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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 29-1 
 2. Albany S. 10-2 
 3. Atlanta A. 9-3 
 4. Gainesville H. 8-5 
 5. Gulf Coast F. 7-3 
 6. Georgia G. 5-7 
 7. Atlanta W. 4-4 
 8. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 9. SW Fellowship 2-13 
 10. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-3 
California Northwest
 1. Bay Area M. 10-4 
 2. S.Francisco R. 9-5 
 3. Central Valley T. 3-8 
 4. Sacramento H. 2-6 
 5. Port City P. 0-3 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 28-1 
 2. Richmond E. 12-2 
 3. Greenville G. 6-3 
 4. Lynchburg L. 5-8 
 5. Seven Cities K. 3-5 
 6. Palmetto SR 3-6 
 7. Fayetteville F. 3-11 
 8. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-7 
Mid Central
 1. Chicago Steam 16-1 
 2. Lima Explosion 13-7 
 3. Detroit Hoops 8-2 
 4. Indiana SW 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 6-7 
 6. Michiana M. 1-6 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. Oakland CC 0-8 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 9-3 
 2. Staten Island V. 3-2 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 13-1 
 2. Calgary C. 12-0 
 3. Alaska Q. 8-1 
 4. Olympia Rise 6-5 
 5. Salem Sabres 3-1 
 6. Alaska 49ers 2-2 
 7. Kitsap Adm. 2-14 
 8. Lakewood P. 1-11 
 9. Washington R. 0-3 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 13-3 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 12-3 
 2. Jackson S. 7-3 
 3. Missouri R. 4-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 1-7 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 4-4 
 2. Bahama PS 0-6 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 19-4 
 2. San Diego Surf 12-3 
 3. LA Slam 5-4 
 4. Fresno F. 5-5 
 5. Las Vegas Def. 2-5 
 6. Orange County N. 2-10 
 7. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
Southwest Central
 1. N.Dallas V. 20-2 
 2. West Texas W. 15-3 
 3. Texas Fuel 5-4 
 4. Dallas Impact 3-4 
 5. Houston X. 1-0 
 6. Oklahoma S. 1-4 
 7. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 8. Louisiana G. 0-1 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 6-6 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 3-7 
 3. Ill City Beast 1-0 
 4. St.Louis S. 1-1 
 5. Shizuoka G. 1-12 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. NYC Thunder 0-1 
 8. Little Rock L. 0-2 


Vandals playoff roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci

Tyler Gatlin , GM of the #2 seeded North Dallas Vandals, has just sent to Usbaskert.com his team playoff roster, introducing it with the following statement:
"Vandals are set to play in the final four. Here is our updated roster"


Brandon Lee
Charvez Davies
Jerel Hastings
Djibril Thiam
Will Haynes
Justin Leemow
Richard Thomas
Roderick Flemmings
Slyvester Spicer
Dominique Scales
Martel Jones
Mike Malat
John Barber Jr.



Vandels are lead by top point guard in the ABA Justin Leemow - by Allen Waters

Tyler Gatlin , GM of the #2 seeded North Dallas Vandals, has just sent to Usbaskert.com his team playoff roster, introducing it with the following statement:
"Vandals are set to play in the final four. Here is our updated roster" Justin Leemow has been leadng the Vandels in Scoring and Assisit the past 6 games avg 26ppg 7apg 4 spg. Leemow is looking forward to the ABA all star game.

Brandon Lee
Charvez Davies
Jerel Hastings
Djibril Thiam
Will Haynes
Justin Leemow
Richard Thomas
Roderick Flemmings
Slyvester Spicer
Dominique Scales
Martel Jones
Mike Malat
John Barber Jr.

Justin Leemow (6'1''-G-88, college: N.C.Central)



ABA 2013 All-Star Weekend updatings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced last week that it will honor original ABA legends at its All-Star Game to be held in Chicago on April 20th. "Though the original ABA hasn't played in 37 years, fans still remember these remarkable players," stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. "When the ABA teams merged into the NBA, most of them became the superstars and the All-Stars of the NBA."
"We've selected 24 players and will put their names on the All-Star shirts along with the current ABA All-Stars as our way of saying Thank You for helping to get it all started," added Ron Hicks, Chicago Steam owner and host of this year's All-Star Game. "The uniforms are being provided by Under Armour, a fabulous company, and we think the current ABA All-Stars will keep them as souvenirs and reminders of the tradition of excellence started by these great legends. And hopefully, some of the original ABA legends will be at the game."
The 24 original ABA legends selected are:

Julius "Dr. J." Erving
George Gervin
Rick Barry
Dan Issel
'Marvin Barnes
Mel Daniels
Zelmo Beatty
Charlie Scott
Donnie Freeman
Roger Brown
Connie Hawkins
Spencer Haywood
Maurice Lucas
David Thompson
Mack Calvin
Artis Gilmore
Moses Malone
Willie Wise
George McGinnis
Billy Cunningham
Doug Moe
Larry Brown
James Silas
Ron Boone

Kross Precision, makers of the Baller's Bag, the Official Bag of the ABA, will be one of the co-sponsors of the game and will be providing the ABA All-Stars with a Baller's Bag. (www.ballersbag.com or www.krossprecision.com. For more information about the game, visit www.chicagosteambasketball.com
or email hicksron9@aol.com or visit www.abalive.com



Two high flying Gwizzlies at the ABA All-Star Game - by Gianni Pascucci

Recent Georgia Gwizzlies addition Chris Lightner (a 6'4", G/F You tube Slam Dunking phenom) and Robert Martin (6'8''-F-73, college: High Point) (nicknamed "50" and former AND1 star) have been invited to the ABA All-star slam dunk contest.
Rashad Faust (6'8''-F-87, college: Co.Georgia CC) and Carl-Jean Bart (5'10''-G-87, college: Toccoa Falls) are the other two the team All-star 2013 nominees looking forward to participate at the event in Chicago April 20th weekend."I really want to thank Mr. Newman and the Mr.Tinkham for allowing my guys one shining moment" states Gwizzlies GM Embry Malone



ABA Playoffs have started - by Gianni Pascucci

Some teams have yet made their debut in the 2012-13 ABA Playoff race. Among the first to go on the court were #10 seeded Richmond Elite, winners over the Lynchburg Legends 143-112, advancing to the next round, where they will meet the #12 Jersey Express, who beat the Staten Island Vipers 101-76 led by Jamal Webb (6'5''-G-85, college: SUNY Maritime) (game top scorer at 27 pts), Jashon Mixon (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC) and Devon Young (6'3''-G/F-89, college: Felician)
The two winner teams will meet tonight to start the ABA "Round of 16" in Richmond, VA.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 16: Un.Olimpija - Siroki WWin 82-85 OT
Mar. 16: Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 79-63
Mar. 16: MZT Skopje - Partizan 66-64
Mar. 16: KK Split - Radnicki KG 63-81
Mar. 17: Szolnok - Zadar
Mar. 17: Igokea - Krka
Mar. 17: Cedevita - Cibona


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG17.5 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena16.0 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 4. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.7 
 5. Travis, Zadar14.5 
 6. White, Radnicki KG14.5 
 7. Strawberry, Cibona14.5 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.14.1 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea14.0 
 10. Blazic, Un.Olimpi.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.3 
 2. Travis, Zadar7.7 
 3. Bader, Szolnok7.5 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.4 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.3 
 7. Saric, Cibona6.2 
 8. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 9. Gecevski, MZT S.5.8 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.1 
 2. Subotic, KK Split5.0 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.5 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea4.0 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.9 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki.3.6 
 7. Otasevic, MZT S.3.3 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.2 
 9. Rakocevic, Crvena3.2 
 10. Rannikko, Un.Olim.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Otasevic, MZT S.1.8 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 5. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 6. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 7. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 8. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 9. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.4 
 10. Travis, Zadar1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.5 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 4. Musli, Partizan1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Saric, Cibona0.8 
 7. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 8. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 9. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 10. Gordon, Partizan0.7 


Crvena zvezda secured second position - by Igor Obradovic

In front of 6000 people at Pionir Hall, Crvena zvezdar revenged for the defeat in Podgorica and defeated Buducnost 79:63 (19:15, 19:11, 13:18, 28:19).

With this win, the team from Serbia came to 18-7 and provided a safe position for F4, but still have teoretical chance for first posistion, but is hard that Igokea in remaining two games, two time lost (Krka home, Cibona away).
Again Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) was the most effective but Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) followed him really good, and after a few games he missed because of back injury he returned and scored a great game.

With this defeat Buducnost must wait Partizan's lose in the final round against Szolnok at home, and the Buducnost must record a win against Olimpija who lost the chance to qualify for the F4.

Crvena zvezda Telekom : Mike Scott 14pts, 7rbd, 1ast, 2steal, index 24 (MVP of the game), Igor Rakocevic 16pts, 2rbd, 4ast, Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 12pts, 12rbd, 1steal
Buducnost VOLI : Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) 15pts, 3rbd, 1steal, Marko Popovic (200-SG-85) 11pts, 5rbd, 2ast, Dusko Bunic (206-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) 8pts, 5rbd, 2steal



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Jackson, GECR I.17.8 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.9 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.9 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.8 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Labaque, Atenas4.1 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 9. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 9. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 10. Laprovittola, Lan.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Obras0.8 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 15-2 
 2. Estudian.Con. 12-5 
 3. Alvear 11-6 
 4. San Isidro 9-8 
 5. Instituto Cor. 7-9 
 6. Obera TC 7-10 
 7. Atl.Echague 7-10 
 8. Sarmiento 7-10 
 9. La Union 5-13 
 10. Union Sunch 4-11 
South
 1. Quilmes MP 12-4 
 2. Huracan 11-6 
 3. Sport Club 9-7 
 4. Ciclista 9-8 
 5. San Lorenzo Ch. 8-9 
 6. Alianza Viedma 8-9 
 7. Rocamora 7-10 
 8. Banda Norte 7-10 
 9. MH Basket 7-10 
 10. Bragado 6-11 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 14: Alvear - La Union 98-84
Mar. 14: San Isidro - Instituto Cor. 91-83
Mar. 14: Ciclista - Banda Norte 87-70
Mar. 14: Huracan - Alianza Viedma 81-75
Mar. 14: Rocamora - Sport Club 81-70
Mar. 14: Bragado - San Lorenzo Ch. 80-69
Mar. 14: Quilmes MP - MH Basket 71-67
Mar. 14: La Union - Sarmiento 68-78
Mar. 14: Obera TC - Estudian.Con. 66-78



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Satria Muda 8-3 
 2. Petron Blaze 7-3 
 3. KL Dragons 6-5 
 4. Singapore S. 4-6 
 5. Saigon H. 3-6 
 6. Thailand S. 3-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 15: KL Dragons - Saigon H. 90-69
Mar. 15: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 74-67
Mar. 15: Singapore S. - Petron Blaze 53-73

Regular Season: Round 10

Mar. 17: Thailand S. - Singapore S.
Mar. 17: Petron Blaze - Saigon H.
Mar. 17: Satria Muda - KL Dragons


Round 9: Singapore Slingers lose to Petron Blaze in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Filipino Petron Blaze's (#2, 7-3) victory against 4th placed Singapore Slingers (4-6) 73-53. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Petron Blaze's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-8 extending their advantage to 20 points. Petron Blaze outrebounded Singapore Slingers 42-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 9 blocks. Point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Singapore Slingers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face Saigon Heat (#5) in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play against Thailand Slammers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ASEAN League top team - Indonesian Satria Muda (8-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Thailand Slammers (3-8) 74-67. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and Mario Wuysang accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds. Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for Thailand Slammers in the defeat. Thailand Slammers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Satria Muda maintains first place with 8-3 record. Thailand Slammers at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Satria Muda will play against KL Dragons (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Thailand Slammers will play against Singapore Slingers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (6-5) crushed 5th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-6) by 21 points 90-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Gavin Edwards who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was David Palmer who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 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. KL Dragons maintains third place with 6-5 record having just two points less than leader Satria Muda. Saigon Heat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. KL Dragons will meet league's leader Satria Muda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saigon Heat will play against the league's second-placed Petron Blaze (#2) in Manila and hope to secure a win.



KL Dragons - Saigon H. 90-69

Third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (6-5) crushed 5th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-6) by 21 points 90-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 21 points. KL Dragons dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 26. They outrebounded Saigon Heat 46-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. KL Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import center Marcus Hubbard (206-83, college: Angelo St.) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and Filipino guard Jai Reyes (173) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KL Dragons maintains third place with 6-5 record having just two points less than leader Satria Muda. Saigon Heat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. KL Dragons will meet league's leader Satria Muda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saigon Heat will play against the league's second-placed Petron Blaze (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: G.Edwards 25+11reb, M.Hubbard 14+9reb+4ast, S.Fai Loh 12+2reb+1ast, M.Tautuaa 10+4reb+1ast, S.Kuppusamy 9+1reb+1ast, J.Melton 8+10reb+4ast
Saigon H.: D.Palmer 16+16reb, J.Reyes 14+2reb+7ast, L.Tieu 11+5reb+1ast, A.Vergara 10+2ast, R.Wainwright 9+4reb+3ast, C.Sumalinog 3+1reb
gschID: 236246


Satria Muda - Thailand S. 74-67

ASEAN League top team - Indonesian Satria Muda (8-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (3-8) 74-67. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Satria Muda forced 23 Thailand Slammers turnovers and had a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thailand Slammers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Mario Wuysang (176-79) accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists and American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) added 9 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for Thailand Slammers in the defeat. Thailand Slammers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Satria Muda maintains first place with 8-3 record. Thailand Slammers at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Satria Muda will play against KL Dragons (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Thailand Slammers will play against Singapore Slingers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: M.Wuysang 20+6reb+1ast, C.Daniels 18+5reb+2ast, S.Thomas 12+15reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+8reb, J.Canada 6+1reb+3ast, R.Smith 5+3reb
Thailand S.: F.Baguion 13+7reb+11ast, P.Sekteera 10+2reb+1ast, W.Dawsom 10+2reb, D.Brannon 9+7reb+1ast, C.Charles 9+14reb, L.Gonzaga 6+1reb
gschID: 236244


Singapore S. - Petron Blaze 53-73

Very significant was Filipino Petron Blaze's (#2, 7-3) victory against 4th placed Singapore Slingers (4-6) 73-53. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Petron Blaze's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-8 extending their advantage to 20 points. Petron Blaze outrebounded Singapore Slingers 42-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 9 blocks. Point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) scored 16 points and 5 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Singapore Slingers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face Saigon Heat (#5) in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play against Thailand Slammers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: C.Banchero 19+5reb+5ast, B.Williams 15+10reb, P.Taulava 11+10reb+3ast, J.Williams 7+10reb, V.Acuna 6, R.Rizada 4+2reb
Singapore S.: R.Singleton 16+4reb+1ast, R.Jones-Jennings 14+14reb+2ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 7+1reb+1ast, D.Dulay 6+2reb+5ast, S.Cabatu 4+3reb+2ast, M.Folkoff 3+2reb
gschID: 236245



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 20-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 18-8 
 3. Klosterneub. 17-8 
 4. Gmunden 16-10 
 5. Wels 15-10 
 6. Oberwart 15-11 
 7. Gussing 13-12 
 8. UBSC Graz 10-15 
 9. Furstenfeld 9-15 
 10. St.Polten 3-21 
 11. Arkadia 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 16: Wels - UBSC Graz 86-76
Mar. 16: Oberwart - Kapfenberg 76-72
Mar. 16: BC Vienna - Gmunden 102-78
Mar. 18: Gussing - Klosterneub.
Mar. 17: Arkadia - Furstenfeld


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.8 
 2. Grum, Furstenfeld19.9 
 3. Tiedeman, Wels19.9 
 4. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart18.9 
 7. Ray, BC Vienna17.9 
 8. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.8 
 9. Dale, UBSC G.17.6 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.1 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 4. Washington, Wels7.6 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.4 
 6. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.3 
 7. Boxley, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.8 
 9. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
 10. Speiser, St.Polten6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.9 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.5 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.7 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.1 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.0 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna3.9 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.3 
 2. Hinson, Oberwart1.8 
 3. Boylan, BC Vienna1.6 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 5. Gonzalvez, Wels1.5 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 9. Woods, Kapfenberg1.3 
 10. Dale, UBSC G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Bortolin, Arkadia1.2 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 4. Gant, Oberwart0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 6. Washington, Wels0.7 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.7 
 8. Boxley, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.0.5 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 14-7 
 2. M.Hainaut 14-7 
 3. Aalstar 14-7 
 4. Spirou 13-7 
 5. Antwerp 11-10 
 6. Leuven 7-13 
 7. Liege 6-15 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 16: M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep. 99-60
Mar. 16: Leuven - Spirou 87-82
Mar. 15: Aalstar - Oostende 82-77
Mar. 15: Liege - Antwerp 81-92

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 21: Aalstar - Spirou
Mar. 22: Liege - Leuven
Mar. 22: M.Hainaut - Antwerp
Mar. 23: Verviers-Pep. - Oostende


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. Randle, Spirou17.5 
 4. Raivio, Aalstar17.4 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende16.9 
 6. Mukubu, Liege16.8 
 7. Robinson, Leuven16.7 
 8. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.7 
 9. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.7 
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. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.4 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.0 
 9. Aleksandrov, Vervi.5.9 
 10. Ferguson, Vervier.5.9 
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. Randle, Spirou4.1 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar3.8 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar3.6 
 8. Black, Antwerp3.6 
 9. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 10. Moors, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.2 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.9 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.9 
 7. Randle, Spirou1.8 
 8. Black, Antwerp1.8 
 9. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 10. Thompson, Aalstar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.2 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.2 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.0 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Aska, Leuven0.6 


Division II - Round Twenty-Six - by Bert Larsimont

Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 65-76

After their win over Sprimont, the Jantjes are now ranked fourth in the Division II competition. Sint-Jan had a hard time to get rid of their hosts, always tough to play in their own facilities. Jerome Flagothier (210-C) and Gaetan Hertay (195-F-88) had an excellent first quarter for the home team but Senne Geukens (190-G-83) helped the visitors take a larger lead in the second half of the game (58-68 for the Jantjes with 5 minutes remaining on the clock). Sint-Jan also outrebounded PC Sprimont 48-34. Also special mention to Vincent Kesteloot (198-F-95) (16 points) for his good offensive performance for the Jantjes.
Score evolution: 26-23, 41-45, 53-58 and 65-76.

Best scorers:
PC Sprimont: F. Manset 6, F. Delsaute 9, J.-B. Thome 6, G. Vrancken 6, J. Flagothier 19, G. Hertay 10, G. Donnay 10.
Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 3, B. Hartshorne 8, N. El Khounchar 4, A. Druwez 10, S. Geukens 25, L. Anthonis 7, V. Kesteloot 16, M. Brown 3.

Gembo BBC vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 114-77

A large win for Gembo BBC over the Haantjes. The lack of defense on the visitors' side at some point allowed the Gembo players to easily run down the court and set fastbreaks, usually ended with spectacular plays.
See free highlights made available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSfd7LDgTaA&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=4.
Score evolution: 36-13, 63-36, 87-61 and 114-77.

