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  ABA   



ABA First Round Playoff Scores - by Gianni Pascucci

Much of the first round of the ABA playoffs were completed this weekend with several upsets being recorded. "Not unexpected," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "Whenever a team goes on the court, it expects to win or it would not be playing...you'll see quite a few upsets in the upcoming NCAA tournament, I'm sure."
Colorado Kings over Texas Fuel, 137-129
Gulf Coast Flash over Jackson Showboats, 144-114
Jersey Express over Richmond Rockets, 115-107
Arizona Scorpions over Fresno Heat, 130-106
San Francisco Rumble over Arizona Scorpions, 121-112
Chicago Steam over Detroit Hoops, 133-88
Gainesville Heat over Electric City Lions, 130-113
Fayetteville Flight over South Carolina Warriors, 120-116
Fayetteville Flight over Gainesville Heat, 130-119

"There are a couple of additional games to play," added Newman. "And when they are completed, we will have our Elite Eight competing for the final two spots in the Final Four to be held in Jacksonville, Florida from April 11-15. For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Scola's big 4th helps Suns rout Kobe-less Lakers - by Eurobasket News

PHOENIX (AP) Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) scored all 14 of his points, including his second 3-pointer of the season, in the fourth quarter Monday night and the Phoenix Suns pulled away for a 99-76 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers, who were without Kobe Bryant for the second straight night.

Steve Nash scored 19 against his former team, but was just 6 of 17 as the Lakers shot 33 percent for the game. Scola also grabbed eight of his nine rebounds in the final period.

The Suns outscored the Lakers 28-10 in the fourth quarter to snap a four-game losing streak.

Dwight Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but was just 6 of 18 from the field for the Lakers, still without injured Pau Gasol.

Wesley Johnson added 14 points for the Suns, who beat the Lakers in Phoenix for the fourth time in a row.

Goran Dragic had 12 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who had six players in double figures. Jared Dudley scored 13, Kendall Marshall 11 and Michael Beasley 10 for Phoenix.

Bryant, who had played in every game this season, missed his second in a row because of a sprained left ankle, an injury that occurred last week against Atlanta. He played the first quarter of the next game at Indiana, but sat out the rest of that game, then missed the win against Sacramento on Sunday night.

The Lakers lost for only the second time in eight games. They are 11-4 since the All-Star break.

Los Angeles shot 19 percent (4 of 21) in the fourth quarter. The 76 points were the fewest allowed by the Suns this season.

Phoenix led 71-66 after three, then scored the first six of the fourth quarter to go up 77-66 on Beasley's reverse layup with 9:15 to go. Los Angeles twice cut it to eight before Scola scored four in a 9-0 surge that put Phoenix up 87-70. Scola's second 3 in 13 tries this season gave Phoenix a 92-75 lead with 3:38 to go.

Howard did not take a shot in his 10 minutes on the court in the Lakers' awful final quarter.

He scored 12 in the first half but was just 4 of 14 from the field.

Rookie Kendall Marshall sank consecutive 3s to put Phoenix up 43-35 with 5:46 left in the half and Phoenix led the rest of the way. Nash scored the next four, two on a nifty vintage layup in traffic, and Los Angeles cut it to 43-40.

Marshall's 14-footer and Johnson's 19-footer put the Suns up 47-40 with 1:44 left in the half.

But Phoenix, averaging 20 turnovers in their four-game losing streak, finished the half with three of them. Meeks scored the final four of the half to cut it to 47-44 at the break.

The Lakers cut it to 58-56 on Steve Blake's driving layup with 6:37 left in the third, then Jermaine O'Neal's tip-in started an 11-2 run that was capped by two spectacular assists by Dragic. First, he skidded a long bounce pass between Nash's legs to Dudley for a layup, then he found O'Neal for a dunk and Phoenix led 69-58 with 3:19 left in the quarter.

Consecutive 3s by Blake and Antawn Jamison cut the Suns' lead to 71-66 entering the fourth quarter. It would have been closer but the Lakers' Earl Clark missed two free throws with 23.8 seconds left in the third.

NOTES: The Suns, with Nash leading the way, beat the Lakers six times in a row in Phoenix from Nov. 19, 2004, to April 13, 2007. ... Scola started every game in Houston's 22-game winning streak in 2007-08, the mark surpassed by Miami with its 23rd win in a row Monday night. ... Los Angeles was called for four fouls in the first half, the Suns 10. For the game, it was the Lakers 13 fouls, Phoenix 16.
Courtesy of: Associated Press



Emanuel Ginobili's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Argentinians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-44) 119-113 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Ginobili had a double-double by scoring 14 points and making 10 passes in 26 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 51-16 record this season. It's Ginobili's 11th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 79.0% in the 54 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (19-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Nocioni's very good performance Caja Laboral was defeated 100-92 at home by the leading Real Madrid. He scored 17 points. It's Nocioni's first season with the team. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 50.7%(38-75) and FT: 76.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA). Scola was not able to help the Phoenix Suns (22-45) in their game against the Denver Nuggets (45-22) in the NBA. He recorded 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in 29 minutes. But the Phoenix Suns lost 93-108 on their home court in Phoenix to the Nuggets. It was Suns' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Scola has very impressive stats this year: 12.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 78.3% in the 67 games. He has both Argentinian and Spanish nationalities. Scola is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #4. Small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Houston Rockets' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-41) 108-100 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have 36-31 record this season. This year Delfino has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.1apg. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the New York Knicks (38-26) in their game against the Portland Trail Blazers (31-34) in the NBA. He did not have that impressive stats last Thursday. Prigioni recorded only 2 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 15 minutes. The New York Knicks lost 90-105 on the road to the Trail Blazers. It was Knicks' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.9apg in the 60 games. He holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #6. Point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) helped Vivo/Franca win their game against the eighth-ranked Paulistano (15-13) 77-63 in the Brazilian NBB last Thursday. Figueroa scored 9 points and added 6 assists. Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (9-8) is placed third in the NBB. Figueroa is currently fifth on the list of best blockers. His total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8bpg. Figueroa is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #7. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (7-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 64-69 in Malaga to the much higher-ranked (#9) Unicaja. Mainoldi was the top scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. Mainoldi has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 5.6rpg in the 25 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #8. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the league leader Real Madrid (23-2) 96-83 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Richotti recorded 8 points and had 3 steals in 16 minutes. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (10-15) is placed 12th in the ACB. This year Richotti's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg in the 25 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #9. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda win their game against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (4-21) 86-73 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Porta recorded 9 points and added 3 assists (made all of his five free throws). Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (10-15) is placed 14th in the ACB. Porta has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team five years ago.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #10. Forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) led Arkadia Lions to a victory over the closely-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (9-16) 101-82 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. Vay was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (3-22) are located at the very bottom in the A Bundesliga. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vay has very impressive stats this year: 25.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 4.8apg and 2.0spg in the five games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

   #11. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabricio Vay and both played together in the last Austrian A Bundesliga game. Bortolin was the major contributor in an Arkadia Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers 101-82. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bortolin is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1bpg. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U19 international swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the G.Washington in their game against the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA. He recorded only 4 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes. His team lost 72-77. Garino is currently fourth on the list of most steals with 1.3spg. This year his other stats are: 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2apg in the 25 games. Garino used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help AcegasAps TR (9-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 86-76 on the road by the higher-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (#6). Filloy was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Filloy has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Ariel Filloy in the Italian Lega2 last game. Musso was the major contributor in a LeGamberi Foods Forli's victory against the tenth-ranked AcegasAps TR (9-12) 86-76. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Musso has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in the 19 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to help Agrigento (15-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Chiarastella's very good performance Agrigento was edged 81-80 in San Severo by the much lower-ranked Mazzeo (#16). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Chiarastella also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Chiarastella's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like Musso and Filloy above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Latina Basket (9-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Carrizo's very good performance Latina Basket was edged 88-85 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Matera. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Carrizo also added 5 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Carrizo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. Similarly like three previous players above, Carrizo also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Cimberio Varese in a victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (5-18) 92-82 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. Cimberio Varese (18-5) is placed second in the SerieA. This year Cerella averages just 1.0ppg in the two games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Brian Savoy (192-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Monthey (12-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Monthey was edged 74-73 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Neuchatel. Savoy scored 12 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg in the 22 games. Savoy holds both Argentinian and Swiss passports. Despite his Argentinian nationality, Savoy currently plays for the Swiss U20 national team and cannot be called to the Argentinian team.

   #7. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Manuel Carrizo in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Vico contributed to a 3-point Matera's victory against the 17th-ranked Latina Basket 88-85. He scored 8 points and added 4 assists. Vico belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5. This season he has very good stats: 13.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg and 2.8spg. Vico has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point FCM Ferentino's victory against the closely-ranked Pall.Trento 86-83 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 7 points in 21 minutes. Casini has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the three games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria's victory against one of league's weakest teams Perugia 79-67 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Fabi scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Similarly like Casini and Vico above Fabi holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #10. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Castelletto in their game against Naturhouse Ferrara in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He scored 8 points. His team was defeated 76-72. Prelazzi averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



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Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 1

BIG V

Mar. 17: Waverley F. - Corio Bay 92-83
Mar. 16: Ringwood H. - Melbourne 90-75
Mar. 16: Sherbrooke S. - Hume City 69-86
Mar. 17: Bulleen B. - Werribee 66-58
Mar. 16: Diamond V.E. - Eltham W. 139-69

SBL

Mar. 17: Mandurah M. - Geraldton B. 98-91
Mar. 16: Cockburn C. - East Perth E. 95-114
Mar. 16: SW Slammers - Geraldton B. 90-86
Mar. 16: Stirling S. - Wanneroo W. 88-105
Mar. 16: Perry Lakes H. - Mandurah M. 87-76
Mar. 16: Goldfield G. - Perth R. 81-88
Mar. 15: Kalamunda E.S. - Perry Lakes H. 64-99
Mar. 15: Willetton T. - Rockingham F. 121-97
Mar. 15: Lakeside L. - Stirling S. 115-66

SEABL

Mar. 16: NW Tasmania - Hobart C. 96-82
Mar. 16: Albury W.B. - Dandenong 87-96
Mar. 16: Geelong S. - Bendigo B. 87-82
Mar. 17: Nunawading S. - Kilsyth C. 84-79
Mar. 16: Ballarat M. - Mt Gambier 83-86
Mar. 17: Frankston B. - Sandringham S. 81-63
Mar. 16: Canberra G. - Brisbane S. 78-75
Mar. 15: Bendigo B. - Knox R. 77-73
Mar. 16: Knox R. - Frankston B. 76-82

WARATAH

Mar. 16: Cent.Coast C. - Sutherland S. 84-61
Mar. 16: Colonial Hotel - Newcastle H. 75-57
Mar. 16: Manly Warr. - Illawarra H. 74-55
Mar. 16: Norths Bears - Sydney C. 71-63
Mar. 17: Hornsby S. - Sutherland S. 69-61
Mar. 16: Parramatta W. - Bankstown B. 60-63
Mar. 16: Hills H. - Maitland M. 102-78

Regular Season: Round 2

BIG V

Mar. 23: Hume City - Eltham W.
Mar. 23: Corio Bay - Ringwood H.
Mar. 23: Bulleen B. - Sherbrooke S.
Mar. 23: Melbourne - Diamond V.E.
Mar. 23: Werribee - Waverley F.

SBL

Mar. 22: Kalamunda E.S. - Lakeside L.
Mar. 23: Geraldton B. - Cockburn C.
Mar. 23: Rockingham F. - Goldfield G.
Mar. 23: Perth R. - Willetton T.
Mar. 23: Lakeside L. - Mandurah M.
Mar. 23: East Perth E. - Wanneroo W.
Mar. 23: Perry Lakes H. - SW Slammers
Mar. 23: Stirling S. - Kalamunda E.S.
Mar. 24: Wanneroo W. - Goldfield G.

SEABL

Mar. 22: Hobart C. - Brisbane S.
Mar. 23: Canberra G. - Bendigo B.
Mar. 23: Dandenong - Mt Gambier
Mar. 23: Geelong S. - Sandringham S.
Mar. 23: NW Tasmania - Brisbane S.
Mar. 23: Frankston B. - Ballarat M.
Mar. 23: Knox R. - Kilsyth C.
Mar. 24: Nunawading S. - Mt Gambier
Mar. 24: Albury W.B. - Geelong S.

WARATAH

Mar. 23: Parramatta W. - Hills H.
Mar. 23: Colonial Hotel - Bankstown B.
Mar. 23: Sydney C. - Cent.Coast C.
Mar. 23: Maitland M. - Norths Bears
Mar. 23: Newcastle H. - Manly Warr.
Mar. 24: Illawarra H. - Sutherland S.
Mar. 24: Hornsby S. - Parramatta W.


Thunder rumbles to early victory - by Eurobasket News

THE Thunder is officially rolling after North-West Tasmania downed rivals Hobart 96-82 to start its 2013 campaign on Saturday night.

Eric Gaff imposed himself early, scoring the Thunder's first points for the season and gaining an early advantage on the boards - as well as setting a crunching screen on Hobart's Sam Armstrong (187-G-78) less than 30 seconds into the contest.

In front of a healthy crowd at Ulverstone, Gaff had 13 of his 17 points (on 6-6 shooting with 10 rebounds for the game) by the one-minute mark of the second term.

It didn't take long for sweet-shooting recruit Tom Wright to make an impression as he swished a long two and a three-pointer early in the game on his way to a 21-point performance in which he shot 3-4 from downtown.

The sides entered the first break with the Thunder holding a two-point edge 24-22.

Three-point shooting from Chargers Deba George (183-PG-85) and Armstrong were keeping the southern side in it.

It was in the second quarter that the home team took control of the game, breaking out to a 15-point lead at one stage and heading to the main break up 45-32.

Youngster Mason Bragg was the first player called off the bench and had an immediate impact.

He hustled for a steal in the back court late in the first quarter, leading to an easy jam for centre Sam Harris.

In the second term, Bragg had active hands again, his steal leading to a fast-break lay-up after a nice give-and-go with skipper Nick Haywood.

He would score the final points of the half on a nice contested finish to enter the break up by 13.

Blagoj Janev stepped up in the second half, making several timely shots in his 20-point performance.

Payne scored 12 of his 19 points in the third term, including what may have been a game-killing four straight free throws after Hobart coach Anthony Stewart was given a technical foul for arguing with the referees.

Those free throws made a 68-51 margin a much tougher 72-51

Payne doesn't look a typical high-scoring import swingman but he has hustle and contributes in other areas as his seven boards and five assists suggest.

For Hobart, George (23 points) and Armstrong (18) worked hard and Josh Youl showed tenacity.

Chargers import Brandon Polk didn't see the ball in the post enough while Jordan Gregg struggled, going 4-14.
Courtesy of: http://www.theadvocate.com.au



Miners fall short against Pioneers, skipper makes stunning debut - by Eurobasket News

MINERS fans know they have a lot to be excited about this season and this was epitomised in the stunning debut of their captain Matt Hanson.

He could nail the big shots five from six three-pointers he could rebound strong, he could spark up his troops.

And he set the Minerdome alight in a thrilling duel with key Mt Gambier man Titus Robinson (200-F-90, college: Buffalo).

Ballarat Miners though, fell three-points short of the Pioneers in the opening South East Australian Basketball League round on Saturday night.

Hanson chalked up 30 points including an 11-point second quarter and 11 rebounds while young guard Anthony Fisher (187-G-94) (20 points, four assists) and recruit Kris Blicavs (17 points, five rebounds, four assists) made an impact.

General consensus among Miner fans was a great game from the young, new-look team, with missed crucial chances in the dying moments.

Ballarat Subaru Miners coach David Flint heard praise along the same lines.

But his had toughed out a tight first quarter to pull 11 points clear by half-time and were looking strong at three-quarter time.

The Pioneers rallied and took the lead with seven minutes left in the final term and Flint said his Miners just could not seem to get back in front.

Our effort was great. As a coach, I am rapt with how well the guys played but I am disappointed with the scoreline,Flint said.

The bottom line is we went into the game trying to find a way to win.

People tend to concentrate on the end but we were in control for most of the first half.

A missed free throw in a potential three-point play to level scores, then a missed three-point shot before the buzzer to again, try and level the game, had the Miners tantalisingly close to sealing their first win.

The Miners are still to welcome back co-captain Shaun Bruce and recruit Lucas Walker from National Basketball League duties but Flint said early wins were pivotal to ensure they were not forced to play catch up.

They must do this with the players they have got on the floor.

Fisher added plenty of bite from the outset and nailed big points deep in a tense final term.

Newly arrived American import Keena Young (he flew in on Thursday) was solid with 10 points from five out of 14 field goal shots and should fire soon.

Flint is already proactive, travelling to Frankston yesterday to scout a strong-starting Blues form first-hand and said his team would have a great week on the floor before making the road-trip.

Then the tough season start continues against his old team and the Miners arch rival Bendigo at the Minerdome in round three.

Ballarat Rush will launch its SEABL campaign on the road in Frankston on Saturday.
Courtesy of: http://www.thecourier.com.au



SBL: Redbacks start with road win over Giants - by Eurobasket News

The Bank of Queensland Redbacks mens State Basketball League team won their first game of the year against the Silver Lake Resources Goldfields Giants 88 to 81.

In a tough encounter that saw the lead change 10 times, the Redbacks came back from a 60 to 65 deficit at the end of the third quarter to steady and secure the important away-game win in Kalgoorlie.

Power-forward Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90) top-scored for the Redbacks with 24 along with 11 rebounds and four assists.

Veteran shooting-guard Ryan Neill (190-G-76) scored 15 along with two rebounds and two assists while fellow shooting-guard Jarrad Prior also had 15 as well as two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Centre Justin Brown had 13 points and nine rebounds and point-guard Joel Wagner had 10 assists, 11 points and six rebounds.

US import Steven Weingarten top-scored for the Giants with 25 along with 10 rebounds, fellow US import Markhuri Sanders-Frison scored 25 and had 17 rebounds and captain Matthew Leske scored 20.

Redbacks coach Nik Lackovic said after the long road trip to Kalgoorlie the team showed a lot of composure and character to fight for four quarters in what was a real defensive battle.

Encouraging signs for the team was five players contributing in double figures, led by Vigors 24, he said.

The win sees the Redbacks in sixth-place in the 14-team competition on percentages.

The Redbacks womens team has their first game of the year at their home-venue of Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre against the Willetton Tigers at 6PM this Saturday.

This is followed by the mens game between the Redbacks and Tigers, with tip-off at 8PM.

