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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Siroki after overtime better then Olimpija - by Igor Obradovic

In a game that is a Siroki team could bring a lot, and it's survival seen in the Adriatic League is an extension of the Hall Stozice, Ljubljana.

Olimpija - Siroki 82:85 (19:11, 19:21, 19:16, 15:24, 10:13)

Although no one has given some much chance of winning this match, the team of Siroki confute everyone and made a surprise winning in the middle of Ljubljana, and like that increase the chances that the next year they will still be in the the top 14 teams in the region.
During the match Olimpija was leading almost entire game but they lose last quarter with 15:24. Credit for the Extension of the game go to utalo who play great in last 5 rounds (last week scored 21 points against Crvena zvezda and was the match winner for the Siroki)
Again was the most effective but also scored a basket for overtime.
It must be noted Zeljko Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), who brought victory of Siroki by scoring three points in the final seconds of the game.

Union Olimpija : Dino Muric (200-F-90) 22pts, 13rbd,
Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) 17pts, 10rbd, Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) 12pts, 2rbd, 1ast, Sasu Salin (192-G-91) 10pts, 3rbd.
Siroki WWIN: Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) 18pts, 5rbd, 2ast, 2steals, Josip Bilinovac (191-PG-90) 14pts, 2rbd, Zeljko Sakic 13pts, 7rbd, 5ast, Robert Rikic (219-C-90) 11pts, 2rbd, 2ast.



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  APBL   


Interview with Bombers coach - by Justin Moore

Interview with head coach and ceo of the Beltway Bombers Chaz Dudley

1. Coach your team is currently in third place in your division. Talk to me about how tough the division is.

The way the standings are now, we have two regular season games remaining, March 16th and 23rd, vs the Hudson Valley Kingz and the Bay Area Shuckers, with both played at our home gym. If we win out, we will be 13-3, and the #2 overall seed in the APBL. We will then host, at our home gym, both our first round, and then quarter final playoff games. If we're fortunate to win both of our home playoff games, we then go to New York City to play in our third straight Final Four appearance. The Division the Bombers play in, includes three of the premiere pro teams in the East Coast (Beltway Bombers, Rockville Victors and Metro All-Stars). It is by far the most competitive and most talented division in the league. That parody of top talent in our division prepares and battle tests you during the season.

2. You have had some changes to your roster including last seasons all league performer. Can you touch on those changes.
As of a month ago, both Hugh "Baby Shaq" Jones and Evan Martin are no longer with the Bombers. They both decided to explore another option. Not only are they very talented pro players, they were a huge part of the Bombers family and our championship success. We shared great times and battles on the court together, and I will always hold them in high regard. My relationship with them, as it is with all my players, is more than just basketball. Our players have since adjusted and have been producing at a high level accordingly. The new additions of Derick Payne, Keith Gray, and BSmith, joined Mike Keyes, Rogers Barnes, Brian Smith, Steve Miles, Chris Howard, Mike Anderson, Jamaal Wise, Eric Bigby and Myron Howe. The Bombers still have a very talented and deep roster, that is very much committed to winning another championship.

3.The playoffs are on the horizon. Are you comfortable with your team's play going into the playoffs?

Absolutely...we're playing well collectively, placing seven players per game that are scoring in double-figures. We're rebounding well, and playing gang defense. We clearly understand the importance and urgency of playing at a higher level leading up to the playoffs. I keep things simplified by having our focus only on the game-plan of the team we're playing next. We'll turn our attention to the playoffs when the regular season is complete.

4.What's its going to take to repeat as APBL Champions?
Blended talent, unselfishness, speed, swagger, relentless defense, beast rebounding, protecting the rock, smart decisions, athleticism, physicality, poise, high basketball IQ, execution, and the sole agenda of winning. The best place to be as a team is when expectations are high and when your targeted. We understand the challenge of winning championships, especially the difficulty of back-to-back chips. The grind, adversity, external hate and competition we went through as a team this season, only strengthened our resolve and made us more determined to succeed.



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  ARGENTINA   


Liga Americas: Lanus topple Mavort - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Mavort 86:76

Lanus opened Liga Americas semifinal stage with victory. They defeated Mavort at home court for 1-0 record in Group D. William McFarlan (201-PF-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas), Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) and Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) delivered 14 points each to pace the winners.
Lanus jumped to an early lead. The Argentinean team ran away for a 22:11 lead at the first break. Lanus stayed red hot offensively in the second quarter. The hosts fired 28 points to ensure a 50:37 halftime advantage. Mavort managed to change the complexion of the game in the third quarter. The Ecuadorian powerhouse slowed the home team down and narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark. But Lanus reacted with an aggressive defensive effort in the fourth stanza and raced to the win at the end. Battle notched 13 points for the winners. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) answered with 27 points for Mavort. Reggie Charles (201-F-81) had 20 points in the loss.

Lanus: William McFarlan 14, Nicolas Laprovittola 14, Adrian Boccia 14
Mavort: Elys Guzman 27, Reggie Charles 20



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 24-3 
 2. Wildcats 20-6 
 3. Hawks 12-15 
 4. Taipans 11-15 
 5. Kings 11-16 
 6. Tigers 10-15 
 7. Crocodiles 9-16 
 8. 36ers 8-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 15: Hawks - Kings 81-74
Mar. 15: Taipans - 36ers 76-73
Mar. 14: Breakers - Tigers 114-84
Mar. 17: Crocodiles - Tigers
Mar. 17: Wildcats - Taipans


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Madgen, Kings18.3 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles17.5 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.6 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.3 
 6. Wilson, Taipans15.9 
 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, Kings7.3 
 5. Pledger, Breakers7.1 
 6. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 7. Tragardh, Taipans6.5 
 8. Davidson, Hawks6.3 
 9. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 10. Schenscher, 36ers6.0 
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, Wildcats3.3 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 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. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 4. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 5. Henry, Kings1.1 
 6. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 7. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 8. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.3 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 5. Davidson, Hawks0.7 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 7. Martin, Wildcats0.7 
 8. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 9. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 10. Blanchfield, Croc.0.7 


Heron: Time is right for a championship - by Eurobasket News

Mark Heron (195-G/F-81) said the time is right to win another SBL championship for Geraldton.

The Geraldton Buccaneers forward and assistant coach said the team has a small two-year window to lift another championship banner.

Heron, who won championships with the Goldfields Giants in 2007 and 2008, said he can see similarities between those sides and this years Buccs squad.

There is that exact same feeling when we went out to Kalgoorlie, the team had not made the finals before and the first year we were there we made a grand final, he said.

You need a lot of luck to win it in the end but you do not want to rely on luck, you want to give yourself every opportunity.

DT (Daniel Thomas), Mat (Wundenberg) and Ralphy (Aaron Ralph) are leading the way at the moment and there is a lot of passion there and I can see they really want to achieve this season.

Heron last played in the SBL during the 2010 season with the Giants.

During his six year career with the club, Goldfields played in six semifinals, four grand finals and won two championships.

Heron will be joined by Goldfields teammate Shamus Ballantyne in the Buccs squad this season.

He hoped the pairs finals experience would help catapult the Buccs from ninth position in 2012 to championship contender this season.

In Kalgoorlie we had a five or six-year window to win it but this team is different and we maybe only have a two-year window with the personnel we got, he said.

With the imports we have got in a think it is very important to get it done as soon as possible and not think about the future but all about this year.

Courtesy of: Taylour Courtland (Geraldton Guardian)



SEABL launches "Name the new League' competition - by Eurobasket News

In 2014, the South East Australian Basketball League will be renamed as part of its full integration within Basketball Australia.

Consequently we are giving the public an opportunity to have their say on what the rebranded competition will be called.



The new name should more accurately reflect the leagues position as Australias national winter basketball competition.



Entries can be submitted via email to media@seabl.com.au up until Sunday June 30th. Be sure to enter Name the New League in the subject field. Entries submitted via Facebook or Twitter will not be considered.



The SEABL governing body will subsequently consider a shortlist of names, with the new name to be revealed during the SEABL Championship weekend on September 14 and 15.



The shortlist will include names that are already being considered, as well as those that come from the competition. If the new name is taken from a submission in the competition, the person who submitted the name will win a $200 prize pack from Spalding.



SEABL General Manager Mark Chivers indicated what a fantastic opportunity this was.



Its an exciting time in the history of the league, and this competition gives our supporters a chance to be a part of that history.



What better way to engage our fans and give them a sense of ownership in the league than to get them involved in the naming process. SEABL followers have proven in the past to be knowledgeable, perceptive and innovative, so were definitely excited about seeing what ingenious names come through.
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au



Brothers to battle it out - by Eurobasket News

Brotherly love will be put to one side when Texan siblings Cooper Land (203-F-88, college: Wright St.) and Taylor Land (183-G, college: St.Edward's) take to the basketball court this season.

Cooper has just signed with Rockingham Flames, whereas older brother Taylor impressed for Flames fierce rivals Mandurah Magic last season.

Cooper is a 203cm forward with overseas experience in Norway and Germany.

He told the Telegraph he could not turn down the chance to try his hand in the WA State Basketball League.

Click here to read the full article by Niall Boyle of the Sound Telegraph.

Courtesy of: Niall Boyle (Sound Telegraph)



Evans confident ahead of season opener - by Eurobasket News

Imports or no imports, Sun City Plumbing Buccaneers coach Ray Evans is confident his side can record two wins this weekend as the side open their 2013 SBL season tomorrow night.

Evans, entering his fifth season in charge, said the clubs new acquisitions had added a fresh feel to the team following two seasons out of the playoff picture.

Recruits Mark Heron and Shamus Ballantyne (186-G-81) are expected to play against the South West Slammers tomorrow night and Mandurah Magic on Sunday.

Imports Jamine Peterson (198-F-88, college: Providence) and Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.) are yet to be cleared to play.

He was confident the Buccs new squad would be competitive this weekend without the two American imports.

We are as ready as we can be at this stage of the season, it is just a waiting game with the imports, he said.

We have planned to not have them and we are going to plan the best we can.

We are confident we can still defeat Bunbury without the imports and we will worry about Sunday when it comes.

Evans was pleased with the additions the Buccs made over the offseason.

He said the new players will allow the side to continue the up-tempo game style they adopted last season.

We have added three key things this year, he said.

Depth is one and we have added some experience and also height.

But I think we still have the speed there, we have only really lost Michael Lay in that area so I think we have actually added to the speed of the team.

Evans said the Geraldton fans could expect plenty of highlights this season from Peterson.

Petersons above the rim game will earn Evans squad some style points but it is on the defensive end of the floor that will earn them victories.

We have been really trying to work on our defence, Evans said.

During the preseason, while our offence was still a bit rusty, our defence held up against teams who had their Americans.

Do not miss the free entry coupon to the Buccs versus Cockburn Cougars match next Saturday in todays Geraldton Guardian
Courtesy of: Taylor Courtland (Geraldton Guardian)



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Aalstar 14-7 
 2. Oostende 14-7 
 3. Spirou 13-6 
 4. M.Hainaut 13-7 
 5. Antwerp 11-10 
 6. Leuven 6-13 
 7. Liege 6-15 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 15: Aalstar - Oostende 82-77
Mar. 15: Liege - Antwerp 81-92
Mar. 16: Leuven - Spirou
Mar. 16: M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep.


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.9 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.2 
 3. Raivio, Aalstar17.4 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende16.9 
 5. Mukubu, Liege16.8 
 6. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.7 
 7. Robinson, Leuven16.4 
 8. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.9 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.7 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.9 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.6 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.4 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.0 
 9. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 10. Aska, Leuven5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.1 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.3 
 5. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.6 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar3.6 
 8. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 9. Moors, Antwerp3.4 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.7 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 6. Black, Antwerp1.8 
 7. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 8. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.6 
 9. Anderson, Aalstar1.5 
 10. Green, Verviers.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.2 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende1.2 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.1 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.9 
 6. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 7. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 8. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Thondique, Antwe.0.6 



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  BRAZIL   


Liga Americas: Joe Smith leads Pinheiros/Sky past Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Flamengo 88:85

Pinheiros/Sky made another step towards Liga Americas Final Four. They held off their Brazilian rivals Flamengo in the opening game of the semifinal stage. Joe Smith (192-SG-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) was pivotal with 31 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners.
Pinheiros/Sky surprised their opponents with a blistering start. They went on a 25:11 run to clear off. Flamengo stopped the rot in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 10-point mark at halftime 31:41. Flamengo erupted for 29 points in the next period to get within 8 points 60:68. Flamengo finally surged ahead 78:76 midway through the fourth frame. But Pinheiros/Sky answered with a pair of three-pointers from Joe Smith and Guillermo Araujo to regain the lead. They hung on throughout the final seconds and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) posted 19 points, while Marcio Dornelles (194-SF-75) added 14 points for the winners. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) answered with 25 points for Flamengo. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) had 17 points in the loss.

Pinheiros/Sky: Joe Smith 31, Mineiro Ferreira 19, Marcio Dornelles 14
Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 25, Olivinha Rodriguez 17



Giovannoni's 29 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Brasilia and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had the game-high 29 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Brasilia in his team's victory, helping them to crush Palmeiras (#16, 8-19) with 18-point margin 99-81. Brasilia maintains the 2nd position in Brazilian league. They are still close to the very top. Brasilia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 23-4 record. In the team's last game Giovannoni had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at Brasilia, through which he has constantly improved. Giovannoni has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 58.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ricardo de Bem (210-F/C-84) of Liga Sorocaba. He is a forward in his first season at Liga Sorocaba. In the last game de Bem recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Liga Sorocaba to edge slightly lower-ranked Limeira (#11, 12-16) by 2 points 81-79. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Liga Sorocaba keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. de Bem is a newcomer at Liga Sorocaba and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83) of Franca (#5). Teichmann scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Franca, leading his team to a 77-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Paulistano (#8, 15-12). Franca needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 10 lost games. Teichmann has a great season in Brazil. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (8th best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 50.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Taylor (185-G-80) of Bauru - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Daniel Castellar (202-C-83) of Limeira - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Andre Laws (188-PG-80) of S.Jose/Unimed - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Alexandre Pinheiro (185-G-85) of Vila Velha - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86) of Limeira - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80) of Brasilia - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87) of Liga Sorocaba - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 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. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
 10. Singleton, Xinjia.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.4 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 3. Jeter, Shandong FB2.5 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB2.3 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Vroman, Shandong.1.6 
 8. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Guangdong and Shandong sweep CBA Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong ST - Xinjiang FT 100-98 (3-0)

The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guandong Tigers outrebounded Xinjiang Flying Tige 40-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Donald Sloan (191-88, college: Texas A&M) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. International Jianlian Yi (212-87) contributed with 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international point guard QinPeng Zhang (187-81) answered with 23 points and 7 assists and American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) added 25 points in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Five Guandong Tigers and four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 27+8reb+2ast, S.Donald 23+10reb+5ast, Z.FangYu 15+5reb+2ast, W.ShiPeng 12+2reb+4ast, D.Ike 11+6reb+1ast, H.Dong 6+2reb
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 25+3reb+2ast, Z.QinPeng 23+4reb+7ast, S.James 14+7reb+2ast, M.Bateer 13+2reb+1ast, Y.ChangChun 6+2reb, T.ZhengDong 5+1reb
gschID: 235715


Shandong FB - Beijing Ducks 101-82 (3-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Beijing Ducks was better in third quarter 30-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 40. They outrebounded Beijing Ducks 50-33 including a 40-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Beijing Ducks were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). American power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) helped adding 25 points and 13 rebounds. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) with 31 points and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: A.Zaid 33+12reb+1ast, V.Jackson 25+13reb+2ast, J.Pooh 16+8reb+8ast, Y.Ding 14+7reb, S.Ran 3+3reb+4ast, W.Ke 2+2reb
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 31+3reb+6ast, G.Li 16+4reb+1ast, M.Randolph 16+9reb+1ast, J.Zhe 7+7reb, Z.YanXi 4+4reb+3ast, Z.Xiaochuan 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 235714



Hudson is back at Austin Toros, ex DongGuan L. - by Eurobasket News

Austin Toros signed 29-year old guard Lester Hudson (191-85kg-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Priority Sports). It is actually his comeback to Austin Toros as he played here before. Hudson just played at DongGuan New Century Leopards in Chinese CBA league. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 27.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.5apg and 2.1spg this season. He also spent pre-season at Partizan (A League) in Serbia earlier that year. The last season Hudson played at the Grizzlies. In three games he recorded 3.0ppg. The other team he played that season for were the Cavaliers. In 13 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. Another team Hudson played shortly was Austin Toros. In 5 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2.4spg and 1.2bpg. Another team he played that season for was Qingdao Eagles (CBA) in China. In 32 games he was second best scorer with great 33.6ppg and averaged 7.0rpg, 6.3apg (top 4) and 2.9spg (in top 2). Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2009 Hudson was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (58th overall). He attended University of Tennessee at Martin and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hudson won Chinese CBA championship title in 2011. He was also voted All-OVC Player of the Year back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Hudson has played also professionally in other NBA team (Cleveland Cavaliers) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He could be described: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Has a quick first step and a killer crossover allowing him to blow by defenders and get into the paint ... Does a good job of creating baskets for himself and others ... Has precision passes for ally oops even from well beyond the three point arc ... drives exceptionally well, with defenses collapsing on him ... Has a great shot off the dribble, and is able to hit it going straight up or fading away.
Must develop his point guard instincts, controlling tempo and overall PG duties ... Still needs to prove himself as a floor general. Very creative passing the ball, but will need to cut down on turnovers
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 11-2 
 2. Bucaros 9-4 
 3. Piratas 7-6 
 4. Once Caldas 7-6 
 5. Academia 7-6 
 6. Aguilas 5-8 
 7. Caribbean Heat 4-9 
 8. Halcones 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 15: Piratas - Aguilas 89-70
Mar. 15: Caribbean Heat - Bambuqueros 88-100
Mar. 15: Academia - Once Caldas 87-97
Mar. 15: Bucaros - Halcones 85-61

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 16: Piratas - Aguilas
Mar. 16: Academia - Once Caldas
Mar. 16: Caribbean Heat - Bambuqueros
Mar. 16: Bucaros - Halcones


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone RAYSON
  Aguilas
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Rayson, Aguilas23.3 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.2 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.8 
 4. Bradford, Caribb.20.4 
 5. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros19.6 
 7. Gilbert, Bucaros18.6 
 8. Culver, Caribbea.18.2 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas18.2 
 10. Aragon, Academia17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.9 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros10.4 
 3. Blue, Academia9.0 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.5 
 5. Truscott, Halcones8.1 
 6. Sanders, Halcones7.7 
 7. Rayson, Aguilas7.2 
 8. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 9. Guevara, Bambuque.6.6 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.3 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.5.0 
 3. Brooks, Bucaros4.9 
 4. Moreno, Piratas4.7 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.5 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas3.7 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.3.3 
 8. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 9. Londono, Academia2.9 
 10. Franklin, Caribb.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.7 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.4 
 3. Garris, Once Caldas1.6 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 5. Mayfield, Aguilas1.5 
 6. Mendez, Piratas1.4 
 7. Londono, Academia1.4 
 8. Corpus, Aguilas1.3 
 9. Rayson, Aguilas1.2 
 10. Chavez Jacob., A.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros1.0 
 2. Sanders, Halcones1.0 
 3. Cuero, Aguilas0.8 
 4. Blue, Academia0.8 
 5. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 6. Farley, Academia0.8 
 7. Mayfield, Aguilas0.7 
 8. Culver, Caribbea.0.6 
 9. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 10. Aragon, Academia0.5 


AGUILAS DE TUNJA SIGNS QUENTIN SMITH - by Victor Garcia

Finally after two weeks the Aguilas de Tunja finds a replacement for Curtis Williams, the veteran pivot Quentin Smith (205-C-77, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Mississippi St.) 2,05 tall and 35 years old arrives to country to fill the hole in the paint of Aguilas, Smith very experienced in Southamerica has played in Urugay, Argentina, Venezuela , Ecuador and lately in Bolivia for the Southamerican League.
Smith is a strong post up player that can bring rebounding and scoring in the paint to the Tunja team.
Aguilas will face tonight the Piratas in Bogota.



CARIBBEAN HEAT RELEASES CHAZ FRANKLIN ADDS SALOMON MOSQUERA - by Victor Garcia

The Caribbean Heat has released the american point guard Chaz Franklin, after 6 games Franklin did not fit in the team and the Heat management chooses to sent him back home and start looking to find a new player for the position.
Instead Franklin the team has added to the roster the veteran Colombian point guard Salomon Mosquera who played last season with the Nuevo Choco team.
The Caribbean Heat will face tonight Bambuqueros .



PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 13- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros keep winning, this time the League leaders defeated the Caribbean Heat in Cartagena, a strong third quarter put the Neivas team ahead and never look back, the Heat effort in the last quarter was not enough, Stalin Ortiz had 30 points leading all the scorers but three more Bambuqueros scored in double figures, J. Manuel and D. Dorsey with 17 pts each,Dorsey also posted a season high 14 assits, E. Guevara had 15 pts.
Patick Culver leaded the Heat with 16 pts and 10 rebounds, while C. Bradford added 15 pts, 13 of them in the first half.
Caribbean Heat 88 - P. Culver 16 pts + 10 rebs, C. Bradford 15 pts
Bambuqueros 100 - S. Ortiz 30 pts, D. Dorsey 17 pts + 14 rebs

Piratas shows a differente face with the arrival of Tayron Thomas, the American guard brings more spice to the Piratas offensive and a good help to Edgar Moreno dirving the ball, the black team defeated Aguilas de Tunja with 4 players scoring in double figures leaded by another good night of Leonard Mendez 20 pts, Edgar Arteaga posted another 20 pts , the Aguilas supported the first quarter but since then began to fall and did not found a way to stop the Piratas offensive, Tyrone Rayson 21 pts was the best in the visitors, E. Mayfield had 13 pts.
Piratas de Bogota 89 - L. Mendez 20 pts, E. Arteaga 20 pts.
Aguilas de Tunja 70 - T. Rayson 21 pts, E. Mayfield 13 pts.

Guillermo Moreno made a wise move and bringing in Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena) change the tempo of the Manizales OC that defeated the Academia de la Montana in Medellin.
The OC had a great combination in the perimeter with Jordan posting 30 pts and an awesome 80% FG including 4 of 5 -3pt attempts, and Garris adding 23, while the Academia team is been hurt for the lack of confidence on their young talent, his starters are playing an average of 35 mins per game, and in the third quarter the signals of fatigue appears giving to the OC the chance to get the victory.
Academia de la Montana 87 - N. Aragon 21 pts, C. Chavez 15 pts
Manizales OC 97 - A. Jordan 30 pts, J. Garris 23 pts

Bukaros had an easy game to defeat a short handed Halcones de Cucuta team, Bukaros used all his 12 players and all them scored including the youngs Hansel Atencia just 16 years old and Daniel Garcia, Atencia is the youngest Colombian player to play and score in one professional game, the winners were lead by Joshua Dollard 15 pts.
Halcones had Daniel Northern playing his first game , Eleuterio Renteria finished with 20 pts and C. Nelson with 12.
Bukaros Freskaleche 85 - J. Dollard 15 pts, G. Lawrence 11 pts
Halcones de Cucuta 61- E. Renteria 20 pts, C. Nelson 12 pts




DANIEL NORTHERN IS NEW PLAYER OF HALCONES DE CUCUTA - by Victor Garcia

Halcones de Cucuta wants to keep their hope alive, after send B. Burnett back home and lost L. Truscott for an injury the team brings the american center Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85, college: Tenn Tech) a long player that comes from the Chilean Basketball and has experience in the Spains LEB , Uruguay and the United Kingdoom.
Northern has been a good rebounder and shot blocker on his career.
Halcones is visiting Bukaros in the weekend trying to stop the losing streak that keeps them last in the standings




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  CROATIA   


Croatian All-Star game rosters - by Dajana Karl

This year's All-Star game is being played on March 19 in Pozega, at 6:00 pm.

At the press conference, Pozega's mayor Zdravko Ronko invited everyone to this event: "Everything is ready for the big basketball All-Star spectacle. I'm inviting all basketball, sports and sporting spectacles fans to this basketball holiday next Tuesday, March 19 to "Grabrik" hall."

ZKK Pozega's secretary, Vladimir Englman asked the audience to be at the hall at 5:30 pm.

"At 5:45 pm is players introduction, and the performance of acrobatic groups from Slovenia and dancing groups Ilijana Loncar and Marina Mihelcic. Besides that there will be the slam dunk contest, so the program will last for more than 2 hours."- Englman said.