Cuva Houthalen vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 101-87

Chiel Koonings (180-PG-90) as well as US player Brian Tracey (195-F-88, college: Bentley) were outstanding in this game last weekend. On the visitors' side, the big men Stan Naudts (195-F-86), Stijn Dhondt (197-F-79, college: Boston U.), Bart Samaey (199-C-87) and Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) were well-present and did a good job in the paint. This was nevertheless not enough to stop excellent Cuva shooters like Nick Celis, Chiel Koonings, Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, agency: Two Points, college: Centenary, LA) and Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley). One scoop filtered last week: Ludo Horions will coach Cuva Houthalen next season.
Score evolution: 17-12, 48-36, 86-62 and 101-87.
Best scorers:
Cuva: N/A
BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 9, S. Naudts 14, O. Foucart 19, T. Foucart 3, S. Dhondt 10, A. Gueye 15, B. Samaey 15, L. Loontiens 2.

Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 74-73

It could have been the surprise of last weekend's Division II action... The men of coach Steve Ibens had a tough time to win this game against Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) and his young mates of Port of Antwerp Giants II. Despite this difficult game, the Condors remain competitive in the race for the 2013 Division II Play-Offs.

BasKet Tongeren vs. CEP Fleurus: 81-98

Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Oakland) has just agreed to join CEP Fleurus for the 2013-14 season. Great success away for the CEP team. Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) was definitely the MVP of last week's game. Ilongo has scored 32 points in this game. Special mention to experienced players Jeroen Eskens (190-G-81, 21 points) and Peter Pipeleers (202-F/C-80, 20 points) on the losing side. Giovanni Mureddu, the very active President of CEP Fleurus, is also currently trying to find a new coach for next season. Moreover, some of the CEP Fleurus young talents -- Louis Hazard (199-F-94) and Amaury Marion (196-F-91) -- have also been contacted by Ethias League teams lately. The sad news is that BasKet Tongeren will quit playing in Division II next season. That is a real shame for basketball in Province Limburg.
Score evolution: 17-32, 42-50, 56-75 and 81-98.
Best scorers:
BK Tongeren: J. Van Hoecke 3, M. Hendrix 4, K. Doukmani 3, J. Delva 11, P. Pipeleers 20, H. Baert 2, J. Moonen 14, B. Vinkesteijn 3, J. Eskens 21.
CEP F: A. Marion 6, K. Jonniaux 18, J. Vanesse 2, C. Manzanza 14, T. Bauwens 7, L. Hazard 15, S. Muric 4, C. Ilongo 32.

Kangoeroes Boom vs. Gent Dragons: 87-68

Gent Evolution, the project set by J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) to bring a Gentenaar club back to the Ethias League in 2013-14, is to be forgotten. J.R. Holden announced via Twitter last week that he wanted it to happen but business does not always go as planned. He added: "To all my Belgium supporters... the Gent (Evolution) project with myself involved is officially over. Good luck to the Gent Dragons!". The President of Gent Dragons, Yannick De Clercq, hopes to have his team back in Ethias League in 2014-15 this time.
On the court, the Dragons visited the Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe last weekend. The Kangoeroes are still having the ambition to join the Ethias League next season and proved last Saturday that they are ready for it. They literally left no chance to unresponsive Dragons in this game. After two great shots by Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) giving the Dragons a 15-20 lead in the first quarter, the visitors always struggled and always trailed behind in the second, third and fourth quarters. Sebastien Bellin, Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) and Mitchel Gorremans (191-G/F-85) played the role of true leaders for the Kangoeroes in this match-up.
Score evolution: 27-24, 49-35, 69-55 and 87-68.
Best scorers:
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 16, S. Hemeleers 8, W. Dobbelaere 6, D. Souverijns 22, M. Gorremans 26, D. Dhaens 7, A. Mollekens 2.
Dragons: B. Heinle 13, R. Spaens 8, L. Tielens 10, F. Lait 5, T. Van De Vondel 15, M. Van Gelder 3, L. Enobakhare 14.

Gembo BBC vs. Cuva Houthalen: 84-88 (played on 2013-03-05)

What a thriller! Cuva Houthalen, despite starting in a terrible way, won this very close game played on a Tuesday night. After the poor start for the Limburgers, Gembo's coach Stefan Sappenberghs decided to keep some of his starters on the bench. The visitors were very thankful and quickly came back in the race (from 26-4 to 36-23). Two three-pointers from downtown by Domien Loubry (186-G-85) allowed the Gembo boys to remain with a comfortable lead at the half: 47-29. Through their leaders Jason Westrol, Nick Celis and Ronnie McCollum, Cuva had a much better third and fourth quarters. Even if Westrol was fouled out with two minutes remaining in this game, Cuva managed to stay on top and Gembo, despite many efforts in offense by Domien Loubry, Nick Celis and Eli Van Aken (193-F-85), could never recover the cohesion shown in the first quarter. Final score: 84-88 for Cuva Houthalen. It was definitely one of the most thrilling games in Division II this season.
See free highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZlEuz-JRGc&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=7.
Score evolution: 26-4, 47-29, 64-58 and 84-88.
Best scorers:
Gembo: D. Loubry 17, N. Celis 16, T. Goethaert 4, A. Goetgeluck 2, E. Van Aken 16, W. Lemaire 8, A. Vermeersch 6, Y. Desiron 13.
Cuva: C. Koonings 10, E. Montanari 2, R. McCollum 22, J. Westrol 17, H. Van Wijn 16, B. Tracey 17, D. Clemente 2, O. Hodge 2.



Ethias League Round 21: Okapi Aalstar defeats leader Base Oostende - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Base Oostende (14-7) on the court of fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Okapi Aalstar 82-77. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 13-7 record before this meeting. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Base Oostende won fourth quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while Base Oostende only scored nine points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) answered with 19 points for Base Oostende. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okapi Aalstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Oostende and M.Hainaut. Okapi Aalstar is looking forward to face Spirou Charleroi (#4) at home in the next round. Base Oostende will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Leuven was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Spirou Charleroi (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Leuven Bears (7-13). Leuven Bears managed to secure a 5-point victory 87-82. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and Niels Marnegrave chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) with 13 points and 6 assists. Leuven Bears maintains sixth place with 7-13 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will play against Liege Basket (#7) in Liege in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play on the road against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Liege was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (11-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Liege Basket (6-15). Antwerp Giants defeated Liege Basket 92-81 on Friday. Bryan Hopkins nailed 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Antwerp Giants' coach Paul Vervaeck used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wen Boss Mukubu came up with 27 points for Liege Basket in the defeat. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth place with 11-10 record. Liege Basket lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet league's second-placed Belfius Mons-Hainaut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liege Basket will play against Leuven Bears (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-7) and 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-17) in Quaregnon ended with biggest points difference. Belfius Mons-Hainaut outscored guests from Verviers 99-60. The best player for the winners was Brian Qvale who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Aalstar and Oostende. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's next round opponent will be Antwerp Giants (#5) at home. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's leader Base Oostende.



Leuven - Spirou 87-82

The game in Leuven was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Spirou Charleroi (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Leuven Bears (7-13). Leuven Bears managed to secure a 5-point victory 87-82. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. Spirou Charleroi was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 27-20 third quarter run of Leuven Bears. Spirou Charleroi was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and international point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) with 13 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Leuven Bears and five Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears maintains sixth place with 7-13 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will play against Liege Basket (#7) in Liege in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play on the road against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: G.Robinson 23+6reb, B.Burgess 21+3reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 14+7reb+6ast, I.Hanavan 13+9reb+2ast, I.Aska 8+4reb, T.Smith 8+4reb+2ast
Spirou: G.Dandridge 17+3reb, D.Green 13+5reb+3ast, D.Allen 13+4reb+4ast, J.Randle 13+3reb+6ast, C.Beghin 10+6reb+4ast, A.Riddick 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 187327


M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep. 99-60

The game between fourth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-7) and 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-17) in Quaregnon ended with biggest points difference. Belfius Mons-Hainaut outscored guests from Verviers 99-60. The game was mostly controlled by Belfius Mons-Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was better in fourth quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated on the defensive end, holding VOO Verviers-Pepinster to just 5 points in first quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by VOO Verviers-Pepinster's players. The best player for the winners was American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 20 points. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Dragan Tubak (217-87) who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds and American center Chris Ferguson (206-89, college: Mid-Continent) added 9 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) 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. Belfius Mons-Hainaut keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Aalstar and Oostende. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's next round opponent will be Antwerp Giants (#5) at home. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's leader Base Oostende.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: J.Wallace 20+1reb+3ast, B.Qvale 19+7reb+1ast, J.Bostic 15+4reb+3ast, A.Libert 14+1reb+3ast, Q.Taylor 12+6reb+2ast, A.Gorgemans 8+11reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: D.Tubak 14+9reb, M.Zakharov 10+3reb, C.Ferguson 9+11reb+1ast, B.Lemaire 7+2reb+2ast, S.Moris 6+8reb+1ast, L.Lambermont 5
gschID: 187328


Aalstar - Oostende 82-77

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Base Oostende (14-7) on the court of fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Okapi Aalstar 82-77. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 13-7 record before this meeting. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Base Oostende won fourth quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while Base Oostende only scored nine points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) answered with 19 points and Serbian guard Dusan Katnic (193-89, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Base Oostende. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okapi Aalstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Oostende and M.Hainaut. Okapi Aalstar is looking forward to face Spirou Charleroi (#4) at home in the next round. Base Oostende will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: D.Raivio 22+2reb+7ast, R.Thompson 21+11reb+3ast, C.Young 16+3reb, J.Tofi 12+4reb+1ast, L.Anderson 3, T.Dreesen 3
Oostende: M.Lojeski 19+3reb+2ast, D.Katnic 15+6reb, D.Drobnjak 14+5reb+1ast, M.Stojic 12+1ast, Q.Serron 6+2reb, B.Wright 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 187326


Liege - Antwerp 81-92

The game in Liege was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (11-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Liege Basket (6-15). Antwerp Giants defeated Liege Basket 92-81 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Antwerp Giants. Liege Basket managed to win fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Antwerp Giants especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. American point guard Bryan Hopkins (183-83, college: SMU) nailed 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) accounted for 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Antwerp Giants' coach Paul Vervaeck used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 27 points and American power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) added 19 points respectively for Liege Basket in the defeat. Four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth place with 11-10 record. Liege Basket lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet league's second-placed Belfius Mons-Hainaut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liege Basket will play against Leuven Bears (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: B.Hopkins 34+6reb+3ast, R.Moors 22+4reb+3ast, G.Thondique 14+5reb, M.De Zeeuw 9+4reb+1ast, T.Black 9+4reb+3ast, J.Mwema 2+2reb+1ast
Liege: W.Boss Mukubu 27+3reb, G.Ware 19+4reb+1ast, B.Monteiro 12+4reb+3ast, C.Banks 11+3reb+1ast, L.Bosco 6+2reb+5ast, G.Hockins 4+1ast
gschID: 187325



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Adriatic League: Siroki WWin snatch overtime win in Ljubljana - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija - Siroki WWin 82:85 (OT)

Siroki WWin celebrated a rare road win in the Adriatic League season. They upset Union Olimpija in the Slovenian capital. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) notched 18 points to pace the Bosnian team to the ninth win in the season.
Union Olimpija enjoyed a 19:11 lead after the opening quarter. But Siroki WWin improved their performance in the next quarters. The visitors narrowed the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 32:38. Union Olimpija seemed to build a decisive lead at 57:48 with one quarter to go. But Siroki WWin went on a 24:15 run in the fourth frame and forced overtime. Union Olimpija led 78:74 in the extra period but Siroki WWin capped overtime with five points in a row and stole a narrow victory. Josip Bilinovac (191-PG-90) produced 14 points, while Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points for the winning team. Edo Muric (202-F-91) answered with 22 points and 13 boards for Union Olimpija. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.

Union Olimpija: Edo Muric 22+13 boards, Jaka Blazic 17+10 boards
Siroki WWin: Marko Sutalo 18, Josip Bilinovac 14, Zeljko Sakic 13



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. KK Zagreb 13-4 
 2. Kvarner 2010 13-5 
 3. Jolly 12-5 
 4. Alkar Sinj 12-6 
 5. Darda 10-8 
 6. Djuro Djakovic 10-8 
 7. Zabok 7-11 
 8. Krizevci 6-12 
 9. Osjecki Sokol 5-13 
 10. Dubrovnik 1-17 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 16: Kvarner 2010 - Osjecki Sokol 81-76
Mar. 16: Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj 76-77
Mar. 16: Darda - Zabok 76-71
Mar. 16: Djuro Djakovic - Krizevci 73-72
Mar. 17: KK Zagreb - Jolly


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Ross, Jolly21.9 
 2. Mrva, Jolly18.6 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 4. Budimir, Osjecki15.1 
 5. Skific, Kvarner15.1 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 7. Krapic, KK Zagreb14.8 
 8. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 9. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.7 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.3 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.8 
 7. Skific, Kvarner5.7 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 9. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Krivec, Kvarner4.9 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.1 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 7. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.2 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Jolly2.4 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner1.6 
 3. Skific, Kvarner1.5 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 5. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.4 
 7. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
 8. Segaric, KK Zagreb1.3 
 9. Glavinic, Darda1.3 
 10. Petrovic, KK Zagr.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.2 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 
 9. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 10. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 


Adriatic League: Terrico White paces Radnicki past Split - by Eurobasket News

Split - Radnicki 63:81

Radnicki made another step towards Adriatic League Final Four. They outgunned Split in Croatia to improve at 16-9 record. Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
Split surged ahead in the starting quarter. The hosts secured a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Radnicki turned things around in the second quarter. The Serbian outfit ignited a 24:8 rally to post a 42:30 halftime lead. Radnicki boosted their lead in the third quarter. The Serbian team accumulated a 23-point advantage at the final break. Split narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but could not avoid the upset. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) netted 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) chipped in 11 points for the winning side. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) responded with 16 points for Split. Ivan Mimica (190-G-80) netted 13 points in the loss.

Split: Vedran Vukusic 16, Ivan Mimica 13
Radnicki: Terrico White 22, Stefan Bircevic 14, Milos Borisov 11



Antalya welcomes back Theodore, ex Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) inked 24-year old American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-79kg-89, college: Seton Hall). It is actually his comeback to Antalya as he played here before. Theodore was tested at Cibona in Croatian A1 league, but was not approved after all. He also played at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye earlier that season. In 21 TBL games he averaged 14.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.7spg this season. Theodore received NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Theodore graduated from Seton Hall University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: a quick athletic high energy scoring PG who is a great penetrator and finisher at the basket. Shoots a high percentage from FG and FT and quickly developing into a good 3 point shooter. Tremendous pressure defender who is a disruptive on and off the ball defensive force.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 26-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 18-9 
 3. BK Prostejov 18-10 
 4. NH Ostrava 18-11 
 5. BK Decin 17-12 
 6. BC Kolin 15-13 
Group A2
 1. Levice 15-15 
 2. USK Praha 13-17 
 3. Chomutov 12-19 
 4. B&W Opava 12-20 
 5. Svitavy 10-22 
 6. J.Hradec 10-22 
 7. Usti n/Labem 9-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

A1

Mar. 16: BK Decin - NH Ostrava 83-70
Mar. 16: BC Kolin - BK Prostejov 72-84
Mar. 27: CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice

A2

Mar. 13: Chomutov - Usti n/Labem 93-96
Mar. 16: Svitavy - B&W Opava 75-77
Mar. 14: B&W Opava - Levice 66-46
Mar. 16: J.Hradec - Chomutov 111-103
Mar. 13: Svitavy - J.Hradec 102-96
Mar. 18: Levice - Svitavy
Mar. 17: Usti n/Labem - USK Praha


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin17.9 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.8 
 4. Meno, USK Praha17.3 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava17.3 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.2 
 7. Reese, Usti n.17.2 
 8. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.2 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Glover, Chomutov15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Fields, Chomutov9.8 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.8 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.1 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.1 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.8 
 10. Simmons, Levice6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.7 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 3. Carter, CEZ N.4.8 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.6 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.4 
 6. Kemp, Levice4.2 
 7. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 9. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
 10. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.8 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 7. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 8. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 4. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 6. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Fields, Chomutov0.9 
 9. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 



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Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Lemvig 17-4 
 2. Falcon 15-4 
 3. BMS Skovlunde 15-6 
 4. Virum 13-8 
 5. Amager BK 13-8 
 6. Stevnsgade 12-8 
 7. Glostrup 8-11 
 8. Koge BK 8-12 
 9. Aarhus BF 7-12 
 10. Jonstrup 5-14 
 11. ALBA 5-15 
 12. Haderslev 2-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 16: Lemvig - Amager BK 92-85
Mar. 16: Virum - Glostrup 92-71
Mar. 16: Aarhus BF - Haderslev 84-78
Mar. 16: BMS Skovlunde - ALBA 79-66
Mar. 13: Amager BK - Stevnsgade 58-84

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 19: Haderslev - Aarhus BF
Mar. 19: Stevnsgade - Falcon



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 28-13 
 2. Canton C. 25-17 
 3. Erie Bay H. 23-20 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 22-20 
 5. Maine RC 22-21 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 21-20 
 7. Springfield A. 15-25 
 8. Iowa E. 11-32 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 29-12 
 2. Rio Grande VV 26-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 24-17 
 4. Austin T. 23-18 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-22 
 6. Texas L. 18-24 
 7. Idaho S. 13-28 
 8. Reno B. 13-28 

Regular Season: Round 59

Mar. 16: Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers 98-100 OT
Mar. 16: Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 96-89
Mar. 16: Austin T. - Maine RC 95-102
Mar. 16: Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 88-109
Mar. 16: Texas L. - Santa Cruz W. 85-103
Mar. 16: Rio Grande VV - Los Angeles D. 134-119
Mar. 16: Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 104-94

Regular Season: Round 60

Mar. 17: Springfield A. - Ft.Wayne MA
Mar. 17: Texas L. - Maine RC
Mar. 19: Springfield A. - Erie Bay H.
Mar. 19: Tulsa 66ers - Bakersfield J.
Mar. 20: Canton C. - Maine RC
Mar. 20: Los Angeles D. - Idaho S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.2 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.20.5 
 4. Goudelock, Rio G.20.2 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.6 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.2 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
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. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 4. Samuels, Reno B.10.5 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 6. Onuaku, Canton C.9.4 
 7. Wright, Maine RC9.4 
 8. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 9. Harris, Iowa E.8.8 
 10. Sims, Erie Bay H.8.7 
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.6.9 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 7. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
 10. Singletary, Texas5.9 
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. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 5. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 6. Singletary, Texas1.9 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.1.9 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 9. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.7 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.7 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Whiteside, Rio G.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Armstrong, Santa2.0 


