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  ABA   



O'Brien not enough for the SW Warrioris - by Gianni Pascucci

Over the past weekend, the Fayetteville Flight defeated 120-118 the Southwest Fellowship Warriors team, advancing to ABA Sweet 16. It happened in spite of a monster performing from Brandon O'Brien (6'6''-F-90, college: Lincoln Memorial), who led all the scorers with 56 points in losing effort, adding 56% in field goals, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal .....


Calgary will host the first annual Canada vs USA Series - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has announced that the Calgary Crush will host the First Annual Canada vs U.S. Series. The Calgary Crush coached by Eddie Richardson will host the The San Diego Surf in a 3-game series starting March 29, 2013. The Crush have expanded the ABA north of the border and mobilized a loyal and passionate basketball community in Calgary. "The ABA has been eager to reestablish itself in Canada for several years," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "The Calgary Crush was the first step back and we could not have asked for more."
The Crush organization has exceeded expectations in their inaugural season with a perfect record on the court and the support of the entire community, a community willing to embrace the sport of basketball and encourage the dreams of local talent playing at the next level. With a great mix of local talent and media exposure, the Crush are continuing to grow the ABA brand in Western Canada. "With home grown talent, this team is equipped to take on its American competition and embrace a new generation of Canadian sports fans," said Christopher Pike, Calgary Crush writer. "Basketball is ready to explode and the Crush are prepared to light the flame that ignites the basketball community in Calgary."
The Calgary Crush will put their perfect season on the line when they face the The San Diego Surf on March 29. "Calgary will be facing one of the best ABA teams and it will help gauge the real strength of the Calgary Crush," added Joe Newman . "Overall, the example set by the Calgary Crush has created the foundation for significant growth of the ABA in Canada. We hope the First Annual Canada vs. U.S. Series will be the stepping stone for many more."
All games will be played at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). For more information, email calgarycrush@shaw.ca or visit www.calgarycrush.com or www.abvalive.com



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  ANGOLA   


Libolo Move One Step Closer to Angolan Cup Finals - by Surujh Roopnarine

Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo took game two in their best-of-five semifinal matchup with Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda 85-83 on Tuesday night at the Pavilion of Dream Space. Despite being down by 15 points at halftime (29-44), Libolo staged a furious second half comeback to claim victory.
A strong third quarter saw Libolocut Luandas lead to 62-66 heading into the final quarter where they eventually prevailed.
The top scorers for both clubs were their imports, as Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) of Luanda scored a game-high 23 points while Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) led the winners with 21.
The winner of this semifinal matchup will move the Cup Finals to face the winner between Petroleos Luanda and CDUAN.
Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo: Tommie Eddie (21pts), Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) (20pts), Luis Costa (193-F-78) (16pts), Mutau Fonseca (F) (11pts)
Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda: Reggie Moore (23pts), Islando Manuel (192-F-91) (18pts), Armando Costa (192-G-83) (10pts), Cedric Isom (188-G-84, college: E.Texas Baptist) (9pts)



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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 


LigaA Round 3 of 1/8 Finals. GECR Indalo reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Sionista - Atenas 72-64

Sionista cut the deficit in the eighth-final series versus Atenas. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sionista dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 28. Sionista forced 19 Atenas turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for Alejandro Zilli (200-82) who led the winners and scored 19 points. International swingman Luciano Gonzalez (192-90) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (180-77, agency: Interperformances) came up with 16 points and the former international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Atenas in the defeat. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Alejandro Lotterio rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Sionista: L.Gonzalez 19+4reb, A.Zilli 19+4reb+1ast, L.Wade 15+6reb+1ast, J.Sandrini 7+2reb+3ast, M.Sandes 6+9reb+2ast, J.Lloreda 2+1reb
Atenas: B.Labaque 16+3reb+2ast, D.Guaita 15+5reb, J.Bulfoni 14+4reb+2ast, A.Elsener 12+8reb, D.Kante 4+3reb, M.Lescano 3+3reb
gschID: 235782


Libertad S. - Quimsa 69-67

Libertad Sunchales avoided elimination beating Quimsa at home court for the first win in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Libertad Sunchales had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Libertad Sunchales' coach Oscar Sanchez used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Quimsa. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: D.Garcia 15+4reb+5ast, A.Alloatti 15+5reb+1ast, J.Treise 14+8reb+5ast, F.Vieta 6+2reb, G.Mikulas 6+4reb+1ast, D.Johnson 5+6reb
Quimsa: J.Baxter 19+6reb+2ast, J.Mojica 13+6reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 12+3reb, D.Tintorelli 10+6reb, S.Vega 7+8reb+3ast, E.Villares 3
gschID: 235785


GECR Indalo - Olimpico LB 85-71

GECR Indalo completed the sweep of the eighth-final series versus Olimpico de La Banda. The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. Olimpico de La Banda managed to win fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. International forward Fabian Ramirez (193-90) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Ariel Pau (186-84) added 18 points respectively for Olimpico de La Banda in the defeat. Five GECR Indalo and four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: S.Scala 17+1reb, J.Robinson 15+3reb+2ast, K.Seawright 12+12reb+4ast, M.Byro 12+2reb, D.Romero 10+3reb+4ast, D.Jackson 10+6reb+2ast
Olimpico LB: A.Pau 18+1ast, F.Ramirez 12+6reb+1ast, A.Eslava 10+4reb+1ast, F.Malara 10+3reb+2ast, S.Clancy 8+6reb+1ast, F.Calvi 5+3reb
gschID: 235784


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Argentino 85-83

Weber Estudiantes Bahia nipped Argentino at home court to stay in the title race. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Argentino won fourth quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wuber-Est.Bahia forced 23 Argentino turnovers. Argentino was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. The former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) helped adding 19 points. Wuber-Est.Bahia's coach Pablo Coleffi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was naturalized Italian guard Juan Cangelosi (195-81) with 21 points and power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: H.Jasen 19+4reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 19+3reb+6ast, D.Davis 12+12reb, L.Nailon 10+5reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 8+3reb, J.Williams 6+1ast
Argentino: J.Cangelosi 21+4reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 16+6reb, K.Lytch 11+7reb, F.Funes 11+4reb+3ast, N.De los Santos 9+4reb+8ast, B.Carlwell 9+5reb
gschID: 235783



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Eagles draw first blood in Grand Final rematch - by Eurobasket News

Fast and energetic described the first game for the East Perth Eagles 114-95 point win against their 2012 grand final opponents, the Cockburn Cougars at Wally Hagan Stadium on Saturday night.

Within the opening minute of the first quarter both teams were quick to score their first two points which set the pace for the rest of the game. With impressive play from forward Nikola Donlagic and guard Elgar Tamsalu within the key, as well as a 3 point field goal from guard John Taylor, the score was 36-all and the Eagles were off to a great start.

Despite a close second quarter, the Eagles were gradually starting to take the lead by scoring 8 consecutive points, 4 of those being 2 dunks from centre Tom Jervis (213-C-89, college: Troy). Shortly after, another 3 point field goal from forward Jarrod Balcombe made the score 94-83 and it was evident that the offence was consistently working well and that the Eagles were starting to soar.

Cockburn put up a good fight and showed impressive skills from guard Damien Scott (194-G-92) and forward Gavin Field (200-G/F-89, college: W.Georgia) who scored 46 points collectively for the Cougars, however, the third and fourth quarters only exemplified the focus of the Eagles and how determined they were to keep the score in their favour.

After scoring over half their total match points in the paint, 24 points from turnovers and leading for 41 minutes, it was the East Perth Eagles who came out on top with a triumphant 19-point win over the Cockburn Cougars for their first game of the 2013 SBL season.

Despite the fantastic team work and skill displayed by the East Perth Eagles WSBL team, more was required to out-pace the Cockburn Cougars who secured a 58-33 win. After a slow start to the game, forward Melissa Winfield scored the Eagles first two points within the first three minutes only to have a quick response from the Cougars scoring their first two points shortly after. By the end of the first quarter the Eagles were trailing by seven points and were aiming to start the next quarter with some new tactics.

At the start of the second quarter, the Eagles were energetic and powerful with their passing but it wasnt until around the six minute mark that forward Jodee Sontay boosted their score up to 11 points. The Eagles were in a slight defensive struggle and went into half time with a total of 22% field goals and a score of 18-31.

By the third quarter things were starting to get a little better for the Eagles and it was evident that the offence was starting to click. However, despite on-court leadership from guard Nicole Jorre de St Jorre, the Eagles were still not converting the opportunities that came their way into points. With only five minutes remaining on the clock, the Eagles were behind by 13 at the end of the third quarter. By the last 10 minutes of the game, the Cougars were starting to pull away and finished with a 25 point win overall.

Both Eagles teams will be back on court next Saturday 23 March in a home game at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre against the Wanneroo Wolves.

Article by Arielle Cooper
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



Jamine Peterson to face tribunal - by Eurobasket News

The State Basketball League has recently referred a complaint against Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers import Jamine Peterson (198-F-88, college: Providence) to the tribunal.

The complaint arose from the Mandurah Magic versus Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers game at Mandurah Aquatic & Recreation Centre on Sunday 17 March, in relation to alleged post-game comments/gestures made by Peterson to a match referee.

In line with the SBL By-Laws, the league has referred the matter to the tribunal, with the hearing to take place on Wednesday 20 March.

The results of the hearing will be released on Thursday morning.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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  BAHRAIN   


IT'S MANAMA! - by Yousef Ahmed



MANAMA were last night crowned champions of this year's Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup.

The victors clinched their record 15th title, including sixth in the last nine seasons, following a nail-biting 80-79 game two victory over a spirited Sitra to sweep their best-of-three championship series at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam.

Former NBA player Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) from Senegal poured in an impressive 42 points, 27 of which came in a red-hot first-half, to spearhead his side. Sow also grabbed 16 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes of the game.

Manama's triumph marked Sow's first championship in Bahrain in what is turning out to be an outstanding debut season for the six-foot, 10-inch forward. Manama head coach Tony Vujanic of Serbia also commemorated his maiden national crown.

Hassan Nairouz added 17 points as Manama's top Bahraini scorer. The wily guard made a crucial block on Sitra's Younes Quwayed with around five seconds remaining that helped Manama hold on to the slim one-point lead.

Sitra star Mohammed Quwayed put in a valiant all-around effort in the loss. He scored 32 points, dished out 10 assists and registered four steals, but not even that would be enough.

American CJ Giles, who Sitra signed on-loan from Muharraq Club to replace an unavailable Jamal Holden, contributed a gutsy 29 points and 16 rebounds. Giles also had four blocks for Sitra, who are coached by veteran Bahraini tactician Najah Milad.

Following Nairouz's game-saving rejection, Sitra had one last chance to steal the win as the ball bounced directly towards a waiting Mahmood Abdulnabi beyond the three-point line. Abdulnabi's wide-open shot, however, came up short and Manama breathed a sigh of relief before breaking out into celebration.

Mohammed Quwayed had almost single-handedly carried Sitra to a stunning victory late in yesterday's game. After making two pressure-packed free-throws to tie it at 77-all with two minutes remaining, the athletic wing buried a go-ahead jumper to put Sitra up 79-77.

But Sow answered two possessions later, firing in a three-pointer with 50 seconds left to give Manama an 80-79 edge, which eventually turned out to be the final winning margin.

Both teams had chances to add to their tally in the closing moments, but Mohammed Quwayed missed a rushed three-pointer for Sitra, and then a short jumper from Nairouz with 10 seconds to play just barely rimmed out for Manama.

Nairouz made up for that miss with his block on Younes Quwayed right under the basket, sending the ball to Abdulnabi who failed to bury the potential game-winner.

The newly crowned champions were made to sweat en route to regaining the crown they last won in 2011.

They survived Sitra's late comeback despite going ahead by as many as 11 points with a Nairouz triple that made it 58-47 midway through the third quarter.

An 11-1 run capped by a Mohammed Quwayed three then changed the complexion of the game as he brought Sitra to within one, 58-59.

Another pair of long-range baskets from Ahmed Abdulaziz and Mohammed Quwayed gave Manama a 62-61 lead heading into the final canto.

Manama then managed to pull ahead by five in the opening minutes of the fourth, but then Sitra tied the proceedings once more at 72-all with a Mohammed Quwayed lay-up on the fast-break.

A long jumper from Sow and then a triple by Nairouz swung things back in Manama's favour, 77-72, with less than three minutes to go, but then three straight points from six-foot, 11-inch Giles and Mohammed Quwayed's two late charity shots tied it at 77-all.

That paved the way for the end-game heroics from Sow and Nairouz. Following the completion of the Cup competition, the Zain Bahrain Basketball League is now set to resume.


Source GDN

BY PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 6-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 6-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 4-4 
 4. Kumanovo 4-4 
 5. Kavala 3-6 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-6 
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. 20: Teodo Tivat - Galil Gilboa 82-92
Mar. 13: Kumanovo - Rilski Sportist 114-117 OT

Last Four

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Mar. 26: Rilski Sportist - Levski Sofia
Mar. 27: Kumanovo - Teodo Tivat


Round 4 (Second Stage): Mornar Bar hands first defeat to Kozuv - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Balkan League. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated FYR Macedonian Kozuv (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of third ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Mornar Bar 87-81. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kozuv. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 48-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Hank Thorns (175-89, college: TCU) fired 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Center Vukota Pavic (203-93) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. Center Aleksandar Shterjov (208-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mornar Bar maintains third position in Group D with 2-3 record having seven points less than leader Levski Sofia. Kozuv at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The best stats of 4th round was 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 11 assists by Aleksandar Kostoski of Kumanovo.


First Six
Teodo Tivat - Galil Gilboa 82-92

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (2-6) was defeated at home by second ranked Israeli Galil Gilboa (6-3) 92-82 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 41-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Galil Gilboa shot 64.3 percent from the field. American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Nimrod Tishman (197-91) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Srdjan Subotic (195-88) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Teodo Tivat's coach Slobodan Savovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Galil Gilboa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group C with 6-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Levski Sofia. Teodo Tivat lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Galil Gilboa will have a break next round. Teodo Tivat will play on the road against Kumanovo 2009 (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: A.Radulovic 20+7reb+1ast, S.Subotic 14+5reb+3ast, S.Tepavcevic 10+6reb+2ast, M.Mijovic 8+3reb+3ast, S.Djordjevic 8+5reb, I.Kunjic 7+5reb
Galil Gilboa: M.Watt 16+7reb+1ast, N.Tishman 14+6reb+2ast, R.Sanders 14+4reb, J.Smith 14+1reb+7ast, Y.Green 13+3reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 10+5reb+6ast
gschID: 231547


Kumanovo - Rilski Sportist 114-117 OT

Rilski Sportist made a decisive step towards Final Four stage beating Kumanovo in overtime drama. A.Caloiaro notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Bulgarian team. Terry Smith added 22 points, while Hristo Zahariev contributed 20 points for the visitors. A.Kostoski fired game-high 43 points for Kumanovo. Uros Lukovic netted 23 points and grabbed 13 boards in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 43+6reb+11ast, U.Lukovic 23+13reb+1ast, A.Lee-Ingram 21+3reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 11+10reb, D.Mikic 9+6reb, M.Janevski 4+2reb
Rilski Sportist: A.Caloiaro 23+8reb+1ast, T.Smith 22+3reb+3ast, H.Zahariev 20+8reb+3ast, B.Mirkovic 20+1reb+8ast, B.Dupree 18+12reb, S.Vaklinov 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 231546


Levski Sofia - Kavala 88-73

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Bulgarian Levski Sofia (6-2) defeated at home 5th ranked Greek Kavala (3-6) 88-73 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Levski Sofia. Kavala was better in fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski Sofia forced 21 Kavala turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) fired 20 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Pavel Ivanov (200-88) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Sotirios Manolopoulos (208-87) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levski Sofia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group C with 6-2 record. Kavala lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Levski Sofia will face Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Kavala: K.Achara 19+7reb, S.Manolopoulos 18+3reb+1ast, S.Panos 8+5reb+1ast, D.Kalampakas 8+3reb+5ast, G.Arbet 7+5reb+3ast, P.Velissariou 7+1reb+6ast
Levski Sofia: S.Georgiev 20+4reb, P.Ivanov 12+4reb+4ast, Z.Georgiev 10+2reb+4ast, D.Dimitrov 10+1ast, H.Dimitrov 8+1reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 6+5reb
gschID: 231545


Last Four
Djuro Djakovic - OKK Beograd 68-69

There was a minor upset in Slavonski Brod where much higher ranked Croatian Djuro Djakovic (3-2) was edged by fourth ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (1-4) 69-68 on Tuesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-11. But Djuro Djakovic won second period 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stanoje Knezevic (202-89) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian-Serbian forward Nikola Jeftic (202-85) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Toni Brnas (201-91) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian swingman Marko Batina (198-86) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. OKK Beograd maintains fourth position in Group D with 1-4 record. Loser Djuro Djakovic keeps the second place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Djuro Djakovic: T.Brnas 25+8reb+2ast, M.Batina 20+5reb+3ast, T.Petani 13+4reb+3ast, P.Zivkovic 6+7reb+2ast, J.Blajic 2+1reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 2+9reb+2ast
OKK Beograd: S.Knezevic 16+7reb+1ast, I.Marinkovic 16+5reb, N.Jeftic 15+6reb+1ast, V.Malidzan 9+3reb+4ast, M.Sutulovic 7+1reb, M.Dimitrijevic 4+1reb
gschID: 231559


Mornar Bar - Kozuv 87-81

Undefeated FYR Macedonian Kozuv (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of third ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Mornar Bar 87-81. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kozuv. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 48-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Hank Thorns (175-89, college: TCU) fired 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Center Vukota Pavic (203-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Mornar Bar players scored in double figures. Center Aleksandar Shterjov (208-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Darko Radulovic (192-80) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mornar Bar maintains third position in Group D with 2-3 record having seven points less than leader Levski Sofia. Kozuv at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: A.Shterjov 23+7reb+3ast, I.Mijajlovic 13+2reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 12+5reb+3ast, D.Karadzovski 9+3reb+3ast, P.Blazevski 8+3reb+1ast, S.Hadji Vasilev 7+1ast
Mornar Bar: H.Thorns 16+4reb+6ast, V.Pavic 11+10reb+1ast, L.Radosavljevic 11+2reb+3ast, S.Tosic 10+2ast, M.Damjanovic 10+1reb+2ast, N.Rondovic 10+2reb
gschID: 231558



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Rudupis and Kalev/Cramo earn victories - by Eurobasket News

Barons kvartals - Rudupis 73-76

Rudupis snatched win in Latvia to step closer to the Baltic League Final. Barons kvartals trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 22-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-76 at the end of the game. Strangely Barons kvartals outrebounded Rudupis 45-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Estonian Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport) fired 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) chipped in 19 points. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Barons kvartals' coach Martins Gulbis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 19+3reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 14+7reb+1ast, S.Vene 12+6reb+6ast, G.Kadziulis 10+3reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 9+3reb+3ast, A.Valeika 7+5reb+3ast
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 22+2reb+1ast, D.Dulkys 16+7reb+1ast, J.Diggs 15+5reb+7ast, T.Cain 12+18reb+1ast, D.Zonne 3, A.Brunins 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 235469


Kalev/Cramo - Ventspils 64-61

Kalev/Cramo earned a tough home win over Ventspils to surge ahead in the semifinal series. It looked good early as Ventspils took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kalev/Cramo had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and Ventspils were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-64. They outrebounded Ventspils 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Kalev/Cramo brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 10 points in the effort for Ventspils.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: T.Abbott 15+4reb, B.Fall 13+14reb, F.Elegar 10+14reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 8+2reb, A.Skele 8+2reb+4ast, K.McLeod 8+1reb+1ast
Ventspils: F.Campbell 18+6reb+5ast, D.Sims 10+3reb+1ast, M.Meiers 8+4reb, J.Timma 8+3reb, A.Berzins 8+1reb+1ast, R.Zakis 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 235468



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - D2 Leagues

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



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 19-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 17-4 
 3. Rilski Sportist 15-6 
 4. Balkan 13-8 
 5. Tundja Yambol 11-10 
 6. Beroe 9-12 
 7. Cherno More 8-13 
 8. Chernomorets 8-13 
 9. Spartak Pleven 5-16 
 10. U20 0-21 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 20: Lukoil Academik - Levski Sofia 98-94
Mar. 20: Chernomorets - U20 83-71
Mar. 20: Spartak Pleven - Rilski Sportist 77-103
Mar. 20: Balkan - Cherno More 76-72
Mar. 20: Tundja Yambol - Beroe 69-70

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 23: Cherno More - Lukoil Academik
Mar. 23: Spartak Pleven - Levski Sofia
Mar. 23: U20 - Rilski Sportist
Mar. 23: Balkan - Tundja Yambol
Mar. 23: Beroe - Chernomorets


NBL Round 21: Beroe defeats Tundja Yambol in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 21 in the NBL took place in Yambol. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Tundja Yambol (11-10) to sixth ranked Beroe (9-12) 70-69 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 17-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Will Walker (183-87, college: De Paul) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Beroe maintains sixth place with 9-12 record. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round. Tundja Yambol will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski Sofia (#2). Lukoil Academik (19-2) won against visiting Levski Sofia (17-4) 98-94. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Levski Sofia. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) nailed 16 points and 8 assists for the winning side and Bojan Popovic accounted for 18 points. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for Levski Sofia in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-2 record. Levski Sofia at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Euroins Cherno More (#7) in Varna in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Levski Sofia will play on the road against Spartak Pleven (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked U20 (0-21) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to eighth ranked Chernomorets (8-13) 83-71 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was James Tyler who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Tencho Tenchev who recorded 20 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Chernomorets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cherno More. U20 lost their twentieth first game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Chernomorets will meet higher ranked Beroe (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U20 will play against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov and hopes to get finally their first victory.
9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-16) was outscored at home by third ranked Rilski Sportist (15-6) with the biggest margin this round 103-77. It was a good game for Angelo Caloiaro who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rilski Sportist maintains third place with 15-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. Rilski Sportist's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked U20 (#10) in Sofia and are hoping to win another game. Spartak Pleven will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia.

In the last game of round 21 Cherno More lost to Balkan on the opponent's court 72-76.


Spartak Pleven - Rilski Sportist 77-103

9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-16) was outscored at home by third ranked Rilski Sportist (15-6) with the biggest margin this round 103-77. The game without a history. Rilski Sportist led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 40. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 36-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and center Denis Agre (203-88, college: Pepperdine) added 17 points in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rilski Sportist maintains third place with 15-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. Rilski Sportist's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked U20 (#10) in Sofia and are hoping to win another game. Spartak Pleven will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 27+3reb+4ast, A.Caloiaro 21+13reb+7ast, T.Gugino 15+9reb+1ast, B.Dupree 12+3reb, T.Smith 9+3ast, S.Vaklinov 8+2reb+1ast
Spartak Pleven: D.Marintchechki 23+6reb+2ast, D.Agre 17+4reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 13+1reb+3ast, V.Georgiev 13+3reb, A.Dyakovski 5+1reb+7ast, T.Ostrev 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 233923


Chernomorets - U20 83-71

Bottom-ranked U20 (0-21) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to eighth ranked Chernomorets (8-13) 83-71 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Chernomorets. U20 managed to win fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American center James Tyler (218-88) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Bogdan Boev (196-82) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Danish forward Tencho Tenchev (202-93, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 20 points and center Velislav Galabov (207-94) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Chernomorets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cherno More. U20 lost their twentieth first game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Chernomorets will meet higher ranked Beroe (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U20 will play against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: B.Boev 22+4reb+5ast, J.Tyler 19+15reb+1ast, K.Koev 13+2reb+3ast, I.Slavchev 10+11reb+1ast, P.Rakovic 8+4reb+3ast, K.Raykov 5+2reb
U20: T.Tenchev 20+2reb+2ast, N.Stoyanov 12+4reb+3ast, A.Simeonov 10+7reb, V.Galabov 10+10reb, N.Grozev 10+3reb, A.Natskin 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233922


Balkan - Cherno More 76-72

Rather expected game in Botevgrad where 7th ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-13) was defeated by fourth ranked Balkan (13-8) 76-72. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Euroins Cherno More won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Balkan won last quarter 18-16. It was a good game for Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) answered with 16 points and forward Simeon Iliev (203-89, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. Four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Balkan maintains fourth place with 13-8 record. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Balkan's next round opponent will be Tundja Yambol (#5) at home. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia.
Top scorers:
Balkan: A.Santos 22+10reb+1ast, V.Panic 14+5reb+4ast, M.Marinov 13+2reb+1ast, J.Hunt 9+2reb+1ast, S.Marinov 9+3reb+3ast, J.Bozov 6+1reb+4ast
Cherno More: P.Aleksiev 16+4reb+2ast, S.Iliev 13+4reb+1ast, L.Vrcelj 10+8reb, V.Kyosev 10+2reb+1ast, L.Hall 9+2reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 233921


Tundja Yambol - Beroe 69-70

The most exciting game of round 21 in the NBL took place in Yambol. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Tundja Yambol (11-10) to sixth ranked Beroe (9-12) 70-69 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 17-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Will Walker (183-87, college: De Paul) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Beroe maintains sixth place with 9-12 record. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round. Tundja Yambol will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe: R.Holmes 25+6reb, S.Tsvetkov 14+1reb+2ast, W.Walker 9+5reb+6ast, B.Bakovic 9+7reb, M.Carter 9+9reb, M.Hart 4+4reb
Tundja Yambol: F.Vukosavljevic 18+6reb+2ast, S.Govedarov 13+1reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 11+13reb+1ast, M.Durchev 10+6ast, S.Petkov 8+2reb, B.Ormon 6+5reb
gschID: 233920


Lukoil Academik - Levski Sofia 98-94

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski Sofia (#2). Lukoil Academik (19-2) won against visiting Levski Sofia (17-4) 98-94. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Levski Sofia. Lukoil Academik made 28-of-32 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Levski Sofia was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) nailed 16 points and 8 assists for the winning side and Serbian guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) accounted for 18 points. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Levski Sofia in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-2 record. Levski Sofia at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Euroins Cherno More (#7) in Varna in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Levski Sofia will play on the road against Spartak Pleven (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Popovic 18+3reb+2ast, B.Heath 16+2reb+8ast, N.Kolev 11+3reb, T.Stoykov 11+2reb+1ast, D.Watkins 10+5reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 9+2reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 24+5reb+8ast, M.Pantic 16+11reb, P.Ivanov 16+2reb, S.Georgiev 10+1reb, N.Varbanov 9+2reb, D.Anguelov 8+1reb
gschID: 233919



Lukoil Academic won the big derby and secured the home court advantage - by Valentin Anguelov

Lukoil Academic secured first place in the regular season championship. The champions willl finish at the top after home success over its main rival Levski by the score 98-94. Both teams played a very interesting and challenging match but at the same time very nervous.

