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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 19-6 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 18-7 
 3. Radnicki KG 16-9 
 4. Partizan 15-10 
 5. Buducnost 15-10 
 6. Cedevita 14-11 
 7. Un.Olimpija 13-12 
 8. MZT Skopje 13-12 
 9. Cibona 9-16 
 10. Krka 9-16 
 11. Siroki WWin 9-16 
 12. Szolnok 9-16 
 13. Zadar 8-17 
 14. KK Split 8-17 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 17: Cedevita - Cibona 92-78
Mar. 17: Szolnok - Zadar 90-79
Mar. 17: Igokea - Krka 84-75
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

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 23: Zadar - KK Split
Mar. 23: Radnicki KG - Crvena Zvezda
Mar. 23: Buducnost - Un.Olimpija
Mar. 23: Siroki WWin - Cedevita
Mar. 23: Cibona - Igokea
Mar. 23: Krka - MZT Skopje
Mar. 23: Partizan - Szolnok


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. Strawberry, Cibona14.5 
 6. White, Radnicki KG14.5 
 7. Travis, Zadar14.5 
 8. Jorovic, Igokea14.4 
 9. Gecevski, MZT S.14.1 
 10. Zizic, Cibona13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.3 
 2. Travis, Zadar7.8 
 3. Bader, Szolnok7.4 
 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. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 10. Gecevski, MZT S.5.8 
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, Krka4.4 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea4.0 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.8 
 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: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Otasevic, MZT S.1.8 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 6. Hammonds, Igokea1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 8. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea1.4 
 10. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.4 
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. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 7. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 8. Saric, Cibona0.8 
 9. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 10. Gordon, Partizan0.7 


Crvena zvezda Telekom : Elton Brown returned to the team - by Igor Obradovic

American center Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) on Monday again is in the training process with the Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd Telekom and will compete for the team for the next matches.

From the ranks of 'red and white' have pointed out that with Brown and his manager held two meetings and after consulting the coaching staff and our leadership made the decision to join the team experienced center.
After two meetings with his manager, board and coach of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd Telekom they decide to return experienced centar from United States.
Another big reason is that in front of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd is a very important period for deciding the placement in the Euroleague, which is set as the main goal at the start of the season. To achieve this we need all available forces and that was the main thing that we were led when we made this decision - Ristovic told for B92.
Brown was at the beginning of the season offered excellent games, but he has since January form was on the decline, which was omitted from the team for the Korac Cup, which was won by Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd Telekom.
Although then returned to the team, failed to achieve remarkable performance, and Predrag Samardiski, who was brought in late January, took his place in the team.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd won second place in the regular part of the Adriatic League and from that position will go to F4 to be held within a month and a half in Aleksandrovac.



Branko Jorovic claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Igokea and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Igokea in his team's victory, helping them to beat Krka (#10, 9-16) 84-75. It allowed Igokea to consolidate first place in the Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Igokea has a very solid 19-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Jorovic had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Igokea's top player in his first season with the team. Jorovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.4ppg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old forward Dino Muric (200-F-90) of Un.Olimpija. Muric impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Un.Olimpija was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Siroki WWin (#11, 9-16) 85-82. Un.Olimpija managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Muric is one of the most experienced players at Un.Olimpija and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) of MZT Skopje (#8). Cekovski scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of MZT Skopje, leading his team to a 66-64 win against the higher-ranked Partizan (#4, 15-10). MZT Skopje needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 12 lost games. Cekovski has a very solid season. In 24 games in Adriatic League he scored 11.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drew Gordon (205-F-90) of Partizan - 18 points and 14 rebounds
5. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of Cedevita - 22 points and 7 rebounds
6. Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 14 points and 7 rebounds
7. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of Krka - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. James Florence (185-G-88) of Szolnok - 23 points and 4 assists
9. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Igokea - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) of Un.Olimpija - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 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)



Round 25: MZT Skopje edges Partizan by two points - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Adriatic League. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 25 in the Adriatic League took place in Skopje. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Serbian Partizan (15-10) to eighth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (13-12) 66-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Partizan. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 36-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Partizan outrebounded MZT Skopje 42-25 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points and 4 steals. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Partizan's coach Dusko Vujosevic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Un.Olimpija. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Buducnost. MZT Skopje is looking forward to face Krka (#10) in Novo Mesto in the next round. Partizan will play at home against Szolnok (#12) in Szolnok and is hoping to win this game.
One of the most interesting games of round 25 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. The game took place in Zagreb where sixth ranked Cedevita won against visiting Cibona (9-16) 92-78. Worth to mention a great performance of center Miro Bilan (215-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Marino Bazdaric contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Cedevita's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for Cibona. Cedevita maintains sixth place with 14-11 record. Defending Croatian champion Cibona dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cedevita will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#11) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cibona will play at home against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bosnian leader Igokea delivered the nineteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Slovenian Krka (9-16) 84-75 in Aleksandrovac. Branko Jorovic stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Smiljan Pavic responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Igokea maintains first place with 19-6 record. Krka lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Igokea will meet Cibona (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Krka will play against MZT Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (9-16) survived in overtime against Slovenian Un.Olimpija (13-12) by three points 85-82. The game took place in Ljubljana. But the guests from Siroki Brijeg were better at the end. Marko Sutalo nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. HKK Siroki WWin's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cedevita (#6) in Zagreb and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Split. Local KK Split (8-17) lost to fourth ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (16-9) 81-63 on Saturday night. Terrico White fired 22 points for the winners. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Radnicki KG moved-up to third place. Loser KK Split dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Radnicki KG will face league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Split will play on the road against KK Zadar (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 25 Zadar was defeated by Szolnok in Szolnok 90-79. Crvena Zvezda beat Buducnost at home 79-63.


Igokea - Krka 84-75

Bosnian leader Igokea delivered the nineteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Slovenian Krka (9-16) 84-75 in Aleksandrovac. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Igokea made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Domen Lorbek (198-85) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Igokea maintains first place with 19-6 record. Krka lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Igokea will meet Cibona (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Krka will play against MZT Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krka: D.Lorbek 18+3reb+4ast, M.Smodis 17+3reb+3ast, S.Pavic 12+12reb+4ast, J.Vladovic 9+3reb+3ast, M.Rojc 8+3reb+1ast, J.Lalic 7+2reb
Igokea: B.Jorovic 24+6reb+2ast, C.Edwards 17+6reb+4ast, S.Stemberger 13+1reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 11+4reb+5ast, N.Sulovic 9+2reb, N.Joksimovic 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 183813


Cedevita - Cibona 92-78

One of the most interesting games of round 25 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. The game took place in Zagreb where sixth ranked Cedevita won against visiting Cibona (9-16) 92-78. Cedevita made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Miro Bilan (215-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Marino Bazdaric (195-78) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Cedevita's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) added 18 points in the effort for Cibona. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cedevita maintains sixth place with 14-11 record. Defending Croatian champion Cibona dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cedevita will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#11) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cibona will play at home against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Zizic 20+5reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 18+3ast, D.Strawberry 13+4reb+1ast, M.Rozic 12+5reb, S.Nicevic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Saric 5+7reb+7ast
Cedevita: M.Bilan 22+7reb, B.Wright 15+2reb+4ast, M.Bazdaric 12+8reb+2ast, L.Babic 12, D.Kitchen 11+5reb+3ast, P.Suput 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 183814


Szolnok - Zadar 90-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Hungarian Szolnok and 12th ranked Croatian KK Zadar had identical 8-16 record. This time Szolnok used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Zadar 90-79 on Sunday night. Szolnok made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Strangely KK Zadar outrebounded Szolnok 37-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 13 points. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Hungarian champion (9-16) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser KK Zadar dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Szolnok will face higher ranked Partizan (#4) in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Zadar will play at home against KK Split (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 20+2reb+2ast, A.Delas 17+2reb+2ast, R.Travis 14+8reb+2ast, J.Nurkic 11+8reb+2ast, M.Ramljak 5+4reb+4ast, F.Kastropil 5+10reb+1ast
Szolnok: J.Florence 23+4ast, R.Bell 14+3reb, B.Gay 13+4reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 12+5reb+2ast, A.Horvath 9+3ast, E.Kalve 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 183811


Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 79-63

No shocking result in a game in Beograd where second ranked Serbian Zvezda (18-7) defeated 5th ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (15-10) 79-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. Buducnost was better in third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zvezda dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Buducnost's 30. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Marko Popovic (200-85) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and Aleksa Popovic (201-87) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zvezda maintains second place with 18-7 record behind leader Igokea. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Zvezda will face Radnicki KG (#3) in Kragujevac in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Buducnost will play at home against Un.Olimpija in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: A.Popovic 15+3reb, M.Popovic 11+5reb+2ast, M.Milosevic 10+6reb+1ast, D.Bost 8+3reb+3ast, D.Bunic 8+5reb, C.Vitkovac 5+3reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda: I.Rakocevic 16+2reb+4ast, M.Scott 14+7reb+1ast, B.Savovic 12+12reb, R.Katic 8+2reb, P.Samardziski 7+4reb+2ast, M.Simonovic 7+2reb
gschID: 183816


MZT Skopje - Partizan 66-64

The most exciting game of round 25 in the Adriatic League took place in Skopje. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Serbian Partizan (15-10) to eighth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (13-12) 66-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Partizan. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 36-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Partizan outrebounded MZT Skopje 42-25 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points and 4 steals. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and center Djordje Gagic (210-90, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Partizan's coach Dusko Vujosevic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Un.Olimpija. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Buducnost. MZT Skopje is looking forward to face Krka (#10) in Novo Mesto in the next round. Partizan will play at home against Szolnok (#12) in Szolnok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: D.Gordon 18+14reb+1ast, D.Gagic 10+7reb+2ast, N.Gordic 7+1reb+4ast, D.Bertans 6+2reb+2ast, V.Lucic 5+2reb, B.Bogdanovic 5+5reb+2ast
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 21+9reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 13+3reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 11+1reb+5ast, C.Davis 7+4reb+2ast, T.Gecevski 6+1reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 4+5reb
gschID: 183812


KK Split - Radnicki KG 63-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Split. Local KK Split (8-17) lost to fourth ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (16-9) 81-63 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-63. Radnicki KG forced 19 KK Split turnovers and outrebounded them 32-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) fired 22 points for the winners. Power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Radnicki KG players scored in double figures. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) produced 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Radnicki KG moved-up to third place. Loser KK Split dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Radnicki KG will face league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Split will play on the road against KK Zadar (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: V.Vukusic 16+2reb+2ast, I.Mimica 13+1reb+1ast, T.Katic 9+1reb+5ast, J.Sobin 8+9reb+4ast, B.Markulin 6, F.Kraljevic 6+1reb
Radnicki KG: T.White 22+2reb+2ast, S.Bircevic 14+9reb+1ast, M.Borisov 11+4reb, M.Bryan-Amaning 10+6reb, D.Mijatovic 9+2reb, S.Markovic 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 183817


Un.Olimpija - Siroki WWin 82-85 OT

Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (9-16) survived in overtime against Slovenian Un.Olimpija (13-12) by three points 85-82. The game took place in Ljubljana. But the guests from Siroki Brijeg were better at the end. Un.Olimpija was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 24-15 charge of HKK Siroki WWin, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. Strangely Un.Olimpija outrebounded HKK Siroki WWin 42-25 including a 21-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Dino Muric (200-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and guard Jaka Blazic (196-90) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Un.Olimpija in the defeat. Five HKK Siroki WWin and four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. HKK Siroki WWin's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cedevita (#6) in Zagreb and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Un.Olimpija: D.Muric 22+13reb+1ast, J.Blazic 17+10reb+5ast, K.Prepelic 12+2reb+1ast, S.Salin 10+3reb, A.Omic 8+8reb, J.Perkovic 8+3reb+2ast
Siroki WWin: M.Sutalo 18+5reb+2ast, J.Bilinovac 14+2reb, Z.Sakic 13+7reb+5ast, R.Rikic 11+2reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 10+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 183815



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  ALGERIA   


Week 17 roundup - by Sean Whalen

Group A March 12

USM Alger (8-8) 89 84 COBB Oran (6-11) USM Alger used their pressing style to increase tempo and continue their solid play of late to stay alive in the playoff race. COBB Oran, who is tied with MS Cherchell for 9th place, must finish strong to avoid the play down games which consists of the last two teams in each group.

USM Blida (10-7) 83 55 O Bethna (8-9) USM Blida comes with a statement victory against O Bethna who is in 4th place in Group A and fighting for their playoff lives. USM Blida had been up and down all season with good wins such as handing CRB Dar Beida one of its 2 loses along with losing some games they should have won. They should be safe for the playoffs as a 3rd place team in Group A.

ASMI Blida (7-9) 69 68 IRBBA (8-9) - ASMI Blida used experienced play to come up with a big win in a closely contested match against IRBBA. Both teams are still fighting for the 4th and final spot to assure a place in the playoffs.

CRB Dar Beida (15-2) 63 52 MS Cherchell (6-10) MS Cherchell played hard against the heavily favored CRB Dar Beida only to come up short. CRB Dar Beida has secured their spot in the playoffs as the 2nd place team in Group A barring an unlikely upset of GSP in the final week. MS Cherchell is fighting to stay in the Super Division and must win next week if they want to avoid the play down game.

GSP (16-1) 103-49 AU Annaba (0-16) GSP cruised to another blowout win as AU Annaba is real danger of dropping out of the Super Division.

Group B March 12

CSMBB Ouargla (10-7) 57 50 CRM Birkhadem (3-14) - CSMBB holds on for a close win to keep their playoff hopes alive. There defense, which is the best in Group B at 61.5 opponents ppg, once again kept them in the game and gave them a chance to win down the stretch. CRM Birkhadem has to hope for an OMB Bel Abbes lose next week to avoid finishing 9th in Group B.

NB Staoueli (11-6) 60 53 AB Skikda (9-7) NB Staoueli held on to a close victory over AB Skikda along with their slim edge over CSMBB Ouargla and Skikda for 4th and final playoff spot in Group B.

US Setif (13-4) 93 74 NA Hussein Day (6-11) US Setif followed a disappointing lose at WA Boufarik last week with a convincing win against the young and inconsistent NA Hussein Dey. Barring an upset next week US Setif will go into the playoffs with a 2nd place finish and the only victory over 1st place CMS Constantine.

WA Boufarik (12-5) 74 67 CRB Temouchent (1-16) - WA Boufarik is closing out the season strong after some early season struggles. This team has the talent to compete with any team in the Super Division but they must find a consistent style of play to make any noise in the playoffs.

CMS Constantine (16-1) 75 55 OMB Bel Abbes (4-13) CMS Constantine cruised to comfortable victory over OMB Bel Abbes as they get prepared for a Super Division and Algerian Cup run. It is possible that there most recent loss to US Setif woke them up at the right time.



Algerian Basketball News - by Sean Whalen

With the regular season coming to an end three teams have clearly separated themselves from the pack. GSP (16-1) and CRB Dar Beida (15-2) from Group A and CMS Constantine (16-1) from Group B have played consistent basketball throughout the season and are seen as the favorites going into the Algerian Cup and the Super Division Playoffs.
GSP and CMS Constantine have run through their respective groups in a similar fashion. Both teams have superior talent with 6-8 players that have at one point or another been associated with the National Team. GSP have been by far the most dominate team in the Super Division. The lead the league in offense (90.0 ppg), defense (56.4 opponent ppg) and point differential (33.5 ppg). They have also won 16 games in a row having not lost since the first game of the season. CMC Constantine is second in all of the same statistical categories but may be more game tested having played close games in both the Super Division and the Arab Championships in Tunisia. While Dar Beida might have less talent they have achieved success with consistent team play and perimeter shooting, they also handed GSP their only loss of the season. The major factor in the success of all three teams is their depth. Each team feels comfortable playing 10 players and there is very little drop off when they go to the bench.
There are some possible sleepers who may have a chance to upset the hierarchy especially in the cup which is a one game format and seen to be just as important to basketball clubs and fans around the country. USM Blida (10-7) from Group A along with US Setif (13-4) and WB Boufarik (12-5) all have the talent to compete with the top level teams but lack the depth and consistency to establish themselves as true threats to either the Algerian Cup or Super Division championships.
The top 4 teams in both Group A and Group B will make u the Super Division playoffs while Algerian Cup consists of season long tournament that includes teams from the Super Division, Division 2 and Division 3. The pairing for both tournaments will be chosen this coming Thursday with the quarterfinals of the Algerian Cup being played at neutral sites on the 23rd of March.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Jackson, GECR I.17.8 
 4. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 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, Quimsa7.3 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 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. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. 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. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 


Liga Americas: Lanus edge Pinheiros/Sky for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Pinheiros/Sky 87:72

Lanus celebrated the second straight win at the start of the semifinal stage of Liga Americas. They held off Pinheiros/Sky to stay on top of Group D with a perfect record. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Argentinean team. Pinheiros/Sky fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Lanus jumped to an early lead. They built a 21:14 advantage at the first intermission. They kept Pinheiros/Sky at distance throughout high-flying second frame. The hosts fired 26 points to gain a 47:39 halftime advantage. Lanus stretched the margin in the third term. They accumulated a comfortable 12-point lead into the fourth frame. Pinheiros/Sky struggled to get any closer throughout the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Patricio Prato (195-G-79) delivered 14 points, while Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) added 12 points in the win. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) and Paulinho Boracini (183-PG-84) finished with 17 points each for Pinheiros/Sky.

Lanus: Adrian Boccia 17, Patricio Prato 14, Nicolas Laprovittola 12
Pinheiros/Sky: Mineiro Ferreira 17, Paulinho Boracini 17



LigaA Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Quimsa - Libertad S. 85-80

Quimsa stepped closer to the quarterfinal stage after handing Libertad the second straight defeat. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-17 Libertad Sunchales' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-80 at the end of the game. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Puerto Rican center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Baxter 21+6reb+1ast, J.Mojica 17+7reb+4ast, D.Lo Grippo 16+2reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 11+2reb+6ast, J.Williams 8+2reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 8+3reb
Libertad S.: G.Mikulas 18+1reb, R.Sanchez 17+11reb+2ast, J.Treise 16+3reb+4ast, D.Garcia 12+4reb+8ast, D.Johnson 9+3reb, A.Alloatti 8
gschID: 235781


Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo 76-84

GECR Indalo are now 2-0 up on Olimpico after the road win. Olimpico de La Banda was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. GECR Indalo made 16-of-16 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line !!!). The other American import forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. point guard Jonatan Machuca (184-89) replied with 19 points and American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 34+5reb+5ast, J.Robinson 17+9reb+1ast, M.Byro 8+6reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 8+1reb, E.Cassinelli 6+2reb+2ast, D.Romero 6+4reb+1ast
Olimpico LB: J.Machuca 19+2reb+3ast, A.Pau 17+4reb+2ast, S.Clancy 16+8reb, F.Malara 10+8reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 8+3reb+4ast, A.Eslava 6+1reb
gschID: 235780


Argentino - Wuber-Est.Bahia 82-73

Argentino consolidated their lead in the series following the home win. Wuber-Est.Bahia was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 43-33 second half run of Argentino. Wuber-Est.Bahia was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.De los Santos 19+6reb+4ast, J.Cangelosi 14+3reb, C.Amicucci 12+4reb+1ast, K.Lytch 11+7reb+1ast, F.Funes 9+3reb+4ast, A.Weigand 9+6reb+1ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: H.Jasen 17+8reb+3ast, J.Williams 14+3reb, J.Manuel Rivero 12+2reb+1ast, L.Nailon 11+3reb+2ast, L.Faggiano 7, F.Ferrini 5+2reb
gschID: 235779


Atenas - Sionista 83-67

Atenas dominated the second game of the series and clinched another victory in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Sionista was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Atenas forced 19 Sionista turnovers. Sionista was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international center Diego Guaita (202-83) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) chipped in 22 points during the contest. American Joshua Pittman (195-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 18 points and Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Atenas: J.Bulfoni 22+3reb, D.Guaita 22+3reb, A.Elsener 9+5reb+1ast, B.Colli 8+1reb, B.Labaque 6+2reb+9ast, D.Kante 6+7reb+2ast
Sionista: J.Pittman 18+3reb, J.Lloreda 12+6reb, A.Zilli 10+4reb+2ast, L.Wade 10+7reb+1ast, M.Sandes 8+7reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 4+2ast
gschID: 235778



Liga Americas: Lanus ease into Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Flamengo 83:69

Lanus punched their Liga Americas Final Four ticket. They claimed the third straight win in semifinal stage Group D beating Flamengo. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) delivered 23 points to lead the hosts. Flamengo on the other hand suffered the third straight loss.
Lanus held on to a narrow 21:19 lead after the starting quarter. The Argentineans boosted the margin in the second quarter. The home team went on a 25:11 run to gain a 46:30 halftime advantage. Lanus kept Flamengo at distance in the second half. The hosts piled up an 18-point lead at the final intermission. Flamengo narrowed it in the fourth quarter but never threatened Lanus. Patricio Prato (195-G-79) chipped in 12 points, while Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) had 10 points for the winners. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Flamengo. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) provided 13 points in defeat.