Saturday's games full recap - by Eurobasket News

Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 96-89
The Iowa Energy outscored Sioux Falls 61-37 in the second half to overcome a seventeen point halftime on their way to a weekend sweep of the Skyforce. Sioux Falls jumped out to a 52-35 lead at the break behind 11 points from Mychel Thompson. The Energy rallied in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Sioux Falls 34-18 to narrow the lead to one at 70-69. Guard Justin Hurtt (6'5''-G-88, college: Tulsa) scored 13 points in the quarter to fuel the Energy's charge. The final period was all Iowa as the home team took the lead on a Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) layup to start the quarter, and never trailed again as the season-high Energy crowd cheered the team to victory. Hurtt led all scorers with 24 points while Paul Harris (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Jarrid Famous (14 points, 10 rebounds) added double-doubles for Iowa. Andre Barrett (5'9''-PG-82, college: Seton Hall) and James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) each scored 17 points for Sioux Falls. Mays pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 88-109
Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) scored a game-high 24 points and the Erie BayHawks used a strong defensive effort in the second quarter to help craft a 109-88 victory over the Canton Charge Saturday night in an NBA D-League game at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. The victory boosted Erie's record to 23-20 and pulled the BayHawks to within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Charge in the East Division chase. Mustafa Shakur (6'4''-G-84, college: Arizona) added 21 points for Erie, which shot 47 percent from the floor compared to Canton's 38 percent. Erik Daniels finished with 14 points for the BayHawks and Kyle Goldcamp contributed 12. Arinze Onuaku (6'9''-F-87, college: Syracuse) led Canton with 21 points while Kevin Jones added 17 and Kevin Gibson 16. Erie, which returns to action Tuesday at Springfield against the Armor, led 51-43 at halftime after holding the Charge to 15 second-quarter points. Erie boosted its lead to 80-66 heading into the final quarter. The BayHawks trailed 28-24 at the end of one quarter, but their strong second-quarter effort changed the momentum. Shakur and Sims led the way with nine first-half points apiece and Goldcamp added eight. The BayHawks shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half while holding Canton to just 16-of-43 -- 37 percent. Erie led 42-41 with 4 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the second quarter before going on a 9-0 run to widen its lead to 10. Jones' layup with 4.2 seconds left trimmed the deficit to 51-43 at halftime. Onuaku led the Charge with 14 first-half points. Courtesy of: goerie.com

Texas L. - Santa Cruz W. 85-103
Lance Goulbourne (6'8''-F-89, college: Vanderbilt), who entered the contest averaging fewer than five points per game, exploded for career highs in points and rebounds Saturday night to help pace the Santa Cruz Warriors to an easy 103-85 rout over the host Texas Legends. Goulbourne scored 17 points and pulled down 15 boards to register his first double-double of the season for the Warriors (28-13), who remain a game behind of West Division leader Bakersfield (29-12). The Jam defeated Reno on Saturday, 104-94. In a game where every Warriors player scored, Darington Hobson led with a team-high 18 points to go along with three steals, while Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) continued his hot hand when he logged his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) contributed 15 points behind a 9 of 10 performance from the free-throw line. Santa Cruz, which has won six straight and nine of its last 10, will return home to take on the Idaho Stampede Friday at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Six of the Warriors' nine remaining games will be at home, where they are 16-2 this season. Neither playing on the road, nor Texas' addition of Delonte West, did much to offset Santa Cruz's strong play of late. Although the Warriors fell behind the Legends 8-2 in the first quarter, they battled back to take a five-point lead in the period and never trailed again. Santa Cruz led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter. West, an NBA veteran of eight seasons who most recently played with the Dallas Mavericks, made his D-League debut and scored 10 points to go along with a game-high five assists. Legends (18-24) teammate Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) led all scorers with 26 points behind four 3-pointers, while Dwayne Jones grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds. Santa Cruz held the advantage on field goal shooting percentage (47.9-33.0), rebounds (51-42) and assists (22-12), but committed more turnovers than Texas (19-16). Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 104-94
The Reno Bighorns' (13-28) kept it close all night against the NBA D-League best Bakersfield Jam (29-12) but were unable to close it out, falling 104-94. The Jam shot 45.7% from the field on 37-81 shooting, compared to just 36.3% for the Bighorns. The Bighorns went 33-91 from the floor. The Bighorns were led by Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) 19 points. Orien Greene recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Ronald Dupree and Tajuan Porter each scored 18 points. Bakersfield had six players score in double figures, with Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette)'s 20 points leading the way. James Nunnally had 14 points, Brian Butch and Quincy Acy each scored 13, and Renaldo Major had 11. Damion James chipped in 10 points. Reno was again out-rebounded by Bakersfield 52-35. The Bighorns return home on Thursday, March 21 to take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Reno will face Idaho on Saturday, March 23 and Texas on Sunday, March 24. Courtesy of: ktvn.com

Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers 98-100 OT
Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) hit a 13-foot fadeaway jumper with 1 second left in overtime to help Tulsa beat Idaho 100-98 in overtime Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena. Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) scored 25 in the loss for the Stampede (13-28). Justin Holiday added 19 points, six rebounds and two steals. The league leader in steals per game has two or more in 14 straight games. Courtesy of: idahostatesman.com

Austin T. - Maine RC 95-102
The Austin Toros battled back after falling behind by 16 points in the third quarter but ultimately could not overcome the deficit as they lost to the Maine Red Claws 102-95 Saturday at Cedar Park Center. Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas)'s dunk off of a Jamarr Sanders steal cut the lead to 79-78 with 8 minutes, 30 seconds left, but the Red Claws then went on a 10-4 run punctuated by a Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) 3-pointer with 5:23 left. Downs hit five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points. Austin lost despite outrebounding Maine 57-37 and having three players finish with double-digit rebounds for the first time all season. JaMychal Green, Rick Jackson and San Antonio Spurs assignee Aron Baynes had 13, 12 and 11 boards, respectively. 'You don't come across too many games like that,' Green said about the Toros' loss despite winning the rebound battle by 20. 'We knew coming in this was the top scoring team in the league and we'd have to rebound. We just had too many turnovers as a team, not making the right pass and just trying to do too much.' The Toros trailed 55-51 at the break, thanks in part to Maine making 7 of 11 3-pointers. Baynes got it going in the second quarter, with nine points and four rebounds. He finished with 15 points. 'Getting out there and getting a chance to play is good,' he said. 'Up in San Antonio, I know my role there. Coming down here allows me a chance to get my basketball fitness back. Running on a treadmill can only do so much.' Maine came out of the gate in the third quarter and hit two straight 3s, the first by former Toro and Del Valle High School graduate Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-PG-87, college: Baylor). He finished with 18 points and 11 assists. Maine extended the lead to 73-57 on a Garrett Stutz putback with 3:32 left in the third before Austin went on a 21-6 run to get back in it. Lester Hudson had nine of his 15 points in the second half. Austin will go on the road for two games before returning home March 24 to face the Iowa Energy at 3 p.m. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Rio Grande VV - Los Angeles D. 134-119
Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston)'s 33 points and 12 assists led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers past the Los Angeles D-Fenders 134-119 tonight at State Farm Arena. Additionally, Toure Murry (6'5''-G-89, college: Wichita St.) and Chris Daniels (6'11''-C-84, college: Limoges) scored 21 points each for the Vipers. D.J. Kennedy and Glen Rice, Jr. each added 16 points. Royce White tallied 10 points. The D-Fenders were led by Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) and Mike Taylor with 22 points each. Morris Almond added 21 points. Courtney Fortson tallied 19 points, 13 assists, and Elijah Milsap added 10 points. The Vipers took control of the first half. By the end of the first quarter, RGV was ahead 36-27. A dunk from Daniels, plus a shot from the line gave the Vipers their largest advantage of the first half, 16 points, 49-33 at the 7:41 mark in the second quarter. At the half, RGV was up 69-58. RGV cruised through the third quarter. The Vipers outscored Los Angeles 36-25 points. A shot from behind the arc by Goudelock gave the Vipers the 105-83 advantage at the end of the third quarter. The D-Fenders fought back early in the fourth quarter. In the first two minutes of play, Los Angeles went on a 12-1 run to get within 11 points, 106-95, of the Vipers. Rice, Jr. put the Vipers back on track with a jump shot to put RGV ahead 108-95. Hayward responded for L.A. with a three-pointer and Taylor followed up with a layup to help the D-Fenders close their gap to 108-100 with 8:35 left in the game. Kennedy responded with a three-point shot for the Vipers, and RGV never looked back. The Vipers claimed the game 134-119. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



D-League round 58 best performance: Elijah Millsap - by Eurobasket News

Guard Elijah Millsap (198-G-87, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Los Angeles D., receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 58.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Los Angeles D. maintains the 5th position in D-League. Los Angeles D. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 21th lost game this season out of 40 games. In the team's last game Millsap had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Los Angeles D.'s top player in his first season with the team. Elijah Millsap averages this season 17.1ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Willie Reed (206-F-90) of Springfield A.. Reed had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Springfield A. lost that game 106-121 to slightly higher-ranked Ft.Wayne MA (#5, 21-20). Springfield A. managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 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., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) of Tulsa 66ers (#3). Lamb showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tulsa 66ers, leading his team to a 110-95 easy win against the lower-ranked Idaho S. (#7, 13-27). Tulsa 66ers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 17 lost games. Lamb has a great season in D-L. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.4ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Johnson (198-F-90) of Rio Grande VV - 23 points and 11 rebounds
5. Damion James (201-F-87) of Bakersfield J. - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kevin Jones (203-F-89) of Canton C. - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Santa Cruz W. - 20 points and 11 rebounds
8. Kyle Weaver (198-G-86) of Canton C. - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87) of Canton C. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kyle Gibson (196-G-87) of Canton C. - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Vandels are lead by top point guard in the ABA Justin Leemow - by Allen Waters

Tyler Gatlin , GM of the #2 seeded North Dallas Vandals, has just sent to Usbaskert.com his team playoff roster, introducing it with the following statement:
"Vandals are set to play in the final four. Here is our updated roster" Justin Leemow has been leadng the Vandels in Scoring and Assisit the past 6 games avg 26ppg 7apg 4 spg. Leemow is looking forward to the ABA all star game.

Brandon Lee
Charvez Davies
Jerel Hastings
Djibril Thiam
Will Haynes
Justin Leemow
Richard Thomas
Roderick Flemmings
Slyvester Spicer
Dominique Scales
Martel Jones
Mike Malat
John Barber Jr.

Justin Leemow (6'1''-G-88, college: N.C.Central)



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 19-8 
 2. TU/Rock 18-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 14-5 
 4. TTU 13-11 
 5. Rapla 12-13 
 6. Parnu 11-13 
 7. Valga 11-15 
 8. Tln Kalev 6-21 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 16: Parnu - TTU 77-66
Mar. 15: Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 74-79
Mar. 16: Rapla - Tarvas 73-51
Mar. 15: Valga - Tln Kalev 66-58
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, TTU15.8 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.5 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.3 
 5. Matulionis, Parnu14.6 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.6 
 7. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.0 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.0 
 9. Campbell, Tln Kalev13.9 
 10. Raadik, Parnu13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.6 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.3 
 3. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.1 
 4. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 6. Grafs, Valga7.3 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.0 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.4 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 4. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.4 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.4 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 8. Cunda, Valga3.4 
 9. Pilk, Rapla2.6 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.1 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 7. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 9. Cunda, Valga1.5 
 10. Puidet, TTU1.5 
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. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 7. Grafs, Valga0.5 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Dimsa, TU/Rock0.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas0.5 



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 29-9 
 2. Nilan Bisons 28-9 
 3. Kataja 26-7 
 4. Pyrinto 25-11 
 5. Kauhajoki 23-15 
 6. Kouvot 19-18 
 7. LrNMKY 16-21 
 8. Lapua 13-25 
 9. Korihait 12-26 
 10. Salon Vilpas 11-26 
 11. Namika Lahti 10-27 
 12. FoKoPo 10-28 

Regular Season: Round 39

Mar. 17: Lapua - Korihait 98-83
Mar. 16: Kouvot - Kauhajoki 88-84
Mar. 15: Pyrinto - Lapua 82-90
Mar. 16: LrNMKY - KTP 78-99
Mar. 16: Salon Vilpas - Nilan Bisons 73-89
Mar. 16: FoKoPo - Namika Lahti 68-77

Regular Season: Round 40

Mar. 22: Korihait - Kouvot
Mar. 22: KTP - Lapua
Mar. 22: Namika Lahti - LrNMKY
Mar. 23: Kauhajoki - Pyrinto
Mar. 23: Nilan Bisons - FoKoPo
Mar. 23: Kataja - Salon Vilpas


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.9 
 2. Relphorde, Salon V.22.6 
 3. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.1 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.21.2 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.6 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.2 
 8. Logins, LrNM.17.7 
 9. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Conley, LrNM.9.8 
 2. Robinson, Korihait9.5 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.3 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.1 
 5. Giles, KTP9.1 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Haanpaa, Lapua8.4 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.4 
 10. Watt, Korihait8.1 
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. Gibson, LrNM.5.0 
 5. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 6. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.2 
 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. Giles, KTP1.1 
 6. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 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 12-9 
 5. Oulun NMKY 11-12 
 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. 16: BC Nokia - Oulun NMKY 89-78
Mar. 15: Porvoon Tarmo - ToPo 82-79
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. Taylor, Porvoon23.9 
 4. Moultrie, BC Nokia23.5 
 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. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.9 
 9. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 10. Kyllonen, Porvoon3.8 
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. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET1.9 
 9. Jarvinen, KaU Koris1.7 
 10. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. 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 


1.DIVISION: Tarmo, ToPo, Honka and BC Nokia - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A: There is still one round left out of the regular season, but the play-off-teams are known by now. When BC Nokia defeated YMCA Oulu tonight 89-78 (42-34), that result means BC Nokia will be team # 4 to make the top-4 and by the same the play-off-games. BC Nokia had six players in double digits and newcomer Nicholas Pederson (203-F-85) was at once team's leading scorer (21 pts). Pederson grabbed also 11 rbs. Dwight Coleman (203-F/G-84, college: Dallas Baptist) led YMCA Oulu with 24 pts.
So, the top-4 teams will be: 1) Tarmo (Porvoo), 2) ToPo (Helsinki), 3) Honka (Tapiola) and 4) BC Nokia. In the first stage Tarmo and BC Nokia will meet eachother as well as ToPo and Honka will be against eachother. Three wins will be needed to make 1.Division Finals. The winner of Division 1 A will go up to Top League (Korisliiga).



KORISLIIGA: FoKoPo - YMCA Lahti 1-3 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 38: There are six (6) rounds left out of the regular season. Tonight two teams on the bottom met eachother, when FoKoPo (Forssa) lost at home vs YMCA Lahti 68-77 (39-31). This victory was very important for YMCA Lahti (10-27), because they have won now three out of four contests vs FoKoPo (10-28). Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) led FoKoPo with 17 pts and Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) was the leading scorer (23p) on YMCA Lahti roster.
Vilpas (Salo) had a tiny lead (42-41) during the half time, when Bisons (Loimaa) was visiting at Salo. But Bisons won after 16 lead changes and seven ties 73-89. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) led Vilpas (11-26) with 20 pts. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (Bisons) had a double-double 26pts/10rbs. Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) was also in double digits (16pts/11rbs). Bisons are 28-9 now.
YMCA Lappeenranta lost at home vs KTP (Kotka) 78-99 (29-46). Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) scored game high 26 pts for YMCA LPR. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) netted 18 pts for KTP. Michael Pounds (188-PG-88) and Joonas Lehtoranta (183-SG-94) added 17 pts both.
Kouvot (Kouvola) had only seven players on the roster, but beat anyway visitor Karhu (Kauhajoki) 88-84 (47-44). LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) led Kouvot (19-18) with 25 points. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) added 20 pts. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86, college: CS Northridge) had a double-double 27pts/12rbs. Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, college: Cent.Michigan) added 19 pts for Karhu (23-15).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 16: Le Havre - Paris-Levallois 94-71
Mar. 16: Nancy - Orleans 82-75
Mar. 16: Poitiers - Limoges 80-88 OT
Mar. 16: Nanterre - Dijon 76-80
Mar. 16: Boulazac - ASVEL 68-59
Mar. 16: Strasbourg - Cholet 65-71
Mar. 18: Chalon - Le Mans

Round 18

Mar. 12: Limoges - Chalon 71-74


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.3 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.9 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.4 
 5. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. King, Le Havre15.9 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.8 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.7 
 9. Green, Orleans15.2 
 10. Nivins, Poitiers15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.2 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. Williams, Chalon7.7 
 4. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 7. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 9. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. King, Le Havre7.3 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.3 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 6. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg5.0 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.7 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 4. Williams, Paris-.1.7 
 5. Leloup, Dijon1.7 
 6. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 7. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 9. Melody, Dijon1.5 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 4. Sy, AS.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 6. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 7. Fofana, Le Havre1.0 
 8. Goree, Cholet0.8 
 9. Samnick, Roanne0.8 
 10. Issa, Le Mans0.8 


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. Bourg 15-12 
 7. Rouen 15-12 
 8. Antibes 15-12 
 9. Fos Ouest 15-12 
 10. Maurienne 14-13 
 11. Lille 13-14 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 12-15 
 13. St Quentin 11-16 
 14. Denain 9-18 
 15. Nantes 9-18 
 16. St Vallier 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. 16: Bourg - St Vallier 79-72
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


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. Dumas, Bourg5.5 
 5. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.4 
 6. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 7. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 9. Calvez, Charleville5.0 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen5.0 
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. Toto N''Kote, Fos1.8 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 8. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 9. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
 10. Rowland, Boulogne1.7 
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 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 18-4 
 2. Vichy 18-6 
 3. Souffel 16-7 
 4. Cognac 16-7 
 5. Quimper 14-9 
 6. Monaco 13-9 
 7. Blois 13-9 
 8. La Rochelle 13-11 
 9. Rueil 12-12 
 10. Sorgues 11-12 
 11. Angers BC 49 9-13 
 12. Chartres 9-14 
 13. St Chamond 9-14 
 14. Challans 8-15 
 15. Rennes 5-18 
 16. CFBB 0-24 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 16: Blois - La Rochelle 92-76
Mar. 16: Souffel - St Chamond 88-77
Mar. 16: Orchy - Rueil 81-77
Mar. 16: Monaco - Vichy 78-82
Mar. 16: Challans - Chartres 71-60
Mar. 16: Quimper - Cognac 70-76
Mar. 16: Sorgues - Rennes 69-78
Mar. 16: Angers BC 49 - CFBB 113-58


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.5 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.6 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle17.1 
 4. Hill, Angers BC 4916.8 
 5. Raji, Quimper16.8 
 6. Petrovic, Orchy16.7 
 7. Herard, Challans16.6 
 8. Inglis, CFBB16.5 
 9. Pene, Rennes15.7 
 10. Thinon, Sorgues15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.2 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.6 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle7.9 
 4. Sall, Rennes7.6 
 5. Inglis, CFBB7.4 
 6. Tornato, Blois7.3 
 7. Alingue, Souffel7.1 
 8. Caskill, Cognac7.0 
 9. Rinna, St Chamond7.0 
 10. Calasan, Monaco7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.0 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.5.6 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.5 
 5. Thomas, Vichy4.8 
 6. Fellah, Angers B.4.7 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.4 
 8. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 9. Boivin, Chartres3.9 
 10. Sahraoui, La Roch.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.6 
 2. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 3. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.8 
 4. Saounera, Rueil1.8 
 5. Pene, Rennes1.7 
 6. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 7. Davis, Blois1.6 
 8. Lessort, Vichy1.6 
 9. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 10. Geay, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Davis, Blois1.6 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 3. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 5. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 7. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois0.8 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.8 


ProB Round 27: SO Maritime Boulogne edges SPO Rouen by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProB is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the ProB took place in Rouen. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked SPO Rouen (15-12) to fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (17-10) 86-84 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SPO Rouen. They outrebounded SPO Rouen 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Abdoulaye Loum (210-91) chipped in 21 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 17-10 record. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. SO Maritime Boulogne are looking forward to face Bordeaux (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. SPO Rouen will play against Le Portel (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Le Portel (18-9) against sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (9-18) on Friday night. Host Le Portel was crushed by Denain Voltaire in Le Portel 84-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Le Portel. It was a good game for American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Rafael Lopez contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Denain Voltaire's coach Fabrice Courcier felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) answered with 15 points and 5 assists for Le Portel. Denain Voltaire moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nantes and St Vallier. Le Portel at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims. Denain Voltaire will play against Saint Vallier (#16) on the road in the next round. Le Portel will play against SPO Rouen (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez delivered the twentieth first victory on Friday night. This time they beat 13th ranked Saint-Quentin (11-16) 75-70. It was a great evening for Brian Boddicker who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Julien Lesieu with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains first place with 21-6 record. Saint-Quentin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will meet league's second-placed ALM Evreux on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saint-Quentin will play against JL Bourg (#6) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Toulon. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Olympique Antibes (15-12) to twelfth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (12-15) 64-62 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Terence Dials who led the winners and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Hyeres-Toulon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain twelfth place with 12-15 record. Olympique Antibes lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#9) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Charleville. Local Charleville-Mezieres (5-22) was outscored by fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (18-9) 96-74 on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Justin Burrell who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 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. Chalons-Reims moved-up to third place, which they share with Le Portel. Charleville-Mezieres lost their thirteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games. Chalons-Reims will face Lille Metropole (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Nantes (#15).

