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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Host F4 of ABA league will be Igokea! - by Igor Obradovic

After much talk, statements, interviews, finally it was decided where they will play the final tournament of the Adriatic League.

2 days ago it was almost certain that Belgrade will host the final tournament of the competition but that did not happen, and the main reason by Josip Bilic was that Belgrade does not give anything except hall and everything else must finance itself and provide is ABA League .

After a lot of strange, surprising and contradictory decisions we got the answer where will be the final tournament of ABA league.
Host cities will be Laktasi, a city near Banja Luka, which has about 40,000 people Laktai Sports Hall, have seating capacity of 3.050 spectators for sports events.
As the first in the standings BC Igokea Aleksandrovac got the advantage of the organization in between Skopje, Nis and Belgrade, which were mentioned as possible organizers of the tournament.

BC Igokea Aleksandrovac was long time ago secured its participation in the F4, Crvena zvezda Telekom is almost certain for F4, the remaining two seats are contest between three teams, Partizan mt:s, Radnicki and Buducnost VOLI.


Jerime Anderson (ex Verviers-Pep.) signs at Krka - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Telemach League) landed 24-year old American point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA). He played recently at VOO Verviers-Pepinster in Belgian Ethias League. In 19 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg this season. Anderson also played at High School in league earlier that 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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  ALGERIA   

Standings

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. GS Petroliers 14-1 
 2. CRB Dar El-B. 14-2 
 3. USM Blida 9-7 
 4. Arreridj 8-7 
 5. O Batna 8-8 
 6. USM Alger 7-9 
 7. Trefle BB Blida 6-9 
 8. MS Cherchell 6-10 
 9. COBB 5-10 
 10. Annaba 0-14 
Group B
 1. CSMC 15-1 
 2. US Setif 11-4 
 3. CSMB 10-4 
 4. Staoueli 10-6 
 5. WA Boufarik 8-5 
 6. Skikda 7-7 
 7. NAH Dey 6-9 
 8. Sidi-bel-Abbes 4-12 
 9. CR Bir Khadem 3-12 
 10. CRB Temouch. 1-15 


D1 Round 16: CSMB defeats Skikda in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 16 in the D1 took place in . This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Skikda (7-7) to fourth ranked CSMB (10-4) 60-57 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Skikda. CSMB maintains fourth position with 10-4 record. Skikda at the other side dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked USS (11-4) against sixth ranked WA Boufarik (8-5) on Friday night. Visiting USS was defeated by WA Boufarik in Boufarik 79-69. WA Boufarik moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted USS keeps the second position with four games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked USMB (9-7) against eighth ranked Trefle BB Blida (6-9) on Friday night. Visiting USMB was defeated by Trefle BB Blida in a tough game in Blida 60-64. Trefle BB Blida moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NAH Dey. Newly promoted USMB keeps the third position with seven games lost.
D1 top team - CSMC (15-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked CRB Temouch. (1-15) in Constantine 99-71. CSMC maintains first position with 15-1 record. CRB Temouch. lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost.
D1 top team - CRB Dar El-B. (14-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Arreridj (8-7) in El-Beida 87-60. CRB Dar El-B. maintains first position with 14-2 record. Loser Arreridj keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Sidi-bel-Abbes lost to CR Bir Khadem on the opponent's court 45-59. NAH Dey unfortunately lost to Staoueli in a home game 54-60. O Batna recorded a loss to COBB on the road 68-71. GS Petroliers crushed MS Cherchell on its own court 101-55. Winless Annaba was beaten by USM Alger in a road game 69-54.


CSMB - Skikda 60-57

The most exciting game of round 16 in the D1 took place in . This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Skikda (7-7) to fourth ranked CSMB (10-4) 60-57 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Skikda. CSMB maintains fourth position with 10-4 record. Skikda at the other side dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost.
gschID: 235767


CSMC - CRB Temouch. 99-71

D1 top team - CSMC (15-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked CRB Temouch. (1-15) in Constantine 99-71. CSMC maintains first position with 15-1 record. CRB Temouch. lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 235766


CR Bir Khadem - Sidi-bel-Abbes 59-45

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Sidi-bel-Abbes (4-12) were defeated on the road by ninth ranked CR Bir Khadem (3-12) 59-45 on Friday. Newly promoted CR Bir Khadem maintains ninth position with 3-12 record. Loser Sidi-bel-Abbes keep the eighth place with 12 games lost.
gschID: 235765


NAH Dey - Staoueli 54-60

Rather predictable result in Alger where third ranked Staoueli (10-6) defeated 7th ranked NAH Dey (6-9) 60-54 on Friday. Staoueli maintains third position with 10-6 record having five points less than leader CRB Dar El-B. NAH Dey lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost.
gschID: 235764


WA Boufarik - US Setif 79-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked USS (11-4) against sixth ranked WA Boufarik (8-5) on Friday night. Visiting USS was defeated by WA Boufarik in Boufarik 79-69. WA Boufarik moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted USS keeps the second position with four games lost.
gschID: 235763


COBB - O Batna 71-68

There was an upset when higher ranked O Batna (8-8) was edged on the road by ninth ranked COBB (5-10) 71-68 on Friday. COBB have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted COBB maintains ninth position with 5-10 record. Loser O Batna keeps the fourth place with eight games lost.
gschID: 235762


Trefle BB Blida - USM Blida 64-60

Very important is a road loss of third ranked USMB (9-7) against eighth ranked Trefle BB Blida (6-9) on Friday night. Visiting USMB was defeated by Trefle BB Blida in a tough game in Blida 60-64. Trefle BB Blida moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NAH Dey. Newly promoted USMB keeps the third position with seven games lost.
gschID: 235761


CRB Dar El-B. - Arreridj 87-60

D1 top team - CRB Dar El-B. (14-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Arreridj (8-7) in El-Beida 87-60. CRB Dar El-B. maintains first position with 14-2 record. Loser Arreridj keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
gschID: 235760


GS Petroliers - MS Cherchell 101-55

Everything went according to plan in Alger where second ranked GS Petroliers (14-1) outscored 7th ranked MS Cherchell (6-10) 101-55 on Friday. GS Petroliers have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-1 record behind leader CRB Dar El-B. Newly promoted MS Cherchell dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost.
gschID: 235759


USM Alger - Annaba 69-54

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Annaba (0-14) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked USM Alger (7-9) 69-54 on Friday. USM Alger have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted USM Alger maintains sixth position with 7-9 record. Loser Annaba still closes the standings with 14 games lost.
gschID: 235758



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  APBL   


Metro Allstars taking Peru by storm! - by Justin Moore

Darnell Evans (6'3''-G, college: Queens, NC) Nathan Flowers (6'5''-F-87, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oklahoma City) Marquess Singleton Tracey o'neil Kevin Sumner (6'3''-G) Theador greene Will schartzstein Cedrick Stewart Rasson young Jay Gavin (6'2''-G-89) Olufemi abiodun Earl Jackson (6'6''-C, college: Johnson C. Smith) Giyoj ngafi Curtis Crews (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Montgomery CC) Antwon Hawkins (6'5''-G, college: District of Col.) And Calvin Brown (6'9''-C-83, college: Norfolk St.) round out the collection of talent from this years 2013 tour of peru. Just about half way threw we have people that have been jumped over, high interest levels for players in over 5 cities, and rasson young ending the show early in Tacna after he broke the backboard!!!! (On you tube type rasson young metropolitan all-stars 2013 and you can view it yourself). The players are showcasing their skills and are getting real chances to play for teams. Players leave games with contact information from coaches, owners, and even sponsors that are interested in endorsing them if the play in peru. "The talent that was selected this year was spectacular!! The fans are amazed, the players are getting looks, this is the main reason for this show. Me along with coach Alvin brown and general manger calvin Brown sr received talent from as far as California to north Carolina and the work is paying off" says owner and founder Calvin Brown jr. "We are just half way thru so if you want more updates go to youtube and type in metropolitan all-stars 2013 and you will get some snippets from the tour thus far. Also we are planning more trips to different countries and giving players a chance to be a pro like never before email for me details at cbrown@metropolitan@all-stars.com for more information on coming events. Enviado desde mi BlackBerry de Claro.


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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.5 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.0 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 10. Shannon, La Union14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.11.0 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.8 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 8. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 9. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Weigand, Argentino0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Obras0.8 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 6-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 5-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 4-4 
 4. Kumanovo 4-4 
 5. Kavala 3-6 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-5 
Group D
 1. Kozuv 4-1 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 3-1 
 3. Mornar Bar 2-3 
 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 114-117 OT
Mar. 20: Teodo Tivat - Galil Gilboa
Mar. 20: Kumanovo - Kavala

Last Four

Mar. 13: Mornar Bar - Kozuv 87-81
Mar. 20: Djuro Djakovic - OKK Beograd



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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



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  BRAZIL   


Shasta Scott agreed terms with Associacao de Basquetebol de Anapolis - by Greg

Associacao de Basquetebol de Anapolis (Brazil) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American point guard Shasta Scott (183-85, college: Point, GA). ABA will participate in regional Copa Brazil. He played recently at Atlanta Aliens (ABA) in the U.S.A. Scott also played at Flores Trinidad in Uruguayan league (12.5ppg, 2.0apg, 3.0rpg, 2.0spg) that season.

Scott attended Point University, GA until 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Scott is crafty guard that has very good court vision, can pass well, and understands when to speed the tempo up or slow it down. Scott does most of his damage from the perimeter really excels at shooting the ball, with a quick release and effortless shooting motion. Scott can spot up or pull up off the dribble and doesn't need much room to get his shot off and uses head and pump fakes very well. Defensively he puts forth solid effort and uses good technique to stay in front of his opponent as well as using his quick hands by playing the passing lanes. 'Once he gets off the bus, you have to guard him the guy has that type of Range' -Jeffrey Pourchier (Former Head Coach at Reinhardt University).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BULGARIA   


Balkan League: Rilski claim double-overtime win over Kumanovo - by Eurobasket News

KK Kumanovo - Rilski Sportist 114:117 (2OT)

Rilski Sportist made a huge step towards Balkan League Final Four. They snatched a dramatic double-overtime win over KK Kumanovo on the road tonight. Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89, college: USF) netted 23 points to pace the winners.
Kumanovo enjoyed a 22:19 lead after the opening quarter. Rilski surged ahead in the second quarter but Kumanovo used an 8:0 run to regain control. The hosts built a 45:42 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third quarter. KK Kumanovo were able to secure a 67:65 lead into the fourth term. Kumanovo led 88:85 with just over a minute remaining. But Angelo Caloiaro drained a jumper and later Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) followed a free throw from Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) with a bucket to force overtime. Terry Smith came up big late in the first overtime to send the game into another extra period. Mirkovic went perfect from the stripe in the final seconds of the second overtime to seal the win for Rilski Sportist. Terry Smith delivered 22 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 43 points and 11 assists for Kumanovo. Uros Lukovic had 23 points and 13 boards in the loss.

KK Kumanovo: Aleksandar Kostoski 43+11 assists, Uros Lukovic 23+13 boards
Rilski Sportist: Angelo Caloiaro 23, Terry Smith 22



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  CANADA   


CIS All-Canadian Awards 2013 - by Greg

CIS All-Canadian 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Thomas Scrubb
Scrubb
Philip Scrubb
Scrubb
Jimmy Dorsey
Dorsey
Tyson Hinz
Hinz
Owen Klassen
Klassen
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Thomas Scrubb (196-F) of Carleton
All-Tournament Fair Play Award: Thomas Scrubb (196-F) of Carleton
Player of the Year: Philip Scrubb (190-G-92) of Carleton
Rookie of the Year: Deontay Smith () of UPEI
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Carter (178-G-90) of Lakehead
Ken Shield Award nominee: Daniel McCarthy (190-F) of Guelph
Coach of the Year: Dave Smart of Carleton

1st Team
G: Philip Scrubb (190-92) of Carleton
G: Jimmy Dorsey (188) of Cape Breton
G: Stephon Lamar (185) of Saskatchewan
F: Tyson Hinz (198-91) of Carleton
F: Owen Klassen (208-91) of Acadia

2nd Team
F: Lien Phillip (203-89) of Windsor
G: Doug Plumb (193) of UBC
G: Maxwell Allin (193) of Laurier
G: Warren Ward (196-89) of Ottawa
C: Mike Andrews (208) of Bishop's

All-Tournament Team
Thomas Scrubb (196-F) of Carleton
Tyson Hinz (198-F-91) of Carleton
Joseph Jones (188-G-89) of Lakehead
Warren Ward (196-G-89) of Ottawa
Owen Klassen (208-F-91) of Acadia

All-Rookie Team
Deontay Smith () of UPEI
Rohan Boney (193-G) of McMaster
Shaquille Keith (196-G) of Cape Breton
Youssef Ouahrig () of Alberta
Karl Demers-Belanger () of Laval



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  CHILE   


Dimayor News - by Daniel Valencia

The reigning Dimayor champion, CD Universidad de Concepcion started the training camp in order to prepare the roster for the upcoming season. The head coach, Jorge Luis Alvarez, told reporters that the national players are the same as the past season, and about the foreign players, they will add a forward alongside with a center. They are in the search for both foreign players.

In other Dimayor news, one of the greatest teams of the past years, CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes decided to withdraw from the competition because of economic problems. Liceo won four dimayor titles and played in international tournaments representing Chile



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.2 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.7 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 9. Singleton, Xinjian.11.3 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.3 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Jeter, Shandong FB2.5 
 3. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB2.3 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


CBA Round 2 of Semi-Finals: Shandong and Guangdong increase the lead - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong ST - Xinjiang FT 88-86 (2-0)

The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 31-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. International Jianlian Yi (212-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) replied with 32 points and the former international point guard QinPeng Zhang (187-81) added 15 points in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Five Guandong Tigers and four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Z.FangYu 19+3reb, D.Ike 17+5reb, Y.Jianlian 15+15reb+2ast, S.Donald 14+3reb+4ast, W.ShiPeng 10+4reb+6ast, C.Jianghua 9+1reb+2ast
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 32+1reb+2ast, Z.QinPeng 15+4reb+2ast, M.Kan 11+7reb, S.James 10+7reb+2ast, C.Tal 8+2reb+2ast, M.Bateer 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 235205


Shandong FB - Beijing Ducks 94-92 (2-0)

Beijing Ducks were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Beijing Ducks 45-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) scored 30 points to lead the charge for the winners and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Shandong Bulls' coach XiaoBin Gong allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) scored 29 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 30+2reb+2ast, L.JingYu 17+2reb+2ast, Y.Ding 14+3reb+1ast, V.Jackson 11+10reb+2ast, A.Zaid 9+16reb+1ast, T.HanLin 7+4reb+1ast
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 29+4reb+5ast, M.Randolph 26+11reb+2ast, Z.YanXi 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Xiaochuan 10+5reb+2ast, C.Lei 8+1reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 5+1reb
gschID: 235204



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  COLOMBIA   


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 12- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas swept the series in Bogot against the Academia de la Montana with great control of the boards outrebounding its rival and playing an aggressive game in the paint, 4 Piratas players scored in double figures leaded by Leonard Mendez with 16 points.
Jamal Johnson 2 pointer with 5 seconds left in the game gave the Pirats a 5 seconds lead that sealed the game.
Academia had Cesar Chavez scoring 26 points.
Piratas de Bogota 86 L. Mendez 16 pts, J. Johnson 14 pts
Academia de la Montana 84 - C. Chavez 26 pts, C. Londono 18 pts.

Manizales OC took advantage of the Caribbean Heat defensive weakness and with a high offensive production won its second straight game at home, again Cesar Cortez (200-F/C) was the hero of the night with 30 points and 9 rebounds, the OC defense limited Cory Bradford to 16 while Edward Steele had 20, the Heat remains winningless on the road.
Manizales OC 117 - C. Cortez 30 pts, J. Garris 18 pts
Caribbean Heat 93 - E. Steele 20 pts, C. Bradford 16 pts

In the overtime Aguilas de Tunja came back to the victory defeating the Bukaros .
With Bukaros leading by 1 and 38 seconds left in the clock John Hernandez missed two free throws giving the Aguilas a chance to win, then Eddy Mayfield hit a two pointer to reach the one point lead with 28 seconds left, Lawrence Gilbert had a last chance to score but his 3 pts attempt failed.
Aguilas de Tunja 75 - B. Rayson 23 pts + 11 rebs, E. Mayfield 22 pts.
Bukaros Freskaleche 74 - L. Gilbert 26 pts, P, Brooks 18 pts

Halcones played just with one import player: Courtney Nelson, but Nelson and Eleuterio Renteria effort keep them on the game until the third quarter, but a strong reaction of Bambuqueros let them in the court.
Stalin Ortiz as usual took the offensive load for the winners with 22 points to drive them to their 6th straight victory.
Halcones de Cucuta 76 - E. Renteria 25 pts 14 rebs, C. Nelson 17 pts
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 93 - S. Ortiz 22 pts D. Dorsey 17 pts




CHANGES IN HALCONES DE CUCUTA - by Victor Garcia

Halcones de Cucuta at the bottom of the standings decided to make changes on his team and start to name the local coach Denis Osorio as their head coach, Osorio is a well know coach in the city of Cucuta and has beenn involved previously with professional teams of the city.
The team released Byron Burnett whom did not fill the expectations of the team,the team also inked the colombian veteran guard Henry Ordonez (1,91 G) and the name of the new import will be released soon.



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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 after strongly fouling Ales Chan and Stokes for throwing a bottle to the fans.



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Standings - NBL

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

Second Stage: Round 5

A1

Mar. 16: BC Kolin - BK Prostejov
Mar. 27: CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice
Mar. 16: BK Decin - NH Ostrava

A2

Mar. 13: Chomutov - Usti n/Labem 93-96
Mar. 13: Svitavy - J.Hradec 102-96
Mar. 14: B&W Opava - Levice
Mar. 18: Levice - Svitavy
Mar. 16: J.Hradec - Chomutov
Mar. 17: Usti n/Labem - USK Praha
Mar. 16: Svitavy - B&W Opava


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin18.0 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy18.0 
 4. Blazek, B&W Opava17.8 
 5. Fields, Chomutov17.4 
 6. Meno, USK Praha17.3 
 7. Reese, Usti n.17.2 
 8. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.2 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Bosak, Chomutov15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Fields, Chomutov9.9 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.0 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.7 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.0 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 9. Wilson, NH Ostrava6.8 
 10. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.8 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 3. Carter, CEZ N.4.8 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.7 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.4 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 7. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
 8. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin3.9 
 10. Pavkovic, CEZ N.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.8 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy1.9 
 7. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
 8. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 9. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Fields, Chomutov0.9 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 7. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 26-13 
 2. Canton C. 24-16 
 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. 27-12 
 2. Rio Grande VV 25-14 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 22-17 
 4. Austin T. 22-17 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-20 
 6. Texas L. 18-22 
 7. Idaho S. 13-26 
 8. Reno B. 13-26 

Regular Season: Round 57

Mar. 12: Erie Bay H. - Texas L. 97-106
Mar. 13: Los Angeles D. - Tulsa 66ers 110-108
Mar. 12: Santa Cruz W. - Reno B. 110-103
Mar. 13: Canton C. - Bakersfield J. 103-106
Mar. 13: Idaho S. - Rio Grande VV 102-114
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 66ers21.0 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.20.8 
 4. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 5. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.19.9 
 6. Goudelock, Rio G.19.8 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.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.10.9 
 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.9.3 
 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.6.7 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.4 
 7. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.2 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.3 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 8. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 9. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 10. Wright, Maine RC1.8 
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. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Rio G.2.2 
 7. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 8. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 9. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 10. Eyenga, Texas L.2.0 


Craig Brackins (ex Angelico BI) joins D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D-Fenders agreed terms with 26-year old forward Craig Brackins (208-104kg-87, college: Iowa State). He supposed to play at Angelico Biella in Italian SerieA, but was released by the team in Dec.'12. In 10 games he had 12.8ppg and 5.4rpg this season. The last season Brackins was tested by the 76ers. But in 13 games he recorded just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg. He also played at Maine Red Claws earlier that season. In 7 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6bpg. Brackins also spent pre-season at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year. In four games he recorded 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0apg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Springfield Armor. In 18 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.1ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.9apg. Brackins was tried-out by the Hornets earlier that season.
Three years ago he was drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) in first round (21st overall). Brackins attended Iowa State until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. He played in the final of NBA Eastern Conference -12. Brackins was voted NABC Division I All-District 8 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time. Brackins represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 7.1ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 62.5%.
Brackins has played also professionally in other NBA team (New Orleans Hornets).
On Brackins: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
A long, versatile and athletic big man, Brackins is an excellent offensive player who can score in a variety of ways ... He has very solid footwork in the post, which allows him to create separation, and with his length and feel for the game he finds ways to knock down shots in different fashion.
Too often he settles for fadeaway shots instead of using his superior size, strength and talent to overpower opponents in one on one situations
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EGYPT   


Analyzing the Power Forward Position in the Egyptian National Team - by Mohamed Ramadan

When 6 good players playing the same position are competing to make the National team roster then it's tough. Always competition is an advantage for National team coach Amr Abo El-Kheir to choose from. If Ismail Ahmad will join the team than he is a no brainer to select, the athletic Mohamed Salah is excellent when he is in a good form, Assem Marei the star of Minnesota State in NCAA Division II, veteran Mohamed El-Kerdani, monster of boards Yoosrie Salhia, & finally Haytham Kamal the PF/C of Ittihad club of Alexandria.

Ismail Ahmad
It's a pity that such caliber didn't play in the NCAA when he was young. His talent isn't less in quality than other NBA first round draft picks. Ismail's game is a mix of Turkish player Hedo Trkolu and retired All Star Chris Webber. Despite turning 37 this year he still can average more than 20 points and 8 rebounds per game, also capable of averaging more assists than any other point guard on the Egyptian national team roster.

Mohamed Salah
He caught the eyes of every body that watched him in 2011 Arab games in Doha. In only 11 minutes he averaged 6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. His athleticism was remarkable, can also play the center position and if continue on this form he will be a defensive force for the national team.

Assem Marei
It was an excellent decision for him to leave Zamalek and join Minnesota State in the NCAA. He's a good scorer in the paint, above average rebounder and shot blocker. The main problem for Assem that he is soft, not so much aggressive in the paint, hopefully joining the NCAA league would let him improve this is issue.

Mohamed El-Kerdani
The veteran is a very important player for the team on and off the court. His experience allows him to score at crunch times, go to the free throw line, and still providing a lot of confidence for his teammates.

Yoosrie Salhia
Yoosrie plays in Lakehead University team in Canada in CIS League. He's a double double machine, despite being only 6-6 he averages 12.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He deserves to get a chance to play for the National team.

Haytham Kamal

Haytham is one of the most important players for Ittihad basketball team, can play both the 4 and 5 positions. We rank him as a power forward because of his shooting ability which is up to the 3 point range.



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Kristjan Kangur selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Montepaschi Siena (14-8) in their last game. Despite Kangur's good performance Montepaschi Siena was crushed 94-70 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Lottomatica Roma. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 31 minutes on the court. It's Kangur's first season with the team. This year Kangur averages: 8.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(27-48), 3FGP: 43.2% and FT: 66.7% in the 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League). Vene led his Lithuanian team Rudupis to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BC Rakvere (4-2) crushing them 108-72 in the Baltic League last Tuesday. He recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Rudupis Prienu (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vene's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 55.6%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia). Sokk led Olimpi to a 2-point victory against the sixth-ranked Kutaisi (9-7) 78-76 in the Georgian Superleague on Friday night. He scored 15 points and added 7 assists in 31 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (13-2) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Sokk is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 6.2apg. This year his other stats are: 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 79.1% in the 15 games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Ex-Triobet/Dalkia player is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Gregor Arbet
Gregor Arbet
   #4. Swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to help Kavala (3-6) in their game against Levski Sofia (6-2) in the Balkan League. He recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The fifth-placed Kavala was defeated 88-73 in Sofia by the leading Levski in the group C of Balkan League. It was Kavala's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Arbet's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #5. International center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Craiova (19-7) in their game against Rovinari (13-13) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Hallik scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Craiova was edged 84-83 at home by the lower-ranked (#9) Rovinari. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Hallik's overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 1.9rpg in the 11 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #6. Center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Palma's victory against the closely-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (9-9) 87-77 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Veski scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Palma Air Europa (10-9) is placed sixth in the LEB Silver. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Veski's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Estonian senior team three years ago.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #7. U20 international power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Namika Lahti (8-27) in their game against Tampereen Pyrinto (25-9) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Vaino recorded 6 points in only 12 minutes. The bottom-ranked Namika Lahti was crushed 106-80 in Tampere by the much higher-ranked (#4) en Pyrinto. This year Vaino's total stats are: 1.9ppg and 1.5rpg in the 34 games. He is also Estonian U20 national team player.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Janar Talts (207-PF-83) plays for Cimberio Varese in Italian SerieA
Marko Meimer (200-F-96) plays for Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Remy Pold (196-G-92) plays for Loughborough in British EBL D2
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga

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



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nate Linhart
Nate Linhart
   #1. Nate Linhart (201-F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany) led TBB Trier to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Telekom Baskets (13-12) 70-68 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Linhart scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. TBB Trier (12-13) is placed ninth in the BBL. Linhart has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in the 25 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2009 Linhart went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

Jermaine Barnes
Jermaine Barnes
   #2. Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA, currently plays in UBA), who plays in the UBA could not help the GIE Maile Matrix (8-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the GIE Maile Matrix (#2) was defeated 95-85 on the road by the Atlanta Titans. Barnes recorded a double-double by scoring 40 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 7 assists. It's Barnes' first season with the team. Barnes is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barnes averages: 26.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 7.2apg and 2.1spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Two years ago Barnes took part in the ESL camp in Houston playing for Tokyo.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #3. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Hoverla (19-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hoverla lost 75-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Ferro-ZNTU. Dykes was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg in the 35 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four years ago Dykes played at the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Chad Gray
Chad Gray
   #4. Chad Gray (200-F-85, college: Co.Carolina, currently plays in Germany) led Noerdlingen to a victory over the fifth-ranked Bayer Giants (13-9) crushing them 103-82 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Gray was the best player in that game. He recorded 32 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Gray's second season in pro basketball. Giants Noerdlingen (13-9) is placed fourth in Group South. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Gray has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6bpg and 1.2spg. Gray is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 he attended the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Helsinki.