Lanus: Adrian Boccia 23, Patricio Prato 12, Nicolas Laprovittola 10
Flamengo: Olivinha Rodriguez 14, Vitor Benite 13



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Satria Muda 9-3 
 2. Petron Blaze 8-3 
 3. KL Dragons 6-6 
 4. Singapore S. 4-7 
 5. Thailand S. 4-8 
 6. Saigon H. 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 10

Mar. 17: Satria Muda - KL Dragons 84-67
Mar. 17: Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 80-55
Mar. 17: Thailand S. - Singapore S. 58-56

Regular Season: Round 11

Mar. 22: KL Dragons - Singapore S.
Mar. 24: Singapore S. - Petron Blaze


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

30-year old power forward Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed KL Dragons (#3, 6-6) with 17-point margin 84-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Satria Muda to consolidate first place in the ASEAN League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda has a very solid 9-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Daniels turned to be Satria Muda's top player in his first season with the team. University of Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Daniels is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 11.6rpg), assists (8th best: 2.7apg) and averages solid 2.2bpg,2.4spg and 51.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brian Williams (208-C-87) of league's second-best Petron Blaze. He is American center in his first season at Petron Blaze. In the last game Williams recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Petron Blaze to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Saigon H. (#6, 3-7) 80-55. Petron Blaze's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-3 record is not bad at all. Williams is a newcomer at Petron Blaze and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) of Thailand S. (#5). Charles scored 19 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Thailand S., leading his team to a 58-56 win against slightly higher-ranked Singapore S. (#4, 4-7). The chances of Thailand S. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Charles could try to bring Thailand S.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Charles has individually a great season in ASEAN League. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 15.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 4.4bpg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of KL Dragons - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-F/C-84) of Singapore S. - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Petron Blaze - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Justin Melton (180-G-86) of KL Dragons - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. John Smith (188-G-86) of Satria Muda - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90) of Petron Blaze - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Darrius Brannon (206-F-83) of Thailand S. - 11 points and 12 rebounds

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



Gavin Edwards claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) had a great game in the last round for KL Dragons and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Saigon H. (#5, 3-6) with 21-point margin 90-69. KL Dragons maintains the 3rd position in ASEAN League . KL Dragons is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-5 record. In the team's last game Edwards had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be KL Dragons' top player in his first season with the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Edwards is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.6ppg), rebounds (6th best: 11.2rpg) and averages solid 3.0bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-F/C-84) of Singapore S.. Jones-Jennings impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Singapore S. lost that game 53-73 to slightly higher-ranked Petron Blaze (#2, 7-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Singapore S. still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Jones-Jennings is a newcomer at Singapore S. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another KL Dragons' star - American Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83). Hubbard showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of KL Dragons, helping his team with a 90-69 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Saigon H. (#5, 3-6). KL Dragons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 5 lost games. The season just started for Hubbard as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90) of Petron Blaze - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) of Petron Blaze - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Petron Blaze - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Justin Melton (180-G-86) of KL Dragons - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81) of Satria Muda - 12 points and 15 rebounds
9. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) of Thailand S. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82) of Satria Muda - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 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)



Round 10: Thailand Slammers beat Singapore Slingers by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Thailand S. - Singapore S. 58-56

The most exciting game of round 10 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-7) to sixth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (4-8) 58-56 on Sunday evening. Slammers trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 13-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Rwandan-American forward Darrius Brannon (206-83, college: Houston) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Thailand Slammers' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and Filipino Santiago Cabatu added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Singapore Slingers. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fifth place. Singapore Slingers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Thailand Slammers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Singapore Slingers will play at home against the league's second-placed Petron Blaze (#2) in Manila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Charles 19+15reb, D.Brannon 11+12reb+1ast, W.Dawsom 11+1reb, C.Klahan 6+2reb+1ast, F.Baguion 4+5reb+11ast, L.Lorenzo GONZAGA 3+2reb
Singapore S.: S.Cabatu 19+6reb+3ast, R.Jones-Jennings 16+16reb+2ast, D.Dulay 6+2reb+3ast, R.Singleton 6+11reb+1ast, M.Folkoff 5+8reb+3ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 236247


Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 80-55

The game between second ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (8-3) and 5th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-7) on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Petron Blaze outscored their opponents from Saigon 80-55. The game without a history. Petron Blaze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 28. They outrebounded Saigon Heat 39-19 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 7 blocks. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming) supported him with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 14 points and 6 assists by Filipino guard Jai Reyes (173) did not help to save the game for Saigon Heat. American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) added 11 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Petron Blaze have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Saigon Heat lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. Petron Blaze will meet Singapore Slingers (#4) on the road in the next round. Saigon Heat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: C.Banchero 20+2reb+2ast, B.Williams 16+14reb+3ast, J.Williams 11+12reb+2ast, R.Rizada 9+3reb, P.Taulava 8+3reb, P.Hubalde 4+3reb+1ast
Saigon H.: J.Reyes 14+1reb+6ast, D.Palmer 11+8reb, B.Wisniewski 10+4reb+2ast, C.Sumalinog 9+3reb+1ast, A.Vergara 7+1reb+1ast, S.Ly 2
gschID: 236248


Satria Muda - KL Dragons 84-67

An interesting game for Indonesian Satria Muda (9-3) which played versus 3rd ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (6-6). First ranked Satria Muda had an easy win 84-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KL Dragons. KL Dragons were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 36-12 third quarter run of Satria Muda. American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American-Filipino guard John Smith (188-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) chipped in 26 points during the contest. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and American-Filipino guard Justin Melton (180-86, college: Mount Olive) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Satria Muda maintains first position with 9-3 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third place with six games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KL Dragons will play at home against Singapore Slingers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: J.Smith 26+2reb+3ast, C.Daniels 17+17reb+5ast, M.Wuysang 13+6reb+4ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 12+1reb, S.Thomas 9+6reb+2ast, J.Canada 7+2reb+3ast
KL Dragons: G.Edwards 18+10reb+1ast, J.Melton 16+5reb+3ast, S.Fai Loh 11+2reb+1ast, B.Guganeswaran 8+2reb, M.Hubbard 7+6reb, M.Tautuaa 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 236249



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 24-3 
 2. Wildcats 21-6 
 3. Hawks 12-15 
 4. Taipans 11-16 
 5. Kings 11-16 
 6. Tigers 10-16 
 7. Crocodiles 10-16 
 8. 36ers 8-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 15: Hawks - Kings 81-74
Mar. 15: Taipans - 36ers 76-73
Mar. 17: Crocodiles - Tigers 75-73
Mar. 17: Wildcats - Taipans 70-53
Mar. 14: Breakers - Tigers 114-84

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 22: Wildcats - Breakers
Mar. 22: Kings - Crocodiles
Mar. 22: Taipans - Tigers
Mar. 23: Hawks - 36ers
Mar. 24: Tigers - Crocodiles


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Madgen, Kings18.3 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles17.5 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.6 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.3 
 6. Jackson, Breakers15.6 
 7. Wilson, Taipans15.4 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats14.6 
 9. Goulding, Tigers14.6 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.1 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.3 
 5. Pledger, Breakers7.1 
 6. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 7. Tragardh, Taipans6.6 
 8. Davidson, Hawks6.3 
 9. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 10. Petrie, 36ers6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.2 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers5.0 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.4 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.2 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 4. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 5. Henry, Kings1.1 
 6. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 7. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 8. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 9. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats0.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.3 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 6. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 7. Davidson, Hawks0.7 
 8. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 9. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 10. Knight, Wildcats0.6 



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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 9-16 
 10. St.Polten 3-21 
 11. Arkadia 3-22 

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. 17: Arkadia - Furstenfeld 101-82
Mar. 18: Gussing - Klosterneub.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.8 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.9 
 3. Grum, Furstenfeld19.9 
 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. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.4 
 6. Johnson, Oberwart7.4 
 7. Boxley, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia7.1 
 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. Zeleznik, Kloster.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, Arkadia1.1 
 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. Cox, Furstenfeld0.6 
 10. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 



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Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 24-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 18-6 
 3. Rubon 11-13 
 4. Svisloch 10-15 
Play-Out
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk II 10-16 
 2. Impuls BGUIR 8-16 
 3. Borisfen 6-20 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Championship

Mar. 15: Svisloch - Grodno-93 67-89

Play-Out

Mar. 16: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II 68-58
Mar. 15: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II 57-64

Second Stage: Round 2

Championship

Mar. 22: Grodno-93 - Rubon
Mar. 22: Sozh Gomel - Svisloch

Play-Out

Mar. 22: Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen
Mar. 23: Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel21.9 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Konate, Svisloch18.5 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.2 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.6 
 6. Dolenko, Svisloch14.5 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.2 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.12.9 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Konate, Svisloch11.5 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.4 
 3. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.7.8 
 7. Sharamet, Borisfen6.4 
 8. Dolenko, Svisloch6.1 
 9. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.1 
 10. Ignatiev, Impuls5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.9 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.3 
 3. Akulich, Rubon5.0 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch4.7 
 5. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.5 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.0 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.5 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen3.1 
 9. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.0 
 2. Konate, Svisloch2.8 
 3. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.7 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.5 
 5. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 6. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 7. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.1 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen2.0 
 10. Dadukin, Sozh G.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Premier League Round 1 (Second Stage) results and stats - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Premier League just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Borisfen (6-20) in Mogilev on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Tsmoki-Minsk II (10-16) 64-57. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But Borisfen won second period 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Borisfen 47-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Fedor Kryukov (181-88) responded with 13 points and 4 steals. Borisfen's coach Rostislav Vergun rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tsmoki-Minsk II keeps a position of League leader. Newly promoted Borisfen dropped to the third place with 20 games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk II will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borisfen will play on the road against the league's second-placed Impuls BGUIR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Grodno-93's (#1, 24-1) victory against 4th placed Svisloch (10-15) 89-67. Swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) nailed 23 points for the winning side and Uladzimir Charko accounted for 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) came up with 23 points for Svisloch in the defeat. Grodno-93 maintains first place in League with 24-1 record. Svisloch at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Grodno-93 will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svisloch will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Borisfen's (#1, 6-20) victory against 3rd placed Tsmoki-Minsk II (10-16) 68-58. Sergey Tatur fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Vladimir Krisevich produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Borisfen went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser Tsmoki-Minsk II still keeps top place with 16 games lost. Borisfen will meet league's second-placed Impuls BGUIR in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tsmoki-Minsk II will have a break next round.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 19 rebounds by Aliaksandr Semianiuk of Tsmoki-Minsk II.


Championship
Svisloch - Grodno-93 67-89

Very significant was Grodno-93's (#1, 24-1) victory against 4th placed Svisloch (10-15) 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Svisloch was better in fourth quarter 32-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Svisloch's 34. Grodno-93 forced 24 Svisloch turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) nailed 23 points for the winning side and the former international swingman Uladzimir Charko (200-74) accounted for 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) came up with 23 points and point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively for Svisloch in the defeat. Grodno-93 maintains first place in League with 24-1 record. Svisloch at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Grodno-93 will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svisloch will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: I.Konuyshenko 23+4reb+1ast, U.Charko 13+9reb+4ast, S.Vasilevich 12+2reb, A.Prakapenka 9, V.Korzh 8+4reb+5ast, Y.Mishukov 7+2reb+2ast
Svisloch: M.Adam Konate 23+4reb+1ast, O.Dolenko 12+2reb+7ast, M.Dabravolski 9+1reb+1ast, I.Sharipov 8+2reb+1ast, D.Shilovich 6+6reb+1ast, P.Pronin 5
gschID: 235199


Play-Out
Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II 57-64

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Borisfen (6-20) in Mogilev on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Tsmoki-Minsk II (10-16) 64-57. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But Borisfen won second period 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Borisfen 47-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Fedor Kryukov (181-88) responded with 13 points and 4 steals and forward Evgeniy Kopylov (199-91) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Borisfen's coach Rostislav Vergun rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tsmoki-Minsk II keeps a position of League leader. Newly promoted Borisfen dropped to the third place with 20 games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk II will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borisfen will play on the road against the league's second-placed Impuls BGUIR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk II: E.Sugonyako 19+8reb, V.Krisevich 15+20reb+2ast, V.Kamarunas 9+3reb+4ast, V.Ignatchik 8+2reb, A.Semianiuk 6+4reb, A.Vashkevich 4+1reb
Borisfen: F.Kryukov 13+4reb+1ast, E.Kopylov 11+5reb+2ast, A.Aheyenka 11+3reb, S.Tatur 9+2reb+4ast, G.Usovich 7+1reb+1ast, A.Sharamet 2+10reb
gschID: 235201


Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II 68-58

Very significant was Borisfen's (#1, 6-20) victory against 3rd placed Tsmoki-Minsk II (10-16) 68-58. Borisfen forced 25 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Strangely Tsmoki-Minsk II outrebounded Borisfen 44-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. Guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Evgeniy Kopylov (199-91) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-91) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Tsmoki-Minsk II players scored in double figures. Tsmoki-Minsk II's coach Tadas Stockus tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Borisfen went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser Tsmoki-Minsk II still keeps top place with 16 games lost. Borisfen will meet league's second-placed Impuls BGUIR in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tsmoki-Minsk II will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Borisfen: E.Kopylov 19+5reb, S.Tatur 14+9reb+9ast, F.Kryukov 10+1reb, A.Sharamet 10+7reb, V.Haidukevich 7+6ast, G.Usovich 6+5reb+2ast
Tsmoki-Minsk II: A.Semianiuk 13+9reb, V.Krisevich 12+14reb+2ast, E.Sugonyako 11+3reb+1ast, T.Yeusiyevich 10+5reb, D.Roslikov 6, S.Kazlou 2+3reb
gschID: 235202



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Hopkins' 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old point guard Bryan Hopkins (183-PG-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Antwerp and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 34 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Antwerp in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liege (#7, 6-15) 92-81. Antwerp maintains the 5th position in Belgian league. Antwerp is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-10 record. In the team's last game Hopkins had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Antwerp, through which he has constantly improved. Bryan Hopkins averages this season 13.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Liege. He is naturalized DR Congolese forward in his first season at Liege. In the last game Mukubu recorded impressive 27 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Liege lost that game 81-92 to slightly higher-ranked Antwerp (#5, 11-10). Liege managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Liege managed to get this year. Mukubu is a newcomer at Liege and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#6). He also registered 5.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Bradford Burgess (198-G/F-90, agency: Interperformances) of Leuven (#6). Burgess scored 21 points. He was a key player of Leuven, leading his team to a 87-82 win against slightly higher-ranked Spirou (#4, 13-7). The chances of Leuven not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burgess could try to bring Leuven's a little bit higher in the standings. Burgess has a very solid season. In 20 games in Belgium he scored 8.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Aalstar - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of M.Hainaut - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Gary Ware (205-F/C-83) of Liege - 19 points and 4 rebounds
7. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of Leuven - 23 points and 6 rebounds
10. Derek Raivio (190-SG-84) of Aalstar - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Mladost 16-5 
 2. Bosna 15-6 
 3. Capljina 14-7 
 4. Radnik B. 11-10 
 5. Varda HE 11-10 
 6. Zrinjski HT 10-11 
 7. Borac Nektar 9-12 
 8. Posusje 9-12 
 9. Leotar 9-12 
 10. Vogosca 8-13 
 11. Kakanj 8-13 
 12. Servitium 6-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 16: Vogosca - Leotar 87-76
Mar. 16: Mladost - Capljina 83-79
Mar. 16: Posusje - Borac Nektar 79-78
Mar. 16: Kakanj - Zrinjski HT 72-79
Mar. 16: Servitium - Bosna 63-100
Mar. 16: Varda HE - Radnik B. 45-64

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 23: Bosna - Vogosca
Mar. 23: Leotar - Posusje
Mar. 23: Borac Nektar - Kakanj
Mar. 23: Zrinjski HT - Varda HE
Mar. 23: Radnik B. - Mladost
Mar. 23: Capljina - Servitium


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje23.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.19.9 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.5 
 5. Hot, Vogosca17.7 
 6. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.6 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 8. Bijelic, Mladost17.3 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina17.1 
 10. Rizvic, Bosna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Josilo, Varda HE9.0 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.4 
 4. Damjanovic, Servit.6.7 
 5. Goranovic, Radnik6.7 
 6. Rizvic, Bosna6.7 
 7. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.6 
 8. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.5 
 9. Bijelic, Mladost6.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.4 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.6 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Hodzic, Bosna5.4 
 5. Kovacevic, Capljina5.3 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 7. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 8. Radovanovic, Radni.4.8 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.5 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.7 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.4 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.2 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.2 
 5. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 7. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 8. Josilo, Varda HE1.6 
 9. Borovcanin, Radnik1.6 
 10. Peljto, Kakanj1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.3 
 2. Suljagic, Kakanj0.7 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.7 
 4. Erkic, Radnik B.0.6 
 5. Velimirovic, Mlado.0.5 
 6. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 7. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 8. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 9. Jurkovic, Capljina0.4 
 10. Aljovic, Vogosca0.4 


Standings - D2 Leagues

Division Standings
1.Liga RS
 1. HEO 13-1 
 2. Gradanski 11-3 
 3. Gacko 9-6 
 4. Bratunac 8-6 
 5. Drina Birac 8-6 
 6. Prijedor 7-7 
 7. Feniks 7-8 
 8. Sutjeska 7-8 
 9. Rudar 5-10 
 10. Rogatica 3-12 
 11. Jahorina 2-13 
A1 Liga
 1. Spars Sarajevo 12-1 
 2. Sloboda Tuzla 11-2 
 3. Play Off 10-3 
 4. Gradina S. 7-6 
 5. Celik 7-6 
 6. Student 6-7 
 7. Bosnjak 6-7 
 8. Brcko 6-7 
 9. Spars Mostar 5-8 
 10. Limometal 3-10 
 11. Orlovik 3-10 
 12. Donji Vakuf 2-11 
Liga Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 8-0 
 2. Brotnjo 6-2 
 3. Student M. 5-3 
 4. Siroki II 4-4 
 5. Busovaca 4-4 
 6. Kiseljak 3-5 
 7. Livno 3-5 
 8. Grude 2-6 
 9. Rama 1-7 


Division I Round 21: Mladost defeats Capljina Lasta in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Division I.

An interesting game for Mladost (16-5) which hosted in Mrkonjic Grad 3rd placed Capljina Lasta (14-7). First ranked Mladost managed to get a 4-point victory 83-79. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Capljina Lasta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian guard Petar Ivanic (191-85) contributed with 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Mladost's coach Goran Sladojevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for Capljina Lasta. Mladost have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-5 record. Capljina Lasta at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Mladost are looking forward to face Radnik B. (#4) in Bijeljina in the next round. Capljina Lasta will play at home against Servitium in Gradiska and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Posusje. Ninth ranked Posusje (9-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Borac Nektar (9-12) 79-78 in the fight for the seventh place. Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 assists for the winners and Goran Jelcic chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Nebojsa Pavlovic (200-87) with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Borac Nektar's coach Drago Karalic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Posusje moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Leotar. Posusje will play against Leotar (#9) in Trebinje in the next round. Borac Nektar will play at home against Kakanj and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Leotar (9-12) and Vogosca (8-13), which took place in Sarajevo. Higher ranked Leotar lost to eleventh ranked Vogosca in a road game 76-87 on Saturday. Amin Hot nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists for the winning side. Vogosca's coach Muriz Hamidovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Vladimir Aleksic came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Leotar in the defeat. Vogosca moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Kakanj. Loser Leotar keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Borac Nektar and Posusje. Vogosca's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sarajevo to the arena Bosna ASA BHT.
The game between 12th ranked Servitium (6-15) and second ranked Bosna ASA BHT (15-6) in Gradiska ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Sarajevo outscored Servitium 100-63. Bosna ASA BHT maintains second place with 15-6 record behind leader Mladost. Servitium lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Bosna ASA BHT's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sarajevo Vogosca.

