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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Radnicki Kragujevac tabs Uros Nikolic - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac (A League) inked 26-year old Serbian power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87). He started the season at MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 21 Adriatic League games he averaged 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg this season. The last season Nikolic played at Zvezda. In 14 A League games he had 3.1ppg and 1.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Nikolic also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he had 3.9ppg and 2.3rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention award in 2011. Nikolic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) six years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.
Nikolic has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Krka) and Serbia (Vrsac and Mega Vizura).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ANTIGUA   


Contrasting wins for Outlaws and Travellers - by Don Farrell


ST JOHNS, Antigua JSC Outlaws and Freetown Travellers recorded contrasting wins in the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Associations (ABBA) First Division League at the JSC Sports Complex on Saturday.

Outlaws were pushed all the way before pulling off a 90-81 victory over Akhimo.

Ishan Peetes shot 27 points and snatched 13 rebounds; Kevin Roberts sank 24 points; Michael Xavier had 16 points and nine boards while Shamarie Southwell contributed 12 points and 14 rebounds for Outlaws.

Davie Aaron had 22 points, five boards and four assists; Troy Franklyn converted 20 points and point guard Nigel Joseph scored 19 points for Akhimo.

Shawn Williams shot a game-high 33 points and Neville Martin produced 21 points, 21 rebounds and four steals to lead Travellers to their lopsided 83-59 victory against Empire Hawks.

Forward Coy Quinland scored 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds and point guard Reginald Styley Joseph chipped in with 15 points for Hawks.

Twenty-four hours earlier at the same venue, Roots and F&G Trading Ovals notched up wins.

Roots beat Newfield Tapers 64-54 with Terry Roberts getting 19 points, 18 rebounds, six steals and four assists, while Bernard Andrew scored 18 points for the victors.

Bryan Ralph had 15 points and four boards, Eric Henry produced 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while Jason Shaw chipped in with 10 points, five boards and three assists for Tapers.

Ovals prevailed 82-71 against Big Banana Express. Forward Bryan Hollywood Matthew sank 28 points and grabbed 23 rebounds and veteran guard Marlon Buju Charles converted 19 points for Ovals.

Guard Lindsay McDonald led Express with 27 points, which included five three-pointers, five boards and five steals. Kareem Blair contributed 15 points and five boards for the losers.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Jackson, GECR I.17.8 
 4. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.9 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.9 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Labaque, Atenas4.1 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 8. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 9. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 10. Laprovittola, Lan.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 16-2 
 2. Estudian.Con. 13-5 
 3. Alvear 12-6 
 4. San Isidro 9-9 
 5. Atl.Echague 8-10 
 6. Obera TC 8-10 
 7. Instituto Cor. 7-10 
 8. Sarmiento 7-11 
 9. La Union 5-14 
 10. Union Sunch 4-12 
South
 1. Quilmes MP 13-4 
 2. Huracan 11-7 
 3. Sport Club 10-7 
 4. Ciclista 9-9 
 5. Alianza Viedma 9-9 
 6. MH Basket 8-10 
 7. San Lorenzo Ch. 8-10 
 8. Banda Norte 8-10 
 9. Rocamora 7-11 
 10. Bragado 6-12 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 17: Alianza Viedma - Ciclista 93-90
Mar. 17: Atl.Echague - La Union 88-82
Mar. 17: Banda Norte - Rocamora 86-64
Mar. 17: San Mart.C. - Union Sunch 85-53
Mar. 17: San Lorenzo Ch. - Quilmes MP 84-96
Mar. 17: Bragado - Sport Club 76-81
Mar. 17: Sarmiento - Obera TC 72-79
Mar. 17: Estudian.Con. - San Isidro 72-61
Mar. 17: Instituto Cor. - Alvear 55-67
Mar. 17: MH Basket - Huracan 103-81


TNA: end of regular season - by Facundo Iatzky

Last round of regular season was played on monday night. After the last results, it was determined that Ciudad Bragado and Union Sunchales finished iin the last position of their zones and they will have to play in Torneo federal next season.
Playoffs will start next weekend, with these games:
Southern zone:
1 Quilmes- 8 Banda Norte
2 Huracan trelew - 7 San lorenzo
3 Sport club - 6 Monte hermoso
4 Ciclista juninense - 5 Alianza viedma

Northern zone:
1 San Martin Corrientes - 8 Sarmiento resistencia
2 Estudiantes concordia - 7 Echague Parana
3 Alvear - 6 Instituto Cordoba
4 San isidro - 5 Obera TC

After first round of playoffs, teams of both zones will mix to play quarterfinals and go for the championship.



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  AUSTRIA   


Panthers and O'Neal part ways - by Stefan Heinrich

The Furstenfeld Panthers and Point Guard Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) parted ways with immediate effect. The Club had to make this decission as the cooperation wasnt satisfying in the last couple of weeks. The contract of the Austrian Guard would have ended at the end of this season but the club was forced to make this decission right before the last 3 games of the Regular season. Over 23 games with almost 27 minutes per game O'Neal had 6.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg and 2.5tpg with 39.8% from 2point and 24.2% from 3point range.


Trmal's 25 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old swingman Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team BC Vienna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds for BC Vienna in his team's victory, helping them to crush Gmunden (#4, 16-10) with 24-point margin 102-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed BC Vienna to consolidate first place in the Austrian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Vienna has a very solid 20-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Trmal had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Florian Trmal averages this season 10.9ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Fabricio Vay (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia. He is Italian-Argentinian forward in his first season at Arkadia. In the last game Vay recorded impressive 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Arkadia to another comfortable win 101-82 over slightly higher-ranked Furstenfeld (#9, 9-16) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Arkadia is still at the dead bottom 11th position. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Arkadia managed to get this year. Vay is one of the most experienced players at Arkadia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Michael Dale (197-G/F-84) of UBSC Graz (#8). Dale showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Dale's great performance UBSC Graz lost 76-86 to the higher-ranked Wels (#5, 15-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of UBSC Graz ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dale could help UBSC Graz to bring them higher in the standings. Dale has a great season in Austria. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (9th best). Dale attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Arkadia - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80) of BC Vienna - 30 points and 4 rebounds
6. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Oberwart - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Matias Bortolin (205-C-93) of Arkadia - 25 points and 4 rebounds
8. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83) of Wels - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85) of Wels - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. DeVaughn Washington (202-F-89) of Wels - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 6-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 5-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 4-4 
 4. Kumanovo 4-4 
 5. Kavala 3-6 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-5 
Group D
 1. Kozuv 4-1 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 3-2 
 3. Mornar Bar 2-3 
 4. OKK Beograd 1-4 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

First Six

Mar. 12: Levski Sofia - Kavala 88-73
Mar. 13: Kumanovo - Rilski Sportist 114-117 OT
Mar. 20: Teodo Tivat - Galil Gilboa
Mar. 20: Kumanovo - Kavala

Last Four

Mar. 13: Mornar Bar - Kozuv 87-81
Mar. 19: Djuro Djakovic - OKK Beograd 68-69



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  BELIZE   


Kiryat Tivon inks Alex Carcamo - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (National League) agreed terms with 36-year old Belizean ex-international forward Alex Carcamo (200-77, college: E.Washington, agency: Dream Team Management). He played last season at Ciudad de Bragado in Argentinian TNA league. The most of previous (2010-11) season Carcamo spent at Asociacion Italiana (TNA) in Argentina. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg that season. He also spent pre-season at Obera Tennis Club (TNA) in Argentinian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Carcamo won Kosovo League championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Kosovo League All-Imports Team back in 2010. Carcamo represented Belize at the COCABA Championships in Cancun (Mexico) four years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Carcamo has played also in China, Dominican Rep., Philippines, Portugal, Uruguay (Hebraica), Venezuela, Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa and Cosmos), Dominican Republic (Reales) and Argentina (Olimpico de La Banda and San Martin Corrientes).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Kiryat Tivon.
Carcamo attended Eastern Washington University until 1999 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: A good all around forward, who plays the 3 and 4 positions and even some 5 if needed. Very athletic, good shootblocker, he's really quick for a PF, and has good shooting, dribbling and post-up skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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

Regular Season: Round 22

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


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje23.8 
 3. Filipovic, Vogosca20.1 
 4. Lalovic, Zrinjski.19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost17.2 
 8. Hot, Vogosca17.2 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.4 
 10. Rizvic, Bosna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Josilo, Varda HE9.0 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.4 
 4. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.9 
 5. Rizvic, Bosna6.8 
 6. Goranovic, Radnik6.7 
 7. Pavlovic, Borac N.6.6 
 8. Damjanovic, Servit.6.3 
 9. Bijelic, Mladost6.2 
 10. Erkic, Radnik B.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.2 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.3 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.4 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna5.3 
 6. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 7. Radovanovic, Radni.4.8 
 8. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 9. Ivanic, Mladost4.7 
 10. Bjelica, Capljina4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.6 
 2. Kovacevic, Capljina2.4 
 3. Lovric, Posusje2.4 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.2 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna1.7 
 6. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 7. Borovcanin, Radnik1.6 
 8. Knezevic, Mladost1.6 
 9. Erkic, Radnik B.1.5 
 10. Peljto, Kakanj1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.3 
 2. Mustapic, Posusje0.7 
 3. Erkic, Radnik B.0.6 
 4. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 
 5. Velimirovic, Mlado.0.5 
 6. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 7. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 8. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 9. Leric, Bosna0.4 
 10. Demic, Bosna0.4 



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  CAMEROON   


Kenny Kadji's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cameroonians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Miami, FL to a victory against the Boston College (7-11) 69-58 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Kadji had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. The University of Miami, Florida has a very good 16-3 conference record this season. It was Miami, FL's fourth consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kadji played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-23) 79-63 in the German BBL last Saturday. NaNa scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (11-15) is placed 14th in the BBL. NaNa has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 58.9%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France). He contributed to Aix-Maurienne's victory against the closely-ranked Fos Ouest (15-12) 80-69 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Ekanga-Ehawa scored 10 points in 23 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (14-13) is placed tenth in the ProB. This year Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 86.2% in the 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Ekanga-Ehawa played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #4. Forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Wake Forest (6-12) to beat the University of Maryland (8-10). He recorded only 4 points and added 3 passes. The Wake Forest was defeated 75-62 on the road by the University of Maryland. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Arnaud Adala's first season with the team. Arnaud Adala has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. Former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (10-17) crushing them 99-72 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) last Sunday. He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Kerava Energia Team (21-6) is placed first in Division B. The Regular Season already ended. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. Towa is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Towa averages: 15.8ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #6. Forward Michel Ipouck (199-86, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chartres (9-14) in their game against Vendee Challans (8-15) in the French NM1 (third division). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Chartres lost 60-71 in Challans to the lower-ranked (#14) Vendee. Ipouck's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in the 10 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague could not help Energy Invest to beat Kutaisi (10-7). Toudjani scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. his team was edged 85-84 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Kutaisi. It's Toudjani's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in a Kerava Energia Team's victory against the sixth-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (10-17) crushing them 99-72 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. Mua scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Kerava Energia Team (21-6) is placed first in Division B. The Regular Season already ended. Mua is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mua averages: 21.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg and 1.8spg.

   #3. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) contributed to a JL Bourg's victory against the 16th-ranked Saint Vallier (9-18) 79-72 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Njoya scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. JL Bourg Basket (15-12) is placed sixth in the ProB. This year Njoya's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.8apg in the 13 games.

   #4. Sama Taku (185-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Pacific in a 2-point victoryagainst the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (13-5) 55-53 in the NCAA on Friday night. Taku scored only 3 points in 24 minutes. The University of Pacific has a solid 13-5 conference record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Taku has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg in the 26 games.

   #5. Gedeon Pitard (188-PG-89, currently plays in France) helped STB Le Havre win their game against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (12-11) crushing them 94-71 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points. STB Le Havre (12-3) is placed sixth in the ProA. Pitard has been at the team for six years. Pitard's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #6. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) helped Air Avellino win their game against the league outsider Angelico Biella 77-72 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Biligha scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 3.1ppg and 1.7rpg in the 20 games. Biligha is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #7. Junior MBida (206-C-90, currently plays in France) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the seventh-ranked Nantes 90-74 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored only 3 points. MBida's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.8rpg.

   #8. Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (186-PG-75, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Spot Up Medien Baskets in their game against Weissenhorn Youngstars in the German ProB (third division). Njoya Nken cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 66-61. Njoya Nken's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.9apg. He has both Cameroonian and Canadian nationalities.



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  CANADA   


Steve Nash's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA). He led Los Angeles Lakers to a victory against the Sacramento Kings (23-44) 113-102 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Nash had a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 12 passes. He also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Lakers have 36-33 record this season. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.8apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 92.2%(94-102) in the 45 games he played so far. Nash played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-45) in their last game on Monday. Despite Thompson's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were crushed 111-90 on the road by the Indiana Pacers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Thompson also added 2 blocks. This season Thompson has very high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.4% and FT: 64.0%. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (51-16) in their last game. Despite Joseph's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were crushed 107-83 in Minnesota by the Timberwolves. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Joseph also added 3 passes in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. This year Joseph's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 60.4%(29-48) and FT: 86.7% in the 16 games. He played for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #4. Point guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Georgia Tech (6-12) crushing them 84-64 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Hanlan recorded 41 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Boston College has 7-11 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Hanlan's first year with the team. His total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg. Hanlan used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2011.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #5. Former international forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to Gonzaga's victory against the Saint Mary's College of California (11-7) 65-51 in the NCAA on Monday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. The Gonzaga University has a very solid 16-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all sixteen games in the conference. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Olynyk has been at the team for four years. Olynyk's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #6. Forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the U.S. Air Force Academy (3-13) 72-56 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Bennett scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. The University of Nevada - Las Vegas have a solid 10-6 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Bennett's total stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 16 games. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Canadian team three years ago.

Sim Bhullar
Sim Bhullar
   #7. Former U19 international center Sim Bhullar (226-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the University of Texas at Arlington (4-14) 64-55 in the NCAA last Saturday. Bhullar recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks. The New Mexico State University has quite an impressive 14-4 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bhullar's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Bhullar has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #8. Center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV, currently plays in NBA) helped Miami Heat win their game against the Atlanta Hawks (37-30) 98-81 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 6 points. The Miami Heat has a very good 52-14 record this season. It was his team's 23rd consecutive victory in a row. Anthony plays fifth season for the team. Anthony has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Nik Stauskas
Nik Stauskas
   #9. Former U19 international guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the The Pennsylvania State University (2-16) 83-66 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). The University of Michigan has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. Stauskas' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. It's Stauskas' first year with the team. This season he has very high stats. Stauskas averages: 18.5ppg, 17.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9bpg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team two years ago.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #10. Forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for CSM Bucuresti (16-11) in their last game. Despite Shepherd's very good performance CSM Bucuresti was badly defeated 95-77 on the opponent's court by the leading Oradea. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Shepherd also added 3 assists in 27 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Shepherd is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league with 19.5ppg. He also averaged so far 4.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg in the 26 games. Shepherd is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 couldn't help Kavala (5-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Mitrovic's very good performance Kavala was edged 76-73 in Kalitheas by the higher-ranked Ikaros (#8). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Mitrovic has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Myck Kabongo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Texas win their game against the Texas Christian University 70-57 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Kabongo scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 37 minutes. Kabongo has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in Romania) led Timba Timosoara to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Miercurea Ciuc 91-82 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Brown was MVP of the game. He scored 32 points (!!!). This season Brown has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. Brown used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Romania) helped U-Mobitelco win their game against the closely-ranked Rovinari 86-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. He scored 13 points, had 7 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 28 minutes. Ross has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.6apg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2002.

   #15. Former international forward Mike Tuck (201-83, college: Loyola, MD, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a Sheffield One Health Sharks' victory against the closely-ranked London Lions 79-63 in the British BBL on Saturday night. Tuck was the best player in that game. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tuck is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.5apg. Tuck used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Iowa St. to a victory against the The University of Oklahoma (11-7) 73-66 in the NCAA last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. Ejim also added 3 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in 32 minutes. The Iowa State University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Ejim's total stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Idaho (11-7) 65-49 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Mullings recorded 23 points and had 3 steals in 37 minutes. The New Mexico State University has a very solid 14-4 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s fifth consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Mullings has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 16 games.

   #3. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in Byblos' victory against the second-ranked Sagesse (18-3) 75-62 in the Lebanese Division A last Saturday. Fraser had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 40 minutes. Byblos (12-9) is placed sixth in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Fraser is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Fraser averages: 18.5ppg, 17.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9bpg and 1.4spg in the 20 games.

   #4. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll., currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against the closely-ranked Champville (13-8) 75-69 in the Lebanese Division A last Sunday. He scored 13 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (19-2) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. El Turk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Al Riyadi's roster. El Turk has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #5. Dwight Powell (208-F-91, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Stanford (8-10) in their last game. Despite Powell's very good performance the Stanford was edged in an overtime 89-88 at home by the Arizona State University. He scored 23 points, had 9 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 43 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Powell has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games.

   #6. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Bonner scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team were crushed by 24 points 107-83 in the NBA. Bonner has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.9rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Dejan Kravic (211-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Texas Tech (3-15) in their last game. Despite Kravic's very good performance the Texas Tech was crushed 91-63 on the road by the University of Kansas. He recorded 20 points and had 3 steals in 31 minutes. Kravic has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.9rpg in the 55 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Canadian.

   #8. Mohamed Hachad (194-SG-83, college: Northwestern, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Fos Ouest (15-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Fos Ouest lost 69-80 in Aix-les-Bains to the lower-ranked (#10) Aix-Maurienne. Hachad was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals in 33 minutes. Hachad has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.7spg in the 21 games. He has both Moroccan and Canadian nationalities.

   #9. Jordan Bachynski (218-C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Arizona St. (10-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Bachynski's very good performance the Arizona St. was defeated 80-75 in Los Angeles, CA by the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles. He recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Bachynski has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.7spg.

   #10. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Mahmoud helped Al Riyadi win their game against the closely-ranked Champville 75-69. He scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 26 minutes. Mahmoud is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.4apg. He also averaged so far 7.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.6spg in the 20 games. Mahmoud also holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 19: Bambuqueros - Caribbean Heat 99-74
Mar. 19: Aguilas - Piratas 80-82
Mar. 19: Once Caldas - Academia 80-57
Mar. 19: Halcones - Bucaros 70-65

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 22: Academia - Piratas
Mar. 22: Bucaros - Aguilas
Mar. 22: Caribbean Heat - Once Caldas
Mar. 22: Bambuqueros - Halcones


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone RAYSON
  Aguilas
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Rayson, Aguilas23.5 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.9 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.20.9 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros18.7 
 6. Garris, Once Caldas18.2 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros17.9 
 9. Aragon, Academia17.9 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.8 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros10.6 
 3. Blue, Academia9.3 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.1 
 5. Rayson, Aguilas7.0 
 6. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 7. Truscott, Halcones6.6 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.6.2 
 9. Burnett, Halcones6.1 
 10. Guevara, Bambuqu.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.7 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.1 
 3. Brooks, Bucaros5.1 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.9 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas3.2 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 8. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 9. Caicedo, Bambuque.2.7 
 10. Londono, Academia2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.3 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.2 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.9 
 4. Garris, Once Caldas1.7 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 6. Londono, Academia1.4 
 7. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.3 
 8. Corpus, Aguilas1.3 
 9. Mendez, Piratas1.2 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros0.9 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 3. Cuero, Aguilas0.8 
 4. Blue, Academia0.7 
 5. Farley, Academia0.7 
 6. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 7. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 8. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.0.5 
 10. Mayfield, Aguilas0.5 


Cesar Chavez Jacobo claims Colombian DPB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Dominican Rep. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Academia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 19 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Academia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Once Caldas (#5, 7-8) 87-79. Academia maintains the 3rd position in Colombian DPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Academia will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. Chavez Jacobo just recently signed at Academia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cesar Chavez Jacobo averages this season 20.9ppg and 4.9apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American center Quentin Smith (205-C-77, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) of Aguilas. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Aguilas lost that game 80-92 to slightly higher-ranked Piratas (#4, 8-7). Aguilas is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Aguilas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas (#4). Thomas got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He was a key player of Piratas, leading his team to a 92-80 win against slightly lower-ranked Aguilas (#6, 6-9). Piratas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Thomas has a very solid season. In 3 games in Colombia he scored 22.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85) of Halcones - 27 points and 10 rebounds
5. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Bucaros - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Edgar Moreno (190-G-81) of Piratas - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Once Caldas - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) of Piratas - 22 points and 5 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)



PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 15- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

The second round of the first face started without changes, Bambuqueros and Bukaros keeps leading the Professional Basketball Division taking a distance from their challengers, Academia, Piratas and Manizales OC are trying to get consistency making changes and fighting against the injuries and short rosters, Aguilas and the Caribbean Heat keep their hopes alive but will need to improve in order to clinch a place among the group of six, Halcones does not founds a way to stop its losing streak and looks like the bottom of the standings will be its place.


In Neiva Bambuqueros blasted the shorthanded Caribbean Heat that played without two imports after lost Cory Bradford and sent Chaz Franklin back home, official stats of the game has not been posted yet.
Bambuqueros 116
Caribbean Heat 71

Academia found a great answer in Deiby Aguirre as starter to defeat Manizales OC as visitor, a tough loss for the OC tha puts them 6th in the standings, Academia took control of the game from the start using as usual a short rotation, the OC focused its defense on Chavez and Aragon but the green answer cames from Aguirre and Farley leading the way in the first half, the OC defensive adjustment in the second half allowed the Academias great duo to woke up an seal victory.
Manizales OC 79 - C. Cortez 25 pts, A. Jordan 22 pts
Academia de la Montana 87 - C. Chavez 19 pts, D. Aguirre 18 pts

Piratas got a ver important victory on the road taking revenge of Aguilas in Tunja, Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84, college: Philadelphia) had a powerfull night leading the black team with 32 pts, Aguilas did not found a way to stop the Piratas, and was unable to impose the size of Smith in the paint.
Aguilas de Tunja 80 - T. Rayson 24 pts, Q. Smith 21 pts + 12 rebs
Piratas de Bogota 92 - T. Thomas 32 pts, E. Arteaga 22 pts

Bukaros had to fight until the last minute tos tole a victory in Cucuta against the Halcones, the locals had the comeback of Louis Truscott and a nice performance of Daniel Northern but the depth and experience of the Bukaros was too much, Northern had the chance to win the game but miss his two free throws with 20 seconds left in the clock.
Brooks and Hernandez leaded the winners to keep the second place in the standings
Halcones de Cucuta 79 - D. Northern 27 pts + 10 rebs, C. Nelson 13 pts
Bukaros 80 - P. Brooks 21 pts, J, Hernandez 19 pts + 12 rebs




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Standings - A2 League

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

Regular Season: Round 23

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


Balkan League: OKK Beograd with narrow win in Slavonski Brod - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - OKK Beograd 68:69

OKK Beograd claimed a narrow road win over Djuro Djakovic. It was the first success for the Serbian team in Last 4 group. Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) and Stanoje Knezevic (202-PF-89) delivered 16 points each to pace the winners.
OKK Beograd ensured a strong start to the game. They recorded a 22:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Djuro Djakovic cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Croatian team got within 5 points at halftime 31:36. OKK Beograd did not allow the hosts to take over in the third frame. The visitors gained a 6-point lead into the fourth stanza. Petani tied things up at 64 with under three minutes remaining in regulation. Ivan Marinkovic and Malidzan helped the visitors to a 67:64 lead. Stanoje Knezevic then made it 68:64 for OKK Beograd and they held on to celebrate victory at the end. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) accounted for 15 points in the victory. Toni Brnas (201-F-91) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Djuro Djakovic. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) had 20 points in defeat.

Djuro Djakovic: Toni Brnas 25, Marko Batina 20
OKK Beograd: Ivan Marinkovic 16, Stanoje Knezevic 16, Nikola Jeftic 15



Ante Tomic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-11) 89-81 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Tomic recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (16-9) is placed third in the ACB. Tomic is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 62.4%(138-221) and FT: 66.2% in the 25 games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga to a 3-point victory over the second-ranked Real Madrid (9-2) 77-74 in the Euroleague last Friday. Zoric was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Zoric also added 2 blocks. Unicaja Malaga (6-5) is placed fifth in group E. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Zoric has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(98-172) and FT: 76.5%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Simon led his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga to a 3-point victory against the second-ranked Real Madrid (9-2) 77-74. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Simon has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 89.6% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #4. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia could not help Khimky (6-5) to beat Maccabi T-A (6-5). Loncar scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The fourth-placed Khimky was edged 80-79 on the road by the lower-ranked Maccabi T-A (#6) in the group F of Euroleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. This season Loncar averages: 8.6ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2010.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #5. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-10) crushing them 82-58 in the Euroleague last Friday. Ukic scored 8 points and added 6 assists in 23 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (7-4) is placed fourth in group E. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be important. This year Ukic's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.6apg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Fran Pilepic
Fran Pilepic
   #6. Swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Eurocup) led his Spanish team Gescrap BB to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (3-3) crushing them 101-78 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Pilepic scored 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Pilepic's first season with the team. This year he averages only 6.1ppg. Pilepic is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #7. Former U20 international center Leon Radosevic (206-90, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Armani Milano (14-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Armani Milano was edged 81-78 in Cremona by the lower-ranked (#11) Vanoli. Radosevic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. This year Radosevic's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team three years ago.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #8. Center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Krka (9-16) in their game against Cedevita (14-11) in the Adriatic League. Despite his very good performance last Monday Lalic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Lalic's team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Lalic has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #9. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Leon Radosevic in the Italian SerieA last game. Peric led Vanoli Cremona to a surprising victory over the fifth-ranked Armani Milano (14-9) 81-78. He was the best player in that game. Peric scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. Peric has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

Jasmin Perkovic
Jasmin Perkovic
   #10. An experienced forward Jasmin Perkovic (205-80, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Un.Olimpija (13-12) in their game against HKK Siroki WWin (9-16) in the Adriatic League. Perkovic recorded 8 points. Un.Olimpija was edged in an overtime 85-82 at home by the lower-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (#11). His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. Perkovic has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former U21 international player as twelve years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in a victory against the league leader Maccabi Ashdod 90-71 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Planinic scored only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 13 minutes. Planinic has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the 11 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Poland) led Trefl Sopot to a 1-point victory against the fourth-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia 73-72 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. Spralja scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Spralja has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former international guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87, currently plays in Greece) led Ikaros to a 3-point victory over the 12th-ranked Kavala 76-73 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Vrkic was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points in 36 minutes. Vrkic's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

   #14. International forward Damjan Rudez (208-86, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Ante Tomic in the Spanish ACB last game. Rudez couldn't help CAI Zaragoza in their game against Regal FC Barcelona. Despite his good performance last Sunday He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Rudez's stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former international point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Madrid in their game against CB Canarias in the Spanish ACB. Draper cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. His team was defeated 96-83. Draper has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Draper used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago. He played also for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

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

   #1. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Boise St. (9-7) in their last game. Despite Drmic's very good performance the Boise St. lost 67-73 on the road to the San Diego State University. He scored 20 points and had 3 steals in 35 minutes. Drmic's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Drmic averaged so far 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Kristijan Krajina (206-F-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Mt.St.Mary's (11-7) in their last game. Despite Krajina's good performance the Mt.St.Mary's was crushed 91-70 in Brooklyn, NY by the Long Island University. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was Mt.St.Mary's' first loss after nine consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Krajina has been at the team for four years. Krajina has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 22 games.