David Tairu
David Tairu
   #5. David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Balkan League), who plays in Greece could not help Kavala (3-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Kavala was badly defeated 94-75 at home by the second-ranked Galil Gilboa in the group C of Balkan League. Tairu was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Tairu's second season in pro basketball. It was Kavala's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Tairu has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg in the four games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Tairu played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Houston for Team Dubai.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
   #6. Andrew Jones (191-SG-83, college: Miles, currently plays in Germany) led Dresden to a victory over the seventh-ranked Fraport Skyliners II (11-11) 88-80 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Jones recorded 38 points (!!!) and added 5 passes. Dresden Titans (8-14) is placed tenth in Group South. The Regular Season already ended. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. Jones attended three years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Malaga, Spain.

Eric Dawson
Eric Dawson
   #7. Eric Dawson (206-F-84, college: Midwestern St., currently plays in Philippines) led Meralco Bolts to a 1-point victory over the eighth-ranked Air21 Express (2-5) 89-88 in a derby game in the Filipino PBA in Wednesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Dawson had a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 38 minutes. Meralco Bolts (3-3) are placed fourth in Commissioner's Cup group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dawson is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Dawson averages: 25.5ppg, 15.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2.8bpg and 2.8spg in the six games he played so far. Worth to mention Dawson played also for Team Monaco at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2011.

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #8. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (15-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Bolds' very good performance BC Kolin (#6) was crushed 108-65 on the road by the leading CEZ Nymburk in the Group A1. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Bolds also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bolds is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bolds averages: 18.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.5apg and 2.1spg. He played five years ago at the ESL in Chicago for Warsaw.

Perry Petty
Perry Petty
   #9. Perry Petty (185-G-88, college: UTPA, currently plays in Romania) led Giurgiu to a victory over the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti (1-25) crushing them 101-62 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Petty was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 11 rebounds. Petty also added 5 assists and 4 steals in 37 minutes. CSS Giurgiu (9-17) is placed 12th 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. Petty belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Petty averages: 17.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.2apg and 2.2spg in the 26 games he played so far. He attended in 2011 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Allen Durham
Allen Durham
   #10. Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hapoel Afula (13-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Durham's very good performance Hapoel Afula was edged 116-113 at home by the lower-ranked Beer Yaakov (#11). He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 12 rebounds. Durham belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #3) and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Durham averages: 21.7ppg, 12.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1bpg and 1.6spg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Lugano at the ESL in Las Vegas two years ago.



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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, Unics16.5 
 7. Brown, Lokomotiv16.2 
 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. Maric, Lokomotiv7.6 
 3. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.6 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.5 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.9 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Kalnietis, Lokomot.6.1 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Nelson, Crvena Z.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 4. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 9. Drozdov, Budivelnyk1.5 
 10. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.4 
 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. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Hamilton, Gescr.0.9 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia0.8 


Bilbao, Valencia, Budivelnyk and Lokomotiv Kuban into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Gescrap BB - Ratiopharm 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 dropped 19 points in the loss.

Unics - Valencia 71-68
Valencia are the second EuroCup semifinalists. They edged Unics on aggregate to reach the next stage of the tournament. The Kazan team claimed a 3-point home win tonight but it was not enough to enter the semis. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Unics. Valencia entered the game having a 10-point cushion from the home encounter. However Unics put a pressure on the visitors triggering a 20:14 run in the first quarter. Valencia slowed the hosts down in the second frame. The Spanish team cut the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 31:35. Valencia got closer in the third quarter. The visitors narrowed the margin at just a single point 53:54 at the final intermission. Rafa Martinez opened the fourth frame with back-to-back triples as Valencia grabbed a 59:54 lead. Kaimakoglou and Chuck Eidson put Unics in front 67:64 but it was the biggest lead for Unics in the reminder of the contest as Valencia sealed the next stage appearance at the end. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) netted 11 points, while Vladimir Veremeenko added 10 points for Unics. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) answered with 16 points for Valencia. Rafael Martinez chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk - Spartak SP 73-56
Budivelnyk completed the EuroCup semifinal picture. They outgunned Spartak Saint Petersburg in the Ukrainian capital to enter the next stage of the competition. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 17 points, 6 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals to pace the hosts. Spartak Saint Petersburg looked comfortable in the first quarter. They entered the game having a 10-point cushion after the home team. The advantage grew at 16-point mark after Spartak outscored the hosts in the first period. Budivelnyk responded with a furious rally in the second stanza. The Ukrainian team erased the deficit and spurred ahead for a 37:28 halftime lead. Spartak Saint Petersburg narrowed the deficit in the third quarter. The Russian team entered the fourth frame down by 7 points. But Budivelnyk gave no chance for the visitors. They ignited a 14:1 run to ensure a 73:54 lead with under two minutes remaining. Spartak could not recover in the remainder of the contest as Budivelnyk booked the semifinal appearance. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) provided 15 points, while Artur Drozdov chipped in 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) responded with 21 points for Spartak Saint Petersburg. Zack Wright had 14 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv - Buducnost 90-65
Lokomotiv Kuban will play in EuroCup semifinal. They handed the second straight defeat to Buducnost to claim a comprehensive victory on aggregate in the quarterfinal series. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) nailed 23 points to pace the winners. Lokomotiv looked confident entering the game with an 18-point cushion after the game in Montenegro. Lokomotiv proved their strength in the first quarter at home court. The hosts went on a 29:16 run to clear off. Buducnost cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 37:45. But Lokomotiv followed with a 26:16 rally in the third term and never looked back en route to a comprehensive success. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 17 points, while Richard Hendrix delivered 13 points for the winners. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) answered with 14 points for Buducnost. Marko Mugosa had 9 points in the loss.



Bilbao reaches Semi Finals again, Surprise Package Ulm Crashes Out - by Uygar Karaca

The dream run of Eurocup surprise of the season, Ratiopharm Ratiopharm Ulm, has now ended. Won against Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket at home one week ago with a margin of 4 pts, German outfit suffered from a last quarter collapse and lost against Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket 101:78 at Basque Country.

With an excellent show on offense combined with harsh defense after the first quarter, Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket managed to lead the game by 10 points advantage at the end of the first half. Visitors tried to comeback but three fouls successively called for Allan Ray who was trying to stop Kostas Vasiliadis coming out of the screens and two crucial 3pointers from youngster Fran Pilepic at the third quarter, broke the German resistance. Nikos Zizis scored 23 for the hosts and Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) was 1 rebound away from double double with 21 points. German guard Per Guenther tried to organize a comeback for Ratiopharm Ulm with 5/6 3 points shooting and 21 points but neither him, nor John Bryant, who made 21 points and 4 asists, could not prevent the breakdown.

Uxue Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, managed to reach semi final stage once before, at the season 2009-2010, where Katsikaris took the helm in the middle of the season. Basque club however, could not capitalize their home advantage and lost against another surprise German rival, ALBA Berlin with the coach Luka Pavicevic, 77-70.

It was a season of mixed results for Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket until now. After advancing easily with a 6-0 record from last 32 groups, they started with a shocking home loss against CEZ Nymburk and devastating away defeat against VEF Riga. Close to elimination, the players of Fotis Katsikaris reacted under pressure and won against Valencia in successive games, thanks to last second 3 pointer from Kostas Vasiliadis in the second game. They never looked back again after then, with decisive victories against CEZ Nymburk and VEF Riga.

Ratiopharm Ratiopharm Ulm deserves all the respect despite elimination before last four. It was the first Eurocup season of the German Supercup finalists and they managed to advance from a tough Last 16 group along with UNICS Kazan. Young coach Thorsten Leibenath lead his team to famous away wins against Crvena Zvezda and UNICS not to forget their victory against Eurocup favourites Galatasaray with a margin of 21. Ratiopharm Ulm achieved these results, with a rather modest budget and even with an important post player, lost for the season because of injury, Daniel Watts.




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Tremmell Darden signs at Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 28-9 
 2. Nilan Bisons 27-9 
 3. Kataja 26-7 
 4. Pyrinto 25-10 
 5. Kauhajoki 23-14 
 6. Kouvot 18-18 
 7. LrNMKY 16-20 
 8. Korihait 12-25 
 9. Salon Vilpas 11-25 
 10. Lapua 11-25 
 11. FoKoPo 10-27 
 12. Namika Lahti 9-27 

Regular Season: Round 38

Mar. 13: Lapua - LrNMKY 98-83
Mar. 13: Namika Lahti - Salon Vilpas 82-70
Mar. 13: Korihait - Kauhajoki 68-83
Mar. 13: KTP - FoKoPo 111-81
Mar. 13: Nilan Bisons - Pyrinto 110-92

Regular Season: Round 39

Mar. 15: Pyrinto - Kataja
Mar. 16: FoKoPo - Namika Lahti
Mar. 16: Salon Vilpas - Nilan Bisons
Mar. 16: Lapua - Korihait
Mar. 16: Kouvot - Kauhajoki
Mar. 16: LrNMKY - KTP


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.9 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.9 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.1 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua19.6 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.0 
 7. Logins, LrNM.17.9 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
 10. Holloway, Namika16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 2. Robinson, Korihait9.5 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.4 
 4. Thornton, FoKoPo9.2 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 6. Giles, KTP8.9 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 9. Haanpaa, Lapua8.3 
 10. Watt, Korihait8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.4 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.4.9 
 5. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 6. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.5 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.5 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.2 
 4. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.1.9 
 6. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 9. Tolbert, Lapua1.5 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 5. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 8. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.8 


KORISLIIGA: Louis Johnson scored 33 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 37: YMCA Lahti wants to play in Top League (Korisliiga) also next season. Team's three American players have also understood that and helped their salary payer with 70 points tonight, when YMCA Lahti (9-27) defeated Vilpas (Salo) 82-70 (36-37). The MVP of the contest was Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: W.Illinois), who scored his season best 33 points (1 - 6/8, 2 - 12/20, 3 - 1/1) and grabbed 11 rebounds. Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) added 20 pts and gave six assists. Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Montana) netted 17 pts and team's Finnish players combined 12 pts.Vilpas (11-25) was led by Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado), who scored 19 pts.
KTP (Kotka) crushed FoKoPo (Forssa) 111-81 (57-40). 10 KTP players scored points. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) led KTP (28-9) with a double-double again: 27pts/12rbs. FoKoPo (10-27) was still playing without American G Charles Burgess. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) had 22 pts and Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) made a double-double 19pts/12rbs. Bisons (Loimaa) and Pyrinto (Tampere) had a shooting contest at Loimaa. The hosts scored 110 points which was 18 more than Pyrinto was able to score. Already during the half time both teams had made over 50 points (53-50). Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) led all scorers with 32 pts (1 - 7/7, 2 - 2/4, 3 - 7/12). Ivey also gave nine assists. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) added 28 pts. Bisons (27/9) were 16/33 (48%) from behind the arc. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) led Pyrinto (25-10) with 24 pts.
Korikobrat (Lapua) won over YMCA Lappeenranta 98-83 (56-28) and Finnish players Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) (20 pts) and Aleksi Huuskonen (188-G-88) (18) were Lapua's leading scorers. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) netted 19 pts for YMCA LPR (16-20). UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) lost vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) 68-83 (36-39). Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) led UU-Korihait (12-25) with 19 pts. Karhu (23-14) had six players in double digits. Sharpshooter Jussi Eskola (189-G-87) led visitors with 21 pts. Eskola was 7/11 from behind the arc.

YMCA Lahti - Vilpas 82-70 (36-37). (Louis Johnson 33/11, Emmanuel Holloway 20/6a, Jordan Hasquet 17 - Marcus Relphorde 19, Shawn Atupem 16, A.Vaenerberg 11).
KTP - FoKoPo 111-81 (57-40). (Devonne Giles 27/12, Jukka Matinen 18, Timo Heinonen 17 - Jahmar Thorpe 22, Andrais Thornton 19/12, Sami Ikavalko 15/6a. A: 1346).
Bisons - Pyrinto 110-92 (53-50). (Jeb Ivey 32/9a, Martin Zeno 28, Matti Nuutinen 19 - Carl Lindbom 24, Lamonte Ulmer 20, Antero Lehto 18. A: 797).
Lapua - YMCA LPR 98-83 (56-28). (Samuel Haanpaa 20, Aleksi Huuskonen 18, Dwight Tolbert 17 - Jason Conley 19, Matt Gibson 16/8a, Greg Logins 12. A: 336).
UU-Korihait - Karhu 68-83 (36-39). (Villematti Kopio 19, T.J.Robinson 11/10, Demond Watt 10 - Jussi Eskola 21, Tremaine Ford 13/9, Giordan Watson 12. A: 613).



Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Khimky to a victory over the ninth-ranked Azovmash (3-14) 91-77 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Koponen was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 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 Koponen averages: 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 59.5%(25-42), 3FGP: 51.5%(17-33) in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Salin could not help Un.Olimpija (13-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Un.Olimpija was defeated 74-62 on the road by the lower-ranked Cibona (#10). Salin was the top scorer with 17 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Salin is currently fourth on the league's list of most steals. His overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 66.7%. Salin is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Eurocup). He was not able to help Buducnost (3-3) in their game against Lokomotiv (5-1) in the Eurocup. Lee scored 8 points in 24 minutes. The second-placed Buducnost was crushed 90-65 in Kuban by the leading Lokomotiv in the group I of Eurocup. It's Lee's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.3% and FT: 69.2% in the 14 games. Lee is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. An experienced point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Rannikko was not able to secure a victory for Un.Olimpija (13-11) in their game against Cibona (9-15). His contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game. Rannikko scored only 3 points and added 3 passes. Un.Olimpija was defeated 74-62 in Zagreb by the lower-ranked Cibona (#10). Rannikko's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.1apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #5. International forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Blois' victory against the 12th-ranked CFBB (2-17) crushing them 99-73 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Kaunisto had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (12-9) is placed eighth in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kaunisto is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 17.7ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.8apg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #6. Power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Prat Juventud's victory against the ninth-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (6-12) 75-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Caven scored 10 points. CB Prat Juventud (13-6) is placed second in the LEB Silver. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Caven's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 2.6rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Finnish National Team roster.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #7. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona (8-14) in their game against Cantu (14-8) in the Italian SerieA. Kotti recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. Vanoli Cremona lost 78-87 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#6) Cantu. This year Kotti's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 5.4rpg in the 20 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #8. Forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Duke University to win against the Virginia Tech crushing them 85-57 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Murphy recorded only 2 points. The Duke University has a very solid 14-4 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Murphy has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 5.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #9. Former University international forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently studies in the States) helped UTPA win their game against the New Jersey Institute of Technology (6-2) 76-59 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Toivonen scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. The University of Texas-Pan American has a solid 5-3 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Toivonen has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 5.4rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Finnish university national team two years ago.

Kilian Cato
Kilian Cato
   #10. Forward Kilian Cato (201-92, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Maine (6-11) in their game against the University at Albany (0-0) in the NCAA. Cato cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. The Maine was edged 50-49 in Albany, GA by the University at Albany. It was Maine's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Cato has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 5.4rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Finnish National Team roster.



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

29-year old forward Devonne Giles (203-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team KTP and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed FoKoPo (#11, 10-27) with 30-point margin 111-81. It allowed KTP to consolidate first place in the Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KTP has a very solid 28-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Giles turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Giles is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 61.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Namika Lahti. He is American forward in his first season at Namika Lahti. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Namika Lahti cruised to a 82-70 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Salon Vilpas (#9, 11-25). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Namika Lahti is still at the dead bottom 12th position. 27 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Namika Lahti managed to get this year. Johnson is a newcomer at Namika Lahti and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of league's second-best Nilan Bisons. Zeno scored 28 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Nilan Bisons, leading his team to a 110-92 easy win against #4 ranked Pyrinto in a game of the week. Nilan Bisons needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 27 victories and 9 lost games. Zeno has a great season in Finland. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.8ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.3apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86) of Namika Lahti - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of FoKoPo - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) of Nilan Bisons - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dominique Coleman (190-G-84) of Lapua - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aleksi Huuskonen (188-G-88) of Lapua - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Joakim Noah's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Chicago Bulls (35-28) in their last game. Despite Noah's very good performance the Chicago Bulls lost 81-90 on the road to the Los Angeles Lakers. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 17 rebounds. Noah also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. It's Noah's sixth season with the team. He belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 11.5rpg. Noah also averaged so far 12.1ppg, 4.1apg, 2.3bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.0% and FT: 75.3% in the 59 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Noah played for the French senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in France.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Gelabale was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (22-39) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were crushed 111-88 in Denver by the Nuggets. Gelabale was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Gelabale averages: 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 63.4%(45-71), 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 86.4%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. De Colo was not able to secure a victory for the San Antonio Spurs (49-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs were crushed 107-83 in Minnesota by the Timberwolves. De Colo scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year De Colo's overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 77.8% in the 56 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #4. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-17) 105-93. He recorded 11 points and added 3 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 49-16 record this season. Diaw's total stats this year are: 5.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg. He is also French national team player.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #5. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help PGE Turow in their game against Stelmet ZG (0-1) in the Polish TBL, despite his very good performance last Friday. Cel had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. But the fourth-placed PGE Turow was edged 91-89 at home by the lower-ranked (#6) Stelmet ZG in the Places 1-6 group. Cel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 7.5rpg. This year he also averages: 11.1ppg and 1.6apg in the 22 games. Cel has a dual citizenship: French and Polish. He used to play for the French U20 national team six years ago.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #6. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Washington Wizards (20-42) in their game against the Brooklyn Nets (38-27) in the NBA. Despite his good performance on Friday night Seraphin recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Seraphin has relatively good stats this season: 9.2ppg and 4.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #7. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Portland Trail Blazers (29-34) in their game against the New Orleans Hornets (22-43) in the NBA, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Batum scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 40 minutes. But the Portland Trail Blazers were edged 98-96 in New Orleans by the Hornets. Batum has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1bpg and 1.3spg in the 62 games. Batum is also French national team player.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #8. Center Johan Petro (214-86, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Atlanta Hawks (34-29) in their game against the Brooklyn Nets (38-27) in the NBA. Despite his good performance last Saturday He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Petro's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2010.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #9. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (19-5) in their game against Real Madrid (23-1) in the Spanish ACB. Heurtel scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 25 minutes. Caja Laboral lost 92-100 on their home court in Vitoria to the leading Real Madrid. This year Heurtel's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.5apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #10. Power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (3-3) crushing them 101-78 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Moerman scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. 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. It's Moerman's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.9rpg. Moerman is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Causeur couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral in their game against Real Madrid. He scored 7 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 92-100. Causeur has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Partizan's victory against the league leader Igokea 73-64 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. Lauvergne has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. International power forward Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an ALBA Berlin's victory against the 16th-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg 89-76 in the German BBL last Tuesday. Traore scored 13 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). He has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 3.0rpg. Traore is also French national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks 115-108 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 15 minutes. Beaubois has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg in the 43 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Indiana Pacers to win against the Orlando Magic crushing them 115-86 in the NBA on Friday night. Mahinmi recorded only 2 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. He has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 4.0rpg. Mahinmi used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to a victory over the second-ranked Petron Blaze (5-2) 83-73 in the Filipino PBA on Friday night. Dozier was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 26 rebounds. Dozier also added 5 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Commissioner's Cup. Alaska Aces (6-1) are placed first. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dozier is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Dozier averages: 20.7ppg, 17.6rpg, 2.0apg, 3.4bpg and 1.3spg.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tillie's good performance his team was edged 80-79 at home by the much lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Tillie has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #3. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point N.Mexico St.'s victory against the University of Texas at Arlington (11-7) 69-66 in the NCAA last Saturday. Sy scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. The New Mexico State University has a very good 14-4 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Sy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in N.Mexico St.'s roster. Sy has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 4.0rpg in the 24 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #4. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League was not able to help Hapoel Eilat (12-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Hapoel Eilat lost 87-98 on the road to the leading Maccabi Ashdod. Nissim scored 13 points in 23 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Nissim has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in the 20 games. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for USK Praha (24-1) in their game against Levharti Chomutov (12-18) in the Czech Republic NBL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Meno recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Meno is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Meno averages: 17.3ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.2apg. He also holds two passports: Congolese and French.

   #6. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an Al Moutahed's victory against the closely-ranked Amchit 92-80 in the Lebanese Division A last Friday. Samaha recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.8rpg. Samaha holds both French and Lebanese passports.

   #7. Remi Barry (201-F, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bandja Sy and both played together in the last NCAA game. Barry contributed to a 3-point N.Mexico St.'s victory against the University of Texas at Arlington 69-66. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Barry has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the 18 games.

   #8. John Wilkins (206-G-89, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Illinois St. in their game against the Wichita State University in the NCAA. He scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. His team lost 51-66. Wilkins has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.8rpg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.

   #9. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) was the main contributor in a Yulon Luxgen's victory against the league outsider Taiwan Beer 103-98 in the Taiwanese SBL last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Lamizana scored 25 points, had 9 rebounds, passed 6 assists and added 4 blocks. Lamizana belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Lamizana averages: 23.1ppg, 12.4rpg, 3.4apg, 2.7bpg and 1.3spg. He holds both Ivorian and French passports.

   #10. Yoni Deri (178-PG-87, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in an Ironi Nahariya's victory against the 12th-ranked Kiryat Tivon 85-75 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Deri scored 14 points. He has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg. Deri has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.



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Balkan League: Rilski claim double-overtime win over Kumanovo - by Eurobasket News

KK Kumanovo - Rilski Sportist 114:117 (2OT)

Rilski Sportist made a huge step towards Balkan League Final Four. They snatched a dramatic double-overtime win over KK Kumanovo on the road tonight. Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89, college: USF) netted 23 points to pace the winners.
Kumanovo enjoyed a 22:19 lead after the opening quarter. Rilski surged ahead in the second quarter but Kumanovo used an 8:0 run to regain control. The hosts built a 45:42 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third quarter. KK Kumanovo were able to secure a 67:65 lead into the fourth term. Kumanovo led 88:85 with just over a minute remaining. But Angelo Caloiaro drained a jumper and later Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) followed a free throw from Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) with a bucket to force overtime. Terry Smith came up big late in the first overtime to send the game into another extra period. Mirkovic went perfect from the stripe in the final seconds of the second overtime to seal the win for Rilski Sportist. Terry Smith delivered 22 points for the winning side. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 43 points and 11 assists for Kumanovo. Uros Lukovic had 23 points and 13 boards in the loss.

KK Kumanovo: Aleksandar Kostoski 43+11 assists, Uros Lukovic 23+13 boards
Rilski Sportist: Angelo Caloiaro 23, Terry Smith 22



Balkan League: Mornar Bar overcome Kozuv - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - KK Kozuv 87:81

Mornar Bar clinched the second victory at the Last Four group of Balka League. They held off visiting KK Kozuv. Hank Thorns (175-PG-89, college: TCU) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners.
Kozuv got to the slightly better start to the game. The visitors earned a 26:22 lead after ten minutes. The Macedonian team stretched the advantage in the second quarter. KK Kozuv arrived at halftime up by as many as 8 points 47:39. Mornar Bar however turned things around in the third quarter. The Montenegrin side went on a 20:8 surge to ensure a 4-point lead into the fourth quarter. The hosts erupted for 28 points in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) produced 11 points each for Mornar Bar. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 23 points for KK Kozuv. Igor Mijajlovic (193-PG-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 13 points in the loss.