In the last two games of round 21 Zrinjski HT beat Kakanj on the road 79-72. Varda HE was destroyed by Radnik B. on its own court 45-64.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 25 points and 9 rebounds by Boris Lalovic of Zrinjski HT.


Posusje - Borac Nektar 79-78

Important game to mention about took place in Posusje. Ninth ranked Posusje (9-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Borac Nektar (9-12) 79-78 in the fight for the seventh place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-24. But Borac Nektar won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 assists for the winners and point guard Goran Jelcic (182-81) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Four Posusje players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Nebojsa Pavlovic (200-87) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Srdan Blanusa (204-79) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Borac Nektar's coach Drago Karalic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Posusje moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Leotar. Posusje will play against Leotar (#9) in Trebinje in the next round. Borac Nektar will play at home against Kakanj and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: N.Pavlovic 19+7reb+3ast, S.Blanusa 18+6reb+1ast, M.Blaz 11+2reb+3ast, S.Loncar 8+5reb+1ast, D.Djuranovic 8+4reb+1ast, S.Matic 6+4reb+2ast
Posusje: I.Bakovic 27+2reb+5ast, G.Jelcic 14+1reb+4ast, J.Sakota 13+3reb, K.Mustapic 12+3reb+3ast, A.Cutura 5+5reb+6ast, I.Siric 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 201827


Kakanj - Zrinjski HT 72-79

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Zrinjski HT (10-11) beat on the road 10th ranked Kakanj (8-13) 79-72. Kakanj was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of Zrinjski HT, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Almir Hasandic (192-90) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Four Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Amar Suljagic (210-88) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian guard Luka Drezga (196-87) added 19 points respectively. Zrinjski HT maintains sixth place with 10-11 record. Newly promoted Kakanj keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Zrinjski HT's next round opponent will be higher ranked Varda HE (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play against Borac Nektar (#7) in Banja Luka.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: A.Suljagic 20+8reb+1ast, L.Drezga 19+2reb+1ast, D.Peljto 9+4reb+7ast, A.Dedic 9+5reb+1ast, N.Begovac 8+6reb, B.Sabic 4+1reb+1ast
Zrinjski HT: B.Lalovic 25+9reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 15+3reb+6ast, M.Djukanovic 15+1reb+3ast, I.Petric 13+7reb, D.Zovko 6+4reb+1ast, B.Bubalo 3
gschID: 201826


Varda HE - Radnik B. 45-64

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Varda HE (11-10) was smashed at home by fifth ranked Radnik B. (11-10) 64-45. The game without a history. Radnik B. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Varda HE to an opponent 21.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 47.2 percent accuracy of the winners. 24 personal fouls committed by Varda HE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin power forward Filip Goranovic (205-85) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Nebojsa Erkic (197-89) chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds. Radnik B.'s coach Predrag Jacimovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Serbian guard Marko Josilo (201-92) who recorded 6 points and 13 rebounds and Serbian Djordje Tresac (193-87) added 18 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively. Radnik B. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Varda HE. Radnik B.'s next round opponent will be league's leader Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Varda HE will play on the road against Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Varda HE: D.Tresac 18+1reb+1ast, I.Zolotic 6+6reb, M.Josilo 6+13reb+1ast, A.Djeric 6+2reb+3ast, D.Damjanovic 4+4reb+1ast, M.Trikic 3+5reb+2ast
Radnik B.: F.Goranovic 17+8reb, V.Borovcanin 13+1reb+1ast, D.Lontos 9+3reb+1ast, N.Erkic 8+7reb, V.Radovanovic 6+4reb+5ast, M.Markovic 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 201825


Mladost - Capljina 83-79

An interesting game for Mladost (16-5) which hosted in Mrkonjic Grad 3rd placed Capljina Lasta (14-7). First ranked Mladost managed to get a 4-point victory 83-79. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Capljina Lasta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian guard Petar Ivanic (191-85) contributed with 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Mladost's coach Goran Sladojevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Montenegrin center Novak Popovic (207-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Krsto Bjelica (192-88) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Capljina Lasta. Five Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Mladost have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-5 record. Capljina Lasta at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Mladost are looking forward to face Radnik B. (#4) in Bijeljina in the next round. Capljina Lasta will play at home against Servitium in Gradiska and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Capljina: N.Popovic 21+10reb+2ast, K.Bjelica 17+5reb+6ast, N.Kovacevic 14+3reb+6ast, D.Micic 11+2reb, B.Jelcic 11, M.Galic 5+2reb+2ast
Mladost: P.Ivanic 21+1reb+2ast, I.Bijelic 19+5reb+3ast, N.Milosevic 10+5reb, M.Radanovic 9+3reb, R.Velimirovic 7+2reb+2ast, O.Milekic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 201824


Vogosca - Leotar 87-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Leotar (9-12) and Vogosca (8-13), which took place in Sarajevo. Higher ranked Leotar lost to eleventh ranked Vogosca in a road game 76-87 on Saturday. Vogosca looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Montenegrin guard Amin Hot (192-92) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists for the winning side and Croatian swingman Mario Filipovic (196-88) accounted for 22 points and 5 assists. Vogosca's coach Muriz Hamidovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93) added 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for Leotar in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vogosca moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Kakanj. Loser Leotar keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Borac Nektar and Posusje. Vogosca's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sarajevo to the arena Bosna ASA BHT.
Top scorers:
Leotar: D.Ninkovic 20+2reb, V.Aleksic 19+10reb+1ast, M.Rikalo 14+1reb+4ast, D.Sakotic 13+2reb+4ast, D.Markovic 4+8reb+2ast, P.Gojkovac 2
Vogosca: M.Filipovic 22+3reb+5ast, S.Albinovic 15+6reb, A.Hot 14+8reb+12ast, M.Keser 11+5reb+3ast, E.Kahriman 6+2reb+2ast, A.Mazur 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 201828


Servitium - Bosna 63-100

The game between 12th ranked Servitium (6-15) and second ranked Bosna ASA BHT (15-6) in Gradiska ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Sarajevo outscored Servitium 100-63. Bosna ASA BHT maintains second place with 15-6 record behind leader Mladost. Servitium lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Bosna ASA BHT's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sarajevo Vogosca.
gschID: 201823



Adriatic League: Igokea edge Krka to book EuroLeague ticket - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Krka 84:75

Igokea earned the 19th Adriatic League win this season. They overcame Krka in front of a home crowd to clinch the regular season title. The victory also granted next seasons EuroLeague qualification for the Bosnian side. Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners.
Igokea led by just a single point 25:24 after ten minutes of action. Krka pulled ahead in the second frame. The Slovenian team gained a 44:41 halftime lead. But Igokea turned the tables in the third frame. The hosts went on a 7:3 run midway through the period to level things at 53. Hammonds and Sulovic then put the hosts in front 61:55. Sulovic made it 64:55 for Igokea early in the fourth frame. They kept Krka at distance throughout the rest of the contest and sealed the key win at the end. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) netted 17 points, while Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) added 13 points for the home team. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) answered with 17 points for Krka. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) topscored with 18 points for the visitors.

Igokea: Branko Jorovic 24, Corsley Edwards 17, Sinisa Stemberger 13
Krka: Domen Lorbek 18, Matjaz Smodis 17



Bosnians in College basketball in North America! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnians in College basketball in North America!

Igor Hadziomerovic- After a promising freshman season was cut short due to injury he has been healthy this season. The Sarajevo native Hadziomerovic has struggled with his shooting and rhythm all season long. He has shot poorly only shooting .368 from two, .262 from three and .595 from the free throw line. This season looks lost for Igor and it looks like he will have to work hard to have a bounce back junior season next year.

Branimir Mikulic- Branimir has played well in limited minutes as a junior. He has shot a good percent from the field and from three throw line. He has rebounded the ball well in only 12 minutes a game. He has started four games this season and is a quality role player for his team.

Srdjan Pejicic- Srdjan has taken a step back from last season. He isnt shooting and playing quite as well as last season and he is averaging 3.7ppg in 10 minutes a game this season.

Boris Hadzimuratovic- Boris has scored and rebounded well for his team in Canada. Boris scores 12.1ppg in only 28 minutes a game. He also pulls down 7.6 rebounds a game and averages over 1 block per game.

Nikola Gajic- He didnt get the chance to play much but produced when given the chance. He is a tough player who plays a quality all-around game and should be given more of a chance next season. He scored 2.6ppg and had 2.2 rbpg in only 8.3 minutes a game.

Admir Sahbegovic- did not play as a junior.

Igor Nujic- Sat out the season as a transfer to UC Davis. He will be eligible in 2013-2014.

Fahro Alihodzic- Possibly the best player on this list Fahro has been very good this season. He has averaged 9.7ppg 4.5rbpg he shot very well from the field shooting .474 from two and .800 from the free throw line. His size, rebounding and defense have proved very valuable to the team.

Dragan Sekalija- Dragan is a talented big man who transferred from Baylor last season. He scored 3.5ppg and rebounds well at 3.8rbpg. He has struggled from the field this season however .431 from two and .500 from the free throw line. He has started 12 games this season and played 15 minutes a night.

Halil Kanacevic- Halil is a decent scorer and a good rebounder who averaged 8.6ppg and 7.0rbpg he is also a very good passer averaging almost 4 assists per game! Excellent number for a big man with a solid all-around game he is a quality role player.

Tarik Hujdurovic- Followed in his brother Nermins footsteps and went to St. Johns Minnesota



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Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 25-3 
 2. Brasilia 24-4 
 3. Uberlandia 19-9 
 4. Bauru 19-9 
 5. Franca 18-10 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 18-12 
 7. Pinheiros/Sky 17-9 
 8. Paulistano 15-13 
 9. Minas 14-14 
 10. Liga Sorocaba 14-14 
 11. Basquete Cearense 12-15 
 12. Limeira 12-17 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 11-18 
 14. Vila Velha 9-19 
 15. Joinville 9-20 
 16. Palmeiras 8-20 
 17. Suzano 4-23 
 18. Tijuca TC 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 16: Brasilia - Suzano 94-82
Mar. 16: Liga Sorocaba - Joinville 93-86
Mar. 16: Uberlandia - Paulistano 86-75
Mar. 16: Basquete Cearense - Palmeiras 85-83 OT
Mar. 16: Bauru - Limeira 83-82
Mar. 16: Mogi das Cruzes - Minas 75-66
Mar. 16: S.Jose/Unimed - Vila Velha 106-87

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 21: Pinheiros/Sky - Brasilia
Mar. 21: Limeira - Tijuca TC
Mar. 21: Mogi das Cruzes - S.Jose/Unimed
Mar. 21: Vila Velha - Franca
Mar. 21: Minas - Uberlandia
Mar. 21: Suzano - Bauru
Mar. 21: Palmeiras - Liga Sorocaba
Mar. 21: Joinville - Flamengo
Mar. 21: Paulistano - Basquete Cearense


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.3 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha19.6 
 4. Day, Uberlandia19.4 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.18.6 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.4 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.18.2 
 8. Nardi Duarte, Min.17.7 
 9. Beal, Minas17.6 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Felipe RIBEIRO
  Basque.
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Ribeiro, Basque.9.0 
 2. Araujo, Mogi d.8.9 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.8 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.6 
 6. Agba, Bauru7.3 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.1 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.0 
 9. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
 10. Soares, Suzano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.6 
 3. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.3 
 4. Collum, Uberlandia5.0 
 5. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.9 
 6. Garcia, Uberlandia4.6 
 7. Taylor, Bauru4.6 
 8. Dawkins, Liga S.4.5 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.4.5 
 10. Lima, Limeira4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. De Souza, Joinville0.1 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 6. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 7. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
 9. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Teichmann, Franca0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Campos, Suzano2.0 
 3. Dawkins, Liga S.1.9 
 4. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.9 
 5. Figueroa, Franca1.8 
 6. Brown, Palmeiras1.8 
 7. Ribeiro, Basque.1.7 
 8. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 9. Day, Uberlandia1.7 
 10. Teichmann, Franca1.7 


Liga Americas: Lanus edge Pinheiros/Sky for second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Pinheiros/Sky 87:72

Lanus celebrated the second straight win at the start of the semifinal stage of Liga Americas. They held off Pinheiros/Sky to stay on top of Group D with a perfect record. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Argentinean team. Pinheiros/Sky fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Lanus jumped to an early lead. They built a 21:14 advantage at the first intermission. They kept Pinheiros/Sky at distance throughout high-flying second frame. The hosts fired 26 points to gain a 47:39 halftime advantage. Lanus stretched the margin in the third term. They accumulated a comfortable 12-point lead into the fourth frame. Pinheiros/Sky struggled to get any closer throughout the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Patricio Prato (195-G-79) delivered 14 points, while Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) added 12 points in the win. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) and Paulinho Boracini (183-PG-84) finished with 17 points each for Pinheiros/Sky.

Lanus: Adrian Boccia 17, Patricio Prato 14, Nicolas Laprovittola 12
Pinheiros/Sky: Mineiro Ferreira 17, Paulinho Boracini 17



Liga Americas: Lanus ease into Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Flamengo 83:69

Lanus punched their Liga Americas Final Four ticket. They claimed the third straight win in semifinal stage Group D beating Flamengo. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) delivered 23 points to lead the hosts. Flamengo on the other hand suffered the third straight loss.
Lanus held on to a narrow 21:19 lead after the starting quarter. The Argentineans boosted the margin in the second quarter. The home team went on a 25:11 run to gain a 46:30 halftime advantage. Lanus kept Flamengo at distance in the second half. The hosts piled up an 18-point lead at the final intermission. Flamengo narrowed it in the fourth quarter but never threatened Lanus. Patricio Prato (195-G-79) chipped in 12 points, while Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) had 10 points for the winners. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-PF-83) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Flamengo. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) provided 13 points in defeat.

Lanus: Adrian Boccia 23, Patricio Prato 12, Nicolas Laprovittola 10
Flamengo: Olivinha Rodriguez 14, Vitor Benite 13



Liga Americas: Mavort edge Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

Mavort - Flamengo 95:93

Mavort stayed alive in the fight for Liga Americas Final Four birth. They snatched a tough win over Flamengo to catch up with Pinheiros/Sky in Group D ladder. DeAngelo Riley (206-C/F-88, college: Azusa Pacific) stepped up with 21 points to pace the Ecuadorian team.
Mavort exploded with 28 points in the starting quarter to gain a 5-point lead. They kept Flamengo at distance throughout the second quarter. Mavort secured a 48:40 halftime advantage. Flamengo though increased the tempo in the third term. The Brazilian team went on a 31:25 run to cut the deficit to two points before the final stanza. Flamengo pulled ahead and posted a 4-point lead late in regulation. But three-pointers from Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) and Reynaldo Garcia brought Mavort to the victory. Elys Guzman accounted for 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Mike Sloan (194-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) added 16 points for the winners. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) answered with 32 points for Flamengo. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Mavort: DeAngelo Riley 21, Elys Guzman 20, Mike Sloan 16
Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 32, Caio Silveira 19+14 boards



Liga Americas: Pinheiros/Sky clinch Final Four appearance in thriller - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Mavort 82:80 (OT)

Pinheiros/Sky will play in Liga Americas Final Four. They booked their ticket with the dramatic overtime win over Mavort of Ecuador. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) exploded with 33 points to pace the winners.
Mavort strongly started the game. The Ecuadorian team enjoyed a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. Pinheiros/Sky improved their defence in the second quarter. The Brazilian team trimmed the deficit at 3-point mark 33:36 at halftime. Pinheiros/Sky surged ahead in the third quarter. They accumulated a 57:53 advantage with ten minutes to go in regulation. The gap grew at 7-point mark midway through the fourth frame 66:59. However Mavort used a 7:0 run to narrow the deficit. Pinheiros/Sky pulled in front again but Raul Cardenas netted two free throws and forced overtime. Shamell Stallworth stepped up for Pinheiros/Sky in the extra period. He drained six points to lead the Brazilian team to the crucial win at the end. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) accounted for 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Andre Bambu (205-C-79) added 10 points in the victory. DeAngelo Riley (206-C/F-88, college: Azusa Pacific) responded with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Mavort. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) topscored with 28 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 33, Mineiro Ferreira 16+17 boards, Andre Bambu 10
Mavort: Elys Guzman 28+10 boards, DeAngelo Riley 26+10 boards



Universo/Ajax is back in the Pro Basketball with center Paulao - by Paulo Freire

After nearly a year away from the courts, coach Joao Marcelo Leite goes back to lead a team as a head coach of the Universo/Ajax. The coach accepted the invitation of the Universo/Ajax team and will lead the team in Brazil Cup Midwest Region, the first step towards to the NBB.

South American Champion in 2010 with the Brazilian national team, Joao Marcelo Leito was in the last two seasons under control of Pinheiros team. In the 2010-2011 season he was the head coach of the team and in the following year he was an assistent coach of Claudio Mortari. Before, in the first two editions of the NBB, had led another Club of Sao Paulo, the Paulistano.

- It is a big challenge in my career. I received this invitation through the Universo on behalf of Wellington Salgado (President of the team) and Alvaro Alexandre (Director of basketball), and was a very quick negotiation. Our big goal is to resume basketball in Goiania city and be able to compete in the NBB 6 edition -said the coach in an interview to the website of the LNB.

To reach the New Basketball Brazil, Joao Marcelo will have to guide the Universo/Ajax in a long journey. First he must conquer the Midwest Cup title, which will be disputed between 22 and 26 April in Anpolis (Goias). Then, he need to sort the team between the two best of the Super Cup Brazil.



NBB Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Basquete Cearense at home.

Sixteenth-ranked Palmeiras (8-20) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked SKY/Basquete (12-15) in Aldeota on Saturday. SKY/Basquete managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Palmeiras won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Palmeiras used huge pressure winning it 20-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 12-14. SKY/Basquete had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SKY/Basquete made 9 blocks. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Matheus Costa (179-80) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Antwaine Wiggins (200-88, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) with 19 points and 5 blocks. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SKY/Basquete moved-up to eleventh place. Palmeiras at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. SKY/Basquete are looking forward to face higher ranked Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Palmeiras will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#10) in Sorocabana and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Eleventh-ranked Winner/Limeira (12-17) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (19-9). Paschoalotto/Bauru managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) notched 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Guilherme Pereira supported him with 13 points and 4 blocks. Even 17 points and 7 assists by the former international point guard Helio Vitor Lima (184-81) did not help to save the game for Winner/Limeira. Winner/Limeira's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Paschoalotto/Bauru have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Uberlandia. Winner/Limeira at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Suzano (#17) in Sao Paulo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Winner/Limeira will play at home against Tijuca TC (#18) in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Mogi das Cruzes where higher ranked Minas (14-14) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Mogi (11-18) 75-66 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Babby Araujo who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jermaine Beal who recorded 24 points. Mogi maintains thirteenth position with 11-18 record. Loser Minas keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Liga Sorocaba. Mogi will meet at home higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Minas will play against Uberlandia where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Seventh ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (18-12) crushed at home 14th ranked Vila Velha (9-19) by 19 points 106-87, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Dede Stefanelli who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!) (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Sao Jose/Vinac's coach Regis Marrelli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Sao Jose/Vinac moved-up to sixth place. Vila Velha at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac's next round opponent will be Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes and are hoping to win another game. Vila Velha will play at home against Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Paulistano lost to Uberlandia on the opponent's court 75-86. Liga Sorocaba managed to outperform Joinville in a home game 93-86. Suzano recorded a loss to Brasilia on the road 94-82.