Both teams played an equal first quarter, which ended even at 24 apiece. However second quarter began with a series of 7-0 for the hosts and soon made a double-digit difference. At the break Lukoil Academic was up by ten points 56-46.

Levski started much better in the second half and even grabbed the lead at 67-64. Lukoil Academic responded with a new series of 13-0 and the difference once again was 10 points in their favor. Nemanja Protic scored and cut the lead to 8 before the last ten minutes 80-72.

With a few good moves by Stefan Georgiev guests reduced the distance to only 3 points. Then both teams went basket for basket, but at the end champions held up the pressure and won the match.

Top scorer for the hosts victory Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) had 18 points and Brandon Heath added 16.

For guests Marko Marinovic was the best with 24 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Mladen Pantic added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Pavel Ivanov also had 16 points.

In the next round Lukoil visit the Cherno More in Varna, while Levski will travel to play against Spartak in Pleven.



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.7 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 9. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
 10. Singleton, Xinjia.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.4 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 3. Jeter, Shandong FB2.5 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Abbas, Shandong FB2.3 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Vroman, Shandong.1.6 
 8. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 



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  COLOMBIA   

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.20.8 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros18.7 
 6. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 7. Gilbert, Bucaros17.9 
 8. Garris, Once Caldas17.9 
 9. Culver, Caribbea.17.8 
 10. Aragon, Academia17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas11.8 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros10.6 
 3. Blue, Academia9.4 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.1 
 5. Rayson, Aguilas7.0 
 6. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 7. Truscott, Halcones6.6 
 8. Burnett, Halcones6.1 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.6.0 
 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. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.6 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas3.2 
 7. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 9. Londono, Academia2.7 
 10. Caicedo, Bambuqu.2.7 
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 Caldas1.8 
 5. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.5 
 6. Londono, Academia1.4 
 7. Corpus, Aguilas1.3 
 8. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.2 
 9. Mendez, Piratas1.2 
 10. Velez, Bucaros1.1 
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. Farley, Academia0.7 
 5. Blue, Academia0.7 
 6. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 7. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.0.5 
 9. Mayfield, Aguilas0.5 
 10. Culver, Caribbea.0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 16- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Back to back games and 4 games a week are becoming in a heavy load for many players in the league, the difference in the performances from one day to another is the proof that the Proffesiona Basketball Division schedule affects the teams consistency, specially in those with short rotations.

Bambuqueros keeps adding victories to his season record defeating the Caribbean Heat for the second straight night, the offensive power of Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) and Darrin Dorsey combined scored 57 pts in the night, the Heat defense was too weak and the team did not had options in the offensive side suffering from the lack of import players for the back court.
Bambuqueros de Neiva 99 - D. Dorsey 27 pts, S. Ortiz 30 pts.
Caribbean Heat 74 - P. Culvert 18 pts,S. Mosquera 133 pts.

Manizales OC took revenge and defeated the Academia, the OC defensive effort was good to limit the Academia to 57 pts in the game and 30% FG , just two Acamemias players scored in double figures, while the OC had four players scoring in double digits leaded by the young Leonardo Salazar with 15 points including 3 of 3 beyond the arc.
Manizales OC 80 - L- Salazar 15 pts (3/3 3ptrs), J. Garris 14 pts
Academia de la Montana 57 - C. Chavez 20 pts, D. Blue 11 pts + 11 rbs

Piratasweep Aguilas de Tunja as visitors getting a very important victory in the fight to clinch a place among the six teams for the next phase of the PBD, the teams change the lead several times during the game, but in clutch with 1:27 in the clock a couple fo T. Thomas free throws leaded the Piiratas to a 7-4 run to win the game.
Aguilas de Tunja 80 - T. Rayson 27 pts, Q. Smith 17 + 15 rebs
Piratas de Bogota 82 - T. Thomas 22 pts, J. Fahnbulleh 18 + 16 rbs

Halcones de Cucuta broke its lossing streak defeating Bukaros in Cucuta, the Halcones finished the first half 19 points behind but the second half was totally different, Bukaros was limited to an historic low of 18 pts in the half and just 6 in the last quarter while the combination of C. Nelson and D. Northern leaded the locals to the victory.
Bukaros Freskaleche 65 - G. Lawrence 18 pts, J. Velez 10 pts
Halcones de Cucuta 70 - D. Norther 25 pts + 11 rebs, C. Nelson 16 pts




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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ross, Jolly22.1 
 2. Mrva, Jolly17.5 
 3. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 4. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.2 
 5. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 7. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.5 
 9. Skific, Kvarner14.5 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.7 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.5 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.7 
 7. Skific, Kvarner5.4 
 8. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 9. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Krivec, Kvarner4.9 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.1 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 7. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ross, Jolly2.6 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner1.5 
 3. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 4. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 5. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.4 
 6. Skific, Kvarner1.4 
 7. Mrva, Jolly1.3 
 8. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
 9. Glavinic, Darda1.3 
 10. Petrovic, KK Zagr.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 


North edge South in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

North - South 128:118

North celebrated an impressive win over South in the Croatian League All-Star Game. The game was held in Pozega yesterday. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) topscored with 33 points to lead the winners. Luka Babic (201-SF-91, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and was named the MVP.
South led by as many as 11 points after the starting quarter 34:23. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. South piled up a 67:52 halftime advantage. North turned things around in the third quarter. They went on a 42:28 rally to pull closer. North finished the game on a 34:23 spurt and snatched victory at the end. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) notched 17 points for the winning side. Matic responded with 23 points for South. Filip Kraljevic (212-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 18 points in the losing case.

North: Miro Bilan 33, Luka Babic 21, Jerel Blassingame 17
South: Matic 23, Filip Kraljevic 18, Franko Kastropil 17



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Brown, Apollon20.2 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Fisher, AEK15.5 
 6. Jamar Diggs Omonia15.5 
 7. Williams, Etha15.1 
 8. Warren, Apollon14.5 
 9. Maze, Keravnos13.4 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon7.5 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.4 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos7.0 
 5. Jamar Diggs Omonia6.7 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 8. Fisher, AEK6.1 
 9. Kaskiris, ENAD6.1 
 10. Maras, Etha6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEL
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 2. Jamar Diggs Omonia4.7 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.3 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Demertzis, Kerav.3.5 
 6. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 7. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel2.9 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.6 
 10. Panteli, AEK2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.4 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel2.0 
 4. Jamar Diggs Omonia1.9 
 5. Poole, Etha1.8 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.6 
 8. Allen, AEL1.5 
 9. Williams, Etha1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, AEK1.9 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.5 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 4. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.1 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Etha0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Stage Two Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 27-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 18-10 
 3. BK Pardubice 18-10 
 4. NH Ostrava 18-11 
 5. BK Decin 17-13 
 6. BC Kolin 16-13 
Group A2
 1. Levice 17-15 
 2. USK Praha 15-17 
 3. Chomutov 12-20 
 4. B&W Opava 12-20 
 5. Svitavy 10-23 
 6. J.Hradec 10-23 
 7. Usti n/Labem 9-23 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

A1

Mar. 20: BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 86-73
Mar. 20: BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 65-67
Mar. 23: BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava
Mar. 23: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin

A2

Mar. 20: USK Praha - J.Hradec 99-87
Mar. 20: Chomutov - Levice 71-85
Mar. 23: B&W Opava - Chomutov
Mar. 23: Levice - USK Praha
Mar. 23: J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem



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  DENMARK   


Relegation Series: Aalborg Vikings win 3-1 - by Christian Hamborg

In the Basketligaen #9 Aarhus BC and #10 Aalborg Vikings square of in a best of 5 series where the winner stays in the Ligaen and the loser moves down to 1st division. A recap of the Danish Regular season can be found here: http://www.eurobasket.com/Denmark/basketball.asp?NewsID=309867 and a recap of the first two games can be found here: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/Denmark/news/Relegation_Series:_Aalborg_Vikings_take_2-0_lead/310481

The three best players of the Relegation Series for the Aalborg Vikings was Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81) (14.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 2.3 bpg), Anthony Jones (208-F-89, college: Baylor) (16.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Luis Guzman (193-G-87, college: Temple) (12.0ppg, 5.5 rpg, 6.8 apg and 1.8 spg).
The three best players of the Relegation Series for Aarhus BC was Charles Funches (203-F-88, college: Hampton) (18.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 3.5 bpg and 2.3 spg), Randy Dezouvre (195-F/G-87, college: Iona) (16.8 ppg, 10.5 rpg) and Anton Elsner (186-G-90, college: Clinton CC (NY)) (11.5 ppg and 4.5 apg)

After taking a 2-0 lead, game 3 in the best of 5 series was played in Aarhus. Unlike the first two games game 3 was never close and BC Aarhus won the game by 17 points 78-61.Especially in the 4th quarter BC Aarhus was clearly the best team as they held Aalborg to only 8 points while scoring 22. BC Aarhus outrebounded Vikings 43-36 and hit 17 of 19 free throws.

BC Aarhus was led by American forward Charles Funches with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals while Canadian guard Randy Dezouvre had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Aalborg Vikings was once again led by Anthony Jones with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Luis Guzman with 12 points and 5 assists. Danish forward Soren Sorensen (196-F/C-88) had 9 points and 8 rebounds but fouled out after 27 minutes of play.

Official boxscore: http://www.canaldigitalligaen.dk/da/top/game/?game_id=2471381&season_id=71303#stf

Game 4 was played in Aalborg and once again the crowd could witness a very close game with 9 lead changes and the score being tied 6 times. Aalborg started the game best winning the 1st quarter 20-11. The second and third quarter was dominated by BC Aarhus as they won the second 15-17 and thanks to an 0-16 run (!!) won the third quarter 13-22.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter the score was 48-50 and despite a 68-69 lead to BC Aarhus with only one minute left of the game it was Aalborg Vikings who sealed the win and the series by winning the game 75-69 due to a very strong finish to the game by young Danish guard Niels Andreasen (192-G-92).

Aalborg Vikings Anthony Jones had 19 points and 8 rebounds, Luis Guzman had a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists while Serbian center Milan Bjegovic was player of the game with 18 points including a solid 10-10 from the free throw line, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks.

BC Aarhus was led by Charles Funches with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Randy Dezouvre had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Danish guard Anton Elsner shot 4/8 from the 3 point line and added 12 points, 5 assists and 3 steals.

A video-recap with highlights of the game can be found here: http://kanalsport.dk/indslag/vikings-sendte-bc-aarhus-i-1-division
Offcial boxscore: http://www.canaldigitalligaen.dk/da/top/game/?game_id=2471391&season_id=71303



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 28-13 
 2. Canton C. 26-17 
 3. Erie Bay H. 23-21 
 4. Maine RC 23-22 
 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. 19-23 
 6. Texas L. 18-25 
 7. Idaho S. 14-28 
 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. 20: Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 106-116
Mar. 20: Canton C. - Maine RC 103-100
Mar. 19: Springfield A. - Erie Bay H. 102-96

Regular Season: Round 61

Mar. 21: Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC
Mar. 21: Springfield A. - Austin T.
Mar. 21: Rio Grande VV - Iowa E.
Mar. 21: Texas L. - Bakersfield J.
Mar. 21: Reno B. - Los Angeles D.


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 


Latest results and stats from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 106-116
Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) tallied 25 points, four rebounds and four steals, and the Idaho Stampede beat the Los Angeles D-Fenders, 116-106, by shooting 51.2 percent from the field. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) and Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) each had 20 points to join Holiday, who continued his streak of consecutive games with two or more steals to 15 games. Karl added eight assists and seven rebounds, while Harper had eight rebounds. In addition, Sean Evans had 14 points and nine rebounds, as the Stampede (14-28) out-rebounded Los Angeles 44-39. Idaho also shot a higher percentage, made more 3-pointers and converted as many free throws as the D-Fenders attempted. Carlon Brown and Durrell Summers each added 11 for the visitors. Los Angeles (19-23) was led by six players in double-figures, including Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice), who finished with 21 points. Courtney Fortson had 18 points, 15 assists, six rebounds and five steals, while Elijah Millsap also chipped in 18. Courtesy of: nba.com

Canton C. - Maine RC 103-100
The Canton Charge withstood a second half comeback to defeat the Maine Red Claws, 103-100, at the Memorial Civic Center on Wednesday night. The victory improved Canton's mark to 26-17 on the season as they hold a 3.5 game lead in the East Division with seven left to play, while Maine dropped to 23-22. The Charge pulled ahead for the 29-18 lead after the first quarter by hitting 57% of their shots from the field, including 10 early points from Arinze Onuaku (6'9''-F-87, college: Syracuse). Canton never trailed the entire first half, dishing out 13 assists on 25 field goals and held a 58-46 advantage over Maine at the intermission. After the home team increased their lead to as many as 19 early in the third quarter, the Red Claws fought back in the game by forcing 10 Charge turnovers in the period that they turned into 12 points. Maine capped off a 15-3 run in the final 5:02 of the third when Gabe Pruitt nailed a 35-foot runner at the buzzer to give the visitors their first lead of the game at 78-77 heading into the final period. Neither team led by more than two baskets in a fourth quarter that featured six lead changes and five ties. After Maine gained their largest lead of the night at 99-97 on a pair of Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) free-throws with 1:55 left, Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) drove into the lane on the ensuing possession and scooped a reverse layup underneath the basket that knotted the score at 99-99. Canton then forced three-straight Maine misses and pulled ahead for good when Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) converted a pair of three-throws with 21.7 seconds left to give the Charge the final 4-2 edge in the season series between the two teams, including winning four-straight. Onuaku tallied his second-consecutive 20+ point game with 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting, eight rebounds and two blocks in 30 minutes. Gibson finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. Weaver poured in 17 points with eight rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes. Jorge Gutierrez added 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks for his fourth double-double of the season. Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida) came off the bench to net a game-high 34 points with five steals and four rebounds in 29 minutes for Maine. Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-PG-87, college: Baylor) scored 15 points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Wright finished with 14 points and five rebounds in 33 minutes, while Mark Tyndale scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with seven boards and four steals in 41 minutes for the Red Claws. Canton will next head to Sioux Falls for a back-to-back weekend set with the Skyforce beginning Friday, March 22nd at 8:00 p.m. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Maine RC 94-109
Jermaine Taylor scored a game-high 29 points off the bench and the Maine Red Claws pulled away from the Texas Legends in the fourth quarter for a 109-94 victory at Dr. Pepper Arena on Sunday afternoon. Maine led 77-74 after three quarters and opened the fourth with a 7-0 run to extend the lead to double digits. Texas would get no closer than six points the rest of the way. Curtis Jerrells and Chris Wright chipped in with 19 points apiece for the Red Claws. Jerrells also had 10 assists and Wright grabbed six rebounds. Texas was led by Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's), who scored 19 points and pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive glass. Former Boston Celtic Delonte West started for the Legends and finished with nine points and four assists. Maine, which improved to 23-21, continues its season-long five game road trip Wednesday night at Canton. Texas fell to 18-25. Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Springfield A. - Ft.Wayne MA 107-80
Sunday proved to be a banner day for top-seeded Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 Championship. Just hours after his alma mater overcame Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted "Havoc" defense in the conference final, ex-Billiken Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) turned in a fine performance of his own to power the Springfield Armor to a 107-80 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the MassMutual Center. The 6-foot-10 forward gave the Armor exactly what they needed by pouring in 21 points and 20 rebounds in a performance that fell just four rebounds shy of Marcus Campbell's franchise record from 2010. 'Anytime a guy gets 20 rebounds, he's doing something right,' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'He's been coming in and getting to work with (assistant) Coach (Chris) Carrawell. He's been really focused.' Payback was on the menu, and that's precisely what the Armor served up after losing to Fort Wayne by 15 Friday. They never trailed Sunday. In addition to Reed's heroics, the Armor bench also came through with three players scoring in double figures. Leading that charge was forward Paul Carter (6'9''-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago), who tallied 17 points in 19 minutes. The Armor, a cohesive and tight bunch, pride themselves on their chemistry, and Sunday proved they're not a one-man show. Justin Johnson and Edwin Ubiles scored 13 and 15 points, respectively, with point guard Ben Uzoh adding 10. The Armor held an eight-point edge at halftime, mere moments after seeing their advantage dwindle to just a handful. In the second half, the Armor exploded for 53 points to pull away from a Fort Wayne team that went ice cold down the stretch. 'I thought out defensive pressure was really good tonight,' MacKinnon said. 'We got really into their shooters, which gave them contested shots instead of open shots.' Leading the way for Fort Wayne was Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) with 19 points. His night was a microcosm of the Mad Ants' shooting struggles, however, as the guard went just 7 for 23 from the floor. 'They got us real good on Friday,' Reed said. 'It wasn't about beating them necessarily, but more about proving to ourselves that we can get back on the right track.' Up next is a meeting with visiting Erie Tuesday. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Springfield A. - Erie Bay H. 102-96
For the second time this season, Tyshawn Taylor dropped 30 points on an opponent. The University of Kansas product and Brooklyn Nets guard scored the go-ahead basket on a steal and dunk with one minute, 49 seconds left Tuesday, then iced the game with two 3-pointers to give the Springfield Armor a 102-96 win over the Erie BayHawks at the MassMutual Center. It was the sixth win in seven home games for the Armor (17-25), who had to rally from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter after never trailing Erie (23-21) through the first three. "I thought our guys hung together, considering we've had one practice and one shootaround together," Springfield coach Bob MacKinnon said. "I thought the guys played to win tonight, made winning plays and made plays for each other, and that's hard to do when you're all thrown together like this." The Armor added three players Monday in Tornike Shengelia (6'8''-PF-91) and Taylor on assignment from the Nets, and Dominique Jones, signed from the NBA Development League pool of available players. Shengelia (17 points) and Taylor have been assigned to the Armor on multiple occasions and had the experience of quickly acclimating to different teammates, while Jones struggled some, scoring five points on 1-of-7 shooting. "I think Dominique came down here and he played all right tonight, but he's a little bit uncomfortable and I know how that happens," Taylor said. "It's difficult and it's frustrating at times because you just can't get comfortable and find your rhythm. You want to come up here and perform because everyone is watching, but you don't want to be out of sync, and that's what I was the first couple of times I was here." Taylor wasn't out of sync this time, hitting 10 of 19 field goals as well as dishing out seven assists with five rebounds, four steals and just two turnovers. The big play came in the fourth quarter after Erie went on a 12-0 run and grabbed an 85-79 lead on Henry Sims' three-point play. The lead was seven with 3:33 left when the Armor made their run. Taylor started it with a pair of foul shots, then Willie Reed (14 points, 11 rebounds) scored back-to-back baskets at the rim to get the Armor within one. That's when Taylor stripped Nick Covington and went in for the two-handed slam and a 95-94 lead. He added a 3-pointer before Cory Higgins (22 points) hit a jumper for Erie. After one free throw by Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88, college: Syracuse) (19 points) gave the Armor a 99-96 lead, Erie failed to get the ball in and was called for a 5-second violation. The Armor responded with a Ben Uzoh drive-and-kick to Taylor for the 3-pointer that put the game away. "I think we just kept fighting. I think our whole thing the whole game was play defense and get stops and rebound," Taylor said. "If we can do that, we can run, and that's what we want to do. We had a couple of mental lapses and had turnovers and they made a run. "Myself, Coach, Ben told the guys they made their run, now let's make ours." Three of the seven Armor players with NBA experience carried them in the first half, along with reigning D-League Performer of the Week Reed. Taylor (14 points), Joseph (12) and Shengelia (10) combined for 36 of the Armor's 53 first-half points, while Reed scored eight with six rebounds as Springfield carried an eight-point lead to the break. For the BayHawks, it was their bench that kept them within reach of the Armor, who led by as many as 14 points and never trailed in the half. Chace Stanback was 4 for 4 from behind the arc and scored 12 points off the bench for Erie. Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland), acquired by the BayHawks on Tuesday, also scored 12 off the bench as the Erie reserves outscored the Armor's 31-9. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Tulsa 66ers - Bakersfield J. 70-101
The Tulsa 66ers fell to the Bakersfield Jam, 101-70, Tuesday night at the SpiritBank Event Center. Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) led all players with 20 points and four rebounds. Tony Taylor (6'1''-PG-90, college: G.Washington) and Hollis Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Georgetown) scored 14 and 12 points, respectively. The 66ers outrebounded the Jam, 45-42, with Rodney Bartholomew pulling down 13 rebounds and Ron Anderson collecting 12. The 66ers (24-18) distributed 15 assists. Bakersfield (30-12) was led by Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) with 17 points and four boards. Courtesy of: ktul.com



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Silver Medal for El Salvador - by Jaime Arevalo

Team El Salvador ended the 10th edition of the CentroAmerican Games at the second place, thanks to a clear, 77-42 win over Team Honduras in the last game of the competion, played on sunday 17.
The starting five of El Salvador NT, coached by Ivan Barahona , was made by Salvador Bandek (181-G-78), Oscar Rivera (190-F-80), Ronnie Aguilar (216-C-87, college: Colorado St.), Carlos Arias (200-F/C-89) and James Valladares (205-F/C-89, college: New Hampshire). The game top scoprer was Rivera with 25, followed by Valladares at 17. Leonardo Amador and Cesar Stling (198-F-74) led Honduras with 9 poits apiece



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  ESTONIA   


Kristjan Kangur selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy. He could not help Montepaschi Siena (7-4) in their last game. Despite Kangur's good performance the second-placed Montepaschi Siena was edged 68-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Olympiacos in the group F of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kangur also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Kangur averages: 8.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 45.9%(39-85) and FT: 85.7% in the 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL. Vene was not able to help Rudupis (13-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the league leader Rudupis was edged 87-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Siauliai (#4). Vene scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vene has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(66-108), 3FGP: 22.5% and FT: 70.6%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89, currently plays in Georgia). Sokk was the major contributor in Olimpi's victory against the fifth-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (10-6) 92-82 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Wednesday night. He scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (14-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Sokk's first season with the team. Sokk is currently third on the list of best passers with 6.2apg. This year his other stats are: 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 79.6% in the 16 games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Ex-Triobet/Dalkia player is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #4. Power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Cimberio Varese (18-5) in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari (18-5) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cimberio Varese was edged 76-75 in Sassari by the leading Banco di Sardegna. Talts' overall stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 3.2rpg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Gregor Arbet
Gregor Arbet
   #5. International swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kavala (5-15) in their game against Ikaros (9-11) in the Greek A1. Arbet scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. But Kavala was edged 76-73 in Kalitheas by the higher-ranked (#8) Ikaros. It was Kavala's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Arbet's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Kent-Kaarel Vene
Kent-Kaarel Vene
   #6. Shooting guard Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-94, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Zalgiris-Sabonio krepsinio centras to win against the 11th-ranked Radviliskis (15-18) crushing them 82-60 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Thursday night. Vene scored only 3 points. Zalgiris-Sabonio krepsinio centras (21-13) is placed sixth in the NKL. This season Vene averages just 1.9ppg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Marko Meimer (200-F-96) plays for Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold
Viljar Veski (215-C-86) plays for Palma in Spanish LEB Silver
Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Estonian playing currently abroad. Go to Estonian Abroad Page to see completed list.



