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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. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.5 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.0 
 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, Quimsa7.4 
 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, Libertad3.6 
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. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 9. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 10. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
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 


LigaA Round 1 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Quimsa - Libertad S. 80-65

Quimsa opened win count in the eighth-final series versus Libertad Sunchales. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Quimsa's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-14 extending their advantage to 15 points. Quimsa outrebounded Libertad Sunchales 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American center James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Puerto Rican center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 14+2reb+1ast, J.Baxter 14+4reb+5ast, J.Williams 12+13reb, J.Mojica 9+6reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 8+4reb+4ast, S.Vega 8+2reb
Libertad S.: G.Mikulas 15+5reb+1ast, D.Garcia 15+1reb+2ast, J.Treise 13+2reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 12+8reb, D.Johnson 6+3reb, J.Emiliano Fernandez 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 235275


Atenas - Sionista 78-64

Atenas rallied past Sionista in the opening game of the series. The game without a history. Atenas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Bruno Labaque (180-77, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Luciano Gonzalez (192-90) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Matias Sandes (201-84) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sionista. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Atenas: B.Labaque 22+6reb+5ast, A.Elsener 19+7reb, D.Guaita 10+4reb+4ast, M.Lescano 8+5reb+1ast, J.Bulfoni 7+1ast, D.Kante 7+3reb
Sionista: M.Sandes 16+6reb, L.Gonzalez 15+6reb+1ast, J.Pittman 11+2reb, J.Lloreda 9+6reb, A.Zilli 6+5reb+1ast, N.Agasse 4+3reb
gschID: 235274


Argentino - Wuber-Est.Bahia 93-70

Argentino held off Wuber-Estudiantes Bahia to take the lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-70. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Naturalized Italian guard Juan Cangelosi (195-81) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Argentino players scored in double figures. The former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Wuber-Est.Bahia. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Argentino: J.Cangelosi 15+6reb, N.De los Santos 14+5reb+7ast, F.Funes 12+1reb+1ast, B.Carlwell 12+7reb, C.Amicucci 11+3reb+1ast, K.Lytch 10+2reb+4ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Williams 16+5reb, H.Jasen 13+10reb, J.Manuel Torres 12+5reb, J.Manuel Rivero 11+1reb, L.Faggiano 8+3reb+3ast, L.Nailon 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 235272



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 24-3 
 2. Wildcats 20-6 
 3. Kings 11-15 
 4. Hawks 11-15 
 5. Taipans 10-15 
 6. Tigers 10-15 
 7. Crocodiles 9-16 
 8. 36ers 8-18 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 14: Breakers - Tigers 114-84
Mar. 15: Hawks - Kings
Mar. 15: Taipans - 36ers
Mar. 17: Crocodiles - Tigers
Mar. 17: Wildcats - Taipans


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Madgen, Kings18.6 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles17.5 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 4. Johnson, 36ers16.6 
 5. Deleon, Hawks16.2 
 6. Wilson, Taipans15.8 
 7. Jackson, Breakers15.6 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats14.8 
 9. Knight, Wildcats14.7 
 10. Goulding, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.1 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.2 
 5. Pledger, Breakers7.1 
 6. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 7. Tragardh, Taipans6.7 
 8. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 9. Davidson, Hawks6.1 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.2 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers5.0 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
 7. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.2 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.4 
 4. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 6. Henry, Kings1.1 
 7. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.3 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 5. Martin, Wildcats0.7 
 6. Garlepp, Kings0.7 
 7. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 8. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 10. Blanchfield, Croc.0.7 


Standings - ABA

State League Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 0-0 
 2. Corio Bay 0-0 
 3. Diamond V.E. 0-0 
 4. Eltham W. 0-0 
 5. Hume City 0-0 
 6. Melbourne 0-0 
 7. Ringwood H. 0-0 
 8. Sherbrooke S. 0-0 
 9. Waverley F. 0-0 
 10. Werribee 0-0 
Central ABL
 1. C.District L. 0-0 
 2. Eastern M. 0-0 
 3. Forestville E. 0-0 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 0-0 
 5. Norwood F. 0-0 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 0-0 
 7. Southern T. 0-0 
 8. Sturt S. 0-0 
 9. W.Adelaide B. 0-0 
 10. Woodville W. 0-0 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 3. Cairns M. 0-0 
 4. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 5. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 6. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 7. Mackay M. 0-0 
 8. Northside W. 0-0 
 9. Rockhampton 0-0 
 10. Suncoast 0-0 
 11. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 12. Toowoomba 0-0 
 13. Townsville H. 0-0 
SBL
 1. Cockburn C. 0-0 
 2. East Perth E. 0-0 
 3. Geraldton B. 0-0 
 4. Goldfield G. 0-0 
 5. Kalamunda E.S. 0-0 
 6. Lakeside L. 0-0 
 7. Mandurah M. 0-0 
 8. Perry Lakes H. 0-0 
 9. Perth R. 0-0 
 10. Rockingham F. 0-0 
 11. Stirling S. 0-0 
 12. SW Slammers 0-0 
 13. Wanneroo W. 0-0 
 14. Willetton T. 0-0 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 0-0 
 2. Brisbane S. 0-0 
 3. Canberra G. 0-0 
 4. Dandenong 0-0 
 5. Frankston B. 0-0 
 6. Geelong S. 0-0 
 7. Sandringham S. 0-0 
SEABL-South
 1. Albury W.B. 0-0 
 2. Ballarat M. 0-0 
 3. Hobart C. 0-0 
 4. Kilsyth C. 0-0 
 5. Knox R. 0-0 
 6. Mt Gambier 0-0 
 7. Nunawading S. 0-0 
 8. NW Tasmania 0-0 
WARATAH
 1. Bankstown B. 0-0 
 2. Cent.Coast C. 0-0 
 3. Colonial Hotel 0-0 
 4. Hills H. 0-0 
 5. Hornsby S. 0-0 
 6. Illawarra H. 0-0 
 7. Maitland M. 0-0 
 8. Manly Warr. 0-0 
 9. Newcastle H. 0-0 
 10. Norths Bears 0-0 
 11. Parramatta W. 0-0 
 12. Sutherland S. 0-0 
 13. Sydney C. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

BIG V

Mar. 16: Sherbrooke S. - Hume City
Mar. 16: Diamond V.E. - Eltham W.
Mar. 16: Ringwood H. - Melbourne
Mar. 17: Waverley F. - Corio Bay
Mar. 17: Bulleen B. - Werribee

SBL

Mar. 15: Lakeside L. - Stirling S.
Mar. 15: Kalamunda E.S. - Perry Lakes H.
Mar. 15: Willetton T. - Rockingham F.
Mar. 16: SW Slammers - Geraldton B.
Mar. 16: Goldfield G. - Perth R.
Mar. 16: Perry Lakes H. - Mandurah M.
Mar. 16: Cockburn C. - East Perth E.
Mar. 16: Stirling S. - Wanneroo W.
Mar. 17: Mandurah M. - Geraldton B.

SEABL

Mar. 15: Bendigo B. - Knox R.
Mar. 16: Canberra G. - Brisbane S.
Mar. 16: Geelong S. - Bendigo B.
Mar. 16: NW Tasmania - Hobart C.
Mar. 16: Albury W.B. - Dandenong
Mar. 16: Knox R. - Frankston B.
Mar. 16: Ballarat M. - Mt Gambier
Mar. 17: Frankston B. - Sandringham S.
Mar. 17: Nunawading S. - Kilsyth C.

WARATAH

Mar. 16: Manly Warr. - Illawarra H.
Mar. 16: Parramatta W. - Bankstown B.
Mar. 16: Colonial Hotel - Newcastle H.
Mar. 16: Cent.Coast C. - Sutherland S.
Mar. 16: Hills H. - Maitland M.
Mar. 16: Norths Bears - Sydney C.
Mar. 17: Hornsby S. - Sutherland S.



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 25-3 
 2. Brasilia 23-4 
 3. Uberlandia 18-9 
 4. Bauru 18-9 
 5. Franca 18-10 
 6. Pinheiros/Sky 17-9 
 7. S.Jose/Unimed 17-12 
 8. Paulistano 15-12 
 9. Minas 14-13 
 10. Liga Sorocaba 13-14 
 11. Limeira 12-16 
 12. Basquete Cearense 11-15 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 10-18 
 14. Vila Velha 9-18 
 15. Joinville 9-19 
 16. Palmeiras 8-19 
 17. Suzano 4-22 
 18. Tijuca TC 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 14: Brasilia - Palmeiras 99-81
Mar. 14: S.Jose/Unimed - Minas 95-93 OT
Mar. 14: Liga Sorocaba - Limeira 81-79
Mar. 14: Franca - Paulistano 77-63
Mar. 14: Mogi das Cruzes - Vila Velha 76-85
Mar. 14: Bauru - Joinville 114-91

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 16: Brasilia - Suzano
Mar. 16: Bauru - Limeira
Mar. 16: Liga Sorocaba - Joinville
Mar. 16: Basquete Cearense - Palmeiras
Mar. 16: Mogi das Cruzes - Minas
Mar. 16: S.Jose/Unimed - Vila Velha
Mar. 16: Franca - Pinheiros/Sky
Mar. 16: Uberlandia - Paulistano


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.1 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha19.9 
 4. Day, Uberlandia19.2 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.18.6 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.18.5 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.4 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.0 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.17.7 
 10. Boracini, Pinheir.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Felipe RIBEIRO
  Basque.
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Ribeiro, Basque.9.1 
 2. Araujo, Mogi d.9.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.8 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.8 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.8 
 6. Agba, Bauru7.6 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.3 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.0 
 9. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.1 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.6 
 3. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.2 
 4. Collum, Uberlandia5.0 
 5. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.9 
 6. Taylor, Bauru4.8 
 7. Garcia, Uberlandia4.6 
 8. Smith, Pinheiro.4.5 
 9. Dawkins, Liga S.4.3 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. De Souza, Joinville0.1 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 6. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 7. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
 9. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Teichmann, Franca0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.1 
 2. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.9 
 3. Day, Uberlandia1.8 
 4. Figueroa, Franca1.8 
 5. Campos, Suzano1.8 
 6. Brown, Palmeiras1.8 
 7. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 8. Teichmann, Franca1.7 
 9. Dawkins, Liga S.1.7 
 10. Taylor, Bauru1.6 


NBB Round 29 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

Minas (#9) forced the game against Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) into an overtime, but lost by two points 93-95 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Minas. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime then Minas managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Sao Jose/Vinac who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-11. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Sao Jose/Vinac looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sao Jose/Vinac made 8 blocks. American point guard Andre Laws (188-80, college: San Diego) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Luiz Felipe Lemes (192-80, college: BYU) contributed with 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Renato Pinto (202-78) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for Minas. Sao Jose/Vinac maintains seventh place with 17-12 record. Minas at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac are looking forward to face Vila Velha (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Minas will play against Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Sorocabana. Tenth ranked Liga Sorocaba (13-14) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Winner/Limeira (12-16) 81-79 in the game for the tenth place. American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) stepped up and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Ricardo de Bem chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds. Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (182-86, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 23 points and 4 assists. Winner/Limeira's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liga Sorocaba maintains tenth place with 13-14 record. Winner/Limeira at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Liga Sorocaba will play against Joinville (#15) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Winner/Limeira will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Mogi (10-18) and Vila Velha (9-18), which took place in Mogi das Cruzes. 13th ranked Mogi lost at home to sixteenth ranked Vila Velha 76-85 on Thursday. Alexandre Pinheiro nailed 25 points for the winning side. Thomas Gehrke came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mogi in the defeat. Vila Velha moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Mogi keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Vila Velha will meet higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mogi will play against Minas (#9) in Belo Horizonte and hope to secure a win.
The game between fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (18-9) and 14th ranked Joinville (9-19) in Bauru ended with biggest points difference. Paschoalotto/Bauru outscored guests from Joinville 114-91. The best player for the winners was Guilherme Pereira who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Paschoalotto/Bauru have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Uberlandia. Joinville at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru's next round opponent will be Winner/Limeira (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Joinville will play against Liga Sorocaba (#10) in Sorocabana.

In the last two games of round 29 Paulistano was beaten by Franca on the road 77-63. Brasilia won against Palmeiras on its own court 99-81.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 29 points and 8 rebounds by Guilherme Giovannoni of Brasilia.


S.Jose/Unimed - Minas 95-93 OT

Minas (#9) forced the game against Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) into an overtime, but lost by two points 93-95 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Minas. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime then Minas managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Sao Jose/Vinac who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-11. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Sao Jose/Vinac looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sao Jose/Vinac made 8 blocks. American point guard Andre Laws (188-80, college: San Diego) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Luiz Felipe Lemes (192-80, college: BYU) contributed with 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Renato Pinto (202-78) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) added 18 points and 4 blocks in the effort for Minas. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sao Jose/Vinac maintains seventh place with 17-12 record. Minas at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac are looking forward to face Vila Velha (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Minas will play against Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: A.Laws 25+2reb+5ast, L.Felipe Lemes 23+2reb+5ast, M.Becker 17+8reb+1ast, J.Antonio 16+10reb+3ast, D.Stefanelli 14+3reb+6ast, Lucao 0
Minas: B.Nardi Duarte 18+4reb+3ast, R.Pinto 17+7reb+9ast, J.Beal 16+3reb+5ast, D.Nunes 14+7reb, P.Crosby 12+4reb+2ast, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 10+5reb
gschID: 229314


Franca - Paulistano 77-63

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (18-10) beat 8th ranked Paulistano (15-12) in Sao Paulo 77-63. It looked good early as Paulistano took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vivo/Franca had a 21-19 second period charge getting the lead and Paulistano was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-77. They outrebounded Paulistano 32-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. Vivo/Franca players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-83, college: Tulsa) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Center Lucas Mariano (207-93) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Andre Luiz Brugger (192-81) produced 15 points and power forward Renato Carbonari (204-87) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca moved-up to fifth place. Paulistano at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Vivo/Franca's next round opponent will be Pinheiros (#6) in Sao Paolo. Paulistano will play on the road against Uberlandia.
Top scorers:
Franca: L.Mariano 16+8reb, G.Teichmann 15+10reb+3ast, L.Meindl 11+4reb+3ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 9+3reb+6ast, D.Kurtz 8+2reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 7+2reb+2ast
Paulistano: A.Luiz Brugger 15+3reb+1ast, E.Corazza 12+2reb+1ast, R.Carbonari 12+2reb+3ast, W.Mattos 10+2reb+1ast, J.Munoz 6+2reb+1ast, A.Oliveira 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 229313


Bauru - Joinville 114-91

The game between fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (18-9) and 14th ranked Joinville (9-19) in Bauru ended with biggest points difference. Paschoalotto/Bauru outscored guests from Joinville 114-91. The game was mostly controlled by Paschoalotto/Bauru. Joinville was better in fourth quarter 32-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 19-of-20 charity shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru outrebounded Joinville 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was international forward Guilherme Pereira (190-91) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) chipped in 19 points and 9 assists. Forward Vinicius Telo (203-85, college: Cameron) produced 22 points and the former international power forward Ricardo Probst (200-76) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Five Paschoalotto/Bauru and four Joinville players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Paschoalotto/Bauru have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Uberlandia. Joinville at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru's next round opponent will be Winner/Limeira (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Joinville will play against Liga Sorocaba (#10) in Sorocabana.
Top scorers:
Bauru: L.Taylor 21+3reb+4ast, G.Pereira 20+6reb+3ast, R.Fischer 19+1reb+9ast, P.Alves 15+6reb+1ast, D.Coleman 12+7reb, A.de Sousa 11+4reb
Joinville: V.Telo 22+3reb+2ast, R.Probst 13+3reb+2ast, R.Scholz 12+4reb+1ast, V.De Souza 11+3reb+3ast, D.Prado 9, M.Dias 8+2reb
gschID: 229310


Liga Sorocaba - Limeira 81-79

Important game to mention about took place in Sorocabana. Tenth ranked Liga Sorocaba (13-14) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Winner/Limeira (12-16) 81-79 in the game for the tenth place. It looked good early as Winner/Limeira took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Liga Sorocaba had a 25-18 second period charge getting the lead and Winner/Limeira was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-81. American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) stepped up and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and power forward Ricardo de Bem (210-84, college: Oklahoma City) chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds. Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (182-86, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and center Daniel Castellar (202-83) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liga Sorocaba maintains tenth place with 13-14 record. Winner/Limeira at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Liga Sorocaba will play against Joinville (#15) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Winner/Limeira will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liga Sorocaba: K.Dawkins 20+7reb+4ast, D.Holloway 19+2reb+2ast, A.Neto 15+2reb+2ast, R.de Bem 14+13reb+1ast, F.Russo 8+6reb+1ast, D.Conti 3
Limeira: R.Ramon 23+3reb+4ast, D.Castellar 15+11reb+3ast, H.Vitor Lima 13+2reb+2ast, O.Carter 11+4reb+2ast, F.Alvim 8+3reb, D.Pinheiro 5+1reb
gschID: 229309


Mogi das Cruzes - Vila Velha 76-85

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Mogi (10-18) and Vila Velha (9-18), which took place in Mogi das Cruzes. 13th ranked Mogi lost at home to sixteenth ranked Vila Velha 76-85 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mogi won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vila Velha made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Guard Alexandre Pinheiro (185-85) nailed 25 points for the winning side and American guard Benzor Simmons (196-88, college: Tenn-Martin) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Thomas Gehrke (203-82, college: UTEP) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Guilherme Filipin (191-83) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Mogi in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Vila Velha moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Mogi keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Vila Velha will meet higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mogi will play against Minas (#9) in Belo Horizonte and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vila Velha: A.Pinheiro 25+3reb+3ast, B.Simmons 17+6reb+1ast, C.Santos 11+8reb+3ast, D.Costa 11+3reb, E.Araujo Gorges 11+5reb+1ast, J.Parker 5+3reb+1ast
Mogi das Cruzes: G.Filipin 18+5reb+5ast, T.Gehrke 15+13reb+2ast, B.Araujo 14+11reb+3ast, P.Patekoski 12+5reb+1ast, G.Vinicius 11+5ast, E.Caviglia 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 229308


Brasilia - Palmeiras 99-81

Very expected game when 15th ranked Palmeiras (8-19) lost on the road to second ranked Brasilia (23-4) 99-81. The game without a history. Brasilia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was international forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) who scored 29 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Alex Ribeiro (191-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Caleb Brown (182-87, college: Austin Peay St.) produced 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Antwaine Wiggins (200-88, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brasilia have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 23-4 record having just three points less than leader Flamengo. Palmeiras at the other side dropped to the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Brasilia's next round opponent will be Suzano (#17) in Sao Paulo which should be an easy win for them. Palmeiras will play on the road against SKY/Basquete in Aldeota.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 29+8reb+2ast, A.Ribeiro 21+7reb+4ast, W.Dos Santos 14+1reb+6ast, A.Silva 13+2reb+1ast, I.Goncalves 8+2reb+1ast, M.Cipriano 5+6reb
Palmeiras: M.Vinicius 16+3reb, C.Brown 15+5reb+4ast, A.Wiggins 14+5reb+1ast, T.Curnell 11+3reb+1ast, G.Pereira 10+1ast, T.Lima 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 229307



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian youngster invited to Torneo Cadete - by Maria Mitzova

Bulgarian youngster Spas Nikolov (185-G/F-97) is travelling to Spain on Easter Week to be part of a selection team of European talents (born 1997 and 1998) that will compete in the Torneo Cadete, organized by CAI Zaragozas formation team El Olivar.
Spas Nikolov was selected and invited by FCM Basketball agency to participate in this tournament, that will feature 32 teams, among them Real Madrid, Malaga, Estudiantes, Badalona, Cajasol, Manresa and of course Zaragoza. Young talents from Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania, Poland, FYROM and Georgia are invited and they will all have a chance to show their skills in front of some of the top Spanish teams.



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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. 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 



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  COLOMBIA   


ANTOINE JORDAN REPLACES MOSSES DAYEE IN MANIZALES OC. - by Victor Garcia

Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena) and american guard with experience in the European Basketball: Holland, Germany Bundesliga, D.League and Finland is the new guard of the Manizales OC replacing Mosses Dayee who is back in home, Jordan will add some size and athletic hability to the OC backcourt.
Jordan played last season in the Finland Korisliiga with the Kuovot, the OC needs consistency to keep winning in the DPB, Jordan will play his first game tomorrow.



