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  ABA   



2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Usbasket announces the American awards for last year. So for the second time Usbasket would like to announce its 2011-2012 National Awards.

It's prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 20 players up to the NBA this season including 2011 Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Othyus Jeffers and 2nd Team member Jeff Adrian.

The UBA continues to be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in just 3 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angel es Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, it's the longest running US pro league in the USA.

The NBL Canada is th new league on the block but their carrying themselves like a true top notice league. Looke to be a future power.

This year, Justin Dentmon dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Justin Dentmon. The D-League star had a terrific season with Austin Toros, leading the team to a 35-17 record. Dentmon led the Toros in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 22.6ppg. Dentmon was also named to the 2011 USA National Team. There is no question that he will be next in line for a call-up.

Shooting Guard of the Year is no surprise, Elijah Millsap. Millsap was called-up by the LA Lakers before returning to the Defenders. He finished the season an All-Star with an average of 19.6ppg and 6.5rpg.

In small forward position there is New Jersey Nets player Andre Emmett. This year, Emmett was one of the Dleagues top scorers with an average of 23.1ppg. The Texas Tech Star spent this season in the D-League with Reno Bighorns. He is currently playing in Lebanon for the playoffs.

Power forward of the year is one of the best athletes in the country: Brandon Costner. The Dleague All- Star was one of the key players of the LA Defender Championship run. Costner is currently averaging 19.6ppg and 6.0rpg.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Marcus Lewis. The big man had an impressive year with Tulsa 66ers averaging 15.6ppg and a league best 12.4rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

The best coach of the year has to be the surprise of the year, Travis McAvene. He was named USbasket.com All-UBA coach of the Year leading his Cincinnati Slam to a 19-1 record and sending 4 players overseas in just his first season in the UBA. McAvene has also been named to the USA National Team staff for the William Jones Cup in Taiwan this summer live o ESPN.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2012
#s#
Justin Dentmon
Dentmon
Brandon Costner
Costner
Marcus Lewis
Lewis
Andre Emmett
Emmett
Morris Almond
Almond
#e#5

Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Point Guard of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Small Forward of the Year: Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Power Forward of the Year: Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
Center of the Year: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
Coach of the Year: Travis McAvene of UBA

1st Team
F: Brandon Costner (6'9''-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
F/C: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
G: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
G/F: Andre Emmett (6'5''-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
F/G: Morris Almond (6'6''-85) of Maine RC (NBA Dleague)

2nd Team
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-82) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA/Dominican Republic)
F: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-85) of Bakersfield Jam (NBL)
PG: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-84) of Reno Bighorns (Dleague)
G: Perry Petty (6'1''-88) of Central Illinois Drive (PBL)
F: Chris Commons (6'9''-84) of Scranton (PBL)
F/C: Jermaine Bell (6'11''-84) of Jacksonville Giants (ABA)

3rd Team
G: Tony White (6'0''-88) of South Carolina Warriors (ABA)
C: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-88) of LA Defenders (Dleague)
G/F: Hugh Jones (6'5''-80) of Beltway Bombers (ACPBL)
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-83) of Kankakee Country S. (IBA)
F: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-88) of Cincinnati Slam/ Chile (UBA)
G: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-81) of Saint John MR (NBL)

Honorable Mention
Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76) of Los Angeles Slam (WCBL)
Nick Carter (6'1''-F-86) of Hudson Valley H. (EBA)
Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89) of Battle Creek (IBA)
Herman Favors (5'9''-G-84) of Sauk Valley Predators (PBL)
Chris Matthews (6'4''-G-85) of Washingron Maddness (EBA)
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA)
Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (PBL)
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Southern Generals (UBA)
Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91) of Rio Grande Vipers (Dleague)



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras16.7 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.4 
 10. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.5 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras8.4 
 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. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 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. Treise, Libertad S.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. Ayarza, Club 90.9 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Garces, Atenas0.9 


Obras beats Regatas in overtime, heads to Liga A Finals - by Eurobasket News

Liga A Semifinals, Game 3: Regatas - Obras 87-93 OT

Third game of the Liga A Semis between Regatas and Obras was played last night. Obras celebrated 87-93 OT as a guest winning the series with perfect 3-0. It means that Obras is the first Liga A Finalist and now waits for the winner of Penarol - Libertad series. Penarol currently has 2-1 lead. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) led Obras to victory last night with double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) scored 18 points and Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) added 17 pts, plus 5 assists. In Regatas, Paolo Quinteros (185-PG-79) exploded with 35 points. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) had 24 pts and 7 rebounds, while Diego Cavaco (200-F-79) stopped to 12 pts. It is important to mention that Regatas had only two more players who managed to score in this game, while all other were scoreless. Quarters: 24-19, 18-20, 19-18, 14-18, 12-18 OT.

Regatas: Paolo Quinteros 35, Javier Martinez 24+7 boards, Diego Cavaco 12
Obras: Juan Gutierrez 23+11 boards, Julio Mazzaro 18, Martin Osimani 17+5 as



Delfino undergoes successful surgery - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks forward Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Thursday morning. He's expected to return to basketball activities in six to eight weeks, according to a tweet from the Bucks.

Delfino missed 10 games at the end of the season due to a groin injury that he had suffered at the end of March. In 54 games this season, the starting small forward averaged nine points and almost four rebounds per game.

The Argentinian forward had been planning on joining his country's team in the 2012 London Olympics this summer -- a team that includes San Antonio's Manu Ginobili and Houston's Luis Scola. He told reporters last week that he hoped his decision to undergo surgery early on in the summer would allow him enough time to recover before the games. The Olympics begin on July 27.

Much of Delfino's future is still in question, not only with the Argentinian national team, but also with the Bucks. Delfino is currently an unrestricted free agent, along with forwards Ersan Ilyasova and Kwame Brown.

Courtesy of www.foxsportswisconsin.com



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Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 4: Liege - M.Hainaut 70-60
May. 5: Spirou - Leuven
May. 5: Gent - Verviers-Pep.
May. 5: Antwerp - Aalstar
May. 5: M.Hainaut - Leuven


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.0 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.0 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 4. Mallet, Spirou14.6 
 5. Haynes, Gent14.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp13.9 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.8 
 8. Freeman, Leuven13.8 
 9. Broyles, Spirou13.6 
 10. Love, Verviers-Pe.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.0 
 2. Brown, Gent7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.3 
 5. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 6. McLean, Leuven6.7 
 7. Merriex, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.0 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar6.0 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.7 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 4. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 5. Bosco, Gent3.0 
 6. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 7. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
 9. Mallet, Spirou2.6 
 10. Bostic, Liege2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 5. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 8. Muya, Liege1.8 
 9. Bostic, Liege1.6 
 10. Haynes, Gent1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.6 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.7 
 8. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Holiday, Aalstar0.5 


Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 Awards 2011-12 - by Bert Larsimont

Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 1st Team 2012
#s#
Ahmet Gueye
Gueye
Domien Loubry
Loubry
Nick Celis
Celis
Christian Ilongo
Ilongo
Emmanuel Mampuya
Mampuya
#e#5

Player of the Year: Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82) of Waregem
Bosman Player of the Year: Sead Muric (205-C-81) of Fleurus
Import Player of the Year: Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82) of Waregem
Domestic Player of the Year: Domien Loubry (186-G-85) of Gembo
Defensive Player of the Year: Ward Lemaire (196-F-80) of Gembo
Co-Coach of the Year: Pascal Horrion of Sprimont
Co-Coach fo the Year: Sven Declercq of Waregem

1st Team
G: Domien Loubry (186-85) of Gembo
G: Nick Celis (194-88) of Gembo
F: Christian Ilongo (194-85) of Fleurus
C/F: Ahmet Gueye (203-82) of Waregem
F: Emmanuel Mampuya (200-79) of Excelsior

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Domien Loubry (186-85) of Gembo
G: Nick Celis (194-88) of Gembo
F/G: Thomas Van De Vondel (197-80) of Waregem
C: Maarten Brysse (205-86) of St-Niklase
C: Amaury Gorgemans (212-92) of M.Hainaut

All-Defensive Team
Witse Van Schil (188-G-83) of Kangor.-Boom
Ward Lemaire (196-F-80) of Gembo
Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) of Waregem
Herve Djoumbi (207-F/C-77) of Sint-Jan Ant.
Emmanuel Mampuya (200-F-79) of Excelsior



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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


KK SPARS defeats Gradina Kotex 68-59! Moves onto division two finals! - by Chris Mathieu

KK SPARS defeats Gradina Kotex 68-59! Moves onto division two finals!
KK SPARS swept Gradina Kotex out of the playoffs behind solid play of veterans Mirza Hrnicic and Mujo Tuljkovic but also the youngsters whos star shine so bright Doko Salic, Nermin Buza, Nebojsa Maksimovic, Adnan Vrabac and so many others.
Gradina Kotex put up a fight led by veteran guard Edin Nurkanovic and the surprising Nermin Hujdurovic who scored 19 and 15 respectively. In the end it wasnt enough to hold off the surprising youngsters at SPARS. The loss of Alen Horozic in practice the day before the game didnt help the team at all.
The electricity has returned to Skenderija stadium but not for the team that Mirza Delibasic played for, KK BOSNA but for a new kid on the block that has created a basketball buzz not seen in Sarajevo in at least 5-6 years. KK SPARS playoff game against Gradina Kotex in Sarajevo in the famous Skenderija hall had the atmosphere of the best days of the golden team that has fallen on hard time, KK BOSNA.
KK SPARS should be the pride and joy of all of those who love Bosnian basketball in these dark days when Sloboda Dita Tuzla disappeared under a mountain of debt, Celik Zenica is now regulated to division two and KK BOSNA is starting to crack under the weight of debt the team has from years of mismanagement. In the shadow of this calamity of Bosnian basketball though, there is a shining light of hope for the future in the well run, well organized and well-funded KK SPARS. The team is deep and talented and is exciting to watch, dont be the last people to get on board the KK SPARS freight train!
The team will now face the winner of KK KAKANJ vs. PLAY OFF series which KAKANJ leads 1-0 with the second game being played tonight.



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Sao Jose/Vinac enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Vinac became the first NBB semifinalists. They shot down Vivo/Franca 94:80 to sweep the quarterfinal series. The regular season champions gave little chance for the visitors. Sao Jose/Vinac erupted for 52 points in the first half to build a 19-point lead. Vivo/Franca improved their game in the second half but the damage had been done already and Sao Jose/Vinac held on to win the game. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) notched 29 points and 11 rebounds for Sao Jose/Vinac. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) accounted for 16 points in the win. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) had 20 points for Vivo/Franca. Vuk Ivanovic (208-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: BYU) had 18 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Pinheiros/Sky finally drew first blood in their series versus Joinville. The second best team of the regular season toppled Joinville 80:69 to cut the deficit 1-2 in the series. Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84) knocked down 15 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Pinheiros/Sky. Joinville led by five points after the opening period. But Pinheiros/Sky went on a decisive 27:15 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) notched 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) and Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) accounted for 12 points each in the win. Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84) answered with 20 points for Joinville.



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  CHILE   


Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Dimayor Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket

All-Chilean Dimayor 1st Team 2012
#s#
Patricio Briones
Briones
Eduardo Marechal
Marechal
Alain Laroche
Laroche
Bayo Arigbon
Arigbon
#e#4

Player of the Year: Patricio Briones (213-C-72) of Liceo Mixto
Guard of the Year: Franco Morales (179-G-92) of Liceo Mixto
Forward of the Year: Alain Laroche (198-F-83) of U.Concepcion
Center of the Year: Patricio Briones (213-C-72) of Liceo Mixto
Rookie of the Year: Pablo Barraza (184-G-94) of Dep.Espanol
Most Improved Player of the Year: Matias Villagran (198-C-88) of U.Concepcion
Import Player of the Year: Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86) of Dep.Espanol
Domestic Player of the Year: Patricio Briones (213-C-72) of Liceo Mixto
Defensive Player of the Year: Franco Morales (179-G-92) of Liceo Mixto
Coach of the Year: Pablo Ares of Liceo Mixto

1st Team
G: Franco Morales (179-92) of Liceo Mixto
G: Eduardo Marechal (186-85) of U.Concepcion
F: Alain Laroche (198-83) of U.Concepcion
F: Bayo Arigbon (197-86) of Dep.Espanol
C: Patricio Briones (213-72) of Liceo Mixto

2nd Team
G: Sebastian Figueroa (175-88) of U.Concepcion
G/F: Patrick Saez (193-79) of Liceo Mixto
G/F: Anthony Danridge (196-86) of Liceo Mixto
F: Howard Wilkerson (198-84) of Liceo Mixto
C: Jason Keep (208-78) of U.Concepcion

Honorable Mention
Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) of Dep.Espanol
Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) of U.Concepcion
Pablo Barraza (184-G-94) of Dep.Espanol
Decorey Young (201-F-85) of U.Espanola
Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-87) of U.Espanola

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Franco Morales (179-92) of Liceo Mixto
G/F: Patrick Saez (193-79) of Liceo Mixto
G: Eduardo Marechal (186-85) of U.Concepcion
C: Matias Villagran (198-88) of U.Concepcion
C: Patricio Briones (213-72) of Liceo Mixto

All-Imports Team
F: Alain Laroche (198-83) of U.Concepcion
G/F: Anthony Danridge (196-86) of Liceo Mixto
F: Howard Wilkerson (198-84) of Liceo Mixto
F: Bayo Arigbon (197-86) of Dep.Espanol
C: Jason Keep (208-78) of U.Concepcion

All-Defensive Team
Franco Morales (179-G-92) of Liceo Mixto
Alain Laroche (198-F-83) of U.Concepcion
Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84) of Liceo Mixto
Decorey Young (201-F-85) of U.Espanola
Patricio Briones (213-C-72) of Liceo Mixto



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 2

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


The Regular Season in NBL just started - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just started.

Hong Kong - Changan Group 61-72


The game was mostly controlled by Changan Group. Hong Kong managed to win fourth quarter 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Changan Group keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Hong Kong at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Changan Group is looking forward to face league's second-placed Guangzhou L. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hong Kong will play against Sichuan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Sichuan - Heilongjiang 106-88

The game was mostly controlled by Sichuan. Heilongjiang managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sichuan forced 27 Heilongjiang turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Forward Ma Chao (196-86) fired 19 points for the winners. Forward XiaoBin He (198-86) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Lei Zhang (194-90) produced a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Mengxin He (200-90) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sichuan keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Heilongjiang still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Sichuan will meet at home Hong Kong (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Heilongjiang will play against Nanjin Army.

Jiangsu - Henan Jiyuan 95-79

The game in was also worth to mention about. Bottom-ranked Henan Jiyuan (0-1) played at the court of leader Jiangsu (1-0). Jiangsu defeated Henan Jiyuan 95-79. Henan Jiyuan was better in fourth quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu forced 30 Henan Jiyuan turnovers. Strangely Henan Jiyuan outrebounded Jiangsu 50-38 including 36 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard XianLing Sun (190-89) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Chao Lu (200-90) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Shuai Li (186-92) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Henan Jiyuan. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Jiangsu keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Henan Jiyuan at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Jiangsu's next round opponent will be Hebei (#3), which may be the game of the day. Henan Jiyuan will play against Guangzhou FM and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: E.Ndudi 25+11reb+1ast, S.XianLing 22+5reb+4ast, M.Zhuang 16+3reb+2ast, Z.HongWei 8+3ast, G.MingYang 7+2reb, W.YanQing 6+1reb
Henan Jiyuan: Number 55: 25+20reb+1ast, L.Chao 15+5reb+3ast, L.Shuai 9+6reb+7ast, F.LiuJia 8+3reb+1ast, C.Peng 7+3reb, L.XiaoHu 5+3reb+1ast


gschID: 176018


Hebei - Nanjin Army 110-99

Hebei used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 110-99. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Nanjin Army was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 66-46 second half run of Hebei. They made 35-of-44 charity shots (79.5 percent) during the game, while Nanjin Army only scored seven points from the stripe. Hebei forced 19 Nanjin Army turnovers. 36 personal fouls committed by Nanjin Army helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds. ZhiTong Yin contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and center Jinlong Xu (212-90) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Nanjin Army. Four Hebei and five Nanjin Army players scored in double figures. Nanjin Army's coach Yuenan Ma let to play twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hebei (1-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Nanjin Army at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Hebei's next round opponent will be Jiangsu (#4). Nanjin Army will play against Heilongjiang (#7).
Top scorers:
Hebei: D.Bryan 35+24reb+2ast, Y.ZhiTong 25+6reb+2ast, Y.TingYu 14+3reb, Z.ZhenHu 13+9reb+6ast, W.XinLei 8+3reb+1ast, S.ChunLei 8+1reb+1ast
Nanjin Army: F.ChengLin 22+5reb+1ast, W.ShouWei 16+2reb+1ast, Z.CaiBao 14+6reb+2ast, L.Dong 13+1reb, X.Jinlong 13+12reb+2ast, D.QinShuo 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176019


Guangzhou L. - Guangzhou FM 105-90

Visiting Guangzhou FM was defeated by Guangzhou L. in 105-90. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou L.. Guangzhou FM was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou L. players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Guangzhou FM's players. Guangzhou FM was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Chao Tian (183-89) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) came up with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and forward DaPeng Liu (202-89) added 12 points respectively for Guangzhou FM in the defeat. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guangzhou L. keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Guangzhou FM at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Guangzhou L. will play against league's leader Changan Group in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guangzhou FM will play against Henan Jiyuan (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: N.Hamady 22+13reb, W.Jing 15+3reb+4ast, J.Lei 14+2reb+1ast, L.XiangTao 14+3reb+3ast, T.Chao 14+5reb+4ast, C.DaWei 12+5reb
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 45+17reb+1ast, L.DaPeng 12+3reb, Y.Liang 9+5reb, L.XueSong 5+2reb+2ast, W.SongWei 4+2reb+3ast, Y.KaiFu 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 176017



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cibona 13-0 
 2. Cedevita 8-3 
 3. KK Split 8-3 
 4. Zadar 6-6 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 6-6 
 6. Svjetlost 3-9 
 7. Jolly 2-10 
 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: Svjetlost - Jolly 91-75
May. 4: Cibona - Zadar 88-79
May. 5: Cedevita - KK Zagreb CO
May. 5: KK Split - Zabok

Play-Out

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

Round 10

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


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Mimica, KK Split19.1 
 2. Ross, Jolly18.4 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner17.7 
 4. Stimac, Svjetlost15.7 
 5. Sobin, KK Split15.5 
 6. Simovic, Kvarner15.3 
 7. Vrbanc, Zadar14.7 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.2 
 10. Drezga, Borik13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.3 
 2. Stimac, Svjetlost7.1 
 3. Cinac, Kvarner 20107.0 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner7.0 
 5. Suton, Cibona7.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split6.7 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.6 
 9. Vujcic, KK Split5.9 
 10. Mrva, Jolly5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split4.7 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.6 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner4.2 
 5. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.9 
 7. Wright, Cibona3.6 
 8. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.1 
 9. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Rozic, Cibona2.2 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.0 
 4. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.9 
 5. Wright, Cibona1.8 
 6. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 7. Stimac, Svjetlost1.6 
 8. Sobin, KK Split1.6 
 9. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 10. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.9 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.3 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split1.0 
 6. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Buva, Krizevci0.7 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 9. Babic, KK Split0.6 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 4. Grant, Levice17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.3 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
 10. Stanek, Chomutov14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Pesic, Inter B.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 6. Naymick, CEZ N.7.6 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.6 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 9. Modric, Levice7.2 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. McFadden, Usti n.4.1 
 8. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava4.1 
 10. Barnes, BC Kolin3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.7 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Abrams, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 8. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 9. Grant, Levice0.9 
 10. Meno, Svitavy0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE   


USBasket.com All-D-League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket News

USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Justin Dentmon
Dentmon
Blake Ahearn
Ahearn
Malcolm Thomas
Thomas
Edwin Ubiles
Ubiles
Greg Smith
Smith
#e#5

Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin T.
Guard of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin T.
Forward of the Year: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88) of Los Angeles D.
Center of the Year: Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91) of Rio Grande
Most Improved Player of the Year: Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87) of Maine RC
Rookie of the Year: Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86) of Dakota W.
Defensive Player of the Year: Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85) of Dakota W.
Coach of the Year: Brad Jones of Austin T.

1st Team
PG: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-84) of Reno Bighorns
G: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-85) of Austin T.
C: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-88) of Los Angeles D.
G/F: Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-86) of Dakota W.
C: Greg Smith (6'10''-91) of Rio Grande

2nd Team
PG: Courtney Fortson (5'11''-88) of Los Angeles D.
G: Elijah Millsap (6'6''-87) of Los Angeles D.
F: Eric Dawson (6'9''-84) of Austin T.
F/C: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-86) of Tulsa 66ers
C: Jeff Foote (7'0''-88) of Springfield A.

3rd Team
F/G: Morris Almond (6'6''-85) of Washington W.
G: Jerry Smith (6'2''-87) of Springfield A.
F: Brandon Costner (6'9''-87) of Los Angeles D.
F: Dennis Horner (6'9''-88) of Springfield A.
F: Sean Williams (6'10''-86) of Texas Legends

Honorable Mention
Jameson Curry (6'4''-G-86) of Springfield A.
Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82) of Reno Bighorns
Michael Efevberha (6'7''-G-84) of Iowa E.
Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85) of Dakota W.
Zachary Andrews (6'8''-F/C-85) of Los Angeles D.
Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85) of Dakota W.
D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89) of Erie BayHawks
Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82) of Bakersfield J.
Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86) of Tulsa 66ers
Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75) of Idaho Stampede

Gatorade All-D-League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Blake Ahearn
Ahearn
Justin Dentmon
Dentmon
Malcolm Thomas
Thomas
Edwin Ubiles
Ubiles
Greg Smith
Smith
#e#5

1st Team
PG: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-84) of Reno Bighorns
G: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-85) of Austin T.
C: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-88) of Los Angeles D.
G/F: Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-86) of Dakota W.
C: Greg Smith (6'10''-91) of Rio Grande

2nd Team
PG: Courtney Fortson (5'11''-88) of Los Angeles D.
G: Elijah Millsap (6'6''-87) of Los Angeles D.
F: Eric Dawson (6'9''-84) of Austin T.
F/C: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-86) of Tulsa 66ers
C: Jeff Foote (7'0''-88) of Springfield A.

3rd Team
F/G: Morris Almond (6'6''-85) of Maine RC
G: Jerry Smith (6'2''-87) of Springfield A.
F: Brandon Costner (6'9''-87) of Los Angeles D.
F: Dennis Horner (6'9''-88) of Springfield A.
F: Sean Williams (6'10''-86) of Texas Legends

Honorable Mention
Jameson Curry (6'4''-G-86) of Springfield A.
Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82) of Reno Bighorns
Michael Efevberha (6'7''-G-84) of Iowa E.
Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85) of Dakota W.
Zachary Andrews (6'8''-F/C-85) of Los Angeles D.
Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85) of Dakota W.
D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89) of Erie BayHawks
Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82) of Bakersfield J.
Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86) of Tulsa 66ers
Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75) of Idaho Stampede

All-Defensive 1st Team
Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85) of Dakota W.
Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-87) of Springfield A.
Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85) of Dakota W.
Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88) of Los Angeles D.
Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86) of Texas Legends

All-Defensive 2nd Team

Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87) of Tulsa 66ers
Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88) of Los Angeles D.
Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86) of Tulsa 66ers
Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83) of Tulsa 66ers
Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75) of Idaho Stampede

Courtesy of D-League



2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Usbasket announces the American awards for last year. So for the second time Usbasket would like to announce its 2011-2012 National Awards.

It's prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 20 players up to the NBA this season including 2011 Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Othyus Jeffers and 2nd Team member Jeff Adrian.

The UBA continues to be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in just 3 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angel es Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, it's the longest running US pro league in the USA.

The NBL Canada is th new league on the block but their carrying themselves like a true top notice league. Looke to be a future power.

This year, Justin Dentmon dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Justin Dentmon. The D-League star had a terrific season with Austin Toros, leading the team to a 35-17 record. Dentmon led the Toros in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 22.6ppg. Dentmon was also named to the 2011 USA National Team. There is no question that he will be next in line for a call-up.

Shooting Guard of the Year is no surprise, Elijah Millsap. Millsap was called-up by the LA Lakers before returning to the Defenders. He finished the season an All-Star with an average of 19.6ppg and 6.5rpg.

In small forward position there is New Jersey Nets player Andre Emmett. This year, Emmett was one of the Dleagues top scorers with an average of 23.1ppg. The Texas Tech Star spent this season in the D-League with Reno Bighorns. He is currently playing in Lebanon for the playoffs.

Power forward of the year is one of the best athletes in the country: Brandon Costner. The Dleague All- Star was one of the key players of the LA Defender Championship run. Costner is currently averaging 19.6ppg and 6.0rpg.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Marcus Lewis. The big man had an impressive year with Tulsa 66ers averaging 15.6ppg and a league best 12.4rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

The best coach of the year has to be the surprise of the year, Travis McAvene. He was named USbasket.com All-UBA coach of the Year leading his Cincinnati Slam to a 19-1 record and sending 4 players overseas in just his first season in the UBA. McAvene has also been named to the USA National Team staff for the William Jones Cup in Taiwan this summer live o ESPN.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2012
#s#
Justin Dentmon
Dentmon
Brandon Costner
Costner
Marcus Lewis
Lewis
Andre Emmett
Emmett
Morris Almond
Almond
#e#5

Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Point Guard of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Small Forward of the Year: Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Power Forward of the Year: Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
Center of the Year: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
Coach of the Year: Travis McAvene of UBA

1st Team
F: Brandon Costner (6'9''-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
F/C: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
G: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
G/F: Andre Emmett (6'5''-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
F/G: Morris Almond (6'6''-85) of Maine RC (NBA Dleague)

2nd Team
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-82) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA/Dominican Republic)
F: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-85) of Bakersfield Jam (NBL)
PG: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-84) of Reno Bighorns (Dleague)
G: Perry Petty (6'1''-88) of Central Illinois Drive (PBL)
F: Chris Commons (6'9''-84) of Scranton (PBL)
F/C: Jermaine Bell (6'11''-84) of Jacksonville Giants (ABA)

3rd Team
G: Tony White (6'0''-88) of South Carolina Warriors (ABA)
C: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-88) of LA Defenders (Dleague)
G/F: Hugh Jones (6'5''-80) of Beltway Bombers (ACPBL)
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-83) of Kankakee Country S. (IBA)
F: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-88) of Cincinnati Slam/ Chile (UBA)
G: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-81) of Saint John MR (NBL)

Honorable Mention
Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76) of Los Angeles Slam (WCBL)
Nick Carter (6'1''-F-86) of Hudson Valley H. (EBA)
Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89) of Battle Creek (IBA)
Herman Favors (5'9''-G-84) of Sauk Valley Predators (PBL)
Chris Matthews (6'4''-G-85) of Washingron Maddness (EBA)
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA)
Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (PBL)
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Southern Generals (UBA)
Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91) of Rio Grande Vipers (Dleague)



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 25-3 
 2. Chalon 22-5 
 3. Orleans 19-9 
 4. Le Mans 17-11 
 5. Nancy 16-12 
 6. Paris-Levallois 16-12 
 7. Roanne 15-13 
 8. Cholet 15-13 
 9. Nanterre 14-14 
 10. Dijon 14-15 
 11. Strasbourg 13-15 
 12. ASVEL 12-16 
 13. Poitiers 9-19 
 14. Le Havre 9-19 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-22 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 4: Dijon - Cholet 67-74
May. 5: Hyeres-Toulon - Le Havre
May. 5: Le Mans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
May. 5: Paris-Levallois - Gravelines
May. 5: Poitiers - Nancy
May. 5: Roanne - Nanterre
May. 5: Strasbourg - Orleans
May. 5: Chalon - ASVEL


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.19.9 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans17.8 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.2 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.1 
 5. Williams, Paris-.17.0 
 6. Hamilton, Paris-.16.7 
 7. Schilb, Chalon16.6 
 8. Causeur, Cholet16.1 
 9. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 10. Delaney, Chalon15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.1 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.0 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.9 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.1 
 5. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 6. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.0 
 7. Vebobe, Cholet6.9 
 8. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.7 
 10. Camara, Le Havre6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.5 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.4 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Pellin, Orleans5.2 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.1 
 6. Dixon, Dijon5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 8. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 10. Cox, Le Havre4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.4 
 2. Dobbins, Poitiers2.2 
 3. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 5. Linehan, Nancy1.9 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.8 
 7. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 8. Shuler, Nancy1.7 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 10. Nelson, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.1 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.4 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 6. Hamilton, Paris-.1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.0.9 
 10. Armstrong, AS.0.9 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 26-6 
 2. Boulazac 23-9 
 3. Chalons-Reims 23-10 
 4. Maurienne 21-11 
 5. Fos Ouest 21-12 
 6. Bordeaux 20-13 
 7. Boulogne 17-15 
 8. Evreux 16-16 
 9. Lille 16-17 
 10. St Vallier 15-17 
 11. Bourg 15-17 
 12. Antibes 14-18 
 13. Nantes 13-19 
 14. Rouen 12-20 
 15. Le Portel 12-21 
 16. Denain 11-21 
 17. Quimper 9-23 
 18. Vichy 7-26 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 4: Chalons-Reims - Le Portel 98-59
May. 4: Bordeaux - Lille 82-74
May. 4: Fos Ouest - Vichy 76-53
May. 5: Boulazac - Evreux
May. 5: Boulogne - St Vallier
May. 5: Bourg - Antibes
May. 5: Limoges - Maurienne
May. 5: Quimper - Nantes
May. 5: Rouen - Denain


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.4 
 2. Brown, Maurienne17.7 
 3. Davis, Le Portel17.0 
 4. McCray, Boulogne16.3 
 5. Wood, Evreux16.2 
 6. Paelay, Quimper15.7 
 7. Carter, Chalons-.15.5 
 8. Monroe, Boulazac15.3 
 9. Kante, Denain15.3 
 10. Denave, St Vallier15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Massie, Limoges11.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.0 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.9 
 4. Monroe, Boulazac9.4 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.3 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.7 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.5 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.1 
 9. Badiane, Nantes7.9 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Taylor, Le Portel6.6 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.5.9 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 4. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.2 
 6. Denave, St Vallier4.9 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.9 
 8. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 9. Mouillard, Quimper4.4 
 10. Eito, Vichy4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.4 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.4 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.0 
 4. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 5. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 6. Rowland, Evreux1.8 
 7. Eito, Vichy1.8 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux1.8 
 9. Choquet, Fos Ouest1.8 
 10. Allen, Antibes1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 3. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 6. Massie, Limoges1.0 
 7. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier0.8 
 10. Barrett, St Valli.0.8 


Pau-Orthez extends Jean-Fred Morency - by Eurobasket News

Pau-Orthez announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Jean-Frederic Morency (199-F-89). The 23-year-old forward is a product of Pau-Orthez, where he started as a teenager. He played 6 EuroChallenge games for the club this season averaging 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals. In ProA, Morency averages 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds for 28 games (so far). Jean-Frederic Morency was promoted to the senior squad in 2008. Two years later Pau-Orthez won the ProB title. Morency had 2.9 ppg and 1.1 rpg. Last season in ProA he registered 4.9 ppg and 2.2 rpg for 26 games. Pau-Orthez reached Samaine des As Semifinals last year. This season the club is facing with relegation from ProA. After 28 rounds they registered only 6 wins, what is of course not enough for the survival.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory over the fifth-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (19-12) 85-81 in the Italian SerieA in Thursday night's game. McCalebb was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 36 minutes on the court. 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. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.3%(127-204), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 76.7% in the 30 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite McCalebb played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.), who plays in Russia. He could not help Lokomotiv (9-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Massey's very good performance the fourth-placed Lokomotiv was defeated 91-83 on the road by the higher-ranked Lietuvos rytas (#3) in the group B of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Massey also added 3 assists. Massey belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 77.9%. Massey is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Massey played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2009. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Predrag Samardziski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in Lithuania. Samardziski was not able to help Lietuvos rytas (0-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Lietuvos rytas lost 70-74 in Kaunas to the lower-ranked Zalgiris. Samardziski was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year Samardziski averages: 9.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 63.6%(14-22) and FT: 33.3% in the three games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Samardziski is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #4. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87) was the major contributor in an overtime BC Donetsk's victory against the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (23-16) 96-94 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Monday night's game. He recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Donetsk (31-8) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This season Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Stojanovski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #5. Former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed to a 1-point Air Avellino's victory against the closely-ranked Cimberio Varese (16-15) 78-77 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 10 passes in 40 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (14-17) is placed ninth in the SerieA. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Green's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Green is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Green averages: 15.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.4apg and 2.4spg in the 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Green played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster. Interesting that Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #6. Forward Pero Antic (210-82, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-10) crushing them 90-65 in a derby game in the Greek A1 on Thursday night. He scored 8 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. It's Antic's first season with the team. Antic's overall stats this year are: 7.3ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Bulgarian national team, Antic is also an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Darius Washington
Darius Washington
   #7. International point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) 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. He scored 17 points and added 8 passes in 22 minutes. Turk Telekom Ankara (13-17) is placed ninth in the TBL. The Regular Season already ended. Washington has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Washington played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster. However Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #8. Point guard Vlado Ilievski (189-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Massey. But that was another game of his team in Russian PBL which we would like to mention. Ilievski was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (9-9) in their game against CSKA Moscow (17-1). He recorded 9 points and added 5 assists. But Lokomotiv was defeated 94-87 in Moscow by the leading CSKA. Ilievski's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Ilievski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Damjan Stojanovski
Damjan Stojanovski
   #9. International forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Chernomorets (3-25) crushing them 94-69 in the Bulgarian NBL on Tuesday night. He recorded 7 points and had 3 steals in 16 minutes. Lukoil Academik Sofia (25-3) is placed first in the NBL. This year Stojanovski's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Stojanovski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Kiril Pavlovski
Kiril Pavlovski
   #10. Center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) faced previously mentioned Damjan Stojanovski in the Bulgarian NBL last game. Pavlovski, who plays in the Bulgarian NBL couldn't help Chernomorets (3-25) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Chernomorets was crushed 94-69 in Sofia by the leading Lukoil Academik. Pavlovski was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Pavlovski belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Pavlovski averages: 16.1ppg and 9.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Pavlovski is also an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) contributed to a Thor Thorl's victory against the league leader Grindavik 98-91 in the Icelandic Express League last Sunday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Janev has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg in the 25 games. Despite he played previously for the Australian U21 national team, Janev is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.



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  GABON   


Gabon/Afrobasket U18 / The National team B in preparation for Maputo - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

Gabon/Afrobasket U18 / The National team B in preparation for Maputo

The selection of U18 Gabon prepares for a few days in Libreville the 18th edition of the Afrobasket U18 male whose final is scheduled for Maputo in Mozambique in the coming months.

This is part of its participation in the 18th final of the U18 male Afrobasket held in Maputo in Mozambique, the selection of Gabon in Libreville grouping since Tuesday is actively preparing this appointment.

This preparation takes place in the gymnasium of the high school Paul Indjendjet Gondjout, since Tuesday evening is overseen by the American expert, Joseph TOUOMOU.

This preparation is focused on several stages marked by such a preselection of players to constitute the final group that will compete in the finals of the 18th Afrobasket.

The champion and the runner up will qualify for the World U-19 in 2013.

The short-listed for the Estuary (Libreville)

MESSI JUNIOR (TOUNGUI BB),
OSSAMI AXE (TOUNGUI BB),
CORREIA OBAME (ESPOIR BC)
NDIKOUENDI CHRIS (ESPOIR BC)
NGOMO KARL (ESPOIR BC)
MABICKA MOUSSOUAMI (ESPOIR BC)
PASCAL AMEDE (RANGERS BB)
ONDO MATHURIN (RANGERS BB )
SIMA ENSSANVOUS LOYD (DON BOSCO BB),
LANDJI ELLIOT (DON BOSCO BB),
DEZAZOUNA DIN (DON BOSCO BB),
BOUSSOUGOU TONI (SOMO B)

The coach expects Nguimbi Hugues other youth from other provinces to supplement its workforce ...




Gabon/Afrobasket U18 / The National team B in preparation for Maputo - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

Gabon/Afrobasket U18 / The National team B in preparation for Maputo

The selection of U18 Gabon prepares for a few days in Libreville the 18th edition of the Afrobasket U18 male whose final is scheduled for Maputo in Mozambique in the coming months.

This is part of its participation in the 18th final of the U18 male Afrobasket held in Maputo in Mozambique, the selection of Gabon in Libreville grouping since Tuesday is actively preparing this appointment.

This preparation takes place in the gymnasium of the high school Paul Indjendjet Gondjout, since Tuesday evening is overseen by the American expert, Joseph TOUOMOU.

This preparation is focused on several stages marked by such a preselection of players to constitute the final group that will compete in the finals of the 18th Afrobasket.

The champion and the runner up will qualify for the World U-19 in 2013.

The short-listed for the Estuary (Libreville)

MESSI JUNIOR (TOUNGUI BB),
OSSAMI AXE (TOUNGUI BB),
CORREIA OBAME (ESPOIR BC)
NDIKOUENDI CHRIS (ESPOIR BC)
NGOMO KARL (ESPOIR BC)
MABICKA MOUSSOUAMI (ESPOIR BC)
PASCAL AMEDE (RANGERS BB)
ONDO MATHURIN (RANGERS BB )
SIMA ENSSANVOUS LOYD (DON BOSCO BB),
LANDJI ELLIOT (DON BOSCO BB),
DEZAZOUNA DIN (DON BOSCO BB),
BOUSSOUGOU TONI (SOMO B)

The coach expects Nguimbi Hugues other youth from other provinces to supplement its workforce ...



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Blair, MIA Academy25.6 
 2. Carter, Dinamo T.23.4 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.22.2 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi19.7 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy17.5 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi17.3 
 7. Woodside, Armia17.0 
 8. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.7 
 9. Thomas, Armia16.5 
 10. Niniashvili, TSU16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.8 
 2. Dvalishvili, Samed.10.8 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.1 
 4. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.9.7 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.5 
 6. Milutinovic, Olimpi8.8 
 7. Hoger, Olimpi8.8 
 8. Smith, MIA Academy8.7 
 9. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 10. Machaladze, STU8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi8.4 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.3 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.7 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.5 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.4 
 7. Artsividze, Rustavi4.8 
 8. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.7 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi4.2 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.3 
 2. Woodside, Armia2.8 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 4. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.9 
 7. Diaz, Armia1.9 
 8. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 9. Chitashvili, TSU T.1.9 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.4.3 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia1.8 
 3. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.3 
 4. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.2 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.2 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 7. Hoger, Olimpi1.0 
 8. Shermadini, TSU T.0.9 
 9. Smith, MIA Academy0.8 
 10. Antadze, STU T.0.8 


Sokhumi Tbilisi adds Jackson to their roster - by Eurobasket Center

Sokhumi Tbilisi agreed terms with 27-year old Maltese ex-international-American Joshua Jackson (189-SG-85, college: Warner Pacific). In his first game he scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and 4 assists helping his new team beat MIA Academy 82-78. Jackson played most recently at InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus). He is a very experienced player. Jackson played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Romania and Malta. He graduated Warner Pacific College in 2008 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. Jackson played for Maltese senior national until 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Stevan Milosevic joins Sokhumi Tbilisi - by Eurobasket Center

Sokhumi Tbilisi agreed terms with 27-year old Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-C-125kg-85). In his first game he scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and 3 assists helping his new team beat MIA Academy 82-78. Milosevic played most recently at Bucaneros de La Guaira (Venezuela). While playing 3 games for Bucaneros this season he averaged 4.0ppg and 3.0rpg. Milosevic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and Venezuela.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sokhumi Tbilisi add Joshua Jackson and Stevan Milosevic before the Play-offs - by Eurobasket Center

Sokhumi Tbilisi add Joshua Jackson (189-SG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Warner Pacific) and Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) before the Play-offs. Earlier the team announced Ryan Richards.
Sokhumi Tbilisi agreed terms with 27-year old Joshua Jackson. Jackson played most recently at InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus). He is a very experienced player. Jackson played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Romania and Malta. He graduated Warner Pacific College in 2008 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball. Jackson played for Maltese senior national until 2010.
Sokhumi Tbilisi also agreed terms with 27-year old Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic. Milosevic played most recently at Bucaneros de La Guaira (Venezuela). While playing 3 games for Bucaneros this season he averaged 4.0ppg and 3.0rpg. Milosevic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and Venezuela.



Superleague Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kutaisi - TSU Tbilisi 85-55

Kutaisi dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to TSU's 16. They outrebounded TSU 47-29 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kutaisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for TSU. 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:
Kutaisi: R.Didia 15+6reb+3ast, D.Cohadarevic 13+9reb+4ast, D.Barbakadze 12+5reb+1ast, L.Tsekvava 11+6reb+2ast, R.Matiashvili 10+16reb+8ast, G.Barbakadze 6+2reb+3ast
TSU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 22+6reb+2ast, D.Khizanishvili 11+1reb, G.Bakradze 11+3reb+5ast, V.Beruashvili 6+7reb+2ast, S.Shermadini 4+3reb+2ast, V.Chkareuli 1+3reb+1ast
gschID: 175298


MIA Academy - Sokhumi 78-82

MIA trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 28-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-82 at the end of the game. They outrebounded MIA 38-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Sokhumi looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 assists for the winners and British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty) responded with 22 points and 6 assists and the former international center Davit Imnadze (208-85) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four MIA players scored in double figures. MIA's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 27+4reb+6ast, R.Richards 18+10reb+2ast, J.Jackson 17+4reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 8+8reb+3ast, L.Patsatsia 6+7reb+4ast, I.Chlaidze 4
MIA Academy: L.Blair 22+2reb+6ast, D.Imnadze 13+5reb, T.Smith 11+1reb+1ast, J.Tubbs 10+4reb+3ast, I.Londaridze 8+4reb, A.Trepalovac 6+1reb
gschID: 175296


Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi 70-64

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dinamo Tbilisi won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winning side and international guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) accounted for 19 points and 4 assists. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 20 rebounds and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) added 21 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Dinamo Tbilisi in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: G.Tsintsadze 19+2reb+4ast, I.Hoger 15+12reb, G.Gamqrelidze 12+6reb+4ast, M.Berishvili 9+11reb+2ast, N.Tutus 7+9reb+3ast, I.Milutinovic 5+3reb
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 28+20reb+2ast, M.Oluic 21+9reb+3ast, A.Zecevic 10+3reb, A.Gruev 3+2reb+6ast, D.Sanadze 2+5reb+3ast, L.Sukhishvili 0+1reb
gschID: 175297


Armia - Samedicino 100-70

The game was mostly controlled by Armia. Samedicino-Academia managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Samedicino-Academia's 48. Armia forced 20 Samedicino-Academia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Swedish power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Armia's coach Kote Tugushi felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and guard Konstantine Tomaradze (197-90) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Five Armia and four Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Armia: J.Richardson 17+4reb+4ast, W.Thomas 13+3reb+1ast, J.Kjellbom 13+6reb+1ast, B.Woodside 11+3reb+4ast, G.Diaz 11+2reb, A.Boisa 11+3reb+2ast
Samedicino: K.Tomaradze 18+2reb+3ast, M.Chochua 15+6reb, A.Dvalishvili 14+12reb+3ast, N.Ilic 10+5reb, M.Abaishvili 7+1reb+9ast, G.Shvangiradze 3+1ast
gschID: 175295



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Ahmad Smith (Kirchheim Knights) Its All About Winning A Championship That Nobody Can Take Away From This Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 27 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing fort he Kirchheim Knights. He played at St.Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8 (14.2ppg), RebA10-10 (6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9 (3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. Last season, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. He spoke to eurobasket before the 2012 PRO A finals against MBC.

The Kirchheim Knights easily disposed of the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf in three games. Were you a little surprised how quick the series went?


No, we weren't surprised with the outcome of the series. Duessldorf stated that we would only win one game so that was motivation for us to get the sweep.

The team now has had a lot of time to rest. How fit is the team currently physically and mentally in preparation for the finals?


The rest has been good for some players who have small injuries. We've had some good practices the past week and should be ready for the series.

The Kirchheim Knights lost both regular season games to MBC. What is your memory of these two games?


They made more plays than us in crunch time. Both games were close, but we didn't make plays to close the games like we usually do.

What has been the focus in practice this week for the MBC series?


Focusing on our defense and minimizing turnovers on offense.

How big is the revenge factor in this series? Kirchheim probably wont move up to the Beko BBL, but pride will be a big factor.


The revenge factor is no key for the series for us, we set our goal in pre season to win a championship and now were here. Not moving up to the BBL is out of our hands we did what we had to do to get there on the court. Its just about winning a championship something no one can take away from this team.


MBC has many talented players. What will be key in getting past MBC and winning the PRO A?


Playing tough defense every possession

It will take a whole team effort, but if you had to pick one player to control most who would you choose?


I have to pick myself I'm the point guard so I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well and lead the team. Whether that being scoring or getting my teammates involved.

AMARE STOUDEMIRE injured his hand after a post game loss tirade. Are you surprised that this could happen to a player like him?

Yeah I'm surprised about that situation I don't know what he was thinking. Hopefully he can get back healthy soon.

With Rajon Rondo missing a game and the team down 1-0, will the Boston Celtics soon have summer vacation?


Absolutely not, they will win the series.

NBA commissioner David Stern suggests that this summers London Games may be the last Olympics that will see the league's top stars. He has hinted future teams may only have under 23 players. Is this something that will hurt or benefit?


It could benefit the younger players, but I don't think it will happen. People want to see the leagues top stars in the Olympics.

Thanks Ahmad for tue chat





The Fraport Skyliners Haul In Konstantin Klein - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Six days after the season ended in a do or die game in Bonn, the Fraport Skyliners didnt wait long for signing their first new player for the 2012-2013 season bringing in Konstantin Klein (185-PG-91). Klein is a 20 year old 185cm point guard that got a two year contract with an option for a third year and will have a double license to also play for the Fraport Skyliners juniors. Last season, he played for the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProB, starting five): 28 games: 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.2%. 'We are very happy to have goten a player that we can work with intensively for the next two to three years. Our goal is that at the latest he can be a back up at the point guard position in his third year. He is in the 12 man Beko BBL team roster, but will get most of his playing time next season with the Fraport Skyliners in the PRO B. He started his basketball career for
ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) in 2008 where he played until 2011. In 2010-2011, he played in the PRO B playing 19 games: 5.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 70.0%. 'My goal is to be able to play in the first league and will work hard to reach this goal. I am looking forward to be working tgether with Klaus Perwas whoo I have heard belongs to the best at his job. I also know Eric Detlev who we played against last season and also Muli Katzurin who I know from my time in Berlin', stressed Konstantin Klein. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -09, Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) -09
European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.7rpg, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10, German U20 National Team -11, European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11: 9 games: 3.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0apg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -12, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -12.

Source: Fraport Skyliners





Louis Hinnant (Mittledeutscher BC) There Isnt A Big Margin Of Error In A Two Game Series - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Louis Hinnant (193-PG-84, college: Boston Coll.) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Gwynn Park/Oxon Hill,Maryland that recently joined the Mitteldeutscher BC. He played at Boston College from 2002-2005. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.6apg, FG: 48.4%, 3PT: 43%, FT: 69.1%. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. In 2006-2007, he started his professional basketball career with Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 22 games: 16.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 74.1%. In 2007-2008, he played for Joensuun Kataja (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 41 games: 18.0ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.4apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 87.5%. He then played for Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary) from 2008-2010 winning the league title and cup in 2010. Last season, he played for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-Superleague)playing 13 games: 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 71.7%. This season, he started off with Anwil Wloclawek (Poland) but left in Oct.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny, but left the same month. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against Kirchheim May 4th.

Congrats on reaching the PRO A final. After coming late in January to the team, how thrilled are you that your ride continues to be in the direction of winning the PRO A title?

Im very happy about the way that things have been going so far. As a team our goal was always to move up into the BBL and win the Pro A title and we have continued to purse that goal.

What in the end was key for MBC getting over the hump against the Crailsheim Merlins?

I think it was our defense, and getting them to play against a half court, 5 on 5 defense for the majority of the game. Our team defense has really stepped up over the last month or so and that has been the key for us in the playoffs.

After not being much of a factor in the Jena series, you scored in double figures in three of the four games against Crailsheim. Did Silvano Poropat find more trust in your talent in that series

I think outside of the first Jena game, I played an important role. It may have been hard to see exactly how much just because of the margin of victory we were able to win by against Jena. But obviously the games were a little more close and competitive against Crailsheim, so I had to do a little more.

MBC split the season series with Kirchheim and you played in the 92-82 win against them. What do you remember from this game?

I remember them being a very dangerous team. I believe the game went into overtime in the game where I played against them, so we definitely have our work cut out for us.

MBC have the home court advantage and are the favorite since they can elect when to play their home game. What will be key in getting the win in this series?

Its hard to say that anyone has the home court advantage in this series. Its only 2 games, and both teams get a chance to play home, once. It will be important for both team to play well at home as well as on the road, because there isn't a big margin for error.

Can the 76ers take the series against the Chicago Bulls with no Derrick Rose?

Can they take the series? Sure they can but I don't think that they will. The Bulls have pretty much grown accustomed to playing without Rose this season, and they have great coaching to get through this round.

Will the big game two win by the Boston Celtics with no Rajon Rondo propel them past the Atlanta Haws in this series?

I think that it will. It was a good chance for Atlanta to come out and definitely go up 2-0 without Rondo on the floor. It didn't happen and Im sure the Hawks are upset about that. But I hope to see Boston moving on to the next round

Was the seven game ban for World Metta Peace fair and what has been the worst cheap shot FOUL that you have ever seen in the NBA?


I think the suspension was enough, he pretty much has to miss the entire first round of the playoffs. And I think the shot from Metta World Peace is definitely one of the worse cheap shots that I have seen in the NBA. Maybe the shot from Kermit Washington to Rudy Tomjanovich, but that was just a punch, not a cheap shot.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Watched the movie Red Tails yesterday.

Thanks Louis for the chat.



Jan Heide Retires - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team SSV Lok Bernau announced today that Jan Heide (184-PG-83) will not continue to play for the team, but hang up his sneakers and join Rene Schilling on the coaching staff. Heide is a 28 year old 184cm point guard that started his career in 2003 and spent almost every season with Bernau and last season played 25 games averaging 4,7ppg, 2,5rpg and 2,5apg. 'It wasnt an easy decision as basketball is my life, but it will continue to be my life. I know the coach well from my days in Cottbus. I think that Rene Schilling will be able to teach me a lot', stated Jan Heide (184-PG-83). Heide was in the best basketball age, but pain is what held him back from still playing. 'I have an injury in my hip joint. You have to be 100% fit to play this game. The health risk was just to big and in this case, my health goes before the sport', added Jan Heide (184-PG-83). Heide played a total of 108 games for SSV Lok Bernau and was German Regionalliga (North Group) Runner-Up -10.

Source: SSV Lok Bernau





Three more players to stay with SC Rist Wedel - by Moritz Korff

SC Rist Wedel (2. Bundesliga Pro B) announced to have reached agreements with three players for the 2012-13 season: Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket), Jonas Laatzen (195-F-89) and Tim Parohl (200-F-92) will remain with the Risters, who had re-signed Augie Johnston (185-G-86, college: CS Monterey) and Fabian Boeke (211-F-86, college: Washington St.) to contract extensions earlier.
Akpinar was named 2011-12 Eurobasket.com All-Pro B Newcomer of the Year: The 16-year-old point guard averaged close to six points per contest in his first year in men's basketball. Laatzen scored 2.8 points a game for the Wedel team, while Parohl added 1.7 points per contest.



Uni-Riesen Leipzig and coach Polychroniadis part company - by Moritz Korff

Dimitris Polychroniadis has finished his tenure at Uni-Riesen Leipzig after four years. The Greek head coach was first hired by the Leipzig team in 2008 and led the club to promotion to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B in 2010. Under his guidance the team developed into a Pro B powerhouse and a serious title contender within only two years. Polychroniadis coached the team to a 15-7 record in the 2011-12 regular season and an appearance in the Pro B playoff quarterfinals. Prior to the Leipzig job, he served a long term stint at Osnabruecker SC.


Adrian Bowie joins Hertener Loewen for 2012-13 season - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit Hertener Loewen has signed Adrian Bowie (187-G-89, college: Maryland) for the 2012-13 season, the club tells today. 'He is able to the read the game, he can defend, shoot, he is very dynamic, quick and athletic', Herten head coach Dirk Altenbeck says about his new player. Bowie spent his four year college career at the University of Maryland. During his senior season (2010-11) he averaged 8.8 points, 3.5 assists and 3 boards per contest for the Terrapins. He was close to signing with SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. of Poland for the 2011-12 campaign, but eventually ended up playing for the Bay Area Shuckers of the ACPBL. He saw action in 11 games for the Shuckers and led the team with 28.8 points and 5.7 assists per outing.


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Aaron Doornekamp selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Aaron Doornekamp (198-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Otto Caserta (12-19) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Doornekamp's good performance Otto Caserta was defeated 88-84 on the road by the higher-ranked Angelico Biella (#10). He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Doornekamp's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Doornekamp averages: 7.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 45.3%(29-64) and FT: 84.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Despite Doornekamp played previously for the Canadian national team, he is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Henk Norel (212-87). Norel contributed to a FIATC Joventut's victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (17-16) 74-63 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (16-17) is placed ninth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Norel's fourth season with the team. This year Norel's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 50.7% and FT: 75.0% in the 27 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Norel played also for the Dutch national team in 2010.

Devon Van Oostrum
Devon Van Oostrum
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He was not able to help CB Tarragona 2017 (11-23) in their last game on Friday. Despite Van Oostrum's very good performance CB Tarragona 2017 was defeated 111-98 in Tenerife by the leading Canarias. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. The Regular Season already ended. It's Van Oostrum's first season with the team. Van Oostrum's total stats this year are: 6.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 58.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and British. Despite Van Oostrum played previously for the British national team, he played also for the Dutch national team in 2010.

Kim Tillie
Kim Tillie
   #4. Forward Kim Tillie (210-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) managed to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-22) 72-53 in the French ProA last Friday. Tillie recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (12-16) is placed 12th in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tillie has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 28 games. He has both Dutch and French nationalities. Tillie is also Dutch national team player.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #5. Former international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for UB La Palma (19-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance UB La Palma was crushed 71-49 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Lobe_Huesca (#15). Schaftenaar was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 3 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This season Schaftenaar has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Schaftenaar is currently in the Dutch national team roster.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #6. Forward Robin Smeulders (208-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) helped EWE Baskets win their game against the 16th-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-24) 84-77 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (16-18) is placed tenth in the BBL. The Regular Season already ended. This year Smeulders' total stats are: 4.5ppg and 3.9rpg in the 25 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

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

   #1. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) led PGE Turow to a victory over the fourth-ranked Anwil (5-5) crushing them 86-58 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kickert scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A. Kickert has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg and 4.3rpg in the 37 games he played so far. Kickert has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Despite his Dutch passport, Kickert currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

Other top Dutch players, who play abroad:

Francisco Elson (212-C-76) plays for Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA
Dan Gadzuric (211-C-78) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA
Travis Stel (202-F-71) plays for Antwerp Giants in Belgian D1
Kasper Averink (183-PG-93) plays for Prievidza in Slovakian Extraliga
Dewayne Johns (191-G-64) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Ewoud Kloos (185-G/F-89) plays for UB La Palma in Spanish LEB Gold
Gijs Geerders (208-C-69) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Guys Geerdens (208-C-69) plays for Raiffeisen Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga

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



Eredivisie Semifinals: First games - by Eurobasket News

First games of Eredivisie Semifinals were played last night. Home teams had no mercy for the guests taking 1-0 lead in the series. Leiden was better than Zwolle 76-63, while Groningen handed 67-54 loss to Den Bosch. The format is best-of-five and teams will meet again on Sunday. Zwolle and Den Bosch will be the hosts. After that, third games will be played on Tuesday. Leiden is the defending champion and already won one trophy this season - Dutch Cup.

Leiden - Zwolle 76-63 (1-0)
The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leiden dominated on the defensive end, holding Zwolle to just 7 points in third quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Zwolle helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Thomas Jackson (175-80, college: Butler) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. American guard Cameron Wells (185-88, college: Citadel, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 16 points and power forward Kenrick Zondervan (206-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Zwolle. Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leiden was the winner of Group A with 3-1 record.
Top scorers:
Leiden: S.Boxley 21+9reb+3ast, T.Jackson 14+2reb+6ast, A.Slagter 12+2reb, J.Shepherd 11+6reb+1ast, W.de Jong 7+4reb, M.Kherrazi 6+3reb
Zwolle: C.Wells 16+2reb+1ast, K.Zondervan 12+6reb, A.Saaka 11+5reb+1ast, A.Bunnig 9+1ast, D.Huffman 7+5reb+3ast, N.Hulzebos 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 175934


Groningen - Den Bosch 67-54 (1-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Den Bosch was better in third quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Den Bosch 43-28 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: R.H.Consultancy) stepped up and scored 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American power forward Avis Wyatt (211-84, college: Virginia St.) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side international forward Stefan Wessels (203-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Groningen was the winnner of Group B with 3-1 record.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Voorn 11+4reb+2ast, A.Wyatt 11+7reb, T.Theeuwkens 9+2reb+1ast, D.Bell 8+7reb+2ast, J.Dourisseau 6+3reb+1ast, S.de Randamie 6+8reb+5ast
Den Bosch: S.Wessels 12+10reb, T.Wesley 12+5reb+3ast, K.Akerboom 11+2reb+2ast, F.Turner 9+3reb+5ast, D.Gonzalvez 5+3reb+1ast, R.Jansen 3+1reb+1ast



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Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Gary Splash 9-3 
 2. Albany L. 8-2 
 3. Kankakee S. 8-2 
 4. Chicago R. 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 18

May. 2: Kankakee S. - Chicago R. 132-126
May. 2: Lake County S. - Kenosha B.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 1: Olympia R. - Vancouver V. 99-114
May. 3: Olympia R. - Portland C. 113-123
May. 4: Vancouver V. - Olympia R.
May. 4: Orlando V. - Bellingham S.
May. 4: Edmonton E. - Jersey G-F


Slam heads to Orlando this weekend - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam are heading far away from home this weekend as the team travels to Florida to take on the Orlando Venom in a pair of games Friday and Saturday.

Traveling to the east coast has not proved fortuitous in the past for the Slam, as the team holds a 1-7 record in games played in the Eastern time zone since the franchise started in 2005. The last time the Slam traveled back east was in 2010 to New York for the International Basketball League championship game, which they lost to the Albany Legends.

Currently, the Slam goes into the third week of the IBL season with a 2-1 record and is coming off a 112-100 victory at home to the Portland Chinooks last Saturday.

The Slam have been receiving notable contributions from several veteran players early this season, including center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's) who comes into this weekend's action with averages of 19 points and 12 rebounds per game. He is coming off a particularly strong game against Portland, in which he scored 20 points and pulled down 16 boards.

At the point, guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington) has been guiding the team and finds himself among the league's assist leaders, with an average of 6 per game. He has complemented his playmaying abilities with a 20 point per game scoring average and is also collecting 5 rebounds per game.

On the wing, Paul Hafford (6'4''-G-84, college: Portland St.) has once again shown himself to be one of the league's best shooters, averaging 19.3 points per game and a three-point shooting mark of 40 percent. He led all scorers with 21 points in last weekend's win over Portland.

The Slam's opponent this weekend, the Venom, is new to the IBL this season and is still searching for their first win after dropping a pair of home games last weekend to last season's league runner-up, the Edmonton Energy.

The Venom feature a balanced attack, but notable players the Slam will need to focus on include guard Terrence Hundley (6'3''-G-85, college: W.Georgia), a former IBL All-Star with the B.C. Titans, and center Gjio Bain (7'0''-C-85, college: S.Mississippi). Hundley is leading the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game, while Bain has been a formidable presence down low, scoring 13 points per game and leading Orlando in rebounding with a rebounding average of 10.5.

Both games against the Venom this weekend will take place at the Winter Park Community Center, with a 7 p.m. Eastern time tip-off both Friday and Saturday. Live statistics for the game will be provided online at http://livestats.bellinghamslam.com.

Following this weekend's road trip, the Slam return to Bellingham to take on the Vancouver Volcanoes, the defending IBL Champions, on May 11. A 7 p.m. tip-off is set for Whatcom Pavilion. The game will be broadcast live on KBAI-AM 930 and online at www.930kbai.com.



2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Usbasket announces the American awards for last year. So for the second time Usbasket would like to announce its 2011-2012 National Awards.

It's prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 20 players up to the NBA this season including 2011 Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Othyus Jeffers and 2nd Team member Jeff Adrian.

The UBA continues to be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in just 3 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angel es Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, it's the longest running US pro league in the USA.

The NBL Canada is th new league on the block but their carrying themselves like a true top notice league. Looke to be a future power.

This year, Justin Dentmon dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Justin Dentmon. The D-League star had a terrific season with Austin Toros, leading the team to a 35-17 record. Dentmon led the Toros in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 22.6ppg. Dentmon was also named to the 2011 USA National Team. There is no question that he will be next in line for a call-up.

Shooting Guard of the Year is no surprise, Elijah Millsap. Millsap was called-up by the LA Lakers before returning to the Defenders. He finished the season an All-Star with an average of 19.6ppg and 6.5rpg.

In small forward position there is New Jersey Nets player Andre Emmett. This year, Emmett was one of the Dleagues top scorers with an average of 23.1ppg. The Texas Tech Star spent this season in the D-League with Reno Bighorns. He is currently playing in Lebanon for the playoffs.

Power forward of the year is one of the best athletes in the country: Brandon Costner. The Dleague All- Star was one of the key players of the LA Defender Championship run. Costner is currently averaging 19.6ppg and 6.0rpg.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Marcus Lewis. The big man had an impressive year with Tulsa 66ers averaging 15.6ppg and a league best 12.4rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

The best coach of the year has to be the surprise of the year, Travis McAvene. He was named USbasket.com All-UBA coach of the Year leading his Cincinnati Slam to a 19-1 record and sending 4 players overseas in just his first season in the UBA. McAvene has also been named to the USA National Team staff for the William Jones Cup in Taiwan this summer live o ESPN.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2012
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Justin Dentmon
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Brandon Costner
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Marcus Lewis
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Andre Emmett
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Morris Almond
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Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Point Guard of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Small Forward of the Year: Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Power Forward of the Year: Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
Center of the Year: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
Coach of the Year: Travis McAvene of UBA

1st Team
F: Brandon Costner (6'9''-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
F/C: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
G: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
G/F: Andre Emmett (6'5''-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
F/G: Morris Almond (6'6''-85) of Maine RC (NBA Dleague)

2nd Team
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-82) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA/Dominican Republic)
F: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-85) of Bakersfield Jam (NBL)
PG: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-84) of Reno Bighorns (Dleague)
G: Perry Petty (6'1''-88) of Central Illinois Drive (PBL)
F: Chris Commons (6'9''-84) of Scranton (PBL)
F/C: Jermaine Bell (6'11''-84) of Jacksonville Giants (ABA)

3rd Team
G: Tony White (6'0''-88) of South Carolina Warriors (ABA)
C: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-88) of LA Defenders (Dleague)
G/F: Hugh Jones (6'5''-80) of Beltway Bombers (ACPBL)
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-83) of Kankakee Country S. (IBA)
F: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-88) of Cincinnati Slam/ Chile (UBA)
G: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-81) of Saint John MR (NBL)

Honorable Mention
Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76) of Los Angeles Slam (WCBL)
Nick Carter (6'1''-F-86) of Hudson Valley H. (EBA)
Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89) of Battle Creek (IBA)
Herman Favors (5'9''-G-84) of Sauk Valley Predators (PBL)
Chris Matthews (6'4''-G-85) of Washingron Maddness (EBA)
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA)
Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (PBL)
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Southern Generals (UBA)
Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91) of Rio Grande Vipers (Dleague)



Energy's GM excited about new-look of league - by Eurobasket News

For a league that in the past has been known for its lack of professionalism, the International Basketball League hopes they've found the woman to turn things around in Sharleen Graf.

Graf, who was named commissioner of the IBL last summer after the league came under new ownership, has come in and revamped the once ragtag operation.

'We've set new standards, have an IBL rule book and we're all holding each other accountable,' Graf said of some of her focus points since taking the job. 'It's a league of transparency, collaboration and consistency where everybody is on the same page about where we're at, what we're trying to accomplish and the standards that we have.'

From visible changes for fans, such as a new logo and website to behind-the-scenes moves like regular ownership conference calls, Graf has been working to institute some much needed structure.

'You always want to take that feedback and do something with it,' Graf said of how to handle past criticism of the league being unprofessional. 'You can always step up your game, so to speak, and have a more professional setting and more organizational infrastructure.

'We all have things we have to work on and improve, or else we would be perfect, so absolutely that's something we have been working on.'

For Edmonton Energy general manager Rick Stanley, the improvements in the league's operations since Graf took over have been striking.

'She's just added a lot of technical expertise to it,' Stanley said of what Graf has brought to the table. 'She's taken the model and improved it to another level. I can't give you an exact definition of how much has changed, but every aspect of what we do has shaped itself differently.

'I'm happy with that. I think that's what we needed. I had some concerns about the league in terms of where it was going and its growth.'

For Graf, who in the past has been involved in varying roles with leagues like the Western Hockey League and Canadian Football League, revamping the league's operations is only the beginning of her plans for the IBL.

Expansion remains on the table for the league as it enters its eighth season, with hopes for a franchise in Calgary.

Regardless of whether that franchise plays as a full member - playing a 20-game season - or as a branding team - playing roughly a quarter of a season to test the waters - Graf is hoping a second Alberta franchise is in place for the 2013 season.

'We would like to see more teams around Edmonton, particularly in Calgary,' Graf said. 'There's been many other leagues that have come through Canada, I've been involved with many of them and I'd like to see the IBL expand in Canada and around the Edmonton Energy.'

With a revamped IBL front office, Stanley and the Energy are hoping Edmontonians take note of the league's transformation and buy into their product.

'I think we've legitimized ourselves and professionalized ourselves to a point where people will be very satisfied,' Stanley said.

Edmonton basketball fans will get their first look at the Energy and the new IBL Friday and Saturday when the New Jersey G-Force come to town.

Coming off a pair of wins in Orlando last weekend to open the season, Stanley is confident fans will like what they see.

'I think that our base of guys that have played together are really going to get the job done and carry us,' Stanley said.

'We've done a great job in the community and I think there's going to be lots of people coming out to cheer us on this year.'

Along with all the changes to the IBL, the Energy are also hoping their new home at the Saville Community Sports Centre can draw in fans.

'We've been looking forward to this for a year and a half now since we knew we were coming here,' Stanley said.

'It's exciting for us and that's going to draw for us as well. The U of A teams that competed here this year drew people in because they wanted to see the facility.

'Now there will be people who will want to see the Centre with the pro team in it, and I think that this a selling feature on its very own.'

Tip between the Energy and G-Force both Friday and Saturday night is at 7: 30 p.m.

Courtesy of www2.canada.com



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Petrochimi tied the Semifinal series at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi tied the Semifinal series at 2-2 against Foolad Mahan. The team won the third and the fourth games to force the decider.
In Game 4 Petrochimi won 80:75. They trailed 4-11 after the opening tip and had minus 12 points at the end of the first period. Moreover Foolad Mahan increased to 13 points midway through the second period and enjoyed 34:21 lead. Petrochimi meanwhile reduced to 43:36 at the halftime.
The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts erupted with a 10-0 run in the first 5 minutes. They took 60:57 after three quarters and never looked behind after.
Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) erupted with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Mohammad Jamshidi (198-F-91) posted 22. Forte Joseph notched 15, while Lalaehzadeh Yonas had 10. Javad Davari (185-G-83) replied with 21 points in the losing effort. Terrence Leather (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) and Anderson posted 15 apiece.



Sanaye Petrochimi Advanced to 5th-6th place Game - by Kazem Ghayem

at the 3rd match of 5th-8th place play-offs series Sanaye Petrochimi Mahshahr won against Melli Haffari Ahvaz 72 - 61 in Mahshahr and recorded a 2 - 1 lead and with this results Sanaye petrochimi will face Zob Ahan Esfahan for 5th place. Sanaye Petrochimi Mahshahr is new to the Super league and 5th place will be a good finish for them for the first year,but in other side Zob Ahan Esfahan is the previous season runner up and for sure 5th place is not pleasant for them as much as Sanaye petrochimi but it is still better than 6th place.
Zob Ahan Esfahan had a series of problems this season and this season is one of their worst seasons in their history not by result but by the situation. rumors says that Zob Ahan Esfahan won't take part in the league for the next season and another organization will take their sponsorship.

Mehmed Becirovic Entered to Iran.

Mehmed Becirovic the national team head coach also entered Iran previous week after 3 times extending his arrival date to the country and starts to watch the play-offs.

Naft Omidiyeh advanced to the super league.

Naft Omidiyehh entered to the super league after a win against Kaleh and they will be 3rd team from the Khuzestan State in super league after Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour and Sanaye Petrochimi Mahshahr.



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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. Webb, Ironi R.9.3 
 7. Blair, Ironi N.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.5.2 
 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.2.6 
 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.1.8 
 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 


National League Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel T-A - Ironi Nes-Ziona 73-65

Hapoel Tel-Aviv advanced into the title series beating Ironi Nes-Ziona in the decisive third game of the series. Ironi Nes-Ziona trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-73 at the end of the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 19 Ironi Nes-Ziona turnovers. It was a good game for naturalized American swingman Corry Carr (192-75, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international Matan Naor (195-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) added 13 points in the effort for Ironi Nes-Ziona.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 19+7reb+2ast, C.Carr 18+11reb+1ast, M.Naor 16+10reb+3ast, G.Eytan 8+2reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 6+5reb, B.Timor 4+3reb+2ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: R.Zehavian 14+2reb, T.Michael Dunne 13+4reb+3ast, G.Blair 12+9reb, T.Karpels 10+5reb+1ast, D.Bank 9+5reb+3ast, B.Benn 5+9reb+5ast
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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 2: Monteregie - Seigneurs 88-103
May. 3: Jaguars - Page-Dynamo 87-68

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 6: Page-Dynamo - Jaguars
May. 6: Monteregie - Revolution



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

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81). He led Entente Orleans 45 to a victory against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (16-12) 83-73 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Sy recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Entente Orleans 45 (19-9) is placed third in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 81.9% in the 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite Sy played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Yohann Sangare
Yohann Sangare
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Yohann Sangare (193-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Amara Sy and both played together in the last French ProA game. Sangare contributed to a Entente Orleans 45's victory against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (16-12) 83-73. He recorded 11 points and added 5 passes. It's Sangare's first season with the team. This year Sangare averages: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 17.1% and FT: 82.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Sangare played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming), who plays in the French NM1 (third division). Diakite could not help Stade Clermont (8-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Stade Clermont was edged 84-81 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) Etendard de Brest. Diakite was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Diakite's third season in pro basketball. It was Stade Clermont's tenth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Diakite's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 46.6% and FT: 60.2% in the 32 games. Similarly like Sangare and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Diakite played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Mamoutou Diarra
Mamoutou Diarra
   #4. Forward Mamoutou Diarra (200-80, agency: Two Points) helped JSF Nanterre win their game against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (16-12) 83-77 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Diarra recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. JSF Nanterre (14-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Diarra's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Diarra played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Tahirou Sani
Tahirou Sani
   #5. International forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) helped Blois win their game against the closely-ranked Sorgues (18-15) crushing them 97-64 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Sani scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (23-10) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Sani's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 3.5rpg in the 33 games. He holds both Mali and French passports. Despite Sani played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Souarata Cisse
Souarata Cisse
   #6. Swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) was not able to help Hyeres-Toulon (2-26) in their game against Strasbourg IG (13-15) in the French ProA. Cisse recorded 8 points and added 3 passes. The bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon was badly defeated 88-69 at home by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#11). It was Hyeres-Toulon's 20th consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Cisse has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cisse is also an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #7. International guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83) helped SPO Rouen win their game against the closely-ranked Olympique Antibes (14-18) 90-82 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 9 points in 24 minutes. SPO Rouen Basket (12-20) is placed 15th in the ProB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Chelle has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 1.9rpg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #8. Power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St.) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier (15-17) in their game against ALM Evreux (16-16) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 8 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. Diarra has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Diarra is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Nouha Diakite
Nouha Diakite
   #9. Former international center Nouha Diakite (207-80, college: Louisville) couldn't help JA Vichy (7-25) in their game against Boulazac Basket (23-9) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and blocked 2 shots in 15 minutes. JA Vichy was edged 77-76 in Boulazac by the second-ranked Basket. It was JA Vichy's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Diakite has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.5rpg in the 19 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Diakite is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #10. Shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86) couldn't help Nantes (13-13) in their game against Chalons-Reims (22-10) in the French ProB (second division). He was the second best scorer with 8 points. Nantes was crushed 75-54 on their home court in Nantes by the higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#3). It was Nantes' first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Drame has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Drame is also an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.

   #11. An experienced international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite in a victory against the 11th-ranked JL Bourg 88-83 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Traore has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the 31 games. He plays currently for the Mali national team.

   #12. International guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) helped Cognac win their game against the 16th-ranked Montbrison crushing them 91-69 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Saounera scored only 4 points. Saounera has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.9apg. He is also in the roster of the Mali national team.

   #13. International guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) couldn't help Rueil in their game against Vendee Challans in the French NM1 (third division). Niakate cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. His team was edged 71-68. This year Niakate has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg in the 23 games. He is also Mali national team player.



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Majic Dorsey inks with Frayles de Guasave - by Carlos Chapa

American guard MaJic Dorsey has signed a deal with CIBACOPA team Frayles de Guasave, Dorsey will join Guasave after finishing his participation with Dorados de Chihuahua in the Liga Vive Chihuahua, former latinbasket.com LNBP player of the year won the MVP in Chihuahua with averages of 32.6 points per game and 7.8 assists per contest while once recording season highs of 49 points and 17 assists in a single game. Frayles de Guasave is currently in 5th place of CIBACOPA, and is looking to secure a spot in the playoffs with ten games left of the regular season.



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Omar-Sharif Cook selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 11th-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-18) 84-76 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Cook was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 34 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (21-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Cook is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 5.0apg. He also averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 58.3%(35-60), 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 78.7% in the 31 games he played so far. Cook is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Cook is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Pekovic (210-86, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the NBA. Pekovic could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-40) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were crushed 131-102 on the road by the Denver Nuggets. Pekovic recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. It's Pekovic's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Pekovic averages: 13.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.4%(256-454) and FT: 74.3%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Pekovic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Mirotic
Nikola Mirotic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91). He was the major contributor in a 1-point Real Madrid's victory against the 16th-ranked UCAM Murcia (12-21) 80-79 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Mirotic scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Real Madrid (25-8) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Mirotic's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 69.0% in the 33 games. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic played previously for the Spanish U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #4. Forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) in their game against the Detroit Pistons (25-41) in the NBA. Vucevic scored 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. But the Philadelphia 76ers were crushed 108-86 in Detroit by the Pistons. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Vucevic's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 4.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Vucevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Bojan Subotic
Bojan Subotic
   #5. International power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to secure a victory for Zvezda (0-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Zvezda lost 83-87 in Novi Sad to the lower-ranked (#5) Vojvodina in the SuperLiga group. Subotic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 steals in 26 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Subotic's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 2.3rpg in the eight games. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Subotic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #6. Swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Budivelnyk (30-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Budivelnyk was defeated 97-82 at home by the lower-ranked Azovmash (#3). Sehovic was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Sehovic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #7. International center Milko Bjelica (207-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) couldn't help Caja Laboral (22-11) in their game against FIATC Joventut (16-17) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes. But Caja Laboral was edged 68-66 on their home court in Vitoria by the lower-ranked (#9) FIATC Joventut. Bjelica's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Bjelica has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 3.3rpg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Bjelica is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Ivan Ivanovic
Ivan Ivanovic
   #8. Forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help Gaz Metan (22-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Gaz Metan was defeated 94-90 on their home court in Medias by the lower-ranked Ploiesti (#4). Ivanovic recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. This season Ivanovic has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Ivanovic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Sasha Pavlovic
Sasha Pavlovic
   #9. Former international swingman Sasha Pavlovic (200-83) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (31-35) 87-74 in the NBA on Thursday night. He scored 6 points in 17 minutes. The Boston Celtics have 39-27 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Pavlovic has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg in the 47 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Pavlovic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Branko Cuic
Branko Cuic
   #10. An experienced guard Branko Cuic (197-78) helped Timisoara win their game against the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco (20-8) 76-72 in the Romanian Division A in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Timisoara (21-7) is placed second in the Division A. Cuic has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 4.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Cuic is also a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Belfius Mons-Hainaut win their game against the closely-ranked Optima Gent 73-70 in the Belgian D1 last Wednesday. He scored 11 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 25 minutes. Maras has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.9spg in the 10 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Maras is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #12. Former international center Mensud Julevic (200-85) helped Elektra win their game against the sixth-ranked Sentjur 60-47 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Julevic has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U21 national team, Julevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #13. Former international guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Base Oostende win their game against the league outsider VOO Verviers-Pepinster 89-72 in the Belgian D1 in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 minutes. Djordjevic is currently second on the list of best passers with 3.7apg. He also averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1spg in the 26 games. Despite Djordjevic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #14. International guard Boris Bakic (194-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Radnicki Kragujevac win their game against the sixth-ranked BKK Radnicki 88-76 in the Serbian A League last Thursday. Bakic scored 12 points. He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg. Despite Bakic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the 12th-ranked Assignia Manresa 78-60 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. Sekulic scored 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 20 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 5.8rpg in the 32 games. Despite Sekulic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers28.0 
 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. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.8 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 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. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 9. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. 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 


Anderson wins most improved player honor. - by Bryan Floyd

Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) will be named the NBA's Most Improved Player today. The Magic big man finished with career highs in points per game at 16.1 and rebounds at 7.7. The Magic will likely make the announcement around 1:30 today. Anderson made a league-high 166 three-pointers and attempted a league-high 422 three-pointers for a very good 39.3%. He stretched the floor and was Dwight Howards perfect compliment. Almost half of Anderson's rebounds came on the offensive end, which is quite the stat. He is a restricted free agent this offseason and could not of had a better year. Look for Anderson to attract a good amount of teams.


Hawks: Josh Smith better but still questionable for Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) said his ailing left knee was feeling better Thursday, and he was not ruling out being able to play against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Smith walked out of Philips Arena without a noticeable limp from his strained tendon, though he conceded it was still quite sore. Hes always had a high tolerance for pain this season, he played all 66 games despite some lingering tendinitis in his knees and remained hopeful that he would be able to contribute at least a few minutes when the series returns to Boston on Friday.

Hell know more after the morning shootaround before the game.

Its getting better and better each and every day, Smith said. Ill probably go a good little bit harder that I normally do at shootaround to see how it feels.

The Hawks, who are tied 1-1 with the Celtics, will be in a dire predicament if Smith cant go. He averaged 18.8 points a game and the team is already missing two other big men, centers Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia.

Pachulia revealed details about his injured left foot for the first time Thursday. He said theres a chipped bone, with doctors putting the normal recovery time at 4 to 6 weeks. He was injured three weeks ago.

Horford missed most of the regular season after undergoing surgery for a torn pectoral muscle, and hes already ruled out a possible return in the opening round of the playoffs.

With that in mind, Smith is eager to get back as soon as possible. But he must balance his bravado with some common sense, knowing that if he returns too soon he could sustain an injury that wipes out any chance of him returning in the series or maybe even the rest of the season.

If it feels good, Im going to go, he said. But I dont want to put that much pressure on me. I understand how important this series is, but its more than one game. I dont want to go out too early and risk getting injured more than I am. Im going to take it day by day. Hopefully it feels good (Friday) and Ill be able to lace 'em up.

Smith had 22 points and 18 rebounds in Atlantas Game 1 victory, and he followed with another double-double in the second contest (16 points, 12 rebounds). But Smith hurt his knee trying to box out Kevin Garnett for a rebound, forcing him to the locker room with just over 4 minutes remaining.

The Hawks were trailing by only two when Smith left. Boston pulled away after that for an 87-80 victory.

I was more frustrated than anything, Smith said. I tried to give it a go, but I just couldnt go. Knowing the importance of the game, that was the most frustrating part.

Pachulia, meanwhile, said hes yet to be cleared by the doctors to do any running or jumping. Hes eager to get back on the court, but seems resigned to missing at least the first round.

He can only hope the Hawks season will still be going when his foot heals.

Its very frustrating for me, the rugged center said. I always had fun in the playoffs every single time. Its a special moment of the year.

Courtesy of http://articles.boston.com



Nikola Pekovic finishes third in NBA's Most Improved - by Eurobasket News

The NBA announced today that Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished third in the voting for this season's Most Improved Player award, behind Orlando's Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) and Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87).

Anderson finished with 260 points in the voting, Ilyasova with 159 and Pekovic with 104. Pekovic received 10 first-place votes, 15 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

In his second year in the league, Pekovic more than doubled his average points and rebounds per game, improving from 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds last season to 13.9 and 7.4, respectively. After winning the starting center job in February, Pekovic became the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder behind Kevin Love. He also managed to avoid the foul trouble that marked his rookie season, reducing his personal fouls from 181 to 98. That's a drop from one foul every 4.9 minutes to one every 12.9 minutes.

Love, who won the award in 2011, received one first-place and three third-place votes this year.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsnorth.com



James Harden and Anthony Davis officially added to Team USA - by Eurobasket News

Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93), who led the University of Kentucky Wildcats to this year's NCAA championship, and Oklahoma City Thunder standout guard James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) have been added to the list of finalists for the 2012 USA Basketball National Team, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced. The official 12-man U.S. Olympic team roster will be announced later this year.

After a lot of deliberations, after reviewing our roster, we think these two additions strengthen our National Team program immeasurably. James Harden probably is the sixth man of the year in the NBA, and Anthony Davis brings a dimension to our pool we dont have. Hes young, but its exciting to think about the possibilities, said Colangelo.

Its a tremendous honor to be this young and have a chance to represent my country. This is a great opportunity and Im excited to be a part of something like this, said Davis.

Davis played and started in all 40 UK games and as a freshman led the Wildcats to a 38-2 record, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season title and the NCAA championship. The 6-10 forward averaged team highs of 14.2 ppg., 10.4 rpg. and 4.7 bpg., while adding 1.3 apg. and 1.4 spg. He shot 62.3 percent from the floor and 70.9 percent from the foul line. Named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player after leading Kentucky to the title and averaging 13.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.8 blocks in NCAA Tournament play, the Chicago native recorded 186 blocks which is the most in the history of the SEC and an all-time NCAA mark for freshmen. Davis owns UK freshman records for blocks (186) and rebounds (399) by a Kentucky first-year player. He also tied the UK freshman record for double-doubles (20). He won six National Player of the Year awards including the Adolph Rupp Trophy, U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), Basketball Times, Associated Press, Wooden and Naismith. In winning the 2012 Naismith Trophy, Davis became just the second freshman to ever capture the award. Additionally, he was selected the 2012 SEC player, freshman and defensive player of the year.

Davis has represented USA Basketball previously. As a high school senior he was selected a member of USA Basketballs Junior National Select Team that competed in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit. Davis finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and two block shots to help the USA to a 92-80 win over the World Select Team.

Being named as a finalist for the USA Basketball National Team is an unbelievable feeling and an opportunity that is truly humbling. It is an honor to be included with such talented players and I look forward to the chance to represent my country this summer, said Harden.

Harden completed in 2011-12 his third NBA season, all with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Averaging career highs of 16.8 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 3.7 apg. and 31.4 minutes a game, Harden also shot career bests of 49.1 percent from the field, 39.0 from 3-point and 84.6 percent from the foul line. He helped lead the Thunder in 2011-12 to the West Conferences second best record of 47-19, to a first place finish in the Northwest Division, and to the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

Harden, who becomes the third Oklahoma City Thunder player named to the USA finalists roster, played two seasons at Arizona State before entering the NBA Draft in 2009. Selected the Pac Ten Conferences Player of the Year in 2009, during his two ASU seasons he scored 1309 points, and averaged 19.0 ppg., 5.4 rpg. and 3.7 apg.

USA Basketball announced on Jan. 16, 2012, a group of 20 finalists for the 2012 USA National Team from which the 2012 U.S. Olympic Mens Basketball Team would be selected.

Named a finalist for the 2012 USA National Team were: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers); Chris Bosh (Miami Heat); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).

Since the finalists announcement, four players have been lost to injuries, Aldridge, Billups, Howard and most recently Rose.

Colangelo, who has served as managing director of the USA Mens National Team since 2005, is again directing the USA Basketball Mens National Team program in 2012. The USA coaching staff features Duke University Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski, and back as USA assistant coaches are Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, and former NBA head coaches Mike DAntoni and Nate McMillan.

The USA National Team opens its 2012 training with a July 6-12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nev., that concludes with the July 12 (6:00 p.m. local time) USA Basketball Showcase that features the USA facing the Dominican Republic at UNLVs Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets for the exhibition game can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or online at www.UNLVtickets.com.

Following the USAs training and exhibition contest in Las Vegas, the USA will move on to the nations capital, Washington, D.C., to train July 13-15 and play an exhibition contest versus Brazil at the Verizon Center on July 16 (8 p.m. local time). The game will be part of a doubleheader with the USA Basketball Womens National Team, which will face Brazils Womens National Team (5:30 p.m. local time).

The USA men will continue their preparations July 17-18 in Manchester, England, and on July 19 (7:30 p.m. local time) will play Great Britain at the Manchester Arena. The USA women will square off against the Great Britain women at the Manchester Arena on July 18 (7:30 p.m. local time). Tickets for both the USA mens and womens national team games against their respective Great Britain counterparts are available by calling +44 (0) 844 847 8000 or at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Twenty years after the USA Dream Team made its debut in Barcelona, Spain, the U.S. returns and will conclude its tour with a pair of exhibition games against FIBAs No. 2 and No. 3 ranked world powers. Facing No. 3 ranked Argentina on July 22 (9:30 p.m. local time) at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, the USA will close out its exhibition tour against FIBAs No. 2 ranked power Spain on July 24 (9:30 p.m. local time) at the Palau Sant Jordi. Tickets for the games in Barcelona are available at www.entradas.com/entradas/comprar-entradas-torneo-usa-espana-argentina.

Courtesy of www.usabasketball.com



John Wall named to Team USA select team - by Eurobasket News

John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) is reportedly joining Team USA as a member of the select team that will scrimmage against the 2012 men's basketball Olympic squad this summer.

The interesting angle: This opportunity gives the Wizards speedy point guard a potential leg up on making the 2016 Olympic team.

The potential international buzz kill: Notable basketball decision-makers are looking at a 23-and-under roster format for future Olympic games.

Before we look ahead, let's focus on the present - and the present that comes with the invitation, which Dave Johnson first reported. Instead of spending a second straight summer time playing in loosey-goosey charity games, Wall should be battling the likes of Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook during intense scrimmages.

Actually there was no fear of another summer fun circuit - 'Nah, Im cool on that, ' Wall said the day after the season finale win over the Heat. 'Im done. Its just workouts. I aint having none, that was just because of the lockout it was too much time.'

Earlier that week, I asked Wall if he was going to attend any NBA playoff games in person and which point guards the maturing floor leader would study during the off-season. Seeing as he intended on doing the bi-coastal thing between D.C. and Los Angeles, Wall said he would hope to catch Paul and the Clippers in addition to the Lakers, who could face Westbrook and the Thunder in the second round.

Now Wall might get some hands-on lessons from those All-Stars.

Even with Derrick Rose's knee injury taking him out of the Olympic mix - big men Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Lamar Odom are also not expected to join the team's training camp - Team USA is still flush with point guard options. Unless Paul, Williams and Westbrook opt out or are injured before the London games, that trio will run the offense.

Team USA will train in Las Vegas July 6-11. After an exhibition against the Dominican Republic on July 12, the U.S. team will move operations to Washington for two days worth of practices before hosting Brazil in an exhibition game on July 16.

Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com



Jeremy Lin still out, healing - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) has all but ruled himself out of Game 4 of the Heat-Knicks series.

Earlier this week, Lin had held out hope of returning in time for Game 4, scheduled for Sunday afternoon. But Lins surgically repaired left knee likely hasnt healed quickly enough for him to return to the court in four days.

'I haven't been able to load it or jump or explode or drive by somebody the way i want to, so it's going to be longer than that', the second-year guard said.

Lin experienced soreness in his left knee on Thursday, a day after scrimmaging for the first time since his April 2 surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in his knee.

Courtesy of ESPN New York (via www.insidehoops.com)



List of 2012 NBA draft early entrants released - by Eurobasket News

The NBA officially released its early entry list. These players have entered their names and are locked in for the June 28 draft.

Player - School - Height - Status
Erik Austin Jackson CC (MI) 6-3 Freshman
Harrison Barnes North Carolina 6-8 Sophomore
Will Barton Memphis 6-6 Sophomore
Bradley Beal Florida 6-3 Freshman
JCovan Brown Texas 6-1 Junior
Dominic Cheek Villanova 6-6 Junior
Jared Cunningham Oregon State 6-4 Junior
Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) Kentucky 6-10 Freshman
Andre Drummond Connecticut 6-10 Freshman
Dominique Ferguson Florida International 6-9 Sophomore
Justin Hamilton LSU 7-0 Junior
Moe Harkless St. Johns 6-8 Freshman
John Henson North Carolina 6-11 Junior
John Jenkins Vanderbilt 6-4 Junior
Perry Jones III Baylor 6-11 Sophomore
Terrence Jones Kentucky 6-9 Sophomore
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky 6-7 Freshman
Doron Lamb Kentucky 6-4 Sophomore
Jeremy Lamb Connecticut 6-5 Sophomore
Meyers Leonard Illinois 7-1 Sophomore
Damian Lillard Weber State 6-3 Junior
Kendall Marshall North Carolina 6-4 Sophomore
Fab Melo Syracuse 7-0 Sophomore
Khris Middleton Texas A&M 6-7 Junior
Quincy Miller Baylor 6-9 Freshman
Tony Mitchell Alabama 6-6 Junior
Arnett Moultrie Mississippi State 6-11 Junior
Reeves Nelson UCLA/Zalgiris (Lithuania) 6-8 -
Austin Rivers Duke 6-3 Freshman
Peter Roberson Grambling State 7-0 Junior
Quincy Roberts Grambling State 6-5 Junior
Thomas Robinson Kansas 6-9 Junior
Terrence Ross Washington 6-6 Sophomore
Avery Scharer Shoreline CC (WA) 6-1 Sophomore
Renardo Sidney Mississippi State 6-10 Junior
Jonathon Simmons Houston 6-6 Junior
Terrell Stoglin Maryland 6-1 Sophomore
Gerardo Suero Albany 6-4 Junior
Jared Sullinger Ohio State 6-9 Sophomore
Raymond Taylor Florida Atlantic 5-6 Junior
Marquis Teague Kentucky 6-2 Freshman
Joston Thomas Hawaii 6-7 Junior
Hollis Thompson Georgetown 6-8 Junior
Richard Townsend-Gant Vancouver Island University 6-5 Junior
Dion Waiters Syracuse 6-4 Sophomore
Maalik Wayns Villanova 6-1 Junior
Royce White Iowa State 6-8 Sophomore
DAngelo Williams Notre Dame de Namur (CA) 6-3 Junior
Tony Wroten Washington 6-5 Freshman



The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2012 NBA Draft:

Player - Team/Country - Height - Status
Furkan Aldemir Galatasaray (Turkey) 6-10 1991 DOB
Jonas Bergstedt Torrelodones (Spain) 6-11 1991 DOB
Evan Fournier Poitiers (France) 6-7 1992 DOB
Josep Franch Murcia (Spain) 6-5 1991 DOB
Maximilian Kleber s Oliver Baskets (Germany) 6-5 1992 DOB
Lahaou Konate Evreux (France) 6-5 1991 DOB
Mindaugas Kupsas Baltai Kaunas (Lithuania) 7-0 1991 DOB
Joffrey Lauvergne Chalon (France) 6-11 1991 DOB
Abdoulaye Loum Gravelines (France) 6-11 1991 DOB
Nika Metreveli Sassari (Italy) 7-0 1991 DOB
Nemanja Nedovic Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 6-4 1991 DOB
Alen Omic Zlatorog (Slovenia) 7-0 1992 DOB
Jakub Parzenski PGB Basket (Poland) 6-10 1991 DOB
Sertac Sanli Galatasaray (Turkey) 7-0 1991 DOB
Tomas Satoransky Cajasol (Spain) 6-7 1991 DOB
Tornike Shengelia Spirou (Belgium) 6-10 1991 DOB
Mathieu Wojciechowski Gravelines (France) 6-6 1992 DOB

Courtesy of http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com



Delfino undergoes successful surgery - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks forward Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Thursday morning. He's expected to return to basketball activities in six to eight weeks, according to a tweet from the Bucks.

Delfino missed 10 games at the end of the season due to a groin injury that he had suffered at the end of March. In 54 games this season, the starting small forward averaged nine points and almost four rebounds per game.

The Argentinian forward had been planning on joining his country's team in the 2012 London Olympics this summer -- a team that includes San Antonio's Manu Ginobili and Houston's Luis Scola. He told reporters last week that he hoped his decision to undergo surgery early on in the summer would allow him enough time to recover before the games. The Olympics begin on July 27.

Much of Delfino's future is still in question, not only with the Argentinian national team, but also with the Bucks. Delfino is currently an unrestricted free agent, along with forwards Ersan Ilyasova and Kwame Brown.

Courtesy of www.foxsportswisconsin.com



76ers tops Bulls 79-74 in Game 3 for 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News

With one misstep, Joakim Noah crashed down on his side and clutched his sprained left ankle. Already reeling without Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis), the top-seeded Chicago Bulls now hold their breath waiting on Noah's fate for the rest of the first-round series.

The Bulls can't afford any more injuries to their stars - or else the surprising 76ers could be the team advancing to the next round.

Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) led a Philadelphia fourth-quarter comeback to remember, letting a late go-ahead jumper fly from just inside the 3-point arc to help the Sixers rally from 14 points down to beat the Chicago Bulls 79-74 on Friday night and take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

'We're playing a team that has some injuries,' Sixers coach Doug Collins said, 'and we'll see if we can do something about that.'

The Sixers are on their way toward eliminating the top-seeded Bulls. They won Game 2 in Chicago with Rose out and stormed back in a fourth quarter where Noah was limited to 2 minutes. Noah left the arena on crutches and was wearing a protective boot.

Noah has little time to recover. Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

'We'll be ready. We've got to be ready,' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'We can't feel sorry for ourselves.'

Hawes scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and buried the winner with 2:11 left to give the Sixers their first lead since halftime. Hawes scored 10 clutch points in the fourth to put the Bulls on the rocks.

'We have a huge opportunity here in the playoffs and we have to try and capitalize on it,' Hawes said.

The 74 points are the fewest ever allowed by the Sixers in a playoff game.

Already playing the rest of the series without Rose because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Bulls got a second scare in the third quarter when Noah hurt his ankle. Noah, who scored 12 points, returned in the fourth quarter and mostly hobbled around the court.

With Rose out, the Sixers believed they were in perfect position to knock off the Bulls and build a series lead on their home court.

Good plan.

The Sixers scored only 11 points in the third quarter and trailed by double digits early in the fourth before taking off against the battered Bulls.

Hawes keyed the surge and buried two free throws to pull them to 71-70 with 3:28 left.

Nursing a one-point lead, Omer Asik missed two free throws giving the Sixers new life.

Hawes hit a 20-footer for a 72-71 lead and Evan Turner made two free throws for a three-point lead with 1:24 left.

John Lucas III of the Bulls buried a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game and a send a shiver into a team that faded down the stretch after a 20-9 start.

All of that is behind them now. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) hit two free throws to seal the win to the delight of 20,381 fans who packed the Wells Fargo Center.

'When we're at our best is when we find joy in playing,' Collins said.

The Bulls missed 10 straight field goals over 5-plus minutes in the fourth to lose all of their 14-point lead. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls and Richard Hamilton scored 17 points.

'Our fourth quarter has to be our best quarter and tonight it wasn't,' Boozer said. 'We had good looks down the stretch and just missed them.'

Holiday scored 17 points and Turner had 16 while reserve Lou Williams added 14. The Sixers missed 13 of 14 3-pointers and shot 34 percent (26 of 76) from the floor. Yet their late run was enough to help them win consecutive playoff games for the first time since 2003.

'We just pulled it together,' Turner said.

Noah's injury came midway through the third quarter when he stepped on Andre Iguodala's foot driving down the lane. His feet gave out from under him and he crashed to the court. Noah instantly grabbed his left ankle in pain - while a smattering of fans cheered the fallen Bull.

Noah walked gingerly to the bench for a timeout but returned to shoot his free throws.

He was on the bench after a few possessions and stayed there until the fourth.

Noah hopped around trying to take pressure off the ankle. He put the pressure right on the Sixers and even nailed a 15-footer.

The bumps kept coming for the banged-up Bulls.

Boozer was whistled for his fourth foul with 4:36 left in the third and joined Noah on the bench. The duo had combined for 26 points and 15 rebounds by that point.

That left Taj Gibson and Asik in the frontcourt. With that lineup, the Bulls kept an ineffective Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) in the game when he picked up his fourth foul about 2 minutes later.

Before the quarter was out, Gibson became tangled with Thaddeus Young and was briefly down. No worries on this one. He buried a jumper for Chicago's first double-digit lead of the game, 60-50.

Hamilton hit a 3 for a 67-53 lead in the fourth and it appeared they were cruising toward the victory.

Not so fast. With the Philly crowd standing and waving their rally towels, the Sixers seemed primed for a comeback. Hawes fought inside for a tough basket that pulled the Sixers to 69-64 to help them end the game on a stunning 26-7 run.

'When Rip hit that shot, I was looking in our guys eyes,' Collins said. 'Somehow, we fought back.'

The Bulls need to figure out a new rotation without Rose and way to protect Noah if they don't want this series to slip away.

'You need guys who have that great will to win, no matter what the circumstances,' Thibodeau said.

Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Lawson scores 25 as Nuggets beat Lakers 99-84 in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

The Denver Nuggets climbed back into their series with the Lakers thanks to an energy and enthusiasm that was missing from the first two games in Los Angeles.

Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 25 points and the Nuggets raced to an early 24-point lead on their way to a 99-84 victory on Friday night in Game 3 of their first-round series.

The Nuggets, who will try to even their best-of-seven series Sunday night at the Pepsi Center, got monster performances from two of their young big men: Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) and Kenneth Faried, both of whom tasted their first playoff success Friday night.

'The game for us is all about our energy and our enthusiasm,' Nuggets coach George Karl said. 'It's not complicated for us. When we play poorly we don't play with enough energy, we don't push the pace and we take too many jump shots.

'It was a fun win for me. I can't remember a win as much as I enjoyed this thing.'

Neither could McGee.

'I was real timid in the first two games and I just wanted to be extremely aggressive in this game,' said McGee, who had 16 points and 15 rebounds to go with Faried's 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Together, they hounded Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87), who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds but was shut out in the first half, when the Nuggets raced to a 41-17 lead in the second quarter thanks to an astonishing 28-2 run.

'It was huge,' Lawson said. 'Every game we played against the Lakers we were down. We were down early. We were down big. We were trying to fight our way back into the game, so we made a point that we wanted to come out early and see how they did with a deficit.
'They reacted kind of well to it but we hung on.'

Denver led 55-39 at halftime. Then Bynum and Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) got it going as the Lakers never got closer than four points and they faded in the fourth quarter, when they made just 3 of 14 shots.

'That's a big hole to put yourself in, to be down 24, especially in the first half, is tough playing against a team that's desperate,' Lakers coach Mike Brown said.

Bynum's putback with 1:18 left in the third quarter not only pulled the Lakers to 68-64 but his inadvertent elbow on the play broke Al Harrington's nose. He didn't return, but the Nuggets went on a 12-5 run to regain their composure and control of the game.

'I felt like they played really well,' Bryant said. 'They played with a lot of intensity and for us it was good learning experience. I'm proud of the way we battled to get back into the game. We just couldn't get over the hump.'

Karl said he wasn't sure but suspected Harrington will be back for Game 4.

Bryant finished with 22 points on 7-of-23 shooting after scoring 31 and 38 points in the two wins at the Staples Center.

The Lakers never trailed in the games in Los Angeles, but once Danilo Gallinari's reverse layup with 8:07 left in first quarter gave Denver its first lead of the series, the Nuggets looked unstoppable.

'It's been tiring always having to come from a hole and having to dig out of a hole, and the energy of the game becomes fatiguing mentally,' Karl said before tipoff.

Finally, it was the Lakers doing the chasing.

The Nuggets used a 28-2 run spanning the first and second quarters to take a stunning 38-14 lead.

Lawson scored 13 of the Nuggets' points as they scored 20 of the final 22 points of the first quarter, then teamed with Corey Brewer and Harrington on a trio of 3-pointers to stretch Denver's lead to 41-17.

'Everything was going right,' McGee said. 'We were passing the ball the right way, we were running, everything was working.'

And McGee shared the starring role, too.

'Coach was trusting me with this game,' McGee said, 'and I feel like I didn't let him down.'

The Lakers had a lot of fight left in them, though. Bynum's second three-point play made it 67-60, and when his next shot was blocked, Ramon Sessions grabbed the deflection and swished a short jumper to make it a five-point game.

Bynum's putback made it a four-point deficit, but the Nuggets pulled away again as Bryant, bothered by Gallinari's length, kept misfiring.

'I wasn't on my sweet spots,' Bryant said. 'They tried to keep me more on the perimeter. I wasn't in the post a lot. I lived at the elbow the first two games and we got away from that a little bit in the second half. Pau (Gasol) as well. We saw him on the perimeter way too much. We can't do that. We have to stick to our ground and pound game.'

McGee said the young Nuggets are getting the feel of playoff basketball.

'And we're in Denver, we're high altitude and we're playing at a high level,' he said. 'So, it's just a great feeling.'

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com



Ray Allen optimistic about Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) let optimism rule his doubts during yesterdays team practice at the Celtics training facility in Waltham.

Allen was an active participant as the Celtics prepared to host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series tonight (7:30) at the TD Garden.

Allen stoically has contained the emotional upheaval of watching the Celtics engage in a hard struggle against a worthy adversary under playoff conditions. Allen has missed 11 straight games and 16 of the last 21 with bone spurs in his right ankle. Allen will have the spurs removed surgically in the offseason.

Injuries are tough and we all deal with them, but I like the way I feel right now, said Allen choosing his words carefully.

Im in a good place, so Im optimistic. I deal with the days as they come. I am optimistic about playing and that is a great step forward.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has game planned around Allens availability since the start of the series. After the injury forced him to sit and watch both games in Atlanta, Rivers degree of optimism was justifiably more guarded than Allens.

Theres nothing really new but hes going to practice and thats good, said Rivers. I think he has a better shot but well find that out.

He wants to do more and well see like we did that the other day (Tuesday) and it didnt work. We have to maybe limit Ray from Ray.

The Celtics strategy workout was limited to situational sets and halfcourt stuff that didnt tickle Allens finicky ankle. Allens previous attempts to insert himself into the series were compromised by pain and swelling.

There will be a Monday where Ill feel pretty good, then there will be a Tuesday where it will be like its not happening this day, said Allen. I try to read my body as best I can. The last couple of days Ive been in a really good place and, like I said, Im optimistic.

Allen expected to resume play in Game 2 following a productive shoot around at Georgia Tech on Monday. That didnt happen, but the decision to withdraw was made at the 11th hour. Allen said he would work the ankle hard in practice because he didnt want to undergo the emotional agony of another false start.

I dont want to baby myself, I dont want to baby my ankle, Allen said.

I want to make sure I put it through everything because they (Hawks) dont care if Im healthy on not. If Im on the floor, they are going to do everything they can to try and exploit what Im doing.

Allens escalating frustrations peaked when Rajon Rondo [stats] was ejected for bumping referee Marc Davis in Game 1.

Rondo drew a one-game suspension leaving the Celtics without both their playmaker and their perimeter shooter on Tuesday night. Paul Pierce [stats] led the Celtics to an inspired 87-80 win, but Allen was stuck fretting behind the bench in an expensive suit.

The whole road leading up to the playoffs, thats what I was thinking, said Allen about being ready to play. Even before the last game, I was sitting in the locker room and the meeting was about to start.

I just felt so much pressure on myself because I knew Rondo was out and I felt I needed to do everything I can to help the team. I went out and shot on the practice court and I was like I have to figure this thing out.

The guys need me and thats how I know I have a lot of basketball left in me. I know that I can help these guys and Im definitely going to help them in practice.

Allen has not lacked for medical attention but there is no elixir for an uncooperative ankle. Allen ruled out using home remedies, but that didnt stop his mother Flo Allen-Hopson and others from filling his inbox with organic alternatives.

The one Ive been getting is the red clay dirt, said Allen. My mom and her friends are saying get some red clay dirt and put it on your ankle.

Im like, we have some of the best doctors in the world that had just got done looking at it. Then I have to come home hear about red clay dirt, he said. You get emails and everybody sends suggestions, and I appreciate it because everybody does want to see me get better. I appreciate all the well wishers and everybody has been great.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com



Game 3: Rondo helps Celtics beat Hawks 90-84 in OT - by Eurobasket News

Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) spun at the free throw line, leaving one defender behind, and rose toward the basket. Out of the corner of one eye, he saw another Atlanta player coming to guard him; with his other eye he spied teammate Paul Pierce open in the corner.

''You have to pick your poison,'' Hawks swingman Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) said. ''When he's doing things like that, you don't know what to do.''

Rondo returned from a one-game suspension for bumping an official and recorded his seventh career playoff triple-double on Friday night, leading the Celtics to a 90-84 overtime victory over the Hawks that gave Boston a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Celtics point guard had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists one game after sitting out for bumping referee Marc Davis in the closing minutes of the series opener. Rondo did not have a basket in the first half of Game 3, and Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he noticed Rondo struggling to run the offensive plays.

''Then, finally, I told him: 'Just be a scorer. Just attack.''' Rivers said. ''And I thought that freed him up.''

Rondo made the first two baskets of overtime, including a post-up hook shot over Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) that gave Boston the lead for good.

''I felt good about all the shots I took,'' Rondo said. ''My teammates told me to stay aggressive. Nights like tonight when I take a lot of shots, I finally found a way to get my team a win.''

Game 4 is Sunday night.

Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) returned for Boston after missing almost a month and scored 13 points in 38 minutes. Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Pierce had 21 points one game after scoring 36 points with 14 rebounds to help the Celtics swipe home-court advantage with a Game 2 victory in Atlanta.

Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) scored 29 points and Teague had 23 for the Hawks. McGrady had 12 points - his highest total since he had 40 for Houston in 2008 - but 10 were in the first half, before he landed awkwardly on his right ankle and went to the locker room. He did not have a field goal in the second half.

''I know I'll be sore tomorrow. I can feel it already,'' he said. ''It affected my shot. I had no lift. It affected my cutting. I'll just go and get treatment tomorrow.''

The Celtics went on an 11-1 run to open a double-digit lead with 7 minutes to play in regulation, but Atlanta rallied and tied it 80-80 on Johnson's 3-pointer with 1:23 left. Both teams failed to score on their next two possessions, leaving the Celtics with the ball out of bounds with 3.9 seconds left.

Rondo inbounded to Pierce, who was defended by Johnson and had to take a long, fallaway jumper that bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

''There were a few possessions it seemed no one could score,'' Johnson said. ''We definitely felt like we let one get away. We felt like this was our chance to get one.''

The Celtics got Rondo back from his one-game suspension and Allen back on the court for the first time since April 10. He played just five games over the final month of the regular season because of bone spurs in his right ankle and missed the first two games of the playoffs as well.

The Hawks kept losing players. With top centers Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia already out, forward Josh Smith was scratched with a sprained tendon in his left knee.

''I thought we were depleted but we were still in a position where we could have won the game,'' Hawks coach Larry Drew said. ''It says a lot about your team when they can step up in the playoffs short-handed and still put themselves in position to win the game. We certainly had our opportunity. We just fell short.''

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2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Usbasket announces the American awards for last year. So for the second time Usbasket would like to announce its 2011-2012 National Awards.

It's prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 20 players up to the NBA this season including 2011 Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Othyus Jeffers and 2nd Team member Jeff Adrian.

The UBA continues to be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in just 3 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angel es Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, it's the longest running US pro league in the USA.

The NBL Canada is th new league on the block but their carrying themselves like a true top notice league. Looke to be a future power.

This year, Justin Dentmon dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Justin Dentmon. The D-League star had a terrific season with Austin Toros, leading the team to a 35-17 record. Dentmon led the Toros in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 22.6ppg. Dentmon was also named to the 2011 USA National Team. There is no question that he will be next in line for a call-up.

Shooting Guard of the Year is no surprise, Elijah Millsap. Millsap was called-up by the LA Lakers before returning to the Defenders. He finished the season an All-Star with an average of 19.6ppg and 6.5rpg.

In small forward position there is New Jersey Nets player Andre Emmett. This year, Emmett was one of the Dleagues top scorers with an average of 23.1ppg. The Texas Tech Star spent this season in the D-League with Reno Bighorns. He is currently playing in Lebanon for the playoffs.

Power forward of the year is one of the best athletes in the country: Brandon Costner. The Dleague All- Star was one of the key players of the LA Defender Championship run. Costner is currently averaging 19.6ppg and 6.0rpg.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Marcus Lewis. The big man had an impressive year with Tulsa 66ers averaging 15.6ppg and a league best 12.4rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

The best coach of the year has to be the surprise of the year, Travis McAvene. He was named USbasket.com All-UBA coach of the Year leading his Cincinnati Slam to a 19-1 record and sending 4 players overseas in just his first season in the UBA. McAvene has also been named to the USA National Team staff for the William Jones Cup in Taiwan this summer live o ESPN.

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Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Point Guard of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Small Forward of the Year: Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Power Forward of the Year: Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
Center of the Year: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
Coach of the Year: Travis McAvene of UBA

1st Team
F: Brandon Costner (6'9''-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
F/C: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
G: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
G/F: Andre Emmett (6'5''-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
F/G: Morris Almond (6'6''-85) of Maine RC (NBA Dleague)

2nd Team
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-82) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA/Dominican Republic)
F: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-85) of Bakersfield Jam (NBL)
PG: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-84) of Reno Bighorns (Dleague)
G: Perry Petty (6'1''-88) of Central Illinois Drive (PBL)
F: Chris Commons (6'9''-84) of Scranton (PBL)
F/C: Jermaine Bell (6'11''-84) of Jacksonville Giants (ABA)

3rd Team
G: Tony White (6'0''-88) of South Carolina Warriors (ABA)
C: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-88) of LA Defenders (Dleague)
G/F: Hugh Jones (6'5''-80) of Beltway Bombers (ACPBL)
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-83) of Kankakee Country S. (IBA)
F: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-88) of Cincinnati Slam/ Chile (UBA)
G: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-81) of Saint John MR (NBL)

Honorable Mention
Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76) of Los Angeles Slam (WCBL)
Nick Carter (6'1''-F-86) of Hudson Valley H. (EBA)
Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89) of Battle Creek (IBA)
Herman Favors (5'9''-G-84) of Sauk Valley Predators (PBL)
Chris Matthews (6'4''-G-85) of Washingron Maddness (EBA)
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA)
Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (PBL)
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Southern Generals (UBA)
Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91) of Rio Grande Vipers (Dleague)



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Texas A&M's Roberson granted medical redshirt - by Eurobasket News

Texas A&M forward Kourtney Roberson (6'9''-F-90) was granted a medical redshirt by the Big 12 on Thursday. Roberson played nine games last season before breaking his left ankle Dec. 22. The sophomore averaged 4.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. His season-high was 12 points against Southern. As a freshman, Roberson had 5.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg.


List of 2012 NBA draft early entrants released - by Eurobasket News

The NBA officially released its early entry list. These players have entered their names and are locked in for the June 28 draft.

Player - School - Height - Status
Erik Austin Jackson CC (MI) 6-3 Freshman
Harrison Barnes North Carolina 6-8 Sophomore
Will Barton Memphis 6-6 Sophomore
Bradley Beal Florida 6-3 Freshman
JCovan Brown Texas 6-1 Junior
Dominic Cheek Villanova 6-6 Junior
Jared Cunningham Oregon State 6-4 Junior
Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) Kentucky 6-10 Freshman
Andre Drummond Connecticut 6-10 Freshman
Dominique Ferguson Florida International 6-9 Sophomore
Justin Hamilton LSU 7-0 Junior
Moe Harkless St. Johns 6-8 Freshman
John Henson North Carolina 6-11 Junior
John Jenkins Vanderbilt 6-4 Junior
Perry Jones III Baylor 6-11 Sophomore
Terrence Jones Kentucky 6-9 Sophomore
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky 6-7 Freshman
Doron Lamb Kentucky 6-4 Sophomore
Jeremy Lamb Connecticut 6-5 Sophomore
Meyers Leonard Illinois 7-1 Sophomore
Damian Lillard Weber State 6-3 Junior
Kendall Marshall North Carolina 6-4 Sophomore
Fab Melo Syracuse 7-0 Sophomore
Khris Middleton Texas A&M 6-7 Junior
Quincy Miller Baylor 6-9 Freshman
Tony Mitchell Alabama 6-6 Junior
Arnett Moultrie Mississippi State 6-11 Junior
Reeves Nelson UCLA/Zalgiris (Lithuania) 6-8 -
Austin Rivers Duke 6-3 Freshman
Peter Roberson Grambling State 7-0 Junior
Quincy Roberts Grambling State 6-5 Junior
Thomas Robinson Kansas 6-9 Junior
Terrence Ross Washington 6-6 Sophomore
Avery Scharer Shoreline CC (WA) 6-1 Sophomore
Renardo Sidney Mississippi State 6-10 Junior
Jonathon Simmons Houston 6-6 Junior
Terrell Stoglin Maryland 6-1 Sophomore
Gerardo Suero Albany 6-4 Junior
Jared Sullinger Ohio State 6-9 Sophomore
Raymond Taylor Florida Atlantic 5-6 Junior
Marquis Teague Kentucky 6-2 Freshman
Joston Thomas Hawaii 6-7 Junior
Hollis Thompson Georgetown 6-8 Junior
Richard Townsend-Gant Vancouver Island University 6-5 Junior
Dion Waiters Syracuse 6-4 Sophomore
Maalik Wayns Villanova 6-1 Junior
Royce White Iowa State 6-8 Sophomore
DAngelo Williams Notre Dame de Namur (CA) 6-3 Junior
Tony Wroten Washington 6-5 Freshman



The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2012 NBA Draft:

Player - Team/Country - Height - Status
Furkan Aldemir Galatasaray (Turkey) 6-10 1991 DOB
Jonas Bergstedt Torrelodones (Spain) 6-11 1991 DOB
Evan Fournier Poitiers (France) 6-7 1992 DOB
Josep Franch Murcia (Spain) 6-5 1991 DOB
Maximilian Kleber s Oliver Baskets (Germany) 6-5 1992 DOB
Lahaou Konate Evreux (France) 6-5 1991 DOB
Mindaugas Kupsas Baltai Kaunas (Lithuania) 7-0 1991 DOB
Joffrey Lauvergne Chalon (France) 6-11 1991 DOB
Abdoulaye Loum Gravelines (France) 6-11 1991 DOB
Nika Metreveli Sassari (Italy) 7-0 1991 DOB
Nemanja Nedovic Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 6-4 1991 DOB
Alen Omic Zlatorog (Slovenia) 7-0 1992 DOB
Jakub Parzenski PGB Basket (Poland) 6-10 1991 DOB
Sertac Sanli Galatasaray (Turkey) 7-0 1991 DOB
Tomas Satoransky Cajasol (Spain) 6-7 1991 DOB
Tornike Shengelia Spirou (Belgium) 6-10 1991 DOB
Mathieu Wojciechowski Gravelines (France) 6-6 1992 DOB

Courtesy of http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com



Indiana-Kentucky series coming to an end - by Eurobasket News

Indiana versus Kentucky, one of college basketball's best rivalries, is over.

