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  ABA   



JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro'ers defeat Cleveland Lakers 110 to 104 to Win 4th Game in a Row!! - by Vance Marbury

JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro'ers defeat the Cleveland Lakers of the OVBL league 110 to 104 Saturday March 9th, 2013.

Battle of to Cleveland Minor League Professional Basketball Teams Cleveland Am Pro'ers (ABA) pulled it out at the end against a tough Cleveland Lakers team. The Am Pro'ers did not play there best basketball of the season, however they did lead majority of the game. The Am Pro'ers took a 15 pt lead at one point in the 3rd quarter, to only see it be erased by a Lakers 4th quarter surge.

The Am Pro'ers were led by Nate Barnes (5'10''-G-90), Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) 26 pts 6 rebounds, Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87, college: Walsh, OH) 26 pts 15 rebounds, Emmanuel Jackson (6'2''-G-86, college: Seton Hill) 22 pts 3 rebounds

While the above Am Pro'ers players led the team in pts rebounds, it was Caleb Chen (5'10''-G-90), Darrell Parker (6'2''-G-87), and John Starks, defensive effort and unselfish play that were the difference in the game. These guys go out there and play a role. Some games they are scorers, other games they are defenders and rebounders. From a team standpoint you have to have glue guys or unselfish guys that think about winning and doing whatever the team needs to win the games, and these guys definitely did that during this game. John Starks even provided a scoring punch 8 pts and 2 rebs. Chen, Parker, and Starks are great teammates and great people in the community.

Cleveland Am Pro'ers Head Coach Melanie Sweeney (5'9''-G/F, college: Cleveland St.) has also stepped up during this streak. Taking alot more control of the team, and making some great decisions in clutch situations.

The Lakers were led by Lamar Tucker (Lakeland CC) 25 pts. Anthony Anderson (College of Charleston) 24 pts.
Sean Whiting (6'0''-G) 10 pts.

JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro'ers are finishing the season strong. This is their 4th win a row. During the winning streak Cleveland has defeated Lima Explosion (ABA), Columbus Hidden Gems (UBA), Jersey Express (ABA), and Cleveland Lakers (OVBL). Cleveland Am Pro'ers will conclude there season today vs Oakland County Cowboys (ABA).

Below is game film from the Cleveland Am Pro'ers (White) vs Cleveland Lakers (Blue)
JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro'ers (ABA) vs Cleveland Lakers (OVBL) March 9, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJoGvjzZp6Q

www.clevelandakronampro.com





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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 10: Szolnok - MZT Skopje 81-72
Mar. 9: Zadar - Radnicki KG 75-68
Mar. 10: Cibona - Un.Olimpija 74-62
Mar. 10: Partizan - Igokea 73-64
Mar. 9: Buducnost - KK Split 66-47
Mar. 11: Siroki WWin - Crvena Zvezda
Mar. 11: Krka - Cedevita


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. Gecevski, MZT S.14.5 
 5. Strawberry, Cibona14.5 
 6. Travis, Zadar14.5 
 7. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.3 
 8. White, Radnicki KG14.2 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea14.0 
 10. Blazic, Un.Olimpi.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.2 
 2. Travis, Zadar7.7 
 3. Bader, Szolnok7.5 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.2 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.2 
 7. Saric, Cibona6.2 
 8. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 9. Gecevski, MZT S.6.0 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar5.7 
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, Igokea4.0 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.9 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 7. Otasevic, MZT S.3.4 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.3 
 9. Wright, Cedevita3.1 
 10. Rannikko, Un.Olim.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 5. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 6. Otasevic, MZT S.1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 9. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 10. Joksimovic, Igok.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.3 
 2. Musli, Partizan1.1 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 7. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 8. Saric, Cibona0.8 
 9. Lalic, Krka0.7 
 10. Gordon, Partizan0.7 


Partizan beat Igokea - by Igor Obradovic

The derby match of round 24 of the Adriatic League, Partizan defeated team Igokea with a score of 73:64 and recorded his 15 wins in the championship.

Winning team even more strengthened in place that leads to f4 and so they take full advantage of that defeat Radnicki yesterday in Croatia against Zadarwith score 75:68.

In great atmosphere in Pionir Hall basketball was seen tough, contentious and difficult game for both teams.
The maximum advantage Partizan was gained in the the second part of the second quarter when he went to +10 and Igokea failed to put Partizan's advantage until the end of the game. At one point of the game team from Belgrade have 15 points lead.

Best in Partizan was Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) with 11 points (5/5 for 2p), 7rbd, 4 ast, 1 steal, Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 5rbd, 3ast, 1 steal, Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) 11pts, 6rbd, 1ast.
In Igokea best was Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) who plays his season of the career with 15pts, 7rbd, 2ast, 2 steals, Milan Dozet (203-SF-79) 13pts, 1rbd, 1ast, and Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, 5rbd.

With this defeat Igokea questioned his first position. In the event of victory against a Siroki, Crvena zvezda will be equalized by the number of wins and losses with team from Aleksandrovac.



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 32-11 
 2. Lanus 29-14 
 3. Penarol 28-14 
 4. Boca Jrs 25-17 
 5. Argentino 25-19 
 6. Olimpico LB 25-19 
 7. Quimsa 24-19 
 8. Libertad S. 23-20 
 9. Atenas 22-22 
 10. GECR Indalo 21-22 
 11. Sionista 21-23 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 20-22 
 13. Obras 17-25 
 14. 9 de Julio 12-31 
 15. Union Progr. 10-32 
 16. La Union 10-34 
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

1/8 Finals: Round 1

Mar. 13: Argentino - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 13: Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo
Mar. 13: Atenas - Sionista
Mar. 14: Quimsa - Libertad S.


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 11-4 
 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 5-11 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 10: Quilmes MP - Bragado 96-84
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. 11: La Union - Instituto Cor.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 10: KL Dragons - Singapore S. 75-56
Mar. 6: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 69-60
Mar. 8: Satria Muda - Petron Blaze 52-57

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 22: KL Dragons - Singapore S.
Mar. 24: Singapore S. - Petron Blaze


Round 8: #1 Satria Muda is defeated by Petron Blaze - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (7-3) in Jakarta on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (6-3) 57-52. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and swingman JR Cawaling (192-87) who added 16 points during the contest. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Petron Blaze have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face Singapore Slingers (#4) on the road in the next round. Satria Muda will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-5) against fourth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (5-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Singapore Slingers were crushed by KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur 75-56. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who scored that evening 29 points and 8 rebounds and Gavin Edwards supported him with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds by power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) did not help to save the game for Singapore Slingers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KL Dragons moved-up to third place. Singapore Slingers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. KL Dragons will again play against Singapore Slingers (#4) at home in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play against the league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ASEAN League top team - Indonesian Satria Muda (7-3) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (3-7) in Jakarta 69-60. The best player for the winners was Steve Thomas who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Froilan Baguion produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Thailand Slammers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Satria Muda maintains first position with 7-3 record. Loser Thailand Slammers stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


KL Dragons - Singapore S. 75-56

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-5) against fourth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (5-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Singapore Slingers were crushed by KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur 75-56. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KL Dragons forced 28 Singapore Slingers turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who scored that evening 29 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) supported him with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds by power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) did not help to save the game for Singapore Slingers. Center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) added 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KL Dragons moved-up to third place. Singapore Slingers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. KL Dragons will again play against Singapore Slingers (#4) at home in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play against the league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: S.Monroe 29+8reb+3ast, G.Edwards 14+14reb+2ast, P.Cabahug 10+3reb, B.Guganeswaran 9+1reb+2ast, J.Melton 4+1reb+4ast, B.Sin Ooi 4+1ast
Singapore S.: R.Jones-Jennings 17+16reb, D.Dulay 12+4reb+3ast, R.Singleton 11+13reb+2ast, S.Cabatu 4+4reb+3ast, H.bin Ng 4, M.Folkoff 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229705


Satria Muda - Petron Blaze 52-57

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (7-3) in Jakarta on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (6-3) 57-52. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and swingman JR Cawaling (192-87) who added 16 points during the contest. Petron Blaze's coach Olsen Racela used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Petron Blaze have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face Singapore Slingers (#4) on the road in the next round. Satria Muda will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: C.Banchero 19+4reb+1ast, J.Cawaling 16+4reb+1ast, B.Williams 11+8reb+1ast, J.Fortuna 5+5reb+1ast, R.Rizada 3+1reb, P.Taulava 2+14reb+1ast
Satria Muda: C.Daniels 16+16reb+3ast, S.Thomas 11+14reb, M.Wuysang 9+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 7+2reb, J.Smith 5+4reb+1ast, J.Canada 2+1ast
gschID: 229704


Satria Muda - Thailand S. 69-60

ASEAN League top team - Indonesian Satria Muda (7-3) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (3-7) in Jakarta 69-60. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Satria Muda forced 19 Thailand Slammers turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. American-Filipino guard John Smith (188-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) added 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. Thailand Slammers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Satria Muda maintains first position with 7-3 record. Loser Thailand Slammers stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: S.Thomas 16+15reb+3ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 15+4reb, J.Smith 12+5reb+2ast, C.Daniels 8+6reb+2ast, J.Canada 7+2reb+2ast, M.Wuysang 5+1reb+2ast
Thailand S.: C.Charles 15+13reb+1ast, F.Baguion 15+6reb+10ast, D.Brannon 12+9reb+2ast, W.Dawsom 7+2reb, W.Tongsri 5+2reb, D.Apiromvilaichai 4+6reb
gschID: 229703



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 23-3 
 2. Wildcats 20-6 
 3. Kings 11-15 
 4. Hawks 11-15 
 5. Tigers 10-14 
 6. Taipans 10-15 
 7. Crocodiles 9-16 
 8. 36ers 8-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 8: Wildcats - Kings 83-56
Mar. 7: Breakers - Taipans 80-77
Mar. 10: Tigers - Breakers 74-79
Mar. 9: 36ers - Taipans 69-70
Mar. 9: Crocodiles - Hawks 69-64

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 14: Breakers - Tigers
Mar. 15: Hawks - Kings
Mar. 15: Taipans - 36ers
Mar. 17: Crocodiles - Tigers
Mar. 17: Wildcats - Taipans


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Madgen, Kings18.6 
 2. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles17.3 
 4. Johnson, 36ers16.6 
 5. Deleon, Hawks16.4 
 6. Jackson, Breakers15.9 
 7. Wilson, Taipans15.8 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats14.8 
 9. Knight, Wildcats14.7 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel JOHNSON
  36ers
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.2 
 5. Pledger, Breakers6.9 
 6. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 7. Tragardh, Taipans6.7 
 8. Scott, Tigers6.4 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.1 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers5.0 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
 7. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.2 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.4 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 5. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 6. Henry, Kings1.1 
 7. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 8. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.4 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 5. Hinder, Crocodiles0.8 
 6. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 7. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 8. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 9. Martin, Wildcats0.7 
 10. Garlepp, Kings0.7 



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 18-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 18-7 
 3. Klosterneub. 17-8 
 4. Gmunden 16-8 
 5. Wels 14-10 
 6. Oberwart 14-11 
 7. Gussing 13-12 
 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: Klosterneub. - Gussing 78-75
Mar. 10: Kapfenberg - Oberwart 74-66
Mar. 11: Gmunden - BC Vienna


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hinson, Oberwart21.1 
 2. Grum, Furstenfeld19.9 
 3. Tiedeman, Wels19.9 
 4. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart18.9 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 8. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 9. Ray, BC Vienna17.3 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 4. Washington, Wels7.6 
 5. Boxley, Oberwart7.4 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.3 
 7. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.3 
 8. Lamesic, Wels7.0 
 9. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.8 
 10. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.9 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.7 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.7 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.0 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna3.7 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Zeleznik, Kloster.3.4 
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. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 9. Woods, 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, Oberwart0.8 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden0.5 



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.8 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis17.9 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 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. Cain, Barons k.10.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.5 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 6. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 7. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.1 
 10. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
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. Babkauskas, Liet.1.5 
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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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 23-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 18-6 
 3. Rubon 11-13 
 4. Svisloch 10-14 
 5. Tsmoki-Minsk II 9-15 
 6. Impuls BGUIR 8-16 
 7. Borisfen 5-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 9: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Sozh Gomel 81-85
Mar. 9: Rubon - Svisloch 80-93

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 15: Svisloch - Grodno-93
Mar. 15: Rubon - Sozh Gomel
Mar. 15: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II
Mar. 15: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel21.9 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.2 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.1 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.2 
 6. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 7. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.12.7 
 8. Dadukin, Sozh G.12.1 
 9. Akulich, Rubon11.7 
 10. Konuyshenko, Gro.11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergei DADUKIN
  Sozh G.
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.4 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.5 
 5. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.8 
 6. Sharamet, Borisfen6.3 
 7. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.0 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.5.9 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.5.8 
 10. Ilyukevich, Rubon5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.9 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.2 
 3. Akulich, Rubon5.0 
 4. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.4 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.5 
 6. Kryukov, Borisfen3.3 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen2.7 
 8. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.7 
 9. Sapegin, Rubon2.7 
 10. Korzh, Grodno-932.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.0 
 2. Charykau, Sozh G.2.5 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 4. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 6. Malkov, Grodno-932.1 
 7. Dadukin, Sozh G.1.9 
 8. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.1.9 
 9. Indrikov, Rubon1.9 
 10. Charko, Grodno-931.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anton LAGUNOVSKIY
  Impuls B.
  (192-F-94)
  Avg: 0
 1. Lagunovskiy, Impul.0.0 
 2. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 


Minsk sensation! - by Timur Tolokh

In Week 17 of the regular season, Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus) shocked B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) at home, 86-82. The home team had the momentum the entire game and managed to finish off their opponent for an upset win, improving their chances of avoiding last place in the group.

Intro
When a teams fighting for survival, every game is crucial whether theyre playing with the best team in the league or not. Thats what took place today. Despite the skepticism of many, Tsmoki (Belarus) knocked off one of the best teams in Europe and the top team in the League, B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania).

Andrei Krivonoss team came out determined to show who was in control and took the initiative. Their back court of Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) and Tierre Brown clicked early as the Belarussians rushed out to a 24-17 lead through one period.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunass shooters showed up in the second quarter. Lavrinovic, Juskevicius and Delas combined for three consecutive 3-poniters and crept to within one possession. Tsmoki paid little attention, responding with a 7-0 run and 39-34 advantage at halftime.

The Belarussian club came out just as confident after the break. Kudrautsau and Korshuk got into the paint hoping to collect easy points, while Ulyanko and Pustahvar helped out from the perimeter. As a result, no matter what the Lithuanians did to reduce the lead, no matter how many 3-pointers they attempted, nothing helped. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas headed into the final period, trailing 63-56.

Turning Point
Minsk Arena cheered their team on at full voice and the players were infected by the fans emotions. They maintained a one-possession lead for about half of the period; however, with four minutes left B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas took their first lead. The Lithuanian fans didnt celebrate for long. A crossfire ended in a Dzianis Korshuk field goal, who was left open on the arc with 27 seconds to play. That put Tsmoki on top by five points. The nerve-wracking free throw contest in the end went to the home team. Tsmoki (Belarus) secure a shocking win, 86-82, their second of the season, which gives them a chance to avoid last place in the group at the end of the season.

Star of the Game
Dzianis Korshuk. The Belarussian guard didnt look great for most of the game, but his field goals helped Tsmoki hold on for a win. With 27 seconds left, Korshuk converted a 3-pointer, and 20 seconds later his free throws established the final score in the game, 86-82.

Stat of the Game
11 B.C. Zalgiris Kaunass 11-game winning streak ended in surprising fashion. If the Lithuanian champions had won today, they would have tied CSKAs 12-game winning streak from last season.

Top Performers
Tsmoki-Minsk: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 16 points, six assists; Tierre Brown 16 points; Dzianis Korshuk 15 points; Aliaksandr Pustahvar 11 points, five rebounds; Pavel Ulyanko 11 points; Aliaksei Lashkevich six points, seven rebounds.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas: Tremmell Darden 14 points, six rebounds; Vytenis Lipkevicius 13 points; Darjus Lavrinovic 11 points, five rebounds; Rimantas Kaukenas 10 points; Oliver Lafayette five points, six rebounds.

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Grodno-93 wins the First Stage with 23-1 record - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Premier League just ended. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Vitebsk between third ranked Rubon (11-13) and fifth ranked Svisloch (10-14) on Saturday night. Rubon was defeated by Svisloch at home 80-93. The game without a history. Svisloch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Svisloch outrebounded Rubon 46-25 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Rubon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Ilya Sharipov (198-91) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) replied with 19 points for Rubon. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Svisloch have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost.
The game in Minsk was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Sozh Gomel (18-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (9-15). Sozh Gomel managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Kiril Sitnik who added 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sozh Gomel have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having five points less than leader Grodno-93. Tsmoki-Minsk II lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost.


Rubon - Svisloch 80-93

The most important game in the last round took place in Vitebsk between third ranked Rubon (11-13) and fifth ranked Svisloch (10-14) on Saturday night. Rubon was defeated by Svisloch at home 80-93. The game without a history. Svisloch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Svisloch outrebounded Rubon 46-25 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Rubon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Ilya Sharipov (198-91) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Svisloch players scored in double figures. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) replied with 19 points and the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for Rubon. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Svisloch have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rubon: E.Ivanov 22+1ast, A.Indrikov 19+3reb+3ast, D.Akulich 13+4reb+7ast, Z.Plivda 8+6reb+2ast, S.Sapegin 7+2reb+3ast, V.Ilyukevich 6+7reb+1ast
Svisloch: I.Sharipov 26+8reb+1ast, M.Adam Konate 24+16reb+2ast, D.Shilovich 15+7reb+3ast, O.Dolenko 15+9reb+4ast, A.Olbrecht 7+4reb+3ast, M.Dabravolski 3
gschID: 204772


Tsmoki-Minsk II - Sozh Gomel 81-85

The game in Minsk was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Sozh Gomel (18-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (9-15). Sozh Gomel managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 22-14 last quarter charge of Tsmoki-Minsk II cut the lead to 85-81 at the end of the game. Sozh Gomel made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who added 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sozh Gomel have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having five points less than leader Grodno-93. Tsmoki-Minsk II lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk II: E.Sugonyako 18+8reb+2ast, V.Krisevich 16+6reb+3ast, A.Semianiuk 13+6reb+7ast, V.Kamarunas 12+2reb+3ast, Y.Kurapau 12+6reb+1ast, Y.Beliankou 7+6reb+1ast
Sozh Gomel: K.Sitnik 20+1reb+4ast, S.Charykau 14+7reb+5ast, S.Miakinin 13+5reb+3ast, S.Dadukin 11+9reb+3ast, D.Khodov 11+5reb, I.Kaliayev 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 204771



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 19-6 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 18-6 
 3. Gembo BBC 17-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-8 
 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 10-13 
 13. Oudenaarde 8-16 
 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. 10: Point Chaud - Sint-Jan Ant. 65-76
Mar. 10: Gembo BBC - Oudenaarde 114-77
Mar. 9: Houthalen - Waregem 101-87

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 22: CEP Fleurus - Essor Charleroi
Mar. 23: Waregem - St-Niklase
Mar. 23: Gent Dragons - Gembo BBC
Mar. 23: Sint-Jan Ant. - Kangor.-Boom
Mar. 24: Giants II - Point Chaud
Mar. 24: Excelsior - Houthalen
Mar. 24: Oudenaarde - Tongeren



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Mladost 15-5 
 2. Capljina 14-6 
 3. Bosna 13-6 
 4. Varda HE 11-9 
 5. Radnik B. 10-10 
 6. Leotar 9-10 
 7. Posusje 8-11 
 8. Zrinjski HT 8-11 
 9. Vogosca 8-12 
 10. Kakanj 8-12 
 11. Borac Nektar 8-12 
 12. Servitium 6-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 9: Radnik B. - Kakanj 85-93
Mar. 9: Capljina - Varda HE 78-86
Mar. 9: Borac Nektar - Vogosca 69-80
Mar. 9: Servitium - Mladost 69-71
Mar. 9: Bosna - Leotar
Mar. 9: Zrinjski HT - Posusje


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.19.6 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca18.7 
 5. Hot, Vogosca18.3 
 6. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.6 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 8. Bijelic, Mladost17.2 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina17.1 
 10. Rizvic, Bosna16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Josilo, Varda HE8.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.2 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 5. Rizvic, Bosna6.9 
 6. Damjanovic, Servit.6.7 
 7. Goranovic, Radnik6.6 
 8. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.6 
 9. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.5 
 10. Bijelic, Mladost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.2 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.5 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.3 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna5.2 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 7. Bakovic, Posusje4.9 
 8. Radovanovic, Radni.4.8 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.7 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.8 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.7 
 3. Bjelica, Capljina2.3 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina2.2 
 5. Borovcanin, Radnik1.7 
 6. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 8. Josilo, Varda HE1.6 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 10. Pavlovic, Borac N.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.3 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje0.7 
 3. Suljagic, Kakanj0.7 
 4. Djuranovic, Borac0.6 
 5. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 6. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 7. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 8. Aljovic, Vogosca0.5 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 10. Jurkovic, Capljina0.4 


Tuljkovic is back at Vogosca - by Eurobasket News

KK Vogosca Sarajevo (Division I) agreed terms with 34-year old Bosnian forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, agency: Beo Basket). It is actually his comeback to Sarajevo as he played here before. Tuljkovic just played at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 7 games he had 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg this season. He also played at Vogosca earlier that season. In 12 Division I games he recorded very impressive stats: 24.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. Tuljkovic ended the last season at Spars Sarajevo (A1 Liga). He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. But the most of that year he spent at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) in Hungarian league. In three games he recorded 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg. Tuljkovic also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season he played at PBG Basket (PLK) in Polish league. In 13 games he recorded 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg.
In 2009-10 season Tuljkovic played at Anwil (TBL) in Polish league. In 35 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year, named to Honorable Mention and named to All-Bosmans Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Tuljkovic's team won Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season in 2007. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Belgrade eight years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Tuljkovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia, Slovenia, Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Turkey (Erdemir), Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT) and Poland (Polpharma, Basket Kwidzyn and KK Swiecie).