Cesar Cortes claims Colombian DPB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced former international forward Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Once Caldas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Once Caldas in his team's victory, helping them to crush Caribbean Heat (#7, 4-8) with 24-point margin 117-93. Once Caldas maintains the 5th position in Colombian DPB. Once Caldas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-6 record. In the team's last game Cortes had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Once Caldas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cortes has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.8rpg) and averages solid 54.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Piratas. Fahnbulleh impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds. It was enough for Piratas to edge slightly higher-ranked Academia (#3, 7-5) by 2 points 86-84. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Piratas consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 6-6 record is not bad at all. Fahnbulleh is one of the most experienced players at Piratas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of top-ranked Bambuqueros. Ortiz scored 22 points. He was a key player of Bambuqueros, leading his team to a 93-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Halcones (#8, 2-10). Bambuqueros confirms their top position in the standings Ortiz has a great season in Colombia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.2ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.7spg and FGP: 52.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eleutherio Renteria (194-G/F-81) of Halcones - 25 points and 14 rebounds
5. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) of Bambuqueros - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81) of Aguilas - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas - 23 points and 11 rebounds
9. Edward Steele (186-F/G) of Caribbean Heat - 20 points and 3 rebounds
10. Justin Garris (196-F/G-89) of Once Caldas - 18 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

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



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

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


Transfer Updates - by Nima Siar

Cyprus League veteran Lewis Sims has signed with Lebanese side Champville after an up and down season with ENAD. Although Sims was able to lead his team to the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, he parted ways with the squad before the playoffs after some team financial troubles. League newcomer Diego Kapelan (college: McNeese St.) was signed by VAP Kolossos Rodou from the Greek top division along with AEL's Outerbridge. Kapelan had an excellent inaugural season with Apollon averaging 12.5 PPG, 50% 3's, 85% FT, 2.6 reb, 1.5 ast.

Good Luck to all the players!



Kolossos land Orion Outerbridge, ex AEL - by Eurobasket News

VAP Kolossos Rodou (A1) tabbed 25-year old American forward Orion Outerbridge (205-88, college: Rhode Island). He supposed to play at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol in Cypriot Division A. In 9 games he averaged impressive 16.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.0spg and 1.9bpg this season. Outerbridge also spent pre-season at Aris earlier that year.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
Outerbridge graduated from Rhode Island University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

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 15-15 
 2. USK Praha 13-17 
 3. Chomutov 12-18 
 4. B&W Opava 11-20 
 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. 14: B&W Opava - Levice 66-46
Mar. 13: Svitavy - J.Hradec 102-96
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 Opava17.5 
 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. Fields, Levice15.4 
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, Levice7.8 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.0 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Wilson, NH Ostrava6.8 
 9. Simmons, Levice6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.9 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 3. Carter, CEZ N.4.8 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.7 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 6. Kemp, Levice4.2 
 7. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.9 
 9. Pope, 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. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 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. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 4. Fields, Chomutov0.9 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 7. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Colas, Randers25.8 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.22.3 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.8 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.2 
 5. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg18.9 
 8. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 9. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
 10. Nielsen, Randers18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Colas, Randers15.5 
 2. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 3. Rutherford, Svend.9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.7 
 5. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.2 
 7. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 9. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
 10. Thomann, Horse.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Ortega, Randers7.2 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.7 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.9 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 9. Nielsen, Randers4.2 
 10. Jonsson, Aarhus4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC2.9 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 4. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 5. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC1.9 
 7. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 8. Ortega, Randers1.9 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 10. Rungby, Horsens1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.2 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 6. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 7. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 8. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Thomann, Horse.0.9 


Standings - 1st Division

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 13: Amager BK - Stevnsgade 58-84
Mar. 16: Koge BK - Jonstrup
Mar. 16: Virum - Glostrup
Mar. 16: Lemvig - Amager BK
Mar. 16: BMS Skovlunde - ALBA


Ligaen Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Semifinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

SISU - Randers 70-80

Randers celebrated the third consecutive win over SISU and advanced into the semis. After very bad start, SISU stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 3 points 46-43. But it was not enough and Randers took back the control in second half. It was a great evening for American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Randers: B.Colas 29+23reb+5ast, C.Nielsen 16+5reb+3ast, D.Ocana 14+5reb+1ast, C.Jorgensen 11+2reb+2ast, P.Nielsen 6+4reb+1ast, M.Ortega 4+5reb+4ast
SISU: M.Nielsen 23+8reb+3ast, M.Dennis 16+8reb+8ast, M.Flowers 13+6reb+2ast, D.Harder 10+7reb+2ast, D.Smith 4+4reb+1ast, P.Jorgensen 4+8reb+3ast
gschID: 234479


Horsens IC - Naestved 110-93

Horsens IC made it look easy as they cruised past Naestved for the third straight win in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Naestved was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Horsens IC players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) helped adding 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Horsens IC's coach Arnel Dedic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Quinton Doggett (203, college: Southern) with 38 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import power forward Joe Benjamin (200-83, college: W.Virginia St.) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: K.Thomann 31+8reb, D.Jukic 19+8reb+8ast, S.Bowlin 19+6reb+8ast, D.Friedrich 18+3reb+1ast, F.Rungby 10+1reb, E.Kvedaravicius 7+3reb+1ast
Naestved: Q.Doggett 38+6reb, J.Benjamin 17+4reb+1ast, J.McFarlane 15+3reb+1ast, A.Murphy 8+4reb+7ast, M.Christensen 7+2reb, M.Frandsen 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 234478


Bakken - Horsholm 90-68

Bakken dominated Horsholm to complete the sweep in the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Horsholm was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bakken forced 21 Horsholm turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international point guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia, MO) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists. Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Brenton Butler (190-87, college: Fordham) with 17 points and Hungarian forward Attila Kovacs (203-85) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Bakken: A.Jakobsen 21+1reb+4ast, M.Waithe 15+6reb, N.Iversen 10+5reb+3ast, M.Sahlertz 9+1reb, J.Jensen 9+3reb+1ast, F.Nielsen 8+1reb+2ast
Horsholm: B.Butler 17+3reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 14+5reb+1ast, B.Marinkovic 10+2reb, R.Hansen 9+6reb+1ast, C.Hesseldal 6+3reb+1ast, A.Bak 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 234477


Svendborg - Vaerlose 98-88

Svendborg held off Vaerlose to secure the semifinal birth. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-88. Svendborg dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Vaerlose's 40 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Vaerlose 41-28 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) contributed with 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) answered with 28 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import guard Richard Delk (193-86, college: Troy) added 26 points in the effort for Vaerlose. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: G.Washington 25+12reb, A.Darboe 21+4reb+7ast, D.Rutherford 18+11reb, M.Plannthin 13+7reb+3ast, M.Mariegaard 8+1reb+5ast, K.Gertz 7+4reb
Vaerlose: J.Baker 28+6reb+1ast, R.Delk 26+2reb+1ast, P.Moller 16+1reb+6ast, A.Karason 10+3reb+1ast, R.Norgaard 4+5reb+1ast, T.Christensen 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 234476



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  D-LEAGUE   

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 21-21 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 20-20 
 7. Springfield A. 15-24 
 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. 18-23 
 7. Idaho S. 13-26 
 8. Reno B. 13-26 

Regular Season: Round 57

Mar. 12: Erie Bay H. - Texas L. 97-106
Mar. 14: Springfield A. - Texas L. 92-89 OT
Mar. 14: Maine RC - Ft.Wayne MA 90-105
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

Regular Season: Round 58

Mar. 15: Springfield A. - Ft.Wayne MA
Mar. 15: Canton C. - Erie Bay H.
Mar. 15: Rio Grande VV - Santa Cruz W.
Mar. 15: Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S.
Mar. 15: Austin T. - Los Angeles D.
Mar. 15: Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 15: Bakersfield J. - Reno B.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.2 
 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. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.6 
 8. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.5 
 10. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.10.7 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.9 
 8. Wright, Maine RC9.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 10. Onuaku, Canton C.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.7 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.4 
 7. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.2 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 10. Goudelock, Rio G.5.7 
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. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 5. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Singletary, Texas1.9 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 10. Greene, Los A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.7 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.7 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.4 
 5. Whiteside, Rio G.2.2 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


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

Santa Cruz W. - Reno B. 110-103
The Santa Cruz Warriors survived a late game scare from the visiting Reno Bighorns to win their fourth game in a row, and finish their eight-game home stand at 7-1, 110-103. On a night where the Warriors (26-13) were given the keys to two NBA Ferrari's in Kent Bazemore and Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.), who were on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, center Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) was the man that gave them them the biggest boost finishing with a career-high 30 points. "It meant so much to me," Armstrong said about his performance. "When I hit that free-throw to put me at 30 I looked over that the bench, because everyone knew I was happy. It was a great feeling." The Warriors controlled the Bighorns (13-26) for the first three quarters despite having 18 turnovers, compared to the Bighorns 10. However Reno would go on a 13-2 run to open the final period and tie the game at 86. The Warriors would respond as the Bazemore hit a big jump shot and Darington Hobson nailed a 3-pointer to give the Warriors the lead back. The Horns would go on a 9-3 run that culminated with a corner three from Dar Tucker (6'4''-SF-88, college: De Paul) to give them the one-point lead 95-94. Mickell Gladness would answer back with a three-point play to give the Warriors back the lead for good. "It was a sloppy game," said Warriors head coach Nate Bjorkgren. "I thought both teams played hard, and I was really pleased with the finish. We got defensive stops when we needed them." Despite being out shined by Armstrong, both Bazemore and Thomas had solid nights. Bazemore finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks. Thomas had a game-high 15 rebounds and dropped in eight points. Darington Hobson and Gladness both added 13 points. The Bighorns were lead by Dar Tucker and Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville). Both players had double-doubles and finished with 29 points. Desmond Farmer had 12 points. The win brings the Warriors to just a half game back of the Bakersfield Jam for the top spot in the D-League. It also brings the Warriors to 16-2 while playing at Kaiser Permanete Arena. "They (the fans) really are a part of this team," said Armstrong. "I know a lot of places say that, but we truly believe that. When we play in front of them, they're playing with us. We really appreciate it." "Even NBA games, it's not anywhere comparable to the energy comes off of this place and it's a great thing to have." The Warriors will now hit the road to face the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Texas Legends later this week. Courtesy of: santacruz.patch.com

Erie Bay H. - Texas L. 97-106
The Erie BayHawks welcomed a new but familiar face for their new up-tempo, full-court style. NBA Development League All-Star Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) rejoined the team Tuesday after a 10-day stint with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets. Suddenly, the BayHawks had another proven offensive weapon on a roster that enjoyed a boost from the newly acquired Mustafa Shakur last weekend. But Sims and Shakur combined for only nine points, and the BayHawks never found a consistent touch from 3-point range in a 106-97 loss to the Texas Legends in front of 2,005 fans at Erie Insurance Arena. The BayHawks (22-19) converted only 11-of-31 attempts from beyond the arc. "We laid an egg," coach Gene Cross said. "They took it to us. They beat us." Cross attributed the lackluster effort to the team being too loose in the shootaround earlier that day. Cory Higgins, who added 20 points and eight rebounds to Nicholas Covington (6'2''-G-85, college: Oklahoma City)'s team-high five 3-pointers and 26 points, said their struggles from the field affected their energy on the court. "We can't let that happen," Higgins said. "We've got to have energy." Meanwhile, Sims struggled in his return to the team. The former Georgetown star, who had four points and two rebounds during brief stints in two games with the Hornets, missed all four shots he took from the field and finished with no points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. He spent the final quarter and a half on the bench. In contrast, Sims averaged 17.1 points and nine rebounds per game for the BayHawks before joining the Hornets. "Sometimes you have it. Sometimes you don't," Cross said of Sims. "He'll bounce back." Shakur finished with only nine points on 2-for-10 shooting. That was a stark contrast to his first two games with the BayHawks over the weekend, in which he averaged 22.5 points per game on 65.4 percent shooting from the field. If not for Higgins and Nicholas Covington, the BayHawks would have been out of the game early against the Legends (18-22). Chace Stanback (6'8''-G/F-89, college: UNLV), who was claimed off waivers Friday, added 13 points. The Legends turned a two-point halftime lead into a double-digit advantage early in the fourth quarter behind hot shooting from Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington), who scored 23 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to raise his season average to a league-best 21.1 points per game. The BayHawks moved within seven points on a few occasions in the game's closing moments, but Dentmon and the Legends responded with key shots down the stretch. So now the BayHawks have to regroup in time for key games against East Division-leading Canton Friday and Saturday. Erie trails the Charge by three games in the standings. "I think (we're) a mature group," Cross said. "They can handle it." Courtesy of: goerie.com

Los Angeles D. - Tulsa 66ers 110-108
Tulsa's Chris Quinn (6'2''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) missed a potential game-tying shot with less than three seconds remaining as the 66ers fell to the Los Angeles D-Fenders 110-108 in NBA Development League action Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The D-Fenders led for much of the game and were still up by 16 at 105-89 with 4:55 to play. But Rasual Butler dominated during a 19-5 Tulsa run and pulled the 66ers within two points on a jumper with 28.1 seconds remaining. The 66ers forced a turnover a short time later but were unable to score again. Butler led Tulsa with 24 points, while Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) scored 22 and Andy Rautins finished with 17, including 4-of-7 on 3-point attempts. Quinn finished with 12 points and a game-high eight assists. Former University of Tulsa center Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) led Los Angeles with 25 points, hitting 12-of-13 from the field, and seven rebounds. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com

Idaho S. - Rio Grande VV 102-114
Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) had 29 points and five steals, but the Idaho Stampede lost to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 114-102. It was Holiday's 12th straight game with at least two steals for Idaho (13-26). Jason Ellis (6'7''-F-82, college: Boise St.) added eight points and 14 rebounds and Justin Harper had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Coby Karl added nine points, 12 assists and four rebounds. The Stampede shot just 42.4 percent from the floor but were within two points with 3:20 left in the game before a 12-2 run to finish the game by RGV. JaJuan Johnson added 12 points and four rebounds off the bench. Seven players with Rio Grande Valley finished in double-figures, including Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech), Jr., who had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Houston Rockets assigned player Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Toure Murry added 14, Andrew Goudelock had 13 points, Chris Daniels added 13 points, D.J. Kennedy had 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds and Mike Singletary added 10 points. The Vipers (25-14) shot 50.6 percent from the floor and made 18-of-25 free throws. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Canton C. - Bakersfield J. 103-106
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) scored 29 points, including a tie-breaking three-point play with 43 seconds left, as the Jam beat the host Canton Charge 106-103 in an NBA D-League game at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Jam (27-12), Quincy Acy had 14 points and nine rebounds and Adam Koch contributed 12 points and five rebounds. Bakersfield opened the game on a 16-2 run, but the lead vanished as Canton (24-16) amped up its play on both ends of the floor, cutting the deficit to 25-24 by the end of the opening quarter. Bakersfield led 52-50 at the half, and 82-71 after three quarters. Canton was paced by Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) with 29 points. Kevin Jones added 27 points and 11 rebounds. Bakersfield hosts the Reno Bighorns at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Courtesy of: bakersfieldcalifornian.com

Springfield A. - Texas L. 92-89 OT
The Springfield Armor were able to put a horrible first half behind them and pulled out a 92-89 overtime win over the Texas Legends before 1,961 at the MassMutual Center on Thursday night. The Armor did not have a lead until there was a little more than a minute left in regulation, but in overtime it was Justin Johnson time as the guard scored all eight points for Springfield. Springfield (15-24) had to overcome a season-high 28 turnovers and a 35-point effort from Texas guard Justin Dentmon to win their fourth straight home game. 'Seventeen turnovers in the first half and 28 for the game and to win with 28 turnovers, I told the guys we didn't play well and we didn't play sharp but I've always been told that the sign of a good team is when you win when you don't play well,' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'If that's the case then we're a good team and I think down the stretch we'll be a good team.' It's a safe bet that no one watching the first 24 minutes of this game thought either team was very good. 'We definitely feel pretty good about the win,' Armor center Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) said. 'The first half was kind of sloppy but we still had 11 turnovers in the second half but we kept fighting and that's all that matters. ' (The turnovers) were unforced, we just kept losing the ball and like coach said at halftime, we were playing kind of soft,' Reed added. 'We just decided to come out in the second half and turn it up a little bit.' The only ray of sunshine in the first half for the Armor was that the Legends were only slightly better. Springfield recorded its fewest points for a second quarter (17) and fewest points in a half this year but still only trailed Texas by six, 42-36. Texas had more than enough opportunities to make this a blowout in the first half as the Armor turned the ball over 17 times, well on their way to shattering the season high of 26 and challenging the franchise record of 32 recorded against Maine in 2010. But outside of Dentmon, the Legends struggled just as much as the Armor. Dentmon had 19 points at the half, although he scored only one point in the second quarter. Neither team broke 36 percent shooting from the floor and it was worse - much worse - from behind the arc. But redemption for a poor first half is a strong second half, which the Armor did put together, although it took nearly 47 minutes to get their first lead. Reed, who had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, tapped in an ally-oop pass from Ben Uzoh with 1:05 seconds left that gave the Armor an 83-82 lead. Dentmon would hit a pair of foul shots to give the Legends the lead back, but Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88, college: Syracuse) (18 points) made one of two foul shots with 25.8 seconds left to send it to overtime. That's where Johnson took over. He twice gave the Armor the lead with 3-pointers, then salted away the game when Texas missed on the final seconds, Reed rebounded the miss and passed to Uzoh who fouled Johnson for a layup at the buzzer. Johnson finished with a season-high 22 points, Uzoh scored 15 and Dennis Horner had 10 rebounds. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Maine RC - Ft.Wayne MA 90-105
The Mad Ants fell behind by double figures early, regrouped and won pulling away to pull closer to a playoff spot. Fort Wayne beat the Maine Red Claws 105-90 on Thursday at Portland Expo Building after trailing by 14 points midway through the first half. The win improved the Ants' record at 20-20 and puts them 1.5 games behind Erie for the eighth-and-last playoff spot with 10 games left to play. Maine is also at .500 (21-21). Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) led the Ants with 26 points and seven assists. Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) scored 22 with nine rebounds. Brandon Wallace had his fourth consecutive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Richardson scored 18, Chris Porter 11 and newcomer Terrance Thomas pulled down 11 rebounds. The Ants play at Springfield (15-24) on Friday and Sunday before returning home to play Maine again next Thursday. Josh Selby (6'2''-PG-91, college: Kansas) led Maine with 31 points on Thursday. Chris Wright scored 21 with 20 rebounds and Micah Downs added 18. Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com



Mad Ants pick up forward for road trip - by Eurobasket News

The Mad Ants have acquired 6-foot-6 veteran forward Terrance Thomas (6'6''-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Baylor) to help bolster the inside in lieu of Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) going on the injured list. Thomas, 32, played last season in the NBA Development League for Canton and Reno, averaging 9.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. A product of Baylor, Thomas also played for the Bakersfield Jam earlier in his career where he produced 9.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. To make room for Thomas on the roster, the Ants released guard Darryl Partin, who averaged 6.5 points per game but had played sparingly over the last month. The Mad Ants (19-20) return to action on the road this week. They play tonight at Maine and Friday and Sunday at Springfield. Thomas will join the team immediately.
Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.2 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.19.6 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 4. Flowers, Kataja18.3 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka17.6 
 6. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 8. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 9. Simmons, Krasnie16.0 
 10. Kudrautsau, Tsmok.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.6 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Camara, Gravelines7.1 
 9. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 10. Smith, Krasnie Kr.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.2 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.3 
 5. Deane, Khimik4.8 
 6. Burtt, Tofas4.8 
 7. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.7 
 8. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 9. Kramer, EWE B.4.6 
 10. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.4 
 3. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.9 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.7 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 7. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Dundjerski, Gaz M.1.3 
 10. Burtt, Tofas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Teleko.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.6 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik1.5 
 3. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.2 
 5. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 6. Akpomedah, Grave.1.2 
 7. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 8. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 
 9. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.0 
 10. Pustovyi, Khimik1.0 


Krasnie Krilya and Gravelines head to Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets - Krasnie Krilya 85-95
Krasnie Krilya keep Telekom Basket scoreless in overtime to punch the ticket to Final Four of EuroChallenge. The Russian team posted a 95:85 win due to 10-0 overtime victory. Telekom Basket opened the game with a narrow 25-24 lead in the first period. The German side added 26-24 in the second frame and led 3 points at the halftime. Both teams scored 20 points each in the third quarter that remained the same difference on the board. Krasnie Krilya managed to post a 17-14 rally in the fourth quarter and Vasiliev made two free throws to send the teams to overtime. Krasnie Krilya did not allow the host to score in the extra 5 minutes and grabbed the victory as well as the ticket to Final Four. Chester Simmons paced all the winners with 24 points and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) netted 19. Omar Thomas delivered 15 and Aaron Miles (186-PG-83, college: Kansas) collected 12 points and 10 assists. Andrej Mangold (190-PG-87) and Vaden finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort. Weems notched 12 and David McCray poured in 11.

Paris-Levallois - Karsiyaka 66-72
Pinar Karsiyaka level the series against Paris Levallois. The Turkish side posted a road 72:66 win and will have the decisive game at home. Game 3 is scheduled on March 19th. The teams exchanged the road victories in the first two games. Pinar Karsiyaka had nothing to lose in Game 2 and started with 18-16 lead. They added 21-10 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 39:26 halftime advantage. Moreover the Turkish team posted a 19-16 rally in the third quarter and relaxed at the end of the game. Paris Levallois managed to reduce to final 6 points as they had 24-14 in the last period. Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) led the way with 24 points and Thomas Williams (201-F) nailed 22. Robert Dixon and Can Mutaf followed them with 7 points each in a win. Hodge ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Cox posted 13. Diot brought 10 and Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) finished the night with 7 points.