Parnu shocks TU/Rock - by Janar

KK Parnu handed TU/Rock the first loss of the season, beating the KML leaders 83:70. The hosts took the lead after the 8:0 run that started in the 1st quarter and never let the guests ahead since then. Parnu won the first half 44:35 and also outscored the opponents in 3rd and 4th quarters. After a three-pointer at the beginning of the 4th by Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) the hosts led 66:51. Then TU/Rock started to decrease the gap, scoring 10 points in a row. With 5 minutes to play, it was 66:61. But two three-pointers by Kristjan Evart (190-G-90), a former player of TU/Rock, it was 75:65 with only two minutes left, and the game was done.

Matulonis led the winners with 22 points (4/5 from a long range), Rain Raadik (208-C-89) added 20 + 13 rbs and Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) 19 + 5 ast. Parnu made 9/14 from beyond the arc.
Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) led TU/Rock with 14 points, Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) added 13 points.




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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #1. Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (12-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 79-88 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Gescrap BB. Granger was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds, 7 assists and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. It was Asefa Estudiantes' fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Granger's seventh season with the team. This year Granger averages: 10.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.3apg in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Granger went to the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Budapest.

Agnis Cavars
Agnis Cavars
   #2. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in Valmiera's victory against one of league's weakest teams Turiba (9-19) 79-69 in the Latvian LBL last Wednesday. Cavars recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. BK Valmiera (8-1) is placed second in the LBL. Cavars has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.5apg. Worth to mention Cavars played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Two years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Belgrade.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #3. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Hoverla (20-17) in their last game. Despite Dykes' good performance Hoverla was badly defeated 96-80 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) BC Donetsk. He scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 33 minutes. It was Hoverla's third consecutive loss in a row. Dykes' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg in the 37 games he played so far. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four years ago he played at the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Nate Linhart
Nate Linhart
   #4. Nate Linhart (201-F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany) led TBB Trier to a victory against the second-ranked Bayern Muenchen (18-10) 90-84 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Linhart recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. TBB Trier (13-13) is placed tenth in the BBL. Linhart has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2009 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

Jon Rogers
Jon Rogers
   #5. Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Union Atletica (6-1) in their last game. Despite Rogers' very good performance the first-placed Union Atletica lost 60-65 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#5) Bohemios in the Serie 1. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Rogers also added 4 blocks in 39 minutes. It's Rogers' first season with the team. Rogers is currently third on the list of best blockers with 1.8bpg. This year he also averages: 11.5ppg and 8.4rpg in the 39 games he played so far. He played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta for Team Russia.

Antonio Hester
Antonio Hester
   #6. Antonio Hester (198-F, college: Mobile, AL, currently plays in Finland) led TuNMKY to a victory over the seventh-ranked Espoo Basket (8-19) 80-67 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Hester recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 21 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hester's third season in pro basketball. Turun NMKY (19-7) is placed second in Division B. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Hester is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hester averages: 22.9ppg, 16.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2bpg and 1.7spg. Hester attended last year the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Atlanta.

Allen Durham
Allen Durham
   #7. Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hapoel Afula (14-8) in their last game. Despite Durham's very good performance Hapoel Afula was edged 116-113 at home by the lower-ranked (#9) Beer Yaakov. He had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 12 rebounds in 39 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Durham is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Durham averages: 21.6ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg in the 22 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Team Lugano at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2011.

Terrance Woodbury
Terrance Woodbury
   #8. Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-87, college: Georgia, currently plays in Japan) led Okinawa GK to a 2-point victory over the sixth-ranked Chiba Jets (20-20) 84-82 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. Woodbury was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (31-9) is placed first in Western group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Woodbury has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg and 4.2rpg. He played three years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Geneva.

Eric Dawson
Eric Dawson
   #9. Eric Dawson (206-F-84, college: Midwestern St., currently plays in Philippines) led Meralco Bolts to a victory over the ninth-ranked Barako Bull (3-5) 112-104 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Dawson had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 20 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 42 minutes. Meralco Bolts (4-4) are placed fifth in Commissioner's Cup group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Dawson is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Dawson averages: 25.0ppg, 15.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2.5bpg and 2.8spg in the eight games he played so far. Dawson attended in 2011 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #10. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in Chernomorets' victory against the closely-ranked Tundja Yambol (11-9) 94-84 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. Tyler recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. Chernomorets Burgas (7-13) is placed eighth in the NBL. Tyler is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tyler averages: 18.9ppg, 13.6rpg and 3.0bpg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Dublin at the ESL in Las Vegas three years ago.



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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 


Lokomotiv Kuban and Bilbao claim wins in semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Lokomotiv 87-97
Lokomotiv closed on the EuroCup Final. They shot down Valencia in Spain in the opening game of the EuroCup semifinal two-game series. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) nailed 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Lokomotiv thrashed Valencia defence in the opening quarter. The visitors poured in 29 points to take an 8-point lead. Valencia straighten up their game in the second quarter. The Spaniards narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 43:45. But Lokomotiv unleashed impressive 31 points in the third frame to clear off. The Krasnodar team piled up a comfortable 18-point buffer heading into the fourth term 58:76. Valencia went on a desperate rescue rally in the final stanza. The hosts erupted for 29 points but just trimmed the deficit at the end. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points for the winners. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) answered with 28 points for Valencia. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) nailed 20 points in the defeat.

Budivelnyk - Gescrap BB 83-93
Uxue Bilbao made a huge step towards EuroCup Finals. They overcame Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the first semifinal clash of the two-game series. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) provided 26 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Basque team. Bilbao led by a single point after ten minutes 20:19. The visitors stretched the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 4 points 48:44. The visitors went on an 11:2 run early in the third quarter to boost the lead. Bilbao kept Budivelnyk at distance posting a 71:61 lead into the fourth frame. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) helped the hosts within five points in the fourth term 70:75. But Lamont Hamilton re-established an 83:73 advantage for the Spaniards. The visitors maintained the lead in the final minutes and sealed a comforting win at the end. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) delivered 20 points for Bilbao. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) added 14 points each for the winners. Malcolm Delaney answered with game-high 38 points for Budivelnyk. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) had 11 points in the loss.



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Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Anadolu Efes 9-2 
 2. Real Madrid 9-2 
 3. CSKA 8-3 
 4. Panathinaikos 7-4 
 5. Unicaja 6-5 
 6. Zalgiris 4-7 
 7. ALBA 2-10 
 8. Brose Bask. 0-12 
Group F
 1. FCB Regal 10-1 
 2. Montepaschi 7-4 
 3. Olympiacos 7-4 
 4. Khimky 6-5 
 5. Caja Laboral 6-5 
 6. Maccabi T-A 6-5 
 7. Fener.Ulker 2-9 
 8. Besiktas 0-11 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 12

E

Mar. 20: Brose Bask. - ALBA 72-75
Mar. 21: Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes
Mar. 21: Real Madrid - Panathinaikos
Mar. 21: Unicaja - CSKA

F

Mar. 21: FCB Regal - Caja Laboral
Mar. 22: Besiktas - Montepaschi
Mar. 22: Olympiacos - Maccabi T-A
Mar. 22: Khimky - Fener.Ulker



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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.9 
 2. Relphorde, Salon V.22.6 
 3. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.1 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.21.2 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.6 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.2 
 8. Logins, LrNM.17.7 
 9. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Conley, LrNM.9.8 
 2. Robinson, Korihait9.7 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.3 
 4. Giles, KTP9.1 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki9.1 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Haanpaa, Lapua8.4 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.4 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.4 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.7 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.0 
 5. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 6. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.2 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.5 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.2 
 4. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.1.9 
 6. Tolbert, Lapua1.8 
 7. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.2 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 4. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 5. Giles, KTP1.1 
 6. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 


KORISLIIGA: Vilpas winning at Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 39: Korikobrat (Lapua) hosting and Vilpas (Salo) visiting in tonight's only contest. Close game and the final difference came from the distance. Lapua scored 16% (3/19) from behind the arc and Vilpas made six 3-pointers out of 25 (24%). Lapua lost by five 70-75 (37-41). Quarters: 17-21, 20-20, 16-12, 17-22.
Trey Hampton (203-F-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia St.) scored 24 points for Lapua (13-26). Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander) added 13 pts. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) netted 22 pts for Vilpas (12-26). Troy Barnies (200-F-89, college: Maine) added 16 pts. Both teams have still a chance to make top-8 and by the same the play-off-games.

Lapua - Vilpas 70-75 (37-41). (Trey Hampton 24, Dwight Tolbert 13/8/5a, Dominique Coleman 12 - Marcus Relphorde 22, Troy Barnies 16, Shawn Atupem 15/9).



Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help Khimky (8-4) in their last game. Despite Koponen's very good performance Khimky lost 82-97 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) BC Nizhny Novgorod. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Koponen also added 3 steals in 26 minutes on the court. This year Koponen averages: 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 87.5% in the seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Salin was not able to help Un.Olimpija (13-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija was edged in an overtime 85-82 on their home court in Ljubljana by the lower-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (#11). Salin recorded 10 points. His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Salin belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #4. His overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 33.0% and FT: 70.6%. Salin is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy). He led Upea CdO to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Fileni BPA Jesi (8-13) crushing them 116-91 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Huff was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Upea CdO this season. His team is placed 11th in the Lega2. Huff is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. An experienced point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Rannikko was not able to secure a victory for Un.Olimpija (13-12) in their game against HKK Siroki WWin (9-16). He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. Un.Olimpija was edged in an overtime 85-82 on their home court in Ljubljana by the lower-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (#11). Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 1.1rpg and 3.2apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #5. International center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Eurocup) couldn't help Buducnost (3-3) in their game against Lokomotiv (5-1) in the Eurocup. Lee scored 8 points in 24 minutes. The second-placed Buducnost was crushed 90-65 on the road by the leading Lokomotiv in the group I of Eurocup. It's Lee's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.8ppg and 3.4rpg in the 14 games. Lee is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Finnish national team. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #6. Forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Blois' victory against the closely-ranked La Rochelle (13-11) 92-76 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. ADA Blois Basket (13-9) is placed seventh in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kaunisto is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 17.6ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #7. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Solna Vikings (20-13) in their game against Sodertalje Kings (24-9) in the Swedish Basketligan. Ahonen scored 9 points in 21 minutes. But Solna Vikings lost 71-79 in Sodertalje to the higher-ranked (#3) Kings. Ahonen has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.1apg in the 32 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #8. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams UTPA (5-3) in their game against the Chicago State University (2-6) in the NCAA. Toivonen scored 6 points. The UTPA was defeated 63-55 in Chicago, IL by the Chicago State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This season Toivonen has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.1apg. He used to play for the Finnish university national team back in 2011.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Emir Sulejmanovic (204-C/F-95) plays for Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian SerieA
Kristjan Rinaldo (192-G/F-91) plays for TTU in Estonian KML
Joonatan Torbica (180-G-98) plays for TV 1862 Langen in German ProB
Iikka Maki (191-SF-94) plays for Sant Nicolau in Spanish EBA
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A



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  FRANCE   


Joakim Noah's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Chicago Bulls (36-30) in their last game. Despite Noah's good performance the Chicago Bulls were edged in an overtime 119-118 on the road by the Denver Nuggets. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Noah also added 6 assists and 7 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. It's Noah's sixth season with the team. He belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 11.5rpg. Noah also averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.1apg, 2.3bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 47.8% and FT: 75.6% in the 62 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Noah played for the French senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in France.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). Batum led Portland Trail Blazers to a victory against the Detroit Pistons (23-46) 112-101 in the NBA last Saturday. He scored 17 points, had 5 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 3 shots. The Portland Trail Blazers have 31-36 record this season. Batum has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 84.6%. Batum is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA). He led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-45) 96-86 in the NBA on Friday night. Beaubois was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and added 5 assists in 22 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 32-35 record this season. This year Beaubois' overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 78.9% in the 45 games. He played for the French national team two years ago.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #4. Shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Caja Laboral (19-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Causeur's very good performance Caja Laboral was defeated 89-79 in Badalona by the lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#8). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Causeur also added 3 assists. Causeur's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also French national team player.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #5. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the tenth-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (12-13) 88-79 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Moerman recorded 19 points in 23 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (16-9) is placed fourth in the ACB. This year Moerman's total stats are: 6.2ppg and 3.0rpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the French national team three years ago.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #6. Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the San Antonio Spurs (51-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite De Colo's good performance the San Antonio Spurs were crushed 107-83 in Minnesota by the Timberwolves. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. De Colo has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #7. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (36-33) 96-92 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Petro had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 37-30 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Petro has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.4rpg in the 23 games. He used to play for the French national team three years ago.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #8. Small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA couldn't help the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-42) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gelabale's good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were defeated 108-100 in Houston by the Rockets. He scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Gelabale has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #9. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw contributed to a 1-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (32-35) 92-91. He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 51-16 record this season. It's Diaw's first year with the team. Diaw has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg in the 65 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #10. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabien Causeur. However that was another game of his team in Euroleague which brought him to that list. Heurtel contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-9) crushing them 87-67. He scored 11 points. Caja Laboral Vitoria (6-5) is placed fifth in group F. Heurtel is currently sixth on the list of best passers. He has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.5apg. Heurtel is a former U20 international player as four years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers crushing them 111-90 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. Mahinmi has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg in the 68 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. International power forward Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help ALBA Berlin (16-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Traore's good performance ALBA Berlin was defeated 94-87 in Hagen by the lower-ranked Phoenix (#9). He recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Traore has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3bpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. International center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the New Orleans Hornets 96-87 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Seraphin scored 10 points and blocked 3 blocks in 18 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year: 9.1ppg and 4.3rpg in the 63 games. Seraphin is also French national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help PGE Turow in their game against Trefl Sopot in the Polish TBL. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team lost 81-86. Cel is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 10.7ppg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (199-92, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Denver Nuggets to win against the New York Knicks crushing them 117-94 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 5 points. This season Fournier averages only 3.4ppg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to a victory over the bottom-ranked Global Port (2-7) 93-85 in the Filipino PBA last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Dozier recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 18 rebounds. Alaska Aces (7-2) are placed first in Commissioner's Cup group. The Regular Season already ended. Dozier is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Dozier averages: 20.9ppg, 17.0rpg, 1.9apg and 3.0bpg.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game. Despite Tillie's good performance his team lost 78-86 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#16) Lagun Aro GBC. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Tillie has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 4.2rpg in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #3. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the main contributor in an USK Praha's victory against the seventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-23) 64-50 in the Czech Republic NBL in Monday night's game. Meno was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Meno also added 3 blocks in 33 minutes. USK Praha (25-1) is placed first in Group A2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Meno is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.4ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.2apg in the 31 games. Meno is another player who holds two passports: Congolese and French.

   #4. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Idaho (11-7) 65-49 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. 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. Sy's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Sy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in N.Mexico St.'s roster. This season he has very high stats. Sy averages: 17.4ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.2apg. He has both Mali and French nationalities.

   #5. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Bnei Hasharon (8-13) crushing them 92-57 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Nissim scored 7 points and added 5 assists in 15 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (13-8) is placed third in the Winner League. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Nissim has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in the 21 games. He also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #6. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an Al Moutahed's victory against the closely-ranked Bejjeh 66-62 in the Lebanese Division A last Sunday. Samaha scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 39 minutes. Samaha has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 4.9rpg in the 21 games. He holds both French and Lebanese passports.

   #7. Remi Barry (201-F, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bandja Sy. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Barry contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the Texas State University at San Marcos 74-65. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Barry has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 4.9rpg in the 21 games.

   #8. Yoni Deri (178-PG-87, currently plays in Israel) helped Ironi Nahariya win their game against the eighth-ranked Hapoel Kazrin 92-88 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. He recorded 14 points in 30 minutes. Deri has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 11 games. He holds both French and Israeli passports.

   #9. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) was the major contributor in a Yulon Luxgen's victory against the league leader Pure Youth 78-74 in the Taiwanese SBL last Saturday. Lamizana recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 21 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 6 blocks. Lamizana is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Lamizana averages: 22.2ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.4apg, 3.2bpg and 1.2spg. He holds both Ivorian and French passports.

   #10. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Ford Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Ott recorded 5 points and had 3 steals in 17 minutes. His team was crushed by 26 points 101-75. He has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4spg in the 22 games. Ott is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in France.



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D1 Standings

Prva Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Feni Indistrija 1-0 
 2. MZT Skopje 1-0 
 3. Rabotnicki 1-0 
 4. Lirija 0-1 
 5. Kozuv 0-1 
 6. Kumanovo 0-1 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 6-8 
 2. Vardar 2-12 
 3. Pelister Bitola 1-13 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: Feni Indistrija - Kumanovo 96-89
Mar. 20: MZT Skopje - Kozuv 77-71
Mar. 20: Rabotnicki - Lirija 106-92

Places 7-9

Mar. 23: Vardar - Pelister Bitola



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  GEORGIA   


Nikoloz Tskitishvili's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, currently plays in Lebanon). He was the major contributor in Champville's victory against the eighth-ranked Hoops Club (5-17) crushing them 108-86 in the Lebanese Division A in Wednesday night's game. Tskitishvili recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. Champville (14-8) is placed third in the Division A. Tskitishvili's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Tskitishvili's first season with the team. Tskitishvili is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 17.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2.2bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 78.0%. He played for the Georgian senior national team two years ago.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine). Tsintsadze led Budivelnyk to a victory over one of league's weakest teams DniproAzot (11-27) 85-73 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Tsintsadze scored 15 points and added 5 assists in 29 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (27-9) is placed first in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Tsintsadze's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 76.1% in the 36 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Shermadini contributed to a 1-point Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (7-4) 68-67 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (7-4) is placed third in group F. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be important. Shermadini's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.2%(16-29) and FT: 72.7%. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #4. Small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Montepaschi Siena (14-9) to beat Juvecaserta (10-13). Sanikidze scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Montepaschi Siena lost 64-72 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Juvecaserta. It was Montepaschi Siena's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Sanikidze's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 23 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #5. International small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mersin (19-5) crushing them 95-68 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Markoishvili recorded 9 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (19-5) is placed second in the TBL. Markoishvili has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #6. Point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in an Oknoplast BO's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Trenkwalder RE (13-10) 82-74 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Pullen was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Oknoplast BO this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Pullen's second season in pro basketball. His team is placed 13th in the SerieA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Pullen is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. Strangely Pullen has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #7. U20 international power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Cajasol (9-16) in their game against G.Canaria 2014 (15-10) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points. Cajasol was badly defeated 66-49 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (#6). This season Burjanadze averages only 1.8ppg. He is also Georgian U20 national team player.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #8. Center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Rueil (12-12) in their game against Orchesien BC (18-4) in the French NM1 (third division). Mdivani scored 5 points in 20 minutes. Rueil lost 77-81 in Orchies to the leading Orchesien BC. Mdivani has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 5.7rpg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2005.

Davit Maisuradze
Davit Maisuradze
   #9. Former U16 international power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Kirovograd's victory against the closely-ranked Koksokh-Stal (10-18) 80-75 in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division) on Sunday night. Maisuradze recorded 13 points. Kirovograd (12-18) is placed seventh in the Higher League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Maisuradze has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Georgian U16 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Turkey could not help Karsiyaka (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Karsiyaka was edged 76-74 at home by the second-ranked Paris-Levallois in the group I of EuroChallenge. Thomas had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Thomas is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.7rpg. He also averaged so far 14.9ppg and 1.9apg in the 15 games he played so far. Thomas is a naturalized American. He used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in a Stelmet ZG's victory against the sixth-ranked Energa Czarni (13-11) 91-81 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. Hosley scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Stelmet Zielona Gora (16-8) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. It's Hosley's first season with the team. Hosley is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.8apg and 2.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in EuroChallenge) is a teammate of previously mentioned Will Thomas. But that was another game of his team in EuroChallenge which we would like to mention. Sanders led his Turkish team Karsiyaka to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (4-2) 85-69. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sanders also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (4-2) is placed first. This year Sanders averages: 5.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 3.3apg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Sanders has never played in Georgia.



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EuroLeague: ALBA edge Brose Basket - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - ALBA 72:75

ALBA prevailed in the German derby in EuroLeague Top 16 Group E. They snatched a road win at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) nailed 15 points to lead the winning side.
ALBA Berlin led by two points after the opening quarter 21:19. Brose Basket denied the deficit in the second quarter. The hosts tied things up at 42 at the interval. Brose Baskets pulled ahead midway through the third frame but Byars and Deon Thompson helped the visitors to a 59:58 lead into the fourth term. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final period. Schaffartzik gave ALBA a 75:72 lead with 6 seconds remaining. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) then missed two free throws and ALBA ran away with a narrow victory. Ali Traore (207-PF-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) netted 14 points, while Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) provided 11 points in the winning case. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Brose Baskets. Anton Gavel chipped in 14 points in defeat.

Brose Baskets: Sharrod Ford 16, Anton Gavel 14
ALBA: Deon Thompson 15, Ali Traore 14, Je'Kel Foster 11



Lietuvos rytas tab coach Dirk Bauermann, ex B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) inked 56-year old German coach Dirk Bauermann. He has coached for the last two years at B.Muenchen in German BBL league.
Among other achievements Bauermann won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A championship title in 2011. He was selected to Head Coach: German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2005,2006 and 2008.
Bauermann was coaching German Senior National Team between 1994 and 2011.
He has coached also professionally in Belgium, Greece (Amyntas Dafnis).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lithuaniabasket)



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 games 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.




Dirk Nowitzki's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (32-35) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 92-91 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Nowitzki also added 3 assists and 3 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 35 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 16.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 85.5% in the 38 games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Pleiss led his Spanish team Caja Laboral to a victory over the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-9) crushing them 87-67 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Pleiss scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Caja Laboral Vitoria (6-5) 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. Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(36-59) and FT: 88.9%. He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (37-30) 127-113. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 32-35 record this season. It's Kaman's first year with the team. Kaman has very impressive stats this year: 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 50.9% and FT: 78.8% in the 53 games. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Patrick Heckmann
Patrick Heckmann
   #4. Shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Boston Coll. (7-11) in their last game. Despite Heckmann's very good performance the Boston Coll. lost 58-69 in Miami, FL to the University of Miami, Florida. He scored 15 points in 27 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Heckmann has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. He is also German national team player.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #5. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Vanderbilt (8-10) in their game against the The University of Mississippi (12-6) in the NCAA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Vanderbilt was defeated 64-52 in University, MS by the The University of Mississippi. It was Vanderbilt's first loss after three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Bright's first season with the team. This year Bright has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg and 7.2rpg. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #6. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Hawaii (10-8) in their last game. Despite Standhardinger's good performance the Hawaii lost 60-71 in Irvine, CA to the University of California-Irvine. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Hawaii's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Standhardinger has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 21 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team four years ago.

T.J. DiLeo
T.J. DiLeo
   #7. Former U20 international point guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Temple (11-5) in their game against the University of Massachusetts (1-13) in the NCAA. He scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. The Temple lost 74-79 at home to the University of Massachusetts. It was Temple's first loss after six consecutive victories. DiLeo's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. DiLeo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Temple's roster. He averaged so far 11.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.0apg in the 26 games. DiLeo is a naturalized American. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago. Apparently DiLeo has never played in Germany.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #8. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (14-11) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (16-9) in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Toppert recorded only 3 points. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 89-81 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked Regal FC (#3). Toppert's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL couldn't help Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (6-34) in their last game. Despite Klette's good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo lost 70-81 in Kanagawa to the higher-ranked (#3) Toshiba Thunders. He scored 10 points in only 12 minutes. It was Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Klette's stats this year are: 11.9ppg and 6.3rpg in the 38 games. He used to play for the German U22 national team fourteen years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help Base Oostende (14-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Stojic's good performance the league leader Base Oostende was defeated 82-77 on the road by the lower-ranked Okapi Aalstar (#3). He scored 12 points. Stojic has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #2. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL was not able to help Dongbu Promy (20-34) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Sensley's good performance Dongbu Promy was defeated 80-72 at home by the leading SK Knights. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Sensley also added 6 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 3 shots. The Regular Season already ended. It's Sensley's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg. Sensley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

   #3. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to secure a victory for LF Basket (17-16) in their last game. Despite Igbavboa's good performance LF Basket lost 88-93 in Uppsala to the league outsider (#12) Basket. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Igbavboa has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg and 7.2rpg in the 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #4. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) led Melilla Baloncesto to a 3-point victory against the ninth-ranked Lleida Basquet (9-13) 89-86 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Wachsmann had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (5-17) is located at the very bottom in the LEB Gold. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of six consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wachsmann belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2 with 8.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 9.0ppg and 1.5apg in the 22 games.