   #3. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to secure a victory for ETB Wohnbau (11-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance ETB Wohnbau was defeated 90-85 in Vechta by the leading SC Rasta. Buljevic scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Buljevic averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German. Despite Buljevic's Croatian nationality, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #4. Experienced Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Kotwica (6-17) 84-69 in the Polish TBL in Friday night's game. Milicic recorded 7 points in 22 minutes. AZS Koszalin (11-12) is placed second in Places 7-12 group. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Milicic has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg in the 11 games. Milicic has both Croatian and Polish nationalities.

   #5. Sandi Marcius (206-F-90, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Purdue (8-10) in their game against the University of Nebraska (5-13) in the NCAA. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Purdue was edged 57-55 at home by the University of Nebraska. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Marcius has been at the team for four years. Marcius has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg.

   #6. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 3-point Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against the 13th-ranked Finke Baskets 77-74 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. He scored 9 points in 19 minutes. Petric averaged so far 10.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 25 games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #7. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga couldn't help SKP Banska Bystrica (15-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jankovic's very good performance SKP Banska Bystrica was edged in an overtime 107-105 in Nova Ves by the higher-ranked Nova Ves (#5). He scored 15 points. Jankovic averaged so far 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg.

   #8. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Euroins Cherno More in their game against Beroe in the Bulgarian NBL. He scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots. His team was crushed by 33 points 95-62. Vrcelj is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 11.8ppg and 7.4rpg. Vrcelj holds both Croatian and Canadian passports.

   #9. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help UBSC Graz in their game against Raiffeisen Wels in the Austrian A Bundesliga. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was defeated 86-76. Stegnjaic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg.

   #10. Ivica Cvitanovic (207-C-82, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help Svit in their game against Komarno in the Slovakian Extraliga. Cvitanovic scored 7 points in 23 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 100-77. He has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 3.4rpg in the eight games.



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Apoel ties the series - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

With good defense, clear mind and good psychology, Apoel dominated in Lefkotheo Indoor arena, winning Keravnos 92-67 bringing the series at 2-2.

Apoel was ahead of the score since the beginning getting an important victory considering that has not played well for the last two games. This was Apoel's best game in the series so far.

Rebounds were 32-31 with Keravnos grabbing 16 offensive and 15 defensive. Apoel grabbed 28 defensive and 4 offensive.

Final game takes place on Friday at Strovolos Indoor arena.



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David Jelinek selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-9) crushing them 87-67 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Jelinek scored 6 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 17 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Caja Laboral this season. His team is placed fifth in group F. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Jelinek is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Cajasol (9-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Satoransky's very good performance Cajasol was badly defeated 66-49 on the road by the much higher-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (#6). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Satoransky also added 3 steals. Satoransky belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 75.3%. Satoransky is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He was not able to help Planasa NV (8-14) in their last game. Despite Starosta's very good performance Planasa NV lost 67-74 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#6) Lobe_Huesca. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Starosta also added 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 31 minutes. It was Planasa NV's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Starosta is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.1ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(143-241) and FT: 42.7% in the 22 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #4. Shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Blusens Monbus (12-13) in their game against Valencia Basket (15-10) in the Spanish ACB. Pumprla recorded 7 points and added 3 assists. Blusens Monbus was defeated 80-74 in Valencia by the higher-ranked Basket (#5). Pumprla's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #5. International small forward Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-23) 79-63 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He scored 9 points. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (11-15) is placed 14th in the BBL. Barton's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #6. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Caceres Basket (9-13) crushing them 84-64 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Hampl recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Hampl's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.1ppg and 4.0rpg in the 22 games. Hampl is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #7. Former international center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Umana Venezia (11-12) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (16-7) in the Italian SerieA. He scored only 4 points. Umana Venezia was defeated 74-69 in Roma by the higher-ranked Lottomatica (#3). It was Umana Venezia's third consecutive loss in a row. Hubalek's total stats this season are: 1.9ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A could not help Apoel (12-9) in their last game. Despite Kremen's good performance Apoel lost 69-76 on the road to the leading Keravnos. He scored 10 points in 19 minutes. It's Kremen's first season with the team. This year Kremen's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in the 21 games he played so far.

   #2. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Komarno (21-11) in their game against SKP Banska Bystrica (15-17) in the Slovakian Extraliga. Kratochvil scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Komarno was crushed 89-64 in Banska Bystrica by the lower-ranked (#7) SKP Banska Bystrica. It was Komarno's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Kratochvil's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 3.0rpg in the 30 games.

   #3. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an USC Leipzig's victory against one of league's weakest teams Kirchheim Knights (10-17) 103-97 in the German ProA (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Uni-Riesen Leipzig (7-20) closes the standings in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Tyrna's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 5.6rpg.



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Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Lemvig 17-4 
 2. Falcon 16-4 
 3. BMS Skovlunde 15-6 
 4. Virum 13-8 
 5. Amager BK 13-8 
 6. Stevnsgade 12-9 
 7. Glostrup 8-11 
 8. Koge BK 8-12 
 9. Aarhus BF 8-12 
 10. Jonstrup 5-14 
 11. ALBA 5-15 
 12. Haderslev 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 19: Haderslev - Aarhus BF 78-84
Mar. 19: Stevnsgade - Falcon 70-80

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 23: ALBA - Lemvig
Mar. 23: Glostrup - Stevnsgade
Mar. 23: Falcon - Haderslev
Mar. 23: Amager BK - Koge BK
Mar. 23: Aarhus BF - BMS Skovlunde
Mar. 24: Jonstrup - Virum


Kevin Larsen selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #1. This week's number one is U20 international forward Kevin Larsen (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the G.Washington (7-9) in their last game. Despite Larsen's very good performance the G.Washington lost 72-77 on the road to the University of Massachusetts. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Larsen's first season with the team. Larsen is currently a member of the Danish U20 national team.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Jonathan Gilling (201-91, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Arizona St. (10-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Gilling's very good performance the Arizona St. was defeated 80-75 in Los Angeles, CA by the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Gilling's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Gilling played for the Danish U20 national team in 2010.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola, currently plays in Israel). Colman managed to help Maccabi Bazan Haifa to win against the league outsider Ironi Ashkelon (5-16) 83-69 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. He scored only 3 points. It was his first game for Maccabi Haifa this season. His team is placed second in the Winner League. It was Maccabi's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Colman's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Colman has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team five years ago.

Esben Reinholt
Esben Reinholt
   #4. Guard Esben Reinholt (195-93, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for KK Split (8-17) in their game against Radnicki KG (16-9) in the Adriatic League. He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Reinholt recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The bottom-ranked KK Split was badly defeated 81-63 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Radnicki KG. His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Reinholt has been at the team for four years. This season Reinholt averages: 1.9ppg and 1.2rpg in the 17 games he played so far. He is also Danish U20 national team player.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #5. Former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Olin Edirne (5-17) in their game against Anadolu Efes (18-4) in the Turkish TBL. Voskuil did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He recorded only 2 points. Olin Edirne was edged 83-82 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#4). This season Voskuil averages just 2.2ppg. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil used to play for the Danish national team four years ago. He played also for Horsens IC in Danish league.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Danish passport:

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help the league outsider U20 (0-20) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked U20 was badly defeated 93-74 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Spartak Pleven. Tenchev was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. So far U20 lost all twenty games in the Regular Season. Tenchev has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he currently plays for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Danish team.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) plays for Opentach Pla in Spanish EBA
Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) plays for Rostock EBC in German Regionalliga
Michael Larsen (84) plays for Racing in Luxembourg N2



Randers beats SISU in 3-0 - by Thomas Soltau

A very good season, for head coach Almir Zeco , and his SISU team, led by veteran guard mickey dennis came to an end last week. Sadly for the club this means another disappointment, after losing to Horsholm and not making the Cup final, which was finally within reach this year.

Bad luck, and a very well-playing Bonell Colas (205-F-82, college: Florida) put a very early stop to a 4th place SISU team. Much of the upset, can be explained in the injury to Zack Moritz (210-C-88, college: Boise St.), who had to sit out the final two games of the best-of-five series. Without their main big-man SISU had little manpower to put against the dominating play of Colas, who has clearly been the most effective inside presence in the Danish league in all areas.

From the outside looking in, it seems that Randers biggest advantage is that their players play to their strengths and there is a clear sense of hierarchy within the team - an element, which importance, should not be underestimated, and therefore the team should have a great chance going into the semi-finals.





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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 28-13 
 2. Canton C. 25-17 
 3. Erie Bay H. 23-21 
 4. Maine RC 23-21 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 22-20 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 21-21 
 7. Springfield A. 17-25 
 8. Iowa E. 11-32 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 30-12 
 2. Rio Grande VV 26-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 24-18 
 4. Austin T. 23-18 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-22 
 6. Texas L. 18-25 
 7. Idaho S. 13-28 
 8. Reno B. 13-28 

Regular Season: Round 60

Mar. 17: Texas L. - Maine RC 94-109
Mar. 19: Tulsa 66ers - Bakersfield J. 70-101
Mar. 17: Springfield A. - Ft.Wayne MA 107-80
Mar. 19: Springfield A. - Erie Bay H. 102-96
Mar. 20: Canton C. - Maine RC
Mar. 20: Los Angeles D. - Idaho S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.20.5 
 4. Goudelock, Rio G.20.2 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.19.6 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ft.Wayne.
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 2. Jones, Texas L.11.7 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.10.5 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.2 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.9.4 
 8. Wright, Maine RC9.3 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 10. Harris, Iowa E.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Fortson, Los A.6.9 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 7. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
 10. Singletary, Texas5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.1.9 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.7 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.5 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 6. Whiteside, Rio G.2.2 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 


Maine Red Claws add Foster to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Maine Red Claws added to their roster 25-year old center Will Foster (226-118kg-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Duran International). He was tested at Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League), but was released by the team earlier this month, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. In 30 D-League games he had 3.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.0bpg this season. The last summer Foster was tested by Leones (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league. He ended the last (11-12) season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In three games he recorded 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3bpg. But the most of that year Foster spent at Idaho Stampede. In 18 games he recorded 5.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.9bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by CBP/Sentir Penafiel (CNB2) in Portuguese league.
In 202010 summer Foster played at Seattle.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won WCC Regular Season for four years in a row (between 2007 and 2010).
Foster has played previously for Seattle A..
He attended Gonzaga University until 2010 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Santa Cruz Warriors Acquire Jeremy Tyler - by Eurobasket News

The Santa Cruz Warriors have claimed forward/center Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) off waivers. He is currently inactive.
Tyler is averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in five contests with the Santa Cruz Warriors, all as an assignment player from the Golden State Warriors. Drafted 39th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, Tyler has played 62 games with the Golden State Warriors and one game with the Atlanta Hawks.



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Trevor Ariza selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza led Washington Wizards to a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (34-32) 106-93 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 14 points and added 3 assists. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 23-43 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ariza has relatively good stats this season: 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 83.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. Greer could not help Strasbourg IG (16-7) to beat Cholet (10-13). He scored 7 points. Strasbourg IG was defeated 71-65 on the road by the much lower-ranked Cholet (#12). Greer is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). This season he averages: 6.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 39.3%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 78.9%. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain). Baez managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 to win against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (9-16) 66-49 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (15-10) is placed sixth in the ACB. Baez's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 59.8%(55-92), 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 77.6%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. Power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Assignia Manresa (4-21) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (10-15) in the Spanish ACB. Asselin cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and blocked 3 blocks. The bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa was defeated 86-73 in Valladolid by the higher-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#14). It was Assignia Manresa's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This season Asselin has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (39-28) 105-93 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Horford had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals in 42 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 37-30 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. Horford has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 10.1rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 64 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Strasbourg IG (16-7) in their last game. Despite Greer's good performance Strasbourg IG lost 65-71 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#12) Cholet. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Greer also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. Greer is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg in the 22 games. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a FIATC Joventut's surprising victory against the second-ranked Caja Laboral (19-6) 89-79 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Quezada recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. FIATC Joventut Badalona (13-12) is placed eighth in the ACB. This season Quezada averages: 9.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil), who plays in the Brazilian NBB was not able to help Winner/Limeira (9-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Winner/Limeira was edged 81-79 in Sorocabana by the much lower-ranked (#10) Liga Sorocaba. Ramon was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 assists in 40 minutes. This year Ramon has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.7apg in the 29 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #5. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) was the main contributor in a Wollongong Hawks' victory against the closely-ranked Kings (11-16) 81-74 in the Australian NBL on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Deleon scored 25 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Wollongong Hawks (12-15) are placed third in the NBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Deleon is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Deleon averages: 16.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Will De La Cruz (188-G-80, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, currently plays in UBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Atlanta Titans crushing them 151-106 in the UBA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. De La Cruz had a double-double by scoring 48 points and making 10 passes. He also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. De La Cruz is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 6.3apg. He also averaged so far 18.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1spg in the seven games.

   #7. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Detroit Pistons in their game against the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. Villanueva scored 5 points. His team were crushed by 37 points 119-82 in the NBA. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.1ppg and 3.7rpg. Villanueva also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82, college: Tennessee St., currently plays in Greece) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras in their game against AGOR in the Greek A1. Turner scored 8 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes. His team lost 65-75. Turner is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. This year his other stats are: 6.1ppg and 4.6rpg in the 20 games. Turner holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St., currently plays in Liga Americas), who plays in Ecuador couldn't help Mavort (1-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Mavort was edged in an overtime 82-80 in Sao Paolo by the second-ranked Pinheiros in the group D of Liga Americas. Guzman had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds in 43 minutes. Guzman is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.0ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2apg in the six games.

   #10. Tjoe de Paula (185-PG-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Weert crushing them 85-61 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. de Paula scored 8 points and added 7 passes in 22 minutes. This year de Paula's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He has dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and Dutch.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.20.2 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.19.8 
 3. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.18.8 
 4. Flowers, Kataja18.3 
 5. Dixon, Karsiyaka17.9 
 6. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar16.3 
 8. Simmons, Krasnie16.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.15.5 
 10. Kudrautsau, Tsmok.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.11.6 
 2. Bader, Szolnok9.8 
 3. Elonu, Tofas9.0 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.2 
 5. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 6. Thomas, Karsiyaka7.7 
 7. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 8. Camara, Gravelines7.1 
 9. Lashkevich, Tsmoki.7.0 
 10. Smith, Krasnie Kr.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.0 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.4 
 3. Jordan, Telekom5.9 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.3 
 5. Burtt, Tofas4.8 
 6. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.4.7 
 7. Deane, Khimik4.7 
 8. Kramer, EWE B.4.6 
 9. Raivio, Aalstar4.6 
 10. Joyce, EWE Baske.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
 3. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.9 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 6. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.1.5 
 7. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 8. Paulding, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Burtt, Tofas1.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Gaz M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Teleko.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.6 
 2. Goodridge, Khimik1.5 
 3. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.3 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.1.2 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.2 
 6. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.2 
 7. Elonu, Tofas1.1 
 8. Pustovyi, Khimik1.1 
 9. May, Paris-Levallo.1.1 
 10. Majok, Tsmoki-M.1.1 


Karsiyaka and EWE Baskets take the last spots in Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Karsiyaka - Paris-Levallois 85-69
Karsiyaka advanced to the Final Four of the EuroChallenge. The Turkish team overcame Paris-Levallois 85:69 in the decisive third game and clinched the ticket to the Semifinal. The game was mostly controlled by Karsiyaka. The hosts started with 21-8 and never looked behind. Paris-Levallois managed to win third quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Karsiyaka finished the game with 17-15 rally and celebrated the victory in front of 4000 fans. The best player for the winners was Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Four Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds and Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) added 9 points and 9 assists respectively.

EWE Baskets - Khimik 100-78
EWE Baskets take the last ticket to the Semifinals of the EuroChallenge. The German side smashed Khimik 100:78 in the decisive third game and clinched the spot in the Final Four. The lead changed hands 15 times in the first 12 minutes, while the scores were even on eight occasions.EWE Baskets shot 67.9 percent from the field and made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. EWE Baskets outrebounded Khimik 36-19 including a 31-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Khimik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Willie Deane answered with 23 points and 4 assists and Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) added 14 points in the effort for Khimik.



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Stats Leaders

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



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Mavroeidis to undergo a surgery - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) got unlucky and will undergo a surgery today. Mr. Papagiannopoulos, the doctor of Olympiakos, will clean up the cartilage and meniscus in the knee of Olympiacos' center's left leg so that the Greek player overcome the problem that plagued him lately. The time that the 28 year old center will be back in action will be determined after the end of surgery.
In another Red news, the General Manager of the team, Christos Stavropoulos will be the one who will represent the European champions in the International Sports Court's hearing which will be held on March 22 in Lausanne, regarding the appeal for the game against Siena. The CAS decision is expected at the middle of next week.



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KORISLIIGA: Petri Virtanen and his 1506 assists - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 38: One contest tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) crushed on the road at Lappeenranta local YMCA 72-107 (28-57). Quarters: 21-30, 7-27, 18-21, 26-29. So Kataja won all four quarters, won rebounds 21-39 and had all 10 players scoring points between 4 - 19 pts. Kataja's leading scorer was Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80), who netted 19 pts. Virtanen also gave nine assists and has now gone over 1500 assists line as first player in Finland. Virtanen has given 1506 assists in 425 regular season games during 12 seasons on top level. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) was early in foul trouble, but led anyway YMCA LPR with 16 pts.
YMCA LPR - Kataja 72-107 (28-57). (Jason Conley 16/7, Greg Logins 14, Matt Gibson 13/6a - Petri Virtanen 19/9a, Vesa Makalainen 13, Juho Nenonen 13. A: 317).



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EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka advanced to the Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Karsiyaka - Paris-Levallois 85:69

Karsiyaka advanced to the Final Four of the EuroChallenge. The Turkish team overcame Paris-Levallois 85:69 in the decisive third game and clinched the ticket to the Semifinal.
The game was mostly controlled by Karsiyaka. The hosts started with 21-8 and never looked behind. Paris-Levallois managed to win third quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Karsiyaka finished the game with 17-15 rally and celebrated the victory in front of 4000 fans.
The best player for the winners was Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Four Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds and Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) added 9 points and 9 assists respectively.

Karsiyaka: Will Thomas 22+10rebs, Bobby Dixon 22, Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St.) 11+10rebs, Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) 10
Paris-Levallois: Sean May 23, Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) 9, Andrew Albicy 9



French ProA round 23 best performance: Bernard King - by Eurobasket News

American guard Bernard King (196-G-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Havre, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 31-year old player got a double-double of 16 points and 13 assists, while his team crushed Paris-Levallois (#8, 12-11) with 23-point margin 94-71. Le Havre is placed at 11th position in French ProA. Le Havre is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-13 record. King turned to be Le Havre's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas A&M University star has very solid stats this year. King. King is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.9ppg) and averages impressive 60.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Ivorian Herve Toure (202-F-82) of Nancy. Toure had a very good evening with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Nancy cruised to a 82-75 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Orleans (#10, 11-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Nancy keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-15 record. Toure is a newcomer at Nancy and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Brian Greene (204-F-81) of Orleans (#10). Greene scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Greene's great performance Orleans lost 75-82 to the lower-ranked Nancy (#14, 8-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Orleans ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Greene could help Orleans to bring them higher in the standings. Greene has a very solid season. In 22 games in France he scored 14.5ppg. He also has 5.2rpg, FGP: 55.4% and 3PT: 41.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of Nancy - 20 points and 7 rebounds
5. Jon Brockman (201-F-87) of Limoges - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Blake Schilb (200-G/F-83) of Chalon - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Dominic James (180-PG-86) of Poitiers - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) of Dijon - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Darius Washington (188-PG-85) of Le Mans - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) of ASVEL - 16 points and 6 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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Most People Love The Sun, But I Beg For Rain. This Is When I'm At My Very Best - by Nate Bowie

A lot of people shine only in the best opportunity that someone has given them, but very few people shine when the opportunity isn't the ideal nor typical situation. A great basketball player can turn any situation into a bright spot but many athletes don't posses this kind of character. If your back is against the wall and you have no where to go, will you knock down that wall and prosper against all odds or will you fall and crumble, complain or give up. Sure a lot of people had the easy road when it comes to making a career out of basketball but those people also hit road blocks. And that's when you really see their true colors. So for those people out there that is struggling to succeed in sports or every day life, you need not to worry because your use to adversity. You only can be down for so long with out finally being able to breath and see that wall in the rear view window crumble. Everything I do or write is from experiences either in the past or present. So ifI can do one thing in this world. It would want to at least inspire one person. Because its not how bad you want something. How bad you want something is meaningless, it's pointless if how bad you willing to work for the thing you want isn't 10 times as intense as how bad you want it. I can't sell you desire, I can't bottle up passion and give it to you in a form of some magic potion. Only thing that can quench hunger is more hunger. In every trial and tribulation everything we go through is necessary in life. Because its the lesson we get from these things that most people can't and can not endure. So this very blog is dedicated to people out there that really haven't tasted the fine wine in life, but so close to tasting it that their mouth gets watery. You can wake up every day and wish your life was better or wish your situation in sports is better. But no one can change that but YOU.

I'm very blessed to have a good group of people surrounding me in my career. Including my family, AG and E (my agents), 2DaHole, and also my small circle of friends. When you surround yourself with people that knows what struggle taste like than that taste will become real bitter in the future.

Always Remember:Your thoughts are more powerful than anything in this world. And this will determine your future.We become what we think.



Most People Love The Sun, But I Beg For Rain. This Is When I'm At My Very Best - by Nate Bowie

A lot of people shine only in the best opportunity that someone has given them, but very few people shine when the opportunity isn't the ideal nor typical situation. A great basketball player can turn any situation into a bright spot but many athletes don't posses this kind of character. If your back is against the wall and you have no where to go, will you knock down that wall and prosper against all odds or will you fall and crumble, complain or give up. Sure a lot of people had the easy road when it comes to making a career out of basketball but those people also hit road blocks. And that's when you really see their true colors. So for those people out there that is struggling to succeed in sports or every day life, you need not to worry because your use to adversity. You only can be down for so long with out finally being able to breath and see that wall in the rear view window crumble. Everything I do or write is from experiences either in the past or present. So ifI can do one thing in this world. It would want to at least inspire one person. Because its not how bad you want something. How bad you want something is meaningless, it's pointless if how bad you willing to work for the thing you want isn't 10 times as intense as how bad you want it. I can't sell you desire, I can't bottle up passion and give it to you in a form of some magic potion. Only thing that can quench hunger is more hunger. In every trial and tribulation everything we go through is necessary in life. Because its the lesson we get from these things that most people can't and can not endure. So this very blog is dedicated to people out there that really haven't tasted the fine wine in life, but so close to tasting it that their mouth gets watery. You can wake up every day and wish your life was better or wish your situation in sports is better. But no one can change that but YOU.

I'm very blessed to have a good group of people surrounding me in my career. Including my family, AG and E (my agents), 2DaHole, and also my small circle of friends. When you surround yourself with people that knows what struggle taste like than that taste will become real bitter in the future.

Always Remember:Your thoughts are more powerful than anything in this world. And this will determine your future.We become what we think.
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)



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EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets take the last ticket to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Khimik 100:78

EWE Baskets take the last ticket to the Semifinals of the EuroChallenge. The German side smashed Khimik 100:78 in the decisive third game and clinched the spot in the Final Four.
The lead changed hands 15 times in the first 12 minutes, while the scores were even on eight occasions.EWE Baskets shot 67.9 percent from the field and made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. EWE Baskets outrebounded Khimik 36-19 including a 31-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Khimik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) added 14 points in the effort for Khimik.

