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  ANGOLA   



Local Coach Augurs Better Participation in Olympic Games - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The coach of the Angolan national females basketball team, Anbal Moreira, said on Thursday in Luanda that that his squad intends to dignify the country at London 2012 Olympic Games, and thus improve the participation of Africa in this kind of competition.

The manager reaffirmed the need of competing in London Olympics games though he recognises that it is very difficult to play at the same level with other favourite teams.

According to him, the team should be more ambitious, improve and face this challenge with strong competitive spirit because it is possible to perform well in the competition.

Angola is part of group A together with China, US and more three teams coming out from the pre-olympic tournament set for 25 June to 1 July in Turkey.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



Libolo Beat 1 De Agosto in Bai Basket - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The national senior men's Recreativo do Libolo basketball team beat 1 de Agosto by 91-83 on Saturday in Luanda, in a 5th round match of group A of the national championship, thus up the lead of the competition with 10 points.

1 de Agosto come second in the national basketball championship with nine points.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



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  ARGENTINA   


Andres Nocioni selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Andres Nocioni (199-79). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) 92-87 in the Spanish ACB in Wednesday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Nocioni's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 55.3%(26-47), 3FGP: 47.6%(10-21) and FT: 77.8% in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Despite Nocioni played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #2. best in steals. This season he averages: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 58.5%(38-65), 3FGP: 28.7% and FT: 84.8%. Prigioni is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Prigioni is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances). He contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Utah Jazz (36-30) 102-90 in the NBA on Saturday night. Ginobili scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 10 assists in 28 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's tenth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 59.0%(105-178), 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 86.7% in the 37 games. Similarly like Prigioni and Nocioni above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Despite Ginobili played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #4. Guard Hernan Jasen (199-78), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Cajasol (18-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jasen's very good performance Cajasol was defeated 75-66 on the road by the lower-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#9). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Jasen also added 8 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Jasen's first season with the team. Jasen's overall stats this year are: 5.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Despite Jasen played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #5. Former international guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help Tezenis Verona (12-16) in their last game. Despite Porta's very good performance Tezenis Verona lost 71-75 in Piacenza to the higher-ranked (#7) Morpho Basket. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. It was Tezenis Verona's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Porta belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3 with 4.4apg. This year he also averages: 15.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.3spg in the 28 games. Porta holds both Argentinian and Italian passports. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Porta is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #6. Forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 79-65 in Malaga by the much higher-ranked Unicaja (#9). Mainoldi was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 7 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. This season Mainoldi has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg and 5.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Mainoldi is also an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Ariel Filloy
Ariel Filloy
   #7. International point guard Ariel Filloy (190-87, also represented by Interperformances) helped Armani Milano win their game against the 12th-ranked Angelico Biella (13-19) crushing them 97-77 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points in 18 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Filloy's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg in the 15 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian U20 national team, Filloy is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Javier Bulfoni
Javier Bulfoni
   #8. Guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (13-21) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (8-26) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance last Sunday He scored 15 points. The Regular Season already ended. Bulfoni's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 1.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Bulfoni is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Manuel Carrizo
Manuel Carrizo
   #9. Former international swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, another player represented by Players Group) was the main contributor in Ferentino's victory against the leader Omegna (30-4) 71-70 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Carrizo recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Division South-West. FMC Ferentino (21-13) is placed second in South-West Division. Carrizo has reliable stats this year: 14.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Carrizo is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Bernardo Musso
Bernardo Musso
   #10. Guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) couldn't help Napoli (27-7) in their game against Trento (23-11) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game He recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Musso is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Musso averages: 19.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.4apg and 2.7spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Musso is also a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Patricio Prato (196-79) couldn't help Aget Imola in their game against S.Antimo in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance last Saturday. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 31 minutes. But his team lost 81-88. Prato averaged so far 13.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Prato is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #12. Former international forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-81) was the major contributor in a 2-point Centrale Latte's victory against the closely-ranked Givova Scafati 76-74 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ghersetti averaged so far 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Ghersetti is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #13. Former international swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, another player represented by Players Group) couldn't help Banca Tercas in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian SerieA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 83-64. This year Cerella's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Cerella is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #14. Former international guard Franco Migliori (197-82) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Fileni BPA in their game against Assi Ostuni in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his good performance last Sunday He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Migliori has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Migliori is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Franco Prelazzi (205-79) faced previously mentioned Manuel Carrizo in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Prelazzi couldn't help Omegna in their game against Ferentino, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Prelazzi also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team was edged 71-70. He averaged so far 10.6ppg and 4.7rpg in the 22 games. Despite Prelazzi played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.



TNA Finals: Union Progresista beats Argentino 88-83 in Game One - by Eurobasket News

Union Progresista - Argentino 88-83

First game of TNA Finals was played last night. Union Progresista handed 88-83 loss to Argentino for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and teams will meet again on Tuesday. Union Progresista will host that one as well. Pablo Osores (191-F-86) stepped up for the winners with 21 points and Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) also was great adding 17 points, plus 9 rebounds. Victor Hugo Cajal (179-G-80, agency: Dream Team Management) followed with 13 pts. At the other side, Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81) shined with 26 points and 7 boards. Their second scorer was Eduardo Spalla (197-F-89, agency: Dream Team Management) with 16 pts (7 rebs) and Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, agency: Dream Team Management, college: E.Carolina) was third with 14 points (6 rebs). Union Progresista smashed Argentino in the first quarter (27-12) and later went to the halftime with 14-point lead. Third quarter belonged to the home squad 24-21, but Argentino didnt give up and managed to treat in the last ten minutes (19-31). However, that was not enough and Union Progresista took 1-0 lead in the series.

Union Progresista: Pablo Osores 21, Lisandro Rasio 17+9 boards, Victor Hugo Cajal 13
Argentino: Juan Cangelosi 26+7 boards, Eduardo Spalla 16+7 boards, Chuck Robinson 14+6 boards



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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

32-year old center Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) had a very impressive game in the last round for Saigon H. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Bangkok C. (#7, 6-14) 77-69. Saigon H. is placed at 6th position in ASEAN League . Saigon H. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. Jones just recently signed at Saigon H., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jones has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.2ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.6rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kyle Jeffers (207-C-85) of Singapore S.. He is American center in his first season at Singapore S.. In the last game Jeffers recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Singapore S. lost that game 84-90 to the higher-ranked Philip.Patriots (#2, 15-5). Singapore S. managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Jeffers is one of the most experienced players at Singapore S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Calvin Williams (206-F-87) of Thailand S. (#8). Williams got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . Despite Williams' great performance Thailand S. lost 79-94 to the higher-ranked KL Dragons (#4, 11-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Thailand S. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Williams he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Williams has individually a great season in ASEAN League. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.4ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 14.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evan Brock (204-F-84) of Satria Muda - 29 points and 10 rebounds
5. Tiras Wade (200-F-81) of KL Dragons - 33 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79) of Philip.Patriots - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81) of Bangkok C. - 23 points and 15 rebounds
8. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81) of Bangkok C. - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79) of Philip.Patriots - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Louis Graham (205-F/C-84) of Singapore S. - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  AUSTRALIA   


Joe Ingles selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports). He contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 12th-ranked Assignia Manresa (15-19) 77-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Ingles recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 24 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Ingles averages: 5.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 77.5% in the 27 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC), who plays in Russia. Jawai could not help Unics Kazan (14-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the first-placed Unics Kazan was defeated 74-62 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow in the group A of VTB United League. Jawai recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Jawai has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 58.0%(65-112) and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Australian national team in 2009.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center David Andersen (212-80). Andersen helped Montepaschi Siena win their game against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) 92-85 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Montepaschi Siena (24-8) is placed first in the SerieA. Andersen's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Andersen's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 84.5% in the 29 games. Andersen played for the Australian national team two years ago.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #4. Forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) was not able to help Valencia Basket (20-14) in their game against Blusens Monbus (13-21) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Newley's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Newley's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 1.9rpg. He is also Australian national team player.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #5. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Utah Jazz (36-30) crushing them 114-83 in the NBA last Wednesday. Mills scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Mills has reliable stats this year: 9.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #6. Forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their game against Real Madrid (26-8) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Barlow was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Barlow's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 4.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #7. International center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) helped PGE Turow win their game against the fourth-ranked Anwil (5-5) 96-92 in the Polish PLK in Monday night's game. Kickert recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A. Kickert has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg and 4.3rpg in the 37 games. Despite Kickert played previously for the Dutch national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #8. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) managed to help Panathinaikos Athens to win against the closely-ranked Kolossos (16-8) 74-66 in the Greek A1 last Monday. Maric recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (22-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Maric's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 4.2rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #9. An experienced international power forward Matt Nielsen (208-78) helped Khimky win their game against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (12-6) crushing them 102-76 in the Russian PBL on Thursday night. Nielsen recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (15-3) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Nielsen's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.7apg in the 16 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #10. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brad Newley. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Ogilvy helped Valencia Basket win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 76-59. He recorded only 2 points. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. Ogilvy's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 2.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

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

   #12. Former international point guard Zane Meehl (191-86, college: Mid-Continent) led Hub Jets to a victory against the league outsider Harbour Heat 83-71 in the New Zealand NBL on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Meehl's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg. Despite he played previously for the New Zealand university national team, Meehl is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #13. Former international guard Zeke Meehl (183-88) is a teammate of previously mentioned Zane Meehl. However that was another game of his team in New Zealand NBL which brought him to that list. Meehl helped Hub Jets win their game against the closely-ranked Taranaki MA 102-85. He recorded 12 points in 34 minutes. This year Meehl averages only 4.8ppg in the 12 games. Despite he played previously for the New Zealand national team, Meehl is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #14. Former international guard Lau Bik Ing (180-78) helped his Malaysian team KL Dragons win their game against the eighth-ranked Thailand Slammers 94-79 in the ASEAN last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. This season Bik Ing averages just 4.8ppg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2007.



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Gala level championship series - by Eurobasket News

Gala earned the first win in the title series. They outscored Araz in the second game of the series to draw thing level at 1-1. Gala claimed an 83:79 victory. The series is best-of-five. Gala will host the next two games.
In the meantime NTL-Tudor stepped onto the pedestal. They clinched the Bronze medals. NTL-Tudor knocked down Chag Oiretim 75:56 for the second win the consolation final series to clinch the third position.



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  BAHRAIN   


Al Hala wins Group B of the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Al Hala wins Group B of the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship and advanced to the Semifinals of the tournament. The team from Bahrain won all three games in the group.
After the win over Omani team, Al-Hala edged Al Ittihad 64:60 in Day 2. 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 Cole on fire. Al-Hala however played better at the end and sealed the victory.
Al-Hala from Bahrain beat Al Wasl 98:80 at the end of the group Stage. Mason, Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU), Hussain Taqi (173-G-78) and Mohammed Qurban (187-F-87) were the top-scores for the team.
In the Semifinal tomorrow Al Hala will face another team from Bahrain, Muharraq. The latter lost to Al Rayyan 83:85 in Day 2 but advanced from the second place. 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 Yasine Ismail netted 19. Clark Ira (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) replied with 19 points in the losing effort.



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  BELARUS   


Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management). He was the major contributor in an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) 74-60 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Veremeenko scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Veremeenko's fourth season with the team. He is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.2rpg. Veremeenko also averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2FGP: 58.3%(60-103) and FT: 75.0% in the 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Despite Veremeenko played previously for the Russian national team, he played also for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79). Ulyanko led Kalev/Cramo to a victory over the closely-ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) crushing them 91-69 in the Estonian KML last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Ulyanko scored 20 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (23-5) is placed third in the KML. Ulyanko is currently fifth on the list of best blockers. This season he averages: 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 65.6%(42-64), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 68.8%. Despite Ulyanko played previously for the Russian national team, he played also for the Belarusian national team in 2008.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Parakhouski could not help Budivelnyk (30-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Budivelnyk lost 78-82 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Azovmash. Parakhouski recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. This year Parakhouski's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(111-189) and FT: 62.7% in the 38 games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Parakhouski is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #4. Swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) was not able to help Siauliai (16-4) in their game against VEF Riga (0-0) in the Baltic League. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the second best scorer with 13 points. This season Liutych averages only 3.5ppg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Liutych is currently in the Belarusian U20 national team roster.

Heorhi Kandrusevich
Heorhi Kandrusevich
   #5. Former international forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, agency: New Trend Agency) contributed to a 3-point Ferro-ZNTU's victory against the league leader BC Donetsk (31-8) 60-57 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Monday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (23-16) is placed fourth in the Superleague. Kandrusevich is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Ferro-ZNTU's roster. This season Kandrusevich's total stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 40 games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Kandrusevich is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Vladi Yeremishin
Vladi Yeremishin
   #6. Power forward Vladi Yeremishin (201-84) was not able to secure a victory for Lev Hasharon (7-20) in their game against Ironi Nahariya (11-16) in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his very good performance on Thursday night He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Yeremishin also added 2 blocks. Yeremishin has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli university national team, Yeremishin is also a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team two years ago.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Dante Stiggers (187-PG-82) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Dzianis Korshuk (202-F-78) plays for BC Odessa in Ukrainian Superleague
Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian PBL
Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian PBL
Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78) plays for Targu Mures in Romanian Div.A
Siergiej Zeludok (207-C-63) plays for Sportino in Polish 1Liga
Valery Gandlin (191-G-86) plays for Kiryat Tivon in Israeli National League
Ivan Zhauniarovich (205-C/F-86) plays for L'Alfas in Spanish EBA
Sergey Karpov (200-F-80) plays for Sojuz Zaretchny in Russian Superlaegue

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



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Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 23-8 
 2. Antwerp 22-8 
 3. Oostende 21-10 
 4. Aalstar 16-14 
 5. M.Hainaut 14-16 
 6. Leuven 14-17 
 7. Gent 12-19 
 8. Liege 10-20 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-25 

Regular Season: Round 35

May. 9: Aalstar - Gent
May. 9: Verviers-Pep. - Liege
May. 9: Oostende - Antwerp
May. 9: M.Hainaut - Leuven

Round 10

May. 7: Leuven - Oostende 81-87 OT


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.4 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.0 
 3. Mallet, Spirou14.9 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.2 
 6. Haynes, Gent14.1 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.8 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.4 
 9. Freeman, Leuven13.3 
 10. Broyles, Spirou13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brown, Gent8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.3 
 5. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 6. Merriex, Verviers.6.8 
 7. McLean, Leuven6.5 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar6.0 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.3 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.2 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.9 
 7. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar2.8 
 9. Thompson, Verviers.2.7 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Bosco, Gent2.0 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 8. Muya, Liege1.8 
 9. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
 10. Bostic, Liege1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.6 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.7 
 8. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Holiday, Aalstar0.5 


Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Caja Laboral (23-11). Hervelle recorded 7 points in 24 minutes on the court. Gescrap BB was crushed 100-70 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Hervelle averages: 4.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 57.8% in the 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86). Van Rossom was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (16-18) in their game against Blusens Monbus (13-21) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. CAI Zaragoza was defeated in an overtime 89-84 in Santoago de Comp by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#13). The Regular Season already ended. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 31.2% and FT: 68.4%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85). Tabu-Eboma contributed to a 2-point Vanoli-Braga's victory against the closely-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-19) 84-82 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. Vanoli-Braga Cremona (14-18) is placed tenth in the SerieA. The Regular Season already ended. It's Tabu-Eboma's first season with the team. Tabu-Eboma has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 74.6% in the 32 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover
   #4. An experienced guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Fileni BPA (13-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hoover's good performance Fileni BPA was edged 76-73 in Veroli by the higher-ranked Prima (#8). He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. This season Hoover has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hoover played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Belgian national team roster. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

Thomas Dreesen
Thomas Dreesen
   #5. Former international forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) led Sparta to an easy victory against the third-ranked Etzella (22-6) crushing them 97-72 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Saturday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 1-6 places. BBC Sparta Bertrange (22-6) is placed second. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Dreesen has reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 14 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Dreesen is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) plays for Asefa Estudiantes in Spanish ACB
Sebastien Maio (190-G-78) plays for Plymouth Raiders in British BBL
Mark Acres (210-C-62) plays for Benfica in Portuguese LPB
Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) plays for PBG Basket in Polish PLK
Marcus Faison (196-G-78) plays for Kryvbasbasket in Ukrainian Superleague
Kandi Mukole (203-F) plays for Guildford Heat in British BBL
Karim Nesba (188-G-86) plays for RSB Berkane in Moroccan D1
Steve Oelbrandt (200-C-80) plays for Helsingborg in Swedish Basketettan
Christopher Jones (188-G-90) plays for Amicale in Luxembourg Diekirch League
Dimitri Jorssen (212-C/F-79) plays for Soleuvre in Luxembourg Diekirch League

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



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Henry Domercant's 30 points make him top Bosnia and Herzegovina player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a 1-point victory over the fourth-ranked Lokomotiv (9-7) 87-86 in the VTB United League last Wednesday. Domercant was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!). Unics Kazan (14-2) is placed first in group A. Domercant has relatively good stats this season: 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(50-86), 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 77.8%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Domercant played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Domercant has never played in Bosnia.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (23-11) in their last game. Despite Teletovic's very good performance Caja Laboral was edged 68-66 at home by the much lower-ranked (#11) FIATC Joventut. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Teletovic also added 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Teletovic's sixth season with the team. Teletovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #3) and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Teletovic averages: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 68.4% in the 34 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Teletovic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Damir Mulaomerovic
Damir Mulaomerovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard Damir Mulaomerovic (195-74, agency: FCM), who plays in the Croatian A1. He was not able to help KK Zagreb CO (6-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mulaomerovic's very good performance the fifth-placed KK Zagreb CO was defeated 100-85 in a derby game by the leading Cibona in the Championship Group. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Mulaomerovic also added 7 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Mulaomerovic's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 18.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Mulaomerovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Damir Markota
Damir Markota
   #4. Power forward Damir Markota (210-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Damir Mulaomerovic. But that was another game of his team in Croatian A1 which we would like to mention. Markota, who plays in the Croatian A1 was not able to secure a victory for KK Zagreb CO (6-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance KK Zagreb CO (#5) lost 70-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) KK Split in the Championship Group. Markota was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 3 passes in 38 minutes. Markota has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Markota played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #5. International forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by Beo Basket) led Galatasaray to a victory against the eighth-ranked Tofas (14-16) 80-66 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. Djedovic recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (25-5) is placed first in the TBL. This season Djedovic has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.9spg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Djedovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Vanja Plisnic
Vanja Plisnic
   #6. Power forward Vanja Plisnic (205-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) was the major contributor in a Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against one of league's weakest teams Otto Caserta (12-20) crushing them 95-69 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Plisnic also added 3 assists in 28 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) is placed fourth in the SerieA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Plisnic's first season with the team. This year Plisnic's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Plisnic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #7. International swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Budivelnyk (30-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Budivelnyk was defeated 97-82 on their home court in Kyiv by the lower-ranked Azovmash (#3). Sehovic was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Sehovic has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Sehovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #8. Center Mirza Begic (217-85) contributed to a 1-point Real Madrid's victory against the 15th-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-21) 80-79 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 6 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Real Madrid (26-8) is placed second in the ACB. Begic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Begic is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 1.6bpg. This year his other stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.2rpg in the 32 games. Despite Begic played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #9. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Karsiyaka (19-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ikonic's good performance Karsiyaka was badly defeated 98-79 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Ikonic also added 4 assists and 5 steals. Ikonic averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Ikonic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Goran Suton
Goran Suton
   #10. Center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) faced previously mentioned Damir Mulaomerovic in the Croatian A1 last game. Suton contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked KK Zagreb CO (6-7) 100-85 in a derby game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Suton's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Suton is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.0rpg. This year he also averages: 9.7ppg and 1.3spg in the 13 games. Despite Suton played previously for the Croatian national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Olin Edirne 72-56 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Bajramovic scored 11 points and added 4 passes. He averaged so far 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg. Despite Bajramovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #12. International swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Fenerbahce Ulker (21-9) in their last game. Despite Bogdanovic's good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was edged in an overtime 96-94 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Besiktas. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Bogdanovic's stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Bogdanovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. Former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco 76-72 in the Romanian Division A last Sunday. He scored 21 points and added 3 passes. This season Jovanovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. Despite Jovanovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol 75-66 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Sinanovic recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 15 minutes. This year his total stats are: 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg in the 24 games. Despite Sinanovic played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #15. Former international center Robert Rikic (217-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Damir Mulaomerovic. However that was another game of his team in Croatian A1 which brought him to that list. Rikic couldn't help KK Zagreb CO in their game against Cedevita. He scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team was defeated 77-67. Rikic has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Rikic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

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

   #1. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (12-6) 87-82 in the Russian PBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (15-3) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Planinic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #9) and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.5spg in the 16 games he played so far. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Planinic previously played for the Croatian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.



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Tiago Splitter selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances). He contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Utah Jazz (36-30) 102-90 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Splitter scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.0%(222-364) and FT: 67.9% in the 62 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82). Barbosa helped Indiana Pacers win their game against the Orlando Magic (37-29) 93-78 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 10 points. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 42-24 record this season. This year Barbosa has relatively solid stats: 8.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 39.6%, 3FGP: 40.6% and FT: 71.1%. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Barbosa played also for the Brazilian national team in 2010.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). He helped Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (26-8) 86-83 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. Huertas scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 83.7% in the 34 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Despite Huertas played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #4. Center Vitor Faverani (211-88) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 76-59 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Faverani recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Faverani averages: 7.2ppg and 3.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Faverani is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #5. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help CAI Zaragoza (16-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance CAI Zaragoza lost in an overtime 84-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Blusens Monbus. Hettsheimer recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Hettsheimer belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8 with 13.3ppg. This year he also averages: 6.4rpg in the 33 games. Hettsheimer has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Hettsheimer is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #6. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) led Ford Burgos to a victory over the league leader Caceres 2016 (22-4) crushing them 94-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Toledo recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Autocid Ford Burgos (22-12) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Toledo belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #2. His total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5apg and 2.1spg. Despite Toledo played previously for the Spanish national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team three years ago.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #7. International point guard Rafael Freire (188-92) was not able to help Meridiano Alicante (18-16) in their game against FIATC Joventut (16-18) in the Spanish ACB. Freire scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. Meridiano Alicante lost 63-74 in Badalona to the lower-ranked (#11) FIATC Joventut. It was Meridiano Alicante's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Freire's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg in the 26 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #8. Point guard Raul Neto (186-92) managed to help Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC to win against the closely-ranked Cajasol (18-16) 65-61 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. Neto scored only 4 points. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (19-15) is placed fifth in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Neto has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #9. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the closely-ranked Menorca Basquet (21-13) 69-64 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Cobos recorded only 4 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (19-15) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold. Cobos has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Kazuya Hatano
Kazuya Hatano
   #10. Forward Kazuya Hatano (192-82) helped Shiga L-Stars win their game against the fifth-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (33-19) 96-86 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game. Hatano recorded only 2 points. Shiga Lakestars (33-19) are placed fourth in Western group. Hatano has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.



