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  ABA   



Jacksonville Giants end Regular Season as #1 in Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released the final Power Rankings for the regular season and the defending ABA Champion Jacksonville Giants held onto the #1 position as they prepare for the ABA playoffs. "While Jacksonville is the #1 team, I know of several other teams who feel that they will be wresting the championship from the Giants," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman. "We have some very good teams in the ABA and all of the playoff teams are excited about getting to Jacksonville on April 11th and competing in the Final Four."

The rankings:

1. Jacksonville Giants (29-1)
2. North Dallas Vandals (20-2)
3. South Carolina Warriors (28-1)
4. Chicago Steam (16-1)
5. San Diego Surf (12-3)
6. Arizona Scorpions (19-4)
7. West Texas Whirlwinds (15-3)
8. Colorado Kings (13-3)
9. Calgary Crush (12-0)
10. Richmond Elite (12-2)
11. Conway Cyclones (12-3)
12. Jersey Express (9-3)
13. Bay Area Matrix (10-4)
14. Detroit Hoops (8-2)
15. San Francisco Rumble (9-5)
16. Atlanta Aliens (9-3)

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 10: Szolnok - MZT Skopje 81-72
Mar. 11: Siroki WWin - Crvena Zvezda 78-74
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: Krka - Cedevita 62-63

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 16: Szolnok - Zadar
Mar. 16: MZT Skopje - Partizan
Mar. 16: Igokea - Krka
Mar. 16: Cedevita - Cibona
Mar. 16: Un.Olimpija - Siroki WWin
Mar. 16: Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost
Mar. 16: KK Split - Radnicki KG


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. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.6 
 5. Travis, Zadar14.5 
 6. Strawberry, Cibona14.5 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.14.5 
 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 WWin6.3 
 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, Krka4.5 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea4.0 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.9 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 7. Otasevic, MZT S.3.4 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.2 
 9. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.1 
 10. Wright, Cedevita3.1 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Otasevic, MZT S.1.6 
 6. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 7. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 8. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 9. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 10. Sutalo, Siroki W.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.3 
 2. Musli, Partizan1.1 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Saric, Cibona0.8 
 7. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 8. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 9. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 10. Gordon, Partizan0.7 


Round 24: #1 Igokea is defeated by Partizan - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Adriatic League. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bosnian Igokea (18-6) in Beograd on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Serbian Partizan (15-9) 73-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Igokea. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Partizan outrebounded Igokea 39-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Djordje Gagic (210-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) with 15 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost and Radnicki KG. Igokea at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Partizan is looking forward to face MZT Skopje (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Igokea will play against Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Serbian Zvezda (17-7) against fourteenth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (8-16) on Monday night. Visiting Zvezda was defeated by HKK Siroki WWin in a tough game in Siroki Brijeg 74-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zvezda. The winners were led by Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 17 points and 8 rebounds and Marko Sutalo supported him with 21 points. Even 15 points and 5 assists by guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) did not help to save the game for Zvezda. Zvezda's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Zvezda at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will play against higher ranked Un.Olimpija (#7) in Ljubljana in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zvezda will play at home against Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (15-9) against fourteenth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (8-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Radnicki KG was defeated by KK Zadar in a tough game in Zadar 68-75. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Radnicki KG. The best player for the winners was Dwight Thorne who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Aleksandar Capin who recorded 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Radnicki KG keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Partizan and Buducnost. KK Zadar will meet bottom-ranked Szolnok (#14) in the next round. Radnicki KG will play against KK Split (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Hungarian Szolnok managed to get a eighth victory. This time defending Hungarian champion won against seventh-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje 81-72. It was a good game for Marton Bader who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Hungarian champion (8-16) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be KK Zadar (#11) at home.
Important game to mention about took place in Novo Mesto. Seventh ranked Croatian Cedevita (13-11) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Slovenian Krka (9-15) 63-62 on Monday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Marino Bazdaric who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. Krka's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cedevita moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Un.Olimpija. Krka lost third consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.

In the last two games of round 24 Un.Olimpija lost to Cibona on the opponent's court 62-74. Buducnost outscored KK Split in a home game 66-47.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 4 assists by Aleksa Popovic of Buducnost.


Siroki WWin - Crvena Zvezda 78-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Serbian Zvezda (17-7) against fourteenth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (8-16) on Monday night. Visiting Zvezda was defeated by HKK Siroki WWin in a tough game in Siroki Brijeg 74-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zvezda. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-14 Zvezda's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-74 at the end of the game. Zvezda was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 17 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 21 points. Even 15 points and 5 assists by guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) did not help to save the game for Zvezda. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Zvezda's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Zvezda at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will play against higher ranked Un.Olimpija (#7) in Ljubljana in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zvezda will play at home against Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: M.Sutalo 21+3reb+2ast, Z.Sakic 17+8reb+1ast, J.Jones 12+1reb+1ast, I.Ramljak 8+5reb+2ast, R.Freeman 7+3reb+2ast, J.Bilinovac 6+1reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: I.Rakocevic 15+4reb+5ast, B.Savovic 14+8reb, M.Scott 11+6reb, R.Katic 8+2reb, B.Lazic 7+1reb, D.Nelson 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 183798


Krka - Cedevita 62-63

Important game to mention about took place in Novo Mesto. Seventh ranked Croatian Cedevita (13-11) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Slovenian Krka (9-15) 63-62 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 14-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cedevita made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Krka was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Marino Bazdaric (195-78) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) who added 10 points during the contest. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Domen Lorbek (198-85) with 16 points and 4 assists and Croatian center Jure Lalic (210-86) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Krka's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cedevita moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Un.Olimpija. Krka lost third consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bazdaric 13+6reb, P.Suput 11+5reb, M.Bilan 10+4reb, B.Wright 10+4reb+3ast, D.Kitchen 8+4reb+4ast, G.Suton 7+2reb
Krka: J.Lalic 17+5reb, D.Lorbek 16+2reb+4ast, M.Smodis 12+1reb+4ast, M.Rojc 6+3reb, U.Lucic 4+3reb, E.Kastrati 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 183800


Szolnok - MZT Skopje 81-72

Bottom-ranked Hungarian Szolnok managed to get a eighth victory. This time defending Hungarian champion won against seventh-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje 81-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-9. But MZT Skopje won third quarter 31-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Szolnok won last quarter 20-13. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for MZT Skopje. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Hungarian champion (8-16) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be KK Zadar (#11) at home.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 24+5reb+1ast, J.Florence 15+2reb+4ast, M.Szabo 8+10reb+1ast, B.Gay 8+4reb+3ast, I.Nemeth 6+2reb+1ast, A.Horvath 6+1reb+3ast
MZT Skopje: C.Davis 15+5reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 15+8reb+3ast, D.Stojanovski 15+3reb+5ast, G.Cekovski 13+7reb+3ast, O.Stojanovski 8+1reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 4+2reb
gschID: 183802


Partizan - Igokea 73-64

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bosnian Igokea (18-6) in Beograd on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Serbian Partizan (15-9) 73-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Igokea. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Partizan outrebounded Igokea 39-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Djordje Gagic (210-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) with 15 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Serbian power forward Marko Brkic (206-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost and Radnicki KG. Igokea at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Partizan is looking forward to face MZT Skopje (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Igokea will play against Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: V.Lucic 13+5reb+3ast, D.Gordon 11+6reb+1ast, D.Gagic 11+7reb+4ast, D.Bertans 8+3reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 7+2reb, L.Westermann 6+2reb
Igokea: B.Jorovic 15+7reb+2ast, M.Dozet 13+1reb+1ast, M.Brkic 11+5reb, C.Edwards 9+4reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 6+4reb+2ast, S.Stemberger 5+2ast
gschID: 183801


Cibona - Un.Olimpija 74-62

There was an upset in Zagreb where higher ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (13-11) was defeated by tenth ranked Croatian Cibona (9-15) 74-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Un.Olimpija was better in third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Cibona outrebounded Un.Olimpija 42-28 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Un.Olimpija was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Dario Saric (208-94) who added 10 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Finnish guard Sasu Salin (192-91) with 17 points and Croatian forward Jasmin Perkovic (205-80, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Krka. Loser Un.Olimpija keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Zizic 22+9reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 17+2reb+2ast, D.Strawberry 12+3reb+3ast, D.Saric 10+14reb+2ast, M.Rozic 6+1reb+1ast, P.Marcinkovic 3+4reb
Un.Olimpija: S.Salin 17+1reb, J.Perkovic 13+3reb+1ast, K.Prepelic 8+1reb+1ast, D.Bubnic 7+2reb, A.Omic 6+10reb+1ast, J.Blazic 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 183799


Buducnost - KK Split 66-47

Very predictable result in Podgorica where fifth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (15-9) smashed 10th ranked Croatian KK Split (8-16) 66-47 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Buducnost dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Split to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Aleksa Popovic (201-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists and Serbian center Dusko Bunic (206-89, agency: Beo Basket) who added 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Ivan Mimica (190-80) scored 8 points. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Partizan and Radnicki KG. Loser KK Split dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Buducnost will face league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Split will play at home against Radnicki KG (#4) in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: A.Popovic 22+3reb+4ast, D.Bost 9+1ast, V.Mihailovic 9+1reb+1ast, D.Bunic 9+9reb, C.Vitkovac 5+7reb, G.Lee 4+5reb
KK Split: J.Sobin 23+6reb+3ast, I.Mimica 8+3reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 7+3reb+1ast, T.Katic 4+1reb+1ast, N.Vujcic 2+7reb+1ast, B.Markulin 2+1reb
gschID: 183797


Zadar - Radnicki KG 75-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (15-9) against fourteenth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (8-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Radnicki KG was defeated by KK Zadar in a tough game in Zadar 68-75. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Radnicki KG. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Radnicki KG won fourth quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Radnicki KG 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Thorne is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 18 points and guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Radnicki KG keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Partizan and Buducnost. KK Zadar will meet bottom-ranked Szolnok (#14) in the next round. Radnicki KG will play against KK Split (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zadar: D.Thorne 16+7reb+1ast, G.Vrbanc 11, A.Delas 11+3reb+3ast, F.Kastropil 10+3reb, R.Travis 8+9reb+2ast, J.Nurkic 5+5reb+1ast
Radnicki KG: A.Capin 18+2reb+2ast, M.Borisov 12+4reb, S.Sinovec 11+7reb, S.Bircevic 8+2reb, M.Bryan-Amaning 6+1reb, T.White 6+2reb
gschID: 183796



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


FIBA Africa invites Mali and Rwanda to join 14 others in the Ivory Coast later this year - by Kristian Santiago

FIBA Africa decided to hand out two wild-cards to Mali and Rwanda for the upcoming African Championships in the Ivory Coast (23-30th of August).
Rwanda finished second behind Egypt in Zone V qualifiers while Mali placed third in Zone II. Other possibilities for a wild-card would have been Togo (Zone III) and Zambia (Zone VI).

The sixteen nations are:

1. Ivory Coast (Host)
2. Tunisia (Champions 2011)
3. Angola (Runner-up 2011)
4. Nigeria (Third place 2011)
5. Morocco (Qualifier Zone 1)
6. Algeria (Qualifier Zone 1)
7. Senegal (Qualifier Zone 2)
8. Cap Verde (Qualifier Zone 2)
9. Burkina Faso (Qualifier Zone 3)
10. Central African Republic (Qualifier Zone 4)
11. Cameroon (Qualifier Zone 4)
12. Congo (Qualifier Zone 4)
13. Egypt (Qualifier Zone 5)
14. Mozambique (Qualifier Zone 6)
15. Rwanda (Wild-Card)
16. Mali (Wild-Card)



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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 30

Mar. 10: Argentino - Wuber-Est.Bahia 86-80
Mar. 10: Union Progr. - Sionista 79-83
Mar. 10: Boca Jrs - Quimsa 79-82
Mar. 10: Atenas - GECR Indalo 79-75
Mar. 10: Olimpico LB - Lanus 79-74
Mar. 10: La Union - Regatas C. 72-78
Mar. 10: 9 de Julio - Penarol 72-76
Mar. 10: Obras - Libertad S. 56-70

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: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.5 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.3 
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, Quimsa7.3 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.8 
 10. Lytch, Argentino6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 8. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 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 LB1.9 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 9. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Weigand, Argentino0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Obras0.8 


Liga A: end of regular season - by Facundo Iatzky

Final standings
65.5 | Regatas corrientes
62.5 | Lanus
61.0 | Penarol
60.5 | Boca jrs
58.0 | Argentino junin
57.0 | Quimsa
57.0 | Olimpico
56.0 | Atenas
55.5 | Sionista
55.0 | Gimnasia comodoro rivadavia
55.0 | Libertad sunchales
54.0 | Bahia Estudiantes
52.0 | Obras Sanitarias
48.0 | 9 de Julio
46.0 | La Union formosa
45.0 | Union Progresista

Regatas, Lanus, Penarol and Boca Juniors advance directly to quarter finals.
The 1/8 finals series will be played in the following way:

(5)Argentino- (12) Weber Bahia estudiantes
(6) Quimsa - (11) Libertad
(7) Olimpico - (10) Gimnasia Comodoro
(8) Atenas - (9) Sionista

Series, to the best of 5, start on Wednesday 13

Finally, the last 4 teams will play to the best fo 5 games trying to stay in Liga A.
Obras Sanitarias- Union progresista
9 de Julio - La union formosa



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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Argentinian players, who play currently abroad. This is like our weekly our weekly sports betting, always wondering who will be that top player this week.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
#1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Caja Laboral to a victory over the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-10) 83-73 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (5-5) is placed sixth in group F. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Nocioni's first season with the team. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 77.6% in the 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
#2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Ginobili was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Chicago Bulls (35-28) 101-83 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 18 points and added 9 passes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 48-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 11th year in Spurs' roster. Ginobili has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 37.3%. Ginobili is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
#3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Delfino could not help the Houston Rockets (34-30) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Houston Rockets were edged 107-105 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. Delfino was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Delfino has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 82.9% in the 53 games. Similarly like Ginobili and Nocioni above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Delfino is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
#4. Power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Phoenix Suns (22-41) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the Phoenix Suns were defeated 121-112 in Sacramento by the Kings. Scola recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his six free throws). This season Scola has very high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg. Scola also holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
#5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Utah Jazz (32-31) crushing them 113-84 in the NBA last Saturday. Prigioni scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 24 minutes. The New York Knicks have a solid 38-22 record this season. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg in the 56 games. He holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
#6. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Blancos de Rueda (9-15) in their game against Gescrap BB (15-9) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 18 points. This season Porta averages only 9.0ppg. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team five years ago.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
#7. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (7-17) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (6-18) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance last Saturday Mainoldi was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Mainoldi has been at the team for five years. Mainoldi has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 5.6rpg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
#8. Point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help Vivo/Franca (9-8) in their game against Suzano (4-22) in the Brazilian NBB, despite his very good performance on Thursday night. Figueroa was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 2 blocks in 28 minutes. But Vivo/Franca lost 71-75 in a derby game to the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Suzano. Figueroa is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.9bpg. This year his other stats are: 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.0apg in the 26 games. Figueroa plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
#9. International point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias (9-15) in their game against G.Canaria 2014 (14-10) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Richotti also added 5 steals. Richotti's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
#10. Forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Arkadia Lions (2-22) in their game against Furstenfeld Panthers (9-15) in the Austrian A Bundesliga, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Vay had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 7 assists in 38 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were badly defeated 91-75 in Furstenfeld by the higher-ranked (#9) Panthers. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vay has very impressive stats this year: 24.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.3spg in the four games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

#11. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabricio Vay. But that was another game of his team in Austrian A Bundesliga which we would like to mention. Bortolin contributed to an Arkadia Lions' victory against one of league's weakest teams St.Polten 74-68. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Bortolin also added 2 blocks. Bortolin is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2bpg. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team three years ago.

#12. Former U19 international swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the G.Washington in their game against the La Salle University in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Garino scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. His team lost 70-84. Garino's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2bpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team back in 2011.

#13. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help C.de Latte BRE in their game against Tezenis VE in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Fernandez cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was crushed by 25 points 88-63. Fernandez is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.6apg and 2.1spg. Fernandez is also Argentinian national team player.

The list of other players, who all have Argentinian passport but never been selected to any of Argentinian national teams:

#1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led AcegasAps TR to a victory over the closely-ranked Upea CdO (8-12) crushing them 91-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Filloy was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. Acegas Aps Trieste (9-11) is placed tenth in the Lega2. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Filloy has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg in the 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

#2. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Florida Atlantic (9-12) in their last game. Despite Bertone's very good performance the Florida Atlantic (#5) was edged in an overtime 81-79 at home by the Troy University. He recorded 20 points in 40 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Bertone's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg in the 24 games.

#3. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to help Agrigento (15-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Agrigento was edged 81-80 on the road by the much lower-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#16). Chiarastella was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Chiarastella's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

#4. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Latina Basket (9-18) in their last game. Despite Carrizo's very good performance Latina Basket lost 81-86 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#4) Firenze. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Carrizo also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 37 minutes. It was Latina Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. Carrizo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg in the nine games. Carrizo has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

#5. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia to win against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (6-16) 68-65 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 5 points. Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (13-9) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Filloy's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2spg. Similarly like Carrizo and Chiarastella above he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

#6. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Matera's victory against the seventh-ranked Chieti 69-60 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. Vico scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Vico averaged so far 13.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg and 2.8spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

#7. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Mazzeo San Severo crushing them 100-79 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Wednesday. Prelazzi recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Prelazzi's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8spg in the four games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

#8. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help LeGamberi Foods Forli in their game against Fileni BPA Jesi in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Musso scored 9 points. His team was edged 78-77. Musso's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. Similarly like five previous players above, he has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

#9. Alejandro Bortolussi (202-F-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (11-10) in their last game. Despite Bortolussi's good performance Leche Rio Breogan lost 66-74 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#11) Ourense. He scored 10 points in 19 minutes. This year Bortolussi averages only 3.3ppg in the 18 games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish.

#10. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fabi's good performance Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria was crushed 80-59 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Torino (#6). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Fabi also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Fabi's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Justin Williams joins Beermen's lineup - by Aris Ignacio

Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming), the former Global Port Batang Pier import in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), will suit up in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) with the San Miguel Beermen when they face the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers on March 24.

Due to the injury sustained by Beermen import Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), the management was forced to tapped the services of Williams, who became a free agent after the Port Masters have released him. He averaged 14.7 points, 18.5 rebounds, and 4.8 blocked shots in 6 games with Global Port Batang Pier.

Williams, a former undrafted National Basketball Association player, had stints with the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Charlotte Bobcats and the Golden State Warriors. He also played in the NBA Developmental League with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.



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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 22: New Zealand Breakers beat Cairns Taipans by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

Sixth-ranked Cairns Taipans (10-15) were very close to win a game against first ranked New Zealand Breakers (23-3) in Auckland on Thursday. New Zealand Breakers managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 17-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Cairns Taipans turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Cairns Taipans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. New Zealand center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Cameron Gliddon (195-89, college: Concordia Irvine) replied with 15 points and 4 assists for Cairns Taipans. Cairns Taipans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Melbourne Tigers (#5) at home in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Findon. Sixth ranked Cairns Taipans (10-15) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-18) 70-69 on Saturday evening. The former international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jamar Wilson chipped in 13 points during the contest. Cairns Taipans' coach Aaron Fearne allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Cairns Taipans maintains sixth position with 10-15 record. Adelaide 36ers at the other side stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Cairns Taipans will play against league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play again against Cairns Taipans (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Wollongong Hawks (11-15) against seventh ranked Townsville Crocodiles (9-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Wollongong Hawks were defeated by Townsville Crocodiles in a tough game in Wulguru 64-69. Townsville Crocodiles maintains seventh position with 9-16 record. Loser Wollongong Hawks keep the third place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Kings. Townsville Crocodiles will meet at home higher ranked Melbourne Tigers (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Wollongong Hawks will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Perth Wildcats (20-6) which hosted in Perth one of their biggest challengers Kings (11-15). Second ranked Perth Wildcats had an easy win 83-56. Shawn Redhage fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perth Wildcats maintains second position with 20-6 record having just three points less than leader Breakers. Kings at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Perth Wildcats' next round opponent will be Cairns Taipans (#6) at home. Kings will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (23-3) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-14) 79-74. It was a very good performance for Cedric Jackson who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Melbourne Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will have a break next round. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against Townsville Crocodiles (#7) in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Tigers - Breakers 74-79

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (23-3) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-14) 79-74. It was a very good performance for American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized British guard Daryl Corletto (193-81) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Five New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. The former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) replied with 23 points and the former international power forward Matthew Burston (211-82) added 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Melbourne Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will have a break next round. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against Townsville Crocodiles (#7) in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Goulding 23+2reb+3ast, M.Burston 16+9reb+1ast, L.Walker 8+4reb+4ast, T.Greer 8+4reb, L.Rush 6+1reb+3ast, A.Ballinger 5+1reb
Breakers: D.Corletto 20+1reb+2ast, C.Webster 14+2reb, C.Jackson 13+6reb+7ast, M.Vukona 11+4reb+2ast, A.Pledger 11+11reb+1ast, D.Boucher 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 182767


Crocodiles - Hawks 69-64

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Wollongong Hawks (11-15) against seventh ranked Townsville Crocodiles (9-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Wollongong Hawks were defeated by Townsville Crocodiles in a tough game in Wulguru 64-69. Townsville Crocodiles maintains seventh position with 9-16 record. Loser Wollongong Hawks keep the third place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Kings. Townsville Crocodiles will meet at home higher ranked Melbourne Tigers (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Wollongong Hawks will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 182766


36ers - Taipans 69-70

Important game to mention about took place in Findon. Sixth ranked Cairns Taipans (10-15) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-18) 70-69 on Saturday evening. The former international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Five Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. Cairns Taipans' coach Aaron Fearne allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and the former international power forward Anthony Petrie (203-83) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Cairns Taipans maintains sixth position with 10-15 record. Adelaide 36ers at the other side stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Cairns Taipans will play against league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play again against Cairns Taipans (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Johnson 21+13reb+2ast, A.Petrie 15+8reb+1ast, S.Weigh 11+7reb+1ast, A.Gibson 9+2reb+5ast, T.Daly 5+3reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 4+1reb+2ast
Taipans: J.Wilson 13+3reb+2ast, S.Edwards 13+4reb, C.Tragardh 12+6reb+3ast, A.Grabau 11+3reb+2ast, A.Loughton 10+7reb, D.Rychart 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 182765


Wildcats - Kings 83-56

An interesting game for Perth Wildcats (20-6) which hosted in Perth one of their biggest challengers Kings (11-15). Second ranked Perth Wildcats had an easy win 83-56. Perth Wildcats made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. Perth Wildcats outrebounded Kings 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Kings helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Matthew Knight (203-85, college: Loyola Mary) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Darnell Lazare (203-85, college: LSU, agency: Priority Sports) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) added 16 points (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Perth Wildcats maintains second position with 20-6 record having just three points less than leader Breakers. Kings at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Perth Wildcats' next round opponent will be Cairns Taipans (#6) at home. Kings will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kings: B.Madgen 16+3reb+1ast, D.Lazare 16+9reb, A.Bruce 13+1reb+3ast, T.Garlepp 6+2reb+2ast, G.Dann 4+4reb, C.Jenkins 1+1reb
Wildcats: S.Redhage 23+3reb+4ast, M.Knight 19+8reb, R.Carter 10+3reb+2ast, G.Hire 9+5reb+3ast, J.Wagstaff 5+1reb, K.Lisch 4+4reb
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Breakers - Taipans 80-77

Sixth-ranked Cairns Taipans (10-15) were very close to win a game against first ranked New Zealand Breakers (23-3) in Auckland on Thursday. New Zealand Breakers managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 17-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Cairns Taipans turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Cairns Taipans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. New Zealand center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. Guard Cameron Gliddon (195-89, college: Concordia Irvine) replied with 15 points and 4 assists and American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Cairns Taipans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Melbourne Tigers (#5) at home in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 15+5reb+1ast, C.Gliddon 15+4reb+4ast, A.Loughton 12+5reb+1ast, A.Grabau 9+1reb, S.Edwards 7+5reb+3ast, S.Bruce 6+1reb+1ast
Breakers: A.Pledger 20+6reb, C.Jackson 17+9reb+7ast, M.Vukona 15+8reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 11+4reb+2ast, D.Corletto 8+1ast, C.Webster 5+1reb
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David Andersen selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Andersen could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (18-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was defeated 81-73 on the road by the much lower-ranked Tofas (#10). Andersen was the second best scorer with 18 points. This season Andersen averages: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(38-66), 3FGP: 45.5%(20-44) and FT: 93.1%(27-29). He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). Mills led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Chicago Bulls (35-28) 101-83 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 13 points in 22 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 48-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mills' first year with the team. This season Mills averages only 4.7ppg, 2FGP: 58.7%(54-92), 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 93.3% in the 52 games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2009.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine). Kickert led Budivelnyk to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (22-11) 97-78 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (26-8) is placed first in the Superleague. Kickert has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Kickert is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #4. Power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the third-ranked Olympiacos (6-4) 90-77 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 17 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (9-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Jawai's first season with the team. This year Jawai's overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 4.5rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #5. Former international center Andrew Bogut (212-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Golden State Warriors (35-29) in their game against the Houston Rockets (34-30) in the NBA. Bogut did not beat the league record on Friday evening. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors were defeated 94-88 in Houston by the Rockets. Bogut's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5bpg. He used to play for the Australian national team five years ago.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #6. Forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Valparaiso to a 1-point victory against the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (10-7) 70-69 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Broekhoff scored 25 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. The Valparaiso University has a very good 13-3 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Broekhoff has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 6.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5bpg in the 16 games. Broekhoff is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #7. Former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Boise St. (9-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Boise St. was defeated 68-64 in Las Vegas, NV by the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Drmic recorded 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Drmic has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5bpg. He used to play for the Australian national team two years ago.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #8. Center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Patrick Mills. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Baynes helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Detroit Pistons (23-42) crushing them 114-75. He scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 48-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Baynes has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #9. Former international forward Brock Motum (208-90, is currently at the American university) led Washington St. to an easy victory against the University of Southern California (8-12) crushing them 76-51 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Motum recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). The Washington State University has not so impressive 4-13 conference record this season. Motum's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Motum plays fourth season for the team. He has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg. Motum used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Cameron Bairstow
Cameron Bairstow
   #10. Forward Cameron Bairstow (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico to a victory against the The University of Nevada (3-13) 75-62 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. The University of New Mexico has a very good 13-3 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Bairstow has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) helped Oradea win their game against the 14th-ranked CS Farul Constanta crushing them 97-44 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Monday night's game. Dillon recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. This year Dillon has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.1apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Sagesse win their game against the sixth-ranked Amchit 89-85 in the Lebanese Division A last Sunday. Khazzouh recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 blocks (made all of his seven free throws). Khazzouh is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg. Khazzouh used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Barlow's good performance his team was badly defeated 86-69 in Madrid by the leading Real. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Barlow has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Australian national team player.

