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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA

ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 8-3 
 2. Ringwood H. 8-3 
 3. Waverley F. 7-4 
 4. Hume City 7-4 
 5. Corio Bay 6-5 
 6. Diamond V.E. 6-5 
 7. Bulleen B. 3-8 
 8. Sherbrooke S. 3-9 
 9. Melbourne 2-9 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 6-2 
 2. Sturt S. 6-2 
 3. N.Adelaide R. 5-2 
 4. Woodville W. 5-2 
 5. Forestville E. 5-3 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 4-4 
 7. Norwood F. 4-4 
 8. C.District L. 2-6 
 9. South.Tigers 2-6 
 10. Eastern M. 0-8 
QBL
 1. Townsville H. 4-1 
 2. Northside W. 3-0 
 3. Rockhampton 3-0 
 4. Ipswich F. 2-1 
 5. Mackay M. 2-1 
 6. SW Metro P. 2-1 
 7. Gladstone P. 2-2 
 8. Bundaberg B. 2-2 
 9. Gold Coast R. 1-1 
 10. Brisbane C. 1-3 
 11. Cairns M. 0-3 
 12. Maroochydore 0-3 
 13. Toowoomba 0-4 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 12-3 
 2. Dandenong 11-3 
 3. Sandringham S. 10-5 
 4. Bendigo B. 9-5 
 5. Frankston B. 8-5 
 6. Brisbane S. 5-7 
 7. Canberra G. 1-14 
SEABL-South
 1. Knox R. 8-6 
 2. Albury W.B. 7-5 
 3. Nunawading S. 7-6 
 4. Hobart C. 6-8 
 5. Kilsyth C. 6-8 
 6. Ballarat M. 5-7 
 7. NW Tasmania 4-9 
 8. Mt Gambier 4-12 
WARATAH
 1. Newcastle H. 8-1 
 2. Norths Bears 8-2 
 3. Maitland M. 6-3 
 4. Sydney C. 6-4 
 5. Cent.Coast C. 6-6 
 6. Manly Warr. 5-5 
 7. Hills H. 5-5 
 8. Illawarra H. 4-7 
 9. Bankstown B. 3-6 
 10. Colonial Hotel 3-7 
 11. Parramatta W. 3-7 
 12. Sutherland S. 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 11

BIG V

Jun. 2: Sherbrooke S. - Diamond V.E.
Jun. 2: Hume City - Ringwood H.
Jun. 2: Eltham W. - Waverley F.
Jun. 2: Bulleen B. - Corio Bay
Jun. 3: Melbourne - Corio Bay

Central ABL

Jun. 2: S.Adelaide P. - N.Adelaide R.
Jun. 2: W.Adelaide B. - Eastern M.
Jun. 2: Woodville W. - Sturt S.
Jun. 2: C.District L. - South.Tigers
Jun. 2: Forestville E. - Norwood F.

QBL

Jun. 1: Townsville H. - Bundaberg B. 53-67
Jun. 2: Ipswich F. - Brisbane C.
Jun. 2: SW Metro P. - Northside W.
Jun. 2: Toowoomba - Maroochydore
Jun. 2: Cairns M. - Bundaberg B.
Jun. 2: Rockhampton - Gladstone P.
Jun. 3: Gold Coast R. - Ipswich F.
Jun. 8: Brisbane C. - Northside W.
Jun. 9: Cairns M. - Townsville H.
Jun. 9: Maroochydore - Bundaberg B.
Jun. 9: Mackay M. - Ipswich F.
Jun. 10: SW Metro P. - Bundaberg B.
Jun. 10: Gold Coast R. - Toowoomba

SEABL

Jun. 1: Bendigo B. - Geelong S. 76-94
Jun. 1: Mt Gambier - Brisbane S. 75-67
Jun. 1: Hobart C. - Canberra G. 107-73
Jun. 2: Frankston B. - Dandenong
Jun. 2: Sandringham S. - Nunawading S.
Jun. 2: NW Tasmania - Canberra G.
Jun. 2: Ballarat M. - Kilsyth C.
Jun. 2: Albury W.B. - Bendigo B.
Jun. 2: Knox R. - Brisbane S.
Jun. 3: Kilsyth C. - Dandenong
Jun. 3: Nunawading S. - Brisbane S.
Jun. 8: Hobart C. - Ballarat M.
Jun. 9: Brisbane S. - Geelong S.
Jun. 9: NW Tasmania - Ballarat M.
Jun. 9: Albury W.B. - Sandringham S.

WARATAH

Jun. 2: Maitland M. - Hills H.
Jun. 2: Sutherland S. - Norths Bears
Jun. 2: Toowoomba - Parramatta W.
Jun. 2: Illawarra H. - Colonial Hotel
Jun. 2: Cent.Coast C. - Bankstown B.
Jun. 2: Newcastle H. - Manly Warr.
Jun. 3: Maitland M. - Sutherland S.


Standings - SBL

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jun. 2: Willetton T. - Geraldton B. 93-85
Jun. 1: Mandurah M. - Willetton T. 87-95
Jun. 1: Perry Lakes H. - Stirling S. 85-83
Jun. 2: Rockingham F. - Lakeside L. 68-128
Jun. 2: Cockburn C. - Goldfield G. 64-83
Jun. 2: Perth R. - SW Slammers 112-82
Jun. 1: Lakeside L. - East Perth E. 110-75
Jun. 2: Stirling S. - Kalamunda E.S. 104-108
Jun. 3: Wanneroo W. - Geraldton B.
Jun. 3: Kalamunda E.S. - Goldfield G.


Mitch Norton to play in Adidas Eurocamp - by Eurobasket News

Townsville McDonald's Crocodiles young gun Mitchell Norton (183-G-93) is currently in Serbia where he will represent the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on a tour of Europe.

The Townsville junior had spent two days training with a 12-man squad at the AIS facility in Canberra, and is excited about the coming weeks.

'I love travelling, a lot of my friends are saving to go overseas and travel, and Im doing it as part of my job. These trips are great experiences on and off the court, and I am very excited,' said Norton.

The team will spend three weeks in Europe, making their first stop at Serbia where they will play a few games.

'It is a pretty heavy schedule for the first three days. We will be playing a European All-star team, and they will no doubt be tough competition.'

Nortons big test will be the Adidas EUROCAMP held June 10-12 in Trevisio, Italy.

The three day tournament is an official NBA pre-draft camp, and will feature the best young talent on the international scene.

Various NBA scouts will attend, so Norton is keen to impress on the big stage.

'It is a great experience, and it will be great to measure up against other elite young guys.

'I will learn a lot as well, because the European point guards play differently to us. They are a lot more creative, whereas we are generally bigger and stronger,' said Norton.

Crocs CEO Ian Smythe echoes Nortons thoughts, saying it would be a great experience for the young point guard.

'It is great to see our guys succeed. Mitch going over there and matching up with other elite guys is only going to improve him as a player, and hopefully he can bring it back to the NBL,' said Smythe.

The tour will be a big confidence builder for Norton who spent a lot of the 2011/12 season sidelined with a foot injury and Norton says hes ready for the challenge.

'With ten NBA scouts at the camp, the stakes are pretty high. I am not nervous though, it is a learning experience, and Im there to play hard,' said Norton.

Courtesy of NBL Australia



SBL: Lightning & Slammers extend lead on top (Saturday night wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Lakeside Lightning have destroyed bottom of the ladder Rockingham Flames 128-68 in a dominant display last night.

The Lightnings' 60 point victory was secured with stellar performances from import Ben Beran (200-C-85, college: S.Dakota St.) (25 points, eight rebounds), Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate) (22 points) and centre Jarrad Prue with ten points and 16 rebounds.

In a shock result the third placed Cockburn Cougars went down to the Goldfields Giants 83-64.

Double-doubles from Giants import Darnell Dialls (203-F/C-86) (21 points, ten rebounds) and Dwayne Radcliffe with ten points and 13 rebounds were big factors in securing the Giants victory.

The Perth Redbacks have smashed the South West Slammers 112 -82 to continue their strong form.

Redbacks guard Jarrad Prior was dominant with 32 points, he was backed up by Michael Vigor with 23 points and eight rebounds..

The Willetton Tigers defeated the Geraldton Buccaneers 93-85, giving the Buccaneers a less than ideal start to their long weekend double header.

Tigers forward Robert Kampman led the way with 21 points and centre Ephrem Davis (16 points, 14 rebounds) provided suppport, the Buccaneers were led by Michael Lay (22 points), Aaron Ralph (198-G/F-89) (22 points) and Morgan Sabia (21 points)

The Kalamunda Eastern Suns have taken down the Stirling Senators 108-104 on the back of former Senators import Lee Roberts who finished with 28 points and 19 rebounds for his new side.

Article by Hannah Coleman
Courtesy SBL



QBL: Round 4 Previews: Men - by Eurobasket News

Townsville Heat vs Bundaberg Bulls
Friday 1 June, 8:30pm, Townsville Basketball Stadium


The Heat pulled off a stunning comeback to defeat Ipswich last week, with Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) stealing the show in the last three minutes. The win put the undefeated Townsville side near the top of the ladder, with Rockhampton just ahead of them on points percentages. Blanchfield took out the Player of the Week title for Round 3 for his performance, pulling 29 points and 14 rebounds. Townsville also took out their match against Toowoomba earlier in the weekend, with Cedar, Rees and Costanzo all putting in solid efforts during both matches. Theyll go up against Bundaberg who are coming off a loss against Gladstone, but the likes of Shackleford and Rodrick still managed to exhibit strong performances, with Shackleford shooting 34 and taking 21 boards. This is shaping up to be a highly competitive match particularly under the basket, with the Bulls keen to get their record back on track, while the Heat will be wanting to keep their season untarnished.

Ipswich Force vs Brisbane Capitals
Saturday 2 June, 7pm, Cotton On Foundation Stadium


The Force are likely to come out with guns blazing, after their shock last-minute loss against Townsville. Ipswich have been in-form throughout all of their games so-far this season, their sole loss last week simply down to be overrun in the dying minutes by a determined Townsville side. Zarryon Fereti (192-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) has been an asset to the Force, backing up his Player of the Week-worthy performance in Round 2 with 19 points in last weeks game. Ryan Stolberg was a notable missing piece for the Force, however, and the side will miss his physical presence again this week. Its the first of a double-header round for Ipswich so they may be planning to save some firepower for Sundays clash against the higher-placed Gold Coast, and this could play into the hands of Brisbane. The Capitals are also on the back of a loss, following their defeat at the hands of South West Metro in Round 3. After initially leading the match the Caps lost control from the second quarter, so will need to regroup and get the upper hand if theyre to take the win over Ipswich. Mitch McCarron shot a game-high 25 points against the Pirates, so combined with fellow on-point shooters Masunda, Ryman and Bairstow, hell be looking to get some big scores on the board to help push the Capitals up the ladder.

South West Metro Pirates vs Northside Wizards
Saturday 2 June, 7pm Hibiscus Sports Complex


Northside have been in fine form so far this season, with import Louis Hurd putting his money where his mouth is during the Wizards opening matches of the season, leading the league in points, with an average of 26 points per game. He is in doubt for this week, however, so it may be up to Zac Carter (199-F/G-89) and Steven Broom to carry the load on the scoreboard if Hurd sits out this weekend. Carter has been equally as impressive with 24.7 points per game on average, and pulling an average of 5.3 rebounds, making him an invaluable piece in the puzzle, especially in the paint. The Wizards had a solid win over Maroochydore last week, managing to come back after being down for most of the game, controlling the match from the final to win 75 to 59. The Pirates also notched up a win in Round 3, during their high-scoring match against the Brisbane Capitals. South West imports Kenny Barnes and Robert Lippman again did the bulk of the scoring for the victors, with 24 and 20 points respectively. With the Pirates back at home for the first time since Round 1, theyll be hoping for another vocal and supportive home crowd to cheer them in what will be a tough match against a strong Wizards side.

Toowoomba Mountaineers vs Maroochydore Clippers
Saturday 2 June 7pm, USQClive Berghofer Rec Centre


Both these sides managed to hold their own in their Round 3 matches, but both conceded losses by the end. Toowoomba managed to keep up with Townsville throughout their clash until the Heat broke away late in the game, while the Clippers held the lead throughout much of the match before the Wizards pulled out all the stops in the final quarter to secure the win. With the Mountaineers and the Clippers both sitting at the bottom of the ladder and yet to win a match, no doubt both sides will be fired up and ready to do whatever it takes to get a 1 in the win column. Toowoomba are hoping to have James Legan back from injury, while theyll also be looking to Chad Wynn to continue with his strong form and hit some big numbers on the scoreboard. Big-man Steven Kluck will also return to the court after a week away, his last game for the Mountaineers saw him take 12 rebounds. The Clippers will be leaning on McGlynn and Mitchell to be on-form with their shooting, with back up from Constantiello and Paterson.

Cairns Marlins vs Bundaberg Bulls
Saturday 2 June 8pm, Bendigo Bank Basketball Centre


Cairns will have fresh legs going into this match after Round 3s bye, so are expected to hit the ground running. However, theyre going into their clash against the Bulls without Aaron Grabau, whos sitting out this week. Dwayne Vale, Matthew Adekponya and Kerry Williams will be left with the task of putting up the bulk of the points for the Marlins, having put in solid efforts in their first three matches. The side is still yet to record a victory this season, and may find it tough going against the Bulls. Bundy have a considerable amount of ammunition in their ranks, with Willie Shackleford (197-F-85, college: Martin Methodist) scoring a massive 34 points and 21 rebounds last week. Cairns will have to target Shack and fellow import Rodrick Stewart to stop the Bulls from dominating at the basket. Bundaberg took a hit against Gladstone last week but managed to make up some points in the last minutes of the loss if they maintain their strengths at the post they could find themselves back in the winners circle this week.

Rockhampton Rockets vs Gladstone Port City Power
Saturday 2 June, 8pm, Hegvold Stadium


The Rockets return home, triumphant after their grand-final rematch win over Mackay. The core Rockhampton group of Williamson, Reed, Nasalo and Philp were instrumental in the victory, all shooting into double-figures and managing to hold out top Mackay scorers Cedar and Gange. Theyll need to do the same again this week against the Power, who are also coming off a win following their 89 to 78 defeat of Bundaberg. The Rockets will need to contain Kevin Gaines, after he shot at 83.3 percent in the field and took 15 rebounds. Zach Silverman (198-SF-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Iowa Wesleyan) is also proving his worth, currently rated fourth in the league on points with an average of 23.0 points per game. With some big battles expected under the basket, the Power will also have to stop the likes of Williamson on the perimeter if theyre to take this win from under the noses of the ladder-leaders. Its the second-time around for these teams this season, with Rockhampton taking a comfortable 91 to 68 point win in Gladstone. The Power will no doubt be out to even the score and with the teams similarly-placed on stats, it could be a tight match.

Gold Coast Rollers vs Ipswich Force
Sunday 3 June, 3pm, The Southport School


Ipswich hit the court for the second time this week, taking on the Rollers on the Gold Coast. The Rollers have had a week off following their Round 2 defeat of Bundaberg, and will be out to get another victory under their belts. Theyre fielding a full roster this week and with Stolberg out for the Force, itll be up to the Forces Ben Allen to continue his strong rebounding record and dominate in the paint for the visitors. Gold Coast have the physical presence in Johnson, McGregor, and Aucoin, and will be using this to their advantage. With the Force hoping to bounce back this week after their loss against Townsville, and the Rollers keen to get back into the swing of things, expect this to be a physical match particularly in the post position. Gold Coast managed to seal a big win over the Force last time the teams met in July last year, but with both sporting significant changes to their line-ups, the results could go in Ipswichs favour.
Courtesy of: http://www.qbl.basketball.net.au/



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  BELGIUM   


Exclusive interview: Coach Herb Brown shows interest in Belgian basketball - by Bert Larsimont

It is not everyday that you find an NBA coach who is interested in the Belgian basketball program. Last week, my colleague Peter Buyse and I exchanged e-mails with Matthew D. Brown of Strategic Sports Management LLC. He represents Herb Brown, who has a vast resume of coaching in the USA (NBA) and overseas (ACB). Herb Brown, a former Head Coach of the Detroit Pistons, has thirty years of successful basketball experience at the highest professional levels in the USA and internationally. When going through Coach Brown's resume, we can read that he is able to get the most out of his players, getting them to reach their full potential. A tireless worker, his unparalleled level of knowledge, dedication and attention to detail make him a superior coaching candidate. His coaching experience also includes eight years in college and fifteen seasons in Puerto Rico. He has fourteen years service as an NBA assistant coach. Herb Brown is presently assisting and helping the coach of the Uruguay National Team in preparation for the FIBA South American Championship in Chaco, Argentina from 18th to 22th June 2012.

Herb Brown
is a six time Coach of the Year and his teams have won five championships. Coach Brown is an active participant in voluntary US and international basketball programs including the NBA's Basketball Without Borders, Peace Players International and The Friendship Games. He has authored three books and has participated in many basketball coaching clinics throughout the world.

With this communication, Coach Brown's agent wants to target the teams in the Belgian top division. Matthew D. Brown of Strategic Sports Management LLC believes that Herb Brown would be a great fit based on his experience and knowledge. He is sure that Herb Brown would be happy to exchange opinions and viewpoints as the American basketball coach is a true student of the game.

Although it is true that we do not often get an NBA legend who shows interest in the Belgian competition or program, we should nevertheless remind our readers that another NBA legend, Jack Ramsay, perfectly completed the Belgian National Team's staff by giving the players (the Belgian Lions) some excellent tips in 1993. It had been a big plus for all the Lions back then.

Here is the exclusive interview with Herb Brown:


Bertrand Larsimont - Eurobasket.com (EB): In a first e-mail exchange with your agent Matthew D. Brown (Strategic Sports Management LLC), he has mentioned: 'Herb Brown is currently available and interested in going back overseas next year. I know he would love to have the opportunity to come to Belgium to coach.' What do you know about Belgian basketball and what would your coaching expectations be in Belgium? Have you ever had contacts with some club (s) or manager (s) in Belgium?

Coach Herb Brown (H.B.): When I previously coached in Spain, Belgium always had good teams in the Korac Cup and other European competitions. Charleroi, Pepinster and Oostende were always very good teams and the league in Belgium was always competitive. If I was given the opportunity to coach in Belgium, I would try to work on developing and improving the foundation for a winning situation by working hard, teaching and coaching every day. The goal I would establish is to have every player realize his obligation to not only improve individually but to also work each day to make their teammates better as well. I dont know much about the Belgian league and regretfully have not been in contact with any of its clubs. I honestly leave that up to my agent. I am sure I would like very much to explore the opportunity to coach in the league.

EB: The Ethias League, the Belgian pro league, will only count 8 teams next season (losing one more -- Optima Gent -- again this season). The Ethias League obviously looks more and more like a closed league where being able to pay a licence to keep a chance to play in the pro league and reaching a big budget remain the main rules to be met by top clubs. According to you, what could be a solution to get a more competitive and appealing league in the future?

H.B.: I am disappointed to see that the Ethias League will be reduced to only eight teams. Many leagues have downsized but I do not think that it is good for a country trying to develop players. In order to become more competitive, you need more teams in the league or you need a strong Division II devoted to developing young Belgian players by giving them a chance to play and gain experience. It would also help if the first league could somehow try to expand by adding one team a year and by getting sponsors to help bring up a team each year from a strong Division II, possibly the title winner. Maybe these teams could be subsidized by giving them the ability to have perhaps one extra foreign player for one year to help them compete. They should not be relegated to the Division II again for at least two or three seasons to help the team develop.