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NATIONAL INTERLEAGUE TOURNAMENT DAY 1, RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Day 1, Results:

Bogot Capitals had a hard time against the San Andrs teams, the islanders took control of the boards thanks to the size of John Hernandez and Joe Manuel.
Bogota Capitals 72
San Andres 79.

Antioquia B with its young team defeated the Guajira team despite the experience of the Guajiros.
Antioquia B 70
Guajira 66

Antioquia A easily got its first victory against Sucre.
Antioquia A 87
Sucre 53.




NATIONAL INTERLEAGUE TOURNAMENT DAY 2, RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Day 2, Result:

Antioquia A and San Andres are taking the route as the main favourites, while Fama Valle is the true contender.

Fama Club Valle 81, G. Pena 16.
Guajira 68, Y Fernandez 26.

Antioquia B 64, C. Alzate 15
San Andres 86, J. Manuel 15.

Antioquia A 82, S. Ortiz 27
Bogota Capitals 60, S. Marquez 22

Standings:
1- Antioquia A, 4 pts
2- San Andres, 4 pts
3- Antioquia B, 3 pts
4- Fama Valle, 2 pts
5- Bogota Capitals, 2 pts
6- Guajira, 2 pts
7- Sucre, 1 pts.




Jefferson Ocoro to the US Schoold Basketball - by Victor Garcia

Colombian young Forward Jefferson Ocor (65 F, 1994), member fo several National Young Teams has been recruited by the Westfield High School in Houston Texas to join its Basketball team, Ocoro won the bronze medal in the Southamerican of the 2011 with the National team averaging 7,4 PPG and 4 RPG, Ocor born in the Valle del Cauca and is the second young Colombian to travel to the US this year.


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Superleague Standings

Superleague Stage Two Standings
Top 6
 1. Al Ahly 0-0
 2. Al Gezira 0-0
 3. Al Ittihad 0-0
 4. Somouha 0-0
 5. Sporting 0-0
 6. Zamalek 0-0
Places 7-8
 1. Al Olympi 0-6
 2. Geish Army 0-6
Stage One Standings

Finals: Round 1

May. 6: Somouha - Sporting 74-80
May. 6: Al Ahly - Al Ittihad 66-55
May. 6: Al Gezira - Zamalek 54-51



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 4. Soo, Rapla16.8 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.7 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TTU15.3 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.4 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.0 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.6 
 6. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 8. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.6 
 9. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.2 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.2 
 4. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.8 
 5. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 6. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 8. Kriisa, Tartu Ulik.3.3 
 9. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 10. Keedus, TTU3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 3. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 7. Kaldre, Rapla1.9 
 8. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.1 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.6 
 7. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Makke, TTU0.4 
 10. Keedus, TTU0.4 



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Pops Mensah-Bonsu:''We worked hard for this'' - by Diamadis Farmakis

Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington), the British ''big man'', made two absolutely dominant perfomances, in the semifinal and in the final of the 2012 Eurochallenge Final Four, leading Besiktas to it's first European title.

The MVP of the Final Four, spoke to the FibaEurope TV, after the final game between Besiktas and Elan Chalon, which gave him and his team, Besiktas, the title.

Here are some quotes from Mensah Bonsu's interview:

''First and foremost, i would not be here if it wasn't for the glory of god. I had a tough couple of years and i am just happy to be here''.

''We've been able to win the first Turkish cup and the first European cup for Besiktas and this is HUGE. We worked hard for this''.

''We came here and we knew that it's gonna be tough. We knew that, if we could play our game, we had a great chance to win. We controled the final for it's most part and we made some big shots''.

''It's been 18 tough months for me, with injures. I still have the Olympics and the playoffs. I am looking forward to see, what's next''.



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Final Four week begins with Istanbul ready - by Eurobasket News

The countdown to a champion is underway at the start of the week that will see the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four bring basketball at its finest to beautiful Istanbul, Turkey! Already, the venue for the biggest weekend in the world of basketball, state-of-the-art Sinan Erdem Arena, is decked out in Turkish Airlines Euroleague colors and ready to receive the Final Four teams: CSKA Moscow, F.C. Barcelona Regal, Olympiacos Piraeus and defending champion Panathinaikos Athens. Turkish Airlines Euroleague planes are scheduled to pick up all four teams - in Moscow, Barcelona and Athens - on Wednesday to carry them to Istanbul in time for official charity events, press conferences and practices on Thursday. Then, of course, unparalleled basketball action begins with the semifinals on Friday.

Istanbul is ready, too, with an arms-wide welcome for the more than 15,000 fans, media and special guests coming to attend the Final Four and enjoy a unique city that straddles Europe and Asia. Both visitors and locals will have their own dedicated space in the Final Four Fan Zone now in place at historic Taksim Square and ready to open on Friday for the entire weekend.

While the Fan Zone is open to all, Euroleague Basketball reminds everyone that the Final Four is officially sold out and only ticketholders will be permitted to enter Sinan Erdem Arena, where a local police contingent of 1,500 officers will be on hand to ensure a secure environment for all fans. Turkish law allows for the expulsion from the country of anyone who provokes violent incidents, while Sinan Erdem Arena is equipped with video surveillance.

Among the provisions of the Fans Code of Conduct for the event, ticket-holders should not bring either keys or coins to the games, as they are prohibited and must be forfeited before entering the arena. Fans from each of the qualified teams as they identified themselves when purchasing their tickets will have one designated entrance door each to Sinan Erdem Arena through which they will be allowed to enter. Euroleague Basketball, the local organizers and the participating clubs are committed to ensuring that fans can show their devotion as always at a safe and sure Final Four.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blue, KTP23.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons19.7 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
 8. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.3 
 9. Newson, Kataja18.2 
 10. Hawkins, ToPo18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto10.1 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.6 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.4 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.1 
 7. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.6 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.5 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Mottola, ToPo0.8 
 8. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 9. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 10. Ahvenniemi, Pyrin.0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Jones and Ivey punished - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 3: What a thriller again. And after three final games there is no home victory yet. Tonight Kataja (Joensuu) was leading almost 40 minutes vs Bisons (Loimaa), but ex-Kataja players Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) punished the hosts and made this game into OT. During the extra 5 minutes it was visitor Bisons controlling the game and Kataja lost 85-91 (77) (47-37). Kataja (38-12) - Bisons (36-15) now 1-2. Game # 4 on Wednesday, May 9, at Loimaa.
Yes. Kataja was leading during the half time by 10 (47-37), after 30 minutes by seven (63-56), after 35 minutes by 10 (73-63), but Bisons never gave up. Jones' lay up at 39:20 (77-75) and Ivey's 2/2 FTs at 39:43 (77-77) were the last points during the regular time. Jones blocked still Sami Lehtoranta's (205-C/F-79) shot at 39:59 and OT was needed. Then Ivey (+5 pts) and Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (+5 pts) secured the victory for the Bisons.

Kataja - Bisons OT 85-91 (77) (47-37). (Jared Newson 25/11, B.A.Walker 17/5a, Petri Virtanen 14. 1 - 77,7% (7/9), 2 - 57,6% (30/52), 3 - 37,5% (6/16). R: 28+7=35. TO: 17. - Martin Zeno 22, Matti Nuutinen 19, Jeb Ivey 18, Ryan McDade 12, Clifton Jones 10/10. 1 - 48,4% (16/33), 2 - 51,0% (24/47), 3 - 52,9% (9/17). R: 25+10=35. TO: 13. A: 2597).



Nilan Bisons take Korisliiga 2-1 Final lead - by Eurobasket News

Kataja - Nilan Bisons 85-91 (1-2)

Nilan Bisons take Korisliiga 2-1 Final lead. It was a great shooting night for Loimaan Korikonkarit especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 4 assists. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) helped adding 18 points and 7 assists. Five Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Newson 25+11reb+4ast, B.Walker 17+5reb+5ast, P.Virtanen 14+1reb+3ast, J.Price 9+3reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 8+6reb, J.Nenonen 8+6reb
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 22+1reb+4ast, M.Nuutinen 19+5reb+1ast, J.Ivey 18+1reb+7ast, R.McDade 12+7reb+1ast, C.Jones 10+10reb, M.Koivisto 6+3reb+2ast
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Julien Lesieu claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) had a great game in the last round for league's leader St Quentin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for St Quentin in his team's victory, helping them to crush Brest (#9, 18-16) with 18-point margin 90-72. St Quentin won the regular season in French NM1 with 27-7 record and at the same time won the promotion for ProB. Lesieu has many years of experience at St Quentin, through which he has constantly improved. Lesieu has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 55.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-F/C-94) of CFBB. Jaiteh impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as CFBB was edged by slightly higher-ranked Le Puy (#17, 6-28) 64-63. CFBB is relegated as they had only 2 wins in 34 games.

The third best performed player last round was Regis Aubry (199-F-82) of Montbrison (#16). Aubry scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Aubry's great performance Montbrison lost 67-85 to the higher-ranked Angers BC 49 (#11, 16-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Montbrison finished as No.16 with 6-28 record. Aubry had individually a great season in France. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. SyPir Traore (204-F-85) of Angers BC 49 - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Adrien Daube (193-G-89) of Le Puy - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jimmal Ball (178-G-78) of St Quentin - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Karim Gourari (195-F-89) of Rueil - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Tony Ramphort (176-PG-82) of Angers BC 49 - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Yohann Smail (197-F-90) of Le Puy - 18 points, 14 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)



Pau-Orthez hires Claude Bergeaud for the next three years - by Eurobasket News

Claude Bergeaud is back to Pau-Orthez. The French specialist signed a three-year deal with his former club. Bergeaud started his career in 1991 as Assistant Coach at Pau-Orthez. Seven years later he was promoted to Head Coach. Bergeaud stayed with the club until 2002 winning three ProA titles with them. In 1999, he was named French League Coach of the Year. Bergeaud also coached three times at ProA All-Star Game. After Pau-Orthez, Claude Bergeaud coached ASVEL and finally JSA Bordeaux last season. Meanwhile, he also worked as a Head Coach of the French National Team (2005-2007). In 2003, he coached French B NT.


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Pro A newcomer Vechta lands Richard Williams and Corey Hassan - by Moritz Korff

As ov-online.de reports today, Pro A newcomer SC Rasta Vechta has signed a pair of new players for the 2012-13 season: Richard Williams (178-G-87, college: San Diego St.) moves from UBC Hannover to Vechta, while Corey Hassan (193-G-87, college: Sacred Heart) transfers from BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen. Meanwhile, the same source tells, that the Vechta team decided not to renew the contracts of Marvin Boadu (193-G-89), Matt Reid (185-G-84, college: Cameron), Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) and Bill Goehrke (198-C-82, college: Augustana, IL).

Williams was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Pro B Second Team and the All-Defensive Team following the 2011-12 season. The Spring Valley, California, native had appeared in 33 games for the UBC Tigers, averaging 18.3 points, 5.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals per contest. Hassan will bring some Pro A experience to the Rasta squad. He saw action in 28 games for the Kangaroos throughout the 2011-12 campaign. He produced 17.6 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. The Sacred Heart graduate ranked 5th in the Pro A in Three Pointers Made (66).



Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) Wurzburg Dont Play Dirty, But Just Give The Maximum Effort To Win Each Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his second season in Germany and first for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. Last season, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 75-67 win in game one of the playoffs.

Congrats on the 75-67 win against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in game one. How difficult was it waiting eight days to play the first playoff game?


The wait was long and hard, but it gave us time as a team to be together. He went to the hotel of your president and did some team activities and tam building. This gave us a chance to practice hard and hang out together. It also gave us time to get rested up and heal some minor injuries. We prepared well for Wurzburg and it showed as we only had 10 turnovers which is very good when you play against a team like them.

It is no secret that Wurzburg play very hard. Did you learn something new in the trash talking language?

No I didnt learn anything new.lol. This was the third time that we played them and they play physical each game and always play with a lot of intensity and have trash talking. That is how they play and it wont change in this series. We have to make sure that we can match their energy in every game, because no team plays with as much energy as they do.

Alba Berlin had the comfortable 44-31 lead at halftime. What was key in the first half for having the lead?


The key was simply that we made shots, played good defense and had little turnovers.


The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg kept Alba Berlin to six points in the third quarter. What adjustments did they make to keep you at bay?

I didnt see them make too many adjustments. We just missed many shots that we usually would have made. Marko Simonovic missed some wide open jumpers and we missed easy lay ups. But what was key was that we continued to play good defense. Even though our offense was working, we continued play good defense holding them to 16 points.

What was key in the fourth quarter for buckling down and getting the win at home?


It just came down to us not wanting to loose this game. In the playoffs it is so important to win that game one and have the opponent against the wall. I think that we just wanted to win it more and we just left it out on the court.

Does it help in general seeing a team like Wurzburg an added time in how you gear up for them?

I think that it is very important that we have them in the first round. Wurzburg sets a tempo and intensity level that no other team has in the league. If we can get by Wurzburg, then we already know what it takes to advance, because they never give up and fight until the end. This will help us a lot in the next rounds. Their physical play will help us get stronger for the next teams.

Many have said that Wurzburg plays dirty, but Jason Boone says that they just play very physical. How is your take on all of this?


I come from a city Detroit where the nick name is the bad boys and Wurzburg just plays hard and physical. I dont think that they play dirty, but just give the maximum effort to win each game. When you play a team like that, you always have to be ready for them. It is like a boxing match when your fighting 12 rounds. If your not ready for the whole 12 rounds then they will get you.

How surprising was it for you to see Kyle Weaver and Torin Francis with more assists?


People still get caught up with my situation last year in Frankfurt where I had to do so much. This season it is different. We have so many different guys that can be top scorer, rebounder or assist guy. Weaver didnt score much, but he did a lot on defense and got assists. When you have a team like Alba Berlin that has so many weapons, it always depends what weapon you will use.

Alba Berlin lost in Wurzburg this season. What will Alba Berlin need to do to steal a game and go home with the 2-0 lead?

In game two, our mental and physical focus will need to be at an all time high. They are very strong at home and have unbelievable fans. They wont give up easy. We will have to play one of our best games of the season.

Mauricio Parra said after the win 8 more to go. Does the title aspirations grow each day for Alba Berlin?

It grows each day. You have to win nine games and now we are a step closer. Many players came to Alba Berlin to win a title and I think I may want to win the most.

Can the Artland Dragons come back and win the series against FC Bayern Munich?

Artland is a very good team and can beat any team on any given night, but then again Bayern Munich is unbeatable at home. It will be very hard for Artland to steal a game there. Artland does have the talent to do it and in the playoffs anything can happen.

Can the Telekom Baskets Bonn make another surprise against the Brose Baskets Bamberg?


Come on, you know me better than that. Bamberg is the champion. It doesnt matter if they are down 1-0 or 2-1. Its playoffs and they are still the champions.

What is your prediction of Ulm-Braunschweig?


It is just one game. Next weekend it could be 1-1. I think this a series that will go 4-5 games.

Were you surprised that the Dallas Mavericks were swept by the Oklahoma Thunder?


I was very surprised. The Mavericks played very well in Oklahoma City that I thought they would come home and win. That just showed again how unpredictable the playoffs can be.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.




Tim Schonborn Moves To The Hertener Lions - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team Hertener Lions have announced today that Tim Schonborn (191-G-90) will wear their jersey this season. Schonborn is a 21 year old 192cm shooting guard/small forward that is the teams second new player for the new season. Last season, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga)where he had played since 2009. Last season, he was one of the top German players in the Regionaliga averaging 18,8ppg and shooting 33%. 'We have had Tim Schonborn (191-G-90) in our minds since 2 years and watched him regularly. We are happy that he chose to join us and he is a player that we really wanted to have', declared Lions manager Dirk Ewald. The German already played PRO B as a 17 year old for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga). 'I found a new challenge and I think that Herten is a good choice. I am looking forward to the team and atmosphere in the gym', added Tim Schonborn (191-G-90).

Source: RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lwen




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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Indonesia Warriors fire past Cobras to clinch playoff birth - by Eurobasket News

Bangkok Cobras - Indonesia Warriors 79:99

Indonesia Warrriors clinched the ASEAN League playoff birth. They knocked down Bangkok Cobras on the road to improve at 11-9 record in the ladder. Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) knocked down 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the effort.
Indonesia Warriors erupted for 33 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They accumulated a 10-point lead at the first break. The Cobras stopped the rot in the second term to narrow the deficit. The hosts got within 8 points at the interval 43:51. But the Warriors adjusted their offence in the third frame. They knocked down 27 points to open a 14-point lead at the final break. The Warriors never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) nailed 17 points, while Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) added 14 points for the winners. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) answered with 18 points and 12 boards for the Cobras as they fell at 6-14 record.

Bangkok Cobras: Gentry Lewis 18+12 boards, Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) 16
Indonesia Warriors: Evan Brock 29+10 boards, Mario Wuysang 17, Stanley Pringle 14



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  ISRAEL   

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.17.7 
 9. Carter, Maccabi17.5 
 10. Duncan, Maccabi16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaac ROSEFELT
  Bnei H.
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rosefelt, Bnei H.9.3 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.3 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.4 
 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. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 5. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.8 
 6. Thomas, Galil Gilb.4.8 
 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
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 2. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 3. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.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. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi1.7 
 10. Robinson, B.C. H.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. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.3 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi1.0 
 8. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.0 
 9. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 10. Rosefelt, Bnei H.1.0 


Premier League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Holon - Hapoel J-M 72-70

Hapoel J-M was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 18-15 charge of Hapoel Holon, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 14 points and 7 assists by international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) did not help to save the game for Hapoel J-M. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) added 18 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: D.Strawberry 18+4reb+1ast, Y.Naimy 14+3reb+7ast, B.Randle 11+7reb+1ast, R.Bradley 9+2reb+2ast, U.Kokia 7+5reb+3ast, E.Kadir 4+3reb
Hapoel Holon: B.Dunston 18+9reb+1ast, M.Roth 15+2reb+4ast, T.Mitchell 14+2reb+1ast, R.Lewis 14+7reb+6ast, O.Shaashoua 4+2reb, S.Daniel 4+2reb
gschID: 175812


B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi T-A 66-101

The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maccabi T-A forced 19 B.C. Habikaa turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. International guard Yogev Ohayon (189-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 7 assists. International swingman Guy Pnini (200-83) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for B.C. Habikaa. 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:
B.C. Habikaa: D.Dowell 17+9reb+1ast, T.Gillenwater 14+5reb+2ast, F.Robinson 9+3reb+2ast, N.Cohen 8+3reb, E.Skverer 5+4reb+6ast, I.Lev 4+1reb+3ast
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 14+4reb+2ast, D.Blu 14+4reb+1ast, G.Pnini 13+4reb+5ast, D.Smith 12+4reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 12+5reb+4ast, Y.Ohayon 12+3reb+7ast
gschID: 175813


Maccabi Ashdod - Galil Gilboa 75-69

The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi Ashdod looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) who scored 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: C.Fells 20+4reb+1ast, R.Travis 19+11reb+3ast, J.Jones 10+13reb+3ast, W.Hatcher 9+2reb+4ast, D.Yavzuri 8+4reb+2ast, O.Farhi 3+1reb+1ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 20+4reb+3ast, J.Duncan 15+7reb+3ast, M.Tapiro 10+5reb+9ast, I.Iram 10+5reb+4ast, A.Tyus 9+9reb+1ast, G.Karni 5
gschID: 175810


Ironi Ashkelon - Maccabi Rishon 81-80

American power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: N.Hanochi 18+4reb+1ast, J.Crawford 17+5reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 14+4reb+3ast, A.Uter 12+11reb+3ast, B.Bowman 11+5reb+2ast, A.Ben David 8+3reb+1ast
Ironi Ashkelon: M.Killingsworth 23+7reb+2ast, A.Simhon 15+3reb, R.Limonad 12+3reb+4ast, D.Mitchell 9+10reb+5ast, T.Skinn 8+5reb+1ast, N.Berkowitz 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 175811



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  ITALY   

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. Ferrarese, Castell.14.5 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino14.2 
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. Gandini, Trieste7.8 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.7 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.6 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.4 
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.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 3. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 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 


Nazionale A Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Playoff
Chieti - Treviglio 75-63

The game was mostly controlled by Chieti. Treviglio was better in fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Treviglio to just 7 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. Swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 21 points and guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Treviglio. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Chieti: F.Gialloreto 18+4reb, E.Rossi 18+16reb+2ast, A.Raschi 13+7reb+4ast, S.Rajola 13+2reb+6ast, M.Diomede 6+1reb+1ast, A.Iannone 4+3reb+4ast
Treviglio: A.Vitale 21+3reb+1ast, T.Marino 17+2reb+6ast, N.Cazzolato 7+11reb+2ast, T.Carnovali 7+2reb, J.Borra 4+5reb+1ast, G.Zanella 2+5reb
gschID: 175955


Omegna - Ferentino 70-71

The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ferentino forced 21 Omegna turnovers. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) chipped in 18 points. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian power forward Franco Prelazzi (205-79) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 20+5reb+3ast, F.Guarino 18+1reb+3ast, A.Iannuzzi 7+8reb, F.Ihedioha 6+3reb+1ast, L.Panzini 5+2reb+1ast, F.Gagliardo 5+2reb
Omegna: S.Masciadri 18+7reb+1ast, F.Prelazzi 11+5reb+1ast, A.Saccaggi 11+3reb, M.Bertolazzi 8+2reb+3ast, P.Paci 7+4reb, T.Raspino 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 175956


Trieste - Recanati 76-67

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Recanati won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trieste made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Trieste outrebounded Recanati 35-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) chipped in 16 points. Four Trieste players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Matteo Pierangeli (201-92) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Trieste: A.Moruzzi 16+8reb, M.Carra 16+2reb+1ast, L.Zaccariello 14+4reb, I.Ferraro 10+7reb+1ast, D.Mastrangelo 8+2reb+1ast, M.Ruzzier 6+4reb+5ast
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 18+6reb+1ast, M.Pierangeli 11+6reb, P.Chiarello 8+2reb, S.Centanni 5+1reb+1ast, R.Fossati 5+3reb+1ast, A.Pierini 4+1reb
gschID: 175957


Napoli - Trento 65-70

It looked good early as Napoli took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Trento took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Napoli to just 0 points in second quarter. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) nailed 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and forward Davide Pascolo (200-90) accounted for 13 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) came up with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and forward Simone Gatti (202-82) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Napoli in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 22+5reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 13+13reb, A.Forray 11+3reb+2ast, W.Santarossa 9+6reb+2ast, M.Spanghero 6+3reb+2ast, L.Conte 4+2reb
Napoli: S.Gatti 15+9reb+2ast, S.Lenardon 13+5reb+2ast, B.Musso 12+7reb+9ast, P.Rotondo 8+6reb, N.Rizzitiello 7+5reb+2ast, A.Iannilli 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 175954


Playout
Castelletto - Comsum.it SI 78-73

The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Castelletto made 29-of-35 charity shots (82.9 percent) during the game, while Comsum.it SI only scored eleven points from the stripe. Castelletto forced 19 Comsum.it SI turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Comsum.it SI helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Christian Villani (200-82) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Gabriele Spizzichini (195-92) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Comsum.it SI in the defeat. Four Comsum.it SI players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: S.Ferrarese 23+6reb+1ast, C.Villani 20+7reb+1ast, J.Zacchetti 13+5reb, F.Dri 8+4reb+3ast, M.Raminelli 6+12reb, A.Piazza 4+2reb+2ast
Comsum.it SI: G.Spizzichini 20+6reb+3ast, A.Tessitori 14+5reb, S.Simeoli 13+6reb+1ast, N.Mei 11+3reb+4ast, M.Pascolo 6+2reb, S.Bonfiglio 5+3reb
gschID: 175958


Matera - Ruvo 77-56

Ruvo was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 53-28 second half run of Matera. The former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Luca Tardito (201-89, agency: Players Group) accounted for 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Matera players scored in double figures. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds and guard Tommaso Laquintana (183-95) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Ruvo in the defeat. Ruvo's coach Giulio Cadeo gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Pilotti 15+11reb+2ast, A.LaGioia 15+1reb+1ast, L.Tardito 14+12reb+2ast, S.Vico 14+1reb+3ast, P.Aprea 7+2ast, G.Cantagalli 5+1reb+5ast
Ruvo: M.Tagliabue 30+16reb, P.de Martino 8, T.Laquintana 7+5reb+1ast, D.Merletto 4+5reb+3ast, A.Di Salvia 3+3reb, G.Valesin 2+2reb
gschID: 175959



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  IVORY COAST   

Standings

National 1A Standings
 1. ABC 13-0
 2. JCA 11-2
 3. Africa 9-4
 4. Generation 9-4
 5. SOA 7-6
 6. Zenith 6-7
 7. Ermess 5-8
 8. Phoenix 5-8
 9. Sewe 5-8
 10. Ivestp 4-9
 11. EBY 3-10
 12. Assaoufoue 1-12


ABC improved to 13-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News

ABC improved to 13-0 record on top after the win over ASSAOUFOUE 83:42. JCA follow them with 11-2 record beating GENERATION 67:55. After that loss the latter fell at 9-4 record which they now share with Africa. The latter won over EBY 79:63 to take the third position. In another games PHENIX beat IVESTP 68:35 and ZENITH edged SEWE 50:49. SOA overcame ERMESS 68:67.