The decision on the team rosters was brought by CBF's professional advice team (Bojan Matkovic, Neven Spahija, Ivan Sunara, Vladimir Vanjak and Boris Jakimenko)
Here is what they look like:

NORTH

Players:
1. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) (Cedevita)
2. Luka Babic (201-SF-91, agency: Beo Basket) (Cedevita)
3. Marko Tomas (201-G-85) (Cedevita)
4. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) (Cedevita)
5. Juraj Segaric (183-PG-93) (Zagreb)
6. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) (Cibona)
7. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) (Cibona)
8. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) (Cibona)
9. Robert Lez (192-G-79) (Zabok)
10. Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) (Osjecki Sokol)
11. Luka Panduric (192-G-93) (Darda)
12. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) (Djuro Djakovic)

Coaches:
Daniel Lutz (Cibona)
Zoran Helbich (Osjecki Sokol)


SOUTH


Players:
1. Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Texas Tech) (Jolly JBS)
2. Dino Butorac (192-G-90) (Jolly JBS)
3. Bojan Krivec (188-G-87) (Kvarner 2010)
4. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) (Kvarner 2010)
5. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) (Split)
6. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84, college: Akron) (Zadar)
7. Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) (Zadar)
8. Filip Kraljevic (212-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) (Split)
9. Josip Matic (202-SF-92) (Alkar)
10. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) (Split)
11. Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) (Zadar)
12. Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95) (Jolly JBS)

Coaches:
Ante Nazor (Zadar)
Damir Milacic (Alkar)



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 27-13 
 2. Canton C. 25-16 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 22-19 
 4. Erie Bay H. 22-20 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 21-20 
 6. Maine RC 21-21 
 7. Springfield A. 15-25 
 8. Iowa E. 10-32 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 28-12 
 2. Rio Grande VV 25-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 23-17 
 4. Austin T. 23-17 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-21 
 6. Texas L. 18-23 
 7. Idaho S. 13-27 
 8. Reno B. 13-27 

Regular Season: Round 58

Mar. 15: Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers 95-110
Mar. 15: Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 115-102
Mar. 15: Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 112-100
Mar. 15: Austin T. - Los Angeles D. 110-95
Mar. 15: Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 107-100
Mar. 15: Springfield A. - Ft.Wayne MA 106-121
Mar. 15: Rio Grande VV - Santa Cruz W. 104-114

Regular Season: Round 59

Mar. 16: Texas L. - Santa Cruz W.
Mar. 16: Canton C. - Erie Bay H.
Mar. 16: Rio Grande VV - Los Angeles D.
Mar. 16: Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S.
Mar. 16: Austin T. - Maine RC
Mar. 16: Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 16: 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 66ers21.4 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.20.6 
 4. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 5. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.19.9 
 6. Goudelock, Rio G.19.7 
 7. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.6 
 8. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 10. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.11.0 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.10.7 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Plumlee, Ft.Wayne.10.2 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.1 
 7. Wright, Maine RC9.5 
 8. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 9. Onuaku, Canton C.9.3 
 10. Sims, Erie Bay H.8.8 
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.6.3 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 8. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 9. Singletary, Texas6.1 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 5. Singletary, Texas1.9 
 6. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 8. Richardson, Ft.Way.1.8 
 9. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
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. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Armstrong, Santa C.2.0 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


Shengelia is assigned to Springfield Armor - by Eurobasket News

Springfield Armor inked 22-year old Georgian power forward Tornike Shengelia (203-103kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Springfield Armor as he played here before. Shengelia played recently at Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. But in 15 games he recorded just 1.2ppg this season. He also played at Springfield Armor earlier that season. In 6 D-League games he averaged impressive 26.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.0apg, 2.7spg and 1.0bpg. The last season Shengelia played at Spirou Charleroi (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 41 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Shengelia also played 12 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.6ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 32 games he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.1rpg. Part of previous (09-10) season Shengelia spent at Valencia Basket in Spanish league. In two Eurocup games he averaged 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg. The other team he played shortly was Valencia Basket (EBA) in Spanish league.
Last year Shengelia was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (54th overall). He represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.7spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 55.0%.
Shengelia has played previously for Pamesa II Valencia.
His game is described as: (by Giovanni Conte for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A natural small forward, but can also play with his back to the basket, thanks to his physical strength ... He's an agile player with skills in various parts of the game: he can shoot, dribble and also play off the ball adroitly .... Physically is strong and athletic, so he can be a good rebounder for the position. His first step is not a strength. On defense he can struggle in the post when he plays power forward, and on the perimeter with the quickness of small forwards ... He has to improve his efficiency on free throws and develop the range and consistency to shoot behind the arc ..
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Springfield Armor signs Dominique Jones - by Eurobasket News

Springfield Armor signed 25-year old guard Dominique Jones (193-98kg-88, college: S.Florida). He was tested at Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, but was released by the team earlier this month. In 29 NBA games he had 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.9apg this season. The last season Jones played at Texas Legends. In three games he recorded 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg. He also played for the Mavericks posting 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per appearance.
Three years ago he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (25th overall). Jones attended University of South Florida until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. He was voted All-Big East 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Jones could be described: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Powerfully built combo guard with a polished offensive game ... An instant offense type of player who is capable of big scoring outbursts ... Has developed into a mature, polished guard with a good grasp of the game ... Strong leader who has gained a lot of confidence in his game and plays with a swagger. ot an overwhelmingly explosive athlete, but has the hops and strength to finish at the rim ... His lack of size lends to questions about his ability to create shots against longer and more athletic defenders
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hudson is back at Austin Toros, ex DongGuan L. - by Eurobasket News

Austin Toros signed 29-year old guard Lester Hudson (191-85kg-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Priority Sports). It is actually his comeback to Austin Toros as he played here before. Hudson just played at DongGuan New Century Leopards in Chinese CBA league. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 27.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.5apg and 2.1spg this season. He also spent pre-season at Partizan (A League) in Serbia earlier that year. The last season Hudson played at the Grizzlies. In three games he recorded 3.0ppg. The other team he played that season for were the Cavaliers. In 13 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. Another team Hudson played shortly was Austin Toros. In 5 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2.4spg and 1.2bpg. Another team he played that season for was Qingdao Eagles (CBA) in China. In 32 games he was second best scorer with great 33.6ppg and averaged 7.0rpg, 6.3apg (top 4) and 2.9spg (in top 2). Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2009 Hudson was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (58th overall). He attended University of Tennessee at Martin and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Hudson won Chinese CBA championship title in 2011. He was also voted All-OVC Player of the Year back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time.
Hudson has played also professionally in other NBA team (Cleveland Cavaliers) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He could be described: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Has a quick first step and a killer crossover allowing him to blow by defenders and get into the paint ... Does a good job of creating baskets for himself and others ... Has precision passes for ally oops even from well beyond the three point arc ... drives exceptionally well, with defenses collapsing on him ... Has a great shot off the dribble, and is able to hit it going straight up or fading away.
Must develop his point guard instincts, controlling tempo and overall PG duties ... Still needs to prove himself as a floor general. Very creative passing the ball, but will need to cut down on turnovers
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

21-year old guard Glen Rice (195-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Rio Grande VV and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 57.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Idaho S. (#7, 13-27) 114-102. Rio Grande VV maintains the 2nd position in D-League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 25-15 record. In the team's last game Rice had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Rio Grande VV's top player in his first season with the team. Glen Rice averages this season 12.1ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Willie Reed (206-F-90) of Springfield A.. He is a forward in his first season at Springfield A.. In the last game Reed recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Springfield A. to edge slightly higher-ranked Texas L. (#6, 18-23) in overtime by 3 points 92-89. Springfield A.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-25 record. Reed is a newcomer at Springfield A. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC (#6). Wright showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, twenty rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Wright's great performance Maine RC lost 90-105 to slightly higher-ranked Ft.Wayne MA (#5, 21-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Maine RC needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 21 lost games. Wright has a great season in D-L. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (7th best) and assists with 2.0apg (4th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dar Tucker (193-SF-88) of Reno B. - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) of Los Angeles D. - 25 points and 7 rebounds
6. Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) of Reno B. - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ron Howard (196-G/F-82) of Ft.Wayne MA - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Justin Dentmon (182-G-85) of Texas L. - 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Santa Cruz W. - 30 points and 4 rebounds
10. Kevin Jones (203-F-89) of Canton C. - 27 points and 11 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)



Friday's action review - by Eurobasket News

Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers 95-110
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) scored 29 points on 13-for-15 shooting as the Tulsa 66ers defeated the Idaho Stampede, 110-95, Friday night at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. Lamb shot 3-for-4 from 3-point range and collected five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in Tulsa's eighth win in the past 10 games. Fellow assignee Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) posted a career-best 19 points with four rebounds and Oklahoma City center Daniel Orton earned his seventh double-double of the year with 10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. Rasual Butler and Dominique Sutton added 12 points apiece as the 66ers shot 41-for-73 (.562) from the field in their second-best shooting performance of the season. Tulsa improved to 16-4 when five or more players score in double digits. Tulsa took the lead four minutes into the game and held it for the remainder of the contest, leading by as many as 28 points. The 66ers defense forced 22 Stampede turnovers, including a season-high-tying 14 steals. Tulsa (23-17) outrebounded Idaho, 39-34, while outscoring the Stampede, 54-36, in the paint. Idaho (13-27) was led by Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) with 21 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Austin T. - Los Angeles D. 110-95
The Austin Toros (23-17) came out on top (110-95) of a closely contested battle with the LA D-Fenders Friday evening at Cedar Park Center. Adidas player of the game Jamarr Sanders (6'4''-G-88, college: UAB)s had the hot hand for the Toros shooting 88.8% from the field and 75% from the arc, leading the team in scoring with 21 points and three assists. Assigned earlier in the day, Spurs guard Nando De Colo (6'5''-SG-87) contributed a double-double on the night with 17 points, 11 assists and three rebounds. Rick Jackson added 15 points and eight rebounds, while JaMychal Green recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Lester Hudson made his Toros debut adding 12 points and three assists from the bench. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) paced the D-Fenders (19-21) for the night with 33 points and 13 rebounds. Morris Almond scored 22 points and four rebounds. Gary Flowers rounded out double digits for the D-Fenders with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 107-100
The Iowa Energy scored 71 first half points, but multiple stops down the stretch to defeat the Sioux Falls Skyforce 107-100 Friday night. Iowa drilled 10 of 12 three-pointers in the opening half to take a 71-57 lead into the halftime break. Sioux Falls, currently in the 7th playoff spot, rallied in the third quarter as they tied the game at 81-81 with 2:22 left. The Energy rattled off the next four points to regain an 85-81 lead with twelve minutes remaining. The visitors responded by scoring seven of the next nine points to take an 88-87 lead on a Chris Ayer putback dunk with 9:23 left. An Ayer layup on the next possession gave the Skyforce a three point lead. After the Central Division rivals exchanged scores, the Energy went on a 7-3 run of their own to take a 96-95 lead with 3:54 remaining in the contest. Just over a minute later, James Mays scored to put Sioux Falls up 97-96. With the game in the balance, Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) took over - scoring four straight points to put Iowa up 100-97 with 2:04 left on the clock. After an Andre Barrett turnover, Justin Hurtt canned an 18-foot jumper to put the Energy up five. The Energy, who held Sioux Falls to only five points in the final 5:18 of the game, made five of eight free throws in the final minutes to ice the game. Jeffers finished with 17 points while Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) added 16 for Iowa. Center Jarrid Famous pulled down a game high 14 rebounds for the Energy, who made 29 of 38 free throws on the night. Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine) led Sioux Falls with 21 points while Mays contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds. Andre Barrett had a double-double with 12 points and 13 assist. Sioux Falls made only 10 of 25 (40%) free throws on the night. The two teams meet again Saturday night in Des Moines at 7pm. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 112-100
The Canton Charge used a strong finish to defeat the Erie BayHawks, 112-100, in front of 3,056 at the Memorial Civic Center on Friday night. The victory improves Canton's record to 25-16 on the season and increases their East Division lead to 3.5 games, while Erie dropped to 22-20. After the Charge led 28-25 following the first quarter, the home team opened the game up in the second by hitting 65% of their shots and leading by as many as 18 points. Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 11 of his 15 first half points in the second quarter as the Charge held a 61-50 lead at the half. The Charge starting five netted 54 of the team's 61 points on 22-of-31 shooting from the field for 71%. The BayHawks came alive in the third period to outscore the Charge 31-19, cooling down the home team's offensive output to just 37% from the field while hitting 52% of their own shots. Mustafa Shakur scored seven of Erie's last nine points of the third and gave them their first advantage since 5:44 in the first on an eight-foot bank shot, as the visitors climbed back to take an 81-80 lead heading into the fourth. Canton bounced back with an 11-2 run early in the fourth to go back up 94-85, but Erie would not go away, immediately initiating an 11-0 run of their own to pull back ahead 96-94. The Charge would quickly find their winning form when trailing 98-97 with 4:18 left, they forced nine consecutive BayHawks misses on a 15-2 run where Gibson scored seven points to help Canton finish the contest and snap a four-game losing streak to Erie. All five Charge starters scored 15+ points and combined for 99 of the team's 112 points. Gibson finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting with four assists in 37 minutes. Kevin Jones added 23 points with nine rebounds in 37 minutes. Arinze Onuaku notched his 14th double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes, while Kyle Weaver had his first double-double with Canton in his effort of 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes. Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) rounded out the starters with 19 points, including 9-of-9 from the free-throw line, in 31 minutes. Shakur finished with 17 points and two steals in 42 minutes for Erie. Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) added a team-high 20 points with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 39 minutes. Kyle Goldcamp posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. Henry Sims poured in 15 points with six rebounds, five assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Six BayHawks players scored in double figures in the game. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 115-102
The Reno Bighorns' (13-27) lost to the NBA D-League's top team, the Bakersfield Jam (28-12) 115-102 Friday night in Bakersfield. The Bighorns were led by Dar Tucker (6'4''-SF-88, college: De Paul)'s 28 points. Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ronald Dupree added 18 points. The Jam were paced by Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas)' 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jerel McNeal had 16 points and Adam Koch chipped in 15 points. The Jam dominated the Bighorns in the paint, out-scoring Reno 62-38. Bakersfield also had 26 fast break points, compared to just six for Reno. The Jam out-rebounded the Bighorns 52-38. The two teams will play again on Saturday night. The Bighorns return home on Thursday, March 21 to take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Courtesy of: ktvn.com

Rio Grande VV - Santa Cruz W. 104-114
The Santa Cruz Warriors used a 24-8 fourth quarter to defeat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 114-104 Friday night. The Warriors were led by Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri), who scored 22 points and dished out a game-high six assists. Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 boards, while Cameron Jones added 15 points - including a clutch three-pointer to put the Warriors ahead for good with 2:42 left in the game. The Vipers were paced by Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90, college: Dayton), who scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Chris Daniels scored 19 points, while D.J. Kennedy had 11 boards. Royce White, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, scored 13. Tied at 52 at the half, Rio Grande Valley surged ahead with a 44 point third quarter, the most any team has scored against the Warriors in any quarter this season. Up by as much as 16, the Vipers went cold in the fourth quarter, including a six minute scoring drought, and only scored eight points, which is a season-low for opponents in the fourth. The Warriors went on a 24-2 run to end the game. Santa Cruz outshot Rio Grande Valley (46.6%-40.9%), and the Warriors won the rebound battle (56-50), dished out more assists (22-20) and scored more points in the paint (56-46). Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Springfield A. - Ft.Wayne MA 106-121
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants continue to chase the first playoff berth in their history. The Ants (21-20) moved above .500 and stayed hot on Erie's heels for the last playoff spot with a 121-106 victory Friday night over the Armor at Springfield, Mass. A 47-point third quarter blew up what had been a 53-53 tie at halftime, as the Ants rode the trio of Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.), Brandon Wallace (6'9''-F-85, college: S.Carolina) and Tony Mitchell, who combined for 74 points. Wallace finished with 26.points and six rebounds, Richardson had 25 and six and Mitchell scored 23. Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) had nine points and 10 assists for the Ants. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net



Spurs assign Baynes, Do Colo to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) and guard Nando De Colo (6'5''-SG-87) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Baynes, who is making his third stint with the Toros this season, has appeared in three games for Austin, averaging 17.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.7 minutes.
Also making his third assignment to Austin this season, De Colo has played in two games with the Toros, averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.00 steals in 36.5 minutes. He has appeared in 57 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 3.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.



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Liga Americas: Lanus topple Mavort - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Mavort 86:76

Lanus opened Liga Americas semifinal stage with victory. They defeated Mavort at home court for 1-0 record in Group D. William McFarlan (201-PF-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas), Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) and Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) delivered 14 points each to pace the winners.
Lanus jumped to an early lead. The Argentinean team ran away for a 22:11 lead at the first break. Lanus stayed red hot offensively in the second quarter. The hosts fired 28 points to ensure a 50:37 halftime advantage. Mavort managed to change the complexion of the game in the third quarter. The Ecuadorian powerhouse slowed the home team down and narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark. But Lanus reacted with an aggressive defensive effort in the fourth stanza and raced to the win at the end. Battle notched 13 points for the winners. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) answered with 27 points for Mavort. Reggie Charles (201-F-81) had 20 points in the loss.

Lanus: William McFarlan 14, Nicolas Laprovittola 14, Adrian Boccia 14
Mavort: Elys Guzman 27, Reggie Charles 20



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 19-7 
 2. TU/Rock 18-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 14-5 
 4. TTU 13-10 
 5. Rapla 11-13 
 6. Valga 11-15 
 7. Parnu 10-13 
 8. Tln Kalev 6-21 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 15: Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 74-79
Mar. 15: Valga - Tln Kalev 66-58
Mar. 16: Rapla - Tarvas
Mar. 16: Parnu - TTU
Mar. 17: Hito/Johvi - Valga


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.1 
 2. Akenparg, TTU16.0 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.9 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.8 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas15.2 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu15.0 
 7. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.0 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.0 
 9. Campbell, Tln Kalev13.9 
 10. Pilk, Rapla13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.4 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.4 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.1 
 5. Grafs, Valga7.3 
 6. Arnold, TTU7.3 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.9 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.4 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.3 
 4. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 6. Cunda, Valga3.4 
 7. Laane, Rapla3.4 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Raap, Parnu2.5 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.8 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 7. Puidet, TTU1.6 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.6 
 9. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.1 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.8 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 5. Grim, Valga0.6 
 6. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 8. Grafs, Valga0.5 
 9. Dimsa, TU/Rock0.5 
 10. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 



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Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Anadolu Efes 9-2 
 2. Real Madrid 9-2 
 3. CSKA 8-3 
 4. Panathinaikos 7-4 
 5. Unicaja 6-5 
 6. Zalgiris 4-7 
 7. ALBA 1-10 
 8. Brose Bask. 0-11 
Group F
 1. FCB Regal 10-1 
 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 0-11 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 11

E

Mar. 14: Anadolu Efes - Brose Bask. 89-86
Mar. 15: Panathinaikos - ALBA 82-58
Mar. 15: Real Madrid - Unicaja 74-77
Mar. 15: CSKA - Zalgiris 70-61

F

Mar. 14: Caja Laboral - Fener.Ulker 87-67
Mar. 15: FCB Regal - Besiktas 86-61
Mar. 14: Maccabi T-A - Khimky 80-79
Mar. 14: Montepaschi - Olympiacos 67-68

Top 16: Round 12

E

Mar. 21: Brose Bask. - ALBA
Mar. 21: Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes
Mar. 21: Real Madrid - Panathinaikos
Mar. 21: Unicaja - CSKA

F

Mar. 21: FCB Regal - Caja Laboral
Mar. 21: Besiktas - Montepaschi
Mar. 21: Olympiacos - Maccabi T-A
Mar. 21: Khimky - Fener.Ulker


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, CSKA13.9 
 8. Krstic, CSKA13.7 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi13.7 
 10. Popovic, Zalgiris13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.2 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.3 
 3. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 4. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 5. Lampe, Caja L.6.0 
 6. Thompson, ALBA5.8 
 7. Tomic, FCB Regal5.8 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.5 
 10. Erden, Anadolu E.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.5 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.4 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.1 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi4.0 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.7 
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. Diamantidis, Panat.1.2 
 8. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 9. Djedovic, ALBA1.2 
 10. Savanovic, Anado.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 6. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Davis, Khimky1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.1 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 


Top 16 Round 11 Results and Stats - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Panathinaikos - ALBA 82-58
Panathinaikos demolish Alba Berlin in Athens in Group E of EuroLeague. The Greek side improved to 7-4 record and bettered their chances for the Quarterfinals. Alba Berlin dropped at 1-10 record. Panathinaikos Athens did not waste the time and took control of the game from the very beginning. The hosts erupted with 21-11 lead in the first period and added massive 29-17 in the second frame. Moreover the Greek side limited the opponents to just 9 points in the third quarter and reached 67:37 after 30 minutes. Alba Berlin could post 21-15 in the last period and reduced to final 24 points. Jonas Maciulis top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) netted 14. Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored 10, whilst Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Marcus Banks added 8 apiece. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) had only 9 in defeat and Nihad Djedovic produced 8 points.

Real Madrid - Unicaja 74-77
Unicaja Malaga stagger Real Madrid on the road for 6-5 record in Group E. Malaga posted a narrow 77:74 win after a productive third period. Real Madrid dropped at 9-2 record and shares the top with Efes. Real Madrid started better and led 21-15 after the first period. Moreover the favorites added 19-17 rally in the second frame and had 8 points advantage at the halftime. Unicaja Malaga however dominated the third period and created a 15-2 run in the start of it. Due to 28-13 in the frame the guests took 7-point lead after 30 minutes, They increased to 11 points midway through the last stanza, but managed to take 3-point victory. Luka Zoric led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 18. Fran Vazquez delivered 10 and Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) notched 9. Sergio Rodriguez replied with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Nikola Mirotic brought 12. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored 10 and Sergio Llull added 9.

CSKA - Zalgiris 70-61
CSKA outclass Zalgiris in Moscow and grabbed 8-3 record in Group E of EuroLeague. The Russian team won 70:61 and did not leave any chances for the Lithuanian team to advanced to the next stage. Zalgiris fell at 4-7 and is all but mathematically out of chances to advance. CSKA started strong and led in the majority of the first period. Kaun Sasha scored an alley-oop slam that gave CSKA a 10:6 edge and then Nenad Krstic closed the quarter at 17:12. CSKA added 18-14 rally in the second period as Khryapa fixed the halftime score at 35:26. CSKA continued their dominance in the third period and Papaloukas scored off a steal 45:30, while Zalgiris erupted with 14-0 run later in the period and tied the game at 48:48. Micov however restored a double-digit CSKA lead at 65:55 and then the Russian champion led the game to an important win. Weems Sonny top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) added 12. Jackson Aaron, Krstic Nenad and Kaun Sasha brought 9 points each. Kaukenas Rimantas replied with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) posted 11. Kuzminskas Mindaugas, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) had 8 points apiece.

Anadolu Efes - Brose Bask. 89-86
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 exploded with 29 points for the winners, while Dusko Savanovic netted 14. Joshua Shipp, Kerem Gonlum, Stanko Barac (216-C-86) and Lucas Jamon Lukas Gordon netted 8 each. Bostjan Nachbar replied with massive 24 points and Maik Zirbes had 14. Casey Jacobsen, Jeremiah Massey and Karsten Tadda delivered 12 points each in a loss.

Group F
FCB Regal - Besiktas 86-61
FC Barcelona Regal confirm court advantage in the playoffs with the win over Besiktas JK. The Spanish team improved to 10-1 record in Group F after an easy 86:61 victory. The Turkish side remained winless and fell at 0-11 record. FC Barcelona Regal opened the game with 29-15 surge and never looked behind after. The Spanish favorite posted an 18-16 rally in the second frame and led 16 points at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the hosts. They won the third frame 20-19 and added 19-11 in the last stanza. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Erazem Lorbek had 12. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) and Ante Tomic followed them with 11 points each. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) ended up with 18 points in defeat, while Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) brought 13. Tutku Acik scored 7 and Fikret Can Akin notched 6.

Caja Laboral - Fener.Ulker 87-67
Caja Laboral celebrated a comfortable home win over Fenerbhace in the 11th round of EuroLeague Top 16. Caja Laboral thus jumped at 6-5 record in Group F. Tibor Pleiss stepped up with 14 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts. Fenerbahce fell at 2-9 record after the loss. It was quite lopsided affair. Caja Laboral limited their opponents to 10 points in the first quarter to gain a 6-point lead. The Vitoria team erupted for 30 points in the second frame to ensure a 46:22 halftime advantage. The hosts stayed confidently in charge throughout the third term. Caja Laboral gained a 28-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Fenerbahce poured in 28 points in the final term but just cut the deficit at the end. Fabien Causeur, Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) and Andres Nocioni delivered 12 points each for the winning side. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) answered with 16 points for Fenerbahce. Romain Sato had 15 points in the loss.

Montepaschi - 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 and Kostas Papanikolaou 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 finished with 10 points each for Olympiacos. Matt Janning and Kristjan Kangur chipped in 14 points apiece for Montepaschi.

Maccabi T-A - 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 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 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 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.



Luka Zoric claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Croatian Luka Zoric (211-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Unicaja and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11 (Top 16).
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 21 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Real Madrid (#2, 9-2) 77-74. Unicaja maintains the 5th position in Euroleague group E. Unicaja is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 11 games. It's Zoric's second year at Unicaja and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Luka Zoric averages this season 12.3ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Maccabi T-A. Hickman impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 2 rebounds. It was enough for Maccabi T-A to edge slightly higher-ranked Khimky (6-5) by 1 point 80-79. Maccabi T-A's 6th position in group F has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hickman is a newcomer at Maccabi T-A and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.7ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Australian Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86) of top-ranked FCB Regal. Jawai scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of FCB Regal, leading his team to a 86-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Besiktas (#8, 0-11). Many experts and fans count FCB Regal as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 10 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings in group F. Jawai has a very solid season. In 21 games in Euroleague he scored 7.3ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 66.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86) of Anadolu Efes - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) of Brose Bask. - 24 points and 2 rebounds
6. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) of Panathinaikos - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FCB Regal - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) of Olympiacos - 10 points and 11 rebounds
9. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos - 8 points and 9 assists
10. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81) of Brose Bask. - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 39

Mar. 15: Pyrinto - Lapua 82-90
Mar. 16: FoKoPo - Namika Lahti
Mar. 16: Salon Vilpas - Nilan Bisons
Mar. 16: Lapua - Korihait
Mar. 16: Kouvot - Kauhajoki
Mar. 16: LrNMKY - KTP


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.9 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.9 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.1 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua19.6 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.2 
 7. Logins, LrNM.17.9 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
 10. Holloway, Namika16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 2. Robinson, Korihait9.5 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.4 
 4. Thornton, FoKoPo9.2 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 6. Giles, KTP8.9 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Haanpaa, Lapua8.4 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.4 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.5 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.4.9 
 6. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.5 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.5 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.2 
 4. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.1.9 
 6. Tolbert, Lapua1.7 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 4. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 5. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 19-4 
 2. ToPo 17-6 
 3. Tapiolan Honka 13-9 
 4. BC Nokia 11-9 
 5. Oulun NMKY 11-11 
 6. Huima 8-14 
 7. Pyrinto II 8-14 
 8. SayRi 6-16 
 9. Ura Basket 6-16 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 20-6 
 2. TuNMKY 18-7 
 3. KaU Koris 16-10 
 4. Jarvenpaa 16-10 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 10-16 
 6. HBA-Marsky 9-16 
 7. Espoo Basket 8-18 
 8. JyWe 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

A

Mar. 15: Porvoon Tarmo - ToPo 82-79
Mar. 16: BC Nokia - Oulun NMKY
Mar. 17: Pyrinto II - Oulun NMKY
Mar. 17: Huima - BC Nokia
Mar. 17: Ura Basket - SayRi

B

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


Stats Leaders - Division I

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


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto lost again - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 37: Only one contest tonight. Korikobrat (Lapua) on the road visiting Tampere, where tough home team Pyrinto was leading during the half time 46-43, but Lapua never gave up and after a strong second half Pyrinto suffered the fourth loss at home. The numbers finally 82-90 (46-43) for Lapua. Quarters: 23-22, 23-21, 17-25, 19-22.
Lapua (12-25) is the newcomer in top league this season and is knocking already the play-off-doors. Team's all five starters tonight in double digits. Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander) led Lapua with 23 points. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) had his double-double # 14 this season: 19pts/12rbs. Pyrinto (25-11) has only tiny chances to win the regular season or even be among three best, when there are eight games left before the play-off-games. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) led the hosts with 26 pts.

Pyrinto - Lapua 82-90 (46-43). (Lamonte Ulmer 26, Antero Lehto 16, Damon Williams 12 - Dwight Tolbert 23, Samuel Haanpaa 19/12, Dominique Coleman 16/7a. A: 817).