By Eurobasket Data Center



KSBIH announces cadet roster for - by Nedzad Kladusak

After the regional try-out camps KSBIH has announced the candidates which will be invited for the "6th April tournament". 21 years ago started the siege of Sarajevo, the longest siege after WWII.

Following players have been invited:

1. Faris Jahic Sloboda
2. JAKUPOVIC Jasmin Sloboda
3. MANJGAFIC Fahrudin Kengur
4. SARIC Miljan Buducnost Bijeljina
5. MARSENIC Filip Buducnost Bijeljina
6. GALIC Bozo Siroki
7. ZADRO Ljubo Siroki
8. ALEKSIC Djordje Mladost Mrkonjic Grad
9. DjEDOVINCNedim Barcelona
10. ATIC Edin Cedevita
11. MAVRIC Emin Crabs Rimini
12. AGIC Vedad Milenium
13. HARACIC Meho Iskra
14. MUJIC Muhamed Celik
15. SIJERCIC Amin Radnicki Gorazde
16. SIMANIC Borisa Buducnost Bijeljina
17. AHMEDIC Emir

According to Bosnian tabloid "Avaz" Meho Karacic has been spotted by scouts of Quatari federation during the last try out camp in Laktasi! They offered the 207 cm tall Bugojno native to play for Quatar including a full scholarship for an elite private school. According to "Avaz" Karacic accepted. This raises the question who authorized scouts of foreign associations to attend a try out camp and why unauthorized persons have not been expulsed.



Adriatic League: Partizan edge Igokea in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Partizan - Igokea 73:64

Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and Partizan overcame league-leading Igokea in Belgrade. The victory carried Partizan at 15-9 record, while Igokea slipped at 18-6 in the ladder.
Igokea jumped to an early lead. They accumulated a 17:11 advantage late in the quarter. However Partizan bridged two quarters with an 8:1 rally to pull ahead. The lead changed for several times before Partizan went on an 8:1 run to take a 38:28 lead. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Partizan accumulated a 10-point buffer before the fourth term 58:48. The gap grew at 15-point mark before Igokea cut it to 9 points at the end. Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) provided 11 points each for the winners. Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 15 points for Igokea. Milan Dozet (203-SF-79) netted 13 points in the loss.

Partizan: Vladimir Lucic 13, Djordje Gagic 11, Drew Gordon 11
Igokea: Branko Jorovic 15, Milan Dozet 13



Tuljkovic is back at Vogosca - by Eurobasket News

KK Vogosca Sarajevo (Division I) agreed terms with 34-year old Bosnian forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, agency: Beo Basket). It is actually his comeback to Sarajevo as he played here before. Tuljkovic just played at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 7 games he had 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg this season. He also played at Vogosca earlier that season. In 12 Division I games he recorded very impressive stats: 24.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. Tuljkovic ended the last season at Spars Sarajevo (A1 Liga). He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. But the most of that year he spent at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) in Hungarian league. In three games he recorded 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg. Tuljkovic also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at PBG Basket (PLK) in Polish league. In 13 games he recorded 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg.
In 2009-10 season Tuljkovic played at Anwil (TBL) in Polish league. In 35 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year, named to Honorable Mention and named to All-Bosmans Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Tuljkovic's team won Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season in 2007. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Belgrade eight years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Tuljkovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia, Slovenia, Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Turkey (Erdemir), Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT) and Poland (Polpharma, Basket Kwidzyn and KK Swiecie).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 25-3 
 2. Brasilia 22-4 
 3. Uberlandia 18-9 
 4. Bauru 17-9 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 17-9 
 6. Franca 17-10 
 7. S.Jose/Unimed 16-12 
 8. Paulistano 15-11 
 9. Minas 14-12 
 10. Liga Sorocaba 12-14 
 11. Limeira 12-15 
 12. Basquete Cearense 11-15 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 10-17 
 14. Joinville 9-18 
 15. Palmeiras 8-18 
 16. Vila Velha 8-18 
 17. Suzano 4-22 
 18. Tijuca TC 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 9: Limeira - Basquete Cearense 90-72
Mar. 9: Palmeiras - Franca 87-77
Mar. 9: Joinville - Brasilia 86-96
Mar. 9: Paulistano - S.Jose/Unimed 80-68
Mar. 9: Flamengo - Bauru 74-89
Mar. 9: Tijuca TC - Liga Sorocaba 68-89
Mar. 9: Suzano - Uberlandia 67-89
Mar. 9: Pinheiros/Sky - Mogi das Cruzes 118-82

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 14: Flamengo - Tijuca TC
Mar. 14: Brasilia - Palmeiras
Mar. 14: Mogi das Cruzes - Vila Velha
Mar. 14: Liga Sorocaba - Limeira
Mar. 14: Bauru - Joinville
Mar. 14: Basquete Cearense - Suzano
Mar. 14: Uberlandia - Pinheiros/Sky
Mar. 14: Franca - Paulistano
Mar. 14: S.Jose/Unimed - Minas


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.1 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha20.0 
 4. Day, Uberlandia19.2 
 5. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.6 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.18.6 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.18.6 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.0 
 9. Boracini, Pinheiro.17.5 
 10. Beal, Minas17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Felipe RIBEIRO
  Basque.
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Ribeiro, Basque.9.1 
 2. Araujo, Mogi d.8.9 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.8 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.8 
 5. Agba, Bauru7.7 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.1 
 8. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
 9. Teichmann, Franca6.9 
 10. Soares, Suzano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.1 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.6 
 3. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.3 
 4. Collum, Uberlandia5.0 
 5. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.9 
 6. Taylor, Bauru4.8 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia4.6 
 8. Smith, Pinheiro.4.5 
 9. Lima, Limeira4.4 
 10. Dawkins, Liga S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. De Souza, Joinville0.1 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 6. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 7. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
 9. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Teichmann, Franca0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.1 
 2. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 3. Brown, Palmeiras1.9 
 4. Parker, Vila Velha1.8 
 5. Dawkins, Liga S.1.8 
 6. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 7. Campos, Suzano1.8 
 8. Day, Uberlandia1.8 
 9. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.6 
 10. Teichmann, Franca1.6 


NBB Round 28: Leader Flamengo loses to Paschoalotto/Bauru - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Flamengo (25-3) recorded its third loss in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (17-9) 89-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Flamengo. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Paschoalotto/Bauru made 13 blocks. Guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International forward Guilherme Pereira (190-91) chipped in 21 points. The former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Flamengo at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru is looking forward to face Joinville (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flamengo's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Rio de Janeiro Tijuca TC.
The game in Sao Paolo was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (16-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Paulistano (15-11). Paulistano defeated Sao Jose/Vinac 80-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Alex Oliveira (194-83) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Steven Toyloy contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Sao Jose/Vinac. Paulistano maintains eighth position with 15-11 record. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Paulistano will play against higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#6) in Sao Paulo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sao Jose/Vinac will play at home against Minas in Belo Horizonte and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Sao Paulo, where higher ranked Vivo/Franca (17-10) lost to sixteenth ranked Palmeiras (8-18) in a road game 77-87 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Tiago Lima who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Palmeiras' coach Arturo Alvarez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Guilherme Teichmann responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Palmeiras have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Vila Velha. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Palmeiras will meet league's second-placed Brasilia on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vivo/Franca will play against Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Paolo. Local Pinheiros (17-9) outscored 13th ranked Mogi (10-17) 118-82. The winners were led by Joe Smith who scored that evening 23 points and 5 assists. Pinheiros' coach Claudio Mortari felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Pinheiros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bauru. Mogi at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Pinheiros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Uberlandia (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Mogi will play against Vila Velha (#16).

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Basquete Cearense was defeated by Limeira in a road game 90-72. Suzano was smashed by Uberlandia at home 67-89. Brasilia won against Joinville on the opponent's court 96-86. Bottom-ranked Tijuca TC was outscored by Liga Sorocaba in a home game 68-89.
The best stats of 28th round was 23 points and 4 blocks by Robert Day of Uberlandia.


Limeira - Basquete Cearense 90-72

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked SKY/Basquete (11-15) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Winner/Limeira (12-15) 90-72. It looked good early as SKY/Basquete took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Winner/Limeira had a 28-14 second period charge getting the lead and SKY/Basquete was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-90. Winner/Limeira shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The winners were led by Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (182-86, college: Pittsburgh) who scored that evening 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international center Guilherme Hubner (209-87) supported him with 16 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) by the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) did not help to save the game for SKY/Basquete. The former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) added 13 points and 5 assists for lost side. Four SKY/Basquete players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Winner/Limeira moved-up to eleventh place. SKY/Basquete lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Winner/Limeira's next round opponent will be higher ranked Liga Sorocaba (#10) in Sorocabana and it may be quite challenging game. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Suzano in Sao Paulo.
Top scorers:
Basquete Cearense: F.Ribeiro 21+10reb+2ast, A.Bresolin 13+3reb+5ast, R.Klafke 12+5reb+1ast, W.Drudi 10+3reb+1ast, G.Schneider 6+1reb+1ast, M.Costa 5+4reb+1ast
Limeira: R.Ramon 20+2reb+2ast, G.Hubner 16+4reb, L.Da Silva 12+2reb+3ast, F.Alvim 9+2reb+3ast, O.Carter 9+7reb+2ast, H.Vitor Lima 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 229305


Flamengo - Bauru 74-89

Top ranked Flamengo (25-3) recorded its third loss in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (17-9) 89-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Flamengo. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Paschoalotto/Bauru made 13 blocks. Guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International forward Guilherme Pereira (190-91) chipped in 21 points. The former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Paschoalotto/Bauru and four Flamengo players scored in double figures. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Flamengo at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru is looking forward to face Joinville (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flamengo's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Rio de Janeiro Tijuca TC.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 19+5reb, C.Silveira 19+5reb+2ast, K.Mensah 13+3reb+1ast, V.Benite 11+6reb+4ast, O.Rodriguez 6+11reb, E.Machado 3+1reb
Bauru: G.Pereira 21+1reb+3ast, R.Fischer 20+6reb+3ast, L.Taylor 15+2reb+5ast, P.Alves 13+6reb+4ast, D.Coleman 10+4reb+1ast, A.de Sousa 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 229304


Suzano - Uberlandia 67-89

No shocking result in a game in Sao Paulo where third ranked Uberlandia (18-9) smashed 17th ranked Suzano (4-22) 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Uberlandia. Suzano was better in third quarter 30-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Suzano to just 5 points in first quarter. Uberlandia dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Suzano's 28. They outrebounded Suzano 36-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) who scored that evening 23 points and 4 blocks and the former international forward Luis Felipe Gruber (205-85) supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Uberlandia players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 4 assists by guard Paulo Nery (188-81) did not help to save the game for Suzano. point guard Andre Pizzolato (179-92) added 16 points for lost side. Uberlandia maintains third position with 18-9 record having eight points less than leader Flamengo. Suzano at the other side keeps the seventeenth place with 22 games lost. Uberlandia's next round opponent will be Pinheiros (#5) in Sao Paolo. Suzano will play on the road against SKY/Basquete (#12) in Aldeota.
Top scorers:
Suzano: P.Nery 16+2reb+4ast, A.Pizzolato 16+1reb+2ast, I.Tracci 15+2reb, J.Campos 7+6reb+5ast, R.Da Silva 7+1reb, N.Santana 4+1reb+2ast
Uberlandia: R.Day 23+4reb+3ast, L.Felipe Gruber 21+6reb+1ast, L.Cipolini 12+7reb, R.Collum 11+2reb+5ast, L.Klassmann 10+10reb+1ast, H.Garcia 6+3reb+7ast
gschID: 229303


Palmeiras - Franca 87-77

We should mention about the upset which took place in Sao Paulo, where higher ranked Vivo/Franca (17-10) lost to sixteenth ranked Palmeiras (8-18) in a road game 77-87 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-77. Palmeiras made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Palmeiras made 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Tiago Lima (201-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Guto Pereira (190-83) who added 20 points during the contest. Palmeiras' coach Arturo Alvarez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international power forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-83, college: Tulsa) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Five Palmeiras and four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Palmeiras have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Vila Velha. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Palmeiras will meet league's second-placed Brasilia on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vivo/Franca will play against Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Franca: G.Teichmann 20+11reb+4ast, J.Luz dos Santos 15+2reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 11+4reb+4ast, L.Mariano 10+4reb, L.Meindl 9+3reb+1ast, C.Borges dos Santos 6+3ast
Palmeiras: G.Pereira 20, T.Lima 18+13reb+3ast, T.Curnell 13+3reb+2ast, C.Brown 12+7ast, M.Vinicius 11+3reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 9+4reb
gschID: 229302


Paulistano - S.Jose/Unimed 80-68

The game in Sao Paolo was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (16-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Paulistano (15-11). Paulistano defeated Sao Jose/Vinac 80-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. Sao Jose/Vinac was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 31-15 third quarter run of Paulistano. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Alex Oliveira (194-83) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (186-81) added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for Sao Jose/Vinac. Paulistano maintains eighth position with 15-11 record. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Paulistano will play against higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#6) in Sao Paulo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sao Jose/Vinac will play at home against Minas in Belo Horizonte and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: J.Antonio 20+10reb+1ast, F.de Assis 13+8reb+8ast, A.Laws 12+1reb+1ast, M.Becker 9+4reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 7+2reb, L.Felipe Lemes 4+1reb
Paulistano: A.Oliveira 26+7reb+1ast, S.Toyloy 16+8reb+1ast, P.Lima 11+3reb+4ast, E.Corazza 10+4reb+5ast, R.Carbonari 8+4reb, B.Felipe Viana 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 229301


Pinheiros/Sky - Mogi das Cruzes 118-82

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Paolo. Local Pinheiros (17-9) outscored 13th ranked Mogi (10-17) 118-82. The game without a history. Pinheiros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 66.1 percent from the field and made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Pinheiros shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Mogi's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by American Joe Smith (192-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) who scored that evening 23 points and 5 assists and naturalized Italian point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-84) supported him with 17 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Five Pinheiros players scored in double figures. Pinheiros' coach Claudio Mortari felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 26 points and 6 rebounds by swingman Guilherme Filipin (191-83) did not help to save the game for Mogi. Power forward Thomas Gehrke (203-82, college: UTEP) added 16 points and 7 assists for lost side. Pinheiros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bauru. Mogi at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Pinheiros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Uberlandia (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Mogi will play against Vila Velha (#16).
Top scorers:
Mogi das Cruzes: G.Filipin 26+6reb+1ast, T.Gehrke 16+3reb+7ast, B.Araujo 15+5reb+1ast, P.Patekoski 7+2reb+1ast, G.Vinicius 6+1reb+2ast, C.Ranches 5
Pinheiros/Sky: J.Smith 23+1reb+5ast, M.Dornelles 18+3reb+2ast, P.Boracini 17+4reb+6ast, G.Araujo 13+2reb, B.Fiorotto 12+5reb+1ast, M.Ferreira 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 229300


Joinville - Brasilia 86-96

Very expected game when 14th ranked Joinville (9-18) was defeated at home by second ranked Brasilia (22-4) 96-86. The game was mostly controlled by Brasilia. Joinville was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Joinville helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by the former international point guard Welington Dos Santos (185-81) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international swingman Arthur Silva (198-82) supported him with 27 points. Even 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by guard Victor De Souza (182-92) did not help to save the game for Joinville. Forward Vinicius Telo (203-85, college: Cameron) added 16 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Brasilia have an impressive 13-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 22-4 record having five points less than leader Flamengo. Joinville at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Brasilia's next round opponent will be Palmeiras (#15) in Sao Paulo which should be an easy win for them. Joinville will play on the road against Paschoalotto/Bauru.
Top scorers:
Joinville: V.De Souza 20+5reb+5ast, R.Probst 18+1reb, V.Telo 16+2reb+3ast, T.Aleo 12+6reb+1ast, D.Conceicao 6+3reb, A.Moreira 4+3reb
Brasilia: A.Silva 27+1ast, W.Dos Santos 18+5reb+9ast, G.Giovannoni 13+7reb+3ast, T.Romualdo 12+2reb+3ast, R.Reis 7+2reb, F.dos Santos 6+3reb
gschID: 229299


Tijuca TC - Liga Sorocaba 68-89

Very predictable result in Rio de Janeiro where eleventh ranked Liga Sorocaba (12-14) outscored bottom-ranked Tijuca TC (4-23) 89-68. The game was mostly controlled by Liga Sorocaba. Tijuca TC was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while Tijuca TC only scored nine points from the stripe. The winners were led by guard Arlindo Neto (187-86) who scored that evening 30 points and American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) supported him with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Even 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Rashad Bishop (198-88, college: Cincinnati) did not help to save the game for Tijuca TC. Center Renan Leichtweis (211-89) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liga Sorocaba moved-up to tenth place. Tijuca TC lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Liga Sorocaba's next round opponent will be Winner/Limeira (#11) at home. Tijuca TC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Rio de Janeiro to the arena Flamengo.
Top scorers:
Tijuca TC: R.Bishop 25+5reb+4ast, C.Araujo 13+7reb, R.Leichtweis 11+7reb+3ast, M.de Mattos 5+1reb, M.Camara 4+4reb+2ast, B.Langsdorff 4
Liga Sorocaba: A.Neto 30+3reb+1ast, K.Dawkins 24+5reb+3ast, D.Holloway 18+7reb+2ast, F.Russo 7+2reb, E.Rodrigues 5+2reb, R.de Bem 3+3reb
gschID: 229298



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 17-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 16-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 14-5 
 4. Balkan 12-7 
 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 70-66

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 16: Beroe - Cherno More
Mar. 16: Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist
Mar. 16: Levski Sofia - Balkan
Mar. 16: Spartak Pleven - U20
Mar. 16: Tundja Yambol - Chernomorets


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. Smith, Rilski S.17.8 
 5. Lilov, Balkan17.7 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.17.5 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.8 
 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. Galiotos, Cherno M.9.2 
 3. Milosevic, Tundja9.1 
 4. Santos, Balkan9.1 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.9 
 6. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.8 
 7. Agre, Spartak7.1 
 8. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.1 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.7.0 
 10. Simeonov, U206.7 
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. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.1 
 9. Velikov, Cherno M.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. Holmes, Beroe1.9 
 10. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
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, Balkan1.2 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.1.0 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.8 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 


Fans picked their favorites for Bulgarian All Star Game 2013 - the rosters - by Maria Mitzova

Basketball fans in Bulgaria made their choice for players in the HDI All Star Game in 2013. A total of 7,497 people voted who should play in the showdown on March 30 in Sofia.
People chose 10 Bulgarian players and 10 imports, and 2 of each will be added by the four coaches, who will lead the teams. There will be also a third team to play in the All Star Game in 2013 the one of NBA stars like Dennis Rodman, Allen Iverson, Muggsy Bogues and Jason Williams.
Top vote-getter for second time in his third year in Bulgaria, is Lukoil Academic guard Brandon Heath. Heath received 5,604 votes, or more than 2/3 of the total. Nikolay Varbanov is the most popular Bulgarian player among fans and received 4,221 votes.
Team Toyota Bulgaria: Bozhidar Avramov, Yulian Radionov, Chavdar Kostov, Yordan Bozov, Pavel Marinov, Martin Durchev, Veselin Veselinov, Hrisimir Dimitrov, Nikolay Varbanov, Tencho Banev.
Team Imports: William Walker, Branko Mirkovic, Brandon Heath, Terry Smith, Anthony Gugino, Brian Ormon, Michael Hart, Nemanja Milosevic, Darryl Watkins, Atila Dos Santos.
Coaches: Konstantin Papazov, Georgi Mladenov, Ivan Cholakov, Alexander Todorov.



NBL Round 19: Rilski Sportist beats Balkan in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Samokov. Third ranked Rilski Sportist faced 4th placed Balkan. Host Rilski Sportist (14-5) defeated guests from Botevgrad (12-7) 70-66. American forward Braxton Dupree (203-89, college: Towson, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) fired 17 points for the winners. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Rilski Sportist have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Rilski Sportist are looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Balkan will play on the road against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-15) 93-70. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Thomas Massamba contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Lukoil Academik's coach Sasho Vezenkov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Spartak Pleven. Lukoil Academik (17-2) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Spartak Pleven lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spartak Pleven will play at home against U20 (#10) in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked U20 (0-19) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-86 loss to fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (11-8) in Sofia on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Nemanja Milosevic who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Aleks Simeonov responded with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth place with 11-8 record. U20 lost their nineteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Tundja Yambol will meet at home Chernomorets (#8) in the next round. U20 will play against Spartak Pleven and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 19 Beroe was defeated by Levski Sofia in a road game 91-83. Cherno More beat Chernomorets at home 86-81.
The best stats of 19th round was 28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by Will Walker of Beroe.