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  JAPAN   

JBL2 Standings

JBL2 Standings
 1. Toyota Tsusho 24-3
 2. Aisin AW 20-7
 3. Kagoshima 18-9
 4. Hyogo S. 17-10
 5. TGI D-Rise 17-10
 6. Hitachi B. 13-14
 7. Ishikawa 11-16
 8. Kuroda Electric 8-19
 9. Toyoda Gosei 4-23
 10. Tokyo Big Blue 3-24



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  JORDAN   


Orthodox earn third win in a row, clinch title - by Eurobasket News

Orthodox - ASU 91:87

Orthodox earned Premier League title. They came back from 0-2 deficit in the championship series to conquer the trophy. Orthodox claimed the third straight win in the championship series over ASU tonight. Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) and Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) knocked down 23 points each to lead the winners.
ASU got to the better start. They accumulated a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the second period. Orthodox denied the distance and surged ahead however ASU regained control posting a 44:41 halftime lead. ASU stretched the margin to 9 points once again. And once again Orthodox reacted trimming the deficit to three points with ten minutes remaining 59:62. ASU seemed well in control of their fate when they accumulated an 11-point lead early in the fourth period 70:59. However Orthodox answered with a 12:0 run to spur in front. Orthodox soon gained an 8-point lead and then hung on to escape with a tough victory at the end. Eid also netted 23 points for Orthodox. Mousa Alawadi (180-G/F-85) reacted with 27 points for ASU. Islam Abbaas (203-C-80) had 16 points in the loss.

Orthodox: Zaid Abbas 23, Osama Daghles 23, Eid 23
ASU: Mousa Alawadi 27, Islam Abbaas 16



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Kaspiy claim Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Kaspiy Aktau celebrated the D1 Bronze medals. They shot down Tobol Kostanay 78:65 in the fourth game of the consolation final series to step onto the pedestal. Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-F-85, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
Kaspiy opened the game aggressively. They registered a 25:12 lead after ten minutes. The visitors poured in 28 points in the second term to stretch the margin at 25-point mark. Tobol adjusted their game in the third term. The home team cut the deficit to 19 points with one quarter remaining. Tobol got closer in the fourth frame but the margin proved too deep to overcome as Kaspiy rolled to the victory at the end. Andrei Malyshev (208-C-85) and Konstantin Dvirniy (192-G-88) added 13 points each for the winners. Anton Kotenko (192-G/F-84) came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Tobol. Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83, agency: Promotex) netted 10 points in the loss.



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  KENYA   


Barclays bank Neo Sasa Morans in NBA league - by Eurobasket News

Barclays Bank of Kenya on Saturday banked on their experience to humble Neosasa Morans 66 36 in the ongoing Nairobi Basketball Association League played at the Railways Sports Club.
Neosasa tactician Miller Victor while speaking after the match said their game plan was destroyed after their point guard Lameck Numuni suffered an ankle injury.
This had a heavy impact on our game. We had a problem in the offensive aspect of the game and also his absence was felt in the defence. Miller said.
Neo Sasa started the match stronger in the first quarter taking an early lead of 10 points against Barclays 8.Howevey, they slumped in the 2nd quarter where they were thrashed 19 8 to put the total points at 27 18 in favor of Barclays.
The third quarter was overwhelming for the Morans as they failed to cut through the Bankers defense line losing 21-2.
The bankers finished off what they had started and in the last quarter they triumphed again but with a close range this time round the quarter ending 18 16 with Neosasa trailing.
Neosasa will play against Dolphins on Sunday and their coach MillerVictor hopes to recover. He also blamed the loss to officiating,
We had some calls that were not considered and I personally feel that this affected us as well.
Neosasa so far have won two of their matches and lost two in the NBA league.

In other games played on Saturday Mt.Kenya University Thika Campus beat King Deaf 33 -23 while Saints beat Woodley Knights 69 -47.
Mt. Kenya University were beaten by another university side Multi Media 29 11.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



Equity mums Daystar to remain unbeaten in NBA - by Eurobasket News

Equity bank basketball team over the weekend silenced Athi- River based students Daystar University 69-52 to maintain their unbeaten run in the Nairobi Basketball Association League.

Equity whitewashed Daystar 23 points against a dismal 5 points in the first quarter to commence proceedings on a strong note in all departments.
The students tried to up their game in the 2nd quarter but Equity maintained supremacy to win the second quarter even though 17- 13.
Daystar looked a bit more energized in the third quarter pushing Equity to the wall with nice lay ups and strong defensive play and though they lost, it was by a single point of 17-16.
The pressure continued in the final quarter as Equity fizzled in stamina but it was little too late for the students to pull back a surprise comeback despite winning the final quarter 12- 18 .
Equity coach Radhi Ndalu while speaking after the match attributed the win to experience we had a cushion in the 1st quarter and this really helped us today. The experience that my players have also was a factor and what I can say is that they (Daystar) are a good team.
Equity captain Godfrey Abuya was also delighted by the win and when asked about potential threats to their title chase he wrote off Don Bosco saying they did not have anything to offer,
they have played in the league for some time and the fact that they have not moved up means that they have nothing to show. I am more wary of the teams that were relegated last season.

In the other end, Daystar Coach Peter Otieno was disappointed with his teams performance citing lack of motivation, in the 1st quarter we lacked the desire and passion to compete, we lost a number of obvious baskets and this was not good,
He went on to add that the teams defence failed to resist well we were not checking our men and simple balls were intercepted by the opponents.
So far Barclays bank and Equity have gone unbeaten in the league and Don Bosco also join them in that group.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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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, LU18.4 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja17.8 
 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, Liepaja13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 3. Dargais, LU7.7 
 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: 4.9
 1. Mayo, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Abernethy, Vents.4.1 
 4. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.9 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 7. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 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, Liepaja1.7 
 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 



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  LBQ   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 6: Monteregie - Revolution 70-97
May. 6: Page-Dynamo - Jaguars 67-77

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 12: Page-Dynamo - Monteregie
May. 13: Revolution - Seigneurs



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 27-3 
 2. Al Riyadi 25-4 
 3. Anibal 18-11 
 4. Sagesse 16-14 
 5. Moutahed 13-17 
 6. Byblos 10-19 
 7. Bejjeh 8-18 
 8. Hoops 6-23 

Finals: Round 1

May. 6: Champville - Anibal 69-84

Finals: Round 2

May. 8: Anibal - Champville


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville26.2 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.0 
 4. Gray, Byblos24.6 
 5. Johnson, Sagesse22.6 
 6. Youngblood, Anibal22.2 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed21.3 
 8. Hoskin, Champville20.5 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh18.9 
 10. Hurd, Anibal18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 2. Crump, Sagesse11.5 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.2 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.0 
 5. Hoskin, Champville10.8 
 6. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops8.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed8.3 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh7.6 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (189-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Akl, Anibal6.6 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed5.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 4. Gray, Byblos5.5 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.5 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse4.5 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi4.4 
 9. Barada, Byblos4.3 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD
  Anibal
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Youngblood, Anibal2.8 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed2.7 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 4. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.1 
 5. Estephane, Champvi.2.0 
 6. Akl, Anibal1.7 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse1.7 
 8. Thompson, Champvil.1.6 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh1.6 
 10. Bou Abboud, Bejj.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmad ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (205-F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops1.6 
 3. Crump, Sagesse1.5 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 5. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 6. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.3 
 7. Youngblood, Anibal1.1 
 8. Tabet, Anibal1.1 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh1.0 
 10. Hoskin, Champville1.0 


Anibal upset Champville in their home to take a 1-0 lead in the Finals..!!!! - 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. Johnson, Naglis P.14.6 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.6 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.13.9 
 7. Long, Siauliai13.4 
 8. Urbonas, Juventus13.3 
 9. Reminas, Naglis P.13.0 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.5 
 3. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.1 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.5 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.6.4 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.2 
 8. Valeika, Neptunas6.0 
 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. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.9 
 6. Popovic, Zalgiris3.8 
 7. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 8. Broadus, Siauliai3.6 
 9. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.5 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 2. Long, Siauliai2.0 
 3. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai1.6 
 5. Ginevicius, Kedain.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 



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  LUXEMBOURG   


AB Contern reinforces its roster - by Eurobasket Center

AB Contern is proud to announce today that Raul Birenbaum (182-G-89) and Christopher Jones (188-G-90) will join its mens basketball team. Both players agreed terms with AB Contern and will join the team beginning with the 2012/2013 season. Last month AB Contern has qualified for the Diekirch League 2012/2013.

Raul and Christopher are both part of the Luxembourg national basketball team and we are confident the knowledge and experience that they will add on our team will help in the persecutions of our common goals.



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 26-4 
 2. Guaymas 24-6 
 3. Tijuana 20-10 
 4. Cananea 16-14 
 5. Guasave 15-15 
 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 105-93

Regular Season: Round 31

May. 8: Tepic - Nogales
May. 8: Los Mochis - Tijuana
May. 8: Hermosillo - Guaymas
May. 8: Guasave - Cananea
May. 8: Culiacan - Navolato


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, Guasave20.7 
 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. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
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. Quintero, Tijuana3.3 
 10. Carter, Guasave3.2 
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. Toussaint, Los M.1.4 
 6. Giron, Guasave1.4 
 7. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 8. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 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. Tate, Tijuana0.7 


CIBACOPA Round 30: Leader Rayos de Hermosillo gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The round 30 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twentieth sixth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-20) 91-66. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 51-35 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Daniel Palazuelos who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Mychal Henderson (198-85, college: Ks Wesleyan) who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rayos de Hermosillo (26-4) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 20 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Nogales was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (14-16) played at the court of seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (14-16). Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to secure a 6-point victory 98-92. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Michael Gale contributed with 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for Pioneros Los Mochis. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Los Mochis. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) on the road in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Tepic was defeated by Cananea in a road game 120-107. Tijuana beat Guasave at home 105-93. Navolato lost to Guaymas on the opponent's court 73-89.
The best stats of 30th round was 32 points and 10 rebounds by Rodney Alexander of Cananea.


Hermosillo - Culiacan 91-66
Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twentieth sixth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-20) 91-66. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 51-35 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Daniel Palazuelos who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Mychal Henderson (198-85, college: Ks Wesleyan) who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) added 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rayos de Hermosillo (26-4) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 20 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: D.Palazuelos 22+8reb, B.Hamilton 15+7reb+1ast, P.Sanders 15+2reb+2ast, E.Little 14+12reb+1ast, J.Camacho 9+10reb, J.Coronado 7
Culiacan: R.Robinson 18+8reb, M.Henderson 14+9reb+3ast, R.Zamora 12+7reb, R.Lopez 7+1reb+2ast, J.Manuel Gutierrez 6+2reb, R.Navarro 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 171223


Cananea - Tepic 120-107
There was no surprise when 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (2-28) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Mineros de Cananea (16-14) 120-107. Coras de Tepic was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 42-18 charge of Mineros de Cananea, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Coras de Tepic was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 37 points (!!!) for the winners. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa) replied with 39 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Kavin Young added 28 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Coras de Tepic. Four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 16-14 record. Coras de Tepic lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Mineros de Cananea will play against Frayles de Guasave (#5) on the road in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.Thomas 37+3reb+2ast, R.Alexander 32+10reb+1ast, C.Moore 28+8reb+3ast, J.Casillas 8+1reb, F.Harris 6+1reb+8ast, A.Vasquez 4+3reb+5ast
Tepic: R.Reese 39+7reb+6ast, K.Young 28+5reb+3ast, E.Swanson 20+2reb+1ast, D.Riley 13+8reb+3ast, J.Orduno 4+1reb, A.Velarde 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 171220


Tijuana - Guasave 105-93
No shocking result in a game when third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (20-10) defeated at home 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (15-15) 105-93. It looked good early as Frayles de Guasave took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tijuana Zonkeys took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 12 points. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Tijuana Zonkeys forced 21 Frayles de Guasave turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 28 points and 5 steals for the winners. The former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) replied with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Dallas Green (203-88, college: Robert Morris) added 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 20-10 record having six points less than leader Hermosillo. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) on the road in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 28+3reb+1ast, C.Tate 26+8reb+1ast, O.Quintero 19+3reb+6ast, T.Gabbidon 17+5reb+5ast, L.Ramirez 11+1reb+1ast, E.Medina 4+3reb+4ast
Guasave: A.Izaguirre 21+6reb+4ast, V.Buelna 21+3reb, G.Giron 18+1reb+3ast, R.Carter 17+3reb+5ast, D.Green 12+13reb+4ast, F.Sanchez 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171221


Nogales - Los Mochis 98-92
The game in Nogales was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (14-16) played at the court of seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (14-16). Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to secure a 6-point victory 98-92. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) contributed with 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) added 23 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Los Mochis. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) on the road in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 33+12reb+1ast, M.Gale 27+4reb+4ast, K.Davis 19+10reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 11+10reb+3ast, B.Heredia 4+1reb, C.Estrada 2
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 23+10reb+3ast, S.Scott 23+11reb+2ast, C.M. Toussaint 19+7reb+4ast, W.Funn 18+5reb+4ast, E.Hare 5+3reb+2ast, L.Felipe Diaz 4+4reb
gschID: 171222


Guaymas - Navolato 89-73
Very expected game when 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (9-21) was defeated on the road by second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (24-6) 89-73. It looked good early as Garra Canera de Navolato took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ostioneros de Guaymas had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Garra Canera de Navolato was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-89. Ostioneros de Guaymas players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Garra Canera de Navolato's players. It was a good game for American guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Dominican-American guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Ostioneros de Guaymas have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Garra Canera de Navolato lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 21 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: H.Johnson 26+6reb+6ast, A.Pedroza 23+4reb+3ast, J.Habel 12+8reb, H.Carrillo 10+7reb+2ast, M.Allen 9+4reb+8ast, H.Nungaray 6+2reb+5ast
Navolato: R.Selleaze 23+5reb+3ast, D.McSwine 16+6reb+1ast, J.Angel Reatiga 10+4reb+3ast, C.Uribe 10+3reb, C.Moore 7+7reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 171219



Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 30 - by Eurobasket News

American Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Cananea and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Tepic (#10, 2-28) 120-107. Cananea maintains the 4th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Cananea is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 16-14 record. Alexander just recently signed at Cananea, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rodney Alexander averages this season 22.3ppg and 8.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Ray Reese (196-F-87) of Tepic. Reese impressed basketball fans with 39 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Tepic lost that game 107-120 to the higher-ranked Cananea (#4, 16-14). Tepic are still at the very bottom. 28 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Tepic managed to get this year. Reese is one of the most experienced players at Tepic and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.9ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.6rpg and 3.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Cananea's star - American Derek Thomas (193-F-84). Thomas got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He was another key player of Cananea, helping his team with a 120-107 easy win against the lower-ranked Tepic (#10, 2-28). Cananea needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 14 lost games. Thomas has a great season in Mexico. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (6th best). He also has FGP: 63.8% and 3PT: 41.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Haakim Johnson (201-G-87) of Guaymas - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales - 33 points and 12 rebounds
6. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Tijuana - 26 points and 8 rebounds
7. Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84) of Cananea - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 28 points and 3 rebounds
9. Michael Gale (193-G-82) of Nogales - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 14 points and 12 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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  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. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.6 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Chandler, New Y.9.8 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.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 Clippers9.0 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.6 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. 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 


Mavericks players ready to put out welcome mat for Deron Williams - by Eurobasket News

The Dallas Mavericks all but put up a billboard Sunday informing New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) that he needs to come back home and play for his hometown team.

The biggest advertisement came from forward Shawn Marion, who said of Williams: 'Get your [butt] home.'

Point guard Jason Kidd, who shares the same agent with Williams, plays a lot of golf with the native of The Colony. But Kidd said he would never try to influence his agent to come up with a package deal for him and Williams to land on the same team.

Kidd, though, did say he wouldn't mind re-signing with the Mavs and being the backup to Williams here in Dallas.

'Oh, I can definitely back him up,' Kidd said. 'That's an easy job.

'I can be a penalty killer, minutes killer. I'll just have to watch a little hockey and figure out how to kill time, but I could definitely accept that role.'

The 39-year Kidd was asked if he could beat out Williams -- he turns 28 on June 26 -- for the starting spot if both wind up playing for the Mavs next season.

'Can I beat him out?' Kidd asked. 'I don't know if I can even beat him in golf right now, so we'll see.'

It's against NBA rules for management from one team to talk about pursuing a player of another team who's under contract.

Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson did admit that his team wants to land a big fish in the off-season, but doesn't know his chances.

'It's like anything else, you hope for the best,'' Nelson said. 'But again, whether it happens or doesn't, that's why you have your contingency plans, and so we're hopeful.'

Williams is a huge Texas Rangers fan and reportedly showed up for church Sunday wearing a Josh Hamilton jersey. That's another plus the Mavs hope they have in their favor as they are more than anxious to secure Williams.

'He's a Rangers fan, I guess,' forward Dirk Nowitzki said. 'He can watch plenty of games.'

Nowitzki said it's way too early to sink his teeth into whether or Williams will become a member of the Mavericks.

'It's May, and he knows he's got a big decision to make,' Nowitzki said. 'It's obvious that we'd love to have him, but so would a lot of other teams, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens there this summer.

'I was fortunate enough to spend some time around him during All-Star games. He's a great dude and he's from here, so I think it would be a great fit, but hey, that's not my decision.'

Courtesy of www.star-telegram.com



Noah ditches crutches but will sill miss Game 5 - by Eurobasket News

Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) ditched his crutches Sunday in favor of a large walking boot to protect his severely sprained left ankle, which also will force him out of Tuesday's Game 5 at least.

Despite coach Tom Thibodeau calling Noah day-to-day and saying he is improving, Noah still can't put full weight on the ankle, which remains swollen.

'Jo's a much better shooter than he's given credit for and can knock down those 16-foot shots pretty consistently,' said Thibodeau, when asked what they miss. 'That opens things up for you.'

Omer Asik made his third career and first postseason start, finishing with one point and six rebounds in 22 minutes, 30 seconds. The Bulls' big men combined for 38 points, 29 rebounds and seven blocks, cheered on by Noah from the bench in street clothes.

'Our bigs were fine,' Thibodeau said. 'When you weigh defense, rebounding and shot blocking, they did a good job.'

Rotation roulette: After six scoreless quarters, C.J. Watson rewarded Thibodeau's patience by scoring 17 second-half points, including 10 in the fourth.

'I thought he would play well and I like the way he persevered,' Thibodeau said. 'He missed some shots early. He didn't let that affect the way he played the rest of the way. Then he got his confidence going.'

Thibodeau again opted for Kyle Korver late over Richard Hamilton, who played just 27 seconds in the fourth quarter.

'I thought in the second quarter that group played very well together,' Thibodeau said. 'So that's just the way it went. Rip is doing a good job for us. We have to count on both guys.'

Deng it! Luol Deng logged 32:39 despite falling hard on his injured left wrist in the first quarter and wincing throughout.

'It's been injured the whole year,' Deng said. 'I took a tough fall there. I've been falling on it all year. It's been tough. I know I can play with it. So when something like that happens, I just have to get up and keep going.'

Achilles' heel: 76ers forward Andre Iguodala was supposed to be far below 100 percent while dealing with right Achilles tendonitis. His one-hand tip-dunk and fast-break slam would say otherwise.

'The first half, it was really bothering me,' Iguodala said. 'And I think the adrenaline kind of carried me.'

Iguodala harassed Deng on defense, fed teammates in transition and scrambled for loose balls. He even hit two key free throws with 26.6 seconds left.

'He's not a great scorer. He's a great player,' 76ers coach Doug Collins said. 'Sometimes, we equate dollar signs with a guy's contract to how many points is he giving you. I equate it to, 'What was a man's impact on the game?' And Dre has had an impact on every one of these games.'