   #14. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) helped G.Canaria 2014 win their game against the 13th-ranked CB Canarias 78-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Newley scored 8 points in 30 minutes. Newley has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Samuel Rowley (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Albany edge the University of Maine 50-49 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Rowley scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. Rowley's stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.3apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team four years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Australian passport but never been selected to any of Australian national teams:

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a 3-point victory over the Utah Jazz (32-31) 104-101 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 10 passes. He also added 7 rebounds in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Irving's second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 21-42 record this season. Irving belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 23.0ppg. He also averaged so far 3.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.6spg in the 49 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the S.Utah (8-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the S.Utah lost in an overtime 74-86 at home to the University of Montana. Heuir scored 29 points (!!!), had 6 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 41 minutes. It was S.Utah's seventh consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Heuir plays for the team since 2009. Heuir has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.4rpg in the 10 games.

   #3. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently studies in the States) led Charleston So. to a victory against the Winthrop University (14-4) 54-47 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Charleston Southern University has a solid 12-4 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Muo has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg in the 12 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #4. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) led Science City Jena to a victory over the 12th-ranked ETB Wohnbau (10-15) 100-92 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Jeka was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals. Science City Jena (13-12) is placed eighth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Jeka averaged so far 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.

   #5. Joel Naburgs (193-G-90, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the East Tennessee State University (6-12) crushing them 67-46 in the NCAA last Thursday. Naburgs scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Stetson University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Naburgs is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Stetson's roster. He averaged so far 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.3apg.

   #6. Experienced Michael Kingma (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Rotterdam 95-77 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. Kingma scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. He has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.7rpg. Kingma has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #7. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Cal-Riverside (3-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cal-Riverside lost 62-68 on the road to the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. Patton scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 39 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.7rpg in the 30 games.

   #8. Majok Majok (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Ball St.'s victory against the Western Michigan University 89-85 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Majok had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds in 31 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.7rpg in the 30 games. Majok also holds two passports: Australian and Sudanese.

   #9. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a London Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield One Health Sharks 86-78 in the British BBL last Sunday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Sturt belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.5bpg. This year he also averages: 15.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 26 games.

   #10. Dexter Kernich-Drew (198-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Washington St. win their game against the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles 73-61 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Kernich-Drew recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kernich-Drew averages: 15.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg.



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 19-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 18-7 
 3. Klosterneub. 17-8 
 4. Gmunden 16-9 
 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. 11: Gmunden - BC Vienna 76-84
Mar. 10: Kapfenberg - Oberwart 74-66

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 16: BC Vienna - Gmunden
Mar. 16: Gussing - Klosterneub.
Mar. 16: Oberwart - Kapfenberg
Mar. 16: Wels - UBSC Graz
Mar. 17: Arkadia - Furstenfeld


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. Dale, UBSC G.17.5 
 8. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 9. Ray, BC Vienna17.4 
 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: 5.8
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.8 
 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 Vienna3.8 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.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. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 5. Boylan, BC Vienna1.6 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 10. Cox, Furstenfeld1.3 
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 


Vienna adds another Coach - by Stefan Heinrich

Right before today's game the BC Zepter Vienna presented another Assistant Coach in their Coaching Staff. The new man next to Head Coach Andrea Maghelli (agency: Interperformances ) is the 47 year old Croatian Marin Zirdum . Zirdum did work for several Croatian clubs in the past and his last team in the highest Croatian league was Prigorje Financije Krizevci and he left the team in January 2013. Below you will find his complete career as a coach:

1995-1996: KK Koprivnica (A2)
1996-1998: Podravac Virje (A1)
1998-1999: in Feb.'99 signed by Kandrid Rijeka (A2)
1999-2000: Kandrid Rijeka (A2)
2000-2001: Focus Varazdin (A2)
2001-2002: Focus Varazdin (A2)
2002-2003: KK Koprivnica (A2)
2003-2004: KK Dubrava Zagreb (A1)
2004-2005: Medjimurje Cakovac (A2)
2005-2006: Medjimurje Cakovac (A2)
2006-2007: Medjimurje Cakovac (A2)
2007-2008: Medjimurje Cakovac (A2)
2008-2009: Medjimurje Cakovac (A2)
2010-2011: Prigorje Financije Krizevci (A2), left in Mar.'11
2012-2013: Prigorje Financije Krizevci (A1), left in Jan.'12



Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland). He led Asseco Prokom Gdynia to a victory over the second-ranked Polpharma crushing them 88-64 in the Polish TBL in Friday night's game. Mahalbasic was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Asseco Prokom Gdyniais placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. This year Mahalbasic averages: 8.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(76-132) and FT: 67.2% in the 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy. Ortner could not help Montepaschi Siena (7-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the second-placed Montepaschi Siena was defeated 78-71 on the road by the lower-ranked Khimky (#4) in the group F of Euroleague. Ortner recorded 11 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Ortner's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.8%(26-45). He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain). Maresch contributed to a River Andorra's victory against the fourth-ranked Palencia Baloncesto (13-8) 82-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He scored 9 points in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This year Maresch's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 78.0% in the 21 games. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Anton Maresch and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Schreiner managed to help B.C. River Andorra to win against the fourth-ranked Palencia Baloncesto (13-8) 82-74. He scored 5 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. Schreiner's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Matej Kljaic (193-F-91) plays for Djuro Djakovic in Croatian A1
Marc Goetzinger (182-PG-96) plays for s Oliver Baskets in German BBL
Jason Detrick (195-SF-80) plays for Paschoalotto/Bauru in Brazilian NBB
Martin-Patrick Pos (198-F-94) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Jamie Kohn (195-G-89) plays for Tees Valley Mohawks in British EBL D1
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Patrick Churchill (181-SF-98) plays for Muenchen Nord in German NBBL



A Bundesliga Round 27: Xion Dukes edge Gussing Knights by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Bundesliga is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

Seventh-ranked Gussing Knights (13-12) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Xion Dukes (17-8) in Klosterneuburg on Sunday. Xion Dukes managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 18-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Xion Dukes made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Gussing Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) who recorded 22 points. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Xion Dukes are again looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#7) on the road in the next round. Gussing Knights will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Gmunden. First ranked BC Vienna faced 4th placed Gmunden Swans. Guests from Wien (19-6) defeated host Gmunden Swans (16-9) 84-76. It was a good game for the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Ryan Richards contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) answered with 14 points and 5 assists for Gmunden Swans. BC Vienna maintains first place with 19-6 record. Gmunden Swans lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. BC Vienna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gmunden Swans will play again on the road against the league's leader BC Vienna (#1) in Wien and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where host UBSC Graz (#8) won against 5th ranked Raiffeisen Wels 86-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Raiffeisen Wels. It was a great evening for Milan Stegnjaic who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Davor Lamesic with 22 points and 6 rebounds. UBSC Graz maintains eighth place with 10-14 record. Loser Raiffeisen Wels keep the fifth position with ten games lost. UBSC Graz will again meet higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Furstenfeld. Local Furstenfeld Panthers (9-15) beat 11th ranked Arkadia Lions (2-22) 91-75. It was a quality performance for Blaz Cresnar who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains ninth place with 9-15 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side stay dead last with 22 lost games. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions (#11) in Traiskirchen.

In the last game of round 27 Oberwart were defeated by Kapfenberg in a road game 74-66.
The best stats of 27th round was 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Deteri Mayes of Kapfenberg.


Gmunden - BC Vienna 76-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Gmunden. First ranked BC Vienna faced 4th placed Gmunden Swans. Guests from Wien (19-6) defeated host Gmunden Swans (16-9) 84-76. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. BC Vienna made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) answered with 14 points and 5 assists and international Richard Poiger (202-87) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Gmunden Swans. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. BC Vienna maintains first place with 19-6 record. Gmunden Swans lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. BC Vienna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gmunden Swans will play again on the road against the league's leader BC Vienna (#1) in Wien and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: R.Richards 23+5reb, S.Ray 18+5reb, S.Stazic 17+8reb+6ast, I.Boylan 8+1reb+4ast, F.Trmal 7+8reb, B.Danek 5+2reb+2ast
Gmunden: J.Brown 14+2reb+5ast, R.Arnold 13+3reb, E.Murati 12+4reb+1ast, D.Oppland 10+7reb, R.Poiger 9+5reb+5ast, M.Mayer 7+4reb+2ast
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Klosterneub. - Gussing 78-75

Seventh-ranked Gussing Knights (13-12) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Xion Dukes (17-8) in Klosterneuburg on Sunday. Xion Dukes managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 18-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Xion Dukes made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Gussing Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) who recorded 22 points and American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Five Xion Dukes and four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Xion Dukes are again looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#7) on the road in the next round. Gussing Knights will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 16+4reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 14+2reb+2ast, K.Payton 11+6reb, M.Lanegger 11+8reb+6ast, C.Bobb 10+4reb+3ast, C.Greimeister 9+3reb+1ast
Gussing: T.Klepeisz 22+4reb, D.Hunt 14+6reb, E.Kadic 13+3reb+2ast, M.Heard 12+12reb, M.Jandrasits 6+1ast, S.Koch 5+4reb
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Kapfenberg - Oberwart 74-66

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (14-11) was defeated on the road by second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (18-7) 74-66. It looked good early as Redwell Gunners Oberwart took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kapfenberg Bulls took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) who led the winners and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) accounted for 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) came up with 22 points and American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Redwell Gunners Oberwart in the defeat. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains second place with 18-7 record behind leader BC Vienna. Redwell Gunners Oberwart at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls' next round opponent will be again Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#6) on the road.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Mayes 30+5reb+4ast, J.Dean Shaw 15+2reb+1ast, D.Nelson 8+8reb+3ast, M.Sanchez 7+9reb+5ast, Q.Pryor 7+2reb+2ast, G.Woods 5+2reb
Oberwart: R.Chaney 22+2reb+2ast, D.Hinson 14+2reb+2ast, S.Boxley 13+8reb+4ast, J.Johnson 8+8reb+1ast, L.Linzer 3+1ast, D.Gant 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 233382


Furstenfeld - Arkadia 91-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Furstenfeld. Local Furstenfeld Panthers (9-15) beat 11th ranked Arkadia Lions (2-22) 91-75. The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. Arkadia Lions was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a quality performance for Slovenian center Blaz Cresnar (214-86) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia) accounted for 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Worth to mention Cresnar played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. Italian-Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists and Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Arkadia Lions in the defeat. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains ninth place with 9-15 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side stay dead last with 22 lost games. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions (#11) in Traiskirchen.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: T.Sally 21+8reb+4ast, S.Grum 19+1reb+4ast, B.Cresnar 16+18reb+2ast, J.Rubin 14+5reb+2ast, P.Radakovics 13+1reb+1ast, C.Cox 6+6reb+4ast
Arkadia: F.Vay 26+14reb+7ast, R.Spasojevic 19+7reb+2ast, M.Bortolin 8+2reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 8+2reb+2ast, M.Pajovic 6+4reb+1ast, T.Stadelmann 5+2reb+1ast
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UBSC Graz - Wels 86-80

An interesting game where host UBSC Graz (#8) won against 5th ranked Raiffeisen Wels 86-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Raiffeisen Wels. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 31-24. But Raiffeisen Wels won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UBSC Graz looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Raiffeisen Wels' players. It was a great evening for Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire) helped adding 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Gilchrese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 25 points and 4 steals. UBSC Graz maintains eighth place with 10-14 record. Loser Raiffeisen Wels keep the fifth position with ten games lost. UBSC Graz will again meet higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 25+7reb, E.Gilchrese 18+5reb+7ast, C.Bronson 15+2reb+1ast, C.Knor 12+4reb+2ast, M.Dale 9+8reb+7ast, S.Schaal 7+2reb+4ast
Wels: D.Gonzalvez 25+2reb+2ast, D.Lamesic 22+6reb+3ast, T.Tiedeman 18+3reb, D.Washington 8+4reb, C.Hallett 4+4reb, A.Farokhmanesh 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 233379



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Jaraun Burrows' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bahamians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW, currently plays in Switzerland). Burrows led Starwings to a victory over the closely-ranked BBC Nyon (4-18) 90-79 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Burrows had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes on the court. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (8-15) is placed seventh in the LNA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Burrows is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Burrows averages: 17.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(124-224), 3FGP: 20.8% and FT: 69.6% in the 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Magnum Rolle
Magnum Rolle
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL. Rolle could not help Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-27) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Mitsubishi Dolphins were edged 69-67 on the road by the league outsider Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (#8). Rolle was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Rolle's first season with the team. Rolle is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 58.2%. Rolle played for the Bahamas national team in 2007.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern, currently plays in Hungary). Davis contributed to a Marso NYKK's victory against the second-ranked Soproni (11-12) 74-69 in the Hungarian A Division last Friday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. Marso NYKK (9-14) is placed fifth in Places 7-13 group. Davis is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(149-269), 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 68.5% in the 23 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Davis is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Edrico McGregor
Edrico McGregor
   #4. Forward Edrico McGregor (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the UTSA (3-14) in their game against the Utah State University (9-7) in the NCAA. He scored 5 points in 16 minutes. The UTSA was badly defeated 71-51 in Logan, UT by the Utah State University. McGregor's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year McGregor's overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 5.1rpg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Bahamas U18 national team back in 2008.

The list of other players, who all have Bahamas passport but never been selected to any of Bahamas national teams:

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Golden State Warriors (35-29) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Golden State Warriors lost 88-94 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Thompson was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 43 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's second season in pro basketball. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg in the 64 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite his Bahamas passport, Thompson previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

   #2. Buddy Hield (190-G, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Oklahoma (12-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Oklahoma was edged 70-67 in Fort Worth, TX by the Texas Christian University. Hield scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This season Hield has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg.

   #3. Zane Knowles (206-F-92, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Texas A&M-CC (5-13) in their game against the Northwestern State University (14-3) in the NCAA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the Texas A&M-CC was defeated 66-51 in Natchitoches, LA by the Northwestern State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This season Knowles has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.5apg and 2.3spg.

   #4. Mikhail McLean (203-F-91, is currently at the American university) managed to help University of Houston in a 2-point victoryagainst the Tulane University (6-10) 96-94 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. McLean scored 5 points in 11 minutes. The University of Houston has 7-9 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. McLean has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.5apg and 2.3spg in the 23 games.

   #5. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, college: Master's, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Saint-Quentin (11-15) in their game against Hyeres-Toulon (11-15) in the French ProB (second division). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Saint-Quentin was edged 82-79 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#12). Simmons' overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 5.1rpg.



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Standings - Premier League

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

Regular Season: Round 28

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Championship

Mar. 15: Svisloch - Grodno-93
Mar. 15: Rubon - Sozh Gomel

Play-Out

Mar. 15: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II
Mar. 16: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II


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

21-year old forward Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Svisloch and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Rubon (#3, 11-13) 93-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Svisloch is placed at 4th position in Belarusian league. Svisloch 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 10-14 record. In the team's last game Konate had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Svisloch, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Maks Adam Konate averages this season 18.2ppg and 12.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ilya Sharipov (198-G-91). He is a guard in his first season at Svisloch. In the last game Sharipov recorded impressive 26 points and 8 rebounds. Of course together with Konate he helped Svisloch with another comfortable win 93-80 over slightly higher-ranked Rubon (#3, 11-13) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Svisloch consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Sharipov is a newcomer at Svisloch and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) of league's second-best Sozh Gomel. Sitnik scored 20 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Sozh Gomel, leading his team to a 85-81 win against the lower-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (#5, 9-15). Sozh Gomel needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 6 lost games. Sitnik has a great season in Belarus. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.9ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.5apg (5th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 62.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Krisevich (210-C-91) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Anton Indrikov (193-G-87) of Rubon - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Yaraslau Kurapau (200-F-91) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 12 points and 6 rebounds
7. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86) of Sozh Gomel - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dmitri Shilovich (200-F-89) of Svisloch - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Evgeni Ivanov (202-G/F-84) of Rubon - 22 points

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)



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

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked BC Astana (9-8) 80-62 in the VTB United League in Saturday night's game. Veremeenko scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (13-4) is placed second in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(47-77) and FT: 88.4% in the 16 games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team six years ago.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy). Meshcharakou was the major contributor in an AcegasAps TR's victory against the closely-ranked Upea CdO (8-12) crushing them 91-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Meshcharakou also added and 6 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Acegas Aps Trieste (9-11) is placed tenth in the Lega2. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Meshcharakou's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 27.1% and FT: 77.8%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (5-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Olin Edirne lost 67-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Aliaga. Parakhouski had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 33 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Parakhouski's third season in pro basketball. Parakhouski is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 64.5%(111-172) and FT: 51.3% in the 21 games. Parakhouski is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #4. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) led Apoel to a victory against the league leader Keravnos (18-3) 74-65 in the Cypriot Division A in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points and added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (12-9) is placed fourth in the Division A. Stiggers is currently sixth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). His overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.9spg. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He is also Belarusian national team player. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #5. International shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League) managed to help BC Siauliai in a 3-point victoryagainst the leader Ventspils (5-1) 81-78 in the Baltic League last Wednesday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. BC Siauliai (4-2) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Liutych's overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #6. An experienced center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Mazeikiai's victory against the 16th-ranked Silute (10-24) 87-80 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Mazeikiai (27-7) is placed first in the NKL. It's Kojenets' first season with the team. Kojenets has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg and 4.1rpg in the 34 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team four years ago.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #7. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) was not able to help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-18) in their game against Novosybirsk (16-6) in the Russian Superleague (second division). Despite his very good performance last Friday Shustau was the top scorer with 14 points. This season Shustau has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team five years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:

   #1. Igor Suhinin led Planeta-Universitet Ukhta to a victory against the seventh-ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (12-10) 87-82 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Friday night. Suhinin scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (8-14) is placed 11th in the Superleague. Suhinin's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg.

   #2. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Elitzur Yavne's victory against the closely-ranked Hod Hasharon (15-5) 86-79 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. Lioutrine scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Elitzur Yavne (14-6) is placed fifth in the National League. This year Lioutrine's total stats are: 7.2ppg and 4.1rpg in the 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #3. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) helped Ironi Ramat Gan win their game against the closely-ranked Hapoel Afula (13-7) crushing them 85-65 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Yeremishin scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (12-8) is placed seventh in the National League. Yeremishin's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Yeremishin's Belarusian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and probably cannot be called to the Belarusian team.

   #4. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-18) to beat Avtodor (9-12). Karpov cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 79-46 on the road by the higher-ranked (#10) Avtodor. It was Sojuz Zaretchny's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Karpov's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 2.1rpg in the 20 games. He has both Belarusian and Russian nationalities.



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

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain. He could not help Gescrap BB (4-2) in their last game. Despite Hervelle's good performance the first-placed Gescrap BB lost 81-85 on the road to the second-ranked ratiopharm Ulm in the group J of Eurocup. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. This year Hervelle averages: 7.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 66.7% in the 13 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Tabu was not able to help Cantu (14-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cantu was defeated 63-52 in Avellino by the lower-ranked Air Avellino (#12). Tabu was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 6 steals. Tabu has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 84.6%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (14-10) 69-53 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (14-10) is placed sixth in the ACB. This year Van Rossom's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(40-70), 3FGP: 46.5%(40-86) and FT: 86.8% in the 24 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #4. An experienced guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for KTP-Basket (27-9) in their game against Salon Vilpas (11-24) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Faison recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Faison has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Faison used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2011. He played also for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #5. U20 international point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Alabama (12-6) in their game against the The University of Mississippi (1-0) in the NCAA. He recorded 9 points and added 5 assists in 16 minutes. But the Alabama lost 83-87 in University, MS to the The University of Mississippi. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Obasohan has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0spg in the three games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan plays currently for the Belgian U20 national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #6. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polpharma in their game against Asseco Prokom Gdynia (0-0) in the Polish TBL. Lichodzijewski recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Polpharma (#2) was crushed 88-64 in Gdynia by the lower-ranked (#6) Asseco Prokom in the Places 7-12 group. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 17 games. Lichodzijewski is a former international player as he played for the Belgian senior team five years ago.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #7. International guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked C.de Latte BRE (12-8) crushing them 88-63 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 7 points. It was his first game for Tezenis VE this season. His team is placed ninth in the Lega2. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Lauwers is also Belgian national team player.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #8. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-26) in their game against Durham Wildcats (0-0) in the British BBL, despite his good performance in Friday night's game. He scored 12 points and added 5 assists in 36 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost 76-87 in Durham to the much higher-ranked (#4) Wildcats. So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all games in the Regular Season. Hulsen's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2009.

The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the BYU (10-7) in their last game. Despite Haws' very good performance the BYU was edged 72-69 at home by the University of San Diego. He recorded 20 points in 29 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Haws' fourth season with the team. Haws has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0spg in the three games he played so far.

   #2. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Chattanooga (8-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Chattanooga (#5) was defeated 87-81 on their home court in Chattanooga, TN by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. White recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. White has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (202-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to secure a victory for Monthey (12-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Monthey was edged 74-73 on their home court in Monthey by the lower-ranked Neuchatel (#5). Dubas was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dubas' stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #4. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 1-point Fileni BPA Jesi's victory against the seventh-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (10-10) 78-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points. Fileni BPA Jesi (8-12) is placed 12th in the Lega2. Hoover's stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #5. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy (17-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance JA Vichy lost 68-75 on the road to the leading Orchesien BC. Tshomba was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Tshomba's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9apg in the 18 games.

   #6. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Maribor Messer in their game against Geoplin Slovan in the Slovenian Telemach League. Tshiabu Kayembe cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 87-80. Tshiabu Kayembe has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.



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Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 9: Zrinjski HT - Posusje 89-76
Mar. 9: Radnik B. - Kakanj 85-93
Mar. 9: Bosna - Leotar 82-51
Mar. 9: Capljina - Varda HE 78-86
Mar. 9: Borac Nektar - Vogosca 69-80
Mar. 9: Servitium - Mladost 69-71

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 16: Servitium - Bosna
Mar. 16: Mladost - Capljina
Mar. 16: Varda HE - Radnik B.
Mar. 16: Kakanj - Zrinjski HT
Mar. 16: Posusje - Borac Nektar
Mar. 16: Vogosca - Leotar


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca23.8 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje23.6 
 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, Bosna16.3 
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.8.4 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 5. Damjanovic, Servit.6.7 
 6. Rizvic, Bosna6.7 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.6 
 8. Goranovic, Radnik6.6 
 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. Hodzic, Bosna5.4 
 5. Kovacevic, Capljina5.3 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 7. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 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, Posusje2.5 
 3. Bjelica, Capljina2.3 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina2.2 
 5. Borovcanin, Radnik1.7 
 6. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 7. Josilo, Varda HE1.6 
 8. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 9. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.3 
 2. Suljagic, Kakanj0.7 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.7 
 4. Djuranovic, Borac0.6 
 5. Aljovic, Vogosca0.5 
 6. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 7. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 8. Buza, Bosna0.4 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 10. Velimirovic, Mlad.0.4 


Adriatic League: Sutalo leads Siroki WWin past Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - Crvena Zvezda 78:74

Siroki WWin proved strength against one of the league leaders Crvena Zvezda in Siroki Brijeg today. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 21 points to pace the hosts.
Siroki WWin set the tone early in the encounter. The hosts went on a 24:13 run in the opening quarter. Siroki WWin did not give away an inch in the second period. The Bosnian team gained a 48:34 halftime lead. But Crvena Zvezda did not allow the intrigue to perish so early. The Serbian side adjusted defensively and it paid off. The visitors cut the deficit to 13 points with one quarter remaining. Crvena Zvezda got within five points on a jumper from Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) with under a minute remaining. Marko Sutalo and Johnathon Jones (183-PG-88, agency: TSS Management, college: Oakland) sank four free throws for the hosts in the dying seconds to seal the win. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Johnathon Jones had 12 points for the winning side. Igor Rakocevic answered with 15 points for Crvena Zvezda. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 14 points in the loss.