Rilski Sportist - Balkan 70-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Samokov. Third ranked Rilski Sportist faced 4th placed Balkan. Host Rilski Sportist (14-5) defeated guests from Botevgrad (12-7) 70-66. American forward Braxton Dupree (203-89, college: Towson, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) fired 17 points for the winners. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. The former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and international guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Rilski Sportist have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Rilski Sportist are looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Balkan will play on the road against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: J.Bozov 12+6reb+6ast, S.Slaveykov 10+3reb+1ast, S.Marinov 10+10reb, U.Petrovic 8+5reb, B.Jovovic 8+2reb, M.Marinov 7+2reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: B.Dupree 17+4reb+1ast, T.Smith 14+4reb+4ast, B.Mirkovic 11+5reb+6ast, A.Caloiaro 10+7reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 9+1reb, T.Gugino 6+12reb+2ast
gschID: 233912


Spartak Pleven - Lukoil Academik 70-93

Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-15) 93-70. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 30. Lukoil Academik players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Swedish point guard Thomas Massamba (185-85) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik's coach Sasho Vezenkov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and center Denis Agre (203-88, college: Pepperdine) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Lukoil Academik (17-2) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Spartak Pleven lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spartak Pleven will play at home against U20 (#10) in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: A.Dyakovski 25+5reb+3ast, D.Agre 15+9reb+3ast, R.Sofroniev 10+5reb+2ast, I.Stankov 7+5reb+4ast, V.Georgiev 5+1reb, D.Marintchechki 4+4reb
Lukoil Academik: D.Haritopoulos 17+8reb+2ast, D.Watkins 17+6reb+2ast, B.Heath 15+5reb+6ast, P.Marinov 15+5reb, T.Massamba 12+5reb+9ast, B.Popovic 7+3reb
gschID: 233913


Levski Sofia - Beroe 91-83

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Beroe (7-12) was defeated on the road by second ranked Levski Sofia (16-3) 91-83 on Saturday. Beroe trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-91 at the end of the game. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 26. It was a great shooting night for Levski Sofia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists. International Pavel Ivanov (200-88) helped adding 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Will Walker (183-87, college: De Paul) responded with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) and the other American import guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) scored 20 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Levski Sofia. They maintain second place with 16-3 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Newly promoted Beroe dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Levski Sofia will meet at home Balkan (#4) in the next round. Beroe will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe: W.Walker 28+6reb+6ast, R.Holmes 20+3reb+3ast, M.Carter 13+3reb, S.Tsvetkov 9+3reb+2ast, M.Hart 5+4reb, V.Aleksandrov 3+1reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: P.Ivanov 17+2reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 15+4reb+11ast, N.Varbanov 12+2reb, H.Dimitrov 11+5reb+4ast, Z.Georgiev 10+5reb+2ast, S.Georgiev 10+8reb+1ast
gschID: 233911


Cherno More - Chernomorets 86-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Euroins Cherno More's (8-11) home victory over 8th ranked Chernomorets (6-13) 86-81 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Euroins Cherno More made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Chernomorets turnovers. It was a great evening for Croatian-Canadian center Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-84, college: Jacksonville) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Simeon Iliev (203-89, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Ivo Slavchev (198-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists and American center James Tyler (218-88) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to sixth place. Loser Chernomorets keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Euroins Cherno More will meet Beroe (#7) in the next round. Chernomorets will play against Tundja Yambol and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: J.Tyler 20+8reb, I.Slavchev 14+21reb+4ast, B.Boev 12+3reb+4ast, K.Hristov 10+2reb+1ast, K.Koev 8+3reb+6ast, P.Rakovic 7+2ast
Cherno More: L.Vrcelj 24+11reb, S.Iliev 15+8reb, P.Aleksiev 14+4ast, A.Velikov 11+5reb+5ast, T.Zhelev 9+3reb+5ast, M.Borisov 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 233910


U20 - Tundja Yambol 86-94

Bottom-ranked U20 (0-19) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-86 loss to fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (11-8) in Sofia on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-86. Tundja Yambol made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) responded with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Tundja Yambol and four U20 players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tundja Yambol maintains fifth place with 11-8 record. U20 lost their nineteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Tundja Yambol will meet at home Chernomorets (#8) in the next round. U20 will play against Spartak Pleven and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
U20: A.Natskin 20+2reb+1ast, A.Simeonov 17+9reb+4ast, N.Stoyanov 16+7reb+1ast, V.Galabov 13+8reb, D.Karamfilov 7+2reb+6ast, T.Tenchev 7+2reb+2ast
Tundja Yambol: N.Milosevic 26+10reb+1ast, F.Vukosavljevic 15+8reb, M.Durchev 13+4reb+5ast, S.Govedarov 13+2reb+3ast, S.Petkov 11+3reb+1ast, J.Radionov 7+1reb+6ast
gschID: 233909



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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. Dorsey, Cape Bret.21.2 
 4. Freeman, UFV21.2 
 5. Ogungbemi-J., Calg.20.7 
 6. Fee, New Brunsw.20.4 
 7. Faulkner, Queen''s20.3 
 8. Ratte, Laurentian20.2 
 9. Dunn, St.Francis X.20.2 
 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, UBC10.1 
 5. Klassen, Acadia9.9 
 6. Burns, Regina9.7 
 7. Allin, Laurier9.3 
 8. Moses, Calgary9.2 
 9. Burns, Saskatch.9.1 
 10. Salhia, Lakehead9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.8.3 
 2. Hebert, Regina6.2 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.5.4 
 4. Pasquale, Laure.4.8 
 5. Lamar, Saskatch.4.8 
 6. Smith, TWU4.8 
 7. Walton, Manitoba4.8 
 8. Allin, Laurier4.6 
 9. Smith, UPEI4.5 
 10. York, UFV4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.3 
 2. Perrin, TWU2.8 
 3. Evans, Victoria2.7 
 4. Walton, Manitoba2.7 
 5. Daley, New Brunsw.2.7 
 6. Parchment, UFV2.6 
 7. Smith, TWU2.4 
 8. Carter, Lakehead2.4 
 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, Acadia1.4 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead1.4 
 7. Luby, Brock1.4 
 8. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.3 
 9. Aubertin, UNBC1.3 
 10. Chesson, Laurier1.3 


SEMIFINAL #1: T-Wolves roar back, off to first final in 36 years - by Eurobasket News

OTTAWA (CIS) The Lakehead University Thunderwolves had already accomplished more than anybody expected them to. Coming into the CIS mens basketball Final Eight tournament as the seventh-seed, not many people were anticipating an opening round victory aside from the players and coaching staff, of course.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index

But with an impressive 74-61 win over second-ranked Cape Breton on Friday afternoon, the Thunderwolves wanted more. They were only one game away from a place in the national final.

That made a physical, hard-fought 66-62 victory over the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees that much sweeter.

People have been writing us off all year, Thunderwolves head coach Scott Morrison said after the win. Thats what we love, we love when people write us off.

In a fiercely competitive contest that looked for long stretches like a wrestling match, it was the Thunderwolves sixth-man that made the difference. Joseph Jones (188-G-89) came off the bench and scored a game-high 24 points to lead his team back to the national title game for the first time since 1977, and the third in program history.

Im the energy man, everyone knows in the country Im coming off the bench and Im going to give it all Ive got, the Washington D.C., native said.

My teammates look for me to step up, they told me I needed to step up and thats what I did. I wasnt going to let them down, he continued.

Four of those points came from the free-throw line with less than one minute to go in the contest. With the Gee-Gees nipping at the heels of the Thunderwolves, and the capacity crowd inside Scotiabank Place doing their best to throw him off, the fifth-year guard was oblivious to the situation.

Jones, who Lakehead star Greg Carter later called the heart and soul of the team, was locked in.
He calmly knocked down all of his shots. The ball hit nothing but net on every one.

[Jones] can look like the worst player in the world at times, but those times are not when the game is on the line, Morrison said. I have my own personal rule, I dont lose a game with [Jones] on the bench. If Im going to lose a game hes going to be on the floor because hes a guy who fights to the buzzer.

For the hometown favourites, this was supposed to be the year that everything clicked. With fifth-year forward Warren Ward (196-G-89) back for one last shot and a supporting cast that included Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa was expected by many to make the national final.

If you dont win the whole thing everyone says it was a failure, but I dont believe in that. I think we had a great season, an emotional Ottawa head coach James Derouin said after the game.

However, he did admit that loss made it feel as though the rug kind of got pulled out from under us today.

It was a feeling that Ward, who finished with a team-high 21 points, echoed.

He also looked back on his career as a Gee-Gee.

I gave Ottawa everything I had, I gave them my knee too, he said, referring to the torn ACL he suffered last season. I have no regrets, Im just disappointed I couldnt help [Derouin] win a championship, because he deserves it for all the work he puts in.

After a solid first half for the Thunderwolves, the third-ranked Gee-Gees came out of the locker room and went on a 9-2 run to take the lead.

The Lakehead offence went ice cold.

But despite their offensive struggles, the defense remained solid. The aggressive, in-your-face style held the third-best shooting team in the nation to a paltry two-for-nineteen from three-point range.

They fought harder than us, I thought, Derouin said.

With a spot in the national championship game on the line, each team exhausted incredible energy on both ends of the floor. Bodies were crashing to the hardwood on almost every possession, as every loose ball was fiercely contested.

One such play late in the game saw Carter injured his shoulder after getting tangled with an opponent and hitting the floor hard. But just like the rest of his team has done all year, he bounced back from adversity.

Ive never seen someone guard an all-Canadian with one arm before, Morrison said of Carter, who was locked in a fiery battle with Ward for the final few possessions of the game.

Morrison said his participation in Sundays title game which will air live on The Score and at www.CIS-SIC.tv is in jeopardy.

Carter wasnt having any of that.

Im for sure going to play tomorrow, no doubt. It shouldnt be a factor, hopefully not, he said.

For his part, Jones said he is looking forward to proving everybody wrong one last time.
Everyone was considering us the underdog, and we love it. Were definitely going to open some more eyes tomorrow, I guarantee that, he said. This is our last run, our last shot at a championship, were going to empty that tank on a high note.

STAT LEADERS

LAK: 16-14-14-22: 66
OTT: 16-16-17-13: 62

Lakehead

Points: Joseph Jones (24), Dwayne Harvey (12), Greg Carter (9)
Rebounds: Dwayne Harvey (7), Brendan King (6), Joseph Jones (6)
Assists: Greg Carter (4)

Player of the game: Joseph Jones

Ottawa
Points: Warren Ward (21), Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (11), Caleb Agada (10)
Rebounds: Warren Ward (10), Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (9), Johnny Berhanemeskel (9)
Assists: Warren Ward (4)

Player of the game: Warren Ward
Courtesy of host organizing committee (Gianluca Nesci)



CONSOLATION #2: Vikes edge rival UBC, join McGill in consolation final - by Eurobasket News

OTTAWA (CIS) One of the most interesting aspects of the CIS mens basketball Final Eight tournament is the familiarity that exists between many of the teams, players and coaches at the event. Never was that more apparent than in Saturdays second consolation game at Scotiabank Place, which pitted familiar foes against one another for the fourth time in recent weeks.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index

The last time the University of Victoria Vikes and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds met, a week ago, the Canada West championship was on the line the latter squeaked out a hard-fought 72-69 win to take the conference crown and earn one of the top seeds at the tournament.

This time, there was far less at stake.

But pride can be a fantastic motivating factor, and that is exactly what the Vikes were playing for after they were hammered by 37 points by the reigning two-time national champion Carleton Ravens in their quarter-final matchup on Friday evening.

The Vikes would use that as motivation to come away with a 71-65 victory over their Canada West rivals.

Everybodys dream was dashed last night, Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp said. I think the incentive was that we didnt play very well last night and got embarrassed a little bit. Taking nothing away from Carleton, but we thought we hurt ourselves and didnt play up to our potential.

In a fairly even game that was tied 11 different times and saw eight separate lead changes, the Vikes were dominant in one area, inside the paint.

Victoria enjoyed a 44-28 advantage underneath the basket, with much of that coming down to the impressive play of forward Christopher McLaughlin, who was named player of the game thanks to his 20 points and six rebounds.

Terrell Evans and Brin Taylor (193-G-93) each scored 16 points apiece, and the Vikes held UBC to 35.9 per cent shooting from the field.

We were decent defensively. They only scored 65, so we limited them on the defensive end, said Beaucamp. We also got some inside touches. Chris [McLaughlin] had a big game for us at the other end. We were just more solid on both sides.

Meanwhile, UBC big-man Brylle Kamen (201-F, college: San Jose St.) led the way for his team, putting up 19 points in a losing effort.

The Vikes now move on to compete in the fifth-place game, which tips-off at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and will be broadcasted live at www.CIS-SIC.tv.

They will play the McGill Redmen, who came out on top over the Cape Breton Capers in the opening consolation game of the day.

McGills a very good team, they play hard defensively and they can really shoot it, so its going to be a tough game, Beaucamp said.

As for the Thunderbirds, who came in as the fourth-ranked team, their tournament has come to an end thanks to two consecutive losses.

STAT LEADERS

VIC: 18-20-14-19: 71
UBC: 16-20-15-14: 65


Victoria
Points: Chris McLaughlin (208-C) (20), Brin Taylor (16), Terrell Evans (16)
Rebounds: Chris McLaughlin (6), Terrell Evans (6)
Assists: Kyle Peterson (6)
Player of the game: Chris McLaughlin

UBC
Points: Brylle Kamen (19), David Wagner (12), Isaiah Solomon (11)
Rebounds: Conor Morgan (11), Brylle Kamen (7)
Assists: Isaiah Solomon (6)
Player of the game: Brylle Kamen
Courtesy of host organizing committee (Gianluca Nesci)



CONSOLATION #1: Redmen upset No. 2 CBU, will play for fifth - by Eurobasket News

OTTAWA (CIS) Its a game no team wants to play in, but you couldnt tell from the way the Cape Breton Capers and McGill University Redmen were battling on the court Saturday afternoon at Scotiabank Place.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index

In the opening consolation game of the day at the CIS mens basketball Final Eight, it was McGill who emerged victorious, coming away with an 86-84 win in a thrilling overtime contest.
The game featured a classic matchup of a high-powered offence going up against a shutdown defence.

The 86.5 points per game scored by the Capers in the regular season was good enough for third in the country, while the Redmen pride themselves on stopping the opponents. The latter held teams to a measly 62.9 points on average this year, the second best mark in the nation.

Something had to give.

Led by guard Winn Clark and his eight points, the Redmen took an 18-14 lead into the second quarter.

Thats when the pace began to pick up.

The two teams, each well-represented in the crowd, exchanged baskets in the stanza, going up and down the floor at will. Its exactly the type of game that favours the Capers high-octane offence, and they took advantage, heading into the break with 35-33 lead.

The contest continued to go back and forth all afternoon long, but it was the RSEQ champions who were able to outlast the second-ranked AUS titlists for what head coach Dave DeAveiro called an important win for Quebec and the RSEQ conference.

Over the years the conversation has been whether or not we deserve to be here, he said after the game. Our league is getting stronger and I think people need to be aware of how good the basketball is in Quebec.

The Redmen were led by a balanced approach on offence, as four players scored 14 points or more. Of that group, Adrian Hynes-Guery (190-G, college: Amer.Internat.) was the high-scorer with 20, while Vincent Dufort recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Were a team, we dont have one superstar so for us to be successful we have to play like a team, DeAveiro said.

Meanwhile, the Capers were led by all-Canadian and two-time AUS MVP James Dorsey, who scored a tournament-high 39 points, singlehandedly bringing his team back from a fourth-quarter deficit and forcing the game into overtime with 15 points in the frame.

Three-pointers, drives to the basket and mid-range jumpers, the six-foot-two guard from Baltimore was doing it all.

With the Capers down by two, Dorsey drew a foul with only 0.2 second remaining in regulation and went to the line with the game on his shoulders. One miss and the season as well as his Cape Breton career officially came to an end.
He calmly nailed both shots.

[Dorsey] is one of the best players to ever play at [Cape Breton], and he was going to go out the way he wanted to, Capers head coach Matt Skinn said. Just a great performance by him and he carried us in the fourth quarter.

But despite his best efforts, the Redmen duo of Hynes-Guery and Dufort combined for eight points to lead the sixth-ranked team to victory as Dorsey missed a desperation three at the buzzer.

After missing out on the win in such disparaging fashion at the end of regulation, it would have been easy for the Redmen to quit in overtime.

I was disappointed in the way regulation finished, but weve been resilient all year, DeAveiro said. We never quit. Thats the thing Im most proud of about our team, we never quit.

DeAveiro and his men will have one more chance to pick up a win for Qubec when they compete in the fifth-place game, which tips-off at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and will be broadcasted live at www.CIS-SIC.tv.

They will play the winner of todays second consolation game between the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the University of Victoria Vikes.

Meanwhile, the Capers tournament has now come to an end thanks to two consecutive losses.

STAT LEADERS

McG: 18-15-28-14-11: 86 (OT)
CBU: 14-21-20-20-9: 84


McGill
Points: Adrian Hynes-Guery (20), Vincent Dufort (19), Simon Bibeau (16)
Rebounds: Vincent Dufort (10), Winn Clark (8)
Assists: Vincent Dufort (5)
Player of the game: Winn Clark

Cape Breton
Points: James Dorsey (39), Sean Mccormick (196-F) (10)
Rebounds: Sean Mccormick (11), James Dorsey (9)
Assists: Brennen Fule (2), Sean Mccormick (2)
Player of the game: James Dorsey
Courtesy of host organizing committee (Gianluca Nesci)



BRONZE: Gee-Gees edge Axemen in OT, claim bronze - by Eurobasket News

OTTAWA (CIS) The Ottawa University Gee-Gees and the Acadia Axemen locked horns on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Place, but unfortunately for both teams, they hit the court a few hours earlier than they would have liked.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index

The two teams were forced to face-off in the CIS mens basketball Final Eight bronze medal showdown after losing their respective semifinals the previous night, and it was the hometown team that came out on top.

Led by 23 points from rookie point guard Mehdi Tihani (188-G), the Gee-Gees rebounded from a lackluster opening half to claim a spot on the podium in a thrilling, back-and-forth contest that needed overtime to be decided.

Ultimately, Ottawa managed to come away with a 92-85 victory, winning a medal for the first time in program history.

I wasnt sure how we were going to react, but by the time the third quarter came around I really wanted that bronze medal, Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin said. You could tell by the way our guys celebrated how much this meant to them.

Given the quality of both teams, they could have easily been playing in the showpiece event later in the day the national championship game.

Carleton Ravens head coach Dave Smart who was recently named CIS coach of the year for the sixth time in his illustrious career said on the opening day of the tournament that he believed the Axemen were the most talented team in the country.

Before there were any games played, Acadia was the number one team in the country in my mind, Smart said ahead of the semifinal contest between the two teams yesterday. I still think talent-wise theyre the best in the country.

As for the Gee-Gees, with star guard Warren Ward (196-G-89) in full flight and a number of quality players alongside him, they came into the tournament as the third-ranked team.

Ottawa enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in program history, and were expected by many to make a first ever trip to the national final.

Theyre one of the best teams in the country, McGill head coach Dave DeAveiro said of Ottawa after the teams met in the quarter-final stage. You dont want to play that team, theyre very good right now and they have a great chance to win.

They backed up those words in the second half against the Axemen.

The game got feisty midway through the second half, as Owen Klassen (208-F-91) got tangled with two Gee-Gees inside the paint while trying to grab an offensive rebound. A small scrum ensued, with Anthony Ashe (193-G) and Ward jawing with one another as the officials sorted out the foul situation.

Watch yourself, Ward told Ashe multiple times.

The altercation seemed to ignite Ottawa. In particular, six-foot-seven forward Vikas Gill. The Stittsville, Ont., native was held scoreless in the first half, missing all six of his shots, but got hot in the third quarter with 12 points, all of which came from beyond-the-arc.

It was a common theme for the Gee-Gees on the day, as they took 37 shots from three-point range, knocking down 15 of those attempts.

I was okay with it, thats what we do, Derouin said. Today, when we had a chance to get a three, we just let them fly.

Tihani took over the game in the extra frame, scoring six points, including two free throws late to put things beyond reach.

He was unbelievable tonight, Derouin said.

Ward, playing in his last ever game with the team, was taken out with only seconds remaining, and got a rousing ovation from crowd.

Upon receiving their medals, the Gee-Gees huddled together in celebration.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the floor, the Axemen were forced to watch on in disappointment.

I already want to play again. I could play tomorrow, Klassen said.

The Acadia star, who finished with a team-high 20 points, fouled out before the overtime period, and was forced to watch from the bench. While his teammates fought valiantly, it was simply too much to overcome without their main weapon on the floor.

Weve always done well in close games, over the last couple of years theres been a lot of games where Ive fouled out in overtime, these guys dont quit when I foul out, he said.