   #5. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Bnei Hasharon (8-13) in their game against Hapoel Eilat (13-8) in the Israeli Winner League. Rice scored 9 points. But Bnei Hasharon was crushed 92-57 on their home court in Hod Hasharon by the much higher-ranked Hapoel Eilat (#3). It was Bnei Hasharon's fourth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Rice is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bnei Hasharon's roster. Rice has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.

   #6. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked Gaz Metan 86-80 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Thursday night. Sarovic scored 9 points. Sarovic averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5apg. He has both Serbian and German nationalities.

   #7. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni in their game against Stelmet ZG in the Polish TBL. Tomaszek scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team lost 81-91. This year Tomaszek's overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 4.7rpg in the 22 games. He also holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #8. Phillip Holm (175-PG-80, currently plays in Norway) was the major contributor in a Baerum Basket's victory against the leader Tromso 81-65 in the Norwegian BLNO last Sunday. Holm recorded 17 points and added 3 assists. Holm belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.0apg. Holm holds both Uruguayan and German passports.

   #9. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Tel-Aviv in their game against GreenTops Netanya in the Israeli Winner League. Timor scored 6 points in 18 minutes. His team lost 62-70. This year Timor's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games. He holds both Israeli and German passports.

   #10. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to an Alaska Aces' victory against the bottom-ranked Global Port 93-85 in the Filipino PBA on Sunday night. Thoss scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Thoss' overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4apg. He has German and Filipino nationalities.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos23.3 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.3 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.4 
 5. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.0 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros14.2 
 9. Coleman, Kavala14.1 
 10. Haralampidis, PAOK13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.6 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.6 
 3. Faye, Ikaros7.4 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.1 
 5. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 6. Michel, KAOD6.2 
 7. Kanonidis, Periste.6.1 
 8. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 9. Asimakopoulo., Aris5.8 
 10. Lasme, Panathin.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.2 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.1 
 5. Papantoniou, Peris.3.9 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.3 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.3 
 9. Sloukas, Olympiacos3.2 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.7 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 6. Knowles, KAOD1.6 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 8. Klaiber, Apollon1.5 
 9. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.4 
 10. Petway, AGOR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.3 
 4. Coleman, Kavala1.3 
 5. Turner, Apollon1.2 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.0.8 


Kostas Koufos' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA). He led Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (46-21) 87-80 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Koufos was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 16 rebounds. Koufos also added 3 blocks in 31 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 47-22 record this season. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Koufos has relatively good stats this year: 8.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 60.4%(258-427) and FT: 57.6% in the 68 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup). Zisis was the main contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (3-3) crushing them 101-78 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Zisis scored 23 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 Zisis' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 75.0%. Zisis is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikolaos Zisis. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Vasiliadis was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the leader Budivelnyk (4-2) 93-83. He recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. 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. Vasiliadis has reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 84.7% in the 12 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #4. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Mavrokefalidis' very good performance the second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was badly defeated 73-56 on the road by the leading Budivelnyk in the group K of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Mavrokefalidis also added 4 rebounds. Mavrokefalidis' stats this season are: 14.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2011.

Dimitris Haritopoulos
Dimitris Haritopoulos
   #5. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a Lukoil Academik's victory against the seventh-ranked Rilski Sportist (1-21) 90-76 in the Bulgarian NBL on Sunday night. Haritopoulos was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lukoil Academik Sofia (19-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Haritopoulos has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.3apg. Haritopoulos used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #6. Point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 97-87 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Calathes is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 6.9apg. He also averaged so far 13.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4spg in the 14 games. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #7. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup) helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 71-68 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored 11 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Unics Kazan (4-2) is placed first. Vougioukas averaged so far 13.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #8. An experienced point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the sixth-ranked Zalgiris (4-7) 70-61 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Papaloukas scored only 2 points and added 6 assists in 18 minutes. CSKA Moscow (8-3) is placed third in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Papaloukas' overall stats are: 2.6ppg and 2.6apg in the eight games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2008.

Emmanouil Papamakarios
Emmanouil Papamakarios
   #9. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (10-15) 86-78 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Papamakarios recorded 19 points. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (7-18) is placed 16th in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Papamakarios' total stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #10. Power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Kaimakoglou helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 71-68. He scored 9 points. Kaimakoglou averaged so far 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help one of league's weakest teams AEK (14-7) in their last game. Despite Kakiouzis' good performance AEK lost 67-74 in Nicosia to the second-ranked Etha. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Kakiouzis' stats this year are: 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5spg in the two games. He used to play for the Greek national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Cimberio Varese in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari in the Italian SerieA. He scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. His team was edged 76-75. This year Sakota's total stats are: 6.4ppg and 2.2rpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

   #13. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, another player represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Solna Vikings (20-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Toutziarakis' good performance Solna Vikings was defeated 79-71 in Sodertalje by the higher-ranked Kings (#3). He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Toutziarakis averaged so far 12.8ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the league leader Real Madrid 96-83 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.6rpg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

   #15. U18 international swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Texas in their game against the Kansas State University in the NCAA. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. His team were badly defeated by 17 points 66-49. Papapetrou has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg in the 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek U18 national team.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Maccabi Haifa's victory against the league outsider Ironi Ashkelon (5-16) 83-69 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Calathes had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds in 27 minutes. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (14-7) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Calathes is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.6rpg. This year he also averages: 15.4ppg and 2.3apg in the 21 games he played so far. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) led Olimpi to a victory against the fifth-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (10-6) 92-82 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Wednesday. Sokk scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (14-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sokk is currently third on the list of best passers with 6.2apg. This year he also averages: 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian.

   #3. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in Eurocup) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban in a victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-3) crushing them 90-65 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Savrasenko scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Savrasenko's total stats are: 1.5ppg and 2.2rpg in the 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Russian.

   #4. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Juvecaserta's victory against the sixth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (14-9) 72-64 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Mavraides scored 11 points and had 3 steals. Co.Fi.Ba JuveCaserta (10-13) is placed tenth in the SerieA. Mavraides' total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #5. Elias Motran (201-F-80, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 2-point Bejjeh's victory against the closely-ranked Byblos (12-10) 80-78 in the Lebanese Division A on Tuesday night. He scored 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes. Bejjeh (6-16) is placed seventh in the Division A. Motran's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. This year Motran's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 17 games. He has both Greek and Lebanese nationalities.

   #6. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to Keravnos' victory against the closely-ranked Apoel 76-69 in the Cypriot Division A in Tuesday night's game. Demertzis scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Demertzis is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg.

   #7. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-PG-84, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Charleville-Mezieres crushing them 96-74 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Tsagarakis scored 15 points and added 5 assists. He averaged so far 13.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg. Tsagarakis also holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite his Greek nationality, Tsagarakis previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #8. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help one of league's weakest teams BG Goettingen (19-8) in their last game. Despite Livas' good performance BG Goettingen lost in an overtime 71-75 on the road to the leading BV Chemnitz 99. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. Livas has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #9. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84, currently plays in Sweden) led Akropol to a victory over the third-ranked BG Lulea crushing them 86-57 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Saturday. Kalpakas was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. Kalpakas averaged so far 12.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. He holds both Greek and Swedish passports.

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



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Salem Sabres join IBL for 2013 season - by Kip Leonetti

Some familiar faces will be on the court from the 2012 Salem team, as the Sabres have taken over the city for the upcoming spring-summer International Basketball League season after competing in the American Basketball Association this fall.

The Salem Sabres, under the ownership of C. Neiman Sports, Inc. are a part of the Salem community as small business owners with a great experience for fans, players and the community. Focused on providing quality professional basketball entertainment to families, they are a great addition to the IBL. Going forward, the Sabres intend on operating year round, competing in both the IBL in the spring-summer and in the ABA next winter.

"It has been very exciting to see our vision of bringing professional basketball to Salem from a dry erase board until now. We have assembled a great coaching staff, players, administrative staff and an exciting dance team. In a short period of time we have managed to put out a great product for our fans. With the help of community partners and sponsors we accomplished what we set out to do," shared owner Rhonda Alexander. "Our fans have been great and its an honor to be able to serve our community by getting out and making positive contributions, encouraging our kids and young adults."

Hosting eleven home games, one featuring an IBL Community Partnership with Playing for Kickz, the Sabres look to continue to make a positive impact in the Marion Polk County communities. Partnering with SMART and Marion County Reading For All to hold a Read-A-Thon, the Sabres are planning their community involvement with businesses who share the vision. The Sabres Dance Team has participated in Reading Across America, cheered on the OPVA Wheelchair Patriots Basketball Team at the Capital City Wheelchair Tournament and went out to Cascade HS to cheer on the Marion County Special Olympic Basketball team.

"I'd just really recommend coming out to a game and enjoying the experience. Ticket prices are very affordable for the whole family, the drive isnt far, the quality of basketball is great, the Sabres dance team keeps things going during breaks in the action, and the game atmosphere is a ton of fun. And you can bring the kids out on the court after the game to meet the players," were the encouraging words to the Salem community from General Manager Joe Becerra.

Chemeketa Community College will continue to be the home of Sabres, welcomed by the Athletic Director Cassie Belmodis and their men's basketball team, 2013 NWAACC Champions, who will hoist a banner and celebrate at the Sabres home opening weekend Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. Competition for the Sabres this season will also include a familiar, friendly rival who also joined the IBL this season, the Kitsap Admirals, on Sunday, May 11.

Former player Willie Freeman will remain the Head Coach for the team as they look forward to the 2013 IBL season. The Sabers organization is moving in the right direction. In a short amount of time we have been able to put together a good basketball team with local talent like Sergio Rosario (6'5''-F-89) who played at Concordia University combined with the experience of Cory Largent (6'7''-F) from Salem's 2012 IBL team while actively pursuing other IBL All-Stars who played for Salem last season including Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.) and Jeremiah Dominguez (5'6''-PG-85, college: Portland St.).

"We will continue build on what we started, getting the City behind us supporting the Sabres," Coach Freeman shared about preparations for their home opener on May 4 versus the 2012 IBL Champion Bellingham Slam.



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  Hapoel Holon
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.3 
 2. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.1 
 3. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.6 
 4. Simpson, Maccabi18.0 
 5. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.18.0 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.7 
 7. Warren, Maccabi17.3 
 8. Collins, Maccabi17.3 
 9. Wright, Maccabi16.5 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.13.5 
 2. Jones, Bnei H.10.3 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi10.0 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.9.9 
 5. Calathes, Maccabi9.6 
 6. Wright, Maccabi9.5 
 7. Uter, Maccabi9.4 
 8. Dove, Elizur Ashke.8.9 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.7 
 10. Washington, Neta.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.5.6 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.5.3 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi5.0 
 4. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.5.0 
 5. Collins, Maccabi4.5 
 6. Perry, Elizur A.4.5 
 7. Warren, Maccabi4.2 
 8. Bradley, Netanya4.1 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.0 
 10. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi2.5 
 2. Washington, Netan.2.5 
 3. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.2 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.0 
 7. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.9 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.1.9 
 9. Wright, Maccabi1.9 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.8 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.4 
 5. Simpson, Maccabi1.4 
 6. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Caracter, Bnei H.1.2 
 8. Thomas, Maccabi1.2 
 9. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.2 
 10. Dove, Elizur Ashk.1.1 


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.21.6 
 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. Zelkovits, Ironi N.18.8 
 10. Clemente, Ironi N.18.6 
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.12.5 
 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. Pitshon, Ironi N.9.5 
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.5.4 
 4. Farchi, Elitzur Ya.4.8 
 5. Golan, Ironi Nahar.4.5 
 6. Benn, Ironi N.4.4 
 7. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.3 
 8. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.3 
 9. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.3 
 10. Ber-Aven, Kiryat4.3 
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. Miller, Ironi N.2.5 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 6. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.4 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur2.1 
 8. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
 9. Watson, Ironi K-A2.0 
 10. Kent, Ironi R.1.9 
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. Labanowski, Macca.1.1 
 8. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 9. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.0 
 10. Odiakosa, Hod H.0.9 


Balkan League: Galil Gilboa roll past Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

Teodo Tivat - Galil Gilboa 82:92

Galil Gilboa celebrated a road win at the Balkan League Second Stage tonight. The Israeli team overcame Teodo Tivat away from home for 6-3 record in Top Six group. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) notched 16 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.
Teodo Tivat needed the victory to stay in the Final Four race. They started the game aggressively posting a 26:21 lead after ten minutes. The tempo increased in the second quarter. The teams combined for 60 points in the period as the Montenegrin team secured a 56:51 halftime lead. Galil Gilboa adjusted their defence in the third term. The Israelis limited their opponents to 10 points and surged ahead for a 71:66 advantage. Galil Gilboa kept Teodo Tivat at bay throughout the fourth frame. The Montenegrin side never got closer in the final stanza as Galil Gilboa cruised to the win. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91), Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) and Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) accounted for 14 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) answered with 20 points for Teodo Tivat. Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) netted 14 points in the loss.

Teodo Tivat: Aleksandar Radulovic 20, Srdjan Subotic 14
Galil Gilboa: Mitchell Watt 16, Nimrod Tishman 14, Jamar Smith 14, Rakim Sanders 14



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Malik Hairston out 3 weeks - by Giovanni Bargna

As per the official announcement of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Malik Hairston (198-G/F-87, college: Oregon) will be sidelined for at least three weeks due to injury.
The Us guard is facing troubles at his back since last month and is not training regularly due to the pain. After some further medical checks it was decided that a resting period of three weeks is the only way for Hairston to recover and re-join his teammates before the crucial games of the season come.
Hairston is having a good season and averaging 13 points per game and dishing a couple of assists in about 30 minutes on the court.



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 17-1 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 10-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 9-8 
 4. Tobol 6-11 
 5. BK Almaty 4-14 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 17: BC Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 82-60
Mar. 20: Tobol - Kaspiy Aktau 79-59
Mar. 16: BC Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 72-80
Mar. 21: Tobol - Kaspiy Aktau



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 19-1 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 16-4 
 3. Bashkimi 13-6 
 4. Trepca 10-9 
 5. RTV 21 10-10 
 6. Vellaznimi 5-15 
 7. Drita 5-15 
 8. Kosova 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 20: Sigal Prishtina - Vellaznimi 106-65
Mar. 20: RTV 21 - Kosova 106-63
Mar. 20: Peja - Drita 102-79
Mar. 21: Trepca - Bashkimi



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 34

Mar. 20: Liepaja - Jelgava 94-112
Mar. 20: Jurmala - Turiba 85-87
Mar. 20: Jekabpils - LU 72-67
Mar. 23: Valmiera - Jelgava
Mar. 24: LU - Jekabpils


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 18-9 
 6. Kvele 15-12 
 7. ViA Riga 14-13 
 8. Ogres 13-13 
 9. VEF skola 11-13 
 10. Liepaja-2 9-17 
 11. DSN 9-18 
 12. Gulbene 8-17 
 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. 20: DSN - Gulbene 80-64
Mar. 20: RSU - VEF skola 72-63
Mar. 19: ViA - Ridzene 105-65



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 20-2 
 2. Sagesse 19-3 
 3. Champville 14-8 
 4. Moutahed 14-8 
 5. Amchit 12-10 
 6. Byblos 12-10 
 7. Bejjeh 6-16 
 8. Hoops 5-17 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 4

Mar. 20: Sagesse - Amchit 75-68
Mar. 19: Byblos - Moutahed 67-81
Mar. 19: Bejjeh - Al Riyadi 62-80
Mar. 20: Champville - Hoops 108-86

Second Stage: Round 5

Mar. 22: Hoops - Bejjeh
Mar. 23: Al Riyadi - Byblos
Mar. 23: Amchit - Champville
Mar. 24: Moutahed - Sagesse



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Neptunas 14-3 
 2. Rudupis 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 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 20: Neptunas - Naglis Palangos 88-86
Mar. 19: LSU-Baltai - Lietuvos rytas 61-111
Mar. 21: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietkabelis


Lietuvos rytas tab coach Dirk Bauermann, ex B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) inked 56-year old German coach Dirk Bauermann. He has coached for the last two years at B.Muenchen in German BBL league.
Among other achievements Bauermann won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A championship title in 2011. He was selected to Head Coach: German Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2005,2006 and 2008.
Bauermann was coaching German Senior National Team between 1994 and 2011.
He has coached also professionally in Belgium, Greece (Amyntas Dafnis).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lithuaniabasket)



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
 1. Sutjeska 15-3 
 2. Teodo Tivat 15-4 
 3. Mornar Bar 14-4 
 4. Lovcen 10-8 
 5. Ulcinj 10-8 
 6. Jedinstvo 8-10 
 7. Danilovgrad 6-12 
 8. Centar BP 5-13 
 9. Ibar Rozaje 4-14 
 10. Primorje 4-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 20: Ulcinj - Danilovgrad 86-72
Mar. 20: Jedinstvo - Ibar Rozaje 79-67
Mar. 20: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar 78-67
Mar. 20: Lovcen - Centar BP 67-55
Mar. 14: ABS Primorje - Teodo Tivat 65-70


Balkan League: Galil Gilboa roll past Teodo Tivat - by Eurobasket News

Teodo Tivat - Galil Gilboa 82:92

Galil Gilboa celebrated a road win at the Balkan League Second Stage tonight. The Israeli team overcame Teodo Tivat away from home for 6-3 record in Top Six group. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) notched 16 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.
Teodo Tivat needed the victory to stay in the Final Four race. They started the game aggressively posting a 26:21 lead after ten minutes. The tempo increased in the second quarter. The teams combined for 60 points in the period as the Montenegrin team secured a 56:51 halftime lead. Galil Gilboa adjusted their defence in the third term. The Israelis limited their opponents to 10 points and surged ahead for a 71:66 advantage. Galil Gilboa kept Teodo Tivat at bay throughout the fourth frame. The Montenegrin side never got closer in the final stanza as Galil Gilboa cruised to the win. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91), Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) and Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) accounted for 14 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) answered with 20 points for Teodo Tivat. Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) netted 14 points in the loss.

Teodo Tivat: Aleksandar Radulovic 20, Srdjan Subotic 14
Galil Gilboa: Mitchell Watt 16, Nimrod Tishman 14, Jamar Smith 14, Rakim Sanders 14



Transfer Updates From Montenegro - 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 (206-C-89), 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. Also Sutjeska got new blood after the signature of Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81), former Mornar's player who played this season in Tamis from Pancevo (Serbia).

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. Also unoffical sources say that Nemanja Vuckovic (207-C-91), who has recently won Division II with Zeta 2011 is close to sign with Jedinstvo. The list will be complited before the next Wednesday when the Superleague and Play Out League start.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 40-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 40-28 
 3. Boston C. 36-31 
 4. Philadelph.76 26-41 
 5. Toronto R. 26-42 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 42-26 
 2. Chicago B. 36-30 
 3. Milwaukee B. 34-33 
 4. Detroit P. 23-46 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-46 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 53-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 38-30 
 3. Washington W. 24-43 
 4. Orlando M. 18-51 
 5. Charlotte B. 16-52 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 50-19 
 2. Denver N. 47-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 34-34 
 4. Portland TB 31-36 
 5. Minnesota T. 23-42 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 47-22 
 2. Golden St.W. 39-31 
 3. LA Lakers 36-33 
 4. Sacramento K. 24-44 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-46 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 52-16 
 2. Memphis G. 46-21 
 3. Houston R. 37-31 
 4. Dallas M. 32-36 
 5. N.Orleans H. 23-46 

Regular Season: Round 136

Mar. 20: Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B. 98-90
Mar. 20: Dallas M. - Brooklyn N. 96-113
Mar. 20: Cleveland C. - Miami Heat 95-98
Mar. 20: Memphis G. - Oklah.City T. 90-89 OT
Mar. 20: N.Orleans H. - Boston C. 87-86
Mar. 20: Phoenix Suns - Washington W. 79-88
Mar. 20: Charlotte B. - Toronto R. 107-101
Mar. 20: New York K. - Orlando M. 106-94
Mar. 20: San Antonio S. - Golden St.W. 104-93
Mar. 20: LA Clippers - Philadelph.76 101-72
Mar. 20: Houston R. - Utah Jazz 100-93

Regular Season: Round 137

Mar. 21: Chicago B. - Portland TB
Mar. 21: Denver N. - Philadelph.76
Mar. 21: Sacramento K. - Minnesota T.


Rich Wednesday for 11 games - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - Philadelph.76 101-72
LOS ANGELES - Chris Paul scored 19 points, Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) added 14 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-72 on Wednesday, bouncing back on the second night of back-to-back games. Paul also had nine assists and six rebounds while Blake Griffin had a relatively quiet showing with seven points, nine rebounds and six assists. The Clippers were without Chauncey Billups and Eric Bledsoe, who were sidelined by injuries. Los Angeles improved to 27-8 at home after losing four of its previous seven, including a night earlier at Sacramento. The Clippers won three in a row against Philadelphia for the first time since 2006-07. Spencer Hawes had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers, who have dropped 14 in a row on the road, where they are 6-24 this season. Thaddeus Young added 13 points and Evan Turner finished with 12. Philadelphia shot 36.7 percent and never led after the first quarter. The Clippers dominated after halftime, building a 66-46 lead midway through the third. Paul, Butler and Willie Green scored six points apiece in a 20-10 run that opened the quarter. Griffin set up DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) for an alley-oop dunk in the spurt. The 76ers answered with 10 straight points of their own, but couldn't erase their double-digit deficit. The Clippers' starters got plenty of rest in the fourth, watching the reserves stretch the lead to 89-62 on a dunk by Ryan Hollins as the sellout crowd of 19,187 began hitting the exits. The Clippers turned an eight-point deficit in the first quarter into a 10-point lead by halftime. They scored the first eight points of the second quarter, and Maalik Wayns (6'2''-PG-91, college: Villanova) and Jamal Crawford hit back-to-back 3-pointers later in the period. Griffin made his first basket of the game late in the second, helping the Clippers outscore the 76ers 10-3 to end the half ahead 46-36. Crawford finished with 12 points and Hollins had 10. Los Angeles missed its first five shots and trailed by eight in the first, when neither team shot better than 36 percent. NOTES: Billups sat out with a strained right groin. Bledsoe has a sore left calf and F Ronny Turiaf has a sore right knee. ... The 76ers opened a four-game trip playing the first of a back-to-back. They're at Denver on Thursday night. ... A section of fans near the Philadelphia bench shouted "We want Nick Young" in the fourth quarter. The L.A. native hid his laughter and eventually scored six points in nine minutes. ... The 76ers said C Andrew Bynum will start physical therapy on Friday, three days after having bilateral arthroscopic knee surgery for injuries that have kept him out the entire season. He won't put any weight on his knees for about three weeks, then he'll spend another three weeks on crutches. "We had great expectations of this season and it was unfortunate Andrew was never healthy enough to play," said 76ers coach Doug Collins, who exchanged texts with Bynum after the surgery in New York. "I think he feels good about the procedure. He wanted to play and he was very excited about being in Philadelphia." Courtesy of: www.thenewstribune.com

Phoenix Suns - Washington W. 79-88
PHOENIX - John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) and the Washington Wizards picked it up on defense and earned a rare road win in Phoenix. Wall scored 19 points and Washington held the Suns to 33.7 percent shooting en route to an 88-79 win Wednesday night, its first victory in the Valley since December 2006. "That's what we pride ourselves on," Wall said. "Any night, anyone can lead us in scoring. We're that versatile. Defensively, that's what we take our pride in. When we play defense, we feel we can beat anybody." The Suns took a 26-25 lead after the first quarter on 50 percent shooting. But from that point forward, they made only 17 more field goals on 61 attempts (27.9 percent). "The second quarter we turned the switch from a defensive standpoint," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Through those last three quarters, that was more what we're accustomed to seeing from this group." Nene had 17 points and eight rebounds, Kevin Seraphin added 16 points and Trevor Ariza scored 14 for the Wizards, who won for the fourth time in five games. Washington improved to 6-26 away from home, tying Charlotte, Philadelphia and Sacramento for the fewest road wins in the NBA. The Wizards played without center Emeka Okafor, who missed his first game this season with an illness. Washington snapped a five-game losing streak in Phoenix and swept the Suns for the first time since 2001-02. Wesley Johnson and Goran Dragic scored 18 points apiece and Luis Scola added 11 off the bench for the Suns, who have lost five of six. "I wasn't happy with (any) of our young guys," Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said. "It wasn't about mistakes they made. It was about effort. It was about fight, having a sense of urgency. This is unacceptable." Washington's Bradley Beal left the game with 9:53 remaining with a sprained left ankle. Phoenix, already without center Marcin Gortat, saw backup center Jermaine O'Neal leave the game with 1:05 left with a strained left calf. O'Neal was helped to the locker room by a pair of teammates after the game. The Wizards, led by Seraphin's six points, opened the second quarter with a 17-4 run -- including a 15-0 spurt -- to take a 42-28 lead with 4:53 left in the first half. Washington stretched its lead to as many as 18 before settling for a 59-45 halftime advantage. The Suns cut the Wizards' lead to nine points by the end of the third quarter and pulled to 75-72 when Hamed Haddadi pulled down an offensive rebound and threw the ball on a straight line into the net with 8:38 remaining. Seraphin answered with a 15-foot jumper and Wall added a pull-up 15-footer of his own to put the Wizards ahead 79-72 with 7:44 to play. "When I saw the shot, I knew it was in the range and I took it," Seraphin said. "I didn't really think about it. I just took it." Washington led by no fewer than five the rest of the way. "I think the effort wasn't there," Johnson said. NOTES: Beal was whistled for a technical foul on the same play on which he was injured. ... Earlier this season, Milwaukee snapped a 24-game losing streak in Phoenix. ... The Suns failed to reach the 100-point mark against Washington for the first time since March 21, 2003, a 19-game span. ... Washington also was without A.J. Price, who missed his fifth straight game with a sore right groin. ... Suns G Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) had been questionable 30 minutes before the game with flulike systems but came off the bench to play 8 scoreless minutes. ... Suns G Shannon Brown, who had played 8 minutes since the All-Star break, entered with 2:34 left in the third quarter and hit his first shot from the field. Brown had been a DNP in 13 of Phoenix's past 14 games. Courtesy of:www.abc15.com