EB: 2012 is an Olympic year. The London Olympics are getting closer and closer. What European teams and talents will leave their imprint on the Olympic basketball tournament next summer?

H.B.: Many European teams have a chance to medal and cause problems at the Olympics, notably Spain and France. They are experienced and deep teams. Russia as well as Greece and/or Turkey could also make waves. Lithuania is always a threat to medal. European basketball has grown consistently and looks poised to really compete for the gold.

EB: Through your previous experiences in Europe, who were the most impressive European players that you coached and what were your best memories?

H.B.: I thoroughly enjoyed coaching in Spain. I have many great memories even though my first season in Joventut Badalona was incredibly difficult because I did not fully understand the club and its policies. At that time, winning did not prove to be enough. However, I did learn a great deal and coached three outstanding Spanish players: Jordi Villacampa, Jose Antonio Montero and Rafa Jofresa. I also remember having coached some very good young players like Juan Antonio Morales and Carlos Ruf. The Americans Reggie Johnson and LeMone Lampley were terrific too! That team won the Korac Cup in 1989-90 and, had I been retained as the coach, would have won the Liga ACB title. Of the latter, I have no doubt. At Tau Ceramica Vitoria, I coached Juan Ramon Rivas, Chicho Sibillio and Pablo Laso, the present Real Madrid coach. The Americans Joe Arlauckas, Scott Roth and David Wood were all good players and warriors. We got better each year, made it to the playoffs and almost upset Real Madrid in a tough five game semi-final series, going to the fifth game on the road. When I was coach for Zaragoza, we lost a tough quarter-final playoff to Joventut Badalona who went on to win the European League with Zeljko Obradovic as Head Coach. I love winning and helping to develop players and their winning attitudes and like very much to watch them improve and take pride in making each other better.

EB: We are in the wake of a period of changes in Belgium. Professional clubs in the top Ethias League are trying to have more Belgian players on their rosters. Would you consider training local players as a challenge if you could train and coach in Belgium? Would getting the best of Belgian young talents and giving them a chance to improve and play more be among your projects? Could it be a mission that you would fulfill?

H.B.: I think my previous answer helps answer this question. I would definitely want to coach young Belgian players and help them improve and succeed. It would be a challenge I would embrace and welcome. I believe in coaching fundamentals and teamwork both offensively and defensively and preparing players to compete to the best of their abilities. I want to accentuate their positive attributes instead of dwelling on negatives. Our goal is to coach, teach and prepare them to compete at the highest level and to the best of their ability. We will correct mistakes positively, not negatively. Our players will grow as players and teammates.

EB: The NBA remains the main reference in basketball worldwide. How would you compare it with European professional basketball nowadays? What would you consider as strengths and weaknesses in Europe's domestic leagues? Where would you rank Belgium on the international basketball scene?

H.B.: While I still believe the NBA is the best basketball league in the world, one must recognize the fact that of the 450 players in the league almost 100 come from foreign countries. Many of these players were trained and developed in European leagues. For example: Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) of Germany; Tony Parker (183-PG-82), Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of France; Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81), the Gasol brothers and Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) of Spain; Vlade Divac (212-C-68), Predrag Stojakovic (207-F-77) of Serbia; Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) of Slovenia; Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79), Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) of Turkey; Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84), Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81), Danilo Gallinari (208-F-88), Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) and many more. So many great players and even more coming from other countries every year! Jan Vesely (211-F-90) from the Czech Republic is another example. I have not recently seen enough of Belgium basketball but I know Belgian squads compete favourably on the European circuit. I almost neglected to mention the great European players who led the emergence of European talents to the NBA including Drazen Petrovic of Croatia, Fernando Martin of Spain and Arvidas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis of Lithuania.

EB: What message can you send to convince Belgian club managers who would think about you as a possible coach in the future?

H.B.: All of the above answers this question. Let me also stress the fact that they would be getting a highly qualified, dedicated and professional teacher and coach who loves helping create and develop a winning atmosphere. My goal is to help make the organizations become the best they can be.

EB: In only one sentence, how would you summarize your previous experiences as a coach overseas?

H.B.: I thoroughly enjoyed every experience I had when coaching overseas, including myself and my family, not only in all aspects of teaching and coaching but also immersing ourselves in the culture and the community.


As we are currently in the middle of the 2012 Ethias League playoffs, we hope that this interview with Coach Herb Brown will be considered as a nice end-of-season present by Belgium's as well as all other Eurobasket.com readers. A big 'thank you' to Coach Brown for his time and professionalism in answering the above questions.

If you want more information about Herb Brown's profile, please contact his agent Matthew D. Brown of Strategic Sports Management LLC at matthew.brown@strategicsportsman.com.



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  BRAZIL   


Uniceub/BRB clinch NBB title - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Vinac - Uniceub/BRB 62:78

Uniceub/BRB defended their NBB title. They shot down Sao Jose/Vinac in the championship game tonight to claim the third straight NBB title. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 26 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
The defending champions gave little chance for the regular season champs. Uniceub/BRB grabbed an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. Sao Jose/Vinac managed to cut the deficit to 5 points at halftime 29:34. But the third term belonged to the visitors. Uniceub/BRB went on a 20:10 run to clear off. They enjoyed a comfortable 15-point lead before the final term and fired 25 points in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) dropped 16 points, while Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) answered with 20 points and 14 rebounds for Sao Jose/Vinac. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) produced 16 points in the loss.

Sao Jose/Vinac: Murilo Becker 20+14 boards, Dede Stefanelli 16
Uniceub/BRB: Guilherme Giovannoni 26, Arthur Silva 16, Alex Ribeiro 15+11 boards



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  CANADA   


Slam keep win streak alive with decisive road win in Vancouver - by Eurobasket News

The Bellingham Slam used solid team play en route to a 128-115 victory over the Vancouver Volcanoes at the O'Connell Sports Complex on Friday.

The Slam consistently found the open man and made the extra pass on offense, and racked up 32 assists as a team.

The victory was the first for the Slam in Vancouver since the 2009 season, and spoiled a festive night for the Volcanoes in which the 2011 title-winning team received their championship rings.

After a competitive first quarter, the Slam used a 15-4 run to close the half and took a 63-49 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Slam were able to extend their lead to over 20 on several occasions, before Vancouver countered to reel in the deficit. But Bellingham was always able to respond on the offensive end and the lead never dipped into single digits.

The Slam (10-1) were led by guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington), who scored 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Martin's) enjoyed another strong outing with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Vancouver (7-4) was led by the 33 points from guard Andre Murray (6'2''-G-87, college: Portland St.) and 22 from forward Alexander Hartman (6'7''-F-85, college: Concordia, OR).

The Slam get little rest as they immediately return home to face the Salem Soldiers on Saturday, in a special home game at Blaine High School. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Jun. 2: Jiangsu - Hebei 98-106
Jun. 2: Henan Jiyuan - Nanjin Army 84-85
Jun. 2: Guangzhou FM - Guangzhou L. 81-86
Jun. 2: Hong Kong - Changan Group 62-84
Jun. 2: Heilongjiang - Sichuan 108-98

Regular Season: Round 11

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


NBL Round 10: Leader Jiangsu loses to Hebei - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Jiangsu (7-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Hebei (7-3) 106-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Jiangsu trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 19-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 98-106 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Jiangsu 52-39 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hebei made 8 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Center ChunLei Sun (205-85) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for lost side. Jiangsu's coach ZhiLong Zheng rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hebei moved-up to second place, which they share with Changan Group and Jiangsu. Hebei is looking forward to face Nanjin Army (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu will play against Heilongjiang (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in . Second ranked Guangzhou L. faced 3rd ranked Guangzhou FM. Guests from (8-2) defeated host Guangzhou FM (6-4) 86-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guangzhou FM. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. DaWei Chen contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds for Guangzhou FM. Guangzhou L. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Guangzhou FM at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Guangzhou L. will play against league's second-placed Changan Group in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guangzhou FM will play against Henan Jiyuan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Sichuan (3-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Heilongjiang (4-6). Heilongjiang defeated Sichuan 108-98 on Saturday. Rashaun Freeman had a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side YingLiang Wang responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Heilongjiang moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hong Kong. Sichuan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Nanjin Army. Heilongjiang will meet higher ranked Jiangsu (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sichuan will play against Hong Kong (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Changan Group (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Hong Kong (4-6). Changan Group smashed Hong Kong 84-62. Joseph Taylor notched a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Changan Group moved-up to second place, which they share with Hebei and Jiangsu. Hong Kong lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Changan Group's next round opponent will be league's leader Guangzhou L. and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hong Kong will play against Sichuan (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in . Ninth ranked Nanjin Army (3-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Henan Jiyuan (1-9) 85-84 on Saturday evening. Shengyue Sun fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Nanjin Army's coach Yuenan Ma used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Nanjin Army moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sichuan. Henan Jiyuan lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Nanjin Army will face higher ranked Hebei (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Henan Jiyuan will play against Guangzhou FM (#5).



Heilongjiang - Sichuan 108-98

The game in was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Sichuan (3-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Heilongjiang (4-6). Heilongjiang defeated Sichuan 108-98 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 108-98. Heilongjiang made 37-of-48 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Heilongjiang had a 36-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) had a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Ming Jin (185-90) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard YingLiang Wang (183-91) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Four Heilongjiang and five Sichuan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Heilongjiang moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hong Kong. Sichuan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Nanjin Army. Heilongjiang will meet higher ranked Jiangsu (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sichuan will play against Hong Kong (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sichuan: H.XiaoBin 18+4reb, D.ChengLong 18+1reb+4ast, W.YingLiang 15+5reb+3ast, F.Jarrid 14+7reb+1ast, C.XiaoDong 12+9reb+1ast, G.YuZhang 10+2ast
Heilongjiang: F.Rashaun 44+24reb+2ast, L.Xu 15+2reb+3ast, J.Ming 14+3reb+4ast, W.DaPeng 11+2ast, Y.Gang 10+6reb+1ast, L.JinYang 9+5reb+5ast
gschID: 176066


Guangzhou FM - Guangzhou L. 81-86

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in . Second ranked Guangzhou L. faced 3rd ranked Guangzhou FM. Guests from (8-2) defeated host Guangzhou FM (6-4) 86-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guangzhou FM. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guangzhou FM won fourth quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangzhou FM was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Forward DaWei Chen (203-85) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds and guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Guangzhou FM. Five Guangzhou L. and four Guangzhou FM players scored in double figures. Guangzhou L. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Guangzhou FM at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Guangzhou L. will play against league's second-placed Changan Group in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guangzhou FM will play against Henan Jiyuan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 31+20reb+2ast, Y.KaiFu 15+6reb+4ast, D.JunJiang 11, Y.Peng 10+4reb+1ast, L.DaPeng 8+4reb, W.SongWei 3+3reb+3ast
Guangzhou L.: C.DaWei 17+6reb, N.Hamady 16+18reb+2ast, Z.ChaoLong 14+4reb+1ast, L.XiangTao 11+2reb, W.Jing 11+7reb+2ast, T.Chao 11+3reb+3ast
gschID: 176064


Hong Kong - Changan Group 62-84

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Changan Group (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Hong Kong (4-6). Changan Group smashed Hong Kong 84-62. It looked good early as Hong Kong took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Changan Group had a 26-9 second period charge getting the lead and Hong Kong was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-84. Changan Group dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Hong Kong's 26. Changan Group forced 27 Hong Kong turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Hong Kong helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) notched a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and center Cheng Jia (207-91) supported him with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds by American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) did not help to save the game for Hong Kong. Forward XiaoDong Wei (196-92) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Changan Group moved-up to second place, which they share with Hebei and Jiangsu. Hong Kong lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Changan Group's next round opponent will be league's leader Guangzhou L. and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hong Kong will play against Sichuan (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: H.DeVon 26+12reb, W.XiaoDong 8+7reb, F.Zhou 8+1reb+3ast, Y.XiaoHang 5+2reb, J.Dong 5+1ast, Z.DongYang 4+2reb
Changan Group: T.Joseph 28+14reb+2ast, Y.BoWen 10+1reb+1ast, S.Jian 9+3reb+1ast, J.Cheng 8+6reb+1ast, R.XiaTi 7+2reb+1ast, J.JunQi 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 176065


Henan Jiyuan - Nanjin Army 84-85

Important game to mention about took place in . Ninth ranked Nanjin Army (3-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Henan Jiyuan (1-9) 85-84 on Saturday evening. Henan Jiyuan was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Nanjin Army forced 19 Henan Jiyuan turnovers. Henan Jiyuan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Nanjin Army's coach Yuenan Ma used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 29 rebounds and forward Wei Gao (193-88) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Nanjin Army moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sichuan. Henan Jiyuan lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Nanjin Army will face higher ranked Hebei (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Henan Jiyuan will play against Guangzhou FM (#5).
Top scorers:
Henan Jiyuan: A.Kenny 34+29reb+1ast, W.ZhanYu 14+2reb+3ast, G.Wei 13+4reb+2ast, H.Bin 7+1reb+2ast, Z.Chao 6+6reb+1ast, L.Shuai 4+2reb+1ast
Nanjin Army: S.Shengyue 18+7reb, X.Jinlong 15+4reb, F.ChengLin 13+6reb+2ast, W.ShouWei 9+4reb+3ast, T.JiaFu 9+3reb, Z.CaiBao 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 176062


Jiangsu - Hebei 98-106

Top ranked Jiangsu (7-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Hebei (7-3) 106-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jiangsu. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Jiangsu trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 19-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 98-106 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Jiangsu 52-39 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hebei made 8 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Center ChunLei Sun (205-85) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and point guard Xin Feng (187-92) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Hebei and four Jiangsu players scored in double figures. Jiangsu's coach ZhiLong Zheng rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hebei moved-up to second place, which they share with Changan Group and Jiangsu. Hebei is looking forward to face Nanjin Army (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu will play against Heilongjiang (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: H.Julius 44+17reb+3ast, F.Xin 17+7reb+5ast, S.XianLing 14+2reb+1ast, F.Hui 11+5reb+2ast, M.Zhuang 5+1reb+4ast, Z.HongWei 5+2reb+1ast
Hebei: D.Bryan 25+17reb, Y.ZhiTong 19+6reb+3ast, Z.ZhenHu 17+4reb+2ast, Y.TingYu 16+6reb+1ast, S.ChunLei 14+9reb+6ast, L.YiDing 12+3reb
gschID: 176063



Is the CBA the ANSWER? - by Alex Yam

One of the NBA's most gifted players ever, has now been out of the league since 2010. A sure fire HOF candidate when eligible, former #1 overall draft pick Allen Iverson has been searching for the answer to his question for the past 2.5 years, why won't an NBA team give me a chance, bench player or not. Even though that answer remains elusive, AI has been busy, he played in a number of exhibition games in China this past month, and played as if he was trying to get the attention of one of the top (at least money wise) leagues in the world, the CBA.

Iverson still and always will have the skill, no one can take that away from him, but at the age of 36 ( turning 37 in early June), father time has caught up with him, no longer as quick, no longer as crafty, he now must rely on his intelligence as a player, and ability rather then his trademark speed, and relentless pursuit to the basket. The question, is will a CBA team look at this as Marbury 2.0, or just another publicity stunt to pad AI's wallet, for his well documented financial issues.

Only a handful of teams can afford what Iverson likely will command in terms of pay, as well as off court stuff. Beijing and Shanghai, the 2 most desirable cities to live in for foreign players, won't be available as Marbury has all but cemented his legacy in China, and Shanghai traditionally is a no risk team. That leaves the rest of the league. Xinjiang the powerhouse team, that has recently tilted the financial boundaries in the CBA, likely wont make the same mistake twice, as they did last year signing a NBA veteran, Shanxi, the 1st team to lure a proven NBA All Star, in Marbury, won't have interest, as standing now trumps showing. So who will take the Answer, that leaves a lot of questions from now till the star of the 2012-13 CBA season



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Mimica, KK Split18.8 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.9 
 4. Markota, KK.17.6 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost16.7 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita16.1 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner15.3 
 8. Sobin, KK Split15.3 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok15.1 
 10. Vrbanc, Zadar14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.5 
 2. Markota, KK.7.5 
 3. Sobin, KK Split7.1 
 4. Stimac, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner6.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.8 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 8. Suton, Cibona6.5 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.4 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.4 
 3. Blajic, Kvarner4.2 
 4. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 7. Wright, Cibona3.5 
 8. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.1 
 9. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 10. Draper, Cedevita3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Draper, Cedevita2.7 
 3. Wright, Cibona2.2 
 4. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 5. Rozic, Cibona1.8 
 6. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 7. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.7 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok1.5 
 9. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 10. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.7 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.2 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 5. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 6. Owens, Cedevita0.8 
 7. Vujcic, KK Split0.8 
 8. Bilan, Cedevita0.7 
 9. Vukovic, KK Split0.7 
 10. Sobin, KK Split0.7 


Cedevita is alive in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 4: Cibona - Cedevita 70-79 OT (2-1)

Third game of the Croatian league Finals just ended. Cedevita stayed alive in the series thanks to 70-79 overtime victory. The format is best-of-five and Cibona (2-1) still needs one more win for the title. However, Cedevita will be the host in Game Four. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.
The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 13-4. Cedevita forced 23 Cibona turnovers. 35 personal fouls committed by Cibona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Marino Bazdaric (197-78) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Haywood Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Marin Rozic (201-83) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cibona. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Cibona was the regular season champion in Croatia with 14-0 record. Defending champ Zagreb didn't reach the Playoffs, so Croatia will get a new champion for sure. It could be on Tuesday or later this week.

Cibona: D.Rudez 15+3reb, A.Zizic 14+6reb, D.Kus 10+1reb+3ast, K.El-Amin 9+2reb+2ast, M.Rozic 8+10reb+3ast, G.Suton 8+4reb
Cedevita: M.Bazdaric 18+9reb+3ast, M.Bilan 13+2reb, L.Warren 10+4reb+3ast, H.Owens 9+7reb+2ast, I.Opacak 8+4reb, V.Vukusic 6+2reb+2ast



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Uche Nsonwu-Amadi joins ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming). The centre is not new to the team. He played for ASVEL back in 2007/08 season. The centre notched 13.4 points, 7.6 boards and 1.6 assists per ProA game then. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi played for Roanne since 2009. Last season the Nigerian player averaged 13.9 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In ProA his stats read 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi also had stints in Ukraine, Israel, Belgium, Poland and Turkey. Eurobasket.com named Uche Nsonwu-Amadi All-French ProA Centre of the Year in 2008 and 2010. He also made it onto All-EuroChallenge 1st Team in 2010. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi was also trumped All-EuroChallenge Centre of the Year in the same season.


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David Blu leaves Maccabi Electra - by Eurobasket News

David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) is no longer a member of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. The 31-year-old forward officially informed the club that he decided to leave for the school in the USA (University of Southern California). It is not clear at this moment will Blu return to the basketball court or not. He joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2007 from Climamio Bologna. He also played for the club from 2002 to 2004. Last season David Blu averaged 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in Israeli Premier League. Maccabi managed to defend the title. Blu also added 10.7 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 19 games in Adriatic league, which belonged to Maccabi as well. They outplayed Cedevita in the Finals. In Euroleague, Blu collected 9.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg. David Blu played for the Israeli National Team at the EuroBasket in Lithuania a year ago. He had 12.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 5 games at this event.