Iguodala finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals in a team-high 43 minutes.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com



Baron Davis taken off court with knee injury - by Eurobasket News

Baron Davis (6'3''-PG-79, college: UCLA) injured his right knee during Game 4 of the Miami Heat-New York Knicks first-round playoff series and was taken off the court on a stretcher. The injury was diagnosed a dislocated patella, ESPN's Lisa Salters reported. Davis is expected to be examined further on Monday to determine if there is any structural damage, according to Salters.

With 5:15 to go in the third quarter and the Knicks having narrowed the Miami lead to one, Davis pulled up while leading the Knicks on a fast break. He clutched the knee as he lay on the floor in obvious pain.

The Knicks are already significantly depleted at guard. Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Miami series, and Jeremy Lins been out since March 24 with a knee injury of his own. Lin said hes not sure if hell be able to return for the rest of the series. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Miami.

Asked by Salters for his reaction to what Salters said looked like a horrible knee injury, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said, 'Its been a tough year for us as far as injuries. Hes got a tough injury on his hands. I dont know how bad it is, but hopefully he has a speedy recovery.'

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



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

East
Dallas M. - Oklah.City T. 97-103
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

New York K. - Miami Heat 89-87
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

Philadelph.76 - Chicago B. 89-82
His coach called Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) 's 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

Orlando M. - Indiana P. 99-101 OT
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

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Utah Jazz - San Antonio S. 81-87
Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) broke out of his shooting slump with 17 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 87-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night and a sweep of their first-round Western Conference series. Ginobili was 0 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first three games. But after Utah pulled within 61-58 with 3:18 left in the third, he hit consecutive 3-pointers then added another as the Spurs regained control, taking a 76-58 lead early in the fourth. The Jazz went scoreless for more than 8 minutes during a 15-0 Spurs run. Utah made a furious charge late and was within 83-79 on Al Jefferson's putback with 49 seconds left. But Ginobili's fastbreak layup after a steal by Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) sealed it. .Utah's Big 3 lineup with Derrick Favors at power forward kept the Jazz close, but San Antonio's bench made the difference, outscoring the Jazz's reserves 47-10. Top-seeded San Antonio advanced to the second round and awaits the winner of the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series, which may not be settled until Sunday. The Spurs are on a 14-game winning streak and looking to make amends for a first-round upset by Memphis last year. The Jazz have lost eight straight playoff games as they were swept by the Lakers in the second round two years ago. It was only the second first-round sweep in Jazz history, the other coming in 1989. The young, inexperienced Jazz put up a fight at the end, but it was too little too late. The Spurs won Game 1 by 15 points, Game 2 by 31 and Game 3 by 12, relying on MVP candidate Parker and the deepest bench in the league. With Parker scoring 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting Monday, and starters Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green struggling offensively, the Spurs bench picked up the slack. 'We've been a deeper team this year than we usually are and it sure came in handy tonight,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Ginobili, who missed 32 games because of injury in the regular season, shot just 6 of 26 in the first three games but came up big when the Spurs needed him most. Tim Duncan added 11 points and was the only other starter in double figures for the Spurs. Stephen Jackson added 11 points and Tiago Splitter had 10 for the Spurs. Jefferson led Utah with 26 points on 13-of-19 shooting, and had 10 rebounds. Devin Harris added 19 points but shot just 6 of 17. Favors, making his first postseason start, added 16 points and blocked shots by Parker and Splitter. Gordon Hayward, who finished the regular season strong, shooting .507 from the field and 49 percent from 3-point range over the final 13 games, went 0 for 7 overall on Monday. Utah's first two players off the bench, Alec Burks and Josh Howard, were a combined 0 for 10 from the field. Before the game Jefferson conceded that the Spurs simply were the better team, and the best in the NBA. On Monday they showed why. Still, the Jazz made a game of it after trailing by as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter. 'Some people thought it was over and the Jazz ran it right at us,' Popovich said. 'They don't quit. They are a class team and a class organization and (coach) Ty (Corbin) is continuing that.' The Spurs are seeking their fifth NBA title, having won in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007, going through the Jazz for the last of the championships. San Antonio has won the last two playoff series with Utah after losing three during the 1990s when the Jazz had a different Big 3 with coach Jerry Sloan, Karl Malone and John Stockton. The Jazz are in the midst of a youth movement, with four players 22 or younger - and all getting valuable playoff experience. While the Spurs may have a week to rest before playing their next game, the Jazz will be clearing out their lockers Tuesday - some perhaps for good. San Antonio's bench outscored Utah's 33-4 in the first half, with DeJuan Blair, Stephen Neal and Jackson getting six points apiece while Ginobili, Matt Bonner and Splitter had five each. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Denver N. - LA Lakers 88-92
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

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 101-97 OT
The Los Angeles Clippers' 10-point lead late in regulation had evaporated, and Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) stood helplessly at their bench with hands on hips after fouling out in overtime. A building full of red-shirted fans sat nervously, dreading another disaster for a franchise with more than its share. Except Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) wasn't around for any of the Clippers' bad times. While everybody else worried, he calmly shepherded his club out of another perilous spot and onto the brink of something big. Paul scored eight of his 27 points in a dynamic overtime performance, and the Clippers moved to the verge of their second playoff series victory in 36 years with a 101-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, taking a 3-1 series lead. 'It's fun, it's exciting,' said Paul, who atoned for his inability to score at the regulation buzzer. 'The worst mistake I probably made in the game was not getting the shot at the end of regulation,' he added. 'If I was at home watching it on TV, I'd be talking so bad about me. But you've got to get through it. The [best] thing about it is that I have teammates that have confidence in me. Everything that we do is a team win.' Maybe so, but the Clippers were ever so grateful to rely on their All-Star point guard. Griffin had 30 points and seven assists before fouling out with 2:26 left in overtime for the Clippers, who blew an 84-74 lead over the final 4 minutes of regulation before Paul took charge in the overtime. He played with the same intensity he showed late in regulation, heedlessly flinging himself over the front row of chairs in an attempt to save a loose ball. 'He's a great player, and that's what great players do,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Memphis, with Game 6 back at Staples Center on Friday if necessary. After Paul hit consecutive jumpers to put the Clippers ahead 99-93 with 44 seconds left, Mike Conley's layup with 8.1 seconds left trimmed the Clippers' lead back to two points. But after Mo Williams hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left and Rudy Gay missed a meaningless 3-pointer, Griffin and Paul embraced while another frenzied sellout crowd of long-suffering Clippers fans roared. 'Chris is always intense,' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. 'That's what makes him special. Chris is so good, not only at making plays for himself, but making the right play. That's what makes him a star.' Conley scored a career playoff-high 25 points and Gay had 23 on 8-of-25 shooting for the Grizzlies, who couldn't match Paul's late-game poise in another thrilling chapter of a highly entertaining series with four games decided by a total of 15 points. 'It's good TV, man, get the ratings up,' Paul said. 'We don't want any blowouts. There's a reason we finished 4-5 [in the Western Conference standings] with one game between us. We have a lot of competitive guys that don't give up in this series. We have two teams that are going to fight until the end.' In their breakthrough season since pairing Paul with Griffin, the Clippers need one more victory to win their second playoff series since the erstwhile Buffalo Braves moved to California. Los Angeles beat Denver in the first round in 2006, but hadn't been back to the postseason until this spring. Caron Butler, playing with a broken bone in his left hand, scored 14 points for the Clippers, who still can't be comfortable after getting outrebounded 47-36 and giving away a big late lead. After the Clippers rallied from big fourth-quarter deficits in their first two victories, Memphis rallied to 85-83 on Zach Randolph's jumper with 1:25 left. Gay hit the tying jumper in the final minute of regulation, and Paul drove for the go-ahead layup -- his only points of the fourth quarter -- before Randolph coolly hit two tying free throws with 20.4 seconds left. Paul couldn't get a shot on the final possession of regulation, with Tony Allen and Gay swarming him -- but he didn't quit. 'It's Chris Paul. He made his name off doing that,' Gay said. 'He's a tough guard. We can try and make it tougher on him, but still he's going to make plays and make his teammates better. That's what he's been doing.' The Clippers led 95-89 when Griffin fouled out, and the Grizzlies trimmed it to two points on jumpers by Conley and Gay. Paul went to work, shaking loose from defenders and hitting back-to-back jumpers sandwiching a turnover by Conley. 'Defensively in the overtime, we got three stops in a row, and Chris came down and hit big shot after big shot,' Griffin said. 'We keep telling ourselves, and we've said this all year, it starts on defense for us.' Fans filled Staples Center well before tipoff, donning their giveaway red T-shirts and standing to cheer on the majority of Los Angeles' possessions. They raised Staples Center's intensity to a level it hadn't seen since ... well, Sunday, when the Los Angeles Kings' fans roared throughout their second-round NHL clincher over St. Louis. The tone was set in the first quarter: In a scintillating 2 minute stretch, the teams combined for six 3-pointers, an alley-oop from Paul to DeAndre Jordan and a technical foul for Gay. Butler, who broke his hand in the opener and sat out Game 2 before surprisingly returning for Game 3, scored 11 points and checked out to a standing ovation in the first quarter. Memphis kept constant pressure on Griffin, forcing the two-time All-Star to be resourceful while keeping his temper in check. Randolph got a technical foul in the second quarter when he fouled Griffin roughly on the shoulder and then chest-bumped him, but Griffin only chuckled while Randolph, the former Clippers big man, was pulled away from him. The Grizzlies got tough, but the NBA's leaders in steals didn't get a single steal in the first half. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Boston C. - Atlanta H. 101-79
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



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Alaska-Fairbanks signs JuCo Transfer - by Sanjey Noriega

From: Alaskananooks.com

FAIRBANKS, Alaska Alaska men's basketball head coach Mick Durham announced the program has landed its second recruit as Ronnie Baker (Vallejo, Calif./Diablo Valley College) signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Nanooks in 2012-13.

Ronnie brings us experience on the perimeter, Durham said. He can score the ball and also brings toughness on the defensive end as well.

Baker, a 6-3 guard who will enter as a junior, averaged 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds this past season for Diablo Valley College. In addition he also dished out 2.3 assists and had 2.2 steals per outing.

A two-year starter for DVC, he was an All-Big 8 Conference First Team selection this past year and made Honorable Mention as a freshman. In two seasons, he helped his squad to a combined 50-11 record and a pair of California Community College Athletic Association State Championships appearances.

Ronnie comes from a very well-respected Northern California junior college that just wins and does things the right way, Durham said. I'm really looking forward to him bringing those qualities to our program.

From day one, Ronnie was committed both in the classroom and in the gym 100 percent, Diablo Valley head coach Steve Coccimiglio said. Coach Durham is getting a leader. He's a versatile player, he's a winner and he does the little things within a team and he proved that in high school and here as we ended up with 50 wins over two years.

Baker joins incoming freshman guard Cody Pierson (Twin Bridges, Mont./Twin Bridges) on Durham's list of men's basketball players who have signed with the program for next year.



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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 


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

26-year old forward Marcel Jones (203-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hub Jets and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Taranaki MA (#4, 7-8) with 17-point margin 102-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Hub Jets is placed at 3rd position in New Zealand league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hub Jets will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. Jones just recently signed at Hub Jets, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Oregon State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.8ppg) and assists (4th best: 3.8apg).

Second best performed player last round was Justin Bailey (188-G-77) of Harbour H.. He is American guard in his first season at Harbour H.. In the last game Bailey recorded impressive 33 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Harbour H. to edge the higher-ranked Hub Jets (#3, 7-5) by 4 points 94-90. Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Harbour H. managed to get this year. Bailey is one of the most experienced players at Harbour H. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Manawatu J. (#3). Horvath scored 21 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hub Jets, leading his team to a 102-85 easy win against #4 ranked Taranaki MA in a game of the week. Hub Jets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Horvath has a great season in New Zealand. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 16.0rpg (#1 in league). Nick Horvath has also New Zealand passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Pace (198-G/F-83) of Hub Jets - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets - 22 points and 18 rebounds
6. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ismail Muhammad (198-F-83) of Auckland P. - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Phill Jones (196-G-74) of Nelson G. - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lawrence Abney (203-F-77) of Southland S. - 25 points and 6 rebounds
10. Lindsay Tait (192-G-82) of Auckland P. - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  NIGERIA   


Dodan Warriors Maintain Lead at Atlantic Conference - by Eurobasket News

Lagos Dodan Warriors yesterday continued with their good run in the DStv Premier Basketball League with a nervous victory over rivals Islanders.

The Warriors who won the encounter by 14 points margin were stretched to limit by the power playing Islanders who gave a good account of themselves but crumbled for lack of cohesion and team work.

The match eventually ended 91-77, with the Sam Ahmedu boys winning the four quarters at 20-14, 44-31, 64-44 and 91-77.

Ahmedu in a post match chat admitted that his boys played below expectation and tasked them that the race for the title has just begun.

'Since we won our first four games my boys taught the league has been won but I have just told them that since they are the target having not lost any match they need to work harder to remain at the top. Basketball is a cruel sport even if you are leading with only 3 minutes to go with 20 points it is not over he said.

He said what kept them going was because the boys had been together in camp, sleeping, eating and training together.

He promised the players additional bonus if they could win the remaining four matches left just as they face Islanders in the return leg next Sunday.

In other matches played over the weekend, Royal Hooper defeated Comets 65-52 to maintain the second position at the Conference while Police Machine team humiliated last years final eight runners up Union Bank by 64-56 margin.
Courtesy of Daily Trust



Kano Pillars Halt Defenders Winning Streak - by Eurobasket News

The Defenders lost to Kano Pillars in the DStv premier Basketball league by 77-65 points. The Civil Defense team which had a bad start this season did a great come back during the week 8 and 9 of the DStv premier Basketball league in the Savannah conference.

The Defenders were able to beat Yelwa Hawks and Kada Stars in the week 8 and 9 respectively. The Yelwa Hawks and Kada Stars hold second and third positions in the Savannah conference of the DStv Premier Basketball league.

The presumption held in different quarters regarding the fortunes of the club, which had turned for the better was dashed when the impressive Kano Pillars crushed their dream of continuing their winning streak. The defeat of the Civil Defense by Kano Pillars will make other teams in the Savannah conference wary of a clash with the latter.

Coach of the Defenders, Paul Gombwar, revealed that his team was lucky to escape with a 12 points defeat as it is not unusual for Kano Pillars to win games by more than 20 points.

He assured fans of the team that the next game with Yelwa Hawks will be an assured win. The Civil Defense had earlier outclassed the Yelwa Hawks in the week 8 of the DStv premier Basketball league at the Savannah conference.
Courtesy of: Leadership (Abuja)



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Argentina0-0
2. France0-0
3. Tunisia0-0
4. USA0-0
Group B
1. Australia0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Chile0-0
4. U.Kingdom0-0
5. Spain0-0
Qualification Gr.A
1. Greece0-0
2. Jordan0-0
3. P.Rico0-0
Qualification Gr.B
1. Lithuania0-0
2. Nigeria0-0
3. Venezuela0-0
Qualification Gr.C
1. Dominican R.0-0
2. S.Korea0-0
3. Russia0-0
Qualification Gr.D
1. Angola0-0
2. FYR Macedon.0-0
3. N.Zealand0-0



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  PHILIPPINES   

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  B-Meg L.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Bowles, B-Meg L.26.3 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.19.1 
 3. Cardona, Meralco17.8 
 4. Yap, B-Meg Llam.15.2 
 5. Miller, Barako Bull14.9 
 6. Castro, Talk N Te.14.5 
 7. Seigle, Barako Bull13.9 
 8. Cortez, Ginebra11.4 
 9. Simon, B-Meg Llam.11.1 
 10. deOcampo, Talk N.10.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.0 
 2. Bowles, B-Meg L.12.5 
 3. Hatfield, Ginebra7.2 
 4. Cardona, Meralco6.8 
 5. Williams, Talk N.5.8 
 6. Taulava, Meralco5.5 
 7. Tubid, Barako Bull5.5 
 8. Pena, Barako Bull5.4 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.5.4 
 10. Allado, Barako Bu.5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Cortez, Ginebra5.4 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.8 
 4. Miller, Barako Bull3.7 
 5. Urbiztondo, B-Meg3.3 
 6. Castro, Talk N Te.3.2 
 7. Bowles, B-Meg L.3.0 
 8. Cardona, Meralco2.6 
 9. Yap, B-Meg Llam.2.3 
 10. Harvey, Talk N T.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.5 
 3. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 4. Cortez, Ginebra1.1 
 5. Urbiztondo, B-Meg1.0 
 6. Dillinger, Talk N.1.0 
 7. Castro, Talk N Te.1.0 
 8. Arboleda, Barako B.0.9 
 9. Hatfield, Ginebra0.9 
 10. Seigle, Barako Bu.0.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  B-Meg L.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.9 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.0.9 
 3. Peek, Talk N Text0.8 
 4. Pingris, B-Meg L.0.7 
 5. Williams, Talk N.0.6 
 6. Borboran, Meralco0.5 
 7. Seigle, Barako Bull0.5 
 8. Taulava, Meralco0.5 
 9. Ross, Meralco0.4 
 10. Dillinger, Talk N.0.4 


Asean Basketball League Roundup: May 3-6, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

SAIGON HEAT over BANGKOK COBRAS, 77-69
The Saigon Heats home crowd was out in full force to support their team as they defeated the Bangkok Cobras. Both teams may be out of the playoffs, but it didnt stop the players from still putting on a great game.

Jonathan Jones proved once again why he is a fan favourite when he finished as the games top scorer with 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat. Teammate Robert Sanz finished with 17 points behind him. Sanz also shot 57% from the 3-point line, putting in a couple of important threes that helped the Heat maintain the lead throughout the entire game. Jahmar Thorpe rounded out the Heats top three scorers with 14 points.

Gentry Lewis led the Cobras in scoring with 23 points and 15 rebounds despite being 3-for-13 from the free throw line. Chanachon Klahan also had a good game and converted 70% of his field goal attempts to record 17 points. The Cobras other import, Travis George, did not make an appearance in this game and the AirAsia ABL is currently investigating the matter.

SGH 77- Jones 29, Sanz 17, Thorpe 14, Smith 9, Trieu 4, Nguyen 2, Javier 2
BKC 69- Lewis 23, Klahan 17, Reyes 16, Cruz 7, Kruatiwa 4, Chaiwat 2
QS: 25-14, 42-30, 60-51, 77-69

WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 94-79
With the Indonesia Warriors and the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers breathing down their necks, the Westports Malaysia Dragons wanted to make sure they got the win in this game. Despite already being out of the playoffs, though, the Chang Thailand Slammers did not make it easy for them.

Tiras Wade led the Dragons in scoring with 33 points and Brian Williams recorded another double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Patrick Cabahug had a spectacular game as he shot 67% from the field to record 22 points.

The Slingers Calvin Williams had a game-high 34 points followed by teammate Christopher Garnetts 16.

Cabahug stepped up for the Dragons as he opened up the fourth quarter by driving through traffic to complete a layup then following that with a three. At the 8 minute mark, the Dragons had already erected a 13-point lead. In the final two minutes, Kwan Yoong Jing proved his worth as he rose up with a fantastic block against Darongpan Apiromvilaichai and followed that with back-to-back baskets to help the Dragons seal the win.

WMD 94- Wade 33, Cabahug 22, Williams 16, Batumalai 8, Belasco 5, Kwaan 4, Lau 2, Ng 2, Loh 2
CTS 79- Williams 34, Garnett 16, Apiromvilaichai 9, Sangthong 6, Lertmalaiporn 5, Leynes 4, Pinitpatcharalert 3, Wongsawangtum 2
QS: 23-16, 50-32, 61-55, 94-79

AIRASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS over JOBSTREET.COM SINGAPORE SLINGERS, 90-84
Anthony Johnson took his team on his backand scored20 points in the final 10 minutes to help the Patriots get a come-from-behind win over the Singapore Slingersat the Ynares Sports Arena.

Johnson finished the game with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Nakiea Miller had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Patriots ended the Slingers playoffs hopes.

The Patriots were down 53-64 with 09:45 left after a basket from Louis Graham. Then Johnson, who only had 6 points through 3 quarters, went aliveand sparkeda 13-2 run, in which he contributed 9 points,to make it 66-all with 7:09 left.

Thingsgotworsefor the Slingers when Ardy Larong, Johnson, and Miller made three straight three-point shotsto make it 81-69 with 4:01 left.TheSlingers, however, did not give up. They managed to make a late 15-6 runthat trimmed their deficit to 87-84 after a Graham free throw.

With 29 seconds left, the Slingers got the ball back after Al Vergara was chargedwith a five-second violation.Unfortunately,Kyle Jeffers, who had 25 points in the first half, was not able to tie the game with his three-point attempt. The Slingers were forced to foul Miller,buthe onlymanagedto convert one out of his two free throws to make it 88-84 with 23 second left. The Patriots secured their 15th win of the season after Don Dulay missed a three-point shot and Johnson made two free throws with 6 seconds lefton the clock.

Jeffers was held to only 5 points in the last 20 minutes after having his way in the first half. Jeffers finished by scoring a season-high 30 points and 15 rebounds. Graham added 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The Slingers are out of the playoffs race with this loss because, at best, they can end the season with the same record as the Indonesia Warriors, who have the lead in their season series.

APP 90- Johnson 26, Miller 20, Larong 9, Arellano 6, Ramos 6, Raymundo 6, Vergara 5, Wainwright 5, Fernandez 3, Rodriguez 2, Laure 2
SGS 84- Jeffers 30, Graham 20, Dulay 13, Canta 6, Wong 6, Oh 5, Matialakan 4
QS: 13-22, 31-44, 53-62, 90-84

INDONESIA WARRIORS over BANGKOK COBRAS, 99-79
The Indonesia Warriors clinched their playoff berth and now look to enter the playoffs with a great deal of momentumafterextending their winning streak to four-games by defeatingthe Bangkok Cobras at the Chulalongkorn University.

Evan Brock led all scoring with 29 points for theWarriorswell-balancedoffense, where sixplayersfinished in double-digits. Mario Wuysang finished with 17 points and Stanley Pringle added 14 points for the Warriors, who will end their regular season on Sunday against the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The Warriors are still on fourth position and have the same record astheWestports Malaysia Dragons,who are currently at third. The Dragons have the lead in the season series,but the Warriors still have a chance to grab third position if the Dragons slipupat home against the Slingers on Wednesday May 9th andthe Warriors can beat the Slingers next Sunday.

Gentry Lewis finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Bangkok. Marvin Cruz and Chanachon Klahan added 16 and 14 points respectively. The Cobras end their season at home against Saigon Heat on Sunday May 13th.

