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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 18-5 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 17-6 
 3. Radnicki KG 15-9 
 4. Buducnost 15-9 
 5. Partizan 14-9 
 6. Un.Olimpija 13-10 
 7. MZT Skopje 12-11 
 8. Cedevita 12-11 
 9. Krka 9-14 
 10. Cibona 8-15 
 11. Zadar 8-16 
 12. KK Split 8-16 
 13. Siroki WWin 7-16 
 14. Szolnok 7-16 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 9: Zadar - Radnicki KG 75-68
Mar. 9: Buducnost - KK Split 66-47
Mar. 11: Siroki WWin - Crvena Zvezda
Mar. 10: Cibona - Un.Olimpija
Mar. 11: Krka - Cedevita
Mar. 10: Partizan - Igokea
Mar. 10: Szolnok - MZT Skopje


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG17.5 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena16.0 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 4. Strawberry, Cibona14.7 
 5. Travis, Zadar14.5 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.14.5 
 7. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.3 
 8. White, Radnicki KG14.2 
 9. Blazic, Un.Olimpija14.1 
 10. Jorovic, Igokea13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.2 
 2. Bader, Szolnok7.7 
 3. Travis, Zadar7.7 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.2 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.2 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.5.9 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.7 
 10. Hamilton, Cibona5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.1 
 2. Subotic, KK Split5.0 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.4 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea4.1 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.8 
 6. Otasevic, MZT S.3.6 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.3 
 9. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.1 
 10. Wright, Cedevita3.1 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Otasevic, MZT S.1.7 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 6. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 7. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 8. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 9. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 10. Sutalo, Siroki W.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.3 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 7. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 8. Lalic, Krka0.7 
 9. Gordon, Partizan0.7 
 10. Bircevic, Radnick.0.6 


Skopje candidate for the Final4 organization - by Igor Obradovic

The end of season in Adriatic League is near, but it is not known who will be the organizer of final4.

Several days ago Mr. Lisac and board ABA league said that they want Belgrade as organizer, but these days it has informed that one of the candidates for the organization of the Adriatic League Final Four is actually Skopje, although MZT the club from this city does not have serious chances to qualify for the final tournament.
They currently have score of 12-11, two less then Partizan and Buducnost who shared fourth place in ABA league.

To remind the readers that Nis was expressed a desire for the organization F4 few weeks ago.



Buducnost better then Split - by Igor Obradovic

In one of the most important games of the season, the team of Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ) easily cope against teams Split and so they enrolled 15 wins in this season, a score 66:47 (20:13, 10:17, 26:11, 10:6).

Decision fell in the second half, which was played perfectly by Buducnost.

Best in home team was Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) with 22pts, 3rbd, and 2 steals 4ast, index points 30.
In team Split best was Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) with his 23pts, 6rbd, 3ast, and 26 index points.

There was 2000 people in "Dvorana Moraca" this evening.



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 31-11 
 2. Lanus 29-13 
 3. Penarol 27-14 
 4. Boca Jrs 25-16 
 5. Argentino 24-19 
 6. Olimpico LB 24-19 
 7. Quimsa 23-19 
 8. Libertad S. 22-20 
 9. GECR Indalo 21-21 
 10. Atenas 21-22 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 20-21 
 12. Sionista 20-23 
 13. Obras 17-24 
 14. 9 de Julio 12-30 
 15. Union Progr. 10-31 
 16. La Union 10-33 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 31

Mar. 8: Boca Jrs - Libertad S. 98-82
Mar. 8: Argentino - Penarol 90-86
Mar. 8: Atenas - Lanus 79-84
Mar. 8: Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo 74-70
Mar. 6: Lanus - Libertad S. 72-61
Mar. 8: Obras - Quimsa 72-59
Mar. 8: Union Progr. - Regatas C. 69-84
Mar. 8: 9 de Julio - Wuber-Est.Bahia 68-87
Mar. 8: La Union - Sionista 66-68 OT

Second Stage: Round 30

Mar. 10: Union Progr. - Sionista
Mar. 10: Atenas - GECR Indalo
Mar. 10: Argentino - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 10: Obras - Libertad S.
Mar. 10: La Union - Regatas C.
Mar. 10: Olimpico LB - Lanus
Mar. 10: 9 de Julio - Penarol
Mar. 10: Boca Jrs - Quimsa


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.2 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.4 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.7 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.2 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 10. Shannon, La Union14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.11.0 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.2 
 9. Fierro, Atenas6.8 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.6 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.3 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.3.9 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.9 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 8. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB1.8 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 6. Labaque, Atenas1.5 
 7. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Washam, Regatas C.1.5 
 9. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.1 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Humphrey, Obras1.0 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Weigand, Argentino0.8 
 10. Shannon, La Union0.8 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 15-1 
 2. Estudian.Con. 11-5 
 3. Alvear 10-6 
 4. San Isidro 8-8 
 5. Instituto Cor. 7-8 
 6. Obera TC 7-9 
 7. Atl.Echague 6-10 
 8. Sarmiento 6-10 
 9. La Union 5-11 
 10. Union Sunch 4-11 
South
 1. Quilmes MP 10-4 
 2. Huracan 10-6 
 3. Sport Club 9-6 
 4. Ciclista 8-8 
 5. San Lorenzo Ch. 8-8 
 6. Alianza Viedma 8-8 
 7. Banda Norte 7-9 
 8. MH Basket 7-9 
 9. Rocamora 6-10 
 10. Bragado 5-10 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 8: San Isidro - Sarmiento 95-92
Mar. 8: Ciclista - MH Basket 82-71
Mar. 8: Rocamora - Alianza Viedma 76-82
Mar. 8: Sport Club - Banda Norte 75-81
Mar. 8: Union Sunch - Atl.Echague 74-62
Mar. 8: Obera TC - San Mart.C. 73-85
Mar. 8: Huracan - San Lorenzo Ch. 73-66
Mar. 8: Alvear - Estudian.Con. 66-59
Mar. 10: La Union - Instituto Cor.
Mar. 10: Quilmes MP - Bragado


Argentinian LigaA round 31 (Second Stage) best performance: Sam Clancy - by Eurobasket News

American center Sam Clancy (202-C-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Olimpico LB, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out GECR Indalo (#9, 21-21) 74-70. Olimpico LB is placed at 6th position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Olimpico LB will need more victories to improve their 24-19 record. Clancy turned to be Olimpico LB's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Southern California star has very solid stats this year. Clancy leads league in rebounds with 11.0rpg. Clancy is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 59.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Italian center Juan Manuel Torres (210-C-84) of Wuber-Est.Bahia. Torres had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Wuber-Est.Bahia to another comfortable win 87-68 over the lower-ranked 9 de Julio (#14, 12-30) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Wuber-Est.Bahia keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 20-21 record. Torres is a newcomer at Wuber-Est.Bahia, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports) of La Union (#16). Shannon scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Shannon's great performance La Union lost 66-68in overtime to the higher-ranked Sionista (#12, 20-23). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. La Union can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 10-33 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Shannon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Shannon has individually a great season in Argentina. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) of Lanus - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Fernando Funes (192-SG-83) of Argentino - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nicolas De los Santos (180-PG-88) of Argentino - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of Penarol - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 22 points and 13 rebounds
9. Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79) of Obras - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) of Lanus - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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



LigaA Round 31 (Second Stage): Penarol is defeated by Argentino - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Penarol (27-14) and sixth ranked Argentino (24-19) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Penarol was defeated by Argentino in a tough game in Junin 86-90. Penarol was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Argentino made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Argentino outrebounded Penarol 42-25 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) helped adding 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Argentino moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Penarol lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with 14 games lost.
LigaA top team - Regatas Corrientes (31-11) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Union Progresista (10-31) in Villa Angela 84-69. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Jerome Meyinsse accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Italian center Omar Canton (210-82) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Union Progresista in the defeat. Regatas Corrientes have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 31-11 record. Union Progresista lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 31 games lost.
Sixteenth-ranked La Union (10-33) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked Sionista (20-23) in Formosa on Friday. The visitors from Parana managed to secure only two-point victory 68-66. However their fans expected much easier game. Alejandro Zilli fired 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Terrence Shannon produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Sionista maintains twelfth place with 20-23 record. La Union lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 33 lost games.
An interesting game took place in Buenos Aires where higher ranked Quimsa (23-19) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Obras (17-24) 72-59. Worth to mention a great performance of Juan Gutierrez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Obras. They maintain thirteenth place with 17-24 record. Quimsa at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 19 games lost.
14th ranked 9 de Julio (12-30) was outscored at home by eleventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (20-21) with the biggest margin this round 87-68 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Juan Manuel Torres who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Wuber-Est.Bahia's coach Pablo Coleffi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains eleventh place with 20-21 record. 9 de Julio lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 30 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 31: Libertad S. lost to Boca Jrs on the opponent's court 82-98. Atenas unfortunately lost to Lanus in a home game 79-84. GECR Indalo recorded a loss to Olimpico LB on the road 70-74. Lanus defeated Libertad S. on its own court 72-61.


Obras - Quimsa 72-59

An interesting game took place in Buenos Aires where higher ranked Quimsa (23-19) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Obras (17-24) 72-59. The game without a history. Obras led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Obras outrebounded Quimsa 43-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Quimsa. The victory was the third consecutive win for Obras. They maintain thirteenth place with 17-24 record. Quimsa at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 22+13reb+1ast, R.Humphrey 17+8reb+2ast, M.Osimani 10+4reb+7ast, P.Espinoza 6+6reb+1ast, A.Konsztadt 5+1reb+1ast, T.Field 5+6reb
Quimsa: J.Baxter 15, D.Lo Grippo 12+5reb, J.Mojica 7+9reb+6ast, S.Vega 7+2reb, E.Villares 6, D.Tintorelli 5+5reb
gschID: 234406


Boca Jrs - Libertad S. 98-82

Very expected game in Buenos Aires where 8th ranked Libertad Sunchales (22-20) was defeated by fourth ranked Boca Juniors (25-16) 98-82 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Boca Juniors. Libertad Sunchales was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boca Juniors looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Federico Aguerre (202-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) helped adding 17 points. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. At the losing side Puerto Rican center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) scored 9 points and 7 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Boca Juniors. They maintain fourth place with 25-16 record. Loser Libertad Sunchales keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: J.DeGroat 17+3reb+2ast, F.Aguerre 17+5reb+1ast, J.Coleman 13+1reb+1ast, D.Santiago 12+4reb+2ast, M.Stanic 10+1reb+5ast, P.Hopson 10+6reb+5ast
Libertad S.: R.Sanchez 22+5reb+2ast, D.Johnson 12+3reb, A.Alloatti 10+6reb+2ast, J.Treise 9+3reb+7ast, D.Garcia 9+4reb+2ast, M.Saglietti 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234405


9 de Julio - Wuber-Est.Bahia 68-87

14th ranked 9 de Julio (12-30) was outscored at home by eleventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (20-21) with the biggest margin this round 87-68 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Wuber-Est.Bahia. 9 de Julio was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wuber-Est.Bahia dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to 9 de Julio's 28 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded 9 de Julio 43-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of international center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. Wuber-Est.Bahia's coach Pablo Coleffi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains eleventh place with 20-21 record. 9 de Julio lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 30 games lost.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: L.Nailon 22+6reb, J.Manuel Torres 20+14reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 18, J.Williams 11+5reb+1ast, H.Jasen 10+5reb, L.Faggiano 6+1reb+1ast
9 de Julio: J.Ayarza 16+5reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 12+4reb+1ast, E.Nelson 12+8reb, M.Garcia 11+3reb, B.Barovero 11+2reb, D.Brezzo 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234403


Atenas - Lanus 79-84

Very predictable result in Cordoba where second ranked Lanus (29-13) defeated 10th ranked Atenas (21-22) 84-79 on Friday. Atenas was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lanus made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (187-90) helped adding 19 points and 4 assists. At the losing side the former international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) scored 22 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Alejandro Lotterio let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Lanus. They maintain second place with 29-13 record having just two points less than leader Regatas C. Loser Atenas keeps the tenth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lanus: N.Laprovittola 19+1reb+4ast, A.Boccia 17+8reb, P.Prato 13+5reb+1ast, R.Battle 11+7reb+2ast, F.Martina 9+2reb, W.McFarlan 9+2reb+1ast
Atenas: M.Lescano 22+2reb+3ast, A.Elsener 19+10reb, D.Guaita 11+4reb+1ast, B.Labaque 11+4reb+4ast, B.Colli 6+3ast, M.Fierro 5+2reb
gschID: 234402


Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo 74-70

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked GECR Indalo (21-21) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Olimpico de La Banda (24-19) 74-70 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But GECR Indalo won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). International forward Fabian Ramirez (193-90) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Italian point guard Diego Ciorciari (184-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Olimpico de La Banda and five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Olimpico de La Banda. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Argentino. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the ninth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: S.Clancy 20+16reb+3ast, F.Ramirez 15+7reb, A.Pau 14+1reb+4ast, J.Machuca 13+1reb+1ast, H.Salles 6+2reb+4ast, A.Eslava 4+2reb+3ast
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 17+2reb+2ast, J.Robinson 15+5reb+1ast, K.Seawright 13+10reb, D.Ciorciari 13+4reb+4ast, D.Romero 12+7reb+1ast, S.Scala 0+1ast
gschID: 234401


Union Progr. - Regatas C. 69-84

LigaA top team - Regatas Corrientes (31-11) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Union Progresista (10-31) in Villa Angela 84-69. It looked good early as Union Progresista took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Regatas Corrientes had a 15-9 second period charge getting the lead and Union Progresista was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-84. Regatas Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Union Progresista's 32. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized Italian center Omar Canton (210-82) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Union Progresista in the defeat. Regatas Corrientes have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 31-11 record. Union Progresista lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 31 games lost.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 20+5reb+3ast, J.Meyinsse 20+5reb, T.Washam 11+3reb, J.Martinez 8+5reb+3ast, N.Romano 8+4reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 6+2reb
Union Progr.: O.Canton 17+6reb, D.Phillip 10+11reb, C.Schoppler 8+2reb+5ast, D.Cavaco 8+3reb, G.Laphitzborde 8+4reb, C.Avalle 7+2reb
gschID: 234400


La Union - Sionista 66-68 OT

Sixteenth-ranked La Union (10-33) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked Sionista (20-23) in Formosa on Friday. The visitors from Parana managed to secure only two-point victory 68-66. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 13-11 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Alejandro Zilli (200-82) fired 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Sionista maintains twelfth place with 20-23 record. La Union lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 33 lost games.
Top scorers:
Sionista: L.Gonzalez 13+1reb+1ast, A.Zilli 11+7reb+3ast, L.Wade 10+5reb+1ast, D.Hure 9+4reb+2ast, J.Pittman 9+3reb, J.Lloreda 6+6reb+1ast
La Union: T.Shannon 17+9reb+1ast, N.Gianella 16+4reb+1ast, G.Lewis 13+6reb, J.Brussino 7+2reb+2ast, A.Marin 5+1reb, S.Shorter 5+1reb
gschID: 234399


Argentino - Penarol 90-86

The game between third ranked Penarol (27-14) and sixth ranked Argentino (24-19) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Penarol was defeated by Argentino in a tough game in Junin 86-90. Penarol was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Argentino made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Argentino outrebounded Penarol 42-25 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) helped adding 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and international power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Argentino moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Penarol lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Argentino: K.Lytch 24+7reb, J.Cangelosi 17+7reb, F.Funes 16+4reb+5ast, N.De los Santos 10+11reb+6ast, A.Weigand 8+5reb, B.Carlwell 7+4reb
Penarol: M.Mata 17+5reb+3ast, L.Gutierrez 15+6reb+4ast, F.Campazzo 15+2reb+1ast, D.Teague 15+4reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 8+1ast, L.Tischer 6+4reb
gschID: 234404


Lanus - Libertad S. 72-61

Everything went according to plan in Buenos Aires where second ranked Lanus (29-13) beat 8th ranked Libertad Sunchales (22-20) 72-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Lanus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Libertad Sunchales' 34. Lanus had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. International point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (187-90) helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Puerto Rican center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Alejandro Alloatti (203-84) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Lanus. They maintain second place with 29-13 record having just two points less than leader Regatas C. Loser Libertad Sunchales keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 21+10reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 18+2reb+5ast, W.McFarlan 10+3reb, R.Battle 9+7reb, F.Martina 6+6reb, C.Schattmann 4+2reb+2ast
Libertad S.: A.Alloatti 15+5reb, D.Garcia 15+1reb+1ast, J.Treise 12+2reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 11+10reb+1ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 5+1reb+2ast, D.Johnson 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 234398



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Satria Muda 7-3 
 2. Petron Blaze 6-3 
 3. Singapore S. 4-4 
 4. KL Dragons 4-5 
 5. Saigon H. 3-5 
 6. Thailand S. 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 6: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 69-60
Mar. 8: Satria Muda - Petron Blaze 52-57
Mar. 10: KL Dragons - Singapore S.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 22-3 
 2. Wildcats 20-6 
 3. Hawks 11-14 
 4. Kings 11-15 
 5. Tigers 10-13 
 6. Taipans 10-15 
 7. Crocodiles 8-16 
 8. 36ers 8-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 8: Wildcats - Kings 83-56
Mar. 7: Breakers - Taipans 80-77
Mar. 9: 36ers - Taipans 69-70
Mar. 9: Crocodiles - Hawks
Mar. 10: Tigers - Breakers



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 18-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 17-7 
 3. Gmunden 16-8 
 4. Klosterneub. 16-8 
 5. Oberwart 14-10 
 6. Wels 14-10 
 7. Gussing 13-11 
 8. UBSC Graz 10-14 
 9. Furstenfeld 9-15 
 10. St.Polten 3-21 
 11. Arkadia 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 9: Furstenfeld - Arkadia 91-75
Mar. 9: UBSC Graz - Wels 86-80
Mar. 10: Gmunden - BC Vienna
Mar. 10: Kapfenberg - Oberwart
Mar. 10: Klosterneub. - Gussing


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.6 
 2. Grum, Furstenfeld19.9 
 3. Tiedeman, Wels19.9 
 4. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.7 
 7. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna17.3 
 9. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Kovacevic, St.Po.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 3. Heard, Gussing7.8 
 4. Washington, Wels7.6 
 5. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.3 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.3 
 7. Lamesic, Wels7.0 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.8 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
 10. Suljanovic, Klost.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giovonne WOODS
  Kapfenberg
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Woods, Kapfenberg5.9 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna5.9 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.9 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 6. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.0 
 7. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna3.7 
 9. Zeleznik, Klostern.3.5 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Hinson, Oberwart1.9 
 3. Boylan, BC Vienna1.7 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 5. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 7. Woods, Kapfenberg1.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 9. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 10. O''Neal, Furstenfe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Bortolin, Arkadia1.2 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden0.9 
 5. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 6. Washington, Wels0.8 
 7. Gant, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.0.5 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.9 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis17.9 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.2 
 7. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 9. Milaknis, Rudupis14.6 
 10. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.5 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 5. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.1 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 3. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas4.2 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.1 
 6. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.0 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 9. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 10. Keedus, TTU3.5 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.5 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 8. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis1.6 
 10. Vene, Rudupis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.2 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 6. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 7. Galdikas, Siauliai1.1 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.1.1 
 9. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 14-6 
 2. Spirou 13-6 
 3. M.Hainaut 13-7 
 4. Aalstar 13-7 
 5. Antwerp 10-10 
 6. Leuven 6-13 
 7. Liege 6-14 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: Antwerp - Leuven 89-66
Mar. 8: Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 86-94
Mar. 8: Spirou - Liege 77-65
Mar. 9: Oostende - M.Hainaut 68-69

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 15: Liege - Antwerp
Mar. 15: Aalstar - Oostende
Mar. 16: Leuven - Spirou
Mar. 16: M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep.


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.9 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.1 
 3. Raivio, Aalstar17.1 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende16.8 
 5. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.7 
 6. Robinson, Leuven16.4 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.3 
 8. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.9 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.7 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.9 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.8 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.6 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 8. Mukubu, Liege6.1 
 9. Gillet, Liege6.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.1 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.2 
 5. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.6 
 7. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 8. Moors, Antwerp3.5 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar3.4 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.7 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Black, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 7. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 8. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar1.6 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.2 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende1.2 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Williamson, Liege0.6 


Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 19-6 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 18-6 
 3. Gembo BBC 16-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 15-8 
 5. St-Niklase 15-9 
 6. CEP Fleurus 14-10 
 7. Waregem 13-12 
 8. Gent Dragons 11-12 
 9. Excelsior 11-12 
 10. M.Hainaut II 11-13 
 11. Tongeren 11-14 
 12. Sprimont 10-12 
 13. Oudenaarde 8-15 
 14. Essor Charleroi 3-20 
 15. Giants II 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 9: Kangor.-Boom - Gent Dragons 87-68
Mar. 9: Tongeren - CEP Fleurus 81-98
Mar. 9: St-Niklase - Giants II 74-73
Mar. 9: Houthalen - Waregem 101-87
Mar. 10: Point Chaud - Sint-Jan Ant.
Mar. 10: Gembo BBC - Oudenaarde


Derek Raivio claims Belgian Ethias League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Derek Raivio (190-SG-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for Aalstar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old shooting guard had the game-high 33 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Aalstar in his team's victory, helping them to beat Verviers-Pep. (#8, 4-16) 94-86. Aalstar maintains the 4th position in Belgian Ethias League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. In the team's last game Raivio had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. Gonzaga University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Raivio is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.1ppg), assists (9th best: 3.4apg) and averages solid 53.2% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American point guard Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Antwerp. Black impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Antwerp to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Leuven (#6, 6-13) 89-66. Antwerp's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Black is one of the most experienced players at Antwerp and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was international guard Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87) of Leuven (#6). Marnegrave scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Marnegrave's great performance Leuven lost 66-89 to slightly higher-ranked Antwerp (#5, 10-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Leuven not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marnegrave could try to bring Leuven's a little bit higher in the standings. Marnegrave has individually a great season in Belgium. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.1apg (2nd best). He also has 2.7spg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lee Cummard (201-SG-85) of Aalstar - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89) of Verviers-Pep. - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 8 points and 9 rebounds
8. Roel Moors (190-G-78) of Antwerp - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Bryan Hopkins (183-PG-83) of Antwerp - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Ethias League Round 20: Leader Base Oostende loses to Belfius Mons-Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Base Oostende (14-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (13-7) 69-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Base Oostende. Base Oostende was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to third place, which they share with Aalstar. Defending champion Base Oostende still keeps top position with six games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut is looking forward to face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Base Oostende will play against Okapi Aalstar (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Verviers was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (13-7) played at the court of 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-16). Okapi Aalstar managed to secure a 8-point victory 94-86. American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!). Ryan Thompson contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) replied with 25 points for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place, which they share with M.Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play against league's leader Base Oostende at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Antwerp. Local Antwerp Giants (10-10) outscored 6th ranked Leuven Bears (6-13) 89-66 on Thursday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Timothy Black who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Niels Marnegrave responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth position with 10-10 record. Loser Leuven Bears keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet Liege Basket (#7) in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 20 Liege were defeated by Spirou in Charleroi 77-65.