STAT LEADERS

OTT: 20-15-30-12-15: 92 (OT)
ACA: 28-9-21-19-8: 85

Ottawa

Points: Mehdi Tihani (23), Warren Ward (16), Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (14), Vikas Gill (14)
Rebounds: Warren Ward (8), Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (5), Johnny Berhanemeskel (5)
Assists: Warren Ward (7), Johnny Berhanemeskel (6)

Player of the game: Mehdi Tihani

Acadia
Points: Owen Klassen (20), Tyler Scott (18), Anthony Ashe (15)
Rebounds: Anthony Ashe (7), Owen Klassen (6)
Assists: Anthony Ashe (3), Owen Klassen (3)

Player of the game: Anthony Ashe
Courtesy of host organizing committee (Gianluca Nesci)



FINAL: Ravens capture record-setting ninth W.P. McGee Trophy - by Eurobasket News

OTTAWA (CIS) It was a game for the history books in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon as the Carleton University Ravens won their record-setting ninth CIS mens basketball championship, and their third in a row, at Scotiabank Place. Carleton took the bite out of the Lakehead Thunderwolves with a dominating performance in a 92-42 win as they reached the summit in mens university hoops honours for another year.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index

Carleton is now in a league of their own when it comes to W.P. McGee Trophy triumphs.

It was an interesting season for myself and the team. I had no idea how it was going to turn out, said Ravens head coach, Dave Smart.

I demand so much from players every season and this year was not an exception. We had some good days and bad days. To see the players come together and work so hard for this championship is very special.

The Ravens entered the Final Eight with eight championship rings, tied with Victoria, but that changed this weekend after the Vikes were eliminated by Carleton in Fridays opening round.

The possibility of making CIS basketball history clearly motivated the Ravens who appeared to be on an unstoppable mission from the opening tip off.

Carleton scored on their first rush down the floor as Clinton Springer-Williams drained a nifty jumper to give the Ravens a 3-0 lead and they never looked back. They were ahead 18-8 after the first quarter, 40-19 at halftime and 66-28 after 30 minutes of action.

Lakehead kept off the scoreboard for the first five minutes and 43 seconds of the contest.

This game and afternoon was filled with Carleton highlights and another impressive display by the most successful program in the country.

With Sundays win the Ravens have captured the W.P McGee Trophy nine of the last 11 years.

Weve been witnessing something special in the last 11 years, said Jennifer Brenning, Carletons athletic director.

Dave works so hard every year to improve the program by recruiting quality kids to Carleton. It makes me very proud when I see them win.

The Ravens continued to pile up points in the opening quarter and were ahead 11-0 before Lakeheads Matthew Schmidt picked up a three pointer of his own to get the T-Wolves on the board.

Carletons inspired play continued in the following frame as they put up another 22 points. The Ravens not only scored at will but defended like masters as they shut Lakehead down allowing only 19 points in the opening half and went into the break with a comfortable 21-point lead.

The third quarter started with a brief push back by Lakehead but that was short lived as Carleton increased their sizeable lead to 38 points after three quarters.

The final quarter of CIS mens basketball for this year saw the Ravens rack up 26 points compared to 14 for Lakehead.

The 50-point winning margin more than doubled the previous record for win-loss differential. In 1964 Windsor defeated UBC 94-70. In 1971 Acadia outscored Manitoba 72-48.

The Ravens established another record by limiting the Lakehead offence to just 42 points for.

Lakehead has been to six CIS championships and the last four, but had lost in the first round each of the past three years. But it had been 36 years since the program participated in the 1977 final game. The Thunderwolves were there in 1973 as well. This years final is definitely one they will want to forget.

Every year players graduate from university and that is the case with Carleton forward Kyle Smendziuk who finished out a five-year run with the Ravens.

During my time at Carleton, coach Smart has prepared me for every game and any situation. He has helped me with more than just basketball. My work ethic has improved and I have matured as a young adult under his guidance. It has been a tremendous experience attending Carleton and to leave as a national champion is a fantastic feeling.

Thomas Scrubb (196-F), a third-year guard from Richmond, B.C., was honoured twice after todays final, first as player of the game for the winning side, and then as tournament MVP. He succeeded younger brother Philip as the recipient of the Jack Donohue Trophy following a 17-point, eight-rebound performance.

For other Ravens scored in double figures, including Philip Scrubb (15), Clinton Springer-Williams (13), Tyson Hinz (198-F-91) (11) and Dan Penner (10). With the game in hand early, Smart had the luxury of utilizing all 12 of his players for at least five minutes.

In a losing cause, Dwayne Harvey (G) was the only Lakehead player to put up interesting statistics as he finished with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Earlier in the day, the McGill Redmen won the consolation final with a convincing 80-68 victory over Victoria to end the tourney in fifth position.

The bronze medal game between Ottawa and Acadia was decided in overtime with the Gee-Gees coming out on top 92-85.

Carleton will again play host to the Final Eight in 2014, from March 7 to 9 at Scotiabank Place.

STAT LEADERS

CAR: 18-22-26-26: 92
LAK: 8-11-9-14: 42

Carleton
Points: Thomas Scrubb (17), Philip Scrubb (15), Clinton Springer-Williams (13), Tyson Hinz (11)
Rebounds: Thomas Scrubb (8), Tyson Hinz (8)
Assists: Tyson Hinz (4), Philip Scrubb (4)

Player of the game: Thomas Scrubb

Lakehead
Points: Dwayne Harvey (10), Joe Hart (7), Matt Schmidt (6)
Rebounds: Dwayne Harvey (10), Yoosrie Salhia (3)
Assists: 4 players with 2

Player of the game: Joseph Jones (188-G-89)

CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS

Tournament MVP (Jack Donohue Trophy):
Thomas Scrubb, Carleton

R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Vincent Dufort, McGill

Tournament All-Stars:


Thomas Scrubb, Carleton
Tyson Hinz, Carleton
Joseph Jones, Lakehead
Warren Ward (196-G-89), Ottawa
Owen Klassen (208-F-91), Acadia

SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Friday, March 8
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Lakehead 74, Cape Breton 61
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Ottawa 82, McGill 70
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Acadia 89, UBC 80
20:00 Quarter-final #4: Carleton 83, Victoria 46

Saturday, March 9
12:00 Consolation #1: McGill 86, Cape Breton 84 (OT)
14:15 Consolation #2: Victoria 71, UBC 65
17:30 Semifinal #1: Lakehead 66, Ottawa 62
20:15 Semifinal #2: Carleton 84, Acadia 69

Sunday, March 10
11:00 5th place: McGill 80, Victoria 68
13:15 Bronze medal game: Ottawa 92, Acadia 85 (OT)
15:30 Championship final: Carleton 92, Lakehead 42
Courtesy of host organizing committee (Mike Beasley)



SEMIFINAL #2: No. 1 Ravens return to final looking for record-setting 9th title - by Eurobasket News

OTTAWA (CIS) The Carleton University Ravens will be playing for CIS mens basketball history on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Place. Carleton will have a chance for a record-setting ninth national championship when they square off against the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the 2013 final.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index

The Ravens will compete for that distinction after chopping down the Acadia Axemen 84-69 in semifinal action on Saturday night. Lakehead edged Ottawa 66-62 in the earlier semi.

Carleton and the Victoria Vikes currently share the mark of eight W.P. McGee Trophy triumphs. The Ravens made sure that Victoria would not play for another one this season after kicking them out of the tournament in Fridays quarter-finals, 83-46.

Sundays final gets underway at 3:30 p.m., live on The Score Television Network and www.CIS-SIC.tv.

It was tough out there, Acadia is a solid team, they defend very well, said Ravens head coach, Dave Smart , whose program is 8-0 all-time in CIS gold-medal games.

We managed to keep ourselves in the game and managed to escape with a two-point lead at the half. The guys settled down in the second half and dominated the boards for the rest of the game.

No kidding. Carleton finished the night with a combined total of 50 rebounds, compared to 34 for the AUS finalists.

The much anticipated matchup between the No. 1-seeded Ravens and fifth-ranked Axemen got off to a shaky start with both teams experiencing some trouble scoring.

Neither squad could put any points on the board for the first three minutes of the contest.
A trip to the national championship was on the line so nerves may have played a part as shots were hitting the rim or missing the target completely.

As the first quarter wore on players from both sides started to find the range and the see-saw battle began which was to be the theme for the first half.

Carleton would race down the court and strike for two followed by a successful Acadia attack.

At the end of the first quarter Carleton was ahead by a slim two-point margin, 14-12.
The second quarter was even tighter with the Ravens and Axemen striking for 17 points apiece as the teams headed to their dressing rooms at halftime with Carleton ahead by a deuce 31-29.

The lead changed four times in the opening twenty minutes of play and featured a pair of outstanding performances from members of both schools.

Carletons Thomas Scrubb struck for 14 points while Acadias Owen Klassen was a one-man show draining five of six free throw attempts and collecting five rebounds.

Tommy (Thomas Scrubb) gave us a boost with a tremendous performance in the first quarter, said brother Phil Scrubb, the reigning two-time CIS player of the year who ended up as the top scorer in the game with 26 points.

He really got us fired up when he started making shots when we needed them.

After the break, Carleton started to gain the stride that made them the favourites to win the 2013 Final Eight.

The Ravens out-chanced, outhustled and outscored their opponents in the third stanza and were rewarded with a 51-41 lead going into the final 10 minutes of regulation time.

In the final frame, the Ravens reserved their spot in the national championship for the fourth time in the last five years by outscoring Acadia 33-28 in a very entertaining quarter of basketball.

Carleton gave us a good lesson with their physical play and consistent ball pursuit, stated Acadia head coach, Steve Baur.

We were caught watching too many rebounds and it ended up costing us on the scoreboard. All we can do now is learn from our loss, get ready for Ottawa and compete for the bronze medal. I expect it to be a very good game.

Thomas Scrubb finished with 20 points to earn game-MVP honours for Carleton, while first-team all-Canadian forward Tyson Hinz (198-F-91) tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds.

In a losing cause, Sean Stoqua (180-PG) scored a team-high 20 points, while Klassen, a 6-foot-10 forward had 17 points and six boards.

Earlier in the day, McGill edged Cape Breton 86-84 in overtime to advance to the consolation final. The Redmen will meet Victoria who defeated UBC 71-65. Both teams will duke it out for fifth place, Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

The Cape Breton Capers and University of British Columbia Thunderbirds are eliminated from the tournament after going 0-2.

The Gee-Gees andAxemen will play for the bronze medal at 1:15 p.m.

STAT LEADERS

CAR: 14-17-20-33: 84
ACA: 12-17-12-28: 69


Carleton
Points: Philip Scrubb (190-G-92) (26), Thomas Scrubb (20), Tyson Hinz (15)
Rebounds: Tyson Hinz (11), Clinton Springer-Williams (10)
Assists: Philip Scrubb (5)
Player of the game: Thomas Scrubb

Acadia
Points: Sean Stoqua (20), Owen Klassen (17), Anthony Ashe (11)
Rebounds: Tyler Scott (8), Owen Klassen (6), Anthony Ashe (6)
Assists: 4 players with 1
Player of the game: Sean Stoqua

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times EASTERN TIME)

Friday, March 8
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Lakehead 74, Cape Breton 61
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Ottawa 82, McGill 70
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Acadia 89, UBC 80
20:00 Quarter-final #4: Carleton 83, Victoria 46

Saturday, March 9
12:00 Consolation #1: McGill 86, Cape Breton 84 (OT)
14:15 Consolation #2: Victoria 71, UBC 65
17:30 Semifinal #1: Lakehead 66, Ottawa 62
20:15 Semifinal #2: Carleton 84, Acadia 69

Sunday, March 10
11:00 5th place: McGill vs. Victoria (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:15 Bronze medal game: Ottawa vs. Acadia (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
15:30 Championship final: Lakehead vs. Carleton (THE SCORE / www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Courtesy of host organizing committee (Mike Beasley)



5th PLACE: RSEQ champs Redmen claim consolation final - by Eurobasket News

OTTAWA (CIS) No team comes into the CIS mens Final Eight tournament with hopes of finishing in fifth place but someone has to. On Sunday morning at Scotiabank Place, the McGill University Redmen and the Victoria Vikes found themselves embroiled in a contest they had no intention of playing in when they arrived in the nations capital.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index

Had you asked either set of players before the tournament began, they almost certainly would have scoffed at the suggestion of this being a meaningful game.

But once the contest tipped-off, it was anything but meaningless.

Led by 19 points from Nathan Joyal (198-F), the Redmen overcame a sluggish start to come away with an 80-68 win, claiming the title as the fifth-best team in Canada this year.

Im extremely happy, its easy for us to come into these two [consolation] games and feel like they are meaningless, but theyre not and our kids showed that, Redmen head coach Dave DeAveiro said.

While it may not be the distinction they were hoping for, DeAveiro added that he was happy with his teams performance over the course of the weekend.

He is hoping this experience will help serve the program well heading into future seasons.

The first time Carleton made it to nationals they won the consolation championship, so this is part of the building process, said DeAveiro, who led the Redmen to their first CIS tournament appearance since 1979. Rome wasnt built in a day, so were laying the foundation right now trying to get to the promised land.

Aside from Joyal, McGill once again relied on a balanced attack, with four other players hitting double-figures guard Adrian Hynes-Guery led that group with 16 points.

After only putting up 13 points in the opening quarter and getting a stern lecture from DeAveiro during a timeout the Redmen exploded for 28 points in the second frame, and went into the break all square at 41.

Victoria is a really good team, they run their offence really well and they execute and I dont think our kids were ready for that, so we had to call a quick timeout and get adjusted, DeAveiro said.

The RSEQ champions continued that momentum coming out of the locker room, outscoring the Vikes 39-27 in the second half to pick up the victory after the final buzzer, the Redmen saluted their fans who made the short trip to Ottawa to show their support.

Making only their fourth appearance at the national tournament, the Redmen did a great job representing the Quebec conference, something DeAveiro stressed as being vital all weekend long.

As for the Canada West finalist Vikes, Chris McLaughlin (208-C), scored 12 points in the opening half but was held to just four after the break thanks to the improved interior defence of the Redmen.

McLaughlin still managed to finish the game as top-scorer for his eighth-seeded club.

He and his team will return to the west coast still stuck on eight W.P. McGee trophies, having not claimed the national crown since 1997.

STAT LEADERS

McG: 13-28-18-21: 80
VIC: 20-21-15-12: 68

McGill

Points: Nathan Joyal (19), Adrian Hynes-Guery (16), Simon Bibeau (11)
Rebounds: Winn Clark (8)
Assists: Winn Clark (6), Adrian Hynes-Guery (5)
Player of the game: Nathan Joyal

Victoria
Points: Chris McLaughlin (16), Terrell Evans (10), Kyle Peterson (10)
Rebounds: Michael Acheampong (7)
Assists: Michael Acheampong (5)
Player of the game: Chris McLaughlin
Courtesy of host organizing committee (Gianluca Nesci)



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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.2 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.6 
 8. Singleton, Xinjian.11.5 
 9. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.4 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Jeter, Shandong FB2.5 
 3. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB2.3 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 6. Morris, Beijing Du.1.7 
 7. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Guangdong and Shandong won CBA Round 1 Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang FT - Guangdong ST 76-86 (0-1)

The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-76. Guandong Tigers dominated on the defensive end, holding Xinjiang Flying Tige to just 6 points in second quarter. Guandong Tigers forced 19 Xinjiang Flying Tige turnovers and outrebounded them 45-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international Jianlian Yi (212-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. American guard Donald Sloan (191-88, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) answered with 30 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard QinPeng Zhang (187-81) added 12 points in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 30+5reb+3ast, Z.QinPeng 12+2reb+3ast, T.ZhengDong 9+3reb, S.James 9+6reb+1ast, M.Kan 6+1ast, Y.Changdong 6+3reb
Guangdong ST: S.Donald 21+6reb+5ast, W.ShiPeng 18+3reb+2ast, D.Ike 17+8reb+1ast, Y.Jianlian 14+18reb+3ast, L.XiaoYu 7+2reb+1ast, C.Jianghua 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 235119


Beijing Ducks - Shandong FB 92-108 (0-1)

The game without a history. Shandong Bulls 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 Beijing Ducks' 38 and made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Beijing Ducks 52-35 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners and American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) chipped in 30 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 assists and the other American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 28+2reb+10ast, Z.YanXi 22+5reb+2ast, M.Randolph 21+14reb, G.Li 11+1reb+3ast, Z.Xiaochuan 5+1reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 4+4reb+5ast
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 30+5reb+3ast, A.Zaid 30+19reb+4ast, V.Jackson 17+9reb+6ast, Y.Ding 11+7reb, S.Ran 7+3reb+1ast, L.JingYu 5+1reb
gschID: 235118



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 8-2 
 2. Bucaros 7-3 
 3. Academia 7-3 
 4. Aguilas 4-6 
 5. Once Caldas 4-6 
 6. Piratas 4-6 
 7. Caribbean Heat 4-6 
 8. Halcones 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Mar. 9: Caribbean Heat - Halcones 96-92
Mar. 9: Once Caldas - Bambuqueros 88-90
Mar. 9: Academia - Aguilas 85-79
Mar. 9: Piratas - Bucaros 61-78

Regular Season: Round 11

Mar. 11: Piratas - Academia
Mar. 11: Aguilas - Bucaros
Mar. 11: Once Caldas - Caribbean Heat
Mar. 11: Halcones - Bambuqueros


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone RAYSON
  Aguilas
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 22
 1. Rayson, Aguilas22.0 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.4 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.1 
 4. Johnson, Piratas20.9 
 5. Bradford, Caribb.20.8 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros19.6 
 7. Aragon, Academia18.3 
 8. Mayfield, Aguilas18.0 
 9. Culver, Caribbea.17.8 
 10. Gilbert, Bucaros17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas10.5 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros9.4 
 3. Culver, Caribbea.8.9 
 4. Blue, Academia8.4 
 5. Sanders, Halcones7.7 
 6. Guevara, Bambuque.7.0 
 7. Cortes, Once Cald.7.0 
 8. Burnett, Halcones6.8 
 9. Arteaga, Piratas6.6 
 10. Rayson, Aguilas6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.1 
 2. Brooks, Bucaros4.9 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.8 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.5 
 5. Moreno, Piratas4.2 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas4.1 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.3.8 
 8. Dayee, Once Caldas3.4 
 9. Aragon, Academia2.8 
 10. Franklin, Caribb.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.4 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 5. Londono, Academia1.6 
 6. Garris, Once Caldas1.5 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas1.3 
 8. Corpus, Aguilas1.3 
 9. Rodriguez, Halcones1.2 
 10. Guevara, Bambuqu.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Omar SANDERS
  Halcones
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Sanders, Halcones1.0 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros1.0 
 3. Farley, Academia0.9 
 4. Blue, Academia0.8 
 5. Burnett, Halcones0.7 
 6. Mayfield, Aguilas0.7 
 7. Hernandez, Bucaros0.6 
 8. Culver, Caribbea.0.6 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.0.5 
 10. Guevara, Bambuqu.0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 10- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas did not had too many chances yesterday night and fall again as local against the Bukaros, the black team had a good start but the lack of deepness makes his boat one with a very small fuel tank, Piratas has been also undersized against some rivals but specially against Bukaros the strongest team in the paint among all the 8 in the competition.
Phillip Brooks again broke the rival defense with his quickness and finished leading the Bukaros with 22 pts, John Velez has 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Piratas leader Edgar Moreno tried hard but his effort came short beacause the bad night of Fahnbulleh and Johnson, Moreno finished with 16 pts, and Johnson 13 pts.
Piratas de Bogota 61 - E. Moreno 16 pts, J. Johnson 13 pts
Bukaros 78 - P. Brooks 22 pts, T. Jennings 11 pts

Bambuqueros put Manizales OC in a really bad situation winning the second straight game as visitor, the Neivas team took control of the boards and specially hurt the locals with their 25 offensive rebounds that meant the victory despite the bad fourth quarter, Stalin Ortiz posted a double double in the night with 22 pts and 10 rs, Enielsen Guevara had 16 pts and 11 rebounds leading the winners, Manizales OC had Cesar Ordonez with 20 pts, Justin Garris with 20 and Cesar Cortez with 17 and 11.
Justin Garris had the chance to change the history but his three points attempt at the end of the game did not fund the net.
Manizales OC 88 - C. Ordonez 20 pts, J. Garris 20 pts.
Bambuqueros 90 - S. Ortiz 22 pts + 10 rebs, E. Guevara 16 pts + 11 rebs.

The Caribbean Heat won its 4th straight game at home, defeating the Halcones de Cucuta, the visitors had a great start leaded by Courtney Nelson arriving to the middle with a 5 points lead, but the combined effort of Bradford, Downs and Forbes put the Heat back in the game and was enough to get the victory, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) had 27 pts, Jorry Downs 17 pts, in Halcones Courtney Nelson had 21 pts, Byron Burnett 15 pts and 10 rebounds.
Caribbean Heat 96 - C. Bradford 27 pts, J. Downs 17.
Halcones de Cucuta 92 - C. Nelson 21 pts, B. Burnett 15 + 10 rebs.