INW 99- Brock 29, Wuysang 17, Pringle 14, Prihantono 12, Thomas 12, Canada 10, Gunawan 3, Ristanto 2
BKC 79- Lewis 18, Cruz 16, Klahan 14, Reyes 9, Wanna 8, George 8, Apiromvilaichai 6
QS: 33-23, 51-43, 78-64, 99-79

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



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  POLAND   

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. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.7 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.6 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Hrycaniuk, Asseco8.8 
 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. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.2 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.2 
 2. Blassingame, Assec.6.0 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.9 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.2 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
 10. Moore, PGE Turow4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 2. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 4. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 5. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 6. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 8. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 9. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 10. Comagic, PBG B.1.3 
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 


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. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.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. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 7. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.7 
 9. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.0 
 10. Sobkowiak, AZS P.8.9 
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.6.3 
 4. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.2 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 8. Rapucha, Tur B.5.2 
 9. Kindlik, MKS L.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. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 7. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 8. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 9. Hybiak, AZS P.3.7 
 10. Wrobel, GTK G.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. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.2.1 
 10. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 


End of the career of the Polish legend - by Maciej Paszyn

Slask Wrocaw lost quarterfinal with Trefl Sopot and came off more distant rivalry. It also fixed the end of the professional career of, most titled player of the Polish league Adam Wojcik (207-F-70, agency: Beo Basket).
He commenced the career in the extra league in season 1987 / 88 in the Gwardia Wrocaw club. In first season he played only in six meetings, scoring 15 points altogether. However in the following years his career dynamically developed. 'Oawa' played also in clubs from Bytom, Pruszkw, Sopot, Poznan ,Zgorzelec and abroad in Belgium, Greece, Spain and Italy. Wjcik is also an eight-times champion of Poland (Slask Wrocaw, Mazowszanka Pruszkw and Prokom Trefl Sopot), the champion of Belgium as well as the four-times participant in the European championships (1991, 1997, 2007, 2009). Wjcik is also a legend of Polish national team. He played 149 matches in it (25. a place in history, matches exclusively official, by points and social). Altogether he scored 1821 points in them what is the tenth result in history. Hes last game in national team was EuroBasket 2009 group game against team of Spain.

Adam Wjcik finished his career in Tauron Basketball League with the 10 087 number of points scored in 651 matches. It is giving the average to 15.5 point to the match. 7 March 2012 he crossed the magic 10 000 crash barrier of scored points in the match with PBG with Basketball Poznan.




2Liga Round 1 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Astoria Bydg. - AZS PP Poznan 84-67

Astoria earned the opening win in Group A Final. The game was mostly controlled by Astoria Bydg.. AZS PP Poznan was better in second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria Bydg. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to AZS PP Poznan's 38. Astoria Bydg. forced 22 AZS PP Poznan turnovers and outrebounded them 49-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by AZS PP Poznan's players. Astoria Bydg. brought some defensive toughness making 14 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) answered with 13 points and 4 assists and forward Pawel Stankiewicz (195-82) added 12 points in the effort for AZS PP Poznan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: S.Laydych 24+10reb+4ast, M.Bierwagen 18+11reb+4ast, P.Lewandowski 14+6reb+8ast, A.Barszczyk 12+7reb+3ast, F.Czyznielewski 5+2reb+2ast, D.Szyttenholm 4+9reb+2ast
AZS PP Poznan: P.Hybiak 13+3reb+4ast, T.Baszak 12+3reb, P.Stankiewicz 12+3reb+2ast, K.Tkacz 8+4reb+1ast, M.Sobkowiak 7+7reb+1ast, M.Rostalski 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 175897


Group B
Slask II W. - BM Wegiel Stal 67-55

Slask II toppled BM Wegiel Stal in Wroclaw. The game was mostly controlled by Slask II W.. BM Wegiel Stal managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Slask II W. won last quarter 15-5. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BM Wegiel Stal to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Slask II W. dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to BM Wegiel Stal's 22. Slask II W. forced 23 BM Wegiel Stal turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask II W. made 15 blocks. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (195-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: R.Hyzy 17+11reb+2ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 16+5reb+3ast, A.Grygiel 11, T.Bodzinski 6+2reb, N.Kulon 6+1ast, R.Glapinski 6+1reb+2ast
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Dymala 23+7reb+1ast, J.Dryjanski 12+9reb+1ast, L.Olejnik 8+5reb, M.Kalowski 6+1reb+1ast, M.Zebski 4+4reb, M.Matczak 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 175898


Group C
PWiK Piaseczno - UMKS Kielce 83-88

UMKS Kielce surprised PWiK Piaczno on the road. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But PWiK Piaseczno won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when UMKS Kielce won last quarter 23-19. They also forced 19 PWiK Piaseczno turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 12 blocks. Center Dariusz Wyka (207-91) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four UMKS Kielce players scored in double figures. Center Wojciech Bocianowski (206-86, college: Caldwell) produced 19 points and 4 steals and guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) added 19 points and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. PWiK Piaseczno's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: D.Wyka 28+10reb, M.Wrobel 17+6reb+2ast, A.Busz 14+4reb+2ast, L.Fafara 12+1reb+2ast, P.Bacik 8+7reb+6ast, H.Makuch 7+1reb+3ast
PWiK Piaseczno: W.Bocianowski 19+4reb+3ast, D.Majewski 19+4reb+2ast, A.Paszkiewicz 15+4reb+5ast, D.Zapert 9+8reb+2ast, P.Andres 8+6reb, M.Wojtynski 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 175899



PLK Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom - Zastal ZG 94-90

Asseco Prokom clinched the first win in the semifinals versus Zastal Zielona Gora. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-18. But Zastal ZG won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zastal ZG was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) nailed 31 points and 7 assists for the winning side and international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 14 rebounds. Asseco Prokom's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 23 points and 4 assists respectively for Zastal ZG in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: J.Blassingame 31+2reb+7ast, A.Hrycaniuk 14+14reb, M.Kuebler 14+3reb+1ast, F.Dmitriev 10+2reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 9+2reb+3ast, P.Frasunkiewicz 7+5reb
Zastal ZG: K.Archibeque 25+8reb+2ast, W.Hodge 23+4reb+4ast, K.Chanas 15+2reb+1ast, M.Sroka 8+5reb+1ast, M.Flieger 7+1reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 176122


Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow 94-98

PGE Turow outgunned Trefl in Sopot to take 1-0 lead. Trefl Sopot trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 30-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-98 at the end of the game. Lithuanian guard Giedrius Gustas (190-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 19 points. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: G.Gustas 20+1reb+4ast, D.Kickert 19+3reb+2ast, D.Jackson 12+3reb+1ast, A.Cel 11+3reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 10+3reb+3ast, R.Moore 7+4ast
Trefl Sopot: L.Koszarek 22+4reb+3ast, F.Dylewicz 21+5reb+4ast, J.Turek 18+11reb+1ast, J.Mallett 11+3reb, A.Waczynski 10, V.Cummings 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 176123



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Proliga Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alges - Oliveirense 79-72

Alges recorded the second straight win over Oliveirense. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Oliveirense won second period 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alges made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood, FL) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Antonio Pires (185-86) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Joao Abreu (179-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists and center Andre Pereira (200-90) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alges: S.Correia 18+6reb+1ast, D.White 17+13reb+4ast, A.Pires 17+6reb+8ast, J.Manuel 15+6reb+1ast, F.Mendonca 7+2reb, D.Vieira 5+5reb+2ast
Oliveirense: A.Pereira 20+11reb+1ast, J.Abreu 17+6reb+12ast, D.Jefferson 13+12reb+1ast, S.Johnson 12+7reb, N.Freitas 6+2reb+1ast, R.Azevedo 4+1ast
gschID: 176210


Fisica - Galitos-Tley 88-74 OT

Fisica needed overtime to outscore Galitos-Tley to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Fisica. Galitos-Tley managed to win fourth quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Galitos-Tley used huge pressure winning it 20-10 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-20. 26 personal fouls committed by Galitos-Tley helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) who scored 31 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Carlos Dias (197-79) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Rui Quintino (196-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Cape Verdean forward Denis Neves (197-78) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fisica: J.Cardoso 31+6reb+2ast, M.Salvador 13+1reb+4ast, C.Dias 11+9reb+1ast, E.Rosario 10+3reb+1ast, N.Monteiro 10+6reb+4ast, B.Freire 8+4reb+4ast
Galitos-Tley: R.Quintino 17+10reb+2ast, D.Neves 15+10reb, F.Pinheiro 14+4reb+1ast, J.Ferreira 12+8reb+2ast, A.Coelho 9+4reb+4ast, M.Marques 4+1reb
gschID: 176209



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Standings - BSN

BSN Stage Two Standings
Top 6
 1. Mayaguez 1-0
 2. Bayamon 1-0
 3. Quebradillas 1-0
 4. San German 0-1
 5. Guaynabo 0-1
 6. Arecibo 0-1
Places 7-8
 1. Humacao 9-21
 2. Guayama 8-22
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

May. 6: Arecibo - Bayamon 74-91
May. 6: Guaynabo - Mayaguez 70-78
May. 6: San German - Quebradillas 64-73

Second Stage: Round 2

May. 7: Quebradillas - Guaynabo
May. 7: Bayamon - San German
May. 8: Mayaguez - Arecibo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Harris, San German20.8 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon18.7 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas18.1 
 6. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 9. Powell, Guayama16.1 
 10. Galindo, Guayama15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Harris, San German10.4 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas9.3 
 3. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 4. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 5. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.5 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 8. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 9. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.0 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rivera, San German5.8 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.6 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.5 
 4. Pinnock, Arecibo5.2 
 5. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 6. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 7. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.0 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.4 
 10. Rodriguez, San G.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.2 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
 5. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 6. Rivera, San German1.3 
 7. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Chaney, San Germ.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.8 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.4 
 8. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo1.3 
 10. Harris, San German1.1 


Randolph wins Player of the Round award (second stage, Round 1) - by Eurobasket News

American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) had an amazing evening for Quebradillas, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 1 award (Second Stage). The 28-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat San German 73-64.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Will McDonald (211-C-79) of Guaynabo. McDonald had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Guaynabo lost that game 70-78 to Mayaguez.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Mayaguez. Rivera scored 27 points. He was a key player of Mayaguez, leading his team to a 78-70 win against Guaynabo.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Bayamon - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Carlos Escalera (190-G-79) of Guaynabo - 22 points and 3 assists
6. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Arecibo - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of San German - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rick Apodaca (193-G-80) of Arecibo - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83) of Bayamon - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Carmelo Antrone Lee (201-F-77) of Bayamon - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Al Wasl to face Al Rayyan at the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship Semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Al Wasl to face Al Rayyan at the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship Semifinal that will be played on May 8th in Bahrain. The team from the United Arab Emirates finished second with 1-2 record and managed to grab the last ticket to the semis. Al Rayyan advanced to Final Four of 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship as they won the first two games and clinched the top place in Group A.
The most important victory for Al Wasl was over 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 Rayyans important victory was over 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.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.4 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.7 
 3. Beverley, Spart.15.4 
 4. McKee, Triumph15.2 
 5. Thomas, Spartak-.14.9 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv14.6 
 7. Fridzon, Khimky14.5 
 8. Victor, Spartak-.13.4 
 9. Planinic, Khimky13.4 
 10. Labovic, Krasnie12.7 
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. Kirilenko, CSKA6.2 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics6.2 
 7. Beverley, Spart.6.1 
 8. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 9. Monya, Khimky5.8 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.1 
 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: 2.5
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.2 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.0 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.0 
 5. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 6. Planinic, Khimky1.5 
 7. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 8. Jefferson, Triumph1.5 
 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. Likhodey, Spart.1.0 
 4. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.9 
 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 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.19.0 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.8 
 3. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.0 
 4. Ageev, Ruskon-M.14.8 
 5. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan14.0 
 6. Sotnikov, TE.13.7 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.6 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.1 
 9. Kirjanov, TE.12.4 
 10. Aleksandrov, Univ.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.0 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.5 
 3. Petukhov, Spart.7.2 
 4. Zaykin, TE.7.2 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.2 
 6. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.0 
 7. Trushkin, Spart.6.0 
 8. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.8 
 9. Gordon, Ural E.5.8 
 10. Goritskov, Sever.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.4 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.2 
 3. Aleksandrov, Sojuz4.0 
 4. Zibirov, Ataman4.0 
 5. Tokarev, TE.3.8 
 6. Zelenskiy, Univ.Su.3.8 
 7. Bartunov, Rjazan3.7 
 8. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.1 
 9. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.1 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.2 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.1 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 4. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.7 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 6. Zelenskiy, Univ.Su.1.6 
 7. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.5 
 8. Ivlev, Rjazan1.4 
 9. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 10. Zakamov, Ruskon-.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.6 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.1 
 3. Varlamov, Ural E.1.0 
 4. Tsvetkov, Severst.0.9 
 5. Goritskov, Sever.0.9 
 6. Rindin, Univ.Surgut0.9 
 7. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 8. Trushkin, Spart.0.7 
 9. Polyakov, Severstal0.7 
 10. Ivlev, Rjazan0.7 


Universitet-Yugra advanced to SuperLeague Finals - by Eurobasket News

Univ.Surgut - Rjazan 80-67 (1-2)

Universitet-Yugra advanced to SuperLeague Finals. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-67. Universitet-Yugra forced 19 Rjazan turnovers. It was a good game for Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 assists. point guard Gannadi Zelenskiy (186-82, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) answered with 25 points and point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) added 8 points and 5 assists in the effort for Rjazan. Rjazan's coach Zoran Cvetanovic rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: L.Lekavicius 17+4reb+7ast, I.Aleksandrov 12+3reb+1ast, G.Zelenskiy 12+4reb+5ast, V.Shevel 11+5reb+2ast, V.Dyachok 9+7reb+1ast, A.Ekimov 9+7reb+2ast
Rjazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 25+4reb+1ast, S.Krasavtsev 9+3reb, A.Mateyunas 8+1reb+5ast, N.Stepanenkov 7+6reb+1ast, T.Bekkiev 6, V.Kazakov 4+5reb
gschID: 176115



Spartak SP and Unics will play for the 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Group 5-8 places
Spartak SP - Krasnie Krilya 78-75 (2-1)

Krasnie Krilya cut a 14-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. It was a great evening for Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Beo Basket) with 25 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) scored 18 points and 9 assists.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: B.Rush 25+6reb+3ast, A.Miles 18+3reb+9ast, A.Surovtsev 12+6reb, D.Labovic 6, J.Hayes 5+4reb+3ast, Y.Vasiliev 4+3reb
Spartak SP: Y.Halperin 18+5reb+5ast, A.Zozulin 14+3reb, M.Zupan 11+4reb, A.Kashirov 11+6reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 7+1ast, P.Beverley 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 176180


Spartak-Prim. - Unics 60-74 (0-2)

Unics Kazan outrebounded Spartak-Prim. 39-28 including 26 on the offensive glass. It was a quality performance for American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 4 assists. Naturalized Belarusian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. U.S. Virgin Islands forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St.) came up with 15 points and Canadian power forward Sean Denison (211-85, college: Santa Clara, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Spartak-Prim. in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: C.Victor 15+4reb+1ast, E.Baburin 9+1reb+2ast, S.Denison 9+7reb, T.Thomas 8+4reb+4ast, V.Uskov 6+1reb, A.Pavlov 4+4reb+2ast
Unics: L.Greer 27+4reb+4ast, V.Veremeenko 15+9reb+1ast, N.Jawai 8+4reb, H.Domercant 8+4reb, A.Savrasenko 7+7reb, K.McCarty 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 176179



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Rocks win final game in Kelvin Hall 77-76. Take one point lead to Leicester on Sunday - by Eurobasket News

Glasgow Rocks 77 (20,39,58) (Harrison 25, Green 15, Murray 15)

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 76 (18,34,54) (Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford) 23, Hardy 21, Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) 15)

Glasgow Rocks waved goodbye to Kelvn Hall with a hard fought 77-76 win although it remains to be seen if it will be enough to help them reach the 2012 BBL Play-Off Final next weekend.

There was little to separate the teams during the initial exchanges with Riders 9-8 ahead after the opening five minutes of action which was dominated by both defences. Baskets by Bradd Wierzbicki and Drew Sullivan threatened to open up some daylight but it was the hometown Rocks who made the next decisive move.

Trailing by five points, they completed a 15-5 run either side of the first quarter break to move 23-18 ahead as they turned a five point deficit into a five point lead. EJ Harrison helped his team extend their advantage to seven points and it briefly looked like the game might get away from Riders.

However, they rallied and led primarily by BBL Team Of The Year member Cameron Rundles, Riders managed to make it a one-shot game at 37-34. But, the Rocks went into the locker room with the momentum once again after finishing with a flourish thanks to a big dunk by Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC).

The Glasgow club continued to hold the upper hand when the teams returned to the floor for the second half until the impressive Great Britain forward Drew Sullivan helped Riders level the scores at 41-41.

Any visiting fans hoping it would be the start of their team taking command were left disappointed as Rocks posted an impressive 15-4 run with a three-pointer by Andrew Wedemire giving the hosts a healthy double digit lead.

Once again however, Riders showed their resilience as they scored nine of the last eleven points in the quarter to claw their way back into the game heading into the final ten minutes with the Rocks advantage a more modest 58-54.

That lead was then wiped out completely when Cameron Rundles scored from downtown to tie the game up at 68-68 heading into a nervy finale. Riders briefly got in front and still led 74-73 with just over 90 seconds remaining after free-throws by Bradd Wierzbicki.

But, a couple of baskets by the influential Murray in the closing moments helped the hosts take a slender lead into what promises to be a fascinating second leg.

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

Ayron Hardy (195-F-88, college: Jacksonville) and Drew Sullivan both posted impressively efficient scoring nights for Riders with Cameron Rundles top scoring with 23 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



Rocks bow out of BBL Playoffs thanks to a 97-72 loss to the Riders - by Eurobasket News

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 97 (19,44,77) (Rundles 36, Sullivan 17, Wierzbicki 14)

Glasgow Rocks 72 (13,36,56) (Green 21, Harrison 16, Cranston/Murray 13)
(Riders win 173-149 on aggregate)


The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders booked their place at the NIA, Birmingham next Saturday as they overcame a first leg deficit to defeat the Glasgow Rocks 97-70 at Loughborough University on Sunday afternoon.

The result meant that the Riders secured a 173-149 aggregate score over the two legs.

With the Rocks leading by a point heading into the second leg, both sides traded baskets through the early exchanges before a Gareth Murray three-pointer got the visitors in front 9-11. This only sought to spur the home side into action as they rattled off a 10-2 finish to the opening quarter to lead 19-13 at the end of the first.

In the second period, Yorick Williams (192-G-75) and Mychal Green (193-G-83, college: Ohio) traded three-pointers at the start of the quarter before a Bradd Wierzbicki bucket sparked a 12-1 run from the home side to take the score out to 34-17 midway through the second stanza. A pair of Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford) free-throws kept the home side in front at 44-29, but the visitors bagged the final seven points of the half, including five from EJ Harrison, to trim the deficit back to just eight points on the night at 44-36 at the half.

In the second half, an Andrew Sullivan three-pointer helped the home side extend their lead out to 15 points at 56-41, but the Rocks would not go down without a fight as they helped themselves to an 8-2 run of their own in an immediate response to trim the deficit back to single figures at 58-49 midway through the third quarter. That was as close as the visitors would get for the remainder of the period as a Rundles basket from behind-the-arc helped the Riders end the quarter strongly with a 13-2 burst to take the score out to 77-56 heading into the final stanza.

In the final period, the Rocks tried valiantly to get themselves right back into the contest and a pair of DeAundre Cranston free-throws trimmed the gap back to 16 points at 86-70 with four minutes left in the game, however that was as close as the visitors would get as the Riders stormed ahead in the closing stages enjoying a 11-0 burst to give them their biggest lead of the game at 97-70 with 35 seconds left and book their place at the NIA, Birmingham next Saturday.

A 36 point performance from Rundles led all scorers for the Riders, while Green was the top scorer for the Rocks with 21 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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  SENEGAL   


Dakar University Club wins St Michel Cup - by Eurobasket News

Dakar University Club wins St Michel Cup of Senegal. The team overcame Mermoz Basketball 84:69 in the Final game. Earlier DUC and Mermoz advanced to Saint-Michel Cup Final. Both teams won the semifinal games over their opponents. The defending champions Mermoz qualified for the 2012 edition beating Customs 62:38. Dakar University Club overcame SIBAC 66:61 to join them in the Final.


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  SLOVAKIA   

D2 - Standings

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



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  SLOVENIA   


Subotic is new GM of Union Olimpija - by Matej Bergant

Management Board of Union Olimpija Ljubljana had a meeting today where members listened to the report of Janez Rajgelj and decided to remove his authorization rights within the club. As of tomorrow, functions and rights of General Manager of the club will be taken by Slobodan Subotic.

Slobodan Subotic is a well-known name in basketball world. He started his career as a player of Montenegrin club named Primorje Herceg-Novi. He moved to Ljubljana, Slovenia and signed with Olimpija in 1975, where he played for next 12 years. During that period of time, he was also a successful player of Yugoslavian National Team. In 1986, Subotic moved to Greece where he stayed with Aris Thessaloniki for 7 years. He was part of magnificent trio Galis-Subotic-Giannakis, which won several Greek Cups and Championships and put Aris Thessaloniki on the basketball map of Europe. That team also had several great results in the European competitions.

Subotic retired as a basketball player in 1993 and right away started working as an assistant coach in Iraklis. He is the only coach who can say that he worked in all Thessaloniki (Aris, Iraklis, PAOK) and Athens (Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, AEK) basketball powerhouses.

His first great success as a coach came with Aris in 1997, when he led them to surprising victory in Korac Cup. Next year he accepted the offer of another Greek basketball giant, Panathinaikos. In 1998, after 14 years of struggle for Panathinaikos, Subotic returned the Greek Championship trophy back to trophy showcase of this most successful European basketball club. In 2002, as a coach of Olympiacos, he won the Greek Cup final. In last couple of years, Pixi worked as a head coach in Italy (Aurora) and Croatia (Split, Cedevita). During 2001 and 2003, he was also a coach of Slovenian National Team.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Wonju Dongbu Win Sandrin in Lottery - by Kevin Campigotto

The Wonju Dongbu Promy won the rights to sign naturalized Korean Lee Seung-Joon (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific) to a three year contract Monday, beating out Seoul SK Knights. With the addition of Sadrin the Promy appear to have filled a huge hole left by starting forward Yoon Ho-Young, who will begin his military service and miss the next season and a half. Sandrin averaged 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists last season, so his offense will help Wonju as veteran Kim Joo-Sungs skills continue to be in decline.

Now that the fates of the three naturalized Korean free agents has been decided the next big step for KBL teams will be the foreigner draft. This season teams will be able to have 2 foreigners on their roster, and it appears that there will be gaurentee that teams will be able to retain the foreigners they had in previous seasons.