EWE Baskets: Rickey Paulding 24, Adam Chubb 22, Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) 17, Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) 11
Khimik: Willie Deane 23, Devoe Joseph 14, Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) 12, Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) 12



Guy Aud (Finke Baskets) I Love To Pass The Ball And Make My Teammates Better - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Guy Aud (188-G-89) is a 22 year old 188cm guard that has the German and Israel citizenship and is playing for the Finke Baskets. He is a hard worker, very determined in defense, has good court vision and able to move the ball with his passing skills, moreover likes to attack the basket, has a good jump shoot from mid distance and solid 3p shot. He started his professional basketball career in 1998 for the Mevaseret Zion youth team until 2003. He then played for the Hapoel Jerusalem youth team until 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Hapoel Hevel Eylot (Israel-Artzit): 22 games: 19.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg. In 2009-2010, he played for : Maccabi Hod Hasharon (National League, starting five): 20 games: 3.4ppg, 1.3rpg. In 2010-2011 he played for Hapoel Afula (Israel-National League, starting five): 27 games: 4.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. Last season, he played for the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB, starting five): 24 games: 10.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 84.1%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

It seems like the PRO A is more competitive than the years before?

This this my first season in Pro A but I can say that from what I see this season the league is very very equal. There is a lot of good players and coaches. Every team can win against every team. We have a lot of Americans but the Germans in this league are strong as well. But what make the league very interesting is the fact that really every team can win or lose every day and I dont know a lot of leagues like that.


After making the playoffs in Lich last season, how sad are you that this season you will have an earlier summer vacation?

I wish the season would go longer, because I still have a lot of hunger to play, we still have a small chance to get the playoffs. But in any case I will start training in the summer and work hard to get my game better for next season.

What was the biggest success of the team this season? Possibly sweeping Jena and Gotha?

Sure that the two games against Jena was our best results we had. But the biggest success maybe is that even though we had a lot of problems we never made it an easy time to the opponent, we had a lot of close games against top teams and we had bad luck as well a lot of times, with a little more luck the whole picture could look different.

Paderborn was able to score much, but why wasnt defense able to be on the same page as the club gave up 80 plus points 15 times?

In the first part of the season we didnt put enough attention in defense, but that is one of the things we got better in the last months after we put a lot of work on it and still do.

How happy have you been with your PRO A season? You are almost averaging six assists a game?

My season in personal was a good season, I always feel like I can do better.

You had 12 assists twice against Jena and Heidelberg. Do you see yourself as a classic point guard?

Yes, I love to pass the ball and make my teammates better. I think I am the kind of a PG that the more I will play at a higher level and with better players I will be better as well.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

I think I'm able to create situations in offense. That is the reason I can find my teammates open. I'm using a lot of fakes in my game in offense and defense, and using this to create some mistakes and TO to the other team, and draw fouls and co.


How much fun is it playing with pure scorer Jason jamerson? What do you like most about his game?

Playing with JJ (jason jamerson) is a pleasure, he is a great shooter, he understands the game really well and we understand each other good as well.


Last season you played in the PRO B for Lich. Your assists were only at 1,9. What role did you have?

There is two answers for it. First reason is that last season I was also playing as a shooting guard because my coach wanted to use more my shooting ability and second, in Pro B (and sometims in pro a as well) they dont always right your assists and rebounds right.


Your ex coach Igor Starkevic had his contract extended until 2015. Does that surprise you?

It's not surprise me at all, Igor he's a great coach, he knows a lot about basketball, and he very professional.


How did Starkevic help you get better on the court? Many players have commented that they developed under him?

The biggest part of my game that Igor helped me with was my confidence in my shot.
He used to tell me all the time that I am even a better shooter then he was lol.


You have the German/Israel citizenship. Why after playing many years did you decide to come to Germany?

I wanted to try something new and to have a new experience and I really liked it!

You played for the Hapoel Jersualem youth teams from 2003-2008 seeing many great players. What player impressed you the most in that time?

There is a lot of great PGs that was there over the years. The two that I liked the most was Adi Gordon who is a big Israeli legend, and Dror Hagag. He like me started in lower leagues and worked hard to make it to the top in european basketball.


Who were your basketball idols growing up as a kid?

Steve Nash and Allen Iverson.

What was the scariest experience that you ever saw in Israel or was your time there always calm?

What people see on TV it's not really like that in Israel. Most of the people in Israel having a good, calm life.


Who won a one on one last season in Lich you or Blake Young?

We never played one on one.


If you could ask Omri Casspi one question what would you ask him?

If he can put a good word for me in his team lol.

Is the Beko BBL a goal for you or would you like to maybe go to another country in the future and play basketball?

The BBL is a goal for me.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?

I remember one time I had 99 from 100. I never tried more than that.


What was your most crazy shot in your career that went in?

I had few times a shot from the halfcourt. I also had some winning shots in my life. But nothing really crazy.


Kobe or Lebron? Who is better?

I'm Kobe fan so I will always say Kobi, but what Lebron is doing is also unbelievable.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I am reading more than watching movies.

Thanks Guy for the chat.




Jacob Burtschi (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Muli Katzurin And Klaus Prewas Know How To Get The Most Out Of Their Players Defensively - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners March 22nd.

A tough 82-78 loss in Ulm last weekend. How difficult was it digesting this loss?

Very difficult. we had a great chance to get a win and we let it slip away at the end.

Bremerhaven kept Per Guenther in check, did a great job limiting the turnovers to six, but just couldnt contain John Bryant. Would you be surprsied if he couldnt defend his MVP title this season?

John is even a more complete player now that he is a good consistent 3 point shooter. He is the most difficult guy to prepare for in the league and there are some great talents in this league.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have lost 8 of the last 11 games. Why has the team been so inconsistent in this span?

We have struggled to close out games and we have come out and played flat and with no energy. You dont win a lot of games when you do this.

The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. What are your memories of the 74-68 win earlier in the season?

It was a tough game and came down to the wire. It was good seeing familiar faces with the Frankfurt organization.

Frankfurt is a very much different team now. Does the fact that the team has won 4 of their last 5 teams solidfy that Muli Katzurin is a coach that can always make a difference even when times arent so good?

Muli and Klaus are two very good coaches. They know how to get the most out of their players defensively and when you do that, you can make anything happen.

Danilo Barthel has become the dunk monster this season. Would he be the perfect charachter for a new movie entitled white men can jump?

Yeah Danilo can jump out the gym and he has those long arms. Hopefully he doesnt get any momentum changing dunks on Friday.

Who are your dark horse favorites to make some noise in the March Madness?

That is tough to say with this field. I think saint louis can surprise a few teams.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The League Season 3

Thanks Jake for the chat.




Miro Todic (Khimik-OPZ Yuzny) I Love Do Or Die Games And Cant Wait Until The Game Starts In Oldenburg Tonight - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Serbia that just joined Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague) after playing for LeGamberi Foods Forli (Italy-Lega2) where he averaged 15,8ppg and 9,9rpg. He started his basketball career at Radnik Bijeljina. In 2003-2004 he played for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-1A), then joined Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia). H ethen played three seasons for the Deutsche Bank Sklyiners from 2004-2007 reaching the Beko BBL final in 2005. He then played for AO Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1) from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010 he played for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A1): 12 games: 4.9ppg, 2.5rpg; in Feb.'10 moved to Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 8 games: 15.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 61.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A): 2 games: 0pts, 3.0rpg, in Nov.'10 moved to Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1): 24 games: 6.4ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 54.9%. Last season he played for Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 11 games: 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 55.9%; left in Jan.'12, later that month moved to Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 17 games: 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 67.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Eurochallenge game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

You are back in Oldenburg for a second time in the last week. How happy are you to be back?

I am only here because we were able to win at home. It is always great to be in Germany, but now I am focused on winning Tuesday.


How difficult was the travel from the Ukraine to Oldenburg?


It wasnt easy. We left Staurday and flw to Kiev and stayed the night. Sunday we flew to Munich and then to Hamburg. We then took the bus to Oldenburg.


Khimik-OPZ Yuzny had an exciting 66-61 win at home against Oldenburg. What was key in getting the win?

We came into the game knowing that we had to win. WE all played hard and hustled until the end. We gave 100% and we knew we had to win.


Besides hustling what was the biggest strength of the team in game 2?

We rebounded very well and just played solid defense. One could see by the score that both teams played great defense.

What was your impression of Robin Smeulders?

I didnt defend him, but defended Adam Chubb and Ronnie Burrell. Smeulders is a good player. Oldenburg likes to use every player so some games one player will play more than other players. Their coach uses the whole team.


You limited Ronnie Burrell to one point. Was it an easy day at the office?

No it wasnt. He is a very tough player that really knows basketball. You always have to be alert against him.


How has Dominik Bahiense De Mello developed?

He didnt play much in game two. He has always been known as a shooter, but from what I could see, he has developed from his Frankfurt days. He is a good player, but most importantly he is a good guy.

You had a strong game in game tow with eight points, 10 boards and two assists. How happy were you with your own performance?

I was happy we won thats all. It isnt as important how I do, but that the team wins. I am still new to the team and trying to get used to everything. I am happy that coach gives me the chance right away to play. I will develop better from game to game as I understand the team style better.

How much do you love do or die games?

I love do or die games and cant wait until the game starts in Oldenburg. It is important that we limit mistakes and take good shots on offense. If we can play as well defense as we did at home then we have good chances to win. We want to reach the final 4.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I watched the Oldenburg game DVD.

Thanks Miro for the chat.





Harald Stein Named German U-20 Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The German basketball federation has announced that Harald Stein will coach the German U-20 team. Stein had coached the U-16 the last four years leading the team to a position 8 and 5 at the European championships. Stein also has been coaching Eintracht FRankfurt (NBBL) since 2008 and is happy about the new job. "I am very happy about the trust that the DBB has given me. I respect working together with the German Federation. It is important that the concept of the last years get further develped and work on new ideas and concepts with all the other coaches in the youth department in order to make our players always better. The new duties will be exciting and diverse and I am looking forward to the new challenges and continued working together with Frank Menz and Kai Bluemel that I respect a lot.

Source: DBB








BBC Bayreuth parts company with Coach Marco van den Berg - by Moritz Korff

BBL team BBC Bayreuth has parted company with head coach Marco van den Berg. BBC lost six of its last ten league games and is currently 15th in the Bundesliga standings. The Dutch coach came to Bayreuth in 2011. Earlier in his coaching career he won two Dutch championship titles and served as the head coach of the Dutch Men's National Team.
Van den Berg's assistants Dragan Andrejevic and Tim Nees will serve as caretaker coaches, the club announced.



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Wiliam Hatcher claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for PAOK and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for PAOK in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aris (#7, 9-11) 84-72. PAOK maintains the 4th position in Greek A1. They are still close to the very top. PAOK would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-4 record. In the team's last game Hatcher had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Wiliam Hatcher averages this season 8.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of KAOD. Palmer impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course KAOD cruised to a 87-75 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Peristeri GS (#13, 5-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But KAOD managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Palmer is a newcomer at KAOD and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another PAOK's star - Kostas Haralampidis (189-PG-76). Haralampidis got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He was another key player of PAOK, helping his team with a 84-72 win against the lower-ranked Aris (#7, 9-11). PAOK is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Haralampidis has a very solid season. In 17 games in Greece he scored 13.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. William Coleman (206-F-88) of Kavala - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85) of AGOR - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85) of Ikaros - 16 points and 12 rebounds
8. Jonathan Mitchell (200-F-87) of Peristeri GS - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Larry Turner (210-C/F-82) of Apollon Patras - 8 points and 10 rebounds
10. Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81) of Ilysiakos - 15 points and 12 rebounds

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



Mavroeidis to undergo a surgery - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) got unlucky and will undergo a surgery today. Mr. Papagiannopoulos, the doctor of Olympiakos, will clean up the cartilage and meniscus in the knee of Olympiacos' center's left leg so that the Greek player overcome the problem that plagued him lately. The time that the 28 year old center will be back in action will be determined after the end of surgery.
In another Red news, the General Manager of the team, Christos Stavropoulos will be the one who will represent the European champions in the International Sports Court's hearing which will be held on March 22 in Lausanne, regarding the appeal for the game against Siena. The CAS decision is expected at the middle of next week.



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 26-5 
 2. Leiden 24-7 
 3. Groningen 22-10 
 4. Zwolle 17-14 
 5. Leeuwarden 17-15 
 6. Den Helder K. 16-16 
 7. M.Magixx 14-16 
 8. Weert 14-18 
 9. Amsterdam 4-28 
 10. Rotterdam 3-28 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 17: M.Magixx - Rotterdam 93-88
Mar. 19: Den Bosch - Groningen 92-44
Mar. 17: Zwolle - Amsterdam 85-82
Mar. 16: Leeuwarden - Weert 85-61
Mar. 19: Weert - Leiden 84-73

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 28: Groningen - M.Magixx
Mar. 30: Leiden - Zwolle
Mar. 30: Rotterdam - Weert
Mar. 30: M.Magixx - Leeuwarden
Mar. 30: Amsterdam - Den Bosch
Mar. 27: Leiden - Den Helder K.


Eredivisie Round 30: Leiden is defeated by Weert - by Eurobasket News

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

The most important game in the last round took place in Weert between second ranked Leiden (24-7) and eighth ranked Weert (14-18) on Tuesday night. Leiden was defeated by Weert on the road 84-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Leiden. The game was mostly controlled by Weert. Leiden managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Weert looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Weert maintains eighth position with 14-18 record. Leiden at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Weert are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round. Leiden will play against Den Helder K. (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Den Bosch. First ranked host Den Bosch (26-5) smashed 3rd ranked Groningen (22-10) 92-44. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Groningen. American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) notched 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Matt Bauscher supported him with 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Den Bosch's coach Raoul Korner felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 8 points and 7 rebounds by Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for Groningen. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-5 record. Groningen at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Den Bosch will play against Amsterdam (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Groningen will play against M.Magixx (#7) in Nijmegen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ninth-ranked Amsterdam (4-28) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Zwolle (17-14) on Sunday. Zwolle managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Darryl Webb who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Berend Weijs who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds. Zwolle moved-up to fourth place. Amsterdam lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 28 games lost. Zwolle will meet league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against the league's leader Den Bosch (#1) and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 30 bottom-ranked Rotterdam lost to M.Magixx on the opponent's court 88-93. Leeuwarden outscored Weert in a home game 85-61.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists by Samme Givens of Leeuwarden.


Den Bosch - Groningen 92-44

The game between Top Four teams took place in Den Bosch. First ranked host Den Bosch (26-5) smashed 3rd ranked Groningen (22-10) 92-44. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Groningen. Den Bosch dominated on the defensive end, holding Groningen to just 3 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Groningen's 20 and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Den Bosch forced 21 Groningen turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. American guard Dejuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) notched 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St.) supported him with 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Five Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Den Bosch's coach Raoul Korner felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 8 points and 7 rebounds by Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for Groningen. International Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) added 7 points and 4 assists. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-5 record. Groningen at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Den Bosch will play against Amsterdam (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Groningen will play against M.Magixx (#7) in Nijmegen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: D.Wright 21+5reb+2ast, M.Bauscher 17+4reb+6ast, K.Akerboom 11+2reb, W.Carter 10+11reb, A.Young 10+4reb+4ast, R.de Pagter 10+3reb+4ast
Groningen: S.de Randamie 8+7reb+2ast, D.Van Der Horst 7+1reb+1ast, J.Voorn 7+2reb+4ast, J.Boykin 6+1reb, R.Jansen 6+2reb, N.Rohnert 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 237173


Weert - Leiden 84-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Weert between second ranked Leiden (24-7) and eighth ranked Weert (14-18) on Tuesday night. Leiden was defeated by Weert on the road 84-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Leiden. The game was mostly controlled by Weert. Leiden managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Weert looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-87) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Weert maintains eighth position with 14-18 record. Leiden at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Weert are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round. Leiden will play against Den Helder K. (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Weert: B.Perine 19+2reb+3ast, A.Carter 19+9reb+2ast, S.Besseling 15+6reb+3ast, K.van Kempen 12+8reb+7ast, G.Robinson 11+5reb+2ast, R.Fletcher 8+4reb+6ast
Leiden: R.Bekkering 16+5reb+1ast, W.de Jong 13+10reb+2ast, M.Schachtner 13+4reb+1ast, A.Young 11+4reb, A.Slagter 8+4reb+5ast, S.Cunningham 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193744


Zwolle - Amsterdam 85-82

Ninth-ranked Amsterdam (4-28) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Zwolle (17-14) on Sunday. Zwolle managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Amsterdam trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-85 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Amsterdam 41-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was center Berend Weijs (208, college: Maryland) who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds and forward Maurits Pieper (198-90) added 20 points respectively. Zwolle moved-up to fourth place. Amsterdam lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 28 games lost. Zwolle will meet league's second-placed Leiden on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against the league's leader Den Bosch (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: Z.Novak 22+4reb, T.Smith 17+3reb+3ast, D.Webb 15+14reb+2ast, A.Bunnig 7+1reb, N.Hulzebos 6+3reb+1ast, J.Magette 6+3reb+5ast
Amsterdam: B.Weijs 26+6reb+2ast, M.Pieper 20+3reb, J.Roodheuvel 12+1reb+5ast, J.Brandt 9+10reb+3ast, J.Ormskerk 6+2reb+7ast, J.Van Der Laan 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 193743


M.Magixx - Rotterdam 93-88

Rather expected game in Nijmegen where 10th ranked Rotterdam (3-28) was defeated by seventh ranked M.Magixx (14-16) 93-88 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Nick Oudendag (210-87) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) who recorded 30 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 26 points and 6 rebounds respectively. M.Magixx maintains seventh position with 14-16 record. Loser Rotterdam stay dead last with 28 lost games. M.Magixx will meet at home higher ranked Leeuwarden (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rotterdam will play against Weert (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Magixx: N.Oudendag 23+9reb+1ast, K.Ahelegbe 19+4reb+7ast, T.Vermeulen 15+1ast, R.Nardi 9+6ast, R.Sihota 8+16reb+1ast, S.Walker 8+1reb
Rotterdam: E.Chatfield 30+9reb+1ast, A.Miles 26+6reb+2ast, D.Rigters 11+4reb+1ast, M.Otten 9+5reb+3ast, I.Filipan 7+1ast, G.Slagter 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 193742


Leeuwarden - Weert 85-61

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Leeuwarden (17-15) smashed at home 8th ranked Weert (14-18) 85-61 on Saturday. Leeuwarden dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Weert's 40. They outrebounded Weert 48-29 including 34 on the defensive glass. Leeuwarden looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Samme Givens (195, college: Drexel) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Sjors Poels (209-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Antwan Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively. Leeuwarden maintains fifth position with 17-15 record. Loser Weert keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. Leeuwarden will meet M.Magixx (#7) in the next round. Weert will play against Rotterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: S.Givens 27+13reb+5ast, D.Michaels 13+4reb, S.Poels 13+11reb+1ast, J.Williams 11+4reb+2ast, V.Lietmeijer 9+3reb+2ast, T.de Paula 8+2reb+7ast
Weert: A.Carter 15+6reb+1ast, R.Fletcher 11+4reb+6ast, B.Perine 10+1reb+1ast, S.Besseling 6+2reb, S.De Haas 6+2reb+3ast, G.Robinson 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 193741



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IBL Announces 2013 Schedule - by Kip Leonetti

The International Basketball League has released the full schedule for the upcoming 2013 season with a Championship Challenge, Battle of the Bridges and international competition.

Tipping off the season in Bellingham on April 19 are the 2012 IBL Champion Bellingham Slam versus the 2011 Champion Vancouver Volcanoes, who have never won on the Slams home court of Whatcom Pavilion.

"Were excited to get the 2013 season underway, and there is no better way to do it than against another great organization like the Volcanoes," said Slam Head Coach Rob Ridnour.

"It's always good to play the defending champion early in the season, just to get a gauge on where our team is. Coach Ridnour always does such a great job with their execution, it will be a good test for our defense," Head Coach Joe Navarro of the Volcanoes stated.

Battle of the Bridges will be hosted by the Vancouver Volcanoes April 27, after their Fan Fest on April 21 at Clark College, where they split with the Portland Chinooks last season 2-2. Both the Volcanoes and the Chinooks won one at home and one on the road in 2012 and will battle it out at the home opener for the Volcanoes.

"Portland always presents a match-up problem with their size and ability to shoot the ball on the perimeter. Most of their players can play multiple positions so it's difficult to stay with one defensive scheme for very long. These two rosters know each other very well, it's turned into a bit of a rivalry with the players," Coach Navarro shared as the host for their first game facing the Chinooks this season.

Portland will open their season May 3 at their new home, East Moreland Courts, also owned by Chinooks Team Owner, Terry Emmert. The Chinooks will face the Slam who took the trophy from Portland last season.

"We are looking for a championship, plain and simple. With Coach Trev Kiser and Coach Clif Wegner from Clackamas Community College leading the team, assisted by player coach David Lucas and key returning pieces such as Jared Cunningham who was with the NBA Development Leagues Idaho Stampede, I think we have a good shot," Emmert declared. "t was always in the plans to promote basketball and volleyball in Oregon and to help provide youth and adults with an opportunity to participate. Now we have four facilities in Oregon with 14 courts, the centerpiece being the new home of the Portland Chinooks at Eastmoreland Courts Club in Portland."

The ninth spring-summer season of the IBL also sees the return of their partner, the Basketball Japan League with the Nippon Tornadoes as an improved team building towards their ultimate challenge, placing a Japanese player in the NBA.

Taking a year away from full season of play the Olympia Reign, who will see a few games this season, and Edmonton Energy each with five years in the IBL will be back on the court in full force for 2014 with the Yamhill Highflyers seeking a partner in their community. New teams and rivals will compete from San Francisco to Houston, Salem to Seattle with more announcements to come on teams and the league this week.

The IBL's 2013 season schedule is available at www.ibl.com/schedule and tickets are available at www.ibl.com/tickets.



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3 on 3 Referees Clinic at Kozhikode - by Anil Kumar

A clinic on basketball rules with special emphasis on the new FIBA 3-on-3 game will be held at Silver Hills HSS here on April 5, 2013.

Dr. Philip Wadakekalam, former international referee and chairman of the Kerala Basketball Associations referees commission, will be in charge of the clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Keralas first 3-on-3 State youth and junior basketball championship will be held in Kozhikode on April 6 and 7.



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UCC Demons and DCU Saints to clash for National Champions Trophy - by Eurobasket News

UCC Demons and DCU Saints paved their way into the National Champions Trophy Final.
UCC Demons overcame Neptune 79:74 for their title game ticket. Kenton Walker (203-C/F, college: Creighton) stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Neptune jumped to a 14:2 lead in the opening quarter. But UCC Demons gradually erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 42:36 halftime advantage. Kenton Walker and Ciaran O'Sullivan dominated the court in the second half helping UCC Demons to the victory at the end. Ciaran O'Sullivan (193-G-90) topscored with 23 points, while Carlton Cuffe (190-F-87) added 13 points for the winners. Darren Townes (201-F-86, college: Hofstra) answered with 15 points for Neptune.
DCU Saints outgunned UL Eagles 83:75 in another semifinal clash. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) netted 13 points to pace well-balanced effort from the winners. DCU Saints gained a 29:21 lead in the opening quarter to leave the defending champions behind. DCU Saints arrived at halftime up by 6 points 47:41. They kept UL Eagles at distance throughout the second half and posted a deserved win at the end. Emmett Donnelly (186-PG-78) netted 10 points, while Patrick Glover (193-F-77) contributed 8 points for the winning side. Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider) responded with 18 points for UL Eagles.
The Final game is scheduled for March 23.



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 19-3 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 18-4 
 3. Hod Hasharon 17-5 
 4. Hapoel Afula 14-8 
 5. Ironi Ramat Gan 14-8 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 14-8 
 7. Ironi K-A 12-10 
 8. Hapoel Kazrin 10-12 
 9. Macc.B.Yaakov 8-14 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 8-14 
 11. Hapoel K/S 7-15 
 12. Kiryat Tivon 5-17 
 13. Maccabi K/G 5-17 
 14. Maccabi K/B 3-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 19: Ironi Ramat Gan - Kiryat Tivon 94-81
Mar. 19: Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Kazrin 92-88
Mar. 19: Macc.B.Yaakov - Maccabi K/B 91-77
Mar. 19: Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Ramla 85-78
Mar. 19: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi K-A 78-74
Mar. 19: Maccabi K/G - Elitzur Yavne 74-63
Mar. 19: Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Afula 60-66

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 28: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel K/S
Mar. 28: Ironi K-A - Hod Hasharon
Mar. 28: Elitzur Ramla - Ironi Nahariya
Mar. 28: Hapoel Kazrin - Maccabi K/G
Mar. 28: Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Ramat Gan
Mar. 28: Maccabi K/B - Hapoel Afula
Mar. 28: Kiryat Tivon - Macc.B.Yaakov


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Maccabi .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Daniel, Maccabi23.7 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla22.1 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.21.7 
 4. Westbrook, Hapoel20.9 
 5. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 6. Odiakosa, Hod H.20.1 
 7. Johnson, Hapoel K.19.8 
 8. Murray, Kiryat T.19.0 
 9. Clemente, Ironi N.18.9 
 10. Zelkovits, Ironi18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.13.2 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.12.9 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.12.3 
 4. Daniel, Maccabi10.5 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.2 
 6. McGhee, Elitzur10.0 
 7. Teel, Elitzur Ramla9.9 
 8. Joyner, Maccabi9.6 
 9. Constantine, Hapoe.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.6 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla6.1 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.5.5 
 4. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.4.8 
 5. Golan, Ironi Nahar.4.5 
 6. Benn, Ironi N.4.4 
 7. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.3 
 8. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.3 
 9. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.3 
 10. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus ALEXANDER
  Maccabi .
  (-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Alexander, Maccabi3.0 
 2. Teel, Elitzur Ramla2.9 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.7 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur2.1 
 7. Watson, Ironi K-A2.0 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.0 
 9. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 10. McGhee, Elitzur1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.2 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A2.1 
 3. Daniel, Maccabi1.9 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.4 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.4 
 6. Constantine, Hapoe.1.4 
 7. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.1 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 9. Labanowski, Macca.1.1 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.0.9 


National League Round 22: Top-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona wins another 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.

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (19-3) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (12-10) in Nes Ziyona 78-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. They outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 51-30 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Ironi Kiryat Ata helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) contributed with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 27 points and 6 rebounds for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record. Ironi Kiryat Ata at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona are looking forward to face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hod Hasharon (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Elitzur Yavne (14-8) and Maccabi K/G (5-17), which took place in Kiryat Gat. Higher ranked Elitzur Yavne lost to thirteenth ranked Maccabi K/G in a road game 63-74. American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Tomer Pisecki chipped in 20 points and 6 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Maccabi K/G moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan and Hapoel Afula. Maccabi K/G will play against higher ranked Hapoel Kazrin (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between eleventh ranked Beer Yaakov (8-14) and 14th ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-19) in Beer Yaakov on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Beer Yaakov beat guests from Kiryat Bialik 91-77. Joshua Alexander notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds by Dallis Joyner did not help to save the game for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Beer Yaakov moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Beer Yaakov will meet Kiryat Tivon (#12) in the next round. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play against Hapoel Afula and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Elitzur Ramla was beaten by Hod Hasharon on the road 85-78. Ironi Nahariya won against Hapoel Kazrin on its own court 92-88. Hapoel Afula managed to outperform Hapoel K/S in a road game 66-60. Ironi Ramat Gan managed to beat Kiryat Tivon at home 94-81.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 25 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Tyrone Kent of Ironi Ramat Gan.


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi K-A 78-74

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (19-3) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (12-10) in Nes Ziyona 78-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. They outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 51-30 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Ironi Kiryat Ata helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) contributed with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 27 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ivory Clark (198-85) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record. Ironi Kiryat Ata at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona are looking forward to face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hod Hasharon (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: C.Tate 19+11reb, B.Benn 18+12reb+7ast, T.Karpels 15+7reb+1ast, G.Amitay 9+3reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 8+17reb+7ast, R.Zehavian 5+1reb
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 27+6reb+3ast, I.Clark 14+8reb+1ast, I.Nanikashvili 12+4reb+4ast, G.Halamish 9+5reb+1ast, N.Laish 6+1ast, K.Izik 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 197897


Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Ramla 85-78

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Hod Hasharon (17-5) beat at home 9th ranked Elitzur Ramla (8-14) 85-78 on Tuesday. Elitzur Ramla was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Hod Hasharon made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Swingman Eran Asante Asare (194-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Ramla. His fellow American import power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Four Hod Hasharon and five Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla's coach Ohad Yetom rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hod Hasharon maintains third position with 17-5 record having just two points less than leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Elitzur Ramla lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Macc.B.Yaakov. Hod Hasharon will meet Ironi Kiryat Ata (#7) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Ramla will play against the league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 21+6reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 18+10reb+2ast, I.Stolero 15+3ast, B.Walker 14+5reb+3ast, G.Gandel 8+3reb+4ast, O.Hover 4+6reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 20+7reb+6ast, J.Jefferson 14+11reb+3ast, A.Fogel 13+3reb+2ast, O.Cohen 12+4reb+3ast, O.Zinderman 10+2reb, T.Simchony 5+1reb
gschID: 197896


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Kazrin 92-88

Very expected game when 8th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (10-12) lost on the road to second ranked Ironi Nahariya (18-4) 92-88 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Hapoel Kazrin was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Ironi Nahariya, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Nahariya outrebounded Hapoel Kazrin 51-27 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) notched 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Raviv Pitshon (202-89) supported him with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Five Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by guard Avishay Gordon (191-77) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Kazrin. American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) added 16 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Hapoel Kazrin's coach Ziv Bartana rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Nahariya have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-4 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hapoel Kazrin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will meet Elitzur Ramla (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 20+8reb+4ast, A.Zelkovits 17+8reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 15+17reb, Y.Deri 14+2reb+1ast, R.Clemente 13+11reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 6+1ast
Hapoel Kazrin: r.dayer 24+11reb+3ast, A.Gordon 21+4reb+8ast, M.James 16+4reb+5ast, A.Kazarnovski 13+6reb+2ast, B.Maor 8+3ast, L.Shvarzvald 3
gschID: 197895


Maccabi K/G - Elitzur Yavne 74-63

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Elitzur Yavne (14-8) and Maccabi K/G (5-17), which took place in Kiryat Gat. Higher ranked Elitzur Yavne lost to thirteenth ranked Maccabi K/G in a road game 63-74. Elitzur Yavne was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 43-29 second half run of Maccabi K/G. They also forced 20 Elitzur Yavne turnovers. American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tomer Pisecki (193-83) chipped in 20 points and 6 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Maccabi K/G's coach Roni Tzukerman allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Maccabi K/G moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan and Hapoel Afula. Maccabi K/G will play against higher ranked Hapoel Kazrin (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: L.Daniel 22+7reb+1ast, T.Pisecki 20+4reb+2ast, M.El Amin 17+4reb+2ast, D.Peterson 5+3reb, C.Rum 4+1reb+1ast, Y.Shtarkman 3+3reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: M.McGhee 18+8reb+3ast, I.Nesterenko 13+7reb+1ast, B.Laing 12+6reb+3ast, E.Hofman 7+6reb+2ast, Y.Lioutrine 6+2reb, L.Shem-Tov 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 197894


Macc.B.Yaakov - Maccabi K/B 91-77

The game between eleventh ranked Beer Yaakov (8-14) and 14th ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (3-19) in Beer Yaakov on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Beer Yaakov beat guests from Kiryat Bialik 91-77. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) added 26 points for lost side. Five Beer Yaakov and four Maccabi Kiryat Bialik players scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Beer Yaakov will meet Kiryat Tivon (#12) in the next round. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play against Hapoel Afula and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 18+6reb+2ast, A.Eliyahu 17+5reb+4ast, I.Iram 16+6reb+3ast, J.Alexander 16+9reb+3ast, I.Simin 14+2reb+5ast, Z.Volfer 6+5reb+1ast
Maccabi K/B: D.Davidi 26+4reb+3ast, D.Joyner 23+10reb+3ast, Z.Tavor 10+1reb+2ast, M.Shamis 10+2reb+3ast, A.Barak 4+2reb, T.Ronen 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197893


Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Afula 60-66

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Hapoel Afula (14-8) won against on the road 10th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-15) 66-60 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Kfar Saba won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel Afula won last quarter 21-16. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kfar Saba's 28. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Oz Blayzer (199-92) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds by forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Kfar Saba. American forward Maurice McNeil (205-87, college: Houston) added 9 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan and Elitzur Yavne. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Hapoel Afula will meet bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 21+16reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 18+6reb+1ast, R.Barzilai 12+8reb+1ast, A.Fisher 9+4reb+2ast, S.Brener 4+1reb+5ast, L.Ariely 2+2reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: E.Rotemberg 22+12reb, M.Hampton 13+3reb, O.Cohen 9+4reb+3ast, M.McNeil 9+10reb, A.Harush 5+5reb+4ast, R.Elbaz 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197891


Ironi Ramat Gan - Kiryat Tivon 94-81

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Kiryat Tivon (5-17) lost on the road to fifth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (14-8) 94-81 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) notched 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) supported him with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by Belizean-American forward Alex Carcamo (200-77, college: E.Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Kiryat Tivon. Naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) added 21 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Kiryat Tivon's coach Erez Bittman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Ramat Gan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne and Hapoel Afula. Loser Kiryat Tivon keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Maccabi K/G. Ironi Ramat Gan will meet Elitzur Yavne (#6) on the road in the next round. Kiryat Tivon will play against Beer Yaakov (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 33+8reb+3ast, T.Kent 25+11reb+5ast, K.Ramsey 12+14reb, I.Grinboim 8+4reb+6ast, V.Yeremishin 7+1ast, D.Assaf 6+3reb+3ast
Kiryat Tivon: S.Farine 21+5reb+1ast, A.Carcamo 19+10reb+1ast, T.Ber-Aven 9+5reb+3ast, N.Yanay 8+1reb+1ast, G.Murray 8+4reb+4ast, C.Bouchman 7+3reb
gschID: 197890



Kiryat Tivon inks Alex Carcamo - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (National League) agreed terms with 36-year old Belizean ex-international forward Alex Carcamo (200-77, college: E.Washington, agency: Dream Team Management). He played last season at Ciudad de Bragado in Argentinian TNA league. The most of previous (2010-11) season Carcamo spent at Asociacion Italiana (TNA) in Argentina. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg that season. He also spent pre-season at Obera Tennis Club (TNA) in Argentinian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Carcamo won Kosovo League championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Kosovo League All-Imports Team back in 2010. Carcamo represented Belize at the COCABA Championships in Cancun (Mexico) four years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Carcamo has played also in China, Dominican Rep., Philippines, Portugal, Uruguay (Hebraica), Venezuela, Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa and Cosmos), Dominican Republic (Reales) and Argentina (Olimpico de La Banda and San Martin Corrientes).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Kiryat Tivon.
Carcamo attended Eastern Washington University until 1999 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: A good all around forward, who plays the 3 and 4 positions and even some 5 if needed. Very athletic, good shootblocker, he's really quick for a PF, and has good shooting, dribbling and post-up skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Interview with Frank Hassell - by Shai Levi


Hapoel Holon's 24-year-old 6-foot-8 power-forward Frank Hassell (203-F, college: ODU), who recently registered a monstrous showing of 20 points and 18 rebounds to help lead his team to victory, en route to earning Eurobasket.com's Player of the Week, and following his impressive seven-game double-double streak, sat down with Eurobasket. Playing his first year in Israel,Hassell is the guy that Shamir can trust on every given night and he is leading the league in Rebounds by a large margin with more than 13 boards per game and also leads the leagues in Double doubles. In a league that includes top rated rebounders like James Thomas, Shawn James,Diamon Simpson and others its incredible and
proves that he is ready to play for a top level club in Europe.

Talk about how and when you started hooping

"I started playing basketball when I was young. My dad and I were very close and he really pushed me to play at an early age, which I did behind good support from family and friends."

During your time at Old Dominion University, you played for a very physical team. How did that help develop your game?

"I've been a part of physical teams all my life. I played for very physical coaches and trainers so I'm use to it. I went to ODU because it fit my personality and my game. I felt (ODU) could help me better my game. I'm grateful to have learned from coach Blaine Taylor, whose been my teacher for four years."

At one point, you almost signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Why did that fall through?

"Bad luck and bad timing. I wasn't ready and it wasn't God's plan for me to play there at that time. Of course the NBA is the best league and everyone feels like they should be there, but some of us have to work harder to get there."

Your nickname is "Frank the Tank". How did it develop, did you it from the movie "Old School"?

"I'm the real 'Frank the Tank' (laughs), and yes, the nickname is from "Old School." In college, the fans gave me that nickname and it just stuck with me."

Let's talk about this season in Israel, Hapoel Holon. Why did you sign in Israel?

"I don't know (laughs). (Holon) offered me a contract and I agreed. It's been an up and down year, but my overall experience playing in the Israeli League is tough, but living in Israel is a good so I'm happy."

What is the worst and best moment for you so far this season?

"Worst moment of course is losing games. I found it tough returning to the United States for six days for my father's funeral. That was the toughest point of the year for me. Basketball will always be basketball, but losing (my father) hit me hard. The best moment of this year I don't think has came yet. I'm still working for it and waiting on it."

What's your secret to being known as Israel's Mr. double-double?

"I chose basketball as a profession so I work hard every day to try to be the best. The secret to anything in life is to work hard. I count my rebounds each game because I feel it gives my team the advantage to win. The more times you have the ball the greater your chances are of winning, so that's what I try to do."

What do you think about Holon's Head Coach Dan Shamir and the team's style of play?

"Holon is different. The system here is different from what I'm costumed to, but Holon has the best fans in Israel, and has good guys working in the organization. Coach (Dan) Shamir is well respected. I feel like he has a good reputation and is smart about how he does his job. At times players and coaches don't see eye to eye about certain things, and it's no different here, but our goals are the same. We both want to win and compete hard."

Where do you see Frank Hassell playing in the future? Israel?

"My future is wherever God takes me. I plan on playing ball for as long as my body lets me. I have hoop dreams of playing in the NBA just like every other player, and I will continue to work towards that goal. However, I won't turn down good opportunities to travel and play in other leagues if it's the right situation. Yes, I can see myself playing in Israel if the right situation presents itself."

"I'd like to give a shout out to my teammates Jerome (Dyson) and Shlomi (Harush) for representing Holon in the Israeli All-Star event. They're good players and are both doing a hell of a job for us this season."




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Givova Scafati hires coach Demis Cavina - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati Basket (Lega2) signed 39-year old coach Demis Cavina. He coached most recently at Prima Veroli (Lega2). Cavina's team won Italian Lega Due Cup.
He has coached previously another Italian team Gandino.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Patrick Ewing Jr. leaves Blancos de Rueda - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Jamaican ex-international forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-108kg-84, college: Georgetown) left Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (ACB). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 9 ACB games he averaged 4.3ppg and 1.3rpg this season.
He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). Ewing Jr. also spent pre-season at Telekom Baskets (BBL) in German league earlier that year. In 12 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg.
The last season Ewing Jr. played at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 19 games he had 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. The other team he played that season for was Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 11 games he had 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. Ewing Jr. was tried-out by the Hornets in NBA that season.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Bighorns in D-League. In 25 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team, 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2008 Ewing Jr. was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (43rd overall). He attended Georgetown University and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ewing Jr.'s team won Big East Regular Season for two years in a row (2007 and 2008). He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. Ewing Jr.'s team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 71.4%.
Ewing Jr. has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 28-12 
 2. Yokohama BC 28-12 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 26-14 
 4. Toyama Grouses 26-14 
 5. Akita NH 21-19 
 6. Chiba Jets 20-20 
 7. Sendai 89ers 16-24 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 16-25 
 9. Shinshu BW 16-26 
 10. Saitama Bron. 11-29 
 11. Gunma 10-32 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 31-9 
 2. Shimane SM 29-13 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 28-14 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 25-15 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 24-18 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 21-19 
 7. Osaka Evessa 15-25 
 8. Takamatsu FA 15-26 
 9. Oita H.Devils 14-28 
 10. Miyazaki SS 8-34 

Regular Season: Round 44

Mar. 17: Oita H.Devils - Sendai 89ers 96-87
Mar. 17: Kyoto Hannar. - Akita NH 92-84
Mar. 17: Saitama Bron. - Miyazaki SS 90-94
Mar. 19: Yokohama BC - Hamamatsu P. 81-67
Mar. 17: Osaka Evessa - Shinshu BW 78-64
Mar. 20: Yokohama BC - Hamamatsu P. 76-67
Mar. 17: Takamatsu FA - Fukuoka Rizing 74-80
Mar. 17: Gunma - Shimane SM 60-82
Mar. 17: Chiba Jets - Okinawa GK 59-89
Mar. 17: Toyama Grouses - Tokyo Cinq R. 105-78

Regular Season: Round 45

Mar. 22: Tokyo Cinq R. - Yokohama BC
Mar. 23: Iwate Big Bulls - Oita H.Devils
Mar. 23: Akita NH - Miyazaki SS
Mar. 23: Sendai 89ers - Osaka Evessa
Mar. 23: Niigata Albirex - Takamatsu FA
Mar. 23: Shinshu BW - Kyoto Hannar.
Mar. 23: Tokyo Cinq R. - Yokohama BC
Mar. 23: Shiga L-Stars - Hamamatsu P.
Mar. 23: Shimane SM - Toyama Grouses
Mar. 23: Fukuoka Rizing - Chiba Jets
Mar. 23: Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron.


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.9 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.3 
 3. Chandler, Chiba J.20.9 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC20.5 
 5. Brown, Akita NH20.3 
 6. Jones, Tokyo C.20.1 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.9 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.6 
 10. Warren, Fukuoka17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.3 
 3. White, Oita H.13.2 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.4 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.11.1 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets11.0 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.5 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.1 
 2. Togashi, Akita NH6.0 
 3. Namizato, Okina.5.9 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC5.0 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama4.0 
 8. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.6 
 10. Kondo, Niigata3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.1 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 6. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 7. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 8. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 9. Bell, Chiba Jets1.8 
 10. Woods, Miyazaki1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.1 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.6 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 8. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 9. Ashby, Fukuoka1.5 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 



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Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. ASU 11-0 
 2. Ittihad Schools 9-2 
 3. Al Riyadi 8-3 
 4. Orthodox 6-5 
 5. Kulliyeh 6-5 
 6. Al Wehdat 3-8 
 7. Kofer Yoba 1-10 
 8. Ghazat Hash. 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 18: Al Wehdat - Kofer Yoba 68-55
Mar. 18: Orthodox - Al Riyadi 65-66
Mar. 18: ASU - Kulliyeh 113-84
Mar. 18: Ittihad Schools - Ghazat Hash. 112-55

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 22: Ghazat Hash. - Al Wehdat
Mar. 22: Kofer Yoba - Orthodox
Mar. 22: Kulliyeh - Ittihad Schools
Mar. 22: ASU - Al Riyadi


Premier League Round 12: Al Riyadi beats Orthodox by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Premier League took place in Amman. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Orthodox (6-5) to third ranked Al Riyadi (8-3) 66-65 in the game for the third place. Al Riyadi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader ASU. Orthodox lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kulliyeh. Al Riyadi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena ASU.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Kulliyeh (#5). ASU (11-0) smashed visiting Kulliyeh (6-5) by 29 points 113-84. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kulliyeh. Undefeated ASU have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-0 record. Kulliyeh at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Orthodox. ASU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman Al Riyadi.
Bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to second ranked Ittihad Schools (9-2) 112-55 on Monday evening. Ittihad Schools have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools maintains second position with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader ASU. Ghazat Hash. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Ittihad Schools' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Kulliyeh.

In the last game of round 12 Kofer Yoba was beaten by Al Wehdat on the road 68-55.


Orthodox - Al Riyadi 65-66

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Premier League took place in Amman. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Orthodox (6-5) to third ranked Al Riyadi (8-3) 66-65 in the game for the third place. Al Riyadi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader ASU. Orthodox lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kulliyeh. Al Riyadi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena ASU.
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ASU - Kulliyeh 113-84

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Kulliyeh (#5). ASU (11-0) smashed visiting Kulliyeh (6-5) by 29 points 113-84. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kulliyeh. ASU have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-0 record. Kulliyeh at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Orthodox. ASU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman Al Riyadi.
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Al Wehdat - Kofer Yoba 68-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Al Wehdat's (3-8) home victory over 7th ranked Kofer Yoba (1-10) in Amman 68-55 on Monday. Al Wehdat maintains sixth position with 3-8 record. Kofer Yoba lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Al Wehdat will meet bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. (#8) in the next round. Kofer Yoba will play against Orthodox in Amman.
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Ittihad Schools - Ghazat Hash. 112-55

Bottom-ranked Ghazat Hash. is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to second ranked Ittihad Schools (9-2) 112-55 on Monday evening. Ittihad Schools have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools maintains second position with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader ASU. Ghazat Hash. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Ittihad Schools' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Kulliyeh.
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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 26-3 
 2. Al Sahel 24-4 
 3. Al Qadsia 24-4 
 4. Kazma 23-6 
 5. Al Jahraa 18-12 
 6. Al Arabi 16-14 
 7. Al Yarmook 13-16 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 11-18 
 9. Al Nasar 8-21 
 10. Al Tadhamon 4-24 
 11. Al Salmiyah 4-26 
 12. Al Shabab 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 45

Mar. 17: Kazma - Al Jahraa 70-57
Mar. 17: Al Yarmook - Al Qadsia 70-105
Mar. 17: Al Salmiyah - Al Sulaibikhat 69-77
Mar. 17: Al Arabi - Al Kuwait 50-81

Regular Season: Round 46

Mar. 20: Al Sahel - Al Salmiyah
Mar. 20: Al Jahraa - Al Shabab
Mar. 20: Al Qadsia - Al Sulaibikhat
Mar. 20: Al Yarmook - Al Tadhamon


D1 Round 45: Al Arabi is defeated by Al Kuwait in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Kuwait (#1) and Al Arabi (#6). Al Arabi was crushed at home by 31 points 50-81 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Al Kuwait maintains first place with 26-3 record. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost.
The game in Yarmouk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Al Qadsia (24-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Al Yarmook (13-16). Al Qadsia smashed Al Yarmook 105-70. Al Qadsia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Sahel. Al Yarmook at the other side keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost.

In the last two games of round 45 Al Sulaibikhat won against Al Salmiyah on the opponent's court 77-69. Kazma managed to outperform Al Jahraa in a home game 70-57.


Al Salmiyah - Al Sulaibikhat 69-77

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Al Salmiyah (4-26) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Al Sulaibikhat (11-18) 77-69. Al Sulaibikhat maintains eighth place with 11-18 record. Al Salmiyah lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 26 games lost.
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Kazma - Al Jahraa 70-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Kazma's (23-6) home victory over 5th ranked Al Jahraa (18-12) 70-57. Kazma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 23-6 record. Al Jahraa at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost.
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Al Arabi - Al Kuwait 50-81

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Kuwait (#1) and Al Arabi (#6). Al Arabi was crushed at home by 31 points 50-81 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Al Kuwait maintains first place with 26-3 record. Al Arabi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost.
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Al Yarmook - Al Qadsia 70-105

The game in Yarmouk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Al Qadsia (24-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Al Yarmook (13-16). Al Qadsia smashed Al Yarmook 105-70. Al Qadsia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Sahel. Al Yarmook at the other side keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost.
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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 24-4 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 22-6 
 3. VeA 19-8 
 4. Saldus 18-6 
 5. RSU 17-9 
 6. Kvele 15-12 
 7. ViA Riga 14-13 
 8. Ogres 13-13 
 9. VEF skola 11-12 
 10. Liepaja-2 9-17 
 11. Gulbene 8-16 
 12. DSN 8-18 
 13. Livani 8-19 
 14. Ridzene 6-19 
 15. Valmiera BSS 3-23 

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 19: Jelgava/LLU - Valmiera BSS 87-55
Mar. 19: Kvele - Liepaja-2 83-71
Mar. 19: ViA - Ridzene 105-65
Mar. 20: RSU - VEF skola
Mar. 20: DSN - Gulbene



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 20-2 
 2. Sagesse 18-3 
 3. Moutahed 14-8 
 4. Champville 13-8 
 5. Amchit 12-9 
 6. Byblos 12-10 
 7. Bejjeh 6-16 
 8. Hoops 5-16 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 4

Mar. 19: Byblos - Moutahed 67-81
Mar. 19: Bejjeh - Al Riyadi 62-80
Mar. 20: Sagesse - Amchit
Mar. 20: Champville - Hoops


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 35.7
 1. Emmett, Amchit35.7 
 2. Harper, Sagesse27.3 
 3. Blair, Hoops27.0 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville24.2 
 6. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.0 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos22.9 
 9. Perry, Hoops22.8 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 18
 1. Fraser, Byblos18.0 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.7 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.5 
 5. Perry, Hoops10.1 
 6. Jamison, Bejjeh10.1 
 7. Sims, Sagesse9.5 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Salyers, Moutahed9.0 
 10. Khazzouh, Sagesse8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Blair, Hoops6.4 
 2. Chatfield, Mouta.6.2 
 3. Akl, Sagesse5.9 
 4. Williams, Bejjeh5.7 
 5. Fahed, Moutahed5.5 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos5.2 
 9. Khatib, Champville4.8 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Blair, Hoops3.3 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.6 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.3 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.2 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.2 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.9 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed0.9 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Perry, Hoops0.7 



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  LIBERIA   


National Basketball League Heats Up - by Eurobasket News

The Liberia 2013 National Basketball League continued over the weekend with more and more amazing performances at the opened air Sports Commission on Broad Street in Monrovia. Six teams including two current championship holders in the male category of the second and third division were amongst the teams battling for supremacy of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) 2013 national league.
The LBA national league which officially kicked off February 23, 2013 is featuring 40 teams drown form the first, second and third divisions of both male and female basketball categories.
In division one, Mighty Barrolle Basketball team came from behind in the fourth quarter of the second half to narrowly defeat Monrovia Sky Force 60-58 points. 2012 second division champions, the Cardinal put up a great performance, but were unlucky as they fell to Cestos Mogars by 50-71 points.
In the day's other matches, third division giants D- Rockas trashed the Supreme Brothers 103-23 points.
Meanwhile, there will be no basketball match in the male category according to the 2013 fixture until Sunday March 10, 2013.
According to the fixture on Sunday March 10, 2013, C-Delta will be lock horns with K-Deltas in the day's first game, Cardinals will face SOS Trotters at in the second match and Mighty Barrolle goes against Cestos Mongars again in the last encounter of the day.
The momentum of fans attending matches is increasing gradually in LBA 2013 league. The open air Sports Commission was half packed on Sunday as compare to previous games that have been played at the court, our reporter who covered the games observed.
"Even though Basketball is Liberia's second most popular sports apart from football, we only expect the entire gymnasium to be jammed pack when the competition is in seminal and final stages", an authoritative of the LBA also told our reporter.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 19: LSU-Baltai - Lietuvos rytas 61-111
Mar. 21: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietkabelis
Mar. 20: Neptunas - Naglis Palangos


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.3 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.5 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.2 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai14.6 
 5. Milaknis, Rudupis13.5 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.3 
 7. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai12.7 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.5 
 10. Vene, Rudupis12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.7 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.7 
 4. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.5 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.9 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.5 
 8. Vene, Rudupis5.9 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.9 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Jackson, Siauliai4.6 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.5 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.2 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai3.9 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 7. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.1 
 8. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.1 
 9. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
 10. Malasauskas, LSU.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 3. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 4. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 5. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 6. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis1.5 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.5 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.9 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 6. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai0.8 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis0.8 
 10. Vene, Rudupis0.8 



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  MONTENEGRO   


Transfer Update: Djordjevic joins Teodo, Ulcinj adds Ivanovic, Centar to test King - by Darko Pekic

The regular season in Montenegro will end tomorrow but most Montenegrin teams have already been thinking about the newcomers for the Superleague or Play Out League in order to achieve their season goals. Actually, every team has a right to sign one player only and some teams such as Mornar ( Hank Thorns (175-PG-89, college: TCU)) or Danilovgrad ( Jay-R Strowbridge (183-PG-88, college: Oregon)) have already made their choice in late February.

The news are that Teodo brought Stefan Djordjevic, their former player who played this season in Smederevo (Serbia). His team failed to qualify for the Superleague and he decided later to join Teodo. Another Superleague member, Ulcinj, strenghtened its roster and signed Nikola Ivanovic (199-SF-89), former Mornar player. Ivanovic did not play a lot in Mornar this season but is knows as a sharp shooter.

In the Play Out League the situation seems quiet at the moment. Besides Danilovgrad nobody has brought a player so far, but Centar announced today that David King (195-F, college: Lindenwood) would be tested in the next couple of days and he convinces the head coach Centar will offer him te contract for the play out league.



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  NAIA   


Wilson's Game-Winner Sends Georgetown into Title Game, 90-88 - by Eurobasket News

Kansas City, Mo. - Monty Wilson (6'6''-F-73, agency: Edge Sports, college: Tennessee St.) connected on the game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift No. 13-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) to a 90-88 victory over LSU Shreveport (La.) in the semifinal round of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Tigers will advance to the championship game to play Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The event is held at Municipal Auditorium.

Wilson was the Tigers' hero for the second-straight game as he hit the go-ahead jumper with 31 seconds left of an 86-82 quarterfinal-round triumph over Culver-Stockton (Mo.). He finished the game with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists and hit 12-of-20 shots from the field.

"We wanted to try and attack the rim and get into the lane, but it just so happened that Monty came in on the back side right there and banged another shot," said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs . That's what he does. He's a gamer and he wants the ball when it's crunch time."

Georgetown (27-8) trailed 80-70 with 6:01 remaining following a three-pointer by the Pilots' Rodney Milum, but used a 13-2 run over the next 3:36 to take an 83-82 lead. It was the first lead of the game for the Tigers, who had trailed for all but three times to that point and were behind since the 12:42 mark of the second half.
The teams traded one-point leads five times over the next 2:16, capped off by a pair of free throws from the Pilots' Tevin Hall with 8.6 seconds remaining after Garel Craig had pushed Georgetown in front with 35 seconds left on a runner in the lane.

Following the free throws, Craig brought the ball up the floor and went around a screen at the top of the arc. With his path cut off, he handed the ball to Wilson, who rose up for a straightaway jumper that helped the Tigers win a second-straight tournament game when trailing at the half.

Despite shooting 50.0 percent from the field in the first half, the Tigers faced a 46-38 deficit coming out of halftime. LSU Shreveport was 17-of-35 from the field (.486) in the first half and hit 6-of-14 three-point shots while taking advantage of six Georgetown turnovers to tally 14 points.

Georgetown trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half before Wilson finished the opening stanza with four-straight points. Rodney Milum pushed the lead back to double-digits with the first field goal of the second half on a transition bucket, but the Tigers rallied to tie the game twice prior to LSU Shreveport claiming the late 10-point lead.
The Tigers shot 19-of-38 (.500) in the second half and used a 27-16 rebounding edge to finish the game with a 45-33 ledger on the glass. The total included 18 offensive rebounds to spark 24 second-chance points. Craig and Allan Thomas each tallied 17 points while Vic Moses posted his fourth double-double in as many games, collecting 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Brandon Davis posted team-high totals of 31 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals for LSU Shreveport. Milum chipped in 21 points and five rebounds, while Hall and Aaron Jones each finished with 11 points on a combined 7-of-9 shooting.
LSU Shreveport ends its season at 27-7.

Game Notes:
Georgetown - The Tigers improved to 5-8 when playing in the Fab Four, snapping a four-game semifinal losing streak with the last win at that stage of the tournament coming in 2000 ... Georgetown moves to 58-30 all-time in 32 trip to the Division I Men's Basketball National Championship with this year's appearance its tournament-record 22nd-straight showing ... The 32 points by Monty Wilson matched the second-best total in this year's championship and was one point shy of his personal season-high ... The Tigers will be making their fifth appearance in the national championship game, becoming the fourth program in the 76-year history of the tournament to qualify for at least five title games (Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma City, Concordia, Calif.).

LSU Shreveport - The Pilots finished the tournament with an all-time record of 8-9 in their 9th appearance in the national tournament ... LSU Shreveport finished the event with an advantage of 89-50 in made free throws ... With 10 three-pointers in the contest, the Pilots finished with an average of 7.3 per game in four games of this year's tournament ... Brandon Davis and Rodney Milum were the highest-scoring teammates with at least two appearances in this year's tournament heading into the game, combining to average 48.0 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



SAGU Secures Spot in NAIA Title Game, 80-64 - by Eurobasket News

Kansas City, Mo. -Sixth-seeded Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) will make its first-ever appearance in the championship game of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship after earning an 80-64 win over No. 2-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The Lions will play the winner of Georgetown (Ky.)/LSU Shreveport (La.) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The event is held at Municipal Auditorium.

Mike Nwelue hit 10-of-15 field goal attempts to finish with a career-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds and four steals for SAGU. Dominique Rambo tallied 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals, while Tyler Guidry chipped in 13 points off the bench, and Caleb Gentry (6'0''-G) registered 10 points.

"It was amazing," said SAGU head coach Donnie Bostwick ." All season long, our team has gotten stronger and our guys know where that strength comes from. They have a lack of fear and seem to draw on a strength when fatigue tries to set in. They are young men that I am so proud of."

A 19-6 second half run was the difference in the game for the Lions (33-4) as they were able to stretch a 50-45 lead midway through the second half into a 16-point cushion with 3:05 remaining.

The two teams went into halftime level at 31-31, and after Lindsey Wilson tallied a three-pointer by Daronte' Clark on the opening possession of the second half, SAGU used a 12-4 run for what was at the 15:33 mark of the second half its biggest lead at 43-38.

The lead was trimmed to three points with 13:24 remaining after the Blue Raiders' Tony Horne scored inside off an assist by Kalen Kimberland. Nwelue started the run with a blocked shot and transition bucket less than a minute later as the next 10:19 belonged to the Lions.

Nwelue had seven-straight points to start the spurt as the Lions stretched the advantage to 57-45. Clark hit another three-pointer to trim the lead to nine, but after the teams traded baskets, SAGU scored the next eight points to take a 67-51 lead and never led by less than 13 points the rest of the way.

The SAGU defense limited Lindsey Wilson to 3-of-12 shooting during the game-deciding stretch while forcing six turnovers. The Lions held the Blue Raiders to 32.4 percent from the field (12-of-37) in the second half, including a 3-of-20 mark (.150) from three-point range.
"SAGU was terrific tonight and we simply did not play well," said Lindsey Wilson head coach Paul Peck. "I give all the credit to Coach Bostwick and his kids. They had a great game plan and executed it on both ends of the court. We simply could never get on track offensively."The Lions converted 17-of-28 field goals (.607) in the second half after shooting just 33.3 percent (12-of-36) in the first half. Both teams grabbed 43 rebounds, but the Lions took a 19-14 edge in turnovers. Nathaniel Ward of SAGU and DeAntra Scott of Lindsey Wilson shared game-high rebounding honors with 12 apiece.

Wesley Hanspard hit 6-of-8 shots to score a team-leading 15 points for Lindsey Wilson, while Darren Ballou (6'7''-F-90) tossed in 13 points and four rebounds. Kimberland and Clark, who entered the game averaging 17.0 and 13.3 points in the tournament, respectively, were held to a total of 10 points on 3-of-23 shooting combined.
Lindsey Wilson ends its season at 32-5.

Game Notes:
SAGU - The Lions improved to 4-1 in just their second appearance in the Division I Men's Basketball Championship ... The 16-point margin of victory is the largest thus far in the tournament for SAGU after winning its first three games by a combined total of 13 points ... The Lions are the first Red River Athletic Conference school to play in the national championship game since Texas Wesleyan won the 2006 crown ... SAGU tallied a 16-0 advantage in fast break points and 24-11 edge in points off turnovers ... The Lions are averaging 20.4 turnovers forced per game in the tournament after collecting 19 turnovers against Lindsey Wilson.

Lindsey Wilson- The Blue Raiders fell to 9-11 all-time in the national tournament after making their first-ever appearance in the Fab Four ... Lindsey Wilson had a six-game winning streak snapped with its loss ... The 31-31 halftime score was the lowest combined output in the Fab Four since Columbia (Mo.) and MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) were tied 28-28 during the 2009 semifinals ... The Blue Raiders made 15 free throws, the sixth-straight game with at least 15 points from the charity stripe ... Lindsey Wilson entered the contest scoring more points at the free throw line (65) in three previous tournament games than its opponents had free throw attempts (62).
Courtesy of: http://www.naia.org



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 39-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 39-28 
 3. Boston C. 36-30 
 4. Philadelph.76 26-40 
 5. Toronto R. 26-41 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 42-26 
 2. Chicago B. 36-30 
 3. Milwaukee B. 34-32 
 4. Detroit P. 23-46 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-45 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 52-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 37-30 
 3. Washington W. 23-43 
 4. Orlando M. 18-50 
 5. Charlotte B. 15-52 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 50-18 
 2. Denver N. 47-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 34-33 
 4. Portland TB 31-36 
 5. Minnesota T. 23-42 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 46-22 
 2. Golden St.W. 39-30 
 3. LA Lakers 36-33 
 4. Sacramento K. 24-44 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-45 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 51-16 
 2. Memphis G. 45-21 
 3. Houston R. 36-31 
 4. Dallas M. 32-35 
 5. N.Orleans H. 22-46 

Regular Season: Round 135

Mar. 19: Indiana P. - Orlando M. 95-73
Mar. 19: Sacramento K. - LA Clippers 116-101
Mar. 19: Oklah.City T. - Denver N. 104-114
Mar. 19: Milwaukee B. - Portland TB 102-95

Regular Season: Round 136

Mar. 20: Charlotte B. - Toronto R.
Mar. 20: Cleveland C. - Miami Heat
Mar. 20: New York K. - Orlando M.
Mar. 20: Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B.
Mar. 20: Memphis G. - Oklah.City T.
Mar. 20: N.Orleans H. - Boston C.
Mar. 20: Houston R. - Utah Jazz
Mar. 20: Dallas M. - Brooklyn N.
Mar. 20: San Antonio S. - Golden St.W.
Mar. 20: Phoenix Suns - Washington W.
Mar. 20: LA Clippers - Philadelph.76


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.3 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.4 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.2 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.7 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers12.5 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.5 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 8. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.3 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.7 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..7.6 
 6. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 7. Parker, San A.7.6 
 8. Wall, Washington W.7.5 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 5. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.3 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Clippers Sign Maalik Wayns To 2nd 10-Day Contract - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Maalik Wayns (6'2''-PG-91, college: Villanova) to a second 10-day contract. Wayns appeared in one game for the Clippers, scoring two points and dishing out five assists in a 129-97 win over the Detroit Pistons on March 10. Wayns averaged 12.4 points and 3.0 assists in nine games (three starts) for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League this season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



John Wall, LaMarcus Aldridge named NBA Players of Week through March 17, 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) and Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) today were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 17.
Wall led the Wizards to a 3-1 week with averages of 24.0 points (fourth in the conference), 11.0 assists (second in the conference), 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals (third in the conference). Wall posted three point-assist double-doubles and ranked sixth in the East with a field goal percentage of .617. He collected a season-high 14 assists on March 12 against the Cleveland Cavaliers (95-90 loss) and a season-high 29 points on March 15 against the New Orleans Hornets (96-87 win).
Aldridge led the Trail Blazers to a 2-1 week behind an NBA-best 27.0 points, 10.7 rebounds (seventh in the conference), 3.0 blocks (third in the conference) and 3.0 assists. Aldridge shot 19-of-19 from the foul line on a week in which he posted a point-rebound double-double in each contest, including a 22-point, 10-rebound, five-block effort on March 14 during a 105-90 win over the New York Knicks.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta's Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida), Denver's Kostas Koufos (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.), Miami's LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), Minnesota's Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90), Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), and San Antonio's Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest).
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Tuesday recap of four games - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento K. - LA Clippers 116-101
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) had 25 points, Toney Douglas scored 17 of his 19 in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings rallied from eight down in the final 11 minutes to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 116-101 on Tuesday night. DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans added 17 points apiece for the Kings, who beat the Pacific Division-leading Clippers for the first time in more than two years. They did it behind a stellar effort off the bench from Thornton and a smothering defense that held Los Angeles to just five buckets in the final quarter. Blake Griffin had three of them and finished with 26 points, four rebounds and five assists for the Clippers. Los Angeles has lost four of its last seven. Thornton went 7 of 14 from the floor and made six 3s but it was Douglas, the midseason acquisition from Houston, who came up biggest for Sacramento. He made three straight 3s after the Clippers pulled within 98-96 then added four free throws in the final 1:30 to help seal the win. Cousins, who missed the past two games with a bruised left quad, also gave the Kings a spark despite playing in foul trouble most of the game. The emotional Cousins helped hold Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan to 11 points, and finished with 11 rebounds for his 29th double-double of the season. It's the Kings' first win over the Clippers since Feb. 28, 2011 and one that will definitely sting Los Angeles. The Clippers went into the game third in the Western Conference but are losing their grip a bit after losing for the fourth time in their last seven games. It didn't help coach Vinny Del Negro's team when they lost starting guard Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) to a groin injury in the first quarter, but Los Angeles was still up 86-78 following Jamal Crawford's fifth 3 of the night. That's when Sacramento responded with a 13-0 run ignited by eight points from Evans. Thornton later made a 3-pointer to put the Kings up 94-89 then Sacramento withheld one final push by the Clippers until Douglas' late scoring barrage. Griffin helped the Clippers get off to a fast start. He had eight points in the first quarter, including a two-handed jam that capped an 11-2 run and put Los Angeles up 21-15. Griffin also had an assist on Jordan's alley-oop dunk during the run. Sacramento tied the game on Isaiah Thomas' layup with 0.2 seconds remaining in the quarter before Griffin opened the second with another thunderous throw down, this time on an alley-oop pass from Matt Barnes. Crawford later scored eight straight points for Los Angeles before Sacramento made four consecutive 3s and Cole Aldrich followed up Jimmer Fredette's miss to give the Kings a 45-41 lead. The Clippers regained the advantage despite losing Billups but Cousins returned after resting most of the period and scored on consecutive trips down the court to put Sacramento ahead 56-54 at halftime. Los Angeles regained the lead in the third and went up 86-78 following Crawford's 3-pointer early in the fourth before Evans sparked Sacramento's big run to put the Kings ahead. Notes: Sacramento forward Jason Thompson had to be taken to the locker room after suffering a cut over his right eye following a collision with Jordan. Blood streamed from Thompson's face and the game was halted briefly while he was escorted off the court. Courtesy of: www.thenewstribune.com

Oklah.City T. - Denver N. 104-114
OKLAHOMA CITY - Andre Miller (6'2''-PG-76, college: Utah) isn't known for voicing his opinion. So when the veteran point guard started talking, the Denver Nuggets listened. A big performance on his 37th birthday started with an inspirational speech and finished with Miller's play doing all the talking for him. Miller scored 13 of his season-best 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 Tuesday night for their first 13-game winning streak since joining the NBA. "He's a coach and a teacher and a veteran, and he does it every day in a very classy way, a very quiet way," coach George Karl said. "And then he can do what he did tonight, where he can take the most talented team maybe in the NBA and be the best player on the court for the last 6 minutes of the game." Denver took control just after halftime, building a 13-point lead and then holding off the Thunder as they got back within 102-97 after Russell Westbrook's 17-foot jumper from the left elbow with 4:08 to play. Karl put Miller back in the game at the next stoppage, and the 13-year veteran was a stabilizing force. Miller had back-to-back jumpers as Denver answered right back with five straight points, and he went five for six at the foul line in the final 69 seconds to close it out. Denver's previous longest winning streak since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger was 12 straight in 1982. The franchise won 15 in a row in the 1969-70 ABA season. "It's cool. I'm sure a lot of people didn't think we would get this game, but we talked about having some pride, working hard and practicing," Miller said. "We put in a lot of work to get to this point, so at least we came out and gave a good effort and it paid off." Ty Lawson led Denver with 25 points. Miller also had nine assists and seven rebounds in 23 effective minutes. Kevin Durant had 34 points and Westbrook chipped in 25 for Oklahoma City, which fell to 30-5 at home this season. The Thunder gave up a season-worst 72 points in the paint - Denver's specialty - as both teams struggled throughout the game from 3-point range. The Nuggets trailed by 10 early in the second quarter, but then dictated the tenor of the game the rest of the way. "It's easy to fall into that trap. That's what they do. They get up and down the court," Durant said. "Our game is a little different. We want to run, but we want to run off our defense. "Those guys run off of makes, misses of course and turnovers, but they continually run and pass the ball well and they score a lot in the paint. We fell into the trap and we couldn't play that game with them." The Nuggets, who average an NBA-best 57.8 points in the paint, had 66 and 60 in that category in wins against Oklahoma City in Denver earlier this season. "I'm sure they talked about keeping us out of the paint. They like to get to the paint and the free-throw line. It was just a battle of the wills, and we figured out how to play some defense in the second half, and that led to more paint points," said Miller. Kenneth Faried said Miller spoke to the team before the game for the first time all season, preaching that there should be no excuses after a 109-108 overtime victory a night earlier in Chicago. "Andre Miller is a guy who doesn't really say too much. ... When he talks, and he talks to the rest of us, everybody listens," Faried said. "Nobody's playing around. Everybody listens, everybody locks in and is focused." Denver moved within 3 1/2 games of the Thunder in the Northwest Division and became the first team this season to beat Oklahoma City three times. It's also a big win in the chase for home-court advantage in the playoffs for Denver, which is tied with Miami for the NBA's best home record at 30-3 and using the win streak to try and edge out the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis in a tight race. "I don't know where it ranks in NBA history, but it's a good run," said Karl, who won 14 in a row with Seattle in 1996. "I don't want to get too happy about it because we have a job to do and we have a challenge. It's to move in to get home court. There's no question that the brand of basketball that we're playing is growing and maturing, and our confidence is growing with it." The Nuggets trailed 66-65 at halftime, but took the lead on Danilo Gallinari's 3-pointer and then followed Westbrook's tying, two-handed dunk off an inbound alley-oop pass by charging ahead with a 12-2 run. Andre Iguodala's right-handed, fast-break slam - created by Gallinari's steal - put Denver up 80-70 midway through the third and prompted Scott Brooks' second timeout to try and end the surge. After back-to-back Thunder baskets, the Nuggets added to their cushion with seven straight points - a Lawson 3-pointer, a Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) jumper and then an 18-footer by Lawson - to make it 87-74 with 2:59 left in the third. The Nuggets had six players score in double figures, getting 13 apiece from Faried and Gallinari, 11 from Brewer and 10 from Iguodala. Faried also grabbed 15 rebounds as Denver overcame a 14-6 first-quarter rebounding deficit to beat Oklahoma City 52-45 on the glass. Wilson Chandler, who tied his career-high with 35 points in a win at Chicago a night earlier, did not return after separating his left shoulder in the fourth quarter. Karl called it a "slight" separation and also said Lawson aggravated a heel injury. Both are considered day-to-day. Kevin Martin had 14 points off the bench for Oklahoma City and Kendrick Perkins had 11 rebounds, but did not play over the final 18 minutes as Denver build up its big rebounding edge. The Nuggets were 4 for 21 from 3-point range, only slightly better than Oklahoma City's 4 for 25. "The first time us meeting, they blew us out and it wasn't even close. They really was taunting and all the, I guess, disrespectful stuff and we got upset about that," Faried said. "Tonight, I really wanted to come out and prove that, hey, we can compete with y'all and actually, we're better." Notes: Karl drew a technical foul in the second quarter for complaining to official Marat Kogut after Lawson was called for his third foul against Durant's "rip move," when he swings the ball through a defender's arms. ... Denver's winning streak is the third-longest in the NBA this season, behind Miami's current 23-game run and the Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game streak. Oklahoma City won 12 straight earlier in the season. ... The Heat and San Antonio are the only other teams to beat Oklahoma City twice this season. Courtesy of: http://www.startribune.com

Milwaukee B. - Portland TB 102-95
MILWAUKEE Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) scored 24 points and Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) added 21 to help the Milwaukee Bucks hang on for a 102-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. Ellis added nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and matched a career high with three blocks for Milwaukee, which outscored Portland 31-8 in the second quarter - the Trail Blazers' fewest points in any period this season. The Blazers shot a woeful 2 for 20 from the field and had six turnovers in the quarter. The Bucks took a 58-31 lead into halftime before Portland fought back with 64 second-half points to make things interesting. Wesley Matthews hit seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 road games. Courtesy of: http://www.charlotteobserver.com

Indiana P. - Orlando M. 95-73
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) had 14 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 95-73 rout of the struggling Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. The Pacers improved to 27-8 at home despite playing without second-leading scorer David West because of a sprained lower back. Maurice Harkless and Arron Afflalo each had 10 points for the Magic, who lost their fourth straight on a night they shot just 31.8 percent from the field and coach Jacque Vaughn was ejected in a flurry of four technical fouls with 4:47 left in the third quarter. The Central Division-leading Pacers closed the first quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 19-12 lead, led 42-29 at the half, and 62-44 in the third quarter after the technicals. Orlando couldn't get closer than 12 the rest of the way. Courtesy of:Associated Press



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Miracles open playoffs with victory - by Eurobasket News

Moncton M. - St.John M.R. 99-90
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, dropped their series opener against the Moncton Miracles 98-90 at the Moncton Coliseum. The Miracles now lead the best of three series 1-0. Game Two will be at Harbour Station in Saint John on Friday night at 7:00 PM. If necessary, Game Three will be on Saturday at 7:00 PM, also at Harbour Station. Saint John found themselves trailing by 12 in the first quarter before Mike Anderson's layup at the buzzer cut the Moncton lead to 29-19. The Mill Rats found their rhythm in the second quarter and closed the gap to 46-43. Moncton came out of the half blazing on a 10-1 run and led by 12 again at 56-44. The Mill Rats rallied again to cut the deficit to 56-51, but the Miracles punched back and led 75-60 at the end of three. Saint John once again made their run behind back-to-back threes from Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: SF Austin) and a three-point play the old fashioned way from Kenny Jones (6'6''-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Kentucky St.). They got as close as 92-86 late, but Moncton made enough free throws down the stretch to seal their first ever playoff win. "Its hard to win when you find yourself playing from behind all game long," stated Mill Rats Head Coach David Cooper. "We've come back from every kind of deficit this season but we would obviously like to come out strong at our house on Friday night. We will definitely need everyone in Saint John to come out and support our team as we rally to try and win this series Friday and Saturday night!" Kenny Jones led Saint John with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Antonio Burks had 15 and Jerice Crouch 12. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, PA), the NBL Canada's leading scorer, put 32 on the board. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 14-4 (26-5) 
 2. Louisville 14-4 (29-5) 
 3. Kentucky 12-6 (21-11) 
 4. Ohio St. 14-5 (24-7) 
 5. Michigan 12-6 (25-6) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 11-7 (22-9) 
 7. Kansas 14-4 (29-5) 
 8. Duke 14-4 (27-4) 
 9. Syracuse 11-7 (26-9) 
 10. Florida 14-4 (26-7) 
 11. Arizona 13-7 (24-7) 
 12. N.Carolina 12-7 (22-10) 
 13. UCLA 14-6 (24-9) 
 14. Michigan St. 13-5 (24-7) 
 15. Creighton 13-5 (27-7) 
 16. Memphis 16-0 (30-4) 
 17. Missouri 11-7 (23-10) 
 18. Baylor 9-9 (18-14) 
 19. UNLV 10-6 (25-9) 
 20. San Diego St. 9-7 (22-10) 
 21. Wisconsin 12-7 (21-11) 
 22. Gonzaga 16-0 (29-2) 
 23. Notre Dame 11-7 (25-9) 
 24. Florida St. 9-9 (17-14) 
 25. Texas 7-11 (16-17) 

National Tournament Round 1: Round 128

East

Mar. 20: LIU Brooklyn - JMU

Midwest

Mar. 19: N.Carolina A&T - Liberty 73-72
Mar. 19: Middle Tenn.St. - St.Mary's, CA 54-67

NIT

Mar. 19: Alabama - Northeastern 62-43
Mar. 19: Kentucky - Robert Morris 57-59
Mar. 20: Providence - Charlotte
Mar. 20: Arizona St. - Detroit Mercy
Mar. 20: Baylor - Long Beach St.
Mar. 20: S.Mississippi - Charleston So.
Mar. 19: BYU - Washington
Mar. 20: Tennessee - Mercer
Mar. 19: Niagara - Maryland
Mar. 19: St.John's - St.Joseph's
Mar. 19: Louisiana Tech - Florida St.
Mar. 19: Norfolk St. - Virginia
Mar. 19: Ohio - Denver
Mar. 19: SF Austin - Stanford
Mar. 20: Indiana St. - Iowa
Mar. 20: Stony Brook - Massachusetts

West

Mar. 20: Boise St. - La Salle


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Devon SADDLER
  Delaware
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Saddler, Delaware19.9 
 2. Thornton, Willia.18.8 
 3. Hunter, Georgia St.17.3 
 4. Benimon, Towson17.1 
 5. Lee, Drexel17.1 
 6. Rendleman, NC-Wil.17.0 
 7. Wright, George M.16.5 
 8. Smith, Northeas.16.1 
 9. Massenat, Drexel14.7 
 10. Atkins, Georgia S.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jerrelle BENIMON
  Towson
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Benimon, Towson11.1 
 2. Hagins, Delaware10.7 
 3. Rendleman, NC-Wil.10.5 
 4. McCoy, Drexel8.6 
 5. Painter, ODU8.4 
 6. Nwaukoni, Hofstra8.1 
 7. Goins, JMU7.4 
 8. Dixon, Towson7.3 
 9. Rusthoven, Willia.7.0 
 10. Ruffin, Drexel6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Devon MOORE
  JMU
  (193-PG-)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Moore, JMU4.9 
 2. Massenat, Drexel4.2 
 3. Mejia, Hofstra4.1 
 4. White, Georgia St.4.0 
 5. Lee, Northeastern4.0 
 6. Allen, George M.3.5 
 7. Dixon, NC-Wilmi.3.3 
 8. Threatt, Delaware3.2 
 9. Palmore, ODU3.0 
 10. Hill, ODU2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Stevie MEJIA
  Hofstra
  (175-PG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mejia, Hofstra2.0 
 2. Palmore, ODU1.9 
 3. Lee, Northeastern1.8 
 4. Threatt, Delaware1.8 
 5. Rendleman, NC-Wil.1.8 
 6. White, Georgia St.1.7 
 7. Hunter, Georgia St.1.7 
 8. Atkins, Georgia St.1.6 
 9. Nation, JMU1.5 
 10. Davis, JMU1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamelle HAGINS
  Delaware
  (206-F-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hagins, Delaware2.4 
 2. Vincent, Georgia2.2 
 3. Ross, ODU1.9 
 4. Benimon, Towson1.9 
 5. Rendleman, NC-Wil.1.6 
 6. Williams, NC-Wilmi.1.4 
 7. Copes, George M.1.2 
 8. Dixon, Towson1.2 
 9. Nation, JMU1.2 
 10. Painter, ODU1.0 



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NABC names Kearney 2013 Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2013 Coaches' Division III All-District Teams on Monday, and CUA's Chris Kearney (6'7''-F) was named the Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year and a First Team All-District selection. This marks the third Player of the Year award for Kearney, who also earned the distinction from the Landmark Conference and D3Hoops.com.

Kearney became the first player in Landmark history to be named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. He was also named the D3Hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year, as well as a First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference selection.

Kearney led CUA in scoring (16.7) and rebounding (7.0) this season, while shooting 53.1 percent from the field and blocking 2 shots per game. The 6-7 senior ranked in the top 10 of five statistical categories within the Landmark, including scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, blocks and minutes.

A native of Virginia, Kearney was named an ECAC All-Star earlier this month, and during the season, he was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week on two occasions. He was also named the Landmark Player of the Week twice.

Kearney scored in double figures 25 times in 2012-13, topping out with a career-high 32 points in a win over Scranton on January 19. He then dropped another 30 points at Scranton on February 9.

The third leading shot blocker in school history, Kearney posted eight double-digit rebound games this season, with a high of 15 at Merchant Marine on January 26. That same day, the CUA tri-captain scored the 1,000th point of his career.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Trines Jackson Named NABC First Team All-District - by Eurobasket News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The postseason honors continue to roll in for Trine University men's basketball player Ian Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) as today it was announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that he was named to the NABC Great Lakes All-District First team. The NABC Coaches' Division III All-District teams recognize the best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes and coaches in the division, selected by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division III.

The senior guard was one of six players selected to the first team, and the only from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Jackson, a First Team All-MIAA selection and MIAA Most Valuable Player, had also previously been named to the D3hoops.com All-Region First Team. Jackson led the MIAA in scoring this season with 21.0 points per game in league play and finished the conference season eighth in assists.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



North Central advances in men's basketball, keeps CCIW streak alive - by Eurobasket News

NAPERVILLE, Ill. North Centrals 83-73 win over fellow College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) member Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday kept a CCIW streak going into its fourth year.

The conference has now had a member competing in the national quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Mens Basketball Championship every year since 2010 as well as five out of the last six seasons.

Wheaton advanced to the sectional final in 2008 while Illinois Wesleyan came within one game of the Final Four in 2010. Augustana also made it as far as the sectional final in 2011 while the Titans advanced all the way to the national semifinals last season.

The Cardinals, who will be playing in their first-ever national quarterfinal, will face Middlebury College at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. The winner of that game will face either Amherst or Cabrini in the semifinal round on March 23, also in Salem, Va.

The national title game will be held April 7 in Atlanta, Ga., in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Mens Final Four.

Bracket

The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) was founded in 1946 and currently services eight member institutions including Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, IL), Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL), Millikin University (Decatur, IL), North Central College (Naperville, IL), North Park University (Chicago, IL) and Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL). During the 2011-12 academic year, the CCIW honored 1,323 academic all-conference recipients, 16 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 1 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, 89 all-Americans and three national championship teams.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Sharks sign Henry - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Zero Fees Southland Sharks have pulled off a major and unexpected coup with the signing of Tall Blacks player Leon Henry (200-F/G-85, college: S.Idaho JC) for the upcoming New Zealand NBL season.

Henry wasn't expected to be available to play in the New Zealand league following the Australian NBL series and Sharks coach Paul Henare was surprised to field a call from his former Breakers team-mate last week to say he was interested in coming to the Zero Fees-sponsored Sharks team.

Henry was contracted to the Otago Nuggets but originally declared himself unavailable as it was thought he would have to miss the New Zealand league to nurse injury.

However, after advice it was decided that he could in fact play and with the Nuggets roster full Henry was released to look at other options.

Henare admitted they had also already completed their recruitment drive when Henry come calling but said he talked it through with general manager Jill Bolger, and the Sharks board, and it was decided it was too good of an opportunity to turn down.

Henare looked to have formed a squad capable of pushing for a playoffs berth this year but the latest introduction has given the roster an added look of excitment.

Henry won two NBL championships with Wellington in 2010 and 2011 and has been part of the champion Breakers team from 2010.



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Alaska Aces 7-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 6-2 
 3. Rain or Shine 5-3 
 4. San Mig Coffee 4-4 
 5. Meralco Bolts 4-4 
 6. Talk N Text 4-4 
 7. Barangay Ginebra 3-5 
 8. Air21 Express 3-5 
 9. Barako Bull 3-5 
 10. Global Port 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 17: Global Port - Alaska Aces 85-93
Mar. 17: Talk N Text - Barangay Ginebra 100-107

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 20: Rain or Shine - Barako Bull
Mar. 20: San Mig Coffee - Air21 Express


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael DUNIGAN
  Air21 E.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Dunigan, Air21 E.26.5 
 2. Dawson, Meralco25.0 
 3. Balkman, Petron B.25.0 
 4. David, Novi Z.23.7 
 5. Benson, Talk N Te.23.6 
 6. David, Global Port22.4 
 7. Caguioa, Barang.22.3 
 8. Brock, Barako Bull20.6 
 9. Bowles, San M.20.5 
 10. Dozier, Alaska Ac.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Novi Z.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Williams, Novi Z.19.3 
 2. Williams, Global P.18.5 
 3. Brock, Barako Bull16.9 
 4. Dozier, Alaska Aces16.9 
 5. Dunigan, Air21 E.16.0 
 6. Benson, Talk N Te.15.8 
 7. Dawson, Meralco15.8 
 8. Bowles, San M.14.5 
 9. Balkman, Petron B.13.4 
 10. Sundov, Rain o.11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Novi Z.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Mercado, Novi Z.9.8 
 2. Ross, Meralco9.5 
 3. Mercado, Global P.8.9 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.6.3 
 5. Cortez, Air21 E.4.9 
 6. Urbiztondo, Barako4.6 
 7. Villanueva, Barako4.3 
 8. Casio, Alaska Aces4.3 
 9. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.1 
 10. Lee, Rain or Shine3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dawson, Meralco2.8 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.7 
 3. Ross, Meralco2.4 
 4. Balkman, Petron B.2.0 
 5. Benson, Talk N Te.1.8 
 6. Barroca, San M.1.6 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako1.4 
 8. Brock, Barako Bull1.3 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.3 
 10. Lee, Rain or Shine1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Global Port
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Williams, Global P.4.8 
 2. Williams, Novi Z.4.7 
 3. Dozier, Alaska Aces3.4 
 4. Balkman, Petron B.2.7 
 5. Aguilar, Novi Z.2.5 
 6. Dawson, Meralco2.5 
 7. Benson, Talk N Te.2.4 
 8. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 9. Bowles, San M.2.0 
 10. Aguilar, Global P.1.9 



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Trefl Sopot 16-8 
 2. PGE Turow 16-8 
 3. Stelmet ZG 16-8 
 4. Asseco Prok. 16-8 
 5. Anwil 15-9 
 6. Energa Czarni 13-11 
Places 7-12
 1. Polpharma 12-11 
 2. AZS Koszalin 11-12 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 10-14 
 4. Rosa Radom 7-17 
 5. Kotwica 6-17 
 6. Start Gdynia 5-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-6

Mar. 17: Energa Czarni - Stelmet ZG 81-91
Mar. 17: Asseco Prok. - Trefl Sopot 72-73
Mar. 17: Anwil - PGE Turow 63-73

Places 7-12

Mar. 17: Siarka Jezioro - Polpharma 83-90
Mar. 17: Rosa Radom - Start Gdynia 72-60

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Mar. 21: Stelmet ZG - Trefl Sopot
Mar. 21: Asseco Prok. - PGE Turow
Mar. 22: Anwil - Energa Czarni

Places 7-12

Mar. 21: Start Gdynia - AZS Koszalin
Mar. 21: Polpharma - Kotwica
Mar. 23: Start Gdynia - Kotwica
Mar. 23: Polpharma - AZS Koszalin
Mar. 23: Siarka Jezioro - Rosa Radom


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.6 
 2. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.2 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.4 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.9 
 5. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.0 
 6. Carter, Polpharma14.9 
 7. Mosley, Kotwica14.7 
 8. Chylinski, PGE T.14.5 
 9. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 10. Rothbart, Start G.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.8 
 2. Adams, Rosa Radom8.3 
 3. Harris, AZS K.8.1 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.9 
 5. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.7 
 6. Cel, PGE Turow7.5 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 8. Hrycaniuk, Asseco7.1 
 9. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.1 
 10. Dabkus, Energa C.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.8 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.3 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.9 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.6 
 7. Brandwein, Energa3.9 
 8. Tiller, Siarka J.3.9 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.8 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.2 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.9 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco1.4 
 8. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.4 
 9. Majewski, Polph.1.3 
 10. Jackson, PGE Tur.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.7 
 2. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.3 
 4. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 5. Kulig, PGE Turow1.3 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.0 
 8. Boykin, Anwil0.8 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Jones, Stelmet ZG0.8 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Niesobski, Sudety20.9 
 2. Grod, Notec20.0 
 3. Przyborowski, Pula.18.9 
 4. Piotrkowski, AZS A.18.9 
 5. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.6 
 6. Krzeminski, Basket17.8 
 7. Nitsche, Korsarz17.2 
 8. Niesobski, Sudety17.0 
 9. Zalucki, Korsarz16.9 
 10. Brembly, Trefl I.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaroslaw PAWLOWSKI
  Pogon P.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Pawlowski, Pogon P.10.0 
 2. Konsek, Korsarz9.6 
 3. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.5 
 4. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.5 
 5. Wysocki, Tur B.8.9 
 6. Kapturski, Pulask.8.9 
 7. Strzelecki, Micki.8.6 
 8. Cetnar, Rosa I.8.5 
 9. Michalek, Basket P.8.5 
 10. Grod, Notec8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Wilki M.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Stoklosa, Wilki M.8.4 
 2. Mieczkowski, Pulas.8.4 
 3. Grzelinski, WKK W.7.2 
 4. Kozak, Sudety5.5 
 5. Ecka, AZS A.5.4 
 6. Wrobel, GTK G.5.3 
 7. Schenk, Rosa I.5.3 
 8. Paszkiewicz, PWiK5.0 
 9. Wluczynski, Ksieza.4.9 
 10. Jarosz, MKS S.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Konrad KAPTURSKI
  Pulask.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kapturski, Pulask.2.8 
 2. Grod, Notec2.5 
 3. Wojcik, MKS S.2.5 
 4. Brembly, Trefl I.2.4 
 5. Wluczynski, Ksieza.2.4 
 6. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.4 
 7. Rogacewicz, Baske.2.3 
 8. Niesobski, Sudety2.3 
 9. Schenk, Rosa I.2.3 
 10. Jarosz, MKS S.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Piotr MIS
  Handlopex AZS
  (204-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mis, Handlopex AZS1.8 
 2. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.7 
 3. Nowerski, Legia1.6 
 4. Milewski, AZS A.1.6 
 5. Wysocki, Tur B.1.4 
 6. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.1.3 
 7. Nedzi, Legia1.3 
 8. Michalek, Basket P.1.3 
 9. Rudnik, Basket Pila1.1 
 10. Wojcik, MKS S.1.1 



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  PUERTO RICO   


Dongbu Promy welcomes back Roby, ex Humacao - by Eurobasket News

Dongbu Promy (KBL) landed 28-year old American swingman Richard Roby (198-85). It is actually his comeback to Wonju as he played here before. Roby played recently at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). The most of this season Roby spent at Dongbu Promy. In 39 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg. He also played at Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (LigaA) in Argentinian league that season. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1spg. The most of last season Roby spent at Fos Ouest (ProB) in French league. In 17 games he had 12.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Roby also spent pre-season at Peristeri (A1) in Greek league that year. In 8 games he had also remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1spg.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Ostioneros de Guaymas (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 17 games he had also great stats: 20.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg and 1.5bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention.
Three years ago Roby was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (10th overall).
Among other achievements he played in the final of D-League in 2011. Roby received also USBWA All-NCAA District VIII Team award and All-Big 12 1st Team award back in 2006.
He has played previously professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon) and Greece (Peristeri GS Athens).
Roby's game is described as: Excellent range from anywhere on the floor; drives and defends well; very quick.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pruitt signs with Guaynabo - by Luis Modestti


Mets de Guaynabo announced the signing of center Shaun Pruitt (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois). He is expected to make his arrival today.

Pruitt played in 2012 for Trotamundos in Venezuela and also had stops with Titanes in the Dominican Republic and Aguada in Uruguay. He averaged 2,3 points and 3 rebounds in three games with Aguada this year.

He has played for two seasons in BSN. In 2010 he made his debut with Isabela averaging 19,09 points and 13,5 rebounds and then in 2011 played for Mets.

Mets expect him to be a consistent contributor inside since they will miss Daniel Santiago for the first month of the season.



Brown comes back to Caciques - by Luis Modestti


Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, college: Pittsburgh) arrived in Puerto Rico and is ready to play for Caciques/Gigantes this season.

Brown averaged 18 points and 3,6 rebounds last season for Caciques. Now he arrives to Caciques in a different situation because they merged with Gigantes de Carolina for 2013.

Caciques/Gigantes signed Jamelle Horne and Seth Scott as their other imports for this season. No word on Richard Roby who was announced last month.

Another key addition is Alejandro Carmona who arrives this week. He comes from Gaiteros where he averaged 23,6 points, 7,55 rebounds and 2,2 steals in 20 games. Many media outlets in Venezuela named him the League MVP up to this point but signed a deal with Caciques/Gigantes. His contract with Gaiteros expires tomorrow.



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  ROMANIA   


South and North enjoy the draw in All Star Game - by Eurobasket News

South-North 114:114

South and North enjoy the draw in All Star Game held in Craiova. Both teams nailed 114 points for the final result. Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) was named MVP of the game.
It was a fast start for both sides that posted 35 points each in the first period. South team grabbed 5-point lead at the halftime after a 29-24 burst. Moreover they added 31-23 surge in the third quarter and led 13 points after 30 minutes of the game. The North team however needed a 32-19 burst in the last stanza for the final result.
Dominique Archie top-scored for 36 points and Derek Wright (180-G-86, college: Austin Peay St.) notched 22. Branko Cuic (197-G-78) collected 15 points and 7 rebounds, while 15 Bogdan Tibirna scored 12 for North team. Jeremi Booth (195-G-87, college: Appalachian St.) ended up with 26 points, whilst Travis Bureau (200-G-88, agency: SDJ Sports, college: La-Lafayette) netted 18 points for South. Virgil Carutasu (203-C-76) and Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) followed them with 11 points each.



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 21-3 
 2. Ural Ekaterinb. 18-6 
 3. Novosybirsk 18-6 
 4. Ataman 15-10 
 5. Ruskon-Mord. 15-10 
 6. TEMP-SUMZ 14-10 
 7. Dynamo MO 13-10 
 8. Ryazan 13-12 
 9. AltajBasket 12-11 
 10. Avtodor 12-12 
 11. Planeta-Univ. 9-15 
 12. Volgograd 7-15 
 13. Spartak V. 5-19 
 14. Sojuz Zaretchny 4-20 
 15. Severstal 4-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 19: Novosybirsk - Volgograd 91-75
Mar. 19: Spartak V. - Sojuz Zaretchny 80-70
Mar. 19: TEMP-SUMZ - Ural Ekaterinb. 78-74
Mar. 19: Ruskon-Mord. - Ataman 72-70
Mar. 19: Dynamo MO - Avtodor 62-75
Mar. 19: Planeta-Univ. - Univ.Surgut 53-79
Mar. 19: Severstal - Ryazan 47-78

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 24: Novosybirsk - Dynamo MO
Mar. 25: Ural Ekaterinb. - Ataman
Mar. 25: Sojuz Zaretchny - TEMP-SUMZ
Mar. 25: Ryazan - Ruskon-Mord.
Mar. 25: Univ.Surgut - Spartak V.
Mar. 25: Volgograd - Planeta-Univ.
Mar. 25: Avtodor - AltajBasket


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.16.9 
 2. Boyko, Volgograd16.1 
 3. Chernov, AltajBas.16.0 
 4. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.15.9 
 5. Monroe, Ural E.15.5 
 6. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.4 
 7. Komissarov, Volgo.15.1 
 8. Podkolzin, Novosyb.14.2 
 9. McGhee, Ural E.13.8 
 10. Kachanko, TE.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr SAVENKOV
  Univ.Sur.
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.8.4 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.9 
 3. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.5 
 4. Zinchenko, Sever.7.4 
 5. Makshantsev, Novo.7.2 
 6. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.2 
 7. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.7.1 
 8. Pavlov, Ataman7.0 
 9. Novikov, Sojuz Z.6.8 
 10. Denison, Ataman6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.6 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.4 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.7 
 4. Chernov, AltajBas.4.6 
 5. Amirkhanov, Ataman4.3 
 6. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 7. Boyko, Volgograd4.1 
 8. Mateyunas, Avtodor4.0 
 9. Anisimov, Novosybi.3.8 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rya.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Mateyunas, Avtodor2.0 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.1.8 
 4. Lunev, AltajBasket1.8 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.7 
 6. Zakharov, Spart.1.6 
 7. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.6 
 9. Chernov, AltajBas.1.5 
 10. Boyko, Volgograd1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr RINDIN
  Univ.Surgut
  (225-C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.4 
 2. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 3. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.1 
 4. Denison, Ataman1.0 
 5. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 6. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 7. Sayapin, Novosybi.0.9 
 8. Klimenko, Avtodor0.9 
 9. Kurtsevich, Ataman0.9 
 10. Oveshkov, Planet.0.9 


Sergey Karasev will play for the World Select Team against the U.S. - by Athanasios Ntinas

Shooting guard of Triumph and Russia national team, Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) will play in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit representing the World Select team. The Nike Hoop Summit, USA's premier annual basketball game for high-school boys, features Americas top seniors playing against a World Team comprised of elite, international players who are 19-years-old or younger.The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.
According to www.draftexpress.com, Karasev is ranked at number 28 in the ranking of the most promising players, but the 19-year old Russian is not eager to enter the 2013 NBA Draft.



Andrey Mateyunas joins Ataman - by Eurobasket News

Ataman Rostov (Superleague) added to their roster 25-year old point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-75kg-88). He started the season at Avtodor, the newcomer in Superleague. In 22 Higher League games he had 8.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg this season. The most of last season Mateyunas spent at BC Ryazan. In 13 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Mateyunas also spent pre-season at BC Nizhny Novgorod (PBL) earlier that year. But in only one game he did not score anything. He also played 2 games in VTB United League but he recorded just 0.5ppg.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season Mateyunas played at Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL). In 17 games he recorded 5.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg. He also played 1 game in EuroChallenge but he did not score anything and 2 assists.
In 2009-10 season Mateyunas played at Triumph Lyubertsy U23 (U23 Youth League). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Russian B Superleague championship title in 2009. Mateyunas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague 2nd Team back in 2009. He represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 1.4spg.
Mateyunas has played previously for two other Russia teams: Sojuz Zaretchny and Unics Kazan U23.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Superleague Round 26: Ruskon-Mordovia beats Ataman 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.

The most exciting game of round 26 in the Superlaegue took place in Saransk. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Ataman (15-10) to fifth ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (15-10) 72-70 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ataman. Ruskon-Mordovia made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Stanislav Sotnikov (200-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) replied with 19 points and 7 assists for Ataman. Ataman's coach Boris Livanov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ruskon-Mordovia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Ataman. Ruskon-Mordovia is looking forward to face Ryazan (#8) on the road in the next round. Ataman will play against the league's second-placed Ural Ekaterinburg (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (18-6) against seventh ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (14-10) on Tuesday night. Visiting Ural Ekaterinburg was defeated by TEMP-SUMZ Revda in a tough game in Revda 74-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ural Ekaterinburg. Center Ivan Pavlov (200-89) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dmitriy Kachanko chipped in 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TEMP-SUMZ Revda moved-up to sixth place. Ural Ekaterinburg at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Novosybirsk. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will play against Sojuz Zaretchny (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Ataman (#4) in Rostov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Superlaegue top team - Universitet-Yugra (21-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Planeta-Univ. (9-15) in Ukhta 79-53. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Planeta-Univ.. Linas Lekavicius notched 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by Ivan Gavrilov did not help to save the game for Planeta-Univ.. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Universitet-Yugra maintains first position with 21-3 record. Newly promoted Planeta-Univ. keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Universitet-Yugra will meet at home Spartak Vidnoye (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Planeta-Univ. will play against Volgograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Dynamo Moscow (13-10) and Avtodor (12-12), which took place in Moscow. Higher ranked Dynamo Moscow lost at home to tenth ranked Avtodor 62-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Dynamo Moscow. The best player for the winners was Steven Burtt who scored 23 points and 4 assists. Avtodor's coach Yuriy Zhukanenko allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Avtodor have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Avtodor maintains tenth position with 12-12 record. Dynamo Moscow at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Avtodor's next round opponent will be higher ranked AltajBasket (#9) in Barnau and it may be quite challenging game.
The game between 15th ranked Severstal (4-21) and ninth ranked Ryazan (13-12) in Cherepovec on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ryazan outscored Severstal 78-47. Aleksey Tsvetkov orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ryazan's coach Zoran Cvetanovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ryazan moved-up to eighth place. Severstal lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Ryazan will face higher ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (#5) in Saransk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 26 Volgograd was beaten by Novosybirsk on the road 91-75. Spartak V. won against Sojuz Zaretchny on its own court 80-70.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by Vladimir Pichkurov of Volgograd.


Novosybirsk - Volgograd 91-75

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Novosybirsk (18-6) beat at home 12th ranked Volgograd (7-15) 91-75 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Novosybirsk. Volgograd was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Novosybirsk looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Volgograd's players. Center Pavel Podkolzin (226-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Maksim Sinelnikov (192-85) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. Novosybirsk's coach Sergei Kazarzhevsky used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Vladimir Pichkurov (192-90) replied with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Fedor Likholitov (210-80, college: VCU, agency: Alti Sport) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Volgograd. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Novosybirsk have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ural Ekaterinb. Volgograd lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Novosybirsk will face Dynamo Moscow (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Volgograd will play against Planeta-Univ. (#11) in Ukhta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novosybirsk: A.Sayapin 15+3reb+1ast, P.Podkolzin 15+11reb+1ast, M.Sinelnikov 11+4reb+4ast, A.Anisimov 11+4reb+3ast, S.Makshantsev 9+2reb+1ast, I.Novikov 8+4reb+4ast
Volgograd: V.Pichkurov 25+7reb+6ast, F.Likholitov 14+10reb+1ast, A.Komissarov 12+7reb+1ast, A.Fomin 10+6reb+2ast, A.Voron 6+5reb, O.Berhin 5

gschID: 193558


Dynamo MO - Avtodor 62-75

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Dynamo Moscow (13-10) and Avtodor (12-12), which took place in Moscow. Higher ranked Dynamo Moscow lost at home to tenth ranked Avtodor 62-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Dynamo Moscow. The game was mostly controlled by Avtodor. Dynamo Moscow was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-90) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Avtodor players scored in double figures. Avtodor's coach Yuriy Zhukanenko allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Evgeny Karpeko (204-89) produced 13 points and the former international forward Nikita Morgunov (210-75, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Avtodor have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Avtodor maintains tenth position with 12-12 record. Dynamo Moscow at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Avtodor's next round opponent will be higher ranked AltajBasket (#9) in Barnau and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: S.Burtt 23+1reb+4ast, A.Pushkin 13+3reb, I.Strebkov 10+5reb+4ast, A.Karpukhin 10+5reb+4ast, H.Rollins 6+5reb+1ast, I.Gusev 5+2reb
Dynamo MO: E.Karpeko 13+4reb+1ast, N.Morgunov 11+6reb+1ast, A.Savkov 10+2reb+2ast, G.Plotnikov 9+1reb+3ast, A.Urazmanov 8+6reb+2ast, V.Belov 6+8reb
gschID: 193557


Severstal - Ryazan 47-78

The game between 15th ranked Severstal (4-21) and ninth ranked Ryazan (13-12) in Cherepovec on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ryazan outscored Severstal 78-47. The game without a history. Ryazan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Severstal to just 7 points in second quarter. Ryazan dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Severstal's 16. Ryazan forced 24 Severstal turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including 30 on the offensive glass. Power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Center Maksim Polyakov (206-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 16 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Ryazan players scored in double figures. Ryazan's coach Zoran Cvetanovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Kiril Kuznetsov (187-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 17 points and Tamirlan Bekkiev (204-92) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Severstal. Ryazan moved-up to eighth place. Severstal lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Ryazan will face higher ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (#5) in Saransk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Ryazan: M.Polyakov 16+4reb, A.Kirjanov 12+3reb, A.Kirdyachkin 12+2reb, A.Tsvetkov 11+11reb+2ast, D.Zibirov 7+3reb+6ast, V.Uskov 6+3ast
Severstal: K.Kuznetsov 17+3reb, T.Bekkiev 10+7reb+2ast, A.Pisarchuk 7+10reb, E.Chebanenko 7+1reb+3ast, S.Zakharov 5+3reb, A.Borisov 1
gschID: 193554


Planeta-Univ. - Univ.Surgut 53-79

Superlaegue top team - Universitet-Yugra (21-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Planeta-Univ. (9-15) in Ukhta 79-53. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Planeta-Univ.. The game without a history. Universitet-Yugra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Universitet-Yugra forced 19 Planeta-Univ. turnovers. Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) notched 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points. Five Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by swingman Ivan Gavrilov (200-85) did not help to save the game for Planeta-Univ.. American forward James Ellisor (195-90, college: Bemidji St.) added 9 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Universitet-Yugra maintains first position with 21-3 record. Newly promoted Planeta-Univ. keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Universitet-Yugra will meet at home Spartak Vidnoye (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Planeta-Univ. will play against Volgograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: L.Lekavicius 21+7reb+4ast, A.Rindin 14+4reb+1ast, A.Ageev 13+2reb+1ast, V.Dyachok 11+3reb+1ast, I.Aleksandrov 10+2reb+1ast, A.Miloserdov 5+3ast
Planeta-Univ.: I.Gavrilov 15+8reb, J.Ellisor 9+6reb+1ast, A.Petukhov 7+2reb, I.Suhinin 7+1reb+3ast, A.Amelin 5+2ast, A.Dudukin 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 193553


TEMP-SUMZ - Ural Ekaterinb. 78-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (18-6) against seventh ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (14-10) on Tuesday night. Visiting Ural Ekaterinburg was defeated by TEMP-SUMZ Revda in a tough game in Revda 74-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ural Ekaterinburg. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ural Ekaterinburg won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TEMP-SUMZ Revda made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Ural Ekaterinburg turnovers. Ural Ekaterinburg was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Ivan Pavlov (200-89) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dmitriy Kachanko (200-86) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TEMP-SUMZ Revda moved-up to sixth place. Ural Ekaterinburg at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Novosybirsk. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will play against Sojuz Zaretchny (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Ataman (#4) in Rostov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Vokhmianine 12+1reb+1ast, I.Pavlov 11+7reb+3ast, A.Pavlov 11+5reb+1ast, S.Khlopov 11+3reb+2ast, D.Kachanko 10+3reb+4ast, A.Komarov 9+6reb
Ural Ekaterinb.: M.Tkachenko 18+3reb+1ast, A.Glazunov 15+4reb+4ast, A.McGhee 15+6reb+2ast, A.Dedushkin 12+6reb, D.Arteshin 6+6reb, D.Nikolaev 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 193552


Ruskon-Mord. - Ataman 72-70

The most exciting game of round 26 in the Superlaegue took place in Saransk. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Ataman (15-10) to fifth ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (15-10) 72-70 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ataman. Ruskon-Mordovia made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Stanislav Sotnikov (200-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) replied with 19 points and 7 assists and guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-85) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ataman. Ataman's coach Boris Livanov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ruskon-Mordovia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Ataman. Ruskon-Mordovia is looking forward to face Ryazan (#8) on the road in the next round. Ataman will play against the league's second-placed Ural Ekaterinburg (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 23+8reb+2ast, S.Sotnikov 21+9reb, F.Klyuchnikov 10+2reb+1ast, N.Gresev 8+5reb, Y.Cherniavskiy 4+2reb+3ast, R.Semerninov 3+10reb+3ast
Ataman: D.Zagnoyko 20+5reb+1ast, A.Mateyunas 19+1reb+7ast, A.Nesterov 11+6reb+1ast, S.Denison 8+8reb+2ast, D.Beliaev 4+3reb, P.Agapov 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 193556


Spartak V. - Sojuz Zaretchny 80-70

Everything could happen in Moscow at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Spartak Vidnoye and 14th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny had identical 4-19 record. This time Spartak Vidnoye used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Zaretchny 80-70 on Tuesday night. Newly promoted Spartak Vidnoye maintains thirteenth position with 5-19 record. Sojuz Zaretchny lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. Spartak Vidnoye will face league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#6).
gschID: 193555



Andrey Mateyunas joins Ataman - by Eurobasket News

Ataman Rostov (Superleague) added to their roster 25-year old point guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-75kg-88). He started the season at Avtodor, the newcomer in Superleague. In 22 Higher League games he had 8.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg this season. The most of last season Mateyunas spent at BC Ryazan. In 13 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Mateyunas also spent pre-season at BC Nizhny Novgorod (PBL) earlier that year. But in only one game he did not score anything. He also played 2 games in VTB United League but he recorded just 0.5ppg.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season Mateyunas played at Triumph Lyubertsy (PBL). In 17 games he recorded 5.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg. He also played 1 game in EuroChallenge but he did not score anything and 2 assists.
In 2009-10 season Mateyunas played at Triumph Lyubertsy U23 (U23 Youth League). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Newcomers Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he won Russian B Superleague championship title in 2009. Mateyunas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian B Superleague 2nd Team back in 2009. He represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.8ppg, 1.4spg.
Mateyunas has played previously for two other Russia teams: Sojuz Zaretchny and Unics Kazan U23.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hakeem Rollins (ex Trotamundos) agreed terms with Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (Superleague) inked 30-year old American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-111kg-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management). He played recently at Trotamundos in Venezuelan LPB league. This season Rollins was tested by SAV Vacallo (LNA) in Swiss league. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 11.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg this season. The most of last season he spent at Sionista (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In 30 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2bpg. Rollins also played at San Martin Corrientes (LigaA) in Argentinian league that season. In 16 games he averaged 9.7ppg and 6.8rpg.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Argentinian TNA in 2009. Rollins received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Honorable Mention award in 2011.
He has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks), Uruguay (Atenas) and Argentina (GECR Indalo and Ciclista).
Rollins attended University of Washington until 2005 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Athletic big man with NBA body, strength, and athleticism. Possesses great upside and has been making quick improvements from year to year. Runs the floor exceptionally well, has an outstanding vertical jump. Good defender, exceptional rebounder. Fans love his intensity, versatility and enormous potential. It has become one of the best centers in each league and level he has played.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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MVP Mugabe Praises to Teammates - by Eurobasket News

After being crowned the Most Valuable Player of the national basketball league season that ended on Saturday, Espoir's point guard Aristide Mugabe attributed his outstanding performance to the support of his team mates.
Espoir players and officials pose for a group photo after completing an unbeaten season in their jubilee aniversary year.
Mugabe led Espoir to both the regular season title and the playoffs trophy, success the Nyamirambo-based side achieved with an unprecedented unbeaten record in the club's jubilee anniversary year.
Jean Bahufite's team beat archrivals APR 78-68 in Game Three of the best of five playoff final series on Saturday at Amahoro indoor stadium court, to complete a 3-0 whitewash.
Espoir won all three games which helped them to win two titles in what has been an outstanding season for the oldest basketball club in Rwanda. They won Game One 89-63 and Game Two 106-54 respectively last weekend.
Unstoppable
After the game Mugabe, who was named MVP, expressed his delight after scooping the award ahead of his team mates Kami Kabange and APR's Lionel Hakizimana, but heaped the praise on his teammates, whom he said, without them, he couldn't be the player he is.
"I am happy with the MVP award, but what is most important is that the team has won two titles in a single season, the whole team has been outstanding throughout the season," he told Times Sport on the courtside after receiving his award.
He added, "I'm happy with the performance of our team, and I want to congratulate my teammates for the effort each one of us put to make this dream a reality."
The 24-year-old acknowledged that much as he won the MV award, Espoir's success has been built on team effort where everyone connected to the club, from players, coaching staff, management and the fans, played a key role.
He said, "We have been unstoppable this season. We did our best to win all games which is good for us, we hope we will continue to work hard because this is not the end."
APR's Kenyan born coach Cliff Owour summed up his team's demise in just a few words, "We failed to defend well against an excellent team that's why we got punished.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Espoir Lift Playoffs Title - by Eurobasket News

Unbeaten Espoir celebrated adding the basketball league Playoffs final trophy to the regular season title after beating APR 78-68 in Game Three on Sunday at the Amahoro Indoor Stadium court.
Espoir started well, winning the first quarter 19-12 but former champions APR came back strong and dominated the second quarter 23-15.
However, Cliff Owour's team ran out of steam in the third and fourth quarters as Espoir, who have been so dominant throughout the season, ran 25-13 and 20-9 winners respectively in the second half.
Forward Olivier Muhizi and Kami Kabange scored 23 and 14 respectively, while the Playoffs final Most Valuable Player, point guard Aristide Mugabe added 11 points for Jean Bahufite's side.
Lionel Hakizimana (190-G-92) scored 11 points for APR, while his skipper Theotime Murimira, who was ejected after accumulating five fouls, scored 8 points.
Espoir won the best of five series playoff final 3-0 to which helped them to add it to the regular season title. The Nyamirambo-based outfit, who last won the league title back in 2004, won Game One 89-63 and Game Two 106-54 respectively last weekend.
Meanwhile, APR women's team beat Ubumwe 54-41 in Game One of their best of three Playoffs final played on Saturday. Games Two is today at Amahoro Indoor Stadium court.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Mihajlo ANDRIC
  Partizan II
  (200-SF-94)
  Avg: 20
 1. Andric, Partizan II20.0 
 2. Stanojevic, Meridi.17.9 
 3. Djordjevic, Partiz.17.8 
 4. Stanojevic, Crnok.17.7 
 5. Glisovic, Plana17.6 
 6. Savic, Meridian.16.7 
 7. Stanojevic, Zelez.16.6 
 8. Samardzija, Spart.16.5 
 9. Mitic, Morava16.3 
 10. Knezevic, Prolet.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos JANKOVIC
  Mladost .
  (203-C-94)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Jankovic, Mladost10.9 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.9.2 
 3. Grujic, Morava9.0 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.7.7 
 5. Lambic, Prolet.7.4 
 6. Vukovic, Mladost7.4 
 7. Milincic, Napredak7.3 
 8. Boricic, Radnicki.6.7 
 9. Gugleta, Zeleznicar6.4 
 10. Davidovac, Meridi.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Perica MITIC
  Morava
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mitic, Morava6.4 
 2. Boricic, Radnicki.5.5 
 3. Mukanovic, Crnok.5.5 
 4. Socanac, Mladost4.7 
 5. Vukotic, Plana4.4 
 6. Stamenkovic, Radni.4.4 
 7. Djordjevic, Partiz.4.3 
 8. Savic, Meridian.4.2 
 9. Kuntic, Spartak4.1 
 10. Stanojevic, Merid.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Milan STANOJEVIC
  Meridi.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Stanojevic, Meridi.3.1 
 2. Kuntic, Spartak2.7 
 3. Boricic, Radnicki.2.5 
 4. Mitic, Morava2.5 
 5. Savic, Meridian.2.5 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.4 
 7. Lambic, Prolet.2.2 
 8. Djurovic, Meridian.2.2 
 9. Milisavljevi., Spa.2.1 
 10. Jojic, Zeleznicar2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.8 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.1.6 
 3. Stojanovic, Morava1.3 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.1.2 
 5. Martinovic, Prolet.1.1 
 6. Grujic, Morava1.0 
 7. Jovsic, Meridian.0.7 
 8. Kesar, Plana0.6 
 9. Ilic, Morava0.6 
 10. Tomic, Prolet.0.6 


Balkan League: OKK Beograd with narrow win in Slavonski Brod - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - OKK Beograd 68:69

OKK Beograd claimed a narrow road win over Djuro Djakovic. It was the first success for the Serbian team in Last 4 group. Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) and Stanoje Knezevic (202-PF-89) delivered 16 points each to pace the winners.
OKK Beograd ensured a strong start to the game. They recorded a 22:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Djuro Djakovic cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Croatian team got within 5 points at halftime 31:36. OKK Beograd did not allow the hosts to take over in the third frame. The visitors gained a 6-point lead into the fourth stanza. Petani tied things up at 64 with under three minutes remaining in regulation. Ivan Marinkovic and Malidzan helped the visitors to a 67:64 lead. Stanoje Knezevic then made it 68:64 for OKK Beograd and they held on to celebrate victory at the end. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) accounted for 15 points in the victory. Toni Brnas (201-F-91) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Djuro Djakovic. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) had 20 points in defeat.

Djuro Djakovic: Toni Brnas 25, Marko Batina 20
OKK Beograd: Ivan Marinkovic 16, Stanoje Knezevic 16, Nikola Jeftic 15



Radnicki Kragujevac tabs Uros Nikolic - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac (A League) inked 26-year old Serbian power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87). He started the season at MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 21 Adriatic League games he averaged 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg this season. The last season Nikolic played at Zvezda. In 14 A League games he had 3.1ppg and 1.6rpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Nikolic also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he had 3.9ppg and 2.3rpg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention award in 2011. Nikolic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) six years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg.
Nikolic has played previously professionally in Slovenia (Krka) and Serbia (Vrsac and Mega Vizura).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Draw completed for Serbian Superliga - by Igor Obradovic

Today was held the draw for the Serbian Superliga this year. Already in the second round clash awaits us eternal rivals, Crvena zvezda Telekom and Partizan mt:s. Host of 218 eternal derby will be Crvena zvezda Telekom.
The next big derby is scheduled as early as the fourth round when Crvena zvezda Telekom was host for team from Kragujevac.
So far it is known seven participants for Superliga and the last round in the Serbian Basketball League will bring us the answer to the question who will be the eighth participant in this elite competition in Serbia.
There is only one place in fight between two teams, and after the last round we will get the answer if participant would be FMP or Sloboda from Uzice.

Complete schedule :

1. round:
Partizan mt:s - Mega Vizura
Sloboda/FMP - Crvena zvezda
Vojvodina - Metalac
Konstantin - Radnicki Kragujevac

2. round:
Crvena zvezda - Partizan
Metalac - Radnicki
Mega Vizura - Konstantin
Vojvodina - Sloboda/FMP

3. round:
Partizan - Vojvodina
Konstantin - Crvena zvezda
Radnicki - Mega Vizura
Sloboda/Radnicki FMP - Metalac

4. round:
Sloboda/FMP - Partizan
Crvena zvezda - Radnicki
Metalac - Mega Vizura
Vojvodina - Konstantin

5. round:
Partizan - Metalac
Mega Vizura - Crvena zvezda
Radnicki - Vojvodina
Konstantin - Sloboda/FMP

6. round:
Partizan - Konstantin
Metalac - Crvena zvezda
Sloboda/FMP - Radnicki
Vojvodina - Mega Vizura

7. round:
Radnicki - Partizan
Crvena zvezda - Vojvodina
Konstantin - Metalac
Mega Vizura - Sloboda/FMP



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Let the real battle begins! - by Thomas Kottra

Eight teams, one dream. After 36 rounds where every team competed four times with all the opponents, it all came to this. The play-offs begin this weekend with teams paired in order of their table stance.
The interesting thing here is that nr. 1 ranked Astrum Levice won't participate since they declined this option just before the season started. Now this seems like a mistake taken. But back in summer 2012 it was a good call of management of the team that will appear in both Slovak and Czech highest division clashes. Although there were some tries to correct this and get to the Play-offs, Astrum Levice are out, what is surely pity for Slovak basketball. Never mind, 8 other teams will continue in their journey for the title. There is no clear favorite at the moment. We only know who will probably be vanquished in quarter-finals.
There are no doubts that 8th position ranked MBK Banik Handlova will be beaten in shortest time by MBK Rieker Komarno which led the peloton for a long time and since Levice are out of play, they obtained top seed position
On the other side, second BK Edymax SPU Nitra will face the dark horse of Slovak Play-offs - BK Iskra Svit. Team which came through changes in last weeks and their power has risen significantly.
BK Inter Bratislava had also changed a lot in their roster and they are willing to attract more fans in the capital city and also a title. Their opponent - team of SKP Banska Bystrica- may only surprise by winning more then one game.
The last couple is the most interesting at this stage. Although BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves claimed the advantage of home court in the last game, recent champion BC Prievidza seems to be more powerfull since their opponent had to let Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) go and it seems like Maurice Acker (178-PG-87, college: Marquette) (178-PG-87, college: Marquette) has some problems with paperwork. The final decision about his stay or go will be known on Tuesday.

Play-off opponents:
MBK Rieker Komarno (1) - MBK Banik Handlova (8)
BK Edymax SPU Nitra (2) - BK Iskra Svit (7)
BK Inter Bratislava (3) - SKP Banska Bystrica (6)
BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (4) - BC Prievidza (5)




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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 44-10 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 41-13 
 3. ET Land 33-21 
 4. Anyang KGC 30-24 
 5. Goyang Orions 27-27 
 6. Samsung Th. 22-32 
 7. Dongbu Promy 20-34 
 8. LG Sakers 20-34 
 9. Sonic Boom KT 20-34 
 10. KCC Egis 13-41 

Regular Season: Round 42

Mar. 19: KCC Egis - Sonic Boom KT 79-84
Mar. 19: Anyang KGC - Goyang Orions 74-68
Mar. 19: Samsung Th. - LG Sakers 73-77
Mar. 19: Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 72-80
Mar. 19: ET Land - Mobis Phoebus 71-90

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 22: Anyang KGC - Goyang Orions
Mar. 23: ET Land - Samsung Th.


KBL regular season title holders are announced - by JungHwan Seo

Korean Basketball League ended their 2012-13 regular season on Tuesday. SK Knights won regular season title for the first in franchise history. Mobis is on 2nd place with 13 games winning streak.

No.3 ET land will face No.6 Samsung at first round of playoffs series. Also No.4 KGC will play against No.5 Orions. Playoffs tip off on this Friday.

Individual Leaders

Scoring: Johnson Jasper (203-F-83, college: Delta St.) 19.72
Rebound: Williams Leon (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio) 11.43
Assists: Akins Tony (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) 6.13
Steals: Shin Myung-ho 2.04
Block shots: Townes Darian (208-F/C-84) 1.74
Field goal percentages: Ratliffe Ricardo (203-F-89, college: Missouri) 64.1%
3pts percentages: Cho Sung-min 45.6%
Most Double Double games: Williams Leon 38



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

28-year old power forward Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Mobis Phoebus and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 42.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 19 rebounds, while his team crushed ET Land (#3, 33-21) with 19-point margin 90-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Mobis Phoebus maintains the 2nd position in South Korean league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mobis Phoebus will need more victories to improve their 41-13 record. Benson just recently signed at Mobis Phoebus, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Benson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of LG Sakers. He is American in his first season at LG Sakers. In the last game Clark recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for LG Sakers to edge slightly higher-ranked Samsung Th. (#6, 22-32) by 4 points 77-73. LG Sakers' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 20-34 record. Clark is a newcomer at LG Sakers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jasper Johnson (203-F-83) of Sonic Boom KT (#9). Johnson showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sonic Boom KT, leading his team to a 84-79 win against slightly lower-ranked KCC Egis (#10, 13-41). The chances of Sonic Boom KT not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 34 games, recording just twenty victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Johnson could try to bring Sonic Boom KT's a little bit higher in the standings. Johnson has individually a great season in South Korea. After 53 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Do-Soo Kim (193-F-81) of Sonic Boom KT - 33 points and 2 rebounds
5. Gregory Stevenson (198-F-78) of Mobis Phoebus - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Courtney Sims (211-C-83) of SK Knights - 27 points and 5 rebounds
7. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of SK Knights - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Andre Brown (206-F/C-81) of KCC Egis - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Si Rae Kim (180-G-89) of Mobis Phoebus - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Juan Pattillo (201-F-88) of Anyang KGC - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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



KBL Round 42: Mobis Phoebus defeat ET Land Elephants in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in KBL just ended.

An interesting game for Mobis Phoebus (41-13) which played road game in Inchon against one of their biggest challengers ET Land Elephants (33-21). Second ranked Mobis Phoebus had an easy win 90-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. ET Land Elephants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded ET Land Elephants 44-30 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Young-Sam Jung (188-84) replied with 14 points and 7 assists for ET Land Elephants. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mobis Phoebus have an impressive 13-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 41-13 record having just three points less than leader SK Knights. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the third place with 21 games lost.
KBL top team - SK Knights (44-10) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Dongbu Promy (20-34) in Wonju 80-72. American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Aaron Haynes chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SK Knights maintains first position with 44-10 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side keeps the seventh place with 34 games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers and Sonic Boom KT.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 42: Sonic Boom KT beat KCC Egis on the road 84-79. Anyang KGC won against Goyang Orions on its own court 74-68. LG Sakers managed to outperform Samsung Th. in Changwon 77-73.
The most impressive performance of 42th round was 32 points and 11 rebounds by Ira Clark of LG Sakers.


KCC Egis - Sonic Boom KT 79-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Sonic Boom KT's (20-34) road victory over bottom-ranked KCC Egis (13-41) in Jeonju 84-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KCC Egis won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Jasper Johnson (203-83, college: Delta St.) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Do-Soo Kim (193-81) chipped in 33 points (!!!) (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward John Thomas (206-75, college: Minnesota) with 23 points and his fellow American import power forward Andre Brown (206-81, college: De Paul, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to seventh place, which they share with LG Sakers and Dongbu Promy. KCC Egis at the other side stay dead last with 41 lost games.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: J.Thomas 23+4reb+1ast, T.Kim 15+6reb+2ast, A.Brown 14+10reb, H.Jung 10+5reb, U.Jung 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Bakg 4+2reb+3ast
Sonic Boom KT: D.Kim 33+2reb, J.Johnson 20+12reb+4ast, Y.Yoon 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Song 7+1ast, J.Lim 6+5reb+4ast, S.Min 4+1ast
gschID: 194508


Anyang KGC - Goyang Orions 74-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Goyang Orions' (27-27) road loss to fourth ranked Anyang KGC (30-24) 68-74. It looked good early as Goyang Orions took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Anyang KGC had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and Goyang Orions were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-74. American forward Juan Pattillo (201-88, college: W.Kentucky) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) chipped in 9 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) with 9 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Joseph Taylor (205-85, college: Wyoming, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anyang KGC maintains fourth position with 30-24 record. Goyang Orions at the other side keep the fifth place with 27 games lost.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: J.Taylor 11+7reb, J.Choi 9+5reb+1ast, S.Kim 9+7reb, L.Williams 9+8reb+1ast, D.Kim 8+1reb+3ast, S.Cho 7+2ast
Anyang KGC: J.Pattillo 15+8reb, J.Lee 14+2ast, T.Kim 9+1reb+7ast, Yiwondae 9+3reb, H.Choi 7+5reb+2ast, H.Yang 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 194507


Samsung Th. - LG Sakers 73-77

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked LG Sakers (20-34) won against 6th ranked Samsung Thunders (22-32) in Seoul 77-73. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Chang Young Jung (192-88) chipped in 11 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Daniel Sandrin (200-80, college: Seattle Pacific) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Samsung Thunders players scored in double figures. LG Sakers moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT and Dongbu Promy. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the sixth position with 32 games lost.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: D.Sandrin 18+5reb+2ast, D.Lim 13+1reb+4ast, W.Lee 10+3reb+3ast, D.Townes 10+13reb+2ast, O.Blankson 8+5reb+1ast, K.Lee 6+1reb+3ast
LG Sakers: I.Clark 32+11reb+2ast, C.Young Jung 11+3reb+3ast, J.Un Lee 10, S.Ki 8+2reb+2ast, W.Yaung 6+5reb+5ast, R.Park 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 194509


Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 72-80

KBL top team - SK Knights (44-10) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Dongbu Promy (20-34) in Wonju 80-72. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-24 Dongbu Promy's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-72 at the end of the game. Dongbu Promy was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and German-American forward Julian Sensley (206-82, college: Hawaii) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SK Knights maintains first position with 44-10 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side keeps the seventh place with 34 games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers and Sonic Boom KT.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Roby 16+4reb+1ast, J.Sensley 13+6reb+5ast, E.Sandrin 13+15reb, Y.Kim 8+3reb+4ast, M.Kim 8+4reb, Y.Choi 5
SK Knights: C.Sims 27+5reb, A.Haynes 20+5reb+1ast, M.Kim 8+6reb+2ast, S.Kim 7+1reb+8ast, S.Park 5+4reb+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 194505


ET Land - Mobis Phoebus 71-90

An interesting game for Mobis Phoebus (41-13) which played road game in Inchon against one of their biggest challengers ET Land Elephants (33-21). Second ranked Mobis Phoebus had an easy win 90-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. ET Land Elephants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded ET Land Elephants 44-30 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Young-Sam Jung (188-84) replied with 14 points and 7 assists and American forward DeAngelo Casto (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Top Notch Sports) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for ET Land Elephants. 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. Mobis Phoebus have an impressive 13-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 41-13 record having just three points less than leader SK Knights. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the third place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
ET Land: Y.Jung 14+4reb+7ast, D.Casto 11+9reb+1ast, C.Powell 11+4reb, T.Moon 10+4reb+1ast, J.Kim 9+2reb+2ast, B.Cha 8+2reb
Mobis Phoebus: G.Stevenson 22+7reb+3ast, R.Benson 21+19reb, S.Rae Kim 19+4reb+4ast, D.Yang 10+2reb+7ast, R.Ratliffe 8+2reb+1ast, J.Ham 7+7reb
gschID: 194506



Dongbu Promy welcomes back Roby, ex Humacao - by Eurobasket News

Dongbu Promy (KBL) landed 28-year old American swingman Richard Roby (198-85). It is actually his comeback to Wonju as he played here before. Roby played recently at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). The most of this season Roby spent at Dongbu Promy. In 39 games he averaged 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg. He also played at Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (LigaA) in Argentinian league that season. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1spg. The most of last season Roby spent at Fos Ouest (ProB) in French league. In 17 games he had 12.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Roby also spent pre-season at Peristeri (A1) in Greek league that year. In 8 games he had also remarkable stats: 16.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1spg.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Ostioneros de Guaymas (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 17 games he had also great stats: 20.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg and 1.5bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention.
Three years ago Roby was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (10th overall).
Among other achievements he played in the final of D-League in 2011. Roby received also USBWA All-NCAA District VIII Team award and All-Big 12 1st Team award back in 2006.
He has played previously professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon) and Greece (Peristeri GS Athens).
Roby's game is described as: Excellent range from anywhere on the floor; drives and defends well; very quick.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SPAIN   


Patrick Ewing Jr. leaves Blancos de Rueda - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Jamaican ex-international forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-108kg-84, college: Georgetown) left Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (ACB). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 9 ACB games he averaged 4.3ppg and 1.3rpg this season.
He managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). Ewing Jr. also spent pre-season at Telekom Baskets (BBL) in German league earlier that year. In 12 games he had 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he had 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg.
The last season Ewing Jr. played at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 19 games he had 8.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. The other team he played that season for was Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 11 games he had 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. Ewing Jr. was tried-out by the Hornets in NBA that season.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Bighorns in D-League. In 25 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team, 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
In 2008 Ewing Jr. was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (43rd overall). He attended Georgetown University and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ewing Jr.'s team won Big East Regular Season for two years in a row (2007 and 2008). He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) last year. Ewing Jr.'s team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 8.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 71.4%.
Ewing Jr. has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 27-6 
 2. Uppsala 25-8 
 3. Sodertalje 24-9 
 4. Norrkoping 21-12 
 5. Boras 21-12 
 6. Solna 20-13 
 7. LF Basket 17-16 
 8. 08 16-17 
 9. Jamtland 8-25 
 10. Eagles 7-26 
 11. Nassjo 7-26 
 12. Eco Orebro 5-28 

Quarter-Finals: Round 2

Mar. 19: 08 - Sundsvall 90-98
Mar. 19: LF Basket - Uppsala 88-81
Mar. 19: Solna - Sodertalje 71-79
Mar. 19: Boras - Norrkoping 104-80

Quarter-Finals: Round 3

Mar. 22: Sundsvall - 08
Mar. 22: Uppsala - LF Basket
Mar. 22: Sodertalje - Solna
Mar. 22: Norrkoping - Boras


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 22
 1. Miller, Boras22.0 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket20.1 
 3. Palm, Boras19.5 
 4. Wesby, Sundsvall18.3 
 5. Cuffee, Sundsvall18.1 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.9 
 7. Oglesby, Boras17.8 
 8. Ruach, Nassjo17.3 
 9. Augustus, 0817.1 
 10. Castle, Eco Orebro17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 2. Palm, Boras9.6 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje9.5 
 4. Wright, Uppsala9.1 
 5. Walker, Nassjo8.6 
 6. McKnight, Boras8.2 
 7. Johnson, Solna7.7 
 8. Lalugba, Jamtland7.5 
 9. Toutziarakis, Solna7.4 
 10. Igbavboa, LF Bas.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Miller, Boras6.1 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.7 
 3. Dugat, LF Basket4.7 
 4. Jackson, Uppsala4.6 
 5. Mbemba, 084.5 
 6. Levin, Solna4.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.4 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 9. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.3 
 10. Ahonen, Solna4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tut RUACH
  Nassjo
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ruach, Nassjo2.0 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket2.0 
 3. Mbemba, 082.0 
 4. Stefanovic, Eagles2.0 
 5. Carter, Uppsala1.8 
 6. Castle, Eco Orebro1.8 
 7. Ilunga, 081.6 
 8. McKnight, Boras1.6 
 9. Jeromanovs, Norrk.1.5 
 10. Lewis, Solna1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kodi AUGUSTUS
  08
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Augustus, 081.8 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 3. Hughes, Norrkoping1.6 
 4. Wright, Uppsala1.4 
 5. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 6. Palm, Boras1.3 
 7. Brown, 081.2 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.1.1 
 9. Johnson, Solna1.0 
 10. Toutziarakis, Sol.0.9 


Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Taby 16-4 
 2. Akropol 16-4 
 3. LF Future 16-4 
 4. Blackeberg 13-7 
 5. Umea 13-9 
 6. Alvik Basket 10-10 
 7. Solna Branten 9-11 
 8. Fryshuset 9-12 
 9. Orongo 9-12 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 9-12 
 11. BG Lulea 3-19 
 12. Jarva Devils 1-20 
South
 1. Boras II 15-5 
 2. Brahe Basket 15-5 
 3. Eos 15-6 
 4. Jarfalla 13-8 
 5. Malbas 12-9 
 6. Haga Haninge 11-11 
 7. Talje 10-10 
 8. Hoganas 10-11 
 9. Eskilstuna 9-12 
 10. Hogsbo 8-12 
 11. Helsingborg 5-15 
 12. Sanda 1-20 

Regular Season: Round 21

North

Mar. 16: Akropol - BG Lulea 86-57
Mar. 16: Orongo - Blackeberg 85-87
Mar. 17: Umea - Alvik Basket 67-75
Mar. 16: Fryshuset - Jarva Devils 107-78
Mar. 17: Uppsala KFUM - BG Lulea 100-73

Round 18

Mar. 17: Talje - Helsingborg 66-59

South

Mar. 16: Eos - Hogsbo 94-83
Mar. 16: Haga Haninge - Helsingborg 88-71
Mar. 16: Talje - Eskilstuna 86-64
Mar. 16: Jarfalla - Malbas 78-74
Mar. 16: Boras II - Brahe Basket 77-64
Mar. 16: Sanda - Hoganas 67-80

Regular Season: Round 22

North

Mar. 23: Fryshuset - Taby
Mar. 23: Uppsala KFUM - LF Future
Mar. 23: Alvik Basket - Orongo
Mar. 23: Blackeberg - Akropol
Mar. 24: Akropol - LF Future
Mar. 24: Jarva Devils - Solna Branten

South

Mar. 23: Hoganas - Jarfalla
Mar. 23: Sanda - Talje
Mar. 23: Helsingborg - Eos
Mar. 24: Brahe Basket - Eskilstuna
Mar. 24: Malbas - Boras II


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

BasketEttan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lenngren, Hogsbo 23.6
2 Alix, Jarfalla 22.3
3 Dawit, Fryshuset 21.7
4 Ronnqvist, LF Fu. 20.8
5 Nagwere, Fryshuset 19.8
6 Hartmann, Akropol 19.2
7 Sellin, Helsingborg 19.1
8 Bergstrom, Black. 19
9 Andersson, Taby 18.6
10 Gafor, Malbas 18.4

Rebounds Per Game
1 Eliasson, Solna B. 11.7
2 Hult, Eos 10
3 Karlsson, Umea 9.6
4 Saleman, Umea 9.5
5 Lenngren, Hogsbo 9.4
6 Larsson, Talje 9.2
7 Hartmann, Akropol 9.2
8 Halling, Jarfalla 9.1
9 Alix, Jarfalla 9
10 Nagwere, Fryshuset 8.9

Assists Per Game
1 Lundin, Taby 6
2 Blazevic, Talje 5.4
3 Kebedom, Brahe B. 5.1
4 Nystrom, Eos 5
5 Bankhead, Malbas 5
6 Nagwere, Fryshuset 4.6
7 Panghulan, Black. 4.5
8 Larsson, LF Future 4.3
9 Hultman-Boye, Haga H. 4.2
10 Catrinin, Jarfalla 4.2

Steals Per Game
1 Bankhead, Malbas 2.8
2 Urban, Eskilstuna 2.8
3 Dawit, Fryshuset 2.8
4 Nystrom, Eos 2.7
5 Strazdauskas, Hogan. 2.6
6 Kearney, LF Future 2.5
7 Hansson, Alvik B. 2.4
8 Maraker, Boras II 2.4
9 Baltrokonis, Hogan. 2.4
10 Hultman-Boye, Haga H. 2.4

Blocks Per Game
1 Robinson, Brahe B. 2.1
2 Kuksta, Hoganas 1.8
3 Urban, Eskilstuna 1.4
4 Sinani, Helsingborg 1.3
5 Saleman, Umea 1.3
6 Soderman, Haga H. 1.2
7 Bergstrom, Black. 1.2
8 Nystrom, Eos 1.1
9 Hult, Eos 1.1
10 Williams, Orongo 1



Odin Lindell gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Basketettan - by Eurobasket News

Odin Lindell (205-C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Uppsala KFUM and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Basketettan Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 31 points and twenty rebounds, while his team outclassed BG Lulea (#11, 3-19) with 27-point margin 100-73. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings in North. Uppsala KFUM maintains the 10th position in Swedish Basketettan. Uppsala KFUM 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 9-12 record. Lindell turned to be Uppsala KFUM's top player in his first season with the team. Odin Lindell averages this season 19.0ppg and 11.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old center Nicklas Bergstrom (205-C-78) of Blackeberg. Bergstrom impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Blackeberg to edge the lower-ranked Orongo (#9, 9-12) by 2 points 87-85. This victory allowed Blackeberg to move up to 4th position in North. His team's 13-7 record is not bad at all. Bergstrom is one of the most experienced players at Blackeberg and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#8). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Fredrik Karlsson (198-F-81) of Umea (#5). Karlsson scored 14 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). Despite Karlsson's great performance Umea lost 67-75 to slightly lower-ranked Alvik Basket (#6, 10-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Umea needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in North. Their record is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Karlsson has a great season in Sweden. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nerijus Strazdauskas (198-F-84) of Hoganas - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
5. David Hult (204-C-89) of Eos - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84) of Akropol - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Per Bergmark (195-F-89) of Umea - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Billy Andersson (193-G-89) of Helsingborg - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stefan Nguyen (190-G-92) of Fryshuset - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Mario Blazevic (180-PG-93) of Talje - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Basketligan Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

08 - Sundsvall 90-98 (0-2)

08 Stockholm was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-10 charge of Sundsvall Dragons, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Sundsvall Dragons outrebounded 08 Stockholm 37-24 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 08 Stockholm was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Icelandic point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) replied with 19 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and American forward Isiah Brown (203-89, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 23 points in the effort for 08 Stockholm. Five Sundsvall Dragons and four 08 Stockholm players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
08: I.Brown 23+3reb+1ast, O.Ilunga 19+4reb+5ast, N.Hedstrom 18+2reb+3ast, K.Augustus 16+4reb+1ast, J.Blom 8+7reb+1ast, N.Stefanovic 4+4reb+4ast
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 26+5reb+2ast, M.Cuffee 21+7reb+4ast, H.Baeringsson 17+13reb+8ast, A.Wesby 17+6reb+2ast, T.Liden 15+3reb+3ast, A.Nilsson 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 236210


Boras - Norrkoping 104-80 (1-1)

Boras Basket made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) scored 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Norwegian-American guard Terrence Oglesby (188-88, college: Clemson) chipped in 30 points during the contest. Icelandic guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) scored 14 points. Five Boras Basket and four Norrkoping Dolphins players 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.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: C.Maraker 14+4reb+1ast, M.Ringstrom 11+4reb, E.Jeromanovs 11+1reb+3ast, O.Ayuba 10+3reb+3ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+9reb, K.Gabriel 8+3reb+3ast
Boras: T.Oglesby 30+2ast, C.McKnight 24+9reb+1ast, M.Palm 14+5reb+5ast, J.Miller 13+3reb+7ast, J.Thomas 10+7reb+1ast, M.Goransson 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 236213


Solna - Sodertalje 71-79 (0-2)

Solna Vikings were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 30-19 charge of Sodertalje Kings, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) notched 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) supported him with 19 points. Even 17 points by American guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Solna Vikings. The former international point guard Mats Levin (189-77) added 14 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Solna: K.Lewis 17+4reb, M.Levin 14+3reb+3ast, J.Nystrom 12+3reb+3ast, S.Toutziarakis 10+5reb+2ast, V.Mandic 9+2reb, R.Ahonen 9+1ast
Sodertalje: K.Simms 19+2reb+1ast, D.Pita 18+3reb, T.Bizaca 14+7reb+3ast, T.Borg 11+2reb+3ast, A.Chuk 8+6reb+3ast, A.Lindqvist 5+1reb
gschID: 236212


LF Basket - Uppsala 88-81 (1-1)

LF Basket made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for LF Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Henry Dugat (183-87, college: Baylor) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Irish forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Johan Jeansson (198-85) produced 19 points and American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-80, college: Butler) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five LF Basket and four Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. Uppsala Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: J.Jeansson 19+3reb+1ast, T.Jackson 15+3reb+4ast, R.Eriksson 11+2reb+5ast, S.Grundberg 10+4reb+2ast, K.Wright 9+8reb, M.Nakos 6+2reb
LF Basket: H.Dugat 18+6reb+5ast, A.Person 15+4reb+1ast, C.Ryan 14+3reb+1ast, C.Grace 12+8reb+2ast, L.Reed 11+3reb+1ast, U.Igbavboa 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 236211



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taylor KING
  KKL
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. King, KKL24.0 
 2. Lamizana, Yulon L.22.2 
 3. Lin, KKL21.1 
 4. Taylor, Bank o.20.8 
 5. Davis, Pure Youth19.6 
 6. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.17.8 
 7. Allen, Taiwan Beer16.6 
 8. Howell, Dacin Tige.15.9 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers14.6 
 10. Chen, Bank o.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy DAVIS
  Pure Youth
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Davis, Pure Youth14.3 
 2. King, KKL13.9 
 3. Howell, Dacin Tige.12.9 
 4. Lamizana, Yulon L.12.2 
 5. Taylor, Bank o.12.0 
 6. Allen, Taiwan Beer10.4 
 7. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.8.8 
 8. Zhou, Bank o.7.2 
 9. Tsai, Pure Youth6.4 
 10. Tien, Dacin Tigers6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kuan-Lun LIN
  KKL
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Lin, KKL4.5 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.2 
 3. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.8 
 4. Lamizana, Yulon L.3.4 
 5. Wu, Taiwan Mobile3.1 
 6. Chen, Pure Youth3.0 
 7. Chen, Taiwan Mobile2.9 
 8. Taylor, Bank o.2.8 
 9. King, KKL2.8 
 10. Lai, Taiwan Beer2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Bank o.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Taylor, Bank o.2.4 
 2. King, KKL2.1 
 3. Liu, Taiwan Beer1.9 
 4. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.1.6 
 5. Davis, Pure Youth1.4 
 6. Hsu, Dacin Tigers1.4 
 7. Ke, Pure Youth1.4 
 8. Zheng, Bank o.1.3 
 9. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.3 
 10. Zuo, Taiwan Beer1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Yulon L.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lamizana, Yulon L.3.2 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth2.4 
 3. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.1.8 
 4. King, KKL1.6 
 5. Taylor, Bank o.1.6 
 6. Howell, Dacin Tige.1.3 
 7. Te-Wei, Yulon L.1.1 
 8. Wu, Taiwan Mobile1.1 
 9. Liu, Taiwan Beer0.8 
 10. Allen, Taiwan Beer0.8 


SBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan Mobile - Dacin Tigers 65-62 (1-2)

Dacin Tigers were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 39-34 second half run of Taiwan Mobile. It was an exceptional evening for Belizean-American power forward Noel Felix (205-81, college: Fresno St.) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jing-Huan Chen (190-86) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward Rolando Howell (206-82, college: S.Carolina) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Lei Tien (202-83) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Dacin Tigers in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Mobile: N.Felix 22+9reb, J.Chen 13+8reb+1ast, T.Wu 12+3reb+2ast, S.Chen 5+2ast, J.Cheng 4+5reb+1ast, S.Ho 4+2reb
Dacin Tigers: R.Howell 22+12reb, L.Tien 15+8reb, T.Chen 10+4reb+1ast, H.Hsu 9+1reb+2ast, C.Wang 3+1reb+2ast, C.Chang 2+1reb
gschID: 236853


Pure Youth - Yulon Luxgen 69-67 (2-1)

Yulon Luxgen was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 14-11 charge of Pure Youth, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane, agency: Elite Talent Exchange) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. point guard Chi-Hao Ke (181-85) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Pure Youth's coach Chin-Tse Hsu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Ivorian-French power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers, agency: Top Notch Sports) with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and the former international guard Shih-Yuan Chou (188-83) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: Q.Davis 22+16reb+1ast, C.Ke 13+9reb+3ast, C.Mao 13+7reb+2ast, C.Chien 6+4reb+1ast, W.Tsai 6+8reb+1ast, C.Lin 4+2reb+1ast
Yulon Luxgen: M.Lamizana 20+8reb+2ast, S.Chou 13+7reb+2ast, C.Lee 10+9reb+1ast, C.Lu 7+10reb, P.Chou 7+4reb, C.Chen 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 236852



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City Bulls Vijana prove to be too good for Pazi - by Eurobasket News

By Brown Msyani
The Citizen Correspondent
Dar es Salaam. Basketball giants Vijana put up a spirited fight to beat their traditional foes Pazi 40-33 in an exciting friendly match on Monday.
Vijana, fondly referred to as City Bulls, took command of the proceedings right for the start, and it came as no surprise when they took a 12-6 first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, they started where they had left off, commanding the proceedings with swift but accurate passes to the delight of their fans. They were leading 22-15 at half time.
Sensing the danger of losing the game, Pazi resorted to long passes in the third quarter. They briefly put Vijana at bay in the opening minutes of the closely contested quarter.
However, this could not stop the well-drilled and fast-moving Vijana from extending their lead to 30-25 at the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter was even more fascinating. Both teams fought hard for points. At one point, Pazi, once of the most feared teams in the country, looked d3estined to win the quarter.
Surprisingly, they lost heat towards the end of the quarter, going down 10-8.
Playmaker Saidi Khamisi, Antony Jeikanga and Mohamed Dibo Ally were the pillar-heads of City Bulls victory.
Khamisi, who was a real thorn in the flesh for Pazi defenders, emerged the matchs top scorer after posting 15 points, followed by Antony Jeikanga who chalked 10 points.
Pazi relied on Steve Mtemhonda, who combined well with Martini Kolikolli and Ceiss Obutu upfront. However, their efforts failed to bar Vijana from winning the match.Mtemhonda scored 15 points for Pazi while Kolikoli had 10.
At the end of the match, Pazi coach, Bahati Mgunda said he accepted defeat, but complained of an error by the games time keeper who let the clock run for six seconds during a time-out.
I dont have any excuse for the defeat, but I would like to point out that we are encountering problems to train as we share the Mont Fleuri court with two other teams.There was also the error by the time-keeper and in six seconds we could have won the match.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  TURKEY   


Gonlum number one in Turkey for round 22 - by Eurobasket News

International power forward Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) put on an amazing game in the last round for Anadolu Efes, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Olin Edirne (#14, 5-17) 83-82. Anadolu Efes maintains the 4th position in Turkish TBL. They are still close to the very top. Anadolu Efes would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 18-4 record. Gonlum has many years of experience at Anadolu Efes, through which he has constantly improved. Kerem Gonlum averages this season 10.5ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Montenegrin Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Antalya. Golubovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Antalya cruised to a 100-93 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked TED Kolejliler (#7, 11-11). Antalya's 15th position in the standings has not changed. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Antalya managed to get this year. Golubovic is one of the most experienced players at Antalya and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Furkan Aldemir (207-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) of Galatasaray (#3). Aldemir scored 11 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Galatasaray, leading his team to a 95-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Mersin (#12, 6-16). Galatasaray is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 19-3 record is not that bad... Aldemir has a great season in Turkey. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) of Tofas - 19 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Antalya - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Galatasaray - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Reha Oz (200-SF-78) of Antalya - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Turk Telekom - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dylan Page (204-F-82) of Gaziantep - 22 points and 6 rebounds
10. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Mersin - 21 points and 9 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)



Aliaga released Tu Holloway - by Ugur Turker

Aliaga Petkim parted ways with Tu Holloway (182-G-89, college: Xavier) officially. American Rookie had joined Aliaga replace of Dean Taquan and failed to impress Hakan Demir . Former Xavier played 5.8 ppg and 1.6 aspg in 16 minutes. Aliaga Petkim is looking for a guard to strenthen roster for Play-Off race. Aliaga Petkim will face with TED Kolejliler to keep their hopes alive after loss against Erdemir which take one win advantage for Play-Off


EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka advanced to the Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Karsiyaka - Paris-Levallois 85:69

Karsiyaka advanced to the Final Four of the EuroChallenge. The Turkish team overcame Paris-Levallois 85:69 in the decisive third game and clinched the ticket to the Semifinal.
The game was mostly controlled by Karsiyaka. The hosts started with 21-8 and never looked behind. Paris-Levallois managed to win third quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Karsiyaka finished the game with 17-15 rally and celebrated the victory in front of 4000 fans.
The best player for the winners was Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Four Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds and Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) added 9 points and 9 assists respectively.

Karsiyaka: Will Thomas 22+10rebs, Bobby Dixon 22, Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St.) 11+10rebs, Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) 10
Paris-Levallois: Sean May 23, Antoine Diot (191-PG-89) 9, Andrew Albicy 9



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Aska's hard work pays off for Bluejackets - by David Edole

By Nick Snow Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. --When the phone rang in the middle of the night, Coyle High School basketball coach Josh Sumrall wouldnt have to answer. Hed simply grab his keys and head to Coyles gym only to be greeted by a smiling Tony Aska.

In a whirlwind senior season, it was those moments of solitude inside the Coyle gym the only sound the swish of a basketball passing through the net where Aska and the Bluejackets dream of not only making the state tournament but getting to the state championship developed.

He would come get the keys from me at night and on the weekends and hed go to the gym by himself and work on his game, Sumrall said. Thats really when I saw a big improvement and his desire to get to the state tournament and reach our goal, when he started working more individually.

I used to just see what would happen if I did this or did that, Aska said. I used to put a lot of pressure on myself pretend we were in a tight game for the state championship. Id work on my putbacks and my free throws. Id say, OK, were down by one. If I make both these free throws we win the state championship. If I miss both we lose. You know, just stuff like that stuff kids dream about all the time.

As it turns out, those dreams became a reality. Aska averaged 19.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game and knocked down 9 of 10 free throws in the Class B state semifinals to get Coyle to the state championship.

He was a big part of our team, Sumrall said. He was a very good teammate and made everyone around him a lot better. Just about every game he was the best player on the floor. We were glad to have him wearing a blue and white uniform and glad that he was on our side. Itd be tough to scheme against him. We were able to do a lot of things with him on the floor.

The 6-foot-6-inch senior didnt have to do a lot to make a huge impact for the Bluejackets this season. His athleticism already put him head and shoulders above most athletes in Class B. But while he may not have been a vocal leader, he knew this year he was going to be the central piece in the Bluejackets offense.

Coach (Sumrall) told me that it was going to be all up to me, Aska said. I was going to be the big guy, so I had to set the tempo. I had to put in the overtime for my team. It wasnt about scoring all those points. A lot of them came on putbacks. I trusted my teammates to make shots, but if they missed I was going to be there for the putback.

Time and time again, Aska was there when his teammates needed a lift just like they were there after the heartbreaking state championship loss to Arnett.

There are lot of words to describe the season, but I couldnt have done it without my teammates, Aska said. I would have loved to have won the gold ball, but just knowing that my dream almost came true that was a pretty good life lesson in itself.

And through all the hours of practice the late nights in Coyles 86-year-old gym, with ghosts of the past watching in the grandstands Aska said he wouldnt trade any of it for the world.

Looking back on it now, I wanted to have no regrets, Aska said. When the last buzzer rang, I knew right then that I had no regrets. It wasnt a gold ball, but we brought back a silver one. A lot of teams didnt even make the state tournament, so it does make me happy knowing that I was a part of something so special.





Cecil falls in NJCAA National Tournament opener - by David Edole

Outshot and outrebounded, the Cecil mens basketball team saw its national title hopes buried under an avalanche of second-chance points.

In their opening game of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, the Seahawks dropped a 98-75 decision to fourth-seeded Rend Lake (Ill.) on Tuesday at Danville Area C.C. in Danville, Ill.

While the Warriors finished with a discernible edge in nearly every major category, the 61-35 rebounding advantage served as the catalyst to all other facets of domination, including second chance points (29-11) and points in the paint (62-22).

Rebounding was one of the things we spoke about, just trying to limit them to one shot, Cecil coach LeShawn Hammett said. We know theyre a really good offensive rebounding team, and one of the things we wanted to do was to limit them, but they just got those offensive rebounds.

Freshman guard Donte Adams tallied 24 points and seven rebounds, both team highs for the Seahawks (17-14), while freshman forward Amadius Der-Weer (198-C-94) followed with 22 points, six rebounds and eight blocks. Sophomore guard Charles Burley notched six points and six rebounds while dishing out 13 assists, and freshman forward Stedman Allen contributed 13 points and seven rebounds.

Both teams spent the first 15 minutes of the game trading leads in a back-and-forth battle that included a flurry of 3-pointers from both sides. However, Rend Lake (27-3) pulled away with a late first-half spurt to enter the break with a 12-point cushion.

In the second half, Cecil failed to produce one of the rallies that have come to define its season.

We got stops and they got stops, but it came down to a point where they made plays at the right time, Hammett said. They got the lead and they held us off.

The Seahawks return to action on Thursday morning against Phoenix College (Ariz.) in an elimination gam