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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings

O Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 16-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 15-5 
 3. Satria Muda 11-9 
 4. KL Dragons 11-9 
 5. Singapore S. 8-11 
 6. Saigon H. 7-12 
 7. Bangkok C. 6-14 
 8. Thailand S. 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 5: KL Dragons - Thailand S. 94-79
May. 5: Philip.Patriots - Singapore S. 90-84
May. 6: Bangkok C. - Satria Muda 79-99
May. 2: Saigon H. - Bangkok C. 77-69

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 9: KL Dragons - Singapore S.
May. 12: Thailand S. - Philip.Patriots
May. 13: Singapore S. - Satria Muda
May. 13: Bangkok C. - Saigon H.
May. 9: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze


Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

The game in Bangkok supposed to be quite interesting. Fourth ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (11-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (6-14). Satria Muda did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 99-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Bangkok Cobras managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Evan Brock (204-84, college: Alabama) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for Bangkok Cobras. Satria Muda have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with KL Dragons. Bangkok Cobras lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Satria Muda is looking forward to face Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Bangkok Cobras will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Bangkok C. were beaten by Saigon H. on the road 77-69. KL Dragons won against Thailand S. on its own court 94-79. Singapore S. unfortunately lost to Philip.Patriots in Manila 84-90.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 30 points and 15 rebounds by Kyle Jeffers of Singapore S..


Saigon H. - Bangkok C. 77-69

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (7-12) beat at home 7th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (6-14) 77-69 on Wednesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Bangkok Cobras won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and forward Chanachon Klahan (190-84) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bangkok Cobras. Saigon Heat moved-up to sixth place. Bangkok Cobras lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Saigon Heat are again looking forward to face Bangkok Cobras (#7) on the road in the next round. Bangkok Cobras will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bangkok C.: G.Lewis 23+15reb, C.Klahan 17+6reb+2ast, J.Reyes 16+2ast, M.Cruz 7+3reb+3ast, R.Kruatiwa 4+1ast, C.Kaedum 2+7reb
Saigon H.: J.Jones 29+14reb+5ast, R.Sanz 17+7reb+2ast, J.Thorpe 14+8reb+4ast, J.Smith 9+8reb+3ast, M.Trieu 4+2reb+2ast, D.Nguyen 2
gschID: 173475


KL Dragons - Thailand S. 94-79

Very expected game when 8th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-15) lost to fourth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (11-9) in Kuala Lumpur 79-94 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by KL Dragons. Thailand Slammers managed to win third quarter 23-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee, agency: VVG Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. KL Dragons' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Calvin Williams (206-87, college: SE Missouri St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Thailand Slammers. KL Dragons have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Satria Muda. Thailand Slammers lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. KL Dragons is looking forward to face Singapore Slingers (#5) at home in the next round. Thailand Slammers will play against the league's second-placed Philippine Patriots in Manila and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Williams 34+13reb+2ast, C.Garnett 16+7reb+3ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 9+1reb+1ast, S.Supachai 6+5reb+2ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 5+1reb, R.Leynes 4+1reb+7ast
KL Dragons: T.Wade 33+8reb+3ast, P.Cabahug 22+1reb+2ast, B.Williams 16+11reb+1ast, B.Guganeswaran 8+6reb+8ast, N.Belasco 5+4reb+1ast, Y.Jing Kwaan 4+1reb
gschID: 166978


Philip.Patriots - Singapore S. 90-84

Rather predictable result when second ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots (15-5) won against 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (8-11) in Manila 90-84 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 37-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. Center Nakiea Miller (204-79, college: Iona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Philippine Patriots' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Kyle Jeffers (207-85, college: Oregon St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Louis Graham (205-84) added 20 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Singapore Slingers. Philippine Patriots maintains second position with 15-5 record behind leader Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Philippine Patriots are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Thailand Slammers (#8) in Bangkok in the next round where they are favorite. Singapore Slingers will play at home against Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: K.Jeffers 30+15reb+3ast, L.Graham 20+12reb+2ast, D.Dulay 13+9ast, V.Canta 6+2reb+2ast, W.Long Wong 6+1reb+2ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 5+2reb+1ast
Philip.Patriots: A.Johnson 26+9reb+2ast, N.Miller 20+11reb+2ast, A.Larong 9+2reb+2ast, A.Raymundo 6+1reb+1ast, M.Arellano 6+1reb+4ast, A.Ramos 6+4reb
gschID: 166979


Bangkok C. - Satria Muda 79-99

The game in Bangkok supposed to be quite interesting. Fourth ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (11-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (6-14). Satria Muda did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 99-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Bangkok Cobras managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Evan Brock (204-84, college: Alabama) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Filipino guard Marvin Cruz (173-84) added 16 points and 7 assists in the effort for Bangkok Cobras. Satria Muda have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with KL Dragons. Bangkok Cobras lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Satria Muda is looking forward to face Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Bangkok Cobras will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bangkok C.: G.Lewis 18+12reb+4ast, M.Cruz 16+2reb+7ast, C.Klahan 14+5reb, J.Reyes 9+1reb+5ast, K.Wanna 8+2ast, T.George 8+5reb
Satria Muda: E.Brock 29+10reb+1ast, M.Wuysang 17+2ast, S.Pringle 14+3reb+6ast, S.Thomas 12+12reb+4ast, A.Prihantono 12+1reb+1ast, J.Canada 10+1reb+5ast
gschID: 166980



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 6-1 
 2. Hume City 6-2 
 3. Diamond V.E. 5-3 
 4. Ringwood H. 5-3 
 5. Waverley F. 4-3 
 6. Corio Bay 4-4 
 7. Sherbrooke S. 3-6 
 8. Melbourne 1-6 
 9. Bulleen B. 1-7 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 4-1 
 2. N.Adelaide R. 3-1 
 3. Woodville W. 3-1 
 4. S.Adelaide P. 3-2 
 5. Sturt S. 3-2 
 6. Norwood F. 3-2 
 7. Forestville E. 2-3 
 8. South.Tigers 2-3 
 9. C.District L. 1-4 
 10. Eastern M. 0-5 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 3. Cairns M. 0-0 
 4. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 5. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 6. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 7. Mackay M. 0-0 
 8. Maroochydore 0-0 
 9. Northside W. 0-0 
 10. Rockhampton 0-0 
 11. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 12. Toowoomba 0-0 
 13. Townsville H. 0-0 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 9-1 
 2. Dandenong 7-2 
 3. Sandringham S. 7-4 
 4. Frankston B. 5-4 
 5. Bendigo B. 5-4 
 6. Brisbane S. 4-4 
 7. Canberra G. 1-8 
SEABL-South
 1. Knox R. 6-3 
 2. Nunawading S. 6-3 
 3. Albury W.B. 6-4 
 4. Kilsyth C. 4-5 
 5. Hobart C. 4-6 
 6. Ballarat M. 3-5 
 7. Mt Gambier 2-8 
 8. NW Tasmania 1-9 
WARATAH
 1. Norths Bears 6-1 
 2. Newcastle H. 5-1 
 3. Maitland M. 4-2 
 4. Cent.Coast C. 4-3 
 5. Hills H. 4-4 
 6. Sydney C. 3-3 
 7. Colonial Hotel 3-3 
 8. Bankstown B. 3-3 
 9. Manly Warr. 3-4 
 10. Illawarra H. 2-5 
 11. Sutherland S. 2-5 
 12. Parramatta W. 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

BIG V

May. 6: Eltham W. - Sherbrooke S. 77-62
May. 6: Diamond V.E. - Hume City 71-81
May. 6: Corio Bay - Waverley F. 70-83
May. 5: Melbourne - Corio Bay 69-87
May. 5: Ringwood H. - Bulleen B. 69-64

SEABL

May. 5: Albury W.B. - Kilsyth C. 95-78
May. 5: Dandenong - Brisbane S. 89-79
May. 6: Sandringham S. - Hobart C. 87-75
May. 5: Ballarat M. - Hobart C. 81-93
May. 5: Geelong S. - NW Tasmania 81-79
May. 6: Bendigo B. - Brisbane S. 80-73
May. 6: Nunawading S. - NW Tasmania 79-73
May. 5: Canberra G. - Frankston B. 63-84
May. 6: Knox R. - Albury W.B. 104-89
May. 4: Mt Gambier - Knox R. 100-91

WARATAH

May. 5: Parramatta W. - Cent.Coast C. 98-105
May. 5: Sydney C. - Hills H. 92-71
May. 5: Colonial Hotel - Norths Bears 86-118
May. 5: Maitland M. - Newcastle H. 75-84
May. 5: Bankstown B. - Sutherland S. 51-64
May. 5: Illawarra H. - Manly Warr. 47-63

Regular Season: Round 8

BIG V

May. 12: Hume City - Waverley F.
May. 12: Bulleen B. - Eltham W.
May. 12: Melbourne - Diamond V.E.
May. 13: Corio Bay - Ringwood H.
May. 13: Waverley F. - Sherbrooke S.

Central ABL

May. 12: Eastern M. - S.Adelaide P.
May. 12: N.Adelaide R. - W.Adelaide B.
May. 12: Norwood F. - Sturt S.
May. 12: South.Tigers - Woodville W.
May. 12: C.District L. - Forestville E.

QBL

May. 11: Townsville H. - Cairns M.
May. 12: SW Metro P. - Gold Coast R.
May. 12: Toowoomba - Ipswich F.
May. 12: Northside W. - Brisbane C.
May. 12: Gladstone P. - Rockhampton
May. 12: Mackay M. - Cairns M.
May. 12: Bundaberg B. - Maroochydore

SEABL

May. 11: Hobart C. - Knox R.
May. 11: Mt Gambier - Frankston B.
May. 12: Brisbane S. - Nunawading S.
May. 12: Canberra G. - Sandringham S.
May. 12: Bendigo B. - Mt Gambier
May. 12: Frankston B. - Kilsyth C.
May. 12: NW Tasmania - Knox R.
May. 12: Ballarat M. - Dandenong
May. 12: Albury W.B. - Geelong S.

WARATAH

May. 12: Hills H. - Colonial Hotel
May. 12: Manly Warr. - Parramatta W.
May. 12: Cent.Coast C. - Sydney C.
May. 12: Maitland M. - Illawarra H.
May. 12: Newcastle H. - Bankstown B.
May. 12: Norths Bears - Sutherland S.
May. 13: Cent.Coast C. - Illawarra H.


Standings - SBL

SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 9-1 
 2. Wanneroo W. 8-2 
 3. Cockburn C. 7-3 
 4. Perth R. 7-3 
 5. Mandurah M. 7-3 
 6. Goldfield G. 5-5 
 7. Perry Lakes H. 5-5 
 8. Willetton T. 5-5 
 9. Stirling S. 5-6 
 10. Geraldton B. 4-7 
 11. East Perth E. 4-7 
 12. SW Slammers 2-8 
 13. Rockingham F. 2-9 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 5: Goldfield G. - Perth R. 97-96
May. 5: Mandurah M. - Lakeside L. 89-76
May. 5: Geraldton B. - Wanneroo W. 88-98
May. 5: Cockburn C. - Stirling S. 81-67
May. 5: East Perth E. - Rockingham F. 111-101
May. 5: Willetton T. - Kalamunda E.S. 106-83
May. 5: SW Slammers - Perry Lakes H. 104-74

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 11: Lakeside L. - Perth R.
May. 11: Willetton T. - Mandurah M.
May. 12: Geraldton B. - Stirling S.
May. 12: Perth R. - Willetton T.
May. 12: Wanneroo W. - SW Slammers
May. 12: Mandurah M. - Goldfield G.
May. 12: East Perth E. - Cockburn C.
May. 12: Kalamunda E.S. - Rockingham F.
May. 13: Perry Lakes H. - Goldfield G.


SBL: Wolves look to keep away record intact (Round 8 men's preview) - by Eurobasket News

Wanneroo Wolves will be hoping their form away from home continues when they make the trek to Geraldton on Saturday night to face the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers are looking to return to the playoffs after a surprise year out of the top eight in 2011 and the defending champions will be a tough assignment.

Geraldton will also be hoping a last minute approval for import Morgan Sabia (203-F-89, agency: SDJ Sports) arrives in time to boost their playing stock.

Goldfields Giants also face a crucial assignment when they face the 7-2 Perth Redbacks with import Darnell Dialls (203-F/C-86) set to make his first appearance of 2012.

The return of Dialls could not come soon enough for the 4-5 Giants who are just outside the top eight and also surprisingly missed the finals in 2011.

Mandurah Magic will be hoping to put their big loss to Cockburn last week behind them when they host the undefeated Lakeside Lightning.

The Magic had won six out of their first eight games but last week dropped their third game of the season to Cockburn by a surprising 40 points.

The third placed Cockburn will be looking to continue that strong form when they host the Stirling Senators who come into the game having won their past two.

While the Senators are in good form and sit in fifth position with a 5-5 record they have dropped all five of their games to teams inside the top eight this season.

The Perry Lakes Hawks have dropped three of their past five games and will be hoping to find some form against the 2-7 South West Slammers.

South West on the other hand will be hoping their home fans can get them over the line after going down by just five points last week in Kalgoorlie.

Willetton Tigers will also be looking to find some winning form when they host the bottom placed Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

The Tigers went down to the top of the table Lightning last week by just six points in overtime, all five of their losses in 2012 have been by an average of just 3.8 points.

East Perth Eagles (3-7) will host the Rockingham Flames (2-8) in an important clash for both teams to stay in touch with the top eight.
Courtesy of: SBL



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 7 - by Eurobasket News

The Wildcats lead the way, the Broncos and Falcons bounce back, Corio Bay splits a double and Ringwood survives a scare against the lowly Boomers. All up four of the top five teams scored a win in what is quickly becoming a very close race for a playoffs berth.
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 7

When Bulleen went on a 25-12 run in the third quarter and held a 4pt lead against Ringwood, theres no doubt season 2012 was flashing before the eyes of every Hawk, yet a 20-11 last quarter saved the day and the Hawks won their first game in four attempts. Mark Whitehead (200-G/F-74) (16pts, 14rbs) continues to defy his age, Shaun Clarke (204-F/C) added 15pts in just 18 minutes, Sam Belt and Skyler Bowling were kept quiet, while for the Boomers Simon Hughes went for 14pts & 10 rebounds as Corey Standerfer and Darren Best were well held in a low-scoring game.
In a game that kick-started a big weekend for the Stingrays, little resistence emerged from the Tigers den as the visiting folk from Corio Bay celebrated a comfortable win. Up 48-31 at the half, the last 20 minutes was a stroll to the line as Eric Williams (23pts, 10rbs) and Jason Reardon (189-G-83) (24pts, 10rbs) both got amongst it. On a quiet night, best for the Tigers were Yusuf Qaafow (16pts) and Jarrod Fryar (194-G-93) (15pts).
In their last meeting it was 16pts, this time it was 13pts with Waverley again getting the chocolates against Corio Bay. Backing up from the previous night, the Stingrays were in with a chance heading into the last quarter, how-ever a 32-17 run by the visitors was telling. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) (21pts) and Kevin Benn (18pts) led the way, Sedale Threatt was at his creative best and Bennie Lewis provided a dou-ble-double, while for the Stingrays all eyes were again on Eric Williams (31pts, 12rbs) and Jason Reardon (17pts, 11rbs).

Sherbrookes return the winners circle only last one week after suffering a 15pt loss to Eltham in a gritty match-up. The Wildcats just did everything a bit better, and that was the difference overall. Five Wildcats delivered double digit scoring and Cameron Tragardh had the afternoon off, while for the Suns Bryan Moore (12pts, 10rbs) was handy, Luke Solomon added 12pts and Nathan Truman (3/15) was well held.
The Broncos turned in one of their best wins in an already stellar season, getting past Diamond Valley by 10pts in a quality game. Jamal Brown (24pts, 14rbs) delivered his best game of the year and Jermaine Maybanks (19pts, 5ass) hot form continued, while for the Eagles Adam Moore (15pts) and Brad Bridgewater (15pts, 13rbs, 4blks) stood tall. The win puts the Broncos clear in second place, while the Eagles have dropped to third on the back of two successive losses.
ROUND 7 RESULTS
Ringwood 69 defeated Bulleen 64 Corio Bay 87 defeated Melbourne 69 Waverley 83 defeated Corio Bay 70 Eltham 77 defeated Sherbrooke 62 Hume City 81 defeated D Valley 71
Shaun Clarke could emerge as a key player for Ringwood this season, but he needs the minutes to get the job done. Against Bulleen he netted 15pts in 18min, while for the season hes going at 8.7pts (@51%) and 7.1rbs per game in an average of 20min. If the young Hawks gets those minutes up to about 30 then we could see a double-double machine.
Corio Bay are on the verge of entering the top four with a 4-4 record after seven rounds, but if they want to make the grade this season they need more players to join Eric Williams and Jason Reardon on a regular basis. Over two games last week, Reardon and Williams collectively delivered 95pts and 43rbs, which translates to 61% of points and 47% of rebound for the team.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au



SEABL: Round 7 results - by Eurobasket News

ROUND 7 RESULTS - CHAMPIONSHIP MEN.

SEABL MEN

FRIDAY 4th MAY

MT GAMBIER 100 (Davis 23, Hill 22)

def

KNOX 91 (Massingale 34, Hill 19)


With Lester Strong (201-F/C-81, college: Metro St.) not travelling due to a back complaint, the Raiders lacked the interior defence to contain Pioneers big man Paul Davis. Pioneers took control late in the first quarter and held the margin for the remainder of the game.

MVP Paul Davis (Mt Gambier)

SATURDAY 5th MAY

CANBERRA 63 (Miller 18, MacPherson 12)

Lost to

FRANKSTON 84 (Henry 27, Witherden 17)


Frankston took control of the match late in the second term thanks to the great work of import Calvin Henry (198-F-86, college: Mercer).

MVP Calvin Henry (Frankston)

ALBURY/WODONGA 95 (Ferguson 23, Payne 18)

def

KILSYTH 78 (Blair 25, Macmillan 21)


Both teams shot the ball over 50% from the field, but the Bandits had more opportunities to score thanks largely to their pressure defence. Kilsyth committed to many turnovers at costly stages of the game, which allowed the Bandits easy baskets.

MVP Mohammed Ntumba (Albury/Wodonga)

BALLARAT 81 (Bruce 16, Barnes 16)

Lost to

HOBART 93 (Polk 25, George 20)


Ballarat led early and held an 8pt advantage at the half and looked to have the game in control. The Chargers however had different plan and came out after the break a totally different team. Hobart outscored the Miners 52-32 in the second half to run out comfortable winners.

MVP Brandon Polk (Hobart)

GEELONG 81 (Barrett 26, Owusu 15)

def

NW TASMANIA 79 (Gary 20, Harris 19)


The Thunder was slow to start the match but found their groove in their second quarter, outscoring the Supercats 26-19 to grab a 4pt lead at the half. NW Tasmania played brilliant in the third quarter and increased their lead to 21pts midway through the third term, but then the Supercats improved and slowly closed the margin over the remainder of the match.

MVP Kimmani Barrett (196-F-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) (Geelong)

DANDENONG 89 (Lewis 30, Montreal 14)

def

BRISBANE 79 (Ammar 18, Tueta 17)


Rangers import Tony Lewis got the Rangers off to a flying start, establishing a quick 10pt lead after the first ten minutes. The Rangers were able to keep the margin for the remainder of the game despite a poor third quarter.

MVP Tony Lewis (Dandenong)

SUNDAY 6th MAY

BENDIGO 80 (Yearby 21, Garlepp 20)

def

BRISBANE 73 (Ammar 24, Kenny 19)


Bendigo were outplayed in the first quarter but behind the brilliant play of Garlepp, Yearby and Probert re grabbed the lead early in the second term and held on to secure the much needed victory.

MVP Deilvez Yearby (Bendigo)

KNOX 104 (Massingale 26, Aver 21)

def

ALBURY/WODONGA 89 (Ntumba 21, Opacic 20)


After a disappointing effort on Friday night the Raiders were determined to return to the winners circle and started the game at a blistering pace, getting out to a 12pt lead at the half. The Bandits continued to fight all game but were unable to bridge the margin.

MVP CJ Massingale (Knox)

NUNAWADING 79 (McDonald 18, Shepherd 17)

def

NW TASMANIA 73 (Gaff 23, Gary 16)


The return of Simon Conn to the Spectres line-up was the perfect ingredient needed to grab the victory this week. Nunawading led for the entire game.

MVP Shane McDonald (187-G-85, college: Nova SE) (Nunawading)

SANDRINGHAM 87 (Wilcher 22, Cooperwood 19)

def

HOBART 75 (Gregg 27, Polk 23)


Young point guard Josh Wilcher once again carried the Sabres to victory with his excellent penetrating game. Wilcher scored 12pts late in the second term to lift the Sabres to a comfortable 53-32 lead at the half. With the Chargers focusing their attention on Wilcher, Sabres other youngster Ryan Tindal stepped up in the second half and provided the much needed offensive production to keep them in front.

MVP Josh Wilcher (Sandringham)
Courtesy of: seabl.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

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


Klosterneuburg joins Gmunden in A Bundesliga Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg - Klosterneuburg 90-98 (1-3)

Fourth games of the A Bundesliga Semifinals between Kapfenberg and Klosterneuburg just ended. Visitors celebrated 90-98 victory closing the series with almost perfect 3-1. It means that Klosterneuburg joined Gmunden in the Finals. It will be another best-of-five series with the first game scheduled for next Saturday (May 12). Gmunden was the regular season champion, so they will have a home court advantage in this series. The format is 2-2-1. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-90. Xion Dukes shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Kapfenberg Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) fired 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) produced 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) added 13 points and 11 assists respectively for lost side. Four Xion Dukes and five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures.

Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 21+2reb+2ast, L.Gordon 18+6reb, T.Schreiner 15+5reb+7ast, J.Fears 13+2reb+11ast, D.Mayes 10+2reb+4ast, C.Gray 8+8reb
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 26+6reb+2ast, C.Bobb 21+3reb+1ast, C.Nagler 21+2reb+5ast, J.Chappell 13+8reb+3ast, L.Sallomon 6+4reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 5+1reb+4ast



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Muharraq and Al Hala registered winning starts at the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Muharraq and Al Hala registered winning starts at the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship.
Al Hala opened the competition with an easy win over Oman's Nizwa 105:68. The hosts started with 29:14 after the first ten minutes, but lost the second frame 13-21. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Al Hala needed 32-21 in it to fly to an easy win. New-signing American Anthony Mason (201-F-87, college: St.John's) scored a game-high 33 points, while Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU) added 24. Fred Woods (200-F-87, college: Tampa) and Faisal Al Jabooni replied with 22 points apiece.
Muharraq overcame Al-Fath from Saudi Arabia 89:74. The team from Bahrain started with 26:17 and added 24-15 in the second period. Al-Fath won the third quarter 27-23 but could reduce only to 15 points at the end. Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) and Era Clark guided Muharraq to victory, scoring 20 points each. Tyler Amaya (199-F-82, college: W.Washington) and Mohammed Al Saqer replied with 21 points each in the losing effort.



Al Hala bring Anthony Mason before Arabian Gulf Championship - by Eurobasket News

Al Hala bring Anthony Mason (201-F-87, college: St.John's) before Arabian Gulf Championship. The team from Bahrain announced the signing of the American player.
In 2005-2006 he started for St.John's (NCAA) and in 24 games averaged 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, FG: 41.6%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 66.7%. :31rrg
In his last year with the team he showed 7.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 73.0%. In 2010 participated at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Miami Heat).
In 2010-2011 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) and in 15 games averaged 15.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 73.6%. In 2011-2012 continued for Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League, starting five) and improved to 17.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 82.9%.
This season he recorded 34 points twice in the season. At first it was against Austin T. and then versus Springfield A.



Ira Clark signed with Muharraq - by Eurobasket News

Clark Ira (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) signed with Muharraq and joined the squad before the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. The American Bug Man helps his team recently at the tournament.
Clark Ira played recently in South Korea. Clark returned to the KBL after a five year absence during which he played in Russia, Turkey, Kuwait and Australia. He was averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds in 28 minutes with his current team in Australia. In 2011-2012 for Seoul Samsung Thunders (Korea-KBL, starting five) he became the third top-scorer with 26.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 79.3%. He recorded 42 points in the game versus LG Sakers. Samsung however finished the Regular Season with 13-41 record. In the last game Anyang KGC beat them 93:77. In that last game for the team Clark Ira had 25 points and 5 rebounds.



Manama set for Arab Clubs Championship - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA Club basketball team will play in Group 'A' at the 25th Arab Clubs Championship, to be hosted by Kugulf-daily-news.comwait's Kazma from May 15 to 27.

The Bahrainis were drawn in a relatively tough group, which features organisers Kazma, Saudi Arabia's Al Ansar, Syria's Central Sports, Groupe Sportif Ptrolier of Algeria and Ahli Sedab of Oman.

In Group 'B', last year's runners-up AS Sale of Morocco, Kuwait's other representatives Kuwait Club, Al Gharrafa of Qatar, Iraq's Al Karkh, Ahli Benghazi of Libya and Al Riyadi of Lebanon are in the fray.

The draw was held yesterday at Marina Cairo in Egypt, in the presence of representatives of the Arab Basketball Federation (ABF) and participating clubs.

ABF treasurer Abdulrahman Al Mesa'ad, along with ABF general secretary Hanafi Abu Taleb, tournament director and member of Kazma Club Salah Al Mayyal and My Game Company representative Khalid Al Hanaee conducted the draw.

Al Masa'ad conveyed the greetings of Prince Talal bin Bader bin Abdulaziz, president of the Saudi and Arab Federations, to the clubs taking part.

He extended his gratitude to the tournament sponsors My Game, and Future TV Channel of Lebanon for providing live broadcasting of all the matches for the duration of the competition.