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
St Vallier was defeated by Bourg in a road game 79-72. Lille beat Nantes at home 90-74. Evreux won against Bordeaux on the opponent's court 102-97. Maurienne managed to outperform Fos Ouest in a home game 80-69.


Bourg - St Vallier 79-72

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Saint Vallier (9-18) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked JL Bourg (15-12) 79-72 on Saturday. Saint Vallier trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 23-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-79 at the end of the game. JL Bourg forced 19 Saint Vallier turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Saint Vallier was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Alexis Tanghe (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Philippe Braud (194-85) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) who recorded 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) added 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Saint Vallier's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JL Bourg moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Saint Vallier keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. JL Bourg will face Saint-Quentin (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Vallier will play against Denain Voltaire and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bourg: A.Tanghe 23+12reb, P.Braud 16+1reb+3ast, S.Dumas 10+1reb+8ast, J.Forte 9+4reb+2ast, S.Njoya 6+2ast, A.Gomis 5+6reb+3ast
St Vallier: E.Craven 21+9reb+7ast, H.Disy 15+3reb, J.Hoyaux 13+2reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 9+2reb, I.Koma 8+1reb, B.Tinsley 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179472


Charleville - Chalons-Reims 74-96

The game with biggest result difference took place in Charleville. Local Charleville-Mezieres (5-22) was outscored by fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (18-9) 96-74 on Friday night. Chalons-Reims looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 24 points and 7 assists. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who recorded 18 points and guard Damien Pistre (190-83) added 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) 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. Chalons-Reims moved-up to third place, which they share with Le Portel. Charleville-Mezieres lost their thirteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games. Chalons-Reims will face Lille Metropole (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Nantes (#15).
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 24+1reb+7ast, J.Burrell 20+13reb+4ast, T.Johnson 17+7reb+5ast, A.Tsagarakis 15+1reb+5ast, B.Mullins 7+1reb+2ast, K.Joss-Rauze 6+3reb+2ast
Charleville: D.Pistre 21+1reb, D.Hudson 18+2reb+3ast, V.Pridotkas 10+7reb+2ast, A.Racine 7+2reb, T.Toney 6+4reb+1ast, C.Guillarme 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179474


Hyeres-Toulon - Antibes 64-62

A very interesting game took place in Toulon. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Olympique Antibes (15-12) to twelfth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (12-15) 64-62 on Friday evening. Olympique Antibes was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Hyeres-Toulon, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Olympique Antibes outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 33-17 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). point guard Axel Julien (185-92) accounted for 16 points and 5 assists for the winning side. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Olympique Antibes in the defeat. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain twelfth place with 12-15 record. Olympique Antibes lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#9) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: J.Newson 17+3reb, T.Dials 17+8reb+1ast, A.Julien 16+1reb+5ast, R.Wright 7+2reb+1ast, L.Chelle 6+2reb+2ast, L.Sane 1+1reb+1ast
Antibes: R.Desroses 12+1ast, T.Blue 11+14reb+3ast, J.Fontenet 10+2reb+4ast, A.Hilliard 10+7reb+2ast, M.Badiane 8+5reb, L.Bengaber 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 179473


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - St Quentin 75-70

Leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez delivered the twentieth first victory on Friday night. This time they beat 13th ranked Saint-Quentin (11-16) 75-70. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-70. It was a great evening for American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Remi Lesca (180-90) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American Darnell Williams (202-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains first place with 21-6 record. Saint-Quentin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will meet league's second-placed ALM Evreux on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saint-Quentin will play against JL Bourg (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: B.Boddicker 23+6reb+1ast, D.Denave 14+4reb+3ast, R.Lesca 13+6reb+7ast, A.Mendy 13+3reb+2ast, J.Morency 5+6reb+1ast, M.Correa 4+8reb
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 20+7reb+1ast, D.Williams 12+7reb+2ast, O.Romain 12+2reb+3ast, D.Quincy-Jones 8+2reb+1ast, J.Ball 8+2reb+1ast, K.Bichard 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 179471


Lille - Nantes 90-74

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Lille Metropole (13-14) defeated at home 14th ranked Nantes (9-18) 90-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lille Metropole. Nantes was better in third quarter 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nantes to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Nantes 41-25 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lille Metropole looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Steffon Bradford (198-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St.) who recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Terrance Henry (208-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lille Metropole maintains eleventh place with 13-14 record. Nantes lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Lille Metropole will face higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nantes will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18).
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Bradford 20+12reb+1ast, S.Smith 20+7reb, M.Camara 19+1reb, B.Gillet 15+1reb+4ast, J.Siggers 7+4reb+2ast, L.Akono 5+3reb+6ast
Nantes: L.Corbett 22+5reb+5ast, T.Henry 14+3reb+2ast, E.Mendy 13+2reb+1ast, N.Gayon 11+4reb+2ast, M.Drame 6+1reb, C.Gomez 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 179470


Bordeaux - Evreux 97-102

Very expected game when 17th ranked Bordeaux (7-20) was defeated at home by second ranked ALM Evreux (20-7) 102-97 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ALM Evreux made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Bordeaux turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Nate Carter (201-83, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for ALM Evreux. They maintain second place with 20-7 record behind leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Loser Bordeaux keeps the seventeenth position with 20 games lost. ALM Evreux will face league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bordeaux will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#5).
Top scorers:
Evreux: J.Wood 29+12reb+5ast, C.Hannah 20+5reb+9ast, L.Konate 15+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 12+4reb, D.Reed 10+2reb+2ast, G.Florimont 8+3reb+2ast
Bordeaux: N.Carter 23+5reb+1ast, M.Guichard 17+3reb+3ast, G.Darrigand 17+6ast, M.Humphrey 15+8reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 11+7reb+4ast, R.Chery 8+1reb
gschID: 179469


Maurienne - Fos Ouest 80-69

There was a small surprise in Aix-les-Bains where tenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (14-13) beat 8th ranked Fos Ouest (15-12) 80-69 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 11 points. Aix-Maurienne outrebounded Fos Ouest 41-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Fos Ouest was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) who recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and American power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne maintains tenth place with 14-13 record. Fos Ouest lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face higher ranked Olympique Antibes (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: W.Brown 17+8reb+2ast, M.Houmounou 15+2reb+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 10+2reb+2ast, T.Yvrande 10+2reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 9+2ast, E.Bing 9+16reb+1ast
Fos Ouest: M.Hachad 17+7reb+7ast, J.Williamson 17+9reb+1ast, C.Davis 10+1reb, K.Atamna 10+3reb, A.Toto N'Kote 6+3reb+1ast, S.Giffa 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 179468


Le Portel - Denain 63-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Le Portel (18-9) against sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (9-18) on Friday night. Host Le Portel was crushed by Denain Voltaire in Le Portel 84-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Le Portel. The game without a history. Denain Voltaire led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Denain Voltaire had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Denain Voltaire especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Le Portel was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Spanish center Rafael Lopez (204-86) contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Denain Voltaire's coach Fabrice Courcier felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Le Portel. Denain Voltaire moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nantes and St Vallier. Le Portel at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims. Denain Voltaire will play against Saint Vallier (#16) on the road in the next round. Le Portel will play against SPO Rouen (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Denain: J.Flowers 37+5reb+2ast, C.Cavallo 10+3reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 9+2reb+2ast, R.Lopez 9+5reb+2ast, C.Cairo 6+7reb+2ast, L.Humphrey 6+4reb+3ast
Le Portel: R.Taylor 15+1reb+5ast, D.Wilson 12+7reb+1ast, S.Gay 9+4reb, C.Bronchard 8+7reb+1ast, A.Charles 7+5reb, A.Aboubakar Zaki 6+1reb
gschID: 179467


Rouen - Boulogne 84-86

The most exciting game of round 27 in the ProB took place in Rouen. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked SPO Rouen (15-12) to fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (17-10) 86-84 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SPO Rouen. They outrebounded SPO Rouen 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Abdoulaye Loum (210-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 17-10 record. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. SO Maritime Boulogne are looking forward to face Bordeaux (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. SPO Rouen will play against Le Portel (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 25+3reb+3ast, A.Loum 21+10reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 21+12reb, M.Var 7+1reb, A.Rowland 7+6reb+5ast, K.Cunningham 5+3reb+1ast
Rouen: F.Ateba 20+3reb+1ast, W.McKines 20+12reb+1ast, O.Bassett 18+2reb+6ast, G.Chathuant 14+2reb+3ast, M.Courby 9+2reb+1ast, M.Diarra 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 179466



NM1 Round 26: No surprise as #1 Orchesien BC defeats Rueil - by Eurobasket News

NM1 top team - Orchesien BC (18-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Rueil (12-12) in Orchies 81-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American Tony Stanley (193-77, college: Dayton) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Orchesien BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-4 record. Rueil at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Orchesien BC are looking forward to face Cognac (#4) on the road in the next round. Rueil will play against Monaco (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-24) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 24th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 (9-13) 113-58. Icelandic Logi Gunnarsson (192-81) notched 29 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Thibaut Lonzieme supported him with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Angers BC 49's coach Vincent Lavandier felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by Paul Rigot (201-95) did not help to save the game for CFBB. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Angers BC 49 will play against higher ranked La Rochelle (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will have a break next round.
The game in Blois was also quite interesting. 7th ranked La Rochelle (13-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Blois (13-9). Blois defeated La Rochelle 92-76 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Daviin Davis who scored 24 points and 4 steals. Jarryd Cole produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for the guests. Blois have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Monaco. La Rochelle lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Blois will meet league's second-placed JA Vichy on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Rochelle will play against Angers BC 49 (#11) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Monaco was also worth to mention about. Second ranked JA Vichy (18-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Monaco (13-9). JA Vichy managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Monaco. Justin Reynolds orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. JA Vichy maintains second position with 18-6 record having just -2 point less than leader Orchy. Newly promoted Monaco keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. JA Vichy's next round opponent will be Blois (#7) at home where they are favorite. Monaco will play against Rueil.
The game in Quimper was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cognac (16-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Quimper UJAP (14-9). Cognac managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Saturday. Dejan Sencanski scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Cognac moved-up to third place, which they share with Souffel. Quimper UJAP lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Cognac will face league's leader Orchesien BC in Orchies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimper UJAP will play on the road against Saint Chamond (#13) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Chartres lost to Challans on the opponent's court 60-71. Souffel managed to outperform St Chamond in a home game 88-77. Rennes managed to beat Sorgues on the road 78-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Alex Okafor of Rennes.


Angers BC 49 - CFBB 113-58

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-24) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 24th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 (9-13) 113-58. The game without a history. Angers BC 49 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 38. Angers BC 49 forced 19 CFBB turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by CFBB's players. Icelandic Logi Gunnarsson (192-81) notched 29 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-89) supported him with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Angers BC 49's coach Vincent Lavandier felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 11 points and 7 rebounds by Paul Rigot (201-95) did not help to save the game for CFBB. Guard Charly Pontens (189-95) added 12 points for the guests. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Angers BC 49 will play against higher ranked La Rochelle (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CFBB: C.Pontens 12+2reb+3ast, P.Rigot 11+7reb, S.Gombauld 8+7reb+1ast, L.Paoletti 7+3reb, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 7+2reb, L.Dussoulier 6+2reb+1ast
Angers BC 49: L.Gunnarsson 29+4ast, P.Drouault 20+2reb+1ast, A.Hill 19+4reb+3ast, T.Lonzieme 11+10reb+5ast, S.Traore 10+6reb+2ast, M.Sidibe 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 186289


Blois - La Rochelle 92-76

The game in Blois was also quite interesting. 7th ranked La Rochelle (13-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Blois (13-9). Blois defeated La Rochelle 92-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Blois. La Rochelle managed to win third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Blois looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Blois made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 24 points and 4 steals. Center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Blois players scored in double figures. American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and British forward Andrew Thomson (205-84, college: Catawba) added 19 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Blois have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Monaco. La Rochelle lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Blois will meet league's second-placed JA Vichy on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Rochelle will play against Angers BC 49 (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: J.Cole 22+15reb, A.Thomson 19+11reb+1ast, S.Soliman 9+4reb, J.Dalmat 9+1reb, F.Sahraoui 6+2reb+8ast, D.Sylla 6+6reb
Blois: D.Davis 24+2reb+3ast, V.Kaunisto 17+7reb+1ast, J.Tornato 13+13reb+2ast, P.Brochard 10+2reb+8ast, K.Morlende 8+2reb, G.Staelens 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 186285


Challans - Chartres 71-60

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked Chartres (9-14) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Vendee Challans (8-15) 71-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Vendee Challans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vendee Challans outrebounded Chartres 38-26 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) responded with 16 points and guard Gautier Lemon (188-84) scored 12 points. Vendee Challans maintains fourteenth position with 8-15 record. Loser Chartres dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Vendee Challans will face higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#3) in Souffel. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Chartres: G.Merie 16+2reb, G.Lemon 12+2reb+2ast, A.Barakaou 10+1reb+3ast, M.Vasic 6+1reb+1ast, Z.Bojovic 5+3reb+1ast, M.Ipouck 4+6reb+1ast
Challans: S.Mekdad 14+7reb+2ast, S.Cherasse 11+1ast, F.Herard 10+5reb, J.Rathieuville 10+5reb+5ast, P.Balocka 7+9reb, N.Gouacide 6+4reb
gschID: 186283


Orchy - Rueil 81-77

NM1 top team - Orchesien BC (18-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Rueil (12-12) in Orchies 81-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American Tony Stanley (193-77, college: Dayton) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Alexis Desespringalle (192-91) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. Orchesien BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-4 record. Rueil at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Orchesien BC are looking forward to face Cognac (#4) on the road in the next round. Rueil will play against Monaco (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Rueil: S.Ocokoljic 22+8reb+2ast, A.Desespringalle 14+5reb+2ast, M.Diame 13+4reb, S.Ricard 10+3reb, I.Saounera 7+5reb+3ast, K.Gourari 6+4reb
Orchy: D.Petrovic 25, T.Stanley 17+5reb+4ast, R.Carter 13+7reb+7ast, J.Bestron 8+6reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 7, O.Gouez 4
gschID: 186291


Souffel - St Chamond 88-77

Very predictable result in Souffel. where third ranked Souffelweyersheim (16-7) defeated 12th ranked Saint Chamond (9-14) 88-77 on Saturday. Saint Chamond was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Frederic Minet (188-81) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim maintains third position with 16-7 record having just one points less than leader Orchy, which they share with Cognac. Loser Saint Chamond keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face Vendee Challans (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Saint Chamond will play against Quimper UJAP.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: T.Pearson 21+10reb+2ast, J.Rinna 15+7reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 14+2reb, J.Landu-Bongo 13+1reb+2ast, E.Sadiku 6+1ast, N.Wachowiak 4+1ast
Souffel: F.Minet 20+5reb+6ast, J.Alingue 20+8reb, F.Broliron 19+2reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 8+3reb+2ast, J.Tschamber 8+2reb+3ast, M.M'Bodji 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 186288


Sorgues - Rennes 69-78

There was an upset when higher ranked Sorgues (11-12) was defeated at home by fifteenth ranked Union Rennes (5-18) 78-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Union Rennes made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Union Rennes had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Alex Okafor (202-87, college: Princeton) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese guard El Kabir Pene (190-84) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Union Rennes' coach Pascal Thibaud used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Xavier Pasut (200-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Waly Gueye (191-89) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Newly promoted Union Rennes maintains fifteenth position with 5-18 record. Loser Sorgues keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Union Rennes will face higher ranked Chartres (#12) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: X.Pasut 15+10reb, C.Mansare 12+4reb+2ast, W.Gueye 9+6reb+6ast, A.Thinon 8+2reb+2ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 8+2reb, J.Doreau 8+4reb+2ast
Rennes: A.Okafor 24+12reb+5ast, E.Kabir Pene 20+4reb+2ast, S.Ben Driss 6+1reb, Y.Garel 6+1reb, O.Sall 6+10reb+3ast, P.Gautier 5+1ast
gschID: 186287


Monaco - Vichy 78-82

The game in Monaco was also worth to mention about. Second ranked JA Vichy (18-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Monaco (13-9). JA Vichy managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Monaco. Monaco was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 41-33 second half run of JA Vichy. They also forced 22 Monaco turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Monaco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) contributed with 21 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Olivier Bardet (203-80) replied with 20 points and naturalized Tunisian power forward Mehdi Labeyrie-Hafsi (203-78) added 15 points in the effort for Monaco. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. JA Vichy maintains second position with 18-6 record having just -2 point less than leader Orchy. Newly promoted Monaco keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. JA Vichy's next round opponent will be Blois (#7) at home where they are favorite. Monaco will play against Rueil.
Top scorers:
Monaco: O.Bardet 20+3reb+1ast, M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 15+3reb+3ast, A.Christophe 10+2reb+7ast, M.Diallo 9+2reb+2ast, D.Vebobe 8+3reb, M.Aleksic 7+8reb+4ast
Vichy: J.Reynolds 21+12reb+2ast, B.Thomas 21+2reb+8ast, G.Lessort 9+5reb, G.Pons 9+1ast, O.Da Silveira 6+5reb, N.Faye Djobo 6+1reb
gschID: 186286


