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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Adriatic League round 24 best performance: Andrija Zizic - by Eurobasket News

Center Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had a great game in the last round for Cibona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Un.Olimpija (#7, 13-11) 74-62. Cibona maintains the 10th position in Adriatic League . Cibona is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-15 record. It's Zizic's second year at Cibona and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Andrija Zizic averages this season 13.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split. Sobin had a very good evening with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as KK Split lost that game 47-66 to the higher-ranked Buducnost (#5, 15-9). This loss caused KK Split to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-16 record. Sobin is one of the most experienced players at KK Split and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) of Szolnok (#14). Bader scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Szolnok, leading his team to a 81-72 win against the higher-ranked MZT Skopje (#8, 12-12). The chances of Szolnok not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bader could try to bring Szolnok's a little bit higher in the standings. Bader has individually a great season in Adriatic League. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) of Buducnost - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Siroki WWin - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Cibona - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. James Florence (185-G-88) of Szolnok - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marino Bazdaric (195-G/F-78) of Cedevita - 13 points and 6 rebounds
10. Jure Lalic (210-C-86) of Krka - 17 points and 5 rebounds

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



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  ALGERIA   

Standings

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. CRB Dar El-B. 10-1 
 2. GS Petroliers 9-1 
 3. O Batna 7-2 
 4. USM Blida 7-4 
 5. Arreridj 6-5 
 6. MS Cherchell 4-6 
 7. Trefle BB Blida 4-6 
 8. USM Alger 2-8 
 9. COBB 1-8 
 10. Annaba 0-8 
Group B
 1. CSMC 9-1 
 2. CSMB 6-2 
 3. NAH Dey 6-3 
 4. US Setif 6-3 
 5. Staoueli 6-5 
 6. WA Boufarik 5-3 
 7. Skikda 5-5 
 8. Sidi-bel-Abbes 2-9 
 9. CRB Temouch. 1-8 
 10. CR Bir Khadem 1-10 



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - TNA

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 10: Quilmes MP - Bragado 96-84
Mar. 8: San Isidro - Sarmiento 95-92
Mar. 11: Atl.Echague - San Mart.C. 84-81
Mar. 8: Ciclista - MH Basket 82-71
Mar. 8: Rocamora - Alianza Viedma 76-82
Mar. 8: Sport Club - Banda Norte 75-81
Mar. 8: Union Sunch - Atl.Echague 74-62
Mar. 8: Obera TC - San Mart.C. 73-85
Mar. 8: Huracan - San Lorenzo Ch. 73-66
Mar. 8: Alvear - Estudian.Con. 66-59

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 15: Atl.Echague - La Union
Mar. 15: San Mart.C. - Union Sunch
Mar. 15: Sarmiento - Obera TC
Mar. 15: Estudian.Con. - San Isidro
Mar. 15: Instituto Cor. - Alvear
Mar. 15: Bragado - Sport Club
Mar. 15: San Lorenzo Ch. - Quilmes MP
Mar. 15: MH Basket - Huracan
Mar. 15: Alianza Viedma - Ciclista
Mar. 15: Banda Norte - Rocamora


Standings - Liga B

Torneo Federal Stage Two Standings
Capital Bonaerense
 1. Estudiantes O. 17-4 
 2. Independ.Tan. 13-8 
 3. San Martin J. 13-8 
 4. Estudiantes LP 12-9 
 5. Ferrocarril O. 12-9 
 6. Velez Sarsfield 11-10 
 7. Villa Mitre 11-10 
 8. P.Echague 8-13 
 9. G.E.V.P. 4-17 
 10. Union Vecinal 4-17 
Centro Oeste
 1. Barrio Parque 18-2 
 2. Facundo 15-5 
 3. El Chorrillero 14-6 
 4. Tiro Federal 12-8 
 5. Espanola SL 10-11 
 6. Anzorena 9-11 
 7. Rivadavia Mnd 8-12 
 8. San Martin LR 6-15 
 9. Olimpia C. 5-15 
 10. Atenas Mend. 4-16 
Litoral
 1. Penarol Tala 14-7 
 2. Rosario Tala 13-7 
 3. Union SF 13-8 
 4. Sportmen 12-8 
 5. Atletico Argen. 12-9 
 6. Regatas Con. 12-9 
 7. Sportivo LP 11-10 
 8. Firmat FC SF 9-12 
 9. Brown 8-13 
 10. Ferrocarril C. 8-13 
 11. Racing G. 8-13 
 12. Alma Juniors 5-16 
Nor-Noreste
 1. UNCAus S.Pena 16-5 
 2. Tokio Posadas 15-6 
 3. Talleres TV 13-9 
 4. Sarmiento F. 12-8 
 5. Hindu 12-9 
 6. N.Avellaneda 11-9 
 7. Santa Rita 11-10 
 8. Independ.Tuc. 10-11 
 9. Union Oran 7-14 
 10. Regatas Res. 6-15 
 11. El Bordo 2-19 
Patagonia
 1. Hispano Am. 14-5 
 2. Deportivo R. 12-9 
 3. Perfora 12-9 
 4. Atletico Regina 10-11 
 5. Progreso Roca 10-11 
 6. All Boys SR 3-16 
Stage One Standings


Jerome Meyinsse claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jerome Meyinsse (206-C-88, agency: Dream Team Management) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Regatas C. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat La Union (#16, 10-34) 78-72. It allowed Regatas C. to consolidate first place in the Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Regatas C. has a very solid 32-11 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Meyinsse turned to be Regatas C.'s top player in his first season with the team. Jerome Meyinsse averages this season 12.7ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old power forward Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) of second-ranked Lanus. Martina impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Lanus lost that game 74-79 to the lower-ranked Olimpico LB (#6, 25-19). Lanus managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 29-14 record is not bad at all. Martina is a newcomer at Lanus 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.

The third best performed player last round was Panamanian Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of 9 de Julio (#14). Ayarza scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Ayarza's great performance 9 de Julio lost 72-76 to the higher-ranked Penarol (#3, 28-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. 9 de Julio can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 12-31 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ayarza he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ayarza has a very solid season. In 32 games in Argentina he scored 13.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ariel Eslava (201-F/C-79) of Olimpico LB - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86) of GECR Indalo - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ariel Pau (186-G/F-84) of Olimpico LB - 28 points
7. Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Sionista - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) of Libertad S. - 8 points and 11 rebounds
9. Gregory Lewis (200-F-78) of La Union - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Sionista - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 22

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

Regular Season: Round 23

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


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Madgen, Kings18.6 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles17.5 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 4. Johnson, 36ers16.6 
 5. Deleon, Hawks16.2 
 6. Jackson, Breakers15.9 
 7. Wilson, Taipans15.8 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats14.8 
 9. Knight, Wildcats14.7 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.1 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.2 
 5. Pledger, Breakers6.9 
 6. Tragardh, Taipans6.7 
 7. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 8. Scott, Tigers6.4 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.1 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers5.0 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
 7. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.2 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.4 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 6. Henry, Kings1.1 
 7. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.3 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 5. Martin, Wildcats0.7 
 6. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 7. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 8. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 10. Blanchfield, Croc.0.7 


Jackson's 17 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Breakers and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds and seven assists for Breakers in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Taipans (#6, 10-15) 80-77. It allowed Breakers to consolidate first place in the Australian league. Breakers have a solid 23-3 record. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Breakers and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Cleveland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jackson. Jackson is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.9ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg.

Second best performed player last round was Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers. He is a center in his first season at 36ers. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as 36ers was edged by slightly higher-ranked Taipans (#6, 10-15) 70-69. 36ers are still at the very bottom. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. Johnson is a newcomer at 36ers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.6ppg (#4). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) of league's second-best Wildcats. Knight scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Wildcats, leading his team to a 83-56 easy win against #3 ranked Kings in a game of the week. Wildcats needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 6 lost games. Knight has a great season in Australia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.7rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Wildcats - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Matthew Burston (211-C/F-82) of Tigers - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Alex Pledger (213-C-87) of Breakers - 11 points and 11 rebounds
7. Alex Pledger (213-C-87) of Breakers - 20 points and 6 rebounds
8. Gary Ervin (183-PG-83) of Crocodiles - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) of Breakers - 20 points and 2 assists
10. Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 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)



Molten and Big V announce six figure deal - by Eurobasket News

Big V is excited to announce a new partnership agreement with Madison Sport (Molten) spanning the next 4 years in a cash and contra deal worth six figures.



Moltens longest standing basketball partnership will go to the next level with this widely respected supplier not only continuing to be Big Vs official basketball partner, but in addition, receiving recognition as the naming rights sponsor of the newly formed Victorian Youth Championship competitions.

Big V CEO Raelene Whitten believes the agreement with Molten is a massive coup not just for the league, but also for the sport as a whole.

Say basketballs and the first name that comes to mind is Molten.

The popular 12 panel, or hot cross bun ball, as its commonly referred to is an icon of the sport in this State, and its not by accident that its the players first choice.

Most athletes competing in the Victorian Youth Championship will have grown up with a Molten in their hand, so it makes sense that the best players the State has to offer should compete with the best product on the market, said Whitten.

Madison Sports Sales Manager Dave Fletcher was equally ecstatic about furthering Moltens alliance with Big V.

Molten sees a fantastic future with the Big V and is proud to be aligned with the biggest and one of the strongest leagues in Australia, said Fletcher.

The best youth in the state deserve the best ball. We see the Victorian Youth Championship as the future of Australian basketball and we want to support it as much as possible.

Molten has become synonymous with basketball and Big V believes the long-standing partnership with Molten has played a key role in achieving this.

Big Vs relationship with Molten began back in the year 2000, and were, in fact, one of the original corporate partners of the league, said Whitten.

Throughout the past 13 years this relationship has gone from strength to strength, and when we began looking for corporate support for the newly formed Victorian Youth Championship, Molten was the obvious choice.

Id like to thank Molten for their past, present and future support of not only Big V, but also the sport as a whole.

Round one of the Molten Victorian Youth Championship will launch at the Big V Pre-season held at Frankston Basketball Stadium during the Labour Day long weekend.

For specific game details, please refer to bigv.com.au for more information.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



Supercats Previews Round One - by Eurobasket News

Division One Men (Terril Conference 0-0): vs. Sunbury (Terill Conference 0-0) @ Boardman Stadium, Saturday 8.00pm

A tricky season-opener confronts Geelong on Saturday night, with Sunbury unveiling a new home court as a well as some handy recruits. Coach Shayne Bow has again been forced to turn over his list, with star duo Brett Goodgame and Matt Hardiman among those missing from last years grand final squad. However, the addition of former Ballarat SEABL player Jarryd Watene (170-G-89) and ex-Warrnambool star Dion Smith will help offset those losses. 2011 championship forward Chris Brown is also back after spending a year overseas. Bow admits he knows little about the Jets roster. But, what I have learned over the past three years is that you can't underestimate any team in this league and Sunbury is no exception, he said. We are looking at everyone in our team to keep stepping up week after week.

Division One Women (0-0): vs. Sunbury (0-0) @ Boardman Stadium, Saturday 6.00pm

After underachieving in 2012, just four players have returned for the 2013 season for the Big V Lady Supercats. That quartet includes veteran duo Jae Conn and Vicki King, and theyve been joined by names which should make Geelong finals contenders. Former SEABL Supercat duo Anna Teague and Jess Watson have joined the squad, while perennial all-star Louise Johnston has arrived from Altona, giving coach Darren Busuttil a deeper roster to work with this season. We are going into next week a little blindfolded, he said. 60 per cent of our side is new from last year and I have not heard a lot about the Sunbury team in the off season. However Busuttil is aware the Jets wont be lacking motivation. They will be gunning for us as we put them out of the finals by beating them in the last game of the 2012 season, he said.

Victorian Youth Championship Men (1-0): vs. Nunawading @ Geelong Arena Annex, Sunday 2.00pm

The Young Supercats will be looking to capitalise on their season-opening 83-73 win over Ballarat when they meet Nunawading on Sunday. Coach Luke Beauglehall got his third season in the role off to the ideal start. In difficult conditions the boys played hard, he said. We let them back in a couple of times, but to the guys credit they fought through and came out with the win. Lewie Varley was the star with 16 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and six steals. However, he had plenty of support with four other players scoring in double figures. Among them was Nathan Lemke, who scored 15 points and hauled in 17 rebounds in just 19:29 on court. Lachie Headlam also showed his continued development, dominating on the glass, adding 11 rebounds to 12 points.

Victorian Youth Championship Women (0-1): vs. Nunawading @ Geelong Arena Annex, Sunday 12.00pm

The new Victorian Youth Championship competition has provided Geelong with a baptism of fire. The Young Lady Supercats suffered a 69-32 loss to Kilsyth after being held to just 12 points in the second-half. It can only get better for recently-installed coach Col Darrington, with SEABL rookies Grace Parker and Ebony Rolph likely to be available at stages during the season, while fellow big Jess Barnard has also returned to the squad. Positives from the loss to the Cobras included Lauren Bellegantes eight points, while youngster Jenae Marks hauled in 12 rebounds to help keep Geelong competitive on the glass. It doesnt get any easier this week, with Nunawading looking to bounce back from a first-up loss to Melbourne Tigers.

Trash Talk

1/ The US college career of Geelongs Katherine Brockett has come to an end. Brocketts Radford Highlanders were knocked out of the Big South Conference tournament at the semi-final stage, beaten 54-41 by Longwood. Meanwhile Brocketts twin sister Chantelle and her Lamar Cardinals will go into the Southland Conference tournament as the third seed after posting 12-6 win/loss record in conference play. Inaugural Lady Supercat Alex Sheedy will be in action later this week, with Fresno State seeded number two for the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas.

2/ The injury cloud hanging over former Lady Supercats captain Kylie Morrissy has had a silver lining. With more knee surgery ending her 2013 before it even started, Geelong was quick to snap her up as coach of the clubs under 18 girls Victorian Championship team when the position became vacant. In her first game in charge, Morrissy guided the Supercats to a confidence-boosting victory over Nunawading (2).

3/ Lewie Varley fell agonisingly short of recording one of basketballs rare stat lines- a quadruple double. The Geelong Victorian Youth Championship star was instrumental in the Young Supercats season-opening win over Ballarat, finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

4/ Shayne Bow will enter his fourth season as coach of the Geelong Big V men looking to continue their recent impressive record. Since returning to the competitions second tier in 2008, the Supercats have gone to the grand final series four times. Lanard Copeland got them there in 2008, with Bow making three straight trips to the decider (2010-2012), which included the 2011 championship.

5/ The regions newest Big V team will make its debut this weekend. Corio Bay has expanded its program to include an under 23 roster, which will compete in Youth League 2. The Young Stingrays, who will be coached by long-time Geelong assistant Allan McKee, have a trip to Warrandyte on Sunday to get their season underway.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Deteri Mayes claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced naturalized American guard Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Kapfenberg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 38-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Kapfenberg in his team's victory, helping them to beat Oberwart (#6, 14-11) 74-66. Kapfenberg maintains the 2nd position in Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kapfenberg will need more victories to improve their 18-7 record. In the team's last game Mayes had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Kapfenberg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Deteri Mayes averages this season 13.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Slovenian center Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86) of Furstenfeld. Cresnar impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead Furstenfeld to another comfortable win 91-75 over slightly lower-ranked Arkadia (#11, 2-22) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Furstenfeld keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Cresnar is a newcomer at Furstenfeld and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. alumni Cresnar played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Italian Fabricio Vay (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia (#11). Vay showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. Despite Vay's great performance Arkadia lost 75-91 to slightly higher-ranked Furstenfeld (#9, 9-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Arkadia can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vay he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Vay has a very solid season. In 4 games in Austria he scored 24.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82) of Furstenfeld - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Eric Gilchrese (183-PG-87) of UBSC Graz - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. David Gonzalvez (193-G-87) of Wels - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Oberwart - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Thomas Klepeisz (185-PG-91) of Gussing - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Arkadia - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Samo Grum (193-G/F-79) of Furstenfeld - 19 points and 4 assists

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



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Sitra and Al-Manama advanced to Bahrain Basketball Cup 2012/2013 Final - by Eurobasket News

Sitra and Al-Manama advanced to Bahrain Basketball Cup 2012/2013 Final and will play in the best-of three- series.
In Golden Four Round Sitra overcame Al-Hala 68:67. Al-Manama needed a 84:74 win over AlAhli to reach the Final.
The first Final game will be played on Wednesday, March 13th.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 6-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 5-3 
 3. Kumanovo 4-3 
 4. Rilski Sportist 3-4 
 5. Kavala 3-6 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-5 
Group D
 1. Kozuv 4-0 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 3-1 
 3. Mornar Bar 1-3 
 4. OKK Beograd 0-4 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

First Six

Mar. 12: Levski Sofia - Kavala 88-73
Mar. 13: Kumanovo - Rilski Sportist
Mar. 20: Teodo Tivat - Galil Gilboa
Mar. 20: Kumanovo - Kavala

Last Four

Mar. 19: Mornar Bar - Kozuv
Mar. 20: Djuro Djakovic - OKK Beograd



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.8 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis17.9 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.16.0 
 7. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 9. Milaknis, Rudupis14.6 
 10. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.6 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 6. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 7. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 3. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas4.2 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.1 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 7. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.8 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 9. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 10. Keedus, TTU3.5 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 3. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis1.6 
 10. Leppik, TU/Rock1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 6. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 7. Galdikas, Siauliai1.1 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 9. Gates, Pieno Z.1.0 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 


Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Final Four teams are known - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils, Kalev/Cramo, Rudupis and Barons kvartals advanced to Final Four!



Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kalev/Cramo 82-79

Kalev/Cramo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Pieno Zvaigzdes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) who scored 21 points. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 8 points and 7 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: G.Sirutavicius 21+3reb+3ast, T.Biggs 12+3reb, G.Maceina 10+3reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 9+1reb, S.Vasiliauskas 8+4reb+7ast, V.Cepukaitis 8+5reb
Kalev/Cramo: A.Skele 18+3reb+1ast, F.Elegar 15+11reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 14+5reb+1ast, T.Abbott 10+2reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 7+5reb+3ast, T.Sokk 7+1reb+3ast


gschID: 233795


TU/Rock - Barons kvartals 100-89 OT

The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Barons kvartals managed to win third quarter 27-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Barons kvartals used huge pressure winning it 12-21 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 14-11. TU/Rock made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Barons kvartals turnovers and outrebounded them 37-25 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Rain Veideman (193-91) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four TU/Rock and five Barons kvartals players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: R.Veideman 28+2reb+3ast, J.Ingram 19+5reb+3ast, T.Kurbas 13+3reb, J.Toome 10+4reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 8+5reb, M.Doronin 8+6reb+1ast
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 18+6reb+2ast, J.Diggs 16+2reb+3ast, T.Cain 12+7reb+2ast, D.Dulkys 12+3reb+1ast, A.Brunins 12+3reb+1ast, S.Metra 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233796


Ventspils - Siauliai 87-80

The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Siauliai was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Martins Laksa (200-90, agency: FCM) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) replied with 22 points and guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St.) added 14 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Siauliai. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: M.Laksa 20+4reb, A.Berzins 20+7reb+2ast, D.Sims 15+2reb+4ast, J.Timma 11+6reb, R.Zakis 7+5reb, M.Meiers 5+2reb
Siauliai: L.Samenas 22+1reb, V.Sulskis 14+4reb+2ast, A.Kieza 11+5reb+2ast, D.Burke 11+5reb, C.Simon 8+3reb+1ast, R.Alijevas 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 233794


Rudupis - Tarvas 110-89

The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rudupis outrebounded BC Rakvere 38-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Rudupis looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by BC Rakvere's players. The best player for the winners was swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) chipped in 23 points. Five Rudupis players scored in double figures. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) produced 25 points and 5 assists and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 26+8reb, A.Milaknis 23+3reb, A.Labuckas 13+6reb+2ast, A.Valeika 12+6reb+3ast, A.Urbutis 10+5reb+2ast, S.Vene 9+5reb+2ast
Tarvas: R.Tamm 25+2reb+5ast, B.Raley-Ross 18+7reb+6ast, K.Saks 14+3reb, J.Umbrasko 9+1ast, A.Stewart 8+3reb, M.Laksa 7+5reb
gschID: 233797



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  BELGIUM   

D3 Standings

Division III Standings
Group A
 1. Turuka 19-4 
 2. Soba 15-7 
 3. Ninane 15-8 
 4. Oxaco 15-8 
 5. BAVI 14-9 
 6. Ekeren 12-9 
 7. Willebroek 11-11 
 8. Neufchateau 10-12 
 9. Esneux 9-12 
 10. Loyers 8-15 
 11. Pepinster 2 8-15 
 12. Lommel 7-15 
 13. Natoye 7-16 
 14. United Woluwe 7-16 
Group B
 1. Melsele 18-5 
 2. Wevelgem 16-7 
 3. Aalst 15-7 
 4. Oostkamp 14-8 
 5. Falco Gent 14-9 
 6. Ieper 13-10 
 7. Gistel 12-10 
 8. De Pinte 12-11 
 9. Lambusart 11-11 
 10. Kortrijk 10-12 
 11. Knokke-Heist 8-15 
 12. Nivelles 7-15 
 13. Kain 6-17 
 14. Carnieres 2-21 


Verviers-Pepinster News - by Peter Buyse

Not really good news for VOO Verviers-Pepinster who lost or are about to lose its two top players. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89, college: UCLA) is headed to Slovenia to play for Novo Mesto in the Adriatic League. While their topscorer Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87) is headed to the Spanish ACB league to play for Assignia Manresa. At present Nemanja is the 5th leading scorer in the Ethias league with an average of 16.7 ppg to go with his 5.9 rpg. Anderson is the league's leader in assists with 5.3 apg. He also averaged 13.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg.
The team also has a player on try-put, namely Stefan Ivanovic, the son of coach Dusko Ivanovic.



Jerime Anderson (ex Verviers-Pep.) could agree terms with Krka - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Telemach League) is close to land 24-year old American point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) who currently plays VOO Verviers-Pepinster in Belgium. In 19 Ethias League games he averaged 13.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg this season.
His team was regular season runner-up in Pac-10 in 2011.
Anderson graduated from Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: "Lengthy and still growing, Anderson is a pure point guard with upside. He can score the ball off the dribble or the catch, but has a pass first mentality. Defensively, he is a tough 94-foot on the ball defender. His game should only improve as he gets stronger.Great-looking young point with exceptional feel and very good skill level. Shoots it to three-point range well and has nice mid-range game. Excellent decision-maker. True point who understands the game.".

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   

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. Borac Nektar 9-11 
 8. Leotar 9-11 
 9. Posusje 8-12 
 10. Kakanj 8-12 
 11. Vogosca 7-13 
 12. Servitium 6-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

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: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje23.6 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.19.6 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.3 
 5. Hot, Vogosca17.9 
 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
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 2. Josilo, Varda HE8.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.4 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 5. Damjanovic, Servit.6.7 
 6. Rizvic, Bosna6.7 
 7. Goranovic, Radnik6.6 
 8. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.6 
 9. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.5 
 10. Bijelic, Mladost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.2 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.5 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. 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: 2.7
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.7 
 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. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 5. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 6. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 7. Loncarevic, Radnik0.4 
 8. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 9. Demic, Bosna0.4 
 10. Velimirovic, Mlad.0.4 



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  BRAZIL   


Atila Santos selected to the Bulgarian All Star Game 2013 - by Paulo Freire

Basketball fans in Bulgaria made their choice for players in the All Star Game in 2013, the fans voted who should play in the showdown on March 30 in Sofia.
People chose 10 Bulgarian players and 10 imports, and 2 of each will be added by the four coaches, who will lead the teams. There will be also a third team to play in the All Star Game in 2013 the one of NBA stars like Dennis Rodman, Allen Iverson, Muggsy Bogues and Jason Williams.
The brazilian big man Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.) was selected and will be on the import team among american and europeans players. Atila Santos is having a strong season in Bulgaria and is already been want by teams from another european countries.

Team Toyota Bulgaria: Bozhidar Avramov, Yulian Radionov, Chavdar Kostov, Yordan Bozov, Pavel Marinov, Martin Durchev, Veselin Veselinov, Hrisimir Dimitrov, Nikolay Varbanov, Tencho Banev.

Team Imports: William Walker, Branko Mirkovic, Brandon Heath, Terry Smith, Anthony Gugino, Brian Ormon, Michael Hart, Nemanja Milosevic, Darryl Watkins, Atila Dos Santos.
Coaches: Konstantin Papazov, Georgi Mladenov, Ivan Cholakov, Alexander Todorov.



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Balkan League: Levski beat Kavala to seal Final Four appearance - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Kavala 88:73

Levski defeated Kavala in Sofia today. The victory booked the Balkan League Final Four ticket for the Bulgarian team. They now hold 6-2 record on top of Top Six group. Kavala slipped at 3-6 record.
Levski strongly started the game. The hosts piled up a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Levski stayed dominant throughout the second period. The home side accumulated a 45:24 halftime lead. Levski unloaded 24 points in the third quarter to ensure a 22-point buffer before the final stanza. Kavala dropped 25 points in the fourth stanza to sweeten the pill at the end. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) delivered 20 points for Levski. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Kavala. Sotirios Manolopoulos (208-F-87) had 18 points in the loss.

Levski: Stefan Georgiev 20, Pavel Ivanov 12, Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) 10
Kavala: Kieron Achara 19, Sotirios Manolopoulos 18



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  CAMEROON   


Kenny Kadji's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cameroonians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Miami, FL to a victory against the Clemson University 62-49 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Kadji had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. The University of Miami, Florida has a very good 15-3 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Kadji played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Golden State Warriors (36-29) 103-93 in the NBA last Saturday. Mbah a Moute scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks have 32-29 record this season. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 58.5%. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States). He helped Wake Forest win their game against the Virginia Tech 90-79 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Arnaud Adala scored 16 points. The Wake Forest University has 6-11 conference record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Arnaud Adala's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Arnaud Adala averages: 21.9ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0bpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 27.7%. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #4. An experienced power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France) helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against the second-ranked Strasbourg IG (16-6) 70-65 in the French ProA on Monday night. He scored 7 points. Chorale de Roanne Basket (12-10) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Samnick's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #5. Former international forward Michel Ipouck (199-86, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) could not help one of league's weakest teams Chartres (9-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Chartres was defeated 81-68 at home by the higher-ranked Sorgues (#10). Ipouck was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. This season Ipouck has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Ipouck played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #6. Forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) helped Kerava Energia Team win their game against the seventh-ranked Espoo Basket (8-18) 88-70 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. Towa recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Kerava Energia Team (20-6) is placed first in Division B. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. Towa is currently third on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Towa averages: 16.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #7. Former international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France) was not able to help Aix-Maurienne (13-13) in their game against ALM Evreux (19-7) in the French ProB (second division). He scored only 4 points. Aix-Maurienne was defeated 60-56 on the road by the second-ranked ALM Evreux. Ekanga-Ehawa has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the seventh-ranked Espoo Basket (8-18) 88-70 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Mua recorded 27 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (20-6) is placed first in Division B. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mua is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mua averages: 21.9ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0bpg and 1.9spg in the 22 games he played so far.

   #2. Sama Taku (185-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Pacific's victory against the University of California-Irvine (11-7) 70-62 in the NCAA last Thursday. Taku scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 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 now that game is very crucial. Taku has very impressive stats this year: 21.9ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0bpg and 1.9spg in the 22 games.

   #3. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently studies in the States) contributed to Harvard's victory against the Columbia University (3-6) 56-51 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Harvard University has a very solid 7-2 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Moundou-Missi's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg in the 21 games.

   #4. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague could not help one of league's weakest teams Energy Invest to beat Sokhumi (5-10). Toudjani scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 43 minutes. his team lost 92-96 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#8) Sokhumi. This year Toudjani's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg in the 15 games.

   #5. Michel Enanga (196-F, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Co.Carolina (9-7) in their game against the Liberty University (16-2) in the NCAA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Enanga recorded only 2 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Co.Carolina (#4) was badly defeated 78-61 at home by the Liberty University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Enanga's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg.

   #6. Gedeon Pitard (188-PG-89, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre in their game against Strasbourg IG in the French ProA. He recorded 5 points in 14 minutes. His team lost 73-83. This year Pitard's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #7. James Siakam (198-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Vanderbilt in their game against the University of Florida in the NCAA. Siakam cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots in 7 minutes on the court. His team was crushed by 26 points 66-40. Siakam has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg in the 25 games.

   #8. Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (186-PG-75, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig in a victory against the 12th-ranked RSV Eintracht crushing them 85-50 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Njoya Nken recorded only 4 points and had 3 steals in 13 minutes. This year Njoya Nken's overall stats are: 2.9ppg and 1.9apg in the 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Canadian.

   #9. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Santa Clara in their game against the Loyola Marymount University in the NCAA. Atanga cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and blocked 2 shots. His team was edged 60-58. Atanga's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.9apg.



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Steve Nash selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA). He led Los Angeles Lakers to an overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors (25-39) 118-116 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Nash recorded 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Lakers have 33-31 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Nash's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nash averages: 12.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.8apg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 90.6%(77-85) in the 40 games he played so far. He played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA). Thompson led Cleveland Cavaliers to a 3-point victory against the Utah Jazz (33-31) 104-101 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. Thompson also added 3 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 21-42 record this season. This year Thompson has very high stats. He averages: 11.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 64.9%. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (49-15) in their last game. Despite Joseph's good performance the San Antonio Spurs were crushed 136-106 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. He recorded 13 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. This year Joseph's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 60.6%(20-33), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 88.9% in the 13 games. He played for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #4. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy to a victory over the tenth-ranked Neptunas (2-15) 97-88 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Landry was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Triumph Lyubertsy (9-8) is placed sixth in group B. Landry's team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Landry is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #5. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Sacramento Kings (22-43) 115-113 in the NBA last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Dalembert also added 2 blocks in 26 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 32-29 record this season. It's Dalembert's first year with the team. This year his total stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4bpg in the 39 games. Dalembert has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. He used to play for the Canadian national team five years ago.

Kai Williams
Kai Williams
   #6. Forward Kai Williams (190-88, college: S.Dakota St., currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against one of league's weakest teams Cheshire Phoenix (8-19) crushing them 121-90 in the British BBL on Sunday night. Williams was the best player in that game. He scored 29 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists; not bad, considering it's only Williams' third season in pro basketball. Worcester Wolves (17-9) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This season Williams has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.9apg. Williams is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team four years ago.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #7. Former international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Blusens Monbus' victory against the 14th-ranked Cajasol (9-15) 71-63 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (12-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. Kendall has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #8. Forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Gonzaga win their game against the Saint Mary's College of California (2-16) 65-51 in the NCAA on Monday night. Olynyk had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Gonzaga University has a very solid 16-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all sixteen games in the conference. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Olynyk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games. Olynyk used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #9. Former international forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help CSM Bucuresti (16-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite Shepherd's very good performance CSM Bucuresti was edged 86-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Rovinari (#9). He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Shepherd also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Shepherd is currently third on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Shepherd averages: 19.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #10. Point guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, currently studies in the States) helped Boston Coll. win their game against the Clemson University 68-61 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Hanlan recorded 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes. The Boston College has 7-11 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Hanlan is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 19.3ppg. He also averaged so far 4.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg in the 25 games. Hanlan is a former U19 international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Myck Kabongo (185-93, is currently at the American university) helped Texas win their game against the Baylor University 79-70 in the NCAA last Monday. He scored 19 points, had 6 boards, dished 8 assists and stole 3 balls. Kabongo has averaged so far, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Khimik win their game against the 12th-ranked Dnipro 81-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Thursday night. Joseph recorded 12 points in 25 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in the 34 games. Joseph used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former international guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes (12-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 71-81 in Valencia to the higher-ranked (#5) Basket. English scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. English is currently first on the list of top scorers with 19.0ppg. This year his other stats are: 3.7rpg and 2.2apg in the 23 games. English used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Dayton in their game against the The George Washington University in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Pierre has averaged so far, 3.7rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Denmark) helped Bakken win their game against the seventh-ranked Horsholm crushing them 93-70 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. Waithe was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points and blocked 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Waithe has very impressive stats this year: 20.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the seven games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll., currently plays in Lebanon) led Al Riyadi to a victory over the league outsider Antranik (2-16) crushing them 109-68 in a derby game in the Lebanese Division A last Monday. El Turk was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (18-2) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. El Turk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Al Riyadi's roster. El Turk has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #2. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Louisiana Tech University (16-2) 78-60 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 23 points, had 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals. The New Mexico State University has quite an impressive 14-4 conference record this season. Mullings' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mullings has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg.

   #3. Stephen Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco (17-9) 93-88 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Sir scored 27 points (!!!) in 33 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (16-10) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Sir's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg in the 24 games he played so far.

   #4. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 3-point Orlando Magic's victory against the New Orleans Hornets (22-42) 105-102 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He scored 8 points. The Orlando Magic has rather weak 18-46 record this season. It's Nicholson's first year with the team. Nicholson has reliable stats this year: 8.3ppg and 3.6rpg.

   #5. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a Euroins Cherno More's victory against the eighth-ranked Chernomorets (6-13) 86-81 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Vrcelj had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. Cherno More Port Varna (5-1) is placed first in the NBL. Vrcelj is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.8rpg. This year he also averages: 12.4ppg in the 11 games. Vrcelj is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Canadian.

   #6. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the San Antonio Spurs to beat the Portland Trail Blazers. He recorded 6 points. His team were crushed by 30 points 136-106 in the NBA. Bonner has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Byblos win their game against the closely-ranked Champville crushing them 71-51 in the Lebanese Division A in Saturday night's game. Fraser had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 40 minutes. Fraser is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Fraser averages: 18.7ppg, 17.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1bpg and 1.3spg in the 18 games.

   #8. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk. But that was another game of his team in Lebanese Division A which we would like to mention. Mahmoud helped Al Riyadi win their game against the seventh-ranked Hoops Club 95-88 in a derby game. He recorded 10 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Mahmoud is currently seventh on the list of best passers. He has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7spg. Mahmoud has both Canadian and Lebanese nationalities.

   #9. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Kanaan helped Al Riyadi win their game against the league outsider Antranik crushing them 109-68 in a derby game. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kanaan has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 4.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #10. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Detroit Mercy (11-5) in their last game. Despite Calliste's very good performance the Detroit Mercy was edged 56-54 at home by the Wright State University. He scored 17 points and added 5 assists in 39 minutes. Calliste has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 4.3rpg in the 13 games.