UAE's Sharjah Club are the defending champions, defeating AS Sale 80-73 in the final held last year in the UAE.
Courtesy of: gulf-daily-news.com



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Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 20
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.0 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.9 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.15.4 
 4. Maze, Minsk-200614.5 
 5. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.1 
 6. Mishukov, SBK O.14.0 
 7. Sugoniako, BG.13.9 
 8. Charykau, SBK O.13.8 
 9. Knox, Minsk-200613.6 
 10. Patupchyk, Sozh13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.3 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.4 
 3. Zakhar, BG.8.6 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.7.7 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.7 
 6. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.7 
 7. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.6.4 
 9. Knox, Minsk-20066.0 
 10. Sharipov, SBK O.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Charykau, SBK O.6.6 
 2. Shustau, Minsk-20.5.4 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 4. Akulich, Rubon5.0 
 5. Maze, Minsk-20064.2 
 6. Kudrautsau, Minsk.4.0 
 7. Papruha, BG.2.9 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.7 
 9. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.6 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Charykau, SBK O.2.7 
 2. Zakhar, BG.2.4 
 3. Akulich, Rubon2.4 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Papruha, BG.1.9 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.1.8 
 7. Sapegin, Rubon1.8 
 8. Patupchyk, Sozh G.1.7 
 9. Malkov, Rubon1.6 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem MALYAVKO
  Minsk-20.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 4. Svirydov, SBK O.0.0 
 5. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Strukov, BG.0.0 
 7. Lashkevich, Minsk.0.0 
 8. Solianikov, Sozh G.0.0 
 9. Kuzmitski, BG.0.0 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon0.0 


Grodno-93 advanced to the semis - by Eurobasket News

SBK Osipovichi - Minsk-2006 II 77-80 (1-1)

The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 46-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Maksim Shustau (184-86) chipped in 16 points and 11 assists during the contest. The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) responded with 28 points and 4 assists and guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006 II: R.Rutkauskas 31+14reb+2ast, M.Shustau 16+2reb+11ast, V.Krisevich 10+7reb+1ast, A.Semianiuk 10+4reb, Y.Kurapau 6+10reb+2ast, V.Nakic 3+3reb+2ast
SBK Osipovichi: S.Charykau 28+2reb+4ast, Y.Mishukov 16+9reb, K.Sitnik 13+9reb+4ast, I.Sharipov 11+7reb+3ast, A.Svirydov 9+1reb+3ast, S.Vabischevich 0+2ast
gschID: 176174


Sozh Gomel - Grodno-93 51-97 (0-2)

The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Sozh Gomel's 34. Grodno-93 forced 31 Sozh Gomel turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Sozh Gomel's players. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) notched 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Andrei Navoichyk (200-91) supported him with 14 points. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) did not help to save the game for Sozh Gomel. Center Igor Drobyshevskiy (206-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: V.Matyukevych 20+3reb+1ast, A.Navoichyk 14+4reb, S.Ovdeenko 14+1reb+3ast, I.Konuyshenko 9+1reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 8+3reb+5ast, A.Mastou 8+1reb+2ast
Sozh Gomel: P.Bliznets 14+8reb+1ast, Y.Patupchyk 13+5reb+1ast, I.Drobyshevskiy 12+8reb+1ast, N.Samusenko 5+1reb, D.Fedorovskiy 4+1reb, I.Scherba 2+1reb
gschID: 176172


BGUIR-RTI - Rubon 95-87 (1-1)

Rubon was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of BGUIR-RTI, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Rubon turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Aliaksandr Kuzmitski (198-92) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Dimitri Sivalko (199-85) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Marsel Ovsepian (202-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for the guests. Four BGUIR-RTI and five Rubon players scored in double figures. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
BGUIR-RTI: A.Kuzmitski 21+7reb+3ast, A.Papruha 18+3reb+3ast, E.Sugoniako 16+7reb+4ast, A.Hrumiantsau 14+3reb, G.Zakhar 8+8reb+4ast, N.Strukov 6+4reb
Rubon: D.Sivalko 24+6reb+2ast, M.Ovsepian 15+5reb+1ast, S.Sapegin 13+2reb+4ast, D.Akulich 12+8ast, A.Malkov 12+3reb+2ast, P.Karasevich 4+7reb
gschID: 176173



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Belgian D1 round 34 best performance: Christopher Copeland - by Eurobasket News

American forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) had a great game in the last round for Aalstar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while his team The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Aalstar maintains the 4th position in Belgian D1. Aalstar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 30 games. In the team's last game Copeland had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Aalstar and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Colorado star has very solid stats this year. Copeland is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.4ppg. Copeland is in league's top in and averages impressive 56.6% FGP and 43.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Terrence Jennings (205-F-88) of Liege. Jennings had a very good evening with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Liege cruised to a 70-60 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked M.Hainaut (#5, 14-16). Liege's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-20 record. Jennings is a newcomer at Liege and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) of league's top team Spirou. Shengelia scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Spirou, leading his team to a 93-87 win against the lower-ranked Leuven (#6, 14-16). Spirou confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 8 lost games. Shengelia has a very solid season. In 19 games in Belgium he scored 8.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jermaine Beal (191-G-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 27 points and 5 rebounds
5. Salah Mejri (216-C-86) of Antwerp - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lionel Bosco (176-PG-81) of Gent - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Timothy Black (178-PG-81) of Antwerp - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83) of Antwerp - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) of Spirou - 14 points and 2 rebounds
10. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 20 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 5: Flames - Bullets 87-44
May. 5: Dolphins - Police 79-77
May. 5: Splinters - Bullets 79-57
May. 1: Cadets - Police 71-60
May. 5: Flames - Cadets 63-38
May. 5: Troopers - Spartans 59-60
May. 4: Saints - BDF V 57-77
May. 5: Splinters - Cadets 51-60

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 11: Cadets - Dolphins
May. 12: Troopers - Splinters
May. 12: Bullets - Cadets
May. 12: Troopers - Splinters
May. 12: Dolphins - Flames
May. 12: Bullets - Cadets
May. 12: Police - Saints
May. 12: BDF V - Flames



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  CHINA   


Chinese NBL round 2 best performance: Rashaun Freeman - by Eurobasket News

American Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Heilongjiang, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 51 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Nanjin Army (#10, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 107-101. Thanks to this victory Heilongjiang moved-up to the 8th position in the Chinese NBL. Heilongjiang is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Freeman just recently signed at Heilongjiang and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Nigerian Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Henan Jiyuan. Adeleke had a very good evening with a double-double of 46 points and 26 rebounds. It was enough for Henan Jiyuan to edge Guangzhou FM (0-2) in overtime 108-106. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Adeleke is one of the most experienced players at Henan Jiyuan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 35.5ppg (#1). He also registered 23.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) of Hong Kong (#5). Hardin got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . He was a key player of Hong Kong, leading his team to a 103-86 easy win against Sichuan (1-1). Hong Kong needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Hardin has a great season in China. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shengyue Sun (198-F-89) of Nanjin Army - 36 points and 7 rebounds
5. Bryan Davis (206-F-86) of Hebei - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jarrid Famous (210-C/F-88) of Sichuan - 21 points and 14 rebounds
7. Walter Sharpe (206-F-86) of Guangzhou FM - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Changan Group - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Jiangsu - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Zhou Feng (180-G-81) of Hong Kong - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists

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



NBL Round 2 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NBL. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 2 took place in between two undefeated teams where Guangzhou L. beat Changan Group (1-1) 83-73 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou L.. Changan Group managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou L. forced 22 Changan Group turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Changan Group helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward DaWei Chen (203-85) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou L. (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hebei. Changan Group at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Guangzhou L.. Changan Group will play next round against Guangzhou FM trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Guangzhou L. will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Sichuan at home.
Undefeated Sichuan (1-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Hong Kong (1-1) 103-86. American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and XiaoHang Yu supported him with 21 points and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds by American power forward Jarrid Famous (210-88, college: S.Florida) did not help to save the game for Sichuan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Hong Kong left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Sichuan. Hong Kong will play against bottom-ranked Nanjin Army (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sichuan will play against the league's leader Guangzhou L. (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 51 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds by Rashaun Freeman of Heilongjiang.


Sichuan - Hong Kong 86-103

Undefeated Sichuan (1-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Hong Kong (1-1) 103-86. The game was mostly controlled by Hong Kong. Sichuan was better in fourth quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hong Kong players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard XiaoHang Yu (193-89) supported him with 21 points and 4 steals. Four Hong Kong players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds by American power forward Jarrid Famous (210-88, college: S.Florida) did not help to save the game for Sichuan. Guard YingLiang Wang (183-91) added 18 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Hong Kong left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Sichuan. Hong Kong will play against bottom-ranked Nanjin Army (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sichuan will play against the league's leader Guangzhou L. (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: H.DeVon 30+13reb+2ast, Y.XiaoHang 21+4reb+3ast, W.XiaoDong 17+2reb+1ast, F.Zhou 14+3reb+10ast, Z.DongYang 9+6reb+4ast, G.JinLin 6+2reb
Sichuan: F.Jarrid 21+14reb+1ast, W.YingLiang 18+3reb+2ast, C.Ma 17+1reb+2ast, Y.ZhaoLei 9+3reb+1ast, C.XiaoDong 8+5reb+2ast, G.YuZhang 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 176025


Heilongjiang - Nanjin Army 107-101

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Heilongjiang and bottom-ranked Nanjin Army had identical 0-1 record. This time Heilongjiang used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 107-101 on Saturday night. Nanjin Army trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 101-107 at the end of the game. Heilongjiang forced 27 Nanjin Army turnovers. Nanjin Army was plagued by 43 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) had a triple-double by scoring 51 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and center Gang Yu (208-92) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. Forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and point guard CaiBao Zhang (185-90) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Heilongjiang (1-1) left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Nanjin Army still closes the standings with two games lost. Heilongjiang will face Jiangsu (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nanjin Army will play against Hong Kong (#5).
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: F.Rashaun 51+17reb+1ast, Y.Gang 14+5reb, L.Xu 12+2reb+2ast, L.JinYang 11+2reb+1ast, J.Ming 9+5reb+4ast, H.Mengxin 6+1ast
Nanjin Army: S.Shengyue 36+7reb, S.ZhiHeng 13+2reb+1ast, D.QinShuo 10+2reb+2ast, Z.CaiBao 9+6reb+5ast, W.Chen 7+6reb, W.ShouWei 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 176026


Henan Jiyuan - Guangzhou FM 108-106 OT

Henan overcame Guangzhou 108:106 in overtime. Kenny erupted with 46 points and 26 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Henan Jiyuan: A.Kenny 46+26reb+2ast, Z.Chao 13+5reb+3ast, L.Chao 12+7reb, H.Xin 12+6reb+2ast, L.XiaoHu 7+1reb, L.Shuai 6+1reb+1ast
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 21+15reb+2ast, Y.Liang 19+3reb+3ast, D.JunJiang 19+3reb, Y.KaiFu 14+7reb+1ast, Y.Peng 12+5reb+1ast, W.SongWei 12+4reb+4ast
gschID: 176022


Guangzhou L. - Changan Group 83-73

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 2 took place in between two undefeated teams where Guangzhou L. beat Changan Group (1-1) 83-73 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou L.. Changan Group managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou L. forced 22 Changan Group turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Changan Group helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward DaWei Chen (203-85) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and forward Jian Sun (190-88) scored 18 points. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Guangzhou L. (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hebei. Changan Group at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Guangzhou L.. Changan Group will play next round against Guangzhou FM trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Guangzhou L. will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Sichuan at home.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: L.XiangTao 21+3reb, W.Jing 17+2reb+4ast, C.DaWei 15+8reb+1ast, N.Hamady 14+11reb, L.Yao 10+8reb+1ast, J.Lei 6+4reb
Changan Group: T.Joseph 24+12reb+3ast, S.Jian 18+4reb+1ast, R.XiaTi 10+3reb+2ast, J.JunQi 7+2reb, L.Peng 6+1reb, G.Yan 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 176023


Hebei - Jiangsu 89-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both top-ranked Hebei and one of their biggest challengers Jiangsu had identical 1-0 record. This time Hebei used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from 89-76 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Hebei. Jiangsu was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu's 44. They outrebounded Jiangsu 49-35 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward YiDing Li (206-81) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Hebei players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Zhuang Ma (194-88) scored 15 points. Jiangsu's coach ZhiLong Zheng tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hebei (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Guangzhou L. Loser Jiangsu dropped to the third place with one game lost. Hebei will face Henan Jiyuan (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Jiangsu will play against Heilongjiang (#8).
Top scorers:
Hebei: D.Bryan 26+15reb+2ast, W.XinLei 18+5reb, L.YiDing 16+8reb+1ast, Z.ZhenHu 14+6reb+1ast, Y.TingYu 7+4reb+3ast, Y.ZhiTong 5+6reb+1ast
Jiangsu: E.Ndudi 20+12reb+3ast, M.Zhuang 15+4reb+1ast, F.Hui 9+3reb+1ast, S.XianLing 9+1ast, P.YuLe 7+1reb, N.QingQing 5+1reb
gschID: 176024



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  CROATIA   


Sobin's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for KK Split and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat KK Zagreb CO (#5, 6-7) 82-70. KK Split maintains the 3rd position in Croatian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. KK Split will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Sobin has many years of experience at KK Split, through which he has constantly improved. Sobin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.6ppg), rebounds (6th best: 6.8rpg) and averages solid 71.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Miro Bilan (213-F-89) of league's second-best Cedevita. He is a forward in his first season at Cedevita. In the last game Bilan recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Cedevita cruised to a 77-67 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked KK Zagreb CO (#5, 6-7). This victory allowed Cedevita to move up to second position in Championship. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Bilan is a newcomer at Cedevita and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Svjetlost (#6). Stimac showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Svjetlost, leading his team to a 91-75 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Jolly (#7, 2-10). Svjetlost can only dream about fighting for top spots in Championship. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Stimac he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Stimac has individually a great season in Croatia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.1rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Kraljevic (214-F-89) of Zabok - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Zack Wright (188-G-85) of Cibona - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) of Darda - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Luka Zitko (201-F-81) of Krizevci - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) of Zadar - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) of Svjetlost - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


David Diaz academy celebrated 3rd anniversary - by Kerwin Abreu

S.F.M: David Diaz basketball academy just celebrated their 3rd year in San Francisco this past Saturday. About 125 kids practices at the academy. Many team challenges were held on this celebration.

Its a dream come true, said David actual director. When you see all those kids playing you can realize the people believe in you and that makes me a happy man.

Kids are from 4 years old until 15. The Academy has teams in all kids levels. In the future they might have older kids until 17 or 18.

By now they are keeping basketball alive in the kids from San Francisco.




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Israel Announces Extended 22-Player Roster - by David Pick

Arik Shivek, Israel's Senior National Team Head Coach published the extended 22-player roster that will compete for a final spot on its European Championship Qualifying competition team this summer.

Israel's training camp will kick off on July 8, 2012 and features five players playing internationally (Omri Casspi, Yotam Halperin, Afik Nissim, Gal Mekel and Robert Rothbart) and four with dual citizenships (Sylvan Landesberg, Dan Grunfeld, Isaac Rosfelt and David Blu). Important to mention that just one American/Israeli would make the final roster cut.

National members include: Yuval Naimy, Gal Mekel, Yogev Ohayon, Moran Roth, Yotam Halperin, Omri Casspi, Guy Pnini, Lior Eliyahu, Elishay Kadir, Uri Kokia, Ido Kozikaro, Nitzan Hanochi, Dagan Yavzuri, Robert Rothbart, Sean Daniel, Afik Nissim, Yaniv Green, Sylvan Landesberg, Tal Burstein, David Blu, Dan Grunfeld and Isaac Rosefelt.

Competing in the European Championships qualifier, Israel will face Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Estonia and Iceland, as the two top teams of the group make it to the 2013 European Championship games in Slovenia.





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  FRANCE   

Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. St Quentin 27-7
 2. Souffel 26-8
 3. Orchy 25-9
 4. Charleville 24-10
 5. Blois 23-11
 6. Roche 23-11
 7. Cognac 21-13
 8. Sorgues 19-15
 9. Brest 18-16
 10. Challans 17-17
 11. Angers BC 49 16-18
 12. Lievin 15-19
 13. Rueil 15-19
 14. Chartres 15-19
 15. Clermont 8-26
 16. Montbrison 6-28
 17. Le Puy 6-28
 18. CFBB 2-32

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 5: Challans - Lievin 97-78
May. 5: Souffel - Clermont 86-64
May. 5: Sorgues - Orchy 83-76
May. 4: Rueil - Roche 75-73
May. 5: Brest - St Quentin 72-90
May. 5: Chartres - Blois 71-66
May. 5: Montbrison - Angers BC 49 67-85
May. 5: Le Puy - CFBB 64-63

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 19: Orchy - Sorgues
May. 19: Charleville - Cognac
May. 19: Blois - Roche


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.1 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.3 
 3. Bluntt, Orchy16.6 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.6 
 5. Thomas, Roche16.1 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest16.0 
 7. Herard, Challans16.0 
 8. Almanson, Challans15.9 
 9. Pearson, Angers B.15.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.2 
 3. Caskill, Cognac9.6 
 4. Jackson, Clermont9.5 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.8.7 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.2 
 7. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin7.9 
 9. McClark, Clermont7.7 
 10. Cabarkapa, Rueil7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.5 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Daube, Le Puy5.3 
 4. Tillon, Montbrison5.3 
 5. Godin, Cognac5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois5.0 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.4 
 9. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
 10. Dessart, Lievin4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.2 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.0 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Merie, Chartres1.6 
 6. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 7. Davis, Blois1.6 
 8. Ball, St Quentin1.6 
 9. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 10. Bertorelle, Cognac1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel1.7 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 3. Davis, Blois1.4 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 5. Caskill, Cognac1.4 
 6. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 8. Morin, CFBB1.1 
 9. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 10. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 


JSA Bordeaux Basket farewell to Claude Bergeaud - by Eurobasket News

JSA Bordeaux Basket farewell to Claude Bergeaud . The head Coach will not continue with the team next season.
As a Coach Assistant he started with Pau-Orthez and worked from 1991. In 1997 Claude was named head coach during the season. For another three seasons he continued as a Head Coach of Pau-Orthez and only in 2005-2006 moved to Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (ProA). The season 2011-2012 he worked at JSA Bordeaux Basket (ProB).
JSA Bordeaux Basket is recently with 20-13 record in the Standings on the 6th position. Last night Bordeaux won against at home 9th ranked Lille Metropole 82:74. Lille Metropole trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 24-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. Bordeaux made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game, while Lille Metropole only scored five points from the stripe. Bordeaux forced 19 Lille Metropole turnovers and outrebounded them 36-22 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds.



Bambale Osby claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-DR Congolese Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maurienne and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 25-year old had a double-double of 17 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Limoges (#1, 26-7) 71-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Maurienne maintains the 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maurienne will need more victories to improve their 22-11 record. Osby turned to be Maurienne's top player in his first season with the team. University of Maryland graduate has very impressive stats this year. Osby is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 58.3% FGP. Worth to mention Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American shooting guard Jason Siggers (189-SG-85) of Rouen. Siggers impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Rouen to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Denain (#16, 11-22) 95-75. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Rouen keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-20 record. Siggers is well-known by Rouen fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#1). He also registered 4.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Court Side) of Bourg (#11). Baxter showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Baxter's great performance Bourg lost 91-92in overtime to Antibes (15-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Bourg ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Baxter could help Bourg to bring them higher in the standings. Baxter has a very solid season. In 6 games in France he scored 18.5ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and FGP: 61.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of Bourg - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86) of Bordeaux - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chris McCray (196-G/F-84) of Boulogne - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Cecil Brown (193-SG-83) of Antibes - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Bryan Mullins (185-PG-87) of Chalons-Reims - 7 points, 3 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Bill Clark (195-SF-88) of Fos Ouest - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



NM1 Round 34: Regular season is over, St Quentin wins promotion for ProB - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 just ended. St Quentin is No.1 with 27-7 record and they won the promotion for ProB. Second ranked Souffel advanced directly to the Final four, while other seven teams will meet in the Quarterfinals (May 19). Final Four will be played on May 26 and 27.

NM1 Standings
1. St Quentin 27-7
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2. Souffel 26-8
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3. Orchy 25-9
4. Charleville 24-10
5. Blois 23-11
6. Roche 23-11
7. Cognac 21-13
8. Sorgues 19-15
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9. Brest 18-16
10. Challans 17-17
11. Angers BC 49 16-18
12. Lievin 15-19
13. Rueil 15-19
14. Chartres 15-19
15. Clermont 8-26
16. Montbrison 6-28
17. Le Puy 6-28
18. CFBB 2-32



Sorgues - Orchy 83-76
Orchesien BC was defeated by Sorgues in a tough game on the road 76-83. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 7 points. Guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) fired 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) chipped in 18 points. American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and center Olivier Gouez (219-84) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 18+3reb+1ast, A.Thinon 16+1reb+7ast, Y.Bassine 13+2reb+1ast, X.Pasut 10+9reb+2ast, V.Ateba 8+3reb+3ast, D.Griffin 7+2reb+3ast
Orchy: J.Bluntt 20+11reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 15+3reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 12+2reb, D.Cilly 10+5reb+2ast, O.Gouez 9+10reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 4+1reb+1ast


gschID: 147217


Rueil - Roche 75-73
Rueil players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Karim Gourari (195-89) notched 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five Rueil players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) did not help to save the game for Roche. Forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) added 15 points and 5 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
Rueil: K.Gourari 19+7reb+7ast, S.Cabarkapa 12+9reb+2ast, G.Duro 12+4reb+3ast, G.Mdivani 11+3reb, C.Mansare 10+8reb+2ast, M.Diame 5+4reb
Roche: L.Simmons 22+6reb+2ast, M.Diallo 15+3reb+5ast, F.Bateko 9+2ast, B.Thomas 8+2reb+2ast, S.Hermenier 7+2reb+2ast, A.Toto N'Kote 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 147213


Challans - Lievin 97-78
The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. Lievin Basket was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Nils Gouacide (208-84) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) produced 18 points and 4 assists and naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Challans: N.Gouacide 16+6reb, J.Almanson 16+8reb+2ast, F.Herard 16+2reb+3ast, M.Boutry 14+5reb, R.Boissie 12+3reb+6ast, S.Girma 7+1ast
Lievin: V.Lehut 18+2reb+4ast, T.Sanborn 12+7reb+1ast, V.Mendy 10+8reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 8+1reb, A.Hoard 8+5reb+3ast, C.Dacourt 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147214


Le Puy - CFBB 64-63
Puy ASMB managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 14-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely CFBB outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 48-35 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Yohann Smail (197-90) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Adrien Daube (193-89) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. At the losing side power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and center Alexandre Chassang (199-94) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: Y.Smail 18+14reb+3ast, A.Daube 16+5reb+10ast, R.Martin 10+7reb+3ast, F.Bornerand 6+1reb+2ast, M.Gotagni 5, M.Zielinski 4+3reb
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 12+17reb+4ast, B.Dallo 11+2reb+3ast, A.Chassang 10+8reb+3ast, D.Inglis 9+4reb, C.Pontens 8+6reb+1ast, O.Yao-Delon 7+4reb
gschID: 147215


Montbrison - Angers BC 49 67-85
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Angers BC 49 forced 21 Montbrison turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward SyPir Traore (204-85) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) chipped in 24 points. Forward Regis Aubry (199-82) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) added 18 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: T.Ramphort 24+3reb+2ast, S.Traore 20+11reb+2ast, A.Fellah 8+4reb+6ast, T.Lonzieme 8+1reb+4ast, P.Drouault 8+2reb, O.Sulpice 7+3reb+5ast
Montbrison: R.Aubry 20+12reb+3ast, J.St Robert 18+4reb+3ast, S.Salvis 10+3reb+4ast, G.Filet 7+5reb+3ast, B.Tillon 6+4reb+11ast, H.Malor 2+5reb
gschID: 147210


Brest - St Quentin 72-90
Leader Saint-Quentin delivered the twentieth seventh victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Etendard de Brest (18-16) 90-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Etendard de Brest. The game without a history. Saint-Quentin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Etendard de Brest to just 6 points in first quarter. Saint-Quentin players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) (199-83) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) contributed with 18 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Antoine Liorel (181-89) added 14 points in the effort for Etendard de Brest.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 23+8reb+3ast, J.Ball 18+2reb+8ast, O.Romain 14+2reb+1ast, D.Williams 12+6reb+3ast, K.Howell 10+3reb+2ast, G.Sylvain 8+7reb+2ast
Brest: J.Doreau 16+9reb+2ast, A.Liorel 14+3ast, C.Eleka 11+5ast, J.Rathieuville 10+1reb+6ast, B.Vounang 8+7reb, R.Lopez 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 147211


Chartres - Blois 71-66
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Blois won third quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Blois 35-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. Chartres looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) fired 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Chartres players scored in double figures. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) added 13 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Chartres: L.Avramovic 20+4reb+1ast, Z.Bojovic 15+4reb+4ast, G.Merie 14+6reb+4ast, M.Ipouck 11+11reb, G.Lemon 4+2reb+3ast, A.Barakaou 3+4ast
Blois: V.Kaunisto 20+7reb, T.Sani 13+4reb+1ast, J.Tornato 10+3reb+1ast, D.Davis 8+5reb+4ast, G.Staelens 5+1reb+2ast, J.Arlin 3+1ast
gschID: 147212


Souffel - Clermont 86-64
The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Souffelweyersheim forced 21 Stade Clermont turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Stade Clermont's players. Guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) fired 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Mali swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Tschamber 16+4reb+8ast, A.N'Diaye 16+6reb+1ast, J.Begarin 13+5reb+6ast, F.Broliron 11+1reb, J.Bach 10+2reb+6ast, M.M'Bodji 8+1reb+6ast
Clermont: M.Diakite 16+8reb+2ast, S.Belghazi 12+2reb, M.Jackson 11+9reb, S.Naydenov 10+3reb, M.N'Galoro 7+3reb+4ast, B.Matanga 5+2reb+2ast



Wishlist - by Romain Leroy

Whats up Europe and world ? A lot of things happened since my last post, about my next destination, I mean. The deal is quite inked and I feel like Im back in business.

When I began my coaching carreer, years ago, I asked myself what Id like to live as a coach. Not really achievements, but dreams or expectations. A lot of things came to my mind. Amongst everything, beeing a part of a national team program was one of the most important points. It became reality last year, when my coachmate Jakob Hjorth, from Denmark, offered me to join his staff as his assistant on the u15M NT.

We played against other countries, like Scotland, Holland, Iceland, during the Copenhagen Invitational Tournament. The style of basketball played in Copenhagen was really different than what u15 are used to do, in French national leagues. For a foreigner as I was in DK, it was really interesting.

This national team experience will continue this summer, but with my federation, this time. Ill be one of the u15W NTs assistant. Well play one tournament in Germany late may-, and the traditional Friendship Tournament, against Greece, Spain and Italy, in august. Some other great moments to come.

Last but not least, my upcoming team will play the EuroCup for women next season. That was also on my wishlist . I cant wait for the drawing to be done, just to know if well play against any of my FECC coach mates.

I wish you all the best for the end of the season, worldwide. And for the playoffs too. I also wish my man Alessandro Magro and his team (Montepaschi Siena) to write a new page in Italian hoops history, with a 6th national championship in a row...

Talk to you soon !





