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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.6 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.2 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 10. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.1 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Weigand, Argentino0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Obras0.8 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Satria Muda 9-3 
 2. Petron Blaze 8-3 
 3. KL Dragons 7-6 
 4. Singapore S. 4-8 
 5. Thailand S. 4-8 
 6. Saigon H. 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 11

Mar. 22: KL Dragons - Singapore S. 93-63
Mar. 24: Singapore S. - Petron Blaze


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 competed in 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 2013 Day One

Game 1: Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta over Chang Thailand Slammers 74 - 67

The Hoops Fest tipped-off with the Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta taking on the Chang Thailand Slammers. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) scored 20 points and Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) had 18 points as they led the Warrriors to a 74-67 win over the Slammers.

Game 2:
San Miguel Beermen wins versus Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers 73 - 53

In the second game, Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) 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: Westsports KL Dragons crushes Saigon Heat 90 - 69

The home team took the court for the last game. Unfortunately, Saigon Heat were forced to play without their leading scorer Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) who was ill. Heat's assistant coach Robert Wainwright (196-F-73, college: Solano CC) stepped in and he looked sharp early as he scored 9 points. Despite a tight game in the first half, the Westsports KL 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 (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut).

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 and 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 (186-G-78) (Beermen), Lim Sheng Yu (190-F-90) (Slingers), Wacharapong Tongsri (Slammers), Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) (Dragons) and Jai Reyes (173-G) (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.

Vietnam's best entertainers then took the floor and Beermen's big man Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) 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 (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.) 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 (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) (Heat), Wutipong Dasom (Slammers), Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) (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 escaped the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers 58 - 56

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 wallops Saigon Heat 80 - 55

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: Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta blasts Westsports KL Dragons 85 - 67

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 (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) led the Warriors with 26 points, followed by Chris Daniels with 15 points.

All the teams will now head back to prepare for the second half of the ABL's 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 Westsports KL Dragons.

They will then head home to prepare for the visiting Chang Thailand Slammers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday the 24th of March.

Some credits goes to the ASEAN Basketball League Website



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 24-4 
 2. Wildcats 22-6 
 3. Hawks 12-15 
 4. Kings 12-16 
 5. Tigers 11-16 
 6. Taipans 11-17 
 7. Crocodiles 10-17 
 8. 36ers 8-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 22: Kings - Crocodiles 81-74
Mar. 22: Wildcats - Breakers 73-58
Mar. 22: Taipans - Tigers 64-66
Mar. 23: Hawks - 36ers
Mar. 24: Tigers - Crocodiles


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Madgen, Kings18.3 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles17.5 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.6 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.3 
 6. Jackson, Breakers15.6 
 7. Wilson, Taipans15.4 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats14.6 
 9. Goulding, Tigers14.6 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.1 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.3 
 5. Pledger, Breakers7.1 
 6. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 7. Tragardh, Taipans6.6 
 8. Davidson, Hawks6.3 
 9. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 10. Petrie, 36ers6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.2 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers5.0 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.4 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.2 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 4. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 5. Henry, Kings1.1 
 6. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 7. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 8. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 9. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats0.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.3 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 6. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 7. Davidson, Hawks0.7 
 8. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 9. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 10. Knight, Wildcats0.6 


Wildcats def. Breakers - by Hugh McAuliffe

One streak was going to end when the NBL's top two teams clashed on Friday night and it was the Perth Wildcats who beat the New Zealand Breakers 73-58 to win their 13th straight game at Perth Arena.

The Wildcats' victory saw New Zealand's 16-game winning run come to an end with Perth also ensuring it took an empathic 3-1 series win over the Breakers with an overall points advantage of 44 from the four games.

Both teams now eagerly await confirmation of their semi-final opponents, the Wildcats finishing second with a 22-6 record and the Breakers first with 24-4.

It was a sold-out Perth Arena on Friday night for the final regular season game and even though it meant nothing in terms of finishing positions, 12,381 people turned out and the atmosphere and intensity of the contest was certainly playoff-like.

Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) hit 18 first-half points for the Wildcats and finished with 24 to go with four assists. Shawn Redhage added 14 points, Jesse Wagstaff 13, Matt Knight 12 points and 13 rebounds and Rhys Carter 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Corey Webster top-scored for the Breakers with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field with Mika Vukona adding 11 points and 13 rebounds. Cedric Jackson had just three points, but six assists, five boards and four steals.

Even without Damian Martin the Wildcats started the game on fire hitting the first 11 points with Redhage and Lisch particularly on fire.

However, the Breakers then hit back through the impressive Webster, their own 11-0 run reducing the margin to just a point at quarter-time.

Lisch got even hotter in the second term with 14 points off his own hand as Perth took a 47-33 advantage into half-time before they unleashed another 7-0 run thanks to Redhage and Lisch to maintain their dominance during their third period.

CJ Bruton threatened to shoot the Breakers back into the game in the last quarter but the deficit was a stretch too far with the Cats holding on to win by 15.



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 21-6 
 2. Klosterneub. 18-9 
 3. Kapfenberg 18-9 
 4. Gmunden 16-11 
 5. Oberwart 16-11 
 6. Wels 15-10 
 7. Gussing 14-13 
 8. UBSC Graz 11-15 
 9. Furstenfeld 10-16 
 10. St.Polten 3-22 
 11. Arkadia 3-23 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 22: UBSC Graz - Arkadia 96-68
Mar. 22: Furstenfeld - St.Polten 79-72
Mar. 22: Kapfenberg - Klosterneub. 75-105
Mar. 22: BC Vienna - Gussing 73-61
Mar. 22: Gmunden - Oberwart 72-81

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 24: Arkadia - Wels
Mar. 24: St.Polten - UBSC Graz
Mar. 24: Oberwart - BC Vienna
Mar. 24: Klosterneub. - Gmunden
Mar. 24: Kapfenberg - Gussing


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.8 
 2. Tiedeman, Wels19.9 
 3. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 4. Grum, Furstenfeld19.8 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.7 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart19.1 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna17.5 
 9. Dale, UBSC G.17.4 
 10. Gilchrese, UBSC G.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.2 
 3. Heard, Gussing8.0 
 4. Washington, Wels7.6 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.5 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart7.4 
 7. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.3 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia7.0 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.7 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.3 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.7 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.1 
 7. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.0 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.0 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.4 
 2. Hinson, Oberwart1.7 
 3. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 4. Boylan, BC Vienna1.6 
 5. Gonzalvez, Wels1.5 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 7. Chaney, Oberwart1.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 9. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.3 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Furstenf.
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.2 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Bortolin, Arkadia1.1 
 4. Gant, Oberwart0.9 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.7 
 7. Boxley, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Washington, Wels0.7 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 10. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 29: Kapfenberg Bulls lose to Xion Dukes in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kapfenberg. Second-ranked host Kapfenberg Bulls (18-9) were smashed by third ranked Xion Dukes (18-9) 105-75. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.5 percent from the field and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Xion Dukes shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Kapfenberg Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 assists for the winners and international center Christoph Greimeister (208-90) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Kapfenberg. Xion Dukes is looking forward to face Gmunden Swans (#4) in Gmunden in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Gussing Knights and are hoping to win this game.
A Bundesliga top team - BC Vienna (21-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Gussing Knights (14-13) in Wien 73-61. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) nailed 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Tomislav Gaspar accounted for 12 points. American forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for Gussing Knights in the defeat. Gussing Knights' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Vienna have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-6 record. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. BC Vienna will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#5) on the road in the next round. Gussing Knights will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: St.Polten lost to Furstenfeld on the opponent's court 72-79. Gmunden unfortunately lost to Oberwart in a home game 72-81. Bottom-ranked Arkadia was rolled over UBSC Graz on the road 68-96.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 14 rebounds by Martin Kohlmaier of St.Polten.


Furstenfeld - St.Polten 79-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked St.Polten's (3-22) road loss to ninth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-16) 72-79. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-13 St.Polten's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-72 at the end of the game. Furstenfeld Panthers made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia) nailed 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Cor-J Cox (195-90, college: Miss.Valley St.) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Cox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. The former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for St.Polten in the defeat. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains ninth place with 10-16 record. St.Polten lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 22 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. St.Polten will play at home against UBSC Graz (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: S.Grum 19+4ast, C.Cox 17+7reb+2ast, T.Sally 16+9reb+4ast, P.Radakovics 14+1reb+1ast, B.Cresnar 5+6reb+2ast, J.Rubin 4+5reb+1ast
St.Polten: M.Kohlmaier 25+14reb+2ast, M.Speiser 12+9reb+1ast, T.Csebits 10+2reb, A.Worenz 8, M.Kovacevic 5+2reb+4ast, M.Pinezich 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 233393


Gmunden - Oberwart 72-81

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (16-11) defeated on the road 4th placed Gmunden Swans (16-11) 81-72. It looked good early as Gmunden Swans took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Redwell Gunners Oberwart had a 21-14 second period charge getting the lead and Gmunden Swans were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-81. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Gmunden Swans in the defeat. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gmunden. Gmunden Swans lost fifth consecutive game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play on the road against the league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: S.Boxley 23+10reb+2ast, D.Hinson 21+5reb+2ast, R.Chaney 16+8reb+1ast, H.Artner 8, J.Johnson 6+9reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 5+2reb
Gmunden: R.Arnold 19+6reb+1ast, D.Oppland 17+7reb+1ast, J.Brown 11+3reb+2ast, E.Murati 11+6reb+2ast, M.Mayer 7+3reb+2ast, R.Poiger 5+3reb
gschID: 233392


