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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   



CIV 2013 Afrobasket: Mali, Rwanda complete 16 nations list - by Olusegun Ikuesan

FIBA Africa recently granted wild cards to Mali and Rwanda to complete the sixteen-team competition for the 27th Africa Cup of Nations tagged Afrobasket slated for Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from August 20 through 31 this year.

A lot of factors were considered by FIBA Africa Executive Committee in granting the two slots to the FIBA Africa zones two and five countries based on their performance during their zones qualifiers and past Afrobasket.

Mali finished third behind Senegal and Cape Verde in zone-two while Rwanda placed second behind Egypt in zone-five qualifiers held last year and early 2013 but their impressive record at the 26th edition of the continent biggest basketball show-piece also help them to secure the wild-card tickets.

The sixteen countries that will be divided into four groups at the March 30 draw holding at the Palais des Congrs of the Hotel Ivoire, Abidjan, Cote dIvoire are host Cote dIvoire, defending champion Tunisia ten-time champion Angola and third place finisher at the 26th edition of the continental showpiece Nigeria.

Other countries includes Morocco and Algeria (Zone-1); Senegal and Cape Verde (Zone-II); Burkina Faso (Zone-III); Central Africa Republic, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville (Zone-IV); Egypt (Zone-V); Mozambique (Zone-VI) and Mali and Rwanda (Wild-card).

The 2013 Afrobasket will serve as 2014 FIBA World Cup qualifier slated for Madrid Spain with first three placed countries carrying the continent flag at the mundial.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


ABL Hoops 2013 Recap - by Aris Ignacio

It was a weekend full of fun for all the ABL players at the first ever ABL Hoops Fest Saigon 2013.Between March 15th and 17th, Ho Chi Minh City was set ablaze as the league's sharpshooters competedin the 3-point contest and the league's high flyers took flight in the first ever AirAsia Slam Dunk contest.

Although the Hoops Fest also proved to be a chance for the players to connect with the fans and show off their dances moves, the players were all business on Friday.

FRIDAY 15th March: ABL Hoops Fest Saigon 2013 Day One

Game 1: Indonesia Warriors 74 vs 67 Chang Thailand Slammers

The Hoops Fest tipped-off with the Indonesia Warriors taking on the Chang Thailand Slammers at 2:00PM local. Mario Wuysang scored 20 points and Chris Daniels had 18 points as they led the Warrriors to a 74-67 win over the Slammers.

Game 2: JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers 53 vs 73 San Miguel Beermen

In the second game which tipped off at 4:30PM local, Chris Banchero continued his hot streak and led his team with 16 points. The Slingers were not able to match the physical play of the Beermen in the fourth quarter which resulted in San Miguel Beermen's 73-53 win over the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers

Game 3: Saigon Heat vsWestports Malaysia Dragons

The home team took the court for the last game in the opening day in the 7:00PM tip-off.Unfortunately, Saigon Heat were forced to play without their leading scorer Dior Lowhorn who was ill. Heat's assistant coach Rob Wainwright stepped in and he looked sharp early as he scored 9 points. Despite a tight game in the first half, the Westports Malaysia Dragons dominated the second half. The Dragons outscored the Heat 53-31 in the second half to grab a 90-69 win behind 25 points and 11 rebounds from Gavin Edwards.

SATURDAY 16th March: Sapporo Slam Jam Saigon 2013

Saturday night was the event that ABL fans the region over have been looking forward to. The Sapporo Slam Jam Saigon 2013 held the first ever 3-point contest and AirAsia Slam Dunk Contest, where each team sent in one participant to showcase their best moves.

Mr. Connor Nguyen, General Manager of the Saigon Heat took to the floor first, It's a great to be selected to host the ABL Hoops Fest. I think it says a lot for the fans in Vietnam nd our organizational team. I think basketball in Vietnam has made great strides since the Saigon Heat launched last year. This is just the beginning so look for bigger and better things to come.

"We feel that in its inaugural year, the ABL HoopsFest was a great success. I am very thankful to everyone who made it an exciting celebration of basketball in the region, and look forward to it becoming an annual event. Some of our teams have already inquired about hosting next year" said Mr. Anthony Macri, Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Basketball League.

The event then began with the ABL 3-point contest. Mario Wuysang (Warriors), Leo Avenido (Beermen), Lim Sheng Yu (Slingers), Wacharapong Tongsri (Slammers), Loh Shee Fai (Dragons) and Jai Reyes (Heat) took to the floor to claim the right of being the Leagues best sharpshooter.

Overcoming his nerves, the youngest contestant Lim Sheng Yu, showed his mettle as he finished the leader in the qualifying round with 14 points, followed by Avenido who had 13 points.

Both then went through to the finals to battle for the crown. Avenido struggled to find his rhythm in the final round and managed only 7 points. Without heavy pressure, Sheng Yu comfortably won the 3-point contest with 13 points in the final round.

Vietnams best entertainers then took the floor and Beermen's big man Brian Williams proved that he also knew how to play the crowd. He was seen singing along when a local singer performed Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love".

Williams was very animatedly danced along to the song as well which led to an impromptu dance battle between him, the Dragons' Moala Tautuaa and Heat's Jai Reyes.

As the local player, Reyes may have won this round when he jumped into a Saigon Heat Hot Girls routine.

The last event on Saturday night was the heavily anticipated AirAsia Slam Dunk contest which included Moala Tautuaa (Dragons), David Palmer (Heat), Wutipong Dasom (Slammers), Justin Williams (Beermen), Delvin Goh (Slingers) and Chris Daniels (Warriors).

After scoring 89 points each in the qualifying round, Williams and Palmer went through into the finals. With only one dunk in the final round, Williams put on a show for the fans as he threw down a windmill jam while wearing shades which gave him 49 points to win the AirAsia Slam Dunk contest.

SUNDAY 17th March: ABL Hoops Fest Saigon 2013 Day 3

After all the fun on Saturday night, it was back to business for the last day of ABL Hoops Fest Saigon 2013.

GAME 4: Chang Thailand Slammers 58 vs 56 JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers

The day started with an interesting game between the Slingers and the Slammers. Despite a strong sart by the Slingers, the Slammers were able to ochestrate a comeback capped off by a three-point shot from Wutipong Dasom with 43 seconds left. The Slingers turned the ball over in the next possesion and went down 58-56 to the Slammers.

GAME 5: San Miguel Beermen 80 vs 44 Saigon Heat

The Beermen showed no mercy for the home team in the second game when they grabbed their fifth consecutive win after an 80-55 win over the Heat. Banchero again led the Beermen with 20 points and Brian Williams added 16 points.

GAME 6: Indonesia Warriors 85 vs 67 Westports Malaysia Dragons

The last game of the Hoops Fest saw the Warriors taking on the Dragons. It promised to be a tight one until the Warriors caught fire in the third quarter. The Warriors outscored the Dragons 36-12 in the third on their way to a 84-67 win. John Smith led the Warriors with 26 points, followed by Chris Daniels with 15 points.

Dont worry if you missed out on all the excitement, all of the games played at the Hoops Fest as well as the Sapporo Slam Jam Saigon 2013 is already available via the ABLs YouTube channel at http://YouTube.com/ABL.

All the teams will now head back to prepare for the second half of the ABLs 2013 season. This week the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers will need to quickly overcome their travel fatigue as they head over to MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday the 22nd of March to play the Westports Malaysia Dragons for this weeks ABL Friday Basketball game which will be live on Fox Sports Asia at 2000hrs local/HKT.

They will then head home to prepare for the visiting Chang Thailand Slammers for the 1600hrs local/HKT tip-off at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday the 24th of March.

Both these games will also be live on the ABL Livestream, a link will appear on http://www.ASEANBasketballLeague.com closer to tip-off time.

Credits goes to the ASEAN Basketball League Website



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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian All Star Selections 2013 - by Stefan Prager

During the Sky TV live game Knights vs. Dukes on Monday the Austrian All Star Selections were announced. Starting Five was elected by fans, bench players got selected by the ABL coaches. All Star Game will be played on the 27th of March in Wels. 38 year old guard Deteri Mayes headlines the competition with his 12th selection.

European All Stars:

Starting Five: Thomas Klepeisz (185-PG-91, agency: TSS Management), Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90, agency: Interperformances), Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances), Richard Poiger (202-SF-87), Ramiz Suljanovic (205-F/C-79)

Bench: Jurica Blazevic (193-F-94), Samo Grum, Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84), Matthias Mayer (204-C/F-81), Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.), Christoph Nagler (196-G/F-84), Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89)

Coaches: Andrea Maghelli (agency: Interperformances ), Andreas Kaineder

Reserves: Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78), Sebastian Koch

International All Stars:

Starting Five: Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80, college: Northeastern St.), Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80, college: N.C.Central), Robert Arnold (198-F-88, college: Boise St.), Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.), Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.)

Bench: Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78, college: Utah St.), Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.), Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83, college: CS Northridge), Michael Dale, Ali Farokhmanesh (183-PG-88, college: N.Iowa), Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso),
Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87, college: Nevada)

Reserves: Maurice Pearson (206-F/C-89, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Georgetown, KY), David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Richmond)





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  AZERBAIJAN   


Azerbaijan reach Novruz Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijan National Team advanced into Novruz Cup Final. They will take on Kapshagay from Kazakhstan for the title.
Azerbaijan defeated hosting Kyrgyzstan 91:86 in the semifinal clash. Fuad Niftaliyev (185-PG-80) came up with 31 points to pace the winners. Amil Hamzayev (204-PF-90) added 24 points for Azerbaijan.



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Aleksandar Kostoski claims Balkan League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had a great game in the last round for Kumanovo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old guard got a double-double of 43 points and eleven assists, while his team was edged out by Rilski Sportist (4-4) in overtime 117-114. Kumanovo moved-up to the 4th position in the Balkan League First Six. Kumanovo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 8 games. In the team's last game Kostoski had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. It's his second year at Kumanovo and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kostoski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.5ppg) and assists (6th best: 4.3apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Kumanovo's star - 23-year old Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89). Lukovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Kumanovo was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Rilski Sportist (4-4) 117-114. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in First Six. Kumanovo still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 4-4 record is not bad at all. Lukovic is a newcomer at Kumanovo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#6). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Toni Brnas (201-F-91) of Djuro Djakovic (#-4). Brnas scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Brnas' great performance Djuro Djakovic lost 68-69 to #-2 ranked OKK Beograd. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Djuro Djakovic needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Last Four. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Brnas has a very solid season. In 5 games in Balkan League he scored 16.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksandar Shterjov (208-C-86) of Kozuv - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) of Teodo Tivat - 20 points and 7 rebounds
6. Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) of Rilski Sportist - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91) of Galil Gilboa - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of Galil Gilboa - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) of OKK Beograd - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) of Djuro Djakovic - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 14-7 
 2. M.Hainaut 14-7 
 3. Spirou 14-7 
 4. Aalstar 14-8 
 5. Antwerp 11-10 
 6. Leuven 7-13 
 7. Liege 6-15 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 21: Spirou - Aalstar 91-86
Mar. 22: Liege - Leuven
Mar. 22: M.Hainaut - Antwerp
Mar. 23: Verviers-Pep. - Oostende



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  BOSNIA   


Marko Sutalo on BIH NT roster! - by Nedzad Kladusak

After the attempts of general secretary Harun Mahmutovic to reclaim Bosnian players have been rather fruitless
Bosnian basketball fans have accepted that there will be no new names on the roster of Aco Petrovic.
Today Petrovic confirmed that Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell), combo guard of Siroki will be one of the candidates for the BIH NT.
Marko Sutalo is one of the rare non-Croat players who played for Siroki and has established himself as one of the top players of his team.
He is known to be a versatile player who is a good defender but can also score when needed. He played previously for Vojvodina and Hemofarm.



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian NBL round 21 best performance: Angelo Caloiaro - by Eurobasket News

American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rilski Sportist, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed Spartak Pleven (#9, 5-16) with 26-point margin 103-77. Rilski Sportist maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rilski Sportist will need more victories to improve their 15-6 record. In the team's last game Caloiaro had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Rilski Sportist, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Angelo Caloiaro averages this season 9.3ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets. Tyler had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Chernomorets cruised to a 83-71 relatively comfortable win over U20 (#10, 0-21). Chernomorets' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Tyler is a newcomer at Chernomorets, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#2). He also registered 13.6 boards per game. Former star Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rilski Sportist's star - Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Mirkovic scored 27 points and passed four assists. He was another key player of Rilski Sportist, helping his team with a 103-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Spartak Pleven (#9, 5-16). Rilski Sportist needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Mirkovic has a great season in Bulgaria. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.6apg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 54.5% and 3PT: 41.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Atila Santos (208-C-83) of Balkan - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Bogdan Boev (196-SG-82) of Chernomorets - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Rilski Sportist - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Reginald Holmes (193-G-87) of Beroe - 25 points and 6 rebounds
10. Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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CARIBBEAN HEAT ADDS DANTE HUNTER AND JOHNATHAN HINES - by Victor Garcia

The Caribbean Heat finally got two new americans to replace Bradford and Franklin:
The american guards Dante Hunter and Johnathan Hines -aka JJ- are the new additions of the Heat , Hunter is a 1,91 tall guard with some experience in Nicaragua, he played two years ago in the Indervalle team but Indervalle released him quickly.
JJ Hines is an 1.85 tall point guard playing his rookie season after a collegiate career at Albany St (NCAA DivII).
The Heat is already in the 7th place out of the qualification zone, and will face Manizales OC in the next weekend



AGUILAS HIRES GIANLUCA BACCI - by Victor Garcia

Aguilas de Tunja is trying to improve their roster , the team management hired the colombian national team point guard Gianluca Bacci (187-G-89) (1,85 G), who played last two season with Guerreros de Bogot averaging 5,4 PPG in17 MPG, Bacci is well know for his quickness and great defense, has leaded his team in steals per game last two seasons.
Aguilas is currently in the sixth position of the standings with a 6-10 records just two games ahead of the 7th place.



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

27-year old Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Piratas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Aguilas (#6, 6-10) 82-80. Piratas is placed at 3rd position in Colombian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Piratas will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. Fahnbulleh just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Fahnbulleh has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 11.8rpg. Fahnbulleh

Second best performed player last round was Quentin Smith (205-C-77, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC) of Aguilas. He is American center in his first season at Aguilas. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Aguilas was edged by the higher-ranked Piratas (#3, 9-7) 82-80. Aguilas is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Aguilas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85) of Halcones (#8). Northern scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Halcones, leading his team to a 70-65 win against the higher-ranked Bucaros (#2, 11-5). Halcones can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Northern he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Northern has a very solid season. In 2 games in Colombia he scored 26.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) of Bambuqueros - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Bambuqueros - 30 points and 3 rebounds
6. Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Desmond Blue (211-C-88) of Academia - 11 points and 11 rebounds
8. Justin Garris (196-F/G-89) of Once Caldas - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81) of Aguilas - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  CROATIA   


Cedevita lands Jordan Theodore, ex Antalya - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-79kg-89, college: Seton Hall). He played recently at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 22 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg and 1.8spg this season. He received NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Theodore graduated from Seton Hall University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: a quick athletic high energy scoring PG who is a great penetrator and finisher at the basket. Shoots a high percentage from FG and FT and quickly developing into a good 3 point shooter. Tremendous pressure defender who is a disruptive on and off the ball defensive force.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 23-23 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 22-20 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 22-21 
 7. Springfield A. 17-26 
 8. Iowa E. 11-33 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 30-13 
 2. Rio Grande VV 27-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 24-18 
 4. Austin T. 24-18 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-24 
 6. Texas L. 19-25 
 7. Idaho S. 14-28 
 8. Reno B. 14-28 

Regular Season: Round 61

Mar. 21: Texas L. - Bakersfield J. 99-88
Mar. 21: Reno B. - Los Angeles D. 98-97
Mar. 21: Rio Grande VV - Iowa E. 139-118
Mar. 21: Springfield A. - Austin T. 123-129
Mar. 21: Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC 107-93

Regular Season: Round 62

Mar. 22: Ft.Wayne MA - Austin T.
Mar. 22: Sioux Falls S. - Canton C.
Mar. 22: Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S.


Royce White leaves Rio Grande Valley Vipers - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Royce White (203-122kg-91, college: Iowa State) left Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 12 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 3.3apg this season. White was called during the season by the Houston Rockets.
Last year he was drafted by Houston Rockets (NBA) in first round (16th overall). The former Iowa State staris in his first season in pro basketball. White received All-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award in 2012 at his college time.
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Aggressive athlete that likes to attack the rim ... Possesses great speed for someone his size ... Runs the court extremely well, especially with the ball in his hands ... Doesn't have a problem with pulling down a defensive rebound and then leading the fast-break himself
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 12

E

Mar. 21: Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes 79-71
Mar. 21: Real Madrid - Panathinaikos 73-74
Mar. 20: Brose Bask. - ALBA 72-75
Mar. 21: Unicaja - CSKA 66-70

F

Mar. 21: FCB Regal - Caja Laboral 83-74
Mar. 22: Besiktas - Montepaschi
Mar. 22: Olympiacos - Maccabi T-A
Mar. 22: Khimky - Fener.Ulker


Olympiacos lose also Dimitrios Mavroeidis to injury - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos suffered another injury setback. They lost Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM). The centre underwent a surgery on his knee and would miss at least one month of action. Dimitrios Mavroedis joined the Reds at the start of the season. He notched 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In A1 the centre delivered 5.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per appearance. Last season the centre spent in Spain. He played for Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao. Dimitrios Mavroeidis averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In ACB his stats read 3.6 points and 3.4 boards per appearance. He has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2011.


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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.3 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.9 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.4 
 5. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 6. King, Le Havre15.9 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.8 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.7 
 9. Nivins, Poitiers15.2 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.2 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.7 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. Dobbins, Poitiers7.0 
 7. Collins, Roanne7.0 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 9. McKenzie, Boulazac7.0 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. King, Le Havre7.3 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.3 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 6. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg5.0 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.7 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Williams, Paris-.1.7 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.7 
 4. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 6. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 7. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 8. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 10. Melody, Dijon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 4. Sy, AS.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 6. Badiane, Poitiers1.1 
 7. Fofana, Le Havre1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.9 
 9. Goree, Cholet0.8 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.8 


Haquet left Fos Ouest - by Eurobasket News

27-year old power forward Philippe Haquet (199-86) left Fos Ouest Provence Basket (ProB). In 22 games he recorded 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg this season. Haquet played there also last season. In 29 ProB games he averaged 8.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Haquet's team made it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup final in 2006.
He has played previously for two other France teams: JL Bourg and Saint-Etienne.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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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Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 23: NBC - Gotha
Mar. 23: Crailsheim - Vechta
Mar. 23: Leipzig - ETB Wohnbau
Mar. 23: Ehingen - Jena
Mar. 23: Duesseldorf - Kirchheim
Mar. 23: Heidelberg - Cuxhaven
Mar. 23: Goettingen - Finke Baskets
Mar. 23: Karlsruhe - Chemnitz


When Jacob Burtschi (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Talks, People Listen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Usually when a new captain is named by a Beko BBL team, there are not more than a few sentences dropped if that, but when I saw the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven announcement back in September that Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) would get the captain duties it pleased me, but on the other hand didnt surprise me either, because the Oklahoma native isnt your typical player or captain either. After a NCAA career with the Air Force, he has started his third professional season with the Eisbaeren after showing his talent already with Phoenix Hagen and the Fraport Skyliners and getting a tooth pick taste of how the ACB in Spain works with his short stay with CAI Zaragoza.

As a rookie with Phoenix Hagen, Burtschi played 33 games averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He was honoured by Eurobasket.com with Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Newcomer of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team -11, and Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -11. Already as a rookie, the charming 198cm forward showed how versatile he can be, but on account of him playing on a team that relied on scoring more than the other team even if it was a 105-102 result to win, his other qualities on the court that were already prevalent for captain qualities seemed a bit overshadowed

When getting a good definition for the word captain, one stumbles upon a plausible one with One who commands, leads, or guides other. Last season with the Fraport Skyliners, the monopoly junkie was able to show signs of what a captain can be even if he wasnt captain. Last season, the Fraport Skyliners already had a perfect captain with Marius Nolte, but when Burtschi arrived on the Main in December 2011, the season of the 2004 Beko BBL champion radically turned around which made the fans believe in playoffs until the very last game day. The Fraport Skyliners were in 17th place at one point, but as soon as Burtschi came on board their luck changed.

With Burtschi on the floor, Frankfurt had a 14-8 record in the Beko BBL. If somebody had predicted in December 2011 that Frankfurt would beat Wurzburg, Munich, Bamberg, ratiopharm Ulm, Oldenburg and Artland in the second half of the season, one would have been seen as either being an idiot with low basketball competence, being a real visionary or having a bond to God. However Burtschi brought the whole package and was able to infect the team with his playing style and his character. It really didnt matter who you spoke to at the end of the season, if it was players, management or fans, the name Burtschi popped up most concerning who was most responsible for the season turnaround.

Not to take anything away from the role model duty of captain Marius Nolte who always gives 180% on the floor, off the floor and on the bench as captain, but Burtschi was like a second captain on the court. How often did he get the team into the huddle in tough situations, or who could forget his four dives in the first quarter in a win in Trier. He was body was laying on the floor in Trier that game as much as Boris Becker had tasted the hallowed grass at Wimbeldon in his tennis career. Burtschi will do anything to win and his attitude and manner the way he presents himself is genuine. He is just a player that you have to love. It isnt just what he accomplishes on the court, but also off the court which gets teammates to just feel comfortable with him. When he is barking his commands on the court people listen. He isnt always serious, but when he has to be serious then he can. He can unleash a smile with the best of them and just has a very likeable manner that gels with all. Who could forget his amusing interview at a Frankfurt tuxedo shop with Skyliners Jermareo Davidson, Jimmy Mckiney and Quantez Robertson where he stole the show from the rest and was like a MOC. Having that touch of seriousness and just being one of the guys and joking around is what brings a team together. If the famous investment firm Smith Barney would make a jacked up 2013 version of their old add where John Houseman says We make money the old fashioned way, we earn it and let Burtschi have a go, it would surely bring results. Burtschi of course would have enough power to say it sternly even if he may need a few takes.

After such a big comeback effort last season which cost so much extra energy for Frankfurt, It could be hard to decide which was more depressing for the fans losing the last game in Bonn where the Fraport Skyliners missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007 or the fact that Burtschi fled to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven last summer. Burtschi went to a team that moved up to the Beko BBL in 2005 and quickly got used to reaching the playoffs which they did in their first three years, but fans are getting more and more impatient each season as the team missed them last season. Burtschi came to a team that like most every other team has a lot of potential, but still some question marks to where they could end up at the end of the season. Burtschi is leading a team that is as hungry as a malnourished polar bear in the Bremerhaven zoo which got lost and mistakenly gotten locked up in the Stadhalle Bremerhaven. At the start of the season the club had a team building session at the Spadener lake and there was a dirty blond guy with sunglasses that looked like an unshaven ice man from Top Gun, but in reality it was Air Force alumnist Jacob Burtschi. He took that whole team building experience into his own hands and showed his leadership qualities, but at the same time didnt go overboard with the barking, but also was joking around showing that balance between lets do it/lets have fun. Mr incredible Jeff Gibbs once said that if the Eisbaeren had got by the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the 2010 semi finals, then they would have won it all against Bamberg. That team was very deep and talented and had many guys responsible for the success. The 2012-2013 Bremerhaven team has quality, but surely not as deep as 2010, but interesting personalities like a Jacob Burtschi. So far this season, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have had an up and down season losing their first three games, then winning three in a row including a huge win Oldenburg, but then losing against defensive team TBB Trier. After a three game winning streak in November they have been inconsistent and as of recent have lost six of their last eight games. 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, stated Jacob Burtschi. Currently the team is in 13th place, one win more than the 17th placed Fraport Skyliners and two wins away from the last playoff spot. Burtschi is itching for that first playoff run and despite the unbelievable talent in the Beko BBL this season, it could occur in Bremerhaven if everything goes to plan and if the team stays healthy, but now is the time for that late season run. Now its his time more than ever to step up and show what kind of captain qualities he has in this current weaker phase that the team is experiencing. Burtschi is currently averaging 10,4 ppg, and 6,6rpg, 1,9apg and an astounding 41,7% from the parking lot. Even when he is as sick as a dog as he was when he suffered food poisoning, he wasnt to precious to suit up against the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg supporting his teammates playing four minutes. Two interesting things could be observed in May 2013. Bremerhaven fans are very friendly and passionate basketball fans and it could be that smiling nonstop and visiting further games in May could be on the daily menu for them and Jacob Burtschi could just belong to a company of players since 2005 with Judson Wallace, Nick Jacobson, Zygimantas Jonusas, Louis Campbell and Torrell Martin who the fans will never forget.





Jaivon Harris claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Jaivon Harris (197-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Karlsruhe and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 30-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Karlsruhe in his team's victory, helping them to beat NBC (#9, 13-14) in overtime 89-84. Karlsruhe maintains the 5th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Karlsruhe will need more victories to improve their 16-11 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jaivon Harris averages this season 11.2ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Czech Republic power forward Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86) of Leipzig. Tyrna impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Leipzig to edge the higher-ranked Jena (#8, 13-14) by 2 points 85-83. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Leipzig managed to get this year. Tyrna is a newcomer at Leipzig and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Cornelius Adler (195-G/F-89) of NBC (#9). Adler scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Adler's great performance NBC lost 84-89in overtime to the higher-ranked Karlsruhe (#5, 16-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of NBC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Adler could help NBC to bring them higher in the standings. Adler has a very solid season. In 27 games in Germany he scored 9.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of Gotha - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Joey Henley (196-PF-85) of ETB Wohnbau - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jeremy Dunbar (195-G/F-88) of Cuxhaven - 23 points and 4 rebounds
7. Jonathan Person (192-PG-93) of Gotha - 22 points and 3 rebounds
8. Corey Hassan (193-G/F-87) of Vechta - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sajmen Hauer (190-G-88) of Karlsruhe - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of NBC - 7 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists

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



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos shock Real in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Panathinaikos 73:74

Panathinaikos stepped closer to the EuroLeague playoffs. They snatched a narrow road win in Madrid tonight. Kostas Tsartsaris (209-F-79) connected for 16 points as the Greens gained 8-4 record in Group E. Real slipped at 9-3 record but clinched the playoff spot despite the defeat.
Panathinaikos relied on their trademark defence in this one. They held Real to 14 points in the opening frame and posted a 3-point lead. Panathinaikos boosted their advantage to 5 points at halftime 33:38. But Real opened the third quarter with five straight points to erase the deficit. The hosts dominated throughout the third quarter. They pulled ahead and rallied to a 53:49 lead with one period remaining. But the Greens managed to turn things around in the final frame. They capitalized on some key mistakes from the hosts in the period to spur in front. Llull came up with several crucial misses from the stripe, while Kostas Tsartsaris sank his attempts to bring Panathinaikos to the victory. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) netted 14 points and issued 8 assists, while Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) added 12 points for the Hellenes. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) and Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) answered with 17 points each for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 17, Nikola Mirotic 17
Panathinaikos: Kostas Tsartsaris 16, Dimitris Diamantidis 14, Roko-Leni Ukic 12



Olympiacos lose also Dimitrios Mavroeidis to injury - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos suffered another injury setback. They lost Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM). The centre underwent a surgery on his knee and would miss at least one month of action. Dimitrios Mavroedis joined the Reds at the start of the season. He notched 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In A1 the centre delivered 5.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per appearance. Last season the centre spent in Spain. He played for Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao. Dimitrios Mavroeidis averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In ACB his stats read 3.6 points and 3.4 boards per appearance. He has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2011.


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Givens number one in Holland for round 30 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Samme Givens (195-F) had a very impressive game in the last round for Leeuwarden, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The -year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Weert (#8, 14-18) with 24-point margin 85-61. Leeuwarden maintains the 5th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Leeuwarden is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-15 record. Givens turned to be Leeuwarden's top player in his first season with the team. Former Drexel University star has very solid stats this year. Givens is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.8rpg) and averages impressive 63.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Rotterdam. Chatfield had a very good evening with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Rotterdam lost that game 88-93 to the higher-ranked M.Magixx (#7, 14-16). Rotterdam are still at the very bottom. 28 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Rotterdam managed to get this year. Chatfield is a newcomer at Rotterdam, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87) of M.Magixx (#7). Oudendag scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of M.Magixx, leading his team to a 93-88 win against the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 3-28). The chances of M.Magixx ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Oudendag could help M.Magixx to bring them higher in the standings. Oudendag has a very solid season. In 29 games in Holland he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 54.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sjors Poels (209-C-86) of Leeuwarden - 13 points and 11 rebounds
5. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85) of Den Bosch - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Dejuan Wright (190-G-88) of Den Bosch - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Maurits Pieper (198-F-90) of Amsterdam - 20 points and 3 rebounds
8. Zack Novak (193-G-90) of Zwolle - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87) of M.Magixx - 8 points and 16 rebounds
10. Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-G-88) of M.Magixx - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 2-0 
 2. Szolnok 2-1 
 3. Atomeromu 1-1 
 4. Kaposvari 1-1 
 5. Kormend 1-2 
 6. Jaszberenyi 0-2 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 13-11 
 2. Soproni 12-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 10-12 
 4. ZTE KK 10-13 
 5. Marso NYKK 9-15 
 6. Szedeak 8-15 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: Szolnok - Kormend 96-73
Mar. 23: Kaposvari - Albacomp
Mar. 23: Atomeromu - Jaszberenyi

Places 7-13

Mar. 20: FS Debrecen - Soproni 42-90
Mar. 22: Marso NYKK - PVSK Pannon
Mar. 23: Szedeak - ZTE KK


Laszlo Czigler returns to Paks - by Levente Szabo

As we reported earlier Enrique Gutierrez was waived by the management of Atomeromu SE Paks and was replaced by the former assistant coach of the team, Bela Schmidt . The team announced today that because of his health conditions, Bela Schmidt wont be able to continue his job as a head coach and the team signed their former legendary player, Laszlo Czigler (215-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) as the new head coach of the team. Laszlo Czigler spent this year at PVSK Pannonpower Pecs where he was an assistant to coach Ferenc Csirke.


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Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory over the eighth-ranked 08 Stockholm (16-17) 98-90 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (27-6) is placed first in the Basketligan. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 17.9ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 91.2%(145-159) in the 34 games he played so far. Sigurdarson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Baeringsson contributed to a Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the eighth-ranked 08 Stockholm (16-17) 98-90. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. Baeringsson also added 8 assists. Baeringsson is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 10.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(139-244), 3FGP: 47.1%(41-87) and FT: 71.1%. Baeringsson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jon Stefansson (196-82, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help CAI Zaragoza (14-11) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (16-9). Stefansson recorded 7 points in 19 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 81-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. This year Stefansson averages: 6.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 81.8% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #4. Guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, 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 Ermolinskij'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 grabbed 9 rebounds. It's Ermolinskij's first season with the team. Ermolinskij is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg. Ermolinskij is also Icelandic national team player.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #5. International shooting guard Logi Gunnarsson (192-81, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in an Angers BC 49's victory against the closely-ranked CFBB (2-17) crushing them 113-58 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Gunnarsson scored 29 points (!!!) and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. Angers BC 49 (9-13) is placed 11th in the NM1. Gunnarsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.7apg in the 21 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #6. Small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen was not able to secure a victory for Vaerlose (9-12) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Karason's good performance Vaerlose was defeated 98-88 on the opponent's court by the leading Svendborg. He scored 10 points. Karason's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-PG-88) plays for Mitteldeutscher BC in German BBL
Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) plays for Aarhus BC in Danish Ligaen



Play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

First games in Play-offs started yesterday. One big blow out when KR (#7) blow out Thor ( #2 ) 83-121
KR had a great shooting night65% from 2 pt, 55% from 3 pt and 83% from the foul line, its hard to stop teams when they shoot like this. Martin Hermannsson (190-SG-94) with his best game of the season with 33 points with over all shooting of 72%. Another young player Kristofer Acox had 21 points with few monster dunks.
Nobody really of the Thor players did show up for this game and 121 points does not show a big effort on the defensive end.
Leading scorers for Thor Benjamin Smith 21. Gudmundur Jonsson 16. For KR. Martin Hermannsson 3. Kristofer Acox 21
The other game last night was between Stjarnan ( #$ & Keflavik (#5) Keflavik started very well and had good lead in first quarter but then Stjarnan pick up their game and did not have problem to land a good win 102-86 Good scoring ballance and better defensive was the key for the win.
Leading scorers. Jarrid Frye 25. Jovan Zdravevski 24. Justin Shouse 19 Brian Mills 18. For Keflavik. Michael Craion 23. Darrell Lewis 20



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Kent's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old swingman Tyrone Kent (196-G/F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ironi Ramat Gan and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Kiryat Tivon (#12, 5-17) 94-81. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains the 5th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ironi Ramat Gan will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. Kent turned to be Ironi Ramat Gan's top player in his first season with the team. Tyrone Kent averages this season 15.7ppg and 5.7rpg. Worth to mention Kent played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Dallis Joyner (203-F-90) of Maccabi K/B. He is American forward in his first season at Maccabi K/B. In the last game Joyner recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi K/B lost that game 77-91 to the higher-ranked Macc.B.Yaakov (#9, 8-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Maccabi K/B is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Maccabi K/B managed to get this year. Joyner is a newcomer at Maccabi K/B and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Ironi Ramat Gan's star - Amit Tamir (208-C/F-79). Tamir got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was another key player of Ironi Ramat Gan, helping his team with a 94-81 easy win against the lower-ranked Kiryat Tivon (#12, 5-17). Ironi Ramat Gan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 8 lost games. Tamir has a very solid season. In 22 games in Israel he scored 18.5ppg. He also has 8.2rpg, FGP: 56.8% and 3PT: 43.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Hapoel Afula - 21 points and 16 rebounds
5. Ramon Dyer (201-F-84) of Hapoel Kazrin - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Lenny Daniel (203-F-87) of Maccabi K/G - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Alex Carcamo (200-F-77) of Kiryat Tivon - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Nate Miller (193-G-87) of Ironi Nahariya - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Oded Brandwein selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. He could not help Energa Czarni (13-11) in their last game. Despite Brandwein's very good performance the sixth-placed Energa Czarni lost 81-91 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Stelmet ZG in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Brandwein also added 3 passes in 29 minutes on the court. It's Brandwein's first season with the team. Brandwein belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7 with 3.9apg. He also averaged so far 11.1ppg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 84.6% in the 21 games he played so far. Brandwein has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team five years ago.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. He was not able to help Start Gdynia (5-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite Rothbart's very good performance Start Gdynia (#6) was defeated 74-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Siarka Jezioro (#3) in the Places 7-12 group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Rothbart also added 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. Rothbart belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 54.2% and FT: 68.0%. Rothbart is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Ex-Hapoel Galil Elyon player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). He managed to help FoxTown Cantu in a victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (6-17) 74-62 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Tyus scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 16 minutes. FoxTown Cantu (15-8) is placed fourth in the SerieA. This year Tyus averages: 8.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 70.3%(83-118) and FT: 55.6% in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Tyus is also a member of the Israeli senior national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #4. Small forward Omri Casspi (204-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-46) in their game against the Indiana Pacers (42-26) in the NBA. He did not have that impressive stats last Monday. Casspi scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The Cleveland Cavaliers were crushed 111-90 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. It was Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Casspi's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 2.2rpg in the 30 games. He is also Israeli national team player.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (21-12) crushing them 104-80 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Thomas scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Boras Basket (21-12) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. Thomas has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help Finke Baskets (11-16) to beat Duesseldorf Baskets (18-9). He scored 7 points. Finke Baskets was edged 77-74 on the road by the much higher-ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (#3). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Aud is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league. His total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 5.7apg. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention Aud played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) plays for Triumph Lyubertsy in Russian PBL
Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) plays for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL
Joshua Reisman (188-G-82) plays for Lechugueros in Mexican LNBP
Guy Parselani (217-C-78) plays for The San Diego Surf in the ABA
Gil Sobol (201-C-93) plays for Fraport Skyliners II in German ProB
Haran Shifman (183-G-84) plays for Polonia in Polish 1Liga
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-PG-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga
Nathan Zana (185-G-77) plays for Blonay Basket in Swiss LNB

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



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CIV 2013 Afrobasket: Mali, Rwanda complete 16 nations list - by Olusegun Ikuesan

FIBA Africa recently granted wild cards to Mali and Rwanda to complete the sixteen-team competition for the 27th Africa Cup of Nations tagged Afrobasket slated for Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from August 20 through 31 this year.

A lot of factors were considered by FIBA Africa Executive Committee in granting the two slots to the FIBA Africa zones two and five countries based on their performance during their zones qualifiers and past Afrobasket.

Mali finished third behind Senegal and Cape Verde in zone-two while Rwanda placed second behind Egypt in zone-five qualifiers held last year and early 2013 but their impressive record at the 26th edition of the continent biggest basketball show-piece also help them to secure the wild-card tickets.

The sixteen countries that will be divided into four groups at the March 30 draw holding at the Palais des Congrs of the Hotel Ivoire, Abidjan, Cote dIvoire are host Cote dIvoire, defending champion Tunisia ten-time champion Angola and third place finisher at the 26th edition of the continental showpiece Nigeria.

Other countries includes Morocco and Algeria (Zone-1); Senegal and Cape Verde (Zone-II); Burkina Faso (Zone-III); Central Africa Republic, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville (Zone-IV); Egypt (Zone-V); Mozambique (Zone-VI) and Mali and Rwanda (Wild-card).

The 2013 Afrobasket will serve as 2014 FIBA World Cup qualifier slated for Madrid Spain with first three placed countries carrying the continent flag at the mundial.



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Standings - BJ League

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

Regular Season: Round 44

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

Regular Season: Round 45

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


BJ League Round 44: Top-ranked Okinawa GK wins another game - by Eurobasket News

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (31-9) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Chiba Jets (20-20) 89-59. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Chiba Jets managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 36. They outrebounded Chiba Jets 43-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) contributed with 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) replied with 8 points and 11 rebounds for Chiba Jets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 31-9 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the sixth place with 20 games lost. Okinawa GK are looking forward to face Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chiba Jets will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#3) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game in Takamatsu was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (28-14) played at the court of 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (15-26). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure a 6-point victory 80-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Peppers who added 19 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. American power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Fukuoka Rizing maintains third position with 28-14 record having just -2 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 26 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against the league's leader Niigata Albirex and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Akita Happinets (21-19) played at the court of sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (21-19). Kyoto Hannar. managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84 on Sunday. The winners were led by Marcus Cousin who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 23 points by Dion Harris did not help to save the game for Akita Happinets. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Kyoto Hannar. will meet Shinshu BW (#9) in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 44: Hamamatsu P. was beaten by Yokohama BC on the road 76-67. Yokohama BC won against Hamamatsu P. on its own court 81-67. Sendai 89ers unfortunately lost to Oita H.Devils in a road game 87-96. Saitama Bron. recorded a loss to Miyazaki SS at home 90-94. Shimane SM crushed Gunma on the opponent's court 82-60. Toyama Grouses smashed Tokyo Cinq R. in a home game 105-78. Shinshu BW lost to Osaka Evessa on the road 64-78.
The most impressive performance of 44th round was 26 points and 10 rebounds by Michael Parker of Shimane SM.


Yokohama BC - Hamamatsu P. 76-67

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Yokohama BC (28-12) beat at home 5th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (24-18) 76-67 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-67. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored that evening 22 points and 7 rebounds and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) supported him with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 21 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists by point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Yokohama BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fifth place with 18 games lost. Yokohama BC will meet Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 22+7reb, D.Burns 16+2reb+7ast, L.Malloy 12+14reb, M.Kabaya 10+1reb+1ast, P.Faye 7+7reb, T.Hotta 3
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 21+15reb+6ast, O.Shinnosuke 14+4reb+2ast, E.Fuqua 13+9reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 9+2reb, Y.Shiina 3, A.Ohta 3+11reb+2ast
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Yokohama BC - Hamamatsu P. 81-67

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (24-18) lost on the road to second ranked Yokohama BC (28-12) 81-67 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-67. Yokohama BC outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 45-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 11 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fifth place with 18 games lost. Yokohama BC will meet Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 21+6reb+1ast, D.Burns 18+10reb+7ast, P.Faye 15+11reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 10+1ast, L.Malloy 6+9reb+1ast, S.Kouno 5
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 15+6reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 13+3reb+1ast, E.Fuqua 11+4reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 9+1reb+3ast, K.Galloway 7+4reb+5ast, A.Ohta 7+6reb
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Oita H.Devils - Sendai 89ers 96-87

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Oita Heat Devils (14-28) won against at home 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (16-24) 96-87 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 34-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Oita Heat Devils made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports) supported him with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Sendai 89ers. Guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 16 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils maintains ninth position with 14-28 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will meet higher ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sendai 89ers will play against Osaka Evessa (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Granado 27+14reb, V.Jones III 21+6reb+6ast, T.Shimizu 21+3reb+3ast, K.Mitomo 9+1reb+3ast, S.Umemiya 8, A.Coimbra 6+8reb+3ast
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 18+6reb+1ast, M.Hargrow 16+3reb+4ast, S.Coleman 14+5reb, T.Komoda 12+1reb+2ast, S.Willard 8+6reb+3ast, Y.Arai 7+1ast
gschID: 200806


Takamatsu FA - Fukuoka Rizing 74-80

The game in Takamatsu was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (28-14) played at the court of 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (15-26). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure a 6-point victory 80-74. Takamatsu FA was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 46-35 second half run of Fukuoka Rizing. They made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game, while Takamatsu FA only scored nine points from the stripe. Takamatsu FA was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) who added 19 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. American power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 15 points. Fukuoka Rizing maintains third position with 28-14 record having just -2 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 26 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against the league's leader Niigata Albirex and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 19+4reb, A.Takeno 17+4reb+1ast, J.Ashby 12+10reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 10+2reb+1ast, R.Warren 8+12reb+2ast, M.Kano 5+2reb+2ast
Takamatsu FA: B.Penn 15+3reb+3ast, P.Williams 14+12reb, D.Tamura 12+2reb+2ast, D.Lyons 9+3reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 9+3reb+2ast, M.Suzuki 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 200805


Kyoto Hannar. - Akita NH 92-84

The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Akita Happinets (21-19) played at the court of sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (21-19). Kyoto Hannar. managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84 on Sunday. Kyoto Hannar. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 36. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 39-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah, agency: Top Notch Sports) supported him with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 23 points by American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) did not help to save the game for Akita Happinets. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) added 17 points and 7 assists for the guests. Five Kyoto Hannar. and four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Kyoto Hannar. will meet Shinshu BW (#9) in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: D.Palmer 24+5reb+2ast, M.Cousin 16+16reb+1ast, Y.Okada 12+5reb+5ast, J.Boyette 11+4reb+5ast, L.Pomare 10+4reb, H.Kantake 9+1ast
Akita NH: D.Harris 23+4reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 19+6reb, Y.Togashi 17+2reb+7ast, A.Kent 16+7reb+2ast, M.Anderson 4+5reb+1ast, M.Kato 3+1ast
gschID: 200803


Saitama Bron. - Miyazaki SS 90-94

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (11-29) lost at home to tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (8-34) 94-90 on Sunday. Miyazaki Shining Suns outrebounded Saitama Broncos 64-43 including a 43-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Hiroshi Otsuka (188-87) supported him with 27 points. Even 35 points (!!!) and 7 steals by American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Saitama Broncos. His fellow American import forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains tenth position with 8-34 record which they share with defeated Saitama Broncos. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the tenth place with 29 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will meet higher ranked Akita Happinets (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saitama Broncos will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: A.Kuso 32+21reb+2ast, H.Otsuka 27+3reb+1ast, K.Ito 11+7reb+6ast, T.Fairley 10+12reb+2ast, Y.Kojima 7+10reb+4ast, M.Takahashi 7+7reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 35+3reb+3ast, D.Baker 16+7reb, Y.Kitamuki 11+4reb+5ast, Y.Nobihura 10+6reb+1ast, R.Orr 7+4reb, T.Yamashiro 6+13reb+1ast
gschID: 200800


Gunma - Shimane SM 60-82

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Shimane Magic (29-13) outplayed on the road 11th ranked Gunma (10-32) 82-60 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 53-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Gunma's 36. They outrebounded Gunma 42-30 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shimane Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Gunma's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 9 blocks. The winners were led by American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds by Vincentian center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) did not help to save the game for Gunma. American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Gunma's coach Ryan Blackwell gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Shimane Magic maintains second position with 29-13 record having just -3 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the eleventh place with 32 games lost. Shimane Magic will meet at home Toyama Grouses (#4) in the next round. Gunma will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 26+10reb+3ast, B.Puckett 20+10reb+2ast, J.Davis 15+4reb+2ast, S.Nakama 8+7reb+9ast, K.Yamabuchi 5+6reb+6ast, T.Yokoo 5+2reb+2ast
Gunma: D.Keller 16+5reb+1ast, N.Williams 11+12reb+1ast, J.Dixon 11+1reb+4ast, Y.Okumoto 6+1reb, K.Tomori 6+2reb+6ast, T.Tatsuhiko 3+1reb
gschID: 200799


Toyama Grouses - Tokyo Cinq R. 105-78

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (16-25) was outleveled on the road by fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (26-14) 105-78 on Sunday. The game without a history. Toyama Grouses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) who scored that evening 29 points and 8 rebounds and Masashi Joho (183-82) supported him with 28 points. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses' coach Bob Nash felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) did not help to save the game for Tokyo Cinq R.. His fellow American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the eighth position with 25 games lost. Toyama Grouses will meet league's second-placed Shimane Magic on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against the league's second-placed Yokohama BC (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: A.Garcia 29+8reb+1ast, M.Joho 28+3reb+2ast, I.Brown 13+9reb+8ast, T.Mito 12+5reb+4ast, M.Kamezaki 6, R.Horikawa 6
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 34+9reb+1ast, J.Jones 17+11reb+2ast, J.Carter 10+6reb, H.Takada 6+3reb+3ast, A.Inoue 5+4reb, C.Sasaki 3+1reb
gschID: 200798


Osaka Evessa - Shinshu BW 78-64

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Osaka Evessa (15-25) beat at home 8th ranked Shinshu BW (16-26) 78-64 on Sunday. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 36. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) supported him with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds by power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) did not help to save the game for Shinshu BW. Forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) added 15 points for the guests. Osaka Evessa have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Shinshu BW lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 26 games lost. Osaka Evessa will meet Sendai 89ers (#7) on the road in the next round. Shinshu BW will play against Kyoto Hannar. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 19+11reb, R.Rickert 18+11reb+2ast, D.Lathan 12+4reb+1ast, N.Walkup 9+3reb+1ast, S.Watanuki 9+1reb+2ast, S.Konno 5+1reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: J.Green 15+4reb, E.Morris 15+13reb+3ast, E.Walton 13+5reb, S.Yosuke 7+2reb+1ast, T.Goya 6+4reb+1ast, T.Utsunomiya 3
gschID: 200804


Chiba Jets - Okinawa GK 59-89

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (31-9) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Chiba Jets (20-20) 89-59. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Chiba Jets managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 36. They outrebounded Chiba Jets 43-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Narito Namizato (172-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) replied with 8 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Chiba Jets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 31-9 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the sixth place with 20 games lost. Okinawa GK are looking forward to face Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chiba Jets will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#3) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 19+12reb+2ast, A.McHenry 18+4reb+4ast, T.Woodbury 15+4reb+1ast, N.Namizato 14+10reb+9ast, D.Larkai 6+4reb+1ast, S.Kinjo 6
Chiba Jets: D.Bell 12+1reb+1ast, M.Gray 11+5reb+1ast, J.Werner 8+11reb+1ast, M.Chandler 7+6reb+4ast, M.Karimata 5+2ast, S.Isshiki 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 200801



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 17-1 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 10-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 10-8 
 4. Tobol 6-12 
 5. BK Almaty 4-14 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 17: BC Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 82-60
Mar. 21: Tobol - Kaspiy Aktau 79-90
Mar. 20: Tobol - Kaspiy Aktau 79-59
Mar. 16: BC Astana - Kaspiy Aktau 72-80

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 24: Tobol - Barsy Atyrau
Mar. 24: BK Almaty - BK Kapshagay
Mar. 25: Tobol - Barsy Atyrau
Mar. 25: BK Almaty - BK Kapshagay


Tobol and Kaspiy Aktau exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

Tobol and Kaspiy Aktau traded wins in the latest D1 action.
Tobol celebrated a 79:59 win in the first game in Kostanay. Sergej Vabischevich (190-G-88) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Tobol rallied to a 49:23 halftime advantage. Kaspiy managed just nine in the third term and Tobol cleared off for good. Timur Sultanov (178-PG-81), Konstantin Dvirniy (192-G-88) and Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) netted 12 points each in the win. Dzhanysh Adiev (190-G-93) responded with 15 points for Kaspiy. Azim Yagodkin (182-PG-92) had 10 points in the loss.
Kaspiy rebounded today. The Aktau team clinched a 90:79 victory. The visitors fired 32 points in the first term to take a 12-point lead. Kaspiy maintained the lead throughout the reminder of the contest and enjoyed the winning outcome at the end. Dmitriy Gavrilov (205-F-86) notched 20 points, while Chris Richard (206-F/C-84, college: Florida) accounted for 17 points in the victory. Konstantin Dvirniy answered with 21 points for Tobol. Sergej Vabischevich chipped in 15 points in the defeat.



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 19-1 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 16-4 
 3. Bashkimi 13-7 
 4. Trepca 11-9 
 5. RTV 21 10-10 
 6. Vellaznimi 5-15 
 7. Drita 5-15 
 8. Kosova 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 21: Trepca - Bashkimi 86-75
Mar. 20: Sigal Prishtina - Vellaznimi 106-65
Mar. 20: RTV 21 - Kosova 106-63
Mar. 20: Peja - Drita 102-79

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 23: RTV 21 - Peja
Mar. 23: Kosova - Sigal Prishtina
Mar. 23: Kolegji Univer. - Trepca
Mar. 23: Vellaznimi - Bashkimi


Sigal Prishtina is back to victories - by Dren Shporta

Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management), captain of Sigal Prishtina, has scored 22 points and registred 7 assist with 5 rebounds in his teams 16th victory of the season.

Julian Terrell, meanwhile registered double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Former champions got the lead since the begining of the match and kept it to the end for 106-65 final result.

Fisnik Rugova added 12 points while Fahri Breca 13 more in a match where ass coach Fikret Shatri gave the chance to all players.

On the other side, Vellaznimi had no chance, while Valon Gashi scored 23 points and Allen Idrizaj added 12 points more to be the only players that scored double ciphered points.




RTV 21 goes on with its program - by Dren Shporta

RTV 21 has registered its 10th victory of the season with easy victory over bottom team, Kosova, 102-63.

Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.) was for the second time in a row their best scorer with 24 points, while Brandon Roberson and Elvan Iljazi added 20 more, each, to bring 24 hour 4th place for Teleboys.

The big game for Teleboys will be next gameweek when they visit Sigkos Bashkimi in Sezai Surroi court.

They now have equaled their victories with defeats and for the first time this season have the chance to be real threat to TOP 4 teams.



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 24-4 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 22-6 
 3. VeA 19-8 
 4. Saldus 18-7 
 5. RSU 18-9 
 6. Kvele 15-12 
 7. Ogres 14-13 
 8. ViA Riga 14-13 
 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 36

Mar. 21: Ogres - Saldus 87-66
Mar. 22: ViA - Liepaja-2
Mar. 23: Valmiera BSS - Liepaja-2
Mar. 23: Saldus - VeA
Mar. 23: VEF skola - Ogres


Armands Skele selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Estonia). He was the major contributor in Kalev/Cramo's victory against the league leader BC Rakvere (19-9) 79-74 in the Estonian KML in Friday night's game. Skele scored 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (14-5) is placed third in the KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Skele has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(34-61), 3FGP: 37.5% in the eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Estonia), who plays in the Estonian KML. Laksa could not help BC Rakvere (19-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the league leader BC Rakvere was badly defeated 89-71 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev (#8). Laksa was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Laksa is currently third on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Laksa averages: 15.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 75.9%. He played for the Latvian national team in 2003.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Eurocup). Kuksiks contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (3-3) 73-56 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Budivelnyk Kyiv (4-2) is placed first. This year Kuksiks' overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 77.8%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 75.0% in the four games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #4. Small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to help Partizan (15-10) in their game against MZT Skopje (13-12) in the Adriatic League. Bertans recorded 6 points. Partizan was edged 66-64 in Skopje by the lower-ranked MZT Skopje (#8). His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Bertans' total stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #5. International shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked LSU-Baltai (5-12) crushing them 111-61 in the Lithuanian LKL last Tuesday. Blums scored 7 points and added 3 passes in only 13 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (7-2) is placed eighth in the LKL. 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 will be important. It's Blums' first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg in the nine games. Blums plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #6. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (210-88, currently plays in Italy) led Sutor Montegranaro to a victory against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (10-13) 93-86 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Sutor Montegranaro (8-15) is placed 14th in the SerieA. Freimanis has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #7. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Kormend (1-2) crushing them 96-73 in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. Kalve scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Szolnok this season. His team is placed second in Places 1-6 group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kalve used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #8. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (7-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 69-64 in Malaga by the much higher-ranked Unicaja (#9). Valters was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 assists. Valters has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.9apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Mareks Mejeris
Mareks Mejeris
   #9. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams CB Clavijo (9-13) in their game against FCB Regal II (10-12) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Mejeris was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. But CB Clavijo lost 60-65 in Barcelona to the higher-ranked (#7) FCB Regal II. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mejeris has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 5.4rpg in the 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Edgars Jeromanovs
Edgars Jeromanovs
   #10. Point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the fifth-ranked Boras Basket (21-12) 94-85 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Jeromanovs recorded 13 points and added 4 assists. Norrkoping Dolphins (4-2) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Jeromanovs has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia) helped Valga win their game against one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev 66-58 in the Estonian KML last Friday. Grafs had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 38 minutes. Grafs is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.1rpg. This year he also averages: 12.0ppg and 1.3apg in the 25 games. Grafs used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #12. An experienced former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa. He played also in the last Estonian KML game facing Armands Skele (above) in the other team. Umbrasko couldn't help BC Rakvere in their game against Kalev/Cramo. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 79-74. Umbrasko has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2008.

   #13. Former international center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) helped Pi Koleji win their game against the 11th-ranked Gelisim 84-78 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) in Friday night's game. Kambala scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 39 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 20.3ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 10 games. Kambala used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Froya Basket in their game against Tromso in the Norwegian BLNO. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the top scorer with 29 points. Gabrans also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Gabrans belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best passers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Gabrans averages: 17.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.6apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2002.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Raitis Grafs and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Cunda helped Valga win their game against one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev 66-58. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. Cunda is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers with 3.4apg. This year his other stats are: 11.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5spg in the 26 games. Cunda used to play for the Latvian U18 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Dragons Rhoendorf (19-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the first-placed Dragons Rhoendorf was crushed 84-62 on the road by the much lower-ranked BSW Sixers (#8) in the Group South. Tukiss was the top scorer with 14 points. Tukiss has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #2. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hod Hasharon's victory against the tenth-ranked Elitzur Ramla (8-14) 85-78 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 8 points and added 4 passes. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (17-5) is placed third in the National League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gandel averaged so far 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

   #3. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to help Marso NYKK (9-15) in their game against ZTE KK (10-13) in the Hungarian A Division. Berkis scored 9 points. But the fifth-placed Marso NYKK was badly defeated 83-64 in Zalaegerszeg by the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#4) in the Places 7-13 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. Berkis averaged so far 13.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg.



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Sagesse back on the winning track against Amchit - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In the 4th round of the final 8 , Sagesse welcomed Amchit in Ghazir , Sagesse lost the leader position by losing in the previous round to Byblos , while Amchit had a win against Hoops . The game was a very close one, the two teams couldnt impose their rhythm on the court. The game saw a very exciting first half , Sagesse were pushing through Deshawn Simms and Aaaron Harper as for Amchit they were answering through Andre Emmett . The score at the half was 36-34. The third quarter saw Sagesse making a run and having a small advantage by outscoring Amchit 21 to 15. The 4th quarter saw Amchit coming back but couldnt continue till the end. The game finished at the score of 75-68.

Deshawn Simms led Sagesse with 29 points , Aaron Harper had 21 , as for Julien Khazzouh he finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds. On Amchit side Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) led his team again with 31 points , Herbert Hill finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds.



Sagesse back on winning track against Amchit - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In the 4th round of the final 8 , Sagesse welcomed Amchit in Ghazir , Sagesse lost the leader position by losing in the previous round to Byblos , while Amchit had a win against Hoops . The game was a very close one, the two teams couldnt impose their rhythm on the court. The game saw a very exciting first half , Sagesse were pushing through Deshawn Simms and Aaaron Harper as for Amchit they were answering through Andre Emmett . The score at the half was 36-34. The third quarter saw Sagesse making a run and having a small advantage by outscoring Amchit 21 to 15. The 4th quarter saw Amchit coming back but couldnt continue till the end. The game finished at the score of 75-68.

Deshawn Simms led Sagesse with 29 points , Aaron Harper had 21 , as for Julien Khazzouh he finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds. On Amchit side Andre Emmett led his team again with 31 points , Herbert Hill finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Q1:19-19 Q2:36-34 Q3:57-49 Q4:75-68



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Neptunas 14-3 
 2. Rudupis 13-3 
 3. Juventus 10-7 
 4. Pieno Zvaigzdes 9-7 
 5. Siauliai 9-7 
 6. Zalgiris 8-0 
 7. Nevezis 8-8 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 7-2 
 9. Lietkabelis 6-12 
 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. 21: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietkabelis 88-84
Mar. 19: LSU-Baltai - Lietuvos rytas 61-111

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 26: LSU-Baltai - Siauliai
Mar. 26: Lietkabelis - Sakalai
Mar. 25: Rudupis - Juventus
Mar. 25: Nevezis - Pieno Zvaigzdes


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

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

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory over the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 97-87 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Jasaitis was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. 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. Jasaitis has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 69.5%(41-59), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 89.5% in the 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague). Maciulis was the main contributor in Panathinaikos' victory against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (2-10) crushing them 82-58 in the Euroleague last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Maciulis scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Panathinaikos Athens (8-4) is placed fourth in group E. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This season Maciulis has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 55.7%(39-70), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 72.7%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Jonas Valanciunas (211-92, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Valanciunas could not help the Toronto Raptors (26-42) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Toronto Raptors lost 101-107 on the road to the Charlotte Bobcats. Valanciunas recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks (made all of his six free throws) in 31 minutes. It's Valanciunas' first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 7.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 53.4% and FT: 74.8% in the 49 games. Valanciunas is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #4. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Simas Jasaitis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Kalnietis contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 97-87. He recorded 17 points and added 4 assists. Kalnietis is currently third on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 6.1apg. Kalnietis is also Lithuanian national team player.

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #5. An experienced international power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to a 2-point BC Donetsk's victory against the closely-ranked Halychyna (22-15) 83-81 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Songaila recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. BC Donetsk (21-15) is placed sixth in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth 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. Songaila has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg in the 27 games. Songaila plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #6. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Budivelnyk (27-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Budivelnyk was defeated 81-74 in Dnepropetrovsk by the much lower-ranked Dnipro (#11). Anisimovas was the second best scorer with 16 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. His stats this season are: 10.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2apg. Anisimovas is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team six years ago.

Dainius Salenga
Dainius Salenga
   #7. Former international forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michailis Anisimovas. But that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which we would like to mention. Salenga contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against one of league's weakest teams DniproAzot (11-27) 85-73. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 17 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (27-9) is placed first in the Superleague. This year Salenga's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg in the 33 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eight years ago.

Vaidotas Peciukas
Vaidotas Peciukas
   #8. Guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Pitesti (12-15) crushing them 95-71 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Peciukas was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Mures Targu-Mures (20-7) is placed second in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Peciukas averaged so far 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2005.

Deividas Dulkys
Deividas Dulkys
   #9. International shooting guard Deividas Dulkys (198-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Latvia was not able to secure a victory for Barons kvartals (5-1) in their last game. Despite Dulkys' very good performance the second-placed Barons kvartals was edged 76-73 at home by the leading Rudupis in the group E of Baltic League. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Dulkys also added 7 rebounds in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball.They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. This year Dulkys' total stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #10. Power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Houston Rockets in a victory against the Utah Jazz (34-34) 100-93 in the NBA last Wednesday. Motiejunas recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Houston Rockets have 37-31 record this season. Motiejunas has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 1.7rpg in the 30 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Lithuanian senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Besiktas crushing them 86-61 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Jasikevicius scored only 4 points and added 6 assists. Jasikevicius has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Valmiera crushing them 85-65 in the Latvian LBL in Saturday night's game. Zavackas scored 9 points in 28 minutes. Zavackas has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #13. Former international guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Gaziantep 78-69 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Lukauskis recorded 13 points. Lukauskis has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

   #14. International center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Donatas Zavackas and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Kavaliauskas contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Valmiera crushing them 85-65. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Kavaliauskas' stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #15. International guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Cherkasy's victory against the third-ranked Azovmash 88-83 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Delininkaitis scored 15 points in 33 minutes. Delininkaitis averaged so far 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) led Okapi Aalstar to a victory against the league leader Base Oostende (14-7) 82-77 in the Belgian Ethias League in Friday night's game. Young scored 16 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Generali Okapi Aalstar (14-8) is placed fourth in the Ethias League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Young belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 6.6rpg. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The Pennsylvania State University (2-16) 83-66 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Stauskas recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). The University of Michigan has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Stauskas averaged so far 11.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #3. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Juvecaserta's victory against the sixth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (14-9) 72-64 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Jonusas scored 9 points in 22 minutes. Co.Fi.Ba JuveCaserta (10-13) is placed tenth in the SerieA. Jonusas has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2spg in the 22 games he played so far.

   #4. Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to a Tsmoki-Minsk II's victory against the third-ranked Borisfen (6-20) 64-57 in the Belarusian Premier League on Friday night. He recorded 9 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Play-Out. Tsmoki-Minsk 2nd team (10-16) is placed first. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. Kamarunas belongs to league's best passers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (third place). This season he has very good stats: 10.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg and 2.7spg.

   #5. Martynas Kuksta (203-C-89, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in Hoganas' victory against the tenth-ranked Sanda Basket 80-67 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Kuksta scored 21 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Hoganas Basket (10-11) is placed eighth in South group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Kuksta has been at the team for four years. Kuksta is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.8bpg. This year his other stats are: 15.2ppg and 7.9rpg in the 21 games.

   #6. Evaldas Juozapaitis (189-G-84, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martynas Kuksta and both played together in the last Swedish Basketettan game. Juozapaitis led Hoganas to a victory over the tenth-ranked Sanda Basket 80-67. He was the top player that evening. Juozapaitis scored 22 points and had 5 steals in 38 minutes. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Juozapaitis averages: 17.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg in the 20 games.

   #7. Edgaras Kvedaravicius (191-G-92, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the closely-ranked Naestved 110-93 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. He scored 7 points. Kvedaravicius has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg.

   #8. Olegas Legankovas (197-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) helped Bayer Giants edge the fourth-ranked Oldenburg 86-84 in the German ProB (third division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes. Legankovas has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 19 games.

   #9. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Leche Rio Breogan Lugo to win against one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet 61-46 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 5 points and blocked 3 shots. Leonavicius has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg.

   #10. Daivis Sutkevicius (192-F-84, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martynas Kuksta. He played also in the last Swedish Basketettan game facing Evaldas Juozapaitis (above) in the other team. Sutkevicius helped Hoganas win their game against the tenth-ranked Sanda Basket 80-67. He scored 8 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in 34 minutes. Sutkevicius has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 4.0rpg in the 15 games.



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

30-year old center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Neptunas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Naglis Palangos (#12, 0-19), the league's bottom-ranked team 88-86. It allowed Neptunas to take over top position in the Lithuanian league. Neptunas have a solid 14-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Sarakauskas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Sarakauskas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 64.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mantas Mockevicius (189-G-93) of Naglis Palangos. He is a guard in his first season at Naglis Palangos. In the last game Mockevicius recorded impressive 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Naglis Palangos was edged by the higher-ranked Neptunas (#1, 14-3) 88-86. Naglis Palangos are still at the very bottom. 19 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Mockevicius is a newcomer at Naglis Palangos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Naglis Palangos' star - forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-F-89). Chodosovskis scored 16 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Chodosovskis' great performance Naglis Palangos lost 86-88 to the higher-ranked Neptunas (#1, 14-3). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Naglis Palangos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 19 games. Too bad for Chodosovskis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Chodosovskis has a very solid season. In 3 games in Lithuania he scored 9.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) of Neptunas - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) of Lietkabelis - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) of Lietuvos rytas - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Modestas Kumpys (192-G-91) of Naglis Palangos - 13 points and 7 rebounds
8. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) of Lietuvos rytas - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tyrell Biggs (203-F-86) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 21 points and 3 rebounds
10. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91) of Lietuvos rytas - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



LKL Round 24: Neptunas keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Neptunas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Neptunas edged bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos in Klaipeda 88-86. Naglis Palangos trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 27-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 86-88 at the end of the game. Neptunas forced 19 Naglis Palangos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for the former international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) contributed with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Neptunas' coach Kazys Maksvytis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) replied with 31 points for Naglis Palangos. Neptunas (14-3) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between 10th ranked LSU-Baltai (5-12) and eighth ranked Lietuvos rytas (7-2) in Kaunas ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Vilnius outscored LSU-Baltai 111-61. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Renaldas Seibutis who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) with 12 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. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 7-2 record. LSU-Baltai at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LSU-Baltai will play at home against Siauliai (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 24 Lietkabelis was beaten by Pieno Zvaigzdes on the road 88-84.


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietkabelis 88-84

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (9-7) beat 9th ranked Lietkabelis (6-12) in Pasvalys 88-84. Lietkabelis was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 25-18 third quarter run of Pieno Zvaigzdes. Lietkabelis was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyrell Biggs (203-86, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who added 8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Mindaugas Lukosius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Karolis Babkauskas (186-91) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Five Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Siauliai. Lietkabelis at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Nevezis (#7) in Kedainiai in the next round. Lietkabelis will play at home against Sakalai in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: K.Babkauskas 21+3reb+4ast, M.Kupsas 18+10reb+1ast, V.Volkus 15+5reb+2ast, D.Griskenas 11+6reb, T.Jogela 10+3reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 6+5reb+3ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Biggs 21+3reb, J.Sinica 13+1reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 12+2reb+3ast, T.Hughes 8+6reb+5ast, Y.Gates 7+4reb, S.Muldrow 7+4reb
gschID: 194355


Neptunas - Naglis Palangos 88-86

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Neptunas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Neptunas edged bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos in Klaipeda 88-86. Naglis Palangos trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 27-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 86-88 at the end of the game. Neptunas forced 19 Naglis Palangos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for the former international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Neptunas' coach Kazys Maksvytis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) replied with 31 points and forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Neptunas (14-3) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: M.Mockevicius 31+4reb+3ast, V.Chodosovskis 16+13reb, M.Kumpys 13+7reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 11+5reb+5ast, R.Barrett 6+4reb+3ast, O.Kushnirov 5+4reb
Neptunas: D.Gailius 24+11reb+3ast, V.Sarakauskas 12+13reb+4ast, M.Mazeika 12+2reb+2ast, R.Broadus 10+1reb+3ast, A.Butkevicius 9+4reb+2ast, D.McClure 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 194357


LSU-Baltai - Lietuvos rytas 61-111

The game between 10th ranked LSU-Baltai (5-12) and eighth ranked Lietuvos rytas (7-2) in Kaunas ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Vilnius outscored LSU-Baltai 111-61. It looked good early as LSU-Baltai took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lietuvos rytas had a 25-22 second period charge getting the lead and LSU-Baltai was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-111. Lietuvos rytas dominated on the defensive end, holding LSU-Baltai to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 30. They outrebounded LSU-Baltai 44-15 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lietuvos rytas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by LSU-Baltai's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) with 12 points and point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) scored 7 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. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 7-2 record. LSU-Baltai at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LSU-Baltai will play at home against Siauliai (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: S.Vingelis 12+2reb, V.Sragauskis 10+2reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 8+1reb, M.Stasys 7+3reb+3ast, T.Urbonas 6+2reb+1ast, T.Tamosiunas 5+1ast
Lietuvos rytas: E.Bendzius 17+8reb+3ast, M.Katelynas 16+4reb, R.Seibutis 15+5reb+3ast, N.Nedovic 12+3reb+5ast, D.Ivanov 10+5reb, P.O'Bryant 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 194356



EuroLeague: Zalgiris outgun Anadolu Efes in front of more than 11000 fans - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes 79:71

Zalgiris outgun Anadolu Efes in front of more than 11000 fans in the first game of Thursday action in EuroLeague. The Lithuanian team posted a 79:71 mostly due to the boost in the start of the third period.
Both teams started strong and scored 52 points in the first period. Anadolu Efes managed to grab 27:25 lead, but then Zalgiris posted a 19-15 rally for 44:42 halftime advantage. The hosts erupted with a massive run early in the third period but saved 7 points after three quarters. They added 16-15 in the last stanza for the final success.
Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) netted 15. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) delivered 9 points in a win. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) replied with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) scored 13. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) notched 12 and Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) brought 11.

Zalgiris: Darjus Lavrinovic 24, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15, Rimantas Kaukenas 9
Anadolu Efes: Jamon Lukas Gordon 14, Semih Erden 13, Jordan Farmar 12, Dusko Savanovic 11



NKL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Triobet - Perlas-MRU 86-77

Perlas-MRU was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 32-18 charge of Triobet, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Perlas-MRU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) chipped in 24 points. Four Triobet players scored in double figures. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Mantas Virbalas (203-88) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga) added 29 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Triobet: T.Sebeziovas 24+1ast, M.Linkevicius 22+10reb+7ast, H.Vorotnikovas 14+2reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 10+7reb+1ast, T.Milinskas 7+5reb, A.Lencevicius 4+3reb+2ast
Perlas-MRU: K.Sheard 29+3reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 23+10reb+3ast, D.Bickauskis 5+4reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 5+2reb+3ast, A.Udras 5+5reb+1ast, T.Padegimas 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 237154


Olimpas - Zalgiris-Sabonio 62-79

The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris-Sabonio. Olimpas managed to win fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Tomas Dimsa (195-94) fired 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Mantas Kazonas (201-89) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) added 15 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Dimsa 18+4reb+1ast, M.Grigonis 12+4reb+4ast, J.Tamulis 11+2reb+1ast, A.Gudaitis 11+6reb, V.Kariniauskas 9+2reb+4ast, L.Lekavicius 5+1reb+1ast
Olimpas: A.Maneikis 15+3reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 13+10reb, I.Razutis 10+3reb+3ast, J.Kazakauskas 8+2reb, E.Gintvainis 7+1reb+2ast, T.Domarkas 6+1ast
gschID: 237153


Dzukija - Zanavykas 66-56

The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 32-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dzukija forced 23 Zanavykas turnovers. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll., agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Povilas Sakinis (199-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Paulius Parachomikas (196-82) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Dzukija: P.Sakinis 14+10reb, B.Harrison 13+7reb+8ast, M.Reminas 11+4reb+2ast, C.Trybanski 9+6reb, T.Skripkauskas 8+4reb+1ast, G.Kurtinaitis 5
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 16+9reb+3ast, P.Parachomikas 11+6reb+2ast, V.Sumskis 11+5reb, R.Ostreika 5+3reb, A.Pelss 4+4reb+3ast, J.Andriuska 3
gschID: 237152


Mazeikiai - Statyba 92-82

The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 52-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mazeikiai shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Statyba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Andrius Mikutis (193-88, college: John Brown) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Tadas Rinkunas (195-91) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Five Mazeikiai and four Statyba players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: R.Giedraitis 21+5reb, A.Mikutis 18+8reb+1ast, O.Macernis 17+1reb+7ast, A.Gydra 11+1reb, E.Zukauskas 10+8reb+5ast, A.Kojenets 6+2reb
Statyba: T.Rinkunas 20+3reb+2ast, D.Tarvydas 16+7reb+3ast, O.Varanauskas 13+6ast, K.Brusokas 13+5reb, V.Luksa 7+4reb+1ast, K.Jonuska 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 237151



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EBL Round 18: The regular season champion is Sutjeska - by Darko Pekic

The last Round of Montenegrin regular season ended yesterday with no surprises. The places in Superleague and Play Out League have already been assigned before the last round. In the first game of the Round, Teodo won in Herceg Novi against Primorje (70-65). The game was played on last Wednesday due to a prearranged game in Balkan League.

In the most interesting game of Round 18 which was played in Niksic, 1st ranked and 2nd ranked team in League faced each other but Sutjeska won the game easily (78-67) and secured the first place in the Regular Season. Nikola Zizic (195-G-94, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (22 points) and Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (20 points) were the top scorers in the home team while Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell) had 19 points for the guests.

Ulcinj got an easy win against Danilovgrad (86-72) and home team had a great shooting night which did not leave any hope to the guests to make an upset. Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) was once again the top scorer with 19 points and the experienced forward Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) who added 15 points. Danilovgrad was led by former Ulcinj player Rickey Young (205-F/C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: W.Virginia Tech)

Lovcen defeated Centar at home (67-55). The great duo Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) (18 points) and Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (16 points) led the home team to the victory. Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Longwood) scored 21 points for the guests.

Jedinstvo won against Ibar in Bijelo Polje (79:67) and will look to continue its winning streak in the Play-Out league.

The Superleague and Play- Out league start on next Wednesday and here are the schedules:

Superleague

http://www.kscg.me/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2018:raspored-super-erste-koarkake-lige&catid=41:takmicenja&Itemid=123

Play Out League

http://www.kscg.me/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2019:raspored-play-out-erste-koarkake-lige&catid=41:takmicenja&Itemid=123



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All-NAIA D1 Awards 2012-2013 - by Greg

All-NAIA D1 1st Team 2012-2013
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Monty Wilson
Wilson
Will Barnes
Barnes
Preston Branson
Branson
Jamar Briscoe
Briscoe
Dakota Downs
Downs
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All-Tournament MVP: Monty Wilson (6'4''-G) of Georgetown, KY
Player of the Year: Vic Moses (6'6''-F) of Georgetown, KY
Tournament Hustle Award: Dominique Rambo (5'9''-G) of SW Assemblies of God
Coach of the Year: Chris Briggs of Georgetown, KY

1st Team
G: Will Barnes (6'1''-88) of Lee
G: Preston Branson (6'3'') of Westmont
PG: Jamar Briscoe (5'10''-90) of Pikeville
PF: Dakota Downs (6'6''-91) of Concordia Irvine
F: Jordan Dressler (6'8'') of Columbia, MO
PG: Jeremiah Dunnings (5'11'') of William Carey
F: Vic Moses (6'6'') of Georgetown, KY
G: Dominique Rambo (5'9'') of SW Assemblies of God
Kris Rosales (6'0'') of Hope International
Charlie Shorter of MidAmerica Ch.

2nd Team
F: Brandon Davis (6'3'') of LSU-Shreveport
PG: Kalen Kimberland (6'0''-90) of Lindsey Wilson
G: Robert Martinez (6'0'') of Our Lady Lake
F: Alvin Nance (6'5'') of Philander Smith
G: Marshawn Norris (5'10'') of Culver Stockton
F: Jake Owsley (6'8'') of Montana-West
G: Norris Rumph (6'2'') of Oklahoma S&A
F: Jeremy Rodgers (6'5'') of Martin Methodist
G/F: Trevor Setty (6'8'') of Pikeville
G: Marcel Towns (6'2'') of Great Falls

3rd Team
F: P.J. Bolte (6'6''-89) of Lewis-Clark St.
G: Anthony Dorsey of Truett-McConnell
PG: Rustin Dowd (5'11'') of MidAmerica Nazarene
F: Denzell Erves (6'7'') of Xavier, LA
F: Jamorris Gaines (6'6'') of Lee
G: David Johnson (6'1'') of Oklah.Baptist
F: Zack Kleine (6'5'') of Evangel
PG: Travis Lampley (5'11'') of St.Thomas, TX
G: Robert Lovaglio (6'5'') of Loyola, LA
PG: David Rawlinson (5'11'') of W.Virginia Tech

Honorable Mention
Richard Johnson (5'8''-PG) of Allen
Charlie Wallrapp (6'6''-F) of Benedictine, KS
Caleb Hardy (6'5''-F) of Bethel, TN
David Cline (6'6''-F) of Biola, CA
Jose Rivera (6'3''-G-90) of CSU San Marcos
Vernon Payne (6'6''-F) of Campbellsville
Elliott Black (6'6''-F) of Cent.Methodist
Melvin Tillman (6'0''-G) of Cent.Methodist
Derrick Dilworth (6'4''-G) of Columbia, MO
Devin Griffin (6'0''-G) of Columbia, MO
Timothy Harris (6'3''-SG) of Concordia Irvine
Austin Keaton (6'3''-G) of Culver Stockton
Antonio Bumpus (6'3''-G-89) of Cumberlands
Adrain Justice () of Emmanuel, GA
Michael Stanley (6'1''-G) of Emmanuel, GA
Jamarious Alderson (6'3''-G) of Faulkner
Darrell Miller (6'8''-G/F) of Fisk
Reginald Gilmore (6'5''-F) of Freed-Hardeman
Jeremy Kilgore (5'11''-G) of Hope International
Demetrius Smith (6'4''-F) of Huston-Tillotson
Abel Galliguez (5'8''-G) of John Brown
Coleson Rakestraw (6'3''-G) of John Brown
Jacob Champoux (5'11''-PG-92) of Lewis-Clark St.
Latraius Mosley of Life
Greg Thomas of Life
Josh Watson (6'5''-PG) of Martin Methodist
Leandre' Johnson () of Missouri Baptist
Jordan Epps (5'10'') of Missouri Valley
Devin Jackson (6'1''-G) of Montana St.-N.
Adam Greger (6'6''-G/F) of Montana Tech
Chase Adams (6'2''-G) of Oklah.Baptist
Charlton Jones (6'1''-G-91) of Oklahoma City
Melvin Rowe of Park
Sean Montgomery (6'6''-F) of Chicago St.
Jeremy Nicolas of Rocky Mountain
Donald Williams (6'5''-G) of Rogers St.
Tyler Morgan (6'4''-F) of Shawnee St.
Nikola Lambic (6'9''-C) of S.Wesleyan
Clyde Moore (6'4''-G/F) of SUNO
Fayzon Richey (6'3''-G-90) of St.Gregory
Bryan Kaase (6'4''-F) of St.Thomas, TX
Juan Gray (6'0''-G) of Tougaloo
Preston Wynne (6'1''-G) of Vanguard
Brandon Allen (6'5''-G/F) of Alabama A&M
Jake Orchard (6'4''-F) of Westminster, UT
Jordan Sachs (6'5''-G) of Westmont
Daron Bell (6'3''-G) of William Carey
Kyle Harvey of Williams Baptist
Wanto Joseph (5'9''-PG) of Xavier, LA

All-Tournament Team
Jordan Dressler (6'8''-F) of Columbia, MO
Marshawn Norris (5'10''-G) of Culver Stockton
Vic Moses (6'6''-F) of Georgetown, KY
Monty Wilson (6'4''-G) of Georgetown, KY
Brandon Davis (6'3''-F) of LSU-Shreveport
Rodney Milum (6'0''-PG-90) of LSU-Shreveport
Darren Ballou (6'7''-F-90) of Lindsey Wilson
Jacob French (6'6''-F) of MidAmerica Nazarene
Mike Nwelue (6'4''-G) of SW Assemblies of God
Dominique Rambo (5'9''-G) of SW Assemblies of God



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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 26-42 
 5. Toronto R. 26-42 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 42-26 
 2. Chicago B. 36-31 
 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. 48-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 34-34 
 4. Portland TB 32-36 
 5. Minnesota T. 23-43 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 47-22 
 2. Golden St.W. 39-31 
 3. LA Lakers 36-33 
 4. Sacramento K. 25-44 
 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 137

Mar. 21: Chicago B. - Portland TB 89-99
Mar. 21: Sacramento K. - Minnesota T. 101-98
Mar. 21: Denver N. - Philadelph.76 101-100

Regular Season: Round 138

Mar. 22: Toronto R. - New York K.
Mar. 22: Orlando M. - Oklah.City T.
Mar. 22: Indiana P. - Milwaukee B.
Mar. 22: Atlanta H. - Portland TB
Mar. 22: Miami Heat - Detroit P.
Mar. 22: N.Orleans H. - Memphis G.
Mar. 22: Houston R. - Cleveland C.
Mar. 22: Dallas M. - Boston C.
Mar. 22: San Antonio S. - Utah Jazz
Mar. 22: Phoenix Suns - Minnesota T.
Mar. 22: LA Lakers - Washington W.


Latest victories for Sacramento, Portland and Denver - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento K. - Minnesota T. 101-98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and six assists, Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night and the Sacramento Kings earned their third straight home win, holding off the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 101-98. The Kings are 6-5 over the last three weeks and their 19 home wins are the most over the previous three seasons. Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost two straight and four of five. Injury-plagued Minnesota has dropped 21 of 28 games since Jan. 8. The Timberwolves have lost nine straight and 17 of 18 on the road. Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) had 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves. Courtesy of: http://www.knoxnews.com

Denver N. - Philadelph.76 101-100
DENVER (AP) - Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) sank three free throws with 2.1 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets stretched their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games with a 101-100 thriller over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Anthony Randolph blocked Damien Wilkins' desperation jumper at the buzzer to secure Denver's 16th straight win at the Pepsi Center - and its most unlikely. Brewer finished with 29 points. Wilkins had 24 points and Jrue Holliday had 18 points and 15 assists for the Sixers. Brewer scored the Nuggets' last six points, including a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left that pulled Denver within 100-98. Brewer fouled Evan Turner with 7.1 seconds left and he missed both free throws. After a timeout, Anthony Miller inbounded to Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group), who passed to Brewer, who was knocked down on his 3-point try by Wilkins. The Nuggets haven't lost at home since Jan. 14 against Washington and they're in the midst of their longest winning streak since joining the NBA in 1976, a streak that survived despite an uncharacteristic 20 turnovers. Even though Miller scored a season-high 21 points, the Nuggets sorely missed Ty Lawson (right heel) and Wilson Chandler (left shoulder), both of whom were hurt in Denver's signature win at Oklahoma City Tuesday night. They nearly lost to the NBA's lowest scoring team, one that owns just six road wins, tied for the fewest in the league this season. Gallinari's turnover led to Wilkins' jumper that made it 98-90 with two minutes remaining, and the crowd was standing in disbelief. Randolph's slam dunk with made it 98-95, but Holiday sank two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to give Philadelphia a five-point cushion. Brewer's 3-pointer made it 100-98 and the Sixers called a timeout with 9.2 seconds left when they couldn't inbound the ball. After Turner missed his second free throw, Anthony Randolph corralled the rebound and called a timeout with 6.8 seconds left. Before the game, it was noted that George Karl's team has been flying under the radar because of the Miami Heat's 24-game winning streak that included a comeback Wednesday night from a 27-point deficit in Cleveland. 'That's fine,' Karl said. 'That's fine with me. I just don't want to get down 27 tonight. I don't think we can shoot the 3 as well as Miami does and make the comeback.' Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said just because the Heat have the second-longest winning streak in NBA history doesn't diminish what the Nuggets are doing. 'We've won three in a row one time this year. They have four losses in 60 days; we have four wins in 60 days. Winning is very contagious and you get into that feeling where you go to the gym and you're supposed to win. I think Denver has it,' Collins said before tipoff. 'They've had some amazing wins. Winning on the road at Oak City, winning at Chicago, they find ways to do it, they do it in different ways. I don't see them overplaying anybody to do that. That's the real key. They have a different kind of team where they don't count on one particular guy on a night to be that guy.' On Thursday night, it was Brewer's turn to turn on the heroics, and extend Denver's streak. NOTES: Randolph swished a 3-pointer to close the first quarter but it wasn't in time and was waved off. Chandler said his shoulder felt better Thursday but added that he plans to sit out Denver's next three games and hopes to return March 27 against San Antonio. Lawson leads the Nuggets with a 16.9-point scoring average. Chandler is averaging 11.8 points and five rebounds. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

Chicago B. - Portland TB 89-99
CHICAGO (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) scored 28 points, Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) added 24 and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a season sweep of the Chicago Bulls with a 99-89 victory on Thursday night. Portland improved to 10-25 on the road to take the season series with the Bulls for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The Blazers beat Chicago 102-94 on Nov. 18 in their other meeting this season. Joakim Noah had 18 points and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, which shot 44 percent. J.J. Hickson grabbed 21 rebounds for Portland, which held a 45-41 rebounding advantage. Chicago led 21-20 after the first quarter, but Portland scored the first 14 points of the second quarter and outscored the Bulls 32-16 in the period to take a 52-37 lead at halftime. Aldridge led Portland with 16 points at the break and Lillard had 13. Portland extended its lead to 28 in the third quarter before the Bulls made a late charge, outscoring the Trail Blazers 36-19 in the final quarter. Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help Chicago get within 10 points with under 34 seconds left. The injury-plagued Bulls got Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson back. Hinrich started at point guard after missing seven games with a sore right foot. Gibson, a reserve, also returned after missing 10 games with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Hinrich struggled, shooting 1 of 7 from the field for two points. He scored his first points on a layup with under five minutes left in the third quarter. Gibson was 7 of 14 for 14 points. The Blazers shot 49 percent from the field and went 10 of 21 from 3-point range, led by Lillard's four 3-pointers. Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each hit three 3-pointers. Portland has beaten the Bulls in four straight meetings and won nine of its last 11 against Chicago. The Blazers had lost 14 of their last 16 road games before Thursday. The Bulls fell to 3-6 in March, while Portland improved to 6-5 this month. Aldridge grabbed eight rebounds to fall short of his sixth consecutive double-double. The Western Conference Player of the Week had averaged 26.8 points and 12.2 rebounds in his last five games. While the Bulls got Hinrich and Gibson back from injuries, Derrick Rose remains out. Rose said during Thursday's shootaround that he isn't sure when he'll return from his knee injury. The former MVP point guard sounded like he might miss the entire season and said he's experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. He had ACL surgery in May. Rose said he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery. 'Nothing has changed,' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'Go day to day. He continues to get better.' NOTES: Thibodeau said reserve guard Richard Hamilton's sore back is not clearing up and the Bulls have to remain patient. Hamilton hasn't played since Feb. 26. . Chicago closes out a homestand against Indiana on Saturday. Portland continues its road trip Friday at Atlanta. Courtesy of: http://chicago.cbslocal.com



Interview Derrick Rose: '' I just know I'm close and I'm taking every day serious'' - by Diamadis Farmakis

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said Thursday he still doesn't have a return date in mind, despite the fact less than a month remains in the regular season.

"It could be tomorrow and I feel like I could play the next game," said Rose, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the playoffs last year. "Nobody knows but God."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was most likely out for Thursday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers

Rose said in a February interview with USA Today that he was in the "high 80s" as far as being back to 100 percent healthy, but he did not want to put a percentage on his health after Thursday's shootaround

"I really don't know right now," Rose said. "I don't want to place no percentage on it, but I just know that I'm close and I'm taking every day serious and just becoming a professional."

Rose, 24, reiterated that he had no date in mind after which he would consider it too late to come back this season. He tore his left ACL on April 28 and underwent surgery on May 12.

"Not at all," he said. "I feel like when I'm ready to come back I'll be ready no matter what it is. ... Whenever I'm ready, I'm going to be out there."

Rose said that he can feel the explosion coming back into his game.

"I'm just taking my time. I'm just being patient, doing all the right things and really eating right and getting rest."

Rose does believe that he has gotten stronger with the constant rehab he has been doing over the past 10 months since his surgery.

"I'm way stronger," Rose said. "Way stronger. I'm just seeing how I'm going to put that in my game. I don't know yet. But when we're playing 5-on-5, just trying to pick the right spots and really just trying to find out how strong I am."


Source: ESPN Chicago.



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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) 

Regular Season: Round 129

Mar. 21: Louisville - N.Carolina A&T 79-48
Mar. 21: Memphis - St.Mary''s, CA 54-52
Mar. 21: Syracuse - Montana 81-34
Mar. 21: Butler - Bucknell 68-56
Mar. 21: UNLV - California 61-64
Mar. 21: Marquette - Davidson 59-58
Mar. 21: Colorado St. - Missouri 84-72
Mar. 21: Michigan St. - Valparaiso 65-54
Mar. 21: St.Louis - N.Mexico St. 64-44
Mar. 21: Oklahoma St. - Oregon 55-68
Mar. 21: VCU - Akron 88-42
Mar. 21: Michigan - S.Dakota St. 71-56
Mar. 21: Arizona - Belmont 81-64
Mar. 21: Gonzaga - Southern 64-58
Mar. 21: N.Mexico - Harvard 62-68
Mar. 21: Pittsburgh - Wichita St. 55-73

National Tournament Round 2: Round 129

East

Mar. 22: N.Carolina St. - Temple
Mar. 22: Illinois - Colorado
Mar. 22: Miami, FL - Pacific
Mar. 22: Indiana St. - JMU
Mar. 21: California - California
Mar. 21: Syracuse - Montana
Mar. 21: Butler - Bucknell
Mar. 21: Marquette - Davidson

Midwest

Mar. 22: Creighton - Cincinnati
Mar. 22: Duke - Albany
Mar. 21: Louisville - N.Carolina A&T
Mar. 21: Colorado - Missouri
Mar. 21: Oklahoma St. - Oregon
Mar. 21: St.Louis - N.Mexico St.
Mar. 21: Memphis - St.Mary's, CA
Mar. 21: Michigan St. - Valparaiso

NIT

Mar. 21: Denver - Maryland
Mar. 21: Iowa - Stony Brook
Mar. 21: Arizona St. - Baylor

South

Mar. 22: Kansas - W.Kentucky
Mar. 22: N.Carolina - Villanova
Mar. 22: UCLA - Minnesota
Mar. 22: Florida - Northwestern St.
Mar. 22: San Diego St. - Oklahoma
Mar. 22: Georgetown - Florida Gulf Coast
Mar. 21: VCU - Akron
Mar. 21: Michigan - S.Dakota St.

West

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


Chattanooga fired coach Shulman - by Eurobasket News

Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga fired coach John Shulman. The Mocs went 13-19 this season. The specialist held 145-146 overall record with the team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Shulman's team won Southern Conference Tournament in 2005 and 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Warriors Top MSU In Overtime To Win Central Region Title - by Eurobasket News

MANKATO, Minn. Grant Johnson hit a jumper with 20 seconds remaining in overtime to help lift the Winona State men's basketball team to a 76-73 victory in the championship game of the NCAA Central Region Tournament Tuesday in Mankato.

The Warriors will now move on to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Louisville, Kentucky. WSU will play West Liberty at 4:30 pm on March 28.

Xavier Humphrey drove the lane with 26 seconds remaining in regulation and the Warriors down three, getting the layup and drawing the foul. The senior knocked down the free throw to tie the contest at 64 and send the game into overtime.

Once there both teams traded baskets until Johnson's winning shot put WSU up 74-73. Humphrey iced the game with a pair of free throws with five seconds to play, sending the Warriors to the Elite Eight for the fourth time in school history.

Winona State is now 4-0 in NCAA Region Championship games, also winning the regional championship in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Both teams played extremely hard, trading baskets and leads throughout. The lead changed 20 times during the game, with the largest advantage a six point Warrior lead with 13:25 to go in regulation.

Clayton Vette (6'9''-C-88) led all scorers with 22 points as five Warriors reached double figures scoring. Vette hit 9-of-16 shots from the floor while also grabbing six rebounds and was named the regional tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Taylor Cameron (6'5''-G-91) ended the game with 15 points and eight rebounds while Kellen Taylor (6'7''-G) and Johnson each scored 11.

Humphrey scored 13 points in the game, becoming the 34th player in Winona State history to reach the 1,000 point mark. The senior now has 1,011 points in his Warrior career.

Winona State is now 27-7 on the season, the fourth-most wins in a year in program history.

Tuesday's regional final game was played in front of 4,137 fans, the third-highest attendance number ever at the Taylor Center in Mankato.
Courtesy of: http://www.winonastatewarriors.com



Louisville-Bound After 57-52 Triumph Over Bridgeport in NCAA Championship East Regional Final - by Eurobasket News

MANCHESTER, N.H. (March 19, 2013) Junior forward Ellis Cooper (6'3''-F-91) (Northampton, Mass.) hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds on the clock and walked away from the foul line miming putting on a championship belt on Tuesday night, as he gave the top-seeded Franklin Pierce University men's basketball team an insurmountable, 57-52 lead. That would ultimately turn out to be the final score in a win over seventh-seeded Bridgeport in the title game of the NCAA Championship East Regional at SNHU Fieldhouse on the campus of Southern New Hampshire. Sophomore forward Ryen Vilmont (6'5''-F-92) (Philadelphia, Pa.) tied for the game's scoring lead with 18 points, 15 of which came in the second half.

With the win, Franklin Pierce improves to 24-8 and advances to the Elite Eight at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. The Ravens will meet the champion of the South Central at noon on Thursday, March 28. The final game of the South Central Regional tipped at 9 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday between top-seeded Metro State and second-seeded St. Mary's (Texas). With the loss, Bridgeport concludes its season at 23-10.

Cooper came away with the East Regional Most Outstanding Player honors when all was said and done. He was joined on the Regional's All-Championship team by Vilmont and senior guard Eric Jean-Guillaume (Stamford, Conn.).
Vilmont's 18 points came on 5-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-5 from three-point range, including 3-for-3 in the second half. He led three Ravens in double digits, as junior guard Andre Blackwood (Peterson, N.J.) -- who had been ejected from Sunday's regional semifinal -- added 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting and Cooper contributed 11. Vilmont hit three straight three-point shots between the 14:15 and 11:36 marks in the second half, as Franklin Pierce closed a 30-24 gap down to 36-33. The Ravens took the lead for good 2:59 later (38-36) on a jumper by junior forward Adrianos Vourliotakis Perdikaris (Cholargos, Athens).

Bridgeport closed the gap to two twice in the final minute, first with 23 seconds to play. Vilmont drained two free with 20 seconds to play and later, Cooper -- with 10 seconds to play and the Franklin Pierce lead only two points again -- hit one of two. This made it a three-point game, and after Bridgeport came up empty on the ensuing possession, Cooper went to the line again to ice the contest with 1.1 showing on the clock.

"He's [Cooper] not a great percentage free-throw shooter," said Head Coach David Chadbourne in a postgame interview with Pack Network's Jacob Van Ryn. "But when it matters, he's a great free-throw shooter."

Senior guard Darian David matched Vilmont and led Bridgeport with 18 points on 7-for-14 from the floor and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line. He was joined in double digits by senior forward Dion Waiters, who scored 10 points on 4-for-11 from the floor.

Courtesy of: http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu



No. 1 West Liberty Blasts IUP in Regional Final - by Eurobasket News

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. The first 30 minutes of Tuesday night's NCAA Division II Atlantic Region championship game were pretty much what Jim Crutchfield expected but for the West Liberty head coach, the final 10 minutes were the stuff from which dreams are made.
Crutchfield's No. 1-ranked Hilltoppers delighted another standing room only crowd at the ASRC by outscoring No. 10-ranked Indiana (Pa.) by a whopping 29-8 over that stretch and racing away to an 86-63 victory.
It was the third consecutive Atlantic Region title for West Liberty (33-1) and the third straight double-digit win in this year's regional tournament. The Hilltoppers won their three regional games by a combined margin of 78 points.
I just want to say how proud I am of these three seniors, Crutchfield said, as he was joined at the podium by Alex Falk, Chris Morrow (6'6''-F) and Tim Hausfeld. They've played with so much pride and so much heart over the last four years, it's made my job a lot easier.
That wood floor down there has become a second home to them. It's a little bit sad that this was the last game they'll ever play on it but the good news is that they went out with a win and they're not done playing yet.
West Liberty had jumped out quickly against the PSAC champions, hitting its first five shots from the floor and building a double-digit lead midway through the opening half before settling for a 45-35 halftime lead.
Despite the double-digit advantage, Crutchfield knew there was still plenty of work to be done.
That's probably as nervous as I've ever been with a 10-point lead at halftime, he said. IUP is an outstanding basketball team and they're really well-coached. They had some kids who were playing well and there was no doubt in my mind that they would make a run at us.
Crutchfield was right. The Crimson Hawks (26-6), playing in their fifth straight regional, came out firing when play resumed. A Mathis Keita free throw with 14:02 on the clock capped a 13-3 IUP run to forge the game's first tie, 48-48, since the opening three minutes and Crutchfield called a timeout.
I thought we had gotten away from what we wanted to do a little bit, he said, but the main thing we said was that we now had a 14-minute game and we needed to win that 14-minute game. We didn't really change anything. We just refocused on spreading the floor and getting back to doing what we want to do.
Morrow and Hausfeld responded by wrapping 3-point bombs around a driving layup by the Hawks' Anthony Wells to put WLU ahead to stay. The teams traded baskets for the next few possessions before the Hilltoppers broke the game wide open.
Hausfeld's third 3-pointer of the half this one from nearly 30 feet ignited a quick 10-0 burst that turned a 57-55 edge into a 67-55 lead with 8:50 left and IUP never recovered.
I thought we played with good poise and good presence but give West Liberty credit. They were excellent tonight, said IUP head coach Joe Lombardi. They made some big threes, we had a couple of empty possessions and the next thing you know, we go from being tied to being down 12 points.
Falk the tournament's leading scorer paced six double-figure scorers for the Hilltoppers with 20 points. Morrow added 18 points and 6 rebounds with Hausfeld and Shawn Dyer chipping in with a dozen points each. Cedric Harris had 11 points and C.J. Hester (6'4''-G) had 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.
Keita and Scooter Renkin led Indiana with 18 and 16 points, respectively, while Marcel Souberbielle added a dozen.
Falk, Morrow and Harris represented West Liberty on the All-Tournament Team with Keita and Souberbielle rounding out the 5-man honor roll. Morrow was named Most Outstanding Player.
I was really surprised to get Most Outstanding Player, Morrow said. We all contributed. Timmy hit some huge 3-pointers today, Alex was everywhere like he is every game and I got a couple of blocks to keep them from scoring. It's a great honor and I'll take it but I think it's more of a team award for all of us.
Having punched their third straight ticket to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight championship tournament this year's Elite Eight is set for March 28-30 at legendary Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Crutchfield and his seniors can't wait to get back on the court.
We're excited to be going back to the Elite Eight, Crutchfield said, but we're not as excited about going back as we are about getting another opportunity to go back and win. Last year we played really well to get out of the regional but I thought we didn't play our best game and I certainly didn't coach my best game when we got to Kentucky.
It's not often you get a second or third chance to accomplish something really special so when you do, you want to make the most of it.
Courtesy of: http://www.hilltoppersports.com



Mocs Outlast Alabama-Huntsville, Win South Region Title and Advances to Elite Eight - by Eurobasket News

LAKELAND - Florida Southern used a career-high 31 points from senior guard Seth Evans, but it was a tip-in by sophomore guard Cameron Vines (6'4''-G-93) that tied the game at 88 with 35 seconds left that helped the No. 1 seed and eighth-ranked Moccasins to a 90-88 victory over No. 2 seed and ninth-ranked Alabama-Huntsville here Tuesday night in the championship game of the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament in front of a season-high crowd of 2,377 at Jenkins Field House.

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On UAH's next possesion, the Chargers were holding for a last shot, but the Mocs' defense forced a turnover on shot clock violation with a little over two seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds play, UAH's Jaime Smith (6'3''-G) was called for a holding foul on junior guard Dominic Lane (St. Petersburg, Fla.) following a turnover by the Chargers on a shot clock violation. Lane proceeded to hit two free throws to give the Mocs its two-point cushion. On the ensuing inbounds play, UAH's Zane Campbell caught the ball near the top of the key, but Evans forced him to turn the ball over as the buzzer sounded to seal the victory and advance FSC to next week's NCAA Division II Elite Eight at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., where they will face the West Region champion in one of four national quarterfinals on Thursday, March 28.

"What an unbelievable game. It was one of the better college basketball games this season at any level," Mocs head coach Linc Darner said. "Both teams just continued to make big shot after big shot. It was a back-and-forth game.

"It was a great game between two really good teams."

The region title for the Mocs was the ninth in the program's history and first since 2000 when FSC also advanced to the Elite Eight in Louisville. UAH was the two-time defending South Regional champs. In addition, the Mocs become the first Sunshine State Conference school to make the Elite Eight since 2005 when Lynn claimed the South Region title and advanced to the national semifinals.

"This feels really good. I'm really proud of our team and my teammates for the way we fought back tonight," said sophomore guard Kevin Capers, who was one of two Mocs named to the South Regional All-Tournament Team.

With the win, FSC improves to 27-5 overall, while UAH ends its season with a 25-6 record.

UAH, who was playing in its third straight regional final, jumped out to a 23-18 lead midway through the first half and led by 11 points at 40-20 following two free throws by Connor Blasi with 5:53 left in the opening half.

It was at that point the Mocs began its comeback as they closed the half on a 15-2 run capped by a dunk from junior forward Lamar McKnight (Cleveland, Ohio) with 1:29 left to go into halftime with a 44-42 lead. The run was keyed by three-pointers from Evans and Vines and capped by back-to-back dunks.

"I thought we wore them down a little bit in the first half and were able to get into them," said Darner, who is now 6-5 in NCAA Tournament games as FSC's coach. "That run at the end of the half was big for us."

Evans, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the South Regional after averaging 23.7 points per game and shooting 53 percent from the field and 52 percent from long distance, scored 17 of his 31 points in the first half. While Evans scored 17 points in the first half, Wayne Dedrick (19) and Zane Campbell (10) combined for 29 of UAH's 42 points in the opening half.

"This the most exciting I've ever felt. I'm really happy and I can't wait to enjoy this moment with my teammates," Evans said.

In the Tuesday's win, Evans hit eight 3-pointers to establish a new single-season FSC record for made three-pointers. He has now hit 108 treys in 32 games this season, which bettered the old single-season mark of 106 set by Tim Gatz in 1994-95.

Along with Evans, Vines finished with 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Lane and McKnight added 10 points in the win. Capers finished with nine points, five assists and three steals off the bench and senior forward Jon Gardner (Anderson, Ind.) grabbed a career-high seven boards.

"I thought Jon and Jay (Hubble) came in tonight and gave us some quality, quality minutes," said Darner, who is now 156-65 as the Mocs coach.

The Mocs led grew to as much as six points two times in the opening eight minutes of the second half, before UAH used a 10-3 run to turn a 59-53 deficit into a 63-62 lead following a trey by Dedrick, who finished with a career-high 27 points in the loss.

Following UAH's run, Evans came right back and give the Mocs a 65-63 lead on a trey with 9:41 left in the game. Lane would push the Mocs lead to 68-64 after a trey with 8:35 left. UAH would pull within 68-67 following a 3-pointer by Andrew Donovon with 8:12 remaining.

Both teams combined to hit 14 treys in the second half as they finished the game with a combined 24 on the night. The Mocs finished 14-for-37 (38 percent) from the 3-point line, while UAH was 10-for-26 (39 percent) from downtown for the game.

FSC would eventually push its lead to 74-69 following another basket by Lane with 6:40 remaining in the contest. UAH, though, would erase that lead in a span of nearly two minutes, including tying the game at 76 on a trey by Campbell with 4:33 left.

Campbell, who earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team, finished Tuesday's game with 24 points and 12 rebounds in his final collegiate game.

The two teams would trade 3-pointers on two consecutive possessions to tie the game at 82 with 3:15 remaining, before Smith, who also was on the All-Tournament Team, scored on a lay-up with 2:46 left to give UAH an 84-82 edge. That lead grew to 86-83 after two Xavier Baldwin free throws with 2:24 left, before Evans scored a basket with two minutes remaining to pull the Mocs within a point at 86-85.

Smith close out his college career with 13 points and seven assists and Ronnie Mack added 10 points for the Chargers.

For the game, the Mocs shot 43 percent from the field and 75 percent at the foul line, while UAH shot 50 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the line. The Chargers held a 39-38 edge on the glass, but committed 12 turnovers that led to 21 FSC points. The Mocs had just seven turnovers, including just three in the second half.

"Florida Southern has a great team and I want to wish them the best of luck at the Elite Eight," UAH head coach Lenny Acuff said in the postgame press conference after the game.

The other member of the All-Tournament Team was Benedict center Marcus Goode, who averaged 26 points and 15 rebounds in two tournament games.
Courtesy of: http://www.fscmocs.com



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DiBartolomeo Named NABC East Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News

University of Rochester senior guard John DiBartolomeo (6'0''-PG) earned his fourth Player of the Year citation in just over two weeks when he was selected as the District II (East Region) Men's Basketball Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

He will play this Saturday at 3:30 pm in the Reese's Division III All-Star Game in Salem, VA.

Previously, he was named East Region Men's Basketball Player of the Year as well as First Team All-Region by D3hoops.com. He was named the University Athletic Association Men's Player of the Year as well as the ECAC Upstate New York Men's Player of the Year. He was named First Team All-UAA and First Team All-ECAC Upstate New York. Earlier this month, he was named a finalist for the Josten's Trophy, given to a Division III player for a combination of playing skill, academic achievement, and community service.

The awards tally sheet is quite long Player of the Year by the four organizations and First Team honors by the same four groups.

DiBartolomeo is a senior from Westport, CT and an alumnus of Staples High School. He led Rochester in a variety of statistical categories, including scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounding (5.7 rpg.), assists (144 5.3 apg.), and steals (54 2.0 spg.). He shot 46.1% from the floor (181-393), 45.8% outside the arc (60-131), and 90.8% from the line (188-207). The Yellowjackets tied for the UAA team title at 10-4 and received at at-large bid into the NCAA playoffs. Rochester lost to Ithaca College, 70-68, in the second round.

In Rochester's first round NCAA playoff win over Fitchburg State (91-86), he scored a career high 42 points and added six assists. Rochester finished with a 22-5 record.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Kearney named First Team All-American by NABC - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON The honors continue to roll in for CUA senior Chris Kearney (6'7''-F), who on Thursday was named a First Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Kearney, who earlier this week was named the Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year and a First Team All-District selection by the NABC, is CUA's first First Team All-American since William Morley in 2004.

The first player in Landmark Conference history to be named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, Kearney also earned D3Hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year honors. In addition, he was named to the D3Hoops.com All-Region First Team as well as an ECAC All-Star.

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

A native of Virginia, Kearney was a First Team All-Landmark Conference selection in 2012-13, and during the season, was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week on two occasions. He was also named the Landmark Player of the Week twice.

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

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



Emory's Zimmerman And Davis Earn NABC District Honors - by Eurobasket News

The postseason honors for the Emory men's basketball team keep rolling in with head coach Jason Zimmerman and junior Jake Davis (6'5''-F-91) being recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Zimmerman, who led the squad to a share of the University Athletic Association title and the program's first berth to the NCAA Division Tournament since 1990, was chosen by the NABC as the South District Division III Coach of the Year. It is the first time that an Emory coach has been tabbed for the honor. Zimmerman saw his team finish with an overall slate of 20-7, just the third 20-win campaign in school history and tying the program's second-highest victory total. Zimmerman, who just completed his sixth year patrolling the Eagles' sideline, has compiled four consecutive winning seasons, the first time in school history that has happened. Earlier, Zimmerman was named the UAA's Coach of the Year for the second time and was the recipient of the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Whack Hyder Award, symbolic of Georgia's Coach of the Year.

The 6-foot-5 Davis landed a spot on the All-South District Second Team, the third straight year that Emory had seen a player earn a spot on the district team. Davis led the team and ranked second among UAA players in scoring with an 18.2 points per game average. A double-figure scorer in 23 of the 25 games he saw action in, Davis registered 20 or more points on 12 occasions. He led or shared for team scoring honors in 14 games including the Eagles' two NCAA Tournament contests where he posted 25 points against Randolph and 22 against Whitworth University. A First Team All-UAA selection, his 454 total points during the 2012-13 campaign, established him as the school's most-prolific junior scorer.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



A Team, A Town, A Tradition and A Night for the Community - by Eurobasket News

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Saturday was a great day for college basketball. Louisville defeated Syracuse to win the last Big East Tournament and clinch a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin upset Indiana to advance to the Big Ten Championship. Kansas shut down archrival Kansas St. to secure another Big 12 crown. While the eyes of the college basketball world focused on these marquee match-ups, two perennial powers in Division III met in Williamstown.

Going in, the game had all the makings of a classic. Virginia Wesleyan, the preseason number one, taking on Williams College, a team seeking their third Final Four berth in four years. The game was a rematch of another Sweet 16 contest from 2011, a game that the Ephs won in dramatic fashion.

The teams did not disappoint. Williams jumped out to an early lead. Virginia Wesleyan fought right back. A one-point Williams lead at the half turned into a single-digit Virginia Wesleyan lead for most of the second half. Every time Williams seemed on the verge of closing the gap, Virginia Wesleyan would hit a big shot.

As the second half wore on, however, the momentum began to shift. Williams, a team that shoots nearly 40% from beyond the arc, connected on a pair of huge three-pointers in the waning minutes to grab a slim lead and hit enough free-throws down the stretch to come away with the win. The game was as exciting as basketball gets hard fought and clean with plenty of great shots and intense defense.

There are always a number of great stories that come out of tournament games like this role players making big plays, seniors competing for the last time, etc. What made this game so special, however, went well beyond the basketball. To me, this game was about a community, a basketball team, and the unique ability sports have to bring people together.

With spring break at Williams officially beginning Friday, there was some concern that, despite its magnitude, the game would be played in front of empty bleachers. Traveling back to announce the game as a Williams alum and Williamstown native, I feared that the home court atmosphere that has carried the Ephs to many great wins in the past would be missing without the student body on hand.

As warm-ups neared conclusion, however, and people began filing into the 1,200-seat gymnasium, it became clear that those fears were unfounded. The students may have left campus, but the town remained.

Of the more than 1,300 people crowded into Chandler Gymnasium on Saturday night, the average age was probably around 40. That number was brought down considerably by the masses of local elementary and high school kids present who, fittingly, occupied the same seats that are usually reserved for Williams students. This was not your typical March Madness crowd. There were no painted chests, no organized cheering sections, no rowdy college kids.

Despite the age of the fans on hand, the energy in the building was electric. The crowd was into the game from the opening tip, rallying their Ephs during cold stretches and urging them on during big runs. Everywhere I looked I could sense the passion these fans had for their team.

The woman sitting next to me, a longtime Williamstown resident and the grandmother of a current Williams student, would hold her breath every time an Eph shooter attempted a free-throw. A group of fifth and sixth graders would jump up and down hysterically after every Eph basket. The group of professors in front of me spent the final minutes of the second half stomping on the bleachers in a chant of "Defense...Defense" every time Virginia Wesleyan had the ball.

Asked about the crowd after the game, Williams coach Mike Maker responded, "I've coached in the Division 1 NCAA tournament, and I told my guys after the game, it doesn't get any better than this. It felt like there could have been 18,000 people there." Not bad for a group of old-timers and local kids.

What I began to realize as the game went along is that this team is as much Williamstown's team as it is Williams'. These same fans have been going to Williams games for decades. The kids may grow up, but they are replaced by new generations of "townies." I know this because I was once one of those kids. To these kids, a Williams loss is devastation. They have autographs of the team framed on their bedroom walls. They look forward to these tournament games all year long. They are preparing sick notes for Friday so they can make the trip to Salem to watch the Ephs in the Elite 8.

These fans don't just show up for Amherst or tournament games. They show up for every game. What's more, they don't show up just to watch good basketball. They show up because the team is a part of their community. To them, the players are not just Williams students, they're also Williamstown residents.

These fans show up because they drink coffee at Tunnel City most mornings with coach Maker and sit with him in St. Pierre's Barbershop when he gets his pregame haircuts. They show up because the players on the court are their tutors and babysitters. They show up because the team takes the time to visit their classrooms and lead their basketball clinics. They show up because the players are their students and thesis advisees.

They show up because for four years they've watched the seniors grow into confident leaders in the community. They've watched this process on and off the court, and they're watching it with a new set of players every year. They show up because they care.

When the when the Ephs saluted the crowd at the end of their 84-75 win, there were tears and hugs between the locals as though they were saying goodbye to their own children. They stood and cheered for storybook careers and deep down, they hoped that their cheering would convince this group of players to keep Williamstown in their hearts.

You hear a lot of talk about how important sports are during this time of year. In a few days many of you will watch the multi-million dollar business that is March Madness. Those players are great and those games offer spectacular moments, but coach Maker was right when he said of Saturday night in Chandler, "it doesn't get any better than this."

Saturday night was the epitome of what sports are all about, intense competition that builds character, unites communities, and inspires all of us to reach higher. The connection between a small town and a team, forged through personal connections made on and off the court, spoke volumes about the sport, the coach, the team, and the entire community.

Saturday was the Williamstown community's night, and I couldn't be prouder to say that I'm a part of it.

Editor's note: Nick Fogel '12, the author, was a student, an athlete and a campus leader as Co-College Council President at Williams. He was a strong contributor to the Eph Sports Information office as a broadcaster and a writer. He currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., and works in Boston as a consultant.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 20: San Mig Coffee - Air21 Express 82-87
Mar. 20: Rain or Shine - Barako Bull 103-93

Regular Season: Round 20

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


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

27-year old forward Robert Dozier (206-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Alaska Aces and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Global Port (#10, 2-7) 93-85. It allowed Alaska Aces to consolidate first place in the Filipino league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Alaska Aces has a very solid 7-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Dozier just recently signed at Alaska Aces, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Memphis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dozier is in league's top in points (9th best: 20.9ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 17.0rpg) and averages solid 3.0bpg and 51.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of Talk N Text. He is American forward in his first season at Talk N Text. In the last game Harvey recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Talk N Text lost that game 100-107 to slightly lower-ranked Barangay Ginebra (#7, 3-5). This loss caused Talk N Text to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Harvey is one of the most experienced players at Talk N Text and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Vernon Macklin (208-F/C-86) of Barangay Ginebra (#7). Macklin showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Barangay Ginebra, leading his team to a 107-100 win against slightly higher-ranked Talk N Text (#6, 4-4). The chances of Barangay Ginebra not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Macklin could try to bring Barangay Ginebra's a little bit higher in the standings. Macklin has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 15.0rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mark Caguioa (188-G-79) of Barangay Ginebra - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jimmy Alapag (177-PG-77) of Talk N Text - 23 points and 2 assists
6. Solomon Mercado (181-PG-84) of Global Port - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
7. LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) of Barangay Ginebra - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Chris Ellis (196-F-88) of Barangay Ginebra - 7 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Willie Miller (180-PG-77) of Global Port - 22 points and 2 rebounds
10. Calvin Abueva (191-F-88) of Alaska Aces - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Dunigan number one in Philippines for round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American center Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T.) had a great game in the last round for Air21 Express, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat San Mig Coffee (4-5) 87-82. Air21 Express is placed at 6th position in Filipino PBA. Air21 Express is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. Dunigan just recently signed at Air21 Express, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Oregon star has very solid stats this year. Dunigan is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.5ppg. Dunigan is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 16.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.4bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old JC Intal (195-C-83) of Barako Bull. Intal had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Barako Bull lost that game 93-103 to the higher-ranked Rain or Shine (#3, 6-3). Barako Bull managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Intal is one of the most experienced players at Barako Bull and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Barako Bull's star - American forward Evan Brock (204-F-84). Brock scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Brock's great performance Barako Bull lost 93-103 to the higher-ranked Rain or Shine (#3, 6-3). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Barako Bull not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brock could try to bring Barako Bull's a little bit higher in the standings. Brock has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 16.9rpg (4th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Lee (191-G-89) of Rain or Shine - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89) of San Mig Coffee - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Rain or Shine - 27 points and 11 rebounds
7. Wynne Arboleda (180-PG-76) of Air21 Express - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mike Cortez (183-G-80) of Air21 Express - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Danny Seigle (198-F/G-76) of Barako Bull - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Peter Simon (186-G-82) of San Mig Coffee - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Trefl Sopot 17-8 
 2. PGE Turow 17-8 
 3. Stelmet ZG 16-9 
 4. Asseco Prok. 16-9 
 5. Anwil 15-9 
 6. Energa Czarni 13-11 
Places 7-12
 1. Polpharma 13-11 
 2. AZS Koszalin 11-13 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 10-14 
 4. Rosa Radom 7-17 
 5. Kotwica 6-18 
 6. Start Gdynia 6-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Mar. 21: Asseco Prok. - PGE Turow 68-82
Mar. 21: Stelmet ZG - Trefl Sopot 68-77
Mar. 22: Anwil - Energa Czarni

Places 7-12

Mar. 21: Polpharma - Kotwica 86-69
Mar. 21: Start Gdynia - AZS Koszalin 81-54
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. Mosley, Kotwica14.9 
 6. Carter, Polpharma14.6 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.6 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 9. Chylinski, PGE T.14.4 
 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. Rothbart, Start G.7.5 
 7. Cel, PGE Turow7.4 
 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 Sopot6.2 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.2 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.6 
 7. Tiller, Siarka J.3.9 
 8. Brandwein, Energa3.9 
 9. Abernethy, Energa3.8 
 10. Carter, Polpharma3.8 
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, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.7 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco1.4 
 8. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.4 
 9. Jackson, PGE Turow1.3 
 10. Majewski, Polph.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.7 
 2. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 3. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 4. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 5. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.3 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.0 
 8. Jones, Stelmet ZG0.8 
 9. Boykin, Anwil0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Wojdyr number one in Polish 2Liga for round 22 - by Eurobasket News

Center Piotr Wojdyr (217-C-90, agency: Promotex) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Wilki Morskie, receiving a Eurobasket.com 2Liga Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat GTK Gdynia (#9, 5-13) 92-79. It allowed Wilki Morskie to consolidate first place in the Polish 2Liga. Wilki Morskie have a solid 15-3 record. Wojdyr turned to be Wilki Morskie's top player in his first season with the team. Piotr Wojdyr has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 72.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-F-80) of Pogon Prudnik. Pawlowski had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead Pogon Prudnik to another comfortable win 101-85 over the lower-ranked HK Zory (#9, 6-14) being unquestionably team leader. Pogon Prudnik's 3rd position in group B has not changed. His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Pawlowski is well-known at Pogon Prudnik and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#5). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-PG-86) of Wisla AWF Kr. (#9). Dwernicki got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Dwernicki's great performance Wisla AWF Kr. lost 65-82 to the higher-ranked Legia (#3, 10-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Wisla AWF Kr. not to end season at such low position in group C, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dwernicki could try to bring Wisla AWF Kr.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Dwernicki has a very solid season. In 17 games in Poland he scored 16.4ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and 3.9apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcin Chudy (200-F-86) of Korsarz Gdansk - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Radoslaw Bojko (196-F-91) of Wilki Morskie - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Lukasz Krzeminski (201-F-80) of Basket Pila - 25 points and 7 rebounds
7. Lukasz Niesobski (186-G-85) of Sudety - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Mikolaj Grod (194-F-89) of Notec - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kacper Kromer (204-F-87) of Ksiezak Lowicz - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Marcin Stoklosa (188-G-77) of Wilki Morskie - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 16 assists

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



Adam Metelski gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News

Adam Metelski (208-C-83) had a great game in the last round for AZS PP and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat AZS Kutno (#2, 20-9) 68-61. Thanks to this victory AZS PP moved-up to the 15th position in the Polish 1Liga. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. AZS PP have already lost 21 games and recorded just eight victories. Metelski turned to be AZS PP's top player in his first season with the team. University of California-Irvine graduate has very impressive stats this year. Metelski leads league in rebounds with 12.1rpg. Metelski is in league's top in and averages solid 1.2bpg and 50.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-G/F-81) of AZS Radex. Mielczarek impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for AZS Radex to edge the higher-ranked Slask Wroclaw (#1, 26-3) by 5 points 86-81. This victory allowed AZS Radex to move up to 6th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mielczarek is well-known by AZS Radex fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) of top-ranked Slask Wroclaw. Hyzy showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Hyzy's great performance Slask Wroclaw lost 81-86 to the lower-ranked AZS Radex (#6, 15-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Slask Wroclaw had another "accident". It may be a crucial gamestill good, but 3rd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Hyzy's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Hyzy has a great season in Poland. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adam Metelski (208-C-83) of AZS PP - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-PG-81) of MOSiR Krosno - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Lukasz Wilczek (189-PG-86) of Start Lublin - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists
7. Tomasz Celej (198-F/G-78) of Start Lublin - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Maciej Klima (205-C-82) of Sokol Lancut - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sebastian Laydych (203-F/C-87) of Astoria Bydg. - 26 points and 7 rebounds
10. Mateusz Szwed (197-C-91) of AZS Kutno - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Kotwica welcomes back Wichniarz - by Eurobasket News

Kotwica Kolobrzeg (TBL) landed 31-year old forward Lukasz Wichniarz (197-82). It is actually his comeback to Kolobrzeg as he played here before. Wichniarz started the season at PGE Turow (TBL). But in 18 games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Wichniarz also played 13 games in VTB United League where he had only 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg. The last season he played at Kotwica. In 38 games he had 9.4ppg and 3.3rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Wichniarz played at Polonia W-wa (3Liga). In 22 games he had 7.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg that season.
Among other achievements his team made it to the 1Liga Semifinals in 2007. Wichniarz was selected to Polish 1Liga All-Star Game back in 2007.
He was a member of Polish U20 National Team between 2000 and 2001.
Wichniarz has played previously for five other Poland teams: Sportino, PBG Basket, Gornik, Unia Tarnow and Stal Ostrow.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 15-1 
 2. CAB Madeira 12-3 
 3. Ovarense 12-5 
 4. Academica 11-5 
 5. Vitoria SC 9-7 
 6. Sampaense 8-8 
 7. Barcelos 7-9 
 8. Lusitania 5-11 
 9. Fisica 5-11 
 10. Alges 2-14 
 11. Galitos-Tley 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 24: Academica - Barcelos
Mar. 24: Alges - Sampaense
Mar. 24: Benfica - Vitoria SC
Mar. 24: CAB Madeira - Fisica
Mar. 24: Ovarense - Galitos-Tley

Round 15

Mar. 20: Ovarense - Barcelos 80-75

Round 4

Mar. 22: Lusitania - CAB Madeira



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Wins for Brujos and Vaqueros to start BSN Cup - by Luis Modestti


The 2013 BSN Preseason Cup started with wins by Brujos de Guayama and Vaqueros de Bayamon. Since they won Vaqueros and Brujos continue in the BSN Cup on Friday at 8:00 pm in Bayamon.

Guayama started the tournament by dominating Atleticos de San German 85-73. Brujos had a 26-16 first quarter lead and finished the first half 49-35.

Brujos had five scorers in double figures led by Josh Harrellson (208-F-89, college: Kentucky) who had 16 points with 12 rebounds. Christopher Vega added 15, Juan Coronado 12, Angel Figueroa and Joel Nieves 10 each.

San German had Jeff Early with 14 points and import Charles Garcia with 12 points and 12 boards. They have good news before the start of the season as Donte Greene arrives on Friday and Jio Fontan the next day.

Vaqueros played the second game and defeated Caciques/Gigantes 74-72. James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) got off an airplane that day and scored 26 points for Vaqueros.

Both teams played quality defense and it was evident in the final two minutes as nobody could get a quality shot in the air. Maye made two free-throws with 1:45 to put Vaqueros up 74-70 and in the next possession Nick Leon scored two free-throws for Caciques/Gigantes and that was it.

Jamelle Horne netted 19 points, Gilbert Brown 16 and Nick Leon 12 for Caciques/Gigantes. Alejandro Carmona came from Venezuela where he had an MVP-caliber season and saw the game. He is ready for the season opener on April 2 against Santurce.

The games for today are Capitanes vs. Piratas at 6:00 pm and Leones vs. Mets at 8:00 pm. Capitanes are going to use a "B" team since their main team is in Cancun preparing for the FIBA-Americas League semifinals.



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Standings - Superleague B

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

Regular Season: Round 26

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

Regular Season: Round 27

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


Vladivostok to host the Final Four of the Russian cup - by Athanasios Ntinas

The 2013 Russian Cup Final Four will take place April 16&17 in Vladivostok, according to the official site of the Russian Basketball Federation.
Spartak St. Petersburg and local Spartak Primorie Vladivostok have already secured their places. The remaining 2 spots yet to be decided. On March 22, Ryazan faces Krasnye Krilia (first match 81-61)and on March 28, it is University-Ugra against Enisey (first match 77-69).



EuroLeague: CSKA bring win from Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja - CSKA 66:70

CSKA celebrated a road win in EuroLeague Top 16 tonight. The Moscow powerhouse overcame Unicaja in Malaga for 9-3 record in Group E. Unicaja fell at 6-6 record after the defeat. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) scored 16 points for the winners.
Unicaja led by a single point at the first break 17:16. The hosts stretched the lead in the second quarter. The Spaniards managed to pile up a 34:30 halftime lead. CSKA however turned things their way in the third quarter. The Russian team denied the deficit as the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 52. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) put the visitors in front early in the final quarter but Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) quickly regained the lead for the hosts. Williams gave Unicaja a 60:54 advantage midway through the fourth stanza. CSKA anaswered with six points in a row to level things up. Milos Teodosic then sank back-to-back triples to give the Russian team a 66:62 lead. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Micov followed with layups to seal the win for CSKA. Sonny Weems and Milos Teodosic delivered 13 points apiece for the visitors. Marcus Williams posted 12 points for Unicaja. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket), Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) netted 10 points each in the loss.

Unicaja: Marcus Williams 12, Krunoslav Simon 10, Zoran Dragic 10, Earl Calloway 10
CSKA: Sasha Kaun 16, Sonny Weems 13, Milos Teodosic 13



Lekavicius' 21 points and 7 rebounds give him Superleague Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-PG-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Univ.Surgut and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 21 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Univ.Surgut in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Planeta-Univ. (#11, 9-15) with 26-point margin 79-53. It allowed Univ.Surgut to consolidate first place in the Russian Superleague. Univ.Surgut have a solid 21-3 record. In the team's last game Lekavicius had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Univ.Surgut, through which he has constantly improved. The American University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lekavicius is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.4apg) and averages solid 55.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Vladimir Pichkurov (192-G-90) of Volgograd. He is a guard in his first season at Volgograd. In the last game Pichkurov recorded impressive 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Volgograd lost that game 75-91 to the higher-ranked Novosybirsk (#3, 18-6). Volgograd is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Pichkurov is a newcomer at Volgograd and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord. (#5). Kuznetsov scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Ruskon-Mord., leading his team to a 72-70 win against Ataman (15-10). Ruskon-Mord. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 10 lost games. Kuznetsov has a great season in Russia. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.4ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80) of Volgograd - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-F/C-84) of Ryazan - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Stanislav Sotnikov (200-F-85) of Ruskon-Mord. - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) of Spartak V. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Steven Burtt (185-G-84) of Avtodor - 23 points and 4 assists
9. Pavel Podkolzin (226-C-85) of Novosybirsk - 15 points and 11 rebounds
10. Aleksandr Rindin (225-C-85) of Univ.Surgut - 14 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Radnicki Kragujevac welcomes back Vuksanovic - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac (A League) landed 35-year old power forward Vladimir Vuksanovic (206-78). It is actually his comeback to Kragujevac as he played here before. Vuksanovic started the season at KK Vrsac (A League). In 22 games he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg this season. The last season he played at Radnicki. In 12 A League games he had 4.8ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Vuksanovic also played 9 games in Adriatic League where he had 3.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention award back in 2009.
Vuksanovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Estonia (Kalev/Cramo), Greece (Kolossos), Russia (Universitet-Yugra), Ukraine (Azovmash), Montenegro (Mornar Bar) and Bosnia (Igokea).
Vuksanovic is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Radnicki Kragujevac.
Vuksanovic's game is described as: Plays at both positions power forward, and center. Outstanding scorer.Plays inside and has a good outside shot.Handles ball well for his size.Solid rebounder, improved his defencive skills. A true offensive player, an asset to any team.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



Who will earn remaining Superliga spot? - by Ivan Milenkovic

Seven of eight teams who will compete in Serbian Superliga are known. Last spot will be taken by Sloboda from Uzice or FMP from Zeleznik.
After 25 out of 26 rounds in Serbian League, Sloboda lies in fifth position with 14-11 record, while FMP and Vrsac have 13-12 record. Vrsac can't qualify for Superliga though. If all three teams finish with 14 wins and 12 defeats, FMP will be 5th. First tiebreaker is head-to-head games in which all three teams have 2-2 record. However, FMP have +6 point differential, Vrsac +4 and Sloboda -10.
If Sloboda and Vrsac finish with 14-12 record, FMP with 13-13, team from Uzice will qualify as they won their home game by 7 and lost in Vrsac by 6.
Situation is clear for Sloboda. They will be 5th with a win or even with defeat if FMP lose, too. Team from Zeleznik have to win and hope that Sloboda will lose as they have better head-to-head record - won at home by 20 and lost in Uzice by 9.
Last round will be played on Saturday, Sloboda will visit BKK Radnicki in Belgrade while FMP will face Konstantin in Nis. Both BKK Radnicki and Konstantin have nothing to play for.



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Acker to stay - by Thomas Kottra

Maurice Acker (178-PG-87, college: Marquette), the top scorer and hack of a key player for the team of BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves stays in country to finish his job. After elevating the team effort to the whole new level by his speed and finishing ability in the season, he will experience another starter role in upcoming first round of play-off quarter-finals against BC Prievidza.
The paper issues that Maurice had were not as severe as we experienced in Slovak league before. But could probably cost him rest of the season and his chance to rely for championship.
The play-off clashes begin on Saturday. BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves will face recent champion from Prievidza at home court.



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Doncic steps down as coach of LTH, replaced by Hartman - by Zeljko Zule

After losing seven games in a row, Sasa Doncic has stepped down as head coach of Telemach League side LTH Castings Mercator, replaced by his assistant Peter Hartman . Doncic took over LTH as head coach last summer. LTH started the season with a 5-4 record, but they have won just one of last ten games. Hartman served as assistant coach of LTH from 2009. LTH became the fourth club to change coach this season, after Hopsi, Grosuplje and Rogaska,


Lapornik number one in Slovenia for round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian guard Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zlatorog, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, five rebounds and three assists) to as his team Zlatorog moved-up to the 6th position in the Slovenian Telemach League. In the team's last game Lapornik had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at Zlatorog, through which he has constantly improved.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Boban Tomic (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of Rogaska. Tomic had a very good evening with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Rogaska to edge Polzela (5-14) 99-93. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Tomic is one of the most experienced players at Rogaska and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Vjekoslav Petrovic (193-G/F-81) of Geoplin Slovan (#-4). Petrovic scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Geoplin Slovan, leading his team to a 74-70 win against #-3 ranked Elektra in a game of the week. The chances of Geoplin Slovan ranking at the top of Places 7-12, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Petrovic could help Geoplin Slovan to bring them higher in the standings. Petrovic has a very solid season. In 15 games in Slovenia he scored 8.5ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 62.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Collins (213-C-85) of Elektra - 12 points and 13 rebounds
5. Ziga Zagorc (184-PG-84) of Elektra - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jure Lalic (210-C-86) of Krka - 16 points and 5 rebounds
7. Ante Djugum (211-C-88) of Zlatorog - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jure Pelko (190-G-90) of Maribor Messer - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Gregor Jakhel Kolarevic (208-F/C-88) of LTHcast Mercator - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Hugh Robertson (198-G-89) of Polzela - 20 points and 8 rebounds

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



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EuroLeague: Barcelona roll past Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona - Caja Laboral 83:74

Barcelona extended their EuroLeague Top 16 winning streak to 10 games tonight. They held off visiting Caja Laboral for 11-1 record atop of Group F. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) netted 16 points to lead the hosts.
Barcelona grabbed an 18:12 lead ten minutes into the game. The Catalan team extended the margin in the second quarter. Barcelona ensured a 42:32 halftime advantage. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) and Causeur helped Caja Laboral ignite an 8:0 run as the visitors tied things up at 49. Maciej Lampe made it 53:52 for the Vitoria outfit soon. However Barcelona answered with a 9:0 run of their own to make it 61:56 with ten minutes remaining. Caja Laboral hang on for the bigger part of the final frame. They trailed by just two points 74:76 with under two minutes remaining. Barcelona answered with a 7:0 run that capped the regulation and sealed the win for the home team. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) netted 14 points apiece for Barcelona. Maciej Lampe answered with 21 points for Caja Laboral. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) netted 11 points in the loss.

Barcelona: Erazem Lorbek 16, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Ante Tomic 14
Caja Laboral: Maciej Lampe 21, Andres Nocioni 11



EuroLeague: Panathinaikos shock Real in Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Panathinaikos 73:74

Panathinaikos stepped closer to the EuroLeague playoffs. They snatched a narrow road win in Madrid tonight. Kostas Tsartsaris (209-F-79) connected for 16 points as the Greens gained 8-4 record in Group E. Real slipped at 9-3 record but clinched the playoff spot despite the defeat.
Panathinaikos relied on their trademark defence in this one. They held Real to 14 points in the opening frame and posted a 3-point lead. Panathinaikos boosted their advantage to 5 points at halftime 33:38. But Real opened the third quarter with five straight points to erase the deficit. The hosts dominated throughout the third quarter. They pulled ahead and rallied to a 53:49 lead with one period remaining. But the Greens managed to turn things around in the final frame. They capitalized on some key mistakes from the hosts in the period to spur in front. Llull came up with several crucial misses from the stripe, while Kostas Tsartsaris sank his attempts to bring Panathinaikos to the victory. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) netted 14 points and issued 8 assists, while Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) added 12 points for the Hellenes. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) and Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) answered with 17 points each for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 17, Nikola Mirotic 17
Panathinaikos: Kostas Tsartsaris 16, Dimitris Diamantidis 14, Roko-Leni Ukic 12



EuroLeague: CSKA bring win from Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja - CSKA 66:70

CSKA celebrated a road win in EuroLeague Top 16 tonight. The Moscow powerhouse overcame Unicaja in Malaga for 9-3 record in Group E. Unicaja fell at 6-6 record after the defeat. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) scored 16 points for the winners.
Unicaja led by a single point at the first break 17:16. The hosts stretched the lead in the second quarter. The Spaniards managed to pile up a 34:30 halftime lead. CSKA however turned things their way in the third quarter. The Russian team denied the deficit as the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 52. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) put the visitors in front early in the final quarter but Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) quickly regained the lead for the hosts. Williams gave Unicaja a 60:54 advantage midway through the fourth stanza. CSKA anaswered with six points in a row to level things up. Milos Teodosic then sank back-to-back triples to give the Russian team a 66:62 lead. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Micov followed with layups to seal the win for CSKA. Sonny Weems and Milos Teodosic delivered 13 points apiece for the visitors. Marcus Williams posted 12 points for Unicaja. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket), Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) netted 10 points each in the loss.

Unicaja: Marcus Williams 12, Krunoslav Simon 10, Zoran Dragic 10, Earl Calloway 10
CSKA: Sasha Kaun 16, Sonny Weems 13, Milos Teodosic 13



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SBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan Mobile - Dacin Tigers 88-76 (2-2)

Dacin Tigers were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 58-44 second half run of Taiwan Mobile. The winners were led by the former international forward Jen-Wei Cheng (194-87) who scored that evening 25 points and Belizean-American power forward Noel Felix (205-81, college: Fresno St.) supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Taiwan Mobile players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds by American power forward Rolando Howell (206-82, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Dacin Tigers. The former international forward Tse-Wei Chen (200-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Mobile: J.Cheng 25+3reb+2ast, N.Felix 17+9reb+2ast, J.Chang 15+2reb+1ast, Y.Wu 12+7reb+3ast, T.Wu 6+10reb+2ast, J.Chen 4+1reb+1ast
Dacin Tigers: Y.Lin 14+4reb+2ast, T.Chen 14+5reb+2ast, R.Howell 11+11reb+1ast, L.Tien 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Lo 9, H.Hsu 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 237171


Pure Youth - Yulon Luxgen 83-84 (2-2)

Yulon Luxgen trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 18-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Ivorian-French power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and the former international forward Cheng-Ju Lu (194-86) who added 19 points during the contest. Four Yulon Luxgen players scored in double figures. At the losing side international point guard Shih-Chieh Chen (176-84) responded with 14 points and 5 assists and international forward Douglas Creighton (196-85) scored 17 points. Pure Youth's coach Chin-Tse Hsu tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Yulon Luxgen: C.Lu 19+4reb+1ast, M.Lamizana 17+16reb+4ast, S.Chou 14+4reb+3ast, F.Wu 10+1reb+1ast, C.Chen 8+5reb+4ast, T.Te-Wei 7+4reb+1ast
Pure Youth: D.Creighton 17+3reb+1ast, S.Chen 14+4reb+5ast, C.Mao 11+7reb+2ast, W.Tsai 9+8reb+2ast, H.Wu 7, T.Lin 6+1reb
gschID: 237170



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EuroLeague: Zalgiris outgun Anadolu Efes in front of more than 11000 fans - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Anadolu Efes 79:71

Zalgiris outgun Anadolu Efes in front of more than 11000 fans in the first game of Thursday action in EuroLeague. The Lithuanian team posted a 79:71 mostly due to the boost in the start of the third period.
Both teams started strong and scored 52 points in the first period. Anadolu Efes managed to grab 27:25 lead, but then Zalgiris posted a 19-15 rally for 44:42 halftime advantage. The hosts erupted with a massive run early in the third period but saved 7 points after three quarters. They added 16-15 in the last stanza for the final success.
Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) netted 15. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) delivered 9 points in a win. Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) replied with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) scored 13. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) notched 12 and Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) brought 11.

Zalgiris: Darjus Lavrinovic 24, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 15, Rimantas Kaukenas 9
Anadolu Efes: Jamon Lukas Gordon 14, Semih Erden 13, Jordan Farmar 12, Dusko Savanovic 11



Cedevita lands Jordan Theodore, ex Antalya - by Eurobasket News

KK Cedevita Zagreb (A1) tabbed 24-year old American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-79kg-89, college: Seton Hall). He played recently at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 22 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg and 1.8spg this season. He received NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Theodore graduated from Seton Hall University in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: a quick athletic high energy scoring PG who is a great penetrator and finisher at the basket. Shoots a high percentage from FG and FT and quickly developing into a good 3 point shooter. Tremendous pressure defender who is a disruptive on and off the ball defensive force.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. He could not help Stelmet ZG (16-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Hodge's very good performance the fourth-placed Stelmet ZG was crushed 90-59 at home by the lower-ranked Anwil (#5) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Hodge also added 4 assists. Hodge is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 20.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.2apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 83.0%. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Hodge is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Gregory Washington
Gregory Washington
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Denmark). Washington led Svendborg to a victory over the eighth-ranked Vaerlose (10-17) 98-88 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Washington recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Washington's second season in pro basketball. Svendborg Rabbits (22-5) is placed first in the Ligaen. Washington belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Washington averages: 15.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 62.3%(180-289), 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 70.9%. He is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Estonia). Elegar contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the league leader BC Rakvere (19-9) 79-74 in the Estonian KML last Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 17 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (14-5) is placed third in the KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Elegar's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(36-59) and FT: 63.2% in the 11 games he played so far. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team three years ago.

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #4. Forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help Le Mans (13-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite Victor's good performance Le Mans was defeated 66-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Chalon/Saor (#3). He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Victor has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team back in 2011.

Jerome Gumbs
Jerome Gumbs
   #5. Former international forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Cheshire Phoenix's victory against the sixth-ranked Surrey Heat (17-11) 104-100 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Gumbs recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. Cheshire Phoenix (9-20) is placed second from the bottom (#11) in the BBL. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Gumbs' first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in the 15 games. Gumbs used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team two years ago.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #6. Forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium) helped Leuven Bears win their game against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (13-7) 87-82 in the Belgian Ethias League last Saturday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Stella Artois Leuven Bears (7-13) is placed sixth in the Ethias League. This season Aska has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

The list of other players, who all have U.S. Virgin Islands passport but never been selected to any of U.S. Virgin Islands national teams:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-46) 119-113 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Duncan had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 5 blocks in 35 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 52-16 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Duncan's 16th year with the team. Duncan has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.7apg and 2.6bpg in the 56 games he played so far. Duncan has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in France could not help Paris-Levallois (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Paris-Levallois (#2) lost 66-72 at home to the leading Karsiyaka in the group J of EuroChallenge. Hodge was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. This year Hodge's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.2apg in the six games. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Antiguan.

   #3. Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Syracuse (11-7) in their game against the University of Louisville (14-4) in the NCAA. Christmas cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots in 14 minutes. The Syracuse was badly defeated 78-61 on the road by the University of Louisville. It was Syracuse's first loss after three consecutive victories. Christmas' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Christmas has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games.



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BBL Round Up Wed 20 March - by Paul Nilsen

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders take a giant step towards their first BBL Championship regular season title, while the One Health Sharks Sheffield kept themselves in pole position in the race for the final play-off places after Wednesday night's action.

The Riders picked up a huge victory in the top of the table clash with the Newcastle Eagles as they defeated them 80-69 at the John Sanford Centre.

The result was significant on a number of levels as it moved the Riders to within three victories of the League title and they secured the season series over the Eagles which could prove important if both teams end the season on identical records.

In a game where the lead changed hands on numerous occasions, it was a 13-2 burst in the final quarter by the Riders that eventually broke the game open in the Riders favour to take the score out to 69-58 with less than three minutes remaining in the game. The Eagles tried to get themselves back into the contest, but to no avail as the home side secured the all-important victory.

The Sharks moved themselves above the London Lions into seventh position in the table thanks to a 82-67 victory over the Marjon Plymouth Raiders at the EIS, Sheffield.

After the Raiders led 16-18 at the end of the opening period, the Sharks came right back into the game with an 11-3 burst in the second quarter to take the score out to 27-21.

The Sharks held onto their lead for the majority of what was left in the game and despite a pair of Jamal Williams (196-F-86) free-throws to get the visitors back to within seven points at 72-65 midway through the final quarter, the Sharks finished the game with a 10-2 burst to enjoy their biggest lead of the game at 82-67.



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Marinos 18-4 
 2. Cocodrilos 15-7 
 3. Gaiteros 12-9 
 4. Gigantes 11-10 
 5. Guaros 11-12 
 6. Bucaneros 10-10 
 7. Guaiqueries 9-14 
 8. Trotamundos 8-13 
 9. Panteras 8-15 
 10. Toros 7-15 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 18: Cocodrilos - Toros 89-65
Mar. 19: Marinos - Bucaneros 87-85
Mar. 19: Gaiteros - Panteras 81-75
Mar. 19: Guaros - Guaiqueries 80-77
Mar. 20: Toros - Gigantes 57-67

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 21: Trotamundos - Marinos
Mar. 21: Guaiqueries - Bucaneros
Mar. 21: Toros - Gigantes
Mar. 22: Guaiqueries - Bucaneros
Mar. 22: Cocodrilos - Gaiteros




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Women News


Perpignan keep Abby Bishop - by Eurobasket News

Abby Bishop (189-C-88) will continue her career in France next season. She has agreed on terms of contract extension with Perpignan. The Aussie centre joined the French team at the start of the season. She posts 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in LFB. Last season Abby Bishop played for the Adelaide Lightning. Her stats read 16.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists per game in the WNBL. She made it into All-Australian WNBL 2nd Team. Abby Bishop has been the member of the Australian National Team since 2008. She played for the Opals at the London Olympic Games last year. Her stats read 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance at the tournament.


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Standings

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk 5-0 
 2. Gorizont 4-1 
 3. Eclex Tallinn 1-4 
 4. Berezina 0-5 
Group B
 1. Olimpia 5-0 
 2. Kibirkstis-Tiche 2-2 
 3. Tim-Scuf 1-2 
 4. Victoria 0-4 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

A

Mar. 20: Tsmoki-Minsk - Berezina 69-50
Mar. 19: Berezina - Tsmoki-Minsk 48-66
Mar. 27: Tsmoki-Minsk - Gorizont
Mar. 27: Eclex Tallinn - Berezina

B

Mar. 25: Kibirkstis-Tiche - Tim-Scuf
Mar. 26: Victoria - Tim-Scuf
Mar. 27: Olimpia - Tim-Scuf



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  CYPRUS   


AEL surge ahead in championship series - by Eurobasket News

AEL - Keravnos 75:51

AEL clinched the first victory in A1 title series. They shot down Keravnos in the opener. Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) stepped up with 27 points to lead the winners.
AEL started the game strong. They cleared off to a 21:15 advantage at the first intermission. The gap grew in the second quarter. AEL arrived at halftime up by 20 points 40:20. The hosts kept Keravnos at bay throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by twenty points 58:38. Keravnos could not get any closer in the fourth term and AEL cruised to the victory at the end. Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) finished with 18 points, while Monica Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points in the winning case. Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80, agency: LBM Management) answered with 17 points for Keravnos. Koulla Nikodemou (170-G-86) had 11 points in the loss.

AEL: Marija Boskovic 27, Kalia Papadopoulou 18, Monica Gavriloska 14
Keravnos: Biljana Pavicevic 17, Koulla Nikodemou 11



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  FRANCE   


Perpignan keep Abby Bishop - by Eurobasket News

Abby Bishop (189-C-88) will continue her career in France next season. She has agreed on terms of contract extension with Perpignan. The Aussie centre joined the French team at the start of the season. She posts 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in LFB. Last season Abby Bishop played for the Adelaide Lightning. Her stats read 16.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists per game in the WNBL. She made it into All-Australian WNBL 2nd Team. Abby Bishop has been the member of the Australian National Team since 2008. She played for the Opals at the London Olympic Games last year. Her stats read 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance at the tournament.


Lattes Montpellier keep Gaelle Skrela - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier extended the contract of Gaelle Skrela (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The guard has been the member of Lattes Montpellier squad since 2004. She tallied 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in EuroCup. Gaelle Skrela also delivered 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per appearance in LFB. Last season the guard earned All-French LFB Honourable Mention.


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Evanthia Maltsi selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Evanthia Maltsi
Evanthia Maltsi
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Evanthia Maltsi (180-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Turkey). She led Kayseri to a victory over the closely-ranked Tarsus Bld (16-8) 88-75 in the Turkish TKBL in Sunday night's game. Maltsi was MVP of the game. She scored 20 points, had 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 29 minutes on the court. Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (17-6) is placed third in the TKBL. It was her 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 will be critical. It's Maltsi's first season with the team. Maltsi has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 88.2% in the 21 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Zoi Dimitrakou
Zoi Dimitrakou
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Zoi Dimitrakou (188-87, also represented by Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Turkey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Evanthia Maltsi and both played together in the last Turkish TKBL game. Dimitrakou contributed to Kayseri's victory against the closely-ranked Tarsus Bld (16-8) 88-75. She scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Dimitrakou has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 69.0%(29-42), 3FGP: 46.7%(7-15) and FT: 62.5%. She played for the Greek national team in 2009.

Anna Spyridopoulou
Anna Spyridopoulou
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Anna Spyridopoulou (184-88, currently plays in Sweden). Spyridopoulou was the major contributor in a Solna Vikings' victory against the second-ranked Kvarnby (4-2) 78-74 in the Swedish Damligan on Saturday night. She scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Solna Vikings (4-2) is placed third. This year Spyridopoulou averages: 9.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 71.4% in the 17 games. She played for the Greek national team two years ago.

Katerina Sotiriou
Katerina Sotiriou
   #4. Forward Katerina Sotiriou (186-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LFB could not help Navarra Pamplona (8-10) to beat Perfumerias Avenida (15-3). She scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Navarra Pamplona was crushed 69-45 on the road by the second-ranked Perfumerias Avenida. It was Navarra Pamplona's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Sotiriou's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. She is also Greek national team player.

Olga Chatzinikolaou
Olga Chatzinikolaou
   #5. International swingman Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-81, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Caja Rural (7-12) in their game against Gran Canaria (8-10) in the Spanish LFB. Chatzinikolaou did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. She scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Caja Rural was crushed 80-59 in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#5). Chatzinikolaou's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Chatzinikolaou's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. She plays currently for the Greek national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Vicky Volonaki (179-F-80, currently plays in Sweden) led Solna Vikings to a 3-point victory against the second-ranked Northland (4-2) 75-72 in the Swedish Damligan in Wednesday night's game. Volonaki scored 14 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Solna Vikings (4-2) is placed third. Volonaki's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.

Other top Greek players, who play abroad:

Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83) plays for Bourges in French LFB
Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79) plays for Dynamo Kursk in Russian PBL
Stefanie Murphy (192-F/C-89) plays for Samorin in Hungarian A Division
Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86) plays for Ragusa in Italian A2
Katerina Glyniadaki (196-C-86) plays for C.U.S. Chieti in Italian A1
Nafsika Stavridou (182-G-86) plays for Northland in Swedish Damligan
Maria Grammatikopoulou (170-F-86) plays for Keravnos in Cypriot A1
Valeria Sella (178-F-92) plays for APOEL in Cypriot A1
Efthimia Roka (165-G-88) plays for Leeds Carnegie in British EBL

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



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Anna Vadja selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anna Vadja
Anna Vadja
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Anna Vadja (191-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Spain). She was the major contributor in a Rivas Ecopolis' victory against the ninth-ranked Conquero (5-13) 60-47 in the Spanish LFB in Wednesday night's game. Vadja scored 13 points in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Rivas Ecopolis (18-1) is placed first in the LFB. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Vadja averages: 7.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 45.5% in the three games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Katalin Honti
Katalin Honti
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Katalin Honti (177-87, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Anna Vadja. But that was another game of her team in Spanish LFB which we would like to mention. Honti contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Socinsa Bembibre (4-14) crushing them 86-55. She scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Rivas Ecopolis (18-1) is placed first in the LFB. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Honti's first season with the team. Honti's overall stats this year are: 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 88.5%. She is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team.

Dora Horti
Dora Horti
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Dora Horti (193-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, currently plays in Poland). Horti contributed to a 3-point Wisla Can-Pak's victory against the closely-ranked AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (8-10) 62-59 in the Polish PLKK on Saturday night. She scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (14-4) is placed third in the PLKK. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Horti's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 70.7% in the 21 games. She is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Hajnalka Szlimak
Hajnalka Szlimak
   #4. Forward Hajnalka Szlimak (182-82, currently plays in Romania) managed to help CSM Satu Mare to win against the closely-ranked Timisoara (18-9) 72-60 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. Szlimak scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CSM Satu Mare (20-5) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Szlimak's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. She used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2010.

Judit Fritz
Judit Fritz
   #5. Former University international swingman Judit Fritz (183-87, college: St.Francis, NY, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Dunkerque's victory against the closely-ranked Limoges (4-15) 67-64 in the French LF2 (12th division) last Saturday. Fritz scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Dunkerque Malo Basket Club (7-13) is placed tenth in the LF2. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Fritz's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in the 17 games. She used to play for the Hungarian university national team four years ago.

Viktoria Vincze
Viktoria Vincze
   #6. Center Viktoria Vincze (189-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Wildcats Wolfenbuettel's victory against the seventh-ranked Rhein Main Baskets (10-11) 87-73 in the German DBBL on Saturday night. Vincze scored only 4 points. BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel (13-8) is placed third in the DBBL. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Vincze has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 2.8rpg. She is a former university international player as she played for the Hungarian team four years ago.

Ildiko Szakacs
Ildiko Szakacs
   #7. Former international forward Ildiko Szakacs (187-81, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA could not help Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket (2-2) to beat Fribourg (3-1). Szakacs recorded 7 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes. The fourth-placed Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket was crushed 92-53 on the road by the second-ranked Fribourg in the Places 1-6 group. It was Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket's first loss after three consecutive victories. Her team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Szakacs has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in the 22 games. She used to play for the Hungarian national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Diana Adela Pop (168-G-71, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Friendsfactory Jahn Muenchen in a victory against the ninth-ranked TG Chooza Ladybaskets (8-12) 70-65 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Saturday night's game. Pop scored only 2 points in 21 minutes. Friendsfactory Jahn Muenchen (8-11) is placed ninth in South group. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Pop has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the six games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Romanian and Hungarian.

   #2. Kata Takacs (184-F-91, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German DBBL could not help Rotenburg/Scheessel (6-15) to beat Oberhausen (10-11). Takacs scored only 4 points. The bottom-ranked Rotenburg/Scheessel was defeated 87-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Oberhausen (#8). It was Rotenburg/Scheessel's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Takacs has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.8rpg. She is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Austrian.

   #3. Andrea Hajdune Csaszar (200-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Kent St., currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Riva Basket (2-2) crushing them 92-55 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. Hajdune Csaszar recorded only 2 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Helios VS Basket (4-0) is placed first. So far her team won all four games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Hajdune Csaszar has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6bpg and 2.1spg.



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Standings - Women

Express L. Standings
 1. Keflavik 21-4 
 2. Snaefell 19-8 
 3. KR 17-9 
 4. Valur 16-11 
 5. Haukar 13-14 
 6. Njardvik 8-18 
 7. Grindavik 8-19 
 8. Fjolnir 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 20: Valur - Keflavik 96-92
Mar. 20: Snaefell - Njardvik 80-69
Mar. 20: Fjolnir - Grindavik 72-91
Mar. 20: Haukar - KR 71-65

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 27: Grindavik - Haukar
Mar. 27: Keflavik - Fjolnir
Mar. 27: Njardvik - Valur
Mar. 27: KR - Snaefell


Dominos League Round 27: Valur defeats leader Keflavik - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Express L..

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Keflavik (21-4) in Reykjavik on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Valur (16-11) 96-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Keflavik. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. They outrebounded Keflavik 42-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valur looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Jaleesa Butler (185-87, college: Georgetown) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international center Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-90) contributed with 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Sara Run Hinriksdottir (165-96) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for Keflavik. Keflavik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Valur maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Keflavik at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Valur are looking forward to face Njardvik (#6) on the road in the next round. Keflavik will play against Fjolnir (#8) in Reykjavik and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked KR (17-9) against fifth ranked Haukar (13-14) on Wednesday night. Visiting KR was defeated by Haukar in a tough game in Hafnarfjordur 65-71. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of KR. It was a great evening for American swingman Siarre Evans (178-88, college: E.Tenn.St.) who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Haukar maintains fifth place with 13-14 record. KR at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Haukar will play against Grindavik (#7) on the road in the next round. KR will play against the league's second-placed Snaefell (#2) in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Reykjavik was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Grindavik (8-19) played at the court of 8th ranked Fjolnir (4-23). Grindavik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-72 on Wednesday. It was an exceptional evening for Crystal Smith who led the winners and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Fanney Gudmundsdottir came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Fjolnir in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Grindavik maintains seventh place with 8-19 record. Loser Fjolnir stay dead last with 23 lost games. Grindavik will meet at home higher ranked Haukar (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fjolnir will play against the league's leader Keflavik where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 27 Njardvik was beaten by Snaefell on the road 80-69.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals by Lele Hardy of Njardvik.


Haukar - KR 71-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked KR (17-9) against fifth ranked Haukar (13-14) on Wednesday night. Visiting KR was defeated by Haukar in a tough game in Hafnarfjordur 65-71. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of KR. It looked good early as KR took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Haukar had a 30-11 second period charge getting the lead and KR was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-71. Strangely KR outrebounded Haukar 46-31 including a 26-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Haukar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a great evening for American swingman Siarre Evans (178-88, college: E.Tenn.St.) who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (175-90) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Haukar players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and the former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (181-88, agency: Promotex) scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Haukar maintains fifth place with 13-14 record. KR at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Haukar will play against Grindavik (#7) on the road in the next round. KR will play against the league's second-placed Snaefell (#2) in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KR: S.McCallum 24+13reb+6ast, S.Amundadottir 19+8reb+4ast, G.Thorsteinsdottir 6+10reb, H.Einarsdottir 5+10reb+2ast, R.Olafsdottir 5+1reb+1ast, S.Magnusdottir 4+3reb
Haukar: S.Evans 26+8reb+8ast, M.Halfdanardottir 15+4reb+3ast, G.Gunnarsdottir 13+7reb+2ast, D.Samuelsdottir 10+5reb+3ast, A.Olafsdottir 3+2reb, L.Henningsdottir 2+1reb
gschID: 180154


Snaefell - Njardvik 80-69

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Snaefell (19-8) beat 6th ranked Njardvik (8-18) in Stykkisholmur 80-69 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Snaefell outrebounded Njardvik 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Kieraah Marlow (178-85) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Center Helga Bjorgvinsdottir (177-91) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. American Lele Hardy (182-88, college: Clemson, agency: Merit Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals and swingman Svava Stefansdottir (177-84) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Njardvik in the defeat. Snaefell maintains second place with 19-8 record having just 0 points less than leader Keflavik. Defending champion Njardvik keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. Snaefell will meet KR (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Njardvik will play against Valur in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: L.Hardy 34+13reb+6ast, E.Hakonardottir 11+1reb+1ast, S.Stefansdottir 7+10reb+1ast, A.Kristmundsdottir 5, S.Saevarsdottir 4+3reb+1ast, S.Margeirsdottir 4+1ast
Snaefell: K.Marlow 22+8reb+3ast, R.Karlsdottir 17+7reb+1ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 16+11reb+2ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 11+1reb+3ast, R.Indridadottir 7+6reb, H.Sigurdardottir 7+7reb+6ast
gschID: 180153


Valur - Keflavik 96-92

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Keflavik (21-4) in Reykjavik on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Valur (16-11) 96-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Keflavik. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. They outrebounded Keflavik 42-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valur looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Jaleesa Butler (185-87, college: Georgetown) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international center Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Sara Run Hinriksdottir (165-96) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-87) added 24 points and 5 steals in the effort for Keflavik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Keflavik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Valur maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Keflavik at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Valur are looking forward to face Njardvik (#6) on the road in the next round. Keflavik will play against Fjolnir (#8) in Reykjavik and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: P.Gunnlaugsdottir 24+2reb+2ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 23+10reb, J.Jenkins 14+1reb+4ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 10+6reb+4ast, I.Kristinardottir 8+3reb+1ast, I.Jakobsdottir 7+1ast
Valur: K.Sigurjonsdottir 26+2reb+1ast, H.Jonsdottir 19+1reb+2ast, R.Brynjarsdottir 18+14reb+1ast, J.Butler 16+13reb+9ast, R.Benonisdottir 8+4reb+1ast, U.Asgeirsdottir 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 180152


Fjolnir - Grindavik 72-91

The game in Reykjavik was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Grindavik (8-19) played at the court of 8th ranked Fjolnir (4-23). Grindavik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-72 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-72. Grindavik forced 21 Fjolnir turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Crystal Smith (168-84, college: Iowa) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Petrunella Skuladottir (177-85) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. The former international forward Fanney Gudmundsdottir (179-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Britney Jones (172-87, college: UAB) added 23 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Fjolnir in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Grindavik maintains seventh place with 8-19 record. Loser Fjolnir stay dead last with 23 lost games. Grindavik will meet at home higher ranked Haukar (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fjolnir will play against the league's leader Keflavik where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: F.Gudmundsdottir 24+11reb+2ast, B.Jones 23+6reb+3ast, E.Emilsdottir 7+1reb, E.Sigurdardottir 5+2ast, B.Ragnarsdottir 5+3reb+1ast, H.Johannsdottir 2+4reb+1ast
Grindavik: C.Smith 22+5reb+5ast, P.Skuladottir 21+2reb+3ast, B.Magnusdottir 14+3reb+2ast, J.Lois Sicat 12+2reb+3ast, I.Ellertsdottir 7+3reb+2ast, E.Osp Ottosdottir 6+3reb
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D1 Round 1 of Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Ramla - Ramat Hasharon 67-59

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Ramat Hasharon won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Ramla forced 25 Ramat Hasharon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Allison Hightower (178-88, college: LSU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) fired 11 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Center Kaayla Chones (191-81, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Forward Jessica Breland (190-88, college: N.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (173-87, college: California) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: K.Chones 16+7reb+2ast, O.Oren 13+2reb+5ast, T.James 12+2reb+3ast, A.Hightower 11+8reb+7ast, K.Levitsky 9+5reb+2ast, M.Epstein 4+1reb
Ramat Hasharon: L.Selwyn 14+2reb+2ast, A.Gray-Lawson 14+4reb+4ast, J.Breland 12+10reb+1ast, B.Elohim 7+4reb+1ast, B.January 5+4ast, A.Clark 4+7reb+3ast
gschID: 237241


Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Holon 86-64

The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Elitzur Holon was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Holon's 40. They outrebounded Elitzur Holon 49-26 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Maccabi Ashdod players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Elitzur Holon's players. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Charde Houston (185-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Ashley Shields (180-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod's coach felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Avery Warley (190-87, college: Liberty) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Alexis Hornbuckle (180-85, college: Tennessee) added 15 points in the effort for Elitzur Holon.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: D.Adams 17+6reb+1ast, M.Dori 16+2reb+1ast, C.Houston 12+13reb+2ast, A.Shields 11+5reb+9ast, B.Denson 8+3reb+3ast, N.Kolodny 6+8reb+6ast
Elitzur Holon: A.Warley 21+10reb, A.Hornbuckle 15+4reb+3ast, B.Lazmi 12+1ast, K.Gardin 9+7reb+1ast, L.Peleg 7+4reb+6ast, W.Boddie 0
gschID: 237242



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Lithuanian LMKL round 27 best performance: Keiva Council - by Eurobasket News

American guard Keiva Council (172-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fortuna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, five rebounds and six assists) to her team's victory, helping them to beat Ruta Siauliai (#6, 9-18) 72-66. Fortuna maintains the 3rd position in Lithuanian LMKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fortuna will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game Council had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. She turned to be Fortuna's top player in her first season with the team. Former Loyola, LA star has very solid stats this year. Council is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.4ppg), assists (6th best: 3.2apg) and averages impressive 2.8spg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) of Jaunieji Talentai. Kraujunaite had a very good evening with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Jaunieji Talentai lost that game 66-88 to the higher-ranked Suduva (#4, 17-10). Jaunieji Talentai are still at the very bottom. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Jaunieji Talentai managed to get this year. Kraujunaite is a newcomer at Jaunieji Talentai, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international center Kristina Alminaite (205-C-90) of league's top team Kibirkstis-Tiche. Alminaite scored 10 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Kibirkstis-Tiche, leading her team to a 77-54 easy win against the lower-ranked Aistes-LSU (#5, 13-14). Kibirkstis-Tiche confirms their top position in the standings Alminaite has a very solid season. In 26 games in Lithuania she scored 6.3ppg. She also has 6.2rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 51.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ieva Veinberga (183-F-84) of Suduva - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) of Suduva - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Rita Milieskiene (175-PG-78) of Suduva - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Vitalija Vasciunaite (175-G-88) of Kibirkstis-Tiche - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of Aistes-LSU - 11 points and 8 rebounds
9. Lidia Panasiuk (187-C-85) of Ruta Siauliai - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) of Kibirkstis-Tiche - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S WEST REGIONAL - CHAMPIONSHIP - Western Washington 75, Simon Fraser 58 - by Eurobasket News

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Guard Corinn Waltrip (5'6''-G) (Sr., Tigard, OR), the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scored a game-high 29 points to lift tourney host Western Washington University to a 75-58 triumph over Simon Fraser University in Tuesday's championship game of the West Regional of the 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament before a crowd of 1,129 at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the campus of host Western Washington University.

The Vikings, the No.1 seed in the West Region and ranked fifth in the USA Today NCAA Division II Top 25 National Poll, improved to 28-3 in claiming their first West Regional championship since 2000. They will face South Region champion Nova Southeastern in a national quarterfinal at San Antonio, Tex., on Tues., March. 26.

Simon Fraser, the No.2 seed and ranked No.11 nationally, concluded its season 25-6. Center Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Clan, scoring 17 of her points in the first half.

WWU held a narrow 41-40 lead early in the second half, but ran off 10 straight points in a two-minute span to establish a 51-40 lead with 11:28 to play, the biggest of the game to that point. SFU never got closer than eight points after that.

Waltrip was 10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-9 on 3-pointers. Center Britt Harris (6'2''-C) (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) and forward Trishi Williams (Sr., Mabton) each had 11 points for the Vikings, who shot 54.2 percent (26-of-48) from the floor, including 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) on treys.

Carla Wyman came off the bench to score 10 points for the Clan.

SFU used a run of six straight points to take the biggest lead of the first half, 28-22, with 4:55 remaining, and still was up six, 29-23, with under three minutes to go in the period. But the Vikings closed with a 9-1 run, Waltrip scoring seven of the points, giving WWU a 32-30 halftime lead.

"The turning point was the last few minutes of the first half," said WWU coach Carmen Dolfo . "We finally picked up our defense. In the second half, we came out and did the same thing. That's our bread and butter, when we play well defensively, our offense gets going."

WWU is now 16-0 at home and has 20 consecutive victories at Carver Gym over the last two seasons.

Joining Waltrip on the region all-tournament team were Raincock-Ekunwe, Harris, Judy Jones of Grand Canyon, and Brittani Jefferson of Cal State Monterrey Bay.

WESTERN WASHINGTON POSTGAME QUOTES

COACH Carmen Dolfo

(On the game) We're just thrilled and excited. I'm just so proud of these young women who have worked so hard. We've gone through a lot this year together. Tonight, Corinn was obviously hot, but I felt it was such a team effort. They got her the ball. It really feels like a team effort.

(On doubling down on defense late in the first half and late in the game) The turning point was maybe the last three or four minutes of the first half. We finally picked up our defense and got it right. We reminded ourselves that's what we needed to do. The second half, we came out and did the same thing on defense. That's been our bread and butter all year.

(On defending against Nayo, especially after she had 17 first-half points) We tried to be a little more physical on her. We felt like we were giving her too much room to do her thing. We rotated different people on her and put fresh bodies on her. The fatigue factor in the second half helped us. Our post players really did a good job of stepping up and really wanted to battle.

(On a key game this season that helped them get to this point) The biggest turning point was at Simon Fraser when they kicked our butt. The seniors came to my house late at night and sat down and talked about things we needed to change. They all stepped up and really put forth an effort to make some significant changes.From then on, things started to roll for us.

Britt Harris (On defending against Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe) She's always a tough player to go against. She's great, super athletic. We just kept rotating people on her, trying to keep fresh legs.

(On more solid rebounding in the second half) That was one of our focuses for the second half, knowing they're great rebounding team. Nayo is extremely athletic. We wanted to block people out, get them out of the play, knowing that someone is going to come through from our team and pick the ball up.

Corinn Waltrip (On her game) I think I just got some open looks and knocked them down tonight. My teammates were looking for me.

(On getting to the Elite Eight) It's unreal. We've been working so hard for this our entire career, the whole year. As Carm says, it's icing on the cake. We've had a great season, and every win from her on out is icing on the cake. It's a great feeling to know that we're in the top eight in the country.

SIMON FRASER POSTGAME QUOTES

COACH BRUCE LANGFORD

(On the game) The second half really started in that run (Western had) in the first half when we were up six and a chance to make it eight. We had a couple little miscues that got them some momentum and feeling good about themselves. They played a lot tougher than we did after that point. The second half, it was very hard for us to move, and for some reason, we stopped playing. We're not very effective when we do that, and that hurt immensely.

(On what he emphasized at halftime) We talked bout the fact that we helped off of a couple of their kids kids that our scouting report says not to help off. One of the things about Corinn Waltrip is she often runs the offense and doesn't really score that much -- unless situation arises where she thinks it's needed. She obviously came to play today in a little different way than she sometimes does.

(On the crowd) We needed to control the crowd a little bit. They're an emotional team, they play off of that emotion. We needed to do as much as we could not to feed that emotion. In the first half, we did. We know their team very well. They have a couple kids who have singular skill sets. When you let singular skill sets do their skill sets and crowd goes crazy, we're not doing our job.

(On Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe getting just two points in the second half) Nayo got a little tired and less assertive because of that tiredness. That's one of the main things. The game is very physical, and as she gets tired, the physicality gets to her, she shoots lower percentages and misses a shot.

(On a difference-maker in the game) I thought we stood around a lot on offense tonight. When we stand around, we don't get our kinds of shots, and when we don't shoot well, we're not very good. We shot pretty well in the two games prior to this and didn't shoot it well today.

ERIN CHAMBERS (On the season) I thought we had a raelly good season. Getting to this point was extraordinary for us here.
Courtesy of: http://www.wwuvikings.com



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CUA finishes historic season ranked 11th in USA Today poll - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON CUA is ranked 11th in the final USA Today Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll for the 2012-13 season, released on Tuesday. The Cardinals won their second straight Landmark Conference championship and earned a second straight bid to the NCAA Tournament this season, finishing with a school-record 27 wins.

CUA earned its first national ranking in school history this season, appearing in the USA Today Coaches' poll, as well as the D3Hoops.com poll for the majority of the 2012-13 campaign. In addition to their school-record 27 overall wins, the Cardinals also won 13 Landmark Conference games, the most in school annals.

CUA went 15-1 at home this season, winning a pair of Landmark Conference Tournament games to capture its second straight conference title. The Cardinals then defeated Cabrini in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament for their first-ever win in the tourney.

Individually, three Cards were named First Team All-Conference, including Player of the Year Jill Woerner. Woerner and Katarina Owunna earned All-Region honors, and Woerner also received ECAC Player of the Year and All-Star accolades.

In addition, Woerner was named an All-American by the WBCA and D3Hoops.com.

CUA Head Coach Matt Donohue became the all-time winningest women's basketball coach in school history this season, while also earning the 200th win of his coaching career.

On their way to 27 victories, the Cardinals began the season by winning their first 14 games. CUA then put together a 13-game win streak en route to capturing conference title number-two.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Foglia Selected to D3Hoops All-Region First Team - by Eurobasket News

BLOOMINGTON, MN Hartwick College's Maria Foglia (Rensselaer, NY/Catholic Central) has been honored by D3hoops.com. The junior guard was named to the organization's All-East Region First Team for the 2012-2013 season.

Foglia, who also was named the Empire 8 Player of the Year and to the conference's first team, finished as Hartwick's second leading scorer this season with an average of 14.3 points per game.
She was joined on the first team by Geneseo senior guard Melissa Graham, Vassar junior guard Cydni Matsuoka, Plattsburgh State junior forward Kathleen Payne, and Rochester sophomore guard Ally Zywicki.

Foglia led the Hawks in minutes played (1,027), three-point field-goal percentage (.376), free throws made (108), and she tied for a team-best 82 assists. She also ranked second in scoring, field goals made (135), three-pointers made (50), steals (47), and was third in rebounding (5.3/gm).

In the Empire 8 Conference, she ranked in the top five in 10 categories. She led the conference in free throws made, games played, games started, minutes played, and ranked second in three-point field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, points scored, and minutes per game. She was also third in three-pointers made and fourth in assists.


On thirteen occasions this season, Foglia was the Hawks' top scorer. She reached double figures 22 times, including all five of Hartwick's Empire 8 and ECAC playoff games to wrap the season. She scored over 20 points six times, including a career-high of 25 points in victories over Randolph-Macon (12/17) and Stevens (1/22).

This season, Foglia became the twelfth player in Hartwick history to break the 1,000 point barrier in a victory over Elmira. She is currently tenth in career scoring with 1,120 points. In addition, Foglia became only the third player to hit 50 or more three-pointers in a single season and third player to make over 100 three-pointers in her career. She ranks third in the category with 112 in three seasons at 'Wick.


Foglia helped the Hawks to the ECAC Division III Women's Metro Championship in early March. It marked the first championship of any kind for the Hawks since the 1999 season. Over three games, Foglia led the Hartwick in scoring with an average of 18.3 points per game. She also led 'Wick in three-pointers made (7), free throws made (16), free-throw percentage (.889), assists (12), and was tied for first in field goals made (16). For her efforts, she named the ECAC Division III Metro Most Outstanding Player.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



NYU Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Recruiting Class - by Eurobasket News

The New York University women's basketball program announced that seven student-athletes will join the Violets as freshmen for the 2013-14 season.

The seven players hail from seven different states spanning both coasts: Jesse Fifield (Freehold, NJ); Amy Harioka (Danville, CA); Kayli O'Keefe (Pittsford, NY); Lindsay Oldshue (Glenview, IL); Kaitlyn Read (University Park, TX); Melanie Repella (Ambler, PA); and Emily Rowe (Vancouver, WA).

"Our staff is excited about the incoming class of freshmen," said Head Coach Lauren Hall-Gregory. "Overall, the group adds depth and size to the roster. These young women are committed student-athletes who we identified in the recruiting process as winners on and off the basketball court. We believe they are an excellent complement to the talented returners from this year's team."

Fifield is a 5-9 guard from Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck, NJ. A three-year starter, she was a Shore Conference All-Star selection as a senior and was a First Team All-District honoree as a junior. During her junior season, Fifield finished second in the Shore Conference in free-throw percentage, shooting 83.3% from the line while averaging 11 points per game. She also played for the Jersey Sting and New Jersey Riptide AAU teams.

Harioka is a 5-7 guard from Carondelet High School in Concord, CA. A two-year starter, she helped her squad win four league titles, two section championships, and finish as the state runner-up during her sophomore campaign. Harioka also played for the Cal Stars AAU team.

O'Keefe is a 5-6 guard from The Harley School in Rochester, NY. She racked up numerous accolades during her high school career, including being named All-League and All-Greater Rochester five teams each. A 1,000-point scorer, O'Keefe averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior, helping her team win its league and reach sectionals for the second straight year. She also played for the Crystal City Stars AAU team.

Oldshue is a 6-0 guard from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL. She averaged approximately 10 points, 10 assists and five rebounds per game as a senior en route to being named All-Conference. Oldshue helped her squad to regional championships her sophomore and junior campaigns. She also played for the Midwest Elite AAU team.

Read is a 5-8 guard from Highland Park High School in Dallas, TX. Among her high school accolades were being voted District 10-4A Offensive MVP her junior year, District 10-4A Newcomer of the Year her freshman season, and three times being selected First Team All-District. A two-year captain, Read averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 steals, and 4.2 assists per game as a senior. She also played for the AAG Elite AAU team.

Repella is a 5-11 forward from Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA. A four-year member of the varsity team, she helped her squad win PAISAA state championships her freshman and sophomore years. Repella also helped Germantown claim league titles as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She also played for the Fencor AAU team.

Rowe is a 6-2 center who played her final two years at Union High School in Camas, WA. A four-year starter at three different schools, she is the 60th-ranked post prospect in the nation by ESPN. Rowe led her teams in rebounding all four years and helped Union capture the first district championship in the school's history as a senior. She also played for the Oregon Elite AAU team.

"The goal of this season was to lay a foundation of respect, trust and commitment," commented Hall-Gregory. "Our returning players created this culture, and we believe the incoming freshmen embody these same values. We are looking forward to next season and continuing to rebuild this program."
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Standings - Women

Liga Standings
 1. ICIM Arad 25-2 
 2. Targoviste 24-1 
 3. Satu Mare 20-5 
 4. Sf.Gheorghe 19-6 
 5. Alba Iulia 17-8 
 6. Alexandria 16-9 
 7. Timisoara 12-13 
 8. Sp.Studentesc 12-13 
 9. Brasov 11-15 
 10. Craiova 9-16 
 11. Targu Mures 8-17 
 12. Rapid 6-20 
 13. Cluj Napoca 4-20 
 14. Oradea 0-26 
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 1. Olimpia 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 23: Targu Mures - Craiova
Mar. 22: Cluj Napoca - Alba Iulia
Mar. 23: Alexandria - Sp.Studentesc
Mar. 23: Sf.Gheorghe - Targoviste
Mar. 22: Rapid - Satu Mare
Mar. 23: Timisoara - Brasov

Round 18

Mar. 21: Cluj Napoca - ICIM Arad 57-91

Round 21

Mar. 19: Satu Mare - Targoviste 47-55

Round 27

Mar. 24: Cluj Napoca - Craiova



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Standings - Women

SKL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Athlete Celje 19-2 
 2. Triglav 18-3 
 3. Grosuplje 15-6 
 4. Ilrija 12-9 
 5. Jezica 7-14 
 6. Domzale 6-15 
Places 7-9
 1. GVT Konjice 6-14 
 2. AJM Maribor 6-14 
 3. Odeja KED 4-16 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: Triglav - Athlete Celje 68-53
Mar. 20: Jezica - Domzale 65-51
Mar. 20: Ilrija - Grosuplje 55-76

Places 7-9

Mar. 20: Odeja KED - AJM Maribor 72-66

Second Stage: Round 6

Mar. 23: Triglav - Ilrija
Mar. 23: Grosuplje - Jezica
Mar. 23: Domzale - Athlete Celje


Rupnik's double-double lands her (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old forward Eva Rupnik (177-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Jezica and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
She had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Domzale (#6, 6-15) 65-51. Jezica is placed at 5th position in Slovenian SKL. Jezica is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 21 games. In the team's last game Rupnik had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Jezica, through which he has constantly improved. Rupnik has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.9ppg), assists (6th best: 3.1apg) and averages solid 2.5spg.

Second best performed player last round was Anita Kastelic (172-G-94) of Grosuplje. She is a guard in her 3rd season at Grosuplje. In the last game Kastelic recorded impressive 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course she lead Grosuplje to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Ilrija (#4, 12-9) 76-55. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Places 1-6. Grosuplje consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. Her team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Kastelic is one of the most experienced players at Grosuplje and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tjasa Gortnar (183-F-92) of league's second-best Triglav. Gortnar scored 13 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Triglav, leading her team to a 68-53 easy win against #1 ranked Athlete Celje. Triglav is closer and closer to the top of the standings in Places 1-6. They will still need more victories. But 18-3 record is not that bad... Gortnar has a very solid season. In 5 games in Slovenia she scored 20.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tadeja Horvat (176-G/F-89) of Odeja KED - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Barbara Skof (180-F-80) of Grosuplje - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Pia Prasnikar (178-PF-97) of Odeja KED - 8 points and 14 rebounds
7. Sabina Ajkic (176-SG-96) of Domzale - 22 points and 8 rebounds
8. Maja Stembergar (173-G-88) of Odeja KED - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Petra Lumpert (173-G-93) of Jezica - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Natasa Vene (188-F/C-84) of Grosuplje - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Damligan Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Udominate - Norrkoping 48-58

The former international forward Elisabeth Egnell (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Johanna Kallman (172-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Pamela Rosanio (178-86, college: Massachusetts) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and her fellow American import guard Jeannie Saunders (173-86, college: Salem Intern.) scored 4 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
Top scorers:
Udominate: P.Rosanio 13+8reb+3ast, K.Nybom 9+1reb, J.Nilsson 8+5reb+2ast, J.Lidgren 6+4reb, E.Pavlovska 6+4reb+1ast, J.Saunders 4+8reb+4ast
Norrkoping: E.Egnell 20+9reb+2ast, J.Kallman 17+6reb+2ast, H.Johansson 10+8reb+1ast, M.Aasa 4+1ast, L.Johnson 3+11reb+2ast, T.Gruwell 3+5reb+1ast
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Solna Vikings - Northland 75-72

The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Solna Vikings forced 23 Northland turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international center Katarina Andersson (191-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Eureka Brooks (170-86, college: Florida) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Martina Stalvant (181-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists and the former international power forward Anna Barthold (185-80, college: St.Peter's, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Northland. Northland's coach Mikael Johansson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Northland: M.Stalvant 17+1reb+10ast, F.Aili 16+2reb+1ast, A.Barthold 14+4reb+4ast, J.Vesterberg 8+5reb+1ast, A.Nystrom 6+2reb, A.Ferm 5+2ast
Solna Vikings: K.Andersson 19+8reb+3ast, E.Brooks 15+4reb+4ast, V.Volonaki 14+1reb+5ast, C.Bacon 10+4reb, K.Ristic 9+2reb+6ast, A.Spyridopoulou 8+6reb+5ast
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Galatasaray says goodbye to Euroleague - by Can Ozay

After the 3 games without any win, Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul is eliminated from Euroleague Top-8 stage. Now probably they are focusing the domestic league championship but that does not seem to be easy while Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu is playing almost undefeatable. Despite of everything in this organization Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul looked like really great defansive team meanwhile offensive side of basketball seemed very weak. Also they clearly felt their biggest absents Nevriye Yilmaz and Lindsay Whalen who left the team cause of the financial problems.

While Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul is eliminated from Euroleague, unfortunately absents may have been biggest factor of top-eight stage failure. Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul have been feeling absents of some players. At the begging of season Alba Torrens, Fowles and Yilmaz have had injury problems then when they returned the action they could not adapt completely the system and teammates. One of the biggest investments Nevriye Yilmaz who is transfered with big hopes from Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu to Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul, could play only limited minutes untill now. Also Alba Torrens does not meet full of expectations.

After the Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul's elimination from Euro League top-8, Memnun talks about the his teams performance. Memnun says Unfortunately we did not reflect our true potential. We shocked after the first game He adds In the first game we did not make almost any successfully shot. We were really stunned and then second half we stood up again and made great effort on the court. We came back to 24 points deficit but that was not enough to win. After the first game we were really psychologically low. After his analysis he points out his intention to the press I really desire to see Fenerbahce's championship in this tournament. Thats going to be good for Turkish women basketball.