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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.6 
 3. Swann, Ratiopharm15.5 
 4. Tucker, Brose B.15.5 
 5. Wood, ALBA15.4 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.14.8 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
 9. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.5 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.2 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.6 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.4 
 5. Troutman, B.Mue.7.1 
 6. Tucker, Brose B.7.1 
 7. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm6.6 
 9. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.9 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 8. Joyce, TBB Trier4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 4. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 5. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 6. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 7. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 8. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.5 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.1 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.8 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.18.5 
 4. Reese, Duesseldorf17.9 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.17.6 
 6. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.1 
 7. Mason, Webmoebel17.1 
 8. Reid, MBC16.8 
 9. Lipke, Leitershofen16.4 
 10. Howard, Karlsruhe16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Alawoya, Braves8.5 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.1 
 4. Richardson, Leiter.7.9 
 5. Black, Jena7.7 
 6. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.6 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Moore, Karlsruhe7.1 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.7 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.0 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.9 
 5. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.4 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.0 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen3.9 
 10. Wendt, Webmoebel3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  Chemnitz
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Johnson, Chemnitz2.2 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 8. Alawoya, Braves1.4 
 9. Smith, Kirchheim1.4 
 10. Harris, NBC1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 7. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 9. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro A Awards 2011-12 - by Moritz Korff




#s#

Gary Johnson
Johnson
Ahmad Smith
Smith
Arizona Reid
Reid
Devin Uskoski
Uskoski
Justin Howard
Howard
#e#1

Player of the Year: Devin Uskoski (198-F-85) of Kirchheim
Guard of the Year: Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz
Forward of the Year: Devin Uskoski (198-F-85) of Kirchheim
Center of the Year: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe
Most Improved Player of the Year: Paul Zipser (195-G-94) of Heidelberg
Import Player of the Year: Devin Uskoski (198-F-85) of Kirchheim
Domestic Player of the Year: Joseph Buck (201-F-81, college: USC) of Crailsheim
Defensive Player of the Year: Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz
Newcomer of the Year: Paul Zipser (195-G-94) of Heidelberg
Coach of the Year: Branislav Ignjatovic of Kirchheim

1st Team
G: Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz
G: Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of Kirchheim
F: Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of Weissenfels
F: Devin Uskoski (198-F-85) of Kirchheim
C: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe

2nd Team
G: Chris Alexander (186-PG-83, college: Southern) of Essen
G: Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) of Weissenfels
G: Martin Samarco (191-G-85, college: Bowling Green) of Karlsruhe
F: Joseph Buck (201-F-81, college: USC) of Crailsheim
C: Patrick Flomo (203-F/C-80, college: Ohio) of Duesseldorf

Honorable Mention
Jeremy Black (203-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tampa) of Jena
Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) of Nuernberg
Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) of Leitershofen/Stadtbergen
Jefferson Mason (198-G-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Minnesota St.) of Paderborn
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) of Weissenfels
Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Indiana, PA) of Crailsheim

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Cuxhaven
G: Ole Wendt (190-G-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Paderborn
F: Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) of Leisterhofen/Stadtbergen
F: Joseph Buck (201-F-81, college: USC) of Crailsheim
C: Phillipp Heyden (208-C-88) of Weissenfels

All-Imports Team
G: Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz
G: Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of Kirchheim
F: Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of Weissenfels
F: Devin Uskoski (198-F-85) of Kirchheim
C: Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe

All-Defensive Team
Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz
Akeem Vargas (191-G-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) of Ehingen
Sascha Leutloff (202-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Weissenfels
Patrick Flomo of Duesseldorf
Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe

All-Newcomers Team
Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Cuxhaven
Paul Zipser (195-G-94) of Heidelberg
Kevin Bright (198-F/G-92) of Ehingen
Andreas Kronhardt (204-C-89) of Leitershofen/Stadtbergen
Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Jena

The votes have been made by coaches and team officials of the Pro A teams plus one vote made by Eurobasket.com



ProA Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

MBC - Kirchheim 81-73

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kirchheim Knights won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mitteldeutscher BC made 26-of-27 free shots (96.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was center Phillipp Heyden (208-88) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Brandon Griffin (202-82, college: SE Missouri St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Mitteldeutscher BC and four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
MBC: P.Heyden 16+7reb+1ast, A.Reid 12+6reb+2ast, R.Holcomb Faye 11+5reb+2ast, L.Hinnant 11+3reb+4ast, M.Schwarz 10+3reb+1ast, S.Leutloff 7+1reb
Kirchheim: D.Uskoski 14+6reb+1ast, C.Brooks 12+3reb+2ast, B.Griffin 11+5reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 10+4reb+2ast, N.Menck 9+4reb, S.Adeberg 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 176171



BBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen 68-82

The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Artland Dragons was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Artland Dragons. Artland Dragons' coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Foster 24+8reb+3ast, C.Troutman 16+8reb+1ast, R.Benzing 12+5reb, J.Homan 11+8reb+1ast, S.Hamann 9+5reb+7ast, A.Nadjfeji 7+2reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 20+2reb+4ast, D.Fenn 13+7reb, A.King 9+5reb+2ast, N.Peavy 9+7reb+4ast, B.Bailey 5+1ast, A.Hilliard 5+4reb
gschID: 175784


ALBA - s.Oliver Baskets 75-67

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But s Oliver Baskets won third quarter 16-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin made 26-of-28 charity shots (92.9 percent) during the game, while s Oliver Baskets only scored seven points from the stripe. s Oliver Baskets were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Alex King (200-85, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for s Oliver Baskets.
Top scorers:
ALBA: B.Taylor 19+6reb, D.Wood 17+5reb+2ast, Y.Idbihi 10+8reb, K.Weaver 8+3reb+4ast, M.Simonovic 7+1reb+1ast, D.Allen 6+2reb
s.Oliver Baskets: A.King 13+8reb+1ast, J.Boone 11+5reb+1ast, C.Kramer 9+5reb+2ast, J.Little 8+5reb+2ast, B.Jacobson 7+2ast, R.Tomaszek 5
gschID: 175785


Brose Baskets - Telekom Baskets 74-75

The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 29-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Brose Baskets outrebounded Telekom Baskets 34-19 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Brose Baskets' players. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) fired 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Lithuanian forward Simonas Serapinas (197-82) chipped in 17 points. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Telekom Baskets and five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: S.Serapinas 17+4reb+1ast, J.Jordan 14+3reb+7ast, T.Gaffney 13+4reb+3ast, T.Battle 12+1reb+3ast, C.Ensminger 8+3reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 7+4reb+4ast
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 14+9reb+2ast, A.Gavel 13+1reb, C.Jacobsen 13+1reb+1ast, B.Roberts 13+1reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 10+12reb+1ast, P.Suput 9+2reb
gschID: 175782


Ratiopharm - NY Phantoms 101-79

It looked good early as New Yorker Phantoms took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ratiopharm Ulm had a 31-15 second period charge getting the lead and New Yorker Phantoms were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-101. ratiopharm Ulm shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. International guard Per Guenther (185-88) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) answered with 23 points (made all of his eight free throws) and center Nick Schneiders (221-84, college: USC Upstate, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 11 points in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. 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:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 23+3reb+1ast, P.Guenther 15+4reb+5ast, J.Bryant 15+5reb+1ast, K.Nankivil 13+4reb+2ast, T.Mason-Griffin 9+5ast, D.Watts 9+6reb
NY Phantoms: M.Umeh 23+4reb+2ast, N.Schneiders 11+4reb+1ast, I.Milosevic 9+2reb, N.Mittmann 8+4reb, K.Visser 7+5reb+1ast, L.Greer 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 175783



Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) I Think May Is A Good Time For Our Defense To Be Peaking - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before game one against Alba Berlin.

Despite the convincing 91-65 loss in Ulm, how ready are the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg for the playoffs?


You always want to be playing your best basketball come playoff time but it's also a brand new season. So despite a poor showing in Ulm, the team will be focused on Berlin come Sunday.


Many doubters are saying that it could be a quick series for Alba Berlin getting by Wurzburg. How much does this type of thinking motivate you and why are people doubting the John Patrick philosophy now when its playoff time?

I'm sure there are just as many people saying that Alba can have a tough time with us. It depends who you are listening to. However, there is a reason you play the game. As proven with Bonn getting a huge win in Bamberg, on any given night, any team can beat any other team.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg had a 1-1 record this season against Alba Berlin. Alba Berlin has the home court advantage. After looking back to the loss in Berlin what will the team have to do better?

We can't give up any easy baskets. We're confident that if we make Berlin work for every basket they get, we can tire them out over a long series and play with more energy for 40 minutes. It's as simple as that.

Can we await a tough physical series after Bryce Taylor was injured in one of the games and another show down with Dashaun Wood who scored only a combined 17 points in both games?


If Wurzburg is playing, you can always await a physical series. Players get hurt all the time, and top scorers get held to less than their average all the time too. It's no extra motivation for us. We are just going to play hard.

The Fraport Sklyiners reached their defensive peak early and it fizzled in the last two games against Tuebingen and Bonn. Has the Wurzburg defense this season peaked yet or will it?


We've had a string of untimely injuries this season but with the 'win or go home' mentality of the playoffs I think May is a good time for our defense to be peaking.

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

As a Knicks fan, before I jump on the Amare Bashing Bandwagon, I stop and think that his brother just died. Sometimes emotions get the best of players. Hope he's able to get healthy soon and enjoy the summer vacation that the Knicks are one game away from.

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

Not if they played like they did last night. I think it's safe to say that if Boston loses this series now it will be an upset.

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?


Depends who you are asking. If I was a 22 year old with a chance to represent my country against the best players in the world it'd be pretty awesome. But I always look forward to watching the NBA's best players teaming up for the summer games. I'd miss that.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Ahmad Smith (Kirchheim Knighs) We Have To Continue To Play Tough Defense Against MBC In Game 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith 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 after the 88-82 win against MBC in the first game of the PRO A finals.

Congrats on the 88-82 win against MBC in the last home game of the season. Was this the loudest that you have seen the arena this season?

Thanks Miles, yeah the environment in our gym was amazing and the fans really played a huge part in our win.

MBC had the 42-41 lead at halftime. The game was as tight as could be. Why wasnt any team able to break away in the first half?


Both teams were playing solid defense so it was difficult to increase the leads.

The Kircheim Knights were able to pull away in the third quarter and lead 66-58. What was key for being able to have the 8 point lead after 30 minutes?

We were able to get some key defensive stops, and that lead to our fast break.

Kirchheim buckled down in the fourth quarter getting the win. Despite giving up 82 points, how pleased were you overall with the defensive performance of the Knights?


I was satisfied with our performance we forced them to take some tough shots. We have to continue to play tough defense in game 2.

Jordan Collins had a strong game with 24 points, but how key was it keeping Arizona Reid at 6 points at 3/10 shooting?


That was a huge key he's a talented offensive player we tried to force him to take tough shots contested.

You had a great game with 6 points, 12 rebounds and 18 assists. You seemed to be in the zone with your play making. Did it get easier as the game went on getting into an assist groove?


I was just taking what the defense was giving me. My teammates were hitting some big shots for me.

What was your favorite assist of the game?


I don't have an specific one that sticks out to me.

Devin Uskoski saved his best for last getting his highest point total of season with 28 points. Is he a guy that could play at the Beko BBL level?


Yeah I definitely think Devin can play in th BBL. He just needs the opportunity.

What is going to be key at ruining the MBC celebration Sunday with a win in the wolf den?


Solid defense and not committing lots of turnovers.

What is your opinion of Orlando Magic big man Ryan Anderson getting most improved?

I think he deserved it he had a solid season.

Who do you see wining the L.A Clippers-Memphis Grizzlies series?


Clippers

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Death Race

Thanks Ahmad for the chat.
Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure)



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The teams to be promoted in the third division - by Chris Mammides

Eurobasket is announcing the teams (at this stage) who won their local leagues and will be officially participating in the Third division on the season 2012-2012:

Proteas Grevenon after a short break of one year from the division is returning back as the team of Coach Mourouzidis with top performers being Anastasios Gravas (182-G-84), Dimitris Mouratoglou (187-G-84) and Vassilis Tzimas (197-F-84) beat the team of Kastoria in a best of five play-offs with 3-1.

Ionikos Nikaias is the anothe historic team who won its local team and will be participating in the Third division league after three years. In the last game of the season beat the team of Alimos with 88-77 and won the league and the promotion. Coach Dimitris Misiakos team had as top perfomers the trio of Filippopoulos, Lazaridis and Christos Dakoulias (206-C-87)


The thrid team who is promoted to the Third division for the first time in its short history is the team of Neopendelikos with the veterans Tassos Kantartzis (190-G-73), Elias Tsopis (203-F/C-75)
and Giorgos Drakakis (204-C-82) under the management of Coach Philippos Tabakis (192-G-67) being the stand outs of the team who beat the team of Halandri at the final game with 55-78

The fourth team whisch will be playing in the third division is another historic team, the team of HANTH which was established 92 years ago!! with the head coach John Korfas and top performers being Vassilis Dimou, Nikos Seretis (195-G-87) and Giannis Fotiadis (185-G-82) who were the top performers in the season, succeeeded to finish at the top seat of the league followed by the fifth team to be promoeted the team of head coach Dolopoulos, team of Makabi with top performers all the season being Sakis Spiropoulos (204-C-75) and Iakov Arouch (197-G-81)



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Eredivisie: Second games of the Semifinals (best-of-five) - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle - Leiden 72-76 (0-2)
Zwolle was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Leiden, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Zwolle turnovers. Zwolle was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Arvin Slagter (190-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American-Ghanian forward Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard Damon Huffman (187-85) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: D.Huffman 18+4reb+2ast, A.Saaka 16+5reb+4ast, C.Wells 12+5reb+2ast, G.Robinson 8+10reb, N.Hulzebos 8+3reb+1ast, K.Zondervan 7+5reb
Leiden: W.de Jong 22+3reb+1ast, A.Slagter 11+5reb+2ast, P.Hilliman 10+5reb, J.Shepherd 8+7reb, T.Jackson 7+2reb+2ast, G.Kennedy 7+4reb
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Den Bosch - Groningen 80-54 (1-1)
The game without a history. Den Bosch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Groningen to just 6 points in third quarter. Den Bosch made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Groningen turnovers. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 steals. International forward Stefan Wessels (203-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. American power forward Avis Wyatt (211-84, college: Virginia St.) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Groningen. Groningen's coach Hakim Salem gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Groningen: A.Wyatt 12+7reb+1ast, A.Wesby 11+7reb, D.Bell 9+3reb+2ast, J.Dourisseau 9+3reb+1ast, S.de Randamie 4+5reb+4ast, B.Defares 4+4reb+1ast
Den Bosch: F.Turner 19+3reb+2ast, R.Jansen 15+2reb+1ast, S.Wessels 11+5reb+3ast, T.Wesley 11+6reb+2ast, D.Gonzalvez 7+2reb, P.Van Paassen 6+4reb+1as.

Third games are scheduled for Tuesday.



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  IBA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 19

May. 5: Lansing C. - Lake County S. 163-135
May. 3: Battle Creek K. - Springfield E.
May. 6: Springfield E. - Kenosha B.



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 1-1 
 2. Yamhill H. 0-0 
 3. Orlando V. 0-4 
Continental
 1. Vancouver V. 4-0 
 2. Bellingham S. 4-1 
 3. Olympia R. 1-4 
International
 1. Edmonton E. 3-1 
 2. Portland C. 1-3 
 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 4

May. 5: Edmonton E. - Jersey G-F 88-89
May. 5: Portland C. - Vancouver V. 113-129
May. 5: Orlando V. - Bellingham S. 100-123

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 11: Bellingham S. - Vancouver V.
May. 11: Olympia R. - S. Soldiers
May. 11: Jersey G-F - Orlando V.



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Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Awards 2011-2012 - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 1st Team 2012
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Darrin Govens
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Justin Shouse
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Charles Parker
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Nathan Walkup
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Player of the Year: J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik
Guard of the Year: Darrin Govens (185-G-88) of Thor Thorl
Forward of the Year: J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik
Center of the Year: Nathan Walkup (200-F-88) of Fjolnir
Newcomer of the Year: Elvar Fridriksson (181-G-94) of Njardvik
Bosman Player of the Year: Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan
Import Player of the Year: J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik
Domestic Player of the Year: Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan
Defensive Player of the Year: Junior Hairston (203-F-84) of Thor Thorl
Coach of the Year: Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson of Grindavik

1st Team
G: Darrin Govens (185-88) of Thor Thorl
G: Justin Shouse (180-81) of Stjarnan
F: J'Nathan Bullock (196-87) of Grindavik
G: Charles Parker (193-85) of Keflavik
F: Nathan Walkup (200-88) of Fjolnir

2nd Team
G: Magnus Gunnarsson (186-81) of Keflavik
G: Giordan Watson (178-85) of Grindavik
G/F: Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) of Stjarnan
F: Jarryd Cole (204-88) of Keflavik
F: Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) of Snaefell

Honorable Mention
Finnur Magnusson (206-C) of KR
Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell
Elvar Fridriksson (181-G-94) of Njardvik
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of Grindavik
Blagoj Janev (203-F-84) of Thor Thorl
Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan
Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89) of Tindastoll
Dejan Sencanski (198-F-84) of KR
Darri Hilmarsson (191-F/G-87) of Thor Thorl

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Justin Shouse (180-81) of Stjarnan
G/F: Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) of Stjarnan
C: Finnur Magnusson (206) of KR
G: Magnus Gunnarsson (186-81) of Keflavik
F: Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) of Snaefell

All-Imports Team
G: Darrin Govens (185-88) of Thor Thorl
G: Giordan Watson (178-85) of Grindavik
F: J'Nathan Bullock (196-87) of Grindavik
G: Charles Parker (193-85) of Keflavik
F: Nathan Walkup (200-88) of Fjolnir

All-Bosmans Team
F: Blagoj Janev (203-84) of Thor Thorl
F: Dejan Sencanski (198-84) of KR
F: Renato Lindmets (198-84) of Stjarnan
PG: Aleek Pauline (185-87) of Haukar
C: Igor Tratnik (206-89) of Tindastoll

All-Defensive Team
Junior Hairston (203-F-84) of Thor Thorl
Charles Parker (193-G-85) of Keflavik
J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik
Giordan Watson (178-G-85) of Grindavik
Emil Barja (192-G-91) of Haukar



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.5 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.20.7 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.7 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.19.6 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.1 
 6. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.2 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.0 
 8. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.6 
 9. Carter, Maccabi17.4 
 10. Duncan, Maccabi17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.3 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.9.3 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.5 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi8.4 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi8.2 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.6 
 7. Uter, Maccabi7.6 
 8. Killingswort., Iro.7.3 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.2 
 10. Kitchen, Maccabi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon7.7 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.5 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.7.1 
 4. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.8 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.4.8 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 7. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 8. Naimy, Hapoel J-M4.4 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Derwin KITCHEN
  Maccabi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 2. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.9 
 3. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 4. Lifshitz, Elitzu.1.8 
 5. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 6. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.8 
 7. Limonad, Ironi A.1.8 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.1.7 
 9. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 10. Skinn, Ironi Ashk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.1 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi1.4 
 5. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.3 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.2 
 7. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Rosefelt, Bnei H.1.0 
 9. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi1.0 


Israel Announces Extended 22-Player Roster - by David Pick

Arik Shivek, Israel's Senior National Team Head Coach published the extended 22-player roster that will compete for a final spot on its European Championship Qualifying competition team this summer.

Israel's training camp will kick off on July 8, 2012 and features five players playing internationally (Omri Casspi, Yotam Halperin, Afik Nissim, Gal Mekel and Robert Rothbart) and four with dual citizenships (Sylvan Landesberg, Dan Grunfeld, Isaac Rosfelt and David Blu). Important to mention that just one American/Israeli would make the final roster cut.

National members include: Yuval Naimy, Gal Mekel, Yogev Ohayon, Moran Roth, Yotam Halperin, Omri Casspi, Guy Pnini, Lior Eliyahu, Elishay Kadir, Uri Kokia, Ido Kozikaro, Nitzan Hanochi, Dagan Yavzuri, Robert Rothbart, Sean Daniel, Afik Nissim, Yaniv Green, Sylvan Landesberg, Tal Burstein, David Blu, Dan Grunfeld and Isaac Rosefelt.

Competing in the European Championships qualifier, Israel will face Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Estonia and Iceland, as the two top teams of the group make it to the 2013 European Championship games in Slovenia.





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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 24-8 
 2. Armani Mit 22-10 
 3. Bennet Cantu 21-11 
 4. Banco di Sard. 20-12 
 5. CS Bologna 20-12 
 6. Scavolini PS 19-13 
 7. Umana Venezia 17-15 
 8. Cimberio VA 17-15 
 9. Sidigas AV 15-17 
 10. Vanoli CR 14-18 
 11. Benetton TV 13-19 
 12. Angelico BI 13-19 
 13. Acea Roma 13-19 
 14. Banca Tercas 12-20 
 15. Fabi Shoes 12-20 
 16. Otto Caserta 12-20 
 17. Novipiu CM 8-24 

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 6: Armani Mit - Angelico BI 97-77
May. 6: Umana Venezia - Sidigas AV 90-95
May. 6: Vanoli CR - Benetton TV 84-82
May. 6: Cimberio VA - Banca Tercas 83-78
May. 6: Novipiu CM - Scavolini PS 82-77
May. 6: Otto Caserta - Banco di Sard. 69-95
May. 6: CS Bologna - Bennet Cantu 66-65
May. 6: Fabi Shoes - Montepaschi 57-113

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 17: Montepaschi - Cimberio VA
May. 17: Armani Mit - Umana Venezia
May. 17: Banco di Sard. - CS Bologna
May. 17: Bennet Cantu - Scavolini PS


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.4 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. White, Scavolin.17.4 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 6. Hickman, Scavolin.16.1 
 7. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.9 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.1 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Jones, Scavolini PS7.3 
 7. Gigli, CS Bologna7.2 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.5 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Perkins, Bennet C.3.9 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna3.8 
 8. Mekel, Benetton TV3.7 
 9. McCalebb, Montepa.3.5 
 10. Stipcevic, Cimber.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.1 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 7. Rich, Vanoli CR1.9 
 8. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 10. Hickman, Scavolin.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Acea Roma
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Varnado, Acea Roma1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.3 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas1.3 
 5. Easley, Banco d.1.1 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 8. Viggiano, Benetton.0.8 
 9. Bourousis, Armani0.8 
 10. Slokar, Acea Roma0.8 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Musso, Napoli19.6 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.16.9 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo15.1 
 7. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.9 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.8 
 9. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.3 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.8 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.8 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.9 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 5. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 6. Borra, Treviglio8.0 
 7. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.8 
 8. Gandini, Trieste7.8 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.5 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Musso, Napoli4.4 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.2 
 3. Marino, Treviglio4.1 
 4. Traini, Recanati3.9 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 6. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 8. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 9. Vico, Matera3.0 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 4. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 7. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 8. Musso, Napoli2.7 
 9. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 10. Guarino, Ferentino2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Raminelli, Castell.1.1 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 7. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.0.9 


Green's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old point guard Marques Green (167-PG-82) had a great game in the last round for Sidigas AV and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He got a double-double of 32 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Umana Venezia (#7, 17-15) 95-90. Sidigas AV maintains the 9th position in Italian league. Sidigas AV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-17 record. In the team's last game Green had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Sidigas AV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. St.Bonaventure University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Green. Green is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.1ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg.

Second best performed player last round was Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Fabi Shoes. He is Bulgarian forward in his 3rd season at Fabi Shoes. In the last game Ivanov recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Fabi Shoes lost that game 57-113 to the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#1, 24-8). Fabi Shoes is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-20 record. Ivanov is one of the most experienced players at Fabi Shoes and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Valerio Amoroso (204-F/C-80) of Banca Tercas (#14). Amoroso scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Amoroso's great performance Banca Tercas lost 78-83 to the higher-ranked Cimberio VA (#8, 17-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Banca Tercas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Amoroso could try to bring Banca Tercas' a little bit higher in the standings. Amoroso has a very solid season. In 32 games in Italy he scored 11.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80) of Sidigas AV - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82) of Umana Venezia - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mason Rocca (204-F-77) of Armani Mit - 19 points and 7 rebounds
8. Vanja Plisnic (205-F/C-80) of Banco di Sard. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) of Montepaschi - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Otto Caserta - 18 points and 7 rebounds

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



Montepaschi SI won the Regular Season with 24-8 record - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in SerieA just ended.

The most exciting game of round 34 in the SerieA took place in Bologna. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Bennet Cantu (21-11) to sixth ranked CS Bologna (20-12) 66-65 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Bennet Cantu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Georgian guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Bennet Cantu. CS Bologna have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM managed to get a eighth victory. This time newly promoted Novipiu CM won against fifth-ranked Scavolini Pesaro in Casale 82-77. The former international guard Matteo Malaventura (197-78) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and Stefano Gentile chipped in 11 points during the contest. Novipiu CM's coach Andrea Valentini allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Newly promoted Novipiu CM maintains seventeenth position with 8-24 record. Scavolini Pesaro at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (24-8) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (12-20) 113-57. Jonas Maciulis notched 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds by Dejan Ivanov did not help to save the game for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-8 record. Loser Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dropped to the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Otto Caserta and Banca Tercas.
A very interesting game took place in Cremona. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Benetton Treviso (13-19) to twelfth ranked Vanoli-Braga (14-18) 84-82 in the fight for the tenth place. Marko Milic fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to tenth place. Benetton Treviso at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost.

Other games in round 34 were not that significant. Banco di Sard. smashed Otto Caserta on the road 95-69. Armani Mit destroyed Angelico BI on its own court 97-77. Banca Tercas unfortunately lost to Cimberio VA in Varese 78-83. Umana Venezia recorded a loss to Sidigas AV at home 90-95.
The most impressive performance of 34th round was 32 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals by Marques Green of Sidigas AV.