BC Vienna - Gussing 73-61

A Bundesliga top team - BC Vienna (21-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Gussing Knights (14-13) in Wien 73-61. It looked good early as Gussing Knights took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Vienna had a 26-6 second period charge getting the lead and Gussing Knights were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-73. BC Vienna dominated on the defensive end, holding Gussing Knights to just 6 points in second quarter. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) nailed 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and international Tomislav Gaspar (198-83) accounted for 12 points. American forward Dario Hunt (203-89, college: Nevada) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Gussing Knights in the defeat. Gussing Knights' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Vienna have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-6 record. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. BC Vienna will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#5) on the road in the next round. Gussing Knights will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 17+9reb+5ast, T.Gaspar 12+4reb+1ast, F.Trmal 10+5reb, S.Ray 9+3reb+4ast, J.Francois 9+3reb+1ast, B.Danek 6+3reb+3ast
Gussing: D.Hunt 13+11reb, E.Kadic 12+5reb, M.Heard 10+8reb+2ast, C.Vancura 9+2ast, M.Klepeisz 8+3reb+1ast, S.Koch 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 233391


Kapfenberg - Klosterneub. 75-105

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kapfenberg. Second-ranked host Kapfenberg Bulls (18-9) were smashed by third ranked Xion Dukes (18-9) 105-75. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.5 percent from the field and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Xion Dukes shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Kapfenberg Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 assists for the winners and international center Christoph Greimeister (208-90) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Xion Dukes and four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Kapfenberg. Xion Dukes is looking forward to face Gmunden Swans (#4) in Gmunden in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Gussing Knights and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: M.Rachar 16+2reb+1ast, K.Payton 14+1reb+3ast, C.Bobb 13+3reb+1ast, C.Nagler 12+1ast, M.Lanegger 12+3reb+8ast, R.Suljanovic 12+2reb
Kapfenberg: M.Sanchez 20+12reb+4ast, D.Nelson 16+1reb+1ast, D.Mayes 10+1reb+3ast, J.Dean Shaw 10+2reb+2ast, A.Woschank 7, G.Woods 5+1ast
gschID: 233390


UBSC Graz - Arkadia 96-68

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Arkadia Lions (3-23) were rolled over on the road by eighth ranked UBSC Graz (11-15) 96-68. The game without a history. UBSC Graz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-19 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. UBSC Graz outrebounded Arkadia Lions 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American swingman Michael Dale (197-84, college: S.Illinois) nailed 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Dale is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) came up with 21 points and Argentinian-Italian center Matias Bortolin (205-93, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Arkadia Lions in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UBSC Graz maintains eighth place with 11-15 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side stay dead last with 23 lost games. UBSC Graz will play against St.Polten (#10) on the road in the next round. Arkadia Lions will play against Raiffeisen Wels and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: E.Gilchrese 18+3reb+5ast, C.Knor 17+8reb, A.Heuberger 15+3reb+3ast, C.Bronson 13+5reb+1ast, M.Dale 13+7reb+8ast, M.Stegnjaic 11+2reb+2ast
Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 21+4reb+2ast, M.Bortolin 13+8reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 9+3reb+1ast, F.Vay 9+5reb+5ast, B.Guettl 9+1reb+4ast, F.Duck 5
gschID: 233389



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.18.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis18.0 
 4. Raadik, Parnu17.4 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Par.15.1 
 6. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.8 
 7. Brown, Naglis P.14.6 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera14.5 
 9. Matulionis, Parnu14.4 
 10. Samenas, Siauliai14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Cain, Barons k.11.3 
 2. Raadik, Parnu10.8 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.9.6 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.5 
 6. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.2 
 7. Varnelis, Juventus7.0 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.6.8 
 9. Matyukevych, Bars.6.7 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.2 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.8 
 6. Viskontas, Juvent.3.8 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.8 
 8. Artamonov, Siauliai3.5 
 9. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.4 
 10. Silavs, Jelgava3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.5 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.8 
 8. Valeika, Rudupis1.6 
 9. Babkauskas, Lietk.1.5 
 10. Leppik, TU/Rock1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.8 
 3. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.7 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 5. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis1.0 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.1.0 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.0 
 9. Cain, Barons k.0.9 
 10. Saks, Tarvas0.8 


Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Rudupis and Ventspils reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Barons kvartals 110-80

Rudupis paved their way through to the Baltic League Final. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and forward Nauris Miezis (190-91) added 8 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Kadziulis 20+6reb+3ast, G.Orelikas 18+6reb+3ast, A.Labuckas 14+4reb+1ast, S.Vene 13+4reb+2ast, A.Urbutis 12, A.Milaknis 11+2reb+2ast
Barons kvartals: T.Cain 18+10reb, M.Gulbis 9+3reb+1ast, I.Bergmanis 9+1ast, N.Miezis 8+2reb+3ast, A.Brunins 7+3reb, D.Zonne 7+2ast
gschID: 236251


Ventspils - Kalev/Cramo 78-65

Ventspils prevailed against Kalev/Cramo on aggregate and advanced into the title game. It looked good early as Kalev/Cramo took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ventspils had a 21-14 second period charge getting the lead and Kalev/Cramo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-78. Ventspils made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 41-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The other American import guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Ty Abbott (192-88, college: Arizona St.) added 12 points in the effort for Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: D.Sims 23+6reb, F.Campbell 13+11reb+5ast, A.Berzins 11+5reb, M.Laksa 9+2reb+3ast, M.Meiers 9+2reb, S.Valters 7+3reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: T.Abbott 12+4reb+2ast, B.Fall 11+10reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 10+2reb, T.Sokk 9+1reb+5ast, K.McLeod 9+2reb+1ast, A.Skele 7+5reb
gschID: 236250



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Spirou 14-7 
 2. Oostende 14-7 
 3. M.Hainaut 14-8 
 4. Aalstar 14-8 
 5. Antwerp 12-10 
 6. Leuven 7-14 
 7. Liege 7-15 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 21: Spirou - Aalstar 91-86
Mar. 22: Liege - Leuven 80-66
Mar. 22: M.Hainaut - Antwerp 79-86
Mar. 23: Verviers-Pep. - Oostende


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.9 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.6 
 3. Raivio, Aalstar18.0 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.5 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende16.9 
 6. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.6 
 8. Robinson, Leuven16.5 
 9. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.7 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.9 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.9 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp6.5 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.5 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 8. Aska, Leuven5.9 
 9. Ferguson, Verviers.5.9 
 10. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.3 
 5. Randle, Spirou3.9 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar3.7 
 7. Black, Antwerp3.6 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar3.6 
 9. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 10. Moors, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.5 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 4. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.8 
 7. Black, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Randle, Spirou1.8 
 9. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 10. Thompson, Aalstar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.2 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Randle, M.Hainaut0.5 



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 26-3 
 2. Brasilia 24-4 
 3. Uberlandia 20-9 
 4. Bauru 20-9 
 5. S.Jose/Unimed 19-12 
 6. Franca 18-10 
 7. Pinheiros/Sky 17-9 
 8. Paulistano 15-14 
 9. Minas 14-15 
 10. Liga Sorocaba 14-15 
 11. Basquete Cearense 13-15 
 12. Limeira 12-17 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 11-19 
 14. Vila Velha 9-19 
 15. Palmeiras 9-20 
 16. Joinville 9-21 
 17. Tijuca TC 4-23 
 18. Suzano 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 21: Palmeiras - Liga Sorocaba 85-77
Mar. 21: Suzano - Bauru 82-87
Mar. 21: Paulistano - Basquete Cearense 79-86
Mar. 21: Joinville - Flamengo 72-99
Mar. 21: Minas - Uberlandia 67-90
Mar. 21: Mogi das Cruzes - S.Jose/Unimed 60-93
Mar. 25: Vila Velha - Franca


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.9 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.5 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha19.6 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.8 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.18.6 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.4 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.17.8 
 8. Giovannoni, Brasil.17.6 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.17.5 
 10. Boracini, Pinheir.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.9.0 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.9 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.6 
 6. Agba, Bauru7.1 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.1 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.0 
 9. Silveira, Flamengo6.9 
 10. Soares, Suzano6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.6 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.5 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.3 
 5. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.9 
 6. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.4.5 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.5 
 9. Fischer, Bauru4.4 
 10. Lima, Limeira4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 3. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 4. De Souza, Joinville0.1 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 6. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 7. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
 9. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Teichmann, Franca0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Campos, Suzano2.0 
 3. Dawkins, Liga S.2.0 
 4. Ribeiro, Basque.1.8 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Figueroa, Franca1.8 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras1.8 
 8. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 9. Teichmann, Franca1.7 
 10. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 


Liga Americas: Capitanes snatch win over Brasilia - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Capitanes 106:108 (2OT)

Capitanes de Arecibo claimed a narrow victory over Uniceub/BRB at the start of the Liga Americas semifinal stage in Group E. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 25 points to lead the Puerto Rican team.
Uniceub/BRB led by three points after the opening quarter 24:21. Capitanes made a strong run in the second frame to gain a 42:38 halftime lead. Uniceub/BRB regained the lead in the third quarter. The Brazilian powerhouse accounted for a 70:66 lead at the third break. Capitanes improved their defensive effort in the fourth frame. They limited Brasilia to 15 points and forced overtime. The teams could not decide on the winner in the first extra period. Capitanes finally proved the strength in the second overtime snatching a narrow win at the end. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) had 20 points and 11 boards, while Windi Graterol (204-C-86) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for Capitanes. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) answered with 29 points for Brasilia. Arthur Silva (198-G/F-82) netted 22 points in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Welington Dos Santos 29, Arthur Silva 22
Capitanes: Angel Daniel Vassallo 25, Peter John Ramos 20+11 boards, Windi Graterol 18