Academia de la Montana keeps his place among the top defeating Aguilas de Tunja for the second straight night, Aguilas had a good start thanks to E. Mayfield and Y. Fernandez, the game had ups and downs for both teams but a strong third quarter of the Academia was enough to put the victory in a safe place.
Academia de la Montana 85 - C. Chavez 22 pts, N. Aragon 21 pts
Aguilas de Tunja 79 - Y. Fernandez 20 pts, E. Mayfield 19 pts




JOSHUA DOLLARD ARRIVES TO BUKAROS , REPLACES JENNINGS - by Victor Garcia

Joshua Dollard (203-F-86, college: USC Aiken) has arrived to Colombia and will wear the yellow jersey of the current champions Bukaros Freskaleche, Dollard is a 2,03 Forward that fills the small and power forward spots , very athletic and with good quickness for his size who likes to play in front of the board, has played in Canada, Dominican Republic, Czech Republic , Turkey and greece.
With Dollard Bukaros can put a starting line up with 4 players taller than 1,98 a very hard match up for their rivals.



MARVIN RAMIREZ WILL PLAY WITH AGUILAS - by Victor Garcia

Aguilas the Tunja is facing many problems about the lack of quickness in their roster, the Tunjas team is trying to find some colombian talent to improve its performance, in the last hours the team reach an agreement with the Colombian guard Marvin Ramirez (188-G, college: Sullivan CC).
Ramirez enters his fourth season as professional, played at Indervalle and Cafeteros previously, the team is also waiting for an american center.



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  CROATIA   

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 


Adriatic League: Cibona hold off Union Olimpija in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Union Olimpija 74:62

Cibona rallied past Union Olimpija in Zagreb today. It was the 9th win for the Croatian team in the Adriatic League season. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Cibona started the game strongly. The hosts raced to a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. Cibona kept the Slovenian powerhouse at distance throughout the second frame. The Croats piled up a 44:33 halftime advantage. Union Olimpija tuned in defensively after the big break. The visitors held Cibona to 12 points in the third quarter and narrowed the margin at 8-point mark 48:56. But Cibona reacted with their own aggressive defensive effort in the final period. Union Olimpija managed just 14 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) netted 17 points, while D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) had 12 points for the hosts. Sasu Salin (192-G-91) answered with 17 points for Union Olimpija. Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Cibona: Andrija Zizic 22, Jerel Blassingame 17, D.J. Strawberry 12
Union Olimpija: Sasu Salin 17, Jasmin Perkovic 13



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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. Maras, Etha13.6 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.4 
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, Keravnos6.6 
 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, Keravnos4.5 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Adegboye, Etha3.4 
 6. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 7. Demertzis, Kerav.3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel2.9 
 9. Tutt, 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. Kremen, Apoel1.6 
 8. Panteli, AEK1.6 
 9. Williams, Etha1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
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. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.1 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 8. Maras, Etha0.8 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 


Semi-Finals: Skourtopoulos debut was unfortunate! - by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou - CytaVision Apoel 65-74 (0-1 in the series)
Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos was defeated in his premier and his home court by Coach Konstantinidis and APOEL, so after AEK Larnakas which succeeded earlier this week a crucial win for the first game of the semi finals on a best of five series, APOEL did the same and beat the home team from Strovolos of the newcomer Greek Head Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos with 65-74 and is now a step closer to the finals since the next game will be in the packed from Apoel fans, court of Eleftheria where Keravnos is suffering the last couple of decades as it faces an inferiority syndrome in the specific home court, no matter what .


The game was a derby from the beginning with the visitors being a bit more aggressive and getting a short lead at the end of the first period with 20-21. Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos was unfortunate enough not to have two of his Americans in the roster since both Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) and Corey Stokes (195-G-88, agency: Two Points, college: Villanova) were injured and couldnt offer their services to the Greek Coach. Having in mind the fact that especially Tony Crocker was the top scorer of the team averaging nearly 15 points per game, the team of Strovolos and the Greek head Coach started with a great disadvantage against the furious team of Coach Konstantinidis.

The second period was a bit more balance with the two teams remaining in a low productivity but steady in the score, with Keravnos getting his points and actually defending their team with the duet of Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) and Maze who were the only real threads for APOEL, while Demertzis was organizing the game and was quite solid in his organizational duties. The score of the second period ended up with 15-15 and an overall 35-36 for APOEL who kept the slight deficit.

The third period (as many other third periods the last couple of years for the Strovolos team) was disastrous for the home team as APOEL even though remain behind in the first five minutes of the game, the second part of the third period was amazing for the visitors since Jeremiah Davis (183-PG-81, college: Pacific) in his best game (he remembered his old days in APOEL) and Mokongo gave a + 8 for the team of Coach Konstantinidis and that was the stepping stone for APOEL, since eh momentum changed totally and the psychology went on APOELs site and remain until the end. The score on this third period ended with 44-52, with APOEL getting 11 points by Jeremiah Davis and the visitors running an amazing 14-2 in the last parts of the period.

The fourth period was more or less typical since the visiting site with good and solid policy just to win the game even with one point and eliminated the home advantage came from the regular season. It is worth mentioned the fact that APOEL end up the regular season with nine (9) defeats versus the only three (3) defeats of Keravnos. So they did it! APOEL kept the deficit and even though Keravnos cut the deficit even to as close as four points (57-61) after the fifth foul of Demertzis, Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos had the American Maze in a double role, but couldnt actually thread realistically the team of APOEL. Jeremiah Davis and Wells from behind the arc gave the final slap to Keravnoss team and Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos and with another six points ahead the -4 became -10 in no time for Keravnos and the last two minutes were simple typicality. The final score is showing the real picture of the two teams even though Keravnos as mentioned played with two players less than its opponent.
For another one season (like the three previous seasons) Keravnos goes to the Semi Finals with a home advantage but simply cant win the most crucial games of the season and disqualifies from the competition ingloriously. On the other hand, APOEL under Coach Konstantinidis is doing just fine with an average team, playing simple basketball and now with this road win is the top favorite team to play in the finals (probably against AEK Larnakas) in another successful (finally) season for the Cypriot Head Coach.
Top scorers:
Keravnos Strovolou: Zvonko Buljan 13 points and 7 rebounds, Maze 14
APOEL: Jeremiah Davis 16, Stiggers 11, Kremen and Troupe 10 per head



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


CEZ Nymburk lost another two games in VTB League - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk lost another two games in VTB League and dropped at 5-11 record in Group B.
Enisey overcame CEZ Nymburk 81:59 for 6-11 record. Davon Jefferson orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. Michael Efevberha answered with 9 points and 7 rebounds and Petr Benda (203-C-82, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CEZ Nymburk.
Earlier CEZ Nymburk lost to Zalgiris 84:90. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But CEZ Nymburk won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris made 22-of-27 free shots during the game. Zalgiris outrebounded CEZ Nymburk 36-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) fired 15 points for the winners. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Radoslav Rancik produced 20 points and Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) added 11 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side.



Travis Nelson claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Travis Nelson (208-C-87) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best BK Pardubice and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old center had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds for BK Pardubice in his team's victory, helping them to edge out NH Ostrava (#3, 18-10) 80-79. BK Pardubice is placed at 2nd position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. BK Pardubice will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Nelson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Travis Nelson averages this season 11.7ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American point guard Showron Glover (180-PG-87) of Chomutov. Glover impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Chomutov to edge slightly higher-ranked USK Praha (#-4, 13-17) by 3 points 101-98. This victory allowed Chomutov to move up to -3th position in A2. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Glover is a newcomer at Chomutov and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Willie Kemp (188-PG-87) of Levice (#-5). Kemp scored 28 points and passed seven assists. Despite Kemp's great performance Levice lost 90-103 to #0 ranked J.Hradec. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Levice needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in A2. Their record is 15 victories and 14 lost games. Kemp has a great season in Czech Republic. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.4apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jakub Sirina (185-G-87) of B&W Opava - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87) of Usti n/Labem - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Roman Marko (194-SG-86) of BK Prostejov - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jakub Krakovic (205-F-90) of Usti n/Labem - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87) of Usti n/Labem - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Curtis Allen (193-G-86) of Chomutov - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  DENMARK   

Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Lemvig 16-4 
 2. Falcon 15-4 
 3. BMS Skovlunde 14-6 
 4. Amager BK 13-6 
 5. Virum 12-8 
 6. Stevnsgade 11-8 
 7. Glostrup 8-10 
 8. Koge BK 8-12 
 9. Aarhus BF 6-12 
 10. ALBA 5-14 
 11. Jonstrup 5-14 
 12. Haderslev 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 9: Jonstrup - Haderslev 90-83
Mar. 9: Falcon - Koge BK 80-66
Mar. 9: Aarhus BF - Lemvig 75-85
Mar. 9: Glostrup - BMS Skovlunde 73-67
Mar. 9: ALBA - Virum 55-59

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 13: Amager BK - Stevnsgade
Mar. 16: Koge BK - Jonstrup
Mar. 16: Virum - Glostrup
Mar. 16: Lemvig - Amager BK
Mar. 16: BMS Skovlunde - ALBA



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 25-13 
 2. Canton C. 24-15 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 22-18 
 4. Erie Bay H. 22-18 
 5. Maine RC 21-20 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 19-20 
 7. Springfield A. 14-24 
 8. Iowa E. 9-32 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 26-12 
 2. Rio Grande VV 24-14 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 22-16 
 4. Austin T. 22-16 
 5. Los Angeles D. 17-20 
 6. Texas L. 17-22 
 7. Idaho S. 13-25 
 8. Reno B. 13-25 

Regular Season: Round 56

Mar. 10: Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers 99-110
Mar. 10: Maine RC - Canton C. 83-108
Mar. 10: Reno B. - Rio Grande VV 108-120
Mar. 10: Ft.Wayne MA - Bakersfield J. 102-109 OT
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 66ers20.9 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.20.4 
 4. Goudelock, Rio G.20.1 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.19.9 
 7. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.5 
 8. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 10. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
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. Samuels, Reno B.10.6 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.4 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 10. Wright, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 2. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.6 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 8. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 9. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.5.8 
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. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.8 
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. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Rio G.2.2 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 9. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


Wins for Bay Hawks, D-Fenders, Warriors and Skyforce on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Sioux Falls S. 110-113
The Reno Bighorns (13-24) gave up a 26-point lead to the Sioux Falls Skyforce (22-18) Saturday night, losing 113-110. The Bighorns lead 60-43 at halftime, but let the Skyforce back in the game in the second half. Reno was led by Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville)'s 28 points. Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) added 25 points and Dar Tucker chipped in 21 points. Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) had 31 points to lead Sioux Falls. The game was tied 110-110 with 12 seconds left when Andre Barrett hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to close out the game. The Bighorns play again tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Courtesy of: ktvn.com

Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S. 101-88
The cards were stacked against the Idaho Stampede when they showed up at the Kaiser Permanente Arena Saturday night with as many losses this season as the Warriors had wins. But that doesn't mean Santa Cruz didn't have to work for its 101-88 win over Idaho. A night after defeating the Sioux Falls Skyforce by 22 points, the Warriors (25-13) started the first quarter with a few fiery minutes and an eight-point lead - only to fall behind. Agonizing missed attempts and turnovers that, combined with a clean performance by the Stampede, left the Warriors trailing Idaho throughout the first, second and third quarters. But a final stanza in which the Warriors outscored Idaho by a 30-9 margin made up the deficit. 'We knew we just had to play this hard,' said Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona), who provided a team-high 21 points to go along with seven assists. Stefhon Hannah, who suffered some shoulder pain from a collision in the first quarter, was on and off the bench throughout the game but nevertheless managed to finish with 20 points. The win positions the Warriors just a half-game behind West Division leader Bakersfield, which fell to Erie 118-97 Saturday. The turning point in the fourth quarter came with just six minutes left, when Santa Cruz brought their nine-point deficit down to two. It then turned the game around amidst a series of fouls, including a technical on the Stampede's Coby Karl, and the Warriors, as they are known to do, lit up and dominated to the end. Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut)'s dunk with 5:22 left in the game put Santa Cruz ahead 85-84. The Warriors then went on a 16-4 run to close out the contest. It limited Idaho to just nine points in the fourth quarter - the lowest output for an opposing team in the final frame this season. Six Warriors finished in double digits, including Darington Hobson, who had 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Both Taylor Griffin and Hilton Armstrong finished with 11. The Warriors will host Reno Tuesday at 7 p.m. While defense on both sides seemed to drop down in the third, it completely failed in the fourth for the Stampede, which led 79-71 after three quarters. Justin Harper led the Stampede with 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) added 18 points and five boards. Coby Karl had a game-high 11 assists. Less than three minutes into the game, the Warriors were leading 10-3. However, they didn't see that great of a lead again until the fourth quarter. The fire seemed to die out for the Warriors when Idaho tied the game thanks to Harper, who had nine points in the first quarter. Maurice Baker, who had 10 points and two assists in the game, opened the second stanza with back-to-back shots, again putting the Warriors in the lead with 10 minutes remaining in the half. But like the first quarter, the second quarter saw a quick turnaround by the Stampede, who took a 47-46 lead to the break. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Los Angeles D. - Austin T. 95-91
Los Angeles D-Fenders claimed the second win in a row as they held off visiting Austin Toros. Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) accounted for 21 points to pace the hosts. Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) contributed 20 points and 6 boards for the D-Fenders as they jumped at 17-20 record. JaMychal Green (6'8''-F-90, college: Alabama) answered with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Toros. Tre Kelley and Rick Jackson had 11 points each as Austin fell at slipped at 22-16 record.

Erie Bay H. - Bakersfield J. 118-97
The Erie BayHawks welcomed the Bakersfield Jam, owners of the NBA Development League's best record, to the Erie Insurance Arena on Saturday night. The BayHawks received a big boost from Mustafa Shakur (6'4''-G-84, college: Arizona) and Cory Higgins to down the Jam by a final score of 118-97. Erie (22-18) dominated the pace of play for the second consecutive night. The BayHawks took a one point advantage on a Shakur three-pointer with eight minutes remaining in the first and never looked back. After one quarter, the BayHawks led the Jam (25-12) by eight. Erie shared the ball well in the first as four players scored six points each during the quarter. Higgins scored 10 second quarter points and helped the BayHawks take a 68-48 lead into the break. The BayHawks took their largest lead of the game in the third quarter when Tirrell Baines threw down a breakaway slam dunk to put Erie ahead by 31. Bakersfield would cut the deficit to 18 near the end of the game before the BayHawks closed out the contest by a final score of 118-97. Shakur led Erie with a game-high 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Higgins finished with 26 points and eight rebounds. Erie also got double-figure scoring efforts from Nicholas Covington (6'2''-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) (15), Demonte Harper (6'4''-G-89, college: Morehead St.) (12), Baines (11), and Erik Daniels and Kyle Goldcamp who both pitched in with 10. Toronto Raptors assignee Quincy Acy (6'7''-F-90, college: Baylor) led the Jam with 17 points. Brian Butch (15), Jerel McNeal (14), Damian James (14) and Renaldo Major (11) also scored had double digit scoring nights. The BayHawks will host the Texas Legends on Tuesday night at the Erie Insurance Arena at 7 PM. Bakersfield will travel to Fort Wayne overnight and face the Mad Ants tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



D-League round 55 best performance: Demetris Nichols - by Eurobasket News

Forward Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for Sioux Falls S., receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 55.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Reno B. (#7, 13-24) 113-110. Sioux Falls S. maintains the 3rd position in D-League. Sioux Falls S. 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 22-18 record. In the team's last game Nichols had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Sioux Falls S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Demetris Nichols averages this season 18.5ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Mustafa Shakur (193-G-84) of Erie Bay H.. Shakur had a very good evening with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Erie Bay H. to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Bakersfield J. (#1, 25-12) 118-97. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Erie Bay H. consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 22-18 record is not bad at all. Shakur is one of the most experienced players at Erie Bay H. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward JaMychal Green (203-F-90) of Austin T. (#3). Green scored 20 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Green's great performance Austin T. lost 91-95 to slightly lower-ranked Los Angeles D. (#5, 17-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Austin T. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 22 victories and 16 lost games. Green has a very solid season. In 28 games in D-L he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 7.5rpg and FGP: 52.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sean Evans (203-F-88) of Idaho S. - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Cory Higgins (195-G-89) of Erie Bay H. - 26 points and 8 rebounds
6. Cameron Jones (193-G-89) of Santa Cruz W. - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Ronald DuPree (199-F/G-81) of Reno B. - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Darington Hobson (201-G/F-87) of Santa Cruz W. - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Lazar Hayward (198-F-86) of Los Angeles D. - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Orien Greene (193-G-82) of Reno B. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  EGYPT   


Analyzing the Center Position in the Egyptian National Team - by Mohamed Ramadan

For the first time in 20 years it can be one of the positions with a lot of depth and talent that includes experienced Tarek El-Ghannam, 7-2 Omar Oraby of USC Trojans in the NCAA, Omar Samhan who just recovered from injury and has huge potential, and Mohamed Khorshed the center of Egyptian league leaders Alexandria Sporting Club. The 4 big men are really completing each other's game, but only lacking one important thing which is athleticism.

Tarek El-Ghannam
Despite turning 35 this year, Tarek is still the best scorer in the whole team and the best paint defender. His existence provides huge confidence to his teammates, great leadership and his capability of shooting 3's spreads the floor well and allows them more to shine and show their potential. This year could be the first time for him to face real competition on the roster due to expected presence of Omar Oraby and may be Omar Samhan.

Omar Oraby
Omar's figures still arent flashy but dont forget the big man is only playing 14 mpg. In this limited time he averages 6 points, 1.5 blocks and 3.7 rebounds per game this year with the Trojans. His ability of blocking shots is very remarkable. For sure the youngster who is only 22 is still lacking experience but his potential is better than any center in the Egyptian league not named Tarek El Ghannam.

Omar Samhan
No doubt that the existence of a healthy Samhan will turn the quality of the team to another better level and will make the national team a heavy weight contender in the coming African Cup of Nations tournament. Samhan is the best Egyptian ever in the history of NCAA tournament. He's a monster on the boards, can block shots and average 20 or more points per game. The question now is he ready? Does he want to join the national team?

Mohamed Khorshed
Khorshed can play both positions the 4 and 5. The best thing in him is his motor, not so athletic but fights for every ball. He's a below average scorer but can be a solid back up for the team.




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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket Summer League is coming to Fuenlabrada, Spain! - by Eurobasket

This June Fuenlabrada, Madrid, will host the Eurobasket Summer League, which is aiming to be the most important men's summer basketball league of this type in Europe. Here in Fuenlabrada, semi-pro and professional players from different leagues in all countries, players can showcase their skills in front of scouts, managers and fans eager to discover new basketball values to be incorporated to their teams. The Eurobasket Summer League has gained the reputation as being the top summer league showcase in the U.S. for professional basketball players and now is back in Europe. Eurobasket is very proud to have agreed to terms with one of the most successful organizations in Spain and that being Fuenlabrada. There is no question that Fuenlabrada was selected for their pro basketball tradition, their professionalism of the club, the league in which they play and last but not least, the city of Fuenlabrada, Madrid is the perfect sports city.
This summer league will consist not only of competition games, but also includes specific training sessions, skills tests and interviews. All activities in which the players will participate will give each and every participant the option to make a leap in their career in front of managers and scouts from different professional leagues.
This tournament will be held be held from June 24th to 29th. More info on: http://www.eurobasketsummerleague.com/



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 18-4 
 2. ToPo 17-5 
 3. Tapiolan Honka 13-9 
 4. BC Nokia 11-9 
 5. Oulun NMKY 11-11 
 6. Huima 8-14 
 7. Pyrinto II 8-14 
 8. SayRi 6-16 
 9. Ura Basket 6-16 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 20-6 
 2. TuNMKY 18-7 
 3. KaU Koris 16-10 
 4. Jarvenpaa 16-10 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 10-16 
 6. HBA-Marsky 9-16 
 7. Espoo Basket 8-18 
 8. JyWe 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

A

Mar. 10: ToPo - Tapiolan Honka 97-90
Mar. 10: SayRi - Huima 93-76
Mar. 10: BC Nokia - Porvoon Tarmo 68-76
Mar. 10: Oulun NMKY - Ura Basket 102-89

B

Mar. 10: BC Jyvaskyla - HBA-Marsky 88-99
Mar. 10: Espoo Basket - Kerava ET 70-88
Mar. 10: Jarvenpaa - TuNMKY 68-89
Mar. 10: KaU Koris - JyWe 100-79

Regular Season: Round 26

A

Mar. 15: Porvoon Tarmo - ToPo
Mar. 16: BC Nokia - Oulun NMKY
Mar. 17: Pyrinto II - Oulun NMKY
Mar. 17: Huima - BC Nokia
Mar. 17: Ura Basket - SayRi

B

Mar. 17: HBA-Marsky - KaU Koris
Mar. 17: JyWe - Jarvenpaa
Mar. 17: Kerava ET - BC Jyvaskyla
Mar. 17: TuNMKY - Espoo Basket


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.7 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia24.2 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.7 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.8 
 6. Mays, Huima21.8 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET21.6 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.5 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II20.2 
 10. Tate, Porvoon19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierre JALLOW
  Jarvenpaa
  (203-F/C-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.9 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.6 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET12.1 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Keskitalo, JyWe11.7 
 6. Stephens, Huima11.6 
 7. Young, Porvoon10.8 
 8. Coleman, ToPo10.4 
 9. Capers, ToPo10.3 
 10. Salminen, TuNM.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.2 
 2. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 4. Ginty, ToPo4.3 
 5. Mays, Huima4.1 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.0 
 7. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.9 
 9. Kyllonen, Porvoon3.8 
 10. Hanninen, Jarven.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.0 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon2.1 
 5. Thomas, SayRi2.0 
 6. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 9. Andersen, Espoo B.1.7 
 10. Russell, Oulun N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.0 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 6. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 7. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 8. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 
 9. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 10. Young, Porvoon1.2 


1.DIVISION: ToPo - Honka 97-90 after OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, round 22: As we know there is not a single Basketball team from Helsinki area playing in Top League (Korisliiga) this season. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Honka (Tapiola) are play-off teams in Division 1, though, and meeting eachother tonight third time during the regular season. The wins were 1-1 before tonight's thriller. Teams needed this time an OT before it was clear ToPo had won 97-90 (79) (33-44). There were 64 fouls called (ToPo 29 - Honka 35), there were 70 FTs shot (ToPo 35/45, Honka 17/25) and there were 1000 people who saw this fight live! Hanno Mottola (209-PF-76, college: Utah) saved this game first into OT by scoring 79-79 bucket at time 39:34. Then during the OT Mottola scored 12 out of ToPo's 18 points. Mottola had 18 FTs in the game, made 15 of them. Mottola scored 27 points in 30 minutes. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) (19pts/11rbs) and Marcus Capers (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) (17pts/10rbs) were the other two key players on ToPo (17-5) roster. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) led Honka (14-9) with 28 pts. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) added 22pts/15rbs.
At Nokia BC Nokia (11-10) was close to upset Tarmo (Porvoo), but visitors won the last quarter 7-23 and by the same the contest 68-76 (43-35). Ville Tuominen (180-PG-89) led BC Nokia with 18 pts. Kraidon Woods (205-C/F-88, college: Drake) added 16 pts. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) (Tarmo) had a double-double 24pts/10rbs. Isaiah Tate (192-G-89, college: George Mason) netted 15 and Jarno Nissinen (195-F-77) 14 pts. Tarmo (18-4) and ToPo will meet coming Friday, March 15 in Porvoo and the winner of that fight will probably win the regular season.
YMCA Oulu defeated Ura Basket (Kaarina 102-89 (52-45) and Riento (Saynatsalo) beat Huima (Aanekoski) 93-76 (57-31). An important victory for Riento!