Quimper - Cognac 70-76

The game in Quimper was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cognac (16-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Quimper UJAP (14-9). Cognac managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Ivorian forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Florian Thibedore (193-90) responded with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 8 points and 9 assists. Cognac moved-up to third place, which they share with Souffel. Quimper UJAP lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Cognac will face league's leader Orchesien BC in Orchies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimper UJAP will play on the road against Saint Chamond (#13) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Quimper: F.Thibedore 20+4reb+1ast, B.Matanga 11+1reb+1ast, O.Kolb 10+3reb+1ast, J.Moupegnou 9+7reb, R.Gregoire 8+1reb, C.Cherry 8+2reb+9ast
Cognac: D.Sencanski 23+5reb+3ast, F.Koffi 17+11reb, R.Hillotte 16+7reb+3ast, C.Bertorelle 7+2reb+5ast, J.Ludon 5+1reb, M.Toti 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 186284



Monaco lands Milutin Aleksic - by Eurobasket News

AS Monaco Basket (NM1) landed 31-year old Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82). He started the season at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol in Cypriot Division A. In 16 games he averaged impressive 17.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.0spg this season. The most of last season Aleksic spent at PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) in Greek league. In 15 games he had 5.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. Aleksic also spent pre-season at Panionios (A1) in Greek league earlier that year.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) in Cyprus. In 5 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg.
In 2009-10 season Aleksic was tested by BC Donetsk (Superleague) in Ukraine. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 10 Superleague games he had 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg. Aleksic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 4.2ppg and 2.2rpg. He also played 1 game in Eurocup where he recorded 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. And finally Aleksic played 5 games in VTB United League where he had 4.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg.
In 2008-09 season he played at ASK Riga (LBL) in Latvian league. The team played in three different competitions that year, and Aleksic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 5 LBL games he had 13.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.0spg. Aleksic also played 8 games in Baltic League where he had 6.9ppg, 5.9rpg (#5 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Ukrainian Superleague in 2009. Aleksic received also Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Honorable Mention award in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi) and Serbia (Vrsac).
Let's have closer look into Aleksic's outlook: Young and according to his age he is an extremely perspective player. He can play at the positions 1-2, but with accent at the playmaker position. He has an enormous basketball potential, tehnically and tactically very trained player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Adriatic League: MZT Skopje edge Partizan - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Partizan 66:64

MZT Skopje clinched a home success against Partizan. Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) nailed 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Macedonian team to the victory in front of a 7000 crowd. MZT Skopje got to a slightly better start as they led by two points 19:17 at the end of the first quarter. Partizan however erased the deficit in the second frame. The Serbian team held their opponents to 11 points and gained a 31:30 halftime lead. MZT Skopje surged in front again in the third quarter. The hosts snatched a 49:47 lead as the see-saw action continued. Partizan regained the lead midway through the fourth frame. Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) made it 58:51 for the Serbian team. But MZT Skopje answered with a 10:1 run to grab a 61:59 advantage. Lucic tied things up at 64 within the final minute. Gjorji Cekovski sank a free throw and then Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) followed with another one as the hosts sealed the win. Nikola Otasevic finished with 13 points, while Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) contributed 11 points in the victory. Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) responded with 18 points and 14 rebounds for Partizan. Djordje Gagic netted 10 points in the loss.

MZT Skopje: Gjorji Cekovski 21, Nikola Otasevic 13, Damjan Stojanovski 11
Partizan: Drew Gordon 18+14 boards, Djordje Gagic 10



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-4 
 2. B.Muenchen 18-9 
 3. EWE Baskets 17-7 
 4. Ratiopharm 17-9 
 5. ALBA 16-9 
 6. Art.Dragons 15-12 
 7. s.Oliver Baskets 14-13 
 8. Telekom Baskets 13-13 
 9. Walter Tigers 13-15 
 10. TBB Trier 12-13 
 11. Phoenix Hagen 12-13 
 12. MBC 11-15 
 13. Bremerhaven 11-15 
 14. NY Phantoms 11-15 
 15. Bayreuth 11-16 
 16. Neckar Lburg 10-17 
 17. Fraport SKY 9-17 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 16: Bayreuth - s.Oliver Baskets 62-83
Mar. 17: Fraport SKY - Brose Bask.
Mar. 17: Phoenix Hagen - ALBA
Mar. 23: Neckar L'burg - MBC
Mar. 17: TBB Trier - B.Muenchen


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. White, Phoenix17.3 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.8 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.8 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.3 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.8 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.14.3 
 8. Thompson, ALBA14.2 
 9. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.1 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.1 
 5. Robertson, Fraport7.0 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 7. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.6 
 8. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 9. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 10. Trapani, Bayreuth6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.0 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.9 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.3 
 4. White, Phoenix4.2 
 5. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.1 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.4.0 
 7. Redding, Walter T.3.9 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.8 
 3. Bernard, Neckar L.1.7 
 4. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Halperin, B.Mue.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. Zirbes, Brose Bas.0.8 


Augie Johnston (SC Rist Wedel) I Am Very Excited For the Playoffs And Our Team Is Coming Together - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Augie Johnston (185-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from Atascadero, Calfornia. He played at Cal.St.-Monterey (NCAA2) and his infinite range has proven he was one of the best shooters in the country. Although he is a prolific shooter, it is his overall ability to score the basketball and defend the opponent's best player that is so impressive. He is one of the most professional and hard working players. As a captain at Cal State Monterey Bay he has shown to have all the leadership qualities you would want in a point guard or shooting guard. He started his professional basketball career in 2009-2010 for Velbert Baskets (Germany-2.Regionalliga), playing 9 games: 28.4ppg. Last season, he played for SpVgg Rattelsdorf Independents (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 25 games: 29.8ppg . This season, he is playing his second season for SC Rist Wedel and helped bring the team into the playoffs against Nordlingen last season and Fraport Skyliners juniors this season. Last season he played 27 games: 15.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 77.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before game one against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.

Congrats on reaching your second PRO B playoffs with SC Rist Wedel. After coming into thenlast game of the season to Hannover with a three game winning streak, SC Rist Wedel got blown out there by 28 points. Does that put somewhat of a small damper on the start of the playoffs?

Not at all. It actually is helping fuel us some. Of course, we wanted to win that last game, but we understand what was missing in that game now and can learn from it and now we definitely have playoff anticipation and excitement on our team.


The team were badly outrebounded and had 21 turnovers. What else could the team learn from this loss?

We didn't play with any emotion or passion. Making a turnover happens in basketball but as a team we must understand that if we play with no energy we are setting ourselves up to lose.


How much do you still have that playoff loss to Nordlingen on your mind? The club was so close to winning the series in game two, but lost a close game and then game three as well?

Now that we are starting the first round I think about that series often. It doesn't bother me anymore, and it's funny because we are the opposite position as were in last season because we are in 2nd this season and not 7th like last season.


How excited are you about these playoffs? How exciting is the scouting process of a team you have never played against?

I am very excited this season because our team is really coming together well and we have worked hard this season to put ourselves in a position to win it all. I am always excited to play against new competition too.


What kind of a series can we await? The double license German players may not always be playing which will give Rist Wedel a huge advantage.

That is true, but we are preparing for their best effort and they have lost a few games lately without their 1st league players but they were against good teams and by only a few points. Every team can elevate their game in the playoffs so we'll be ready for that.


How happy have you been in your second professional season? Your scoring is way up, but your rebounds and assists down.

I'm very happy with this season. I am playing a little different role this season than last season at the shooting guard position which has allowed me to score a lot more but in this role I don't have the ball in my hands as often as I did last season when I played mostly point guard which is lowering my assists. Also, our rebounding rules are different than last year.

SC Rist Wedel have four guys scoring in double figures, but how valuable has the team play been of Marvin Boadu?

He is the X factor in most games and another reason I am scoring more this season. He is a great rebounder, passer, and scorer. He has had game winners for our team and huge games. He does a lot for our team.


How much are you valuing each extra practice and game playing with Ismet Akpinar who is headed to Alba Berlin?

It's fun to practice with a young, eager player who is headed to the top. I'm glad I was able to play with someone I can now follow for a few years and be a fan of. I wish him the best in Berlin and I know he will do well.


Who are your dark horse teams to make a possible run in the NCAA tournament?

Ohio St., VCU, Saint Louis and Memphis


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

John Q


Thanks Augie for the chat.




Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) We Are A Really Different Team And Have A Lot Of Confidence Going Against Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin.

Congrats on the huge 104-97 upset of Bamberg. Phoenix Hagen dominated the overtime. What was key in getting the win in OT? Was bamberg a bit tired from your run and gun game?

We really stuck to our game plan on both ends of the floor. We played fast on offense and played aggressive on defense by keeping them out of the paint. And I believe they were a bit tired, our conditioning was much better than theirs.


Were you even more extra motivated to play 4 ex NBA players? It isnt every day that a player has that chance?

It really didn't cross my mind, I was more motivated just by playing the best team in the league. But it was nice to play against those guys and actually see how you compare


What was key in keeping Casey Jacobson quiet on the night with only three points?

I didn't let him get too many open looks, I trailed him on all screens and made him put the ball on the floor, I took him out of his comfort zone


Phoenix Hagen had six players in double figures, but does the team value the worth of scrappy Abe Lodwick that contributed 15 points?

Of course, our team is built with anybody at any given time or game to break out and contribute. We did a good job playing together and not being selfish and a lot of guys got to contribute in the Win


Phoenix Hagen has beat Alba Berlin the last two times at home. Will you get some pointers from Bern Kruel on the secret of beating the 8 time Beko BBL champion?

Hopefully, it will be another big chance for us to move up in the rankings and try to get back in playoff position

What is your memory of the 109-67 loss in Berlin?

They dominated the game in every aspect, but we are a different team since then, so I have much more confidence in going into this game at home


Alba Berlin has been struggling in the Beko BBL. How important will the self confidence from the Bamberg win be and what will be key in getting the win?

I think it's great and our confidence is high, but we know that each team is different and we will have to have the same focus and determination to Win this game.
They are a good team, so we have to execute on both ends of the floor

Who are your dark horse picks to go far in the NCAA tournament?

I havent been keeping up with college ball, I'll just wait until selection Sunday and go from there

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Dark Knight

Thanks Larry for the chat.




Brian Harper (TBB Trier) FC Bayern Munich Was The Only Game I Missed And I Am Excited To Play them - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Harper (206-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Paine) is a 27 year old 206cm forward that is commencing his first season in Germany in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. Brian's a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against FC Bayern Munich.

Congrats on the exciting 70-68 win at home against Bonn. Bonn came back in the fourth quarter. What was key for them making that big comeback?

It was a tough and physical game just as we expected it to be and they did exactly what we knew they would do at some point which was make a run. We were just happy that we were able to withstand their run and make the plays down the stretch to win.

Describe the game winning shot by Nate Linhart and the atmosphere in the Trier arena?

Nate did what Nate always does which is somehow always being in the right place at the right time. Nate is one of those guys whose motor never stops and he made a great play at the end of the game that sealed the victory for us. The atmosphere in Trier arena was crazy, but it always is. We have great fans and they always support us no matter what and we really feed off their energy!

If you had to vote for an MVP would your vote go to Nate Linhart?

If I had a vote for the MVP of the league I would definitely vote for Nate Linhart. Nate is a force on both ends of the floor and he always gives the team 100%.He is the type of player that would be a huge asset on any team and we are lucky to have him. I have a lot of respect for him and I know that everyone around the league respects and prepares for what he brings to the game.

TBB Trier has been defending a lot better in the last three games keeping teams to around 70 points. What adjustments did the team make?

No real adjustments, we just refocused on the basics and or principles. When we really lock in and do a good job of executing our game plan on defense we have the ability to slow teams down.

The next game is against FC Bayern Munich. What is your memory of the 72-66 loss in Munich?

I remember it being a close game that we were very disappointed about losing. That was the only game that Ive missed all season so I cant wait to get the chance to play against a tough and super talented team like Munich.

FC Bayern Munich has lost the last two games in a row on the road. They are a very much different team then when you faced them the first time.What will be key in getting the win?

Munich is a very talented team and they are one of the most physical teams in the BBL. We have to come out and match their intensity and physicality.

Who are your dark horse favorites to go far in the NCAA tournament?



I think Maryland is going to make a surprise run.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Flight.


Thanks Brian for the chat.




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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 16: KAOD - Peristeri GS 87-75
Mar. 16: PAOK - Aris 84-72
Mar. 16: Ikaros - Kavala 76-73
Mar. 13: Apollon Patras - AGOR 65-75
Mar. 17: Olympiacos - Kolossos
Mar. 18: Panelefsiniakos - Panathinaikos
Mar. 17: Panionios - Ilysiakos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos23.9 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.3 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.6 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 5. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.4 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros14.2 
 9. Coleman, Kavala14.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.6 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.6 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.4 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.2 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.2 
 7. Kanonidis, Periste.6.1 
 8. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 9. Asimakopoulo., Aris5.8 
 10. Lasme, Panathin.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.1 
 5. Papantoniou, Peris.3.9 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.4 
 8. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.2 
 9. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
 10. Sloukas, Olympiac.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.7 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 5. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 6. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 8. Klaiber, Apollon1.5 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Petway, AGOR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.3 
 5. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 10. Wyatt, Ikaros0.8 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 16-4 
 2. Filathlitikos 16-4 
 3. Trikalla 16-4 
 4. Koroivos 13-7 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 12-8 
 6. Lavrio 11-9 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 10-10 
 8. Pagrati 9-11 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 8-12 
 10. Arkadikos 8-12 
 11. Irakleio 6-14 
 12. OFI 6-14 
 13. Niki Volou 5-15 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 16: Niki Volou - Pagrati 92-89
Mar. 16: Ermis Lagkada - Ikaroi Serron 86-77
Mar. 16: Arkadikos - Lavrio 81-73
Mar. 16: OFI - Filathlitikos 79-68
Mar. 16: Koroivos - Nea Kifisia 76-71
Mar. 16: Agia Paraskevis - Irakleio 74-69
Mar. 16: Doxa Lefkadas - Trikalla 60-72


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.6 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.5 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.9 
 4. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.3 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.17.0 
 6. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 7. Kitsoulis, OFI16.2 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.15.7 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.3 
 10. Tsiotras, Arkadik.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.4 
 2. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.9 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 4. Sklavos, Pagrati8.3 
 5. Manousos, Doxa L.8.1 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.0 
 7. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.6 
 8. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.6 
 9. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Fotis VASILOPOULOS
  Pagrati
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 2. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.8 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.5 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.8 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 6. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.5 
 8. Katsares, Trikalla3.5 
 9. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
 10. Saloustros, Filat.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.8 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 5. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.8 
 6. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 8. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 9. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.6 
 10. Koutinas, Niki Vo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 5. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 6. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 7. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 8. Simeonidis, Ikaroi0.6 
 9. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.6 
 10. Sigounas, Arkadik.0.6 


Jonathan Mitchell (ex Elizur Ashkelon) agreed terms with Peristeri GS Athens - by Eurobasket News

Peristeri GS Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Jonathan Mitchell (200-110kg-87, college: Rutgers). He played recently at Elizur Ashkelon in Israeli Winner League. In only one game he had very impressive stats: 16 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist this season. Mitchell also played at GreenTops Netanya (Winner League) in Israeli league earlier that season. In 6 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at CB Tarragona 2017 (LEB Gold, starting five) in Spanish league. In 31 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. Mitchell won NCAA championship title in 2007.
He graduated from Rutgers, The State University in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ikaros tab Brandon McKnight, ex Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Ikaros Kallitheas (A1) inked 30-year old American point guard Brandon McKnight (188-83, college: Purdue). He started the season at Eagles in Swedish Basketligan. In 7 Basketettan games he averaged impressive 19.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.6apg and 2.1spg this season. The last season McKnight was tested by KFUM Jamtland (Basketligan) in he previous (10-11) season he played at TED Kolejliler (TB2L) in Turkish league. In 10 games he had 10.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg that season. He helped them to win the group title. McKnight also spent pre-season at LTi 46ers (BBL) in German league earlier that year. The other team he played shortly was STB Le Havre (ProA) in French league. In 5 games he had 5.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2009-10 season McKnight played at LF Basket (Basketligan) in Swedish league. In 37 games he had also great stats: 19.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.9apg and 2.0spg. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team.
Among other achievements McKnight received Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2008.
He has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Kiryat Ata) and Turkey (Buyuk Kolej and Tekelspor).
McKnight attended Purdue University until 2005 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Possesses explosive quickness and great ball-handling ability. Tremendous defender who can put pressure on the ball ... solid scorer who can get to the basket ... excellent passer who looks to distribute first and score second.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 25-5 
 2. Leiden 24-6 
 3. Groningen 22-9 
 4. Leeuwarden 17-15 
 5. Zwolle 16-14 
 6. Den Helder K. 16-16 
 7. M.Magixx 13-16 
 8. Weert 13-18 
 9. Amsterdam 4-27 
 10. Rotterdam 3-27 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 16: Leeuwarden - Weert 85-61
Mar. 17: M.Magixx - Rotterdam
Mar. 17: Zwolle - Amsterdam
Mar. 19: Weert - Leiden



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  ICELAND   


The Icelandic federation general assembly changes rules - by Snorri Arnaldsson

The biannual general assembly of the Icelandic basketball federation took place today and resulted in changed rules about the Dominos league. Starting from next season, teams in the Dominos league will have to have at least 4 players on the court with an Icelandic passport, whilst only a maximum of 1 foreign player can play.

This season the rules have been 3 Icelanders + 2 foreigners in the mens Dominos league, whilst the womens Dominos league and the 1st division have had the 4+1 rule in effect. Even though the general assembly voted on changing the rules, the vote was close with only 2 votes seperating the opposing sides.