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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.19.6 
 2. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.2 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.1 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.17.0 
 5. Rochestie, Le Mans16.6 
 6. Schilb, Chalon16.6 
 7. Williams, Paris-.16.5 
 8. Causeur, Cholet16.0 
 9. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 10. Ray, Pau-Lacq.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.3 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.2 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 4. Armstrong, AS.7.2 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 6. Aminu, Chalon6.9 
 7. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.6.8 
 8. Vebobe, Cholet6.8 
 9. Moerman, Nancy6.6 
 10. Falker, Cholet6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.5 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.2 
 6. Dixon, Dijon5.1 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.6 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.4 
 2. Dobbins, Poitiers2.3 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.1 
 5. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 6. Shuler, Nancy1.8 
 7. Pellin, Orleans1.8 
 8. Acker, Le Mans1.8 
 9. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.2 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.1.2 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 8. Issa, Gravelines0.9 
 9. Armstrong, AS.0.9 
 10. Sy, Orleans0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 2. Davis, Le Portel17.0 
 3. Brown, Maurienne16.8 
 4. Wood, Evreux16.5 
 5. Paelay, Quimper15.8 
 6. Monroe, Boulazac15.7 
 7. McCray, Boulogne15.4 
 8. Mels, Chalons-Reims15.3 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier15.1 
 10. Denave, St Vallier14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11
 1. Massie, Limoges11.0 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.8 
 3. Monroe, Boulazac9.7 
 4. Rossiter, Denain9.6 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.4 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.7 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.5 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.2 
 9. Badiane, Nantes7.9 
 10. Dunn, Rouen7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Taylor, Le Portel6.6 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.5.8 
 3. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 4. Rowland, Evreux5.2 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.1 
 6. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.8 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Eito, Vichy4.4 
 10. Poupet, Rouen4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.5 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.5 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
 4. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 5. Shiloh, St Vallier1.9 
 6. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 7. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux1.8 
 9. Mels, Chalons-Reims1.7 
 10. Rowland, Evreux1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 3. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 5. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 8. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 9. Barrett, St Vallier0.8 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.0.8 


Uche Nsonwu-Amadi joins ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming). The centre is not new to the team. He played for ASVEL back in 2007/08 season. The centre notched 13.4 points, 7.6 boards and 1.6 assists per ProA game then. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi played for Roanne since 2009. Last season the Nigerian player averaged 13.9 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In ProA his stats read 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi also had stints in Ukraine, Israel, Belgium, Poland and Turkey. Eurobasket.com named Uche Nsonwu-Amadi All-French ProA Centre of the Year in 2008 and 2010. He also made it onto All-EuroChallenge 1st Team in 2010. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi was also trumped All-EuroChallenge Centre of the Year in the same season.


Saint Vallier announce Ibrahima Koma - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier continued to strengthen their squad for the next season. They announced the deal with Ibrahima Koma (202-F/C-87). The centre spent the last two seasons with Bourg. Last season the centre notched 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in ProB. Earlier Ibrahima Koma had stints with Dijon, Charleville and Argenteuil. He played for French U20 National Team. Ibrahima Koma participated at 2007 U20 European Championship. He posted 7.8 points, 3.5 boards and 1.3 steals per game in Nova Gorica.
Saint Vallier stay active on the market. Previously they announced the signing of Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC).



Cherokee Parks extends with Aubenas - by Eurobasket News

Aubenas managed to keep Cherokee Parks (211-C-72, college: Duke) for another season. The NM2 team prolonged the deal with a well-known player. Cherokee Parks joined Aubenas at the start of the last season. The centre previously had a long pause from basketball. He left the NBA back in 2003/04 season. Cherokee Parks last played for the Warriors averaging 1.0 point and 0.8 boards per appearance. Previously the centre had stints with the Clippers, Wizards, Grizzlies, Timberwolves and Mavs. Cherokee Parks was the member of USA U18 National Team. The centre joined USA National Team in 1994. He participated at the Goodwill Games that year.


American Jason Siggers comes back to Lille - by Eurobasket News

Jason Siggers comes back to Lille after two years of absence. The American shooting guard spent last two season with SPO Rouen Basket and now is back to Lille.
In 2009/10 season for Lille Jason Siggers tallied 17.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game then. Later Jason Siggers moved to Rouen and spent the next two seasons there. Last season the guard notched 18.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game in ProB. Eurobasket.com named Jason Siggers into French ProB All-Imports Team in both 2010 and 2011. Previously the guard had stints in Denmark and Switzerland. He was trumped All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year in 2008. Jason Siggers led his team to the title. Later he was named into All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team playing for Boncourt.



Evreux add Clevin Hannah - by Eurobasket News

Evreux are bolstering their roster for the next season. The ProB newcomers landed Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.). The point guard signed a one-year deal with the team. Clevin Hannah spent the last season in Finland. He played for Karhu Kauhajoki. He notched 18.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in Korisliiga. Eurobasket.com named Clevin Hannah into All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team. Clevin Hannah started his pro career in Romania in 2010/11 season. He averaged 21.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game playing for BC Perla Miercurea Cuic. He earned All-Romanian League Honourable Mention.


Denain signs F Vincent Ateba - by Eurobasket News

Vincent Ateba (195-F-85, college: Missouri So.) is a new member of Denain. The French forward penned a one-year deal with the club. Ateba arrives to Denain from Sorgues, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one he had 7.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.8 apg for 35 games. In 2010/11, Ateba had pretty close numbers. In 34 league games he registered 8.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Before Sorgues, Ateba played one year for Als Andrezieux-Boutheon. They competed in NM2. In the past, Vincent Ateba spent two years with Missouri Southern State University (NCAA2). In 2008, he had 14.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg for the school and was named All-MIAA 1st Team -08. Ateba also has experience from John A. Logan CC and Orleans.


J.K. Edwards stays with Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

According to L'Equipe, J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) will play for Gravelines-Dunkerque next season as well. Reportedly, the American had an option to leave the club, but he decided not to use it. Edwards arrived to Gravelines a year ago. He appeared 12 times in EuroCup averaging 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. The player also added 8.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.9 apg for 33 games in ProA. Gravelines was the ProA regular season champion with 27-3 record, but failed in the Playoff Quarterfinals against Cholet (1-2). Before Gravelines, J.K. Edwards spent one year with Donetsk. They also were the regular season champs in Ukraine, but failed in the Finals against Budivelnyk. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Centre of the Year -11. The American played for Gravelines also from 2008 to 2010. In the past, he was a member of Cholet, Le Havre and Quimper.


Chalon and Le Mans take 1-0 lead in ProA Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

First games of the ProA Semifinals are completed tonight. Chalon and Le Mans registered home wins for 1-0 lead against their rivals. The format is best-of-three and second games are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Orleans and Cholet will be the hosts. Defending champion Nancy is out of the Playoffs. Le Mans eliminated them with 2-1 in the Quarterfinals. Regular season champion Gravelines is also out. Cholet edged them with 2-1.

Chalon - Orleans 70-65 (1-0)
The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 39-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 8 assists. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Entente Orleans 45.
Top scorers:
Chalon: N.Lang 12+5reb, B.Schilb 11+8reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 11+3reb+8ast, A.Aminu 11+9reb, M.Delaney 8+2reb+5ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 8+7reb
Orleans: A.Sy 17+10reb+2ast, B.Greene 14+2reb+1ast, C.Banks 11+8reb+4ast, G.Joseph 8+5reb+1ast, M.Lebrun 5+3reb+2ast, M.Pellin 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 177155


Le Mans - Cholet 83-78 (1-0)
The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Le Mans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. It was a very good performance for American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) answered with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and international guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) added 16 points in the effort for Cholet. Five Le Mans and four Cholet players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: M.Sommerville 21+6reb, J.Paulo Batista 16+8reb+2ast, T.Rochestie 14+3reb+8ast, C.Kahudi 12+2reb+2ast, A.Acker 10+5reb+4ast, T.Bryant 5+4reb+2ast
Cholet: W.Gradit 16+1reb+1ast, F.Causeur 16+2reb+3ast, D.Nelson 11+6reb+6ast, P.Christopher 10+3reb+1ast, R.Dozier 9+3reb, R.Falker 8+4reb+2ast



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  GERMANY   


Michael Taylor agrees on contract extension with Pro B newcomer Oldenburg - by Moritz Korff

Michael Taylor (193-G-87, college: Whitworth) led Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB to the 2011-12 Regionalliga North championship and was named Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Player of the Year following his first year in German basketball. In his second season he hopes to continue to do good things for the Oldenburg team, that earned promotion to the Pro B by claiming the title, and now agreed on a contract extension with Taylor. The 25-year-old guard out of Wenatchee, Washington played 21 games for OTB in this past season, averaging 24.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per contest.
The club had published earlier this week that also Chris Heinrich (208-C-77, college: St.Louis) and Alexander Witte (206-F-90) will follow OTB to the Pro B.




Herzoege Wolfenbuettel to stay in the Pro B - Jack Hanley the first new player - by Moritz Korff

Wolfenbuettel basketball fans received two good news today. According to the website of the 2. Bundesliga, Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will stay in the Pro B though falling short in the 2011-12 playdown round to Illertal/Weissenhorn.
The Wolfenbuettel team also signed its first American player for the 2012-13 season. Jack Hanley (193-G/F, college: Occidental) will join the team. The native of Seattle, Washington started his college career at the University of San Diego and arrived as a mid-year transfer at NCAA D3 school Occidental College during the 2008-09 campaign. He served as a team captain for the Tigers and scored more than 1000 points in the course of his Oxy career. As a senior in the 2011-12 season Hanley averaged 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. He ranked 22nd in the entire NCAA D3 in free-throw percentage (87.5%).



Kyle Hines ( Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus)My Ex Teammates And The City Of Bamberg Showed Me Love After Winning The Euroleague - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kyle Hines (198-F-86) is a 25 year old 198cm power forward from Sicklerville, New Jersey that is playing his first season with Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece). He is a powerful player who loves to attack the basket. Has a good 1-vs-1 game and likes to go inside. He is undersized to play the power forward, but his great wingspan (7-1) allows him to guard taller players and to intimidate. He's also a great leaper and reads the opponent's game well He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 62.8%. He was invited to play at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 3.3bpg, FGP: 78.6%, FT: 72.7%. He then had predraft workouts with Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA). He then went to Europe to Italy and played with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 34 games: 16.9ppg, Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 3.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP-2 (66.0%), FT: 58.5%. In 2009, he took part in the Orlando Pro Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder). In 2009-2010, he stayed in Italy with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 40 games: 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, Steals-2 (3.5spg), Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP-3 (64.0%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 57.8%. He played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets) in the summer of 2010. Last season he played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Euroleague: 10 games: 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 64.3%, FT: 46.7%; German League: 46 games: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP-3 (61.1%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 52.4%. He won the double with Bamberg last season. He spoke to eurobasket after the 2012 Euroleague win against CSKA Moscow.

Congrats on the 2012 Euroleague win against CSKA Moscow. What kind of feeling is it?


It is a great feeling winning with a great group of guys. We worked hard all season long and took the chance. Nothing was handed to us on this weekend. We earned the win.

What were your first thoughts as the siren sounded?


My first feeling was unreal. It was so hard to believe what we had just done coming back from 18 points in the second half.

With 18 points down, how big was the belief that Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus could come back?


We showed our character in this comeback. So often this season, we have fought against adverse conditions, but we never gave up and always continued to fight.

What was key in the 18 point comeback for getting the win?


Energy got us back into the game. Our nonstop fighting and good defense was key for getting the win.

Describe the game winning shot from Georgios Printezis. Did you know that the shot would go in?

His shot may be unorthodox, but that is his shot and what he practices each day. I was confident that the shot would go in.

The three Americans Joey Dorsey, Acie Law and yourself had 0 points. How crazy is that?


I dont think that that is so crazy. We have 16 capable players on the team and we arent depended on one guy. If one guy is having an off night, then we have other guys who can step up.

How challenging was it playing against ex NBA players Nenad Kristic and Andrei Kirilenko?

They are great players that gave us problems at the start. It is always a challenge to play them, because they are so long.

How much was Athens a zoo when Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus returned home?


It was an amazing atmosphere that I cant describe in words. Thousands of fans waited at the airport and followed us to the arena. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget.

Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus beat two of Europes best basketball teams with FC Barcelona and CSKA Moscow. Is this like a dream for you?


Yes it is. We have felt being the underdog all season long. We know that as long as we can play our basketball, we will always have a chance to win.


What did head coach Dusan Ivkovic tell the team after the win?

He was very happy for us and told us we took advantage of a great opportunity, but at the same time said that we shouldnt be too happy since we were to play Panathinaikos Athens in a few days.

Kostas Papanikolaov was MVP with 21 years. How much potential does he have and can he reach the NBA?

He has a lot of potential and improves each day. Getting the MVP was evident of his hard work this season. He is more athletic than people think. He could reach the NBA.

The three Euroleague final 4 games were decided by only 7 points. Will we ever see another amazing weekend as this?

I hope so and I hope that Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus will be there again. I am sure that there will be many more to come.

What kind of experience was it playing against Pete Micheal?

I have a lot of respect for a great player with much experience.

What will you never forget from this Euroleague Final 4 weekend?


That all the hard work paid off. We really enjoyed the weekend and I think that is why we also were able to play well.

How many of your Bamberg ex teammates congratulated you after the Euroleague win?

Every one did. My ex teammates and the city of Bamberg showed me love after Winning the Euroleague. I am very grateful for that.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

300.

Thanks Kyle for the chat.





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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
 10. Wright, AGOR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.4 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 9. Scott, Peristeri GS5.7 
 10. Ceranic, KAOD5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.6 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.4 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Mocnik, Perister.3.1 
 10. Jasikevicius, Pan.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Pani.1.7 
 5. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Dorsey, Olympiacos1.6 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Petway, AGOR1.3 
 3. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 5. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 6. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 7. Dorsey, Olympiacos0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Vougioukas, Panat.0.8 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros0.7 


Olympiakos is the new champion of Greece - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 5: Olympiacos - Panathinaikos 82-76 (3-2)

Olympiakos won the championship title in Greece thanks to 82-76 home victory against PAO in decisive Game Five of the Playoff Finals. PAO is dethroned after 9 years and this is the first championship title for Olympiakos since 1997. The Reds already won the Euroleague title earlier this season, while PAO celebrated in Greek Cup.
Panathinaikos trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 20-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 76-82 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Panathinaikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) answered with 17 points and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Panathinaikos. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in this decisive game.
Olympiakos was the regular season champion in Greece with almost perfect 23-1 record. They eliminated PAOK in the Quarterfinals (2-0) and Panionios in the Semis (3-0). Olympiakos was the Greek league champion in 49, 60, 76, 78, 93, 94, 95, 96 and 97. Of course, they added another trophy tonight. PAO was No.1 in the country in 46, 47, 50, 51, 54, 61, 62, 67, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 98, 99, 00, 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10 and 11.

Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 24+2ast, G.Printezis 14+7reb, A.Law 10+2ast, K.Papanikolaou 8+7reb+1ast, M.Keselj 5+3reb, J.Dorsey 4+4reb
Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 17+4reb+2ast, D.Diamantidis 13+3reb+5ast, S.Perperoglou 11+8reb+1ast, K.Kaimakoglou 10+3reb+1ast, M.Batiste 7+5reb, A.Maric 6+3reb



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The waiting game - by Glenn Stokes



WELCOME back to my blog and hello to everyone new to my blog here on eurobasket.com, my name is Glenn Stokes. I am an american professional basketball player going into my 10th season overseas. I have been to over 40 countries and have played in countries such as Finland, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Mexico and Holland.
This is my 3rd year blogging and my purpose for blogging is to share my experiences and to educate the young, helping them to reach their full potential while following their dreams and becoming a successful professional both on and off the court. In this blog I will first talk about what I have been up to since my season in Mexico ended. In addition, since the summer is about to start I will touch on the topic of being positive and continuing to put in that work although sometimes you get to feeling like your handwork isn't paying off and you are contemplating getting out of the game being that you feel like the person representing you is full of $h!T and your on an emotional roller coaster.
Since being knocked out of the playoffs in the LNBP in Mexico, I took a couple weeks off from basketball just to enjoy to time to travel and visit love ones and just taking alil time off from ball being that although it is my passion it gets alil stressful. Sometime you just have to put it down even if its just to get your thoughts and plans for your near and long term future goals in order. After my very short hiatus from the gym, I eased back into it playing alil pick up just to stay in game rhythm just in case a good opportunity came my way. I also partnered up with a friend of mine in Orlando. FL who is a long time friend of mine and the founder and CEO of L.A.B sports (learning at its best). At L.A.B we run youth leagues, high school leagues, pro am leagues, womans leagues, basketball clinics, individual, team, group trainings, several basketball camps, all sports camps and fun camps throughout the summer and we have started a girls basketball academy 1st to 12th grade girls as well as mentoring the youth.... So I've been pretty busy! I just recently joined the Minerals de Fresnillo in the Cibane league in Mexico.. I played for this same team in 2010, when we won the championship and I won MVP of the league.. So im excited and looking forward to winning the league again. We play our first game tonight in Aguascalientes.
Finally, I would like to talk to those of you who are going through what every guy who plays basketball for a living goes through..... That time of the year when you are excited about playing but you have nowhere to play! We all have been there, dealing with sorry agents with no pull or maybe even good agents worrying about the big name guys. WORKING HARD ON THE TRACK, IN THE WEIGHTROOM AND ON THE HARDWOOD, for what? Agents lying saying they are in contact with some teams just to keep you at bay and not conversing with you for months until you shoot them emails about going in a different direction and possibly making changes in your representation... Everywhere you go your getting asked the same questions.. Where are you playing next and when are you leaving? Your reply is ' I don't know'. In my 10 years of playing I can honestly say that I didn't have to worry about this only one time...... Every other year I was stuck like you, playing the waiting game, answering the annoying questions, watching others sign who i felt I was better than, contemplating getting a real job after feeling like this damn hardwork isn't paying off.. Losing motivation and even finding myself slacking a bit til getting a grip and taking the attitude of I'm gonna work harder because when I get that call not only am I gonna kill I will make those who passed up on me regret it...
My advice to you guys who are playing the waiting game and contemplating on getting out.... If you really love this game and enjoy the perks of balling overseas keep your head and keep cool... Never stop believing in yourselves and work harder when your mind is telling you to quit! REMEMBER what you put in is what you will get out! In this game only the strong survives!! Dont be a lil quitter instead be a BIG hitter..
Well, I feel I talked you guys heads off long enough plus its time for me to get my mind right for tonights game.. So until next time I would like to thank you guys for taking the time to read my blog, I hope you will come back... If you have any questions, you can email me @ stokesglenn@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @gmoneystokes and also check out our website if you get a chance at labsportsinc.com. Since im in Mexico, Adios!!!!!!
Glenn Stokes (170-PG-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American)



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 4-3 
 2. Orlando V. 2-7 
 3. Yamhill H. 0-0 
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 7-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 7-2 
 3. Olympia R. 3-7 
International
 1. Edmonton E. 6-3 
 2. Portland C. 4-4 
 3. Nippon T. 0-2 
Travel Team
 1. S. Soldiers 2-6 
 2. Los Angeles 0-0 
 3. W.Coast H. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 11

May. 31: Olympia R. - Nippon T. 136-129
Jun. 1: S. Soldiers - Nippon T.
Jun. 1: Edmonton E. - Olympia R.
Jun. 1: Vancouver V. - Bellingham S.
Jun. 1: Orlando V. - Portland C.


Slam keep win streak alive with decisive road win in Vancouver - by Eurobasket News

The Bellingham Slam used solid team play en route to a 128-115 victory over the Vancouver Volcanoes at the O'Connell Sports Complex on Friday.

The Slam consistently found the open man and made the extra pass on offense, and racked up 32 assists as a team.

The victory was the first for the Slam in Vancouver since the 2009 season, and spoiled a festive night for the Volcanoes in which the 2011 title-winning team received their championship rings.