ToPo - Honka 97-90 (79) (33-44). (Hanno Mottola 27, HLColeman 19/11, Marcus Capers 17/10 - Malik Moore 28, Ronnie Clark 22/15, Jouko Jarvinen 14. A: 1000).
BC Nokia - Tarmo 68-76 (43-35). (Ville Tuominen 18, Kraidon Woods 16, Brian Moultrie 13/8 - Vernon Taylor 24/10, Isaiah Tate 15, Jarno Nissinen 14).
YMCA Oulu - Ura Basket 102-89 (52-45). (Josh Nofflet 31/10, Dwight Coleman 25/18, Russell Frederick 24/10 - Paul Harrison 25, Nolan Richardson 22, Bobby Nash 14/11).
SayRi - Huima 93-76 (57-31). (Shaquille Johnson 26, Rolando Little 21, Eryk Thomas 17/5a - DeAndre Mays 25, Cory Abercrombie 24/15, Andre Stephens 16/9).



Marcus Relphorde claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Salon Vilpas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Salon Vilpas in his team's victory, helping them to beat KTP (#1, 27-9) 84-76. Salon Vilpas maintains the 9th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Salon Vilpas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-24 record. In the team's last game Relphorde had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Salon Vilpas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Marcus Relphorde averages this season 23.2ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Kouvot. Clavell impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Kouvot lost that game 71-84 to the higher-ranked Nilan Bisons (#3, 26-9). Kouvot managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-18 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clavell is a newcomer at Kouvot and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#4). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua (#10). Haanpaa scored 25 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Haanpaa's great performance Lapua lost 92-97 to slightly lower-ranked FoKoPo (#11, 10-26). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Lapua can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 10-25 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Haanpaa he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Haanpaa has individually a great season in Finland. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of FoKoPo - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of LrNMKY - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP - 25 points and 13 rebounds
10. Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86) of Namika Lahti - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  FRANCE   

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 



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Adriatic League: Szolnoki prevail against MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki - MZT Skopje 81:72

Szolnoki dominated MZT Skopje at home court. It was the eighth win for the Hungarian team in the League. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) carried the hosts to the victory with 24 points.
Szolnoki shocked the visiting team in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 22:9 run in the starting ten minutes. MZT Skopje slowed down Szolnoki in the second term but struggled to get any closer. The home team arrived at halftime up by 13 points 41:28. MZT Skopje picked up the aggressiveness in the third quarter. The Macedonian team erupted for 31 points in the period to trim the gap at 2-point mark. But Szolnoki sobered up pretty quickly and finished the game on a 20:13 run to seal the win. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) delivered 15 points, while Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) added 8 points for the winners. Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87), Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and Cade Davis (197-F/G-88, college: Oklahoma) answered with 15 points each for MZT Skopje.

Szolnoki: Marton Bader 24, James Florence 15, Brandon Gay 8
MZT Skopje: Damjan Stojanovski 15, Todor Gecevski 15, Cade Davis 15



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

27-year old center Sergo Atvashovili (223-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sokhumi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 26 rebounds, while his team edged out Rustavi (#4, 12-4) 96-92. Sokhumi maintains the 8th position in Georgian league. Sokhumi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. Atvashovili just recently signed at Sokhumi, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sergo Atvashovili averages this season 19.4ppg and 18.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi. He is American guard in his first season at Rustavi. In the last game Bowie recorded impressive double-double of 49 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Rustavi was edged by the lower-ranked Sokhumi (#8, 5-10) 96-92. Rustavi managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 12-4 record is not bad at all. Bowie is a newcomer at Rustavi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 4.9apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84) of league's leader MIA Academy. Archibeque scored 21 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of MIA Academy, leading his team to a 77-62 easy win against #3 ranked Armia in a game of the week. MIA Academy confirms their top position in the standings Archibeque has a great season in Georgia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 13.4rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 57.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Serzhi Aselaini (198-F-91) of TSU Tbilisi - 20 points and 17 rebounds
5. Levan Revazashvili (207-C-92) of Samedicino - 25 points and 13 rebounds
6. Bosko Stojakovic (196-G-84) of Sokhumi - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Milan Oluic (210-C-84) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) of Kutaisi - 19 points and 15 rebounds
9. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-PF-90) of Olimpi - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Kyle Nelson (203-F-89) of Rustavi - 23 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-4 
 2. B.Muenchen 17-9 
 3. EWE Baskets 16-7 
 4. Ratiopharm 16-9 
 5. ALBA 15-9 
 6. Art.Dragons 14-12 
 7. Telekom Baskets 13-12 
 8. Walter Tigers 13-13 
 9. TBB Trier 12-13 
 10. Phoenix Hagen 12-13 
 11. s.Oliver Baskets 12-13 
 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. 10: Art.Dragons - ALBA 72-56
Mar. 9: TBB Trier - Telekom Baskets 70-68
Mar. 10: Phoenix Hagen - Brose Bask. 104-97

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 12: ALBA - Neckar L'burg
Mar. 13: s.Oliver Baskets - Walter Tigers
Mar. 13: B.Muenchen - LTi 46ers
Mar. 13: MBC - Ratiopharm
Mar. 13: NY Phantoms - Fraport SKY
Mar. 13: Telekom Baskets - Phoenix Hagen
Mar. 13: Bremerhaven - Bayreuth
Mar. 13: EWE Baskets - TBB Trier
Mar. 13: Brose Bask. - Art.Dragons


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. White, Phoenix17.3 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.5 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.4 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.3 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.8 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.14.3 
 8. Thompson, ALBA14.2 
 9. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.1 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen14.1 
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. Robertson, Fraport7.0 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.0 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.6 
 7. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.5 
 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. White, Phoenix4.2 
 5. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 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. Bernard, Neckar L.1.8 
 3. White, Phoenix1.8 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 10. Gibson, Fraport S.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. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.0 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth0.8 


BBL Round 26: #1 Brose Bask. is defeated by Phoenix Hagen - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Brose Bask. (21-4) on the court of eleventh ranked Phoenix Hagen on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Phoenix Hagen 104-97. American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall, agency: Court Side) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 28 points and 4 assists. Phoenix Hagen (12-13) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with TBB Trier and s.Oliver Baskets. Defending champion Brose Bask. still keeps top position with four games lost. Phoenix Hagen is looking forward to face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brose Bask. will play at home against Artland Dragons (#6) in Quakenbrueck and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Tuebingen. Ninth ranked Walter Tigers (13-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Bayern Muenchen (17-9) 89-86 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The former international Johannes Lischka (203-87, agency: LUMANI 10.7) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Kenny Frease supported him with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Bayern Muenchen. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Walter Tigers moved-up to eighth place. Bayern Muenchen at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Walter Tigers will play against s Oliver Baskets (#11) in Wuerzburg in the next round. Bayern Muenchen will play at home against LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Quakenbrueck was also quite interesting. 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (15-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Artland Dragons (14-12). Artland Dragons defeated ALBA Berlin 72-56 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Anthony King who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Yassin Idbihi produced 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Artland Dragons maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Artland Dragons will meet league's leader Brose Bask. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Trier. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Telekom Baskets (13-12) to tenth ranked TBB Trier (12-13) 70-68 on Saturday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Nate Linhart orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TBB Trier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen and s.Oliver Baskets. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. TBB Trier's next round opponent will be higher ranked EWE Baskets (#3) in Oldenburg and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Sixteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-16) crushed at home 14th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-14) by 17 points 92-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. John Turek scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains sixteenth position with 10-16 record. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 26 MBC won against LTi 46ers on the opponent's court 89-76. Ratiopharm managed to outperform Fraport SKY in a home game 74-66.


Art.Dragons - ALBA 72-56

The game in Quakenbrueck was also quite interesting. 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (15-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Artland Dragons (14-12). Artland Dragons defeated ALBA Berlin 72-56 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Artland Dragons's pressure prevailed and they won that period 21-11 extending their advantage to 16 points. The best player for the winners was American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) chipped in 15 points. The former international center Yassin Idbihi (209-83, college: Buffalo) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Artland Dragons maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Artland Dragons will meet league's leader Brose Bask. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: A.King 20+9reb+2ast, D.Mallet 16+4ast, M.Haynes 15+3reb+3ast, P.Popovic 6, B.Buckman 5+10reb+2ast, G.Gruenheid 4+1reb+1ast
ALBA: Y.Idbihi 13+6reb, H.Schaffartzik 11+3reb+3ast, D.Wood 9+1reb+1ast, D.Thompson 8+6reb, Z.Morley 8+2reb, S.Schultze 3
gschID: 184144


Phoenix Hagen - Brose Bask. 104-97

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Brose Bask. (21-4) on the court of eleventh ranked Phoenix Hagen on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Phoenix Hagen 104-97. American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall, agency: Court Side) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 28 points and 4 assists and American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Phoenix Hagen and four Brose Bask. players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen (12-13) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with TBB Trier and s.Oliver Baskets. Defending champion Brose Bask. still keeps top position with four games lost. Phoenix Hagen is looking forward to face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brose Bask. will play at home against Artland Dragons (#6) in Quakenbrueck and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: M.Dorris 25+1reb+1ast, A.Hess 16+4reb+2ast, A.Lodwick 15+5reb, D.Bell 14+3reb+3ast, L.Gordon 12+10reb, D.Gregory 11+8reb+1ast
Brose Bask.: A.Gavel 28+3reb+4ast, M.Walsh 18+10reb+4ast, J.Massey 14+8reb+2ast, B.Nachbar 10+5reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 9+10reb+2ast, S.Ford 7+5reb
gschID: 184146


Walter Tigers - B.Muenchen 89-86

Important game to mention about took place in Tuebingen. Ninth ranked Walter Tigers (13-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Bayern Muenchen (17-9) 89-86 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Bayern Muenchen was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Walter Tigers, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The former international Johannes Lischka (203-87, agency: LUMANI 10.7) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American center Kenny Frease (213-89, college: Xavier) supported him with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Bayern Muenchen. International Jan-Hendrik Jagla (211-81, college: Penn St.) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Five Walter Tigers and four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Walter Tigers moved-up to eighth place. Bayern Muenchen at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Walter Tigers will play against s Oliver Baskets (#11) in Wuerzburg in the next round. Bayern Muenchen will play at home against LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Lischka 21+7reb+1ast, J.Young 15+1reb+1ast, R.Redding 13+4reb+2ast, K.Frease 12+8reb+7ast, T.Nash 10+4reb, C.Wells 9+1reb+2ast
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 19+3ast, J.Jagla 14+8reb, C.Troutman 13+5reb+3ast, J.Homan 10+2reb+1ast, L.Roberts 9+9reb+2ast, B.Thomas 7+3reb
gschID: 184145


LTi 46ers - MBC 76-89

Very expected game in Giessen where 18th ranked LTi 46ers (4-21) were defeated by fourteenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (11-15) 89-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Mitteldeutscher BC. LTi 46ers was better in fourth quarter 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mitteldeutscher BC shot 63.2 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Icelandic point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Devin Uskoski (201-85, college: Rocky Mountain) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) scored 18 points. Four Mitteldeutscher BC and five LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mitteldeutscher BC moved-up to thirteenth place. LTi 46ers lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Mitteldeutscher BC will face higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LTi 46ers will play against the league's second-placed Bayern Muenchen (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
MBC: D.Uskoski 19+7reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 16+2reb+10ast, P.Heyden 15+3reb, K.Beidler 10+3reb+5ast, D.Pantelic 9+4reb+2ast, O.Jeanty 6+1reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: M.Curry 18+4reb, E.Ovcina 17+10reb+4ast, A.Zazai 13+1reb+5ast, O.Fassler 11+2reb+2ast, D.Spohr 11+3reb+1ast, R.Hanke 4+2reb
gschID: 184143


TBB Trier - Telekom Baskets 70-68

A very interesting game took place in Trier. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Telekom Baskets (13-12) to tenth ranked TBB Trier (12-13) 70-68 on Saturday evening. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-13 Telekom Baskets' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 70-68 at the end of the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TBB Trier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen and s.Oliver Baskets. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. TBB Trier's next round opponent will be higher ranked EWE Baskets (#3) in Oldenburg and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: N.Linhart 27+9reb+3ast, B.Harper 18+6reb+1ast, A.Seiferth 7+1reb+3ast, M.Monninghoff 6, J.Bucknor 6+3reb+1ast, B.Stewart 4+2reb+1ast
Telekom Baskets: J.McLean 16+10reb+1ast, K.Weems 11+4reb, J.Jordan 11+2reb+5ast, R.Vaden 8+4reb+1ast, B.Veikalas 7+2reb, C.Ensminger 6+3reb
gschID: 184142


Neckar L'burg - Bremerhaven 92-75

Sixteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-16) crushed at home 14th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-14) by 17 points 92-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by EnBW Ludwigsburg. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for EnBW Ludwigsburg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds and guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) scored 15 points. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains sixteenth position with 10-16 record. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: D.Jackson 20+2reb, J.Turek 20+7reb+4ast, E.Coleman 18+4reb+2ast, W.Bernard 9+1reb+5ast, M.Blakely 9+3reb+1ast, L.Staiger 8+1reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: S.Jackson 15+3reb, S.Burrell 11+4ast, K.Waleskowski 11+6reb, P.Zwiener 9+2reb+1ast, J.Burtschi 9+7reb+2ast, A.Harris 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 184141


Ratiopharm - Fraport SKY 74-66

Very predictable result when fifth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (16-9) defeated at home 16th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (9-17) 74-66 on Saturday. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Per Guenther (185-88) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) responded with 21 points and his fellow American import guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to fourth place. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners dropped to the seventeenth position with 17 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face Mitteldeutscher BC (#13) in Weissenfels in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against New Yorker Phantoms (#15) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 19+12reb+1ast, P.Guenther 18+2reb+4ast, S.Esterkamp 12+3reb+3ast, P.Schwethelm 7+2reb+3ast, D.Theis 7+3reb+1ast, O.Samhan 5+4reb
Fraport SKY: D.Robinson 21+2reb+1ast, R.Brooks 12+5reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 10+5reb+1ast, D.Gibson 9+1reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 4+1reb, Q.Robertson 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 184138



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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.6 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.5 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.9 
 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, Ikaroi15.3 
 10. Tsiotras, Arkadik.15.2 
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. Manousos, Doxa L.8.1 
 5. Sklavos, Pagrati8.1 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.0 
 7. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.4 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.4 
 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. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 8. Katsares, Trikalla3.5 
 9. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.4 
 10. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.6 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Psileas, Agia P.1.9 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.8 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.7 
 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. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 7. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 8. Manousos, Doxa L.0.6 
 9. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.0.6 
 10. Nikoloudis, Ikaro.0.6 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 14-4 
 2. Iraklis 13-5 
 3. Stratoni 13-5 
 4. Egaleo 12-6 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 10-8 
 6. Marousi 9-10 
 7. Ionikos N.F. 9-10 
 8. Aias Evosmou 9-10 
 9. Periko/Arhelaos 7-11 
 10. Anatolia 7-12 
 11. Metamorfosi 6-12 
 12. MENT 5-13 
 13. Ionikos Ionias 5-13 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 17-1 
 2. AEK Athens 15-3 
 3. Panerythraikos 12-7 
 4. Aetos 11-6 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 11-7 
 6. Holargos 10-8 
 7. Enosi 9-10 
 8. Doukas 8-10 
 9. Near East 8-11 
 10. Halkidas 6-13 
 11. Esperos Patras 6-13 
 12. Kronos AD 5-13 
 13. Perama Ermis 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 20

North

Mar. 10: Stratoni - Anatolia 88-69
Mar. 10: Doxa Pefkon - Metamorfosi 81-65
Mar. 10: Periko/Arhelaos - MENT 79-54
Mar. 10: Aias Evosmou - Egaleo 74-80
Mar. 10: Ionikos N.F. - Filippos Veroias 73-66
Mar. 10: Ionikos Ionias - Marousi 70-65

South

Mar. 10: Holargos - Doukas 91-85
Mar. 10: Psyhiko - Enosi 77-68
Mar. 10: Panerythraikos - AEK Athens 73-72
Mar. 10: Perama Ermis - Kronos AD 69-67
Mar. 10: Near East - Halkidas 68-54
Mar. 10: Aetos - Esperos Patras 60-58

Regular Season: Round 21

North

Mar. 16: Metamorfosi - Stratoni
Mar. 16: Anatolia - Ionikos Ionias
Mar. 16: Marousi - Periko/Arhelaos
Mar. 16: Filippos Veroias - Doxa Pefkon
Mar. 16: Egaleo - Ionikos N.F.
Mar. 16: Iraklis - Aias Evosmou

South

Mar. 16: Diagoras - Aetos
Mar. 16: Esperos Patras - Psyhiko
Mar. 16: Enosi - Holargos
Mar. 16: AEK Athens - Perama Ermis
Mar. 16: Halkidas - Panerythraikos
Mar. 16: Amyntas Dafnis - Near East


Semi-Finals: Skourtopoulos debut was unfortunate! - by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou - CytaVision Apoel 65-74 (0-1 in the series)
Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos was defeated in his premier and his home court by Coach Konstantinidis and APOEL, so after AEK Larnakas which succeeded earlier this week a crucial win for the first game of the semi finals on a best of five series, APOEL did the same and beat the home team from Strovolos of the newcomer Greek Head Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos with 65-74 and is now a step closer to the finals since the next game will be in the packed from Apoel fans, court of Eleftheria where Keravnos is suffering the last couple of decades as it faces an inferiority syndrome in the specific home court, no matter what .


The game was a derby from the beginning with the visitors being a bit more aggressive and getting a short lead at the end of the first period with 20-21. Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos was unfortunate enough not to have two of his Americans in the roster since both Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) and Corey Stokes (195-G-88, agency: Two Points, college: Villanova) were injured and couldnt offer their services to the Greek Coach. Having in mind the fact that especially Tony Crocker was the top scorer of the team averaging nearly 15 points per game, the team of Strovolos and the Greek head Coach started with a great disadvantage against the furious team of Coach Konstantinidis.

The second period was a bit more balance with the two teams remaining in a low productivity but steady in the score, with Keravnos getting his points and actually defending their team with the duet of Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) and Maze who were the only real threads for APOEL, while Demertzis was organizing the game and was quite solid in his organizational duties. The score of the second period ended up with 15-15 and an overall 35-36 for APOEL who kept the slight deficit.

The third period (as many other third periods the last couple of years for the Strovolos team) was disastrous for the home team as APOEL even though remain behind in the first five minutes of the game, the second part of the third period was amazing for the visitors since Jeremiah Davis (183-PG-81, college: Pacific) in his best game (he remembered his old days in APOEL) and Mokongo gave a + 8 for the team of Coach Konstantinidis and that was the stepping stone for APOEL, since eh momentum changed totally and the psychology went on APOELs site and remain until the end. The score on this third period ended with 44-52, with APOEL getting 11 points by Jeremiah Davis and the visitors running an amazing 14-2 in the last parts of the period.