Oostende - M.Hainaut 68-69

Top ranked Base Oostende (14-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (13-7) 69-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Base Oostende. Base Oostende was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to third place, which they share with Aalstar. Defending champion Base Oostende still keeps top position with six games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut is looking forward to face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Base Oostende will play against Okapi Aalstar (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: J.Cage 18+9reb, Q.Taylor 17+6reb+3ast, J.Bostic 15+8reb+2ast, J.Wallace 12+2reb+3ast, M.Randle 7+8reb, A.Libert 0+1reb
Oostende: B.Wright 12+7reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 12+4reb+2ast, W.Wilkinson 10+7reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 8+4reb+3ast, D.Drobnjak 8+4reb+2ast, J.Salumu 6
gschID: 187319


Spirou - Liege 77-65

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Liege Basket (6-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked Spirou Charleroi (13-6) 77-65 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 27-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Spirou Charleroi forced 20 Liege Basket turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Sacha Massot (205-83, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Andre Williamson (200-89, college: Appalachian St.) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-6 record behind leader Oostende. Liege Basket lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: D.Green 16+5reb, J.Hamilton 14+3reb+3ast, J.Randle 14+3reb, J.Steinbach 11+2reb+5ast, S.Massot 10+9reb+2ast, C.Beghin 6+5reb+2ast
Liege: A.Williamson 12+5reb, G.Ware 12+4reb, W.Boss Mukubu 12+6reb+4ast, P.Gillet 9+4reb+2ast, G.Hockins 8+3ast, B.Monteiro 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 187318


Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 86-94

The game in Verviers was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (13-7) played at the court of 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-16). Okapi Aalstar managed to secure a 8-point victory 94-86. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But VOO Verviers-Pepinster won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!). The other American import guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. American point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) replied with 25 points and Serbian power forward Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-87) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place, which they share with M.Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play against league's leader Base Oostende at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: D.Raivio 33+4reb+3ast, T.Dreesen 18+1reb+1ast, R.Thompson 15+6reb+7ast, L.Cummard 14+10reb+1ast, C.Young 8+9reb+1ast, J.Tofi 6+3reb
Verviers-Pep.: J.Anderson 25+2reb+3ast, S.Moris 14+4reb+1ast, N.Aleksandrov 12+8reb, S.Maio 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Baeri 8+1reb, D.Tubak 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 187317


Antwerp - Leuven 89-66

The game with biggest result difference took place in Antwerp. Local Antwerp Giants (10-10) outscored 6th ranked Leuven Bears (6-13) 89-66 on Thursday night. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Antwerp Giants forced 20 Leuven Bears turnovers and outrebounded them 32-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of American point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) who added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. International point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Antwerp Giants and four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth position with 10-10 record. Loser Leuven Bears keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet Liege Basket (#7) in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 22+2reb+6ast, B.Hopkins 18+4reb+1ast, J.Mwema 15+9reb, R.Moors 13+5reb+8ast, R.Biggs 11+6reb+2ast, Y.Driesen 5+3reb+1ast
Leuven: N.Marnegrave 19+6reb+2ast, I.Hanavan 14+5reb+1ast, B.Burgess 14+2reb+2ast, G.Robinson 13, Y.Desiron 2+1reb, T.Deroover 2
gschID: 187316



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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian NBB round 27 best performance: Shamell Stallworth - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American shooting guard Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pinheiros/Sky, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Joinville (#14, 9-17) with 20-point margin 93-73. Thanks to this victory Pinheiros/Sky moved-up to the 6th position in the American NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pinheiros/Sky will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Stallworth had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Pinheiros/Sky, through which he has constantly improved. Shamell Stallworth averages this season 15.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Caleb Brown (182-G-87) of Palmeiras. Brown had a very good evening with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Palmeiras cruised to a 112-104 overtime win over the higher-ranked Uberlandia (#3, 17-9). Palmeiras' 16th position in has not changed. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Palmeiras managed to get this year. Brown is well-known at Palmeiras and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Paul Crosby (203-C) of Minas (#9). Crosby scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Minas, leading his team to a 95-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Vila Velha (#15, 8-18). Minas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 14 victories and 12 lost games. Crosby has a very solid season. In 10 games in Brazil he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diego Conceicao (200-F-87) of Joinville - 25 points and 7 rebounds
5. Daniel Costa (204-F/C-81) of Vila Velha - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Tyrone Curnell (203-F-88) of Palmeiras - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) of S.Jose/Unimed - 26 points and 8 rebounds
8. Thomas Gehrke (203-F/C-82) of Mogi das Cruzes - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85) of Flamengo - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Antwaine Wiggins (200-F-88) of Palmeiras - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Santa Cruz Warriors acquire Scott Machado from Vipers - by Paulo Freire

The Santa Cruz Warriors have acquired guard Scott Machado (185-PG-90, college: Iona) from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in exchange for Santa Cruzs original second-round draft pick and center Chris Daniels.

Machado, a 62, 206-pound guard, is averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 assists in 18 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. A standout at Iona College where he led the nation in assists last season (327), Machado was named the 2009 MAAC Rookie of the Year and the 2012 MAAC Player of the Year.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 17-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 16-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 13-5 
 4. Balkan 12-6 
 5. Tundja Yambol 11-8 
 6. Cherno More 8-11 
 7. Beroe 7-12 
 8. Chernomorets 6-13 
 9. Spartak Pleven 4-15 
 10. U20 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 9: Levski Sofia - Beroe 91-83
Mar. 9: U20 - Tundja Yambol 86-94
Mar. 9: Cherno More - Chernomorets 86-81
Mar. 9: Spartak Pleven - Lukoil Academik 70-93
Mar. 10: Rilski Sportist - Balkan


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.3 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.8 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.7 
 4. Zahariev, Rilski S.18.3 
 5. Smith, Rilski S.18.1 
 6. Lilov, Balkan17.7 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.17.1 
 8. Marinovic, Levski16.6 
 9. Milosevic, Tundja16.6 
 10. Walker, Beroe15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.4 
 2. Santos, Balkan9.3 
 3. Galiotos, Cherno M.9.2 
 4. Milosevic, Tundja9.1 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.9 
 6. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.8 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.1 
 8. Agre, Spartak7.1 
 9. Simeonov, U206.7 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Walker, Beroe6.9 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.5.6 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.3 
 5. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.4 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.2 
 8. Velikov, Cherno M.4.1 
 9. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.1 
 10. Lilov, Balkan3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.5 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.4 
 3. Avramov, Lukoil A.2.3 
 4. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 5. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 6. Velikov, Cherno M.2.1 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.0 
 8. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 9. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 10. Holmes, Beroe1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.0 
 2. Dupree, Rilski S.1.6 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.5 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.1 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.9 
 8. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 


Succesful start for Levski in third phase of domestic league - by Valentin Anguelov

Despite the absence of Chavdar Kostov, and two new additions Mladen Pantic and Nemanja Protic, Levski successfully started the third stage of the men's NBL. They were able to defeat Beroe at home in a high scoring game with 91-83. With that victory Levski remains at second place with 16 wins and three defeats as they will host Balkan in the next round.

The game started very even on both ends of the floor, but at the end of the first quarter of the team from Stara Zagora grabbed a 8 points lead with 23-15. Levski responded with a series of 23 to three and overturned the score in their favor - 38-26. At the half time break the difference was the same - 12 points for the favorites in this game Levski were up 49-37. After that Levski had double digit advance, but before the middle of the fourth quarter dropped their lead to only 6 points. Levski didnt allowed their opponent to cut it more and ended the meeting with ultimate motivation. At the end the result was 91-83 in favor of Levski for their win number 16 in the championship.

Interesting note is that both teams scored 11 three pointers, while Levski had more rebounds 30-24 in their favor.

After great game againt Teodo Tivat in the midweek, today Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) played great and was the top scorer with 17 points (4 threes). Besides his 15 points, Marko Marinovic added 11 assists. Nikolay Varbanov finished with 12 points, Hrisimir Dimitrov 11 off the bench, while Georgiev brothers Zlatin and Stefan scored 10 points apiece.

For the visitors Will Walker managed 28 points (6/6 behind the arc). Reggie Holmes added 20 points. Third American - Mitchell Carter finished with 13 points.




Levski Sofia signs Nemanja Protic, ex Borac - by Eurobasket News

Levski Sofia (NBL) signed 27-year old Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-77kg-86). He just played at Borac in Serbian A League. In four games he had very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.3apg this season. Protic also spent the start of the season at Olin Edirne (TBL) in Turkish league earlier that year. In three games he recorded 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. The last season he played at BC Nizhny Novgorod (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Protic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 18 PBL games he recorded 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 12 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. Protic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.2apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (10-11) season Protic played at Khimik (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 15 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg. He also played 1 game in EuroChallenge where he had 4 points, 2 assists and 3 steals. The other team Protic played that season for was EWE Baskets (BBL) in German league. In 12 games he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 6.5ppg.
In 2009-10 season Protic played at Zvezda in Serbian league. In 13 EuroChallenge games he recorded 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Protic also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 11.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. His team made it to the Russian Cup final in 2011. Protic represented Serbia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 7.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 69.2%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Beroe signs Boris Bakovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) signed 25-year old Canadian-Bosnian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances). He supposed to play at Vendee Challans Basket in French NM1 league, but left the team in Dec.'12. In 11 games he had 7.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season Bakovic played at Dinos (CIS) in Canadian CIS. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted All-OUA East Division 1st Team back in 2009 and 2010. Bakovic represented Canada at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 58.3%.
Bakovic has played also professionally in Canada (Rams).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CANADA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.23.5 
 2. Allin, Laurier23.2 
 3. Freeman, UFV21.2 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.7 
 5. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.4 
 6. Fee, New Brunsw.20.4 
 7. Faulkner, Queen''s20.3 
 8. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.2 
 9. Ratte, Laurentian20.2 
 10. Coulthard, Laurier19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Derek WALDNER
  Lethb.
  (201-C-)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Waldner, Lethb.11.5 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s11.2 
 3. Phillip, Windsor10.8 
 4. Kamen, UBC10.2 
 5. Klassen, Acadia10.1 
 6. Burns, Regina9.7 
 7. Allin, Laurier9.3 
 8. Moses, Calgary9.2 
 9. Salhia, Lakehead9.2 
 10. Burns, Saskatch.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.8.3 
 2. Hebert, Regina6.2 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.6 
 4. Pasquale, Laure.4.8 
 5. Walton, Manitoba4.8 
 6. Smith, TWU4.8 
 7. Lamar, Saskatch.4.8 
 8. Allin, Laurier4.6 
 9. Smith, UPEI4.5 
 10. Daley, New Brunsw.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.5 
 2. Perrin, TWU2.8 
 3. Evans, Victoria2.8 
 4. Walton, Manitoba2.7 
 5. Daley, New Brunsw.2.7 
 6. Parchment, UFV2.6 
 7. Carter, Lakehead2.5 
 8. Smith, TWU2.4 
 9. Collins, Windsor2.3 
 10. Hunter, Bishop''s2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Thijin MOSES
  Calgary
  (201--)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Moses, Calgary2.1 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 3. Duke, UPEI1.9 
 4. Eyitayo, Concordia1.6 
 5. Klassen, Acadia1.5 
 6. Luby, Brock1.4 
 7. Salhia, Lakehead1.4 
 8. Aubertin, UNBC1.3 
 9. James, Brandon1.3 
 10. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.3 


Beroe signs Boris Bakovic - by Eurobasket News

BC Beroe (NBL) signed 25-year old Canadian-Bosnian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances). He supposed to play at Vendee Challans Basket in French NM1 league, but left the team in Dec.'12. In 11 games he had 7.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season Bakovic played at Dinos (CIS) in Canadian CIS. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.5apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted All-OUA East Division 1st Team back in 2009 and 2010. Bakovic represented Canada at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 58.3%.
Bakovic has played also professionally in Canada (Rams).

By Eurobasket Data Center



CIS Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Victoria - Carleton 46-83

The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vikies to just 3 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Vikies 39-27 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Clinton Springer-Williams (193) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Philip Scrubb (190-92) chipped in 13 points. At the losing side Michael Acheampong responded with 13 points and center Chris McLaughlin (208) scored 4 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Carleton: C.Springer-Williams 15+7reb+2ast, P.Scrubb 13+4reb+3ast, K.Churchill 11+6reb, T.Hinz 8+4reb+2ast, K.Blain 8+2reb+4ast, G.Resch 7+1reb+1ast
Victoria: M.Acheampong 13+4reb+2ast, T.Evans 8+3reb+1ast, K.Peterson 5+1reb+3ast, B.Taylor 5+1ast, C.McLaughlin 4+9reb, R.Erikson 4+1reb
gschID: 234568


Acadia - UBC 89-80

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Thunderbirds won third quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Axemen made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tyler Scott (188) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Axemen players scored in double figures. Guard O'Brian Wallace (185, college: Miles CC) answered with 26 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Brylle Kamen (201, college: San Jose St.) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Thunderbirds. Thunderbirds' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Acadia: T.Scott 29+6reb, O.Klassen 15+4reb+2ast, A.Ashe 14+6reb+1ast, A.Sears 10+4reb, S.Stoqua 9+4reb+4ast, T.Filigiano 6+3reb+1ast
UBC: O.Wallace 26+7reb+3ast, B.Kamen 16+6reb, D.Plumb 8+7reb+1ast, D.Wagner 7+4reb, J.Jensen-Whyte 7+2reb+3ast, C.Morgan 6+4reb
gschID: 234567


McGill - Ottawa 70-82

The game was mostly controlled by Gee-Gees. Redmen managed to win second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. The former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (198) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds. Gee-Gees' coach James DeRouin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Vincent Dufort (195) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Bermudas guard Tejour Riley (193-94) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Redmen in the defeat. Five Gee-Gees and four Redmen players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: W.Ward 23+11reb+1ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 15+8reb+1ast, M.L'Africain 13+2reb, M.Tihani 12+3reb, C.Agada 11+6reb, J.Berhanemeskel 6+4reb+3ast
McGill: V.Dufort 18+9reb, T.Riley 16+6reb, D.Clark 13+3reb+1ast, S.Bibeau 12+4ast, A.Mitrovic 4+2reb+1ast, A.Hynes-Guery 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 234566


Lakehead - Cape Breton 74-61

The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Thunderwolves outrebounded Capers 44-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Guard Dwayne Harvey fired 16 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Ben Johnson (-88) chipped in 25 points. Thunderwolves' coach Scott Morrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) produced 12 points and 4 assists and forward Arild Geugjes (203) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Capers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: B.Johnson 25+3reb, D.Harvey 16+6reb+8ast, J.Hart 11+5reb, G.Carter 9+5reb+5ast, J.Nitychoruk 6+9reb+1ast, B.King 3+2reb
Cape Breton: A.Geugjes 12+8reb, J.Dorsey 12+4reb+4ast, S.Mccormick 10+3reb+1ast, C.Kasongo 10+1reb+2ast, S.Keith 8+3reb+2ast, M.Lufile 6+3reb
gschID: 234565



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  COLOMBIA   


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 9- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros achieved the victory in the first game as visitor in Bogota, the yellow squad was to big for the Piratas frontcourt specially the Hernandez and Trocha duo, big missmatch for Arteaga and Fahnbulleh.
Piratas had a good start but lossing the fight in the board allowed the Bukaros comeback, the Bucaramanga team holds the second place in the standings.
Piratas 76 - Artega 18, Johnson 18.
Bukaros 86 - Lawrence 21, Hernandez 14.

Caribbean heat leaves the bottom of the standings defeating the Halcones del Norte 93 , 86, Cory Bradford leaded the Heat to get the victory, while Courtney Nelson leaded the Halcones.
Caribbean Heat 93
Halcones del Norte 86

Bambuqueros deepness start to work in his victory against the Manizales OC Graham and Dunn took the lead, been the 3rd and 4rth players of the team that leads a game in scoring, the OC needs beter luck , yesterday loss Yuber Hinestroza for an injury joining Diomedes Casiani and leaving the team without centers.
Cesar Cortez keeps pulling his team, yesterday had 30 pts and 8 rebounds but was not enough.
Manizales OC 73 - Cortez 30, Garris 14
Bambuqueros 75 - Graham 17, Dunn 17

Academia put all his roster in the game, defeating Aguilas de Tunja 113 - 93, Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85, college: St.Thomas, FL) had 22 pts and N. Aragon 21, in Aguilas T Rayson had 24, while E. Mayfield 20.
Academias young Lincoln Christopher played 3 minutes, grandson of the great colombian Edison Christopher and son of George Christopher, continues the Basketball tradition of the Christopher family.

Academia 112 - C. Chavez 22 pts, N. Aragon 21 pts.
Aguilas 93 - T. Rayson 24, E. Mayfield 20



Jorry Downs claims Colombian DPB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Jorry Downs (192-G/F-89) had a great game in the last round for Caribbean Heat and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 23-year old swingman had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Caribbean Heat in his team's victory, helping them to beat Halcones (#8, 2-7) 93-86. Caribbean Heat maintains the 7th position in Colombian DPB. Caribbean Heat is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. It's Downs' second year at Caribbean Heat and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jorry Downs averages this season 11.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international forward Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas. Cortes impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Once Caldas was edged by the higher-ranked Bambuqueros (#1, 7-2) 75-73. Once Caldas is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Cortes is one of the most experienced players at Once Caldas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia (#3). Chavez Jacobo scored 22 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Academia, leading his team to a 112-93 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Aguilas (#5, 4-5). Academia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Chavez Jacobo has a very solid season. In 8 games in Colombia he scored 20.9ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and 4.5apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ray Graham (195-F-89) of Bambuqueros - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Cory Bradford (191-G-78) of Caribbean Heat - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas - 24 points and 2 rebounds
9. Sergio Trocha (204-C-87) of Bucaros - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) of Piratas - 18 points and 7 rebounds

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



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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. KK Zagreb 13-4 
 2. Kvarner 2010 12-5 
 3. Jolly 12-5 
 4. Alkar Sinj 11-6 
 5. Darda 9-8 
 6. Djuro Djakovic 9-8 
 7. Zabok 7-10 
 8. Krizevci 6-11 
 9. Osjecki Sokol 5-12 
 10. Dubrovnik 1-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 9: Jolly - Dubrovnik 97-77
Mar. 9: Osjecki Sokol - KK Zagreb 77-91
Mar. 9: Alkar Sinj - Djuro Djakovic 75-70
Mar. 9: Krizevci - Darda 70-79
Mar. 9: Zabok - Kvarner 2010 58-57

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 16: Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj
Mar. 16: Djuro Djakovic - Krizevci
Mar. 16: Darda - Zabok
Mar. 16: Kvarner 2010 - Osjecki Sokol
Mar. 16: KK Zagreb - Jolly


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Ross, Jolly21.9 
 2. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 3. Mrva, Jolly18.6 
 4. Batina, Djuro D.17.8 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci15.7 
 6. Lez, Zabok15.3 
 7. Budimir, Osjecki15.1 
 8. Skific, Kvarner15.1 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.8 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.7 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 3. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 4. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.8 
 7. Skific, Kvarner5.7 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok5.4 
 9. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Krivec, Kvarner4.9 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.1 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.1 
 7. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 10. Rembert, Krizevci2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Jolly2.4 
 2. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 3. Krivec, Kvarner1.6 
 4. Skific, Kvarner1.5 
 5. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 6. Batina, Djuro D.1.4 
 7. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.4 
 8. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.4 
 10. Glavinic, Darda1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.9 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.2 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 
 9. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 10. Hrncic, Darda0.6 


A1 Round 17: KK Zabok defeats Kvarner 2010 in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A1.

The most exciting game of round 17 in the A1 took place in Zabok. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Kvarner 2010 (12-5) to seventh ranked KK Zabok (7-10) 58-57 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. KK Zabok dominated on the defensive end, holding Kvarner 2010 to just 7 points in second quarter. Center Filip Bundovic (203-94) stepped up and scored 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Serbian forward Petar Maric (196-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) chipped in 9 points. KK Zabok's coach Dragutin Crnjevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds. KK Zabok maintains seventh place with 7-10 record. Kvarner 2010 at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Jolly. KK Zabok is looking forward to face higher ranked Vrijednosnice OS (#5) in Darda in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kvarner 2010 will play at home against Osjecki Sokol in Osijek and is hoping to win this game.
A1 top team - KK Zagreb (13-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Osjecki Sokol (5-12) in Osijek 91-77. The former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) nailed 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Ante Krapic accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for Osjecki Sokol in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Zagreb maintains first place with 13-4 record. Newly promoted Osjecki Sokol keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. KK Zagreb will play against Jolly (#3) in Sibenik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Osjecki Sokol will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kvarner 2010 (#2) in Rijeka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Krizevci was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (9-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Krizevci (6-11). Vrijednosnice OS managed to secure a 9-point victory 79-70 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Alen Trepalovac who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Borna Kapusta produced 14 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Krizevci's coach Luka Bujas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Djuro Djakovic. Loser Krizevci keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will meet at home KK Zabok (#7) in the next round. Krizevci will play against Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Jolly (12-5) crushed at home 10th ranked KK Dubrovnik (1-16) by 20 points 97-77, which is the biggest margin this round. Luka Petkovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jolly's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Jolly have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kvarner 2010. KK Dubrovnik lost thirteenth consecutive game. KK Dubrovnik at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Jolly's next round opponent will be league's leader KK Zagreb on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Dubrovnik will play against Alkar Sinj (#4).

In the last game of round 17 Djuro Djakovic lost to Alkar Sinj on the opponent's court 70-75.