After a competitive first quarter, the Slam used a 15-4 run to close the half and took a 63-49 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Slam were able to extend their lead to over 20 on several occasions, before Vancouver countered to reel in the deficit. But Bellingham was always able to respond on the offensive end and the lead never dipped into single digits.

The Slam (10-1) were led by guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington), who scored 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Martin's) enjoyed another strong outing with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Vancouver (7-4) was led by the 33 points from guard Andre Murray (6'2''-G-87, college: Portland St.) and 22 from forward Alexander Hartman (6'7''-F-85, college: Concordia, OR).

The Slam get little rest as they immediately return home to face the Salem Soldiers on Saturday, in a special home game at Blaine High School. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  ISRAEL   


David Blu leaves Maccabi Electra - by Eurobasket News

David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) is no longer a member of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. The 31-year-old forward officially informed the club that he decided to leave for the school in the USA (University of Southern California). It is not clear at this moment will Blu return to the basketball court or not. He joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2007 from Climamio Bologna. He also played for the club from 2002 to 2004. Last season David Blu averaged 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in Israeli Premier League. Maccabi managed to defend the title. Blu also added 10.7 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 19 games in Adriatic league, which belonged to Maccabi as well. They outplayed Cedevita in the Finals. In Euroleague, Blu collected 9.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg. David Blu played for the Israeli National Team at the EuroBasket in Lithuania a year ago. He had 12.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 5 games at this event.


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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.4 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. White, Scavolin.17.1 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.6 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 6. Hickman, Scavolin.16.1 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 8. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.11.0 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.1 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Gigli, CS Bologna7.4 
 7. Jones, Scavolini PS7.1 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.7 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Mekel, Benetton TV3.7 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna3.6 
 8. McCalebb, Montepa.3.3 
 9. Fultz, Banca Terc.3.3 
 10. Perkins, Bennet C.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 5. Perkins, Bennet C.2.1 
 6. Hosley, Banco d.2.1 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 10. Collins, Otto Cas.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Acea Roma
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Varnado, Acea Roma1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 3. Johnson, Sidigas1.3 
 4. Easley, Banco d.1.2 
 5. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 8. Viggiano, Benetton.0.8 
 9. Bourousis, Armani0.8 
 10. Brunner, Bennet C.0.8 


Siena advances to the playoffs finals after defeating Sassari - by Giovanni Bargna

While we're waiting for the second team to advance to the finals (EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, ahead 2-0 in the series, to face Scavolini Pesaro on the road tonight, Siena has already qualified to the finals.
Coach Pianigiani's team got the road win at Sassari last night and completed its series with a 3-0. In some way the game lasted two periods as at half time Siena was up by 16 points and then managed the margin until last buzzer. Final score 79-64. This one has been an amazing season for Sassari anyway. Coach Sacchetti and his guys did a great job all along the season reaching a surprising 4th place at the end of the regular season and then downing Bologna in the quarterfinal series for 3-0.
Last night it was an oustanding performance by Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) leading the defending champs, 21 points for him, while the team had a good contribution from the lithuanian duo Lavrinovic - Kaukenas.
Sassari could count on Tony Easley, 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Quinton Hosley, 13 points, while it seems that Siena found the key to keep cousins Diener out of the game. Both of them had a game under their usual contribution.

BANCO DI SARDEGNA SASSARI - MONTEPASCHI SIENA 64 - 79
SASSARI : Tony Easley 17p and 10r, Quinton Hosley 13p and 6r, Diener D. 10p
SIENA : Bo McCalebb 21p, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12p, Rimantas Kaukenas 10p



SerieA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Montepaschi advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Scavolini PS - Armani Mit 85-77

Scavolini toppled Armani Jeans in Pesaro to narrow the deficit in the series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-77. Scavolini Pesaro forced 23 Armani Milano turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (198-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. The best for the losing side was American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) with 15 points and 4 assists and swingman Alessandro Gentile (197-92) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Armani Mit: O.Cook 15+1reb+4ast, A.Gentile 12+6reb+2ast, E.Bremer 11+1reb+1ast, A.Fotsis 10+4reb+1ast, M.Hairston 8+4reb, I.Bourousis 8+4reb+1ast
Scavolini PS: R.Hickman 20+1reb+4ast, J.White 16+3reb, J.Jones 14+4reb+1ast, D.Hackett 13+5reb+4ast, D.Cavaliero 10+1reb+2ast, M.Cusin 6+9reb
gschID: 177120


Banco di Sard. - Montepaschi 64-79

Montepaschi Siena claimed the third straight win over Sassari and advanced into the Final. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Banco di Sard. was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Sard.'s 30. It was an exceptional evening for American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) who led the winners and scored 21 points. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) accounted for 12 points for the winning side. American forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Banco di Sard. in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: T.Easley 17+10reb, Q.Hosley 13+6reb+2ast, D.Diener 10+5reb, V.Plisnic 8+3reb+2ast, M.Vanuzzo 5+2reb, T.Diener 4+3reb+6ast
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 21+4reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 12+4reb+2ast, R.Kaukenas 10+4reb+1ast, M.Thornton 9+4reb+4ast, A.Michelori 7+8reb+1ast, P.Aradori 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 177119



Sassari keep Travis Diener and Drake Diener - by Eurobasket News

Sassari will keep Travis and Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) for the next season. The cousins helped Sassari to SeriaA semifinals this season. They also led the team to 20-12 record in the regular season.
Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) joined Sassari back in 2010. The point guard averaged 13.8 points, 5.7 assist, 3.1 rebounds per game last season. Travis Diener participated at SeriaA All-Star Game in both 2011 and 2012. Previously Travis Diener played in the NBA. He had stints with the Pacers, Trail Blazers and Magic.
Drake Diener became the member of Sassari back in 2009. Last season the guard notched 16.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game in SeriaA. He participated in 2011 SeriaA All-Star Game. Drake Diener had stints with Capo dOrlando, Air Avellino and Ticino before joining Sassari. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Italian SeriaA Honourable Mention back in 2008.



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Soleuvre tab Andre Abreu, Black Star extend Billy McDaniel - by Eurobasket News

Soleuvre bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Andre Abreu (195-F/G-88). The forward had played for T71 Dudelange since 2006. Last season Andre Abreu averaged 1.2 points per game in Diekirch League.
In the meantime Black Star extended their leading scorer. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: JEMsports, college: Ark.-Monticello) will remain in the team for the next season. The centre joined Black Star back in 2008. Eurobasket.com named the centre into Luxembourg League All-Imports Team in 2011. He also participated at 2009 Diekirch League All-Star Game.
Black Star coach Mike Smith also extended his contract for another season. He will enter his third straight season with the Mersch team.



BBC Nitia land Steve Binna, extend Carl Woodard - by Eurobasket News

BBC Nitia extended the contract with head coach Carl Woodard . The US specialist took over the team at the start of the season. He replaced Serge Logelin at the bridge. Carl Woodard guided BBC Nitia at 2-16 record in the regular season. BBC Nitia got relegated into the N2 League. Christophe Ney will leave the position of assistant coach.
In the meantime BBC Nitia returned Steve Binna (184-F-91). The forward used to play for BBC Nitia back in 2009/10 season. He tallied 1.0 point per game then. Later he spent two seasons with Grengewald Hostert in N2.



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Westports Dragons force decider - by Eurobasket News

Westports Dragons - Petron Blaze 100:77

Westports KL Dragons forced the decisive third game in the ASEAN League semifinal series versus Petron Blaze. The Malaysian team celebrated a comfortable home win in Game 2 to level the series. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) stepped up with 34 points to lead the hosts.
The Dragons surged ahead early in the encounter. They accumulated a 26:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The Beermen stopped the bleeding in the second quarter. Chris Banchero (185-G, college: Seattle Pacific) scored 7 points as the Blaze cut the deficit to just 3 points at halftime 42:45. But the Dragons were back in the drivers seat in the third frame. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the period to pile up a 6-point lead at the final break. The Dragons took over in the fourth quarter. The home team dominated the final minutes rolling to a confident victory. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) came up with 26 points, 15 boards and 7 assists for the Dragons. Patrick Cabahug (186-G) added 17 points in the victory. Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) delivered 15 points and 9 rebounds for the Blaze. Chris Banchero netted 13 points in defeat.

Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 34, Brian Williams 26+15 boards, Patrick Cabahug 17
Petron Blaze: Duke Crews 15, Chris Banchero 13



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  MONTENEGRO   


Taylor Rochestie and Brion Rush will get Montenegrin citizenship - by Darko Pekic

Two American players Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) and Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) are very clolse to get Montenegrin citizenship and participate in Montenegrin campaign for the European championship this summer. Both of them are guards and will give more options to Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ), new head coach of Montenegro.

After the departure of the fisrt naturalized American Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) and failed negotiations with Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports), Montenegro needed someone to cover a very important 1/2 spot in the team. Actually, the NT management found two of them. Rochestie plays for Le Mans in France and has also experience from Germany and Turkey. Rush is a well known name to European fans. He plays in Russia but he became known in the 2007/2008 season when he played Euroleague with Roanne and averaged 15.4 ppg. Montenegro will have the right to play one of them in each game according to FIBA rules.



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  MOROCCO   


Moroccan League Final Four Set - by Adam Prossin

May 31, 2012 - The Moroccan League 1st Playoff Stage ended last night with 3 teams fighting for their playoff lives and the right to move into the FInal Four.

Group A ended with As de Sale securing 4 wins after the home and away play with the 3 teams. Maghreb de Fes and Plazza Casablanca Sport split their home and home matches but Plazza Casablanca Sport had a stronger point differential at -11 compared to Maghreb de Fes at -30 therefore Plazza Casablanca Sport earned the 2nd spot in the Final Four from Gorup A and will face As de Sale in their next game in their FInal Four Matchup.

Group B also ended today with RSB Berkane crushing Chabab Rif Al Hoceima by a score of 82-53 in a must win game for RSB Berkane in the final match of Group B play. Chabab Rif Al Hoceima could have lost this game by as much as 16 points and still advance to the Final Four; however this 29 point loss leaves them in 3rd pace in Group B and out of the FInal Four Playoffs.

All three teams in Group B ended with 2 wins and 2 losses after home and away play. RSB Berkane topped the group with a point differential of +8, Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca finished 2nd with +2 while Chabab Rif Al Hoceima ended up in the 3rd spot with a point differential of -8. RSB Berkane and Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca will face off against each other in their next matchup in the Final Four.

Here are the final standings from the 1st stage of the playoffs:

GROUP A
Rank Team Diff. Score Games Wins Losses Points
1 ASS +41 324:283 4 4 0 8
2 PCS -11 276:287 4 1 3 5
3 FEZ -30 264:294 4 1 3 5

GROUP B
Rank Team Diff. Score Games Wins Losses Points
1 RSB +8 257:249 4 2 2 6
2 WAC -2 262:260 4 2 2 6
3 CRA -10 259:269 4 2 2 6



As de Sale Wins Final Game of 1st Stage of Playoffs - May 30, 2012 - by Adam Prossin

May 30, 2012 - The first stage of the Moroccan league playoffs came to end end today. As de Sale topped Maghreb de Fes in the final game of the Group A playoff.

As de Sale hosted Maghreb de Fes at the Sport Hall Fathallah Albouizawi in Sale. Maghreb de Fes faced a must win situation where they had to win by at least 9 points to qualify for the FInal Four while As de Sale had already secured their spot with 3 wins in their 3 prior Group A matchups.

The 1st quarter was close with As de Sale leading 23-18 at the end of the 1st. After a hard fought 2nd quarter As de Sale still held a 5 point lead at 46-41 at the half.

The Maghreb de Fes players did not give up easy and they played a strong 3rd quarter to go up 63-62 on the hosts, As de Sale, at the end of the 3rd. Maghreb de Fes held a 5 point lead twice in the game but the As de Sale players responded well both times and quickly retook the lead.

As de Sale took control in the 4th and ended the game up by 8 points at 88-80 to secure 1st place in Group A and the #1 seed in the Final Four.

There was some excitement generated on some power dunks during this game. As de Sale veteran center Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona) rattled the backboard with his powerful dunk and Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) had the home fans cheering loudly after he finished off an As de Sale fastbreak with the type of power dunk that you do not see on a day to day basis.

There was also some excitement in the 4th quarter when the referee called a foul on a Maghreb de Fes player for fouling As de Sale player Parfait Bitee (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Rhode Island) at the end of a fastbreak. The Maghreb de Fes coach, Drasko Prodanovic (agency: Interperformances ), took strong exceptin to the referee giving the basket and one foul shot. Coach Prodanovic's hard protesting led to him receiving a technical foul and a disqualification from the game.

Group A ended with As de Sale securing 4 wins after the home and away play with the 3 teams. Maghreb de Fes and Plazza Casablanca Sport split their home and home matches but Sports Plaza had a stronger point differential at -11 compared to Maghreb de Fes at -30 therefore Sports Plaza earned the 2nd spot in the Final Four from Gorup A and will face As de Sale in their next game in their FInal Four Matchup.

Group B also ended today with RSB Berkane crushing Chabab Rif Al Hoceima by a score of 82-53 in a must win game for Berkane in the final match of Group B play. Chabab Rif Al Hoceima could have lost this game by as much as 16 points and still advance to the Final Four; however this 29 point loss leaves them in 3rd pace in Group B and out of the FInal Four Playoffs.

All three teams in Group B ended with 2 wins and 2 losses after home and away play. RSB Berkane topped the group with a point differential of +8, Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca finished 2nd with +2 while Chabab Rif Al Hoceima ended up in the 3rd spot with a point differential of -8. RSB Berkane and Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca will face off against each other in their next matchup in the Final Four.



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.7 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.3 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.7 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Chandler, New Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.7 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 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.7.5 
 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. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 10. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Anthony Davis can't wait to shut down Kobe Bryant - by Eurobasket News

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) rarely lacks for motivation.

He continually chases his sixth ring and beyond. Bryant thrives on proving he'll still stay dominant at the tail end of his career. As much as he shows respect for emerging young talent, such as Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Bryant refuses to pass the torch to them. Bryant wants to squeeze every single ounce of talent out of himself to maximize his standing in the NBA history books.

But Bryant also takes some kind of pleasure in reading the negative things the media write about him, or the challenges other stars bestow upon him. That's why Anthony Davis, whom the New Orleans Hornets will likely select with their No. 1 draft pick, perhaps should have thought twice before uttering these words:

[Kobe]s a monster. So I just want to go out there and play my hardest,' Davis said Thursday on the 'Dan Patrick Show.' Theres a lot of guys that cant stop Kobe. So if I stop him I could be one of the guys that say, I shut Kobe down.

'Be careful what you ask for Anthony,' Patrick told the former Kentucky standout. 'He listens to the show and he has a great memory.'

Retorted Anthony: 'Tell him, I'll be waiting.'

Something tells me Bryant will be too.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Phil Jackson was courted by Orlando Magic for GM post - by Eurobasket News

For the last few days, Phil Jackson was interested in the possibility of joining the Magic 's front office, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

But late Thursday afternoon, according to the paper, Jackson bowed out.

Magic Chief Executive Alex Martins was formally presented on Wednesday with a scenario involving Jackson by Sam Vincent, who played for the Magic and Jackson.

'It drew some interest from Phil,' Vincent said. 'But in the end, Phil decided to go with another opportunity.'

Jackson may be headed back to the NBA in some capacity, but he pulled out of the Orlando offer before Martins had a chance to run it by Magic owner Rich DeVos. Martins learned of Jackson's exit Thursday, but would not comment.

Vincent said Jackson gave him the impression that he doesn't want to coach anymore. But the Magic scenario would have involved Jackson as either the team president/general manager or in a consulting role.

Vincent said that Jackson, 66, was intrigued enough by the idea that Vincent and another intermediary were preparing to fly to Jackson's home in Montana to speak with him. And, if the talks went well, they would next approach Howard.

Vincent was excited early Thursday afternoon before learning that Jackson had passed on the opportunity to come to Orlando.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Is the CBA the ANSWER? - by Alex Yam

One of the NBA's most gifted players ever, has now been out of the league since 2010. A sure fire HOF candidate when eligible, former #1 overall draft pick Allen Iverson has been searching for the answer to his question for the past 2.5 years, why won't an NBA team give me a chance, bench player or not. Even though that answer remains elusive, AI has been busy, he played in a number of exhibition games in China this past month, and played as if he was trying to get the attention of one of the top (at least money wise) leagues in the world, the CBA.

Iverson still and always will have the skill, no one can take that away from him, but at the age of 36 ( turning 37 in early June), father time has caught up with him, no longer as quick, no longer as crafty, he now must rely on his intelligence as a player, and ability rather then his trademark speed, and relentless pursuit to the basket. The question, is will a CBA team look at this as Marbury 2.0, or just another publicity stunt to pad AI's wallet, for his well documented financial issues.

Only a handful of teams can afford what Iverson likely will command in terms of pay, as well as off court stuff. Beijing and Shanghai, the 2 most desirable cities to live in for foreign players, won't be available as Marbury has all but cemented his legacy in China, and Shanghai traditionally is a no risk team. That leaves the rest of the league. Xinjiang the powerhouse team, that has recently tilted the financial boundaries in the CBA, likely wont make the same mistake twice, as they did last year signing a NBA veteran, Shanxi, the 1st team to lure a proven NBA All Star, in Marbury, won't have interest, as standing now trumps showing. So who will take the Answer, that leaves a lot of questions from now till the star of the 2012-13 CBA season



Report: Celtics' Kevin Garnett might be thinking about retirement - by Eurobasket News

Rejuvenated after moving to center in the middle of the season, Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) would seem an unlikely candidate to retire, even though he has 17 years worth of tread on his tires.

However, a league source who knows Garnett well tells Steve Aschburner of NBA.com (note: Aschburner worked at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune during Garnetts T-Wolves days) that he thinks Garnett might be ready to hang up his high tops.

I think thats what weve been seeing in these playoffs, the source said. The way hes been playing, its like he wants to go out on his terms.

Garnett just turned 36 two weeks ago, but since he entered the league straight out of high school, his body has taken significantly more pounding than the typical 36-year-old.

A throwaway line in a piece by Boston.com columnist Tony Massarotti also hints at the possibility that Garnett might be ready to go. Massarotti wrote: The Celtics can cut ties with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett can retire

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com



Game 4: Durant powers Thunder past Spurs 109-103 - by Eurobasket News

When Lil Wayne turned down Kevin Durant's (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) invitation to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, he missed quite a show by the three-time scoring champion.

Durant scored 18 of his 36 points in a scintillating final 7 minutes, Serge Ibaka added a career-high 26 points and the Thunder evened the series at two games apiece by beating the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 Saturday night.

After seeing his team's 15-point lead dwindle to four, Durant took over midway through the fourth quarter by scoring all 16 of the Thunder's points during a span of just over 5 minutes to keep the Spurs at bay.

'I didn't tell myself that I need to go score because what we were doing was working,' Durant said.

'We were passing the ball and guys were making shots. ... I just wanted to stick with what we were doing, but it started to open up for me and I could see some lanes that gave me some opportunities to make some shots.'

With All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) limited to seven points, Durant did almost all of the damage late to send the series back to San Antonio all square for Game 5 on Monday night.

Durant, who finished behind only LeBron James in MVP voting, hit three straight jumpers, the last one coming after he bumped into Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) in the lane to draw a foul and set up a three-point play. Then he attacked the rim for his next three baskets, getting to the line again when he was fouled on a layup off of James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) 's alley-oop.

Durant hit another jumper after coming off a Westbrook screen for the last basket in his personal run and the Spurs were still within striking distance. Rookie Kawhi Leonard bracketed a pair of 3-pointers around that Durant jumper, and the Spurs were only down 102-96 with 1:24 left.