Article by Redbacks Media



Nathan Jawai selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-11) crushing them 86-61 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Jawai was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (10-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Jawai averages: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(60-90) and FT: 70.2% in the 21 games he played so far. He played for the Australian senior national team four years ago.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Andrew Bogut (212-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). Bogut contributed to an easy victory against the Houston Rockets (36-31) crushing them 108-78 in the NBA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Bogut also added 3 blocks. The Golden State Warriors have 38-30 record this season. Bogut's overall stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 45.5% and FT: 59.4%. He played for the Australian national team in 2008.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Andersen could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (19-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Fenerbahce Ulker lost 73-81 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Tofas. Andersen was the second best scorer with 18 points in 22 minutes. This year Andersen's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 47.9%(23-48) and FT: 93.5%(29-31) in the 19 games. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #4. Swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in Oradea's victory against the eighth-ranked CSM Bucuresti (16-11) 95-77 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Thursday night's game. Dillon was the best player in that game. He scored 34 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. CSM Oradea (22-5) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Dillon has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 3.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Trinidad and Tobago. Dillon used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #5. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (51-16) in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-41) in the NBA. Mills scored 8 points and added 6 passes. The San Antonio Spurs were crushed 107-83 in Minnesota by the Timberwolves. It's Mills' first season with the team. This year he averages only 4.7ppg. Mills used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #6. Power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for Budivelnyk (27-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Budivelnyk lost 74-81 in Dnepropetrovsk to the much lower-ranked (#11) Dnipro. Kickert recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Kickert has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg and 5.3rpg in the four games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Cameron Bairstow
Cameron Bairstow
   #7. International forward Cameron Bairstow (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to N.Mexico's victory against the San Diego State University (15-1) 60-50 in the NCAA last Friday. Bairstow recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. The University of New Mexico has a very good 13-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Bairstow has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg and 5.3rpg. He is also Australian national team player.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #8. Swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Boise St. (9-7) in their game against the San Diego State University (15-1) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Drmic scored 20 points and had 3 steals in 35 minutes. But the Boise St. lost 67-73 in San Diego, CA to the San Diego State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Drmic averaged so far 10.5ppg and 5.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2011.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #9. Former international forward Brock Motum (208-90, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Washington St. (4-14) in their game against the The University of Washington (12-8) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Motum scored 28 points (!!!). The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Motum is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Washington St.'s roster. His stats this season are: 10.5ppg and 5.3rpg. Motum used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #10. Swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (9-16) 66-49 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (15-10) is placed sixth in the ACB. Newley averaged so far 11.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Jeromie Hill (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the San Jose State University 67-49 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Hill recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Hill averaged so far 11.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #12. International point guard Hugh Greenwood (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cameron Bairstow. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Greenwood contributed to N.Mexico's victory against the University of Nevada - Las Vegas 63-56. He scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 30 minutes. Greenwood averaged so far 11.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to St.Louis' victory against the Butler University 67-56 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Ellis scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Ellis averaged so far 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.3apg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider KK Split 81-63 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Markovic recorded 8 points and added 4 assists. Markovic is currently sixth on the list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg. Markovic used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #15. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Valparaiso's victory against the Wright State University 62-54 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Broekhoff scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Broekhoff's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-44) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 96-100 on the road to the Toronto Raptors. Irving scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. Irving belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 23.0ppg. This year he also averages: 3.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.6spg in the 49 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Science City Jena (13-14) in their game against Crailsheim Merlins (11-16) in the German ProA (second division). Despite his very good performance last Friday Jeka was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jeka averaged so far 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.

   #3. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Charleston So. (12-4) in their game against the Liberty University (16-2) in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Sunday. He scored 12 points in 33 minutes. But the Charleston So. lost 76-87 at home to the Liberty University. It was Charleston So.'s first loss after three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Muo's total stats are: 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg in the 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Sudanese.

   #4. Luke Devlin (203-F-91, college: Albany, currently studies in the States) led Albany to a victory against the University of Vermont (4-0) 53-49 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Devlin scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. The University at Albany has 9-7 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Devlin's total stats are: 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg in the 23 games.

   #5. Majok Majok (203-F-92, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Ball St. (8-8) in their game against the The University of Buffalo (3-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance last Wednesday He scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Majok's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg. He has both Australian and Sudanese nationalities.

   #6. Experienced Mick Pennisi (210-C-75, college: E.Michigan, currently plays in Philippines) couldn't help Barako Bull in their game against Meralco Bolts in the Filipino PBA, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Pennisi recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks in 36 minutes. But his team lost 104-112. This year Pennisi's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg in the seven games. He also holds two passports: Australian and Filipino.

   #7. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket in their game against River Andorra in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game Duinker recorded 13 points. Duinker's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg. He has dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch.

   #8. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luke Devlin and both played together in the last NCAA game. Hooley contributed to Albany's victory against the University of Vermont 53-49. He scored 8 points, made 4 passes and 4 steals in 29 minutes. This year Hooley's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 22 games.

   #9. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 3-point Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the 13th-ranked Finke Baskets 77-74 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. He scored 9 points and added 6 passes. Tzakopoulos' total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg. He has Greek and Australian nationalities.

   #10. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Utah in their game against the University of North Dakota in the NCAA. Heuir recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 69-52. Heuir's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg.



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 20-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 18-8 
 3. Klosterneub. 17-9 
 4. Gmunden 16-10 
 5. Wels 15-10 
 6. Oberwart 15-11 
 7. Gussing 14-12 
 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. 18: Gussing - Klosterneub. 82-81
Mar. 16: Oberwart - Kapfenberg 76-72
Mar. 16: BC Vienna - Gmunden 102-78
Mar. 17: Arkadia - Furstenfeld 101-82

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 22: UBSC Graz - Arkadia
Mar. 22: Kapfenberg - Klosterneub.
Mar. 22: BC Vienna - Gussing
Mar. 22: Gmunden - Oberwart
Mar. 22: Furstenfeld - St.Polten


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, Gussing4.8 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.1 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.0 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna3.9 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.3 
 2. Hinson, Oberwart1.8 
 3. Boylan, BC Vienna1.6 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna1.6 
 5. Gonzalvez, Wels1.5 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 8. Zeleznik, Klostern.1.3 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 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 


Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland). He led Asseco Prokom Gdynia to a victory against the sixth-ranked Energa Czarni (13-11) 80-74 in the Polish TBL in Thursday night's game. Mahalbasic recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (16-8) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. This year Mahalbasic averages: 9.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.0%(83-143) and FT: 69.4% in the 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Ortner could not help Montepaschi Siena (14-9) to beat Lottomatica Roma (16-7). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena was crushed 94-70 on the road by the higher-ranked Lottomatica Roma (#3). It was Montepaschi Siena's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Ortner's first season with the team. Ortner's overall stats this year are: 4.2ppg, 2.5rpg and FT: 85.7%. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). Schreiner managed to help B.C. River Andorra in a victory against the tenth-ranked Caceres Basket (9-13) crushing them 84-64 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 5 points and added 6 passes in 19 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Schreiner's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 95.8%(23-24) in the 18 games. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Matej Kljaic
Matej Kljaic
   #4. Forward Matej Kljaic (193-91, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a 1-point Djuro Djakovic's victory against the third-ranked Krizevci (6-12) 73-72 in the Croatian A1 in Saturday night's game. Kljaic scored only 3 points. KK Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod (10-8) is placed sixth in Places 9-14 group. The Regular Season already ended. Kljaic has been at the team for four years. This season he averages just 3.8ppg. Kljaic is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Croatian. He used to play for the Austrian U16 national team back in 2007.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #5. International shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Schreiner and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Maresch contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Caceres Basket (9-13) crushing them 84-64. He recorded 5 points in 18 minutes. This year Maresch's total stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Marc Goetzinger (182-PG-96) plays for s Oliver Baskets in German BBL
Jason Detrick (195-SF-80) plays for Paschoalotto/Bauru in Brazilian NBB
Martin-Patrick Pos (198-F-94) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Jamie Kohn (195-G-89) plays for Tees Valley Mohawks in British EBL D1
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Patrick Churchill (181-SF-98) plays for Muenchen Nord in German NBBL



A Bundesliga Round 28: Gussing Knights beat Xion Dukes by one after a very close game - 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. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game of round 28 in the A Bundesliga took place in Gussing. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Xion Dukes (17-9) to seventh ranked Gussing Knights (14-12) 82-81 on Monday evening. Xion Dukes were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 10-point lead after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of Gussing Knights, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Gussing Knights' coach Radomir Mijanovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) replied with 21 points and 4 assists for Xion Dukes. Gussing Knights maintains seventh position with 14-12 record. Defending champion Xion Dukes keep the third place with nine games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Xion Dukes will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (18-8) against sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (15-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Redwell Gunners Oberwart in a tough game in Oberwart 72-76. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Seamus Boxley who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Redwell Gunners Oberwart maintains sixth position with 15-11 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the second place with eight games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against higher ranked Gmunden Swans (#4) in Gmunden in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for BC Vienna (20-6) which hosted in Wien 4th ranked Gmunden Swans (16-10). First ranked BC Vienna had an easy win 102-78. The winners were led by Shawn Ray who scored that evening 30 points. Even 19 points by Joshua Brown did not help to save the game for Gmunden Swans. BC Vienna have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Gmunden Swans lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. BC Vienna will meet at home Gussing Knights (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Gmunden Swans will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions managed to get a third victory. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers in Traiskirchen 101-82. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference proves that Arkadia Lions was well-prepared to that game. Fabricio Vay fired 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arkadia Lions maintains eleventh position with 3-22 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be higher ranked UBSC Graz (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 28 UBSC Graz was beaten by Wels on the road 86-76.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 25 points and 7 rebounds by Florian Trmal of BC Vienna.


Gussing - Klosterneub. 82-81

The most exciting game of round 28 in the A Bundesliga took place in Gussing. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Xion Dukes (17-9) to seventh ranked Gussing Knights (14-12) 82-81 on Monday evening. Xion Dukes were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 10-point lead after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of Gussing Knights, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Gussing Knights' coach Radomir Mijanovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) replied with 21 points and 4 assists and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Xion Dukes. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights maintains seventh position with 14-12 record. Defending champion Xion Dukes keep the third place with nine games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Xion Dukes will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Gussing: D.Hunt 19+7reb+1ast, S.Koch 17+6reb, E.Kadic 13+1reb, M.Heard 8+7reb, C.Vancura 6+1reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 5
Klosterneub.: K.Payton 21+3reb+4ast, R.Suljanovic 14+10reb, D.Zeleznik 14+1reb+2ast, C.Nagler 12+1reb+2ast, M.Rachar 8+2reb, C.Bobb 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233385


Arkadia - Furstenfeld 101-82

Bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions managed to get a third victory. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers in Traiskirchen 101-82. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference proves that Arkadia Lions was well-prepared to that game. It looked good early as Furstenfeld Panthers took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Arkadia Lions had a 29-21 second period charge getting the lead and Furstenfeld Panthers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-101. 24 personal fouls committed by Furstenfeld Panthers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Italian-Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) fired 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) produced 20 points and American swingman Cor-J Cox (195-90, college: Miss.Valley St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arkadia Lions maintains eleventh position with 3-22 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be higher ranked UBSC Graz (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 30+6reb+6ast, M.Bortolin 25+4reb, R.Spasojevic 20+13reb+2ast, J.Blazevic 6+2ast, M.Pajovic 5+2reb, M.Milin 5+6reb
Furstenfeld: S.Grum 20+3reb+1ast, C.Cox 16+5reb+1ast, J.Rubin 15+1reb+3ast, T.Sally 14+1reb+1ast, P.Radakovics 7+6reb, D.Hasenburger 6+1reb
gschID: 233388


Wels - UBSC Graz 86-76

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (15-10) beat at home 8th ranked UBSC Graz (10-15) 86-76. UBSC Graz was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 31-17 third quarter run of Raiffeisen Wels. It was a great shooting night for Raiffeisen Wels especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points. American swingman Michael Dale (197-84, college: S.Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import center Charles Bronson (206-83, college: Pikeville) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels maintains fifth position with 15-10 record. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round. UBSC Graz will play at home against Arkadia Lions (#11) in Traiskirchen.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Lamesic 21+3reb+3ast, T.Tiedeman 20+4reb+4ast, D.Washington 16+7reb+2ast, D.Gonzalvez 16+4reb+4ast, R.Vieider 9+2reb, A.Farokhmanesh 2+4ast
UBSC Graz: M.Dale 20+13reb+6ast, C.Bronson 16+7reb, E.Gilchrese 15+1reb+6ast, C.Knor 11+4reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 9+7reb+1ast, G.Florian 3
gschID: 233387


BC Vienna - Gmunden 102-78

An interesting game for BC Vienna (20-6) which hosted in Wien 4th ranked Gmunden Swans (16-10). First ranked BC Vienna had an easy win 102-78. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-78. BC Vienna made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The winners were led by American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who scored that evening 30 points and swingman Florian Trmal (193-89) supported him with 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even 19 points by American point guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) did not help to save the game for Gmunden Swans. The former international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. BC Vienna have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Gmunden Swans lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. BC Vienna will meet at home Gussing Knights (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Gmunden Swans will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Ray 30+4reb, F.Trmal 25+7reb, S.Stazic 15+6reb+6ast, B.Danek 9+4reb+8ast, T.Gaspar 8+2reb+3ast, M.Pearson 8+1ast
Gmunden: J.Brown 19+4reb+3ast, M.Mayer 15+5reb+2ast, E.Murati 14+4reb+2ast, R.Arnold 12+4reb+2ast, D.Oppland 11+4reb+1ast, R.Poiger 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 233384


Oberwart - Kapfenberg 76-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (18-8) against sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (15-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Redwell Gunners Oberwart in a tough game in Oberwart 72-76. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Kapfenberg Bulls won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Kapfenberg Bulls were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Redwell Gunners Oberwart and four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart maintains sixth position with 15-11 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the second place with eight games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against higher ranked Gmunden Swans (#4) in Gmunden in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: S.Boxley 18+5reb+3ast, R.Chaney 15+5reb+1ast, J.Johnson 15+10reb+1ast, D.Hinson 15+2reb+3ast, H.Ochsenhofer 11+4reb+3ast, D.Gant 2+1reb
Kapfenberg: J.Dean Shaw 23+6reb+2ast, D.Nelson 12+6reb+2ast, D.Mayes 10+1reb, G.Woods 10+4reb, M.Sanchez 6+9reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233386



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Azerbaijan start Novruz Cup with victory - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijan National Team travelled to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to participate in the traditional Novruz Cup tournament. Azerbaijan will fight for the trophy alongside Kyrgyzstan NT, Kapshagay from Kazakshtan and Athletes in Action from the USA.
Azerbaijan celebrated three victories in a row at the tournament. They opened the title defence against the US team Athletes in Action. The Azeri selection managed to eke out a narrow 95:94 victory at the end. Fuad Niftaliyev (185-PG-80) came up with 28 points to pace the winners. Amil Hamzayev (204-PF-90) added 22 points for the winners. Heath McKay (180-G-88) paced the US team.



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Magnum Rolle's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bahamians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Magnum Rolle
Magnum Rolle
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech, currently plays in Japan). He led Mitsubishi Dolphins to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Tochigi Brex (11-29) 85-70 in the Japanese JBL last Sunday. Rolle was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Rolle also added 3 assists and 5 steals; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins (12-28) are placed sixth in the JBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Rolle's first year with the team. Rolle is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.1%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 57.7%. Rolle played for the Bahamas senior national team six years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Switzerland). He was the main contributor in Starwings' victory against the closely-ranked BBC Nyon (4-19) 90-79 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Burrows was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 17 rebounds. Burrows also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (8-16) is placed seventh in the LNA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Burrows is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Burrows averages: 17.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 69.8% in the 20 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Edrico McGregor
Edrico McGregor
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Edrico McGregor (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States). McGregor contributed to an easy victory against the San Jose State University (8-10) 67-49 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio has rather weak 3-14 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's McGregor's first year with the team. This season McGregor has very high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 69.8%. McGregor played for the Bahamas U18 national team five years ago.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #4. Forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help Marso NYKK (9-15) to beat ZTE KK (10-13). Davis scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The fifth-placed Marso NYKK was badly defeated 83-64 on the road by the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#4) in the Places 7-13 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. It's Davis' first season with the team. Davis is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (third place). This season he has very high stats. Davis averages: 16.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg and 2.3spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is also Bahamas national team player.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Golden State Warriors' victory against the Houston Rockets (36-31) crushing them 108-78 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 42 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's second season in pro basketball. The Golden State Warriors have 38-30 record this season. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg in the 68 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite his Bahamas passport, Thompson previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

   #2. Shaquille Cleare (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Maryland in a victory against the Duke University (14-4) 83-74 in the NCAA last Friday. He scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. The University of Maryland has 8-10 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Cleare has very impressive stats this year: 17.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.5spg in the 20 games.

   #3. Mikhail McLean (203-F-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to Houston's victory against the Rice University (5-0) 72-67 in a derby game in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. McLean scored only 3 points in 18 minutes. The University of Houston has 7-9 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. McLean has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg and 2.3spg in the 24 games.

   #4. Dynile Forbes (188-G-86, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (9-10) to beat Oviedo CB (15-4). He scored 5 points. Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi was badly defeated 77-58 on the road by the leading Oviedo_CB. It was Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi's third consecutive loss in a row. Forbes' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Forbes has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg.

   #5. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, college: Master's, currently plays in France) was not able to help Saint-Quentin (11-16) in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (21-6) in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Simmons scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. Saint-Quentin lost 70-75 on the opponent's court to the leading Pau-Lacq-Orthez. It was Saint-Quentin's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Simmons' overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 5.0rpg in the 17 games.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.8 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis17.9 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 5. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 8. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.15.1 
 9. Milaknis, Rudupis14.6 
 10. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cain, Barons k.10.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 3. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 4. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.9 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.4 
 7. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 8. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 9. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 10. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 3. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas4.2 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.1 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 7. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.8 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 9. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 10. Keedus, TTU3.5 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 3. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis1.6 
 10. Keedus, TTU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 6. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 7. Galdikas, Siauliai1.1 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 9. Gates, Pieno Z.1.0 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 



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Belarusian Premier League round 1 (Second Stage) best performance: Vladimir Krisevich - by Eurobasket News

Center Vladimir Krisevich (210-C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Borisfen (#3, 6-20) 64-57. It allowed Tsmoki-Minsk II to take over top position in the Belarusian Premier League. Tsmoki-Minsk II is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 16th lost game this season out of 26 games. It's Krisevich's second year at Tsmoki-Minsk II and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vladimir Krisevich has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.8rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was young Sergey Tatur (195-G-91) of Borisfen. Tatur had a very good evening with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course Borisfen cruised to a 68-58 relatively comfortable win over Tsmoki-Minsk II (10-16). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Tatur is one of the most experienced players at Borisfen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) of Svisloch (#4). Konate scored 23 points. Despite Konate's great performance Svisloch lost 67-89 to #1 ranked Grodno-93. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Svisloch ranking at the top of Championship, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Konate could help Svisloch to bring them higher in the standings. Konate has a great season in Belarus. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Konuyshenko (196-G/F-86) of Grodno-93 - 23 points and 4 rebounds
5. Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Uladzimir Charko (200-F/G-74) of Grodno-93 - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Evgeni Sugonyako (198-F-92) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Artsiom Sharamet (207-C-93) of Borisfen - 10 points and 7 rebounds
9. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 13 points and 9 rebounds

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



Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to a 3-point Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 71-68 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Veremeenko scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Unics Kazan (4-2) is placed first. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.1% and FT: 68.4% in the 14 games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team six years ago.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (5-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Olin Edirne was edged 83-82 on the road by the much higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#4). Parakhouski recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. It's Parakhouski's first season with the team. Parakhouski is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 64.7%(119-184) and FT: 51.9%. Parakhouski is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A. He was not able to help Apoel (12-9) in their last game. Despite Stiggers' very good performance Apoel lost 69-76 in Strovolos to the leading Keravnos. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Stiggers also added made 4 passes and 5 steals in 35 minutes. Stiggers is currently sixth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). This year his overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 77.6% in the 21 games. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #4. Shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help BC Siauliai to win against the league leader Rudupis (13-3) 87-84 in the Lithuanian LKL in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Siauliai (9-7) is placed fourth in the LKL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Liutych's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #5. International small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for AcegasAps TR (9-12) in their game against LeGamberi Foods Forli (11-10) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Meshcharakou recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. But AcegasAps TR lost 76-86 in Forli to the higher-ranked (#6) LeGamberi Foods. This year Meshcharakou's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2spg in the 21 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #6. Guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) couldn't help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-19) in their game against Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (9-14) in the Russian Superleague (second division). Shustau cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 14 minutes. Sojuz Zaretchny lost 62-67 at home to the higher-ranked (#11) Planeta-Universitet Ukhta. It was Sojuz Zaretchny's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Shustau has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.0apg in the 11 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team five years ago.