Alkar Sinj - Djuro Djakovic 75-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Djuro Djakovic's (9-8) road loss to fourth ranked Alkar Sinj (11-6) 70-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Djuro Djakovic won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alkar Sinj dominated on the defensive end, holding Djuro Djakovic to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Djuro Djakovic helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Forward Domagoj Kanaet (197-93) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Marko Batina (198-86) added 15 points in the effort for Djuro Djakovic. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Alkar Sinj maintains fourth place with 11-6 record. Djuro Djakovic at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Alkar Sinj's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KK Dubrovnik (#10) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Djuro Djakovic will play against Krizevci (#8).
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: N.Gaurina 19+2reb, L.Zitko 11+2reb+1ast, D.Kanaet 9+6reb, A.Bilic 9+1ast, M.Modric 7+4reb, R.Jugo 6+3reb+4ast
Djuro Djakovic: M.Sarlija 19+8reb, M.Batina 15+1reb+1ast, J.Blajic 8+4reb+4ast, T.Brnas 7+4reb, T.Petani 7+4reb+1ast, P.Zivkovic 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 196674


Osjecki Sokol - KK Zagreb 77-91

A1 top team - KK Zagreb (13-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Osjecki Sokol (5-12) in Osijek 91-77. It looked good early as Osjecki Sokol took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KK Zagreb had a 27-20 second period charge getting the lead and Osjecki Sokol was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-91. KK Zagreb players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) nailed 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and forward Ante Krapic (205-85) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four KK Zagreb players scored in double figures. Swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and guard Aljosa Sarac (190-89) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for Osjecki Sokol in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Zagreb maintains first place with 13-4 record. Newly promoted Osjecki Sokol keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. KK Zagreb will play against Jolly (#3) in Sibenik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Osjecki Sokol will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kvarner 2010 (#2) in Rijeka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb: I.Novacic 19+5reb+6ast, A.Krapic 16+5reb+3ast, P.Babic 12, F.Basljan 12+2reb+4ast, M.Halilovic 11+3reb+1ast, K.Zganec 9+3reb+1ast
Osjecki Sokol: V.Budimir 24+5reb+9ast, A.Sarac 17+1reb+4ast, D.Rados 8+3reb, M.Raic 8+2reb+1ast, I.Cosic 8+6reb+1ast, J.Kozic 6
gschID: 196671


Krizevci - Darda 70-79

The game in Krizevci was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (9-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Krizevci (6-11). Vrijednosnice OS managed to secure a 9-point victory 79-70 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-7. But Krizevci won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vrijednosnice OS dominated on the defensive end, holding Krizevci to just 7 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Krizevci's 30. They outrebounded Krizevci 36-23 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was naturalized Bosnian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Bosnian power forward Mirza Hrncic (203-86) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Borna Kapusta (180-96) produced 14 points and 7 assists and guard Goran Fodor (195-90) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Krizevci's coach Luka Bujas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Djuro Djakovic. Loser Krizevci keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will meet at home KK Zabok (#7) in the next round. Krizevci will play against Djuro Djakovic in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darda: A.Trepalovac 29+13reb+1ast, M.Hrncic 18+5reb, A.Bicvic 14+5reb+2ast, L.Panduric 12+7reb+2ast, M.Mandic 6+2reb+6ast, N.Turalija 0
Krizevci: G.Fodor 15+3reb, B.Kapusta 14+3reb+7ast, I.Cvjetkovic 11+5reb+1ast, A.Hrkac 10+3reb+1ast, P.Rembert 8+4reb+1ast, I.Svoboda 7+1reb
gschID: 196673


Zabok - Kvarner 2010 58-57

The most exciting game of round 17 in the A1 took place in Zabok. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Kvarner 2010 (12-5) to seventh ranked KK Zabok (7-10) 58-57 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. KK Zabok dominated on the defensive end, holding Kvarner 2010 to just 7 points in second quarter. Center Filip Bundovic (203-94) stepped up and scored 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Serbian forward Petar Maric (196-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) chipped in 9 points. KK Zabok's coach Dragutin Crnjevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward Ivica Radic (208-90) scored 5 points and 6 rebounds. KK Zabok maintains seventh place with 7-10 record. Kvarner 2010 at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Jolly. KK Zabok is looking forward to face higher ranked Vrijednosnice OS (#5) in Darda in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kvarner 2010 will play at home against Osjecki Sokol in Osijek and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zabok: F.Bundovic 11+5reb, I.Tomas 11+2reb+1ast, P.Maric 9+2reb+3ast, A.Kuga 9+1reb, N.Vladovic 9+4reb, R.Lez 2+2reb+2ast
Kvarner 2010: J.Skific 23+9reb+2ast, D.Cinac 10+2reb, D.Stipcic 5+4reb, H.Sirko 5+4reb+3ast, I.Radic 5+6reb+3ast, J.Surina 4
gschID: 196672


Jolly - Dubrovnik 97-77

Third ranked Jolly (12-5) crushed at home 10th ranked KK Dubrovnik (1-16) by 20 points 97-77, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Jolly led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Jolly forced 19 KK Dubrovnik turnovers. Guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jolly's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Maro Lucic (202-80) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Dino Jakolis (200-91, college: Valparaiso) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for KK Dubrovnik. Five Jolly and four KK Dubrovnik players scored in double figures. Jolly have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kvarner 2010. KK Dubrovnik lost thirteenth consecutive game. KK Dubrovnik at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Jolly's next round opponent will be league's leader KK Zagreb on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Dubrovnik will play against Alkar Sinj (#4).
Top scorers:
Jolly: D.Bubalo 15+5reb+1ast, R.Ross 14+7ast, L.Petkovic 14+8reb+1ast, T.Gabric 13+3reb+1ast, M.Mrva 13+5reb+4ast, J.Gulam 10+1reb+1ast
Dubrovnik: M.Lucic 20+6reb+2ast, D.Jakolis 15+9reb+2ast, I.Bogdanovic 11+7reb+1ast, V.Soko 10+3ast, M.Proleta 8+3reb, I.Mikulic 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 196670



Croatian A1 round 17 best performance: Alen Trepalovac - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Bosnia and Herzegovina center Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Krizevci (#8, 6-11) 79-70. Darda is placed at 5th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina A1. Darda is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Trepalovac as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Alen Trepalovac averages this season 9.3ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) of Osjecki Sokol. Budimir had a very good evening with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Osjecki Sokol lost that game 77-91 to the higher-ranked KK Zagreb (#1, 13-4). Osjecki Sokol managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Osjecki Sokol managed to get this year. Budimir is one of the most experienced players at Osjecki Sokol and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#7). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of league's second-best Kvarner 2010. Skific scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Skific's great performance Kvarner 2010 lost 57-58 to the lower-ranked Zabok (#7, 7-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kvarner 2010 needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Skific has a great season in Croatia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 5.7rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Maro Lucic (202-C-80) of Dubrovnik - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nikola Gaurina (199-G-83) of Alkar Sinj - 19 points and 2 rebounds
7. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) of Jolly - 15 points and 5 rebounds
8. Luka Panduric (192-G-93) of Darda - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of KK Zagreb - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 14 points and 7 assists

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



Adriatic League: Buducnost tame Split in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Split 66:47

Buducnost registered the 15th win in the Adriatic League season. The Montenegrin champions knocked down visiting Split. Buducnost cleared off in the second half to record a comfortable win. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) netted 22 points for the winners.
Buducnost enjoyed a 20:13 lead at the first break. But Split answered right back erasing the deficit in the second quarter. The Croatian side tied things up at 30 after twenty minutes of action. Buducnost quickly regained control. The hosts went on a deadly 26:11 run in the third quarter to build a 15-point buffer. Buducnost held their opponents to 6 points in the final frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Dee Bost (187-G-89, college: Mississippi St.), Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) and Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) netted 9 points each in the win. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) answered with 23 points for Split. Ivan Mimica (190-G-80) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Aleksa Popovic 22, Dee Bost 9, Vladimir Mihailovic 9, Dusko Bunic 9
Split: Josip Sobin 23, Ivan Mimica 8



Adriatic League: Zadar fire past Radnicki - by Eurobasket News

Zadar - Radnicki 75:68

Zadar bagged the 8th win in the Adriatic League season. They held off Radnicki behind 16 points from Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88, college: Colorado).
The first quarter ended with the hosts holding to a slim 20:19 lead. The teams traded baskets throughout close second quarter. Zadar eked out a 40:38 halftime advantage. The Croats boosted the gap in the third quarter. Zadar accounted for a 55:46 lead heading into the fourth period. Radnicki fired 22 points in the final stanza but it was not enough. Zadar hung on to snatch the win at the end. Ante Delas (200-G/F-88) and Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) delivered 11 points each for the home team. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Radnicki. Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) had 12 points in the loss.

Zadar: Dwight Thorne 16, Ante Delas 11, Goran Vrbanc 11
Radnicki: Aleksandar Capin 18, Milos Borisov 12



Jordan Theodore (ex Antalya) signs at Cibona - by Eurobasket News

KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (A1) landed 24-year old American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-79kg-89, college: Seton Hall). He played recently at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 21 games he averaged 14.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.7spg this season. Theodore also played at High School in earlier that season. He received NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Theodore graduated from Seton Hall University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: a quick athletic high energy scoring PG who is a great penetrator and finisher at the basket. Shoots a high percentage from FG and FT and quickly developing into a good 3 point shooter. Tremendous pressure defender who is a disruptive on and off the ball defensive force.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @trendbasket)



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Brown, Apollon20.2 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Fisher, AEK15.5 
 6. Jamar Diggs Omonia15.2 
 7. Williams, Etha15.2 
 8. Warren, Apollon14.5 
 9. Crocker, Keravnos14.1 
 10. Maras, Etha13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon7.5 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.4 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos7.2 
 5. Jamar Diggs Omonia7.0 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.7 
 7. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 8. Fisher, AEK6.1 
 9. Kaskiris, ENAD6.1 
 10. Maras, Etha6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEL
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 2. Jamar Diggs Omonia4.9 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.6 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Demertzis, Kerav.3.4 
 6. Adegboye, Etha3.4 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel2.7 
 9. Dixon, AEK2.6 
 10. Panteli, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.4 
 3. Jamar Diggs Omonia1.9 
 4. Stiggers, Apoel1.9 
 5. Poole, Etha1.7 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.6 
 8. Crocker, Keravnos1.6 
 9. Allen, AEL1.5 
 10. Kremen, Apoel1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, AEK1.9 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.5 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 4. Vaughn, Keravnos1.2 
 5. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.8 
 7. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 8. Maras, Etha0.8 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 


Apoel wins game 1 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Davis scored 16 points, Stiggers had 11 and Apoel routed Keravnos 65-74 making the series 0-1. In the loosing squad Maze had 14 and Bulian 13.

Apoel was ahead of the score most of the time and got an important victory. Rebounds, assists and turnovers were balanced for the two teams. Rebounds were 28 and 27, assists were 17 and 16 and turnovers were 15 and 14.

However, it needs to be mentioned that Keravnos has been the best rebound team in the regular season with an average of 41 rebounds per game. This has been the 1st game in which Keravnos grabs less that 33 rebounds.

Quarters: 20-21, 15-15, 9-16, 21-22

Playoff games and especially semifinals are proven once more to be completely different than regular season games. We should remember that the previous 4 years teams with a home court disadvantage have reversed the series and won championships.



Who can forget four years ago when Apoel reversed the series twice? It beat Dragan Raca's Ael at the semi-final in Limassol and immediately after it reversed the series at the final, in Strovolos, against Frangias's Keravnos and won the championship.

Two years ago Etha reversed the series at the semi-final when it beat Apoel away (in Lefkotheo indoor arena) and advanced at the final where it met Ael which also had reversed two series in a row, against Apollon at the quarter final and against Keravnos at the semi-final.


Last year Etha has also reversed the series at the semifinal against Apollon and then against Keravnos at the final.


So far, this year home court advantage is reversed both from Aek and Apoel.



Semi Finals: AEK suceeded a crucial road win in Nicosia for the 0-1 in the series! - by Chris Mammides

Petrolina AEK has all the necessary elements to win the title this season. All the elements that have been missing the previous years like experience, talent, basketball harmony and uniformity are the main tools which the Larnaka team has and with the arrival of the ex captain of the Hellenic NT, Michalis Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-F-76), Coach Papadopoulos found the experience and the winning spirit which brings over the Greek forward. Last night, with the amazing Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) in another show and with Mihalis Kakiouzis scoring from behind the arc whenever the home team of Etha Engomis was threatening the Larnakas team, Mihalis Kakiouzis like deus ex machine, was there to lead his team to the safer paths and to give the most crucial victory (until the next one) to AEKs team.
The game begun with ETHA being more aggressive having Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) as the leading figure reached a +7 in the first four minutes (13-6), with AEK not being able to react against the home team and (mainly) Ivan Maras. AEKs usual suspect Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) and Charron Fisher were not in the best shape and with continuous falls balls Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) and Robert Ivan Maras in the next 2 minutes took the score to 19-12. AEK reacted and with Vujadin Subotic and Harrison cut the deficit to a single basket (19-17). The last 3.38 though were difficult for the visitors as the home team with Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure)s two three pointers ended the first half with 28-22.
The second period, Charron Fisher took over and with a personal crescent (the American scored 8 points in this period) together with Mihalis Kakiouzis who scored 9 points AEK took the lead 2.23 before the end of the first half and end up the period with a three pointer by Dixon at the end to reshape the score to 47-53
The third period Charron Fisher and Dixon gave a +9 to the Larnakas team just one minute after the beginning of the period (47-56). While, Charron Fisher and Jojo Garcia (the veteran American Cypriot player was magnificent in the few minutes played in the court with an amazing Tendex) and the score went sky-high (49-62) 7.00 before the end of the period. Donte Poole and Ivan Maras took the initiatives and with personal continuous points cut the deficit to 60-62, 3.48 to the end of the period. Mihalis Kakiouzis and Tutt were there to calm their team with a pair of baskets per player to end the period with a +6 six for their team (66-72).
The fourth and final period, Ogooluwa Adegboye at the beginning tried to bring his team to the leading role but the Nigerian was all alone, since AEK had bigger pluralism in the offensive part and with Panteli and Vujadin Subotic brought the score to +10 (72-82) five minutes to the end. The psychology and momentum remained with the visitors since Etha couldnt react and the victory became a fact!! The final Score was 82-93
Top scorers:
ETHA: Ivan Maras 22 and 7 rebounds, Donte Poole and Ogooluwa Adegboye 17 per head (with the Nigerian giving 5 turnovers too), Cup 9 and 7 rebounds.
AEK: Charron Fisher 23, Mihalis Kakiouzis 16, Dixon 14, and Vujadin Subotic 12 while JoJo Garcia (206-C-75, college: UTEP) scored 8 points with perfect stats in the 9.39 played in the court!!
This victory is probably the most crucial one for AEK Larnakas as its probably the precursor of this seasons' champion title, according to Eurobasket's analysis and forecast..



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 26-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 18-9 
 3. NH Ostrava 18-10 
 4. BK Prostejov 17-10 
 5. BK Decin 16-12 
 6. BC Kolin 15-12 
Group A2
 1. Levice 15-14 
 2. USK Praha 13-17 
 3. Chomutov 12-17 
 4. B&W Opava 10-20 
 5. Svitavy 9-21 
 6. J.Hradec 9-21 
 7. Usti n/Labem 8-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

A1

Mar. 9: NH Ostrava - BK Pardubice 79-80
Mar. 6: CEZ Nymburk - BC Kolin 108-65
Mar. 7: BK Prostejov - BK Decin 101-68

A2

Mar. 9: B&W Opava - J.Hradec 89-76
Mar. 6: USK Praha - Svitavy 83-81
Mar. 6: Usti n/Labem - B&W Opava 80-90
Mar. 9: Svitavy - Usti n/Labem 78-92
Mar. 6: J.Hradec - Levice 103-90
Mar. 9: Chomutov - USK Praha 101-98

Second Stage: Round 5

A1

Mar. 16: BC Kolin - BK Prostejov
Mar. 13: CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice
Mar. 16: BK Decin - NH Ostrava

A2

Mar. 13: Chomutov - Usti n/Labem
Mar. 13: Svitavy - J.Hradec
Mar. 13: B&W Opava - Levice
Mar. 18: Levice - Svitavy
Mar. 16: J.Hradec - Chomutov
Mar. 17: Usti n/Labem - USK Praha
Mar. 16: Svitavy - B&W Opava


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.5 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy18.4 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin18.0 
 4. Blazek, B&W Opava17.8 
 5. Fields, Chomutov17.4 
 6. Meno, USK Praha17.3 
 7. Reese, Usti n.17.1 
 8. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.2 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Bosak, Chomutov15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.0 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.0 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.7 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.0 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Reese, Usti n.6.9 
 9. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 10. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.8 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 3. Carter, CEZ N.4.8 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.7 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.4 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.2 
 7. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
 8. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin3.9 
 10. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy1.9 
 7. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
 8. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 9. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 8. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 


NBL Round 4: Leader Levice loses to BK Lions Hradec - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Levice (15-14) recorded its fourteenth loss in J.Hradec on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked BK Lions Hradec (9-21) 103-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Levice. They outrebounded Levice 41-30 including 27 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Levice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Ondrej Dygryn (190-84) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists. American point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) produced 28 points and 7 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Lions Hradec maintains fifth position in Group A2 with 9-21 record, which they share with Svitavy. Levice at the other side still keeps top place with 14 games lost. BK Lions Hradec is looking forward to face Basketbal Svitavy (#5) on the road in the next round. Levice will play against B&W Opava (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Ostrava. Third ranked BK Pardubice (18-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their biggest opponent NH Ostrava (18-10) 80-79 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in Group A1. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Corey Muirhead contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Justin Greene (203-89, college: Kent St.) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds for NH Ostrava. BK Pardubice moved-up to second place in Group A1. NH Ostrava lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with ten games lost. BK Pardubice will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. NH Ostrava will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Chomutov between Levharti Chomutov and USK Praha. Third ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-17) got a very close home victory over their biggest opponent USK Praha (13-17). Levharti Chomutov managed to escape with a 3-point win 101-98 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Showron Glover who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the losing side Viktor Cvek responded with 24 points. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group A2 with 12-17 record having just three points less than leader Levice. Loser USK Praha keeps the second place with 17 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home BK Usti nad Labem (#7) in the next round. USK Praha will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Sixth-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (9-21) made lots of trouble for second ranked USK Praha (13-17). USK Praha managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Michal Sotnar who scored that evening 14 points and 7 assists. Basketbal Svitavy's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. USK Praha maintains second position in Group A2 with 13-17 record having just one points less than leader Levice. Basketbal Svitavy lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 21 games lost. USK Praha's next round opponent will be BK Usti nad Labem (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the twentieth sixth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked BC Kolin (15-12) 108-65. Radoslav Rancik fired 16 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A1 with 26-1 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will face league's second-placed BK Pardubice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Kolin will play against BK Prostejov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 4 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A1 BK Decin was crushed by BK Prostejov in a road game 101-68.
In Group A2 Svitavy was beaten by Usti n/Labem at home 78-92. J.Hradec lost to B&W Opava on the opponent's court 76-89. Usti n/Labem unfortunately lost to B&W Opava in a home game 80-90.
The best stats of 4th round was 31 points and 18 rebounds by Boris Meno of USK Praha.


Group A1
NH Ostrava - BK Pardubice 79-80

Important game to mention about took place in Ostrava. Third ranked BK Pardubice (18-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their biggest opponent NH Ostrava (18-10) 80-79 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in Group A1. NH Ostrava was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of BK Pardubice, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Justin Greene (203-89, college: Kent St.) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for NH Ostrava. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Pardubice moved-up to second place in Group A1. NH Ostrava lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with ten games lost. BK Pardubice will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. NH Ostrava will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Greene 18+7reb+1ast, A.Dufault 14+5reb+1ast, J.Stehlik 12+3reb+1ast, J.Wilson 10+8reb, M.Gniadek 9+3reb, L.Jurecka 6+1reb
BK Pardubice: T.Nelson 27+7reb+1ast, C.Muirhead 14+7reb+4ast, E.Zabas 14+3reb+3ast, P.Bohacik 11+9reb+1ast, M.Carnecky 6+2reb+1ast, J.Prihonsky 3
gschID: 233045


BK Prostejov - BK Decin 101-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked BK Decin's (16-12) road loss to fourth ranked BK Prostejov (17-10) 68-101 on Thursday. The game without a history. BK Prostejov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 30 and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. BK Decin was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Slovakian Roman Marko (194-86) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) produced 17 points and Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) added 11 points respectively for lost side. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BK Prostejov maintains fourth position in Group A1 with 17-10 record. Loser BK Decin keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. BK Prostejov will face BC Kolin (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Pope 17+3reb+3ast, A.Alic 11+3reb+1ast, G.Kinter 8+2reb, R.Landa 8+5reb, J.Jiricek 7+6reb+1ast, M.Soukup 7+6reb
BK Prostejov: R.Marko 19+5reb+2ast, K.Svrdlik 17+6reb+1ast, O.Kohout 14+6reb+1ast, D.Pandula 13+3reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 12+5reb+2ast, P.Slezak 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 233044


CEZ Nymburk - BC Kolin 108-65

Leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the twentieth sixth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked BC Kolin (15-12) 108-65. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 36 and made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while BC Kolin only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded BC Kolin 42-26 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Kolin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 25 points and Bosnian point guard Dejan Radulovic (185-85) added 11 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A1 with 26-1 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will face league's second-placed BK Pardubice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Kolin will play against BK Prostejov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Bolds 25+4reb+3ast, D.Radulovic 11+2reb+2ast, T.Vyoral 9+1reb, S.Zuzak 8+3reb, M.Hubalek 4, D.Machac 4+3reb
CEZ Nymburk: R.Rancik 16+8reb+2ast, T.Carter 14+1reb+6ast, R.Necas 14+3reb, P.Houska 13+7reb, M.Efevberha 12+2reb+3ast, L.Palyza 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 233046


Group A2
Chomutov - USK Praha 101-98

A very close game took place in Chomutov between Levharti Chomutov and USK Praha. Third ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-17) got a very close home victory over their biggest opponent USK Praha (13-17). Levharti Chomutov managed to escape with a 3-point win 101-98 on Saturday evening. Levharti Chomutov made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while USK Praha only scored nine points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Showron Glover (180-87) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Viktor Cvek (200-89) responded with 24 points and forward Jiri Slavik (203-89) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group A2 with 12-17 record having just three points less than leader Levice. Loser USK Praha keeps the second place with 17 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home BK Usti nad Labem (#7) in the next round. USK Praha will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: V.Cvek 24+3reb+1ast, J.Slavik 19+5reb, B.Meno 16+6reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 15+3reb+3ast, M.Vocetka 13+6reb+1ast, L.Festr 6
Chomutov: S.Glover 26+7reb+6ast, C.Allen 21+6reb+2ast, P.Bosak 19+2reb+2ast, J.Fields 14+5reb, L.Pecka 11+6reb+1ast, P.Stanek 6+4reb
gschID: 233086