The Spurs succeeded in getting the ball out of Durant's hands on the next possession, only for him to provide the assist on Harden's 3-pointer from the left wing that bumped the lead to nine.

'When a player that talented gets hot, it's really hard to contain,' San Antonio's Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) said. 'We tried different things and they didn't work.

'He scored a bunch in a short period of time. When we tried to blitz or really help, he kicked it and they made big shots.'

Durant hit two free throws in the final minute to help close it out.

'We tried to do a couple of different things but his play was better than anything we did defensively, that's for sure,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'He finished it off in fine fashion.'

Before the game, Durant said he still hoped to convince Lil Wayne to come see a game in Oklahoma City after the rapper created a stir before Game 3 by tweeting he was denied access and followed it up by saying he felt 'unwanted' at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

With another big closing effort, Durant provided another reason to catch the Thunder in the playoffs.

'I just want to be calm and composed and poised in those situations and make the right basketball play,' Durant said. 'I just try to calm down and go with my instincts.'

Oklahoma City is trying to become the 15th team in NBA history to overcome an 0-2 deficit in a seven-game series, and the eighth to do it since 2004. The Thunder avoided an even trickier task by winning.

Only eight teams have ever overcome a 3-1 hole, and only two had done it while needing two wins on the road the 1995 Rockets and 1968 Celtics.

'We've just got to go down there with the mindset that we're going to play hard every possession, play together like we've played in these last two games and we'll see what happens,' Durant said.

'We've just got to keep believing, man, and we'll be fine.'

Tim Duncan had 21 points for San Antonio, which had won 20 in a row before losing Game 3. Leonard added 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Spurs wiped away most of a 15-point deficit with a run that coincided with Popovich turning to DeJuan Blair, who's had some notoriously big games against the Thunder but had occupied a spot on the bench for most of the playoffs after starting 62 of the 66 regular-season games.

Blair sprung free for a layup early in an 18-5 comeback, and Ginobili's 3-pointer from the top of the key trimmed Oklahoma City's lead to 73-71 with 1:16 to go in the third quarter.

The Spurs were within four after Duncan's left-handed runner with 6:55 left in the game. That's when Thunder coach Scott Brooks called a timeout, and Durant came out of it firing away. He made seven of his last eight shots and also finished with eight assists and six rebounds.

'It was hard because were on a run, we were feeling good about ourselves and we just couldn't make a stop,' Ginobili said.

Ibaka made all 11 of his shots and all four of his free throws to lead a strong performance from Oklahoma City's frontcourt while Durant's usual running mates, Westbrook and Harden, both struggled.

Ibaka, starting center Kendrick Perkins and reserve Nick Collison combined to go 22 for 25 from the field for 49 points. Westbrook missed eight of his 10 shots and Harden was limited to eight points.

The Thunder shot 56 percent and outrebounded San Antonio 41-31.

Oklahoma City pulled ahead to stay with a 12-3 run early in the second quarter with Durant and Westbrook both taking a break. Westbrook nailed a 3-pointer from the left side soon after returning to provide the Thunder's first double-digit lead at 43-33 with 4:44 to go before halftime.

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com



Clippers, Neil Olshey agree in principle to new contract - by Eurobasket News

Neil Olshey , the Clippers vice president of basketball operations who put together one of the most successful teams in the franchise's history, reached an agreement in principle to stay with the Clippers, the team said Friday.

No financial details were made available.

Olshey had flown to London recently to interview with Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen for their vacant general manager position, his second interview with that team in two years.

Olshey had been working without a contract with the Clippers since last August.

During the 66-game, lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Olshey acquired Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler, Reggie Evans, Nick Young and Kenyon Martin and resigned center DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers posted a 40-26 record in the regular season, the highest winning percentage (60.6%) in franchise history.

The Clippers then reached the second round of the playoffs for just the second time during the 31 years Donald Sterling has owned the team.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro had his contract for next season exercised by the team on Tuesday.

Olshey just completed his second season in his role as the general manager, and his ninth overall with the Clippers.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge better after hospitalization for 'deadly' blood virus - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers center LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) wrote on his blog late Friday that he was hospitalized last week for what turned out to be a deadly blood virus. Hes doing much better now, though. Heres what he wrote:

This past week was a very scary one for me. On Saturday I came down with a blood virus. I quickly became sick and had to be rushed to the hospital. I thought it was a case of bad food or a bad cold, but I was wrong. It turned out to be a very serious virus that if not treated quickly could actually be deadly! One thing I know for sure is that Ive never felt worse in my life and there were times I wasnt really sure where I was going. Thankfully I had a lot of family support and great medical care that helped me fight through it and now Ive turned the corner and Im feeling much better.

The Oregonian talked to a team spokesperson, who said the team knew of the incident and had its doctors monitoring the situation.

LA is on the road to recovery and we are confident that hell be just fine, the spokesperson told the paper.

Aldridge averaged 21.7 points and eight rebounds per game this season. The Blazers finished eight games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com



Former NBA star Orlando Woolridge dies at 52 - by Eurobasket News

Although Orlando Woolridge's (6'9''-F-59) life came to a premature end just before midnight Thursday, it's tough to say the former basketball sensation was cheated.

The Bernice native, 52, who died at his parents' Mansfield home where he'd been under hospice care for a chronic heart condition, was a superstar at Mansfield High, graduated from the University of Notre Dame, played with both Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan during his 13 seasons in the NBA and earned induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame two years ago.

The sharp-shooting 6-foot-9, 215-pounder was a first-round selection (sixth overall) of the Chicago Bulls in 1981.

'He was a complete player,' Digger Phelps, Woolridge's coach with the Fighting Irish, told The Times.

Phelps took the somber news that spread quickly Friday particularly hard.

'You go in a home to recruit and there was one thing I always promised the parents: 'Your son is going to graduate from Notre Dame. As far as the NBA, he's going to have to earn it.'

'In 20 years of coaching, I had 56 guys play for me and 56 guys got their degrees - about 20 went on to play in the NBA. He's the first guy I've lost. At 52, to have him die, it's like losing a son. It's hit me hard.'

Woolridge is survived by his children, Zachary, Renaldo and Tiana; parents, Mattie and Larnceen; sister, Dr. Vanessa Woolridge Duplessis; brother-in-law, Darren Duplessis; and nephew, Nigel Duplessis.

In addition to his successes, Woolridge battled personal demons throughout his life. He was suspended for the 1987-88 season by the NBA for substance abuse and was arrested in February on a charge of theft of more than $1,500 for allegedly stealing aluminum lines used to transfer water to natural gas drilling sites.

A cousin to NBA legend and fellow Bernice native Willis Reed, Woolridge scored 3,036 points (22.0 per game) and grabbed 1,945 rebounds (14 per game) in his prep career, including averages of 21 points and 25 rebounds as a senior at Mansfield he played his first three seasons at nearby All Saints High School.

Woolridge enrolled at Notre Dame in 1977, and by the time he was a senior, was a captain for the Fighting Irish.

A key figure during the NBA's slam-dunk era, Woolridge averaged 22.9 points per game during Jordan's rookie season (1984-85). The duo averaged more than 51 points for the Bulls that year.

Courtesy of www.shreveporttimes.com



Bosh works out, remains uncertain for Game 4 - by Eurobasket News

Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) took part in the Miami Heat's morning workout Friday, though coach Erik Spoelstra won't say if the injured All-Star forward can return for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.

Bosh remained sidelined by a lower abdominal strain for Friday night's Game 3 and Spoelstra says 'his return is indefinite.' Game 4 is Sunday in Boston.

Spoelstra says Bosh will be re-evaluated daily.

Bosh was hurt in Game 1 of the second round against Indiana, but the Heat have recovered from his absence behind a string of dominant performances from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

The Heat had backup center Dexter Pittman available again after he was suspended three games for elbowing Indiana's Lance Stephenson late in Game 5 of the Heat's six-game victory.

Courtesy of http://abclocal.go.com



Tim Duncan passes Kareem for no.1 on all-time NBA playoff blocks list - by Eurobasket News

By blocking Thunder guard Thabo Sefoloshas driving layup attempt with 6:42 left in the third quarter of Thursdays Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, Spurs captain Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) became the career leader in playoff blocks.

He finished the game with five, giving him 478 playoff rejections, two more than former leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6'6''-G/F-76, college: W.Kentucky), the Hall of Fame center for the Bucks and Lakers.

That the career milestone came in a 102-82 loss took most of the meaning from the accomplishment. Duncans response was dripping with sarcasm.

Yes, he said, in mock surprise. Finally. Truly? Thats great.

Teammate Stephen Jackson said Duncan would appreciate the milestone soon enough.

He wont enjoy it tonight, Jackson said. Wait until we get another win.

Courtesy of The San Antonio Express-News (via www.insidehoops.com)



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Sprint Center to host Big 12 hoops though '16 - by Eurobasket News

History apparently trumped geography when it came to deciding the future hosts of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament.

Incoming commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced a two-year extension Friday that will keep the event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City through at least 2016. The deal includes the right of first refusal for the tournament's traditional dates beyond the current contract.

That means the Big 12 could head off moves by other league, such as the Southeastern and Missouri Valley conferences, to play future tournaments in Kansas City.

'The Sprint Center is a great venue, the history of the tournament and the history of the league in this area is rich, and we're very excited about extending the relationship with Kansas City,' said Bowlsby, who will officially take over as commissioner later this month.

'This has been a tumultuous time over the last 24 months for our conference,' he said, 'but I think the announcement of this agreement, the settlement of many of the issues that caused it to be tumultuous, has caused us to have a very bright outlook.'

The Big 12 tournament was scheduled to be played at the Sprint Center through 2014, but there were questions about its future with Missouri and Texas A&M leaving for the SEC next month. Some believed that the tournament would move to Dallas or Oklahoma City, two cities that have hosted it in the past, to avoid playing in a state without a current conference member.

'Just remember, the first part of the city's name is Kansas,' said acting commissioner Chuck Neinas, who has presided over the league following Dan Beebe's departure last year.

Indeed, Kansas City has become a battleground for Missouri and current members of the Big 12, particularly Kansas and Kansas State. All of them claim robust alumni support in the metropolitan area, and all have expressed interest in playing non-league games at the Sprint Center.

'I'm claiming that Kansas City is a Big 12 city. It's been a great place for our tournament,' Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said. 'For us, it's an ideal location.'

Kansas State president Kirk Schulz offered a similar assessment, calling the Sprint Center and the nearby College Basketball Experience a 'great venue for college basketball.'

The Big 12 tournament has been played in Kansas City 11 times since the league's inception, including the first seven editions at Kemper Arena. The tournament returned to the city in 2008 at the Sprint Center, and has enjoyed massive crowds the past three years.

The top four attendance averages since the championship began in 1997 have been generated in Kansas City, along with seven of the top eight. The average attendance for the five sessions this past year was 18,979, second only to the record 19,100 that attended in 2000.

'This means a lot to our city, our sports fans and our local businesses,' said Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission.

While there have been rumblings that other conferences might be interested in playing its tournament in Kansas City, Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo said city officials have not had conversations with any other leagues.

'We're very excited that the Big 12 is our partner,' she said.

The Big 12 appears to be just as pleased with the partnership.

'Kansas City has been a great host since the conference played the first holiday tournament there in 1946, and its first postseason basketball event in 1977,' Neinas said, referring to the days of the old Big Eight. 'Everything is done first-class and it will be great to see the Big 12 hold its men's basketball championship there for the next four years.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Norfolk State gives Evans 3-year extension - by Eurobasket News

Norfolk State says men's basketball coach Anthony Evans has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will take him through the 2016-17 season.

Athletics director Marty Miller announced the deal Friday. It comes after Evans guided the Spartans to a team-record 26 victories at the Division I level, their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship and their first berth in the Division I NCAA tournament.

Evans also received a $50,000 raise to $175,000. His contract was to expire after the 2013-14 season.

Norfolk State was a No. 15 seed in the tournament, and beat second-seeded Missouri 86-84 in second round. The Spartans then lost 84-50 to Florida in the third round.

Evans has a 78-82 record in his five seasons at Norfolk State.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Five-star prospect Devonta Pollard announces for Alabama - by Eurobasket News

Heading into Friday, Alabama didn't have a single commitment in the class of 2012. For a team that lost Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green in the frontcourt, that spelled some trouble.

All that changed on Friday, when Devonta Pollard committed to the Crimson Tide during a press conference at his high school. Pollard was the final five-star prospect available in the class.

I'm going to go to the University of Alabama, Pollard said at the presser.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Kemper County (Miss.) chose the Tide over Texas, LSU, Georgetown and Missouri. Pollard had played things very close to the vest throughout his recruitment, not giving out any hints as to where he was headed. He took his time, and never paid much attention to the people clamoring for him to make a decision. Different teams seemed to be in the lead at various times, but the pull of coach Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide was just too much in the end.

We are extremely excited about the addition of Devonta Pollard to the Crimson Tide family, Grant said in a release. Devonta is an extremely gifted player who is capable of playing multiple positions and has demonstrated the ability to impact games in a variety of ways.

'He possesses the character and work ethic of a champion student-athlete and will be a great ambassador to our university, community and program.'

Pollard was ranked No. 22 overall by CBSSports.com, and as the No. 4 small forward in the class. The lefty can play both forward positions, and his athleticism makes him a difficult matchup for most opponents. He finishes effectively around the rim and he is also good in the mid-range. In transition, Pollard is excellent at running the floor and going to the rim. His ability to score inside and out will have an immediate impact in Tuscaloosa.

Expect Grant to plug Pollard into the starting lineup right off the bat, where he will combine with point guard Trevor Releford and a host of talented sophomores to try and lead Alabama back to the NCAA tournament.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Rain or Shine 3-0 
 2. B-Meg Llam. 2-1 
 3. Petron Blaze 2-1 
 4. Ginebra Kings 2-1 
 5. Alaska Aces 1-2 
 6. Air21 Express 1-2 
 7. Barako Bull 1-2 
 8. Meralco Bolts 1-2 
 9. Powerade T. 1-2 
 10. Talk N Text 1-2 

Regular Season: Round 8

Jun. 2: Ginebra Kings - Meralco Bolts 100-73
Jun. 3: Powerade T. - Talk N Text
Jun. 3: Petron Blaze - Alaska Aces


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zach GRAHAM
  Air21 E.
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Graham, Air21 E.35.3 
 2. Harris, Talk N Text29.7 
 3. Bozeman, Ginebra29.5 
 4. David, Powerade T.27.3 
 5. Forte, Alaska Aces27.0 
 6. Oguchi, Meralco Bo.26.5 
 7. McCants, Powerade.25.0 
 8. Cornley, Rain o.24.3 
 9. Basden, Petron B.23.7 
 10. Blakely, B-Meg L.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 16
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.16.0 
 2. Graham, Air21 E.15.7 
 3. Forte, Alaska Aces15.0 
 4. Harris, Talk N Text13.3 
 5. Peterson, Barako B.13.0 
 6. Cornley, Rain o.12.0 
 7. Bozeman, Ginebra11.5 
 8. Taulava, Meralco11.0 
 9. Basden, Petron B.11.0 
 10. Hugnatan, Meralco10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (177-PG-77)
  Avg: 9
 1. Alapag, Talk N Te.9.0 
 2. Cortez, Ginebra7.0 
 3. Ross, Meralco6.5 
 4. Miller, Barako Bull6.0 
 5. Arboleda, Barako B.5.5 
 6. Casio, Powerade T.5.3 
 7. Hubalde, Air21 E.5.3 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.0 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.4.7 
 10. Blakely, B-Meg L.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.3.3 
 2. Basden, Petron B.2.3 
 3. Mercado, Meralco2.0 
 4. Dillinger, Talk N.2.0 
 5. Hatfield, Ginebra2.0 
 6. Arboleda, Barako B.2.0 
 7. Weinstein, Barako2.0 
 8. Urbiztondo, B-Meg1.7 
 9. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.7 
 10. McCants, Powerad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  B-Meg L.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Blakely, B-Meg L.2.3 
 2. McCants, Powerade.2.0 
 3. Thoss, Alaska Aces2.0 
 4. Seigle, Barako Bull1.3 
 5. Faundo, Air21 E.1.3 
 6. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.3 
 7. Forte, Alaska Aces1.0 
 8. Aguilar, Talk N.1.0 
 9. Basden, Petron B.1.0 
 10. Reyes, Talk N Te.1.0 


ASEAN League: Westports Dragons force decider - by Eurobasket News

Westports Dragons - Petron Blaze 100:77

Westports KL Dragons forced the decisive third game in the ASEAN League semifinal series versus Petron Blaze. The Malaysian team celebrated a comfortable home win in Game 2 to level the series. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) stepped up with 34 points to lead the hosts.
The Dragons surged ahead early in the encounter. They accumulated a 26:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The Beermen stopped the bleeding in the second quarter. Chris Banchero (185-G, college: Seattle Pacific) scored 7 points as the Blaze cut the deficit to just 3 points at halftime 42:45. But the Dragons were back in the drivers seat in the third frame. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the period to pile up a 6-point lead at the final break. The Dragons took over in the fourth quarter. The home team dominated the final minutes rolling to a confident victory. Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) came up with 26 points, 15 boards and 7 assists for the Dragons. Patrick Cabahug (186-G) added 17 points in the victory. Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) delivered 15 points and 9 rebounds for the Blaze. Chris Banchero netted 13 points in defeat.

Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 34, Brian Williams 26+15 boards, Patrick Cabahug 17
Petron Blaze: Duke Crews 15, Chris Banchero 13



Omar Sneed joins Powerade Tigers - by Eurobasket Center

Powerade Tigers agreed terms with 36-year old American forward Omar Sneed (198-F-108kg-76, college: Memphis). In his first game he scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and 11 assists helping his new team beat Alaska Aces 139-72. Sneed played most recently at Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey). He is a very experienced player. Sneed played also pro basketball in Belgium, Colombia, Holland, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Poland, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela. He graduated University of Memphis in 1999 and it will be his 14th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.4 
 2. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 3. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 4. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 6. Motiejunas, Asseco15.6 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.6 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.4 
 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, Asseco8.6 
 4. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 6. Archibeque, Zastal8.0 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.4 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 9. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 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.6.7 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.7 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.1 
 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 Turow4.4 
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. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 7. Motiejunas, Asseco1.4 
 8. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 9. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 10. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 2. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.6 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 8. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 9. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


PLK Round 5 of Finals. Trefl Sopot force Game 6 - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Asseco Prokom - Trefl Sopot 71-76

Trefl Sopot stayed in the title race beating Asseco Prokom on the road in Game 5. Now the series moves to Sopot. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) stepped up and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and the former international forward Marcin Stefanski (200-83) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Asseco Prokom's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: D.Motiejunas 20+9reb+1ast, J.Blassingame 15+5reb+3ast, P.Frasunkiewicz 15+2reb+3ast, A.Hrycaniuk 13+5reb+2ast, M.Kuebler 5+2reb, F.Dmitriev 2+2ast
Trefl Sopot: L.Koszarek 20+7reb+9ast, M.Stefanski 15+7reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 12+2reb, F.Dylewicz 10+6reb+4ast, J.Mallett 7+4reb, L.Wisniewski 6+2reb+1ast
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  PORTUGAL   


Benfica wins Under 20 Men title - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

In a final four played in Lisbon, Sport Lisboa Benfica conquered the U20 Men Portuguese League. Sport Lisboa Benfica and Barreirense CEPSA, from the South Division, G.D. Basquete de Leca and Ovarense Dolce Vita from the North Division disputed the title.