Siroki WWin: Marko Sutalo 21, Zeljko Sakic 17, Johnathon Jones 12
Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 15, Boris Savovic 14



Division I Round 20: Varda HE defeats leader Capljina Lasta - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Division I. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Capljina Lasta (14-6) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Varda HE (11-9) 86-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Capljina Lasta. Varda HE forced 21 Capljina Lasta turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized Serbian guard Marko Josilo (201-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin point guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Serbian guard Krsto Bjelica (192-88) replied with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Capljina Lasta. Capljina Lasta's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Varda HE moved-up to fourth place. Capljina Lasta at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Bosna. Varda HE are looking forward to face Radnik B. (#5) in Bijeljina in the next round. Capljina Lasta will play on the road against the league's leader Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Twelfth-ranked Servitium (6-14) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Mladost (15-5) in Gradiska. The visitors from Mrkonjic Grad managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin power forward Ranko Velimirovic (205-72, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Milan Kezic who added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Guard Sasa Damjanovic (197-87) responded with 9 points and 6 assists. Mladost have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Servitium at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Mladost will play against Capljina Lasta (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Servitium will play against the league's second-placed Bosna ASA BHT (#2) in Sarajevo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Mostar was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Posusje (8-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Zrinjski HT (9-11). Zrinjski HT defeated Posusje 89-76 on Saturday. The winners were led by Boris Lalovic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Ivan Bakovic did not help to save the game for Posusje. Zrinjski HT moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leotar. Newly promoted Posusje dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Zrinjski HT will meet Kakanj (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Posusje will play against Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Radnik B. (10-10) and Kakanj (8-12), which took place in Bijeljina. Higher ranked Radnik B. lost at home to eleventh ranked Kakanj 85-93. The best player for the winners was Aldin Muflizovic who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Radnik B.'s coach Predrag Jacimovic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kakanj moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Radnik B. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Kakanj's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zrinjski HT (#6) in Mostar and it may be quite challenging game. Radnik B. will play on the road against Varda HE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Bosna ASA BHT (14-6) and 6th ranked Leotar (9-11) in Sarajevo on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bosna ASA BHT outscored guests from Trebinje 82-51. Nermin Buza orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Bosna ASA BHT's coach Dragoljub Vidacic felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bosna ASA BHT moved-up to second place, which they share with Capljina. Loser Leotar keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will face bottom-ranked Servitium (#12) in Gradiska in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leotar will play on the road against Vogosca (#8) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 20 Vogosca beat Borac Nektar on the road 80-69.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by Amin Hot of Vogosca.


Zrinjski HT - Posusje 89-76

The game in Mostar was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Posusje (8-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Zrinjski HT (9-11). Zrinjski HT defeated Posusje 89-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. The winners were led by Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Almir Hasandic (192-90) supported him with 23 points. Four Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) did not help to save the game for Posusje. Forward Kresimir Mustapic (206-90) added 14 points for the guests. Zrinjski HT moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leotar. Newly promoted Posusje dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Zrinjski HT will meet Kakanj (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Posusje will play against Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Posusje: I.Bakovic 36+8reb+3ast, K.Mustapic 14+2reb, G.Jelcic 8+1reb+2ast, A.Cutura 7+3reb+2ast, N.Vlajcic 6+4reb, J.Sakota 2+5reb+1ast
Zrinjski HT: A.Hasandic 23+1reb+2ast, B.Lalovic 20+11reb+4ast, D.Zovko 13+3reb, I.Petric 10+4reb, M.Petric 6+8reb+4ast, J.Brajkovic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 201819


Bosna - Leotar 82-51

The game between third ranked Bosna ASA BHT (14-6) and 6th ranked Leotar (9-11) in Sarajevo on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bosna ASA BHT outscored guests from Trebinje 82-51. Bosna ASA BHT looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Leotar's players. Power forward Nermin Buza (206-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Bosna ASA BHT players scored in double figures. Bosna ASA BHT's coach Dragoljub Vidacic felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Marko Rikalo (185-94) replied with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) added 10 points in the effort for Leotar. Bosna ASA BHT moved-up to second place, which they share with Capljina. Loser Leotar keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will face bottom-ranked Servitium (#12) in Gradiska in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leotar will play on the road against Vogosca (#8) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leotar: M.Rikalo 13+8reb+4ast, V.Aleksic 10+4reb+1ast, P.Gojkovac 8+5reb, D.Ninkovic 7+7reb, D.Markovic 6+5reb, D.Sakotic 4+2reb+1ast
Bosna: E.Camdzic 17+3reb+2ast, S.Demic 15+3reb+4ast, R.Rizvic 15+4reb+4ast, N.Buza 14+7reb+2ast, M.Vukovic 6+2reb+2ast, A.Demic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201817


Radnik B. - Kakanj 85-93

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Radnik B. (10-10) and Kakanj (8-12), which took place in Bijeljina. Higher ranked Radnik B. lost at home to eleventh ranked Kakanj 85-93. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Radnik B. won second period 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Radnik B. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Aldin Muflizovic (200-92) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). point guard Dinko Peljto (187-87) chipped in 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Nebojsa Erkic (197-89) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Kakanj and four Radnik B. players scored in double figures. Radnik B.'s coach Predrag Jacimovic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kakanj moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Radnik B. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Kakanj's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zrinjski HT (#6) in Mostar and it may be quite challenging game. Radnik B. will play on the road against Varda HE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnik B.: N.Erkic 26+6reb+1ast, V.Borovcanin 19+5reb, F.Goranovic 12+8reb, B.Jovanovic 11+6reb, V.Radovanovic 7+3reb+2ast, D.Simic 5+2reb+1ast
Kakanj: D.Peljto 19+2reb+7ast, A.Muflizovic 19+6reb+3ast, S.Hadzifejzovic 19+6reb, N.Begovac 17+5reb+1ast, D.Hadzic 11+2reb+3ast, A.Suljagic 4+2reb
gschID: 201820


Borac Nektar - Vogosca 69-80

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Vogosca (8-12) beat 8th ranked Borac Nektar (8-12) in Banja Luka 80-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Vogosca. Borac Nektar was better in third quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Montenegrin guard Amin Hot (192-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Vogosca players scored in double figures. Vogosca's coach Muriz Hamidovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Nebojsa Pavlovic (200-87) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds and Stefan Matic (196-91) added 12 points in the effort for Borac Nektar. Vogosca moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Borac Nektar. Borac Nektar lost fifth consecutive game. Vogosca will face higher ranked Leotar (#7) in Trebinje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: N.Pavlovic 25+6reb+3ast, S.Matic 12+4reb+1ast, S.Blanusa 7+3reb+1ast, M.Trikic 6+1reb+1ast, D.Djuranovic 6+8reb+2ast, R.Ivic 5+2reb+2ast
Vogosca: A.Hot 25+6reb+8ast, M.Tuljkovic 21+6reb+3ast, M.Filipovic 13+2reb, A.Aljovic 10+7reb, A.Selimovic 6+2reb+1ast, D.Palata 5+1reb
gschID: 201818


Capljina - Varda HE 78-86

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Capljina Lasta (14-6) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Varda HE (11-9) 86-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Capljina Lasta. Varda HE forced 21 Capljina Lasta turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized Serbian guard Marko Josilo (201-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin point guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Varda HE players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Krsto Bjelica (192-88) replied with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) added 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) in the effort for Capljina Lasta. Capljina Lasta's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Varda HE moved-up to fourth place. Capljina Lasta at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Bosna. Varda HE are looking forward to face Radnik B. (#5) in Bijeljina in the next round. Capljina Lasta will play on the road against the league's leader Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Capljina: N.Popovic 22+6reb+2ast, K.Bjelica 22+5reb+7ast, B.Jelcic 6+8reb, A.Pervan 5+2reb+1ast, D.Micic 5, N.Kovacevic 5+2reb+3ast
Varda HE: M.Josilo 19+8reb+3ast, D.Kastratovic 15+2reb+6ast, I.Zolotic 14+2reb+1ast, D.Tresac 12+1reb+7ast, A.Djeric 10+3reb+2ast, M.Mirkovic 8+1ast
gschID: 201821


Servitium - Mladost 69-71

Twelfth-ranked Servitium (6-14) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Mladost (15-5) in Gradiska. The visitors from Mrkonjic Grad managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin power forward Ranko Velimirovic (205-72, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Milan Kezic (193-86) who added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Mladost players scored in double figures. Guard Sasa Damjanovic (197-87) responded with 9 points and 6 assists and Srdan Golubovic (198-87) scored 15 points. Mladost have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Servitium at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Mladost will play against Capljina Lasta (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Servitium will play against the league's second-placed Bosna ASA BHT (#2) in Sarajevo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Servitium: S.Golubovic 15+2reb+1ast, A.Perovic 14+1reb, D.Stojkanovic 11+3reb+1ast, D.Savic 9+1reb, S.Damjanovic 9+4reb+6ast, M.Tripkovic 9+3reb+2ast
Mladost: R.Velimirovic 17+4reb+3ast, I.Bijelic 14+4reb+3ast, M.Kezic 13+6reb+4ast, O.Milekic 11+4reb+2ast, P.Ivanic 8+2ast, N.Milosevic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201822



Zack Wright selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the leader Budivelnyk (4-2) 83-72 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Wright was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) is placed second. Wright belongs to league's best passers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 71.4%(55-77) and FT: 73.9%. Wright is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Bremer contributed to an overtime Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (11-11) 97-88 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 12 points in 24 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-8) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It's Bremer's first season with the team. This year Bremer averages: 5.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 28.3% and FT: 66.7% in the 11 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bremer played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 2011. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA). Teletovic managed to help Brooklyn Nets to win against the Washington Wizards (20-41) 95-78 in the NBA last Friday. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets have 37-26 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Teletovic's overall stats this season are: 3.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 32.2% and FT: 87.5%. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #4. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zagreb's victory against the seventh-ranked KK Zabok (7-10) 85-72 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. Halilovic recorded 15 points and added 3 passes in a mere 17 minutes. KK Zagreb (13-4) is placed first in the A1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Halilovic's overall stats are: 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2011.

Dejan Jeftic
Dejan Jeftic
   #5. Former U18 international forward Dejan Jeftic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Vrsac's victory against the closely-ranked OKK Beograd (11-13) 95-84 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. Jeftic scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. KK Vrsac (13-11) is placed sixth in the A League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Jeftic's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team six years ago.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #6. Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Timisoara (12-11) in their last game. Despite Jovanovic's very good performance Timisoara lost 79-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Ploiesti. He was the second best scorer with 23 points. Jovanovic also added 4 passes in 34 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Jovanovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.2apg in the 26 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team four years ago.

Esmir Rizvic
Esmir Rizvic
   #7. Former international center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to help Maribor Messer (12-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Rizvic's very good performance Maribor Messer was defeated 87-80 at home by the lower-ranked Geoplin Slovan (#6). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Rizvic also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Rizvic is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very good stats: 13.7ppg and 6.4rpg. Rizvic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #8. Forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany was not able to secure a victory for ALBA Berlin (1-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance the seventh-placed ALBA Berlin lost 86-91 in Istanbul to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes in the group E of Euroleague. Djedovic recorded 11 points and added 6 passes in 25 minutes. It was ALBA Berlin's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. This year Djedovic's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #9. International center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey) helped Banvit BK win their game against the 12th-ranked Besiktas (6-17) 67-56 in the Turkish TBL on Monday night. Bajramovic scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (19-2) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Bajramovic has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #10. Guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia) helped Sloga win their game against the closely-ranked KK Jagodina (5-19) 98-87 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Popovic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 12 passes. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 steals in 33 minutes. KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (8-16) is placed 13th in the A League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Popovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 8.0apg and 1.5spg in the 17 games. Popovic is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blancos de Rueda in their game against Gescrap BB in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. But his team lost 81-87. Sinanovic has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 4.1rpg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help PGE Turow in their game against BC Donetsk in the VTB United League. Despite his good performance in Monday night's game Opacak recorded 11 points. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.1rpg. Opacak is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help LTi 46ers in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC in the German BBL, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ovcina also added 4 assists in 37 minutes. But his team lost 76-89. Ovcina belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 7.0rpg. This year he also averages: 13.1ppg and 3.3apg in the 21 games. Ovcina used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team eight years ago.

   #14. International point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Halychyna in their game against Ferro-ZNTU in the Ukrainian Superleague. He scored 9 points and added 5 passes. His team was crushed by 25 points 87-62. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Partizan win their game against the league leader Igokea 73-64 in the Adriatic League last Sunday. Gordic scored only 4 points. He has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg. Gordic is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

The list of other players, who all have Bosnia and Herzegovina passport but never been selected to any of Bosnia and Herzegovina national teams:

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (2-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker lost 85-94 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Maccabi T-A in the group F of Euroleague. Bogdanovic was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was Fenerbahce Ulker's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Bogdanovic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2 with 16.3ppg. He also averaged so far 2.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 20 games he played so far. Bogdanovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #2. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Khimky to a victory against the ninth-ranked Azovmash (3-14) 91-77 in the VTB United League on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and making 10 passes in 24 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (13-4) is placed first in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Planinic is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.5apg. This year his other stats are: 10.9ppg and 3.0rpg in the 15 games. Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85, currently plays in Croatia) led Vrijednosnice OS to a victory over the closely-ranked Krizevci (6-11) 79-70 in the Croatian A1 in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Trepalovac recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 13 rebounds. Vrijednosnice OS Darda (9-8) is placed fifth in the A1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Trepalovac averages: 9.3ppg and 5.6rpg. Similarly like Planinic and Bogdanovic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Trepalovac's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Croatian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #4. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85, currently plays in Balkan League), who plays in Serbia was not able to help OKK Beograd (0-4) in their last game. Despite Jeftic's very good performance the fourth-placed OKK Beograd lost 96-102 in Bar to the higher-ranked (#3) Mornar in the group D of Balkan League. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. So far OKK Beograd lost all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Jeftic has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg and 5.4rpg in the nine games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #5. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-9) 91-86 in the Euroleague on Wednesday night. Barac recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (8-2) is placed second in group E. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. This season Barac averages: 4.6ppg and 3.3rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #6. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia was not able to secure a victory for Cedevita (13-11) in their last game. Despite Suton's good performance Cedevita was edged 77-76 at home by the leading Partizan. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Suton averages: 5.5ppg and 2.8rpg in the 22 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #7. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in Khimik's victory against one of league's weakest teams DniproAzot 75-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Saturday. Sehovic scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He holds both Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina passports.

   #8. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Le Mans (13-9) in their last game. Despite Keselj's good performance Le Mans lost 81-88 in Villeurbanne to the higher-ranked (#4) ASVEL Lyon- Basket. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Keselj also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Keselj has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.

   #9. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey couldn't help the league outsider Besiktas (0-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite Markota's good performance the eighth-placed Besiktas was defeated 83-73 on their home court in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#6) in the group F of Euroleague. He recorded 13 points. This season Markota averages: 9.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.5apg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #10. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral 100-92 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Begic scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. This year Begic averages: 5.0ppg and 2.8rpg in the 24 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports.



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Tiago Splitter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-17) 105-93 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Splitter was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Splitter also added 3 assists in 34 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 49-15 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg and FT: 73.4% in the 64 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 13th-ranked CB Canarias (9-15) 89-81 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Huertas was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and added 5 passes. Regal FC Barcelona (15-9) is placed third in the ACB. This season Huertas averages: 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 88.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (13-50) 104-87 in the NBA on Saturday night. Nene scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 31 minutes. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 20-41 record this season. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 48.5% and FT: 73.4% in the 46 games. Nene is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #4. Center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in Hebraica's victory against the fourth-ranked Malvin (4-3) 81-72 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hebraica Macabi (2-5) is placed eighth in Serie 1. Passos is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.1apg. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Lucas Tischer
Lucas Tischer
   #5. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Penarol's victory against the 14th-ranked 9 de Julio (12-31) 76-72 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Tischer scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Penarol Mar del Plata (28-14) is placed third in the LigaA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Second Stage already ended. This year Tischer's overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 4.1rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #6. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (12-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Nogueira's good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 81-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#5). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Nogueira also added 8 rebounds. Nogueira's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team two years ago.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #7. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Le Mans (13-9) in their last game. Despite Batista's good performance Le Mans lost 81-88 in Villeurbanne to the higher-ranked (#4) ASVEL Lyon- Basket. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. It's Batista's fifth season with the team. This year Batista has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Rafael Maia
Rafael Maia
   #8. Center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Brown (4-5) in their last game. Despite Maia's good performance the Brown was edged 66-64 at home by the University of Pennsylvania. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Maia's total stats are: 7.1ppg and 3.4rpg in the eight games. He used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team back in 2007.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #9. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Lagun Aro GBC's victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (7-17) 86-72 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Neto scored 7 points and added 5 passes. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (6-18) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. Neto has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #10. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB to win against the 14th-ranked Cajasol (9-15) 71-63 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Freire scored 5 points. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (12-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. It's Freire's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg. Freire is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) helped Ford Burgos win their game against the 12th-ranked Planasa NV crushing them 87-55 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Toledo is currently third on the league's list of most steals with 1.9spg. He also averaged so far 8.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 20 games. Toledo plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former University international center Andre Almeida (211-88, currently studies in the States) helped Nebraska edge the University of Minnesota 53-51 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Almeida has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team back in 2009.

The list of other players, who all have Brazilian passport but never been selected to any of Brazilian national teams:

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the leader Unics Kazan (4-2) 80-70 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Faverani recorded 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Valencia Basket (4-2) is placed second. Faverani is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valencia Basket's roster. His total stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #2. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Balkan (12-7) to beat Rilski Sportist (1-18). Santos recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Balkan lost 66-70 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Rilski Sportist. Santos is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This year he has very good stats: 10.9ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.2bpg in the 17 games he played so far.

   #3. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Pacific win their game against the University of California-Irvine (11-7) 70-62 in the NCAA on Thursday night. de Souza scored 7 points in 17 minutes. The University of Pacific has a solid 13-5 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. de Souza has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 20 games.

   #4. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Oita Heat Devils (12-27) in their game against Yokohama BC (26-11) in the Japanese BJ League. He scored 5 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The ninth-placed Oita Heat Devils were badly defeated 80-62 in Yokohama by the second-ranked Yokohama BC in the Western group. Coimbra has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg.

   #5. Pedro Maciel (185-PG-89, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Nicholls St. (8-10) in their game against the Mc Neese State University (7-10) in the NCAA. He scored 6 points in only 10 minutes. The Nicholls St. was edged in an overtime 91-88 at home by the Mc Neese State University. Maciel's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Maciel has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in the nine games.

   #6. Gerson Santo (206-C-91, is currently at the American university) managed to help Colorado State University to win against the University of Wyoming crushing them 78-56 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 2 points. Santo has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg.

   #7. Renan Lenz (206-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Utah win their game against the University of Oregon 72-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Lenz has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in the nine games.

   #8. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) helped Shimane Magic win their game against the seventh-ranked Shinshu BW 83-68 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. This season Hatano averages just 2.0ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.

   #9. Daniel Monteiro (195-F-84, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Ginasio in their game against Sangalhos in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). Monteiro was the second best scorer with 8 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. His team lost 49-57. Monteiro has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 2.0rpg in the nine games.

   #10. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Houston Baptist (3-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Houston Baptist was defeated 71-58 on their home court in Houston, TX by the Chicago State University. Bernardi recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bernardi has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 2.0rpg.



Splitter helps Spurs beat Thunder 105-93 - by Eurobasket News

SAN ANTONIO -- Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder's five-game winning streak with a 105-93 victory on Monday night.

Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points, Danny Green had 16 and Tim Duncan finished with 13 as San Antonio (49-15) rebounded from its second-worst home loss ever to maintain the Western Conference's top record. Manu Ginobili had 12 points and Boris Diaw added 11 as the Spurs' reserves outscored their counterparts 34-16.

Kevin Durant had 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 for Oklahoma City (47-17), which lost its sixth straight in San Antonio.Serge Ibaka was the only other player in double figures, adding 13 points and 16 rebounds.

San Antonio's defense was the difference, turning an evenly matched battle into its third victory in four games without Tony Parker. The All-Star point guard is going to miss another three weeks with a sprained left ankle.

Oklahoma City had only two baskets in the opening 10 minutes of the fourth, but was 11 for 12 on free throws. The Thunder went 4 for 20 from the field in the final period.

San Antonio scored the first nine points of the fourth to take a 92-74 lead with 9 minutes left.

Oklahoma City played Sunday afternoon in a 91-79 home victory over the Boston Celtics, but still managed to outrebound the Spurs 15-4 in the opening quarter, including a 5-0 advantage on offensive rebounds.

San Antonio made its first five shots, with Duncan hitting a pair of jumpers over Kendrick Perkins to help the Spurs to a 10-4 lead with 9 minutes left in the first. The Spurs then proceeded to go 2 for 10, enabling the Thunder to rally.

Ibaka drove to the hole and threw in a floater off Oklahoma City's fifth offensive rebound for a 24-14 lead.

After missing their first four 3 pointers, Green hit back-to-back attempts and Leonard hit another to pull San Antonio to 42-40 and force an Oklahoma City timeout. The 3s were part of a 23-4 run that gave San Antonio a 57-46 lead with 41.4 seconds left in the first half.

The run included Leonard stripping Westbrook at the basket, driving the length of the court and throwing down a left-handed dunk as Ibaka began to close in on the right. The basket made it 53-46.

NOTES: Over the past four seasons, only the Spurs (209) have more victories than the Thunder (199). . The Thunder, Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers are the only Western Conference teams with a winning road record. . Oklahoma City assistants Mark Bryant (2001) and Maurice Cheeks (1989) both played for the Spurs and Brian Keefe was an assistant video coordinator with the team for two seasons beginning in 2005.
Courtesy of: philstar.com



Robert Day claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Robert Day (197-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Uberlandia and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 30-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Uberlandia in his team's victory, helping them to crush Suzano (#17, 4-22) with 22-point margin 89-67. Uberlandia maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Uberlandia will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game Day had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Uberlandia's top player in his first season with the team. Western Oregon University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Day is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 1.8bpg,57.0% FGP and 48.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old former international Tiago Lima (201-C/F-81) of Palmeiras. Lima impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Palmeiras cruised to a 87-77 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Franca (#6, 17-10). This victory allowed Palmeiras to move up to 15th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. Lima is a newcomer at Palmeiras 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 Rashad Bishop (198-F-88) of Tijuca TC (#18). Bishop showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Bishop's great performance Tijuca TC lost 68-89 to the higher-ranked Liga Sorocaba (#10, 12-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tijuca TC can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bishop he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bishop has a very solid season. In 9 games in Brazil he scored 12.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arlindo Neto (187-G-86) of Liga Sorocaba - 30 points and 3 rebounds
5. Guilherme Filipin (191-G/F-83) of Mogi das Cruzes - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) of Basquete Cearense - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83) of Franca - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Victor De Souza (182-G-92) of Joinville - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ricardo Fischer (185-G-91) of Bauru - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Paulinho Boracini (183-PG-84) of Pinheiros/Sky - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 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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Nebraska interested in Smith - by David Edole

IOWA CITY ---Eastern Iowa wasn't the only road trip this weekend for Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles.

He was in Kansas on Friday night to watch a potential big-man recruit 6-foot-8, 250-pound Leslee Smith (200-F) of Seward County (Kan.) Community College.

Smith is from Long Look, British Virgin Islands. He played his freshman season at SMU under then-coach Matt Doherty, starting six games and playing in 25. He averaged 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Mustangs while shooting 44 percent from the field and 57 percent from the free-throw line.

This season, for 25-7 Seward County, Smith averages 8.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and the line. Seward County is the same school Husker redshirt Deverell Biggs attended last year.