1. DIVISION: Tarmo from Porvoo regular season winner - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, round 23: Tarmo (Porvoo) is the regular season winner. Tarmo defeated in tonight's thriller Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) after OT 82-79 (69) (39-28). Quarters: 22-13, 17-15, 12-20, 18-21 and 13-10. There is still one round left, but Tarmo (19-4), ToPo (17-6) and Honka (14-9) are the top three teams and ready for the play-off-games. The fourth team will be BC Nokia or YMCA Oulu.
Tarmo started well tonight and was leading already by 20 points (49-29) at time 24:00 minutes. Then ToPo woke up. Visitors made a 19-0 run in 4:46 minutes and the digits were tight 49-48 for Tarmo. Then it was Tarmo's turn for a 12-3 run in six minutes (61-51) and again ToPo's turn for a 5-15 run (66-66) in four minutes. The game was tied 69-69, when ToPo's Sad Niskanen (198-F-88) was on the FT-line shooting two FTs and there were 13 seconds left on the clock. Niskanen missed both FTs and an OT was needed. Tarmo's Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) scored then nine points out of 13 during the OT five minutes and ToPo's hero Devin Ginty (188-G-89, college: San Diego) and his 32 points (1 - 12/13, 2 - 4/9, 3 - 4/7) were three-four short for the victory.

Tarmo - ToPo OT 82-79 (69) (39-28). (Vernon Taylor 27, Isaiah Tate 26, Jerrah Young 8/10 - Devin Ginty 32, Marcus Capers 21/15, HL Coleman 10. A: 593).



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Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 21-6 
 2. Evreux 20-7 
 3. Chalons-Reims 18-9 
 4. Le Portel 18-9 
 5. Boulogne 17-10 
 6. Rouen 15-12 
 7. Antibes 15-12 
 8. Fos Ouest 15-12 
 9. Bourg 14-12 
 10. Maurienne 14-13 
 11. Lille 13-14 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 12-15 
 13. St Quentin 11-16 
 14. St Vallier 9-17 
 15. Denain 9-18 
 16. Nantes 9-18 
 17. Bordeaux 7-20 
 18. Charleville 5-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 15: Bordeaux - Evreux 97-102
Mar. 15: Lille - Nantes 90-74
Mar. 15: Rouen - Boulogne 84-86
Mar. 15: Maurienne - Fos Ouest 80-69
Mar. 15: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - St Quentin 75-70
Mar. 15: Charleville - Chalons-Reims 74-96
Mar. 15: Hyeres-Toulon - Antibes 64-62
Mar. 15: Le Portel - Denain 63-84
Mar. 16: Bourg - St Vallier


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Brown, Maurienne22.1 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Wood, Evreux19.1 
 5. Blue, Antibes18.9 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.3 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.5 
 8. Hannah, Evreux17.4 
 9. Sanders, Charlevil.17.2 
 10. McKines, Rouen17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Wood, Evreux10.0 
 2. Bing, Maurienne10.0 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.2 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin8.9 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.5 
 8. Blue, Antibes7.9 
 9. Rouse, St Vallier7.9 
 10. Burrell, Chalons-.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.7 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 5. Dumas, Bourg5.4 
 6. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.4 
 7. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 8. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 9. Bassett, Rouen5.0 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.3 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.0 
 5. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 6. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 8. Toto N''Kote, Fos1.8 
 9. Rowland, Boulogne1.7 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.6 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.1 
 6. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 7. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 8. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 9. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 
 10. Blue, Antibes0.9 


Joakim Noah and the Bulls ran all over the Warriors on Friday, - by Eurobasket News

Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) and the Bulls ran all over the Warriors on Friday, with Noah's 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 13 rebounds, three assists and one steal leading the way.Luol Deng scored 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds and two steals, and Carlos Boozer carved up the Warriors' soft interior defense for 21 points, nine boards, five assists and three steals in the 28-point road win.
Courtesy of: http://www.rotoworld.com



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Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (18-3) in their last game. Despite McCalebb's very good performance Fenerbahce Ulker lost 73-81 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) Tofas. He was the top scorer with 21 points in 29 minutes on the court. It was Fenerbahce Ulker's first loss after six consecutive victories. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 48.3%(14-29) and FT: 86.3% in the 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL. Massey was not able to help Brose Baskets Bamberg (21-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Brose Baskets Bamberg lost 97-104 in Hagen to the much lower-ranked (#11) Phoenix. Massey scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. It's Massey's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 62.5%(25-40), 3FGP: 29.0% and FT: 78.4% in the nine games. Massey is a naturalized American. He played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2009. Apparently Massey has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a 1-point Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (7-4) 68-67 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Antic scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (7-4) is placed third in group F. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This season Antic averages: 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 77.8%. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an overtime Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (11-11) 97-88 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points and added 4 passes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-8) is placed fifth in the SerieA. Green's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #5. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine) led BC Donetsk to a victory against the third-ranked Mykolaiv (3-4) 77-66 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Stojanovski recorded 11 points in 31 minutes. 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. Stojanovski has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 28 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #6. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Zvezda (17-7) in their game against HKK Siroki WWin (8-16) in the Adriatic League. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Samardziski scored only 2 points. Zvezda was defeated 78-74 in Siroki Brijeg by the one of league's weakest teams HKK Siroki WWin (#13). They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Samardziski's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Bojan Krstevski
Bojan Krstevski
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Kavala (3-6) in their game against Levski Sofia (6-2) in the Balkan League. Krstevski recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. The fifth-placed Kavala lost 73-88 in Sofia to the leading Levski in the group C of Balkan League. It was Kavala's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. This year Krstevski's overall stats are: 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 12 games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U20 national team four years ago.

Stojan Gjuroski
Stojan Gjuroski
   #8. Forward Stojan Gjuroski (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Louisiana Tech (16-3) in their game against the Denver University (0-0) in the NCAA. Gjuroski cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. The Louisiana Tech was crushed 78-54 in Denver, CO by the Denver University. It was Louisiana Tech's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Gjuroski's stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3spg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

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

   #1. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help one of league's weakest teams Le Mans (13-9) in their last game on Monday. Despite Washington's very good performance Le Mans was defeated 88-81 on the road by the higher-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#4). He was the top scorer with 29 points. Washington also added 4 rebounds. Washington has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. Washington is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against one of league's weakest teams Poitiers (7-15) 73-60 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded 12 points in 24 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (16-6) is placed first in the ProA. Winston has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Winston has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #3. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a 3-point Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 71-68 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Wilkinson scored 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Unics Kazan (4-2) is placed first. Wilkinson's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 2.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. However Wilkinson has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #4. Experienced Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) led Stjarnan to a victory against the seventh-ranked KR (11-10) 87-75 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Thursday night. He scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. Stjarnan (5-1) is placed second in the Dominos League. Zdravevski's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. He averaged so far 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.3apg in the 20 games. Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.

   #5. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) was not able to help Pertevniyal (9-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Osman's good performance Pertevniyal was crushed 88-64 in a derby game by the much higher-ranked Darussafaka (#7). He scored 14 points. Osman averaged so far 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Turkish. Despite Osman's FYR Macedonian nationality, he currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #6. Djordje Jovanovic contributed to Irakleio's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Koroivos 61-56 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Jovanovic recorded 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Jovanovic has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg and 8.0rpg.



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 13: Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi 92-82
Mar. 15: Rustavi - Kutaisi 84-85
Mar. 13: Sokhumi - STU Tbilisi 79-66
Mar. 13: Samedicino - Batumi 73-81
Mar. 13: Armia - TSU Tbilisi 109-45

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 22: Batumi - STU Tbilisi
Mar. 27: Samedicino - TSU Tbilisi
Mar. 27: Olimpi - MIA Academy
Mar. 27: Armia - Rustavi
Mar. 27: Sokhumi - Dinamo Tbilisi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi22.3 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi21.5 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.20.8 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.19.6 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.16.9 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi16.6 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi16.5 
 8. Chikviladze, Dinam.15.8 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.6 
 10. Clayman, Dinamo T.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.13.4 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.9 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi12.2 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.9 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.5 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.1 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi8.9 
 8. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.9 
 9. Prewitt, MIA A.7.9 
 10. Wilson, Armia7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.6.6 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi6.2 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.9 
 5. Bakradze, TSU T.5.5 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.3 
 7. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.1 
 8. Bowie, Rustavi5.1 
 9. Millage, Armia4.0 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.6 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.4 
 3. Millage, Armia2.3 
 4. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 5. Ramishvili, Batumi2.0 
 6. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.1.8 
 8. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.7 
 9. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.3 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.6 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.3 
 5. Milosevic, Olimpi1.3 
 6. Archibeque, MIA A.1.2 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 8. Eliashvili, Batumi1.0 
 9. Wilson, Armia0.9 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


Superleague Round 18: Olimpi keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Olimpi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Olimpi defeated 5th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi at home 92-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. They outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 52-32 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Dinamo Tbilisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Konstantine Tomaradze (197-90) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpi (14-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with MIA Academy. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will play next round against Sokhumi trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena of Sokhumi. Olimpi will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked MIA. It will be extra interesting game as MIA is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Important game to mention about took place in Rustavi. Sixth ranked Kutaisi (10-7) saved a 1-point derby victory on the road edging 4th ranked Energy Invest (12-5) 85-84 on Friday evening. Naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) notched 28 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Zaur Pashayev supported him with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Even a double-double of 21 points and 19 rebounds by American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Kutaisi maintains sixth position with 10-7 record. Energy Invest at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Kutaisi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Energy Invest will play on the road against Armia (#3) in Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#3) and TSU (#7). Armia (13-3) smashed visiting TSU (6-11) by 64 points 109-45. The best player for the winners was Lasha Parghalava who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Serzhi Aselaini who recorded 10 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. Defending champion maintains third position with 13-3 record behind leader Olimpi. Loser TSU dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. Armia will meet at home Energy Invest (#4) in the next round. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
Bottom-ranked STU (0-16) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to eighth ranked Sokhumi (6-10) 79-66. It was a good game for Grigol Shvangiradze who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. STU's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokhumi moved-up to seventh place. STU at the other side still closes the standings. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.

In the last game of round 18 Batumi won against Samedicino on the opponent's court 81-73.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by Nate Bowie of Rustavi.


Rustavi - Kutaisi 84-85

Important game to mention about took place in Rustavi. Sixth ranked Kutaisi (10-7) saved a 1-point derby victory on the road edging 4th ranked Energy Invest (12-5) 85-84 on Friday evening. Energy Invest was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-22 charge of Kutaisi, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) notched 28 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashayev (188-83) supported him with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 19 rebounds by American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. His fellow American import guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) added 26 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Kutaisi maintains sixth position with 10-7 record. Energy Invest at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Kutaisi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Energy Invest will play on the road against Armia (#3) in Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: N.Bowie 26+8reb+8ast, K.Nelson 21+19reb+2ast, R.Atanelishvili 9+6reb+1ast, T.Toudjani 8+4reb+2ast, R.Chachanidze 8, M.Abaishvili 6+1reb+6ast
Kutaisi: D.Barbakadze 28+4reb+4ast, G.Barbakadze 18+5reb+4ast, R.Matiashvili 15+16reb+2ast, Z.Pashayev 15+8reb+10ast, T.Babunashvili 5+3reb+6ast, V.Koguashvili 2+1reb
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Sokhumi - STU Tbilisi 79-66

Bottom-ranked STU (0-16) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to eighth ranked Sokhumi (6-10) 79-66. The game without a history. Sokhumi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sokhumi outrebounded STU 53-33 including a 39-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Grigol Shvangiradze (196-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Giorgi Pirvelashvili (201-88) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) added 16 points in the effort for STU. Four STU players scored in double figures. STU's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokhumi moved-up to seventh place. STU at the other side still closes the standings. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: G.Pirvelashvili 18+8reb+3ast, T.Chachibaia 16+4reb, Z.Korkotadze 12+5reb+2ast, G.Kvetenadze 10+1reb, G.Kuchava 5+5reb, I.Dzidziguri 2+1reb
Sokhumi: B.Stojakovic 22+5reb+2ast, S.Atvashovili 20+14reb, G.Shvangiradze 20+12reb+3ast, D.Miuznieks 6+1reb, R.Baakashvili 5+2reb+3ast, V.Kadaria 4+15reb+3ast
gschID: 231595


Armia - TSU Tbilisi 109-45

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#3) and TSU (#7). Armia (13-3) smashed visiting TSU (6-11) by 64 points 109-45. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSU to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to TSU's 36. Armia forced 21 TSU turnovers and outrebounded them 51-30 including a 39-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by TSU's players. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Irakli Sakvarelidze (201-86, college: Dominican, NY) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Armia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Serzhi Aselaini (198-91) who recorded 10 points and 6 rebounds and center Irakli Kobidze (208-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains third position with 13-3 record behind leader Olimpi. Loser TSU dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. Armia will meet at home Energy Invest (#4) in the next round. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: I.Kobidze 11+5reb+1ast, S.Aselaini 10+6reb+1ast, G.Tvauri 6, D.Khizanishvili 4+3reb+1ast, G.Bakradze 3+1ast, G.Tetelashvili 3+2reb+3ast
Armia: L.Parghalava 18+7reb+5ast, A.Boisa 17+4reb+1ast, Z.Babiashvili 14+6reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 14+7reb+4ast, B.Lezhava 10+4reb+3ast, G.Sharabidze 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 231594


Samedicino - Batumi 73-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Samedicino-Academia's (1-15) home loss to ninth ranked Batumi (4-13) 73-81. The guests were already 20 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-15 Samedicino-Academia's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-73 at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Samedicino-Academia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Nika Ramishvili (179-94) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Irakli Gabisonia (195-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and center Levan Revazashvili (207-92) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Samedicino-Academia. Four Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Batumi maintains ninth position with 4-13 record. Samedicino-Academia lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Batumi's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked STU (#11) in Tbilisi. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi TSU.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: I.Gabisonia 16+12reb+1ast, L.Revazashvili 15+7reb+1ast, G.Gaprindashvili 12+4reb+2ast, D.Artsividze 11+2reb+5ast, Z.Maisuradze 10+2reb+1ast, G.Periashvili 9+9reb
Batumi: N.Ramishvili 33+8reb+4ast, L.Keshelava 15+12reb, A.Eliashvili 13+6reb+4ast, G.Kvelashvili 9+8reb, I.Maisuradze 7+1reb+2ast, N.Sigua 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 231592


Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi 92-82

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Olimpi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Olimpi defeated 5th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi at home 92-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. They outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 52-32 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Dinamo Tbilisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Konstantine Tomaradze (197-90) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Flynn Clayman (206-88, college: Cumberlands) scored 21 points. 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. Olimpi (14-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with MIA Academy. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will play next round against Sokhumi trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena of Sokhumi. Olimpi will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked MIA. It will be extra interesting game as MIA is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: F.Clayman 21+3reb, L.Karim 19+7reb+6ast, B.Chikviladze 16+5reb+1ast, I.Keidia 13+3reb+2ast, M.Oluic 5+5reb+1ast, G.Ormotsadze 4+2reb+1ast
Olimpi: K.Tomaradze 18+6reb+3ast, S.Sokk 15+4reb+6ast, A.Dvalishvili 14+7reb, S.Milosevic 12+15reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 11+7reb, M.Andriukaitis 8+3reb
gschID: 231593



Georgian Superleague round 18 best performance: Nika Ramishvili - by Eurobasket News

Shooting guard Nika Ramishvili (179-SG-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Batumi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Samedicino (#10, 1-15) 81-73. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Batumi maintains the 9th position in Georgian Superleague. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 13 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Ramishvili had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Batumi, through which he has constantly improved. Nika Ramishvili averages this season 14.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi. Bowie had a very good evening with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Rustavi was edged by slightly lower-ranked Kutaisi (#6, 10-7) 85-84. Rustavi managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Bowie is a newcomer at Rustavi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.1rpg and 5.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rustavi's star - American forward Kyle Nelson (203-F-89, agency: N.E.T.). Nelson scored 21 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Nelson's great performance Rustavi lost 84-85 to slightly lower-ranked Kutaisi (#6, 10-7). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Rustavi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Nelson has a great season in Georgia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (6th best). He also has FGP: 57.9% and 3PT: 42.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87) of Armia - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Davit Barbakadze (203-F-82) of Kutaisi - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) of Kutaisi - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Sergo Atvashovili (223-C-85) of Sokhumi - 20 points and 14 rebounds
8. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91) of Sokhumi - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Olimpi - 12 points and 15 rebounds
10. Konstantine Tomaradze (197-G-90) of Olimpi - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Zaza Pachulia injury: Hawks center out indefinitely with Achilles injury - by Eurobasket News

Zaza Pachulia (210-C-84) told reporters during Friday's shootaround that he is "out indefinitely" with an Achilles problem that has sidelined him for the last six games.

While Jeff Teague and Josh Smith may both return to the lineup on Friday, the news isn't as good for Atlanta Hawks reserve center Zaza Zaza Pachulia who says he is "out indefinitely" with an Achilles injury.

Zaza Pachulia has sought out second and third opinions on the injury that he concedes is getting worse. He is awaiting a report from his doctors and in the meantime is continuing to receive treatment.

"Right now, I can just say that I'm out indefinitely," Zaza Pachulia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday. "We are in the process of different treatments. There is no timeframe. All I can say is it is indefinite. There is no report from the doctors yet. Basically, every day matters. We are expecting it to get better. We don't know when or how soon. Hopefully the treatments will help."

Johan Petro has stepped up in Zaza Pachulia's absence and has saw increased playing time. Petro got the start and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Lakers. Zaza Pachulia has appeared in 52 games this season and is averaging 5.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Courtesy of: http://www.peachtreehoops.com



Shengelia is assigned to Springfield Armor - by Eurobasket News

Springfield Armor inked 22-year old Georgian power forward Tornike Shengelia (203-103kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Springfield Armor as he played here before. Shengelia played recently at Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. But in 15 games he recorded just 1.2ppg this season. He also played at Springfield Armor earlier that season. In 6 D-League games he averaged impressive 26.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.0apg, 2.7spg and 1.0bpg. The last season Shengelia played at Spirou Charleroi (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 41 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Shengelia also played 12 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.6ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Ethias League) in Belgium. In 32 games he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.1rpg. Part of previous (09-10) season Shengelia spent at Valencia Basket in Spanish league. In two Eurocup games he averaged 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg. The other team he played shortly was Valencia Basket (EBA) in Spanish league.
Last year Shengelia was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (54th overall). He represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.7spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 55.0%.
Shengelia has played previously for Pamesa II Valencia.
His game is described as: (by Giovanni Conte for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A natural small forward, but can also play with his back to the basket, thanks to his physical strength ... He's an agile player with skills in various parts of the game: he can shoot, dribble and also play off the ball adroitly .... Physically is strong and athletic, so he can be a good rebounder for the position. His first step is not a strength. On defense he can struggle in the post when he plays power forward, and on the perimeter with the quickness of small forwards ... He has to improve his efficiency on free throws and develop the range and consistency to shoot behind the arc ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 19-7 
 2. Goettingen 19-7 
 3. Duesseldorf 18-8 
 4. Cuxhaven 15-11 
 5. Karlsruhe 15-11 
 6. Ehingen 14-12 
 7. Chemnitz 13-13 
 8. Jena 13-13 
 9. NBC 13-13 
 10. Heidelberg 12-14 
 11. Crailsheim 11-15 
 12. Gotha 10-16 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 10-16 
 14. Finke Baskets 10-16 
 15. Kirchheim 10-16 
 16. Leipzig 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 15: Ehingen - Cuxhaven 95-75
Mar. 15: Vechta - ETB Wohnbau 90-85
Mar. 15: Crailsheim - Jena 90-79
Mar. 15: Karlsruhe - Gotha 85-91
Mar. 15: Duesseldorf - Finke Baskets 77-74
Mar. 15: Heidelberg - Chemnitz 75-63
Mar. 15: Goettingen - NBC 65-77
Mar. 15: Leipzig - Kirchheim 103-97

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 17: ETB Wohnbau - Crailsheim
Mar. 17: Gotha - Vechta
Mar. 17: NBC - Karlsruhe
Mar. 17: Chemnitz - Goettingen
Mar. 17: Finke Baskets - Heidelberg
Mar. 17: Cuxhaven - Duesseldorf
Mar. 17: Kirchheim - Ehingen
Mar. 17: Jena - Leipzig


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.4 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.8 
 3. Nixon, NBC18.0 
 4. Williams, Vechta17.6 
 5. Griffin, Gotha17.5 
 6. White, Heidelberg16.5 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen16.4 
 8. Barker, Jena16.3 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.6 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.8 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.3 
 4. Baker, Gotha8.1 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe7.8 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.7 
 7. Henley, ETB W.7.6 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.5 
 9. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 10. Livas, Goettingen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Vechta7.0 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.0 
 3. Aud, Finke Baskets5.7 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.6 
 7. Barker, Jena4.4 
 8. Jeka, Jena4.3 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg3.9 
 10. Tzakopoulos, Due.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Vechta2.7 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.5 
 7. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.5 
 8. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Harris, Goettingen1.4 
 10. Stockton, Karlsru.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.3 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.2 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 8. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 9. Ferguson, Vechta0.8 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.0.8 


The Brose Baskets Bamberg Experiencing Some Cracks In Their Dynasty This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

From 2009-2012, winning for the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the Beko BBL has seemed as simple as it is for NBA player Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian to drown in the tabloids, The Boston Celtics to win games without Rajon Rondo or the way Bayer Giants Leverkusen guard Josh Parker has been able to tear up the PRO B this season. In these three years, Bamberg had a record of 111-25 in the Beko BBL. In 2009-2010, they even lost 12 games in the regular season, but showed their grit in playoffs winning a hard fought 5 games series vs Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The 2010-2011 regular season was their strongest going 30-4 and after winning the first 17 games and lost surprisingly in Duesseldorf. They needed five games series in the playoffs against Artland and Alba Berlin. Last season, they were 30-4 in the regular season and blew away the competition in the playoffs and only lost one time vs Bonn at home which was their only loss at home in two years. In this span they won six titles, but this season a dent was put into the quadruple losing in the cup to FC Bayern Munich. In the last years, they kept many players keeping the chemistry intact and adding the perfect players like a Kyle Hines or Marcus Slaughter, but this season, they seem more vulnerable. Players like Latavious Williams and Teddy Gipson have come and gone which has rattled the seemingly perfect put together rosters of the last years. Bamberg is still the favorite of many critics to win the Beko BBL title, but it wont be easier as the league continues to be competitive and teams like Munich, Ulm and Oldenburg have gotten stronger and will challenge them. Winning it all wont be easy, but as long as Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) is on board, fans can be content that Mr Bamberg wont concede until winning a 5th championship. One guy has had success this season against Bamberg is 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood who beat them twice. Wood knows that Bamberg is still one of the top teams and that playing against Chris Fleming and co will be a totally new experience like it is when you run that first marathon after training months and months for it and being in top shape. 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, warned Detroit native Dashaun Wood. Bamberg has had misfortune and many players that have come and gone and now John Goldsberry is hurt again. They just havent been as consistent and are still looking for it, stressed Konstantin Klein.

One thing that Brose Baskets Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming has learned twice the last two off seasons is that one should not change a winning team and if dollars get in the way then try to keep as much as possible to keep that winning chemistry in tact. Last season, the team kept 11 players, losing Americans Kyle Hines that reached the big time with Top Euroleague team Olympiakos Piraeus and Reyshawn Terry. The team added sufficient strength for these two positions with ex Bremerhaven brat wurst eater Marcus Slaughter who left the Beko BBL in 2008 averaging 18ppg and 10rpg after 8 games and athletic forward Pj Tucker. The team got added offensive firepower with ex Alba Berlin guard Julius Jenkins that has won titles and may be still be one of the most dangerous crunch time players in the Beko BBL where teams would rather see him on the bench fouled out then on the floor when the going gets tough. . I think they were deeper than in 2010-2011 and the pieces they lost they replaced them in a great way, warned John Bynum. Last season the Brose Baskets Bamberg finished with a staggering 30-4 record. They started the season with a seven game winning streak and then surprisingly losing in Berlin and Giessen. They then stormed out on a 15 game winning streak before falling on their faces in Frankfurt losing. They then finished the regular season with a 8-1 record losing in a 107-103 shoot out against FC Bayern Munich. Last season, it was their deepness that helped them be so successful. They are just stacked in each position and they dont have let downs at any point during a game. You can't make too many mistakes and if you do they make you pay for it. On offense they had so many guys they can go to and anyone can put the ball in the basket. As far as defense they take you out of sets and make you play further then you are used to playing by ball pressure and by playing physical, warned John Bynum.

One can discuss all day long about how strong Bamberg was last season or ask ex Bamberg guard Michael Hakim Jordan how many quick smiles he can produce that equal the number of strenghes that the team have, but relentless aggressive defense, immaculate speedy ball movement or maybe the most important of all total unselfishness and that has to do with having the right characters players mesh together in the right system. So often finding the right players for a certain system isnt easy, but Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming has the right New Jersey twist to haul in the right players. Chris is a great coach and has a great system and each player he has brought in fits the system to perfection. He has taken Bamberg to a very high level with their talent and his coaching ability. Bamberg has gotten stronger each season and if that continues, one shouldnt have to shy away from soon making dynasty comparisons to the Alba Berlin teams from 1997-2003. Bamberg is going in the right direction for it to be called a dynasty but a lot has to fall into their favor. If they are able to sustain their level of play and not have any key injuries then they can continue their high level of play, warned John Bynum. An important question also remains if the team can stay hungry to keep winning and have nonstop motivaton? I dont think that coach will have a hard time motivating anyone. We play to win. We practiced hard and the new players brought a lot of excitement and we knew what is in front of us. The old players wanted to create history and the new players wanted to become part of history. Everyone was highly motivated to win, warned ex Bamberg forward Marcus Slaughter.

The question remains, can the long time Bamberg players still carry that same motivation, while the many new players should be able to have the eagerness to perform at a high level to extend that dynasty to a four peat. Bamberg manager Wolfgang Header had to swallow hard losing Brian Roberts and PJ Tucker to the NBA, German national player and Marcus Slaughter to the ACB league, Julius Jenkins to title candidate Oldenburg and Redraw Suput. Bamberg was able to keep importantbasketball figure heads Casey Jacobsen, 2012 top European qualifying top scorer Anton Gavel, John Goldsberry and Germans Karsten Tadda and Philipp Neumann. The question will remain how quickly Chris Fleming can construct ateam chemistry with the old and new players. The club brought in Sharod Ford who has NBA experience and was top center in Italy the last seasons. Sergerio Gipson will give scoring input at the guard position. Bostjan Nachtbar will help all over the court and could be the top star in the Beko BBL this season. Maik Zirbes was brought in to bolster the boards and hopes to develop as well as Tibor Pleiss has the last year. Talented Australian AJ Ogilvy also will give strength under the boards. Players have come and gone in the last months as the team said farewell to Sergerio Gipson and Latavious Williams. The team recently bolstered their roster with ex NBA player Matt Walsh who is a scorer, but also fills up the stat sheets with rebounds and assists, American Jeremiah Massey who is big and strong and can finish in traffic and has much experience in Europe and American Alex Renfroe who came for Gipson and will bolster the guard position. The biggest strength of the Brose Baskets Bamberg this season will be their experience and deepness at every position. Fleming will also have to be able to tame his players with their playing minutes. The team will be a force on defense as always especially at the guard position where Anton Gavel is heralded as the best in the Beko BBL. Fleming also will have a strong front court with Ford, Ogilvy and Zirbes. On account of their strength inside, Bamberg will most likely be more unpredictable and move the ball inside more than other seasons instead of over the wing. The only real serious problem that this team could have is if the team chemistry doesnt develop as well during the season. The club isnt a well oiled team like the last seasons and will need time to find each other. Bamberg is a great team. They dont have the continuity of the last years, but they got quality players to replace them. Chris Fleming has the experience of knowing which players to get. Bamberg will play for the title, stressed Steven Clauss.