San Antonio S. - Golden St.W. 104-93
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 104-93 Wednesday night. Tiago Splitter added 17 points, Manu Ginobili had 16 points and seven assists and fellow reserve Nando De Colo had 10 points for San Antonio (52-16), which is second to Miami (53-14) for the league's best record. Stephen Curry had 24 points for Golden State (39-31), which remains sixth in the West. Harrison Barnes added 13 points, Jarrett Jack had 14 points, David Lee added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Golden State pulled within 92-87 as Curry hit 1 of 2 free throws, but Duncan threw in a running hook and a jumper to give San Antonio a 96-88 lead with 2:37 remaining. Duncan was 11-for-17 from the field and 3-for-3 on free throws. It was his 13th game of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season. Kawhi Leonard made his first three shots as the Spurs took a 14-8 lead to open the game. It would turn out to be the second-year forward's only points until his 3 with 56.4 seconds remaining gave the Spurs a 104-91 lead. Golden State (first) and San Antonio (fourth) are both among the top five in 3-point percentage, but neither team made a 3 until Ginobili knocked down his second attempt with 10:30 left in the first half. It was part of a greater emphasis on defense by the Spurs. San Antonio held Golden State to 49 percent shooting in the first half while forcing nine turnovers and blocking five shots. De Colo gave the Spurs a 43-32 lead when he stripped Jack at midcourt and sprinted to the basket for a dunk, prompting Duncan to leap from his seat and shout "atta boy." San Antonio outscored Golden State 38-25 in the second quarter, going 6 for 11 on 3s after missing all four attempts in the opening period. Matt Bonner and Danny Green hit back-to-back 3s late in the second quarter as San Antonio took a 60-47 lead at the half. Golden State opened the second half on a 13-8 run to pull within 68-60 with minutes left in the third. NOTES: Spurs G Tony Parker participated fully in San Antonio's practice Tuesday, but coach Gregg Popovich said he was still about a week away from rejoining the team. . All but three of San Antonio's 14 remaining games are against teams with a winning record. The schedule includes 10 games against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended Wednesday and another against Utah, which was a game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the West's eighth and final playoff spot entering Wednesday. . Warriors F Richard Jefferson, who played two seasons with the Spurs, was booed when he entered the game late in the first quarter. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

New York K. - Orlando M. 106-94
The Knicks beat a team they should tonight, which was a relief following that harrowing five-game west-coast road trip. But the real reprieve of the team's recent woes was the sight of Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) back in the starting lineup. The All-Star forward returned to the court after missing three-straight games and not having played a complete contest since March 11 in Golden State. But Anthony looked sharp tonight in registering a smooth 21 points in the Knicks' 106-94 win over the hapless Orlando Magic (18-51). The game itself lacked any real drama, as the Knicks (40-26) led wire-to-wire for the fifth time all season. The real trepidation for the Garden faithful certainly had to be the sight of their best player in uniform for the first time at home since a March 3 loss to the Miami Heat. But he didn't disappoint as he shot 7-of-14, including 3-of-5 in 3-pointers in 33 minutes. Only J.R. Smith logged more minutes (37:41), as Anthony showed no ill effects from his troubled right knee and suspect hamstring. The Knicks as a team needed an immediate remedy following their ill-fated west coast trip, but more than anything else, head coach Mike Woodson needed to see if his superstar forward would resemble anything close to the guy who was once in the MVP mix. Anthony was, and the Knicks soared to the easy win. Anthony spoke about his first game back, saying he was "relieved" about his effort against the Magic, adding that tonight was the best he's felt "since right before the All-Star break." The Knicks will certainly need their star to regain and sustain his all-star level, especially since the team is missing four of their top big men in Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire, Kurt Thomas, and Rasheed Wallace. The 6-foot-7 Anthony also reprised his role as the starting power forward with aplomb, as he grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. This version of Anthony was a great shot of adrenaline in the arm of the squad, as the Knicks looked spry on offense and frisky on defense. And perhaps more important than the efforts of Anthony and his teammates was the fact that the Knicks maintained their one-game lead in the Atlantic Division over the Brooklyn Nets, who won handily in Dallas over the Mavericks, tonight. Woodson was more than happy to talk about the return of the team's hero. But in the same breath he simply shrugged his shoulders when asked about their slimming division lead -- a lead they've had wire-to-wire so far. Brooklyn still remains a game out of first. "Melo was Melo. He was great, [and] the supporting cast was great," said Woodson, switching gears to the tight divisional race. "We have to be consistent with winning at home, and .500 or better on the road, to win the division. We can't beg for help. No looking over our shoulders or wanting and needing help for someone to lose.' Courtesy of: http://www.nj.com

Cleveland C. - Miami Heat 95-98
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Miami Heat survived a 35-minute delay to fix a leaky scoreboard canister, a 27-point third-quarter deficit, a fan running onto the court during their rally and a gutty Cavaliers comeback on Wednesday night at The Q. Overcoming all that, the Heat beat the short-handed Cavs, 98-95, to push their winning streak to 24 games before a roaring -- and exhausted -- sell-out crowd of 20,562. It might not have been the biggest win in the streak, or the closest, but it definitely was the weirdest. "This was one of the most bizzare, unique days of my life as far as basketball," the Heat's LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) said. James, in his fourth trip back to The Q since leaving the Cavs, led the Heat with his fourth triple double of the season and the 36th of his career -- 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists -- as Miami improved to 53-14. As has become customary, he was booed every time he touched the ball, but this time there also seemed to be plenty of fans cheering for him and the Heat. Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) led the Cavs with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Tristan Thompson added 18 points and eight rebounds and rookie Tyler Zeller had 12 points and 11 rebounds as Cleveland, playing without injured Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) (shoulder) and Dion Waiters (knee), fell to 22-46 while surrendering the biggest lead in franchise history. The Cavs also have blown leads of 26 points (at Phoenix on Nov. 9) and 22 points (against New York on March 4) this season. "It's tough to swallow," Thompson admitted. Trailing in the third quarter, 67-40, the Heat closed the third quarter on a 28-10 run and opened the fourth with a 20-4 surge. James had 11 of the Heat's first 12 points in the fourth quarter -- on three 3-pointers and a layup when he picked up a loose rebound in the lane -- to give Miami its first lead since the first quarter, 80-79, with 10:28 left. "What happened there in the third quarter to get back into it, it wasn't even necessarily designed offense," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It was just those guys being great, making big shots." That no doubt was part of what prompted a fan to run onto the court wearing a T-shirt that read, "We miss you. 2014 come back." Security officers surrounded the fan and escorted him off the court with 8:21 left in the game -- but not before James patted him on the head. The Heat would lead by as much as 95-86 before the Cavs recovered and closed to 96-95 on two free throws by Thompson with 44.1 seconds left. Dwyane Wade missed a 19-footer and Alonzo Gee grabbed the rebound, but Ellington took a 3-pointer that went out of bounds with 5.2 seconds left. After a lengthy video replay, the ball was awarded to Miami. James was fouled and made two free throws with 4.7 seconds left to make it 98-95. C.J. Miles' 3-point attempt bounced off the front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded. "Our guys played hard," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "They played about as hard as they can play. All I asked them to do was go out there and compete, and I thought we did that. We just didn't get the job done like I wanted to." Scott was worried about how his team would start the game against the defending NBA champions, but he certainly could not have envisioned a 35-minute delay caused by condensation coming off the side of a carbon dioxide container used to create fog during player introductions. The scoreboard was lowered to rectify the problem as both teams were sent back to their locker rooms. After a brief warmup, it was the Heat who came out in a fog. They trailed at halftime, 55-34. According to the Heat, it's the largest halftime deficit overcome in franchise history. But after the Cavs pushed their lead to 67-40 on a three-point play by Zeller with 7:44 left, a host of old problems resurfaced -- most of them related to defense. Shane Battier had three 3-pointers and Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) added another as Miami shot 64.7 percent (11-of-17) in the third quarter, including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range. In the fourth quarter, the Heat hit 60 percent from 3-point range as the Cavs scrambled to find any traction against the rising Heat. "You can't be passive," Scott said. "You can't play not to lose the basketball game. You've got to go for it. You've got to stay aggressive." Courtesy of: http://www.cleveland.com

Charlotte B. - Toronto R. 107-101
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) scored 25 points, Gerald Henderson had another solid all-around game and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 107-101 on Wednesday night to win consecutive games for the first time since mid-November. Mullens scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. The reserve made his final eight free throws, including four with less than 13 seconds to go as Charlotte won its third straight at home. Henderson scored 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting and added seven rebounds and five assists, continuing the best stretch of his four-year NBA career. Henderson came in averaging 23 points on 49 percent shooting over the past six games and has now scored at least 20 points in five of the last seven games. Rudy Gay had 25 points and DeMar DeRozan added 19 points for the Raptors, who have lost seven of their last eight games in Charlotte and fell to 9-25 on the road. Ben Gordon finished with 16 points for the Bobcats and Josh McRoberts had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Bobcats blew a fourth-quarter lead against the Raptors last Friday night and lost by 14. This time, they held on when Toronto made a run. Leading 94-93 with 2:45 left, the Bobcats forced a turnover. Gordon then converted a pair of free throws and knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner to quickly push the lead to six. The Raptors got within three, but McRoberts grabbed a key rebound and kicked the ball out to run more time off the clock. Gordon was fouled and converted one of two foul shots. Mullens, who missed his first four free throws in the game, knocked down two from the line with 11.1 seconds left to help Charlotte secure the win. He stole the ensuing inbound pass and made two more free throws. The Bobcats looked flat early on just two nights after posting season highs in points, field-goal percentage and assists in a 119-114 win over Washington. Toronto jumped out to a 17-6 lead behind DeRozan, who scored 12 in the first quarter. But the Bobcats (16-52) stormed back to take a five-point lead at halftime as Henderson started to heat up and backup point guard Jannero Pargo connected on a pair of 3-pointers. NOTES: Pargo, playing on a 10-day contract, is 10 of 16 from beyond the arc in his last three games with the Bobcats. ... Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) and Kyle Lowry each had 18 points for the Raptors (26-42). Courtesy of: http://www.boston.com

Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B. 98-90
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 27 points and Al Horford had 26, taking control after a sluggish first quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the Milwaukee Bucks 98-90 Wednesday night. Teague scored 11 points in the second quarter and a dozen more in the third as the Hawks pushed out to a 77-59 lead. Horford scored 10 points in the final period and finished with 15 rebounds, stepping up to help the Hawks hold off a Milwaukee comeback. Led by Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) with 21 points, Bucks closed to 94-90. But Jennings missed a free throw that could have made it a one-possession game, then came up short on a tough jumper with Teague in his face. Josh Smith clinched it by making two free throws with 27.9 seconds left. Smith also had a double-double, scoring just 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting but helping out with a season-high 16 rebounds. Devin Harris added 15 points. The Bucks shot just 37 percent from the field, unable to take advantage even when the Hawks let them back in the game. Atlanta won despite turning it over 17 times, leading to 19 points for Milwaukee. Coming off an ugly performance against Dallas, the Hawks picked up a much needed home win in their bid for home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. The Bucks still have a comfortable lead for the final playoff spot in the East but fell 3 1/2 games behind the Hawks in the tightly bunched field, which is essentially the Miami Heat and everyone else. "This game has major importance," coach Larry Drew said beforehand. "It's got to be playoff intensity from the beginning." Neither team played with much urgency in the opening quarter, which ended with the score tied at 18. The Hawks made only 6 of 20 from the field, while the Bucks were 8 of 32. Teague came alive in the second, knocking down a couple of 3-pointers to help the Hawks to a 48-43 lead at the break. With the point guard continuing to knock down shots, Atlanta stretched the advantage throughout the third and appeared to be comfortably in front heading to the final period. Milwaukee, which had beaten Portland at home the previous night, found some energy in the fourth but couldn't get any closer than four. Larry Sanders had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks. J.J. Redick added 18 points and Mike Dunleavy had 10. NOTES: Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) extended his Hawks record to 61 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer. He knocked down a couple of treys in the second quarter. ... San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watched the game from a front-row seat at center court. ... Atlanta G DeShawn Stevenson went out in the first half with a lower right leg contusion. He returned briefly to the bench, but went back to the locker room for more treatment. ... F Ersan Ilyasova (left hip pain) and F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (sprained toe) did not make the trip for Milwaukee. ... These teams will see plenty of each other in the closing month of the season. They play again Sunday in Milwaukee, then finish up the season series in Atlanta on April 12. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Dallas M. - Brooklyn N. 96-113
DALLAS (AP) - Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) scored 38 points and Deron Williams had 31 in his first visit to Dallas since spurning his hometown team in free agency, leading the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks 113-96 on Wednesday night. Williams scored 26 in the second half, repeatedly hitting shots and occasionally assisting on a basket by Lopez to prevent a Dallas rally in the fourth quarter. Williams also hit a fadeaway jumper after a blocked shot by Lopez, running to his bench with a big smile after Dallas called timeout with the Nets up 97-88 midway through the fourth. The Mavericks didn't get closer than six after that. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 16 points and had a team-high six rebounds compared to 22 boards for Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa) of the Nets, who outrebounded the Mavericks 45-34. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

N.Orleans H. - Boston C. 87-86
NEW ORLEANS - Close game, blowout game. It doesn't really seem to matter much when the Boston Celtics face the New Orleans Hornets who squeaked out an 87-86 win over the C's. Eric Gordon's driving lay-up to the basket was tipped in by Anthony Davis with 0.3 seconds to play. Officials reviewed Davis' basket and said that it was good to the dismay of the Celtics who have now lost five of their last six game against the Hornets. It was another night like many before with the Celtics once again bringing out the best in the league's bottom dwellers. Celtics fans saw it on March 12 at Charlotte when the Bobcats crushed the C's by 26 points. The game's ending was in stark contrast to how the C's opened with a 17-7 run. New Orleans countered with an 11-6 surge of their own, but the Hornets could not get any closer as the Celtics took a 31-22 lead into the second quarter. Boston's lead was sliced down to just two points (37-35) following New Orleans going on a 9-2 run. Doc Rivers had seen enough and called a timeout. The plan coming out of such timeouts is to swing the game's momentum, which is exactly what the Celtics did as Boston scored 11 of the game's next 12 points to take a comfortable 48-36 lead. New Orleans was able to snip away at Boston's lead, but the C's were too balanced offensively in the quarter's final minutes for the Hornets who found themselves facing a 55-45 halftime deficit. Boston's Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown), who had a career-high 43 points against Miami on Monday, was off to another impressive start Wednesday with 13 points in the first half. Kevin Garnett led all players with 14 points at the half, while Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) had chipped in with 12. Although Brandon Bass only had six points in the first half, there was no mistaking former LSU star and Louisiana native's impact on the game. Along with his scoring, he also had four rebounds. Even more telling was the fact that the Celtics were plus-17 with him on the floor, easily the best plus-minus ratio of any player in the first half. Courtesy of: http://www.csnne.com

Memphis G. - Oklah.City T. 90-89 OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and the Memphis Grizzlies finally put away Oklahoma City with their final shot. In a matchup of Western Conference contenders that had a playoff feel to it, Gasol tipped in Zach Randolph's miss with less than a second left in overtime Wednesday night to give Memphis a 90-89 win over the Thunder. . Gasol was so excited about the winning basket that he dropped a not-suitable-for-television expletive in the live postgame interview. 'I saw Zach going baseline and just went for the rebound and got lucky with the tip,' Gasol said. 'It's an emotional game. It's a team that we like playing against, and a team that knows us very well. It was a gritty game.' The excitement carried over into the Grizzlies locker room where whoops and hollers could be heard in the hallway. Gasol would have never had a chance at the winning tip if not for Jerryd Bayless connecting on a 3-pointer from the top of the key for Memphis with 3.7 seconds left in regulation to send the teams into overtime tied at 83. Bayless scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. After Gasol's tip put the Grizzlies ahead with 0.9 seconds left, Russell Westbrook's desperation shot from past halfcourt was off the mark and Memphis walked away with its 16th victory in 19 games. 'We win in a variety of ways. It's never pretty,' said Mike Conley, who led the Grizzlies with a season-high 24 points. 'That's that grit-and-grind motto right there. We just find a way to win however it is. (This) was one of those wins.' Randolph added 15 points and 18 rebounds, giving him 7,001 career rebounds, while Gasol had 14 points and 15 rebounds. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, including 15 in the third quarter to help Oklahoma City take its first lead. Westbrook scored 20 on 7-of-25 shooting from the field. Kevin Martin added 17 points, but no other Thunder player had more than seven. 'It was just one of those games, probably 10 of them a year, where nobody deserves to lose the game, but we were on the bad side of that,' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. Oklahoma City, coming off a 114-110 loss to Denver on Tuesday, scored the first two points in overtime on a pair of free throws from Thabo Sefolosha. Memphis then scored five straight, including three from Gasol. The other points came on a tip-in by Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) with 2:42 left. Officials initially ruled basket interference on Allen, but gave him the points after a replay review showed the ball was outside the cylinder. The Thunder answered the Memphis push with a 6-footer in the lane from Durant and a layup by Westbrook with 13.6 seconds left for an 89-88 lead. That set the stage for Gasol's final tip-in when Randolph missed a 7-footer. 'I don't think it was anything defensively,' Westbrook said of the final play. 'They got a tip-in and, unfortunately, it was (less than a second) on the clock.' 'We had chances to win, to fight back, the whole game,' Durant said, later adding: 'They hit a big shot. Two big shots.' The teams have been rivals since the second round of the Western Conference playoffs two seasons ago, when the Thunder dispatched Memphis in seven games, including a triple-overtime win at FedExForum. 'It reminded me a lot of the triple-overtime game,' Conley said of the intensity. 'Guys were hitting big shots back and forth, having different guys step up. The intensity, the crowd, all of that. It had the same kind of atmosphere. It came down to the end, and we got the win.' The game featured physical play, disputed calls and technicals. Westbrook got a technical early for griping; Randolph got one late in the fourth when he thought he was fouled under the Memphis basket. . The physical play was coupled with defensive pressure that resulted in low shooting percentages. The Thunder ended the night at a season-low 35.7 percent from the field, while Memphis managed to shoot only slightly better at 36 percent. Oklahoma City, which entered the game as one of the NBA's best 3-point shooting teams at 38.3 percent, managed only 2-of-18 shooting from outside the arc. 'Both teams played extremely hard and physical, and you can tell,' Brooks said. 'It was hard to get baskets; it was hard to get on offense.' There were four ties and 14 lead changes in the game. The Grizzlies maintained their hold on third place in the Western Conference standings and pulled within three games of the Thunder for second. Once Oklahoma City caught Memphis behind Durant's shooting late in the third quarter, the teams exchanged leads throughout the fourth, eventually leaving them deadlocked at the end of regulation. 'It is a good matchup,' Westbrook said of the rivalry. 'It was physical. It's intense. It was a playoff atmosphere. Unfortunately, we couldn't win.' Memphis shot well early to build a 10-point lead in the first half before carrying a 44-38 lead into halftime. Durant and Martin had 10 points apiece at the break. Randolph had 12 for Memphis. The defensive intensity continued through the early stages of the third period as the teams were a combined 4 of 22 through the first 6 minutes. But the Thunder kept cutting into the lead as Durant took over offensively, scoring 15 in the quarter, including 13 straight points for the Thunder, eventually giving Oklahoma City its first lead at 57-56 late in the third. Two free throws from Gasol gave Memphis the lead back at 58-57 entering the fourth. 'I knew when we were not making shots early in the game, we would keep fighting, playing aggressive and give ourselves a chance to win,' Brooks said. 'That's what we've done for a lot of years now, and that is not going to change.' NOTES: Thunder F Serge Ibaka played after taking some stitches in his head against Denver on Tuesday night. ... Memphis F Darrell Arthur missed his ninth straight game with neck and back soreness. ... The Grizzlies won the season series 2-1. ... Oklahoma City scored 15 points in the first quarter, a season low for the opening period. . Memphis has lost only once in five overtime games. The Thunder dropped to 4-2. . Oklahoma City had a season-low nine assists. The Grizzlies matched their season low with 11 assists. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

Houston R. - Utah Jazz 100-93
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 29 points and the Houston Rockets improved their positioning in the Western Conference playoff race with a 100-93 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Jeremy Lin added 24 for the Rockets, who currently hold the No. 7 spot in the West. They lead the idle Los Angeles Lakers by 1 1/2 games and are three ahead of the sliding Jazz. The Rockets led by 19 points after three quarters and withstood a late surge by the Jazz to hold on for the victory. Utah has lost 10 of its last 13 games. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 27 points and Al Jefferson added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Harden went 17 for 18 at the line as Houston made 26 free throws, compared to 16 for the Jazz. Lin had a strong third quarter, scoring 10 points, including seven straight for the Rockets early in the period. The Jazz finally found some offense, scoring 28 points in the quarter, but the Rockets still led by 19 heading into the fourth. Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The Jazz then put together a 13-4 run to trim Houston's lead to 84-74. Alec Burks scored seven points in the spurt. Hayward helped Utah pull within five with 1 1/2 minutes to go, but Harden made five free throws and Lin added two more to help secure the win. The Jazz have an NBA-leading 13 double-digit comebacks this season, but weren't able to overcome their terrible first half in Houston. The Rockets came out strong after their worst offensive showing of the season in a 108-78 loss to Golden State on Sunday. Houston led from the start, hitting nine of its first 13 shots. Harden picked up two early fouls and went to the bench with 5:18 left in the first quarter, but the Rockets continued to shoot well without the NBA's fifth-leading scorer and led 25-17 after one. The Jazz, meanwhile, got off to another sluggish start on the road, going 8 for 23 from the field and hitting only one 3-pointer in the opening quarter. It only got uglier for Utah in the second. Harden finished a fast break with a layup and sank a 3-pointer early in a 17-6 Houston run that extended the lead to 20. Utah had more turnovers (four) than field goals (three) in a 5-minute stretch. The Rockets mustered only two field goals in the last four minutes of the half and still led 52-33 at the break. Harden had 20 points and the Rockets shot 53 percent (20 of 38) in the first half. Houston also outrebounded the lifeless Jazz 24-13 in the first two periods and scored 10 points off eight Jazz turnovers. NOTES: Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) added 10 points and eight rebounds for Houston. ... Omer Asik had 12 rebounds for the Rockets. Courtesy of: http://www.philstar.com
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Celtics sign D.J. White to multi-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Forward D.J. White (6'9''-F-86, college: Indiana) has signed a multi-year contract with the Boston Celtics, the team announced Wednesday. The 6-foot-9 White originally signed a 10-day contract with Boston on Feb. 28 and has since appeared in four games. Over the course of those contests, White has averaged 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 6.8 minutes per game. The Indiana product also has played for Oklahoma City and Charlotte after being selected by Detroit with the 29th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Courtesy of: fox23.com



Chris Quinn signs at The Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers landed 30-year old point guard Chris Quinn (188-79kg-83, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports). He played recently at Tulsa 66ers. In 25 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.1apg and 1.3spg this season. Quinn also played at Valencia Basket (ACB) in Spanish league earlier that season. In four games he had 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg. Quinn was called during the season by the Utah Jazz. The last season he played at Khimky (PBL) in Russian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Quinn had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 21 PBL games he had 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quinn also played 2 games in Euroleague where he had very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg. He also played 16 games in Eurocup where he had 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team winning the Eurocup championship. And finally Quinn played 18 games in VTB United League where he had 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. The most of previous (10-11) season Quinn spent at the Spurs. In 38 games he had just 2.1ppg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team winning the Southwest Division title. Quinn was called during the season by the Philadelphia 76ers.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2006 Butte Daredevils selected him in second round (12th overall) in the CBA draft.
The former University of Notre Dame staris in his seventh season in pro basketball. Quinn received All-Big East 1st Team award back in 2006 at his college time.
Quinn has played previously for three other NBA teams: Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Very instinctive and intelligent player on the court who will be a complement to his teammates...good ballhandler with solid all-around skills at both ends of the floor... excellent good vision and innate passing abilities...has a true point guard mentality because of his unselfishness...gives the team tremendous depth on the perimeter with his ability to hit from long range.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 55-68