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.6 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.9 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.3 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.17.4 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.17.1 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.8 
 7. Marinovic, Levski16.4 
 8. Milosevic, Tundja16.1 
 9. Marintchechk., Spa.15.2 
 10. Green, Lukoil A.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.6 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.3 
 3. Galiotos, Cherno M.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan9.2 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.8 
 6. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.5 
 7. Agre, Spartak7.1 
 8. Gugino, Rilski S.6.9 
 9. Watkins, Lukoil A.6.8 
 10. Simeonov, U206.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Walker, Beroe7.1 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.5 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.5 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.4 
 6. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.3 
 7. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.3 
 8. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.2 
 9. Velikov, Cherno M.4.1 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.3 
 3. Walker, Beroe2.2 
 4. Velikov, Cherno M.2.1 
 5. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 7. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.9 
 10. Holmes, Beroe1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.0 
 2. Hart, Beroe1.5 
 3. Dupree, Rilski S.1.4 
 4. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 5. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.2 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.8 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.7 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.3 
 9. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.2 
 10. Singleton, Xinjia.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.9.1 
 2. Perkins, Foshan LL6.8 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.3 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 7. McGrady, Qingd.5.1 
 8. Gaines, Fujian QB4.7 
 9. Qahwash, Jiang.4.7 
 10. Forbes, Guangsha4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Foshan LL
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Perkins, Foshan LL2.6 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 3. Jeter, Shandong FB2.4 
 4. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.4 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
 7. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 8. Abbas, Shandong FB2.2 
 9. Vroman, Shandong.2.1 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Shandong.1.6 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Guangdong wins CBA Final opener - by Eurobasket News

Shandong FB - Guangdong ST 81-88 (0-1)

The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-81. Guandong Tigers dominated on the defensive end, holding Shandong Bulls to just 7 points in second quarter. Guandong Tigers forced 21 Shandong Bulls turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guandong Tigers made 7 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by Shandong Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international Jianlian Yi (212-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) answered with 26 points and 4 assists and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 26+3reb+4ast, L.JingYu 17+1reb+1ast, A.Zaid 11+11reb+1ast, V.Jackson 9+10reb+4ast, Y.Ding 5+2reb, X.JiaHan 4+2reb
Guangdong ST: D.Ike 20+6reb, W.ShiPeng 19+2reb+2ast, Y.Jianlian 17+11reb+4ast, Z.FangYu 13+3reb+2ast, Z.Peng 8+2reb+1ast, S.Donald 8+7reb+9ast
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  CROATIA   


New acquisition for Alkar Sinj! - by Dani Erceg

Petar Madunic is new player in roster of KK Alkar Sinj. He started this season in Osjecki Sokol, but played there only 2 games averaging 1.5ppg and 1.0rpg. After short period in Osijek he moved to A2 team Kastela. Nikola Ivisic left Alkar and went back to Siroki Wwin , he played 14 games for Alkar Sinj, averaging 3.7ppg and 2.3rpg.


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  CYPRUS   


Apoel wins the series! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

First of all i would like to congratulate both teams for a great series. A general analysis notes that the series was split pretty much equally in both teams. Keravnos was better at games 2 and 3 and Apoel was better at games 1,4 and 5.

Games 4 and 5

At game 5, Apoel was amazing defensively winning the game with 54-63.

Great, great defense at games 4 and 5 from Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) and Stiggers on Maze. Maze had a great game 3 at Strovolos in which he had 28 points. At game 4 he remained at 7 and at game 5 he finished with 15.

Defense has to do with a few things, two of those being steals and rebounds.

First, at game 5 Apoel has stolen the ball 12 times compared to only 4 of the home team.

Second, we have mentioned a few times that Keravnos has been the best rebound team in the regular season with an average of 41 rebounds per game. Statistical analysis has shown that when Keravnos remains at 34-35 rebounds looses the game, of course when other things remain constant. This took place at games 1 and 4 when Keravnos grabbed less that 34 rebounds and lost both games. At game 2 Keravnos grabbed 42 rebounds and won. At game 3 even though Keravnos remained below 35 it won because Apoel was bad defensively and shot badly. At game 5 Apoel kept Keravnos at exactly 35 rebounds grabbing a total of 40 rebounds it self, again winning the game. So statistics have been pretty much correct.

What has changed

I strongly believe that Apoel appeared completely different at the last two games. What has changed after game 3 were three things. First, Apoel decided to play defense, second it dramatically improved its shooting percentage, and third it took the ball inside both to Chan and Morrison.

Shooting wise, at game 4 Apoel had 81% behind the 3-point line. At game 5, Apoel did not score too high, but it shot better than the home team. It shot a total of 42% compared to the very low 35% of Keravnos. Keravnos had only 2 in 21 behind the 3-point line with Buljan having 0 in 5, Demertzis 0 in 3 and Stokes 1 in 5.

At this point i wish to note that at game 3 at Strovolos, Keravnos was much better both shooting wise and defensively. It had 8 in 13 behind the 3-point line and had 8 steals compared to 3 of Apoel. So at game 5 the roles were somehow reversed.

Morrison had 10 points and 11 rebounds, Wells had 14 points and 7 rebounds, Porter had 15 points and Cremen finished with 10. Chan had 7 points and in general had a very good game.

In the loosing squad Maze had 15 and Buljan had 12.

Congratulations to Apoel for reaching the final after a difficult regular season. Apoel has reversed the home court disadvantage to reach the final.



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin18.0 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.8 
 4. Blazek, B&W Opava17.3 
 5. Meno, USK Praha17.3 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.0 
 7. Reese, Usti n.16.6 
 8. Fields, Levice16.1 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.0 
 10. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Fields, Chomutov9.8 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.3 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.7 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.1 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
 9. Simmons, Levice6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin5.8 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.7 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 4. Carter, CEZ N.4.5 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy4.5 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.4 
 7. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 9. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
 10. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 7. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 8. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.7 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 5. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 7. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 29-13 
 2. Canton C. 27-17 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 23-21 
 4. Erie Bay H. 23-21 
 5. Maine RC 23-23 
 6. Sioux Falls S. 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. 24-19 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-24 
 6. Texas L. 19-25 
 7. Reno B. 14-28 
 8. Idaho S. 14-29 

Regular Season: Round 62

Mar. 22: Sioux Falls S. - Canton C. 82-100
Mar. 22: Ft.Wayne MA - Austin T. 106-104 2OT
Mar. 22: Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S. 102-95

Regular Season: Round 63

Mar. 23: Erie Bay H. - Rio Grande VV
Mar. 23: Springfield A. - Maine RC
Mar. 23: Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E.
Mar. 23: Sioux Falls S. - Canton C.
Mar. 23: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J.
Mar. 23: Santa Cruz W. - Texas L.
Mar. 23: Reno B. - Idaho S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 3. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.20.3 
 4. Samuels, Reno B.20.2 
 5. Goudelock, Rio G.20.2 
 6. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.2 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.9 
 4. Samuels, Reno B.10.7 
 5. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.1 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.9.4 
 8. Wright, Maine RC9.1 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.1 
 10. Harris, Iowa E.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.1 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 7. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Goudelock, Rio G.6.0 
 10. Singletary, Texas5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Hannah, Santa C.2.0 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 8. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 9. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Singletary, Texas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.7 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.3 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Whiteside, Rio G.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 
 10. Armstrong, Santa2.0 


D-League round 61 best performance: Tre Kelley - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Tre Kelley (183-PG-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Austin T., receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 61.
The 27-year old player got a double-double of 24 points and 15 assists, while his team beat Springfield A. (#7, 17-26) 129-123. Austin T. maintains the 4th position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Austin T. will need more victories to improve their 24-18 record. In the team's last game Kelley had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tre Kelley averages this season 11.2ppg and 4.6apg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Terrence Jones (205-F-92) of league's second-best Rio Grande VV. Jones had a very good evening with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Rio Grande VV to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Iowa E. (#8, 11-33) 139-118. Rio Grande VV's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 27-15 record is not bad at all. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Rio Grande VV and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Ronald DuPree (199-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports) of Reno B. (#8). DuPree showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Reno B., leading his team to a 98-97 win against the higher-ranked Los Angeles D. (#5, 19-24). The chances of Reno B. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 28 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, DuPree could try to bring Reno B.'s a little bit higher in the standings. DuPree has a very solid season. In 10 games in D-L he scored 15.8ppg. He also has 10.2rpg and 3.7apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Glen Rice (195-G-91) of Rio Grande VV - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Springfield A. - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Gary Flowers (203-F-86) of Los Angeles D. - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Rio Grande VV - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Brandon Wallace (206-F-85) of Ft.Wayne MA - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Texas L. - 15 points and 19 rebounds
10. Tommy Smith (207-F/C-80) of Ft.Wayne MA - 14 points, 11 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)