Anthony Bennett Top Freshmen in Mountain West, Khem Birch Scoops Up Defensive Player Of The Year - by Eurobasket News

Coming into the 2012-13 season most Canadian Basketball fans had their eye the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. And for good reason. The Rebels featured two of Canada's most promising talents. Brampton's Anthony Bennett (6'8''-F-93) and Montreal's Khem Birch (6'9''-F-92). And as expected by many Anthony Bennett has been named Mountain West Conference Freshmen of the year and Khem Birch, like Bennett is also a former McDonald's All-American, and scooped up defensive player of the year despite not playing until November. Sophomore Khem Birch, who was named the Defensive Player of the Year and received enough team votes to be an honorable mention.
Courtesy of: basketballbuzz.ca



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (18-3) to beat Tofas (8-13). Sato scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker lost 73-81 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) Tofas. It was Fenerbahce Ulker's first loss after six consecutive victories. This year Sato averages: 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 25.7% and FT: 85.7% in the 19 games he played so far. He played for the Central African senior national team two years ago.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86, currently plays in Cyprus). Mokongo contributed to Apoel's victory against the league leader Keravnos (18-3) 74-65 in the Cypriot Division A last Saturday. He recorded 8 points and added 5 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. Mokongo's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(54-97), 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 67.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Despite Mokongo played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Central African national team in 2011.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France). Zianveni was not able to help Strasbourg IG (16-6) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (12-10) in the French ProA. He scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. Strasbourg IG lost 65-70 in Roanne to the lower-ranked (#6) Chorale de. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(20-35) and FT: 61.1% in the 10 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre (12-3) in their game against Strasbourg IG (16-6) in the French ProA. He recorded 5 points. STB Le Havre was defeated 83-73 in Strasbourg by the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. It's Kouguere's first season with the team. Kouguere has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He has both Congolese and Central African nationalities. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team back in 2011.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Jimmy Djimrabaye (204-C/F-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Neil Wilfried Londoumon (190-G-93) plays for Paris-Levallois in French ProA
Julio Malingapot (194-SF-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Berck in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Vanves in French NM2
William Kossangue-Toro (198-F-86) plays for Lucon in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) plays for GET Vosges in French NM2
Maixent Monbollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Pornic in French NM2
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ormes in French NM2

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



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Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 10-2 
 2. Bucaros 8-4 
 3. Academia 7-5 
 4. Piratas 6-6 
 5. Once Caldas 6-6 
 6. Aguilas 5-7 
 7. Caribbean Heat 4-8 
 8. Halcones 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 12: Piratas - Academia 86-84
Mar. 12: Halcones - Bambuqueros 76-93
Mar. 12: Aguilas - Bucaros 75-74
Mar. 12: Once Caldas - Caribbean Heat 117-93

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 15: Piratas - Aguilas
Mar. 15: Academia - Once Caldas
Mar. 15: Caribbean Heat - Bambuqueros
Mar. 15: Bucaros - Halcones


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone RAYSON
  Aguilas
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Rayson, Aguilas23.5 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.3 
 3. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.2 
 4. Bradford, Caribb.20.4 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros20.3 
 6. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 7. Gilbert, Bucaros19.3 
 8. Culver, Caribbea.18.2 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas17.8 
 10. Mayfield, Aguilas17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.7 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros10.3 
 3. Culver, Caribbea.8.5 
 4. Blue, Academia8.4 
 5. Sanders, Halcones7.7 
 6. Rayson, Aguilas7.3 
 7. Cortes, Once Cald.6.8 
 8. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 9. Guevara, Bambuque.6.6 
 10. Arteaga, Piratas6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.2 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.5.2 
 3. Brooks, Bucaros5.2 
 4. Moreno, Piratas4.7 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.5 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas4.0 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.3.3 
 8. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 9. Londono, Academia2.6 
 10. Franklin, Caribb.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.7 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.1 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.5 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 5. Londono, Academia1.5 
 6. Garris, Once Caldas1.5 
 7. Corpus, Aguilas1.3 
 8. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.2 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas1.2 
 10. Mendez, Piratas1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Omar SANDERS
  Halcones
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Sanders, Halcones1.0 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros0.8 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 4. Farley, Academia0.8 
 5. Blue, Academia0.8 
 6. Cuero, Aguilas0.7 
 7. Mayfield, Aguilas0.6 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.0.6 
 9. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 10. Burnett, Halcones0.6 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 11- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

One overtime needed the Bukaros to get their third straight victory on the road defeating Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80, college: East Central) and the Aguilas de Tunja.
The locals start the game playing with great confidence and very aggressive on the paint despite the difference on size , Tyrone Rayson had a powerfull night scoring from all the points and fighting the rebounds, but the combined effort of Bukaros Brooks ,Gilbert and the newcomer Dollard, pulled the yellow team to the victory.
Was also the fifth straight defeat of the Aguilas.
Aguilas de Tunja 87 -B. Rayson 37 pts + 12 rebs, Y. Fernandez 19 pts
Bukaros Freskaleche 94- P. Brooks 30 pts, L.Gilbert 27 pts.

Piratas took new breath after its victory at home against the Academia de la Montana, Edgar Moreno and Leonard Mendez played their best games of the season leading the pirate ship to victory port, Academia makes the job easy for Pirates playin zone defense and leaving their young legs in the bench, Piratas arrived to the second half with enough full in the tank to play at their best level, Jeff Fahnbulleh leaded teboards.
Academias N. Aragon and C. Chavez had 19 pts each,.
Piratas de Bogota 90 - E. Moreno 21 pts + 9 assits, L. Mendez 19 pts
Academia de la Montana 79 - N. Aragon 19 pts, C. Chavez 19 pts

Manizales OC came back to the victory defeating the Caribbean Heat in Manizales, J. Garris, M Dodd and M. Dayee scoring in double figures leaded the way for the OC, in the Caribbean Heat P. Culver and C. Bradford as usual were the main performers.
Manizales OC 104 - J. Garris 25 pts, M. Dodd 20 pts
Caribbean Heat 99 - P. Culver 25 pts, C. Bradford 21 pts

Cucutas new coach Denis Osorio did not make the miracle and the Halcones keep falling and seeded at the bottom of the standings, the leaders of the tournament the Bambuqueros were too strong , too big, too deep and defeated easily the locals.
Halcones de Cucuta 68
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 84




TAYRON THOMAS COULD BE THE NEW PIRATAS IMPORT - by Victor Garcia

According sources close to the player the american scoring guard Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84, college: Philadelphia) is close to came back to Colombia, Thomas had a great season last year withe the Manizales OC team leading them in scoring and assists.
Thomas has made a name in the continent as a great scorer, his last performance was in Venezuela with the Stars team that played in the Fiba Americas tournament.
The team has not made it official yet.



Colombian DPB round 11 best performance: Tyrone Rayson - by Eurobasket News

American forward Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aguilas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 12 rebounds, while his team Aguilas moved-up to the 6th position in the Colombian DPB. Aguilas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 11 games. In the team's last game Rayson had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Aguilas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former East Central University star has very solid stats this year. Rayson is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.0ppg. Rayson is in league's top in and averages impressive 54.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Philip Brooks (188-G-84) of league's second-best Bucaros. Brooks had a very good evening with 30 points and 8 assists. Of course Bucaros cruised to a 94-87 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Aguilas (#6, 4-7). Bucaros' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-3 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 on the list of top players last round was former international guard Edgar Moreno (190-G-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Piratas (#4). Moreno scored 21 points and passed nine assists. He was a key player of Piratas, leading his team to a 90-79 win against #3 ranked Academia in a game of the week. The chances of Piratas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Moreno could help Piratas to bring them higher in the standings. Moreno has a great season in Colombia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.6apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros - 9 points and 19 rebounds
5. Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86) of Bucaros - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Piratas - 14 points and 15 rebounds
7. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros - 18 points and 5 assists
8. Moses Dayee (172-G) of Once Caldas - 19 points and 3 rebounds
9. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Leonard Mendez (196-G-87) of Piratas - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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A1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 18

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


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Ross, Jolly21.9 
 2. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 3. Mrva, Jolly18.6 
 4. Batina, Djuro D.17.5 
 5. Rembert, Krizevci15.7 
 6. Lez, Zabok15.3 
 7. Skific, Kvarner15.1 
 8. Budimir, Osjecki15.1 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik14.8 
 10. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.7 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 3. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 4. Sarlija, Djuro D.6.9 
 5. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.8 
 7. Skific, Kvarner5.7 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok5.4 
 9. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Krivec, Kvarner4.9 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.1 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.5 
 6. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.2 
 7. Panduric, Darda3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 10. Rembert, Krizevci2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Jolly2.4 
 2. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 3. Krivec, Kvarner1.6 
 4. Skific, Kvarner1.5 
 5. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 6. Batina, Djuro D.1.4 
 7. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.4 
 8. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 9. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.4 
 10. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.2 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 
 9. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 10. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 12-0 
 2. Zrinjevac 9-5 
 3. Samobor 8-5 
 4. Dubrava 7-4 
 5. Gorica 7-5 
 6. Sanac Karl. 6-8 
 7. Bosco 5-8 
 8. Maksimir 4-6 
 9. Kaptol 4-8 
 10. Mladost Z.(C) 4-8 
 11. Rudes 2-11 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 14-2 
 2. Vinkovci 11-3 
 3. Meteor D. 10-5 
 4. Vukovar 8-7 
 5. Pozega 7-9 
 6. Zupanja 7-9 
 7. Vrijednosnice 6-9 
 8. Virovitica 3-12 
 9. Olimp Inspekt 3-13 
Group North
 1. Podravac Virje 15-5 
 2. Graficar 15-5 
 3. Mladost D.(N) 15-5 
 4. Cakovec 14-6 
 5. Medjimurje C. 13-7 
 6. Bjelovar 11-8 
 7. Petar Zrinski 10-9 
 8. Vindija V. 9-10 
 9. Ivancica 5-14 
 10. Radnik 5-15 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 4-16 
 12. Koprivnica 0-20 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 20-1 
 2. Puntamika 20-1 
 3. Kastela 15-6 
 4. Jazine 11-10 
 5. Sukosan 10-11 
 6. Omis Galeb 10-11 
 7. Policnik 8-13 
 8. Metkovic 8-13 
 9. Cetina 7-14 
 10. Solin 7-14 
 11. DOSK 5-16 
 12. Trogir 5-16 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 13-3 
 2. Stoja Pula 12-4 
 3. Crikvenica 11-4 
 4. Kastav 10-6 
 5. Pula 1981 10-6 
 6. Zamet 6-10 
 7. Otocac 4-11 
 8. Ghia Staff 3-13 
 9. Rovinj 2-14 
 10. Ucka 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 22

Center

Mar. 16: Kaptol - Sus.-Moslavina
Mar. 16: Mladost Z.(C) - Bosco
Mar. 16: Sanac Karl. - Rudes
Mar. 16: Zrinjevac - Maksimir
Mar. 16: Gorica - Hermes Anal.
Mar. 16: Samobor - Dubrava

North

Mar. 16: Cakovec - Medjimurje C.
Mar. 16: Vindija V. - Radnik
Mar. 16: Graficar - Bjelovar
Mar. 16: Mladost D.(N) - Rudar-Cimper
Mar. 16: Podravac Virje - Petar Zrinski
Mar. 16: Koprivnica - Ivancica

South

Mar. 9: DOSK - Jazine
Mar. 9: Omis Galeb - Metkovic
Mar. 9: Cetina - Sukosan
Mar. 9: Kastela - Policnik
Mar. 9: Solin - GKK Sibenik
Mar. 9: Trogir - Puntamika


Kresimir Loncar selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the seventh-ranked Lietuvos rytas (8-9) 88-79 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Loncar recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes on the court. 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 that game will be critical. This year Loncar averages: 7.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(50-83) and FT: 79.4% in the 16 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team three years ago.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece. Ukic could not help Panathinaikos (6-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Panathinaikos was defeated 66-60 on the road by the lower-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#5) in the group E of Euroleague. Ukic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. It's Ukic's first season with the team. Ukic's overall stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 65.2%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain). Tomic led Regal FC Barcelona to a victory against the 13th-ranked CB Canarias (9-15) 89-81 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (15-9) is placed third in the ACB. Tomic is the league's best rebounder with 6.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.7ppg, 1.2apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 61.7%(129-209) and FT: 66.7% in the 24 games. Tomic played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #4. Center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Roko-Leni Ukic in the Euroleague last game. Zoric contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (6-4) 66-60. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be important. Zoric has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg and 4.9rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Jasmin Perkovic
Jasmin Perkovic
   #5. An experienced former U21 international forward Jasmin Perkovic (205-80, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to help Un.Olimpija (13-11) in their game against Cibona (9-15) in the Adriatic League, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Perkovic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 3 steals in 21 minutes. But Un.Olimpija lost 62-74 in Zagreb to the lower-ranked (#10) Cibona. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Perkovic's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 1.8rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Croatian U21 national team twelve years ago.

Fran Pilepic
Fran Pilepic
   #6. Swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (3-3) crushing them 101-78 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Pilepic scored 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Pilepic averages only 6.1ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #7. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Maccabi T-A's victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-8) 94-85 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Planinic recorded 11 points in only a mere 12 minutes. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (5-5) is placed fifth in group F. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. This year Planinic's total stats are: 4.7ppg and 1.5rpg in the 10 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #8. Center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Krka (9-15) in their game against Cedevita (13-11) in the Adriatic League. Despite his very good performance last Monday Lalic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. Lalic has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #9. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Zalgiris (4-6) in their game against Real Madrid (9-1) in the Euroleague. Delas recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Zalgiris (#6) was edged in an overtime 105-104 at home by the leading Real Madrid in the group E of Euroleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. Delas has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.9rpg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #10. Guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mario Delas and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Popovic couldn't help Zalgiris (4-6) in their game against Real Madrid (9-1). He recorded 8 points and added 3 passes. Zalgiris (#6) was edged in an overtime 105-104 on their home court in Kaunas by the leading Real Madrid in the group E of Euroleague. This season Popovic has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, currently plays in Turkey) led Tofas to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker 81-73 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Ruzic was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Ruzic has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 3.5rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team thirteen years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Turk Telekom in their game against Anadolu Efes in the Turkish TBL, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Pasalic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 29 minutes. But his team lost 69-74. Pasalic has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) helped VL Pesaro win their game against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi 94-90 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Stipcevic recorded 22 points and added 5 passes. Stipcevic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg. Stipcevic is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Simon helped his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga win their game against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos 66-60. He recorded 9 points in 32 minutes. Simon has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.6apg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona in their game against Cantu in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Peric was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Peric's stats this season are: 12.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the one of league's weakest teams Boise St. (9-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Drmic's very good performance the Boise St. was defeated 68-64 on the road by the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. He recorded 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Drmic's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Drmic has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 3.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Experienced Stipe Modric (206-F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) led Geoplin Slovan to a victory over the closely-ranked Maribor Messer (12-6) 87-80 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Modric was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (8-10) is placed sixth in the Telemach League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Modric has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #3. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to help Tajfun (12-6) in their last game. Despite Primorac's very good performance Tajfun lost 75-79 in Rogaska Slatina to the lower-ranked (#5) Rogaska. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 20 minutes. It was Tajfun's first loss after nine consecutive victories. Primorac's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Primorac averaged so far 13.4ppg and 6.5rpg in the 18 games he played so far.

   #4. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the main contributor in a Euroins Cherno More's victory against the eighth-ranked Chernomorets (6-13) 86-81 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Vrcelj recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Cherno More Port Varna (5-1) is placed first in the NBL. Vrcelj belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg and 7.8rpg. Vrcelj has both Croatian and Canadian nationalities.

   #5. Sandi Marcius (206-F-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Purdue (8-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Purdue lost 75-80 at home to the University of Michigan. Marcius scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Marcius is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Purdue's roster. Marcius averaged so far 12.4ppg and 7.8rpg in the 11 games.

   #6. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Stipe Modric in the Slovenian Telemach League last game. Maric couldn't help Maribor Messer in their game against Geoplin Slovan. He scored 7 points. His team was defeated 87-80. Maric averaged so far 12.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an UBSC Graz's victory against the closely-ranked Raiffeisen Wels 86-80 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Stegnjaic scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Stegnjaic averages: 15.7ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg in the 24 games.

   #8. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help AZS Koszalin in their game against Energa Czarni in the Polish TBL. He recorded 7 points and added 6 passes. His team was defeated 85-77. Milicic has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Polish.

   #9. Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Stipe Modric and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Paravinja contributed to a Geoplin Slovan's victory against the closely-ranked Maribor Messer 87-80. He scored 9 points. Paravinja has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg. He has Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #10. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help ETB Wohnbau in their game against Oettinger Rockets Gotha in the German ProA (second division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Buljevic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. But his team was edged 72-69. Buljevic averaged so far 10.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in the 25 games. He has dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Despite Buljevic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.



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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Brown, Apollon20.2 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Fisher, AEK15.5 
 6. Jamar Diggs Omonia15.5 
 7. Williams, Etha15.2 
 8. Warren, Apollon14.5 
 9. Maras, Etha13.6 
 10. Maze, Keravnos13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon7.5 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.4 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos7.0 
 5. Jamar Diggs Omonia6.7 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 8. Kaskiris, ENAD6.1 
 9. Fisher, AEK6.1 
 10. Maras, Etha6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEL
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 2. Jamar Diggs Omonia4.7 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.3 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Demertzis, Kerav.3.5 
 6. Adegboye, Etha3.4 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel2.9 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.6 
 10. Panteli, AEK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.4 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel2.0 
 4. Jamar Diggs Omonia1.9 
 5. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 6. Poole, Etha1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.6 
 8. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
 9. Williams, Etha1.5 
 10. Allen, AEL1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, AEK1.9 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.5 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 4. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.1 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Etha0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Sims, ENAD0.5 
 10. Pesic, AEL0.5 


Keravnos ties the series 1-1 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Good game at Lefkotheo Indoor Arena with two very good teams and Keravnos getting an important win over Apoel 69-76.

The series is now 1-1.

With Maze hitting a great start (had 8 points at the 1st quarter and 15 at half time) Keravnos closed the 1st quarter ahead of the score, 18-19 and kept close to the score at half time, 39-34.

The 3rd quarter was a disaster for Apoel that saw its opponent winning 13-24, closing the quarter with 52-58.

In the 4th Keravnos change its strategy sending the ball inside the paint to Vaughn finishing the game with 69-76.

Keravnos overall strategy was to go in a low score and keep Apoel around 60 points, hoping to win.


Keravnos was indeed very good defensively and kept Apoel at 69 points in Lefkotheo Indoor Arena. On the other hand Apoel lost a few wide open shots and statistically wise it has paid its shooting inefficiency in combination that it did not get the ball much inside the paint.

It had only 4 in 20 three-pointers, from which most were wide open and lost a total of 14 free-throws.

Besides that, Keravnos won because of offensive rebounds. Statistically Keravnos does not loose when it grabs more than 34 rebounds.

Keravnos has been the best rebound team throughout the season, grabbing an average of 41 rebounds per game. It grabbed a total of 42 rebounds as opposed to 31 of Apoel. This gave Keravnos 11 double scoring chances which in close games like this prove to be important.

Congratulations to both teams for a nice game and to both coaches for proving to us that despite all the problems there is still a bit of basketball for us to watch.

For the winners, Maze finished with 19 points. In the loosing squad Stiggers had 15.