The Skyliners have a massive negative record on the road in Bamberg going six years without a win until the Beko BBL playoffs 2010 where the club of Gordon Herbert won in game one 65-63. In the Ballsporthalle, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a 3-7 record since the 2005-2006 season. Who could forget the embarrassing 81-48 loss in 2007 which was the last game for Skyliner coach Charles Barton. In 2009-2010 the club won twice winning in the regular season 84-80 as the team was led by American point guard Aubrey Reese with 18 points. They won a second time last season in game four with a 69-56 win sending the 2010 BEKO BBL finals back to Bamberg as Alba Berlin American Derrick Allen led the charge with 19 points and seven rebounds. In the first meeting in 2010-2011, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were able to pull out a hard fought 71-62 win as they rallied from being down 60-55 and ended the game with a 16-2 run. Anton Gavel led all scorers with 19 points and Reyshawn Terry added 15 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 15 points, but he steered only two assists. Brad Buckman and Jimmy Mckinney chipped in with 10 points a piece. Bamberg was able to shoot over 40% from the field and outside while Frankfurt didnt have the touch from the three point line at only 29%. In the second game at home, Bamberg won easily 81-63. Since the 2005-2006 season, the Skyliners have a miserable 4-16 record against the three time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. Lin 2010-2011 they lost four times in Bamberg, in the Champions Cup, against Bamberg and twice in Cup play against Braunschweig and the Artland Dragons. Last season, the Fraport Skyliners stunk up the Stechert arena with a degrading 97-63 loss. Julius Jenkins led Bamberg with 20 points while Jon Leuer produced 17 points and 14 rebounds. In the return game, the Fraport Skyliners gave a spirited effort winning in sensational style 76-68. Frankfurt had a strong 16-7 third quarter leading the team to the win. Jimmy Mckinney had 19 points while Marcus Slaughter had 15 points. In the first game, despite a strong first half by Frankfurt, Bamberg was able to prevail in the second half wining 76-67. Anton Gavel led Bamberg with 19 points and the ex NBA players Casey Jacobsen and Bostjan Nachbar contributed 14 points a piece, while ex Skyliner Ted Scott produced 14 points. Bamberg had been playing very tough basketball since Christmas having a 11 game winning streak, but lost the last two games on the road in Munich and Hagen. The Fraport Skyliners had their three game winning streak snapped in Ulm, but played another strong first half, but couldnt finish the job in the second half. Skyliner Konstantin Klein knows the team will have to give more than 100%. We didnt have the same intensity in the second half as in the first half in Ulm. In the second half, we werent as concentrated as we made easy mistakes like letting Per Guentehr hit two threes on the fast break. You have to play for 40 minutes to win against a team like Ulm. We have to play good defense like we did against Berlin and Ulm where we got easy fast break points. We have to be at our best for 40 minutes to have any chance against Bamberg, stressed Konstantin Klein.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg are led by Bostjan Nachbar is a 32 year old 207cm forward from Slovenia that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL. He is a is an athletic all-around player with a great outside shooting touch and high basketball IQ. He possesses all the skills and the size needed to excel on forward position and to be a serious mismatch threat for opponent. His shooting instinct allows him to knock down jumpers from behind the arc and mid-range distance. He can create shots for himself or pass the ball to his open teammates because of his good shot selection. With his athletic body Bostjan can penetrate to the rim and finish with the basket. Reading the game and making off-ball cuts with layups are among his strong sides. When it comes to fast breaks and transition game he attacks defense aggressively and draws fouls from opponents. This takes him to the line where he scores with high accuracy. His good size and smarts allow him to be always present for offensive and defensive rebounds. He began his basketball career in 1995 for Maribor Ovni. He then got two years experience for Benetton Trevisio already playing 20 Euroleague games at age 20. He was drafted by the NBA Houston Rockets in 2002 in the first round at #15. He played in the NBA from 2002-2008 playing a total of 309 NBA games for the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets and New Jersey Nets. He was an Atlantic Division champion in 2006. He returned back to Europe in 2008 and has played for Dynamo Moscow, Efes Pilsen and last season for Unics Kazan (Russia-PBL): VTB League: 4 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg; Euroleague: 7 games: 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg; Russian League: 10 games: 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg. He played at the European chmapions in 2003, 2005 and 2009 and World Championships in 2006 and 2010.

Sharod Ford is a 30 year old 206cm power forward/center from Washington D.C. He is a A great intimador inside, thanks to great timing and leaping ability. His great athletic skills allow him to be good rebounder and a spectacular slasher, but he showed to be very good even in all the other parts of the game, like passing and ball-handling. He started his basketball career at Clemson in 2001 playing there until 2005. AS a rookie, he played three NBA games for the Phoenix Suns. He finished the season with Alba Berlin helping them win the Beko BBL title. He played a second season for Alba Berlin before moving to Italy. From 2008-2012, he played in Italy with a small four game career in Russia for St Petersburg. In Italy Ford established himself as the top rebounding player leading the league each year in rebounds. Last season, he returned back to the States to play for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 6 games: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 66.7%. Sergerio Gipson is a 32 year old 193 cm guard from Farmersville, Louisiana that returns back to the Beko BBL after playing in Paderborn in the 2006-2007 season. He started his basketball career in 1998 for Arkansas (NCAA) where he played until 2002. In his nine year carrer, he played five seasons in Holland and three years in France and one season in Germany. In Holland, he won three league titles and two cups and was a five time allstar. Last season, he played for Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA, starting five): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 80.0%; French League: 28 games: Score-3 (17.1ppg), 3.9rpg, 4.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 78.6%.

AJ Ogily is a 24 year old 211cm center from Australia that also has the Irsh citizenship. His strong point is his defence, with a number of blocked shots in (nearly) every game he plays, has very good synchronization in the air and at the same time very nice positioning which helps him out in the rebounding area in both the defence and offence. Andrew has also an excellent control of his efforts, so he rarely risks his defensive position. He is very aggressive in the court which helps him to "hide" some of his disadvantages. He is an average shooter from the mid-range area, has quite good basketball IQ.He started his basketball career at the Australian Institute Sport (ABA). He then went to the States and played at Vanderbilt until 2010 playing a total of 96 NCAA games. In 2010-2011, he started his basketball career for Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): EuroCup: 8 games: 10.9ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 57.9%, FT: 75.0%; Turkish League: 30 games: 12.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 60.6%, FT: 76.2%. Last season, he played for Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB): EuroCup: 8 games: 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 53.6%, FT: 69.6%; Spanish League: 26 games: 4.8ppg, 2.3rpg. The team also brought in Latavious Williams who is a 23 year old 202cm forward that hails form Starkville, Mississippi and never played an NCAA game. He is a very athletic forwad who can play on the wing or down low. Williams attacks the offensive glass and finishes offensive rebounds above the rim with tip-dunks. Also, he is expected to could grew up a little more. Despite an immense talent and upside, he hasn' t yet a true position and is very green. He played at Christian Life Center High School, Humble, Texas. In 2009-2010, he turned professional and played in the D-league for the Tulsa 66ers until 2011. Last season, he came to Europe and played for FIATC Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 9.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 59.7%, FT: 70.0%. This past summer, he played 2012 July: AirTran Orlando Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder): 2 games: 6.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg.

Anton Gavel is a 28 year old 189cm combo guard from Slovakia that has experience and can score quickly and in bunches when needed. He is playing his fourth season with Bamberg and started his basketball career for BG Karlsruhe and then played for Giessen from 2004-2006. In 2004-2005, he was a big factor in almost kicking out Bamberg out of the playoffs. That season he played 39 games: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 35.7%. The next season, he was even better as he played 30 games: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 52.4%. he then got valuable experience playing in Spain in the ACB for PolarWorld Murcia from 2006-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). Last season he played for Svit (Extraliga, starting five), Slovakian League: 2 games: 22.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg; in Nov.'09 moved to Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 36 games: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 71.7%; EuroCup: 12 games: 6.8ppg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 84.0%. In 2010-2011, he played 10 Euroleague games: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 92.7%; German League: 45 games: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 84.5%. Last season, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 73.1%; German League: 42 games: 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 75.9%. The name Maik Zirbes has always been seen as a guy that could develop into one of the top German centers and currently can keep doing it with Bamberg after getting the chance with TBB Trier under Henrik Rodl. He was born in Traben-Trarbach is a huge talent and has been able to increase his playing time each season in Trier. He started his basketball career in the TBB Trier youth programs and in 2008-2009 he played 12 games averaging 1.3ppg and in the summer of 2009 played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 64.7%. In 2010-2011, he averaged 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 73.3% He is a big body with soft hands and will help them under the boards. He is very talented, warned ex TBB Trier forward Chris Copeland. Last season, he played 34 games: 10.6ppg, Reb-5 (7.1rpg), FGP: 57.3%, FT: 69.9%.

Casey Jacobsen is a31 year old 198cm shooting guard/small forward is playing his fifth season with Bamberg after winning the BEKO BBL title with the team in 2007 and 2010 and Cup in 2010. The American from Glendora California is an outstanding player, a great competitor, both a scorer and a shooter. He can defend, take the charge, and he'll get a rebound in a crowd because he's tough. A complete player who plays hard, and plays smart. He played 287 NBA games for The Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies. He played at Stanford from 1998-2002 and in his senior year averaged 21.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 77.6%; Finished career ranked 3rd in all time points (1723), 6th in points per game (18.1), 2nd in three point field goals (22) and 4th in three point percentage (.427). Left Stanford as the sole or co-owner of 49 school records. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns (from Boston) (NBA,1rd (22). He played In France for in 2005-2006 for Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 25 games: 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 44.5%, FT: 76.7%; Spanish League: 44 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 77.0%. In 2008-2009 he played for Alba Berlin winning the BEKO BBL cup playing Euroleague: 16 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 68.4%; German League: 43 games: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 76.8%. In 2010-2011 for Bamberg, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 68.2%; German Bundesliga: 48 games: 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 84.9%. Last season, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 85.0%; German League: 44 games: 10.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 86.4%.

The team is also filled with talented young Germans led by Kartsen Tadda who is a 24 year old 189cm guard. He has been with Bamberg since 2007. He started his basketball career at Troester Breitenguessbach in 2005. In 2009-2010 for Bamberg he played Eurocup 14 games: 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg; German League: 45 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg. In 2010-2011, he played German League: 47 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg; Euroleague: 10 games: 0.8ppg; played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB, starting five): 2 games: 16.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg. He is known as an aggressive and relentless defender. Last season, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 2.4ppg; German League: 44 games: 3.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.5apg. Phillip Neumann is a 20 year old 210cm center that was born in Cologne Germany. He started his basketball career for SSKC Aschaffenburg / TV Langen U16 team in 2007. In 2008 he played for Franken Hexer (ProB): 21 games: 4.5ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg). In 2009-2010, he played for Baskets Bamberg junior team: 21.0ppg, 12.8rpg, had also license to play at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.0%. In 2010, he played at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 12.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 62.9%. In 2010-2011 he played German League: 18 games: 1.2ppg; German League: Euroleague: 1 game: 0pts. Last season, he played 25 games: 2.6ppg, 1.9rpg; Euroleague: 3 games: 0.7ppg; had also a license to play at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 19 games: 12.1ppg, 8.4rpg, Blocks-3 (1.9bpg), FGP: 54.2%, FT: 60.3%. John Goldsberry also returns after a long injury. Goldsberry is a 30 year old 191cm guard from Ohio. He is playing his fifth season for Bamberg. He started his basketball career for NC-Wilmington (NCAA) from 2002-2006. As a rookie, he played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-1.Bundesliga), injured in Oct.'06 and was sidelined for 8 weeks: 32 games: 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-1 (2.6spg), 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 40.2%, FT: 73.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for the Artland Dragons helping them win the German cup in Hamburg against EnBW Ludwigsburg.





ProA Round 26: SC Rasta Vechta climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked SC Rasta Vechta as it allowed them to take a leadership position. SC Rasta Vechta defeated 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau at home 90-85. ETB Wohnbau trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 28-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-90 at the end of the game. SC Rasta Vechta made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded ETB Wohnbau 37-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by ETB Wohnbau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Benjamin Fumey (203-87, college: Valparaiso) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Goettingen. ETB Wohnbau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. ETB Wohnbau will play next round against Crailsheim Merlins trying to get back on the winning streak. SC Rasta Vechta will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha on the road.
Leading BG Goettingen (19-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked NBC (13-13) 77-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BG Goettingen. American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) notched 26 points to lead the effort and Ahmad Smith supported him with 5 points and 11 rebounds. Even 18 points and 9 rebounds by naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) did not help to save the game for BG Goettingen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. NBC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Jena and Chemnitz. BG Goettingen at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Vechta. NBC will play against higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BG Goettingen will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get the third consecutive victory on Friday night. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against thirteenth-ranked Kirchheim Knights 103-97. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Adam Sollazzo who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Marcus Smallwood produced 20 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the guests. Kirchheim Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USC Leipzig have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth position with 6-20 record. Loser Kirchheim Knights dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. USC Leipzig will meet higher ranked Science City Jena (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#6) in Allmendingen and hope to secure a win.
The game in Allmendingen supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (15-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (14-12). Ehingen/Urspringschule did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-75. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Andre Calvin orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be Kirchheim Knights (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourteenth-ranked Finke Baskets (10-16) gave a tough game to third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (18-8) on Friday. Duesseldorf Baskets managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Chris Gadley scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Duesseldorf Baskets maintains third position with 18-8 record behind leader Vechta. Loser Finke Baskets dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Duesseldorf Baskets will face Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) on the road in the next round. Finke Baskets will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Chemnitz lost to Heidelberg on the opponent's court 63-75. Crailsheim managed to outperform Jena in a home game 90-79. Gotha managed to beat Karlsruhe on the road 91-85.


Heidelberg - Chemnitz 75-63

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (13-13) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (12-14) 75-63 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 30-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MLP Academics Heidelberg forced 19 BV Chemnitz 99 turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MLP Academics Heidelberg made 8 blocks. BV Chemnitz 99 was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Ayron Hardy (195-88, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach Tony Garbelotto used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) responded with 24 points and American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains tenth position with 12-14 record. Loser BV Chemnitz 99 keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg will face Finke Baskets (#14) in Paderborn in the next round.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Ishizaki 24+3reb+3ast, A.Jones 14+4reb, D.Lawson 9+7reb+5ast, J.Schmidt 6+3reb+1ast, R.Cardenas 4+6reb, A.Rosenthal 4+4reb
Heidelberg: D.White 21+8reb+2ast, C.Sargent 16+2reb, J.Heindel 11+4reb+1ast, A.Hardy 8+7reb+5ast, K.Kuhn 6+7reb, K.Barth 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 184552


Duesseldorf - Finke Baskets 77-74

Fourteenth-ranked Finke Baskets (10-16) gave a tough game to third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (18-8) on Friday. Duesseldorf Baskets managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Finke Baskets trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 25-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 74-77 at the end of the game. Duesseldorf Baskets forced 21 Finke Baskets turnovers. American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American guard Jason Jamerson (190-86, college: Grand Valley St.) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Scott Dennis (195-89, college: Christian Brothers, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Finke Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Duesseldorf Baskets maintains third position with 18-8 record behind leader Vechta. Loser Finke Baskets dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Duesseldorf Baskets will face Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) on the road in the next round. Finke Baskets will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Finke Baskets: J.Jamerson 14+5reb+1ast, S.Dennis 11+5reb+3ast, V.Kittmann 11+4reb+2ast, M.Jost 10+5reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 9+4reb, J.Adams 7+1reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: N.Adamczak 15+7reb, C.Gadley 14+9reb+2ast, T.Tzakopoulos 9+2reb+6ast, M.Petric 9+2reb, P.Flomo 8+3reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 8+7reb
gschID: 184551


Ehingen - Cuxhaven 95-75

The game in Allmendingen supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (15-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (14-12). Ehingen/Urspringschule did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-75. The game was mostly controlled by Ehingen/Urspringschule. Cuxhaven BasCats was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ehingen/Urspringschule made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Taylor Rohde (205-90, college: Alaska-Anch.) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Monyea Pratt (195-85, college: Stillman) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 17 points in the effort for Cuxhaven BasCats. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be Kirchheim Knights (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: S.Thomas 17+4reb+1ast, M.Pratt 16+7reb+3ast, E.Harris 13+2reb+2ast, M.Rockmann 10+3reb+2ast, J.Kelly 8+1reb+6ast, J.Dunbar 8+2reb+1ast
Ehingen: A.Calvin 22+8reb+3ast, T.Rohde 18+6reb+1ast, G.Williamson 13+2reb+7ast, M.Mueller 11+2reb+2ast, S.Haukohl 10+6reb+1ast, V.Matthews 9+6reb+7ast
gschID: 184550


Leipzig - Kirchheim 103-97

Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get the third consecutive victory on Friday night. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against thirteenth-ranked Kirchheim Knights 103-97. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-97. USC Leipzig shot 61.2 percent from the field and made 35-of-44 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. USC Leipzig had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for USC Leipzig especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Edge Sports) who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USC Leipzig have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth position with 6-20 record. Loser Kirchheim Knights dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. USC Leipzig will meet higher ranked Science City Jena (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#6) in Allmendingen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 20+8reb+1ast, J.Stommes 20+2reb+2ast, R.Tomasevic 17+2reb, J.Maier 10+4reb, S.Adeberg 7+3reb+1ast, B.Bekteshi 7+4reb
Leipzig: A.Sollazzo 27+8reb+7ast, N.Freer 23+5reb+3ast, K.Schaffartzik 17+2reb+2ast, G.McCammon 13+1reb+1ast, J.Tyrna 9+5reb, W.Simon 6+8reb
gschID: 184549


Crailsheim - Jena 90-79

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (11-15) defeated at home 8th ranked Science City Jena (13-13) 90-79 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 54-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Crailsheim Merlins especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Science City Jena was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Philipp Friedel (185-87) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Derek Coleman (180-84, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Loser Science City Jena dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face ETB Wohnbau (#13) in Essen in the next round.
Top scorers:
Jena: L.Jeka 20+7reb+5ast, A.Adomaitis 16+11reb+1ast, K.Barker 15+5reb+4ast, K.Wysocki 7+5reb+2ast, T.Schwartz 7+5reb+2ast, C.Roquette 5+2reb+1ast
Crailsheim: P.Friedel 24+3reb+1ast, D.Coleman 17+1reb+6ast, B.Lischka 14+7reb, S.Johnson 12+8reb+1ast, J.Crow 8+3reb+1ast, J.Moore 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 184548


Vechta - ETB Wohnbau 90-85

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked SC Rasta Vechta as it allowed them to take a leadership position. SC Rasta Vechta defeated 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau at home 90-85. ETB Wohnbau trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 28-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-90 at the end of the game. SC Rasta Vechta made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded ETB Wohnbau 37-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by ETB Wohnbau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Benjamin Fumey (203-87, college: Valparaiso) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import swingman Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) scored 18 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Goettingen. ETB Wohnbau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. ETB Wohnbau will play next round against Crailsheim Merlins trying to get back on the winning streak. SC Rasta Vechta will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha on the road.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: A.Cook 19+3reb+4ast, T.Harbut 18+4reb, M.Buljevic 15+4reb+2ast, J.Henley 13+3reb+2ast, R.Christen 8, M.Massing 6+3reb
Vechta: B.Fumey 20+6reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 14+7reb+3ast, J.Doerksen 12+3reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 12+5reb, R.Williams 9+4reb+6ast, P.Heitzhausen 6+1reb
gschID: 184547


Goettingen - NBC 65-77

Leading BG Goettingen (19-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked NBC (13-13) 77-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BG Goettingen. The game was mostly controlled by NBC. BG Goettingen was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Goettingen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) notched 26 points to lead the effort and the other American import guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: LUMANI 10.7) supported him with 5 points and 11 rebounds. Even 18 points and 9 rebounds by naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) did not help to save the game for BG Goettingen. American forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) added 9 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. NBC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Jena and Chemnitz. BG Goettingen at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Vechta. NBC will play against higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BG Goettingen will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Vargas 18+9reb, P.Guede 10+2reb+1ast, B.Davis 10+5reb+1ast, R.Harris 9+8reb+2ast, N.Livas 5+9reb+1ast, M.Grimaldi 5+1reb
NBC: Z.Nixon 26+2reb+2ast, N.Khartchenkov 13+2reb+2ast, W.Chavis 9+1reb+1ast, C.Adler 9+2reb, M.Nunnally 7+8reb, A.Smith 5+11reb+2ast
gschID: 184546


Karlsruhe - Gotha 85-91

There was an upset when higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (15-11) was defeated at home by fifteenth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-16) 91-85 on Friday. BG Karlsruhe was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) scored 21 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (195-88) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, UT, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 26 points and naturalized American forward Eric Vierneisel (201-85, college: California) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Oettinger Rockets Gotha and four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser BG Karlsruhe dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face league's leader SC Rasta Vechta at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BG Karlsruhe will play against NBC in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: M.Stockton 26+4reb+3ast, E.Vierneisel 20+7reb+2ast, R.Roessler 15+2reb+3ast, J.Harris 12+5reb+7ast, J.Black 6+6reb+2ast, S.Hauer 3+2reb+2ast
Gotha: C.Griffin 21+1reb+7ast, A.Kuppe 18+7reb+1ast, J.Person 13+5reb+1ast, D.Selvig 11+7reb+3ast, T.Baker 10+12reb+2ast, J.Schaffrath 9+1reb+1ast
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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos demolish Alba Berlin in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens - Alba Berlin 82:58

Panathinaikos demolish Alba Berlin in Athens in Group E of EuroLeague. The Greek side improved to 7-4 record and bettered their chances for the Quarterfinals. Alba Berlin dropped at 1-10 record.
Panathinaikos Athens did not waste the time and took control of the game from the very beginning. The hosts erupted with 21-11 lead in the first period and added massive 29-17 in the second frame. Moreover the Greek side limited the opponents to just 9 points in the third quarter and reached 67:37 after 30 minutes. Alba Berlin could post 21-15 in the last period and reduced to final 24 points.
Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) netted 14. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) scored 10, whilst Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) added 8 apiece. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) had only 9 in defeat and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) produced 8 points.

Panathinaikos Athens: Jonas Maciulis 16, Stephane Lasme 14, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 10, Dimitris Diamantidis 8, Marcus Banks 8
Alba Berlin: DaShaun Wood 9, Nihad Djedovic 8



German ProA round 26 best performance: Adam Sollazzo - by Eurobasket News

American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90, agency: Edge Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Leipzig, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Kirchheim (#15, 10-16) 103-97. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Leipzig maintains the 16th position in German ProA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 20 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Sollazzo had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Leipzig, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Adam Sollazzo averages this season 18.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 5.1apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old British Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Jena. Jeka had a very good evening with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Jena lost that game 79-90 to the lower-ranked Crailsheim (#11, 11-15). Jena managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jeka is a newcomer at Jena, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Devin White (203-F-88) of Heidelberg (#10). White scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Heidelberg, leading his team to a 75-63 win against the higher-ranked Chemnitz (#7, 13-13). The chances of Heidelberg ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, White could help Heidelberg to bring them higher in the standings. White has a great season in Germany. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (6th best). He also has 2.2spg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 56.7% and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aurimas Adomaitis (206-PF-87) of Jena - 16 points and 11 rebounds
5. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82) of Kirchheim - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Philipp Friedel (185-G-87) of Crailsheim - 24 points and 3 rebounds
7. Nick Freer (198-G/F-85) of Leipzig - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Andre Calvin (196-F-85) of Ehingen - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Torvoris Baker (203-F-83) of Gotha - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zamal Nixon (186-PG-89) of NBC - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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DAVID TAIRU: - by Dimitris Katsionis

Interview:

What a beautiful story. It's the story of the love of the game of David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech), who decided to live his daydream to be a professional basketball player together with his strong Faith and with the positiviness that gives him the correct attitude day after day in everything he does. After playing the last two years at Texas Tech University, he was at the point to understand which direction to give to his playing career. He started the season in the NBL Canada with the Moncton Miracles having but without enough space, then at the beginning of January he showed his best skills in the UBA League with the Cleveland Havok (23.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 20.0 of evaluation on the average in 6 games) but the value of the league could not be enough to put his name on the basketball worldwide map. And so, one day he was told by someone about a new basketball professional camp, INVICTUS USA Camp, that was going to start at the half of January in Las Vegas and New York, realized by a former European player called Zoran Savic, now president of the basketball management agency INVICTUS Sports Group. It was something different from a normal camp, because they were promising to the best selected player a professional contract to go playing in Europe... And so, David Tairu decided to participate. He was the best one of the three days run in Las Vegas, Nevada, a week later he joined the agency as new represented player, and in two weeks he signed a contract until the end of the 2012/2013 season for BC Kavala, Greece. So we come to the present, that sees David surprise everyone game after game: until now he has played 3 games in the Balkan League, averaging 15.7 points (66.7% from 2pt, 33.3% from 3pt and 85.7% from free-throws) more 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 15.7 of personal evaluation in 25' per game, and 3 games in the Esake A1 Greek League averaging 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 8.3 of personal evaluation in 24' per game. Most of all, he has immediately conquered everyone for his great attitude and character, and he practice and play day after day with the heart, as well as everyday he is grateful to God for everything he has got.

David, you participated to INVICTUS USA Camp and you got the real chance to start a new career in Europe... How did it go?
"Yes, that's exactly what happened. I decided to participate to INVICTUS USA Camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I got to meet Zoran Savic for the first time. It's a kind of a funny story on how I came to the camp: I got a random e-mail from a guy who told me about the camp and that I should come to it. I didn't know anything about it, as well as I didn't know Zoran Savic at the time. We talked back and fourth for about two days before I decided to participate in the camp. I had every intention to come back to Europe to play but I didn't know anybody who could help me, so I had nothing to lose to go to the camp. I went there out of pure Faith and going to the camp was one of the best decisions of my life. I am very grateful for it".

And so you got the chance to sign a professional contract in Greece, for BC Kavala, where you immediately has made yourself be appreciated by everyone...
"The coaching staff and my teammates welcomed me with open arms. They make me feel comfortable to play my game, and when you have a coach who is on your side you will do great things. I am very grateful to be in this position. I always remember that hardwork still has to be done".

Do you think Europe could represent the future for your professional career, or your ambition is to come back playing in the United States?
"I really think that Europe will be it for me, I mean it would be great to go back and play in the United States, but I am really enjoying my time here in Europe and appreciating everything I have the opportunity to live both on and off the basketball court".