Warriors, Mad Ants and Charge record latest victories - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S. 102-95
The Santa Cruz Warriors pushed their winning streak to an impressive seven games with a comeback win in overtime over the visiting Idaho Stampede, 102-95. It was the Warriors (29-13) first time in bonus basketball, but they played like seasoned vets and outscored the stampede 13-6 (14-29) in the final period. "Just down the stretch we got some big stops," said head coach Nate Bjorkgren. "We got some big rebounds when we needed them." None bigger than Maurice Baker's rebound off of a Justin Holiday missed 3-point shot with 37.6 seconds left in overtime. Following the rebound Baker was fouled, and he cashed in on both free throws to extend the lead to seven points. The 6-foot-1 inch guard finished with just seven points, four of them coming from the free-throw line. Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) finished with another double-double, his third in as many games and sixth of the season, with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor Griffin (6'8''-F-86, college: Oklahoma) also finished with a double-double notching 16 points and 11 rebounds. Stefhon Hannah had 21 points and eight dimes. The Stampede were lead by Justin Holiday who had a heroic effort with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Coby Carl dropped in 21 points and Justin Harper added 13 points. Jason Ellis lead both teams in rebounding with 16 boards. What is even more impressive about the seven game winning streak is the Warriors have won six of them without D-League All-Star Game MVP Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia). Leslie received a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz Sunday, March 10. The former Los Angeles Clipper sat out the game because of personal reasons. With the win the Warriors inched closer to the Bakersfield Jam for first place in the D-League, now trailing them by just half a game. With a win tomorrow night against the Texas Legends in Santa Cruz, and a Jam loss, they could overtake them for the top spot. "I tell them that they are all important," said Bjorkgren. "Because they really are. There are 10 or 11 teams that are really chasing playoff spots. They know that there is only eight regular season games left." The Warriors will clinch a playoff spot with a win tomorrow night against the Legends. Courtesy of: santacruz.patch.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Austin T. 106-104 2OT
Even at the late hour, in a maddening Mad Ants game that pushed the pulse rate and the three-hour mark, the bank was open. And did the Mad Ants ever cash in. A desperate, 25-foot bank shot from the left side sent the Ants into a third overtime, and from there, Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) hit a 15-foot game-winner with 5.2 seconds remaining as the Mad Ants claimed a pulsating 106-104 victory over Austin before 3,547 throaty fans at Memorial Coliseum on Friday. Mitchell, the 6-foot-7 forward from the University of Alabama, scored 47 points to break the franchise's single-game scoring record of 44 set by former IU guard Earl Calloway five years ago to the night, March 22, 2008. With second-leading scorer Ron Howard out with a fractured right wrist, Mitchell took over the scoring duties for the Ants (23-21), who climbed to two games over the .500 plateau for the first time this year. It's also the latest in the season that the Ants have been at .500 or better. The Ants, chasing their first playoff berth in franchise history, are tied with Erie (23-21) for the final playoff spot. Fort Wayne will be home to Rio Grande Valley on Sunday. Trailing by four points with 4.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime, a mixture of miracles combined to set the stage for the third overtime. Lester Hudson's three pointer with 11.3 seconds remaining gave Austin (24-19) a 104-100 lead. Brandon Wallace made one of two free throws with 4.9 seconds left to bring the Ants to within 104-101. Austin's JaMychal Green (6'8''-F-90, college: Alabama) then missed two free throws with 3.2 left. By the time the Ants got the rebound, 1.8 remained on the clock. And that set up Anthony Harris' cross-court in-bounds pass to Mitchell, who buried the bank shot from the left wing, directly in front of the Austin bench. 'I know the bank closes early on Friday, so I decided to see if I could make a withdrawal for the fans,' Mitchell said with a grin. 'We had 1.8 seconds left on the clock. I knew if I caught it, I at least got a chance for one dribble and a chance to get it toward the rim. By the grace of God, it went in.' In the third overtime, both the Ants and Toros combined to miss nine consecutive shots. With Fort Wayne owning the ball with 9.8 seconds left, Mitchell caught an in-bounds pass going up the left side of the floor, lost control momentarily, then turned and hit a 16-footer with 5.2 left. Former Mad Ant Ryan Ayers had a chance to win the game for Austin with a shot from the right corner, but he missed. 'That was one heck of a gut check,' Ants coach Duane Ticknor said. 'That was a heck of a basketball team we just played. Tony Mitchell's performance was off the charts (Friday), but we had a lot of guys step up and do a lot of things.' Mitchell, who played 52: 21 of the possible 57 minutes, was 16 of 41 from the floor, 6 of 15 from three-point range, 9 of 12 from the free throw lie, had five assists, nine rebounds and a steal. 'This is the kind of thing that prepares teams onto the next level, and hopefully that will take us there. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net

Sioux Falls S. - Canton C. 82-100
The Canton Charge outscored the Sioux Falls Skyforce 32-18 in the fourth quarter to run away for the 100-82 road victory Friday night. The Charge improved their record to 27-17 on the season and boosted their East Division lead to four games with six left to play, while the Skyforce dropped to 22-21. Both teams shot over 50% in the game's opening period, but Canton led 26-21 thanks in large part to forcing eight Sioux Falls turnovers that resulted in 12 points. The Charge pulled ahead by as many as 11 in the second quarter, but Canton and Sioux Falls shot 35% and 37% respectively in the period to keep the game close at 47-41 at the half. The Skyforce initiated a 13-4 run in the first 5:10 in the third quarter to gain their first advantage since the first quarter. Sioux Falls cut it to 68-64 at the end in the third thanks in large part to allowing only seven personal fouls in the game's first 36 minutes and surrendering just two Charge trips to the free-throw line. Canton began the fourth with a 13-4 run to build a double-digit lead they would not surrender the rest of the way, leading by as many as 18 in the period. The Charge outrebounded the home team 12-3 in the final quarter and hit 12-of-17 from the field for 71% compared to the Skyforce's 6-of-15 for 40%. Arinze Onuaku (6'9''-F-87, college: Syracuse) tallied his 16th double-double of the season in scoring 12 points with 13 rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Kyle Weaver netted 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting with five rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. Antoine Agudio poured in 10 points on 5-of-7 from three-point range with two assists and four rebounds 36 minutes. Micheal Eric came off the bench to provide 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes. James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) had a game-high 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 10 rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes. On assignment from the Miami Heat, Jarvis Varnado added 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with eight boards, four blocks and six turnovers in 40 minutes. Seth Tarver (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.) scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six steals in 33 minutes. Andre Barrett scored 13 points with six rebounds and eight assists in 44 minutes. The two teams will meet again tomorrow to wrap up the season series at 8:00 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Five games on Thursday in the League - by Eurobasket News

Texas L. - Bakersfield J. 99-88
The Texas Legends (19-25), presented by Veracruz (visit Veracruz.mx), gave up a large lead in the third only to fight back for an even larger victory over the top-ranked Bakersfield Jam (30-13). The Legends posted a collaborative effort on both offense and defense to smother the Jam in a full-court victory. While only five players tallied double-digits, all active Legends' players scored. On the opposite end, the Legends held four Bakersfield players scoreless and out-rebounded the Jam 60-45. The Legends took an early lead in the first and only turned the advantage over twice, with the largest Bakersfield lead being 1 point. Texas went up by 11 at the end of the first and held the same margin going into halftime. The third quarter presented a difficult challenge with the Jam outscoring the Legends 29-18. With this Bakersfield run, the fourth quarter started with a tied board, but the Legends quickly posted a 15-6 burst to take possession of the final quarter and the ultimate 99-88 victory. In what was a well-rounded effort, the Legends were led in scoring by Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) (25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) and Melvin Ely (6'10''-C-78, college: Fresno St.) (21 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 blocked shots). Dwayne Jones (15 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals) and Delonte West (13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals) led the game in steals and were the Legends' leading rebounders. Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) and Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) led Bakersfield in scoring with 25 and 20 respectively. James (25 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist), Quincy Acy (16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists), and Brian Butch (11 points, 11 rebounds, 0 assists) all tallied double-doubles for the Jam. The Legends will be on the road for the rest of March before their final homestand, hosting the Springfield Armor on April 5th and 6th at 7pm. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Rio Grande VV - Iowa E. 139-118
Forced to switch styles yet again, at possibly the most inconvenient time of the season, the Vipers are hoping this current version is the one that will stick around. After going through a stretch where they were woefully small and undermanned, the Vipers are back at full strength, complete with the size, height and backcourt firepower requisite of teams with championship aspirations. That arsenal was on display in Thursday's 139-118 rout of lackluster Iowa at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, as the Vipers pushed their lead in the Central Division to 3 games with eight games left this season. 'We were really good offensively and that carried us,' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. We had a lot of guys play well, even guys off the bench, and it was just really good production.' Mind you, it came against an Energy ballclub that looked every bit its 11-33 record. The Vipers (27-15) were hardly threatened, building as much as an 18-point lead in the second quarter and 27 early in the second half, doing whatever whenever they wanted, but it was sorely needed in beginning a stretch of seven games in 10 days. 'We came out and played basketball how we always do,' said forward Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr., who finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. 'Closing out this season strong is our main focus.' The Vipers punished Iowa relentlessly where they had once been weak, in the paint (78 points on 39-of-46 shooting) and on the boards (47-31 advantage). They pushed the ball opportunistically, and when they couldn't get easy lay-ins they found either 7-foot Chris Daniels (6'11''-C-84, college: Limoges) or 6-foot-9 Terrence Jones for buckets in the halfcourt as they breezed through Iowa's defense. The Vipers shot 63.1 percent and assisted on 32 of 53 buckets. It was a complete reversal from the team's previous M.O. in which it had to rely upon 3s and fast breaks in order to win games. 'It's helped to get bigger,' Nurse said. 'Just Chris' sheer size and presence and Terrence's presence ... it's big. 'We were giving up 35 points off offensive rebounds a game, which is a tremendous amount, and it's nice to have size.' Even with the sudden departure of Rockets assignee Royce White earlier that morning and without the services of athletic forward Tyler Honeycutt, the Vipers dominated inside, thanks to Daniels (14 points, five rebounds; averaging 15 points and five boards since coming to the Vipers five games ago), a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi product, and Jones, who, back in the Valley for his fifth assignment from the Rockets this season, compiled a piece-of-cake statline of 31 points, five rebounds and three blocks. 'Coming from the intensity level with the Rockets and trying to make the playoffs there and how hard we've going, I feel this (environment) is natural for me,' Jones said. 'I just need to go out with energy on both sides of the court and stay focused.' Six Vipers scored in double figures. Even without their trademark 3-point shooting (38.2 percent) or transition game (13 fast-break points) in tip-top shape, it bodes well as they look to lock down a top playoff seed that they now have the necessary ingredients to beat teams a variety of ways. 'It's still a red-hot call-up time, so I wouldn't be surprised to see somebody get called up,' Nurse said. "But I think we've developed the young guys and the bench to withstand any of that, and obviously this team is playing really well.' Courtesy of: themonitor.com