Uberlandia - Paulistano 86-75

Very expected game when 8th ranked Paulistano (15-13) was defeated on the road by third ranked Uberlandia (19-9) 86-75. It looked good early as Paulistano took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Uberlandia had a 28-9 second period charge getting the lead and Paulistano was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-86. Uberlandia made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Paulistano outrebounded Uberlandia 37-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for the former international forward Luis Felipe Gruber (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) contributed with 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. Center Wagner Mattos (202-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Andre Luiz Brugger (192-81) added 19 points in the effort for Paulistano. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Uberlandia maintains third position with 19-9 record having six points less than leader Flamengo, which they share with Bauru. Paulistano at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Uberlandia's next round opponent will be Minas (#9) in Belo Horizonte where they are favorite. Paulistano will play at home against SKY/Basquete in Aldeota.
Top scorers:
Uberlandia: R.Day 24+1reb+6ast, L.Felipe Gruber 23+9reb+1ast, L.Cipolini 17+4reb+3ast, H.Garcia 8+1reb+3ast, R.Collum 8+4reb+5ast, A.Parisotto 5+4reb
Paulistano: A.Luiz Brugger 19+1reb+2ast, W.Mattos 10+11reb+2ast, R.Andreotti 10+10reb+1ast, E.Corazza 10+1reb+1ast, E.Carvalho 8+5reb+2ast, S.Toyloy 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 229322


S.Jose/Unimed - Vila Velha 106-87

Seventh ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (18-12) crushed at home 14th ranked Vila Velha (9-19) by 19 points 106-87, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Sao Jose/Vinac. Vila Velha was better in third quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sao Jose/Vinac shot 60.6 percent from the field. Sao Jose/Vinac had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Vila Velha's players. Sao Jose/Vinac brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for international swingman Dede Stefanelli (196-84) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!) (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sao Jose/Vinac's coach Regis Marrelli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Daniel Costa (204-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Alexandre Pinheiro (185-85) added 12 points and 9 assists in the effort for Vila Velha. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sao Jose/Vinac moved-up to sixth place. Vila Velha at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac's next round opponent will be Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes and are hoping to win another game. Vila Velha will play at home against Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Unimed: D.Stefanelli 35+3reb+1ast, M.Becker 26+7reb+1ast, J.Antonio 14+11reb+2ast, F.de Assis 13+1reb+12ast, A.Laws 12+4reb+8ast, E.Camilo 4+2reb+1ast
Vila Velha: D.Costa 20+11reb, J.Parker 16+3reb+1ast, B.Simmons 13+1reb+3ast, A.Pinheiro 12+3reb+9ast, E.Araujo Gorges 12+4reb, C.Santos 12+2reb
gschID: 229320


Mogi das Cruzes - Minas 75-66

An interesting game took place in Mogi das Cruzes where higher ranked Minas (14-14) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Mogi (11-18) 75-66 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But Minas won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mogi made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Thomas Gehrke (203-82, college: UTEP) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) who recorded 24 points and center Rafael Mineiro Rodrigues (213-87) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Mogi maintains thirteenth position with 11-18 record. Loser Minas keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Liga Sorocaba. Mogi will meet at home higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Minas will play against Uberlandia where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Mogi das Cruzes: B.Araujo 19+7reb+2ast, G.Filipin 16+6reb+3ast, T.Gehrke 15+8reb+3ast, P.Patekoski 14+4reb+1ast, L.Santos 4+3reb+1ast, M.Riddick 3+1reb
Minas: J.Beal 24+2reb+3ast, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 13+9reb+1ast, B.Nardi Duarte 11+2reb+8ast, D.Nunes 8+5reb+1ast, R.Pinto 5+6reb+1ast, P.Crosby 3+2reb
gschID: 229319


Basquete Cearense - Palmeiras 85-83 OT

Sixteenth-ranked Palmeiras (8-20) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked SKY/Basquete (12-15) in Aldeota on Saturday. SKY/Basquete managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Palmeiras won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Palmeiras used huge pressure winning it 20-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 12-14. SKY/Basquete had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SKY/Basquete made 9 blocks. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Matheus Costa (179-80) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Antwaine Wiggins (200-88, college: Charleston, agency: Two Points) with 19 points and 5 blocks and center Marcao Vinicius (205-84) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SKY/Basquete moved-up to eleventh place. Palmeiras at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. SKY/Basquete are looking forward to face higher ranked Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Palmeiras will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#10) in Sorocabana and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Basquete Cearense: W.Drudi 20+4reb+2ast, A.Bresolin 18+2reb+2ast, M.Costa 13+4reb+7ast, F.Ribeiro 12+7reb, J.de Oliveira 9+2reb+1ast, R.Klafke 6+3reb+1ast
Palmeiras: A.Wiggins 19+3reb+1ast, M.Vinicius 16+3reb, T.Curnell 13+2reb+1ast, G.Pereira 11+1reb, T.Lima 10+5reb+1ast, C.Brown 9+3ast
gschID: 229318


Liga Sorocaba - Joinville 93-86

Very predictable result in Sorocabana where tenth ranked Liga Sorocaba (14-14) defeated 15th ranked Joinville (9-20) 93-86. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 35-23 last quarter charge of Joinville cut the lead to 93-86 at the end of the game. Liga Sorocaba made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 17 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Desmond Holloway (190-88, college: Co.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. The other American import guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) contributed with 18 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Vinicius Telo (203-85, college: Cameron) replied with 20 points and forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Joinville. Four Liga Sorocaba and five Joinville players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liga Sorocaba have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Minas. Joinville lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Liga Sorocaba's next round opponent will be Palmeiras (#16) in Sao Paulo and are hoping to win another game. Joinville will play at home against the league's leader Flamengo where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Liga Sorocaba: D.Holloway 25+2reb+2ast, A.Neto 20+2reb+3ast, K.Dawkins 18+3reb+8ast, E.Soro 14, D.Conti 8+4reb, F.Russo 4+3reb
Joinville: V.Telo 20+2reb+2ast, D.Conceicao 16+6reb+1ast, V.De Souza 14+1reb+6ast, R.Probst 13+6reb+2ast, R.Scholz 13+3reb, T.Aleo 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 229317


Bauru - Limeira 83-82

Eleventh-ranked Winner/Limeira (12-17) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (19-9). Paschoalotto/Bauru managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Winner/Limeira was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) notched 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and international forward Guilherme Pereira (190-91) supported him with 13 points and 4 blocks. Even 17 points and 7 assists by the former international point guard Helio Vitor Lima (184-81) did not help to save the game for Winner/Limeira. The former international center Guilherme Hubner (209-87) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Paschoalotto/Bauru have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Uberlandia. Winner/Limeira at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Suzano (#17) in Sao Paulo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Winner/Limeira will play at home against Tijuca TC (#18) in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bauru: R.Fischer 20+7reb+6ast, G.Pereira 13+4reb+2ast, L.Taylor 12+4reb, D.Coleman 10+3reb+1ast, P.Alves 9+5reb+2ast, J.Agba 8+1reb
Limeira: G.Hubner 17+7reb+1ast, H.Vitor Lima 17+4reb+7ast, R.Ramon 13+2reb+3ast, D.Barba 10+5reb+1ast, D.Pinheiro 8+2reb+1ast, O.Carter 5
gschID: 229316


Brasilia - Suzano 94-82

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Suzano (4-23) was defeated on the road by second ranked Brasilia (24-4) 94-82. The game without a history. Brasilia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Brasilia brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. It was a good game for international guard Alex Ribeiro (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. point guard Tatu Romualdo (185-83) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Brasilia's coach Jose Carlos Vidal used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Paulo Nery (188-81) replied with 30 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Suzano. Five Brasilia and four Suzano players scored in double figures. Brasilia have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 24-4 record behind leader Flamengo. Suzano at the other side keeps the seventeenth place with 23 games lost. Brasilia's next round opponent will be Pinheiros (#7) in Sao Paolo where they are favorite. Suzano will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#4).
Top scorers:
Brasilia: A.Ribeiro 19+2reb+3ast, F.dos Santos 17+2reb+1ast, T.Romualdo 15+2reb+7ast, G.Giovannoni 14+3reb+2ast, A.Silva 14+1reb+2ast, I.Neto 4
Suzano: P.Nery 30+7reb+2ast, R.Da Silva 13+2reb+1ast, J.Campos 11+4reb+4ast, N.Santana 10+5reb+1ast, I.Tracci 9+1reb, C.Sebastiao 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229315



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 18-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 17-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 14-6 
 4. Balkan 12-8 
 5. Tundja Yambol 11-9 
 6. Beroe 8-12 
 7. Cherno More 8-12 
 8. Chernomorets 7-13 
 9. Spartak Pleven 5-15 
 10. U20 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 16: Beroe - Cherno More 95-62
Mar. 16: Spartak Pleven - U20 93-74
Mar. 16: Levski Sofia - Balkan 90-79
Mar. 17: Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist 90-76
Mar. 16: Tundja Yambol - Chernomorets 84-94

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 20: Levski Sofia - Levski Sofia
Mar. 20: Tundja Yambol - Beroe
Mar. 20: Balkan - Cherno More
Mar. 20: Chernomorets - U20
Mar. 20: Rilski Sportist - Rilski Sportist


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.4 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.9 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.7 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.17.8 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.17.1 
 6. Milosevic, Tundja16.4 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.3 
 8. Marinovic, Levski16.0 
 9. Green, Lukoil A.14.9 
 10. Marintchechk., Sp.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.6 
 2. Santos, Balkan9.2 
 3. Galiotos, Cherno M.9.2 
 4. Milosevic, Tundja9.0 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.9 
 6. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.4 
 7. Agre, Spartak7.2 
 8. Watkins, Lukoil A.6.9 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.6.8 
 10. Simeonov, U206.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.5.7 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.6 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.4 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.3 
 6. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.3 
 7. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.3 
 9. Velikov, Cherno M.4.1 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.4 
 3. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 4. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.2.1 
 6. Avramov, Lukoil A.2.1 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.0 
 9. Holmes, Beroe1.9 
 10. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.0 
 2. Hart, Beroe1.5 
 3. Dupree, Rilski S.1.5 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.1 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.1.0 
 8. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.8 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 


Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Spartak MVR 12-2 
 2. UE Varna 11-3 
 3. Academik BL 9-5 
 4. Thrace Univ. 9-5 
 5. Academik PL 7-7 
 6. Dunav 2007 3-10 
 7. Chavdar 3-10 
 8. Vidabasket 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 17: UE Varna - Dunav 2007 91-68
Mar. 17: Academik PL - Spartak MVR 82-91
Mar. 17: Academik BL - Chavdar 72-67
Mar. 17: Vidabasket - Thrace Univ. 68-84


NBL Round 20: Lukoil Academik defeats Rilski Sportist in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (18-2) which hosted in Sofia 3rd ranked Rilski Sportist (14-6). First ranked Lukoil Academik managed to get a 14-point victory 90-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist managed to win fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 38. Lukoil Academik looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Rilski Sportist's players. Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Lukoil Academik's coach Sasho Vezenkov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Rilski Sportist. Lukoil Academik have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Lukoil Academik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rilski Sportist's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Samokov Rilski Sportist.
An interesting game for Levski Sofia (17-3) which hosted in Sofia 4th ranked Balkan (12-8). Second ranked Levski Sofia managed to get a 11-point victory 90-79. Worth to mention a great performance of international Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 27 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and Nemanja Protic who added 9 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levski Sofia have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Levski Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski Sofia.
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Tundja Yambol in a game versus Chernomorets (#8) 94-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tundja Yambol. The winners were led by James Tyler who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 19 points and 5 assists by Martin Durchev did not help to save the game for Tundja Yambol. Tundja Yambol's coach Ivan Cholakov rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Chernomorets maintains eighth position with 7-13 record. Loser Tundja Yambol keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Chernomorets will meet at home bottom-ranked U20 (#10) in the next round. Tundja Yambol will play against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked U20 is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to ninth ranked Spartak Pleven (5-15) 93-74. The best player for the winners was Veselin Georgiev who scored 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak Pleven maintains ninth position with 5-15 record. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings. Spartak Pleven will have a break next round. U20 will play on the road against Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Stara Zagora supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Beroe (8-12). Beroe smashed Euroins Cherno More 95-62 on Saturday. Reginald Holmes orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 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. Beroe moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cherno More. Beroe will face higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.



Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist 90-76

An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (18-2) which hosted in Sofia 3rd ranked Rilski Sportist (14-6). First ranked Lukoil Academik managed to get a 14-point victory 90-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist managed to win fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 38. Lukoil Academik looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Rilski Sportist's players. Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik's coach Sasho Vezenkov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and international Stanislav Vaklinov (206-89, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Lukoil Academik have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Lukoil Academik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rilski Sportist's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Samokov Rilski Sportist.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Haritopoulos 19+6reb+2ast, B.Heath 13+2reb+7ast, B.Avramov 12+2reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 11+3reb, P.Marinov 10+2reb+3ast, D.Watkins 10+3reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: A.Caloiaro 16+9reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 15+5reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 12+5reb, E.Binev 10, H.Zahariev 9+2ast, B.Mirkovic 6+3reb+5ast
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Tundja Yambol - Chernomorets 84-94

An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Tundja Yambol in a game versus Chernomorets (#8) 94-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tundja Yambol. The game was mostly controlled by Chernomorets. Tundja Yambol managed to win second period 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chernomorets made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American center James Tyler (218-88) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Bogdan Boev (196-82) supported him with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 19 points and 5 assists by international Martin Durchev (204-87) did not help to save the game for Tundja Yambol. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol's coach Ivan Cholakov rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Chernomorets maintains eighth position with 7-13 record. Loser Tundja Yambol keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Chernomorets will meet at home bottom-ranked U20 (#10) in the next round. Tundja Yambol will play against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: B.Boev 22+6reb+3ast, J.Tyler 20+16reb, K.Raykov 14+5reb+1ast, K.Koev 12+5reb+4ast, P.Rakovic 8+1reb+4ast, I.Slavchev 7+4reb+1ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 19+4reb+5ast, F.Vukosavljevic 19+5reb+1ast, J.Radionov 16+6reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 13+7reb, B.Ormon 6+9reb, S.Govedarov 5+1reb+1ast
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Spartak Pleven - U20 93-74

Bottom-ranked U20 is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to ninth ranked Spartak Pleven (5-15) 93-74. The game without a history. Spartak Pleven led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Spartak Pleven players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by U20's players. 24 personal fouls committed by U20 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Veselin Georgiev (196-86) who scored 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Danish forward Tencho Tenchev (202-93, agency: Interperformances) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak Pleven maintains ninth position with 5-15 record. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings. Spartak Pleven will have a break next round. U20 will play on the road against Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: V.Georgiev 34+5reb+5ast, D.Marintchechki 28+11reb+3ast, D.Agre 11+10reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 7+1reb, I.Stankov 7+3reb, T.Ostrev 4+4reb+6ast
U20: T.Tenchev 17+7reb, A.Simeonov 17+4reb+3ast, A.Natskin 10+1reb+1ast, N.Grozev 9+2reb+1ast, V.Galabov 7+1reb, K.Kirilov 5+3reb+1ast
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Levski Sofia - Balkan 90-79

An interesting game for Levski Sofia (17-3) which hosted in Sofia 4th ranked Balkan (12-8). Second ranked Levski Sofia managed to get a 11-point victory 90-79. Levski Sofia made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Balkan turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Levski Sofia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Balkan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 27 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) who added 9 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) scored 9 points and 5 assists. Four Balkan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levski Sofia have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Levski Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 27+3reb, D.Anguelov 13+2reb+1ast, M.Pantic 10+1reb+1ast, N.Protic 9+5reb+3ast, Z.Georgiev 8+1reb+2ast, D.Dimitrov 7+2reb+2ast
Balkan: J.Bozov 16+1ast, A.Santos 15+11reb+1ast, S.Slaveykov 14+2reb, S.Marinov 11+2reb+3ast, V.Panic 9+3reb+5ast, J.Hunt 5+4ast
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Beroe - Cherno More 95-62

The game in Stara Zagora supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Beroe (8-12). Beroe smashed Euroins Cherno More 95-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. Beroe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Euroins Cherno More's 36. Beroe looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Euroins Cherno More was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Sergey Tsvetkov (196-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Milcho Borisov (196-90) replied with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beroe moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cherno More. Beroe will face higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Beroe: R.Holmes 23+6reb, S.Tsvetkov 20+3reb+2ast, M.Dimitrov 15+5reb+1ast, V.Aleksandrov 9+3ast, M.Hart 8+3reb, B.Bakovic 8+2reb+3ast
Cherno More: S.Tsonkov 15+2reb+1ast, M.Borisov 13+5reb+4ast, P.Aleksiev 9+5reb+5ast, S.Stoev 8+5reb, L.Vrcelj 6+3reb, V.Kyosev 4+3reb
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Georgiev's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Veselin Georgiev (196-F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Spartak Pleven and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 34 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Spartak Pleven in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team U20 (#10, 0-20) with 19-point margin 93-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Spartak Pleven maintains the 9th position in Bulgarian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 15 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Georgiev had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He has many years of experience at Spartak Pleven, through which he has constantly improved. Veselin Georgiev averages this season 9.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets. He is American center in his first season at Chernomorets. In the last game Tyler recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Chernomorets cruised to a 94-84 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Tundja Yambol (#5, 11-9). Chernomorets' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-13 record. Tyler is a newcomer at Chernomorets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#2). He also registered 13.6 boards per game. Former star Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to another Spartak Pleven's star - forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management). Marintchechki scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Spartak Pleven, helping his team with a 93-74 easy win against U20 (#10, 0-20). Spartak Pleven can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Marintchechki he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Marintchechki has a very solid season. In 20 games in Bulgaria he scored 14.8ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 64.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reginald Holmes (193-G-87) of Beroe - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88) of Levski Sofia - 27 points and 3 rebounds
6. Denis Agre (203-C-88) of Spartak Pleven - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Atila Santos (208-C-83) of Balkan - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Bogdan Boev (196-SG-82) of Chernomorets - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89) of Rilski Sportist - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-F/C-83) of Lukoil Academik - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 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)



Division A Round 14: Top-ranked Spartak MVR wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Division A just ended.

Division A top team - Spartak MVR (12-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-7) 91-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Academik Plovdiv. Spartak MVR have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first position with 12-2 record. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
The game in Vida was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Thrace Univ. (9-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Vidabasket (1-13). Thrace Univ. defeated Vidabasket 84-68. Thrace Univ. moved-up to third place, which they share with Academik BL. Vidabasket lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost.
The game between second ranked UE Varna (11-3) and 6th ranked Dunav 2007 (3-10) in Varna on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. UE Varna outscored guests from Ruse 91-68. UE Varna have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second position with 11-3 record behind leader Spartak MVR. Dunav 2007 lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Chavdar.

In the last game of round 14 Chavdar was beaten by Academik BL on the road 72-67.


Academik PL - Spartak MVR 82-91

Division A top team - Spartak MVR (12-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Academik Plovdiv (7-7) 91-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Academik Plovdiv. Spartak MVR have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Spartak MVR maintains first position with 12-2 record. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
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UE Varna - Dunav 2007 91-68

The game between second ranked UE Varna (11-3) and 6th ranked Dunav 2007 (3-10) in Varna on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. UE Varna outscored guests from Ruse 91-68. UE Varna have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted UE Varna maintains second position with 11-3 record behind leader Spartak MVR. Dunav 2007 lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Chavdar.
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Academik BL - Chavdar 72-67

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (9-5) beat at home 7th ranked Chavdar (3-10) 72-67 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Academic Blagoevgrad maintains third position with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Spartak MVR, which they share with Thrace Univ. Loser Chavdar dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Dunav 2007.
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Vidabasket - Thrace Univ. 68-84

The game in Vida was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Thrace Univ. (9-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Vidabasket (1-13). Thrace Univ. defeated Vidabasket 84-68. Thrace Univ. moved-up to third place, which they share with Academik BL. Vidabasket lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost.
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  CHINA   


CBA Finals - by Alex Yam

A long draining season winds down to 2 teams, a perennial powerhouse looking to reclaim their thrown, and a newcomer led by a battle tested warrior, a Jordanian juggernaut, and a MVP candidate. Guangdong v Shangdong. This may seem like the matchup GD preferred but in reality it could not be further from the truth. Shangdong comes in to the finals having swept both series, and beat defending champion Beijing rather easily, GD on the other hand had a few close games vs Xinjiang, after their 1st round rout of Zhejiang C.

This will be a battle of imports, as Ike Diogu and CBA newcomer Donald Sloan lead GD, to face the three headed monster, of Jackson Vroman, Zaid Abbas and another newcomer and MVP in many people's eyes, Pooh Jeter.

The series starts this Friday, and should be a very exciting matchup. Prodigal son, Yi Jianlian looks to complete his historic CBA comeback by bringing back the CBA title, that eluded them last season.