Otto Caserta - Banco di Sard. 69-95

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Banco di Sard. (20-12) crushed on the road 16th ranked Otto Caserta (12-20) 95-69. The game without a history. Banco di Sard. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Banco di Sard. outrebounded Otto Caserta 45-28 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian power forward Vanja Plisnic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Banco di Sard. players scored in double figures. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Banco di Sard. maintains fourth position with 20-12 record, which they share with CS Bologna. Otto Caserta lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Otto Caserta: A.Smith 18+7reb+1ast, G.Maresca 13+2reb, C.Bell 8+1reb, A.Stipanovic 8+8reb, A.Collins 8+5reb+7ast, A.Doornekamp 5+3reb+1ast
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 19+5reb+6ast, V.Plisnic 18+11reb+3ast, N.Metreveli 14+7reb, Q.Hosley 14+5reb+2ast, T.Diener 14+4reb+5ast, G.DeVecchi 4+1reb
gschID: 150898


Novipiu CM - Scavolini PS 82-77

Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM managed to get a eighth victory. This time newly promoted Novipiu CM won against fifth-ranked Scavolini Pesaro in Casale 82-77. It looked good early as Scavolini Pesaro took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Novipiu CM had a 26-15 second period charge getting the lead and Scavolini Pesaro was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-82. The former international guard Matteo Malaventura (197-78) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Novipiu CM's coach Andrea Valentini allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Novipiu CM maintains seventeenth position with 8-24 record. Scavolini Pesaro at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: J.Jones 17+5reb+3ast, J.White 17+5reb+3ast, R.Hickman 16+7reb+5ast, D.Hackett 15+4reb+4ast, T.Lydeka 8+5reb, A.Urbutis 2+5reb
Novipiu CM: M.Malaventura 28+3reb+1ast, M.Janning 12+3reb+1ast, S.Gentile 11+4reb+2ast, R.Minard 9+3reb, D.Chiotti 9+5reb+1ast, O.Stevic 5+7reb
gschID: 150899


Armani Mit - Angelico BI 97-77

Very expected game when 10th ranked Angelico Biella (13-19) was smashed on the road by third ranked Armani Milano (22-10) 97-77. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. Angelico Biella was better in second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano shot 60.8 percent from the field. Armani Milano outrebounded Angelico Biella 37-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Armani Milano especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Angelico Biella's players. 27 personal fouls committed by Angelico Biella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Mason Rocca (204-77, college: Princeton) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. International forward Nicolo Melli (205-91) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Goran Jurak (203-77) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Armani Milano have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Angelico Biella at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 20+5reb+2ast, J.Pullen 14+1ast, G.Jurak 14+6reb+2ast, A.Miralles 9+7reb, M.Chessa 7+2reb+4ast, M.Lagana 7+3reb+1ast
Armani Mit: M.Rocca 19+7reb, J.Giachetti 14+4reb+1ast, N.Melli 12+7reb+1ast, O.Cook 11+1reb+7ast, A.Filloy 9+3reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150900


Cimberio VA - Banca Tercas 83-78

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Cimberio Varese (17-15) won against at home 14th ranked Banca Tercas (12-20) 83-78. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Strangely Banca Tercas outrebounded Cimberio Varese 43-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) fired 21 points for the winners. Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) produced 26 points and 9 rebounds and forward Achille Polonara (203-91) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Cimberio Varese moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Umana Venezia. Banca Tercas at the other side keep the fourteenth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: V.Amoroso 26+9reb+3ast, A.Polonara 16+8reb+1ast, M.Borisov 14+3reb+1ast, B.Brown 8+15reb+1ast, R.Fultz 5+3reb+8ast, D.Brown 4+2reb+3ast
Cimberio VA: Y.Diawara 21+2reb+3ast, T.Weeden 18+3reb+1ast, K.Kangur 13+6reb+5ast, R.Stipcevic 10+3reb+2ast, L.Garri 6+4reb+2ast, J.Talts 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 150901


Fabi Shoes - Montepaschi 57-113

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (24-8) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (12-20) 113-57. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's 34. Montepaschi Siena forced 25 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers and had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 71.4 percentage. Montepaschi Siena looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's players. Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) notched 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) (183-85, college: New Orleans) supported him with 14 points and 9 assists. Five Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds by Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Power forward Valerio Mazzola (205-88) added 17 points for lost side. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-8 record. Loser Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dropped to the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Otto Caserta and Banca Tercas.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: V.Mazzola 17+3reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 16+17reb+3ast, C.Karl 10+7reb, F.Di Bella 9+1ast, J.McNeal 4+2reb+2ast, G.Piunti 1+1reb+1ast
Montepaschi: J.Maciulis 20+3reb+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 16+3reb, P.Aradori 14+1reb, I.Rakocevic 14+2reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 14+2reb+9ast, M.Thornton 11+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150894


CS Bologna - Bennet Cantu 66-65

The most exciting game of round 34 in the SerieA took place in Bologna. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Bennet Cantu (21-11) to sixth ranked CS Bologna (20-12) 66-65 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Bennet Cantu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five CS Bologna players scored in double figures. Georgian guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bennet Cantu. CS Bologna have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: G.Basile 12+1reb+1ast, M.Markoishvili 12+6reb+3ast, D.Marconato 10+5reb, N.Mazzarino 9+2ast, M.Leunen 8+2reb, D.Perkins 8+8reb+1ast
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 16+1reb+2ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 16+2reb, G.Poeta 11+4reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 11+12reb, A.Gigli 10+7reb, D.Gailius 2
gschID: 150895


Vanoli CR - Benetton TV 84-82

A very interesting game took place in Cremona. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Benetton Treviso (13-19) to twelfth ranked Vanoli-Braga (14-18) 84-82 in the fight for the tenth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Benetton Treviso won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli-Braga dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Benetton Treviso's 32 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Benetton Treviso 35-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. Slovenian forward Marko Milic (201-77) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) chipped in 18 points. American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) produced 19 points and his fellow American import forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to tenth place. Benetton Treviso at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: J.Thomas 19+4reb+2ast, M.Goree 15+6reb+2ast, B.Ortner 12+4reb, J.Viggiano 11+3ast, G.Mekel 8+2reb+5ast, A.De Nicolao 6+1reb+3ast
Vanoli CR: J.Rich 18+2reb+2ast, M.Milic 15+11reb, M.Tusek 11+4reb, D.Lighty 10+3reb+2ast, J.Perkovic 10+8reb+3ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 150896


Umana Venezia - Sidigas AV 90-95

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) lost at home to ninth ranked Air Avellino (15-17) 95-90. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Umana Venezia won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Air Avellino made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Air Avellino brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Tommaso Fantoni (204-85, agency: Players Group) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Air Avellino maintains ninth position with 15-17 record. Umana Venezia lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: T.Bowers 20+5reb+3ast, A.Young 15+2ast, K.Kee Clark 14+1reb+4ast, T.Fantoni 14+6reb, G.Rosselli 8+6reb+2ast, T.Slay 6+2reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: M.Green 32+6reb+10ast, L.Johnson 20+9reb, R.Slay 20+9reb+3ast, T.Dean 10+2reb+5ast, V.Gaddefors 9+4reb+2ast, A.Infanti 3+5reb
gschID: 150897



Yango's double-double lands him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Guillame Yango (205-C/F-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Biancoblu BO and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Sigma Barcel. (#5, 16-12) 93-90. Biancoblu BO is placed at 13th position in Italian Lega2. Biancoblu BO is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-17 record. Yango just recently signed at Biancoblu BO, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Guillame Yango averages this season 11.5ppg and 6.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81) of Aget Imola. He is Finnish forward in his first season at Aget Imola. In the last game Kotti recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Aget Imola lost that game 81-88 to slightly higher-ranked S.Antimo (#12, 11-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Aget Imola dropped in the standings to second-to-the-bottom (14th) position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Kotti is a newcomer at Aget Imola and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Troy Bell (186-PG-80) of S.Antimo (#12). Bell scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of S.Antimo, leading his team to a 88-81 win against slightly lower-ranked Aget Imola (#14, 10-18). The chances of S.Antimo not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bell could try to bring S.Antimo's a little bit higher in the standings. Bell has individually a great season in Italy. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.2ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tommaso Rinaldi (206-F/C-85) of Assi Ostuni - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Antonio Porta (187-G-83) of Tezenis Verona - 28 points and 10 rebounds
6. Dawan Robinson (189-G-82) of Trenkwalder - 22 points and 3 rebounds
7. Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) of S.Antimo - 21 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jeff Brooks (203-F-89) of Fileni BPA - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Thomas Coleman (205-F/C-88) of MarcoPoloShop - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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



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BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Parker, Shimane SM22.9 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.9 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.6 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets21.2 
 5. Cummings, Oita H.21.1 
 6. Woods, Akita NH20.6 
 7. Flowers, Saitama19.4 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.18.7 
 9. White, Oita H.18.6 
 10. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.4 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.11.0 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets11.0 
 5. Searcy, Toyama G.10.8 
 6. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 8. Roberts, Shins.10.2 
 9. Bell, Osaka Evessa10.0 
 10. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Takushi, Oita H.5.9 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 5. Shimura, Sendai5.2 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.4.8 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 9. Staten, Chiba Jets4.4 
 10. Namizato, Okina.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.7 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.3 
 4. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 5. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.8 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 9. Arnold, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.9 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.5 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.1 
 6. Marshall, Osaka E.1.6 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 8. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 
 10. Dukes, Sendai 89.1.3 


Singleton's dunk at buzzer gives Sendai dramatic victory - by Eurobasket News

By ED ODEVEN

Playoff basketball is supposed to be exciting. And with a festive atmosphere on Golden Week, the bj-league's first scheduled postseason contest of the 2011-12 season lived up to the hype on Saturday.

Down to the wire: Sendai's Dan Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) puts up a jumper against Akita in the opening game of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Saturday. DOMINIKA FITZGERALD

Case in point: Sendai 89ers big man Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern) went from goat to hero in a matter of seconds.

Singleton was 1-for-7 at the free-throw line, but before the final buzzer sounded he made a game-ending dunk call it a sayonara slam as the visitors grabbed a stunning 79-77 triumph in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at Akita Municipal Gymnasium.

Sendai forward Johnny Dukes appeared ready to take a long jumper in the closing second but fired a perfect pass with bullet-like speed to the 213-cm Singleton in the low post.

'Well, we knew we had to get a quick shot off because we had no more timeouts,' Singleton told The Japan Times. 'Dan (Daniel Fitzgerald) had just hit a huge 3 and I knew they were going to be hugging him tight, so I knew I had to be ready.

'Dukes is the guy we depend on to have the ball in clutch situations and he was able to maneuver his way through the defense and then he made eye contact with me. As soon as we looked at each other, I knew he was going to pass it to me and the only thing I was thinking was, 'Get the shot off in time!'

'Dukes, being the amazing playmaker he is, found me right under the rim. Thank God, I dunked it with 0.7 seconds on the clock. God is good. This win was for the people of Sendai, the people who deserve it the most.'

Game 2 will be played Sunday afternoon at 2 in Akita, and, if necessary, a mini-tiebreaker (if the Happinets win the second game) to decide which team advances to the conference semifinals.

Happinets bench boss Kazuo Nakamura stormed off the court after the game, leaving his suit jacket on his seat.

Akita star Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84, college: SE Louisiana), who scored a game-high 27 points, tied it at 77-77 on an inside bucket with 6 seconds left. That set the stage for Sendai's late drama.

'Well, when Ricky scored, the first thing I did was look at the clock and there were 6 seconds left, Dukes said, recounting the action. 'I knew we didn't have any timeouts so I got the ball and pushed it up the floor.

'When I crossed halfcourt, two defenders came to me and I was going to shoot it, but at the last second I saw Rashaad waving his hands, so I made the pass and he made a great finish to win the game.

'As soon as he dunked it, the first thing I did was look at the clock to see if it was good and there was about 0.6 seconds left so I jumped for joy.'

Saturday drama: Sendai 89ers center Rashaad Singleton (21) had three dunks on the afternoon, including the game-winning shot in the last second, as the visitors defeated the Akita Northern Happinets 79-77 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. DOMINIKA FITZGERALD

In a compelling story line that has played out through five meetings this seasons, ex-Akita coach Bob Pierce, the current Sendai 89ers sideline supervisor, has matched wits against Nakamura, the man who replaced him in Akita.

Nakamura steered the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to a pair of titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11 before resigning.

After the pulse-rising win, Pierce said, 'That would have hurt if we had let it get away. . . . Rashaad (was) huge on that last-second dunk, but also great poise from Take (Takehiko Shimura) to get the ball downcourt so quickly. Our guys were focused and aggressive today, but we have to continue that as long as we're in the playoffs.'

Sendai improved to 2-3 against Akita this season.

The teams traded baskets in a fast-paced, entertaining fourth quarter.

Shimura's 3-pointer tied it at 59-59 with 8:02 to play. Then Shigehiro Taguchi, a 22-year-old shooting guard who made his Akita debut on Feb. 4, knocked down a corner jumper to put the hosts ahead by two.

Kyle Swanston flushed a 3 to give Akita a 72-66 lead with 4 minutes left, and Sendai promptly called a timeout.

Driving down the lane, Dukes' layup after the timeout cut it to 72-68. Daniel Fitzgerald canned a 3 in front of the 89ers bench, trimming the lead to 72-71.

The back-and-forth action continued until the final buzzer sounded.

Dukes paced the 89ers with 21 points and handed out four assists. Takuya Komoda, a rising star at small forward, had 18 points and four 3s, Daniel Fitzgerald poured in 13 and Shimura had 10 points with six assists. Croatian big man Filip Toncinic contributed eight points and four boards, and Singleton had seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

For Akita, Taguchi scored 10, E.J. Drayton had nine, Swanston scored eight and Yuki Kikuchi (192-F-80) finished with seven.

Sendai took a 43-37 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Komoda led Sendai with 11 points before the break, Dukes had 10 and Shimura added seven points and four assists.

Hannaryz 82, Susanoo Magic 71

In Kyoto, the third-seeded Hannaryz defeated visiting Shimane in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Rick Rickert posted a double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Jermaine Boyette netted 17 points for Kyoto, guided by ex-Sendai coach Honoo Hamaguchi. Lee Cummard chipped in with 14 points for the Hannaryz and Naoto Nakamura scored seven.

For the sixth-seeded Magic, guard Edward Yamamoto, named the league's Most Improved Player earlier this week, had 20 points with five assists.

Michael Parker, the league's leading scorer for four consecutive seasons, scored 17 points on 7-for-18 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds

Koki Yabuuchi and Jumpei Nakama scored seven points apiece. Big man Jeral Davis grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots before fouling out.

Albirex BB 94, Grouses 73

In Niigata, five players scored in double figures as first-year coach Matt Garrison's club opened the playoffs with a blowout win over Toyama.

Veteran guard Nile Murry paced Niigata, the East's No. 4 seed, with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, Shuhei Komatsu scored 16 points and drained 4 of 5 3-point shots in nearly 19 minutes of court time, Yuichi Ikeda netted 15, Kimitake Sato poured in 13 and Erron Maxey 10.

Albirex center Chris Holm, the league's leading rebounder this season, grabbed 13 boards and scored nine points.

'Good game, back and forth,' Garrison said after the game. 'My Japanese players did well.

'We fought hard the whole game. Gotta get one (win) tomorrow.'

Masashi Joho led the fifth-seeded Grouses with 21 points, and attempted 11 free throws, more than any other player on either team.

Toyama center Devin Searcy had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Larry Turner, Brian Harper and Takeshi Mito scored 10 points apiece.

Niigata collective 12 steals in the win, including three each from Maxey and backup forward Bennet Davis, who also had hauled in nine rebounds.

Lousy free-throw shooting (19-for-30) was not a factor in this game for the Albirex, who were 9-for-21 on 3s.

Toyama shot 20 percent (3-for-15) beyond the arc.

Lakestars 96, Rizing 86

In Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Julius Ashby finished with 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting and raked in 14 rebounds to lead the hosts to a victory over Western Conference rival Fukuoka.

Josh Peppers scored 18 points and sank four 3s, Dionisio Gomez netted 15, Ray Nixon, a title winner with the Phoenix last season, had a 13-point outing and Takamichi Fujiwara contributed 11 points and six assists. Yu Okada added eight points for the fourth-seededLakestars.

Kevin Palmer paced the fifth-seeded Rizing with 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals. Jermaine Dearman scored 17 points and Carlos Dixon had 13. Gary Hamilton notched a double-double (10 points, 14 boards) for Fukuoka. Guard Akitomo Takeno, a scoring catalyst who has been slowed down by a recent ankle injury, was 1-for-8 from the field and was held to two points in Game 1.

The Rizing were 5-for-21 on 3-point shots, and 9-for-16 at the foul line.

'I think we played OK on defense throughout the game, but they made a run in the third quarter,' Palmer said in an interview with The Japan Times after the game, 'and we dug ourselves a hole. And it was hard to get back into the game.

'We showed flashes of aggressive defense throughout the game and in order for us to win tomorrow we have to show that defense for 50 minutes,' he added, referring to a must-win Game 2 and a potential winner-take-all mini-tiebreaker.
Courtesy of: http://www.japantimes.co.jp



BJ League Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Niigata Albirex - Toyama Grouses 84-82 (2-0)

The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-18 Toyama Grouses' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-82 at the end of the game. Toyama Grouses were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Five Niigata Albirex and four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Holm 21+14reb, N.Murry 13+3reb+4ast, Y.Ikeda 13+2reb+1ast, K.Sato 12+4reb+1ast, E.Maxey 10+8reb+1ast, B.Davis 7+3reb
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 24+2reb, B.Harper 17+3reb+3ast, D.Searcy 16+13reb+1ast, I.Brown 14+14reb+2ast, L.Turner 4+4reb, R.Horikawa 3+1ast
gschID: 176197


Shiga L-Stars - Fukuoka Rizing 69-62 (2-0)

The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) supported him with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 25 points and 8 rebounds by American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. His fellow American import power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: J.Peppers 25+7reb+4ast, J.Ashby 21+13reb+5ast, R.Nixon 10+6reb+3ast, S.Ogawa 5+6reb+3ast, Y.Okada 4+1reb, T.Fujiwara 4+2reb+2ast
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 25+8reb+3ast, J.Dearman 12+6reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 12+5reb+2ast, C.Dixon 6+3reb+1ast, A.Takeno 3, G.Hamilton 2+10reb+4ast
gschID: 176198


Akita NH - Sendai 89ers 72-38 (2-1 17-14 in extra time)

The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Sendai 89ers managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sendai 89ers to just 2 points in first quarter. Akita Happinets forced 22 Sendai 89ers turnovers and outrebounded them 44-31 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Akita Happinets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) notched 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) supported him with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Even 7 points and 9 rebounds by forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) did not help to save the game for Sendai 89ers. Center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) added 4 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. 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:
Akita NH: L.Green 14+6reb, R.Woods 11+5reb+4ast, Y.Kikuchi 9+1ast, S.Taguchi 9+5reb, E.Drayton 9+8reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 6+2reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Komoda 8+1reb, J.Dukes 7+9reb+2ast, F.Toncinic 6+3reb, D.Fitzgerald 4+3reb+1ast, R.Singleton 4+7reb+1ast, H.Kusaka 3+3reb+5ast
gschID: 176195


Kyoto Hannar. - Shimane SM 84-86 (2-1 24-23 in extra time)

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kyoto Hannar. won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shimane Magic won last quarter 23-22. American players dominated the game. Forward Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) and guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) added 16 points in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Five Shimane Magic and four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: B.Puckett 20+6reb+5ast, M.Parker 20+9reb+2ast, J.Davis 13+7reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 13+4reb+6ast, J.Nakama 13+2reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 5+1reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 28+18reb+1ast, J.Boyette 16+3reb+2ast, L.Allred 12+6reb+3ast, L.Cummard 10+5reb+3ast, T.Murakami 6+2reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 6+3reb
gschID: 176196



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  JORDAN   


ASU, Orthodoxi play Game 5 for title - by Omar Shafaamri

Its now down to Game 5 on Monday in the best-of-five finals series of the Premier Basketball League Final play-offs.

Orthodoxi came from 2-0 down to level the series at 2-2. The latest match saw them beat titleholders Applied Science University (ASU) 89-82.

Orthodoxi led 22-21 after the 1st quarter, 45-40 at half-time and 68-62 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

ASU had won the first two matches 72-65 and 96-93 in overtime. They seemed closer than ever to winning the title for the third consecutive time. However, Orthodoxi came back to win Game 3 (93-75) before winning the fourth match as well.

Together with Ahli, who have disbanded the team, Orthodoxi were Jordans basketball powerhouse and last won the title in 2002. Now team officials and fans hope the team will again win the countrys premier basketball title.

Kufr Youba beat Riyadi 2-0 in the best-of-three series for third place, winning the

first match 74-49 and the second 93-82.

Newcomers Kufr Youba were the dominant team in the preliminary round, surprising observers as most of their line-up moved from ASU during player transfers. However, after a controversial result which allowed ASU to qualify to the second round, Kufr Youba lost ground and Orthodoxi were the dominant team in the second round.

Orthodoxi led the Final 4 standings and jumped to the forefront of the tournament after national team stars Zeid Abbas and Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) ended their matches in the Chinese league and returned home and signed for the former champs. Orthodoxi lost Zeid Alkhas and Enver Soubzoukov after they each got a six-month suspension from the sports governing body FIBA for positive tests of performance enhancing substances during autumns Asian Championship.

Earlier this season, Riyadi beat Kufr Youba to win the 9th Jordan Basketball Cup. The league included eight teams: reigning champs ASU, Riyadi, Orthodoxi, Wihdat, Kufr Youba, Kulieh, Jalil and Ashrafieh. Wihdat and Kulieh managed to hold on, leaving Jalil and Ashrafieh to be relegated.

Jordan Times



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  KOSOVO   


Kol. Univers defeats Bashkimi - by Dren Shporta

Dritero Sefajas team has made great tactical fight in the zone, against Bashkimi and have won the second play-off quarterfinal game against them 74-69. Now they have equaled the series to 1-1.

Coach Sefaja said exclusively to eurobasket.com that the team concentration and the great defense were the main reasons of stopping the oranges from Prizren.

Edis Kuraja, Besart Shatri and Ngadhnjim Dragusha made a great job in the zone, while Hekuran Binxhia and Albatrit Berisha (197-G-90) shooted three pointers to turnover Bashkimis five point advantage in the last quarter.

The next match will be played in Prizrens Sezai Surroi court. The winner of this tie will face reigning champions, Sigal Prishtina, in the play-off semifinal.



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Valmiera
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 2. Peiners, LU18.5 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja18.1 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava15.8 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.6 
 9. Bankevics, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Timma, Liepaja13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 3. Dargais, LU7.8 
 4. Willard, Ventspils7.6 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.1 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Timma, Liepaja6.1 
 9. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Mayo, Liepaja4.7 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Abernethy, Vents.4.1 
 4. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.9 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 6. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.2.9 
 9. Silavs, Jelgava2.9 
 10. Peiners, LU2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.9 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 5. Osins, LU1.6 
 6. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
 7. Gray, Ventspils1.4 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga1.4 
 9. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga0.9 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 7. Plivda, LU0.7 
 8. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.6 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 


VEF Riga edged Ventspils in LBL Final Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Ventspils 83-66

VEF Riga edged Ventspils in LBL Final Game 1. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. VEF Riga forced 19 Ventspils turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Two Points) answered with 17 points and the other American import point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Ventspils. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: D.Zavackas 15+5reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 13+3reb+4ast, A.Kavaliauskas 12+4reb+2ast, K.Berzins 8+4reb, S.Valters 8+1reb+1ast, T.Cain 8+6reb
Ventspils: J.Young 17+1reb+1ast, M.Meiers 10+3reb+1ast, T.Abernethy 10+3reb+4ast, A.Berzins 9+2reb+1ast, A.Strelnieks 7+4reb+1ast, M.Diane 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 174564



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  LEBANON   


Anibal upset Champville and took the home court advantage in the final series.... - by Rabih Khoury

After the first upset in Riyadi home court in the Semi Finals, Anibal did the same again, but this time in the finals. In the first game of the final series, Anibal lead all 40 minutes and astonished Champville fans in their full house gym. Anibal controlled the game from the very first minutes and never looked back... The 3rd seeded team in the league, lead by coach Miodrag Perisic is showing one of the best basketball in the region. Anibal captain Rodrigue Akl (189-PG-88) was controlling the game in a great way, supported by the duo foreigner Jay Youngblood and Leroy Hurd, in addition with the big presence of the lebanese squad: Ghaleb Reda, Charles Tabet, Mazen Mneimneh and Bachir Ammoury. From Champville, only the trio Hoskin, Haislip and Khatib was doing the work, while the other players were nearly absent. Anibal will host game 2 on tuesday in their homecourt where they will play their first ever Final game.

Bank Med Lebanese League Season 2011/2012

Sunday May 6: Game 1

Champville 69-84 Anibal
Q1: 18-21, Q2: 33-44, Q3: 53-60, Q4: 69-84

Champville:
-Sam Hoskin 25Pts, 15Rbs, 3Ass (10/21 FG + 0/1 3's + 5/6 FT) (Added 2 TO) in 37 min
-Marcus Haislip 17Pts, 4Rbs, 2Ass (6/18 FG + 3/7 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 2 TO + 3 Blocks) in 40 min
-Fady Khatib 15Pts, 9Rbs, 3Ass (5/9 FG + 1/2 3's + 4/5 FT) (Added 5 TO + 1 Block) in 37 min
-Carl Sarkis 4Pts, 4Rbs, 2Ass (2/6 FG + 0/2 3's + 0/1 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 2 TO) in 28 min
-Mohamad Ibrahim 3Pts, 2Ass (1/4 FG + 1/2 3's + 0/2 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 1 TO) in 18 min
-Elie Estephan 3Pts, 3Rbs, 1Ass (1/6 FG + 1/5 3's) in 33 min
-Nadim Hawi 2Pts, 3Rbs (1/3 FG) in 2 min

Anibal:
-Jay Youngblood 22Pts, 6Rbs, 2Ass (10/18 FG + 04 3's + 2/5 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 2 TO) in 35 min
-Leroy Hurd 21Pts, 4Rbs, 1Ass (8/15 FG + 5/7 3's) (Added 1 TO + 3 Blocks) in 35 min
-Charles Tabet 13Pts, 10Rbs, 2Ass (5/9 FG + 3/4 FT) (Added 1 Block) in 30 min
-Ghaleb Reda 12Pts, 4Rbs, 2Ass (5/16 FG + 2/6 3's + 0/1 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 2 TO) in 22 min
-Rodrigue Akl 9Pts, 6Rbs, 8Ass (4/8 FG + 1/2 3's) (Added 2 Steals + 1 TO) in 38 min
-Mazen Mneimeneh 5Pts, 1Ass (2/7 FG + 1/3 3's) (Added 1 TO + 1 Block) in 22 min
-Bachir Ammoury 2Pts, 3Rbs (Added 1/1 FG) in 8 min



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.18.0 
 2. Mazeika, Neptunas15.2 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.0 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.6 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.14.6 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.13.9 
 7. Long, Siauliai13.7 
 8. Urbonas, Juventus13.3 
 9. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.0 
 10. Reminas, Naglis P.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.5 
 3. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.1 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.5 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.6.4 
 7. Valeika, Neptunas6.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.0 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.5.8 
 10. Katelynas, Lietuv.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.3 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.2 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.2 
 4. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.0 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 6. Popovic, Zalgiris3.8 
 7. Broadus, Siauliai3.7 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 9. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.5 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cam LONG
  Siauliai
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Long, Siauliai2.1 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 3. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai1.6 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas1.5 
 7. Salenga, Zalgiris1.5 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.5 
 9. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.4 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudu.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 5. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 6. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 7. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.9 
 8. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 9. Javtokas, Zalgiris0.8 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis0.8 


Zalgiris won LKL Final opener - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Zalgiris - Lietuvos rytas 71-56 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Lietuvos rytas was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international center Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) (211-80, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds. Zalgiris' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Renaldas Seibutis (195-85) came up with 12 points and international center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) added 11 points respectively for Lietuvos rytas in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Popovic 13+5ast, P.Jankunas 11+7reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 10+10reb, M.Rakovic 10+2reb, T.Delininkaitis 8+2reb+5ast, T.Klimavicius 6+3reb+2ast
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 12+2reb+1ast, J.Valanciunas 11+4reb, A.Rasic 8+2reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 7+3reb, A.Jomantas 5+3reb+2ast, T.Rice 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 176190



Rudupis beat Siauliai in the game for the third place - by Eurobasket News

Game for the third place
Siauliai - Rudupis 91:93


Rudupis won the opening game for Bronze medals of the Lithuanian League. The team edged Siauliai 93:91 in a real thriller.
Rudupis took control from the first minutes by winning first half. They won the first period 31:23 and added 25-23 in the second frame. But Siauliai won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
Gediminas Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) chipped in 22 points. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) netted 14, while Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) posted 10.
At the losing side Valdas Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) responded with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) scored 17 points. Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU) delivered 16 and Marius Prekevicius (195-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) produced 14.

Siauliai: Valdas Vasylius 19, Cam Long 17, Rashaun Broadus 16, Marius Prekevicius 14
Rudupis: Arturas Milaknis 22, Gediminas Orelikas 17, Adas Juskevicius 14, Arnas Butkevicius 10



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Standings

Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 24-4 
 2. Sparta 22-6 
 3. Musel Pikes 15-13 
 4. Residence 13-15 
 5. Amicale 13-15 
 6. Etzella 12-16 
7-10 places
 1. Basket Esch 15-9 
 2. Soleuvre 12-12 
 3. BBC Nitia 3-21 
 4. Heffingen 3-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 5: Sparta - Etzella 97-72
May. 5: Amicale - Musel Pikes 68-73
May. 5: Residence - T71 67-70

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 11: Residence - T71
May. 11: Sparta - Musel Pikes


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.2 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia25.7 
 3. Raji, Etzella23.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence22.4 
 5. Schumacher, T7122.3 
 6. McNutt, Heffingen22.2 
 7. Muller, T7120.5 
 8. Rajniak, Basket E.20.4 
 9. Gumbs, Residence20.2 
 10. Perre, Musel Pikes19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.5 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.2 
 3. McNutt, Heffingen12.0 
 4. Stephens, T7111.1 
 5. Svitek, Basket Es.10.9 
 6. Kennedy, Residence10.4 
 7. Poznaks, BBC Nitia10.1 
 8. Raji, Etzella10.1 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.6 
 10. Carvalho, Heffing.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ulin, Sparta4.8 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.1 
 3. Schumacher, T713.9 
 4. Arre, BBC Nitia3.7 
 5. Rajniak, Basket E.3.6 
 6. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 7. Biever, Basket Es.3.3 
 8. Koster, Residence3.0 
 9. Ruffato, T712.9 
 10. Jones, Amicale2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Amicale2.5 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia2.2 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.0 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen1.7 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.6 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes1.5 
 7. Gary, Musel Pikes1.3 
 8. Schumacher, T711.3 
 9. McNutt, Heffingen1.2 
 10. Smith, Sparta1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.1 
 2. McNutt, Heffingen1.5 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.3 
 4. Hoffmann, Sparta1.1 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen0.9 
 6. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Djerman, Amicale0.6 
 8. Poznaks, BBC Nitia0.5 
 9. Svitek, Basket Es.0.5 
 10. Horace, Etzella0.5 


Diekirch League Round 10 (Second Stage): T71 edges Residence by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Diekirch League just ended.