Mornar Bar: Hank Thorns 16, Lazar Radosavljevic 11, Vukota Pavic 11
KK Kozuv: Aleksandar Shterjov 23, Igor Mijajlovic 13



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Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Olimpi 14-2 
 2. MIA Academy 14-2 
 3. Armia 13-3 
 4. Rustavi 12-4 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 10-6 
 6. Kutaisi 9-7 
 7. Sokhumi 6-10 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-11 
 9. Batumi 4-13 
 10. Samedicino 1-15 
 11. STU Tbilisi 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 13: Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi 92-82
Mar. 13: Sokhumi - STU Tbilisi 79-66
Mar. 13: Samedicino - Batumi 73-81
Mar. 13: Armia - TSU Tbilisi 109-45
Mar. 15: Rustavi - Kutaisi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Bowie, Rustavi22.1 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi21.5 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.21.1 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.19.6 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.16.9 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi16.5 
 7. Nelson, Rustavi16.4 
 8. Chikviladze, Dinam.15.8 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.6 
 10. Clayman, Dinamo T.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.13.4 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.8 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi12.2 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.9 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.5 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi8.9 
 7. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.9 
 8. Nelson, Rustavi8.5 
 9. Prewitt, MIA A.7.9 
 10. Revazashvili, Sam.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.6.6 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi6.2 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.6 
 5. Bakradze, TSU T.5.5 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.3 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.1 
 8. Bowie, Rustavi4.9 
 9. Millage, Armia4.0 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.6 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.4 
 3. Millage, Armia2.3 
 4. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 5. Ramishvili, Batumi2.0 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.1.8 
 8. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.7 
 9. Dvalishvili, Olimpi1.6 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.3 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.7 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.3 
 5. Milosevic, Olimpi1.3 
 6. Archibeque, MIA A.1.2 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 8. Eliashvili, Batumi1.0 
 9. Wilson, Armia0.9 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


Viktor Sanikidze selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Montepaschi Siena (14-8) in their last game. Despite Sanikidze's good performance Montepaschi Siena was crushed 94-70 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Lottomatica Roma. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Sanikidze also added 5 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. It's Sanikidze's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.5%(48-78), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 66.0% in the 22 games he played so far. Sanikidze is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Turkey). He led Galatasaray to a victory against the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler (11-10) 94-86 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Markoishvili scored 11 points and added 4 assists. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (19-4) is placed second in the TBL. Markoishvili's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain). Fisher led FIATC Joventut to a 1-point victory over the 12th-ranked UCAM Murcia (10-14) 80-79 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Fisher scored 18 points in 21 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. FIATC Joventut Badalona (12-12) is placed eighth in the ACB. Fisher has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 81.8% in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #4. Point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (22-11) 97-78 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He recorded 7 points and added 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (26-8) is placed first in the Superleague. Tsintsadze's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #5. International power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to help Omegna (13-12) in their last game. Despite Metreveli's very good performance Omegna lost 59-67 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Torino. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Metreveli also added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Omegna's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Metreveli has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2spg in the nine games. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Italian. Metreveli plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #6. Power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to secure a victory for Champville (12-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Champville was badly defeated 71-51 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Byblos (#6). Tskitishvili was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Tskitishvili is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 18.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 2.4apg and 2.5bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team two years ago.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #7. Former international center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) contributed to Rueil's victory against the fifth-ranked Quimper UJAP (14-8) 67-61 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Mdivani recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rueil Athletic Club (12-11) is placed ninth in the NM1. Mdivani's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team eight years ago.

Davit Maisuradze
Davit Maisuradze
   #8. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90, currently plays in Ukraine) managed to help Kirovograd in a victory against one of league's weakest teams BK Kremen (2-22) crushing them 94-53 in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division) last Sunday. Maisuradze scored only 4 points in 21 minutes. Kirovograd (10-18) is placed eighth in the Higher League. This year Maisuradze's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Georgian U16 national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Turkey could not help Karsiyaka (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Karsiyaka was edged 76-74 at home by the second-ranked Paris-Levallois in the group I of EuroChallenge. Thomas had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Thomas is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.5rpg. He also averaged so far 13.8ppg and 1.8apg in the 13 games he played so far. Thomas is a naturalized American. He used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) led Stelmet ZG to a 2-point victory over the fourth-ranked PGE Turow 91-89 in the Polish TBL last Friday. Hosley was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Stelmet Zielona Gora (0-1) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. It's Hosley's first season with the team. Hosley is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg and 2.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Turkey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Will Thomas. But that was another game of his team in Turkish TBL which we would like to mention. Sanders was not able to help Karsiyaka (16-5) in their game against Gaziantep (8-13). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sanders scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Karsiyaka this season. Karsiyaka lost 57-66 on their home court in Karsiyaka to the lower-ranked (#11) Gaziantep. Sanders is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.



Jacob Pullen (ex Hapoel J-M) agreed terms with Oknoplast Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Oknoplast Bologna (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Georgian international point guard Jacob Pullen (185-85kg-89, college: Kansas State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Pullen played at Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League, but left the team earlier this month. In 19 Winner League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg this season. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg. The last season Pullen played at Angelico Biella. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements Pullen received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 3rd Team award and All-Big 12 1st Team award in 2010 and 2011 at his college time. Pullen also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 16.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 66.7%.
Pullen graduated from Kansas State in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An undersized guard with an immense offensive talent and personality. Size is an important limit at NBA level, but he could become soon an Euroleague top level player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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. s.Oliver Baskets 13-13 
 9. Walter Tigers 13-14 
 10. TBB Trier 12-13 
 11. Phoenix Hagen 12-13 
 12. Bremerhaven 11-14 
 13. Bayreuth 11-15 
 14. MBC 11-15 
 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. 13: s.Oliver Baskets - Walter Tigers 80-67
Mar. 13: Bremerhaven - Bayreuth 79-68
Mar. 12: B.Muenchen - LTi 46ers 116-59
Mar. 16: MBC - Ratiopharm
Mar. 16: NY Phantoms - Fraport SKY
Mar. 16: Telekom Baskets - Phoenix Hagen
Mar. 16: EWE Baskets - TBB Trier
Apr. 24: 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.15.6 
 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.7.3 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.0 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.0 
 5. Robertson, Fraport7.0 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.7 
 7. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.5 
 9. McGhee, Bayreuth6.5 
 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, Bayreuth4.3 
 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. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 8. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.4 
 9. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
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.1.2 
 6. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.0 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 9. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth0.8 


Dirk Nowitzki's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (32-30) 115-108 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Nowitzki had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 30-33 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nowitzki's 15th year with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 83.6% in the 34 games he played so far. Nowitzki played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Caja Laboral to a victory against the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-10) 83-73 in the Euroleague last Friday. Pleiss recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Caja Laboral Vitoria (5-5) is placed sixth in group F. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Pleiss' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 56.9%(29-51) and FT: 88.9%. Pleiss is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman contributed to a 3-point Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Detroit Pistons (23-43) 102-99. He recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 15 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 30-33 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kaman has very impressive stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 50.7% and FT: 78.8% in the 49 games. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #4. Forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (6-10) 66-48 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Harris scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Gonzaga University has a very good 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. Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg and 5.9rpg. Harris is also German national team player.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #5. Former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Hawaii (9-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Hawaii lost 75-88 on the road to the Cal State - Northridge. Standhardinger scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 40 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Standhardinger has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg and 5.9rpg in the 49 games. He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team four years ago.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #6. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to Elon's victory against the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (4-16) 68-61 in the NCAA last Saturday. Koch scored 15 points and added 3 assists in 32 minutes. The Elon University has a solid 13-5 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Koch has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 24 games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the German team four years ago.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #7. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Vanderbilt's surprising victory against the University of South Carolina (11-0) 74-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. The Vanderbilt University has 8-9 conference record this season. Bright's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Bright averaged so far 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 24 games. He is also German U20 national team player.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #8. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a 2-point Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo's victory against the closely-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-17) 74-72 in the Japanese JBL last Saturday. Klette recorded 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (6-32) closes the standings in the JBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Klette's stats this season are: 12.1ppg and 6.3rpg. He used to play for the German U22 national team back in 1999.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #9. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza in a victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (14-10) 69-53 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Toppert scored only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. CAI Zaragoza (14-10) is placed sixth in the ACB. This year Toppert's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Patrick Heckmann
Patrick Heckmann
   #10. Shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point Boston Coll.'s victory against the Georgia Tech 74-72 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Heckmann scored 7 points and had 3 steals. 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. Heckmann's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international point guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Temple's victory against the Virginia Commonwealth University 84-76 in the NCAA last Sunday. DiLeo scored 6 points. DiLeo averaged so far 11.0ppg and 6.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. DiLeo used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point San Diego's victory against the Pepperdine University 62-59 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Kramer scored 8 points in 28 minutes. Kramer averaged so far 11.0ppg and 6.2rpg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2011. However he has never played in Germany.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Siena's victory against the Marist College 70-64 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Martens recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Martens averaged so far 11.0ppg and 6.2rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team six years ago.

   #14. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the USC Upstate in their game against the Mercer University in the NCAA. Blessing recorded 7 points in only 13 minutes. His team lost 64-72. Blessing averaged so far 11.0ppg and 6.2rpg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington in their game against the Weber State University in the NCAA. Reuter scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. His team lost 57-65. This year Reuter's total stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in the 29 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Bnei Hasharon (8-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Bnei Hasharon was edged 93-92 on the road by the lower-ranked Galil Gilboa (#10). Rice was the top scorer with 22 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rice has been at the team for five years. He has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. Rice has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German.

   #2. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL was not able to help Dongbu Promy (20-32) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Dongbu Promy was badly defeated 88-68 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Goyang Orions. Sensley was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. It was Dongbu Promy's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sensley has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg in the 40 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #3. Experienced Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Regatas Corrientes to win against one of league's weakest teams Union Progresista (10-32) 84-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. He recorded 5 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Regatas Corrientes (32-11) is placed first in the LigaA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Kammerichs belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. His overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.6apg. Kammerichs is another player who holds two passports: German and Argentinian.

   #4. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) led LF Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (21-12) 123-118 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. LF Basket (17-16) is placed seventh in the Basketligan. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Igbavboa has reliable stats this year: 14.6ppg and 7.1rpg in the 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #5. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for Timisoara (12-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Timisoara was defeated 89-79 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Ploiesti (#3). Sarovic scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sarovic has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg. He has both Serbian and German nationalities.

   #6. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to E.Washington's victory against the Idaho State University 87-73 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Seiferth scored 13 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Seiferth's stats this season are: 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg.

   #7. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) was the major contributor in an Alaska Aces' victory against the second-ranked Petron Blaze 83-73 in the Filipino PBA on Friday night. Thoss scored 14 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. Thoss averaged so far 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg in the seven games. He also holds two passports: German and Filipino.

   #8. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 3-point Hapoel Tel-Aviv's victory against one of league's weakest teams Hapoel Holon 76-73 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Timor scored 9 points. Timor's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. He has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.

   #9. Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers in their game against Durham Wildcats in the British BBL, despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Lockett had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. But his team lost 76-87. Lockett averaged so far 11.0ppg and 6.2rpg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #10. Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to a 2-point Horsens IC's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved 77-75 in the Danish Ligaen on Monday night. Varga scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. Varga's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He has German and Slovakian nationalities.



Head Coach Igor Starcevic Remains Until 2015 With The Licher Baskets Baeren - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is always a delight to see how teams start their planning early for the next season showing consistency as PRO B team Licher baskets Baeren made a step to the future announcing that likeable head coach Igor Starcevic will remain for two more seasons. Starcevic has been on board in Lich since 2010 and has shown in his early coaching career that he has knowledge and the needed know how to lead the team as he has reached the playoffs twice in his three years. "We have developed with Igor in the last three years and want to go the way together in the next two seasons. It is also important that the players are happy with his work even if his way his direct at times. Many players have stated that they have developed their game through him and that was a very important fact to extend his contract. We want to continue to go this way by making players better in the next years. We are looking forward to the continued working relationship", explained Lich manager Dirk Schafer. Starcevic who feels very at home in Hessen is happy about staying. "I am happy that I will continue to get their trust despite having a difficult phase last season and at the start of this season. I like working for this club, because everyone works with passion and the support is great. The fans support us a lot. Lich was my first choice and I am thankful that I can continue to work here for the next two years", explained Igor Starcevic.


Source: Licher Baskets Baeren



Max Merz (Fraport Skyliners Juniors) One Doesnt Read About My Defense In The Stats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Max Merz (183-PG-94) is a 19 year old 183cm guard that was born in Regensburg. He started his basketball career at MTV Kronberg. He has been playing for the Fraport Skyliners juniors since 2011. Last season in the PRO B, he played 10 games: 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 31.0%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 53.8%, also had a license for Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga) and plays NBBL where he led the team into the playoffs and leads the team in scoring. He has been a member of the U-16 and U-17 German national teams. He took part at the European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) -10: 8 games: 2.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

The Fraport Skyliners are on a good way to reach the playoffs. How realistic do you see the chances?

I see it as very realistic. If we keep playing the way we have in last weeks, then we could.


How difficult is it to play sometimes with Konstantin Klein, Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann and sometimes not?

There arent really any problems. When they are with us, they help us very much. With them on the court, we are one of the best teams in the PRO B. When we dont have them, then we really see the differences. When we dont have them, we just try to make the best of it. We are happy when they are playing and just make the best of the situation when they arent with us.

How does your role change when they arent there?

When they are there, I am the 6-7 man off the bench and when they arent there, I am with Falko on the guard position. I have more responsibility and can score more.

How happy are you with your development in the PRO B?

I am happy with it and it is moving along good.


On what things do you still need to work on on your game?

I can work on many things like being more calm on the court on offense, reading the game better, shooting off the dribble and on defense.


Konstantin Klein once said he thinks that someday you could be a solid Beko BBL player. Is that your dream?

I think it is the dream of any player. But I am not thinking about that now, just trying to establish myself in the PRO B. If I make it one day then I would be very happy.

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

My defense gets overlooked. One doesnt read about it in the stats.

I like your eye for your teammates. Who is your favorite passer in NBA?

Rajon Rondo is the best passer.


What is the most important thing that you have learned from Eric Detlev?

I worked a lot with him last summer. He helped me a lot on defense especially how to defend well against bigger players as well as reading the play on the pick and role.

What is the most important thing that Konstantin Klein has given you?

Just to practice, practice practice and believe in your goal.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NBBL 2013 Allstar game?

The MVP Kenneth Ogbe. He was very versatile that bring the ball or score. David Taylor also was tough.

Who were your basketball idols as a kid?

I liked Ben Walace because of his good defense and Kobe Bryant.

You played a season in the states at Rabun Gap high school. That sounds like a mix of temple and designer store. Did you ever ask where the name came from?

It is the name of the small town in Georgia in the hills named after by Indians.


What did you learn in the states that amazed you?

I found that the people are very friendly there different than in Germany. They are always trying to help you.


What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?

46.

What was your most crazy shot you ever made in a game?

I made a hook shot over two players from the three point line.


Who wins a one on one you or Konstantin Klein.

He still wins, but I would win maybe twice in 10 tries.


What do you like most about your teammate NikolaJ Vukovic?

I know him since many years. He is a very good friend of mine. I cant even list all the good things about him.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Jungle.

Thanks Max for the chat.




Matthias Fischer Named New Head Coach Of The German A2 National Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It hasnt been a prosperous season for the LTi Giessen 46ers and head coach Matthias Fischer as the team in in the cellar of the Beko BBL standings, but the German coach Fischer is already looking forward to the future and today the German basketball federation named Fischer the new A2 German national coach taking over for Frank Menz who took over for Svetislav Pesic as German national coach. Fischer has coached in Germany and recently made a name for himself in Austria with Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga). "Matthias Fischer has proved in the last years that he is a great coach. He has experience in the Bundesliga and was coach of the year in Austria. I also have respect for what he is doing with the Giessen team. Despite a reduced roster and limited budget, the team stays together. He has often been an assistant coach for the German basketball federation. Now it is time to give him trust as head coach", stressed German basketball federation vice president Wolfgang Hilgert.

In Germany, Fischer worked as an assistant coach for Rhondorf, Hagen and Rhein Energy Koln. As a head coach, he worked for Black Star Mersch (Luxembourg-DBBL), kelag Worthersee Piraten (Austria-A Bundesliga), and Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga). "I am looking forward to the challenge. I can remember the universal games in South Korea where I was an assistant coach. Basketball is played at a very high level and the exchange of ideas with players and coaches is important. I am sure the cooperation with Frank Menz will be a very exciting expereince", stressed Matthias Fischer. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Bundesliga Cup Winner -05, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -06, German Bundesliga Champion -06, Head Coach Luxembourg National Team U16, U18 -07, Head Coach: Luxembourg National Team -07, Head Coach: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -10, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Champion -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Champion -11, 12, Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -11, 12, and Austrian Cup Winner -12


Source: DBB






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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 18-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 16-3 
 3. Panionios 15-4 
 4. PAOK 15-4 
 5. AGOR 13-7 
 6. Aris 9-10 
 7. Apollon Patras 9-11 
 8. Ikaros 8-11 
 9. Kolossos 6-13 
 10. Ilysiakos 6-13 
 11. Kavala 5-14 
 12. KAOD 5-14 
 13. Peristeri GS 5-14 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 13: Apollon Patras - AGOR 65-75
Mar. 16: PAOK - Aris
Mar. 17: Olympiacos - Kolossos
Mar. 16: Ikaros - Kavala
Mar. 16: KAOD - Peristeri GS
Mar. 18: Panelefsiniakos - Panathinaikos
Mar. 17: Panionios - Ilysiakos


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. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.6 
 5. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 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. Kanonidis, Periste.6.2 
 8. Asimakopoulo., Aris5.9 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos5.6 
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. Papantoniou, Peris.3.9 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.4 
 8. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.3 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK3.1 
 10. Sloukas, Olympiac.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 5. Knowles, KAOD1.5 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 7. Klaiber, Apollon1.5 
 8. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 9. Petway, AGOR1.4 
 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. Faye, Ikaros1.2 
 5. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.8 
 10. Wyatt, Ikaros0.8 


Kostas Koufos' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA). He led Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Phoenix Suns (22-43) 108-93 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Koufos was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 44-22 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Koufos has relatively good stats this year: 8.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%(246-402) and FT: 57.0% in the 65 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup). Zisis was the main contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (3-3) crushing them 101-78 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Zisis scored 23 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. It's Zisis' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 75.0%. Zisis is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. He could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) in their last game. Despite Mavrokefalidis' very good performance the second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was badly defeated 73-56 on the road by the leading Budivelnyk in the group K of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Mavrokefalidis also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Mavrokefalidis has reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 76.2% in the 14 games. He played for the Greek national team two years ago.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #4. Swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikolaos Zisis. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Vasiliadis, who plays in Spain was not able to help Gescrap BB (4-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Gescrap BB was defeated 85-81 in Ulm by the second-ranked ratiopharm in the group J of Eurocup. Vasiliadis was the top scorer with 21 points. Vasiliadis' stats this season are: 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He is also Greek national team player.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #5. International point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-3) 72-54 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Calathes recorded 15 points and added 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Calathes is the league's best passer. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 6.9apg and 1.4spg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Greek national team. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Dimitris Haritopoulos
Dimitris Haritopoulos
   #6. Power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven (4-15) crushing them 93-70 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. Lukoil Academik Sofia (17-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Haritopoulos has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg and 9.0rpg in the three games. Haritopoulos is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team eight years ago.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #7. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an overtime Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (11-11) 97-88 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-8) is placed fifth in the SerieA. Fotsis' overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He is also Greek national team player.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #8. An experienced point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-10) crushing them 78-58 in the Euroleague on Wednesday night. Papaloukas recorded only 4 points and added 4 passes in 12 minutes. CSKA Moscow (7-3) is placed third in group E. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Papaloukas' overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 2.1apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2008.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (5-17) 92-82 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Sakota recorded 11 points. Cimberio Varese (18-4) is placed first in the SerieA. Sakota's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #10. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 71-68 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Vougioukas scored 11 points in only a mere 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Unics Kazan (4-2) is placed first. Vougioukas' stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, another player represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to secure a victory for Solna Vikings (20-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Toutziarakis' very good performance Solna Vikings was defeated 80-68 in Uppsala by the second-ranked Basket. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Toutziarakis also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Toutziarakis averaged so far 13.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Kaimakoglou helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket 71-68. He scored 9 points. Kaimakoglou averaged so far 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help CB Canarias (9-15) in their last game. Despite Lampropoulos' good performance CB Canarias lost 81-89 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Lampropoulos' total stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.6rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team ten years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Cyprus) helped AEK win their game against the closely-ranked Etha 93-82 in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game. Kakiouzis recorded 16 points and had 3 steals. It was his first game for AEK this season. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Dusan Sakota in the Italian SerieA last game. Tsaldaris couldn't help Angelico Biella in their game against Cimberio Varese. He recorded 8 points and had 7 steals. His team was defeated 92-82. Tsaldaris has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Haifa to a victory over the closely-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (11-9) 91-84 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Calathes was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. Calathes also added 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (13-7) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Calathes is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders with 9.4rpg. This year he also averages: 15.4ppg and 2.3apg in the 20 games he played so far. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) was the major contributor in Olimpi's victory against the fifth-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (10-6) 92-82 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Sokk scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (14-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sokk belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3 with 6.2apg. He also averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian.

   #3. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban in a victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-3) crushing them 90-65 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Savrasenko scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Savrasenko has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 2.2rpg in the 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Russian.

   #4. Elias Motran (201-F-80, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 2-point Bejjeh's victory against the closely-ranked Byblos (11-9) 80-78 in the Lebanese Division A on Tuesday night. Motran scored 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Bejjeh (6-14) is placed seventh in the Division A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Motran has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg. He has both Greek and Lebanese nationalities.

   #5. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to Keravnos' victory against the closely-ranked Apoel (12-9) 76-69 in the Cypriot Division A in Tuesday night's game. Demertzis scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (18-3) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Demertzis is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 3.5apg. He also averaged so far 5.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3spg in the 19 games.

   #6. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Juvecaserta's victory against the closely-ranked Oknoplast BO 72-70 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Mavraides recorded 8 points. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1spg. Mavraides is a naturalized American. He used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #7. Peter Pappageorge (183-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point Long Beach St.'s victory against the University of California - Davis 77-76 in the NCAA last Thursday. Pappageorge scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. Pappageorge is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #8. Nick Paulos (201-G/F-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to NC-Greensboro's victory against the Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga 87-81 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Paulos recorded 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. Paulos is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #9. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an Uppsala Basket's victory against the sixth-ranked Solna Vikings 80-68 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Nakos scored 8 points. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 1.6apg. Nakos also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #10. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-PG-84, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked JL Bourg crushing them 75-37 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tsagarakis averaged so far 13.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg. He has dual citizenship: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 24-5 
 2. Leiden 24-6 
 3. Groningen 22-9 
 4. Zwolle 16-14 
 5. Leeuwarden 16-14 
 6. Den Helder K. 16-16 
 7. M.Magixx 13-16 
 8. Weert 13-17 
 9. Amsterdam 4-26 
 10. Rotterdam 2-27 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 10: Amsterdam - Weert 85-88
Mar. 9: Rotterdam - Groningen 77-95
Mar. 13: Den Helder K. - Zwolle 71-64
Mar. 9: Den Helder K. - Den Bosch 67-60
Mar. 14: Den Bosch - Leeuwarden
Mar. 14: Amsterdam - Rotterdam


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. Almonte 10-13 
 9. Leiden 2 10-14 
 10. Punch 10-14 
 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. 13: Leiden 2 - Punch 89-50
Mar. 12: Almere P. - Orca's Urk 78-87
Mar. 12: MSV/Zeemacht - Rotterdam 2 50-67
Mar. 14: Red Giants - Binnenland
Mar. 19: Cangeroes - BC Apollo 2



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Kaposvari 1-0 
 2. Albacomp 1-0 
 3. Atomeromu 1-1 
 4. Szolnok 1-1 
 5. Jaszberenyi 0-1 
 6. Kormend 0-1 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 13-11 
 2. Soproni 11-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 10-12 
 4. ZTE KK 10-13 
 5. Marso NYKK 9-15 
 6. Szedeak 8-15 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-6

Mar. 13: Atomeromu - Szolnok 90-74
Mar. 16: Albacomp - Jaszberenyi
Mar. 17: Kormend - Kaposvari

Places 7-13

Mar. 13: ZTE KK - Marso NYKK 83-64
Mar. 13: Falco-Szova - FS Debrecen 107-57


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.19.6 
 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
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.0 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Keller, Albacomp8.0 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 7. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 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. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.4 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 4. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 5. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
 10. Williams, Atomero.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. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 5. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.6 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 


Peter Lorant selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Peter Lorant
Peter Lorant
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, currently plays in Italy). He managed to help Acea Virtus Roma in a victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (14-8) crushing them 94-70 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Lorant recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Acea Virtus Roma (15-7) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Lorant's first season with the team. This year he averages: 3.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 85.7% in the 22 games he played so far. Lorant is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obie Trotter
Obie Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Obie Trotter (188-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in VTB United League). He contributed to a 2-point BC Nizhny Novgorod's victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (10-7) 89-87 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Trotter scored 7 points. BC Nizhny Novgorod (10-7) is placed fifth in group B. 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. Trotter's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 81.3%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Adam Hanga (200-89, agency: TSS Management, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Hanga could not help Assignia Manresa (4-20) to beat Unicaja Malaga (12-12). He scored 7 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. The bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa was badly defeated 80-63 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#11) Unicaja Malaga. It was Assignia Manresa's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 70.3% in the 23 games. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Gyorgy Kinter
Gyorgy Kinter
   #4. Center Gyorgy Kinter (213-88, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help BK Decin (16-12) in their game against BK Prostejov (17-10) in the Czech Republic NBL. He recorded 8 points in only 13 minutes. The fifth-placed BK Decin was crushed 101-68 in Prostejov by the higher-ranked (#4) BK Prostejov in the Group A1. This year Kinter's overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Hungarian university national team back in 2011.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Hungarian passport:

   #1. Attila Kovacs (203-F-85, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help Horsholm (10-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kovacs' very good performance Horsholm was crushed 93-70 on the road by the second-ranked Bakken. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Kovacs also added 7 rebounds. This season Kovacs has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg.