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Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 11-3 
 2. Bucaros 10-4 
 3. Academia 8-6 
 4. Piratas 7-7 
 5. Once Caldas 7-7 
 6. Aguilas 6-8 
 7. Caribbean Heat 5-9 
 8. Halcones 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 16: Academia - Once Caldas 90-89
Mar. 16: Caribbean Heat - Bambuqueros 86-84
Mar. 16: Bucaros - Halcones 81-69
Mar. 16: Piratas - Aguilas 80-95

Regular Season: Round 15

Mar. 18: Aguilas - Piratas
Mar. 18: Once Caldas - Academia
Mar. 18: Bambuqueros - Caribbean Heat
Mar. 18: Halcones - Bucaros


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone RAYSON
  Aguilas
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Rayson, Aguilas23.2 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.9 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.0 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Bradford, Caribb.19.2 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros19.1 
 7. Garris, Once Caldas18.6 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros18.2 
 9. Aragon, Academia18.1 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.9 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros10.4 
 3. Blue, Academia9.3 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.6 
 5. Truscott, Halcones7.3 
 6. Rayson, Aguilas6.9 
 7. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 8. Guevara, Bambuque.6.4 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.6.3 
 10. Arteaga, Piratas6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.6 
 2. Brooks, Bucaros5.4 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.1 
 4. Moreno, Piratas4.9 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.9 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas3.5 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.3.4 
 8. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 9. Londono, Academia2.7 
 10. Caicedo, Bambuqu.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.4 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.3 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.8 
 4. Garris, Once Caldas1.8 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Londono, Academia1.4 
 7. Corpus, Aguilas1.4 
 8. Mendez, Piratas1.3 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Piratas1.1 
 10. Rayson, Aguilas1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros0.9 
 2. Farley, Academia0.8 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.7 
 4. Cuero, Aguilas0.7 
 5. Blue, Academia0.7 
 6. Mayfield, Aguilas0.6 
 7. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.0.5 
 9. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.5 
 10. Arboleda, Halcones0.5 


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

-year old point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Bambuqueros and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He got a double-double of 17 points and 14 assists, while his team beat Caribbean Heat (#7, 4-9) 100-88. It allowed Bambuqueros to consolidate first place in the Colombian league. Bambuqueros have a solid 11-2 record. In the team's last game Dorsey had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Bambuqueros, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dakota Wesleyan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dorsey is in league's top in assists (5th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 53.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Once Caldas. He is American guard in his first season at Once Caldas. In the last game Jordan recorded impressive 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Once Caldas cruised to a 97-87 relatively comfortable win over Academia (7-6). This victory allowed Once Caldas to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 7-6 record is not bad at all. Jordan is one of the most experienced players at Once Caldas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Desmond Blue (211-C-88) of Academia (#5). Blue scored 13 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Blue's great performance Academia lost 87-97 to Once Caldas (7-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Academia needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Blue has a great season in Colombia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia - 21 points and 4 rebounds
6. Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Justin Garris (196-F/G-89) of Once Caldas - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Edgar Moreno (190-G-81) of Piratas - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Elides Pereira) of Halcones - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Quentin Smith (205-C-77) of Aguilas - 12 points and 10 rebounds

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



Colombian DPB round 14 best performance: Sergio Trocha - by Eurobasket News

Center Sergio Trocha (204-C-87) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Bucaros, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Halcones (#8, 2-12) 81-69. Bucaros maintains the 2nd position in Colombian DPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bucaros will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. Trocha just recently signed at Bucaros, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sergio Trocha averages this season 8.8ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American Quentin Smith (205-C-77, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) of Aguilas. Smith had a very good evening with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Aguilas to another comfortable win 95-80 over slightly higher-ranked Piratas (#4, 7-7) being unquestionably team leader. Aguilas' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Aguilas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Bucaros' star - American guard Philip Brooks (188-G-84). Brooks scored 13 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was another key player of Bucaros, helping his team with a 81-69 win against the lower-ranked Halcones (#8, 2-12). Bucaros needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Brooks has a great season in Colombia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (6th best) and assists with 5.4apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Once Caldas - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81) of Aguilas - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) of Bambuqueros - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. John Velez (202-F-83) of Bucaros - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. KK Zagreb 14-4 
 2. Kvarner 2010 13-5 
 3. Alkar Sinj 12-6 
 4. Jolly 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. 17: KK Zagreb - Jolly 78-70
Mar. 16: Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj 76-77
Mar. 16: Darda - Zabok 76-71
Mar. 16: Djuro Djakovic - Krizevci 73-72


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ross, Jolly22.1 
 2. Mrva, Jolly17.5 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 4. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.2 
 5. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 7. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 9. Skific, Kvarner14.5 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.7 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.5 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.7 
 7. Skific, Kvarner5.4 
 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 Zagreb3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ross, Jolly2.6 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 4. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 5. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.4 
 6. Skific, Kvarner1.4 
 7. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
 8. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
 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, Jolly1.1 
 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. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 


Alen Trepalovac claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Bosnia and Herzegovina Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Darda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Zabok (#7, 7-11) 76-71. Darda maintains the 5th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Darda will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Trepalovac as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Alen Trepalovac averages this season 10.4ppg and 7.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: LUMANI 10.7) of Jolly. Ross impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Jolly lost that game 70-78 to the higher-ranked KK Zagreb (#1, 14-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Jolly still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-6 record is not bad at all. Ross is well-known by Jolly fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.6rpg and 4.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was Ivica Radic (208-F-90) of second-ranked Kvarner 2010. Radic scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kvarner 2010, leading his team to a 81-76 win against the lower-ranked Osjecki Sokol (#9, 5-13). Kvarner 2010 needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Radic has a great season in Croatia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luka Panduric (192-G-93) of Darda - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Maro Lucic (202-C-80) of Dubrovnik - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Teo Petani (190-G-88) of Djuro Djakovic - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Toni Brnas (201-F-91) of Djuro Djakovic - 18 points and 12 rebounds
8. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) of Osjecki Sokol - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ivan Mikulic (191-G-91) of Dubrovnik - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 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)



Adriatic League: Cedevita shoot down Cibona in Zagreb derby - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Cibona 92:78

Miro Bilan (215-C-89) stepped up with 22 points as Cedevita outscored Cibona for the 14th win in the Adriatic League season.
It was a close battle in the starting quarter. Cibona and Cedevita stayed on level terms after ten minutes 22:22. The hosts pulled ahead in the second frame. Cedevita eked out a 45:39 halftime advantage. Cedevita kept the pressure growing in the third quarter. The home team accumulated a 64:55 lead with one quarter to go. Cedevita unloaded 28 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) delivered 15 points, while Luka Babic (201-SF-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Marino Bazdaric (195-G/F-78) provided 12 points each for the winning side. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points for Cibona. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) knocked down 18 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Miro Bilan 22, Bracey Wright 15, Luka Babic 12, Marino Bazdaric 12
Cibona: Andrija Zizic 20, Jerel Blassingame 18



Adriatic League: Szolnoki outgun Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki - Zadar 90:79

Szolnoki secured the second straight win in the Adriatic League season. They held off visiting Zadar for 9-16 record. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) came up with 23 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed the game up-tempo. The scoreboard read 23:23 after ten minutes of action. Szolnoki pulled ahead in the second frame. The hosts adjusted defensively and surged ahead for a 45:40 halftime lead. Szolnoki maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. The Hungarian team arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points 65:59. Szolnoki did not allow Zadar closer than 7 points in the fourth frame and rolled to the win at the end. Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) netted 14 points, while Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) added 13 points for the winning side. Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) answered with 20 points for Zadar. Ante Delas (200-G/F-88) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Szolnoki: James Florence 23, Rashad Bell 14, Brandon Gay 13
Zadar: Goran Vrbanc 20, Ante Delas 17



A1 Round 18: Djuro Djakovic edges Krizevci by one point - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A1 just ended.

Eighth-ranked Krizevci (6-12) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Djuro Djakovic (10-8) in Slavonski Brod on Saturday. Djuro Djakovic managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 22-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Krizevci helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Teo Petani (190-88) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Toni Brnas (201-91) chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Marin Zrnic (200-88) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds. Krizevci's coach Luka Bujas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Djuro Djakovic moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Darda. Krizevci lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zagreb. First ranked KK Zagreb faced 3rd ranked Jolly. Host KK Zagreb (14-4) defeated guests from Sibenik (12-6) 78-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jolly. It was a good game for forward Ante Krapic (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Ivan Novacic contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for Jolly. KK Zagreb have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-4 record. Jolly at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj.
Tenth-ranked KK Dubrovnik (1-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Alkar Sinj (12-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Sinj managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Slavko Modric scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Maro Lucic with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Alkar Sinj moved-up to third place, which they share with Jolly. KK Dubrovnik lost fourteenth consecutive game. Loser KK Dubrovnik stay dead last with 17 lost games.

In the last two games of round 18 Zabok was defeated by Darda in a road game 76-71. Kvarner 2010 beat Osjecki Sokol at home 81-76.
The best stats of 18th round was 20 points and 19 rebounds by Alen Trepalovac of Darda.


KK Zagreb - Jolly 78-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zagreb. First ranked KK Zagreb faced 3rd ranked Jolly. Host KK Zagreb (14-4) defeated guests from Sibenik (12-6) 78-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jolly. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But Jolly won second period 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Zagreb forced 21 Jolly turnovers. It was a good game for forward Ante Krapic (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. The former international forward Ivan Novacic (201-85) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four KK Zagreb players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: LUMANI 10.7) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 5 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jolly. KK Zagreb have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-4 record. Jolly at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj.
Top scorers:
Jolly: R.Ross 25+5reb+4ast, T.Gabric 10+2reb+2ast, D.Butorac 9+1reb+3ast, D.Bubalo 9+5reb, D.Vrsaljko 7+4reb, M.Mrva 5+7reb+2ast
KK Zagreb: A.Krapic 20+4reb, I.Novacic 14+7reb+1ast, M.Car 10+2reb+5ast, M.Halilovic 10+8reb, K.Zganec 8+2reb+1ast, P.Babic 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 196679


Darda - Zabok 76-71

There was no surprise in Darda where 7th ranked KK Zabok (7-11) was defeated by fifth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (10-8) 76-71 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Zabok won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vrijednosnice OS won last quarter 18-15. Vrijednosnice OS shot 26 for 37 from the free-throw line, while KK Zabok only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded KK Zabok 35-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. Naturalized Bosnian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Luka Panduric (192-93) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Petar Maric (196-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) with 17 points and the former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) scored 11 points and 6 assists. Four KK Zabok players scored in double figures. KK Zabok's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vrijednosnice OS have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-8 record, which they share with Djuro Djakovic. Loser KK Zabok keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Zabok: P.Maric 17+3reb, J.Mustapic 11+2reb+1ast, I.Tomas 11+6ast, N.Vladovic 10+2reb, I.Djerman 5+4reb+1ast, R.Lez 5
Darda: L.Panduric 22+2reb+6ast, A.Trepalovac 20+19reb+2ast, M.Hrncic 20+3reb+2ast, A.Bicvic 8+2reb, S.Tesija 4+9reb, M.Mandic 2+1ast
gschID: 196677


Djuro Djakovic - Krizevci 73-72

Eighth-ranked Krizevci (6-12) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Djuro Djakovic (10-8) in Slavonski Brod on Saturday. Djuro Djakovic managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 22-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Krizevci helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Teo Petani (190-88) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Toni Brnas (201-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Four Djuro Djakovic players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Marin Zrnic (200-88) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Ivan Svoboda (190-87) added 16 points respectively. Krizevci's coach Luka Bujas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Djuro Djakovic moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Darda. Krizevci lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: M.Zrnic 17+5reb+3ast, I.Svoboda 16+4reb, G.Fodor 8+4reb, H.Sertic 7+1reb+1ast, I.Cvjetkovic 6+4reb+1ast, B.Kapusta 5+2reb+1ast
Djuro Djakovic: T.Petani 20+6reb+5ast, T.Brnas 18+12reb, M.Sarlija 14+8reb+5ast, M.Batina 11+5reb, P.Zivkovic 7+1reb, M.Kljaic 3+1ast
gschID: 196676


Kvarner 2010 - Osjecki Sokol 81-76

No shocking result in a game in Rijeka where second ranked Kvarner 2010 (13-5) defeated 9th ranked Osjecki Sokol (5-13) 81-76 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Osjecki Sokol won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Ivica Radic (208-90) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Henrik Sirko (198-93) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Kvarner 2010's coach Vladimir Anzulovic used entire bench in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Aljosa Sarac (190-89) with 23 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Kvarner 2010 maintains second position with 13-5 record behind leader KK Zagreb. Osjecki Sokol lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Osjecki Sokol: A.Sarac 23+5reb+3ast, V.Budimir 17+5reb+5ast, J.Kozic 14+3reb+1ast, Z.Tucakovic 9+6reb, I.Cosic 9+8reb+1ast, D.Rados 4
Kvarner 2010: M.Juricic 18, I.Radic 16+12reb+1ast, H.Sirko 9+8reb+3ast, A.Smolic 9+1reb+2ast, D.Jelenic 8+1reb+2ast, J.Surina 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 196678


Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj 76-77

Tenth-ranked KK Dubrovnik (1-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Alkar Sinj (12-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Sinj managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Slavko Modric (203-84) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was center Maro Lucic (202-80) with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ivan Mikulic (191-91) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four KK Dubrovnik players scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj moved-up to third place, which they share with Jolly. KK Dubrovnik lost fourteenth consecutive game. Loser KK Dubrovnik stay dead last with 17 lost games.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: M.Lucic 21+6reb+2ast, D.Jakolis 17+7reb, I.Mikulic 15+8reb+5ast, I.Bogdanovic 10+3reb, M.Peric 9+1reb+2ast, M.Proleta 2+6reb+1ast
Alkar Sinj: S.Modric 18+6reb+2ast, Z.Zupic 12+3reb+1ast, R.Jugo 11+1reb+3ast, N.Gaurina 9+3reb, L.Zitko 7+2reb, J.Matic 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 196675



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Boulazac inks Marvin Jefferson, ex Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProA) agreed terms with 27-year old American center Marvin Jefferson (206-107kg-86, college: Idaho). He started the season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In 20 games he had 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.5bpg this season. Jefferson also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 6.7ppg and 3.0rpg. The most of last season he spent at JA Vichy (ProB). In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6bpg. Jefferson also played at Bigua (LUB) in Uruguayan league earlier that season. In four games he recorded 9.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0bpg.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season he played at Quimper UJAP (ProB). In 34 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3bpg. Jefferson was named to WAC All-Defensive Team in 2010.
He graduated from University of Idaho in 2010 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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VTB League: CSKA roll over CEZ Nymburk in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk - CSKA 63:76

CSKA roll over CEZ Nymburk in Czech Republic in the only game this weekend in VTB League. The Russian Champions won 76:63 and improved to 14-3 record.
The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. CEZ Nymburk was better in third quarter 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when CSKA Moscow won last quarter 25-14. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 14 points and 4 assists. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) chipped in 10 points and 8 assists. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (197-G-84, college: CS Northridge) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
CEZ Nymburk lost third consecutive game. Defending Czech champion keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. CSKA Moscow will face Triumph Lyubertsy in the next round. CEZ Nymburk will play on the road against Tsmoki-Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

CEZ Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 26, Michael Efevberha 16, Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) 8
CSKA: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) 15, Vladimir Micov 14, Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) 11+9rebs, Milos Teodosic 10



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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. Maine RC 23-21 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 22-20 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 21-21 
 7. Springfield A. 16-25 
 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. 18-25 
 7. Idaho S. 13-28 
 8. Reno B. 13-28 

Regular Season: Round 60

Mar. 17: Texas L. - Maine RC 94-109
Mar. 17: Springfield A. - Ft.Wayne MA 107-80
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
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 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.19.1 
 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. Jones, Texas L.11.7 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.11.0 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.10.5 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.9.4 
 8. Wright, Maine RC9.3 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 10. Harris, Iowa E.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.9 
 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, Texas5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.1.9 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.7 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.5 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 6. Whiteside, Rio G.2.2 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Moon, Los A.2.0 


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

Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Rio Grande VV and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 59.
The 24-year old guard got a double-double of 33 points and twelve assists, while his team beat Los Angeles D. (#5, 19-22) 134-119. Rio Grande VV maintains the 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 26-15 record. In the team's last game Goudelock had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Rio Grande VV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. College of Charleston graduate has very impressive stats this year. Goudelock is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.2ppg), assists (9th best: 5.9apg) and averages solid 52.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of league's best team Santa Cruz W.. Armstrong impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Santa Cruz W. to another comfortable win 103-85 over the lower-ranked Texas L. (#6, 18-24) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Santa Cruz W. still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 28-13 record. Armstrong is a newcomer at Santa Cruz W. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Rio Grande VV's star - Toure Murry (195-G-89). Murry scored 21 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Rio Grande VV, helping his team with a 134-119 easy win against the lower-ranked Los Angeles D. (#5, 19-22). Rio Grande VV needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 26 victories and 15 lost games. Murry has a very solid season. In 37 games in D-L he scored 7.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lance Goulbourne (203-F-89) of Santa Cruz W. - 17 points and 15 rebounds
5. Durrell Summers (196-G-89) of Idaho S. - 25 points and 12 rebounds
6. Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87) of Canton C. - 21 points and 10 rebounds
7. Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Maine RC - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Michael Taylor (188-G-86) of Los Angeles D. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Orien Greene (193-G-82) of Reno B. - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Justin Hurtt (194-G-88) of Iowa E. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Liga Americas: Mavort edge Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

Mavort - Flamengo 95:93

Mavort stayed alive in the fight for Liga Americas Final Four birth. They snatched a tough win over Flamengo to catch up with Pinheiros/Sky in Group D ladder. DeAngelo Riley (206-C/F-88, college: Azusa Pacific) stepped up with 21 points to pace the Ecuadorian team.
Mavort exploded with 28 points in the starting quarter to gain a 5-point lead. They kept Flamengo at distance throughout the second quarter. Mavort secured a 48:40 halftime advantage. Flamengo though increased the tempo in the third term. The Brazilian team went on a 31:25 run to cut the deficit to two points before the final stanza. Flamengo pulled ahead and posted a 4-point lead late in regulation. But three-pointers from Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) and Reynaldo Garcia brought Mavort to the victory. Elys Guzman accounted for 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Mike Sloan (194-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) added 16 points for the winners. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) answered with 32 points for Flamengo. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Mavort: DeAngelo Riley 21, Elys Guzman 20, Mike Sloan 16
Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 32, Caio Silveira 19+14 boards



Liga Americas: Pinheiros/Sky clinch Final Four appearance in thriller - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky - Mavort 82:80 (OT)

Pinheiros/Sky will play in Liga Americas Final Four. They booked their ticket with the dramatic overtime win over Mavort of Ecuador. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) exploded with 33 points to pace the winners.
Mavort strongly started the game. The Ecuadorian team enjoyed a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. Pinheiros/Sky improved their defence in the second quarter. The Brazilian team trimmed the deficit at 3-point mark 33:36 at halftime. Pinheiros/Sky surged ahead in the third quarter. They accumulated a 57:53 advantage with ten minutes to go in regulation. The gap grew at 7-point mark midway through the fourth frame 66:59. However Mavort used a 7:0 run to narrow the deficit. Pinheiros/Sky pulled in front again but Raul Cardenas netted two free throws and forced overtime. Shamell Stallworth stepped up for Pinheiros/Sky in the extra period. He drained six points to lead the Brazilian team to the crucial win at the end. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) accounted for 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Andre Bambu (205-C-79) added 10 points in the victory. DeAngelo Riley (206-C/F-88, college: Azusa Pacific) responded with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Mavort. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) topscored with 28 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 33, Mineiro Ferreira 16+17 boards, Andre Bambu 10
Mavort: Elys Guzman 28+10 boards, DeAngelo Riley 26+10 boards



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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 19-9 
 2. TU/Rock 18-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 14-5 
 4. TTU 13-11 
 5. Rapla 12-13 
 6. Valga 12-15 
 7. Parnu 11-13 
 8. Tln Kalev 7-21 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 17: Tln Kalev - Tarvas 89-71
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 51-84

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 23: TTU - Valga
Mar. 23: Rapla - Hito/Johvi
Mar. 23: Parnu - Tarvas
Mar. 24: Hito/Johvi - Tln Kalev


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, Tarvas15.6 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.0 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas14.7 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu14.6 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.0 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev13.9 
 9. Raadik, Parnu13.6 
 10. Pilk, Rapla13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.6 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.5 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.4 
 6. Grafs, Valga7.1 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.0 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.2 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tarv.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.4 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 4. Laane, Rapla3.4 
 5. Cunda, Valga3.4 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.4 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.3 
 9. Raap, Parnu2.6 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.6 
 8. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 9. Cunda, Valga1.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
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. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.6 
 7. Saks, Tarvas0.6 
 8. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 9. Dimsa, TU/Rock0.5 
 10. Grafs, Valga0.5 


KML Round 23: Tln Kalev defeats leader BC Rakvere - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) in Tallinn on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Tln Kalev (7-21) 89-71. The game was mostly controlled by Tln Kalev. BC Rakvere managed to win second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Madis Parn (197-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) contributed with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Latvian forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for BC Rakvere. Tln Kalev maintains eighth place with 7-21 record. BC Rakvere lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with nine games lost. Tln Kalev are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9) on the road in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against KK Parnu (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) against fifth ranked Rapla (12-13) on Saturday night. Visiting BC Rakvere was crushed by Rapla in Rapla 73-51. It was a great evening for forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Martin Dorbek helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Kaido Saks (205-86) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Rapla maintains fifth place with 12-13 record. BC Rakvere lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with nine games lost. Rapla will play against bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9) at home in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against KK Parnu (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Kalev/Cramo (14-5) which played road game in Rakvere against leader BC Rakvere (19-9). Third ranked Kalev/Cramo managed to get a 5-point victory 79-74. It was an exceptional evening for Frank Elegar who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Brandis Raley-Ross came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for BC Rakvere in the defeat. BC Rakvere's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 14-5 record having fourteen points less than leader Tarvas. BC Rakvere lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with nine games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Rakvere will play against KK Parnu and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss a home victory of seventh ranked KK Parnu (11-13) over 4th placed TTU (13-11) 77-66. The best player for the winners was Rain Raadik who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for KK Parnu. They maintain seventh place with 11-13 record. TTU at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. KK Parnu's next round opponent will be league's leader BC Rakvere at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TTU will play against Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 9th ranked Hito/Johvi (2-23) and seventh ranked Valga (12-15) in Johvi on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Valga outscored Hito/Johvi 84-51. Joonas Jarvelainen orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Hito/Johvi's coach Priit Sternhof gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Valga moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Hito/Johvi stay dead last with 23 lost games. Valga will face higher ranked TTU (#4) in Tallinn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hito/Johvi will play at home against Tln Kalev (#8) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 23 Tln Kalev was beaten by Valga on the road 66-58.