Midwest

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

NIT

Mar. 19: BYU - Washington 90-79
Mar. 20: Arizona St. - Detroit Mercy 83-68
Mar. 20: S.Mississippi - Charleston So. 78-71
Mar. 20: Providence - Charlotte 75-66
Mar. 19: Louisiana Tech - Florida St. 71-66
Mar. 20: Stony Brook - Massachusetts 71-58
Mar. 19: Niagara - Maryland 70-86
Mar. 20: Tennessee - Mercer 67-75
Mar. 19: St.John's - St.Joseph's 63-61
Mar. 19: Alabama - Northeastern 62-43
Mar. 19: Ohio - Denver 57-61
Mar. 19: Kentucky - Robert Morris 57-59
Mar. 19: SF Austin - Stanford 57-58
Mar. 19: Norfolk St. - Virginia 56-67
Mar. 20: Indiana St. - Iowa 52-68
Mar. 20: Baylor - Long Beach St. 112-66

West

Mar. 20: Boise St. - La Salle 71-80

National Tournament Round 2: Round 129

East

Mar. 22: N.Carolina St. - Temple
Mar. 22: UNLV - California
Mar. 22: Syracuse - Montana
Mar. 22: Butler - Bucknell
Mar. 22: Marquette - Davidson
Mar. 22: Illinois - Colorado
Mar. 22: Miami, FL - Pacific

Midwest

Mar. 21: Colorado St. - Missouri
Mar. 21: Oklahoma St. - Oregon
Mar. 21: St.Louis - N.Mexico St.
Mar. 21: Michigan St. - Valparaiso
Mar. 22: Creighton - Cincinnati
Mar. 22: Duke - Albany

South

Mar. 22: Kansas - W.Kentucky
Mar. 22: N.Carolina - Villanova
Mar. 22: VCU - Akron
Mar. 22: Michigan - S.Dakota St.
Mar. 22: UCLA - Minnesota
Mar. 22: Florida - Northwestern St.
Mar. 22: San Diego St. - Oklahoma
Mar. 22: Georgetown - Florida Gulf Coast

West

Mar. 21: Gonzaga - Southern
Mar. 21: Pittsburgh - Wichita St.
Mar. 21: Wisconsin - Mississippi
Mar. 21: Arizona - Belmont
Mar. 21: N.Mexico - Harvard
Mar. 22: Notre Dame - Iowa St.
Mar. 22: Ohio St. - Iona


Butler, Creighton, Xavier join new Big East - by Eurobasket News

Butler, Creighton and Xavier are moving to the new Big East. They will join the so-called Catholic 7 basketball schools who left to start a new conference and are keeping the Big East name. The league also announced Wednesday its completed broadcasting deal with Fox. Butler and Xavier are leaving the Atlantic 10. Creighton departs the Missouri Valley Conference. They join Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall and De Paul.
Courtesy of: helenair.com



CS Northridge fires coach Braswell - by Eurobasket News

Cal State - Northridge fired coach Bobby Braswell. The specialist led the Matadors to 14 wins in 31 games this season. He also held 251-258 overall record with the Matadors.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Braswell's team made it to the Big West Tournament Semifinals in 2005 and 2011. He was also voted All-Big West Coach of the Year back in 2008 and 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Awards 2012-2013 - by Simas

Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO 1st Team 2012-2013
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Stian Mjos
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Gary Wallace
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Edmunds Gabrans
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Delano Thomas
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Jonathan Jones
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Final Four MVP: Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) of Baerum Basket
Player of the Year: Gary Wallace (187-G-88) of Tromso
Guard of the Year: Gary Wallace (187-G-88) of Tromso
Forward of the Year: Jonathan Jones (196-F-88) of Tromso
Center of the Year: Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Froya Basket
Domestic Player of the Year: Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) of Baerum Basket
Bosman Player of the Year: Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) of Froya Basket
Import Player of the Year: Jonathan Jones (196-F-88) of Tromso
Defensive Player of the Year: Delano Thomas (203-F-81) of Gimle BBK
Most Improved Player of the Year: Marko Lepovic (194-F-94) of Centrum
Coach of the Year: Kenneth Webb of Tromso

1st Team
PG: Stian Mjos (182-89) of Baerum Basket
G: Gary Wallace (187-88) of Tromso
G: Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) of Froya Basket
F: Delano Thomas (203-81) of Gimle BBK
F: Jonathan Jones (196-88) of Tromso

2nd Team
PG: Reno Silavs (180-91) of Froya Basket
G: Hani Issalhi (187-84) of Tromso
F/G: Hamad Mostafa (196-86) of Froya Basket
F: Elias Westerlund (197-88) of Asker Aliens
F: Keith Thompson (197-90) of Baerum Basket

Honorable Mention
Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84) of Ammerud Bskt
Phillip Holm (175-PG-80) of Baerum Basket
Ryan Ferranti (195-F/G-86) of Baerum Basket
Mustafa Mahnin (182-PG-80) of Centrum
Christian Hinsch (186-G-88) of Centrum
Anders Stien (195-G-90) of Gimle BBK
Espen Stien (186-G-86) of Asker Aliens

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Stian Mjos (182-89) of Baerum Basket
G: Hani Issalhi (187-84) of Tromso
PG: Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) of Centrum
F/G: Hamad Mostafa (196-86) of Froya Basket
F: Frank Nyborg (197-83) of Centrum

All-Imports Team
G: Gary Wallace (187-88) of Tromso
F: Delano Thomas (203-81) of Gimle BBK
F: Keith Thompson (197-90) of Baerum Basket
F: Jonathan Jones (196-88) of Tromso
F/C: Peter Bullock (198-82) of Froya Basket



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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 20

Mar. 22: Petron Blaze - Talk N Text
Mar. 22: Barangay Ginebra - Meralco Bolts


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael DUNIGAN
  Air21 E.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Dunigan, Air21 E.26.5 
 2. Balkman, Petron B.25.0 
 3. Dawson, Meralco25.0 
 4. Benson, Talk N Te.23.6 
 5. Caguioa, Barang.23.0 
 6. David, Novi Z.22.8 
 7. David, Global Port22.1 
 8. Macklin, Barang.21.6 
 9. Dozier, Alaska Aces20.9 
 10. Brock, Barako Bull20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Global Port
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Williams, Global P.18.5 
 2. Williams, Novi Z.18.0 
 3. Dozier, Alaska Aces17.0 
 4. Brock, Barako Bull16.9 
 5. Dunigan, Air21 E.16.0 
 6. Dawson, Meralco15.8 
 7. Benson, Talk N Te.15.8 
 8. Macklin, Barang.15.0 
 9. Bowles, San M.14.5 
 10. Balkman, Petron B.13.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Ross, Meralco9.5 
 2. Mercado, Novi Z.9.0 
 3. Mercado, Global P.8.8 
 4. Tenorio, Barang.6.0 
 5. Cabagnot, Petron5.4 
 6. Cortez, Air21 E.4.9 
 7. Urbiztondo, Barako4.6 
 8. Casio, Alaska Aces4.3 
 9. Villanueva, Barako4.3 
 10. Alapag, Talk N T.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Meralco .
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dawson, Meralco2.8 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.6 
 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. Williams, Talk N.1.3 
 9. Brock, Barako Bull1.3 
 10. Menor, Air21 E.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Global Port
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Williams, Global P.4.8 
 2. Williams, Novi Z.4.6 
 3. Dozier, Alaska Aces3.0 
 4. Balkman, Petron B.2.7 
 5. Dawson, Meralco2.5 
 6. Dunigan, Air21 E.2.4 
 7. Benson, Talk N Te.2.4 
 8. Bowles, San M.2.0 
 9. Aguilar, Novi Z.1.9 
 10. Aguilar, Global P.1.6 



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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 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 


Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Slask Wroclaw 26-3 
 2. AZS Kutno 20-9 
 3. MKS DG 19-10 
 4. P.Cukier SIDEn 16-13 
 5. MOSiR Krosno 16-13 
 6. AZS Radex 15-14 
 7. Spojnia 15-14 
 8. Start Lublin 15-14 
 9. Sokol Lancut 15-14 
 10. Znicz Basket 14-15 
 11. Stal Ostrow 14-15 
 12. Polonia 13-16 
 13. Astoria Bydg. 13-16 
 14. SKK Siedlce 8-20 
 15. AZS PP 8-21 
 16. UMKS Kielce 5-25 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 20: MKS DG - Znicz Basket 93-77
Mar. 17: MOSiR Krosno - Astoria Bydg. 86-90
Mar. 16: AZS Radex - Slask Wroclaw 86-81
Mar. 17: P.Cukier SIDEn - Stal Ostrow 86-70
Mar. 17: AZS PP - Start Lublin 71-86
Mar. 16: Spojnia - Polonia 64-56
Mar. 16: AZS Kutno - SKK Siedlce 64-52
Mar. 16: UMKS Kielce - Sokol Lancut 59-75

Round 20

Mar. 13: AZS PP - AZS Kutno 68-61

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 23: Astoria Bydg. - Spojnia
Mar. 23: Slask Wroclaw - MOSiR Krosno
Mar. 23: Stal Ostrow - AZS Radex
Mar. 23: Start Lublin - P.Cukier SIDEn
Mar. 23: SKK Siedlce - AZS PP
Mar. 23: MKS DG - UMKS Kielce
Mar. 23: Sokol Lancut - AZS Kutno
Mar. 23: Polonia - Znicz Basket


Standings - 2 Liga

2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Wilki Morskie 15-3 
 2. SMS PZKosz 13-5 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 12-6 
 4. Korsarz Gdansk 9-9 
 5. Trefl II Sopot 9-9 
 6. MKS Skierniew. 9-9 
 7. Basket Pila 8-10 
 8. Notec 7-11 
 9. GTK Gdynia 5-13 
 10. Suchy Las 3-15 
Group B
 1. AZS AWF K-ce 17-3 
 2. WKK Wroclaw 16-4 
 3. Pogon Prudnik 14-6 
 4. GTK Gliwice 13-7 
 5. Sudety 13-7 
 6. Tychy 11-9 
 7. Mickiewicz 7-13 
 8. Alba Chorzow 6-14 
 9. HK Zory 6-14 
 10. Nysa Klodzko 5-15 
 11. Wschowa 2-18 
Group C
 1. MCKiS Jaworz. 15-3 
 2. PWiK Piaseczno 13-5 
 3. Legia 10-8 
 4. Rosa II Radom 10-8 
 5. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 10-8 
 6. Handlopex AZS 9-9 
 7. Pulaski Warka 7-11 
 8. AZS AGH Alstom 7-11 
 9. Wisla AWF Kr. 6-12 

Regular Season: Round 22

A

Mar. 20: Basket Pila - Suchy Las 90-71
Mar. 20: SMS PZKosz - Ksiezak Lowicz 83-78
Mar. 16: GTK Gdynia - Wilki Morskie 79-92
Mar. 20: Trefl II Sopot - Notec 67-68
Mar. 16: Korsarz Gdansk - MKS Skierniew. 108-70

B

Mar. 16: Sudety - Mickiewicz 96-79
Mar. 20: WKK Wroclaw - GTK Gliwice 87-69
Mar. 16: Wschowa - Nysa Klodzko 70-83
Mar. 16: AZS AWF K-ce - Tychy 67-65
Mar. 16: Pogon Prudnik - HK Zory 101-85

C

Mar. 17: PWiK Piaseczno - AZS AGH Alstom 89-86
Mar. 16: Legia - Wisla AWF Kr. 82-65
Mar. 20: Handlopex AZS - Pulaski Warka 66-60
Mar. 20: Rosa II Radom - MCKiS Jaworz. 65-61

Round 16

Mar. 13: Sudety - Pogon Prudnik 88-78


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 


2Liga Round 22: MCKiS Jaworz. loses against Rosa II Radom - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 2Liga just ended. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated MCKiS Jaworz. (14-1) on the court of fourth ranked Rosa II Radom on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Rosa II Radom 65-61. It ended at the same time the 14-game winning streak of MCKiS Jaworz.. The hosts trailed by 18 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Forward Robert Cetnar (197-88) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Jakub Schenk (185-94) chipped in 13 points during the contest. At the losing side Daniel Goldammer (204-89) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rosa II Radom (9-8) moved-up to third place, which they share with Legia. MCKiS Jaworz. at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost.
Sixth-ranked Tychy (11-9) gave a tough game to first ranked AZS AWF K-ce (17-3) in Katowice. AZS AWF K-ce managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Forward Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-84) notched 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Marcin Ecka supported him with 16 points. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by forward Pawel Olczak (195-81) did not help to save the game for Tychy. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. AZS AWF K-ce have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Newly promoted Tychy keeps the sixth place with nine games lost.
Eighth-ranked AZS AGH Alstom (6-11) gave a tough game to second ranked PWiK Piaseczno (12-5) on Sunday. PWiK Piaseczno managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Sebastian Okola fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Michal Szewczyk produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. AZS AGH Alstom's coach Wojciech Bychawski tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. PWiK Piaseczno maintains second position with 12-5 record having eight points less than leader MCKiS Jaworz. Loser AZS AGH Alstom dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Pulaski Warka.
A very interesting game took place in Sopot. It ended with only one-point home defeat of higher ranked Trefl II Sopot (9-9) to eighth ranked Notec (7-11) 68-67 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Mikolaj Grod who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Trefl II Sopot's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Notec maintains eighth position with 7-11 record. Trefl II Sopot at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Pogon Prudnik (14-6) against fourth ranked Sudety (13-7) on Wednesday night. Visiting Pogon Prudnik was defeated by Sudety in Jelenia Gora 88-78. Lukasz Niesobski scored 25 points, 9 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Sudety have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-7 record. Loser Pogon Prudnik keeps the third place with six games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Suchy Las was destroyed by Basket Pila on the opponent's court 90-71. SMS PZKosz managed to outperform Ksiezak Lowicz in a home game 83-78. MKS Skierniew. was rolled over Korsarz Gdansk on the road 108-70. GTK Gdynia was defeated by Wilki Morskie on its own court 79-92. GTK Gliwice was beaten by WKK Wroclaw in a road game 87-69. Wschowa lost to Nysa Klodzko at home 70-83. Mickiewicz unfortunately lost to Sudety on the opponent's court 79-96. Pogon Prudnik managed to beat HK Zory in a home game 101-85. Pulaski Warka was defeated by Handlopex AZS on the road 66-60. Legia beat Wisla AWF Kr. on its own court 82-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Jakub Dwernicki of Wisla AWF Kr..


Group A
Trefl II Sopot - Notec 67-68

A very interesting game took place in Sopot. It ended with only one-point home defeat of higher ranked Trefl II Sopot (9-9) to eighth ranked Notec (7-11) 68-67 on Wednesday evening. Trefl II Sopot was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Notec forced 20 Trefl II Sopot turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Artur Gliszczynski (178-81) contributed with 17 points for the winners. point guard Pawel Dzierzak (186-93) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and Grzegorz Kulka (203-96) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Trefl II Sopot. Four Trefl II Sopot players scored in double figures. Trefl II Sopot's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Notec maintains eighth position with 7-11 record. Trefl II Sopot at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Notec: M.Grod 19+12reb+2ast, A.Gliszczynski 17+1reb+1ast, A.Filipiak 13+2reb+2ast, A.Wlodarski 9+2ast, W.Pagacz 4+4reb+1ast, T.Tlalka 4+2reb
Trefl II Sopot: P.Dzierzak 17+4ast, G.Kulka 14+5reb, C.Zieba 12+5reb+1ast, A.Lebiedzinski 11+5reb+2ast, L.Jaskiewicz 4+6reb+1ast, K.Piechaczek 4
gschID: 192081


Basket Pila - Suchy Las 90-71

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Suchy Las (4-15) were crushed on the road by seventh ranked Basket Pila (8-10) 90-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Basket Pila. Suchy Las was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basket Pila forced 19 Suchy Las turnovers and outrebounded them 36-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Basket Pila especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Forward Lukasz Krzeminski (201-80) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Karol Michalek (207-87, agency: Promotex) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Basket Pila players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Damian Szymczak (186-95) responded with 14 points and guard Albert Krawiec (183-94) scored 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Basket Pila moved-up to sixth place, which they share with MKS Skierniew. Suchy Las at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the tenth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Basket Pila: L.Krzeminski 25+7reb+1ast, K.Michalek 16+8reb, G.Przewozniak 15+3reb+1ast, Z.Malinowski 11+3reb+3ast, M.Plawucki 6+1reb+3ast, D.Witos 6+3reb+7ast
Suchy Las: D.Szymczak 14+3reb+3ast, A.Krawiec 14+2reb+2ast, F.Taisner 10+2reb+1ast, J.Fornalik 9+4reb+2ast, F.Pruefer 6+7reb, M.Wielechowski 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 192078


SMS PZKosz - Ksiezak Lowicz 83-78

Everything could happen in Wladyslawowo at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked SMS PZKosz and one of their biggest challengers Ksiezak Lowicz had identical 12-5 record. This time SMS PZKosz used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Lowicz 83-78 on Wednesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ksiezak Lowicz won fourth quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SMS PZKosz looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Power forward Mikolaj Witlinski (207-95) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Kacper Borowski (205-94) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists during the contest. SMS PZKosz's coach Arkadiusz Miloszewski used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side forward Kacper Kromer (204-87) responded with 23 points and 5 assists and forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Four Ksiezak Lowicz players scored in double figures. SMS PZKosz have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-5 record having six points less than leader MCKiS Jaworz. Loser Ksiezak Lowicz keeps the third place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
SMS PZKosz: M.Witlinski 23+4reb, K.Zywert 10+2reb+1ast, L.Kaczmarski 9+2reb+6ast, K.Borowski 9+4reb+4ast, N.Sirijatowicz 8+3reb+3ast, D.Jeszke 8+3reb+1ast
Ksiezak Lowicz: K.Kromer 23+4reb+5ast, A.Rajkowski 14+3reb, B.Wluczynski 13+5reb+5ast, P.Malona 12+15reb, T.Smorawinski 9+2ast, M.Siemienczuk 4+2reb
gschID: 192077


Korsarz Gdansk - MKS Skierniew. 108-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Korsarz Gdansk and 6th ranked MKS Skierniew. had identical 8-9 record. This time Korsarz Gdansk used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Skierniewice 108-70 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Korsarz Gdansk. MKS Skierniew. was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Korsarz Gdansk dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to MKS Skierniew.'s 50. They outrebounded MKS Skierniew. 35-18 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) scored 28 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jakub Zalucki (194-89) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Korsarz Gdansk players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) responded with 19 points and swingman Kamil Nowicki (190-97) scored 8 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Korsarz Gdansk (9-9) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Trefl II Sopot and Handlopex AZS. Loser MKS Skierniew. keeps the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: M.Chudy 28+2reb+2ast, J.Zalucki 16+6reb+5ast, K.Sadowski 13+1reb+2ast, P.Strychalski 11+3reb+4ast, P.Bach 11+8reb+1ast, P.Konsek 11+5reb+1ast
MKS Skierniew.: M.Lapinski 19+3reb, M.Krawiec 11+1ast, J.Zielinski 10+2reb, K.Nowicki 8+4reb+1ast, R.Jarosz 6+2reb+1ast, M.Wojcik 6+1ast
gschID: 192080


GTK Gdynia - Wilki Morskie 79-92

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Wilki Morskie (16-2) beat on the road 9th ranked GTK Gdynia (5-14) 92-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Wilki Morskie. GTK Gdynia was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded GTK Gdynia 52-21 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Wilki Morskie looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. GTK Gdynia was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Piotr Wojdyr (217-90, agency: Promotex) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 16 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Filip Put (201-93) responded with 22 points and swingman Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (194-95) scored 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Wilki Morskie maintains first position with 16-2 record. GTK Gdynia lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Wilki Morskie: P.Wojdyr 28+12reb+2ast, R.Bojko 24+8reb+1ast, M.Stoklosa 15+8reb+16ast, P.Knowa 7+1reb+1ast, S.Milczynski 4+7reb, K.Koziorowicz 4+1reb+1ast
GTK Gdynia: F.Put 22+4reb+1ast, P.Zolnierewicz 17+4reb+1ast, P.Krauze 12+7reb, J.Derkowski 7+2reb+7ast, M.Komarowski 6+1ast, B.Szycik 5
gschID: 192079


Group B
WKK Wroclaw - GTK Gliwice 87-69

There was no surprise when 5th ranked GTK Gliwice (11-7) was defeated on the road by second ranked WKK Wroclaw (16-4) 87-69 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 52-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. WKK Wroclaw dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to GTK Gliwice's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international swingman Bartosz Diduszko (198-87) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Jakub Koelner (183-93) chipped in 15 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and forward Emil Podkowinski (192-88) scored 7 points and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. WKK Wroclaw have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-4 record behind leader MCKiS Jaworz. Loser GTK Gliwice keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
WKK Wroclaw: B.Diduszko 17+2reb+2ast, J.Koelner 15+3reb, A.Lenczuk 12+3reb+3ast, J.Trojan 8+9reb, M.Lopatka 8+3reb+2ast, A.Grygiel 6+4reb+3ast
GTK Gliwice: T.Wrobel 18+5reb+3ast, P.Wiekiera 10+3reb+1ast, B.Karolak 9+3reb, E.Podkowinski 7+3reb+4ast, G.Sobanski 7+2reb, M.Bacik 6+1reb
gschID: 192271


Wschowa - Nysa Klodzko 70-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Nysa Klodzko's (5-15) road victory over 11th ranked Wschowa (2-17) 83-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-70. Robert Ciesla (192-88) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jakub Gadomski (202-87, college: USC Aiken) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Nysa Klodzko players scored in double figures. Nysa Klodzko's coach Tomasz Wlodowski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Pawel Jaworski (197-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and forward Adam Chodkiewicz (200-90) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Nysa Klodzko maintains tenth position with 5-15 record. Wschowa lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: R.Ciesla 27+1reb, J.Gadomski 12+9reb+2ast, M.Weiss 11+1reb+4ast, M.Kowalski 10+4reb+8ast, J.Bartkowiak 8+8reb+1ast, B.Ratajczak 7+7reb
Wschowa: A.Chodkiewicz 18+9reb+1ast, P.Jaworski 18+12reb, J.Jankowiak 9+7reb+6ast, P.Matuszewski 9+3reb, M.Krowczynski 7+2reb, M.Zgrzebnicki 5+2ast
gschID: 192270


Sudety - Mickiewicz 96-79

Rather expected game in Jelenia Gora where 7th ranked Mickiewicz (7-13) was defeated by fourth ranked Sudety (13-7) 96-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sudety made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Mickiewicz turnovers. Forward Jakub Czech (201-84, agency: Promotex) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Lukasz Niesobski (186-85) chipped in 24 points during the contest. Sudety's coach Ireneusz Taraszkiewicz used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Maciej Strzelecki (204-87, agency: Promotex) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Pawel Wolk-Jankowski (180-81) scored 16 points. Five Sudety and four Mickiewicz players scored in double figures. Sudety have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-7 record. Loser Mickiewicz keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Sudety: L.Niesobski 24+1reb+2ast, J.Czech 19+8reb+2ast, J.Wilusz 13+11reb, M.Kozak 12+8ast, P.Minciel 10+8reb, R.Niesobski 10+3reb+2ast
Mickiewicz: P.Wolk-Jankowski 16+2reb+3ast, L.Kosmowski 14+3reb, R.Sebrala 13+4reb+2ast, M.Strzelecki 12+9reb+1ast, M.Batorski 11+6reb, M.Moralewicz 6+5reb+8ast
gschID: 192269


Pogon Prudnik - HK Zory 101-85

Very predictable result when third ranked Pogon Prudnik (14-6) defeated at home 8th ranked HK Zory (6-14) 101-85 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pogon Prudnik. HK Zory was better in second period 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Pogon Prudnik outrebounded HK Zory 33-15 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. HK Zory was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) chipped in 26 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Pogon Prudnik players scored in double figures. Pogon Prudnik's coach Tomasz Michalak used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Marcin Marczyk (187-83) responded with 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Grzegorz Zadecki (193-83) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Pogon Prudnik maintains third position with 14-6 record having just three points less than leader MCKiS Jaworz. Loser HK Zory keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lepczynski 26+2reb+1ast, T.Madziar 20+1reb+1ast, S.Kucia 19+1reb+3ast, J.Pawlowski 19+18reb, M.Lipinski 9+5reb+4ast, M.Lakis 3+4reb+3ast
HK Zory: M.Marczyk 24+3reb+2ast, G.Zadecki 15+5reb+2ast, K.Zielinski 14+4reb+2ast, J.Rduch 8+1ast, K.Kupczak 8+1reb+2ast, L.Ochodek 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 192268