Nebraska has two scholarships available for next season and needs front-court players. The Huskers already have offered 6-9, 230-pound Matthew Atewe. The Toronto resident plays at Notre Dame Academy in Fitchburg, Mass. He has said NU is among six schools he is considering.

Nebraska signed three perimeter players in November 6-3 Tai Webster of Auckland, New Zealand; 6-6 Nick Fuller of Sun Prairie, Wis.; and 6-5 Nathan Hawkins of Garland, Texas.

Gesell update

Iowa point guard Mike Gesell, who has missed the past four games with a foot injury, sounded unsure Saturday what his prospects are for returning in time for this week's Big Ten tournament.

I just don't know when I'm going to be back, said the freshman from South Sioux City, Neb., who started the Hawkeyes' first 27 games. We'll have to wait and see.

His injury occurred in the first Nebraska-Iowa game, won by NU 64-60.



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Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Spartak MVR 11-2 
 2. UE Varna 10-3 
 3. Academik BL 8-5 
 4. Thrace Univ. 8-5 
 5. Academik PL 7-6 
 6. Dunav 2007 3-9 
 7. Chavdar 3-9 
 8. Vidabasket 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 10: Chavdar - Vidabasket 93-78
Mar. 10: Dunav 2007 - Academik PL 86-102
Mar. 10: Spartak MVR - Academik BL 73-60
Mar. 10: Thrace Univ. - UE Varna 72-77

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 17: Vidabasket - Thrace Univ.
Mar. 17: Academik BL - Chavdar
Mar. 17: UE Varna - Dunav 2007
Mar. 17: Academik PL - Spartak MVR


Division A Round 13: UE Varna beats Thrace Univ. in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stara Zagora. Second ranked UE Varna faced 4th placed Thrace Univ.. Guests from Varna (10-3) defeated host Thrace Univ. (8-5) 77-72. UE Varna have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second place with 10-3 record behind leader Spartak MVR. Thrace Univ. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Academik BL. UE Varna are looking forward to face Dunav 2007 (#6) in Ruse in the next round. Thrace Univ. will play on the road against Vidabasket and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. First ranked Spartak MVR faced 3rd placed Academic Blagoevgrad. Host Spartak MVR (11-2) defeated guests from Blagoevgrad (8-5) 73-60. Spartak MVR have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first place with 11-2 record. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Thrace Univ.. Spartak MVR will play against Academik Plovdiv (#5) on the road in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Chavdar in Troyan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Ruse was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Dunav 2007 (3-9). Academik Plovdiv defeated Dunav 2007 102-86 on Sunday. Academik Plovdiv maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. Dunav 2007 lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Chavdar. Academik Plovdiv will meet at home league's leader Spartak MVR in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dunav 2007 will play against the league's second-placed UE Varna (#2) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 13 bottom-ranked Vidabasket was defeated by Chavdar in Troyan 93-78.


Dunav 2007 - Academik PL 86-102

The game in Ruse was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Dunav 2007 (3-9). Academik Plovdiv defeated Dunav 2007 102-86 on Sunday. Academik Plovdiv maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. Dunav 2007 lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Chavdar. Academik Plovdiv will meet at home league's leader Spartak MVR in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dunav 2007 will play against the league's second-placed UE Varna (#2) and hope to secure a win.
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Thrace Univ. - UE Varna 72-77

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stara Zagora. Second ranked UE Varna faced 4th placed Thrace Univ.. Guests from Varna (10-3) defeated host Thrace Univ. (8-5) 77-72. UE Varna have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second place with 10-3 record behind leader Spartak MVR. Thrace Univ. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Academik BL. UE Varna are looking forward to face Dunav 2007 (#6) in Ruse in the next round. Thrace Univ. will play on the road against Vidabasket and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
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Chavdar - Vidabasket 93-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Vidabasket's (1-12) road loss to seventh ranked Chavdar (3-9) 78-93 on Sunday. Chavdar moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Dunav 2007. Vidabasket lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Chavdar will meet higher ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vidabasket will play against Thrace Univ. (#4) in Stara Zagora.
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Spartak MVR - Academik BL 73-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. First ranked Spartak MVR faced 3rd placed Academic Blagoevgrad. Host Spartak MVR (11-2) defeated guests from Blagoevgrad (8-5) 73-60. Spartak MVR have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first place with 11-2 record. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Thrace Univ.. Spartak MVR will play against Academik Plovdiv (#5) on the road in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Chavdar in Troyan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Latvia. He could not help VEF Riga (10-7) in their last game. Despite Rowland's very good performance the fourth-placed VEF Riga was edged 89-87 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) BC Nizhny Novgorod in the group B of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Rowland also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 31 minutes on the court. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Rowland is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Rowland averages: 17.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(95-168), 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 83.6% in the 17 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Spain). Calloway was the major contributor in an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (4-20) 80-63 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (12-12) is placed 11th in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Calloway's first season with the team. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 82.8% in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League). He was not able to help Lietuvos rytas (8-9) in their game against Khimky (13-4) in the VTB United League. Ivanov recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas (#7) was defeated 88-79 on their home court in Vilnius by the leading Khimky in the group A of VTB United League. It was Lietuvos rytas' third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Ivanov's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 61.1%(44-72) and FT: 67.8%. He played for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #4. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, currently plays in Italy) led Air Avellino to a victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (17-5) 86-78 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ivanov had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (7-14) is placed 12th in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ivanov has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.9spg in the nine games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Miercurea Ciuc (3-23) crushing them 99-59 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Lilov scored 11 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 34 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (18-8) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Lilov's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg in the 11 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #6. An experienced small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne (5-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Videnov's very good performance Olin Edirne was defeated 72-67 on their home court in Edirne by the higher-ranked Aliaga (#8). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Videnov also added 5 assists. This season Videnov has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.8apg. Videnov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #7. International power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Enel Brindisi (10-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Enel Brindisi lost 90-94 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) VL_Pesaro. Simmons recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Enel Brindisi's third consecutive loss in a row. Simmons has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2bpg in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is also Bulgarian national team player. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #8. Center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bayern Muenchen (17-9) in their game against Walter Tigers (13-13) in the German BBL. Despite his good performance on Saturday night Homan scored 10 points. Homan has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Homan used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #9. Former international guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help CSU Sibiu (12-14) in their game against Timba Timosoara (7-19) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Gruev was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 passes in 36 minutes. But CSU Sibiu lost 80-84 in Timisoara to the lower-ranked (#13) Timba Timosoara. It was CSU Sibiu's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gruev belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7 with 4.6apg. He also averaged so far 13.8ppg and 2.5rpg in the 24 games. Gruev used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #10. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help U-Mobitelco (17-9) in their game against Targu Mures (19-7) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his good performance last Monday He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Nikolov has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cajasol in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Blakney scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 71-63. He has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 2.5apg. Blakney is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Keravnos in their game against Apoel in the Cypriot Division A. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Owens recorded only 3 points in 30 minutes. His team lost 65-74. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 17 games. Owens is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2009. Owens played also for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo in their game against Castelletto in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Despite his good performance on Wednesday night He recorded 10 points and added 3 passes. This season Sirakov averages only 7.6ppg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team two years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Bulgarian passport but never been selected to any of Bulgarian national teams:

   #1. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Chalon/Saor (13-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Evtimov's very good performance Chalon/Saor was edged 71-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#8). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Evtimov also added 5 rebounds. Evtimov has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French.

   #2. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams DniproAzot (11-25) 75-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Deane was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and added 3 passes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (21-13) is placed fourth in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Deane has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Umana Venezia (11-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Umana Venezia lost in an overtime 88-97 in Milano to the higher-ranked (#5) Armani. Clark was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 passes in 36 minutes. Clark has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg in the 18 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #4. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Olympiacos (6-4) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (9-1) in the Euroleague. Antic recorded 7 points. Olympiacos (#3) was defeated 90-77 at home by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group F of Euroleague. It was Olympiacos' first loss after five consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Antic's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 3.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #5. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to Kozuv's victory against the closely-ranked Feni Indistrija (10-4) 85-79 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Saturday night. Karadzovski scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Kozuv Gevgelija (11-3) is placed first in the Prva Liga. The Regular Season already ended. Karadzovski is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 3.6apg. This year his other stats are: 12.8ppg and 2.9rpg in the 14 games. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #6. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Malbas in their game against Sanda Basket in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Gafor scored 9 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 38 minutes. His team was edged 68-67. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gafor averages: 18.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg in the 20 games. He also holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.

   #7. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Northeastern University to win against the George Mason University 69-67 in the NCAA last Sunday. Marshavelski scored only 2 points. This season he has very high stats. Marshavelski averages: 18.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg.

   #8. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Leitershofen in their game against Dragons Rhoendorf in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Vladov recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. His team lost 84-90. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.8rpg in the eight games. Vladov has Bulgarian and German nationalities.



Nemanja Milosevic claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-C/F-87, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Tundja Yambol and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old had a double-double of 26 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat U20 (#10, 0-19), the league's bottom-ranked team 94-86. Tundja Yambol maintains the 5th position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tundja Yambol will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. Milosevic turned to be Tundja Yambol's top player in his first season with the team. Western Kentucky University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Milosevic is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.1rpg) and averages solid 55.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Will Walker (183-G-87) of Beroe. Walker impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Beroe lost that game 83-91 to the higher-ranked Levski Sofia (#2, 16-3). This loss caused Beroe to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Walker is a newcomer at Beroe 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 Ivo Slavchev (198-F-90) of Chernomorets (#8). Slavchev showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, twenty one rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Slavchev's great performance Chernomorets lost 81-86 to slightly higher-ranked Cherno More (#6, 8-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Chernomorets not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Slavchev could try to bring Chernomorets' a little bit higher in the standings. Slavchev has a very solid season. In 19 games in Bulgaria he scored 8.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84) of Cherno More - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-F/C-83) of Lukoil Academik - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of Levski Sofia - 10 points and 8 rebounds
9. Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) of U20 - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Simeon Iliev (203-F-89) of Cherno More - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Chavez Jacobo's 22 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old point guard Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Academia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 22 points adding two rebounds and six assists for Academia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aguilas (#4, 4-6) 85-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Academia maintains the 3rd position in Colombian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Academia will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Chavez Jacobo had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Academia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cesar Chavez Jacobo averages this season 21.1ppg and 4.8apg.

Second best performed player last round was Philip Brooks (188-G-84) of league's second-best Bucaros. He is American guard in his first season at Bucaros. In the last game Brooks recorded impressive 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Bucaros to another comfortable win 78-61 over the lower-ranked Piratas (#6, 4-6) being unquestionably team leader. Bucaros' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Brooks is one of the most experienced players at Bucaros and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 4.9apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports) of Caribbean Heat (#7). Bradford scored 27 points. He was a key player of Caribbean Heat, leading his team to a 96-92 win against slightly lower-ranked Halcones (#8, 2-8). The chances of Caribbean Heat ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bradford could help Caribbean Heat to bring them higher in the standings. Bradford has a great season in Colombia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (5th best) and assists with 3.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Garris (196-F/G-89) of Once Caldas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. Yader Fernandez (197-F-82) of Aguilas - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) of Bambuqueros - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Byron Burnett (206-C-82) of Halcones - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. John Velez (202-F-83) of Bucaros - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Cesar Ordonez (196-F) of Once Caldas - 20 points and 8 rebounds

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



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  CROATIA   


Adriatic League: Cedevita snatch win in Novo Mesto - by Eurobasket News

Krka - Cedevita 62:63

Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) accounted for a late bucket to propel Cedevita to a road win in Novo Mesto tonight. Cedevita thus improved at 13-11 record in the standings. Marino Bazdaric (195-G/F-78) came up with 13 points to pace well-balanced effort from the visitors.
Krka led by two points after the starting quarter 15:13. The hosts extended their lead in the second frame. Krka accounted for a 31:27 halftime advantage. Cedevita increased the tempo in the third term. The visitors entered the fourth frame down by two points 47:49. Smodis helped Krka to a 58:52 lead midway through the final frame. However Cedevita answered with 7 straight points to surge ahead. Smodis returned the advantage to the hosts. Vladovic made it 62:61 for Krka inside the final minute. But bracey Wright stepped up for the visitors and sealed the win for Cedevita. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) notched 11 points, while Bracey Wright and Miro Bilan (215-C-89) netted 10 points each in the win. Jure Lalic (210-C-86) answered with 17 points for Krka. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) had 16 points in the loss.

Krka: Jure Lalic 17, Domen Lorbek 16
Cedevita: Marino Bazdaric 13, Predrag Suput 11, Bracey Wright 10, Miro Bilan 10



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Colas, Randers25.7 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.22.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.9 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.2 
 5. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.0 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg18.8 
 8. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 9. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
 10. Nielsen, Randers18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Colas, Randers15.2 
 2. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 3. Rutherford, Svend.9.3 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.8 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.5 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.1 
 7. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 8. Baker, Vaerlose7.9 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 10. Thomann, Horse.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ortega, Randers7.3 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.6 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.9 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.4 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Nielsen, Randers4.3 
 8. Dennis, SISU4.2 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 10. Jonsson, Aarhus4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 4. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 5. Delk, Vaerlose2.0 
 6. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 8. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Jukic, Horsens IC1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.2 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.6 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 6. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 7. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 8. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 9. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 10. Smith, SISU0.9 


Ligaen Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Vaerlose - Svendborg 69-97

Svendborg recorded the second straight win in the quarterfinal series versus Vaerlose. The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. American guard Richard Delk (193-86, college: Troy) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: J.Baker 23+6reb, R.Delk 21+8reb+2ast, P.Moller 9+5reb+4ast, A.Karason 5+6reb+2ast, R.Norgaard 4+1reb, J.Jensen 2+6reb+1ast
Svendborg: A.Darboe 31+6reb+6ast, D.Rutherford 12+7reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 12+4reb+8ast, G.Washington 11+9reb+2ast, C.Magaard 9+3reb+2ast, N.Degn-Andersen 8+1ast
gschID: 234472


Randers - SISU 99-84

Randers are now 2-0 up on SISU following a comfortable home win. The game was mostly controlled by Randers. SISU managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Randers outrebounded SISU 45-22 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) supported him with 24 points and 6 assists. Even 23 points by American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) did not help to save the game for SISU. The former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) added 16 points and 6 assists for the guests. Four Randers and five SISU players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
SISU: M.Dennis 23+3reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 16+4reb+6ast, M.Flowers 15+1reb+2ast, D.Smith 11+4reb, D.Harder 10+6reb+3ast, R.Garlauskas 5+1reb
Randers: B.Colas 25+12reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 24+2reb+6ast, D.Ocana 18+10reb+2ast, M.Ortega 18+3reb+9ast, C.Jorgensen 8+9reb, P.Nielsen 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 234475


Naestved - Horsens IC 75-77

Horsens IC escaped with a narrow road win over Naestved to grab 2-0 record in the series. The guests trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Horsens IC forced 21 Naestved turnovers. American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and Canadian-British point guard Alex Murphy (185-88) added 20 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Naestved.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Walker 29+11reb+2ast, A.Murphy 20+2reb+6ast, Q.Doggett 14+12reb, L.Hoirup 6+1ast, M.Hoirup 2+3reb+1ast, J.Benjamin 2+2reb+2ast
Horsens IC: D.Jukic 24+6reb+3ast, K.Thomann 23+11reb+1ast, S.Bowlin 14+5reb+3ast, D.Friedrich 8+2ast, L.Varga 4+1reb+4ast, F.Rungby 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 234474


Horsholm - Bakken 64-73

Bakken are now step away from the semifinals after beating Horsholm for the second time in a row. Horsholm was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 44-31 second half run of Bakken.
gschID: 234473



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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. 22-17 
 5. Los Angeles D. 18-20 
 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. 11: Los Angeles D. - Austin T. 104-101
Mar. 10: Ft.Wayne MA - Bakersfield J. 102-109 OT

Regular Season: Round 57

Mar. 12: Erie Bay H. - Texas L.
Mar. 12: Santa Cruz W. - Reno B.
Mar. 13: Canton C. - Bakersfield J.
Mar. 13: Idaho S. - Reno B.
Mar. 13: Los Angeles D. - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 14: Maine RC - Ft.Wayne MA
Mar. 14: Springfield A. - Texas L.


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. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 4. Samuels, Reno B.10.6 
 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.6.8 
 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. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.8 
 8. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 9. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
 10. Greene, Los A.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 


Latest results and stats from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D. - Austin T. 104-101
The Los Angeles D-Fenders held off the Austin Toros in a tough home battle on Monday. Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) came up with 31 points and 10 rebounds to pace the home team to the 18th win on the season. Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) contributed 19 points for Los Angeles. The teams were tied at 50 at the interval. The Toros pulled ahead for a 4-point lead at the final break. However the D-Fenders exploded with 37 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Bill Walker (6'6''-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Kansas St.) and Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) had 18 points each for the Toros.

Maine RC - Canton C. 83-108
The Maine Red Claws were locked into a defensive basketball game for one half Sunday afternoon. Then the Canton Charge got hot. The Charge scored 70 points in the second half and routed Maine 108-83, before a sellout Portland Expo crowd of 3,045. Maine dropped both games to Canton this weekend and fell to 21-20. They are 4-10 in their last 14 games. The Charge continue to lead the NBA D-League East Division at 24-15. After leading 39-38 at halftime, the Red Claws could not stop, nor keep up with the Charge. Canton led 76-65 after the third quarter and kept pouring it on. The Charge hit 12 of 25 3-pointers to Maine's 3 of 20. Canton also outrebounded the Claw, 40-25. Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) led the Red Claws with 20 points. The Red Claws return to the Expo at 7 p.m. Thursday night against Fort Wayne. Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Reno B. - Rio Grande VV 108-120
The Reno Bighorns (13-25) lost to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (24-14) 120-108 Sunday afternoon in Reno. Dar Tucker (6'4''-SF-88, college: De Paul) scored 27 points to pace the Bighorns. Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Desmon Farmer added 19 points for Reno. Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech), Jr., Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) and Mike Singletary (6'6''-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Texas Tech) each scored 23 points for the Vipers. The Vipers shot 10 more free throws than Reno, going 27-36 from the field. Reno shot 18-26 from the charity stripe. The Bighorns hit the road this week, heading to Santa Cruz on Tuesday, and facing Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Bakersfield J. 102-109 OT
The Mad Ants might have lost more than a tough game Sunday afternoon; they might have given up on their leading scorer and rebounder for the season. After the team's 109-102 overtime loss to Bakersfield at Memorial Coliseum, Ants president Jeff Potter said that Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame), who leads the team with 19.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, could be gone for the remainder of the season. 'I think he's doubtful for the rest of the year,' Potter said. Harangody, the former Notre Dame standout who has played 17 games with the Ants, was not in attendance Sunday. His last game was Tuesday, when he scored 16 points in 23 minutes. Before that, he missed six consecutive games with an undisclosed knee injury. 'He went to Friday's practice and called me later that night and just basically said, I can't do it,' ' Potter said. 'I think we've all basically pulled the plug on it,' said Potter, who added that he'll likely soon place Harangody on the injured reserve list. 'You never know; what happens if he comes back and there are three or four (remaining) games - critical games - and he can play? We'll see, but I think we've all kind of turned the page.' The Ants (19-20) ducked under the .500 level again, but not without giving Bakersfield a fight. The Jam (26-12) owns the best record in the D-League. Neither team pulled away from the other. The Ants' largest lead was eight points, and Bakersfield's was seven. The game had 22 lead changes and 19 ties. Fort Wayne had a chance to win in regulation when it had the ball with 4 seconds left, but Ron Howard's shot from the top of the key missed, sending the game into overtime tied at 90. 'I feel like we let them off the hook for the second time,' forward Brandon Wallace (6'9''-F-85, college: S.Carolina) said. 'I know the first time we played them in Bakersfield (a 126-115 loss), Ron got hurt. I think we let them off the hook. 'I speak for everybody in this room that they're not that much better than us. They made some key plays down the stretch. They got to the (free-throw) line 41 times. Other than that, I feel that we let them off the hook.' Bakersfield guard Jerel McNeal made 13 of 15 free throws en route to 42 points. Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) had 23 for the Ants, and five others scored in double figures. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net

Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers 99-110
Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) scored 19 points and Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) recorded his sixth double-double of the season as the Tulsa 66ers defeated the Iowa Energy 110-99 on Sunday in NBA Development League action in Des Moines, Iowa. Orton finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds along with four blocked shots for Tulsa (22-16). Teammate Perry Jones added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Andy Rautins shot 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Iowa (9-32) was led by Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse)' 27 points and nine assists. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com



Bighorns waive coach Paul Mokeski - by Eurobasket News

Reno Bighorns released 56-year old coach Paul Mokeski.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Mokeski coached in the final of D-League in 2011. He was selected to Coach Assistant: D-League All-Star Game back in 2010.
Mokeski has coached also professionally in IBL (Connecticut P.).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SpearsNBAYahoo)



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm17.0 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.4 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Brown, Lokomotiv16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm15.6 
 10. Rowland, VEF Riga15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.1 
 2. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.8 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.6 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.8 
 8. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.5 
 10. Vougioukas, Unics6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Calathes, Lokom.7.1 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Kalnietis, Lokomot.6.1 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 6. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 7. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Chatman, Unics4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Doellman, Valencia1.8 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP1.7 
 5. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 8. Carter, Spartak SP1.5 
 9. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 10. Eidson, Unics1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Nankivil, Ratiopha.0.9 
 6. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 7. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 8. Doellman, Valencia0.8 
 9. Milosevic, Buducno.0.8 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Brown, Montepaschi19.3 
 2. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.2 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.9 
 5. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 6. Weems, CSKA14.0 
 7. Krstic, CSKA13.9 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu13.8 
 9. Teodosic, CSKA13.7 
 10. Popovic, Zalgiris13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Lasme, Panathin.6.2 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.2 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos5.8 
 6. Tomic, FCB Regal5.7 
 7. Thompson, ALBA5.7 
 8. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.6 
 9. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.4 
 10. Markota, Besiktas5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.2 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.2 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.7 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi3.9 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.8 
 10. Llull, Real Madrid3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Zalgiris
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu1.9 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 4. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.7 
 5. Hickman, Maccabi1.7 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 7. Calloway, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA1.3 
 9. Savanovic, Anadolu1.2 
 10. Djedovic, ALBA1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.1 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.8 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 9. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 


Darden leaves Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

32-year old American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-91kg-81, college: Niagara) left B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL). In 7 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg this season. He also played 20 games in Euroleague where he had 9.9ppg and 3.9rpg. Darden also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 8.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The last season he played at Unicaja Malaga (ACB) in Spanish league. In 21 games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Darden also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Sluc Nancy (ProA) in French league. In 37 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 17.0ppg and recorded 6.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg (in top 5) that season. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Darden also played 8 games in EuroChallenge where he had very remarkable stats: 16.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Strasbourg IG (ProA) in French league. In 29 games he had 12.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg. Darden also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 13.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.3bpg.
In 2008-09 season he played at Melbourne South Dragons (NBL) in Australian league. In 38 games he had 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title.
Among other achievements Darden received Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports 2nd Team award back in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Turkey (Erdemir), Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and Leuven Bears) and Australia (S.Dragons).
Darden attended Niagara University until 2004 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Tremmell is an incredible leaper for his size and an crowd-pleaser because of that. Unbelievable in the open court because of his speed and quickness. Has very good one-on-one skills in offense and likes to drive to the hoop. Because of his outside shooting ability (37,3% 3-pointers in his senior year in college), he's difficult to defend. Good ballhandler passer. Cat-quick defender, using his body and hands very well. Has good lateral footspeed and overall quickness. Can play defense on different positions because of that. Superb athlete!.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 11: ASVEL - Le Mans 88-81
Mar. 8: Paris-Levallois - Cholet 84-70
Mar. 9: Strasbourg - Le Havre 83-73
Mar. 8: Limoges - Nancy 82-75
Mar. 8: Dijon - Boulazac 78-59
Mar. 9: Gravelines - Poitiers 73-60
Mar. 9: Orleans - Chalon 71-69
Mar. 9: Nanterre - Roanne 70-77

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 16: Roanne - Gravelines
Mar. 16: Poitiers - Limoges
Mar. 16: Chalon - Le Mans
Mar. 16: Boulazac - ASVEL
Mar. 16: Strasbourg - Cholet
Mar. 16: Le Havre - Paris-Levallois
Mar. 16: Nancy - Orleans
Mar. 16: Nanterre - Dijon

Round 18

Mar. 12: Limoges - Chalon


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.3 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.8 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.3 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg16.2 
 7. King, Le Havre15.9 
 8. Nivins, Poitiers15.6 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.0 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.2 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac7.1 
 8. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 9. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. King, Le Havre7.0 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.6 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.5 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 7. Campbell, Stras.4.8 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.6 
 10. Everett, Cholet3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 4. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 5. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 6. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 7. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 8. Jomby, Cholet1.5 
 9. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.5 
 10. Linehan, Nancy1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 4. Sy, AS.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 6. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 7. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 8. Goree, Cholet0.9 
 9. Collins, Roanne0.8 
 10. Issa, Le Mans0.8 


ProA Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 22 most important game was a victory of Chorale de Roanne over 8th ranked JSF Nanterre 77-70 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-16 charge of Chorale de Roanne, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 76.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for JSF Nanterre. Chorale de Roanne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. JSF Nanterre at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Orleans. Chorale de Roanne is looking forward to face league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play against JDA Dijon (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chalon/Saor (13-8) against tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (11-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Chalon/Saor was edged by Entente Orleans 45 in a tough game in Orleans 69-71. American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Torrell Martin chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Nanterre. Defending champion Chalon/Saor keeps the third position with eight games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Sluc Nancy (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Chalon/Saor will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-6) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Poitiers (7-15) 73-60. Dwight Buycks notched 20 points to lead the effort. Even 9 points and 9 rebounds by Anthony Dobbins did not help to save the game for Poitiers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains first position with 16-6 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser Poitiers keeps the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Nancy. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Chorale de Roanne (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Poitiers will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#11) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Le Mans (13-9) played at the court of fifth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-9). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81. Edwin Jackson fired 21 points for the winners. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach Pierre Vincent allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Le Mans. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between tenth ranked JDA Dijon (11-11) and 16th ranked Boulazac Basket (6-16) in JDA Dijon on Friday ended with biggest points difference. JDA Dijon outscored guests from Boulazac 78-59. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for Andre Harris who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Nanterre and Orleans. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. JDA Dijon will face JSF Nanterre (#9) on the road in the next round. Boulazac Basket will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#4).