Other top Hungarian players, who play abroad:

Laszlo Dobos (220-C-93) plays for CAI Zaragoza in Spanish ACB
Gergely Somogyi (216-C-89) plays for Leyma Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Daniel Deri (91) plays for Gussing Knights in Austrian A Bundesliga
Tamas Markus (180-G-89) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Gyorgy Polya (195-G-88) plays for Goeppingen in German Oberliga
David Balaton (188-G-90) plays for Stevnsgade in Danish 1st Division
Mate Kovacs (190-G/F-96) plays for GC Zurich in Swiss LNB
Bence Supola (84) plays for Muenchen DJK in German 2.Regionalliga
Bojan Sormaz (187-G-86) plays for TSG Schwaebisch Hall in German 2.Regionalliga
Tamas Halmai (202-F/C-87) plays for Oberelchingen in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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Standings - IBL

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

Regular Season: Round 30

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

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 14: NSH GMC Riau - Stadium Jak.
Mar. 14: Satria Muda - Hangtuah
Mar. 14: Pacific Caesar - Dell Aspac
Mar. 14: Tonga BSC - Garuda


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bima RIZKY ARDIANSYAH
  Bimasa.
  (182-PF-90)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Rizky Ardian., Bim.14.7 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.13.8 
 3. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.7 
 4. Pamungkas, Satya13.1 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.12.8 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.7 
 7. Utomo, CLS Knights12.3 
 8. Sabara, Pacific12.0 
 9. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 10. Sucipto, NSH G.11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Pacific .
  (190-PF-85)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Sabara, Pacific9.6 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.9.5 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.7 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.2 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.8 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.7 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.2 
 9. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.6 
 10. Joni, Hangtuah6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.4 
 2. Indra, Pacific4.0 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda3.9 
 4. Gerungan, Dell A.3.9 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.3.8 
 6. Sartika, Bimasakti3.7 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.2 
 8. Sebayang, Pelita J.3.1 
 9. Wicaksono, Stadium2.9 
 10. Sucipto, Satya W.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.1 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.8 
 3. Sucipto, NSH G.2.7 
 4. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.6 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.1 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 8. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.0 
 9. Sabara, Pacific2.0 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.0 
 2. Nugroho, Satya W.1.9 
 3. Gunawan, Satria M.1.9 
 4. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.8 
 5. Teguh, Hangtuah1.5 
 6. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.5 
 7. Gunawan, Satria M.1.4 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.4 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Nasution, Satya0.9 


Best players of Indonesian NBL round 30 - by Eurobasket News

Mei Joni (188-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hangtuah and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 23-year old guard had a double-double of 19 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Tonga BSC (#12, 1-17) 66-61. Hangtuah maintains the 6th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hangtuah will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Joni had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Hangtuah and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mei Joni averages this season 9.3ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of second-ranked Pelita Jaya. Poedjakesuma impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead Pelita Jaya to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#11, 2-16) 101-49. Pelita Jaya's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 17 matches. Poedjakesuma is one of the most experienced players at Pelita Jaya and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Pelita Jaya's star - former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86). Dewanto scored 13 points. He was another key player of Pelita Jaya, helping his team with a 101-49 easy win against the lower-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#11, 2-16). Pelita Jaya is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 17-2 record is not that bad... Dewanto has a very solid season. In 18 games in Indonesia he scored 9.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Randolph Ariestedes (197-PF-87) of Stadium Jak. - 18 points and 6 rebounds
5. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Azhari Rahmat (185-PF-92) of Tonga BSC - 14 points and 8 rebounds
7. Erick Sebayang (180-G-83) of Pelita Jaya - 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Ryan Febriyan (194-PF-87) of NSH GMC Riau - 14 points and 3 rebounds
9. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bimasakti - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) of Pacific Caesar - 15 points and 11 rebounds

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



NBL Round 30: Leader Dell Aspac gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Leader Dell Aspac delivered the seventeenth win on Monday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Bimasakti (6-13) 68-58 in Sakti. The game was mostly controlled by Dell Aspac. Bimasakti managed to win third quarter 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Bimasakti 51-33 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) who scored 10 points and 5 assists. Guard Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-89) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dell Aspac (17-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Riau. Local NSH GMC Riau (2-16) was outscored by second ranked Pelita Jaya (17-2) 101-49. It was a good game for the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Ary Chandra contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) replied with 15 points for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelita Jaya have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Dell Aspac. NSH GMC Riau at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 30 Stadium Jak. defeated Pacific Caesar in Jakarta 68-60. Bottom-ranked Tonga BSC was beaten by Hangtuah at home 61-66.
The best stats of 30th round was 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists by Mei Joni of Hangtuah.


Group Solo
Bimasakti - Dell Aspac 58-68

Leader Dell Aspac delivered the seventeenth win on Monday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Bimasakti (6-13) 68-58 in Sakti. The game was mostly controlled by Dell Aspac. Bimasakti managed to win third quarter 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Bimasakti 51-33 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) who scored 10 points and 5 assists. Guard Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-89) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) added 19 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dell Aspac (17-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Bimasakti at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bimasakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 19+4reb+3ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 17+9reb+3ast, G.Sudrajat 9, M.Indra 6+2reb+1ast, U.Gendro Maryono 3+5reb+2ast, H.Julyanggi 2+6reb
Dell Aspac: O.Wira Sanjaya 14+3reb, R.Effendi 10+1reb, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 10+4reb+5ast, X.Prawiro 7+5reb+2ast, M.Irman 6+4reb+1ast, I.Thoyib 5+8reb
gschID: 234238


Group Solo
Pacific Caesar - Stadium Jak. 60-68

There was no surprise in Surabaya where 10th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-16) was defeated by seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (10-8) 68-60. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pacific Caesar won fourth quarter 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Eko Sasmito (188-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Airlangga Sabara (190-85) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Four Pacific Caesar players scored in double figures. Stadium Jakarta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hangtuah. Pacific Caesar lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 15+11reb+1ast, A.Sabara 13+9reb+2ast, H.Suharsono 10+4reb+1ast, M.Fauzia 10+3reb+1ast, C.Indra 8+5reb+7ast, D.Kurniawan 3+3reb
Stadium Jak.: R.Ariestedes 18+6reb+1ast, M.Ferdiansyah 14+4reb, D.Leonardo 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Pattikawa 5+1reb+2ast, I.Budianto 5+8reb+1ast, F.Budianto 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 234237


Group Solo
NSH GMC Riau - Pelita Jaya 49-101

The game with biggest result difference took place in Riau. Local NSH GMC Riau (2-16) was outscored by second ranked Pelita Jaya (17-2) 101-49. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 28 and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded NSH GMC Riau 56-23 including a 42-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pelita Jaya players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by NSH GMC Riau's players. It was a good game for the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Pelita Jaya players scored in double figures. Forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) replied with 15 points and Ryan Febriyan (194-87) added 14 points in the effort for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelita Jaya have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Dell Aspac. NSH GMC Riau at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: J.Sucipto 15+3reb+2ast, R.Febriyan 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Efendi 7+5reb+1ast, A.Amier 4+1reb+1ast, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 3+3reb+3ast, T.Tirtahadi 2+2reb+1ast
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 19+8reb+1ast, A.Chandra 17+4reb+3ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 13+4reb+3ast, F.Damanik 11+6reb+1ast, S.Kurniahu 8+6reb+1ast, K.Purwanto 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 234235


Group Solo
Tonga BSC - Hangtuah 61-66

No shocking result in a game in Jakarta where sixth ranked Hangtuah (10-8) defeated bottom-ranked Tonga BSC (1-17) 66-61. Tonga BSC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Mei Joni (188-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Azhari Rahmat (185-92) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tonga BSC. Tonga BSC's coach Bintoro rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hangtuah maintains sixth position with 10-8 record, which they share with Stadium Jak. Tonga BSC lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Hangtuah will play against higher ranked CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tonga BSC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Satria Muda.
Top scorers:
Tonga BSC: R.Orlando Uneputty 16+6reb, A.Rahmat 14+8reb+1ast, H.Herlusdityo 8+1ast, H.Kurniawan 8+2reb+2ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 6+8reb+6ast, J.Ingutali 5+1ast
Hangtuah: M.Joni 19+14reb+5ast, A.Sigar 10+1reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 9+7reb, H.Hardianus 7+2reb+4ast, A.Junaidi 6+7reb+1ast, T.Wilopo 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 234236



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Mahram wins Game 3 of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Mahram wins Game 3 of the Finals against Petrochimi. The defending champions posted a 106:89 win for 1-2 in the series.
Mahram trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 63-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mahram dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Petrochimi's 42 and made 19-of-25 free shots during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Petrochimi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) chipped in 28 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84, college: Pennsylvania) who recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Hamed Sohrabnejad (206-PF-83) posted 19 and Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) had 18.
Game 4 is scheduled for March 14th.



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Standings - EBS Superleague

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

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 15: UCC Demons - B.Gais Neptune
Mar. 15: UL Eagles - DCU Saints


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen22.9 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles22.2 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.21.2 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons19.4 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.5 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints14.1 
 8. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.3 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.13.3 
 10. Cuffe, UCC Demons13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons13.3 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.11.9 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.11.8 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen11.6 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles11.3 
 7. Quill, DCU Saints8.3 
 8. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.1 
 9. Foley, UCD Marian7.9 
 10. Tummon, Moycullen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.9 
 2. Camps, Moycullen7.1 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles4.8 
 4. Coughlan, UCC D.4.4 
 5. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.8 
 6. Kinevane, UL Eagl.3.7 
 7. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.2 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.3.2 
 9. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
 10. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles2.7 
 2. Camps, Moycullen2.5 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.4 
 4. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.2 
 5. Summers, Killester2.1 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.2.1 
 7. Drumm, UCD Marian1.8 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.1.7 
 9. McLoughlin, B.Gais1.6 
 10. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Trimmer, DCU S.2.5 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 4. Walker, UCC Demons2.0 
 5. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.8 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.1.7 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.1.7 
 8. Killeen, UL Eagles1.6 
 9. O''Brien, Killester0.9 
 10. Taylor, UL Eagles0.8 



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Craig Brackins (ex Angelico BI) joins D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D-Fenders agreed terms with 26-year old forward Craig Brackins (208-104kg-87, college: Iowa State). He supposed to play at Angelico Biella in Italian SerieA, but was released by the team in Dec.'12. In 10 games he had 12.8ppg and 5.4rpg this season. The last season Brackins was tested by the 76ers. But in 13 games he recorded just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg. He also played at Maine Red Claws earlier that season. In 7 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6bpg. Brackins also spent pre-season at Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year. In four games he recorded 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0apg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at Springfield Armor. In 18 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.1ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.9apg. Brackins was tried-out by the Hornets earlier that season.
Three years ago he was drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) in first round (21st overall). Brackins attended Iowa State until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. He played in the final of NBA Eastern Conference -12. Brackins was voted NABC Division I All-District 8 2nd Team back in 2010 at his college time. Brackins represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 7.1ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 62.5%.
Brackins has played also professionally in other NBA team (New Orleans Hornets).
On Brackins: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
A long, versatile and athletic big man, Brackins is an excellent offensive player who can score in a variety of ways ... He has very solid footwork in the post, which allows him to create separation, and with his length and feel for the game he finds ways to knock down shots in different fashion.
Too often he settles for fadeaway shots instead of using his superior size, strength and talent to overpower opponents in one on one situations
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jacob Pullen (ex Hapoel J-M) agreed terms with Oknoplast Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Oknoplast Bologna (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Georgian international point guard Jacob Pullen (185-85kg-89, college: Kansas State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Pullen played at Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League, but left the team earlier this month. In 19 Winner League games he recorded 12.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg this season. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg. The last season Pullen played at Angelico Biella. In 32 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements Pullen received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 3rd Team award and All-Big 12 1st Team award in 2010 and 2011 at his college time. Pullen also represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 16.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 66.7%.
Pullen graduated from Kansas State in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An undersized guard with an immense offensive talent and personality. Size is an important limit at NBA level, but he could become soon an Euroleague top level player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  JORDAN   

Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. ASU 10-0 
 2. Ittihad Schools 8-2 
 3. Al Riyadi 7-3 
 4. Orthodox 6-4 
 5. Kulliyeh 6-4 
 6. Al Wehdat 2-8 
 7. Kofer Yoba 1-9 
 8. Ghazat Hash. 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 10

Mar. 11: Orthodox - Kulliyeh 89-92
Mar. 11: ASU - Kofer Yoba 86-52
Mar. 11: Ittihad Schools - Al Wehdat 82-51
Mar. 11: Al Riyadi - Ghazat Hash. 82-25

Regular Season: Round 11

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


Premier League Round 10: Kulliyeh defeats Orthodox in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Premier League took place in Amman. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Orthodox (6-4) to fifth ranked Kulliyeh (6-4) 92-89 in the game for the fourth place. Kulliyeh have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Orthodox. Kulliyeh's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman Al Riyadi.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Amman: Ittihad Schools (#2) and Al Wehdat (#6). Ittihad Schools (8-2) smashed visiting Al Wehdat (2-8) by 31 points 82-51. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools maintains second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader ASU. Al Wehdat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Ittihad Schools will play against Kofer Yoba (#7) in Irbid in the next round where they are favorite. Al Wehdat's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman Orthodox.
Premier League top team - ASU (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Kofer Yoba (1-9) in Amman 86-52. Undefeated ASU have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Kofer Yoba lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. ASU will meet bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kofer Yoba will play against the league's second-placed Ittihad Schools in Amman.
Bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to fourth ranked Al Riyadi (7-3) 82-25. Al Riyadi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Ghazat Hash. still closes the standings with ten games lost. Al Riyadi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Kulliyeh.



Orthodox - Kulliyeh 89-92

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Premier League took place in Amman. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Orthodox (6-4) to fifth ranked Kulliyeh (6-4) 92-89 in the game for the fourth place. Kulliyeh have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Orthodox. Kulliyeh's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman Al Riyadi.
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ASU - Kofer Yoba 86-52

Premier League top team - ASU (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Kofer Yoba (1-9) in Amman 86-52. ASU have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Kofer Yoba lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. ASU will meet bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kofer Yoba will play against the league's second-placed Ittihad Schools in Amman.
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Ittihad Schools - Al Wehdat 82-51

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Amman: Ittihad Schools (#2) and Al Wehdat (#6). Ittihad Schools (8-2) smashed visiting Al Wehdat (2-8) by 31 points 82-51. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools maintains second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader ASU. Al Wehdat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Ittihad Schools will play against Kofer Yoba (#7) in Irbid in the next round where they are favorite. Al Wehdat's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman Orthodox.
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Al Riyadi - Ghazat Hash. 82-25

Bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to fourth ranked Al Riyadi (7-3) 82-25. Al Riyadi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Ghazat Hash. still closes the standings with ten games lost. Al Riyadi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Kulliyeh.
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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Jekabpils 17-9 
 2. Barons kvartals 17-9 
 3. Valmiera 16-11 
 4. Ventspils 13-2 
 5. VEF Riga 12-1 
 6. LU 12-16 
 7. Jurmala 11-16 
 8. Liepaja 11-16 
 9. Jelgava 10-14 
 10. Turiba 8-19 
 11. U18 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 13: Valmiera - Turiba 79-69
Mar. 14: Barons kvartals - Jekabpils
Mar. 14: Liepaja - LU
Mar. 14: Jelgava - Jurmala


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Peiners, LU20.3 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.20.0 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils16.5 
 4. Cain, Barons k.16.1 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.9 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.8 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.3 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.7 
 9. Brown, Jurmala14.3 
 10. Rudmiezis, Turiba14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.5 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.8 
 3. Dargais, LU8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala6.9 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.6.8 
 10. Iljins, Valmiera6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.3 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.7 
 4. Bertans, VEF Riga3.5 
 5. Peiners, LU3.4 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 7. Brown, Jurmala3.2 
 8. Metra, Barons k.3.2 
 9. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 10. Bergmanis, Barons3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Jurmala
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Brown, Jurmala2.0 
 2. Peiners, LU2.0 
 3. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 4. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 6. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 7. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Timma, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Ate, Liepaja1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.3 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 6. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Mednis, Jurmala0.8 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.8 
 9. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.0.7 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 23-4 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 21-6 
 3. Saldus 18-5 
 4. VeA 17-8 
 5. RSU 17-9 
 6. Kvele 14-12 
 7. Ogres 13-13 
 8. ViA Riga 12-12 
 9. VEF skola 11-11 
 10. Gulbene 8-15 
 11. Liepaja-2 8-16 
 12. DSN 8-18 
 13. Livani 8-18 
 14. Ridzene 6-18 
 15. Valmiera BSS 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 12: VEF skola - Valmiera BSS 99-92
Mar. 13: DSN - Ogres 77-71
Mar. 13: VeA - Liepaja-2 74-73
Mar. 13: Ridzene - Jelgava/LLU 71-88
Mar. 13: RSU - BK VEF-LSPA 59-67



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A 53 points game performance for Harper in Sagesse's win against Hoops - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In a very exciting game Sagesse welcomed Hoops in Ghazir, Sagesse the championship leader had a difficult first half in which Hoops caused many problems to the Leader . The first half especially the two teams didnt manage to impose their game and Sagesse had a very small lead at the half at the score of 52-50. Minute after minute in the game it was obvious to everybody that Aaron Harper was in a big night , he finished with a season high with 53 points to silence all the critics that targeted him the past days.

The 2nd half saw a small advantage for the home team through Harper and Deshawn Simms but Hoops was always answering through Larry Blair who had another big game with 39 points , but this performance couldnt prevent Sagesse to secure the game in the 4th quarter by outscoring Hoops 34 to 25. The game finished at the score of 108-93.

Aaaron Harper led all scorers with 53 , Deshawn Simms finished with 25 , from Hoops side Larry Blair had 39 points and Jesse Perry 18.



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 13-3 
 2. Neptunas 13-3 
 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. LSU-Baltai 5-11 
 10. Lietkabelis 5-11 
 11. Sakalai 4-13 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 12: Juventus - Nevezis 93-77
Mar. 12: Siauliai - Rudupis 87-84
Mar. 13: Naglis Palangos - LSU-Baltai 72-82
Mar. 13: Sakalai - Neptunas 66-78
Mar. 15: Lietkabelis - Naglis Palangos


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.3 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.5 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.2 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai14.6 
 5. Milaknis, Rudupis13.5 
 6. Skucas, LSU-Baltai13.4 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.3 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 9. Kieza, Siauliai12.7 
 10. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.7 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai8.1 
 4. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.5 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.9 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.5 
 8. Konate, Naglis P.6.3 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.9 
 10. Vene, Rudupis5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Jackson, Siauliai4.6 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.6 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.2 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai3.9 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 7. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.2 
 8. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
 9. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.1 
 10. Ginevicius, Lietk.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 2. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.9 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 4. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.8 
 6. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis1.5 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.6 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Galdikas, Siauliai1.0 
 5. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 6. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 7. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.9 
 8. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai0.8 


Donatas Motiejunas scores career-high 19 in Rockets' 111-81 win over Suns - by Eurobasket News

HOUSTON A night of reminders from Houston's recent past ended with a big win for the Rockets.
Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Houston starters in double figures and the Rockets routed the Phoenix Suns 111-81 on Wednesday night.
James Harden scored 18 and Omer Asik had 14 for the Rockets, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings.
Luis Scola had four points and four rebounds for Phoenix in his first game in Houston since the Rockets designated him as their amnesty cut last summer. And point guard Aaron Brooks got his first action since returning to the Rockets after Sacramento waived him on March 1.
"He took some of my little cheers, man," Brooks said. "I wish he could've come back another time."
Goran Dragic, another former Rocket, had 11 points and four assists for the Suns. Dragic signed a four-year, $30 million contract with Phoenix in the offseason after averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 assists in 66 games for Houston in 2011-12.
It was also the first game for Marcus Morris here since the Rockets traded him to Phoenix just before the deadline. Morris had five points and a blocked shot.
But Scola had the spotlight, drawing loud cheers when he was introduced and waving to acknowledge a standing ovation after a video tribute played on the giant scoreboard.
"I didn't really have a good angle, but it was really touching," said Scola, who played five seasons in Houston before signing with the Suns last July. "It was emotional to come here. I was really proud to be a part of the Rockets for those five years."
As for the game's outcome, Houston took care of that by outscoring the Suns 32-17 in the third quarter.
The Rockets led 58-45 at halftime, then continued to find room inside after the break. Chandler Parsons blocked a shot and then finished a fast break with a layup. Scola fouled him at the rim and Parsons sank the free throw to stretch Houston's lead to 17.
Houston finished with 26 assists on 39 field goals.
"We were moving the ball, sharing the ball," said Houston point guard Jeremy Lin, who had 13 points and six assists. "You could look across (the statistics) and see we had great distribution among the scoring. That's usually a great sign of transition buckets, as well as sharing the ball offensively."
Parsons had one of the highlights of the night when he slammed home Harden's alley-oop feed for a 76-56 lead with 5:46 still left in the third quarter. Harden found Greg Smith open underneath for another easy dunk three minutes later as Houston pulled away. Motiejunas drove past Michael Beasley for a hook shot to set a new career high in the last minute of the quarter.
"It's not really important for me, my career high," Motiejunas said. "I'm thinking more about team victories."
Wesley Johnson scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter for the Suns, who lost to Houston for just the fourth time in the last 14 meetings. The Suns mustered only 36 points in the second half.
"That's probably the first time I felt we didn't compete as a unit and that is just unacceptable," Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said. "It's embarrassing."
Houston had all five starters in double figures for the 11th time this season.
Phoenix led 43-38 when the Rockets launched a 15-0 run, finished by Asik's dunk, for a 53-43 lead. Markieff Morris scored inside at the other end to end a four-minute scoring drought for the Suns. Harden scored on a drive and sank a 3-pointer to put Houston up 58-45 at the break. Harden and Lin had 24 points together in the first half.
The game in hand midway through the fourth quarter, the crowd started chanting for Brooks, a first-round pick by Houston in 2007. He checked into the game with 5:02 remaining and prompted one of the loudest cheers of the night when he sank a 3-pointer.
"It felt good to be back," Brooks said, "it felt good to be loved again."
Notes: Suns C Jermaine O'Neal played after missing four games to be with his daughter, who had successful heart surgery earlier this week. ... Dragic had three steals and now has at least one steal in 50 of 63 games this season. ... The Rockets went 10-for-21 from 3-point range and have hit at least 10 3-pointers in 39 games this season. ... Asik started after he was listed as a "game-time" decision with a groin injury.
Courtesy of: Associated Press



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Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. KK Zeta 2011 15-0 
 2. Gorstak 10-4 
 3. S.Centar 8-6 
 4. Berane 2010 8-6 
 5. Pljevlja 7-7 
 6. Buducnost II 5-8 
 7. KK Zeta 5-9 
 8. Un.Mediteran 5-9 
 9. Gusinje 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 10: Buducnost II - Gusinje 83-41
Mar. 9: KK Zeta 2011 - Gorstak 73-66
Mar. 10: KK Zeta - Berane 2010 64-85
Mar. 12: S.Centar - Un.Mediteran 64-67

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 16: Buducnost II - Gusinje
Mar. 16: Zeta 2011 - Gorstak
Mar. 16: KK Zeta - Berane 2010
Mar. 16: S.Centar - Un.Mediteran


Balkan League: Mornar Bar overcome Kozuv - by Eurobasket News

Mornar Bar - KK Kozuv 87:81

Mornar Bar clinched the second victory at the Last Four group of Balka League. They held off visiting KK Kozuv. Hank Thorns (175-PG-89, college: TCU) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners.
Kozuv got to the slightly better start to the game. The visitors earned a 26:22 lead after ten minutes. The Macedonian team stretched the advantage in the second quarter. KK Kozuv arrived at halftime up by as many as 8 points 47:39. Mornar Bar however turned things around in the third quarter. The Montenegrin side went on a 20:8 surge to ensure a 4-point lead into the fourth quarter. The hosts erupted for 28 points in the final period and sealed the win at the end. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) produced 11 points each for Mornar Bar. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 23 points for KK Kozuv. Igor Mijajlovic (193-PG-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 13 points in the loss.