Kataja - Gravelines 98-102
Gravelines needs 2 overtimes to punch Kataja in the second game of the EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series. The French side won 102:98 and advanced to the Final Four. Gravelines won the first game in France and opened the second game with 26:19 lead at the end of the first period. Kataja bounced back with 31-20 surge in the second frame and took 4-point lead at the halftime. Both teams exchanged the victories in the second half for 83:83 on the board after 40 minutes. Kataja dominated in first overtime and led in the majority of it but saw 91:91 after it. In the second extra time Gravelines looked better in the court and won the game due to free throws. Winston and Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) brought the final points for the winners. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Cyril Akpomedah added 13. Vaty Ludovic scored 11, whilst Edwards J.K. collected 11 points 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Kanervo Antti nailed 18. Smith Johnell erupted with 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, while Virtanen Petri scored 15.

Khimik - EWE Baskets 66-61
Khimik ties the series against EWE Baskets at the EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series. The Ukrainian team posted a 66:61 win and will head to Germany for the decisive game. Game 3 is planned for March 19th. Khimik erupted with 19-10 in the first period and led 6 points at the halftime. EWE Baskets managed to win the third period 18-15 and reduced to 3 points after 30 minutes. Moreover Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) cut it to 56:51 early in the fourth quarter. Wysocki Konrad and again brought 63:61 with 20 seconds to go. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) and Sehovic ensured the final win from the free throw line for the final success. Deane Willie paced all the winners with 15 points, while Sava Lesic and Todic Miroslav added 8 each. Pustovyi Artem followed them with 7 points in a win. Robin Smeulders answered with 16 points in the losing case, whilst Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) added 13. Chubb Adam brought 12 and Wysocki Konrad notched 8.



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Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Real Madrid 9-1 
 2. Anadolu Efes 9-2 
 3. CSKA 7-3 
 4. Panathinaikos 6-4 
 5. Unicaja 5-5 
 6. Zalgiris 4-6 
 7. ALBA 1-9 
 8. Brose Bask. 0-11 
Group F
 1. FCB Regal 9-1 
 2. Montepaschi 7-4 
 3. Olympiacos 7-4 
 4. Khimky 6-5 
 5. Caja Laboral 6-5 
 6. Maccabi T-A 6-5 
 7. Fener.Ulker 2-9 
 8. Besiktas 0-10 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 11

E

Mar. 14: Anadolu Efes - Brose Bask. 89-86
Mar. 15: Panathinaikos - ALBA
Mar. 15: Real Madrid - Unicaja
Mar. 15: CSKA - Zalgiris

F

Mar. 14: Caja Laboral - Fener.Ulker 87-67
Mar. 14: Maccabi T-A - Khimky 80-79
Mar. 14: Montepaschi - Olympiacos 67-68
Mar. 15: FCB Regal - Besiktas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.6 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.6 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu14.5 
 6. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 7. Weems, CSKA14.0 
 8. Krstic, CSKA13.9 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi13.7 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.3 
 3. Lasme, Panathin.6.2 
 4. Lampe, Caja L.6.0 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 6. Tomic, FCB Regal5.7 
 7. Thompson, ALBA5.7 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Markota, Besiktas5.4 
 10. Erden, Anadolu E.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Planinic, Khimky6.4 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.6.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 5. Brown, Montepaschi5.1 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi4.0 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Zalgiris
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 3. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Hickman, Maccabi1.6 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA1.3 
 8. Calloway, Unicaja1.3 
 9. Djedovic, ALBA1.2 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.1 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Davis, Khimky1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 



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EuroChallenge: Kataja - Gravelines 2 OT 98-102 (91) (83) - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge Quarter Final Play-Offs, Game 2: On Tuesday in France 86-57 for BCM Gravelines, tonight in Joensuu, Finland a real thriller, Kataja - Gravelines 98-102 (91) (83) (50-46). Two OTs were needed before it was clear, there will be no Game 3. The home court advantage may be this huge - in basketball. Well, Kataja had this time also Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) on the roster. One excellent player can help a lot - in this game. Flowers led Kataja with 21 points. But he was not alone. Kataja had five players in double digits. Kataja, 26-7 right now in Finland (# 3), could easily play in ProA in France!
It was Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) who saved BCM Gravelines into OT. Buycks scored game high and season high 30 pts (1 - 5/6, 2 - 5/9, 3 - 5/9) in 46 minutes. Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) added 13 and J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) 11 pts. BCM Gravelines had 38 FTs, made 28 of them and winning the rebounds 51-37. Visiting Finland real winter and Joensuu must have been an experience for BCM Gravelines players. They were lucky to win this Game 2 and 2-0 altogether.

Kataja - BCM Gravelines 98-102 (91) (83) (50-46). (Jonte Flowers 21, Antti Kanervo 18, Johnell Smith 17. 1 - 64,7% (11/17), 2 - 55,6% (30/54), 3 - 31,0% (9/29). R: 29+8=37. TO: 11. - Dwight Buycks 30, Cyril Akpomedah 13, Juan Edwards 11. 1 - 73,7% (28/38), 2 - 49,0% (25/51), 3 - 38,1% (8/21). R: 40+11=51. TO: 16. A: 2180).



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ASVEL renew Jean-Charles Livio through 2016 - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL renewed the contract of Livio Jean-Charles (204-PF-93, agency: Beo Basket). The team will keep the forward through 2016. Livio Jean-Charles joined ASVEL in 2011. This season the forward notches 3.1 points, 2.7 rebounds per game in ProA. He also played for U21 team. Livio Jean-Charles was the member of U16, U18 and U20 French National Teams. He participated at U20 European Championship last year. Livio Jean-Charles notched 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in Slovenia.


EuroChallenge: Gravelines needs 2 overtimes to punch Kataja - by Eurobasket News

Kataja - Gravelines 98:102 2OT

Gravelines needs 2 overtimes to punch Kataja in the second game of the EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series. The French side won 102:98 and advanced to the Final Four.
Gravelines won the first game in France and opened the second game with 26:19 lead at the end of the first period. Kataja bounced back with 31-20 surge in the second frame and took 4-point lead at the halftime. Both teams exchanged the victories in the second half for 83:83 on the board after 40 minutes. Kataja dominated in first overtime and led in the majority of it but saw 91:91 after it. In the second extra time Gravelines looked better in the court and won the game due to free throws. Winston and Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) brought the final points for the winners.
Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Cyril Akpomedah added 13. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) scored 11, whilst J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV). collected 11 points 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Antti Kanervo (193-SG-89) nailed 18. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) erupted with 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, while Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) scored 15.

Kataja: Jonte Flowers 21, Antti Kanervo 18, Johnell Smith 17+9 ast+7 rebs, Petri Virtanen 15
Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 30, Cyril Akpomedah 13, Ludovic Vaty 11, J.K. Edwards. 11+8 ast+7 rebs



EuroChallenge: Pinar Karsiyaka level the series - by Eurobasket News

Paris Levallois- Pinar Karsiyaka 66:72

Pinar Karsiyaka level the series against Paris Levallois. The Turkish side posted a road 72:66 win and will have the decisive game at home. Game 3 is scheduled on March 19th.
The teams exchanged the road victories in the first two games. Pinar Karsiyaka had nothing to lose in Game 2 and started with 18-16 lead. They added 21-10 surge in the second frame and enjoyed a 39:26 halftime advantage. Moreover the Turkish team posted a 19-16 rally in the third quarter and relaxed at the end of the game. Paris Levallois managed to reduce to final 6 points as they had 24-14 in the last period.
Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) led the way with 24 points and Thomas Williams (201-F) nailed 22. Robert Dixon and Can Mutaf (190-G-91) followed them with 7 points each in a win. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) posted 13. Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) brought 10 and Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) finished the night with 7 points.

Paris Levallois: Julius Hodge 18, John Cox 13, Antoine Diot 10, Andrew Albicy 7
Pinar Karsiyaka: Alade Aminu 24, Thomas Williams 22, Robert Dixon 7, Can Mutaf 7



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EuroChallenge: Krasnie Krilya keep Telekom Basket scoreless in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Basket-Krasnie Krilya 85:95 OT

Krasnie Krilya keep Telekom Basket scoreless in overtime to punch the ticket to Final Four of EuroChallenge. The Russian team posted a 95:85 win due to 10-0 overtime victory.
Telekom Basket opened the game with a narrow 25-24 lead in the first period. The German side added 26-24 in the second frame and led 3 points at the halftime. Both teams scored 20 points each in the third quarter that remained the same difference on the board. Krasnie Krilya managed to post a 17-14 rally in the fourth quarter and Vasiliev made two free throws to send the teams to overtime. Krasnie Krilya did not allow the host to score in the extra 5 minutes and grabbed the victory as well as the ticket to Final Four.
Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) paced all the winners with 24 points and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) netted 19. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) delivered 15 and Aaron Miles (186-PG-83, college: Kansas) collected 12 points and 10 assists. Andrej Mangold (190-PG-87) and Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) notched 12 and David McCray (188-G-86) poured in 11.

Telekom Basket: Andrej Mangold 17, Robert Vaden 17, Kyle Weems 12, David McCray 11
Krasnie Krilya: Chester Simmons 24, Andre Smith 19, Omar Thomas 15, Aaron Miles 12+10 ast



EuroChallenge: Khimik ties the series against EWE Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Khimik - EWE Baskets 66:61

Khimik ties the series against EWE Baskets at the EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series. The Ukrainian team posted a 66:61 win and will head to Germany for the decisive game. Game 3 is planned for March 19th.
Khimik erupted with 19-10 in the first period and led 6 points at the halftime. EWE Baskets managed to win the third period 18-15 and reduced to 3 points after 30 minutes. Moreover Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) cut it to 56:51 early in the fourth quarter. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) and again brought 63:61 with 20 seconds to go. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) and Sehovic ensured the final win from the free throw line for the final success.
Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) paced all the winners with 15 points, while Sava Lesic and Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) added 8 each. Artem Pustovyi (215-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 7 points in a win. Robin Smeulders answered with 16 points in the losing case, whilst Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) added 13. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) brought 12 and Konrad Wysocki notched 8.

Khimik: Willie Deane 15, Sava Lesic 8, Miroslav Todic 8+10 rebs, Artem Pustovyi 7
EWE Baskets: Robin Smeulders 16, Julius Jenkins 13, Adam Chubb 12, Konrad Wysocki 8



EurLeague: Anadolu Efes Istanbul defeat Brose Baskets in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul - Brose Baskets 89:86 OT

Anadolu Efes Istanbul defeat Brose Baskets in overtime in the start of the Round 11 of Top 16. The German side tried their best but fell short, 86:89.
Although Anadolu Efes Istanbul started with 23-14 in the first period, they could not control the game. Brose Baskets bounced back with 23-21 and then posted a 21-15 rally in the third period. The score was 66:66 later in the game and then Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) brought 72:71 with 3 minutes to go. He later sent the teams to overtime with 76:76 and scored two three-pointer at the end of overtime. It was however enough only to reduce the game to 3 points.
Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) exploded with 29 points for the winners, while Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA), Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77), Stanko Barac (216-C-86) and Lucas Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) netted 8 each. Bostjan Nachbar replied with massive 24 points and Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had 14. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford), Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) and Karsten Tadda (190-SG-88, agency: Pro One Sports) delivered 12 points each in a loss.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Jordan Farmar 29, Dusko Savanovic 14, Joshua Shipp 8, Kerem Gonlum 8, Stanko Barac 8, Lucas Jamon Lukas Gordon 8
Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 24, Maik Zirbes 14, Casey Jacobsen 12, Jeremiah Massey 12, Karsten Tadda 12



Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) I Am At The Stage In My Career Where I Dont Want To Be Like Allen Iverson And Just Score, But Want To Win Titles - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) is a 27 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his third season in Germany and second for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. In 2010-2011, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played German League: 37 games: Score-5 (15.0ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg; EuroCup: 12 games: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-1 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

This is your second season away from the Fraport Skyliners.Do you still feel at home when you play there?

I guess I do since I hit most of my shots in the loss this season. 24 points was the most I made this season. I just felt real confident on that day and had much confidence. I felt very relaxed and that arena is my home away from home.

Does your teammate Deon Thompson have a chance at the MVP award?

I think he has a good chance to win it. If you look at what he has done in the Euroleague. He has been very important in that competition and in the Beko BBL, he has carried us. You have to give him credit in that he has dominated both competitions.

Can you leave the floor with a smile when you can keep Jared Jordan to four assists?

Jordan is one of the best point guards in Europe and no matter where I have gone against him in an NBA predraft camp or in Europe, you have to be at the top of your game. By getting only four assists, he wasnt able to make his teammates better and that was one of the reasons why we won.


Robert Vaden can shoot out the lights. To what deadly shooter would you compare his game to?

I would compare his game to JR Smith. Vaden is the type of player that can change a game at a heart beat. It doesnt matter if he has an open shot, guarded by two guys or getting that tough shot, he is always able to hit them and fill up the stat sheet.

How happy have you been with the season of Alba Berlin after starting 2-2, then having an 8 game winning streak and since winning five of eight games?

We could be doing a bit better I think. We have lost some games that we could of won. We really want to be in the top four in the standings at the end of the season. Even if we have had some tight loses in the Euroleague, we know that the experience that we have gained will help us in games in the playoffs.

Alba Berlin has beat the Brose Baskets Bamberg twice this season. Why do they seem easier to beat this season then the last years?

I dont think that they are easier to beat, but we just took care of the home court advantage. We still have to play them two more times in Bamberg. We hope to be able to steal one. The season doesnt start until the playoffs and that is when you have to be able to win on the road.


You beat FC Bayern Munich this season. How dangerous will they be in playoffs?

They will be very dangerous. They have a good rhythm, momentum and have been playing very well together. They have had some big wins against Bamberg and us. They will go to the cup with a lot of confidence. I do think that any of the top 6 teams in the Beko BBL can win the title this season.


How much of a challenge was it playing against Milos Teodosic?

It was a great experience playing against him. Many say that he is the best point guard in Europe. Tobe able to go on his home court and be able to compete against him and put up good stats made me happy. We also had a good effort as a team against one of the best teams in Europe.


What has been your impression of French man Ali Traore?

He is very experienced, athletic, plays good defense and just knows the game. He now just has to continue to get into game shape and then he can be one of the best big men in the league.

Who wins a flight to the basket Quantez Robertson or Derrick Byars?

That is tough, but Byars isnt in his prime, but three years ago I would have flipped a coin. I have seen Tez do some amazing things as I have Byars. I guess the best thing would be to get Magic Johnson to put up a million to see who can fly better.


You were on the same page with head coach Sasa Obradovic early. You want to win titles, but you are a different player than two seasons ago in Frankfurt. Who is DaShaun Wood the player this season?

We have a great game plan this season. We really want to win titles. Each player has made that sacrifice to do what is best for the team. I just try to do the things that will make the team better like playing good defense, showing leadership and things in practice. I do what coach tells me to do.


I call Davin White mini Wood, because he is dominating the Beko BBL like you were two seasons ago. Do you miss being able to play like that?

I do miss being able to play like that. We had a great team with Frankfurt that finished in second place. Playing at this level and at this stage of my career it is not so much trying to be like an Allen Iverson and just score, but trying to win titles and competiting at the Euroleague level. If you look at Real Madrid, they have so many talented players, but no one averages 20 points. They are trying to get their team to the promised like I am and not worrying about scoring.


When you look back at your season with Frankfurt what memory comes to mind first?

The fans and the organization and how much support they gave me. That is the main reason why were so successful because of the support.

What play on the court do you remember most?

I had three or four game winners and the two I had against Braunschweig were almost the exact same with a pick and role and lay up to win the game.

I remember Tez starting from the baseline and getting your back door pass for easy dunks.

I think that Tez doesnt have those spectacular dunks like two years ago. He really should call me and thank me for all those back door passes that I gave him.


Who is more unlucky your Detroit Lions for not winning the Superbowl or Jimmy Mckinney with his injury woes?

The Lions keep destroying themselves each season. They just cant seem to do anything right. Mckinney has had a great career and was having a good season until he injured himself. I think that the Lions have far worse luck than Jimmy.

Can Derk Fischer make Russell Westbrook into an even better point guard?

I would have to say no. Both are very much different type of point guards, Westbrook is still young and always getting better.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hit men.


Thanks Dashaun For the chat





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Kolossos land Orion Outerbridge, ex AEL - by Eurobasket News

VAP Kolossos Rodou (A1) tabbed 25-year old American forward Orion Outerbridge (205-88, college: Rhode Island). He supposed to play at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol in Cypriot Division A. In 9 games he averaged impressive 16.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.0spg and 1.9bpg this season. Outerbridge also spent pre-season at Aris earlier that year.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
Outerbridge graduated from Rhode Island University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroLeague: Olympiacos snatch win in Siena - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena - Olympiacos 67:68

Olympiacos came back to winning ways in EuroLeague Top 16. The Hellenes rebounded well after a tough home loss against Barcelona to upset Montepaschi in Siena tonight. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 11 points each for the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Siena enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) gave Siena a 34:26 lead midway through the second frame. Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) dragged the Reds within one 36:37 at halftime. David Moss and Bobby Brown made it 50:42 for the hosts in the third quarter. However Olympiacos stuck around. The visitors trimmed the distance at 5-point mark at the final intermission 49:54. Olympiacos opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row to gain a 56:54 lead. Konstantinos Sloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis made it 68:61 for the visitors with under two minutes remaining. Matt Janning and David Moss drained back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to just a single point but Olympiacos killed time and sealed the victory at the end. Vassilis Spanoulis and Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 10 points each for Olympiacos. Matt Janning and Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) chipped in 14 points apiece for Montepaschi.

Montepaschi Siena: Matt Janning 14, Kristjan Kangur 14
Olympiacos: Konstantinos Sloukas 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 11, Vassilis Spanoulis 10, Kyle Hines 10



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

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

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 14: Amsterdam - Rotterdam 91-97
Mar. 10: Amsterdam - Weert 85-88
Mar. 14: Den Bosch - Leeuwarden 79-62
Mar. 9: Rotterdam - Groningen 77-95
Mar. 13: Den Helder K. - Zwolle 71-64
Mar. 9: Den Helder K. - Den Bosch 67-60

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 16: Leiden - Den Helder K.
Mar. 16: Leeuwarden - Weert
Mar. 17: M.Magixx - Rotterdam
Mar. 17: Zwolle - Amsterdam
Mar. 19: Weert - Leiden



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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. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
 10. Markovic, Jaszber.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.6 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 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. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu1.7 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. 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 



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 17-4 
 2. Thor Thorl 15-6 
 3. Snaefell 15-6 
 4. Stjarnan 14-7 
 5. Keflavik 13-8 
 6. Njardvik 12-9 
 7. KR 11-10 
 8. Skallagrimur 7-14 
 9. IR 6-15 
 10. Tindastoll 6-15 
 11. Fjolnir 5-16 
 12. KFI 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 14: KR - Skallagrimur 98-78
Mar. 14: Stjarnan - KFI 97-82
Mar. 14: Grindavik - Fjolnir 97-82
Mar. 14: Thor Thorl - Snaefell 95-92
Mar. 14: IR - Tindastoll 80-72
Mar. 14: Njardvik - Keflavik 100-94

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 17: Keflavik - IR
Mar. 17: Tindastoll - Grindavik
Mar. 17: Fjolnir - Stjarnan
Mar. 17: KFI - KR
Mar. 17: Skallagrimur - Thor Thorl
Mar. 17: Snaefell - Njardvik


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Pitts, KFI33.5 
 2. Palm, IR26.7 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl26.1 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.26.0 
 5. Jackson, Thor Thorl23.1 
 6. Broussard, Grind.22.8 
 7. Frye, Stjarnan22.5 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.4 
 9. Craion, Keflavik22.4 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Van, Njardvik15.2 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.9 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Baptist, Keflavik10.5 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.10.2 
 6. Virijevic, KFI9.9 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Broussard, Grind.9.3 
 9. Mills, Stjarnan9.2 
 10. Jackson, Thor Tho.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.2 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.3 
 3. Gibson, Tindastoll7.0 
 4. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.3 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan4.7 
 10. Medlock, Skallagr.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Broussard, Grind.2.6 
 3. Williams, IR2.6 
 4. Moore, Njardvik2.6 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.4 
 6. Craion, Keflavik2.0 
 7. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 8. Baptist, Keflavik1.9 
 9. Threatt, Snaefell1.9 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.2 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Bradshaw, KFI1.7 
 5. Baptist, Keflavik1.5 
 6. Van, Njardvik1.3 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.3 
 8. Acox, KR1.2 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.1 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.1.1 


Dominos League Round 21: Thor Thorl edges Snaefell by three points - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Express L.. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Express L. took place in Thorlakshofn. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Snaefell (15-6) to third ranked Thor Thorl (15-6) 95-92 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Snaefell. Snaefell was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 28-22 charge of Thor Thorl, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Snaefell only scored twelve points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Snaefell helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Guard Gudmundur Jonsson (191-84) chipped in 28 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 21 rebounds. Thor Thorl moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Snaefell. Thor Thorl is looking forward to face Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Snaefell will play at home against Njardvik (#6) in Njardvik and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Grindavik delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Fjolnir (5-16) 97-82. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Sammy Zeglinski contributed with 26 points for the winners. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds for Fjolnir. Grindavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Fjolnir at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with KFI. Grindavik will play against Tindastoll (#10) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fjolnir will play at home against Stjarnan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Njardvik was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Keflavik (13-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Njardvik (12-9). Njardvik managed to secure a 6-point victory 100-94 on Thursday. The game was also dominated by American players. Marcus Van stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Michael Craion with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Njardvik have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 12-9 record. Loser Keflavik keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Njardvik will meet higher ranked Snaefell (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Keflavik will play against IR in Reykjavik and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Reykjavik. Local KR (11-10) outscored 8th ranked Skallagrimur (7-14) 98-78. Martin Hermannsson nailed 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Skallagrimur's coach Palmi Seavarsson rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. KR maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. Skallagrimur lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. KR's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KFI (#12) which should be theoretically another easy game. Skallagrimur will play against the league's second-placed Thor Thorl (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 21 Tindastoll was defeated by IR in Reykjavik 80-72. Stjarnan beat KFI at home 97-82.