The fourth period was more or less typical since the visiting site with good and solid policy just to win the game even with one point and eliminated the home advantage came from the regular season. It is worth mentioned the fact that APOEL end up the regular season with nine (9) defeats versus the only three (3) defeats of Keravnos. So they did it! APOEL kept the deficit and even though Keravnos cut the deficit even to as close as four points (57-61) after the fifth foul of Demertzis, Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos had the American Maze in a double role, but couldnt actually thread realistically the team of APOEL. Jeremiah Davis and Wells from behind the arc gave the final slap to Keravnoss team and Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos and with another six points ahead the -4 became -10 in no time for Keravnos and the last two minutes were simple typicality. The final score is showing the real picture of the two teams even though Keravnos as mentioned played with two players less than its opponent.
For another one season (like the three previous seasons) Keravnos goes to the Semi Finals with a home advantage but simply cant win the most crucial games of the season and disqualifies from the competition ingloriously. On the other hand, APOEL under Coach Konstantinidis is doing just fine with an average team, playing simple basketball and now with this road win is the top favorite team to play in the finals (probably against AEK Larnakas) in another successful (finally) season for the Cypriot Head Coach.
Top scorers:
Keravnos Strovolou: Zvonko Buljan 13 points and 7 rebounds, Maze 14
APOEL: Jeremiah Davis 16, Stiggers 11, Kremen and Troupe 10 per head



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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 13-17 
 9. Amsterdam 4-26 
 10. Rotterdam 2-27 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 10: Amsterdam - Weert 85-88
Mar. 9: Rotterdam - Groningen 77-95
Mar. 9: Den Helder K. - Den Bosch 67-60
Mar. 13: Den Helder K. - Zwolle
Mar. 14: Den Bosch - Leeuwarden
Mar. 14: Amsterdam - Rotterdam



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Adriatic League: Szolnoki prevail against MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki - MZT Skopje 81:72

Szolnoki dominated MZT Skopje at home court. It was the eighth win for the Hungarian team in the League. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) carried the hosts to the victory with 24 points.
Szolnoki shocked the visiting team in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 22:9 run in the starting ten minutes. MZT Skopje slowed down Szolnoki in the second term but struggled to get any closer. The home team arrived at halftime up by 13 points 41:28. MZT Skopje picked up the aggressiveness in the third quarter. The Macedonian team erupted for 31 points in the period to trim the gap at 2-point mark. But Szolnoki sobered up pretty quickly and finished the game on a 20:13 run to seal the win. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) delivered 15 points, while Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) added 8 points for the winners. Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87), Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and Cade Davis (197-F/G-88, college: Oklahoma) answered with 15 points each for MZT Skopje.

Szolnoki: Marton Bader 24, James Florence 15, Brandon Gay 8
MZT Skopje: Damjan Stojanovski 15, Todor Gecevski 15, Cade Davis 15



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 16-4 
 2. Snaefell 15-5 
 3. Thor Thorl 14-6 
 4. Stjarnan 13-7 
 5. Keflavik 13-7 
 6. Njardvik 11-9 
 7. KR 10-10 
 8. Skallagrimur 7-13 
 9. Tindastoll 6-14 
 10. Fjolnir 5-15 
 11. IR 5-15 
 12. KFI 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: Tindastoll - Njardvik 98-103
Mar. 10: KFI - Grindavik 93-112
Mar. 8: Fjolnir - IR 79-70
Mar. 7: Skallagrimur - Snaefell 78-85
Mar. 7: KR - Stjarnan 75-87
Mar. 7: Keflavik - Thor Thorl 106-100

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 14: Stjarnan - KFI
Mar. 14: Grindavik - Fjolnir
Mar. 14: IR - Tindastoll
Mar. 14: Njardvik - Keflavik
Mar. 14: Thor Thorl - Snaefell
Mar. 14: KR - Skallagrimur


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 34.6
 1. Pitts, KFI34.6 
 2. Palm, IR27.2 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl26.2 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.6 
 5. Jackson, Thor Thorl23.4 
 6. Broussard, Grind.22.7 
 7. Craion, Keflavik22.4 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.2 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan21.8 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Van, Njardvik14.9 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.8 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Valentine, Tindast.10.3 
 5. Virijevic, KFI9.9 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 7. Mills, Stjarnan9.5 
 8. Jackson, Thor Thorl9.3 
 9. Broussard, Grind.9.1 
 10. Flake, Thor Thorl8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.3 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.3 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.1 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.6 
 6. Williams, IR5.8 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.5 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.4.6 
 10. Valsson, Keflavik4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Moore, Njardvik2.7 
 3. Williams, IR2.5 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.2.5 
 5. Broussard, Grind.2.5 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.2.0 
 7. Craion, Keflavik1.9 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 9. Pitts, KFI1.9 
 10. Threatt, Snaefell1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.2 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Bradshaw, KFI1.6 
 5. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 6. Acox, KR1.3 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.3 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.2 
 10. Eiriksson, Skalla.0.8 


Baeringsson & Sigurdarson regular season Champions - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Sundsvall Dragons won the regular season in Sweden with the record 27-6
In their last game they beat Norrkoping in away game 93-85.
Hlynur Baeringsson 14 points 8 rebs & 3 assist. Jakob Sigurdarson 14 points 4 boards & 3 assist.
Pavel Ermolinskij had good game for Norrkoping 19 pts 8 rebs & 6 assist.
Hordur Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-PG-88) had a very good game for MBC win over LTi 49ERS in Bundesliga 89-76. Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson 16 pts, 2 rebs and 10 assist.
In NM 1 in France Angers BC beat Rennes 85-60. Logi Gunnarsson 7 points, 1 rebs and 2 assist in the win.
Spain.
CAI Zaragoza beat Gran canaria 69-53. Jon Stefansson 4 pts. 4 boards & 2 assist for CAI
Assignia Manresa lost another one, now to Unicaja 63-80. Haukur Palsson 3 points and 2 rebounds for Manresa



Dominos League Round 20: Thor Thorl is defeated by Keflavik - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Express L.. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Keflavik between second ranked Thor Thorl (14-6) and fifth ranked Keflavik (13-7) on Thursday night. Thor Thorl was defeated by Keflavik in a tough game on the road 100-106. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. Keflavik made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Thor Thorl helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Magnus Gunnarsson (186-81) who added 27 points during the contest. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) responded with 30 points and 8 assists. Keflavik moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Stjarnan. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Keflavik is looking forward to face Njardvik (#6) in Njardvik in the next round. Thor Thorl will play at home against the league's second-placed Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Fjolnir managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked IR in Reykjavik 79-70. The winners were led by American Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds and Isaac Miles supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) did not help to save the game for IR. IR's coach Jon Arnar Ingvarsson rotated sixteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Fjolnir (5-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with KFI and IR. Fjolnir will play against league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. IR will play against Tindastoll (#9) in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Express L. top team - Grindavik (16-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked KFI (5-15) 112-93. The best player for the winners was Aaron Broussard who scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Damier Pitts produced 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. KFI's coach Petur Sigurdsson tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-4 record. KFI lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. They share the position with IR and Fjolnir. Grindavik will meet at home Fjolnir (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KFI will play against Stjarnan and hope to secure a win.
The game in Reykjavik was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Stjarnan (13-7) played at the court of 6th ranked KR (10-10). Stjarnan defeated KR 87-75. Jarrid Frye orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. Stjarnan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-7 record, which they share with Keflavik. KR at the other side dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KFI (#12) and are hoping to win another game. KR will play against Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Borgarnes was also quite interesting. Third ranked Snaefell (15-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Skallagrimur (7-13). Snaefell managed to secure a 7-point victory 85-78 on Thursday. Worth to mention a great performance of Ryan Amoroso who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Snaefell moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Skallagrimur keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Snaefell will face Thor Thorl (#3) in Thorlakshofn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Skallagrimur will play on the road against KR (#7) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 20 Njardvik won against Tindastoll on the opponent's court 103-98.


KFI - Grindavik 93-112

Express L. top team - Grindavik (16-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked KFI (5-15) 112-93. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. KFI managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by KFI's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 24 points and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) produced 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) added 28 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. KFI's coach Petur Sigurdsson tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-4 record. KFI lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. They share the position with IR and Fjolnir. Grindavik will meet at home Fjolnir (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KFI will play against Stjarnan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KFI: D.Pitts 37+9reb+5ast, M.Virijevic 28+7reb+1ast, T.Bradshaw 14+11reb+2ast, K.Andresson 5+6reb+2ast, H.Hreinsson 5+2reb+1ast, G.Gudmundsson 2+1reb+1ast
Grindavik: A.Broussard 25+8reb+4ast, S.Zeglinski 24+4reb+7ast, J.Olafsson 21+6reb+4ast, T.Olafsson 15+4reb+5ast, B.Brynjolfsson 9+1ast, O.Olafsson 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 180276


Fjolnir - IR 79-70

Bottom-ranked Fjolnir managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked IR in Reykjavik 79-70. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 25-19 last quarter charge of IR cut the lead to 79-70 at the end of the game. They outrebounded IR 49-34 including 37 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 22 rebounds and the other American import guard Isaac Miles (187-88, college: Murray St.) supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Even 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) did not help to save the game for IR. The former international guard Sveinbjorn Claessen (191-86) added 17 points for the guests. IR's coach Jon Arnar Ingvarsson rotated sixteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Fjolnir (5-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with KFI and IR. Fjolnir will play against league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. IR will play against Tindastoll (#9) in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
IR: E.Palm 21+9reb+4ast, S.Claessen 17+4reb+2ast, D.Williams 9+3ast, V.Jonsson 6+3reb, E.Arnarson 5+2reb+5ast, N.Sovic 5+7reb+1ast
Fjolnir: C.Smith 22+22reb+3ast, I.Hafsteinsson 15+8reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 15+5reb+2ast, I.Miles 12+7reb+7ast, A.Gudmundsson 8+5reb+3ast, B.Rikhardsson 4+2reb
gschID: 180275


KR - Stjarnan 75-87

The game in Reykjavik was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Stjarnan (13-7) played at the court of 6th ranked KR (10-10). Stjarnan defeated KR 87-75. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. KR was better in third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by KR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Brandon Richardson (182-88, college: Nebraska) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for KR. Four KR players scored in double figures. Stjarnan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-7 record, which they share with Keflavik. KR at the other side dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KFI (#12) and are hoping to win another game. KR will play against Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KR: B.Bjornsson 18+5reb+6ast, M.Hermannsson 13+3reb, B.Richardson 13+5reb+8ast, K.Acox 10+10reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 8+1reb+1ast, J.Kristjansson 5+3reb
Stjarnan: J.Frye 32+12reb+2ast, J.Shouse 21+5reb+6ast, J.Zdravevski 17+8reb+3ast, B.Mills 8+7reb+1ast, F.Helgason 4+3reb, K.Kjartansson 3+5reb
gschID: 180277


Tindastoll - Njardvik 98-103

Rather expected game in Sauoarkrokur where 9th ranked Tindastoll (6-14) was defeated by seventh ranked Njardvik (11-9) 103-98 on Thursday. Njardvik shot 26 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Tindastoll only scored six points from the stripe. Tindastoll was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and point guard Elvar Fridriksson (180-94) who added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 assists and his fellow American import forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Njardvik have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Tindastoll keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Njardvik will face higher ranked Keflavik (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tindastoll will play against IR (#11) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: D.Gibson 25+2reb+16ast, G.Valentine 22+16reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 14+4reb, H.Viggosson 11+7reb+3ast, H.Margeirsson 10+2reb+3ast, H.Birgisson 7+7reb+2ast
Njardvik: N.Moore 32+11reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 22+6reb+5ast, A.Orrason 13+1reb, M.Van 12+13reb, O.Jonsson 8+4reb, M.Baginski 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 180274


Skallagrimur - Snaefell 78-85

The game in Borgarnes was also quite interesting. Third ranked Snaefell (15-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Skallagrimur (7-13). Snaefell managed to secure a 7-point victory 85-78 on Thursday. Skallagrimur was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Snaefell looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) who added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) scored 21 points. Snaefell moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Skallagrimur keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Snaefell will face Thor Thorl (#3) in Thorlakshofn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Skallagrimur will play on the road against KR (#7) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 31+8reb+9ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 21+3reb, S.Egilsson 7+1reb+2ast, D.Asgeirsson 6+1reb+1ast, T.Eiriksson 5+6reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 3+5reb+3ast
Snaefell: R.Amoroso 27+15reb+1ast, J.Threatt 21+5reb+7ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 17+7reb+6ast, S.Thorvaldsson 9+5reb+3ast, H.Gunnarsson 4+1reb+2ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 180278


Keflavik - Thor Thorl 106-100

The most important game in the last round took place in Keflavik between second ranked Thor Thorl (14-6) and fifth ranked Keflavik (13-7) on Thursday night. Thor Thorl was defeated by Keflavik in a tough game on the road 100-106. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. Keflavik made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Thor Thorl helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Magnus Gunnarsson (186-81) who added 27 points during the contest. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) responded with 30 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Four Keflavik and five Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Keflavik moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Stjarnan. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Keflavik is looking forward to face Njardvik (#6) in Njardvik in the next round. Thor Thorl will play at home against the league's second-placed Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 30+3reb+8ast, D.Jackson 26+13reb, T.Ragnarsson 16+1reb, D.Flake 14+4reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 14+4reb+1ast, G.Erlendsson 0+7reb+1ast
Keflavik: M.Craion 29+15reb+3ast, M.Gunnarsson 27+3reb+1ast, D.Lewis 18+6reb+6ast, B.Baptist 16+8reb+4ast, V.Valsson 7+3reb+4ast, A.Jonsson 5+1ast
gschID: 180273



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Standings - IBL

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

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 10: Garuda - NSH GMC Riau 65-45
Mar. 10: Satya Wacana - Satria Muda 60-80
Mar. 10: Dell Aspac - CLS Knights 60-56
Mar. 10: Stadium Jak. - Bimasakti 59-44

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 11: NSH GMC Riau - Pelita Jaya
Mar. 11: Tonga BSC - Hangtuah
Mar. 11: NSH GMC Riau - Stadium Jak.
Mar. 11: Bimasakti - Dell Aspac


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.15.1 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.14.3 
 3. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.9 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya13.2 
 5. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.7 
 6. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.12.4 
 7. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.4 
 8. Utomo, CLS Knights12.4 
 9. Sabara, Pacific11.9 
 10. Sucipto, NSH G.10.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.9.8 
 2. Sabara, Pacific9.6 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.1 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.8 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.2 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.8.0 
 7. Sucipto, NSH G.7.8 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.7 
 9. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.6 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.5 
 2. Wijaya, Garuda4.0 
 3. Sartika, Bimasakti3.9 
 4. Gerungan, Dell A.3.9 
 5. Indra, Pacific3.8 
 6. Muharri, CLS K.3.8 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.4 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 9. Wicaksono, Stadium2.9 
 10. Abraham, Satya W.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.9 
 3. Sucipto, NSH G.2.8 
 4. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.6 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.1 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 8. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.0 
 9. Sabara, Pacific2.0 
 10. Dhyaksa, Dell As.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 2. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.9 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.9 
 4. Ruslan, Stadium1.8 
 5. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 6. Teguh, Hangtuah1.6 
 7. Gunawan, Satria M.1.4 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.4 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Nasution, Satya1.0 


NBL Round 28: Pelita Jaya keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Pelita Jaya as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pelita Jaya smashed 10th ranked Satya Wacana in Jakarta 82-46. Pelita Jaya held Satya Wacana to an opponent 21.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 47.1 percent accuracy of the winners. Pelita Jaya forced 19 Satya Wacana turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Satya Wacana's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pelita Jaya made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and the former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) who added 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Adheska Abraham (179-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 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. Pelita Jaya have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Satya Wacana at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. Satya Wacana will play next round against Satria Muda trying to get back on the winning streak. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Very significant was Garuda's (#3) just 3-point road victory against one of their biggest challengers Satria Muda. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The winners were led by the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) who scored that evening 13 points and 6 assists and Vinton Nolland supported him with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) did not help to save the game for Satria Muda. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda maintains third position with 13-4 record having four points less than leader Pelita Jaya. Satria Muda at the other side dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Garuda will play against NSH GMC Riau (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Satria Muda will play against Satya Wacana (#9) in Salatiga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Surabaya: CLS Knights (#5) and Pacific Caesar (#10). CLS Knights (13-5) smashed visiting Pacific Caesar (3-15) by 20 points 77-57. Dian Heryadi fired 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. CLS Knights' coach Eduard Santos used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Charlie Indra produced 6 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. CLS Knights moved-up to fourth place. Pacific Caesar lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. CLS Knights will meet league's second-placed Dell Aspac in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Pacific Caesar will have a break next round.



Group Solo
Pelita Jaya - Satya Wacana 82-46

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Pelita Jaya as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pelita Jaya smashed 10th ranked Satya Wacana in Jakarta 82-46. Pelita Jaya held Satya Wacana to an opponent 21.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 47.1 percent accuracy of the winners. Pelita Jaya forced 19 Satya Wacana turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Satya Wacana's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pelita Jaya made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and the former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) who added 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Adheska Abraham (179-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and forward Yoppi France Giay (188-89) scored 11 points and 7 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. Pelita Jaya have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Satya Wacana at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. Satya Wacana will play next round against Satria Muda trying to get back on the winning streak. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 20+4reb, D.Aryo Dewanto 12+3reb+3ast, E.Sebayang 10+4reb+6ast, K.Purwanto 9+5reb+3ast, F.Dini 8+2reb+2ast, P.Indrawan 8+2reb
Satya Wacana: A.Abraham 11+10reb+2ast, Y.France Giay 11+7reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 6+4reb, M.Ramadhan 5+4reb+3ast, F.Nugroho 5+9reb+1ast, Y.Sua 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 234029


Group Solo
Satria Muda - Garuda 53-56

Very significant was Garuda's (#3) just 3-point road victory against one of their biggest challengers Satria Muda. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Satria Muda. Satria Muda was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Garuda forced 24 Satria Muda turnovers. The winners were led by the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) who scored that evening 13 points and 6 assists and Vinton Nolland (194-82) supported him with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) did not help to save the game for Satria Muda. Galank Gunawan (194-87) added 8 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda maintains third position with 13-4 record having four points less than leader Pelita Jaya. Satria Muda at the other side dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Garuda will play against NSH GMC Riau (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Satria Muda will play against Satya Wacana (#9) in Salatiga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Garuda: H.Ramli 14+4reb, W.Wijaya 13+4reb+6ast, C.Gideon 10+3reb+1ast, V.Nolland 9+8reb+2ast, F.Minallah 5+7reb+1ast, D.Pratama 3+2reb
Satria Muda: R.Gunawan 15+11reb+4ast, G.Gunawan 8+12reb, V.Michel 7+4reb, F.Julius Achmad 6+1reb+2ast, F.Julius Ahmad 6+5reb+5ast, A.Wisnu 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 234028


Group Solo
CLS Knights - Pacific Caesar 77-57

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Surabaya: CLS Knights (#5) and Pacific Caesar (#10). CLS Knights (13-5) smashed visiting Pacific Caesar (3-15) by 20 points 77-57. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Pacific Caesar managed to win fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CLS Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 26. CLS Knights forced 21 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 45-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) fired 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. J Jeffry (184-85) chipped in 14 points. CLS Knights' coach Eduard Santos used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Charlie Indra (178-88) produced 6 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Airlangga Sabara (190-85) added 9 points, 5 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. CLS Knights moved-up to fourth place. Pacific Caesar lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. CLS Knights will meet league's second-placed Dell Aspac in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Pacific Caesar will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: J.Jeffry 14+4reb, R.Utomo 13+3reb+1ast, R.Somantri 10+8reb, D.Heryadi 8+9reb+3ast, W.Saputra 6+3reb+1ast, S.Febiansyakh 6+2reb+2ast
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 11+4reb+1ast, E.Sasmito 11+5reb+1ast, A.Sabara 9+4reb+5ast, M.Fauzia 6+2reb+3ast, H.Listiyono 6+6reb+1ast, C.Indra 6+7reb+5ast
gschID: 234027



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  IRAN   


Petrochimi wins the first two games of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi wins the first two games of the Finals against Mahram. The winner of the Regular Season proved the ambitions for the gold medals and posted two victories in the best of five series.
In Game 1 Petrochimi overcame Mahram 102:92. They started with 15-3 lead and won the first period 30:8. Petrochimi continued their dominance and led 59:35 at the halftime, however slowed down a bit at the end. Mahram reduced to 87:69 midway through the last period and made the final score 10 points difference at the very end. Hamed Afagh (194-SG-83) top-scored for the winners with 32 points and Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84, college: Pennsylvania) added 23. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) replied with 27 points in the losing case and Francisco Elson (211-C-76, college: California) as well as Milic posted 16 each.
In Game 2 Petrochimi grabbed 96:93 win for 2-0 record. It was a real thriller in the court, while the winner of the Regular Season managed to grab 3-point success.