Note: Trisokkas and Stokes were disqualified from the game. The first for getting two technicals and Stokes for throwing a bottle to the fans.



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Tomas Satoransky selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Cajasol (9-15) in their last game. Despite Satoransky's very good performance Cajasol lost 63-71 at home to the higher-ranked (#10) Blusens Monbus. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Satoransky also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes on the court. It's Satoransky's first season with the team. Satoransky is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 4.1apg. He also averaged so far 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 75.9% in the 23 games he played so far. Satoransky is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky in the Spanish ACB last game. Pumprla contributed to a Blusens Monbus' victory against the 14th-ranked Cajasol (9-15) 71-63. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Pumprla averages: 7.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 58.0%(58-100), 3FGP: 46.2%(6-13) and FT: 82.5%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (19-5) in their game against Real Madrid (23-1) in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. Caja Laboral lost 92-100 on their home court in Vitoria to the leading Real Madrid. This year Jelinek averages just 2.0ppg in the three games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #4. Forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (20-42) in their game against the Brooklyn Nets (38-27) in the NBA. Vesely recorded only 4 points. The Washington Wizards were badly defeated 95-78 on the road by the Nets. Vesely's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #5. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Balvin couldn't help Cajasol (9-15) in their game against Blusens Monbus (12-12). He cannot count it as his best performance. Balvin scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Cajasol lost 63-71 on their home court in Sevilla to the higher-ranked (#10) Blusens Monbus. This year Balvin's overall stats are: 3.5ppg and 2.8rpg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #6. An experienced center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Planasa NV (8-13) in their game against Ford Burgos (17-4) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Starosta scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Planasa NV was crushed 87-55 on their home court in Pamplona by the second-ranked Ford_Burgos. It was Planasa NV's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Starosta is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.2apg. Starosta is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team five years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #7. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) managed to help B.C. River Andorra in a victory against the fourth-ranked Palencia Baloncesto (13-8) 82-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 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 Hampl's total stats are: 7.2ppg and 4.0rpg in the 21 games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #8. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Umana Venezia (11-11) in their game against Armani Milano (14-8) in the Italian SerieA. Hubalek cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. Umana Venezia was defeated in an overtime 97-88 in Milano by the higher-ranked Armani (#5). Hubalek has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #9. Former international center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Apoel win their game against the league leader Keravnos (18-3) 74-65 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points. 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. Chan has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to Apoel's victory against the league leader Keravnos (18-3) 74-65 in the Cypriot Division A last Saturday. Kremen recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. 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. This year Kremen's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in the 21 games he played so far.

   #2. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania) led Rovinari to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked CSM Bucuresti (16-10) 86-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (13-13) is placed ninth in the Liga Nationala. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Steffel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4apg.

   #3. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Uni-Riesen Leipzig in a victory in overtime against the fourth-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (15-10) 95-90 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Tyrna recorded only 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Uni-Riesen Leipzig (5-20) is located at the very bottom in the ProA. Tyrna has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1bpg in the 11 games.

   #4. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga could not help Komarno (20-10) to beat Levice (1-19). Kratochvil cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court. Komarno lost 77-82 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) Levice. It was Komarno's third consecutive loss in a row. Kratochvil's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Kratochvil has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 3.0rpg in the 26 games.



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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. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 9. Dennis, SISU4.2 
 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. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 5. Delk, Vaerlose2.0 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 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. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 7. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 8. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Smith, SISU0.9 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 26-13 
 2. Canton C. 24-15 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 22-18 
 4. Erie Bay H. 22-19 
 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. 18-22 
 7. Idaho S. 13-25 
 8. Reno B. 13-26 

Regular Season: Round 57

Mar. 12: Erie Bay H. - Texas L. 97-106
Mar. 12: Santa Cruz W. - Reno B. 110-103
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: 25.7
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.25.7 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers20.9 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.20.8 
 4. Goudelock, Rio G.20.1 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.19.9 
 7. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.5 
 8. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 10. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.10.8 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.10.7 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.9 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.4 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 10. Wright, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 2. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.8 
 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. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 5. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. McNeal, Bakersfi.1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 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 


Andrew Goudelock claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Rio Grande VV and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 56.
The 24-year old guard got a double-double of 23 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Reno B. (#8, 13-25) 120-108. Rio Grande VV maintains the 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 24-14 record. In the team's last game Goudelock had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Rio Grande VV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. College of Charleston graduate has very impressive stats this year. Goudelock is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.1ppg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Lazar Hayward (198-F-86) of Los Angeles D.. Hayward impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Los Angeles D. to edge slightly higher-ranked Austin T. (#4, 22-17) by 3 points 104-101. Los Angeles D.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 18-20 record. Hayward is one of the most experienced players at Los Angeles D. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Daniel Orton (208-F-90) of Tulsa 66ers (#3). Orton scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Tulsa 66ers, leading his team to a 110-99 win against the lower-ranked Iowa E. (#8, 9-32). Tulsa 66ers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 16 lost games. Orton has a very solid season. In 21 games in D-L he scored 12.4ppg. He also has 7.8rpg, 2.2bpg and FGP: 52.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87) of Bakersfield J. - 42 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Iowa E. - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dar Tucker (193-SF-88) of Reno B. - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Glen Rice (195-G-91) of Rio Grande VV - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mike Singletary (198-F-88) of Rio Grande VV - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) of Los Angeles D. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) of Los Angeles D. - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Trevor Ariza's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dominicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza led Washington Wizards to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (14-50) 104-87 in the NBA last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Ariza recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 20-42 record this season. Ariza has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 84.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia was the major contributor in a Banvit BK's victory against the 12th-ranked Besiktas (6-17) 67-56 in the Turkish TBL on Monday night. He scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 27 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (19-2) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. This year Mejia has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.9%(82-137) and FT: 72.1% in the 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France). He contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the sixth-ranked STB Le Havre (12-3) 83-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. Greer recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Strasbourg IG (16-6) is placed second in the ProA. It's Greer's first season with the team. Greer belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #5) and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). This year his overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 26.8% and FT: 78.9% in the 22 games. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He played for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. Power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Assignia Manresa (4-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa was badly defeated 80-63 on the road by the much higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#11). Asselin was the top scorer with 21 points. Asselin has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #5. Former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams G.Canaria 2014 (14-10) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (14-10) in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points. G.Canaria 2014 was badly defeated 69-53 in Zaragoza by the higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#6). This season Baez averages: 7.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Atlanta Hawks (34-29) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Atlanta Hawks lost in an overtime 102-107 on the road to the Boston Celtics. Horford had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 47 minutes. It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Horford's sixth season with the team. Horford has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 60 games he played so far.

   #2. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Detroit Pistons (23-43) in their last game on Friday. Despite Villanueva's good performance the Detroit Pistons were edged 102-99 in Dallas by the Mavericks. He recorded 12 points. It's Villanueva's fourth season with the team. Villanueva has reliable stats this year: 7.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Villanueva's Dominican Republic passport, he previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Interesting that Villanueva has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the sixth-ranked STB Le Havre (12-3) 83-73 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Strasbourg IG (16-6) is placed second in the ProA. Greer is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.1apg and 1.3spg. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Houston Rockets (34-30) in their game against the Dallas Mavericks (30-33) in the NBA. Garcia scored 7 points in 22 minutes. The Houston Rockets lost 108-112 in Dallas to the Mavericks. This year Garcia's total stats are: 6.5ppg and 1.8spg in the four games.

   #5. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) led Winner/Limeira to a victory over the 12th-ranked SKY/Basquete (11-15) 90-72 in the Brazilian NBB on Saturday night. Ramon was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points in 26 minutes. Winner/Limeira (9-7) is placed second in the NBB. Ramon's stats this year are: 14.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.7apg in the 27 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Interesting that Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) helped FIATC Joventut edge the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia 80-79 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 11 points. This season Quezada averages: 9.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.9apg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia), who plays in the Australian NBL couldn't help Wollongong Hawks (11-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Wollongong Hawks lost 64-69 in Wulguru to the one of league's weakest teams (#7) Townsville Crocodiles. Deleon was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. Deleon is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg in the 26 games.

   #8. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance on Saturday night Feldeine scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Feldeine is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Feldeine averages: 16.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Chris Perez (190-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Stetson in their game against the Florida Gulf Coast University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He recorded 15 points in 34 minutes. But his team lost 58-72. Perez has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg in the 24 games.

   #10. Sean Ogirri (188-PG-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Ourense in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his good performance on Saturday night. Ogirri scored 12 points in 27 minutes. But his team lost 66-74. This year Ogirri's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 21 games. He has Nigerian and Dominican Republic nationalities.



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Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Harrisburg H. 3-1 
 2. N.Y. Wizards 1-0 
 3. New Jersey B. 1-0 
 4. N.Y.Primetime 1-1 
 5. Westchester D. 1-3 
Southern Division
 1. Washington M. 2-0 
 2. Maryland B. 1-2 
 3. Bad News B. 1-3 
 4. Richmond R. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 7

Mar. 9: Washington M. - Maryland B. 142-135
Mar. 10: Washington M. - Bad News B. 123-107
Mar. 10: N.Y.Primetime - Westchester D. 122-91

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 16: Maryland B. - Washington M.
Mar. 16: Westchester D. - New Jersey B.
Mar. 17: N.Y. Wizards - Harrisburg H.
Mar. 17: Washington M. - Bad News B.


Horizon Extend Home Streak - by Eurobasket News

Harrisburg Horizon (4-1) won a thrilling 95-94 victory over the Schuylkill Firedogs. The win stretched their home winning streak to four. The Firedogs were a last minute replacement for the N.J. Bullets who were unable to appear due to transportation problems.

Akeem Washington (6'9''-C) scored a career high 29 points and added 12 rebounds. Trey Sharpe kept his double-double streak alive at 4 with 10 points and 12 assists.

Horizon take to the court next against the N.Y. Wizards (4- 1) Sunday March 17 2pm.
Courtesy of: http://www.easternbasketballalliance.com



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 19-6 
 2. TU/Rock 18-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 13-5 
 4. TTU 13-10 
 5. Rapla 11-13 
 6. Parnu 10-13 
 7. Valga 10-15 
 8. Tln Kalev 6-20 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 12: TU/Rock - Rapla 92-68
Mar. 9: TTU - Rapla 71-66
Mar. 9: Parnu - Valga 66-58
Mar. 7: Tln Kalev - Hito/Johvi 64-84

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 15: Valga - Tln Kalev
Mar. 15: Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo
Mar. 16: Rapla - Tarvas
Mar. 16: Parnu - TTU
Mar. 17: Hito/Johvi - Valga


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Laksa, Tarvas16.3 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.1 
 3. Akenparg, TTU16.0 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.9 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.3 
 7. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.0 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.9 
 9. Campbell, Tln Kalev13.9 
 10. Pilk, Rapla13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.4 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.5 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.1 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.3 
 6. Grafs, Valga7.1 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.4 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 4. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 5. Cunda, Valga3.5 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 7. Laane, Rapla3.4 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 9. Rannula, Valga2.6 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.8 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 7. Puidet, TTU1.6 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.6 
 9. Cunda, Valga1.5 
 10. Saage, TU/Rock1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 5. Grim, Valga0.6 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Dimsa, TU/Rock0.5 
 10. Lindmets, Tarvas0.4 


BBL: Kalev/Cramo makes history, reaches semis - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo lost to Pieno Zvaigzde 79:82 but nevertheless reaxched the semifinals of Baltic Basketball League as they had won the home game by 16. This is a historic moment for Estonian basketball because it's the first time for BC Kalev/Cramo to reach top4 of BBL. Until now, the only Estonian team to reach BBL semifinal was TU/Rock in 2009.
Kalev/Cramo will face Ventspils in semifinal.

The game between Pieno Zvaigzde and BC Kalev/Cramo was nothing but formality. The hosts were full of confidence and started well. With six and half minutes played, the hosts led 17:7 meaning that they had only 6 more points to overcome. Sirutavicius had scored 8 points, already. But Kalev/Cramo woke up and almost evened the game by the end of 1st quarter - 21:17. Starting the 2nd quarter, three-pointers by Sinica and Ruikis made the gap to double-digits, again - 27:17 but the guests managed to balance the game - after baskets by Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) it was 27:23. Although the hosts took it to plus 9 once more, the first half ended 44:44.

After the halftime break, baskets by Gary Wilkinson and Gert Dorbek took the guests ahead 44:50 but the quarter ended 64:64. In last quarter the lead changed five times and the hosts had the final word but three-point win was nothing but an insufficient consolation.

Gytis Sirutavicius (195-SF-83) led the winners with 21 points. Armands Skele (192-G-83) scored 18 for Kalev/Cramo. Frank Elegar had a double-double ith 15 points and 11 rbs.



KML Round 22: Last-ranked Hito/Johvi beats Tln Kalev - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in KML is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi managed to get a second victory, breaking the twenty two-game losing streak on Thursday night. This time newly promoted Hito/Johvi outleveled eighth-ranked Tln Kalev in Tallinn 84-64. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference proves that Hito/Johvi was well-prepared to that game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 51-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hito/Johvi made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Tln Kalev helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Edvard Trumm (192-83) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Guard Siim Laur (189-87) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Hito/Johvi maintains ninth position with 2-22 record. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the eighth place with 20 games lost. Hito/Johvi are looking forward to face higher ranked Valga (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tln Kalev will play against Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Valga (10-15) played at the court of seventh ranked KK Parnu (10-13). KK Parnu managed to secure a 8-point victory 66-58. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Rain Raadik contributed with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for Valga. KK Parnu moved-up to sixth place. Valga lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. KK Parnu will play against higher ranked TTU (#4) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Valga will play at home against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tartu. Local TU/Rock (18-0) outscored 5th ranked Rapla (11-13) 92-68 on Tuesday night. Vallo Allingu scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Rait-Riivo Laane responded with 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated TU/Rock have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-0 record behind leader Tarvas. Loser Rapla keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play against the league's leader BC Rakvere (#1) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 22 Rapla was defeated by TTU in Tallinn 71-66.


TU/Rock - Rapla 92-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tartu. Local TU/Rock (18-0) outscored 5th ranked Rapla (11-13) 92-68 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Rapla managed to win second period 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TU/Rock shot 26 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Rapla only scored six points from the stripe. TU/Rock forced 24 Rapla turnovers. The former international power forward Vallo Allingu (206-78) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Silver Leppik (189-83) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) responded with 17 points and the former international forward Andre Parn (202-77) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TU/Rock have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-0 record behind leader Tarvas. Loser Rapla keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play against the league's leader BC Rakvere (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: V.Allingu 16+7reb, T.Kurbas 13+3reb, S.Leppik 11+3reb+4ast, I.Nelyubov 9+4reb+1ast, R.Veideman 9+1reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 8+5reb+1ast
Rapla: R.Laane 17+3reb+1ast, A.Parn 16+5reb, M.Dorbek 9+2reb+1ast, I.Pilk 9+5reb+4ast, R.Nurger 6+7reb+2ast, M.Paasoja 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 231181


Parnu - Valga 66-58

The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Valga (10-15) played at the court of seventh ranked KK Parnu (10-13). KK Parnu managed to secure a 8-point victory 66-58. Valga was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 26-12 charge of KK Parnu, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. International center Rain Raadik (208-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian point guard Edi Sinadinovic (193-88) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Valga. KK Parnu moved-up to sixth place. Valga lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. KK Parnu will play against higher ranked TTU (#4) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Valga will play at home against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 18+5reb+6ast, R.Raadik 16+13reb, K.Kitsing 11+5reb+1ast, O.Matulionis 9+4reb+3ast, K.Evart 8+2reb, R.Raap 4+5reb+6ast
Valga: R.Grafs 22+11reb+2ast, E.Sinadinovic 12+4reb+5ast, V.Vares 9+6reb+2ast, H.Rannula 7+1reb+2ast, J.Jarvelainen 3+3reb, T.Leok 3+1reb
gschID: 231180


TTU - Rapla 71-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Rapla's (11-13) road loss to fourth ranked TTU (13-10) 66-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-66. TTU outrebounded Rapla 36-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) chipped in 21 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) responded with 16 points and international guard Martin Dorbek (194-91) scored 8 points and 4 assists. TTU maintains fourth position with 13-10 record. Loser Rapla keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. TTU will meet KK Parnu (#6) on the road in the next round. Rapla will play against the league's leader BC Rakvere and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 21+1reb+1ast, A.Arnold 18+9reb+3ast, J.Puidet 8+4reb+1ast, S.Raudla 8+1reb+1ast, E.Keedus 7+7reb+5ast, K.Makke 5+3reb+1ast
Rapla: R.Laane 16+2reb, A.Parn 11+3ast, M.Paasoja 10+4reb+1ast, I.Pilk 10+1reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 8+4reb+4ast, R.Ringmets 6+8reb
gschID: 231179


Tln Kalev - Hito/Johvi 64-84

Bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi managed to get a second victory, breaking the twenty two-game losing streak on Thursday night. This time newly promoted Hito/Johvi outleveled eighth-ranked Tln Kalev in Tallinn 84-64. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference proves that Hito/Johvi was well-prepared to that game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 51-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hito/Johvi made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Tln Kalev helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Edvard Trumm (192-83) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Guard Siim Laur (189-87) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and forward Janis Vahter (193-86) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Hito/Johvi maintains ninth position with 2-22 record. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the eighth place with 20 games lost. Hito/Johvi are looking forward to face higher ranked Valga (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tln Kalev will play against Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hito/Johvi: E.Trumm 19+16reb+1ast, S.Laur 17+9reb+1ast, J.Kool 12+2reb, A.Anijarv 9+1reb, M.Laanemets 8+1ast, J.Saar 6+4reb+1ast
Tln Kalev: I.Okoye 11+10reb+1ast, J.Vahter 10+6reb+1ast, M.Paiste 10+3reb, R.Roos 9+7reb, M.Campbell 5+1reb+1ast, M.Kurg 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 231178



Edvard Trumm claims Estonian KML weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Edvard Trumm (192-F/C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hito/Johvi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed Tln Kalev (#8, 6-20) with 20-point margin 84-64. Hito/Johvi maintains the 9th position in Estonian KML. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Hito/Johvi have already lost 22 games and recorded just two victories. Trumm has many years of experience at Hito/Johvi, through which he has constantly improved. Trumm has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 54.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga. Grafs impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Valga lost that game 58-66 to slightly higher-ranked Parnu (#6, 10-13). This loss caused Valga to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Grafs is a newcomer at Valga 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 former international forward Vallo Allingu (206-F/C-78) of second-ranked TU/Rock. Allingu scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of TU/Rock, leading his team to a 92-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Rapla (#5, 11-13). TU/Rock have amazing season winning all 18 games without a single defeat. Allingu turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Allingu has a very solid season. In 13 games in Estonia he scored 5.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Parnu - 16 points and 13 rebounds
5. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) of Parnu - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Ike Okoye (206-F-86) of Tln Kalev - 11 points and 10 rebounds
8. Siim Laur (189-G-87) of Hito/Johvi - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) of TTU - 8 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) of TU/Rock - 9 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)



Kalev/Cramo advanced to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo advanced to the Semifinals of the Baltic league. Pieno Zvaigzdes overcame Kalev/Cramo 82:79, but it was not enough to advance as in Game 1 Kalev/Cramo celebrated a 71:54 win. Kalev/Cramo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game The best player for the winners was Gytis Sirutavicius who scored 21 points. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 8 points and 7 assists. Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Armands Skele added 18 points respectively for the guests.
TU/Rock overcame Barons kvartals 100:89, while the latter advanced to the next round. Rain Veideman (193-G-91) scored the last basket in regulation to give Rock an 89-75 lead and tie the series on aggregate, hence sending the game into overtime. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Barons kvartals managed to win third quarter 27-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Barons kvartals used huge pressure winning it 12-21 getting a tie at the end of regular time. Rain Veideman scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Tyler Cain scored 12 points and 7 rebounds.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.2 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.19.6 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka18.5 
 5. Flowers, Kataja18.1 
 6. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 7. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 9. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.15.4 
 10. Bader, Szolnok15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.5 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 9. Camara, Gravelines6.8 
 10. Ensminger, Teleko.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.8 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.4 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.6 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.2 
 5. Deane, Khimik4.9 
 6. Kramer, EWE B.4.8 
 7. Burtt, Tofas4.8 
 8. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
 10. Joyce, EWE Baske.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.8 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
 3. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.0 
 4. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.7 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 7. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Buycks, Gravelines1.3 
 10. Jeromanovs, Norrk.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  Khimik
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Goodridge, Khimik1.5 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.5 
 3. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.3 
 4. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.2 
 5. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 6. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 7. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 
 8. Balashov, Krasni.1.0 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.1.0 
 10. Hassell, Hapoel H.1.0 


Quarter-Final Play-offs. First Games - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Kataja 86-57
Gravelines leave no chances for visiting Kataja in the last game of the quarter-final play-off series in EuroChallenge. The French team won 86:57 and will head to Finland in order to advance to Final Four. Game 2 to be played on March 14th. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Joensuun Kataja to just 7 points in first quarter. Gravelines-Dunkerque forced 22 Joensuun Kataja turnovers and outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 36-22 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Johnell Smith answered with 15 points and the other American import forward Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Joensuun Kataja.

EWE Baskets - Khimik 82-74
EWE Baskets use home court advantage to beat Khimik in Game 1 of the EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series. The German side posted an 82:74 win before heading to Ukraine. Game 2 will be played on Match 14th in Yuzhniy. It was hot in the court in the first period as the teams stayed close to each other. EWE Baskets won the first frame 17-16 and then added 23-18 in the second quarter. Moreover the hosts erupted with 28-21 surge in the third period and ensured the victory at that time. Khimik managed to respond with 19-14 rally in the fourth quarter to reduce to final 8 points. Jenkins Julius orchestrated the victory with 23 points and Kramer Chris nailed 15. Paulding Rickey delivered 13, while Smeulders Robin brought 8. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Pustovyi Artem had 14. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) posted 11, whilst Ryabchuk Oleksandr added 7.

Karsiyaka - Paris-Levallois 74-76
Paris-Levallois grab the road win in Turkey against Karsiyaka. The French side stepped closer to Final Four of the tournament after a 76:74 win. Game 2 will be played on March 14th in France. Pinar Karsiyaka started better and won the first period 17-12. The guests bounced back in the second frame and after 24-18 took 36:35 halftime advantage. Karsiyaka managed to tie the game in the end of the third frame as Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) nailed three for 52:52. Mutaf brought 72:63 with less than 4 minutes to go, but the hosts could not win the game. Paris-Levallois erupted with a 13-2 run to take a near-unthinkable win. Labeyrie Louis paced all the winners with 19 points and Albicy Andrew added 14. Cox John and Oniangue Giovan followed them with 12 points each. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) answered with 25 points in the losing effort and 10 rebounds, whilst Bobby Dixon had 17. Aminu Alade poured in 14 and Sonkol Umit delivered 12.

Krasnie Krilya - Telekom Baskets 80-60
Krasnie Krilya successfully open quarter-final play-offs in Samara against Telekom Baskets. The Russian team won 80:60 in Game 1 and stepped closer to Final Four. Krasnie Krilya proved their ambitions as the favorites of the tournament. They started the game with 28-15 and never looked behind in the game. Moreover the hosts posted a 25-19 rally in the second frame for 19-point lead at the halftime. The tempo had slowed down in the second half as the teams exchanged the narrow wins in the third and the last quarters. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Thomas Omar added 15. Wilson Lamayn delivered 12, whilst Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) brought 9. Vaden Robert finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) notched 11. Weems Kyle poured in 9, while Ensminger Chris added 8. Game 2 to be played on March 14th in Germany.



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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, Ratiopharm16.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.4 
 7. Brown, Lokomotiv16.1 
 8. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Rowland, VEF Riga15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.8 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv7.6 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.8 
 7. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 8. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.5 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.6.0 
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. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP1.7 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 7. Carter, Spartak SP1.5 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 9. Eidson, Unics1.5 
 10. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 4. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 5. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 6. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 7. Hamilton, Gescr.0.9 
 8. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 9. Ndong, Galatasaray0.8 
 10. Milosevic, Buducn.0.8 



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.7 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia24.2 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon23.7 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.8 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET21.9 
 7. Mays, Huima21.8 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.5 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II20.2 
 10. Tate, Porvoon19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierre JALLOW
  Jarvenpaa
  (203-F/C-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.9 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.6 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET11.9 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Keskitalo, JyWe11.7 
 6. Stephens, Huima11.6 
 7. Young, Porvoon10.8 
 8. Coleman, ToPo10.4 
 9. Capers, ToPo10.3 
 10. Ricks, BC Jyvask.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.2 
 2. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 4. Ginty, ToPo4.3 
 5. Mays, Huima4.1 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.0 
 7. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.9 
 9. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 10. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.0 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon2.1 
 5. Thomas, SayRi2.0 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET2.0 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 9. Jarvinen, KaU Koris1.7 
 10. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.0 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 6. Capers, ToPo1.4 
 7. Moultrie, BC Nokia1.3 
 8. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 
 9. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 10. Young, Porvoon1.2 


EUROCHALLENGE: BCM Gravelines too tough for Kataja - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge, Quarter Final play-offs, Game 1: BCM Gravelines (France) was too tough at home for visitor Kataja (Joensuu). Especially the game start was a shock for Kataja: 10-0 in three minutes, 13-0, when Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) finally made a 2-pointer at time 4:36, the next Kataja bucket (19-4) at time 6:53 and the first quarter to the hosts 26-7. At half time Gravelines was ahead by 23 points (46-23), after 30 minutes it was a 28-point-game (68-40) and at the buzzer Gravelines had won 86-57. Game 2 on Thursday, March 14 in Joensuu, Finland.
Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) led Gravelines with 18pts/8assists. Julius Johnson (193-G/F, college: Chabot CC) added 15 pts and Abdonlaye Mbaye 13 pts. Gravelines won the rebounds 38-28 and was shooting better in the field. Kataja had only eight FTs in the game, but made seven of them. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) led Kataja with 15 pts. Petri Virtanen added 10 pts. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) DNP.


BCM Gravelines - Kataja 86-57 (46-23). Quarters: 26-7, 20-16, 22-17, 18-17. (Dwight Buycks 18/8a, Julius Johnson 15, Abdonlaye Mbaye 13. 1 - 58,3% (14/24), 2 - 60,0% (21/35), 3 - 41,7% (10/24). R: 27+11=38. TO: 16. - Johnell Smith 15, Petri Virtanen 10, Antti Kanervo 8. 1 - 87,5% (7/8), 2 - 44,8% (13/29), 3 - 30,8% (8/26). R: 20+8=28. TO: 22).


Other results:
Pinar Karsiyaka, Izmir, Turkey - Paris Levallois, France 74-76 (35-36). PK: William Thomas 25 - PL: Louis Labeyrie 19.
EWE Baskets, Oldenburg, Germany - BC Khimik, Yuzhne, Ukraine 82-74 (40-34). EWE: Julius Jenkins 23. - Khimik: Willie Deane 19.
Krasnye Krylia, Samara, Russia - Telekom Baskets, Bonn, Germany 80-60 (53-34). KK: Chester Simmons 16. - TB: Robert Vaden 14.



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 16-6 
 2. Strasbourg 16-6 
 3. Chalon 14-8 
 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. Le Havre 9-13 
 12. Cholet 9-13 
 13. Limoges 9-13 
 14. Nancy 7-15 
 15. Poitiers 7-15 
 16. Boulazac 6-16 

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 71-74


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: 10.5
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.5 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.7 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.2 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac7.1 
 8. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.6 
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. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.8 
 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. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 5. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 6. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 7. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 8. Jomby, Cholet1.5 
 9. Thompson, Le Havre1.5 
 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. Goree, Cholet0.9 
 8. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 9. Samnick, Roanne0.8 
 10. Issa, Le Mans0.8 


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

28-year old forward Sean May (206-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Paris-Levallois and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Paris-Levallois in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cholet (#13, 9-13) 84-70. Paris-Levallois is placed at 7th position in French league. Paris-Levallois 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. May turned to be Paris-Levallois' top player in his first season with the team. University of North Carolina graduate has very impressive stats this year. May is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.4ppg. May is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 60.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of Nancy. He is American forward in his first season at Nancy. In the last game Brown recorded impressive 23 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Nancy lost that game 75-82 to the higher-ranked Limoges (#11, 9-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Nancy keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Nancy and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former Cal State - San Bernardino star Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Shelden Williams (206-F-83) of Chalon (#3). Williams scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Williams' great performance Chalon lost 69-71 to the lower-ranked Orleans (#8, 11-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Chalon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Williams has a great season in France. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (4th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Dijon - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Zach Moss (201-F-81) of Dijon - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Darius Washington (188-PG-85) of Le Mans - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyle McAlarney (185-PG-87) of Limoges - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Christopher Hill (191-G-83) of Orleans - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Alex Acker (196-G-83) of Boulazac - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois grab the road win in Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Karsiyaka - Paris-Levallois 74:76

Paris-Levallois grab the road win in Turkey against Karsiyaka. The French side stepped closer to Final Four of the tournament after a 76:74 win. Game 2 will be played on March 14th in France.
Pinar Karsiyaka started better and won the first period 17-12. The guests bounced back in the second frame and after 24-18 took 36:35 halftime advantage. Karsiyaka managed to tie the game in the end of the third frame as Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) nailed three for 52:52. Mutaf brought 72:63 with less than 4 minutes to go, but the hosts could not win the game. Paris-Levallois erupted with a 13-2 run to take a near-unthinkable win.
Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) paced all the winners with 19 points and Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) added 14. John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) and Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) followed them with 12 points each. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) answered with 25 points in the losing effort and 10 rebounds, whilst Bobby Dixon had 17. Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) poured in 14 and Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) delivered 12.

Karsiyaka: Will Thomas 25+10 rebs, Bobby Dixon 17, Alade Aminu 14, Umit Sonkol 12
Paris-Levallois: Louis Labeyrie 19, Andrew Albicy 14, John Cox 12, Giovan Oniangue 12



EuroChallenge: Gravelines leave no chances for visiting Kataja - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - Kataja 86:57

Gravelines leave no chances for visiting Kataja in the last game of the quarter-final play-off series in EuroChallenge. The French team won 86:57 and will head to Finland in order to advance to Final Four. Game 2 to be played on March 14th.
Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Joensuun Kataja to just 7 points in first quarter. Gravelines-Dunkerque forced 22 Joensuun Kataja turnovers and outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 36-22 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-PG-88) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) answered with 15 points and the other American import forward Daniel Coleman added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Joensuun Kataja.

Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 18, Johnson 15, Abdoulaye M'Baye 13, Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) 11, Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama) 10
Kataja: Johnell Smith 15, Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) 10, Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) 8



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Liga Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Feni Indistrija 0-0 
 2. Kozuv 0-0 
 3. Kumanovo 0-0 
 4. Lirija 0-0 
 5. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 6. Rabotnicki 0-0 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 6-8 
 2. Vardar 2-12 
 3. Pelister Bitola 1-13 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: MZT Skopje - Kozuv
Mar. 20: Rabotnicki - Lirija
Mar. 20: Feni Indistrija - Kumanovo

Places 7-9

Mar. 23: Vardar - Pelister Bitola


Standings - Division II

Vtora Liga Standings
 1. Apave 9-1 
 2. Karpos Sokoli 9-2 
 3. Angeli Skopje 7-4 
 4. Goce Delchev 5-6 
 5. Lihnidos 5-6 
 6. V.Lisici 4-6 
 7. Best Gevgelija 4-7 
 8. Teteks TTK 4-7 
 9. Negotino 1-9 



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-4 
 2. B.Muenchen 18-9 
 3. EWE Baskets 16-7 
 4. Ratiopharm 16-9 
 5. ALBA 16-9 
 6. Art.Dragons 14-12 
 7. Telekom Baskets 13-12 
 8. Walter Tigers 13-13 
 9. TBB Trier 12-13 
 10. Phoenix Hagen 12-13 
 11. s.Oliver Baskets 12-13 
 12. Bayreuth 11-14 
 13. MBC 11-15 
 14. Bremerhaven 10-14 
 15. NY Phantoms 10-15 
 16. Neckar L'burg 10-17 
 17. Fraport SKY 9-17 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 12: ALBA - Neckar L'burg 89-76
Mar. 12: B.Muenchen - LTi 46ers 116-59
Mar. 13: s.Oliver Baskets - Walter Tigers
Mar. 13: MBC - Ratiopharm
Mar. 13: NY Phantoms - Fraport SKY
Mar. 13: Telekom Baskets - Phoenix Hagen
Mar. 13: Bremerhaven - Bayreuth
Mar. 13: EWE Baskets - TBB Trier
Mar. 13: Brose Bask. - Art.Dragons


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. White, Phoenix17.3 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.5 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.4 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.3 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.8 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.14.3 
 8. Thompson, ALBA14.2 
 9. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.1 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.2 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.0 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.0 
 5. Robertson, Fraport7.0 
 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.Muenchen4.9 
 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. White, Phoenix1.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Bernard, Neckar L.1.7 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 9. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 10. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 5. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 6. 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 


Miro Todic (Khimik-OPZ Yuzny) My Time In Frankfurt Was One Of My Best Years - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Serbia that just joined Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague) after playing for LeGamberi Foods Forli (Italy-Lega2) where he averaged 15,8ppg and 9,9rpg. He started his basketball career at Radnik Bijeljina. In 2003-2004 he played for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-1A), then joined Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia). H ethen played three seasons for the Deutsche Bank Sklyiners from 2004-2007 reaching the Beko BBL final in 2005. He then played for AO Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1) from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010 he played for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A1): 12 games: 4.9ppg, 2.5rpg; in Feb.'10 moved to Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 8 games: 15.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 61.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A): 2 games: 0pts, 3.0rpg, in Nov.'10 moved to Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1): 24 games: 6.4ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 54.9%. Last season he played for Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 11 games: 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 55.9%; left in Jan.'12, later that month moved to Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 17 games: 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 67.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Eurochallenge game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Tonight a big Eurochallenge game in Oldenburg. How excited are to be in Germany again?

I am very excited. I miss Germany very much. I love Germany. This is a big game tonight and I hope that we can do well.

How do you see your chances against Oldenburg?

They are a real good team with very good Americans and Germans. They are very strong at all positions. I remember playing against Adam Chubb and Ronald Burrell. They also have very good guards with Julius Jenkins and Rickey Paulding and the kid Chris Kramer is a very good player. Each player always gives the maximum and we will have to be ready.

What will be the first thing that you will ask Dominik Bahiense De Mello when you see him on the court tonight?

I already spoke to him at morning shoot around. The first thing we did was smile at each other. It was so nice seeing him again. We talked about our days in Frankfurt. We were so young then. My time in Frankfurt was one of my best years. It was so much fun playing with the Skyliners.


What do you remember from Malick Badiane kicking the chair in Oldenburg in 2005?

I remember that a little, but dont really remember what happened. It didnt surprise me that he did that. When things arent going well, then players tend to get emotional. These kind of outbursts can always happen in sport. Malick was a very good guy.

How will you beat the unbeaten EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the Eurochallenge tonight?

We have to stop their Americans and transition game. They have good shooters and inside presence. We will have to give a full team effort to win.


What is your role in the team?

They brought me in, because they want to secure the third position in the league and go as far as possible in Eurochallenge. They want to have a deeper rotation than before.

Why did you leave Italy a week ago?

I had problems with getting the payments, so I searched the market and got offers in Italy division one and from Yunzy and they gave me an offer I couldnt pass up.

How has your game developed since Frankfurt?

I was a kid in Frankfurt in the years 18-21. I got a lot of experience playing many years in Greece. I got stronger physically as a player and has helped my game on offense and defense.

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

I am a versatile player. The coach can use me in so many different situations like spreading the defense or letting me work in the post. It always depends how they guard me how I will be used.

How did Nino Garris get you to laugh?

Just seeing his face and reaction always got me to laugh. It was so much going to practice when I was a Skyliner.

Have you ever seen a better shooter than Jimmy Mckinney?

Jimmy was a rookie when I played with him and has developed since then. But I have seen many great shooters in Greece and Italy over the years.

How lucky have you been to have had Mike Kalavros as coach so many years?

It has been very important for my career having him. He has taught me so much. He really has helped change my game over the years.


Who wins a one on one in practice you or Vitaly Kovalenko?

Well I have only been here one week so we havent played yet.


What do you miss most from Germany?

I miss all the food, people and life. Germany is so organized and it is the best country that I have lived in.

How often did Murat Didin eat Kebap each day?

I dont know since I didnt see him eat it, but maybe a lot. I just have good memories of coach. He was a good coach. Frankfurt was one of the best times for me.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

American Gangstar. I have seen it 5 times.

Thanks Miro for the chat.





EuroChallenge: Krasnie Krilya successfully open quarter-final play-offs in Samara - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - Telekom Baskets 80:60

Krasnie Krilya successfully open quarter-final play-offs in Samara against Telekom Baskets. The Russian team won 80:60 in Game 1 and stepped closer to Final Four.
Krasnie Krilya proved their ambitions as the favorites of the tournament. They started the game with 28-15 and never looked behind in the game. Moreover the hosts posted a 25-19 rally in the second frame for 19-point lead at the halftime. The tempo had slowed down in the second half as the teams exchanged the narrow wins in the third and the last quarters.
Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) added 15. Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) delivered 12, whilst Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) brought 9. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) notched 11. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) poured in 9, while Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) added 8.
Game 2 to be played on March 14th in Germany.

Krasnie Krilya: Chester Simmons 16, Omar Thomas 15, Lamayn Wilson 12, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 9
Telekom Baskets: Robert Vaden 14, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 11, Kyle Weems 9, Chris Ensminger 8



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets use home court advantage to beat Khimik - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Khimik 82:74

EWE Baskets use home court advantage to beat Khimik in Game 1 of the EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series. The German side posted an 82:74 win before heading to Ukraine. Game 2 will be played on Match 14th in Yuzhniy.
It was hot in the court in the first period as the teams stayed close to each other. EWE Baskets won the first frame 17-16 and then added 23-18 in the second quarter. Moreover the hosts erupted with 28-21 surge in the third period and ensured the victory at that time. Khimik managed to respond with 19-14 rally in the fourth quarter to reduce to final 8 points.
Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) orchestrated the victory with 23 points and Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) nailed 15. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) delivered 13, while Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) brought 8. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) had 14. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) posted 11, whilst Oleksandr Ryabchuk (189-G-89) added 7.

EWE Baskets: Julius Jenkins 23, Chris Kramer 15, Rickey Paulding 13, Robin Smeulders 8
Khimik: Willie Deane 19, Artem Pustovyi 14, Miroslav Todic 11, Oleksandr Ryabchuk 7



EuroCup: Bilbao knock down Ratiopharm Ulm to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao - Ratiopharm Ulm 101:78

Bilbao became the first EuroCup semifinalists. They rallied past visiting Ratiopharm Ulm to claim victory on aggregate in the quarterfinal series. Ulm entered the road contest having a 4-point lead after the home encounter. The German team consolidated their advantage going on a 30:28 run in the first quarter. But Bilbao quickly tuned in and responded with a 29:17 rally in the second quarter. The Spaniards accumulated a 57:47 halftime lead. Bilbao kept Ulm at distance throughout the third quarter. The Basque team gained a 78:63 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Bilbao never slowed down in the final frame and marched to a convincing victory at the end. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) produced 23 points to pace Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the home team. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Ulm. Per Guenther (185-PG-88) dropped 19 points in the loss.

Bilbao: Nikolaos Zisis 23, Lamont Hamilton 21, Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) 13
Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 21, Per Guenther 19



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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos23.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.3 
 3. Kiritsis, Ikaros16.2 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.7 
 5. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.6 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros14.5 
 9. Coleman, Kavala13.9 
 10. Petrovic-S., Apol.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.6 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.6 
 3. Jankovic, Panionios7.2 
 4. Faye, Ikaros7.2 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.7 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.5 
 7. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.2 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ar.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 3. Petroulas, Periste.4.3 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 5. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.9 
 7. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.4 
 9. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.3 
 10. Sloukas, Olympiac.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 3. Grant, Apollon2.3 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 5. McCollum, Apollo.1.8 
 6. Klaiber, Apollon1.6 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.5 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.4 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 5. Faye, Ikaros1.2 
 6. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.8 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 10. Jankovic, Panioni.0.8 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.6 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.5 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.9 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lav.17.8 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.5 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 7. Kitsoulis, OFI16.2 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.15.5 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.3 
 10. Tsiotras, Arkadik.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.3 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.6 
 4. Manousos, Doxa L.8.1 
 5. Sklavos, Pagrati8.1 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.0 
 7. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.4 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.4 
 10. Pelkic, Irakleio7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.8 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.7 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.7 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.8 
 5. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 7. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 8. Katsares, Trikalla3.5 
 9. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.4 
 10. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.6 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Psileas, Agia P.1.9 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.8 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.7 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 10. Koutinas, Niki Vo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.8 
 5. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 6. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 7. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 8. Manousos, Doxa L.0.6 
 9. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.0.6 
 10. Nikoloudis, Ikaro.0.6 


Balkan League: Levski beat Kavala to seal Final Four appearance - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Kavala 88:73

Levski defeated Kavala in Sofia today. The victory booked the Balkan League Final Four ticket for the Bulgarian team. They now hold 6-2 record on top of Top Six group. Kavala slipped at 3-6 record.
Levski strongly started the game. The hosts piled up a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. Levski stayed dominant throughout the second period. The home side accumulated a 45:24 halftime lead. Levski unloaded 24 points in the third quarter to ensure a 22-point buffer before the final stanza. Kavala dropped 25 points in the fourth stanza to sweeten the pill at the end. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) delivered 20 points for Levski. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) chipped in 12 points for the winners. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Kavala. Sotirios Manolopoulos (208-F-87) had 18 points in the loss.

Levski: Stefan Georgiev 20, Pavel Ivanov 12, Dimitar Dimitrov (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) 10
Kavala: Kieron Achara 19, Sotirios Manolopoulos 18



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 22-1 
 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 11-11 
 8. Punch 10-13 
 9. Almonte 10-13 
 10. Leiden 2 9-14 
 11. MSV/Zeemacht 8-15 
 12. BC Apollo 2 7-16 
 13. Almere P. 7-17 
 14. UBALL 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 12: Almere P. - Orca's Urk 78-87
Mar. 12: MSV/Zeemacht - Rotterdam 2 50-67
Mar. 12: De Hoppers - Almonte
Mar. 13: Leiden 2 - Punch
Mar. 14: Red Giants - Binnenland
Mar. 19: Cangeroes - BC Apollo 2



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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 


Standings - B Division

B Division Standings
East
 1. Kosarlabda 18-0 
 2. Konecranes 15-3 
 3. EKF-Eger-HESZ 12-6 
 4. Bajai FKE 10-8 
 5. Obudai 9-9 
 6. EnterHod Vas. 8-10 
 7. Phoenix KK 7-11 
 8. DEAC 4-14 
 9. Nagykorosi 4-14 
 10. Mezoberenyi 3-15 
West
 1. MTK Torokbalint 15-3 
 2. TF Budapest 14-4 
 3. Bonyhadi 13-5 
 4. MAFC 11-7 
 5. Bp. Honved 10-8 
 6. GYOR-SZOL 9-9 
 7. Veszpremi 7-11 
 8. PTE-PEAC PVSK 4-14 
 9. SMAFC-NYME 4-14 
 10. Vasas 3-15 


Hungarian A Division round 1 (Second Stage) best performance: Marko Spica - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Marko Spica (205-C/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Kaposvari, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, Second Stage botton-ranked team Atomeromu (#4, 0-1) with 18-point margin 102-84. It allowed Kaposvari to take over top position in the Hungarian A Division. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Kaposvari won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Spica turned to be Kaposvari's top player in his first season with the team. Former Central Michigan University star has very solid stats this year. Spica is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.8ppg. Spica is in league's top in and averages impressive 63.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Anthony Nelson (185-G-89) of Marso NYKK. Nelson had a very good evening with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Marso NYKK to edge Soproni (11-12) 74-69. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Nelson is a newcomer at Marso NYKK, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.7rpg and 5.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Anthony Jones (191-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Szedeak (#0). Jones showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Jones' great performance Szedeak lost 93-97 to #-5 ranked Falco-Szova. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Szedeak not to end season at such low position in Places 7-13, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could try to bring Szedeak's a little bit higher in the standings. Jones has a very solid season. In 13 games in Hungary he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 3.5apg and FGP: 58.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mate Mohacsi (192-F-90) of Marso NYKK - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ronald Moore (183-PG-88) of Albacomp - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 15 assists
7. Jonathan Levy (193-G-82) of Atomeromu - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Gergely Toth (208-PF-89) of Soproni - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of Jaszberenyi - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok - 19 points and 9 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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BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKEND REVIEW - by Patrick Maher

BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKEND REVIEW

As the final whistle blows in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague the top four teams look ahead to their Champions Trophy semi-final fixtures next weekend while the rest reflect on the season past.

Entering the weekend, all four top spots where filled however battles were fought around the country as each team looked to finish the season on a high.

In the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, Bord Gais Neptune added another win to their record which saw them tie with UCC Demons for the second spot on the league table. Neptune overcame a young but resilient Moycullen in Galway on Saturday night on a score-line of 88-81.

Speaking about the game, head coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell said, Im happy with that win we finished strong and everyone got a good run.

We were never really in trouble and maintained control throughout the game. Our younger guys have been playing brilliantly so it was great for them to get so involved in this game too.

We are looking forward to next weekend and entering the game in good form especially as we have finished the season with such a strong record.

Meanwhile UCC Demons fell to DCU Saints 60-58 when they travelled to Glasnevin. The northsiders have enjoyed great success this weekend as they secured a mid-week win over Dublin Inter which allowed them to qualify for the final spot in the Champions Trophy competition.

Head coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly said, We are delighted with the win but it wasnt a great performance. We were probably too comfortable at the beginning of the game after our win the other night over Dublin Inter.

However, I am proud of the lads at how well they came back and turned it around. Its a good sign that we found a way to win it.

Our match-up against UL Eagles next weekend wont be easy but we are coming into that game off a good run.

Elsewhere, UL Eagles proved why they are League Champions after they oversaw UCD Marian 90-63. The Limerick side where clearly out to prove a point after their loss to UCD back in February.

Under the watchful eye of assistant coach, Mike Hickey, the Limerick lads finished their successful season with a strong win. After the game, Hickey said, We knew coming into the game that we needed to work hard on defence and we did. From that our offensive game took off and we created great plays.

UCD had some key players missing but they still made us work for every basket. Overall it was a great team performance. We know how talented DCU are so we will have a tough week of practice ahead to make sure we are ready and prepared for that battle.

Finally, Killester secured their last win of the season at home in the I.W.A. Clontarf when they took on Dublin Inter and finished 82-76.

Although the result had no significant impact on the league or playoff standings Tom Doherty, head coach of Killester explains the importance of the game for his side.

He said, Tonight we played for pride and I really think we showed the strength and character of the team.

Back in November when the team went through changes and restructuring our season could have either deteriorated or improved. I believe that each of the lads had the desire and want to win and we stuck together.

The win over Dublin Inter was a mental victory. It was a tough and physical game but we had a little bit more in the tank and pulled away to get the win. It was great to finish the season with a win at home in front of our fans.

BASKETBALL IRELAND LATEST RESULTS

Saturday, March 9th

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

Moycullen: 81 (30) (P. Sullivan 31, C. Nihill 13, P. O'Brien 13) Bord Gais Neptune: 88 (48) (D. Townes 23, I. McLoughlin 19, M. McGinn 17)

Killester: 82 (40) (M. Boneparte 22, A. Casey 10, M. Westbrooks 19) Dublin Inter: 76 (40) (M. Tamusauskas 22, A. Statkus 9, R. Dimiciukas 19)

DCU Saints: 60 (26) (M. Trimmer 20, M. Protvizors 11, E. Donnelly 10) UCC Demons: 58 (33) (Walker 15, C. O Sullivan 15, S Coughlan 13)

UL Eagles: 90 (47) (R. Taylor 24, J. Killeen 23, S. Kinevane 23) UCD Marian: 63 (34) (B. Drumm 16, T. Vigilanco 11, C. Meany 9)

Basketball Irelands Mens Division One Playoffs

Templeogue Azzurri: 79 (39) (P. Taylor 18, I. Gordon 17, L. Thompson 11) Team Garveys St Marys: 63 (31) (A. Fitzgerald 18, J. Teahan 12, D. Griffin 10)

Basketball Ireland's Men's Division One Playoffs

Blue Demons: 74 (35) (K. Hosford 28, T. O'Halloran 14, S. Rodgers 8) Ballon BC: 50 (25) (D. Tamosauskis 11, R. Eidukas 12, M. Rubsiauicus 9)

BASKETBALL IRELAND UPCOMING FIXTURES

Champions Trophy Semi-Finals

Friday, March 15th

Bord Gais Neptune v UCC Demons, Mardyke Arena Cork, 6.45pm

UL Eagles v DCU Saints, Mardyke Arena Cork, 8:45pm

Courtesy .... Elaine Caffrey ...www.basketballireland.ie
Kyle Hosford (89) Scott Kinevane (175-G-87) <<>><<>>



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 18-3 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 17-4 
 3. Hod Hasharon 16-5 
 4. Elitzur Yavne 14-7 
 5. Ironi Ramat Gan 13-8 
 6. Hapoel Afula 13-8 
 7. Ironi K-A 12-9 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 10-11 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 8-13 
 10. Hapoel K/S 7-14 
 11. Macc.B.Yaakov 7-14 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 5-16 
 13. Maccabi K/G 4-17 
 14. Maccabi K/B 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 12: Kiryat Tivon - Maccabi K/G 94-81
Mar. 12: Ironi K-A - Hapoel K/S 90-62
Mar. 12: Hapoel Kazrin - Hod Hasharon 80-90
Mar. 12: Maccabi K/B - Ironi Ramat Gan 79-87
Mar. 12: Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nahariya 71-82
Mar. 12: Elitzur Ramla - Ironi Nes-Ziona 70-92
Mar. 12: Hapoel Afula - Macc.B.Yaakov 113-116

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 19: Ironi Ramat Gan - Kiryat Tivon
Mar. 19: Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Afula
Mar. 19: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel K/S
Mar. 19: Macc.B.Yaakov - Maccabi K/B
Mar. 19: Maccabi K/G - Elitzur Yavne
Mar. 19: Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Kazrin
Mar. 19: Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Ramla
Mar. 19: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi K-A


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla22.2 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.7 
 4. Westbrook, Hapoel20.9 
 5. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 6. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.1 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Murray, Kiryat T.19.6 
 9. Zelkovits, Ironi N.18.9 
 10. Clemente, Ironi N.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.3 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.13.2 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.3 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi10.8 
 5. Teel, Elitzur Ramla10.2 
 6. McGhee, Elitzur10.0 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.0 
 8. Joyner, Maccabi9.6 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.8 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla6.1 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.5 
 4. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.5.0 
 5. Golan, Ironi Nahar.4.5 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.3 
 7. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.3 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.2 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.2 
 10. Benn, Ironi N.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus ALEXANDER
  Maccabi .
  (-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Alexander, Maccabi2.9 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.9 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.8 
 4. Miller, Ironi N.2.5 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.3 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur2.1 
 8. Watson, Ironi K-A2.0 
 9. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.0 
 10. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.4 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.1 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.5 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 6. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 7. Labanowski, Macca.1.1 
 8. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.1 
 9. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.0 


Romel Beck ends season because of a broken hand - by Shai Levi

Terrible news for Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon and Israeli basketball fans- Romel Beck (201-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) , the top scorer of the team from Herzelia, broke his hand during The heartbreaking loss to Galil-Gilboa in the last league game and probably wont be able to get back on court until the end of this season.

Beck,a 6 foot 7 shooting guard that came to Israel this summer after playing in Greece last season, is the second best scorer in the Israeli top league this current season and averages more than 19 points per game for his team. Beck will have another medical diagnose in the next few days cause there is still a small possibility that his injury is less severe but Bnei is already looking for a replacement and they need to find one as soon as possible.



National League Round 21: Top-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona 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. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (18-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (8-13) 92-70. The game without a history. Ironi Nes-Ziona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 20 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Elitzur Ramla. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Elitzur Ramla at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona are looking forward to face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Ramla will play against Hod Hasharon and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Yavne was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Ironi Nahariya (17-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Elitzur Yavne (14-7). Ironi Nahariya defeated Elitzur Yavne 82-71. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks for the winners and Aviram Zelkovits chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Ukrainian power forward Igor Nesterenko (201-90) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Elitzur Yavne at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Ironi Nahariya will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Maccabi K/G (#13) in Kiryat Gat and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kazrin was also quite interesting. Third ranked Hod Hasharon (16-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (10-11). Hod Hasharon defeated Hapoel Kazrin 90-80 on Tuesday. Chukwudinma Odiakosa nailed 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Mike James came up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Hapoel Kazrin in the defeat. Hapoel Kazrin's coach Ziv Bartana rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hod Hasharon maintains third place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Hod Hasharon will meet at home Elitzur Ramla (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against the league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Afula. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Hapoel Afula (13-8) to eleventh ranked Beer Yaakov (7-14) 116-113 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The best player for the winners was Jermaine Hall who scored 43 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Beer Yaakov moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) at home. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#10).
The game between sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (12-9) and 10th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-14) in Kiryat Ata on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Ironi Kiryat Ata outscored guests from Kfar Saba 90-62. It was a good game for Ivory Clark who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Ironi Kiryat Ata went down to seventh position due to points difference. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will face league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play on the road against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 21 Ironi Ramat Gan beat Maccabi K/B on the road 87-79. Kiryat Tivon won against Maccabi K/G on its own court 94-81.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 31 points and 14 rebounds by Lenny Daniel of Maccabi K/G.


Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nahariya 71-82

The game in Yavne was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Ironi Nahariya (17-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Elitzur Yavne (14-7). Ironi Nahariya defeated Elitzur Yavne 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Elitzur Yavne was better in fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nahariya forced 19 Elitzur Yavne turnovers. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks for the winners and guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized Ukrainian power forward Igor Nesterenko (201-90) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Elitzur Yavne at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Ironi Nahariya will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Maccabi K/G (#13) in Kiryat Gat and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: R.Clemente 31+11reb+4ast, N.Golan 19+1reb+2ast, A.Zelkovits 18+7reb+1ast, N.Miller 11+7reb+5ast, R.Pitshon 3+6reb, A.Matta 0+1reb
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 22+5reb+2ast, I.Nesterenko 19+10reb, M.McGhee 12+11reb+2ast, E.Hofman 7+1reb+3ast, N.Matalon 4+2reb+3ast, L.Shem-Tov 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 197886


Maccabi K/B - Ironi Ramat Gan 79-87

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (13-8) beat on the road bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-18) 87-79 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Maccabi Kiryat Bialik won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Ramat Gan forced 23 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik turnovers. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) added 21 points in the effort for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel Afula. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will face Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play on the road against Beer Yaakov.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 18+11reb+3ast, K.Ramsey 17+12reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 13+2ast, D.Assaf 12+2reb+1ast, T.Kent 9+3reb+1ast, I.Mayor 8+3reb+2ast
Maccabi K/B: D.Davidi 21+2reb+3ast, D.Joyner 20+8reb+4ast, M.Alexander 9+4reb+3ast, Z.Tavor 8+4reb+4ast, M.Shamis 8+1reb+1ast, E.Gtoe 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 197887


Ironi K-A - Hapoel K/S 90-62

The game between sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (12-9) and 10th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-14) in Kiryat Ata on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Ironi Kiryat Ata outscored guests from Kfar Saba 90-62. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-62. It was a good game for American forward Ivory Clark (198-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) answered with 14 points and American forward Maurice McNeil (205-87, college: Houston) added 5 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Ironi Kiryat Ata went down to seventh position due to points difference. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will face league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play on the road against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: I.Clark 19+9reb+1ast, K.Izik 16+6reb+3ast, D.Govens 13+5reb+2ast, A.Nanikashvili 12+1ast, G.Halamish 8+4reb+1ast, B.Shmila 6+1ast
Hapoel K/S: M.Hampton 18+3reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 14+4reb, H.Karni 9+3reb+1ast, O.Lev 6+1reb, A.Harush 6+5reb, M.McNeil 5+12reb+1ast
gschID: 197883


Kiryat Tivon - Maccabi K/G 94-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Kiryat Tivon and 12th ranked Maccabi K/G had identical 4-16 record. This time Kiryat Tivon used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Kiryat Gat 94-81 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kiryat Tivon outrebounded Maccabi K/G 37-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Maccabi K/G was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Maccabi K/G. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kiryat Tivon (5-16) moved-up to twelfth place. Newly promoted Maccabi K/G dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Kiryat Tivon will face higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi K/G will play against Elitzur Yavne (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: S.Farine 28+5reb+2ast, G.Murray 21+9reb+2ast, C.Bouchman 10+11reb+5ast, T.Ber-Aven 10+4reb+7ast, I.Raguan 8+2reb+2ast, D.Aviv 7+1reb+1ast
Maccabi K/G: L.Daniel 31+14reb+2ast, M.El Amin 14+2reb+4ast, H.Gonshor 12+1reb+3ast, O.Ron 8+1ast, T.Pisecki 8+3reb+3ast, D.Peterson 5+1reb
gschID: 197889


Hapoel Kazrin - Hod Hasharon 80-90

The game in Kazrin was also quite interesting. Third ranked Hod Hasharon (16-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (10-11). Hod Hasharon defeated Hapoel Kazrin 90-80 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Kazrin managed to win second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) nailed 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 20 points and 6 assists. American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) came up with 22 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) added 16 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Kazrin in the defeat. Four Hod Hasharon and five Hapoel Kazrin players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kazrin's coach Ziv Bartana rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hod Hasharon maintains third place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Hod Hasharon will meet at home Elitzur Ramla (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against the league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 21+9reb, B.Walker 20+4reb+6ast, G.Gandel 20+4reb+3ast, E.Asante Asare 10+9reb+4ast, I.Stolero 8+2reb+2ast, A.Skverer 7+1reb+1ast
Hapoel Kazrin: M.James 22+9reb+1ast, A.Kazarnovski 16+12reb+3ast, R.Sabag 11+1reb+6ast, S.Salz 10+4reb, A.Gordon 10+4reb+2ast, I.Nir 7+3reb
gschID: 197885


Elitzur Ramla - Ironi Nes-Ziona 70-92

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (18-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (8-13) 92-70. The game without a history. Ironi Nes-Ziona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 20 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Or Zinderman (188-89) added 14 points in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Elitzur Ramla at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona are looking forward to face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Ramla will play against Hod Hasharon and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 18+1reb+2ast, B.Benn 17+7reb+3ast, T.Karpels 16+3reb, C.Tate 12+8reb+1ast, R.Zehavian 8+7reb+4ast, G.Amitay 7+7reb+4ast
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 18+7reb+4ast, O.Zinderman 14+3reb+1ast, O.Cohen 12+4reb+1ast, J.Jefferson 8+5reb, A.Guterman 7+2reb+1ast, O.Plavnik 5+3reb
gschID: 197884


Hapoel Afula - Macc.B.Yaakov 113-116

A very interesting game took place in Afula. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Hapoel Afula (13-8) to eleventh ranked Beer Yaakov (7-14) 116-113 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Beer Yaakov made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) who scored 43 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) who recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and point guard Shmuel Brener (188-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Five Beer Yaakov and four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) at home. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#10).
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 43+6reb, J.Alexander 22+16reb+2ast, I.Simin 17+3reb+8ast, I.Iram 15+5reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 13+1reb+8ast, S.Kleimintz 4+1reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 33+12reb, A.Fisher 22+4reb+2ast, S.Brener 18+5reb+7ast, O.Blayzer 15+7reb+1ast, L.Ariely 10+2reb, I.Bochman 8+7reb+5ast
gschID: 197888



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 10: Matera - Latina Basket 88-85
Mar. 10: Torino - Treviglio 88-78
Mar. 10: San Severo - Agrigento 81-80
Mar. 10: Ferrara - Castelletto 76-72
Mar. 10: Casalpusterlengo - Lucca 73-63
Mar. 10: Perugia - Reggio Calabr. 67-79
Mar. 11: Firenze - Recanati 66-67
Mar. 10: Bari - Omegna 63-60

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 6: Agrigento - Casalpusterlengo
Mar. 7: Chieti - Perugia
Mar. 6: Recanati - Ferrara
Mar. 6: Lucca - Bari
Mar. 6: Omegna - Torino
Mar. 6: Treviglio - Matera
Mar. 6: Castelletto - San Severo
Mar. 16: Mirandola - Firenze


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.8 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.5 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.2 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 6. Gueye, San Severo15.6 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari15.6 
 8. Bolzonella, Castel.15.5 
 9. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
 10. Benfatto, Ferrara15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.0 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.6 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.2 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.2 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.5 
 9. Spizzichini, Firen.7.4 
 10. Ricci, Casalpus.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.5 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.3 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.7 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.6 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.4 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.1 
 10. Santolamazza, Lat.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 4. Parente, Lucca2.8 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze2.8 
 6. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 7. Vico, Matera2.8 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 9. Losi, Mirandola2.6 
 10. Spizzichini, Ferr.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 4. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 5. Iannilli, San Seve.0.9 
 6. Casadei, Firenze0.8 
 7. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 8. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 9. Piunti, Mirandola0.7 
 10. Pazzi, Castelletto0.7 


Wojciechowski's double-double lands him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Torino and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Treviglio (#6, 14-12) 88-78. It allowed Torino to consolidate first place in the Italian Nazionale A. Torino have a solid 23-4 record. Wojciechowski turned to be Torino's top player in his first season with the team. Jakub Wojciechowski averages this season 15.7ppg and 9.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara. He is a forward in his second season at Ferrara. In the last game Benfatto recorded impressive 22 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Ferrara to edge the higher-ranked Castelletto (#4, 15-11) by 4 points 76-72. Ferrara's 15th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Benfatto is well-known at Ferrara and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Massimo Rezzano (203-F/C-82) of league's second-best Matera. Rezzano scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Matera, leading his team to a 88-85 win against the lower-ranked Latina Basket (#17, 9-18). Matera 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 9 lost games. Rezzano has a very solid season. In 26 games in Italy he scored 14.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) of San Severo - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Filippo Gagliardo (206-F-78) of Latina Basket - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) of Bari - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Giacomo Chiatti (183-PG-86) of Perugia - 23 points and 5 rebounds
8. Stefano Spizzichini (202-F-90) of Firenze - 15 points and 11 rebounds
9. Stefano Masciadri (200-F-89) of Omegna - 11 points and 13 rebounds
10. Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr. - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Nazionale A Round 29: Matera beats Latina Basket by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Sixteenth-ranked Latina Basket (9-18) was very close to win a game against second ranked Matera (18-9) on Sunday. Matera managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-23. But Latina Basket won second period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Forward Filippo Gagliardo (206-78) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for Latina Basket. Matera maintains second place with 18-9 record having five points less than leader Torino. Latina Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with San Severo. Matera are looking forward to face Agrigento (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Latina Basket will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Agrigento (15-11) against seventeenth ranked Mazzeo San Severo (9-18) on Sunday night. Visiting Agrigento was edged by Mazzeo San Severo in a tough game in San Severo 80-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Agrigento. Swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and Andrea Iannilli chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (196-85) responded with 19 points. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mazzeo San Severo moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Latina Basket. Newly promoted Agrigento keeps the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Castelletto. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Latina Basket (#17) on the road in the next round. Agrigento will play against the league's second-placed Matera (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Nazionale A top team - Torino (23-4) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Treviglio (14-12) 88-78. Jakub Wojciechowski nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Matteo Raminelli came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for Treviglio in the defeat. Torino have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-4 record. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Lucca. Torino will meet Chieti (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Treviglio will play against Casalpusterlengo (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Casalpusterlengo was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Lucca (14-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Casalpusterlengo (14-11). Casalpusterlengo defeated Lucca 73-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lucca. The best player for the winners was Gianpaolo Ricci who scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Lucca keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be Treviglio (#6) on the road. Lucca will play against Recanati.
Important game to mention about took place in Firenze. Fifteenth ranked Recanati (11-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Firenze (11-13) 67-66 on Monday evening. Marco Gnaccarini saved the victory by scoring 17 points. Recanati have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Mirandola. Loser Firenze keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Recanati will face higher ranked Lucca (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Reggio Calabr. beat Perugia on the road 79-67. Ferrara won against Castelletto on its own court 76-72. Omegna unfortunately lost to Bari in a road game 60-63.


Firenze - Recanati 66-67

Important game to mention about took place in Firenze. Fifteenth ranked Recanati (11-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Firenze (11-13) 67-66 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 15-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) saved the victory by scoring 17 points. Nicolo Benedusi (193-88) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Firenze. Four Firenze players scored in double figures. Recanati have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Mirandola. Loser Firenze keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Recanati will face higher ranked Lucca (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Recanati: M.Gnaccarini 17+2reb+1ast, N.Benedusi 14+5reb, A.Pierini 12+4reb, R.Castelli 9+8reb+1ast, M.Pierangeli 6+4reb, G.Tessitore 4+1reb+2ast
Firenze: D.Casadei 15+12reb+1ast, S.Spizzichini 15+11reb+1ast, S.Rabaglietti 13+2reb+3ast, A.Giampaoli 11+4ast, A.Capitanelli 6+7reb+1ast, M.Sanna 6+3ast
gschID: 191883


Matera - Latina Basket 88-85

Sixteenth-ranked Latina Basket (9-18) was very close to win a game against second ranked Matera (18-9) on Sunday. Matera managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-23. But Latina Basket won second period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Matera players scored in double figures. Forward Filippo Gagliardo (206-78) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Latina Basket. Matera maintains second place with 18-9 record having five points less than leader Torino. Latina Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with San Severo. Matera are looking forward to face Agrigento (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Latina Basket will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: M.Rezzano 22+9reb+1ast, A.Vitale 19+1reb+2ast, C.Cantone 17+1reb+3ast, A.Iannuzzi 14+8reb, C.Sebastian Vico 8+2reb+4ast, M.Cozzoli 5+1reb+1ast
Latina Basket: F.Gagliardo 21+6reb, M.Carrizo 18+3reb+5ast, M.Canavesi 16+9reb+1ast, T.Milani 9+1reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 9+8reb+2ast, A.Poti 7+1ast
gschID: 191891


San Severo - Agrigento 81-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Agrigento (15-11) against seventeenth ranked Mazzeo San Severo (9-18) on Sunday night. Visiting Agrigento was edged by Mazzeo San Severo in a tough game in San Severo 80-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Agrigento. Agrigento was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Mazzeo San Severo, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Mazzeo San Severo brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Agrigento was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (196-85) responded with 19 points and the former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mazzeo San Severo moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Latina Basket. Newly promoted Agrigento keeps the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Castelletto. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Latina Basket (#17) on the road in the next round. Agrigento will play against the league's second-placed Matera (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
San Severo: I.Scarponi 23+2reb+1ast, O.Gueye 15+4reb+2ast, A.Iannilli 12+10reb+2ast, R.Maggio 11+1reb+2ast, G.Sirakov 8+1ast, G.Zampolli 7+1ast
Agrigento: A.Chiarastella 19+4reb+3ast, R.Chiacig 16+5reb+1ast, Q.De Laurentiis 11+2reb, V.Di Viccaro 9+1reb+2ast, G.Anello 8+6reb+1ast, A.Moruzzi 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 191889


Casalpusterlengo - Lucca 73-63

The game in Casalpusterlengo was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Lucca (14-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Casalpusterlengo (14-11). Casalpusterlengo defeated Lucca 73-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lucca. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Casalpusterlengo made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) who scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 16 points. point guard Davide Parente (188-83) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Lucca players scored in double figures. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Lucca keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be Treviglio (#6) on the road. Lucca will play against Recanati.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 16+2reb+2ast, L.Vencato 13+3reb, F.Bellina 9+8reb+1ast, G.Ricci 9+13reb+2ast, T.Marino 9+2reb+4ast, A.Chiumenti 8+4reb+1ast
Lucca: M.Negri 17+3reb, D.Banti 15+3reb+1ast, D.Parente 15+6reb+3ast, W.Santarossa 12+10reb+2ast, A.Barsanti 2+1ast, R.Casagrande 1+1reb
gschID: 191888


Perugia - Reggio Calabr. 67-79

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Reggio Calabr. (13-12) beat on the road 18th ranked Perugia (8-19) 79-67 on Sunday. The game without a history. Reggio Calabr. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Reggio Calabr. forced 22 Perugia turnovers. Point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) contributed with 7 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Reggio Calabr. players scored in double figures. point guard Giacomo Chiatti (183-86) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Nicola Mei (186-85) added 16 points and 6 steals in the effort for Perugia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Reggio Calabr. moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Omegna and Bari. Loser Perugia keeps the eighteenth position with 19 games lost. Reggio Calabr. will face Firenze (#11) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Reggio Calabr.: M.Ammannato 12+4reb, A.Piazza 12+5reb+3ast, G.Rugolo 11+2reb+1ast, L.Fontecchio 10+2reb+1ast, F.Quaglia 10+6reb, N.Sabbatino 10+1reb
Perugia: G.Chiatti 23+5reb, N.Mei 16+2reb, C.Cutolo 9+3reb, S.Bonamente 9+5reb+1ast, F.Ramenghi 4+6reb, P.Chiarello 4+8reb
gschID: 191886


Ferrara - Castelletto 76-72

There was an upset when 4th placed Castelletto (15-11) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (11-15) 76-72 on Sunday. Castelletto was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Naturhouse Ferrara, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Valerio Circosta (188-87, agency: Two Points) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Castelletto. Four Castelletto players scored in double figures. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Chieti. Loser Castelletto dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara will face higher ranked Omegna (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ferrara: M.Benfatto 22+9reb, V.Circosta 20+5reb+1ast, S.Cortesi 10+4reb, M.Ferri 6+4reb+1ast, A.Campiello 6+6reb+5ast, G.Gazzotti 5+4reb+1ast
Castelletto: F.Bolzonella 17+5reb+3ast, A.Simoncelli 13, F.Ihedioha 12+8reb, A.Ranuzzi 11+8reb+1ast, G.Sanguinetti 8+4reb+3ast, F.Prelazzi 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191885


Torino - Treviglio 88-78

Nazionale A top team - Torino (23-4) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Treviglio (14-12) 88-78. Treviglio was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Torino, which allowed them to win the game. Torino had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Lorenzo Gergati (188-84) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Matteo Raminelli (203-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and the former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) added 15 points respectively for Treviglio in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Torino have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-4 record. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Lucca. Torino will meet Chieti (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Treviglio will play against Casalpusterlengo (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Torino: L.Gergati 20+7reb+1ast, J.Wojciechowski 18+13reb, F.Baldi Rossi 13+5reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 12+2reb, D.Parente 10+5ast, D.Sandri 6+5reb
Treviglio: R.Perego 15+3reb+1ast, R.Pederzini 13+3reb, D.Reati 11+5reb+1ast, M.Raminelli 10+14reb, S.Ferrarese 10+2reb+2ast, L.Molinaro 8+1reb
gschID: 191882


Bari - Omegna 63-60

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Bari (13-12) edged at home 8th ranked Omegna (13-12) 63-60 on Sunday. They outrebounded Omegna 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Ivorian guard Mohamed Toure (190-92, agency: Players Group) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Omegna. Four Omegna players scored in double figures. Bari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Reggio Calabr. and Omegna. Omegna lost third consecutive game. Bari will face Mirandola (#12) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bari: A.Ruggiero 21+4reb+3ast, L.Bisconti 18+9reb+4ast, D.Bonessio 13+11reb+2ast, T.Laquintana 6+5reb, D.Barozzi 4+3reb+1ast, M.Cardillo 1+6reb+2ast
Omegna: G.Mariani 12+1reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 11+13reb+1ast, N.Metreveli 10+7reb+1ast, M.Toure 10+6reb+2ast, C.Villani 5+3reb+3ast, M.Farioli 4+2reb
gschID: 191890



Love The World!!! - by Dwight Coleman

My glass is half full, my team made a little move to position ourselves for the playoffs. Even though we're sneaking in the back door, WE DID IT TOGETHER!!! I come from a strong winning tradition and I am about to try to DO THE DANG THANG!!! The team is finally healthy, I'm feeling good. I am building on a 25point 18 rebound performance, AND I AM READY TO PLAY SOME DAD GUM DEFENSE THIS WEEKEND!!! My team and I are in it to win it all, LOVE THE WORLD!!! For the negative press and the small print that we have earned, LOVE THE WORLD!!! I am leading my team to the 2013 Finnish Division 1 Championship, LOVE THE WORLD!!!