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Le Havre was beaten by Strasbourg on the road 83-73. Limoges won against Nancy on its own court 82-75. Cholet unfortunately lost to Paris-Levallois in a road game 70-84.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 26 points and 7 rebounds by Sean May of Paris-Levallois.


ASVEL - Le Mans 88-81

The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Le Mans (13-9) played at the court of fifth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-9). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81. It looked good early as Le Mans took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Le Mans was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-88. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 28 personal fouls committed by Le Mans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) fired 21 points for the winners. American point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) chipped in 18 points (made all of his eight free throws). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach Pierre Vincent allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) produced 29 points and Bosnian-Serbian Marko Keselj (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Le Mans. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 21+4reb+3ast, M.Thompson 18+2ast, P.Morlende 12+3reb+3ast, T.Abromaitis 10+8reb+1ast, A.Sy 9+7reb+2ast, T.Larrouquis 8+2reb
Le Mans: D.Washington 29+4reb+2ast, M.Keselj 14+5reb+3ast, C.Long 13+2reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 10+8reb+2ast, C.Victor 5+6reb+2ast, T.Ceci 5+4reb
gschID: 179016


Nanterre - Roanne 70-77

Round 22 most important game was a victory of Chorale de Roanne over 8th ranked JSF Nanterre 77-70 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-16 charge of Chorale de Roanne, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 76.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. American power forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and his fellow American import point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) added 15 points in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. JSF Nanterre at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Orleans. Chorale de Roanne is looking forward to face league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play against JDA Dijon (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roanne: W.Gradit 22+3reb+2ast, P.Amagou 13+1reb+6ast, C.Collins 12+6reb+3ast, Y.Sangare 9+2reb+1ast, M.Howard 7+6reb+2ast, V.Samnick 6+3reb
Nanterre: C.Warren 15+1reb+1ast, C.Oliver 13+7reb+1ast, T.Meacham 11+2reb+1ast, D.Lighty 10+4reb+2ast, S.Brun 7+2reb, J.Passave-Ducteil 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 179018


Strasbourg - Le Havre 83-73

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Strasbourg IG (16-6) beat at home 11th ranked STB Le Havre (9-13) 83-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. STB Le Havre was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strasbourg IG made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Bangaly Fofana (212-89) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) added 7 points and 10 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for STB Le Havre. Strasbourg IG keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. Strasbourg IG will face Cholet (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. STB Le Havre will play against Paris-Levallois.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.Ajinca 23+7reb+1ast, J.Greer 15+5reb+1ast, J.Shurna 12+4reb, R.Duport 9+5reb, R.Greer 9+6reb+10ast, L.Campbell 6+1reb+6ast
Le Havre: B.Fofana 16+5reb, V.Moldoveanu 15+2reb, C.Mason 10+4reb+2ast, B.King 7+2reb+10ast, G.Brown 7+4reb+1ast, B.Smith 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 179015


Gravelines - Poitiers 73-60

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-6) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Poitiers (7-15) 73-60. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. Poitiers managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gravelines-Dunkerque won last quarter 21-10. Strangely Poitiers outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 39-26 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) notched 20 points to lead the effort and center Ousmane Camara (202-89) supported him with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Even 9 points and 9 rebounds by American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) did not help to save the game for Poitiers. American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains first position with 16-6 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser Poitiers keeps the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Nancy. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Chorale de Roanne (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Poitiers will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: D.Buycks 20+3reb+3ast, K.Winston 12+2reb+2ast, A.M'Baye 11+4reb, O.Camara 10+7reb, J.Edwards 9+1reb+1ast, L.Vaty 4+3reb
Poitiers: A.Nivins 12+5reb, A.Grant 12+3reb, A.Dobbins 9+9reb+1ast, L.Kante 8+4reb+1ast, M.Fall 7+4reb, D.James 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 179014


Orleans - Chalon 71-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chalon/Saor (13-8) against tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (11-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Chalon/Saor was edged by Entente Orleans 45 in a tough game in Orleans 69-71. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and the former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Nanterre. Defending champion Chalon/Saor keeps the third position with eight games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Sluc Nancy (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Chalon/Saor will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Orleans: C.Hill 25+6reb+4ast, B.Greene 16+6reb, T.Martin 13+6reb+4ast, B.Hunter 5+3reb, A.Eito 5+2reb+7ast, B.Pamba-Juille 4+2reb
Chalon: S.Williams 19+8reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 19+5reb+1ast, B.Schilb 17+4reb+4ast, M.Denmon 10+9reb+2ast, J.Aboudou 4+7reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 0+3reb
gschID: 179012


Limoges - Nancy 82-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Sluc Nancy's (7-15) road loss to thirteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (9-12) 75-82 on Friday. Limoges CSP Elite made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Limoges CSP Elite outrebounded Sluc Nancy 39-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Sluc Nancy was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Panagiotis Giannakis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: CS San Bernar.) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Sluc Nancy. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to eleventh place. Sluc Nancy lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8).
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.McAlarney 22+5reb+2ast, N.Boungou Colo 13+7reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 12+5reb+3ast, T.Gipson 10+1reb+1ast, J.Brockman 8+10reb+1ast, S.Traore 8+6reb+1ast
Nancy: B.Brown 23+6reb+1ast, M.Sommerville 17+7reb+1ast, S.Diabate 14+5reb+7ast, J.Shuler 13+3reb+3ast, H.Toure 4+2reb, N.Pope 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 179019


Paris-Levallois - Cholet 84-70

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Paris-Levallois (12-10) won against at home 12th ranked Cholet (9-13) 84-70 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Paris-Levallois. Cholet was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paris-Levallois looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. U.S. Virgin Islands-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 10 points and 9 assists for the winners. American point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) replied with 19 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) added 11 points in the effort for Cholet. Cholet's coach Jean Manuel Sousa rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Paris-Levallois moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Roanne. Loser Cholet keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face STB Le Havre (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Cholet will play against the league's second-placed Strasbourg IG.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: S.May 26+7reb+2ast, L.Labeyrie 13+5reb, J.Hodge 10+2reb+9ast, G.Oniangue 9+7reb+2ast, A.Diot 9+3reb+1ast, J.Cox 8+1ast
Cholet: A.Slaughter 19+3reb+5ast, A.Coleman 11+4reb+2ast, D.Obasohan 9+2reb, M.Goree 9+4reb+1ast, R.Gobert 6+3reb+1ast, L.Vebobe 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179017


Dijon - Boulazac 78-59

The game between tenth ranked JDA Dijon (11-11) and 16th ranked Boulazac Basket (6-16) in JDA Dijon on Friday ended with biggest points difference. JDA Dijon outscored guests from Boulazac 78-59. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 50-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) replied with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Amadi McKenzie (201-86, college: Tenn Tech) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Nanterre and Orleans. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. JDA Dijon will face JSF Nanterre (#9) on the road in the next round. Boulazac Basket will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#4).
Top scorers:
Dijon: A.Harris 21+10reb, Z.Moss 20+7reb+2ast, J.Leloup 13+4reb+2ast, D.Melody 10+3reb+4ast, L.Owens 6+1reb, F.Prenom 6+3reb
Boulazac: A.Acker 16+9reb+4ast, A.McKenzie 14+7reb+5ast, D.Monroe 12+7reb+3ast, Y.Gaillou 10+1reb+1ast, A.Kerckhof 5, D.Harris 2+5reb
gschID: 179013



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Staying Paranoid Will Make You Break An All-Time Single Game Scoring Record - by Nate Bowie

Stay paranoid becausethe paranoid always survives.Every time I step foot on the court I stay paranoid. Regardless if it's because of me trying to have a good game, trying to impress the scouts or even GM's from other teams. Because every year in my sport it's always new cats on the block, a new set of hungry guys that want my spot. And they trying to eat! It's as simple as that. But that also keeps me hungry as well. You look around the different leagues and you say wow why is this guy here and why is this guy there, he might even be making 2 or 3 million euros and it has a lot of do with politics. I know this all so well be being 6'0 ft even I'm not suppose to be playing basketball professionally at all. Life is a miracle.And to be honest in order for me to grow as a human being and an athlete I had to let go of some habits. Maybe that's friends thats holding me back or even partying every weekend. That's in the rear view mirror.
This weekend we took a crucial lost against a solid team who added a few good assets to their team. With 4 more games left we have to finish up very strong before the playoffs begin. This past weekend I broke an all time single game Georgia Superleague record with 49 points in one game. I don't recollect who this past record belongs to at all. I ended the game with 49 PTS, 10 REBS, 3 AST and 5 STLS. Over all it was a big game and a huge accomplish to add to my resume. Got a good match up this Friday and should be a packed house as usual.

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Always remember:What you do in the past doesn't matter. Everyday is a fresh start. Thats whyI stay paranoid I'm never satisfied with what I got. Can't be content and comfortable with nothingmore than success.
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)



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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 


Jason Boucher (Dresden Titans) I Can Adapt To Any Situation My Team Needs Me To - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

How is the team approaching the playdowns?

We are approaching every game in the playdowns as its win or go home (down). We still practicing and working hard everyday in practice. Its not what we had hoped for this season as we wanted to be in the playoffs but we are gonna do our best to win these playdown games and stay in the Pro b.

You had a solid season with Gotha two seasons ago and this season as well. Are you hoping for Pro A offers this summer at age 32?

Yeah that would be nice as every competitive player wants to move up leagues. I know I'm not getting any younger, but I feel good and know I can play at that the Pro A level. If that opportunity comes then great if not I will play with what ever team wants me!

Are you a bit disappointed that after many good seasons that you havent got the call to the Pro A?

Dissapointed a little bit yeah, but I know its a business and teams are a little hesitant to take an older player over a young talent out of college. But my resume I think speaks volumes and would love to get the chance if the opportunity comes!

You tore up the German Regionaliga from 2007-2010. How difficult was it making that next step to the Pro B?

For me I approach ever season the same and play the game with passion. It wasnt difficult at all, I have prepared myself for any league. I have played in top leagues in the states (besides the NBA) and I can adapt my game to where ever im playing.

Guys like Josh Young and Jason Boone made the jump from Pro B and Regionaliga. Has to do more with talent, luck or connections?

Well I mean of course you have to be talented and know the game of basketball to play in higher leagues but with that being said I think it has a lot to do with connections and being in the right place at the right time.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

I am a very smart basketball player and know the game inside and out. Like I said before I can adapt to any situation my team needs me too. If they need me to score I can score, if they want me to control the game and be a playmaker I can do that also. I have always been told I am too small to make it or to play at the levels I have played at. My hard work and determination has shown differently


How easy has it been working with coach Thomas Krzywinski who is near the same age as you?

Coach and I have had a pretty good relationship since I have been here in Dresden. He knows the game pretty well and puts in countless amount of hours to get us ready and prepared. He is considered a young coach at his age but to me it doesnt matter the age of the coach, its his team and we all have to respect that.


You tore up the Regionaliga with Landsberg. What are your fondest memories with that team?

My years in Landsberg were great, a lot of great memories there too many to mention them all. Our team was really close on and off the court and just the friendships and bonds I made with those guys is something I will never forget!

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA 2 with Grand valley that might be in the NBA now?

The best player I played against in college? hmm its been a while 10-12yrs ago haha. I really cant pick one out at the moment but I have played against a lot of NBA guys in other leagues.

Why do so many good players come from Michigan?

Thats a good question, there are a lot of good players from everywhere in the states. I am not sure why Michigan produces a lot of good players, maybe its because there is not a lot of things to do in Michigan so all we do is play sports, haha

Who wins a one on one in practice you or Bjoern Blossey?

I actually have never played Bjorn one on one, but I think he and I both know the answer to that SYF Bjorn

Andrew Jones has had a solid season. Isnt he on eof those players that could also reach the Pro A?

Drew has had a really solid season for us. He is one of those players in my mind that should get a chance to show what he can do in a higher league. Him and I have had to switch our games up a little bit this season for the better of the team and I think we did a good job of working together this season. Not only is he a good player, but he is an even better teammate and person!

What do you like most about Dresden? It is seen as a big city in Germany, but seldom have I seen such a small city center.

To me Dresden is a huge city 500,000 people I think and I come from a town of 10,000 haha. I really like people here and there is a lot to do and see here. Our fans are great as well, they stick by us no matter how the season is going and those are true fans!

Lebron or Kobe?

LEBRON JAMES, best player on the planet hands down in my opinion.


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

No props or anything I would have to say Lebron, I know all u guys been seeing those dunks in warm up lately from him, haha


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Chris Herron story, Espn 30 for 30, great story and a must watch.

Thanks Jason for the chat.




Andrew Jones Was In The Zone In The Second Half Carrying The Dresden Titans Past the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 88-80 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the last game of the regular season of the PRO B south, the Dresden Titans visited the Fraport Skyliners as it was a more or less a meaningless game for both as the Saxony team already had a birth in the play downs while the Frankfurt club had already secured a date in the playoffs and the Titans were able to be only the second team in the league together with Weissenhorn to sweep the season series with a solid 88-80 victory. After a very tight first half, the Dresden Titans gave the green light to Andrew Jones (191-SG-83, college: Miles) who accepted and after netting eight points in the first halft totally crushed the Fraport Skyliners like ripe Grape fruit pouring in 30 points in the second half to stifle the Fraport Skyliners as they had absolutely no cure of how to stop the 29 American that was scoring from everywhere as if he had been put in a microwave. We finally played some defense which hasnt always been the case this season. The game was back and fourth in the first half and we had way too many turnovers. In the second half it was the Andrew Jones show who carried us and we did a good job getting him shots, stressed Dresden Titans captain Jason Boucher. The Fraport Skyliners were without out their three German license players Konstantin Klein, Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann and Larry Wright who is with the Beko BBL team Skyliners until the end of the season, but despite being very undermanned, the club gave a very spirited effort never giving up. I thought that despite missing many players, we played very well for the guys we had. I saw some good things on offense, but we lost the game on defense. We had problems with our one on one and help defense. I think that if we could of made more stops on defesne at the end, then the game could of gone down to the wire, expressed American Taylor Brown.

Ex ratiopharm Ulm forward Alexander Heide who palyed four Beko BBL games in the 2007-2008 season hit a fade away jumper, but Nikolai Vukovic got going eraly testing his 48% three point shooting with a bomb and 3-2 frankfurt lead. Dresden Titans center Jared Bensen also got into groove fast making a turn around jumper and testing his 43% shooting form the parking lot as Frankfurt trailed 7-3. After a Falko Thelig free throw, Bensen took advantage of little help defense scoring inside as Dresden led 9-4. However the Fraport Skyliners juniors were on their game early as Vukovic hit his second three pointer of the game and Jan Novak iced two free throws dead locking the game at 9-9. However Dresden then jumped out on a lightening 8-0 run to lead 17-10 as young 19 year old German Daniel Pollrich and American Andrew Jones nailed three pointers and Patrick Ruelke scored inside. After a Tim Oldenburg and Falko Thelig free throws, Brown scored again inside cutting the Dresden lead to 17-15. Dresden closed out the first quarter with a mini 4-0 run as they continued to take advantage of the Frankfurt weak inside defense and Thomas Lienhard and Robert Zobel scored. Dresden led 21-15 after one quarter. Both teams were still getting a feel for each other and we did a better job adapting to them than they did to us, stressed Dresden guard Jason Boucher. Dresden was shooting very hot 75% from the two point range and 60% from outside while Frankfurt was shooting poorly at 13% from the two point range and 29% from outside. Dresden had the 11-5 rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Frankfurt had two turnovers only.

The game remained tight in the second quarter as no team led by more than six points. Taylor Brown got Frankfurt on the board first with a fade away jumper, but Jones responded with an easy lay in after he glided into the zone like a mal nourished golden bear from Miles (NCAA). German Benedikt Nikolay then dropped a much needed three pointer to cut the Dresden lead to 23-20. Boucher and Max Merz then traded three pointers and Brown scored again inside as Dresden led only 26-25. After a Ruelke jumper, it was Brown that hit a jumper after getting a fancy behind the back pass from Max Merz as Frankfurt trailed 28-27. After Boucher nailed a three pointer, the FRaport Skyliners stormed back as Max Merz found the hole and penetrated with his usual quickness finishing with a finger tip roll and Vukovic tied the game with another three point bomb 33-33. Boucher then made a steam and scored while Novak scored and Brown made a free throw and Frankfurt led 36-35. Dresden then escaped out on a 5-0 run as Ruelke and Jones scored, but Brown closed out the scoring in the second quarter as the Dresden Titans led 40-38. We had a hard time on the boards as they rebounded better. Brown was very aggressive and they were always crashing the boards, added Jason Boucher. Frankfurt was shooting 50% from the two point range and 31% from the three point line, while Dresden was shooting 63% from the two point range 63% and 38% from the three point line. Frankfurt rebounded a lot better as it was 16-16 on the boards and Dresden had eight turnovers and Frankfurt only four turnovers.

The third quarter stayed tight until the end where the Dresden Titans could break away. Jones started the third quarter with scoring a pull up jumper, but Brown also was on his game as he scored being set up nicely by German Falko Thelig as Frankfurt trailed 43-41. After Heide made free throws, it was Brown again who this time scored shortly before the shot clock sounded as Dresden still led 45-43. The scoring makeup of the third quarter seemed more like a Jones-Brown show as both guys were keeping their respective teams close. After Jones made a steal and went coast to coast scoring where he really looked like a man weaving in and out of kids, it was Brown again keeping his part making a dunk as Dresden led 48-46, but then it was Jones again hitting a jumper as nobody could keep him in check. Next it wasnt Brown again, but ales likely player in German Lennant Okeke who is an NBBL player for Eintracht Frankfurt was left open in the corner and drooped a beautiful three pointer in best Jimmy Mckinney manner as Dresden led 50-49, but the next time down it was Jones again nailing a three pointer as Frankfurt trailed 53-49. After an Oldenburg lay in and Brown free throw where Frankfurt trailed 53-52, the game turned as Andrew Jones where there was once a baseball player under the same name that could turn games around with his hot hitting, the basketball player took Dresden on a back crushing 9-1 run scoring all points scoring a three pointer and three lay ins as Frankfurt trailed62-53. Jason Boucher closed out the third quarter with a bitter three pointer at the buzzer as the Dresden Titans led 67-55. We gave Andrew Jones the green light and he was hot. Sometimes its him and sometimes its me. If he is feeling it then I run the point and sometimes when I am feeling it he runs the point. We did a good job getting him the ball, added Jason Boucher. The Dresden Titans were shooting 63% from the two point range and 44% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the two point range and 36% from the parking lot. Frankfurt was leading the rebound duel 23-21 and both teams coughed up the ball 12 times.

The Fraport Skyliners open up the fourth quarter with a quick 5-0 run to cut the Dresden lead to 67-60 as Oldenburg made a lay in and Merz connected on a three pointer. Merz played very aggressive and played very hard. When he plays hard, he gives his team a chance. He has a bright future, warned Jason Boucher. The Fraport Skyliners continued to fight, but they just couldnt get over the hump to cut the Dresden lead under six points. After an Oldenburg layup, it was Jones again that dropped a three pointer for the 72-63 Dresden lead. Oldenburg then cut the Dresden lead to 71-66 with a massive dunk, but Boucher scored inside and Novak hit a jumper as Frankfurt trailed 74-68. Jared Bensen who had been quiet for some time scored inside and Brown answered again inside as Frankfurt trailed 76-70. Jones and Heide then hit free throws something Frankfurt had difficulty doing consistently as Dresden led 81-73. Frankfurt made one last gasp as Novak hit a three pointer cutting the Dresden lead to 83-76. However with time running out, Jones made the last six points for Dresden from the free throw line helping seal the win. I have to give Frankfurt credit, because they played hard for 40 minutes. It was a weird feeling tonight, because it seems like this season there were too many games where we forgot how to win. We played too much this season not too lose instead of playing to win. Tonight we did a better job playing to win, stressed Jason Boucher.

The Dresden Titans were led by Andrew Jones with 38 points. Jason Boucher produced 15 points and five assists. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Taylor Brown with 28 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Tim Oldenburg added 11 points and Nikola Vukovic contributed 10 points. Max Merz hahd nine points and six assists, Jan Novak nine points and Falko Thelig eight points and nine assists. Dresden shot 53% from the field and 37% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners shot 46% from the field and 35% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 31-30 and 18 turnovers while Dresden had 19 turnovers. It was Jones that decided the game in the second half for the Dresden Titans. I was in the zone in the second half. I had been frustrated with my turnovers early, so I got more aggressive attacking the basket, added Andrew Jones. Jones got going and we let him get a groove. It seemed like there was no shot that he couldnt make. He was very good at breaking down our one on one defense. He was simply deadly tonight, added Taylor Brown. Brown seemed in the shadow of Jones, but had a strong game and had to produce more. I have to protect the paint more when the Germans arent playing. I keep the fort down and get much needed points. All I have to do is get open, because I know that my teammates will find me, warned Taylor Brown.




Face To Face With Jared Benson (Dresden Titans) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jared Benson (208-C-89, college: N.Michigan) is a 23 year old 208cm center from Carney, Michigan playing his first season fort he Dresden Titans. He played at northern Michigan from 2007-2012. In his senior year, he averaged 11,7ppg, 5,6rpg and 1,7bpg. He spoke to eurobasket after the 88-80 win against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.

Congrats on the 88-80 win against the Fraport Skyliners juniors. What was most important getting this win in a meaningless game as both teams were qualified for the playoffs and play downs?


We just wanted to get this win going sharp into the playdowns and being on the same page now.


What was key for getting the 88-80 win?

I thought that we played good team defense. We made them take contested shots and our help defense was good.

Which Skyliner impressed you the most?

I liked Taylor Brown. He was very athletic and could move well to his right or left. He had a nice pull up jumper and a difficult match up problem.

How did you like playing in this gym where NBA players like Carlos Arroyo and Alan Anderson have played?

This was a nice gym and it is always interesting to play in places where such good guys have played before. I remember when we played at Michigan State where the fans were so electric. That was a great feeling.

You are a rookie this season in the PRO B. What have you liked most about playing in the German PRO B?

I have enjoyed playing in the PRO B. It is fun playing on the same team with a friend from back home with Jason Boucher.

Do you have any ideas where you will be playing next season?

I dont know where I will be next season. I am still worrying about this season with Dresden and how we will finish the season.


Who is the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

Draymond Green. He was so strong and was hard to play in the post. He was a real horse down low.

How have you liked playing and living in Dresden?

I am from a small town so living in a big city is nice. I am mostly in the gym, so I try to take in the sights when I can.

There have been NFL and NHL players coming out of Northern Michigan. Why arent more well known basketball players coming from your school?

Basketball just hasnt had much attention any more. The team moved out of the Hedgecock center and had to play in the hockey rink. It is really hard to dribble on that court. We can never practice on our own floor so there is no home court advantage.

Why are there so many good players coming out of Michigan?

You really find good players wherever you look.

Jackie Swanson went to your school and was the girl friend in the famous TV series Cheers of Woody Harrelson. Did you know that?

No I didnt. I have watched Cheers and know the character Norm.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Talladega Nights.

Thanks Jared for the chat.