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 20-1 
 2. Pelita Jaya 19-3 
 3. Garuda 16-5 
 4. Satria Muda 16-5 
 5. CLS Knights 16-6 
 6. Hangtuah 11-10 
 7. Stadium Jak. 11-10 
 8. Bimasakti 6-15 
 9. Pacific Caesar 5-17 
 10. Satya Wacana 5-17 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 2-19 
 12. Tonga BSC 1-20 

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 16: Pacific Caesar - Tonga BSC 73-59
Mar. 16: Satya Wacana - NSH GMC Riau 72-64
Mar. 16: Stadium Jak. - Dell Aspac 55-65
Mar. 16: Garuda - Pelita Jaya 48-69

Regular Season: Round 36

Mar. 17: Tonga BSC - NSH GMC Riau
Mar. 17: Hangtuah - Stadium Jak.
Mar. 17: Dell Aspac - Garuda
Mar. 17: Satria Muda - Bimasakti


ASEAN League: Warriors too good for Slammers - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Thailand Slammers 74:67

Indonesia Warriors maintained their leading position in the ASEAN League ladder. They knocked down the Thailand Slammers for the eighth victory. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) stepped up with 20 points and 6 boards in the win.
The teams stayed close throughout the starting period. The Warriors eked out a 22:20 lead into the second frame. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Warriors built a 36:33 halftime advantage. The Slammers managed to erase the deficit in the third quarter. They knotted things up at 52 heading into the final frame. However Mario Wuysang accounted for several key points late in regulation and helped the Warriors to another victory. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) posted 12 points and 15 boards, while Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) netted 18 points for the winners. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Slammers. Wutipong Dawsom and Pairach Sekteera chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Mario Wuysang 20, Chris Daniels 18, Steve Thomas 12+15 boards
Thailand Slammers: Froilan Baguion 13+11 boards, Wutipong Dawsom 10, Pairach Sekteera 10



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 a great game in the last round for Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had the game-high 4 points adding twenty two rebounds and two assists for Satria Muda in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pelita Jaya (#2, 18-3) 59-54. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. 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 16-5 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 10.3rpg. Gunawan is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Adhi Prasetyo (194-C-93) of Hangtuah. He is a center in his second season at Hangtuah. In the last game Prasetyo recorded impressive 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Hangtuah cruised to a 83-73 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Satya Wacana (#10, 4-17). Hangtuah's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Prasetyo 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 guard Wijaya Saputra (184-SG-85) of CLS Knights (#5). Saputra scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of CLS Knights, leading his team to a 74-43 easy win against the lower-ranked Bimasakti (#8, 6-15). CLS Knights needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 6 lost games. Saputra has a very solid season. In 22 games in Indonesia he scored 5.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) of Satria Muda - 18 points and 9 rebounds
5. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bimasakti - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. I.G.N Teguh Teguh (189-G-88) of Hangtuah - 12 points and 4 rebounds
8. Ahmad Junaidi (188-F-90) of Hangtuah - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Budi Sucipto (169-G-88) of Satya Wacana - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86) of Pelita Jaya - 12 points, 3 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)



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Asghar Kardoust moves abroad - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Iranian NT big man Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) joined Lebanese power house Champville. Asghar started this season with Foolad Mahan Esfahan in Iran league where they stand at the 3rd place at the end of the play-offs.
Asghar Kardoust Awards/Achievements:
Iranian U18 National Team -04
Asian Championships U18 in Bangalore, India -04
2005 July: Basketball without Borders Asian Camp by NBA/FIBA in Beijing, China
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Champion -05, 06, 07, 11
Iranian Superleague Finalist -05, 08
WABA Cup Finalist -05
Iranian Superleague Champion -06, 07, 11
Tehran Cup Winner -06
Asian Club Championships -07 (Champion), 08 (Champion), 11 (Silver)
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 12
WABA Club Championships -08 (Finalist), 09 (Semifinals), 11 (Semifinals)
Iranian Superleague Semifinals -09, 12
Iranian National Team -09-13
William Jones Cup Tournament -10
World Championships in Turkey -10: 4 games: 3.5ppg, 3.8rpg
Asian Games in Guangzhou (China) -10 (Bronze): 8 games: 12.5ppg, Reb-1 (9.1rpg), Blocks-2 (1.9bpg), FGP: 57.8%, FT: 56.5%
Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Games Best Defensive Player -10
Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Games 2nd Team -10
West Asia Basketball Championships in Duhok (Iraq) -11 (Gold)
Asian Championships in Wuhan (China) -11: 8 games: 5.6ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP-1 (81.0%), FT: 52.4%
William Jones Cup in Taipei (Taiwan) -12 (Silver)
Asia-basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup Best Center -12
Asia-basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup 1st Team -12
FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo (Japan) -12 (Gold): 7 games: 10.3ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 57.1%
West Asia Basketball Championships in Amman (Jordan) -12 (Silver)
Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 2nd Team -12
West Asia Basketball Championships in Tehran (Iran) -13 (Gold)



Petrochimi triumphs in 2012/2013 league - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi Mahram 88:74

Petrochimi triumphs in 2012/2013 league. The team won the Regular Season and now won the Finals against Mahram 3-2. In the decisive game Petrochimi posted an 88:74 win.
The game was mostly controlled by Petrochimi. Mahram managed to win fourth quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petrochimi forced 21 Mahram turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Mahram helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Hamed Sohrabnejad (206-PF-83) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84, college: Pennsylvania) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Mehran Hatami used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marko Milic (201-F-77) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 19 rebounds for the guests.



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Jonathan Mitchell (ex Elizur Ashkelon) agreed terms with Peristeri GS Athens - by Eurobasket News

Peristeri GS Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Jonathan Mitchell (200-110kg-87, college: Rutgers). He played recently at Elizur Ashkelon in Israeli Winner League. In only one game he had very impressive stats: 16 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist this season. Mitchell also played at GreenTops Netanya (Winner League) in Israeli league earlier that season. In 6 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at CB Tarragona 2017 (LEB Gold, starting five) in Spanish league. In 31 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. Mitchell won NCAA championship title in 2007.
He graduated from Rutgers, The State University in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 16: Mirandola - Firenze 84-97
Mar. 6: Agrigento - Casalpusterlengo 79-72
Mar. 7: Chieti - Perugia 77-86
Mar. 6: Recanati - Ferrara 73-64
Mar. 6: Lucca - Bari 64-62
Mar. 6: Omegna - Torino 59-67
Mar. 6: Treviglio - Matera 111-71
Mar. 6: Castelletto - San Severo 100-79

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 23: Omegna - Ferrara
Mar. 24: Treviglio - Casalpusterlengo
Mar. 24: Lucca - Recanati
Mar. 24: Reggio Calabr. - Firenze
Mar. 24: Mirandola - Bari
Mar. 24: Chieti - Torino
Mar. 24: Latina Basket - San Severo
Mar. 24: Agrigento - Matera


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.7 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.5 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.2 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 6. Gueye, San Severo15.6 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari15.6 
 8. Bolzonella, Castel.15.5 
 9. Benfatto, Ferrara15.4 
 10. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.0 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.6 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.2 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.2 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 8. Ricci, Casalpus.7.4 
 9. Mancin, Mirandola7.4 
 10. Casadei, Firenze7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.5 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.4 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.7 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.6 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.4 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.1 
 10. Santolamazza, Lat.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 4. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 5. Vico, Matera2.8 
 6. Parente, Lucca2.8 
 7. Caroldi, Firenze2.7 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 9. Losi, Mirandola2.6 
 10. Spizzichini, Ferr.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.6 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Iannilli, San Seve.0.9 
 4. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 5. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 6. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 7. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 8. Casadei, Firenze0.7 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.0.7 
 10. Pazzi, Castelletto0.7 


Andrea Bargnani injured for the season - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) of the Toronto Raptors in the National Basketball Association (NBA) will sit out the rest of the season after suffering an avulsion sprain of his right elbow. The power forward picked up the injury during the first quarter of the Raptors 118-116 loss on the road at the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday and did not return to the court.

The 27-year old Italian will now miss the rest of the season, and rumours about his future with the Raptors will surely surface again. Bargnani is a major asset for Toronto, but the franchise is struggling financially and the subject of trading the Italian has arisen more than once. However, the fact that Bargnani has two years and $22 million left on his contract should see him staying with the Raptors.

This injury is similar to last season when the player injured the ligaments in his elbow and missed 25 games of the NBA campaign. However, the Raptors have confirmed that this is an entirely separate problem and not related to that previous injury. A number one draft pick back in 2006, Andrea Bargnani has been a constant fixture for the Raptors since and this season he has played 35 games and has been averaging 12.7ppg, 3.7rpg, and 1.8apg.
Courtesy of: Court Side



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Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 31-8 
 2. Toyota Alvark 30-10 
 3. Toshiba BT 25-14 
 4. Hitachi SR 22-18 
 5. Panasonic T. 21-18 
 6. Tochigi Brex 11-28 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 11-28 
 8. Hokkaido L. 6-33 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 16: Toshiba BT - Hokkaido L. 78-54
Mar. 16: Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark 70-69
Mar. 16: Panasonic T. - Aishin SH 69-72
Mar. 15: Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark 68-81
Mar. 16: Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex 53-65
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.14.3 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.12.8 
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. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.9.7 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR7.5 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota7.4 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 10. Young, Aishin SH6.6 
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. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 9. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
 10. Sakurai, Hokkaido.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. Ricci, Toyota Alv.0.5 



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New Era of NJCAA DI Men's Basketball Championship Begins with At-Large Teams & Seeded Bracket - by Eurobasket News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. For the first time in the 66-year history of NJCAA mens basketball, its premier championship event will feature 24 teams in a fully seeded bracket. In addition to 16 district champions, the 2013 NJCAA Division I Basketball Championship Tournament will also feature four zone qualifiers and four at-large teams for the first time in the events history.

The official bracket has been released (click here) with seeding and at-large selections. Games begin Monday, March 18th at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan. The title game will take place on Saturday, March 23rd.

Additional tournament information on tickets, hotels, and more can be found at www.njcaabbtrny.org. All tournament games will be aired live on NJCAA TV.

The 2013 tournament is the 65th-consecutive year the event has been held in the great city of Hutchinson, Kan. This year also marks the 75th Anniversary of the NJCAA. The special relationship between Hutchinson and the NJCAA was highlighted earlier this year in an article entitled, THERES NO PLACE LIKE HUTCH part of the NJCAA 75th Anniversary Feature Series.

NOTE: At-large selections made by the NJCAA DI Mens Basketball At-Large Selection Committee. Seeding was compiled by the NJCAA DI Mens Basketball Committee.

TOURNAMENT QUALIFIERS (#Seed)
#1 Iowa Western CC (31-2) District 11 Champion
#2 Spartanburg Methodist College, S.C. (32-0) - District 10 Champion
#3 College of Central Florida (30-3) - District 8 Champion
#4 Hutchinson CC, Kan. (31-3) - District 6 Champion
#5 Vincennes Univ., Ind. (31-2) - District 16 Champion
#6 Central Arizona College (29-4) - District 1 Champion
#7 East Georgia College (30-2) - District 13 Champion
#8 New Mexico JC (27-6) - District 5 Champion
#9 Northwest Florida State College (26-3) At-Large
#10 Coffeyville CC, Kan. (31-2) At-Large
#11 Salt Lake CC, Utah (28-4) At-Large
#12 Hagerstown CC, Md. (29-4) - District 3 Champion
#13 Howard College, Texas (28-5) At-Large
#14 Motlow State CC, Tenn. (25-3) District 7 Champion
#15 Kilgore College, Texas (26-4) District 14 Zone Entry
#16 North Platte CC, Neb. (29-5) District 9 Champion
#17 Mineral Area College, Mo. (26-7) District 4 Champion
#18 Shelton State CC, Ala. (25-8) District 12 Champion
#19 Connors State College, Okla. (24-8) District 2 Zone Entry
#20 East Mississippi CC (20-7) District 15 Champion
#21 Lee College, Texas (24-10) District 14 Champion
#22 Eastern Oklahoma State College (19-15) District 2 Champion
#23 Walters State CC, Tenn. (17-16) District 7 Zone Entry
#24 USC Salkehatchie, S.C. (15-17) District 10 Zone Entry
Courtesy of: http://www.njcaa.org



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 16-1 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 10-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 9-6 
 4. Tobol 5-11 
 5. BK Almaty 4-14 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 16: BC Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 72-80
Mar. 17: BC Astana - Kaspiy Aktau
Mar. 20: Tobol - Kaspiy Aktau
Mar. 21: Tobol - Kaspiy Aktau


Kaspiy come up with huge upset in Astana - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana suffered their first loss in D1 season. They quite unexpectedly surrendered against visiting Kaspiy 72:80. Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87) came up with 20 points to pace the visitors.
BC Astana looked quite comfortable in the opening quarter. The hosts exploded with 27 points to take a 3-point lead after ten minutes. However Kaspiy managed to slow down their opponents. The Aktau team cut the deficit to just 2 points at halftime 39:41. The visitors were able to deny the deficit in the third term. Kaspiy levelled the game as the teams entered the fourth frame tied at 58. The Aktau team triggered a 22:14 run in the fourth quarter and snatched a surprising victory at the end. Andrei Malyshev (208-C-85) delivered 16 points, while Dzhanysh Adiev (190-G-93) added 15 points for Kaspiy. Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) answered with 17 points for BC Astana. Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points in the loss.



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 16: VEF Riga - Valmiera 85-65
Mar. 17: U18 - Jelgava
Mar. 17: Turiba - Barons kvartals


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Peiners, LU20.3 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.9 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.1 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils15.9 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.7 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera15.6 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.1 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.4 
 9. Rudmiezis, Turiba14.1 
 10. Timma, Ventspils14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.9 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.9 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.4 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.1 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.0 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.6.7 
 10. Iljins, Valmiera6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.2 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.7 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 5. Peiners, LU3.4 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 7. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 8. Metra, Barons k.3.1 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Plater, Liepaja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Peiners, LU1.9 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 5. Cain, Barons k.1.7 
 6. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Ate, Liepaja1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.8 
 9. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 10. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 24-4 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 21-6 
 3. VeA 19-8 
 4. Saldus 18-6 
 5. RSU 17-9 
 6. Kvele 14-12 
 7. Ogres 13-13 
 8. ViA Riga 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. 16: VeA - ViA 79-64
Mar. 15: VEF skola - VeA 68-71
Mar. 16: Saldus - BK VEF-LSPA 64-74
Mar. 15: Liepaja-2 - Gulbene 133-104



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Standings
Group D
 1. Lanus 2-0 
 2. Mavort 1-1 
 3. Pinheiros/Sky 1-1 
 4. Flamengo 0-2 
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 2

Mar. 16: Mavort - Flamengo 95-93
Mar. 16: Pinheiros/Sky - Lanus 72-87

Second Stage: Round 3

Mar. 17: Pinheiros/Sky - Mavort
Mar. 17: Lanus - Flamengo


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.24.3 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.21.4 
 4. Jeter, Mavort17.7 
 5. Pedroza, Osos17.7 
 6. Graham, Arecibo17.7 
 7. Allen, Osos17.3 
 8. Guzman, Mavort17.2 
 9. Stallworth, Pinhei.16.8 
 10. Benite, Flamengo16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.7 
 3. Battle, Lanus7.6 
 4. Graterol, Arecibo7.3 
 5. Turley, Osos7.3 
 6. Truscott, Estrella.7.0 
 7. Izaguirre, Fuerza7.0 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.6.8 
 9. Gainous, Osos6.7 
 10. Becker, S.Jose/U.6.7 
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. Guillent, Estrella.5.0 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.8 
 6. Smith, Pinheiro.4.6 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 8. Benite, Flamengo4.4 
 9. Diaz, Arecibo4.3 
 10. Monreal, Fuerza R.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.3.0 
 2. Allen, Osos2.3 
 3. Thomas, Estrella.2.0 
 4. Centeno, Estrella.2.0 
 5. Cardenas, Mavort2.0 
 6. Truscott, Estrella.1.7 
 7. Levy, Lanus1.6 
 8. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.4 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.1.4 
 10. Ferreira, Pinheir.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.4 
 2. Thomas, Estrella.1.0 
 3. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 5. Johnson, Mavort1.0 
 6. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.8 
 7. Battle, Lanus0.8 
 8. Cuen, Osos0.7 
 9. Dias, Pinheiros/Sky0.7 
 10. Perez, Osos0.7 



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Standings

Diekirch Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sparta 18-6 
 2. Amicale 15-9 
 3. T71 14-10 
 4. Etzella 14-10 
 5. Musel Pikes 13-11 
 6. Residence 13-11 
Places 7-10
 1. Contern 9-12 
 2. Basket Esch 8-13 
 3. Soleuvre 8-13 
 4. Black Star 2-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Mar. 15: Residence - Etzella 98-86
Mar. 15: Sparta - Amicale 96-81
Mar. 15: T71 - Musel Pikes 78-55

Second Stage: Round 7

Places 1-6

Mar. 17: Etzella - T71
Mar. 17: Musel Pikes - Sparta
Mar. 17: Amicale - Residence

Places 7-10

Mar. 16: Black Star - Soleuvre
Mar. 17: Basket Esch - Contern


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Mychal GREEN
  Soleuvre
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Green, Soleuvre25.6 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.24.9 
 3. Schumacher, T7123.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence23.5 
 5. Bryant, Black Star23.2 
 6. Ulin, Sparta21.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern21.3 
 8. Simpson, Etzella20.4 
 9. Smith, Sparta19.4 
 10. Sharry, T7118.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.0 
 2. Powell, Contern13.4 
 3. Sharry, T7111.9 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.11.4 
 5. Gary, Musel Pikes10.8 
 6. Stephens, T7110.4 
 7. Frazier, Contern10.2 
 8. Wurtz, Musel Pikes10.2 
 9. Kennedy, Residence9.8 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.6 
 2. Bryant, Black Star4.6 
 3. Schumacher, T714.3 
 4. Green, Soleuvre4.1 
 5. Schartz, Amicale4.0 
 6. Biever, Basket Es.3.6 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.3.5 
 8. Smith, Sparta3.4 
 9. Scott, Residence3.4 
 10. Koster, Residence3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jones, Contern2.6 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.2.4 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Green, Soleuvre1.8 
 5. Schumacher, T711.8 
 6. Delgado, Etzella1.7 
 7. Simpson, Etzella1.7 
 8. Bryant, Black Star1.6 
 9. Smith, Sparta1.5 
 10. Koster, Residence1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes1.2 
 2. Sharry, T711.2 
 3. Powell, Contern0.9 
 4. Simpson, Etzella0.9 
 5. Frazier, Contern0.8 
 6. Fisher, Amicale0.8 
 7. McDaniel, Black S.0.8 
 8. Hoffmann, Sparta0.7 
 9. Golson, Amicale0.6 
 10. Hublart, Sparta0.5 


Diekirch League Round 6: Etzella loses to Residence - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Bereldange between third ranked Etzella (14-10) and sixth ranked Residence (13-11) on Friday night. Etzella was defeated by Residence on the road 86-98. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Residence dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Etzella's 40. It was a great shooting night for Residence especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. International point guard Pitt Koster (182-89) contributed with 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Anthony Simpson (203-87, college: Kent St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds for Etzella. Residence moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Musel Pikes. Etzella at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. They share it with T71. Residence is looking forward to face league's second-placed Amicale in Steinsel in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Etzella will play at home against T71 in Dudelange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Sparta (18-6) which hosted in Bertrange second-best Amicale (15-9). First ranked Sparta had an easy win 96-81. American point guard Kasey Ulin (181-82, college: Dickinson St.) scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Larrie Smith chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Lee Fisher (195-89, college: Chicago St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-6 record. Amicale at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. Sparta will play against Musel Pikes (#5) in Stadrbredimus in the next round. Amicale will play at home against Residence in Bereldange and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fourth ranked T71 (14-10) and 5th ranked Musel Pikes (13-11) in Dudelange on Friday ended with biggest points difference. T71 outscored guests from Stadrbredimus 78-55. Denell Stephens notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by Brandon Gary did not help to save the game for Musel Pikes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. T71 have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Etzella. Loser Musel Pikes keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Residence. T71 will meet Etzella (#4) in the next round. Musel Pikes will play against the league's leader Sparta in Bertrange and hope to secure a win.