Looking behind you, what about the two years spent at Texas Tech University, coached by Pat Knight but also going in touch with his father Bob?
"I really learned a lot from the Knight family, they taught me a lot about playing the game of basketball especially Bob Knight. He would challenge me in practice to make me think more instead of just relying on my talent. I learned a lot about using pump fakes and spacing on the floor".

You have a double USA and Nigerian passport, is it about the origins of your family?
"My family is from Nigeria but I was born in the United States, I still have a lot of family back in Nigeria. I never been to Nigeria yet but I will go someday to visit the rest of my family. We talk on the phone a lot but I never made a visit yet".

What you like the most in playing basketball? And what about being a professional player for you?
"What I like the most about playing basketball is the competition and teamwork. Competition makes the best come out of you and it challenges you to go beyond the norms. What I like the most about being a professional besides being paid for doing what you love, it is that you travel to different countries and you get to see different cultures".

You played in USA, Canada, Iceland, Dubai, Qatar, now Greece: where did you find the highest level until now if you can make a comparison?
"The highest level of competition by far is Greece. The Greek League is very tough, everybody here can run and jump but you really have to think in this League. Knowing when to make the correct pass or knowing when to shoot a good shot. Its not all about run and gun basketball here in Greece and I really like that".

How you describe yourself as a player? Which do you think are your best qualities and where you have to continue improving?
"I would describe myself as just being a basketball player. I try and do as much as i can on the basketball court. Whether it be block shots or steals or scoring or rebounds. I try to do as much as i can to help a team win. So I would just describe myself as a basketball player. I need to improve more on the pick and roll sometimes I miss the pass or the shot so I am improving on reading the pick and roll".

Which is your daydream to follow? And what to say to Zoran and Goran Savic to join it together?
"My dream would be to play and make a career in the Euroleague and win a Euroleague Championship. I know that to attain that comes a lot of hard work and I am willing to put the work in to get there. Zoran and Goran Savic have definitely been a blessing to me. I am very grateful for all of the help that they are doing and I am very glad to be apart of the INVICTU family!"






Koufos scores 18, grabs 16 rebounds as Nuggets beat Grizzlies 87-80 for 11th straight win - by Eurobasket News

DENVER Kostas Koufos (213-C-89, college: Ohio St.) scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, helping the Denver Nuggets rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 87-80 on Friday night for their 11th straight victory, their longest streak in 30 years.

Danilo Gallinari had 15 points, including two free throws to break a tie with just over two minutes remaining, as the Nuggets won their 15th in a row at home.

Zach Randolph had a big game with 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had their six-game winning streak halted.

The Grizzlies, Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers are tightly bunched in the race for the third seed in the Western Conference, with only a half-game separating the teams.

Andre Iguodala put the finishing touches on the comeback win for Denver by stealing a pass and swooping in for a dunk with 50 seconds remaining.

Trailing 66-58 heading into the fourth quarter, the Nuggets went on a 17-4 run to seize the momentum and rev up the crowd. Gallinari had a big shot during the stretch, a 3-pointer from up top.

Kenneth Faried provided a spark with his high-octane play. The player known as "Manimal" was blocking shots and hustling for rebounds.

This was a matchup of two of the hottest teams in the NBA not named the Miami Heat. It also was a game of contrasting styles, with Denver trying to push the pace and Memphis preferring to play at a more deliberate tempo.

Early on, the Nuggets controlled the rhythm and the game as they led by as many as nine in the first half. Jerryd Bayless beat the buzzer with a layup just before halftime to send the Grizzlies into the locker room trailing just 48-47.

After halftime, the Grizzlies began rolling by slowing things down. They also turned the pressure up a notch and held Denver to a season-low 10 points in the third quarter to take a 66-58 lead.

For three quarters, the Nuggets were lethargic and couldn't match the energy of Wednesday, when they thumped the New York Knicks in Carmelo Anthony's first return to the city since he was traded two years ago.

The Grizzlies have been on a 15-5 roll since a three-team deal on Jan. 30 that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto and landed Tayshaun Prince in Memphis.

Asked why the Grizzlies have flourished even without Gay, Nuggets coach George Karl simply responded, "confidence."

"Sometimes, removing a piece enhances the opportunity for the other people that are there," Karl said. "But I don't study their team enough to know that answer."

Notes: Although Nuggets rookie G Evan Fournier hasn't played much this season, Karl envisions big things from the first-round pick in seasons to come. "I don't think people in France should worry about Evan," Karl said. "He's going to be an NBA player. He's going to play for 10 years. I think he will be a starter in the league someday. That's how good I think he is. The opportunity just did not come this year." ... Randolph's layup midway through the third quarter was negated after officials reviewed the play at the next stoppage and ruled he made it after the shot clock expired. It cut their lead 56-50. ... Mike Conley and Prince each had 11 points for Memphis.
Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com



EuroLeague: Panathinaikos demolish Alba Berlin in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens - Alba Berlin 82:58

Panathinaikos demolish Alba Berlin in Athens in Group E of EuroLeague. The Greek side improved to 7-4 record and bettered their chances for the Quarterfinals. Alba Berlin dropped at 1-10 record.
Panathinaikos Athens did not waste the time and took control of the game from the very beginning. The hosts erupted with 21-11 lead in the first period and added massive 29-17 in the second frame. Moreover the Greek side limited the opponents to just 9 points in the third quarter and reached 67:37 after 30 minutes. Alba Berlin could post 21-15 in the last period and reduced to final 24 points.
Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) netted 14. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) scored 10, whilst Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) added 8 apiece. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) had only 9 in defeat and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) produced 8 points.

Panathinaikos Athens: Jonas Maciulis 16, Stephane Lasme 14, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 10, Dimitris Diamantidis 8, Marcus Banks 8
Alba Berlin: DaShaun Wood 9, Nihad Djedovic 8



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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


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 22-1 
 2. De Groene 20-3 
 3. Cangeroes 16-6 
 4. Binnenland 13-7 
 5. De Hoppers 12-11 
 6. Red Giants 11-11 
 7. Rotterdam 2 11-11 
 8. Almonte 10-13 
 9. Leiden 2 10-14 
 10. Punch 10-14 
 11. MSV/Zeemacht 8-15 
 12. BC Apollo 2 7-16 
 13. Almere P. 7-17 
 14. UBALL 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 13: Leiden 2 - Punch 89-50
Mar. 14: De Groene - De Hoppers 83-69
Mar. 12: Almere P. - Orca's Urk 78-87
Mar. 12: MSV/Zeemacht - Rotterdam 2 50-67
Mar. 16: Red Giants - Binnenland
Mar. 19: Cangeroes - BC Apollo 2


Robin Smeulders selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Germany. Smeulders could not help EWE Baskets (5-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed EWE Baskets was defeated 66-61 on the road by the second-ranked Khimik in the group L of EuroChallenge. Smeulders was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds. This season Smeulders averages: 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 56.6%(43-76), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 71.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain). Norel was the major contributor in a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (14-10) 69-53 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. CAI Zaragoza (14-10) is placed sixth in the ACB. It's Norel's first season with the team. Norel is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 56.9%(128-225) and FT: 55.2%. Norel is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). van Wijk led Valparaiso to a 1-point victory against the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (10-6) 70-69 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Valparaiso University has a very good 13-3 conference record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. van Wijk's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 78.5%. He played for the Dutch U16 national team eight years ago.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #4. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Leche Rio Breogan (11-10) in their last game. Despite Schaftenaar's very good performance Leche Rio Breogan lost 66-74 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#11) Ourense. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Schaftenaar also added 7 rebounds in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. This year Schaftenaar's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 20 games he played so far. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

Francisco Elson
Francisco Elson
   #5. An experienced international center Francisco Elson (211-76, college: California, currently plays in Iran) contributed to a 2-point Mahram's victory against the league leader Petrochimi (17-1) 85-83 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. Elson recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mahram Tehran (14-3) is placed third in the Superleague. Elson is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). His total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1bpg and 2.4spg. Elson plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #6. Point guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Bonaventure (7-9) in their game against the Fordham University (3-13) in the NCAA. Kloof scored 5 points and added 4 assists. The St.Bonaventure was defeated 76-72 at home by the Fordham University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Kloof's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Dutch team three years ago.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #7. U18 international center Jito Kok (206-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to an San Diego's surprising victory against the Brigham Young University (11-5) 72-69 in the NCAA last Friday. Kok recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 minutes. The University of San Diego has 7-9 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Kok's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 22 games. He is also Dutch U18 national team player.

Kadeem Pantophlet
Kadeem Pantophlet
   #8. Forward Kadeem Pantophlet (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Duquesne (1-14) in their game against the University of Richmond (8-9) in the NCAA. Pantophlet scored 8 points. The Duquesne was crushed 79-55 in Richmond, VA by the University of Richmond. It was Duquesne's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Pantophlet has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2009.

Olaf Schaftenaar
Olaf Schaftenaar
   #9. Former U18 international center Olaf Schaftenaar (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Oregon St. (4-14) in their game against the University of Utah (9-11) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Schaftenaar scored only 3 points. The Oregon St. was defeated 72-61 in Salt Lake City, UT by the University of Utah. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Schaftenaar has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine) led Budivelnyk to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Azovmash (22-12) 97-78 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (27-8) is placed first in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kickert has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg in the three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch.

   #2. Experienced Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to a victory over the closely-ranked London Lions (11-17) 94-76 in the British BBL on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Ocitti had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 4 steals in 33 minutes. Worcester Wolves (17-9) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Ocitti is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ocitti averages: 15.2ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1bpg in the 25 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance his team was edged 80-79 at home by the much lower-ranked (#8) FIATC Joventut. Tillie had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 4.0rpg in the 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #4. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Caceres Basket (9-13) in their game against River Andorra (20-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance on Friday night. He recorded 13 points in 25 minutes. But Caceres Basket was badly defeated 84-64 on the road by the leading River_Andorra. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Duinker's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 22 games. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #5. Joey van Zegeren McAdam (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Virginia Tech (4-15) in their game against the Wake Forest University in the NCAA. van Zegeren McAdam cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. The Virginia Tech lost 79-90 in Winston-Salem, NC to the Wake Forest University. It was Virginia Tech's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. van Zegeren McAdam has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 22 games.

   #6. Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Fontedoso Carrefour in their game against Prat Juventud in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Callenbach cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 66-75. Callenbach has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.2rpg in the 13 games. He also holds two passports: Portuguese and Dutch.



Eredivisie Round 29: #1 Den Bosch is defeated by Den Helder K. - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Den Bosch (25-5) on the court of sixth ranked Den Helder K. on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Den Helder K. 67-60. Den Bosch was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) responded with 15 points and 4 assists. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 16-16 record. Defending champion Den Bosch still keeps top position with five games lost. Den Helder K. are looking forward to face league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Den Bosch will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Rotterdam managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses. This time they won against ninth-ranked Amsterdam 97-91. American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) nailed 40 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and Cameron Echols accounted for 13 points and 15 rebounds. Center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Amsterdam in the defeat. Rotterdam maintains tenth place with 3-27 record. Amsterdam lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. Rotterdam will play against higher ranked M.Magixx (#7) in Nijmegen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amsterdam will play on the road against Zwolle and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (25-5) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat fifth ranked Leeuwarden (16-15) 79-62. The best player for the winners was Kees Akerboom who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Sjors Poels produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-5 record. Leeuwarden at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Den Bosch will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leeuwarden will play against Weert (#8) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Den Helder was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Zwolle (16-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Den Helder K. (16-16). Den Helder K. managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64. Jeroen van der List orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 16-16 record. Zwolle at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Den Helder K.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Leiden on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zwolle will play against Amsterdam.
Ninth-ranked Amsterdam (4-27) gave a tough game to eighth ranked Weert (13-17) on Sunday. The visitors from Weert managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected easier game. Antwan Carter stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Weert maintains eighth place with 13-17 record. Amsterdam lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. Weert will face higher ranked Leeuwarden (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amsterdam will play against Zwolle (#4).

In the last game of round 29 Groningen won against Rotterdam on the opponent's court 95-77.


Amsterdam - Rotterdam 91-97

Bottom-ranked Rotterdam managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses. This time they won against ninth-ranked Amsterdam 97-91. The guests were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 34-23 Amsterdam's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 97-91 at the end of the game. Rotterdam made 22-of-23 charity shots (95.7 percent) during the game. American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) nailed 40 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 13 points and 15 rebounds. Center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82, agency: Court Side) added 22 points and 6 assists respectively for Amsterdam in the defeat. Five Rotterdam and four Amsterdam players scored in double figures. Rotterdam maintains tenth place with 3-27 record. Amsterdam lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. Rotterdam will play against higher ranked M.Magixx (#7) in Nijmegen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amsterdam will play on the road against Zwolle and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: B.Weijs 24+7reb+1ast, J.Ormskerk 22+2reb+6ast, M.Pieper 16+5reb+1ast, J.Brandt 13+9reb+2ast, H.Van Stein 4+3reb+2ast, P.Balm 3+1reb+1ast
Rotterdam: A.Miles 40+5reb+4ast, C.Echols 13+15reb+1ast, G.Slagter 12+5reb+1ast, I.Filipan 11+6reb+1ast, M.Otten 11+4reb+1ast, D.Rigters 8
gschID: 193739


Den Bosch - Leeuwarden 79-62

Eredivisie top team - Den Bosch (25-5) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat fifth ranked Leeuwarden (16-15) 79-62. The game without a history. Den Bosch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Den Bosch forced 20 Leeuwarden turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Wil Carter (203-88, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Center Sjors Poels (209-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American David Michaels (201-90, college: Whitman, agency: Pro One Sports) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-5 record. Leeuwarden at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Den Bosch will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leeuwarden will play against Weert (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: D.Michaels 21+2reb+2ast, S.Poels 14+11reb+1ast, J.Williams 6+4reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 6+6reb+5ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 4+3reb, T.de Paula 3+1reb+2ast
Den Bosch: K.Akerboom 18+5reb+1ast, A.Young 14+2reb+4ast, W.Carter 13+8reb, D.Wright 11+4reb, P.Van Paassen 8+3reb, S.Wessels 8+5reb+5ast
gschID: 193738


Den Helder K. - Zwolle 71-64

The game in Den Helder was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Zwolle (16-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Den Helder K. (16-16). Den Helder K. managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 17-8 run, which allowed them to win the game. The former international center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Tanner Smith (195-90, college: Clemson) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Kenrick Zondervan (206-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Zwolle. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 16-16 record. Zwolle at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Den Helder K.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Leiden on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zwolle will play against Amsterdam.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: T.Smith 20+6reb+2ast, D.Webb 9+7reb+1ast, Z.Novak 9+8reb, J.Magette 9+1reb+5ast, K.Zondervan 9+7reb+1ast, N.Hulzebos 6+5reb+2ast
Den Helder K.: J.van der List 19+6reb+1ast, M.Hill 18+2reb+2ast, P.Bach 9+5reb+3ast, O.Krubally 9+4reb, S.Warren 8+9reb+3ast, M.Van Schaik 5+2reb
gschID: 193737


Amsterdam - Weert 85-88

Ninth-ranked Amsterdam (4-27) gave a tough game to eighth ranked Weert (13-17) on Sunday. The visitors from Weert managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Weert looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jirian Roodheuvel (180-88) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Weert and four Amsterdam players scored in double figures. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Weert maintains eighth place with 13-17 record. Amsterdam lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. Weert will face higher ranked Leeuwarden (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amsterdam will play against Zwolle (#4).
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: B.Weijs 19+6reb+1ast, P.Balm 16+4reb, M.Pieper 12+5reb, J.Roodheuvel 12+6reb+7ast, J.Ormskerk 9+2ast, J.Markusse 8+8reb
Weert: A.Carter 24+15reb+3ast, B.Perine 21+4reb+3ast, R.Fletcher 15+5ast, S.Besseling 14+4reb+1ast, K.van Kempen 13+9reb+8ast, G.Robinson 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 193736


Rotterdam - Groningen 77-95

Very expected game when 10th ranked Rotterdam (3-27) was defeated at home by third ranked Groningen (22-9) 95-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Rotterdam was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rotterdam 50-28 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Groningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) stepped up and scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. Five Groningen players scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Ivica Skelin used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 29 points and 5 assists and power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St., agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Groningen have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-9 record having just two points less than leader Den Bosch. Rotterdam lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Groningen will have a break next round. Rotterdam will play on the road against M.Magixx (#7) in Nijmegen.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: A.Miles 29+3reb+5ast, C.Echols 15+14reb+2ast, G.Slagter 11+2ast, M.Otten 7+2reb, D.Jones 7+6reb+4ast, D.Rigters 6+1reb+1ast
Groningen: T.Theeuwkens 17+1reb+3ast, R.Jansen 15+1reb+5ast, N.Rohnert 10+8reb+5ast, J.Boykin 10+10reb+2ast, M.Kingma 10+6reb+3ast, J.Voorn 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 193733


Den Helder K. - Den Bosch 67-60

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Den Bosch (25-5) on the court of sixth ranked Den Helder K. on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Den Helder K. 67-60. Den Bosch was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Mark Hill (180-87, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) responded with 15 points and 4 assists and guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Den Helder K. maintains sixth place with 16-16 record. Defending champion Den Bosch still keeps top position with five games lost. Den Helder K. are looking forward to face league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Den Bosch will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: M.Bauscher 15+4reb+4ast, S.Wessels 11+5reb+2ast, D.Wright 9+6reb+5ast, A.Young 9+3reb+3ast, W.Carter 8+8reb, P.Van Paassen 4+2reb+1ast
Den Helder K.: S.Warren 24+12reb+2ast, M.Hill 15+8reb+4ast, J.van der List 8+10reb, P.Bach 8+2reb+2ast, J.van der Kooij 5+1reb, S.Mladenovic 3+2ast
gschID: 193735



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Full Steam Ahead FOR ADMIRALS AS KITSAP JOINS IBL - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com The IBL has strengthened its presence in WAshington state with the addition of the KITSAP ADMIRALS as a branding team for the upcoming 2013 season. The Admirals, based in Bremeton Washington under the guidance of owners Ashley and Erica Robinson,were founded as a expansion team in the ABA in 2012 and wrap up their inaugural season later this month. Going forward the Admirals intend on operating year round competing in the IBL this Spring and the ABA next winter.


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Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Haukar 13-3 
 2. Valur 12-2 
 3. Hottur 12-4 
 4. Hamar 11-4 
 5. Thor AK 8-6 
 6. Breidablik 8-9 
 7. FSU 7-9 
 8. Augnablik 3-13 
 9. IA 2-14 
 10. Reynir S. 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 15: Thor AK - Reynir S. 90-88
Mar. 15: IA - Augnablik 82-86
Mar. 15: FSU - Hottur 72-82
Mar. 15: Haukar - Breidablik 100-78
Mar. 17: Valur - Hamar


Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 21 - by Eurobasket News

American Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Njardvik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 15 points and twenty two rebounds, while his team beat Keflavik (#5, 13-8) 100-94. Njardvik maintains the 6th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Njardvik will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. Van turned to be Njardvik's top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Van leads league in rebounds with 15.2rpg. Van is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg and 56.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell. Amoroso impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Snaefell was edged by slightly higher-ranked Thor Thorl (15-6) 95-92. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Snaefell still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Amoroso is one of the most experienced players at Snaefell and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik (#5). Craion showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Craion's great performance Keflavik lost 94-100 to slightly lower-ranked Njardvik (#6, 12-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Keflavik needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Craion has a great season in Iceland. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.4ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 13.9rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.2bpg and FGP: 58.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone Bradshaw (202-PF-86) of KFI - 25 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gudmundur Jonsson (191-G-84) of Thor Thorl - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Keflavik - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik - 25 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Stjarnan - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Kristofer Acox (195-G-93) of KR - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 19-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 18-3 
 3. Garuda 16-4 
 4. Satria Muda 16-5 
 5. CLS Knights 16-6 
 6. Stadium Jak. 11-9 
 7. Hangtuah 11-10 
 8. Bimasakti 6-15 
 9. Pacific Caesar 4-17 
 10. Satya Wacana 4-17 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-18 
 12. Tonga BSC 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 34

Mar. 15: Hangtuah - Satya Wacana 83-73
Mar. 15: CLS Knights - Bimasakti 74-43
Mar. 15: Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda 54-59

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 16: Pacific Caesar - Tonga BSC
Mar. 16: Dell Aspac - Pelita Jaya
Mar. 16: Stadium Jak. - Dell Aspac
Mar. 16: Satya Wacana - NSH GMC Riau


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.14.5 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.1 
 4. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.7 
 5. Regowo, Dell Aspac12.8 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.12.2 
 7. Pamungkas, Satya12.2 
 8. Sabara, Pacific11.5 
 9. Sua, Satya Wacana11.5 
 10. Utomo, CLS Knigh.11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.3 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.7 
 3. Sabara, Pacific9.6 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.8.7 
 5. Nolland, Garuda8.2 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.8 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.6.9 
 9. Joni, Hangtuah6.4 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.6 
 2. Indra, Pacific4.1 
 3. Gerungan, Dell A.4.0 
 4. Wijaya, Garuda3.9 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.3.8 
 6. Sartika, Bimasakti3.7 
 7. Uneputty, Tonga B.3.1 
 8. Sucipto, Satya W.3.0 
 9. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.2.9 
 10. Sebayang, Pelita2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 3. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.7 
 4. Sucipto, NSH G.2.6 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.1 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 8. Dewanto, Pelita J.2.0 
 9. Sabara, Pacific1.9 
 10. Ramadhani, Dell A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.0 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 3. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.8 
 4. Nugroho, Satya W.1.8 
 5. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 6. Teguh, Hangtuah1.6 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Damanik, Pelita J.1.0 


NBL Round 33: Satria Muda edges Hangtuah by one point - by Eurobasket News

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

Sixth-ranked Hangtuah (10-10) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Satria Muda (15-5) in Jakarta on Thursday. Satria Muda managed to secure only one-point victory 55-54. However their fans expected easier game. Hangtuah was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 20-13 charge of Satria Muda, which allowed them to win the game. Satria Muda outrebounded Hangtuah 43-25 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Frida Susanto (195-86) chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mei Joni (188-89) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Satria Muda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
Leader Dell Aspac delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (4-17) 90-55 in Surabaya. It was a good game for forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Xaverius Prawiro contributed with 15 points for the winners. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) answered with 16 points for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dell Aspac (19-1) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Riau. Local NSH GMC Riau (2-18) was outscored by seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (11-9) 80-39 on Thursday night. Fanny Budianto stepped up and scored 7 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The best for the losing side was Ryan Febriyan with 10 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadium Jakarta moved-up to sixth place. NSH GMC Riau lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 33 Garuda crushed Tonga BSC in Bandung 76-41.


Group Solo
Tonga BSC - Garuda 41-76

There was no surprise in Jakarta where 12th ranked Tonga BSC (1-19) was crushed by third ranked Garuda (16-4) 76-41 on Thursday. 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 Tonga BSC to just 6 points in first quarter. Garuda forced 21 Tonga BSC turnovers and outrebounded them 44-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Diftha Pratama (186-89) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and center Johanes Hasoloan (196-87) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Garuda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Azhari Rahmat (185-92) with 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain third place with 16-4 record having just three points less than leader Dell Aspac. Tonga BSC lost their fifteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tonga BSC: A.Rahmat 12+5reb, H.Kurniawan 10+2reb+1ast, R.Orlando Uneputty 8+5reb+4ast, S.Afriatna 4+3reb+4ast, M.Hardian Wicaksono 3+3reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 2+2reb+1ast
Garuda: D.Pratama 16+6reb+3ast, J.Hasoloan 13+7reb+3ast, C.Pranatyo 12+2reb+5ast, Surliyadin 11+3reb+2ast, W.Wijaya 9+5reb+1ast, H.Ramli 5+1reb
gschID: 234250


Group Solo
Pacific Caesar - Dell Aspac 55-90

Leader Dell Aspac delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (4-17) 90-55 in Surabaya. The game without a history. Dell Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dell Aspac forced 26 Pacific Caesar turnovers and had a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. The former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) answered with 16 points and Airlangga Sabara (190-85) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dell Aspac (19-1) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 16+2reb+1ast, E.Sasmito 11+3reb+4ast, C.Indra 9+4reb+2ast, A.Sabara 8+10reb+1ast, M.Fauzia 4+3reb, D.Kurniawan 2+4reb+1ast
Dell Aspac: P.Regowo 24+15reb+6ast, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 17+1reb+1ast, X.Prawiro 15+4reb+1ast, H.Santosa 9+1reb, O.Wira Sanjaya 7+3reb, F.Andika Ramadhani 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 234249


Group Solo
Satria Muda - Hangtuah 55-54

Sixth-ranked Hangtuah (10-10) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Satria Muda (15-5) in Jakarta on Thursday. Satria Muda managed to secure only one-point victory 55-54. However their fans expected easier game. Hangtuah was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 20-13 charge of Satria Muda, which allowed them to win the game. Satria Muda outrebounded Hangtuah 43-25 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Frida Susanto (195-86) chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mei Joni (188-89) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Ahmad Junaidi (188-90) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Satria Muda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
Top scorers:
Hangtuah: M.Joni 17+8reb+2ast, A.Junaidi 11+3reb+1ast, H.Hardianus 7+3ast, A.Sigar 6+1reb+3ast, J.Sagala 4+1reb+3ast, I.Teguh Teguh 3+3reb+1ast
Satria Muda: R.Gunawan 16+13reb, F.Susanto 8+6reb+1ast, G.Gunawan 8+4reb+2ast, B.Anggara 6+1reb, B.Siregar 5+4reb+1ast, K.Argadiba 4+1reb
gschID: 234248


Group Solo
NSH GMC Riau - Stadium Jak. 39-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Riau. Local NSH GMC Riau (2-18) was outscored by seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (11-9) 80-39 on Thursday night. The game without a history. Stadium Jakarta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 6 points in first and fourth quarters. Stadium Jakarta forced 23 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Point guard Fanny Budianto (170-83) stepped up and scored 7 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) chipped in 14 points. The best for the losing side was Ryan Febriyan (194-87) with 10 points and point guard Andhika Prakoso (175-86) scored 3 points and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stadium Jakarta moved-up to sixth place. NSH GMC Riau lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 10+2reb, R.Febriyan 10+4reb+1ast, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 6+3reb, J.Sucipto 5+4reb+1ast, A.Prakoso 3+7reb+3ast, R.Israelli 2+1reb+1ast
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 14+2reb, A.Sujarwo 13+1ast, D.Leonardo 11+3reb+1ast, D.Iskandar 9+4reb+1ast, A.Arizki 7+2reb, F.Budianto 7+5reb+6ast
gschID: 234247



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

25-year old power forward Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 5 points adding twenty rebounds and two assists for Satria Muda in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Tonga BSC (#12, 1-18) with 43-point margin 77-34. Satria Muda maintains the 4th position in Indonesian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. Gunawan has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Gunawan has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.1rpg. Gunawan is in league's top in and averages solid 1.4bpg and 51.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ahmad Junaidi (188-F-90) of Hangtuah. He is a forward in his second season at Hangtuah. In the last game Junaidi recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Hangtuah lost that game 56-69 to slightly higher-ranked CLS Knights (#5, 14-6). This loss caused Hangtuah to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Junaidi is well-known at Hangtuah and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Satria Muda's star - forward Frida Susanto (195-PF-86). Susanto scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Satria Muda, helping his team with a 77-34 easy win against the lower-ranked Tonga BSC (#12, 1-18). Satria Muda needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 5 lost games. Susanto has a very solid season. In 19 games in Indonesia he scored 5.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dian Heryadi (194-F/C-80) of CLS Knights - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Fadlan Minallah (185-F-82) of Garuda - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kevin Argadiba (195-C-94) of Satria Muda - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Diftha Pratama (186-SG-89) of Garuda - 11 points and 6 rebounds
10. Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda - 10 points and 2 rebounds

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



Best players of Indonesian NBL round 33 - by Eurobasket News

Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Dell Aspac and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Pacific Caesar (#10, 4-17) with 35-point margin 90-55. It allowed Dell Aspac to consolidate first place in the Indonesian NBL. Dell Aspac has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 19-1. Regowo has many years of experience at Dell Aspac, through which he has constantly improved. Regowo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 12.0ppg) and rebounds (3rd best: 9.0rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) of Satria Muda. Gunawan impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Satria Muda to edge the lower-ranked Hangtuah (#7, 10-10) by 1 point 55-54. This victory allowed Satria Muda to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 15-5 record is not bad at all. Gunawan is one of the most experienced players at Satria Muda and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Chandistira Pranatyo (185-SG-89) of Garuda (#3). Pranatyo scored 12 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Garuda, leading his team to a 76-41 easy win against the lower-ranked Tonga BSC (#12, 1-19). Garuda is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Pranatyo has a very solid season. In 19 games in Indonesia he scored 6.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diftha Pratama (186-SG-89) of Garuda - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Johanes Hasoloan (196-C-87) of Garuda - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Frida Susanto (195-PF-86) of Satria Muda - 8 points and 6 rebounds
7. Mei Joni (188-G-89) of Hangtuah - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anton Sujarwo (186-G-84) of Stadium Jak. - 13 points
9. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 4 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Daniel Iskandar (190-F-71) of Stadium Jak. - 9 points and 4 rebounds

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



NBL Round 34: Derby game ends with Satria Muda's defeat of Pelita Jaya - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#4) and Pelita Jaya (#2). Pelita Jaya was defeated at home 54-59 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Pelita Jaya. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Satria Muda made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Pelita Jaya only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Pelita Jaya 41-26 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Galank Gunawan (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 4 points and 22 rebounds. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Pelita Jaya. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Satria Muda have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-5 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya keeps the second place with three games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelita Jaya will play on the road against the league's leader Dell Aspac in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked CLS Knights (16-6) and 8th ranked Bimasakti (6-15) in Surabaya ended with biggest points difference. CLS Knights outscored guests from Sakti 74-43. Wijaya Saputra (184-85) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and H Herman chipped in 11 points during the contest. At the losing side Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-6 record. Bimasakti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 34 Satya Wacana was beaten by Hangtuah on the road 83-73.
The most impressive performance of 34th round was 20 points and 9 rebounds by Adhi Prasetyo of Hangtuah.