In the first day, Sport Lisboa Benfica defeated Leca by 80-52 and Barreirense CEPSA defeated Ovarense Dolce Vita by 62-33. Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) (16 points and 5 rebounds) from Sport Lisboa Benfica and Henrique Sico (13 points and 7 rebounds) from Barreirense CEPSA were the best players. The South Division teams appeared to be stronger and, so, the favorites to win.

But on the second day, Leca made a big surprise, beating Barreirense CEPSA by 73-71, with Sport Lisboa Benfica flying over Ovarense Dolce Vita (72-41) with Joao Fernandes ( 19 points, 7 rebounds) being the MVP.

On the final games, Barreirense CEPSA, Leca and Sport Lisboa Benfica still believed they could take the cup. Leca won the North derby, beating Ovarense Dolce Vita by 64-61, having in Oscar Pedroso (30 points, 8 rebounds) their main contributor. In the decisive match, Sport Lisboa Benfica was stronger than Barreirense CEPSA (87-71) with Diogo Ventura (185-PG-94) (23 points) being the MVP.

Great basketball games with a fair champion in Sport Lisboa Benfica.




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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 3. Randolph, Quebradi.19.4 
 4. Harris, San German19.1 
 5. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 6. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo17.6 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon17.1 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas17.1 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.11.5 
 2. Harris, San German10.3 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.6 
 5. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 6. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 7. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Shannon, Quebradi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Arecibo
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Rodriguez, Arecibo8.2 
 2. Rivera, San German5.7 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Smith, Mayaguez5.0 
 7. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 9. Pinnock, Arecibo4.0 
 10. Brown, Humacao3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Arecibo1.9 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 4. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Rivera, San German1.3 
 9. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 10. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 4. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 5. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Looby, Bayamon1.6 
 7. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 8. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 9. Randolph, Quebradi.1.3 
 10. Powell, Guayama1.3 


Carlos Arroyo selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU). He led Besiktas to a victory over the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (24-6) 76-71 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Thursday night's game. Arroyo was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points in 38 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-8) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Arroyo's first season with the team. Arroyo has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 38.0%, 3FGP: 44.9% and FT: 85.1% in the 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Nathan Peavy
Nathan Peavy
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH), who plays in the German BBL. Peavy could not help Artland Dragons (24-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Artland Dragons was crushed 94-63 on the road by the leading Brose Baskets. Peavy was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds. This season Peavy has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 56.5%(131-232), 3FGP: 43.4% and FT: 74.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Despite Peavy played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Puerto Rican national team in 2010. Peavy used to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican league.

John Holland
John Holland
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.). He was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (16-14) in their game against Chalon/Saor (23-7) in the French ProA. Holland scored 6 points and added 5 passes in 26 minutes. Chorale de Roanne lost 74-85 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Holland has reliable stats this year: 14.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 83.8% in the 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Despite Holland played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team. Holland used to play for Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

Rafael Perez
Rafael Perez
   #4. Swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to secure a victory for Trotamundos (4-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Trotamundos was defeated 91-79 at home by the leading Marinos in the Group A. Perez was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Perez's stats this season are: 14.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. He has both Puerto Rican and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite Perez played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Other top Puerto Rican players, who play abroad:

Alfred Lee (185-G-56) plays for Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA
Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA
Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) plays for Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL
Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80) plays for Energa Czarni in Polish PLK
Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) plays for Nitra in Slovakian Extraliga
Angel Caballero (192-G-70) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) plays for Inter Bratislava in Czech Republic NBL
Angel Garcia (209-C/F-88) plays for CB Granada in Spanish LEB Gold
Francis Jonathan Han (185-G-87) plays for Sportino in Polish 1 Liga
Jerome Burgos (183-G-89) plays for Capitanes in Dominican Rep. Santiago League

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



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  RUSSIA   


Timofey Mozgov joins the National Team - by Eurobasket News

Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) joins the National Team that will have the open practice today in Moscow. The player came back from NBA Denver Nuggets team. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) will join the team later.
Early in August 2011 Khimky Moscow Region officially announced signing of Timofey Mozgov. Timofey Mozgov signed a deal and played for Khimky during the lockout. Timofey Mozgov participated at 2010 World Championship. The player posted 13.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.0 block per game in Turkey.
Last year Russia stepped on the pedestal at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame FYR Macedonia in a thrilling consolation final encounter in Kaunas. Timofey Mozgov scored six points in a row early in the second term as Russia earned a 22:15 advantage. Andrey Vorontsevich, Timofey Mozgov and Sergey Monya posted 10 points each in the winning effort.



CSKA closes in on Aaron Jackson - by Anton Zirkov

According to reports in Spain (El Correro) Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) is close on joining CSKA Moscow.
The Euroleague runners-up has been looking to bloster their backcourt with a new guard and now it seems that they found their man.
Jackson,who played for Spanish team Gescrap Bilbao for the last two seasons has been one of the top guards in Euroleague this season,and played well in the Euroleague playoffs against CSKA,since then he was in the team's radar as they see him as a good combination with Milos Teodosic.
Jackson avereged 9.1ppg,2.8rpg 3.9apg in the Euroleague and 10.9ppg,3.3rpg 2.9apg in the ACB.
Before joining the Basque team,Jackson played at Antalya Buyuksehir and at Canadian Solar Bologna (09/10)



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Boniface Ndong selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) in their last game. Despite Ndong's good performance the league leader Regal FC Barcelona lost 76-81 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Valencia Basket. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. This year Ndong averages: 10.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 61.5%(150-244) and FT: 66.2% in the 35 games he played so far. He played for the Senegalese senior national team three years ago.

Hamady N'Diaye
Hamady N'Diaye
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers). N'Diaye was the major contributor in a Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa's victory against the fifth-ranked Guangzhou FM (6-4) 86-81 in the Chinese NBL (second division) last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 18 rebounds. N'Diaye also added 5 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa (8-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. N'Diaye is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. N'Diaye averages: 15.5ppg, 13.1rpg, 1.2apg, 6.5bpg, 2FGP: 71.6%(63-88) and FT: 70.7%. He played for the Senegalese national team in 2009.

Maleye N'Doye
Maleye N'Doye
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman). N'Doye contributed to a Entente Orleans 45's victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (17-13) 79-73 in the French ProA on Friday night. He scored 9 points in 18 minutes. Entente Orleans 45 (21-9) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year N'Doye's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 57.0%(53-93), 3FGP: 47.2%(50-106) and FT: 82.4% in the 33 games. He is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Mamadou Dia
Mamadou Dia
   #4. Power forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) led Fos Ouest to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Aix-Maurienne (22-12) 72-54 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Dia scored 12 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. Fos Ouest Provence Basket (22-12) is placed fifth in the ProB. It's Dia's sixth season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.2ppg and 3.8rpg. Dia has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and French. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Dia is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #5. Former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maleye N'Doye. But that was another game of his team in French ProA which we would like to mention. Barro was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (21-9) in their game against Chalon/Saor (23-7). He did not have that impressive stats last Friday. Barro recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Entente Orleans 45 lost 65-70 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. This year Barro's total stats are: 1.7ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team ten years ago.

Abdoulaye N'Diaye
Abdoulaye N'Diaye
   #6. Power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) was not able to secure a victory for Souffelweyersheim (26-8) in their game against Blois (23-11) in the French NM1 (third division). N'Diaye recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Souffelweyersheim was defeated 77-64 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Blois (#5). N'Diaye belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7bpg. Despite N'Diaye played previously for the French national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team two years ago.

Ousmane Gueye
Ousmane Gueye
   #7. International guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) couldn't help Givova Scafati (17-11) in their game against Tuscany Pistoia (18-10) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Gueye cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Givova Scafati was edged 90-87 at home by the second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia. This year Gueye averages just 4.0ppg in the 36 games. He is also Senegalese national team player.

Papa Beye
Papa Beye
   #8. Forward Papa Beye (202-90) managed to help Chalons-Reims to win against the closely-ranked Bordeaux (21-13) crushing them 84-64 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Beye scored only 2 points. Chalons-Reims (24-10) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Beye has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.9rpg. He plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

Mouhamadou M'Bodji
Mouhamadou M'Bodji
   #9. International swingman Mouhamadou M'Bodji (193-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Abdoulaye N'Diaye and both played together in the last French NM1 game. M'Bodji couldn't help Souffelweyersheim (26-8) in their game against Blois (23-11). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. M'Bodji recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Souffelweyersheim lost 64-77 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#5) Blois. M'Bodji has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Senegalese national team.



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

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

Novica Velickovic
Novica Velickovic
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86). He led Real Madrid to a victory over the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (23-11) 76-66 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. Velickovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (26-8) is placed second in the ACB. This year Velickovic averages: 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 89.3% in the 25 games he played so far. He played for the Serbian senior national team two years ago.

Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Bjelica could not help one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (23-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Caja Laboral was defeated 73-64 on the road by the second-ranked Real Madrid. Bjelica was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 27.8%. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Zoran Erceg
Zoran Erceg
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85). Erceg was the major contributor in Besiktas' victory against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (24-6) 82-75 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL on Tuesday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-8) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Erceg has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(108-193), 3FGP: 44.2% and FT: 82.4% in the 37 games. He played for the Serbian national team three years ago.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #4. Power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Anadolu Efes (24-6) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Savanovic's good performance Anadolu Efes was defeated 76-71 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Besiktas (#4). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Savanovic also added 4 passes. It's Savanovic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg. Savanovic is also Serbian national team player.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #5. International center Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nemanja Bjelica. He played also in the last Spanish ACB game facing Novica Velickovic (above) in the other team. Bjelica, who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (23-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Caja Laboral lost 66-76 at home to the second-ranked Real Madrid. Bjelica was the second best scorer with 14 points in a mere 15 minutes. This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 3.2rpg in the 38 games. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Bjelica played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Predrag Suput
Predrag Suput
   #6. An experienced forward Predrag Suput (200-77, another player represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Artland Dragons (24-10) crushing them 94-63 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Suput scored 14 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (30-4) is placed first in the BBL. Suput is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Brose Baskets' roster. His total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. Despite Suput played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Dusan Djordjevic
Dusan Djordjevic
   #7. International guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, another player represented by Beo Basket) contributed to a Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (23-9) 72-68 in the Belgian Ethias League in Wednesday night's game. Djordjevic scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (23-9) is placed first in the Ethias League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Djordjevic is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 3.4apg. He also averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 34 games. Despite Djordjevic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Djordje Pantelic
Djordje Pantelic
   #8. Forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) couldn't help Falco-Szova (23-3) in their game against Szolnok (21-5) in the Hungarian A Division. Despite his good performance last Monday Pantelic recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Pantelic is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6bpg and 1.7spg. Despite Pantelic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Uros Mirkovic
Uros Mirkovic
   #9. International power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82) helped Zastal ZG win their game against the sixth-ranked PGE Turow (2-8) 79-74 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. Mirkovic scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Zastal Zielona Gora (6-4) is placed third in Group A. This year Mirkovic's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 45 games. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Mirkovic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Dejan Borovnjak
Dejan Borovnjak
   #10. Power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Enel Brindisi win their game against the closely-ranked Sigma Barcellona (16-12) 90-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Enel Brindisi (18-10) is placed third in the Lega2. Borovnjak is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 14.3ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.7spg. Despite Borovnjak played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is also a former university international player as three years ago he still played for the Serbian national team.

   #11. International guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the league leader Regal FC Barcelona 81-76 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Markovic scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. He has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg in the 32 games. Markovic plays currently for the Serbian national team.

   #12. International forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) couldn't help Orchesien BC in their game against Charleville-Mezieres in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 15 points. Petrovic also added 9 rebounds. Petrovic is currently third on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Petrovic averages: 16.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.6apg. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Petrovic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

   #13. International forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) helped Ural Ekaterinburg edge the closely-ranked Universitet-Yugra 55-54 in the Russian Superleague (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points in 22 minutes. Lepojevic is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league with 18.6ppg. He also averaged so far 4.1rpg and 2.3apg in the 36 games. Despite Lepojevic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

   #14. International power forward Mesut Ademoglu (207-82, college: NW Nazarene) couldn't help Gaziantep in their game against Optimum TED in the Turkish TB2L (second division). Ademoglu recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 72-69. He has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 4.9rpg. Ademoglu plays currently for the Serbian national team.



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Panko, Lagun A.18.6 
 2. Doellman, Assignia16.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.15.8 
 4. Wright, CAI Z.14.5 
 5. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.4 
 6. Davis, Cajasol14.1 
 7. De Colo, Valencia13.5 
 8. Navarro, FCB Regal13.3 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.13.3 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.3 
 2. Ivanov, Lucentum7.9 
 3. Borchardt, B.de R.7.7 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.5 
 5. Davis, Cajasol7.3 
 6. Williams, FIATC J.7.1 
 7. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.7 
 8. Gabriel, Asefa E.6.5 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.6.4 
 10. Lasme, Blusens M.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.6.5 
 2. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid4.1 
 4. Prigioni, Caja L.3.9 
 5. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.8 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.3.8 
 7. Granger, Asefa E.3.8 
 8. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 9. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.3.4 
 10. Huertas, FCB Reg.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.1.8 
 2. Doellman, Assignia1.5 
 3. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. De Colo, Valencia1.5 
 5. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.4 
 6. Calloway, Cajasol1.4 
 7. Hanga, Assignia M.1.4 
 8. Udoka, UCAM M.1.4 
 9. Granger, Asefa E.1.3 
 10. Garbajosa, Unicaja1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Blusens M.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Blusens M.1.9 
 2. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.9 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.4 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Ndong, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 8. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 
 9. Augustine, UCAM M.0.9 
 10. Joseph, Fuenlabr.0.9 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.1 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.2 
 3. Feldeine, Breogan17.7 
 4. Quezada, Leon16.5 
 5. Franklin, Huesca16.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Granada15.7 
 8. Moss, Palencia15.4 
 9. Antelo, Caceres14.7 
 10. Leonavicius, Hue.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.6 
 2. Donaldson, Canarias8.8 
 3. Diouf, Palencia8.8 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.8.6 
 5. Starosta, Navarra8.2 
 6. Antelo, Caceres7.8 
 7. Sikma, La Palma7.7 
 8. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 9. Fernandez, Granada7.6 
 10. Williams, Caceres7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.1 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca5.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 7. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 8. Perez, Menorca3.6 
 9. Quezada, Leon3.4 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander FRANKLIN
  Huesca
  (196-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Franklin, Huesca2.5 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.1 
 3. Xavier, Palencia2.0 
 4. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.9 
 6. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 7. Green, Mallorca1.8 
 8. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.7 
 10. Guerra, Granada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 5. Odiakosa, Melilla1.2 
 6. Olmos, Caceres1.1 
 7. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 8. Samb, Granada1.1 
 9. Donaldson, Canarias0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.9 


Real Madrid joins Regal Barcelona in Liga Endesa Finals - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 5: Real Madrid - Caja Laboral 76-69 (3-2)

Fifth decisive game of Liga Endesa Semifinals between Real Madrid and Caja Laboral just ended. The hosts celebrated 76-69 victory and booked a spot for the Finals. There, Real Madrid will meet defending champion Regal Barcelona. It will be another best-of-five series and first game is scheduled for Wednesday. Regal Barca will be the host.
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) top-scored in victory with 15 points, Felipe Reyes (203-80) had 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Sergio Rodriguez (191-86) chipped in 9 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Mirza Teletovic answered with 14 points in defeat and Brad Oleson had 12 pts. Both coaches used bench players in this decisive game.
Regal Barca was the regular season champion in Liga Endesa with 29-5 record. It means that Barca will have a home court advantage in the Finals. First two games will be played at the Palau Blaugrana and if necessary Game Five will be played there as well. Schedule: June 6, 8, 11, *13 and *16.

Top scorers:
Real Madrid: N.Velickovic 15+3reb, F.Reyes 12+9reb, J.Carroll 11+4reb+2ast, N.Mirotic 10+4reb+1ast, S.Rodriguez 9+1reb+8ast, M.Pocius 8+1reb+1ast
Caja Laboral: M.Teletovic 14+3reb+1ast, B.Oleson 12+2reb, M.Lampe 10+7reb+1ast, A.Nocioni 9+3reb+1ast, P.Prigioni 8+4reb+7ast, M.Bjelica 6+3reb



LEB Gold Finals: Menorca destroys Melilla in Game One, 79-55 - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold Finals, Game 1: Menorca - Melilla 79-55 (1-0)

First game of the LEB Gold Finals just ended. Menorca celebrated huge 79-55 win against Melilla taking 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and second game is scheduled for Monday. Menorca will be the host again.
The game was mostly controlled by Menorca Basquet. Melilla Baloncesto managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Menorca Basquet dominated on the defensive end, holding Melilla Baloncesto to just 5 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of center Oliver Arteaga (211-83) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Jorge Jimenez (182-81) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Hector Manzano (207-80) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Melilla Baloncesto. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
The winner of LEB Gold Playoffs will play in Liga Endesa next season. Canarias already won the promotion as they were regular season champion. They registered 26 wins in 34 games. Teams will meet again on June 7 - Game Three. If necessary, they will play also on June 9 and 12.

Menorca: D.Navarro 13+3reb+3ast, O.Arteaga 12+9reb+2ast, J.Jimenez 11+4reb+4ast, M.Blanch 10+1reb, R.Bas 10, T.Coppenrath 8+3reb
Melilla: C.Odiakosa 13+8reb+1ast, J.Salvador Arco 9+2reb, M.Suka-Umu 9+2reb, H.Manzano 8+6reb+1ast, K.Wachsmann 6+7reb+1ast, J.Riera 4+1reb



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Sundsvall Dragons want to return Alex Wesby - by Eurobasket News

According to Swedish media, Sundsvall Dragons want to return their former player Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple). Reportedly, two sides are already in talks. Wesby was a Dragon in 2004/05 and 2010/11 seasons and also from 2007 to 2009. They won two Basketligan titles together in 2009 and 2011. In 2008 and 2011, Wesby was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Forward of the Year. In their last season together he had 18.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 3.5 apg in 46 games. Alex Wesby spent this season with Groningen. He had 13.9 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 36 games in Dutch league. The team also competed in EuroCup, where Wesby added 8.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 6 games. In 2009/10, he was a member of Cypriot Etha. Wesby also has experience from Finland, Austria and France.


Nnamaka moves home - by Andreas Eriksson

Oluoma Nnamaka (201-F/C-78, college: Marquette) has decided to call quits to his 14 year old journey of playing basketball around the globe. After going to college at Marquette, Nnamka has been playing pro basketball in Europe, with his last years beeing in Italy. At age 33 he has now decided he will move back home to Uppsala and is looking to sign a contract with them. The deal is 99% finalized in the words of Nnamaka himself, and both him and Uppsala Basket have said they hope to have the contract signed very soon. Known as a wellrounded player, with a great defensive game and teamwork, he should be a key piece for Uppsala this coming year.


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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
 1. PT Players 9-1 
 2. Cary Invasion 8-3 
 3. Wilmington SD 6-6 
 4. Fayetteville C. 5-6 
 5. Big Texas 2-3 
 6. Queen City E. 2-3 
 7. Carolina G. 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jun. 1: Queen City E. - Cary Invasion 118-102
Jun. 1: Wilmington SD - PT Players 105-124

Regular Season: Round 16

Jun. 2: Cary Invasion - PT Players
Jun. 9: PT Players - Fayetteville C.