Fourth-ranked Residence (13-15) made lots of trouble for first ranked T71 (24-4) in Bereldange on Saturday. The visitors from Dudelange managed to secure only three-point victory 70-67. However their fans expected easier game. Residence trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-70 at the end of the game. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. T71 have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-4 record. Residence at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Amicale.
The game in Steinsel was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Musel Pikes (15-13) played at the court of 5th ranked Amicale (13-15). Musel Pikes managed to secure a 5-point victory 73-68. Musel Pikes maintains third position with 15-13 record having nine points less than leader Basket Esch. Amicale at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Residence.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bertrange. Local Sparta (22-6) outscored 6th ranked Etzella (12-16) 97-72 on Saturday night. Xavier Engel scored 30 points, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Tim Giver responded with 25 points. Etzella's coach Gilles Becker gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sparta maintains second position with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Basket Esch. Loser Etzella keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost.


1-6 places
Amicale - Musel Pikes 68-73

The game in Steinsel was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Musel Pikes (15-13) played at the court of 5th ranked Amicale (13-15). Musel Pikes managed to secure a 5-point victory 73-68. Musel Pikes maintains third position with 15-13 record having nine points less than leader Basket Esch. Amicale at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Residence.
gschID: 169454


Residence - T71 67-70

Fourth-ranked Residence (13-15) made lots of trouble for first ranked T71 (24-4) in Bereldange on Saturday. The visitors from Dudelange managed to secure only three-point victory 70-67. However their fans expected easier game. Residence trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-70 at the end of the game. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. T71 have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-4 record. Residence at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Amicale.
Top scorers:
T71: T.Schumacher 22+5reb+2ast, F.Muller 16+10reb, G.Ruffato 9+3reb+1ast, D.Stephens 9+7reb, B.Kieffer 7+2reb+1ast, J.Delgado 5+4reb+2ast
Residence: M.Kennedy 19+16reb+1ast, P.Koster 18+10reb+4ast, J.Gumbs 17+8reb+1ast, M.Schmit 7+6reb+2ast, T.Abdiu 6+2reb, B.Melcher 0
gschID: 169455


Sparta - Etzella 97-72

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bertrange. Local Sparta (22-6) outscored 6th ranked Etzella (12-16) 97-72 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Sparta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Sparta forced 19 Etzella turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Etzella's players. Guard Xavier Engel (185-88) scored 30 points, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) chipped in 24 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Tim Giver (183-80) responded with 25 points and the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (188-80) scored 15 points. Etzella's coach Gilles Becker gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sparta maintains second position with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Basket Esch. Loser Etzella keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Sparta: X.Engel 30+3reb+6ast, K.Ulin 24+4reb+6ast, T.Dreesen 14+6reb, L.Arendt 10+1reb, P.Hoffmann 7+14reb+2ast, L.Smith 5+3reb+3ast
Etzella: T.Giver 25+2reb, G.Polfer 16+2reb+2ast, N.Delgado 15+2reb+3ast, C.Ittenbach 6, E.Bissener 4+11reb+1ast, S.Ferreira 2+5reb
gschID: 169453



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 26-4 
 2. Guaymas 24-6 
 3. Tijuana 19-10 
 4. Cananea 16-14 
 5. Guasave 15-14 
 6. Los Mochis 14-16 
 7. Nogales 14-16 
 8. Culiacan 10-20 
 9. Navolato 9-21 
 10. Tepic 2-28 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 5: Nogales - Los Mochis 98-92
May. 5: Hermosillo - Culiacan 91-66
May. 5: Guaymas - Navolato 89-73
May. 5: Cananea - Tepic 120-107
May. 6: Tijuana - Guasave


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Pearson, Los M.25.9 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.9 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis24.4 
 4. McCullough, Nogales23.1 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan22.7 
 6. Thomas, Cananea22.0 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato21.1 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.9 
 9. Young, Tepic19.9 
 10. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Pearson, Los M.11.4 
 2. Riley, Tepic10.9 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis9.7 
 4. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.7 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan7.8 
 7. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 8. Zamora, Culiacan7.5 
 9. Lopez, Hermosillo7.5 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.5 
 3. Nungaray, Guaymas5.4 
 4. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 5. Pulido, Culiacan4.1 
 6. Riley, Tepic3.8 
 7. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 8. Reatiga, Navolato3.3 
 9. Heredia, Nogales3.2 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  Navolato
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 2. Riley, Tepic1.6 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 4. Buelna, Guasave1.5 
 5. Giron, Guasave1.4 
 6. Toussaint, Los M.1.4 
 7. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
 10. Pulido, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.2 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic1.0 
 6. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan0.9 
 8. Johnson, Guaymas0.7 
 9. Scott, Los Mochis0.7 
 10. Giron, Guasave0.6 



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Sutjeska eliminates Mornar in thriller, joins Buducnost in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Mornar - Sutjeska 67-68

The heartbreaking thriller was played tonight in Bar. Sutjeska celebrated 67-68 road victory closing the series with 2-1. It means that Sutjeska joined Buducnost in the Playoff Finals. Mornar had a chance to win this game in the finish, but Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) missed a triple at the buzzer. Before that Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) closed the gap to just one point and Sutjeska committed a turnover, what gave Mornar the last chance but it didnt help them to avoid defeat in this crucial meeting. Petar Popovic (88) led the winners with 19 points and Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) scored 14. For the hosts, Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Mike Singletary netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 20-20, 12-17, 18-10, 17-21. Mornar and Buducnost already played in the Cup Finals earlier this season. The Podgorica team celebrated and won the trophy. Buducnost will have a home court advantage in the Finals (best-of-five). Games schedule will be announced soon.

Mornar: Pajovic 2, Damjanovic 3, Kasalica 5, Ivanovic 8, Scott 6, Jelenic 7, Radosavljevic 12, Sekulovic, Pavic 3, Vujosevic 2, Barovic 8, Singletary 11.
Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica, Milosev, Jovanovic 12, Grabovica 10, Popovic 19, Dragicevic, Jocovic 16, Vukotic, Kuveljic 4, Pejovic 7, Krivokapic.



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Standings - Men

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. ASS Sale 2-0 
 2. MAF Fez 1-1 
 3. PCS Plazza C. 0-2 
Group B
 1. WAC Casabl. 2-0 
 2. CRA Hoceima 1-1 
 3. RSB Berkane 0-2 
Places 7-10
 1. FUS Rabat 6-11 
 2. IRT Tanger 5-13 
 3. KAC 3-15 
 4. RCA Casabl. 2-16 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

May. 5: CRA Hoceima - RSB Berkane 69-52
May. 5: MAF Fez - ASS Sale 57-77



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.2 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.5 
 6. Anthony, New Y.22.9 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
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 Lakers11.7 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.7 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Chandler, New Y.9.8 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.1 
 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. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 10. Ariza, N.Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 7. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Jason Kidd rules out retirement, hopes to go to war with Dirk again - by Eurobasket News

As would befit a 39-year-old point guard who just finished posting 16 points, a game-best eight assists and seven rebounds in a key playoff game, Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) isn't ready to hang up his sneakers.

'I'll land somewhere early, I would think,'' Kidd said regarding his upcoming free agency.

He's heard everything from going home to Oakland to play with Golden State to backing up Deron Williams -- wherever it is that Williams ends up playing. That seems likely to be either in Brooklyn with the Nets or in Dallas with the Mavericks.

Kidd said he essentially will try to help recruit Williams as a free agent this summer. He could envision himself next season as Williams' backup.

'That works,'' he said. 'What's wrong with that? That's not a bad guy to help out. If it comes to that, that would be not a bad situation.

'Like I told Dirk, I would go to war with him and go through another season and try to help him win. Being here would be very nice. But at the same time, business comes into play. We'll see what the Mavs are talking about first and go from there.''

It doesn't hurt that Kidd and Williams have the same agent, Jeff Schwartz.

What Kidd is certain about is that he feels good and he would like to play a legitimate 82-game season and not finish his Hall of Fame career on the truncated season that was cut short by the lockout and squeezed games together to the point that older players were put at a distinct disadvantage in the regular season.

'You can't judge it in 66 games and playing nine games in 12 days,'' he said. 'Just getting back to 82 games will be nice. I'm not looking to play 38 minutes. But I feel great. Hopefully, I looked all right out there.''

And as for Williams, he said: 'We'll spend some time golfing and we got the same agent, so that makes it easy.''

Kidd made it abundantly clear that he and Nowitzki have had a terrific time since Kidd joined the party in the 2007-08 season.

'We had a couple minutes to talk (after the game),'' he said of Nowitzki. 'It was a crazy season. We asked him to do a whole lot and he did everything he could and I thanked him for when we got the trade and how things looked at first and to be able to win a ring finally and come up short here.''

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com



Game 4: Hill's FTs help Pacers beat Magic in OT, 101-99 - by Eurobasket News

George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) hit a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to help the Indiana Pacers survive squandering a 19-point fourth quarter lead and beat the Orlando Magic 101-99 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead.

David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 26 points, including 12 in the third quarter and four in overtime for Indiana. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) added 21 points.

The Pacers won their third straight game and will try to close out it out Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Orlando had a final chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Glen Davis' (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) jumper bounced off the side of the rim.

Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) led the Magic with 25 points and Davis added 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com



East and West Quarterfinals: Third games recap - by Eurobasket News

East
Orlando M. - Indiana P. 74-97
In the first two games against the Orlando Magic, the Indiana Pacers struggled to make the most of their size and matchup advantages. After several days of repeated tongue lashings from coach Frank Vogel, the Pacers finally got the message and capitalized on both, running past the Magic 97-74 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 26 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana held Orlando under 80 points for the second straight game. The Pacers regained home-court advantage, riding good shooting early, building a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter and cruising to the victory. 'I think we're adjusting,' Hibbert said. 'We see what they're doing. ... They made their run at the end of the first quarter. We adjusted, then we tried to lay it on them as much as possible.' Indiana dominated scoring underneath thanks to a 46-33 rebounding edge and has outscored the Magic 81-43 in the third quarter in the series. 'Terrific win by our club,' Vogel said. 'We understood the importance of winning on the road, and to be a great basketball team, and to go on a deep playoff run which is what we hoped to do starting this season.' Vogel said the goal was to limit Orlando's 3-point attempts and thought that 'holding that team to 15 3-point field goal (attempts) when they average 28 is a strong defensive effort.' Glen Davis led the Magic with 22 points, and J.J. Redick added 13. The Magic never led, struggled to get any scoring in the paint, and made a series-low five 3-pointers. One of the biggest disappoints in the series continues to be the play of Ryan Anderson, who was held to seven points and one 3-pointer. He has scored 23 points total in the three games. 'I'm not going to lie, it's frustrating as a group (and) in general to lose a game like this,' he said. 'But obviously we can bounce back and player harder next game. The great thing about this is we have another game, so keep playing.' Vogel also implored the Pacers after each of the first two games to make better shot selections. They finally did that as well. It translated into their best shooting of the series as the Pacers built a 23-point lead in the third quarter and led 76-55 entering the fourth. Indiana had its way both inside and out, shooting 47 percent for the game (37 for 79) and holding a 42-22 edge on points in the paint. Meanwhile, aside from Davis, Orlando's offense stalled at several points and the Magic connected on only 30 of their 71 attempts from the field. Indiana led 44-38 at the half, but started the game on an offensive tear hitting nine of its first 10 shots from the field and shot 52 percent (18 for 34) for the half. The Magic had few answers for Hill, who scored 13 points in the opening two periods. Orlando survived the fast start, though, thanks largely to Davis' 16-point second quarter. His scoring spree featured mid-range jumpers and some baskets in the post. It all came after Davis missed all three of his shots in the first quarter. The Pacers put the Magic in a 10-point first-quarter hole for the third straight game, jumping out to a 13-3 advantage. Orlando missed its first five shots before Hedo Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer to finally put the Magic on the board. Granger said he thinks the roots of the Pacers resurgence the past two games aren't hard to find. 'That (Game 1) loss really woke us up,' he said. 'It showed us what Orlando was capable of and we knew we had to really play in this series to win. We have just been executing especially on the defensive end...In a playoff series it's kind of like a chess match.' Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando, and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said changes must be made during that time if they're going to turn things around. 'They clearly dominated us tonight, and that's three first quarters and three third quarters where it's been the same story. So we'll take look at that and see if we want to make some changes or something. We can't be playing out of a hole all the time.' As good as it feels to have the Magic backpedaling now, though, Pacers guard Paul George said no one is feeling like the series is over yet. 'It gives us confidence, but at the same time we know this team is dangerous,' he said. 'We don't want to be happy about just being up 2-1, but just take it one game at a time. Basically, this could be a long series if we don't take care of business.' And generate another talking to from their coach. *Courtesy of ww.washingtonpost.com

Philadelph.76 - Chicago B. 79-74
With one misstep, Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) 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

New York K. - Miami Heat 70-87
The only thing more offensive than the language that spewed from the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night was the form of basketball those angry fans had to witness. The Heat played like a team that knew the series was already over. There wasnt much energy or effort beyond LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), which left Miami vulnerable for the first time this postseason. But the Knicks just didnt have enough to make this first round even slightly interesting. And so, the Heat had seven more turnovers than assists, shot just 42.6 percent but still defeated the Knicks 87-70 in Game 3 of this first-round series. James and Wade combined for 52 points in the first playoff game of their careers at Madison Square Garden. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), who rushed back and forth from New York to Miami and then back to New York to witness the birth of his child, had nine points and 10 rebounds. The Heats bench only scored five points. Up 3-0 in the series, the Heat can sweep with a win on Sunday in Game 4. Coaches like those type of wins when youre not playing necessarily really well, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Some of the game was ugly. Actually, most of it was almost unwatchable. The good parts were merely ugly. Miami managed just 36 points in the first half but trailed by only four points to start the third quarter. From there, the Knicks were abysmal. New York scored just 30 points in second half. We were so stagnant and Ive got to take the heat for that, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. The Heat led 19-10 in the first quarter before it completely lost all interest in the game. For the next nine minutes and nine seconds, the Heat didnt score a field goal and the Knicks used an 18-1 run to build a 28-20 lead. The Heat committed eight turnovers in the second quarter and James picked up three fouls in less than eight minutes. New Yorks lead reached 11 points in the second quarter before Bosh, Wade and James pieced together a 7-0 run to end the half. You like to see your team show some resiliency and dig back in, Spoelstra said. James sat out most of the third quarter with foul trouble but Wade carried the team with 12 points in the period. The Heat led 58-56 entering the fourth quarter and then held the Knicks to just 14 points in the final period. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) added 19 points, including 5 of 8 from behind the three-point arc. James, who finished with 32 points, had 17 in the fourth quarter. He scored eight consecutive points, including two three-pointers, to begin the period. The Knicks were done. I just wanted to try to make plays and help our team win, James said. Eventually, the Knicks fans turned on their own team, booing and lobbing plenty of colorful language toward the court. The crowd heckled James throughout the game. It was the Knicks first game without Amare Stoudemire, who sliced open his hand in Miami on Monday after punching a the glass housing of a fire extinguisher. The Knicks didnt play any better without him in the lineup. Three-point specialist Steve Novak started for the Knicks at small forward and didnt score a point. Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony's (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) struggles continued. He finished with 22 points, going 7 of 23 from the field. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) provided 12 points off the bench and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Spoelstra bristled when asked if the five points his bench had was a concern. All it is is noise to us, Spoelstra said. We feel comfortable and confident in our rotation. Bosh arrived at Madison Square Garden less than an hour before the game after flying from Miami to New York. His son was born at 3 a.m. in Miami. Bosh arrived in New York during rush hour and was stuck in traffic for two hours trying to get to the game, according to Spoelstra. I barely made it, Bosh said, But I made it. When he finally arrived, Spoelstra said Bosh had a glow on is face. It was great. The game wasnt. Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Boston C. - Atlanta H. 90-84 OT
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.'' Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

West
Denver N. - LA Lakers 99-84
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

Dallas M. - Oklah.City T. 79-95
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) slowed the tempo as he dribbled toward a deflated Dallas Mavericks defense. Given such a rare open 3-point shot, Durant instinctively swished the jumper a basket that came with five minutes still to play yet symbolized how the Oklahoma City Thunder have imposed its will on the reigning N.B.A. champions. Using youthful speed, savvy shooting and numbing defense, the Thunder finally exposed the aging Mavericks in a 95-79 victory in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinals, a rout that ended with about half the sellout crowd of 20,640 fans already gone from the American Airline Center. Durant scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had 20 points as Oklahoma City took a 3-0 series lead and will look to sweep Dallas here Saturday night. James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.), Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, college: UALR) and Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) added 10 points each. No team in N.B.A. history has rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, and after Oklahoma City broke the Mavericks with a 30-12 second-half run for an 86-60 lead with 10 minutes left, the defending champs appear incapable of slowing down the Thunder. We know we havent done anything yet, said Durant, who shook off what was considered a shooting slump (15 of 44) by his standards, making 11 of 15 attempts Thursday night. We played two close-out games last year and know how tough they were. We have to come out with a sense of urgency and know those guys will bring it Saturday especially in their building. Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) managed only 17 points and Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) had 12 for Dallas, which shot 34 percent to the Thunders 42 percent. Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) was the only other Mavericks player in double figures with 11 points. Ibaka added the most emphasis to Oklahoma Citys gritty defense, making four of the teams seven blocks, including one against Terry that sent the ball into the seats five rows deep. They threw a heck of a game at us, said Nowitzki, who finished 6 of 15. We played two pretty good games at Oklahoma City and couldnt find a way to steal one. Now weve got to show some pride on Saturday and try to win one game. Durant broke loose for 21 points in the first half, nearly matching his 25.5 average for the first two games, as the Thunder took a 50-41 lead. Nowitzki and Kidd led Dallas with 10 points apiece, but the Mavericks couldnt establish any momentum and never led in the first half, falling behind by as many as 15 points twice. Some of it was at times we got down and got a little frantic to try and make things happen, Carlisle said. That led to some mistakes. We havent had a good shooting game yet in this series, the kind were capable of, and its frustrating. Fisher and Westbrook tamped down a key Dallas run in the second quarter, drilling back-to-back 3-pointers for a 48-33 lead with 3:51 left. After Westbrook hit his shot, he turned to the Thunder bench and blew the smoke off an imaginary pair of guns as he pretended to holster them. Clearly, Oklahoma City appeared to be measuring Dallas for Thursday nights blowout and was not intimated this time by the Mavericks, who had ousted the Thunder in five games of last years Western Conference finals. You have to win four, said Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks. Well play every game like its the most important game. Weve done that all year and continue to do that. (The Mavericks) have pride, theyre not going to give you anything. Theyre going to make you earn it. After losing Games 1 and 2 by a combined four points, the Mavericks believed they needed to push back at what they viewed as chippy tactics being used by the Thunder. That frustration surfaced in Game 2 when an agitated Nowitzki threw a shoulder into Kendrick Perkins chest and the two briefly scuffled. Indeed, Oklahoma City certainly has been more aggressive with the Mavericks than it was in last years playoffs. And without the inside muscle of center Tyson Chandler, who signed with the Knicks in the offseason and this week was named the leagues defensive player of the year, Dallas has struggled in dealing with the Thunders physical style. Being home, weve got to dictate a lot of that stuff in our own building, Carlisle said prior to tipoff. Thats on us, and weve got to do it the right way. We got to do it without being dirty and without going after people and intentionally hurting anybody and that kind of stuff. But its supposed to be physical. Its the playoffs. The Mavericks then promptly fell behind by 15 points, before Carlisle flew into a rage and came off the bench to scream about a call with 4 minutes to go in the first quarter. He was quickly slapped with a technical, the second assessed to Dallas in the quarter; Nowitzki earlier had earned a technical after being outmaneuvered for an offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka, fouling the Thunder forward, and then having a few terse words with the referee. There was some distraction there. Look, theres been some frustration with the officials, but were not going to make it about the officials. Its a long game, Carlisle said afterward. Carlisles attempt to manufacture a spark worked briefly. The Mavericks closed within 32-26 at the end of the first quarter, and they rallied again to pull within nine points at halftime. But age and experience was no match in the second half against the energized Thunder. Courtesy of www.nytimes.com

Utah Jazz - San Antonio S. 90-102
Through nearly 40 minutes, the Utah Jazz made Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) look average. He had 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and the San Antonio Spurs were clinging to a five-point lead. Parker the MVP candidate then took over. 'They threw a lot of guys at me, so I needed to be more patient and then in the fourth quarter I was more aggressive,' said Parker, who hit all five field goals and went 6 of 6 from the line in the final period to finish with 27 points. His effort fueled a 102-90 victory Saturday night that gave the Spurs a 3-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. No NBA team has ever overcome an 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. The Spurs can close it out Monday night in Salt Lake City. 'My guys are experienced to realize an NBA game is 48 minutes. Anything can happen,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'You can look at the other games and other series and realize you don't stop playing. They stick with each other and the system. That experience is something they have gained over a long period of time and they feel comfortable with each other, even in a tough environment like we had here tonight.' A sellout crowd of 19,911 was energized from the start, standing from pregame festivities that saw a massive green-and-yellow balloon drop. The fans were on their feet again when a young Utah lineup brought the Jazz back after they trailed by 13 in the fourth. DeMarre Carroll scored on a putback, rookie Alec Burks sank a pair of free throws and Derrick Favors scored after grabbing another offensive rebound to get Utah to 81-74 with 8:58 remaining. Favors then hit a 7-footer to make it a five-point game. 'He's a handful and he's very physical,' Parker said about Favors, who had 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in his most extensive action of the series. 'He goes to the boards hard.' Parker, who took the Spurs on his shoulders this season, showed he can finish just as strong. His 5-foot floater halted Utah's run, then Matt Bonner blocked Favors' shot to set up Stephen Jackson's fast-break layup. Parker's 18-foot jumper then bumped San Antonio's lead back to 10 with 5:44 left. Utah would only get within eight after that on Paul Millsap's dunk. But Parker was there to finish the Jazz off at the line. 'We needed to get this one because we know they're not going to give up, especially in this building,' said Spurs guard Danny Green, who finished with 14 points, including a block and fast-break layup that helped seal the game midway through the fourth. The Jazz, meanwhile, lamented the missed free throws - 12 in all in a game they lost by 12 points. 'Those were free points we need in a game like this,' said Jazz point guard Devin Harris. Harris, after scoring just 12 points in the first two games combined, had 12 in the first quarter and finished with 21. Al Jefferson also rebounded from two sub-par games and finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-18 shooting. Jefferson, in the end, was thinking more about Utah's bad plays. 'We can't make mistakes,' said Jefferson, playing in his first playoff series since he was a rookie in 2005. 'We've got to play a perfect game to even have a chance to beat a team like this. We make too many mistakes during the crunch time of the game and they made us pay every time.' Popovich gave reserve Tiago Splitter plenty of credit. Splitter missed Game 2 because of a bruised wrist, but had 10 points, eight boards and a blocked shot. He had four points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter alone. 'I thought Tiago was huge for us,' Popovich said. 'When Favors was giving us trouble, he made shots, got the boards and then scored a bunch during the most important time of the game.' The last time the two teams met in the postseason, in the 2007 Western Conference finals, the Spurs went on to win the NBA title. San Antonio, with coach of the year Popovich, its Big 3 and collection of castoffs, foreigners and rookies, looks intent on doing the same. The Spurs won the first two games by 46 points combined, but figured Saturday's would be the toughest of the series. They were right. 'We expected them to have a much better effort,' said Tim Duncan, who had 17 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Spurs. 'It was a good win for us. We had a lot of guys really step up and play well for us.' Utah's Tyrone Corbin, still looking for his postseason coaching victory, tried several different approaches Saturday. He put 6-foot-8 swingman Gordon Hayward on Parker. And Corbin went to his Big 3 lineup early and often. Corbin had said he wanted Favors to play more, and Favors showed why he deserves more minutes. He blocked Splitter's jam attempt early in the second quarter then scored on a putback that gave Utah a 41-40 lead. He followed with a 9-foot turnaround jumper over DeJuan Blair, and then grabbed his own miss and drew the foul from Duncan. He made one of two free throws for a 44-42 Jazz lead. In 16 minutes in the first half, Favors had seven points and seven rebounds, with a pair of blocks. While Favors was 3 of 7 shooting in the fourth, Utah's other budding star struggled down the stretch. Burks was just 1 of 6 in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points. A stark contrast to Parker. 'The experience showed tonight,' Corbin said. 'They know exactly what to do... They make adjustments and we didn't get the energy and sense of urgency when we needed it.' *Courtesy of www.chron.com

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 87-86
If the Los Angeles Clippers hadn't been so inept at the free throw line, Rudy Gay's last-second shot wouldn't have mattered. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 24 points and 11 assists and high-flying Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) added 17 points for the Clippers, who beat the Memphis Grizzles 87-86 Saturday only after Gay missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. 'That's the way we planned it,' Paul joked. 'They aren't going to give us anything. They're never out of the game with an electrifying scorer like Rudy Gay.' The Clippers won their first home playoff game in six seasons to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference playoffs. Game 4 is Monday night. The long-suffering Clippers fans, who turned Staples Center into a sea of red, very easily could have gone home disappointed. Paul hit a fadeaway jumper with 2:02 left for an 82-80 lead. On the next possession he had a no-look bounce pass to Griffin coming in off the baseline for a monster slam. Trailing 86-80 after two free throws by Paul, Gay hit a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left, Memphis' first field goal since 7:10. After Los Angeles missed three of four free throws, Gay hit another 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds to hush the crowd. Eric Bledsoe missed two more free throws, Gilbert Arenas rebounded for Memphis to set up Gay's final shot. Gay, who had 24 points, got some room to shoot, and quickly let go. But it the shot bounced off the rim. 'At the end of the game I wanted to make a quick play,' Gay said. Memphis had another big advantage at the free throw line, like it did in winning Game 2, but couldn't capitalize. The Grizzlies made 30 of 39 while the Clippers were just 13 of 30. 'We missed 17 free throws?' Paul said. 'We did? It shows how much fight we have. It's unacceptable.' Paul did his part at the line, making, seven of eight. But Griffin missed six of nine while Reggie Evans missed six of eight. Memphis had seemingly taken the crowd out of the game in the third quarter, when it outscored the Clippers 25-14 to take a 71-64 lead. The Clippers' lull extended into the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol made a field goal with 7:10 left for a 77-71 lead, but that was Memphis' last basket until the first of Gay's two 3-pointers in the closing seconds. 'We shut down and only scored 15 points in the fourth quarter,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. ' We took too many quick shots and gave up second-chance points. We gave them the back door and Blake took advantage of it.' Said Gay: 'We missed a couple plays we wish we had back. We had a couple letdowns. ' The Clippers, who rallied from 27 down to win the opener on Sunday night at Memphis, started this comeback with just more than four minutes to go. Evans made a strong inside move against Marreese Speights to rebound Bledsoe's missed free throw and score to pull L.A. to 79-77 with 4:08 left. Randy Foye then hit a huge 3-point shot from the left side with 3:13 left to tie it at 80 before Paul and Griffin took over. 'He's tenacious,' Gay said of Paul. 'He doesn't give up. He makes plays and finds people. We can't have other people doing what they did today. The Clippers pushed us tonight. They got into the lane. We'll see how we respond on Monday.' Forward Caron Butler started for the Clippers, wearing a splint on his broken left, or non-shooting, hand. He was hurt in Game 1, and missed the next game. He scored four points. The Clippers used an 18-1 run spanning the first and second quarter to take a 36-23 lead, but the Grizzles turned around and dropped a 13-0 run on Los Angeles to tie it. Griffin put an exclamation point on the first half when he stole the inbounds pass from Speights and swooped in for a dunk at the buzzer to give the Clippers a 50-46 lead. It was the first home playoff game as Clippers for Paul and Griffin. 'I won't forget my first playoff in this building,' Paul said. 'The energy in the crowd and seeing fans celebrating motivate us. The crowd won the game for us. ' Said Griffin: 'It was unbelievable. The fans were on their feet and with the energy through our warm-ups, we had no choice but to play hard.' Zach Randolph scored 17 for Memphis while Gasol had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Quincy Pondexter had 11 points. Foye had 16 for L.A. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Mavericks are swept off their throne by Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Sweep complete, Oklahoma City players muted any celebration, respectfully exchanging handshakes and hugs with the Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder ended the reign of the N.B.A. champions with such stunning swiftness and efficiency Saturday night that there was little reason to gloat amid what amounted to an inevitable passing of the torch.