Group Solo
Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda 54-59

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#4) and Pelita Jaya (#2). Pelita Jaya was defeated at home 54-59 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Pelita Jaya. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Satria Muda made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Pelita Jaya only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Pelita Jaya 41-26 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Galank Gunawan (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 4 points and 22 rebounds. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) added 12 points in the effort for Pelita Jaya. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Satria Muda have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-5 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya keeps the second place with three games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelita Jaya will play on the road against the league's leader Dell Aspac in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: R.Gunawan 18+9reb+1ast, A.Wisnu 17+3reb, F.Julius Ahmad 10+1reb+2ast, B.Siregar 6+2reb, G.Gunawan 4+22reb+2ast, F.Susanto 2+1reb
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 18+10reb+1ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 12+3reb+3ast, P.Indrawan 6+4reb, R.Santo Yunarto 5+1reb+1ast, E.Sebayang 5+2ast, K.Purwanto 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 234253


Group Solo
CLS Knights - Bimasakti 74-43

The game between fifth ranked CLS Knights (16-6) and 8th ranked Bimasakti (6-15) in Surabaya ended with biggest points difference. CLS Knights outscored guests from Sakti 74-43. The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bimasakti to just 5 points in second quarter. CLS Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Bimasakti's 18. CLS Knights forced 27 Bimasakti turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Wijaya Saputra (184-85) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center H Herman (193-89) chipped in 11 points during the contest. At the losing side Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) scored 12 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-6 record. Bimasakti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: W.Saputra 14+9reb+3ast, H.Herman 11+2reb+2ast, T.Agus 9+1reb+1ast, D.Heryadi 9+6reb, A.A. Ngurah Budidharma 7+4reb+1ast, A.Bintoro 5
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 17+7reb+4ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 12+4reb+4ast, U.Gendro Maryono 6+5reb, G.Sudrajat 3+2reb, H.Gunawan 3+7reb, R.Dwi Purnomo 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 234252


Group Solo
Hangtuah - Satya Wacana 83-73

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Hangtuah (11-10) beat 9th ranked Satya Wacana (4-17) in Pandang 83-73. The game was mostly controlled by Hangtuah. Satya Wacana was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Satya Wacana was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jekky Sagala (175-87) chipped in 8 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Hangtuah players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Yo Sua (180-91) scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hangtuah maintains seventh position with 11-10 record. Satya Wacana lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Pacific Caesar. Hangtuah will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play at home against NSH GMC Riau (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hangtuah: A.Prasetyo 20+9reb+3ast, A.Sigar 13+3reb+1ast, I.Teguh Teguh 12+4reb+1ast, A.Junaidi 11+4reb+2ast, T.Wilopo 9+1reb, J.Sagala 8+4reb+7ast
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 17+2reb+2ast, R.Pamungkas 17+7reb+2ast, B.Sucipto 12+3reb+6ast, L.Gunawan 8+4reb, F.Nugroho 6+8reb+1ast, M.Ramadhan 6+2reb
gschID: 234251



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  IRAQ   

Standings - D1

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kahraba 10-1 
 2. Al Karkh 8-2 
 3. Duhok 7-3 
 4. Zakho 6-4 
 5. Al Shurtah 6-4 
 6. Nift Al-Janoub 4-6 
 7. Al-Tadamoun 3-7 
 8. Al Hilla 2-8 
 9. Al-Mofiqia 0-11 


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 which held at 7th March :
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 12th 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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  ISRAEL   


Jerusalem has released Craig Smith - by Shai Levi

Hapoel Jerusalem has released power forward Craig Smith (201-F-83, college: Boston Coll.), who will depart for the United States tomorrow, Saturday, according to a tweet by Eurobasket's David Pick.
Eurobasket also informs that Smith and Jerusalem are likely to agree on a two-month compensation, despite Smith signing a guaranteed contract.
Smith's stint in Israel ended earlier than expected as a result of his terrible relationship with Hapoel head coach, Sharon Drucker.
Last week, Smith wasn't permitted to participate in team training and was absent from Jerusalem's road loss to Maccabi Haifa after publicly calling out Drucker.
Smith, the most high-profiled player on Jerusalem's roster and the main presence inside the paint for the team, will now compete without its so-called "Rhino."
According to sources close to the situation, Jerusalem is examining a number of potential recruits to fill in the void left by Smith.



Hapoel Jerusalem waives Craig Smith - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (Winner League) released 30-year old American forward Craig Smith (201-120kg-83, college: Boston). In 19 Winner League games he had 13.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg this season. He helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. Smith also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 14.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
The last season he played at the Trail Blazers in NBA. In 47 games he recorded 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Smith played at the Clippers in NBA. In 48 games he recorded 5.4ppg and 2.4rpg that season.
In 2006 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (36th overall). The former Boston standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2006. Smith was also voted NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team back in 2007. He represented USA at the World University Games in Izmir eight years ago.
Smith is a very experienced player.
On Smith: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
With his power he is almost unstoppable in one-on-one situations ... Comfortable on the left or right block ... Has no problem scoring over taller defenders ...
Has a tendency to get in foul trouble..
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  JAPAN   

Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 30-8 
 2. Toyota Alvark 30-9 
 3. Toshiba BT 24-14 
 4. Panasonic T. 21-17 
 5. Hitachi SR 21-18 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 11-27 
 7. Tochigi Brex 10-28 
 8. Hokkaido L. 6-32 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 15: Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark 68-81
Mar. 16: Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark
Mar. 16: Toshiba BT - Hokkaido L.
Mar. 16: Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex
Mar. 16: Panasonic T. - Aishin SH
Mar. 17: Toshiba BT - Hokkaido L.
Mar. 17: Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex
Mar. 17: Panasonic T. - Aishin SH


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

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



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 20

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



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 23-4 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 21-6 
 3. Saldus 18-5 
 4. VeA 18-8 
 5. RSU 17-9 
 6. Kvele 14-12 
 7. ViA Riga 13-12 
 8. Ogres 13-13 
 9. VEF skola 11-12 
 10. Liepaja-2 9-16 
 11. Gulbene 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 68-71
Mar. 15: Liepaja-2 - Gulbene 133-104
Mar. 16: VeA - ViA
Mar. 16: Saldus - BK VEF-LSPA


Latvian LBL round 32 best performance: Tyler Cain - by Eurobasket News

American forward Tyler Cain (203-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Barons kvartals, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Jekabpils (#2, 17-10) 82-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Barons kvartals to take over top position in the Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barons kvartals has a very solid 18-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Cain turned to be Barons kvartals' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of South Dakota star has very solid stats this year. Cain. Cain is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.1ppg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg and 63.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Shedrick Haynes (182-G-88) of Jelgava. Haynes had a very good evening with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Jelgava to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Jurmala (#8, 11-17) 101-79. This victory allowed Jelgava to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Haynes is a newcomer at Jelgava, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Arturs Bricis (196-SG-92) of Liepaja (#9). Bricis scored 25 points. Despite Bricis' great performance Liepaja lost 97-100 to the higher-ranked LU (#5, 13-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Liepaja not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bricis could try to bring Liepaja's a little bit higher in the standings. Bricis has a very solid season. In 25 games in Latvia he scored 10.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86) of Valmiera - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Janis Berzins (202-F-93) of Valmiera - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Jurmala - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Matiss Rudmiezis (190-F-91) of Turiba - 22 points and 5 rebounds
8. Viktors Iljins (212-C-91) of Valmiera - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) of Jelgava - 24 points and 3 rebounds
10. Jamar Diggs (187-G-88) of Barons kvartals - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 18-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 18-2 
 3. Champville 13-7 
 4. Moutahed 12-8 
 5. Amchit 12-9 
 6. Byblos 11-9 
 7. Bejjeh 6-14 
 8. Hoops 5-16 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 3

Mar. 15: Hoops - Amchit 71-80
Mar. 16: Byblos - Sagesse
Mar. 17: Al Riyadi - Champville
Mar. 17: Moutahed - Bejjeh


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 35.7
 1. Emmett, Amchit35.7 
 2. Harper, Sagesse27.8 
 3. Blair, Hoops27.0 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville24.7 
 6. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 7. Perry, Hoops22.8 
 8. Williams, Bejjeh22.8 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos22.6 
 10. Sims, Sagesse21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.7 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.9 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi11.5 
 5. Perry, Hoops10.1 
 6. Sims, Sagesse9.8 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.8 
 8. Jamison, Bejjeh9.7 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed9.1 
 10. Khazzouh, Sagesse8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Blair, Hoops6.4 
 2. Chatfield, Mouta.6.3 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.1 
 4. Fahed, Moutahed5.8 
 5. Williams, Bejjeh5.7 
 6. Youngblood, Byblos5.4 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.3 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.9 
 10. Khatib, Champville4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blair, Hoops3.3 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.7 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.4 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.3 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.7 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Mneimneh, Byblos1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.4 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.3 
 3. Fraser, Byblos2.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.8 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.0 
 8. Terry, Champville0.8 
 9. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 10. Perry, Hoops0.7 



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Standings
Group D
 1. Lanus 1-0 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 1-0 
 3. Flamengo 0-1 
 4. Mavort 0-1 
Group E
 1. Arecibo 0-0 
 2. Brasilia 0-0 
 3. Pioneros 0-0 
 4. S.Jose/Unimed 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 15: Lanus - Mavort 86-76
Mar. 15: Flamengo - Pinheiros/Sky 85-88

Second Stage: Round 2

Mar. 16: Mavort - Flamengo
Mar. 16: Pinheiros/Sky - Lanus


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  Pinheiro.
  (192-SG-77)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Smith, Pinheiro.24.8 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.24.3 
 3. Vieira, Flamengo22.8 
 4. Benite, Flamengo19.5 
 5. Stallworth, Pinhei.18.8 
 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: 7.8
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.7.8 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.7 
 3. Silveira, Flamengo7.5 
 4. Battle, Lanus7.5 
 5. Turley, Osos7.3 
 6. Graterol, Arecibo7.3 
 7. Truscott, Estrella.7.0 
 8. Izaguirre, Fuerza7.0 
 9. Becker, S.Jose/U.6.7 
 10. Gainous, Osos6.7 
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.5.8 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus5.5 
 6. Guillent, Estrella.5.0 
 7. Benite, Flamengo5.0 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.3 
 9. Diaz, Arecibo4.3 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.3.0 
 2. Allen, Osos2.3 
 3. Centeno, Estrella.2.0 
 4. Cardenas, Mavort2.0 
 5. Thomas, Estrella.2.0 
 6. Smith, Pinheiro.1.8 
 7. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.8 
 8. Truscott, Estrella.1.7 
 9. Mensah, Flamengo1.7 
 10. Diaz, Arecibo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.8 
 2. Thomas, Estrella.1.0 
 3. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 4. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 5. Johnson, Mavort1.0 
 6. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.8 
 7. McFarlan, Lanus0.8 
 8. Smith, Pinheiro.0.8 
 9. Umbria, Estrellas0.7 
 10. Perez, Osos0.7 


Semifinal Stage. Day 1 in Lanus - by Eurobasket News

Group D
Lanus - Mavort 86-76
Lanus opened Liga Americas semifinal stage with victory. They defeated Mavort at home court for 1-0 record in Group D. William McFarlan (201-PF-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas), Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) and Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) delivered 14 points each to pace the winners. Lanus jumped to an early lead. The Argentinean team ran away for a 22:11 lead at the first break. Lanus stayed red hot offensively in the second quarter. The hosts fired 28 points to ensure a 50:37 halftime advantage. Mavort managed to change the complexion of the game in the third quarter. The Ecuadorian powerhouse slowed the home team down and narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark. But Lanus reacted with an aggressive defensive effort in the fourth stanza and raced to the win at the end. Battle notched 13 points for the winners. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) answered with 27 points for Mavort. Reggie Charles (201-F-81) had 20 points in the loss.

Flamengo - Pinheiros/Sky 85-88
Pinheiros/Sky made another step towards Liga Americas Final Four. They held off their Brazilian rivals Flamengo in the opening game of the semifinal stage. Joe Smith (192-SG-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) was pivotal with 31 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Pinheiros/Sky surprised their opponents with a blistering start. They went on a 25:11 run to clear off. Flamengo stopped the rot in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at 10-point mark at halftime 31:41. Flamengo erupted for 29 points in the next period to get within 8 points 60:68. Flamengo finally surged ahead 78:76 midway through the fourth frame. But Pinheiros/Sky answered with a pair of three-pointers from Joe Smith and Guillermo Araujo to regain the lead. They hung on throughout the final seconds and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) posted 19 points, while Marcio Dornelles added 14 points for the winners. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) answered with 25 points for Flamengo. Olivinha Rodriguez had 17 points in the loss.



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 13-3 
 2. Neptunas 13-3 
 3. Juventus 10-7 
 4. Siauliai 9-7 
 5. Zalgiris 8-0 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-7 
 7. Nevezis 8-8 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 6-2 
 9. Lietkabelis 6-11 
 10. LSU-Baltai 5-11 
 11. Sakalai 4-13 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 12: Juventus - Nevezis 93-77
Mar. 15: Lietkabelis - Naglis Palangos 92-85
Mar. 12: Siauliai - Rudupis 87-84
Mar. 13: Naglis Palangos - LSU-Baltai 72-82
Mar. 13: Sakalai - Neptunas 66-78

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 18: Nevezis - Zalgiris
Mar. 18: LSU-Baltai - Lietuvos rytas
Mar. 20: Neptunas - Naglis Palangos


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.3 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.5 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.2 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai14.6 
 5. Milaknis, Rudupis13.5 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.3 
 7. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai12.7 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.7 
 10. Vene, Rudupis12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.7 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai8.1 
 4. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.5 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.9 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.5 
 8. Vene, Rudupis5.9 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.9 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.6 
 2. Jackson, Siauliai4.6 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.2 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai3.9 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 7. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.2 
 8. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
 9. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.1 
 10. Ginevicius, Lietk.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 3. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.9 
 4. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.8 
 6. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 9. Lengvinas, Naglis1.5 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.6 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.9 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 6. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai0.8 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis0.8 
 10. Vene, Rudupis0.8 


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Neptunas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Neptunas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sakalai (#11, 4-13) 78-66. Neptunas maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian LKL. They are still close to the very top. Neptunas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 13-3 record. Vasylius just recently signed at Neptunas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Valdas Vasylius averages this season 15.5ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-F-85) of Lietkabelis. Volkus impressed basketball fans with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Of course Lietkabelis cruised to a 92-85 relatively comfortable win over Naglis Palangos (#12, 0-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Lietkabelis managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Volkus is one of the most experienced players at Lietkabelis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai (#11). Kiausas scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Kiausas' great performance Sakalai lost 66-78 to the higher-ranked Neptunas (#2, 13-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sakalai can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kiausas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kiausas has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.9rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) of Siauliai - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ignas Ramasauskas (211-C-93) of Sakalai - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tomas Urbonas (215-C-92) of LSU-Baltai - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aidas Viskontas (183-PG-86) of Juventus - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86) of Rudupis - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) of Lietkabelis - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Paulius Morkeliunas (200-F-85) of Juventus - 19 points and 8 rebounds

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



LKL Round 23: Leader Rudupis lose to Siauliai - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Rudupis (13-3) recorded its third loss on the court of seventh ranked Siauliai on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Siauliai 87-84. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-84. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Rudupis' 30 and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Siauliai forced 21 Rudupis turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized Swiss guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Siauliai (9-7) moved-up to fourth place. Rudupis at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Neptunas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-85 loss to tenth ranked Lietkabelis (6-11) in Panevezys. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-85, college: Redlands CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Edgaras Ulanovas contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) answered with 17 points for Naglis Palangos. Lietkabelis moved-up to ninth place. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings. Lietkabelis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naglis Palangos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Neptunas (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-72 loss to tenth ranked LSU-Baltai (5-11) in Palanga on Wednesday evening. It was a great evening for Vidmantas Sragauskis who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. LSU-Baltai's coach Darius Dikcius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ryan Olander responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. LSU-Baltai maintains tenth place with 5-11 record. Loser Naglis Palangos still closes the standings. LSU-Baltai will meet at home higher ranked Lietuvos rytas (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Naglis Palangos will play against the league's second-placed Neptunas (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Utena. Local Juventus (10-7) beat 5th ranked Nevezis (8-8) 93-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nevezis. It was a quality performance for Aidas Viskontas who led the winners and scored 19 points and 8 assists. Juventus' coach Rytis Vaisvila allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Juventus maintains third place with 10-7 record having just two points less than leader Rudupis. Nevezis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Juventus will have a break next round. Nevezis will play at home against Zalgiris (#5) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 23 Neptunas defeated Sakalai in Klaipeda 78-66.


Lietkabelis - Naglis Palangos 92-85

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-85 loss to tenth ranked Lietkabelis (6-11) in Panevezys. It looked good early as Naglis Palangos took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lietkabelis had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Naglis Palangos was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-92. Lietkabelis made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-85, college: Redlands CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) answered with 17 points and forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Five Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis moved-up to ninth place. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings. Lietkabelis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naglis Palangos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Neptunas (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: V.Volkus 24+5reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 21+5reb+1ast, T.Jogela 13+5reb+3ast, A.Butkevicius 9+2reb+4ast, K.Vecvagars 6+2reb+5ast, M.Kupsas 6+4reb
Naglis Palangos: R.Barrett 17+4reb, E.Lengvinas 17+2reb+3ast, V.Chodosovskis 15+6reb, M.Mockevicius 15+3reb+3ast, R.Olander 12+5reb+2ast, P.Brown 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 194350


Sakalai - Neptunas 66-78

There was no surprise in Vilnius where 11th ranked Sakalai (4-13) was defeated by second ranked Neptunas (13-3) 78-66. It looked good early as Sakalai took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Neptunas had a 24-12 second period charge getting the lead and Sakalai was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-78. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Sakalai in the defeat. Four Sakalai players scored in double figures. Neptunas have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Rudupis lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Sakalai at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Neptunas' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: V.Vasylius 25+9reb+5ast, V.Sarakauskas 12+10reb+1ast, S.Galdikas 8+4reb, R.Broadus 7+4reb+4ast, R.Danys 7+1reb, M.Mazeika 6+2reb
Sakalai: A.Kiausas 19+9reb, Z.Sestokas 14+2reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 14+11reb+3ast, J.Gintvainis 10+4reb+3ast, R.Matulis 5+6reb+2ast, L.Kazlauskas 4+2reb
gschID: 194354


Naglis Palangos - LSU-Baltai 72-82

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-72 loss to tenth ranked LSU-Baltai (5-11) in Palanga on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by LSU-Baltai. Naglis Palangos managed to win fourth quarter 30-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. Center Tomas Urbonas (215-92) helped adding 12 points and 17 rebounds. Four LSU-Baltai players scored in double figures. LSU-Baltai's coach Darius Dikcius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Ryan Olander (213-90, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) scored 19 points and 4 assists. LSU-Baltai maintains tenth place with 5-11 record. Loser Naglis Palangos still closes the standings. LSU-Baltai will meet at home higher ranked Lietuvos rytas (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Naglis Palangos will play against the league's second-placed Neptunas (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: V.Sragauskis 25+7reb, S.Vingelis 18+4reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 14+4reb+1ast, T.Urbonas 12+17reb+2ast, T.Tamosiunas 8+3reb+2ast, A.Sakalauskas 3+2reb
Naglis Palangos: M.Mockevicius 19+1reb+4ast, R.Olander 10+16reb, V.Chodosovskis 9+8reb+2ast, O.Kushnirov 8+8reb, R.Barrett 8+4reb, M.Kumpys 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 194352


Juventus - Nevezis 93-77

The game with biggest result difference took place in Utena. Local Juventus (10-7) beat 5th ranked Nevezis (8-8) 93-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nevezis. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. Nevezis was better in fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 34 and made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Nevezis 41-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a quality performance for point guard Aidas Viskontas (183-86) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 8 assists. Forward Paulius Morkeliunas (200-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. Juventus' coach Rytis Vaisvila allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) came up with 20 points and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Nevezis in the defeat. Juventus maintains third place with 10-7 record having just two points less than leader Rudupis. Nevezis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Juventus will have a break next round. Nevezis will play at home against Zalgiris (#5) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Juventus: P.Morkeliunas 19+8reb+1ast, A.Viskontas 19+2reb+8ast, N.Varnelis 18+9reb, A.Cepulis 12+2reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 10+8reb+3ast, D.Leonard 6+4reb+1ast
Nevezis: M.Girdziunas 23+1reb+1ast, V.Jasikevicius 20+4reb+2ast, T.Bishop 12+9reb+3ast, A.Aleksandrovas 7+2reb+1ast, T.Cerneckis 6+1reb+1ast, R.Jakstas 4+3reb
gschID: 194353


Siauliai - Rudupis 87-84

Top ranked Rudupis (13-3) recorded its third loss on the court of seventh ranked Siauliai on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Siauliai 87-84. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-84. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Rudupis' 30 and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Siauliai forced 21 Rudupis turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized Swiss guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-86, college: Hofstra) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Rudupis players scored in double figures. Siauliai (9-7) moved-up to fourth place. Rudupis at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Neptunas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: R.Alijevas 22+5reb+4ast, L.Samenas 16+2reb+2ast, A.Kieza 16+5reb+1ast, O.Galdikas 8+4reb, V.Sulskis 7+3reb+1ast, D.Burke 5+3reb
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 18+6reb, G.Kadziulis 17+1reb+4ast, A.Urbutis 16+7reb, A.Valeika 12+8reb, S.Vene 11+4reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 194351



EuroLeague: CSKA outclass Zalgiris in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Zalgiris 70:61

CSKA outclass Zalgiris in Moscow and grabbed 8-3 record in Group E of EuroLeague. The Russian team won 70:61 and did not leave any chances for the Lithuanian team to advanced to the next stage. Zalgiris fell at 4-7 and is all but mathematically out of chances to advance.
CSKA started strong and led in the majority of the first period. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) scored an alley-oop slam that gave CSKA a 10:6 edge and then Nenad Krstic closed the quarter at 17:12. CSKA added 18-14 rally in the second period as Khryapa fixed the halftime score at 35:26. CSKA continued their dominance in the third period and Papaloukas scored off a steal 45:30, while Zalgiris erupted with 14-0 run later in the period and tied the game at 48:48. Micov however restored a double-digit CSKA lead at 65:55 and then the Russian champion led the game to an important win.
Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) added 12. Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne), Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Sasha Kaun brought 9 points each. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) replied with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) posted 11. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89), Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) had 8 points apiece.

