collen Planeta (188-88) of DAS Ano Liosa
F/C: Chantelle Handy (191-87) of Athinaikos
F/C: Diana Delva (188-88) of Panathinaikos
C: Latoya Williams (193-87) of Esperides

2nd Team
G: Brittany Johnson (180-89) of Panionios
F/C: Peli Papamichail (189-86) of Panionios
F/C: Milena Vukicevic (188-80) of Kronos AD
C: Lydia Milkova (192-70) of Panionios
C: Zenta Melnika (197-91) of Asteras

Honorable Mention
Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82) of Athinaikos
Haily Dunham (188-G-87) of Esperides
Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) of Panathinaikos
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) of Athinaikos
May Kay Kotsopoulos (178-G-88) of Athinaikos
Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) of DAS Ano Liosa
Tania Chalivera (178-G-85) of FEA Neas
Quenese Davis (178-G-88) of PAOK
Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85) of Athinaikos

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-81) of Athinaikos
G: Dimitra Kalentzou (174-78) of Athinaikos
G: May Kay Kotsopoulos (178-88) of Athinaikos
F/C: Peli Papamichail (189-86) of Panionios
F/C: Afroditi Kosma (187-83) of Panathinaikos

All-Imports Team
G: Brittany Johnson (180-89) of Panionios
G: Haily Dunham (188-87) of Esperides
F: Collen Planeta (188-88) of DAS Ano Liosa
F/C: Diana Delva (188-88) of Panathinaikos
C: Latoya Williams (193-87) of Esperides

All-Bosmans Team
F/C: Chantelle Handy (191-87) of Athinaikos
F/C: Milena Vukicevic (188-80) of Kronos AD
C: Lydia Milkova (192-70) of Panionios
C: Zenta Melnika (197-91) of Asteras
C: Vera Perostiyska (196-82) of Athinaikos



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Sisters Jill and Loyce Bettonvil sign with Lekdetec.nl - by Eurobasket News

Lekdetec.nl signed one-year deals with sisters Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) and Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93).
Jill Bettonvil arrives to the club from Spanish Ibiza, where she finished this season. She joined them in December and averaged 2 points, plus 1.9 rebounds for 15 LFB games. Jill started the season with CTO Amsterdam. She was their member of 2010/11 as well.
Loyce Bettonvil averaged 10 points and 7.3 rebounds for CTO Amsterdam this season. It was a great improvement for the player, as she had only 1.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 2010/11. Loyce shined last summer at U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. She had 11.7 ppg and 7.4 rpg for 9 games. Lyoce was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention -11.



ProBuild Lions win Eredivisie title - by Eurobasket News

2011/12 Eredivisie title belongs to ProBuild Lions. They handed 62-59 loss to Binnenland tonight winning the series with 4-2. Last time ProBuild was Eredivisie champion two years ago. They also won the trophy in 2007. List with the scorers will be available soon.
ProBuild Lions was the second ranked team of Eredivisie regular season. They had 16-8 record. In the Playoff Semifinals, ProBuild eliminated Lekdetec.nl with almost perfect 3-1. Binnenland was the regular season champ with 19-5 and had a home court advantage in the Finals. However, it seems that 56-59 road win by ProBuild in Game Five was the crucial one in this series.

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ProBuild Lions are one win away from the title - by Eurobasket News

Game Five of Eredivisie Finals for women was played on Tuesday. ProBuild Lions did a great job in Rotterdam celebrating 56-59 victory for 2-3 lead in the series. The format is best-of-seven, so ProBuild needs just one more win for the title. The first chance to do that ProBuild will have tonight at its home court. If Binnenland wins, they will be the hosts of decisive Game Seven. Molly McDowell (178-G-81, college: S.Illinois) led Probuild on Tuesday with 14 points. Christine Presswood (170-G-88, college: S.Illinois) helped with 9 points and 9 rebounds, while Heinen and Kim Hartman (175-G-86) also netted 9 points each. Binnenland had minimum lead during the last quarter, but ProBuild closed this game with mini 0-4 run, what was enough for the victory. Molly McDowell shined in the finish to secure this very valuable road win. In Game Four, ProBuild failed at home against Binnenland. Visitors celebrated 61-66 victory.