Springfield A. - Austin T. 123-129
The Austin Toros rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter and outscored the Springfield Armor 8-2 in overtime to pull out a 129-123 victory before 1,971 Thursday night at the MassMutual Center. It was a disappointing outcome for the Armor (17-26) as they got strong performances from newcomer Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) (28 points) as well as veterans Kenny Adeleke and Dennis Horner. Adeleke (10 points, 9 rebounds) and Horner (11 and 8) had to play the center position while Willie Reed, the Development League Performer of the Week, missed the game with a sore elbow. While Austin (24-18) had the advantage inside, it won the game from the perimeter. The Toros shot a blistering 61 percent from behind the 3-point arc, including a pair of daggers in overtime by Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) (29 points). "They couldn't miss and we knew that in the scouting report," Adeleke said. "I think we had a lot of success and built a big lead and got comfortable. A team like Austin, they came to play and hit some tough shots, so credit to them." The Armor led by as many as 21 points and carried that 17-point edge into the fourth, but the Toros got hot from the perimeter and opened the quarter on a 19-2 run. All but two of the 19 points came from the perimeter as the Toros tied the game 101-101. The lead for Austin was one when Jones got hot. The former first-round pick of the Dallas Mavericks knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Armor up 116-112, then Kris Joseph (12 points) buried a 3 from the corner for a seven-point lead. Springfield still had that bulge with under 40 seconds to play, but the Toros somehow managed to send the game into overtime. Tre Kelley (24 points, 15 assists) hit a 3-pointer, then Hudson made a pair of foul shots to get Austin within two. The Armor had possession, but Jones was tied up by Hudson for a jump ball. Hudson won the tip and JaMychal Green (6'8''-F-90, college: Alabama) dunked with 3.9 seconds left to tie the game. Springfield had the final shot, but Tornike Shengelia's layup attempt missed the mark. In the extra period, Hudson came out and drilled a pair of 3-pointers and the Armor never recovered. "We had a chance to take control of the game, and in a professional game, there are so many possessions and our younger guys don't understand that yet - they still play like they're in college," Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. "There are so many possessions that it's a quicker game, a quicker shot clock and everything's faster, so we did not do a good job understanding time and score and the value of each possession." Tyshawn Taylor added 25 points and seven assists, but he also had seven of the Armor's 18 turnovers. Jones dished nine assists. The Toros won the rebounding battle 48-37, led by Patrick Sullivan with 12 (to go with 22 points) and Rick Jackson with 10. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC 107-93
The answer to the entomology question is yes: Ants can jump. In fact, the Mad Ants leapfrogged Maine in the East Division of the NBA Development League standings Thursday with a convincing 107-93 victory over the Red Claws at Memorial Coliseum. The Ants (22-21) not only moved to a game above .500 and took third place away from Maine, but they also climbed to within a half a game of Sioux Falls (22-20) and Erie (23-21) in the chase for the eighth and final playoff berth - a place where no Fort Wayne team has been in this, its sixth year in the D-League. 'All I told our guys after the game is we won the first game of this three-game playoff series, and now we've got to pick up another one,' first-year coach Duane Ticknor said. 'Austin's (23-18) coming in here. It's a really good basketball team that's ahead of us in the standings, and we've got to be ready to go. We can't be satisfied with (Thursday). We've got to move on to the next game.' Which is 7:30 p.m. today at the Coliseum. Thursday's game featured a basketball rarity in which three teammates had double-doubles in points and rebounds. Although Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) led the way in scoring with 20 points, and Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) was close behind with 19, Brandon Wallace had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Tommy Smith had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Terrance Thomas had a dozen boards and a dozen points. 'Before the game, coach told us that was one of the big keys to winning the game - to come out and rebound,' said Smith, who had three steals, three assists and two blocked shots. 'Obviously, we came out and took care of business.' The Ants stomped Maine on the glass, 57-38. 'Our bigs were tremendous,' Ticknor said. 'Tommy, Brandon and Terrance off the bench were just fantastic.' It wasn't such a fantastic start for the Ants, who committed five turnovers in the first four minutes, prompting a timeout from an irritated Ticknor. As it was, Fort Wayne had 10 of its uncharacteristic 20 turnovers in the first quarter. 'In spite of all our turnovers (Thursday), we kept competing,' Ticknor said. 'I thought our defense was probably the key to the game. It triggered the fast break, and we got out and ran and converted in transition, but our work on the boards was probably the big difference; that and our defensive effort.' Courtesy of: journalgazette.net

Reno B. - Los Angeles D. 98-97
The Reno Bighorns snapped their 10-game losing streak Thursday, defeating the Los Angeles D-Fenders, 98-97, at the Reno Events Center. The game came down to the last play, with Los Angeles (19-24) down by one point and 3.2 seconds left. Former Wolf Pack star Mo Charlo, in his first game back with the Bighorns, had the game-saving block on Courtney Fortson's jumper. The Bighorns (14-28) were led by Dar Tucker (6'4''-SF-88, college: De Paul)'s 22 points. Desmon Farmer (6'5''-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: USC) added 21 points on 7-for-7 shooting, including 6-for-6 from the 3-point line. Ronald Dupree chipped in 20 points. Samardo Samuels had a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice)'s 28 points paced the D-Fenders. Gary Flowers had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Earlier Thursday, Reno announced they had re-acquired Charlo. He played in 130 games for the Bighorns over the past three seasons, averaging 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds. Collegiately, Charlo spent two seasons with Nevada, helping the Wolf Pack win the Western Athletic Conference regular-season titles both years. In addition, former Nevada standout Garry Hill-Thomas has been promoted to assistant coach under interim head coach Jason Glover. Hill-Thomas had been serving as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Bighorns this season. He played four years at Nevada, helping lead the team to a Sweet 16 appearance during his senior year in 2004. Courtesy of: rgj.com



Sioux Falls Skyforce signs Dominique Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls Skyforce signed 26-year old guard Dominique Johnson (191-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific). He just played at Canton Charge (D-League). In 35 games he had 9.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg this season. Johnson also spent pre-season at Santa Cruz Warriors (previous name Santa Cruz W.) earlier that year. The last season he played at Texas Legends. In 45 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg.
AddhereLastSeasonawards The previous (10-11) season Johnson was tested by Idaho Stampede.
Three years ago he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (16th overall).
The former Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div.II) staris in his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Johnson played in the final of NAIA D1 in 2010. He was also voted All-NAIA D1 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

22-year old forward Willie Reed (206-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Springfield A. and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 60.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 20 rebounds, while his team outclassed Ft.Wayne MA (#6, 22-21) with 27-point margin 107-80. Springfield A. maintains the 7th position in D-League league. Springfield A. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-26 record. Reed turned to be Springfield A.'s top player in his first season with the team. Willie Reed averages this season 14.8ppg and 7.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Tyshawn Taylor (190-G-90). He is a guard in his first season at Springfield A.. In the last game Taylor recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Springfield A. to edge the higher-ranked Erie Bay H. (#3, 23-21) by 6 points 102-96. Springfield A.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 17-26 record. Taylor is one of the most experienced players at Springfield A. and similarly like Willie Reed has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Holiday (198-F-89) of Idaho S. (#7). Holiday scored 25 points. He was a key player of Idaho S., leading his team to a 116-106 win against slightly higher-ranked Los Angeles D. (#5, 19-24). The chances of Idaho S. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 28 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Holiday could try to bring Idaho S.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Holiday has a very solid season. In 41 games in D-L he scored 16.3ppg. He also has 5.2rpg, 2.4spg, 1.2bpg and and 3PT: 40.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Coby Karl (196-G-83) of Idaho S. - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) of Los Angeles D. - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Maine RC - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87) of Canton C. - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sean Evans (203-F-88) of Idaho S. - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jermaine Taylor (193-G-86) of Maine RC - 34 points and 4 rebounds
10. Brandon Wallace (206-F-85) of Ft.Wayne MA - 12 points, 12 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.8 
 6. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 7. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 8. Brown, Lokomotiv16.4 
 9. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.5 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv7.3 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.3 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Calathes, Lokom.7.1 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.9 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.6 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Tsintsadze, Budiv.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 4. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 7. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 8. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 9. Eidson, Unics1.4 
 10. Drozdov, Budiveln.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 6. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 7. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 8. Doellman, Valencia0.9 
 9. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 10. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 



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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. Khimky 7-5 
 3. Maccabi T-A 7-5 
 4. Olympiacos 7-5 
 5. Montepaschi 7-5 
 6. Caja Laboral 6-6 
 7. Fener.Ulker 2-10 
 8. Besiktas 1-11 
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. 22: Khimky - Fener.Ulker 99-76
Mar. 21: FCB Regal - Caja Laboral 83-74
Mar. 22: Besiktas - Montepaschi 72-70
Mar. 22: Olympiacos - Maccabi T-A 67-73

Top 16: Round 13

E

Mar. 28: CSKA - Real Madrid
Mar. 28: Anadolu Efes - Unicaja
Mar. 28: Brose Bask. - Panathinaikos
Mar. 28: ALBA - Zalgiris

F

Mar. 28: Montepaschi - FCB Regal
Mar. 28: Khimky - Caja Laboral
Mar. 28: Maccabi T-A - Besiktas
Mar. 28: Fener.Ulker - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.8 
 2. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.3 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.7 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu14.4 
 6. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 7. Weems, CSKA13.9 
 8. Hickman, Maccabi13.8 
 9. Lampe, Caja L.13.5 
 10. Popovic, Zalgiris13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.2 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Lasme, Panathin.6.0 
 4. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 5. Lampe, Caja L.6.0 
 6. Tomic, FCB Regal5.9 
 7. Thompson, ALBA5.7 
 8. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.4 
 9. Erden, Anadolu Ef.5.4 
 10. Davis, Khimky5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.6 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.3 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.0 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi4.0 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 6. Hickman, Maccabi1.5 
 7. Calloway, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Savanovic, Anadolu1.2 
 9. Planinic, Khimky1.2 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.0 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.3 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.3 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 8. Davis, Khimky1.0 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 


Koponen's 23 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Khimky and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 23 points adding two rebounds and seven assists for Khimky in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fener.Ulker (#7, 2-10) with 23-point margin 99-76. Khimky is placed at 2nd position in Euroleague group F. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Top 16. Khimky will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Koponen as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Petteri Koponen averages this season 6.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) of Zalgiris. He is a center in his first season at Zalgiris. In the last game Lavrinovic recorded impressive 24 points and 5 rebounds. Of course Zalgiris cruised to a 79-71 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3, 9-3). Zalgiris' 6th position in group E has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Lavrinovic is a newcomer at Zalgiris 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 guard Bobby Brown (188-PG-84) of Montepaschi (#5). Brown scored 19 points and passed eight assists. Despite Brown's great performance Montepaschi lost 70-72 to the lower-ranked Besiktas (#8, 1-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Montepaschi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group F. Their record is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Brown has a great season in Euroleague. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.3apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82) of Brose Bask. - 16 points and 9 rebounds
5. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) of Khimky - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85) of Fener.Ulker - 18 points and 7 assists
8. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FCB Regal - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) of Zalgiris - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) of Anadolu Efes - 13 points and 5 rebounds

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



Top 16 Round 12 Results and Stats - by Eurobasket News

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

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 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 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, Zoran Dragic and Earl Calloway netted 10 points each in the loss.