German BBL round 26 best performance: Nate Linhart - by Eurobasket News

American forward Nate Linhart (201-F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had an amazing evening in the last round for TBB Trier, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Telekom Baskets (#7, 13-12) 70-68. TBB Trier is placed at 9th position in German BBL. TBB Trier 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 12-13 record. In the team's last game Linhart had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at TBB Trier and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nate Linhart averages this season 11.8ppg and 6.2rpg. Worth to mention Linhart played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Icelandic Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-PG-88) of MBC. Vilhjalmsson had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead MBC to another comfortable win 89-76 over the lower-ranked LTi 46ers (#18, 4-21) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But MBC managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Vilhjalmsson is well-known at MBC and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82) of league's top team Brose Bask.. Walsh showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Walsh's great performance Brose Bask. lost 97-104 to the lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#10, 12-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Brose Bask. had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 4th lost game is hopefully really an accident. Walsh's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Walsh has a very solid season. In 3 games in Germany he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvir Ovcina (212-F/C-76) of LTi 46ers - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm - 19 points and 12 rebounds
6. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84) of Brose Bask. - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jamel McLean (203-F-88) of Telekom Baskets - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Walter Tigers - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Anthony King (206-F/C-85) of Art.Dragons - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Devin Uskoski (201-F-85) of MBC - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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



Kevin Smit claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Kevin Smit (183-PG-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Oldenburg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 21-year old playmaker had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Oldenburg in his team's victory, helping them to beat Recklinghausen (#5, 11-11) 95-85. Oldenburg maintains the 4th position in German ProB. Oldenburg 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 12-10 record. In the team's last game Smit had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Oldenburg's top player in his first season with the team. Kevin Smit averages this season 13.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Blake Poole (195-C-88) of Dorsten. Poole impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds. It was enough for Dorsten to edge Wulfen (9-13) in overtime by 1 point 75-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in North. But Dorsten managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Poole is a newcomer at Dorsten 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 Andrew Jones (191-SG-83) of Dresden (#10). Jones got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of Dresden, leading his team to a 88-80 win against the higher-ranked Fraport SKY II (#7, 11-11). The chances of Dresden not to end season at such low position in South, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could try to bring Dresden's a little bit higher in the standings. Jones has individually a great season in Germany. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.5apg (best passer). Jones attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Taylor Brown (198-F-89) of Fraport SKY II - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Michael Fakuade (201-F-89) of Hannover - 21 points and 13 rebounds
6. Richard Froehlich (206-C-86) of Leitershofen - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Chad Gray (200-F-85) of Noerdlingen - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Howard Sant-Roos (200-SF-91) of SU Medien - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Geddes Robinson (195-PF-87) of Dragons - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Anthony Young (200-C-89) of Wulfen - 27 points, 8 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)



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

28-year old guard Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had a very impressive game in the last round for NBC and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Heidelberg (#10, 11-14) 80-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. NBC is placed at 9th position in German ProA. NBC 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 12-13 record. Smith just recently signed at NBC, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ahmad Smith averages this season 10.9ppg, 9.0rpg and 6.4apg.

Second best performed player last round was Evan Harris (206-F/C-86, agency: I.D.S. Law) of Cuxhaven. He is American forward in his second season at Cuxhaven. In the last game Harris recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Cuxhaven lost that overtime game 90-95 to the lower-ranked Leipzig (#16, 5-20). Cuxhaven managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 15-10 record is not bad at all. Harris is well-known at Cuxhaven and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Walter Simon (202-F-89) of Leipzig (#16). Simon scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Leipzig, leading his team to a 95-90overtime win against the higher-ranked Cuxhaven (#4, 15-10). Leipzig can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-20 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Simon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Simon has a very solid season. In 25 games in Germany he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 50.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Jena - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Logan Stutz (205-F-88) of ETB Wohnbau - 25 points and 11 rebounds
6. Scott Thomas (200-F-89) of Cuxhaven - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jorge Schmidt (193-G/F-85) of Chemnitz - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sebastian Adeberg (198-F-84) of Kirchheim - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael Fleischmann (205-F-86) of Finke Baskets - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Nick Freer (198-G/F-85) of Leipzig - 24 points and 4 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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  GREECE   


Koufos' career-high 22 points lead Nuggets over Suns, 108-93, for 9th straight victory - by Eurobasket News

PHOENIX - Kostas Koufos (213-C-89, college: Ohio St.) scored a career high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting, mostly from point-blank range, and the Denver Nuggets ran their winning streak to nine games with a 108-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

Corey Brewer added 20 points and Ty Lawson 19 as the Nuggets matched their longest winning streak of the season.

Denver dominated points in the paint 74-32, including an assortment of soaring dunks.

Wesley Johnson scored 18 and Marcus Morris had 16 for the Suns. Hamed Haddadi scored a career-high 13 for Phoenix.

The Nuggets return home to face the Knicks on Wednesday night in Carmelo Anthony's first game in Denver since leaving for New York

Denver led throughout the second half, but the Suns stayed within striking distance until the Nuggets finished the game with a 16-8 run over the final 4 1/2 minutes.

Neither team led by more than seven points in the first half, despite Denver's 38-16 advantage in points in the paint.

A 13-1 Phoenix run erased a 35-30 Denver lead and put the Suns up 43-36 on Michael Beasley's 19-footer with 5:19 left in the half. But the Nuggets outscored the Suns 17-7 the rest of the quarter to lead 53-50 at the break.

Denver scored the first six of the second half, the first four on fast-break layups by Lawson and Koufos, to go up 59-50 after Kenneth Faried's two free throws with 10:50 to go in the third.

The closest Phoenix got after that was 72-70 on Jared Dudley's 3-pointer with 3:10 left in the period. Layups by Brewer and Lawson boosted the lead to 76-70 and Denver led 80-74 entering the fourth.

The Nuggets took their first double-digit lead at 86-76 when Brewer made one of two free throws with 8:44 to play.

Moments later, JaVale McGee's huge dunk on a lob from Brewer made it 88-79, then Lawson's fast-break dunk after a turnover put Denver up 90-79 with 6:26 remaining.

Denver's nine-game streak matches its season best. The Nuggets' last loss was Feb. 22 at Washington.

NOTES: Denver is 20-6 against teams with a sub-.500 record. ... Of the Nuggets' first 26 field goals, 24 were in the paint. ... Phoenix C Jermaine O'Neal rejoined the team after his daughter's successful heart surgery but was not in uniform. ... Suns G Shannon Brown played for the first time since the All-Star break. ... Koufos' previous career high was 21 against Cleveland on Jan. 11.
Courtesy of: Associated Press



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 21-1 
 2. De Groene 19-3 
 3. Cangeroes 16-6 
 4. Binnenland 13-7 
 5. De Hoppers 12-10 
 6. Red Giants 11-11 
 7. Rotterdam 2 10-11 
 8. Punch 10-13 
 9. Almonte 10-13 
 10. Leiden 2 9-14 
 11. MSV/Zeemacht 8-14 
 12. Almere P. 7-16 
 13. BC Apollo 2 7-16 
 14. UBALL 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 9: Almonte - Cangeroes 83-92
Mar. 9: Binnenland - MSV/Zeemacht 83-59
Mar. 9: Rotterdam 2 - Leiden 2 76-73
Mar. 9: De Groene - Red Giants 69-60
Mar. 9: BC Apollo 2 - Almere P. 66-88
Mar. 9: Punch - De Hoppers 64-48
Mar. 7: UBALL - De Groene 58-83
Mar. 9: Orca's Urk - UBALL 101-68

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 12: MSV/Zeemacht - Rotterdam 2
Mar. 12: Almere P. - Orca''s Urk
Mar. 12: De Hoppers - Almonte
Mar. 13: Leiden 2 - Punch
Mar. 14: Red Giants - Binnenland
Mar. 19: Cangeroes - BC Apollo 2


Prom.Divisie Round 22: Top-ranked Orca's Urk wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Prom.Divisie top team - Orca's Urk (20-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked UBALL (3-20) 101-68. Orca's Urk have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first position with 20-1 record. UBALL lost twelfth consecutive game. UBALL at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 20 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Eindhoven was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Cangeroes (15-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Almonte (9-13). Cangeroes managed to secure a 9-point victory 92-83. Cangeroes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Orca's Urk. Almonte at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Punch and Leiden 2. Cangeroes will play against BC Apollo 2 (#13) in Amsterdam in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Almonte will play on the road against De Hoppers (#5) in Hoom and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Rotterdam between Rotterdam 2 and Leiden 2. Seventh ranked Rotterdam 2 (10-10) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Leiden 2 (9-13). Rotterdam 2 managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 in the game for the seventh place. Rotterdam 2 maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. Loser Leiden 2 dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Punch and Almonte. Rotterdam 2 will meet MSV/Zeemacht (#11) on the road in the next round. Leiden 2 will play against Punch in Delft and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between De Hoppers (12-9) and Punch (9-13), which took place in Delft. Higher ranked De Hoppers lost to eleventh ranked Punch in a road game 48-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of De Hoppers. Punch moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Leiden 2 and Almonte. De Hoppers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Punch's next round opponent will be Leiden 2 (#8) on the road. De Hoppers will play against Almonte in Eindhoven.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Red Giants was beaten by De Groene on the road 69-60. BC Apollo 2 were destroyed by Almere P. on its own court 66-88. MSV/Zeemacht was outscored by Binnenland in Barendrecht 83-59. Bottom-ranked UBALL was rolled over De Groene at home 58-83.


De Groene - Red Giants 69-60

No shocking result in a game when second ranked De Groene (18-3) beat 6th ranked Red Giants (11-10) in Groningen 69-60. De Groene maintains second position with 18-3 record having just two points less than leader Orca's Urk. Red Giants at the other side keep the sixth place with ten games lost. De Groene will have a break next round. Red Giants will play at home against Binnenland (#4) in Barendrecht and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193927


Rotterdam 2 - Leiden 2 76-73

A very close game took place in Rotterdam between Rotterdam 2 and Leiden 2. Seventh ranked Rotterdam 2 (10-10) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Leiden 2 (9-13). Rotterdam 2 managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 in the game for the seventh place. Rotterdam 2 maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. Loser Leiden 2 dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Punch and Almonte. Rotterdam 2 will meet MSV/Zeemacht (#11) on the road in the next round. Leiden 2 will play against Punch in Delft and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193926


BC Apollo 2 - Almere P. 66-88

Everything could happen in Amsterdam at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Almere P. and 13th ranked BC Apollo 2 had identical 6-15 record. But BC Apollo 2 was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from Almere 88-66. Newly promoted Almere P. maintains twelfth position with 7-15 record. BC Apollo 2 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Almere P.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Orca's Urk at home. BC Apollo 2 will play against Cangeroes (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 193925


Binnenland - MSV/Zeemacht 83-59

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Binnenland (12-7) rolled over 10th ranked MSV/Zeemacht (8-13) in Barendrecht 83-59. Binnenland moved-up to fourth place. MSV/Zeemacht lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Binnenland's next round opponent will be Red Giants (#6) in Meppel. MSV/Zeemacht will play at home against Rotterdam 2 (#7).
gschID: 193924


Orca's Urk - UBALL 101-68

Prom.Divisie top team - Orca's Urk (20-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked UBALL (3-20) 101-68. Orca's Urk have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first position with 20-1 record. UBALL lost twelfth consecutive game. UBALL at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 20 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 193923


Punch - De Hoppers 64-48

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between De Hoppers (12-9) and Punch (9-13), which took place in Delft. Higher ranked De Hoppers lost to eleventh ranked Punch in a road game 48-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of De Hoppers. Punch moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Leiden 2 and Almonte. De Hoppers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Punch's next round opponent will be Leiden 2 (#8) on the road. De Hoppers will play against Almonte in Eindhoven.
gschID: 193922


Almonte - Cangeroes 83-92

The game in Eindhoven was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Cangeroes (15-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Almonte (9-13). Cangeroes managed to secure a 9-point victory 92-83. Cangeroes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Orca's Urk. Almonte at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Punch and Leiden 2. Cangeroes will play against BC Apollo 2 (#13) in Amsterdam in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Almonte will play on the road against De Hoppers (#5) in Hoom and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 193921


UBALL - De Groene 58-83

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked UBALL (3-20) was outscored by second ranked De Groene (18-3) in Utrecht 83-58. De Groene maintains second position with 18-3 record having just two points less than leader Orca's Urk. UBALL lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 20 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 193920



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Kaposvari 1-0 
 2. Szolnok 1-0 
 3. Albacomp 1-0 
 4. Atomeromu 0-1 
 5. Jaszberenyi 0-1 
 6. Kormend 0-1 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 12-11 
 2. Soproni 11-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 10-12 
 4. ZTE KK 9-13 
 5. Marso NYKK 9-14 
 6. Szedeak 8-15 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-20 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Mar. 9: Kormend - Albacomp 72-109
Mar. 7: Jaszberenyi - Szolnok 68-94
Mar. 9: Kaposvari - Atomeromu 102-84

Places 7-13

Mar. 9: Szedeak - Falco-Szova 93-97
Mar. 8: Marso NYKK - Soproni 74-69

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-6

Mar. 13: Atomeromu - Szolnok
Mar. 16: Albacomp - Jaszberenyi
Mar. 17: Kormend - Kaposvari

Places 7-13

Mar. 13: Falco-Szova - FS Debrecen
Mar. 13: ZTE KK - Marso NYKK


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko SPICA
  Kaposvari
  (205-C/F-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Spica, Kaposvari20.8 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.5 
 3. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari19.8 
 5. Nelson, Marso N.19.7 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Wood, Albacomp19.4 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.1 
 9. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bennet DAVIS
  Marso N.
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Davis, Marso N.9.1 
 2. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.0 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Keller, Albacomp8.0 
 6. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.4 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.6 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.4 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 4. Thomas, Soproni5.8 
 5. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.5 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.3 
 7. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 8. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.4 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu1.7 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 5. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.6 
 9. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 


ASE waives Head Coach Enrique Garcia Gutierrez - by Balazs Radics

The management of ASE and Enrique Gutierrez agreed to part ways with each other today. The Head Coach position will be taken over by Bela Schmidt temporary, and for sure, on Wednesday against Szolnok will manage the team against the red-and-blues.
- We have discussed with the trainer that there are certain things that do not work with the team. There were better and worse performance, not only during the season, but also during each match. We tried to improve these past few weeks, but is was not very successful, so we decided that something must be changed, the team requires updating. We had to make a quick decision, but we did not want to put off. As far as the new Head Coach can not yet reported, we will not rush the decision - has said Toth, head of department of the Club.



A Division Round 1 (Second Stage): Kaposvari starts with victory - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in A Division just started.

The game was mostly controlled by Kaposvari. Atomeromu managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kaposvari looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points, 15 assists and 5 steals. At the losing side American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Atomeromu at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Atomeromu will play next round against strong Szolnok trying to get back on the winning streak. Kaposvari will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Kormend on the road.
Undefeated Kormend (0-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by leader Albacomp (1-0) 109-72. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Ronald Moore accounted for 15 points and 11 assists. Forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Kormend in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Albacomp went down to third position (Division) due to points difference. Kormend at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Albacomp will play against Jaszberenyi (#5) at home in the next round. Kormend will play against the league's leader Kaposvari to get more than just one victory in their record.
Marton Bader fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rastko Dramicanin produced 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Defending champion (1-0) left bottom position moving up to second place in Division. Loser Jaszberenyi still closes the standings with one game lost. Szolnok will meet Atomeromu (#4) in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play against Albacomp in Szekesfehervar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Soproni (11-12) against Marso NYKK (9-14) on Friday night. Visiting Soproni was defeated by Marso NYKK in a tough game in Nyiregyhazi 69-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Anthony Nelson who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Soproni's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Marso NYKK maintains fifth place in Division with 9-14 record. Soproni at the other side keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Marso NYKK's next round opponent will be higher ranked ZTE KK (#4) in Zalaegerszeg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game in Szeged was also quite interesting. First ranked Falco-Szova (12-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Szedeak (8-15). Falco-Szova managed to secure a 4-point victory 97-93 on Saturday. Zeljko Zagorac stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Falco-Szova maintains first place in Division with 12-11 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Falco-Szova will face FS Debrecen (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 43 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Kyle Swanston of Kaposvari.


Places 1-6
Kaposvari - Atomeromu 102-84

The game was mostly controlled by Kaposvari. Atomeromu managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kaposvari looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points, 15 assists and 5 steals. Five Kaposvari players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points and 7 assists. Atomeromu will play next round against strong Szolnok trying to get back on the winning streak. Kaposvari will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Kormend on the road.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: J.Levy 23+8reb+1ast, L.Williams 17+2reb+7ast, A.Toth 15+5reb+4ast, G. Kortelyesi 9+4reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 8+3reb+1ast, D.Vojvoda 6+5reb
Kaposvari: M.Spica 25+9reb+3ast, K.Swanston 23+2reb+2ast, R.Hendlein 17+7reb, C.Dunn 14+4reb+15ast, G.David 14+10reb, G.Drahos 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 234660


Kormend - Albacomp 72-109

The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.1 percent from the field. Albacomp outrebounded Kormend 40-25 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) accounted for 15 points and 11 assists. Forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) added 19 points respectively for Kormend in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Albacomp will play against Jaszberenyi (#5) at home in the next round. Kormend will play against the league's leader Kaposvari to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Kormend: M.Shaw 19+2reb+2ast, K.Austin 16+7reb, A.Rujak 12+1reb, C.Ferencz 10+5reb+1ast, A.Farkas 9+4reb+1ast, P.Grebenar 4+2reb+2ast
Albacomp: B.Wood 23+5reb+2ast, D.Hollis 15+7reb, R.Moore 15+3reb+11ast, A.Keller 12+8reb+1ast, Z.Supola 11, L.Juhos 10+1reb
gschID: 234659


Jaszberenyi - Szolnok 68-94

The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Jaszberenyi managed to win third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 16 points. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) produced 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Balint Horti (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Szolnok will meet Atomeromu (#4) in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play against Albacomp in Szekesfehervar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: G.Soos 14+2ast, M.Rakic 11+1reb+4ast, B.Horti 9+7reb, M.Markovic 9+3reb+1ast, R.Dramicanin 9+10reb+5ast, R.Torok 9+4reb
Szolnok: M.Bader 19+9reb, J.Florence 16+3reb, B.Gay 12+1reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 10+4reb+3ast, B.Simon 9+3reb+4ast, M.Szabo 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 234658


Places 7-13
Szedeak - Falco-Szova 93-97

The game in Szeged was also quite interesting. First ranked Falco-Szova (12-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Szedeak (8-15). Falco-Szova managed to secure a 4-point victory 97-93 on Saturday. Szedeak trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 93-97 at the end of the game. Falco-Szova made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Szedeak was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side American guard Anthony Jones (191-84, college: Indiana Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Falco-Szova and four Szedeak players scored in double figures. Falco-Szova maintains first place in Division with 12-11 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Falco-Szova will face FS Debrecen (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: A.Jones 22+6reb+4ast, A.Gurley 18+6reb+1ast, N.Dukic 11+4reb+3ast, A.Tanacs 11+4reb+1ast, L.Csorvasi 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Kiss 9+2reb+2ast
Falco-Szova: Z.Zagorac 18+9reb+1ast, L.Kalman 16+2reb+7ast, T.Ivosev 14+4reb+3ast, L.Simon 13+1reb, B.Varadi 12+2reb+1ast, B.Stafford 11+6reb+2ast
gschID: 234662


Marso NYKK - Soproni 74-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Soproni (11-12) against fifth ranked Marso NYKK (9-14) on Friday night. Visiting Soproni was defeated by Marso NYKK in a tough game in Nyiregyhazi 69-74. Marso NYKK made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Soproni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international Gergely Toth (208-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Jermaine Johnson (201-85, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Soproni. Soproni's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Marso NYKK maintains fifth place in Division with 9-14 record. Soproni at the other side keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Marso NYKK's next round opponent will be higher ranked ZTE KK (#4) in Zalaegerszeg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Soproni: G.Toth 20+9reb, J.Johnson 13+5reb+9ast, C.Hinkle 13+5reb, F.Barovic 9+11reb, N.Takacs 5+5reb, A.Molnar 4+1reb+3ast
Marso NYKK: M.Mohacsi 23+5reb+3ast, A.Nelson 22+4reb+5ast, M.Berkis 9+4reb, B.Davis 9+11reb+1ast, C.Kaluha 6+3ast, F.Boldizsar 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234661



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  ICELAND   

Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Valur 12-2 
 2. Haukar 12-3 
 3. Hottur 11-4 
 4. Hamar 11-4 
 5. Breidablik 8-8 
 6. Thor AK 7-6 
 7. FSU 7-8 
 8. Augnablik 2-13 
 9. IA 2-13 
 10. Reynir S. 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 10: Breidablik - FSU 79-65
Mar. 8: Valur - IA 78-62
Mar. 8: Reynir S. - Haukar 69-95
Mar. 8: Hamar - Hottur 66-106

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 15: IA - Augnablik
Mar. 15: Thor AK - Reynir S.
Mar. 15: Haukar - Breidablik
Mar. 15: FSU - Hottur
Mar. 15: Valur - Hamar


Eurobasket awards in Sweden - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Eurobasket.com has made the awards for 2012-2013 season in Sweden.
There are three Icelandic players in the league and all of them got some awards.
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) (Sundsvall Dragons) voted shooting guard of the year. Is in 1st Team All league and All-Import Team
Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) (Sundsvall Dragons) is on All-Defensive Team and also on Honorable Mention Team
Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87, agency: I.D.S. Law) ( Norrkoping Dolphins) is on Honorable Team



Icelandic Express L. round 20 best performance: Jarrid Frye - by Eurobasket News

American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Stjarnan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat KR (#7, 10-10) 87-75. Stjarnan maintains the 4th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stjarnan will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. Frye just recently signed at Stjarnan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jarrid Frye averages this season 22.8ppg, 7.9rpg and 4.5apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik. Craion had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Keflavik to edge slightly higher-ranked Thor Thorl (#3, 14-6) 106-100. Keflavik's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Craion is a newcomer at Keflavik, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.4ppg (#7). He also registered 13.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Christopher Smith (204-PF-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Fjolnir (#10). Smith scored 22 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Fjolnir, leading his team to a 79-70 win against IR (5-15). Fjolnir can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Iceland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.3ppg (3rd best) and assists with 2.8apg (7th best). He also has 2.6bpg and FGP: 55.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Jackson (201-F-88) of Thor Thorl - 26 points and 13 rebounds
5. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Njardvik - 32 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell - 27 points and 15 rebounds
7. George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll - 22 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Drew Gibson (188-G-85) of Tindastoll - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 16 assists
9. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Thor Thorl - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 9 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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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 17-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 17-2 
 3. Garuda 14-4 
 4. Satria Muda 13-5 
 5. CLS Knights 13-6 
 6. Hangtuah 10-8 
 7. Stadium Jak. 10-8 
 8. Bimasakti 6-13 
 9. Satya Wacana 4-14 
 10. Pacific Caesar 3-16 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-16 
 12. Tonga BSC 1-17 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 11: Tonga BSC - Hangtuah 61-66
Mar. 11: Pacific Caesar - Stadium Jak. 60-68
Mar. 11: Bimasakti - Dell Aspac 58-68
Mar. 11: NSH GMC Riau - Pelita Jaya 49-101

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 12: Satria Muda - Tonga BSC
Mar. 12: Garuda - Satya Wacana
Mar. 12: Hangtuah - CLS Knights


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.14.6 
 2. Prawiro, Dell Aspac14.1 
 3. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.14.1 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya13.1 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.12.6 
 6. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.4 
 7. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.3 
 8. Utomo, CLS Knights12.3 
 9. Sabara, Pacific11.9 
 10. Sucipto, NSH G.10.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Pacific .
  (190-PF-85)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Sabara, Pacific9.6 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.9.5 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.1 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.7 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.2 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.8 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.7 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.5 
 9. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.5 
 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. Gerungan, Dell A.3.9 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda3.9 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.8 
 5. Indra, Pacific3.8 
 6. Sartika, Bimasakti3.6 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.4 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.2.9 
 9. Wicaksono, Stadium2.9 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 2. Sucipto, NSH G.2.8 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.8 
 4. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.6 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 7. Nolland, Garuda2.1 
 8. Sabara, Pacific2.0 
 9. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.0 
 10. Dhyaksa, Dell As.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.1.9 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium1.9 
 3. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.9 
 4. Nugroho, Satya W.1.9 
 5. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 6. Teguh, Hangtuah1.6 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.4 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.4 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Gunawan, Satya W.0.9 


Indonesian NBL round 29 best performance: Rony Gunawan - by Eurobasket News

Former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) had a great game in the last round for Satria Muda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (16 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Satya Wacana (#9, 4-14) with 20-point margin 80-60. Satria Muda is placed at 4th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Gunawan has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Rony Gunawan has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 1.9bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Tony Agus (191-PF-86) of CLS Knights. Agus had a very good evening with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as CLS Knights was edged by the higher-ranked Dell Aspac (#1, 16-1) 60-56. This loss caused CLS Knights to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Agus is one of the most experienced players at CLS Knights and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Satria Muda's star - Bonanza Siregar (192-SF-87). Siregar scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Satria Muda, helping his team with a 80-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Satya Wacana (#9, 4-14). Satria Muda needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Siregar has a very solid season. In 18 games in Indonesia he scored 8.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) of Dell Aspac - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89) of Bimasakti - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Fadlan Minallah (185-F-82) of Garuda - 8 points and 5 rebounds
7. Daniel Iskandar (190-F-71) of Stadium Jak. - 9 points and 4 rebounds
8. Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) of Satria Muda - 12 points and 5 rebounds
9. Luthfianes Gunawan (181-F-89) of Satya Wacana - 2 points and 10 rebounds
10. Yoppi France Giay (188-F-89) of Satya Wacana - 5 points and 6 rebounds

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



NBL Round 29: Dell Aspac keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Dell Aspac as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Dell Aspac defeated 4th placed CLS Knights in Jakarta 60-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CLS Knights. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dell Aspac forced 24 CLS Knights turnovers. The former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists for the winners and Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Tony Agus (191-86) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dell Aspac (16-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. CLS Knights at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. CLS Knights will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Dell Aspac will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Bimasakti in Sakti.
9th ranked Satya Wacana (4-14) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Satria Muda (13-5) with the biggest margin this round 80-60. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Bonanza Siregar accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Yo Sua (180-91) came up with 15 points for Satya Wacana in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda moved-up to fourth place. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 29 Bimasakti lost to Stadium Jak. on the opponent's court 44-59. Garuda outscored NSH GMC Riau in a home game 65-45.