The most impressive performance of 6th round was 48 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds by Billy McDaniel of Black Star.


Places 1-6
Sparta - Amicale 96-81

An interesting game for Sparta (18-6) which hosted in Bertrange second-best Amicale (15-9). First ranked Sparta had an easy win 96-81. The game was mostly controlled by Sparta. Amicale was better in third quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. American point guard Kasey Ulin (181-82, college: Dickinson St.) scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Lee Fisher (195-89, college: Chicago St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and international Samy Picard (196-88) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-6 record. Amicale at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. Sparta will play against Musel Pikes (#5) in Stadrbredimus in the next round. Amicale will play at home against Residence in Bereldange and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sparta: K.Ulin 28+9reb+6ast, J.Hublart 16+4reb, P.Arbaut 14+4reb+1ast, L.Smith 13+7reb+3ast, D.Gindt 9+2reb, A.Schammo 7+1reb+1ast
Amicale: S.Picard 22+6reb, L.Fisher 19+11reb, E.Jeitz 11+7reb+1ast, S.Ney 9+5reb, C.Schartz 8+8reb+5ast, A.Laurent 7+3reb
gschID: 231703


T71 - Musel Pikes 78-55

The game between fourth ranked T71 (14-10) and 5th ranked Musel Pikes (13-11) in Dudelange on Friday ended with biggest points difference. T71 outscored guests from Stadrbredimus 78-55. The game without a history. T71 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. T71 outrebounded Musel Pikes 44-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. American swingman Denell Stephens (190-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Ryan Sharry (203-89, college: Middlebury, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) supported him with 11 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) did not help to save the game for Musel Pikes. The former international center Laurent Majerus (202-90) added 6 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. T71 have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Etzella. Loser Musel Pikes keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Residence. T71 will meet Etzella (#4) in the next round. Musel Pikes will play against the league's leader Sparta in Bertrange and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
T71: D.Stephens 26+16reb, T.Schumacher 15+2reb+2ast, R.Sharry 11+15reb+4ast, B.Kieffer 9+1reb+1ast, D.Controguerra 8+2reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 7+1reb+3ast
Musel Pikes: B.Gary 15+7reb+2ast, L.Schwartz 8+1reb+1ast, T.Wurtz 6+5reb, L.Majerus 6+5reb, J.Kox 5+2reb, G.Schmit 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 231702


Residence - Etzella 98-86

The most important game in the last round took place in Bereldange between third ranked Etzella (14-10) and sixth ranked Residence (13-11) on Friday night. Etzella was defeated by Residence on the road 86-98. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Residence dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Etzella's 40. It was a great shooting night for Residence especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. International point guard Pitt Koster (182-89) contributed with 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Anthony Simpson (203-87, college: Kent St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds and the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (188-80) added 18 points in the effort for Etzella. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Residence moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Musel Pikes. Etzella at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. They share it with T71. Residence is looking forward to face league's second-placed Amicale in Steinsel in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Etzella will play at home against T71 in Dudelange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Residence: P.Koster 25+4ast, M.Kennedy 23+12reb+3ast, D.Scott 20+5reb+2ast, M.Schmit 14+3reb+3ast, I.Tomas 14+7reb+2ast, T.Abdiu 2+2reb
Etzella: A.Simpson 26+16reb+2ast, N.Delgado 18+3reb+2ast, J.Delgado 16+3ast, C.Tomko 14+1reb+3ast, T.Giver 12+2reb+2ast, E.Bissener 0+4reb
gschID: 231701



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Marcus Hubbard (ex Guaros) agreed terms with KL Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Westsports KL Dragons (ASEAN) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American center Marcus Hubbard (206-104kg-83, college: Angelo State). He played in the summer at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB league, but was released. In 9 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3spg and 1.7bpg. Hubbard also played 3 games in Liga Americas where he averaged 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg. The last season he was tested by the Clippers in NBA. The most of previous (10-11) season Hubbard spent at New Mexico Thunderbirds in D-League. In 35 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He also played at Austin Toros in D-League that season. In 7 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 6.1rpg. The most of previous (09-10) season Hubbard spent at Bighorns in D-League. In 17 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the West Division title. Hubbard also spent pre-season at the Bucks in NBA that year.
In 2008 he was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (11th overall).
Hubbard attended Angelo State (NCAA Div.II) and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received All-LSC South Division 1st Team award back in 2007 and 2008 at his college time.
Hubbard has played also professionally in Chile, NBA (Milwaukee Bucks) and D-League (N.Mexico T., Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Reno Bighorns).

By Eurobasket Data Center



ASEAN League: KL Dragons roll past Heat - by Eurobasket News

KL Dragons - Saigon Heat 90:69

Westports KL Dragons registered the 6th win in the season. They fired past the Saigon Heat during the Saigon Hoops Fest. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) stepped up with 25 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners.
The hosts jumped to an early lead. The Heat built a 22:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But the Malaysian team trimmed the gap at a single point 37:38 at halftime. The Dragons pulled ahead in the third quarter. The Malaysian team entered the fourth stanza up by 10 points 63:53. The Dragons kept the Heat at bay throughout the fourth frame. The Malaysian outfit finished the game on a 27:16 run to seal the win. Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83, college: Angelo St.) debuted with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the Dragons. Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) chipped in 10 points for the winners. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) responded with 16 points and 16 boards for the Heat. Jai Reyes (173-G) netted 14 points and 7 assists in the loss.

KL Dragons: Gavin Edwards 25+11 boards, Marcus Hubbard 14, Shee Fai Loh 10
Saigon Heat: David Palmer 16+16 boards, Jai Reyes 14



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 14-3 
 2. Sutjeska 14-3 
 3. Teodo Tivat 14-4 
 4. Lovcen 9-8 
 5. Ulcinj 9-8 
 6. Jedinstvo 7-10 
 7. Danilovgrad 6-11 
 8. Centar BP 5-12 
 9. Ibar Rozaje 4-13 
 10. Primorje 4-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 14: ABS Primorje - Teodo Tivat 65-70
Mar. 20: Jedinstvo - Ibar Rozaje
Mar. 20: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar
Mar. 20: Ulcinj - Danilovgrad
Mar. 20: Lovcen - Centar BP


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon ROBERSON
  Ibar R.
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Roberson, Ibar R.21.7 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.19.5 
 3. Milosevic, Ulcinj18.6 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen17.5 
 5. Jovanovic, Danilov.16.7 
 6. Nicaj, Lovcen14.9 
 7. Ratkovic, ABS P.14.9 
 8. Radulovic, Teodo T.14.8 
 9. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.14.4 
 10. Mitchell, Centar13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Teodo T.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Teodo9.4 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.6 
 3. Zejak, Danilovgrad8.1 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.7.4 
 5. Pavic, Mornar Bar7.2 
 6. Bacovic, ABS P.6.8 
 7. Radak, ABS P.6.6 
 8. Zizic, Sutjeska6.1 
 9. Calic, Sutjeska5.8 
 10. Vujosevic, Sutjes.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marko MIJOVIC
  Teodo Tivat
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.4.3 
 2. Korac, Jedinstvo4.0 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.6 
 4. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.3.3 
 5. Calic, Sutjeska3.2 
 6. Radosavljevi., Mor.3.0 
 7. Mitchell, Centar B.2.9 
 8. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje2.8 
 9. Tepavcevic, Teodo2.5 
 10. Pajovic, Mornar B.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lazar SIMONOVIC
  Ulcinj
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.4 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.3 
 3. Mitchell, Centar B.2.0 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.8 
 5. Omerovic, Jedin.1.7 
 6. Calic, Sutjeska1.7 
 7. Djurisic, Mornar B.1.7 
 8. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.6 
 9. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.6 
 10. Femic, Centar BP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Radoje VUJOSEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vujosevic, Sutjeska2.1 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.5 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.0 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.0 
 5. Nicaj, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.6 
 7. Skurdauskas, Morna.0.5 
 8. Mitchell, Centar B.0.5 
 9. Pejovic, Sutjeska0.5 
 10. Korac, Centar BP0.5 


Standings - 1B

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 16: Gorstak - Buducnost II 76-77
Mar. 17: Un.Mediteran - KK Zeta
Mar. 17: Gusinje - Pljevlja
Mar. 17: Berane 2010 - KK Zeta 2011


Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda outmuscle Buducnost in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 79:63

Crvena Zvezda sealed their 18th win in the Adriatic League season. They held off visiting Buducnost in Belgrade tonight. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) provided 16 points to lead the hosts.
The Serbian team surged ahead for a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. They kept Buducnost at distance throughout the second quarter. Crvena Zvezda accumulated a 38:26 halftime lead. Buducnost revived the intrigue in this one in the third quarter. The Montenegrin champions limited the home team to 13 points in the quarter and narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at the final break. However the Belgrade outfit fired 28 points in the fourth frame and raced to the victory. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) notched 14 points, while Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the home side. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) answered with 15 points for Buducnost. Marko Popovic (200-SG-85) banked 11 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 16, Mike Scott 14, Boris Savovic 12+12 boards
Buducnost: Aleksa Popovic 15, Marko Popovic 11



EBL Round 17: The Night of Favorites - by Darko Pekic

The regular season in Erste Basketball League is getting close to the end with just one more round to be played on Wednesday. But lets see how Montenegrin clubs did today. First of all, its important to notice that all three regular season title contenders won their game and the battle will be decided in the last round. Teodo won at home against Jedinstvo (96-86). Although the final score does not say it, the game was not close at all because Teodo had a big lead in the first half and maintained double digit difference during the whole game. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) once again decided to step up for the home team. He scored 26 points and added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes on the floor. Johnson was followed by Igor Kunjic who scored 16 points and Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) who almost achieved a tripple double (13 pts, 12 rbs, 9 assits). For the guest team Danilo Draskovic (207-C-85, agency: BeoExcell) scored 25 points and Admir Babaca (185-G-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) 23 points.

Mornar struggled to get a win against their neighbours from Ulcinj (94-93). The game was tied and both teams had a chance to win it but at the end Mornar was lucky to grab another win and send the guests home with empty pockets. Mornar was led by Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell) and Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket). They scored 18 points each. On the other side, Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) showed once again great scoring skills. He scored 25 points for the guests and added 9 rebounds.

Danilovgrad and Lovcen played another tied game (70-63) but the home team showed more desire to win it and make it two wins in a row, after the latest success against Centar in Bijelo Polje. Rickey Young (205-F/C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: W.Virginia Tech) played well and had a double double (21 points and 11 rebounds) while for the guests Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) scored 18 points.

Sutjeska dominated against Ibar in Rozaje (91-62) and Centar defended the home court against Primorje (64-57). The stats are not available yet for these two games.



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Columbia Thwarts Hope International Upset Bid, 66-64 - by Eurobasket News

Kansas City, Mo. - Columbia guard Devin Griffin (6'0''-G) made the go-ahead field goal with 46 seconds remaining to lift No. 1-seeded Columbia (Mo.) to a 66-64 win over Hope International (Calif.) at the 2013 Buffalo-Funds NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Cougars will play LSU Shreveport in the quarterfinal round on Saturday at 4 p.m. CDT. The event is held at Municipal Auditorium.

A back-and-forth finish to a thrilling contest was up for grabs until the final moments with the lead changing hands four times in the final 1:27. Trailing by four points with 3:14 remaining, Hope International's Orlando Collins converted a field goal before making 1-of-2 free throws after a pair at the charity stripe by Jeremy Kilgore for a 62-61 lead at the 1:27 mark.

Griffin pushed the Cougars (35-0) back in front with a bucket with 1:15 to play before Kilgore went back to the line to convert two more free throws. The last field goal of the game also was delivered by Griffin, who drove into the lane and hit a runner in traffic for the last of eight lead changes.

Hope International led 54-47 with 9:49 to play after two free throws by Kris Rosales (6'0'') and had been in front since the 15:03 mark of the first half following a field goal by Austin Sanford. Columbia responded with 13-straight points over 4:44 to take a 60-54 lead and set up the final series of plays.

"I thought this was going to be a defensive war," said Columbia head coach Bob Burchard. They are just as strong defensively as we are, and every single basket was contested."
The Cougars shot 61.1 percent (11-of-18) in the first half, but committed 12 turnovers and allowed Hope International to shoot 50.0 percent from the floor. The Royals continued to shoot well at 45.8 percent in the second half, but Columbia made 15-of-24 (.625) in the second half to offset a 2-for-7 clip at the free throw line in the final stanza.

"Columbia is a very, very good team," said Hope International head coach Bill Czech. "We thought we could beat them and our guys put in a great effort and I am really proud of them."

Jordan Dressler (6'8''-F) recorded team-high totals of 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars while Griffin finished with 12 points and six assists. Derrick Dilworth also chipped in with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting for Columbia.

Rosales led all scorers with 19 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds for Hope International. Kilgore hit all seven of his free throw attempts and tallied 16 points for the Royals while Collins was 7-of-9 from the field and finished with 15 points as well as eight rebounds.
Hope International ends its season at 26-8.

Game Notes:
Columbia - The Cougars improved to 2-4 all-time in the round of 16, advancing to the 2009 title game before falling to Rocky Mountain (Mont.) ... Columbia is now 9-16 all-time in 17 national tournament appearances ... With 35 wins, the Cougars have the highest win total by a NAIA program since 2007 national champion Oklahoma City notched 35 victories ... Columbia is attempting to become the third undefeated champion in tournament history (Central State, Ohio in 1965, Oklahoma City in 1992).

Hope International - The Royals qualified for postseason play for the first time since the program rejoined the NAIA in 1997 ... Hope International brought the third-best scoring defense into the tournament, yielding just 60.8 points per contest ... The Royals' Kris Rosales completed his four-year career with school-record totals of 1,542 points, 414 assists and 229 steals.
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



Late Rally Lifts Lindsey Wilson Past Faulkner, 66-60 - by Eurobasket News

Kansas City, Mo. - (Box Score) No. 2 Lindsey Wilson fought off an upset bid by unseeded Faulkner to claim a 66-60 win in the second round of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Blue Raiders will play MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) in the quarterfinal round on Saturday at 8 p.m. CDT. The event is held at Municipal Auditorium.

Darren Ballou made 5-of-9 three-point shots and finished with a game-high 19 points for Lindsey Wilson. DeAntra Scott and Tony Horne each tallied nine points and combined for 11 rebounds for the Blue Raiders while Kalen Kimberland recorded seven points, six rebounds and six assists.

"Our heart and our seniors carried us to this win," said Lindsey Wilson head coach Paul Peck. "Faulkner outplayed us for much of the game but our guys simply refused to give up on this season. Our play in the final minutes of each half was critical to us pulling this one out."

The Blue Raiders were in jeopardy of leaving the tournament after a sluggish start that saw Faulkner claim a 27-16 lead at the 4:32 mark. However, Ballou finished the half with a pair of three-pointers and scored eight points in the final 2:45 for a 31-29 deficit at intermission.

The Eagles pushed the lead back to eight points with 12:50 remaining, scoring seven-straight points after the Blue Raiders had closed within one for the second time. Lindsey Wilson responded with a 10-2 run of its own to tie the game with 9:05 remaining.

A six-point spurt by Faulkner stretched broke a 52-52 tie after a three-pointer by Di'mar Hill, but Chris Bridges hit back-to-back three-pointers to highlight a game-ending 14-2 scoring advantage. The Eagles managed just one field goal in the final 3:53 while the Blue Raiders converted five free throws after the long-range connections by Bridges, his only points of the game.

"The last three or four minutes we just mishandled the basketball," said Faulkner head coach Jim Sanderson. "Some of it was due to (Lindsey Wilson's) pressure and some of it was we just didn't catch the ball or hold on to the ball. There was a lot of nervous energy down the stretch."

Lindsey Wilson (31-4) shot just 38.0 percent (19-of-50) from the field and committed 17 turnovers, but claimed a 9-3 advantage in three-point field goals and converted 19-of-28 free throws. Faulkner converted 23-of-49 field goal attempts for a .469 shooting clip, but finished 3-of-15 (.200) from three-point range and coughed up 20 turnovers that led to 29 points for the Blue Raiders.

Hill hit 7-of-8 shots off the bench and finished with a team-best 16 points for Faulkner while Jake Mitchell added 14 points and Cyrille Sandjon tallied 12 points and six rebounds. The Eagles committed 12 turnovers in the second half, made 1-of-6 three-point shots and only 6-of-12 free throws to finish the game 11-of-19 at the charity stripe.
Faulkner ends its season at 29-6.

Game Notes:
Faulkner - The Eagles fell to 11-8 all-time in the Division I Men's Basketball Championship ... Faulkner failed to advance out of the second round after winning its previous three trips, including a 81-79 win over Lindsey Wilson in the 2000 tournament ... The Eagles' Jake Mitchell scored in double figures for the sixth time in seven games.

Lindsey Wilson - The Blue Raiders will be looking for their first-ever quarterfinal round victory after losing in that stage of the 2004 and 2006 tournaments ... Lindsey Wilson improved to 8-10 all-time in their 11th appearance and 3-2 in the round of 16 ... The Blue Raiders improved to 3-1 all-time against Faulkner, including a pair of wins in the national tournament ... Darren Ballou recorded a career-high point total in the game, besting his previous high of 17 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



Second-Half Comeback Sends MidAmerica Nazarene to Quarterfinals, 68-66 - by Eurobasket News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Box Score) MidAmerica Nazarene used a second-half comeback to outlast No. 10 seed Oklahoma Baptist, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Pioneers will face the winner of Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) tomorrow at 8 p.m. CDT. The 76th annual event is held at Municipal Auditorium.

MidAmerica Nazarene will make its second-ever appearance in the quarterfinals and its first since 2009 when the Pioneers advanced to the semifinals. In 2009, MidAmerica Nazarene also knocked off Oklahoma Baptist in the second round to move to the quarterfinals.

"This group hasn't quit all year," said MidAmerica Nazarene head coach Rocky Lamar. "We've had all kinds of adversity. I think (Rustin Dowd (5'11''-PG)) hit a couple threes late and then Jacob (French) made three unbelievable blocks to save us. That's two seniors making plays at the end of the game. I was proud of them and it was a great win for us."

Oklahoma Baptist got off to a fast start as the Bison pulled out to a quick 12-3 lead less than three minutes into the ball game. Leading the stampede for the Bison was Chase Adams, who scored eight of the 12 points. Oklahoma Baptist continued to stretch its lead as they led, 21-7, with 13:16 left to play after an old-fashioned three-point play by Cale Jackson.

The Bison grew the lead to 22-9 before MidAmerica Nazarene started a comeback. The Pioneers went on a 9-3 run to pull within seven points at 25-18, with six minutes and one second left in the in first half. The Bison led the Pioneers 34-26 going into half.