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

   #1. Igor Suhinin led Planeta-Universitet Ukhta to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Sojuz Zaretchny (4-19) 67-62 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Wednesday night. Suhinin recorded 11 points and added 5 assists. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (9-14) is placed 11th in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Suhinin has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg.

   #2. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in a victory against the league outsider Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-18) 87-79 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (13-8) is placed fifth in the National League. Yeremishin has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg in the 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli.

   #3. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia) faced previously mentioned Igor Suhinin in the Russian Superleague last game. Karpov, who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-19) to beat Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (9-14). He recorded only 4 points. Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 67-62 at home by the higher-ranked Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (#11). It was Sojuz Zaretchny's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Karpov has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 2.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.

   #4. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Elitzur Yavne (14-7) in their game against Ironi Nahariya (17-4) in the Israeli National League (second division). Lioutrine cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points. Elitzur Yavne was defeated 82-71 on their home court in Yavne by the second-ranked Ironi Nahariya. Lioutrine has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 4.0rpg. He has both Belarusian and Israeli nationalities.



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Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Eurocup). He managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (3-3) crushing them 101-78 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Hervelle scored 5 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hervelle averages: 7.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7% in the 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu contributed to Cantu's victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (6-17) 74-62 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. FoxTown Cantu (15-8) is placed fourth in the SerieA. Tabu has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 82.5%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (15-10) 69-53 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (14-11) is placed seventh in the ACB. This year Van Rossom's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.2%(41-73), 3FGP: 46.6%(41-88) and FT: 86.8% in the 25 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #4. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland) led Polpharma to a victory against the third-ranked Siarka Jezioro (10-14) 90-83 in the Polish TBL in Sunday night's game. Lichodzijewski scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (12-11) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg. Lichodzijewski has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. He used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2008.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #5. An experienced former international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Forssan Koripojat (10-28) crushing them 111-81 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. Faison scored 13 points in 24 minutes. KTP Basket Kotka (29-9) is placed first in the Korisliiga. This year Faison has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4spg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Faison used to play for the Belgian national team two years ago. He played also for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #6. Point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Alabama's victory against the University of Tennessee (11-7) 58-48 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Obasohan scored 9 points in 17 minutes. The The University of Alabama has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Obasohan has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg in the 23 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Belgian National Team roster.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #7. International guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Tezenis VE's victory against the closely-ranked Biancoblu BO (10-10) 72-65 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Tezenis Verona (10-11) is placed eighth in the Lega2. This year Lauwers' total stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5spg in the two games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #8. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-26) to beat Surrey Heat (17-11). Hulsen scored 8 points and added 4 assists. The bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 99-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Surrey Heat (#6). So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all games in the Regular Season. Hulsen's stats this season are: 11.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Jonathan Dubas (202-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA could not help one of league's weakest teams Monthey (12-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Dubas' very good performance Monthey was edged 74-73 at home by the higher-ranked Neuchatel (#4). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Dubas also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dubas has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Fileni BPA Jesi (8-13) in their game against Upea CdO (9-12) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Hoover recorded 7 points and added 3 passes. Fileni BPA Jesi was crushed 116-91 on the road by the higher-ranked Upea CdO (#11). Hoover's stats this season are: 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France) managed to help JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket in a victory against the sixth-ranked Monaco (13-9) 82-78 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Tshomba scored only 2 points in 28 minutes. JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (18-6) is placed second in the NM1. Tshomba averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games he played so far.

   #4. best in steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.1apg and 2.6spg. Jones is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.



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Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Mladost 16-5 
 2. Bosna 15-6 
 3. Capljina 15-6 
 4. Radnik B. 11-10 
 5. Zrinjski HT 10-11 
 6. Varda HE 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. Filipovic, Vogosca20.1 
 4. Lalovic, Zrinjski.19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.6 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost17.2 
 8. Hot, Vogosca17.2 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.5 
 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. Rizvic, Bosna6.7 
 5. Goranovic, Radnik6.7 
 6. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.6 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.6 
 8. Damjanovic, Servit.6.3 
 9. Bijelic, Mladost6.2 
 10. Jovanovic, Radnik6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.2 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.6 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.5 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna5.4 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 7. Radovanovic, Radni.4.8 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.7 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.4 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.3 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.1 
 5. Peljto, Kakanj1.6 
 6. Borovcanin, Radnik1.6 
 7. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 8. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 9. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 10. Erkic, Radnik B.1.5 
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. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 6. Velimirovic, Mlado.0.5 
 7. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 8. Buza, Bosna0.4 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik0.4 
 10. Loncarevic, Radni.0.4 


Zack Wright selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. He could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Wright's good performance the second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was badly defeated 73-56 on the road by the leading Budivelnyk in the group K of Eurocup. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Wright also added 8 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots. It's Wright's first season with the team. Wright is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 67.4%(60-89) and FT: 72.4%. Wright is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. Opacak was not able to help PGE Turow (16-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance PGE Turow (#2) lost 81-86 at home to the leading Trefl Sopot in the Places 1-6 group. Opacak was the top scorer with 23 points in 26 minutes. It was PGE Turow's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Opacak averages: 9.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 85.7% in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Ex-KK Zenica Celik player is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL. Djedovic was not able to secure a victory for ALBA Berlin (16-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance ALBA Berlin was defeated 94-87 in Hagen by the lower-ranked Phoenix (#9). Djedovic recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Djedovic's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 19.0% and FT: 85.7%. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #4. Guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) led Armani Milano to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (11-12) 97-88 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Bremer recorded 12 points. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-9) is placed fifth in the SerieA. Bremer's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Bremer used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2011. He played also for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #5. Former international guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia) led Sloga to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked BKK Radnicki (8-17) 86-83 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Popovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points and added 9 assists (made all of his six free throws). KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (9-16) is placed 12th in the A League. Popovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Popovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Popovic averages: 18.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 8.1apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Popovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Milan Milosevic
Milan Milosevic
   #6. Forward Milan Milosevic (205-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Buducnost (15-10) in their game against Zvezda (18-7) in the Adriatic League, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. But Buducnost was badly defeated 79-63 in Beograd by the second-ranked Zvezda. Milosevic's team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Milosevic's overall stats are: 1.9ppg and 2.5rpg in the 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #7. International center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Banvit Basketbol Kulubu in a victory against the 12th-ranked Besiktas (6-18) 67-56 in the Turkish TBL last Monday. Bajramovic scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (19-2) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. This year Bajramovic's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 20 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #8. Forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets (38-28) in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (25-40) in the NBA. Teletovic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets were defeated 106-97 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. Teletovic has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.9rpg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #9. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Partizan (15-10) in their game against MZT Skopje (13-12) in the Adriatic League. Gordic recorded 7 points and added 4 assists. Partizan was edged 66-64 in Skopje by the lower-ranked MZT Skopje (#8). His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. Gordic has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Elvir Ovcina
Elvir Ovcina
   #10. Power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help LTi 46ers (4-23) in their game against New Yorker Phantoms (11-15) in the German BBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Ovcina recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. Ovcina is currently third on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 13.5ppg, 7.2rpg and 3.3apg. Ovcina is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Halychyna in their game against BC Donetsk in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He recorded 15 points (made all of his six free throws) in 20 minutes. But his team was edged 83-81. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.9apg in the 37 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kavala in their game against Ikaros in the Greek A1. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Mitrovic was the top scorer with 17 points. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. Mitrovic is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. Former international forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zagreb's victory against the eighth-ranked Jolly 78-70 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. Halilovic has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

   #14. International center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar in their game against Szolnok in the Adriatic League. Despite his good performance last Sunday Nurkic recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.9rpg. Despite Nurkic played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #15. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) helped Blancos de Rueda win their game against the league outsider Assignia Manresa 86-73 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Sinanovic recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.2rpg in the 24 games. Sinanovic is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia could not help Khimky (6-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Khimky was edged 80-79 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Maccabi T-A in the group F of Euroleague. Planinic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 9 assists in 37 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Planinic is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league with 6.4apg. He also averaged so far 13.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2spg in the 19 games he played so far. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #2. Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85, currently plays in Croatia) led Vrijednosnice OS to a victory against the fifth-ranked KK Zabok (7-11) 76-71 in the Croatian A1 on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 19 rebounds. Trepalovac also added 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Vrijednosnice OS Darda (10-8) is placed first in Places 9-14 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Trepalovac has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg and 7.1rpg in the nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Trepalovac's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Croatian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #3. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 3-point Anadolu Efes' victory against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-11) 89-86 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Barac scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (9-2) is placed first in group E. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. This season Barac averages: 4.8ppg and 3.5rpg. Similarly like Trepalovac and Planinic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, currently plays in Cyprus) led Etha to a victory over the closely-ranked AEK (14-7) 74-67 in the Cypriot Division A on Thursday night. Cup was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (16-5) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Cup has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #5. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Le Mans (13-10) in their game against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-10) in the French ProA, despite his very good performance in Monday night's game. Keselj was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. But Le Mans lost 81-88 in Villeurbanne to the higher-ranked (#4) ASVEL Lyon- Basket. Keselj has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg and 6.8rpg in the four games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #6. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral 100-92 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Begic scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. This year Begic's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 2.8rpg in the 25 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #7. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Besiktas in their game against Banvit BK in the Turkish TBL. Markota scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. His team lost 56-67. This year Markota's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.0apg in the 22 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.

   #8. Mirza Hrncic (203-F/C-86, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alen Trepalovac and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Hrncic was the major contributor in a Vrijednosnice OS's victory against the fifth-ranked KK Zabok 76-71. He scored 20 points. Hrncic has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2apg.

   #9. Seid Hajric (203-F-83, currently plays in Poland) helped Anwil win their game against the third-ranked Stelmet ZG crushing them 90-59 in the Polish TBL in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. Hajric has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg and 5.9rpg in the 22 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish.

   #10. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in EuroChallenge) couldn't help Khimik in their game against EWE Baskets in the EuroChallenge. Despite his good performance in Tuesday night's game Todic recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Todic's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 2.3apg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.



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Tiago Splitter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (50-17) 105-93 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Splitter was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Splitter also added 3 assists in 34 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 51-16 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(263-449) and FT: 73.6% in the 67 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (23-43) in their last game on Monday. Despite Nene's very good performance the Washington Wizards were defeated 119-114 on the road by the Charlotte Bobcats. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Nene also added 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. It's Nene's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nene averages: 12.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 48.5% and FT: 73.6%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain). Huertas contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-11) 89-81 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points and added 6 assists in 22 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (16-9) is placed third in the ACB. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 88.9% in the 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #4. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Real Madrid (9-2) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (6-5) in the Euroleague. He scored 6 points. The second-placed Real Madrid was edged 77-74 at home by the lower-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#5) in the group E of Euroleague. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Hettsheimer's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 2.5rpg. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. Hettsheimer used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #5. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Le Mans (13-10) in their game against Chalon/Saor (15-8) in the French ProA. He scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. But Le Mans lost 60-66 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Chalon/Saor. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #6. Center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB couldn't help Hebraica (2-5) in their last game. Despite Passos' good performance Hebraica (#8) lost 56-66 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#4) Malvin in the Serie 1. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 16 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was Hebraica's third consecutive loss in a row. Passos is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 11.1rpg. He also averaged so far 14.5ppg in the 41 games. Passos is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team three years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #7. Former international center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (12-13) in their game against Gescrap BB (16-9) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. But Asefa Estudiantes lost 79-88 in Bilbao to the higher-ranked (#4) Gescrap BB. It was Asefa Estudiantes' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Nogueira's total stats are: 5.0ppg and 3.2rpg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #8. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (12-13) in their game against Valencia Basket (15-10) in the Spanish ACB. Freire recorded 6 points and added 5 assists. Blusens Monbus was defeated 80-74 in Valencia by the higher-ranked Basket (#5). Freire has averaged so far 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #9. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help Givova Scafati (11-10) in their last game. Despite Tavernari's good performance Givova Scafati lost 68-72 on their home court in Scafati to the leading Tuscany Pistoia. He recorded 10 points and had 5 steals in 24 minutes. Tavernari has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #10. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) helped Ford Burgos win their game against the closely-ranked Palencia Baloncesto (13-9) crushing them 101-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 10 points in only 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Autocid Ford Burgos (18-4) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Toledo belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3 with 1.9spg. He also averaged so far 8.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 21 games. Toledo is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet 61-46 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 6 points and added 6 passes. Cobos has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

   #12. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC in a victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia 86-78 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Neto recorded only 4 points in 13 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. Neto is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

   #13. Former University international center Andre Almeida (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Nebraska edge the Purdue University 57-55 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded only 2 points. Almeida has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Brazilian university national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Balkan (12-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Santos' very good performance Balkan was defeated 90-79 on the road by the second-ranked Levski Sofia. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Santos is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg.

   #2. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the 11th-ranked Blusens Monbus (12-13) 80-74 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 7 points. Valencia Basket (15-10) is placed fifth in the ACB. Faverani has been at the team for four years. Faverani's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 4.7rpg.

   #3. Gerson Santo (206-C-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Colorado St. win their game against the Fresno State University (13-3) 67-61 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Santo scored 10 points. The Colorado State University has a solid 11-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Santo has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg.

   #4. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan) helped Oita Heat Devils win their game against the seventh-ranked Sendai 89ers (16-24) 96-87 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Oita Heat Devils (14-28) are placed ninth in Western group. Coimbra has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg.

   #5. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Pacific in a 2-point victoryagainst the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (13-5) 55-53 in the NCAA last Friday. He scored only 4 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes. The University of Pacific has a solid 13-5 conference record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. de Souza has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 11 games he played so far.

   #6. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Houston Baptist (3-5) in their last game. Despite Bernardi's very good performance the Houston Baptist lost 60-75 in Chicago, IL to the Chicago State University. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Bernardi has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 11 games.



Universo/Ajax is back in the Pro Basketball - 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.



Brazilian NBB round 30 best performance: Dede Stefanelli - by Eurobasket News

International swingman Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for S.Jose/Unimed, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Vila Velha (#14, 9-19) with 19-point margin 106-87. S.Jose/Unimed is placed at 6th position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. S.Jose/Unimed will need more victories to improve their 18-12 record. In the team's last game Stefanelli had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at S.Jose/Unimed and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dede Stefanelli averages this season 15.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Paulo Nery (188-G-81) of Suzano. Nery had a very good evening with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Suzano lost that game 82-94 to the higher-ranked Brasilia (#2, 24-4). Suzano is still in a red zone at 17th spot in the standings. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Suzano managed to get this year. Nery is a newcomer at Suzano, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Ricardo Fischer (185-G-91) of Bauru (#4). Fischer showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bauru, leading his team to a 83-82 win against the lower-ranked Limeira (#12, 12-17). Bauru needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 9 lost games. Fischer has a very solid season. In 27 games in Brazil he scored 11.2ppg. He also has 4.3apg, 1.3bpg and and 3PT: 43.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) of S.Jose/Unimed - 26 points and 7 rebounds
5. Fulvio de Assis (186-PG-81) of S.Jose/Unimed - 13 points and 12 assists
6. Daniel Costa (204-F/C-81) of Vila Velha - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Arlindo Neto (187-G-86) of Liga Sorocaba - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jermaine Beal (191-G-87) of Minas - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) of Uberlandia - 23 points and 9 rebounds
10. Andre Laws (188-PG-80) of S.Jose/Unimed - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Ibrahim Jaaber selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in Iran), who plays in the Iranian Superleague. Jaaber could not help Petrochimi (17-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Petrochimi was badly defeated 106-89 at home by the lower-ranked Mahram (#3). Jaaber was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Jaaber averages: 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 56.4%(22-39), 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 73.0%. He is a naturalized American. Jaaber played for the Bulgarian senior national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a 3-point Unicaja Malaga's victory against the second-ranked Real Madrid (9-2) 77-74 in the Euroleague last Friday. Calloway scored 9 points in 26 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (6-5) is placed fifth in group E. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(35-63), 3FGP: 45.5%(35-77) and FT: 73.3% in the 21 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Videnov was not able to help Olin Edirne (5-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Olin Edirne was edged 83-82 on the road by the much higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#4). Videnov was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 passes. Videnov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 63.2%(24-38), 3FGP: 48.8%(20-41). Videnov is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #4. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) led CSU Sibiu to a victory over the closely-ranked Giurgiu (9-18) 80-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Gruev scored 30 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (13-14) is placed tenth in the Liga Nationala. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Gruev is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 4.6apg. He also averaged so far 14.4ppg and 2.5rpg in the 25 games. Gruev used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #5. International power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (10-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Enel Brindisi was defeated 93-86 in Montegranaro by the lower-ranked Sutor (#14). Simmons scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Simmons' total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons plays currently for the Bulgarian national team. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #6. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Gaz Metan (18-9) in their game against Timisoara (18-9) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance on Thursday night. Lilov scored 13 points and added 3 assists in 35 minutes. But Gaz Metan lost 80-86 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#6) Timisoara. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Lilov's total stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg in the 12 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #7. Former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bayern Muenchen (18-10) in their game against TBB Trier (13-13) in the German BBL. Homan recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But Bayern Muenchen was defeated 90-84 in Trier by the much lower-ranked TBB Trier (#10). Homan has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Homan used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #8. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) contributed to U-Mobitelco's victory against the closely-ranked Rovinari (13-14) 86-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Thursday night. Nikolov scored 8 points and added 5 assists. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (18-9) is placed seventh in the Liga Nationala. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Nikolov has relatively good stats this season: 14.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #9. Former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cajasol (9-16) in their game against G.Canaria 2014 (15-10) in the Spanish ACB. Blakney recorded only 4 points and had 3 steals in 13 minutes. Cajasol was badly defeated 66-49 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked (#6) G.Canaria 2014. Blakney has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.4apg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #10. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Sidigas Avellino in a victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (5-18) 77-72 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (8-14) is placed 12th in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ivanov has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.7spg in the 10 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Vassil Evtimov (208-77, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite in their game against Chalon/Saor in the French ProA. Evtimov cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was edged 74-71. This season Evtimov averages just 1.0ppg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) contributed to OFI's surprising victory against the second-ranked Filathlitikos 79-68 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Doychinov scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Doychinov is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) led Olympiacos to a victory over the ninth-ranked Kolossos (6-14) 70-65 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Antic scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (19-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic averages: 6.5ppg and 3.1rpg in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine could not help Khimik (3-3) in their last game. Despite Deane's very good performance the second-placed Khimik lost 74-82 on the road to the leading EWE Baskets in the group K of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 19 points in 35 minutes. Deane is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.8apg. This year his other stats are: 14.6ppg and 1.5rpg in the 14 games. Deane is a naturalized American. He used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Umana Venezia (11-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Clark's very good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 74-69 in Roma by the higher-ranked Lottomatica (#3). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Clark has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #4. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) managed to help ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in a 3-point victoryagainst the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (4-15) 74-71 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Evtimov scored 5 points in 36 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (15-8) is placed third in the ProA. Evtimov has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #5. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80, currently plays in Norway) contributed to Tromso's victory against the third-ranked Froya Basket 91-84 in the Norwegian BLNO last Saturday. Mihaylov recorded 16 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Playoffs. Tromso Storm (20-4) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mihaylov's seventh season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.1apg.