Knocked back on their heels and facing a 13-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Thunder showed a rare pedigree and poise for such a young team. They clawed back with a 26-10 run led by James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) and highlighted by a flurry of dunks and clutch jump shots, before cruising through the final minutes for a 103-97 victory that ended this Western Conference quarterfinal series in four games.

Harden scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City spread the court with a smaller lineup that again befuddled the Mavericks, who became only the fifth defending champion in N.B.A. history to be swept in the first round.

Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) added 24 points, and Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, college: UALR) and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 12 points each as the Thunders depth and speed proved too much for the Mavericks, who had ousted them in five games in last years conference finals.

They have a certain look in their eye right now, not that they just belong, but that this could be their time, Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle said.

Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) had a game-high 34 points and sparked what amounted to the Mavericks last stand in the third quarter, when they outscored the Thunder, 34-21. Jason Kidd had 16 points and Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) added 11.

It was definitely a test of our character and toughness mentally, and we responded, Fisher said. With a young team, thats not something people might expect.

Ahead, 81-68, to start the fourth quarter, the Mavericks appeared in control and ready to send the series back to Oklahoma City for Game 5 on Monday. But the Thunder stormed back, completing their comeback with dunks by Durant and Serge Ibaka, followed by a jumper from Fisher that gave the Thunder a 94-91 lead with 4 minutes 5 seconds left. From there, the Thunder clamped down defensively on Nowitzki and held Dallas to 6 points the rest of the way.

We didnt crumble, Durant said. Thats the best part of our team. Were growing in that area and we never gave up, and we kept fighting.

The Mavericks awoke from their malaise behind Nowitzki and Kidd, their two veteran stars who at least for the third quarter recaptured the chemistry that carried Dallas on its improbable title run last year.

Nowitzki scored 12 points in the quarter, his fadeaway floaters suddenly effective as ever, and Kidd flashed back into his point guard prime, scoring 9 points and distributing 4 assists.

And when Delonte West drilled a 3-pointer off a Kidd pass with 30 seconds left, the Mavericks took a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and the capacity crowd at American Airlines Center was filled with a belief that there would be a Game 5.

They came at us like a buzz saw in the fourth quarter, Carlisle said. We couldnt stop them.

The Thunder opened a 7-point lead in the second quarter, but the Mavericks began to exploit the absence of the starting center Kendrick Perkins and rallied to tie the score at 47-47 at halftime. Perkins was sidelined with a strained right hip late in the first quarter and did not return.

Dallas began threading passes inside to center Ian Mahinmi, who scored 5 consecutive points to give the Mavericks a 38-37 lead. Outside shots also began to open up, especially for Nowitzki, who scored 10 of his 13 first-half points in the second quarter. Mahinmi and Kidd added 7 points each for Dallas.

Harden led the Thunder with 12 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half. Durant scored 10 points, but Westbrook struggled, hitting 1 of 6 shots and scoring 6 of his 8 points at the free-throw line.

With mostly pride at stake, the Mavericks sounded especially full of swagger in hopes of extending the series. Terry, acknowledging that a sense of urgency did not work very well for Dallas in its Game 3 blowout loss, resorted to simple pregame psychology, putting the series onus on the Thunder.

The pressure is on them all the way, Terry said. Theyre kind of young and might not realize it, but its there. Its hard to close a team out. If you do lose, then what? Now you start to think about it a little. Its not a situation we want to be in, but well take it at this point.

It did not matter how the Mavericks approached this game, though, as the Thunder were up to the task of guaranteeing there will be a new champion.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com



Knicks defeat Heat, 89-87, to stay alive - by Eurobasket News

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) finally can say they won a playoff game as Knicks, and they did it together.

The Knicks' two stars totaled 61 points in Game 4 yesterday and forced the best-of-seven series back to Miami. The Knicks avoided the four-game sweep as they outlasted the Heat, 89-87, at the Garden. Game 5 is Wednesday night.

Anthony led all scorers with 41 points, including 23 in the second half. He was 15-for-29 from the field, leading the Knicks to their first playoff win since 2001. They had dropped an NBA-record 13 in a row. Anthony had been 0-7 in his Knicks postseason career.

Stoudemire scored 20 points with 10 rebounds. He won back some of the fans who were down on him after he injured his left hand when he punched a glass-enclosed fire extinguisher after Game 2. Stoudemire missed Game 3 after having surgery.

His left hand was heavily taped and padded Sunday, but Stoudemire provided a huge lift for the Knicks, helping them erase an 11-point third-quarter deficit to pull out the big win.

Anthony and Stoudemire also shot 2-for-5 from the foul line in the final 25.9 seconds when the Knicks could have put the game away, but the Knicks survived it.

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) led the Heat with 27 points and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had 22. With the Knicks' season on the line, Wade missed an off-balance three-pointer as the game clock expired.

With the score tied at 84, Anthony knocked down a three-pointer over Shane Battier with 54.5 seconds left. Under pressure, Chris Bosh threw the ball into the backcourt for a Heat turnover. That led to Anthony being fouled by Battier while attempting a three.

Anthony missed the first two foul shots but hit the third to make it 88-84 with 25.9 seconds left. James then drove on Tyson Chandler, hit a tough running lefthanded hook and was fouled. James' foul shot made it 88-87 with 20.3 seconds left, with Chandler fouling out on the play.

The Heat intentionally fouled Stoudemire, who made the first free throw but missed the second with 14.8 seconds to go.

On the final play, Wade had the ball and drove on Stoudemire, who was playing the middle with Chandler on the bench. When he found the lane sealed, Wade dribbled out to the right corner and took a turnaround three that missed.

The Knicks lost Baron Davis (6'3''-PG-79, college: UCLA) to an ugly knee injury in the third quarter. He dislocated his right kneecap and was wheeled off on a stretcher. Davis raised his hand to the cheering crowd as he left. Mike Bibby replaced Davis and hit a big three-pointer with 1:23 left to give the Knicks an 84-81 lead.

After the Heat opened an 11-point lead early in the third quarter, it appeared the Knicks would go quietly into the offseason, but Stoudemire helped keep his team and fans in the game.

Stoudemire scored the Knicks' first seven points of the quarter and sparked a 19-4 run that put them up 59-53 with 2:12 left in the third. Later, they extended the lead to six on Anthony's jump shot. He scored 11 in the quarter. But James buried a three with 10 seconds left in the quarter to make it 64-61.

The Knicks took that lead into the final quarter -- the first time they've been ahead in the fourth this series. The Heat regained the lead at 72-69 on Wade's three-point play with 8:20 left.

But the Knicks retook a three-point lead later in the fourth after back-to-back layups by Anthony. His tough drive with 5:11 left made it 78-75. After Bosh's jump shot made it a one-point game, J.R. Smith misfired on threes on two straight trips. James gave the Heat a 79-78 lead with two foul shots with 3:48 left.

It stayed that way until Anthony tied it with a free throw with 2:42 left. He missed the second and Stoudemire got the rebound, but James stole it, leading to Wade's layup with 2:27 left.

Anthony answered with a jumper to tie it, and after Bosh missed a three, the Knicks worked the ball around to Bibby for a huge three-pointer. James promptly answered with a three to tie the score again.

Courtesy of www.newsday.com



Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 92-88 Game 4 - by Eurobasket News

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) put up their usual big numbers. Their supporting cast came up even bigger, sealing the Los Angeles Lakers' 92-88 victory over Denver on Sunday night that put the Nuggets on the brink of elimination.

Bryant had 22 points and Bynum added 19 to help the Lakers overcome a six-point halftime deficit and take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series that they can wrap up Tuesday night when the series shifts back to Staples Center for Game 5.

Sixth-man Jordan Hill had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and recently acquired guard Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada) and reserve point guard Steve Blake (6'3''-PG-80, college: Maryland) each hit crucial 3-pointers in the final minute as the Lakers broke free.

Those were the players the Nuggets preferred had the ball in crunch time, and Bryant wasn't at all hesitant to oblige.

''Sessions has hit big 3s. Even when I was out he hit some big 3s to win games. He did it again tonight. I have confidence in him,'' Bryant said. ''If you're observing the game in the third quarter I hit Sessions for an open shot, Blake for an open shot and (Matt) Barnes for an open shot and they missed all three of them. George (Karl), being observant as he is, saw I was (ticked). I was and didn't think I would trust them at the end of the game to knock down those shots, but they stepped up and knocked them down.''

With the game tied at 86, Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-F-88, agency: Players Group) was covering Bryant when a hard screen from Pau Gasol sent the Italian to the floor grabbing his throat. While Gallinari stayed down, Sessions' 3-pointer from just in front of the Nuggets bench put the Lakers ahead 89-86 with 48 seconds remaining.

''It was a tough pick, you've got to expect that in the playoffs,'' Gallinari said. ''I've got to be ready and play defense. Unfortunately, they hit a big shot out of that.''

Andre Miller (6'2''-PG-76, college: Utah) was whistled for basket interference at the other end, and Bryant found Blake for a 3-pointer from the left corner with 18.9 seconds left for a six-point cushion, L.A.'s biggest of the night.

Blake got a bear hug from Bryant during the 20-second timeout.

''Those moments don't scare him,'' Bryant said.

''It's always good when you get a hug from Kobe. It means you did something right,'' Blake said. ''It was a total team effort for us tonight.''

Sessions, whose acquisition from Cleveland this spring led to the trade of five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher, finished with 12 points, and Blake had 10.

''They got the two 3s to go down at the end of the game,'' Karl said, ''but conceptually what we're trying to do at the end of the game is not let Kobe, Bynum and Gasol beat you.''

Instead, it was Sessions, Blake and Hill that did the damage.

Gallinari led the Nuggets with 20 points, and Miller had 15.

After torching the Lakers for 50 points combined in the previous two games, Ty Lawson was held to 11 points and Nuggets big men Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee weren't nearly as effective on offense or disruptive defensively as they were in Game 2, when they combined for 28 points and 30 rebounds.

Together, they had 14 points and 11 rebounds Sunday.

Bynum, who blamed his scoreless first half 48 hours earlier on failing to properly prepare in the pregame, was much more active early on, scoring 11 in the first half, which ended with the Lakers trailing 51-45.

The game was briefly delayed with 1:10 left in the first half when a female fan started walking across the court while the Nuggets were setting up a play. The woman walked several steps onto the court as Lawson brought the ball past halfcourt. Officials blew the whistle to stop the play and the woman was escorted away by security.

The woman, identified as 20-year-old Savannah McMillan-Christmas of Denver, was cited for trespassing.

Al Harrington scored nine points in his return to the Nuggets' lineup. He started out with a clear face mask protecting his nose that was broken Friday night by an inadvertent elbow from Bynum, but he ditched the mask in a matter of minutes.

Harrington missed his first six shots but then sank four straight, including a 3-pointer that put the Nuggets ahead 76-75 early in the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets, who have hung tough since getting blown out in the series opener, face a daunting task of winning three straight, including two at the Staples Center, where they never led in Games 1 and 2.

''Losing always gets old. Losing is not fun. I'm not unhappy with my team, I'm not happy with where we're at, but we still have a series to play,'' Karl said. ''I don't think it's an impossible challenge. I think it's a great challenge for this young team. For me, I've been blessed with having great runs in the playoffs and I think I probably have one or two more left in me in my lifetime. I'd like to see it come this year.''

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Pierce helps Celtics top Hawks for 3-1 series lead - by Eurobasket News

Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored 24 points in 18 minutes and the Boston Celtics opened a 37-point third-quarter lead before coasting to a 101-79 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Celtics can finish off the Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday. Game 6 would be in Boston on Thursday, if necessary.

Two nights after his triple-double helped turn back the Hawks in overtime in Game 3, Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) had 20 points and 16 assists as the Celtics got some much-needed rest for their aging and injured roster.

Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) returned after missing Friday's game and had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida), who played for the first time in almost four months, scored 12 points.

Rondo, whose triple-double Friday was the seventh of his career, may have been even better in Game 4, shooting 8 for 11 from the floor and sinking a pair of 3-pointers - tying a career high.

Perhaps the biggest boost of all for the aging and injured Boston lineup: Rondo and Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) were the only Celtics to play more than 30 minutes.

Pierce limped off the court favoring his left knee midway through the second quarter, but he returned for the start of the third. He was on the court as Boston scored 16 of the first 18 points in the second half to open an 80-37 lead with 8:13 left in the third quarter.

That was enough to earn Pierce, who played 47 minutes on Friday, some much-needed rest. Avery Bradley, who dislocated his shoulder in Game 3, played just 19 minutes Sunday and Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut), who played 37 minutes Friday in his first game in more than three weeks, sat down after scoring 12 points and pulling down five rebounds in 19 minutes in Game 4.

The teams went to the locker rooms at the half with Boston holding a 63-41 lead. But during the break, the officials reviewed a jumper by Ray Allen and changed it from a 2-pointer to a 3-pointer. Rondo hit a 3-pointer to open the third quarter, giving Boston a 26-point lead, then Bass made a jumper and Pierce hit a 3 to make it 72-41.

By the time the Celtics were done with the 16-2 run to start the half, they led 80-43 and coach Doc Rivers was emptying his bench. Pierce headed for the tunnel to the locker room and pulled over a stationary bicycle to stay loose in case he was needed again.

He wasn't.

The Hawks weren't able to get any closer than 22 points before Rondo and Allen hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then Rondo made a behind-the-back fake to clear out the lane for an easy layup as Boston closed out the third quarter with a 90-63 lead.

Atlanta did cut it to 20 points in garbage time before Keyon Dooling made a 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes to play.

Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



76ers top Bulls 89-82 for 3-1 series lead - by Eurobasket News

His coach called Jrue Holiday's (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) slump '0 for the world.'

Even as the misses piled up, Holiday never felt the weight of it on his 21-year-old shoulders. All he could do in a thorny Game 4 was laugh about his struggles with teammate Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.).

'You've got to be happy when you play,' Holiday said. 'It really helps.'

Boy, did it help Philadelphia in the final minutes against Chicago. Holiday busted out of a game-long slump with consecutive 3-pointers that stretched a one-point lead into seven and helped the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 89-82 on Sunday and take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

'Don't fear the consequences,' 76ers coach Doug Collins said.

It's the top-seeded Bulls who suddenly fear elimination.

Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) scored 22 points and Holiday had 20 to put the Sixers one win away from joining the short list of eighth-seeded teams that have won a series against a No. 1 seed.

Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who have won the last three games after losing Game 1.

Game 5 is Tuesday in Chicago.

The short-handed Bulls played without Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) (torn ACL) and Joakim Noah (sprained ankle). Rose is out for the season and Noah is day to day for the rest of the series.

In NBA postseason history, the eighth seed has won a first-round series against the No. 1 seed four times, including last season when Memphis eliminated San Antonio. Golden State (2007), New York (1999) and Denver (1994) also pulled off the rare feat.

'I'm not worried about it,' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'I'm just worried about the next game. We do have more than enough to win with.'

The Sixers won three straight playoff games for the first time since Allen Iverson fueled their run to the 2001 NBA finals.

Holiday was sensational down the stretch after a rocky first 3 quarters. He missed his first five 3-point attempts until he nailed one to make it 77-73. He hit another the next time down for a seven-point lead to the delight of a roaring sellout crowd.

They were easily his biggest shots on a 7-of-23 night.

He expects to hear the same noise in the next round.

'We have to play like it's Game 7,' Holiday said. 'We want to win in Chicago.'

The undermanned Bulls kept at it and refused to use playing without their two biggest impact players as an excuse. C.J. Watson, who scored 17 points, hit a step-back jumper to make it a two-point game.

In a whistle-happy game, Holiday went to the line with 51 seconds left and made both for an 84-80 lead.

Suddenly and shockingly the Sixers are a win away from taking a playoff series for the first time since 2003.

Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls. Taj Gibson chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Without a full roster, the Bulls barked at the refs, talked trash on the court and used every self-motivational tactic they knew to gain an edge on the Sixers.

Noah, injured in Game 3, took charge on the bench as head cheerleader. Wearing a protective walking boot, he clapped, cheered and offered instruction in the timeout huddle. Noah was needed more on the court than as a de facto assistant coach.

Boozer actively did his best to keep the Bulls in the game. He played through foul trouble to score 18 points through three quarters (matching his combined total for the first two games) and he fought for some of the tough rebounds Noah would grab.

It wasn't enough.

The Sixers made 22 of 31 free throws to Chicago's 11-for-14 effort. The Sixers only averaged 18.2 free-throw attempts this season.

'Bottom line, we've got to play better defense without fouling,' Boozer said. 'You can't cry about the referees. It's the playoffs. If we could hold them to 17, 18 points in the fourth quarter, maybe we win that game.'

Iguodala played through right Achilles' tendinitis to make so many impact plays for the Sixers. He halted a Bulls run in the third with a 3 for a 57-56 lead. Bad leg and all, he still soared for a thunderous dunk on the break in the first half for an eight-point lead. One of the worst fourth-quarter foul shooters in the NBA, Iguodala even made both with 26.6 seconds left.

'I think the adrenaline carried me through the game,' Iguodala said. 'It's hard to get on your toes, that's the hardest thing.'

Game 4 lacked the electric atmosphere early that accompanies a postseason game because the Broad Street Run was routed in front of the sports complex. The Wells Fargo Center was barely half full by tip and the announced crowd of 20,142 needed time to warm up.

By the time Holiday hit his 3s, the arena was going wild.

His sharp shooting in clutch time came at the right time after a slow start.

Holiday and Turner continue to befuddle Collins with their inconsistency. The under-25 starting backcourt followed a solid Game 3 with a combined 3 for 22 for eight points in the first half. Lou Williams, perhaps the league's top reserve, failed to bail them out with a 2-for-10 effort in the game. Their struggles were a key reason the depleted Bulls kept the score tight even without their two stars.

The Sixers crashed the boards early without Noah in the lineup and had 15 second-chance points in the half to grab a 10-point lead.

Hawes hit the go-ahead 20-footer late in the fourth for the Game 3 winner and he continued his hot hand into Sunday. He had made seven of his first eight shots, including a 3-pointer right before the second quarter buzzer to send the Sixers into halftime with 44-42 lead.

Courtesy of The Associated Press



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Auckland P. 11-2 
 2. Bay Hawks 10-3 
 3. Hub Jets 7-5 
 4. Taranaki MA 7-8 
 5. Wellington S. 6-6 
 6. Nelson G. 6-7 
 7. OceanaGold N. 4-9 
 8. Southland S. 4-9 
 9. Harbour H. 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 2: Harbour H. - Hub Jets 94-90
May. 4: Nelson G. - Bay Hawks 90-87
May. 5: Wellington S. - Bay Hawks 88-73
May. 4: Southland S. - Auckland P. 87-106
May. 4: Taranaki MA - Hub Jets 85-102
May. 5: Hub Jets - Harbour H. 83-71
May. 5: OceanaGold N. - Auckland P. 81-101

Regular Season: Round 11

May. 9: Harbour H. - Wellington S.
May. 11: Wellington S. - OceanaGold N.
May. 12: Taranaki MA - OceanaGold N.
May. 12: Bay Hawks - Auckland P.
May. 12: Nelson G. - Wellington S.
May. 12: Southland S. - Hub Jets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.22.7 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.22.5 
 3. Jones, Nelson G.22.5 
 4. Pace, Hub Jets22.4 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.22.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets21.8 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.21.6 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.21.3 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.20.3 
 10. Bartlett, Bay H.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 16
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets16.0 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.0 
 3. Abney, Southland10.2 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.9.9 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.8.8 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.7 
 7. Harrison, Nelson G.8.6 
 8. Frank, Wellington8.5 
 9. Johnson, Bay Hawks8.3 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.0 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.8 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.4 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.4.4 
 6. Braswell, Southlan.4.3 
 7. Pace, Hub Jets4.3 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.4.2 
 9. Bailey, Harbour H.4.0 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 2. Crowe, Wellington2.4 
 3. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.3 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 6. Bailey, Harbour H.2.0 
 7. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 8. Ross, OceanaGold1.7 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.1.7 
 10. Allen, Auckland P.1.6 
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. Trousdell, Wellin.1.3 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.1.3 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.1.1 
 6. Abney, Southland1.0 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.8 
 8. Frank, Wellington0.8 
 9. Cartwright, Auckla.0.7 
 10. Smith, Harbour H.0.6 


NBL Round 10: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

NBL round 10 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Bay Hawks (10-3) against sixth ranked Wellington S. (6-6) 88-73 was the most important game of the last round. The game without a history. Wellington S. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Wellington S. forced 19 Bay Hawks turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Bay Hawks. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Bay Hawks at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Auckland P.. Bay Hawks will play next round against league's leader Auckland P. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Wellington S. will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked OceanaGold N. in Dunedin.
Leading Bay Hawks (10-3) recorded its third loss in Stoke. Visitors were edged by sixth ranked Nelson G. (6-7) 90-87. The former international guard Phill Jones (196-74) scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Pete Campbell chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Nelson G. maintains sixth position with 6-7 record. Bay Hawks at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. Nelson G. will play against higher ranked Wellington S. (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bay Hawks will play against the league's leader Auckland P. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Taranaki MA (7-8) against fourth ranked Hub Jets (7-5) on Friday night. Host Taranaki MA was defeated by Hub Jets in New Plymouth 102-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Taranaki MA. Marcel Jones notched a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists by Darryl Hudson did not help to save the game for Taranaki MA. Taranaki MA's coach Dave Bublitz tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hub Jets moved-up to third place. Loser Taranaki MA dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Hub Jets will meet Southland S. (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Taranaki MA will play against OceanaGold N. (#7) in Dunedin and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Harbour H. managed to get a third victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Hub Jets in Auckland 94-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hub Jets. Justin Bailey fired 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Harbour H. maintains ninth position with 3-9 record. Hub Jets at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Harbour H.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Wellington S. (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Hub Jets will play against Southland S..
The game in Dunedin supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Auckland P. (11-2) played at the court of 7th ranked OceanaGold N. (4-9). Auckland P. did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 101-81 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Lindsay Tait who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Auckland P. have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser OceanaGold N. keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Auckland P. will face league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. OceanaGold N. will play on the road against Taranaki MA (#4) in New Plymouth.

In the last two games of round 10 bottom-ranked Harbour H. was beaten by Hub Jets on the road 83-71. Southland S. was destroyed by Auckland P. on its own court 87-106.