AZS AWF K-ce - Tychy 67-65

Sixth-ranked Tychy (11-9) gave a tough game to first ranked AZS AWF K-ce (17-3) in Katowice. AZS AWF K-ce managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Tychy was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 17-9 third quarter run of AZS AWF K-ce. Tychy was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-84) notched 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Marcin Ecka (184-78) supported him with 16 points. Four AZS AWF K-ce players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by forward Pawel Olczak (195-81) did not help to save the game for Tychy. Power forward Lukasz Bodych (202-90, agency: Promotex) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. AZS AWF K-ce have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Newly promoted Tychy keeps the sixth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
AZS AWF K-ce: M.Ecka 16+2reb+3ast, M.Piotrkowski 15+9reb+2ast, K.Nowak 12+6reb+1ast, P.Jurczynski 10+2reb+2ast, M.Dziemba 4+3reb+1ast, T.Milewski 4+4reb
Tychy: P.Olczak 17+5reb+1ast, L.Bodych 10+9reb+1ast, L.Kaczmarski 9+10reb, D.Malek 8+1ast, D.Weiss 7+1reb+2ast, R.Lemanski 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 192267


Group C
Handlopex AZS - Pulaski Warka 66-60

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Pulaski Warka's (6-11) road loss to sixth ranked Handlopex AZS (9-9) 60-66 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-60. Handlopex AZS dominated on the defensive end, holding Pulaski Warka to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Pulaski Warka 43-31 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Zbigniew Dolinski (209-81) scored 5 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Handlopex AZS's coach Filip Kosim used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Konrad Kapturski (197-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds and forward Patryk Przyborowski (196-90, agency: Promotex) scored 17 points and 4 steals. Four Pulaski Warka players scored in double figures. Handlopex AZS moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Korsarz Gdansk and Trefl II Sopot. Pulaski Warka lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: M.Sowa 12+4reb, M.Osiniak 10+10reb, M.Zmudka 8+3reb+5ast, P.Mis 7+10reb+3ast, K.Banys 7+3ast, A.Brud 6
Pulaski Warka: P.Przyborowski 17+3reb+1ast, K.Kapturski 11+16reb+1ast, P.Piros 11+2ast, M.Piatek 10+6reb+2ast, P.Adamczyk 4+2reb+3ast, J.Stefaniuk 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 192165


Rosa II Radom - MCKiS Jaworz. 65-61

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated MCKiS Jaworz. (14-1) on the court of fourth ranked Rosa II Radom on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Rosa II Radom 65-61. It ended at the same time the 14-game winning streak of MCKiS Jaworz.. The hosts trailed by 18 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Forward Robert Cetnar (197-88) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Jakub Schenk (185-94) chipped in 13 points during the contest. At the losing side Daniel Goldammer (204-89) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Slawomir Klocek (191-84) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rosa II Radom (9-8) moved-up to third place, which they share with Legia. MCKiS Jaworz. at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost.
Top scorers:
Rosa II Radom: R.Cetnar 20+9reb+1ast, J.Schenk 13+4reb+3ast, F.Zegzula 9+4ast, M.Parszewski 7+1reb+1ast, L.Sobuta 6+12reb+1ast, M.Zweglinski 6+2reb
MCKiS Jaworz.: D.Szlapka 12+3ast, D.Goldammer 11+8reb+2ast, S.Klocek 11+5reb+2ast, N.Kujon 9+2reb+2ast, T.Zych 8+2reb+2ast, D.Grochowski 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 192164


PWiK Piaseczno - AZS AGH Alstom 89-86

Eighth-ranked AZS AGH Alstom (6-11) gave a tough game to second ranked PWiK Piaseczno (12-5) on Sunday. PWiK Piaseczno managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. AZS AGH Alstom was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. PWiK Piaseczno looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Sebastian Okola (197-85, college: Mid Plains CC) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Michal Szewczyk (184-85) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Przemyslaw Ostrowski (194-86) added 18 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four PWiK Piaseczno and five AZS AGH Alstom players scored in double figures. AZS AGH Alstom's coach Wojciech Bychawski tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. PWiK Piaseczno maintains second position with 12-5 record having eight points less than leader MCKiS Jaworz. Loser AZS AGH Alstom dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Pulaski Warka.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Majewski 19+5reb+2ast, S.Okola 17+10reb+1ast, P.Andres 16+6reb+3ast, D.Zapert 13+6reb+4ast, A.Paszkiewicz 7+4reb+4ast, T.Wojcikowski 7+4reb+3ast
AZS AGH Alstom: P.Ostrowski 18+4reb+1ast, M.Szewczyk 15+6reb+6ast, G.Dudzik 12+3reb+1ast, L.Warmuz 11+3reb+2ast, M.Hajduk 11+7reb+1ast, D.Kalinowski 7+2reb
gschID: 192163


Legia - Wisla AWF Kr. 82-65

Everything went according to plan in Warszawa where third ranked Legia (9-8) beat 9th ranked Wisla AWF Kr. (5-12) 82-65 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-65. Wisla AWF Kr. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Michal Wojtynski (192-89) scored 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Lukasz Zajaczkowski (188-81) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Legia players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) responded with 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and guard Jacek Sulowski (192-79) scored 10 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Legia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-8 record having eleven points less than leader MCKiS Jaworz., which they share with Rosa II Radom. Wisla AWF Kr. lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Legia: M.Wojtynski 28+6reb, M.Swiderski 14+3ast, L.Zajaczkowski 13+2reb+6ast, P.Nawrot 12+3reb+2ast, P.Nowerski 5+12reb+1ast, M.Nedzi 4+6reb+1ast
Wisla AWF Kr.: J.Dwernicki 37+7reb+2ast, J.Sulowski 10+3reb+3ast, S.Czepiec 7+5reb+1ast, M.Goralski 5+5reb, P.Urbanek 2+4reb, L.Pajak 2+10reb
gschID: 192166


Round 16
Sudety - Pogon Prudnik 88-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Pogon Prudnik (14-6) against fourth ranked Sudety (13-7) on Wednesday night. Visiting Pogon Prudnik was defeated by Sudety in Jelenia Gora 88-78. The game was mostly controlled by Sudety. Pogon Prudnik was better in fourth quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Lukasz Niesobski (186-85) scored 25 points, 9 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Rafal Niesobski (189-82) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side swingman Marcin Lakis (196-80) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sudety have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-7 record. Loser Pogon Prudnik keeps the third place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Sudety: L.Niesobski 25+4reb+9ast, R.Niesobski 23+1reb+4ast, J.Czech 14+7reb, P.Minciel 12+4reb, A.Raczek 7+2ast, B.Taraszkiewicz 3+1ast
Pogon Prudnik: T.Madziar 20+5reb+1ast, M.Lakis 19+8reb+2ast, S.Kucia 16+4reb+7ast, J.Pawlowski 14+12reb+2ast, M.Lipinski 4+2reb+3ast, M.Lepczynski 3
gschID: 233409



1Liga Round 29: Leader Slask Wroclaw loses to AZS Radex - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in 1Liga.

Top ranked Slask Wroclaw (26-3) recorded its third loss in Szczecin on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked AZS Radex (15-14) 86-81. Slask Wroclaw was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. AZS Radex made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) chipped in 20 points and 8 assists. AZS Radex's coach Zbigniew Majcherek used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. AZS Radex moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Slask Wroclaw at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. AZS Radex is looking forward to face Stal Ostrow (#11) in Ostrow Wlkp. in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Slask Wroclaw will play at home against MOSiR Krosno (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked AZS Kutno (20-9) against fourteenth ranked AZS PP (8-21) on Wednesday night. Visiting AZS Kutno was defeated by AZS PP in a tough game in Pozoan 61-68. Center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Pawel Hybiak contributed with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. AZS PP's coach Waldemar Mendel allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) answered with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for AZS Kutno. AZS PP have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory AZS PP went down to fifteenth position due to points difference. AZS Kutno at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. AZS PP will play against higher ranked SKK Siedlce (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS Kutno will play against Sokol Lancut (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Krosno, where 4th placed MOSiR Krosno (16-13) lost at home to thirteenth ranked Astoria Bydg. (13-16) 86-90 on Sunday. Sebastian Laydych stepped up and scored 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Dariusz Oczkowicz responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. MOSiR Krosno's coach Dusan Radovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Astoria Bydg. moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Polonia. Loser MOSiR Krosno keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with P.Cukier SIDEn. Astoria Bydg. will meet at home higher ranked Spojnia (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MOSiR Krosno will play against the league's leader Slask Wroclaw and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Dabrowa Gornicza. Local MKS DG (19-10) beat 10th ranked Znicz Basket (14-15) 93-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Znicz Basket. Marek Piechowicz nailed 16 points and 6 assists for the winning side. MKS DG have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-10 record having seven points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Znicz Basket at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. MKS DG's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked UMKS Kielce (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Znicz Basket will play against Polonia (#12) in Przemysl and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Start Lublin defeated AZS PP in a road game 86-71. P.Cukier SIDEn beat Stal Ostrow at home 86-70. Sokol Lancut won against UMKS Kielce on the opponent's court 75-59. AZS Kutno managed to outperform SKK Siedlce in a home game 64-52. Polonia recorded a loss to Spojnia on the road 64-56.


MKS DG - Znicz Basket 93-77

The game with biggest result difference took place in Dabrowa Gornicza. Local MKS DG (19-10) beat 10th ranked Znicz Basket (14-15) 93-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Znicz Basket. It looked good early as Znicz Basket took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then MKS DG had a 32-26 second period charge getting the lead and Znicz Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-93. Swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) nailed 16 points and 6 assists for the winning side and forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Marcin Matuszewski (194-82) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Znicz Basket in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MKS DG have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-10 record having seven points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Znicz Basket at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. MKS DG's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked UMKS Kielce (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Znicz Basket will play against Polonia (#12) in Przemysl and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 20+5reb+1ast, M.Piechowicz 16+4reb+6ast, M.Dziemba 14+1reb+1ast, L.Grzegorzewski 10+6reb+1ast, M.Maj 8+5reb+1ast, M.Piechowicz 8+2reb+3ast
Znicz Basket: P.Szymanski 16+9reb+2ast, M.Matuszewski 15+7reb+3ast, D.Czubek 13+3reb+3ast, T.Pisarczyk 10+4reb+1ast, L.Bonarek 7+3reb, M.Aleksandrowicz 6+3reb
gschID: 191591


MOSiR Krosno - Astoria Bydg. 86-90

We should mention about the upset which took place in Krosno, where 4th placed MOSiR Krosno (16-13) lost at home to thirteenth ranked Astoria Bydg. (13-16) 86-90 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-86. Power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) stepped up and scored 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Wojciech Fras (203-91) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MOSiR Krosno's coach Dusan Radovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Astoria Bydg. moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Polonia. Loser MOSiR Krosno keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with P.Cukier SIDEn. Astoria Bydg. will meet at home higher ranked Spojnia (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MOSiR Krosno will play against the league's leader Slask Wroclaw and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: S.Laydych 26+7reb+1ast, W.Fras 19+7reb, M.Bierwagen 13+7reb+4ast, P.Lewandowski 11+1reb+9ast, P.Robak 9+5reb+2ast, D.Szyttenholm 7+1reb+1ast
MOSiR Krosno: M.Salamonik 19+6reb+2ast, D.Oczkowicz 16+5reb+10ast, R.Glapinski 14+5reb+5ast, W.Pisarczyk 14+5reb+2ast, L.Paul 9+6reb, K.Laczynski 8+1ast
gschID: 191589


AZS PP - Start Lublin 71-86

There was no surprise in Pozoan where 14th ranked AZS PP (8-21) was defeated by ninth ranked WIKANA Start (15-14) 86-71. The game was mostly controlled by WIKANA Start. AZS PP was better in second period 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. WIKANA Start players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) nailed 8 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side and swingman Tomasz Celej (198-78, agency: Promotex) accounted for 26 points. Center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively for AZS PP in the defeat. AZS PP's coach Waldemar Mendel tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. WIKANA Start moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted AZS PP dropped to the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. WIKANA Start's next round opponent will be higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (#4) in Torun and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS PP will play on the road against SKK Siedlce (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: T.Celej 26+3reb+2ast, P.Kowalski 16+5reb+2ast, A.Czujkowski 14+2reb+1ast, M.Sikora 11+2reb+5ast, M.Wilczek 9+12reb+3ast, L.Wilczek 8+10reb+13ast
AZS PP: A.Metelski 18+13reb, P.Stankiewicz 12+4reb+1ast, T.Baszak 11+3reb, P.Hybiak 9+4reb+7ast, M.Rostalski 6+4reb+3ast, M.Szydlowski 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 191588


P.Cukier SIDEn - Stal Ostrow 86-70

No shocking result in a game in Torun where fifth ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (16-13) defeated 11th ranked Stal Ostrow (14-15) 86-70. It looked good early as Stal Ostrow took an 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then P.Cukier SIDEn took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 16 points. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. P.Cukier SIDEn players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Stal Ostrow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) nailed 21 points and 4 assists for the winning side and power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) came up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Stal Ostrow in the defeat. 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. P.Cukier SIDEn moved-up to fourth place, which they share with MOSiR Krosno. Stal Ostrow lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. P.Cukier SIDEn's next round opponent will be WIKANA Start (#8) in Lublin. Stal Ostrow will play at home against AZS Radex in Szczecin.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: P.Smigielski 21+4reb+4ast, J.Jarecki 15+2reb, M.Kowalewski 15+2reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 10+8reb+1ast, L.Zytko 8+4reb+6ast, B.Bochno 7+4reb+2ast
Stal Ostrow: M.Dymala 20+7reb+5ast, W.Zurawski 13+5reb+1ast, F.Matczak 12+1reb+4ast, L.Olejnik 11+4reb+1ast, W.Szawarski 8+4reb+1ast, M.Kalowski 6+2reb
gschID: 191587


UMKS Kielce - Sokol Lancut 59-75

Very expected game when 16th ranked UMKS Kielce (5-25) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Sokol Lancut (15-14) 75-59. The game without a history. Sokol Lancut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sokol Lancut outrebounded UMKS Kielce 37-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. Center Maciej Klima (205-82) nailed 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and guard Michal Baran (185-80) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. Forward Piotr Osiakowski (198-92) came up with 13 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) and guard Damian Tokarski (192-88) added 4 points and 7 rebounds respectively for UMKS Kielce in the defeat. UMKS Kielce's coach Rafal Gil tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sokol Lancut moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted UMKS Kielce stay dead last with 25 lost games. Sokol Lancut's next round opponent will be league's second-placed AZS Kutno at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UMKS Kielce will play against MKS DG (#3) in Dabrowa Gornicza.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: M.Klima 20+8reb+2ast, M.Baran 16+7reb+3ast, K.Mlynarski 14+5reb+1ast, K.Gawrzydek 12+6reb, P.Halas 6+3reb+3ast, D.Pieloch 4+5reb+1ast
UMKS Kielce: P.Osiakowski 13+4ast, H.Makuch 11+1ast, P.Bacik 9+1reb+3ast, M.Wrobel 8+1ast, J.Lewandowski 7, R.Krol 5+3reb
gschID: 191593


AZS Kutno - SKK Siedlce 64-52

Very predictable result when second ranked AZS Kutno (20-9) beat at home 14th ranked SKK Siedlce (8-20) 64-52. SKK Siedlce was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. AZS Kutno brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Center Mateusz Szwed (197-91) nailed 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winning side and power forward Wojciech Glabas (207-90) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Marcin Chodkiewicz (200-82, agency: Promotex) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for SKK Siedlce in the defeat. SKK Siedlce's coach Wieslaw Gluszczak tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AZS Kutno maintains second place with 20-9 record having six points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. SKK Siedlce at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. AZS Kutno's next round opponent will be Sokol Lancut (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. SKK Siedlce will play against AZS PP (#15) in Pozoan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS Kutno: S.Rduch 15+5reb, G.Malecki 10+4reb, W.Glabas 10+9reb+2ast, D.Brek 9+1reb+3ast, M.Szwed 9+13reb+2ast, L.Kwiatkowski 6+4reb+2ast
SKK Siedlce: M.Chodkiewicz 13+5reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 12+3reb+1ast, K.Sulima 9+4reb+2ast, R.Basinski 9+5reb+4ast, M.Rapucha 3+1reb, T.Galan 3+5reb
gschID: 191592


AZS Radex - Slask Wroclaw 86-81

Top ranked Slask Wroclaw (26-3) recorded its third loss in Szczecin on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked AZS Radex (15-14) 86-81. Slask Wroclaw was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. AZS Radex made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) chipped in 20 points and 8 assists. AZS Radex's coach Zbigniew Majcherek used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Marcin Flieger (182-84, agency: Promotex) added 18 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. AZS Radex moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Slask Wroclaw at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. AZS Radex is looking forward to face Stal Ostrow (#11) in Ostrow Wlkp. in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Slask Wroclaw will play at home against MOSiR Krosno (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
AZS Radex: L.Pacocha 20+1reb+8ast, K.Mielczarek 18+15reb+3ast, A.Linowski 10+1reb+1ast, T.Balcerek 9+6reb+3ast, J.Koszuta 7+2ast, M.Majcherek 6+1reb+2ast
Slask Wroclaw: R.Hyzy 19+14reb+4ast, M.Flieger 18+7ast, T.Prostak 12+1reb+2ast, L.Diduszko 8+2reb+1ast, K.Sulima 8+8reb, M.Gabinski 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 191590


Spojnia - Polonia 64-56

Not a big story in a game in Stargard where 12th ranked Polonia (13-16) was defeated by eighth ranked Spojnia (15-14) 64-56. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 16-13 Polonia's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 64-56 at the end of the game. Forward Lukasz Ratajczak (204-86, agency: Promotex) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Kamil Michalski (183-87, agency: Promotex) accounted for 19 points. Guard Tomasz Przewrocki (192-76) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Artur Mikolajko (197-79) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Polonia in the defeat. Spojnia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Polonia lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Spojnia's next round opponent will be Astoria Bydg. (#13) in Bydgoszcz and are hoping to win another game. Polonia will play at home against Znicz Basket in Pruszkow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: K.Michalski 19+2reb+3ast, L.Ratajczak 14+10reb+2ast, T.Stepien 10+7reb, P.Trepka 7+1reb+1ast, H.Pabian 6+4reb+1ast, B.Szczepaniak 6+2reb+2ast
Polonia: T.Przewrocki 11+5reb+2ast, A.Mikolajko 11+6reb, T.Zablocki 10+1reb+2ast, R.Partyka 8+3reb+2ast, M.Musijowski 7+2reb+4ast, D.Wyka 4+5reb
gschID: 191586


Round 20
AZS PP - AZS Kutno 68-61

Very important is a road loss of second ranked AZS Kutno (20-9) against fourteenth ranked AZS PP (8-21) on Wednesday night. Visiting AZS Kutno was defeated by AZS PP in a tough game in Pozoan 61-68. AZS Kutno was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. AZS PP dominated on the defensive end, holding AZS Kutno to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Kutno's 26. They outrebounded AZS Kutno 43-30 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. AZS PP players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) contributed with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. AZS PP's coach Waldemar Mendel allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) answered with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Wojciech Glabas (207-90) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for AZS Kutno. Four AZS Kutno players scored in double figures. AZS PP have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory AZS PP went down to fifteenth position due to points difference. AZS Kutno at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. AZS PP will play against higher ranked SKK Siedlce (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS Kutno will play against Sokol Lancut (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
AZS PP: A.Metelski 24+17reb+2ast, M.Szydlowski 13+7reb, T.Baszak 10+2reb+1ast, M.Rostalski 5+1reb, P.Gacek 5+6reb, P.Hybiak 4+5reb+13ast
AZS Kutno: W.Glabas 16+5reb+3ast, D.Brek 13+5reb+7ast, S.Rduch 12+1reb+3ast, K.Jakobczyk 10+5reb+2ast, M.Szwed 6+8reb+3ast, G.Malecki 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 232471



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Santurce gets Bennet Davis - by Marcos Carlo

Santurce signed 29 year-old Bahamian player Bennet Davis. He played with Marso NYKK in Hungary.

Davis posted solid numbers in Hungary averaging 16.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in 24 games.

The veteran forward graduated from Northeastern and has played in Israel, Mexico, the D-League, Finland and Japan.

Cangrejeros must move to replace Shavlik Randolph since the Celtics announced they will sign him for the rest of the NBA season.



Santurce gets Bennet Davis - by Marcos Carlo

Santurce signed 29 year-old Bahamian player Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern). He played with Marso NYKK in Hungary.

Davis posted solid numbers in Hungary averaging 16.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in 24 games.

The veteran forward graduated from Northeastern and has played in Israel, Mexico, the D-League, Finland and Japan.

Cangrejeros must move to replace Shavlik Randolph since the Celtics announced they will sign him for the rest of the NBA season.



Quebradillas signs Mata - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas announced the signing of Mexican national team center Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86).

Mata played in UCLA until 2008 and has been a main performer for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexico. He averaged 8,7 points and 8,1 rebounds last season.

He has played for years in the Mexican national team including Centrobasket, FIBA-Americas Championship and Pan-American tournaments.

Quebradillas has a strong team inside to start this season with Brian Cook and Darren Phillip. They also have native center Jorge Brian Diaz.

Their first game of the season is on March 31 visiting defending champions Indios de Mayaguez.



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EuroCup: Lokomotiv are step away from Final - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Lokomotiv Kuban 87:97

Lokomotiv closed on the EuroCup Final. They shot down Valencia in Spain in the opening game of the EuroCup semifinal two-game series. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) nailed 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Lokomotiv thrashed Valencia defence in the opening quarter. The visitors poured in 29 points to take an 8-point lead. Valencia straighten up their game in the second quarter. The Spaniards narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 43:45. But Lokomotiv unleashed impressive 31 points in the third frame to clear off. The Krasnodar team piled up a comfortable 18-point buffer heading into the fourth term 58:76. Valencia went on a desperate rescue rally in the final stanza. The hosts erupted for 29 points but just trimmed the deficit at the end. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points for the winners. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) answered with 28 points for Valencia. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) nailed 20 points in the defeat.

Valencia: Justin Doellman 28, Pau Ribas 20
Lokomotiv Kuban: Simas Jasaitis 23, Derrick Brown 19, Mantas Kalnietis 17



Legal proceedings against MBC Dynamo - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik

Savelovskiy district court in Moscow accepted a claim against Dynamo Moscow. Club owed more than 100 millions of rubles to 13 former players including Dmitry Khvostov (190-G-89), Sergey Monya (202-PF-83), Alexey Savrasenko, Dmitry Domani (197-G/F-74, college: St.Joseph's), Nikita Shabalkin (206-F-86), Sergey Bykov (190-G-83), Victor Keyru (198-G-84).
Also Moscow West Administrative District Department of Investigations instituted legal proceedings against club. That was reported by players' attorney Svetlana Klimova.



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Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Krka 1-0 
 2. Maribor Messer 1-0 
 3. Tajfun 0-0 
 4. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 5. Helios 0-1 
 6. Zlatorog 0-1 
Places 7-12
 1. Rogaska 12-7 
 2. Geoplin Slovan 9-10 
 3. Elektra 8-11 
 4. Grosuplje 5-14 
 5. LTHcast Mercator 5-14 
 6. Polzela 5-14 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: Zlatorog - Maribor Messer 73-77
Mar. 20: Krka - Helios 73-57
Mar. 20: Tajfun - Un.Olimpija

Places 7-12

Mar. 20: Polzela - Rogaska 93-99
Mar. 20: Elektra - Geoplin Slovan 70-74
Mar. 20: LTHcast Mercator - Grosuplje 59-66



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Marc Gasol's tip lifts Grizzlies over Thunder in OT - by Eurobasket News

MEMPHIS, Tenn.Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and the Memphis Grizzlies finally put away Oklahoma City with their final shot.
In a matchup of Western Conference contenders that had a playoff feel to it, Marc Gasol tipped in Zach Randolph's miss with less than a second left in overtime Wednesday night to give Memphis a 90-89 win over the Thunder.

Marc Gasol was so excited about the winning basket that he dropped a not-suitable-for-television expletive in the live postgame interview.

"I saw Zach going baseline and just went for the rebound and got lucky with the tip," Marc Gasol said. "It's an emotional game. It's a team that we like playing against, and a team that knows us very well. It was a gritty game."

The excitement carried over into the Grizzlies locker room where whoops and hollers could be heard in the hallway.

Marc Gasol would have never had a chance at the winning tip if not for Jerryd Bayless connecting on a 3-pointer from the top of the key for Memphis with 3.7 seconds left in regulation to send the teams into overtime tied at 83. Bayless scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.

After Marc Gasol's tip put the Grizzlies ahead with 0.9 seconds left, Russell Westbrook's desperation shot from past halfcourt was off the mark and Memphis walked away with its 16th victory in 19 games.

"We win in a variety of ways. It's never pretty," said Mike Conley, who led the Grizzlies with a season-high 24 points. "That's that grit-and-grind motto right there. We just find a way to win however it is. (This) was one of those wins."

Randolph added 15 points and 18 rebounds, giving him 7,001 career rebounds, while Marc Gasol had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, including 15 in the third quarter to help Oklahoma City take its first lead. Westbrook scored 20 on 7-of-25 shooting from the field. Kevin Martin added 17 points, but no other Thunder player had more than seven.

"It was just one of those games, probably 10 of them a year, where nobody deserves to lose the game, but we were on the bad side of that," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.

Oklahoma City, coming off a 114-110 loss to Denver on Tuesday, scored the first two points in overtime on a pair of free throws from Thabo Sefolosha. Memphis then scored five straight, including three from Marc Gasol. The other points came on a tip-in by Tony Allen with 2:42 left. Officials initially ruled basket interference on Allen, but gave him the points after a replay review showed the ball was outside the cylinder.

The Thunder answered the Memphis push with a 6-footer in the lane from Durant and a layup by Westbrook with 13.6 seconds left for an 89-88 lead.

That set the stage for Marc Gasol's final tip-in when Randolph missed a 7-footer.

"I don't think it was anything defensively," Westbrook said of the final play. "They got a tip-in and, unfortunately, it was (less than a second) on the clock."

"We had chances to win, to fight back, the whole game," Durant said, later adding: "They hit a big shot. Two big shots."

The teams have been rivals since the second round of the Western Conference playoffs two seasons ago, when the Thunder dispatched Memphis in seven games, including a triple-overtime win at FedExForum.

"It reminded me a lot of the triple-overtime game," Conley said of the intensity. "Guys were hitting big shots back and forth, having different guys step up. The intensity, the crowd, all of that. It had the same kind of atmosphere. It came down to the end, and we got the win."

The game featured physical play, disputed calls and technicals. Westbrook got a technical early for griping; Randolph got one late in the fourth when he thought he was fouled under the Memphis basket.

The physical play was coupled with defensive pressure that resulted in low shooting percentages. The Thunder ended the night at a season-low 35.7 percent from the field, while Memphis managed to shoot only slightly better at 36 percent. Oklahoma City, which entered the game as one of the NBA's best 3-point shooting teams at 38.3 percent, managed only 2-of-18 shooting from outside the arc.

"Both teams played extremely hard and physical, and you can tell," Brooks said. "It was hard to get baskets; it was hard to get on offense."

There were four ties and 14 lead changes in the game.

The Grizzlies maintained their hold on third place in the Western Conference standings and pulled within three games of the Thunder for second.

Once Oklahoma City caught Memphis behind Durant's shooting late in the third quarter, the teams exchanged leads throughout the fourth, eventually leaving them deadlocked at the end of regulation.

"It is a good matchup," Westbrook said of the rivalry. "It was physical. It's intense. It was a playoff atmosphere. Unfortunately, we couldn't win."

Memphis shot well early to build a 10-point lead in the first half before carrying a 44-38 lead into halftime.

Durant and Martin had 10 points apiece at the break. Randolph had 12 for Memphis.

The defensive intensity continued through the early stages of the third period as the teams were a combined 4 of 22 through the first 6 minutes.

But the Thunder kept cutting into the lead as Durant took over offensively, scoring 15 in the quarter, including 13 straight points for the Thunder, eventually giving Oklahoma City its first lead at 57-56 late in the third.

Two free throws from Marc Gasol gave Memphis the lead back at 58-57 entering the fourth.

"I knew when we were not making shots early in the game, we would keep fighting, playing aggressive and give ourselves a chance to win," Brooks said. "That's what we've done for a lot of years now, and that is not going to change."

NOTES: Thunder F Serge Ibaka played after taking some stitches in his head against Denver on Tuesday night. ... Memphis F Darrell Arthur missed his ninth straight game with neck and back soreness. ... The Grizzlies won the season series 2-1. ... Oklahoma City scored 15 points in the first quarter, a season low for the opening period. . Memphis has lost only once in five overtime games. The Thunder dropped to 4-2. . Oklahoma City had a season-low nine assists. The Grizzlies matched their season low with 11 assists.
Courtesy of: http://www.denverpost.com



EuroCup: Lokomotiv are step away from Final - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Lokomotiv Kuban 87:97

Lokomotiv closed on the EuroCup Final. They shot down Valencia in Spain in the opening game of the EuroCup semifinal two-game series. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) nailed 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Lokomotiv thrashed Valencia defence in the opening quarter. The visitors poured in 29 points to take an 8-point lead. Valencia straighten up their game in the second quarter. The Spaniards narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 43:45. But Lokomotiv unleashed impressive 31 points in the third frame to clear off. The Krasnodar team piled up a comfortable 18-point buffer heading into the fourth term 58:76. Valencia went on a desperate rescue rally in the final stanza. The hosts erupted for 29 points but just trimmed the deficit at the end. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 19 points, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points for the winners. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) answered with 28 points for Valencia. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) nailed 20 points in the defeat.

Valencia: Justin Doellman 28, Pau Ribas 20
Lokomotiv Kuban: Simas Jasaitis 23, Derrick Brown 19, Mantas Kalnietis 17



Ricky Rubio's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award among Spaniards playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Ricky Rubio (192-90, currently plays in NBA). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the San Antonio Spurs (51-16) crushing them 107-83 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Rubio was MVP of the game. He had a triple-double by scoring 21 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and passing 12 assists in 35 minutes on the court. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 23-42 record this season. Rubio has relatively good stats this year: 9.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 7.2apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 20.8% and FT: 77.0% in the 40 games he played so far. He played for the Spanish senior national team two years ago.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). Ibaka contributed to an Oklahoma City Thunder's victory against the Dallas Mavericks (32-35) 107-101 in the NBA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 16 rebounds. Ibaka also added 3 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 50-18 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ibaka has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.9bpg, 2FGP: 58.9%(355-603), 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 75.3%. Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in a Memphis Grizzlies' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (46-22) 96-85 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Gasol was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 39 minutes. The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid 45-21 record this season. It's Gasol's fifth year with the team. Gasol has very impressive stats this year: 14.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 49.9%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 85.8% in the 66 games. He is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #4. Point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Detroit Pistons (23-46) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Detroit Pistons were defeated 112-101 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. Calderon scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Calderon has very high stats. He averages: 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.0apg and 1.1spg. Calderon is also Spanish national team player.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #5. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help ALBA Berlin (1-10) in their game against Panathinaikos (7-4) in the Euroleague. He scored only 4 points. The seventh-placed ALBA Berlin was crushed 82-58 in Athens by the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#4) in the group E of Euroleague. It was ALBA Berlin's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Miralles' overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 3.7rpg. He used to play for the Spanish national team eight years ago.

Miguel Ortega
Miguel Ortega
   #6. Point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Randers Cimbria Basketball in a victory against the closely-ranked SISU (17-10) 80-70 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. Randers Cimbria Basketball (13-14) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. Ortega is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 7.2apg. This year he also averages: 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9spg in the 29 games. Ortega is a former U18 international player as he played for the Spanish team four years ago.

Francisco Robles
Francisco Robles
   #7. Former U20 international guard Francisco Robles (195-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hemel Storm (10-11) crushing them 73-48 in the British EBL D1 (second division) on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Bristol Acadamy Flyers (13-8) is placed fifth in the EBL D1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Robles' first season with the team. This year Robles has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Spanish U20 national team thirteen years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (36-33) crushing them 99-76 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Scola scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns have rather weak 23-45 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. It's Scola's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Scola averages: 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish.

   #2. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Liga Americas), who plays in Brazil could not help Flamengo (0-3) in their last game. Despite Silveira's very good performance the fourth-placed Flamengo was edged 95-93 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Mavort in the group D of Liga Americas. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. So far Flamengo lost all three games in the Second Stage. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. Silveira belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #7) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg and 8.8rpg in the five games he played so far. Silveira is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Brazilian.

   #3. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (32-35) 92-91 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 8 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 51-16 record this season. This year Splitter has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 67 games. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities.

   #4. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (2-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Barrera's very good performance the eighth-placed Hebraica was defeated 66-56 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Malvin (#4) in the Serie 1. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Barrera also added 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Barrera is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.8apg and 2.0spg. Barrera also holds two passports: Spanish and Uruguayan.

   #5. Jorge Calvo (190-G-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Leicester Riders' victory against the closely-ranked Plymouth Raiders (17-9) 78-66 in the British BBL on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders (23-2) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Calvo's first season with the team. This year Calvo's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg in the 24 games.

   #6. Ariel Eslava (201-F/C-79, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Olimpico de La Banda in their game against GECR Indalo in the Argentinian LigaA. Eslava scored 6 points in only 9 minutes. His team lost 76-84. This year Eslava's overall stats are: 4.6ppg and 3.7rpg in the 39 games. He holds both Spanish and Argentinian passports.

   #7. Lluis Jacas (198-F-90, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) couldn't help Eskilstuna (9-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jacas' very good performance Eskilstuna (#9) was crushed 86-64 in Talje by the higher-ranked Knights (#7) in the South group. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Jacas also added 7 rebounds. This season Jacas has very high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg.

   #8. Rafael Lopez (204-C-86, currently plays in France) helped Denain Voltaire win their game against the fourth-ranked Le Portel crushing them 84-63 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Lopez scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Lopez's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 26 games.

   #9. Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-G-77, college: Temple, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Wuber-Est.Bahia in their game against Argentino in the Argentinian LigaA. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Sanchez scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 82-73. Sanchez's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg. He holds both Spanish and Argentinian passports.

   #10. Joseph Roundy couldn't help one of league's weakest teams AEK in their game against Etha in the Cypriot Division A. Roundy scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. His team lost 67-74. This year Roundy's overall stats are: 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg in the seven games.



Spanish EBA Best Performance of the week: Ander Garcia - by Mariano Galindo

Spanish forward Ander Garcia (194-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Natra Onati Aloa Mendi KE, receiving a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award. Ander Garcia posted an amazing double-double scoring 22 points, catching 11 rebounds for a 37 index rating. Maximiliano Sole, Jesus Adon an Jaume Torres posted as well good games this weekend, with 33 index rating for each. Luis Maria Lorido signed 30 index rating.


EuroCup: Bilbao snatch win in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Bilbao 83:93

Uxue Bilbao made a huge step towards EuroCup Finals. They overcame Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the first semifinal clash of the two-game series. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) provided 26 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Basque team.
Bilbao led by a single point after ten minutes 20:19. The visitors stretched the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 4 points 48:44. The visitors went on an 11:2 run early in the third quarter to boost the lead. Bilbao kept Budivelnyk at distance posting a 71:61 lead into the fourth frame. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) helped the hosts within five points in the fourth term 70:75. But Lamont Hamilton re-established an 83:73 advantage for the Spaniards. The visitors maintained the lead in the final minutes and sealed a comforting win at the end. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) delivered 20 points for Bilbao. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) added 14 points each for the winners. Malcolm Delaney answered with game-high 38 points for Budivelnyk. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) had 11 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Malcolm Delaney 38, Dainius Salenga 11
Bilbao: Lamont Hamilton 26, Kostas Vasiliadis 20, Nikolaos Zisis 14, Alex Mumbru 14



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  SWITZERLAND   

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.21.0 
 2. Owens, BBC Nyon20.7 
 3. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.5 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.7 
 5. O''Bannon, SAV V.17.8 
 6. Burrows, Starwings17.6 
 7. Dobbins, Starwings17.5 
 8. Ely, Boncourt17.5 
 9. Hodzic, Monthey16.5 
 10. Barrett, SAM M.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.7 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.4 
 3. Barber, Lugano T.9.1 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.8.7 
 5. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 6. Garrett, Fribourg7.6 
 7. Reid, Fribourg7.3 
 8. Gordon, Lugano T.7.3 
 9. Aw, Neuchatel7.2 
 10. Dos Santos, Bonc.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.7 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.3 
 3. Parker, Geneve L.6.3 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings5.7 
 5. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 6. Draughan, Fribourg4.5 
 7. Stimac, Geneve L.3.8 
 8. Burrows, Starwings3.5 
 9. Brown, Geneve L.3.4 
 10. Zivkovic, BBC Ny.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Barrett, SAM M.3.0 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings2.3 
 4. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 5. Owens, BBC Nyon2.0 
 6. Fergerson, Lugano1.9 
 7. Zivkovic, BBC Nyon1.8 
 8. James, Geneve L.1.7 
 9. Dubas, Monthey1.7 
 10. Kojadinovic, Mont.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Chapman, SAM M.2.7 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.7 
 3. Dobbins, Starwings1.5 
 4. Matter, Starwings1.4 
 5. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.3 
 6. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel1.1 
 8. Barber, Lugano T.1.0 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 10. Dubas, Monthey0.7 



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin21.1 
 2. Burtt, Tofas17.9 
 3. Stanojevic, TED K.17.7 
 4. Penney, TED K.17.1 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.8 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.6 
 8. Swann, Gaziantep15.5 
 9. Brown, Turk T.15.4 
 10. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep11.8 
 2. Yucel, TED K.10.3 
 3. Francis, Aliaga9.6 
 4. Elonu, Tofas8.3 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.8 
 6. Aldemir, Galatasar.7.4 
 7. Parakhouski, Olin7.1 
 8. Prince, Mersin6.9 
 9. Dagli, Galatasaray6.3 
 10. Karadeniz, Mersin6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  TED K.
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Woodside, TED K.6.0 
 2. Brown, Turk T.5.5 
 3. Dixon, Karsiyaka4.8 
 4. Henderson, Erdemir4.8 
 5. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.6 
 6. Collins, Gaziantep4.3 
 7. Guney, Antalya4.3 
 8. Burtt, Tofas4.2 
 9. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
 10. Holston, Mersin4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Antalya
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Theodore, Antalya1.8 
 2. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.7 
 3. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka1.5 
 5. Prince, Mersin1.5 
 6. Shumpert, Aliaga1.5 
 7. Dorsey, Gaziantep1.5 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu1.4 
 9. Mejia, Banvit BK1.3 
 10. Lewis, Antalya1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  Olin E.
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Parakhouski, Olin1.9 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Bayav, Erdemir1.3 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.2 
 5. Aminu, Karsiyaka0.9 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas0.9 
 7. Arnold, Aliaga0.9 
 8. Prince, Mersin0.9 
 9. Erden, Anadolu Ef.0.8 
 10. Besok, Hacettepe0.8 


Pertevniyal Istanbul tabs Justin Gray - by Selman Baydar

TB2L side Pertevniyal Istanbul (#16, 9-18) signs ex-Poitiers free agent Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Wake Forest). Experienced guard who missed 2011-2012 mostly because of injury signed with Poitiers earlier this season and played in 17 league games averaging 21.5 minutes per game, 8.9 ppg and 3.0 apg. Pertevniyal Istanbul will host Bandirma Kirmizi (#10, 14-13) at round 28 of Turkish Basketball Second League.
Justin Gray is also a possible replacement candidate for main team Anadolu Efes in case of an injury in the squad.



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  UBA   

URBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Barnes, GIE M.26.4 
 2. Antoine, Georgia S.24.2 
 3. Morris, Houston E.23.4 
 4. Tairu, Cleveland H.23.0 
 5. Bowdy, N.Texas F.22.6 
 6. Vanlandingha., GIE22.2 
 7. Allen, Georgia P.22.0 
 8. McCarty, Clevelan.21.7 
 9. Brown, S.Generals21.0 
 10. Brewster, Atlan.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian KELLY
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Kelly, GIE M.15.1 
 2. Morris, Houston E.15.1 
 3. Chase, Team Japan10.5 
 4. Abraham, Cincinna.10.4 
 5. Turner, Georgia P.10.3 
 6. Briggs, Cleveland10.3 
 7. Bennett, Georgia S.10.0 
 8. Eichelberger, Geor.10.0 
 9. Pojah, Houston E.10.0 
 10. Morton, Georgia P.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bray, Georgia P.11.3 
 2. Barnes, GIE M.7.2 
 3. Mardis, Houston E.6.9 
 4. Ragsdale, GIE M.6.6 
 5. Morris, Houston E.6.3 
 6. De La Cruz, S.Gen.6.3 
 7. Belton, S.Generals6.3 
 8. Vanlandingha., GIE6.2 
 9. Okada, Team Japan5.8 
 10. Turner, Texas C.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quin HUMPHREY
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Humphrey, GIE M.4.1 
 2. Bray, Georgia P.3.6 
 3. Lusane, Georgia P.3.5 
 4. Williams, GIE M.2.7 
 5. Antoine, Georgia S.2.7 
 6. Brown, Houston E.2.3 
 7. Tairu, Cleveland H.2.2 
 8. Williams, Atlanta2.2 
 9. Gainous, GIE M.2.2 
 10. Barnes, GIE M.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Terence MORRIS
  (208-F-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Morris, Houston E.4.8 
 2. Eichelberger, Geor.4.7 
 3. Morton, Georgia P.4.5 
 4. Bryant, Dallas G.4.1 
 5. Kelly, GIE M.2.8 
 6. Abraham, Cincinna.2.4 
 7. Woodyard, Dallas G.2.0 
 8. Hill, GIE M.2.0 
 9. Johnson, Texas C.2.0 
 10. Works, Dallas G.1.8 



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  UKRAINE   

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 27-9 
 2. Ferro-ZNTU 23-14 
 3. Azovmash 22-14 
 4. Halychyna 22-15 
 5. Khimik 21-13 
 6. BC Donetsk 21-15 
 7. Cherkasy 21-17 
 8. Hoverla 20-17 
 9. Kryvbasbasket 16-21 
 10. Mykolaiv 15-21 
 11. Dnipro 14-22 
 12. BC Odessa 13-23 
 13. DniproAzot 11-27 
 14. BC Kyiv 9-27 

Regular Season: Round 53

Mar. 20: Azovmash - Dnipro 65-69
Mar. 22: Azovmash - DniproAzot
Mar. 22: Khimik - BC Kyiv
Mar. 22: Mykolaiv - Budivelnyk
Mar. 24: BC Odessa - Dnipro
Mar. 24: Mykolaiv - BC Kyiv
Mar. 24: Khimik - Budivelnyk
Mar. 25: Ferro-ZNTU - Cherkasy


Poor financial situation in Budivelnik - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnik has poor financial situation as the players do not get paid for about 2 months already. It is not how the team should treat the players in their top season.
Budivelnik is actually showing their best season so far as they reached the Semifinals of EuroCup. Last night Uxue Bilbao however made a huge step towards EuroCup Finals. They overcame Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the first semifinal clash of the two-game series. Lamont Hamilton provided 26 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Basque team.



EuroCup: Bilbao snatch win in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Bilbao 83:93

Uxue Bilbao made a huge step towards EuroCup Finals. They overcame Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the first semifinal clash of the two-game series. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) provided 26 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Basque team.
Bilbao led by a single point after ten minutes 20:19. The visitors stretched the lead in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 4 points 48:44. The visitors went on an 11:2 run early in the third quarter to boost the lead. Bilbao kept Budivelnyk at distance posting a 71:61 lead into the fourth frame. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) helped the hosts within five points in the fourth term 70:75. But Lamont Hamilton re-established an 83:73 advantage for the Spaniards. The visitors maintained the lead in the final minutes and sealed a comforting win at the end. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) delivered 20 points for Bilbao. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) added 14 points each for the winners. Malcolm Delaney answered with game-high 38 points for Budivelnyk. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) had 11 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Malcolm Delaney 38, Dainius Salenga 11
Bilbao: Lamont Hamilton 26, Kostas Vasiliadis 20, Nikolaos Zisis 14, Alex Mumbru 14



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Luol Deng selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Golden State Warriors (39-30) 113-95 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Deng was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have 36-30 record this season. It's Deng's ninth year with the team. Deng has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.4%, 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 83.0% in the 61 games he played so far. Deng has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. He is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA). Gordon was the major contributor in a Charlotte Bobcats' victory against the Washington Wizards (23-43) 119-114 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 19 points. The Charlotte Bobcats have rather weak 15-52 record this season. It's Gordon's first year with the team. This year Gordon has very high stats. He averages: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 84.6%. Gordon is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the British senior national team. Strangely Gordon has never played in United Kingdom.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Cunningham could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-42) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were badly defeated 107-91 on the road by the Indiana Pacers. Cunningham scored 12 points. Cunningham has relatively good stats this season: 8.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 45.6% and FT: 59.8%. He is a naturalized American. Cunningham played for the British national team five years ago. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #4. Forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Detroit Pistons (23-46) 112-101 in the NBA last Saturday. Freeland scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 10 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 31-36 record this season. It's Freeland's first year with the team. This year his overall stats are: 2.5ppg and 2.2rpg in the 39 games. Freeland is also British national team player.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #5. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, also represented by Interperformances, college: Washington, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their game against the league outsider KK Split (8-17) 81-63 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Bryan-Amaning recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Radnicki Kragujevac (16-9) is placed third in the Adriatic League. His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Bryan-Amaning's total stats are: 8.2ppg and 3.9rpg in the 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ghanian and British. Bryan-Amaning plays currently for the British national team.

Laurence Ekperigin
Laurence Ekperigin
   #6. Forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne, currently plays in Italy) helped FCM Ferentino win their game against the closely-ranked Pall.Trento (9-11) 86-83 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ekperigin's third season in pro basketball. FMC Ferentino (8-12) is placed 12th in the Lega2. It's Ekperigin's first year with the team. Ekperigin is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2spg. Ekperigin is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as he played for the British senior team two years ago. Interesting that Ekperigin has never played in United Kingdom.

Mike Lenzly
Mike Lenzly
   #7. International guard Mike Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford, currently plays in Germany) helped s Oliver Baskets win their game against the 15th-ranked BBC Bayreuth (11-16) crushing them 83-62 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (14-13) is placed seventh in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lenzly has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Lenzly is also British national team player. However he has never played in United Kingdom.

Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson
   #8. Guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) helped Sutor Montegranaro win their game against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (10-13) 93-86 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 11 points. Sutor Montegranaro (8-15) is placed 14th in the SerieA. Johnson has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He plays currently for the British national team.

Eric Boateng
Eric Boateng
   #9. International center Eric Boateng (208-85, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany) helped New Yorker Phantoms win their game against the league outsider LTi 46ers (4-23) 79-63 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Boateng scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (11-15) is placed 14th in the BBL. Boateng has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 5.9rpg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the British national team.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
   #10. Forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Cajasol (9-16) in their game against G.Canaria 2014 (15-10) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Cajasol was badly defeated 66-49 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked (#6) G.Canaria 2014. Mensah-Bonsu has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes in their game against Gescrap BB in the Spanish ACB. Clark recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 88-79. Clark has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 2.7rpg. He plays currently for the British national team.

   #12. Former U20 international center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UAB in their game against the University of Southern Mississippi in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 81-66. Alihodzic has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2009.

   #13. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Etha win their game against the closely-ranked AEK 74-67 in the Cypriot Division A last Thursday. Adegboye scored 9 points. Adegboye belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg. Adegboye is also British national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Raphell Thomas-Edwards (198-93, currently studies in the States) helped Buffalo win their game against the Ball State University 76-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Thomas-Edwards scored 8 points. He has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 1.1rpg. Thomas-Edwards used to play for the British U18 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) helped Okinawa GK win their game against the sixth-ranked Chiba Jets crushing them 89-59 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Larkai has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 5.0rpg in the 40 games. He used to play for the British national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) led Charlotte Bobcats to a victory against the Washington Wizards (23-43) 119-114 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 30 minutes. The Charlotte Bobcats have rather weak 15-52 record this season. Mullens has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg in the 48 games he played so far. Mullens is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #2. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help Science City Jena (13-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Science City Jena was defeated 90-79 on the road by the lower-ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#11). Jeka was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Jeka's first season with the team. This year Jeka has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.

   #3. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (4-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ayuba's good performance the league leader Norrkoping Dolphins was crushed 104-80 in Boras by the lower-ranked Basket (#5). He scored 10 points and added 3 passes. Ayuba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Norrkoping Dolphins' roster. This season Ayuba has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams BG Goettingen (19-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BG Goettingen lost in an overtime 71-75 in Chemnitz to the leading BV 99. Guede was the second best scorer with 16 points in 30 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Guede has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 27 games.

   #5. Andrew Thomson (205-F-84, college: Catawba, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams La Rochelle (13-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Thomson's very good performance La Rochelle was badly defeated 92-76 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Bloi