Third quarter run pushes Cary past Queen City - by Eurobasket News

The Queen City Express arrived in Cary on Friday night with lightning-fast back court play and still riding high after an impressive win at Wilmington one week earlier. The visitors started out the game very slowly and allowed Cary to mount a 22-point lead in the first quarter. But the complacent Invasion squad would give it nearly all back in the second by allowing guard penetration and turning the ball over. The Express cut the lead to just 2 points by late in the half. Halftime score was Cary 60, Queen City 53. The second half started out just like the first with the home team putting a major run together right out of the locker room. The lead grew again to 20+ points, and this time it was too much to overcome. Final score was Cary 118, Queen City 102. Invasion Forward Jonathan Moore (6'8''-F/G-82, college: N.C.Central) (NCCU) had 22 points, and Invasion guard Mike Smith (Shaw) added 19 points. Queen City was led by Ramar Cuthbertson (6'1''-G, college: Catawba Valley) who had a game-high 30 points. The Invasion (9-2) victory sets up a game tomorrow night in South Carolina vs. the PrimeTime Players (9-1) that will determine the 2012 TRBL Point Series Champion and the top seed in the TRBL tournament.

Courtesy of TRBL



Primetime Players overcome sloppy shooting, defeat Sea Dawgs - by Eurobasket News

The PrimeTime Players moved one step closer to claiming the TRBL regular season title on Friday night, defeating the Wilmington Sea Dawgs 124-105.

PrimeTime overcame an uncharacteristic shooting night that saw them knock down just 37% of their first half shots. There seemed to be a lid on the basket for most of the evening at The Pointe, but a resilient Sea Dawgs squad was finally laid to rest with a run midway through the fourth quarter. Led by dunks from Brian Mobley (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) and Donald Rutherford (6'7''-F-87, college: Catawba) and dagger threes from Terell Smith (6'2''-G, college: Limestone) and Antonio Houston (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Catawba), PrimeTime was able to open up a game-high 20-point lead with under seven minutes to play.

Smith and Houston led the way for PrimeTime with 25 points each. Smith also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to record the Players' only double-double of the evening. Mobley and James Dillard (6'6''-F-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) had 21 and 15 respectively and were key to picking the team out of their shooting slumps when nobody else was connecting.

Marsharee Neely (6'2''-G-88, college: ODU) was the story of the night for the Sea Dawgs as he finished just two points shy of a TRBL record for single points in a game with 38. He single-handedly kept Wilmington within striking distance at times in the game with his incredible coast-to-coast drives after PrimeTime baskets. He was also one of three Dawgs with nine rebounds in the game, joining Damian Brown and Julian Long. Shelton Carter also chipped in 15 for the visitors.

The win sets up a showdown for the regular season championship and the top seed in the TRBL playoffs tomorrow night against the visiting Cary Invasion, who also won at home on Friday night. PrimeTime defeated Cary 111-105 on April 21st to hand the Invasion their first home loss in two years, and there will be no love lost between the top two teams in the league when the game tips tomorrow evening at 5pm at The Pointe.

Courtesy of TRBL



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As de Sale Wins Final Game of 1st Stage of Playoffs - May 30, 2012 - by Adam Prossin

May 30, 2012 - The first stage of the Moroccan league playoffs came to end end today. As de Sale topped Maghreb de Fes in the final game of the Group A playoff.

As de Sale hosted Maghreb de Fes at the Sport Hall Fathallah Albouizawi in Sale. Maghreb de Fes faced a must win situation where they had to win by at least 9 points to qualify for the FInal Four while As de Sale had already secured their spot with 3 wins in their 3 prior Group A matchups.

The 1st quarter was close with As de Sale leading 23-18 at the end of the 1st. After a hard fought 2nd quarter As de Sale still held a 5 point lead at 46-41 at the half.

The Maghreb de Fes players did not give up easy and they played a strong 3rd quarter to go up 63-62 on the hosts, As de Sale, at the end of the 3rd. Maghreb de Fes held a 5 point lead twice in the game but the As de Sale players responded well both times and quickly retook the lead.

As de Sale took control in the 4th and ended the game up by 8 points at 88-80 to secure 1st place in Group A and the #1 seed in the Final Four.

There was some excitement generated on some power dunks during this game. As de Sale veteran center Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona) rattled the backboard with his powerful dunk and Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) had the home fans cheering loudly after he finished off an As de Sale fastbreak with the type of power dunk that you do not see on a day to day basis.

There was also some excitement in the 4th quarter when the referee called a foul on a Maghreb de Fes player for fouling As de Sale player Parfait Bitee (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Rhode Island) at the end of a fastbreak. The Maghreb de Fes coach, Drasko Prodanovic (agency: Interperformances ), took strong exceptin to the referee giving the basket and one foul shot. Coach Prodanovic's hard protesting led to him receiving a technical foul and a disqualification from the game.

Group A ended with As de Sale securing 4 wins after the home and away play with the 3 teams. Maghreb de Fes and Plazza Casablanca Sport split their home and home matches but Sports Plaza had a stronger point differential at -11 compared to Maghreb de Fes at -30 therefore Sports Plaza earned the 2nd spot in the Final Four from Gorup A and will face As de Sale in their next game in their FInal Four Matchup.

Group B also ended today with RSB Berkane crushing Chabab Rif Al Hoceima by a score of 82-53 in a must win game for Berkane in the final match of Group B play. Chabab Rif Al Hoceima could have lost this game by as much as 16 points and still advance to the Final Four; however this 29 point loss leaves them in 3rd pace in Group B and out of the FInal Four Playoffs.

All three teams in Group B ended with 2 wins and 2 losses after home and away play. RSB Berkane topped the group with a point differential of +8, Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca finished 2nd with +2 while Chabab Rif Al Hoceima ended up in the 3rd spot with a point differential of -8. RSB Berkane and Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca will face off against each other in their next matchup in the Final Four.



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  UKRAINE   


Zoran Martic will take over Khimik - by Eurobasket News

Khimik Yuzny will make a change on the bridge next season. Zoran Martic will take over the team. Martic is not new in Yuzny. He guided Khimik back in 2010/11 season. The Slovenian specialist was hired in November 2010 and left the team in March after failing to advance into playoffs. Last season Zoran Martic spent with Kormend in Hungary. He led the team into Hungarian League semifinals where Kormend lost to Falco-Szova. Zoran Martic also worked with Union Olimpija as assistant coach in 2008/10 seasons. Zoran Martic has experience working with U20, U21 and U22 Slovenian National Teams. He guided the team at the 2008 Slovenian All-Star Game.


Aleksandr Ryabchuk returns to Khimik - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandr Ryabchuk (185-G-89) is coming back to Khimik. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Yuzny team. Last two seasons Aleksandr Ryabchuk spent in BC Kyiv. Last season he tallied 1.0 point per game in Superleague. The guard played for Khimik Yuzny back in 2008/10 seasons. His stats read 2.6 points per Superleague appearance. He also notched 2.2 point per EuroChallenge game in those seasons.


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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Urunday Univ. 4-1 
 2. Capitol 4-1 
 3. Marne 3-1 
 4. Larranaga 2-1 
 5. Cader 2-1 
 6. Atenas 2-2 
 7. Verdirrojo 2-2 
 8. Romis N. 2-3 
 9. Goes 1-3 
 10. Yale 1-4 
 11. Guruyu Waston 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 31: Verdirrojo - Romis N. 80-86
May. 31: Capitol - Yale 74-71
May. 31: Larranaga - Urunday Univ. 72-80
Jun. 1: Goes - Atenas 67-81
Jun. 2: Cader - Marne


Atenas defeat Goes for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) netted 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds leading Atenas to defeat Goes 81-67 for the Metro League 5th round. Although bot teams are the main candidates to win two promotion for the Uruguayan League, Atenas have a 2-2 record and Goes just 1-3. Also for Atenas Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) scored 22 points with 4 assists and Diego Garcia (183-PG-92) added 15 points and 3 assists. For Goes Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) scored 26 points with 16 rebounds and Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) aded 17 points.



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Women News


SBL: Slammers extend lead on top (Saturday night wrap) - by Eurobasket News

In the women's league the top of the ladder Slammers took down the Redbacks 69-55, thanks to a double-double from Slammers Kim Sitzmann (178-G-88, college: UALR) with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The Flames defeated the Lightning 89-82 in double overtime with Flames Superstar Emma Cannon (188-F, college: Cent.Florida) dominant again with 32 point and 19 rebounds whole Kaye Tucker almost finished with a triple double with 25 point, nine rebounds and nine assists.

The Suns took down the Senators 78-56 with a strong across the board offence from the Suns with four players getting double digits on the board.
Courtesy SBL



Round 4 Previews: Women - by Eurobasket News

Townsville Flames vs Bundaberg Bears
Friday 1 June, 6:30pm, Townsville Basketball Stadium


Last years championship bridesmaids Bundaberg have had a less-than-perfect start to their 2012 season, only securing one win so far, and are coming off their grand-final replay loss against Gladstone. Yvonne Turner (174-G-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Nebraska) again put in a solid performance against the Power with 28 points, and the Bears will again be looking to her to put up big points against the Flames to help improve their season record. The Flames had a mixed weekend in Round 3, with a comfortable win over Toowoomba, before being bested by Ipswich. This is the first of a double-header round for Bundaberg and with them sitting just under Townsville at ninth place on the ladder, theyll no doubt pull out all stops to get the victory over Townsville. The Flames are unlikely to go down without a fight on their home turf, and will have a full roster at their disposal, but will have to improve on their error rates from last week. Theyll also be relying on sharp-shooters Braunberger and Edgar to put some big scores on the board. Last time these teams met was back in Round Six last season, with the Bears taking a narrow win over the Flames. With different line-ups hitting the court this season will Townsville be able to get over the Bears this time?

Ipswich Force vs Brisbane Capitals
Saturday 2 June, 5pm, Cotton On Foundation Stadium


Both sides notched up wins last weekend, with Brisbane dominating the Pirates and Ipswich taking Townsville out by a narrow margin. The Force are so far undefeated and sit at the top of the ladder thanks to percentages, with strong performances from Payne, Langford, Hasse and Taylor across the board in past matches helping to push them to the top. Theyll have a tough match ahead of them this week with Brisbane also sitting on three wins, with Helen Naylor last weekend shooting well above her current season average, putting up 25 points in just 24 minutes against South West Metro. Backed up by Emma Randall (188-C-85) and Rachel Warren in shooting and rebounds, this match will be a battle in the post, however Ipswich do have the added firepower of Taylor and Lee on the perimeter. Ipswich are looking as serious title contenders this year and will have the added advantage of playing at home for the third week in a row, theyll be out to take the win before heading to the Gold Coast for their second match in their double-header round.

South West Metro Pirates vs Northside Wizards
Saturday 2 June, 5pm Hibiscus Sports Complex


The Pirates have had a tough start to the season, facing some of the strongest teams in the league in the opening rounds, conceding losses at the hands of the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane. Maddy Willey has been the best performer for the Pirates so far this season averaging 14.3 points per game. South West will again be without Kalani Purcell this week, who has been handy on points and rebounds so far this season, so the pressure will be on captain Jess Wallis to lead the team and put up some big scores. Northside are sitting seventh on the ladder with two wins, and have seemed to have found their groove quickly, with import Taylor Lilley (168-G-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) proving to be a big boost in the side, last week shooting 29 points in their win against Maroochydore, and also strong on rebounds and steals. Her performances this season have been complemented with back-up from Katie Harris and Louise McLean, with McLean in the top five for steals and assists in the league. Itll be a tough ask for the South West girls to take the win over the in-form Wizards, but with home-crowd support theyll no doubt come out firing looking for their first win this season.

Toowoomba Mountaineers vs Maroochydore Clippers
Saturday 2 June 5pm, USQClive Berghofer Rec Centre


With both teams sitting at the lower end of the table and no-doubt anxious to secure their first win of the season, this could be a fiery match in Toowoomba. Maroochydore suffered a big loss at the hands of Northside last weekend, but were without young talents Jessica Gajewski, Yasmin Miller and Jahnee Wilks, the girls return to the side for this match will be a boost to the Clippers. Gabby Walk stepped up last weekend in the absence of the trio, and top-scored for the Clippers with 15 points, if she maintains her form and sees more court time she could prove to be another valuable asset for the Clippers. Maroochydore still face a tough opposition: despite Toowoomba coming off another loss against Townsville, the Mountaineers form has improved thanks to the addition of Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) to the side this season. With Janelle Adams taking to the court for her fourth game with the Mountaineers, shes likely to again be out to prove her worth in this match, last week putting up 18 points and six rebounds. The Mountaineers will also be looking for a return to form from the likes of Chard as well as continued support on the boards from Mylonas and Watson.

Cairns Dolphins vs Bundaberg Bears
Saturday 2 June 6pm, Bendigo Bank Basketball Centre


Bundy take to the court in this round on the notorious northern double-header road trip, heading further up the coast to Cairns. Despite the Dolphins yet to take a win this season, this week could be different, with the team rested after a bye in Round 3, and will have Australian Opal squad member Cayla Francis for the first time this season. The star centres return for the Dolphins has been a coup for the side this year, and her appearance should bolster the team significantly. Shell be backed up by forwards Pedro and Kennedy, and the pressure will be on them to help support Francis against Bundabergs forwards. Young guard Shanieka Ross has been impressive in her last few games, shooting 13 points in Cairns last match against Brisbane. With Bundy coming off the back of their clash against Townsville, much will depend on how they pull up after taking on the Flames. With their form and record currently below expectations, theyll be looking to turn this around during their trip north. Yvonne Turner will again be the go-to for points, but shell need back-up from forwards Maenpaa, Munro and Howard. With pride on the line for both sides this will be an interesting match and could go either way on the night.

Rockhampton Cyclones vs Gladstone Port City Power
Saturday 2 June, 6pm, Hegvold Stadium


The old foes face off for the second time this season, this time Rocky has the home court advantage. With the Power sustaining their reputation as the leagues dominators, the Cyclones face a tough task ahead of them. Theyll have a spring in their step after their win over Mackay in Round 3, holding the lead for the entire game. The trio of Romeo, Jones and Dowdell has helped the Cyclones to gain a foothold in the competition, sitting at sixth place with their only loss coming at the hand of Gladstone. In return, Gladstone have the formidable line-up of Bibby, Haynes, Hurst and Neves and will surely use the group to their maximum to secure another win. The Cyclones will have a fight on their hands, particularly if Hurst fires up as she did in last weeks win over Bundy, clocking up 26 points and 13 assists, earning her the Player of the Week award. The match-ups between Romeo and Bibby/Hurst at the perimeter, and Dowdell/Haynes will be worth watching. In their Round 1 clash Rocky had 28 turnovers compared to Gladstones 13 and with Gladstones ability to turn these into points it proved costly for Rocky. The Cyclones, however, have managed to concede an average of 13.5 turnovers in their last two matches and will be looking to maintain this. After having Bibby contain her to just 11 points in their first match-,up expect Romeo to fire up on her home court with a few more games under her belt.

Gold Coast Rollers vs Ipswich Force
Sunday 3 June, 1pm, The Southport School


Gold Coast will be fresh and ready to roll in their clash against ladder-leaders Ipswich, enjoying a bye last weekend. Theyre enjoying an unblemished record but are sitting behind the eight-ball having only played two matches, and are taking on the might of the Force, who are sitting pretty at the top of the table this week. Ipswich are going into the match on the back of taking on Brisbane on Saturday, so will have to leave some fuel in the tank to ensure they take a win over the Rollers. The Gold Coasts young side have played well in their first two matches of the season, with Carine Reimink wielding an average of 22 points per game, and Biancia Abbott (183-F/C-82) in the top five rebounders in the league at the moment.
Likewise, Ipswich have third-ranked points scorer and rebounder Payne and Langford who is third in the league for steals at their disposal. Gold Coast pulled off a 13-point victory over the Force last time they went head-to-head at Carrara, and will be looking to emulate that form at home again. Ipswich will be hoping their side pulls up well following their clash against the Capitals, and are likely to spend all they have left to take the win and remain undefeated in the league.
Courtesy of: http://www.qbl.basketball.net.au



Phillips joins Opals in Europe - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Fever have announced their guard Erin Phillips will travel to Europe, where she will join Australian NT for two weeks.

Over in Europe the Opals will play Czech Republic, Russia and Italy over that span.

She will leave after June 3, Sundays game against New York Liberty and is expected to be back with the team by June 19 game against Connecticut.

Phillips was the only Australian player who chose to spend the start of the summer before the Olympics in WNBA. The likes of Lauren Jackson, Jenna OHea and Liz Cambage opted to prepare with the NT.

Before three game series against Poland, France have cut their roster down to 15.
Courtesy of: http://lovewomensbasketball.com



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  BELGIUM   


Belgium open Four nations Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Belgium-Ukraine 83:77

Belgium open Four nations Tournament with the win over Ukraine. The home side overcame the Ukrainian representatives 83:77.
Ukraine started with 13:11 and led 23:21 at the end of the first period. Belgium bounced back with some important baskets early in the second quarter and took 36:27 midway through the frame. The board however showed 38:38 at the halftime as the teams disappeared in the lockers.
Both sides played well in the third quarter and exchanged the lead several times. Ukraine had 45:44 advantage in the middle of the period, while Belgium tasted 53:51 advantage after three quarters. The final push in the last period brought the Belgian side the win in the opener.
Jana Raman (186-PF-91) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Julie Vanloo, Sara Leemans (178-SF-88) and Dana Boonen (197-C-79, college: Rutgers) each scored 13. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) and Ganna Zarytska ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) added 12. Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-C/F-78, agency: LBM Management) poured in 8 points apiece.

Belgium: Jana Raman 14, Julie Vanloo (171-PG-93) 13, Sara Leemans 13, Dana Boonen 13
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 14, Ganna Zarytska 14, Viktoria Mircheva 12, Anna Pokoiova 8, Olena Zherzherunova 8



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  BRAZIL   


USA U17 fire past Brazilian counterparts - by Eurobasket News

USA U17 - Brazil U17 80:38

USA U17 took on Brazilian counterparts in a friendly clash in Orlando, Florida. The hosts celebrated a confident win. Diamond Deshields (6'1''-G/F-95) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners.
USA entered the game on a full throttle. They erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 17-point lead. The hosts stretched the margin in the second frame. They established a 48:16 halftime lead. USA youngsters did not slow down in the third term. They held their opponents to just 12 points to enlarge the distance to as many as 37 points. USA cruised to the victory afterwards. Kaela Davis (6'1''-G/F-95) finished with 11 points, while Taya Reimer (6'3''-F-95) and Rebecca Greenwell (6'0''-G-95) added 10 points each in the victory. Isabela Macedo produced 11 points for Brazil. Imoniana Martha dropped 7 points in the loss.

USA U17: Diamond Deshields 15, Kaela Davis 11, Taya Reimer 10, Rebecca Greenwell 10
Brazil U17: Isabela Macedo 11, Martha Imoniana 7



USA U18 roll past Brazil - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Brazil U18 97:36

USA U18 National Team played a scrimmage against their Brazilian counterparts in Orlando, Florida. The US team proved the strength claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Breanna Stewart (6'3''-F-94) came up with 25 points to lead the effort.
USA got to a perfect start. They tipped off the game on a 31:0 run to leave Brazil stunned. USA built a 51:11 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half rallying to a comfortable win. The winners shot 54% from the field including 53% from beyond the arc. Brittney Sykes contributed 12 points and 11 assists for the USA. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) finished with 15 points, while Bashaara Graves (6'2''-F-94) had 14 points for the winners. Isabela Macedo answered with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Brazil.