Svitavy - Usti n/Labem 78-92

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (8-22) defeated on the road 6th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (9-21) 92-78 on Saturday. BK Usti nad Labem made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. BK Usti nad Labem outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) fired 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) chipped in 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) produced 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five BK Usti nad Labem and four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. BK Usti nad Labem maintains seventh position in Group A2 with 8-22 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 21 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face higher ranked Levharti Chomutov (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: M.Deloach 20+7reb+8ast, J.Jelinek 14+5reb+4ast, L.Moravec 13+1reb+1ast, P.Mroz 12+7reb, T.Macela 9+3reb+3ast, M.Sykora 8+5reb+1ast
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 22+9reb+6ast, J.Krakovic 22+8reb+4ast, R.Lewandowski 16+8reb, B.Reese 11+7reb, S.Licartovsky 10+4reb+2ast, A.Pistecky 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 233085


B&W Opava - J.Hradec 89-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked B&W Opava and 5th ranked BK Lions Hradec had identical 9-20 record. This time B&W Opava used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from J.Hradec 89-76 on Saturday night. B&W Opava made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Phil Martin (193, college: Cal-Riverside) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Lucas Kraus (201-84) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four BK Lions Hradec players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. B&W Opava have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in Group A2 with 10-20 record. Loser BK Lions Hradec keeps the fifth place with 21 games lost. B&W Opava will face league's leader Levice at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BK Lions Hradec will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: L.Kraus 18+5reb+2ast, T.Voslajer 15+6reb, M.Venta 13+5reb+6ast, R.Zachrla 10+5reb, J.Tomanec 9+5reb+1ast, O.Dygryn 9+6reb+1ast
B&W Opava: P.Martin 20+5reb, L.Sokolovsky 19+6reb+5ast, J.Sirina 14+5reb+6ast, P.Dokoupil 12+1ast, J.Blazek 9+3reb+4ast, R.Kramny 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 233084


J.Hradec - Levice 103-90

Top ranked Levice (15-14) recorded its fourteenth loss in J.Hradec on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked BK Lions Hradec (9-21) 103-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Levice. They outrebounded Levice 41-30 including 27 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Levice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Ondrej Dygryn (190-84) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists. American point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) produced 28 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Five BK Lions Hradec and four Levice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Lions Hradec maintains fifth position in Group A2 with 9-21 record, which they share with Svitavy. Levice at the other side still keeps top place with 14 games lost. BK Lions Hradec is looking forward to face Basketbal Svitavy (#5) on the road in the next round. Levice will play against B&W Opava (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Levice: W.Kemp 28+2reb+7ast, B.Fields 22+6reb+8ast, J.Simmons 19+6reb+1ast, S.Nuhanovic 10+8reb+1ast, B.Addison 6+1reb+1ast, F.Lehman 3+2reb
J.Hradec: J.Tomanec 22+10reb+1ast, O.Dygryn 17+4reb+8ast, M.Venta 14+6reb+4ast, R.Zachrla 14+6reb+2ast, L.Kraus 14+3reb+1ast, T.Voslajer 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 233083


Usti n/Labem - B&W Opava 80-90

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked B&W Opava (10-20) beat on the road 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (8-22) 90-80 on Wednesday. B&W Opava made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) fired 25 points for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) produced 19 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. B&W Opava have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in Group A2 with 10-20 record. BK Usti nad Labem lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 22 games lost. B&W Opava will face league's leader Levice at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BK Usti nad Labem will play against Levharti Chomutov (#3).
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 19+3reb+4ast, B.Reese 16+6reb+3ast, R.Ptacek 11+2reb, S.Licartovsky 11+2reb+1ast, L.Horak 10+2reb, R.Lewandowski 7+8reb+5ast
B&W Opava: L.Sokolovsky 25+4reb+1ast, J.Blazek 21+6reb, J.Sirina 14+2reb+11ast, P.Dokoupil 10+4reb, R.Kramny 9+5reb+1ast, P.Martin 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 233082


USK Praha - Svitavy 83-81

Sixth-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (9-21) made lots of trouble for second ranked USK Praha (13-17). USK Praha managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by point guard Michal Sotnar (189-92) who scored that evening 14 points and 7 assists and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) did not help to save the game for Basketbal Svitavy. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. USK Praha maintains second position in Group A2 with 13-17 record having just one points less than leader Levice. Basketbal Svitavy lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 21 games lost. USK Praha's next round opponent will be BK Usti nad Labem (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: J.Jelinek 23+7reb+1ast, T.Macela 13+2reb+2ast, P.Mroz 12+6reb, M.Deloach 10+5reb+5ast, L.Moravec 10+2reb, T.Teply 9+1reb+1ast
USK Praha: B.Meno 15+8reb+1ast, M.Mares 15+6reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 14+3reb+7ast, S.Votroubek 13+2reb+2ast, J.Slavik 10+4reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 233081



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  DENMARK   


Relegation Series: Aalborg Vikings take 2-0 lead - by Christian Hamborg

In the Basketligaen #9 Aarhus BC and #10 Aalborg Vikings square of in a best of 5 series where the winner stays in the Ligaen and the loser moves down to 1st division. A recap of the Danish Regular season can be found here: http://www.eurobasket.com/Denmark/basketball.asp?NewsID=309867

Game 1 of the series was played in Aarhus on Wednesday January 6th. Aalborg Vikings were able to steal homecourt with a 76-84 victory that came in overtime. The game had 13 lead changes and was a classic game of runs. Aalborg Vikings outrebounded Aarhus BC 55-42 and while Aarhus BC shot 32 % from the 3 point line Aalborg only converted on 4 of 22 tries (18 %).
Down by 4 points and only 16 seconds left of the game American Forward Anthony Jones (208-F-89, college: Baylor) hit a big 3 and as Aarhus BC only converted on 1 of 2 free throws it was yet again Anthony Jones who came up big this time by following a missed layup with a tip-in and forcing overtime.

In the overtime Aarhus BC was no match for Aalborg Vikings as the away-team won it by 11-19.
Key players for Aarhus BC was Canadian guard/forward Randy Dezouvre (195-F/G-87, college: Iona) with 18 pts and 10 rebounds. Center/forward Charles Funches (203-F-88, college: Hampton) had 10 points, 14 rebounds and Danish national team player Rasmus Soby Dalboge (191-G-89) had 17 points and hit 5/11 from the 3 point line.
Aalborg Vikings was led by experienced Serbian center Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81) with 18 pts and 10 rebounds. Danish Forward Soren Sorensen (196-F/C-88) had 22 pts and 13 rebounds and American forward Anthony Jones had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Official boxscore: http://www.canaldigitalligaen.dk/da/top/game/?game_id=2471361&season_id=71303

In game 2 of the series Aalborg Vikings had home-court advantage. The game was very close as the biggest lead for the home-team was by 5 points and the biggest lead for the away-team was by 7 points. Aarhus BC had a 67-68 lead with 50 seconds left of the game but strong play by Milan Bjegovic and Luis Guzman (193-G-87, college: Temple) secured a 72-68 win and a 2-0 lead in the series.

Aalborg Vikings was led by Luis Guzman who had a near triple-dobule with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and also adding 4 steals. American Forward Anthony Jones had 15 points and 4 rebounds and Serbian Center Milan Bjegovic had another double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Charles Funches of Aarhus BC had a great game with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Randy Dezouvre had another double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Danish point guard Anton Elsner (186-G-90, college: Clinton CC (NY)) had a strong performance with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
Official boxscore: http://www.canaldigitalligaen.dk/da/top/game/?game_id=2471371&season_id=71303

Next game will be played March 14.



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 25-13 
 2. Canton C. 23-15 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 22-18 
 4. Erie Bay H. 22-18 
 5. Maine RC 21-19 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 19-19 
 7. Springfield A. 14-24 
 8. Iowa E. 9-31 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 25-12 
 2. Rio Grande VV 23-14 
 3. Austin T. 22-16 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 21-16 
 5. Los Angeles D. 17-20 
 6. Texas L. 17-22 
 7. Reno B. 13-24 
 8. Idaho S. 13-25 

Regular Season: Round 55

Mar. 9: Los Angeles D. - Austin T. 95-91
Mar. 9: Erie Bay H. - Bakersfield J. 118-97
Mar. 9: Reno B. - Sioux Falls S. 110-113
Mar. 9: Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S. 101-88

Regular Season: Round 56

Mar. 10: Maine RC - Canton C.
Mar. 10: Ft.Wayne MA - Bakersfield J.
Mar. 10: Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 10: Reno B. - Rio Grande VV
Mar. 11: Los Angeles D. - Austin T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.25.3 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.1 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.20.3 
 4. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 5. Goudelock, Rio G.20.0 
 6. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.19.9 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.7 
 8. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 10. Mitchell, Ft.Wayn.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.10.8 
 3. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 4. Samuels, Reno B.10.5 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.9 
 8. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 9. Onuaku, Canton C.9.3 
 10. Wright, Maine RC9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.6 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 7. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.0 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 7. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.8 
 2. Varnado, Sioux F.3.7 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.4 
 5. Whiteside, Rio G.2.3 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 


Holiday's 38-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Justin Holiday (198-F-89) had a great game in the last round for Idaho S. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 54.
He had the game-high 38 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Idaho S. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Reno B. (#7, 13-23) 114-107. Idaho S. maintains the 8th position in D-League league. Idaho S. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-24 record. In the team's last game Holiday had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Idaho S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Justin Holiday averages this season 15.8ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) of Reno B.. He is Jamaican forward in his first season at Reno B.. In the last game Samuels recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Reno B. lost that game 107-114 to slightly lower-ranked Idaho S. (#8, 13-24). Reno B. managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-23 record. Samuels is one of the most experienced players at Reno B. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#5). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Daniel Orton (208-F-90) of Tulsa 66ers (#4). Orton got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Orton's great performance Tulsa 66ers lost 95-103 to the lower-ranked Iowa E. (#8, 9-31). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Tulsa 66ers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 16 lost games. Orton has a very solid season. In 20 games in D-L he scored 12.2ppg. He also has 7.7rpg, 2.1bpg and FGP: 51.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kris Joseph (200-F-88) of Springfield A. - 34 points and 6 rebounds
5. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Springfield A. - 10 points and 16 rebounds
6. Ronald DuPree (199-F/G-81) of Reno B. - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kyle Goldcamp (208-F-86) of Erie Bay H. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Santa Cruz W. - 16 points and 4 rebounds
9. Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87) of Canton C. - 12 points and 14 rebounds
10. Cameron Jones (193-G-89) of Santa Cruz W. - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 19-6 
 2. TU/Rock 17-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 13-5 
 4. TTU 13-10 
 5. Rapla 11-12 
 6. Parnu 10-13 
 7. Valga 10-15 
 8. Tln Kalev 6-20 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 9: TTU - Rapla 71-66
Mar. 9: Parnu - Valga 66-58
Mar. 7: Tln Kalev - Hito/Johvi 64-84
Mar. 12: TU/Rock - Rapla


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.3 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.1 
 3. Akenparg, TTU16.0 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.3 
 7. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.0 
 8. Pilk, Rapla14.0 
 9. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.9 
 10. Campbell, Tln Kal.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.4 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.5 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.1 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.3 
 6. Grafs, Valga7.1 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla7.0 
 8. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.4 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 4. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.5 
 6. Cunda, Valga3.5 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 9. Rannula, Valga2.6 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.8 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 7. Puidet, TTU1.6 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.6 
 9. Cunda, Valga1.5 
 10. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 5. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 6. Grim, Valga0.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas0.4 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.4 



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 27-9 
 2. Kataja 26-7 
 3. Nilan Bisons 26-9 
 4. Pyrinto 25-9 
 5. Kauhajoki 22-14 
 6. Kouvot 18-18 
 7. LrNMKY 16-19 
 8. Korihait 12-24 
 9. Salon Vilpas 11-24 
 10. Lapua 10-25 
 11. FoKoPo 10-26 
 12. Namika Lahti 8-27 

Regular Season: Round 37

Mar. 9: FoKoPo - Lapua 97-92
Mar. 9: Salon Vilpas - KTP 84-76
Mar. 9: Kauhajoki - Kataja 78-79
Mar. 9: Kouvot - Nilan Bisons 71-84
Mar. 8: Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 106-80
Mar. 8: LrNMKY - Korihait 103-89

Regular Season: Round 38

Mar. 13: Korihait - Kauhajoki
Mar. 13: KTP - FoKoPo
Mar. 13: Kataja - Kouvot
Mar. 13: Namika Lahti - Salon Vilpas
Mar. 13: Nilan Bisons - Pyrinto
Mar. 13: Lapua - LrNMKY


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Conley, LrNM.23.0 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.8 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.3 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua19.6 
 6. Logins, LrNM.18.1 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.9 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
 10. Holloway, Namika16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Conley, LrNM.10.1 
 2. Robinson, Korihait9.5 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.4 
 4. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 6. Giles, KTP8.9 
 7. Haanpaa, Lapua8.4 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 9. Watt, Korihait8.3 
 10. Johnson, Namika8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.3 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.6 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.6 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.2 
 4. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.5 
 10. Tolbert, Lapua1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 5. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 8. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 9. Hampton, Lapua0.8 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja was lucky at Kauhajoki - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 36: Four contests tonight. Kataja (Joensuu), besides making the Top-8 in EuroChallenge, is marching also towards winning the regular season in Top League in Finland. Karhu (Kauhajoki) was "helping" a little bit after leading vs Kataja 78-73 with 1:14 remaining, but after a few turnovers and two missed FTs Kataja was given a chance. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) and Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) punished the hosts with two lay ups during the last 29 seconds and Kataja won by one 78-79 (37-33). Smith scored the winning bucket at time 39:51. Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, college: Cent.Michigan) led Karhu (22-14) with 18 points and Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) netted 17 pts for Kataja (26-7).
Vilpas (Salo) upset KTP (Kotka) 84-76 (42-34) after leading most of the time. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) scored game high 27 points. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) helped KTP (27-9) with a double-double 25pts/13rbs. Bisons (Loimaa) visited at Kouvola and beat local Kouvot 71-84 (34-46). Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led again Kouvot (18-18) with 26 pts. Ex-kouvo Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) remembered well the place and led Bisons (26-9) with 20 pts. And FoKoPo (Forssa) is fighting to stay up in Top League. This time FoKoPo (10-26) defeated Korikobrat (Lapua) without Charles Burgess (186-PG-84, agency: Two Points, college: Texas Tech) by seven 97-92 (46-38). Sami Ikavalko (188-G-89) led the hosts with 27 pts. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) was again Lapua's leading scorer (25) and rebounder (16).

Karhu - Kataja 78-79 (37-33). (Giordan Watson 18, Eric Hicks 14, Haminn Quaintance 12 - Petri Virtanen 17, Dan Coleman 17, Johnell Smith 10. A: 644).
Vilpas - KTP 84-76 (42-34). (Marcus Relphorde 27, Eero Lehtinen 17, Troy Barnies 14/9 - Devonne Giles 25/13, Marcus Faison 19, Jukka Matinen 19. A: 750).

Kouvot - Bisons 71-84 (34-46). (Gilberto Clavell 26, Samuli Vanttaja 11/9, Ilari Seppala 10 - Matti Nuutinen 20, Jeb Ivey 19, Ryan McDade 15. A: 1055).
FoKoPo - Lapua 97-92 (46-38). (Sami Ikavalko 27/5a, Jahmar Thorpe 24/11, Andrais Thornton 19/13 - Samuel Haanpaa 25/16, Dwight Tolbert 22, Dominique Coleman 14/10a. A: 303).



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 16-6 
 2. Strasbourg 16-6 
 3. Chalon 13-8 
 4. Le Mans 13-8 
 5. ASVEL 12-9 
 6. Roanne 12-10 
 7. Paris-Levallois 12-10 
 8. Orleans 11-11 
 9. Nanterre 11-11 
 10. Dijon 11-11 
 11. Limoges 9-12 
 12. Le Havre 9-13 
 13. Cholet 9-13 
 14. Nancy 7-15 
 15. Poitiers 7-15 
 16. Boulazac 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 8: Paris-Levallois - Cholet 84-70
Mar. 9: Strasbourg - Le Havre 83-73
Mar. 8: Limoges - Nancy 82-75
Mar. 8: Dijon - Boulazac 78-59
Mar. 9: Gravelines - Poitiers 73-60
Mar. 9: Orleans - Chalon 71-69
Mar. 9: Nanterre - Roanne 70-77
Mar. 11: ASVEL - Le Mans


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.3 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.6 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.3 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg16.2 
 7. King, Le Havre15.9 
 8. Nivins, Poitiers15.6 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.0 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.2 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac7.1 
 8. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. King, Le Havre7.0 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.6 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.5 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.8 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 5. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 6. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 7. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 8. Jomby, Cholet1.5 
 9. Linehan, Nancy1.5 
 10. Melody, Dijon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 4. Sy, AS.1.2 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 6. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 7. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 8. Goree, Cholet0.9 
 9. Collins, Roanne0.8 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.8 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 20-6 
 2. Evreux 19-7 
 3. Le Portel 18-8 
 4. Chalons-Reims 17-9 
 5. Boulogne 16-10 
 6. Rouen 15-11 
 7. Antibes 15-11 
 8. Fos Ouest 15-11 
 9. Bourg 14-12 
 10. Maurienne 13-13 
 11. Lille 12-14 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 11-15 
 13. St Quentin 11-15 
 14. Nantes 9-17 
 15. St Vallier 9-17 
 16. Denain 8-18 
 17. Bordeaux 7-19 
 18. Charleville 5-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 9: Boulogne - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 86-70
Mar. 9: Nantes - Le Portel 79-95
Mar. 9: St Quentin - Hyeres-Toulon 79-82
Mar. 8: Antibes - Bordeaux 77-79
Mar. 8: Chalons-Reims - Bourg 75-37
Mar. 9: Fos Ouest - Rouen 60-94
Mar. 8: Evreux - Maurienne 60-56
Mar. 8: Denain - Lille 57-48
Mar. 9: St Vallier - Charleville 107-80


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne22.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain19.9 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.2 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.3 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.8 
 8. Hannah, Evreux17.3 
 9. Sanders, Charlevil.17.2 
 10. McKines, Rouen17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Wood, Evreux9.9 
 2. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.8 
 3. Bing, Maurienne9.7 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.5 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin8.9 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.6 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.5 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier7.9 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.7 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.8 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.5 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 7. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 8. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 9. Hannah, Evreux5.1 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.5 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.3 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.0 
 5. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 6. Brown, Maurienne1.9 
 7. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 8. Rowland, Boulogne1.8 
 9. Wilson, Le Portel1.7 
 10. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.1 
 6. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 7. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 8. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 9. Blue, Antibes0.9 
 10. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 17-4 
 2. Vichy 17-6 
 3. Souffel 15-7 
 4. Cognac 15-7 
 5. Quimper 14-8 
 6. Monaco 13-8 
 7. La Rochelle 13-10 
 8. Blois 12-9 
 9. Rueil 12-11 
 10. Sorgues 11-11 
 11. Chartres 9-13 
 12. St Chamond 9-13 
 13. Angers BC 49 8-13 
 14. Challans 7-15 
 15. Rennes 4-18 
 16. CFBB 0-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 8: La Rochelle - Monaco 96-97 OT
Mar. 9: St Chamond - Challans 85-72
Mar. 9: CFBB - Blois 73-99
Mar. 9: Chartres - Sorgues 68-81
Mar. 9: Vichy - Orchy 68-75
Mar. 9: Rueil - Quimper 67-61
Mar. 9: Cognac - Souffel 65-61


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.5 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.7 
 3. Raji, Quimper17.4 
 4. Herard, Challans17.0 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle16.9 
 6. Hill, Angers BC 4916.7 
 7. Inglis, CFBB16.5 
 8. Petrovic, Orchy16.3 
 9. Thinon, Sorgues15.6 
 10. Pene, Rennes15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Raji, Quimper9.0 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle7.6 
 4. Sall, Rennes7.5 
 5. Inglis, CFBB7.4 
 6. Calasan, Monaco7.3 
 7. Hill, Angers BC 497.0 
 8. Caskill, Cognac7.0 
 9. Alingue, Souffel7.0 
 10. N''Diaye, Souffel7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.0 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.2 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.7 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.6 
 5. Thomas, Vichy4.6 
 6. Fellah, Angers B.4.6 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.2 
 8. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 9. Boivin, Chartres3.9 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.6 
 2. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 3. Thibedore, Quimper1.7 
 4. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.7 
 5. Saounera, Rueil1.7 
 6. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 7. Pene, Rennes1.7 
 8. Lessort, Vichy1.7 
 9. Herard, Challans1.6 
 10. Geay, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Davis, Blois1.5 
 2. Rinna, St Chamond1.4 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 5. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 6. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 8. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois0.8 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.8 


French ProB round 26 best performance: Sherman Gay - by Eurobasket News

Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Le Portel, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Nantes (#14, 9-17) with 16-point margin 95-79. Le Portel maintains the 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Le Portel will need more victories to improve their 18-8 record. Gay turned to be Le Portel's top player in his first season with the team. Sherman Gay averages this season 16.3ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) of Boulogne. Jaiteh had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Boulogne to another comfortable win 86-70 over the higher-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#1, 20-6) being unquestionably team leader. Boulogne's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jaiteh is a newcomer at Boulogne, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Darryl Hudson (195-G-85, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Charleville (#18). Hudson scored 26 points. Despite Hudson's great performance Charleville lost 80-107 to the higher-ranked St Vallier (#15, 9-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Charleville can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hudson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hudson has a very solid season. In 2 games in France he scored 22.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager (200-F-83) of Bordeaux - 29 points and 4 rebounds
5. O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86) of Rouen - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Justin Burrell (206-F-88) of Chalons-Reims - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Austen Rowland (186-PG-81) of Boulogne - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86) of Antibes - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85) of Le Portel - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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



Cole's double-double lands him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Jarryd Cole (204-F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for La Rochelle and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Monaco (#6, 13-8) in overtime 97-96. La Rochelle moved-up to the 7th position in the French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. La Rochelle will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-10 record. Cole turned to be La Rochelle's top player in his first season with the team. University of Iowa graduate has very impressive stats this year. Cole is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.9ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 58.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) of Blois. He is a center in his second season at Blois. In the last game Tornato recorded impressive 33 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Blois to another comfortable win outscoring CFBB (#16, 0-23) 99-73. Blois' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tornato is well-known at Blois and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Ryan Zamroz (192-G/F-87, agency: Players Group) of Sorgues (#10). Zamroz scored 25 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Sorgues, leading his team to a 81-68 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Chartres (#11, 9-13). Sorgues needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Zamroz has a great season in France. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 53.0% and 3PT: 43.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michel Ipouck (199-F-86) of Chartres - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) of St Chamond - 27 points
6. Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) of Blois - 17 points and 12 rebounds
7. Julien Doreau (200-F-83) of Sorgues - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of St Chamond - 11 points and 12 rebounds
9. Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Challans - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-F-83) of St Chamond - 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



ProB Round 26: #1 Pau-Lacq-Orthez is defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-6) on the court of fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne 86-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to win second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne dominated on the defensive end, holding Pau-Lacq-Orthez to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SO Maritime Boulogne maintains fifth position with 16-10 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne are looking forward to face SPO Rouen (#6) on the road in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Saint-Quentin (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Antibes. Seventeenth ranked Bordeaux (7-19) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Olympique Antibes (15-11) 79-77 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Forward Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager (200-83, college: California, PA) notched 29 points to lead the effort and Nigel Wyatte supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even 23 points by American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) did not help to save the game for Olympique Antibes. Bordeaux have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventeenth position with 7-19 record. Olympique Antibes lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Fos Ouest and Rouen. Bordeaux will play against league's second-placed ALM Evreux at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olympique Antibes will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Saint-Quentin between Hyeres-Toulon and Saint-Quentin. Thirteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (11-15) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Saint-Quentin (11-15). Hyeres-Toulon managed to escape with a 3-point win 82-79 in the game for the twelfth place. The best player for the winners was Landing Sane who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Jimmal Ball produced 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Hyeres-Toulon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with St Quentin. Hyeres-Toulon will meet at home higher ranked Olympique Antibes (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Denain where higher ranked Lille Metropole (12-14) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (8-18) 57-48. Americans were the main players on the court. John Flowers orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Denain Voltaire's coach Fabrice Courcier allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Denain Voltaire maintains sixteenth position with 8-18 record. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Denain Voltaire's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Portel (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (17-9) crushed at home 8th ranked JL Bourg (14-12) by 38 points 75-37, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Justin Burrell had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. JL Bourg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chalons-Reims maintains fourth position with 17-9 record. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. JL Bourg will play against Saint Vallier (#15).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: bottom-ranked Charleville was destroyed by St Vallier on the opponent's court 107-80. Nantes unfortunately lost to Le Portel in a home game 79-95. Rouen rolled over Fos Ouest on the road 94-60. Evreux defeated Maurienne on its own court 60-56.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 7 rebounds by Sherman Gay of Le Portel.