KR - Skallagrimur 98-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Reykjavik. Local KR (11-10) outscored 8th ranked Skallagrimur (7-14) 98-78. Skallagrimur was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 52-29 second half run of KR. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Skallagrimur's 32 and made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Skallagrimur 44-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Martin Hermannsson (190-94) nailed 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and international center Finnur Magnusson (208-85, college: Catawba) accounted for 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five KR players scored in double figures. American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Skallagrimur in the defeat. Skallagrimur's coach Palmi Seavarsson rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. KR maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. Skallagrimur lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. KR's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KFI (#12) which should be theoretically another easy game. Skallagrimur will play against the league's second-placed Thor Thorl (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
KR: F.Magnusson 23+5reb+4ast, M.Hermannsson 22+6reb+7ast, K.Acox 18+12reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 16+6reb+4ast, B.Bjornsson 13+9reb+4ast, J.Kristjansson 4+1reb
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 35+5reb+6ast, H.Hreidarsson 19+3reb+2ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 18+7reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 3+3ast, S.Egilsson 2, T.Eiriksson 1+7reb+3ast
gschID: 180284


Thor Thorl - Snaefell 95-92

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Express L. took place in Thorlakshofn. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Snaefell (15-6) to third ranked Thor Thorl (15-6) 95-92 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Snaefell. Snaefell was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 28-22 charge of Thor Thorl, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Snaefell only scored twelve points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Snaefell helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Guard Gudmundur Jonsson (191-84) chipped in 28 points and 7 rebounds. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 21 rebounds and American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Thor Thorl moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Snaefell. Thor Thorl is looking forward to face Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Snaefell will play at home against Njardvik (#6) in Njardvik and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: G.Jonsson 28+7reb+3ast, B.Smith 24+8reb+8ast, D.Jackson 19+4reb+2ast, D.Flake 10+6reb, G.Erlendsson 8+4reb+1ast, T.Ragnarsson 4+3reb+1ast
Snaefell: R.Amoroso 28+21reb, J.Threatt 22+7reb+8ast, S.Thorvaldsson 14+4reb+1ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 9+3reb+2ast, H.Gunnarsson 8+2reb+2ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 180283


Njardvik - Keflavik 100-94

The game in Njardvik was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Keflavik (13-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Njardvik (12-9). Njardvik managed to secure a 6-point victory 100-94 on Thursday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Keflavik won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 22 rebounds for the winners and swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds. Four Njardvik players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Njardvik have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 12-9 record. Loser Keflavik keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Njardvik will meet higher ranked Snaefell (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Keflavik will play against IR in Reykjavik and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: N.Moore 26+5reb+3ast, E.Fridriksson 25+3reb+5ast, O.Jonsson 19+1reb+1ast, M.Van 15+22reb+3ast, M.Baginski 7+1reb+2ast, H.Einarsson 7
Keflavik: D.Lewis 30+3reb+3ast, M.Craion 23+17reb+5ast, B.Baptist 19+13reb+4ast, M.Gunnarsson 8+1reb, V.Valsson 5+5reb+2ast, R.Albertsson 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 180282


IR - Tindastoll 80-72

There was a minor upset in Reykjavik where 9th ranked Tindastoll (6-15) was defeated by eleventh ranked IR (6-15) 80-72. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) nailed 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and forward Hjalti Fridriksson (201-89) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four IR players scored in double figures. American guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) came up with 12 points and 9 assists and swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Tindastoll in the defeat. IR moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Tindastoll. Tindastoll lost their third game in a row. IR's next round opponent will be higher ranked Keflavik (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
IR: E.Palm 17+6reb+3ast, S.Claessen 15+2reb+3ast, H.Fridriksson 15+10reb, N.Sovic 13+9reb+1ast, E.Arnarson 8+2reb+3ast, D.Williams 8+4reb+3ast
Tindastoll: H.Viggosson 15+5reb+2ast, T.Johnson 13+4reb+2ast, D.Gibson 12+4reb+9ast, H.Birgisson 8, S.Birgisson 8+1reb, H.Margeirsson 8
gschID: 180281


Grindavik - Fjolnir 97-82

Leader Grindavik delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Fjolnir (5-16) 97-82. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Fjolnir was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grindavik forced 19 Fjolnir turnovers and outrebounded them 48-36 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and guard Isaac Miles (187-88, college: Murray St.) added 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Fjolnir. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Grindavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Fjolnir at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with KFI. Grindavik will play against Tindastoll (#10) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fjolnir will play at home against Stjarnan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: S.Zeglinski 26+3reb+2ast, A.Broussard 25+14reb+2ast, J.Olafsson 15+5reb+1ast, T.Olafsson 9+8reb+2ast, S.Thorsteinsson 7+6reb+1ast, D.Gudmundsson 6+3reb+1ast
Fjolnir: I.Miles 20+6reb+2ast, C.Smith 19+17reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 16+6reb+3ast, A.Gudmundsson 14+2reb+4ast, B.Rikhardsson 7+1reb, G.Olafsson 6+1reb
gschID: 180280


Stjarnan - KFI 97-82

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Stjarnan (14-7) defeated at home bottom-ranked KFI (5-16) 97-82. The game without a history. Stjarnan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stjarnan forced 19 KFI turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Stjarnan brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Stjarnan's coach Teitur Orlygsson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Tyrone Bradshaw (202-86, college: S.Indiana) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds and the former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively for KFI in the defeat. Five Stjarnan and four KFI players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Stjarnan. They maintain fourth place with 14-7 record. KFI lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be Fjolnir (#11) in Reykjavik and are hoping to win another game. KFI will play at home against KR in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: J.Frye 20+11reb+7ast, J.Shouse 18+5reb+9ast, J.Zdravevski 14+7reb+2ast, F.Helgason 13+4reb+1ast, B.Mills 13+5reb+1ast, M.Valdimarsson 8+3reb+2ast
KFI: T.Bradshaw 25+16reb+3ast, M.Virijevic 20+11reb+2ast, D.Pitts 18+3reb+6ast, K.Andresson 15+8reb+3ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 4+2reb+2ast, O.Kristjansson 0+1reb
gschID: 180279



Pavel Ermolinskij selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (4-2) in their last game. Despite Ermolinskij's very good performance the league leader Norrkoping Dolphins lost 85-93 on the road to the leading Sundsvall Dragons. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Ermolinskij also added 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes on the court. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Ermolinskij is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers with 4.6apg. He also averaged so far 10.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 67.4% in the 27 games he played so far. Ermolinskij is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Pavel Ermolinskij in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Baeringsson led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (21-12) 93-85. He scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Baeringsson's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Baeringsson is the league's best rebounder. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(135-238), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 70.8%. Baeringsson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-22) 89-76 in the German BBL on Saturday night. Vilhjalmsson had a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 10 passes in 28 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (11-15) is placed 14th in the BBL. Vilhjalmsson has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 78.3% in the 26 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #4. Point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Sigurdarson contributed to a Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (21-12) 93-85. He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Sigurdarson averages: 17.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.1apg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #5. International guard Jon Stefansson (196-82, 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. Stefansson scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (14-10) is placed sixth in the ACB. This year Stefansson's overall stats are: 6.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #6. Small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Assignia Manresa (4-20) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (12-12) in the Spanish ACB. Palsson did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He scored only 3 points. The bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa was badly defeated 80-63 in Malaga by the much higher-ranked Unicaja (#11). It was Assignia Manresa's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Palsson's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #7. International small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Vaerlose (9-12) in their game against Svendborg (22-5) in the Danish Ligaen. Karason scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Vaerlose was crushed 97-69 at home by the leading Svendborg. This year Karason's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 29 games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Logi Gunnarsson (192-SG-81) plays for Angers BC 49 in French NM1
Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) plays for Aarhus BC in Danish Ligaen



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 17-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 17-2 
 3. Garuda 15-4 
 4. Satria Muda 14-5 
 5. CLS Knights 14-6 
 6. Stadium Jak. 10-8 
 7. Hangtuah 10-9 
 8. Bimasakti 6-13 
 9. Satya Wacana 4-15 
 10. Pacific Caesar 3-16 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-16 
 12. Tonga BSC 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 12: Garuda - Satya Wacana 83-48
Mar. 12: Satria Muda - Tonga BSC 77-34
Mar. 12: Hangtuah - CLS Knights 56-69

Regular Season: Round 34

Mar. 15: Hangtuah - Satya Wacana
Mar. 15: CLS Knights - Bimasakti
Mar. 15: Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda


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. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.12.8 
 5. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.7 
 6. Pamungkas, Satya12.1 
 7. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.0 
 8. Sabara, Pacific12.0 
 9. Utomo, CLS Knights11.9 
 10. Sucipto, NSH G.11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.1 
 2. Sabara, Pacific9.6 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.4 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.1 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.7 
 7. Nugroho, Satya W.7.7 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.7.2 
 9. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.6 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.4 
 2. Wijaya, Garuda4.1 
 3. Indra, Pacific4.0 
 4. Gerungan, Dell A.3.9 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.3.8 
 6. Sartika, Bimasakti3.7 
 7. Sebayang, Pelita J.3.1 
 8. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.0 
 9. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 10. Wicaksono, Stadi.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.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.7 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.7 
 5. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 6. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 7. Nolland, Garuda2.0 
 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. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.8 
 3. Nugroho, Satya W.1.8 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.1.8 
 5. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 6. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.4 
 7. Teguh, Hangtuah1.4 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.4 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Dhiya, Garuda0.9 


NBL Round 31 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

The game in Pandang was quite interesting. Fifth ranked CLS Knights (14-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Hangtuah (10-9). CLS Knights defeated Hangtuah 69-56 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hangtuah. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-56. CLS Knights dominated on the defensive end, holding Hangtuah to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 20 Hangtuah turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ahmad Junaidi (188-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for Hangtuah. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CLS Knights maintains fifth place with 14-6 record. Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. CLS Knights are looking forward to face Stadium Jakarta (#6) at home in the next round. Hangtuah will have a break next round.
The game between fourth ranked Satria Muda (14-5) and 12th ranked Tonga BSC (1-18) in Jakarta ended with biggest points difference. Satria Muda outscored guests from Jakarta 77-34. Worth to mention a quality performance of Galank Gunawan (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 5 points and 20 rebounds. Frida Susanto helped adding 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Saleh Afriatna (180-93) responded with 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda maintains fourth place with 14-5 record. Tonga BSC lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 31 Satya Wacana was smashed by Garuda on the road 83-48.


Group Solo
Hangtuah - CLS Knights 56-69

The game in Pandang was quite interesting. Fifth ranked CLS Knights (14-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Hangtuah (10-9). CLS Knights defeated Hangtuah 69-56 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hangtuah. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-56. CLS Knights dominated on the defensive end, holding Hangtuah to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 20 Hangtuah turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ahmad Junaidi (188-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and guard Jekky Sagala (175-87) added 10 points in the effort for Hangtuah. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CLS Knights maintains fifth place with 14-6 record. Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. CLS Knights are looking forward to face Stadium Jakarta (#6) at home in the next round. Hangtuah will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: D.Heryadi 16+6reb, H.Herman 11+1reb+1ast, A.Ekayana 9+4reb+5ast, D.Muharri 8+5reb+3ast, R.Utomo 6+3reb+1ast, W.Saputra 6+3reb+4ast
Hangtuah: A.Junaidi 19+13reb, J.Sagala 10+2reb+3ast, T.Wilopo 9+1reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 7+6reb+1ast, S.Liogu 3+3reb, E.Bukit 2+3reb
gschID: 234241


Group Solo
Garuda - Satya Wacana 83-48

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Garuda (15-4) crushed 9th ranked Satya Wacana (4-15) in Bandung 83-48. The game without a history. Garuda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Satya Wacana's 22. Garuda forced 22 Satya Wacana turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Satya Wacana's players. It was a great evening for Vinton Nolland (194-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Forward Fadlan Minallah (185-82) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Garuda players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Yoppi France Giay (188-89) responded with 9 points and 8 rebounds and guard Yo Sua (180-91) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-4 record having just one points less than leader Dell Aspac. Satya Wacana lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play at home against Pacific Caesar (#10) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Garuda: V.Nolland 17+6reb+2ast, F.Minallah 17+5reb+1ast, D.Pratama 11+6reb+1ast, J.Hasoloan 10+5reb+2ast, H.Agustinus 8+3reb, Surliyadin 7
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 10+3reb+1ast, Y.France Giay 9+8reb+1ast, B.Sucipto 8+2reb+4ast, L.Gunawan 8+3reb+1ast, R.Rahangmetan 6+1reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 6+4reb
gschID: 234240


Group Solo
Satria Muda - Tonga BSC 77-34

The game between fourth ranked Satria Muda (14-5) and 12th ranked Tonga BSC (1-18) in Jakarta ended with biggest points difference. Satria Muda outscored guests from Jakarta 77-34. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tonga BSC to just 6 points in fourth quarter and to 13 points in second half. Satria Muda held Tonga BSC to an opponent 23.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Satria Muda forced 20 Tonga BSC turnovers and outrebounded them 58-23 including a 20-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of Galank Gunawan (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 5 points and 20 rebounds. Frida Susanto (195-86) helped adding 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. At the losing side Saleh Afriatna (180-93) responded with 12 points and Azhari Rahmat (185-92) scored 8 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda maintains fourth place with 14-5 record. Tonga BSC lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: F.Susanto 16+9reb+1ast, B.Siregar 15+4reb+1ast, K.Argadiba 11+6reb+3ast, A.Wisnu 10+2reb+1ast, F.Julius Achmad 6+2reb+2ast, A.Seputra 6+3reb+3ast
Tonga BSC: S.Afriatna 12+4reb+1ast, A.Rahmat 8+4reb, A.Prasetyo 6+4reb+1ast, J.Ingutali 4+3reb+2ast, A.Hermawan 2, R.Orlando Uneputty 2+2reb
gschID: 234239



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Mahram tied the Final series - by Eurobasket News

Mahram tied the Final series against Petrochimi. Trailing 0-2 in the series, the defending champions posted a thrilling 85:83 win in Game 4 for 2-2 record. The decisive Game 5 is planned for March 16th.
Mahram trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime. Petrochimi reduced the gap to 2 points at the end of the third period and led 81:80 with 1 minute to go. Mahram however dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Petrochimi's 30. With 83:83 on the board Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) made a jump shot to bring the second consecutive win for Mahram. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds and Marko Milic added 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) and Amir Sedighi (203-F-93) followed them with 14 points apiece. At the losing side international power forward Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) posted 20 and Hamed Afagh (194-SG-83) had 18.



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Kahraba Still leading the league !! - by Ahmad Madwar

in 11th round of Iraqian League Al Shorta did a big surprised when they beat the champion Duhok Jamarr Hardy and Hiram Fuller played the biggest part to get that W for their team and here is the 11th round results :
Al Kahraba beat Al-Hilla by 19pts and the final result was 102/83
Al Shorta beat Duhok by 4 pts and the final result was 77/73
Al Tadamoun beat Al Mofiqia by 26pts and the final result was 76/50
Al Karkh V/S Nift Al-Janoub game postponed due the Iraqian Basketball Federation election

in round number 12th .. Al Kahraba kept winning .. and this time they beat Al Shorta after amazing game from both teams .. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) leaded his team for this important W after he scored around 25pts and grabbed a lot of rebounds and passed a couple of assist .. he was a true leader for Kahraba in this game as previous games ..
and here is the 12th round results which held at Tuesday 5th March
Al Kahraba beat Al Shorta by 5pts and the final result was 65/60
Al Karkh beat Zakho 41pts and the final result was 89/48
Nift Al-Janoub beat Al-Mofiqia by 45pts and the final result was 97/52
Al-Tadamoun V/S Al-Hilla game postponed due problems in 24 second O'clock




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  IRELAND   


Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. McGrath could not help Zalgiris (4-6) to beat Real Madrid (9-1). He recorded 9 points. But the sixth-placed Zalgiris was edged in an overtime 105-104 at home by the leading Real Madrid in the group E of Euroleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This season McGrath averages: 7.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3FGP: 66.7%. He is a naturalized American. McGrath played for the Irish senior national team five years ago. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois, currently plays in France). Mullins contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked JL Bourg (14-12) crushing them 75-37 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 5 balls in 32 minutes. Chalons-Reims (17-9) is placed fourth in the ProB. Mullins is currently third on the list of most steals with 2.2spg. This year his other stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 64.0% in the 26 games he played so far. Mullins is a naturalized American. He played for the Irish national team in 2009. Apparently Mullins has never played in Ireland.

Conor Grace
Conor Grace
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in Sweden). He contributed to a LF Basket's victory against the league outsider Eco Orebro (5-28) 94-90 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Grace scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. 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. And now that game is very crucial. Grace's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 45.8%(11-24). Former DCU St.Vincents Dublin starter played for the Irish national team four years ago.

Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds
   #4. Forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Durham Wildcats to win against the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-26) 87-76 in the British BBL last Friday. He scored only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Durham Wildcatsis placed fourth in the BBL. This season Reynolds averages just 1.2ppg. He used to play for the Irish national team back in 2007.

Sean McCarthy
Sean McCarthy
   #5. Former U16 international center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the NJIT (6-2) in their game against the University of Texas-Pan American (5-3) in the NCAA. McCarthy cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points in 4 minutes on the court. The NJIT was badly defeated 76-59 on the road by the University of Texas-Pan American. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year McCarthy averages just 1.2ppg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Irish U16 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to a victory over the 14th-ranked Cajasol (9-15) 71-63 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (12-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. Kendall has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.

   #2. Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked La Palma (5-15) crushing them 89-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (14-4) is placed first in the LEB Silver. 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. It's Hanley's first season with the team. Hanley is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hanley averages: 17.4ppg, 11.7rpg and 1.4spg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Hanley has never played in Ireland.

   #3. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Starwings' victory against the closely-ranked BBC Nyon (4-18) 90-79 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. He scored 19 points and added 4 assists. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (8-15) is placed seventh in the LNA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's McCrory's fifth season with the team. McCrory has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.

   #4. Brian McCotter (186-G-84, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British EBL D1 (second division) could not help Northumbria (13-7) to beat Bristol Acadamy Flyers (12-8). McCotter recorded 6 points in only 9 minutes. Northumbria lost 58-66 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Bristol Acadamy Flyers. This year McCotter averages only 3.0ppg in the two games.



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  ISRAEL   


Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to Cantu's victory against the 11th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (8-14) 87-78 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Tyus recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 minutes on the court. FoxTown Cantu (14-8) is placed sixth in the SerieA. It's Tyus' first season with the team. Tyus belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5 with 1.2bpg. He also averaged so far 9.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 69.8%(81-116) and FT: 55.8% in the 21 games he played so far. Tyus is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany). He led Bayern Muenchen to an easy victory against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-22) crushing them 116-59 in the German BBL last Tuesday. Halperin scored 12 points, made 9 passes and 3 steals. FC Bayern Muenchen (18-9) is placed second in the BBL. This season Halperin averages: 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 70.7%(29-41), 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 82.6%. He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland). Brandwein led Energa Czarni to a victory against the leader AZS Koszalin 85-77 in the Polish TBL on Friday night. He recorded 15 points and added 8 passes (made all of his five free throws) in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Energa Czarni Slupskis placed third. Brandwein has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 87.7% in the 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team five years ago.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #4. Point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the tenth-ranked Neptunas (2-15) 97-88 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Naimy scored 10 points. Triumph Lyubertsy (9-8) is placed sixth in group B. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Naimy's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.1apg. He is also Israeli national team player.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #5. International center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help Start Gdynia in their last game. Despite Rothbart's very good performance the sixth-placed Start Gdynia was crushed 87-55 on the road by the leading Anwil in the Places 7-12 group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Rothbart also added 9 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 23 minutes. This year Rothbart has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg and 7.3rpg in the 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Rothbart plays currently for the Israeli national team.