CSKA: Sonny Weems 13, Viktor Khryapa 12, Aaron Jackson 9, Nenad Krstic 9, Sasha Kaun 9
Zalgiris: Rimantas Kaukenas 16, Oliver Lafayette 11, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 8, Ksistof Lavrinovic 8, Darjus Lavrinovic 8



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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France). Sy contributed to an ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (13-9) 88-81 in the French ProA last Monday. He recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-9) is placed fourth in the ProA. It's Sy's first season with the team. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 69.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France). Traore contributed to a Limoges CSP Elite's victory against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (7-15) 82-75 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite (4-14) is placed 11th in the ProA. This season Traore averages: 3.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 42.4% and FT: 48.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team in 2011.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany). He led ifm Baskets Konstanz to a victory against the 12th-ranked TSV Troester (3-19) 79-72 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. Sylla recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes. ifm Baskets Konstanz (5-17) is placed 11th in Group South. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. This year Sylla has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 72.1% in the 22 games he played so far. He played for the Mali national team four years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #4. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France) helped Rueil win their game against the fifth-ranked Quimper UJAP (14-8) 67-61 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Saounera recorded 9 points in 18 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (12-11) is placed ninth in the NM1. Saounera is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.7spg. He also averaged so far 10.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.7apg in the 23 games. Saounera has both Mali and French nationalities. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #5. Former international guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) managed to help Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket to win against the closely-ranked Saint-Quentin (11-15) 82-79 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Chelle scored only 4 points. Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (11-15) is placed 12th in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Chelle's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. He also holds two passports: Mali and French. Chelle used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #6. Swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) could not help Vendee Challans (7-15) to beat Saint Chamond (9-13). He recorded 6 points in 19 minutes. Vendee Challans lost 72-85 on the road to the higher-ranked (#12) Saint Chamond. This year Diakite's overall stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg in the three games. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #7. Former international shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86, currently plays in France) was not able to help Nantes (11-11) in their game against Le Portel (18-8) in the French ProB (second division). Drame cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points. Nantes was badly defeated 95-79 at home by the higher-ranked Le Portel (#3). Drame's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Modibo Diarra
Modibo Diarra
   #8. Power forward Modibo Diarra (208-80, college: Memphis, currently plays in NBLCanada) helped Saint John Mill Rats win their game against the Montreal Jazz (2-37) crushing them 143-113 in the NBL Canada on Friday night. He scored only 1 points. The Saint John Mill Rats have 20-19 record this season. Diarra's team will play only one more game in the NBL Canada Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Diarra's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 5.1rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico St. to a 3-point victory against the University of Texas at Arlington (12-7) 69-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. The New Mexico State University has a very good 15-4 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s third consecutive victory in a row. Sy's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Sy's fourth year with the team. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France) contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (11-11) 77-70 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points in 34 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (12-10) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Sangare averages: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg in the 22 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Experienced Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Yohann Sangare in the French ProA last game. Diarra, who plays in the French ProA could not help JSF Nanterre (11-11) to beat Chorale de Roanne (12-10). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Diarra recorded only 3 points. JSF Nanterre was defeated 77-70 on the road by the higher-ranked Chorale de Roanne (#6). It was JSF Nanterre's first loss after four consecutive victories. Diarra's overall stats this season are: 2.6ppg and 1.4rpg. Similarly like Sangare and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities.

   #4. Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La Palma (4-14) in their game against Oviedo CB (14-4) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Konate cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The bottom-ranked La Palma was crushed 89-59 at home by the leading Oviedo_CB. It was La Palma's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Konate's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 5.1rpg in the 18 games.



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Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a 2-point victory against the Sacramento Kings (23-43) 115-113 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Ayon scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 32-31 record this season. This year Ayon averages: 4.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 69.2% and FT: 25.0% in the four games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Earl Watson
Earl Watson
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Earl Watson (185-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Watson could not help the Utah Jazz (33-32) to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (48-17). He scored 9 points and added 6 assists. But the Utah Jazz was crushed 110-87 on the road by the Thunder. Watson's overall stats this season are: 2.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 35.3%, 3FGP: 18.5% and FT: 68.0%. He is a naturalized American. Watson played for the Mexican national team in 2007. Strangely he has never played in Mexico.

Paul Stoll
Paul Stoll
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Paul Stoll (180-85, currently plays in Israel). Stoll led Maccabi Haifa to a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (11-9) 91-84 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He scored 14 points and added 7 passes in 33 minutes. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (13-7) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Stoll's first season with the team. Stoll belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 4.9apg. This year his other stats are: 14.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 86.5% in the 19 games. Stoll is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Mexican senior national team. Stoll used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.

Romel Beck
Romel Beck
   #4. Swingman Romel Beck (201-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Bnei Hasharon (8-12) in their game against Galil Gilboa (8-12) in the Israeli Winner League. Beck scored only 4 points. Bnei Hasharon was edged 93-92 in Rosh Pina by the lower-ranked Galil Gilboa (#10). It was Bnei Hasharon's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Beck is currently second on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Beck averages: 19.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Beck is also Mexican national team player. He used to play for Correcaminos Victoria in Mexican league.

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

   #1. Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to a 1-point Aguada's victory against the second-ranked Trouville (4-3) 86-85 in the Uruguayan LUB in Wednesday night's game. He scored 9 points and added 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 1. Atletico Aguadais placed first. Gonzalez's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Uruguayan.

   #2. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St., currently plays in Austria) contributed to a Kapfenberg Bulls' victory against the sixth-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (14-11) 74-66 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Sanchez scored 7 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 28 minutes. ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (18-7) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. Sanchez is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.0rpg. This year he also averages: 15.5ppg and 2.5apg in the 25 games he played so far. Sanchez is a naturalized American. He used to play for Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango in Mexican league.

   #3. Edgar Garibay (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Long Beach St. (15-4) to beat the University of Pacific (14-5). Garibay cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points in 6 minutes on the court. The Long Beach St. was badly defeated 71-51 on the road by the University of Pacific. Garibay's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Garibay has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.7apg in the 20 games. Garibay is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Mexico.

   #4. Jaime Serna (205-F-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Clavijo (9-12) in their game against Lleida Basquet (9-12) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Serna cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. CB Clavijo was badly defeated 90-71 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Lleida_Basquet (#7). Serna's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mexican and Spanish.

   #5. Juan Anderson (198-F-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Marquette (13-4) in their game against the University of Notre Dame (16-0) in the NCAA. Anderson cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. The Marquette lost 65-73 at home to the University of Notre Dame. It was Marquette's first loss after four consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Anderson's overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 3.9rpg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Anderson has never played in Mexico.



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Nikola Vucevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). Vucevic led Orlando Magic to a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (24-40) 99-91 in the NBA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 17 rebounds. Vucevic also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Orlando Magic has rather weak 18-47 record this season. It's Vucevic's first year with the team. Vucevic is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vucevic averages: 12.2ppg, 11.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 68.4%. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Bjelica could not help one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (19-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Caja Laboral lost 92-100 at home to the leading Real Madrid. Bjelica scored 13 points in 25 minutes. This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 57.7%(45-78), 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 81.3% in the 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Bjelica is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Serbia). He was not able to help Metalac (15-9) in their game against Konstantin (14-10) in the Serbian A League. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Bakic was the top scorer with 25 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bakic's first season with the team. Bakic is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Bakic averages: 15.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(37-65), 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 81.6%. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nemanja Milosevic
Nemanja Milosevic
   #4. Power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, also represented by Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Tundja Yambol to a victory over the league outsider U20 (0-19) 94-86 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Milosevic was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. Milosevic also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Tundja Yambol (11-8) is placed fifth in the NBL. Milosevic is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg and 9.1rpg in the 14 games. Milosevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2008.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #5. International power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to secure a victory for Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) in their game against Budivelnyk (4-2) in the Eurocup. Despite his good performance on Wednesday night He scored 11 points and had 5 steals. Dragicevic has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #6. Swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in Khimik's victory against one of league's weakest teams DniproAzot (11-25) 75-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Sehovic scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (21-13) is placed fourth 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. This year Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 34 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in Vrsac's victory against the closely-ranked OKK Beograd (11-13) 95-84 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Radovic was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Radovic also added and 3 steals. KK Vrsac (13-11) is placed sixth in the A League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Radovic is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Radovic averages: 15.4ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team two years ago.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #8. Center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias (9-15) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (15-9) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Sekulic was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. But CB Canarias lost 81-89 on their home court in Tenerife to the much higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. Sekulic has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg and 5.0rpg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Milovan Savic
Milovan Savic
   #9. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Bojan Bakic in the Serbian A League last game. Savic contributed to a 3-point Konstantin's victory against the closely-ranked Metalac (15-9) 76-73. He was the top player that evening. Savic scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Savic's stats this season are: 10.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

Ivan Maras
Ivan Maras
   #10. Power forward Ivan Maras (207-86, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Etha (16-5) in their game against AEK (14-7) in the Cypriot Division A, despite his very good performance last Friday. Maras was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. But Etha lost 82-93 on their home court in Nicosia to the lower-ranked (#3) AEK. Maras' stats this year are: 13.1ppg and 6.0rpg in the 14 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Cook managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker crushing them 87-67. He scored only 3 points and added 5 assists. Cook's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Cook plays currently for the Montenegrin national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

   #12. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco 93-88 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. Martinic scored 25 points and added 3 passes in 33 minutes. Martinic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 20.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.1apg and 1.6spg in the 27 games. Martinic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #13. International swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok in their game against Atomeromu in the Hungarian A Division, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Sehovic was the top scorer with 20 points in 33 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 16 points 90-74. Sehovic averaged so far 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg in the two games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. An experienced former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Gaz Metan in their game against Timisoara in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his good performance last Thursday He scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Ivanovic averaged so far 13.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2008.

   #15. International power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup) couldn't help Valencia Basket in their game against Unics Kazan in the Eurocup. Dubljevic scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team was edged 71-68. He averaged so far 13.0ppg and 4.5rpg in the 14 games. Dubljevic is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Real Madrid to an overtime victory over the sixth-ranked Zalgiris (4-7) 105-104 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mirotic had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks (made all of his eighteen free throws !!!) in 35 minutes. Real Madrid (9-1) is placed first in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Mirotic has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg and 5.4rpg in the 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Novak Popovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia), who plays in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I could not help Capljina Lasta (14-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Capljina Lasta was defeated 86-78 on the road by the lower-ranked Varda HE (#4). Popovic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Popovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #3. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Georgia) led Olimpi to a victory against the fifth-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (10-6) 92-82 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Milosevic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. Olimpi Tbilisi (14-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Milosevic is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 12.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg.

   #4. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Oradea (22-5) crushing them 81-48 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Cuic scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 39 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. 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. Cuic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 5.7apg. This year he also averages: 13.4ppg and 6.5rpg in the 26 games.

   #5. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led Lirija to a victory over the second-ranked Pelister Bitola (1-13) 82-68 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Saturday night. Radunovic was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Lirija Skopjeis placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. Radunovic is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Radunovic averages: 16.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.

   #6. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Base Oostende in their game against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in the Belgian Ethias League. He scored 8 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 28 minutes. His team was edged 69-68. Djordjevic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 4.2apg. He also averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. Djordjevic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #7. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Air Avellino's surprising victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari 86-78 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Dragovic's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2spg. He has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #8. Ranko Velimirovic (205-C/F-72, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Bosnia) was the main contributor in Mladost's victory against the 12th-ranked Servitium 71-69 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday. Velimirovic was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. Velimirovic averaged so far 12.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.2apg in the 18 games.

   #9. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Vojvodina in their game against Tamis in the Serbian A League. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was edged 84-83. Marojevic's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #10. Boris Lalovic (209-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) was the major contributor in a Zrinjski HT's victory against the closely-ranked Posusje 89-76 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Lalovic also added 4 assists. Lalovic is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Lalovic averages: 19.6ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.7apg.



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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. 26-40 
 5. Philadelph.76 24-40 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 40-25 
 2. Chicago B. 36-29 
 3. Milwaukee B. 32-32 
 4. Detroit P. 23-44 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-43 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 50-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 36-29 
 3. Washington W. 22-42 
 4. Orlando M. 18-48 
 5. Charlotte B. 14-51 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 49-17 
 2. Denver N. 45-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 33-32 
 4. Portland TB 30-34 
 5. Minnesota T. 22-41 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 45-21 
 2. Golden St.W. 37-30 
 3. LA Lakers 35-32 
 4. Sacramento K. 23-43 
 5. Phoenix Suns 22-44 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 50-16 
 2. Memphis G. 44-20 
 3. Houston R. 36-30 
 4. Dallas M. 31-34 
 5. N.Orleans H. 22-44 

Regular Season: Round 131

Mar. 15: Washington W. - N.Orleans H. 96-87
Mar. 15: Dallas M. - Cleveland C. 96-86
Mar. 15: Golden St.W. - Chicago B. 95-113
Mar. 15: Milwaukee B. - Miami Heat 94-107
Mar. 15: Indiana P. - LA Lakers 93-99
Mar. 15: Toronto R. - Charlotte B. 92-78
Mar. 15: Denver N. - Memphis G. 87-80
Mar. 15: Oklah.City T. - Orlando M. 117-104
Mar. 15: Houston R. - Minnesota T. 108-100
Mar. 15: Atlanta H. - Phoenix Suns 107-94

Regular Season: Round 132

Mar. 16: Washington W. - Phoenix Suns
Mar. 16: Boston C. - Charlotte B.
Mar. 16: Philadelph.76 - Indiana P.
Mar. 16: San Antonio S. - Cleveland C.
Mar. 16: Utah Jazz - Memphis G.
Mar. 16: Portland TB - Detroit P.


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 Lakers27.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.4 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.0 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.7 
 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.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.5 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.4 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 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. Parker, San A.7.6 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.5 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 4. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 5. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Rondo, Boston C.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 


DaJuan Summers signs at LA Clippers for 10-days contact - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) landed 25-year old forward DaJuan Summers (203-109kg-88, college: Georgetown). He played recently at Maine Red Claws. In 29 games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg this season. Summers was called during the season by the Charlotte Bobcats. The most of last season he spent at the Hornets. In 19 games he had 3.7ppg and 1.2rpg. Summers also spent pre-season at Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that year. In three games he had 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0bpg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague where he recorded 4 points and 1 rebound.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season Summers played at the Pistons. In 20 games he had 3.7ppg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons in second round (35th overall). Summers attended Georgetown University and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Italian Supercup in 2012. Summers received also Big East All-Rookie Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
Summers' game is described as: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
An athletic, explosive wing player, whose muscular physique makes him a very promising talent At 68 he has great size for the perimeter positions He has nice bulk on his frame and he knows how to use it, whether its absorbing contact when getting to the hoop, or taking advantage of a mismatch in the low-post.
He depends on his strength too much to get by his defender as his first step is not first class He is more comfortable operating out of the triple threat rather than working off the dribble, where he struggles handling the ball at times
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Knicks sign Kenyon Martin for remainder of season - by Eurobasket News

he banged-up New York Knicks need all the healthy bodies they can get. Veteran forward Kenyon Martin (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) qualifies. Knicks Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed Martin for the remainder of the season, following two consecutive 10-day contracts originally signed on Feb. 23. Martin, 6-9, 230-pounds, is averaging 5.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.17 steals over 18.9 minutes in six games.
Courtesy of: www.insidehoops.com



Spurs assign Baynes, Do Colo to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned center Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) and guard Nando De Colo (6'5''-SG-87) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Baynes, who is making his third stint with the Toros this season, has appeared in three games for Austin, averaging 17.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.7 minutes.
Also making his third assignment to Austin this season, De Colo has played in two games with the Toros, averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.00 steals in 36.5 minutes. He has appeared in 57 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 3.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.



LA Clippers close to land DaJuan Summers - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) is close to sign 25-year old forward DaJuan Summers (203-109kg-88, college: Georgetown) who currently plays Maine Red Claws in D-League. In 29 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg this season. Summers was called during the season by the Charlotte Bobcats. The most of last season he spent at the Hornets. In 19 games he averaged 3.7ppg and 1.2rpg. Summers also spent pre-season at Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that year. In three games he averaged 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0bpg. He also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had 4 points and 1 rebound.
The previous (10-11) season Summers played at the Pistons. In 20 games he averaged 3.7ppg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Detroit Pistons in second round (35th overall). Summers attended Georgetown University and it may be his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Italian Supercup in 2012. Summers received also Big East All-Rookie Team award back in 2007 at his college time.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
An athletic, explosive wing player, whose muscular physique makes him a very promising talent At 6'8 he has great size for the perimeter positions He has nice bulk on his frame and he knows how to use it, whether its absorbing contact when getting to the hoop, or taking advantage of a mismatch in the low-post.
He depends on his strength too much to get by his defender as his first step is not first class He is more comfortable operating out of the triple threat rather than working off the dribble, where he struggles handling the ball at times
.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ten games recap from Friday - by Eurobasket News

Golden St.W. - Chicago B. 95-113
Embarrassed one game, handing out humiliation the next. Such is life for the Chicago Bulls right now. Luol Deng scored 23 points, Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the banged-up Bulls bounced back from their most lopsided loss of the season to whip the Golden State Warriors 113-95 on Friday night. "I do know we have pride," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We've taken a hit. We've lost some guys along the way. Our guys will battle. We know that we're short-handed. But if we have the right intensity and we do it collectively, we have a chance. And we've shown it throughout the year." Maybe this week more than any other. Two nights after a 121-79 shellacking at Sacramento that renewed calls for Derrick Rose's return, the Bulls outscored the Warriors 38-17 in the third quarter en route to snapping a season-high, five-game road losing streak. They led by 36 points early in the fourth quarter before both sides cleared the benches. Nate Robinson added 20 points and seven assists, while Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which had lost four of five overall. The Bulls outshot the Warriors 52 to 45 percent and won the rebounding battle 43-34, though the final box score hardly showed how much of a blowout the game really was. The Bulls had spent the past two days trying to regroup after being routed by one of the Western Conference's worst teams. The team held a meeting to re-emphasize what had made them such a tough out in recent years: pride and effort. "The great thing about it is we kept it up for virtually the whole game," Boozer said. "It was fun to watch us play like that." Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) scored 20 points and David Lee had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who missed their first 11 shots from 3-point range before making their last three. Golden State ended its longest homestand 4-3. "Loose balls, rebounds, screens, moving without the basketball-any way you want to measure playing with force, we failed," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Chicago again played without Rose, the NBA's MVP of the 2010-11 season who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last April and whose possible return has fueled fodder in recent weeks. Kirk Hinrich (right foot), Taj Gibson (left knee) and Richard Hamilton (lower back) also remain out with injuries. Both teams played with relatively small lineups-with the exception of Noah and Warriors center Andrew Bogut-and spread the floor, creating space all over the perimeter. Noah and Boozer gave Bogut and Lee fits with their interior passing, rampant rebounding and overall energy to outwork the Warriors throughout. The Bulls blitzed the Warriors at the end of the first half and at the start of the second. After Lee's dunk tied the score at 44, Chicago went on a 20-2 run that showed the kind of heart and hustle that has defined the Thibodeau Era: Boozer dove on the floor to squirt the ball away from Jack, and Jimmy Butler converted a difficult layup over Lee on the other end to start a three-point play. "One of the best hustle plays all season," Robinson said. Marco Belinelli opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, and then Robinson-who played 51 games for the Warriors last season-intercepted a pass from Harrison Barnes for an easy layup. Deng stole another pass from Klay Thompson, and Robinson capped the spurt by tipping in Deng's miss. Headed for a possible playoff berth for only the second time since 1994, Golden State came up short in front of a 23rd straight sellout crowd announced at 19,596. Even Stephen Curry tried to dunk on an open fast break late in the second quarter, though at least Barnes swooped in to slam the miss. "This was an embarrassing performance by us, point blank," said Curry, held to eight points and four assists on 2-for-13 shooting. The rest of the game turned into a series of Chicago highlights, including a put-back slam and a slash to the rim for another dunk by Boozer-both on slow rotations by third-string center Andris Biedrins, who later just grazed the bottom of the net on a free throw. Warriors owner Joe Lacob sat in in his courtside seat looking miserable. At the end of the third quarter, he rested his chin on his fist and just stared at the scoreboard: Bulls 94, Warriors 63. Co-owner Peter Guber moved four seats over to chat with Lacob during the break. A large chunk of Warriors' fans filed out of the arena, and some even booed. "It's embarrassing to us, to the organization, to the coaching staff, to the fans," Jackson said. Courtesy of: publicopiniononline.com

Denver N. - Memphis G. 87-80
The Denver Nuggets plodded along for three quarters before beating Memphis at its own game. Hardly known as a half-court team, the high-flying Nuggets had to resort to set plays and setting picks to finally break free. Turns out, they're pretty good at it, especially when they dump the ball inside to Kostas Koufos (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.). Koufos scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, helping the Nuggets rally to knock off the Grizzlies 87-80 on Friday night for their 11th straight victory, their longest streak in 30 years. This is definitely an offence Koufos could get used to. Only, he'd rather not. "We want to maintain being a running team," the 7-foot centre said. "We need to keep going and attacking." That wasn't possible against the Grizzlies, the best defensive team in the league. They clogged the passing lanes and clamped down on fast breaks. The Nuggets were growing frustrated, too, and the crowd restless. The Nuggets hadn't been shut down like this in quite a while, especially at home, where they've now won 15 straight games to run their record at Pepsi Center to 30-3. Then along came Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.), providing a much-needed spark with his energetic play. The player known as "Manimal" was blocking shots, hustling for rebounds and pestering Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies' force up front who had 18 points and 18 rebounds. With the Nuggets trailing 66-58 heading into the fourth quarter, Faried helped them go on a 17-4 run and seize back the momentum. That's exactly why he's on the court. "I saw my teammates were not their usual selves - guys weren't doing what they usually do," said Faried, who finished with eight points and four blocked shots. "It seemed like we were in a struggle offensively, couldn't score the ball. I just played hard and brought some energy. I believed it helped tonight, gave a boost to my teammates." That it did. Winning this way also showed the Nuggets they can play any way necessary. "I thought this was a good test for us," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "I said at the beginning of the fourth quarter, 'This is good for us. We'll find out how we have to do it - can we do it?' "I thought Kenneth was great. I thought Kosta - those guys, in a big game, played at a very important level for us." The last time the Nuggets won 11 straight was Feb. 24 to March. 15, 1983. The Grizzlies, Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers are now tightly bunched in the race for the third seed in the Western Conference, with only a half-game separating the teams. "We understand where the standings are at," said Mike Conley, whose team had its six-game winning streak snapped. "But we still have 20 games left and anything can happen from there. We're just worried about tomorrow." This was a matchup of two of the hottest teams in the NBA not named the Miami Heat. It also was a game of contrasting styles, with Denver trying to push the pace and Memphis preferring to play at a more deliberate tempo. Early on, the Nuggets controlled the rhythm - and the game - as they led by as many as nine in the first half. Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) beat the buzzer with a layup just before halftime to send the Grizzlies into the locker room trailing just 48-47. After halftime, the Grizzlies began rolling by slowing things down. They also turned the pressure up a notch and held Denver to a season-low 10 points in the third quarter to take a 66-58 lead. For three quarters, the Nuggets were lethargic and couldn't match the energy of Wednesday, when they thumped the New York Knicks in Carmelo Anthony's first return to the city since he was traded two years ago. Finally, they turned it on. "You grow playing these kinds of games," said Danilo Gallinari, who finished with 15 points, including two free throws to break a tie with just over two minutes remaining. "You cannot grow a lot when you're blowing out a team by 20 or 30. These are the kind of games that make you improve as a team." Marc Gasol couldn't agree more. "I don't see it as a setback. We feel confident in the way we can play this team," said Gasol, who chipped in 14 points. "We played this team well for 36 minutes. Then we tried to play their basketball. We kind of played that way for 12 minutes and they won. But I think for 36 minutes we played good basketball but games last 48 minutes, not 36." Courtesy of: winnipegfreepress.com

Dallas M. - Cleveland C. 96-86
It is late in the season, and truth be told, there is little left for the Cavaliers at this point. They are without their injured All-Star point guard, and the playoffs are not in sight. They are playing, now, for next year. For chemistry to develop among these young players, to learn lessons of how to improve their defense and how to close out games. In Dallas, the Mavericks are fighting and clawing, trying to squeak their way into the postseason, growing out shaggy beards until they reach .500 after a miserable start to the season. It's understandable, then, that when it mattered most Friday night, when the third quarter came and the final buzzer drew near, the Mavericks were the team scrapping hardest. And in the end, it was the hungry Mavericks who topped the Cavaliers, 96-86, at American Airlines Center. It happened despite an 11-point lead by the Cavaliers in the first quarter, a start so hot that rookie Tyler Zeller nearly had a double double at halftime. And it happened even with Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) failing to find his shooting touch all game. The Cavaliers' old habit of sluggish third quarters was paired with an even worse fourth quarter, this time, and led to a thorough stomping. The Mavericks hit 70 percent of their field goals in the third, compared to the Cavaliers' 44 percent. In the fourth, the difference was just as pronounced, as Dallas hit 57 percent and the Cavaliers sank 36.8 percent -- coupled with six turnovers in that period. "A good defensive effort led to easy offense, and that won the game," Mavericks forward Nowitzki said. The Mavericks have won five of their past six games as they surge toward a winning record, now standing at 31-34. They have not missed the playoffs in 12 seasons, and they are fearful of this year breaking their streak. The Mavericks' hot streak coupled with the Cavaliers' youth and inexperience yielded Dallas' 17-4 run midway through the third quarter. That stretch allowed Dallas to finally take the lead with 5:27 left in the quarter when Darren Collison flew in for a layup. "It just seemed like we lost that energy we had in the first quarter and the first half," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "You've got to give them a lot of credit -- they started to put a little more pressure on us, we got antsy with the ball." That showed in six Cavaliers turnovers the fourth quarter that included such miscues as Alonzo Gee palming the ball and Zeller getting called for traveling. "It's kind of stupid turnovers that add up," Zeller said. "Little things that you just can't afford to do and you've got to get better at." Said Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse), "I wouldn't say it was a sense of panic, but at the same time, it was because we couldn't make a shot." The Mavericks outscored the Cavaliers, 29-18, in the fourth quarter. That included a 13-2 start that featured seven points from Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-PG-88, agency: Court Side), and a Brandon Wright dunk and layup. Beaubois led the Mavericks with 18 points -- nine in the fourth quarter -- as four other Dallas players scored in double-digits. Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers with 21 points, while Zeller finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nowitzki shot just 6-for-17 for the Mavericks, netting 13 points and 11 rebounds. Wayne Ellington was a late scratch with a sprained left ankle, an injury he suffered in the Cavaliers' last game against Washington. Courtesy of: cleveland.com

Milwaukee B. - Miami Heat 94-107
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) took his turn in the spotlight as the Miami Heat extended its winning streak to 21 games with a 107-94 victory over the Bucks on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Heat center finished with 28 points as Miami moved past the 1970-'71 Bucks in the record books, standing alone with the third-longest winning streak in NBA history. Miami (50-14) can tie Houston for the second-longest streak by posting No. 22 in a row on Sunday in Toronto. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) also scored 28 points and Dwyane Wade added 20 despite a scare when he fell hard to the floor in the first quarter and briefly had to leave the game. Bosh hit 12 of 16 shots and was drilling his medium-range jumper throughout the game. James added 10 rebounds and seven assists in 38 minutes. The Bucks made a run early in the fourth quarter to trim a 16-point deficit to 85-79. But Shane Battier drilled a three-pointer and Bosh scored in the lane as the Heat restored order. Bucks center Larry Sanders was ejected for the second straight game when he picked up two technical fouls with 2 minutes 44 seconds remaining. Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) led the Bucks (32-32) with 26 points and 17 rebounds and Brandon Jennings added 21 points. J.J. Redick added 14 off the bench and Marquis Daniels had 14 while taking defensive duties against James. The Bucks lost their third straight game after winning six of their previous seven. Courtesy of: jsonline.com