Shout out to my little bro Admon Gilder Jr. A.K.A. Pretty Man who as a sophmore said LOVE THE WORLD"!!!", and put his high school on the map by winning a Texas State Championship! With a smile on my face I say its a little pressure if I don't come home with the gold and he already has. So I'm on a LOVE THE WORLD"!!!", FEED-EM HARD BEANS tip trying to bring it home!

Dwight SweetMilk Coleman

LOVE THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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  JAPAN   

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.9 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.6 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.1 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.5 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR15.0 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.1 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.1 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.6 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba12.2 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR7.5 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.3 
 9. Young, Aishin SH6.6 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.2 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.4 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.1 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.0 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.1.9 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.7 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.6 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.3 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 8. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 9. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.2 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.2 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 7. Fazekas, Toshiba0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.6 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 
 10. Noguchi, Hokkaido.0.5 


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


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.3 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.5 
 3. Brown, Akita NH21.5 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.21.4 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC20.6 
 6. Jones, Tokyo C.20.3 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets20.2 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.2 
 9. Woods, Miyazaki SS19.1 
 10. Kennedy, Yokoham.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.4 
 3. White, Oita H.13.2 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS11.8 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.5 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.11.1 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets10.9 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.3 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.1 
 2. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 3. Namizato, Okina.5.9 
 4. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.8 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama4.1 
 7. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 8. Kondo, Niigata3.6 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.3.6 
 10. Shimizu, Oita H.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 3. Lyons, Takamats.2.0 
 4. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 5. Galloway, Hamamats.2.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.9 
 7. Alawoya, Oita H.1.9 
 8. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 9. Bell, Chiba Jets1.8 
 10. Humphrey, Saitama1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Carter, Tokyo C.1.8 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.7 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Ashby, Fukuoka1.5 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 9. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 
 10. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.4 


Japanese BJ League round 42 best performance: Anthony McHenry - by Eurobasket News

American Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Okinawa GK, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 42.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Iwate Big Bulls (#3, 26-14) with 32-point margin 99-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Okinawa GK to consolidate first place in the Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Okinawa GK has a very solid 29-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game McHenry had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Okinawa GK, through which he has constantly improved. Anthony McHenry averages this season 14.9ppg and 9.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Tokyo Cinq R.. Woods had a very good evening with a double-double of 41 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Tokyo Cinq R. to edge the higher-ranked Hamamatsu P. (#5, 24-16) 96-92. Tokyo Cinq R.'s 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-24 record. Woods is one of the most experienced players at Tokyo Cinq R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 10.5rpg and 4.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Chris Holm (212-C-84, agency: Top Notch Sports) of league's top team Niigata Albirex. Holm scored 23 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Holm's great performance Niigata Albirex lost 63-77 to the lower-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#6, 20-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Niigata Albirex needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 28 victories and 12 lost games. Holm has a great season in Japan. After 39 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.4rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.0bpg and FGP: 55.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 25 points and 12 rebounds
5. Dwayne Lathan (190-G-89) of Osaka Evessa - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Shinshu BW - 22 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 24 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shigehiro Taguchi (184-G-90) of Akita NH - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marcus Cousin (211-C-86) of Kyoto Hannar. - 21 points and 13 rebounds
10. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Fukuoka Rizing - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  JUCO   


Tournament Brackets Shaping Up - by Eurobasket News

The bracket situation is shaping up after a big championship weekend! With the National Tournament set to kick off next week, seven of the eight teams are decided.

This years representative from Texas will be Eastfield College. Two years ago, the team from the lone star state took home the trophy. Will this be Texass year again?



From Minnesota, the team from Rochester Community & Technical College, who was here for the tourney in 2011, is back once more. Also heading in from the Midwest will be Rock Valley Community College out of Illinois.

Mass Bay Community College will be making the trip down from Massachusetts, while Brookdale who went into weekend play as the #1 school on the NJCAA DIII poll will be coming in from Jersey.

Finally, from up-state and down-state New York respectively the teams from Herkimer Community College and SUNY Sullivan round out the first seven qualifying teams.

So far, all but one qualifying team appeared on last weeks Top 10 NJCAA DIII National Poll, which would suggest this years tournament is going to generate some serious hoops heat!

The results of the District 7 championship are yet to come, which will decide the final team from North Carolina, Maryland, or Georgia.

Stay tuned more excitement to come!
Courtesy of: http://www.championships-sullivan.com



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  KENYA   


Eight matches lined up for Basketball league kick off - by Eurobasket News

The Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League and the Division One Leagues commence in a fortnight with eight matches already lined up for the first weekend of action.
According to the released fixtures, Thunder will start their 2013 season campaign against defending Champions Co-op Bank at the Nyayo Gymnasium while Blazers take on Mennonites at the same venue.
KPA will host University students MMUST at the KPA gymnasium at Makande in Mombasa with the NYTA-Shimba Hills facing Western Delight at the same venue.
In Division One, relegated Terror will face Umoja while newly promoted Little Prince will go against KAA.
Cooperative Bank of Kenya and self sponsored club Eagle Wings are the champions of the 2012 edition of the league in the men and women categories respectively.
The full weekend One fixtures as follows:
Div 1- KAA vs Little Prince (9am), Umoja vs Terror (10:30am); (Nyayo Gymnasium)
Women Premier league - Co-op Bank vs SafeSpaces (12:00pm), Storms vs KCA -University (1:30pm), NYTA-Shimba vs Western Delight (2:00pm);
Mens Premier league - Mennonites vs Blazers (3:00pm), Thunder vs Co-op Bank (4:30pm) KPA vs MMUST (4:00pm)
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
 1. BC Studenti 7-0 
 2. Kastrioti 7-1 
 3. Malisheva 5-3 
 4. Futura 5-3 
 5. Fushe 3-4 
 6. Llapi Podujeve 2-6 
 7. Ylli 2-6 
 8. Skenderaj 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 16: Llapi Podujeve - Skenderaj
Mar. 16: Futura - BC Studenti
Mar. 16: Fushe - Kastrioti
Mar. 16: Ylli - Malisheva



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 24-3 
 2. Al Sahel 24-4 
 3. Al Qadsia 22-4 
 4. Kazma 21-6 
 5. Al Jahraa 18-10 
 6. Al Arabi 15-13 
 7. Al Yarmook 13-15 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 10-18 
 9. Al Nasar 8-20 
 10. Al Tadhamon 4-23 
 11. Al Salmiyah 4-24 
 12. Al Shabab 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 43

Mar. 10: Kazma - Al Arabi 76-46
Mar. 10: Al Sulaibikhat - Al Jahraa 70-89
Mar. 10: Al Shabab - Al Yarmook 70-85
Mar. 10: Al Kuwait - Al Sahel 52-54

Regular Season: Round 44

Mar. 13: Al Kuwait - Al Nasar
Mar. 13: Kazma - Al Tadhamon
Mar. 13: Al Arabi - Al Salmiyah
Mar. 13: Al Jahraa - Al Qadsia


D1 Round 42: Kazma is defeated by Al Qadsia in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Qadsia (#3) and Kazma (#4). Al Qadsia (22-4) smashed visiting Kazma (20-6) by 28 points 86-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kazma. Al Qadsia maintains third position with 22-4 record having just two points less than leader Al Kuwait. Kazma at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 42: Al Salmiyah lost to Al Tadhamon on the opponent's court 56-67. Al Nasar managed to outperform Al Shabab in a home game 85-73. Al Sulaibikhat recorded a loss to Al Arabi on the road 83-72.


Al Tadhamon - Al Salmiyah 67-56

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Al Farwaniya where 10th ranked Al Salmiyah (4-24) was defeated by eleventh ranked Al Tadhamon (4-23) 67-56 on Wednesday. Al Tadhamon moved-up to tenth place. Al Salmiyah lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 24 games lost.
gschID: 235492


Al Nasar - Al Shabab 85-73

Rather predictable result in An Nasr where ninth ranked Al Nasar (8-20) defeated bottom-ranked Al Shabab (2-24) 85-73 on Wednesday. Al Nasar maintains ninth position with 8-20 record. Al Shabab lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games.
gschID: 235491


Al Arabi - Al Sulaibikhat 83-72

Not a big story in a game in Kuwait City where 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (10-17) was defeated by sixth ranked Al Arabi (15-12) 83-72 on Wednesday. Al Arabi maintains sixth position with 15-12 record. Al Sulaibikhat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 17 games lost.
gschID: 235490


Al Qadsia - Kazma 86-58

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Qadsia (#3) and Kazma (#4). Al Qadsia (22-4) smashed visiting Kazma (20-6) by 28 points 86-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kazma. Al Qadsia maintains third position with 22-4 record having just two points less than leader Al Kuwait. Kazma at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
gschID: 235489



D1 Round 41: Al Sahel edges Al Jahraa by two points - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Al Jahraa (17-10) made lots of trouble for second ranked Al Sahel (23-4) on Sunday. The visitors from Abu Halifa managed to secure only two-point victory 59-57. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Al Jahraa. Al Sahel have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-4 record behind leader Al Kuwait. Al Jahraa at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost.
Leader Al Kuwait delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Al Yarmook (12-15) 107-70 in Yarmouk. Al Kuwait (24-2) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. Al Yarmook at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost.

In the last two games of round 41 Al Tadhamon was defeated by Al Arabi in Kuwait City 84-73. Al Nasar smashed Al Salmiyah at home 68-49.


Al Arabi - Al Tadhamon 84-73

There was no surprise in Kuwait City where 11th ranked Al Tadhamon (3-23) was defeated by sixth ranked Al Arabi (14-12) 84-73. Al Arabi maintains sixth place with 14-12 record. Al Tadhamon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 23 games lost. Al Arabi will play against Al Sulaibikhat (#8) at home in the next round. Al Tadhamon will play against Al Salmiyah and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 235488


Al Yarmook - Al Kuwait 70-107

Leader Al Kuwait delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Al Yarmook (12-15) 107-70 in Yarmouk. Al Kuwait (24-2) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. Al Yarmook at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost.
gschID: 235487


Al Nasar - Al Salmiyah 68-49

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Al Nasar's (7-20) home victory over 10th ranked Al Salmiyah (4-23) 68-49. Al Nasar maintains ninth place with 7-20 record. Al Salmiyah at the other side keeps the tenth position with 23 games lost. Al Nasar will play against bottom-ranked Al Shabab (#12) in Al Ahmadi in the next round. Al Salmiyah will play on the road against Al Tadhamon in Al Farwaniya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 235486


Al Jahraa - Al Sahel 57-59

Fifth-ranked Al Jahraa (17-10) made lots of trouble for second ranked Al Sahel (23-4) on Sunday. The visitors from Abu Halifa managed to secure only two-point victory 59-57. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Al Jahraa. Al Sahel have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-4 record behind leader Al Kuwait. Al Jahraa at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost.
gschID: 235485



D1 Round 43: #1 Al Kuwait is defeated by Al Sahel - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Al Kuwait (24-3) in Kuwait City on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Al Sahel (24-4) 54-52. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Al Kuwait. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Al Sahel have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 24-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Al Kuwait. Al Kuwait at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Al Sahel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Kuwait will play at home against Al Nasar in An Nasr and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Kuwait City: Kazma (#4) and Al Arabi (#6). Kazma (21-6) crushed visiting Al Arabi (15-13) by 30 points 76-46. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Arabi. Kazma maintains fourth place with 21-6 record. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Kazma will play against Al Tadhamon (#10) in Al Farwaniya in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Al Arabi will play at home against Al Salmiyah (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Sulaibikhat was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Al Jahraa (18-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (10-18). Al Jahraa did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-70 on Sunday. Al Jahraa maintains fifth place with 18-10 record. Al Sulaibikhat lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Al Jahraa will meet at home higher ranked Al Qadsia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Sulaibikhat will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 43 Al Yarmook won against Al Shabab on the opponent's court 85-70.


Kazma - Al Arabi 76-46

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Kuwait City: Kazma (#4) and Al Arabi (#6). Kazma (21-6) crushed visiting Al Arabi (15-13) by 30 points 76-46. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Arabi. Kazma maintains fourth place with 21-6 record. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Kazma will play against Al Tadhamon (#10) in Al Farwaniya in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Al Arabi will play at home against Al Salmiyah (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Al Kuwait - Al Sahel 52-54

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Al Kuwait (24-3) in Kuwait City on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Al Sahel (24-4) 54-52. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Al Kuwait. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Al Sahel have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 24-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Al Kuwait. Al Kuwait at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Al Sahel will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Kuwait will play at home against Al Nasar in An Nasr and is hoping to win this game.
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Al Shabab - Al Yarmook 70-85

Very expected game in Al Ahmadi where 12th ranked Al Shabab (2-25) was defeated by seventh ranked Al Yarmook (13-15) 85-70 on Sunday. Al Yarmook maintains seventh place with 13-15 record. Al Shabab lost their thirteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 25 lost games.
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Al Sulaibikhat - Al Jahraa 70-89

The game in Sulaibikhat was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Al Jahraa (18-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (10-18). Al Jahraa did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-70 on Sunday. Al Jahraa maintains fifth place with 18-10 record. Al Sulaibikhat lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Al Jahraa will meet at home higher ranked Al Qadsia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Sulaibikhat will have a break next round.
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Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 22-4 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 20-6 
 3. Saldus 18-5 
 4. RSU 17-8 
 5. VeA 16-8 
 6. Kvele 14-12 
 7. Ogres 13-12 
 8. ViA Riga 12-12 
 9. VEF skola 11-11 
 10. Gulbene 8-15 
 11. Liepaja-2 8-15 
 12. Livani 8-18 
 13. DSN 7-18 
 14. Ridzene 6-17 
 15. Valmiera BSS 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 12: VEF skola - Valmiera BSS 99-92
Mar. 13: RSU - BK VEF-LSPA
Mar. 13: VeA - Liepaja-2
Mar. 13: DSN - Ogres
Mar. 13: Ridzene - Jelgava/LLU


Ventspils and Barons kvartals advanced to Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils and Barons kvartals advanced to Final Four of Baltic league. Ventspils edged Siauliai 87:80 and overcame 3-point loss in Lithuania few days ago. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Siauliai was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Martins Laksa (200-SF-90, agency: FCM) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Laurynas Samenas replied with 22 points and guard Vytautas Sulskis added 14 points in the effort for Siauliai.
TU/Rock overcame Barons kvartals 100:89, while the latter advanced to the next round. Rain Veideman (193-G-91) scored the last basket in regulation to give Rock an 89-75 lead and tie the series on aggregate, hence sending the game into overtime. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Barons kvartals managed to win third quarter 27-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Barons kvartals used huge pressure winning it 12-21 getting a tie at the end of regular time. Rain Veideman scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Maris Gulbis responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Tyler Cain scored 12 points and 7 rebounds.



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 18-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 18-2 
 3. Moutahed 12-7 
 4. Champville 12-7 
 5. Amchit 11-9 
 6. Byblos 11-9 
 7. Bejjeh 6-14 
 8. Hoops 5-15 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 2

Mar. 12: Bejjeh - Byblos 80-78
Mar. 10: Amchit - Al Riyadi 72-75
Mar. 12: Sagesse - Hoops 108-93
Mar. 15: Champville - Moutahed


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 36.6
 1. Emmett, Amchit36.6 
 2. Harper, Sagesse27.8 
 3. Blair, Hoops26.7 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville24.3 
 6. Perry, Hoops23.9 
 7. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 8. Williams, Bejjeh22.8 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos22.6 
 10. Sims, Sagesse21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.7 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.5 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.2 
 5. Perry, Hoops10.3 
 6. Sims, Sagesse9.8 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.8 
 8. Jamison, Bejjeh9.7 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed9.2 
 10. Khazzouh, Sagesse8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Mouta.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Chatfield, Mouta.6.4 
 2. Blair, Hoops6.4 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.1 
 4. Fahed, Moutahed5.8 
 5. Williams, Bejjeh5.7 
 6. Youngblood, Byblos5.4 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.3 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.9 
 10. Khatib, Champville4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blair, Hoops3.3 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.7 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.4 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.3 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 6. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Mneimneh, Byblos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikoloz TSKITISHVILI
  Champv.
  (212-C/F-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.4 
 3. Fraser, Byblos2.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.8 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.0 
 8. Terry, Champville0.8 
 9. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 10. Perry, Hoops0.7 



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 13-3 
 2. Neptunas 12-3 
 3. Juventus 10-7 
 4. Siauliai 9-7 
 5. Zalgiris 8-0 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-7 
 7. Nevezis 8-8 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 6-2 
 9. Lietkabelis 5-11 
 10. LSU-Baltai 4-11 
 11. Sakalai 4-12 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 12: Juventus - Nevezis 93-77
Mar. 12: Siauliai - Rudupis 87-84
Mar. 15: Lietkabelis - Naglis Palangos
Mar. 13: Naglis Palangos - LSU-Baltai
Mar. 13: Sakalai - Neptunas


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.3 
 2. Hughes,