Mornar Bar: Hank Thorns 16, Lazar Radosavljevic 11, Vukota Pavic 11
KK Kozuv: Aleksandar Shterjov 23, Igor Mijajlovic 13



Vladimir Golubovic (ex Caja Laboral) is a newcomer at Antalya - by Eurobasket News

Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Montenegrin ex-international center Vladimir Golubovic (213-101kg-86). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. He managed to play in five leagues in two countries last year (!!!). Golubovic played last season at Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB league. In 10 games he recorded just 2.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Golubovic also played 3 games in Euroleague where he averaged only 2.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He also played at Azovmash (Superleague) in Ukraine that season. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Golubovic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 8 Superleague games he averaged 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg. He also played 1 game in Eurocup where he had only 2 points and 8 rebounds. Golubovic also played 5 games in VTB United League where he averaged 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.0bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Banvit. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Golubovic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 39 TBL games he averaged 10.2ppg and 5.1rpg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Golubovic also played 2 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg and 7.0rpg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
In 2009-10 season Golubovic was tested by Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenian league. In 10 Euroleague games he averaged 6.8ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played 21 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 8.0ppg and 4.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Golubovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Import Player of the Year back in 2009. He also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.3rpg.
Golubovic has played also professionally in Italy, Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



EuroCup: Lokomotiv cruise past Buducnost in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban - Buducnost 90:65

Lokomotiv Kuban will play in EuroCup semifinal. They handed the second straight defeat to Buducnost to claim a comprehensive victory on aggregate in the quarterfinal series. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) nailed 23 points to pace the winners.
Lokomotiv looked confident entering the game with an 18-point cushion after the game in Montenegro. Lokomotiv proved their strength in the first quarter at home court. The hosts went on a 29:16 run to clear off. Buducnost cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 37:45. But Lokomotiv followed with a 26:16 rally in the third term and never looked back en route to a comprehensive success. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 17 points, while Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) delivered 13 points for the winners. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) answered with 14 points for Buducnost. Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) had 9 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Simas Jasaitis 23, Derrick Brown 17, Richard Hendrix 13
Buducnost: Aleksa Popovic 14, Marko Mugosa 9



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 38-24 
 2. Brooklyn N. 38-27 
 3. Boston C. 35-29 
 4. Toronto R. 25-40 
 5. Philadelph.76 24-40 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 40-24 
 2. Chicago B. 35-29 
 3. Milwaukee B. 32-31 
 4. Detroit P. 23-44 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-42 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 49-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 35-29 
 3. Washington W. 21-42 
 4. Orlando M. 18-47 
 5. Charlotte B. 14-50 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 48-17 
 2. Denver N. 44-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 33-32 
 4. Portland TB 29-34 
 5. Minnesota T. 22-40 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 45-21 
 2. Golden St.W. 37-29 
 3. LA Lakers 34-32 
 4. Sacramento K. 23-43 
 5. Phoenix Suns 22-43 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 49-16 
 2. Memphis G. 44-19 
 3. Houston R. 35-30 
 4. Dallas M. 30-33 
 5. N.Orleans H. 22-43 

Regular Season: Round 129

Mar. 13: Atlanta H. - LA Lakers 96-92
Mar. 13: Philadelph.76 - Miami Heat 94-98
Mar. 13: LA Clippers - Memphis G. 85-96
Mar. 13: Sacramento K. - Chicago B. 121-79
Mar. 13: Denver N. - New York K. 117-94
Mar. 13: Boston C. - Toronto R. 112-88
Mar. 13: Houston R. - Phoenix Suns 111-81
Mar. 13: Oklah.City T. - Utah Jazz 110-87
Mar. 13: Indiana P. - Minnesota T. 107-91
Mar. 13: Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 106-93
Mar. 13: Golden St.W. - Detroit P. 105-97

Regular Season: Round 130

Mar. 14: San Antonio S. - Dallas M.
Mar. 14: Portland TB - New York K.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.5 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.2 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.2 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.8 
 10. Parker, San A.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.8 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.5 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.4 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 8. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.6 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.4 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.7 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.4 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 4. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 5. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Recap: Action continues with 11 games on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

Indiana P. - Minnesota T. 107-91
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) had a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 107-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Paul George had 17 points and George Hill added 16 points with six assists to help the Pacers get their second win in three games. Ricky Rubio had 21 points and 10 assists and Luke Ridnour scored 17 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost nine of their last 11 games. The Pacers went on an 8-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 62-54 lead at halftime. They stretched the advantage to 16 late in the third quarter as George hit a fadeaway jumper and then a 3-pointer to put Indiana up 86-66 with 2:06 to go in the period. The Timberwolves didn't lead the entire game, but still didn't make it easy for the Pacers to pull away. Rubio hit a 3-pointer and Ridnour made a layup before Hill's made it 67-59. Hill made another layup to give the Pacers a 71-61 lead before Rubio hit another 3. Hibbert scored two baskets and David West another to put the Pacers up 77-66 with 4:17 remaining in the third. Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern) hit a 3-pointer and Dante Cunningham scored at the start of the fourth quarter before Hibbert made a basket and Orlando Johnson hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers an 87-76 lead. Indiana took a solid lead at the start of the game before the Timberwolves made a run back. The Pacers jumped out to a 12-2 lead to start the game. Hibbert had a jumper and George and Hill hit back-to-back 3s, and Hill made another basket before Rubio scored two free throws. Hibbert scored with 9:17 left in the first quarter to give the Pacers a 10-point lead early. The Timberwolves got back within four when Cunningham hit two free throws with 1:49 left in the quarter and again when Derrick Williams split from the line with 6:43 left in the second quarter to make it 45-41. Augustine hit a 3-pointer to put the Pacers back up seven. However, the Timberwolves weren't done. Ridnour made a layup and Williams a putback to pull Minnesota within three. Then Williams blocked Hibbert's shot and Cunningham and Williams scored 3-pointers around a jumper by Hill to tie the score at 50 with 3:49 left in the first half. Hibbert converted a three-point play to put the Pacers ahead again, 53-50. George extended the lead to four when he made 1 of 2 from the line. But then the Rubio made two free throws, then grabbed a steal and Ridnour hit a jumper to tie the score at 54 with 1:59 left in the second quarter. Hibbert scored two free throws and Lance Stephenson drove to the basket and scored and Hibbert was fouled on a put-back and converted the three-point play to make it 61-54. Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough split from the line with 2.9 seconds left in the half to give the Pacers their eight-point lead at halftime. NOTES: Indiana coach Tom Crean attended the game, two nights before the Hoosiers play in the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. Timberwolves F Andrei Kirilenko (calf strain) and C Nikola Pekovic (Abdominal straight) didn't travel with the team. Chase Budinger (left knee), Malcom Love (right knee and hip), Kevin Love (right hand), and Brandon Roy (right knee) were out against the Pacers. Indiana F Danny Granger was out with a sore left knee. The Pacers have scored 97 or more points in 13 of the last 20 games. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

Boston C. - Toronto R. 112-88
Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) received his standing ovation in the second quarter, then joined Boston's fans when they returned to their feet for Paul Pierce. Garnett and Pierce added to their growing list of accomplishments with significant moves up the list of NBA career scoring leaders Wednesday in the Celtics' 112-88 rout of the Toronto Raptors. Garnett passed Jerry West for 15th all-time and Pierce joined him in the top 20 scorers in league history when he passed Charles Barkley for No. 20. "The joke around here is that every two days or something we're making history," Garnett said. "It's not a bad joke to be a part of." Not at all. Garnett needed four points to pass West (25,192 points) and finished with 12. Pierce finished with 15 points after entering the game nine points shy of tying Barkley (23,757) for 20th. Garnett hit a bank shot with 10:03 left in the second quarter and received a standing ovation when his milestone was announced during a stoppage a few minutes later. Boston fans rose again in the third to recognize Pierce, who responded with a salute back to the crowd. "When you pass a Barkley and a West, those names - that's impressive," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. Both Garnett and Pierce were modest after the game, although Pierce did slip in a shot at some of the pointed comments the outspoken Barkley has made as a broadcaster. "He always talks a lot of smack about us, so I'm happy it was him," Pierce said with a slight grin. It was a short night for Boston's 30-something stars, who were resting comfortably on the bench through the fourth quarter as their teammates finished off the Raptors. It was also a complete turnaround from Boston's performance the night before, when Pierce sat out and Boston stumbled to a 100-74 loss at Charlotte, which has the worst record in the NBA. "Whether I played or not, there was no way we come out with the type of effort that we showed. That just wasn't our team. I was looking around, wondering where I was at," Pierce said. "That wasn't a team I recognized. The Celtics looked much more familiar Wednesday. Jeff Green scored 20 to lead the Celtics, who ended a two-game slide and won their 10th straight at home. Jason Terry and Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) added 12 points apiece, while Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley both scored 11 for Boston. Rudy Gay had 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 17 points for the Raptors, who have lost seven of nine. Terrence Ross scored 13 for the Raptors, who got within four points before Boston blew it open in the third quarter. "We had a four-point game in the third quarter and then we let frustration set in. We haven't been getting calls all year. We let frustration set in and we can't let that happen," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "When a team turns it up like that we've got to turn up our fight and get back into them. I thought that was the difference in the game. When they turned up the heat, we didn't respond." After falling behind by 13 early in the third, Toronto scored nine straight to get right back in it. DeRozan scored 12 in the period, including a three-point play with 6:04 left that pulled Toronto within 60-56. Pierce answered with four straight to start Boston on a 14-4 run. Bradley hit a jumper to put Boston up 66-58, then stole a pass and took it in for a layup. Terry added a 3-pointer to end the run, giving Boston a 74-60 lead. The Celtics closed the period on a 21-6 run, leading 81-62 entering the fourth and making it a short night for Garnett. Notes: The Celtics outscored the Raptors 28-18 in the second quarter and led 49-40 at halftime. ... The Raptors announced Wednesday that forward Andrea Bargnani was expected to miss the rest of the season with an injury to his right elbow. ... Gay was a game-time decision after missing a game with a stiff back. ... Toronto's Sebastian Telfair received was ejected after the third quarter with his second technical of the game. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 106-93
The 20-point lead seemed to vanish in the time it takes John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) to get to the basket on one of his patented full-court drives. Wall was angry, and clashed momentarily with Coach Randy Wittman on the bench over blown defensive assignments, forcing the short-handed Washington Wizards to huddle to find a solution for the hard-charging Milwaukee Bucks. On the verge of their worst collapse of the season, the Wizards regrouped around Wall, who settled down his teammates with his playmaking and scoring, posting 23 points and 10 assists to lead the Wizards to a 106-93 victory at Verizon Center. Wall was prepared to carry a heavy burden with the Wizards down to just two healthy back-court players and he overcame his own fatigue to log a season-high 43 minutes on the second end of back-to-back games. 'I'm still trying to get back into top game shape,' said Wall, who soaked in the cold tub after the game. 'Whatever to help my team win and me to getting better, I'm willing to do it.' The Wizards (21-42) surpassed their win total from the 66-game lockout-shortened campaign of last season and improved to 16-14 since Wall returned from a three-month absence with a stress injury in his left knee. Washington also won its third straight game at home and took two of three in the season series against the Bucks (32-31), a likely playoff team. With Bradley Beal missing his fifth consecutive game with a sprained left ankle and backup point guard A.J. Price out because his right groin was sore from the night before, the Wizards were down to guards Wall and Garrett Temple. Wall made electrifying drives, spin-move dishes, and even used a wicked crossover Wednesday night. He has put together his best string of consecutive games, coming off a game in Cleveland in which he notched season-highs with 27 points and 14 assists in a loss. 'Just being more aggressive,' said Wall, who is averaging 19 points and 7.7 assists and shooting 48 percent from the field in his past five games. 'Just give credit to me working more harder with [assistant coach Sam Cassell] on my jump shot and those type of things, getting to spots and watching film.' Reserve swingman Trevor Ariza wasn't optimistic that he would play after sitting the second half of Tuesday's loss with a sore left knee. Ariza tested his knee before the game and decided to play, giving the Wizards some much-needed boost. 'If I can run, I'm going to play. If I can stand and walk, I'm going to play. So that's all it takes,' Ariza said after scoring 14 points and knocking down three three-pointers. 'That's what happens sometimes. When you're shorthanded, you find ways to win. You always try to pick up what the other people do, especially when they are out. We did a good job of that. John did a good job of controlling the game.' Six Wizards scored in double figures, including reserve Trevor Booker (13 points and 12 rebounds), who has struggled to get consistent minutes but played with the aggressiveness and energy that he had become known for in his first two seasons. 'I felt pretty good out there,' Booker said. 'I felt like myself. I felt like the old Book.' The Wizards led, 66-46, when Nene (13 points and 13 rebounds) drove inside and delivered an underhand pass to Emeka Okafor for a dunk, but the lead didn't last very long. No longer moving the ball or trying to do anything to mirror what helped them build the lead, the Wizards went through another prolonged scoring drought and slipped defensively as the Bucks closed the period on a 32-9 run. Personal Post . Wittman called a timeout during the meltdown and argued with Wall in front of the bench. 'That's coaching, come on,' Wittman said of the exchange. 'I love that.' Wittman loved the response of his team even more. Temple, who has started the past three games in place of Beal, scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and made two layups during a 7-0 run to start the fourth period. Ellis helped the Bucks close the gap to 85-83, but Wall answered with a running layup and the Bucks never got closer. 'That was a gutty performance,' Wittman said. 'We didn't panic,' Booker said. 'In the past, we would've definitely panicked. It was something new for me because we actually stayed calm, so that's a good sign for us.' Ersan Ilyasova (21 points, 12 rebounds) made a jumper to trim the Bucks' deficit to seven at 95-88, but Booker answered with a hook shot and Wall provided the finishing touches with a floater in the lane and a pull-up jumper. The Wizards concluded their scoring when Wall found Ariza in the corner for his third three-pointer and Wall's 10th assist. The Wizards shot 50 percent from the floor and from beyond the three-point line for the fourth time and they are undefeated in each case, recording wins over Charlotte, Orlando and New York. Wall even buried a three-pointer over Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, celebrating by forming his fingers into goggles after the ball dropped. 'There was an instance where I really saw his greatness and it doesn't necessarily have to do with performance. It has to do with understanding that we gave the lead up and he took us and put us on his back and was able to find guys, was able to score, was talking, able to get steals and I think that all-around game was what got us back into the game,' said Martell Webster, who scored 20 points and hitg four three pointers for the third straight game. 'We fed off his energy.' Courtesy of: http://www.washingtonpost.com

Philadelph.76 - Miami Heat 94-98
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) scored 27 points and the Miami Heat became the fourth team to win at least 20 consecutive games in a season, rallying to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 on Wednesday night. Dwyane Wade added 21 as the Heat needed big baskets over the final 2 minutes to top the Sixers for the milestone win. Only three teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20). The Washington Capitols also won 20 straight, spanning the end of the 1947-48 season and the start of the 1948-49 campaign. Thaddeus Young had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Sixers. James and the Heat have started to acknowledge just how special this winning streak is in a season that has them running away with the Eastern Conference. They opened a five-game road trip as 8-point favorites over the slumping Sixers, a team they've defeated three times during the streak. They beat Atlanta on Tuesday for streak win No. 19, then made the flight to Philadelphia that put them in just before dawn. "You get sleep when you can and do your job," center Chris Bosh said before the game. Maybe fatigue played a bit of a role in Miami's inability to truly put away the Sixers. Led by Young, the Sixers opened the third quarter on a 16-8 run that helped slice the lead to four. Miami led 71-66 at the end of the quarter. AP Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) tries to get a... View Full Caption The Sixers hung around in the fourth, too. Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer to make it a six-point game and he followed with a steal and fast-break dunk to cut it 82-78. Sixers fans coming to see a slice of history were suddenly rooting for history denied. Philadelphia's fans started going wild to the "make some noise" sign on the video board and started singing the catchy anthem, "1-2-3-4-5-Sixers!" Jrue Holiday brought them back with a 3-pointer for an 83-82 lead with 5:26 left and had fans chanting, "Beat the Heat!" Ray Allen silenced them with a big 3 in front of the Sixers' bench for an 89-86 lead. Bosh scored to make it 91-89. It wasn't enough, at least not yet. Holiday, the All-Star point guard, showed no fear of the moment when he dunked on James for the tying bucket. James came right back made one of two free throws for a 92-91 lead. Holiday dribbled the ball into Bosh's leg, then off his own foot, leading to Wade's tip after James missed twice at the rim. The Heat escaped with a scare - and No. 20. Unless they wear down, there's no reason to think the Heat can't keep the streak going toward 33. The rest of the road trip includes games at Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston and Cleveland. Fans in Heat jerseys dotted the arena and dozens packed the baseline three rows deep snapping pictures of Miami's pregame drills. James wowed them with some around-the-back reverses that served as a sneak peek for what was ahead. James, the reigning MVP, turned the second quarter into his own dunk contest. It helped that he didn't have any competition. With flair, James threw down thunderous dunks about every time he touched the ball. His best came on a reverse he brought between the legs that had the sellout crowd of 20,398 "Oooohhhh!" in amazement. His dunk capped a 17-2 run that put the Heat up 10 and helped them cruise toward a 51-39 halftime lead. But the first half wasn't all about James' dazzling dunks. The Heat had 14 assists on 19 baskets and Shane Battier came off the bench to hit a pair of lead-stretching 3-pointers. It's the kind of teamwork that has the Heat rolling. "You have to have a unique group that are willing to sacrifice, a unique group willing to keep perspective of what we're playing for and not get caught up in all the noise outside," coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game. "There are so many distractions, not only in this league, but everyday life." AP Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (6) goes up for a... View Full Caption Spoelstra could talk to Heat president Pat Riley on how to handle the distractions that come with a record winning streak. Riley played for the Lakers team that won 33 straight games. But while the two talk daily, Spoelstra said Miami's streak hasn't been discussed. Not once. Thanks to a fantastic finish, they'll have another day to bring it up. Notes: New Eagles coach Chip Kelly had a lengthy chat outside the locker room with Spoelstra before the game. Kelly had previously made a pregame visit with Sixers coach Doug Collins. ... Holiday had 21 points and Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 15. Courtesy of: http://abcnews.go.com

Atlanta H. - LA Lakers 96-92
ATLANTA (AP) -- Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) scored 17 points, Ivan Johnson hit a key basket and the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Bryant finished with 31 points, but made just 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime but watched his jumper slide off the rim with 3 seconds remaining. Making matters worse, he landed on Dahntay Jones' foot and twisted his left ankle, crumpling to the court in pain. Bryant hobbled off and seemed OK before Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) knocked down two free throws to clinch it. Atlanta won for just the second time in eight games despite missing Josh Smith and Jeff Teague. The Hawks got contributions all around. Harris scored nine straight points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks regain the upper hand after the Lakers went up 80-76. But the biggest basket was made by Johnson with the Hawks clinging to a three-point lead. Al Horford drove along the baseline and missed the shot. But he hustled for the rebound and knocked it right to Johnson under the basket. He flipped in a reverse layup with 33.3 seconds remaining, pushing the Hawks ahead 92-87. Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 After the Lakers called a timeout, Horford gave Johnson a big hug on the way to the bench. Smith, in street clothes, mockingly threw punches at the burly forward. But the Lakers had a chance. John Jenkins and Kyle Korver both missed free throws, and Bryant knocked down a turnaround 3-pointer off an inbound pass with Jones right in his face. That turned out to be their last hurrah. Atlanta snapped the Lakers' four-game winning streak and handed them just their third loss in the last 12 games, at least slowing their bid to rally for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Led by Harris, six players scored in double figures for Atlanta. Kyle Korver had 15, Horford 14, Johnson and Jenkins 12 apiece, and Johan Petro 10. After scoring just three points in the first half, Bryant was unstoppable in the third. He made eight shots and almost single-handedly wiped out Atlanta's 55-43 halftime lead. Without Smith and Teague, Atlanta sent out a patchwork lineup that left some in the crowd with puzzled looks during the introductions: Harris and Jones in the backcourt, Anthony Tolliver and Horford at the forward spots, and Petro at center. But the Hawks came out with an inspired first half, getting contributions from both the starters and the reserves. Horford, Harris and Petro all scored eight points, while Horford and Petro grabbed eight rebounds apiece. Jenkins chipped in with eight points off the bench, while Kyle Korver added seven, Johnson six and even Shelvin Mack - on a 10-day contract - scored four points. Bryant, meanwhile, made only 1-of-8 from the field. Notes: Kyle Korver extended his franchise record to 57 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer. He took care of the streak with 3:10 left in the first quarter. ... Teague didn't even attempt to suit up. Smith went out for pregame warmups to test his knee, but found it too sore to play. ... Jones made his second start since being acquired by the Hawks at the trade deadline. ... Horford picked up a technical late in the third when he complained about not getting a call on a drive into the lane, when he appeared to get whacked on top of the head by Dwight Howard. Then, early in the fourth, Hawks coach Larry Drew received a T after another no-call on Howard, this time when he appeared to throw his body into Johnson, sending him tumbling to the court. ... The teams split their season series, 1-1. Courtesy of: http://www.philstar.com

Oklah.City T. - Utah Jazz 110-87
Oklahoma City Al Jefferson's ankle is fine. Paul Millsap's right knee is better. Yet, the limp to the finish line of this boondoggle of a season for the Utah Jazz continued Wednesday, where they lost 110-87 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Jazz were outscored 21-9 in the second quarter and were shooting just 22.7 percent from the field at halftime. The Jazz are 3-8 since the All-Star break and remained half a game behind the Lakers for eighth in the West after Los Angeles lost in Atlanta. The Jazz shot 35 percent from the floor, their worst percentage of the season. Marvin Williams, Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) and Enes Kanter all received technical fouls, while DeMarre Carroll was whistled for a flagrant foul in the third quarter when he leveled Kevin Durant with a shoulder. The play mirrored one in the Jazz's win over Oklahoma City in February when Durant took out Alec Burks in transition. The Jazz are off until Saturday when they host Memphis, a team they are yet to beat this season. Courtesy of: http://www.sltrib.com

Houston R. - Phoenix Suns 111-81
HOUSTON - Donatas Motiejunas (7'0''-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Houston starters in double figures and the Rockets routed the Phoenix Suns 111-81 on Wednesday night. James Harden scored 18 and Omer Asik had 14 for the Rockets, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings. Wesley Johnson scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter for the Suns, who lost to Houston for just the fourth time in the last 14 meetings. Luis Scola had four points and four rebounds in his first game in Houston since the Rockets designated him as their amnesty cut last summer. Houston had all five starters in double figures for the 11th time this season. The Rockets led 30-25 after one quarter after sinking four 3-pointers. Johnson scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the opening quarter to carry the Suns, who trailed despite hitting 12 of their first 20 shots. Four of Houston's five starters were back on the floor with just under eight minutes left in the first half and the scored tied at 34-all. Phoenix continued to shoot well, though, and took a 43-38 lead on Jared Dudley's 3-pointer. The Rockets answered with a 15-0 run, finished by Asik's dunk, for a 53-43 lead. Markieff Morris scored inside at the other end to end a four-minute scoring drought for the Suns. Harden scored on a drive and sank a 3-pointer to put Houston up 58-45 at the break. Harden and Jeremy Lin had 24 points together in the first half. Houston continued to find room inside in the third quarter, and another dunk by Asik put the Rockets up 62-48. Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) blocked a shot and then finished a fast break with a layup. Scola fouled him at the rim and Parsons sank the free throw to stretch Houston's lead to 17. Parsons had one of the highlights of the night when he slammed home Harden's alley-oop feed for a 76-56 lead with 5:46 still left in the third quarter. Harden found Greg Smith open underneath for another easy dunk three minutes later as Houston pulled away. Motiejunas drove past Michael Beasley for a hook shot to set a new career high in the last minute of the quarter. The Rockets hit 12 of 20 shots and outscored Phoenix 32-17 in the third quarter. The game in hand, the crowd started chanting for popular point guard Aaron Brooks, who returned to the Rockets after he was cut by Sacramento on March 1. Brooks, who played his first four NBA seasons with Houston, checked into the game with 5:02 remaining and prompted one of the loudest cheers of the night when he sank a 3-pointer. Scola got a warm reception, too. The Argentine forward played his first five NBA seasons in Houston before signing with the Suns last July. The 6-foot-9 Scola was always a fan favorite here and took in cheers when he was introduced. After the first quarter, Scola and most of his teammates watched a video tribute played on the giant scoreboard and Scola waved to acknowledge a standing ovation when it ended. Goran Dragic, another former Rocket, had 11 points and four assists for the Suns. Dragic signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Suns in the offseason after averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 assists in 66 games for Houston in 2011-12. Notes: Suns C Jermaine O'Neal played after missing four games to be with his daughter, who had successful heart surgery earlier this week. ... Dragic had three steals and now has at least one steal in 50 of 63 games this season. ... The Rockets went 10-for-21 from 3-point range and have hit at least 10 3-pointers in 39 games this season. ... Asik started after he was listed as a "game-time" decision with a groin injury. Courtesy of: Associated Press

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 85-96
Marc Gasol scored 21 points, Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) added 18 and the surging Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-85 on Wednesday night for their 14th victory in 15 games. Mike Conley had 17 points and 11 assists, and Zach Randolph scored 13 points as the Grizzlies hung on in the fourth quarter of back-to-back games for their sixth straight victory. Memphis followed up last night's road win in Portland with a tenacious effort against the Clippers, who have lost three of five. Memphis (44-19) is percentage points ahead of Los Angeles (45-21) for third place in the Western Conference, although the Clippers are the Pacific Division leaders. Chris Paul had 24 points and nine assists, and Blake Griffin added 22 points for the Clippers, who won the clubs' first two meetings this season. The Grizzlies are excelling during a particularly brutal stretch in their schedule with help from newcomer Prince, the Los Angeles native acquired in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto. Although they're late in a five-week stretch in which they never play consecutive games in the same city, with 10 of 14 games on the road, the Grizzlies improved to 15-4 since trading Gay, their leading scorer, on Jan. 30. Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) scored 14 points as a fill-in starter for Los Angeles in a physical meeting of two Western Conference contenders whose bruising seven-game, first-round playoff series last spring is still fresh in most players' minds. One game after scoring a season-high 129 points, the Clippers struggled offensively, including a 6-for-25 effort on 3-pointers. Although the Clippers seem capable of coasting to the first division title in the long-suffering franchise's history, the Pacific Division leaders might be in danger of entering another slump in their mostly stellar season. That's largely because the Clippers' impressive depth has been thinned by minor injuries recently. Los Angeles played without starting forward Caron Butler, who's out with a strained left elbow, and backup point guard Eric Bledsoe, who has a strained calf. Although Jamal Crawford returned from a two-game absence with a sore left ankle, he scored just two points against Memphis on 1-for-10 shooting. Along with his playmaking prowess, Paul scored his 10,000th career point on a jumper early in the second quarter, getting a standing ovation from the sellout crowd when the milestone was announced. But the All-Star point guard managed just six points in the second half. Neither team led by more than seven points in the first half, although Memphis disregarded its weary legs and made more than 65 percent of its shots. Memphis jumped to an 11-point lead in the third quarter with a rally led by Gasol, who had 11 points and three steals in the period. Los Angeles got within three points with 7 minutes to play, but Quincy Pondexter's 3-pointer kick-started another Memphis rally, and the Grizzlies comfortably held onto the lead late. NOTES: After a day off, Memphis finishes its four-game trip in Utah and Denver. ... CP3 is just the fourth player in NBA history to get 10,000 points and 5,000 assists before his 28th birthday, joining Stephon Marbury, Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas. The Clippers sold out Staples Center for the 83rd straight time. ... Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley watched the game in a Clippers jersey. The Palm Springs-area native defends his belt Saturday night in nearby Carson against Ruslan Provodnikov. Courtesy of: http://www.newser.com

Denver N. - New York K. 117-94
DENVER-Carmelo Anthony's return to the Pepsi Center was a flop Wednesday night when Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) scored 24 points and the Denver Nuggets blew out the ailing New York Knicks 117-94. The Nuggets led by as many as 34 points on the way to winning their 10th straight game and 14th straight at home. This one was such a laugher that their starters didn't play the fourth quarter. Neither did Anthony, who left a couple of minutes into the second half when his balky right knee, which he acknowledged Tuesday isn't getting better, acted up. He scored just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. Courtesy of: http://www.eveningsun.com

Golden St.W. - Detroit P. 105-97
OAKLAND -- Warriors center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) appears to be past the hurdle of playing back-to-back sets and limited minutes. But there are still noted strides he will need to make. The biggest is on offense. Golden State didn't need much from Bogut by way of offense on Wednesday. Point guard Stephen Curry and forward David Lee took care of that end. They combined for 51 points as the Warriors outgunned the Detroit Pistons 105-97. The Warriors won their second straight to improve to 4-2 on the seven-game homestand, which concludes Friday against Chicago. But in the long run, especially against formidable half-court defenses, the Warriors are going to need Bogut's offensive development. "He's been rebounding, protecting the paint and setting screens," coach Mark Jackson said before the game. "I think the next step is going to be getting back to who he is on the block." He contributed a bit in the fourth quarter Wednesday. He slipped a shovel pass to Lee for a dunk at the 9:09 mark, putting the Warriors up 84-77. With just shy of three minutes left, Detroit went with the Hack-a-Bogut strategy. Bogut split the free throws. Part of what Bogut, the veteran 7-foot center, was supposed to bring was a much-needed inside presence. While he isn't a dominant scorer -- his career averages are 12.4 points on 52.1 percent shooting -- he is known around the league as a deft passer. The jumper-heavy Warriors are hoping to take advantage of that, especially down the stretch of close games. Bogut figures to give the Warriors a cog to his offense. He and Lee, two of the better passing big men in the league, theoretically expand the Warriors' options and gives Golden State an improved half-court attack. But Bogut isn't there yet. Still getting into game shape, still trying to find his game. "He's beginning to feel more and more comfortable at getting some of that explosiveness back," Jackson said. "He's certainly making progress, and we are looking forward to the day when he is back at full strength." Wednesday was the first time in five games that Golden State scored 25 or more fourth-quarter points. The Warriors have done so only four times since the All-Star break. In critical games when they've needed a bucket, Golden State has been forced to rely on outside shots. And with defenses paying special attention to Curry, getting a good shot has become increasingly difficult. Jackson said when Bogut gets back to being an upper-echelon center, if he gets there, it will help the Warriors' late-game offense. Golden State is used to getting limited offensive production form its centers, whether Bogut or rookie Festus Ezeli or veteran Andris Biedrins. But down the stretch, and especially in the postseason, the Warriors won't be able to afford playing four-on-five on the offensive end. The Warriors looked like they would put away Detroit quickly. They led by as much as 12 in the first quarter as Curry came out of the gate hot. He knocked down all three of his shots, including two 3-pointers, and set up three other baskets. Meanwhile, the Warriors defense held the Pistons to 36.4 percent shooting in the first quarter. Golden State led 28-20 entering the second quarter. But the Warriors cooled off on both ends of the court in the second quarter. The Pistons' offense found a rhythm, getting 19 points off the bench combined from forward Jonas Jerebko and guard Will Bynum. Detroit managed 30 points on 57.1 percent shooting in the second. And the Warriors' offense couldn't keep up. Golden State made just three baskets over the final 5:34 of the second quarter, and the game was tied at 50 at the half. Golden State got a big third quarter from Curry (11 points) and rookie forward Harrison Barnes (eight points) to take control of the game again. But down the stretch, the Warriors found themselves needing to make baskets. Their lead was down to 80-77 early in the fourth quarter. But Golden State went on an 18-11 run to go up 98-88. Lee, who finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, got it going with two baskets inside plus two free throws. Jack knocked down two jumpers, including a pull-up that pushed the Warriors' lead to double-digits. Curry, who had 31 points and eight assists, iced the game by splitting defenders with a crossover and nailing a pull-up jumper with 1:33 left. Free-agent small forward Dominic McGuire, the defensive specialist who became a fan favorite with the Warriors last season, probably won't be returning to Golden State this season as many fans hope. According to team sources, the Warriors don't want him taking minutes away from rookie forward Draymond Green. It is obvious Golden State could use a defensive stopper. And they have the roster space to add McGuire, who is a free agent looking for a team. And McGuire would be eligible for the postseason should the Warriors sign him by season's end. But the Warriors let McGuire walk this summer largely because they believed Green could bring what McGuire did, plus more rebounding. Jackson, who one source said has veto power, doesn't want to inhibit Green's development. So instead of getting a perimeter wing defender, the Warriors decided to fill their hole at third-string power forward, hence the signing of Malcolm Thomas from the D-League. Golden State doesn't have a legitimate power forward behind Lee and Carl Landry since Jeremy Tyler was traded to Atlanta. Courtesy of: http://www.mercurynews.com

Sacramento K. - Chicago B. 121-79
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) had 26 points and seven assists in the Sacramento Kings' most lopsided victory of the season, a 121-79 rout of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. The Kings opened the second quarter with a 26-4 run against the lethargic Bulls to hike their lead to 34 points. It was an almost error-free first half for the Kings, who committed just one turnover and took a 65-36 lead into intermission. The Kings shot 54 percent and tied a season low with five turnovers. Making his first start of the season, Patrick Patterson had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Jason Thompson had 12 points for the Kings, who snapped a five-game losing streak against Chicago. Carlos Boozer scored 21 points and Nate Robinson had 19 for the slumping Bulls, who lost their second straight and fourth in five games. The Bulls have dropped a season-high five straight road games and have a 7-12 record since beating Milwaukee on Jan. 30. The Bulls shot 38 percent, missed 19 of 21 3-point attempts, and committed 17 turnovers. Short-handed Chicago played without injured forward Taj Gibson (knee) and veteran guards Richard Hamilton (back) and Kirk Hinrich (foot), who are all out indefinitely. At least for one game, it mattered very little that Sacramento played without Matt Demarcus (6'3''-G-90) Cousins, the Kings' leading scorer and rebounder. He missed the game due to a sore left knee. Cousins picked up his 12th technical foul of the season and was ejected from Sunday's game against Milwaukee after picking up a Flagrant 2 for elbowing Mike Dunleavy in the head. Though there was speculation Cousins would be suspended by the NBA and miss the game, the volatile center was spared of his third league suspension this season. "It was going to be difficult for him to play in this game regardless of what might have happened (regarding a suspension) based on the injury that Matt Demarcus has," Kings coach Keith Smart said before the game. There was no letting up in the third quarter for the Kings, who didn't allow the Bulls to cut into their 29-point deficit. Isaiah Thomas had 11 points and continued to push the tempo for Sacramento, which took a 93-60 lead into the fourth. Evans had 18 points in the first half, when the Kings shot 58 percent. Sacramento began the second quarter with an 11-2 run and the lead remained in double figures the remainder of the game. It was a horrible first half at both ends of the court for the Bulls, who shot 35 percent, committed eight turnovers, and allowed 15 fast-break points. Boozer was the only bright spot for Chicago with 16 points. Patterson helped get the Kings off to a fast start, making all five shots and scoring 11 first-quarter points. Sacramento shot 65 percent in the opening quarter and led 34-20. Notes: Former league MVP Derrick Rose worked out before the game. Rose, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last April, is still contemplating a return to the Bulls this season. . Evans has averaged 23.7 points in his last three games. . Kings reserve forward James Johnson missed his second straight game due to personal reasons. . Attendance was 14,426. Courtesy of: www.sacbee.com



Chris Wright signs a 10-days contract at The Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) landed 24-year old point guard Chris Wright (185-89, college: Georgetown). He started the season at Iowa Energy. In 38 games he averaged impressive 15.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.0apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Wright played at Olin Edirne (TBL) in Turkish league. In 23 games he had 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.3apg and 1.8spg.
Wright has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2008 and 2010. Wright received also All-Big East 3rd Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Wright graduated from Georgetown University in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: A strong, physical Point Guard with athleticism. Has all the qualities of a pure point guard but can also create off the dribble when needed. Has a lightning quick first step and can force the tempo in transition.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Raptors Andrea Bargnani out for season - by Eurobasket News

The Raptors announced Wednesday that forward Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) will miss the rest of the season with a right elbow injury. Bargnani hurt the elbow last Friday against the Lakers. He missed 26 games earlier this season with an elbow injury, but the Raptors say this injury is unconnected. Bargnani, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, averaged 12.7 points in his 35 games this year. The once-versatile big man struggled with his long-range shooting. Bargnani made only 31 percent of his three-point attempts, a marked decline from hitting nearly 41 percent in 2008-2009. The Raptors reportedly tried shopping Bargnani before the trade deadline and could try again this offseason. But he will likely be difficult to move. He is owed $22 million over the next two years a large amount for someone with Bargnanis injury history and struggles on the court.
Courtesy of: si.com



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 33-5 
 2. Summerside S. 23-15 
 3. Windsor Exp. 20-18 
 4. St.John M.R. 20-19 
 5. Moncton M. 20-20 
 6. Halifax R. 19-20 
 7. Oshawa P. 18-21 
 8. Montreal J. 2-37 

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 12: Halifax R. - London L. 87-103
Mar. 13: Oshawa P. - St.John M.R. 101-102
Mar. 14: Summerside S. - London L.
Mar. 15: Windsor Exp. - St.John M.R.
Mar. 16: Summerside S. - Halifax R.
Mar. 16: Windsor Exp. - Oshawa P.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

B12 Standings
 1. Kansas (7) 14-4 (26-5) 
 2. Kansas St. 14-4 (25-6) 
 3. Oklahoma St. 13-5 (23-7) 
 4. Oklahoma 12-7 (20-10) 
 5. Iowa St. 11-7 (20-10) 
 6. Baylor (18) 9-9 (18-13) 
 7. Texas (25) 7-11 (15-16) 
 8. W.Virginia 6-14 (12-18) 
 9. Texas Tech 4-15 (11-19) 
 10. TCU 2-16 (11-20) 

Regular Season: Round 123

Mar. 13: Stanford - Arizona St. 88-89 OT
Mar. 13: Syracuse - Seton Hall 75-63
Mar. 13: Colorado - Oregon St. 74-68
Mar. 13: Houston - Rice 72-67
Mar. 13: Texas A&M - Auburn 71-62
Mar. 13: Texas - TCU 70-57
Mar. 13: W.Virginia - Texas Tech 69-71
Mar. 13: Sam Houston St. - Cent.Arkansas 69-63
Mar. 13: Notre Dame - Rutgers 69-61
Mar. 13: USC - Utah 66-69
Mar. 13: Tulane - Marshall 66-64
Mar. 13: Villanova - St.John''s 66-53
Mar. 13: Washington - Washington St. 64-62
Mar. 13: Ball St. - Buffalo 61-76
Mar. 13: S.Carolina - Mississippi St. 59-70
Mar. 13: Nicholls St. - McNeese St. 59-62
Mar. 13: E.Michigan - Miami, OH 58-47
Mar. 13: UAB - SMU 53-52
Mar. 13: Providence - Cincinnati 44-61

MEAC QFinal

Mar. 13: Norfolk St. - Beth.-Cookman 68-70 OT
Mar. 13: N.C.Central - N.Carolina A&T 42-55

MW Qfinal

Mar. 13: San Diego St. - Boise St. 73-67
Mar. 13: UNLV - Air Force 72-56
Mar. 13: Colorado St. - Fresno St. 67-61
Mar. 13: N.Mexico - Wyoming 59-46

PL Final

Mar. 13: Bucknell - Lafayette 64-56

SWAC Qfinals

Mar. 13: Alabama A&M - Grambling St. 59-51

Regular Season: Round 124

Mar. 14: Chicago St. - Houston Baptist
Mar. 14: Houston Baptist - Utah Valley
Mar. 14: LSU - Georgia
Mar. 14: Vanderbilt - Arkansas
Mar. 14: Richmond - Charlotte
Mar. 14: Butler - Dayton
Mar. 14: Xavier - St.Joseph's
Mar. 14: Massachusetts - G.Washington
Mar. 14: Illinois - Minnesota
Mar. 14: Michigan - Penn St.
Mar. 14: Purdue - Nebraska
Mar. 14: Iowa - Northwestern
Mar. 14: Tennessee - Mississippi St.
Mar. 14: Missouri - Texas A&M
Mar. 14: Buffalo - Kent St.
Mar. 14: E.Michigan - W.Michigan
Mar. 14: SE Louisiana - McNeese St.
Mar. 14: ORU - Sam Houston St.

B12 Qfinal

Mar. 14: Oklahoma - Iowa St.
Mar. 14: Kansas - Texas Tech
Mar. 14: Texas - Kansas St.
Mar. 14: Oklahoma St. - Baylor

BEC QFinal

Mar. 14: Georgetown - Cincinnati
Mar. 14: Pittsburgh - Syracuse
Mar. 14: Louisville - Villanova
Mar. 14: Marquette - Notre Dame

Bsky Qfinals

Mar. 14: Weber St. - N.Arizona
Mar. 14: N.Dakota - S.Utah
Mar. 14: Montana St. - N.Colorado

BWC Qfinals

Mar. 14: Long Beach St. - CS Fullerton
Mar. 14: Pacific - UCSB
Mar. 14: Cal Poly - SLO - Cal-Davis
Mar. 14: Cal-Irvine - Hawaii

CUSA QFinal

Mar. 14: S.Mississippi - UAB
Mar. 14: UTEP - Houston
Mar. 14: Memphis - Tulane
Mar. 14: E.Carolina - Tulsa

MEAC QFinal

Mar. 14: Delaware St. - Hampton
Mar. 14: Savannah St. - Morgan St.

MW Semis

Mar. 15: UNLV - Colorado St.
Mar. 15: N.Mexico - San Diego St.

Pac12 QFinal

Mar. 14: Arizona St. - UCLA
Mar. 14: Arizona - Colorado
Mar. 14: Utah - California
Mar. 14: Oregon - Washington

SWAC QFinal

Mar. 14: Alcorn St. - Prairie View A&M
Mar. 14: Jackson St. - Alabama St.

WAC Qfinal

Mar. 14: N.Mexico St. - Idaho
Mar. 14: Texas Arlington - Utah St.
Mar. 14: Denver - Texas St.
Mar. 14: Louisiana Tech - UTSA


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Baylor
  (178-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Jackson, Baylor19.4 
 2. McLemore, Kansas16.7 
 3. Osby, Oklahoma15.7 
 4. Brown, Oklahoma.15.7 
 5. Smart, Oklahoma.15.2 
 6. Clyburn, Iowa St.15.2 
 7. McGruder, Kansas S.15.1 
 8. McClellan, Texas14.5 
 9. Nash, Oklahoma St.14.1 
 10. Withey, Kansas13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Melvin EJIM
  Iowa St.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ejim, Iowa St.9.3 
 2. Austin, Baylor8.8 
 3. Withey, Kansas8.6 
 4. Jefferson, Baylor8.2 
 5. Clyburn, Iowa St.7.1 
 6. Osby, Oklahoma7.0 
 7. Crockett, Texas T.6.7 
 8. Young, Kansas6.7 
 9. McKinney, TCU6.5 
 10. Cobbins, Oklahoma.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Baylor
  (178-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Jackson, Baylor6.6 
 2. Rodriguez, Kansas5.5 
 3. Lucious, Iowa St.5.5 
 4. Johnson, Kansas4.7 
 5. Felix, Texas4.4 
 6. Smart, Oklahoma.4.3 
 7. Walton, Baylor3.5 
 8. Staten, W.Virginia3.3 
 9. Gray, Texas Tech3.3 
 10. Anderson, TCU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SMART
  Oklahoma.
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smart, Oklahoma.3.0 
 2. Gray, Texas Tech2.0 
 3. Walton, Baylor1.7 
 4. Jackson, Baylor1.5 
 5. Rodriguez, Kansas1.5 
 6. Anderson, TCU1.4 
 7. Crockett, Texas T.1.3 
 8. Hield, Oklahoma1.3 
 9. McGruder, Kansas S.1.3 
 10. McGee, Iowa St.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff WITHEY
  Kansas
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Withey, Kansas4.0 
 2. Jefferson, Baylor2.0 
 3. Henriquez, Kansas1.9 
 4. Austin, Baylor1.6 
 5. Cobbins, Oklahoma.1.5 
 6. Murray, W.Virginia1.5 
 7. Ridley, Texas1.5 
 8. Kravic, Texas Tech1.4 
 9. Ibeh, Texas1.0 
 10. Jurick, Oklahoma.1.0 


Bucknell Wins 2013 Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship - by Simas

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell took the lead in the first half and fought off numerous rallies by Lafayette after intermission to beat the Leopards 64-56 and win the 2013 Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship on Wednesday at Sojka Pavilion.

The Bison claim their fourth Patriot League title, and second in the last three seasons. Bucknell also sets a Patriot League and school record for victories by improving to 28-5 on the season. The Bison earn the Patriot League automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, and will wait to find out their opponent and destination when the brackets are announced on Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS.

Bucknell senior center Mike Muscala (6'11''-F/C-91) was named Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. He had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the title game and totaled 56 points and a Tournament-record 38 rebounds in Bucknell's three contests, posting a double-double in each game. Muscala becomes the first player in Patriot League history to win the Player of the Year and Tournament MVP trophy in two different seasons, also doing so when the Bison won the title in 2011.

Lafayette had its seven-game win streak come to an end, and fell to 19-15 for the season. The Leopards fell in the title game for the third time in the last four seasons, and lost to Bucknell in the championship for the second time in three years after falling to the Bison in 2011.

The game was back and forth early, with Lafayette inching out to a 10-8 lead under eight minutes into the contest. Bucknell began to put the clamps down defensively from there, going on a 16-4 run that gave them the lead for good at 24-14 with 2:51 to go in the half.

The Bison held a 26-18 lead at the break, and scored the first four points of the second half to build their biggest advantage of the day at 30-18. Lafayette responded, as the Leopards went on a 9-0 run and cut the deficit to 30-27 on a bucket by Joey Joey Ptasinski (6'2''-G) with 14:42 to go. The game stayed tight over the next eight minutes, with Lafayette still down just three at 43-40 with 6:30 to go. Bucknell put on a decisive run from there, with Muscala and Joe Joe Willman (6'7''-F-91) keying a 10-0 stretch that gave the Bison their biggest lead of the game at 53-40 with 3:09 to go. The Leopards would not go away as they cut the lead to 62-56 with 21 seconds left, but Ben Brackney drained a pair of free throws and the Bison went on to the 64-56 final.

Muscala made 8-of-16 shots and 4-of-4 free throws in his 20-point effort. He notched his NCAA-best 22nd double-double of the season. Joe Willman put up an outstanding effort as well with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Cameron Cameron Ayers (6'5''-G-91) scored nine points and Ben Brackney added eight. Bucknell made an even 40% from the field at 22-of-55 and was just 2-of-9 from three-point range, but stepped up at the foul line with an 18-of-23 clip. The Bison had 14 assists with just five turnovers, led by Steven Kaspar with five dimes. Bucknell had just eight turnovers in its last two Patriot League Tournament games.
Joey Ptasinski led the Leopards with 15 points, while Bryce Scott (6'2''-G) added 13 and Tony Johnson (6'0''-PG) had 11. The Leopards matched the Bison at 22-of-55 from the field, but were off their usual game from long range with a 5-of-15 clip from beyond the arc.

In addition to Muscala, the Patriot League All-Tournament Team included Bucknell's Joe Willman and Cameron Ayers, Lafayette's Tony Johnson and Seth Hinrichs (6'7''-G), and Lehigh's Holden Greiner (6'8''-F).

Courtesy of Patriot League

Patriot League Tournament Final: Lafayette - Bucknell 64-56
Patriot League Tournament Semifinals:
Lafayette - Lehigh 82-69
Bucknell - Army 78-70


All-Patriot League 1st Team 2012-2013
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Mike Muscala
Muscala
Cameron Ayers
Ayers
Ella Ellis
Ellis
Holden Greiner
Greiner
Tony Johnson
Johnson
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Player of the Year: Mike Muscala (6'11''-F/C-91) of Bucknell
All-Tournament MVP: Mike Muscala (6'11''-F/C-91) of Bucknell
Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Muscala (6'11''-F/C-91) of Bucknell
Rookie of the Year: Kyle Wilson (6'4''-G) of Army
Coach of the Year: Zach Spiker of Army

1st Team
G: Cameron Ayers (6'5''-91) of Bucknell
F: Ella Ellis (6'7'') of Army
F: Holden Greiner (6'8'') of Lehigh
PG: Tony Johnson (6'0'') of Lafayette
F/C: Mike Muscala (6'11''-91) of Bucknell

2nd Team
F: Murphy Burnatowski (6'7''-90) of Colgate
F: Dave Dudzinski (6'9'') of Holy Cross
G: Seth Hinrichs (6'7'') of Lafayette
F: Stephen Lumpkins (6'8'') of American
PG: Mackey McKnight (6'0'') of Lehigh

All-Tournament Team
Mike Muscala (6'11''-F/C-91) of Bucknell
Cameron Ayers (6'5''-G-91) of Bucknell
Joe Willman (6'7''-F-91) of Bucknell
Tony Johnson (6'0''-PG) of Lafayette
Seth Hinrichs (6'7''-G) of Lafayette
Holden Greiner (6'8''-F) of Lehigh

All-Rookie Team
Tilman Dunbar (5'10''-PG-94) of Navy
Cullen Hamilton (6'3''-G) of Holy Cross
Bryce Scott (6'2''-G) of Lafayette
Kyle Toth (6'1''-PG) of Army
Kyle Wilson (6'4''-G) of Army

All-Academic Team
Bryson Johnson (6'2''-PG-90) of Bucknell
Gabe Knutson (6'9''-F) of Lehigh
Mike Muscala (6'11''-F/C-91) of Bucknell
Joey Ptasinski (6'2''-G) of Lafayette
John Schoof (6'5''-G) of American



History in NYC: LIU Brooklyn Downs Mount to Capture Third Straight NEC Men's Basketball Crown - by Greg

Brooklyn, NY (AP) -- It may be the third time in a row LIU Brooklyn has won the Northeast conference tournament, but this championship was anything but secure for the Blackbirds.

C.J. Garner (5'10''-PG-90) scored a career-high 31 points and LIU Brooklyn punched its ticket for the NCAA tournament with a 91-70 win over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday night in the tournament finals.

Third-seeded LIU (20-13) was coming off a season in which four of its players were suspended in the fall for their role in a fight and reigning NEC player of the year
Julian Boyd (6'7''-F-90) tore his ACL in December.

So, beating the fifth-seeded Mountaineers (18-14) was perhaps the sweetest victory in the three-peat.

"Me and C.J. talked about everything we've been through from the suspensions, your player of the year goes down -- it could have gone both ways," said senior
Jamal Olasewere (6'7''-F-91). "We knew this one was personal."

Garner and Olasewere seemed determined not to let this one slip through their fingers. Garner's 31 points were a career high and Olasewere added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help coach
Jack Perri become the third coach in the conference to win the title in his first year on the job.

Perri, who had been an assistant for the Blackbirds before being promoted this season, said this was the sweetest of the three titles for him.

"I'm very emotional right now because of what we went through," he said. " (It was a) totally different book than the last two years, totally different story. Everything went right the last two years and this year they had to show their true colors."

After a frantic back-and-forth first half, LIU Brooklyn opened the second half with a 35-31 lead. Led by a decisive dunk by Olasewere and a three-point play from Garner, the Blackbirds went on a 13-4 run to go ahead by 13 only 6 minutes into the half.

LIU Brooklyn didn't allow Mount St. Mary's to pull closer than 12 the rest of the way.