Oklah.City T. - Orlando M. 117-104
Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) added 23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder keep up their dominant play at home with a 117-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. The Thunder scored a season-high 73 points in the first half, shooting 64 percent from the floor and converting 18 of 22 free throws. Oklahoma City led by 27 in the second quarter, but Orlando made it close in the fourth quarter. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) led Orlando with 26 points, including 5-for-12 shooting on 3s. The Thunder led by 22 with 7 minutes to go in the third quarter before the Magic pulled to 103-99 midway through the fourth, prompting Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks had to put his starters back on the floor. After Nelson's 3 pulled Orlando to 106-102 with 3:37 left, Durant had a three-point play 18 seconds later to push the lead back to seven. Tobias Harris' layup got the Magic within five with 2:34 remaining, but they didn't score again. Westbrook made his third 3-pointer of the night with 2:07 to go, Thabo Sefolosha hit a free throw, Durant made two from the line and added a layup in the final minute to close the scoring as Oklahoma City improved to 30-4 at home this season. The Thunder looked like they were going to put the game away early, shooting 71 percent in the first quarter to lead by 13. They extended the lead to 27 before the Magic pulled to 73-56 at the half. Oklahoma City dominated the Magic in nearly every statistical category, outrebounding Orlando 52-33 including 44-26 on the defensive end. With his team struggling to find the 20-win mark, first-year Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn acknowledged the Magic (18-48) were playing more for pride than a chance at the playoffs. The second-half rally where Orlando outscored Oklahoma City 48-44 was a start. The Magic began cutting into the lead, outscoring the Thunder 28-22 in the third. Instead of watching the game from the bench, starters Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins were forced to re-enter with 6:49 remaining followed by Durant, Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka soon after. Harris continued to be a bright spot for the Magic since being acquired from Milwaukee. He scored 19 points in 40 minutes while largely guarding either Westbrook or Durant. All five Orlando starters finished the game in double figures. Nikola Vucevic scored 21 points, Arron Afflalo had 10 and Maurice Harkless 12. Ibaka scored 20 and Kevin Martin added 15 off the bench for the Thunder, who have won two in a row and 10 of their last 13. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com

Houston R. - Minnesota T. 108-100
James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin had 24 and the Houston Rockets rallied from 20 points down in the third quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-100 on Friday night. Harden also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out eight assists for the Rockets, who stayed two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) and Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern) scored 19 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who led 59-39 early in the third quarter. The Rockets held Minnesota to only 16 field goals the rest of the way. Houston started the game by making some history. The Rockets' first 3-pointer, hit by Chandler Parsons, was No. 705 on the season, tying the franchise record set by the 2006-07 team. Lin broke the mark two minutes later. But the Timberwolves looked more like the sharpshooters on the floor at the start, shooting 59 percent (13 of 22) in the first quarter. Minnesota's frontline players went 7 for 9 from the field in the quarter and Alexey Shved sank a pull-up 3 off Houston's eighth turnover in the second for a 38-31 Minnesota lead. Harden, a game-time decision with a sore right foot, missed two of his first six shots and the Rockets missed 19 of their first 31 overall. Barea sank a 3-pointer, then blew past Harden for a layup. The league's highest-scoring team coming into the game, Houston mustered only 39 first-half points and trailed by 18. The Rockets had only 15 first-half field goals on eight assists. Minnesota, meanwhile, shot 55 percent from the field (22 of 40) in the half and scored 20 points off Houston's 15 first-half turnovers. The Rockets trailed 61-46 early in the third quarter when Houston coach Kevin McHale was whistled for a technical foul. Harden and Lin sank 3-pointers on Houston's next two possessions, and the Rockets started crawling back into it. Harden got back to attacking the basket and scored 15 points in the quarter. Parsons started the fourth quarter with a steal and a breakaway dunk, and Harden drove for another layup to draw Houston within two. The Rockets also turned up their defense, holding Minnesota to only 10 field goals through the first 14 minutes of the second half. Lin tied it at 82-all with a layup following a Minnesota turnover, and Carlos Delfino found Greg Smith cutting down the lane for a dunk to put the Rockets ahead. Smith got free inside for a dunk and a layup, and Parsons put it away with a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:03 remaining. The Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak to the Timberwolves at the Toyota Center and sent Minnesota to its 10th loss in 12 games. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Atlanta H. - Phoenix Suns 107-94
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) made a strong return to Atlanta's lineup with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Hawks led by double figures throughout the final period of their 107-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Smith returned to Atlanta's lineup after missing one game with a sprained left knee. All five starters scored in double figures, with Al Horford adding 16 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) had four 3-pointers and 16 points. Devin Harris had 15 and DeShawn Stevenson scored 12. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) had 21 points and eight assists for the Suns, who have lost three straight and five of six. The Suns fell to 7-27 on the road. The Hawks took the lead for good early in the second period and had the advantage in double figures most of the second half. Jermaine O'Neal scored 18 points for Phoenix. Markieff Morris had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Beasley had 10 points. Hawks 7-foot center Johan Petro sank a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining in the first quarter. It was only Petro's second 3-pointer in 12 attempts in his eight NBA seasons. His first 3 came last season with the Nets. While Petro celebrated his rare long-distance shot, the Suns made a long pass to Markieff Morris, who beat the buzzer with a 21-foot jumper. Stevenson closed the first half with another buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Hawks a 57-46 lead. Jeff Teague missed his second straight start with a sprained left ankle. Harris was the fill-in starter at point guard but Teague had eight points in 22 minutes. Backup guard Dahntay Jones, who spent the last two days answering criticism of his late-game defense on Kobe Bryant in the Hawks' win over the Lakers on Wednesday night, made his first appearance with 4:46 remaining. Bryant sprained his left ankle when he landed on Jones' foot after missing a last-second jumper. Courtesy of: myrtlebeachonline.com

Indiana P. - LA Lakers 93-99
Kobe Bryant played just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle and missed his only four shots he attempted. That wouldn't be a factor however; as Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) lead the Lakers with 20 points and would take over the leadership role and convert a critical three point play with 90 seconds left to edge the Pacers in front of over 18,000 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse 99-93 and fall to 40-25 of the season, while the Lakers improve to 35-32. The Pacers shot just 37% for the game while recording three players in double figures. George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) led the Pacers with 27 points, with 20 of them coming in the second half. Paul George added 20 points of his own and was one rebound short of a double-double, and Lance Stephenson had a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards coming off the bench as well. Defensively, the Pacers struggled, allowing the Lakers to shoot 50% from three point range (13-26), something Head Coach Frank Vogel was not pleased about. 'We had too many breakdowns' Vogel said. 'Guarding the three point line was probably the biggest mental breakdown.' We left shooters open left and right in a variety of ways, we just didn't play a good basketball game tonight.' 'We don't shoot much better than that,' Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said when asked about going 13 of 26 from beyond the arc.' It definitely gave us a chance to stay in the game, but the guys played hard as well.' It wasn't just the defense that struggled throughout the game, it was also an off night for the two big men inside. Center Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) and Forward David West, not only dealt with foul trouble early in the game, but also combined to convert only 7 of their 25 attempts from the field. 'I think we just mentally broke down a few times' West said. We just gave up on some plays we should not have given up on and did not take advantage of some situations. I'm, really disappointed we let this one go.' The Pacers will try to forget about this one and hit the road to Philadelphia to take Jrue Holiday and the 76ers tomorrow night inside the Wells Fargo Arena. Courtesy of: fox59.com

Washington W. - N.Orleans H. 96-87
Washington Wizards guard John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) scored a game-high 29 points Friday night as the Wizards dominated the New Orleans Hornets, winning 96-87 in the Verizon Center. It was second loss of the three-game road trip for the Hornets, who play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night before returning to New Orleans for a Monday night home game against the Golden State Warriors. The Hornets played the Wizards on even terms in the first half, the teams heading into the locker room tied at 50-50. But as has been the case so often this year, the Hornets offense failed to show up in the third quarter. After scoring 17 points in the first half, Eric Gordon was scoreless in the third, going 0 for 4 from the field in the period. Gordon finished the game with 20 points. Rookie forward Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky), who had 12 first quarter points, played just 43 seconds in the third when he picked up his fourth personal foul early on. New Orleans scored just 14 points in the quarter as the Wizards build a 74-64 lead. Davis got personal No. 5 with8:56 int he fourth and was a non factor the rest of the way, finishing with 16 points. Greivis Vasquez had 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Hornets. Courtesy of: nola.com

Toronto R. - Charlotte B. 92-78
Even though playoff contention may be slipping out of reach for the Toronto Raptors, Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) isn't about to slow down. Johnson had 12 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, and Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 28 points as the Raptors beat the Charlotte Bobcats 92-78 on Friday night. 'That was a heck of an effort by Amir Johnson,' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. 'I can't sing his praises enough.' Toronto drew to within 7 1/2 games of Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the East after the Bucks lost at home to Miami, the Heat's 21st straight win. The Raptors host Miami on Sunday. Joey Dorsey was the last Toronto player to record 20 rebounds, doing it April 11, 2011, at Milwaukee. Johnson, who matched his previous best with 16 rebounds in Sunday's win over Cleveland, said the victory was more important than his final total. 'Career highs is one thing, but getting wins is what I really want,' he said. 'We're just going to keep playing hard and get as many games as we can.' Johnson came in averaging a career-best 7.3 rebounds per game this season, almost a full rebound better than the 6.4 he had in each of the previous two seasons. 'Every rebound was his,' Gay said. 'Today he was on another level. That's what we need out of him and that's what we expect out of him.' Johnson's double-double was his team-leading 13th of the season. 'He does a great job of using his hands,' Charlotte forward Josh McRoberts said. 'He's very physical, but very crafty with his hands, either holding or pushing. I'm not complaining about that, I'm saying I respect that. He's figured out a way to become a great rebounder.' Sebastian Telfair scored 11 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 as the Raptors won for just the third time in 10 games. Toronto won for the second time this season when making at least 20 turnovers. Casey attributed the sloppiness to the 'malaise' of late season. 'If we have 20 turnovers on Sunday, then it will be 40 points (for Miami),' he said. Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke), coming off a career-best 35-point performance in the Bobcats' 100-74 victory over Boston on Tuesday, scored 22 points. Kemba Walker added 20, and Ben Gordon and McRoberts each had 10 for Charlotte, which has won just one of 11 and four of its past 26. The Bobcats made just one of 13 field goal attempts in the fourth, and were outscored 23-10. 'They did a good job of keeping us out of the paint,' Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said. 'You're not going to win in the NBA when you score 10 points in the fourth.' Courtesy of: newsobserver.com



Bucks try to end the Heat winning streak! - by Chris Mathieu

Bucks try to end the Heat winning streak!
The Milwaukee Bucks and their three guard backcourt will try to end the Miami Heat winning streak tonight. The Bucks have struggled the last few games but hope to get back on track with a big upset at home against the streaking Miami Heat. The Bucks front court could provide trouble for the Heat if Larry Sanders can stay out of foul trouble. The Bucks usually play the Heat tough and tonights home game should be no different. It should be a loud at the game and an electric atmosphere as at every NBA arena you can find you fair share of bandwagon Heat fans.
Dwayne Wade and LeBron James have been on a roll and they seemed to finally have jelled offensively. They seem to be sharing the ball better and look more cohesive instead of just taking turns trying to score. James has been on a historic run lately and looks to be nearing his peak of powers which looks like bad news for the rest of the NBA.
It should be an exciting battle and a likely preview of the first round matchup of 1 and 8 seeds in the playoffs.



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 33-6 
 2. Summerside S. 24-15 
 3. Windsor Exp. 21-18 
 4. St.John M.R. 20-20 
 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. 15: Windsor Exp. - St.John M.R. 104-95
Mar. 13: Oshawa P. - St.John M.R. 101-102
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 16-3 (23-5) 
 2. Duke (8) 14-5 (26-5) 
 3. N.Carolina (12) 13-6 (23-9) 
 4. N.Carolina St. (6) 12-7 (22-9) 
 5. Virginia 11-7 (20-10) 
 6. Florida St. (24) 10-10 (18-15) 
 7. Maryland 10-10 (21-11) 
 8. Boston Coll. 8-12 (15-17) 
 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 125

Mar. 15: N.Carolina - Florida St. 83-62
Mar. 15: Duke - Maryland 74-83
Mar. 15: Miami, FL - Boston Coll. 69-58
Mar. 15: Virginia - N.Carolina St. 56-75
Mar. 15: VCU - St.Joseph''s 82-79
Mar. 15: Temple - Massachusetts 74-79
Mar. 15: St.Louis - Charlotte 72-55
Mar. 15: La Salle - Butler 58-69
Mar. 15: Indiana - Illinois 80-64
Mar. 15: Ohio St. - Nebraska 71-50
Mar. 15: Wisconsin - Michigan 68-59
Mar. 15: Michigan St. - Iowa 59-56
Mar. 15: Kansas - Iowa St. 88-73
Mar. 15: Kansas St. - Oklahoma St. 68-57
Mar. 15: Louisville - Notre Dame 69-57
Mar. 15: Georgetown - Syracuse 55-58 OT
Mar. 15: Weber St. - N.Dakota 76-74
Mar. 15: Montana - N.Colorado 70-56
Mar. 15: Long Beach St. - Cal-Irvine 60-67
Mar. 15: Pacific - Cal Poly - SLO 55-53
Mar. 15: Memphis - Tulsa 85-74
Mar. 15: S.Mississippi - UTEP 85-67
Mar. 15: Chicago St. - UTPA 63-55
Mar. 15: NJIT - Houston Baptist 61-62
Mar. 15: Ohio - W.Michigan 74-63
Mar. 15: Akron - Kent St. 62-59
Mar. 15: Morgan St. - Beth.-Cookman 82-71
Mar. 15: Delaware St. - N.Carolina A&T 78-84
Mar. 15: Colorado St. - UNLV 65-75
Mar. 15: N.Mexico - San Diego St. 60-50
Mar. 15: UCLA - Arizona 66-64
Mar. 15: Oregon - Utah 64-45
Mar. 15: Florida - LSU 80-58
Mar. 15: Mississippi - Missouri 64-62
Mar. 15: Alabama - Tennessee 58-48
Mar. 15: Kentucky - Vanderbilt 48-64
Mar. 15: SF Austin - SE Louisiana 68-57
Mar. 15: Northwestern St. - Sam Houston St. 55-52
Mar. 15: Jackson St. - Prairie View A&M 75-88
Mar. 15: Southern - Alabama A&M 72-59
Mar. 15: N.Mexico St. - Texas St. 74-65
Mar. 15: Texas Arlington - UTSA 69-53


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.0 
 2. Plumlee, Duke17.2 
 3. Curry, Duke17.1 
 4. Harris, Virginia16.9 
 5. Hanlan, Boston Col.15.7 
 6. Harris, Wake F.15.4 
 7. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.0 
 8. Snaer, Florida St.14.5 
 9. McAdoo, N.Carolina14.5 
 10. Kelly, Duke14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.7 
 2. Plumlee, Duke10.2 
 3. Mitchell, Virginia8.9 
 4. Anderson, Boston8.0 
 5. Len, Maryland8.0 
 6. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.6 
 7. Thomas, Wake F.7.5 
 8. McAdoo, N.Carolina7.5 
 9. Booker, Clemson7.4 
 10. Johnson, Miami,7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.7.2 
 2. Cook, Duke5.1 
 3. Evans, Virginia5.0 
 4. Paige, N.Carolina4.7 
 5. Larkin, Miami, FL4.4 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.4.1 
 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. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 5. Cook, Duke1.5 
 6. McKie, Wake Forest1.4 
 7. Thornton, Duke1.3 
 8. Bullock, N.Carolina1.3 
 9. Green, Virginia Te.1.3 
 10. Jones, Wake Fore.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, FL1.7 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.5 
 6. Thomas, Wake F.1.4 
 7. Kadji, Miami, FL1.4 
 8. Kelly, Duke1.3 
 9. Turpin, Florida St.1.3 
 10. Leslie, N.Caroli.1.2 


NC State Handles Virginia - by Rick Ross

courtesy of espnsports.com
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Scott Wood (6'6''-F) had 23 points and seven 3-pointers to help North Carolina State beat Virginia 75-56 on Friday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

C.J. Leslie added 17 points and 11 rebounds with three blocks for the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (24-9), who blew the game open after halftime and led by double digits nearly the entire second half for a second straight quarterfinal win against the fourth-seeded Cavaliers (21-11).

N.C. State also got strong performances from freshman T.J. Warren with 18 points and senior Richard Howell, who battled through a right thigh injury to finish with 12 rebounds.

The Wolfpack avenged a regular-season loss to Virginia that started a three-game skid, which all but took the preseason ACC favorite out of the regular-season title chase. Now N.C. State is back in the semifinals and has a Saturday matchup with No. 9 Miami, the tournament's top seed.

Akil Mitchell scored 19 to lead Virginia, which hasn't reached the semifinals since 1995 -- the longest drought in the league. First-team all-ACC performer Joe Harris had 13 on 4-for-13 shooting, including 2 for 9 from 3-point range.

The teams met last year in the exact same position, with the fifth-seeded Wolfpack winning 67-64 to reach the semifinals. This one wasn't nearly that close, with the Wolfpack taking a 30-21 halftime lead then scoring on five straight possessions out of the break to push that margin to 19 barely 3 1/2 minutes in.

Wood provided the highlight of that burst with three straight 3s, the last coming when he lost Paul Jesperson on an inbounds play and buried a shot that sent the Greensboro Coliseum's home-state crowd into a roar.

Leslie followed that with a three-point play by driving past Evan Nolte for a score, a sequence that gave the Wolfpack a 44-25 lead with 16:31 left.

The Cavaliers got no closer than 11 again.

Virginia won the January meeting 58-55, though the Wolfpack played much of the way without point guard Lorenzo Brown due to an ankle injury. Brown missed the next two games and N.C. State lost both, the first coming on a last-second tip-in at home against the Hurricanes.

The Wolfpack had an easy win in Thursday's first round against Virginia Tech. Now N.C. State will get another shot at Miami as it tries to put together another memorable March run after last year's push to the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

Virginia's normally stingy defense had trouble all day with the Wolfpack, who shot 45.8 percent (27 of 59). N.C. State also went 8 for 16 from 3-point range behind Wood, who became the program's all-time leader in made 3-pointers during the second half.

The Cavaliers shot 38.9 percent (21 of 54) but went 5 for 20 from behind the arc, setting up what will be a long two days until they find out whether they've done enough to earn an NCAA bid.

N.C. State also took a 39-28 rebounding advantage behind Leslie and Howell, who was wincing and constantly rubbing his right thigh beginning late in the first half. It's unclear exactly when the first-team all-ACC pick was injured, though he briefly left the game to ride a stationary bike and have his thigh wrapped before returning.

He came out of the game to a roar with 1:55 left and the Wolfpack leading 70-52.



Top-Seed Indiana Advances to B1G Tournament Semifinal - by Eurobasket News

THE OPENING TIP: The Indiana men's basketball team is the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament - for the first time in the 16-year history of the event - after winning its 21st Big Ten Championship with a 14-4 record. IU advances to the Big Ten Tournament semifinal for the first time since 2006 and the fifth time overall.

The Hoosiers advanced to the semifinals after beating Illinois, 80-64. Last year, Wisconsin defeated Indiana, 79-71 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin defeated Indiana earlier this year, 64-59. IU leads the series 94-65.

BIG TEN CHAMPIONS: By virtue of their 72-71 win at Michigan to close the regular season, Indiana won the Big Ten Championship outright for the first time since 1993. IU has shared titles in 1926, '28, '36, '57, '67, '74, '87, '91 and 2002. The Hoosiers have won outright crowns in 1953, '54, '58, '73, '75, '76, '80, '81, '83, '89, '93 and 2013.

INDIANA IS ... : Ranked No. 3 in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll this week. The Hoosiers have held the No. 1 spot for 10 weeks this season and 54 weeks all-time. This is the 31st straight week the Hoosiers have been nationally ranked, the most since IU appeared for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94.

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT ... : Indiana makes as strong a case as any for one of the top seeds in the 75th NCAA Tournament which begins next week. The Hoosiers won the outright regular season championship of the highest ranked conference in the country. IU is a nation's best 7-1 when facing a nationally ranked opponent this year, including a 5-0 mark against top 10 opposition with three of those wins (Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State) coming on the road. The Hoosiers also had the best conference road record in the country (along with Miami) among major college conferences with a 7-2 league road ledger. Looking at the current top 10, IU has a 6-1 record against those squads (also beat #5 Georgetown in Brooklyn before they were ranked).

COACH CREAN: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 54-14 mark since the start of the 2011-12season and is 82-80 during his tenure at Indiana. He was named USBWA District V Coach of the Year earlier this week. He is 272-176 all-time as a head coach and has 13 wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons.

RECAPPING ILLINOIS: The Hoosiers never trailed in the 80-64 triumph over Illinois at the United Center in today's Big Ten Conference quarterfinal.
The Hoosiers are 16-1 this season when scoring 80 points or more.
Sophomore forward Cody Zeller tallied a game-high 24 points, along with nine rebounds. His 81.8 (9-of-11) shooting percentage ties for third on Big Ten Tournament single-game list by an IU player (min. 10 attempts).
Zeller is averaging 25.0 points per game in his last two outings.
Junior guard Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92) pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds and is averaging. 12.0 rebounds per game over the last two contests.
Courtesy of: http://www.iuhoosiers.com



Long-time Rivalry Comes to a Close with 58-55 Orange Victory in OT - by Eurobasket News

NEW YORK The long-time BIG EAST rival between #19/20 Syracuse (26-8) and #5/5 Georgetown (25-6) officially came to a close in a thrilling 58-55 Orange overtime victory in the semifinal round of the conference tournament.

Seniors James Southerland and Brandon Triche led the offense with junior Baye Keita (6'10''-F), as the trio posted 13 points each. Redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney recorded 10 points, shooting 2-of-3 from behind the arc.

Southerland's four three-pointers brings his BIG EAST Tournament total to 16, which ties the all-time record. Former Orange and current assistant coach Gerry McNamara set the record in 2006.

Totaling six points, junior C.J. Fair (6'8''-F-91) recorded his 1000th career point against the Hoyas. He is 58thplayer in Syracuse history to reach the century mark, joining Triche, the most recent member to join the rankings in 2011.

The SU victory is the 11th time that SU and Georgetown have played each other three times in one season. The last time the two teams squared off in three outings was in 2009-10, with Syracuse defeating the Hoyas in 2-of-3 matchups.

Leading by two 47-45 with less than four minutes remaining, junior Baye Keita gave the Orange a four-point cushion with a pair of free throws but D'vauntes Smith Rivera cut the lead in half with a jumper at 49 47.

With the game tied at 49-49, Baye Keita came through with two more free throws to bring SU ahead by two at 51-49. Following a foul called on junior C.J. Fair, Otto Porter went 2-of-2 from the charity stripe with seven seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Triche and Baye Keita lifted the Orange up by four at 55-51 with consecutive buckets early in the overtime period. After Mikael Hopkins failed to convert a three-point play, Fair answered with his 1000th career point, driving in for a huge slam. Otto Porter tightened the score with two free throws at 57-55, but then fouled Triche, who made of his free throws to clinch a 58-55 decision for SU.

Following the halftime break, Hopkins opened the second half with a pair of buckets to trim the advantage to seven points. Southerland answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the Orange ahead by 12 points at 37-25 with 16:15 remaining in the game.

The Hoyas kept fighting though, moving within five points of the lead at 37-32, helped out by five straight points from Markel Starks. Senior Brandon Triche halted the stretch with a three-point play and a three ball, pulling Syracuse ahead by 11 with 11:36 left in the game.

From there, Georgetown continued to chip away at the Syracuse advantage, using three-pointer from Porter and Starks to trim the lead to four points with 5:58 remaining in regulation.

Syracuse opened the contest with early four-point deficit before senior James Southerland drained his first three-pointer of the night and then converted a free throw for a four-point play to tie the game at 6-6. The Hoyas managed to pull away with their largest lead of the half at 13-8 after a 7-2 spurt gave Georgetown a five-point advantage.

With both clubs having trouble taking the lead, Southerland netted his second three ball of the half to knot the score at 17-17 with 8:04 remaining in the opening frame. Redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney followed with a clutch three-pointer to lift the Orange ahead, 20-17.

SU continued to build on its advantage, using a 12-3 run to enter the intermission ahead the Hoyas by nine points at 29-20. Cooney led Syracuse during the scoring streak with five points, including his second three-pointer of the game that gave the Orange its largest lead of the half at 27-17 with 2:54 remaining in the opening frame.
Courtesy of: http://www.suathletics.com



Top-Seeded Georgetown Uses Second Half Run to Beat Cincinnati, 62-43 - by Eurobasket News

NEW YORK - Top-seeded Georgetown used a big run in the second half to pull away from ninth-seeded Cincinnati for a 61-43 win over the Bearcats in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

The Hoyas improved to 25-5 with the win and advance to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals for the 21st time in program history and the fifth in nine years under Head Coach John Thompson III. Georgetown will play either Syracuse or Pittsburgh.

Sophomore forward Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93) Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 18 points and had six rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 14 points and had three rebounds and freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (6'3''-G) (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) added 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. Sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (6'5''-G) (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) chipped in nine points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds, while junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) scored six points. Junior center Moses Ayegba (6'9''-C) (Kano, Nigeria/Progressive Christian [Md.]) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds off the bench.

Georgetown led by as many as 16 points in the first half and were up by five points (29-24) at the break, but Cincinnati used a 7-2 spurt to start the second half and tied the game at 31-all on a Cashmere Wright three-pointer and then capped a 9-2 run with a Wright jumper that gave UC a 33-31 lead at 16:23, its first lead since a free throw from Titus Rubles made it 1-0.

A hook shot in the lane from Lubick tied the game at 33-all and was the start of an extended 18-6 run over 10:25 that pushed the lead to a 51-39 on a tip-in from Smith-Rivera with 5:18 to play in the game. Smith-Rivera broke tie with a three-pointer to make it 36-33 and then followed with another jumper. During the run, Porter Jr. hit a jumper, Starks hit a layup and a three-pointer and Lubick added a pair of baskets. Cincinnati never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way and Georgetown hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final 3:29, with Porter Jr. connecting on all eight of his attempts.

The Hoyas had taken control in the opening minutes of the game with a three-point play from Porter Jr. and a three-pointer from Trawick make it 6-4. The lead grew to eight points, 13-5, on a layup from Trawick with 12:44 to play. That was part of a 7-1 run over 5:57 as the GU lead grew to 10 points, 15-5 on a layup from Starks with 10:00 to play.

A jumper from UC's Shaquille Thomas cut the lead to 15-7 and was the Bearcats' first field goal in 9:50. Georgetown however, responded with a 9-1 run over 2:50 and took their largest lead of the game, 24-8, on three-pointers from Porter Jr. an