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-3 
 2. Maccabi Haifa 13-7 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 12-8 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 11-9 
 5. Hapoel J-M 11-9 
 6. Netanya 10-10 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 9-11 
 8. Bnei Hasharon 8-11 
 9. Hapoel T-A 8-11 
 10. Hapoel Holon 7-12 
 11. Galil Gilboa 7-12 
 12. Elizur Ashkelon 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 10: Maccabi Rishon - Elizur Ashkelon 98-96
Mar. 10: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel Eilat 98-87
Mar. 10: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M 91-84
Mar. 10: Maccabi T-A - Netanya 70-76
Mar. 11: Hapoel Holon - Hapoel T-A
Mar. 11: Galil Gilboa - Bnei Hasharon


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.9 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.7 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.9 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi18.2 
 5. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.8 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.7 
 7. Collins, Maccabi17.6 
 8. Wright, Maccabi16.8 
 9. Warren, Maccabi16.7 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.2 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.6 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi10.2 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.0 
 5. Wright, Maccabi9.8 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.5 
 7. Calathes, Maccabi9.4 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.8.9 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.8 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.8 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi5.2 
 3. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.2 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.9 
 5. Collins, Maccabi4.6 
 6. Perry, Elizur A.4.5 
 7. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 8. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.1 
 9. Bradley, Netanya4.1 
 10. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi2.6 
 2. Washington, Netan.2.6 
 3. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.2 
 5. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.1.9 
 9. Smith, Maccabi Hai.1.8 
 10. Yavzuri, Galil Gi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.8 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.9 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.6 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.4 
 5. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.3 
 6. Watt, Galil Gilboa1.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Caracter, Bnei H.1.3 
 9. Dove, Elizur Ashke.1.2 
 10. Thomas, Maccabi1.2 



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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 18-4 
 2. Banco di Sard. 17-5 
 3. Montepaschi 14-7 
 4. Acea Virtus RM 14-7 
 5. Cantu 14-8 
 6. EA7 Armani 14-8 
 7. Trenkwalder RE 13-9 
 8. Umana VE 11-11 
 9. Enel Brindisi 10-12 
 10. JuveCaserta 8-13 
 11. Vanoli CR 8-14 
 12. Oknoplast BO 7-13 
 13. Sidigas AV 7-14 
 14. Sutor MGR 7-15 
 15. Pesaro 6-16 
 16. Angelico BI 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 10: Pesaro - Enel Brindisi 94-90
Mar. 10: Cimberio VA - Angelico BI 92-82
Mar. 10: Umana VE - EA7 Armani 88-97 OT
Mar. 10: Sidigas AV - Banco di Sard. 86-78
Mar. 10: Vanoli CR - Cantu 78-87
Mar. 10: Trenkwalder RE - Sutor MGR 100-83
Mar. 11: Montepaschi - Acea Virtus RM
Mar. 11: Oknoplast BO - JuveCaserta


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.6 
 2. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.3 
 3. Datome, Acea V.17.1 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Diener, Banco d.17.0 
 6. Harris, Vanoli CR17.0 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi16.7 
 8. Johnson, Angelico.16.2 
 9. Ere, Cimberio VA15.6 
 10. Cinciarini, Sutor15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Lawal, Acea V.8.6 
 2. Akindele, JuveCase.8.0 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.0 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.7 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 7. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.2 
 8. Burns, Sutor MGR7.1 
 9. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.7 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.9 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.2 
 4. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 5. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.1 
 6. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.6 
 9. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
 10. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.6 
 2. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 3. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 4. Thornton, Banco d.2.0 
 5. Green, Cimberio VA2.0 
 6. Barbour, Pesaro2.0 
 7. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. Gentile, JuveCase.1.8 
 9. Reynolds, Enel B.1.8 
 10. Polonara, Cimberi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.4 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Ress, Montepaschi1.4 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 5. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 6. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 7. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 8. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 9. Crosariol, Pesaro1.1 
 10. Akindele, JuveCas.1.0 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 23-4 
 2. Matera 18-9 
 3. Agrigento 15-11 
 4. Castelletto 15-11 
 5. Casalpusterlengo 14-11 
 6. Treviglio 14-12 
 7. Lucca 14-12 
 8. Reggio Calabr. 13-12 
 9. Omegna 13-12 
 10. Bari 13-12 
 11. Firenze 11-12 
 12. Mirandola 11-14 
 13. Chieti 11-15 
 14. Ferrara 11-15 
 15. Recanati 10-14 
 16. San Severo 9-18 
 17. Latina Basket 9-18 
 18. Perugia 8-19 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 10: Matera - Latina Basket 88-85
Mar. 10: Torino - Treviglio 88-78
Mar. 10: San Severo - Agrigento 81-80
Mar. 10: Ferrara - Castelletto 76-72
Mar. 10: Casalpusterlengo - Lucca 73-63
Mar. 10: Perugia - Reggio Calabr. 67-79
Mar. 10: Bari - Omegna 63-60
Mar. 11: Firenze - Recanati


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.9 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.5 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.2 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 6. Gueye, San Severo15.6 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari15.6 
 8. Bolzonella, Castel.15.5 
 9. Benfatto, Ferrara15.4 
 10. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.0 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.6 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.2 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.2 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.5 
 9. Ricci, Casalpus.7.4 
 10. Spizzichini, Fire.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.5 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.3 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 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.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 4. Parente, Lucca2.8 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze2.8 
 6. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 7. Vico, Matera2.8 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 9. Losi, Mirandola2.6 
 10. Sanna, Firenze2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 4. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 5. Iannilli, San Seve.0.9 
 6. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 7. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 8. Piunti, Mirandola0.7 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.0.7 
 10. Pazzi, Castelletto0.7 


LegaDue Final Four: Trento triumph at home court - by Eurobasket News

Trento - Pistoia 84:76

Trento are LegaDue Final Four winners. They overcame Pistoia for the trophy tonight. Barry Elder (197-G-82, college: Georgia Tech) netted 23 points to pace the hosts.
Pistoia stormed into the game. They pulled away for a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. Trento increased the tempo in the second frame. The hosts narrowed the deficit at just two points at halftime 31:33. Pistoia held on to the lead in the third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final intermission up by 3 points 56:59. Trento finally turned things around in the fourth quarter. The hosts went on a deadly run supported by the home crowd. Trento spurred ahead and executed the win to perfection. Davide Pascolo (201-F-90) provided 16 points, while Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV) added 12 points for the winning side. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, agency: Two Points, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 24 points for Pistoia. Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) and Riccardo Cortese (195-G/F-86) chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Trento: Barry Elder 23, Davide Pascolo 16, Michael Umeh 12
Pistoia: Antonio Graves 24, Giacomo Galanda 10, Riccardo Cortese 10



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Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 30-8 
 2. Toyota Alvark 29-9 
 3. Toshiba BT 24-14 
 4. Panasonic T. 21-17 
 5. Hitachi SR 21-17 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 11-27 
 7. Tochigi Brex 10-28 
 8. Hokkaido L. 6-32 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 8: Aishin SH - Tochigi Brex 82-73
Mar. 10: Panasonic T. - Mitsubishi DD 82-61
Mar. 8: Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 77-62
Mar. 9: Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR 74-72
Mar. 9: Panasonic T. - Mitsubishi DD 67-75
Mar. 9: Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 67-74
Mar. 10: Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR 66-73
Mar. 9: Aishin SH - Tochigi Brex 66-55

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 15: Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark
Mar. 16: Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark
Mar. 16: Toshiba BT - Hokkaido L.
Mar. 16: Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex
Mar. 16: Panasonic T. - Aishin SH
Mar. 17: Toshiba BT - Hokkaido L.
Mar. 17: Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex
Mar. 17: Panasonic T. - Aishin SH


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.9 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.6 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.2 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.5 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR15.0 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.3 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.1 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.6 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba12.2 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.12.2 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR7.5 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.6.6 
 10. Young, Aishin SH6.6 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.2 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.4 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.1 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.0 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.2.7 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.1.9 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.7 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.6 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.3 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 9. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 10. Catron, Hokkaido1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.2 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 7. Fazekas, Toshiba0.8 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 
 9. Moss, Toshiba BT0.6 
 10. Maraker, Panasoni.0.5 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 28-11 
 2. Yokohama BC 26-11 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 26-13 
 4. Toyama Grouses 25-13 
 5. Akita NH 20-17 
 6. Chiba Jets 19-18 
 7. Shinshu BW 16-23 
 8. Sendai 89ers 15-23 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 14-24 
 10. Saitama Bron. 9-28 
 11. Gunma 9-30 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 28-9 
 2. Shimane SM 27-12 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 26-13 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 25-14 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 24-15 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 19-18 
 7. Takamatsu FA 15-24 
 8. Osaka Evessa 12-25 
 9. Oita H.Devils 12-27 
 10. Miyazaki SS 6-33 

Regular Season: Round 41

Mar. 9: Saitama Bron. - Akita NH 96-89
Mar. 9: Hamamatsu P. - Tokyo Cinq R. 88-73
Mar. 8: Sendai 89ers - Takamatsu FA 87-77
Mar. 9: Miyazaki SS - Gunma 83-74
Mar. 9: Shimane SM - Shinshu BW 83-68
Mar. 9: Yokohama BC - Oita H.Devils 80-62
Mar. 9: Iwate Big Bulls - Okinawa GK 79-77
Mar. 9: Kyoto Hannar. - Niigata Albirex 76-86
Mar. 9: Chiba Jets - Shiga L-Stars 76-77
Mar. 7: Sendai 89ers - Takamatsu FA 70-82
Mar. 9: Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 113-120

Regular Season: Round 43

Mar. 16: Toyama Grouses - Tokyo Cinq R.
Mar. 16: Gunma - Shimane SM
Mar. 16: Saitama Bron. - Miyazaki SS
Mar. 16: Chiba Jets - Okinawa GK
Mar. 16: Yokohama BC - Hamamatsu P.
Mar. 16: Kyoto Hannar. - Akita NH
Mar. 16: Takamatsu FA - Fukuoka Rizing
Mar. 16: Oita H.Devils - Sendai 89ers


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Humphrey, Saitama24.7 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.3 
 3. Chandler, Chiba J.21.9 
 4. Brown, Akita NH21.7 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC20.6 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets20.3 
 7. Jones, Tokyo C.20.1 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.1 
 9. Woods, Miyazaki SS19.1 
 10. Kennedy, Yokoham.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.3 
 2. White, Oita H.13.2 
 3. Willard, Sendai 89.13.2 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS11.8 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.11.1 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets11.1 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.2 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.3 
 2. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.8 
 3. Galloway, Hamamats.5.8 
 4. Namizato, Okina.5.6 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 7. Tomori, Gunma3.9 
 8. Yamabuchi, Shima.3.6 
 9. Shimizu, Oita H.3.6 
 10. Dixon, Gunma3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 4. Masato, Iwate B.2.0 
 5. Alawoya, Oita H.2.0 
 6. Lyons, Takamats.2.0 
 7. Parker, Shimane SM1.9 
 8. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 9. Bell, Chiba Jets1.8 
 10. Humphrey, Saitama1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Carter, Tokyo C.1.8 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.7 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 8. Kent, Akita NH1.4 
 9. Ashby, Fukuoka1.4 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 


UBA Round 19: Aishin Sea Horses keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in JBL.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Aishin Sea Horses as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Aishin Sea Horses defeated 7th ranked Tochigi Brex in Kariya 66-55. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Tochigi Brex managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Ryoma Hashimoto (178-88) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Tochigi Brex lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Tochigi Brex will play next round against Mitsubishi Dolphins trying to get back on the winning streak. Aishin Sea Horses will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Panasonic Trians in Osaka.
Top ranked Toyota Alvark (29-9) recorded its ninth loss in Tokyo. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Toshiba Thunders (24-14) 74-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Ryusei Shinoyama contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Toyota Alvark. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains third place with 24-14 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH. Defending champion Toyota Alvark dropped to the second position with nine games lost. Toshiba Thunders will play against bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Toyota Alvark's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
A very close game took place in Saporro between Hokkaido L. and Hitachi Sunrockers. Eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (6-32) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-17). Hokkaido L. managed to escape with a 2-point win 74-72 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Tilo Klette who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Joji Takeuchi responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. maintains eighth place with 6-32 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Panasonic T.. Hokkaido L. will meet higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Toyota Alvark.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tokyo. First ranked Toyota Alvark faced 3rd placed Toshiba Thunders. Host Toyota Alvark (29-9) defeated guests from Kanagawa (24-14) 77-62. It was an exceptional evening for Kosuke Takeuchi who led the winners and scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Toyota Alvark went down to second position due to points difference. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the third place with 14 games lost. Toyota Alvark's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
The game in Saporro was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido L. (6-32). Hitachi Sunrockers managed to secure a 7-point victory 73-66 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hokkaido L.. Joji Takeuchi fired 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Shuji Ono used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Panasonic T. Loser Hokkaido L. stay dead last with 32 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Toyota Alvark.

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Mitsubishi DD was crushed by Panasonic T. in Osaka 82-61. Panasonic T. was beaten by Mitsubishi DD at home 67-75. Tochigi Brex lost to Aishin SH on the opponent's court 73-82.


Panasonic T. - Mitsubishi DD 82-61

There was no surprise in Osaka where 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-27) were crushed by fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (21-17) 82-61 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panasonic Trians dominated on the defensive end, holding Mitsubishi Dolphins to just 7 points in second quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Panasonic Trians made 8 blocks. The former international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) fired 28 points for the winners. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Takuya Sato (198-83) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Panasonic Trians maintains fourth place with 21-17 record, which they share with Hitachi SR. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the sixth position with 27 games lost. Panasonic Trians will face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against Tochigi Brex (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: H.Kinoshita 28+2reb+1ast, K.Hirose 17+5reb+2ast, J.Watkins 15+15reb+1ast, T.Onishi 9+2reb+4ast, T.Nakatsuka 6+1reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 5+4reb+2ast
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 12+7reb, T.Sato 12+6reb+1ast, K.Nakagawa 8+3reb+2ast, M.Rolle 7+3reb+1ast, A.Minatoya 7+1reb, J.Abe 7+3reb+1ast
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Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR 66-73

The game in Saporro was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido L. (6-32). Hitachi Sunrockers managed to secure a 7-point victory 73-66 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hokkaido L.. Hokkaido L. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-73 at the end of the game. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido L.'s 30. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) fired 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) chipped in 14 points. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach Shuji Ono used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Panasonic T. Loser Hokkaido L. stay dead last with 32 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Toyota Alvark.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 14+3reb+3ast, J.Smith 14+1reb, Y.Mitsuhara 11+3reb, J.Takeuchi 11+7reb+4ast, D.Fenn 9+8reb, T.Watanabe 5+2reb
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 16+9reb, R.Sakurai 13+7reb+5ast, T.Abe 10+6reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 8+2reb+2ast, T.Klette 7+6reb, M.Ito 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183377


Panasonic T. - Mitsubishi DD 67-75

There was a small surprise in Osaka where sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-27) defeated 4th placed Panasonic Trians (21-17) 75-67 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach Antonio Lang used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains sixth place with 11-27 record. Panasonic Trians lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face Tochigi Brex (#7) at home in the next round. Panasonic Trians will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: J.Uzawa 19+9reb+1ast, R.Hale 17+10reb+1ast, M.Rolle 14+3reb+1ast, T.Sato 12+4reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 5+2reb, K.Nakagawa 3+2ast
Panasonic T.: H.Kinoshita 16+1reb+3ast, S.Negoro 14+2reb+2ast, J.Watkins 11+10reb+2ast, T.Nakatsuka 9+3reb, K.Hirose 8+3reb, C.O'Bannon 5+3reb
gschID: 183376


Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 67-74

Top ranked Toyota Alvark (29-9) recorded its ninth loss in Tokyo. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Toshiba Thunders (24-14) 74-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-15 Toyota Alvark's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-67 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American forward Ken Tanaka (188-81, college: Whittier) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Toyota Alvark. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains third place with 24-14 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH. Defending champion Toyota Alvark dropped to the second position with nine games lost. Toshiba Thunders will play against bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8) in Saporro in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Toyota Alvark's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+15reb, S.Kikuchi 15+1reb, R.Shinoyama 13+6reb+3ast, N.Tsuji 8+2reb+5ast, T.Kurihara 5+3reb, Y.Yamashita 4+1reb
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 16+10reb+1ast, T.Ito 11, K.Matsui 8+3reb, J.Gibbs 7+4reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 6+4reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 183374


Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 77-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tokyo. First ranked Toyota Alvark faced 3rd placed Toshiba Thunders. Host Toyota Alvark (29-9) defeated guests from Kanagawa (24-14) 77-62. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Toyota Alvark outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 42-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) who led the winners and scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) accounted for 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-86) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Toshiba Thunders in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Toyota Alvark went down to second position due to points difference. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the third place with 14 games lost. Toyota Alvark's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: M.Takahashi 11+3reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 10+1reb+3ast, P.Ricci 10+7reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 9+10reb, T.Kumagai 8+3reb+2ast, J.Gibbs 7+8reb+2ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 14+9reb+2ast, N.Tsuji 12+1ast, S.Kikuchi 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Yamashita 8+5reb+1ast, C.Moss 7+4reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 183371


Aishin SH - Tochigi Brex 66-55

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Aishin Sea Horses as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Aishin Sea Horses defeated 7th ranked Tochigi Brex in Kariya 66-55. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Tochigi Brex managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Ryoma Hashimoto (178-88) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and Nigerian-British center Olumide Oyedeji (210-81) added 4 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Tochigi Brex lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Tochigi Brex will play next round against Mitsubishi Dolphins trying to get back on the winning streak. Aishin Sea Horses will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Panasonic Trians in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: R.Hashimoto 16+3reb+5ast, K.Young 12+8reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 10+15reb+8ast, T.Furukawa 10+5reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 9+2reb, R.Covile 4+5reb
Tochigi Brex: D.Yamada 14+5reb+2ast, T.Smith 11+4reb, K.Takeda 9+3reb, A.Endo 8+1ast, Y.Tabuse 4+5reb+3ast, O.Oyedeji 4+10reb+1ast
gschID: 183375


Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR 74-72

A very close game took place in Saporro between Hokkaido L. and Hitachi Sunrockers. Eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (6-32) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-17). Hokkaido L. managed to escape with a 2-point win 74-72 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) helped adding 18 points. At the losing side international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) scored 16 points. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hokkaido L. maintains eighth place with 6-32 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Panasonic T.. Hokkaido L. will meet higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Toyota Alvark.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 18+3reb+2ast, J.Lewis 15+5reb+3ast, T.Klette 15+9reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 6+6reb+2ast, M.Ito 6, K.Taneichi 5+1reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 16+1reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 15+11reb+5ast, D.Fenn 11+1reb+3ast, J.Smith 10+3reb, F.Nishimura 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Mitsuhara 4
gschID: 183373


Aishin SH - Tochigi Brex 82-73

Very expected game in Kariya where 7th ranked Tochigi Brex (10-28) was defeated by second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (30-8) 82-73 on Friday. Tochigi Brex was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 30-20 charge of Aishin Sea Horses, which allowed them to win the game. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) produced 14 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Yuta Tabuse (173-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex's coach Antanas Sireika rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses keep a position of league leader. Tochigi Brex lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: S.Kitagawa 16+1reb, R.Hashimoto 15+3reb+3ast, J.Sakuragi 14+8reb+5ast, S.Asayama 14+3reb+5ast, R.Covile 9+6reb, K.Young 7+6reb
Tochigi Brex: Y.Tabuse 16+3reb+1ast, D.Yamada 14+3reb+4ast, T.Smith 11+5reb, K.Takeda 10+2reb+5ast, O.Oyedeji 8+8reb+3ast, T.Amino 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 183372



BJ League Round 41: #1 Okinawa GK is defeated by Iwate Big Bulls - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (28-9) on the court of third ranked Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Iwate Big Bulls 79-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 17-point lead after three quarters before a 30-11 charge of Iwate Big Bulls, which allowed them to win the game. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kohto tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls maintains third place with 26-13 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Iwate Big Bulls is again looking forward to face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Okinawa GK will have a break next round.
Sixth-ranked Chiba Jets (19-18) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (25-14). The visitors from Shiga managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected easier game. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St.) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Dionisio Gomez Camargo accounted for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for Chiba Jets in the defeat. Shiga L-Stars have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 25-14 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Kyoto Hannar.. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-13) against ninth ranked Osaka Evessa (12-25) on Saturday night. Host Fukuoka Rizing was defeated by Osaka Evessa in a tough game in Fukuoka 113-120. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. The best player for the winners was Shota Konno who scored 36 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Reginald Warren produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Osaka Evessa moved-up to eighth place. Loser Fukuoka Rizing keeps the third position with 13 games lost. They share it with Iwate Big Bulls. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukuoka Rizing will play again against Osaka Evessa and hope to secure a win.
BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (28-11) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (19-18) 86-76. Nile Murry orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Niigata Albirex maintains first place with 28-11 record. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against the league's leader Niigata Albirex (#1).
The game in Sendai was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (15-24) played at the court of 8th ranked Sendai 89ers (15-23). Takamatsu FA defeated Sendai 89ers 82-70 on Thursday. Americans were the main players on the court. Paul Williams stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Takamatsu FA maintains seventh place with 15-24 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the eighth position with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 41: Oita H.Devils lost to Yokohama BC on the opponent's court 62-80. Saitama Bron. managed to outperform Akita NH in a home game 96-89. Gunma recorded a loss to Miyazaki SS on the road 83-74. Shimane SM defeated Shinshu BW on its own court 83-68. Tokyo Cinq R. was beaten by Hamamatsu P. in Mikawa 88-73. Sendai 89ers won against Takamatsu FA at home 87-77.


Yokohama BC - Oita H.Devils 80-62

Very expected game when 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (12-27) were defeated on the road by second ranked Yokohama BC (26-11) 80-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Yokohama BC. Oita Heat Devils was better in