The enthusiastic LIU Brooklyn crowd, which spent much of the second half chanting "Brooklyn Three-peat", stormed the floor to celebrate what was a career night for Garner and a definitive statement for the small LIU program.

LIU Brooklyn's win cut Mount Saint Mary's comeback from an ugly start to the season a bit short. The fifth-seeded Mountaineers came in riding a nine-game win streak after upsetting top-seeded Robert Morris for a chance to play in the finals. A win for Mount St. Mary's would have topped an impressive turnaround for the team, which started a dismal 2-6 in conference play.

During the first half, it seemed as though the Mountaineers would take this one. LIU Brooklyn didn't grab its first lead until more than 10 minutes had passed. From there, it was back-and-forth with five lead changes until the Blackbirds took over in the second half.


Sam Prescott (6'3''-G-90), who scored 19 points, started 4-for-4 from 3-point range before going cold in the second half for the Mountaineers, while Garner scored 17 of his points and Olasewere 10 after the break. The Blackbirds shot close to 68 percent in the second half.

Garner, who averaged 28 points during the tournament, was named its most valuable player, in a game that gave the LIU Blackbirds a place in the NEC record book for most consecutive conference wins.

"Ever since last year, history has really been on the board (for us)," said Olaseware. "We really wanted to come back and create history. We had minor setbacks but we're a family. They wrote us off but we came back and did what we had to do and we made history."

Courtesy of NEC

NEC Tournament Final: LIU Brooklyn - Mount St. Mary's 91-70
NEC Tournament Semifinals:
LIU Brooklyn - Wagner 94-82
Mount St. Mary's - Robert Morris 69-60


All-NEC 1st Team 2012-2013
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C.J. Garner
Garner
Alex Francis
Francis
Shane Gibson
Gibson
Velton Jones
Jones
Jamal Olasewere
Olasewere
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All-Tournament MVP: C.J. Garner (5'10''-PG-90) of LIU Brooklyn
Player of the Year: Jamal Olasewere (6'7''-F-91) of LIU Brooklyn
Rookie of the Year: Shivaughn Wiggins (5'10''-PG) of Mt.St.Mary's
Most Improved Player of the Year: Earl Brown (6'6''-F-92) of St.Francis, PA
Coach of the Year: Tim O'Shea of Bryant

1st Team
F: Alex Francis (6'6''-91) of Bryant
G: Shane Gibson (6'2'') of Sacred Heart
PG: Velton Jones (6'0''-89) of Robert Morris
F: Jamal Olasewere (6'7''-91) of LIU Brooklyn
G: Kyle Vinales (6'1'') of Cent.Conn.St.

2nd Team
F: Ike Azotam (6'7'') of Quinnipiac
G: Jason Brickman (6'0''-91) of LIU Brooklyn
F: Jalen Cannon (6'6''-93) of St.Francis, NY
G: Dyami Starks (6'2''-92) of Bryant
G: Jonathon Williams (6'6''-90) of Wagner

3rd Team
G: Frankie Dobbs (6'3''-90) of Bryant
PG: C.J. Garner (5'10''-90) of LIU Brooklyn
G: Matt Hunter (6'5'') of Cent.Conn.St.
G/F: Lucky Jones (6'5''-93) of Robert Morris
PG: Kenneth Ortiz (6'0''-91) of Wagner

All-Tournament Team
Jonathon Williams (6'6''-G-90) of Wagner
Rashad Whack (6'2''-G-91) of Mt.St.Mary's
Jason Brickman (6'0''-G-91) of LIU Brooklyn
Jamal Olasewere (6'7''-F-91) of LIU Brooklyn
C.J. Garner (5'10''-PG-90) of LIU Brooklyn

All-Rookie Team
Ben Millaud-Meunier (6'1''-SG-91) of St.Francis, PA
Stephon Mosley (6'6''-F-94) of St.Francis, PA
Brandon Peel (6'7''-F) of Cent.Conn.St.
E.J. Reed (6'6''-F) of LIU Brooklyn
Shivaughn Wiggins (5'10''-PG) of Mt.St.Mary's



Valparaiso Rallies to Win First Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship - by Greg

VALPARAISO, Ind. It only made sense in a tournament that saw four games ended by buzzer beaters that the Horizon League championship game would come down to the final minutes.

And so it did, before the No. 1 seed Valparaiso Crusaders used an 18-4 run over the final five minutes to overcome a six-point deficit and earn a 62-54 win over No. 3 Wright State.

It is Valpos first conference championship since joining the Horizon League in 2007. The Crusaders will be making their eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Senior guard
Erik Buggs (5'11''-PG-90) scored a career-high 22 points in the win.

Valparaiso held a 36-25 lead at halftime, but Wright State came out of the locker room with a vengeance. The Raiders whittled away, eventually tying the game 40-40 when
Miles Dixon (6'1''-G-91) hit a pair of free throws at the 12:34 mark.

Buggs countered with a runner at the shot clock buzzer to put Valpo ahead by two. But Dixon scored again on the other end, gathering a blocked shot and putting in a tough layup to tie the game.

The Raiders then took a 45-42 lead on
Reggie Arceneaux (5'9''-PG-93)s 3-pointer from the wing with 9:21 to go, Wright States first lead since the score was 3-2 after the first two possessions of the ballgame.

A couple of minutes later, WSU took its largest lead of the game, 50-44, on a 3-pointer by
Matt Vest (6'5''-G-92), but Valparaiso went on a 16-0 run at the point to regain the lead and then some.

The final rally by Valpo began at the 5:13 mark, when
Kevin van Wijk (6'8''-F-89) hit a layup and then Buggs went for five straight points to give the Crusaders a 51-50 lead with 2:53 left. Ryan Broekhoff (6'7''-F-90) hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put Valpo ahead by four and Matt Kenney (6'4''-G-91) and Will Bogan (6'1''-G-89) combined for six free throws to punctuate the run and put the game out of reach, 60-50 with 15 seconds left.

Head coach
Bryce Drew played his starting five seniors for the final 10:33 of the game without subbing.

I wanted to give those five a chance to finish it out, Drew said. "I thought the guys dug deep in their hearts and the last five minutes may have been the best five minutes of defense we've played all year."

After a quick start in which neither team turned in an empty possession until the 17:42 mark, the first half turned into a game of runs before Valpo took a 36-25 lead into the locker room.

With the game tied at 5-apiece, the Crusaders went on an 11-0 run to take a 16-5 lead with 14:22 to go as the Raiders went seven-minutes-plus without a point and just over nine minutes without a field goal.

Wright State recovered from the drought to go on a 8-0 run to cut the Crusader lead to just four, but Valparaiso responded with a 10-0 run highlighted by a pair of spin-move lay-ups by Buggs to take a 28-14 lead with just over four minutes left in the opening period.

The shortest player on the roster, Buggs carried the Crusaders when they needed him most with a career-best performance of 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and a game-high four steals. For his heroics, Buggs was named the Tournament's MVP, joining Broekhoff -- whose 3-pointer at the buzzer on Saturday sent Valpo to the championship game -- on the All-Tournament team.

"I can't say enough about these two guys," Drew said of Buggs and Broekhoff. "They are the heart of our team, Erik with his intensity, Ryan with his all-around play and everything he does."

Broekhoff had seven points, five rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in the championship game. Bogan added 14 points and Van Wijk poured in 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Arceneaux was the only Raider in double figures, scoring 14 points off the bench in the loss. Arceneaux and Dixon -- who hit a game-winning shot against Detroit on Saturday -- were named to the All-Tournament team. Green Bay's Keifer Sykes was the fifth honoree.

Having been picked to finish ninth in the Horizon League preseason poll, Wright State fell just short of a worst-to-first season, falling to 21-12. But with no seniors on the roster, the Raiders the sixth-youngest team in college basketball have the players and the gumption to continue to be competitive in coming years. For now, WSU will be headed to the NIT.

"I'm very proud of our team," head coach
Billy Donlon said. "We have a resilient group. We have a group that's handled a lot of adversity. A lot of teams could have wilted and called it a day, and we did not."

The Crusaders improve to 26-7 on the year, setting a new school record for wins in a season, and will head to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.

"It means a lot because I played with these guys for four years," Buggs said. "Getting over that hump and getting to the NCAA [Tournament], it not only means a lot to me but it means a lot to share it with my brothers. It's a family environment. It's more than a team."


Courtesy of Horizon League

Horizon League Tournament Final: Valparaiso - Wright State 62-54
Horizon League Tournament Semifinals:
Valparaiso - Green Bay 70-69
Wright State - Detroit 56-54

All-Horizon League 1st Team 2012-2013
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Erik Buggs
Buggs
Ray McCallum
McCallum
Ryan Broekhoff
Broekhoff
Nick Minnerath
Minnerath
Kendrick Perry
Perry
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All-Tournament MVP: Erik Buggs (5'11''-PG-90) of Valparaiso
Player of the Year: Ray McCallum (6'3''-G-91) of Detroit Mercy
Defensive Player of the Year: Damian Eargle (6'7''-F-89) of Youngstown St.
Newcomer of the Year: Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G) of Cleveland St.
Sixth Man of the Year: Lavonte Dority (6'1''-PG) of Valparaiso
Coach of the Year: Billy Donlon of Wright St.

1st Team
G: Ray McCallum (6'3''-91) of Detroit Mercy
F: Ryan Broekhoff (6'7''-90) of Valparaiso
F: Nick Minnerath (6'9'') of Detroit Mercy
PG: Kendrick Perry (6'0''-92) of Youngstown St.
PG: Keifer Sykes (5'10'') of Green Bay

2nd Team
F/C: Alec Brown (7'1'') of Green Bay
F: Kevin van Wijk (6'8''-89) of Valparaiso
F: Ben Averkamp (6'8'') of Loyola, IL
PG: Gary Talton (6'1''-90) of Ill.-Chicago
F: Cole Darling (6'8''-91) of Wright St.

All-Defensive Team
Damian Eargle (6'7''-F-89) of Youngstown St.
Erik Buggs (5'11''-PG-90) of Valparaiso
Kendrick Perry (6'0''-PG-92) of Youngstown St.
Alec Brown (7'1''-F/C) of Green Bay
Jordan Fouse (6'7''-G/F) of Green Bay

All-Newcomer Team
Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G) of Cleveland St.
Jordan Fouse (6'7''-G/F) of Green Bay
Jordan Aaron (5'10''-PG) of Wisc.-Milwaukee
Kamren Belin (6'7''-F-92) of Youngstown St.
Josh Crittle (6'9''-C-90) of Ill.-Chicago

All-Tournament Team
Erik Buggs (5'11''-PG-90) of Valparaiso
Ryan Broekhoff (6'7''-F-90) of Valparaiso
Miles Dixon (6'1''-G-91) of Wright St.
Reggie Arceneaux (5'9''-PG-93) of Wright St.
Keifer Sykes (5'10''-PG) of Green Bay



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Wingate Wins Second-Straight SAC Basketball Championship Men's Title - by Simas

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The third-seeded Wingate University Bulldogs outscored 11th-ranked and top-seeded Lincoln Memorial University 48-25 in the second half Sunday afternoon en route to a 69-53 victory in the 2013 Food Lion SAC Men's Basketball Championship title game at Timmons Arena.

Wingate wins the SAC Tournament title for the second straight year, improving to 21-8 overall. LMU falls to 24-5 on the season.

The Bulldogs earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Lincoln Memorial, who was the top-ranked team in the region entering the SAC Tournament, will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is Wingate's fifth SAC Tournament title.

"These guys continue to make believers out of me," head coach Brian Good says. "They have an incredible never-say-die attitude. We are always at our best when our backs are against the wall. The defensive effort in the second half was unbelievable. We helped well, rotated and we were together as one. When you do that you have a chance to be really good on that end."

Senior guard Paidrick Matilus (6'2''-G) and sophomore guard Ryan Daye (5'10''-PG) led a balanced Wingate attack with 14 points each. Matilus added three steals on the afternoon. Junior center Deion Turman (6'8''-F/C) piled up 12 points and 15 rebounds, while senior guard Ethan Kincaid (6'0''-G) had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Odell Turner (6'6''-F) contributed seven points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Bulldogs.

Matilus was named the tournament MVP, while Turman joined Matilus on the All-Tournament team. "Paidrick probably got MVP honors for his scoring, but he was our defensive MVP last night and again today," Good says. "I can't imagine a more deserving player after the effort he gave on both sides of the ball. Deion's effort on glass was just phenomenal."

Vincent Bailey (6'6''-F-91) had a game-high 15 points to lead the LMU attack adding 12 rebounds and two blocks. Chance Jones (6'2''-G) added 13 points and four rebounds, while Lorenza Ross (6'2''-PG-93) had 10 points for the Railsplitters. Cameron Carden (6'2''-G-89) handed out a game-high five assists for LMU. Bailey and Jones earned All-Tournament honors, along with Carson-Newman's Ishmael Sanders (6'1''-G).

Kincaid knocked down a pair of early threes to give Wingate an 8-4 lead four minutes into the contest. LMU tied the game at 12 on a layup from Jones. A jumper in the lane from Daye put the Bulldogs on top 16-14, but LMU closed the half on a 14-5 run. Bailey had four points in the spurt, while a three from Carden with three seconds left in the half gave the Railsplitters a 28-21 halftime advantage.

A three-point play from Bailey on the first possession in the second half gave LMU a 10-point lead. Matilus answered with a three-point play, then added a triple while a Turner layup cut the lead to four. Senior guard Eddie Lewis knocked down a three with 15:30 remaining to make it a one-point game. Jones answered with a three to push the LMU lead back to four, but a Kincaid layup and Turman dunk tied the game at 38. Turman followed with a putback to give Wingate its first lead of the half, then knocked down a short jumper to make it 42-38 with 10:48 to go.

A rebound and layup from Curtis McMillion got LMU back to within two with 9:52 remaining. Daye answered with a layup and a jumper, while two Matilus free throws pushed the Bulldog advantage to eight at the 8:28 mark. After a pair of LMU free throws, Daye buried a triple. Turman followed with a free throw to give the 'Dogs their first double-digit lead of the game with 6:36 remaining.

LMU answered with a quick 6-0 run, cutting the lead to 54-50 on a three from Ross with five minutes to go. Turman answered with another rebound and layup for Wingate, while a Matilus layup with 3:26 to go pushed the lead back to eight. Daye followed with a three to make it 61-50, while an emphatic dunk from Turner put Wingate on top by 13 with 1:35 remaining. LMU would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Wingate shot 34.8 percent from the field, hitting six-of-18 shots from three-point range (33.3 percent). LMU shot 40 percent from the field, but the Railsplitters were just nine-for-29 in the second half (31 percent). Lincoln Memorial was six-for-10 from three-point range (60 percent). The Bulldogs held a 47-36 rebounding advantage, while holding a 29-8 edge in second chance points. Wingate converted 14 LMU turnovers into 17 points.

Courtesy of SAC

SAC Tournament Final: Wingate - Lincoln Memorial 69-53
SAC Tournament Semifinals:
Wingate - Anderson 75-70
Lincoln Memorial - Carson-Newman 69-59


All-SAC 1st Team 2012-2013
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Antoine Davis
Davis
Chandler Hash
Hash
Ishmael Sanders
Sanders
Vincent Bailey
Bailey
Jake Troyli
Troyli
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Player of the Year: Antoine Davis (6'5''-F) of Carson-Newman
All-Tournament MVP: Paidrick Matilus (6'2''-G) of Wingate
Freshman of the Year: Keith Jumper (6'7''-F-94) of Tusculum
Coach of the Year: Chuck Benson of Carson-Newman

1st Team
F: Antoine Davis (6'5'') of Carson-Newman
G: Chandler Hash (6'0''-92) of Anderson, SC
G: Ishmael Sanders (6'1'') of Carson-Newman
F: Vincent Bailey (6'6''-91) of Lincoln Memorial
F: Jake Troyli (6'10''-90) of Lincoln Memorial
G: Denzel Dillingham (6'4'') of Lenoir-Rhyne

2nd Team
F: Odell Turner (6'6'') of Wingate
PG: Denzail Jones (5'9''-90) of Anderson, SC
C: Tyrece Little (6'8''-93) of Catawba
G: Paidrick Matilus (6'2'') of Wingate
F: Dondray Walker (6'5'') of Newberry
PG: Lorenza Ross (6'2''-93) of Lincoln Memorial

All-Tournament Team
Paidrick Matilus (6'2''-G) of Wingate
Deion Turman (6'8''-F/C) of Wingate
Vincent Bailey (6'6''-F-91) of Lincoln Memorial
Chance Jones (6'2''-G) of Lincoln Memorial
Ishmael Sanders (6'1''-G) of Carson-Newman

All-Freshman Team
Keith Jumper (6'7''-F-94) of Tusculum
Elon Edwards (5'10''-PG-94) of Catawba
Manzey Miller (5'11''-PG) of Brevard
Mitchell Riggs (6'5''-G-93) of Newberry
Tim Pierce (6'2''-G) of Lincoln Memorial



FSC Repeats as Men's Basketball Tournament Champions - by Simas

In a game that saw a combined 24 made three-pointers, it was a trey by sophomore Tyler Kelly (6'2''-G) with 7.1 seconds left that gave Florida Southern a 67-66 advantage and helped lead the 10th-ranked Moccasins to a 72-66 victory over fifth-seeded Rollins to secure the 2013 Sunshine State Conference Championship title Sunday afternoon at the Silver Spurs Arena.

With the victory, the Mocs take home their 21st SSC tournament title and their second consecutive championship.

"The play was designed for Seth (Evans), but he was covered, so T.K. got the ball, I told him to shoot it, and he had a great look at the basket," Mocs head coach Linc Darner said after winning his fourth SSC tournament title as the Mocs coach. "Our guys never quit today. We could've when got down early, but we made some shots and got some stops on defense. We found a way to win the game."

Following Kelly's trey, Rollins' Dave Diakite (6'6''-F) missed a shot that would have given the Tars the lead, but the shot hit off the back of the backboard to give the ball back to the Mocs. On the ensuing inbounds play, senior guard Seth Evans (6'0''-PG-90) was fouled by Diakite. Diakite drew two technicals for arguing the call and was ejected. Evans took advantage of the opportunity and hit 5-of-6 free throws to seal the win.

Evans, who earned the SSC Tournament MVP honor for the second consecutive season, led the way with 26 points and added five assists. Evans finished the game with six treys, and the Mocs hit 13 in the game.

In addition to Evans, Brett Bailey (6'6''-F-90) had 16 points and six boards, while Cameron Vines (6'4''-G-93), who was also named to the All-Tournament Team, added 11 points and six boards. All of Vines' 11 points came in the second half as he hit three consecutive 3-pointers as part of a 28-14 run that gave the Mocs a 63-62 lead on a lay-up by Bailey with 4:31 left.

That scoring run came after Rollins opened the second half on an 11-5 run to turn its 37-30 lead into a 48-35 advantage following a trey by Diakite. Diakite, who was one of two Tars named to the All-Tournament Team, finished with 11 points and 12 boards.

Following the Mocs 28-14 run to take the 63-62 lead, the Tars scored four straight points to a take a 66-64 lead after a lay-up by Mitch Woods with 1:53 left. That would be the final basket of the game until Kelly's trey with 7.1 seconds left.

The Tars, who fell to 19-10 with the loss, were paced by 22 points from Brett Chance (6'2''-G-89), while Kyle McClanahan (6'1''-G) added 14 points. Chance scored 16 of Rollins' 37 first half points.

In the first half, it looked like Rollins would be celebrating its fifth SSC tournament title, as they led 8-3 just five minutes into the game. The Tars' lead ballooned to 20-4 following a jump shot from 17 feet by Woods with 10:17 remaining in the opening half. Woods was the other Tar to make the All-Tournament Team.

Following the under-12 minute media timeout, the Mocs got back-to-back treys from Evans and Lamar McKnight to jump start a 20-2 run that gave the Mocs a 24-22 lead following a trey by Evans with 6:45 left in the half. During the run, Evans hit four three-pointers.

Rollins would answer the Mocs run with an 11-2 run over a span of nearly two-and-half minutes to retake the lead at 33-26 following a second consecutive trey by Chance. Chance scored all 11 of the Tars points during the run.

The teams each scored four points apiece to close the first half as Rollins led 37-30 at the half.

FSCs Kevin Capers (6'1''-G-93), who also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team, dished out six assists and scored seven points for the Mocs.

The other member of the six-player All-Tournament Team was Eckerd's Darrien Mack (6'7''-F).

Courtesy of SSC

SSC Tournament Final: Florida Southern - Rollins 72-66
SSC Tournament Semifinals:
Rollins - Saint Leo 62-53
Florida Southern - Eckerd 85-80 (OT)


All-SSC 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Marcus Ruh
Ruh
Seth Evans
Evans
Jerrel Harris
Harris
Darrien Mack
Mack
Kyle McClanahan
McClanahan
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Player of the Year: Marcus Ruh (6'4''-G) of St.Leo
All-Tournament MVP: Seth Evans (6'0''-PG-90) of Florida Southern
Defensive Player of the Year: Shaun Adams (6'6''-F) of St.Leo
Freshman of the Year: Jerrick Stevenson (6'4''-G/F) of Eckerd
Newcomer of the Year: Jerrel Harris (5'10''-PG) of St.Leo
Coach of the Year: Linc Darner of Florida Southern

1st Team
PG: Seth Evans (6'0''-90) of Florida Southern
PG: Jerrel Harris (5'10'') of St.Leo
F: Darrien Mack (6'7'') of Eckerd
G: Kyle McClanahan (6'1'') of Rollins
G: Marcus Ruh (6'4'') of St.Leo

2nd Team
G: Chris Carter (6'5'') of Florida Tech
G: Jermaine Jackson (6'4'') of Florida Tech
G: Dominic Lane (6'2''-91) of Florida Southern
PG: Julius Reid (6'1''-91) of Florida Tech
G: Trent Thomas (6'4'') of St.Leo

All-Newcomer Team
Chris Carter (6'5''-G) of Florida Tech
Da'Markco Foster (6'3''-G-91) of Tampa
Jerrel Harris (5'10''-PG) of St.Leo
Kyle McClanahan (6'1''-G) of Rollins
Terrance Tubbs () of Florida Tech

All-Tournament Team
Seth Evans (6'0''-PG-90) of Florida Southern
Brett Bailey (6'6''-F-90) of Florida Southern
Cameron Vines (6'4''-G-93) of Florida Southern
Dave Diakite (6'6''-F) of Rollins
Mitch Woods (6'3''-G-91) of Rollins
Darrien Mack (6'7''-F) of Eckerd



Dixie State wins inaugural PacWest Tournament Championship - by Simas

AZUSA, Calif. Steven Larson amassed 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field, while McKay Massey reeled off added 21 points as Dixie State outlasted Chaminade 92-80 in the inaugural Pacific West Conference Mens Basketball Tournament Championship on Saturday, March 9, in Azusa, Calif.

The PacWest Womens and Mens Basketball Championship Tournaments are being held concurrently at Azusa Pacific Universitys Felix Event Center in Azusa, Calif.

The Red Storm captured both the PacWest regular-season and tournament titles, and claimed the conferences automatic berth in the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Dixie State will compete in the NCAA II West Regional next week at a site and date to be announced.

The NCAA Division II Mens Basketball National Championship Tournament Selection Show will air live on the Internet at 7:30 p.m. PST on Sunday evening, March 10. Chaminade, along with Grand Canyon, are candidates for at-large berths.

Chaminade held a slim 38-35 lead at the half, but the Red Storm shot 60.0% (18 for 30) from the field in the second half and went 20 for 22 (90.9%) from the line following intermission to outscore the Silverswords 57-42 in the final 20 minutes.

Zach Robbins (6'9''-F/C) finished the game with a double-double, recording 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Kimball Payne (6'0''-PG) added 10 points.

Bennie Murray (6'4''-G) led all scorers with 27 points, while Deandre Haskins (6'4''-G-88) posted 14 points and seven rebounds. Lee Bailey (6'0''-PG) tallied 13 points and Waly Coulibaly (6'3''-G-88) totaled 12.

Larson was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and was one of three Dixie State players on the All-Tournament Team. Robbins and Massey earned also made the squad.

Chaminade was represented by Haskins and Murray, while BYU-Hawaiis Junior Ale also received a spot on the team.

Dixie State is now 22-6 on the season while Chaminade is 19-10.

Courtesy of PacWest

PacWest Tournament Final: Chaminade - Dixie State 80-92
PacWest Tournament Semifinals:
BYU-Hawaii - Dixie State 59-71
Chaminade - Grand Canyon 58-45



All-PacWest 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Deandre Haskins
Haskins
Joshua Lowery
Lowery
Zach Robbins
Robbins
Malcolm Griffin
Griffin
Okesene Ale
Ale
#e#5

Player of the Year: Deandre Haskins (6'4''-G-88) of Chaminade
All-Tournament MVP: Steven Larson (6'8''-F/C) of Dixie St.
Freshman of the Year: Alex Carmon (6'3''-G-93) of Academy of Art
Newcomer of the Year: John Taylor (6'1''-PG) of Fresno Pacific
Co-Coach of the Year: Jon Judkins of Dixie St.
Co-Coach of the Year: Booker T. Harris of Dominican, CA

1st Team
G: Joshua Lowery (6'3'') of Grand Canyon
F/C: Zach Robbins (6'9'') of Dixie St.
G: Deandre Haskins (6'4''-88) of Chaminade
G: Malcolm Griffin (6'4''-91) of Fresno Pacific
PG: John Taylor (6'1'') of Fresno Pacific
PG: Okesene Ale (6'2''-88) of BYU-Hawaii
G: Troy Leaf (6'2'') of UCSB

2nd Team
C: Killian Larson (6'9'') of Grand Canyon
F: Deandre Medlock (6'10'') of BYU-Hawaii
C: Luke Evans (6'8''-91) of Cal.Baptist
G: Bennie Murray (6'4'') of Chaminade
G: Ameer Shamsud-Din (6'2''-89) of Academy of Art
F: Devin Golston (6'6'') of Dominican, CA
F: Dalton Groskreutz (6'5'') of Dixie St.