St Vallier - Charleville 107-80

Rather expected game when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-21) was crushed on the road by fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier (9-17) 107-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Vallier. Charleville-Mezieres was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Vallier shot 61.3 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Saint Vallier looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jonathan Hoyaux (192-88) chipped in 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with 26 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Saint Vallier moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nantes. Charleville-Mezieres lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. Saint Vallier will face higher ranked JL Bourg (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Chalons-Reims (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: J.Hoyaux 24+1ast, F.Tortosa 18+5reb+2ast, I.Koma 15+3reb+2ast, B.Tinsley 13+5ast, E.Craven 12+2reb+13ast, C.Melicie 10+6reb+1ast
Charleville: D.Hudson 26+4reb+3ast, V.Pridotkas 16+8reb+2ast, F.Calvez 10+3reb+4ast, T.Toney 6+4reb+2ast, C.Guillarme 6+1reb, A.Racine 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179465


St Quentin - Hyeres-Toulon 79-82

A very close game took place in Saint-Quentin between Hyeres-Toulon and Saint-Quentin. Thirteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (11-15) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Saint-Quentin (11-15). Hyeres-Toulon managed to escape with a 3-point win 82-79 in the game for the twelfth place. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-79. The best player for the winners was power forward Landing Sane (207-90) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Jimmal Ball (179-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) produced 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with St Quentin. Hyeres-Toulon will meet at home higher ranked Olympique Antibes (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: L.Sane 21+5reb+2ast, J.Newson 17+8reb, T.Dials 14+4reb, G.Radonjic 14+2reb+1ast, A.Julien 6+4reb+10ast, R.Wright 6+7reb+2ast
St Quentin: D.Quincy-Jones 17+2reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 17+4reb+2ast, J.Ball 14+7reb+6ast, D.Williams 13+3reb+1ast, O.Romain 6+2reb+2ast, L.Simmons 4+5reb
gschID: 179464


Boulogne - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 86-70

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-6) on the court of fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne 86-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to win second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne dominated on the defensive end, holding Pau-Lacq-Orthez to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Five SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Mory Correa (204-79, college: Wyoming) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SO Maritime Boulogne maintains fifth position with 16-10 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne are looking forward to face SPO Rouen (#6) on the road in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Saint-Quentin (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: M.Jaiteh 19+13reb+2ast, J.Rousselle 16+3reb+1ast, A.Rowland 13+5reb+11ast, M.Var 11+2reb, Z.Bah 10+2reb+7ast, A.Loum 10+3reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Mendy 21+7reb, D.Denave 11+5ast, M.Correa 10+6reb+2ast, R.Lesca 8+1ast, C.Jackson 7+7reb, S.Driss 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 179463


Nantes - Le Portel 79-95

Very predictable result when third ranked Le Portel (18-8) defeated on the road 14th ranked Nantes (9-17) 95-79 on Saturday. The game without a history. Le Portel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Le Portel forced 19 Nantes turnovers. Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St.) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Terrance Henry (208-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Le Portel have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-8 record having just two points less than leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Nantes lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Le Portel will face Denain Voltaire (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nantes will play against Lille Metropole.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: S.Gay 25+7reb+2ast, D.Wilson 21+5reb+1ast, R.Taylor 14+4reb+7ast, B.Mangin 9+3reb+4ast, C.Bronchard 9+2reb, M.Bigote 8+1reb+1ast
Nantes: L.Corbett 24+6reb+4ast, T.Henry 13+6reb+4ast, J.Douillet 10+4reb, J.Mathis 9+1reb+2ast, W.Soliman 6+3reb, N.Gayon 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 179461


Fos Ouest - Rouen 60-94

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Fos Ouest (15-11) was rolled over at home by eighth ranked SPO Rouen (15-11) 94-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. SPO Rouen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SPO Rouen had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists during the contest. Five SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) responded with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SPO Rouen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Antibes and Fos Ouest. SPO Rouen will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: T.Wesley 18+11reb+1ast, O.Bassett 18+4reb+6ast, W.McKines 17+6reb+3ast, G.Chathuant 14+9reb, P.Da Silva 10+2reb+5ast, M.Courby 7+5reb+2ast
Fos Ouest: M.Dia 15+8reb, S.Giffa 11+2reb, M.Hachad 10+9reb+6ast, J.Williamson 8+4reb, A.Toto N'Kote 5+2reb+2ast, C.Davis 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 179459


Chalons-Reims - Bourg 75-37

Fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (17-9) crushed at home 8th ranked JL Bourg (14-12) by 38 points 75-37, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game without a history. Chalons-Reims led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding JL Bourg to just 7 points in second quarter. Chalons-Reims held JL Bourg to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 50.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded JL Bourg 39-20 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Alexis Tanghe (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 12 points and American swingman Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) scored 4 points and 5 rebounds. JL Bourg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chalons-Reims maintains fourth position with 17-9 record. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. JL Bourg will play against Saint Vallier (#15).
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: J.Burrell 15+10reb+2ast, K.Joss-Rauze 12+1reb+1ast, T.Johnson 11+9reb+1ast, B.Mullins 10+4reb+5ast, A.Tsagarakis 8+6reb, R.Mels 8+5reb+5ast
Bourg: A.Tanghe 12+3reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 5+2reb, P.Braud 5+1reb+1ast, A.Gomis 5+1reb, J.Forte 4+5reb+1ast, M.Sonko 3+3reb
gschID: 179462


Evreux - Maurienne 60-56

Everything went according to plan when second ranked ALM Evreux (19-7) beat at home 10th ranked Aix-Maurienne (13-13) 60-56 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 17-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Aix-Maurienne outrebounded ALM Evreux 42-26 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. ALM Evreux maintains second position with 19-7 record behind leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. ALM Evreux will face Bordeaux (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aix-Maurienne will play against Fos Ouest (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Evreux: S.Ho You Fat 19+5reb, J.Wood 18+10reb+2ast, C.Hannah 12+3reb+5ast, D.Reed 4+2reb+1ast, L.Konate 3+2reb+1ast, G.Costentin 3+2reb+2ast
Maurienne: M.Houmounou 12+4reb+1ast, W.Chism 10+8reb+1ast, E.Bing 9+11reb, W.Brown 9+8reb+2ast, S.Darnauzan 6+3reb+6ast, G.Clerc 4+2reb
gschID: 179460


Antibes - Bordeaux 77-79

Important game to mention about took place in Antibes. Seventeenth ranked Bordeaux (7-19) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Olympique Antibes (15-11) 79-77 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It looked good early as Olympique Antibes took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bordeaux had a 26-6 second period charge getting the lead and Olympique Antibes was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-79. Bordeaux dominated on the defensive end, holding Olympique Antibes to just 6 points in second quarter. Forward Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager (200-83, college: California, PA) notched 29 points to lead the effort and American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even 23 points by American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) did not help to save the game for Olympique Antibes. Swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Bordeaux have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventeenth position with 7-19 record. Olympique Antibes lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Fos Ouest and Rouen. Bordeaux will play against league's second-placed ALM Evreux at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olympique Antibes will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 29+4reb+1ast, N.Wyatte 16+9reb+3ast, G.Darrigand 9+2reb+3ast, K.Thalien 8+3reb+3ast, N.Carter 6+4reb, M.Humphrey 6+5reb+2ast
Antibes: A.Hilliard 23+4reb+3ast, B.Monclar 11+2reb+2ast, L.Bengaber 10+8reb+2ast, J.Fontenet 9+2reb+3ast, R.Desroses 8+3reb+1ast, M.Badiane 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 179458


Denain - Lille 57-48

An interesting game took place in Denain where higher ranked Lille Metropole (12-14) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (8-18) 57-48. The game without a history. Denain Voltaire led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lille Metropole to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Denain Voltaire's coach Fabrice Courcier allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Steffon Bradford (198-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 8 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) added 14 points in the effort for Lille Metropole. Denain Voltaire maintains sixteenth position with 8-18 record. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Denain Voltaire's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Portel (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Denain: J.Flowers 17+8reb+1ast, M.Kitts 11+12reb, A.Liorel 7+4ast, L.Humphrey 6+1ast, X.Gaillou 5+5reb+4ast, V.Ateba 4+2reb+1ast
Lille: J.Siggers 14+3reb, N.Taccoen 11+5reb, S.Bradford 8+10reb+3ast, M.Tensorer 5+3reb, S.Smith 5+2reb, B.Gillet 3+1reb
gschID: 179457



NM1 Round 25: Orchesien BC defeats leader JA Vichy - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of JA Vichy (17-6) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Orchesien BC (17-4) 75-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JA Vichy. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 38-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded JA Vichy 44-33 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Center Olivier Gouez (217-84) contributed with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. point guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) answered with 16 points and 4 assists for JA Vichy. JA Vichy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Orchesien BC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. JA Vichy at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. Orchesien BC are looking forward to face Rueil (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against Monaco (#6) and is hoping to win this game.

In the last two games of round 25 Souffel was beaten by Cognac on the road 65-61. St Chamond won against Challans on its own court 85-72. Quimper unfortunately lost to Rueil in a road game 61-67. Chartres recorded a loss to Sorgues at home 68-81. Blois crushed CFBB on the opponent's court 99-73.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds by Jarryd Cole of La Rochelle.


La Rochelle - Monaco 96-97 OT

Monaco escaped with a narrow overtime win over La Rochelle away from home. M.Laberiye-Hafsi delivered 19 points to pace the visitors. J.Jones accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds as Monaco jumped at 13-8 record. J.Cole led all scorers with 36 points and 12 rebounds for La Rochelle.
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: J.Cole 36+12reb, A.M'Boma 21+6reb+1ast, F.Sahraoui 17+3reb+7ast, A.Thomson 8+6reb+2ast, S.Soliman 6+4reb+1ast, L.Iglesias 6+2reb+3ast
Monaco: M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 19+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 18+9reb, M.Diallo 14+2reb, O.Bardet 12+5reb+3ast, A.Christophe 12+3reb+3ast, N.Calasan 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 186280


Cognac - Souffel 65-61

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourth ranked Cognac (15-7) beat at home 3rd placed Souffelweyersheim (15-7) 65-61 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Souffelweyersheim won fourth quarter 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sadio Doucoure (195-92) contributed with 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Souffelweyersheim. Cognac moved-up to third place, which they share with Souffel. Cognac will face Quimper UJAP (#5) on the road in the next round. Souffelweyersheim will play against Saint Chamond.
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Alingue 17+9reb, J.Tschamber 13+7reb+3ast, F.Broliron 11+4reb, F.Minet 8+1reb+6ast, J.Cazenobe 8+6reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 4+8reb
Cognac: D.Sencanski 16+8reb+2ast, M.Toti 11+5ast, J.Ludon 7+2reb+4ast, S.Doucoure 6+12reb+2ast, C.Bertorelle 6+3reb+1ast, F.Koffi 6+5reb
gschID: 186279


St Chamond - Challans 85-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Vendee Challans' (7-15) road loss to thirteenth ranked Saint Chamond (9-13) 72-85 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Chamond. Vendee Challans was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Chamond made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Vendee Challans turnovers. It was a very good performance for Latvian swingman Ingus Bankevics (195-85, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Fabien Herard (198-79) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian power forward Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Vendee Challans. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint Chamond moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Chartres. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Saint Chamond will face higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#3) in Souffel. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vendee Challans will play at home against Chartres (#11).
Top scorers:
Challans: F.Herard 19+8reb+2ast, S.Mekdad 14+2reb+1ast, P.Balocka 13+9reb, S.Cherasse 9+2reb+3ast, M.Diakite 6+2reb+2ast, G.Jenkins 5+8reb+1ast
St Chamond: I.Bankevics 27+1reb+1ast, J.Landu-Bongo 13+4reb+2ast, T.Pearson 11+12reb+1ast, E.Sadiku 9+4reb+3ast, R.Tillon 9+1reb+2ast, J.Rinna 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 186276


Rueil - Quimper 67-61

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Rueil (12-11) won against at home higher ranked Quimper UJAP (14-8) 67-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 31-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Rueil forced 20 Quimper UJAP turnovers. It was a very good performance for Alexis Desespringalle (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Karim Gourari (201-89) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and swingman Florian Thibedore (193-90) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Quimper UJAP. Rueil maintains ninth place with 12-11 record. Quimper UJAP lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Rueil will face league's leader Orchesien BC in Orchies in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimper UJAP will play at home against Cognac (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimper: F.Thibedore 13+4reb+4ast, C.Cherry 13+5reb+8ast, C.Raji 10+10reb, B.Matanga 9+2reb+1ast, J.Moupegnou 6+2reb+1ast, W.Molas 4
Rueil: A.Desespringalle 15+9reb+3ast, K.Gourari 12+6reb+4ast, I.Saounera 9+2reb+2ast, M.Diame 8+4reb, D.Gentil 8+6reb+2ast, G.Mdivani 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 186278


Vichy - Orchy 68-75

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of JA Vichy (17-6) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Orchesien BC (17-4) 75-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JA Vichy. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 38-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded JA Vichy 44-33 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Center Olivier Gouez (217-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. point guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and Belgian forward Douglas Tshomba (201-83, college: Tusculum) added 14 points in the effort for JA Vichy. JA Vichy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Orchesien BC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. JA Vichy at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. Orchesien BC are looking forward to face Rueil (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against Monaco (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Vichy: B.Thomas 16+1reb+4ast, D.Tshomba 14+4reb, G.Lessort 8+8reb, J.Reynolds 8+8reb+2ast, Y.Smail 8+1reb+1ast, O.Da Silveira 7+6reb+1ast
Orchy: R.Carter 19+8reb, T.Stanley 17+4reb, O.Gouez 13+10reb, D.Petrovic 10+5reb+1ast, R.Brocheray 6+6reb+1ast, E.Barbry 4+5reb+5ast
gschID: 186277


Chartres - Sorgues 68-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Chartres' (9-13) home loss to tenth ranked Sorgues (11-11) 68-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-68. Chartres was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American-Italian swingman Ryan Zamroz (192-87, college: Master's, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Forward Cedric Mansare (195-85) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian forward Zeljko Bojovic (200-81) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Chartres. Sorgues maintains tenth place with 11-11 record. Loser Chartres keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Sorgues will face Union Rennes (#15) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chartres will play against Vendee Challans (#14).
Top scorers:
Chartres: M.Ipouck 19+9reb+2ast, Z.Bojovic 18+5reb+3ast, V.Mendy 8+3reb+1ast, G.Merie 7+5reb+3ast, G.Lemon 6+2reb+4ast, A.Hergott 4+5reb
Sorgues: R.Zamroz 25+4reb+4ast, C.Mansare 19+3reb+3ast, J.Doreau 11+6reb+3ast, W.Gueye 8+3reb+4ast, P.Clerence 6+4reb, T.Albenque 5
gschID: 186275


CFBB - Blois 73-99

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Blois (12-9) outplayed bottom-ranked CFBB (0-23) in Paris 99-73 on Saturday. The game without a history. Blois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 46. Blois forced 20 CFBB turnovers and outrebounded them 41-17 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Blois' coach Hugues Occansey felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paul Rigot (201-95) answered with 14 points and 5 assists and point guard Etienne Ory (175-96) added 7 points and 5 assists in the effort for CFBB. The victory was the third consecutive win for Blois. They maintain eighth place with 12-9 record. CFBB lost their twentieth third game in a row. They still closes the standings. Blois will face higher ranked La Rochelle (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Angers BC 49 (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CFBB: P.Rigot 14+2reb+5ast, L.Laporal 11+4reb, S.Gombauld 10+2reb+1ast, L.Paoletti 9+1reb+1ast, C.Pontens 8+3reb+5ast, E.Ory 7+4reb+5ast
Blois: J.Tornato 33+9reb, V.Kaunisto 17+12reb+1ast, D.Davis 17+3reb+1ast, G.Staelens 9+4reb+8ast, W.Aka 9+3reb+3ast, P.Brochard 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 186274



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
 1. Kozuv 11-3 
 2. Lirija 11-3 
 3. Feni Indistrija 10-4 
 4. Kumanovo 8-6 
 5. Rabotnicki 7-7 
 6. ABA Strumica 6-8 
 7. Vardar 2-12 
 8. Pelister Bitola 1-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. MZT Skopje

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 9: ABA Strumica - Kumanovo 87-81
Mar. 9: Kozuv - Feni Indistrija 85-79
Mar. 9: Pelister Bitola - Lirija 68-82
Mar. 9: Vardar - Rabotnicki 60-98


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo20.5 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.19.2 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija16.7 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.16.6 
 5. Gocevski, ABA S.15.5 
 6. Dimcevski, Kuman.15.4 
 7. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.2 
 8. Sharper, Rabotnicki14.7 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar14.3 
 10. Janjusevic, ABA S.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kerkez, Vardar10.6 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.6 
 3. Trajkovski, Feni I.8.1 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.9 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.9 
 6. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.3 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.6.2 
 8. Kostevski, Vardar5.9 
 9. Zaharievski, Pelis.5.9 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.6.0 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv4.5 
 3. Samardziev, Feni I.3.7 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.7 
 5. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.6 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.1 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.0 
 8. Radunovic, Lirija2.6 
 9. Petrovski, Vardar2.4 
 10. Pilcevic, Feni I.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.7 
 3. Stajic, Lirija1.6 
 4. Balazs, ABA S.1.4 
 5. Radunovic, Lirija1.4 
 6. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 7. Kerkez, Vardar1.3 
 8. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.1.2 
 9. Ugrinovski, Lirija1.2 
 10. Pajic, Vardar1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo2.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Kozuv1.1 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.1 
 4. Radojevik, Lirija1.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 6. Simic, Lirija0.6 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.6 
 8. Kerkez, Vardar0.5 
 9. Talevski, Pelist.0.5 
 10. Avramovski, Rabot.0.5 


Radunovic's 26 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Lirija and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Lirija in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pelister Bitola (#8, 1-13) 82-68. Lirija maintains the 2nd position in FYR Macedonian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lirija will need more victories to improve their 11-3 record. In the team's last game Radunovic had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lirija's top player in his first season with the team. Radunovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.9rpg), assists (8th best: 2.6apg) and averages solid 67.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Aleksandar Kalanj (208-C-86) of Pelister Bitola. He is Serbian center in his first season at Pelister Bitola. In the last game Kalanj recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Pelister Bitola lost that game 68-82 to the higher-ranked Lirija (#2, 11-3). Pelister Bitola managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Pelister Bitola managed to get this year. Kalanj is one of the most experienced players at Pelister Bitola and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Slobodan Bozovic (207-C/F-79) of league's leader Kozuv. Bozovic scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Kozuv, leading his team to a 85-79 win against #3 ranked Feni Indistrija in a game of the week. Kozuv confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Bozovic has a very solid season. In 13 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 61.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82) of ABA Strumica - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83) of Kozuv - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) of Rabotnicki - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Aleksandar Jevdic (203-C-82) of ABA Strumica - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88) of Kumanovo - 18 points and 5 assists
9. Harper Kamp (203-F-88) of Feni Indistrija - 9 points and 8 rebounds
10. Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79) of Rabotnicki - 11 points and 3 rebounds

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



Prva Liga Round 14: Derby game ends with Fersped-Rabotnicki's defeat of Vardar - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Prva Liga just ended.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Fersped-Rabotnicki (#5) and Vardar (#7). Vardar was smashed at home by 38 points 60-98 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 38 points. Fersped-Rabotnicki dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vardar's 34. They outrebounded Vardar 37-22 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fersped-Rabotnicki shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Vardar's players. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Darko Kostevski (-86) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Vardar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains fifth position with 7-7 record. Vardar lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost.
An interesting game for Kozuv (11-3) which hosted in Gevgelija one of their biggest challengers Feni Indistrija (10-4). First ranked Kozuv managed to get a 6-point victory 85-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Slobodan Bozovic chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Feni Indistrija's coach Miodrag Kadija rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kozuv maintains first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Lirija. Feni Indistrija at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost.
The game in Strumica was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Kumanovo 2009 (8-6) played at the court of sixth ranked ABA Strumica (6-8). ABA Strumica managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumanovo 2009. Zlatko Gocevski notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by Anthony Lee-Ingram did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. ABA Strumica maintains sixth position with 6-8 record. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
The game in Bitola was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Lirija (11-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Pelister Bitola (1-13). Lirija defeated Pelister Bitola 82-68. The best player for the winners was Balsa Radunovic who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Lirija have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kozuv. Pelister Bitola lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.