   #6. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to secure a victory for Kozuv in their game against Mornar Bar in the Balkan League. Karadzovski recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. His team lost 81-87. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg in the 10 games. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #7. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) couldn't help Malbas (12-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Malbas was defeated 78-74 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Jarfalla in the South group. Gafor was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Gafor has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg and 2.0spg. Gafor also holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.

   #8. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Leitershofen in their game against SG Schwelmer Baskets in the German ProB (third division). Vladov recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team was crushed by 23 points 110-87. Vladov has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg in the nine games. He has dual citizenship: Bulgarian and German.



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  CAPE VERDE   


Almeida Ivan and Joel win the Cup in Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Ivan Almeida (198-G-89, college: Stonehill) and Joel Almeida (195-F-85, college: Brockport St.) win the Cup in Portugal together with their Vitoria SC became Portuguese Cup winners. They overcame Benfica in the title game on Sunday. Jose Silva (194-G/F-89) stepped up with 25 points to pace the winners. Ivan Almeida added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to get MVP award.
Vitoria SC stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Guimaraes team went on a 30:18 run in the first ten minutes. Benfica stopped the bleeding in the second quarter. The Reds cut the deficit to 7 points at the interval 40:47. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Benfica stayed within striking distance trailing by just seven points at the final intermission 63:70. But Vitoria SC did not give them a chance to strike in the fourth frame. The Guimaraes team exploded with 30 points in the final period and ran away with the victory. Paulo Cunha finished with 20 points, while Dain Swetalla added 17 points for the winners. Joao Gomes answered with 21 points for Portugal. LaceDarius Dunn had 14 points in the loss.



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 12-3 
 2. Bucaros 11-4 
 3. Academia 9-6 
 4. Piratas 8-7 
 5. Once Caldas 7-8 
 6. Aguilas 6-9 
 7. Caribbean Heat 5-10 
 8. Halcones 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

Mar. 18: Aguilas - Piratas 80-92
Mar. 18: Once Caldas - Academia 79-87
Mar. 18: Halcones - Bucaros 79-80
Mar. 18: Bambuqueros - Caribbean Heat 116-71

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 19: Aguilas - Piratas
Mar. 19: Once Caldas - Academia
Mar. 19: Bambuqueros - Caribbean Heat
Mar. 19: 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.20.9 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros19.3 
 6. Bradford, Caribb.19.2 
 7. Garris, Once Caldas18.2 
 8. Culver, Caribbea.18.1 
 9. Aragon, Academia17.9 
 10. Gilbert, Bucaros17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.5 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros10.6 
 3. Blue, Academia9.3 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.6 
 5. Truscott, Halcones7.1 
 6. Rayson, Aguilas6.9 
 7. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 8. Guevara, Bambuque.6.4 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.6.2 
 10. Burnett, Halcones6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.6 
 2. Brooks, Bucaros5.2 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.5.1 
 4. Moreno, Piratas5.1 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.9 
 6. Bradford, Caribb.3.4 
 7. Garcia, Aguilas3.3 
 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 Caldas1.7 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.6 
 6. Corpus, Aguilas1.4 
 7. Londono, Academia1.4 
 8. Mendez, Piratas1.3 
 9. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.3 
 10. Aragon, Academia1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros0.9 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.7 
 3. Cuero, Aguilas0.7 
 4. Farley, Academia0.7 
 5. Blue, Academia0.7 
 6. Mayfield, Aguilas0.6 
 7. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 8. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.0.5 
 10. Trocha, Bucaros0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 14- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Caribbean Heat reaches a dramatic victory against the leaders Bambuqueros in Cartagena, playing all the second half without their star Cory Bradford the heat fougt hard, Salomon Mosquera in just his second game with the heat made a 3 pointer with 13 seconds in the clock to give the final 2 points lead to the Heat, Patrick Culver had 19 points and Jorry Downs 14.
Darrin Dorsey had 25 points and Stalin Ortiz 23 in Bambuqueros.
Caribbean Heat 86 - P. Culver 19 pts, J. Downs 14 pts
Bambuqueros de Neiva 84 - D. Dorsey 25 pts, S. Ortiz 23 pts.

The back to back games keeps hurting Piratas, the black team look tired in the second half against the Aguilas de Tunja and very undersized to stop the size and strength of Quentin Smith (205-C-77, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Mississippi St.) who leaded the Aguilas to get an important victory as visitors, Piratas defense collapsed allowing 5 Aguilas players to score in double figures, Q. Smith had 25 points to lead the winners, T. Rayson added 22, Piratas Tayron Thomas had 17 pts and Leonard Mendez 16.
Piratas de Bogota 80 - T. Thomas 17 pts, L. Mendez 16 pts
Aguilas de Tunja 95 - Q. Smith 25, T. Rayson 22

The shorthanded Halcones de Cucuta had no options to challenge the Bukaros, falling 81 to 69 as visitors in wich was their eight straight loss, again Bukaros use all their 12 players and were leaded by Sergio Trocha with 15 pts and 12 rebounds, Phil Brooks added 13 pts and 12 assits, in Halcones the lonely effort of C. Nelson and E.. Renteria was not enough.
Bukaros Freskaleche 81- S. Trocha 15 pts + 12 rebs, P. Brooks 13 pts + 12 ast.
Halcones de Cucuta 69 - E. Renteria 19 pts, C. Nelson 17 pts

Academia de la Montana had a very good second half to defeat the Manizales OC 90-89 in Medellin, the winners duo of C, Chavez and N. Aragon combined for 45 pts but the help of Deiby Aguirre was the key, Aguirre added 15 pts with 4 of 7 3 ptrs, the Academia lost Camilo Lodono early in the game.
The OC again had J. Garris and A. Jordan leading them in the offensive, and had a chace to tied the game but F. Forbes turnover with 9 seconds left give the ball back to Academia to win the game.
Academia de la Montana 90 - C. Chavez 23 pts, N. Aragon 22 pts
Manizales OC 89 - J. Garris 24 pts, A. Jordan 23 pts.




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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Alkar Sinj 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Cibona 0-0 
 4. Jolly 0-0 
 5. KK Split 0-0 
 6. KK Zagreb 0-0 
 7. Kvarner 2010 0-0 
 8. Zadar 0-0 
Places 9-14
 1. Darda 10-8 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 10-8 
 3. Zabok 7-11 
 4. Krizevci 6-12 
 5. Osjecki Sokol 5-13 
 6. Dubrovnik 1-17 
Stage One Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 27: Krizevci - Cibona
Mar. 27: Alkar Sinj - KK Split
Mar. 27: Jolly - KK Zagreb
Mar. 27: Cedevita - Zadar


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 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 12-0 
 2. Zrinjevac 9-5 
 3. Samobor 8-5 
 4. Dubrava 7-4 
 5. Gorica 7-5 
 6. Sanac Karl. 6-8 
 7. Bosco 5-8 
 8. Maksimir 4-6 
 9. Kaptol 4-8 
 10. Mladost Z.(C) 4-8 
 11. Rudes 2-11 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 14-2 
 2. Vinkovci 11-3 
 3. Meteor D. 10-5 
 4. Vukovar 8-7 
 5. Pozega 7-9 
 6. Zupanja 7-9 
 7. Vrijednosnice 6-9 
 8. Virovitica 3-12 
 9. Olimp Inspekt 3-13 
Group North
 1. Podravac Virje 15-5 
 2. Graficar 15-5 
 3. Mladost D.(N) 15-5 
 4. Cakovec 14-6 
 5. Medjimurje C. 13-7 
 6. Bjelovar 11-8 
 7. Petar Zrinski 10-9 
 8. Vindija V. 9-10 
 9. Ivancica 5-14 
 10. Radnik 5-15 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 4-16 
 12. Koprivnica 0-20 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 21-1 
 2. Puntamika 20-2 
 3. Kastela 16-6 
 4. Sukosan 11-11 
 5. Omis Galeb 11-11 
 6. Jazine 11-11 
 7. Policnik 9-13 
 8. Metkovic 8-14 
 9. Cetina 7-15 
 10. Solin 7-15 
 11. Trogir 6-16 
 12. DOSK 5-17 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 13-3 
 2. Stoja Pula 12-4 
 3. Crikvenica 11-4 
 4. Kastav 10-6 
 5. Pula 1981 10-6 
 6. Zamet 6-10 
 7. Otocac 4-11 
 8. Ghia Staff 3-13 
 9. Rovinj 2-14 
 10. Ucka 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 17: GKK Sibenik - Cetina 98-60
Mar. 17: Metkovic - Trogir 93-99
Mar. 17: Policnik - Solin 82-71
Mar. 17: Sukosan - DOSK 81-72
Mar. 17: Puntamika - Kastela 65-78
Mar. 17: Jazine - Omis Galeb 110-121



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 26-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 18-9 
 3. BK Prostejov 18-10 
 4. NH Ostrava 18-11 
 5. BK Decin 17-12 
 6. BC Kolin 15-13 
Group A2
 1. Levice 16-15 
 2. USK Praha 14-17 
 3. Chomutov 12-19 
 4. B&W Opava 12-20 
 5. J.Hradec 10-22 
 6. Svitavy 10-23 
 7. Usti n/Labem 9-23 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

A1

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

A2

Mar. 13: Chomutov - Usti n/Labem 93-96
Mar. 18: Levice - Svitavy 93-74
Mar. 16: Svitavy - B&W Opava 75-77
Mar. 14: B&W Opava - Levice 66-46
Mar. 18: Usti n/Labem - USK Praha 50-64
Mar. 16: J.Hradec - Chomutov 111-103
Mar. 13: Svitavy - J.Hradec 102-96


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin17.9 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.8 
 4. Meno, USK Praha17.4 
 5. Blazek, B&W Opava17.3 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.2 
 7. Reese, Usti n.16.6 
 8. Fields, Levice16.4 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.2 
 10. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Fields, Chomutov9.8 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.3 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.8 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.1 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Simmons, Levice6.8 
 9. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rahsaan AMES
  NH Ostrava
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.7 
 3. Carter, CEZ N.4.8 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.5 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.4 
 6. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 7. Sotnar, USK Praha4.1 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 9. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
 10. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.8 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 7. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 8. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 4. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 6. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Fields, Chomutov0.9 
 8. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 


NBL Round 5 (Second Stage): B&W Opava defeats group leader Levice - by Eurobasket News

NBL is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Levice (16-15) on the court of fourth ranked B&W Opava on Thursday night. Visitors were rolled over by B&W Opava 66-46. B&W Opava dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Levice's 18. B&W Opava forced 21 Levice turnovers. American guard Phil Martin (193, college: Cal-Riverside) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) contributed with 8 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Levice. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava (12-20) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place in Group A2. Levice at the other side still keeps top position with 15 games lost. B&W Opava are looking forward to face higher ranked Levharti Chomutov (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levice will play against the league's second-placed USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Svitavy. Fourth ranked B&W Opava (12-20) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (10-23) 77-75 on Saturday evening. The former international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Phil Martin chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) responded with 21 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for B&W Opava. They maintain fourth place in Group A2 with 12-20 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 23 games lost. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked Levharti Chomutov (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbal Svitavy will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Chomutov between BK Usti nad Labem and Levharti Chomutov. Seventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-23) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Levharti Chomutov (12-19). BK Usti nad Labem managed to escape with a 3-point win 96-93 on Wednesday evening. Thaddeus McFadden nailed 35 points (!!!) for the winning side. BK Usti nad Labem's coach Peter Balint used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Ladislav Pecka came up with 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for Levharti Chomutov in the defeat. BK Usti nad Labem maintains seventh place in Group A2 with 9-23 record. Loser Levharti Chomutov keeps the third position with 19 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will meet higher ranked BK Lions Hradec (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levharti Chomutov will play against B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked NH Ostrava (18-11) against fifth ranked BK Decin (17-12) on Saturday night. Visiting NH Ostrava was defeated by BK Decin in Decin 83-70. The best player for the winners was Jan Jiricek who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Decin maintains fifth place in Group A1 with 17-12 record. NH Ostrava lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. BK Decin's next round opponent will be league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NH Ostrava will play against BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-19) against sixth ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-22) on Saturday night. Visiting Levharti Chomutov was defeated by BK Lions Hradec in a tough game in J.Hradec 103-111. Matej Venta orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists. BK Lions Hradec's coach Karel Forejt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Lions Hradec moved-up to fifth place in Group A2. Loser Levharti Chomutov keeps the third position with 19 games lost. BK Lions Hradec will face BK Usti nad Labem (#7) at home in the next round. Levharti Chomutov will play against B&W Opava (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5:
In Group A1 BK Prostejov beat BC Kolin on the road 84-72.
In Group A2 Levice destroyed Svitavy on its own court 93-74. USK Praha managed to outperform Usti n/Labem in a road game 64-50. Svitavy managed to beat J.Hradec at home 102-96.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 32 points and 7 assists by Showron Glover of Chomutov.


Group A1
BK Decin - NH Ostrava 83-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked NH Ostrava (18-11) against fifth ranked BK Decin (17-12) on Saturday night. Visiting NH Ostrava was defeated by BK Decin in Decin 83-70. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jan Jiricek (203-90) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Five BK Decin players scored in double figures. American point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) produced 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Ludek Jurecka (199-83) added 11 points respectively for the guests. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Decin maintains fifth place in Group A1 with 17-12 record. NH Ostrava lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. BK Decin's next round opponent will be league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NH Ostrava will play against BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: J.Jiricek 21+9reb, P.Pope 19+5reb+3ast, R.Landa 13+6reb, L.Sanders 11+1reb+6ast, M.Soukup 10+3reb+3ast, A.Alic 6+4reb+2ast
NH Ostrava: L.Jurecka 11+3reb+3ast, J.Greene 10+3reb, A.Dufault 10+3reb+2ast, C.Barnes 10+4reb+3ast, J.Wilson 9+5reb, J.Stehlik 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 233049


BC Kolin - BK Prostejov 72-84

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked BK Prostejov (18-10) beat on the road 6th ranked BC Kolin (15-13) 84-72 on Saturday. BK Prostejov had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. International Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BC Kolin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for BK Prostejov. They moved-up to third place in Group A1. Loser BC Kolin keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. BK Prostejov will face NH Ostrava (#4) at home in the next round. BC Kolin will play against the league's second-placed BK Pardubice.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 21+2reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 17+10reb+4ast, O.Kohout 15+8reb, D.Pandula 10+10reb+2ast, R.Marko 6+5reb+6ast, J.Bohacik 6+4reb
BC Kolin: E.Ubilla 23+5reb+3ast, D.Bolds 14+6reb+1ast, D.Machac 12+4reb+1ast, R.Field 10+7reb+2ast, U.Benacek 4+5reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 233047
gschID: 233048


Group A2
Levice - Svitavy 93-74

Very expected game when 5th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (10-23) was smashed on the road by first ranked Levice (16-15) 93-74 on Monday. Levice dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 30. American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 4 assists. Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) answered with 16 points and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Levice maintains first place in Group A2 with 16-15 record. Loser Basketbal Svitavy dropped to the sixth position with 23 games lost. Levice will face league's second-placed USK Praha at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Levice: B.Fields 31+4reb+4ast, R.Grznar 21+2reb, S.Nuhanovic 13+8reb+2ast, J.Simmons 11+6reb, W.Kemp 5+1reb+7ast, B.Addison 4+7reb+1ast
Svitavy: M.Deloach 16+4reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 11+3reb+1ast, P.Mroz 10+6reb+4ast, P.Milos 10+5reb, P.Harcar 8, L.Moravec 7+1ast
gschID: 233090


Usti n/Labem - USK Praha 50-64

Very predictable result when second ranked USK Praha (14-17) won against on the road 7th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-23) 64-50 on Monday. They outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 46-31 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when USK Praha made 7 blocks. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American-Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (208-89, college: Texas Tech) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha maintains second place in Group A2 with 14-17 record having just two points less than leader Levice. Loser BK Usti nad Labem keeps the seventh position with 23 games lost. USK Praha will face league's leader Levice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Lions Hradec (#5) in J.Hradec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: B.Meno 18+12reb+1ast, V.Cvek 16+6reb, S.Votroubek 12+14reb, J.Slavik 7+3reb, M.Vocetka 6+3reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 5+3reb+6ast
Usti n/Labem: R.Lewandowski 13+8reb, J.Krakovic 10+4reb+4ast, M.Slunecko 9+1reb, T.McFadden 6+2reb+3ast, T.Hruby 5+2reb, A.Pistecky 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 233092


J.Hradec - Chomutov 111-103

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-19) against sixth ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-22) on Saturday night. Visiting Levharti Chomutov was defeated by BK Lions Hradec in a tough game in J.Hradec 103-111. BK Lions Hradec made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Levharti Chomutov was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. BK Lions Hradec's coach Karel Forejt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Showron Glover (180-87) answered with 32 points and 7 assists and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Levharti Chomutov. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. BK Lions Hradec moved-up to fifth place in Group A2. Loser Levharti Chomutov keeps the third position with 19 games lost. BK Lions Hradec will face BK Usti nad Labem (#7) at home in the next round. Levharti Chomutov will play against B&W Opava (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: M.Venta 21+3reb+5ast, J.Tomanec 19+8reb+1ast, J.Pavlik 15+2reb, L.Kraus 14+8reb+3ast, T.Voslajer 10+5reb, J.Cech 10+1reb+1ast
Chomutov: S.Glover 32+1reb+7ast, L.Pecka 17+6reb, J.Fields 14+9reb, A.Zampach 12+3reb+2ast, P.Bosak 11+4reb+4ast, C.Allen 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 233091


Svitavy - B&W Opava 75-77

Important game to mention about took place in Svitavy. Fourth ranked B&W Opava (12-20) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (10-23) 77-75 on Saturday evening. B&W Opava made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. B&W Opava outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 44-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Phil Martin (193, college: Cal-Riverside) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) responded with 21 points and American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for B&W Opava. They maintain fourth place in Group A2 with 12-20 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 23 games lost. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked Levharti Chomutov (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbal Svitavy will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 21+6reb+1ast, P.Martin 14+9reb+1ast, J.Blazek 12+7reb, L.Sokolovsky 10+6reb+1ast, L.Toth 7+5reb, M.Vanak 5+3reb+1ast
Svitavy: P.Mroz 21+2reb+2ast, T.Macela 14+3reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 12+6reb, M.Deloach 11+9reb+3ast, J.Sedlak 6+1reb+1ast, P.Harcar 4+2reb
gschID: 233095


B&W Opava - Levice 66-46

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Levice (16-15) on the court of fourth ranked B&W Opava on Thursday night. Visitors were rolled over by B&W Opava 66-46. B&W Opava dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Levice's 18. B&W Opava forced 21 Levice turnovers. American guard Phil Martin (193, college: Cal-Riverside) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) contributed with 8 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Richard Grznar (189-91) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Levice. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava (12-20) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place in Group A2. Levice at the other side still keeps top position with 15 games lost. B&W Opava are looking forward to face higher ranked Levharti Chomutov (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levice will play against the league's second-placed USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: P.Martin 14+6reb+1ast, R.Kramny 9+4reb, L.Sokolovsky 8+4reb+4ast, J.Blazek 8+4reb+1ast, L.Toth 8+4reb, J.Sirina 6+3reb+7ast
Levice: B.Fields 20+10reb+2ast, R.Grznar 9+5reb, T.Mrvis 6+3reb, W.Kemp 5+1reb+1ast, B.Addison 4+2reb, S.Nuhanovic 2+10reb+1ast
gschID: 233089