Group Solo
Dell Aspac - CLS Knights 60-56

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Dell Aspac as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Dell Aspac defeated 4th placed CLS Knights in Jakarta 60-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CLS Knights. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dell Aspac forced 24 CLS Knights turnovers. The former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists for the winners and Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Tony Agus (191-86) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Rachmad Utomo (180-85) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dell Aspac (16-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. CLS Knights at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. CLS Knights will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Dell Aspac will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Bimasakti in Sakti.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: X.Prawiro 17+1reb+4ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 12+5reb+3ast, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 10+1reb, P.Regowo 8+9reb+1ast, W.Jati 7+4reb+1ast, D.Gerungan 4+3reb+4ast
CLS Knights: T.Agus 12+9reb, R.Utomo 10+5reb+3ast, A.Ekayana 9+1reb+1ast, H.Sudjana 8+1reb+1ast, D.Heryadi 8+3reb, H.Herman 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 234233


Group Solo
Satya Wacana - Satria Muda 60-80

9th ranked Satya Wacana (4-14) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Satria Muda (13-5) with the biggest margin this round 80-60. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Satria Muda forced 22 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 46-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Bonanza Siregar (192-87) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Guard Yo Sua (180-91) came up with 15 points and guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) added 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for Satya Wacana in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda moved-up to fourth place. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: R.Gunawan 16+8reb+1ast, B.Siregar 13+9reb+1ast, G.Gunawan 12+5reb, K.Argadiba 10+1reb+2ast, A.Wisnu 9+5reb+4ast, F.Susanto 6+5reb+2ast
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 15+3reb, B.Sucipto 13+2reb+2ast, R.Pamungkas 12+1reb+5ast, A.Abraham 7, Y.France Giay 5+6reb, F.Nugroho 4+4reb
gschID: 234232


Group Solo
Stadium Jak. - Bimasakti 59-44

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Bimasakti's (6-12) road loss to seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (9-8) 44-59. Stadium Jakarta forced 19 Bimasakti turnovers. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) nailed 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) accounted for 15 points. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) came up with 12 points and 5 assists and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Bimasakti in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Stadium Jakarta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hangtuah. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Stadium Jakarta will play against NSH GMC Riau (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bimasakti will play against the league's leader Dell Aspac in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 15+2reb+2ast, R.Ariestedes 12+7reb+2ast, D.Iskandar 9+4reb+1ast, D.Leonardo 6+1reb, I.Budianto 6+4reb+4ast, E.Hadi 5+3reb
Bimasakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 12+4reb+5ast, R.Dwi Purnomo 8+4reb+1ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 6+7reb+1ast, H.Gunawan 4, D.Sartika 4+4reb, U.Gendro Maryono 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 234234


Group Solo
Garuda - NSH GMC Riau 65-45

Very predictable result in Bandung where third ranked Garuda (14-4) smashed 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (2-15) 65-45. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 14. Garuda forced 26 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 42-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. The former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-82) nailed 8 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and center Johanes Hasoloan (196-87) accounted for 6 points and 6 rebounds. Yunus Efendi (186-83) came up with 8 points and 6 rebounds and center Max Yanto (215-83) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for NSH GMC Riau in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda maintains third place with 14-4 record having just one points less than leader Dell Aspac. NSH GMC Riau at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against Stadium Jakarta (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Garuda: Surliyadin 12+1reb, C.Pranatyo 10+3reb+1ast, H.Agustinus 8+6reb+2ast, F.Minallah 8+5reb+1ast, J.Hasoloan 6+6reb+2ast, D.Pratama 5+5reb+2ast
NSH GMC Riau: Y.Efendi 8+6reb, M.Yanto 8+5reb, J.Sucipto 8+3reb+1ast, A.Amier 7+2reb, R.Febriyan 6+2reb, L.Alfian Eka Koswara 3+1reb
gschID: 234231



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 15-5 
 2. UCC Demons 13-8 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 13-8 
 4. DCU Saints 11-10 
 5. Killester 9-12 
 6. UCD Marian 9-13 
 7. Ballon Inter 7-14 
 8. Moycullen 7-14 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: DCU Saints - Ballon Inter 95-60
Mar. 9: UL Eagles - UCD Marian 90-63
Mar. 9: Killester - Ballon Inter 82-76
Mar. 9: Moycullen - B.Gais Neptune 81-88
Mar. 9: DCU Saints - UCC Demons 60-58


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen22.9 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles22.2 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.21.2 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons19.7 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.5 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints14.6 
 8. Provizors, DCU S.13.5 
 9. Cuffe, UCC Demons13.3 
 10. Summers, Killester13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons12.9 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.11.9 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.11.7 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen11.6 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles11.3 
 7. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.1 
 8. Quill, DCU Saints7.9 
 9. Foley, UCD Marian7.9 
 10. Tummon, Moycullen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.9 
 2. Camps, Moycullen7.1 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles4.8 
 4. Coughlan, UCC D.4.5 
 5. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.8 
 6. Kinevane, UL Eagl.3.7 
 7. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.2 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.3.2 
 9. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
 10. O''Sullivan, UCC D.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles2.7 
 2. Camps, Moycullen2.5 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.3 
 4. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.2 
 5. Summers, Killester2.1 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.2.1 
 7. Drumm, UCD Marian1.8 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.1.7 
 9. McLoughlin, B.Gais1.6 
 10. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Trimmer, DCU S.2.5 
 3. Walker, UCC Demons2.1 
 4. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.1.8 
 6. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.8 
 7. Townes, B.Gais N.1.7 
 8. Killeen, UL Eagles1.6 
 9. O''Brien, Killester0.9 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.0.8 



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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. Hapoel T-A 9-11 
 9. Bnei Hasharon 8-12 
 10. Galil Gilboa 8-12 
 11. Hapoel Holon 7-13 
 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. 11: Galil Gilboa - Bnei Hasharon 93-92
Mar. 10: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M 91-84
Mar. 11: Hapoel Holon - Hapoel T-A 73-76
Mar. 10: Maccabi T-A - Netanya 70-76

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 17: Elizur Ashkelon - Maccabi Haifa
Mar. 17: Netanya - Hapoel T-A
Mar. 17: Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi T-A
Mar. 17: Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Holon
Mar. 17: Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel Eilat
Mar. 17: Hapoel J-M - Galil Gilboa


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.6 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.1 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.9 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi18.2 
 5. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.9 
 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-A2.3 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.3 
 5. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.1 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.1.9 
 9. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.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.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.6 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 5. Caracter, Bnei H.1.3 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.3 
 8. Thomas, Maccabi1.2 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi1.2 
 10. Dove, Elizur Ashk.1.2 


Sanders' 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Rakim Sanders (193-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Galil Gilboa and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds for Galil Gilboa in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Bnei Hasharon (8-12) 93-92. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Galil Gilboa is placed at 10th position in Israeli league. Galil Gilboa is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-12 record. In the team's last game Sanders had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. Rakim Sanders averages this season 13.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) of Bnei Hasharon. He is American forward in his first season at Bnei Hasharon. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Bnei Hasharon was edged by Galil Gilboa (8-12) 93-92. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Bnei Hasharon dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Jones is a newcomer at Bnei Hasharon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of Maccabi Ashdod (#7). Simpson scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Maccabi Ashdod, leading his team to a 98-87 win against the higher-ranked Hapoel Eilat (#3, 12-8). The chances of Maccabi Ashdod ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Simpson could help Maccabi Ashdod to bring them higher in the standings. Simpson has a great season in Israel. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (9th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 57.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85) of Maccabi Haifa - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Brian Randle (203-F-85) of Hapoel T-A - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) of Hapoel J-M - 24 points and 8 rebounds
7. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jerome Tillman (198-F-87) of Hapoel Eilat - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon - 19 points and 13 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)



Winner League Round 20: GreenTops Netanya defeats leader Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Winner League. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Maccabi T-A (17-3) in Tel-Aviv on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked GreenTops Netanya (10-10) 76-70. GreenTops Netanya made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Yogev Ohayon (187-87) replied with 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for Maccabi T-A. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. GreenTops Netanya maintains sixth position with 10-10 record. Defending champion Maccabi T-A still keeps top place with three games lost. GreenTops Netanya are looking forward to face Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#8) at home in the next round. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hapoel Eilat (12-8) against eighth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Hapoel Eilat was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in Ashdod 98-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and Mardy Collins who added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will play against league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Eilat will play on the road against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Maccabi Haifa (13-7) which hosted in Haifa 4th ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (11-9). Third ranked Maccabi Haifa managed to get a 7-point victory 91-84. The winners were led by Pat Calathes who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by Josh Duncan did not help to save the game for Hapoel Jerusalem. Maccabi Haifa have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Haifa will meet bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Galil Gilboa (#10) in Rosh Pina and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Rosh Pina. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-12) to eleventh ranked Galil Gilboa (8-12) 93-92 in the fight for the ninth place. The best player for the winners was Rakim Sanders who scored 31 points. Galil Gilboa moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Bnei Hasharon. Bnei Hasharon lost third consecutive game. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Twelfth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-15) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-9) in Rishon Le-Zion on Sunday. Maccabi Rishon managed to secure only two-point victory 98-96. However their fans expected much easier game. Adrian Uter orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Maccabi Rishon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Maccabi Rishon will face Hapoel Holon (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ashkelon will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Haifa.

In the last game of round 20 Hapoel T-A beat Hapoel Holon on the road 76-73.


Hapoel Holon - Hapoel T-A 73-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv's (9-11) road victory over 10th ranked Hapoel Holon (7-13) 76-73 on Monday. American players dominated also this game. Forward Brian Randle (203-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) added 17 points, 5 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Loser Hapoel Holon dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face higher ranked GreenTops Netanya (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Holon will play against Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Randle 17+15reb+5ast, C.Kelly 16+3reb+2ast, M.Naor 12+1ast, J.Allen 12+3reb+2ast, B.Timor 9+3reb+2ast, D.Stitt 8+5reb+6ast
Hapoel Holon: F.Hassell 19+13reb+1ast, J.Dyson 18+1reb+2ast, D.Waters 17+2reb+5ast, L.Hill 9+8reb+1ast, O.Wattad 8+2reb, Z.Rosen 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 193028


Galil Gilboa - Bnei Hasharon 93-92

A very interesting game took place in Rosh Pina. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-12) to eleventh ranked Galil Gilboa (8-12) 93-92 in the fight for the ninth place. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 21-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) who scored 31 points. The former international Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Ben Rice (195-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 22 points respectively for the guests. Four Galil Gilboa and five Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Bnei Hasharon. Bnei Hasharon lost third consecutive game. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Sanders 31+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 20+2reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 16+5reb+3ast, S.Taggart 14+8reb, Y.Green 4+4reb+1ast, M.Watt 4+4reb+1ast
Bnei Hasharon: B.Rice 22+3reb, J.Jones 22+10reb+6ast, I.Rosefelt 14+5reb, J.Reynolds 12+1ast, D.Caracter 10+6reb, R.Beck 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 193031


Maccabi Rishon - Elizur Ashkelon 98-96

Twelfth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-15) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-9) in Rishon Le-Zion on Sunday. Maccabi Rishon managed to secure only two-point victory 98-96. However their fans expected much easier game. Maccabi Rishon looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Ironi Ashkelon's players. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American point guard Lazeric Jones (182-90, college: UCLA) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Marque Perry (185-81, college: St.Louis, agency: N.E.T.) replied with 23 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import swingman Jarvis Hayes (201-81, college: Georgia, agency: David Lee services) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Ashkelon. Four Maccabi Rishon and five Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Maccabi Rishon will face Hapoel Holon (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ashkelon will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Haifa.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: A.Uter 24+7reb+3ast, W.Warren 19+1reb+9ast, L.Jones 18+6reb+6ast, N.Hanochi 15+4reb+2ast, J.Wright 9+5reb+1ast, O.Solomon 7+2reb
Elizur Ashkelon: M.Perry 23+3reb+6ast, J.Hayes 20+6reb, J.Mills 17+6reb+2ast, M.Dove 16+8reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 15+1reb+2ast, G.Porat 3+2reb
gschID: 193030


Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel Eilat 98-87

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hapoel Eilat (12-8) against eighth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Hapoel Eilat was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in Ashdod 98-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) who added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points. Five Maccabi Ashdod and four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will play against league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Eilat will play on the road against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: D.Simpson 22+13reb+2ast, A.Freeman 21+1reb+1ast, D.Hagag 15+3reb+1ast, J.Skeen 14+8reb+2ast, M.Collins 13+9reb+8ast, M.Mizrahi 9+3reb
Hapoel Eilat: L.O'Bannon 20+4reb+2ast, J.Tillman 18+8reb+2ast, S.Hopson 17+3reb+3ast, A.Nissim 13+1reb+2ast, E.Holman 6+12reb+1ast, E.Skverer 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 193029


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M 91-84

An interesting game for Maccabi Haifa (13-7) which hosted in Haifa 4th ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (11-9). Third ranked Maccabi Haifa managed to get a 7-point victory 91-84. Maccabi Haifa looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hapoel Jerusalem's players. The winners were led by American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) supported him with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by American Josh Duncan (203-86) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Jerusalem. The former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Five Maccabi Haifa and four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Haifa will meet bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Galil Gilboa (#10) in Rosh Pina and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: P.Calathes 26+12reb+2ast, D.Smith 18+5reb+6ast, P.Stoll 14+1reb+7ast, G.Mekel 14+2reb+6ast, J.Thomas 13+11reb+1ast, I.Kozikaro 6+2reb
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 24+8reb, M.Tapiro 20+5reb+6ast, D.Grunfeld 16+5reb, C.Fells 12+2reb+1ast, R.Limonad 7+6reb+1ast, L.Lifshitz 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 193027


Maccabi T-A - Netanya 70-76

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Maccabi T-A (17-3) in Tel-Aviv on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked GreenTops Netanya (10-10) 76-70. GreenTops Netanya made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four GreenTops Netanya players scored in double figures. International point guard Yogev Ohayon (187-87) replied with 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 14 points in the effort for Maccabi T-A. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. GreenTops Netanya maintains sixth position with 10-10 record. Defending champion Maccabi T-A still keeps top place with three games lost. GreenTops Netanya are looking forward to face Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#8) at home in the next round. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Netanya: M.Killingsworth 19+8reb+2ast, D.Washington 14+11reb+1ast, R.Bradley 14+3reb+2ast, R.Morgan 13+8reb+3ast, Y.Orland 9+1reb, E.Shulman 5+1reb+5ast
Maccabi T-A: R.Hickman 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 11+2reb+6ast, D.Planinic 9+2reb, L.Eliyahu 9+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 8+7reb+1ast, D.Logan 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 193032



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 18-4 
 2. Banco di Sard. 17-5 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 15-7 
 4. Montepaschi 14-8 
 5. EA7 Armani 14-8 
 6. Cantu 14-8 
 7. Trenkwalder RE 13-9 
 8. Umana VE 11-11 
 9. Enel Brindisi 10-12 
 10. JuveCaserta 9-13 
 11. Vanoli CR 8-14 
 12. Sidigas AV 7-14 
 13. Oknoplast BO 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. 11: Montepaschi - Acea Virtus RM 70-94
Mar. 11: Oknoplast BO - JuveCaserta 70-72
Mar. 10: Trenkwalder RE - Sutor MGR 100-83

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 17: EA7 Armani - Vanoli CR
Mar. 17: Banco di Sard. - Cimberio VA
Mar. 17: Cantu - Pesaro
Mar. 17: Oknoplast BO - Trenkwalder RE
Mar. 17: Angelico BI - Sidigas AV
Mar. 17: Acea Virtus RM - Umana VE
Mar. 17: Sutor MGR - Enel Brindisi
Mar. 17: JuveCaserta - Montepaschi


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. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.0 
 5. Harris, Vanoli CR17.0 
 6. Diener, Banco d.17.0 
 7. Brown, Montepaschi16.6 
 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: 8.8
 1. Lawal, Acea V.8.8 
 2. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.0 
 3. Akindele, JuveCase.8.0 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.7 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.5 
 7. Burns, Sutor MGR7.1 
 8. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.0 
 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. Brown, Montepaschi3.8 
 8. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
 10. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
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. Barbour, Pesaro2.0 
 6. Green, Cimberio VA2.0 
 7. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. Goss, Acea V.1.8 
 9. Polonara, Cimberio.1.8 
 10. Reynolds, Enel B.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, Montepaschi1.3 
 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 


SerieA Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Umana Venezia (#8) forced the game against Armani Milano (#6) into an overtime, but lost by nine points 88-97 on Sunday night. The game took place in Venezia. But the guests from Milano were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Alessandro Gentile who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Armani Milano (14-8) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cantu and Montepaschi. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Armani Milano will face Vanoli Cremona (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Umana Venezia will play against Lottomatica Roma.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. JuveCaserta beat Oknoplast BO on the road 72-70. Montepaschi was destroyed by Acea Virtus RM on its own court 70-94. Cantu managed to outperform Vanoli CR in a road game 87-78. Trenkwalder RE managed to beat Sutor MGR at home 100-83. Banco di Sard. was defeated by Sidigas AV on the opponent's court 86-78. Cimberio VA beat Angelico BI in a home game 92-82. Enel Brindisi lost to Pesaro on the road 90-94.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 28 points and 10 rebounds by Kevinn Pinkney of Angelico BI.


Oknoplast BO - JuveCaserta 70-72

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Juvecaserta (9-13) edged 12th ranked Oknoplast BO (7-14) in Bologna 72-70 on Monday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Oknoplast BO won second period 18-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international Angelo Gigli (209-83) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Oknoplast BO. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Juvecaserta maintains tenth position with 9-13 record. Oknoplast BO lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Juvecaserta will face higher ranked Montepaschi Siena (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Oknoplast BO will play against Trenkwalder RE (#7) in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: S.Jelovac 15+4reb, S.Gentile 13+3reb+2ast, G.Maresca 12+3reb, M.Mordente 10+3reb, J.Akindele 10+8reb, D.Mavraides 8+1ast
Oknoplast BO: A.Gigli 14+9reb+1ast, M.Imbro 13+3reb+2ast, M.Rocca 13+6reb, D.Andjusic 12+1reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 11+3reb+6ast, V.Gaddefors 5+1ast
gschID: 185595


Montepaschi - Acea Virtus RM 70-94

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Lottomatica Roma and one of their biggest challengers Montepaschi Siena had identical 14-7 record. But Montepaschi Siena was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from Roma 94-70 on Monday night. The game without a history. Lottomatica Roma led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lottomatica Roma outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 42-22 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jordan Taylor (185-89, college: Wisconsin) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 15 points and 7 assists and Estonian Kristjan Kangur (201-82) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Montepaschi Siena. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lottomatica Roma have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face Umana Venezia (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Montepaschi Siena will play against Juvecaserta (#10) in Caserta.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: J.Taylor 21+3reb+5ast, L.Datome 16+7reb+4ast, G.Lawal 14+14reb, P.Goss 13+5reb+3ast, B.Jones 11+6reb+1ast, O.Czyz 10+3reb
Montepaschi: B.Brown 15+1reb+7ast, V.Sanikidze 13+5reb+1ast, K.Kangur 12+4reb+4ast, D.Moss 9+3reb+5ast, M.Janning 9+1reb+2ast, B.Ortner 7+4reb
gschID: 185588


Vanoli CR - Cantu 78-87

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Cantu (14-8) won against on the road 11th ranked Vanoli Cremona (8-14) 87-78 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But Vanoli Cremona won third quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cantu shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Uruguayan point guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) contributed with 20 points for the winners. International point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Vanoli Cremona. Four Vanoli Cremona players scored in double figures. Cantu moved-up to fourth place, which they share with EA7 Armani and Montepaschi. Vanoli Cremona at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Cantu will face VL Pesaro (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vanoli Cremona will play against Armani Milano (#5).
Top scorers:
Cantu: N.Mazzarino 20+2reb+1ast, P.Aradori 18+8reb+1ast, M.Leunen 12+6reb+3ast, A.Tyus 9+7reb, J.Brooks 8+5reb, J.Smith 7+1reb+1ast
Vanoli CR: L.Vitali 22+7reb+6ast, H.Peric 17+6reb+2ast, L.Harris 15+4ast, J.Jackson 10+1reb, A.Stipanovic 7+8reb+3ast, T.Kotti 4+1reb
gschID: 185593


Trenkwalder RE - Sutor MGR 100-83

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Sutor Montegranaro (7-15) lost to seventh ranked Trenkwalder RE (13-9) in Reggio Emilia 83-100 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 58-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds and forward Luca Campani (206-90) added 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Sutor Montegranaro. Trenkwalder RE have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE maintains seventh position with 13-9 record. Sutor Montegranaro at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Oknoplast BO (#13) in Bologna in the next round where they are favorite. Sutor Montegranaro will play at home against Enel Brindisi.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: T.Bell 26+5reb, G.Brunner 15+7reb+3ast, M.Antonutti 14+3reb, M.Jeremic 13+1reb+1ast, D.Taylor 11+6reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 11+3reb+9ast
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 22+7reb+1ast, L.Campani 17+3reb, K.Johnson 11+4reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 9+2reb+2ast, D.Cinciarini 9+5reb, T.Slay 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185594


Sidigas AV - Banco di Sard. 86-78

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Air Avellino (7-14) defeated at home much higher ranked Banco di Sard. (17-5) 86-78 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Banco di Sard. won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Banco di Sard. 38-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) replied with 20 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Banco di Sard.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Oknoplast BO. Banco di Sard. at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Air Avellino will face bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (#16) on the road in the next round. Banco di Sard. will play against the league's leader Cimberio Varese (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: J.Richardson 17+7reb+1ast, K.Ivanov 17+10reb, N.Dragovic 14+6reb+2ast, J.Lakovic 12+2reb+9ast, B.Brown 12+2reb+1ast, J.Hunter 8+6reb
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 20+1reb+7ast, D.Diener 13+7reb+2ast, M.Vanuzzo 12+2reb+1ast, M.Ignerski 12+5reb+1ast, M.Thornton 12+4reb+2ast, T.Easley 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 185592


Cimberio VA - Angelico BI 92-82

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Angelico Biella (5-17) lost on the road to first ranked Cimberio Varese (18-4) 92-82 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. Angelico Biella was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cimberio Varese forced 19 Angelico Biella turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 steals. American guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Five Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and American-Qatari guard Trey Johnson (196-84, college: Jackson St., agency: Priority Sports) added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Angelico Biella. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cimberio Varese maintains first position with 18-4 record. Angelico Biella at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 17 games lost. Cimberio Varese will face league's second-placed Banco di Sard. in Sassari in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Angelico Biella will play at home against Air Avellino (#12).
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: E.Ere 25+2reb, A.Banks 23+2ast, A.Polonara 13+4reb, B.Dunston 11+10reb, D.Sakota 11+3reb, M.Green 5+2reb+7ast
Angelico BI: K.Pinkney 28+10reb+1ast, T.Johnson 23+5reb+4ast, T.Rochestie 11+2reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 8+2reb+2ast, J.Mavunga 5+4reb+3ast, G.Jurak 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 185591