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. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) came up with several crucial misses from the stripe, while Kostas Tsartsaris sank his attempts to bring Panathinaikos to the victory. Dimitris Diamantidis netted 14 points and issued 8 assists, while Roko-Leni Ukic added 12 points for the Hellenes. Nikola Mirotic and Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) answered with 17 points each for Real Madrid.

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 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 replied with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) scored 13. Jordan Farmar notched 12 and Dusko Savanovic brought 11.

Group F
Khimky - Fener.Ulker 99-76
Khimky recorded the seventh win in EuroLeague Top 16 Group F. They outgunned Fenerbahce at home court to step closer to the playoffs. Petteri Koponen nailed 23 points to lead the winners. Fenerbahce snatched a narrow advantage after ten minutes 23:22. But Khimky took over in the second frame. The Russian team spurred ahead. The hosts accumulated a 49:37 halftime advantage. Fenerbahce cut the deficit in the third term. The Turkish team got within 9 points at the final intermission 61:70. However Khimky dropped 29 points in the fourth stanza and raced to a comfortable victory at the end. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) netted 18 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 4 boards, while Paul Davis had 14 points in the win. Bo McCalebb answered with 18 points and 7 assists for Fenerbahce. David Andersen (212-C-80) provided 14 points in the loss.

FCB Regal - 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 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 and Ante Tomic netted 14 points apiece for Barcelona. Maciej Lampe answered with 21 points for Caja Laboral. Andres Nocioni netted 11 points in the loss.

Besiktas - Montepaschi 72-70
Besiktas tastes the initial success in Top 16 and improved to 1-11 record in Group F. The Turkish team shocked visiting Montepaschi 72:70. Tutku Acik (194-G-80) brought the victory for the hosts a driving layup at the end of the game. Siena suffered its third consecutive loss, dropped to 7-5 and saw its playoff hopes take a hit. The hosts started with 18-16 rally in the first period, but the Italian team tied the game at the halftime. The latter grabbed 5-point lead after three quarters as they enjoyed 53:48 advantage. Besiktas however needed a 24-17 surge to win the game. The winners were led by guard Tutku Acik who scored that evening 17 points and 4 assists and Ricky Minard supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 19 points and 8 assists by Bobby Brown did not help to save the game for Montepaschi Siena. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) added 16 points, while Kangur brought 9.

Olympiacos - Maccabi T-A 67-73
Maccabi T-A steal the show from Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. The Israeli team grabbed a 73:67 win over Olympiacos and improved to 7-5 record. Olympiacos dropped at the same record but lowered their position. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympiacos won third quarter 26-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for David Logan who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Devin Smith contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) added 7 points in the effort for Olympiacos. Olympiacos will face next Fener.Ulker, while Maccabi T-A will host Besiktas.



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KORISLIIGA: KTP scored 101 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 39: Three contests tonight. KTP (Kotka) was winning game # 8 in a row at home court when defeating Korikobrat (Lapua) 101-78 (52-32). KTP was sharpshooting especially from the FT-line (16/17) and from the distance (15/28). Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) led KTP (30-9) with 23 points. Matinen was 6/8 from behind the arc. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double 21pts/10rbs and Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) added 21 pts. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) led Lapua (13-27) with 20 pts.
UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) beat Kouvot (Kouvola) 82-76 (38-34). Also this time these two teams were close to eachother. There were nine lead changes and 14 ties during the 40 minutes. T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) had his season best game: 27pts/17rbs. Demond Watt (200-F-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) was hot as well: 21pts/16rbs. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led Kouvot (19-19) with 23 pts.
YMCA Lahti lost at home vs YMCA Lappeenranta 63-73 (32-37). The three American players scored 50 points for the hosts and 57 pts for the visitors. There are five rounds left out of the regular season.

KTP - Lapua 101-78 (52-32). (Jukka Matinen 23, Devonne Giles 21/10, Antwine Williams 21 - Samuel Haanpaa 20, Trey Hampton 15, Jeffrey Bonds 12/9. A: 1048).
UU-Korihait - Kouvot 82-76 (38-34). (T.J.Robinson 27/17, Demond Watt 21/16, Pyry Rainamaa 12 - Gilberto Clavell 23, Ilari Seppala 12, Lamarr Greer 11. A: 475).
YMCA Lahti - YMCA LPR 63-73 (32-37). (Louis Johnson 17, Emmanuel Holloway 17, Jordan Hasquet 16/10 - Matt Gibson 25, Greg Logins 24, Jason Conley 8/9).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Evreux 21-7 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 21-7 
 3. Chalons-Reims 19-9 
 4. Le Portel 18-10 
 5. Boulogne 17-10 
 6. Rouen 16-12 
 7. Antibes 16-12 
 8. Fos Ouest 15-12 
 9. Bourg 15-13 
 10. Maurienne 14-14 
 11. Lille 13-15 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 12-15 
 13. St Quentin 12-16 
 14. Nantes 10-18 
 15. Denain 9-18 
 16. St Vallier 9-18 
 17. Bordeaux 7-20 
 18. Charleville 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 22: Nantes - Charleville 86-74
Mar. 22: Chalons-Reims - Lille 82-79
Mar. 22: St Quentin - Bourg 76-66
Mar. 22: Evreux - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 75-74
Mar. 22: Antibes - Maurienne 70-64
Mar. 22: Rouen - Le Portel 102-94 OT
Mar. 23: Boulogne - Bordeaux
Mar. 23: St Vallier - Denain
Mar. 23: Fos Ouest - Hyeres-Toulon


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Wood, Evreux19.0 
 5. Blue, Antibes18.9 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.0 
 7. Hannah, Evreux17.5 
 8. Hilliard, Antibes17.4 
 9. McKines, Rouen17.4 
 10. Sanders, Charlevi.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bing, Maurienne10.1 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.1 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.2 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.8 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.5 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier7.9 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.7 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.7 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.4 
 7. Hannah, Evreux5.4 
 8. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen5.0 
 10. Bassett, Rouen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craven, St Vallier2.3 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.0 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Toto N''Kote, Fos1.8 
 7. Siggers, Lille1.8 
 8. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 9. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.1.7 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.9 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.1 
 5. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 6. Johnson, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 8. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 9. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 
 10. Correa, Pau-Lacq.0.9 



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo19.9 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.19.2 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija16.7 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.16.3 
 5. Gocevski, ABA S.15.5 
 6. Sharper, Rabotnicki15.4 
 7. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.3 
 8. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.2 
 9. Dimcevski, Kuman.14.6 
 10. Kerkez, Vardar14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kerkez, Vardar10.6 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.5 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija7.9 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.7 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.7.1 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.6.3 
 7. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.2 
 8. Kostevski, Vardar5.9 
 9. Zaharievski, Pelis.5.9 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.6.0 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv4.2 
 3. Samardziev, Feni I.3.8 
 4. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.3 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.9 
 8. Radunovic, Lirija2.6 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija2.5 
 10. Jelesijevic, Rabo.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.5 
 4. Stajic, Lirija1.5 
 5. Balazs, ABA S.1.4 
 6. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 7. Kerkez, Vardar1.3 
 8. Pajic, Vardar1.1 
 9. Janjusevic, ABA S.1.1 
 10. Pilcevic, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo2.1 
 2. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.1 
 3. Pavlovski, Kozuv1.0 
 4. Radojevik, Lirija1.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.6 
 8. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.0.5 
 9. Kerkez, Vardar0.5 
 10. Talevski, Pelist.0.5 


Pero Antic selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the ninth-ranked Kolossos (6-14) 70-65 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Antic was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (19-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic averages: 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 56.4%(22-39), 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 73.0% in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (2-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite McCalebb's very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was badly defeated 87-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#6) in the group F of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 16 points. McCalebb also added 3 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. McCalebb is currently third on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.3%(89-161), 3FGP: 22.9% and FT: 82.0%. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He was not able to help Armani Milano (14-9) in their last game. Despite Green's good performance Armani Milano was edged 81-78 in Cremona by the lower-ranked (#11) Vanoli. He scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 33 minutes. This year Green's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.1apg, 1.2spg, 3FGP: 48.5%(16-33) and FT: 75.0% in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Green played for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #4. Forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-12) in their last game. Despite Massey's good performance Brose Baskets Bamberg (#8) was edged 89-86 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked (#3) Anadolu Efes in the group E of Euroleague. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. So far Brose Baskets Bamberg lost all twelve games in the Top 16. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. This year Massey's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.5spg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2009. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #5. International center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (15-10) 79-63 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Samardziski recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd (18-7) is placed second in the Adriatic League. His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Samardziski has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg in the six games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine) managed to help BC Donetsk in a 2-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Halychyna (22-15) 83-81 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. He recorded only 2 points in 10 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 will be important. It's Stojanovski's first season with the team. Stojanovski has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 29 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Uros Vasiljevic
Uros Vasiljevic
   #7. Former U18 international forward Uros Vasiljevic (201-88, college: Kenyon, currently plays in Croatia) couldn't help KK Dubrovnik (1-17) in their game against Alkar Sinj (0-0) in the Croatian A1. Vasiljevic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. KK Dubrovnik (#2) was edged 77-76 in Sinj by the leading Alkar in the Places 9-14 group. It was KK Dubrovnik's 14th consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.5rpg in the six games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U18 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Le Mans (13-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite Washington's very good performance Le Mans was defeated 66-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Chalon/Saor (#3). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Washington also added 5 rebounds. Washington has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg and 2.3spg. Washington is a naturalized American. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama, currently plays in EuroChallenge) contributed to Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja (3-3) 102-98 in the EuroChallenge on Thursday night. Winston scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Winston's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg. Winston is a naturalized American. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #3. Experienced Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) was the major contributor in Stjarnan's victory against the closely-ranked Keflavik (14-8) 102-86 in the Icelandic Dominos League last Thursday. Zdravevski recorded 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Stjarnan (5-1) is placed second in the Dominos League. It's Zdravevski's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg. Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.