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  SPAIN   


Andy Panko is named MVP of 2011/12 Liga Endesa season - by Eurobasket News

Andy Panko (204-F-77, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lebanon Valley) of Lagun Aro GBC is named MVP of the 2011/12 Liga Endesa season. He got 63 votes in total. Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) of Real Madrid follows him with 55 votes, while Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Caja Laboral and Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) of Lagun Aro GBC got 50 votes each. Fifth most valuable player of the season is Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal Barcelona (35 votes).

Andy Panko joined Lagun Aro in 2009 from Bruesa. He appeared in all 34 regular season games this season averaging 18.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He helped Lagun Aro to take the fifth place in Liga Endesa with 19-5 record. Of course, Lagun Aro advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals, where they will meet Valencia. Panko was also named to First Liga Endesa Team for this season. Before Lagun Aro, he played for Bruesa, Bilbao, PAOK, Caja San Fernando and Girona.



Xavi Pascual named Best Coach of 2011/12 Liga Endesa regular season - by Eurobasket News

Liga Endesa announced that Xavier Pascual (agency: INVICTUS Sports Group is named the Best Coach of 2011/12 Liga Endesa regular season. Pascual and his team Regal Barca won the regular season with 29-5 record. In the Playoff Quarterfinals the defending champion will meet Lucentum Alicante. First game is scheduled for May 17.

Xavier Pascual started his career at Barca in 2005 as Assistant Coach. In February of 2008 he was promoted to Head Coach. In 2010 and 2011, Pascual was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year -10, 11. As Head Coach, he won one Euroleague title with Barca so far, two titles in Spain and one Copa del Rey trophy. Xavier Pascual and his team will fight for the Euroleague and Liga Endesa titles during the next month and a half. Euroleague Final Four starts on Friday. Barca will take on Olympiakos in the Semis.



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  SWEDEN   


Norrkoping Dolphins part ways with Andrew Mitchell - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) is no longer a member of Norrkoping Dolphins. The Swedish champion announced they will not offer a contract extension to Mitchell due to his inappropriate off-court behavior (suspected of assault). The American guard joined Norrkoping in 2010 from Jamtland. He had 15.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4 apg and 1.9 spg in 45 Basketligan games last season. He helped the Dolphins to win the championship title. Mitchell was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team -12. He also had 10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3 apg for 6 EuroChallange games last season. Andrew Mitchell won Swedish league title with Plannja Basket Lulea in 2006 and 2007. Before that he spent one season with Jamtland and was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Guard of the Year-05. He also has experience from the Solna Vikings.


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  SWITZERLAND   

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.19.9 
 2. Sharper, Boncourt19.4 
 3. Burrows, Starwings18.2 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings17.8 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt17.7 
 6. Barnette, Geneve17.2 
 7. Jones, SAM M.16.8 
 8. Mitrovic, SAM M.16.3 
 9. Smith, Monthey16.2 
 10. Gibson, SAV Vacal.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.9.5 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt9.1 
 3. Bing, Geneve Lions8.7 
 4. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.3 
 5. Burrows, Starwings8.1 
 6. Rakocevic, Lugano7.8 
 7. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 8. Finn, Monthey7.5 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.7.5 
 10. Jones, SAM M.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.4 
 2. Brown, Lugano T.5.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 4. Petkovic, Starw.4.7 
 5. Draughan, Lugano4.5 
 6. Boylan, Monthey4.5 
 7. Bobetso, BBC Nyon4.0 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Parker, Monthey3.4 
 10. Buscaglia, Geneve3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.1 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.7 
 3. Boylan, Monthey2.6 
 4. Jones, SAM M.2.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings2.1 
 6. Sloan, SAV Vacallo1.8 
 7. Smith, Monthey1.8 
 8. N''Diaye, Boncourt1.8 
 9. Dubas, Monthey1.7 
 10. Draughan, Lugano1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.2.1 
 2. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.7 
 3. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 4. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 5. Roberson, Boncourt1.1 
 6. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 7. Dubas, Monthey0.9 
 8. Albrecht, Starw.0.9 
 9. Bing, Geneve Lions0.8 
 10. Barnette, Geneve0.8 


LNA Round 1 of Finals. Lugano grab the lead - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers - Geneve Lions 78-70

Lugano Tigers are 1-0 up on Geneve Lions in the title series. Geneve Lions trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-78 at the end of the game. American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate) produced 18 points and the other American import guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) added 15 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: E.Draughan 18+5reb+8ast, Z.Rakocevic 18+11reb+1ast, D.Stockalper 12+8reb, M.Abukar 12+8reb+1ast, N.George 9+3reb+1ast, D.Mladjan 9+2reb+3ast
Geneve Lions: S.Barnette 18+4reb, T.Brown 16+3reb+1ast, C.Dunn 15+3reb+3ast, J.Aw 8+11reb+1ast, E.Bing 7+12reb, V.Buscaglia 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 176129



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ASEAN League: Indonesia Warriors fire past Cobras to clinch playoff birth - by Eurobasket News

Bangkok Cobras - Indonesia Warriors 79:99

Indonesia Warrriors clinched the ASEAN League playoff birth. They knocked down Bangkok Cobras on the road to improve at 11-9 record in the ladder. Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) knocked down 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the effort.
Indonesia Warriors erupted for 33 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They accumulated a 10-point lead at the first break. The Cobras stopped the rot in the second term to narrow the deficit. The hosts got within 8 points at the interval 43:51. But the Warriors adjusted their offence in the third frame. They knocked down 27 points to open a 14-point lead at the final break. The Warriors never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) nailed 17 points, while Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) added 14 points for the winners. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) answered with 18 points and 12 boards for the Cobras as they fell at 6-14 record.

Bangkok Cobras: Gentry Lewis 18+12 boards, Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) 16
Indonesia Warriors: Evan Brock 29+10 boards, Mario Wuysang 17, Stanley Pringle 14



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
 1. PT Players 4-1 
 2. Cary Invasion 4-2 
 3. Wilmington SD 4-3 
 4. Fayetteville C. 3-2 
 5. Big Texas 2-2 
 6. Carolina G. 1-7 
 7. Queen City E. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 6: Carolina G. - Fayetteville C. 117-137
May. 5: Carolina G. - PT Players 101-130

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 11: Fayetteville C. - Cary Invasion
May. 11: Big Texas - Wilmington SD
May. 10: Queen City E. - PT Players


Smith leads PrimeTime Players to 4th straight win - by Eurobasket News

The PrimeTime Players won their fourth straight game on Saturday evening, defeating the Carolina Gladiators 130-101. In what has become a trend for the teamespecially at homePrimeTime raced out to an early lead and never looked back, taking a seven-point margin into the first intermission and building it into a 19-point halftime advantage.

Terell Smith (6'2''-G, college: Limestone) lead the way for PrimeTime with 28 points, 13 assists, and six steals. Smith recorded nine of his assists in the third quarter. PrimeTime also got contributions of 22, 21, and 20 from Antonio Houston (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Catawba), Brian Mobley (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Johnson C. Smith), and James Dillard respectively. C.J. Pigford cleaned up the glass nicely, grabbing nine rebounds to accompany his 15 points.

The Gladiators battled nicely in the third quarter, but just couldnt put a dent into the sizable lead PrimeTime amassed in the first half. Travis Taylor (6'0''-F/G) lead the way with 21 points and six rebounds, while Elijah Corrica (6'1''-G-87) added 18.

PrimeTime Players have now won their three home games by an average of over 28 points, and only have two more road games left on the schedule. They next play the Queen City Express on Thursday May 10th at 7:00pm at Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill. They will be back in action at The Pointe next Saturday, May 12th, at 5:00pm against the Fayetteville Crossover.

Courtesy of www.scoretrax.com



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All set for the 2012 Centrobasket draw - by David Edole

San Juan, Puerto Rico - FIBA Americas has confirmed that this coming Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm / 16:30hs (local time in Puerto Rico) the draws for both 2012 Centrobasket Championship, Mens and Womens, will be held.

They will take place at the headquarters of the Basketball Federation of Puerto Rico at the Olympic House in San Juan, and will be broadcast live online through www.fibaamericas.com

The 2012 Centrobasket Championship for Women will be played from June 12 to 16 in Morovis, Puerto Rico and will feature national teams from Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands, and host Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, the Championship will be played Centrobasket male 18 to 24 June at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot 'Choliseo' of San Juan, Puerto Rico with the participation of national teams from the Bahamas, Cuba, Costa Rica, US Virgin Islands, Jamaica , Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico defenders champions.

The pairings of the draw are:

Womens

Puerto Rico - Cuba

Dominican Republic - Mexico

Jamaica - T. & Tobago

El Salvador - Virgin Islands (USA)

Mens

Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic

Panama - Mexico

Virgin Islands (USA) - Cuba

Bahamas - Jamaica

Nicaragua - Costa Rica

Both tournaments, male and female, qualify four teams for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

FIBA Americas



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  UBA   


Kevin Franklin lead Havok pass Express in 1st round battle: 92-80 - by David Walls

David Walls Reports
May 7, 2012
Houston, Texas

Upset complete, Havok players muted any celebration, respectfully exchanging handshakes and hugs with the Houston Express. The Cleveland Havok ended the reign of the Western Conference 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.

If you remember the Houston Express has beat the Cleveland Havok 3 out of 4 meetings. It seemed that the Express just had their number from a leagues prospective. But coach Kevin Franklin had a different plan.

'We came to win', said coach Kevin Franklin . All of our guys bought into the system and now we are headed to the dance in Atlanta.

Corey Smith (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Vanderbilt) scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half as Cleveland Havok spread the court with a smaller lineup that again befuddled the Express, who became only the third defending champion in UBA history to be swept in the first round.

Kevin Barlow added 20 points, and Sam Brown (6'4''-G-87, college: Harding) scored 12 points as the Havoks depth and speed proved too much for the Express.

Julian Lewis had a team-high 20 points and sparked what amounted to the Express last stand in the third quarter, when they outscored the Havok, 24-20. brayon brown had 15 points and Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) added 19.

The Havok will now face the GIE Morrow Disciples who get the knod pass the Central Texas Cyclones for the West bracket Semi Finals. The Disciples are led by league MVP Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) and are the heavy favorites to take the championship this season. It should be very interesting to see these two teams match up again. In there first meeting the Disciples rolled over the depleted Havok, but now Kevin Franklin has made the Havok a force that cant be ignored adding star player Corey Smith.



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  UGANDA   


UCU Canons surge past Nkumba - by Eurobasket News

The rise of KIU Titans in the past week perhaps reminded UCU Canons that they might have to work a little harder to get to the Fuba League semifinals again.
KIU beat UCU 51-42 and Falcons 64-54 in a space of four days to stake a claim to being the third best team behind DMark Power and Warriors, at least for now.
UCU got the message and responded with an 83-62 victory over Nkumba Marines at YMCA on Friday night in the expanded 12-team Fuba League Mens Division One.
Boniface Okello, signed from Power, came off the bench to separate the two sides with a game-high 20 points and seven assists.
Nkumba were slow off the blocks as they trailed 12-18 and 12-16 after the first two quarters.
Somehow, coach Timothy Odeke pulled his team together to take the third 26-21. UCU held a narrow 55-50 heading into the final period.
A tense finish was on the cards for the tiny crowd. It was an anti-climax as Nkumba wilted. UCU passed the acid test easily

.today at ymca
KIU vs. Ndejje (7.30pm)
Vegeterians vs. Warriors (3.30pm)
W. Nkumba vs. Nabisunsa (5.30pm)
Mak Cubs vs. A1 (9.30pm)
Div 2. Sharing vs. Diamonds (11.30am)
Div 3. TLC vs. Sky Jammers (1.30pm)
at makerere
Div 2. Rhino vs. Kla University (4pm)
Div 3. Stone vs. Air Force (2pm)
Phenoms vs. UPDF (12pm)
IN GULU
Gulu vs. Kla University (4pm)
Div 3. Stone vs. Air Force (2pm)
Phenoms vs. UPDF (9am)
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



American stars romp to easy win over Kla - by Eurobasket News

The visiting USA street basketball team predictably overran Kampala All Stars 100-78 in an entertaining encounter at Makerere grounds on Saturday.
The AND1 stars delighted the huge crowd with stunning dunks, ankle-breaking dribbles and sharp shooting on their second visit to Uganda.
Dennis Chism aka Spyda was the highlight of the night, scoring a game high 32 points. His teammate Brandon LaCue aka Werm added 24 points as the Americans built onto a 53-36 halftime lead to win with ease.
The Kampala All Stars, made of Ugandas best players like Norman Blick, Ben Komakech, Joseph Ikong, and the Enabu brothers Ivan, Emmanuel and Jimmy, won the third quarter 32-29 but it only lessened the damage.

The AND1 stars sealed their victory in the fourth quarter, winning 18-10. The game was very interesting. We played basic basketball and they played street basketball and that is why it was hard for us to catch up. But it was fun, said Sudi Ulanga, who nailed 11 points for Kampala.
Richard Omondi was the highest scorer for the Ugandan side with 13 points. This has been the best game in all the countries we have toured, said Emcee Roll, a member of the AND1 squad. We did not expect to meet such a mammoth crowd but we are happy they enjoyed every moment. Coca-Cola country manager Maggie Kigozi said the tour will be an annual event aimed at helping to promote Ugandan basketball by inspiring young players to practice the game.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.21.6 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.0 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.7 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 9. Todic, Halychyna7.4 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mitchell, Khimik5.9 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.6 
 4. Rowe, BC Odessa5.2 
 5. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 7. Walsh, Azovmash5.1 
 8. Randle, Azovmash5.0 
 9. Ewing, Azovmash4.9 
 10. Pringle, DniproAz.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Fe.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chappell, Fe.2.0 
 2. House, Dnipro1.9 
 3. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 4. Culpepper, Fe.1.7 
 5. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 7. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 8. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 9. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.4 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.1.8 
 4. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 5. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.7 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.2 


Azovmash reached Superleague Finals - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash - Budivelnyk 98-86 (4-0)

Azovmash reached Superleague Finals sweeping the Semifinal series. It looked good early as Budivelnyk took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Azovmash had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Budivelnyk was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-98. Azovmash made 30-of-34 charity shots (88.2 percent) during the game, while Budivelnyk only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Azovmash brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Budivelnyk was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) contributed with 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Alti Sport) added 20 points in the effort for Budivelnyk. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: M.Walsh 26+4reb+5ast, J.Randle 21+4reb+7ast, D.Ewing 15+2ast, O.Hunter 12+5reb+1ast, R.Rancik 8+1reb, O.Pecherov 8+4reb
Budivelnyk: J.McClinton 20+2reb+2ast, L.Flores 18+6reb+3ast, S.Sehovic 13+3reb, A.Parakhouski 9+4reb, Z.Morley 7+5reb+5ast, A.Agafonov 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 175727


Ferro-ZNTU - BC Donetsk 60-57 (1-3)

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Alexander Rybalko (190-79) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. International center Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-87, agency: Beo Basket) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and international forward Maksym Pustozvonov (200-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 14+7reb, A.Rybalko 10+6reb+2ast, J.Chappell 10+3reb, H.Kandrusevich 9+5reb, M.Kozlovets 7+4reb, V.Hunter 4+3reb+1ast
BC Donetsk: M.Pustozvonov 14+2reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 14+6reb, D.Jackson 9+5reb, R.Curry 9+3reb, I.Radenovic 5+5reb+6ast, V.Stojanovski 5+3reb
gschID: 175726



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Al Wasl to face Al Rayyan at the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship Semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Al Wasl to face Al Rayyan at the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship Semifinal that will be played on May 8th in Bahrain. The team from the United Arab Emirates finished second with 1-2 record and managed to grab the last ticket to the semis. Al Rayyan advanced to Final Four of 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship as they won the first two games and clinched the top place in Group A.
The most important victory for Al Wasl was over 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 Rayyans important victory was over 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.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Smith Delights At Semi Success - by Jeff King

The Newcastle Eagles kept their dream alive of winning all 4 domestic BBL Trophies after overcoming Cheshire Jets in a titanic semi-final tie played over two pulsating legs. Jets had the advantage after winning on Friday night on the Eagles own court 99 - 89.

But, the Eagles showed their character, spirit and togetherness which has brought them so much success already this season and over turned that deficit in Cheshire last night with a memorable 79 - 64 victory giving them a five-point aggregate win after 80 minutes of great basketball.

One man who was on the court for everyone of those 80 minutes and led the Eagles in scoring in both games with 22 points on Friday and 26 points on Sunday was veteran forward 'Prince' Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) who summed up his feeling after the epic victory.

'I'm tired but it feels great. We dug deep and we showed what were made of too come here and get the victory.'

It was a victory achieved with virtually a five-man roster as injuries to Paul Gause (180-G-86, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Seton Hall) and Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) severely restricted their minutes. But, Smith said that his team-mates had been ready for that challenge.

'We got unlucky, we had some injuries come on Friday night. We were prepared to come here with just minimal numbers but everybody dug deep and everyone played their role and played their part and stepped up when they needed to.'

Going in to Sunday's game Jets led by ten points after the first leg. But it could have been a lot more as they stunned the Eagles on their own court and at one point had led by 28 points before a great second half comeback from Newcastle gave them a chance in the second leg.

'That was probably the biggest key to the two games. I mean they had us down, we fought back and gave ourselves the opportunity to advance and we took of advantage of that today.'

Smith also paid tribute to the fabulous following the OOTA (Out Of Toon Army) Newcastle's massive away support gave to the team.

'They always give us great support and today was no different. These fans come wherever we go and truly believe in us. They support us to the end and it was great to share the victory with them at the final buzzer.'

So, the Eagles have made it through to the 'Last Man Standing' final showpiece game of the BBL season, The Play-Off Final at The NIA, Birmingham, where they'll face the Leicester Riders on Saturday. Smith is obviously looking forward to that game.

'I think its going to be a good game. The atmosphere's going to be good especially playing at Birmingham in the big arena. We're the top two seeds and I think everyone wanted to see that.'

'Probably there are a few teams and fans around the league who didn't but that's what happened, The top two seeds got through and showed that we're the best two teams in the league over the season.'

'It'll be a tough game for both sides. We're going in there preparing to win and that's what we're planning to do.'



BBL Round Up Sun 06 May - by Paul Nilsen

The top two sides in British Basketball this season, Newcastle Eagles and Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders will contest the BBL Championship Play-off Final at the NIA, Birmingham next Saturday after both sides overturned first leg deficits to secure their berths in the finale of the 2011/12 BBL season.

The Riders secured their place in the final thanks to a 97-72 victory over the Glasgow Rocks at Loughborough University thus bagging a 173-149 aggregate score, while the Eagles bagged a 64-79 victory over the Cheshire Jets at the Northgate Arena to pick up a 168-163 victory over the two legs.

At Loughborough, 36 points from Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford) was the pick of the stats for the Riders as they sought to overturn the first leg deficit. The home side lead for the majority of the contest, and opened up a double-digit lead midway through the second quarter, and despite the Rocks getting themselves back into the contest in the second half, a 13-2 burst from the Riders gave the home side a 77-56 lead heading into the final period, which they held on to in the final quarter and ultimately secured their place at Birmingham.

The Northgate Arena played host to the second semi-final with the Jets leading by 10 points from the first leg, and the Eagles tried valiantly to overturn that deficit, but could only manage to gain a four-point lead at 56-60 heading into the final stanza.

The final quarter saw the Eagles turn in a sublime shooting display down the stretch, none more so than Joe Chapman who bagged three successive three-pointers to help the Eagles into a 54-68 lead with six minutes remaining in the game.

The Jets reduced the deficit to 10 points on the night at 58-68 to tie the game on aggregate, but that was as close as the home side would get for the remainder of the game as the Eagles stayed strong down the stretch and held their nerve from the foul-line to defeat the Jets and keep their hopes of a clean sweep of all the silverware this season well and truly alive.

The Final between the Eagles and Riders will be contested at the NIA, Birmingham on Saturday 12 May in what promises to be a thrilling climax to the BBL season.



Defence Key To Riders Win - by Paul Nilsen

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders' coach Rob Rob Paternostro praised his side's defensive abilities as they sealed a place in the BBL Play-off final.

The Riders overcame a one point deficit from the first leg in Glasgow to overwhelm the Rocks 97-72 at Loughborough University and progress to the title game with a 173-149 aggregate victory.

'We didn't play particularly well in Glasgow, but it was important that we were only one point down,' said Rob Paternostro .

'But we did a great job from the third quarter onwards and that's where we won the tie. We were very confident in front of our home fans. They've been fantastic all season, and their energy helped up play well from start to finish, especially at the defensive end. That's been our strong point all season, and it was no different against Rocks.'

Things were a lot tighter at Northgate Arena as Newcastle Eagles recovered from a ten point deficit from their home leg to win 79-64 on the night and 168-163 on aggregate.

'It was an unbelievably tough game,' admitted player-coach Fabulous Flournoy. 'Both teams played with a degree of intensity not seen in the regular season.

'With the injuries we were carrying it became a five versus five situation and our defence in the second half was what carried us to the win. To hold Jets to six points in the first eight and a half minutes of the fourth quarter was key.

'Charles [Smith] carried us offensively through the first three quarters and then Joe [Chapman] stepped up like a true MVP and made a bunch of tough shots to carry us home.

'I have to give a great deal of credit to Cheshire. The game was played really hard and in the right spirit. It was two solid, committed teams playing hard on every possession. Coach [John] Lavery did a fantastic job in blending those guys together at the end of the year.'



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Standings - LPB

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

Second Stage: Round 5

May. 6: Trotamundos - Gigantes 95-81
May. 6: Bucaneros - Guaiqueries 79-67
May. 5: Trotamundos - Gigantes 101-89
May. 7: Bucaneros - Guaiqueries


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.9 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 6. Romero, Trotamun.18.8 
 7. Hickerson, Bucan.18.0 
 8. Stoll, Gigantes17.6 
 9. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 10. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Trotamun.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.3 
 2. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 3. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 4. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 5. Allen, Marinos7.9 
 6. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 7. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 8. Jackson, Guaiquer.7.5 
 9. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.3 
 10. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Stoll, Gigantes6.8 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.8 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.1 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.3 
 6. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 7. Pena, Toros4.1 
 8. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 9. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.3 
 2. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 3. Pena, Toros2.8 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.7 
 5. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.6 
 6. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 7. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.0 
 10. Perez, Trotamund.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Marinos
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Allen, Marinos2.6 
 2. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 5. Graterol, Cocodril.1.5 
 6. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 7. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 8. Romero, Trotamun.1.1 
 9. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 10. Warren, Guaiquer.0.8 



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This week-end LCC Looters x Napsa - by Eurobasket News

Its the big one's this weekend, its the Defending League champs taking on the Defending National champions, New look LCC Looters taking on High flying Napsa Hurricanes.If you are a basketball fan you wouldn't want to miss this weekends fixtures so let's make a date and come enjoy the best of Zambian Basketball.
Baraka Extreme tactician Bantu Kinaro expects his side to recover in the next matches of the ongoing Nairobi Basketball Association League. The team has so far lost all their 3 matches this season but Kinaro is optimistic that things will change.

In their last match, Baraka Extreme lost to Equity despite being a stronghold in the league. Speaking to MichezoAfrika.com Kinaro said his team has been having a problem in finding suitable training sessions mostly because of the persistent evening rains.
We practice in an outdoor court meaning that when it rains we have problems.
Kinaro has also pointed out on transitions as one of the technical areas he needs to address before they play their next match.
Our defense formation is poor and teams capitalize on this to punish us. The same applies when we are defending and we need to attack, but we have been working on both aspects especially in defense rotating and I already see some improvement.
Final execution is also another aspect that Kinaro expects to improve in order for them to register wins, I our recent matches, we always get a number of chances but flop on execution. We have intensified in shot practicing and I see this as a thing of the past.
The fitness of the team is also a little bit below par. But at times sports depends on luck and I can say we have just been unlucky. Kinaro added.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/




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Women News


Fenerbahce gets bigger with Anastasiya Veremeenko - by Eurobasket News

Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) will play next season in Turkey. The Belarusian center agreed terms with Fenerbahce. She spent last seven years with the Russian squad Nadezhda Orenburg. Veremeenko appeared 14 times in Euroleague last season averaging 11.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 blocks. She added 9.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.6 bpg in 24 Russian league games. Anastasiya Veremeenko was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -12. She was also Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year and that same award she also got in 2011. For the last three years, Veremeenko was selected to Russian League Second Team. Anastasiya Veremeenko is a member of the Belarusian National Team since 2004. At the EuroBasket in Poland last summer she had 7 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.5 bpg for 5 games.


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  BOSNIA   


Celik wins the championship title - by Eurobasket News

Celik Zenica is the new champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They won the title with perfect 10-0 record in League Six. Earlier this season Celik already won the Bosnian Cup and finished as the second ranked team of Adriatic league (MZRKL). In the last round of the League Six, Celik handed 77-71 loss to Sloboda. Marina Ristic (168-G-87) led the winners with 16 points and Matea Tavic (178-G-92, agency: Regeneracom Sports) followed with 12. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) (8 rebs) and Monika Veselovski (183-F-77) helped with 11 points each. At the other side, Sloboda got 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists from Zvjezdana Gagic (169-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Quarters: 11-18, 17-19, 25-16, 24-18.
Mladi Krajisnik finished as No.2 in Bosnia this season, while Sloboda ended as third ranked team. Zeljeznicar, Rudar Sport and Jedinstvo follow them. Final 2011/12 standings is below.

League Six
1. Celik 10-0
2. Mladi Krajisnik 7-3
3. Sloboda 7-3
4. Zeljeznicar 3-7
5. Rudar Sport 2-8
6. Jedinstvo 1-9



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  BRAZIL   


Ros Casares to return Erika de Souza - by Eurobasket News

According to Brazilian media, it seems that Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will return to Ros Casares after two years. Reportedly, the center announced she is about to sign with her former Valencia team. De Souza played for Ros Casares from 2006 to 2010. They won four LFB titles together. In 2006 and 2009, De Souza was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Center of the Year. She spent last two seasons with Perfumerias. The center led them to Spanish and Euroleague titles in 2010. This season they won the Cup and De Souza was named MVP. She will play this summer for the WNBA team Atlanta Dream. De Souza joined them in 2008. Erika De Souza is active member of the Brazilian National Team since 2002.


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Jaklin Zlatanova returns to Spain - by Eurobasket News

Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) is back to Spain. The Bulgarian forward signed a deal with Rivas Ecopolis for the next season. She started the latest one with Mann Filter Zaragoza averaging 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 25 games. At the end of the LFB season she moved to Rilski Sportist. There Zlatanova added 31.5 ppg and 12 rpg for two games. Jaklin Zlatanova played for Mann Filter also in 2010/11 season. She had 10.2 ppg, 6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 19 EuroCup games, and Mann Filter reached Quarterfinals. Zlatanova was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11. Before the Zaragoza team, she played for Gran Canaria, Extrugasa and French Tarbes. Zlatanova is a member of the Bulgarian National Team since 2006. She also played for Bulgarian NT youth selections in the past.


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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang25.5 
 2. Miao, Shenyang25.2 
 3. Ji, Heilongjiang24.8 
 4. Little, Shanghai24.8 
 5. Taylor, Yunnan23.5 
 6. Ji, Shandong23.2 
 7. Shi, Shanghai19.9 
 8. Sun, Henan19.5 
 9. Bian, Zhejiang19.0 
 10. Cash, Guangdong18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang14.7 
 2. Black, Shandong12.4 
 3. Junaid, Heilongjia.12.2 
 4. Ruili, Liaoning11.0 
 5. Cash, Guangdong10.6 
 6. Jaeschke, Jiangsu10.2 
 7. Little, Shanghai10.1 
 8. Taylor, Yunnan9.5 
 9. Anosike, Beijing9.1 
 10. Chen, Bayi6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lan BIAN
  Zhejiang
  (185-G/F-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Bian, Zhejiang5.2 
 2. Chen, Jiangsu5.2 
 3. Miao, Shenyang5.0 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang4.2 
 5. Wang, Shanghai3.6 
 6. Cash, Guangdong3.6 
 7. Wen, Bayi3.3 
 8. Kim, Beijing3.3 
 9. Zhang, Heilongjiang3.1 
 10. Li, Jiangsu3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zhao SHUANG
  Shenyang
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shuang, Shenyang2.7 
 2. Anosike, Beijing2.4 
 3. Wang, Shanghai2.4 
 4. Little, Shanghai2.3 
 5. Bian, Zhejiang2.2 
 6. Miao, Shenyang2.2 
 7. Liu, Yunnan2.1 
 8. Zhang, Beijing2.1 
 9. Li, Jiangsu2.0 
 10. Zhai, Yunnan1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Yunnan
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Taylor, Yunnan2.4 
 2. Black, Shandong1.9 
 3. Ruili, Liaoning1.9 
 4. Mattera, Zhejiang1.6 
 5. Anosike, Beijing1.5 
 6. Cash, Guangdong1.4 
 7. Wei, Guangdong1.3 
 8. Jaeschke, Jiangsu1.3 
 9. Junaid, Heilongjia.1.0 
 10. Nuo, Jiangsu1.0 



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  CROATIA   


Marija Vrsaljko leaves Gospic CO for Spain - by Eurobasket News

Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) will continue her career in Spain. The Croatian center left Gospic CO and penned a deal with Perfumerias Avenida. The Spanish squad was the Euroleague and Spanish league champion in 2011. They won the Spanish Cup this season. Marija Vrsaljko spent last four years with Gospic. She helped them win Croatian league title every season and Gospic also celebrated in Croatian Cup twice. Vrsaljko appeared 14 times in Euroleague averaging 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. She had even better numbers in 2010/11. That season Vrsaljko registered 13.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. She also added 13.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.6 bpg for 18 Adriatic league games. Before Gospic, Marija Vrsaljko played for Zadar. In 2008, she joined the Croatian National Team.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Ros Casares keeps Jan Vesela - by Eurobasket News

Jana Vesela (192-F-83) will stay with Ros Casares next season. The Czech forward helped Valencia team to win the Euroleague and Spanish league titles. She played 29 games in Spain this season registering 4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.2 apg. Vesela was getting more than 17 minutes per game. In Euroleague, Vesela averaged 4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.1 apg for 20 games. In this competition Jana Vesela had average of 24 minutes per game. There were so many superstars in Ros Casares this season and Jana Vesela did a great job for the team. Ros Casares also kept Laia Palau for 2012/13. Shay Murphy, Silvia Dominguez and Sancho Lyttle are under the contracts, while Ann Wauters, Lauren Jackson and Isabelle Yacoubou are out of the squad. Jana Vesela is active member of the Czech Republic NT since 2001.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Rivas Ecopolis brings in Jaklin Zlatanova - by Eurobasket News

Rivas Ecopolis brings in Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) for 2012/2013 season. According to basketrivasecopolis.com the Spanish outfit signed Bulgarian International.
Jaklin Zlatanova played in France for the first four seasons and then moved to Spain. After Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, she appeared in 2008-2009 for Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain-LFB). In EuroCup after 8 games her stats read 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg, while in Spanish League she averaged 5.4ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 19.3%, FT: 70.5%.
In 2009-2010 moved to Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in EuroCup showed 11.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.9%. In Spanish League after 26 games her stats read 11.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 78.6%.
The season 2010-2011 started for Mann Filter Zaragoza (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in EuroCup showed 10.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 73.3%. In Spanish League Jaklin Zlatanova averaged 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 69.1%. The season 2011-2012 started for Mann Filter Zaragoza but then moved to Rilski Sportist Samokov (Bulgaria-NBL, starting five).



Marija Vrsaljko heads to Perfumerias Avenida - by Eurobasket News

According to lovewomensbasketball.com Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) heads to Perfumerias Avenida. The Croatian Center moves to Spain from Gospic Croatia Osiguranje.
In 2006-2007 she appeared for KK Zadar (A1, starting five) and continued with the team for two seasons. In 2008-2009 moved to Gospic Industrogradnja (A1, starting five) and in Adriatic League averaged 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 57%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 69%. In EuroCup after 8 games her stats read 11.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.0spg.
In 2009-2010 for Gospic Industrogradnja (A1, starting five) was injured at the beginning of the season and was off for 5 months. In 2010-2011: Gospic Industrogradnja (A1) averaged 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP-3 (61.4%), FT: 88.2% in EuroLeague and in Adriatic League showed 13.6ppg, 7.4rpg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP-1 (62.9%), FT: 79.4%.
The last season with Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (A1, starting five) in Euroleague her stats read 11.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 75.0%. Together with Gospic CO she won its fourth straight title in Croatia. They handed 87-67 loss to Jolly JBS tonight winning the Finals with perfect 3-0. Gospic was the regular season champ with almost perfect 19-1 record. They eliminated Croatia 2006 in the Quarterfinals (2-0) and Pleter in the Semis (2-0).



Maria Pina pens deal with Perfumerias Avenida - by Eurobasket News

Maria Pina (187-F-87) pens deal with Perfumerias Avenida for the next season. The Spanish Forward comes from Mann Filter Zaragoza.
In 2004-2005 she started for SEGLE XXI (LF2) and in 2005-2006 moved to USP CEU - Adecco Estudiantes (LFB). In 25 games Maria averaged 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 85.7%. In 2006-2007 she continued for USP CEU - Adecco Estudiantes (LFB) and showed 7.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 63.6%.
In 2007-2008 moved to Rivas Futura (LFB, starting five) and showed 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg. Later she played for Baloncesto Feve San Jose Leon (LFB) and had 2.8ppg, 1.2rpg.
The season 2009-2010 Maria Pina went to Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (LFB, starting five) and after 26 games averaged 11.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 82.9%.
In 2010-2011 signed with Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) and averaged 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 22.2% in EuroCup. In Spanish League after 26 games her stats read 5.1ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 78.1%. The last season for Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) she showed 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 81.5%.



Shenise Johnson and Jelena Milovanovic pen deals with EuroLeasing Sopron - by Eurobasket News

According lovewomensbasketball.com Shenise Johnson (180-G-90) and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) pen deals with EuroLeasing Sopron. Both foreign players will start 2012/2013 season with the new team.
Jelena Milovanovic leaves Spartak Moscow Region. She joined the Russian team two years ago and in 2010-2011 averaged 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 83.3%in EuroLeague. In Russian League her stats read 8.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 82.6%.
In 2011-2012 for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-PBL) she averaged 6.6ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0% in EuroLeague and in Russian League showed 7.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 83.3%.
Shenise Johnson is American Guard who will come from Miami. In 2008-2009 she appeared for Miami, FL (NCAA, starting five) and in 30 games debuted with 12.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.1apg, 2.6spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3Pts: 32.3%, FT: 82.0%. In her last season she improved to 17.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.4apg, 3.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 87.7%. In 2012 she was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA, 1rd (5).



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Iva PEROVANOVIC
  MNT
  (189-C/F-83)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Perovanovic, MNT16.4 
 2. Kobryn, POL14.7 
 3. Fegyverneky, HUN14.7 
 4. Babkina, LAT14.4 
 5. Mandir, CRO14.3 
 6. Elhotova, CZE14.2 
 7. Dubljevic, MNT13.9 
 8. Danilochkina, RUS13.9 
 9. Torrens, ESP13.8 
 10. Yilmaz, TUR13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Tamane, LAT9.1 
 2. Stepanova, RUS8.9 
 3. Bar, GER8.8 
 4. Leuchanka, BLR8.2 
 5. Perovanovic, MNT7.8 
 6. Kobryn, POL7.7 
 7. Page, ENG7.5 
 8. Dubljevic, MNT7.1 
 9. Linkeviciene, LTU6.9 
 10. Osipova, RUS6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  LAT
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Babkina, LAT4.2 
 2. Bortelova, CZE4.1 
 3. Vardarli, TUR4.0 
 4. Mandir, CRO3.8 
 5. Dumerc, FRA3.8 
 6. Marchanka, BLR3.8 
 7. Dubljevic, MNT3.6 
 8. Pawlak, POL3.5 
 9. Bar, GER3.3 
 10. Skerovic, MNT3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lyttle, ESP2.5 
 2. Palau, ESP2.5 
 3. Linkeviciene, LTU2.4 
 4. Bimbaite, LTU2.3 
 5. Bar, GER2.3 
 6. Skerovic, MNT2.3 
 7. Honti, HUN2.2 
 8. Ivezic, CRO2.2 
 9. Vardarli, TUR2.0 
 10. Alben, TUR1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ewelina KOBRYN
  POL
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kobryn, POL1.7 
 2. Gruda, FRA1.7 
 3. Tamane, LAT1.4 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 5. Burgrova, CZE1.2 
 6. Popovic, MNT1.1 
 7. Kulichova, CZE1.0 
 8. Vajda, HUN1.0 
 9. Stepanova, RUS0.9 
 10. Kuzina, RUS0.8 



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Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

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



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  FRANCE   


Tarbes signs Laurie Datchy - by Eurobasket News

Tarbes signs Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) for the 2012/2013 season. The French player moves from Villeneuve d'Ascq.
In 2005-2006 she appeared first for Centre Federal BB 2 (NF2) and moved with them to (NF1) the year after. In 2008-2009 she joined Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) and remained for 4 seasons. In her first year there she averaged 3.7ppg, 1.1rpg in Euroleague and in French League showed 2.2ppg.
In her last season she improved to 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg. Laurie Datchy recorded 14 points in the game versus Lyon. Moreover she added 6 rebounds and 3 assists to her points.
In 2010 Laurie Datchy was a member of the French U20 National Team -10. At the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) she reached Semifinals with her team. In 9 games Datchy averaged 10.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 78.6%.



Villeneuve announced Jennifer Digbeu - by Eurobasket News

According to French club Villeneuve dAscq website esbva.com, Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) signed with the team for 2012/2013 season. The French player moves from the defending champions.
Jennifer Digbeu spent the last three seasons with Cercle Jean Mace Bourges. In 2009-2010 she averaged 5.7ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 77.5%. In 2010-2011 for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB) she had 3.9ppg, 2.5rpg in EuroLeague and in French League after 25 games showed 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 63.3%.
The season 2011-2012 for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France-LFB, starting five) her stats read 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 17.2%, FT: 69.2% in EuroLeague and in French League Jennifer Digbeu improved to 7.1ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Together with Bourges she was better than Lattes Montpellier at the end of the season winning the Finals with perfect 2-0. It means that Bourges defended the LFB championship title. Bourges was also the LFB regular season champion with 22-4 record. The team also announced Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) as an Assistan Coach for the next season.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Vigor Skopje jumps to 2-0 in the Finals (best-of-five) - by Eurobasket News

Vigor Skopje - Baden 88-57

Vigor is one win away from the title. They blasted Baden last night 88-57 in Game One of the Finals jumping to 2-0 lead. It is important to mention that Vigor entered to this series with 1-0 due to victories in the regular season. Elena Radenkovic (187-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led the scorers in Vigor with 21 points. Sanja Radenkovic (179-F-91) had 19 points and 5 boards, while Slavica Dimovska (177-G-85) added 18 pts. In defeat, Aleksandra Ivanova (178-G/F-93) and Anzelika Mitrasinovic (170-G-93) delivered 21 points each. They grabbed 7 and 5 rebounds respectively. Vigor took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 35-17, 18-16, 29-6, 6-18. Game Two is scheduled for Wednesday and Baden will be the host.

Vigor Skopje: Elena Radenkovic 21, Sanja Radenkovic 19+5 boards, Slavica Dimovska 18
Baden: Aleksandra Ivanova 21+7 boards, Anzelika Mitrasinovic 21+5 boards



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  GREECE   


Kayseri lands Evanthia Maltsi - by Eurobasket News

Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will continue her career in Turkey. The Greek forward penned a deal with Kayseri KASKI. Maltsi spent last season with CCC Polkowice. She had 12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.5 apg for 35 Polish league games. Maltsi also added 12.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.1 apg in 14 Euroleague games. Polkowice reached PLKK Finals and Maltsi was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK Honorable mention -12. From 2008 to 2011, Evanthia Maltsi was a member of USK Praha. Before that she played for Ros Casares, Bourges and Zaragoza. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention 2006, 2007, 2008. Maltsi is active member of the Greek National Team since 2001.


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  HUNGARY   


Wisla Can-Pack lands Hungarian C Dora Horti - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack stepped up with another signing. The Polish champion landed Hungarian center Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) for the next season. She arrives to the club from UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron. Horti played 12 Euroleague games for them last season averaging 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. In Hungarian league she registered 9.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg. UNIQA Euroleasing won the Cup trophy, but failed to defend the championship title. Dora Horti supposed to play for Lotos Gdynia in 2010/11 season, but she sustained a shoulder injury didnt appear in a single game for the club. Later, Horti returned to Sopron, where she also played from 2007 to 2010. Dora Horti is active member of the Hungarian National Team. She shined with 14.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


Shenise Johnson and Jelena Milovanovic pen deals with EuroLeasing Sopron - by Eurobasket News

According lovewomensbasketball.com Shenise Johnson (180-G-90) and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) pen deals with EuroLeasing Sopron. Both foreign players will start 2012/2013 season with the new team.
Jelena Milovanovic leaves Spartak Moscow Region. She joined the Russian team two years ago and in 2010-2011 averaged 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 83.3%in EuroLeague. In Russian League her stats read 8.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 82.6%.
In 2011-2012 for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-PBL) she averaged 6.6ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0% in EuroLeague and in Russian League showed 7.0ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 83.3%.
Shenise Johnson is American Guard who will come from Miami. In 2008-2009 she appeared for Miami, FL (NCAA, starting five) and in 30 games debuted with 12.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.1apg, 2.6spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3Pts: 32.3%, FT: 82.0%. In her last season she improved to 17.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.4apg, 3.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 87.7%. In 2012 she was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA, 1rd (5).



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Tanja CIROV
  Priolo
  (181-G/F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Cirov, Priolo15.0 
 2. Hicks, Comense14.8 
 3. Mazzante, Pozzuoli14.6 
 4. Antibe, Basket P.13.8 
 5. Eric, Faenza13.4 
 6. Willis, Lucca13.3 
 7. Vaughn, Taranto13.2 
 8. Smith, Comense12.7 
 9. Harmon, Comense11.9 
 10. Moises Pinto, Bas.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Familia Schio
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Ford, Familia Schio13.8 
 2. Gidden, Alcamo10.1 
 3. Vaughn, Taranto8.9 
 4. Smith, Comense8.6 
 5. Michael, Alcamo8.4 
 6. Harmon, Comense8.2 
 7. Vilipic, Pozzuoli8.1 
 8. Godin, Taranto7.1 
 9. Seino, Priolo7.1 
 10. Willis, Lucca7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marija ERIC
  Faenza
  (164-G-83)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Eric, Faenza4.1 
 2. Cohen, Familia Sch.3.9 
 3. Moises Pinto, Bask.2.8 
 4. Haynie, Bracco Ge.2.5 
 5. Sottana, Taranto2.2 
 6. Macchi, Familia Sc.2.1 
 7. Andrade, Lucca2.0 
 8. Zampella, Pozzuoli2.0 
 9. Zara, Umbertide2.0 
 10. Plumley, Cagliari.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nuria MARTINEZ
  Umber.
  (176-PG-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Martinez, Umber.3.2 
 2. Plumley, Cagliari.3.2 
 3. Andrade, Lucca3.1 
 4. Eric, Faenza2.9 
 5. Haynie, Bracco Ge.2.8 
 6. Zanoni, Bracco Ge.2.7 
 7. Crippa, Bracco Geas2.7 
 8. Cirov, Priolo2.4 
 9. Hicks, Comense2.4 
 10. Moises Pinto, Bas.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Elodie GODIN
  Taranto
  (190-C-85)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Godin, Taranto0.9 
 2. Lukacovicova, Cagl.0.8 
 3. Brunetti, Cagliari.0.8 
 4. Halman, Faenza0.7 
 5. Cinili, Umbertide0.7 
 6. McCarville, Famili.0.7 
 7. Antibe, Basket P.0.6 
 8. Ford, Familia Schio0.5 
 9. Michael, Alcamo0.5 
 10. Gulak-Lipka, Alca.0.5 


Taranto wins the title with perfect 3-0 in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

A1 Finals, Game 3: Taranto - Familia Schio 72-58 (3-0)

Cras Taranto ended impressive season in Italy. They outplayed Familia Schio tonight 72-58 winning the Finals with 3-0. Familia Schio won the A1 title last season, while Taranto did it in 2009 and 2010. Taranto also outplayed Familia Schio in the Cup Finals earlier this season, 78-57. The hosts 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 72-58. Taranto outrebounded Familia Schio 42-21 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international guard Giorgia Sottana (177-88) who led her team to a victory scoring 24 points. French center Elodie Godin (190-85) helped adding 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Israeli guard Liron Cohen (173-82) with 10 points and the former international forward Raffaella Masciadri (185-80) scored 17 points. Taranto was the regular season champion with 20-2 record. They eliminated Bracco Geas in the Quarterfinals with 2-0. Later Taranto had to work very hard to eliminate Lucca in the Semis, 3-2.
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Taranto: G.Sottana 24+3ast, M.Greco 10+6reb, M.Mahoney 9+3reb+1ast, E.Godin 9+10reb+2ast, S.Ballardini 7+7reb, K.Vaughn 5+13reb+1ast
Familia Schio: R.Masciadri 17, L.Macchi 11+4reb+1ast, L.Cohen 10+4reb+3ast, I.Jalcova 8+1reb+1ast, J.McCarville 6+3reb+2ast, J.Nadalin 4+2reb



A2: North and South Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Third crucial games of Group North Quarterfinals (A2) were played last night. Muggia, Bologna and San Martino outplayed their rivals and booked a spot for the Semis. It will be another best-of-three series. First games are scheduled for May 13 and teams will meet again four days later. If necessary, third decisive games will be played on May 20. Group North and South Semifinals pairs are below.