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  HUNGARY   


Judit Kajdacsi's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Hungarians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Judit Kajdacsi
Judit Kajdacsi
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Judit Kajdacsi (192-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), who plays in the Romanian D1. She could not help Brasov (1-11) in their last game. Despite Kajdacsi's very good performance Brasov lost 66-76 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) Rapid. She had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 20 rebounds in 39 minutes on the court. It was Brasov's third consecutive loss in a row. Kajdacsi is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 14.0rpg. She also averaged so far 11.8ppg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 15.8% and FT: 75.0% in the 30 games she played so far. Kajdacsi played for the Hungarian senior national team two years ago.

Diana Adela Pop
Diana Adela Pop
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Diana Adela Pop (168-71), who plays in the German DBBL. She was not able to help TSV 1880 Wasserburg (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Pop's good performance TSV 1880 Wasserburg was defeated 79-64 on the road by the higher-ranked BC Pharmaserv Marburg (#4). She recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It's Pop's eighth season with the team. This year Pop averages: 4.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 34.2%, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 75.8%. She has a dual citizenship: Romanian and Hungarian. Despite Pop played previously for the Romanian national team, she played also for the Hungarian national team in 2010.

Angela Delmis
Angela Delmis
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Angela Delmis (176-75). Delmis contributed to a Herner TC's victory against the 18th-ranked Goettingen (4-30) 74-63 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) on Saturday night. She recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. Herner TC (19-1) is placed first in North group. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Delmis' overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in the 20 games. She is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian. Despite Delmis played previously for the Serbian national team, she played also for the Hungarian national team in 2001.

Petra Ujhelyi
Petra Ujhelyi
   #4. Center Petra Ujhelyi (192-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: S.Carolina) managed to help TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow to win against the closely-ranked CCC Polkowice (22-4) 59-58 in the Polish PLKK in Friday night's game. Ujhelyi scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (25-1) is placed first in the PLKK. It was her team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Ujhelyi's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg. She used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2009.

Other top Hungarian players, who play abroad:

Katalin Honti (175-G-87) plays for Ros Casares in Spanish LFB
Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84) plays for Perfumerias Avenida in Spanish LFB
Andrea Hajdune Csaszar (200-C-82) plays for Joventud Mariana in Spanish LFB
Katalin Kurtozi (193-C-81) plays for Castors Braine in Belgian D1
Kata Takacs (184-F-91) plays for Rotenburg/Scheessel in German DBBL
Judit Fritz (183-G/F-87) plays for Borgotaro in Italian A2
Zsuzsanna Horvath (187-F-83) plays for Flying Foxes in Austrian AWBL
Denise Damian (92) plays for BC Vienna in Austrian AWBL
Agnes Roth (185-F/C-86) plays for BC Vienna in Austrian AWBL
Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) plays for Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket in Swiss LNA



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  ISRAEL   


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

Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team 2012
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Plenette Pierson
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Ashley Shields
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Karima Christmas
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Alysha Clark
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Jenna Smith
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Player of the Year: Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81) of Maccabi Ashdod
Guard of the Year: Ashley Shields (180-SG-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
Forward of the Year: Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81) of Maccabi Ashdod
Center of the Year: Jenna Smith (191-C-88) of B.C. Habikaa
Most Improve Player of the Year: Roni Ben Nun (172-G-89) of Elitzur Netanya
Import Player of the Year: Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81) of Maccabi Ashdod
Domestic Player of the Year: Alysha Clark (178-F-87) of Ramat Hasharon
Defensive Player of the Year: Sherill Baker (174-G-82) of Hapoel T-A
Coach of the Year: Rafi Bogatin of B.C. Habikaa

1st Team
SG: Ashley Shields (180-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
G/F: Karima Christmas (182-89) of Bnot Hasharon
F: Alysha Clark (178-87) of Ramat Hasharon
PF: Plenette Pierson (188-81) of Maccabi Ashdod
C: Jenna Smith (191-88) of B.C. Habikaa

2nd Team
G: Alexis Gray-Lawson (173-87) of H.R. Le-Zion
G: Sherill Baker (174-82) of Hapoel T-A
F: Kelsey Griffin (188-87) of Maccabi R.Hen
F: Kaili McLaren (188-88) of Hap.Petah Tikva
C: Jessica Lawson (191-86) of Elitzur Netanya

Honorable Mention
Tanisha Wright (180-SF-83) of Elitzur Ramla
Amanda Thompson (183-F-87) of B.C. Habikaa
Tierney Jenkins (182-F-89) of Elitzur Holon
Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85) of Hapoel T-A
Angie Bjorklund (182-G/F-89) of Elitzur Netanya
Sheri Lynette Sam (183-F/G-74) of Hap.Petah Tikva
Jori Davis (175-G-89) of H.R. Le-Zion
Kerri Gardin (186-F-84) of Bnot Hasharon
Laine Selwyn (172-PG-81) of Elitzur Ramla

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Laine Selwyn (172-81) of Elitzur Ramla
PG: Naomi Kolodny (171-82) of Maccabi Ashdod
G: Roni Ben Nun (172-89) of Elitzur Netanya
F: Alysha Clark (178-87) of Ramat Hasharon
PF: Katia Levitsky (190-85) of Elitzur Ramla

All-Imports Team
G: Sherill Baker (174-82) of Hapoel T-A
SG: Ashley Shields (180-85) of Maccabi Ashdod
G/F: Karima Christmas (182-89) of Bnot Hasharon
PF: Plenette Pierson (188-81) of Maccabi Ashdod
C: Jenna Smith (191-88) of B.C. Habikaa



Maccabi Ashdod triumphs in 2011/2012 season thanks to overtime victory - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Ramla 70-66 OT

Maccabi Ashdod triumphs in 2011/2012 season thanks to overtime victory. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 12-8. American players dominated the game. Ashley Shields (180-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tamera Young (188-86, college: JMU) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Tanisha Wright (180-83, college: Penn St., agency: LBM Management) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and forward Amber Harris (195-88, college: Xavier) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Ramla.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: N.Kolodny 17+2reb+3ast, A.Shields 16+9reb+3ast, T.Young 15+7reb+1ast, P.Pierson 13+7reb+2ast, B.Denson 9+6reb+2ast, C.Weisbort 0
Elitzur Ramla: T.Wright 22+8reb+1ast, A.Harris 16+10reb, A.Beard 13+2reb+1ast, L.Willingham 9+7reb+2ast, M.Epstein 6, Y.Eizenshtat 0
gschID: 175888



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  NCAA1   


USBA All Stars overwhelm China in Zhongxian - by Eurobasket News

USBA All Stars extended their winning record on the China Tour. They held off hosts 66:43. Natalie Day (6'0''-G/F-90) scored 16 points to pace the effort. USBA All Stars will next take on Australia.
USBA All Stars got to a quick start and accumulated a comfortable lead early in the game. Their dominance under the rim allowed USBA All Stars to keep China at distance. The USBA All Stars would turn on full-court pressure from time to time to keep China at bay. The North American side experienced little problems rallying to a confident win at the end. They outrebounded China 37:18 on the glass. Rebekah Gardner (6'1''-G-90) knocked down 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Jasmin Holliday (6'0''-G/F-90) added 9 points for USBA All Stars.



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Regatas Lima suffer two defeats in Quito - by Eurobasket News

Regatas Lima got to a slow start at the South American Club Championship in Quito. The Peruvian powerhouse suffered two losses in three games played at the tournament.
Regatas Lima took on hosting UTE in the opener. UTE clinched a comfortable 108:50 win at the end. Regatas faced a 30-point halftime deficit and never recovered afterwards. Zuleira Aties (190-F/C-80, agency: Regeneracom Sports) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge. Daniela Scamarone accounted for 9 points in the defeat.
Regatas Lima got to a quick start against Lanus in the second round. The Peruvian team piled up a 35:24 halftime lead. However a 9:21 third frame turned things around for Regatas. They could not recover in the final frame and suffered a 54:60 loss. Zuleira Aties notched 18 points and 13 rebounds. Kieraah Marlow (178-F-85) finished with 13 points in the loss.
Regatas Lima finally opened their win count in the third round of the competition. They outscored Uruguayan Malvin 56:43. Regatas Lima built a 14-point lead after the opening quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Zuleira Aties came up with 19 points and 11 boards in the victory. Daniela Porras and Kieraah Marlow added 10 points each for Regatas.



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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Craiova
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Hoskins, Craiova25.4 
 2. Werema, Sp.Stude.18.0 
 3. Ardeleanu, Oradea17.7 
 4. Pesovic, Timisoara17.2 
 5. Cazac, Brasov16.6 
 6. Keith, Sp.Stude.16.2 
 7. Coker, Targoviste15.9 
 8. Nikolic, Brasov15.6 
 9. Graham, Targu M.15.4 
 10. Bartee, Craiova15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit KAJDACSI
  Brasov
  (192-C-79)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kajdacsi, Brasov14.0 
 2. Bartee, Craiova12.6 
 3. Johnson, Iasi12.0 
 4. Greer, Craiova11.0 
 5. Freeman, Satu Mare10.5 
 6. Laplante, Alexandr.9.7 
 7. Williams, Oradea9.6 
 8. Vulic, Targu Mures8.7 
 9. Kovacevic, Sp.Stu.8.5 
 10. Parker, Alba Iulia8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Prlja, Alexandria5.2 
 2. Mehmedic, Satu M.5.1 
 3. Boriga, ICIM A.5.0 
 4. Ciocan, Targoviste4.8 
 5. Ferenczi, Cluj N.4.3 
 6. Hoskins, Craiova4.2 
 7. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.1 
 8. Cursaru, Brasov4.1 
 9. Salley, Alba Iulia3.8 
 10. Ardeleanu, Oradea3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Florina DIACONU
  Targoviste
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Diaconu, Targoviste3.1 
 2. Abramzon, Alba Iul.3.0 
 3. Prlja, Alexandria2.8 
 4. Ardeleanu, Oradea2.8 
 5. Hicks, Targu Mures2.8 
 6. Givens, Targoviste2.7 
 7. Filip, Olimpia2.6 
 8. Brown, Timisoara2.5 
 9. Green, ICIM A.2.5 
 10. Nicolaescu, Rapid2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 El Sara GREER
  Craiova
  (188-C/F-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Greer, Craiova2.2 
 2. Chelariu, Olimpia1.4 
 3. Whittington, Satu1.2 
 4. Zherzherunov., Tar.1.2 
 5. Parker, Alba Iulia1.1 
 6. Toma, ICIM A.1.0 
 7. Cutas, Targu Mures0.9 
 8. Tobin, Alba Iulia0.8 
 9. Ionescu, Rapid0.8 
 10. Kovacevic, Sp.Stu.0.8 


Targoviste won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Targoviste - Satu Mare 64-49

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when CSM Targoviste's pressure prevailed and they won that period 16-5 extending their advantage to 15 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satu Mare to just 5 points in fourth quarter. CSM Targoviste dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Satu Mare's 28. American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Ukrainian power forward Olena Zherzherunova (191-78, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four CSM Targoviste players scored in double figures. Center Monica Ivan (184-81) produced 17 points and international guard Annemarie Parau (175-84) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Targoviste: C.Givens 20+6reb+3ast, O.Samburska 14+2reb+2ast, M.Coker 13+7reb+1ast, O.Zherzherunova 10+8reb+3ast, P.Cristina Ciocan 5+4reb, F.Diaconu 2+4reb+5ast
Satu Mare: M.Ivan 17+4reb, K.Whittington 10+7reb, A.Parau 9+4reb+4ast, A.Mehmedic 7+1reb+2ast, S.Freeman 4+10reb, A.Meszaros 1+3reb
3rd place
ICIM Arad - Targu Mures 63-39

The game without a history. ICIM Arad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Targu Mures to just 7 points in second quarter. ICIM Arad held Targu Mures to an opponent 23.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.2 percent accuracy of the winners. ICIM Arad forced 21 Targu Mures turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Porchia Green (176-87, college: Ball St.) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Gabriela Toma (192-74) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Cristiana Cutas (187-84) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and American guard Veronica Hicks (175-89, college: Michigan) added 15 points and 4 assists 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:
ICIM Arad: G.Toma 16+7reb, P.Green 13+13reb+4ast, S.Graham 8+4reb, A.Kovacevic 7+6reb+1ast, I.Nagy 6+4reb+1ast, K.Campbell 6+1reb
Targu Mures: C.Cutas 17+6reb+1ast, V.Hicks 15+3reb+4ast, A.Pop 6+3reb+2ast, B.Vulic 0+7reb+1ast, I.Andrada Borsan 0, A.Cutas 0+2reb+1ast
gschID: 175884
gschID: 175885



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Tina TREBEC
  Athlete .
  (189-F-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Trebec, Athlete19.8 
 2. Baltic, AJM M.18.2 
 3. Oblak, Athlete Cel.16.5 
 4. Rupnik, Jezica16.5 
 5. Vukovic, Domzale16.4 
 6. Kuzma, Pomurje15.8 
 7. Orozovic, Athlete15.4 
 8. Jevtovic, Grosuplje15.0 
 9. Zdolsek, Triglav14.9 
 10. Svetic, Rogaska14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristina BALTIC
  AJM M.
  (187-F/C-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Baltic, AJM M.11.0 
 2. Gajic, Athlete Cel.10.6 
 3. Vukovic, Domzale9.1 
 4. Skof, Ilrija8.8 
 5. Muhovic, Rogaska8.6 
 6. Drozg, AJM Maribor8.0 
 7. Lesjak, Rogaska7.7 
 8. Pirsic, Triglav7.6 
 9. Lisec, Grosuplje7.4 
 10. Jevtovic, Grosupl.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Athlete Celje
  (171-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Oblak, Athlete Cel.5.0 
 2. Jurse, Rogaska4.4 
 3. Zupancic, Grosuplje4.2 
 4. Duric, Triglav4.1 
 5. Gabrovsek, Athlet.3.6 
 6. Meden, Ilrija3.1 
 7. Skof, Ilrija2.9 
 8. Rupnik, Jezica2.8 
 9. Kuzma, Pomurje2.7 
 10. Panic, Grosuplje2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eva RUPNIK
  Jezica
  (177-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Rupnik, Jezica3.1 
 2. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.8 
 3. Gjerkes, Grosuplje2.4 
 4. Oblak, Athlete Cel.2.3 
 5. Kuzma, Pomurje2.3 
 6. Jakovina, Grosuplje2.2 
 7. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.2 
 8. Bajrektarevi., Ilr.2.2 
 9. Zdolsek, Triglav2.1 
 10. Gabrovsek, Athlet.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina BALTIC
  AJM M.
  (187-F/C-90)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Baltic, AJM M.0.8 
 2. Vukovic, Domzale0.8 
 3. Lisec, Grosuplje0.8 
 4. Lesnjak, Ilrija0.8 
 5. Sekolonik, Jezica0.6 
 6. Orozovic, Athlete0.6 
 7. Drozg, AJM Maribor0.6 
 8. Trebec, Athlete0.6 
 9. Gajic, Athlete Cel.0.5 
 10. Grobisa, Ilrija0.4 



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  SPAIN   

LFB2 Standings - by Eurobasket News

LF2 Standings
Group A
 1. Caceres 22-4 
 2. Bembibre 21-5 
 3. Cortegada 21-5 
 4. Ensino 19-7 
 5. Ferrol 17-9 
 6. Cod.Carmelitas 14-12 
 7. Cajacanarias 14-12 
 8. Ourense P. 12-14 
 9. ADBA 12-14 
 10. Arxil Pontev. 9-17 
 11. Aros Leon 8-18 
 12. Aguere 8-18 
 13. Valladolid 5-21 
 14. Guadalajara 0-26 
Group B
 1. Pais Vasco 23-5 
 2. Conquero 21-7 
 3. Real Canoe 21-7 
 4. Casablanca 20-8 
 5. Eivissa 16-12 
 6. Las Gaunas 16-12 
 7. Irlandesas 16-12 
 8. Alcobendas 15-13 
 9. Estudiantes 15-13 
 10. Gernika 12-16 
 11. Orion-GDKO 11-17 
 12. Cravic Reus 10-18 
 13. Las Rozas 10-18 
 14. Segle XXI 4-24 
 15. Palma 0-28 


Dewanna Bonner leaves Perfumerias Avenida - by Eurobasket News

DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) is no longer a player of Perfumerias Avenida. She terminated a deal with Perfumerias due to better financial offers from the other teams. Perfumerias immediately signed Nicole Powell after that. DeWanna Bonner had individually a great season with Perfumerias. She impressed with 19.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2 spg and 1.2 apg in 14 Euroleague games. Bonner ended as the second ranked scorer and third rebounder of the competition. She was also great in Spanish LFB with 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.3 apg in 27 games. DeWanna Bonner joined Perfumerias last summer from Rivas Ecopolis. Before that she played for Frisco Sika Brno and in the meantime she was competing in the WNBA (Phoenix Mercury). They won the WNBA title together in 2009. Dewanne Bonner was Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year 2011.


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LNSA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Trahan, Fribourg29.6 
 2. McCallum, Riva B.24.3 
 3. Diouf, Pully23.5 
 4. Brown, Pully20.9 
 5. Griffith, Ovronn.18.3 
 6. Skouby, Basel17.6 
 7. Boddie, Helios15.7 
 8. Michaux, Helios13.6 
 9. Studer, Hope-GBA12.8 
 10. Hart, Basel12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Trahan, Fribourg15.6 
 2. McKenzie, Riva B.10.7 
 3. Brown, Pully9.6 
 4. Griffith, Ovronn.8.7 
 5. Skouby, Basel8.3 
 6. Grobet, Hope-GBA8.3 
 7. Szakacs, Ovronnaz.6.4 
 8. Moldovanyi, Basel6.3 
 9. Stojanovic, Hope-.6.2 
 10. Bozovic, Fribourg5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Diouf, Pully6.2 
 2. Boddie, Helios5.5 
 3. Hart, Basel3.4 
 4. Heckendorn, Basel3.0 
 5. Gur, Nyon3.0 
 6. Miroci, Highflyers3.0 
 7. Turin, Helios2.6 
 8. Rol, Helios2.5 
 9. Sakica, Highflyers2.4 
 10. Szakacs, Ovronna.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Diouf, Pully4.8 
 2. Boddie, Helios4.4 
 3. McCallum, Riva B.3.8 
 4. McKenzie, Riva B.3.8 
 5. Trahan, Fribourg3.2 
 6. Michaux, Helios3.1 
 7. Hart, Basel3.0 
 8. Rol, Helios3.0 
 9. Heckendorn, Basel2.9 
 10. Gur, Nyon2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Megan SKOUBY
  Basel
  (193-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Skouby, Basel2.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg1.4 
 3. McCallum, Riva B.1.4 
 4. Brown, Pully1.3 
 5. Favre, Nyon0.8 
 6. Grobet, Hope-GBA0.8 
 7. Griffith, Ovronn.0.7 
 8. Zali, Pully0.6 
 9. Diouf, Pully0.5 
 10. Cavin, Hope-GBA0.5 



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  TURKEY   


Zafer Kalaycioglu and Mersin part ways, Ceyhun Yildizoglu to take over - by Eurobasket News

Zafer Kalaycioglu is no longer a Head Coach of Mersin. The team decided to part ways with the coach and according to Turkish media (Pota6), they already agreed terms with Ceyhun Yildizoglu. The coach was released by Galatasaray at the beginning of the week, but it seems he didn't have to wait too long for a new job. Yildizoglu already coached Mersin from 2008 to 2010. He took over Galatasaray after that and won two Cup trophies with them. They also reached Euroleague Final Eight and two TKBL Finals. Yildizoglu also guided Mersin to TKBL Finals in 2009. Before Galatasaray and Mersin, the coach worked with Botas. He led Turkish women National Team to Silver medal at EuroBasket 2011 in Poland. Yildizoglu coached at Turkish TKBL All-Star Game this year.


Cem Akdag to replace Yildizoglu in Galatasaray? - by Eurobasket News

According to Turkish media, it seems that Cem Akdag is the main candidate to replace recently waived Ceyhun Yildizoglu in Galatasaray. Reportedly, two sides are already in talks. Akdag worked with Galatasaray women team from 2007 to 2009. They reached TBBL Finals, Turkish Cup and Europe Cup Semifinals in 2008. In 2009/10, Cem Akdag coached Galatasaray men team. From 2005 to 2007, Akdag was a Head Coach of the Turkish women National Team and led them during the European Championships 2005 in Turkey. The coach also has experience from Karsiyaka and U20 Turkish women NT.
Ceyhun Yildizoglu and Galatasaray parted ways at the beginning of the week. They won the Cup trophy this season, but the club definitely had much bigger appetites. Galatasaray had very powerful roster this season.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


NGONGBA TO HEAD U.S VIRGIN ISLANDS WOMEN'S SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM - by David Edole

RADFORD, Va.-- For the second straight year, Radford head womens basketball coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba has been selected to coach the U.S. Virgin Islands Senior Womens National Team in competition this summer.

Ngongba will lead her squad in the Centro Basket Senior Women Championship in Morovis, Puerto Rico June 12-16, 2012. Training camp for this event has commenced in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and will last until June 10th.

Ngongbas squad won the bronze medal in the 2011 CBC games to qualify for the Centro Basket Senior Womens Championship this summer.

The experience last year at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) games in Nassau, Bahamas was amazing, stated Ngongba. I was extremely proud of how hard we worked to earn a bronze medal. Usie Richards, President of the USVI Basketball Federation, did an outstanding job of providing the necessary resources for us to be successful. His leadership and efforts in the community is a valuable part of our ability to have a Senior Women's National Team represent the Virgin Islands. I am once again honored to coach these talented ladies, work with Mr. Richards and represent the Virgin Islands at Centrobasket 2012.

In addition, Ngongba announced rising senior guard/forward Victoria Hamilton (177-G-91) will also compete on her squad.

I am thrilled that Victoria will be playing this summer. I am confident she will bring a high level of energy, leadership and focus!

Being a part of the USVI hoops team will be familiar for Ngongba, as she was a key player and team captain on the championship squad in 2002. She also led the USVI Junior National Team to a gold medal in the 2001 Caricom Junior Basketball Championships in Nassau.



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  URUGUAY   


Malvin with three losses in Ecuador - by Eurobasket News

Malvin registered three defeats in as many games played at the start of South American Club Championship in Quito, Ecuador.
The Uruguayan team opened their campaign with a 59:93 loss to the Brazilian champions Americana. Malvin had little chance against the Brazilian powerhouse facing a 16-point deficit after ten minutes. Amber Metoyer (180-F-83) stepped with game-high 26 points for Malvin. Eboni Mangum (173-G-87, college: TCU) added 12 points in the loss.
Malvin took on hosting UTE in the second round. And once again a slow start cost Malvin a game. The Uruguayan team had to deal with a 17-point halftime deficit and suffered a bitter loss 61:80 loss at the end. Amber Metoyer knocked down 18 points and grabbed 8 boards for Malvin. Eboni Mangum finished with 10 points in the loss.
Malvin then lost to Regatas Lima 43:56 to slip at 0-3 record. Florencia Somma nailed 11 points but it was not enough for Malvin as they could not dig out of a 14-point deficit after the opening quarter. Maria Lucia Guadalupe had 8 points in defeat.



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  WNBA   


Experience is Mystics key offseason addition - by Eurobasket News

Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) spent a frustrating season on the Washington Mystics bench last year, recovering from an ACL injury to her left knee.

'It was really tough last season not being able to play', said Currie, who's beginning her seventh season with the Mystics. 'To watch your team struggle, and you really cant help by being out there on the court but it was an experience players go through all the time. I'm just excited to be back and be able to help my team.'

Currie returns, along with Matee Ajavon (5'7''-G-86, college: Rutgers), Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-G-89, college: Duke). But everyone else on the roster is new, and this reinvented squad is expecting to greatly improve on last years 6-28 record as it prepares for its 15th WNBA season.

Some wins, thats what Im looking forward to this year, Currie said. I think we have all the tools to compete with every team in this league. If we can put it all together, get on the same page and have that team chemistry, well be much more successful than we were last season.

The Mystics opened training camp Sunday and are expected to have 16 players come through camp before final roster cuts and the preseason opener May 10 in Chicago. The regular season begins May 19 at Verizon Center against the Sky.

General manager and coach Trudi Lacey knows exactly what shes looking for this year.

Defense, rebounding, and an unselfish approach offensively, Lacey said. Were looking for players that complement each other on the offensive end. We wanted to have a little bit more experience. We lost a lot of close games last year, just didnt make plays at the end of the game, so experience should help that.

Laceys remake has transformed the Mystics from one of the leagues youngest teams to one with a better mix of youth and players and veterans, including 13-year vet Dominique Canty, 10-year vet Michelle Snow, and eight-year vet Ashley Robinson. Gone are former All-Star Alana Beard and former Maryland star Marissa Coleman, both now with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Its a new season. Its not the same team, Lacey said. This team is undefeated right now, so we have a whole new approach going in. Were believing and were working very hard. I believe its going to come together very well and be a much different season.

Rookie Natalie Novosel, a 5-foot-11 guard from Notre Dame who was Washingtons first pick in last months WNBA draft, should be a key player this season.

Novosels first week in training camp turned out to be a bit harder than she thought, but shes making the adjustment from college to the WNBA.

Its really competitive, really intense, said Novosel, whose nickname is Nasty. Ive just been trying to hold my own and show them that I belong and trying to keep my confidence up. The level of competition is tough, but Im adapting. I just wake up every day happy to be here.

Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com