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

   #1. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Finke Baskets' surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (13-12) crushing them 108-78 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Aud recorded 16 points and added 7 assists. Finke Baskets Paderborn (10-15) is placed 14th in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Aud belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3. His overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.9apg. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #2. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Boras Basket (21-12) to beat Sodertalje Kings (24-9). He scored only 4 points in 23 minutes. Boras Basket lost 85-99 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Sodertalje Kings. It was Boras Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. Thomas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Thomas has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg in the 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Joshua Reisman (188-G-82) plays for Lechugueros in Mexican LNBP
Gil Sobol (201-C-93) plays for Fraport Skyliners II in German ProB
Guy Parselani (217-C-78) plays for The San Diego Surf in the ABA
Haran Shifman (183-G-84) plays for Polonia in Polish 1Liga
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-PG-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga
Nathan Zana (185-G-77) plays for Blonay Basket in Swiss LNB

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



EuroLeague: Maccabi hold off Khimky - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi - Khimky 80:79

Maccabi survived a tough challenge from Khimky to eke out a narrow victory in Tel-Aviv tonight. The win propelled the Israeli champions at 6-5 record in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. Khimky fell at 6-5 record.
Khimky started the game strong and led throughout the bigger part of the opening quarter. Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) however helped the hosts to a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the second frame. Khimky finally snatched a 40:36 halftime advantage. Maccabi went on a 9:0 run midway through the third term to gain a 54:44 advantage. Khimky managed to cut it to 4 points at the end of the third quarter though 56:60. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) made it 66:64 for Khimky early in the fourth frame. The advantage changed hands before Maccabi triggered a 7:0 run to take a 79:73 lead. Rivers drained a three-pointer to put Khimky within three. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) converted just one free throw out of two attempts and Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) punished him with a triple on the other end but Khimky simply ran out of time and Maccabi held on to the win. Ricky Hickman finished with 30 points to lead the hosts. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) netted 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Israeli side. Vitaliy Fridzon answered with 16 points for Khimky. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Paul Davis had 13 points each in the loss.

Maccabi: Ricky Hickman 30, Devin Smith 16, Shawn James 9
Khimky: Vitaliy Fridzon 16, Zoran Planinic 13, Paul Davis 13



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  ITALY   


EuroLeague: Olympiacos snatch win in Siena - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena - Olympiacos 67:68

Olympiacos came back to winning ways in EuroLeague Top 16. The Hellenes rebounded well after a tough home loss against Barcelona to upset Montepaschi in Siena tonight. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 11 points each for the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Siena enjoyed a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) gave Siena a 34:26 lead midway through the second frame. Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) dragged the Reds within one 36:37 at halftime. David Moss and Bobby Brown made it 50:42 for the hosts in the third quarter. However Olympiacos stuck around. The visitors trimmed the distance at 5-point mark at the final intermission 49:54. Olympiacos opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row to gain a 56:54 lead. Konstantinos Sloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis made it 68:61 for the visitors with under two minutes remaining. Matt Janning and David Moss drained back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to just a single point but Olympiacos killed time and sealed the victory at the end. Vassilis Spanoulis and Kyle Hines (198-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 10 points each for Olympiacos. Matt Janning and Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) chipped in 14 points apiece for Montepaschi.

Montepaschi Siena: Matt Janning 14, Kristjan Kangur 14
Olympiacos: Konstantinos Sloukas 11, Kostas Papanikolaou 11, Vassilis Spanoulis 10, Kyle Hines 10



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  JAMAICA   


Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (22-40) 107-91 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hibbert was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hibbert also added 4 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 40-24 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 2.7bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 10.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 43.8% and FT: 73.0% in the 63 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA. Yates could not help Fribourg (18-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Fribourg was edged 81-79 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Boncourt. Yates had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 40 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Yates has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 67.0% in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Yates played for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri, currently plays in Japan). Young was the major contributor in an Aishin Sea Horses' victory against one of league's weakest teams Tochigi Brex (10-28) 66-55 in the Japanese JBL on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Aishin Sea Horses (30-8) are placed first in the JBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Young averages: 9.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(146-262) and FT: 58.6% in the 37 games. He played for the Jamaican national team seven years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #4. Power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France) managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (11-11) 77-70 in the French ProA last Saturday. Reid recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (12-10) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Reid's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 19 games. Reid is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Rishon to a 2-point victory over the league outsider Ironi Ashkelon (5-15) 98-96 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Uter scored 24 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (11-9) is placed fourth 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. Uter is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6bpg and 1.2spg. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #2. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A could not help Bejjeh (6-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Bejjeh lost 74-84 at home to the leading Sagesse. Williams had a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes. It was Bejjeh's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Williams is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Williams averages: 22.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 5.7apg and 2.7spg in the 20 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France) led Le Portel to a victory over the closely-ranked Nantes (11-11) 95-79 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Gay was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (18-8) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Gay's first season with the team. Gay is currently second on the league's list of best blockers. This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 16.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.7bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help CSM Bucuresti (16-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was badly defeated 95-77 on the road by the leading Oradea. Shepherd was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Shepherd is currently third on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Shepherd averages: 19.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to a 1-point BK Pardubice's victory against the third-ranked NH Ostrava (18-10) 80-79 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. Muirhead recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A1. BK JIP Pardubice (18-9) is placed second. Muirhead belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 8.1rpg. He also averaged so far 14.2ppg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg in the 25 games. Muirhead is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #6. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked Gaz Metan 86-80 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. He scored 14 points. This season Gallimore averages: 9.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg. Similarly like Muirhead and Shepherd above he has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities. Despite Gallimore's Jamaican passport, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #7. Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams BBC Bayreuth in their game against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the German BBL. Bailey scored 5 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. His team was defeated 79-68. This season Bailey has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.6apg. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Neveij Walters (198-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point Idaho St.'s victory against the Portland State University 72-71 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Walters scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #9. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point TBB Trier's victory against the closely-ranked Telekom Baskets 70-68 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Bucknor scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. This year his total stats are: 8.1ppg and 2.6rpg in the 25 games. Bucknor also holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #10. Alwayne Bigby (196-G/F-90, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Rhode Island in their game against the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Bigby scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 75-66. Bigby's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 2.6rpg. He holds both Jamaican and Canadian passports.



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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Barons kvartals 18-9 
 2. Jekabpils 17-10 
 3. Valmiera 16-11 
 4. Ventspils 13-2 
 5. LU 13-16 
 6. VEF Riga 12-1 
 7. Jelgava 11-14 
 8. Jurmala 11-17 
 9. Liepaja 11-17 
 10. Turiba 8-19 
 11. U18 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 14: Liepaja - LU 97-100
Mar. 14: Barons kvartals - Jekabpils 82-74
Mar. 13: Valmiera - Turiba 79-69
Mar. 14: Jelgava - Jurmala 101-79

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 16: VEF Riga - Valmiera
Mar. 17: U18 - Jelgava
Mar. 17: Turiba - Barons kvartals


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Peiners, LU20.3 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.9 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.1 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils15.9 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.9 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.7 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.1 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.4 
 9. Rudmiezis, Turiba14.1 
 10. Timma, Ventspils14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.9 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.9 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.4 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.0 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.6.7 
 10. Iljins, Valmiera6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.2 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 4. Bertans, VEF Riga3.5 
 5. Peiners, LU3.4 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 7. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 8. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 9. Metra, Barons k.3.1 
 10. Plater, Liepaja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Jurmala
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 2. Peiners, LU1.9 
 3. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 4. Cain, Barons k.1.7 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Ate, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Timma, Ventspils1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 6. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala0.8 
 9. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekab.0.8 


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. ViA Riga 13-12 
 8. Ogres 13-13 
 9. VEF skola 11-11 
 10. Gulbene 8-15 
 11. Liepaja-2 8-16 
 12. DSN 8-18 
 13. Livani 8-19 
 14. Ridzene 6-18 
 15. Valmiera BSS 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 34

Mar. 14: ViA - Livani 85-68
Mar. 15: VEF skola - VeA
Mar. 15: Liepaja-2 - Gulbene
Mar. 16: VeA - ViA
Mar. 16: Saldus - BK VEF-LSPA


Janis Strelnieks selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory against the leader Budivelnyk (4-2) 83-72 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Strelnieks recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) is placed second. This year Strelnieks averages: 5.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 22.0% and FT: 77.8% in the 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Lithuania. Blums could not help Lietuvos rytas (8-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the seventh-placed Lietuvos rytas was badly defeated 95-79 on the road by the higher-ranked BC Donetsk (#6) in the group A of VTB United League. Blums was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 3 assists. Blums' team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Blums has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.1apg, 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 87.2%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League). Bertans contributed to Partizan's victory against the league leader Igokea (18-6) 73-64 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (15-9) is placed third in the Adriatic League. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Bertans' first season with the team. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 75.0% in the 24 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #4. Small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) 73-56 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Kuksiks scored 9 points and added 3 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Budivelnyk Kyiv (4-2) is placed first. Kuksiks' total stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #5. International guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to help Kalev/Cramo (5-1) in their game against Pieno Zvaigzdes (4-2) in the Baltic League, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Skele was the top scorer with 18 points in 30 minutes. But Kalev/Cramo (#2) was edged 82-79 in Pasvalys by the leading Pieno Zvaigzdes in the group F of Baltic League. They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. This year Skele's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #6. Center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Valga (10-15) in their game against KK Parnu (10-13) in the Estonian KML. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Grafs recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Grafs is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg. Grafs is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team three years ago.

Janis Porzingis
Janis Porzingis
   #7. Former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto (13-8) in their game against River Andorra (19-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. He was the top scorer with 19 points in 26 minutes. But Palencia Baloncesto lost 74-82 on the opponent's court to the leading River_Andorra. This year Porzingis has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg and 2.4rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Latvian national team five years ago.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #8. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (7-17) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (6-18) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance last Saturday Valters scored 12 points. Valters has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #9. Former international forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help BC Rakvere (4-2) in their game against Rudupis (5-1) in the Baltic League. Laksa scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Rakvere (#2) was crushed 110-89 in Prienai by the leading Rudupis in the group G of Baltic League. Laksa has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team ten years ago.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #10. An experienced swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Umbrasko couldn't help BC Rakvere (4-2) in their game against Rudupis (5-1). He scored 9 points in 32 minutes. But BC Rakvere (#2) was crushed 110-89 in Prienai by the leading Rudupis in the group G of Baltic League. Umbrasko's stats this year are: 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Clavijo in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance on Friday night Mejeris was the second best scorer with 16 points. Mejeris has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 5.3rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. U20 international swingman Ojars Silins (202-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Sutor Montegranaro 100-83 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Silins recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes. Silins has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg in the 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian U20 national team.

   #13. Former international center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Pi Koleji in their game against Balikesir in the Turkish TB2L (second division). Despite his very good performance last Wednesday Kambala recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. Kambala has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg and 11.7rpg. Kambala used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international swingman Ingus Bankevics (195-85, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in France) led Saint Chamond to a victory over the closely-ranked Vendee Challans 85-72 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Bankevics recorded 27 points (!!!) in 31 minutes. Bankevics averaged so far 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) managed to help Szolnoki Olajbanyasz to win against the eighth-ranked MZT Skopje 81-72 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Kalve scored only 4 points. Kalve has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Hod Hasharon's victory against the eighth-ranked Hapoel Kazrin (10-11) 90-80 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. Gandel scored 20 points, had 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 27 minutes. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (16-5) is placed third in the National League. Gandel has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

   #2. Martins Abele (216-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Duquesne (1-14) to beat the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (8-8). Abele scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Duquesne was edged in an overtime 89-87 at home by the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. It was Duquesne's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Abele has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2spg.

   #3. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, agency: TSS Management, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to help Marso NYKK (9-15) in their game against ZTE KK (10-13) in the Hungarian A Division. He scored 9 points. But Marso NYKK (#5) was badly defeated 83-64 on the road by the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#4) in the Places 7-13 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Berkis averaged so far 13.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg.

   #4. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) led DCU Saints to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked UCC Demons (13-8) 60-58 in the Irish Superleague last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. DCU St.Vincents Dublin (11-10) is placed fourth in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Provizors is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in DCU Saints' roster. Provizors is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This year he has very good stats: 13.3ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.7bpg and 1.1spg in the 11 games.

   #5. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Dragons Rhoendorf to win against the eighth-ranked Leitershofen (10-12) 90-84 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Tukiss recorded only 3 points. Dragons Rhoendorf (19-3) is placed first in Group South. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Tukiss has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 2.7rpg.



LBL Round 32: Jekabpils lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

There was a change at the LBL leadership position after last games. Round 32 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Jekabpils (17-10). They were defeated by second ranked Barons kvartals (18-9) 82-74 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jekabpils. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Barons kvartals have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Jekabpils dropped to the second place with ten games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Barons kvartals. Jekabpils will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Barons kvartals will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Turiba on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Liepaja. Sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (13-16) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Liepaja (11-17) 100-97 on Thursday evening. The winners were led by guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 19 points and 5 assists and Rihards Zebergs supported him with 17 points. Even 25 points by Arturs Bricis (196-92) did not help to save the game for Liepaja. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latvijas Universitate have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Liepaja at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Jurmala. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Ninth ranked Jelgava (11-14) crushed at home 7th ranked Jurmala (11-17) by 22 points 101-79, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The best player for the winners was Shedrick Haynes who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Roberts Mednis produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Jurmala's coach Jevgenijs Kosuskins gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Jelgava moved-up to seventh place. Jurmala lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Liepaja. Jelgava will meet bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in the next round. Jurmala will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 32 Turiba lost to Valmiera on the opponent's court 69-79.


Jelgava - Jurmala 101-79

Ninth ranked Jelgava (11-14) crushed at home 7th ranked Jurmala (11-17) by 22 points 101-79, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game without a history. Jelgava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Shedrick Haynes (182-88, college: Tarleton St.) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) chipped in 24 points. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Ugis Vilums (191-79) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Jurmala's coach Jevgenijs Kosuskins gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Jelgava moved-up to seventh place. Jurmala lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Liepaja. Jelgava will meet bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in the next round. Jurmala will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 24+3reb+1ast, S.Haynes 19+7reb+7ast, S.Silavs 16+3reb+5ast, A.Duselis 13+2reb, K.Chamberlain 12+7reb+1ast, A.Justovics 10+1reb
Jurmala: R.Mednis 17+11reb, U.Vilums 14+3reb+2ast, R.Liepa 10+1reb+1ast, E.Jonats 9+5reb, K.Brown 7+3reb+1ast, D.Coders 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 232713


Liepaja - LU 97-100

Important game to mention about took place in Liepaja. Sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (13-16) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Liepaja (11-17) 100-97 on Thursday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liepaja won fourth quarter 31-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvijas Universitate made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Liepaja turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Latvijas Universitate especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Liepaja was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 19 points and 5 assists and forward Rihards Zebergs (193-92) supported him with 17 points. Even 25 points by Arturs Bricis (196-92) did not help to save the game for Liepaja. Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) added 20 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latvijas Universitate have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Liepaja at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Jurmala. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 19+3reb+5ast, R.Zebergs 17+1reb+1ast, N.Saknitis 15+3reb, H.Rubenis 14+4reb, M.Dargis 14, I.Aizpurs 10+3reb
Liepaja: A.Bricis 25+4reb+1ast, A.Adediran 20+6reb+2ast, A.Ate 13+3reb+3ast, G.Plater 12+3reb+5ast, P.Caldwell 11+2ast, A.Helmanis 10+1reb
gschID: 232712


Barons kvartals - Jekabpils 82-74

There was a change at the LBL leadership position after last games. Round 32 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Jekabpils (17-10). They were defeated by second ranked Barons kvartals (18-9) 82-74 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jekabpils. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Barons kvartals have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Jekabpils dropped to the second place with ten games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Barons kvartals. Jekabpils will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Barons kvartals will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Turiba on the road.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 17+8reb+1ast, J.Diggs 16+5reb+7ast, T.Cain 15+16reb+1ast, D.Dulkys 13+4reb+3ast, I.Bergmanis 8+4reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 7+5reb+2ast
Jekabpils: J.Aleksejevs 17+9reb+3ast, T.O'Brien 13+13reb, M.Hlebowicki 11+3reb+3ast, P.Hill jr. 10+3reb, O.Virsis 8+4reb, A.Vitols 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 232711


Valmiera - Turiba 79-69

Very expected game when 10th ranked Turiba (8-19) was defeated on the road by third ranked Valmiera (16-11) 79-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Turiba managed to win fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Turiba 40-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Cavars is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Janis Antrops (200-91, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Valmiera maintains third position with 16-11 record having just two points less than leader Barons kvartals. Loser Turiba keeps the tenth place with 19 games lost. Valmiera will meet VEF Riga (#6) on the road in the next round. Turiba will play against the league's leader Barons kvartals (#1) in Riga and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Berzins 20+8reb+3ast, A.Cavars 17+12reb+2ast, V.Iljins 15+10reb, J.Kaufmanis 14+4reb+1ast, S.Amolins 6+1reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 5+1reb+6ast
Turiba: M.Rudmiezis 22+5reb+1ast, J.Antrops 18+4reb+2ast, G.Sipolins 11+7reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 8+5reb+2ast, J.Kalnins 4, M.Sokolovs 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 232710



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Murilo BECKER
  S.Jose/U.
  (210-C/F-83)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Becker, S.Jose/U.24.3 
 2. Stallworth, Pinhei.23.0 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.22.7 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo22.0 
 5. Benite, Flamengo21.0 
 6. Jeter, Mavort17.7 
 7. Pedroza, Osos17.7 
 8. Graham, Arecibo17.7 
 9. Allen, Osos17.3 
 10. Gainous, Osos16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.0 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.7 
 3. Battle, Lanus7.7 
 4. Colmenares, Estrel.7.5 
 5. Rogers, Estrella.7.5 
 6. Turley, Osos7.3 
 7. Silveira, Flamengo7.3 
 8. Graterol, Arecibo7.3 
 9. Izaguirre, Fuerza7.0 
 10. Araujo, Pinheiro.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Osos
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Allen, Osos8.7 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.7.3 
 3. Dos Santos, Brasil.7.0 
 4. Smith, Pinheiro.6.3 
 5. Benite, Flamengo6.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus5.7 
 7. Cardenas, Mavort5.3 
 8. Guillent, Estrella.5.0 
 9. Diaz, Arecibo4.3 
 10. Monreal, Fuerza R.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.3.0 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort2.7 
 3. Allen, Osos2.3 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.2.0 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.2.0 
 6. Mensah, Flamengo2.0 
 7. Thomas, Estrella.2.0 
 8. Centeno, Estrella.2.0 
 9. Truscott, Estrella.1.7 
 10. Graham, Arecibo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.2.0 
 2. Rogers, Estrella.1.5 
 3. Thomas, Estrella.1.0 
 4. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 5. Dias, Pinheiros/Sky1.0 
 6. McFarlan, Lanus1.0 
 7. Johnson, Mavort1.0 
 8. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 9. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.7 
 10. Umbria, Estrellas0.7 



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.23.8 
 2. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 3. Maneikis, Olimpas19.4 
 4. Valukonis, Suduva.18.7 
 5. Linkevicius, Triob.17.0 
 6. Giedraitis, Mazeik.16.9 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.6 
 8. Jucikas, Meresta16.4 
 9. Tarvydas, Statyba15.9 
 10. Macernis, Mazeiki.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas LINKEVICIUS
  Triobet
  (197-F-85)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Linkevicius, Triob.10.6 
 2. Trybanski, Dzukija10.2 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.9.1 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.8.9 
 5. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.7 
 6. Valukonis, Suduva.8.5 
 7. Montrimavici., Rad.7.4 
 8. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.1 
 9. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.1 
 10. Norkus, Nafta U.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.5 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija7.4 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.4.8 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas4.8 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 6. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 7. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.3 
 8. Kutra, Radviliskis4.2 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas4.1 
 10. Anuzis, Nafta U.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.2.9 
 2. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.8 
 3. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.7 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas2.7 
 5. Harrison, Dzukija2.3 
 6. Sabeckis, Birstono2.2 
 7. Paliukenas, Staty.2.1 
 8. Mazutis, Mazeikiai2.1 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas1.9 
 10. Kleiza, Birstono1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.2 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.7 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.4 
 5. Jucikas, Meresta1.3 
 6. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.3 
 7. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.2 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 9. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.0 
 10. Milinskas, Triobet0.9 


Simas Jasaitis selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory over the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-3) crushing them 90-65 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Jasaitis was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes on the court. 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. It's Jasaitis' first season with the team. Jasaitis has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 69.5%(41-59), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 89.5% in the 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Motiejunas was the main contributor in a Houston Rockets' victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-43) crushing them 111-81 in the NBA last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Motiejunas scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have 35-30 record this season. This year Motiejunas averages: 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2FGP: 64.2%(43-67), 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 62.1%. He played for the Lithuanian national team in 2011.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece. Maciulis could not help Panathinaikos (6-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Panathinaikos lost 60-66 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Unicaja Malaga in the group E of Euroleague. Maciulis was the top scorer with 15 points in 24 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Maciulis has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 55.9%(38-68), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 73.2% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #4. An experienced power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in a BC Donetsk's victory against the third-ranked Mykolaiv (3-4) 77-66 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Songaila recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. BC Donetsk (19-15) is placed seventh in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth 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. Songaila has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. Songaila is also Lithuanian national team player.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #5. International center Jonas Valanciunas (211-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-42) 100-96 in the NBA last Sunday. He scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 25-40 record this season. Valanciunas has reliable stats this year: 7.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1bpg in the 47 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #6. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Ukrainian team Budivelnyk win their game against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) 73-56 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Anisimovas scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Budivelnyk Kyiv (4-2) is placed first. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. He is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. Anisimovas has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4bpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team six years ago.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #7. International center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Latvia was not able to help VEF Riga (10-7) in their last game. Despite Kavaliauskas' good performance VEF Riga (#4) was edged 89-87 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) BC Nizhny Novgorod in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Kavaliauskas also added 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Kavaliauskas' overall stats are: 9.2ppg and 5.3rpg in the 16 games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #8. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Russia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Simas Jasaitis. But that was another game of his team in Russian PBL which we would like to mention. Kalnietis, who plays in the Russian PBL was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (7-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Lokomotiv was crushed 83-56 in Moscow by the leading CSKA. Kalnietis was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Kalnietis' stats this season are: 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.3apg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Vaidotas Peciukas
Vaidotas Peciukas
   #9. Former University international guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Romania) helped Targu Mures win their game against the 11th-ranked Pitesti (12-15) crushing them 95-71 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Thursday night. Peciukas was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. BC Mures Targu-Mures (20-7) is placed second in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Peciukas' stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team eight years ago.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #10. Point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) helped Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the 13th-ranked CB Canarias (9-15) 89-81 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Jasikevicius scored 9 points. Regal FC Barcelona (15-9) is placed third in the ACB. Jasikevicius' total stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U21 international power forward Valdas Dabkus (204-84, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the leader AZS Koszalin 85-77 in the Polish TBL last Friday. Dabkus was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Dabkus also added and 3 steals (made all of his eight free throws) in 24 minutes. This year Dabkus' total stats are: 9.2ppg and 7.2rpg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team ten years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international guard Gediminas Navickas (180-84, currently plays in Romania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vaidotas Peciukas. However that was another game of his team in Romanian Liga Nationala which brought him to that list. Navickas helped Targu Mures win their game against the league leader Oradea crushing them 81-48. He was the top player that evening. Navickas scored 21 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Navickas averaged so far 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team back in 2005.

   #13. International shooting guard Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Latvia) helped Barons kvartals win their game against the closely-ranked Jekabpils 82-74 in the Latvian LBL on Thursday night. He scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Dulkys averaged so far 11.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.7apg in the three games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Zavackas couldn't help VEF Riga in their game against BC Nizhny Novgorod. He scored 8 points. His team was edged 89-87. Zavackas averaged so far 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #15. Former University international center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85, currently plays in Estonia) helped TU/Rock win their game against the closely-ranked Rapla crushing them 92-68 in the Estonian KML in Tuesday night's game. Dimsa recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 5.5rpg in the 13 games. Dimsa used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked London Lions (11-17) 94-76 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Masiulis scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Worcester Wolves (17-9) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Masiulis is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.3bpg. He also averaged so far 12.4ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg in the 24 games he played so far.

   #2. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Dartmouth to a victory against the Cornell University (5-9) 76-62 in the NCAA last Friday. Maldunas recorded 28 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 4 blocks. The Dartmouth College has 5-9 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Maldunas averaged so far 12.4ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg.

   #3. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The Pennsylvania State University (12-0) 83-66 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Stauskas recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). The University of Michigan has a solid 13-6 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Stauskas averaged so far 11.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #4. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Okapi Aalstar's victory against the league outsider VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-16) 94-86 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday. Young scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. Generali Okapi Aalstar (13-7) is placed fourth in the Ethias League. Young is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 6.8rpg. This year he also averages: 8.1ppg in the 18 games. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #5. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help Telekom Baskets (13-12) to beat TBB Trier (12-13). He scored 7 points. Telekom Baskets was edged 70-68 on the road by the lower-ranked TBB Trier (#10). Veikalas averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2apg.

   #6. Evaldas Juozapaitis (189-G-84, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) was not able to help Hoganas (9-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Hoganas (#8) was edged 82-81 in Boras by the second-ranked Boras II in the South group. Juozapaitis was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Juozapaitis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg.

   #7. Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus), who plays in the Belarusian Premier League was not able to secure a victory for Tsmoki-Minsk II (9-15) in their last game. Despite Kamarunas' good performance Tsmoki-Minsk II (#3) lost 81-85 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Sozh Gomel in the Play-Out group. He recorded 12 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. Kamarunas averaged so far 11.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg and 2.5spg in the 11 games.

   #8. Edgaras Kvedaravicius (191-G-92, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the closely-ranked Naestved 100-84 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. He recorded 8 points. Kvedaravicius has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg.

   #9. Olegas Legankovas (197-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bayer Giants in their game against Noerdlingen in the German ProB (third division). He recorded 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 103-82. Legankovas has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 3.5rpg in the 18 games.

   #10. Deividas Busma (212-C-87, agency: Two Points, college: Idaho St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Clavijo in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 90-71. Busma has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 4.9rpg.



NKL Round 3 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris-Sabonio - Radviliskis 82-60

The game without a history. Zalgiris-Sabonio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zalgiris-Sabonio outrebounded Radviliskis 41-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zalgiris-Sabonio made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Vitalis Pancerevas (185-87, college: Weatherford JC) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: M.Grigonis 16+6reb+3ast, J.Tamulis 14+3reb+2ast, A.Gudaitis 14+14reb+1ast, T.Dimsa 11+1reb+4ast, S.Kymantas 7+7reb+1ast, N.Barauskas 7+1ast
Radviliskis: V.Trepocka 20+5reb+1ast, V.Pancerevas 14+4reb+1ast, A.Montrimavicius 8+7reb+1ast, R.Rauktys 8+3reb+1ast, D.Gricius 5+2reb+2ast, L.Kutra 2+4ast
gschID: 235379


Zanavykas - Meresta 90-80

Zanavykas made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Meresta turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Center Vilius Sumskis (213-84, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Julius Jucikas (205-89) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds and guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 34+10reb+5ast, V.Sumskis 14+9reb+1ast, A.Pelss 12+3reb+6ast, R.Simanavicius 12+2reb, P.Parachomikas 7+6reb+1ast, V.Vaiksnis 6+6reb+1ast
Meresta: J.Jucikas 24+17reb, T.Gaidamavicius 21+6reb+7ast, L.Radavicius 13+3reb+1ast, M.Kadzevicius 10+6reb+1ast, I.Vaitkus 5+2reb+1ast, B.Bagdonavicius 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 235380


Triobet - Delikatesas 74-71

The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 24-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Triobet dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Delikatesas' 18. They outrebounded Delikatesas 52-36 including 21 on the offensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Delikatesas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) who scored 28 points. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) chipped in 9 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) who recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) added 21 points respectively. Four Delikatesas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Triobet: T.Sebeziovas 28+4reb+1ast, H.Vorotnikovas 11+8reb+4ast, M.Linkevicius 9+14reb+3ast, R.Juknevicius 8+3reb, T.Milinskas 7+12reb, D.Gulbinas 5+5reb
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 21+3reb, M.Pukinskas 13+5reb+2ast, D.Girdvila 12+3reb, P.Klemas 10+3reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 9+10reb+6ast, E.Vaupsas 3+7reb
gschID: 235378


Suduva-Mantinga - Perlas-MRU 65-79

The game without a history. Perlas-MRU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 assists. Forward Antanas Udras (202-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Paulius Kleiza (195-88) answered with 14 points and 6 assists and forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) added 7 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Suduva-Mantinga. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Gintautas Zibuda rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: K.Sheard 23+3reb+6ast, A.Udras 15+11reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 12+11reb+2ast, Z.Stankus 8+3reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 8+2reb, D.Bickauskis 6+3reb+2ast
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Mineikis 18+2reb, A.Cizikas 14+5reb+3ast, P.Kleiza 14+3reb+6ast, M.Valukonis 7+11reb+4ast, Z.Kuklierius 6+4reb, P.Knyza 2+2reb
gschID: 235377



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Cruz comes back to Halc.Rojos - by Eurobasket News

Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) added to their roster 24-year old international guard Francisco Cruz (190-95kg-89, college: Wyoming). It is actually his comeback to Halcones Rojos as he played here before. Cruz was tested at Pioneros in Mexican LNBP, but was not approved after all. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Cruz also played at Halcones Rojos earlier that season. In 53 LNBP games he recorded 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg this season. The last summer he was tested by Fuerza Guinda Nogales (CIBACOPA). Cruz was voted All-MWC Honorable Mention in 2012 at his college time.
Cruz was a member of Mexican international program for some years. He was called to Mexican Senior National Team last year and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Cruz graduated from University of Wyoming in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A strong combo guard who sees the floor very well, Paco is a fan favorite. Paco is a good defender, and offensively can get to the rim and collect rebounds. Finished his season as a All Mountain West Honorable Mention. Has a good jumper and keeps defenses unsure of what he might do. Has great court vision able to find an open teammate or score himself as well. Paco is known for his work ethic and his passion for the game.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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EBL Round 18: Teodo deserved the win in Herceg Novi - by Darko Pekic

In the opening game of Round 18, which should have been played next week but was arranged for yesterday due to Teodo's important challanges in Balkan League, Teodo defeated Primorje in Herceg Novi- 70:65. The game was decided in the second quarter when Teodo got its first double digit lead and did not waste the chance to secure the win any more although the final result made it seem a tied game. Teodo played without three important players Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija), Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) and Ivan Fatic (185-PG-93) but some other players decided to step up and prove their quality. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) had a great game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks and earned the Player of the Game award. He was followed by the team captain Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) who scored 12 points. Young Primorje team was led by Bojan Ratkovic (181-PG-92) who scored 18 points and Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) with 11 points.


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All-NAIA D2 Awards 2012-2013 - by Greg

All-NAIA D2 1st Team 2012-2013
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Darren Moore
Moore
Rashad James
James
Brandon Beasley
Beasley
Keith Steffeck
Steffeck
Stephen Harris
Harris
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All-Tournament MVP: Darren Moore (6'7''-C) of Cardinal Stritch
National Player of the Year: Rashad James (6'1''-G) of Iona
Tournament Hustle Award: Nick Ford (5'9''-PG) of Cardinal Stritch
Coach of the Year: Drew Diener of Cardinal Stritch

1st Team
G: Rashad James (6'1'') of Iona
C: Darren Moore (6'7'') of Cardinal Stritch
F: Brandon Beasley (6'5''-88) of William Penn
F: Keith Steffeck (6'7''-89) of William Penn
F: Stephen Harris (6'5'') of Warner Pacific
G: Bruce Grimm (6'1'') of Grace Coll.
F: Patrick Hopkins (6'7'') of Ind.Wesleyan
G: Ben Miller (6'6'') of Northwestern, IA
G: Thaddeus Varmall (6'3'') of York, NB
G: James Parrott (6'2''-90) of Bellevue

2nd Team
G: Brad Karp (6'5''-91) of St.Xavier
G: Derek Semenas (6'3'') of Cardinal Stritch
G: Mark Hoge (6'2'') of Jamestown
G: Cameron Mitchell (6'4'') of Indiana SE
G: Sekani Milligen (6'4''-89) of Valley City St.
G: Jordan Weidner (6'3'') of Ind.Wesleyan
G: Trevor Wolterstorff (6'4'') of Dordt
PG: Bobby Naubert (5'10'') of Madonna
G: Tyrone Davis (5'6'') of Northwood, FL
F: Mike Wiebe (6'6'') of Coll.of the Ozarks

3rd Team
G: E'Jay Ward of Tenn Wesleyan
G: Aki Chambers (6'3'') of Cal Merced
F: Scott Kohne (6'6''-91) of St.Francis, IN
F: Shane Merryman of Huntington
PG: Jordan Wilcox (5'11'') of St.Mary's, KS
F: Adam Herman (6'6'') of Concordia, OR
G: Brady Lollman (6'2'') of Hastings
F: Chad Underwood (6'5'') of Mt.Mercy
F: Dramel Hogan (6'4'') of Rochester, MI
PG: Brian Pace (5'11'') of Webber

Honorable Mention
Greg Miller (6'6''-F) of Grace Coll.
Chris Bellamy of Spring Arbor
Casey Coons of Taylor
Jordan Bowerman (6'7''-F) of Bethel, IN
Jake Shipley (6'8''-G) of Briar Cliff
Danny Rudeen of Morningside
Daniel Van Kalsbeek (6'6''-F) of Northwestern, IA
Cliff Warner (5'11''-PG) of Dordt
Jalen Voss (6'7''-F) of Dakota Wesleyan
Nick Reed (6'4''-G) of Doane
Kiel Lewis (6'1''-G) of Ave Maria
Deforest Carter (6'1''-G-93) of Embry Riddle
Mark St. Fort (6'6''-F) of Warner
Demonte' Simpson (6'10''-C) of St.Thomas, FL
Anthony Brown (6'5''-G-91) of E.Oregon
Michael Greene (6'5''-F) of Northwest
Eric Thompson (6'7''-F) of S.Oregon
David Sturner (6'8''-C) of S.Oregon
Lamar Wall (6'0''-G) of Mt.Mercy
Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83) of Utah Jazz
Nathane Simniok (6'6''-F) of Coll.of the Ozarks
Jamil Goodwin (6'4''-G) of Bellevue
Wes Hudson (6'0''-G) of Cornerstone
Javontae Ford (6'3''-F-91) of Davenport
Derrick Tate of NW Ohio
Dominez Burnett (6'5''-F-92) of Davenport
Ryan Chippeaux (6'7''-F) of Tabor
Raheem Odomes of Sterling
Canon Fields () of Ks Wesleyan
Cameron Clark (6'6''-G) of Oklahoma
Chris Miller (6'0''-G) of Pacific Union
Roosevelt Green (5'9''-PG-91) of St.Xavier
Marcus Issac (6'1''-G) of Indiana East
Adam Delph (6'2''-G) of Asbury
Jake Simpson (6'2''-G) of Indiana SE
Tim Mitchell of Point, GA
Joshua Hart (6'6''-F) of Va Intermont
Desmond Crisp of Tenn Wesleyan
Drew Maynard (6'7''-G-89) of Rochester, MI
Luke Lamb (6'5''-F) of Dakota St.
Christopher Jones (G) of Central Christian College

All-Tournament Team
Cameron Mitchell (6'4''-G) of Indiana SE
Brandon Beasley (6'5''-F-88) of William Penn
Keith Steffeck (6'7''-F-89) of William Penn
Derek Semenas (6'3''-G) of Cardinal Stritch
Greg Miller (6'6''-F) of Grace Coll.
Bruce Grimm (6'1''-G) of Grace Coll.
Trevor Wolterstorff (6'4''-G) of Dordt
James Parrott (6'2''-G-90) of Bellevue
John Lamb of Dakota St.
Nathane Simniok (6'6''-F) of Coll.of the Ozarks



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 38-25 
 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 30-34 
 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. 50-16 
 2. Memphis G. 44-19 
 3. Houston R. 35-30 
 4. Dallas M. 30-34 
 5. N.Orleans H. 22-43 

Regular Season: Round 130

Mar. 14: San Antonio S. - Dallas M. 92-91
Mar. 14: Portland TB - New York K. 105-90

Regular Season: Round 131

Mar. 15: Toronto R. - Charlotte B.
Mar. 15: Washington W. - N.Orleans H.
Mar. 15: Indiana P. - LA Lakers
Mar. 15: Atlanta H. - Phoenix Suns
Mar. 15: Houston R. - Minnesota T.
Mar. 15: Oklah.City T. - Orlando M.
Mar. 15: Milwaukee B. - Miami Heat
Mar. 15: Dallas M. - Cleveland C.
Mar. 15: Denver N. - Memphis G.
Mar. 15: Golden St.W. - Chicago B.


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.10.7 
 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. Rubio, Minnesot.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. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..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 


Trail Blazers and Spurs gain latest victories - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - New York K. 105-90
Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) had 26 points and 10 assists to lead the Trail Blazers to a 105-90 victory over the Knicks on Thursday night, outplaying New York guard Raymond Felton in his return to Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Nicolas Batum added 18 points for Portland, where Felton drew the ire of fans during a disappointing stint last season. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) had 33 points and Kenyon Martin added 12 to lead New York, which went ice cold in second half, shooting just 33 percent. The Knicks lead the Atlantic Division but have lost three straight after a rash of injuries that has decimated their starting five. Tyson Chandler suffered a bruised knee in a collision Wednesday at Denver and was unavailable. Leading scorer Carmelo Anthony returned to New York to have his right knee drained after leaving Wednesday's game early. Amare Stoudemire is expected to miss at least six weeks after having knee surgery on Tuesday. The game marked the return of Felton to Portland, where he was roundly criticized for starting the season out of shape and then playing well below expectations. He fanned the flames earlier in the week by telling Newsday about his return: "There are certain people there I don't want to see and better not come near me." Portland fans booed Felton when he was introduced and then each time he touched the ball. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting. The Blazers drafted Lillard with the sixth pick in the NBA draft, and he has averaged 19.0 points and 6.4 assists a game to emerge as a front-runner for Rookie of the Year. The rise of Lillard has been the brightest development for the still-developing Blazers, who have steadily slid out of playoff contention with losses in 11 of their last 15 entering the game. New York shot 58 percent from the field in the first half and led for most of it. Marcus Camby's layup gave the Knicks 41-28 lead midway through the second quarter. However, the Blazers put together a charge just before halftime, ending the half with a 13-0 run to go into the break with a 51-48 advantage. Portland kept the momentum in the third, going up 64-54 on Lillard's driving layup. Portland led 78-62 after three quarters as the Knicks went 5 of 27 from the field in the quarter. Smith had 18 in the fourth for the Knicks, who got within 80-76, but the Blazers regained control with a 15-2 rum. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

San Antonio S. - Dallas M. 92-91
Sweeping the Dallas Mavericks in the regular season for the first time in 15 years could have been a cause for celebration. Instead, it just raised more concerns for the San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 28 points and 19 rebounds and San Antonio escaped with a 92-91 victory over Dallas when Vince Carter's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer. "Overall I thought (the Mavericks) played better than us," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought they executed better than we did. They were more physical and aggressive." Playing their sixth straight game without injured point guard Tony Parker, San Antonio had 15 turnovers and shot 44 percent from the field. The Spurs had 31 assists, but missed three shots and had a turnover in the final 3 minutes in nearly losing an eight-point lead. "We're going through a section of time here where we're not playing the greatest of basketball," Duncan said. "Obviously, with Tony out of here, our offense is a little limited with the guys we have in there. But outside of that, we just don't have a rhythm right now." Parker is expected to miss another two weeks with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain. Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) added 16 points, including eight in the final quarter, and Kawhi Leonard had 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the Western Conference's top record at 50-16. It was San Antonio's second win in four games, but the two losses to Minnesota and Portland were by a combined 54 points. "We continued to play in mud like we have been for the last two weeks," Popovich said. "I'm not sure what to attribute it to, but it's a fact. It shows on the defensive end and it shows in a pretty dead offense. We were really fortunate to win this game." Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) added 12 points and O.J. Mayo, Mike James, Brandan Wright and Vince Carter had 10 points apiece. The Mavericks pulled within 92-91 on a 7-0 run capped by Nowitzki's fall-away jumper with 28.2 seconds left. After Manu Ginobili missed a jumper, Carter missed a long, fall-away 3 at the buzzer that would have won the game. "It has been the motto for our year," Nowitzki said. "We are right there, we just cannot get over the hump." The Mavericks fell three games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. The Spurs last swept the Mavericks during the regular season in 1998, Duncan's rookie season. Duncan was again a big reason for this year's sweep, coming within a rebound of the 22nd 20-20 game of his career. "It's finally starting to come back," Duncan said of his game. "My shot's still not there the way I want it to be. I feel great; I feel healthy. The pain (in the knee) is gone and I'm starting to feel like I can actually play the game." Dallas opened the fourth quarter on a 12-4 run to take its first lead at 78-77 on Nowitzki's 3, but Neal hit a 3 on the ensuing possession to give San Antonio a lead it would not relinquish again. The Spurs had five turnovers in the first quarter, enabling the Mavericks to remain within striking distance. Dallas shot 40 percent from the field (8 for 20) in the first quarter, but San Antonio managed only 36 percent (9 for 25). The Mavericks had an 8-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws by Nowitzki that tied the game at 32. After Dallas tied the game at 41, the Spurs went on a 13-0 run bridging the second and third quarters. Ginobili had a jumper and an assist on Danny Green's 3 and Tiago Splitter's three-point play. Dallas responded with a 14-4 run, going 6 for 9 to open the third and pull within 58-55. Courtesy of: denverpost.com



LA Clippers waive Thompkins - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) waived 23-year old forward Trey Thompkins (208-111kg-90, college: Georgia). Thompkins played there also last season. In 24 NBA games he recorded just 2.4ppg and 1.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals.
Two years ago Thompkins was drafted by the Clippers in second round (37th overall). The former University of Georgia staris in his second season in pro basketball. He was voted NABC Division I All-District 21 1st Team in 2011 at his college time. Thompkins represented USA at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 10.6ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 54.9%, FT: 0.0%.
On Thompkins: An offensively gifted power forward with ideal size for his position ... Stands about 6'10" in shoes with a long wingspan ... Has good overall strength, which he uses often in post-up situations. Leaping ability is below average ... Has quick feet around the rim, but won't win many foot-races in the NBA ... Poor lateral movement limits his defensive potential.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jannero Pargo signs at The Bobcats - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Bobcats landed 34-year old point guard Jannero Pargo (187-84kg-79, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports) on a 10-day contract. He played recently at Atlanta Hawks. In 7 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.7apg this season. Pargo also spent pre-season at the Wizards earlier that year. In 7 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.0apg. The last season he was tested by the Bulls.
The previous (10-11) season Pargo was tested by the Hornets.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2002 Dodge City Legend selected him in fifth round (41st overall) in the USBL draft.
Pargo attended University of Arkansas and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Greek League Regular Season in 2009. Pargo was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Russia (Dynamo Moscow), other NBA teams (New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors) and Greece (Olympiacos).
Pargo's game is described as: A solid three-point shooting threat. He can shoot the ball, he will guard you and he comes from programs that win. He will bring that winning quality with him.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Knicks Carmelo Anthony to have knee drained - by Eurobasket News

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) returned to New York to have his right knee examined and drained after leaving in the third quarter of the New York Knicks 117-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
It was a rotten return to Colorado for Anthony, who was playing in his first game there since being traded in 2011.It started tightening up, started stiffening up, Anthony said. Some movements that I couldnt make, movement laterally, felt like I didnt have no pop, no power. I tried it in the second half, coming out after halftime. I couldnt move. Anthony may have rushed his recovery. Hed missed three games because of knee pain before playing Monday night. I was always concerned, he said. I was being naive to myself, saying okay. Trying to psyche myself out, I can do it. I can do it. But there comes a point where youve got to figure it out and get to the bottom of it and move on.
Anthony received a mixed reaction from fans and after he left the game, they chanted, We want Melo, Where is Melo? and Who needs Melo? Perhaps, in retrospect, Anthony shouldnt have been playing. Hes out there hobbling in the Golden State game [Monday], Camby said (via Yahoo). And tonight he was hobbling up and down the court. Being in this altitude didnt help either. We only play here once. He got the [return] game over with. When he comes back next season, he can just relax and play the ballgame.
Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) also was hurt in the loss. He banged knees with Corey Brewer and left the game just before halftime with what the team said is a left knee contusion. Injuries arent the biggest problem, though. We got to check our heart right now, J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) said (via the New York Times). Are we going to come out and compete? Or are we just going to pack it in and go home? Its just that simple. I think we got to figure it out tomorrow, figure out whos going to be here and whos not.
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



Lakers' Kobe Bryant out indefinitely with sprained ankle - by Eurobasket News

The Lakers' push for the playoffs might be without Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) for a while. The Los Angeles star severely sprained his left ankle Wednesday night after missing a game-tying shot in the closing seconds of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Lakers spokesman John Black said Bryant is out indefinitely, just as a team that underachieved much of the season is playing its best basketball. The 96-92 loss snapped a four-game winning streak and was just Los Angeles' third loss in the last 12 games. The injury occurred with the Lakers trailing by two, after Bryant put up a baseline jumper that slid off the rim with 3 seconds remaining. As he came down, his left foot landed on defender Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke)' right foot, twisting awkwardly as Bryant crumpled to the court. No foul was called. Bryant remained down for a few seconds then hobbled to the bench accompanied by the trainer. The 34-year-old seemed perturbed that he couldn't stay in the game, but he had to sit since the Lakers were out of timeouts. Kyle Korver hit two free throws to clinch Atlanta's win. While X-rays were negative, Bryant could miss significant time. He said it's the worst sprain he's had in his 16-year career, and blamed Jones for sliding underneath him after he went up for the shot. "First and foremost, the officials really need to protect shooters," Bryant said. "You just can't go into shooters. That's a dangerous play." He didn't say how long he might be out. "I'll just do what I have to do," Bryant said. Then, he delivered a warning to Jones and the Hawks. "I can't get my mind past the fact that I have to wait a year to get revenge," Bryant said, knowing the teams don't meet again in the regular season. "It's just a very, very dangerous play, especially when I'm fading away." Bryant has carried the Lakers in their turnaround and ranks among the NBA scoring leaders at 27.5 points per game. Despite scoring 31 points against the Hawks, it was largely an off night. He made just 11 of 33 shots and missed the biggest one of all with a chance to force overtime. "He can't be Superman every day," coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Courtesy of: cbc.ca



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 33-6 
 2. Summerside S. 24-15 
 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. 14: Summerside S. - London L. 123-118 OT
Mar. 13: Oshawa P. - St.John M.R. 101-102
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

ACC Standings
 1. Miami, FL 15-3 (22-5) 
 2. Duke (8) 14-4 (26-4) 
 3. N.Carolina (12) 12-6 (22-9) 
 4. Virginia 11-6 (20-9) 
 5. N.Carolina St. (6) 11-7 (21-9) 
 6. Florida St. (24) 10-9 (18-14) 
 7. Maryland 9-10 (20-11) 
 8. Boston Coll. 8-11 (15-16) 
 9. Wake Forest 6-12 (13-17) 
 10. Georgia Tech 5-13 (15-14) 
 11. Clemson 4-13 (11-16) 
 12. Virginia Tech 4-15 (13-18) 

Regular Season: Round 124

Mar. 14: Boston Coll. - Georgia Tech 84-64
Mar. 14: N.Carolina St. - Virginia Tech 80-63
Mar. 14: Maryland - Wake Forest 75-62
Mar. 14: Florida St. - Clemson 73-69
Mar. 14: USF - N.Kentucky 73-68
Mar. 14: SE Louisiana - McNeese St. 85-65
Mar. 14: Michigan - Penn St. 83-66
Mar. 14: Massachusetts - G.Washington 77-72
Mar. 14: Houston Baptist - Utah Valley 76-74 OT
Mar. 14: Butler - Dayton 73-67
Mar. 14: Iowa - Northwestern 73-59
Mar. 14: Arkansas - Vanderbilt 72-75
Mar. 14: Kent St. - Buffalo 70-68
Mar. 14: W.Michigan - E.Michigan 70-55
Mar. 14: Tennessee - Mississippi St. 69-53
Mar. 14: Georgia - LSU 63-68
Mar. 14: Richmond - Charlotte 63-68
Mar. 14: Missouri - Texas A&M 62-50
Mar. 14: Xavier - St.Joseph''s 57-58
Mar. 14: ORU - Sam Houston St. 55-58
Mar. 14: Purdue - Nebraska 55-57
Mar. 14: Illinois - Minnesota 51-49
Mar. 14: Kansas - Texas Tech 91-63
Mar. 14: Oklahoma St. - Baylor 74-72
Mar. 14: Oklahoma - Iowa St. 66-73
Mar. 14: Kansas St. - Texas 66-49
Mar. 14: Louisville - Villanova 74-55
Mar. 14: Marquette - Notre Dame 65-73
Mar. 14: Georgetown - Cincinnati 62-43
Mar. 14: Pittsburgh - Syracuse 59-62
Mar. 14: Weber St. - N.Arizona 84-58
Mar. 14: N.Dakota - S.Utah 69-52
Mar. 14: Montana St. - N.Colorado 56-69
Mar. 14: Long Beach St. - CS Fullerton 75-66
Mar. 14: Pacific - UCSB 71-68
Mar. 14: Cal-Irvine - Hawaii 71-60
Mar. 14: Cal Poly - SLO - Cal-Davis 64-41
Mar. 14: Memphis - Tulane 81-68
Mar. 14: S.Mississippi - UAB 81-66
Mar. 14: UTEP - Houston 80-69
Mar. 14: E.Carolina - Tulsa 72-79
Mar. 14: Savannah St. - Morgan St. 61-64 OT
Mar. 14: Hampton - Delaware St. 60-63
Mar. 14: Oregon - Washington 80-77 OT
Mar. 14: UCLA - Arizona St. 80-75
Mar. 14: Arizona - Colorado 79-69
Mar. 14: California - Utah 69-79 OT
Mar. 14: Jackson St. - Alabama St. 66-59
Mar. 14: Alcorn St. - Prairie View A&M 59-67
Mar. 14: Texas Arlington - Utah St. 83-78
Mar. 14: Denver - Texas St. 68-72
Mar. 14: Louisiana Tech - UTSA 67-73
Mar. 14: N.Mexico St. - Idaho 65-49

Regular Season: Round 125

Atl10 QFinal

Mar. 15: St.Louis - Charlotte
Mar. 15: La Salle - Butler
Mar. 15: VCU - St.Joseph's
Mar. 15: Temple - Massachusetts

B10 QFinal

Mar. 15: Indiana - Illinois
Mar. 15: Wisconsin - Michigan
Mar. 15: Ohio St. - Nebraska
Mar. 15: Michigan St. - Iowa

B12 Semis

Mar. 15: Iowa St. - Kansas
Mar. 15: Kansas St. - Oklahoma St.

BEC Semis

Mar. 15: Georgetown - Syracuse
Mar. 15: Louisville - Notre Dame

Bsky Semis

Mar. 15: Weber St. - N.Dakota
Mar. 15: Montana - N.Colorado

BWC Semis

Mar. 15: Long Beach St. - Cal-Irvine
Mar. 15: Pacific - Cal Poly - SLO

CUSA Semis

Mar. 15: S.Mississippi - UTEP
Mar. 15: Memphis - Tulsa

GWC Semis

Mar. 15: Houston Baptist - NJIT
Mar. 15: UTPA - Chicago St.

MAC Semis

Mar. 15: Kent St. - Akron
Mar. 15: W.Michigan - Ohio

MEAC Semis

Mar. 15: Beth.-Cookman - Morgan St.
Mar. 15: Delaware St. - N.Carolina A&T

MW Semis

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

Pac12 Semis

Mar. 15: UCLA - Arizona
Mar. 15: Utah - Oregon

SEC QFinal

Mar. 15: Florida - LSU
Mar. 15: Alabama - Tennessee
Mar. 15: Kentucky - Vanderbilt
Mar. 15: Mississippi - Missouri

Sthl Semis

Mar. 15: SF Austin - SE Louisiana
Mar. 15: Northwestern St. - Sam Houston St.

SWAC Semis

Mar. 15: Southern - Alabama A&M
Mar. 15: Prairie View A&M - Jackson St.

WAC Semis

Mar. 15: N.Mexico St. - Texas St.
Mar. 15: Texas Arlington - UTSA


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.0 
 2. Curry, Duke17.2 
 3. Plumlee, Duke17.2 
 4. Harris, Virginia17.0 
 5. Hanlan, Boston Col.15.8 
 6. Harris, Wake F.15.4 
 7. Leslie, N.Caroli.14.9 
 8. Kelly, Duke14.8 
 9. McAdoo, N.Carolina14.6 
 10. Snaer, Florida St.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.7 
 2. Plumlee, Duke10.3 
 3. Mitchell, Virginia8.9 
 4. Anderson, Boston8.1 
 5. Len, Maryland8.0 
 6. McAdoo, N.Carolina7.6 
 7. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.5 
 8. Thomas, Wake F.7.5 
 9. Johnson, Miami, FL7.4 
 10. Booker, Clemson7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.7.2 
 2. Cook, Duke5.2 
 3. Evans, Virginia4.9 
 4. Paige, N.Carolina4.6 
 5. Larkin, Miami, FL4.4 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.4.0 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.3.8 
 8. Howard, Maryland3.7 
 9. Rahon, Boston Coll.3.5 
 10. Hall, Clemson3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.2.0 
 2. Larkin, Miami, FL2.0 
 3. Scott, Miami, FL1.6 
 4. Cook, Duke1.6 
 5. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 6. McKie, Wake Forest1.4 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.1.3 
 8. Thornton, Duke1.3 
 9. Jones, Wake Forest1.3 
 10. Bullock, N.Caroli.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 K.J. MCDANIELS
  Clemson
  (198-G/F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. McDaniels, Clemson2.1 
 2. Miller, Georgia Te.2.1 
 3. Len, Maryland1.9 
 4. Gamble, Miami, FL1.8 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.6 
 6. Kadji, Miami, FL1.4 
 7. Thomas, Wake F.1.4 
 8. Kelly, Duke1.4 
 9. Turpin, Florida St.1.3 
 10. Atkins, Virginia1.2 


USBWA All-Freshman Team 2012-2013 - by Greg

USBWA All-Freshman Team 2012-2013
#s#
Marcus Smart
Smart
Anthony Bennett
Bennett
Ben McLemore
McLemore
Shabazz Muhammad
Muhammad
Nerlens Noel
Noel
#e#5

Freshman of the Year: Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94) of Oklahoma St.

All-Freshman Team

F: Anthony Bennett (6'8''-93) of UNLV
G: Ben McLemore (6'5'') of Kansas
G/F: Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-93) of UCLA
F: Nerlens Noel (6'10''-94) of Kentucky
G: Marcus Smart (6'4''-94) of Marcus Smart



The U.S. Basketball Writers Association names 2012-13 Men's All-District Teams - by Greg

USBWA All-District I 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Shabazz Napier
Napier
Ryan Anderson
Anderson
Kadeem Batts
Batts
Ryan Boatright
Boatright
Bryce Cotton
Cotton
#e#5

Player of the Year: Shabazz Napier (6'1''-G-91) of Connecticut
Coach of the Year: Bill Coen of Northeastern

1st Team
F: Ryan Anderson (6'8''-92) of Boston Coll.
F: Kadeem Batts (6'9''-91) of Providence
PG: Ryan Boatright (6'0''-92) of Connecticut
PG: Bryce Cotton (6'1''-92) of Providence
F: Alex Francis (6'6''-91) of Bryant
G: Xavier Munford (6'2''-92) of Rhode Island
G: Shabazz Napier (6'1''-91) of Connecticut
G: Wesley Saunders (6'5'') of Harvard
G: Kyle Vinales (6'1'') of Cent.Conn.St.
PG: Chaz Williams (5'9''-91) of Massachusetts

USBWA All-District II 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Otto Porter
Porter
Michael Carter-Williams
Carter-Williams
C.J. Fair
Fair
Ramon Galloway
Galloway
Ian Hummer
Hummer
#e#5

Player of the Year: Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93) of Georgetown
Coach of the Year: John III Thompson of Georgetown

1st Team
G: Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-91) of Syracuse
F: C.J. Fair (6'8''-91) of Syracuse
G: Ramon Galloway (6'3'') of La Salle
F: Ian Hummer (6'7''-90) of Princeton
G: Lamont Jones (6'0'') of Iona
F/C: Mike Muscala (6'11''-91) of Bucknell
F: Otto Porter (6'8''-93) of Georgetown
G: Devon Saddler (6'2'') of Delaware
PG: Travon Woodall (6'0''-89) of Pittsburgh
G: Khalif Wyatt (6'4'') of Temple


USBWA All-District III 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Mason Plumlee
Plumlee
Reggie Bullock
Bullock
Lorenzo Brown
Brown
Seth Curry
Curry
Erick Green
Green
#e#5

Player of the Year: Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) of Duke
Coach of the Year: Mike Krzyzewski of Duke

1st Team
G: Reggie Bullock (6'7''-91) of N.Carolina
G: Lorenzo Brown (6'5'') of N.Carolina St.
G: Seth Curry (6'2''-90) of Duke
PG: Erick Green (6'3''-91) of Virginia Tech
G: Joe Harris (6'6'') of Virginia
F: Richard Howell (6'8''-90) of N.Carolina St.
C: Alex Len (7'1''-93) of Maryland
F: James Michael McAdoo (6'9''-93) of N.Carolina
F: Stan Okoye (6'6''-91) of VMI
F: Mason Plumlee (6'10''-90) of Duke

USBWA All-District IV 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Caldwell-Pope
Kenny Boynton
Boynton
Isaiah Canaan
Canaan
Marshall Henderson
Henderson
Joe Jackson
Jackson
#e#5

Player of the Year: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93) of Georgia
Coach of the Year: Jim Larranaga of Miami, FL

1st Team
PG: Kenny Boynton (6'2''-91) of Florida
G: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-93) of Georgia
PG: Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-91) of Murray St.
PG: Marshall Henderson (6'2''-90) of Mississippi
PG: Joe Jackson (6'1''-92) of Memphis
PG: Shane Larkin (5'11''-92) of Miami, FL
G: Jordan McRae (6'5''-91) of Tennessee
F: Nerlens Noel (6'10''-94) of Kentucky
PG: Trevor Releford (6'0'') of Alabama
G: Russ Smith (6'0''-91) of Louisville

USBWA All-District V 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Trey Burke
Burke
Jared Berggren
Berggren
Rotnei Clarke
Clarke
Aaron Craft
Craft
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway Jr.
#e#5

Player of the Year: Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) of Michigan
Coach of the Year: Tom Crean of Indiana

1st Team
F/C: Jared Berggren (6'10''-90) of Wisconsin
PG: Trey Burke (6'0''-92) of Michigan
G: Rotnei Clarke (6'0''-89) of Butler
PG: Aaron Craft (6'2''-91) of Ohio St.
G: Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-92) of Michigan
F: Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-89) of Minnesota
G: Victor Oladipo (6'5''-92) of Indiana
G: Brandon Paul (6'4''-91) of Illinois
F: Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-91) of Ohio St.
F: Cody Zeller (7'0''-92) of Indiana

USBWA All-District VI 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Doug McDermott
McDermott
Markel Brown
Brown
Will Clyburn
Clyburn
Rodney McGruder
McGruder
Ben McLemore
McLemore
#e#5

Player of the Year: Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) of Creighton
Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber of Kansas St.

1st Team
PG: Markel Brown (6'3''-92) of Oklahoma St.
G: Will Clyburn (6'7''-90) of Iowa St.
F: Doug McDermott (6'8''-92) of Creighton
G: Rodney McGruder (6'4''-91) of Kansas St.
G: Ben McLemore (6'5'') of Kansas
F: Romero Osby (6'8''-90) of Oklahoma
PG: Phil Pressey (5'11''-91) of Missouri
G: Marcus Smart (6'4''-94) of Oklahoma St.
C: Jeff Withey (7'0''-90) of Kansas
G: Nate Wolters (6'4'') of S.Dakota St.

USBWA All-District VII 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Pierre Jackson
Jackson
Isaiah Austin
Austin
Fred Hunter
Hunter
Johnny O'Bryant
O'Bryant
Marshawn Powell
Powell
#e#5

Player of the Year: Pierre Jackson (5'10''-PG-91) of Baylor
Coach of the Year: Michael White of Louisiana Tech

1st Team
C: Isaiah Austin (7'1''-93) of Baylor
G: Fred Hunter (6'5''-89) of Nicholls St.
PG: Pierre Jackson (5'10''-91) of Baylor
F: Johnny O'Bryant (6'9''-93) of LSU
F: Marshawn Powell (6'7''-90) of Arkansas
F: Taylor Smith (6'6'') of SF Austin
F: Tashawn Thomas (6'8''-93) of Houston
G: Elston Turner (6'5''-90) of Texas A&M
G: B.J. Young (6'3''-93) of Arkansas
G: Joseph Young (6'3''-92) of Houston


USBWA All-District VIII 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Andre Roberson
Roberson
Anthony Bennett
Bennett
Brandon Davies
Davies
Spencer Dinwiddie
Dinwiddie
Tyler Haws
Haws
#e#5

Player of the Year: Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91) of Colorado
Coach of the Year: Steve Alford of N.Mexico

1st Team
F: Anthony Bennett (6'8''-93) of UNLV
F: Brandon Davies (6'9'') of BYU
G: Spencer Dinwiddie (6'5''-93) of Colorado
G: Tyler Haws (6'5'') of BYU
F: Colton Iverson (6'10''-89) of Colorado St.
F/C: Alex Kirk (7'0''-91) of N.Mexico
G: Michael Lyons (6'5'') of Air Force
G: Anthony Marshall (6'3''-91) of UNLV
F: Andre Roberson (6'7''-91) of Colorado
G: Kendall Williams (6'4''-91) of N.Mexico

USBWA All-District IX 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Kelly Olynyk
Olynyk
Jahii Carson
Carson
Allen Crabbe
Crabbe
Matthew Dellavedova
Dellavedova
James Ennis
Ennis
#e#5

Player of the Year: Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91) of Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Mark Few of Gonzaga

1st Team
PG: Jahii Carson (5'10''-92) of Arizona St.
G: Allen Crabbe (6'6''-92) of California
G: Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-90) of St.Mary's, CA
G/F: James Ennis (6'7'') of Long Beach St.
G/F: Carrick Felix (6'6''-90) of Arizona St.
F: Solomon Hill (6'7'') of Arizona
G: Mark Lyons (6'1''-89) of Arizona
F: Brock Motum (6'10''-90) of Washington St.
G/F: Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-93) of UCLA
F: Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-91) of Gonzaga



Cardinals fire coach Taylor - by Eurobasket News

Ball State University fired coach Billy Taylor.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Taylor's team was regular season runner-up in MAC West Division in 2011. He was also voted All-Patriot League Coach of the Year back in 2003 and 2004.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Drake axe coach Phelps - by Eurobasket News

Drake University split ways with 47-year old coach Mark Phelps. Drake went 15-17 this season, including 7-11 record in Missouri Valley play.
Among other achievements Phelps' team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2004 and 2005).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Spartans fired coach George Nessman - by Eurobasket News

San Jose State University fired coach George Nessman. Nessman led the team to the WAC Tournament Semifinals in 2011. The specialist was in charge of the Spartans for eight seasons. However Sao Jose State went 9-20 this season. Nessman had an 86-161 overall record with the Spartans.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael DUNIGAN
  Air21 E.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Dunigan, Air21 E.26.7 
 2. Dawson, Meralco25.7 
 3. Balkman, Petron B.25.0 
 4. David, Novi Z.23.7 
 5. Benson, Talk N Te.23.6 
 6. David, Global Port22.4 
 7. Caguioa, Barang.22.3 
 8. Dozier, Alaska Aces20.7 
 9. Brock, Barako Bull20.6 
 10. Bowles, San M.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Novi Z.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Williams, Novi Z.19.3 
 2. Williams, Global P.18.5 
 3. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.6 
 4. Brock, Barako Bull16.9 
 5. Dunigan, Air21 E.16.3 
 6. Dawson, Meralco16.1 
 7. Benson, Talk N Te.15.8 
 8. Bowles, San M.14.2 
 9. Balkman, Petron B.13.4 
 10. Sundov, Rain o.11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Novi Z.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Mercado, Novi Z.9.8 
 2. Ross, Meralco9.4 
 3. Mercado, Global P.8.9 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.6.3 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.4.9 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barako4.6 
 7. Casio, Alaska Aces4.3 
 8. Villanueva, Barako4.3 
 9. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.1 
 10. Lee, Rain or Shine3.7 
Steals Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Barang.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tenorio, Barang.2.7 
 2. Ross, Meralco2.6 
 3. Dawson, Meralco2.6 
 4. Balkman, Petron B.2.0 
 5. Barroca, San M.1.9 
 6. Benson, Talk N Te.1.8 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako1.4 
 8. Williams, Talk N.1.3 
 9. Brock, Barako Bull1.3 
 10. Lee, Rain or Shine1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Global Port
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Williams, Global P.4.8 
 2. Williams, Novi Z.4.7 
 3. Dozier, Alaska Aces3.4 
 4. Balkman, Petron B.2.7 
 5. Dawson, Meralco2.7 
 6. Aguilar, Novi Z.2.5 
 7. Benson, Talk N Te.2.4 
 8. Bowles, San M.2.2 
 9. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.0 
 10. Aguilar, Global P.1.9 



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Trefl Sopot 1-0 
 2. Asseco Prok. 1-0 
 3. Anwil 1-0 
 4. PGE Turow 0-1 
 5. Stelmet ZG 0-1 
 6. Energa Czarni 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. 14: PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot 81-86
Mar. 14: Asseco Prok. - Energa Czarni 80-74
Mar. 13: Stelmet ZG - Anwil 59-90

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.15.2 
 7. Mosley, Kotwica15.0 
 8. Chylinski, PGE T.14.5 
 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 Turow7.7 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.7.3 
 8. Dabkus, Energa C.7.2 
 9. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.1 
 10. Hrycaniuk, Asseco7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.8 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.4 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.3 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.7 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.6 
 7. Brandwein, Energa4.0 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.9 
 9. Abernethy, Energa3.9 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.3.7 
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. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 7. Jackson, PGE Turow1.4 
 8. Koszarek, Asseco1.4 
 9. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.3 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.7 
 2. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.4 
 3. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 4. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.3 
 5. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 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 



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  PUERTO RICO   


Capitanes took Pirata Cup - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes de Arecibo invaded Quebradillas and took the Pirata Cup by winning over Mets and Piratas.

On day one Arecibo defeated Mets de Guaynabo 84-78. Then on Wednesday they beat Quebradillas 82-77.

Now the team is expected to travel to Cancun over the weekend to play in the FIBA-Americas League semifinals against Pioneros, Sao Jose and Uniceub/BRB.

The top two teams in each semifinal pool qualify to the Final Four to be played from March 29-31. Arecibo is one of the favorites to reach that final stage.



Diaz out for two weeks due to knee injury - by Luis Modestti


Capitanes guard Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) suffered an injury on his left knee that will leave him out of the court for two weeks said head coach David Rosario to El Nuevo Dia.

Diaz injured his left knee yesterday in a preseason game between Capitanes and Piratas. At first the team thought the injury was severe but the doctor said that there is no damage to the cartilage on the injured knee.

He averaged 14 points and 4,3 assists in the first round of the FIBA-Americas League. He will miss the semifinal and the final stage of the tournament later this month.

The former national team guard will be in therapy and could make it to the inaugural game of Capitanes in the 2013 BSN season on April 2 against San German.



Cano Jirau Cup Schedule - by Marcos Carlo

Cano Jirau Cup starts on Friday in San German with Brujos de Guayama, Indios de Mayaguez, Leones de Ponce and Atleticos.

Brujos replace Capitanes who travels to Cancun on the weekend to play in the FIBA Americas League.

The schedule of this preseason tournament is:

Saturday, March 16:

7:00 pm Brujos vs. Indios
9:00 pm Leones vs. Atleticos

Sunday, March 17:

5:00 pm Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2
7:00 pm Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2



Mets testing Garces and McCoy - by Luis Modestti

Mets de Guaynabo is testing Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) and Jason McCoy (206-C/F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) to cover their center position for the start of the 2013 season.

They want to cover the center position until Daniel Santiago comes back from Argentina. Santiago is playing for Boca Juniors who qualified directly to the quarterfinals.

Garces played last season for Capitanes at the FIBA-Americas League and BSN. He has years of experience in Spain, Argentina and Venezuela.

McCoy has experience in many European leagues including stops in Turkey, Montenegro, Czech Republic and Belarus. The 6'9" center also played in Taiwan, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Team owner Salvi Vilella is expected to make a decision along with the coach over the next couple of weeks.



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  ROMANIA   

Standings

Division A Standings
 1. Oradea 22-5 
 2. Targu Mures 20-7 
 3. Ploiesti 20-7 
 4. Craiova 19-8 
 5. Gaz Metan 18-9 
 6. Timisoara 18-9 
 7. U.Mobitel.CN 18-9 
 8. CSM Bucuresti 16-11 
 9. Rovinari 13-14 
 10. CSU Sibiu 13-14 
 11. Pitesti 12-15 
 12. Giurgiu 9-18 
 13. Timba Timis. 8-19 
 14. Farul Const. 6-21 
 15. Miercurea Ciuc 3-24 
 16. Dinamo B. 1-26 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 14: Oradea - CSM Bucuresti 95-77
Mar. 14: Timisoara - Gaz Metan 86-80
Mar. 14: U.Mobitel.CN - Rovinari 86-74
Mar. 14: Ploiesti - Craiova 83-66
Mar. 14: Miercurea Ciuc - Timba Timis. 82-91
Mar. 14: CSU Sibiu - Giurgiu 80-72
Mar. 14: Pitesti - Targu Mures 71-95
Mar. 14: Dinamo B. - Farul Const. 68-77

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 23: Craiova - U.Mobitel.CN
Mar. 23: Rovinari - Oradea
Mar. 23: CSM Bucuresti - Pitesti
Mar. 23: Targu Mures - Dinamo B.
Mar. 23: Farul Const. - CSU Sibiu
Mar. 23: Giurgiu - Miercurea Ciuc
Mar. 23: Timba Timis. - Timisoara
Mar. 23: Gaz Metan - Ploiesti


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Louis DARBY
  Rovinari
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Darby, Rovinari21.4 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.20.4 
 3. Shepherd, CSM B.19.5 
 4. Petty, Giurgiu17.4 
 5. Barac, Pitesti17.3 
 6. Jovanovic, Timisoa.16.6 
 7. Pesic, Oradea16.2 
 8. Dzambic, Craiova16.1 
 9. Austin, CSU Sibiu15.8 
 10. Wright, U.Mobite.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu9.8 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.2 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.5 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.9 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.1 
 6. Johnson, Timisoara6.9 
 7. Darby, Rovinari6.9 
 8. Harvey, Giurgiu6.7 
 9. Filip, Dinamo B.6.6 
 10. Cuic, Targu Mures6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.7.4 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Timisoa.6.2 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures5.7 
 5. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.5 
 6. Martinic, CSM B.5.1 
 7. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.6 
 8. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.3 
 9. Petty, Giurgiu4.2 
 10. Nikolic, Rovinari4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.3.2 
 2. Petty, Giurgiu2.2 
 3. Henifin, Miercure.1.9 
 4. Jones, Pitesti1.9 
 5. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 6. Nikolov, U.Mobite.1.7 
 7. Burrell, Giurgiu1.7 
 8. Gennie, Pitesti1.7 
 9. Barac, Pitesti1.7 
 10. Shepherd, CSM B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.2 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.7 
 3. Kickingstall., Tim.1.5 
 4. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 5. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 6. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.2 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Kinloch, Pitesti1.0 
 9. Baciu, U.Mobite.0.9 
 10. Knutson, CSU Sib.0.9 


Tuljkovic comes back to Timisoara - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center



Liga Nationala Round 27: Ploiesti beats Craiova in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Division A is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ploiesti. Third ranked Ploiesti faced 4th placed Craiova. Host Ploiesti (20-7) defeated guests from Craiova (19-8) 83-66. The game without a history. Ploiesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ploiesti outrebounded Craiova 41-30 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Robert Nyakundi (203-89, college: SMU) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Travis Bureau (200-88, college: La-Lafayette, agency: SDJ Sports) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ploiesti have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Targu Mures. Craiova lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Ploiesti is looking forward to face Gaz Metan (#5) in Medias in the next round. Craiova will play at home against U-Mobitelco in Cluj and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Leader Oradea delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they beat 8th ranked CSM Bucuresti (16-11) 95-77. It was a good game for Australian-Trinidad and Tobago swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Milos Pesic contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Canadian-Jamaican forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) answered with 23 points for CSM Bucuresti. Oradea maintains first place with 22-5 record. CSM Bucuresti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Oradea will play against Rovinari (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CSM Bucuresti will play against Pitesti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Timisoara was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Gaz Metan (18-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Timisoara (18-9). Timisoara managed to secure a 6-point victory 86-80 on Thursday. It was a great evening for Devan Downey who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was Kyle Shiloh with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Timisoara moved-up to fifth place, which they share with U.Mobitel.CN and Gaz Metan. Timisoara will meet Timba Timosoara (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gaz Metan will play against Ploiesti (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pitesti. Local Pitesti (12-15) was outscored by second ranked Targu Mures (20-7) 95-71. It was a quality performance for Vaidotas Peciukas who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Targu Mures' coach Srecko Sekulovic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Targu Mures. They maintain second place with 20-7 record having just two points less than leader Oradea, which they share with Ploiesti. Pitesti at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Targu Mures' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#16) at home which should be another easy win for them. Pitesti will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8).

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Giurgiu was defeated by CSU Sibiu in a road game 80-72. Miercurea Ciuc was beaten by Timba Timis. at home 82-91. Rovinari lost to U.Mobitel.CN on the opponent's court 74-86. Bottom-ranked Dinamo B. unfortunately lost to Farul Const. in a home game 68-77.


CSU Sibiu - Giurgiu 80-72

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Giurgiu (9-18) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked CSU Sibiu (13-14) 80-72. Giurgiu was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. CSU Sibiu made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Bulgarian guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led the winners and scored 30 points. American forward Devon Austin (198-87, college: Manhattan) accounted for 25 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St.) came up with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTPA) added 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Giurgiu in the defeat. CSU Sibiu moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Rovinari. Giurgiu at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. CSU Sibiu's next round opponent will be Farul Const. (#14) in Constanca which should be theoretically an easy game. Giurgiu will play at home against Miercurea Ciuc.
Top scorers:
Giurgiu: M.Melvin 25+9reb+1ast, P.Petty 20+5reb+5ast, B.Burrell 13+6reb, C.Ware 8+13reb+1ast, C.Vlaicu 6+5reb+1ast, I.Corneanu 0
CSU Sibiu: A.Gruev 30+4reb+3ast, D.Austin 25+9reb+2ast, C.Lee 14+8reb+4ast, C.Craciun 8+9reb+2ast, B.Aktas 3, K.Knutson 0+1reb
gschID: 232628


Miercurea Ciuc - Timba Timis. 82-91

No shocking result in a game when thirteenth ranked Timba Timosoara (8-19) defeated on the road 15th ranked Miercurea Ciuc (3-24) 91-82. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-19 Miercurea Ciuc's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 91-82 at the end of the game. Timba Timosoara made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jermont Horton (198-84, college: Rutgers-Newark) who led the winners and scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut) accounted for 32 points for the winning side. Croatian forward Franko Filipovic (203-87) came up with 29 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and Croatian guard Franjo Bubalo (194-88) added 20 points and 8 assists respectively for Miercurea Ciuc in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Timba Timosoara. Newly promoted Timba Timosoara maintains thirteenth place with 8-19 record. Miercurea Ciuc lost their thirteenth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 24 games lost. Timba Timosoara's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Timisoara Timisoara.
Top scorers:
Miercurea Ciuc: F.Filipovic 29+2reb+2ast, F.Bubalo 20+1reb+8ast, S.Avalic 11+1ast, I.Harris 9+4reb, J.Dupre 8+3reb, M.Hajdic 2+5reb
Timba Timis.: D.Brown 32+2reb+2ast, J.Horton 30+6reb+1ast, J.Glynn 10+10reb+3ast, A.Johnson 7+3reb+1ast, R.Huckaby 5+1reb+1ast, P.Czmor 3+1ast
gschID: 232627


Ploiesti - Craiova 83-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ploiesti. Third ranked Ploiesti faced 4th placed Craiova. Host Ploiesti (20-7) defeated guests from Craiova (19-8) 83-66. The game without a history. Ploiesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ploiesti outrebounded Craiova 41-30 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Robert Nyakundi (203-89, college: SMU) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Travis Bureau (200-88, college: La-Lafayette, agency: SDJ Sports) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard LeVar Seals (195-82, college: De Paul) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ploiesti have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Targu Mures. Craiova lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Ploiesti is looking forward to face Gaz Metan (#5) in Medias in the next round. Craiova will play at home against U-Mobitelco in Cluj and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Craiova: T.Bureau 24+7reb+1ast, L.Seals 16+3reb+2ast, R.Dzambic 11+1reb+1ast, N.Djurasovic 4+3reb, D.Habus 3+1reb, I.Dragusin 2+11reb+1ast
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 21+7reb+5ast, R.Nyakundi 15+2reb, V.Tica 11+3reb+1ast, V.Stanescu 7+4reb+2ast, A.Vlahovic 6+2reb+4ast, A.Tudor 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 232625


U.Mobitel.CN - Rovinari 86-74

Rather expected game in Cluj where 9th ranked Rovinari (13-14) was defeated by sixth ranked U-Mobitelco (18-9) 86-74. The game was mostly controlled by U-Mobitelco. Rovinari was better in fourth quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco forced 21 Rovinari turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Rovinari's players. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Canadian swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. U-Mobitelco's coach Niksa Bavcevic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) came up with 30 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) added 17 points respectively for Rovinari in the defeat. U-Mobitelco moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Timisoara and Gaz Metan. Rovinari at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. U-Mobitelco's next round opponent will be higher ranked Craiova (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rovinari will play against the league's leader Oradea (#1).
Top scorers:
Rovinari: L.Darby 30+5reb+2ast, M.Janjusevic 17+2reb, J.Wisseh 10+1reb+1ast, F.Lapuste 7+3reb, V.Mocanu 5+6reb, S.Nikolic 3+2reb+2ast
U.Mobitel.CN: M.Silvasan 22+8reb+4ast, D.Djapa 15+7reb, S.Ross 13+7reb+3ast, D.Wright 12+1reb+10ast, S.Barnette 8+4reb, H.Nikolov 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 232632


Oradea - CSM Bucuresti 95-77

Leader Oradea delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they beat 8th ranked CSM Bucuresti (16-11) 95-77. Oradea shot 61.0 percent from the field and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Australian-Trinidad and Tobago swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Canadian-Jamaican forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) answered with 23 points and Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CSM Bucuresti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oradea maintains first place with 22-5 record. CSM Bucuresti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Oradea will play against Rovinari (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CSM Bucuresti will play against Pitesti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: J.Shepherd 23+3ast, B.Morris 15+3reb+1ast, G.Martinic 15+5reb+3ast, S.Sir 12+4reb, V.Carutasu 7+6reb+1ast, C.Patterson 5+5reb
Oradea: D.Dillon 34+7reb+5ast, S.Topchov 16+2reb, M.Pesic 15+8reb+7ast, W.Franklin 13+1reb+3ast, N.Maric 9+3reb+3ast, B.Tibirna 3+3reb
gschID: 232631


Pitesti - Targu Mures 71-95

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pitesti. Local Pitesti (12-15) was outscored by second ranked Targu Mures (20-7) 95-71. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.0 percent from the field and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Targu Mures forced 20 Pitesti turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Targu Mures especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. It was a quality performance for Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 24 points for the winning side. Targu Mures' coach Srecko Sekulovic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American-New Zealand forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tenn Tech) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Pitesti in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Targu Mures. They maintain second place with 20-7 record having just two points less than leader Oradea, which they share with Ploiesti. Pitesti at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Targu Mures' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#16) at home which should be another easy win for them. Pitesti will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8).
Top scorers:
Pitesti: M.Jones 20+8reb+3ast, D.Kinloch 11+8reb+1ast, S.Bratic 10+2reb+1ast, O.Calota 9+1reb+1ast, D.Albijanic 9+6reb+1ast, D.Gennie 8+2reb+3ast
Targu Mures: V.Peciukas 27+5reb+2ast, A.Ciric 24+2reb+1ast, B.Cuic 12+8reb+4ast, L.Dumitru 9+3reb+2ast, G.Navickas 8+1reb+6ast, O.Barro 7+2ast
gschID: 232630


Dinamo B. - Farul Const. 68-77

Rather predictable result when fourteenth ranked Farul Const. (6-21) beat on the road bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (1-26) 77-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-19. But CS Dinamo Bucuresti won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Farul Const. won last quarter 19-12. Farul Const. outrebounded CS Dinamo Bucuresti 42-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jeremi Booth (195-87, college: Appalachian St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Center Marian Minea (203-85) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Brian Fisher (191-88, college: Winston Salem) came up with 25 points and 4 steals and the other American import guard Spencer Dixon (182, college: Kennesaw St.) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for CS Dinamo Bucuresti in the defeat. Newly promoted Farul Const. maintains fourteenth place with 6-21 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Farul Const.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#10) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against the league's second-placed Targu Mures (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Dinamo B.: B.Fisher 25+2reb+3ast, S.Dixon 18+5reb+3ast, I.Pirlog 10+7reb+1ast, L.Filip 9+11reb, A.Badila 3, V.Negut 2+1reb
Farul Const.: J.Booth 28+11reb+1ast, M.Minea 10+8reb+1ast, N.Markovic 10+5reb+3ast, B.Grubisic 9+6reb+1ast, N.Tomasevic 8+2reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 232629


Timisoara - Gaz Metan 86-80

The game in Timisoara was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Gaz Metan (18-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Timisoara (18-9). Timisoara managed to secure a 6-point victory 86-80 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Timisoara and five Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. Timisoara moved-up to fifth place, which they share with U.Mobitel.CN and Gaz Metan. Timisoara will meet Timba Timosoara (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gaz Metan will play against Ploiesti (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: K.Shiloh 16+6reb+3ast, A.Mladenovic 14+5reb+1ast, S.Dundjerski 13+1reb+7ast, I.Lilov 13+3ast, I.Ivanovic 12+6reb+3ast, T.Nicoara 9+2reb+1ast
Timisoara: D.Downey 22+5reb+8ast, B.Popescu 16+7reb+1ast, G.Gallimore 14+3reb+2ast, D.Archie 12+10reb, M.Tuljkovic 10+1reb, R.Sarovic 9+3reb
gschID: 232626



Tuljkovic comes back to Timisoara - by Eurobasket News