Semifinals - first games
North, 13 MAY: Vigarano vs Muggia
North, 13 MAY: Bologna vs San Martino
South, 13 MAY: T. La Spezia vs Orvieto
South, 13 MAY: Ragusa vs Chieti



North
Milano - Muggia 49-52 (1-2)
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 16-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Muggia dominated on the defensive end, holding Milano to just 6 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Jessica Cergol (180-G-85) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Samantha Cergol (181-87) chipped in 6 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Ntumba Madelene Mitongu (180-81) who recorded 7 points and 15 rebounds and guard Michela Frantini (175-83) added 13 points respectively. Milano's coach Franz Pinotti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Muggia: J.Cergol 19+6reb, A.Palliotto 10+8reb, A.Borroni 9+4reb+2ast, S.Cergol 6+15reb+1ast, V.Primossi 6+2reb+4ast, L.Cumbat 2+3reb
Milano: M.Frantini 13+1reb+2ast, A.Pastorino 7+6reb, N.Madelene Mitongu 7+15reb+2ast, S.Stabile 6+4reb+1ast, S.Gottardi 6+6reb+1ast, C.Giunzioni 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 175982


Bologna - Udine 61-50 (2-1)
Udine was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Meccanica NB forced 19 Udine turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Anna Denti (185-83) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Eleonora Costi (180-83) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Meccanica NB players scored in double figures. Guard Debora Vicenzotti (181-89) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Latvian forward Ieva Veinberga (183-84) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Udine.
Top scorers:
Bologna: A.Denti 15+14reb, G.Leva 12+2reb+1ast, V.Zanoli 10+4reb+1ast, I.Cigliani 10+3reb+1ast, E.Costi 9+12reb+3ast, F.Nannucci 5+2reb+4ast
Udine: D.Vicenzotti 14+7reb+2ast, I.Veinberga 9+5reb+2ast, T.Madonna 7+6reb+3ast, S.De Biase 5+1reb, F.Pozzecco 5+1reb, P.De Gianni 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 175983


San Martino - Marghera 76-31 (2-1)
The game without a history. San Martino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Marghera to just 5 points in second quarter. San Martino held Marghera to an opponent 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 61.5 percent accuracy of the winners. San Martino forced 28 Marghera turnovers and outrebounded them 35-15 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international power forward Martina Sandri (185-88) who led her team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Maria Pegoraro (174-89) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Marta Savelli (175-82) answered with 6 points and 5 rebounds and guard Greta Brunelli (176-90) added 9 points in the effort for Marghera. 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:
San Martino: M.Sandri 14+9reb+2ast, C.Dotto 13+5reb+1ast, M.Pegoraro 11+5reb+8ast, F.Dotto 9+1reb+4ast, V.Ferri 8+5reb, E.Borsetto 7+2ast
Marghera: G.Brunelli 9+1reb, M.Savelli 6+5reb, C.Pellegrino 4+2reb+1ast, E.Striulli 3+2reb+2ast, C.Fabris 2+2reb, A.Rimpova 2+2reb+1ast



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  KENYA   


Eagle Wings soar past Kingdom Queens - by Eurobasket News

Eagle Wings the 2011 Kenya Basketball Federation League champions continued with their supremacy when they beat Co-op bank ladies basketball team Kingdom Queens 52 48 at the Nyayo Gymnasium during the Friday Night Basketball to register their second consecutive win.
Eagle Wings commenced the day against a seasoned rival with stronger offence. Both teams looked impressive in their defense but failed to capitalize on rebounds .The first quarter ended in favor of Kingdom Queens who led the champions Eagle Wings 9-7.
It was the same case in the 2nd quarter where Co-op bank tried to maintain their lead though the defending champions looked stronger in all departments led by Samba Mjomba (160-G-85) and Silalei Shani (188-F). Eagle Wings managed won the quarter but on a slim margin of 10-11.
The 3rd quarter was tense and fast paced with each side trying to get the early points towards the final quarter. But Eagle Wings again had a slim advantage winning the quarter 13-14 to level with 32 points.
This invited a more exciting final quarter where the game was decided. Eagle Wings had to sweat for the win against a determined Queens and at one point with three minutes to the end of the match, both teams tied at 43-43.
Led by Angela Okoth (18points), Samba Mjomba (13points) and Silalei Shani (12points), Eagle Wings stood the test and took home the win on a 48-52 final score line having managed a 16-20 final quarter triumph.

In a mens exhibition match dubbed battle of the hoods played the same evening Westie beat Umoja with a margin of 6 points the game ending 19 13.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/



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Sigal Pristhina shocks Penza Peja in Game One of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

First game of the Kosovan league Finals was played last night. Sigal Prishtina did a great job celebrating 81-86 road victory against Penza Peja. It means that Sigal took 1-0 lead in the series. Second game is scheduled for Wednesday and Sigal will be the host. Penza Peja had perfect record until this game. They were unbeaten in the regular season (14-0) and also in the Semis (2-0 against Bashkimi).


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Standings - Women

Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. Musel Pikes 23-5 
 2. Basket Esch 22-6 
 3. Etzella 22-6 
 4. T71 Dudelange 14-14 
 5. Residence 12-16 
 6. AB Contern 12-16 
7-10 places
 1. Amicale 11-13 
 2. Heffingen 9-15 
 3. Racing 7-17 
 4. Telstar 0-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

May. 5: Basket Esch - Musel Pikes 91-42
May. 5: AB Contern - Etzella 67-71
May. 5: Residence - T71 Dudelange 52-66

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 11: Musel Pikes - T71 Dudelange
May. 11: Basket Esch - Etzella


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Meghan GARDLER
  Amicale
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Gardler, Amicale27.4 
 2. Yoerger, Racing26.4 
 3. Mosgrove, T71 D.23.7 
 4. Stowe, AB Contern22.6 
 5. Cumberbatch, Telst.22.6 
 6. Micir, Residence21.4 
 7. Augustine, Basket21.3 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes18.0 
 9. Donovan, Basket E.16.2 
 10. Jones, Etzella15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Yoerger, Racing14.8 
 2. Gardler, Amicale14.3 
 3. Augustine, Basket13.9 
 4. Stowe, AB Contern13.7 
 5. Jones, Etzella12.9 
 6. Mosgrove, T71 D.12.1 
 7. Fisher, Musel Pikes11.4 
 8. Micir, Residence9.9 
 9. Donovan, Basket E.8.1 
 10. Cumberbatch, Tels.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Romi MEINTZ
  Amicale
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Meintz, Amicale5.0 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes4.2 
 3. Donovan, Basket E.4.1 
 4. Haris, Basket Esch4.0 
 5. Yoerger, Racing3.7 
 6. Wagener, T71 D.3.2 
 7. Wagener, T71 D.3.2 
 8. Cigrang, Musel Pik.2.8 
 9. Petrova, Etzella2.6 
 10. Augustine, Baske.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Yoerger, Racing3.7 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.6 
 3. Wagener, T71 D.3.2 
 4. Gardler, Amicale2.9 
 5. Petrova, Etzella2.9 
 6. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.5 
 7. Hetting, Etzella2.4 
 8. Jones, Etzella2.2 
 9. Meintz, Amicale2.2 
 10. Putz, Heffingen2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Yoerger, Racing1.7 
 2. Augustine, Basket1.6 
 3. Gardler, Amicale1.1 
 4. Fisher, Musel Pikes1.0 
 5. Jones, Etzella0.9 
 6. Mazjoukhina, Musel0.8 
 7. Neiertz, Etzella0.7 
 8. Stowe, AB Contern0.6 
 9. Orban, Residence0.5 
 10. Buzasi, Telstar0.5 


Luxembourg Diekirch League round 9 (Second Stage) best performance: Lamisha Augustine - by Eurobasket News

American forward Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Basket Esch, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while her team outclassed Musel Pikes (#1, 23-5) with 49-point margin 91-42. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Basket Esch maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Basket Esch will need more victories to improve their 22-6 record. Augustine turned to be Basket Esch's top player in her first season with the team. Former San Jose State University star has very solid stats this year. Augustine is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 13.9rpg) and averages impressive 1.6bpg and 52.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Ashley Jones (185-F) of Etzella. Jones had a very good evening with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Etzella to edge the lower-ranked AB Contern (#6, 12-16) 71-67. Etzella's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 22-6 record is not bad at all. Jones is a newcomer at Etzella, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Addie Micir (182-G-88) of Residence (#5). Micir scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Micir's great performance Residence lost 52-66 to slightly higher-ranked T71 Dudelange (#4, 14-14). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Residence ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Micir could help Residence to bring them higher in the standings. Micir has a great season in Luxembourg. After 26 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.9rpg (8th best). She also has FGP: 50.9% and 3PT: 49.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Annick Neiertz (183-F-92) of Etzella - 18 points and 7 rebounds
5. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79) of AB Contern - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cerie Mosgrove (182-G-88) of T71 Dudelange - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Tania Correia (178-F-91) of AB Contern - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Liv Schmit (170-F-89) of T71 Dudelange - 16 points and 3 rebounds
9. Katie Donovan (182-F/G-82) of Basket Esch - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) of Musel Pikes - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - Women

Div.1 Standings
 1. Luxol 10-1
 2. Depiro 9-3
 3. Loyola 8-3
 4. Hibs MG 6-5
 5. Athleta 5-6
 6. Starlites 1-10
 7. Qormi 0-11



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Standings - Women

Standings
Group A
1. Angola0-0
2. Chile0-0
3. USA0-0
Group B
1. Australia0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. U.Kingdom0-0
4. Russia0-0
Qualification Tourn.
1. Argentina0-0
2. Canada0-0
3. Croatia0-0
4. Czech Rep.0-0
5. France0-0
6. Japan0-0
7. S.Korea0-0
8. Mali0-0
9. Mozambique0-0
10. N.Zealand0-0
11. P.Rico0-0
12. Turkey0-0


Russian NT confirm Becky Hammon for Olympics - by Eurobasket News

Russian NT confirm Becky Hammon (168-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) for Olympics this summer. The naturalized played will join the team 2 weeks before the start of the games. The player will play for San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) and only then will head to London.
In 2011-2012 Becky Hammon played for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-PBL, starting five) and averaged 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 92.3% in EuroLeague. In Russian League after 25 games her stats read 12.8ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-2 (4.7apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 90.4%.
The Head Coach of the team Boris Sokolovskiy announced recently the roster for the Olympic Games. He left Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90), Ekaterina Ruzanova (177-PG-82) and Svetlana Abrosimova (187-F-80, college: Connecticut) out of the squad. There was no Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) either in the roster. The loud news last year could make her the key player of the team as in 2011 Prince received Russian citizenship. The player however did not join a Russian squad and later even left Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region for Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul.



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  POLAND   

1Liga Standings - by Eurobasket News

1Liga Standings
 1. AZS UW 12-4
 2. MKK Sokolow 11-5
 3. KKS Olsztyn 10-6
 4. Lomianki 9-7
 5. Lider AZS II 7-9
 6. GTK 7-9
 7. AZS Uniw.Gd. 7-9
 8. MKK Siedlce 6-10
 9. MUKS Kornik 3-13


Wisla Can-Pack lands Hungarian C Dora Horti - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack stepped up with another signing. The Polish champion landed Hungarian center Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) for the next season. She arrives to the club from UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron. Horti played 12 Euroleague games for them last season averaging 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. In Hungarian league she registered 9.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg. UNIQA Euroleasing won the Cup trophy, but failed to defend the championship title. Dora Horti supposed to play for Lotos Gdynia in 2010/11 season, but she sustained a shoulder injury didnt appear in a single game for the club. Later, Horti returned to Sopron, where she also played from 2007 to 2010. Dora Horti is active member of the Hungarian National Team. She shined with 14.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg for 8 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Craiova
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Hoskins, Craiova25.4 
 2. Werema, Sp.Stude.18.5 
 3. Ardeleanu, Oradea17.5 
 4. Pesovic, Timisoara17.2 
 5. Cazac, Brasov16.6 
 6. Keith, Sp.Stude.16.4 
 7. Bartee, Craiova16.3 
 8. Vrdoljak, Sp.Stude.15.9 
 9. Coker, Targoviste15.9 
 10. Nikolic, Brasov15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit KAJDACSI
  Brasov
  (192-C-79)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kajdacsi, Brasov14.0 
 2. Bartee, Craiova13.2 
 3. Johnson, Iasi12.0 
 4. Greer, Craiova11.0 
 5. Freeman, Satu Mare10.4 
 6. Laplante, Alexandr.9.7 
 7. Williams, Oradea9.6 
 8. Vulic, Targu Mures8.7 
 9. Parker, Alba Iulia8.5 
 10. Kovacevic, Sp.Stu.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Prlja, Alexandria5.2 
 2. Boriga, ICIM A.5.1 
 3. Mehmedic, Satu M.5.0 
 4. Ciocan, Targoviste4.7 
 5. Ferenczi, Cluj N.4.3 
 6. Hoskins, Craiova4.2 
 7. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.1 
 8. Cursaru, Brasov3.9 
 9. Salley, Alba Iulia3.8 
 10. Ardeleanu, Oradea3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Florentina ARDELEANU
  Oradea
  (171-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ardeleanu, Oradea3.0 
 2. Abramzon, Alba Iul.3.0 
 3. Diaconu, Targoviste3.0 
 4. Prlja, Alexandria2.8 
 5. Hicks, Targu Mures2.8 
 6. Filip, Olimpia2.7 
 7. Givens, Targoviste2.7 
 8. Brown, Timisoara2.5 
 9. Green, ICIM A.2.5 
 10. Nicolaescu, Rapid2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 El Sara GREER
  Craiova
  (188-C/F-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Greer, Craiova2.2 
 2. Chelariu, Olimpia1.4 
 3. Whittington, Satu1.2 
 4. Zherzherunov., Tar.1.2 
 5. Toma, ICIM A.1.0 
 6. Parker, Alba Iulia1.0 
 7. Tobin, Alba Iulia1.0 
 8. Meszaros, Cluj N.0.8 
 9. Cutas, Targu Mures0.8 
 10. Ionescu, Rapid0.8 



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  RUSSIA   


Russian NT confirm Becky Hammon for Olympics - by Eurobasket News

Russian NT confirm Becky Hammon (168-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) for Olympics this summer. The naturalized played will join the team 2 weeks before the start of the games. The player will play for San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) and only then will head to London.
In 2011-2012 Becky Hammon played for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-PBL, starting five) and averaged 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 92.3% in EuroLeague. In Russian League after 25 games her stats read 12.8ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-2 (4.7apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 90.4%.
The Head Coach of the team Boris Sokolovskiy announced recently the roster for the Olympic Games. He left Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90), Ekaterina Ruzanova (177-PG-82) and Svetlana Abrosimova (187-F-80, college: Connecticut) out of the squad. There was no Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) either in the roster. The loud news last year could make her the key player of the team as in 2011 Prince received Russian citizenship. The player however did not join a Russian squad and later even left Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region for Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul.



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  SERBIA   

Stats Leaders - 1A women

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


Jovana Vukoje selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jovana Vukoje
Jovana Vukoje
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Jovana Vukoje (174-86), who plays in the Romanian D1. Vukoje could not help Timisoara (21-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite her very good performance Timisoara was badly defeated 76-57 on the road by the lower-ranked Alba Iulia (#3). Vukoje was the top scorer with 20 points. She also added 4 assists. Vukoje has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(122-213), 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 72.0%. She played for the Serbian senior national team two years ago.

Marija Micovic
Marija Micovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Marija Micovic (183-82, agency: Players Group), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division). Micovic was not able to help S. La Spezia (18-8) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the fourth-placed S. La Spezia lost 54-58 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#5) Orvieto in the South group. Micovic was the top scorer with 17 points. She also added 8 rebounds in 38 minutes. Micovic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.1ppg. This year her other stats are: 7.3rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 23.7% and FT: 73.2% in the 26 games she played so far. Micovic played for the Serbian national team in 2010.

Angela Delmis
Angela Delmis
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Angela Delmis (176-75). She led Herner TC to a victory against the 18th-ranked Goettingen (4-30) 85-75 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Sunday night's game. Delmis scored 16 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Herner TC (19-1) is placed first in North group. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Delmis' first season with the team. Her overall stats this year are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 88.9%. Delmis has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian. Despite she played previously for the Hungarian national team, Delmis played also for the Serbian national team in 2010.

Sara Krnjic
Sara Krnjic
   #4. Center Sara Krnjic (193-91) was not able to secure a victory for MKB Euroleasing (22-0) in their game against UNI SEAT (20-2) in the Hungarian A Division. She scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. The league leader MKB Euroleasing lost 55-61 in Gyor to the second-ranked UNI SEAT. Krnjic is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.2rpg. This year she also averages: 12.7ppg and 1.5spg in the 31 games. Despite Krnjic played previously for the Hungarian national team, she is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Sanja Orozovic
Sanja Orozovic
   #5. International guard Sanja Orozovic (184-90) contributed to a Athlete Celje's victory against the second-ranked Triglav (24-4) 68-59 in the Slovenian SKL on Saturday night. Orozovic scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. ZKK Athlete Celje (27-1) is placed first. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Orozovic is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Orozovic averages: 15.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg. Despite she played previously for the Hungarian national team, Orozovic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Suzana Milovanovic
Suzana Milovanovic
   #6. Forward Suzana Milovanovic (185-79, agency: LBM Management) managed to help BC ICIM Arad in a victory against the sixth-ranked Targu Mures (19-9) crushing them 63-38 in the Romanian D1 in Thursday night's game. She recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. BC ICIM Arad (27-3) is placed second in the D1. It was her team's 20th consecutive victory in a row. This year Milovanovic's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in the 33 games. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Nikolina Nikolic
Nikolina Nikolic
   #7. U20 international guard Nikolina Nikolic (178-91) couldn't help Brasov (1-11) in their game against Rapid (9-21) in the Romanian D1. Nikolic scored 5 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. Brasov was defeated 76-66 at home by the lower-ranked Rapid (#11). It was Brasov's third consecutive loss in a row. Nikolic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9. This season she has very high stats. Nikolic averages: 15.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. She is also Serbian U20 national team player.

Ines Ajanovic
Ines Ajanovic
   #8. Center Ines Ajanovic (195-80) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Comense (16-6) in their game against Familia Schio (18-4) in the Italian A1. Ajanovic cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points in 16 minutes. Comense was badly defeated 71-52 in Schio by the second-ranked Familia. This year Ajanovic's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. She used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2009.

Tamara Milovac
Tamara Milovac
   #9. Former international center Tamara Milovac (186-86) couldn't help CAB Madeira (14-7) in their game against AD Vagos (20-2) in the Portuguese Liga Feminina. Milovac scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. CAB Madeira was edged 61-59 in Vagos by the second-ranked AD Vagos. Milovac has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2spg. Despite she played previously for the Portuguese national team, Milovac is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Minja Terzic (188-F/C-79) was the major contributor in a Herner TC's victory against the 18th-ranked Goettingen (4-30) 85-75 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Sunday night's game. She scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 38 minutes. Herner TC (19-1) is placed first in North group. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Terzic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5 with 18.0ppg. She also averaged so far 8.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games she played so far.



Jelena Milovanovic returns to Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) is back to Hungary. The Serbian forward signed a deal with her former club UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron. She played for them from 2007 to 2010. They won two league titles together. In 2009, Milovanovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Player of the Year. That same year he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention. In 2010, Jelena Milovanovic signed with Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region. She stayed there year and a half averaging 7 pgg and 3.9 rpg for 11 Russian league games this season. She also added 6.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg. Before Spartak and Sopron, Jelena Milovanovic played for Vojvodina Novi Sad.


Ljubica Drljaca starts coaching career in France - by Eurobasket News

Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) will start her coaching career from the next season. French team Tarbes hired Drljaca as an Assistant Coach for 2012/13. She played for the club last season averaging 5.8 points and 2.3 rebounds for 12 games. Drljaca also added 5.3 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 7 Euroleague games. She decided to retire at the end of the season and will immediately start to work as a coach. Ljubica Drljaca joined Tarbes last summer from Italian Umbertide. Before that, she played year and a half for the Spanish powerhouse Ros Casares. From 2006 to 2008, Ljubica Drljaca was a member of Villeneuve and she also played for Union Hainaut in the past. With Bourges, Drljaca won the French Cup in 2005. Two years ago she won the Spanish Cup with Ros Casares.


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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Timea SUJOVA
  Samorin
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Sujova, Samorin16.4 
 2. Young, Poprad16.0 
 3. McCray, Good A.15.2 
 4. Simova, Poprad15.1 
 5. Vieru, Good Angels14.4 
 6. Sverrisdotti., Goo.14.1 
 7. Libicova, Roznava13.2 
 8. Stepanova, MBK R.12.4 
 9. Andersson, MBK R.12.4 
 10. Guzman, MBK R.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tonya YOUNG
  Poprad
  (187-F/C-)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Young, Poprad9.1 
 2. Wickett, Samorin8.8 
 3. Libicova, Roznava7.4 
 4. Janosickova, Dann.7.3 
 5. Vieru, Good Angels7.0 
 6. Simova, Poprad6.9 
 7. Stepanova, MBK R.6.0 
 8. Hruscakova, Danna.5.9 
 9. Tetemondova, MBK5.6 
 10. Jurcenkova, Good4.7 
Assists Per Game
 Miljana BOJOVIC
  Good A.
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Bojovic, Good A.6.9 
 2. Sujova, Samorin5.6 
 3. Vackova, Poprad4.3 
 4. Guzman, MBK R.4.0 
 5. Giacintova, Rozna.4.0 
 6. Frniakova-B., MBK3.0 
 7. Timkova, Cassovia.3.0 
 8. Sverrisdotti., Goo.2.9 
 9. Carnoka, Good A.2.6 
 10. Kupcikova, Good2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriela GIACINTOVA
  Roznava
  (171-G-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Giacintova, Rozna.3.2 
 2. Guzman, MBK R.3.2 
 3. Sujova, Samorin3.2 
 4. Timkova, Cassovia.3.0 
 5. Oravcova, Cassovia.2.9 
 6. Bojovic, Good A.2.8 
 7. McCray, Good A.2.7