Vardar - Rabotnicki 60-98

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Fersped-Rabotnicki (#5) and Vardar (#7). Vardar was smashed at home by 38 points 60-98 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 38 points. Fersped-Rabotnicki dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vardar's 34. They outrebounded Vardar 37-22 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fersped-Rabotnicki shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Vardar's players. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Darko Kostevski (-86) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Zarko Djuric (198-89) added 15 points in the effort for Vardar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains fifth position with 7-7 record. Vardar lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Vardar: D.Kostevski 15+7reb, Z.Djuric 15+3reb+2ast, V.Gajovic 8+1reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 7+1reb, V.Petrovski 6+2reb, D.Lazarevski 4+3reb
Rabotnicki: N.Zivcevic 18+10reb+3ast, J.Sharper 13+1reb+1ast, A.Dimitrovski 13+2reb+2ast, M.Gjurov 13+3reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 11+3reb, J.Petrovski 11+5reb+7ast
gschID: 201894


Kozuv - Feni Indistrija 85-79

An interesting game for Kozuv (11-3) which hosted in Gevgelija one of their biggest challengers Feni Indistrija (10-4). First ranked Kozuv managed to get a 6-point victory 85-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-15 Feni Indistrija's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-79 at the end of the game. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-83, agency: BeoExcell) scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St.) scored 12 points. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Miodrag Kadija rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kozuv maintains first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Lirija. Feni Indistrija at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: M.Simonovski 16+1reb, B.Trajkovski 14+5reb, N.Vucurovic 13+2reb+1ast, C.McIntosh 12+3reb+3ast, H.Kamp 9+8reb+1ast, V.Brckov 5+3reb+1ast
Kozuv: M.Pekovic 27+5reb+3ast, S.Bozovic 23+10reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 9+1reb+2ast, V.Filipovic 8+1reb, D.Karadzovski 7+5reb+8ast, A.Shterjov 6+3reb
gschID: 201893


ABA Strumica - Kumanovo 87-81

The game in Strumica was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Kumanovo 2009 (8-6) played at the court of sixth ranked ABA Strumica (6-8). ABA Strumica managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumanovo 2009. Kumanovo 2009 was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of ABA Strumica, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game, while Kumanovo 2009 only scored six points from the stripe. The former international center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian center Aleksandar Jevdic (203-82, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 18 points and 5 assists for the guests. Four ABA Strumica and five Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. ABA Strumica maintains sixth position with 6-8 record. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: A.Lee-Ingram 18+7reb+1ast, A.Kostoski 18+1reb+5ast, I.Dimcevski 13+3reb+1ast, V.Georgievski 11+8reb, P.Vilarov 10+2reb+1ast, M.Petrovski 6+3reb+1ast
ABA Strumica: Z.Gocevski 26+10reb+2ast, A.Jevdic 22+6reb+4ast, U.Velickovic 11+3reb+4ast, F.Pajevic 10+1reb, F.Spasev 6+1reb+3ast, P.Cvetkov 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 201892


Pelister Bitola - Lirija 68-82

The game in Bitola was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Lirija (11-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Pelister Bitola (1-13). Lirija defeated Pelister Bitola 82-68. The game without a history. Lirija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80, agency: Interperformances) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Croatian guard Aleksandar Ugrinoski (192-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. Serbian center Aleksandar Kalanj (208-86) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian Vladimir Sataric added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Lirija have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kozuv. Pelister Bitola lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Pelister Bitola: A.Kalanj 20+14reb+3ast, V.Sataric 12+5reb+1ast, Z.Petkovski 12+3reb+1ast, B.Sanjin 8+5reb+2ast, G.Anakievski 7+3reb+2ast, N.Vukasovic 6+5reb+4ast
Lirija: B.Radunovic 26+7reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 13+2reb+1ast, A.Ugrinoski 12+5reb+4ast, J.Price 11+3reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 7+8reb+3ast, C.Morban 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 201891



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. MIA Academy 14-2 
 2. Olimpi 13-2 
 3. Armia 12-3 
 4. Rustavi 12-4 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 10-5 
 6. Kutaisi 9-7 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 6-10 
 8. Sokhumi 5-10 
 9. Batumi 3-13 
 10. Samedicino 1-14 
 11. STU Tbilisi 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 9: Sokhumi - Rustavi 96-92
Mar. 9: Dinamo Tbilisi - Samedicino 90-62
Mar. 9: TSU Tbilisi - Batumi 86-66
Mar. 9: MIA Academy - Armia 77-62
Mar. 8: Kutaisi - Olimpi 76-78

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 13: Samedicino - Batumi
Mar. 13: Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi
Mar. 13: Armia - TSU Tbilisi
Mar. 13: Sokhumi - STU Tbilisi
Mar. 15: Rustavi - Kutaisi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Bowie, Rustavi22.1 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi21.5 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.21.1 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.19.6 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.16.8 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi16.6 
 7. Nelson, Rustavi16.4 
 8. Fatsatsia, Olimpi16.1 
 9. Chikviladze, Dinam.15.7 
 10. Clayman, Dinamo T.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.13.4 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.8 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi11.9 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.7 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.8 
 6. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.9.3 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi8.8 
 8. Nelson, Rustavi8.5 
 9. Prewitt, MIA A.7.9 
 10. Revazashvili, Sam.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.6.6 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi6.2 
 4. Bakradze, TSU T.5.8 
 5. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.6 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.5 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.1 
 8. Bowie, Rustavi4.9 
 9. Millage, Armia4.0 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.6 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.4 
 3. Millage, Armia2.3 
 4. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 5. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.1.8 
 8. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.7 
 9. Toudjani, Rustavi1.6 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.2 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.7 
 3. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.3 
 4. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 5. Milosevic, Olimpi1.2 
 6. Archibeque, MIA A.1.2 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 8. Eliashvili, Batumi0.9 
 9. Wilson, Armia0.9 
 10. Periashvili, Same.0.8 


Superleague Round 17: Olimpi beats Kutaisi by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 17 in the Superleague took place in Kutaisi. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Kutaisi (9-7) to third ranked Olimpi (13-2) 78-76 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kutaisi won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpi had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for Kutaisi. Olimpi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Kutaisi at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#1) and Armia (#2). MIA (14-2) won against visiting Armia (12-3) 77-62. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Armia. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Deonta Vaughn chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for MIA. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Defending champion Armia dropped to the third position with three games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi .
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Energy Invest in a game in Tbilisi versus Sokhumi (#8) 96-92. Sergo Atvashovili nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 26 rebounds for the winning side. Nate Bowie came up with a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for Energy Invest in the defeat. Sokhumi maintains eighth place with 5-10 record. Loser Energy Invest keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
The game between fifth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (10-5) and 10th ranked Samedicino-Academia (1-14) in Tbilisi ended with biggest points difference. Dinamo Tbilisi outscored guests from Tbilisi 90-62. The best player for the winners was Lamar Karim who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains fifth place with 10-5 record. Samedicino-Academia lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.

In the last game of round 17 Batumi was smashed by TSU Tbilisi on the road 86-66.


Sokhumi - Rustavi 96-92

An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Energy Invest in a game in Tbilisi versus Sokhumi (#8) 96-92. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Sokhumi outrebounded Energy Invest 62-44 including a 47-34 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 26 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84) accounted for 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) came up with a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Energy Invest in the defeat. Sokhumi maintains eighth place with 5-10 record. Loser Energy Invest keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: B.Stojakovic 26+7reb+9ast, S.Atvashovili 26+26reb+3ast, G.Shvangiradze 17+4reb, V.Kadaria 8+14reb+1ast, R.Baakashvili 8+6reb+5ast, G.Kopaliani 6+4reb
Rustavi: N.Bowie 49+10reb+3ast, K.Nelson 23+10reb+1ast, R.Atanelishvili 5+10reb+2ast, T.Toudjani 4+6reb+2ast, L.Khmelidze 4+4reb, R.Chachanidze 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 231591


MIA Academy - Armia 77-62

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#1) and Armia (#2). MIA (14-2) won against visiting Armia (12-3) 77-62. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Armia. Armia was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. MIA brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Armia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four MIA players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for MIA. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Defending champion Armia dropped to the third position with three games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi .
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: K.Archibeque 21+16reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 20+6reb+5ast, M.Bokolishvili 11+3reb, B.Raymond 11+11reb+2ast, I.Londaridze 7+2reb+1ast, A.Lomouri 3+1reb
Armia: G.Gamqrelidze 18+5reb+7ast, Z.Babiashvili 12+3reb, L.Parghalava 10+5reb+3ast, D.Ugrekhelidze 6+6reb, G.Sharabidze 6+4reb, I.Sakvarelidze 4+4reb
gschID: 231589


TSU Tbilisi - Batumi 86-66

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked TSU (6-10) crushed 9th ranked Batumi (3-13) in Tbilisi 86-66. Batumi was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 51-27 second half run of TSU. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 30. They outrebounded Batumi 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. TSU players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Serzhi Aselaini (198-91) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four TSU players scored in double figures. TSU's coach Giorgi Chkheidze allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Russian center Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-81) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. TSU maintains seventh place with 6-10 record. Batumi lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: S.Aselaini 20+17reb+1ast, G.Bakradze 18+6reb+7ast, D.Khizanishvili 13+5reb+2ast, V.Chkareuli 13+2reb+2ast, G.Tetelashvili 8+3reb+5ast, I.Kobidze 5+5reb
Batumi: G.Kvelashvili 19+7reb, L.Keshelava 16+6reb+2ast, A.Eliashvili 10+9reb+3ast, M.Ninua 8+4reb+3ast, N.Sigua 7+3reb+4ast, I.Emiridze 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 231588


Kutaisi - Olimpi 76-78

The most exciting game of round 17 in the Superleague took place in Kutaisi. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Kutaisi (9-7) to third ranked Olimpi (13-2) 78-76 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kutaisi won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpi had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. International center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kutaisi. Olimpi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Kutaisi at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: A.Dvalishvili 20+9reb+1ast, L.Fatsatsia 17+9reb+1ast, S.Sokk 15+2reb+7ast, M.Andriukaitis 10+5reb, K.Tomaradze 9+4reb+5ast, T.Tavartkiladze 3
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 23+6reb+2ast, R.Matiashvili 19+15reb+1ast, B.Kvimsadze 11+1reb+2ast, T.Babunashvili 8+2reb+4ast, Z.Pashayev 7+2reb+4ast, R.Didia 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 231587


Dinamo Tbilisi - Samedicino 90-62

The game between fifth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (10-5) and 10th ranked Samedicino-Academia (1-14) in Tbilisi ended with biggest points difference. Dinamo Tbilisi outscored guests from Tbilisi 90-62. Dinamo Tbilisi shot 20 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Samedicino-Academia only scored one point from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Samedicino-Academia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Center Levan Revazashvili (207-92) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and forward Zurab Maisuradze (195-91) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains fifth place with 10-5 record. Samedicino-Academia lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olimpi.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Oluic 19+9reb, L.Karim 18+5reb+6ast, F.Clayman 15+4reb+2ast, B.Chikviladze 13+8reb+1ast, I.Keidia 9+2reb, Z.Liluashvili 5+3reb+3ast
Samedicino: L.Revazashvili 25+13reb+1ast, Z.Maisuradze 14+6reb+3ast, R.Tukvadze 8+1reb, I.Bibiluri 6+2reb, I.Gabisonia 4+5reb+2ast, B.Jikia 3+5ast
gschID: 231590



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-3 
 2. B.Muenchen 17-9 
 3. EWE Baskets 16-7 
 4. Ratiopharm 16-9 
 5. ALBA 15-8 
 6. Art.Dragons 13-12 
 7. Telekom Baskets 13-12 
 8. Walter Tigers 13-13 
 9. TBB Trier 12-13 
 10. s.Oliver Baskets 12-13 
 11. Phoenix Hagen 11-13 
 12. Bayreuth 11-14 
 13. MBC 11-15 
 14. Bremerhaven 10-14 
 15. NY Phantoms 10-15 
 16. Neckar L'burg 10-16 
 17. Fraport SKY 9-17 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 9: Neckar L'burg - Bremerhaven 92-75
Mar. 9: Walter Tigers - B.Muenchen 89-86
Mar. 9: LTi 46ers - MBC 76-89
Mar. 9: Ratiopharm - Fraport SKY 74-66
Mar. 9: TBB Trier - Telekom Baskets 70-68
Mar. 10: Art.Dragons - ALBA
Mar. 10: Phoenix Hagen - Brose Bask.


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. White, Phoenix17.7 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.5 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.4 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.15.4 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.8 
 7. Thompson, ALBA14.4 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.14.3 
 9. Rice, B.Muenchen14.1 
 10. Vaden, Telekom13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.2 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.0 
 4. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.0 
 5. Robertson, Fraport7.0 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.6 
 7. Gordon, Phoenix6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 9. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 10. Linhart, TBB Trier6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.0 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen5.0 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.4 
 4. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 5. White, Phoenix4.0 
 6. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 7. Burrell, Bremerha.3.9 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Guenther, Ratio.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Bernard, Neckar L.1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 8. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 9. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
 10. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 5. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 7. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.0 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. Theis, Ratiopharm0.8 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Goettingen 19-6 
 2. Vechta 18-7 
 3. Duesseldorf 17-8 
 4. Cuxhaven 15-10 
 5. Karlsruhe 15-10 
 6. Ehingen 13-12 
 7. Chemnitz 13-12 
 8. Jena 13-12 
 9. NBC 12-13 
 10. Heidelberg 11-14 
 11. Crailsheim 10-15 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 10-15 
 13. Kirchheim 10-15 
 14. Finke Baskets 10-15 
 15. Gotha 9-16 
 16. Leipzig 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 9: Jena - Vechta 94-83
Mar. 9: Cuxhaven - Leipzig 90-95 OT
Mar. 9: Kirchheim - Crailsheim 86-80
Mar. 9: NBC - Heidelberg 80-74
Mar. 9: Karlsruhe - Goettingen 74-76
Mar. 9: Chemnitz - Duesseldorf 73-67
Mar. 9: Gotha - ETB Wohnbau 72-69
Mar. 9: Finke Baskets - Ehingen 108-78


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.4 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven20.0 
 3. Williams, Vechta17.9 
 4. Nixon, NBC17.5 
 5. Griffin, Gotha17.4 
 6. Barker, Jena16.4 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.3 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.6 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.9 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.3 
 4. Baker, Gotha8.0 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe7.9 
 6. Henley, ETB W.7.8 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.5 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Moore, Crailsheim6.8 
 10. Livas, Goettingen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Vechta7.0 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.0 
 3. Aud, Finke Baskets5.9 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 7. Barker, Jena4.4 
 8. Jeka, Jena4.3 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg4.0 
 10. Phillips, Goettin.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Vechta2.8 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 4. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.7 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.6 
 7. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.4 
 9. Harris, Goettingen1.4 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.3 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 8. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 9. Ferguson, Vechta0.8 
 10. Henley, ETB W.0.8 


Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 17-5 
 2. Rist Wedel 15-7 
 3. Herten Lions 13-9 
 4. Oldenburg 12-10 
 5. Recklinghausen 11-11 
 6. SU Medien 11-11 
 7. MTV Wolfenbuettel 10-12 
 8. BSW Sixers 10-12 
 9. Hannover 9-13 
 10. Dorsten 9-13 
 11. Wulfen 9-13 
 12. Stahnsdorf 6-16 
Group South
 1. Dragons 19-3 
 2. Langen 14-8 
 3. Weissenhorn 14-8 
 4. Noerdlingen 13-9 
 5. Bayer Giants 13-9 
 6. Licher Baeren 12-10 
 7. Fraport SKY II 11-11 
 8. Leitershofen 10-12 
 9. Hanau 10-12 
 10. Dresden 8-14 
 11. Konstanz 5-17 
 12. TSV Troester 3-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

North

Mar. 9: Oldenburg - Recklinghausen 95-85
Mar. 9: Herten Lions - MTV Wolfenbuettel 91-75
Mar. 9: BSW Sixers - Schwelm 90-73
Mar. 9: Hannover - Rist Wedel 88-60
Mar. 9: Dorsten - Wulfen 75-74 OT
Mar. 9: Stahnsdorf - SU Medien 50-85

South

Mar. 9: Dragons - Leitershofen 90-84
Mar. 9: Fraport SKY II - Dresden 80-88
Mar. 9: Konstanz - TSV Troester 79-72
Mar. 9: Licher Baeren - Hanau 73-77
Mar. 9: Langen - Weissenhorn 64-56
Mar. 9: Noerdlingen - Bayer Giants 103-82


White Wings Hanau part company with head coach Hans Beth - by Moritz Korff

The White Wings Hanau (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have parted company with head coach Hans Beth, the team announced. Beth worked for the White Wings since 2010 and guided the team to a 1. Regionalliga South-West championship and to promotion to the Pro B.
"It's not about Hans Beth, it's about the White Wings project. We have to exhaust all possibilities to stay in the league", manager Jens Gottwald stated.
The Hanau team was named among the biggest favorites to win a Pro B championship this season after signing some high-caliber players in the summer. However, the White Wings fell short of living up to the high expectations and failed to qualify for the play offs. Beth coached the team to a 9-12 record this season, the White Wings are currently 9th in the Pro B South standings and will have to go to the start in the Pro B "play down"
Beth's assistant Helmut Wolf will take over head coaching duties.



Jason Boucher (Dresden Titans) I Hope We Can Escape With Another Win Against Frankfurt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.) is a 32 year old 180cm guard from Menominee, Michigan that is playing his seventh professional basketball season in Germany and second with the Desden Titans in the Pro B. He started his basketball career in 1998 for Grand Valley State (NCAA2) where he played until 2002. He played a total of 106 NCAA 2 games and as a senior played 28 games: 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.3apg, 2.4spg, FG: 40.4%, 3Pts: 39.8%, FT: 81.9%. He came to Germany in 2004-2005 and played for TB Weiden (Germany-Regionalliga). From 2005-2007, he played in the minor leagues in the States for Grand Rapids Flight (IBL), Michigan Mayhem (CBA), Battle Creek Knights (IBL) and Albany Patroons (CBA). In 2007-2008, he returned back to Germany to play for the Coocoon Baskets Weiden. From 2008-2010, he played for Heimerer Schulen Basket Landsberg (Germany-Regionalliga) where he tore up the league averaging 28,0ppg in those two seasons. In 2010-2011, he played for the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProB) playing 17 games averaging 15.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 84.5%. He spoke to eurobasket before the last game of the season against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.

It has been a tough season for Dresden this season. Why didnt the season turn out the way you wanted to?

Yeah it is not the type of season I envisioned at the beginning of the season. As the leader and captain of this team I tried to keep everyone together and keep their heads up even though we were struggling. The playdowns is not what we wanted but its where we ended up so we are going to do our best to make sure we stay in the Pro B, because we really do belong in this league.

After a seven game losing streak, you had a big win at home against Lich to give the fans one last smile in the last home game. What was key for getting the win?

Yeah it was a nice win for our team last Sunday against a good Lich team. I think the key was we finally put a full 40minute game together like we were doing before xmas break. I cant say enough about our fans here in Dresden, they are great and stuck with us no matter what and made our arena a tough place to play for opponents all year!

Dresden really has a potent American trio with Andrew Jones, Jared Benson and yourself. Are there just some extra potent strong role players missing in the team to have helped bolster a few more wins?

Yeah Jared, Drew and I were the focal point for most of our opponents this year and it took a little getting used to because of the rule only 2 Americans can play at once, but I think we adjusted pretty well, with that being said I think are role players are good enough for this league also, we have a lot of young players that need to develop and work hard on their games in the off season, but I am proud of the work they put in throughout the season.

How challenging was it playing against American Willis Gardner that had a pretty strong game?

Willis is a friend of mine, and its always fun playing against him, he is a good player and knows the game very well and gets the most out of his teammates. He is always a challenge and I enjoy the competition

The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners juniors. What is your memory of the 100-90 win at home?

To be honest with you Miles, I really dont remember much of that game. It was a back and forth game for most of the game and we came out with the win at the end. It was a good win for us at the time.

American Larry Wright had a huge game with 27 points, but wont be playing this time since he will be with the Beko BBL team in Ulm that is playing at the same time. Frankfurt will have forward Taylor Brown. What kind of game can we await?

Yeah Larry had a nice game for them the last time we played them. Brown is a talented player as well and im looking forward to the game and it should be just like the first time we played them, a tough game and hope we can escape with another win!


Frankfurt has many very talented German players. Do you do your own scouting before games of German players? I mean you see enough of them each weekend.

Of course, we have scouting reports for every team we play. Most of the time I get the film of the games too and watch the games of up coming opponents. You can never be too prepared.

Was the New Rochelle-Mt Vernon the most amazing buzzer beater that you have ever seen or have there been better ones?

That might have been the craziest last 3 seconds of a game I have ever seen. Unbelievable finish. I would have to say yes thats the most amazing buzzer beater I have seen.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie i watched was the Chris Herren story!

Thanks Jason for the chat.





Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) We Have To Be Great At What We Want To Do On Defense Without Too Many Mistakes - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.

The up and down week to week continues for Phoenix hagen with win, loss, win ,loss. What is more annoying how these games turn out or being on a sail boat in the pacific ocean and having to endure the up and down of the sea? lol

Definitely the way the games are turning out, we are putting too much pressure on ourselves to make the playoffs if we keep losing games that we are able to win.

A tough 80-70 loss last weekend in Wurzburg. You have played in many loud arenas, but where did the Wurzburg arena stack up in noise level to other places you have seen in Germany?

It was up there, their compacted gym helps make it real noisy when they are doing well on the court.

Phoenix Hagen is a scoring machine, but untypically scored only 24 points in the first half. Why was the team unable to find a groove early?

I really don't know what is going on with our offensive rhythm, but it's like that sometimes and everybody in the league knows we are a run and gun team. So sometimes we are on and sometimes we are not. But scoring 24 pts in a half is not going to help us win games.

Your teammate Fabian Bleck had a solid game from the bench with six points in seven minutes. How happy have you been with his development?

Yea that was real good to see him have some success when called to play. He has really developed over the year and he will be a good player if he keeps up with what he is doing.


The next game is against the Brose Baskets Bamberg. What is your memory of the 107-80 loss in Bamberg?

They were more aggressive and out hustle us on both ends of the floor. They were more physical as well and it was too much for us to handle at that time.

Phoenix Hagen obviously has to play defense for 40 minutes. Is it their quick ball movement that is toughest to defend?

I think it's more on our mentality than anything, if we focus and concentrate and do what we want to do on defense I think we will be good, it doesn't really matter what the other team does. We have to be great at what we want to do on defense without too many mistakes. We want to play tough team defense

Who would win a dunk contest Lebron James or Blake Griffin?

Blake Griffin, I like Lebron but BG is a dunk contest dunker

Was the New Rochelle-Mt Vernon the craziest buzzer beater you ever saw?