   #4. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Pertevniyal (9-18) in their game against Baskent Genclik (11-16) in the Turkish TB2L (second division). Osman scored 5 points. Pertevniyal was badly defeated 81-65 in Ankara by the higher-ranked Baskent Genclik (#14). It was Pertevniyal's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This season Osman has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #5. Djordje Jovanovic was not able to secure a victory for Irakleio (6-14) in their game against Agia Paraskevis (5-9) in the Greek A2 (second division). Jovanovic scored only 4 points. Irakleio was defeated 74-69 in Paraskevis by the higher-ranked Agia (#7). This season Jovanovic has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg and 6.5rpg.



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Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Olimpi 14-2 
 2. MIA Academy 14-2 
 3. Armia 13-3 
 4. Rustavi 12-5 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 10-6 
 6. Kutaisi 10-7 
 7. Sokhumi 6-10 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-11 
 9. Batumi 5-13 
 10. Samedicino 1-15 
 11. STU Tbilisi 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 22: Batumi - STU Tbilisi 86-75
Mar. 27: Samedicino - TSU Tbilisi
Mar. 27: Olimpi - MIA Academy
Mar. 27: Armia - Rustavi
Mar. 27: Sokhumi - Dinamo Tbilisi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Bowie, Rustavi22.3 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi21.5 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.20.8 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.19.6 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi17.1 
 6. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.16.9 
 7. Nelson, Rustavi16.6 
 8. Chikviladze, Dinam.15.8 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.6 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.13.4 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.9 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi12.2 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.9 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.5 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.1 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi9.0 
 8. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.8.9 
 9. Prewitt, MIA A.7.9 
 10. Revazashvili, Sam.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.6.6 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi6.2 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.9 
 5. Bakradze, TSU T.5.5 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.3 
 7. Bowie, Rustavi5.1 
 8. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.1 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.8 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.6 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.4 
 3. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 5. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 6. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.7 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.1.7 
 8. Toudjani, Rustavi1.6 
 9. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.3 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.6 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi1.3 
 4. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 5. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Archibeque, MIA A.1.2 
 7. Eliashvili, Batumi1.1 
 8. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 9. Periashvili, Samed.0.8 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 



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Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.3 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Griffin, Gotha17.9 
 4. Williams, Vechta17.4 
 5. Nixon, NBC17.3 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.6 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.4 
 8. Barker, Jena16.0 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.4 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz10.0 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 4. Baker, Gotha8.0 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.6 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.5 
 8. Henley, ETB W.7.5 
 9. Calvin, Ehingen7.4 
 10. Livas, Goettingen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Vechta7.0 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim5.9 
 3. Aud, Finke Baskets5.7 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 7. Jeka, Jena4.3 
 8. Barker, Jena4.3 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg3.9 
 10. Tzakopoulos, Due.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Vechta2.7 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.5 
 7. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.5 
 8. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.4 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.3 
 4. Thompson, NBC1.3 
 5. Tyrna, Leipzig1.2 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz1.2 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven1.1 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 9. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 10. Henley, ETB W.0.8 


Brian Harper (TBB Trier) Will Be Two Great Games In The Beko BBL Cup - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brian Harper (206-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Paine) is a 27 year old 206cm forward that is commencing his first season in Germany in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. Brian's a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket about TTB Trier and his 2013 Beko BBL cup predictions.

Congrats on the huge 90-84 win against FC Bayern Munich. FC Bayern MUnich had the 7 point lead going into the fourth quarter, but TBB Trier stepped it up on offense with 27 points. What was key in getting the win?

The key was staying focused and aggressive. We knew it wasnt going to be an easy game and that if we wanted to give our selfs a chance to win we would have to be ready to fightu for forty mintes.

Has Barry Stewart been any more valuable during the season then he was in the win against Munich?

Barry Stewart had a huge game for us! He has been super valuable and big for us all season. There have been plenty of games this season that we have really leaned on Barry and he always finds a way to come through for us.

You and Barry Stewart were one and two in scoring, but was Nate Linhart your unsung hero? Once again he filled up the stat sheet as if it was a piece of cake doing everything on the floor.

Yeah Nate had a great game, but I think the unsung heros of the game were our point guards. I feel like Jarrett Howell did a great job of running the team and making sure that we executed the game plan. Then Bastian Doreth came off the bench and did the same thing which was big. Those two guys were the unsung Heros.

What will you be doing over the cup weekend? Any chance to explore Germany?

Im going to try and explore a little, but Im going to spend most of the time resting and preparing for the last month of the regular season


The Artland Dragons face off against ratiopharm Ulm. What kind of game can we await'

Its going to be a great game both teams are very talented and I expect both to come out and go real hard.


What will be key for either team to reach the final?

its going to take the two teams paying extra attention to detail and a lot of focus. Whenever you are playing in a do or die format thats what it boils down to.

In the second semi final pits Alba Berlin against FC Bayern Munich? What kind of game can we await?

Its going to be another game against two power houses that will be well prepared and ready to play. I think you can look forward to seeing another really good game.

What will be key for either team to reach the final?

Again whichever of the two that comes out more focused and ready will have the better chance of advancing.

Boston Celtic Jeff Green put up 43 points in a close loss to the Miami Heat 105-103. How tough is it in general for a player to put those numbers, but then be in the shadow of a 37 point, 12 assist, seven rebound performance by Lebron James?

Scoring 43 points in any game is tough so you have to show a lot of respect to the game that Jeff Green had. On the other hand you come across a guy like Lebron James who fills up the stat sheet night in and night out and you realize just rare a player like that is .

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Jack Reacher.

Thanks Brian for the chat.




Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) We Play Run And Gun, One Of The Most Famous Structured Ways To Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket about the 2013 Beko BBL Top 4 in Berlin.

Congrats to the big 94-87 win against Alba Berlin. That was the third win in a row against the 8 time Beko BBL champion at home. Phoenix Hagen seems to have their number now. How satisfying was the win for you?

I was really satisfied, I thank God for giving us the strength to go out play our hearts out. We played exactly how we wanted to play and we dictated most of the game. It was perfect execution on our side to secure the Win.


Did Bernd Kruel have any special speech in the locker room after the win or was the party atmopshere a bit subdued?

No special speeches, we just went out and did our thing

Alba Berlin CEO Marco Baldi said that Phoenix Hagen plays no structured basketball and just shoots from outside and when they start flying you have to look out. How do you describe the critics how to define Phoenix Hagen Basketball?

Thats all wrong, we play with great structure, it may not be traditional set up a play every time down the court but it's structured. It's Run and Gun, one of the most famous structured ways to play basketball.


What will you be doing over the cup weekend? Any chance to explore Germany?

Hopefully celebrating another Win. Probably go do something if the weather is good.


The Artland Dragons face off against ratiopharm Ulm. What kind of game can we await'

Artland has been playing good as of late and Ulm is always a tough team to play, it should be a good basketball game


What will be key for either team to reach the final?

Whoever wants it more.

In the second semi final pits Alba Berlin against FC Bayern Munich? What kind of game can we await?

That will be another good game, with 2 powerhouse teams going against each other. It can either way, all depends on who wants it the most.

What will be key for either team to reach the final?

Again whoever wants it more, they are both good teams


Boston Celtic Jeff Green put up 43 points in a close loss to the Miami Heat 105-103. How tough is it in general for a player to put those numbers, but then be in the shadow of a 37 point, 12 assist, seven rebound performance by Lebron James?

It's real tough because Lebron does that every night, he over shadows most of the players that goes up against him. It sucks but it's the truth.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Mummy

Thanks Larry fort he chat




Augie Johnston (SC Rist) I Had One Of Those Games Where You Score Quietly - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Augie Johnston is a 26 year old 185cm guard from Atascadero, Calfornia. He played at Cal.St.-Monterey (NCAA2) and his infinite range has proven he was one of the best shooters in the country. Although he is a prolific shooter, it is his overall ability to score the basketball and defend the opponent's best player that is so impressive. He is one of the most professional and hard working players. As a captain at Cal State Monterey Bay he has shown to have all the leadership qualities you would want in a point guard or shooting guard. He started his professional basketball career in 2009-2010 for Velbert Baskets (Germany-2.Regionalliga), playing 9 games: 28.4ppg. Last season, he played for SpVgg Rattelsdorf Independents (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 25 games: 29.8ppg . This season, he is playing his second season for SC Rist Wedel and helped bring the team into the playoffs against Nordlingen last season and Fraport Skyliners juniors this season. Last season he played 27 games: 15.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 77.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before game 2 against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.

Were you surprised how close the game was despite the depleted roster of Frankfurt?

No, I wasn't surprised. This is the playoffs and every team has proved themselves this season enough to make the playoffs so I knew they know how to play ball. We had some bad foul trouble in the first half and rested a lot of players for the second half.


What adjustments did SC Rist Wedel do at halftime to be able to score 23 points in the third quarter?

At halftime we just stayed positive and talked about execution and reads. They played a good first half and we knew we could play a better second half so there was no need to change too much.