Tln Kalev - Tarvas 89-71

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) in Tallinn on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Tln Kalev (7-21) 89-71. The game was mostly controlled by Tln Kalev. BC Rakvere managed to win second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Madis Parn (197-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Kaido Saks (205-86) added 16 points in the effort for BC Rakvere. Tln Kalev maintains eighth place with 7-21 record. BC Rakvere lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with nine games lost. Tln Kalev are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9) on the road in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against KK Parnu (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Parn 24+13reb+1ast, I.Okoye 15+14reb+1ast, M.Campbell 14+3reb+4ast, R.Roos 12+1reb+4ast, M.Paiste 10+7reb+5ast, M.Kurg 5
Tarvas: M.Laksa 19+6reb+5ast, B.Raley-Ross 16+4reb+2ast, K.Saks 16+4reb+3ast, A.Stewart 8+6reb, R.Tamm 6+5reb+2ast, M.Schleicher 5+5reb
gschID: 236328


Hito/Johvi - Valga 51-84

The game between 9th ranked Hito/Johvi (2-23) and seventh ranked Valga (12-15) in Johvi on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Valga outscored Hito/Johvi 84-51. The game without a history. Valga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Hito/Johvi turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Valga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Hito/Johvi's players. Power forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Serbian point guard Edi Sinadinovic (193-88) contributed with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. Tonis Uuekula (201-88) answered with 11 points and guard Aleksis Anijarv (186-94) added 9 points in the effort for Hito/Johvi. Hito/Johvi's coach Priit Sternhof gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Valga moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Hito/Johvi stay dead last with 23 lost games. Valga will face higher ranked TTU (#4) in Tallinn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hito/Johvi will play at home against Tln Kalev (#8) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga: J.Jarvelainen 29+8reb+1ast, V.Vares 19+3reb+1ast, H.Rannula 12+5reb+1ast, E.Cunda 8+1reb+2ast, R.Grafs 7+4reb+1ast, E.Sinadinovic 6+11reb+14ast
Hito/Johvi: T.Uuekula 11+2reb, A.Anijarv 9+3reb, A.Saariste 7+1reb, J.Kool 7+1ast, S.Saare 4+1reb, G.Tambre 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 231186


Parnu - TTU 77-66

We should not miss a home victory of seventh ranked KK Parnu (11-13) over 4th placed TTU (13-11) 77-66. KK Parnu shot 23 for 46 from the free-throw line, while TTU only scored five points from the stripe. 32 personal fouls committed by TTU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international center Rain Raadik (208-89) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. The former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) produced 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for KK Parnu. They maintain seventh place with 11-13 record. TTU at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. KK Parnu's next round opponent will be league's leader BC Rakvere at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TTU will play against Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: R.Raadik 24+15reb, K.Kitsing 16+6reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 15+8reb+6ast, K.Evart 11+1reb+1ast, O.Matulionis 6+5reb+5ast, R.Raap 5+3reb+4ast
TTU: E.Keedus 17+8reb+4ast, A.Arnold 15+9reb, K.Akenparg 11+10reb+3ast, J.Puidet 8+1reb+3ast, M.Kaja 6+2reb+2ast, K.Makke 4+2reb
gschID: 231185


Rapla - Tarvas 73-51

Very important is a road loss of first ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) against fifth ranked Rapla (12-13) on Saturday night. Visiting BC Rakvere was crushed by Rapla in Rapla 73-51. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. BC Rakvere was better in second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rapla dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BC Rakvere's 30. It was a great evening for forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. International guard Martin Dorbek (194-91) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Kaido Saks (205-86) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) scored 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Rapla maintains fifth place with 12-13 record. BC Rakvere lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with nine games lost. Rapla will play against bottom-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9) at home in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against KK Parnu (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rapla: A.Parn 21+3reb, M.Dorbek 19+5reb+1ast, I.Pilk 11+10reb+6ast, R.Ringmets 8+7reb+1ast, J.Soo 4+1reb, M.Jurtom 3
Tarvas: K.Saks 15+5reb+1ast, A.Stewart 10+2reb, M.Laksa 6+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 6+7reb+4ast, O.Metsalu 6+7reb+1ast, R.Tamm 5+6reb
gschID: 231184


Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 74-79

An interesting game for Kalev/Cramo (14-5) which played road game in Rakvere against leader BC Rakvere (19-9). Third ranked Kalev/Cramo managed to get a 5-point victory 79-74. BC Rakvere was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Kalev/Cramo had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) accounted for 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) added 14 points respectively for BC Rakvere in the defeat. BC Rakvere's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 14-5 record having fourteen points less than leader Tarvas. BC Rakvere lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with nine games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Rakvere will play against KK Parnu and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: A.Skele 19+5reb+4ast, G.Wilkinson 19+6reb, F.Elegar 12+17reb, T.Abbott 9+5reb, T.Sokk 7+5reb+3ast, G.Dorbek 5+1reb
Tarvas: B.Raley-Ross 29+11reb+5ast, R.Tamm 14+2reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 9+5reb, R.Lindmets 9+7reb+1ast, M.Laksa 8+1reb, K.Saks 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 231183


Valga - Tln Kalev 66-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Valga's (12-15) home victory over 8th ranked Tln Kalev (7-21) 66-58 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-58. Valga outrebounded Tln Kalev 45-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. Tln Kalev was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian point guard Edi Sinadinovic (193-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) added 17 points in the effort for Tln Kalev. Valga moved-up to sixth place. Loser Tln Kalev keeps the eighth position with 21 games lost. Valga will face higher ranked TTU (#4) in Tallinn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tln Kalev will play on the road against Hito/Johvi (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga: E.Sinadinovic 19+6reb+4ast, R.Grafs 15+11reb+1ast, E.Cunda 14+7reb+2ast, V.Vares 9+9reb+3ast, H.Rannula 6+5reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 3+2reb+1ast
Tln Kalev: M.Kurg 17+3reb, I.Okoye 15+10reb+1ast, R.Roos 8+4reb+2ast, M.Paiste 8+5reb+2ast, M.Parn 4+2reb+3ast, R.Prii 2
gschID: 231182



Edi Sinadinovic with all-time assists record! - by Eurobasket Center

Edi Sinadinovic (193-PG-88) broke Estonia's all-time assists record dishing out 14 (!) dimes to which Edi added 6 points, 11 rebounds and 1 block.

Officials of the Estonian basketball federation contacted Sinadinovic's team's executives, informing them of the wowing accomplishment of their point guard.

Serbian point guard is having an excellent start with Valga/Maks&Moorits. In first three games he averaged 12.3ppg, 7.0rpg and impressive 7.7apg. Before he moved to Estonia he has played 12 games for bosnian HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar and recorded 17.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 5.2apg.



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 6. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 7. Brown, Lokomotiv16.2 
 8. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Rowland, VEF Riga15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv7.6 
 3. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.6 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.5 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.9 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Kalnietis, Lokomot.6.1 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Nelson, Crvena Z.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 4. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Markovic, Valencia1.5 
 9. Drozdov, Budivelnyk1.5 
 10. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.4 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 4. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 5. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 6. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Hamilton, Gescr.0.9 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia0.8 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.16.6 
 3. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.6 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu14.5 
 6. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 7. Weems, CSKA13.9 
 8. Krstic, CSKA13.7 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi13.7 
 10. Popovic, Zalgiris13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.2 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.3 
 3. Lasme, Panathin.6.1 
 4. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 5. Lampe, Caja L.6.0 
 6. Thompson, ALBA5.8 
 7. Tomic, FCB Regal5.8 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.5 
 10. Erden, Anadolu E.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.5 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.4 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.1 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi4.0 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Zalgiris
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 3. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Hickman, Maccabi1.6 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 7. Diamantidis, Panat.1.2 
 8. Calloway, Unicaja1.2 
 9. Djedovic, ALBA1.2 
 10. Savanovic, Anado.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.9 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.3 
 4. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 6. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 7. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 8. Davis, Khimky1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.1 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 



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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. 16: Kouvot - Kauhajoki 88-84
Mar. 15: Pyrinto - Lapua 82-90
Mar. 17: Lapua - Korihait 80-74
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, Korihait9.7 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.3 
 4. Giles, KTP9.1 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki9.1 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Haanpaa, Lapua8.4 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.4 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.4 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.7 
 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, Lapua1.8 
 7. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 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 12-10 
 5. Oulun NMKY 12-12 
 6. Huima 9-14 
 7. Pyrinto II 8-15 
 8. SayRi 7-16 
 9. Ura Basket 6-17 
Division B
 1. Kerava ET 21-6 
 2. TuNMKY 19-7 
 3. Jarvenpaa 17-10 
 4. KaU Koris 16-11 
 5. HBA-Marsky 10-16 
 6. BC Jyvaskyla 10-17 
 7. Espoo Basket 8-19 
 8. JyWe 6-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

A

Mar. 16: BC Nokia - Oulun NMKY 89-78
Mar. 17: Huima - BC Nokia 84-81
Mar. 15: Porvoon Tarmo - ToPo 82-79
Mar. 17: Ura Basket - SayRi 82-102
Mar. 17: Pyrinto II - Oulun NMKY 116-117

B

Mar. 17: Kerava ET - BC Jyvaskyla 99-72
Mar. 17: JyWe - Jarvenpaa 83-111
Mar. 17: HBA-Marsky - KaU Koris 82-69
Mar. 17: TuNMKY - Espoo Basket 80-67

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 24: ToPo - Huima
Mar. 24: Tapiolan Honka - Porvoon Tarmo
Mar. 24: BC Nokia - Ura Basket
Mar. 24: SayRi - Pyrinto II


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Taylor, Porvoon23.9 
 4. Moultrie, BC Nokia23.3 
 5. Hester, TuNM.22.9 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.5 
 7. Mays, Huima22.0 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET21.7 
 9. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 16
 1. Hester, TuNM.16.0 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.7 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.6 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.7 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 8. Young, Porvoon10.7 
 9. Capers, ToPo10.6 
 10. Coleman, ToPo10.3 
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. Mays, Huima4.3 
 5. Ginty, ToPo4.3 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.2 
 7. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
 9. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
 10. Hanninen, Jarven.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 4. Taylor, Porvoon2.0 
 5. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 7. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 9. Russell, Oulun N.1.7 
 10. Capers, ToPo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 6. Capers, ToPo1.3 
 7. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 8. Hester, TuNM.1.2 
 9. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 
 10. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.2 


KORISLIIGA: Lapua towards the play-off games - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 38: One contest tonight. Korikobrat (Lapua) won over UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 80-74 (39-36) and is probably on the way to the play-off games. Lapua's starters scored all 80 points, the bench didn't help this time a lot. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) led again Lapua (13-25) with 22 pts. Trey Hampton (203-F-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia St.) added 19 pts. Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander) had a double-double 18pts/10rbs as well as Dominique Coleman (190-G-84, college: Colorado), who netted 16 pts and gave 11 assists. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) led UU-Korihait (12-26) with a double-double 23pts/12rbs.

In Division 1 A (round 23) there were three games. Ura Basket (Kaarina) lost at home vs Riento from Saynatsalo 82-102 (42-50) and this result means Ura Basket (6-17) will fall down (1 B) and SayRi (7-16) will stay in real Division 1. Nolan Richardson (188-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Midwestern St.) led Ura Basket with 29 pts and Eryk Thomas (200-C/F-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) helped Riento with 25pts/10rbs/9a.
Huima (Aanekoski) defeated BC Nokia after OT 84-81 (73) (31-35), but BC Nokia had a couple of starters out of this game. DeAndre Mays (188-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Youngstown St.) was Huima's leading scorer with 25 points. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) led BC Nokia with a double-double 19pts/14rbs.
In Tampere two OTs were needed before YMCA Oulu had beaten Pyrinto II 116-117 (104) (87) (48-39). Topias Palmi (190-SG-94) led the hosts with 26 pts. Josh Nofflet (194-G/F-88, college: Lee) (YMCA Oulu) had a double-double 25pts/15rbs.



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  FRANCE   

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 22: Antibes - Maurienne
Mar. 22: Chalons-Reims - Lille
Mar. 22: Rouen - Le Portel
Mar. 23: Boulogne - Bordeaux
Mar. 22: St Quentin - Bourg
Mar. 22: Evreux - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Mar. 23: St Vallier - Denain
Mar. 22: Fos Ouest - Hyeres-Toulon
Mar. 22: Nantes - Charleville


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, Lille17.9 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.5 
 8. Hannah, Evreux17.4 
 9. Sanders, Charlevil.17.2 
 10. McKines, Rouen17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Bing, Maurienne10.0 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.0 
 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. Mathis, Nantes7.3 
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. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.4 
 7. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen5.0 
 10. Bassett, 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 


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 


Boulazac inks Marvin Jefferson, ex Apollon - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProA) agreed terms with 27-year old American center Marvin Jefferson (206-107kg-86, college: Idaho). He started the season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In 20 games he had 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.5bpg this season. Jefferson also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 6.7ppg and 3.0rpg. The most of last season he spent at JA Vichy (ProB). In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6bpg. Jefferson also played at Bigua (LUB) in Uruguayan league earlier that season. In four games he recorded 9.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0bpg.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season he played at Quimper UJAP (ProB). In 34 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3bpg. Jefferson was named to WAC All-Defensive Team in 2010.
He graduated from University of Idaho in 2010 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



French NM1 round 26 best performance: Alex Okafor - by Eurobasket News

American forward Alex Okafor (202-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rennes, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Sorgues (#10, 11-12) 78-69. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Rennes maintains the 15th position in French NM1. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 18 games and recorded just five victories. Okafor just recently signed at Rennes, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Alex Okafor averages this season 16.9ppg and 8.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Jarryd Cole (204-F-88) of La Rochelle. Cole had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as La Rochelle lost that game 76-92 to slightly higher-ranked Blois (#7, 13-9). This loss caused La Rochelle to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cole is a newcomer at La Rochelle, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#3). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (192-SG-81) of Angers BC 49 (#11). Gunnarsson scored 29 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Angers BC 49, leading his team to a 113-58 easy win against CFBB (#16, 0-24). The chances of Angers BC 49 ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gunnarsson could help Angers BC 49 to bring them higher in the standings. Gunnarsson has a very solid season. In 21 games in France he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of St Chamond - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Daviin Davis (193-G/F-85) of Blois - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Benjamin Thomas (181-PG-82) of Vichy - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) of Souffel - 20 points and 8 rebounds
8. Thibaut Lonzieme (195-G-89) of Angers BC 49 - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88) of Vichy - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Francis Koffi (202-F-81) of Cognac - 17 points and 11 rebounds

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



Jeremiah Wood claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Evreux and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 27-year old had a double-double of 29 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Bordeaux (#17, 7-20) 102-97. Evreux maintains the 2nd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Evreux will need more victories to improve their 20-7 record. It's Wood's second year at Evreux and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wood has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.1ppg) and averages solid 65.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward John Flowers (200-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Denain. Flowers impressed basketball fans with 37 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Denain to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Le Portel (#4, 18-9) 84-63. This victory allowed Denain to move up to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. Flowers is a newcomer at Denain and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#2). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Justin Burrell (206-F-88) of Chalons-Reims (#3). Burrell showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Chalons-Reims, leading his team to a 96-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Charleville (#18, 5-22). Chalons-Reims needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Burrell has a very solid season. In 27 games in France he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 65.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Rouen - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of St Vallier - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. LaMarshall Corbett (190-G-88) of Nantes - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) of Boulogne - 21 points and 12 rebounds
8. Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90) of Bourg - 23 points and 12 rebounds
9. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Evreux - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Abdoulaye Loum (210-F-91) of Boulogne - 21 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 17: Phoenix Hagen - ALBA 94-87
Mar. 17: TBB Trier - B.Muenchen 90-84
Mar. 17: Fraport SKY - Brose Bask. 77-64
Mar. 16: Bayreuth - s.Oliver Baskets 62-83
Mar. 23: Neckar L'burg - MBC


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, Fraport14.7 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.5 
 8. Thompson, ALBA14.3 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.14.3 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.1 
 5. Robertson, Fraport6.9 
 6. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.6 
 7. Gordon, Phoenix6.5 
 8. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 9. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 10. Linhart, TBB Trier6.3 
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. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Bernard, Neckar L.1.7 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 7. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Burtschi, Bremerh.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.0 
 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. McGhee, Bayreuth0.8 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 20-7 
 2. Goettingen 19-8 
 3. Duesseldorf 18-9 
 4. Cuxhaven 16-11 
 5. Karlsruhe 16-11 
 6. Ehingen 15-12 
 7. Chemnitz 14-13 
 8. Jena 13-14 
 9. NBC 13-14 
 10. Heidelberg 12-15 
 11. Crailsheim 11-16 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 11-16 
 13. Finke Baskets 11-16 
 14. Gotha 10-17 
 15. Kirchheim 10-17 
 16. Leipzig 7-20 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 17: Gotha - Vechta 95-106
Mar. 17: ETB Wohnbau - Crailsheim 86-84
Mar. 17: NBC - Karlsruhe 84-89 OT
Mar. 17: Jena - Leipzig 83-85
Mar. 17: Chemnitz - Goettingen 75-71 OT
Mar. 17: Finke Baskets - Heidelberg 75-67
Mar. 17: Kirchheim - Ehingen 73-79
Mar. 17: Cuxhaven - Duesseldorf 65-59


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.3 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.8 
 3. Griffin, Gotha17.9 
 4. Williams, Vechta17.4 
 5. Nixon, NBC17.3 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.6 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.4 
 8. Barker, Jena16.3 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.4 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz10.0 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 5. Baker, Gotha8.0 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.6 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.5 
 8. Henley, ETB W.7.5 
 9. Calvin, Ehingen7.4 
 10. Livas, Goettingen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Vechta7.0 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim5.9 
 3. Aud, Finke Baskets5.7 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 7. Barker, Jena4.4 
 8. Jeka, Jena4.3 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg3.9 
 10. Ishizaki, Chemnitz3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Vechta2.7 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.5 
 7. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim1.5 
 9. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.4 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.3 
 4. Thompson, NBC1.3 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz1.2 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 8. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 9. Henley, ETB W.0.8 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.0.8 


3 germans are dancing in the NCAA Tournament - by Daniel Poerschke

Selection Sunday was yesterday and three german college basketball players will be part of this years NCAA Tournament, field of 68.
Elias Harris (203-F-89) and his Gonzaga University Bulldogs are the #1 Team in the West Region and will face Southern University in Salt Lake City.
T.J. DiLeo (190-PG-90) and Temple University are the #9 Team in the East Region and will play versus North Carolina State in Dayton.
Alexander Blessig (188-G-93) of Florida Gulf Coast University got seated as the #15 team in the South Region and have to play against Georgetown in their first game.