Not really but it was a unique one. I've seen some crazier shots, but that one was good to. All he had to do was hold on to the ball and not throw it up. Tough luck

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

P Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy


Thanks Larry for the chat.




Brian Harper (TBB Trier) We Have To Focus More On The Details To Close Out Games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Harper (206-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Paine) is a 27 year old 206cm forward that is commencing his first season in Germany in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. Brian's a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

TBB Trier has been going through tough times. In the last five loses excluding Bamberg, the team lost four close tough games with a combined point difference of 17 points. How tough has this been mentally?

Whenever you drop a few close games in a short time period it's tough. With that said through this stretch I feel like the team and coaches have done a great job staying positive and working hard and when you do that you always give yourself a chance at the next game.


Why cant the team win close games recently?

I wouldn't say there's one reason. I think we have played well enough to win the close ones now its just a matter of focusing even more on the details and making sure we do a better job of closing them out.

The next game is against the Telekom baskets Bonn. What is your memory of the 90-76 loss in Bonn?

Bonn is a tough team. They can really score the ball and have a group of guys that seem to understand the game and play well together.

Both you and Kyle Weems had pretty solid games in the first encounter. How challenging was it playing against him despite your height advantage?

Kyle Weems is one of those guys that can do a variety of things on the floor. Whenever you play against a guy with that kind of profile its a night that you have to come ready to work. It should be another good match up I'm really looking forward to it.

Is limiting Jared Jordan in his playmaking 70% of paying the rent?

I don't know if its 70% but its a big part no doubt. Jared Jordan is a great playmaker and we know going into this game that containing him is very important.

Who would win a dunk contest Lebron James or Blake Griffin?

I would have to go with Blake Griffin.

Was the New Rochelle-Mt Vernon the craziest buzzer beater you ever saw?

Yes it was crazy.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Red Dawn.

Thanks Brian for the chat.




Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Cant Allow Munich To Score In Transition Much Again - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Joshua Young (185-PG-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 24 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma that is playing hiss econd season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. Last season for Tuebingen he played 34 games: 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.0% He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against

A big 93-80 win at home against MBC. The Tigers had 1 19 point at halftime and had the game pretty much decided at the break. What was the biggest strength of the Tigers on this day?

We did a really good job of dictating the pace of the game and playing at our speed. We were able to get out and run in transition and score some easy baskets. That helped us to build a nice lead in the first 20 minutes.

Before the season many saw MBC as a team to go straight down to the second league again. They were on a good way, but have endured a long losing streak now. Have they got tired and will they stay in the Beko BBL?

MBC is a good team who plays really hard. I think every team has lapses but I think they will bounce back.

What was your impression of Devin Uskowski who was top scorer in the game with 21 points. He is one of those rare players that went step by step from the Regionaliga via PRO B and PRO A to the Beko BBL

Devin is a smart player who knows exactly how to play to his strengths. He is a great shooter with great accuracy from three.

The next game is against FC Bayern Munich. What is your memory of the 107-80 loss in Munich?

The first game in Munich wasn't good at all. We allowed them to score in transition too many times and really they were in control most of the game. We cant allow that to happen this time.

Munich is like a reborn team with the new coach. There is more freedon with the players and they like to quickly get off a shot in the set play. What will be key in getting a win at home?

We have to stop transition and control the rebounding. Our defense will be key in getting this win.

Who do you think would win a starring contest Jared Homan or Kenny Frease?

Ha, I honestly have no idea.

Will Derek Fischer make Russell Westbrook into an even better player now?

I dont know if he will make Westbrook into a better player but he will for sure bring some experience to such a young team that is much needed for a playoff run.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Taken 2

Thanks Josh for the chat.




ProB Round 22: Leader SG Schwelmer Baskets lose to BSW Sixers - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProB just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (17-5) recorded its fifth loss in Sandersdorf on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked BSW Sixers (10-12) 90-73. The game was mostly controlled by BSW Sixers. SG Schwelmer Baskets managed to win second period 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) produced 25 points for lost side. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. BSW Sixers moved-up to seventh place in Group North, which they share with MTV Wolfenbuettel. SG Schwelmer Baskets at the other side still keep top position with five games lost.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked SC Rist Wedel (15-7) against tenth ranked Hannover Tigers (9-13) on Saturday night. Visiting SC Rist Wedel was crushed by Hannover Tigers in Hannover 88-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SC Rist Wedel. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American forward Michael Fakuade (201-89, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Ashanti Cook contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American Davey Hopkins (195-88, college: Biola, CA) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for SC Rist Wedel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hannover Tigers moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen and Dorsten. SC Rist Wedel at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars (14-8) against fourth ranked TV 1862 Langen (14-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Weissenhorn Youngstars were defeated by TV 1862 Langen in a tough game in Langen 56-64. Martinis Woody scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. TV 1862 Langen's coach Ty Shaw used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Maksym Shtein responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. TV 1862 Langen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Weissenhorn.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bayer Giants (13-9) against fifth ranked Noerdlingen (13-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Bayer Giants were crushed by Noerdlingen in Noerdlingen 103-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bayer Giants. Chad Gray notched 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Noerdlingen moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with defeated Bayer Giants.
Leader Dragons Rhoendorf delivered the nineteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Leitershofen (10-12) 90-84. Geddes Robinson fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Dragons Rhoendorf maintains first position in Group South with 19-3 record. Loser Leitershofen keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North MTV Wolfenbuettel was defeated by Herten Lions in a road game 91-75. Dorsten beat Wulfen at home 75-74. SU Medien destroyed Stahnsdorf on the opponent's court 85-50. Oldenburg managed to outperform Recklinghausen in a home game 95-85.
In Group South TSV Troester recorded a loss to Konstanz on the road 79-72. Fraport SKY II was defeated by Dresden on its own court 80-88. Hanau beat Licher Baeren in a road game 77-73.
The best stats of 22th round was 31 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists by Kevin Smit of Oldenburg.


Group North
Herten Lions - MTV Wolfenbuettel 91-75

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (10-12) was defeated on the road by third ranked Herten Lions (13-9) 91-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. Herten Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's 34 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 46-27 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Herten Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Adrian Bowie (189-89, college: Maryland) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. American guard Demetrius Ward (190-90, college: W.Michigan) produced 21 points and his fellow American import guard Lamonte Thomas (187, college: J.and Wales, RI, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Herten Lions and five Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. Herten Lions maintains third position in Group North with 13-9 record having six points less than leader Dragons. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
MTV Wolfenbuettel: D.Ward 21+3reb+1ast, F.Theis 14+5reb+1ast, T.Clark 14+5reb, L.Thomas 12+5reb+5ast, M.Poeschel 10+3reb+1ast, H.Knopke 2+4reb+3ast
Herten Lions: A.Bowie 20+8reb+6ast, W.Taylor 16+9reb, B.Larrieu 13+3reb+4ast, T.Schonborn 13+2reb, F.Sadek 11+6reb+9ast, J.Ducker 8+15reb+2ast
gschID: 185225


Dorsten - Wulfen 75-74 OT

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Dorsten (9-13) edged at home 8th ranked BSV Wulfen (9-13) 75-74 on Saturday. BSV Wulfen was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Dorsten, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-8. Dorsten looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) chipped in 16 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and center Laron Griffin (203-89, college: E.Washington) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dorsten moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with Hannover and Wulfen.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: A.Young 27+8reb+2ast, A.Houston 12+3reb+1ast, P.Mazur 10+5reb+1ast, L.Griffin 9+8reb, H.Bellscheidt 8+3reb+1ast, P.Gunther 5+1reb+1ast
Dorsten: B.Poole 20+20reb+4ast, N.Pelaj 18+2reb+3ast, C.Jones 16+4reb+9ast, G.Budde 6+5reb, C.Marquardt 5+1reb, G.Hagner 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 185224


Stahnsdorf - SU Medien 50-85

Very expected game in Stahnsdorf where 12th ranked RSV Eintracht (6-16) was rolled over by sixth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (11-11) 85-50 on Saturday. The game without a history. Spot Up Medien Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 28 RSV Eintracht turnovers. Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) for the winners. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists. American power forward Trevon Malone (202-88, college: Mississippi Coll.) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and center Michael Haucke (210-85) added 7 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Spot Up Medien Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Recklinghausen. RSV Eintracht lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: T.Malone 10+8reb+1ast, B.Wheadon 8+3reb+1ast, M.Haucke 7+2reb+3ast, R.Jorch 6+3reb, Y.Evans 6+3reb, T.Modersitzki 4+3reb+1ast
SU Medien: H.Sant-Roos 22+7reb+1ast, D.Schroeder 21+3reb+6ast, E.Land 15+4reb+1ast, O.Angerstein 9+8reb, L.Gertz 5+1reb+2ast, D.Johnson 5+5reb
gschID: 185223


BSW Sixers - Schwelm 90-73

Top ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (17-5) recorded its fifth loss in Sandersdorf on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked BSW Sixers (10-12) 90-73. The game was mostly controlled by BSW Sixers. SG Schwelmer Baskets managed to win second period 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) produced 25 points and center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. BSW Sixers moved-up to seventh place in Group North, which they share with MTV Wolfenbuettel. SG Schwelmer Baskets at the other side still keep top position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Coles 25+3reb+1ast, S.Schroter 13+1reb, A.Kronhardt 11+5reb, D.Fiorentino 8+7reb, S.Asbach 6+2reb, L.Wendt 5+4reb
BSW Sixers: R.Schirmer 20+8reb, J.Simmons 17+2reb+4ast, T.Lipke 15+4reb+1ast, F.Diestelhorst 11+4reb, N.Gerwig 9+2reb, J.McNeil 8+4reb+5ast
gschID: 185222


Oldenburg - Recklinghausen 95-85

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Oldenburg and 5th ranked Recklinghausen had identical 11-10 record. This time Oldenburg used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Recklinghausen 95-85 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Recklinghausen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Kevin Smit (183-91) fired 31 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) chipped in 20 points and 7 assists. American forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Four Oldenburg and five Recklinghausen players scored in double figures. Recklinghausen's coach Georg Kleine tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Oldenburg maintains fourth position in Group North with 12-10 record. Recklinghausen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Recklinghausen: P.Carney 19+4reb+2ast, D.Leithner 19+1reb, R.Franklin 14+14reb+8ast, A.Steed 13+5reb, D.McDuffie 10+3reb+1ast, M.Bregulla 5+1reb
Oldenburg: K.Smit 31+9reb+6ast, M.Taylor 20+4reb+7ast, A.Witte 16+2reb+1ast, C.Heinrich 14+6reb+1ast, A.Hartmann 6+3reb+2ast, J.Wimberg 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 185221


Hannover - Rist Wedel 88-60

Very important is a road loss of second ranked SC Rist Wedel (15-7) against tenth ranked Hannover Tigers (9-13) on Saturday night. Visiting SC Rist Wedel was crushed by Hannover Tigers in Hannover 88-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SC Rist Wedel. It looked good early as SC Rist Wedel took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hannover Tigers had a 18-14 second period charge getting the lead and SC Rist Wedel was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-88. Hannover Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to SC Rist Wedel's 30. Hannover Tigers forced 20 SC Rist Wedel turnovers and outrebounded them 43-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American forward Michael Fakuade (201-89, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Ashanti Cook (188-84, college: Georgetown) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. American Davey Hopkins (195-88, college: Biola, CA) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: CS Monterey) added 14 points in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hannover Tigers moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen and Dorsten. SC Rist Wedel at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Rist Wedel: A.Johnston 14+4reb, F.Boeke 14+2reb+1ast, D.Hopkins 13+12reb+3ast, P.Owusu-Frimpong 7+4reb+1ast, M.Boadu 6+2reb+5ast, J.Laatzen 3+1ast
Hannover: M.Fakuade 21+13reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 18+6reb+2ast, A.Cook 15+6reb+8ast, M.Williams 11+2reb+2ast, T.Welzel 9+6reb+3ast, B.Zents 5+3reb
gschID: 185220


Group South
Dragons - Leitershofen 90-84

Leader Dragons Rhoendorf delivered the nineteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Leitershofen (10-12) 90-84. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-11. But Leitershofen won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dragons Rhoendorf looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The other American import center Alejo Rodriguez (203-88, college: Iona) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. Center Richard Froehlich (206-86, college: UTSA) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and American guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: FCM) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Dragons Rhoendorf maintains first position in Group South with 19-3 record. Loser Leitershofen keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: L.Hughey 20+6reb+3ast, R.Froehlich 19+11reb+1ast, J.Washington 19+5reb+5ast, P.Wischnewski 12+4reb+2ast, S.Montag 10+2reb, S.Woelki 2+3reb
Dragons: G.Robinson 26+10reb+3ast, F.Koch 16+6reb+4ast, N.Larsen 14+2reb+8ast, K.Ekoemeye 13+4reb+1ast, A.Rodriguez 10+15reb+2ast, A.Schmitz 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 186964


Konstanz - TSV Troester 79-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked TSV Troester's (3-19) road loss to eleventh ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (5-17) 72-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-72. ifm Baskets Konstanz forced 19 TSV Troester turnovers. Strangely TSV Troester outrebounded ifm Baskets Konstanz 48-27 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for ifm Baskets Konstanz especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Forward Frederik Henningsen (197-88) fired 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Aubrey Conerly (180-83, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. American forward Derrick Parker (198, college: LSU-Shreveport) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Steffen Walde (190-92) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. ifm Baskets Konstanz maintains eleventh position in Group South with 5-17 record. TSV Troester lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: S.Walde 20+4reb+1ast, D.Parker 17+11reb, J.Thiemann 11+5reb+2ast, D.Dizdarevic 6+2ast, A.Engel 5+6reb+1ast, D.Schmidt 4+5reb+3ast
Konstanz: F.Henningsen 27+8reb, A.Conerly 18+3reb+8ast, O.Sylla 14+4reb+3ast, L.Menck 8+2reb+1ast, H.Osterwalder 4+2reb, H.Schinke 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 186963


Langen - Weissenhorn 64-56

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars (14-8) against fourth ranked TV 1862 Langen (14-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Weissenhorn Youngstars were defeated by TV 1862 Langen in a tough game in Langen 56-64. The game without a history. TV 1862 Langen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Sebastian Barth (192-85) chipped in 15 points during the contest. TV 1862 Langen's coach Ty Shaw used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Ukrainian center Maksym Shtein (206-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. TV 1862 Langen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Weissenhorn.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: M.Shtein 16+13reb+1ast, T.Joenke 13+9reb+3ast, K.Gausa 12+2reb, B.Butler 8+12reb, M.Heberlein 5+3reb, P.Vojkovic 2
Langen: M.Woody 16+8reb+2ast, S.Barth 15+4reb+2ast, M.Cooke 12+4reb, T.Jahn 8+11reb+1ast, G.Raebel 4, M.Schneider 3+3reb+6ast
gschID: 186962


Fraport SKY II - Dresden 80-88

There was a small surprise in Frankfurt where tenth ranked Dresden (8-14) won against 7th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (11-11) 88-80 on Saturday. Fraport Skyliners II trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-88 at the end of the game. American Andrew Jones (191-83, college: Miles) fired 38 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Taylor Brown (198-89, college: Bradley) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Falko Theilig (180-92) added 8 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Dresden maintains tenth position in Group South with 8-14 record. Loser Fraport Skyliners II keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: T.Brown 28+12reb+3ast, T.Oldenburg 11+4reb, N.Vukovic 10, J.Novak 9+3reb, M.Merz 9+1reb+6ast, F.Theilig 8+3reb+9ast
Dresden: A.Jones 38+3reb+5ast, J.Boucher 15+3reb+5ast, J.Benson 9+8reb, A.Heide 9+7reb+1ast, P.Rulke 6+2reb+3ast, T.Lienhardt 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 186961


Licher Baeren - Hanau 73-77

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Licher Baeren (12-10) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Hanau (10-12) 77-73 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Licher Baeren won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Licher Baeren 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. American center Jereal Scott (200-89, college: SF Austin) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Matthias Moelle (200-87) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hanau players scored in double figures. Hanau's coach Hans Beth allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Jens Hirschberg (200-88) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Hanau moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen. Loser Licher Baeren keeps the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: J.Hirschberg 22+6reb, J.Jones 14+5reb, N.Valentic 9+1reb, V.Klassen 8+1reb+1ast, J.Swanson 7+8reb, W.Gardner 5+2reb+3ast
Hanau: J.Scott 15+11reb, M.Moelle 13+6reb, A.Sharda 11+3reb+3ast, D.Michalczyk 11+4reb+1ast, M.Schick 11+5reb+1ast, L.Sullivan 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 186960


Noerdlingen - Bayer Giants 103-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bayer Giants (13-9) against fifth ranked Noerdlingen (13-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Bayer Giants were crushed by Noerdlingen in Noerdlingen 103-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bayer Giants. The game without a history. Noerdlingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Noerdlingen had a 36-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American forward Chad Gray (200-85, college: Co.Carolina) notched 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Leo Vrkas (190-91, college: Lon Morris JC) supported him with 25 points. Gray is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 27 points by American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) did not help to save the game for Bayer Giants. Lithuanian Olegas Legankovas (197-94) added 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Five Noerdlingen and four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Noerdlingen moved-up to fourth place in Group South, which they share with defeated Bayer Giants.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 27+3reb, M.Rass 14+2reb+1ast, G.Twiehoff 13+3reb+2ast, J.Eggleston 11+7reb+3ast, O.Legankovas 6+11reb+4ast, M.Kuczmann 4+1reb+1ast
Noerdlingen: C.Gray 32+7reb+4ast, L.Vrkas 25+2reb+1ast, F.Brutting 13+7reb+4ast, B.Hogg 11+11reb+3ast, S.Schmoll 10+6reb+2ast, F.Sefranek 10+5reb+7ast
gschID: 186959



ProA Round 25: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

ProA round 25 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader SC Rasta Vechta (18-7) against eighth ranked Science City Jena (13-12) 94-83 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. SC Rasta Vechta managed to win third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Science City Jena won last quarter 27-17. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by SC Rasta Vechta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Kevin Wysocki (198-87) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for SC Rasta Vechta. Science City Jena have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chemnitz and Ehingen. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Goettingen. SC Rasta Vechta will play next round against ETB Wohnbau trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Science City Jena will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Karlsruhe. Second ranked BG Goettingen (19-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked BG Karlsruhe (15-10) 76-74 on Saturday evening. British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St., agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners and Akeem Vargas chipped in 9 points. BG Goettingen's coach Johannes Roijakkers allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds. BG Goettingen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. BG Karlsruhe at the other side dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Cuxhaven. BG Goettingen will play against NBC (#9) in Nurnberg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Karlsruhe will play at home against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (17-8) against seventh ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (13-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Duesseldorf Baskets were defeated by BV Chemnitz 99 in a tough game in Chemnitz 67-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Duesseldorf Baskets. Jorge Schmidt nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Adam Waleskowski came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Duesseldorf Baskets in the defeat. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BV Chemnitz 99 moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jena and Ehingen. Loser Duesseldorf Baskets keep the third position with eight games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will meet MLP Academics Heidelberg (#10) on the road in the next round. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against Finke Baskets (#14) in Paderborn and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against fourth-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats 95-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cuxhaven BasCats. Walter Simon fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth place with 5-20 record. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. USC Leipzig's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#13) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#6) in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Gotha. Fifteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (9-16) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau (10-15) 72-69 on Saturday evening. It was a very good performance for Albert Kuppe who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains fifteenth place with 9-16 record. ETB Wohnbau lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Ehingen were smashed by Finke Baskets on the road 108-78. NBC won against Heidelberg on its own court 80-74. Crailsheim unfortunately lost to Kirchheim in a road game 80-86.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 23 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists by Ahmad Smith of NBC.