Hub Jets - Harbour H. 83-71

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Hub Jets (7-5) beat bottom-ranked Harbour H. (3-9) in Palmerston North 83-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hub Jets. Harbour H. was better in third quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game, while Harbour H. only scored five points from the stripe. Harbour H. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). American swingman Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Hub Jets players scored in double figures. American power forward Zack Atkinson (206-86, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Justin Bailey (188-77, college: Hartford) added 18 points in the effort for Harbour H.Hub Jets moved-up to third place. Loser Harbour H. stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Hub Jets will face Southland S. (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Harbour H. will play against Wellington S..
Top scorers:
Harbour H.: J.Bailey 18+2reb+1ast, Z.Atkinson 14+13reb+1ast, K.Smith 13+3reb+2ast, M.Alexander 8+3reb+4ast, C.Piho 6+4reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 5+5reb+1ast
Hub Jets: N.Horvath 22+18reb, J.Pace 22+6reb+2ast, C.Hagan 15+1reb+10ast, Z.Meehl 11+5reb+4ast, M.Te Huna 8+1reb+1ast, Z.Meehl 4
gschID: 168136


Wellington S. - Bay Hawks 88-73

NBL round 10 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Bay Hawks (10-3) against sixth ranked Wellington S. (6-6) 88-73 was the most important game of the last round. The game without a history. Wellington S. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Wellington S. forced 19 Bay Hawks turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bay Hawks. Five Wellington S. and four Bay Hawks players scored in double figures. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Bay Hawks at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Auckland P.. Bay Hawks will play next round against league's leader Auckland P. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Wellington S. will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked OceanaGold N. in Dunedin.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: E.Bartlett 15+7reb+3ast, M.Natanahira 14+6reb, P.Winitana 13+7reb+1ast, K.Johnson 12+7reb, J.Kenny 8+2reb+1ast, G.Young 8+7reb+4ast
Wellington S.: C.Frank 23+8reb, J.Crowe 22+3reb+4ast, T.McLean 13+3reb+4ast, E.Scott 12+4reb+1ast, A.Trousdell 12+4reb+1ast, J.Kench 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 168134


OceanaGold N. - Auckland P. 81-101

The game in Dunedin supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Auckland P. (11-2) played at the court of 7th ranked OceanaGold N. (4-9). Auckland P. did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 101-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-81. Auckland P. forced 21 OceanaGold N. turnovers. It was a very good performance for international guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 assists. Guard Hayden Allen (190-79) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Auckland P. players scored in double figures. American power forward Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the former international swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for OceanaGold N.Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Auckland P. have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser OceanaGold N. keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Auckland P. will face league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. OceanaGold N. will play on the road against Taranaki MA (#4) in New Plymouth.
Top scorers:
OceanaGold N.: A.Tisby 21+10reb+1ast, L.Henry 19+10reb+2ast, A.Wright 15+10reb+6ast, M.Trueman 8+5reb, S.King 5+1reb+3ast, J.Ross 5+4ast
Auckland P.: L.Tait 18+2reb+9ast, H.Allen 18+9reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 17+4reb+1ast, A.Pledger 16+6reb, I.Muhammad 16+8reb+4ast, B.Ruscoe 13+1reb
gschID: 168135


Nelson G. - Bay Hawks 90-87

Leading Bay Hawks (10-3) recorded its third loss in Stoke. Visitors were edged by sixth ranked Nelson G. (6-7) 90-87. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-12 Bay Hawks' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-87 at the end of the game. The former international guard Phill Jones (196-74) scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Pete Campbell (201-84, college: Butler) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) scored 16 points. Four Bay Hawks players scored in double figures. Nelson G. maintains sixth position with 6-7 record. Bay Hawks at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. Nelson G. will play against higher ranked Wellington S. (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bay Hawks will play against the league's leader Auckland P. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: P.Winitana 22+9reb+2ast, E.Bartlett 16+3reb+2ast, M.Natanahira 14+6reb, K.Johnson 12+2reb+2ast, G.Young 9+2reb+4ast, B.Hill 6+1reb
Nelson G.: P.Jones 25+9reb+6ast, P.Campbell 15+7reb+2ast, J.Bloxham 13+4reb+3ast, M.Harrison 9+7reb+2ast, G.Dawson 9+3reb+3ast, D.Jones 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 168131


Southland S. - Auckland P. 87-106

Very expected game when 8th ranked Southland S. (4-9) was smashed at home by second ranked Auckland P. (11-2) 106-87 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 106-87. Auckland P. forced 19 Southland S. turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Auckland P. looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Quite impressive performance for American forward Ismail Muhammad (198-83, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) contributed with 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 22 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Abney (203-77, college: Fresno St., agency: Dream Team Management) added 25 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Southland S.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Auckland P. have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Southland S. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Auckland P. will face league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Southland S. will play at home against Hub Jets (#3) in Palmerston North.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: L.Abney 25+6reb+1ast, K.Braswell 22+4reb+6ast, D.Peck 12+2reb, D.Prewster 12+4reb+1ast, C.Bradshaw 10+6reb+1ast, J.Paringatai 3+5reb
Auckland P.: I.Muhammad 26+8reb+2ast, L.Tait 21+2reb+7ast, A.Pledger 14+6reb, B.Ruscoe 14+2reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 10+4reb+3ast, D.Bailey 8+5reb
gschID: 168132


Taranaki MA - Hub Jets 85-102

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Taranaki MA (7-8) against fourth ranked Hub Jets (7-5) on Friday night. Host Taranaki MA was defeated by Hub Jets in New Plymouth 102-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Taranaki MA. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Taranaki MA 47-34 including 18 on the offensive glass. American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) notched a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) supported him with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Even 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists by American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard, agency: Strategic Sports) did not help to save the game for Taranaki MA. His fellow American import guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) added 20 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Taranaki MA's coach Dave Bublitz tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hub Jets moved-up to third place. Loser Taranaki MA dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Hub Jets will meet Southland S. (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Taranaki MA will play against OceanaGold N. (#7) in Dunedin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: J.Leasure 20+5reb+2ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 14+5reb, D.Hudson 13+7reb+9ast, L.Abrams 13+4reb+1ast, B.Anderson 9+1reb+2ast, M.Wallace 6
Hub Jets: M.Jones 33+15reb+3ast, J.Pace 28+4reb+3ast, N.Horvath 21+19reb+2ast, Z.Meehl 12+2reb+2ast, M.Te Huna 3+5reb+1ast, M.Homik 3+1reb
gschID: 168133


Harbour H. - Hub Jets 94-90

Bottom-ranked Harbour H. managed to get a third victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Hub Jets in Auckland 94-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hub Jets. It looked good early as Hub Jets took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Harbour H. took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. They made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Hub Jets outrebounded Harbour H. 48-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Hub Jets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Justin Bailey (188-77, college: Hartford) fired 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The other American import power forward Zack Atkinson (206-86, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Harbour H. players scored in double figures. American swingman Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) produced 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) added 20 points and 18 rebounds respectively for lost side. Harbour H. maintains ninth position with 3-9 record. Hub Jets at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Harbour H.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Wellington S. (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Hub Jets will play against Southland S..
Top scorers:
Hub Jets: J.Pace 30+9reb+4ast, N.Horvath 20+18reb+2ast, M.Jones 20+11reb+3ast, K.Hokianga 9+4reb, Z.Meehl 6, Z.Meehl 3+2reb+4ast
Harbour H.: J.Bailey 33+6reb+7ast, Z.Atkinson 15+8reb+2ast, K.Smith 14+4reb+1ast, R.Te Rangi 12+4reb+1ast, M.Alexander 10+1reb+2ast, C.Piho 4+2reb
gschID: 168130



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Al Nizwa started the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Al Nizwa started the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship with one victory and one defeat.
At first Al Hala opened the competition with an easy win over Oman Al Nizwa 105:68. The hosts started with 29:14 after the first ten minutes, but lost the second frame 13-21. The third quarter became decisive in the game as Al Hala needed 32-21 in it to fly to an easy win. New-signing American Anthony Mason (201-F-87, college: St.John's) scored a game-high 33 points, while Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU) added 24. Woods and Faisal Al Jabooni replied with 22 points apiece.
In Day 2 Al Nizwa overcame Al Wasl 80:77. The team from Oman started with 23:17 and produced a 24-18 surge in the second frame. Moreover they dominated the third quarter 18-9, while Al Wasl managed to reduce to three points at the end.



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Great BOWLES of Fire: B-Meg bags the 2012 PBA Commissioners Cup Crown! - by Enzo Flojo

The first thought in my head when B-Megs win as beyond doubt: I wonder how the Alaska Aces are feeling right now?

@cybagz3: Congrats Bmeg! Good Job coach @manilacone

@Sonny_Thoss: WHAT A GAME!!

@macbaracael10: 'Target namin makuha si Japeth kung hindi si Japeth my ibang option kame. Pwde rin si Espinas' - J.Trillo

Okay, that last one from Baracael shouldnt count, but we wont shy away from any piece of gossip now will we?

But, man, Thoss got it right WHATTAGAME!!!

For a while there, it seemed the Texters would be on their way to yet another title romp.

And then Denzel Bowles happened, like hes happened so many time this conference.

Which, again, makes me wonder, why isnt he in the official who will we naturalize for the next RP team? conversations?

Well, he should be in them now.

In the clutch, Bowles just, pardon the clich, bowled the Texters over with his will. He made 3 straight baskets in the waning minutes that literally served as the punches that kayoed TNT nation.

Oh, man, this kid is gonna be awesome, and I wont be surprised if hes converted some NBA scouts as well.

Too bad for TNT. Ive always been a Texters fan, but I cant say Im sad about this loss. For one, B-Meg played awesome, and they showed great sportsmanship after the final buzzer. Second, I dont like Pamboy Raymundo. He sucks. I hope he never wins a title

Okay, thats awfully harsh, so I wont mind him winning one. I also wont mind someone shoving the cup against his face, too.

Oh, but a great game by both teams. Great end to a great conference. And, man, props to the whole PBA community for reeling people back in. A lot of people said the PBAs dying, but, boy oh boy, theyre dead wrong.

The PBA, after all, is just getting started!

Game 7 Recap:

B-MEG LLAMADOS over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 90-84

Denzel Bowles made sure a first-ever championship won't slip away.

Bowles made two pressure-packed charities to send the game into overtime and scored the extension's first 10 points for B-Meg in a 90-84 win over Talk N Text Sunday in their deciding game for the PBA Commissioner's Cup championship at the packed Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The man who just turned 23 years old Tuesday last week scattered a PBA career-high 39 points on top of 21 rebounds in the most important game of his life thus far.

The 4-3 win over the defending champion was the ninth championship in all for the franchise formerly known as Purefoods and the 14th overall for Cone, who took over just before the season started.

All because of Bowles, who got plenty of help from his teammates. PJ Simon added 14 points, Excelroof-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP James Yap 12 and Josh Urbiztondo 11, including a key layup in the dying seconds.

Bowless pressure-packed charities completed B-Meg's fightback from a 60-68 fourth quarter deficit and tied the game up at 76, only 1.2 seconds left.

Ensuring his efforts won't go to waste, Bowles completely took over in the first four minutes of overtime, his last twinner pegging an 86-81 count.

Jimmy Alapag equaled his season-high with 29 points, but it was simply not to be for the
season-opening Philippine Cup titlists in a game watched by close to 22,000 fans.

Keys were the loss of Donnell Harvey and Ali Peek to fouls in the final 3:17 of regulation and 2:37 of OT, respectively, plus a left knee injury Ryan Reyes suffered just past the midway point of the fourth period and the cramps that sidelined Alapag.

There was also the fact Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo were hardly factors after combining for only eight points, just two days after they combined for 40 in Game 6.

Castro missed his first eight attempts and did not score until the final 1:45 mark of the third quarter and set up Harvey for a short stab that gave the Texters a 61-56 lead going into the final period.

Helping TNT stretch the difference to a high of 68-60 was Alapag's seventh triple for the night, again from way out.

Averaging just 8.7 points through the first six games and only mainly through an 18-point
performance in the series opener, Simon already had 11 points to complement Bowles' 13 at the half.

BML 90 - Bowles 39, Simon 14, Yap J 12, Urbiztondo 11, Villanueva 5, De Ocampo Y 4, Devance 2, Pingris 2, Barroca 1, Intal 0, Reavis 0.
TNT 84 - Alapag 29, Harvey 16, Fonacier 11, Peek 10, Dillinger 8, Castro 5, de Ocampo R. 3, Reyes 2, Williams 0, Gamalinda 0, Carey 0.
QS: 21-18, 34-35, 56-61, 76-76, 90-84

From: HoopNut.blogspot.com

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from interaksyon.com/interAKTV




B-Meg outguns Talk 'N Text in OT to take title - by Eurobasket News

Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) saved B-Meg from the jaws of defeat in regulation play then completely took over the game in overtime, keying the Llamados amazing 90-84 win over the Talk N Text Tropang Texters last night for the PBA Commissioners Cup championship at the full-packed Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Bowles buried two free throws with 1.2 ticks left to force the extra period and then went unstoppable all the way to carrying the Llamados to their first title in three years.

B-Meg soared back to the zenith of glory while foiling Talk 'N Texts title-retention bid in the tourney plus a chance to be the first team in 12 years to win four crowns over five conferences.

Tearing apart the Texters following Donnell Harvey's (203-F/C-80, college: Florida) exit on fouls with over three minutes left in regulation, Bowles finished with a PBA career high of 39 points that went with 21 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal.

James Yap (191-F/G-82) made some crucial plays, wound up with 12 points and eight rebounds, and was later named the Excelroof Finals MVP.

It looked that we lost that game so many times. I had no idea what happened. We won the game and it was really amazing, said coach Tim Cone, notching a first championship outside of Alaska Milk that put him a win shy of the all-time best record of legendary coach Baby Dalupan (15 with Crispa, Presto and Purefoods).

I dont feel deserving but I take it. Were very fortunate to be here so quickly, said Cone, emerging a champion coach in his second conference with B-Meg.

Cone heaped praises on Bowles for making it happen.

We realized Harvey getting into foul trouble, and so we spread the floor and kept on dumping the ball on Denzel. He showed his ability to take punishment and have the legs to take jump shots and make them. He was phenomenal, said Cone.

The tournament Best Import saved his best for last, scoring all of his teams last 16 points, including the charities that sent the game into OT.

The first one, I had a doubt. The second one, I could feel it going in, said the young but talented 6-foot-10 player.

I didnt want to miss it. I didnt want to mess up the game. Thats big and I overcame that, added Bowles of the free throws forcing OT at 76-all.

Talk 'N Text had appeared to have wrapped up the crown in getting up 74-68 with two minutes left to play.

The Llamados, however, refused to give up, and the Texters suffered in missing crucial charities of their own.

Ali Peek went 2-of-2 from the line in the last 39 seconds, with his second missed freebie giving the Llamados the chance to tie with 13.3 ticks left.

Yap took matters into his hands, attacking the paint for a looping layup off Peek that missed.

The Llamados, however, grabbed the loose ball, and then Yap found Bowles underneath for a shot where he drew a foul from Kelly Williams.

A 68% free throw shooter, Bowles obviously felt the pressure but survived, keeping the Llamados hopes alive in the process. And his heroics didnt end there.

He piled up nine points in overtime and found his teammates piling up on him on the floor as the buzzer sounded, signaling B-Meg return top the top.

It was B-Megs ninth championship in all, tying Toyota at fourth in the all-time ladder behind San Miguel/Petron (19) and Crispa and Alaska with 13 each.

Jimmy Alapag (177-PG-77, college: CS San Bernar.) came out of his shell, sizzling with seven three-pointers and a total of 29 points, leading Talk 'N Texts effort that went in vain.

As expected, both teams came out strong and tried hard to impose ones will over the other as they fought through four deadlocks and nine lead changes before the Texters edged the Llamados, 35-34, at the half.

Alapag, the 2011 MVP who averaged only 7.5 points in the first six games of the series, hit his strides early in this contest, going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and burying 2-of-2 free throws for 11 points in the opening half.

Alapag failed to finish the game, cramping out in the dying seconds of regulation play. Ryan Reyes also went out with over four minutes left in the fourth after a bad fall.

B-Meg also had a player checking out a personal slump in PJ Simon who also made 11 first-half points on 3-of-4 clips from the field and from the stripe.

The Llamados had a better start, enjoying an eight-point lead at 19-11 but Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii), Larry Fonacier and Ranidel de Ocampo came off the bench firing, enabling TNT to race ahead at 30-25.



The scores:

B-Meg, 90: Bowles 39, Simon 14, Yap 12, Urbiztondo 11, Villanueva 5, De Ocampo 4, Devance 2, Pingris 2, Barroca 1, Intal 0, Reavis 0.

Talk N Text, 84: Alapag 29, Harvey 16, Fonacier 11, Peek 10, Dillinger 8, Castro 5, De Ocampo 3, Reyes 2, Gamalinda 0, Williams 0, Carey 0.

Courtesy of www.abs-cbnnews.com



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.1 
 2. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 3. Motiejunas, Asseco16.0 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 5. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 8. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.6 
 9. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Hrycaniuk, Asseco8.8 
 4. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 6. Archibeque, Zastal7.8 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 8. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.2 
 2. Blassingame, Assec.6.0 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.9 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.3 
 5. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow4.6 
 10. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 2. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.5 
 4. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 5. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 6. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 7. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 8. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 9. Motiejunas, Asseco1.4 
 10. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 2. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 3. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.18.1 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety16.7 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start15.9 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.3 
 6. Mazur, Polonia14.8 
 7. Donigiewicz, Rosa14.4 
 8. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 9. Pluta, MOSiR K.13.6 
 10. Kukielka, Sportino13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.8 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.8 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.4 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia7.9 
 5. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 6. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 7. Misiewicz, Znicz B.7.0 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.0 
 9. Radke, Rosa Radom6.9 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Michal MUSIJOWSKI
  Polonia
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Musijowski, Polonia5.5 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.5.5 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Zytko, P..4.6 
 5. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia4.1 
 7. Brek, AZS Kutno3.9 
 8. Kardas, Rosa Radom3.9 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znic.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  P..
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Zytko, P..3.5 
 2. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.1 
 3. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.0 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety2.9 
 5. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 6. Sulinski, Znicz B.2.7 
 7. Basinski, SKK S.2.5 
 8. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.5 
 9. Szurlej, Sokol L.2.4 
 10. Czubek, Znicz B.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa2.1 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 3. Zytko, P..1.8 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 6. Grochowski, MKS D.1.6 
 7. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 8. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.6 
 9. Zmarlak, MKS D.1.6 
 10. Aleksandrowi., St.1.6 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.9 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.21.4 
 3. Peciak, MKS L.19.9 
 4. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.8 
 5. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 6. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 7. Kuczynski, Tur B.18.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.18.6 
 9. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.12.8 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.11.8 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.8 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 7. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.7 
 9. Sobkowiak, AZS P.9.1 
 10. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.10.7 
 2. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.6 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.4 
 4. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.2 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 8. Kindlik, MKS L.5.2 
 9. Rapucha, Tur B.5.2 
 10. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.0 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.4 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 7. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 8. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 9. Wrobel, GTK G.3.6 
 10. Gospodarek, Novu.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 5. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 6. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 7. Platek, Slask I.2.2 
 8. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 9. Hybiak, AZS P.2.1 
 10. Labedz, Rosa I.2.1 


1Liga: Start Gdynia advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

MKS DG - Rosa Radom 94-90 (2-2)

MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza forced 29 Rosa Radom turnovers. The winners were led by forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) who scored that evening 27 points and 7 rebounds and guard Krzysztof Morawiec (192-74) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds by guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) did not help to save the game for Rosa Radom. Guard Piotr Kardas (182-78) added 18 points for lost side. Four MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza and five Rosa Radom players scored in double figures. Rosa Radom's coach Piotr Ignatowicz tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 27+7reb, K.Morawiec 18+6reb+2ast, G.Grochowski 15+2reb+3ast, L.Grzegorzewski 10+8reb+1ast, P.Zielinski 10+5reb+2ast, L.Szczypka 10+2reb+3ast
Rosa Radom: P.Kardas 18+4reb+3ast, A.Donigiewicz 18+13reb, M.Kosinski 18+3reb+1ast, M.Nikiel 12+4reb, H.Radke 10+8reb, E.Podkowinski 7+2reb
gschID: 176187


Znicz Basket - Start Gdynia 76-77 (1-3)

Start Gdynia forced 30 MKS Znicz Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 48-31 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Start Gdynia made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) who added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Start Gdynia players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Alan Czujkowski (198-90) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: T.Andrzejewski 17+10reb+1ast, P.Smigielski 14+8reb+4ast, T.Wojdyla 13+8reb, G.Mordzak 11+5reb+3ast, M.Kostrzewski 8+7reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 6+5reb
Znicz Basket: A.Czujkowski 23+8reb+3ast, P.Szymanski 18+6reb+1ast, A.Sulinski 12+1reb+1ast, A.Misiewicz 9+7reb+2ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 6+2reb+2ast, D.Czubek 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 176186



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Addison, Sampaense18.2 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.17.6 
 5. Scott, Benfica17.2 
 6. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 7. Morris, Vitoria SC16.5 
 8. Franklin, Lusitania16.5 
 9. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
 10. Oruche, Academica15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 8. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.9 
 9. Momplasir, Lusitan.7.9 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.5 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.9 
 3. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.4 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 5. Barbosa, Ovarense4.5 
 6. Ferreira, Ginasio4.4 
 7. Manarte, Ovarense4.1 
 8. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 9. Fechas, Barcelos4.1 
 10. Minhava, Benfica3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira3.2 
 2. Fernandes, CAB M.2.3 
 3. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 4. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 5. Kenon, CAB Madeira1.9 
 6. Andrade, Porto F.1.9 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
 8. Bessa, Vitoria SC1.8 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.1.8 
 10. Blanks, Vitoria SC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.2.0 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.2 
 4. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 5. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 6. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 7. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 8. Coelho, CAB M.0.8 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica0.8 
 10. Howell, Academica0.7 


LPB Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Benfica reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Lusitania - Benfica 61-67

Benfica registered the third straight win over Lusitania and advanced into the title series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Lusitania won second period 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. American-Croatian guard Marcus Norris (185-74, college: Ball St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Mohamed Camara (196-83) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American center Marcel Momplasir (205-81, college: Rhode Island) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Lusitania. Four Lusitania players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: M.Camara 15+8reb+2ast, A.Sobrinho 14+1reb+4ast, M.Momplasir 10+10reb, B.Mills 10+5reb, R.Franklin 9+4ast, D.Monteiro 3+1reb+4ast
Benfica: T.Scott 18+2reb, E.Evora 10+4reb+1ast, J.Gomes 9+5reb+1ast, S.Doliboa 8+6reb+2ast, M.Norris 6+5reb+5ast, H.Evans 6+2reb
gschID: 176188



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  PUERTO RICO   


Indios, Vaqueros and Piratas open playoffs with wins: - by Luis Modestti

Indios de Mayaguez, Vaqueros de Bayamon and Piratas de Quebradillas opened the BSN playoffs with wins.

Indios defeated Mets de Guaynabo 78-70 led by Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) who netted 27 points. The game was dominated by Mayaguez and in the final quarter they held a rally that was started by Carlos Escalera.

Vaqueros de Bayamon crushed Capitanes de Arecibo 91-74 as Miguel Ali Berdiel led the way with 18 points. Danilo Pinnock had 19 for Arecibo.

Piratas edged Atleticos de San German 73-64 with a great performance by Shavlik Randolph who had 19 points with 14 boards.

On Monday Quebradillas plays at Guaynabo and Bayamon goes to San German.

The 2012 BSN Playoffs first round is in a Round Robin format between the top six teams during the regular season. The top four teams in the standings at the end of the round reach the semifinals.



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  QATAR   


Al Rayyan advanced to Final Four of 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Al Rayyan advanced to Final Four of 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. The team from Qatar won the first two games and clinched the top place in Group A.
At first the team overcame Muharraq 85:83. Pony Harold brought the last points for the winners in the game. Muharraq started the game on a high note, taking a 29:27 lead and enjoyed 48:46 lead at the halftime. Al Rayyan meanwhile won the third period 24-21 and then managed to grab 2-point victory. Tany Alba top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Yasseen Ismail (204-F/C-80) netted 19. Clark Ira (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) replied with 19 points in the losing effort.
In the second game Al Rayyan won over Al-Fath from Saudi Arabia 77:60. The favorites took 25:20 after the first period and added 12-8 in the second frame. Al-Fath managed to win the third period 19-13 but could not come closer to the winners.



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.4 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.2 
 3. Beverley, Spart.15.8 
 4. McKee, Triumph15.2 
 5. Thomas, Spartak-.14.9 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv14.6 
 7. Fridzon, Khimky14.5 
 8. Planinic, Khimky13.4 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.13.4 
 10. Labovic, Krasnie13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv8.1 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.7.5 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph7.4 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.3 
 5. Veremeenko, Unics6.2 
 6. Kirilenko, CSKA6.2 
 7. Beverley, Spart.6.1 
 8. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA5.8 
 10. Monya, Khimky5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.9 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.4 
 3. Beverley, Spart.4.9 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.4.7 
 5. Samoylenko, Unics4.6 
 6. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph4.2 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.4 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.3 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.2 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.0 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.0 
 5. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 6. Planinic, Khimky1.5 
 7. Jefferson, Triumph1.5 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.1 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph1.1 
 3. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.9 
 4. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 5. Kikanovic, Enisey0.8 
 6. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 7. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 8. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.8 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Monya, Khimky0.6 



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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Al-Ittihad and Al-Fath started the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Al-Ittihad and Al-Fath started the International Tournament-32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. Both teams from Saudi Arabia however lost the major games and did not advance to the next stage.
In Day 1 Muharraq overcame Al-Fath from Saudi Arabia 89:74. The team from Bahrain started with 26:17 and added 24-15 in the second period. Al-Fath won the third quarter 27-23 but could reduce only to 15 points at the end. Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) and Era Clark guided Muharraq to victory, scoring 20 points each. Tyler Amaya (199-F-82, college: W.Washington) and Mohammed Al Saqer replied with 21 points each in the losing effort.
On May 4th Al Wasl beat Al-Ittihad from Saudi Arabia 76:60. The first quarter ended 28-20 for Al Wasl, who maintained momentum to clinch a 48-27 lead at half-time. Al Wasl also won the third period 20-16 and captured the victory by 16 points.
Al-Hala edged Al Ittihad 64:60. The winners took 15:13 after the first 10 minutes and claimed a 31:27 lead at the break. Al Ittihad extended their narrow advantage to 46:43 with Al Harbi and Donald Cole (204-C/F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) on fire. Al-Hala however played better at the end and sealed the victory.
Tonight Al-Rayan from Qatar rolled over Al-Fath from Saudi Arabia 77:60. Al-Ittihad finished the campaign with the narrow win over Al Nizwa 78:75.



Al Fath announced Tyler Amaya - by Eurobasket News

Al Fath announced Tyler Amaya (199-F-82, college: W.Washington) before the start of the Arabian Gulf Championship. The Saudi Arabian team brought American Forward.
In 2009-2010 he was at workout with Houston Rockets (NBA). Later Tyler moved to Seattle Mountaineers (ABA) and in Dec.'09 signed at Al Jalaa Aleppo (Syria-D1), for try-outs only. In 2010 appeared for Otago Nuggets (New Zealand-NBL, starting five) and in 18 games averaged 22.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 66.2%.
In 2010-2011 headed to Seattle Mountaineers (ABA), and in March'11 moved to Meharda (Syria-D1). The season 2011 started for Bellingham Slam (IBL) and in Dec.'11 signed at Al Jubail (Saudi Arabia-Premier League).
Only last year Tyler Amaya was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian League Honorable Mention -11, Asia-Basket.com Syrian League All-Imports Team -11 and IBL Continental Division Regular Season Champion -11.
Earlier Tyler Amaya played for Duesseldorf Magics (Germany-ProA), Guandong Southern Tigers (China-CBA) and Woon!Aris Leeuwarden (Eredivisie). He graduated from Western Washington.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Anton Gavel selected the top Slovakian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anton Gavel
Anton Gavel
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports), who plays in the German BBL. He could not help Brose Baskets (30-4) in their last game. Despite Gavel's good performance the league leader Brose Baskets was edged 75-74 at home by the lower-ranked (#7) Telekom Baskets. He recorded 13 points in 28 minutes on the court. Gavel has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 80.6% in the 33 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

Radoslav Rancik
Radoslav Rancik
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.). Rancik contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Budivelnyk (30-9) 97-82 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Wednesday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Azovmash Mariupol (26-13) is placed third in the Superleague. It's Rancik's first season with the team. This year Rancik averages: 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 84.5%. He played for the Slovakian national team in 2010.

Dusan Pandula
Dusan Pandula
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Dusan Pandula (196-84). Pandula managed to help BK Prostejov in a victory against the third-ranked BK Decin (25-11) crushing them 93-60 in the Czech Republic NBL on Tuesday night. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A1. BK Prostejov (25-11) is placed second. This year Pandula's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 66.7% in the 40 games. He is also a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

Roman Marko
Roman Marko
   #4. Guard Roman Marko (195-86) contributed to an overtime BC Kolin's victory against the leader CEZ Nymburk (34-2) 90-88 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. Marko scored 9 points. BC Kolin (22-24) is placed fifth in A1 group. Marko's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is also Slovakian national team player.

Justin Sedlak
Justin Sedlak
   #5. Former international power forward Justin Sedlak (205-87, college: Florida Tech) was not able to help Caceres 2016 (22-4) in their game against Ford Burgos (22-12) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Sedlak did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 7 minutes on the court. The league leader Caceres 2016 was crushed 94-71 on the road by the second-ranked Ford_Burgos. This year Sedlak's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 2.7rpg in the 33 games. He used to play for the Slovakian national team two years ago.

Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:

Mihail Cehovski (208-F-94) plays for Partizan in Serbian A League
Patrick Boloz (211-C-96) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) plays for USK Praha in Czech Republic NBL
Ladislav Lutovsky (201-F-75) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Ladislav Stojanov (194-F-88) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Jozef Vojtek (203-F/C-85) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Richard Urland (195-F-84) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Peter Seman (191-F-77) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Marek Stec (193-G-80) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL

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



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  SLOVENIA   

Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.5 
 2. Prepelic, Helios16.5 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska15.8 
 4. Hohler, Polzela14.0 
 5. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 6. Maric, Sentjur13.9 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.9 
 8. Panic, Zlatorog13.5 
 9. Rupnik, Geoplin13.3 
 10. Bubnic, Helios12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.6 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin8.2 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.4 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog7.0 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.9 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 7. Sviridov, Polzela6.8 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.7 
 9. Soldo, LTHcast6.6 
 10. Maric, Sentjur6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin5.3 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.1 
 3. Hohler, Polzela4.4 
 4. Tomic, Rogaska4.1 
 5. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.8 
 7. Prepelic, Helios3.8 
 8. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.8 
 9. Gay, Helios3.1 
 10. Zagorc, Elektra3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Tomic, Rogaska1.9 
 2. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.7 
 4. Rupnik, Geoplin1.6 
 5. Gay, Helios1.6 
 6. Urbas, Parklji1.5 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 8. Lelic, Elektra1.4 
 9. Vujasinovic, Zlato.1.4 
 10. Maric, Sentjur1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.4 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Omic, Zlatorog1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela1.0 
 5. Djugum, Geoplin0.9 
 6. Cresnar, Helios0.8 
 7. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 8. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 9. Primorac, Sentjur0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 


Krka blasts Zlatorog in Game One of the Semis - by Eurobasket News

Krka - Zlatorog 80-58

Krka demonstrated its power in Game One of the Playoff Semifinals in Slovenia. The defending champion blasted Zlatorog 80-58 for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-three, so Krka is one win away from the Finals. The second game is scheduled for Thursday, when Zlatorog will be the host. Krka trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they took control on Zlatorog after that, especially after the breather (26-12), celebrating huge 22-point win at the end. Krka looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Zlatorog's players. 25 personal fouls committed by Zlatorog helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International swingman Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) fired 22 points for the winners. Serbian center Uros Lucic (207-C-83) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Alen Omic (213-C-92) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian power forward Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Krka was the regular season champion in Telemach league. They had 8-2 record.