Brazil thump Chile in Osasco - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Chile 101:31

Brazil and Chile played a friendly encounter in Osasco. The hosts proved the strength claiming a comfortable victory. The teams are scheduled to play one more friendly game on June 3.
Chile got to a perfect start. They led by a single point 17:16 after ten minutes. But Brazil quickly shook off sluggishness and raced in front. They outgunned the visitors 23:4 in the second quarter to pull in front. Brazil went on a 30:4 run in the third term to build a 44-point lead with one quarter remaining. Brazil finished off their opponents with a 32:6 rally in the final quarter. Silvia Gustavo (185-F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners. Karla Martins (172-G-78) added 14 points, while Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed 15 points for Brazil. Catalina Abuyeres (182-F-97) answered with 9 points for Chile.



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  CHILE   


Brazil thump Chile in Osasco - by Eurobasket News

Brazil - Chile 101:31

Brazil and Chile played a friendly encounter in Osasco. The hosts proved the strength claiming a comfortable victory. The teams are scheduled to play one more friendly game on June 3.
Chile got to a perfect start. They led by a single point 17:16 after ten minutes. But Brazil quickly shook off sluggishness and raced in front. They outgunned the visitors 23:4 in the second quarter to pull in front. Brazil went on a 30:4 run in the third term to build a 44-point lead with one quarter remaining. Brazil finished off their opponents with a 32:6 rally in the final quarter. Silvia Gustavo (185-F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners. Karla Martins (172-G-78) added 14 points, while Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed 15 points for Brazil. Catalina Abuyeres (182-F-97) answered with 9 points for Chile.



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  FINLAND   


Finland edge Lithuania in friendly game - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Lithuania 85:65

Finland overcame Lithuania in test game in Helsinki. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier), Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) and Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) came up with 14 points each to lead the hosts.
Lithuania got to a strong start. They visitors outscored Finland for a 23:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Finland struck right back in the second quarter. The hosts exploded with a 30:13 run to take a 46:36 halftime lead. Finland stayed in charge throughout the third term. They built a 12-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Finland did not slow down in the fourth frame rallying to a comfortable win at the end. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) posted 13 points in the winning effort. Kristina Vengryte (190-C-81) answered with 16 points for Lithuania. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) had 14 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 14, Heta Korpivaara 14, Tiina Sten 14
Lithuania: Kristina Vengryte 16, Gintare Petronyte 14+14 boards



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  FRANCE   


Sabrine Bouzenna joins Armentieres - by Eurobasket News

Sabrine Bouzenna (169-PG-93) joins Armentieres for 2012/2013 season. The French Points Guard will moves from Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole.
In 2008-2009 she started for Centre Federal BB II (NF2) and then in 2009-2010 continued with Centre Federal BB (NF1). In 2010-2011 for Centre Federal BB (LF2) her stats read 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg. The season 2011-2012 Sabrine Bouzenna spent with Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) and in 22 games averaged 1.2ppg, 1.2rpg.
In 2009 she was a member of the French U16 National Team. At the European Championships U16 in Naples (Italy) she won Bronze with the national team and had 3.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7spg. later she became the member of the French U18 National Team and at the European Championships U18 for Women in Slovak Republicalsio tasted Bronze with France U18. In 9 games her stats read 5.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg. Last year she participated at the World Championships U19 in Chile -11 and in 8 games showed 2.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.9apg.



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  GERMANY   


Germany rout Great Britain in Liege - by Eurobasket News

Germany-Great Britain 68:54

Germany rout Great Britain at the International Tournament. The German side overcame the Standard Life GB Women's team 68:54.
Britain briefly led in the opening quarter but eventually went as much as 18 behind as the Germans stormed ahead. Romy Bar (189-F-87) led her team to a 10-0 run to take lead 34-18 at half-time. Great Britain reduced the gap midway through the third quarter to 38:29 and trailed 9 points after three quarters. Germany led 12 points with 5 minutes to go and increased to final 68:54.
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Romy Bar netted 14. Firkel scored 12 and Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) as well as Hardin delivered 6 apiece. Johannah Leedham ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) and FACHELLE followed her with 8 points each.
GB now face Ukraine in their second game on Saturday before finishing the tournament against Belgium on Sunday.

Germany: Anne Breitreiner 17, Romy Bar 14, Firkel 12, Sarah Austmann 6, Hardin 6
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) 11, Stephanie Gandy 8, FACHELLE 8



Germany lose to France again - by Eurobasket News

German U16 National Team played the third test game against French counterparts. France posted the second straight victory 67:57 earning 2-1 win in the series.
Germany jumped to an early 7:2 lead but France gradually erased the deficit. The French team secured a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The lead changed hands throughout the second quarter. France managed to pull away with a 33:30 halftime advantage. Les Bleus extended the margin in the third quarter. They established a 49:42 buffer before the fourth frame. France kept Germany at bay throughout the final quarter and rallied to a 10-point win at the end. Emma lina Stach (175-PG-96) scored 14 points to lead Germany. Maj Vom Hofe (178-F-96) added 12 points, while Lena Wenke contributed 7 points in the loss.



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  HOLLAND   


Netherlands beat Puerto Rico in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News

Netherlands - Puerto Rico 76:70

Netherlands opened their exhibition series against Puerto Rico with victory. The Dutch team earned a 6-point victory. The teams are slated to play two more games in the series. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) scored 28 points to lead the winners.
Puerto Rico opened the game with ten unanswered points. Netherlands however responded with a massive 22:0 run that bridged the first and the second quarter to pull ahead. Netherlands secured a 42:31 halftime lead. The margin grew at 21-point mark in the third quarter 52:31. Puerto Rico managed to restore the intrigue in the game. The Latin American team got within three points 63:66 in the fourth frame. But Netherlands stayed calm and eked out a tough victory at the end. Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Carla Cortijo (173-G-87, college: Texas) answered with 24 points for Puerto Rico. Carla Escalera (180-PF-84) finished with 10 points in defeat.



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  HUNGARY   


Hungary prevail against Slovakia in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Slovakia 68:66

Hungary overcame Slovakia in test game in Sopron. Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) knocked down 19 points to lead the hosts.
Hungary enjoyed a narrow 15:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 35:32 halftime advantage. Hungary held their opponents to 9 points in the third term to extend the margin. The hosts headed into the fourth frame up by 7 points. Slovakia fired 25 points in the final frame to cut the deficit but came up short of victory at the end. Nora Nagy (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 11 points, while Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) added 9 points for Hungary. Janka Mincikova (172-PG-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 9 points for Slovakia. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) topscored with 12 points in the loss.
Hungary: Dora Horti 19, Nora Nagy 11, Krisztina Raksanyi 9
Slovakia: Ivana Jalcova 12, Janka Mincikova 9



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  LITHUANIA   


Finland edge Lithuania in friendly game - by Eurobasket News

Finland - Lithuania 85:65

Finland overcame Lithuania in test game in Helsinki. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier), Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) and Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) came up with 14 points each to lead the hosts.
Lithuania got to a strong start. They visitors outscored Finland for a 23:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Finland struck right back in the second quarter. The hosts exploded with a 30:13 run to take a 46:36 halftime lead. Finland stayed in charge throughout the third term. They built a 12-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Finland did not slow down in the fourth frame rallying to a comfortable win at the end. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) posted 13 points in the winning effort. Kristina Vengryte (190-C-81) answered with 16 points for Lithuania. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) had 14 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 14, Heta Korpivaara 14, Tiina Sten 14
Lithuania: Kristina Vengryte 16, Gintare Petronyte 14+14 boards



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  NCAA1   


USA U17 fire past Brazilian counterparts - by Eurobasket News

USA U17 - Brazil U17 80:38

USA U17 took on Brazilian counterparts in a friendly clash in Orlando, Florida. The hosts celebrated a confident win. Diamond Deshields (6'1''-G/F-95) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners.
USA entered the game on a full throttle. They erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 17-point lead. The hosts stretched the margin in the second frame. They established a 48:16 halftime lead. USA youngsters did not slow down in the third term. They held their opponents to just 12 points to enlarge the distance to as many as 37 points. USA cruised to the victory afterwards. Kaela Davis (6'1''-G/F-95) finished with 11 points, while Taya Reimer (6'3''-F-95) and Rebecca Greenwell (6'0''-G-95) added 10 points each in the victory. Isabela Macedo produced 11 points for Brazil. Imoniana Martha dropped 7 points in the loss.

USA U17: Diamond Deshields 15, Kaela Davis 11, Taya Reimer 10, Rebecca Greenwell 10
Brazil U17: Isabela Macedo 11, Martha Imoniana 7



USA U18 roll past Brazil - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Brazil U18 97:36

USA U18 National Team played a scrimmage against their Brazilian counterparts in Orlando, Florida. The US team proved the strength claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Breanna Stewart (6'3''-F-94) came up with 25 points to lead the effort.
USA got to a perfect start. They tipped off the game on a 31:0 run to leave Brazil stunned. USA built a 51:11 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half rallying to a comfortable win. The winners shot 54% from the field including 53% from beyond the arc. Brittney Sykes contributed 12 points and 11 assists for the USA. Morgan Tuck (6'2''-F-94) finished with 15 points, while Bashaara Graves (6'2''-F-94) had 14 points for the winners. Isabela Macedo answered with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Brazil.



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  PORTUGAL   


Sweden edge Portugal in Barreiro - by Eurobasket News

Portugal - Sweden 55:59

Sweden and Portugal clashed in the exhibition encounter in Barreiro. The Scandinavian team claimed a narrow victory. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with 17 points to pace the visitors.
The teams stayed close throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 11:11 after ten minutes. Portugal spurred ahead in the second quarter. They established a 32:26 halftime lead. But Sweden turned the tables in the second half. The visitors cut the deficit to 4 points with one quarter remaining 41:45. Sweden pulled ahead in the fourth quarter 55:52. Carla Freitas (170-G-80) tied things up at 55 but Louice Halvarsson and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought victory to Sweden in the dying seconds. Frida Eldebink accounted for 12 points, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points in the winning case. Carla Freitas answered with 12 points for Portugal. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) posted 8 points in the loss.

Portugal: Carla Freitas 12, Maria Correia 8
Sweden: Louice Halvarsson 17, Frida Eldebrink 12, Elin Eldebrink 10



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  SLOVAKIA   


Hungary prevail against Slovakia in Sopron - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Slovakia 68:66

Hungary overcame Slovakia in test game in Sopron. Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) knocked down 19 points to lead the hosts.
Hungary enjoyed a narrow 15:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 35:32 halftime advantage. Hungary held their opponents to 9 points in the third term to extend the margin. The hosts headed into the fourth frame up by 7 points. Slovakia fired 25 points in the final frame to cut the deficit but came up short of victory at the end. Nora Nagy (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) delivered 11 points, while Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) added 9 points for Hungary. Janka Mincikova (172-PG-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 9 points for Slovakia. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) topscored with 12 points in the loss.
Hungary: Dora Horti 19, Nora Nagy 11, Krisztina Raksanyi 9
Slovakia: Ivana Jalcova 12, Janka Mincikova 9



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  SWEDEN   


Sweden edge Portugal in Barreiro - by Eurobasket News

Portugal - Sweden 55:59

Sweden and Portugal clashed in the exhibition encounter in Barreiro. The Scandinavian team claimed a narrow victory. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with 17 points to pace the visitors.
The teams stayed close throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 11:11 after ten minutes. Portugal spurred ahead in the second quarter. They established a 32:26 halftime lead. But Sweden turned the tables in the second half. The visitors cut the deficit to 4 points with one quarter remaining 41:45. Sweden pulled ahead in the fourth quarter 55:52. Carla Freitas (170-G-80) tied things up at 55 but Louice Halvarsson and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought victory to Sweden in the dying seconds. Frida Eldebink accounted for 12 points, while Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points in the winning case. Carla Freitas answered with 12 points for Portugal. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) posted 8 points in the loss.

Portugal: Carla Freitas 12, Maria Correia 8
Sweden: Louice Halvarsson 17, Frida Eldebrink 12, Elin Eldebrink 10



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  UKRAINE   


Belgium open Four nations Tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Belgium-Ukraine 83:77

Belgium open Four nations Tournament with the win over Ukraine. The home side overcame the Ukrainian representatives 83:77.
Ukraine started with 13:11 and led 23:21 at the end of the first period. Belgium bounced back with some important baskets early in the second quarter and took 36:27 midway through the frame. The board however showed 38:38 at the halftime as the teams disappeared in the lockers.
Both sides played well in the third quarter and exchanged the lead several times. Ukraine had 45:44 advantage in the middle of the period, while Belgium tasted 53:51 advantage after three quarters. The final push in the last period brought the Belgian side the win in the opener.
Jana Raman (186-PF-91) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Julie Vanloo, Sara Leemans (178-SF-88) and Dana Boonen (197-C-79, college: Rutgers) each scored 13. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) and Ganna Zarytska ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87) added 12. Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-C/F-78, agency: LBM Management) poured in 8 points apiece.

Belgium: Jana Raman 14, Julie Vanloo (171-PG-93) 13, Sara Leemans 13, Dana Boonen 13
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 14, Ganna Zarytska 14, Viktoria Mircheva 12, Anna Pokoiova 8, Olena Zherzherunova 8



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Germany rout Great Britain in Liege - by Eurobasket News

Germany-Great Britain 68:54

Germany rout Great Britain at the International Tournament. The German side overcame the Standard Life GB Women's team 68:54.
Britain briefly led in the opening quarter but eventually went as much as 18 behind as the Germans stormed ahead. Romy Bar (189-F-87) led her team to a 10-0 run to take lead 34-18 at half-time. Great Britain reduced the gap midway through the third quarter to 38:29 and trailed 9 points after three quarters. Germany led 12 points with 5 minutes to go and increased to final 68:54.
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Romy Bar netted 14. Firkel scored 12 and Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) as well as Hardin delivered 6 apiece. Johannah Leedham ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) and FACHELLE followed her with 8 points each.
GB now face Ukraine in their second game on Saturday before finishing the tournament against Belgium on Sunday.

Germany: Anne Breitreiner 17, Romy Bar 14, Firkel 12, Sarah Austmann 6, Hardin 6
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87, college: Franklin Pierce) 11, Stephanie Gandy 8, FACHELLE 8



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 4-0 
 2. Chicago S. 4-1 
 3. Connecticut S. 3-1 
 4. Atlanta D. 2-3 
 5. Washington M. 1-3 
 6. New York L. 0-5 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 6-0 
 2. L.Angeles S. 3-2 
 3. S.Antonio SS 2-2 
 4. Seattle S. 2-2 
 5. Phoenix M. 1-4 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 9

Jun. 2: Atlanta D. - Chicago S. 92-94 OT
Jun. 2: Indiana F. - New York L. 91-68
Jun. 3: Connecticut S. - Washington M.
Jun. 3: New York L. - Indiana F.
Jun. 3: Phoenix M. - Tulsa S.
Jun. 3: Minnesota L. - S.Antonio SS
Jun. 3: L.Angeles S. - Seattle S.


Fever's January returns stronger from knee injury - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Fever's chance to win the 2011 WNBA championship might have ended June 28.

That's when point guard Briann January (5'8''-PG-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arizona St.) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She was sidelined for the rest of a season that ended with a loss to Atlanta in the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals.

'We would have won Game 3,' said Kelly Krauskopf, the Fever's chief operating officer. 'I thought it was glaring when we got into the finals of the playoffs that we were a guard short.'

January has returned to help the Fever (3-0) get off to their best start since 2007. The Fever have a back-to-back series this weekend against New York (0-4), beginning tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

January, 25, had July surgery in which one of her hamstring tendons was used to construct a new ACL. She characterized her rehabilitation as a 'journey' requiring as much mental therapy as physiological. The fourth-year player met regularly with sports psychologist Chris Carr in addition to training with Fever coaches.

'Just seeing the progress I was making every day allowed me to really believe that I was ready,' January said. 'It made the struggle less of an obstacle I had to overcome.'

Oddly, her vertical jump improved as a result of rehabilitation, increasing from 23 to 26 inches. Fever coach Lin Dunn said January is 'as quick or quicker' than she was before, and more explosive.

January said time away from the court allowed for strengthening all areas of her body, something that isn't possible on a year-round timetable of WNBA and overseas games.

While sitting out, she also watched and prepared for games as if she were a coach. That gave her 'a new view and perspective' on basketball, she said, as painful as it was to feel disconnected from other players.

'Every game day, it felt like I hit a low,' she said. 'Seeing teammates run out of the tunnel, going to shoot layups and getting excited over games.'

January was thriving at the time of her injury, taking over full time at the point after longtime starter Tully Bevilaqua signed with San Antonio. January hasn't started for the Fever so far, sharing the position with Erin Phillips, an Australian Olympian. January has averaged 22.7 minutes, 6.3 points and 2.7 assists a game. She is sixth in the WNBA in steals with an average of 2.3.

Assistant coach Stephanie White said January was emerging as a leader last year and needs only time to re-establish on-court timing.

'She has to be patient,' White said, 'and we have to be patient.'

The Fever have time for that. The Olympic break stretches the regular season into late September. The playoffs ultimately will measure the distance of January's journey.

Courtesy of www.indystar.com



Nnemkadi Ogwumike named Rookie of the Month - by Eurobasket News

The WNBA named Los Angeles Sparks forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90, college: Stanford) the Rookie of the Month for games played in May.

Ogwumike led all rookies in scoring (13.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.595) and blocks (1.4 bpg), and ranked second in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and minutes (24.6 mpg). Overall, Ogwumike placed second for total number of blocks (7) and fifth in field goal percentage in the league. She scored a career-high 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting, to go with seven rebounds and three assists in a win over Phoenix on May 26. Ogwumike also had a career-best nine rebounds to go with 20 points on May 24 in a loss to the defending champion Minnesota Lynx.

The first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, Ogwumike made a strong professional debut following an exceptional career at the University of Stanford. In five games, Ogwumike scored in double digits three times, helping the 4-1 Sparks to the second-best record in the West.

Highlights of Ogwumike's month included:

- May 24 vs. Minnesota: Career-high nine rebounds and 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting in a 92-84 loss

- May 26 vs. Phoenix: Career-highs in points (22), minutes (35) and assists (3) in a 99-88 win

- May 29 vs. Tulsa: Career-high three blocks along with 14 points and 7 rebounds in a 76-75 win

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Fowles and Parker named Players of the Month - by Eurobasket News

Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) of the Chicago Sky and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) of the of the Los Angeles Sparks, were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played during May.

This marks the first season that Boost Mobile '' the leaguewide marquee partner of the WNBA '' has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week awards.

In leading the Sky to a 2-1 month, Fowles paced the league in scoring (22.3 ppg), rebounding (11.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.711). Fowles recorded a double-double in all three contests, scoring at least 20 points in each game.

Highlights of Fowles' month included:

Recorded 23 points and 12 rebounds, and helped key a 29-8 first-half run in Chicago's 69-57 victory over the Washington Mystics in the season opener May 19.

Scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in an 82-73 loss to the Indiana Fever.

Posted her second 23-point, 12-rebound performance in a 77-63 victory at San Antonio May 30.

Parker led the Sparks to a 4-1 start in the 2012 campaign as she led the league in blocks (2.80 bpg), while ranking fourth in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and eighth in scoring (18.4 ppg). Perhaps Parker's most impressive performance occurred in the Sparks' home opener May 22 when she recorded 21 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and three steals in a 74-61 win over rival Seattle.

Highlights of Parker's month included:

Netted 23 points and added six boards and two steals in a 92-84 loss at defending champion Minnesota May 24.

Posted a 27-point, 11-rebound double-double to go along with four blocks in a 99-88 win at Phoenix May 26.

Contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks in a 76-75 home win vs. Tulsa May 29.

The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile are part of a series of on-court performance awards called the WNBA Performance Awards presented by Boost Mobile. The series, currently in its first season, also includes the WNBA Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile and four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Sixth Woman presented by Boost Mobile, and WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Boost Mobile.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com