Cuxhaven - Leipzig 90-95 OT

Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against fourth-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats 95-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cuxhaven BasCats. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cuxhaven BasCats won fourth quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Cuxhaven BasCats used huge pressure winning it 22-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-13. Forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 24 points. American power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 26 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth place with 5-20 record. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. USC Leipzig's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#13) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#6) in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: N.Freer 24+4reb+1ast, W.Simon 23+12reb+1ast, K.Schaffartzik 20+4reb+3ast, A.Sollazzo 9+12reb+8ast, G.McCammon 9+4reb, A.Spalke 6+3reb
Cuxhaven: S.Thomas 26+9reb+2ast, E.Harris 23+14reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 19+4reb+2ast, M.Rockmann 11+3reb+1ast, M.Pratt 9+6reb+3ast, J.Kelly 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 184544


Finke Baskets - Ehingen 108-78

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Finke Baskets (10-15) crushed higher ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (13-12) in Paderborn 108-78 on Saturday. The game without a history. Finke Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. Finke Baskets outrebounded Ehingen/Urspringschule 32-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Finke Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Jason Jamerson (190-86, college: Grand Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 assists. Naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (188-89) contributed with 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Aud is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Finke Baskets' coach Martin Krueger felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Kenneth Ogbe (197-94) added 14 points in the effort for Ehingen/Urspringschule. Five Finke Baskets and four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. Finke Baskets moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Finke Baskets will face higher ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Finke Baskets: J.Jamerson 21+1reb+7ast, G.Aud 16+1reb+7ast, M.Fleischmann 16+7reb+1ast, J.Adams 15+3reb+3ast, V.Kittmann 10+7reb+1ast, M.Jost 10+3reb+1ast
Ehingen: K.Ogbe 14+3reb+3ast, A.Calvin 13+6reb+1ast, T.Rohde 13+3reb, V.Matthews 11+2reb, M.Mueller 11+1ast, G.Williamson 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 184543


Chemnitz - Duesseldorf 73-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (17-8) against seventh ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (13-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Duesseldorf Baskets were defeated by BV Chemnitz 99 in a tough game in Chemnitz 67-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Duesseldorf Baskets. Duesseldorf Baskets were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of BV Chemnitz 99, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Jorge Schmidt (193-85) nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) accounted for 9 points and 12 assists. Naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Duesseldorf Baskets in the defeat. Four Duesseldorf Baskets players scored in double figures. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BV Chemnitz 99 moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jena and Ehingen. Loser Duesseldorf Baskets keep the third position with eight games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will meet MLP Academics Heidelberg (#10) on the road in the next round. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against Finke Baskets (#14) in Paderborn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Schmidt 23+6reb+2ast, A.Jones 15+3reb, A.Rosenthal 11+3reb, T.Ishizaki 9+3reb+12ast, R.Cardenas 7+6reb+3ast, D.Lawson 6+15reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: A.Waleskowski 18+7reb+2ast, C.Gadley 16+8reb+3ast, N.Adamczak 15+5reb+1ast, G.Johnson 13+5reb+1ast, M.Petric 5+1reb+1ast, P.Flomo 0+1reb
gschID: 184542


NBC - Heidelberg 80-74

Everything could happen in Nurnberg at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked NBC and 9th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg had identical 11-13 record. This time NBC used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Heidelberg 80-74 on Saturday night. MLP Academics Heidelberg trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 25-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-80 at the end of the game. NBC outrebounded MLP Academics Heidelberg 45-30 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: LUMANI 10.7) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) contributed with 18 points for the winners. NBC's coach Martin Ides used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) answered with 23 points and the other American import forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for MLP Academics Heidelberg. Four MLP Academics Heidelberg players scored in double figures. NBC (12-13) moved-up to ninth place. MLP Academics Heidelberg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. NBC will face league's leader BG Goettingen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#7).
Top scorers:
NBC: A.Smith 23+15reb+7ast, N.Khartchenkov 18+2reb+1ast, R.Thompson 13+6reb+1ast, D.McDaniel 9+9reb+1ast, W.Chavis 6+4reb+2ast, C.Adler 3+2reb
Heidelberg: C.Sargent 23+2reb, T.Blackwood 15+1ast, D.White 14+5reb+3ast, K.Kuhn 10+4reb, K.Barth 4+3reb+3ast, J.Heindel 4+11reb+4ast
gschID: 184541


Karlsruhe - Goettingen 74-76

Important game to mention about took place in Karlsruhe. Second ranked BG Goettingen (19-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked BG Karlsruhe (15-10) 76-74 on Saturday evening. BG Karlsruhe was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of BG Goettingen, which allowed them to win the game. British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St., agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners and naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) chipped in 9 points. BG Goettingen's coach Johannes Roijakkers allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds and forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) scored 12 points. BG Goettingen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. BG Karlsruhe at the other side dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Cuxhaven. BG Goettingen will play against NBC (#9) in Nurnberg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Karlsruhe will play at home against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: P.Guede 12+2reb, A.Vargas 9+3reb+2ast, M.Grimaldi 9+2reb+1ast, A.Hitchens 8+3ast, B.Davis 6+2reb+1ast, R.Harris 4+3reb
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 12+4reb+1ast, S.Hauer 12+2reb+2ast, E.Vierneisel 11+1reb+1ast, M.Stockton 9+7reb+2ast, J.Black 8+4reb+2ast, E.Curth 6
gschID: 184540


Gotha - ETB Wohnbau 72-69

Important game to mention about took place in Gotha. Fifteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (9-16) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau (10-15) 72-69 on Saturday evening. ETB Wohnbau trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-72 at the end of the game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (195-88) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-87, agency: Court Side) added 13 points in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains fifteenth place with 9-16 record. ETB Wohnbau lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Gotha: A.Kuppe 21+3reb+2ast, C.Griffin 19+1reb+1ast, L.Niebuhr 14+4reb+1ast, J.Person 7+1reb+1ast, D.Watson 4+2reb+1ast, T.Baker 4+7reb+2ast
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 25+11reb, M.Buljevic 13+4reb+1ast, A.Cook 12+2reb+2ast, R.Christen 6+1reb, J.Henley 6+7reb+3ast, F.Franke 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 184539


Jena - Vechta 94-83

ProA round 25 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader SC Rasta Vechta (18-7) against eighth ranked Science City Jena (13-12) 94-83 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. SC Rasta Vechta managed to win third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Science City Jena won last quarter 27-17. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by SC Rasta Vechta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Kevin Wysocki (198-87) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SC Rasta Vechta. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. Science City Jena have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chemnitz and Ehingen. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Goettingen. SC Rasta Vechta will play next round against ETB Wohnbau trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Science City Jena will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins on the road.
Top scorers:
Jena: K.Barker 26+7reb+6ast, L.Jeka 18+1reb, G.Sim 12+3reb, K.Wysocki 11+9reb, C.Roquette 9+7reb+3ast, S.Watts 9+8reb
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 19+6reb, R.Williams 18+7reb+3ast, D.Madrich 17+3reb, C.Hassan 10+4reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 9+6reb, F.Stuckemann 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 184538


Kirchheim - Crailsheim 86-80

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-15) won against at home 11th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (10-15) 86-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kirchheim Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Crailsheim Merlins' 30 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Crailsheim Merlins were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for forward Sebastian Adeberg (198-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Jonathan Maier (210-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Josten Crow (193-87, college: Sam Houston St.) added 22 points (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Crailsheim Merlins. Kirchheim Knights will face bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: S.Adeberg 20+6reb+3ast, J.Stommes 17+4reb+2ast, J.Maier 16+9reb+1ast, C.Alexander 10+3reb+2ast, C.Brooks 8+3reb, G.Prodromou 7+1reb
Crailsheim: J.Crow 22+2reb+2ast, J.Moore 17+7reb+3ast, P.Friedel 16+1reb, J.Buck 10+3reb+3ast, D.Coleman 8+3reb+7ast, K.Karamatskos 3+1reb
gschID: 184537



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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Filathlitikos 16-3 
 2. Nea Kifisia 16-3 
 3. Trikalla 15-4 
 4. Koroivos 12-7 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 12-7 
 6. Lavrio 11-8 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 9-10 
 8. Pagrati 9-10 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 7-12 
 10. Arkadikos 7-12 
 11. Irakleio 6-13 
 12. OFI 5-14 
 13. Doxa Lefkadas 4-15 
 14. Niki Volou 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 9: Filathlitikos - Agia Paraskevis 88-76
Mar. 9: Trikalla - Niki Volou 81-68
Mar. 9: Ikaroi Serron - Doxa Lefkadas 76-69
Mar. 9: Nea Kifisia - Ermis Lagkada 63-54
Mar. 9: Irakleio - Koroivos 61-56
Mar. 9: Lavrio - OFI 61-49
Mar. 9: Pagrati - Arkadikos 58-73

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 16: Niki Volou - Pagrati
Mar. 16: Doxa Lefkadas - Trikalla
Mar. 16: Ermis Lagkada - Ikaroi Serron
Mar. 16: Koroivos - Nea Kifisia
Mar. 16: Agia Paraskevis - Irakleio
Mar. 16: Arkadikos - Lavrio
Mar. 16: OFI - Filathlitikos


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.7 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.5 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.8 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lav.17.8 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.5 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 7. Kitsoulis, OFI16.2 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.15.5 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.4 
 10. Kaklamanos, Trika.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.3 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.6 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.2 
 5. Sklavos, Pagrati7.8 
 6. Manousos, Doxa L.7.7 
 7. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.4 
 9. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 10. Pelkic, Irakleio7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.8 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.7 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.7 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.8 
 5. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.6 
 8. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.5 
 10. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.7 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Psileas, Agia P.1.9 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.7 
 8. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.7 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 10. Koutinas, Niki Vo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.8 
 5. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 6. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 7. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 8. Nikoloudis, Ikaroi0.7 
 9. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 10. Noeas, Koroivos0.6 


Greece U21 beat Greece U18 in Apollon Patras Hall - by Eurobasket News

Greece U21-Greece U18 104:80

Greece U21 beat Greece U18 in Apollon Patras Hall. The more experienced players won 104:80 due to the second half. Tomorrow Greek stars will take on the Rest of the World.
Greece U18 won the first period 27-22 and added 27-26 at the end of the first half. Greece U21 however dominated the second half and posted two comfortable victories. They won the third period 29-16 and finished the game with 27-10 in the last stanza.
Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-SG-93, agency: FCM) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Vasileios Kavvadas (204-F-91) added 15. Motsenigos brought 14, while Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-SF-92) notched 12. Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-SG-94) delivered 20 points in the losing case and Diamantis Slaftsakis (201-SF-94) had 16. Dimitrios Agravanis (208-F-94, agency: FCM) added 16, whilst Toliopoulos followed them with 11 points in a loss.

Greece U21: Giannoulis Larentzakis 17, Vasileios Kavvadas 15, Motsenigos 14, Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 12
Greece U18: Eleftherios Bochoridis 20, Diamantis Slaftsakis 16, Dimitrios Agravanis 15, Toliopoulos 11



A2 Round 19: Top-ranked Filathlitikos win another game - by Eurobasket News

A2 top team - Filathlitikos (16-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Agia Paraskevis (9-10) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by Filathlitikos. Agia Paraskevis managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Agia Paraskevis 38-25 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Nikos Gikas (186-91, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Giannis Adetokubo (206-94, agency: FCM) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Vangelis Tsiakas (194-81) answered with 25 points for Agia Paraskevis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Filathlitikos have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Filathlitikos maintains first place with 16-3 record, which they share with Nea Kifisia. Agia Paraskevis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Pagrati. Filathlitikos is looking forward to face OFI (#12) in Heraklion in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Agia Paraskevis will play at home against Irakleio (#11) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Koroivos (12-7) and Irakleio (6-13), which took place in Irakleio. 4th placed Koroivos lost to eleventh ranked Irakleio in a road game 56-61. It was a great evening for Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Kostas Agapiadis helped adding 13 points. At the losing side Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with 18 points. Newly promoted Irakleio maintains eleventh place with 6-13 record. Koroivos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Ikaroi Serron. Irakleio will play against higher ranked Agia Paraskevis (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play against the league's second-placed Nea Kifisia having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between 8th ranked Pagrati (9-10) and tenth ranked Arkadikos (7-12) in Athens on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Arkadia beat Pagrati 73-58. It was a quality performance for Thodoris Tsiotras who led the winners and scored 25 points. Vaggelis Sklavos came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for Pagrati in the defeat. Arkadikos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Loser Pagrati dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Agia Paraskevis. Arkadikos will meet at home higher ranked Lavrio (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pagrati will play against Niki Volou in NIki Volou and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. OFI was beaten by Lavrio on the road 61-49. Ikaroi Serron won against Doxa Lefkadas on its own court 76-69. Bottom-ranked Niki Volou unfortunately lost to Trikalla in Trikallon 68-81. Nea Kifisia managed to beat Ermis Lagkada at home 63-54.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 24 points and 15 rebounds by Savvas Manousos of Doxa Lefkadas.


Filathlitikos - Agia Paraskevis 88-76

A2 top team - Filathlitikos (16-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Agia Paraskevis (9-10) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by Filathlitikos. Agia Paraskevis managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Agia Paraskevis 38-25 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Nikos Gikas (186-91, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Giannis Adetokubo (206-94, agency: FCM) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Filathlitikos players scored in double figures. Guard Vangelis Tsiakas (194-81) answered with 25 points and forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Agia Paraskevis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Filathlitikos have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Filathlitikos maintains first place with 16-3 record, which they share with Nea Kifisia. Agia Paraskevis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Pagrati. Filathlitikos is looking forward to face OFI (#12) in Heraklion in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Agia Paraskevis will play at home against Irakleio (#11) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Filathlitikos: G.Adetokubo 18+5reb+2ast, N.Gikas 15+6reb+9ast, D.Chilaris 12+3reb, C.Saloustros 11+8reb+2ast, T.Adetokoubo 7+2reb, A.Pervy 6
Agia Paraskevis: V.Tsiakas 25+4reb+1ast, N.Psileas 19+5reb, K.Sinnis 10+7reb+1ast, K.Vardavas 6+1reb, M.Kouris 6+1reb+1ast, G.Zervos 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 196429


Lavrio - OFI 61-49

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Lavrio (11-8) beat at home 12th ranked OFI (5-14) 61-49 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 30-11 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lavrio dominated on the defensive end, holding OFI to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 11 points in second half. It was an exceptional evening for forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Giorgos Psomaderis (190-80) accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Lavrio players scored in double figures. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-83) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Kostas Balafas (200-80) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for OFI in the defeat. Lavrio maintains sixth place with 11-8 record. Loser OFI keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Lavrio will meet Arkadikos (#10) in the next round. OFI will play against the league's leader Filathlitikos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: G.Kakiouzis 16+13reb+3ast, G.Psomaderis 16+7reb+4ast, M.Perakis 10+6reb, D.Giannakopoulos 10+4reb+4ast, F.Pagonis 7+1reb+1ast, P.Tsiros 2+3reb+1ast
OFI: V.Kitsoulis 15+7reb, K.Balafas 13+6reb, A.Siopis 7+1reb+1ast, D.Karadolamis 6+10reb, T.Traianos 6+5reb+1ast, A.Petrakis 2+1reb+5ast
gschID: 196428


Ikaroi Serron - Doxa Lefkadas 76-69

Very expected game when 13th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (4-15) lost to fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (12-7) in Serres 69-76 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Doxa Lefkadas won fourth quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Doxa Lefkadas outrebounded Ikaroi Serron 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Guard Dionisios Kapiniaris (185-91) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. Power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and Serbian guard Darko Matic (192-84) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Doxa Lefkadas in the defeat. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Koroivos. Doxa Lefkadas lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Niki Volou. Ikaroi Serron will meet Ermis Lagkada (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Doxa Lefkadas will play against Aiolos Trikallon (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 19+3reb+1ast, F.Simeonidis 15+2reb, D.Kapiniaris 14+3reb+4ast, G.Koukas 11+3reb+6ast, A.Nikoloudis 9+4reb, H.Voivatopoulos 3+4reb
Doxa Lefkadas: S.Manousos 24+15reb, D.Matic 16+7reb, T.Panaras 11+6reb+3ast, O.Matenidis 8+1reb+9ast, A.Naoumis 3+2reb+1ast, P.Martzos 3+1reb
gschID: 196425


Trikalla - Niki Volou 81-68

Very predictable result when third ranked Aiolos Trikallon (15-4) won against at home bottom-ranked Niki Volou (4-15) 81-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Aiolos Trikallon. Niki Volou managed to win fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aiolos Trikallon made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Aiolos Trikallon outrebounded Niki Volou 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for forward Sotiris Gioulekas (202-79) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81, agency: FCM) accounted for 12 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Aiolos Trikallon's coach Giannis Tzimas used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Thanassis Koutinas (-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and guard Giannis Karagiolidis (195-89) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Niki Volou in the defeat. Aiolos Trikallon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Aiolos Trikallon maintains third place with 15-4 record behind leader Filathlitikos. Niki Volou at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. They share it with Doxa Lefkadas. Aiolos Trikallon will meet Doxa Lefkadas (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Niki Volou will play against Pagrati in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trikalla: S.Gioulekas 15+6reb+2ast, N.Katsares 12+1reb+1ast, N.Kaklamanos 12+1reb+5ast, G.Fountas 10+2reb, N.Tsoutsos 6+4reb, T.Charismidis 6+5reb
Niki Volou: G.Mistiliadis 18+2reb, G.Karagiolidis 15+6reb, T.Koutinas 10+10reb+3ast, N.Theodorakos 8+3ast, G.Maltesios 5+1reb, G.Mavrogiannis 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 196424


Pagrati - Arkadikos 58-73

The game between 8th ranked Pagrati (9-10) and tenth ranked Arkadikos (7-12) in Athens on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Arkadia beat Pagrati 73-58. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadikos. Pagrati managed to win second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadikos forced 19 Pagrati turnovers. It was a quality performance for guard Thodoris Tsiotras (198-87) who led the winners and scored 25 points. Forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88) accounted for 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Dimitris Georgaros (187-75) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Pagrati in the defeat. Arkadikos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Loser Pagrati dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Agia Paraskevis. Arkadikos will meet at home higher ranked Lavrio (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pagrati will play against Niki Volou in NIki Volou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: T.Tsiotras 25+4reb+1ast, S.Gizogiannis 14+6reb, N.Djurdjevic 12+1reb+4ast, A.Sigounas 12+13reb+1ast, T.Govas 8+3reb+1ast, M.Cubrilo 2+8reb+2ast
Pagrati: V.Sklavos 18+14reb+1ast, D.Georgaros 15+2reb+4ast, F.Vasilopoulos 7+3reb+5ast, D.Fotiou 7+1reb, M.Dermitzakis 4+5reb, T.Vasilopoulos 3+4reb
gschID: 196423


Irakleio - Koroivos 61-56

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Koroivos (12-7) and Irakleio (6-13), which took place in Irakleio. 4th placed Koroivos lost to eleventh ranked Irakleio in a road game 56-61. Irakleio outrebounded Koroivos 45-30 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Kostas Agapiadis (185-92) helped adding 13 points. At the losing side Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with 18 points and Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted Irakleio maintains eleventh place with 6-13 record. Koroivos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Ikaroi Serron. Irakleio will play against higher ranked Agia Paraskevis (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play against the league's second-placed Nea Kifisia having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Irakleio: B.Pelkic 13+12reb+1ast, K.Agapiadis 13+4reb+3ast, M.Sakellarakis 9+7reb+3ast, A.Godopoulos 9+6reb, G.Arnaoutakis 7+3reb, D.Jovanovic 6+8reb
Koroivos: P.Cosic 18+3ast, A.Karydas 10+2reb+2ast, B.Tomic 8+8reb+2ast, P.Noeas 6+11reb+1ast, N.Kourtis 5+3reb, M.Hatzopoulos 4
gschID: 196427


Nea Kifisia - Ermis Lagkada 63-54

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Ermis Lagkada (7-12) lost to second ranked Nea Kifisia (16-3) in Athens 54-63 on Saturday. Nea Kifisia dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to Ermis Lagkada's 18. It was an exceptional evening for forward Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-81, agency: FCM) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Guard Thanasis Ioakeimidis (195-91) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Haris Plioukas (200-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Ermis Lagkada in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nea Kifisia have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Filathlitikos. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos. Nea Kifisia will meet Koroivos (#4) on the road in the next round. Ermis Lagkada will play against Ikaroi Serron (#5) in Serres and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: V.Karaboulas 21+5reb+1ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 10+7reb+3ast, F.Moschovitis 10+6reb+4ast, D.Menoudakos 7+4reb, T.Sioutis 5+6reb+2ast, Y.Psathas 4+5reb+2ast
Ermis Lagkada: T.Ioakeimidis 21+5reb+2ast, H.Plioukas 13+5reb+3ast, T.Onasoglou 6+2reb, F.Kalogiannidis 5+1reb, B.Paritsis 3+3reb, T.Georgitsis 3+5reb
gschID: 196426



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 24-5 
 2. Leiden 24-6 
 3. Groningen 22-9 
 4. Zwolle 16-13 
 5. Leeuwarden 16-14 
 6. Den Helder K. 15-16 
 7. M.Magixx 13-16 
 8. Weert 12-17 
 9. Amsterdam 4-25 
 10. Rotterdam 2-27 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 9: Rotterdam - Groningen 77-95
Mar. 9: Den Helder K. - Den Bosch 67-60
Mar. 9: Zwolle - M.Magixx
Mar. 10: Amsterdam - Weert
Mar. 13: Den Helder K. - Zwolle
Mar. 14: Den Bosch - Leeuwarden
Mar. 14: Amsterdam - Rotterdam


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 19-1 
 2. De Groene 17-3 
 3. Cangeroes 14-6 
 4. De Hoppers 12-8 
 5. Binnenland 11-7 
 6. Red Giants 11-9 
 7. Rotterdam 2 9-10 
 8. Almonte 9-12 
 9. Leiden 2 9-12 
 10. MSV/Zeemacht 8-12 
 11. Punch 8-13 
 12. Almere P. 6-15 
 13. BC Apollo 2 6-15 
 14. UBALL 3-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 7: UBALL - De Groene 58-83
Mar. 9: Almonte - Cangeroes
Mar. 9: Punch - De Hoppers
Mar. 9: Orca's Urk - UBALL
Mar. 9: Binnenland - MSV/Zeemacht
Mar. 9: BC Apollo 2 - Almere P.
Mar. 9: Rotterdam 2 - Leiden 2
Mar. 9: De Groene - Red Giants



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  ICELAND   


Division 1 results - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Valur 78 IA 62
With this win Valur moves closer to Domino's league next year but still probably needs to win the next 2 games to keep the top seat.
IA in another hands badly needs to win some games to stay up in Division 1.
Top scorers for Valur.Ragnar Gylfason 24 Atli Rafn Hreinsson 14. For IA Hordur Nikulasson 21.
Hamar 66 Hottur 106.
Big loss for Hamar who where in third place before this game. Great defensive effort from Hottur was the key for the big win.
Top scorers for Hamar. Oddur Olafsson 16. Jerry Hollins 11. For Hottur. Austin Bracey 32. Andres Kristleifsson 26. Frisco Sandidge (198-F-87, college: Delaware St.) 20 + 26 rebounds 46 eff. (Agency: Icebasket)
Reynir 69 Haukar 95.
Haukar still have good chance of move direct up to Domino's league if Valur fails.
Top scorers for Reynir. Reggie Dupree 24 Olafur Jonsson 16. For Haukar Terrence Watson 29. Haukur Oskarsson 21



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Pelita Jaya 16-2 
 2. Dell Aspac 15-1 
 3. Garuda 13-4 
 4. CLS Knights 13-5 
 5. Satria Muda 12-6 
 6. Hangtuah 9-8 
 7. Stadium Jak. 8-8 
 8. Bimasakti 6-11 
 9. Satya Wacana 4-12 
 10. Pacific Caesar 3-15 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-14 
 12. Tonga BSC 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 9: Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda 82-46
Mar. 9: CLS Knights - Pacific Caesar 77-57
Mar. 9: Satria Muda - Garuda 53-56

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 10: Garuda - NSH GMC Riau
Mar. 10: Satya Wacana - Satria Muda
Mar. 10: Dell Aspac - CLS Knights
Mar. 10: Stadium Jak. - Bimasakti



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 22-4 
 2. Matera 17-9 
 3. Agrigento 15-10 
 4. Castelletto 15-10 
 5. Treviglio 14-11 
 6. Lucca 14-11 
 7. Casalpusterlengo 13-11 
 8. Omegna 13-11 
 9. Reggio Calabr. 12-12 
 10. Bari 12-12 
 11. Firenze 11-12 
 12. Mirandola 11-14 
 13. Chieti 11-15 
 14. Recanati 10-14 
 15. Ferrara 10-15 
 16. Latina Basket 9-17 
 17. San Severo 8-18 
 18. Perugia 8-18 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 6: Agrigento - Casalpusterlengo 79-72
Mar. 7: Chieti - Perugia 77-86
Mar. 6: Recanati - Ferrara 73-64
Mar. 6: Lucca - Bari 64-62
Mar. 6: Omegna - Torino 59-67
Mar. 6: Treviglio - Matera 111-71
Mar. 6: Castelletto - San Severo 100-79
Mar. 16: Mirandola - Firenze


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.9 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.6 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.4 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 6. Gueye, San Severo15.6 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari15.6 
 8. Bolzonella, Castel.15.4 
 9. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.0 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.7 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.1 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.4 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara8.2 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.5 
 9. Spizzichini, Firen.7.3 
 10. Ricci, Casalpus.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.7 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.3 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.5.0 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.7 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 6. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.4 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.2 
 10. Santolamazza, Lat.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.