Eurobasket Germany wishes the best of luck to these three germans!



Dawan Robinson Scores And Raps The Fraport Skyliners Past The Brose Baskets Bamberg 77-64 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The most important thing that is known about Fraport Skyliner point guard Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island) is that he is a top penetrator that could probably get to the hoop quicker than Philadelphia native Rocky Balboa could utter the famous words Adrian and could probably make a good figure if he and ex Skyliner Dashaun Wood were to battle to see who can score more when dealing and wheeling to the hole. However after the thrilling and huge win against five time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg one also learned a different musical side to the friendly Philadelphia native as he joined Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte in the Humba chant with the fans after the thrilling 77-64 win against Bamberg. Maybe it was no coincidence that during halftime rap legend Kurtis Blow who had the first certified gold record rap song with the Breaks in 1980 preformed to the already very excited fans who were Bamberg having problems against the 17th placed team. Perhaps somebody slipped Robinson some information before doing the Humba about how to do it the Kurtis Blow way. His teammates werent only impressed with his play on the court, but also his musical ability. I should ask him for rap lessons. He will hear it all week about his humba effort. He is a perfect rapper and is in his own category, smiled ex LTi Giessen 46er Ryan Brooks. However others rather keep him busy on the court than in the recording studio. Dawan still needs some practice. I rather see him on the court than rapping, added Skyliner guard Konstantin Klein. Larry Wright studied the Robinson showcase and was certain that he needs no assistance. He cant help me out. I think I can rap a lot better, laughed Larry Wright. The play of Robinson on the court was no laughing matter. It was another solid performance where he led his team in scoring with 19 points having 12 at halftime and then making a huge three pointer in crunch time to seal the win. Robinson is our leader on the court. He is a good shooter though. He doesnt need to rely on his shot, because he penetrates so well, stressed Michigan native Larry Wright. Robinson was all smiles when describing his humba debut and gave all the credit to captain Nolte. Marius told me what to say, but it was nice celebrating at the end, said Dawan Robinson.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg have been as active on the transfer market this second half of the season seemingly like never before like an NBA team is always shuffling players back and fourth between the D-league. Jeremiah Massey came not too long ago as well as American Alex Rentroe and Matt Walsh. IF one looks back to the 2006-2007 season, Bamberg brought in highly touted NBA player Casey Jacobson for the stretch run helping win their second Beko BBL title. If one wants to compare the coming of Walsh to the coming of Jacobson 6 seasons ago may be unfair since Walsh only played two NBA Games, but the 30 year old 197cm swing man from Pennsylvania brings a lot of basketball experience who is a skilled offensive player who has the ability to make the players around him better. Bamberg is his 13th professional team after having played in countries like Greece, Spain, Slovenia, France, Belgium and the Ukraine. His two NBA games in 2005 might be a long lasting memory where his teammates were guys like Shaq, Dwayne Wade, Gary Payton and Alonso Mourning, but in his professional career he has shown that he can win as he won titles in Belgium and Slovenia. Walsh who has a knack for other talents besides basketball like tennis and in high school competed in the long and high jump and got life experience dating a playboy playmate is all business on the court as he is a very versatile swingman that at times comes over as a point guard because of his ball handling and passing qualities that has given him unusually high assist rates in the last two seasons in the Ukraine and Belgium. His last team was Belgacom Spirou in Belgium where he was a teammate of ex Skyliner Mr ballerina Derrick Allen and he put up big numbers in Eurocup averaging 17.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.6apg. From a distance, he looks like he could be the twin of Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Vaughn Duggins with his white sweat ban across his fore head and wavy hair or have doubled for Will Ferrell as Jackie Moon In the basketball comedy Semi Pro. The ex Florida Gator was making his debut in the Fraport arena and was as focused as his home town Holland, Pennsylvania has been for the last 30 years to finally bring back commuter train service again which has severely hurt the commute of people to Philadelphia and Trenton, New Jersey as Walsh had seven points, nine rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of duty and despite the loss has ample praise from Bamberg manager Wolfganf Heyder. Coach Chris Fleming stressed basketball culture and with Walsh we have a guy that has an amazing way to get rebounds and his ability to pass the ball. He is very versatile can play the positions 1-3 and we need to give guys like Gavel and Jacobson a rest. He is a very good rotation player, added Wolfgang Heyder. Alone in the first half, there were three instances where one could see that he thinks like a point guard at times. After snatching a rebound he made an incredible quick outlet pass to Bostjan Nachbar, made a fast lob pass to Philipp Nuemann before the Frankfurt defense could react and last but not least set up Maik Zirbes for an ally-op tip in. Bamberg scout Brendan Rooney also sees other attributes that the former Florida Gator has. His versatility and basketball IQ standout for me. He sees the floor well, rebounds well and reads the ball well, commented Brendan Rooney. Other Skyliner players didnt want to comment on the Jackie Moon comparison, but Rooney did. I didnt see the movie Semi Pro, but all I know is that Matt Walsh is a lot better player than Jackie Moon, expressed Brendan Rooney.

After getting their three game winning streak snapped in Ulm last weekend and despite playing an incredible first half last weekend, the Fraport Skyliners went into the game with the Brose Baskets Bamberg as if it was a game five in the finals of the playoffs and gave a strong spirited effort for 40 minutes and even when the opponent rallied in the fourth quarter, didnt loose their cool and slammed the door shut on the five time Beko BBL champion. This was a total team effort. We needed everything from everyone. We got key rebounds at the end, eliminated any second chance shots and just executed on offense and defense when we needed it, stressed Dawan Robinson. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were coming off a bitter overtime loss in Turkey 72 hours early and at times looked heavy on their feet and just couldnt find a fluid offensive rhythm and hit important shots and be best friends with the loose balls something they didnt have a handle on all afternoon long. We found no rhythm at the start and let up too many offensive rebounds. We had good start into third quarter, but Frankfurt went on a run and that just broke our back and we couldnt come back, expressed ex LTi Giessen guard Anton Gavel. Giving the excuse that Bamberg was tired from the season and Euroleague travel wasnt used as a sufficient reason. One can say that we were tired, but we cant give that as an excuse for losing in Frankfurt. We lost because we didnt defend well, not hit our shots well and just didnt go aggressive to the hoop, explained ex TBB Trier center Maik Zirbes.

Despite horrible weather outside, it didnt hinder 4,840 fans from making the trip to the Fraport arena. The fans were rewarded right away as the 2004 Beko BBL champion raced out to a 5-0 lead as Ryan Brooks hit a fade away jumper and Quantez Robertson nailed a three pointer over Karsten Tadda. Zach Peacock then grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a pretty two foot jumper over Zirbes as Frankfurt led 7-1. The solid ball movement and aggressive work on the boards were paying dividends. After Gavel scored inside, Peacock got his second foul and had to sit down. However Frankfurt had enough other good weapons to compensate Peacock as Marius Nolte scored on a lay up and Robinson nailed a three pointer. Nolte then scored again running hard to the hoop from the free throw line like well fed race horse taking its rounds at the Belmont. The Fraport Skyliners led 16-7 as Chris Fleming took a time out. Bamberg came out of the time out focused and hit Frankfurt with a 5-0 run cutting the lead to 16-12. American Alex Renfroe from Savannah, Georgia who could pass as a shorter version of TBB Trier forward Brian Harper with his skinny legs dropped a three pointer and ex Phoenix Sun Sharod Ford hit a fade away jumper. Two years ago it was Dashaun Wood and last season it was Jermareo Davidson who would help the team when the opponent was getting closer and this season its usually Peacock or Robinson who can score in bunches as the latter made a fade away and lay up as Frankfurt led 20-12. Ex New Jersey Net Bostjan Nachbar then hit a three pointer in the face of Danilo Barthel, but at the end one quarter, the Fraport Skyliners led 22-15. It is always tough for top teams, because every opponent is hungry to beat you. Bamberg seemed a bit lackadaisical and just very slow. They were outrebounded badly 18-3 and one could see that they missed blocking out assignments and missed many long rebounds. Despite having their hands on them, they couldnt get the rebounds, added ex Telemotive Munich guard Calvin Wooten. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 33% from outside while Bamberg was shooting 31% from the field and 40% from outside. Frankfurt had the overwhelming 18-3 rebound advantage, but two turnovers while Bamberg had zero turnovers.

The scoring rampage continued in the second quarter as the Fraport Sklyiners continued to display calm offense with their shots sitting pretty. Devin Gibson nailed a three pointer and made free throws and then set up German center Johannes Voigtmann for an easy lay up on the pick and role as Frankfurt led 29-19. Robertson then tested his 27% three point shooting nailing from outside, but was quickly matched by a Gavel bomb as the Brose Baskets Bamberg trailed 32-22. Laquan Prowell then hit a mid distance jumper as Frankfurt led 34-22. However one can never be too secure when playing Bamberg as they rushed out on a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 34-28. Gavel hit free throws and then as did Walsh and the American then dropped a three pointer. Bamberg had stepped up their defensive pressure forcing Frankfurt to some quick shots as well as low percentage shots at the end of the shot clock. Frankfurt then had some fortune as they nearly lost a loose ball, but Dawan Robinson scooped up the ball and hit a three pointer for the 37-28 lead. Bamberg then tallied a mini 4-0 run as Zirbes made a tip in ally-op and Sharod Ford scored inside. Robinson came up big again as he hit a last second off balance jumper sending the Fraport Skyliners into half time with a solid 39-32 lead. Bamberg played more aggressive and started to knock down shots better and just pushed the ball better. They also switched up on the zone frustrating the flow of the Frankfurt offense, stressed Calvin Wooten. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 42% from the three point line while the Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 35% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the massive 25-14 rebound edge. Frankfurt had five turnovers and Bamberg had four turnovers.

It took Bamberg very long to get back on the floor as they had a lot of matters to discuss with head coach Chris Fleming, but when they got back on the floor, they were all business. In the first Fraport Skyliner loss in Bamberg, it was Bostjan Nachbar that nailed three three pointers in the first quarter and in Frankfurt it was the start of the third quarter until the Slovenian motor got heated. Bamberg sprung out on a 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game 40-39. Nachtbar and Gavel hit consecutive three pointers and then the 309 game ex NBA player drove to the hoop and made a tough left handed lay up in traffic. Bamberg came out with a lot more energy than we did and were getting too many open shots, expressed Fraport Skyliner guard Larry Wright. However as quick as that offensive explosion came, it also lulled quicker than how Dawan Robinson can get from the free throw line to the hole as the Fraport Skyliners dominated the rest of the third quarter ending it with a 17-5 run. Frankfurt got production from everyone. Robinson scored inside, Peacock hit over Zirbes, Barthel scored inside and then it was Peacock again who made his money shot the mid distance shot as Frankfurt led 48-42. The Frankfurt offense was really rocking on all cylinders as Ryan Brooks connected from outside. Danilo Barthel then got a back door pass from Brooks for a crushing dunk.Jeremiah Massey then got a dunk, but was hit with a technical foul for too heavy celebrating. Peacock ended the third quarter with a free throw as the Fraport Skyliners led 57-44. Frankfurt played very aggressive defense after that Bamberg run and got into the passing lanes, added Larry Wright. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 40% from the parking lot while the Brose baskets Bamberg were shooting 33% from the field and 31% from the parking lot. Frankfurt still had the huge 45-36 rebound edge and only eight turnovers while Bamberg had 12 turnovers.

In the first five minutes, the Fraport Skyliners did a great jon never letting the Brose Baskets Bamberg get closer than nine points as they displayed consistent offense and just keeping any Bamberg comeback attempt at bay. Sharod Ford tested his 45% three point shooting percentage hitting from downtown, but Danilo Barthel returned the favor with a bank shot form the parking lot as Frankfurt led 60-47. The heart and soul of Bamberg Anton Gavel answered with a three pointer cutting the Frankfurt lead back to 60-50. Brooks then scored inside and Gavel hit from the free throw line as Bamberg trailed 62-52. Frankfurt was defending ferociously in the post and just annoying Bamberg in the set play. Robertson stole the ball from Walsh at center court scoring easily as Frankfurt led 64-52. With crunch time slowly approaching, Bamberg went on one last run scoring eight unanswered points to cut the Frankfurt lead to 64-60. Ex Clemson tiger Sharod Ford who led the Serie A in rebounds for three straight years hit a three pointer and then Gavel showed some quickness getting to the hole and scoring on a fingertip role as the Fraport arena was as quiet a turkey barn on Thanksgiving. Walsh and Renfroe then hit free throws. Frankfurt had been forced to bad shots and all of a sudden were up by only four points. However when you need a savior none better to call then Dawan Robinson who nailed a three pointer. Peacock then followed with free throws as Frankfurt led 69-60. My shot put game away. I was so wide open. I was just waiting to get the ball. I couldnt wait to shoot the ball, smiled Dawan Robinson. With time running out, Bamberg only really had Anton Gavel who was trying to save the ship as he nonstop penetrated for points and to the free throw line. After Gavel cut the Frankfurt lead to 70-63, the Fraport Skyliners got closer to victory with free throws. Brooks put an explanation point on the win with a steal at mid court and dunk as the Fraport Skyliners beat Bamberg for the second straight year at home. We cant let teams get a lead like that on us. It just makes it a lot more difficult to get over the hump. Frankfurt played a very good game, but us losing had more to do with us than their aggressive defense, stressed Matt Walsh. Ww just buckled down on defense in the fourth quarter. We got stops limiting them to one shot and just executed on offense, added Ryan Brooks.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Dawan Robinson with 19 points. Ryan Brooks contributed 13 points and eight rebounds. Zach peacock produced 12 points and 10 rebounds and Quantez Robertson had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Anton Gavel with 22 points. Bostjan Nachbar added 10 points. It was one of the seldom games where the Fraport Skyliners hit 40% from the field and from outside while Bamberg couldnt find their touch shooting 33% from the field and 31% from outside. Gavel had the reason for their poor shooting. We shot only 33% taking bad shots. We made them look good on defense, stressed Anton Gavel. Frankfurt produced perhaps their best rebounding game of the season outrebounding Bamberg 45-36. Our focus has always been rebounding. We know if we get the rebound then we can go out and run and just our athleticism. The key is always that first rebound to be successful, added Ryan Brooks. Bamberg was very physical on the glass, but we did a good job hitting glass and boxing out. I give a lot of credit to Marius Nolte. He played excellent, stressed Dawan Robinson. The biggest strength of the day was keeping Bamberg to 64 points who usually average 79 points per game. We stuck to our defensive principles. We knew that Bamberg would have a lot of energy after the loss in Hagen, but we had double as much energy keeping our hands on the ball and setting good traps. Peacock and Barthel did a great job defending the penetration and helping, added Ryan Brooks. The Fraport Skyliners look for their second win in a row Friday against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.




ProA Round 27 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

BV Chemnitz 99 (14-13) survived in overtime against BG Goettingen (19-8) by four points 75-71 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Takumi Ishizaki who scored 18 points and 7 assists. BV Chemnitz 99 maintains seventh place with 14-13 record. BG Goettingen at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Goettingen will play against Finke Baskets in Paderborn and be promoted back to the BBL just one year after relegation.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Leipzig defeated Jena in a road game 85-83. Kirchheim was beaten by Ehingen at home 73-79. Duesseldorf lost to Cuxhaven on the opponent's court 59-65. Finke Baskets managed to outperform Heidelberg in a home game 75-67. Vechta managed to beat Gotha on the road 106-95. ETB Wohnbau defeated Crailsheim on its own court 86-84.
The best stats of 27th round was 27 points and 7 rebounds by Jaivon Harris of Karlsruhe.


Jena - Leipzig 83-85

There was an upset when higher ranked Science City Jena (13-14) was edged at home by bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (7-20) 85-83 on Sunday. USC Leipzig have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth place with 7-20 record. Science City Jena at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. USC Leipzig will face higher ranked ETB Wohnbau (#12) in Essen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
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Kirchheim - Ehingen 73-79

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-12) defeated on the road 15th ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-17) 79-73 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kirchheim Knights won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) who scored 22 points. Kenneth Ogbe (197-94) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains sixth place with 15-12 record. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face Science City Jena (#8) at home in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against Duesseldorf Baskets (#3).
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Calvin 22+4reb+1ast, T.Rohde 16+2reb+1ast, K.Ogbe 11+6reb+4ast, G.Williamson 8+3reb+5ast, V.Matthews 7+4reb+2ast, S.Marlon Theis 7+1ast
Kirchheim: C.Alexander 14+5reb+1ast, J.Stommes 11+2reb+2ast, M.Smallwood 10+8reb+1ast, B.Bekteshi 9+2reb, S.Adeberg 9+5reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 9+2reb+1ast
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Cuxhaven - Duesseldorf 65-59

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 3rd placed Duesseldorf Baskets (18-9) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (16-11) 65-59 on Sunday. Cuxhaven BasCats maintains fourth place with 16-11 record, which they share with Karlsruhe. Duesseldorf Baskets at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will face MLP Academics Heidelberg (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against Kirchheim Knights (#15).
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Finke Baskets - Heidelberg 75-67

There was a surprise result in Paderborn where fourteenth ranked Finke Baskets (11-16) beat higher ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (12-15) 75-67 on Sunday. MLP Academics Heidelberg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Jason Jamerson (190-86, college: Grand Valley St.) who scored 22 points. Swingman Billy Rush (201-88, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) who recorded 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) added 17 points respectively. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Finke Baskets moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Crailsheim. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Finke Baskets will face league's second-placed BG Goettingen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Finke Baskets: J.Jamerson 22+1ast, M.Jost 12+5reb+2ast, M.Fleischmann 10+8reb+1ast, J.Adams 9, B.Rush 8+12reb+2ast, V.Kittmann 8+8reb
Heidelberg: C.Sargent 17+2reb+1ast, D.White 15+7reb, A.Hardy 8+6reb+3ast, K.Kuhn 8+5reb, T.Blackwood 6+1reb, K.Barth 5+3ast
gschID: 184557


Chemnitz - Goettingen 75-71 OT

BV Chemnitz 99 (14-13) survived in overtime against BG Goettingen (19-8) by four points 75-71 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 20-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-8. BG Goettingen was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) who scored 18 points and 7 assists. American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) who recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Greek-American guard Nicholas Livas (198-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. BV Chemnitz 99 maintains seventh place with 14-13 record. BG Goettingen at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Goettingen will play against Finke Baskets in Paderborn and be promoted back to the BBL just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Ishizaki 18+2reb+7ast, P.Stachula 16+3reb+1ast, R.Cardenas 15+3reb+2ast, D.Lawson 9+16reb, B.Obiango 5+3reb, A.Jones 5+8reb
Goettingen: A.Vargas 17+5reb+4ast, P.Guede 16+3reb+1ast, N.Livas 12+7reb+1ast, M.Grimaldi 10+4reb+4ast, R.Harris 8+7reb+1ast, M.Wenzl 5+4reb
gschID: 184556


NBC - Karlsruhe 84-89 OT


Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: J.Harris 27+7reb+3ast, S.Hauer 17+7reb+5ast, J.Black 16+11reb+1ast, M.Stockton 15+5reb+1ast, R.Roessler 11+6reb+2ast, E.Curth 3+1reb+1ast
NBC: C.Adler 23+13reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 18+2reb, R.Thompson 13+11reb, A.Smith 7+9reb+11ast, S.Schroeder 6+1reb+2ast, D.McDaniel 6+4reb
gschID: 184555


Gotha - Vechta 95-106

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-17) was defeated at home by first ranked SC Rasta Vechta (20-7) 106-95 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by SC Rasta Vechta. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was better in fourth quarter 31-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rasta Vechta made 17-of-17 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 23 points. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who recorded 26 points and 4 assists and forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five SC Rasta Vechta and four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first place with 20-7 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face Crailsheim Merlins (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against NBC in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Vechta: C.Hassan 23+2reb+2ast, J.Doerksen 19+3reb+1ast, R.Williams 14+8reb+8ast, B.Fumey 12+5reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 11+2reb+3ast, A.Rudowitz 11+5reb+4ast
Gotha: C.Griffin 26+3reb+4ast, J.Person 22+3reb+1ast, T.Baker 19+6reb+2ast, D.Watson 12+1reb+2ast, D.Selvig 5+3reb+1ast, J.Schaffrath 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 184554