Umana VE - EA7 Armani 88-97 OT

Umana Venezia (#8) forced the game against Armani Milano (#6) into an overtime, but lost by nine points 88-97 on Sunday night. The game took place in Venezia. But the guests from Milano were better at the end. Umana Venezia was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-19 charge of Armani Milano, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 20-11. Armani Milano made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) replied with 23 points and American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Umana Venezia. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Armani Milano (14-8) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cantu and Montepaschi. Umana Venezia at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Armani Milano will face Vanoli Cremona (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Umana Venezia will play against Lottomatica Roma.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 23+6reb+1ast, K.Langford 21+5reb+3ast, A.Fotsis 12+6reb+1ast, E.Bremer 12+1reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 11+4reb, M.Green 8+2reb+4ast
Umana VE: S.Szewczyk 23+4reb+2ast, K.Kee Clark 20+4ast, G.Rosselli 10+4reb+4ast, T.Bowers 10+13reb+3ast, A.Young 10+5reb, M.Bulleri 6+1ast
gschID: 185590


Pesaro - Enel Brindisi 94-90

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked VL Pesaro (6-16) beat at home higher ranked Enel Brindisi (10-12) 94-90 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Enel Brindisi won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VL Pesaro shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. It was a very good performance for Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. International point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Four VL Pesaro and five Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. VL Pesaro moved-up to fifteenth place. Enel Brindisi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. VL Pesaro will face higher ranked Cantu (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: D.Cavaliero 24+3reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 22+1reb+5ast, T.Kinsey 18+6reb, A.Barbour 16+3reb+6ast, L.Mack 8+1reb+1ast, A.Crosariol 5+7reb+1ast
Enel Brindisi: A.Robinson 17+10reb+1ast, J.Gibson 16+1reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 14+3reb, S.Reynolds 13+4reb+4ast, C.Simmons 10+7reb, M.Formenti 8+1ast
gschID: 185589



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

29-year old forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Angelico BI and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Cimberio VA (#1, 18-4) 82-92. Angelico BI moved-up to the 16th position in the Italian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 17 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Pinkney had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Angelico BI, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kevinn Pinkney averages this season 19.2ppg and 9.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Sidigas AV. He is Bulgarian forward in his first season at Sidigas AV. In the last game Ivanov recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Sidigas AV cruised to a 86-78 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Banco di Sard. (#2, 17-5). This victory allowed Sidigas AV to move up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Ivanov is a newcomer at Sidigas AV and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) of Enel Brindisi (#9). Robinson scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Robinson's great performance Enel Brindisi lost 90-94 to the lower-ranked Pesaro (#15, 6-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Enel Brindisi ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Robinson could help Enel Brindisi to bring them higher in the standings. Robinson has a very solid season. In 22 games in Italy he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) of EA7 Armani - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Troy Bell (186-PG-80) of Trenkwalder RE - 26 points and 5 rebounds
6. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) of Cimberio VA - 25 points and 2 rebounds
7. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Vanoli CR - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Umana VE - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM - 14 points and 14 rebounds
10. Jordan Taylor (185-PG-89) of Acea Virtus RM - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 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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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


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 28-12 
 2. Yokohama BC 26-12 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 26-14 
 4. Toyama Grouses 25-13 
 5. Akita NH 20-18 
 6. Chiba Jets 20-18 
 7. Shinshu BW 16-24 
 8. Sendai 89ers 15-23 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 15-24 
 10. Saitama Bron. 10-28 
 11. Gunma 9-31 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 29-9 
 2. Shimane SM 28-12 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 26-14 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 25-15 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 24-16 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 20-18 
 7. Takamatsu FA 15-24 
 8. Osaka Evessa 13-25 
 9. Oita H.Devils 13-27 
 10. Miyazaki SS 7-33 

Regular Season: Round 42

Mar. 10: Saitama Bron. - Akita NH 99-98
Mar. 10: Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 95-98
Mar. 10: Chiba Jets - Shiga L-Stars 95-76
Mar. 10: Hamamatsu P. - Tokyo Cinq R. 92-96
Mar. 10: Shimane SM - Shinshu BW 81-73
Mar. 10: Kyoto Hannar. - Niigata Albirex 77-63
Mar. 10: Miyazaki SS - Gunma 76-65
Mar. 10: Iwate Big Bulls - Okinawa GK 67-99
Mar. 10: Yokohama BC - Oita H.Devils 67-73

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


Best players of Japanese JBL round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) had a great game in the last round for Toshiba BT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Toyota Alvark (#2, 29-9) 74-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Toshiba BT maintains the 3rd position in Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toshiba BT will need more victories to improve their 24-14 record. Fazekas turned to be Toshiba BT's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.9ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.2rpg) and averages solid 57.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) of Hitachi SR. Takeuchi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Hitachi SR was edged by the lower-ranked Hokkaido L. (#8, 6-32) 74-72. Hitachi SR managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Takeuchi is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi SR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Panasonic T. (#4). Watkins scored 15 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Panasonic T., leading his team to a 82-61 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Mitsubishi DD (#6, 11-27). Panasonic T. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 17 lost games. Watkins has a great season in Japan. After 37 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 12.2rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 57.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 10 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Jun Uzawa (197-C/F-81) of Mitsubishi DD - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-PG-80) of Panasonic T. - 28 points and 2 rebounds
9. Ryoma Hashimoto (178-G-88) of Aishin SH - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of Toyota Alvark - 9 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)



BJ League Round 42: #1 Niigata Albirex is defeated by Kyoto Hannar. - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Niigata Albirex (28-12) on the court of sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Kyoto Hannar. 77-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 43-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Kyoto Hannar. (20-18) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH and Chiba Jets. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top position with 12 games lost. They share it with Shimane SM. Kyoto Hannar. is looking forward to face Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Fukuoka. Eighth ranked Osaka Evessa (13-25) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-14) 98-95 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) notched 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Rick Rickert supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. Osaka Evessa have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 13-25 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position 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 on the road against Takamatsu FA and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Yokohama BC (26-12) against ninth ranked Oita Heat Devils (13-27) on Sunday night. Host Yokohama BC was defeated by Oita Heat Devils in a tough game in Yokohama 67-73. The best player for the winners was Verdell Jones III who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Pape Faye who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils maintains ninth position with 13-27 record. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will meet at home higher ranked Sendai 89ers (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Yokohama BC will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#5) in Mikawa and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Iwate. 3rd ranked host Iwate Big Bulls (26-14) were smashed by first ranked Okinawa GK (29-9) 99-67. It was a good game for Anthony McHenry who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kohto felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 29-9 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the third place with 14 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be Chiba Jets (#6) on the road where they are favorite.
The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Shiga L-Stars (25-15) played at the court of sixth ranked Chiba Jets (20-18). Chiba Jets did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-76 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. Marquis Gray had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fourth position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 42: Gunma lost to Miyazaki SS on the opponent's court 65-76. Saitama Bron. managed to outperform Akita NH in a home game 99-98. Shinshu BW recorded a loss to Shimane SM on the road 81-73. Hamamatsu P. was defeated by Tokyo Cinq R. on its own court 92-96.


Yokohama BC - Oita H.Devils 67-73

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Yokohama BC (26-12) against ninth ranked Oita Heat Devils (13-27) on Sunday night. Host Yokohama BC was defeated by Oita Heat Devils in a tough game in Yokohama 67-73. Yokohama BC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Yokohama BC 39-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Brazilian forward Andre Coimbra (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils maintains ninth position with 13-27 record. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will meet at home higher ranked Sendai 89ers (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Yokohama BC will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#5) in Mikawa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: S.Kouno 13+2reb+2ast, L.Malloy 13+7reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 12+1ast, P.Faye 11+11reb+2ast, S.Hisayama 8+1ast, T.Kennedy 5+1reb
Oita H.Devils: V.Jones III 21+6reb+5ast, T.Shimizu 15+4reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 15+8reb+3ast, T.Granado 10+12reb+1ast, S.Umemiya 5+2reb+3ast, D.Hayakawa 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 200765


Miyazaki SS - Gunma 76-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Gunma's (9-31) road loss to tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (7-33) 65-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Miyazaki Shining Suns. Gunma was better in third quarter 20-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Kyohei Ito (175-88) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains tenth position with 7-33 record. Gunma lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 31 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will face Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road in the next round. Gunma will play against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Gunma: D.Keller 18+10reb+4ast, L.Witcher 16+7reb+1ast, Y.Okumoto 7+3reb+1ast, N.Williams 7+5reb+1ast, K.Tomori 7+6reb+1ast, S.Okada 6+2reb+2ast
Miyazaki SS: K.Ito 21+8reb+5ast, A.Kuso 16+12reb+6ast, H.Otsuka 15+1reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 11+8reb+3ast, T.Fairley 4+14reb+2ast, T.Toyoda 3
gschID: 200770


Kyoto Hannar. - Niigata Albirex 77-63

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Niigata Albirex (28-12) on the court of sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Kyoto Hannar. 77-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 43-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. (20-18) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH and Chiba Jets. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top position with 12 games lost. They share it with Shimane SM. Kyoto Hannar. is looking forward to face Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Holm 23+15reb+3ast, R.Webb 11+7reb+2ast, T.Finger 10+5reb+1ast, K.Sato 9+1ast, Y.Ikeda 8+4reb+1ast, H.Kondo 2+3reb+5ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 21+13reb+1ast, L.Pomare 14+5reb+1ast, D.Palmer 11+3reb+5ast, M.Kataoka 10+2ast, Y.Okada 5+3ast, T.Murakami 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 200767


Chiba Jets - Shiga L-Stars 95-76

The game in Chiba was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Shiga L-Stars (25-15) played at the court of sixth ranked Chiba Jets (20-18). Chiba Jets did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-76 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 58-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chiba Jets looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the fourth position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 21+12reb, W.Arnold 16+2reb+1ast, S.Colwell 10+8reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 9+3reb+3ast, D.Terashita 6, J.Nakama 6+5reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 16+5reb+2ast, M.Gray 16+11reb+2ast, H.Sato 16+2reb+2ast, R.Itakura 14+2reb+4ast, D.Bell 12+2reb+1ast, M.Chandler 10+4reb+4ast
gschID: 200764


Saitama Bron. - Akita NH 99-98

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (10-28) edged at home higher ranked Akita Happinets (20-18) 99-98 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Akita Happinets won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) scored 30 points and 4 steals. Five Saitama Broncos and four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos maintains tenth position with 10-28 record. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth place with 18 games lost. Saitama Broncos will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 30+2reb+2ast, M.Brown 20+10reb+7ast, Y.Togashi 19+2reb+7ast, M.Anderson 12+6reb+3ast, A.Kent 6+3reb+1ast, K.Shoji 6+2reb
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 23+10reb+5ast, W.Oliver 22+6reb, Y.Kitamuki 21+6reb+3ast, R.Orr 13+5reb+5ast, T.Yamashiro 10+12reb+2ast, Y.Nobihura 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200763


Iwate Big Bulls - Okinawa GK 67-99

The game between Top Four teams took place in Iwate. 3rd ranked host Iwate Big Bulls (26-14) were smashed by first ranked Okinawa GK (29-9) 99-67. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Iwate Big Bulls was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Iwate Big Bulls' players. It was a good game for American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 assists for the winners. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kohto felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds and American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 29-9 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the third place with 14 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be Chiba Jets (#6) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 17+4reb+3ast, D.Sneed 16+10reb+1ast, R.Okosa 10+17reb+3ast, N.Takushi 8+1reb+3ast, M.Sawaguchi 5+1ast, T.Masato 5+2reb+2ast
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 27+14reb+9ast, N.Namizato 18+2reb+12ast, M.Yamauchi 12+2reb+1ast, J.Newton 10+4reb+2ast, D.Larkai 10+3reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 200762


Shimane SM - Shinshu BW 81-73

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Shinshu BW (16-24) was defeated on the road by second ranked Shimane Magic (28-12) 81-73 on Sunday. It was a great shooting night for Shimane Magic especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Shinshu BW's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shimane Magic used an opportunity after Niigata Albirex lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Shinshu BW lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Gunma (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: M.Fey 22+12reb, J.Green 17+1reb+1ast, E.Morris 14+7reb, E.Walton 11+4reb+1ast, T.Saito 3+4reb+3ast, S.Yosuke 3+4reb+2ast
Shimane SM: B.Freeman 21+3reb+2ast, J.Davis 18+7reb+1ast, M.Parker 14+10reb+5ast, E.Yamamoto 12+3reb+4ast, T.Yokoo 8+2reb+3ast, S.Nakama 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 200768


Hamamatsu P. - Tokyo Cinq R. 92-96

There was a surprise result in Mikawa where ninth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (15-24) beat higher ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (24-16) 96-92 on Sunday. Tokyo Cinq R. shot 32 for 43 from the free-throw line, while Hamamatsu Phoenix only scored fifteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 58-47 including 25 on the offensive glass. Hamamatsu Phoenix was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 24 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and the former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Takamatsu FA. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will face higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against the league's second-placed Yokohama BC where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 20+12reb+5ast, S.Nakanishi 18+1reb, A.Ohta 17+12reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 12+2reb+5ast, E.Fuqua 12+11reb+2ast, J.Parmer 9+6reb+4ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 41+15reb+4ast, J.Jones 24+15reb+2ast, C.Aoki 14+2reb+3ast, A.Inoue 8+2reb+1ast, J.Carter 4+14reb+1ast, Yuichi 3
gschID: 200766


Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 95-98

Important game to mention about took place in Fukuoka. Eighth ranked Osaka Evessa (13-25) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-14) 98-95 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Osaka Evessa made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) notched 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 13-25 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position 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 on the road against Takamatsu FA and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 25+12reb, M.Kano 16+4reb+4ast, J.Ashby 14+11reb+4ast, A.Takeno 13+3ast, J.Peppers 12+7reb+1ast, S.Ishitani 7+3reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: D.Lathan 24+6reb+4ast, N.Walkup 19+3reb+1ast, M.Bell 16+10reb+1ast, R.Rickert 14+12reb+3ast, S.Konno 11+2reb+2ast, S.Watanuki 8+1reb+5ast
gschID: 200769



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  JORDAN   

Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. ASU 9-0 
 2. Ittihad Schools 7-2 
 3. Orthodox 6-3 
 4. Al Riyadi 6-3 
 5. Kulliyeh 5-4 
 6. Al Wehdat 2-7 
 7. Kofer Yoba 1-8 
 8. Ghazat Hash. 0-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

Mar. 15: Kofer Yoba - Ittihad Schools
Mar. 15: Ghazat Hash. - ASU
Mar. 15: Al Wehdat - Orthodox
Mar. 15: Kulliyeh - Al Riyadi


Premier League Round 9: Derby game ends with Ittihad Schools' defeat of Orthodox - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Amman: Ittihad Schools (#2) and Orthodox (#3). Ittihad Schools (7-2) crushed visiting Orthodox (6-3) by 19 points 94-75. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools maintains second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader ASU. Orthodox at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Al Riyadi. Ittihad Schools' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman Al Wehdat.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Al Wehdat (#6). Al Wehdat was crushed at home by 30 points 46-76 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Undefeated ASU (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Al Wehdat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. ASU will play against Kofer Yoba (#7) in Irbid in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Al Wehdat's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Ittihad Schools.
Bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fifth ranked Kulliyeh (5-4) 105-74 on Friday evening. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kulliyeh. They maintain fifth place with 5-4 record. Ghazat Hash. lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Kulliyeh's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Orthodox.
The game in Irbid supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Al Riyadi (6-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Kofer Yoba (1-8). Al Riyadi smashed Kofer Yoba 105-58. Al Riyadi moved-up to third place, which they share with Orthodox. Kofer Yoba at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Al Riyadi's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. (#8) in Irbid which should be theoretically another easy game. Kofer Yoba will play on the road against the league's leader ASU in Amman.



Ittihad Schools - Orthodox 94-75

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Amman: Ittihad Schools (#2) and Orthodox (#3). Ittihad Schools (7-2) crushed visiting Orthodox (6-3) by 19 points 94-75. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools maintains second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader ASU. Orthodox at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Al Riyadi. Ittihad Schools' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman Al Wehdat.
gschID: 233015


Al Wehdat - ASU 46-76

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Al Wehdat (#6). Al Wehdat was crushed at home by 30 points 46-76 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. ASU (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Al Wehdat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. ASU will play against Kofer Yoba (#7) in Irbid in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Al Wehdat's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Ittihad Schools.
gschID: 233014


Kofer Yoba - Al Riyadi 58-105

The game in Irbid supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Al Riyadi (6-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Kofer Yoba (1-8). Al Riyadi smashed Kofer Yoba 105-58. Al Riyadi moved-up to third place, which they share with Orthodox. Kofer Yoba at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Al Riyadi's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. (#8) in Irbid which should be theoretically another easy game. Kofer Yoba will play on the road against the league's leader ASU in Amman.
gschID: 233013


Ghazat Hash. - Kulliyeh 74-105

Bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fifth ranked Kulliyeh (5-4) 105-74 on Friday evening. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kulliyeh. They maintain fifth place with 5-4 record. Ghazat Hash. lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Kulliyeh's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Orthodox.
gschID: 233012



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 17-1 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 15-2 
 3. Bashkimi 12-6 
 4. Trepca 9-8 
 5. RTV 21 8-10 
 6. Vellaznimi 4-13 
 7. Drita 4-14 
 8. Kosova 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 10: Sigal Prishtina - Trepca Stopped
Mar. 10: Kosova - Vellaznimi Postponed
Mar. 9: RTV 21 - Drita 98-80
Mar. 9: Peja - Bashkimi 81-76

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 16: Trepca - RTV 21
Mar. 16: Bashkimi - Sigal Prishtina
Mar. 16: Vellaznimi - Peja
Mar. 16: Drita - Kosova


Peja wins 4th derby in a row - by Dren Shporta

League leaders Peja, have won their fourth derby in a row. They beat Bashkimi after a real fight during the all match.

The oranges from Prizren were better than league leaders in a first quarter which ended 20-30, but after that, Rudolf Jugos team consolidatet its game and finished the first half with narrow advantage 44-43.

In the end Bashkimi equalized the result 73-73, but in the dying moments of the match, it was Gerti Shima (202-PF-86) great play that give the victory for the yellows 81-76.

Shima scored 25 points in the match, to be the best scorer for his team, while Dardan Berisha added 22 more.

At Bashkimi, Mark Dawson scored 22 points while Kejuan Johnson added 22 more with in form captain Valentin Spaqi who scored 4 three pointers and 14 points in total.



Teleboys beat Drita - by Dren Shporta

RTV 21 has registered its second victory on the second part of the season by beating Drita 98-80.

Brandon Roberson (180-PG, college: Missouri Baptist) scored four three pointers to add 20 points in total in a win that confirmed Teleboys as a fifth strenght in kosovan basketball.

Drita could challenge RTV 21 only in a first quarter, but after that, RTV 21 made the difference.

Obinna Agomo and Brandon Shingles were best scorers of Drita, with 17 points each. Agomo also added 3 assist and a rebound, while Craig Blackmon scored 13 points.

Driton Sylejmani of Drita registered double double from 10 points and 15 rebounds, but there was no chance for Drita to win this game after difference created from RTV 21.



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  LATVIA   


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

22-year old guard Zanis Peiners (204-G-90, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for LU and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He got a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists, while his team outclassed U18 (#11, 1-15) with 30-point margin 92-62. LU is placed at 6th position in Latvian league. LU 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 12-16 record. Peiners has many years of experience at LU, through which he has constantly improved. Peiners has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.3ppg. Peiners is in league's top in assists (5th best: 3.4apg) and averages solid 53.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Atis Ozols (199-F-81) of Jurmala. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Jurmala. In the last game Ozols recorded impressive 32 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Jurmala was edged by the higher-ranked Jekabpils (#1, 17-9) 88-84. This loss caused Jurmala to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-16 record. Ozols is one of the most experienced players at Jurmala and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.7ppg (#8). He also registered 4.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Jurmala's star - center Roberts Mednis (204-C-89). Mednis scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Mednis' great performance Jurmala lost 77-86 to Liepaja (11-16). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Jurmala ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mednis could help Jurmala to bring them higher in the standings. Mednis has a great season in Latvia. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michal Hlebowicki (204-C-76) of Jekabpils - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) of Liepaja - 16 points and 8 rebounds
6. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) of Jekabpils - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Jurmala - 12 points and 3 rebounds
8. Ken Brown (185-G-89) of Jurmala - 18 points and 6 assists
9. Artis Ate (191-G-89) of Liepaja - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Andzejs Pasecniks (211-C-95) of U18 - 17 points and 9 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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  LITHUANIA   


Darden leaves Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

32-year old American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-91kg-81, college: Niagara) left B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL). In 7 games he averaged 3.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.1spg this season. He also played 20 games in Euroleague where he had 9.9ppg and 3.9rpg. Darden also played 16 games in VTB United League where he had 8.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg.
The last season he played at Unicaja Malaga (ACB) in Spanish league. In 21 games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Darden also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Sluc Nancy (ProA) in French league. In 37 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 17.0ppg and recorded 6.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg (in top 5) that season. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Darden also played 8 games in EuroChallenge where he had very remarkable stats: 16.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg.
In 2009-10 season he played at Strasbourg IG (ProA) in French league. In 29 games he had 12.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg. Darden also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 13.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.3bpg.
In 2008-09 season he played at Melbourne South Dragons (NBL) in Australian league. In 38 games he had 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team winning the league title.
Among other achievements Darden received Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports 2nd Team award back in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Turkey (Erdemir), Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and Leuven Bears) and Australia (S.Dragons).
Darden attended Niagara University until 2004 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Tremmell is an incredible leaper for his size and an crowd-pleaser because of that. Unbelievable in the open court because of his speed and quickness. Has very good one-on-one skills in offense and likes to drive to the hoop. Because of his outside shooting ability (37,3% 3-pointers in his senior year in college), he's difficult to defend. Good ballhandler passer. Cat-quick defender, using his body and hands very well. Has good lateral footspeed and overall quickness. Can play defense on different positions because of that. Superb athlete!.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LUXEMBOURG   


T71 Dudelange defend Cup title - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange - Amicale 92:77

T71 Dudelange celebrated the Luxembourg Cup trophy. They held off Amicale to defend the title. Ryan Sharry (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Middlebury) stepped up with 22 points and 19 rebounds for T71 and was named the MVP.
T71 started the game overwhelmingly strong. They poured in 28 points in the starting quarter and secured a 10-point lead. Dudelange enlarged their lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 15 points 51:36. Amicale could not match the tempo in the third quarter. They faced a massive 23-point deficit heading into the fourth term. T71 loosened the grasp in the fourth frame and Amicale were able to narrow the gap. But the final outcome was quite clear as T71 cruised to the victory. Denell Stephens (190-F/G-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Slippery Rock) notched 20 points and 14 boards, while Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87, college: Cal.Baptist) added 20 points and 9 assists for the winners. Lee Fisher (195-F-89, college: Chicago St.) answered with 25 points and 15 boards for Amicale. Samy Picard (196-PF-88) had 13 points in the loss.

T71 Dudelange: Ryan Sharry 22+19 boards, Denell Stephens 20+14 boards, Tom Schumacher 20
Amicale: Lee Fisher 25+15 boards, Samy Picard 13



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  MALI   


FIBA Africa invites Mali and Rwanda to join 14 others in the Ivory Coast later this year - by Kristian Santiago

FIBA Africa decided to hand out two wild-cards to Mali and Rwanda for the upcoming African Championships in the Ivory Coast (23-30th of August).
Rwanda finished second behind Egypt in Zone V qualifiers while Mali placed third in Zone II. Other possibilities for a wild-card would have been Togo (Zone III) and Zambia (Zone VI).

The sixteen nations are:

1. Ivory Coast (Host)
2. Tunisia (Champions 2011)
3. Angola (Runner-up 2011)
4. Nigeria (Third place 2011)
5. Morocco (Qualifier Zone 1)
6. Algeria (Qualifier Zone 1)
7. Senegal (Qualifier Zone 2)
8. Cap Verde (Qualifier Zone 2)
9. Burkina Faso (Qualifier Zone 3)
10. Central African Republic (Qualifier Zone 4)
11. Cameroon (Qualifier Zone 4)
12. Congo (Qualifier Zone 4)
13. Egypt (Qualifier Zone 5)
14. Mozambique (Qualifier Zone 6)
15. Rwanda (Wild-Card)
16. Mali (Wild-Card)



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 13-3 
 2. Sutjeska 13-3 
 3. Teodo Tivat 12-4 
 4. Lovcen 9-7 
 5. Ulcinj 9-7 
 6. Jedinstvo 7-9 
 7. Danilovgrad 5-11 
 8. Primorje 4-12 
 9. Centar BP 4-12 
 10. Ibar Rozaje 4-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 9: Lovcen - Mornar Bar 96-92
Mar. 9: Ulcinj - Ibar Rozaje 89-74
Mar. 9: Sutjeska - Teodo Tivat 74-73
Mar. 11: ABS Primorje - Jedinstvo 72-74
Mar. 9: Centar BP - Danilovgrad 64-66

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 16: Centar BP - Primorje
Mar. 16: Danilovgrad - Lovcen
Mar. 16: Mornar Bar - Ulcinj
Mar. 16: Ibar Rozaje - Sutjeska
Mar. 16: Teodo Tivat - Jedinstvo


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon ROBERSON
  Ibar R.
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Roberson, Ibar R.21.7 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.19.5