3rd Team
PG: McKay Massey (6'2'') of Dixie St.
PG: Lee Bailey (6'0'') of Chaminade
F/C: Steven Larson (6'8'') of Dixie St.
F: Jammall Clark (6'6'') of Dominican, CA
G: B.J. Porter (6'3'') of Azusa Pacific
F: Marko Cukic (6'9''-89) of Hawaii-Pacific
G: Malte Ziegenhagen (6'4''-91) of Hawaii-Pacific

Honorable Mention
Antonio Credit (6'7''-F-91) of Fresno Pacific
Dominique Taplin (6'0''-G) of Dominican, CA
CJ Brown (6'1''-G-91) of Hawaii-Hilo
Tyler Fry (6'2''-G) of Holy Names
Micah Dunhour (6'6''-G) of Notre Dame Namur
Wesley White (6'7''-F) of Notre Dame Namur
Braylon Pickrel (6'10''-F) of Grand Canyon

All-Tournament Team
Steven Larson (6'8''-F/C) of Dixie St.
Zach Robbins (6'9''-F/C) of Dixie St.
McKay Massey (6'2''-PG) of Dixie St.
Deandre Haskins (6'4''-G-88) of Chaminade
Bennie Murray (6'4''-G) of Chaminade
Okesene Ale (6'2''-PG-88) of BYU-Hawaii



IUP Clinches PSAC Championship Title - by Simas

INDIANA, PA - The IUP men's basketball team claimed their third Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title in four years Saturday evening with a 52-46 win over rival Slippery Rock at the Kovalchick Complex.

Josh Wiegand (6'9''-C) (Whiteford, MD/John Carroll) led the way for the Crimson Hawks with 15 points and six rebounds, while Mathis Keita (6'5''-G-92) (Thionville, France/Insep) tallied 10 points, five boards and three assists. Keita was named the 2013 PSAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after finishing the weekend with 34 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.

The action heated up midway through the second half as the Crimson Hawks would build a 39-22 lead with 11:08 remaining before Slippery Rock would mount a comeback.

Starting with a pair of free throws by Darious Clark, The Rock would rip off a 12-2 run over the span of 3:49 to cut their deficit to 41-34 with 7:01 remaining. IUP followed with a jumper by Devon Cottrell (Pittsburgh/Gateway) to get the lead back to nine but layups by Tabari Perry and Devin Taylor closed the gap to four at 45-41 with just 2:27 on the clock.

Facing a loud road crowd and the momentum of Slippery Rock, the Crimson Hawks responded on the very next possession with a layup and free throw by Wiegand as IUP aimed to take control of the final precious moments.

A missed three-point try on the other end by The Rock turned into a layup by Scooter Renkin (6'4''-G-89) (Midlothian, VA/Blue Ridge) as the Crimson Hawks took a 50-41 lead with 57 seconds left on the clock.

Slippery Rock came right back as former IUP standout Gerald Brooks drained a three from the right wing to make it a six-point game rolling into the final 49 seconds. Keita would head to the line after a foul but his miss on a one-and-one would bounce off, giving The Rock a chance with under 30 to play.

After tough defense by IUP forced Slippery Rock to waste too much time, a three by Clark and a missed jumper by Aubin Reeves gave way to a Crimson Hawks defensive board with under 14 seconds to go. Missed free throws by Anthony Wells (Cleveland, OH/Shaker Heights) gave the Rock one last shot as Reeves converted a layup with 2.6 seconds on the clock to make it a 50-46 game.

But that bucket would be too little too late for Slippery Rock as Wells sunk both free throws on the other end, sealing the win and IUP's ninth conference crown.

IUP shot just 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from the floor but held The Rock to a 28.8 percentage (15-of-62), going just 4-of-16 from three-point range. Both teams did keep control of the ball as The Rock turned it over nine times and IUP eight times.

Taylor led the way for Slippery Rock with 14 points and six rebounds while Perry added 10 in the scoring column.

Wells was the only other IUP player in double-figures with 10 points, adding five rebounds and three assists. Keita followed up his sensational Friday night with nine points, eight rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes. Wiegand finished 5-of-12 from the field and more importantly 5-of-5 from the foul line in 27 minutes of work.

Renkin added seven points and five rebounds while Devante Chance (Philadelphia/Electrical & Technology Charter) scored five with two steals and Marcel Souberbielle (Montevideo, Uruguay/Uruguayan American School) had four points with five rebounds in limited minutes.

It was a defensive struggle in the first half with no team leading by more than four until the Crimson Hawks took a 16-11 lead with 5:38 remaining before the break. A three-pointer by Renkin at the 1:55 mark would be the final points of the half as they went into the locker room with a 22-16 lead.

This was also head coach Joe Lombardi's third PSAC championship in the last four years and in seven seasons overall at the helm. Under Lombardi the Crimson Hawks have reached the 20-win plateau five straight years, winning 128 games in the last five seasons.

IUP last won the conference tournament in 2011, defeating Slippery Rock 82-75. An 84-73 victory over Kutztown in 2010 was Lombardi's first title at IUP as he led the Crimson Hawks to a national title game appearance.

The Crimson Hawks will now await word from the NCAA on their tournament placement. West Liberty has all but locked up the top seed in the Atlantic Region while IUP was slotted fourth prior to its tournament wins over Edinboro, West Chester and Slippery Rock.

Courtesy of PSAC

PSAC Tournament Final: Slippery Rock - Indiana Pa. 46-52
PSAC Tournament Semifinals:
East Stroudsburg - Slippery Rock 59-68
West Chester - Indiana Pa. 76-92

All-Tournament MVP: Mathis Keita of IUP
Scholar-Player of the Year: Scooter Renkin of Indiana, Pa.


All-PSAC East Division Awards 2012-2013
#s#
Whis Grant
Grant
Joe Bell
Bell
Jonathan Breeden
Breeden
Micah Fraction
Fraction
Terrance King
King
#e#5

Player of the Year: Whis Grant (6'0''-PG) of E.Stroudsburg
Defensive Player of the Year: Elijah Obade (6'9''-C-91) of Millersville
Freshman of the Year: Brandon Norfleet (6'4''-F) of Cheyney
Coach of the Year: Jeff Wilson of E.Stroudsburg

1st Team
F: Joe Bell (6'6'') of Mansfield, PA
PG: Jonathan Breeden (5'11'') of W.Chester
PG: Micah Fraction (5'9'') of Kutztown
PG: Whis Grant (6'0'') of E.Stroudsburg
F: Terrance King (6'6'') of E.Stroudsburg
C: Elijah Obade (6'9''-91) of Millersville

2nd Team
G: Corey Blake (6'5'') of W.Chester
PG: Reggie Charles (6'2'') of Shippensburg
F/C: Dylan Edgar (6'10'') of Shippensburg
G: Larry Grant (6'2''-89) of Millersville
F: Duane Johnson (6'7'') of E.Stroudsburg
G: Jason Sabb (6'3'') of Cheyney

All-PSAC West Division Awards 2012-2013
#s#
Luis Leao
Leao
Darrell Blanton
Blanton
Mathis Keita
Keita
Isaiah Prince
Prince
Devin Taylor
Taylor
#e#5

Player of the Year: Luis Leao (6'5''-F-89) of Mercyhurst
Defensive Player of the Year: Luiz Paulo Dos Santos (6'9''-F/C-89) of Slippery Rock
Freshman of the Year: Jake Jacubec (6'0''-PG) of California, PA
Coach of the Year: John Reilly of Gannon

1st Team
F: Darrell Blanton (6'4'') of Gannon
G: Mathis Keita (6'5''-92) of Indiana, PA
F: Luis Leao (6'5''-89) of Mercyhurst
PG: Isaiah Prince (6'0''-91) of Edinboro
F: Devin Taylor (6'6''-86) of Slippery Rock
C: Bryan Theriot (6'9''-92) of Edinboro

2nd Team
F: Gerald Brooks (6'5'') of Slippery Rock
G: Jay Fletcher (6'1''-90) of Edinboro
G: Wali Hepburn (6'3''-89) of Lock Haven
G: Keith Lowe (6'2''-88) of California, PA
G: Scooter Renkin (6'4''-89) of Indiana, PA
G: Anthony Wells (6'1'') of Indiana, PA



Men's basketball: Jefferson's last second shot wins RMAC championship - by Simas

DENVER - No. 4 Metro State defeated No. 22 Fort Lewis 61-60 on Brandon Brandon Jefferson (5'9''-PG-91)'s shot with 1.0 seconds remaining to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament. The win gave the Roadrunners their 10th RMAC Tournament Championship as they improved their record to 27-2 overall. The loss dropped the Skyhawks' record to 21-7 overall.

Brandon Jefferson drove the length of the floor following Marcus Ayala's go-ahead layup for FLC with 8.9 seconds. Forced into the right corner by a tight defense, Brandon Jefferson fired an 18-foot fadeaway in the right corner to win the game.

Metro State pulled ahead 59-58 with 1:34 left in the second half on Jonathan Morse (6'7''-F-91)'s layup to give the Roadrunners their first lead in over six minutes. After several missed shots from both teams over the last minute, Fort Lewis took the lead back on Ayala's layup.

With Metro State leading 61-60 and no timeouts left for either team, the Skyhawks inbounded the ball and Mike Matthews' heave from three-fourths of the court was off the mark as time expired to give the Roadrunners the victory.

Metro State was led by RMAC tournament MVP Brandon Jefferson with 20 points. Also paving the way for the Roadrunners in double figures was Jonathan Morse with 14 points and Demetrius Miller (6'1''-G-91) with 12 points.

Brandon Jefferson hit 6-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-7 at the line. Morse had nine rebounds and shot 5-of-9 in the second half after being limited to four first-half points. Miller scored all 12 of his points in the first half and led the Roadrunners with four assists.

In the first half, the Roadrunners were not able get in a groove as they committed six turnovers (Metro State averages 10.2 per game) while only forcing 5 from the Skyhawks. Metro State took its first lead of the game at the 15:53 mark when it pulled ahead 7-5 but was unable to take the lead again until the 5:44 mark when it led 24-23.

While the Roadrunners were not able to take control throughout most of the first half, they kept it close as the Skyhawks largest lead was only five points. Metro State was also unable to stop the bench from Fort Lewis as it was outscored 21-0 from points off the bench.

In the second half, Fort Lewis was able to continue to control the pace of the game as Metro State only led for one minute and 41 seconds of play. While only leading for such as small time, it was a very important amount of time that Metro State led by as it was able to pull out the victory 61-60.

Metro State's largest lead for the game was two points which is the smallest lead that Metro State has had in any game all season including its two losses. Overall for the game, Metro State shot 44.2 percent on 23-of-52 shooting including 5-for-11 (45.5 percent) from behind the arc.

Courtesy of RMAC

RMAC Tournament Final: Metro State - Fort Lewis 61-60
RMAC Tournament Semifinals:
Adams State - Fort Lewis 69-70
Metro State - Colorado Mesa 93-64



All-RMAC 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Brandon Jefferson
Jefferson
Jonathan Morse
Morse
Alex Herrera
Herrera
Kaimyn Pruitt
Pruitt
John Jackson
Jackson
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jonathan Morse (6'7''-F-91) of Metro St.
All-Tournament MVP: Brandon Jefferson (5'9''-PG-91) of Metro St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Herrera (6'10''-C) of Fort Lewis
Freshman of the Year: Derrick White (6'4''-G) of Colorado Springs
Coach of the Year: Derrick Clark of Metro St.

1st Team
F: Jonathan Morse (6'7''-91) of Metro St.
C: Alex Herrera (6'10'') of Fort Lewis
PG: Brandon Jefferson (5'9''-91) of Metro St.
F: Kaimyn Pruitt (6'8''-90) of Adams St.
G: John Jackson (6'2'') of Adams St.
G: Mitchell McCarron (6'3''-92) of Metro St.
F: Colton Burgon (6'8'') of Colorado Mesa
F: Luke Meisch (6'6'') of Colorado Mines
F: Chad Carter (6'6'') of W.New Mexico
C: Trevor Wages (6'9'') of Colorado Mines

2nd Team
G: Marcus Ayala (5'11'') of Fort Lewis
F: Matt Rosenbaum (6'6''-92) of Colorado St.-Pueblo
F: Jeff Hart (6'4'') of Colorado Mesa
G: Demetrius Miller (6'1''-91) of Metro St.
G: Mannie Cass (6'7'') of N.Mexico Highlands
F: Zac Bargen (6'5'') of Chadron St.
G: Lavell McDade (6'4'') of N.Mexico Highlands
G: Brian Muller (6'0'') of Colorado Mines
G: Tanner Adler (6'5'') of Black Hills St.
PG: Nick Tomsick (6'1'') of Fort Lewis

3rd Team
G: Arden Dennis (6'1'') of Colorado St.-Pueblo
C: Charles Joseph (6'8'') of Western St.
PG: Kyle Weaver (6'1'') of Colorado Christian
G: Derrick White (6'4'') of Colorado Springs
C: Nicholas Kay (6'8''-92) of Metro St.
G: Ryan Arel (6'2'') of Colorado St.-Pueblo
F: Norvell Arnold (6'5''-88) of Adams St.
G: Michael Brown (6'3''-92) of Colorado Christian
PG: Kevin Marshall (6'0'') of Regis Univ.
G: Travis Shepherd (6'4'') of Western St.

All-Tournament Team
Brandon Jefferson (5'9''-PG-91) of Metro St.
Alex Herrera (6'10''-C) of Fort Lewis
Jonathan Morse (6'7''-F-91) of Metro St.
Marcus Ayala (5'11''-G) of Fort Lewis
Demetrius Miller (6'1''-G-91) of Metro St.
Kaimyn Pruitt (6'8''-F-90) of Adams St.



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  NEW ZEALAND   


Giants sign import Erron Maxey - by Hugh McAuliffe

Experience? Tick. Versatility? Tick. Good character? Tick. Proven record? Tick and double tick.

The Fico Finance Nelson Giants have had one hole in their basketball roster for the past month as coach Liam Flynn scoured the international player ranks for the right fit.

That hole has been filled with the signing of Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence), a Californian forward who seems to fit Nelson's needs.

The 34-year-old is a mobile big man, who can play on the perimeter, guard multiple positions and work the baseline. And best of all, Maxey is a winner.

He already has two New Zealand national league championship rings, won with Wellington's Saints in 2010 and 2011. He's a familiar face to basketball train spotters after a season in the Australian league with Gold Coast, where he won the competition's sixth man of the year award. And he has more than a decade of international success behind him in the United States and South America.



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  NORWAY   

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Jones, Tromso22.9 
 2. Thompson, Baerum22.0 
 3. Westerlund, Asker21.3 
 4. Timus, Ammerud19.8 
 5. Wallace, Tromso19.7 
 6. Thomas, Gimle BBK19.3 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.17.4 
 8. Silavs, Froya B.17.3 
 9. Stien, Gimle BBK17.2 
 10. Stien, Asker Alie.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Jones, Tromso15.1 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK10.2 
 3. Thompson, Baerum9.2 
 4. Bullock, Froya B.8.9 
 5. Berg, Asker Aliens8.5 
 6. Timus, Ammerud8.2 
 7. Mostafa, Froya B.7.7 
 8. Lepovic, Centrum7.0 
 9. Wallace, Tromso6.5 
 10. Ferranti, Baerum6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya B.
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Gabrans, Froya B.4.6 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 3. Holm, Baerum B.4.0 
 4. Wallace, Tromso3.9 
 5. Stien, Asker Aliens3.8 
 6. Thomas, Gimle BBK3.6 
 7. Mahnin, Centrum3.3 
 8. Timus, Ammerud3.2 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.0 
 10. Mjos, Baerum B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Issalhi, Tromso3.1 
 2. Timus, Ammerud2.1 
 3. Silavs, Froya B.2.0 
 4. Wallace, Tromso1.9 
 5. Thompson, Baerum1.8 
 6. Gabrans, Froya B.1.8 
 7. Bullock, Froya B.1.7 
 8. Ble, Centrum1.5 
 9. Thomas, Gimle BBK1.4 
 10. Mahnin, Centrum1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Delano THOMAS
  Gimle BBK
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Thomas, Gimle BBK2.6 
 2. Thompson, Baerum2.1 
 3. Jones, Tromso1.2 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum0.8 
 5. Mostafa, Froya B.0.7 
 6. Timus, Ammerud0.5 
 7. Andreassen, Baerum0.5 
 8. Ferranti, Baerum B.0.5 
 9. Sorensen, Ammerud0.4 
 10. Bwomono, Ammerud0.4 



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  PALESTINE   


The start of the Palestine Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News

Four games were played at the Palestine Basketball Cup. Al-Buraig Service won over Jabalia Services 91:50, while Khadamat AL Maghazi edged Itihad Dear AL Balah 78:40. On March 7th Khanounes Services overcame Gaza Sporting Club and Khadamat Dear AL Balah beat Rafah Services 97:83.
In the next round Jabalia Services will face Beach Services, while Itihad Dear AL Balah will take on Rafah Services.



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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 6-1 
 2. Petron Blaze 5-2 
 3. Rain or Shine 5-2 
 4. Meralco Bolts 4-3 
 5. Talk N Text 4-3 
 6. San Mig Coffee 3-4 
 7. Barako Bull 3-5 
 8. Air21 Express 2-5 
 9. Barangay Ginebra 2-5 
 10. Global Port 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 13: Rain or Shine - Talk N Text 76-86
Mar. 13: Barako Bull - Meralco Bolts 104-112

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 15: Meralco Bolts - San Mig Coffee
Mar. 15: Alaska Aces - Air21 Express
Mar. 16: Petron Blaze - Rain or Shine



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Anwil 1-0 
 2. Asseco Prok. 0-0 
 3. Energa Czarni 0-0 
 4. PGE Turow 0-0 
 5. Trefl Sopot 0-0 
 6. Stelmet ZG 0-1 
Places 7-12
 1. AZS Koszalin 0-0 
 2. Kotwica 0-0 
 3. Polpharma 0-0 
 4. Rosa Radom 0-0 
 5. Siarka Jezioro 0-0 
 6. Start Gdynia 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Mar. 13: Stelmet ZG - Anwil 59-90
Mar. 14: PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot
Mar. 14: Asseco Prok. - Energa Czarni

Places 7-12

Mar. 15: Rosa Radom - Polpharma
Mar. 15: Siarka Jezioro - Start Gdynia
Mar. 15: AZS Koszalin - Kotwica


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.7 
 2. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.1 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.1 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.8 
 5. Carter, Polpharma15.5 
 6. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.1 
 7. Mosley, Kotwica15.0 
 8. Chylinski, PGE T.14.9 
 9. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 10. Wisniewski, AZS K.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.7 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.4 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.3 
 4. McCauley, Polph.8.0 
 5. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.7 
 6. Cel, PGE Turow7.5 
 7. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.4 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.7.3 
 9. Dabkus, Energa C.7.2 
 10. Hrycaniuk, Asseco7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.8 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.5 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.3 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.4 
 7. Abernethy, Energa4.1 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.9 
 9. Brandwein, Energa3.8 
 10. Skibniewski, AZS3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.1 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco1.5 
 8. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.3 
 9. Jackson, PGE Turow1.3 
 10. Arabas, Kotwica1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.8 
 2. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.4 
 3. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 4. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 5. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.3 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.2 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.0 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.1.0 
 9. Boykin, Anwil0.9 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Slask Wroclaw 26-2 
 2. AZS Kutno 19-9 
 3. MKS DG 18-10 
 4. MOSiR Krosno 16-12 
 5. P.Cukier SIDEn 15-13 
 6. Stal Ostrow 14-14 
 7. Znicz Basket 14-14 
 8. Spojnia 14-14 
 9. Start Lublin 14-14 
 10. AZS Radex 14-14 
 11. Sokol Lancut 14-14 
 12. Polonia 13-15 
 13. Astoria Bydg. 12-16 
 14. SKK Siedlce 8-19 
 15. AZS PP 8-20 
 16. UMKS Kielce 5-24 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 16: Spojnia - Polonia
Mar. 16: P.Cukier SIDEn - Stal Ostrow
Mar. 16: AZS PP - Start Lublin
Mar. 16: MOSiR Krosno - Astoria Bydg.
Mar. 16: AZS Radex - Slask Wroclaw
Mar. 16: Znicz Basket - MKS DG
Mar. 16: AZS Kutno - SKK Siedlce
Mar. 16: UMKS Kielce - Sokol Lancut

Round 20

Mar. 13: AZS PP - AZS Kutno 68-61


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.18.2 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin17.4 
 3. Pacocha, AZS Radex16.0 
 4. Dluski, AZS Kutno15.8 
 5. Kikowski, Slask W.15.5 
 6. Wilczek, Start Lub.15.3 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.15.0 
 8. Kukielka, Polonia14.9 
 9. Lewandowski, SKK14.9 
 10. Jarecki, P.Cuk.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Metelski, AZS P.12.1 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.3 
 3. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.4 
 4. Zurawski, Stal O.9.1 
 5. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.7 
 6. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.3 
 7. Hyzy, Slask W.7.1 
 8. Diduszko, Slask W.7.0 
 9. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.0 
 10. Gabinski, Slask W.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Start Lublin
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wilczek, Start Lub.7.0 
 2. Laczynski, MOSiR K.6.3 
 3. Grochowski, MKS D.6.2 
 4. Hybiak, AZS P.6.0 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.3 
 6. Basinski, SKK S.5.0 
 7. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 8. Lewandowski, Astor.4.8 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.7 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (180-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.2.6 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.2.5 
 3. Lewandowski, Astor.2.2 
 4. Basinski, SKK S.2.1 
 5. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.0 
 6. Wilczek, Start Lub.2.0 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.9 
 8. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.8 
 9. Baran, Sokol Lanc.1.8 
 10. Flieger, Slask W.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.8 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.4 
 4. Metelski, AZS P.1.2 
 5. Fras, Astoria Bydg.1.2 
 6. Gabinski, Slask W.1.1 
 7. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 8. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.0 
 9. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.0.9 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojn.0.9 


Standings - 2 Liga

2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Wilki Morskie 15-2 
 2. SMS PZKosz 12-5 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 12-5 
 4. Trefl II Sopot 9-8 
 5. Korsarz Gdansk 8-9 
 6. MKS Skierniew. 8-9 
 7. Basket Pila 7-10 
 8. Notec 6-11 
 9. GTK Gdynia 5-13 
 10. Suchy Las 4-14 
Group B
 1. AZS AWF K-ce 16-3 
 2. WKK Wroclaw 15-4 
 3. Pogon Prudnik 13-6 
 4. Sudety 12-7 
 5. GTK Gliwice 11-6 
 6. Tychy 11-8 
 7. Mickiewicz 7-12 
 8. HK Zory 6-13 
 9. Alba Chorzow 6-14 
 10. Nysa Klodzko 4-15 
 11. Wschowa 2-16 
Group C
 1. MCKiS Jaworz. 14-0 
 2. PWiK Piaseczno 11-5 
 3. Legia 8-8 
 4. Rosa II Radom 8-8 
 5. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 8-8 
 6. Handlopex AZS 8-9 
 7. Pulaski Warka 6-10 
 8. AZS AGH Alstom 6-10 
 9. Wisla AWF Kr. 5-11 

Regular Season: Round 22

A

Mar. 16: SMS PZKosz - Ksiezak Lowicz
Mar. 16: Basket Pila - Suchy Las
Mar. 16: GTK Gdynia - Wilki Morskie
Mar. 16: Korsarz Gdansk - MKS Skierniew.
Mar. 16: Trefl II Sopot - Notec

B

Mar. 16: AZS AWF K-ce - Tychy
Mar. 16: Pogon Prudnik - HK Zory
Mar. 16: Sudety - Mickiewicz
Mar. 16: Wschowa - Nysa Klodzko
Mar. 16: WKK Wroclaw - GTK Gliwice

C

Mar. 16: PWiK Piaseczno - AZS AGH Alstom
Mar. 16: Rosa II Radom - MCKiS Jaworz.
Mar. 16: Handlopex AZS - Pulaski Warka
Mar. 16: Legia - Wisla AWF Kr.

Round 16

Mar. 13: Sudety - Pogon Prudnik 88-78


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Niesobski, Sudety20.8 
 2. Grod, Notec20.0 
 3. Piotrkowski, AZS A.19.1 
 4. Przyborowski, Pula.18.9 
 5. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.6 
 6. Krzeminski, Basket17.8 
 7. Niesobski, Sudety17.4 
 8. Nitsche, Korsarz17.2 
 9. Zalucki, Korsarz16.9 
 10. Brembly, Trefl I.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Piotr KONSEK
  Korsarz .
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Konsek, Korsarz9.9 
 2. Pawlowski, Pogon P.9.5 
 3. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.5