Starting the second half, Oklahoma Baptist built its lead back up to 10 points at, 40-30, with 16:54 to go in the game. MidAmerica Nazarene's offense started to come to life as the Pioneers trimmed the Bison lead down to four, 42-38.

With the Pioneers within four points, Oklahoma Baptist pushed the lead out to 12 points after a made jumper by Jackson. MidAmerica made another comeback push starting at the eight minute 45 second mark of the second half, as they trailed 58-46. The Pioneers cut the lead to two points, 63-61, with just under three minutes remaining in the half.

One minute later, MidAmerica Nazarene took the lead, which they held onto for the rest of the game, after Rustin Dowd hit a three-pointer coming out of the Pioneers timeout. This put MidAmerica Nazarene on top, 64-63. The Pioneers held a one-point lead that was extended to two after a made free throw by Jacob French. The Bison's last-second three-point attempt did not fall, and MidAmerica Nazarene came away with a 68-66 win.

Rustin Dowd led way with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-14 from the field. Luke Thomas followed with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The Pioneers shot 51.6 percent from the floor in the second half.

Chase Adams scored 19 points for the Bison. Clinton Houston followed with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

Game Notes:
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) -

MidAmerica Nazarene moves to 2-0 all-time when playing in the championship second round. The Pioneers took down Oklahoma Baptist, 64-63, in 2009.
The Pioneers improve to 5-2 all-time in two championship events.
In the all-time series with Oklahoma Baptist, MNU is 2-3 overall.
Rustin Dowd's 25 points is three-shy of a season high. He had 28 against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Feb. 2. It is his 10th game this year of 20 or more.
The Pioneers lead the NAIA in field-goal percentage (0.521), but they struggled today. They went 25-for-58 for 43.1 percent.
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 38-25 
 2. Brooklyn N. 38-27 
 3. Boston C. 36-29 
 4. Toronto R. 26-40 
 5. Philadelph.76 25-40 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 40-26 
 2. Chicago B. 36-29 
 3. Milwaukee B. 32-32 
 4. Detroit P. 23-45 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-44 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 50-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 36-29 
 3. Washington W. 23-42 
 4. Orlando M. 18-48 
 5. Charlotte B. 14-52 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 49-17 
 2. Denver N. 45-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 34-32 
 4. Portland TB 31-34 
 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 22-45 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 51-16 
 2. Memphis G. 44-21 
 3. Houston R. 36-30 
 4. Dallas M. 31-34 
 5. N.Orleans H. 22-44 

Regular Season: Round 132

Mar. 16: Philadelph.76 - Indiana P. 98-91
Mar. 16: Utah Jazz - Memphis G. 90-84
Mar. 16: Washington W. - Phoenix Suns 127-105
Mar. 16: San Antonio S. - Cleveland C. 119-113
Mar. 16: Portland TB - Detroit P. 112-101
Mar. 16: Boston C. - Charlotte B. 105-88

Regular Season: Round 133

Mar. 17: Toronto R. - Miami Heat
Mar. 17: Milwaukee B. - Orlando M.
Mar. 17: LA Clippers - New York K.
Mar. 17: Houston R. - Golden St.W.
Mar. 17: Minnesota T. - N.Orleans H.
Mar. 17: Dallas M. - Oklah.City T.
Mar. 17: Brooklyn N. - Atlanta H.
Mar. 17: LA Lakers - Sacramento K.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.1 
 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.11.6 
 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. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.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. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Results and stats from Saturday - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio S. - Cleveland C. 119-113
Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) added 24 points and 13 boards, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-113 on Saturday night. Manu Ginobili added 14 points and 10 assists, Nando De Colo had 11 points and Tiago Splitter had 10 for San Antonio (51-16), which is 1 1/2 games ahead of Oklahoma City in the Western Conference. Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) had 21 points and fellow reserve Marreese Speights added 19 for Cleveland (22-44). Shaun Livingston had 16 points, and Alonzo Gee and Dion Waiters added 15 apiece. Neither offense was slowed by the loss of its starting All-Star point guards. The Spurs' Tony Parker is expected to miss another two weeks with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain and Cleveland will be without Kyrie Irving (shoulder) for another three weeks. It was defense that both teams were lacking. Opponents were averaging 96.2 points against the Spurs entering Saturday's game, but the Cavaliers had 90 entering the fourth. Frustration with that defense may have led to Gregg Popovich's ejection. The Spurs coach was ejected with 6:33 left in the first half after arguing a charge Ed Malloy called on Boris Diaw. After the initial technical, Popovich was quickly assessed a second and ejected after storming onto the court, yelling and pointing at Malloy. San Antonio outscored Cleveland 19-12 down the stretch, but the Cavs shot 51 percent from the field. Duncan had 13 points in the first quarter, going 6 for 9 and collecting six rebounds. He tossed in a 2-foot jumper that gave the Spurs a 30-21 lead with 3 minutes left in the first quarter. Leonard picked up an assist on the basket, hustling in from out of bounds to tip his own missed shot to Duncan. Waiters' 3 with 7 minutes left in the first half capped a 13-5 run that gave the Cavaliers a 48-44 lead. After CJ Miles made both free throws on Popovich's technicals, the Spurs closed the first half on a 22-11 run to take a 66-61 lead. Ginobili had eight points in the run and Duncan added seven. Cleveland shot 61 percent from the field in the first half. The Spurs never trailed in the third quarter, but Livingston's layup with 1:20 left tied the game at 90 to set up the fourth quarter. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com

Philadelph.76 - Indiana P. 98-91
In a dominating performance, Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) had 18 points and career highs of 16 rebounds and 7 blocked shots to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-91 victory at home over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) added 27 points and 12 assists to help the 76ers win for only the third time in 15 games. They are one of the worst road teams in the league but are 19-17 at home. 'I really like the nucleus we have here and what we've built here,' Hawes said. 'This year has been tough on everybody. I think if we can keep the right mind-set going forward, and finish out strong, I think the future is bright.' Philadelphia, which ended the third quarter leading by a point, opened the fourth with a 19-4 run to put away the Pacers. Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young each contributed lead-stretching buckets in the fourth. 'It's fun when the ball is moving,' Holiday said. 'I think I got most of my points just from, actually from Spencer, just somebody passing it backdoor.' Hawes, a much-criticized 7-foot-1 center, outplayed Indiana's Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown), who had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Hawes has settled in as a starter after an erratic first 42 games as a reserve. His fantastic one-handed rebound over Hibbert in the third quarter brought many of the 18,587 fans to their feet. Courtesy of: nytimes.com

Boston C. - Charlotte B. 105-88
The Boston Celtics, playing without a banged-up Kevin Garnett, cruised to their 11th straight home victory, a 105-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday night. The win gave the Celtics a measure of revenge against the lowly Bobcats, who have beaten them twice in Charlotte this season, the second time by a whopping 100-74 just last Tuesday. The victory moved the Celtics into a three-way tie with Chicago and Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, two games out of the important No. 4 position (the last spot with homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs). With Garnett out, all five Celtics starters reached double figures, as did Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona), who led all Celtics with 15 off the bench. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas), who wasn't needed in the fourth quarter, had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds as the Celtics improved to 16-6 since losing guard Rajon Rondo for the season to knee surgery. Recent signee Shavlik Randolph had eight rebounds and six points in 15 minutes off the Boston bench as all 11 available Celtics scored at least five points. The Celtics went 10-for-15 from 3-point range. Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke), who scored a career-high 35 in last week's win over Boston, scored 16 points but Jannero Pargo, in his second game since signing with Charlotte, led the Bobcats with 18 points apiece. Josh McRoberts had nine points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics had runs of 7-0 and 9-0 and led 20-11 after 7 1/2 minutes, but a 9-0 spurt by the Bobcats tied the game at 22-22. The Boston bench then helped the home team stay ahead in the second quarter - where the Celtics again went up by nine -- only to have the 'Cats run off eight straight to cut the deficit to one. An 8-0 run got the Boston lead back up to nine and it was seven at the half. But the third quarter was no contest as the Celtics, with 33 points, broke the game open, building the lead to 18 and leading by 17 after three. They quickly grew the lead to 26 in the first 1:53 of the fourth quarter and it was over. The Bobcats did go on a 12-2 run to cut their deficit to 13 with 3 1/2 minutes left. They got no closer. Courtesy of: courant.com

Washington W. - Phoenix Suns 127-105
Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) scored a career-high 34 points and became the Washington Wizards' first 30-point scorer this season in a 127-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) added 17 points and 11 assists as Washington won its fourth straight at home and third straight overall while setting its season high in scoring. Emeka Okafor added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Washington snapped a 10-game losing streak to Phoenix, dating to 2006. Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) scored 21 points and Goran Dragic added 12 points and 11 assists as the Suns lost their fourth straight and their sixth of eight in March. Phoenix now owns the worst record in the Western Conference, a half-game behind idle New Orleans. Webster matched a career high with seven 3-pointers, his last coming on the left wing just moments into the fourth quarter to make it 105-84. Webster shrugged toward his bench after the basket, then followed with a reverse dunk to push it to 109-86. Webster has hit four or more 3-pointers in the last five games, a Wizards franchise record, while shooting 55 percent (26 of 47). He took just 10 3-point attempts Saturday. Wall, meanwhile, has had nine or more assists in his last four games, and followed a 12-for-15 effort in Friday's win over New Orleans with an efficient 8-of-11 shooting night Saturday. Phoenix actually led on Beasley's late second-quarter 3-pointer to make it 50-49. But Washington opened a 64-52 lead on a 15-2 run helped by technical fouls given to Phoenix's Jermaine O'Neal and coach Lindsey Hunter. Webster hit both resulting foul shots, the latter to end the run after Wall's transition dunk, and the Wizards led 66-59 after their highest-scoring first half of the season. Washington put it away in the third, going on a 17-6 run capped by Trevor Booker's putback. And Webster's individual brilliance pushed the lead even larger in the fourth. Courtesy of: heraldonline.com

Portland TB - Detroit P. 112-101
The Trail Blazers overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat the Detroit Pistons 112-101 Saturday night at the Rose Garden and improve to 31-34 on the season. It was an All-Star-caliber night for the Blazers' lone All-Star. Despite sitting most of the first quarter with foul trouble, LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) was dominant against the Pistons, finishing with 31 points and 12 rebounds in 38 minutes. Aldridge scored the first eight Blazers points of the fourth quarter -- setting the tone for a game-clinching final period -- and iced the Blazers' victory with a clutch three-point play with 1:11 left. Aldridge notched his 31st double-double of the season and finished with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds for the 13th time, the second-most in the NBA behind Miami Heat's LeBron James (14). Also, Aldridge on Saturday joined James and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant as the only players with at least 1,300 points and 500 rebounds this season. Rookie big man Joel Freeland (6'10''-F-87) had one of his most productive shifts of the season against the Pistons in the first quarter. When Aldridge drew his second foul 4:47 into the game, coach Terry Stotts turned to Freeland for unexpected minutes and he delivered, making 4 of 6 shots and registering 8 points, two rebounds and one assist in 7 minutes. Among Freeland's highlights were two dunks and a nifty touch pass in transition that resulted in a Nicolas Batum fast-break dunk. Saturday's game was the last of a three-game homestand for the Blazers, who are scheduled to leave Sunday morning for a five-game East Coast trip. The weeklong journey opens Monday in Philadelphia and will feature two back-to-backs -- Philadelphia/Milwaukee and Chicago/Atlanta -- before concluding Sunday in Oklahoma City. The Blazers are 9-23 on the road this season and have the fourth-fewest road wins in the Western Conference. It was a tough Rose Garden return for South Medford-native Kyle Singler. Playing his first NBA game in Portland, Singler finished with just four points and did not record a rebound or assist. Singler was blocked at least three times by Batum -- twice on fast break layups -- and made just 2 of 10 shots. It was a low moment on an otherwise solid rookie season for the native Oregonian, who has started 60 times and entered Saturday's game averaging 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds. Damian Lillard's dominant late-season individual run ended against the Pistons as he finished with just 14 points and seven assists. Before Saturday night, Lillard had scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive games -- the longest streak by a Blazers rookie since Calvin Natt in 1980. JJ Hickson recorded his 37th double-double of the season, finishing with 18 points and 15 rebounds. He made 7 of 14 shots. Courtesy of: oregonlive.com

Utah Jazz - Memphis G. 90-84
The Grizzlies needed something in reserve to finish off a stretch of four games in five nights, and backup guard Jerryd Bayless tried to give it to them. But Bayless' team-high 24 points and last-minute 3-point barrage weren't enough for the Grizzlies to avoid a 90-84 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night in EnergySolutions Arena. The Grizzlies (44-21) finished 2-2 on the trip. Bayless' back-to-back 3-pointers got the Griz within 87-84 in the final minute. However, Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) trumped Bayless' mini-run when he buried a 3-pointer that gave the Jazz a 90-84 lead with 17.3 seconds remaining. Hayward's 17 points paced the Jazz. Trailing 69-59 when the fourth quarter began, the Griz mounted a comeback but never took a lead. Memphis began the final period on a 10-2 run, attacking at the rim at every opportunity and using aggressive defense to create baskets in transition. Point guard Mike Conley's steal and layup capped the spurt and cut Memphis' deficit to 71-69. The Griz got within a basket of tying the score or taking a lead three times. A Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) three-point play had the Griz down 79-76, but the Jazz scored eight unanswered points and sewed an 11-point cushion with three minutes remaining. Memphis entered the game having outscored Utah by a total of 55-28 in the third quarters of a pair of wins this season. The third quarter proved to be decisive again - only the Jazz held the upper hand this time. Utah began the second half on a 22-5 run and eventually held Memphis to a season-low nine points in the period. Griz coach Lionel Hollins charged down the floor and passed midcourt, almost reaching the Jazz bench, to protest a call at one point. Hollins immediately received a technical foul with 1:59 left in the third quarter. The Griz missed 14 of 16 shots and committed three turnovers in the period. They also appeared listless, given how several Grizzlies simply walked up the court on several possessions. There were a number of missed layups during the Grizzlies' disastrous start to the second half. Memphis had led 50-45 at halftime after a strong finish to the second quarter. The Griz ended the period on a 15-5 run. Backup guard Bayless buried a pair of 3-pointers during the run. The Grizzlies' defense also didn't allow a field goal for nearly four minutes. Despite scoring droughts, both teams took care of the basketball in the first half. The Griz had just five turnovers, and they couldn't harass the Jazz into many mistakes. Utah turned the ball over just twice and didn't have a turnover in the first quarter. The Griz trailed 22-21 after the opening period. Memphis jumped out to a 9-1 lead to start the game but watched Utah end the first quarter on a 21-12 run. Al Jefferson had eight points as the Jazz matched the Griz scoring in the paint with 12 points. Courtesy of: commercialappeal.com



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 33-7 
 2. Summerside S. 25-14 
 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. 2-38 

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 16: Windsor Exp. - Oshawa P. 98-88
Mar. 12: Halifax R. - London L. 87-103
Mar. 16: Summerside S. - Halifax R. 133-122
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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 19: Moncton M. - St.John M.R.


Juan Mendez moves to his hometown to play and further his career - by Tom Rajabzadeh

Canadian Juan Mendez (6'8''-F-81, college: Niagara) also former member of Canadian National Team, a prolific scorer and rebounder who is still ranked 11th in NCAA D1 history with over 2000 points and 1000 rebounds, highest ever for a Canadian, will be continuing his Career in Dominican Republic. Veteran, who has been a regular 20/10 plus player throughout his career having played, In Greece, Italy, Israel, China and Dominican Republic recently completed his campaign for his home town of Montreal Jazz in the NBL Canada.
I am happy to have supported game of basketball in my home town and assisted in start of Montreal Jazz conclude its first season, but now its time to move on said Juan Mendez.
National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) continues on its expansion plans to further promote the game of basketball to Canadians and encourage top Canadian Players to return and play at home. It will be a while for teams to afford salaries of top Canadian players who are successful oversees, unless NBLC allows teams to have one unlimited salary cap to retain Top Canadian Player. Its evident that NBLC can produce talent at home, especially for those who graduate college and looking to start their career. Granted not everyone makes the NBA and it makes no sense to take low salary oversees jobs then to comfortably play at home and develop for the right opportunity. Last members of Canadian National Team were Jevohn Shepared, Jermaine Anderson and Jeffrey Ferguson who played in Canada, before getting good jobs oversees. Said Tom Rajabzadeh, Founder of SportsList Inc.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

ACC Standings
 1. Miami, FL 17-3 (24-5) 
 2. Duke (8) 14-5 (26-5) 
 3. N.Carolina (12) 14-6 (24-9) 
 4. N.Carolina St. (6) 12-8 (22-10) 
 5. Virginia 11-7 (20-10) 
 6. Florida St. (24) 10-10 (18-15) 
 7. Maryland 10-11 (21-12) 
 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 126

AC Final

Mar. 16: Vermont - Albany 49-53

ACC Semis

Mar. 16: Miami, FL - N.Carolina St. 81-71
Mar. 16: N.Carolina - Maryland 79-76

Atl10 Semis

Mar. 16: VCU - Massachusetts 71-62
Mar. 16: St.Louis - Butler 67-56

B10 Semis

Mar. 16: Ohio St. - Michigan St. 61-58
Mar. 16: Indiana - Wisconsin 56-68

B12 Final

Mar. 16: Kansas - Kansas St. 70-54

BEC Final

Mar. 16: Louisville - Syracuse 78-61

Bsky Final

Mar. 16: Montana - Weber St. 67-64

BWC Final

Mar. 16: Pacific - Cal-Irvine 64-55

CUSA Final

Mar. 16: Memphis - S.Mississippi 91-79 OT

GWC Final

Mar. 16: Chicago St. - Houston Baptist 75-60

MAC Final

Mar. 16: Akron - Ohio 65-46

MEAC Final

Mar. 16: Morgan St. - N.Carolina A&T 54-57

MW Final

Mar. 16: N.Mexico - UNLV 63-56

Pac12 Final

Mar. 16: UCLA - Oregon 69-78

SEC Semis

Mar. 16: Mississippi - Vanderbilt 64-52
Mar. 16: Florida - Alabama 61-51

Sthl Final

Mar. 16: SF Austin - Northwestern St. 66-68

SWAC Final

Mar. 16: Southern - Prairie View A&M 45-44

WAC Final

Mar. 16: N.Mexico St. - Texas Arlington 64-55

Regular Season: Round 127

ACC Final

Mar. 17: N.Carolina - Miami, FL

Atl10 Final

Mar. 17: St.Louis - VCU

B10 Final

Mar. 17: Wisconsin - Ohio St.

SEC Final

Mar. 17: Florida - Mississippi


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.14.9 
 8. McAdoo, N.Carolina14.5 
 9. Snaer, Florida St.14.5 
 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, Maryland7.9 
 6. McAdoo, N.Carolina7.5 
 7. Thomas, Wake F.7.5 
 8. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.4 
 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, FL4.3 
 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. Cook, Duke1.5 
 5. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 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, FL1.8 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.5 
 6. Kadji, Miami, FL1.4 
 7. Thomas, Wake F.1.4