Svitavy - J.Hradec 102-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked BK Lions Hradec's (10-22) road loss to fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (10-23) 96-102 on Wednesday. Basketbal Svitavy made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) answered with 27 points and 4 assists and center Jan Tomanec (205-85) added 23 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Basketbal Svitavy went down to sixth position (Group A2) due to points difference. Loser BK Lions Hradec dropped to the fifth place with 22 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will have a break next round. BK Lions Hradec will play at home against BK Usti nad Labem (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: J.Jelinek 24+9reb+7ast, P.Milos 15+3reb+1ast, T.Macela 12+1reb+4ast, P.Mroz 11+3reb+1ast, L.Moravec 9+2ast, T.Teply 8+2reb
J.Hradec: M.Venta 27+3reb+4ast, J.Tomanec 23+8reb+1ast, L.Kraus 16+9reb+3ast, O.Dygryn 13+7reb+3ast, R.Zachrla 9+2reb+1ast, E.Eisman 3
gschID: 233088


Chomutov - Usti n/Labem 93-96

A very close game took place in Chomutov between BK Usti nad Labem and Levharti Chomutov. Seventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-23) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Levharti Chomutov (12-19). BK Usti nad Labem managed to escape with a 3-point win 96-93 on Wednesday evening. BK Usti nad Labem forced 21 Levharti Chomutov turnovers. Strangely Levharti Chomutov outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 36-20 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for BK Usti nad Labem especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) nailed 35 points (!!!) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) accounted for 20 points. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. BK Usti nad Labem's coach Peter Balint used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) came up with 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and American point guard Showron Glover (180-87) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Levharti Chomutov in the defeat. Five Levharti Chomutov players scored in double figures. BK Usti nad Labem maintains seventh place in Group A2 with 9-23 record. Loser Levharti Chomutov keeps the third position with 19 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will meet higher ranked BK Lions Hradec (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levharti Chomutov will play against B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 35+3reb+3ast, B.Reese 20+3reb, J.Krakovic 15+4reb, S.Licartovsky 9+3reb+1ast, A.Pistecky 6+4reb+2ast, R.Lewandowski 6+2reb+3ast
Chomutov: L.Pecka 27+5reb, J.Fields 16+7reb+1ast, C.Allen 12+7reb+2ast, S.Glover 12+11reb+8ast, P.Stanek 10+2reb, P.Bosak 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 233087



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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 


Cavalliers recall Kevin Jones from Charge - by Eurobasket News

The shuttle between Canton and Cleveland continues for former West Virginia star Kevin Jones (6'8''-F-89, college: W.Virginia). The rookie forward is headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers after they recalled him from the Canton Charge, their NBA Development League team. Jones has appeared in 12 games for the Charge this season, averaging 22.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in 37.7 minutes per game. Jones has eight double-doubles for Canton. He has played in 19 games for the Cavs this season and is averaging 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game. Jones has been assigned to the Charge seven times this season, including five one-game trips.
Courtesy of: cantonrep.com



Lamb, Liggins and Orton Recalled from Tulsa 66ers - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder has recalled guard Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut), guard Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) and center Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
Lamb has seen action 20 games (20 starts) with Tulsa, averaging 21.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.6 minutes per game. Liggins has played in 13 games (13 starts) with the 66ers, averaging 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.2 minutes per game.
Orton has appeared in 24 games (24 starts) with the 66ers, averaging 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 blocks in 28.5 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Harrisburg H. 3-2 
 2. N.Y. Wizards 2-0 
 3. New Jersey B. 1-0 
 4. N.Y.Primetime 1-1 
 5. Westchester D. 1-4 
Southern Division
 1. Washington M. 3-1 
 2. Bad News B. 2-3 
 3. Maryland B. 1-2 
 4. Richmond R. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 17: Bad News B. - Washington M. 20-0
Mar. 16: Washington M. - Westchester D. 133-129
Mar. 17: N.Y. Wizards - Harrisburg H. 103-101

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 23: New Jersey B. - Westchester D.
Mar. 24: Maryland B. - Harrisburg H.
Mar. 24: Richmond R. - Bad News B.



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  EL SALVADOR   


El Salvador National Team 2013 - by Greg

El Salvador National Team 2013
#s#
Edwin Lopez
Lopez
Carlos Arias
Arias
Fabio Molina
Molina
James Valladares
Valladares
Julio Mancia
Mancia
#e#5
Edwin Lopez 183-G/F-85 San Marcos El Salvador
Carlos Arias 200-F/C-89 San Marcos El Salvador
Fabio Molina 195-G/F-81 San Marcos El Salvador
James Valladares 205-F/C-89 Abejas Mexico
Julio Mancia 202-C-80 UTEC El Salvador
Jose Araujo 186-G-86 UNBC Canada
Mario Flores 183-G-85 UTEC El Salvador
Salvador Bandek 181-G-78 San Marcos El Salvador
Martin Ignacio Ramos 170-PG-92 San Marcos El Salvador
Jorge Loucel 186-F-90 UTEC El Salvador
Oscar Rivera 190-F-80 San Marcos El Salvador

Ivan Barahona Head Coach
Jose Roberto Carrillo Assistant
Arturo Mata Assistant San Marcos El Salvador



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  ESTONIA   


BBL:Kalev/Cramo edges out Ventspils in game 1 - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo overcame a 12-point deficit and took a narrow 64:61 win against Ventspils in the opening game of Baltic Basketball League semifinals. The hosts could not have a worse start as they fell behind 9:19 with 7 minutes played. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) had made three three-pointers, already. The hosts ended the 1st quarter with a 7:2 run (19:24) but has another nightmare in 2nd as they couldn't make a field goal in more than 7 minutes. The guests went ahead 22:34. Only then, Kalev/Cramo finally took the upper hand in the game. They ended the first half with a huge 15:0 run - including 8 points from Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) and won the first half 37:34.

The hosts led the game for entire second half but could not make a decisive break - the biggest margin was 7 points (62:55) with 3 minutes left to play. But easy baskets by Campbell and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) and three straight misses by Armands Skele (192-G-83) took the guests within a three points. Game 2 will be played on Thursday in Ventspils.

Abbott led the winners with 15 points. Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) added 13 points, 14 rbs and 3 blocks, Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) 10 points, 14 rbs and 3 blocks. Campbell scored 18 points for Ventspils.



BBL:Kalev/Cramo edges out Ventspils in game 1 - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo overcame a 12-point deficit and took a narrow 64:61 win against Ventspils in the opening game of Baltic Basketball League semifinals. The hosts could not have a worse start as they fell behind 9:19 with 7 minutes played. Campbell had made three three-pointers, already. The hosts ended the 1st quarter with a 7:2 run (19:24) but has another nightmare in 2nd as they couldn't make a field goal in more than 7 minutes. The guests went ahead 22:34. Only then, Kalev/Cramo finally took the upper hand in the game. They ended the first half with a huge 15:0 run - including 8 points from Ty Abbott and won the first half 37:34.

The hosts led the game for entire second half but could not make a decisive break - the biggest margin was 7 points (62:55) with 3 minutes left to play. But easy baskets by Campbell and Sims and three straight misses by Skele took the guests within a three points. Game 2 will be played on Thursday in Ventspils.

Abbott led the winners with 15 points. Bamba Fall added 13 points, 14 rbs and 3 blocks, Frank Elegar 10 points, 14 rbs and 3 blocks. Campbell scored 18 points for Ventspils.



Baltic League: Kalev/Cramo edge Ventspils by three - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Ventspils 64:61

Kalev/Cramo edge Ventspils by three in the first Semifinal game of the Baltic League. The Estonian team grabbed a 64:61 win before the trip to Latvia. The two sides will meet again on March 21st.
Ventspils posted a 24-19 lead in the first period, but failed to win the first half. The home side needed an 18-10 surge to take 37:34 halftime advantage. In the second half the teams exchanged the narrow wins in the third and the last quarters that remained 3-point difference on the board.
Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) collected 13 points and 14 rebounds. Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) followed them with 10 points and 14 boards. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) notched 10. Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM), Martins Meiers (208-C-91) and Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) scored 8 points apiece.

Kalev/Cramo: Ty Abbott 15, Bamba Fall 13+14 rebs, Frank Elegar 10+14 rebs
Ventspils: Folarin Campbell 18, Donald Sims 10, Arturs Berzins 8, Martins Meiers 8, Janis Timma 8



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

23-year old center Rain Raadik (208-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Parnu and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat TTU (#4, 13-11) 77-66. Parnu maintains the 7th position in Estonian league. Parnu 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 11-13 record. Raadik turned to be Parnu's top player in his first season with the team. Raadik has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.6ppg) and averages solid 56.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) of top-ranked Tarvas. He is American guard in his first season at Tarvas. In the last game Raley-Ross recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Tarvas lost that game 74-79 to slightly lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3, 14-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tarvas still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 19-9 record. Raley-Ross is a newcomer at Tarvas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.7ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 6.2rpg and 3.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F/C-90) of Valga (#6). Jarvelainen scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Valga, leading his team to a 84-51 easy win against the lower-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9, 2-23). The chances of Valga ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jarvelainen could help Valga to bring them higher in the standings. Jarvelainen has a very solid season. In 25 games in Estonia he scored 7.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Madis Parn (197-F-91) of Tln Kalev - 24 points and 13 rebounds
5. Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 12 points and 17 rebounds
6. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81) of Valga - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Edi Sinadinovic (193-PG-88) of Valga - 6 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists
8. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) of Parnu - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Ike Okoye (206-F-86) of Tln Kalev - 15 points and 14 rebounds
10. Martin Dorbek (194-G-91) of Rapla - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Khimki, Zoran Planinic, KC Rivers Eligible for Israeli NT? - by David Pick

Last week, en route to my press box seat on row number 14 at Nokia Arena, moments ahead of what revealed to be Maccabi Tel Aviv's heroic 80-79 Euroleague triumph over Khimki Moscow, I caught up with Shay Hausmann, a former executive of Israel's Maccabi Ashdod, who frequently covers the Israeli's Euroleague campaign.

Mulling over the obvious size advantages the Russian's enjoyed over their Jewish rivals, Hausmann said, "For Maccabi to win, they must run Khimki out the gym."

"Full-court pressure defense and a high-paced offense are the only styles of play for Maccabi to be victorious this season," he added.

Hausmann was he right.

Maccabi on the other hand, thinking differently, enrolled in a slow-paced match, allowing a brilliant Zoran Planinic to take full advantage of his lengthy 6-foot-7 frame and exciting handles to post-up defenders, score, and feed Khimki's big men easy buckets.

Though he was fabulous in the first twenty-minutes of the encounter, Planinic's dominance disrupted the Russian's execution down the stretch. The former New Jersey Nets Croatian Point guard / Shooting guard / Small forward, who according to Tel Aviv insiders is high on Maccabi's upcoming recruiting list, recorded key turnovers, displayed poor defense on Ricky Hickman, and was solely responsible for Khimki's meltdown.

Personally, I felt Planinic's nonchalant demeanor and whiny attitude towards the officials, took a toll on his teammates when seeking guidance.

Planinic knew his pitiable second-half had cost Khimki the game and possibly its ticket to the Euroleague Elite 8 series. Shirtless, Khimki's veteran star sat frozen in disbelief on a white plastic chair facing his teammates in sorrow.

Roughly 45 minutes later, Planinic, in a graphic t-shirt, blue above-the-knee shorts, and flip-flops, was last to stroll out of Khimki's locker following the loss.

One victim who appeared frustrated with his lack of touches due to Planinic's dubious decision making was 6-foot-5 shooting guard K.C. Rivers.

Rivers, sprinting the baseline from corner-to-corner, was clutch for Khimki, connecting on 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, scoring 9-of-his-11 points during the final 11 minutes. With Planinic in foul trouble, Rivers could have, and should have done some ball handling to free up Vitaly Fridzon, who was constantly burying shots.

After a quick hand shake with Rivers outside of Khimki's dressing room, the former Clemson graduate and I awkwardly found ourselves communicating in Hebrew. Rivers, it appears, is no stranger to the Holy Land lingo. Marrying into a family with Jewish identity, the 26-year-old journeyman showcased an impressive Hebrew vocabulary. In fact, our overwhelming conversation escalated into Rivers sharing tidbits on the various Jewish holidays and costumes his family observes.

Though he's signed in Russia for the 2013-14 season, Rivers said he's eyeing the upcoming NBA Summer League for a chance to squeeze into a roster, and hopefully work his way into a league contract. Yet, Eurobasket spies informed that European power Real Madrid has inquired about Rivers, a crafty lefty shooter who averages nearly 10 points per game on 50% field-goal shooting, and 38% from deep in the Euroleague.



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  FINLAND   

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 


Antonio Hester claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Antonio Hester (198-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best TuNMKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 26.
The -year old forward had a double-double of 35 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Espoo Basket (#7, 8-19) 80-67. TuNMKY maintains the 2nd position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TuNMKY will need more victories to improve their 19-7 record. Hester turned to be TuNMKY's top player in his first season with the team. Mobile University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hester. Hester is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.9ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 67.4% FGP. Worth to mention Hester played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American Eryk Thomas (200-C/F-85) of SayRi. Thomas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead SayRi to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Ura Basket (#9, 6-17) 102-82. SayRi's 8th position in group A has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-16 record. Thomas is one of the most experienced players at SayRi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American DeAndre Mays (188-G-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) of Huima (#6). Mays showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Huima, leading his team to a 84-81 win against slightly higher-ranked BC Nokia (#4, 12-10). The chances of Huima not to end season at such low position in group A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mays could try to bring Huima's a little bit higher in the standings. Mays has individually a great season in Finland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (7th best) and assists with 4.3apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Nofflet (194-G/F-88) of Oulun NMKY - 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marcus Capers (193-G-89) of ToPo - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Visa Tarjanne (193-F-93) of Jarvenpaa - 34 points and 10 rebounds
7. Russell Frederick (185-PG-88) of Oulun NMKY - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Shaquille Johnson (190-G-90) of SayRi - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Devin Ginty (188-G-89) of ToPo - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Cory Abercrombie (201-PF-85) of Huima - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Finnish Korisliiga round 39 best performance: Devonne Giles - by Eurobasket News

American forward Devonne Giles (203-F-83) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked KTP, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed LrNMKY (#7, 16-21) with 21-point margin 99-78. It allowed KTP to consolidate first place in the Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KTP has a very solid 29-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Giles turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Giles is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.1rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 61.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto. Ulmer had a very good evening with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Pyrinto lost that game 82-90 to the lower-ranked Lapua (#8, 13-25). Pyrinto managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 25-11 record is not bad at all. Ulmer is a newcomer at Pyrinto, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#7). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Korihait (#9). Robinson scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Robinson's great performance Korihait lost 74-80 to slightly higher-ranked Lapua (#8, 13-25). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Korihait not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 26 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Robinson could try to bring Korihait's a little bit higher in the standings. Robinson has individually a great season in Finland. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki - 27 points and 12 rebounds
6. Louis Johnson (206-F/C-86) of Namika Lahti - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86) of Lapua - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) of Lapua - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dominique Coleman (190-G-84) of Lapua - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86) of Namika Lahti - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 16: Le Havre - Paris-Levallois 94-71
Mar. 16: Nancy - Orleans 82-75
Mar. 16: Poitiers - Limoges 80-88 OT
Mar. 16: Nanterre - Dijon 76-80
Mar. 16: Boulazac - ASVEL 68-59
Mar. 18: Chalon - Le Mans 66-60
Mar. 16: Strasbourg - Cholet 65-71

Round 18

Mar. 12: Limoges - Chalon 71-74

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 23: Cholet - Nancy
Mar. 23: ASVEL - Roanne
Mar. 23: Chalon - Poitiers
Mar. 23: Orleans - Strasbourg
Mar. 23: Dijon - Le Havre
Mar. 23: Paris-Levallois - Boulazac
Mar. 23: Gravelines - Nanterre
Mar. 23: Le Mans - Limoges


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. Nivins, Poitiers15.2 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.2 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 9. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 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. Williams, Paris-.1.7 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.7 
 4. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 6. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 7. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 8. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 10. Melody, Dijon1.5 
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. Issa, Le Mans0.9 
 9. Goree, Cholet0.8 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.8 


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 


ProA Round 23: Strasbourg IG is defeated by Cholet - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between second ranked Strasbourg IG (16-7) and twelfth ranked Cholet (10-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Strasbourg IG was defeated by Cholet in a tough game in Strasbourg 65-71. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) helped adding 15 points and 5 assists. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Limoges and Le Havre. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Cholet is looking forward to face Sluc Nancy (#14) at home in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Chalon. Third ranked host Chalon/Saor (15-8) defeated 4th placed Le Mans (13-10) 66-60. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Marcus Denmon accounted for 11 points. FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Le Mans in the defeat. Defending champion maintains third place with 15-8 record behind leader Gravelines. Le Mans at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with ASVEL. Chalon/Saor will play against bottom-ranked Poitiers (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket managed to get a seventh victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Boulazac Basket won against fourth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 68-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. The best player for the winners was Alex Acker who scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi produced 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the guests. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Boulazac Basket (7-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Poitiers. Loser ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Le Mans. Boulazac Basket will meet higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Chorale de Roanne (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Poitiers (#15) forced the game against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 80-88. The game took place in Poitiers. But the guests from Limoges were better at the end. Jon Brockman orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Panagiotis Giannakis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Limoges CSP Elite (10-13) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cholet and Le Havre. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Mans (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Poitiers will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Thirteenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (10-13) gave a tough game to third ranked Chalon/Saor (15-8) on Tuesday. The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for Shelden Williams who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains third place with 15-8 record behind leader Gravelines. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face bottom-ranked Poitiers (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Le Mans (#5).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Dijon won against Nanterre on the opponent's court 80-76. Nancy managed to outperform Orleans in a home game 82-75. Paris-Levallois was rolled over Le Havre on the road 94-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks by Herve Toure of Nancy.


Chalon - Le Mans 66-60

The game between Top Four teams took place in Chalon. Third ranked host Chalon/Saor (15-8) defeated 4th placed Le Mans (13-10) 66-60. The hosts were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 16-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor forced 25 Le Mans turnovers. Strangely Le Mans outrebounded Chalon/Saor 34-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import guard Marcus Denmon (190-90, college: Missouri) accounted for 11 points for the winning side. FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Le Mans in the defeat. Defending champion maintains third place with 15-8 record behind leader Gravelines. Le Mans at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with ASVEL. Chalon/Saor will play against bottom-ranked Poitiers (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: D.Washington 17+5reb+2ast, C.Long 16+2reb+3ast, C.Victor 10+7reb+2ast, J.Paulo Batista 9+8reb+4ast, M.Keselj 8+6reb, D.Issa 0+2reb
Chalon: B.Schilb 23+2reb+6ast, M.Denmon 11+2reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 9+4reb, N.Lang 8, S.Williams 5+5reb+1ast, J.Aboudou 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 179022


Nanterre - Dijon 76-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked JDA Dijon and 9th ranked JSF Nanterre had identical 11-11 record. But JSF Nanterre was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from JDA Dijon 80-76 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-76. It was a great evening for guard David Melody (184-77) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) helped adding 21 points. Center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. JDA Dijon (12-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Loser JSF Nanterre keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. JDA Dijon will face STB Le Havre (#11) at home in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: J.Passave-Ducteil 17+6reb+1ast, T.Meacham 16+3reb+2ast, C.Oliver 15+5reb+2ast, C.Warren 10+2reb+3ast, D.Lighty 6+1reb+2ast, S.Brun 5+1reb
Dijon: J.Leloup 21+4reb+2ast, Z.Moss 16+6reb, D.Melody 16+6reb+5ast, A.Harris 11+5reb+5ast, F.Prenom 8+2reb, L.Owens 5+1reb
gschID: 179027


Nancy - Orleans 82-75

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Sluc Nancy (8-15) defeated at home higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (11-12) 82-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sluc Nancy dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Entente Orleans 45's 34 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: CS San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) helped adding 21 points. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Sluc Nancy's coach Jean-Luc Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 12 points. Sluc Nancy maintains fourteenth place with 8-15 record. Loser Entente Orleans 45 dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Sluc Nancy will face higher ranked Cholet (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Orleans: B.Greene 25+8reb+1ast, C.Hill 12+4reb+3ast, T.Martin 9+4reb+1ast, D.Viney 8+3reb, A.Eito 8+6ast, B.Pamba-Juille 7+2reb+6ast
Nancy: M.Sommerville 21+2reb+1ast, B.Brown 20+7reb+1ast, H.Toure 13+8reb+1ast, S.Diabate 11+3reb+9ast, J.Shuler 9+4reb+5ast, C.Marquis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179026


Le Havre - Paris-Levallois 94-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Paris-Levallois (12-11) was rolled over on the road by thirteenth ranked STB Le Havre (10-13) 94-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. STB Le Havre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Paris-Levallois' 36 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Paris-Levallois 43-24 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. STB Le Havre looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists. Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: his fellow American import) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. STB Le Havre's coach Eric Bartecheky felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Jonathan Aka (203-86) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. STB Le Havre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Limoges and Cholet. Loser Paris-Levallois keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 17+5reb+2ast, G.Oniangue 14, M.N'Doye 10+1reb, J.Hodge 7+1reb+4ast, J.Aka 6+9reb, A.Diot 6+1reb+5ast
Le Havre: B.King 16+6reb+13ast, B.Fofana 16+5reb+1ast, V.Moldoveanu 15+7reb+1ast, G.Brown 14+5reb+3ast, M.Kouguere 11+8reb, C.Mason 10+3reb+5ast
gschID: 179025


Strasbourg - Cholet 65-71

The game between second ranked Strasbourg IG (16-7) and twelfth ranked Cholet (10-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Strasbourg IG was defeated by Cholet in a tough game in Strasbourg 65-71. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) helped adding 15 points and 5 assists. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) scored 5 points and 11 rebounds. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Limoges and Le Havre. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Cholet is looking forward to face Sluc Nancy (#14) at home in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 14+8reb+3ast, G.Fitch 11+1reb, A.Jeanneau 7+1reb+3ast, J.Greer 7+1reb, L.Campbell 7+2reb+3ast, H.Invernizzi 6
Cholet: R.Jomby 16+4reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 15+2reb+5ast, M.Goree 15+8reb+4ast, D.Obasohan 13+6reb+2ast, K.Souchu 6+5reb+2ast, R.Gobert 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 179024


Boulazac - ASVEL 68-59

Bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket managed to get a seventh victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Boulazac Basket won against fourth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 68-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 15-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 59-68 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) who scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Boulazac Basket (7-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Poitiers. Loser ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Le Mans. Boulazac Basket will meet higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Chorale de Roanne (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Thompson 16+1reb+5ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 16+6reb+1ast, A.Sy 11+3reb+1ast, E.Jackson 8+2reb+3ast, T.Larrouquis 3+7reb, G.Joseph 2+12reb+1ast
Boulazac: T.Smith 12+6reb+1ast, T.Dubiez 12, A.Acker 10+7reb+3ast, A.McKenzie 10+6reb+1ast, A.Kerckhof 10+4reb+3ast, D.Harris 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179023


Poitiers - Limoges 80-88 OT

Poitiers (#15) forced the game against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 80-88. The game took place in Poitiers. But the guests from Limoges were better at the end. Poitiers was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Limoges CSP Elite, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-5. Limoges CSP Elite dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Poitiers' 28. Limoges CSP Elite forced 19 Poitiers turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 13 points and 9 assists for the winners. Five Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Panagiotis Giannakis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Lamine Kante (200-87) added 26 points in the effort for Poitiers. Limoges CSP Elite (10-13) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cholet and Le Havre. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Mans (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Poitiers will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: L.Kante 26+1ast, D.James 22+5reb+7ast, A.Dobbins 10+8reb+3ast, A.Smith 6+2reb+1ast, A.Nivins 6+7reb+2ast, P.Guillard 5+8reb
Limoges: N.Boungou Colo 19+3reb+2ast, J.Brockman 19+6reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 13+2reb+9ast, T.Gipson 12+3reb+3ast, T.Plaisted 12+9reb+1ast, J.Mipoka 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 179021


Round 18
Limoges - Chalon 71-74

Thirteenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (10-13) gave a tough game to third ranked Chalon/Saor (15-8) on Tuesday. The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) helped adding 13 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds and point guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) scored 14 points. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains third place with 15-8 record behind leader Gravelines. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face bottom-ranked Poitiers (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Le Mans (#5).
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.McAlarney 14+2reb+3ast, T.Gipson 13, N.Boungou Colo 10+4reb+1ast, J.Brockman 10+17reb+2ast, B.Wanamaker 6+1ast, S.Traore 5+2reb+1ast
Chalon: S.Williams 15+10reb+2ast, M.Denmon 14+3reb+4ast, B.Schilb 13+3reb+9ast, K.Houston 9+2reb+2ast, J.Aboudou 8+6reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 232804



Antibes promote Julien Espinosa - by Eurobasket News

Antibes made a change on the bridge. They hired Julien Espinosa as their new head coach. He replaces Alain Weisz who has just left the team. Antibes are currently at 15-12 record in the eighth position in ProB ladder. However they are on a 4-game losing skid at the moment. Julien Espinosa worked as assistant coach with Antibes since 2008. He also guided the team back in 2011/12 seasons.


Coach Weisz leaves Antibes - by Eurobasket News

60-year old coach Alain Weisz left Olympique Antibes (ProB). Weisz's team made it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Final Four in 2008.
He was coaching French Senior National Team between 2000 and 2003.
Weisz has coached previously another French team Le Mans.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   

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 


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 sensing an upset early as Bamberg was 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.




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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 19-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 17-3 
 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 4-16 

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 59-77

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 23: Aris - Olympiacos
Mar. 23: Kolossos - Ikaros
Mar. 23: Kavala - KAOD
Mar. 23: Panathinaikos - Peristeri GS
Mar. 23: AGOR - PAOK
Mar. 23: Ilysiakos - Apollon Patras
Mar. 23: Panelefsiniakos - Panionios


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos23.3 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.3 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.4 
 5. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.0 
 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. Lasme, Panathin.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.2 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.1 
 5. Papantoniou, Peris.3.9 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.3 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.3 
 9. Sloukas, Olympiacos3.2 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.2 
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. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.4 
 10. Petway, AGOR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.3 
 5. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.0.8 


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 


A1 Round 20: PAOK beats Aris in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Thessaloniki: PAOK (#4) and Aris (#6). PAOK (16-4) won against visiting Aris (9-11) 84-72. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. It was a great shooting night for PAOK especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Aris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) who scored 31 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!). American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) produced 17 points and 4 assists for the guests. Aris' coach Vangelis Agelou rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PAOK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Panionios. Aris at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ikaros and Apollon Patras. PAOK is looking forward to face AGOR (#5) in Rethymno in the next round. Aris will play at home against the league's leader Olympiacos in Athens and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Olympiacos delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Kolossos (6-14) 70-65 in Athens. American forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Pero Antic contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Kolossos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Olympiacos (19-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Kolossos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Ilysiakos and KAOD. Olympiacos will play against Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round where they are favorite. Kolossos will play at home against Ikaros in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Patra was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked AGOR (13-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Apollon Patras (9-11). AGOR defeated Apollon Patras 75-65 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Nestoras Kommatos who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Nikos Argyropoylos responded with 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AGOR maintains fifth position with 13-7 record. Newly promoted Apollon Patras keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Aris and Ikaros. AGOR will meet at home higher ranked PAOK (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Apollon Patras will play against Ilysiakos in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh-ranked Kavala (5-15) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Ikaros (9-11) in Kalitheas. Ikaros managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by Mouhammad Faye who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ikaros have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aris and Apollon Patras. Kavala lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Ikaros' next round opponent will be Kolossos (#9) in Rodou. Kavala will play at home against KAOD in Dramas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Eleusina. Local Panelefsiniakos (4-16) lost to second ranked Panathinaikos (17-3) 77-59 on Monday night. The best player for the winners was Dimitris Diamantidis who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record having just two points less than leader Olympiacos. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Peristeri GS.

In the last two games of round 20 Ilysiakos was defeated by Panionios in Athens 77-62. KAOD beat Peristeri GS at home 87-75.
The best stats of 20th round was 20 points and 8 rebounds by Kevin Palmer of KAOD.


Panelefsiniakos - Panathinaikos 59-77

The game with biggest result difference took place in Eleusina. Local Panelefsiniakos (4-16) lost to second ranked Panathinaikos (17-3) 77-59 on Monday night. Panathinaikos outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 44-22 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. American forward James Gist (205-86) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) added 15 points and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record having just two points less than leader Olympiacos. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: D.Diamantidis 20+5reb+1ast, J.Gist 13+5reb, J.Maciulis 9+4reb, H.Giannopoulos 7+5reb, V.Xanthopoulos 6+1reb+10ast, S.Schortsanitis 5+1reb
Panelefsiniakos: S.Magounis 15+3reb+2ast, C.Eziukwu 14+7reb, N.Papanikolopoulos 7+1reb+1ast, T.Nikou 5+1reb, D.Avramidis 4+3ast, G.Tsiakos 4+1reb+1ast
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Panionios - Ilysiakos 77-62

There was no surprise in Athens where 9th ranked Ilysiakos (6-14) was defeated by fourth ranked Panionios (16-4) 77-62 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios moved-up to third place, which they share with PAOK. Loser Ilysiakos keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Panionios will face bottom-ranked Panelefsiniakos (#14) in Eleusina in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ilysiakos will play at home against Apollon Patras (#6).
Top scorers:
Panionios: N.Pappas 18+7reb+4ast, V.Jankovic 12+5reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 12+5reb+1ast, V.Kavvadas 8+1reb, M.Payne 7+3reb+3ast, G.Athanasoulas 6+1reb+1ast
Ilysiakos: T.Stoglin 16+1reb+2ast, A.Anagonye 15+12reb, N.Chatzis 11+1reb+2ast, T.Garrison 8+7reb+2ast, P.Dorkofikis 7, A.Spanos 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 203829


Olympiacos - Kolossos 70-65

Leader Olympiacos delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Kolossos (6-14) 70-65 in Athens. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But Kolossos won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiacos forced 19 Kolossos turnovers. American forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for Kolossos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Olympiacos (19-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Kolossos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Ilysiakos and KAOD. Olympiacos will play against Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round where they are favorite. Kolossos will play at home against Ikaros in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: P.Antic 15+6reb, A.Law 14+2reb+3ast, J.Powell 12+10reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 12+2reb+2ast, K.Hines 9+9reb+2ast, K.Sloukas 5+2reb+4ast
Kolossos: B.Osby 14+9reb+1ast, M.Hatten 13+2reb+1ast, D.Kapelan 7, K.Langford 7+5reb, S.Nadjfeji 5+4reb, G.Kalambokis 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 203824


KAOD - Peristeri GS 87-75

Everything could happen in Dramas at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked KAOD and 13th ranked Peristeri GS had identical 5-14 record. This time KAOD used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Athens 87-75 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Peristeri GS was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. KAOD forced 22 Peristeri GS turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). The other American import guard Preston Knowles (185-89, college: Louisville) chipped in 14 points. Four KAOD players scored in double figures. American forward Jonathan Mitchell (200-87, college: Rutgers) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. KAOD (6-14) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ilysiakos and Kolossos. Peristeri GS lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. KAOD will face Kavala (#12) on the road in the next round. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
KAOD: K.Palmer 20+8reb+3ast, P.Knowles 14+3reb+2ast, J.Rowe 12+5ast, K.Kakaroudis 12+2reb+1ast, E.Bavcic 9+4reb, T.Zaras 8+2reb
Peristeri GS: J.Mitchell 20+9reb+1ast, S.Parker 15+1reb+2ast, N.Papantoniou 12+4reb+3ast, D.Kompodietas 6+1reb+1ast, A.Mantzaris 5+1reb+1ast, A.Kanonidis 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 203826


Ikaros - Kavala 76-73

Eleventh-ranked Kavala (5-15) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Ikaros (9-11) in Kalitheas. Ikaros managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected easier game. Kavala was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The winners were led by Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87) supported him with 17 points. Five Ikaros players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) did not help to save the game for Kavala. point guard Christoforos Stefanidis (184-80) added 12 points and 6 assists for the guests. Kavala's coach Angelos Koronios let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ikaros have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aris and Apollon Patras. Kavala lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Ikaros' next round opponent will be Kolossos (#9) in Rodou. Kavala will play at home against KAOD in Dramas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: Z.Vrkic 17+2reb+2ast, M.Faye 16+12reb, L.Agadakos 11+5reb+1ast, V.Symtsak 10+5reb+2ast, N.Strnad 10+1reb+4ast, D.Gibson 8+1reb+4ast
Kavala: N.Mitrovic 17+1reb+1ast, W.Coleman 16+10reb+1ast, C.Stefanidis 12+3reb+6ast, G.Arbet 9+6reb+1ast, K.Achara 7+7reb+1ast, D.Tairu 6+2reb
gschID: 203825


PAOK - Aris 84-72

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Thessaloniki: PAOK (#4) and Aris (#6). PAOK (16-4) won against visiting Aris (9-11) 84-72. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. It was a great shooting night for PAOK especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Aris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) who scored 31 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!). American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) produced 17 points and 4 assists and Eleftherios Bochoridis (196-94) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Aris' coach Vangelis Agelou rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PAOK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Panionios. Aris at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ikaros and Apollon Patras. PAOK is looking forward to face AGOR (#5) in Rethymno in the next round. Aris will play at home against the league's leader Olympiacos in Athens and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
PAOK: K.Haralampidis 31+3reb+3ast, W.Hatcher 24+7reb+3ast, L.Papadopoulos 17+8reb+1ast, M.Tsairelis 8+3reb+3ast, E.Margaritis 4+5reb, G.Dedas 0+1ast
Aris: M.Pelekanos 17+4reb+4ast, E.Bochoridis 11+5reb+3ast, A.Vezenkov 8+4reb, K.Charissis 8+3reb, G.Tsiaras 7+4reb+1ast, S.Karapostolou 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 203823


Apollon Patras - AGOR 65-75

The game in Patra was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked AGOR (13-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Apollon Patras (9-11). AGOR defeated Apollon Patras 75-65 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Apollon Patras managed to win second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when AGOR won last quarter 19-11. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) who added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. point guard Nikos Argyropoylos (186-78) responded with 13 points and American-Dominican power forward Larry Turner (210-82, college: Tennessee St.) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AGOR maintains fifth position with 13-7 record. Newly promoted Apollon Patras keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Aris and Ikaros. AGOR will meet at home higher ranked PAOK (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Apollon Patras will play against Ilysiakos in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AGOR: N.Kommatos 20+6reb, M.Antonio Carter 15+5reb+4ast, B.Petway 9+7reb+1ast, P.Horne 9+5reb+1ast, U.Duvnjak 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tsochlas 4+1ast
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 13+2reb+3ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 12+4reb+1ast, E.McCollum 12+3reb+1ast, L.Turner 8+10reb, K.Grant 8+4reb+2ast, T.Zafiris 5+2reb
gschID: 203828



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PromotieDivisie Scores Round 23 and Makeups: - by Terry Cooper

Three more games before playoffs and the championship who will fill the final spot for the playoffs? We will see in three more weeks. Stay Tuned...

Red Giants 70 - 82 Binnenland
De Groene Uilen 83 - 69 De Hoppers
ZZ Leiden 2 89 - 50 Punch
MSV/Zeemacht 50 - 67 Rotterdam2
Almere 78 - 87 Orca's
De Groene Uilen 69 - 60 Red Giants
Rotterdam2 76 - 73 ZZ Leiden 2
BC APOLLO2 66 - 88 Almere
Binnenland 83 - 59 MSV/Zeemacht
Orca's 101 - 68 UBALL
Punch 64 - 48 De Hoppers
Almonte 83 - 92 Cangeroes



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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. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 7. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 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. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 5. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 9. Hollis, Albacomp1.7 
 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 



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 18-4 
 2. Thor Thorl 16-6 
 3. Snaefell 16-6 
 4. Stjarnan 15-7 
 5. Keflavik 14-8 
 6. Njardvik 12-10 
 7. KR 11-11 
 8. Skallagrimur 7-15 
 9. IR 6-16 
 10. KFI 6-16 
 11. Tindastoll 6-16 
 12. Fjolnir 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 17: Skallagrimur - Thor Thorl 96-109
Mar. 17: Tindastoll - Grindavik 91-97
Mar. 17: KFI - KR 89-84
Mar. 17: Keflavik - IR 87-78
Mar. 17: Snaefell - Njardvik 83-79
Mar. 17: Fjolnir - Stjarnan 68-107

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 21: Thor Thorl - KR
Mar. 21: Stjarnan - Keflavik
Mar. 22: Grindavik - Skallagrimur
Mar. 22: Snaefell - Njardvik


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Pitts, KFI33.5 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.26.8 
 3. Palm, IR26.5 
 4. Smith, Thor Thorl26.1 
 5. Jackson, Thor Thorl23.3 
 6. Broussard, Grind.23.0 
 7. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.7 
 8. Craion, Keflavik22.6 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan21.7 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Van, Njardvik14.7 
 2. Craion, Keflavik14.0 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Baptist, Keflavik10.8 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 6. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.5 
 9. Broussard, Grind.9.1 
 10. Jackson, Thor Tho.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.3 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.4 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.2 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.8 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 8. Medlock, Skallagri.4.8 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Moore, Njardvik2.6 
 3. Williams, IR2.6 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.5 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.4 
 6. Threatt, Snaefell2.0 
 7. Craion, Keflavik2.0 
 8. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 9. Baptist, Keflavik1.9 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.3 
 2. Craion, Keflavik2.2 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.8 
 4. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 5. Baptist, Keflavik1.4 
 6. Van, Njardvik1.3 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.2 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.0 


Standings - 1 Division

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 15: Thor AK - Reynir S. 90-88
Mar. 15: IA - Augnablik 82-86
Mar. 17: Valur - Hamar 78-81
Mar. 15: FSU - Hottur 72-82
Mar. 15: Haukar - Breidablik 100-78

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 22: Hottur - Haukar
Mar. 22: Hamar - FSU
Mar. 22: Augnablik - Valur
Mar. 22: Reynir S. - IA
Mar. 22: Breidablik - Thor AK


Fjolnir & Tindastoll to Div 1 - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

It will be Fjolnir and Tindastoll to move down to Division 1 from Dominos league. This was known after the last round in the league last night.
Four team where in that situation before the round but since all of them except KFI that beat KR then IR kept their place with the bes next season.
What team will move up? Team that wins regular season will move up directly and next four will go to play-offs for the other spot.
As it is now when 1 round is left it will be either Haukar or Valur to finish # 1, other teams in play-offs seat are Hamar, Hottur and Thor.
Last round is March 22nd.




Division 1 results - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Breidablik 79 FSU 65. Palmi Jonsson 17 for Breidablik. Ari Gylfason 15 for FSU
IA 82 Augnablik 86. Kevin King Jolley 21 for IA. Agust Angantysson 26 for Augnablik
Haukar 101 Breidablik 78 Terrence Watson 25 for Haukar. Chris Matthews 23 for Breidablik.
Thor 90 Reynir 88. Darco Milosevic21 for Thor. Gudmundur Gunnarsson 30 for Reynir
Valur 78 Hamar 81 in overtime. Runar Ingi Erlingsson 28 for Valur. Orn Sigurdarson 28 & Ragnar Nathanealson 18 + 20 + 6 blocks for Hamar



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

24-year old forward Brian Mills (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Stjarnan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Fjolnir (#12, 5-17) with 39-point margin 107-68. Stjarnan maintains the 4th position in Icelandic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stjarnan will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. Mills turned to be Stjarnan's top player in his first season with the team. Mercer University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mills is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 57.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Carlos Medlock (183-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Skallagrimur. He is American guard in his first season at Skallagrimur. In the last game Medlock recorded impressive 43 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Skallagrimur lost that game 96-109 to the higher-ranked Thor Thorl (#2, 16-6). Skallagrimur is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Medlock is a newcomer at Skallagrimur and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.8ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 4.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik (#5). Craion showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Keflavik, leading his team to a 87-78 win against the lower-ranked IR (#9, 6-16). Keflavik needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 8 lost games. Craion has a great season in Iceland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.6ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 14.0rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.2bpg and FGP: 58.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell - 21 points and 19 rebounds
6. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik - 27 points and 6 rebounds
7. Gudmundur Jonsson (191-G-84) of Thor Thorl - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81) of KFI - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80) of Snaefell - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Thor Thorl - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists

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



Dominos League Round 22: Bottom-ranked KFI wins against KR - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Express L. just ended.

Bottom-ranked KFI managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time newly promoted KFI won against seventh-ranked KR 89-84. KR trailed 48-46 at halftime, rallying from a 35-20 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. KFI made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game, while KR only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by KR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) contributed with 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Martin Hermannsson (190-94) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for KR. KFI (6-16) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tindastoll and IR. KR at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost.
Express L. top team - Grindavik (18-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Tindastoll (6-16) in Sauoarkrokur 97-91. American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Aaron Broussard chipped in 27 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Grindavik have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Tindastoll lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with KFI and IR.
The game in Borgarnes was also quite interesting. Second ranked Thor Thorl (16-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Skallagrimur (7-15). Thor Thorl defeated Skallagrimur 109-96 on Sunday. Gudmundur Jonsson notched 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the effort. Even 43 points (!!!) and 9 assists by Carlos Medlock did not help to save the game for Skallagrimur. Skallagrimur's coach Palmi Seavarsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Thor Thorl maintains second position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Grindavik, which they share with Snaefell. Skallagrimur lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost.
The game between 11th ranked Fjolnir (5-17) and fourth ranked Stjarnan (15-7) in Reykjavik ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Stjarnan outscored Fjolnir 107-68. Brian Mills fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stjarnan have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-7 record. Fjolnir at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 17 games lost.

In the last two games of round 22 Njardvik was beaten by Snaefell on the road 83-79. Keflavik won against IR on its own court 87-78.


Snaefell - Njardvik 83-79

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Snaefell (16-6) beat 6th ranked Njardvik (12-10) in Stykkisholmur 83-79. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 8-point deficit before their 26-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Snaefell players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Njardvik's players. American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-80) chipped in 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) produced 28 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Elvar Fridriksson (180-94) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Snaefell moved-up to second place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Njardvik at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: S.Thorvaldsson 22+7reb+5ast, R.Amoroso 21+19reb+1ast, J.Threatt 10+3reb+12ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 9+2reb, S.Davidsson 9+2reb+2ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 8+2reb+3ast
Njardvik: N.Moore 28+7reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 19+4reb+4ast, O.Jonsson 16+3reb, A.Orrason 4+4reb+1ast, M.Van 4+5reb+1ast, M.Baginski 4+1reb
gschID: 180290


Skallagrimur - Thor Thorl 96-109

The game in Borgarnes was also quite interesting. Second ranked Thor Thorl (16-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Skallagrimur (7-15). Thor Thorl defeated Skallagrimur 109-96 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Thor Thorl's pressure prevailed and they won that period 34-26 extending their advantage to 13 points. They made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Guard Gudmundur Jonsson (191-84) notched 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the effort and American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) supported him with 27 points and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Even 43 points (!!!) and 9 assists by American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) did not help to save the game for Skallagrimur. The former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) added 23 points for lost side. Skallagrimur's coach Palmi Seavarsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Thor Thorl maintains second position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Grindavik, which they share with Snaefell. Skallagrimur lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: G.Jonsson 29+6reb+5ast, B.Smith 27+2reb+8ast, D.Jackson 26+4reb+2ast, T.Ragnarsson 8, D.Flake 6+9reb+3ast, E.Einarsson 6+4reb+1ast
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 43+2reb+9ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 23+4reb, H.Hreidarsson 12+3reb+4ast, B.Sverisson 6+2reb+4ast, T.Eiriksson 5+5reb, D.Asgeirsson 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 180289


KFI - KR 89-84

Bottom-ranked KFI managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time newly promoted KFI won against seventh-ranked KR 89-84. KR trailed 48-46 at halftime, rallying from a 35-20 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. KFI made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game, while KR only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by KR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Martin Hermannsson (190-94) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and international center Finnur Magnusson (208-85, college: Catawba) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for KR. Four KR players scored in double figures. KFI (6-16) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tindastoll and IR. KR at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
KFI: D.Pitts 33+6reb+7ast, M.Virijevic 24+11reb+2ast, T.Bradshaw 14+10reb+1ast, K.Andresson 8+8reb, H.Hreinsson 4+1reb, J.H. Baldvinsson 4+5reb
KR: F.Magnusson 14+8reb+2ast, K.Acox 14+5reb, M.Hermannsson 13+7reb+5ast, B.Richardson 10+8reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 10+4reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 180288


Fjolnir - Stjarnan 68-107

The game between 11th ranked Fjolnir (5-17) and fourth ranked Stjarnan (15-7) in Reykjavik ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Stjarnan outscored Fjolnir 107-68. The game without a history. Stjarnan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Fjolnir's 48. They outrebounded Fjolnir 47-27 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Stjarnan players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures. American Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-81) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively 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. Stjarnan have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-7 record. Fjolnir at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 24+2reb+10ast, B.Mills 24+14reb+4ast, J.Zdravevski 16+2reb+3ast, S.Valdimarsson 11+2reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 11+2reb+3ast, K.Kjartansson 9+3reb
Fjolnir: C.Smith 20+8reb, I.Hafsteinsson 13+6reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 8+2reb+4ast, A.Gudmundsson 6+1reb+5ast, B.Rikhardsson 6+4reb, I.Miles 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 180287


Tindastoll - Grindavik 91-97

Express L. top team - Grindavik (18-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Tindastoll (6-16) in Sauoarkrokur 97-91. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tindastoll won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) chipped in 27 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American-British swingman Tarick Johnson (192-81, college: Campbell, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Five Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Grindavik have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Tindastoll lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with KFI and IR.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: S.Zeglinski 29+6reb+3ast, A.Broussard 27+6reb, J.Olafsson 11+2reb+5ast, T.Olafsson 9+3reb, S.Thorsteinsson 7+10reb+2ast, B.Brynjolfsson 6+4reb+3ast
Tindastoll: H.Viggosson 16+8reb+3ast, T.Johnson 16+4reb+5ast, S.Birgisson 15+4reb, D.Gibson 13+3reb+5ast, G.Valentine 10+4reb+1ast, T.Johannsson 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 180286


Keflavik - IR 87-78

Very expected game when 9th ranked IR (6-16) lost on the road to fifth ranked Keflavik (14-8) 87-78. IR was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 49-34 second half run of Keflavik. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Keflavik outrebounded IR 49-29 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Keflavik's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) produced 23 points and 5 assists and Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Keflavik maintains fifth position with 14-8 record. IR at the other side keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Craion 27+15reb+5ast, D.Lewis 24+5reb+1ast, B.Baptist 14+13reb+1ast, M.Gunnarsson 7+1reb+5ast, V.Valsson 5+7reb+4ast, S.Hrafnkelsson 4+2reb+1ast
IR: E.Palm 23+4reb+5ast, N.Sovic 19+8reb+2ast, S.Claessen 15+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 8+3reb+5ast, E.Arnarson 6+4reb+2ast, H.Fridriksson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 180285



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  ISRAEL   


Israeli Winner League round 21 best performance: Frank Hassell - by Eurobasket News

American forward Frank Hassell (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel Holon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi Rishon (#6, 11-10) 82-76. Hapoel Holon maintains the 11th position in Israeli Winner League. Hapoel Holon is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 8-13 record. Hassell turned to be Hapoel Holon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Old Dominion University star has very solid stats this year. Hassell. Hassell is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.0ppg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 50.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Israeli Dan Grunfeld (198-SF-84) of Hapoel J-M. Grunfeld had a very good evening with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Hapoel J-M lost that game 77-92 to slightly lower-ranked Galil Gilboa (#7, 9-12). Hapoel J-M managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Grunfeld is well-known at Hapoel J-M and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of league's top team Maccabi T-A. James scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 90-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#9, 9-12). Maccabi T-A confirms their top position in the standings James has a very solid season. In 19 games in Israel he scored 9.5ppg. He also has 5.4rpg, 2.8bpg and FGP: 67.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of Maccabi Ashdod - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Dominic Waters (185-PG-86) of Hapoel Holon - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85) of Maccabi Haifa - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82) of Netanya - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83) of Hapoel Eilat - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Willie Warren (193-PG-89) of Maccabi Rishon - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Raymar Morgan (202-F/C-88) of Netanya - 20 points and 9 rebounds

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



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.4 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.1 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.0 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.5 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi16.3 
 7. Harris, Vanoli CR16.3 
 8. Johnson, Angelico.15.6 
 9. Ere, Cimberio VA15.5 
 10. Dunston, Cimberio.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Lawal, Acea V.8.9 
 2. Akindele, JuveCase.8.2 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.2 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.8 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.7 
 7. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.1 
 8. Gigli, Oknoplast BO7.0 
 9. Burns, Sutor MGR7.0 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.7 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.3 
 4. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.2 
 5. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.0 
 6. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
 10. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.6 
 2. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Pesaro2.4 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 5. Barbour, Pesaro2.0 
 6. Green, Cimberio VA2.0 
 7. Thornton, Banco d.1.9 
 8. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 10. Reynolds, Enel B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 6. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 7. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 8. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 10. Akindele, JuveCas.1.0 


Lawal's double-double lands him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Tezenis VE and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 12 points and 20 rebounds, while his team crushed C.de Latte BRE (#4, 12-8) with 25-point margin 88-63. Tezenis VE is placed at 8th position in Italian Lega2. Tezenis VE 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 10-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Lawal as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Wayne State College (MI) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawal leads league in rebounds with 13.5rpg. Lawal is in league's top in and averages solid 1.7bpg,2.1spg and 66.4% FGP. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Talor Battle (183-PG-88) of Upea CdO. He is American guard in his first season at Upea CdO. In the last game Battle recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 12 assists. Of course he lead Upea CdO to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (#14, 8-13) 116-91. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Upea CdO keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Battle is a newcomer at Upea CdO and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Tezenis VE's star - guard Richard McConnell (182-PG-89, agency: Priority Sports). McConnell scored 29 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Tezenis VE, helping his team with a 88-63 easy win against the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4, 12-8). The chances of Tezenis VE ranking at the top of Round 21, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McConnell could help Tezenis VE to bring them higher in the standings. McConnell has a very solid season. In 21 games in Italy he scored 12.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonio Graves (191-G-85) of Giorgo Tesi PT - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88) of LeGamberi FO - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) of Upea CdO - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87) of AcegasAps TR - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marco Portannese (192-G-89) of Upea CdO - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Fileni BPA Jesi - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. William Mosley (202-C-89) of Biancoblu BO - 14 points and 13 rebounds

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



SBS Castelletto clinch National A Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Bawer Matera - SBS Castelletto 57:69

SBS Castelletto clinch National A Cup title. The team overcame Bawer Matera 69:57 in the Final game. Trailing 11-17 in the first period SBS Castelletto needed a strong second half to win the game. Marco Ceron (195-G-92) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Pazzi netted 12. Simoncelli delivered 10, whilst Bolzonella and Ihedioha added 6 each. Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91, agency: Two Points) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group) scored 12. Massimo Rezzano (203-F/C-82) ended up with 10 points, while Cantone had 6.
In Division National B Final Acmar Ravenna overcame Royal Castellanza 85:65. Giorgio Broglia (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Amoni added 19. Masper delivered 15 points in the losing case.

Matera:Antonio Iannuzzi 18, Carlos Sebastian Vico 12, Massimo Rezzano 10, Cantone 6, Cozzoli 4, Grappasonni 4, Vitale 3, Samoggia, Giuffrida n.e., Smorto n.e..All. Bendetto
Castelletto: Marco Ceron 26, Pazzi 12, Simoncelli 10, Bolzonella 6, Ihedioha 6, Ranuzzi 5, Sanguinetti 2, Damiani 2, Marusic n.e., Minoli n.e.. All. Garelli



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  JAPAN   

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.7 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.6 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.1 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.3 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR14.6 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.5 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.0 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.5 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba12.2 
 4. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.10.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.4 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.4 
 8. Smith, Hitachi SR7.3 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 10. Young, Aishin SH6.8 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.6 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.2 
 5. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.1 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Ito, Toyota Alva.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.1.9 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.7 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.6 
 4. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 7. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 10. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.2 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.8 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.6 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.0.5 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 28-12 
 2. Yokohama BC 26-12 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 26-14 
 4. Toyama Grouses 26-14 
 5. Akita NH 21-19 
 6. Chiba Jets 20-20 
 7. Sendai 89ers 16-24 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 16-25 
 9. Shinshu BW 16-26 
 10. Saitama Bron. 11-29 
 11. Gunma 10-32 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 31-9 
 2. Shimane SM 29-13 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 28-14 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 25-15 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 24-16 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 21-19 
 7. Osaka Evessa 15-25 
 8. Takamatsu FA 15-26 
 9. Oita H.Devils 14-28 
 10. Miyazaki SS 8-34 

Regular Season: Round 44

Mar. 17: Oita H.Devils - Sendai 89ers 96-87
Mar. 17: Kyoto Hannar. - Akita NH 92-84
Mar. 17: Saitama Bron. - Miyazaki SS 90-94
Mar. 17: Osaka Evessa - Shinshu BW 78-64
Mar. 17: Takamatsu FA - Fukuoka Rizing 74-80
Mar. 17: Gunma - Shimane SM 60-82
Mar. 17: Chiba Jets - Okinawa GK 59-89
Mar. 17: Toyama Grouses - Tokyo Cinq R. 105-78
Mar. 19: Yokohama BC - Hamamatsu P.
Mar. 20: Yokohama BC - Hamamatsu P.


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.9 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.3 
 3. Chandler, Chiba J.20.9 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC20.6 
 5. Brown, Akita NH20.3 
 6. Jones, Tokyo C.20.1 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.9 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.5 
 10. Warren, Fukuoka17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.3 
 3. White, Oita H.13.2 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.4 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.11.1 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets11.0 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.5 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.1 
 2. Togashi, Akita NH6.0 
 3. Namizato, Okina.5.9 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama4.0 
 8. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.6 
 10. Kondo, Niigata3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.1 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 6. Galloway, Hamamats.2.0 
 7. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Bell, Chiba Jets1.8 
 10. Woods, Miyazaki1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.1 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.6 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 8. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 9. Ashby, Fukuoka1.5 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 43 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Michael Bell (206-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Osaka Evessa and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 43.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Shinshu BW (#9, 16-25) with 20-point margin 86-66. Osaka Evessa maintains the 8th position in Japanese BJ League. Osaka Evessa is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-25 record. Bell turned to be Osaka Evessa's top player in his first season with the team. Florida Atlantic University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bell is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 11.6rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Ira Brown (193-F-82, agency: SDJ Sports) of Toyama Grouses. Brown impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Toyama Grouses lost that game 83-90 to the lower-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#8, 16-24). Toyama Grouses managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 25-14 record is not bad at all. Brown is well-known by Toyama Grouses 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 16.1ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 9.2rpg and 3.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Parker (202-F-81) of second-ranked Shimane SM. Parker scored 23 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Parker's great performance Shimane SM lost 72-78 to the lower-ranked Gunma (#11, 10-31). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Shimane SM needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 28 victories and 13 lost games. Parker has a great season in Japan. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (8th best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Keller (203-F-88) of Gunma - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Miyazaki SS - 26 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists
7. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88) of Oita H.Devils - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86) of Kyoto Hannar. - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Thomas Fairley (206-F/C-82) of Miyazaki SS - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 30 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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

27-year old forward Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Toshiba BT and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 13 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Hokkaido L. (#8, 6-34) with 24-point margin 78-54. Toshiba BT maintains the 3rd position in Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toshiba BT will need more victories to improve their 26-14 record. Fazekas turned to be Toshiba BT's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.7ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 12.2rpg) and averages solid 57.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Panasonic T.. He is American in his first season at Panasonic T.. In the last game Watkins recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Panasonic T. was edged by the higher-ranked Aishin SH (#1, 32-8) 72-69. Panasonic T. managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-19 record is not bad and everything may still change. Watkins is a newcomer at Panasonic T. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#3). He also registered 12.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) of Mitsubishi DD (#6). Rolle scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Mitsubishi DD, leading his team to a 85-70 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Tochigi Brex (#7, 11-29). The chances of Mitsubishi DD not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 28 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rolle could try to bring Mitsubishi DD's a little bit higher in the standings. Rolle has individually a great season in Japan. After 39 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.5ppg (7th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 50.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81) of Tochigi Brex - 10 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT - 13 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Panasonic T. - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) of Mitsubishi DD - 23 points and 6 rebounds
10. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Best players of Latvian LBL round 33 - by Eurobasket News

American Keith Chamberlain (204-F/C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Jelgava and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 15 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed U18 (#11, 1-16) with 22-point margin 101-79. Jelgava maintains the 7th position in Latvian LBL. Jelgava 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 12-14 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Chamberlain as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Keith Chamberlain averages this season 8.8ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of league's best team Barons kvartals. Cain impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Barons kvartals lost that game 85-90 to the lower-ranked Turiba (#10, 9-19). Barons kvartals managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 18-10 record. Cain is a newcomer at Barons kvartals 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 16.1ppg (#3). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Barons kvartals' star - American Jamar Diggs (187-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Diggs showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Diggs' great performance Barons kvartals lost 85-90 to the lower-ranked Turiba (#10, 9-19). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Barons kvartals needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 10 lost games. Diggs has a very solid season. In 6 games in Latvia he scored 15.0ppg. He also has 5.5rpg, 5.5apg and and 3PT: 81.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Guntis Sipolins (206-C-93) of Turiba - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Will Daniels (203-F-86) of VEF Riga - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) of VEF Riga - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andris Justovics (200-F-89) of Jelgava - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) of VEF Riga - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Mikus Sokolovs (195-G-89) of Turiba - 19 points and 4 assists
10. Shedrick Haynes (182-G-88) of Jelgava - 18 points and 3 assists

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



Baltic League: Kalev/Cramo edge Ventspils by three - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Ventspils 64:61

Kalev/Cramo edge Ventspils by three in the first Semifinal game of the Baltic League. The Estonian team grabbed a 64:61 win before the trip to Latvia. The two sides will meet again on March 21st.
Ventspils posted a 24-19 lead in the first period, but failed to win the first half. The home side needed an 18-10 surge to take 37:34 halftime advantage. In the second half the teams exchanged the narrow wins in the third and the last quarters that remained 3-point difference on the board.
Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) collected 13 points and 14 rebounds. Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) followed them with 10 points and 14 boards. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) notched 10. Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM), Martins Meiers (208-C-91) and Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) scored 8 points apiece.

Kalev/Cramo: Ty Abbott 15, Bamba Fall 13+14 rebs, Frank Elegar 10+14 rebs
Ventspils: Folarin Campbell 18, Donald Sims 10, Arturs Berzins 8, Martins Meiers 8, Janis Timma 8



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  LEBANON   


Riyadi bring back Dewarick Spencer - by Rabih Khoury

Ismaiil Ahmad being sidelined for 3 weeks due to a muscle injury, Riyadi management found the replacement directly. The old-new guard is back. Riyadi inked Dewarick Spencer for 3 months to be in the team starting this week end until the end of the regular season and for some international tournaments. Spencer who played with Jilin in China this season will be back to his old team where he played last year with Riyadi averaging 26 pts, 5.6 rebds and 4.4 assists shooting 45% from 3pt line. Spencer will start in the starting lineup on the SG spot also after Ahmad Ibrahims injury that put him out all season. Spencer Dewarick (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.)


Riyadi Leader after a very exciting win against Champville - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In one of the most exciting games of the season Riyadi welcomed the champion Champville, The game saw the participation of an Iranian Players for the first time in the History of the Lebanese League, Asghar Kardooust who joined Champvillle to replace the injured Reyshawn Terry. The game saw a big start for the Home team and led the first quarter 25-16. Champville played the first quarter with Nikoloz Tskittishvili and tried to come back in the In the 2nd quarter with the presence of Asghar Kardoust , Riyadi suffered a major blow in this quarter with the injury of Ismail Ahmad who will be sidelined for 3 weeks. This injury didnt break Riyadis tempo and they started to increase the lead to as much as 20 points. The score t the half was 46-31.

The 2nd half Champville regrouped and started a big comeback and outscored Riyadi in the 3rd 19 to 9 , the same tempo continued and Champville managed to close the big gap and to lead the game by one point with 2 minutes to the end. The last two minutes of the game Riyadi knew how the handle it and managed to score another very important win on the score of 75-69. This win gave Riyadi the position of the Championship Leader after the surprise defeat of Sagesse against Byblos.

Loren woods had a very big first half and he was the major reason to Riyadi to have a big lead , finished with 18 points but the game was sealed in the end through a big three pointer from Ali Mahmoud . From Champville Carl Sarkis led his team with 19 points and was always giving his team the needed push to stay in the game.

Q:25-16 Q2:46-31 Q3:54-50 Q4:75-69



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Sam Muldrow (ex DniproAzot) agreed terms with Pieno Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (LKL) inked 25-year old American forward Sam Muldrow (205-104kg-88, college: S.Carolina). He was tested at DniproAzot in Ukrainian Superleague, but left the team earlier this month. In 38 Superleague games he recorded 11.9ppg, 7.6rpg and 3.1bpg this season. The last season Muldrow played at Aris (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3bpg. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.3bpg. Muldrow received All-SEC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011 at his college time. Muldrow represented USA at the International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 8.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 64.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Muldrow graduated from University of South Carolina in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Juventus tab Ryan Olander - by Eurobasket News

Juventus-LKSK Utenos (LKL) inked 23-year old American center Ryan Olander (213-90, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He started the season at Naglis Palangos (LKL). In 6 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2bpg this season. Olander also played 4 games in Baltic League where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0apg. The last season he played at Fairfield University in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the NCAA. In 33 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9bpg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Among other achievements Olander's team won MAAC Regular Season in 2011. He received also All-MAAC 2nd Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Olander graduated from Fairfield University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings

Diekirch Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sparta 19-6 
 2. T71 15-10 
 3. Amicale 15-10 
 4. Residence 14-11 
 5. Etzella 14-11 
 6. Musel Pikes 13-12 
Places 7-10
 1. Contern 10-12 
 2. Soleuvre 9-13 
 3. Basket Esch 8-14 
 4. Black Star 2-20 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Places 1-6

Mar. 17: Etzella - T71 72-80
Mar. 17: Amicale - Residence 71-85
Mar. 17: Musel Pikes - Sparta 64-68

Places 7-10

Mar. 17: Basket Esch - Contern 82-88
Mar. 16: Black Star - Soleuvre 81-85

Second Stage: Round 8

Places 1-6

Mar. 23: Amicale - Etzella
Mar. 23: Residence - Musel Pikes
Mar. 24: Sparta - T71

Places 7-10

Mar. 23: Contern - Black Star
Mar. 24: Soleuvre - Basket Esch


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Mychal GREEN
  Soleuvre
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Green, Soleuvre25.4 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.24.8 
 3. Schumacher, T7123.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence23.5 
 5. Bryant, Black Star23.2 
 6. Frazier, Contern21.6 
 7. Ulin, Sparta21.5 
 8. Simpson, Etzella20.4 
 9. Smith, Sparta19.4 
 10. Sharry, T7118.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.0 
 2. Powell, Contern13.4 
 3. Sharry, T7111.9 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.11.8 
 5. Gary, Musel Pikes10.8 
 6. Stephens, T7110.4 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes10.2 
 8. Frazier, Contern9.9 
 9. Kennedy, Residence9.8 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.6 
 2. Bryant, Black Star4.6 
 3. Schumacher, T714.3 
 4. Schartz, Amicale4.0 
 5. Green, Soleuvre3.9 
 6. Biever, Basket Es.3.7 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.3.4 
 8. Scott, Residence3.4 
 9. Koster, Residence3.4 
 10. Smith, Sparta3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jones, Contern2.6 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.2.3 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Green, Soleuvre1.9 
 5. Schumacher, T711.8 
 6. Delgado, Etzella1.7 
 7. Simpson, Etzella1.7 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 9. Bryant, Black Star1.6 
 10. Stephens, T711.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes1.2 
 2. Sharry, T711.2 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.0.9 
 4. Simpson, Etzella0.9 
 5. Powell, Contern0.9 
 6. Fisher, Amicale0.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern0.8 
 8. Hoffmann, Sparta0.7 
 9. Golson, Amicale0.6 
 10. Hublart, Sparta0.5 


Diekirch League Round 7 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most interesting game of round 7 in the Diekirch League was a home defeat of 4th placed Etzella (14-11) to third ranked T71 (15-10) 80-72. It was a key game for the second position in League. T71 moved-up to second place in League. Etzella at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. T71 are looking forward to face league's leader Sparta in Bertrange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Etzella will play on the road against Amicale (#3) in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Amicale (15-10) against fifth ranked Residence (14-11) on Sunday night. Host Amicale was defeated by Residence in Steinsel 85-71. Residence moved-up to fourth place in League. Amicale at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Residence will play against Musel Pikes (#6) in Stadrbredimus in the next round. Amicale will play at home against Etzella in Ettelbruck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Esch. 3rd placed host Basket Esch (8-14) lost to first ranked Contern (10-12) 88-82. Jeron Belin fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jibril Hodges produced 23 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Newly promoted Contern maintains first place in League with 10-12 record. Loser Basket Esch keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Contern will meet at home Black Star (#4) in the next round. Basket Esch will play against the league's second-placed Soleuvre in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mersch. 4th placed host Black Star (2-20) lost to third ranked Soleuvre (9-13) 85-81. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Chehales Tapscott who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his sixteen free throws !!!). Soleuvre moved-up to second place in League. Black Star at the other side keeps the fourth position with 20 games lost. Soleuvre's next round opponent will be Basket Esch (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Black Star will play against the league's leader Contern in Luxembourg.
Diekirch League top team - Sparta (19-6) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Musel Pikes (13-12) in Stadrbredimus 68-64. It was a great evening for Patrick Arbaut who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 19-6 record. Loser Musel Pikes dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Sparta will face league's second-placed T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Musel Pikes will play on the road against Residence (#4) in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 44 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Mychal Green of Soleuvre.


Places 1-6
Musel Pikes - Sparta 64-68

Diekirch League top team - Sparta (19-6) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Musel Pikes (13-12) in Stadrbredimus 68-64. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Musel Pikes won fourth quarter 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sparta dominated on the defensive end, holding Musel Pikes to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Musel Pikes 45-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international Patrick Arbaut (181-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard Kasey Ulin (181-82, college: Dickinson St.) helped adding 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Laurent Majerus (202-90) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 19-6 record. Loser Musel Pikes dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Sparta will face league's second-placed T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Musel Pikes will play on the road against Residence (#4) in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: B.Gary 18+9reb, J.Kox 17+3reb+1ast, L.Majerus 13+9reb+2ast, L.Schwartz 8+2reb+1ast, G.Schmit 6+4reb+4ast, T.Steffen 2+5reb
Sparta: L.Smith 19+7reb, P.Arbaut 15+13reb, K.Ulin 13+8reb+5ast, D.Gindt 8+2reb, J.Hublart 6+6reb, P.Hoffmann 5+7reb
gschID: 231705


Amicale - Residence 71-85

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Amicale (15-10) against fifth ranked Residence (14-11) on Sunday night. Host Amicale was defeated by Residence in Steinsel 85-71. Residence moved-up to fourth place in League. Amicale at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Residence will play against Musel Pikes (#6) in Stadrbredimus in the next round. Amicale will play at home against Etzella in Ettelbruck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 231706


Etzella - T71 72-80

The most interesting game of round 7 in the Diekirch League was a home defeat of 4th placed Etzella (14-11) to third ranked T71 (15-10) 80-72. It was a key game for the second position in League. T71 moved-up to second place in League. Etzella at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. T71 are looking forward to face league's leader Sparta in Bertrange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Etzella will play on the road against Amicale (#3) in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 231704


Places 7-10
Basket Esch - Contern 82-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Esch. 3rd placed host Basket Esch (8-14) lost to first ranked Contern (10-12) 88-82. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 29-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jeron Belin (198-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Dynamics Global Management) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Elton Frazier (196-88, college: Canisius) chipped in 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Basket Esch players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Contern maintains first place in League with 10-12 record. Loser Basket Esch keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Contern will meet at home Black Star (#4) in the next round. Basket Esch will play against the league's second-placed Soleuvre in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: J.Hodges 23+5reb+2ast, M.Rajniak 21+2reb+1ast, S.Svitek 19+6reb+3ast, C.Donnersbach 13+3ast, J.Biever 4+2reb+5ast, A.Rodenbourg 2+2reb+3ast
Contern: E.Frazier 27+5reb, J.Belin 25+7reb+1ast, R.Wolzfeld 13+2reb+3ast, C.Jones 8+3ast, R.Birenbaum 7+1reb+1ast, T.Schleimer 5
gschID: 231708


Black Star - Soleuvre 81-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mersch. 4th placed host Black Star (2-20) lost to third ranked Soleuvre (9-13) 85-81. It looked good early as Black Star took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Soleuvre took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. They made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his sixteen free throws !!!). Guard Mychal Green (193-83, college: Ohio) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Terry Bryant (185-85, college: SE Louisiana) added 24 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in the effort for Black Star. Soleuvre moved-up to second place in League. Black Star at the other side keeps the fourth position with 20 games lost. Soleuvre's next round opponent will be Basket Esch (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Black Star will play against the league's leader Contern in Luxembourg.
Top scorers:
Black Star: T.Bryant 24+6reb+3ast, B.McDaniel 23+20reb+4ast, C.Ruppert 15+5reb, C.Weiler 9+5reb+4ast, P.Arbaut 6+3reb, C.Muller 4
Soleuvre: C.Tapscott 26+13reb+4ast, M.Green 23+11reb+1ast, D.Benseghir 10+1ast, D.Berthle 8+8reb, B.Hemmen 7+4reb+3ast, Y.Kombo 5
gschID: 231707



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 39-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 39-28 
 3. Boston C. 36-30 
 4. Philadelph.76 26-40 
 5. Toronto R. 26-41 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 41-26 
 2. Chicago B. 36-30 
 3. Milwaukee B. 33-32 
 4. Detroit P. 23-46 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-45 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 52-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 37-30 
 3. Washington W. 23-43 
 4. Orlando M. 18-49 
 5. Charlotte B. 15-52 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 50-17 
 2. Denver N. 46-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 34-33 
 4. Portland TB 31-35 
 5. Minnesota T. 23-42 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 46-21 
 2. Golden St.W. 39-30 
 3. LA Lakers 36-33 
 4. Sacramento K. 23-44 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-45 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 51-16 
 2. Memphis G. 45-21 
 3. Houston R. 36-31 
 4. Dallas M. 32-35 
 5. N.Orleans H. 22-46 

Regular Season: Round 134

Mar. 18: Phoenix Suns - LA Lakers 99-76
Mar. 18: Memphis G. - Minnesota T. 92-77
Mar. 18: Cleveland C. - Indiana P. 90-111
Mar. 18: Utah Jazz - New York K. 83-90
Mar. 18: Detroit P. - Brooklyn N. 82-119
Mar. 18: N.Orleans H. - Golden St.W. 72-93
Mar. 18: Charlotte B. - Washington W. 119-114
Mar. 18: Chicago B. - Denver N. 118-119 OT
Mar. 18: Atlanta H. - Dallas M. 113-127
Mar. 18: Boston C. - Miami Heat 103-105
Mar. 18: Philadelph.76 - Portland TB 101-100

Regular Season: Round 135

Mar. 19: Indiana P. - Orlando M.
Mar. 19: Milwaukee B. - Portland TB
Mar. 19: Oklah.City T. - Denver N.
Mar. 19: Sacramento K. - LA Clippers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.3 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.4 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.2 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.7 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers12.5 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.5 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 8. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.3 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.7 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.6 
 8. Wall, Washington W.7.5 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 8. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.3 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Andrew Bynum will have surgery on both knees, and not play this season - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both knees tomorrow, which will cause him to miss the remainder of the season. After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point, Sixers General Manager Tony DiLeo said. We will continue to monitor and evaluate his status moving forward. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek of the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York. The primary focus of the procedure is to clean out loose bodies from within the knees in an attempt to alleviate pain and swelling. Bynum has not yet played a single minute for the 76ers, who are having a rough season. With a 25-40 record, the team is 10th in the East, but nowhere near catching up to the 8th seed.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Hornets Sign Terrel Harris To 2nd 10-Day Deal - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed guard Terrel Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.) to a second 10-day contract. Harris, an Oklahoma State product, originally signed his first 10-day contract with the Hornets on March 8, 2013. With the Hornets, Harris has appeared in two games and averaged 0.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 6.0 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



The Bulls sign Malcolm Thomas - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls signed 25-year old center Malcolm Thomas (206-98kg-88, college: San Diego State) to a 10-day contract. He just played at Golden State Warriors. But in 5 games he had only 0.6ppg and 1.0rpg this season. Thomas also spent pre-season at Warriors earlier that year. The other team he played shortly was D-Fenders. In only one game he recorded 13 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Thomas was tried-out by Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel earlier that season. In 13 games he recorded 6.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2bpg. Part of last season Thomas spent at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In two games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg and 4.0bpg. He was tried-out by the Rockets earlier that season.
Thomas has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he played in the final of D-League in 2012. Thomas was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League Forward of the Year in 2012.
He has played also professionally in Korea, other NBA teams (Houston Rockets, LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs) and other D-League teams (Austin Toros).
Thomas attended San Diego State until 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lamb, Liggins and Orton Recalled from Tulsa 66ers - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder has recalled guard Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut), guard Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) and center Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
Lamb has seen action 20 games (20 starts) with Tulsa, averaging 21.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.6 minutes per game. Liggins has played in 13 games (13 starts) with the 66ers, averaging 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.2 minutes per game.
Orton has appeared in 24 games (24 starts) with the 66ers, averaging 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 blocks in 28.5 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Recap of eleven-game Monday in the League - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte B. - Washington W. 119-114
Charlotte Bobcats co-captain Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) summed up one of the wilder wins in franchise history this way: 'You can't beat anybody without getting stops. We do too much preparation to waste it' the way they often have this season. These were stops: Two bad passes thrown by Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza and a charge called against point guard John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky). Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) had one of those steals and drew the charge. In between, he scored on two drives and a pull-up 12-footer. All that in a span of just more than two minutes of the fourth quarter added up to a 119-114 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena. 'I couldn't tell you what happened. It just happened so fast - like BAM!'' said ex-Bobcat Emeka Okafor, now the Wizards' center. 'We were up five, then all of a sudden we were down six. I was (thinking), What? What?'' Beating the 23-43 Wizards isn't exactly a reason to pop corks, but in a season when the Bobcats are 15-52, closing out a game they trailed by five with just more than three minutes left spelled progress. This was just the second time during the past two seasons that the Bobcats won a season series with an Eastern Conference opponent. Last season that victim was the Toronto Raptors. This season the Bobcats won three of four against the Wizards. The two earlier victories were aided by Wall missing November games with a stress reaction in his left knee. This was different; Wall had just been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. That was representative of a roll when he was averaging about 24 points and 11 assists. Monday, Wall's key statistics were six turnovers and six fouls, sending him the bench late. Sure, he scored 25 points, but Walker clearly outplayed him down the stretch. It didn't help that Washington big man Nene (21 points) was also in foul trouble. 'We knew Nene had five fouls,' said Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap. 'We went to the pick-and-roll; we knew he'd play it soft. It was Kemba's game from there.' Walker finished with 18 points, seven assists and three steals, but he had plenty of help, too. Henderson had 27 points, eight assists and a stunningly athletic block of Trevor Booker at the rim. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) added 19 points off the bench. Gordon and Henderson each made 3-pointers in the decisive run. So even on a night when Time Warner Cable Arena was half-deserted (announced attendance of 10,141), the people who did show up got a show. And a young team got some reward for staying engaged to a process. 'At times we played really well. Other times we didn't,' Walker said. 'But we stayed with it.' Courtesy of: newsobserver.com

Philadelph.76 - Portland TB 101-100
Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 27 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. The Sixers wasted a 14-point lead and Portland took the lead late in the fourth. Holiday, though, rallied the Sixers and stretched the lead to 101-97 on a pair of free throws. Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 101-100. Holiday fell on the inbound pass and the ball sailed into the Sixers bench, giving Portland the ball with 7.1 seconds left. LaMarcus Aldridge missed the potential winner on a turnaround over Hawes. Aldridge had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Lillard scored 27 points. The Sixers got the win hours after they announced center Andrew Bynum will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday. Bynum has not played this season because of bone bruises in both of his knees. After Portland rallied for the lead, Holiday, Hawes and Thaddeus Young hit three straight shots for a 97-92 advantage with 1:07 left. Aldridge's 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining cut it to 99-97. Holiday then hit two free throws for a five-point cushion. Portland seemed to catch a break after Philadelphia's inbounds pass was a turn