Barring a change of heart between now and this summer, Indiana officials said Thursday that they will not renew the contract to play Kentucky because of a disagreement over where to hold the games. The schools have met during the regular season every year since 1969, with all but one of those games played in December.

After months of behind-the-scenes bickering over whether to play the games on campus, as Indiana prefers, or at neutral sites, as Kentucky prefers, Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass ended the debate for now.

'In the final analysis, we want our student-athletes, our overall student body and our season-ticket holders to enjoy this series at Assembly Hall,' Glass said.

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said Indiana notified him of the decision earlier Thursday. Barnhart described that as a change from previous discussions with Indiana officials.

Glass kept some hope alive by acknowledging the series could be revived if Kentucky is willing to play games on campus. The most recent contract expired after December's game.

Both sides can point to history to make their arguments.

The games rotated between Freedom Hall in Louisville and the Hoosier/RCA Dome in Indianapolis from 1991 through 2005. That's when the games returned to campus sites, where the regular-season games were played exclusively from 1976 through 1986.

There is a belief that the schools could make more money by playing in larger, off-campus arenas, but Barnhart argued that neutral sites would take the series back to its original roots. Indiana believes moving games neutral sites won't provide the same atmosphere and that fans would be better served by watching the games in two of college basketball's highest-profile venues -- Rupp Arena in Lexington and Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

'I guess they're putting that out there as a final conversation, so we'll go on from there, do what we have to do,' Barnhart said. 'We've been playing the games since the early 1950s, somewhere in that range. It's been a while. It's disappointing for that not to continue. I hate it for the fans, especially with two top five teams coming back next year. That's disappointing. It wasn't an unwillingness to play on our part. We wanted to play. We just felt like there were a couple of things that gave us a chance to play that game back in Jefferson County, put it in Louisville and then return it up to Indianapolis or whatever the other neutral site they wanted to. I guess they did not want to do that.'

The push for different sites began after the top-ranked Wildcats lost their only regular-season game last season at Indiana. It came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Christian Watford, a shot that set off a wild celebration that included students rushing the court. Kentucky went on to win the national championship.

'I don't think he (Kentucky coach John Calipari ) was really thrilled about going back to Bloomington, to be honest with you,' Barnhart said.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino also has expressed interest in playing Indiana on an annual basis, though coach Tom Crean has said that is unlikely to happen in 2012-13.

Crean and Calipari are old friends, but the Indiana coach issued a statement supporting Glass' decision.

'We have a strong belief that this series should be played on campus and is something that should be beneficial for both teams,' Crean said.

Last year, the border-state rivals played two of the season's most memorable games -- Indiana's 73-72 win in Bloomington and a 102-90 shootout at the NCAA's regional semifinals in Atlanta, which served as a springboard for Kentucky's latest title run.

The Hoosiers and Wildcats also have met three other times in postseason play since 1969, all on neutral courts. Kentucky is 3-1 in the four postseason meetings.

These are two of the nation's most prestigious basketball schools. Both are ranked among the nation's top 15 programs in victories, with Kentucky topping the list. Only UCLA (11) has won more national titles than the Wildcats (eight) and those are the only two programs that have more championship banners than Indiana (five). North Carolina also has won five national titles.

The schools played four times from 1924 to 1928, then didn't meet again until 1940. After Indiana lost its second straight in the series, in 1944, the teams met only one other time (1965) before the series restarted in 1969.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 2: Harbour H. - Hub Jets 94-90
May. 4: Nelson G. - Bay Hawks 90-87
May. 4: Southland S. - Auckland P. 87-106
May. 4: Taranaki MA - Hub Jets 85-102
May. 5: Wellington S. - Bay Hawks
May. 5: OceanaGold N. - Auckland P.
May. 5: Hub Jets - Harbour H.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Akeem WRIGHT
  OceanaGo.
  (200-F/G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Wright, OceanaGo.23.0 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.22.8 
 3. Pace, Hub Jets22.5 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.22.5 
 5. Jones, Nelson G.22.5 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets21.7 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.21.6 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.21.3 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.20.5 
 10. Bartlett, Bay H.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets15.8 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.2 
 3. Abney, Southland10.2 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.9.6 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.8.8 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.7 
 7. Harrison, Nelson G.8.6 
 8. Frank, Wellington8.5 
 9. Johnson, Bay Hawks8.4 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.5 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.7 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.4 
 5. Pace, Hub Jets4.5 
 6. Bailey, Harbour H.4.3 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.4.3 
 8. Braswell, Southlan.4.3 
 9. Hudson, Taranaki.4.2 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 2. Crowe, Wellington2.4 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 5. Bailey, Harbour H.2.0 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.0 
 7. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 8. Ross, OceanaGold1.6 
 9. Kenny, Bay Hawks1.6 
 10. Allen, Auckland P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.1 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.5 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.1.2 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.1.1 
 5. Abney, Southland1.0 
 6. Trousdell, Wellin.1.0 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.9 
 8. Frank, Wellington0.8 
 9. Cartwright, Auckla.0.7 
 10. Smith, Harbour H.0.6 



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Solomon Alabi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #1. This week's number one is former U19 international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.). Alabi led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the New Jersey Nets (22-44) crushing them 98-67 in the NBA last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 19 rebounds. Alabi also added 3 blocks. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 23-43 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This season Alabi averages: 2.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 36.1% and FT: 87.5%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Alabi played also for the Nigerian U19 national team in 2007.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech). He was the major contributor in Chalon/Saor's victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) 84-69 in the EuroChallenge on Friday night. Aminu had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Aminu's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (3-3) is placed first. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 67.9% in the 16 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Aminu played also for the Nigerian national team in 2007.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.). He led Capitanes to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Quebradillas (17-12) 84-81 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Monday night's game. Diogu was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Capitanes de Arecibo (17-13) is placed fourth in the BSN. The Regular Season already ended. Diogu has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 56.5%(70-124) and FT: 69.4%. Diogu has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Diogu played also for the Nigerian national team in 2007.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #4. Power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor), who plays in the NBA could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (31-35) to beat the Boston Celtics (39-27). He scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks lost 74-87 on the road to the Celtics. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Udoh's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Udoh is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Ime Udoka
Ime Udoka
   #5. An experienced international forward Ime Udoka (198-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.) led UCAM Murcia to a victory over the 12th-ranked Assignia Manresa (15-18) 78-60 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Udoka scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Udoka has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Udoka played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Uche Nsonwu-Amadi
Uche Nsonwu-Amadi
   #6. Power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (15-13) in their last game. Despite Nsonwu-Amadi's good performance Chorale de Roanne was crushed 96-62 in Le Havre by the much lower-ranked (#14) STB Le Havre. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Nsonwu-Amadi belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 7.0rpg. He also averaged so far 11.1ppg in the 28 games. Despite Nsonwu-Amadi played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Ndudi Ebi
Ndudi Ebi
   #7. International forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) was the main contributor in Jiangsu's victory against the eighth-ranked Henan Jiyuan (0-1) 95-79 in the Chinese NBL (second division) last Tuesday. Ebi was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. Ebi also added 4 blocks and 8 steals. Jiangsu (1-0) is placed fourth in the NBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Ebi has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ebi is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Tony Skinn
Tony Skinn
   #8. Guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) contributed to a 1-point Ironi Ashkelon's victory against the third-ranked Maccabi Rishon (15-10) 64-63 in the Israeli Premier League on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Skinn recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes. Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) is placed eighth in the Premier League. Skinn's stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg in the 26 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite Skinn played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Akinlolu Akingbala
Akinlolu Akingbala
   #9. Former international center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) was not able to secure a victory for Sluc Nancy (16-12) in their game against Entente Orleans 45 (19-9) in the French ProA. Akingbala recorded only 4 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Sluc Nancy was defeated 83-73 in Orleans by the higher-ranked Entente 45 (#3). It was Sluc Nancy's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Akingbala's fourth season with the team. He is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). Akingbala has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #10. Forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) contributed to Pioneros' victory against the league leader Obras (1-2) 87-79 in the LNBP last Sunday. Ofoegbu scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (2-1) is placed second in the LNBP. The Top 4 already ended in the LNBP. Ofoegbu averaged so far 12.3ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.2bpg in the 28 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Ofoegbu played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN couldn't help Indios (22-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Efejuku's very good performance the league leader Indios was defeated 82-77 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Quebradillas (#3). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Efejuku also added 3 steals. Efejuku belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5. This season he has very good stats: 13.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. Despite Efejuku played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #12. International forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, also represented by Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) contributed to a FIATC Joventut's victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante 74-63 in the Spanish ACB in Wednesday night's game. Obasohan scored 13 points in 23 minutes. This year his total stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 33 games. Obasohan holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Obasohan is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help BBC Bayreuth (12-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance BBC Bayreuth was crushed 102-65 in Bamberg by the leading Brose Baskets. Ibekwe was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Ibekwe is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6bpg. Ibekwe holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ibekwe is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #14. Former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) helped Blusens Monbus win their game against the fifth-ranked Valencia Basket 76-62 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. He scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. Ere has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 33 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Ere played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #15. Former international forward Manny Adako (203-87, agency: Court Side, college: Northeastern) helped Leeuwarden win their game against the second-ranked Den Bosch crushing them 91-61 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Thursday night's game. Adako recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. His stats this season are: 12.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3spg. Despite Adako played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

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

   #1. Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88, college: Tulsa) led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the New Jersey Nets (22-44) crushing them 98-67 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He had a triple-double by scoring 12 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and passing 12 assists in 46 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 23-43 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Uzoh averages: 4.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.7apg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.



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

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

Levour Warren
Levour Warren
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Levour Warren (196-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina), who plays in Croatia. He could not help Cedevita (19-7) in their last game. Despite Warren's very good performance the second-placed Cedevita lost 77-87 on the road to the leading Maccabi T-A in the group A of Adriatic League. He was the top scorer with 24 points in 30 minutes on the court. Warren has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 81.2% in the 25 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Warren played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Panamanian national team in 2005. Strangely Warren has never played in Panama.

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN. He was not able to help Capitanes (17-13) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Pinnock's very good performance Capitanes was defeated 89-83 in Mayaguez by the leading Indios. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Pinnock also added 7 boards, passed 9 assists and added 3 steals. The Regular Season already ended. Pinnock belongs to league's best passers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 76.1%. Pinnock is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Pinnock is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN. Lloreda was not able to secure a victory for Atleticos (13-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Atleticos was edged 83-82 in Mayaguez by the leading Indios. Lloreda had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Lloreda's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Lloreda has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 41.8% and FT: 64.6% in the 10 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Lloreda is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Gabriel Giron
Gabriel Giron
   #4. Forward Gabriel Giron (192-88) led Frayles de Guasave to a victory against the closely-ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (13-15) 95-90 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 19 points. Frayles de Guasave (14-14) is placed fifth in the CIBACOPA. Giron has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg. Giron has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican. Despite he played previously for the Mexican university national team, Giron is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #5. International forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: San Diego) was the major contributor in a 3-point Hamamatsu Phoenix's victory against the eighth-ranked Shinshu BW (18-34) 90-87 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. He scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 15 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Pomare's third season in pro basketball. Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix (37-15) is placed first in Eastern group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Pomare's overall stats are: 6.7ppg and 5.6rpg in the 45 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Pomare played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Panamanian national team roster. Pomare used to play for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #6. Forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) couldn't help Shiga L-Stars (33-19) in their game against Osaka Evessa (35-17) in the Japanese BJ League. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Gomez Camargo also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Gomez Camargo has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gomez Camargo is also an international player who is currently on the senior Panamanian National Team roster.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Jamaal Levy (206-C-83) plays for Lanus in Argentinian LigaA
Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76) plays for Sigma Barcellona in Italian Lega2
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN
Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Ruben Douglas (193-G-79) plays for Usak in Turkish TB2L
Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



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Jamelle Cornley joins Rain or Shine - by Eurobasket News

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.). The forward started the season in Israel. He played for Hapoel Lev Hasharon. Jamelle Cornley averaged 17.0 points, 7.3 boards, 1.6 assists per game in National League. In December the forward moved to France. He joined JL Bourg Basket. Jamelle Cornley tallied 14.2 points, 5.7 rebounds per appearance in ProB. Last season Jamelle Cornley was named All-Argentinean TNA Player of the Year. He also had stints in Uruguay and D-League.


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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 22-8 
 2. Bayamon 18-12 
 3. Quebradillas 17-12 
 4. Arecibo 17-13 
 5. San German 15-14 
 6. Guaynabo 12-17 
 7. Humacao 9-21 
 8. Guayama 8-21 

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 3: Bayamon - Humacao 87-85
May. 3: Arecibo - Mayaguez 83-89
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. Dalmau, Bayamon19.0 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas18.8 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo18.1 
 7. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 8. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 9. Powell, Guayama16.1 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Harris, San German10.2 
 2. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 4. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 5. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.5 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 8. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 9. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.1 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Rivera, San German5.7 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.7 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo5.2 
 6. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 7. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon3.9 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.4 
 10. Rodriguez, San G.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.3 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 4. Rivera, San German1.3 
 5. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.3 
 6. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Cotto, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.8 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 10. Harris, San German1.0 


Milt Palacio inks deal with Pirates de Quebradillas - by Eurobasket News

Pirates de Quebradilla bolstered their backcourt. They landed Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.). The guard started the season in Spain. He played for Obradoiro CAB. Milt Palasio accounted for 6.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in ACB. Previously Milton Palacio had stints in Greece, Spain, Serbia, Russia and NBA. The guard participated at Adriatic and Greek All-Star Games in 2008 and 2011 respectively. He was also named into All-Serbian League 2nd Team in 2008. Milton Palacio has been the member of Belizean National Team since 1998. The guard was named into All-Centrobasket 1st Team in 2010.


San German gets Warren: - by Marcos Carlo

Atleticos de San German signed Willie Warren (193-G-89, college: Oklahoma) and released Earl Barron.

Barron only played two games for San German and only scored 11 points per game.

The coaching staff, worried about their perimeter offense since an injury to Jesse Pellot, decided to sign Warren.

He played in the NBA D-League for Rio Grande and scored 13.9 points per game. He also played for the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

San German finishes their season tonight at Quebradillas, then start the playoffs on Sunday.



Warren is not coming to San German: - by Luis Modestti

Atleticos de San German announced that Willie Warren (193-G-89, college: Oklahoma) did not board his flight to Puerto Rico and are looking for other options at the 2-3 positions.

Warren signed a contract to play for San German and the team announced him this morning. An hour later the team said that the player didn't make it to his flight and were not bringing him.

The team is expected to make an announcement between today and tomorrow.



Mets sign Joey Graham for playoffs: - by Luis Modestti

Mets de Guaynabo signed former NBA forward Joey Graham (200-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.). He is expected to arrive tomorrow and make his debut for the playoffs.

Graham just played for Erie BayHawks in the NBA D-League and averaged 19.3 points with 6.5 rebounds.

After a great college career in Oklahoma State, the 6'7' forward played in the NBA with Toronto, Denver and Cleveland from 2005 to 2011.

He replaces James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) who averaged 15.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29 games.

Guaynabo already has Will McDonald (211-C-79, college: S.Florida) and Ian Young (191-PG-81, college: Auburn) as their imports. They have a 12-17 record and finish the regular season tonight against Guayama.



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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. Posavje Krsko 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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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.1 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.2 
 3. Feldeine, Breogan17.8 
 4. Quezada, Leon16.5 
 5. Franklin, Huesca16.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Granada15.7 
 8. Moss, Palencia15.4 
 9. Antelo, Caceres15.0 
 10. Narros, Navarra14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.6 
 2. Diouf, Palencia8.8 
 3. Donaldson, Canarias8.8 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.8.6 
 5. Starosta, Navarra8.3 
 6. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 7. Sikma, La Palma7.7 
 8. Fernandez, Granada7.6 
 9. Antelo, Caceres7.6 
 10. Williams, Caceres7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.1 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca5.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 6. Perez, Menorca3.8 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 8. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 9. Quezada, Leon3.4 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander FRANKLIN
  Huesca
  (196-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Franklin, Huesca2.5 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.2 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 4. Xavier, Palencia2.0 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.9 
 6. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 7. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 8. Green, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.7 
 10. Guerra, Granada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 5. Olmos, Caceres1.2 
 6. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 7. Odiakosa, Melilla1.1 
 8. Samb, Granada1.1 
 9. Donaldson, Canarias0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.9 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.17.9 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife16.5 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.16.4 
 4. Atoyebi, Lan M.16.4 
 5. Salson, Las Rozas16.3 
 6. Eriksson, Barca R.15.8 
 7. Balmon, Las Rozas14.0 
 8. Ausina, Aurtenec.13.3 
 9. Oha, Gandia Basqu.13.1 
 10. Elias, Tenerife13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Aurtenec.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Thompson, Aurtene.8.4 
 2. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 3. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 4. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.1 
 5. Todorovic, Prat J.7.9 
 6. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.8 
 7. Monroe, Tenerife7.7 
 8. Ortega, Oviedo CB7.2 
 9. Adams, Coruna6.9 
 10. Miller, Gandia B.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Andorra
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bavosi, Andorra5.8 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 3. Guigou, Tenerife4.1 
 4. Alvarado, Gandia B.3.5 
 5. Llorente, Avila3.2 
 6. Vilanova, Prat J.3.2 
 7. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.2 
 8. Faner, Plasencia3.1 
 9. Bassas, Prat J.2.9 
 10. Robles, Plasencia2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.2.9 
 2. Faner, Plasencia2.9 
 3. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 4. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 5. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 6. Balmon, Las Rozas1.5 
 7. Creus, Barca R.1.5 
 8. Arcelus, Aurtenec.1.5 
 9. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 10. Ros, Plasencia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Papa MBAYE
  Barca R.
  (209-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mbaye, Barca R.1.6 
 2. Todorovic, Prat J.1.4 
 3. Marti, Prat J.1.3 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.1.2 
 5. Serrano, Lan M.1.0 
 6. Flis, Andorra1.0 
 7. Miller, Gandia B.0.9 
 8. Iglesias, Plasencia0.9 
 9. Adams, Coruna0.8 
 10. Olaizola, Lan M.0.8 


Ellis injury blow for Alicante - by Eurobasket News

Head Coach of Alicante Txus Vidorreta announced that Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) will be sidelined for the next six months due to Achilles tendon rupture. The American got injured last night during the game against FIATC Joventut. Tyrone Ellis joined Alicante in November. He appeared 21 times in Liga Endesa averaging 9.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists. His season-high was 27 points against Real Madrid. Alicante currently has 17-6 record in the league. They will meet Fuenlabrada in the last round and will try to keep the position No.8. It will be enough for the Playoff Quarterfinals. Tyrone Ellis spent last season with Estudiantes. He had 7.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg in ACB.


Mirza Teletovic leads Liga Endesa First Team of the season - by Eurobasket News

Liga Endesa officially named First Team of the season. Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) (Real Madrid), Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) (Lagun Aro GBC), Andy Panko (204-F-77, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lebanon Valley) (Lagun Aro GBC), Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) (Caja Laboral) and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) (F.C. Barcelona Regal) are the best Liga Endesa players for this season. One of them will be named the MVP. Mirza Teletovic got the most votes by coaches, journalists and supporters. He had 100 votes in total. Vidal and Lull got 90 votes each, Panko had 85 and Lorbek 35.


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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.1 
 2. Sharper, Boncourt19.4 
 3. Burrows, Starwings18.2 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings17.8 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt17.7 
 6. Barnette, Geneve17.2 
 7. Jones, SAM M.16.8 
 8. Mitrovic, SAM M.16.3 
 9. Smith, Monthey16.2 
 10. Gibson, SAV Vacal.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.9.7 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt9.1 
 3. Bing, Geneve Lions8.6 
 4. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.3 
 5. Burrows, Starwings8.1 
 6. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 7. Rakocevic, Lugano7.6 
 8. Finn, Monthey7.5 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.7.5 
 10. Jones, SAM M.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.4 
 2. Brown, Lugano T.5.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 4. Petkovic, Starw.4.7 
 5. Boylan, Monthey4.5 
 6. Draughan, Lugano4.4 
 7. Bobetso, BBC Nyon4.0 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Parker, Monthey3.4 
 10. Buscaglia, Geneve3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.1 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.7 
 3. Boylan, Monthey2.6 
 4. Jones, SAM M.2.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings2.1 
 6. N''Diaye, Boncourt1.8 
 7. Smith, Monthey1.8 
 8. Sloan, SAV Vacallo1.8 
 9. Dubas, Monthey1.7 
 10. Draughan, Lugano1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.2.1 
 2. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.7 
 3. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 4. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 5. Roberson, Boncourt1.1 
 6. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 7. Dubas, Monthey0.9 
 8. Albrecht, Starw.0.9 
 9. Barnette, Geneve0.9 
 10. Bing, Geneve Lio.0.8 


LNA Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Geneve Lions and Lugano reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Monthey - Geneve Lions 71-82

Geneve Lions shocked Monthey on the road to secure the birth in the Final. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Monthey managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Geneve Lions had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Geneve Lions especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Monthey helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. Swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and center Sean Finn (212-82, college: Dayton) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: S.Barnette 26+5reb+1ast, T.Brown 21+5ast, C.Dunn 10+5reb+8ast, E.Bing 9+13reb+3ast, B.Toure 6+10reb+1ast, J.Aw 6+3reb
Monthey: I.Boylan 21+6reb+2ast, S.Finn 14+7reb+4ast, T.Smith 9+1reb+2ast, M.Mihajlovic 9+6reb+2ast, K.Parker 7+1reb+3ast, S.Louissaint 7+3reb
gschID: 175946


Lugano Tigers - Fribourg 69-64

Lugano Tigers shot down Fribourg at home court to punch the ticket into the Final. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. American-British point guard Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan, agency: Two Points) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Stefan Petkovic (186-92) added 13 points and 6 assists in the effort for Fribourg. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 26+10reb+1ast, R.Brown 14+2reb+6ast, Z.Rakocevic 11+9reb+1ast, E.Draughan 8+7reb+3ast, N.George 8+1reb+1ast, D.Stockalper 2+3reb+1ast
Fribourg: R.Yates 17+8reb+3ast, T.Johnson 14+6reb+1ast, S.Petkovic 13+4reb+6ast, D.Esterkamp 10+7reb+2ast, O.Vogt 8+5reb, J.Kazadi 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 175947



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Standings - SBL

SBL Standings
 1. Pure Youth 22-8
 2. Taiwan Beer 17-13
 3. Dacin Tigers 16-14
 4. Yulon Luxgen 16-14
 5. KKL 14-16
 6. Taiwan Mobile 13-17
 7. Bank of Taiwan 7-23

Finals: Round 1

May. 5: Pure Youth - Dacin Tigers



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2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Usbasket announces the American awards for last year. So for the second time Usbasket would like to announce its 2011-2012 National Awards.

It's prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.

We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.

All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (not the NBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA). The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.

Ahead of them all has to be the NBA D-League. The D-League by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are branded by the brand (NBA). The D-League has sent over 20 players up to the NBA this season including 2011 Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Othyus Jeffers and 2nd Team member Jeff Adrian.

The UBA continues to be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in just 3 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.

The IBL and the PBL have to be two of the most entertaining and profitable leagues going in the United States. The PBL has the largest budget than all of the minor leagues and continue to add big talent. The IBL has been carried by power teams like the Los Angel es Lightning and ex NBA players like Bryon Russell and Toby Bailey.

The ABA is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, it's the longest running US pro league in the USA.

The NBL Canada is th new league on the block but their carrying themselves like a true top notice league. Looke to be a future power.

This year, Justin Dentmon dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.

The first team was dominated by NBA D-League players, with Non D-League selected just in the 2nd best team.

Best point guard of the year is Justin Dentmon. The D-League star had a terrific season with Austin Toros, leading the team to a 35-17 record. Dentmon led the Toros in assist this season with 5.9 and scored an impressive 22.6ppg. Dentmon was also named to the 2011 USA National Team. There is no question that he will be next in line for a call-up.

Shooting Guard of the Year is no surprise, Elijah Millsap. Millsap was called-up by the LA Lakers before returning to the Defenders. He finished the season an All-Star with an average of 19.6ppg and 6.5rpg.

In small forward position there is New Jersey Nets player Andre Emmett. This year, Emmett was one of the Dleagues top scorers with an average of 23.1ppg. The Texas Tech Star spent this season in the D-League with Reno Bighorns. He is currently playing in Lebanon for the playoffs.

Power forward of the year is one of the best athletes in the country: Brandon Costner. The Dleague All- Star was one of the key players of the LA Defender Championship run. Costner is currently averaging 19.6ppg and 6.0rpg.

Best center of the year is one of the biggest revelations of the previous season: Marcus Lewis. The big man had an impressive year with Tulsa 66ers averaging 15.6ppg and a league best 12.4rpg. He is by far the best big in the NBA-DLeague.

The best coach of the year has to be the surprise of the year, Travis McAvene. He was named USbasket.com All-UBA coach of the Year leading his Cincinnati Slam to a 19-1 record and sending 4 players overseas in just his first season in the UBA. McAvene has also been named to the USA National Team staff for the William Jones Cup in Taiwan this summer live o ESPN.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2012
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Justin Dentmon
Dentmon
Brandon Costner
Costner
Marcus Lewis
Lewis
Andre Emmett
Emmett
Morris Almond
Almond
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Player of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Point Guard of the Year: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Small Forward of the Year: Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
Power Forward of the Year: Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
Center of the Year: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
Coach of the Year: Travis McAvene of UBA

1st Team
F: Brandon Costner (6'9''-87) of Los Angeles Defenders (NBA Dleague)
F/C: Marcus Lewis (6'8''-86) of Tulsa 66ers (NBA Dleague)
G: Justin Dentmon (6'0''-85) of Austin Toros (NBA D-League)
G/F: Andre Emmett (6'5''-82) of Reno Bighorns (NBA Dleague)
F/G: Morris Almond (6'6''-85) of Maine RC (NBA Dleague)

2nd Team
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-82) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA/Dominican Republic)
F: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-85) of Bakersfield Jam (NBL)
PG: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-84) of Reno Bighorns (Dleague)
G: Perry Petty (6'1''-88) of Central Illinois Drive (PBL)
F: Chris Commons (6'9''-84) of Scranton (PBL)
F/C: Jermaine Bell (6'11''-84) of Jacksonville Giants (ABA)

3rd Team
G: Tony White (6'0''-88) of South Carolina Warriors (ABA)
C: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-88) of LA Defenders (Dleague)
G/F: Hugh Jones (6'5''-80) of Beltway Bombers (ACPBL)
F: Ryan Edwards (6'5''-83) of Kankakee Country S. (IBA)
F: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-88) of Cincinnati Slam/ Chile (UBA)
G: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-81) of Saint John MR (NBL)

Honorable Mention
Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76) of Los Angeles Slam (WCBL)
Nick Carter (6'1''-F-86) of Hudson Valley H. (EBA)
Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89) of Battle Creek (IBA)
Herman Favors (5'9''-G-84) of Sauk Valley Predators (PBL)
Chris Matthews (6'4''-G-85) of Washingron Maddness (EBA)
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA)
Elvin Mims (6'5''-F-79) of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (PBL)
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Southern Generals (UBA)
Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91) of Rio Grande Vipers (Dleague)



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BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.3 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.20.6 
 3. Bell, Plymouth R.20.4 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.20.3 
 5. Freeman, Worceste.19.7 
 6. Rundles, Leiceste.19.0 
 7. Gordon, Worceste.18.7 
 8. Smith, Newcastl.18.5 
 9. Langhurst, Sheffie.18.5 
 10. Green, Glasgow18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.1 
 2. Williams, Plymouth11.3 
 3. Tuck, Sheffield S.11.1 
 4. Schneck, Cheshire.10.8 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield10.4 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.9.7 
 7. Cricelli, Mersey T.9.0 
 8. Thomson, Newcastl.8.9 
 9. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.7 
 10. Hardy, Leicester8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Adam BROWN
  Cheshire.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Brown, Cheshire.5.0 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.5.0 
 3. Bolds, MK Lions4.7 
 4. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.7 
 5. Green, Glasgow4.6 
 6. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.2 
 7. Rundles, Leiceste.4.2 
 8. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.2 
 9. Patton, Sheffiel.4.2 
 10. Chapman, Newcast.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.9 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.6 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.1 
 4. Smith, Newcastl.1.8 
 5. Capocci, Durham W.1.8 
 6. Gause, Newcastl.1.8 
 7. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 8. Cricelli, Mersey T.1.5 
 9. Elderkin, Durham W.1.5 
 10. Babalola, Sheffie.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.3 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.9 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.5 
 4. Royster, Leiceste.1.2 
 5. Gordon, Worceste.1.2 
 6. Williams, Plymouth1.1 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.1.0 
 8. Williams, Cheshire.0.8 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.7 
 10. Smith, Newcastl.0.7 


BBL Round Up Friday 04 May - by Paul Nilsen

In-form Cheshire Jets produced a blistering performance in one of the most incredible games of the BBL season as they stunned treble winners Newcastle Eagles in the first leg of the BBL Play-Off Semi-Finals with a 99-89 success at Sport Central.

In a quite devastating opening, head coach John Lavery looked on appreciatively as his players poured in an astonishing 50 points inside the opening fifteen minutes of the contest as they moved as many as 28 points in front.

Adam Brown (193-G-88, college: Houston) and Bill Cole were on fire and instrumental in a 60-37 half-time lead as the Eagles dreams of a clean sweep looked all but shattered. However, Fab Flournoys side launched an astonishing rescue mission after the break, even briefly making it a one-shot game before Jets eased away at the end.

Cole finished with 28 points including five triples and also pulled down nine rebounds. Meanwhile Adam Brown and Colin OReilly both completed double-doubles with the former scoring 21 points and dishing up a super 14 assists while the latter finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

It was an altogether tighter affair north of the border as Glasgow Rocks signed off their tenure at Kelvin Hall with a narrow 77-76 success against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the other Play-Off Semi-Final first leg.

While Rocks generally held the upper hand and looked most likely to make a decisive break having led by double-digits, Rob Paternostro and his Riders players kept fighting back - helped by impressively efficient displays from Ayron Hardy and Great Britain forward Drew Sullivan.

EJ Harrison led the way for Rocks with 25 points having shot a breath taking 73% from the field while backcourt partner Mychal Green had 15 points and seven assists. Cameron Rundles top scored for Riders with 23 points.

Both second leg games take place on Sunday 6th May as the teams fight it out for a place in the BBL Play-Off Final at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday 12th May.



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Darrin Williams joins Club Atletico Marne - by Eurobasket Center

Club Atletico Marne (Metropolitan) agreed terms with 26-year old American power forward Darrin Williams (205-C/F-108kg-86, college: Loyola, IL). Williams played most recently at KB Futura (Kosova) where he was averaging double-double of 15ppg and 12rpg. He was also nominated to the SuperLeague All-Star Team. 'Boomer' graduated from Loyola University of Chicago.


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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 4-2 
 2. Trotamundos 2-2 
 3. Gigantes 2-4 
Group B
 1. Guaiqueries 3-2 
 2. Bucaneros 2-2 
 3. Cocodrilos 2-3 
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. 3: Guaiqueries - Cocodrilos 81-70
May. 3: Gigantes - Marinos 79-77 OT
May. 2: Gigantes - Marinos 78-87
May. 4: Guaiqueries - Cocodrilos


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.9 
 5. Romero, Trotamun.19.7 
 6. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 7. Hickerson, Bucan.17.8 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
 10. Elliott, Cocodril.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Trotamun.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.4 
 2. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 3. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 4. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 5. Allen, Marinos7.9 
 6. Jackson, Guaiquer.7.7 
 7. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 8. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 9. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.2 
 10. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Stoll, Gigantes7.0 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.8 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.1 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.3 
 7. Pena, Toros4.1 
 8. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 9. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
 10. Adams, Guaiqueries3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.4 
 2. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 3. Pena, Toros2.8 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.7 
 5. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.7 
 6. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 7. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Perez, Trotamundos2.0 
 10. Cubillan, Trotamu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Marinos
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Allen, Marinos2.6 
 2. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.7 
 4. Graterol, Cocodril.1.5 
 5. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 6. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 7. Romero, Trotamun.1.2 
 8. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 9. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 10. Warren, Guaiquer.0.8 



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Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Awards 2011-2012 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Andrei Kirilenko
Kirilenko
Patrick Beverley
Beverley
Henry Domercant
Domercant
Kresimir Loncar
Loncar
Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas
#e#5

Final Four MVP: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA
Player of the Year: Henry Domercant (192-G-80) of Unics
Guard of the Year: Henry Domercant (192-G-80) of Unics
Forward of the Year: Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) of Khimky
Center of the Year: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA
European Player of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA
Import Player of the Year: Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88) of Spartak SP
Coach of the Year: Evgeny Pashutin of Unics

1st Team
PG: Patrick Beverley (185-88) of Spartak SP
G: Henry Domercant (192-80) of Unics
F: Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) of CSKA
F: Kresimir Loncar (210-83) of Khimky
C: Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) of Lietuvos rytas

2nd Team
PG: Tyrese Rice (185-87) of Lietuvos rytas
G: Chester Simmons (198-82) of CEZ Nymburk
F: Jeremiah Massey (202-82) of Lokomotiv
F: Paulius Jankunas (205-84) of Zalgiris
F/C: Donatas Motiejunas (213-90) of Asseco Prokom

Honorable Mention
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) of Lokomotiv
Alexey Shved (196-G-88) of CSKA
Rawle Marshall (200-SF-82) of BC Astana
Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) of Khimky
Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81) of Unics
Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) of Khimky
Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) of CSKA
Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) of Lietuvos rytas
Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84) of BC Astana
Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86) of Unics

All-Europeans Team
G: Henry Domercant (192-80) of Unics
F/G: Branko Cvetkovic (200-84) of BC Astana
F: Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) of CSKA
F: Kresimir Loncar (210-83) of Khimky
C: Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) of Lietuvos rytas

All-Imports Team
PG: Tyrese Rice (185-87) of Lietuvos rytas
G: Chester Simmons (198-82) of CEZ Nymburk
G: Henry Domercant (192-80) of Unics
F: Jeremiah Massey (202-82) of Lokomotiv
F/C: Nathan Jawai (208-86) of Unics



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  WBA   


WBA adds Atlanta Blaze to 2012 team roster - by Eurobasket News

The WBA is proud to announce the Atlanta Blaze. The Blaze will make home in the historic Lynwood, GA community. Team owner/operator Al Breed is an entrepreneur, business man, music artist and actor. More recently, he added the acquisition of The Atlanta Blaze to his list of accomplishments. As a certified fitness professional with a focused understanding of the importance of nutrition, strength training, conditioning and wellness, Al's goal with The Atlanta Blaze, is to blend his passion for both entertainment and fitness with the world of professional sports, particularly basketball. Team Head Coach/GM Lionel Garrett in his 9th season with the WBA, the former League Commissioner has coached the Rome Gladiators, Marietta Storm, Buford Majic and Mayas USA; having won or participated in WBA Championship games four of his first five years as a coach in the league. The Mayas USA team was historic in becoming the first team from Mexico to win a championship in the USA as 07 WBA Champions. Garrett was also named WBA Coach/GM of the year. After being drafted and signed by the NBA San Diego Clippers, Garrett played with the Harlem Globetrotters and internationally in Spain. The High School/College Hall of Famer Garrett has helped develop many players now in the NBA, NBA-Dleague and playing internationally. The Atlanta Blaze recently selected Robert Murry (5'11-G) and Jamesio Bell (6'6-F) in the 2012 WBA Draft. The Blaze will hold its open tryout camp May 19th. Please go to www.atlantablaze.com for details to become part of the premier developmental team of the WBA. The World Basketball Association Exposure League- always moving forward- celebrating its 10th season! 'The Future in Developing Worldwide Talent and Scouting'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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Women News


Flamurtari tied the Final series - by Eurobasket News

Flamurtari tied the Final series over Apolonia beating them in Game 2 of the Finals. The second team of the Regular Season celebrated a 67:57 win at home. Game 3 will be played on May 5th.


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  AUSTRALIA   


USBA All Stars fire past Australia - by Eurobasket News

USBA All Stars earned another win on their Tour of China. They faced Australian Junior National Team in Zhongxian. The North American team proved the strength claiming a 90:58 victory. Katie Bussey (5'9''-G-90) stepped up with 23 points to lead the effort.
USBA All Stars dominated the game. They outrebounded the Aussies 32:22 to control the glass. USBA All Stars led from start to finish to earn yet another victory. Casey Garrison (5'11''-G) notched 16 points for USBA All Stars. Rebekah Gardner (6'1''-G-90) added 14 points for the winners. Tiana Mangakahia topscored for Australia. Alanna Smith accounted for 10 points in the loss.



Dandenong Rangers extend deal with 'WNBL Forward of the Year' Jenna O'Hea - by Eurobasket News

Dandenong Jayco Rangers announced very important news. The team signed a one-year contract extension with Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87).. The Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Forward of the Year -11 led Dandenong to WNBL title last season. Jenna O'Hea appeared 21 times in the league averaging 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals. She ended as the fifth best scorer of the competition and second in assists. O'Hea won the WNBL title in 2011 as well. She was a member of the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers at that time. O'Hea played for Dandenong also from 2005 to 2007. Meanwhile, she was a member of Bendigo Spirit, Arras (France) and Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA). She had 4.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.3 apg in 2011 WNBA season with the Sparks.


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  BELARUS   


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

Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Hanna Kalenta
Kalenta
Natalia Anufryienka
Anufryienka
Megan Shoniker
Shoniker
Julia Avdeythuk
Avdeythuk
Aleksandra Khomenchuk
Khomenchuk
#e#5

Player of the Year: Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) of Berezina
Guard of the Year: Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) of Gorizont
Forward of the Year: Julia Avdeythuk (185-F-88) of BrGU
Center of the Year: Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) of Berezina
Coach of the Year: Anatoly Buyalskiy of Gorizont

1st Team
G: Natalia Anufryienka (174-85) of Gorizont
G: Megan Shoniker (175-89) of Olimpia
F: Julia Avdeythuk (185-88) of BrGU
C: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (200-89) of Gorizont
C: Hanna Kalenta (187-94) of Berezina

2nd Team
G: Victoria Shmatova (170-87) of Olimpia
F: Anna Pokoiova (188-87) of Olimpia
F: Viktoryia Pantsiukh (185-87) of Minsk-2006
F/C: Volha Istseliatsova (189-88) of Minsk-2006
C: Veronika Sovtsa (183-83) of Sozh Gomel

Honorable Mention
Ksenija Voishal (179-F-94) of Victoria
Viktoriya Hasper (193-C-88) of Gorizont
Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) of Olimpia
Maryia Papova (183-PF-94) of Olimpia



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Women's National Team - by Peter Buyse

New Belgian National team coach Benny Mertens has announced his pre-selection of 24 names for the upcoming qualifying games.

Julie Allemand (Point Chaud), Hatty Bende Belobi (Mondeville), Dana Boonen (Kangoeroes), Evelien Callens (VS Praha), Marjorie Capreaux (Solna Vikings), Miete Celus (Sint-Katelijne-Waver), Romina Ciappina (Priolo), Antonia Delaere (Kangoeroes), Anke De Mondt (Wisla Can-Pack), Sien Devliegher (Lotto Young Cats), Sofie Hendrickx (Kangoeroes), Sara Leemans (Sint-Katelijne-Waver), Lien Lentacker (Lotto Young Cats), Nomie Mayombo (Point Chaud), Emmanuella Mayombo (Point Chaud), Emma Meesseman (Lotto Young Cats), Inge Meylemans (Kangoeroes), Virginie Michiels (Spirou Monceau), Ann-Katrien Nauwelaers (Sint-Katelijne-Waver), Jana Raman (Waregem), Jasmina Rosseel (Lotto Young Cats), Anne-Sophie Strubbe (Kangoeroes), Julie Vanloo (Waregem), Laurence Van Malderen (Namur).



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  CANADA   


Canadian F Stephany Skrba moves to Bourges - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) became a new member of Bourges. The Canadian forward penned a deal for the next season. Skrba spent this one with Lattes Montpellier, who lost the LFB Finals to Bourges. For 17 games in the league Skrba averaged 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds. She also added 13.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. Stephany Skrba played last season for Greek Aris Thessaloniki and was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 2nd Team -11. Skrba had 13.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg for 21 games. She had almost the same numbers for 5 games in EuroCup. Skrba also has experience from Poland and Spain. She graduated at the University of Michigan in 2009.


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  CROATIA   


Gospic too strong for Jolly JBS again, jumps to 2-0 in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Jolly JBS - Gospic CO 63-91

Gospic CO is one win away from the title. The defending champion smashed Jolly JBS in Sibenik last night 63-91 jumping to 2-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and teams will meet again on Saturday. Gospic will have a chance to defend the title in the front of their fans. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) led Gospic in the second game with 23 points. Julie McBride (165-G-82, college: Syracuse) also shined scoring 20 points and Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) followed them with four less. At the other side, Kristina Benic (180-F-88) and Antonija Misura (178-F-88) delivered 16 and 14 points respectively. Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) stopped to 13 points in this meeting. Jolly had a better start making 18-13 lead after ten minutes of play, but Gospic took control on them in the second period and never looked back after that. Quarters: 18-13, 15-27, 18-20, 12-31.

Jolly JBS: Cigic 1, Chiabov 2, Kristina Benic 16, Antonija Misura 14, Semren 12, Luca Ivankovic 13, Perisa 2, Dujic 3. Coach: Edi Dzelalija.
Gospic: Jelena Ivezic 16, Sandra Mandir 23, Devcic 2, Dover 5, Jurcevic 2, Julie McBride 20, Komplet 7, Badanjak 2, Vrsaljko 10, Pavetic 4. Coach: Stipe Bralic.



NT player Ana Lelas to stay with Lattes Montpellier - by Eurobasket News

Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) will stay at least one more year in France. According to French media, the Croatian National Team member will sign a contract extension with Latter Montpellier. She helped them reach the LFB Finals this season. Lelas averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists for 30 games in the league. She also added 11.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.2 apg for 16 games in Euroleague. Ana Lelas joined Lattes Montpellier in 2010 from Bourges. She had 11.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.2 apg in their first season together. Lelas was awarded with Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Bosmans Team -11. In the past, she played for Mourenx Basket Club, Celta Vigo and Aix en Provence. Ana Lelas is active member of the Croatian National Team since 2000. Last summer in Poland she had 7.3 ppg and 2 rpg for 3 games.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


USK Praha signs American C Kia Vaughn - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha announced signing of Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) for the next season. The American center currently plays for Cras Tarano in Italian league Finals. They have 1-0 lead against Familia Schio in best of-five series. Kia Vaughn played 13 Euroleague games for Taranto this season averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -12. Vaughn played 29 games in Serie A1 so far averaging 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. She had 15 points and 6 rebounds in Game One of the Finals. Kia Vaughn spent last two seasons in Israel, where she won two league titles and also two Cup trophies. She played for Ramat Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla. Last three WNBA seasons Vaughn spent with the New York Liberty. In the latest one she had 9.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 35 games.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Bourges bring Frida Eldebrink - by Eurobasket News

Bourges bring Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for 2012/2013 season. The French Champions announced the Swedish player for the next season.
Frida Eldebrink spent last two season in Czech Republic. At first in 2010-2011 she played for Frisco Sika Brno (Czech Rep.-ZBL, starting five) and in Euroleague averaged 13.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 34.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 88.0%. In Czech Rep. League she became the top-scorer with 21.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 74.1%.
In 2011-2012 she moved to ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.-ZBL, starting five) and became the Champion. In Euroleague after 16 games her stats read 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 78.4%. In Czech Rep. League she showed 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 83.8%.
Her former USK Praha defended their ZBL title. They swept the title series against Frisco Sika. The reigning champions claimed an 82:52 win in the third game of the series to triumph in the League. Delisha Milton-Jones led the effort with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Frida Eldebrink scored 21.



USK Praha signs American C Kia Vaughn - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha announced signing of Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) for the next season. The American center currently plays for Cras Tarano in Italian league Finals. They have 1-0 lead against Familia Schio in best of-five series. Kia Vaughn played 13 Euroleague games for Taranto this season averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -12. Vaughn played 29 games in Serie A1 so far averaging 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. She had 15 points and 6 rebounds in Game One of the Finals. Kia Vaughn spent last two seasons in Israel, where she won two league titles and also two Cup trophies. She played for Ramat Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla. Last three WNBA seasons Vaughn spent with the New York Liberty. In the latest one she had 9.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 35 games.


UMMC Ekaterinburg signs American center Quanitra Hollingsworth - by Eurobasket News

Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) is a new member of UMMC Ekaterinburg. The American center signed a deal for the next season. Hollingsworth heads to Ekaterinburg from UNI SEAT Gyor. He led them to Hungarian league title this season. Hollingsworth appeared 22 times in the league averaging 13 points and 9.6 rebounds. The player had even better stats in Euroleague. There she registered 14.8 ppg and 10.1 rpg for 12 games. Hollingsworth ended as the second best rebounder of Euroleague and top rebounder of the Hungarian championship. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Center of the Year -12. Before UNI SEAT, Quanitra Hollingsworth played for the WNBA team New York Liberty. She had 4.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 32 games in 2011 season. In the past, she also was a member of TTT Riga, TEO Vilnius and Minnesota Lynx. Hollingsworth won the Lithuanian and Baltic league titles with TEO Vilnius. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Center of the Year -10.


UMMC Ekaterinburg extends Sue Bird and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota - by Eurobasket News

More news are coming from UMMC Ekaterinburg. The Russian champ confirmed that Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) will return to the club next season. Bird will most probably join in January, like she did for the last three years with Ekaterinburg and Spartak Vidnoe MR. Svetlana Abrosimova and very likely Tatiana Vidmer will not be on the team next season.
Sue Bird joined started to play for Ekaterinburg last January. She averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds for 9 Euroleague games. Bird also added 8.4 ppg, 4.8 apg and 1.4 rpg in 14 Russian league games.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota joined Ekaterinburg last summer. She had 11.2 ppg, 3 rpg and 2.1 apg for 13 Euroleague games. In Russia, she added 13.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3.9 apg for 9 games. Jekabsone-Zogota got seriously injured in January during the game against Ros Casares (left knee, torn ACL) and she missed rest of the season.



Montpellier will keep Kristen Mann, Ana Lelas and Virginie Bremont, Stephany Skrba to leave - by Eurobasket News

According to local media (Ladyhoop), Lattes Montpellier will keep Kristen Mann (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: UCSB), Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Virginie Bremont (177-G-89) for the next season. Same source says that Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) will leave the team at the end of the season and there is a possibility she will join Bourges.
Kristen Mann appeared 16 times in the league this season averaging 10 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.6 apg. She also had 10.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.3 apg for 22 games in LFB. She joined the club last summer from Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes.
Ana Lelas averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists for 16 Euroleague games. Her numbers were just a little bit lower in LFB. Lelas arrived to Montpellier in 2010 from Bourges.
Virginie Bremont registered 3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.9 apg for 16 Euroleague games, plus 3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.6 apg for 31 games in LFB. Bremont signed with the club in 2010, after she left Armentieres SO.
Stephany Skrba was one of the best Montpellier players this season. She had 13.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games, and also 9.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 17 LFB games. She left Aris Thessaloniki last summer to join Montpellier.



Perfumerias lands Jessica Adair - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida stepped up with another signing. After arrival of Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford), the former Euroleague and Spanish champion signed a deal with Jessica Adair (193-C-86, agency: LBM Management, college: G.Washington). The 25-year-old center spent last season with Turkish Tarsus. She appeared 13 times in TKBL averaging 12.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Before she joined Tarsus, Jessica Adair won the WNBA title with Minnesota Lynx. She had 4.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 38 games with the franchise. Adair will play for the Lynx this summer as well. Adair also has experience from Samsun, where she played in 2010/11. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention -11. Jessica Adair graduated at the George Washington University in 2009.


Bourges returns forward Pauline Krawczyk after six years - by Eurobasket News

Bourges stepped up with another signing. The French champion returned Pauline Krawczyk (182-F-85) after six years. She played the latest one for Tarbes averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18 LFB games. In Euroleague, Krawczyk registered 8.1 ppg and 2 rpg for 7 appearances. Pauline Krawczyk played for Lotos Gdynia in 2010/11. She arrived in January of 2011 and helped them win the Polish Cup trophy. Lotos also reached PLKK Semifinals. Krawczyk appeared 16 times in the league collecting 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Before Lotos, the forward played for Montpellier and Clermont. She played for Bourges from 2004 to 2006. Pauline Krawczyk is active member of the French National Team since 2008. The player has double citizenship, Polish/French.


UMMC Ekaterinburg parts ways with Algirdas Paulauskas and Rimantas Grigas - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg officially announced that Head Coach Algirdas Paulauskas and Assistant Coach Rimantas Grigas will not stay with the club for the next season. The Russian powerhouse thanked both coached for their service and wished them luck in the future. According to the rumors, the possible candidates to take over Ekaterinburg team are Laszlo Ratgeber and Natalia Hejkova.
Algirdas Paulauskas took over Ekaterinburg last summer. He won the Russian league, Cup and third place in the Euroleague this season. However, it seems that was not enough for the club as they expected to grab the Euroleague trophy as well. Before Ekaterinburg, Paulauskas worked with Dynamo Kursk four years. In 2010, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Coach of the Year -10. Algirdas Paulauskas is currently a Head Coach of the Lithuanian National Team. Rimantas Grigas is a Head Coach of the Belarusian NT and both coaches will have a busy summer.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Lena HETTO
  (184-F-93)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Hetto, LUX24.6 
 2. Tikvic, CRO20.0 
 3. Spanou, GRE19.3 
 4. Austgulen, NOR18.1 
 5. Holopainen, FIN17.8 
 6. Iiskola, FIN15.9 
 7. Jesus, POR15.7 
 8. Seilund, DEN14.5 
 9. Szamosi, HUN14.2 
 10. Szabo, HUN14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivana TIKVIC
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Tikvic, CRO12.6 
 2. McCarthy, NOR11.4 
 3. Lagzdina, LAT10.7 
 4. Spanou, GRE9.9 
 5. Hetto, LUX9.2 
 6. Papova, BLR8.1 
 7. Szamosi, HUN7.8 
 8. Marcus, LUX7.3 
 9. Holopainen, FIN7.0 
 10. Tyutyundzhie., B.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Glorija SIKIRIC
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sikiric, CRO3.4 
 2. Juvonen, FIN3.1 
 3. Dayan, ISR3.0 
 4. Zderadicka, AUT3.0 
 5. Czirjak, HUN2.8 
 6. Kantara, GRE2.7 
 7. Szabo, HUN2.7 
 8. Almeida, POR2.6 
 9. Slouka, GRE2.6 
 10. Kedem, ISR2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Fanni SZABO
  (181-G-94)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Szabo, HUN3.2 
 2. Kostova, BUL2.8 
 3. Jesus, POR2.7 
 4. Reine, LAT2.6 
 5. Chatzigiakou., GRE2.4 
 6. Almeida, POR2.4 
 7. Lipinskaya, BLR2.2 
 8. Hetto, LUX2.2 
 9. Weisbort, ISR2.2 
 10. Tikvic, CRO2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivana TIKVIC
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Tikvic, CRO2.1 
 2. Chatzigiakou., GRE1.8 
 3. Breivik, NOR1.6 
 4. Tyutyundzhie., BUL1.4 
 5. Dimitrova, BUL1.3 
 6. Judit, HUN1.1 
 7. Spanou, GRE1.1 
 8. Aizsila, LAT1.0 
 9. Kalenta, BLR1.0 
 10. Tomsone, LAT0.9 



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  FRANCE   


Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 1st Team 2012
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Mistie Mims
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Edwige Lawson-Wade
Lawson-Wade
Natalie Hurst
Hurst
Amisha Carter
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Emilija Podrug
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Player of the Year: Mistie Mims (191-C-83) of Challes
Guard of the Year: Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) of Lattes Montp.
Forward of the Year: Amisha Carter (186-PF-82) of Union Hainaut
Center of the Year: Mistie Mims (191-C-83) of Challes
Domestic Player of the Year: Mistie Mims (191-C-83) of Challes
Import Player of the Year: Amisha Carter (186-PF-82) of Union Hainaut
Bosman Player of the Year: Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) of Challes
Defensive Player of the Year: Emmeline Ndongue (191-C-83) of Bourges
Coach of the Year: Pierre Fosset of Bourges

1st Team
PG: Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-79) of Lattes Montp.
G: Natalie Hurst (163-83) of Aix-en-Provence
PF: Amisha Carter (186-82) of Union Hainaut
C: Emilija Podrug (190-79) of Challes
C: Mistie Mims (191-83) of Challes

2nd Team
G: Catherine Joens (180-82) of Bourges
F: Danielle Page (188-86) of Challes
F: Styliani Kaltsidou (188-83) of Bourges
C: Emilija Podrug (190-79) of Challes
C: Emmeline Ndongue (191-83) of Bourges

Honorable Mention
Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) of Villeneuve
Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) of Lattes Montp.
Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84) of Landes
Djene Diawara (192-C-85) of Charleville
Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve
Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) of Villeneuve
Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (188-F/C-82) of Arras
Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) of Lyon
Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) of Bourges
Caroline Aubert (168-PG-80) of Nantes

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-79) of Lattes Montp.
PG: Caroline Aubert (168-80) of Nantes
PF: Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) of Bourges
F: Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85) of Lyon
C: Emmeline Ndongue (191-83) of Bourges

All-Imports Team
G: Natalie Hurst (163-83) of Aix-en-Provence
G: Catherine Joens (180-82) of Bourges
PF: Amisha Carter (186-82) of Union Hainaut
F: Danielle Page (188-86) of Challes
C: Mistie Mims (191-83) of Challes

All-Bosmans Team
G: Kathy Wambe (173-81) of Villeneuve
F: Romy Bar (189-87) of Challes
F: Styliani Kaltsidou (188-83) of Bourges
C: Petra Stampalija (189-80) of Union Hainaut
C: Emilija Podrug (190-79) of Challes



Villeneuve lock Nigerian Olayinka Sanni for another two seasons - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole lock Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: W.Virginia) for another two seasons. According to esbva.com, the Nigerian player will stay definitely until year 2014.
In 2010-2011 she appeared for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) and in French League averaged 14.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 69.4%. In EuroCup she became the fourth top-scorer with 19.0ppg, Reb-5 (9.4rpg), 1.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.0%, FT: 63.4%.
In 2011 Olayinka Sanni also played for Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and in 12 games averaged 1.4ppg.
In 2011-2012 continued for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) and became the 5th top-scorer with 16.0ppg, Reb-4 (9.0rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 56.3%. In her top game she erupted with 28 points and 10 rebounds against Nantes in Round 9. That time the latter celebrated a 76:66 road win.
Olayinka Sanni was a member of the Nigerian National Team -06-07. Last season she was named into Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team -11, Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention -11 and reached WNBA Semifinals -11.



Bourges bring Frida Eldebrink - by Eurobasket News

Bourges bring Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for 2012/2013 season. The French Champions announced the Swedish player for the next season.
Frida Eldebrink spent last two season in Czech Republic. At first in 2010-2011 she played for Frisco Sika Brno (Czech Rep.-ZBL, starting five) and in Euroleague averaged 13.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 34.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 88.0%. In Czech Rep. League she became the top-scorer with 21.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 74.1%.
In 2011-2012 she moved to ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.-ZBL, starting five) and became the Champion. In Euroleague after 16 games her stats read 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 78.4%. In Czech Rep. League she showed 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 83.8%.
Her former USK Praha defended their ZBL title. They swept the title series against Frisco Sika. The reigning champions claimed an 82:52 win in the third game of the series to triumph in the League. Delisha Milton-Jones led the effort with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Frida Eldebrink scored 21.



Canadian F Stephany Skrba moves to Bourges - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) became a new member of Bourges. The Canadian forward penned a deal for the next season. Skrba spent this one with Lattes Montpellier, who lost the LFB Finals to Bourges. For 17 games in the league Skrba averaged 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds. She also added 13.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. Stephany Skrba played last season for Greek Aris Thessaloniki and was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 2nd Team -11. Skrba had 13.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg for 21 games. She had almost the same numbers for 5 games in EuroCup. Skrba also has experience from Poland and Spain. She graduated at the University of Michigan in 2009.


Bourges returns forward Pauline Krawczyk after six years - by Eurobasket News

Bourges stepped up with another signing. The French champion returned Pauline Krawczyk (182-F-85) after six years. She played the latest one for Tarbes averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18 LFB games. In Euroleague, Krawczyk registered 8.1 ppg and 2 rpg for 7 appearances. Pauline Krawczyk played for Lotos Gdynia in 2010/11. She arrived in January of 2011 and helped them win the Polish Cup trophy. Lotos also reached PLKK Semifinals. Krawczyk appeared 16 times in the league collecting 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Before Lotos, the forward played for Montpellier and Clermont. She played for Bourges from 2004 to 2006. Pauline Krawczyk is active member of the French National Team since 2008. The player has double citizenship, Polish/French.


Montpellier will keep Kristen Mann, Ana Lelas and Virginie Bremont, Stephany Skrba to leave - by Eurobasket News

According to local media (Ladyhoop), Lattes Montpellier will keep Kristen Mann (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: UCSB), Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Virginie Bremont (177-G-89) for the next season. Same source says that Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) will leave the team at the end of the season and there is a possibility she will join Bourges.
Kristen Mann appeared 16 times in the league this season averaging 10 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.6 apg. She also had 10.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.3 apg for 22 games in LFB. She joined the club last summer from Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes.
Ana Lelas averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists for 16 Euroleague games. Her numbers were just a little bit lower in LFB. Lelas arrived to Montpellier in 2010 from Bourges.
Virginie Bremont registered 3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.9 apg for 16 Euroleague games, plus 3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.6 apg for 31 games in LFB. Bremont signed with the club in 2010, after she left Armentieres SO.
Stephany Skrba was one of the best Montpellier players this season. She had 13.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games, and also 9.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 17 LFB games. She left Aris Thessaloniki last summer to join Montpellier.



Arras brings in veteran C Sandra Dijon - by Eurobasket News

Sandra Dijon (194-C-79) will continue her career in Arras. The veteran center signed a deal for the next season. She spent last three with Lattes Montpellier and helped them reach the LFB Finals in the latest one. Dijon registered 6.8 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 31 games in LFB. She also appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds. As mentioned above, Sandra Dijon joined Montpellier in 2009. Before that she played for Cesis winning the Latvian league title with them. They also reached Baltic league Finals. Dijon played for Montpellier in the past. She was a member of the French National Team from 2001 to 2008.


Amanda Lassiter joins Mondeville for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) will stay in France for at least one more season. The American forward signed a deal with Mondeville. She arrives to the club from Etoile de Voiron Feminin, where she had 15.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 1.9 apg for 23 games. They competed in LF2. Amanda Lassiter spent 2010/11 season in Finland. She won the D1 title with Kotka Peli-Karhut and was named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League 1st Team -11. Before Kotka Peli-Karhut, Lassiter spent one year with Spanish Caja Rural (LF2). There she had 11.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 52 games. In the past, Amanda Lassiter played for Wolfenbuettel, Wasserburg, Chicago Sky, Migros (Turkey) and Minnesota Lynx. With Wasserburg she won the German league title in 2008. With Chicago Sky, Lassiter had 8 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2 apg for 32 WNBA games in 2006 season.


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  GREECE   


National Team:16 players in the preparation for the 2013 Eurobasket qualification round - by Diamadis Farmakis

Alekos Daglas, chose the 16 players that will participate in the first stadium of preparation of the Greek women's National Team, for the qualification round of the 2013 Eurobasket women.

Coach Daglas, called a mix of experienced players from the Greek A1 league, the European teams and some very talented and young players from the universities of the United States.

Here are the 16 players:

Kalentzou (Athinaikos)
Chatzinikolaou (Athinaikos)
Sotiriou (Athinakos)
Kotsopoulou (Athinaikos)
Limoura (Athinaikos)

Dimitrakou (Bourges)
Papamichael (Panionios)
Kosma (Panathinaikos)
Spatharou (Proteas Voulas)
Chatzigiakoumi (Florida Golf coast)
Spanou (Robert Morris)
Pateraki (Lamar)

Skiadopoulou (Aris)
Stavridou (Aris)

Diela (Das Ano Liosa)
Maltsi

***The first practice of the Greek National Team will take place in 9 May, in Athens.



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  ISRAEL   


HISTORICAL SEASON FOR ASHDOD !!! - by Gil Goshen


One month after M. Ashdod won the Israeli cup ( for the first time ) ,
They won the Championship too - won the 5th game vs. Ramla in the OT.
It was the night of the Israeli national point guard Naomi Kolodny - the M.V.P of the game ( 17 points ), Plenette Pierson ( the Israeli league
M.V.P ) , The coach of the year Edny Dagan ( five championship rings and 7 cups !!! ), Tali Kriaff the team President and the City Mayor Mr. Lassri.
Althogh Tanisha Wright had a great game with 22 points and 8 rbs , Ashdod CO. Merav Dori was the one to stand on the podium as Number 1 !!!

Congratulations all !!!!!!!



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  ITALY   


A2, 1/8 Finals: Second games (best-of-three) - by Eurobasket News

Group North

Udine - Bologna 40-49 (1-1)
The guests were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 18-11 last quarter charge of Udine cut the lead to 49-40 at the end of the game. Meccanica NB dominated on the defensive end, holding Udine to just 4 points in first quarter. They also forced 25 Udine turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Forward Eleonora Costi (180-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Anna Denti (185-83) contributed with 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Brazilian swingman Tayara Madonna (173-91) replied with 16 points and power forward Alice Romagnoli (190-84) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Udine.
Top scorers:
Udine: T.Madonna 16+3reb+2ast, D.Vicenzotti 7+4reb+1ast, A.Romagnoli 6+7reb, F.Pozzecco 3+1reb, I.Veinberga 3+3reb, S.De Biase 3+2reb
Bologna: E.Costi 19+8reb, V.Zanoli 9+1reb+2ast, F.Nannucci 7+7reb+1ast, A.Denti 6+12reb, I.Cigliani 6+3reb+1ast, S.Cordisco 2+1reb
gschID: 175908


Marghera - San Martino 60-59 (1-1)
The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Marghera forced 22 San Martino turnovers. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian forward Anna Rimpova (183-82) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Erika Striulli (171-90) chipped in 20 points. The former international power forward Martina Sandri (185-88) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Alessia Cattapan (175-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
San Martino: M.Sandri 12+6reb, A.Cattapan 11+5reb, M.Pegoraro 9+3reb, F.Dotto 9+2reb+1ast, U.Stjarnstrom 8+5reb, V.Ferri 4+1reb
Marghera: E.Striulli 20+2reb, A.Rimpova 15+7reb+1ast, M.Savelli 11+6reb, C.Fabris 7+2reb, G.Brunelli 4+1reb, M.Granzotto 3+1ast
gschID: 175909


Cagliari V. - Vigarano 38-59 (0-2) *advanced
The game was mostly controlled by Vigarano. Virtus Cagliari managed to win second period 12-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Eleonora Laffi (188-F-83) scored 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marika Zanardi (175-81) chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Silvia Passon (182-85) responded with 8 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Raffaella Costa (185-84) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Cagliari V.: R.Costa 9+5reb, S.Passon 8+7reb+2ast, G.Rulli 8+5reb, L.Nicolini 6+4reb, E.Piana 3+1reb, R.Niola 2+2reb+1ast
Vigarano: E.Laffi 14+3reb, G.Vian 10+5reb, M.Losi 9+2reb, M.Zanardi 8+7reb, S.Farris 6+3reb, L.Venzo 5+2reb
gschID: 175906


Muggia - Milano 58-50 (1-1)
Milano was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 14-5 charge of Muggia, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Milano to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Muggia forced 24 Milano turnovers. Forward Samantha Cergol (181-87) notched 12 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Annalisa Borroni (183-83) supported her with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Muggia's coach Matjia Jogan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 12 points and 5 rebounds by the former international guard Susanna Stabile (178-80) did not help to save the game for Milano. Power forward Veronica Schieppati (182-90) added 6 points and 10 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Milano: S.Stabile 12+5reb+1ast, S.Gottardi 10+3reb, J.Lidgren 8+3reb, C.Giunzioni 6+5reb, M.Frantini 6+2reb, V.Schieppati 6+10reb
Muggia: A.Borroni 16+6reb, J.Cergol 15+5reb+1ast, S.Cergol 12+9reb+1ast, A.Palliotto 5+5reb, V.Primossi 5+2reb, M.Meola 3+3reb
gschID: 175907


Group South
S.E.Battipaglia - Chieti 58-62 (0-2) *advanced
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But S.E.Battipaglia won second period 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. C.U.S. Chieti forced 19 S.E.Battipaglia turnovers. The best player for the winners was international power forward Federica Tognalini (183-91) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Argentinian point guard Debora Gonzalez (172-90, agency: Players Group) chipped in 21 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four C.U.S. Chieti players scored in double figures. Swingman Irene Pieropan (182-91) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Elena Riccardi (187-82) added 14 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
S.E.Battipaglia: I.Pieropan 24+5reb+1ast, E.Riccardi 14+4reb, G.Granieri 10+3reb+1ast, M.Rejchova 5+12reb, F.Di Battista 4+3reb+5ast, V.Moscariello 1+3reb
Chieti: D.Gonzalez 21+3reb+1ast, F.Tognalini 12+11reb+2ast, E.Silva 11+12reb+1ast, J.Olheim 11+3reb+1ast, V.Gatti 4+10reb+1ast, M.Zanella 3
gschID: 175913


Napoli S.Dike - T. La Spezia 49-79 (0-2) *advanced
The game was mostly controlled by T. La Spezia. Napoli S.Dike was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Napoli S.Dike to just 5 points in fourth quarter. T. La Spezia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Napoli S.Dike's 30. They outrebounded Napoli S.Dike 46-28 including a 40-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Monica Bonafede (186-85) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. International forward Valeria De Pretto (185-91) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four T. La Spezia players scored in double figures. Romanian center Elisabeth Pavel (192-90) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sara Bocchetti (175-93) added 13 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Napoli S.Dike: E.Pavel 16+6reb, S.Bocchetti 13+4reb+1ast, M.Orazzo 9+6reb, E.Bove 8+6reb, L.Miccio 3+2reb, A.Castronuovo 0
T. La Spezia: V.Costa 15+2reb, E.Templari 14+3reb, V.De Pretto 14+9reb+1ast, M.Bonafede 13+9reb+2ast, P.Glaser 9+6reb, R.Sarti 6+5reb
gschID: 175910


S. La Spezia - Orvieto 42-63 (0-2) *advanced
The game was mostly controlled by Orvieto. S. La Spezia was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding S. La Spezia to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Orvieto forced 22 S. La Spezia turnovers and outrebounded them 33-20 including 19 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Latvian power forward Lauma Reke (185-86, college: St.Peter's) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Francesca Mariani (188-85) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Orvieto players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Marija Micovic (183-82, agency: Players Group) produced 18 points and center Dunia Vujovic (188-87) added 4 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
S. La Spezia: M.Micovic 18+2reb, Z.Eglite 8+1ast, D.Vujovic 4+8reb, S.De Scalzi 4+3reb, A.Zampieri 3+4reb, S.Azzellini 3+1reb
Orvieto: F.Mariani 15+5reb, L.Reke 14+12reb+1ast, V.Perini 10+4reb, L.Tripalo 10+2reb, A.Ratti 5+3reb, A.Puliti 5+1ast
gschID: 175911


Napoli BK - Ragusa 56-62 (0-2) *advanced
Napoli BK Women was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 14-5 charge of Ragusa, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Napoli BK Women to just 5 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was Mozambican center Clarisse Machanguana (194-73, college: ODU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 19 rebounds. Guard Maria Buzzanca (171-76) chipped in 19 points. Bulgarian power forward Milena Tomova (189-82, college: FIU) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Nadia Calamai (170-86) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Napoli BK: M.Tomova 20+9reb, N.Calamai 10+7reb+1ast, V.Giordano 8+2reb+2ast, N.Innocente 6+3reb, E.Ferretti 5+4reb, B.Consorti 4+5reb
Ragusa: M.Buzzanca 19+3reb+3ast, C.Machanguana 19+19reb+3ast, M.Bestagno 7+5reb, F.Mazzone 5+2reb, L.Chimenz 4+5reb, L.Rebecca Valerio 3+4reb+2ast



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Lauma Reke's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Latvians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Lauma Reke
Lauma Reke
   #1. This week's number one is former University international power forward Lauma Reke (185-86, college: St.Peter's). She was the major contributor in Orvieto's victory against the fourth-ranked S. La Spezia (18-8) crushing them 63-42 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Wednesday night's game. Reke had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (18-8) is placed fifth in South group. It's Reke's first season with the team. This year she averages: 9.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 76.0% in the 26 games she played so far. Reke played for the Latvian university national team five years ago.

Aija Putnina
Aija Putnina
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Aija Putnina (192-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kibirkstis-Tiche (18-10) crushing them 94-65 in the Lithuanian LMKL last Friday. Putnina scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VICI Aistes Kaunas (28-0) is placed first in the LMKL. So far her team won all games in the Finals. Putnina's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 80.7%. She is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Dace Brumermane
Dace Brumermane
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dace Brumermane (187-81, also represented by Josep and Nicolas). Brumermane led Dunkerque to a victory over the closely-ranked SIG (9-17) 69-61 in the French LF2 (12th division) on Saturday night. She was MVP of the game. Brumermane scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Dunkerque Malo Basket Club (11-15) is placed ninth in the LF2. The Regular Season already ended. Brumermane is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Dunkerque's roster. She is currently first on the list of top scorers with 19.9ppg. This year Brumermane's other stats are: 8.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 77.3% in the 19 games. She played for the Latvian national team eleven years ago.

Ieva Kulite
Ieva Kulite
   #4. Center Ieva Kulite (191-88), who plays in the German DBBL could not help Wildcats Wolfenbuettel (16-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kulite's good performance the league leader Wildcats Wolfenbuettel was defeated 93-84 on the road by the lower-ranked SV Halle Lions (#7). She scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kulite's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg. She used to play for the Latvian U18 national team back in 2006.

Dita Liepkalne
Dita Liepkalne
   #5. Former University international forward Dita Liepkalne (185-87, college: Hawaii) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Arxil Pontevedra (9-17) 70-52 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) last Saturday. Liepkalne scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Thetrend Social Cortegada (21-5) is placed third in Group A. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Liepkalne's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg in the 26 games. She used to play for the Latvian university national team five years ago.

Zane Jakobsone
Zane Jakobsone
   #6. Forward Zane Jakobsone (180-85, another player represented by Josep and Nicolas, college: Houston) faced previously mentioned Dita Liepkalne in the Spanish LF2 last game. Jakobsone, who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) was not able to help Arxil Pontevedra (9-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance the tenth-placed Arxil Pontevedra was badly defeated 70-52 in Vilagarcia Arousa by the much higher-ranked Cortegada (#3) in the Group A. Jakobsone was the second best scorer with 11 points. The Regular Season already ended. Jakobsone has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg and 4.7rpg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Rima Valentiene
Rima Valentiene
   #7. International point guard Rima Valentiene (170-78) is a teammate of previously mentioned Aija Putnina and both played together in the last Lithuanian LMKL game. Valentiene managed to help VICI Aistes Kaunas in a victory against the closely-ranked Kibirkstis-Tiche (18-10) crushing them 94-65. She scored only 3 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 11 minutes. This year Valentiene's total stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the 27 games. She is also Latvian national team player.

Zane Eglite
Zane Eglite
   #8. Guard Zane Eglite (169-84) faced previously mentioned Lauma Reke in the Italian A2 last game. Eglite was not able to secure a victory for S. La Spezia (18-8) in their game against Orvieto (18-8). She was the second best scorer with 8 points. S. La Spezia (#4) was crushed 63-42 at home by the lower-ranked Orvieto (#5) in the South group. Eglite has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8spg. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Ieva Veinberga
Ieva Veinberga
   #9. International forward Ieva Veinberga (183-84) contributed to Udine's victory against the second-ranked Meccanica NB (23-5) 61-50 in the Italian A2 (12th division) on Sunday night. Veinberga recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Delser Udine (14-12) is placed sixth in North group. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Veinberga has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8spg in the 27 games. She is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Ieva Kublina
Ieva Kublina
   #10. Center Ieva Kublina (193-82, college: Virginia Tech) contributed to Bourges' victory against the closely-ranked Lattes Montpellier (21-5) 59-47 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Kublina recorded only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (22-4) is placed first in the LFB. It was her team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. Kublina has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 4.7rpg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Gunta Basko (181-80, another player represented by Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) couldn't help Dynamo Kursk in their game against Nadezhda Orenburg in the Russian PBL. Basko cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Her team lost 65-79. Basko has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 12 games. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. International swingman Aija Veiksane (186-86, college: Rhode Island) couldn't help the league outsider Alvargomez Guadalajara in their game against Aros Leon in the Spanish LF2 (12th division). Veiksane scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Her team was defeated 61-57. Veiksane has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 3.7rpg. She is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.



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Ausra Bimbaite 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.

Ausra Bimbaite
Ausra Bimbaite
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Ausra Bimbaite (178-82), who plays in the Russian PBL. She could not help Dynamo Kursk (13-5) to beat Nadezhda Orenburg (13-5). Bimbaite scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court. Dynamo Kursk lost 65-79 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Nadezhda Orenburg. This year Bimbaite averages: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 23.8% in the 24 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Sandra Linkeviciene
Sandra Linkeviciene
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sandra Linkeviciene (176-82). Linkeviciene managed to help UMMC Ekaterinburg to win against the closely-ranked Spartak Vidnoye (16-2) crushing them 89-64 in the Russian PBL last Friday. She scored only 4 points and had 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. UMMC Ekaterinburg (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Linkeviciene's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 59.4%(19-32), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 44.8%. She is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Lina Brazdeikyte
Lina Brazdeikyte
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Lina Brazdeikyte (185-74), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division). Brazdeikyte was not able to help one of league's weakest teams SIG (9-17) in their last game. Despite her good performance SIG lost 61-69 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) Dunkerque. Brazdeikyte scored 11 points and had 3 steals in 35 minutes. It was SIG's third consecutive loss in a row. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Brazdeikyte has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 80.3% in the 22 games. She played for the Lithuanian national team five years ago.

Dovile Miliauskaite
Dovile Miliauskaite
   #4. Forward Dovile Miliauskaite (187-89, college: Towson) contributed to a Real Canoe's victory against the ninth-ranked ASEFA Estudiantes (15-13) 82-70 in a derby game in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) in Saturday night's game. Miliauskaite scored only 2 points. Moguerza Real Canoe N.C. (21-7) is placed third in Group B. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Miliauskaite's first season with the team. Her overall stats this year are: 8.1ppg and 6.6rpg. Miliauskaite used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2009.

Other top Lithuanian players, who play abroad:

Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish TKBL
Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) plays for Mondeville in French LFB
Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) plays for Union Hainaut in French LFB
Agne Abromaite (190-C/F-79) plays for Kayseri in Turkish TKBL
Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) plays for Basket Parma in Italian A1
Kristina Cesnaviciute (203-C-83) plays for Meccanica NB in Italian A2
Greta Luksyte (177-G-87) plays for Leeds Carnegie in British EBL
Orinta Kavaliauskaite (177-G-82) plays for Liffey Celtics in Irish Superleague



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Standings - Women

Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. Musel Pikes 23-4 
 2. Basket Esch 21-6 
 3. Etzella 21-6 
 4. T71 Dudelange 13-14 
 5. Residence 12-15 
 6. AB Contern 12-15 
7-10 places
 1. Amicale 11-13 
 2. Heffingen 9-15 
 3. Racing 7-17 
 4. Telstar 0-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

May. 5: AB Contern - Etzella
May. 5: Basket Esch - Musel Pikes
May. 5: Residence - T71 Dudelange


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Meghan GARDLER
  Amicale
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Gardler, Amicale27.4 
 2. Yoerger, Racing26.4 
 3. Mosgrove, T71 D.23.9 
 4. Stowe, AB Contern22.9 
 5. Cumberbatch, Telst.22.6 
 6. Micir, Residence21.4 
 7. Augustine, Basket21.4 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes18.0 
 9. Donovan, Basket E.16.3 
 10. Hetting, Etzella15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Yoerger, Racing14.8 
 2. Gardler, Amicale14.3 
 3. Augustine, Basket13.9 
 4. Stowe, AB Contern13.6 
 5. Jones, Etzella13.1 
 6. Mosgrove, T71 D.12.1 
 7. Fisher, Musel Pikes11.4 
 8. Micir, Residence9.8 
 9. Donovan, Basket E.8.4 
 10. Cumberbatch, Tels.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Romi MEINTZ
  Amicale
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Meintz, Amicale5.0 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes4.3 
 3. Haris, Basket Esch4.2 
 4. Donovan, Basket E.4.1 
 5. Yoerger, Racing3.7 
 6. Wagener, T71 D.3.3 
 7. Wagener, T71 D.3.2 
 8. Cigrang, Musel Pik.2.8 
 9. Petrova, Etzella2.7 
 10. Augustine, Baske.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Yoerger, Racing3.7 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.7 
 3. Wagener, T71 D.3.3 
 4. Gardler, Amicale2.9 
 5. Petrova, Etzella2.9 
 6. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.5 
 7. Hetting, Etzella2.3 
 8. Meintz, Amicale2.2 
 9. Putz, Heffingen2.2 
 10. Jones, Etzella2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Yoerger, Racing1.7 
 2. Augustine, Basket1.6 
 3. Gardler, Amicale1.1 
 4. Fisher, Musel Pikes1.0 
 5. Mazjoukhina, Musel0.8 
 6. Jones, Etzella0.8 
 7. Neiertz, Etzella0.7 
 8. Buzasi, Telstar0.5 
 9. Orban, Residence0.5 
 10. Hetto, Heffingen0.5 



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  NCAA1   


USBA All Stars fire past Australia - by Eurobasket News

USBA All Stars earned another win on their Tour of China. They faced Australian Junior National Team in Zhongxian. The North American team proved the strength claiming a 90:58 victory. Katie Bussey (5'9''-G-90) stepped up with 23 points to lead the effort.
USBA All Stars dominated the game. They outrebounded the Aussies 32:22 to control the glass. USBA All Stars led from start to finish to earn yet another victory. Casey Garrison (5'11''-G) notched 16 points for USBA All Stars. Rebekah Gardner (6'1''-G-90) added 14 points for the winners. Tiana Mangakahia topscored for Australia. Alanna Smith accounted for 10 points in the loss.



Kentucky extends coach Matthew Mitchell's contract - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky's Matthew Mitchell signed a seven-year extension Thursday, putting him among the highest-paid coaches in women's college basketball.

The deal runs through the 2018-19 season. Mitchell is guaranteed at least $7.7 million in salary and endorsements, before performance-based incentives, over the life of the contract.

'He has high expectations for everybody, not the least of which himself,' Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said. 'He expects great things and that's why you want him leading your program, and that's why we're fortunate.'

The fifth-year coach is 114-56 with the Wildcats. The school has been to three straight NCAA tournaments, setting a school record, and two regional finals in the past three years. Kentucky won its first SEC regular-season championship last season.

'This is an incredible thing that's happening,' Mitchell said. 'As you look around, there's not a whole lot better places than this. For me, I'm just saying, at a young age I got an incredible opportunity to come to a place where we knew we could have a chance to get it to this spot. So now (my wife) Jenna and I don't have any desire to bounce around the country.'

Mitchell was an assistant coach at Kentucky from 2003-05 and was the head coach at Morehead State from 2005-07. He began his career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee in 1999 before spending three seasons at Florida and was among a pool of candidates who could've been considered to replace Pat Summitt, who retired last month.

Instead, he has a deal that is on par with what Summitt had near the end of her career, even though the program doesn't turn a profit.

'We've only got two programs here that make money. So the rest of them are all working their way. I take as much pride in the ones that don't make money as the ones that do,' Barnhart said. 'I have two daughters. I want women to have opportunities to play at a high level. In order to do that, we were willing to invest in that.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Report: Saint Louis hires Lisa Stone - by Eurobasket News

Former Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone has been hired to coach Saint Louis' women's basketball team, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the school hasn't announced the hiring.

Stone will be introduced Friday at a news conference, the person said.

Stone coached at Wisconsin for eight seasons before being fired in March of 2011. She was 128-119 as coach of the Badgers. She led the team to the NCAA tournament in 2010, but Wisconsin lost in the opening round to Vermont.

Stone succeeds Shimmy Gray-Miller, who was let go in March. The Billikins went 11-20 this season and were 71-136 in Gray-Miller's seven years at the school.

Courtesy of ESPN



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Villeneuve lock Nigerian Olayinka Sanni for another two seasons - by Eurobasket News

Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole lock Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: W.Virginia) for another two seasons. According to esbva.com, the Nigerian player will stay definitely until year 2014.
In 2010-2011 she appeared for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) and in French League averaged 14.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 69.4%. In EuroCup she became the fourth top-scorer with 19.0ppg, Reb-5 (9.4rpg), 1.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.0%, FT: 63.4%.
In 2011 Olayinka Sanni also played for Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and in 12 games averaged 1.4ppg.
In 2011-2012 continued for Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (France-LFB, starting five) and became the 5th top-scorer with 16.0ppg, Reb-4 (9.0rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 56.3%. In her top game she erupted with 28 points and 10 rebounds against Nantes in Round 9. That time the latter celebrated a 76:66 road win.
Olayinka Sanni was a member of the Nigerian National Team -06-07. Last season she was named into Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 2nd Team -11, Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention -11 and reached WNBA Semifinals -11.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Erika GOMEZ
  MEX
  (187-C/F-76)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Gomez, MEX19.2 
 2. Castro Marqu., BRA17.4 
 3. Cortijo, PUR16.6 
 4. Sepulveda, PUR15.6 
 5. Stewart, USA15.3 
 6. Mosquera, COL14.6 
 7. De Souza, BRA13.6 
 8. Garcia, MEX13.0 
 9. Colley, CAN12.5 
 10. Jackson, JAM12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erika DE SOUZA
  BRA
  (197-C-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. De Souza, BRA12.4 
 2. Stewart, USA11.3 
 3. Gomez, MEX8.4 
 4. Burani, ARG8.3 
 5. Evans, USA7.8 
 6. Wolfram, CAN7.5 
 7. Garcia, MEX7.0 
 8. Redmon, USA6.5 
 9. Dixon, JAM6.3 
 10. Justino, BRA5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carla CORTIJO
  (173-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Cortijo, PUR5.2 
 2. Generoso, BRA3.4 
 3. Garcia, MEX3.4 
 4. Colley, CAN3.0 
 5. Gomez, MEX2.6 
 6. Pinske, CAN2.5 
 7. Garcia, MEX2.4 
 8. De Andrade, BRA2.3 
 9. James, USA2.3 
 10. Johnson, USA2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jazmine SEPULVEDA
  USA
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Sepulveda, PUR2.6 
 2. Johnson, USA2.0 
 3. McFarland, USA2.0 
 4. Diaz, COL1.8 
 5. Dixon, JAM1.8 
 6. Garcia, COL1.7 
 7. Silva, MEX1.6 
 8. Carcavalli, BRA1.6 
 9. Dantas, BRA1.6 
 10. Tatham, CAN1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Breanna STEWART
  (191-F-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Stewart, USA2.3 
 2. De Souza, BRA1.8 
 3. Mosquera, COL1.4 
 4. Standish, USA1.0 
 5. Brown, JAM1.0 
 6. Garcia, MEX1.0 
 7. Burani, ARG0.8 
 8. Luper, USA0.7 
 9. Dantas, BRA0.6 
 10. Colley, CAN0.5 



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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.18.2 
 3. Ardeleanu, Oradea17.9 
 4. Pesovic, Timisoara17.2 
 5. Cazac, Brasov16.6 
 6. Keith, Sp.Stude.16.2 
 7. Bartee, Craiova15.9 
 8. Coker, Targoviste15.9 
 9. Nikolic, Brasov15.6 
 10. Graham, Targu M.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit KAJDACSI
  Brasov
  (192-C-79)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kajdacsi, Brasov14.0 
 2. Bartee, Craiova13.0 
 3. Johnson, Iasi12.0 
 4. Greer, Craiova11.0 
 5. Freeman, Satu Mare10.4 
 6. Laplante, Alexandr.9.7 
 7. Williams, Oradea9.6 
 8. Vulic, Targu Mures8.7 
 9. Kovacevic, Sp.Stu.8.5 
 10. Parker, Alba Iulia8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Prlja, Alexandria5.2 
 2. Mehmedic, Satu M.5.0 
 3. Boriga, ICIM A.5.0 
 4. Ciocan, Targoviste4.7 
 5. Ferenczi, Cluj N.4.3 
 6. Hoskins, Craiova4.2 
 7. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.1 
 8. Cursaru, Brasov4.1 
 9. Ardeleanu, Oradea3.8 
 10. Salley, Alba Iulia3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Florina DIACONU
  Targoviste
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Diaconu, Targoviste3.0 
 2. Abramzon, Alba Iul.3.0 
 3. Ardeleanu, Oradea2.9 
 4. Prlja, Alexandria2.8 
 5. Hicks, Targu Mures2.8 
 6. Givens, Targoviste2.7 
 7. Nicolaescu, Rapid2.5 
 8. Filip, Olimpia2.5 
 9. Green, ICIM A.2.5 
 10. Hoskins, Craiova2.4 
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 Iulia1.0 
 6. Toma, ICIM A.1.0 
 7. Tobin, Alba Iulia0.9 
 8. Cutas, Targu Mures0.9 
 9. Vulic, Targu Mures0.8 
 10. Ionescu, Rapid0.8 


Targoviste needs overtime to take 2-0 Final lead - by Eurobasket News

Targoviste - Satu Mare 70-62 OT

Targoviste needs overtime to take 2-0 Final lead. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 14-6. The best player for the winners was American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Florina Diaconu (176-82) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. CSM Targoviste's coach Florin Nini used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Khadijah Whittington (186-86, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and her fellow American import power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Targoviste: C.Givens 17+10reb+2ast, F.Diaconu 17+6reb+5ast, M.Coker 16+11reb, P.Cristina Ciocan 7+3reb+2ast, O.Samburska 6+4reb+1ast, O.Zherzherunova 3+11reb+4ast
Satu Mare: K.Whittington 18+11reb+1ast, S.Freeman 15+7reb, A.Mehmedic 12+4reb+1ast, A.Parau 9+4reb+3ast, M.Ivan 4+7reb, A.Orosz 2+3reb
gschID: 176116



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Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

All-Russian Superleague 1st Team 2012
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Candace Parker
Parker
Becky Hammon
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Candice Dupree
Dupree
Crystal Langhorne
Langhorne
Sandrine Gruda
Gruda
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Player of the Year: Candace Parker (193-F/C-86) of UMMC
Guard of the Year: Becky Hammon (168-G-77) of Spartak V MR
Forward of the Year: Candace Parker (193-F/C-86) of UMMC
Center of the Year: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC
Bosman Player of the Year: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC
Import Player of the Year: Candace Parker (193-F/C-86) of UMMC
Domestic Player of the Year: Becky Hammon (168-G-77) of Spartak V MR
Defensive Player of the Year: Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Nadezhda O.
Coach of the Year: Algirdas Paulauskas of UMMC

1st Team
G: Becky Hammon (168-77) of Spartak V MR
F/C: Candace Parker (193-86) of UMMC
F/C: Candice Dupree (188-84) of Spartak V MR
F/C: Crystal Langhorne (188-86) of Dynamo M.
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-87) of UMMC

2nd Team
G: Sue Bird (175-80) of UMMC
G: Kristi Toliver (170-87) of Dynamo M.
PF: Varvara Psareva (190-85) of Spartak N.
F/C: Rebekkah Brunson (191-81) of Nadezhda O.
C: Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-87) of Nadezhda O.

Honorable Mention
Temeka Johnson (160-PG-82) of Dynamo K.
Natalia Myasoedova (193-C-87) of Dynamo-GUVD
Seimone Augustus (187-G-84) of Spartak V MR
Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) of Dynamo K.
Michelle Snow (196-C-80) of Dynamo K.
Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79) of Nadezhda O.
Jessica Davenport (196-C-85) of Chevakata

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Becky Hammon (168-77) of Spartak V MR
G/F: Deanna Nolan (182-79) of UMMC
PF: Anna Petrakova (189-84) of Dynamo K.
PF: Varvara Psareva (190-85) of Spartak N.
C: Natalia Myasoedova (193-87) of Dynamo-GUVD

All-Imports Team
G: Kristi Toliver (170-87) of Dynamo M.
F/C: Candace Parker (193-86) of UMMC
F/C: Candice Dupree (188-84) of Spartak V MR
F/C: Crystal Langhorne (188-86) of Dynamo M.
F/C: Rebekkah Brunson (191-81) of Nadezhda O.

All-Bosmans Team
G: Sue Bird (175-80) of UMMC
SG: Ausra Bimbaite (178-82) of Dynamo K.
G/F: Katie Douglas (185-79) of Nadezhda O.
C: Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-87) of Nadezhda O.
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-87) of UMMC



UMMC Ekaterinburg parts ways with Algirdas Paulauskas and Rimantas Grigas - by Eurobasket News

UMMC Ekaterinburg officially announced that Head Coach Algirdas Paulauskas and Assistant Coach Rimantas Grigas will not stay with the club for the next season. The Russian powerhouse thanked both coached for their service and wished them luck in the future. According to the rumors, the possible candidates to take over Ekaterinburg team are Laszlo Ratgeber and Natalia Hejkova.
Algirdas Paulauskas took over Ekaterinburg last summer. He won the Russian league, Cup and third place in the Euroleague this season. However, it seems that was not enough for the club as they expected to grab the Euroleague trophy as well. Before Ekaterinburg, Paulauskas worked with Dynamo Kursk four years. In 2010, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Coach of the Year -10. Algirdas Paulauskas is currently a Head Coach of the Lithuanian National Team. Rimantas Grigas is a Head Coach of the Belarusian NT and both coaches will have a busy summer.



UMMC Ekaterinburg extends Sue Bird and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota - by Eurobasket News

More news are coming from UMMC Ekaterinburg. The Russian champ confirmed that Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) will return to the club next season. Bird will most probably join in January, like she did for the last three years with Ekaterinburg and Spartak Vidnoe MR. Svetlana Abrosimova and very likely Tatiana Vidmer will not be on the team next season.
Sue Bird joined started to play for Ekaterinburg last January. She averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds for 9 Euroleague games. Bird also added 8.4 ppg, 4.8 apg and 1.4 rpg in 14 Russian league games.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota joined Ekaterinburg last summer. She had 11.2 ppg, 3 rpg and 2.1 apg for 13 Euroleague games. In Russia, she added 13.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3.9 apg for 9 games. Jekabsone-Zogota got seriously injured in January during the game against Ros Casares (left knee, torn ACL) and she missed rest of the season.



UMMC Ekaterinburg signs American center Quanitra Hollingsworth - by Eurobasket News

Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) is a new member of UMMC Ekaterinburg. The American center signed a deal for the next season. Hollingsworth heads to Ekaterinburg from UNI SEAT Gyor. He led them to Hungarian league title this season. Hollingsworth appeared 22 times in the league averaging 13 points and 9.6 rebounds. The player had even better stats in Euroleague. There she registered 14.8 ppg and 10.1 rpg for 12 games. Hollingsworth ended as the second best rebounder of Euroleague and top rebounder of the Hungarian championship. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Center of the Year -12. Before UNI SEAT, Quanitra Hollingsworth played for the WNBA team New York Liberty. She had 4.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 32 games in 2011 season. In the past, she also was a member of TTT Riga, TEO Vilnius and Minnesota Lynx. Hollingsworth won the Lithuanian and Baltic league titles with TEO Vilnius. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Center of the Year -10.


Scoring champion Crystal Langhorne and Kristi Toliver stay with Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow will keep Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Kristi Toliver (170-G-87, college: Maryland) for the next season, Head Coach Vladimir Shtam announced today. Ekaterina Sytnyak, Ekaterina Fedorenkova and Veronika Dorosheva will also stay with the club.
Crystal Langhorne joined Dynamo in December. She exploded with 20.8 ppg and 10.5 rpg for 20 games. Langhorne finished as the leagues top scorer and rebounder. She was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team -12. Langhorne will play for the WNBA team Washington Mystics this summer.
Kristi Toliver signed with Dynamo a year ago. She had 18.2 ppg, 4.5 apg and 3.1 rpg for 20 games in Russia. Toliver was third scorer and third assistant of the league. She was named to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Imports Team -12.



F Sonja Petrovic undergoes successful surgery, will miss 4-5 weeks - by Eurobasket News

Sonja Petrovic (188-F-89) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region underwent successful surgery on her left hand pinky finger and she is expected to miss next 4-5 weeks. The Serbian National Team forward got injured during the game against Dynamo Kursk. It was the second semifinal game of the Russian league. Later Spartak lost the Finals to UMMC Ekaterinburg. Sonja Petrovic appeared 21 times in Russia this season averaging 8.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. She also had 9 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 21 games in Euroleague. She joined Spartak in 2008 and before that played for Bourges. Petrovic also has experience from Universitat de Barcelona and Crvena Zvezda. She is active member of the Serbian National Team since 2006. It is important to mention that WNBA team Chicago Sky acquired rights to Petrovic this offseason from the San Antonio Silver Stars.


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Stats Leaders - 1A women

Points Per Game
 Aleksandra KATIC
  Radnicki KG
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Katic, Radnicki KG20.8 
 2. Maric, Celarevo19.6 
 3. Vasic, Celarevo18.6 
 4. Grubor, Jagodina.18.1 
 5. Prvulovic, Radnick.16.8 
 6. Ilic, Student16.8 
 7. Marinkov, Proleter16.0 
 8. Veselinovic, Spart.15.5 
 9. Kovacic, Jagodina.15.2 
 10. Tomasevic, Crvena14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirjana VELISAVLJEVIC
  Sabac
  (188-C-78)
  Avg: 10
 1. Velisavljevi., Sab.10.0 
 2. Maric, Celarevo9.7 
 3. Marinkov, Proleter9.7 
 4. Ilic, Student9.4 
 5. Carkic, Proleter9.3 
 6. Emese, Spartak9.3 
 7. Varda, Beocin8.8 
 8. Kovacic, Jagodina.8.8 
 9. Vasic, Celarevo8.6 
 10. Karakasevic, Crve.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tamara PETKOVIC
  Jagodina.
  (170-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Petkovic, Jagodina.5.0 
 2. Vasic, Celarevo4.2 
 3. Vidakovic, Sabac3.6 
 4. Musulin, Stara P.3.5 
 5. Stanacev, Crvena3.5 
 6. Cukic, Vrbas3.5 
 7. Grubor, Jagodina.3.3 
 8. Grahovac, Beocin3.3 
 9. Prvulovic, Radnick.3.1 
 10. Ruzic, Jagodina.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jovana VESELINOVIC
  Spartak
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Veselinovic, Spart.3.4 
 2. Milovanovic, Vrbas3.3 
 3. Niksic, Crvena Z.3.2 
 4. Milosevic, Radnick.3.2 
 5. Emese, Spartak2.9 
 6. Katic, Radnicki KG2.8 
 7. Stanacev, Crvena2.6 
 8. Grahovac, Beocin2.5 
 9. Golubovic, Beocin2.5 
 10. Popovic, Student2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Danijela VARDA
  Beocin
  (195-C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Varda, Beocin2.0 
 2. Terzic, Celarevo1.6 
 3. Carkic, Proleter1.6 
 4. Velisavljevi., Sab.1.1 
 5. Rajic, Vrbas1.0 
 6. Emese, Spartak0.9 
 7. Mijatovic, Vrbas0.8 
 8. Ilic, Student0.7 
 9. Kovacic, Jagodina.0.7 
 10. Ostojic, Vrbas0.6 


F Sonja Petrovic undergoes successful surgery, will miss 4-5 weeks - by Eurobasket News

Sonja Petrovic (188-F-89) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region underwent successful surgery on her left hand pinky finger and she is expected to miss next 4-5 weeks. The Serbian National Team forward got injured during the game against Dynamo Kursk. It was the second semifinal game of the Russian league. Later Spartak lost the Finals to UMMC Ekaterinburg. Sonja Petrovic appeared 21 times in Russia this season averaging 8.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. She also had 9 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 21 games in Euroleague. She joined Spartak in 2008 and before that played for Bourges. Petrovic also has experience from Universitat de Barcelona and Crvena Zvezda. She is active member of the Serbian National Team since 2006. It is important to mention that WNBA team Chicago Sky acquired rights to Petrovic this offseason from the San Antonio Silver Stars.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Misurova leaves Trutnov to Hradec Kralove - by Barbora Stuchlikova

After six years in Kara Trutnov, Slovak guard Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) takes apart with the team and heads to Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove. Trutnov finished the season on 4th spot after losing to VS Praha in games for third place. The former captain of the team and a player of Slovak NT signed a contract with Hradec for 1 year.
In the following days, Misurova can join Slovak NT' s training camp for Eurobasket qualifiers.



Jurcenkova wishes to play abroad - by Barbora Stuchlikova

26-year-old Slovak center Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) is searching for a new team. After nice years at Good Angels Kosice, she expressed a wish to play abroad. With the team, Jurcenkova has grabbed nine titles in Slovak championship and several times advanced to play offs of Euroleague. In the season 2011-12, she averaged 7,4 points and 5,6 rebounds per game in Slovak Extraliga and her Euroleague stats says 4,3 points and 2,8 rebounds per game.

Jurcenkova planned to play abroad even in previous season but an agreement with Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb went awry and she decided to stay in Kosice for one more season. In the following days, Jurcenkova, who played in the Slovak NT in Eurobasket 2009 and 2011, is going to join the NTs training camp for Eurobasket qualifiers.



Libicova heading for Czech Strakonice - by Barbora Stuchlikova

31-year old center Viera Libicova (190-C-80) has signed a contract with 9th team of Czech ZBL BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice. In previous season, she played in MBK Region Roznava averaging 13,2 points and 7,4 rebounds per game. MBK Region Roznava won just 4 games out of 24 and finished the season occupying sixth spot in Slovak Extraliga leaving behind only SK Morris Cassovia Kosice.
Libicova, the former Delta V.O.D.S. Koices player (nowadays known as Good Angels Kosice), has also experiences from playing in France, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium.



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SKL Finals: Athlete Celje beats Triglav 79-73 in Game One - by Eurobasket News

SKL Finals, Game 1: Athlete Celje - Triglav 79-73 (1-0)

First game of the SKL Finals was played last night in Celje. The home squad celebrated 79-73 victory for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and second game is scheduled for Saturday. Athlete Celje will be the host once again. Last night, home team trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and later managed to win the game with 6-point margin. Celje made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Celje outrebounded Triglav 44-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Triglav helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Tina Trebec (189-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Bosnian center Marica Gajic (192-95) chipped in 21 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side international power forward Ana Ljubenovic (182-88) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Natasa Radulovic (180-82, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Athlete Celje was the regular season champion with impressive 27-1 record and has a home court advantage in this series. As mentioned above, teams will meet again on Saturday and after that on Monday. Triglav will host Monday's game. If necessary, Game Four and Five will be played on May 11 and 13.

Athlete Celje: T.Trebec 22+13reb+3ast, M.Gajic 21+14reb+1ast, T.Oblak 18+3reb+6ast, L.Jagodic 8+4reb+1ast, S.Orozovic 6+8reb+1ast, Z.Macura 4+2reb
Triglav: A.Ljubenovic 19+7reb+2ast, N.Radulovic 16+7reb, Z.Zdolsek 14+3reb+2ast, M.Pirsic 9+1reb, P.Zalar 7+1reb, K.Spacapan 4



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS  

S.American Women Cup Standings

RA Standings
 1. Americana 5-0 
 2. Ourinhos 4-1 
 3. UTE 3-2 
 4. Lanus 2-3 
 5. Regatas 1-4 
 6. Malvin 0-5 

Preliminary Round: Round 5

May. 4: UTE - Lanus 99-64
May. 4: Malvin - Ourinhos 59-100
May. 4: Regatas - Americana 57-98

Finals: Round 1

FINAL

May. 5: Americana - Ourinhos

Places 3-4

May. 5: UTE - Lanus

Places 5-6

May. 5: Regatas - Malvin


Americana (ADCF Unimed) keeps the perfect score after four days - by Eurobasket News

2012 South American Club Championship for women started on Monday at the Coliseum General Ruminahui, Quito, Ecuador. Four rounds are already played and ADCF Unimed is the only unbeaten team so far. They have perfect 4-0 record and already booked a spot for the Big Final. Ourinhos secured the second place as they already registered three wins, which include games against U.T.E. and Lanus. So, despite there is one more round to go, it is already clear that ADCF Unimed and Ourinhos will fight for the title at this event. Today, ADCF Unimed will meet Regatas Lima, while Ourinho will play against Malvin. Lanus will take on U.T.E in the battle for third place in the group.

In the most important game so far, ADCF Unimed blasted Ourinhos 84-54. It was a key match for the first place in the group. Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88) led ADCF Unimed with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Karla Martins (172-G-78) followed with 18 points and 6 boards. Joice de Souza (174-G-86) answered with 15 points and 5 rebs in defeat.

4/30/2012
15:30 Ourinhos - Lanus 70 - 56
17:30 ADCF Unimed - Malvin 93 - 59
20:00 U.T.E - Regatas Lima 108 - 50

5/1/2012
16:00 Lanus - Regatas Lima 60 - 54
18:00 Ourinhos - ADCF Unimed 54 - 84
20:00 U.T.E - Malvin 80 - 61

5/2/2012
16:00 Regatas Lima - Malvin 56 - 43
18:00 Lanus - ADCF Unimed 44 - 72
20:00 U.T.E - Ourinhos 71 - 77

5/3/2012
16:00 Lanus - Malvin 71 - 51
18:00 Ourinhos - Regatas Lima 81 - 71
20:00 U.T.E - ADCF Unimed 70 - 85

5/4/2012
16:00 Malvin - Ourinhos
18:00 Regatas Lima - ADCF Unimed
20:00 U.T.E - Lanus

Standings
1. ADCF Unimed 4/0
2. Ourinhos 3/1
3. U.T.E 2/2
4. Lanus 2/2
5. Regatas Lima 1/3
6. Malvin 0/4



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  SPAIN   


Perfumerias lands Jessica Adair - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida stepped up with another signing. After arrival of Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford), the former Euroleague and Spanish champion signed a deal with Jessica Adair (193-C-86, agency: LBM Management, college: G.Washington). The 25-year-old center spent last season with Turkish Tarsus. She appeared 13 times in TKBL averaging 12.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Before she joined Tarsus, Jessica Adair won the WNBA title with Minnesota Lynx. She had 4.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 38 games with the franchise. Adair will play for the Lynx this summer as well. Adair also has experience from Samsun, where she played in 2010/11. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Honorable Mention -11. Jessica Adair graduated at the George Washington University in 2009.


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Standings - WSBL

WSBL 2012 regular season Standings
1. Cathay Life 16-2
2. Chunghwa T. 8-10
3. Taiyuan T. 6-12
4. Taipower 6-12


Cathay Life wins Taiwan women's title -- Yes, again - by Chris Wang

Cathay Life won another Taiwan women's league title yesterday, and it would not surprise anyone.

Cathay Life routed Chunghwa Telecom 65-45 to win the best-of-three 2012 WSBL title 2-0, taking home its 19th league title (A-League and WSBL combined) in team history.

Huang Fan-shan led Cathay Life with 13 points. Chiang Feng-chun had 12 and 11 and Huang Pin-cheng added 11.

Chunghwa Telecom was paced by Hsu Chien-hui's 19 points.

In Game 1 of the WSBL Finals, Cathay Life also pounded its rival with the score of 77-54, with Chian Feng-chun leading the team with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Lan Hao-yu added 16.

Hsu Chien-hui was the only weapon Chunghwa Telecom had to counter Cathay. She scored 26.

Veteran Ma Yi-hung had 52 points and 24 rebounds in two games as Taiyaun Textile beat Taipower 2-0 in the third place series.

Ma had 30 and 12 in Game 1 in Taiyuan's 65-62 escape and tallied 22 points, 12 boards and 6 assists in the 68-57 win in Game 2.

Center Lin Chih-wen had 19 and 8 in Game 1 and 11 and 10 in Game 2 for Taipower.

The way Cathay Life was able to dominate Taiwan's women's basketball has reflected two facts V that the team investing the most would get its return; and that Taiwanese women's basketball has been so pathetic that a team would be almost guaranteed with a title year after year.

2012 WSBL regular season standing:

1. Cathay Life 16-2
2. Chunghwa Telecom 8-10
3. Taipower 6-12
4. Taiyuan Textile 6-12



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  UBA   


2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Usbasket announces the American awards for the men. So for the first time Usbasket would like to announce its 2011-2012 National Awards for the ladies.
It's prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (including the WNBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA).The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.
Ahead of them all has to be the WNBA. The WNBA by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are the brand. The WNBA has by far the best talent in the world including 2012 Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Seimone Augustus.
The UBA continues to be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in just 3 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.
The WBCBL is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, it's the longest running US pro league in the USA.
The WUBA is the new league on the block but their carrying themselves like a true top notice league. The WUBA is backed by the minor league powered UBA just like the NBA to the WNBA. The WUBA has produced alot of major talent to be in a small market and look to be a force in the near future.
This year, Seimone Augustus dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.
The first team was dominated by WNBA players, with Non WNBA selected just in the 2nd best team.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2012
#s#
Seimone Augustus
Augustus
Lindsay Whalen
Whalen
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Tamika Catchings
Catchings
Angel McCoughtry
McCoughtry
#e#5

Player of the Year: Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84) of Minnesota L.
Point Guard of the Year: Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82) of Minnesota L.
Shooting Guard of the Year: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82) of Phoenix M.
Small Forward of the Year: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79) of Indiana F.
Forward of the Year: Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) of Atlanta D.
Center of the Year: Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of Connecticut S.
Coach of the Year: Cheryl Reeve of Minnesota L.

1st Team
G: Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-82) of Minnesota L.
F/G: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-82) of Phoenix M.
F: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-79) of Indiana F.
F: Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-86) of Atlanta D.
C: Tina Charles (6'4''-88) of Connecticut S.

2nd Team
G: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-83) of GIE Lady Disciples (WUBA/Iceland)
F: Maya Moore (6'0''-89) of Minnesota L.
G/F: Natasha Morris (5'8''-88) of Flint Lady Monarchs (WBCBL)
G/F: Joei Clyburn (6'1''-84) of Detroit Dolphins (WBCBL)
G/F: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-88) of Southern Lady Generals (WUBA)

Honorable Mention
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85) of Chicago S.
Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-86) of GIE Lady Disciples (WUBA)
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83) of New York Liberty
Shayla Fields (5'9''-G-87) of Winston-Salem Warcats (WBCBL)
Phebe Smith (6'0''-F) of Southern Lady Generals (WUBA)



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2011-2012 All-United States Awards (Voted by All USA Sports Reporters) - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Usbasket announces the American awards for the men. So for the first time Usbasket would like to announce its 2011-2012 National Awards for the ladies.
It's prepared by Usbasket.com staff. Usbasket has a network of almost 200 correspondents, while most of them are located in the United States and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
All-United States category applies only to American Professional Basketball (including the WNBA), but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA).The minor leagues were selected off of number of games, stats, players going overseas and overall talent.
Ahead of them all has to be the WNBA. The WNBA by far has the most talent in the United States. Not only do they have the most talent they are the brand. The WNBA has by far the best talent in the world including 2012 Usbasket.com All-United States Player of the Year Seimone Augustus.
The UBA continues to be the most impressive league of them all under the power houses. The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in just 3 seasons. Not only do their players move on to the next level they all play well. Over 50% of the UBA players go to their mid-level countries and average the same numbers as they did in the UBA league.
The WBCBL is one of the longest running leagues in the minor league circuit. No doubt about it, it's the longest running US pro league in the USA.
The WUBA is the new league on the block but their carrying themselves like a true top notice league. The WUBA is backed by the minor league powered UBA just like the NBA to the WNBA. The WUBA has produced alot of major talent to be in a small market and look to be a force in the near future.
This year, Seimone Augustus dominated the votes and was named Player of the Year award and also United States 1st Team.
The first team was dominated by WNBA players, with Non WNBA selected just in the 2nd best team.

Usbasket.com All-United States 1st Team 2012
#s#
Seimone Augustus
Augustus
Lindsay Whalen
Whalen
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Tamika Catchings
Catchings
Angel McCoughtry
McCoughtry
#e#5

Player of the Year: Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84) of Minnesota L.
Point Guard of the Year: Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82) of Minnesota L.
Shooting Guard of the Year: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82) of Phoenix M.
Small Forward of the Year: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79) of Indiana F.
Forward of the Year: Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86) of Atlanta D.
Center of the Year: Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of Connecticut S.
Coach of the Year: Cheryl Reeve of Minnesota L.

1st Team
G: Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-82) of Minnesota L.
F/G: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-82) of Phoenix M.
F: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-79) of Indiana F.
F: Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-86) of Atlanta D.
C: Tina Charles (6'4''-88) of Connecticut S.

2nd Team
G: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-83) of GIE Lady Disciples (WUBA/Iceland)
F: Maya Moore (6'0''-89) of Minnesota L.
G/F: Natasha Morris (5'8''-88) of Flint Lady Monarchs (WBCBL)
G/F: Joei Clyburn (6'1''-84) of Detroit Dolphins (WBCBL)
G/F: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-88) of Southern Lady Generals (WUBA)

Honorable Mention
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85) of Chicago S.
Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-86) of GIE Lady Disciples (WUBA)
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83) of New York Liberty
Shayla Fields (5'9''-G-87) of Winston-Salem Warcats (WBCBL)
Phebe Smith (6'0''-F) of Southern Lady Generals (WUBA)



Mercury trim roster, waive guard Thomas - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Mercury waived guard Brittney Thomas (5'11''-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) on Thursday. Thomas, a 5-foot-11 guard, was a rookie last season out of Michigan State.

The Mercury's current camp roster now includes 14 players. Phoenix hosts the Japan National Team on Tuesday for its only preseason game, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. at US Airways Center.

The Mercury tip off the regular season on May 20 in Minnesota against the defending-champion Lynx.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsarizona.com



Minnesota Lynx release G Porsche Poole - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Lynx announced Thursday that the team had waived guard Porsche Poole (5'8''-G-89). Minnesota, the defending WNBA champion, now has 17 total players on its roster. The Lynx will tip off their season Sunday, May 20, at home against the Phoenix Mercury. Poole is a product of the Michigan State University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 13.4 ppg, 3.4 apg and 3.3 rpg last season and was named All-Big Ten 2nd Team -12.


Chicago Sky waive Lykendra Johnson - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Sky announced today that forward Lykendra Johnson (6'1''-F-89, college: Michigan St.) has been waived from the team. The roster now stands at 15 players.

Johnson, a product of Michigan State University and Trinity High School, signed with the Sky as a free agent on April 25, 2012.

Chicago starts the 2012 regular season in Washington versus the Mystics on Saturday, May 19. The team's home opener is set for Friday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Allstate Arena versus the Indiana Fever.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Shyra Ely tears ACL, will miss WNBA season - by Eurobasket News

Former University of Tennessee standout Shyra Ely (6'2''-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) of the Indiana Fever will miss the WNBA season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Ely-Gash, who was recently married and was preparing for her seventh season in the league, was injured two days prior to the opening of training camp this week.

'Initially we had hoped that she would be OK and it would not be season ending,' Fever general manager Kelly Krauskopf said in a team release. 'However, our team orthopedist, Dr. Stephen Kollias, determined that surgery to repair the ligament was the best course of action at this time. She should make a full recovery and be ready to go next season.'

The 6-foot-2 forward missed the 2010 WNBA season due to a ruptured right patellar tendon.

Ely-Gash played in 33 of 34 games for the Fever last season. She averaged 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in a reserve role.

Ely-Gash is one of three UT graduates on the Fever roster, joining reigning WNBA Tamika Catchings and guard Shannon Bobbitt. Former UT assistant coach Mickie DeMoss is in her first season on the staff.

Courtesy of www.govolsxtra.com