ETB Wohnbau - Crailsheim 86-84

There was a small surprise in Essen where thirteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (11-16) edged 11th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (11-16) 86-84 on Sunday. Crailsheim Merlins were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-25 charge of ETB Wohnbau, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 18 points and 5 assists. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Benjamin Lischka (200-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 19 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Finke Baskets and Crailsheim. ETB Wohnbau will face bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: A.Cook 18+3reb+5ast, L.Stutz 18+4reb+1ast, F.Franke 17+5reb+2ast, J.Henley 14+5reb+3ast, M.Buljevic 9+2reb+2ast, T.Harbut 5+6reb+2ast
Crailsheim: B.Lischka 19+3reb+3ast, J.Moore 18+5reb+3ast, J.Crow 16+2reb, P.Friedel 12+2reb, D.Coleman 8+4reb+4ast, S.Johnson 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 184553



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

Oldenburg - Bayer Giants 84-86

Oldenburg was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Bayer Giants made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) responded with 22 points and 9 assists and naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Oldenburg players scored in double figures. Oldenburg's coach Mladen Drijencic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 33+3reb+5ast, M.Rass 14, J.Eggleston 13+9reb, M.Kuczmann 11+1reb, G.Twiehoff 9+7reb+1ast, O.Legankovas 6+5reb+3ast
Oldenburg: M.Taylor 22+2reb+9ast, C.Heinrich 16+8reb+3ast, K.Smit 15+5reb+6ast, A.Hartmann 13+7reb+2ast, P.Albrecht 8+8reb+1ast, J.Wimberg 6+2reb+2ast
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Rist Wedel - Fraport SKY II 90-71

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-71. SC Rist Wedel outrebounded Fraport Skyliners II 32-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American point guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: CS Monterey) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Marvin Boadu (193-89) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. SC Rist Wedel's coach Sebastian Gleim used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Taylor Brown (198-89, college: Bradley) answered with 25 points and point guard Falko Theilig (180-92) added 10 points and 13 assists in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. Four Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rist Wedel: A.Johnston 35+3reb+7ast, M.Boadu 16+3reb+4ast, D.Hopkins 12+3reb+5ast, K.Schlueter 8+1reb+1ast, F.Boeke 8+9reb, P.Owusu-Frimpong 6+3reb+1ast
Fraport SKY II: T.Brown 25+4reb+1ast, T.Oldenburg 11+2reb+1ast, J.Novak 10+4reb, F.Theilig 10+2reb+13ast, S.Daks 6+2reb+1ast, N.Vukovic 4
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Weissenhorn - SU Medien 66-61

The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Weissenhorn Youngstars made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for international Daniel Theis (203-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Dominique Johnson (194-92) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Spot Up Medien Baskets.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: D.Theis 18+16reb+1ast, C.Grosse 13, T.Joenke 13+4reb+5ast, B.Butler 10+9reb+1ast, M.Heberlein 5+3reb+2ast, K.Gausa 4+3reb+1ast
SU Medien: H.Sant-Roos 15+9reb+3ast, F.Heise 12+1reb, L.Gertz 8+4reb+1ast, L.Meisner 8+2reb, D.Johnson 8+10reb+3ast, O.Angerstein 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 235448


Langen - MTV Wolfenbuettel 86-66

The game without a history. TV 1862 Langen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TV 1862 Langen outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 36-25 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TV 1862 Langen made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. Swingman Joscha Domdey (194-89) contributed with 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. TV 1862 Langen's coach Ty Shaw used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Travis Clark (195, college: Lake Forest) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) added 7 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel.
Top scorers:
Langen: J.Domdey 20+2reb+6ast, M.Woody 17+14reb+2ast, M.Cooke 15+3reb+2ast, S.Barth 11+2reb+6ast, M.Schneider 6+6reb+1ast, G.Raebel 5+3ast
MTV Wolfenbuettel: F.Theis 17+3reb, T.Clark 16+10reb+1ast, L.Thomas 10+4reb+2ast, D.Nawrocki 8+1ast, H.Knopke 7+7reb+8ast, D.Ward 6
gschID: 235447


Noerdlingen - Recklinghausen 72-70

Recklinghausen was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-18 charge of Noerdlingen, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Noerdlingen made 8 blocks. Forward Dima Rastatter (200-88) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side and guard Fabian Brutting (189-88) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for Recklinghausen in the defeat. Five Noerdlingen and four Recklinghausen players scored in double figures. Recklinghausen's coach Georg Kleine tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: F.Brutting 19+6reb+3ast, D.Rastatter 15+16reb+2ast, S.Schmoll 12+4reb+1ast, C.Gray 11+9reb+2ast, B.Hogg 10+4reb+2ast, L.Vrkas 3+3reb+1ast
Recklinghausen: R.Franklin 19+9reb+2ast, P.Carney 11+2reb+5ast, D.McDuffie 10+6reb, A.Steed 10+4reb+2ast, F.Werner 6+3reb+2ast, D.Leithner 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 235446


Herten Lions - Licher Baeren 86-83

Licher Baeren was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American point guard Brandon Larrieu (183, college: Seattle Pacific) fired 22 points for the winners. Guard Tim Schonborn (191-90) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Licher Baeren players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Herten Lions: B.Larrieu 22+2reb+3ast, F.Sadek 18+1reb+4ast, T.Schonborn 17+6reb+3ast, A.Bowie 9+6reb+3ast, Y.Opitz 9+1reb, W.Taylor 7+5reb+1ast
Licher Baeren: J.Swanson 19+13reb+2ast, J.Jones 16+4reb+4ast, W.Gardner 13+2reb, V.Klassen 11+5reb+3ast, M.Perl 10+2reb+6ast, N.Valentic 7+2reb
gschID: 235445


Schwelm - Leitershofen 110-87

The game without a history. SG Schwelmer Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Leitershofen was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Lars Wendt (190-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Richard Froehlich (206-86, college: UTSA) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: FCM) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for Leitershofen. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Coles 28+7reb+5ast, L.Wendt 18+4reb+5ast, A.Kronhardt 15+5reb+1ast, D.Hamilton 13+4reb+8ast, F.Gentgen 12+2reb+1ast, S.Schroter 11+6reb
Leitershofen: J.Genck 18+3reb+1ast, R.Froehlich 18+10reb+2ast, J.Washington 17+1reb+5ast, P.Wischnewski 12+2reb, L.Hughey 11+2reb+2ast, V.Vladov 4+2reb
gschID: 235444


Dragons - BSW Sixers 62-84

The game was mostly controlled by BSW Sixers. Dragons Rhoendorf managed to win fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BSW Sixers dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Dragons Rhoendorf's 28. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. Swingman Tom Lipke (194-86, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Florian Koch (197-92) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian Edmunds Tukiss (200-89) added 14 points in the effort for Dragons Rhoendorf. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 23+4reb+2ast, R.Schirmer 16+7reb, T.Lipke 14+10reb+3ast, M.Haut 8+2reb+2ast, S.Ahnsehl 7+2reb, F.Diestelhorst 5+2reb+1ast
Dragons: E.Tukiss 14+2ast, F.Koch 12+6reb+3ast, M.Leschek 11+2reb, N.Larsen 8+2reb+6ast, K.Ekoemeye 6+4reb, G.Robinson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 235443



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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 19-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 16-3 
 3. Panionios 16-4 
 4. PAOK 16-4 
 5. AGOR 13-7 
 6. Apollon Patras 9-11 
 7. Aris 9-11 
 8. Ikaros 9-11 
 9. Kolossos 6-14 
 10. KAOD 6-14 
 11. Ilysiakos 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. 17: Panionios - Ilysiakos 77-62
Mar. 16: Ikaros - Kavala 76-73
Mar. 17: Olympiacos - Kolossos 70-65
Mar. 13: Apollon Patras - AGOR 65-75
Mar. 18: Panelefsiniakos - Panathinaikos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos23.3 
 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, Panionios7.1 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.2 
 7. Kanonidis, Periste.6.1 
 8. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 9. Asimakopoulo., Aris5.8 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.3 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.1 
 5. Papantoniou, Peris.3.9 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.3 
 8. Sloukas, Olympiacos3.2 
 9. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.2 
 10. Gibson, Ikaros3.1 
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. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 6. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 8. Klaiber, Apollon1.5 
 9. Petway, AGOR1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
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. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.0.8 


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, OFI15.7 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.15.7 
 9. Tsiotras, Arkadikos15.3 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.15.0 
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. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.2 
 6. Manousos, Doxa L.8.0 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.6 
 8. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.6 
 9. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.6.0 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.5 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.8 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 6. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.5 
 8. Petrakis, OFI3.3 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.3 
 10. Cosic, Koroivos3.2 
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. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.9 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos1.9 
 6. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 7. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 8. Saloustros, Filath.1.7 
 9. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.6 
 10. Koutinas, Niki Vo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Thanasis ADETOKOUBO
  Filath.
  (200-F-93)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.1 
 2. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 5. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 6. Antetokoubo, Filat.0.7 
 7. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 8. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 9. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 10. Vardavas, Agia P.0.6 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 15-4 
 2. Iraklis 14-5 
 3. Stratoni 13-6 
 4. Egaleo 13-6 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 10-9 
 6. Marousi 9-11 
 7. Ionikos N.F. 9-11 
 8. Aias Evosmou 9-11 
 9. Periko/Arhelaos 8-11 
 10. Anatolia 8-12 
 11. Metamorfosi 7-12 
 12. MENT 5-13 
 13. Ionikos Ionias 5-14 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 18-1 
 2. AEK Athens 16-3 
 3. Aetos 12-6 
 4. Amyntas Dafnis 12-7 
 5. Panerythraikos 12-8 
 6. Holargos 10-9 
 7. Enosi 10-10 
 8. Doukas 8-10 
 9. Near East 8-12 
 10. Halkidas 7-13 
 11. Esperos Patras 6-14 
 12. Kronos AD 5-14 
 13. Perama Ermis 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 21

North

Mar. 16: Iraklis - Aias Evosmou 94-69
Mar. 16: Metamorfosi - Stratoni 86-79
Mar. 16: Anatolia - Ionikos Ionias 81-74
Mar. 16: Filippos Veroias - Doxa Pefkon 80-65
Mar. 16: Marousi - Periko/Arhelaos 55-74
Mar. 16: Egaleo - Ionikos N.F. 105-82

South

Mar. 16: AEK Athens - Perama Ermis 98-45
Mar. 16: Amyntas Dafnis - Near East 82-75
Mar. 16: Enosi - Holargos 81-69
Mar. 16: Kronos AD - Aetos 71-75
Mar. 16: Halkidas - Panerythraikos 70-69
Mar. 16: Esperos Patras - Psyhiko 58-74


Tomic's double-double lands him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) had a very impressive game in the last round for Koroivos and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Nea Kifisia (#1, 16-4) 76-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Koroivos maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Koroivos will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. Tomic turned to be Koroivos' top player in his first season with the team. Branislav Tomic averages this season 14.6ppg and 6.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Alexandros Sigounas (200-F-88) of Arkadikos. He is a forward in his first season at Arkadikos. In the last game Sigounas recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Arkadikos cruised to a 81-73 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Lavrio (#6, 11-9). Arkadikos' 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Sigounas is a newcomer at Arkadikos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) of Doxa Lefkadas (#14). Manousos scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Manousos' great performance Doxa Lefkadas lost 60-72 to the higher-ranked Trikalla (#3, 16-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Doxa Lefkadas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Manousos he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Manousos has individually a great season in Greece. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio - 14 points and 12 rebounds
6. Giannis Karagiolidis (195-G-89) of Niki Volou - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87) of OFI - 18 points and 11 rebounds
8. Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) of Trikalla - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Alpha Dialo) of Irakleio - 9 points and 12 rebounds
10. Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of Agia Paraskevis - 19 points and 12 rebounds

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



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 25-5 
 2. Leiden 24-6 
 3. Groningen 22-9 
 4. Zwolle 17-14 
 5. Leeuwarden 17-15 
 6. Den Helder K. 16-16 
 7. M.Magixx 14-16 
 8. Weert 13-18 
 9. Amsterdam 4-28 
 10. Rotterdam 3-28 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 17: M.Magixx - Rotterdam 93-88
Mar. 17: Zwolle - Amsterdam 85-82
Mar. 16: Leeuwarden - Weert 85-61
Mar. 19: Weert - Leiden


Standings - Promotie Divisie

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 13: Leiden 2 - Punch 89-50
Mar. 14: De Groene - De Hoppers 83-69
Mar. 12: Almere P. - Orca's Urk 78-87
Mar. 16: Red Giants - Binnenland 70-82
Mar. 12: MSV/Zeemacht - Rotterdam 2 50-67
Mar. 19: Cangeroes - BC Apollo 2



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-6

Mar. 13: Atomeromu - Szolnok 90-74
Mar. 17: Kormend - Kaposvari 89-77
Mar. 16: Albacomp - Jaszberenyi 83-78

Places 7-13

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: Szolnok - Kormend
Mar. 23: Kaposvari - Albacomp
Mar. 23: Atomeromu - Jaszberenyi

Places 7-13

Mar. 20: FS Debrecen - Soproni
Mar. 22: Marso NYKK - PVSK Pannon
Mar. 23: Szedeak - ZTE KK


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko SPICA
  Kaposvari
  (205-C/F-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Spica, Kaposvari20.4 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.3 
 3. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Nelson, Marso N.19.6 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Wood, Albacomp19.5 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.3 
 9. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.1 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Keller, Albacomp8.0 
 6. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.5 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Atomeromu
  (189-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.5 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari6.2 
 4. Thomas, Soproni5.8 
 5. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.5 
 6. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.4 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.4 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu1.7 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.6 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 


A Division Round 2: Kaposvari loses #1 position in their group - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in A Division. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Round 2 in A Division means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Kormend where host Kormend (1-1) beat league's leader Kaposvari (1-1) 89-77 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. The best player for the winners was American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Csaba Ferencz (195-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) produced 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Kormend left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Division. Kaposvari will play next round against league's leader Albacomp trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kormend will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Szolnok in Szolnok.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Albacomp as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Division. Albacomp defeated bottom-ranked Jaszberenyi in Szekesfehervar 83-78. American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Jarrod Jones contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Jaszberenyi. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Jaszberenyi at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Jaszberenyi will play next round against strong Atomeromu trying to get back on the winning streak. Albacomp will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Kaposvari on the road.
Undefeated Szolnok (1-1) recorded its first loss in Paks on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Atomeromu (1-1) 90-74. It was a key game for the second position in Division. Lorenzo Williams scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Marton Bader responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Atomeromu left bottom position moving up to second place in Division. Atomeromu will meet at home Jaszberenyi (#6) in the next round. Szolnok will play against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Szombathely. Local Falco-Szova (13-11) outscored 7th ranked FS Debrecen (2-21) 107-57. Tomislav Ivosev notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Falco-Szova maintains first position in Division with 13-11 record. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. Falco-Szova will have a break next round. FS Debrecen will play at home against the league's second-placed Soproni (#2).

In the last game of round 2 In Division Marso NYKK was crushed by ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg 83-64.


Places 1-6
Kormend - Kaposvari 89-77

Round 2 in A Division means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Kormend where host Kormend (1-1) beat league's leader Kaposvari (1-1) 89-77 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. The best player for the winners was American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Csaba Ferencz (195-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) produced 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kormend left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Division. Kaposvari will play next round against league's leader Albacomp trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kormend will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Szolnok in Szolnok.
Top scorers:
Kormend: K.Austin 22+8reb+4ast, C.Ferencz 21+6reb+1ast, G.Kutasi 14+1reb, M.Shaw 11+7reb+2ast, P.Grebenar 7+4reb+1ast, A.Rujak 5+2reb+3ast
Kaposvari: C.Dunn 26+6reb+4ast, K.Swanston 15+3reb+2ast, R.Hendlein 13+9reb, M.Spica 12+5reb+3ast, G.David 9+6reb+1ast, G.Drahos 2
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Albacomp - Jaszberenyi 83-78

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Albacomp as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Division. Albacomp defeated bottom-ranked Jaszberenyi in Szekesfehervar 83-78. It looked good early as Jaszberenyi took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Albacomp had a 29-17 second period charge getting the lead and Jaszberenyi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-83. American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. The other American import forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Jaszberenyi. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Jaszberenyi at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Jaszberenyi will play next round against strong Atomeromu trying to get back on the winning streak. Albacomp will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Kaposvari on the road.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: B.Wood 22+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 16+9reb, A.Keller 12+9reb+1ast, R.Moore 10+3reb+5ast, D.Hollis 8+2reb+1ast, J.Lekli 6+3reb
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 22+12reb+2ast, M.Rakic 21+9reb+5ast, G.Soos 12+4reb+2ast, M.Markovic 9+8reb+1ast, R.Torok 7+2reb, B.Horti 4+5reb+1ast
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Atomeromu - Szolnok 90-74

Undefeated Szolnok (1-1) recorded its first loss in Paks on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Atomeromu (1-1) 90-74. It was a key game for the second position in Division. Atomeromu made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) scored 20 points. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Atomeromu left bottom position moving up to second place in Division. Atomeromu will meet at home Jaszberenyi (#6) in the next round. Szolnok will play against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Williams 34+9ast, D.Vojvoda 21+5reb+3ast, J.Levy 12+7reb+1ast, A.Kovacs 3+1ast, S.Idlet 2+10reb, G. Kortelyesi 2+7reb
Szolnok: S.Sehovic 20+3reb+1ast, M.Bader 18+11reb, A.Horvath 8+1reb+1ast, R.Bell 7+1reb, B.Simon 7+2reb+5ast, B.Gay 6+6reb
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Places 7-13
ZTE KK - Marso NYKK 83-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Marso NYKK's (9-15) road loss to fourth ranked ZTE KK (10-13) 64-83. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Marso NYKK was better in fourth quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Marso NYKK 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. International David Gaspar (196-82, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American guard Dorenzo Hudson (195-88, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Two Points) supported him with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) did not help to save the game for Marso NYKK. Guard Laszlo Polyak (190-93) added 12 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ZTE KK maintains fourth position in Division with 10-13 record. Marso NYKK at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be Szedeak (#6) in Szeged. Marso NYKK will play at home against PVSK Pannon in Pecs and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: D.Gaspar 29+5reb+5ast, D.Hudson 18+11reb+1ast, A.Vertetics 10+4reb+2ast, D.Puszta 8+5reb+1ast, G.Baki 7+4reb, A.Kovacs 6+2reb
Marso NYKK: A.Nelson 19+6reb+3ast, L.Polyak 12+1reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 10+1reb, M.Berkis 9+2reb+1ast, B.Davis 7+4reb, C.Kaluha 3+4reb+1ast
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Falco-Szova - FS Debrecen 107-57

The game with biggest result difference took place in Szombathely. Local Falco-Szova (13-11) outscored 7th ranked FS Debrecen (2-21) 107-57. The game without a history. Falco-Szova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Falco-Szova forced 28 FS Debrecen turnovers and outrebounded them 42-22 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Falco-Szova shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) supported him with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by guard Mate Medve (197-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) did not help to save the game for FS Debrecen. Forward Georgy Cseh (208-87) added 9 points and 4 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Falco-Szova maintains first position in Division with 13-11 record. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. Falco-Szova will have a break next round. FS Debrecen will play at home against the league's second-placed Soproni (#2).
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: T.Ivosev 22+11reb, Z.Zagorac 18+11reb+2ast, B.Stafford 16+1reb+2ast, K.Bognar 10+7reb+2ast, Z.Perl 9+1reb+5ast, L.Kalman 8+2reb+3ast
FS Debrecen: M.Medve 18+5reb+1ast, G.Cseh 9+3reb+4ast, A.Helmeczi 9+3reb+4ast, P.Hajmasy 8+1reb, D.Benocs 7+2reb, I.Kovacs 3+1reb+1ast
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Adriatic League: Szolnoki outgun Zadar - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki - Zadar 90:79

Szolnoki secured the second straight win in the Adriatic League season. They held off visiting Zadar for 9-16 record. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) came up with 23 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed the game up-tempo. The scoreboard read 23:23 after ten minutes of action. Szolnoki pulled ahead in the second frame. The hosts adjusted defensively and surged ahead for a 45:40 halftime lead. Szolnoki maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. The Hungarian team arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points 65:59. Szolnoki did not allow Zadar closer than 7 points in the fourth frame and rolled to the win at the end. Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) netted 14 points, while Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: