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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Edo Muric sidelined with thumb injury - by Eurobasket News

Krka suffered a setback as one of their key players would have to sit out with injury. Edo Muric (202-F-91) broke thumb on his left foot and would have to stay out of action for at least three weeks. He will therefore miss the reminder of the Adriatic League season. Edo Muric tallied 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in EuroChallenge this season. He also delivered 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Adriatic League.


Olimpija dominant against Krka - by Igor Obradovic

On the wings of victory against Partizan last week in Pionir Hall, Olimpija is recorded second win in the row in the ABA league and was left in the race for the F4 this year and now has a score of 13-10.

In the Slovenian derby this time Olimpija was better although Krka in the last five times in a game against a opponent coming out as the winner.
Olimpija won with the score 76:63 (23:11, 16:14, 22:16, 15:22).

More players were willing to play in a team Olimpija.
Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) 16pts, 8rbd, 1ast, 1steal with 23 index points, Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) 14pts, 1rbd, 2ast, 1steal, Luka Rupnik (185-PG-93) 10pts, 6rbd, Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80, agency: Court Side) 14pts, 5rbd, 2steal, Dino Muric (200-F-90) 8pts, 7rbd , 2ast, 2steals.
In the honor defeat of Krka most contributed is Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) 13pts, 18pts 7ast and Uros Lucic (207-C-83), 5rbd, 2steals and 17 index points.

Match in the Hall "Stozice" was followed by 3,000 people.

Tomorrow on the program are 4 games in the ABA league.



Cedevita without Ilievski until the end of the season - by Igor Obradovic

As soon as he recovered from injury, point guard of Cedevita Zagreb, Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) was sidelined again for the same reason.
He will be in that status for a long time. By the end of the season in the ABA league.
Experienced Macedonian organizer game is on one of the last training felt pain and was later discovered that he suffered ruptured thigh muscle.

In this season Vlado Ilievski have 5 points per match, 1.1rbd, 2.2ast and avg index points 4.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Budivelnyk adds Kickert to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) added to their roster 30-year old Australian international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-113kg-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). He is a dual citizen owning also Dutch passport. Kickert started the season at Dnipro (Superleague). In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season he played at PGE Turow (TBL) in Polish league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Kickert was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 43 TBL games he averaged 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention, All-Bosmans Team and to the All-Star Game. Kickert also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had 10 points and 1 steal. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.0ppg and 3.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kickert played in the final of Polish League in 2011. He was also voted NABC All-NCAA District 14 2nd Team back in 2005 at his college time. Kickert represented Australia at the World Championships in Japan seven years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.
Kickert has played also professionally in Italy (Livorno), Spain (Leche Rio Breogan and Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2006 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He is a true post player who will thrive in the American collegiate system. provide a strong scoring prescence inside as well as contributing heavily in both defence and rebounding. Daniel is working extensively on increasing his size, strength and power in the gym and his offensive skills on the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 25: Xion Dukes defeat leader BC Vienna - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked BC Vienna (17-6) in Klosterneuburg on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Xion Dukes (16-7) 92-79. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Xion Dukes looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Vienna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) contributed with 20 points (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Swingman Florian Trmal (193-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for BC Vienna. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Gmunden. BC Vienna at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Kapfenberg. Xion Dukes is looking forward to face Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#6) on the road in the next round. BC Vienna will play against the league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Kapfenberg Bulls (17-6) which hosted in Kapfenberg their biggest opponent Gmunden Swans (16-7). Third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls managed to get a 14-point victory 89-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Demetrius Nelson chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gmunden Swans' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kapfenberg Bulls used an opportunity after BC Vienna lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Gmunden Swans at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Klosterneub.. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gmunden Swans will play on the road against Gussing Knights and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (13-10) and 7th ranked Gussing Knights (12-11) in Oberwart on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Redwell Gunners Oberwart outscored guests from Gussing 73-52. Jason Johnson nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Marcus Heard came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Gussing Knights in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Redwell Gunners Oberwart maintains sixth place with 13-10 record. Loser Gussing Knights keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet at home higher ranked Xion Dukes (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gussing Knights will play against Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 25 UBSC Graz was beaten by Furstenfeld on the road 84-76. St.Polten was destroyed by Wels on its own court 79-98.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Tyler Tiedeman of Wels.


Furstenfeld - UBSC Graz 84-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (8-14) beat at home 8th ranked UBSC Graz (9-14) 84-76 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UBSC Graz won third quarter 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while UBSC Graz only scored nine points from the stripe. Slovenian center Blaz Cresnar (214-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA, agency: Two Points) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). Cresnar is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. American swingman Michael Dale (197-84, college: S.Illinois) came up with 32 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire) added 18 points respectively for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains ninth place with 8-14 record. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will meet higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Dale 32+8reb+2ast, E.Gilchrese 18+2reb+2ast, M.Stegnjaic 10+7reb+2ast, C.Knor 6+5reb, C.Bronson 6+7reb+1ast, S.Schaal 4+1reb+1ast
Furstenfeld: J.Rubin 19+7reb+3ast, B.Cresnar 17+16reb+1ast, S.Grum 16+1reb+5ast, T.Sally 16+4reb, C.Cox 9+9reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 233373


Oberwart - Gussing 73-52

The game between sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (13-10) and 7th ranked Gussing Knights (12-11) in Oberwart on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Redwell Gunners Oberwart outscored guests from Gussing 73-52. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Gussing Knights managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart dominated on the defensive end, holding Gussing Knights to just 7 points in first quarter. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 22 Gussing Knights turnovers. Naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) accounted for 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) added 8 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) respectively for Gussing Knights in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Redwell Gunners Oberwart maintains sixth place with 13-10 record. Loser Gussing Knights keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet at home higher ranked Xion Dukes (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gussing Knights will play against Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gussing: E.Kadic 13+2ast, M.Heard 13+7reb, D.Hunt 8+12reb, S.Koch 6+3reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 5+1reb, C.Astl 4+2reb
Oberwart: D.Hinson 19+2reb+5ast, S.Boxley 18+7reb+1ast, J.Johnson 13+12reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 8+3reb, L.Linzer 7+1ast, D.Gant 4+4reb
gschID: 233372


Klosterneub. - BC Vienna 92-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked BC Vienna (17-6) in Klosterneuburg on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Xion Dukes (16-7) 92-79. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Xion Dukes looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Vienna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) contributed with 20 points (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. Swingman Florian Trmal (193-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) added 20 points and 10 assists in the effort for BC Vienna. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Gmunden. BC Vienna at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Kapfenberg. Xion Dukes is looking forward to face Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#6) on the road in the next round. BC Vienna will play against the league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: F.Trmal 21+14reb+2ast, S.Stazic 20+4reb+10ast, S.Ray 10+2reb, R.Richards 8+3reb, M.Pearson 7+4reb, B.Danek 7+3reb+2ast
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 25+1reb+1ast, C.Nagler 20+4reb+3ast, D.Zeleznik 16+5reb+4ast, M.Lanegger 16+9reb+5ast, M.Rachar 7+1reb+2ast, C.Greimeister 6+2reb
gschID: 233371


St.Polten - Wels 79-98

Very expected game when 10th ranked St.Polten (3-20) was smashed at home by fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-9) 98-79 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 51-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) nailed 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for St.Polten in the defeat. St.Polten's coach Uros Vukadinovic tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-9 record. St.Polten lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will meet at home Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) in the next round. St.Polten will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: M.Kovacevic 21+8reb+2ast, M.Kohlmaier 19+5reb, L.Gvozden 10+1reb, M.Pinezich 8+2reb+1ast, T.Csebits 8+1reb+2ast, I.Bozic 5+4reb+1ast
Wels: T.Tiedeman 33+8reb+5ast, A.Farokhmanesh 20+2reb+4ast, D.Lamesic 20+9reb+5ast, R.Vieider 9+2reb+1ast, D.Washington 6+9reb, D.Gonzalvez 4+2reb
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Kapfenberg - Gmunden 89-75

An interesting game for Kapfenberg Bulls (17-6) which hosted in Kapfenberg their biggest opponent Gmunden Swans (16-7). Third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls managed to get a 14-point victory 89-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Kapfenberg Bulls led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Gmunden Swans' players. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and international Richard Poiger (202-87) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kapfenberg Bulls used an opportunity after BC Vienna lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Gmunden Swans at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Klosterneub.. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gmunden Swans will play on the road against Gussing Knights and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 18+10reb+2ast, J.Brown 15+1reb+2ast, R.Poiger 13+5reb+1ast, M.Oppland 12+4reb, R.Arnold 9+3reb, M.Mayer 3+3reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: M.Sanchez 21+10reb+6ast, D.Nelson 17+8reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 16+2reb+5ast, D.Mayes 12+3reb+2ast, G.Woods 8+3reb+7ast, J.Dean Shaw 7+4reb+1ast
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  BELARUS   

First League Standings

First League Standings
 1. BGU Minsk 13-3 
 2. Grodno-93 II 13-3 
 3. BNTU 11-5 
 4. Dynamo Polotsk 6-10 
 5. Tsmoki-Minsk III 5-11 
 6. Meshcheryakova 0-16 


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel22.0 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.3 
 4. Shustau, Svisloch15.0 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.9 
 6. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.6 
 7. Indrikov, Rubon13.4 
 8. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.13.0 
 10. Akulich, Rubon12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergei DADUKIN
  Sozh G.
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.5 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 4. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.8 
 5. Sharamet, Borisfen6.4 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.6.3 
 7. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.1 
 8. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.6.0 
 9. Kurapau, Tsmoki.5.9 
 10. Ignatiev, Impuls5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.7.0 
 2. Shustau, Svisloch5.3 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.0 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.8 
 5. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.6 
 6. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.5 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen3.3 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.7 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.2 
 2. Charykau, Sozh G.2.5 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.4 
 4. Malkov, Grodno-932.3 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.2 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch2.2 
 7. Indrikov, Rubon2.0 
 8. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.0 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.0 
 10. Kamarunas, Svisl.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  Impuls B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 


Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 21-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 17-6 
 3. Rubon 10-11 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 9-12 
 5. Svisloch 8-14 
 6. Impuls BGUIR 8-14 
 7. Borisfen 4-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 5: Impuls BGUIR - Svisloch
Mar. 5: Grodno-93 - Rubon
Mar. 5: Borisfen - Tsmoki-Minsk II



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  BRAZIL   


Jacarei sign point guard Felipe Santana - by Paulo Freire (T)

The Jacarei Basketball/Fibria/JTU/Ativia basketball team has agreed with the point guard Felipe Santana (191-PG-92) for the 2013 season.
Felipe was playing at Campo Mourao team, but before that he was playing at Flamengo team.
The roster of Jacarei Basketball/Fibria/JTU/Ativia now has two point guards Caue Rico and Felipe, the managers of the could also sign another player for the position.
Jacarei Basketball/Fibria/JTU/Ativia will play the Paulista State Championship series A-1 at the 2013 season.





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Smith leads Seward to Jayhawk West Conference Championship - by David Edole

For the third time in as many years, the Seward County Saints close the regular season with a crown after defeating rival Hutchinson Wednesday night on the Greenhouse floor 62-60 to capture their third straight Jayhawk West Conference Championship. In what was a great atmosphere for junior college basketball, Seward and Hutch duked it out on Wednesday. The teams didnt disappoint anxious onlookers, going blow for blow all night, with neither team leading by more than 8 at any point in the game. Hutch led 29-24 at the half and led much of the second half before Seward took the lead with 1:54 to go. The Saints led 60-56 before four straight Dragon points tied the game at 60 with 11 seconds remaining to set up the drama. Malcolm Hill-Bey drove the length of the court and dished to Leslee Smith (200-F) who finished at the rim to give Seward the lead with 4.5 seconds left and a last ditch effort by Hutchinson fell short as the Greenhouse crowd erupted in elation as the Saints captured the Jayhawk West title with a 62-60 win.

With everything on the line the Saints and Dragons tipped things off after sophomore recognition festivities in the Greenhouse Wednesday night. It was a back and forth affair early on with the two heavyweights exchanging jabs until they were tied at 8 after finishes inside from big men Leslee Smith of Seward and Alex Davis of Hutch. They traded buckets to 12-12 with 11:17 to go when Hutchinson grabbed the first control of the game. The Dragons went up by five with 7:43 left in the half and after Seward cut the Hutch lead to two with under 20 seconds remaining in the half, a huge three from Jayhawk West Player of the Year favorite Kadeem Allen put the visitors up 29-24 as the teams went to the break. Both defenses were good in the first half as Seward shot just 32% and Hutchinson 36%. The Saints did a stellar job of taking care of the basketball in the first half, turning it over just 4 times after having troubles to hold on to the leather at other points during the season.

Hutchinsons five point lead was quickly erased as the second half got going as a 6-0 run led by Smith and Edson Avila gave Seward a 30-29 lead 1:16 into the period. After Hutch regained the lead, a six footer from Brian Bridgeforth tied the game at 36 and forced a timeout from the Blue Dragon bench. Out of the timeout the Dragons got a dunk from Davis and seemed to wake up the Hutch bench. The Dragons went on an 8-0 run with the flush and with 12:20 remaining, Hutchinson had the momentum and their largest lead of the game 44-36. Hutch remained in front by six 6:00 later as Seward couldnt seem to find a way to get within striking distance before the Dragons pushed their lead back to two posessions at 52-46 with 6:33 left in the game. A Kaheem Ransom to Avila find for the Saints made it a four point game and a lightning quick Malcolm Hill-Bey drive to the basket and score made it a two point game 52-50 with 5:03 left. Hutch went back up four, but a step back three from Ransom found the net to make it a one point game and another Hill-Bey circus shot gave the Saints the lead 55-54 with 3:55 remaining. Hutch took the lead back on a jumper from DVon Campbell on their next trip down the floor to make it 56-55 and that is where the score stayed as the clock went under 2:00. After two missed free throws from Allen, one of the top free throw shooters in the league, the Saints capitalized as Hill-Bey found Avila on the block and the big man did the rest with a spin move and shot off the glass to give the Saints a 57-56 lead. Three big defensive stops for Seward gave the guys in green a chance to extend their lead and that they did as Jabari Peters made a backwards scoop shot as he was being fouled to put Seward up three and a free throw later it looked like the Saints were in the clear, up 60:56 with 28 seconds left. Just when Seward thought they had it sealed, a long jumper from Davis made it a two point game and an inexplicable Saints turnover gave Hutch the ball back with a chance to tie with under 20 seconds to go. Good ball movement gave the Dragons the look they wanted and Dre Hensley finished at the rim to take the air out of the Greenhouse as the Dragons tied the game with 11 seconds remaining. After a Seward timeout, the ball was in Hill-Beys hands with the Greenhouse again rocking, and as he did in the Odessa game earlier in the year, the freshman lefthander drove the length of the court, found a hole in the Dragon defense and dished it to Smith who took it up with authority and scored with 4.5 seconds left to give Seward a 62-60 lead. Still with plenty of time on the clock, the Dragons raced the ball up the court and a last second game winning attempt from Campbell was wide left and the horn sounded to alert the home crowd of victory as the Saints pulled off the upset win 62-60 for their third straight Jayhawk West Conference title.

The Saints were extremely efficient on the offensive end in the second half of the game, shooting 60% from the field to finish at 45% for the game, while holding the leagues top offense in Hutchinson to just 38% from the floor in the win. Avila played his second straight huge game against the Dragons, scoring 19 points and hauling down 8 rebounds in the win while fellow big man Leslee Smith notched his second double-double in a week, scoring 16 points and ripping down 10 big rebounds. Peters added 12 for the Saints and Hill-Bey pitched in 8 off the Seward bench. Allen scored a game high 22 for Hutch.

Seward finishes the regular season having won 8 straight and 14 of 15 dating back to January 5th to end the first season 23-7 overall. The Saints win their third consecutive title with a 14-2 mark in conference play, the most wins by any Jayhawk West school since Barton won 14 in 2002. The 5th ranked Dragons suffer their third loss in five games, falling to 27-3 overall and finish in 2nd place in the Jayhawk West for the 4th straight year at 13-3. The Saints draw the top seed for the upcoming Region VI Tournament beginning on Saturday and will host Colby in the 1st round in the Greenhouse at 6:00. Hutchinson will be at home as well as the #2 seed and they will take on Northwest Kansas Tech in the Sports Arena Saturday night at 7:30.

The buyout sponsor for Saturdays 1st round game is Collins Diamonds and has free tickets still available at their downtown Liberal location, as well as at Pizza Hut, Billys, Spencer Browns, and Community Bank. Each ticket will have a $100 off coupon on it and Collins Diamonds will be giving away $2000 worth of jewelry at the game.



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  CHINA   


CBA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Beijing Ducks - Guangsha L. 102-96 (2-0)

The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 59-48 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Beijing Ducks shot 28 for 39 from the free-throw line, while Zhejiang Guangsha Lions only scored eleven points from the stripe. Beijing Ducks forced 19 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. 35 personal fouls committed by Zhejiang Guangsha Lions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. The other American import guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 assists for the winners. Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Panamanian-American swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 25+19reb+2ast, Z.Xiaochuan 20+7reb, J.Zhe 20+6reb+1ast, M.Stephon 19+3reb+11ast, G.Li 15+1ast, Z.YanXi 3+6reb
Guangsha L.: L.Chih-Chieh 25+2reb, F.Gary 24+5reb+3ast, R.Peter John 18+10reb+1ast, Z.Dapeng 8+3reb, S.HoMan 7+1reb+1ast, C.Han Jun 6+3reb+3ast
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Xinjiang FT - Liaoning H. 100-92 (1-1)

The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-92. Xinjiang Flying Tige dominated on the defensive end, holding Liaoning Hunters to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 22 rebounds. The other American import guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 24 points for the winners. The former international center XiaoXu Li (206-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Liaoning Hunters. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 24+3reb+2ast, C.Tal 21+3reb+1ast, S.James 16+22reb+1ast, T.ZhengDong 12+6reb+2ast, Z.QinPeng 11+4reb+6ast, M.Kan 7+3reb+2ast
Liaoning H.: L.XiaoXu 24+14reb+1ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 23+6reb+1ast, G.Ailun 15+5reb+8ast, L.Wei 13+3reb+5ast, M.Lim 11+7reb+1ast, J.Solomon 6+4reb
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Shandong FB - DongGuan L. 92-86 (2-0)

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-86. Shandong Bulls outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 54-39 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by DongGuan Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) replied with 40 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and power forward TongLin Sun (208-92) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for DongGuan Leopards.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: L.JingYu 25+3reb+1ast, J.Pooh 24+6reb+4ast, A.Zaid 13+20reb, V.Jackson 10+13reb+1ast, S.Ran 8+2reb+4ast, Y.Ding 7+5reb+1ast
DongGuan L.: H.Marcus 40+6reb, H.Lester 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Kai 12+3reb, S.TongLin 9+10reb+1ast, G.QuAn 6+2reb, H.ZhongMian 5+9reb
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Guangdong ST - Zhejiang CB 108-89 (2-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank managed to win fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Jianlian Yi (212-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Donald Sloan (191-88, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. International JinHui Ding (204-89) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and center ChunJun Zhang (197-87) added 15 points in the effort for Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 24+11reb, Z.Peng 16+3reb, S.Donald 15+3reb+5ast, D.Ike 12+6reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 12+2reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 8+8reb+1ast
Zhejiang CB: Z.ChunJun 15+4reb+2ast, D.JinHui 13+6reb+2ast, Z.Dayu 12+5reb, W.Qian 10+5reb+3ast, D.Quincy 9+3reb+1ast, X.YoBo 9+3reb
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LOUIS TRUSCOTT NEW HALCONES DEL NORTE IMPORT - by Victor Garcia

Finally after long talkings Louis Truscott (203-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) arrived to Cucuta and will be the new import of Halcones, Truscott played last season with Nuevo Choco and played in the Fiba Americas League with Estrellas de Oriente.
Truscott a 2,00 tall forward will provide offensive and leadership in the post for the young Cucutas team, his first game will be tonight in the Halcones vs Academia game.
Halcones is currently at the bottom of the standings in the Professional Basketball Division, Liga Directv tournament.



CHAZ FRANKLIN NEW CARIBBEAN HEAT PLAYER - by Victor Garcia (T)

The Caribbean Heat will play its first game at home tonight and will have the debut of the american point guard Chaz Franklin (180-G-81, college: Roberts Wesleyan) (G-1,80 Roberts Wesleyan NAIA), Franklin is an experienced player that have played before in Germany Regionalleague, Italy C, Venezuela, Bosnia, Guatemala and Finland.
Franklin will fill the Heat needs for and experienced point guard.
The Caribbean Heat is 0-4 already in the Professional Basketball Division.



CHAZ FRANKLIN NEW CARIBBEAN HEAT PLAYER - by Victor Garcia (T)

The Caribbean Heat will play its first game at home tonight and will have the debut of the american point guard Chaz Franklin (180-G-81, college: Roberts Wesleyan) (180-G-81, college: Roberts Wesleyan) (G-1,80 Roberts Wesleyan NAIA), Franklin is an experienced player that have played before in Germany Regionalleague, Italy C, Venezuela, Bosnia, Guatemala and Finland.
Franklin will fill the Heat needs for and experienced point guard.
The Caribbean Heat is 0-4 already in the Professional Basketball Division.



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Meznaric in Slovakia! - by Dani Erceg (T)

Dejan Meznaric (193-G-87) agreed terms with Slovakian champion Prievidza till the end of season. Meznaric played so far in Croatian A1 League for Vrijednosnice Darda , averaging 12.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4 spg. This was his 6h season in Darda, before that was member of Osijek. In his new team will work under Croatian coach Krunoslav Krajnovic , well known name in Slovakian basketball.


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Bonell Colas claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Bonell Colas (205-F-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Randers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 34 points and twenty rebounds, while his team crushed Horsens IC (#3, 19-8) with 18-point margin 97-79. Randers is placed at 5th position in Danish Ligaen. Randers 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 13-14 record. In the team's last game Colas had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Randers' top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Colas is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 15.2rpg. Colas is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2bpg and 65.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-F-87) of second-ranked Bakken. Waithe impressed basketball fans with 32 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead Bakken to another comfortable win 104-88 over the lower-ranked Aalborg (#10, 2-25) being unquestionably team leader. Bakken's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-6 record is not bad at all. Waithe is one of the most experienced players at Bakken and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Caleb Walker (193-G-89) of Naestved (#6). Walker scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Walker's great performance Naestved lost 75-78 to the lower-ranked Aarhus BC (#9, 7-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Naestved ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Walker could help Naestved to bring them higher in the standings. Walker has a great season in Denmark. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (7th best). He also has 2.0spg and FGP: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zarko Jukic (200-F-93) of Horsholm - 14 points and 11 rebounds
5. Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81) of Aalborg - 18 points and 9 rebounds
6. Damian Ocana (198-F-86) of Randers - 24 points and 8 rebounds
7. Gregory Washington (208-C/F-84) of Svendborg - 18 points and 10 rebounds
8. Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89) of Horsens IC - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Robert Fields (185-G-88) of Horsholm - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Damon Smith (200-F-88) of SISU - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Mad Ants' double-overtime win among five games on Friday - by Eurobasket News

Ft.Wayne MA - Springfield A. 119-110 2OT
The Springfield Armor erased a 17-point deficit Friday night in an attempt to win their fifth consecutive D-League game, but they couldn't escape the 3-point shooting of Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama). Mitchell buried three 3-pointers in the second overtime period, leading Fort Wayne to a 119-110 victory over the Armor. The Mad Ants had scored baskets in the final seconds of regulation and the first overtime period to force double overtime. The loss ruined a strong performance by Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88, college: Syracuse), a 2012 Boston Celtics draft pick. He scored a career-high 29 points for the Armor (13-22) in just his fifth game with Springfield since being traded by the Maine Red Claws. He missed a shot with two seconds left in regulation. Brooklyn Nets rookie forward Toko Shengelia, who was sent to the Armor on Friday so that he could get more playing time, scored 21. He has reached double figures in all four games he has played for the Armor. Joseph, held to two points in the first quarter, scored eight in the second, 13 in the third and seven in the fourth. Mitchell scored 23 for Fort Wayne (17-19), which broke a two-game losing streak. Although the Armor had four players with NBA connections in the starting lineup, Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) of Fort Wayne nearly stole the show. A sixth-year D-League guard out of Valparaiso University, Howard was on fire. He scored 18 points in the first quarter on 5 of 8 shooting. He hit eight of his 10 free throws in the first half. After being knocked to the floor with a hard foul and remaining down for nearly a minute while a timeout was called, Howard then hit both free throws and followed with another basket. Howard led the Mad Ants with 27 points, despite being held scoreless in the third quarter and scoring four points in the second. Trailing for all of the first half and nearly the entire third quarter, the Armor finally grabbed the lead for the first time with less than a minute left in the third quarter on a 3-point basket by Joseph. A 9-0 Fort Wayne run, fueled by five points scored by Anthony Richardson, had placed the Armor in a 17-point deficit less than five minutes into the second quarter. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Santa Cruz W. - Rio Grande VV 100-131
The Santa Cruz Warriors lost for only the second time in Kaiser Permanente Arena in blown out fashion to the visiting Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 131-100. The Warriors (22-13) were their own worst enemies committing 26 turnovers on the night, 10 of them coming in the first quarter. The Vipers (21-13) used those early turnovers to open the game up with a 18-2 run, they finished the quarter with 41 points (the most the Warriors have given up all season). "We weren't ready to play," said Warriors head coach Nate Bjorkgren. "They were more aggressive than we were in all areas of the game." After the first quarter onslaught the Vipers kept a tight grip on the Warriors throats. They executed on every single play and finished the half shooting 50 percent from the field. The Warriors gave up 73 points in the half (the most they've allowed all season). "There's lot's that I can take away that we can learn from. Other than that there were some short times during that game that we played how I really wanted us to play, but you have to give them an awful lot of credit." Said Bjorkgren. Travis Leslie had a solid night and finished with 29 points and six rebounds. Dan Nwaelele had 19 points on the night. Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston), the man Leslie replaced in the D-League All-Star game, had a huge night finishing with 33 points and eight assists. Glen Rice Jr. finished with 17 on the night. Tyler Honeycutt also was in double figures with 13 points. Hassan Whiteside had a great game in the paint as he finished with six blocks. The loss drops the Warriors back to two games behind the Bakersfield Jam in the West Division. The Warriors will have a rematch against the Vipers tomorrow night and it will be their fifth game of their eight game home stand. Courtesy of: santacruz.patch.com

Tulsa 66ers - Reno B. 92-88
The Reno Bighorns (13-21) lost a close game to the Tulsa 66ers (20-15) 92-88 Friday night in Tulsa. Despite having five players score in double-digits, the Bighorns were not able to hang on for the win. Reno led by 87-84 with 1:21 left to play when Tulsa's Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) hit a three-pointer. The 66ers pulled away for good after the Lamb, who is on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, three-pointer. The Bighorns were led by Dar Tucker's 20 points. Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) had another double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Desmon Farmer had 14 points and Will Blalock and Orien Greene each had 10 points for the 'Horns. Lamb led Tulsa with 23 points. Chris Quinn (6'2''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 20 points and Perry Jones added 16 points. The 66ers shot 50.7% from the field, compared to the Bighorns 40%. The Bighorns continue their road trip on Saturday, taking on the Texas Legends. Reno returns home on Thursday, March 7th to face the Idaho Stampede. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Iowa E. 100-109
The Texas Legends, presented by Veracruz (visit Veracruz.mx), lost the lead in the fourth quarter falling to the Iowa Energy 100-109. The Legends took a large lead early, ending the first quarter with a 20-point advantage. The Energy found their spark in the second and were uncontainable, shooting 61% for 38 points. The Legends had 6 players with double-digit scores, led by Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) with 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) powered the Legends with the team's only double-double of 18 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 assists. Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) was the Energy's leading scorer and one of two double-double performers adding 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Othyus Jeffers also put up 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 90-88
The Maine Red Claws (20-18) got a put back slam dunk from Chris Wright with 1.5 seconds remaining to snap their season high five game losing streak Friday night in their first game back in the Portland Expo Building after a five game West Coast road trip, downing the Erie BayHawks (20-16), 90-88. The two teams traded baskets early, with Maine's Shelvin Mack answering a Cory Higgins three before Maine took the early 5-3 lead on a Wright dunk. From there, Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) took over, scoring ten points in the quarter. The BayHawks' Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) was equal to the task, scoring 10 as the BayHawks took a 27-25 lead after one. DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) tied the game on the first possession of the second before Celtics Assigned Player Fab Melo scored on a hook shot to take a lead. Erie hung around, however, going on a 9-0 run to open up a seven point lead. Maine battled back over the next three minutes to reclaim the lead on a pair of Melo free throws. The teams alternated one point leads the rest of the way, with the Red Claws taking a one point edge into the locker room on a Garrett Stutz hook shot, 46-45. The break was kind to the BayHawks, as they outscored the Red Claws 19-4 in the first eight and a half minutes of the second half, led by DJ Kennedy, Henry Sims and Kyle Goldcamp's strong inside play. Maine fought back with a 10-0 run over the final 2:25 of the quarter, keyed by Wright, Summers and Mack's quick scoring. The BayHawks took a slim 69-66 lead into the final quarter. Mack and Wright continued the hot streak in the fourth, and newcomer Mark Tyndale completed the comeback with a dunk with just over eight minutes left to tie the game at 73. The Red Claws took the lead on a Downs three pointer, and pushed the lead to five on four separate occasions before Erie, led by Sims and Higgins, retook a one point edge with 1:31 remaining. A dunk from Wright gave Maine the lead before a Kennedy free throw tied the contest with 12.8 seconds remaining. Mack fired up a floater with three on the clock before Wright tipped home the game winner with authority, closing out the 90-88 victory. Erie was led by Sims (21 points, 12 rebounds). They also got solid efforts from Mike Singletary (14), Higgins (14), Kennedy (nine points, eight rebounds, five steals) and Goldcamp (eight points, 13 rebounds). The Red Claws were led by Wright's 20 point, 11 rebounds, three steal performance. Maine also got strong contributions from Mack (18 points, eight rebounds, no turnovers), Melo (15 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks) and Downs (13). Summers added eight points, five rebounds and three steals to the win. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Kevin Jones claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Jones (203-F-89) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Canton C. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 49.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Canton C. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Idaho S. (#8, 10-23) 115-109. Canton C. is placed at 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Canton C. will need more victories to improve their 21-14 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Canton C., being already a very valuable addition to the team. West Virginia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 12.3rpg) and averages solid 53.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Justin Holiday (198-F-89) of Idaho S.. Holiday impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Idaho S. lost that game 109-115 to the higher-ranked Canton C. (#2, 21-14). Idaho S. managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-23 record. Holiday is a newcomer at Idaho S. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Chris Wright (185-PG-89) of Iowa E. (#8). Wright got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. Despite Wright's great performance Iowa E. lost 95-97 to the higher-ranked Austin T. (#2, 21-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Iowa E. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-29 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Wright he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Wright has individually a great season in D-L. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 4.4rpg (9th best) and assists with 7.0apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Seth Tarver (196-G/F-88) of Sioux Falls S. - 24 points and 8 rebounds
5. Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) of Reno B. - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91) of Austin T. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88) of Canton C. - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88) of Iowa E. - 14 points and 13 rebounds
9. Ronald DuPree (199-F/G-81) of Reno B. - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Mays (206-F-86) of Sioux Falls S. - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders

EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Trautman, Horizon, 24.7
2, Harris, Horizon, 14.7
3, Washington, Horizon, 11.7
4, Cutts, Horizon, 10
5, Vance, Horizon, 9.3

Rebounds Per Game
1, Washington, Horizon, 6.3
2, Boone, Horizon, 5.7
3, Trautman, Horizon, 5.7
4, Harris, Horizon, 4.7
5, Vance, Horizon, 3
Assists Per Game
1, Boone, Horizon, 3.3
2, Cutts, Horizon, 3.3
3, Harris, Horizon, 3
4, Trautman, Horizon, 2.7
5, Simmons, Horizon, 2
5, Vance, Horizon, 2

Steals Per Game
1, Cutts, Horizon, 1.7
2, Boone, Horizon, 1.3
3, Harris, Horizon, 1
4, Trautman, Horizon, 1
5, Washington, Horizon, 1
Blocks Per Game
1, Washington, Horizon, 3
2, Boone, Horizon, 2
3, Harris, Horizon, 2
4, Trautman, Horizon, .3
5, Vance, Horizon, .3


Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Mar. 2: Washington M. - N.Y. Wizards
Mar. 2: Maryland B. - New Jersey B.
Mar. 3: Westchester D. - Harrisburg H.



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Standings

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

Top 16: Round 9

Feb. 28: Montepaschi - Fener.Ulker 87-69
Mar. 1: CSKA - ALBA 80-65
Feb. 28: Real Madrid - Brose Bask. 76-73
Mar. 1: Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes 75-62
Feb. 28: FCB Regal - Khimky 71-69
Mar. 1: Unicaja - Zalgiris 67-83
Feb. 28: Caja Laboral - Maccabi T-A 62-66
Feb. 28: Besiktas - Olympiacos 60-79

Top 16: Round 10

E

Mar. 7: Brose Bask. - CSKA
Mar. 7: ALBA - ALBA
Mar. 7: Unicaja - Panathinaikos
Mar. 7: Zalgiris - Real Madrid

F

Mar. 7: Olympiacos - FCB Regal
Mar. 7: Besiktas - Caja Laboral
Mar. 7: Khimky - Montepaschi
Mar. 7: Fener.Ulker - Maccabi T-A


Top 16 Round 9 Results and Stats - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes 75-62
Panathinaikos celebrated the sixth victory in the EuroLeague Top 16 campaign. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Athens to share the third/fourth position in Group E with CSKA. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) delivered 13 points each to lead the Greek side. Anadolu Efes looked determined and confident in the opening quarter. The Turkish side grabbed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. However Panathinaikos quickly denied the deficit. The Hellenes stiffened defensively and levelled things up at 38 at the interval. Panathinaikos stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. Roko-Leni Ukic and Dimitris Diamantidis gave the hosts a 56:48 lead midway through the period. Panathinaikos entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 56:51. The visitors opened the final frame with five points in a row to deny the deficit. However Panathinaikos answered with a stunning 16:0 run to clear off for good. Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Michael Bramos produced 11 points each for the home team. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) answered with game-high 21 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar netted 10 points in the loss.

Unicaja - Zalgiris 67-83
Zalgiris Kaunas upset Unicaja in Malaga for 4-5 record in Group F. The Lithuanian team tied both records after a road 83:67 win. Unicaja started with 19-16 lead in the first period but failed to win the first half. The Lithuanian squad bounced back with 22-12 and grabbed 38:31 halftime advantage. It was again the home side to win the third period 15-11 and to reduce to the minimum. Zalgiris Kaunas however erupted with 24-11 and took the important win. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) poured in 15 points and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 14. Tremmell Darden followed them with 9 points, whilst Marko Popovic and Ksistof Lavrinovic notched 8 each. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 13 points and Luka Zoric posted 12. Sergi Vidal ended up with 9 and Fran Vazquez delivered 8.

CSKA - ALBA 80-65
CSKA bounced back from the loss in the previous round of EuroLeague Top 16 to knock down Alba in the Russian capital. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) provided 20 points to lead the winners as they improved at 6-3 record in Group E. Alba fell at 1-8 record after the defeat. Alba jumped to a 7:3 lead early in the game and maintained it for some time. However CSKA capped the first period with five points in a row to take a 20:16 lead. CSKA opened the second quarter on a 12:0 run to build a 32:16 advantage. The hosts kept Alba at bay throughout the rest of the half posting a 44:33 lead at the interval. Foster and Nihad Djedovic dragged Alba within 7 points midway through the third term 50:57. CSKA were able to enter the fourth frame up by 9 points 63:54. Sonny Weems and Papaloukas gave the hosts an 11-point cushion early in the fourth period. But DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) and Byars answered with back-to-back three-pointers as Alba trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark 65:70. Nenad Krstic scored four straight points to trigger a 10:0 run from the hosts that closed the game. Sonny Weems and Votontsevich delivered 10 points each for the winners. DaShaun Wood answered with 11 points for Alba. Zach Morley, Deon Thompson and Nihad Djedovic added 10 points apiece in the loss.

Real Madrid - Brose Bask. 76-73
Real Madrid escape with the narrow win over Brose Baskets Bamberg. The Spanish team trailed for the majority of the game but needed 19-13 rally in the last stanza to win 76:73. Real Madrid actually won the first period 21-20, but allowed the guests to take control at the end of the half. Brose Baskets Bamberg posted 21-18 in the second frame and grabbed 41:39 halftime advantage. Moreover the German team won the third period 19-18 and led 7 points midway through the last stanza. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) tied the game first at 64:64 and then Felipe Reyes closed the run at 70:64. Although Maik Zirbes tied the game later for the guests at 73:73, Dontaye Draper nailed three for the home side to celebrate a tough 76:73 win. Jaycee Carroll top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Nikola Mirotic and Rudy Fernandez added 9 each. Rafael Hettsheimer and Mirza Begic (217-C-85) followed them with 8 points each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 15 points in the losing case and Maik Zirbes had 14. Jeremiah Massey brought 11, while Matt Walsh had 10.

Group F
Besiktas - Olympiacos 60-79
Olympiacos Piraeus successfully starts Round 9 in Istanbul as they rout Besiktas JK for 6-3 record. The Greek side won 79:60 in the opener of Thursday. Besiktas JK fell at 0-9 record in Group F. Besiktas JK had nothing to lose in the game and started better. The Turkish team posted a 15-13 rally in the first period, but could not match the opponents in the rest of the game. Olympiacos Piraeus replied with 25-15 in the second period and never looked behind after. Moreover the guests produced 22-21 in the third quarter and added 19-9 in the last stanza. Josh Powell (206-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) added 11. Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis delivered 9 points each in a win. Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) and Patrick Christopher replied with 13 points in the losing effort. Randal Falker and Ricky Minard followed them with 11 points each.

Montepaschi - Fener.Ulker 87-69
Montepaschi eased past Fenerbahce in Siena tonight. The victory propelled the Italian champions at 7-2 record in Group F. Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) led well-balanced effort with 16 points for the hosts. Montepaschi led by just three points after ten minutes of action 21:18. However the hosts erupted for 28 points in the second frame to clear off. The Siena outfit established a comfortable 49:35 halftime advantage. Fenerbahce stopped the rot in the third term. The Turkish team adjusted their defence and limited Siena to 16 points in the period. Fenerbahce were able to get within 12 points at the final intermission. Montepaschi regained composure in the final quarter and raced to a confident win at the end. Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) netted 13 points, while David Moss and Bobby Brown contributed 12 points each for the winners. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) answered with 22 points for Fenerbahce. Bo McCalebb netted 10 points in the loss.

Caja Laboral - Maccabi T-A 62-66
Maccabi Electra stole a show from Fernando Buesa Arena. The Israeli team revenged for 1-point loss at home on January 3rd when the Spanish team won 71:70. Tonight Maccabi Electra celebrated a 66:62 win for 4-5 record. Caja Laboral Vitoria also dropped at the same record on the fifth place. It was a slow start when the guests grabbed 11-10 lead. Caja Laboral Vitoria replied with 21-17 rally in the second frame and took 3-point advantage at the halftime. Caja Laboral Vitoria also won the third frame 16-15 but could not win the game. Maccabi Electra erupted with 23-15 surge in the last stanza for the final result. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 16. Shawn James brought 11, while Ricky Hickman delivered 10. Maciej Lampe finished the game with 19 points for the home side and Fernando San Emeterio scored 11. Thomas Heurtel posted 9, whilst Fabien Causeur netted 6.

FCB Regal - Khimky 71-69
FC Barcelona Regal celebrated the eighth victory in the EuroLeague Top 16. They held off ambitious Khimky in the Catalan capital for 8-1 record on top of Group F. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) stepped up with 19 points to lead the hosts. Khimky fell at 5-4 record in the fourth position in the ladder. Barcelona enjoyed a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second period. The hosts piled up a 44:34 halftime advantage. Barcelona kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third term. They established a 12-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. But Khimky refused to give up. Loncar trigged an 8:0 run from Khimky as they narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark midway through the final frame. Monya cut the deficit to 3 points but Barcelona did not allow the visitors any closer. Juan Carlos Navarro scored six points and the home team coasted to the win at the end. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) delivered 16 points, while Erazem Lorbek added 11 points for the winning side. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Khimky. Zoran Planinic and Vitaliy Fridzon chipped in 12 points each in the loss.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Brazil0-0
2. Canada0-0
3. Jamaica0-0
4. P.Rico0-0
5. Uruguay0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Dominican R.0-0
3. Mexico0-0
4. Paraguay0-0
5. Venezuela0-0



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KORISLIIGA: Sefton Barrett The Player of February - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Canadian F Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) has been named The Player of February. KTP (Kotka) won 12 games in a row and was 5-1 in February, when Team's leading scorer Barrett averaged 19.7 ppg (1 - 78,8%, 2 - 54,0%, 3 - 42,1%) and 6,3 rpg. Unfortunately Barrett got injured (ankle) at Kauhajoki, where local Karhu upset KTP by one (81-80). So, Barrett, who is playing his second season in Finland and on KTP roster, will be about four weeks aside on injured list.
The Players of the Month by now this season: October - Damon Williams (Pyrinto), November - Matthew Gibson (YMCA Lappeenranta), December - Martin Zeno (Bisons) and January - Jonte Flowers (Kataja).



KORISLIIGA: Kataja beat Bisons 74-72 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 33: Last season finalists Kataja (Joensuu) and Bisons (Loimaa) met eachother third time this season tonight. After nine lead changes and eight ties Kataja had won by two 74-72 (28-30). Quarters: 16-16, 12-14, 24-24, 22-18. The wins are now 2-1 for Kataja. Teams will meet one more time during the regular season (March 25 at Loimaa). Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) made both FTs at time 38:36, but Kataja was still ahead by one (73-72). After that visitor Bisons (25-8) didn't score a point, Kataja's Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) missed even two FTs (39:53) and the hosts won anyway. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) namely blocked Martin Zeno's 2-pointer at the buzzer.
Zeno scored game high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. But such NT players like Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) had round zero (0) pts and SG Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) three pts. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) was on injured (ankle) list and DNP. Kataja (24-6) was led by Flowers (18 pts) and Coleman (16pts/9rbs). Btw; Kataja and Coleman have agreed American F will play on Kataja roster for the rest of this season.

Kataja - Bisons 74-72 (28-30). (Jonte Flowers 18, Dan Coleman 16/9, Petri Virtanen 10 - Martin Zeno 30/11, Jeb Ivey 15/5a, Ryan McDade 14/13. A: 741).



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Wallidan Extend Lead in Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

Wallidan are still at the forefront of the 2013 basketball league by maintaining their position as the hottest team winning all their games.
They defeated Saints by 51 points to 30 in their weekend game.
YMCA beat GAF by 35 to 27 points last Friday.
In another encounter, Serrekunda West defeated Serrekunda East by 59 to 35 points in their Saturday game.
2013 LEAGUE TABLE WEEK 5
TEAM GAMES PLAYED WON LOSS POINTS
BRIKAMA 3 2 1 6
GAMBIA ARMED FORCES 2 1 1 3
LAMIN 3 0 3 0
SAINTS 4 0 4 0
SERREKUNDA EAST 4 2 2 6
SERREKUNDA WEST 4 2 2 6
SPORTS HOUSE 4 1 3 3
WALLIDAN 5 5 0 15
YMCA 3 3 0 9
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com


Standings - Men

D1 Standings
 1. Wallidan 5-0 
 2. YMCA 3-0 
 3. Brikama 2-1 
 4. Serek.East 2-2 
 5. Serek.West 2-2 
 6. Army 1-1 
 7. Sports House 1-3 
 8. Lamin 0-3 
 9. Saints 0-4 



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EuroLeague: CSKA rally past ALBA in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - ALBA 80:65

CSKA bounced back from the loss in the previous round of EuroLeague Top 16 to knock down Alba in the Russian capital. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) provided 20 points to lead the winners as they improved at 6-3 record in Group E. Alba fell at 1-8 record after the defeat.
Alba jumped to a 7:3 lead early in the game and maintained it for some time. However CSKA capped the first period with five points in a row to take a 20:16 lead. CSKA opened the second quarter on a 12:0 run to build a 32:16 advantage. The hosts kept Alba at bay throughout the rest of the half posting a 44:33 lead at the interval. Foster and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) dragged Alba within 7 points midway through the third term 50:57. CSKA were able to enter the fourth frame up by 9 points 63:54. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Papaloukas gave the hosts an 11-point cushion early in the fourth period. But DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) and Byars answered with back-to-back three-pointers as Alba trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark 65:70. Nenad Krstic scored four straight points to trigger a 10:0 run from the hosts that closed the game. Sonny Weems and Votontsevich delivered 10 points each for the winners. DaShaun Wood answered with 11 points for Alba. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin), Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Nihad Djedovic added 10 points apiece in the loss.

CSKA: Nenad Krstic 20, Sonny Weems 10, Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) 10
Alba: DaShaun Wood 11, Zach Morley 10, Deon Thompson 10, Nihad Djedovic 10



Myles Hesson Joins ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (T)

Just a few months ago, Brit Myles Hesson (195-F-90, agency: Two Points) was carefully dreaming of one day playing in the Beko BBL as he stated in a Eurobasket interview and today his dream came true. Not many guys make the jump from the PRO B to the Beko BBL, but in the last years guys like Walter Tiger Tuebingen guard Josh Young or MBC forward Devin Uskowski have made it and now its Myles Hesson time as he will play for 2012 Beko BBL finalist ratiopharm Ulm. Hesson is a 22 year old 198cm 102 kilo forward that was playing for ratiopharm Ulm cooperation partner Weissenhorn. Ulm made the move in order to give the team more deepness should more injuries come as he will be the seventh international player. Hesson has put up impressive stats in the PRO B playing 20 games and averaging 19,7ppg, 10,3rpg, 1,5apg,1,5spg and 1,7bpg. He has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games and 10 times 20 points or more. He put up 31 points against Lich and a 34 point, 19 rebound explosion against Dresden. He also has registered eight double doubles. Hesson started his basketball career in 2009 for the Birmingham Aces in the EBL. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. Last season he played for the Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been British U20 National Team -09-10, European Championships U20 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) -09: 7 games: 3.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg, European Championships U20 Division B in Austria -10: 8 games: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1spg, British National Team -12, British 3x3 Mixed Team for World Championships in Greece -12, and British 3x3 Men Team for World Championships in Greece -12


Source: ratiopharm Ulm




Myles Hesson (ratiopharm Ulm) Vince Carter Brought Flair To Dunking - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Myles Hesson (195-F-90, agency: Two Points) is a 22 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England that is playing his first season in Germany in the PRO B for the Weissenhorn youngsters and today was rewarded by signing until the end of the season with ratiopharm Ulm. He started his professional career in 2009-2010 for Birmingham Aces (EBL2) averaging 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. Last season he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. This past summer, he was a member of the British national team taking part in preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also took part at the British 3x3 Mixed and menTeam for World Championships in Greece in 2012. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball

You had a monster game with 25 points, monster dunks and blocks. How happy were you with your own game in Frankfurt?

I was happy with my game against Frankfurt, but you can always play better. I want to thank my teammates for getting me the ball on the fast break.

You had so many dunks in that game. I counted three. Have you ever dunked more?

The most dunks that I had in a game was seven. This season I had five dunks.

Who is your dunk hero?

I always liked Vince Carter. He brought flair to dunking. I remember him winning the NBA dunk contest with that 360 windmill.


Who wins a one on one in practice you or Til Joscha Joehnke?

We actually had one the other day and the game was 1-1. He is a very good one on one player.

Can he become a second like Per Guenther in Ulm?

I think that he can. He plays with so much heart. He plays every possession as if it is his last and never gives up. That resonates for the whole team.


Why is he such an incredible rebounder averaging seven per game?

He has an incredible eye for the ball and always goes to the basket for the rebound.

You practiced with the British national team. What impressed you most about NBA player Luo Deng?

I really liked his professionalism and always takes each practice seriously. He is always early to practice and the last to leave. He goes hard each possession.

You practice with ratiopharm Ulm each day. Which player do you respect most?

I like Allan Ray. He has no fear on the court

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Man on fire with Denzel Washington.

Thanks Myles for the chat.





Travis Clark and Herzoege Wolfenbuettel determined to make final push for Pro B playoffs - by Moritz Korff

In March 2012 it was do or die for the Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. On the last game day of the 2011-12 regular season they had to travel to SC Rist Wedel and both teams knew that only one of them would make the 2. Bundesliga Pro B playoffs - the team that would get away with the victory. In the waning moments of a close encounter the Dukes eventually fell short and had to skip the knockout stages. They don't want to let it happen again this year. "To get through the final stretch towards playoffs we just have to make sure we stick together", Herzoege forward/center Travis Clark (195-F/C, college: Lake Forest) said. On Saturday they will play BG Dorsten at home, a team that shares the same goal and situation.
"No game from here on out is going to be easy and we have to come in with an edge right away like we are ten points down", Clark told Eurobasket.com. "Every team is going to be playing like there is nothing to lose, so we have to make sure we do the same, maybe more."

Clark is currently in his first season playing in Germany after graduating from Lake Forest College, a NCAA Division 3 institution in Illinois. He was a four-year starter on the Foresters' team, known for his consistency, tireless effort and for keeping the stats crew busy, being a major contributor in several statistical categories. He started all but two of his 94 games during his college career, finished as the Foresters' career leader in field goals made, field goal percentage, and blocked shots and ranks third in program history in career points. The Evanston, Illinois, native completed his senior season with averages of 18.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 blocked shots and 1.7 steals per contest.

While he earned the reputation of a perennial double-double threat at the D3 level and received NABC Division 3 All-America 2nd Team honors, he had to switch back to freshman mode heading into his first year overseas. A new team, new teammates, a new coach, a new league, new gyms, new opponents, a new country, a new culture - a huge amount of facets to adapt to. But one thing remained almost untouched: "I didn't adjust my game a whole lot", Clark said. "Coming here, I did go from playing strictly center in college to playing more forward which has worked for me. It has given me more freedom to move around away from the ball to find the right space for shots, or to position myself for rebounds. Overall I think the transition was smooth."

Though considered small by Pro B standards for the forward/center spot, Clark is Wolfenbuettel's leading rebounder (7.9rpg) and shot blocker (1.0bpg). He is also scoring 13.1 points per outing and on account of his position needs to play bigger than his size. Not to mention that the Herzoege roster is short of size anyway.
"I've played the forward/center position my whole career and being an undersized big man I had to realize I have advantages that some taller guys don't have", Clark said. "I am strong wide body which helps on the defensive end as well as a long wingspan that helps contesting shots. Offensively I would say I'm quicker than the taller, bigger big men in the league, so I use that advantage to go around them in the post or attack off the dribble some. Each opponent is different though, so I usually let the game come to me and go from there."

Both him and his teammate Lamonte Thomas spent their college careers at small schools, with Thomas being the leading scorer in all of Division 3 basketball last season. "It's nice to see another D3 guy play well over here", Clark said, "Coming from D3 we are the underdogs, not many people expect us to perform as well and doubt us. I personally use that as motivation. I know that I had to work twice as hard in some cases to get to where I am and it has benefited me so far. I would say it's difficult to land a spot, but it depends on your position as well. Being a D3 guy, you really have nothing to lose once you get over here, so you give it everything you have and play with a chip on your shoulder. "

After winning only four games before the christmas break, Wolfenbuettel turned things around in January and went from struggling to shining: "Winning the past 5 of 7 is huge for us", Clark said. "We got off to a slow start this season but are making a strong push for the playoffs. I think we finally realized our defense is what wins us games. We have a pretty quick team defensively and with the right intensity we get stops and then out in transition for easy baskets." That's where Lamonte Thomas excels. The former Johnson & Wales University scoring machine joined the Herzoege team during the season. Clark: "Lamonte Thomas was a real good pick up for us. He brought in the extra scoring we needed that we lacked early on in the season and he is probably one of the fastest guys end to end with the ball in our league."

Wolfenbuettel coach Benjamin Travnizek will need both Clark and Thomas to deliver their A games on Saturday against Dorsten. Clark wouldn't mind to get into some playoff action in his first year as a professional basketball player in Germany. That would add to the enriching overseas experience that he has had so far: "Off the court everyone is really nice around town and the fans show a lot of support. Also, its been nice to see things and places I haven't seen before. On the court, things are good too. After bouncing back from an early season injury I got into a good rhythm and just have been focused on winning and making the playoffs, so we have to keep it going for the next few weeks."



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos prevail against Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes 75:62

Panathinaikos celebrated the sixth victory in the EuroLeague Top 16 campaign. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Athens to share the third/fourth position in Group E with CSKA. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) delivered 13 points each to lead the Greek side.
Anadolu Efes looked determined and confident in the opening quarter. The Turkish side grabbed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. However Panathinaikos quickly denied the deficit. The Hellenes stiffened defensively and levelled things up at 38 at the interval. Panathinaikos stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. Roko-Leni Ukic and Dimitris Diamantidis gave the hosts a 56:48 lead midway through the period. Panathinaikos entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 56:51. The visitors opened the final frame with five points in a row to deny the deficit. However Panathinaikos answered with a stunning 16:0 run to clear off for good. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) and Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) produced 11 points each for the home team. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) answered with game-high 21 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) netted 10 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Roko-Leni Ukic 13, Dimitris Diamantidis 13, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 11, Michael Bramos 11
Anadolu Efes: Dusko Savanovic 21, Jordan Farmar 10



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Carter number one in Holland for round 26 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Wil Carter (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Den Bosch, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Weert (#8, 12-15) with 22-point margin 87-65. It allowed Den Bosch to consolidate first place in the Dutch Eredivisie. Den Bosch have a solid 23-4 record. Carter turned to be Den Bosch's top player in his first season with the team. Former San Jose State University star has very solid stats this year. Carter is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 5.8rpg) and averages impressive 61.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Samme Givens (195-F) of Leeuwarden. Givens had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Leeuwarden was edged by slightly higher-ranked Groningen (#3, 19-9) 90-87. This loss caused Leeuwarden to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Givens is a newcomer at Leeuwarden, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#7). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Josh Magette (185-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) of Zwolle (#4). Magette scored 20 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Zwolle, leading his team to a 105-91 easy win against the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 2-25). Zwolle needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 12 lost games. Magette has a great season in Holland. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.6apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of Groningen - 20 points and 6 rebounds
5. Anthony Miles (182-G-89) of Rotterdam - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kelvin Martin (195-F-89) of M.Magixx - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85) of Den Bosch - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Roman Nardi (186-G-85) of M.Magixx - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Berend Weijs (208-C) of Amsterdam - 12 points and 10 rebounds
10. Nate Rohnert (197-G-87) of Groningen - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Standings - 1 Division

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Mar. 1: IA - Hamar 88-106
Feb. 28: Hottur - Breidablik 85-83
Mar. 1: Thor AK - Valur 85-68
Mar. 1: FSU - Reynir S. 103-94
Mar. 1: Haukar - Augnablik 101-73

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 10: Augnablik - Thor AK
Mar. 8: Reynir S. - Haukar
Mar. 8: Breidablik - FSU
Mar. 8: Hamar - Hottur
Mar. 8: Valur - IA


Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 28: IR - KFI 95-86 OT
Mar. 1: Thor Thorl - Tindastoll 83-81
Feb. 28: Snaefell - Keflavik 79-77
Feb. 28: Stjarnan - Skallagrimur 101-92
Feb. 28: Grindavik - KR 100-87
Mar. 1: Njardvik - Fjolnir 100-75

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: Keflavik - Thor Thorl
Mar. 7: Tindastoll - Njardvik
Mar. 7: Fjolnir - IR
Mar. 7: KFI - Grindavik
Mar. 7: KR - Stjarnan
Mar. 7: Skallagrimur - Snaefell


Dominos League Round 19: Snaefell beats Keflavik by two 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 19 in the Express L. took place in Stykkisholmur. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Keflavik (12-7) to third ranked Snaefell (14-5) 79-77 on Thursday evening. Keflavik was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-19 charge of Snaefell, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for Keflavik. Keflavik's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Snaefell moved-up to second place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Keflavik at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Stjarnan. Snaefell is looking forward to face Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Keflavik will play at home against the league's second-placed Thor Thorl (#2) in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked IR managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against tenth-ranked KFI in Reykjavik 95-86. It was a great evening for American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) who led his team to a victory scoring 42 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). Nemanja Sovic helped adding 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. IR's coach Jon Arnar Ingvarsson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) responded with 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 6 assists. IR (5-14) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated KFI. KFI lost fifth consecutive game. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena Fjolnir.
Express L. top team - Grindavik (15-4) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat sixth ranked KR (10-9) 100-87. It was a quality performance for Sammy Zeglinski who led the winners and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Martin Hermannsson came up with 22 points for KR in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-4 record. Loser KR keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Njardvik. Grindavik will meet KFI (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KR will play against Stjarnan (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Tindastoll (6-13) was very close to win a game against third ranked Thor Thorl (14-5) in Thorlakshofn. Thor Thorl managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. American players dominated the game. David Jackson fired 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Thor Thorl have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Snaefell. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Thor Thorl's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#5) on the road. Tindastoll will play against Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between seventh ranked Njardvik (10-9) and 12th ranked Fjolnir (4-15) in Njardvik on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Njardvik outscored guests from Reykjavik 100-75. It was a very good performance for Marcus Van who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Njardvik have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KR. Fjolnir lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Njardvik will face Tindastoll (#9) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round. Fjolnir's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik IR.

In the last game of round 19 Skallagrimur was beaten by Stjarnan on the road 101-92.


Thor Thorl - Tindastoll 83-81

Ninth-ranked Tindastoll (6-13) was very close to win a game against third ranked Thor Thorl (14-5) in Thorlakshofn. Thor Thorl managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tindastoll won fourth quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thor Thorl forced 22 Tindastoll turnovers. American players dominated the game. Forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) fired 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 17 points. Guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) produced 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) added 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Thor Thorl and five Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Thor Thorl have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Snaefell. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Thor Thorl's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#5) on the road. Tindastoll will play against Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: D.Jackson 30+5reb, B.Smith 17+3reb+3ast, G.Jonsson 15+2reb+4ast, G.Erlendsson 12+8reb+1ast, D.Flake 6+9reb+4ast, B.Ragnarsson 3+2reb+3ast
Tindastoll: D.Gibson 21+9reb+6ast, H.Viggosson 15+8reb+1ast, G.Valentine 13+9reb+2ast, T.Johnson 11+1reb+2ast, H.Margeirsson 11+3reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 4+3reb
gschID: 180270


Njardvik - Fjolnir 100-75

The game between seventh ranked Njardvik (10-9) and 12th ranked Fjolnir (4-15) in Njardvik on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Njardvik outscored guests from Reykjavik 100-75. The game was mostly controlled by Njardvik. Fjolnir was better in third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Njardvik forced 21 Fjolnir turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds. point guard Elvar Fridriksson (180-94) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks and the former international forward Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-81) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Fjolnir. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Njardvik have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KR. Fjolnir lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Njardvik will face Tindastoll (#9) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round. Fjolnir's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik IR.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: M.Van 25+21reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 18+3reb+2ast, A.Orrason 14+2reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 14+4reb+1ast, M.Baginski 9+1reb+1ast, R.Oli Alexandersson 5+3ast
Fjolnir: C.Smith 22+12reb+5ast, I.Hafsteinsson 16+8reb+3ast, T.Tomasson 12+7reb+4ast, A.Gudmundsson 10+1reb+2ast, I.Miles 7+5reb+2ast, G.Olafsson 5+1reb
gschID: 180269


Stjarnan - Skallagrimur 101-92

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Stjarnan (12-7) beat at home 8th ranked Skallagrimur (7-12) 101-92 on Thursday. Skallagrimur trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 26-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-101 at the end of the game. Stjarnan had a 37-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Quite impressive performance for American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures. Stjarnan's coach Teitur Orlygsson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) answered with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Skallagrimur. Stjarnan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Keflavik. Newly promoted Skallagrimur keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Stjarnan will face KR (#6) in Reykjavik in the next round. Skallagrimur will play at home against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 19+6reb+4ast, J.Frye 18+8reb+9ast, S.Valdimarsson 17+5reb, B.Mills 15+8reb+4ast, J.Zdravevski 13+1ast, F.Helgason 9+10reb+1ast
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 29+9reb+6ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 18+8reb+1ast, H.Hreidarsson 12+6reb+4ast, O.Jonsson 9+5reb+5ast, S.Egilsson 9+6reb+2ast, D.Asgeirsson 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 180272


Snaefell - Keflavik 79-77

The most exciting game of round 19 in the Express L. took place in Stykkisholmur. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Keflavik (12-7) to third ranked Snaefell (14-5) 79-77 on Thursday evening. Keflavik was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-19 charge of Snaefell, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) added 13 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Keflavik. Keflavik's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Snaefell moved-up to second place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Keflavik at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Stjarnan. Snaefell is looking forward to face Skallagrimur (#8) in Borgarnes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Keflavik will play at home against the league's second-placed Thor Thorl (#2) in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: R.Amoroso 25+9reb+1ast, J.Threatt 18+5reb+8ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 11+10reb+4ast, S.Thorvaldsson 9+5reb+2ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 6+3reb+1ast, O.Torfason 5+3reb+2ast
Keflavik: B.Baptist 23+12reb+2ast, D.Lewis 22+4reb+3ast, M.Craion 13+14reb+3ast, V.Valsson 7+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 5+1ast, S.Hrafnkelsson 4+1reb
gschID: 180271


IR - KFI 95-86 OT

Bottom-ranked IR managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against tenth-ranked KFI in Reykjavik 95-86. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 19-10. IR made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. KFI was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) who led his team to a victory scoring 42 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) helped adding 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Four IR players scored in double figures. IR's coach Jon Arnar Ingvarsson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) responded with 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import Tyrone Bradshaw (202-86, college: S.Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. IR (5-14) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated KFI. KFI lost fifth consecutive game. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena Fjolnir.
Top scorers:
IR: E.Palm 42+7reb+2ast, S.Claessen 22+4reb, N.Sovic 15+10reb+5ast, H.Fridriksson 10+8reb+1ast, D.Williams 5+2reb+5ast, V.Jonsson 1+5reb
KFI: D.Pitts 33+9reb+6ast, T.Bradshaw 20+16reb+4ast, M.Virijevic 18+10reb+1ast, K.Andresson 6+1reb, J.H. Baldvinsson 4+6reb, H.Hreinsson 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 180268


Grindavik - KR 100-87

Express L. top team - Grindavik (15-4) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat sixth ranked KR (10-9) 100-87. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. KR managed to win second period 30-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KR 42-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a quality performance for American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) who led the winners and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) accounted for 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Martin Hermannsson (190-94) came up with 22 points and guard Kristofer Acox (195-93, college: High School) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for KR in the defeat. Five KR players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-4 record. Loser KR keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Njardvik. Grindavik will meet KFI (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KR will play against Stjarnan (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: S.Zeglinski 30+5reb+5ast, A.Broussard 23+8reb+3ast, S.Thorsteinsson 13+11reb+5ast, T.Olafsson 9+6reb+1ast, B.Brynjolfsson 8+3reb+3ast, O.Saevarsson 7+5reb+2ast
KR: M.Hermannsson 22+1reb+3ast, K.Acox 17+6reb+1ast, D.McClellan 14+5reb, B.Bjornsson 12+7reb+4ast, B.Richardson 12+6reb+6ast, F.Magnusson 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 180267



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  IRAQ   

Standings - D1

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Mar. 2: Duhok - Al Hilla
Mar. 2: Nift Al-Janoub - Zakho
Mar. 2: Al Kahraba - Al-Mofiqia
Mar. 2: Al Karkh - Al-Tadamoun



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  ITALY   


LNP league cup: the teams! - by Armando Caporaso

These are the teams qualified for the league cup 2012/13 programmed for this month of March:

DNA Semifinals, 16/03/2013 (Palasport 'Franco Poggetti', Cecina)

Zerouno Torino (1) vs SBS Castelletto Ticino (4)
Bawer Matera (2) vs Moncada Solar Agrigento (3)

DNB Semifinals, 16/03/2013 (Palasport 'Franco Poggetti', Cecina)

Acmar Ravenna vs Madogas Corato
Elettromeccanica Moderna Cecina vs Royal Legnano

DNC Quarterfinals, 15/03/2013 (Palasport 'Franco Poggetti', Cecina & Palasport Tenda, Piombino)

GSA Udine vs Am Group Marino
Solbat Piombino vs Orva Lugo
Expo Inox Mortara vs Contadi Castaldi Montichiar
Cus Messina A.S.D. vs Gammauto Chevrolet Molfetta

http://www.legapallacanestro.it/



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  KENYA   


Malezi Stop Sunshine to Win Lang'ata District Title - by Eurobasket News

MALEZI School were crowned Lang'ata District basketball champions after beating Sunshine 52-26 in the finals at the Amref ground over the weekend.
The game was electric from the onset with both teams going head to head for the title and the opportunity to represent their district at the County level. Sunshine Academy raced away 4-0 against the favourites Malezi High School.
However, their lead didn't last for long as Lalezi changed tact with the introduction of Churchill Otieno. With the threat contained, Malezi team took back the momentum and erupted to take the lead. Going on a 13-point run, the Malezi boys ended the half 24-11, with rejuvenated confidence and focus. In the second half the Malezi stole the show, with John Madol taking charge. The team rallied behind their new found leader, overcoming the loss of injured captain Zack Okong'o, and finished the game in style.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Nairobi Kicks Off Preps Next Month for Inter Cities Show - by Eurobasket News

NAIROBI teams will start preparations for the 15th edition of East and Central Africa Inter Cities Championships next month ahead of the event slated for April in Kampala, Uganda.
Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) chairman, Ronnie Owino disclosed yesterday said Nairobi will be represented by the both the women's team, who are the defending champions and their men's side.
He said the event, which was earlier slated for Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in March has now been moved to Kampala due to logistical constraints and will now be played from April 29- May 4 at the YMCA Wandegeya courts. The decision to give it back to Kampala, who staged the show last year was reached at during the FIBA Africa Zone Five Club Championships in Tanzania last month.
Owino disclosed that the training will start March 16 under coaches Sylvia Kamau Ocholla and Peter Kiganya. They will be assisted by Caroline Ouma and Ben Oluoch. He asked the tacticians to name 18 players for a start. Sudan have already confirmed they will bring three cities for six-day tournament, which has also attracted teams from Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and host Uganda.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KUWAIT   


Dragojlovic back to Al Kuwait - by Ali Ahmed (T)

Al Kuwait SC agreed terms with 34-years old Serbian Center Vladislav Dragojlovic (209-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) to play with the team till the end of the season.

Vladislav Dragojlovic is a solid inside operator, with some classic low post moves and good defensive skills. He played for the team last year.

Awards/Achievements:
Serbia and Montenegro Cup Winner -04, 06
Adriatic League Semifinals -04, 05, 06
Serbia and Montenegro League Semifinals -04, 05
Serbia and Montenegro League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, 06
ULEB Cup Quarterfinals -06
Serbia and Montenegro League Finalist -06
FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -07
Greek League Semifinals -07
Adriatic League Quarterfinals -08
Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -08
Ukrainian UBL League All-Star Game -09
Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL 2nd Team -09
Turkish Cup Semifinals -11
Kuwait Supercup Winner -12
Kuwait League Regular Season Runner-Up -12
Kuwait League Finalist -12



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Stats Leaders

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



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EuroLeague: Zalgiris Kaunas upset Unicaja in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga - Zalgiris Kaunas 67:83

Zalgiris Kaunas upset Unicaja in Malaga for 4-5 record in Group F. The Lithuanian team tied both records after a road 83:67 win.
Unicaja started with 19-16 lead in the first period but failed to win the first half. The Lithuanian squad bounced back with 22-12 and grabbed 38:31 halftime advantage. It was again the home side to win the third period 15-11 and to reduce to the minimum. Zalgiris Kaunas however erupted with 24-11 and took the important win.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) poured in 15 points and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 14. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) followed them with 9 points, whilst Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) notched 8 each. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 13 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) posted 12. Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) ended up with 9 and Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) delivered 8.

Unicaja Malaga: Krunoslav Simon 13, Luka Zoric 12, Sergi Vidal 9, Fran Vazquez 8
Zalgiris Kaunas: Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15, Oliver Lafayette 14, Tremmell Darden 9, Marko Popovic 8, Ksistof Lavrinovic 8



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

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

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Greece). He was the major contributor in Olympiacos' victory against the 12th-ranked Peristeri GS (5-13) crushing them 105-57 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Gecevicius scored 19 points in a mere 18 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (17-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Gecevicius averages: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 72.7%(16-22), 3FGP: 48.0%(24-50) and FT: 92.3%(24-26) in the 15 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Motiejunas could not help the Houston Rockets (31-28) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Houston Rockets were edged 110-107 on the road by the Milwaukee Bucks. Motiejunas recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Motiejunas' overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 61.5%(24-39), 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 63.2%. He played for the Lithuanian national team in 2011.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Greece). Maciulis led Panathinaikos to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Ilysiakos (5-13) crushing them 87-62 in a derby game in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (17-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. It's Maciulis' first season with the team. This year Maciulis' overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 64.6%(31-48), 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 64.5% in the 17 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #4. An experienced power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Ukraine) led BC Donetsk to a victory against the 11th-ranked Dnipro (12-20) 73-63 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. Songaila scored 15 points, grabbed 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. BC Donetsk (17-15) is placed seventh in the Superleague. Songaila has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. Songaila is also Lithuanian national team player.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #5. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Cherkasy (17-17) 90-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Sunday. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and made 3 blocks in 21 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (25-7) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. This season Anisimovas' total stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg in the 32 games. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Anisimovas used to play for the Lithuanian university national team six years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #6. Forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-14) crushing them 103-73 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. VEF Riga (11-1) is placed fifth in the LBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Zavackas has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team thirteen years ago.

Dainius Salenga
Dainius Salenga
   #7. Former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michailis Anisimovas. But that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which we would like to mention. Salenga contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (13-19) 81-71. He scored 13 points and added 4 assists in a mere 19 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (25-7) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Salenga has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg in the 31 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eight years ago.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #8. Center Jonas Valanciunas (211-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Toronto Raptors (23-35) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-38) in the NBA. Valanciunas recorded 5 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 24 minutes. The Toronto Raptors lost 92-103 in Cleveland to the Cavaliers. Valanciunas has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1bpg in the 40 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #9. International point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-7) crushing them 99-60 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Jasikevicius scored 6 points and added 3 passes. Regal FC Barcelona (8-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Jasikevicius has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 1.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Egidijus Dimsa
Egidijus Dimsa
   #10. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Hito/Johvi (1-20) crushing them 90-51 in the Estonian KML last Friday. Dimsa scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. Tartu Ulikool/Rock (17-0) is placed first in the KML. So far his team won all seventeen 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. Dimsa has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 5.6rpg in the 12 games. He is a former university international player as four years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. International guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82, currently plays in Ukraine) was not able to secure a victory for Cherkasy in their game against BC Kyiv in the Ukrainian Superleague. Despite his very good performance on Friday night Delininkaitis was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Delininkaitis has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.4apg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. International center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Donatas Zavackas and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Kavaliauskas contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Latvijas Universitate crushing them 103-73 in a derby game. He recorded 8 points in 15 minutes. This year Kavaliauskas has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Martynas Andriukaitis (204-81, currently plays in Georgia) led Olimpi to a victory over the seventh-ranked TSU 91-72 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night. Andriukaitis was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points in a mere 18 minutes. It was his first game for Olimpi this season. Andriukaitis used to play for the Lithuanian national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former University international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91, currently plays in Baltic League) was the main contributor in a KK Parnu's victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis crushing them 101-75 in the Baltic League on Tuesday night. He was the best player in that game. Peciukevicius scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Peciukevicius has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.7apg and 1.1spg. Peciukevicius used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2011.

   #15. International shooting guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin 77-72 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. This year Pocius averages just 3.2ppg in the 12 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help Okapi Aalstar (11-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Young's very good performance Okapi Aalstar was defeated 86-78 on the road by the second-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut. He scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Young is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 6.7rpg. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Michigan (10-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Stauskas' good performance the Michigan was defeated 84-78 in University Park, PA by the The Pennsylvania State University. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Stauskas has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #3. Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Surrey Heat (14-9) 99-81 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Masiulis also added 7 blocks. Worcester Wolves (15-9) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Masiulis is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg.

   #4. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to a Telekom Baskets' victory against the fourth-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (1-5) 86-72 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Veikalas scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 16 minutes. Telekom Baskets Bonn (4-2) is placed second in group L. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Veikalas has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg in the 12 games he played so far.

   #5. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Juvecaserta (8-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jonusas' good performance Juvecaserta was edged 66-64 in Roma by the higher-ranked Lottomatica (#5). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Jonusas has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (10-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Leche Rio Breogan was defeated 70-60 in Alicante by the higher-ranked Meridiano (#3). Leonavicius was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Leonavicius has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) couldn't help Tsmoki-Minsk II in their game against Grodno-93 in the Belarusian Premier League, despite his very good performance last Friday. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Kamarunas also added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes. But his team was crushed by 28 points 82-54. Kamarunas has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.4apg and 2.9spg in the eight games.

   #8. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Dartmouth in their game against the Brown University in the NCAA. He scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. His team was defeated 59-50. Maldunas has reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.4apg and 2.9spg.

   #9. Evaldas Juozapaitis (189-G-84, currently plays in Sweden) led Hoganas to a victory over the 11th-ranked Helsingborg 68-60 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Wednesday. He was the top player that evening. Juozapaitis recorded 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Juozapaitis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in the 17 games.

   #10. Petras Balocka (205-C/F-86, college: Hawaii, currently plays in France) couldn't help Vendee Challans in their game against Cognac in the French NM1 (third division), despite his good performance on Saturday night. Balocka scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. But his team was edged 69-66. Balocka has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3spg in the four games.



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Basmal misses AfroBasketball - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) has failed to send men and women's national teams to Mozambique for the on-going AfroBasketball Zonal Championship.
The tournament started last Sunday and it will end on Saturday in Maputo with over six participating countries.
The zonal championship is a qualifying tournament to the main AfroBasketball Championship that will be staged at the end of the year.
Basmal vice president Ben Mlasaanthu said it was difficult to plan for the event because they were not invited.
"When we heard about the championship we thought that it was just rumours. However, we have discovered that the tournament was for real but to our surprise we didn't get an official invitation," he said.
Mlasaanthu said Malawi had missed a chance to gain international exposure.
"Recent records indicate that Malawi is developing as evidenced by the Under-20 team that won two games during the Zone VI Youth Games in Zambia last year. We need such competitions to develop the sport," he said.
Former Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) vice chairman Barlett Mafuleka asked Basmal to be pro-active to make headway at international level.
"They need to be proactive and relate with foreign associations quite often so that they should not miss out on such tournaments which provide an opportunity for international exposure," he said.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Ivan Jelenic chose Buducnost over Rabotnicki - by Darko Pekic (T)

Buducnost announced last night the signing of Montenegrin sharp shooter Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) and surprised its fans with a new signing who should replace until the end of season injured guard Pavlin Ivanov (194-SG-93, agency: Beo Basket) (knee problems). Although Jelenic was very close to sign with Rabotnicki two days ago, the situation changed over night when the call from Podgorica arrived. The guard arrived yesterday to Podgorica and practiced with his new team.

Jelenic started the season at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 16 games he averaged 9.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg this season. Jelenic also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg. He has played previously in Montenegro (Primorka, Mornar), Greece (Xanthi) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas and Radnicki Kragujevac).



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Lions defeat NAIA #2 ranked Lee University - by Eurobasket News

By Forrest Wimberly, Emmanuel (Ga.) Sports Information Department

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - The NAIA #17 ranked Emmanuel College Men's Basketball Team put an exclamation point at the end of their regular season by defeating the visiting NAIA #2 ranked Lee University Flames 68-65 Monday night inside the Williamson Basketball Arena.

Five Lions scored in double-digit points to fuel a balanced offense leading the team to the victory. Adrian Justice led in scoring with 13 points while Michael Stanley (6'1''-G) enjoyed his 10th double-double of the season knocking down 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jeremy Burgess (6'5''-G) scored 12 points on the night as Patrick McCrary and Luke Miller also chipped in 10 points each to the scoring total.

The team was welcomed to the court in a "white out" fan promotion and the large EC crowd made sure they were seen and heard all game long cheering on the Lions.

EC trailed 35-28 at the half and the seesaw game saw 10 lead changes, 4 ties and a dramatic EC win with a 3-pointer from Miller at the final buzzer.

With the win, the Lions are now 27-3 on the season and 16-2 in the SSAC. EC was a very impressive 14-1 at home this season and the win tonight reverses the Lee win over EC just a little over two weeks ago in Cleveland, Tenn. The earlier Lee win snapped EC's 15-game winning streak, but EC's win tonight just snapped Lee's 15-game winning streak.

Even better is that EC now earns a share of the SSAC regular-season title finishing with an identical 16-2 conference mark tied with Lee University and William Carey University for the top spot.

The Lions are back on the court on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the SSAC tournament. EC will meet AUM at 9:45 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery, Ala.
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



NAIA Mens Basketball Weekly Report No. 7 - by Eurobasket News

By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

NAIA Game of the Week
Division I Men's Basketball
No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist (23-6, 11-4 SAC) at No. 3 John Brown (Ark.) (25-4, 14-1 SAC)
Saturday, Feb. 23 | 5:00 p.m. CST | Bill George Arena | Siloam Springs, Ark.
Revenge will be on the mind for Oklahoma Baptist as the ninth-ranked Bison travel to No. 3 John Brown (Ark.) Saturday in the NAIA Game of the Week. In the final regular-season matchup in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), Oklahoma Baptist looks to avenge a 75-70 loss to the Golden Eagles on Jan. 17.
Saturday's game marks the second edition of the NAIA Game of the Week for these two programs. On Jan. 17, No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist hosted then-No. 10 John Brown.
In that contest, John Brown dealt the Bison their first home loss in 34 games. Freshman Kofi Josephs netted a career-high 21 points in the 75-70 win. John Brown held Oklahoma Baptist to 38.7 percent shooting and also nailed 10-of-23 shots from 3-point range.
In the all-time series, the Bison own a 37-16 record.
On its home court, John Brown stands 14-1 this season. Oklahoma Baptist is 7-2 in true road games this year.
After a 84-78 double overtime win over Lubbock Christian (Texas) Feb. 16, John Brown captured its first-ever SAC regular-season championship. The Golden Eagles will enter the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. Oklahoma Baptist has secured the No. 2 seed, with the event beginning Feb. 27.
John Brown is coming off an 89-80 victory, its seventh in-a-row, against Mid-America Christian (Okla.) Thursday. The 25 season wins sets a new school record for the Golden Eagles.
Last time out, the Bison won their third-straight game with a 77-72 defeat of Oklahoma City Thursday.
Coleson Rakestraw leads John Brown in scoring (11.6) and has hit a team-leading 65 long-range bombs. Max Hopfgartner (10.7 ppg) and Kofi Josephs (10.6 ppg) are the other double-digit scorers. Hopfgartner grabs a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.
John Brown lives off the 3-pointer, evidenced by 10.1 makes per game, which is third in the NAIA. The Golden Eagles, who shoot treys at a .393 percent clip, has made 10-or-more in 20 of 27 games this season. They hit a season-high 14-of-23 attempts against Ecclesia (Ark.) on Nov. 6.
Chase Adams is the top scorer for Oklahoma Baptist at 14.8 points. He has reached double-digits in nine of the past 10 games. Marques Anderson is the top rebounder at 7.6 boards per contest.
Oklahoma Baptist ranks second in the NAIA in scoring defense (59.7 papg) and 10th in field goal percentage defense (.389). The Bison have limited four of their last six opponents to fewer than 60 points.
Some information courtesy of John Brown and Oklahoma Baptist Sports Information Departments

This Week Around the Top 25
Division I:
Thursday - No. 24 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) def. No. 15 Bethel (Tenn.), 76-70
Friday - No. 5 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at No. 22 Montana Western
Saturday - No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist at No. 3 John Brown (Ark.)
Saturday - No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Saturday - No. 25 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) at No. 20 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Upsets This Week in the Top 25
Division I:
Tuesday - Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 8 Westmont (Calif.), 93-61
Tuesday - San Diego Christian (Calif.) def. No. 18 Hope International (Calif.), 62-47
Thursday - Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 6 Cal State Sam Marcos, 85-78
Thursday - Rocky Mountain (Mont.) def. No. 13 Montana State-Northern, 65-58

Division II:
Wednesday - Huntington (Ind.) def. No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan, 81-69
Wednesday - Warner (Fla.) def. No. 16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 79-77
Wednesday - Marian (Ind.) def. No. 17 Grace (Ind.), 62-54
Wednesday - Ave Maria (Fla.) def. No. 22 St. Thomas (Fla.), 72-71
Wednesday - Midland (Neb.) def. No. 24 Hastings (Neb.), 84-60

For complete results from Division II men's basketball conference tournament, click here

National Championship Selection Shows on www.NAIA.org
For the first time, the NAIA is producing a selection show with graphics to be held on Feb. 27, at approximately 7:15 p.m. CST, to announce the 32-team bracket for the 22nd Annual Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship selection show will take place on March 6th with the 32-team bracket being announced at approximately 7:15 p.m. CST. For more information on the selection shows, click here.

For the Record
Division I:
One team in men's and women's NAIA Basketball is still undefeated. No. 1-ranked Columbia (Mo.) is 29-0 (through games played Feb. 21) and set a program record with its 21st-straight victory Jan. 24 against Harris Stowe-State (Mo.). The Cougars, who have clinched the American Mideast Conference regular-season title, have one more regular-season game remaining. Saturday, Columbia hits the road to face William Woods (Mo.).
Columbia is trying to become the first team since Georgetown (Ky.) in 2007 - 08 to rattle through the regular season with an undefeated record. The Tigers went 34-0 (31-0 in the regular season) before falling to Mountain State (W.Va.) in the semifinals of the 2008 National Championship.
Behind Columbia's active win streak (29-straight), Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) is next with 16-consecutive victories. The Lions have not lost since Dec. 13, 2012 against LSU-Shreveport (La.).
Columbia owns the most wins in Division I with 29. Lee (Tenn.) is next with 27 victories.
There are 29 programs with 20-plus wins.
Besides Columbia, Lee (Tenn.) is the only program with one loss-or-fewer (27-1).
In the coaching ranks, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) head coach Larry Chapman notched his 700th-career victory on Jan. 26 with a 62-55 win over No. 8 William Carey (Miss.). He became the fifth active coach in Division I and II to reach the 700-win threshold.
Columbia coach Bob Burchard claimed his 600th career win against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Nov. 14.
Two coaches hit the 500-win milestone this year: on Jan. 3, Central Methodist (Mo.) coach Jeff Sherman hit the mark with a victory over Graceland (Iowa) and Robert Morris (Ill.) general Al Bruehl did so on Nov. 1 in the season-opening win over Evangel (Mo.). Overall, there are nine Division I head coaches with 500-plus wins.
Starting their program in 1902 - 03, the Tigers of Georgetown (Ky.) are the all-time leader in NAIA men's basketball with 1,718 wins (through games on Feb. 21). Georgetown is 21-6 on the season.
Despite the 147-138 loss to NCAA member Francis Marion (S.C.) on Nov. 19, 2012, Morris (S.C.) holds the single-game high for points. The Hornets shot 56-of-96 from the field and scored 19 points from the foul line. A second team, Southwest (N.M.), put up 138 points to tie the single-game scoring record with Morris. Southwest lost, 161-138, against Paul Quinn (Texas) Feb. 13.
Five individuals have posted a triple-double in the Division I ranks this season: Brandon Davis of LSU Shreveport (La.), David Rawlinson of West Virginia Tech, Travis Wilkins of St. Catharine (Ky.) (twice), Jordan Butts of Belhaven (Miss.) and Andrew Wilson of Bluefield (Ky.).
With 54 points, Jonathan Williams of Southwest (N.M.) is the single-game leader with his effort against Paul Quinn (Texas) on Feb.13. He connected on 23 field goals. There are eight other players to reach at least the 40-point mark this year.
Deon Boyce of UVa-Wise (Va.) has hit the best rebounding mark in the NAIA on three occasions, with 24 against Bluefield (Va.) on Jan. 3, 24 against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Jan. 10 and the mark against Bluefield in the second meeting Feb. 2. Overall, there have been 12 instances where a player grabbed 21-or-more caroms.
David Rawlinson of West Virginia Tech dished out 21 assists for the single-game high against NCAA Division II Central State (Ohio). There have been ten contests where a player reached 15-or-more assists.
On Dec. 8 against West Virginia Tech, Andrew Wilson of Bluefield (Va.) posted 12 steals to put in No. 1 on the single-game list this year. No other player has recorded nine-plus.
Travis Wilkins of St. Catharine (Ky.) swatted a NAIA single-game best of 11 shots, which occurred against Virginia-Wise on Feb. 7.

Division II:
Conference tournaments are in high gear around Division II. The first conference champions will be crowned Saturday with title games in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Click here, for your one-stop shop for all of the conference championships and more information.
Feb. 26 is the final day of conference tournaments as 20 automatic berths to the NAIA National Championship will be determined by that date.
No teams in the division are undefeated. William Penn (Iowa) was the last team to lose game No. 1 on the season, Dec. 7, 2012. The Statesmen were 15-0 before their first loss.
At 28-1 overall, William Penn has the best win percentage (.966) and tied with Northwood (Fla.), Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and Eastern Oregon with the most victories (through games played Feb. 21).
Overall, 38 teams have won at least 20 contests thus far. Since Feb. 14, eight teams have reached the 20-win threshold.
There are no winless programs after AIB (Iowa) defeated St. Ambrose (Iowa), Feb. 16. The Eagles were 0-29 prior to the victory.
Tennessee Wesleyan and Saint Xavier (Ill.) lead Division II with a 16-game winning streak. The Bulldogs have not lost since Jan. 2 against NAIA Division I Voorhees (S.C.), 83-65. Saint Xavier last lost in 2012, 73-70 versus Westminster (Utah) on Dec. 28. Behind that streak is the 15-gamer achieved by Rochester (Mich.).
Nebraska Wesleyan, currently 13-12 on the season (through Feb. 21), leads all Division II programs in all-time wins with 1,370. The Prairie Wolves started their men's basketball program in 1905 - 06.
Three individuals have posted a triple-double in the Division II ranks this season: Canon Fields of Kansas Wesleyan (two times), Tyree York of Roosevelt (Ill.) and John Lamb of Dakota State (S.D.).
Ottawa (Kan.) coach Andy Carrier is close to 300 career wins. He currently stands 296-373 (through Feb. 21) and looks to become the 17th active head coach in NAIA Division II with 300-or-more wins.
With the 140-53 win over Central Christian on Nov. 24, William Penn (Iowa) set the single-game high in points scored and scoring margin (+87). They went 26-for-48 from three-point range, with the 3-pointer made statistic one away from the national record. The scoring outburst is 19 points shy of the all-time Division II record of 159 set in 1994.
Canon Fields of Kansas Wesleyan holds the single-game high with a 50-point effort against Bethany (Kan.) on Feb. 14. He made 18-of-28 shots from the field. There have been 12 occurrences of players reaching 40-or-more points this year.
With 24 total rebounds, including 17 on the defensive end, Terry Muse of Alice Lloyd (Ky.) owns the highwater rebounding mark. He did this against Crown (Minn.) on Nov. 17, 2012. Five other players have grabbed at least 20-boards in a game this year.
Roosevelt Green of Saint Xavier (Ill.), Devin Harris of Oklahoma Wesleyan and E'Jay Ward of Tennessee Wesleyan are the single-game leaders in assists (16) in a single-game.
Brad Norman of Rochester (Mich.) and Brandon Eley of AIB (Iowa) hold the national single-game high with 10 steals.
With nine blocks, Tyler Rogers is the leader in the single-game blocks category. He accomplished the feat vs. Kentucky Christian Nov. 6 and against Berea (Ky.) Jan. 8.

National Statistics*
Division I
Individual
Scoring per Game - Anthony Dorsey, Truett-McConnell (Ga.), 26.41
Field Goal Percentage - Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.), 0.717
3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Jacob Champoux, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), .571
Free Throw Percentage - Alvin Nance, Philander Smith (Ark.), 0.950
Rebounds per Game - Demetrius Smith, Huston-Tillotson (Texas), 11.19
Blocks per Game - Jamal Doss, William Carey (Miss.), 3.70
Assists per Game - Travis Lampley, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas), 9.39
Steals per Game - Dominque Rambo, SAGU (Texas), 3.70
Double-Doubles - Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.), 16
Team
Scoring Offense per Game - LSU Shreveport (La.), 94.00
Scoring Defense per Game - Columbia (Mo.), 55.45
Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), .522
Field Goal Percentage Defense - Columbia (Mo.), .374
Free Throw Percentage - Philander Smith, (Ark.), 0.775
Rebounds per Game - Bethel (Tenn.), 45.68
Turnover Margin - Westminster (Utah), +7.27
Division II
Individual
Scoring per Game - Rashad James, Northwood (Fla.), 24.33
Field Goal Percentage - Darren Moore, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), .670
3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Jake Simpson, Indiana Southeast, .505
Free Throw Percentage - Wes Hudson, Cornerstone (Mich.), .899
Rebounds per Game - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 10.55
Blocks per Game - Eoghann Stephens, Madonna (Mich.), 3.03
Assists per Game - Tyrone Davis, Northwood (Fla.), 8.08
Steals per Game - Kiel Lewis, Ave Maria (Fla.), 3.67
Double-Doubles - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 20
Team
Scoring Offense per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 95.31
Scoring Defense per Game - Lourdes (Ohio), 50.69
Field Goal Percentage Offense - Hastings (Neb.), 0.512
Field Goal Percentage Defense - Lourdes (Ohio), 0.366
Free Throw Percentage - Spring Arbor (Mich.), .747
Rebounds per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 47.79
Turnover Margin - Marian (Ind.), +6.76
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



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Bulls to sign Lou Amundson to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News (T)

All signs point to the Chicago Bulls signing Louis Amundson (6'9''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: UNLV) to a 10-day contract on Saturday. The signing would bring the Bulls' roster to the maximum 15 players, bringing big-man insurance while Taj Gibson recovers from a sprained MCL in his left knee. The Bulls have enough money under the hard cap to sign Amundson for the rest of the season. The Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are also in the mix for Amundson.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Shavlik Randolph agreed terms with The Celtics - by Eurobasket News (T)

Boston Celtics inked 30-year old forward Shavlik Randolph (208-109kg-83, college: Duke) to a short-term deal. He played recently at Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rican BSN league. The most of this season Randolph spent at Foshan (CBA) in Chinese league. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 32.0ppg, 14.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg. He also spent pre-season at the Wizards that year. The last summer Randolph played at Quebradillas (BSN) in Puerto Rico. In 19 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 19.4ppg and had 11.5rpg (leader !!!), 2.0apg and 1.3bpg. The last (2012-13) season he played at DongGuan Leopards (CBA) in Chinese league. In 37 games he averaged great 24.7ppg, 11.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg and 1.6bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 3rd Team.
Randolph has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements he won NBA Northwest Division championship title in 2009. Randolph received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Import Player of the Year award in 2011.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers) and Puerto Rico (Brujos).
Randolph attended Duke University until 2005 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: A versatile inside-outside player. Nice shot... Underachieved in college...

By Eurobasket Data Center



Full recap of 12 games from Friday - by Eurobasket News

Denver N. - Oklah.City T. 105-103
They have a closer. Tywon Lawson hit the big shot - unflappably, Jimmy Chitwood-style - a jumper with 0.2 seconds left, giving the Nuggets their biggest win of the season, a 105-103 thriller against the Thunder. When it went through the rim, the crowds erupted and Lawson wobbled his body, seemingly a version of the dance called "The Bernie." And now, how about this - it's March and the Nuggets are still undefeated at home against playoff teams from the Western Conference. Overall, the Nuggets are 25-3 at home, with losses to the Heat, Timberwolves and Wizards. Lawson, the hottest Nugget in the past two months, actually only had 11 points, but made the big two. The two teams had split the season series entering Friday, with the Thunder smacking around the Nuggets on Jan. 16, but Denver valiantly winning in overtime four nights later. With 9:32 still remaining in the first quarter, Denver coach George Karl yanked Kenneth Faried, who had made a turnover and took an ill-advised 17-footer. In from the bullpen came Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul), who suddenly went all "Durant-y" (not to be confused with a silly singing comedian who went all "Durante"). Chandler calmly hit two 3s, complementing the calm with a lane storming for layups. By halftime, Chandler had 18 points in 18 minutes. He finished with 35 in 35, including 6-for-7 from 3-point range. He also scored a powerful bucket with 22.4 seconds left, when he banged his body against Serge Ibaka for a tough lay-in, giving Denver a 103-101 lead - and Chandler a career-high 35. Coincidentally, Karl was asked about Chandler before the game, and he acknowledged that Chandler wasn't necessarily happy with his 21.7 minutes per game. "I think Wilson wants 30 minutes a game and I think I can probably give him between 20 and 25 every night," Karl said, "but I don't think I can find him 25 to 30 every night. I think the five or six games that (Danilo Gallinari) missed has helped him get his confidence to a good level. So, I'm going to play the guys I can win with, and the thing about this team is it's competitive every night for minutes." The evening, of course, marked the anticipated return of Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), he who left Denver starving for queso. The Thunder guard twice blocked the fun halfcourt shot of Denver's SuperMascot Rocky on Jan. 20, the second time, throwing the ball into the stands (if the shot had dropped, fans would've received chips and queso from Qdoba). In the pregame locker room, Westbrook, forever curt, didn't play along when asked about his return to the site of the shenanigans. Amid boos early on in the first quarter, Westbrook was resplendent, thriving among hate like a villain is wont to do. And when he hit a 36-footer at the halftime buzzer, he trotted off to the locker room with a game-high 23 points. He finished with 38 - in the loss. Courtesy of: denverpost.com

Phoenix Suns - Atlanta H. 92-87
Twin brother Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas) added 11 points as Phoenix snapped Atlanta's four-game winning streak. Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F/G-87, college: Syracuse) scored 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter for the Suns. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) had 19 points for Phoenix before leaving with a lower back bruise with 4:44 left in the third quarter. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) scored 20 and Kyle Korver 17 for Atlanta on the fourth stop of a six-game road trip. Josh Smith managed just five points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed five turnovers but had 10 rebounds. Jared Dudley got into a heated argument with Suns teammate Luis Scola entering a timeout in the third quarter, then snapped at coach Lindsey Hunter in the huddle and had to be calmed down by assistant coaches. He was benched and did not return. Phoenix took the lead for good with a 14-1 run at the end of the first half and start of the second. The Suns scored the last eight points of the first half, the final six on a pair of 3-pointers from the corner by Marcus Morris, to lead 44-39 at halftime. Dragic scored 10 in the first quarter and 14 in the half. Phoenix maintained the lead throughout the third quarter and was up 63-54 after Johnson's 22-footer with 4:12 left. A 7-2 Hawks spurt cut it to 65-61 on Korver's free throw after Markieff Morris was called for a technical. But the Suns scored the final seven of the quarter to lead 72-61 entering the fourth. Johnson, who shot 5 for 5 in the third quarter, sank a 3 during the run. But the highlight came after an Atlanta turnover when Marcus Morris soared in for a dunk but was knocked hard to the floor by Jeff Teague, who was called for a flagrant foul. Marcus Morris made both free throws with 35.7 seconds to go in the period to make it an 11-point lead after three. Anthony Tolliver sank a pair of 3s, then John Jenkins made one of two free throws to cut the Suns' lead to 74-68 with 10:24 left. But the Morris twins, first Marcus, then Markieff, scored and Phoenix led 78-68 with 7:57 left. Atlanta scored the next five points, slicing the lead to 78-73 on Korver's 3-pointer with 7:25 to go. But Jermaine O'Neal scored on a drive and Marcus Morris sank a 3 to boost the lead back to 83-73 with 6:43 to go. The closest it got after that was the final margin, when Horford sank a 3 at the buzzer. Courtesy of: newser.com

Utah Jazz - Charlotte B. 98-68
Enes Kanter (6'10''-C-92, college: Kentucky) scored 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds, leading the Jazz to a 98-68 victory over the cold-shooting Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Playing with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap because of injuries, the Jazz started quickly. Kanter scored six quick points and Utah opened a 9-4 lead. It was 13-9 when Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) scored five points during an 8-0 run that gave the Jazz a 21-9 lead. Charlotte made only four of its 20 field-goal attempts in the first quarter and Kanter finished with eight points and nine rebounds. The Jazz maintained a 29-15 lead early in the second quarter, when the Bobcats went three minutes without scoring. Kanter made it 32-15 before Randy Foye buried a three-pointer with 5:25 remaining in the half. It was Foye's 130th three-point shot this season, giving him the franchise's single-season record. By halftime, Utah enjoyed a 23-point lead behind the play of Kanter, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Hayward, who finished with nine points. In the third quarter, the Jazz owned a 55-32 before failing to convert 11 of 12 possessions. Charlotte got as close as 57-41, but Hayward countered with five straight points and the Jazz cruised home. Utah improved its record to 32-27 and pulled within one game of Golden State in the race for sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race. Courtesy of: sltrib.com

San Antonio S. - Sacramento K. 130-102
Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) was among eight San Antonio players in double figures with 13 points, but the All-Star guard sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of the Spurs' 130-102 blowout of the Sacramento Kings. DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F/C-89, college: Pittsburgh) had 16 points, while Danny Green scored 15. Manu Ginobili had nine points and a career-high 15 assists, as the Spurs bounced back from a 105-101 overtime loss at home against Phoenix on Wednesday. That defeat snapped an 18-game home winning streak. Tiago Splitter ended with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Tim Duncan contributed 13 points and 10 boards. Parker drove the lane for a layup with under five minutes left in the period, but he landed awkwardly as the ankle buckled upon hitting the floor. Parker was helped off the court. Prior to leaving, Parker also had seven assists. He sat out a game at Phoenix on Sunday due to a right triceps contusion. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 25 and Isaiah Thomas had 18 points for the Kings, who lost for the 17th time in the last 18 meetings with the Spurs. Tyreke Evans scored 10, but the Kings fell for the seventh time in their last eight games. Courtesy of: news10.net

N.Orleans H. - Detroit P. 100-95
As Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) dribbled along the perimeter in the final half-minute of a one-point game, he could only hope to overcome the memories of anti-clutch moments that have plagued the young Hornets. "In my head I've got all the games that we couldn't close and we lost," Vasquez said. "That was one thing I got in my mind at the end when I took the last shot. We were just messing a lot of games up at the end and I've got to get better quick. ... We have to make good decisions at the end of the game." Now there's evidence of progress on that front. Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left, and New Orleans beat the Detroit Pistons 100-95 on Friday night to snap a two-game skid. "He's one of the most improved players in the league," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said of Vasquez. "He's got great court vision plus he shoots it well enough where you have to respect his shot." Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) added 21 points and Ryan Anderson 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who were short-handed in the frontcourt with starting forward Anthony Davis sitting out his second straight game because of a sprained left shoulder. New Orleans was also without 7-footer Jason Smith, a top reserve forward and center. The club announced earlier Friday that he'd miss the rest of the season with a right shoulder injury. Anderson, known more for his scoring, said he knew he had to pick up some of the slack on the defensive end. "We need to really get to the boards a little bit more, so that's something I came out tonight and knew I needed to do," Anderson said. "It's tough because they're a big team and we had to be active." New Orleans native Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, while Brandon Knight added 22 points, including a 3-pointer that tied the score at 91. Vasquez's final basket made it 98-95. Rodney Stuckey then missed a 3-point attempt that could have tied it in the final seconds, but Frank said that shot came only after Detroit's initial plan for a quick two points failed. "We wanted to go directly into Greg," Frank said. "We didn't execute like we wanted to, and that was disappointing." Though not for Hornets coach Monty Williams. "I was really pleased the way we defended the last play," Williams said. "It was nice to see us execute properly. We forced Stuckey into a fast shot." New Orleans closed the third quarter with an 8-0 run, capped by Anderson's second 3, to take a 74-69 lead. New Orleans was still ahead 91-84 when Gordon scored inside, but Detroit responded with a 9-0 run that Knight began with a driving layup. Jason Maxiell then dunked, Knight came back with his tying 3 and Monroe dunked to give the Pistons a 93-91 lead with 1:58 left. Vasquez then hit two free throws to tie it, Gordon added another free throw and then Anderson used a perimeter fake to set up a driving layup that made it 96-93. Maxiell had a chance to tie it when he dunked as he was fouled, but he missed the free throw, allowing Vasquez to put New Orleans up by three again with his late floater. The Pistons wound up shooting 50 percent (39 of 78), scoring 56 points in the paint. But the Pistons also turned the ball over 14 times, were outrebounded 47-40 and were outscored at the free-throw line, 23-10. The game was competitive throughout, with Detroit building the largest lead of either team at 10 points in the first quarter. There were 12 ties and nine lead changes. "It was a tough game and both teams played really hard," Monroe said. "A couple more plays could have won the game for us. They had more plays. "They did a good job fighting for the ball," Monroe added. "They just kept working harder than us, that's all." Al-Farouq Aminu had 14 rebounds and Robin Lopez scored 10 points for New Orleans. Maxiell and Kyle Singler each scored 10 for Detroit, while Jose Calderon had 11 assists. New Orleans struggled throughout the game to stop Monroe, who helped Detroit take a 14-4 in the opening five minutes with strong inside baskets to the delight of a large contingent of fans in his hometown. Detroit maintained the lead into the second quarter, going ahead 33-25 on Stuckey's fast-break layup. New Orleans then surged ahead for the first time with a 10-0 run highlighted by Vasquez's three-point play and Anderson's 3-pointer. Gordon had 18 of his points in the opening half, including six free throws, the last of which put the Hornets up 45-40. The Pistons' however, took a 49-47 lead into halftime after scoring the last five points of the period, including Monroe's putback after he'd grabbed two offensive rebounds in the same possession. Courtesy of: journaltimes.com

Brooklyn N. - Dallas M. 90-98
After blowing a 25-point lead two nights earlier, the Dallas Mavericks seemed like they were on their way to another collapse. Trailing by 20 with 8:23 remaining, Brooklyn stormed back to get within four points with 37 seconds remaining. But the Mavericks dodged a repeat of Wednesday night's loss at Memphis, closing out the Nets for a 98-90 victory on Friday night behind 20 points apiece from Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) and former Nets guard Vince Carter (6'6''-G/F-77, college: N.Carolina). "We played a lot more good minutes than we played in Memphis for sure. It's hard to play a perfect 48 minutes in this league, I'll admit that," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "But we took advantage of our runs. We were able to stave them off a few times. We had some guys step up and hit some big shots. Vince hit one shot off a timeout that was big. O.J. (Mayo's) 3 in the right corner was a huge play. We made a few mistakes, obviously. So hey, we'll take it and run." Brooklyn's season-long, second-half deficiency caught up to them again. The Mavericks held the Nets to just 5-of-17 shooting from the field in the third quarter before they found their shooting touch in the fourth quarter, hitting 10-of-22 shots. "We came out and we had a couple of turnovers early and we got really flat after that," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We didn't execute well but worse we just didn't play with any defensive energy and the score went from like 10 to 20 in a very short time." It was a big win for the Mavericks, who still maintain hopes of somehow claiming the eighth spot in the Western Conference despite trailing the Houston Rockets by five games. The Mavericks, who had lost their last three games, will face the Rockets on Sunday night in the opener of a home-and-home set at Houston. "It's been a frustrating and disappointing season obviously overall. We lost a couple of close games that we thought we should've had," Nowitzki said. "We have to go in with a free mindset and kind of forget what happened so far and let it all rip. Houston is a great team. (James) Harden is having a phenomenal year. They're a tough team. They're fast, athletic. So we got our hands full." 39 candidates seek PSU board seats. Mayo, who added 17 points, is looking forward to the matchup at Houston after pulling off a road win in Brooklyn, just the Mavs' 10th in 30 tries this season. "That's a (team that's) ahead of us and gives us the opportunity to gain ground and make them back track a little bit," Mayo said. "I thought we did our job. We did what was expected. A lot of games this year we've been in and had the opportunity to win down the stretch and at the end of the games lose. . A lot of those times we had the lead going into the last five or six minutes and couldn't close it out. I thought we did what we needed to do to win the game." Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half in his first game against Dallas since deciding to remain with the Nets instead of signing with the Mavericks last summer, but felt his indecisiveness and thinking about when to pass the ball or not played a role in Brooklyn's latest loss at home, its third straight. "It started with me. I think it is kind of a snowball effect," said Williams, who led the Nets to a 49-48 halftime lead before they had another dismal third quarter. Dallas outscored Brooklyn 29-14, as the Nets shot just 5 of 17 from the field. "I was throwing the ball everywhere and it is just one of those things where you see a guy making some bad passes and you start thinking about it." Brook Lopez had 19 points and Joe Johnson added 11 as he returned to the Nets after missing the last three games with a foot injury. "I think we just put ourselves in a bad position. One through 12, we did not have any energy, no energy on the floor, no energy on the bench and that is tough," Lopez said. Brooklyn will have to turn it around quick when it visits the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. The Nets, fifth in the Eastern Conference race, are just a half-game better than the Bulls. Jae Crowder hit a 3-pointer after a turnover by C.J. Watson, then Mike James hit another behind the arc to give Dallas its biggest lead of the night at 83-63 before Brooklyn started to chip away. The Nets went on a 17-7 run to cut the lead to 94-90 after Lopez hit a pair of free throws with 37 seconds remaining. Mayo then made one free throw, and Watson missed a layup and failed to tip it in on the second attempt, James was fouled and made one free throw to make it 96-90. After Williams missed a 3-pointer, Carter got fouled by Mirza Teletovic and put the game away with a pair of free throws to give Dallas a 98-90 lead. Williams was the Mavericks' top target in free agency, hoping he would be convinced to return to the area where he starred in high school. He said it was a tough decision, deciding to stay with the Nets with a five-year deal worth about $98 million. He has battled minor injuries throughout the season but has played better of late, though did commit a game-high seven turnovers Friday. Courtesy of: philly.com

Cleveland C. - LA Clippers 89-105
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 24 points, making a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 15 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers ran away in the final period and beat the Cavaliers 105-89 on Friday night for their first win in Cleveland since 2002. The Clippers had lost 10 straight at Quicken Loans Arena. Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers, having their best season in franchise history, won their fourth in a row. After Griffin scored on a monster dunk - off a lob from Crawford - to put Los Angeles ahead by 23, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro pulled his starters with 4:19 left. Rookie Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) scored 17 for the Cavs, who played their third straight game without injured All-Star Kyrie Irving. With Los Angeles leading by 11 and unable to shake off the Cavs, Crawford converted a four-point play to put the Clippers ahead 75-71 with 9:51 left. Never one to pass up a shot - whether he's open or not - Crawford was fouled by Marresse Speights while knocking down a high-arching 3-pointer from the deep corner. He then made the free throw, giving Crawford 37 career four-point plays, extending his NBA record for the quirky play. It seemed to send a jolt through the Clippers, who were understandably sluggish after playing at Indiana on Thursday night. After a basket by Eric Bledsoe, Crawford banked in another long 3 to beat the shot clock. As he retreated on defense, Crawford complained to the officials he had been fouled, but to no avail. The next time the Clippers had the ball, Paul drained a 3 to make it 93-76 and Cleveland fans began heading toward the exits. C.J. Miles had 16 points and Tristan Thompson 15 for the Cavs, who were within nine to open the fourth but didn't have enough firepower to match the high-flying Clippers. Griffin beat Cleveland's Tyler Zeller down the floor and soared for an alley-oop dunk, getting fouled on the play by the rookie center. As Griffin picked himself up before shooting and making his free throw, Paul had a word or two with Zeller, who shrugged and tried to explain the contact was not on purpose. Moments later, Griffin made a steal near halfcourt and went in for an uncontested dunk, a throwdown that delighted the crowd and would have earned a 50 from a panel of dunk-contest judges. But just when it appeared the Clippers might take off, Waiters scored four points and the Cavs went into the fourth down 77-68. Named the Eastern Conference's top rookie in February after averaging 15.8 points, Waiters came out hot. He made his first four shots and scored nine points in the first quarter, but spent the final 2:51 on the bench with two fouls. He had 11 points when he picked up his third personal and had to sit. The Clippers used a 10-run bridging the first and second quarters to open a 12-point lead they extended to 14 on Griffin's three-point play. Without Irving, and with Waiters in early foul trouble, the Cavs struggled on offense throughout much of the first half. Although Irving's knee has improved, the Cavs decided to rest him again. Cavs coach Byron Scott wanted his young star to be "close to 100 percent" before he returns. Courtesy of: thestate.com

Miami Heat - Memphis G. 98-91
LeBron James endured his worst shooting night of the season, and still delivered the biggest basket of the game. That's how things are going these days for the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 22 points and set up James for a critical 3-pointer in the final half-minute, and the Heat extended their winning streak to 13 games by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91 on Friday night. "I thought this was one of our better wins of the season," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It was tough. We had to work for everything. We had to find a different way to win, deal with frustration ... and then make some plays down the stretch." On a night when he shot just 4 for 14, James finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double, with 18 points and 10 assists. Shane Battier scored 14, Chris Bosh added 13 and Ray Allen had 10 for Miami, which snapped Memphis' eight-game winning streak. But down the stretch, James - who had 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in the fourth quarter alone - was simply too much to handle. "He made the big shot and that's all that matters," said Memphis' Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances), who led all scorers with 24. "He wasn't having the usual (numbers) he normally gets. I think we did a good job. He took a shot like he's supposed to and made it so kudos, move on." Gasol tied the game with a pair of free throws with 2:44 left, before the Heat scored the next five - and quickly - to build a bit of breathing room. Bosh had a three-point play, and Wade took off in transition for a slam that put Miami up 90-85. Memphis wasn't done. Gasol made two more free throws, then scored off a dribble-drive with 42.5 seconds left to get the Grizzlies within 90-89. But that was the last gasp. On the next Miami possession, James hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining, and the Heat made free throws from there to close out the win. "I've got confidence I'm going to knock it down, just like all the other ones I've missed," James said. "I had confidence in those too, but they just don't go down. That's how the ball goes sometimes. But I'm always confident in my next shot. D-Wade gave me a great pass and I was able to knock it down." The Grizzlies got 14 points from Zach Randolph, who said he was bothered throughout after turning his left ankle on the game's first possession. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) added 14 for Memphis, which got 10 from Quincy Pondexter. "I have no problem with the game," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "We were right there. They just made a few more plays than we did down the stretch." For the Heat, this week was filled with attention for things like pregame dunking exhibitions and their version of a "Harlem Shake" video - which generated more than 5 million views on YouTube in about 24 hours of being posted. Then came a basketball game, the likes of which had not been seen in the NBA for almost 20 years. According to STATS LLC, the most recent time before Friday that there was a game between two teams that were carrying at least 12- and eight-game winning streaks was Dec. 3, 1993, when Atlanta (which had won nine straight) beat Houston (which had won 15 straight). In fact, the Heat-Grizzlies game was just the eighth in NBA history pitting two teams with active winning streaks of at least eight in a row. Want more significance? Spoelstra and Hollins were announced earlier in the day as the Eastern and Western Conference coaches of the month, respectively. And news came just before tipoff that James was picked yet again as the East's player of the month, making him 4-for-4 in that department this season. "Just a residual of team success," Spoelstra said. Added Hollins: "I'm the head coach and I get the credit and I get the blame, but those guys have been playing extremely well ... coming together with all the turmoil and all the chaos that we've had." So of course, in a game between the NBA's two hottest teams, the start was ice cold. The teams combined to miss 23 of their first 32 shots. And for James, things were downright frigid. After the best shooting month of his career - the three-time MVP made 64 percent of his shots in February, the best month of any NBA player with 200 attempts since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shot 65 percent in March 1983 - James' run in March started in a decidedly different manner. James made a 3-pointer on his first attempt of the night, then missed his next eight tries, and had just four points after three quarters. A dunk with 9:19 left in regulation was just his second made field goal of the night, and he hit a runner midway through the fourth to reach double-digit scoring for the 475th straight regular-season game, going back to Jan. 6, 2007. "You won't see that happening too many times," Wade said. "It was great that on a night where he didn't have it going offensively, he had trust in his guys and didn't force up 20-odd shots. He played to pass and he still was aggressive. We'll take it. We'll take it, him getting those numbers and us getting the win." Courtesy of: kansascity.com

Boston C. - Golden St.W. 94-86
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) had 26 points, Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 14 of his 18 in the second half and the Boston Celtics overcame foul trouble and some erratic free throw shooting in a 94-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Golden State guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), coming off a 54-point performance Wednesday in a loss at New York, was held to 25 on 6-of-22 shooting. Kevin Garnett pulled down 13 rebounds as the Celtics improved to 3-3 since the All-Star break despite playing much of the second half without their starting backcourt. Point guard Avery Bradley went to the bench early in the third quarter with his fifth foul and Courtney Lee picked up his fourth late in the third. But the Celtics managed to pull ahead slowly in the fourth, taking a 13-point lead that was too much for the road-weary Warriors to overcome. Curry didn't come close to the jaw-dropping shooting performance that led to his career high for scoring Wednesday night. He was 18 of 28 from the field against the Knicks, including 11 for 13 on 3-pointers, but struggled Friday from everywhere other than the foul line. Curry went only 3 of 11 on 3s. He made all 10 of his foul shots, but only two came in the second half as the Celtics let him continue to miss shots rather than send him to the line again. David Lee had 10 points and 19 rebounds in his return from a one-game suspension for the Warriors, who outrebounded the Celtics 54-44. Harrison Barnes scored 16 and Klay Thompson added 15 for Golden State, which fell to 1-3 on a five-game road trip that concludes Saturday in Philadelphia. Golden State was able to keep it close most of the way by capitalizing on many Boston mistakes, including 9-of-16 free throw shooting in the first half. Courtesy of: gainesville.com

Orlando M. - Houston R. 110-118
James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 24 points and Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) and Carlos Delfino added 21 each as the Houston Rockets ended a two-game losing streak, outlasting the Orlando Magic 118-110. Spurs blow past Kings but lose Parker Donatas Motiejunas added 17 points and backup point guard Patrick Beverley contributed 13 points and six assists for Houston, which is trying to hold on to a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tobias Harris (6'8''-F-92, college: Tennessee), acquired at the trade deadline from the Milwaukee Bucks, led the Magic with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Arron Affalo added 19 points and Nik Vucevic had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando. The Magic led 100-98 after a Vucevic dunk with 5:11 left in the game, but went scoreless the next three minutes. Orlando committed nine turnovers in the fourth quarter, opening the door for a Rockets rally. Beverley started it with a 3-pointer, then Harden contributed six points and one assist on the next four possessions and the Rockets ran off to a 109-100 lead. Houston, which held only one opponent under 100 points in February, didn't seem inclined to change things in March. The Rockets gave the Magic space inside and outside all night and that is the only reason the game was close. The Rockets shot 55.9 percent for the first three periods of the game, including 12 of 25 from 3-point territory ... and still trailed to a team that has won four times in the last 11 weeks. The margin was only one point -- Orlando led 87-86 -- but even a little defensive pressure and Houston could have been comfortably in front. As has been their recent custom, the Rockets jumped off to a quick lead, but couldn't hold it. Houston hit its first five 3-point attempts of the game, including two each by Lin and Parsons in jumping out to a 17-6 advantage three minutes into the game. However, Orlando caught and passed the visitors by the end of the quarter as Nicholson and Harris consistently found opening in the lane. The two were a combined 6-for-9 from the field as Orlando shot 57.1 percent for the quarter and led 32-31. The Rockets had 11 3-pointers by halftime, but the Magic still had Nicholson and Harris (13 points each) banging away inside and Houston was only able to get a 64-61 halftime lead. Courtesy of: wptz.com

Washington W. - New York K. 88-96
Even if the New York Knicks were looking ahead to their game against the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) made sure his team still picked up a victory over the Washington Wizards along the way. Anthony scored 30 points, Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) added 23, J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and some strong defense allowed the Knicks to beat the Wizards 96-88 Friday night. Rookie Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) led the Wizards with a career-high 29 points, falling just short of giving the team its first 30-point performance this season. But after his 3-pointer with about 4 minutes left pulled Washington within 87-86, the Knicks held the Wizards without a field goal the rest of the way. Anthony's 3-pointer with under 2 minutes remaining gave the Knicks a 92-87 cushion, and they held on. The Knicks won their third game in a row following a season-worst, four-game losing streak, getting back in gear right in time to host LeBron James and reigning NBA champion Miami on Sunday afternoon. John Wall had 16 points, six assists and five turnovers for Washington, Trevor Ariza scored 15, and Emeka Okafor finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Wizards were held to 42 percent shooting. Thanks mainly to Smith, the Knicks closed the first half on a 9-0 run to lead 54-48 after two quarters. Smith made consecutive 3-pointers during that stretch - holding his thumb and index finger together and flashing a "3'' with his other fingers after the second bucket - then assisted on Anthony's layup. Anthony had a game-high 15 points at halftime, while Smith was at 10. Beal led the Wizards with 11 in the first half. Beal really got going in the third quarter, scoring 12 points, including a 5-foot floater that capped a 16-2 spurt that turned an 11-point deficit into a 72-69 lead for the host. The Wizards were up 77-73 at the start of the fourth quarter, but went cold. They missed seven field-goal attempts in a row over a 4-minute span and New York scored 10 straight points. In one key sequence that began with Washington leading 77-75, Beal missed a 3-point try at one end, allowing Jason Kidd to head the other way all alone. Wall gave chase and, just as Kidd tried to lay the ball in, the Wizards guard swiped his hand to block it. Goaltending was called, and Wall leaped in the air and punched a fist in anger, earning a technical, too. Anthony made the free throw to give New York a lead, and it never trailed again. While the Wizards were without forward-center Nene for the second consecutive game because of a sore right shoulder, the Knicks' starting lineup looked different, too: Kidd was replaced by little-used James White. Kidd started 48 of the other 49 games he appeared in this season for New York. He checked in for the first time Friday with 7 minutes, 5 seconds gone in the first quarter, taking the place of point guard Felton. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said before the game he made the move to get Kidd more chances "to run our team" with the second unit, rather than needing to share the ball with Felton on the first unit. Kidd had four points and five assists in 28 minutes; he went 0 for 4 on 3-point tries. Courtesy of: wralsportsfan.com

Toronto R. - Indiana P. 81-93
Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.)'s 22 points and 10 rebounds helped the Pacers pull away from the Raptors on Friday as Indiana downed Toronto 93-81. George led all scorers and helped the Pacers (37-22) recovered from a 99-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers the night before. Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) scored 18 and David West chipped in with 15 points. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) led Toronto (23-36) with 21 points and DeMar DeRozan had nine, while Alan Anderson added 14. The Raptors have lost three games in a row. They now start a four-game road trip. It was the first time in four meetings between the two clubs this season where the winning margin was more than two points. Already up 64-51 after three quarters, George had a pair of three-pointers during an 8-2 Pacers run to start the fourth. His second three-pointer with 9:56 remaining in the fourth put Indiana up by 19. Despite hitting just three field goals in the first quarter on 17 attempts for 17.6 percent shooting, Toronto only trailed 17-13 largely thanks to going seven of eight from the free throw line. It was an even second quarter that was punctuated with an emphatic right-handed DeRozan dunk to end the period. Indiana led 39-34 at half. The teams traded baskets early in the third quarter and just past the halfway mark of the third quarter, Hibbert and George each hit a pair of free throws to put Indiana up by 10. Toronto kept things close early in the third but Indiana quarter on an 11-4 run that George ended with another three-point shot. Courtesy of: thestarphoenix.com



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Best players of NBLCanada NBL Canada round 30 - by Eurobasket News

American Isaac Butts (208-C) had a very impressive game in the last round for Moncton M. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The -year old center had a double-double of 23 points and twenty rebounds, while his team beat Halifax R. (#5, 17-17) 99-84. Moncton M. is placed at 3rd position in NBLCanada NBL Canada. Moncton M. 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 19-20 record. Butts turned to be Moncton M.'s top player in his first season with the team. Appalachian State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Butts leads league in rebounds with 10.4rpg. Butts is in league's top in and averages solid 1.6bpg and 60.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old forward Kevin Loiselle (198-F) of Windsor Exp.. Loiselle impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Windsor Exp. to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Montreal J. (#8, 2-33) 115-73. Windsor Exp.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-18 record. Loiselle is a newcomer at Windsor Exp. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Tim Ellis (193-G-81) of top-ranked London L.. Ellis scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of London L., leading his team to a 100-95 win against the lower-ranked St.John M.R. (#6, 17-17). London L. confirms their top position in the standings Ellis has a very solid season. In 34 games in NBL he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 7.1rpg, 3.3apg and FGP: 55.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Robinson (198-F-89) of Summerside S. - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of St.John M.R. - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Victor Morris (185-PG-85) of Windsor Exp. - 20 points and 11 assists
7. DeAnthony Bowden (186-PG-80) of London L. - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Courtland Bluford (187-G-88) of Montreal J. - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Moncton M. - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. William Harris (201-F-87) of Oshawa P. - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Zags Wrap Up Sole Possession Of WCC Regular-Season Crown - by Eurobasket News

PROVO, Utah (AP) - No. 2 Gonzaga knew Brigham Young wouldn't be a pushover this time.

On Thursday night, the Cougars even threw a converted football player at Bulldogs star Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91).

Kelly Olynyk withstood the hit and Gonzaga withstood a furious rally for a 70-65 victory before a raucous crowd of 19,731.

Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points, Gary Bell Jr. hit four 3-pointers and Gonzaga won its 10th outright West Coast Conference title.

It certainly wasn't as easy as the 20-point win at the Kennel four weeks ago.

''There was a lot of clawing, scratching, pushing, shoving and that's what the score (shows),'' Kelly Olynyk said. ''That's what you live for and what we want to play like.

''This place was rocking and everyone was getting all excited, in the end it was a great game.''

The Bulldogs (28-2, 15-0 WCC) host Portland on Saturday and a win there could mean Gonzaga's first-ever No. 1 ranking.

''Our guys really want to finish up the conference really strong and go undefeated,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. ''This game was going to be hard for us whether we were ranked, 10th, 12th or 20th or whatever. We knew that when we looked at it on the schedule.''

Gonzaga led by 11 points with 10:51 left but BYU fought back.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Brock Zylstra, another by Craig Cusick and two free throws by Brandon Davies tied it at 60 with 4:18 remaining.

Kelly Olynyk hit a key jumper with 43 seconds remaining and Kevin Pangos made two free throws to give Gonzaga a little breathing room.

After Cusick was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free thows, BYU had one final chance with 6.6 seconds remaining and down three points. Gonzaga fouled Cusick before he could attempt a 3, and Elias Harris' free throws at the other end provided the final margin.

Tyler Haws, who was 0 for 9 in the first meeting, scored 19 points to lead BYU (20-10, 9-6).

Davies added 12 points and 11 rebounds in his final home game for the Cougars despite being plagued by foul trouble.

''It's crazy,'' said Davies, who returned after being thrown off the team two years ago for violating the school honor code just as BYU had climbed to No. 3 in the rankings. ''It didn't really hit me that this was my last home game until I was walking out with my family and my fellow seniors.''

Davies had two fouls in the first 2 1/2 minutes.

''That hurt us. You have to be smart,'' he said.

Kelly Olynyk was nearly perfect in the first game, going 9 of 9 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line for 26 points.

This time, he probably felt as if he were in a football game as it was rough-and-tumble from the start, with a Cougars football player - 6-foot-7 freshman Bronson Kaufusi - even called for an intentional foul on Kelly Olynyk as he drove the lane.

He finished 7 of 10 from the field despite battling Davies and Kaufusi inside.

Bell was the lone Gonzaga player to have any success from the perimeter.

Pangos was 1 of 12 from beyond the arc and the Bulldogs 6 of 30 overall from 3-point range.

''It was there zone,'' Few said of taking so many 3s. ''Their zone was very, very content on taking away (Kelly Olynyk) in the high post. They were really squeezing him there. They played so hard in their zone that it was tough to find any openings. We tried to attack it inside out, and those were good shots.

Pangos said he was trying to get BYU's D to respect him rather than packing it inside.

''If I had to do it over again, I'd take the same shots,'' he said.

''This just shows what this team is all about. We kept grinding for the whole 40 minutes and never let up, even through the ups and downs.''

Gonzaga held BYU to 36.5 percent shooting and had a marked advantage at the free throw line. The Bulldogs made 20 of 34 attempts, compared to 13 of 22 for BYU.

BYU's hopes of a seventh straight NCAA appearance may come down to winning the WCC tourney in Las Vegas. The Cougars also could see their streak of six consecutive 25-win seasons end.

At least the Cougars know they pushed Gonzaga to the limit.

''I knew it was going to be an incredible environment and I knew BYU was going to give us everything we could handle,'' Few said.

''They play unbelievably hard. They not only did that tonight, but they stepped up and made big shots. Give them a lot of credit for taking it down to the wire.''

Should Gonzaga ascend to the top spot, the question remains whether the Bulldogs would garner a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament - something they have never achieved.

Their only losses this season were to Butler and Illinois when both were ranked No. 13.

Provided they defeat Portland, they will have won 12 straight heading into the WCC tournament.

Do they deserve to be No. 1?

''I have no clue,'' Kelly Olynyk said. ''I haven't looked into it at all. If they vote us that, great for us. If not, we're still going to come out and play the next game.''
Courtesy of: http://www.gozags.com



Harris Leads Virginia Past No. 3 Duke, 73-68 - by Eurobasket News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Joe Harris (6'6''-G) had just scored a career-high 36 points, essentially half of his team's total in a 73-68 victory against No. 3 Duke, and the junior guard was talking about "a team effort" and how the Cavaliers played "sound defense."

Joe, was that the best performance of your basketball career?

"I guess you could say that," he finally allowed.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski wasn't quite as reluctant to heap on the praise.

"Harris was fantastic, which we knew he would be. He's just one of the best players in the country," Mike Krzyzewski said. "When you have a guy playing at that level ... it brings everybody up. You know you're playing with a stud."

Harris and Akil Mitchell, who had 19 points and 12 rebounds, combined for 55 of the Cavaliers' points as they celebrated the 11-year anniversary of their last victory over a top 5 team by doing it again on Thursday night.

When Virginia's 16th consecutive home victory was finished, fans stormed the court.

"It's just great," senior point guard Jontel Evans said. "They're the reason we go so hard when we're here. We feed off their energy. They've been great. They've just been unbelievable this year. I've never seen support like this."

Virginia (20-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat No. 3 Duke 87-84 11 years ago, their last top 5 victory.

This time, Duke never led.

"That's unbelievable right there, that they never led in the game," Evans said.

Joe Harris led all players with 36 points

Curry led Duke with 28 points, all but five coming after halftime, and Quinn Cook had 22, but the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-4) failed to slow down either Harris or Mitchell, whose dominating play kept a sellout crowd giddy all night.

Plumlee finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three turnovers and several times looked up to see Mitchell dunking over him.

Virginia outrebounded Duke 36-26, and held the Blue Devils to 39.6 percent shooting (21 of 53).

"It was a very, very physical game and we're not equipped to that type of game. We got knocked back," Mike Krzyzewski said.

In the second half, Harris and Mitchell scored Virginia's first 16 points as the Cavaliers built a 64-50 lead with 3:23 left before closing the victory at the free throw line.

Virginia led 28-23 at halftime. Curry hit a 3-pointer to start the second half but Mitchell responded with a 15-footer, Harris missed a 3-pointer over Plumlee, but went around him for the rebound and laid it in. As the Blue Devils were missing six consecutive shots, Mitchell hit two free throws, and when Rasheed Sulaimon fouled Harris in the act of shooting, he drew a technical foul for arguing. Harris made all four shots, finishing off a 10-0 burst that made it 38-26.

When Virginia added a 7-2 burst a short time later, the lead was 49-35 with 8:15 left Jnd John Paul Jones Arena was roaring.

The Blue Devils, who may have been looking ahead to a matchup with No. 5 Miami on Saturday, never got closer than nine points until the final minute, when Virginia made 3 of 4 free throws to hold on.

The victory was huge for the Cavaliers, who were in need of a marquee victory to enhance their NCAA tournament credentials. They got it with a fast start and a stifling defensive effort. And the Cavaliers did it despite making only three 3-pointers, more than four below their average, by pounding the ball inside. Virginia scored 34 points inside, Duke just 22.

With its first sellout since North Carolina visited last season, the Cavaliers quickly brought the crowd into the game by scoring the first nine points on their way to a 15-4 lead after 6 1/2 minutes.

The lead got to 18-6 on a three-point play by Harris before Duke settled down offensively.

Curry hit two free throws for his first points midway through the half, sparking a 15-4 burst for the Blue Devils that got them within 22-21 with 4:26 to play. Curry finished it with a 3-pointer, hit only field goal of the half. Duke's only points the rest of the half came on Plumlee's lone field goal of the half.

Jontel Evans steal and layup gave Virginia a 24-21 lead, and was Virginia's first field goal scored by anyone but Harris in more than 11 minutes. Baskets by Harris and Mitchell made it 28-23 at the half.
Courtesy of: http://www.virginiasports.com



Smith Jr., Thomas Propel No. 16 Ohio State Over Northwestern, 63-53 - by Eurobasket News

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Lenzelle Smith Jr. (6'4''-G) scored a season-high 24 points, Deshaun Thomas added 19 and No. 16 Ohio State used a late run to beat Northwestern 63-53 on Thursday night.

The Buckeyes (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten) moved one-half game ahead of Michigan and took sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten with another difficult win over a team that's given it fits in recent years.

This time, they led by 11 points early in the second half and regrouped after Northwestern took the lead, sending the Wildcats (13-16, 4-12) to their sixth straight loss and eighth in nine games.

Northwestern led by a point twice in the second half and was up 49-48 with about 4 minutes remaining. But Ohio State outscored the Wildcats 15-4 the rest of the way.

Thomas scored six points during that stretch, and the Buckeyes took advantage of three turnovers to come away with a tight win.

Smith scored 14 points in the first half and had five of Ohio State's 10 field goals, including four 3-pointers, as the Buckeyes grabbed a seven-point lead. He was 7 of 13 overall and hit 6 of 11 3s in the game, and the Buckeyes avoided another Big Ten upset after No. 1 Indiana lost to Minnesota and Penn State upset No. 4 Michigan this week.

They also took a step toward a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament. Securing one won't be easy with a trip to Indiana next week and home game against Illinois looming, but the Buckeyes did what they had to do in this one after squeezing by Northwestern two weeks earlier.

Tre Demps led Northwestern with 14 points. Dave Sobolewski (6'1''-PG) finished with 13 after scoring a total of 12 in the previous three games, but Northwestern came up short again.

The Wildcats have lost eight straight and 19 of 20 against Ohio State, but the lopsided record aside, recent games have been close - particularly at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

A year ago, the Buckeyes needed Jared Sullinger's banked turnaround with 3.1 seconds left to escape with a 75-73 win. In 2011, they were 22-0 and No. 1 in the nation, but they barely won, 58-57, with David Lighty making a late steal and Sullinger hitting a free throw.

The game at Value City Arena this season was anything but a breeze, with Northwestern in control most of the way before Ohio State put together a late 12-point run to pull out a 69-59 victory.

This one wasn't easy, either.

Ohio State was leading 33-22 early in the second half when Northwestern went on a 12-3 run, with Demps nailing a 3 and scoring on a backdoor layup and hitting two free throws to make it a two-point game with 15:32 remaining.

Northwestern took its first lead of the game midway through the second half when Kale Abrahamson hit a 3 to make it 41-40.

Thomas scored on a tip-in and Smith hit a 3 to make it 45-41, but the Wildcats hung in, tying it at 46 on Alex Olah's three-point play with 6:24 left.

After Thomas scored on a bank shot, Reggie Hearn buried a 3 for Northwestern, but Smith answered with one to put Ohio State on top 51-49.

Craft then stole the ball from Hearn before hitting a pull-up jumper for his first points of the game.

Smith stripped Demps, but Sam Thompson missed two free throws. Another turnover by Northwestern led to a layup by Thomas to make it 55-49, and Thomas scored again on a nice spin move with 1:24 left to get the lead back to six after Olah scored for Northwestern.
Courtesy of: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com



No. 24 Oregon Sweeps Civil War With 85-75 Triumph Over Oregon State - by Eurobasket News

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Carlos Emory scored 21 points and No. 24 Oregon completed the season sweep of the Civil War series with an 85-75 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
Arsalan Kazemi had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Tony Woods added 16 points, and Johnathan Loyd scored 12 points for the Ducks (23-6, 12-4 Pac-12), who took one-half game lead in the conference over idle UCLA.

The win was the fifth in six games for Oregon, which improved to 17-2 at Matthew Knight Arena this season to tie the school's season record for wins at home.

Oregon was down 51-46 near the midpoint of the second half before going on an 18-3 run to take a 64-54 lead with 8:59 to play.

Woods scored seven points during that stretch, and point guard Dominic Artis, who missed the previous nine games with a foot injury, gave the Ducks the lead for good with a 3-pointer that made it 55-52 at the 11:29 mark.

Roberto Nelson scored 31 points for the Beavers (13-16, 3-13), and Devon Collier (6'8''-F) added 14.

Nelson, the Pac-12's leading scorer in conference games, was unstoppable in the first half, scoring 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Nine points came in the final 4 minutes of the half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, as the Beavers overcame a 29-25 deficit to lead 41-34 at halftime.

But Oregon State cooled off in the second half and went through a 5:30 stretch without making a field goal and the Ducks took advantage with their game-changing run.

Oregon appeared to suffer a devastating loss with 6:37 left in the first half when starting freshman guard and second-leading scorer Damyean Dotson (6'5''-G) fell hard to the court on a drive and had to be carried to the locker room by teammates.

Damyean Dotson, who had 21 points against Oregon State in the first meeting this season, returned to the bench for the second half but didn't play.

Emory took Damyean Dotson's spot in the lineup to start the second half and scored 15 points in the second half. He finished 8 for 13 from the field.

The Ducks welcomed the return of Artis, who played for the first time since Jan. 23. The freshman played 12 minutes and finished with six points. His presence was especially critical in the second half when Loyd, who had started in place of Artis, picked up his fourth foul with 14:07 to play.

The Ducks shot 51 percent from the field - their best shooting performance in 10 games - and with just 10 turnovers, five less than their season average. The Beavers shot 47 percent from the field and outrebounded the Ducks 32-28. But they also committed 18 turnovers that Oregon turned into 23 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.goducks.com



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Forge enters 1,000 point club in overtime loss to SAU - by Eurobasket News

MAGNOLIA, Ark. Senior Kori Forge (6'0''-PG-90) scored a game-high 20 points in a 70-68 overtime loss to Southern Arkansas Thursday night on the road to give him a career total of 1,013 points, making him the 25th edition to the University of Arkansas at Monticello mens basketball 1,000 point club and the first to reach the milestone in the two-year history of the Great American Conference.

Forge had six points in the first half and hit a layup at the 15:45 mark of the second half to push him over the 1,000 point mark for his two-year career at UAM. He becomes just the third Boll Weevil to score 1,000 points in their only two seasons while wearing the green and white.

Southern Arkansas (10-15, 6-13 GAC) led for the entire game, with one exception - a three-pointer from Forge at the 2:24 mark of the first half to give UAM (16-9, 11-8 GAC) a 24-23 lead. SAU closed the first half on a 7-3 scoring run to take a three-point lead into the locker room at halftime.

UAM outscored SAU 32-29 in the second half, but was never able to force a tie score until the final 13 seconds, when junior Josh Gibson made one of two free throw attempts to knot the score at 59-all. SAU was called for an offensive foul on the other end, setting UAM up with a potential game-winning situation, but a missed three-pointer at the buzzer from Gibson sent the game into an extra period, UAMs second overtime game of the season.

The Muleriders scored the first six points in overtime, and stretched that lead to eight points on a pair of free-throws from Ricky Allen (5'10''-PG) with 1:18 remaining. UAM responded with a 7-0 scoring run in less than a minute to get to within one point with 14 seconds on the clock on a put-back dunk from junior Dayton Mickens.

Mickens fouled SAUs Tevin Worthy on the ensuing inbound pass, and Worthy finalized the scoring with one free-throw on the other end. UAM missed two layups and a three-pointer in the final eight seconds.

For the game, UAM shot 35 percent from the field (27-of-77), 26 percent on three-pointers (5-of-19) and 45 percent on foul shots (9-of-20). SAU shot 55 percent from the field (31-of-56), 29 percent on three-pointers (5-of-17) and 30 percent on foul shots (3-of-10).

In addition to Forges game-high 20 points, Mickens and junior Brandon Sims also reached double-digits with 12 points each. Mickens picked up his third double-double of the season with 10 rebounds. Senior A.J. Calhoun tied SAUs Tevin Worthy for the game-high in rebounds with 11.

SAU was led by Chris Davis with 14 points.

The Boll Weevils conclude the regular season on Saturday, March 2 on the road against Ouachita Baptist. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. at Bill Vining Arena in Arkadelphia, Ark.
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Bulldog Mens Basketball Garners Three All-SCIAC Selections, Brensdal Named Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News

University of Redlands senior forward Josiah Brensdal (Kent, WA) headlined the 2012-13 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) awards with his Player of the Year nod, while both senior guard Tristan Kirk (Redlands, CA) and junior forward Alex Rudd (6'4''-SG-89) (St. Louis, MO) collected First-Team accolades. With the selections, the U of R was the only SCIAC institution that earned multiple First-Team honorees.

While earning the inaugural All-SCIAC selection of his two-year career, Brensdal experienced a spectacular conference season en route to leading the Maroon and Gray to the SCIAC regular-season title as well as the postseason tournament crown. While averaging team-best marks of 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game during 16 conference games, he proved to be the go-to guy down the stretch on a number of occasions. Shooting at a 56.3% clip, which is the fourth-best mark in the SCIAC, Brensdal registered eight games of 15 points or more, highlighted by a season-best performance of 23 points on February 13 in the team's 79-56 triumph at Cal Lutheran University.

Capping off a remarkable SCIAC career with the Bulldogs, Kirk collects his third-consecutive All-SCIAC nod and his second First-Team honor. While ranking fifth in the conference with a 55.6% field-goal effort, he averaged 11.8 points per game and a team-best 4.6 assists per contest during conference action. With a total of 74 assists, Kirk led the SCIAC in this category. Proving to be an all-around versatile player, he also recorded a team-best 1.8 steals per contest in addition to nabbing 4.4 rebounds per game. In the final match-up of the regular season, Kirk led the Bulldogs to an exciting 76-64 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps while scoring 12 points, including some crucial buckets down the stretch to seal the win.

Garnering his first-ever All-SCIAC selection, Rudd burst onto the scene during his third campaign with the Maroon and Gray by registering a conference-best shooting mark of 54.2% from downtown against conference competition. While averaging 14.0 points, he made almost three shots from long range during each conference contest. Rudd tallied 20 points or more on three separate occasions, including a sensational effort against Whittier College on January 5 when he went 9-of-13 from the field and 6-for-9 from downtown for a team-high 24 points in a 93-79 win. In another pivotal SCIAC road-game against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on January 26, he registered a career-high 25 points in a 95-86 overtime triumph.

For a complete listing of the 2012-13 All-SCIAC teams, please visit http://thesciac.org/sports/mbkb/2012-13/releases/20130301jw2ime.

As a team, the Bulldogs posted a 15-1 record during the SCIAC regular season and are currently riding an 11-game winning streak.

Redlands (22-5, 15-1 SCIAC) looks forward to traveling to Spokane, WA, for Saturday's First-Round contest against Whitworth University in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championships. Tip-off on March 2 against the Pirates is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



No. 9 CUA hosts Staten Island Saturday in NCAA Tournament - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON - For the 14th time in school history, CUA will play in the NCAA Tournament, beginning Saturday evening when the Cardinals host the College of Staten Island in a 1st Round contest. CUA won its first Landmark Conference championship on February 23, thanks to a Shawn Holmes (5'11''-PG) jumper with three seconds remaining to lift the Cards past Juniata 63-62. CUA is making its first tournament appearance since 2007.

The Cardinals are a perfect 14-0 inside the DuFour Center this season. CUA is holding opponents to 56.4 points on 35.7% shooting from the field and 29.7% from three at home.

CUA leads the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68) and ranks 2nd in fewest turnovers per game (9.4). The Cardinals have committed single-digit TOs 16 times this season, including 10 of their last 11 games.

Three Cardinals were named to the All-Landmark Conference Teams on Tuesday, including Chris Kearney (6'7''-F), who became the first player to be named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Joining Kearney on the First Team was classmate Shawn Holmes, while sophomore Steve Limberiou received Second Team honors. Head Coach Steve Howes and his staff were named the Coaching Staff of the Year for the first time.

Freshman Kevin Phanord has given CUA a boost off the bench of late. The Florida native is averaging 12.7 minutes in his last three, hitting all nine of his free throws during that time. Phanord scored a season-high five points in last weekend's Landmark Conference championship against Juniata.

CUA is one of 15 Division III schools with its men's and women's teams in this year's NCAA Tournament. The 14 other schools are Calvin, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wheaton, Christopher Newport, Williams, Trinity (Texas), Whitworth, Emory, Amherst, Cabrini, Washington University, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Ithaca, and Rochester.

Riding a seven-game win streak, Staten Island arrives in Washington following an 80-74 victory over John Jay College in the CUNYAC/Con Edison championship on February 23. It marked the second straight conference title for the Dolphins.

Four CSI players average double figures, led by Bloochy Magloire (21.7) and Jon Chadwick-Myers (17.7). Javon Cox is the top rebounder at 9.2 per game, while Chadwick-Myers leads in assists (3.7). The Dolphins are playing only their 10th true road game this season, having posted a 6-3 record in the first nine.

CUA and Staten Island are meeting for only the third time ever Saturday evening, with the Cardinals having won both contests (1980, 1986).

The Cardinals and Dolphins will tip things off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Nepal Under 14 Basketball Championship concluded - by Dinesh Thapa

Nepal Under 14 National Basketball Championship concluded with Innovative School winning the Boy's title and Valley Public School winning the girls title. Innovative pulled off a 40-29 victory over Ideal Model School in the boys final while Valley Public thrashed Angels Heart 34-19 as Laxmi Chaudhary scored 10 points for the winners.

Ashish Basnet of Innovative was adjudged the most valuable player in the boys section while Laxmi Chaudhari of Valley Public was declared the most valuable player in the girls section of the championship. Altogether 15 teams had qualified for the final round of the tournament in the boys section while 24 school teams had participated in the girls section.



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2013 PBA Commissioners Cup Roundup: February 27-March 1, 2013 - by Enzo Flojo

Alaska continued to dominate even against, arguably, the most talented team in the PBA, while the Air21 Express remain mired at the bottom of the standings. The Gin Kings also had a breakthrough performance this past Wednesday, finally nailing win #1, while the Boosters won an ugly one for their fourth victory in five games.

A few days ago against the Air21 Express, Paul Lee produced easily his best game of the current conference. The Lee-thal Weapon registered 15 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 steal in 29 minutes of play. He could have easily put up a triple-double had he played at least 40 minutes. Boom. Meanwhile, Air21s Nio Caaleta was a picture of irony. He was awesome from beyond the arc, making 5 of his 6 trey attempts, but he was butt-awful from the two-point area. Caaleta missed ALL SEVEN two-point field goals in the game. Yikes.

The Painters win over the Express means they are gathering steam. This was ROS's third straight win, and though it was a little too close for comfort, the Painters will take it. Their next four assignments are tough -- Ginebra, Global Port, TNT, and then Petron. This winning run should give them enough momentum heading into those encounters, but a red flag was Bruno Sundov's subpar production -- just 3-of-9 from the field and only 5 rebounds in 27 minutes.

In Wednesdays second game, Mark Caguioa and Vernon Macklin combining for 44 points, 18 boards, 6 assists, and 4 steals as Ginebra finally won a game this conference. If this pair of pugs can continue to produce those numbers, then Alfrancis Chua's Gin Kings should have little trouble climbing the standings. On the other end of the floor, Barako Bull was uncharacteristically lackadaisical. One guy who struggled mightily was Jonas Villanueva, who had great production in each of his early games in the conference. After shooting 50% from the field in his first two games, his clip has sunk to just 32% in his last three. Heat-check time for the former FEU standout.

One big question after this big Ginebra win is this: is LA Tenorio's game back to its great form? Apart from his 19-point aberration against Petron last February 17, LA Tenorio has been having a miserable Commish Cup. In this game, however, he scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 6 dimes -- all above his current averages. Is this a sign of better things to come for Ginebra and for the Gilas playmaker?

Just yesterday, the Express were dealt another black eye after losing to the Petron Blaze Boosters. Renaldo Balkman made minced meat of the Air21 defense by putting up 25 points to go along with 13 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block. Phew. Whattaguy. It was an ugly game, though. Both teams combined for just 113 points. This was Petron's lowest winning score. EVER. Nevertheless, an ugly win (even one this ugly) is still a win.
One big concern for Air21 coach Franz Pumaren is who will save his Express? All of Air21's games this conference have been tight. Their lone win, which was against fellow cellar-dweller Ginebra, was decided by just four points. All their other games were lost by an average of only 4.3 points. The Express just cannot get over the proverbial hump. Who will save them from this vicious barrage of almost-but-not-quite?

In Fridays main game, Alaska used a big 14-1 blast to break the game open in the third canto and beat the Tropang Texters. Cyrus Baguio's great hanging-in-the-air shot against Keith Benson was the highlight of this pivotal run. The former UST Tiger led the Alaska locals with 17 markers, missing just 3 of his 11 attempts from the floor. Now, I honestly cannot remember the last time a Norman Black team was held to just two field goals and a grand total of five points in one quarter. I mean, isn't TNT composed chiefly of guys in the national pool? SMH.

Conclusion? These Aces are for real! 5-0 start to the conference? Beating the Philippine Cup champs by TWENTY-THREE points? Robert Dozier playing beyond expectations? Calvin Abueva not skipping a beat? Sonny Thoss playing super-efficient basketball? Shudder with fear.

Game Recaps:
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 99-97

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters edged the Air 21 Express in a thrilling shootout, 99-97, Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

It was the third straight victory for Rain or Shine, which needed one last defensive stop to deal hardluck Air 21 its third straight defeat.

The Elasto Painters led by just a single point, 98-97, after Ryan Araa and Wynne Arboleda exchanged three-pointers with under a minute left in the game. Rain or Shine center JR Quiahan went to the free throw line in the next possession and split his charities, giving the Express one last shot to tie or win the match.

Arboleda missed a wide open corner three-pointer in the next play, but the Express were awarded get possession after the rebound was tapped out. Air 21 drew up a play for import Michael Dunigan in the paint, but was foiled by tight defending by the Elasto Painters.

Rain or Shine won despite missing import Bruno Sundov for most of the second half due to foul trouble. The 7-foot-3 Croatian picked up his fourth and fifth fouls in quick succession with still less than nine minutes left in the third quarter, and fouled out of the game late in the fourth period.

We kept on fighting back even when the import wasnt helping us throughout the game. This is a big lesson for him. He just has to play a little smarter, keeping away from those fouls, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

Sundov played just 27 minutes, but managed to score 17 points. Paul Lee took over the cudgels for the Elasto Painters, posting 15 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in his finest game of the conference, while Araa added 11 points.

Dunigan led all scorers with 22 points.

Rain or Shine improved its win-loss record to 3-1, while Air 21s mark fell to 1-3.

ROS 99- Sundov 17, Lee 15, Arana 11, Quinahan 9, Norwood 8, Rodriguez 8, Matias 7, Cruz 6, Uyloan 5, Belga 5, Tiu 4, Ibanes 4.
AIR 97- Dunigan 22, Canaleta 18, Isip 14, Cortez 14, Wilson 11, Arboleda 9, Atkins 4, Reyes 3, Omolon 1, Ritualo 1, Sena 0, Baclao 0, Custodio 0.
QS: 26-20; 43-41; 74-72; 99-97


BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLA, 93-72

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel finally won its first game in the Commissioners Cup, and the Gin Kings did it in style, blowing out Barako Bull, 93-72, Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Reigning Most Valuable Player Mark Caguioa continued his stellar play with 23 points and four steals for Ginebra, which took a 13-point halftime lead before taking the fight out of Barako Bull in the third quarter.

Import Vernon Macklin, playing in his second game for the Gin Kings, added 21 points for the Gin Kings, who looked more visibly energized after losing their first four games in the conference.

Ginebra led by as much as 28 points in the fourth quarter, as its suffocating defense held the dangerous Barako Bull to just 46 points through three quarters.

It was the first victory of coach Alfrancis Chua at the helm of Ginebra.

Evan Brock and Josh Urbiztondo led the Energy Colas with 16 points apiece. Barako Bull suffered its second loss in five assignments, dropping to fourth place in the standings.

GIN 93- Caguioa 23, Macklin 21, Baracael 14, Tenorio 10, Ellis 9, Raymundo 4, Taha 3, Labagala 2, Espiritu 2, Mamaril 2, Helterbrand 2, Maierhofer 1, Hatfield 0.
BAR 72- Brock 16, Urbiztondo 16, Maliksi 10, Pennisi 8, Seigle 6, Kramer 4, Allado 4, Intal 3, Macapagal 3, Duncil 2, Weinstein 0, Anthony 0, Villanueva 0.
QS: 21-11, 39-26, 66-46, 93-72

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 60-53

Petron Blaze survived Air 21 in an ugly game, 60-53, Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum to continue its streak in the PBA Commissioners Cup.

It was the fourth straight win for the Boosters, who needed a spark from energy players Renaldo Balkman and Ronald Tubid to make up for their subpar showing in several portions in the second half.

Despite struggling offensively, the Boosters got a big lift from their defense.

They held the Express to only seven points in the second quarter. Over that stretch, Air 21 also committed to 11 turnovers, allowing the Boosters to take a 34-24 lead at the turn.

In the third period, it was the Boosters turn to struggle offensively, scoring only seven points to give the Express a chance to come back.

By the end of the third quarter, the score was tied at 41-apiece. But Balkman scored the first six points of the final period, and Tubid continued to hustle and frustrate the guards of the Express to allow the Boosters to keep their streak going.

The 60 points scored by Petron is the lowest winning score by any team since Sta. Lucia scored 54 points in a victory over Purefoods on May 22, 2005.

It was also the lowest winning output for Petron in franchise history.

PET 60- Balkman 25, Santos 11, Lassiter 7, Tubid 7, Miranda 6, Lanete 4, Fajardo 0, Yeo 0, Washington 0, Pena 0.
AIR 53- Dunigan 15, Custodio 8, Canaleta 8, Cortez 7, Isip 6, Wilson 5, Omolon 2, Arboleda 2, Atkins 0, Sena 0, Baclao 0, Menor 0.
QS: 18-17, 34-24, 41-41, 60-53


ALASKA ACES over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 92-69

Coming into its matchup against Alaska, Talk N Text was the No. 1 defensive team in the Commissioners Cup.

On Friday, the Aces gave the Tropang Texters a dose of their own medicine on the way to a 92-69 beatdown at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Alaska held Talk N Text to miserable 2-of-21 shooting (9.5 percent) in the third quarter to break the game wide open for the surprisingly easy victory.

Cyrus Baguio finished with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field to provide the scoring spunk for the Aces locals, but it was the team defensive effort that did the magic for Alaska.

They held the Tropang Texters to just five points in the third period while unloading 28 points.

Baguios five straight points, capped by a three-point play off a hangtime move over Talk N Text import Keith Benson, touched off a 14-1 run that gave Alaska a 59-40 lead in the third period.

But for coach Luigi Trillo, stopping Talk N Texts guards Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro as well as containing Benson was the key.

We took Benson out of his flow. Alapag and Castro, those two give the team life, but we played a little bit of good defense, then theyre missing open shots as well. We did a good job playing on both ends of the floor, said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, whose team raced to its best start in a tournament since 1998.

ALA 92- Dozier 23, Baguio 17, Abueva 10, Casio 10, Hontiveros 10, Ramos 9, Dela Cruz 5, Jazul 2, Eman 2, Espinas 2, Thoss 2, Reyes 0, Baracael 0.
TNT 69- Benson 27, Castro 11, Al-Hussaini 6, Reyes 6, Williams 5, Alapag 5, De Ocampo 4, Carey 4, Fonacier 1, Raymundo 0, Gamalinda 0, Dillinger 0, Aban 0.
QS: 22-13, 45-39, 73-44, 92-69

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble)



Beermen goes for a back-to-back against Dragons - by Aris Ignacio

The San Miguel Beermen, ailing and short-handed, tries to goes for back-to-back wins against the Westsports KL Dragons in the ongoing ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) tournament at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City in the Philippines on March 2.

The Beermen, current holding a 4-3 win-loss record and second place in the tournament, will have their hands full against the 4th place Dragons (4-4). In the first encounter between the two teams, the Dragons behind the combined 51-point effort from reinforcements Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) and Justin Melton (180-G-86, college: Mount Olive), defeated the Beermen, 82-76. San Miguel will be without leading scorer Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) who was suspended by one game due to an elbow planted to Desmond Wei Jie Oh (176-F-86) Ho in the Beermen's win over the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers, 66-55, last February 23. Also, the Beermen will be missing the services of stalwart Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior) due to a fractured nose. In his place, the team activated reserve Hans Thiele (196-F-84) to fill-in the Beermen's roster.

Matthew Rogers (211-C-87, college: SW Baptist), a reinforcement stand-in for import Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) who is currently nursing a knee injury, will be heavily relied by the Beermen including top local Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) and center Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii).



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Atleticos sign Charles Garcia: - by Luis Modestti (T)


Atleticos de San German signed forward Charles Garcia (206-F-88, college: Seattle) as their second import for this season. Garcia played this year in Spain for Fuenlabrada.

Garcia has a Belizean passport, so he can play as a Latin-American import. He also has experience in Turkey and the NBA D-League.

This season in Fuenlabrada he averaged 5,7 points and 3,6 rebounds in 15 games. He left the team in January.

San German also has Gary Forbes as an import. He is currently playing in China with Guangsha.

The team is expected to announce a center soon. They start to practice on Monday.



BSN season key dates set: - by Luis Modestti


BSN announced the key dates in the schedule for the 2013 season.

The regular season starts on March 31 with ten teams. Each team will play 36 games which is the longest schedule in some time.

The top eight teams qualify for the quarterfinals on June 25. The matchups are 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs 5. The semifinals begin on July 8 and the finals on July 20. All series are a best of seven.



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EuroLeague: CSKA rally past ALBA in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - ALBA 80:65

CSKA bounced back from the loss in the previous round of EuroLeague Top 16 to knock down Alba in the Russian capital. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) provided 20 points to lead the winners as they improved at 6-3 record in Group E. Alba fell at 1-8 record after the defeat.
Alba jumped to a 7:3 lead early in the game and maintained it for some time. However CSKA capped the first period with five points in a row to take a 20:16 lead. CSKA opened the second quarter on a 12:0 run to build a 32:16 advantage. The hosts kept Alba at bay throughout the rest of the half posting a 44:33 lead at the interval. Foster and Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) dragged Alba within 7 points midway through the third term 50:57. CSKA were able to enter the fourth frame up by 9 points 63:54. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Papaloukas gave the hosts an 11-point cushion early in the fourth period. But DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) and Byars answered with back-to-back three-pointers as Alba trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark 65:70. Nenad Krstic scored four straight points to trigger a 10:0 run from the hosts that closed the game. Sonny Weems and Votontsevich delivered 10 points each for the winners. DaShaun Wood answered with 11 points for Alba. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin), Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Nihad Djedovic added 10 points apiece in the loss.

CSKA: Nenad Krstic 20, Sonny Weems 10, Andrey Vorontsevich (207-C-87) 10
Alba: DaShaun Wood 11, Zach Morley 10, Deon Thompson 10, Nihad Djedovic 10



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Playoffs Set for Weekend - by Eurobasket News

This season's national basketball league playoffs are set to start this weekend with four games to be played on Saturday and Sunday at Kimisagara Youth Centre, Rwanda Basketball Federation Secretary General has confirmed.
The regular season ended on Sunday with champions Espoir extending their unbeaten run to 16 games all season and will go into the playoffs as firm favourites against Kigali Basketball Club.
Two former winners APR and Circle Sportif de Kigali face off in the other semi-final and the winner will play either Espoir and KBC in the best of five final.
Espoir become the first team to win the regular season league title with an unbeaten record; they finished with 32 points, while APR came second with 29 points. CSK were third and KBC fourth.
On Sunday, Espoir beat Kigali Basketball Club 65-35, but the latter regrouped to thrash National University of Rwanda 65-29 in their second game of the day. Kigali Institute of Education lost at home to Rusizi 45-57 to finish the season bottom of the nine-team table standing.
Also on Sunday, APR beat National University of Rwanda and Rusizi 88-51 and 56-54, respectively, to secure the second place.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Valga strengthen their roster with Edi Sinadinovic - by Tamara Ruzic

Estonian BC Valga inked 24-year old Serbian combo guard Edi Sinadinovic (193-PG-88). He played recently at HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar in Bosnian League. Sinadinovic managed to play 12 games and averaged : 34.4 min, 17.3 pts, 3.9 reb, 5.2 ass and 1,3 st. He was nominated several times for the best point guard in Bosnian Championship and he took the second place on MVP list on half of the season.
Sinadinovic also played for Zdravlje Leskovac and KK Masinac Krajlevo (A) from Serbia,BC CSKA Interlogic Sophia (Bulgaria-NBL) MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje (FYR Macedonia), Ovce Pole Sveti Nikole (FYR Macedonia),AEK/Argous (Greece-A2, starting five): Jolly Jadranska Banka Sibenik (Croatia-A1):AEK/Argous (Greece-A2)



Eagles welcome back Latinovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

White Eagles Stockholm (Basketligan) inked 24-year old Serbian guard Momcilo Latinovic (198-89, college: N.Mexico Highlands). It is actually his comeback to White Eagles as he played here before. Latinovic played recently at KFI in Icelandic Dominos League. In 5 D1 games he averaged impressive 21.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4spg this season. He also played at White Eagles (Basketettan) earlier that season. In 6 games he had 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.0spg. Latinovic also spent pre-season at Boras Basket earlier that year. He was selected to All-RMAC 2nd Team in 2012.
Latinovic has played also professionally in Serbia (KK Beovuk 72 Beograd).
He attended N.Mexico Highlands University until 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Second defeat for Seychelles, play Zambia in semis - by Eurobasket News

With a second defeat in three games, the Seychelles mens basketball team have finished third in the four-team standings of the ongoing zone 6 qualifiers for the 27th mens African Basketball Nations Championship (AfroBasket) 2013.
On Wednesday night in Maputo, Seychelles lost by a 32-point margin 39-71 against hosts Mozambique to finish the league phase with just one win and two defeats in three games.
The teams only win came against Botswana on a 71-68 score in their second game after they were beaten 52-76 by Zambia in their opening game on Monday.
In todays semifinal, Seychelles will be looking to avenge the league loss to Zambia to earn a place in tomorrows final.
Zambia finished second in the standings after thumping winless Botswana 86-40 in their third match on Wednesday.
Todays other semifinal is between group winners Mozambique and Botswana, whom they pummeled 105-19 on the opening day of the tournament.
The two losing semifinalists will meet in the third place play-off match tomorrow and the final between the winners of the two last-four encounters is also scheduled for tomorrow.

The winners of the tournament will qualify for the Afro-Basket 2013 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from August 20-31.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Robert Skibniewski has signed with Inter - by Michal Duchovic

Three days ago we informed you, that BK Inter Bratislava is close to signing Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83)i. Now it is official, yesterday on the last day of transfer window they signed him. Skibniewski is a very experienced player, he started in Euroleague, ULEB Cup and hes a member of Polish National Team. The 29-years old point guard has a very high basketball IQ, he is a three times winner of Polish Cup, also three times he participated in Polish All-Stars Game and several times he was included between the best polish players of the season. This season he started in AZS Koszalin. In 19 games he recorded 7.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg this season. In february they decided to split their ways.


Meznaric in Slovakia! - by Michal Duchovic

Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) agreed terms with Slovakian champion BC Prievidza till the end of season. Meznaric played so far in Croatian A1 League for KK Vrijednosnice Darda II Osijek , averaging 12.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4 spg. This was his 6h season in Darda, before that was member of Osijek. In his new team will work under Croatian coach Krunoslav Krajnovic , well known name in Slovakian basketball. He is also a two times Croatian A2 League East Group Champion.


Nitra inks former NBA player David Noel - by Michal Duchovic

BK Edymax SPU Nitra has closed their roster with a huge name. David Noel (199-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) has came to win the championship for BK Edymax SPU Nitra after four years. Noel has a very interesting career behind him. He started on University of South Carolina, with them he won the whole NCAA Tournament in 2005. After finishing the university he was picked to NBA by Milwaukee Bucks. In Milwaukee he played in 68 games with 2.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.0apg. After that he was playing two years in D-League, where he was named in 2009 in All-D-League Honorable Mention. For the last four seasons David was playing in France the Pro A League. He switched three clubs, experienced Eurochallenge and learned the european style of play. This season he signed with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral. After 26 games with 5.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game he decided to split their ways with the club. Noel will probably play first match at home against Levice.


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Edo Muric sidelined with thumb injury - by Eurobasket News

Krka suffered a setback as one of their key players would have to sit out with injury. Edo Muric (202-F-91) broke thumb on his left foot and would have to stay out of action for at least three weeks. He will therefore miss the reminder of the Adriatic League season. Edo Muric tallied 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in EuroChallenge this season. He also delivered 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Adriatic League.


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

24-year old forward Juan Pattillo (201-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Anyang KGC and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Sonic Boom KT (#7, 19-28) 75-67. Anyang KGC maintains the 4th position in South Korean league. Anyang KGC 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 25-22 record. Pattillo turned to be Anyang KGC's top player in his first season with the team. Western Kentucky University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pattillo is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Leon Williams (203-F/C-86) of Goyang Orions. He is Belizean-American forward in his first season at Goyang Orions. In the last game Williams recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 20 rebounds. Of course he lead Goyang Orions to another comfortable win 84-65 over the lower-ranked KCC Egis (#10, 12-34) being unquestionably team leader. Goyang Orions' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 22-24 record. Williams is a newcomer at Goyang Orions and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.4ppg (#5). He also registered 11.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Eric Sandrin (206-C/F-78) of Dongbu Promy (#6). Sandrin showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Dongbu Promy, leading his team to a 104-76 easy win against the lower-ranked LG Sakers (#9, 17-29). The chances of Dongbu Promy ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 28 games, recording just nineteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sandrin could help Dongbu Promy to bring them higher in the standings. Sandrin has a very solid season. In 47 games in South Korea he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 7.3rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 55.9%. Eric Sandrin has also South Korean passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jasper Johnson (203-F-83) of Sonic Boom KT - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dong-Uk Kim (194-F-81) of Goyang Orions - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of SK Knights - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tae-Sool Kim (180-PG-84) of Anyang KGC - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Carlos Powell (199-F-83) of ET Land - 21 points and 5 rebounds
9. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of SK Knights - 16 points and 10 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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EuroLeague: Zalgiris Kaunas upset Unicaja in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga - Zalgiris Kaunas 67:83

Zalgiris Kaunas upset Unicaja in Malaga for 4-5 record in Group F. The Lithuanian team tied both records after a road 83:67 win.
Unicaja started with 19-16 lead in the first period but failed to win the first half. The Lithuanian squad bounced back with 22-12 and grabbed 38:31 halftime advantage. It was again the home side to win the third period 15-11 and to reduce to the minimum. Zalgiris Kaunas however erupted with 24-11 and took the important win.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) poured in 15 points and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) added 14. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) followed them with 9 points, whilst Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) notched 8 each. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 13 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) posted 12. Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) ended up with 9 and Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) delivered 8.

Unicaja Malaga: Krunoslav Simon 13, Luka Zoric 12, Sergi Vidal 9, Fran Vazquez 8
Zalgiris Kaunas: Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15, Oliver Lafayette 14, Tremmell Darden 9, Marko Popovic 8, Ksistof Lavrinovic 8



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Eagles welcome back Latinovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

White Eagles Stockholm (Basketligan) inked 24-year old Serbian guard Momcilo Latinovic (198-89, college: N.Mexico Highlands). It is actually his comeback to White Eagles as he played here before. Latinovic played recently at KFI in Icelandic Dominos League. In 5 D1 games he averaged impressive 21.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4spg this season. He also played at White Eagles (Basketettan) earlier that season. In 6 games he had 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.0spg. Latinovic also spent pre-season at Boras Basket earlier that year. He was selected to All-RMAC 2nd Team in 2012.
Latinovic has played also professionally in Serbia (KK Beovuk 72 Beograd).
He attended N.Mexico Highlands University until 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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LNA Round 20: No surprise as #1 Fribourg defeats Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News

LNA top team - Fribourg (17-3) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Neuchatel (10-10) 73-58. Neuchatel was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Darrius Garrett (205-90, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fribourg maintains first position with 17-3 record. Newly promoted Neuchatel keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Fribourg are looking forward to face SAM Massagno (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neuchatel will play against BBC Nyon (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Nyon supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Geneve Lions (15-4) played at the court of 8th ranked BBC Nyon (4-16). Geneve Lions smashed BBC Nyon 108-83. The winners were led by Croatian power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) who scored that evening 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and Tony Brown supported him with 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) by American forward Justin Rutty (200-89, college: Quinnipiac) did not help to save the game for BBC Nyon. BBC Nyon's coach Rodrigue M'Baye gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Geneve Lions have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-4 record having just three points less than leader Fribourg. BBC Nyon at the other side keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with SAM Massagno. Geneve Lions will play against Lugano Tigers (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BBC Nyon will play against Neuchatel (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 20 Starwings lost to Monthey on the opponent's court 65-81. Lugano Tigers managed to outperform SAM Massagno in a home game 89-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 9 rebounds by Jonathan Dubas of Monthey.


Monthey - Starwings 81-65

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Starwings (6-14) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Monthey (11-9) 81-65. The game without a history. Monthey led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Monthey forced 19 Starwings turnovers. Starwings were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by international Jonathan Dubas (202-91) who scored that evening 26 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Cedric Mafuta (192-84) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by American power forward Justin Dobbins (203-87, college: E.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Starwings. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Monthey maintains fourth position with 11-9 record. Starwings at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost. Monthey will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Starwings will play on the road against Boncourt (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monthey: J.Dubas 26+9reb+3ast, C.Mafuta 16+6reb, H.Laroche 12+6ast, B.Djurasovic 10+4reb+2ast, A.Hodzic 9+4reb+1ast, B.Savoy 6+1reb+1ast
Starwings: J.Dobbins 21+10reb, B.Jenkins 12+5ast, T.McCrory 12+2reb+2ast, J.Burrows 12+9reb+4ast, J.Rahier 8+2reb+3ast, R.Guettinger 0+1reb
gschID: 233305


Fribourg - Neuchatel 73-58

LNA top team - Fribourg (17-3) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Neuchatel (10-10) 73-58. Neuchatel was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Darrius Garrett (205-90, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Fribourg players scored in double figures. Naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and American power forward Thomas Coleman (205-88, college: N.Carolina A&T) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fribourg maintains first position with 17-3 record. Newly promoted Neuchatel keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Fribourg are looking forward to face SAM Massagno (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neuchatel will play against BBC Nyon (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: D.Garrett 18+11reb+1ast, E.Draughan 12+5reb+6ast, R.Kovac 12+3reb, J.Almanson 11+4reb, A.Reid 10+4reb+3ast, J.Kazadi 10+3reb+6ast
Neuchatel: J.Aw 19+14reb+1ast, T.Coleman 15+9reb+2ast, R.Reese 8+2reb+1ast, T.Quidome 8+2reb+3ast, S.Louissaint 4+2reb, Q.Day 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 233304


BBC Nyon - Geneve Lions 83-108

The game in Nyon supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Geneve Lions (15-4) played at the court of 8th ranked BBC Nyon (4-16). Geneve Lions smashed BBC Nyon 108-83. The game without a history. Geneve Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. Geneve Lions shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 68.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by BBC Nyon's players. The winners were led by Croatian power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) who scored that evening 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) supported him with 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) by American forward Justin Rutty (200-89, college: Quinnipiac) did not help to save the game for BBC Nyon. His fellow American import swingman Marvin Owens (196-86, college: Northwood) added 26 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. BBC Nyon's coach Rodrigue M'Baye gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Geneve Lions have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-4 record having just three points less than leader Fribourg. BBC Nyon at the other side keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with SAM Massagno. Geneve Lions will play against Lugano Tigers (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BBC Nyon will play against Neuchatel (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: T.Brown 23+3reb+3ast, O.Vogt 19+5reb+3ast, A.Stimac 18+6reb+9ast, V.Buscaglia 12+5reb+5ast, K.Parker 11+4reb+7ast, M.Maruotto 8+1reb
BBC Nyon: M.Owens 26+2reb+2ast, J.Rutty 25+9reb+1ast, K.Bradley 11+1reb+1ast, J.Volcy 7+5reb+10ast, S.Zivkovic 6+1reb, G.Lanisse 3+4reb
gschID: 233307


Lugano Tigers - SAM Massagno 89-85

Very predictable result when third ranked Lugano Tigers (12-8) defeated at home 9th ranked SAM Massagno (4-16) 89-85. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Lugano Tigers made 37-of-42 charity shots (88.1 percent) during the game, while SAM Massagno only scored fourteen points from the stripe. SAM Massagno was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Serbian guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 21 points and 7 assists. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) did not help to save the game for SAM Massagno. His fellow American import point guard Jamelle Barrett (180-88) added 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Five Lugano Tigers and four SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. SAM Massagno's coach Robbi Gubitosa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lugano Tigers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 12-8 record having five points less than leader Fribourg. SAM Massagno at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with BBC Nyon. Lugano Tigers will play against league's second-placed Geneve Lions on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SAM Massagno will play against the league's leader Fribourg (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: K.Barber 24+9reb+2ast, B.Milisavljevic 21+2reb+7ast, W.Molteni 16+10reb, D.Fergerson 13+5reb+2ast, M.Bavcevic 11+1ast, G.Lo Leggio 2+1reb
SAM Massagno: C.Chapman 21+8reb+1ast, T.Freeman 21+4reb+1ast, J.Barrett 21+2reb+5ast, P.Campbell 12+8reb+3ast, T.Murati 4+1reb+1ast, M.Mladjan 4+3reb+1ast
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SBL Round 36: Pure Youth beats Taiwan Mobile in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in SBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

An exciting game was when first ranked First ranked Pure Youth faced second-best Taiwan Mobile. Pure Youth (25-3) defeated Taiwan Mobile (15-12) 86-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Taiwan Mobile. Pure Youth trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 50-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pure Youth dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Taiwan Mobile's 34. They outrebounded Taiwan Mobile 42-29 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Pure Youth looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane, agency: Elite Talent Exchange) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 20 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Wen-Cheng Tsai (190-85) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Tai-Hao Wu (203-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pure Youth have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Taiwan Mobile at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Pure Youth are looking forward to face Dacin Tigers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Taiwan Mobile will play against Taiwan Beer and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.

In the last game of round 36 bottom-ranked Taiwan Beer was defeated by Bank of Taiwan 90-82.


Taiwan Mobile - Pure Youth 72-86

An exciting game was when first ranked First ranked Pure Youth faced second-best Taiwan Mobile. Pure Youth (25-3) defeated Taiwan Mobile (15-12) 86-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Taiwan Mobile. Pure Youth trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 50-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pure Youth dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Taiwan Mobile's 34. They outrebounded Taiwan Mobile 42-29 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Pure Youth looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane, agency: Elite Talent Exchange) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 20 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Wen-Cheng Tsai (190-85) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Tai-Hao Wu (203-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and Belizean-American power forward Noel Felix (205-81, college: Fresno St.) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pure Youth have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Taiwan Mobile at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Pure Youth are looking forward to face Dacin Tigers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Taiwan Mobile will play against Taiwan Beer and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: Q.Davis 29+20reb+3ast, W.Tsai 14+6reb+6ast, D.Creighton 10+3reb+3ast, C.Ke 9+1reb+6ast, S.Chen 7+3reb+1ast, C.Lin 7+3reb+2ast
Taiwan Mobile: T.Wu 17+7reb+2ast, S.Ho 14+2reb+1ast, S.Liu 11+1reb+2ast, J.Cheng 9+1reb+3ast, N.Felix 8+8reb+5ast, Y.Wu 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 230337


Bank of Taiwan - Taiwan Beer 90-82

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Taiwan Beer (8-19) was defeated by fifth ranked Bank of Taiwan (10-17) 90-82 on Friday. Bank of Taiwan made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Bank of Taiwan outrebounded Taiwan Beer 44-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Joseph Taylor (205-85, college: Wyoming, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international forward Shun-Hsiang Chen (190-85) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American center Byron Allen (203-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: SDJ Sports) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Yu-Ming Yang (180-79) added 17 points respectively. Four Taiwan Beer players scored in double figures. Taiwan Beer's coach Jia-Fa Liu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bank of Taiwan maintains fifth position with 10-17 record. Taiwan Beer lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Bank of Taiwan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Taiwan Beer will play against the league's second-placed Taiwan Mobile (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Bank of Taiwan: J.Taylor 24+16reb+2ast, P.Chang 22+3reb+1ast, S.Chen 19+5reb+6ast, K.Chen 9+4reb+1ast, N.Wang 6+1ast, X.Hao Zheng 6+3reb
Taiwan Beer: B.Allen 23+8reb+2ast, Y.Yang 17+3reb+1ast, G.Lai 10+5ast, C.Wang 10+4reb, T.Zuo 8+1ast, J.Huang 8+4reb
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ASEAN League: Slammers extinguish Heat in Vietnam - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Thailand Slammers 58:76

The Thailand Slammers registered the third victory in the ASEAN League season. They upset the Saigon Heat on the road to improve at 3-6 record. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) delivered 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the visitors.
The Slammers surged ahead in the opening quarter. They registered a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The gap grew wider in the second frame. The Slammers piled up a 40:32 halftime advantage. The Heat were unable to turn things around after the big break. The Slammers limited the home team to 13 points in the third quarter and accumulated an 11-point lead into the fourth term. The Slammers went on a 20:13 rally in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Wutipong Dasom and Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) chipped in 16 points apiece for the winners. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) answered with 34 points and 7 boards for the Heat. Phillip Aaron Morrison chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Dior Lowhorn 34, Phillip Aaron Morrison 7
Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 22, Wutipong Dasom 16, Froilan Baguion 16+12 assists



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos prevail against Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Anadolu Efes 75:62

Panathinaikos celebrated the sixth victory in the EuroLeague Top 16 campaign. They knocked down Anadolu Efes in Athens to share the third/fourth position in Group E with CSKA. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) delivered 13 points each to lead the Greek side.
Anadolu Efes looked determined and confident in the opening quarter. The Turkish side grabbed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. However Panathinaikos quickly denied the deficit. The Hellenes stiffened defensively and levelled things up at 38 at the interval. Panathinaikos stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. Roko-Leni Ukic and Dimitris Diamantidis gave the hosts a 56:48 lead midway through the period. Panathinaikos entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 56:51. The visitors opened the final frame with five points in a row to deny the deficit. However Panathinaikos answered with a stunning 16:0 run to clear off for good. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) and Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) produced 11 points each for the home team. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) answered with game-high 21 points for Anadolu Efes. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) netted 10 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Roko-Leni Ukic 13, Dimitris Diamantidis 13, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 11, Michael Bramos 11
Anadolu Efes: Dusko Savanovic 21, Jordan Farmar 10



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Tony Aska Jr. scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds as the Bluejackets ousted two-time defending state champion and No. 1 Forgan - by David Edole

Coyles 6-6 center Tony Aska Jr. scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds as the Bluejackets ousted two-time defending state champion and No. 1 Forgan, 65-57, Thursday night at State Fair Arena.

Aska, who was 8 of 10 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free throw line, also had six blocks in the game. Aska said Coyles victory was no upset.

We came in here to win and thats what we did, he said.

His cousin, guard Eric Harris, added 19 points and dished out four assists as No. 5 Coyle advances to meet No. 3 Red Oak at 7:30 p.m. Friday at State Fair Arena in the semifinals.

He keeps the double teams off of me, Aska said of Harris. You cant double team two people.

Chandler Bryer led Forgan with 17 points and Jace Kerr added 15.

Forgan led just once in the game, 13-12, and trailed 28-22 at halftime. Forgan closed to within 45-43 on a three-pointer by Bryer with 6:27 left in the game, but could get no closer.

Coyle, 24-4, had a 51-47 lead when the Bluejackets ran off six straight points to take command on a bucket by Harris and two by Aska.

Forgan, 26-3, was never closer than seven points the rest of the way. Coyle scored its final eight points of the game from the free throw line, finishing 12 of 18 in the game.




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Budivelnyk adds Kickert to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) added to their roster 30-year old Australian international power forward Daniel Kickert (208-113kg-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). He is a dual citizen owning also Dutch passport. Kickert started the season at Dnipro (Superleague). In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season he played at PGE Turow (TBL) in Polish league. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Kickert was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 43 TBL games he averaged 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention, All-Bosmans Team and to the All-Star Game. Kickert also played 1 game in Euroleague where he had 10 points and 1 steal. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.0ppg and 3.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Kickert played in the final of Polish League in 2011. He was also voted NABC All-NCAA District 14 2nd Team back in 2005 at his college time. Kickert represented Australia at the World Championships in Japan seven years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.
Kickert has played also professionally in Italy (Livorno), Spain (Leche Rio Breogan and Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2006 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He is a true post player who will thrive in the American collegiate system. provide a strong scoring prescence inside as well as contributing heavily in both defence and rebounding. Daniel is working extensively on increasing his size, strength and power in the gym and his offensive skills on the court.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Superleague Round 47: Leader Budivelnyk loses to BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superleague is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds.

Top ranked Budivelnyk (25-8) recorded its eighth loss in Kyiv on Friday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked BC Odessa (12-20) 87-85. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Odessa made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Budivelnyk outrebounded BC Odessa 40-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Andriy Agafonov (208-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). BC Odessa's coach Oleg Yushkin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) produced 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the hosts. BC Odessa moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Dnipro. Budivelnyk at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. BC Odessa is looking forward to face DniproAzot (#13) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round. Budivelnyk will have a break next round.
The game in Yuzhny was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Ferro-ZNTU (19-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Khimik (18-13). Khimik managed to secure a 6-point victory 91-85. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 8 assists. Sava Lesic contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Khimik's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) answered with 32 points and 5 rebounds for Ferro-ZNTU. Khimik maintains sixth place with 18-13 record. Ferro-ZNTU lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Hoverla. Khimik will play against Kryvbasbasket (#10) in Krivoy Rog in the next round. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against Mykolaiv (#9) in Mykolaiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (13-20) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Hoverla (19-14) in Krivoy Rog on Friday. The visitors from Frankivsk managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Kyndall Dykes who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Herb Pope responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kryvbasbasket's coach Karlis Muiznieks rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hoverla have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. Loser Kryvbasbasket keeps the tenth position with 20 games lost. Hoverla will meet Cherkasy (#8) on the road in the next round. Kryvbasbasket will play against Khimik in Yuzhny and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Dniprodzerzhynsk. Local DniproAzot (11-22) lost to seventh ranked BC Donetsk (18-15) 90-80. It was a quality performance for D'or Fischer who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. DniproAzot's coach Audrius Prakuraitis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Donetsk have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 18-15 record. DniproAzot lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 22 games lost. BC Donetsk will have a break next round. DniproAzot will play at home against BC Odessa (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 47 Azovmash defeated BC Kyiv in Mariupol 71-62. Dnipro lost to defending champion BC Donetsk at home 63-73.


BC Kyiv - Azovmash 62-71

There was no surprise when 14th ranked BC Kyiv (7-27) was defeated at home by second ranked Azovmash (22-10) 71-62. The game without a history. Azovmash led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Ronald Murray (193-79, college: Shaw) accounted for 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. International forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) came up with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Artem Shvets (200-85) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for BC Kyiv in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Azovmash maintains second place with 22-10 record having four points less than leader Budivelnyk. BC Kyiv at the other side stay dead last with 27 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: V.Bobrov 16+8reb+5ast, V.Podolian 12+1reb+4ast, A.Shvets 11+10reb, R.Otverchenko 9+2reb+3ast, M.Sandul 6+4reb+2ast, Y.Sakhniuk 4+3reb
Azovmash: L.Greer 16+3reb+5ast, R.Murray 14+6reb+4ast, M.Harris 12+6reb+2ast, T.Dragicevic 10+7reb+1ast, K.Natyazhko 7+5reb+1ast, O.Kolchenko 7+1reb+2ast
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Kryvbasbasket - Hoverla 65-68

Tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (13-20) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Hoverla (19-14) in Krivoy Rog on Friday. The visitors from Frankivsk managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Herb Pope (203-89, college: Seton Hall, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Darius Adams (182-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 15 points and 6 assists. Kryvbasbasket's coach Karlis Muiznieks rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hoverla have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. Loser Kryvbasbasket keeps the tenth position with 20 games lost. Hoverla will meet Cherkasy (#8) on the road in the next round. Kryvbasbasket will play against Khimik in Yuzhny and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: H.Pope 16+12reb+2ast, D.Adams 15+6ast, W.Frazier 10+2reb+3ast, V.Konev 9+7reb+3ast, V.Kondratovets 7, V.Cherepovsky 3+3reb+2ast
Hoverla: K.Dykes 22+6reb+4ast, R.Pearson 14+9reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 8+4reb+2ast, T.Peterson 8+7reb+4ast, K.Tiggs 6+4reb, Y.Lemyk 6+2reb+1ast
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Budivelnyk - BC Odessa 85-87

Top ranked Budivelnyk (25-8) recorded its eighth loss in Kyiv on Friday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked BC Odessa (12-20) 87-85. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Odessa made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Budivelnyk outrebounded BC Odessa 40-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Andriy Agafonov (208-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four BC Odessa players scored in double figures. BC Odessa's coach Oleg Yushkin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) produced 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Georgian point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. BC Odessa moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Dnipro. Budivelnyk at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. BC Odessa is looking forward to face DniproAzot (#13) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round. Budivelnyk will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: M.Delaney 23+6reb+4ast, G.Tsintsadze 16+2reb+4ast, M.Anisimovas 11+4reb+1ast, R.Kuksiks 9+3reb+2ast, A.Drozdov 9+9reb+3ast, D.Kickert 8+4reb
BC Odessa: A.Agafonov 23+5reb+4ast, J.Love 22+7reb+4ast, S.Balashov 13+5reb+1ast, R.Kryvych 11+2ast, T.Brazelton 7+4reb+6ast, A.Kalnichenko 5+2reb
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DniproAzot - BC Donetsk 80-90

The game with biggest result difference took place in Dniprodzerzhynsk. Local DniproAzot (11-22) lost to seventh ranked BC Donetsk (18-15) 90-80. The game without a history. BC Donetsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to DniproAzot's 30. BC Donetsk players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a quality performance for American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. FYR Macedonian guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Eric Devendorf (193-87, college: Syracuse) came up with 26 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and the other American import forward Sam Muldrow (205-88, college: S.Carolina) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for DniproAzot in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DniproAzot's coach Audrius Prakuraitis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Donetsk have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 18-15 record. DniproAzot lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 22 games lost. BC Donetsk will have a break next round. DniproAzot will play at home against BC Odessa (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: E.Devendorf 26+3reb+2ast, R.Davis 19+3reb+4ast, S.Muldrow 18+6reb+2ast, D.Weaver 11+6reb, A.Chigrinov 3+1reb+2ast, M.Balashov 3+3reb+2ast
BC Donetsk: D.Fischer 23+10reb+2ast, V.Stojanovski 17+7reb+2ast, I.Radenovic 14+3reb+6ast, C.Millage 12+2reb+7ast, K.Fesenko 8+2reb, M.Pustozvonov 6+3reb
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Khimik - Ferro-ZNTU 91-85

The game in Yuzhny was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Ferro-ZNTU (19-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Khimik (18-13). Khimik managed to secure a 6-point victory 91-85. Ferro-ZNTU was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 27-20 charge of Khimik, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Ferro-ZNTU was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 8 assists. Serbian power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Khimik's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) answered with 32 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Cameron Moore (208-90, college: UAB) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Ferro-ZNTU. Four Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. Khimik maintains sixth place with 18-13 record. Ferro-ZNTU lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Hoverla. Khimik will play against Kryvbasbasket (#10) in Krivoy Rog in the next round. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against Mykolaiv (#9) in Mykolaiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 32+5reb+1ast, C.Moore 17+9reb+1ast, R.Guinn 12+3reb+1ast, J.Chappell 10+7reb+7ast, D.Werner 6+3reb+2ast, A.Rybalko 4+4reb
Khimik: W.Deane 40+3reb+8ast, S.Lesic 13+9reb+1ast, D.Joseph 11+3reb, S.Popov 9+6reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 8+7reb+2ast, V.Kovalenko 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 232853


Dnipro - BC Donetsk 63-73

No shocking result in a game in Dnepropetrovsk where seventh ranked BC Donetsk (18-15) defeated 11th ranked Dnipro (12-20) 73-63. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 25-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Dnipro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American-Trinidad and Tobago center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. BC Donetsk's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Derrick Low (188-86, college: Washington St.) came up with 15 points and 6 assists and international power forward Maxym Korniyenko (204-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for Dnipro in the defeat. BC Donetsk have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 18-15 record. Dnipro at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: D.Low 15+3reb+6ast, M.Korniyenko 12+10reb+1ast, S.Tymofeyenko 10+4reb+1ast, O.Mishula 8+7reb+4ast, O.Shchepkin 7+1reb+3ast, K.Glazyrin 4+2reb
BC Donetsk: D.Fischer 15+12reb+3ast, D.Songaila 15+8reb+3ast, V.Stojanovski 13+4reb+1ast, C.Millage 12+3reb+3ast, D.Gliebov 7+4reb+1ast, R.Curry 4+2reb+1ast
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Lions Make A Point With Brown - by Paul Nilsen (T)

The London Lions made a last second signing on transfer deadline day, snaring veteran point guard Rod Brown (186-PG-78, college: W.Michigan).

The 6'1" American spent many years playing in the UK before heading off to Europe to play in the big leagues in Spain and Italy. Now a British passport holder, Brown played this season at the UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders right up till last weekend helping the Devon side to victory over Durham.

Lions' Head Coach Vince Macaulay had this to say, "When it became clear that Rod and Plymouth had parted company we quickly put the wheels in motion to get him on to the team. We have needed additional veteran leadership and Rod will provide that in bucket loads."

A native of Texas, Brown graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 before coming over to the UK to play for the Greater London Leopards. After three years with the Leopards he played at cross town rivals, London Towers.

Following spells in Greece, Spain and Italy, Brown played in Switzerland in 2011 where he won the Championship and Playoff's. At Plymouth this season, Brown is averaging 9 points and 6 assists a game.

Coach Macaulay needed to make some quick adjustments having lost a number of players to illness and injury followed by the departure of recent signee Mahmood Diakite back to France. "We are entering a crucial phase in the Playoff race and we have been down on numbers for a while, I'm delighted to get a player in especially one of Road's skill and experience."

The Lions are back in action this Sunday when they face the One Health Sharks Sheffield, tip off, 5.00pm at the Lions home of Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.



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  URUGUAY   


Union Atletica and Bigua took the lead 1-0 - by Hector Lopez

Union Atletica defeated Bohemios 79-56 to take a 1-0 lead for the best of five Uruguayan League quarter finals. Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) with 22 points and Federico Bavosi (185-G-81) with 21 points and 6 assists 6 assists were the best player for the winner, while Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) added 10 points aand 14 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-C-80, college: Loyola, IL) aded 5 points an 9 rebounds, while Austen Powers (203-F-87, college: Seattle) scored 6 points. For Bohemios Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) 11 points and 10 rebounds and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 3 points.
Bigua recovered for a 11 points deficit at the beginning of the last quarter to defeat Defensor Sporting 88-86 and now they are 1-0. For Bigua Santiago Vidal (180-PG-89) 24 points and 10 rebounds, Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 21 points 10 rebounds, Gonzalo Meira (192-F-88) 18 points 4 rebounds Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 3 points 2 rebounds. For Defensor Sporting Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) 23 points 13 rebounds, Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 6 points 18 rebounds, Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 21 points 8 rebounds.The second games will be played March 5th.



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ASEAN League: Slammers extinguish Heat in Vietnam - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Thailand Slammers 58:76

The Thailand Slammers registered the third victory in the ASEAN League season. They upset the Saigon Heat on the road to improve at 3-6 record. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) delivered 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the visitors.
The Slammers surged ahead in the opening quarter. They registered a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The gap grew wider in the second frame. The Slammers piled up a 40:32 halftime advantage. The Heat were unable to turn things around after the big break. The Slammers limited the home team to 13 points in the third quarter and accumulated an 11-point lead into the fourth term. The Slammers went on a 20:13 rally in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Wutipong Dasom and Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) chipped in 16 points apiece for the winners. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) answered with 34 points and 7 boards for the Heat. Phillip Aaron Morrison chipped in 7 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Dior Lowhorn 34, Phillip Aaron Morrison 7
Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 22, Wutipong Dasom 16, Froilan Baguion 16+12 assists



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Basketball Team Qualifies - by Eurobasket News

ZAMBIA has qualified for the 27th edition of the men's 2013 African Basketball Nations Championships (AfroBasket) championships slated for August in Ivory Coast despite losing the final Zone Six qualifiers to hosts Mozambique at the weekend.
The last time Zambia played at such a competition was back in 1989 at the finals hosted in Angola where the team finished second.
Zambia qualified for the finals by virtue of having reached the finals of the week-long championships held in Maputo that saw four countries taking part.
Botswana and the Seychelles were the two sides that took part after the withdrawal of other countries that include Malawi.
Other teams that have qualified include hosts Ivory Coast, champions Tunisia, 2011 runners-up Angola and Nigeria who finished third at the last edition.
Burkina Faso are Zone Three winners, Morocco and Algeria as Zone One and runner-up with Senegal and Cape Verde qualifying as Zone Two winners and runner-up respectively.
Central Africa Republic, Cameroun and Congo are from the Zone Four qualifiers. Egypt and Rwanda sailed through from the Zone Five qualifiers with Mozambique and Zambia making the 16 member teams to compete at the event that starts on August 21 in Abidjan.
Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) technical director George Sikalumbi said in an interview yesterday that International Basketball Federation (FIBA) wrote to the association on Friday informing them of the development.
"Actually the final game against Mozambique was in some way a preparatory game for the FIBA finals to be held in Ivory Coast.
"I think we need to sit down and strategise how best to prepare our team for the championships," he said.
ZBA president Boniface Kambikambi has expressed happiness at the team's qualification to the AfroBasket championship.
The team was expected back home last night.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com




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Women News


Solna Vikings is doing fantastic under Coach Keramidas - by Chris Mammides

The last three games for the play-offs were 100% successful for the Greek head Coach Kostas Keramidas and his Greek players Vicky Volonaki (179-F-80) and Anna Spyridopoulou (184-F-88) and their team Solna Vikings. Coach Keramidas has an absolute record in the second phase of the Swedish league and with the solid game by the two Greek players Solna is figuring among the most effective teams in the league.
The games of Coach Keramidas for the play-offs were as follows:


The first game was Solna Vikings vs Norrkping Dolphins 70 vs 67
Among the top performers with an all around game, for the team of Solna were Vicky Volonaki with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, Anna Spyridopoulou with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals


The second game was amazing for Keramidas's Vikings as they thrashed the team of Telge with 24 points difference:
Solna Vikings vs Telge basket 75-51
Fantastic defense by the experience Volonaki who also score 3 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal while Anna Spyridopoulou scored 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.


In the third game which was hosted by Northland Basket and against a hostile home court (and referees who invented five technical fouls for the the team of Solna), Coach Keramidas succeeded a brilliant road win as follows:
Northland Basket vs Solna Vikings 69-70
With Vicky Volonaki scoring 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal followed by Anna Spyridopoulou who scored 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal played in one of the toughest teams of the league and now their team needs just a single victory to qualify in the finals. It is worth mentioned that right after the game the president of the Swedish Basketball federation met Coach Keramidas and congratulate him for his team and the victory is so Hostile court.


Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Greek Coach and his girls.



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Standings - Women

A Standings
MEL
 1. Good Angels 10-0 
 2. UNIQA Eurol. 9-2 
 3. MBK Ruzomb. 7-3 
 4. UNI Gyor 6-4 
 5. PEAC-PECS 3-8 
 6. Samorin 3-8 
 7. DKSK 2-8 
 8. Piestanske C. 2-9 
Places 9-14
 1. Bacsbasket 13-3 
 2. ZTE NKK 13-3 
 3. Atomeromu 9-7 
 4. Cegledi EKK 7-9 
 5. BSE-FCSM 5-11 
 6. MBK Eurl.Vasas 1-15 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

MEL

Feb. 27: UNI Gyor - Piestanske C. 92-68

Places 9-14

Feb. 23: Cegledi EKK - Atomeromu 88-70

MEL

Feb. 23: MBK Ruzomb. - PEAC-PECS 78-51

Places 9-14

Feb. 27: ZTE NKK - Atomeromu 72-61

MEL

Feb. 23: MBK Eurl.Vasas - Bacsbasket 58-65

Places 9-14

Feb. 22: BSE-FCSM - ZTE NKK 57-84
Feb. 28: Bacsbasket - BSE-FCSM



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DI Womens Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll No. 10 - by Eurobasket News

By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) tops the 10th regular-season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Lady Lions edged No. 2 Oklahoma City for the third-straight week with six first-place votes and 277 points. Oklahoma City received the remaining five first-place votes and 276 points.

On March 6, the NAIA is providing a free graphical selection show to reveal the 32-team bracket for the 33rd annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 7 p.m. CST on www.NAIA.org.

Freed-Hardeman (29-1), the only one-loss team remaining after downing Voorhees (S.C.), 87-65, on Jan. 22 and Morris (S.C.), 82-56, on Jan. 23, opens the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament Friday against the winner of Mid-Continent (Ky.) and No. 23 Bethel (Tenn.). No. 2 Oklahoma City, whose first Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament game is slated for Thursday, awaits the winner of Mid-America Christian (Okla.) and Science & Arts (Okla.).

No. 3 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 4 Lubbock Christian (Texas), aided by then-No. 3 Westminster's (Utah) 52-43 loss at then-unranked Carroll (Mont.) on Feb. 21, jump one spot each from last week with 263 and 251 points. The No. 3 ranking is the highest mark of the season for Westmont. No. 5 Westminster rounds out the top five with 245 points.

No. 18 Georgetown (Ky.) enjoys the largest jump this week with a two-spot leap. The Tigers have won five-straight en route to a 21-8 record and the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mid-South Conference Tournament. Georgetown will face seventh-seeded Bluefield (Va.) at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Frankfort Convention Center - host site of the 2013 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship - in Frankfort, Ky.

No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) dropped two spots from last week to join Westminster as the poll's largest fall. The Tigers are 4-3 in their last seven and 22-8 overall.

No. 24 Carroll, propelled by its previously mentioned victory against then-No. 3 Westminster on Feb. 21, is this edition's lone newcomer. The Fighting Saints replaced previous No. 24 Southern Poly (Ga.) who dropped out after falling victim to unranked Coastal Georgia on Feb. 21, 79-64.

Ten of the 11 Division I women's basketball conferences and unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four squads from the Mid-South Conference: No. 6 Cumberland (Tenn.), No. 13 Shawnee State (Ohio), Campbellsville and Georgetown.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated group. The final regular-season Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on March 6. For the complete ratings calendar, click here.

For more information on NAIA Division I Women's Basketball, click here.

Notes: (all information dates back to 1999-2000) Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) receives its sixth all-time No. 1 ranking ... Four teams have been ranked No. 1 this season: Freed-Hardeman, Oklahoma City, Vanguard (Calif.) and Lubbock Christian (Texas) ... Former NAIA member Union (Tenn.) leads all schools with 53 top billings, while Oklahoma City (46), Vanguard (Calif.) (28) and former NAIA member Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (15) are the only programs with 10-plus No. 1 rankings ... Since the start of the 1999-2000 season, only Oklahoma City and Freed-Hardeman have been listed in all 163 polls ... No. 8 Vanguard has appeared in 130-straight ... Freed-Hardeman, Lubbock Christian, No. 5 Westminster (Utah), Vanguard and No. 7 Lee (Tenn.) have been ranked in the top 10 in all 11 polls this season ... The Unaffiliated Group containing the Association of Independent Institutions and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference is the only conference/group to not have a team ranked at any time this season ... Thirty-five programs have garnered Top 25 mention this season ... Union and Vanguard are the only programs to have spent an entire season ranked No. 1 (Union: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) (Vanguard: 2005-06, 2006-07).


2012-13 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 10 (Feb. 26)
RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2012-13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (6) 29-1 277
2 2 Oklahoma City (5) 24-2 276
3 4 Westmont (Calif.) 24-3 263
4 5 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 26-3 251
5 3 Westminster (Utah) 25-3 245
6 6 Cumberland (Tenn.) 26-2 236
7 T7 Lee (Tenn.) 27-2 228
8 T7 Vanguard (Calif.) 21-3 220
9 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 26-2 209
10 10 Xavier (La.) 24-4 197
11 11 The Master's (Calif.) 25-4 194
12 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 25-4 180
13 14 Shawnee State (Ohio) 22-7 166
14 13 Rogers State (Okla.) 22-8 165
15 15 Columbia (Mo.) 24-6 154
16 18 Georgetown (Ky.) 20-8 148
17 17 Lyon (Ark.) 27-3 134
18 16 Campbellsville (Ky.) 21-8 126
19 19 Faulkner (Ala.) 25-5 123
20 20 Wiley (Texas) 25-3 114
21 21 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 27-2 102
22 23 Bethel (Tenn.) 20-9 82
23 22 William Woods (Mo.) 23-5 81
24 RV Carroll (Mont.) 19-8 67
25 25 LSU Shreveport (La.) 23-4 65

Others receiving votes: Southern Poly (Ga.) 58; St. Catharine (Ky.) 50; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 25; Cumberlands (Ky.) 17; Central Methodist (Mo.) 16; Coastal Georgia 15; Baker (Kan.) 9; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 8.
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



Biola Upsets No. 11 The Master's - by Eurobasket News

By Jeff Hoffman, Biola (Calif.) Sports Information Director
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Freshman Abby Chapman scored a career-high 21 points and Biola (Calif.) was a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line as the Eagles upset No. 11 The Master's College (Calif.) 56-51 in a GSAC Quarterfinal match on Wednesday night at Bross Gymnasium in Santa Clarita.

It was the second-straight upset win for the Eagles (16-16) at The Master's College (25-6) after winning 60-50 in overtime when the teams faced off three weeks ago. It was also Biola's second-straight win and fourth-straight road win. Biola advances to the GSAC Semifinals to face No. 7-ranked Vanguard University-- the tournament's No. 2 seed--on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Chapman's 21 points were 12 more than her previous best this season and came mostly from three-point range. The freshman hit five three-pointers on the night, matching her total through 24 previous games this season.

Adijat Adams added a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double while Chelsea Hill (6'0''-F) added 10 points. Senior guard Becca Devere (5'7''-G) contributed eight points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

Biola trailed by five with 8:11 to go, but used a 12-1 run over the next five minutes to take a 50-44 with 3:46 to go. The Master's eventually cut the lead to one at 50-49 on a bucket with 1:22 remaining, but the Eagles converted all six free throw attempts down the stretch and played solid defense to pull out the win.

"This game really was a battle of wills and intensity and both teams battled up to the end," said Biola Head Coach Dr. Bethany Miller. "The Master's is an excellent program, well coached and they came ready to play. But we came into the gym ready to play and played with a lot of intensity and focus and executed our game plan well."

Biola got off to a great starting in the game, scoring 16 points through the first six minutes of the game on 6-of-10 shooting and taking an early 16-10 lead. However, the Eagles went quiet over the next nine minutes, going 15-straight possessions with a bucket including nine turnovers. Amazingly, Biola still held the lead when Hill snapped the drought with a bucket with 4:56 to go in the period.

The Master's Jacquelyn Marshall converted a three-point play on the ensuing possession and tied the game at 18-18. Biola answered rich track with a bucket from Adams then another three-pointer from Chapman to take a five-point lead.

The Mustangs responded with baskets on four of their next five possessions, using an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the night and go up 26-23 with 1:33 on the clock.

Chapman ended the run with a mid-range jumper and--after a free throw by The Masters--DeVere tied it up with a driving layup with 34 seconds left and the teams headed to the half tied at 27-27.

The Master's opened the second half on a 13-4 run and took what appeared to be to be an insurmountable nine-point lead at 40-31 with 10:18 left. But the run came to an as Adams pulled down an offensive rebound and put it back up and in, getting fouled in the process. She hit the free throw to cut the lead to six.

Seconds later, DeVere stole a downcourt pass and took it straight to the basket for the layup and just like that Biola was within four with 9:49 to go. Just one minute later, Chapman hit her fourth three-pointer to pull the Eagles to within two and two free throws by Adams tied the game at 43-43 with 6:50 to go.

After a missed three by the Mustangs, DeVere pulled down the rebound and was fouled. She hit both free throws to give Biola the lead back for good. Still leading by three with 3:46 left, Chapman capped her incredible night by hitting her fifth three-pointer to put the Eagles up by six. While the game got close in the final minute, Biola was able to hit free throws to preserve the victory.

Biola wound up outscoring The Master's 25-11 over the final 10:18 left to pull out the upset.

The Eagles' defense was impressive against the high-scoring Mustangs, who average nearly 75 points per game. Biola held The Master's to just 29.7 percent shooting including 22.9 percent in the second half. The Mustangs also rank second in the conference in three-point shooting, but hit just 2-of-20 from three-point range in the game.

Biola's 13-for-13 night from the free throw line was the best in the program since the Eagles connected on 16-of-16 in a win at Fresno Pacific University during the 2006-07 season.

Biola advances to the GSAC Semifinals to face No. 2 seed Vanguard (21-3). The Eagles have played well against Lions this season, but have yet to beat them. In the team's first meeting in La Mirada, Biola lead through much of the game only to see Vanguard come from behind in the final minutes to pull out the 65-56 win. At the beginning of February, the Eagles led early, but the Lions pulled away and led by double-digits in the second half, winning 72-61.

In the other GSAC Quarterfinal, No. 4 seed San Diego Christian defeated No. 5 Concordia 84-74. The Hawks face No. 1 Westmont in Santa Barbara in the other GSAC Semifinal on Friday night.
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Gopher Women's Basketball Upsets No. 7 Penn State 89-81 - by Eurobasket News

Four Gophers scored in double-figures to help the University of Minnesota (17-12, 6-9 B1G) women's basketball team upset #7/7 Penn State, 89-81, Thursday night in Big Ten action from Williams Arena. Micalla Rich led the team with 24 points and five rebounds, while Rachel Banham (5'9''-G-93), Sari Noga (5'10''-G-92) and Shayne Mullaney (5'10''-G) added 23, 19 and 10 points, respectively.

It was the first time the Golden Gophers defeated a nationally ranked opponent this season, and the first time it took down a team ranked in the top-7 nationally since they defeated Ohio State, 66-63, in overtime on March 6, 2005.

The victory was also the first for Minnesota against the Lady Lions (23-4, 13-2 B1G) since Feb. 11, 2010, which snapped a six-game losing streak to the squad. It also ended Penn State's six-game winning streak on the season and stopped the Lady Lions from clinching the Big Ten Conference regular-season title outright. They must now defeat #20 Nebraska on the road Sunday. If the Lions lose, they'll be co-champions with the Huskers, who barely beat 11th-place Wisconsin 55-53 earlier Thursday night to keep the race going.

Along with her 19 points, Banham matched her career-high with seven assists, while Noga notched her career-high with 19 points on a perfect 6-6 outing from beyond the arch. Her sixth three-pointers in the contest were not only a career-high, but her 1.000 shooting percentage from three-point range matched Minnesota's record for three-point percentage in a single game with a minimum of five attempts.

The Gophers shot an impressive .667 (28-42) from the floor, which included a .875 (7-8) mark from beyond the arch, and also notched a .839 (26-31) free throw percentage. The Lady Lions posted a .431 (31-72) field goal percentage, but were just 4-19 from three-point range.

The Gophers took an early 5-0 lead on the Lady Lions to open the game thanks to a three-pointer from Noga and a basket from Rich, but Penn State cut the home team's lead to one point with a 4-0 run of its own. With the game tied, 9-9, Noga drained her second three-pointer of the game and Rich added another bucket to extend the Gophers' lead back to five points, 14-9, at 16:05.

Rich pushed Minnesota's lead to seven points, 20-13, with a short jumper from the corner at the 13:56 mark, but a fastbreak jumper from PSU's Maggie Lucas with 9:38 to play in the half cut the home team's lead to three points, 22-19.

The Gophers would take their biggest lead of the half when Cotton connected on a pair of free throws at 3:30 to make the score 35-26 and cap off a 7-2 run by Minnesota, but the Lady Lions were able to put together an 10-2 run to pull within one point of the Maroon and Gold, 37-36, at halftime.

Rich paced the Gophers with 12 points in the first 20 minutes of play, while Noga added nine points, Kellogg chipped in eight points and Banham totaled six points and five assists.

Minnesota outshot Penn State, .684 (13-19) to .441 (15-34) in the half, which included an impressive .750 (3-4) mark from three-point range. The Gophers also held the advantage on the boards, 16-9, paced by four rebounds from Kellogg.

The Lady Lions were able to take their first lead of the game, 42-41, two minutes into the second half, but Rich and Noga once again teamed up with back-to-back buckets to put the home team back on top by four, 46-42, before Banham made it a seven-point lead, 51-44, for the Maroon and Gold with a successful three-point play and a basket in the paint.

Noga knocked down her fifth three-pointer of the contest at 11:02 to extend Minnesota's lead to 11 points, 63-52, and free throws from Loberg and Mullaney put the home team ahead by 12 points, 68-56, and Noga's sixth three of the game made the score 71-58 with eight minutes to play in regulation.

Penn State continued to claw its way back into the contest with their tough press defense on the Gophers. Steals turned into field goals for the Lady Lions as they chipped their way back to a 76-70 deficit with 3:25 to go in the game.

With the fouls continuing to rack up, Mullaney knocked down 6 free throws in the span of less than a minute of play to put the Gophers up 82-74 with two minutes to go. From there on out, the Gophers never let up and sank five clutch free throws to give them the 89-81 upset victory over No. 7 Penn State on senior night.

Minnesota travels to Indiana (11-16, 2-12) Sunday to take on the Hoosiers at 1 pm CT. This is the first match-up between the teams this season.
Courtesy of: http://www.gophersports.com



No. 6 California Tops Washington St., 73-60 - by Eurobasket News

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - No. 6 California moved within one game of its goal of a Pac-12 championship Friday night with a 73-60 win at Washington State that was led by a 26-point effort from senior Layshia Clarendon (5'9''-G-91).

California is one win away from claiming at least a share of its first Pac-12 championship, and Clarendon has her eye on the prize.

"We want to win the championship," said Clarendon. "We are one game away from it."

Afure Jemerigbe (6'0''-G-92) added 14 points for California (26-2, 16-1), which has won 14 straight games.

The win allowed Cal to set a program record for conference wins in a season, and to at least keep pace with No. 4 Stanford, which played Thursday at Washington. The victory left Cal one shy of the team record of 27 wins in a season set by the 2008 and 2009 squads.

Team records are important, but primarily in the context of a league title, Clarendon said.

The Golden Bears' chance to sew the title up comes Saturday when they play at Washington.

Freshman Lia Galdeira (5'11''-G) scored 18 points to lead Washington State (10-18, 6-11) which has lost four straight games. Mariah Cooks added 10.

Cal held a 42-35 halftime lead after a close first half.

"We're kind of being hunted right now by people who are out to ruin our season," Clarendon said. "Everybody comes out swinging."

Washington State scored the first two baskets of the second half, then Cal went on a 12-2 run, five points by Clarendon, to take a 54-41 lead.

Mikayla Lyles sank a pair of 3-pointers to push the Cal lead to 62-45.

Washington State scored the next seven points to cut Cal's lead to 62-52. But Cal replied with a 9-1 run and the lead was back to 71-53 with 2:30 left.

Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb switched her defense around in the second half.

"We changed up how we were playing ball screens," Gottlieb said. "I thought we were better in transition defense."
For the game, Cal shot 44 percent and made 11 of 19 3-pointers. Washington State shot just 39 percent and made 5 of 16 3-pointers. Cal won the rebound battle 44-31.

Clarendon made 10 of 18 field goals in the game, including four 3-pointers. She added five assists.

"My shots have been falling pretty well the last few games," the Naismith Award candidate said.

In the first, a pair of 3-pointers by Jemerigbe gave Cal an early 11-5 lead.

Galdeira's 3-pointer gave WSU its first lead at 20-19 as the Cougars made eight of their first 12 shots.

The teams traded baskets and the lead several times. Clarendon sank a pair of 3-pointers as Cal took a 33-31 lead with 3:23 left in the first. Cooks replied with a 3 to put Washington State back on top.

But Cal closed the first half with three unanswered 3-pointers -- two by Jemerigbe sandwiched around one by Clarendon -- to take a 42-35 halftime lead. Clarendon had 18 points and four assists in the first half. Cal made 50 percent of its shots and sank 7 of 12 3-pointers. Washington State also shot 50 percent in the first.
Courtesy of: http://www.calbears.com



No. 4 Stanford Routs Washington, 71-36 - by Eurobasket News

SEATTLE (AP) - Bonnie Samuelson (6'3''-F) joked she was given just one job for No. 4 Stanford on Thursday night: Shoot 3s. Make 3s.

"I just wanted to go out there and show that I could do it and show that I have confidence in myself," Samuelson said.

Samuelson hit four 3-pointers in a five-minute stretch of the first half, Chinenye Ogwumike (6'3''-F-92) scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Stanford raced past short-handed Washington 71-36.

The Cardinal rolled to their 13th straight victory and remained on course for their 22nd regular-season conference title - shared or outright.

Stanford (27-2, 16-1 Pac-12) can claim at least a share of the conference crown with California if it wins at Washington State on Saturday.

Chinenye Ogwumike scored 14 in the second half after the Cardinal used their outside shooting to take control in the first 20 minutes.

"We did not shoot the ball that well. But we rebounded and we did a better job taking care of the ball. We didn't have very many turnovers," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "It was kind of a hard game to come into to be honest with you."

The reason it was a difficult game to prepare for was Washington being down two starters. The Huskies played without leading scorer Jazmine Davis and third-leading scorer Talia Walton.

The pair, along with Deborah Meeks, were suspended earlier this week for one game by coach Kevin McGuff for violating team rules.

McGuff said the violation did not involve academics, drugs or alcohol, but robbed Washington of its best chance at getting a needed victory to try and save an NCAA tournament resume that's become weaker in the past two weeks.

Aminah Williams led Washington (19-9, 11-6) with 10 points.

"We really wanted to focus on what we could control tonight and go out there and compete. I think we did that," McGuff said. "Our kids had two good days of practice and had good concentration. I think we followed the game plan pretty well, but Stanford made a bunch of shots. And their defense is really good."

Samuelson, who averages just five points, immediately took advantage of Washington's zone defense. Unable to mark all of Stanford's perimeter shooters, Samuelson became the beneficiary. She missed her first 3-point attempt, but knocked down the next four as Stanford turned an early six-point deficit into a comfortable lead.

"They really had all the momentum and then Bonnie came in," Chinenye Ogwumike said. "That gave us the lead and really propelled us and gave us the momentum and we fed off that momentum.

Samuelson's shooting was part of a 23-2 run, that included six 3-pointers for Stanford and gave the Cardinal a 26-11 lead. Joslyn Tinkle also knocked down a pair of early 3-pointers to help Stanford, but the Cardinal's second-leading scorer was just 5 of 17 shooting and 2 of 10 on 3-pointers. Tinkle finished with 12 points.

Stanford made seven of its nine 3-pointers in the first half. They attempted a season-high 39 3s.

"That's what they were giving us," Chinenye Ogwumike said of the 3s. "They were packed inside. We learned a lot from that game."

While it wasn't Stanford's best shooting night, the Cardinal were dominant defensively. Washington shot just 17 percent and Stanford allowed a season low in points.

Washington dressed just seven players and only six were on scholarship. Playing without Davis and Walton took away more than 33 points per game and put a significant amount of the scoring onus on Kristi Kingma.

Stanford knew that, as well, and harassed the Huskies senior with multiple players rotating on her defensively. The result was a miserable night for Kingma, who made just 1 of 11 shots and finished with six points.

Equally off was point guard Mercedes Wetmore, who missed her first 10 shots before making a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.

Washington shot just 15 percent in the first half and had nine shots blocked by the Cardinal. The Huskies then went scoreless for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half until Heather Corral banked in a runner.

By that point, the Cardinal lead had ballooned to 28.

"We came out really aggressive, but Stanford just asserted themselves and proved why they are one of the best teams in the country," Kingma said.
Courtesy of: http://www.gostanford.com



WBB Upsets No. 4/5 Duke on Senior Night - by Eurobasket News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - For Stefanie Yderstrom (5'8''-G-90) and Pepper Wilson (6'6''-C-90), it was a grand finale.

For Katie Meier, it was an unforgettable first.

Yderstrom and Wilson each scored 16 points in their final home regular-season games, Krystal Saunders added 15 and Miami gave its NCAA tournament resume a serious boost by upsetting No. 5 Duke 69-65 on Thursday night, the first time in 11 meetings between the programs where the Hurricanes emerged victorious.

"You just pray for moments like this," said Meier, the Miami coach who had never beaten Duke _ where she once was a standout player. "You pray for rewards like this for kids who have given you so much. They have totally transformed this program. They've represented Miami in a way that I've dreamt of. All of them took a risk coming here. All of us had not beaten Duke. That's the first time we had. And now's a really good time to do it."

Morgan Stroman added 11 for the Hurricanes (19-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat then-No. 6 Penn State by the same 69-65 score at home in November and knew they needed another big win to enhance their NCAA hopes.

They got it, thanks largely to a pair of seniors who came up big in the season's biggest game to date. Wilson and Yderstrom combined to score 22 of their 32 points in the second half, and teamed up for the basket that sealed the win with 20 seconds left. Yderstrom found Wilson with a perfect bounce pass off a pick-and-roll, and an easy layup had the Hurricanes poised for celebration.

Moments later, it was over. Meier thrust her arms in the air, and her team gathered at center court for postgame hugs.

"Miami played a great game," Duke coach . Joanne P. McCallie said. "They played physical. They outplayed us. They outphysicaled us. They outhustled us. They probably played their best game of the season, I would suspect."

Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters each scored 17 for the Blue Devils (26-2, 16-1), who already have locked up the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. Alexis Jones added 13 for Duke, including a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left to get her team within 67-65.

But the Blue Devils wouldn't score again.

"Right now, I'm just in awe," Wilson said. "It's like one of the greatest feelings I've ever had."

Which could not be more of a contrast from what happened the last time Miami and Duke got together.

Miami was tied with Duke 29-all at halftime of the teams' first meeting this season back on Jan. 31 _ a game that turned into an 82-43 romp for the Blue Devils.

No collapse this time, though. Not even close, despite shooting just 33 percent in the second half and 34 percent for the game, compared to 47 percent by Duke. The difference was points off turnovers and second-chance opportunities, two areas where Miami combined to outscore Duke 31-18.

It was the third game for Duke since the Blue Devils lost starting point guard Chelsea Gray to a season-ending knee injury.

"We've been in a new season since Chelsea's injury and trying to grow and learn how we're playing together, especially on the defensive side of the ball," Peters said. "Our focus was not where it needed to be. I thought we played very young. We weren't where we should have been."

Yderstrom and Wilson, however, were everywhere, especially in the final minutes.

The second half was theirs.

Yderstrom set up Saunders for a 3-pointer with 13:18 left to put Miami up 49-43. And after Duke got within four later in the half, Yderstrom started calling her own number. A pair of free throws and a quick 3-pointer gave Yderstrom _ whose mother traveled from their native Sweden for senior night _ five points in 25 seconds, pushing Miami's edge to 58-49 and sending many of those on the Hurricanes' bench leaping for joy.

Barely three minutes later, the momentum was all Duke's.

Tricia Liston, who didn't score in the first half, had four quick points and Jones followed with three more, getting the Blue Devils within 58-56 with 6:01 left. But after Saunders blocked Peters' shot in the lane _ despite a 7-inch height differential _ Yderstrom scored from close range, snapping a Miami drought that lasted more than four minutes and making it a two-possession game once again.

And the lead stuck the rest of the way.

Wilson scored Miami's next six points to extend the lead to 66-60, and the Hurricanes got some help on the last of those buckets. Jones dribbled the ball off McGuire's foot for a turnover, and Wilson made the Blue Devils pay by banking one in with 1:51 remaining.

"We knew we had nothing to lose," Stroman said. "Might as well go out with a bang."
Courtesy of: http://www.hurricanesports.com



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Blossoms crush Lady Riders on the road - by Eurobasket News

MAGNOLIA, Ark. The University of Arkansas at Monticello womens basketball team shot 49 percent from the field, forced 31 turnovers and tied a Great American Conference single-game record with 22 steals in a 76-40 win over Southern Arkansas Thursday night on the road.

With the win, the Cotton Blossoms (6-19, 3-16 GAC) have clinched the No. 8 seed in the Great American Conference Championship Tournament to be held March 7-10 in Bartlesville, Okla. at the Bruin Fieldhouse.

UAM jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, holding a double-digit lead at the 13:26 mark of the first half, a 20-point lead at the 6:38 mark and a 30-point lead at the 3:00 minute mark. UAM held SAU to single-digits in scoring until the 1:48 mark of the opening period. The Blossoms outscored SAU 47-11 in the first half.

UAM held its largest lead of 47 points on two different occasions in the second half.

As a team, UAM shot 49.1 percent from the field (27-of-55) and 67 percent from the free-throw line (22-of-33). The Blossoms held SAU to a 20 percent shooting performance, allowing the Lady Muleriders (0-24, 0-19 GAC) to connect on just 12-of-61 field goal attempts.

UAM placed five scorers in double-digits, led by junior Raija McWright with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Freshman Jordan Goforth added 14 points, followed by senior Candace Virgadamo with 12, junior Ashley Qualls with 11 and sophomore Catherine Puckett with 10.

SAU was led by Katherine McBride with a double-double of 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

The Cotton Blossoms close the regular season on Saturday, March 2 on the road against Ouachita Baptist. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Bill Vining Arena in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Courtesy of: http://www.uamsports.com



Crushing The Cougars - by Eurobasket News

AZUSA, Calif. --- A red hot run as of late for California Baptist University culminated in a 25-point shellacking of rival Azusa Pacific on Thursday night.
It was the 10th straight win for the Lancers as they keep pace with Grand Canyon in the PacWest title race with a game to play. APU came into the night needing to win out for a chance at a conference championship, but left empty handed.

The Lancers used a blistering pace and hot hands from deep to take down their longtime rivals, hitting a season high 55.6 percent of their threes in the 76-51 win.

"We're doing a lot of things right, right now," said CBU Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "There are still some things we can work on, but we're playing well at a crucial time of the year. Every game is big when you come to the end of the season, especially for us right now."

And in a big moment the Lancers put up a big time performance Thursday.

In the span of less than five minutes to close the first half CBU turned a four-point lead into a 19-point advantage, outscoring the Cougars 17-2 to close the period.

CBU hit three 3-pointers during the finishing flurry, including a pair from Simone Holmes (5'8''-G), who scored 13 points in the half. The Lancers hit 5 of 8 threes in the first period.

The lead would only increase as CBU's hot shooting continued.

The Lancers led by as much as 28 in the second half, draining another five threes on 10 more attempts.

CBU ended up shooting 50.9 percent from the floor to go along with the team's high rate from deep. APU conversely shot 33.3 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from long range.

"Everybody was doing their job out there tonight," said Olson "That's the sign of a good team. When everyone knows what's expected of them and goes out and executes. We had a lot of people chipping in even with a short-handed bench."

The Lancers put four players in double figures, led by 20 points from Holmes. Amy Browne added 17, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers on the night.

Hannah Kenny (5'11''-G/F) led the Cougars with 19 points and Kelly Hardeman put up 16. Kenny also led all players with 10 boards.

The win moves the Lancers to 20-5 overall, 14-3 in the PacWest and drops APU to 14-10, 11-5. It's the third straight season CBU has eclipsed the 20-win mark in a season. Prior to that CBU hadn't had more than 20 wins since 1990.

The Lancers head to Fresno Pacific Saturday to close out the regular season, looking to lock up at least a share of the conference title with a win.
Courtesy of: http://www.cbulancers.com



Big comeback lifts Falcon women - by Eurobasket News

ELLENSBURG, Wash. Turnabout was fair play for the Seattle Pacific Falcons on Thursday night.

And timely, too.

Katie Benson (6'2''-F) had 17 points, and Rachel Murray (5'9''-G, college: Seattle Pacific) had 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double as the Falcons came back from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Central Washington in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game, 71-65.

Sophomore guard Suzanna Ohlsen (Monroe, Wash. / Monroe HS) added 15 points for Seattle Pacific.

The victory in Nicholson Pavilion kept the Falcons (16-9, 10-7 GNAC) in the hunt for third place in the standings. With Northwest Nazarene's 76-63 loss at home to Montana State Billings on Thursday, the Falcons, Yellowjackets Crusaders, and Alaska Anchorage (which was idle) are all even at 10-7 heading into Saturday's regular-season finales. That includes Seattle Pacific's visit to Northwest Nazarene at 4:15 p.m. PST.

You win big games because of preparation. What we've gone through the last five or six weeks, I never have to worry about if our kids are ready to practice or if they're ready to play, SPU coach Julie Heisey said. We were able to play together and play with poise when we were down by 15 and they had hit eight 3's in the first half.

Last year in Nicholson, the Falcons had a 13-point lead midway through the opening 20 minutes, but wound up falling to Central, 80-75.

This time, it was the Wildcats with a double-digit first half advantage, 34-19 with 4:31 left before Seattle Pacific went on a 13-4 tear to get within 38-32 by halftime.

Going into the locker room at halftime, we definitely had the momentum, said senior guard Michelle Teng, who came off the bench for 28 solid minutes and contributed four points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. We just tightened up on defense, got some good boards, pitched in together as a team and fought for this one. That was good to see."

Central Washington (9-16, 4-13 GNAC) pushed its lead back to eight at 57-49 after SPU had tied it at 45 and 47.

Then, down 61-58 with 4:24 to go, the Falcons ran off nine straight points to go in front for good. Junior forward Benson (Snohomish, Wash. / Snohomish HS) started it with a turnaround lay-in, then banked a in a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 63-61 -- the first lead of the night for Seattle Pacific. A desperation save of a loose ball by junior guard Aubree Callen (Jerome, Idaho) went right to freshman center Maddey Pflaumer, and Pflaumer (Issaquah, Wash. / Issaquah HS) laid it in and was fouled.

Pflaumer's free throw bounced off the rim, but senior guard Murray grabbed the offensive rebound and got it back to Pflaumer for the lay-in and a 67-61 lead at 2:03.

SPU got its final four points from the free throw line, all by Murray. Her 12 boards beat her previous career high of 10, set on Feb. 7 at Alaska Anchorage.

Pflaumer joined Teng as a key player off the bench for the Falcons, contributing seven points and six rebounds in 14 minutes.

Michelle and Maddey were amazing, Heisey said. Michelle's ability to take a charge and get a steal or two she brought so much energy. Maddey got two monster boards and scored on an out-of bounds play. Both of those kids did great things, and Rachel Murray was amazing.

Except for a 4-4 tie, Central Washington led the entire first half. It grew to 34-19 with 4:31 left on a 3-pointer by Hannah Shine the eighth trey of the night by the Wildcats.

But Central, after its 8-of-16 long-range success during the first half, hit just 1 of 14 from downtown in the second half.

SPU wound up shooting 50 percent for the game (28 of 56) and limited Central to 35.4 percent (23 of 65). The Falcons also stepped up considerably on the boards during the second half, out-rebounding the Wildcats by a 22-14 margin and 40-36 for the game.

Jessica VanDyke, who had five of those treys, led the Wildcats with 27 points, tying her career high.
Courtesy of: http://www.spufalcons.com



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Redlands Womens Basketball Collects Three All-SCIAC Honorees - by Eurobasket News

It was announced on Friday morning that junior guard Marika Staton (El Centro, CA), junior guard Colleen Goeser (San Carlos, CA), and junior forward Brittany Oster (Agoura Hills, CA) represented the University of Redlands women's basketball program on the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams. Staton garnered First-Team honors, while Goeser and Oster landed on the Second Team.

While collecting her first-ever All-SCIAC accolade, Staton led the Maroon and Gray in scoring by averaging 13.4 points per conference game, ranking her seventh overall in the SCIAC. In addition, she knocked down 23 three-pointers to land among the top 10 in the conference. This well-rounded contributor also supplied 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per SCIAC game, which placed her second among the Bulldogs. She registered a career-high 23 points in a five-point loss to the University of La Verne on January 10 and later tallied 17 points against Occidental College en route to the crucial 65-52 SCIAC triumph on February 9.

Goeser experienced a phenomenal first season with Redlands en route to earning her inaugural All-SCIAC award. Acting as the team's floor general at the point-guard position, Goeser led the team in assists with 3.4 per conference game, ranking her third-best among the SCIAC. She also led the team with 1.6 steals while averaging 9.9 points. Proving to be a versatile player, Goeser also grabbed 4.6 boards per game. On two different occasions, she tallied career-best nights of 24 points, one of which came in a key triumph over La Verne on January 31.

Also collecting her first All-SCIAC honor, Oster provided Redlands with outstanding effort and passion. While averaging 9.3 boards to rank first on the team and third in the conference, she scored 11.7 points per conference game as the third-highest scorer for the Bulldogs. Always providing a defensive presence inside, she averaged 0.8 blocks a game, ranking second on the squad. In an exciting 61-53 win over Cal Lutheran on January 24, Oster notched a team-high 20 points to go along with a team-best 11 boards.

All three players served instrumental roles in the Bulldogs' tied-for-second-place finish in the SCIAC and 19-7 overall record.
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Hartwick Looks for First ECAC Title This Weekend in Brooklyn - by Eurobasket News

ONEONTA, NY This coming weekend, the Hartwick women's basketball team will be attempting to do something that no other team in the program's 46-year history has done win an ECAC Championship. The Hawks are two wins away from the feat following a 71-56 win in the ECAC Division III Metro quarterfinal round at College of Staten Island on Wednesday night.
Hartwick, the second seed in the tournament, will face third seeded Rutgers-Newark (18-9) in the semifinals on Saturday at Brooklyn College's West Quad Center at 8 p.m. Brooklyn will host both semifinals and Sunday's championship game as the tournament's top seed.
"For us, we just want to compete, stay focused, and win a championship," said Hartwick head coach Missy West. "This team has worked hard all season so it's just important that we play Hartwick basketball."
On Wednesday night, Maria Foglia (Rensselaer, NY/Catholic Central) poured in 23 points and Brittney Dumas (Easton, CT/Joel Barlow) added 16 points, 10 boards, and six blocks to pace Hartwick in the 15-point win over CSI. The Hawks pulled away in the second half, out-scoring the Dolphins 44-31 while shooting 61% (14-of-23) from the floor and 63% (5-for-8) from three-point range.
The top four seeds advanced to this weekend's semifinals on Wednesday. In the three other quarterfinals, Brooklyn beat eighth-seeded SUNY Purchase, 70-50, Rutgers-Newark rolled past sixth-seeded Stevens, 71-48, and fourth-seeded Mount Saint Mary defeated fifth-seeded Ramapo, 64-56.
In the semis, the Hawks will face a talented Rutgers-Newark team, which made the NJAC semifinals before falling to unbeaten Montclair State.
"They are athletic and very quick," said West of the Raiders. "They love to attack the basket and they have a strong presence in the post."
Hartwick and Rutgers-Newark have only one common opponent this season in Stevens. The Raiders defeated the Ducks by 23 points on Wednesday. Hartwick edged Stevens twice in the regular season, 69-67 and 52-46 in overtime. 'Wick scored a 60-46 win in the Empire 8 semifinals one week ago.
"At this point of the season, our focus is completely on ourselves," added West. We will not let one single team interfere with what we know we are capable of. We just need to stay in the moment and enjoy the game."
Hartwick is 5-6 against the rest of the field this weekend. The Hawks are 1-0 all-time against Rutgers-Newark after a 77-52 win in the Hartwick Tip-Off Classic in the 1994-1995 campaign. 'Wick is 3-2 against Mount Saint Mary and has never beaten Brooklyn with an 0-3 mark. The Hawks and Bulldogs, however, have not met since 1977.
'Wick will be making its fourth appearance in an ECAC Tournament. The program participated for the first time in 1989. It also made consecutive trips in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
In 1989, the squad defeated Utica but fell the following day in the finals to Keuka in overtime, 69-64. The Hawks lost in the quarterfinals to Oneonta State in 2004 and to Union in 2005.
The Hawks have now reached the 20-win mark for the ninth time in program history. They can match last season's win total of 22 with a sweep this weekend. It would tie for the third-highest win total in a single season in Hartwick history.
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Emory Women's Basketball Lands Five On All-UAA Team - by Eurobasket News

Five members of the 2012-13 Emory University women's basketball squad have been selected to the All-University Athletic Association Team. The all-league picks were chosen by the conference coaches.

The Eagles of head coach Christy Thomaskutty placed a league-high three players on the first team with two capturing honorable mention status.

Tabbed to the first team are the trio of junior Hannah Lilly (Mercer Island, WA), senior Misha Jackson (Atlanta, GA) and junior Savannah Morgan (5'8''-PG-92) (San Jose, CA). Emory's honorable mention selections were senior Danielle Landry (6'0''-C-91) (Vienna, VA) and junior Selena Castillo (Tampa, FL).

This is Lilly's second straight season of landing first-team acclaim. A double-figure scorer in 17 games this year, she paces the team and is fourth in the UAA in scoring (13.0 ppg). She is also seventh in the conference in three-point percentage (.342) and 11th in assists (2.4 apg). Lilly has drained a team-high 51 three-point field goals in '12-13 with that mark tying for sixth on the school's seasonal chart. She has produced 15 performance of two or more triples this season and her 2.1 treys-per-game average is good for second place on the league ladder. Lilly set a school record with 26 straight games with a three-point field with that streak beginning on Feb. 5, 2012 and ending on Feb. 8, 2013.

Jackson has turned in a solid season and will check into Friday's NCAA Tournament game vs. Whitworth University as the UAA's leading rebounder in overall play (9.0 rpg) while finishing off the league portion of the schedule in the No. 1 spot as well with an 8.8 per-game showing. Jackson, who has a conference-high eight double-doubles this season, has either led or shared for the team's lead in boards on 17 occasions. A double-figure scorer in 17 games this season, Jackson finds herself third on the club and ninth among UAA players in scoring average (11.0 ppg) while her team-high 47.3 percent mark (115-of-276) stands seventh on the league ladder. Jackson tops the Eagles and is third in the loop in blocked shots with a 1.5 per-game effort and has rejections to her credit in 11 of the last 14 games. This is Jackson's initial first-team berth after landing second-team honors as a sophomore and junior.

The quarterback of the Emory offense, Morgan is second in the UAA with a 5.1 per-game assists average in overall play and finished the conference schedule in second place with a 4.8 per-game effort. She has doled out seven or more assists in seven contests this season, and is tied for first in the league with a 1.7 mark in assist/turnover ratio. After establishing a school season record with 142 assists last year, Morgan has rang up 128 so far this year 'in '12-13, good for third place on the Emory seasonal list. She heads into the postseason scoring at an 11.9 per-game clip, good for the No. 2 spot on the squad and sixth among UAA players

One of the keys to the vaunted Emory press, Castillo, a starter in all 25 games, tops the UAA in steals with a 2.9 per-game average. She has recorded two or more thefts on 20 occasions and her 72 steals on the year are the second most in school history. A double-figure scorer in seven games, she holds down the No. 6 position on the league chart with a .361 three-point field goal percentage effort (30-of-83).

The 6-foot Landry is second on the team and tied for 10th in the league in rebounding (6.1 rpg) in overall play while her 6.3 per-game showing in conference tilts stood 10th. She has either led or tied for the team's lead in rebounding in nine contests this year and has four double-figure performances in that category. Scoring at a 7.5 per-game rate, Landry has produced seven games of 10 or more points this season.

Emory, 22-3 overall, captured its first-ever Universsity Athletic Association championship this year, finishing with a 12-2 mark in conference action. The Eagles are hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division III Tournament this weekend and take on Whitworth University on Friday evening (Mar. 1) starting at 6:30 pm.
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Solna Vikings is doing fantastic under Coach Keramidas - by Chris Mammides

The last three games for the play-offs were 100% successful for the Greek head Coach Kostas Keramidas and his Greek players Vicky Volonaki (179-F-80) and Anna Spyridopoulou (184-F-88) and their team Solna Vikings. Coach Keramidas has an absolute record in the second phase of the Swedish league and with the solid game by the two Greek players Solna is figuring among the most effective teams in the league.
The games of Coach Keramidas for the play-offs were as follows:


The first game was Solna Vikings vs Norrkping Dolphins 70 vs 67
Among the top performers with an all around game, for the team of Solna were Vicky Volonaki with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, Anna Spyridopoulou with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals


The second game was amazing for Keramidas's Vikings as they thrashed the team of Telge with 24 points difference:
Solna Vikings vs Telge basket 75-51
Fantastic defense by the experience Volonaki who also score 3 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal while Anna Spyridopoulou scored 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.


In the third game which was hosted by Northland Basket and against a hostile home court (and referees who invented five technical fouls for the the team of Solna), Coach Keramidas succeeded a brilliant road win as follows:
Northland Basket vs Solna Vikings 69-70
With Vicky Volonaki scoring 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal followed by Anna Spyridopoulou who scored 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal played in one of the toughest teams of the league and now their team needs just a single victory to qualify in the finals. It is worth mentioned that right after the game the president of the Swedish Basketball federation met Coach Keramidas and congratulate him for his team and the victory is so Hostile court.


Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Greek Coach and his girls.



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Memnun talks to the Turkish press - by Can Ozay

After the Botasspor Adana victory, Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul's coach Ekrem Memnun (agency: Beo Basket ) talks about his team's performance and injuries. He said to the Turkish press "First of all I think we played very well. Especially first half, we really played outstanding. We organized well on the defensive side of basketball. 22 assists is really good job". Also Memnun adds "Sancho's injury probably will not effect to our team and Sancho probably will not miss any game. Finally Nevriye will be back to court as soon as possible. At the beginning we thought Nevriye's injury could be serious but now we know that is not important one."


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Iagupova's 45-point game gives her Higher League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old swingman Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Elizabeth-Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 17.
She had the game-high 45 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Elizabeth-Basket in her team's victory, helping them to edge out Dynamo (#1, 16-6) 94-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Elizabeth-Basket maintains the 2nd position in Ukrainian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Elizabeth-Basket will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. In the team's last game Iagupova had a remarkable 60.9% from 2-point range. She turned to be Elizabeth-Basket's top player in her first season with the team. Iagupova has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.0ppg. Iagupova is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.8rpg), assists (2nd best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 58.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) of Tim-Scuf. She is a forward in her 5th season at Tim-Scuf. In the last game Matsko recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she lead Tim-Scuf to another comfortable win 86-70 over the lower-ranked Frankivsk-Hal. (#6, 1-16) being unquestionably team leader. Tim-Scuf's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 13-8 record is not bad at all. Matsko is one of the most experienced players at Tim-Scuf and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Alisa Siromatnikova (165-G-87) of Interkhim (#4). Siromatnikova got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. She went also for fifteen rebounds . She was a key player of Interkhim, leading her team to a 81-69 win against slightly lower-ranked Bar Regina-B. (#5, 8-12). The chances of Interkhim ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Siromatnikova could help Interkhim to bring them higher in the standings. Siromatnikova has a very solid season. In 20 games in Ukraine she scored 11.2ppg. She also has 4.1rpg, 4.6apg and 2.1spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) of Tim-Scuf - 26 points and 10 rebounds
5. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) of Tim-Scuf - 25 points and 9 rebounds
6. Tyra White (182-G-89) of Dynamo - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89) of Bar Regina-B. - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Elizabeth-Basket - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) of Tim-Scuf - 14 points and 14 rebounds
10. Victoria Suzyk (190-C-88) of Bar Regina-B. - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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