Krka: Z.Dragic 22+2reb, A.Nissim 14+3reb+3ast, U.Lucic 13+8reb+2ast, S.Pavic 8+6reb+5ast, E.Muric 6+2reb+2ast, M.Rojc 4+1reb+1ast
Zlatorog: A.Omic 16+7reb+1ast, J.Skific 11+9reb, J.Brodnik 10+2reb, L.Lapornik 5+2reb+3ast, D.Vujasinovic 5+1reb+4ast, M.Lapornik 4+2reb+1ast



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 29-5
 2. Real Madrid 26-8
 3. Caja Laboral 23-11
 4. Valencia 20-14
 5. Lagun Aro GBC 19-15
 6. Gescrap BB 19-15
 7. Cajasol 18-16
 8. Lucentum 18-16
 9. Unicaja 17-17
 10. CAI Zaragoza 16-18
 11. FIATC Joventut 16-18
 12. Assignia M. 15-19
 13. Blusens M. 13-21
 14. GC 2014 13-21
 15. UCAM Murcia 13-21
 16. Fuenlabrada 12-22
 17. Asefa Estudian. 11-23
 18. B.de Rueda V. 8-26

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 6: Real Madrid - FIATC Joventut 95-82
May. 6: Lagun Aro GBC - GC 2014 93-78
May. 6: Blusens M. - CAI Zaragoza 89-84 OT
May. 6: Asefa Estudian. - UCAM Murcia 80-86
May. 6: Valencia - B.de Rueda V. 76-59
May. 6: Unicaja - Cajasol 75-66
May. 6: Assignia M. - FCB Regal 71-77
May. 6: Lucentum - Fuenlabrada 66-55
May. 6: Caja Laboral - Gescrap BB 100-70

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 17: FCB Regal - Lucentum
May. 17: Valencia - Lagun Aro GBC
May. 17: Real Madrid - Cajasol
May. 17: Caja Laboral - Gescrap BB


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Panko, Lagun A.18.9 
 2. Doellman, Assignia16.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.3 
 4. Davis, Cajasol14.6 
 5. Wright, CAI Z.14.5 
 6. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.4 
 7. Navarro, FCB Regal13.7 
 8. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.13.3 
 9. Caner-Medley, Vale.13.2 
 10. De Colo, Valencia13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.3 
 2. Borchardt, B.de R.7.7 
 3. Ivanov, Lucentum7.7 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.5 
 5. Davis, Cajasol7.4 
 6. Williams, FIATC J.7.1 
 7. Teletovic, Caja L.6.9 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.8 
 9. Gabriel, Asefa E.6.5 
 10. Hettsheimer, CAI6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.6.5 
 2. Salgado, Lagun A.4.4 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid4.2 
 4. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.8 
 5. Rodriguez, Real M.3.8 
 6. Granger, Asefa E.3.8 
 7. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.3.6 
 9. Llompart, Lucentum3.5 
 10. Uriz, B.de Rueda3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.1.9 
 2. De Colo, Valencia1.7 
 3. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Doellman, Assignia1.5 
 5. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.4 
 6. Lofton, Asefa E.1.4 
 7. Hanga, Assignia M.1.4 
 8. Udoka, UCAM M.1.4 
 9. Williams, FIATC J.1.3 
 10. Calloway, Cajasol1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Blusens M.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Blusens M.1.9 
 2. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.9 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Barnes, Lucentum1.1 
 7. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 8. Ndong, FCB Regal1.0 
 9. Joseph, Fuenlabra.0.9 
 10. Asselin, Assignia0.9 


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, Breogan17.6 
 4. Quezada, Leon16.5 
 5. Franklin, Huesca16.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Granada15.7 
 8. Moss, Palencia15.4 
 9. Narros, Navarra14.8 
 10. Antelo, Caceres14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.6 
 2. Donaldson, Canarias8.8 
 3. Diouf, Palencia8.8 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.8.6 
 5. Starosta, Navarra8.2 
 6. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 7. Sikma, La Palma7.7 
 8. Williams, Caceres7.6 
 9. Antelo, Caceres7.6 
 10. Fernandez, Grana.7.6 
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, Burgos2.1 
 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, Caceres1.3 
 6. Samb, Granada1.1 
 7. Odiakosa, Melilla1.1 
 8. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 9. Donaldson, Canarias0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.9 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.17.9 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife16.5 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.16.4 
 4. Todorovic, Prat J.16.3 
 5. Salson, Las Rozas16.3 
 6. Eriksson, Barca R.15.9 
 7. Balmon, Las Rozas14.0 
 8. Ortiz, Aurtenec.13.8 
 9. Ausina, Aurtenec.13.4 
 10. Oha, Gandia Basq.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Georvys ELIAS
  Tenerife
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 2. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.8.2 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.8.1 
 5. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.1 
 6. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.7 
 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. Vilanova, Prat J.3.3 
 6. Llorente, Avila3.2 
 7. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.2 
 8. Faner, Plasencia3.1 
 9. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
 10. Robles, Plasencia2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.2.9 
 2. Faner, Plasencia2.9 
 3. Hill, Ourense1.8 
 4. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 5. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 6. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 7. Arcelus, Aurtenec.1.6 
 8. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 9. Balmon, Las Rozas1.5 
 10. Barrera, Prat J.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gerbert MARTI
  Prat J.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Marti, Prat J.1.5 
 2. Mbaye, Barca R.1.5 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.4 
 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 


LEB Gold Quarterfinals: Second games (best-of-five) - by Eurobasket News

Menorca - Breogan 80-69 (1-1)
The game was mostly controlled by Menorca Basquet. Leche Rio Breogan managed to win second period 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Menorca Basquet dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Leche Rio Breogan's 30. They outrebounded Leche Rio Breogan 52-30 including a 26-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81, college: Vermont) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Andreu Matali (204-81) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even 19 points by Nigerian-Dominican guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) did not help to save the game for Leche Rio Breogan. Senegalese forward Papa Dia (212-87, college: SMU) added 8 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Menorca: T.Coppenrath 19+11reb, A.Matali 12+8reb+3ast, O.Arteaga 9+9reb, U.Otegui 9+7reb+1ast, D.Perez 9+5reb+3ast, R.Morentin 7+6reb+1ast
Breogan: S.Ogirri 19+1reb+2ast, J.Krabbenhoft 10+4reb, A.Navajas 9+2reb, P.Dia 8+8reb+2ast, B.Sales 8+4reb, J.Feldeine 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 175855


Melilla - Lleida 80-68 (1-1)
The game was mostly controlled by Melilla Baloncesto. Lleida Basquet managed to win second period 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Melilla Baloncesto looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-85) notched 22 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and American forward Ridge McKeither (198-88, college: Angelo St.) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 21 points by American-Madagascar power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Lleida Basquet. Forward Miguel Feliu (200-85) added 15 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Melilla: J.Salvador Arco 22+1reb+7ast, R.McKeither 14+7reb+2ast, M.Suka-Umu 14+1reb+1ast, J.Riera 9+2reb+6ast, C.Odiakosa 6+8reb+1ast, E.Almazan 5+1reb+1ast
Lleida: C.Ramsdell 21+2reb+1ast, M.Feliu 15+2reb, F.Vazquez 8+2reb+2ast, J.Simeon 7+6reb+2ast, J.Detrick 5+2ast, J.Kale 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 175853


Navarra - La Palma 79-76 (1-1)
The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by UB La Palma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Mikel Uriz (180-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Inaki Narros (194-81) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Guard Cristian Diaz (185-92) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Mexican-American forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) added 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) in the effort for UB La Palma. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. UB La Palma's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Navarra: I.Narros 16+4reb+2ast, O.Starosta 15+4reb+3ast, M.Uriz 13+5reb+4ast, V.Perez 10+3reb, J.Garcia 9+2reb+1ast, I.Sanz 8+3reb+1ast
La Palma: R.Martinez 16+3reb+2ast, C.Diaz 16+5reb+3ast, A.Pena 15+2reb+1ast, S.Arrocha 10+1reb+1ast, A.Lopez 6+1reb+2ast, F.Santana 4+1ast
gschID: 175854


Burgos - Caceres 68-74 (1-1)
Ford Burgos was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Caceres 2016 made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The former international forward Francisco Sanchez (201-79) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Sergio Olmos (213-86, college: Temple) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Caceres 2016's coach Gustavo Aranzana allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Rafael Huertas (189-84, agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Caceres: F.Sanchez 22+5reb+2ast, P.Robles 11+1reb+3ast, S.Olmos 10+9reb+1ast, L.Williams 8+7reb, X.Forcada 8+3reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 6+6reb+2ast
Burgos: R.Huertas 20+5reb+3ast, D.Phillip 10+6reb+1ast, M.Kedzo 9+1reb+1ast, J.Castro 7+3reb+1ast, J.Aguilar 6+2reb+5ast, R.Schraeder 5+2reb

Third games - May 11.



LEB Silver Semifinals: Second games (best-of-five) - by Eurobasket News

Ourense - Aurteneche M. 94-92 OT (2-0)
Aurteneche M. trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 28-13 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 9-11. Ourense made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Aurteneche M. turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Aurteneche M. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Kyle Hill (188-G-79, college: E.Illinois) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Pablo Movilla (187-87) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Ourense's coach Rafael Sanz used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Ander Ortiz (185-80) replied with 30 points and power forward Alberto Ausina (203-81) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aurteneche M.Four Aurteneche M. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Aurteneche M.: A.Ortiz 30+1reb+2ast, A.Arcelus 15+5reb, A.Ausina 15+6reb+1ast, J.Uriarte 13+4reb, A.Thompson 8+2reb, A.Arruti 5+3reb+2ast
Ourense: P.Movilla 21+2reb+1ast, K.Hill 20+5reb+3ast, M.Webster 11+3reb, A.Jaume Vicens 9+3reb, J.Fernandez 9+2reb+1ast, F.Cardenas 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 175844


Prat Juventud - Barca Regal II 72-81 (1-1)
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But Prat Juventud won third quarter 28-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barca Regal II made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Prat Juventud was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Swedish swingman Marcus Eriksson (196-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Joan Creus (185-92) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (203-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Gerbert Marti (203-91) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Prat Juventud. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Prat Juventud: G.Marti 16+5reb, M.Todorovic 14+13reb, A.Ventura 11+3reb, J.Tomas 7+2reb, F.Bassas 6+5reb+5ast, A.Barrera 6+2reb
Barca Regal II: M.Eriksson 18+6reb+1ast, A.Zhigulin 12+1reb, J.Creus 11+3reb+3ast, P.Mbaye 9+4reb, I.Garcia 8+7reb, E.Riu 7+8reb

Third games are scheduled for Wednesday.



Augustine's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) had a great game in the last round for UCAM Murcia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34. He had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Asefa Estudian. (#17, 11-23) 86-80. UCAM Murcia finished as No.15 with 13-21 record and managed to survive in Liga Endesa. Augustine has very impressive stats this year. He leads league in rebounds with 8.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was German Gabriel (207-C-80) of Estudiantes. He is a center in his 3rd season at Estudiantes. In the last game Gabriel recorded impressive 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Estudiantes lost that game 80-86 to UCAM Murcia (#15, 13-21). Estudiantes is relegated from Liga Endesa as they finished at 17th place with 11-23 score. Gabriel is one of the most experienced players at Estudiantes and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Spencer Nelson (203-F-80) of Gran Canaria (#14). Nelson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Nelson's great performance GC 2014 lost 78-93 to the higher-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#5, 19-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Granca finished as No.14 with 13-21 score and failed to reach the Quarterfinals. In 29 games in Spain Nelson scored 9.8ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 53.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Obradoiro - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Hernan Jasen (199-G-78) of Cajasol - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Javier Salgado (180-PG-80) of Lagun Aro GBC - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of Caja Laboral - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Pedro Llompart (190-G-82) of Lucentum - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88) of Caja Laboral - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



ACB Round 34: Regular season is over, Quarterfinals set - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ACB just ended. Regal Barca is No.1 with 29-5 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals, which start on May 17 (best-of-three). Pairs are Regal Barca - Alicante, Real Madrid - Cajasol, Caja Laboral - Bilbao and Valencia - Lagun Aro GBC. Estudiantes and Valladolid are relegated and they will compete next season in LEB Gold.

ACB Standings
1. FCB Regal 29-5
2. Real Madrid 26-8
3. Caja Laboral 23-11
4. Valencia 20-14
5. Lagun Aro GBC 19-15
6. Gescrap BB 19-15
7. Cajasol 18-16
8. Lucentum Alicante 18-16
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9. Unicaja 17-17
10. CAI Zaragoza 16-18
11. FIATC Joventut 16-18
12. Assignia M. 15-19
13. Blusens M. 13-21
14. GC 2014 13-21
15. UCAM Murcia 13-21
16. Fuenlabrada 12-22
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17. Asefa Estudian. 11-23
18. B.de Rueda V. 8-26



Caja Laboral - Gescrap BB 100-70
The game without a history. Caja Laboral led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. The former international guard Raul Lopez (183-80) replied with 17 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and Greek swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM) added 16 points in the effort for Gescrap BB.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: M.Lampe 20+5reb, N.Bjelica 17+9reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 13+2reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 10+4reb+2ast, M.Bjelica 10+2reb, A.Nocioni 9+4reb
Gescrap BB: R.Lopez 17+1reb+1ast, K.Vasiliadis 16+1reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 9+4reb+1ast, A.Jackson 8+4reb, A.Hervelle 7+3reb+1ast, M.Banic 7+2reb+2ast


gschID: 134279


Lagun Aro GBC - GC 2014 93-78
No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) beat 13th ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (13-21) in San Sebastian 93-78. The game without a history. Lagun Aro GBC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.0 percent from the field. Point guard Javier Salgado (180-80) fired 17 points and 9 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Sergi Vidal (198-81) chipped in 15 points. Four Lagun Aro GBC players scored in double figures. Lagun Aro GBC's coach Alfonso Alonso used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Azerbaijani forward Spencer Nelson (203-80, college: Utah St.) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and Greek swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) added 11 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Salgado 17+3reb+9ast, A.Panko 16+2reb, S.Vidal 15+3reb, J.Baron 14+4reb, A.Betts 10+2reb, D.Doblas 9+6reb+2ast
GC 2014: S.Nelson 21+8reb+2ast, M.Bramos 11+3reb, J.Beiran 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Dowdell 9+3reb, S.Savane 8+1reb, X.Rey 7+5reb
gschID: 134280


Valencia - B.de Rueda V. 76-59
Very expected game when 18th ranked Blancos de Rueda (8-26) lost on the road to fifth ranked Valencia Basket (20-14) 76-59. Blancos de Rueda was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 40-22 second half run of Valencia Basket. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Blancos de Rueda to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Valencia Basket forced 21 Blancos de Rueda turnovers. French guard Nando De Colo (202-87) fired 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. American center Curtis Borchardt (211-80, college: Stanford, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Nacho Martin (205-83) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Valencia: N.De Colo 15+8reb+5ast, F.Pietrus 15+5reb, V.Claver 14+3reb, S.Markovic 11+6reb+5ast, B.Newley 9+4reb+1ast, V.Faverani 8+7reb+1ast
B.de Rueda V.: C.Borchardt 16+10reb, I.Lopez 9+1reb, D.Songaila 8+3reb, D.Garcia 7+2reb+2ast, R.Uriz 7+2reb+3ast, N.Martin 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 134274


Asefa Estudian. - UCAM Murcia 80-86
The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixteenth ranked UCAM Murcia's (13-21) road victory over 17th ranked Asefa Estudiantes (11-23) in Madrid 86-80. Asefa Estudiantes was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of UCAM Murcia, which allowed them to win the game. American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Andres Miso (199-83) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Center German Gabriel (207-80) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) added 15 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
UCAM Murcia: J.Augustine 20+11reb+2ast, Q.Douby 17+1reb+6ast, A.Miso 15+6reb+4ast, D.Barlow 13+5reb+2ast, I.Udoka 10+7reb, J.Grimau 4+2reb
Asefa Estudian.: G.Gabriel 17+9reb+4ast, C.Lofton 15+3reb+3ast, T.Kirksay 11+5reb, D.Clark 11+3reb, J.Granger 9+1reb+2ast, R.De La Fuente 8
gschID: 134275


Assignia M. - FCB Regal 71-77
ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked Assignia Manresa (15-19) 77-71. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-18. But Assignia Manresa won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regal FC Barcelona made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Australian swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Regal FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Dominican power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, college: Michigan, agency: Duran International) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: B.Ndong 17+5reb+4ast, C.Eidson 12+5reb+2ast, P.Mickeal 11+2reb+2ast, J.Ingles 10+4reb+5ast, F.Vazquez 9+4reb, J.Wallace 6+1reb+1ast
Assignia M.: J.Asselin 18+6reb, A.Hanga 11+3reb+2ast, J.Doellman 11+6reb+1ast, M.Downs 9+6reb+1ast, S.Gladyr 6+4reb+3ast, K.Achara 5+2reb
gschID: 134276


Real Madrid - FIATC Joventut 95-82
Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked FIATC Joventut (16-18) lost on the road to second ranked Real Madrid (26-8) 95-82. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. FIATC Joventut was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Real Madrid outrebounded FIATC Joventut 41-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Real Madrid especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by FIATC Joventut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Azerbaijani point guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. American point guard Pooh Jeter (179-83, college: Portland) produced 20 points (made all of his eight free throws) and Dominican forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: J.Carroll 20+5reb+1ast, S.Rodriguez 16+1reb+3ast, N.Mirotic 11+6reb+1ast, A.Tomic 10+9reb+1ast, K.Singler 8+1reb, M.Pocius 6+2reb
FIATC Joventut: P.Jeter 20+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 14+3reb, J.Trias 9+2reb+2ast, E.Baez 9+4reb+4ast, H.Norel 8+3reb, D.Obasohan 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134277


Lucentum - Fuenlabrada 66-55
Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Meridiano Alicante (18-16) defeated at home 15th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) 66-55. Meridiano Alicante made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Guard Pedro Llompart (190-82) fired 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Sergio Sanchez (190-81) produced 8 points and 4 assists and Argentinian-Italian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: P.Llompart 19+7reb+4ast, L.Barnes 12+4reb+1ast, M.Stojic 11+3reb, K.Ivanov 9+8reb+1ast, A.Urtasun 8+4reb, M.Kone 4+7reb+1ast
Fuenlabrada: K.Ffriend 9+3reb, S.Sanchez 8+3reb+4ast, J.Cortaberria 8+1reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 7+5reb, J.Colom 6+1reb+1ast, A.Laso 5+2reb
gschID: 134278


Unicaja - Cajasol 75-66
Higher ranked Cajasol lost to eleventh ranked Unicaja Malaga in a road game 66-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cajasol won third quarter 21-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Latvian guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) chipped in 11 points. Italian-Argentinian guard Hernan Jasen (199-78) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and center Juan Triguero (208-83) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: J.Freeland 14+10reb+2ast, K.Valters 11+2reb+2ast, B.Rodriguez 10+4ast, T.DeVries 10+3ast, N.Sinanovic 9+5reb+1ast, L.Zoric 9+4reb+1ast
Cajasol: H.Jasen 17+8reb+1ast, L.Bogdanovic 11+7reb+1ast, T.Urtasun 11+3reb+5ast, J.Triguero 9+8reb+2ast, T.Satoransky 9+1reb+2ast, E.Calloway 4+2ast
gschID: 134272


Blusens M. - CAI Zaragoza 89-84 OT
The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Blusens Monbus made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort and Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) supported him with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana) did not help to save the game for CAI Zaragoza. The former international point guard Carlos Cabezas (186-80) added 13 points (made all of his seven free throws) for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Blusens M.: M.Palacio 19+2reb+2ast, S.Lasme 16+11reb+2ast, E.Ere 13+5reb+1ast, L.Kendall 11+5reb+1ast, A.Corbacho 11+1reb+1ast, B.Hopkins 7+5reb+3ast
CAI Zaragoza: B.Wright 19+5reb+2ast, P.Aguilar 13+5reb, C.Cabezas 13+3reb+2ast, R.Hettsheimer 12+4reb, C.Toppert 9+1reb+2ast, J.Stefansson 7+1reb+3ast



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  SWEDEN   


Viktor Gaddefors selected the top Swedish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Viktor Gaddefors
Viktor Gaddefors
   #1. This week's number one is U20 international forward Viktor Gaddefors (201-92). He led Air Avellino to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Cimberio Varese (16-15) 78-77 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. Gaddefors scored 15 points. Sidigas Avellino (14-17) is placed ninth in the SerieA. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Gaddefors averages: 6.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 71.4%. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Gaddefors is currently a member of the Swedish U20 national team.

Joakim Kjellbom
Joakim Kjellbom
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona). He led Armia to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Samedicino-Academia (7-13) crushing them 100-70 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Thursday night. Kjellbom recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. BC Armia Tbilisi (20-0) is placed first in the Superleague. So far his team won all twenty games in the Quarter-Finals. Kjellbom is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.8bpg. This year his other stats are: 9.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 66.1%(80-121) and FT: 51.4% in the 21 games he played so far. Despite Kjellbom played previously for the Polish national team, he played also for the Swedish national team in 2010.

Mats Levin
Mats Levin
   #3. The Swedish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Mats Levin (188-77), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Levin could not help one of league's weakest teams Givova Scafati (17-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Givova Scafati was edged 97-95 at home by the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#3). Levin was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 3 passes. The Regular Season already ended. Levin's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 75.4%. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Levin played also for the Swedish national team in 2010.

Oluoma Nnamaka
Oluoma Nnamaka
   #4. Power forward Oluoma Nnamaka (201-78, college: Marquette), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Novipiu CM (7-24) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Novipiu CM lost 77-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#14) Banca Tercas. Nnamaka scored 12 points in 20 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Nnamaka's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1spg in the 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Swedish and Nigerian. Despite Nnamaka played previously for the Nigerian national team, he is currently in the Swedish national team roster.

Kenny Grant
Kenny Grant
   #5. Former international guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson) was not able to secure a victory for Sluc Nancy (17-12) in their game against Entente Orleans 45 (20-9) in the French ProA. Grant recorded only 4 points. 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. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Grant's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Swedish national team two years ago.

Jonathan Skjoldebrand
Jonathan Skjoldebrand
   #6. Power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) couldn't help Hapoel Tel-Aviv (22-4) in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (15-11) in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Skjoldebrand scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes. But the first-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost 81-86 in Nes Ziyona to the lower-ranked (#4) Ironi Nes-Ziona in the Play-Off group. It's Skjoldebrand's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.5ppg and 3.7rpg in the 30 games. Despite Skjoldebrand played previously for the Israeli national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Swedish senior team two years ago.

Sebastian Schuszler
Sebastian Schuszler
   #7. U18 international power forward Sebastian Schuszler (201-94) couldn't help Rapla (14-14) in their game against Tartu Ulikool (25-3) in the Estonian KML. Schuszler cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points. Rapla was crushed 95-56 in Tartu by the leading Ulikool. It was Rapla's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Schuszler has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Swedish U18 national team years ago.

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

   #1. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Caja Laboral (22-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Caja Laboral was edged 68-66 at home by the lower-ranked (#9) FIATC Joventut. Lampe was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Lampe's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Lampe's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg and 4.8rpg in the 13 games he played so far. Lampe has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Despite his Swedish passport, Lampe currently plays for the Polish national team and is not eligible to play for the Swedish team.

Other top Swedish players, who play abroad:

Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) plays for Kavala in Greek A1
Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) plays for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian D1
Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) plays for Etha in Cypriot Division A
Hussein Tawbeh (198-F-82) plays for Al Riyadi in Lebanese Div.A
William Magarity (209-F-93) plays for Angelico Biella in Italian SerieA
Erik Rush (197-G-88) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Serkan Inan (198-G-86) plays for Hacettepe University in Turkish TBL

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan WRIGHT
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-C/F-87)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Wright, Taiwan Mob.19.3 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth17.9 
 3. Trim, Taiwan Beer17.5 
 4. Hsu, Bank o.17.0 
 5. Yang, Taiwan Beer16.6 
 6. Johnson, Yulon L.15.9 
 7. Fuqua, KKL15.4 
 8. Felix, Dacin Tigers15.1 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers14.4 
 10. Lu, Yulon Luxgen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JOHNSON
  Yulon L.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 15
 1. Johnson, Yulon L.15.0 
 2. Wright, Taiwan Mob.12.9 
 3. Fuqua, KKL12.7 
 4. Davis, Pure Youth12.3 
 5. Trim, Taiwan Beer11.4 
 6. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.3 
 7. Felix, Dacin Tigers8.2 
 8. Hsu, Bank o.7.6 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers6.9 
 10. Cheng, Taiwan Be.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yi-Chieh SU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Su, Taiwan Mobile5.7 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.2 
 3. Ke, Pure Youth3.4 
 4. Chou, KKL3.3 
 5. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.0 
 6. Lin, Yulon Luxgen3.0 
 7. Chen, Bank o.2.9 
 8. Chen, Pure Youth2.9 
 9. Lin, Bank o.2.8 
 10. Hsu, Dacin Tigers2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Cheng LIU
  KKL
  (192-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Liu, KKL2.2 
 2. Lin, Bank o.1.9 
 3. Johnson, Yulon L.1.6 
 4. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.6 
 5. Yang, Taiwan Beer1.6 
 6. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.5 
 7. Wright, Taiwan Mob.1.5 
 8. Ke, Pure Youth1.5 
 9. Felix, Dacin Tigers1.4 
 10. Creighton, Pure Y.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Quincy DAVIS
  Pure Youth
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Davis, Pure Youth2.8 
 2. Felix, Dacin Tigers2.3 
 3. Fuqua, KKL2.1 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.1.6 
 5. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.1 
 6. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.1 
 7. Wright, Taiwan Mob.1.0 
 8. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.0 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers0.8 
 10. Mao, Pure Youth0.7 


SBL Round 2 of Finals. Pure Youth gain 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

Dacin Tigers - Pure Youth 81-85

Pure Youth earned the second straight win in the series versus Dacin Tigers. Pure Youth trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pure Youth outrebounded Dacin Tigers 45-31 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Shih-Chieh Chen (176-84) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Douglas Creighton (195-85) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Pure Youth's coach Chin-Tse Hsu used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Yi-Hui Lin (192-86) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and Belizean-American power forward Noel Felix (205-81, college: Fresno St.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectivelyfor Pure Youth. Four Pure Youth and five Dacin Tigers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dacin Tigers: Y.Lin 23+7reb, N.Felix 16+9reb+2ast, L.Tien 16+6reb, Y.Lo 11+4reb+2ast, C.Wang 11+2reb+1ast, T.Chen 4
Pure Youth: D.Creighton 18+7reb+3ast, Q.Davis 17+7reb, S.Chen 15+9reb+4ast, H.Chen 12+8reb+5ast, C.Lin 6+4reb+2ast, C.Chien 6+1reb
gschID: 175917



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