Do you think that Frankfurt was a bit tired since they played with a small lineup?

Yeah, they came out with a lot of energy in the first half, so it is possible that after 30 minutes or so they were a little tired with their depleted lineup.


Taylor Brown seemed to have the number of SC Rist? Was letting him do what he wanted and making sure to keep the rest of the team in check sort of a plan after he got into a groove?

Actually not at all. We played pretty good defense against him at times, but he was really making some difficult shots. Brown is a good player and if he is making his mid range jump shots then he's tough to stop and that's what he did against us in Game 1.


What was your impression of Falko Mr no look pass Thelig? Will SC Rist Wedel be able to read his game better in game 2?

I was really impressed by him. He had 13 assists against us and that is too many. I think we will be able to play him a little different than last game though and limit him more. He is one of the best German pg's I have seen this season.


You exploded for 35 points. Did you know early on that you would have a good game?

I had no idea. I was just patient and had one of those games where you score quietly. My teammate Davey Hopkins started the game off with a couple dunks and I think that helped draw all the attention to him and then he was able to draw my defenders and give me some open shots.


Will be winning the battle on boards one of the keys again for winning game 2?

Yes, in every game that is key to winning, but with their first league players back I think that it will be even more important.


How difficult will it be scouting this week when one wont for sure know if the three German license players will play?

It's not any harder. We will prepare as if they are playing and if not then that's ok because we know the other personnel now.


When will the 22 game winning streak of the Miami Heat end? Can the Boston Celtics do it?

It will end soon. When you have a target on your back it is tough to keep winning night in and night out. The Celtics couldn't get it done although they came very close. Lebron is on a mission.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Independence Day! It's a classic!


Thanks Augie for the chat.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The League Season 3

Thanks Jake for the chat.




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EuroLeague: Maccabi T-A steal the show from Peace and Friendship Stadium - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Maccabi T-A 67:73

Maccabi T-A steal the show from Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. The Israeli team grabbed a 73:67 win over Olympiacos and improved to 7-5 record. Olympiacos dropped at the same record but lowered their position.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympiacos won third quarter 26-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and Konstantinos Sloukas added 7 points in the effort for Olympiacos.
Olympiacos will face next Fener.Ulker, while Maccabi T-A will host Besiktas.

Maccabi T-A: David Logan 20, Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) 16, Devin Smith 13, James 9+10rebs
Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 19, Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) 10, Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) 8



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Henk Norel selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help CAI Zaragoza (14-11) in their last game. Despite Norel's very good performance CAI Zaragoza lost 81-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. He was the top scorer with 25 points in 30 minutes on the court. Norel is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.2rpg. He also averaged so far 12.7ppg, 2FGP: 57.5%(138-240) and FT: 56.8% in the 25 games he played so far. Norel is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Germany. He was not able to help EWE Baskets (5-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Smeulders' very good performance the first-placed EWE Baskets was defeated 66-61 in Yuzhny by the second-ranked Khimik in the group L of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Smeulders also added 6 rebounds. This season Smeulders averages: 8.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(45-79), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 71.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Francisco Elson
Francisco Elson
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center Francisco Elson (211-76, college: California, currently plays in Iran). Elson was not able to secure a victory for Mahram (14-3) in their game against Petrochimi (17-1) in the Iranian Superleague. He scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. Mahram lost 74-88 in Bandar Imam to the leading Petrochimi. Elson is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This year his overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1bpg, 2.4spg in the seven games. Elson is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #4. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet (8-14) 61-46 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (12-10) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Schaftenaar's first season with the team. Schaftenaar's total stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #5. Former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Valparaiso (13-3) in their game against the Michigan State University (13-5) in the NCAA. van Wijk cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Valparaiso was defeated 65-54 in East Lansing, MI by the Michigan State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. van Wijk's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team eight years ago.

Shane Hammink
Shane Hammink
   #6. Forward Shane Hammink (201-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the LSU (9-9) in their game against the University of Florida (14-4) in the NCAA. Hammink cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points in 9 minutes on the court. The LSU was crushed 80-58 in Gainesville, FL by the University of Florida. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Hammink's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Hammink is U18 international player who is currently on the Dutch National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Holland.

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

   #1. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Budivelnyk (28-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Budivelnyk lost 74-81 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#11) Dnipro. Kickert recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kickert has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (7-18) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Tillie recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 4.2rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #3. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket (9-13) in their game against River Andorra (20-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Duinker recorded 13 points in 25 minutes. But Caceres Basket was badly defeated 84-64 on the opponent's court by the leading River_Andorra. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Duinker's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.7rpg in the 22 games. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Jonah Callenbach (194-F/G-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Fontedoso Carrefour (6-13) in their game against Palma (11-9) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Callenbach scored 5 points. Fontedoso Carrefour was defeated 68-64 in S'Arenal by the higher-ranked Palma (#5). It was Fontedoso Carrefour's fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Callenbach has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Portuguese and Dutch.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko SPICA
  Kaposvari
  (205-C/F-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Spica, Kaposvari20.4 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.20.3 
 3. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 4. Dunn, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Nelson, Marso N.19.6 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Wood, Albacomp19.5 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.19.3 
 9. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.1 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Keller, Albacomp8.0 
 6. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.5 
 10. Shaw, Kormend7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.5 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari6.2 
 4. Thomas, Soproni5.7 
 5. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.5 
 6. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.1 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.6 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.4 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.4 
 4. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 5. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 7. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 9. Hollis, Albacomp1.7 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 5. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Toth, Atomeromu0.7 
 8. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.6 
 9. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 10. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 



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  IBL   


IBL appoints Tommy Nunez Jr. as Director of Officials - by Kip Leonetti

The International Basketball League has announced the addition of Tommy Nunez, Jr. as the leagues new Director of Officials.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Nunez joins the IBL front office team with an impressive resume which includes experience from high school to the pros.

Nunez started his officiating career in the 1980s in Arizona's high school ranks before moving on to officiate NCAA games in the Pac-10, West Coast and Big Sky conferences as well as NCAA tournament games. He returned as an NCAA official this year in Las Vegas at the Pac-12 tournament.

In addition, Nunez worked numerous Continental Basketball Association, NBA Development League and Women's National Basketball Association games from 1999 to 2004. He is slated to return to the court for the 2013 WNBA season this summer.

Nunez experience has taken him all the way to the NBA , officiating in over 200 league games from 2004 to 2012, including the 2007 NBA All-Star Game Rookie Challenge.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity presented by the IBL. After officiating at various levels and with some excellent mentors, I am excited to share the knowledge I've gained. Working with advice from others, including George Toliver, Director of Referee Development of the D-League, I am hoping to create a excellent staff through a strong training and development program," Nunez shared about becoming the Director of Officials with the IBL.

With the IBL, Nunez will oversee the development, scheduling and evaluation of the league's on-court officials as well as leading officiating at the IBL Playoffs in early July.

"We are privileged to have such an experienced official with success from college to the NBA leading us. With our mix of athletes in our late spring to summer season of play we attract former NBA players,to those who have just completed their season with the D-League, returnees from overseas to those straight out of college, which makes the game management by our officials key. The example, influence and direction especially within training and development for IBL officials has been upgraded with the addition of Nunez," IBL Commissioner Graf stated.

On Sunday, April 7 Nunez and the IBL will host a training session and camp for current and prospective IBL officials in Seattle, in conjunction with the leagues tryout camp for players for all IBL teams.

Experienced basketball officials interested in joining the IBL can sign up for the officials training session at www.ibl.com/officials_tryouts.



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  ICELAND   

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Pitts, KFI33.5 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.26.8 
 3. Palm, IR26.5 
 4. Smith, Thor Thorl25.9 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.0 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.8 
 7. Craion, Keflavik22.7 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.7 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan21.6 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Van, Njardvik14.7 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.8 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Baptist, Keflavik10.5 
 5. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 6. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.3 
 9. Broussard, Grind.9.1 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.3 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.5 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.2 
 6. Williams, IR5.6 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.6 
 8. Medlock, Skallagri.4.8 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Moore, Njardvik2.6 
 3. Williams, IR2.6 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.5 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.4 
 6. Threatt, Snaefell2.0 
 7. Craion, Keflavik2.0 
 8. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan1.9 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.2 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.8 
 4. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 5. Baptist, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Van, Njardvik1.3 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.2 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.0 



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  IRAN   


Petrocimi Takes Title in Deciding Game 5 - by Alireza

Last years Championship Rematch between Mahram and Petrocimi was every bit entertaining as it was challenging for the teams involved. The series begun with a 2-0 Game lead for Petrocimi. This was a short-lived advance because the experienced team of Mahram fought back equalizing the series at 2-2.

The Final Game took place on Mahrams Home court in Tehran, Iran. The Petrocimi team came out with a very balanced and effective game. Their overall team efficiency was 98 while Mahram only had 60. Along with the efficiency, Petrocimi also forced 21 Mahram turnovers.

Petrocimi finally pulled away winning the game 88-74 and the series 3-2. The games key performaces were by the most efficient players. Hamed Sohrabnejad of Petrocimi scored 20 points adding 12 rebounds notching an efficiency of 33. Mahrams Marco Milic also brought in an efficiency of 33 with 19 rebounds and 13 points.

We may most likely see yet another rematch of these two teams in the West Asia Club Championships.


Hamed Sohrabnejad (206-PF-83), Marco Milic,



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  IRELAND   


BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKEND PREVIEW - by Patrick Maher

BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKEND PREVIEW

This Saturday, March 23rd, the National Basketball Arena will be packed to the rafters as teams from all over the country come to compete in the final competitions of the 2012-2013 season.

Five different titles are up for grabs including the Nivea Womens SuperLeague Plate Title, Basketball Irelands Mens and Womens Division One Title, the Nivea Womens SuperLeague Title and the elite National Champions Trophy.

This year, the Senior Games Management Board (SGMB) has created a new competition, The National Champions Trophy.

The competition is the third title that Basketball Ireland Mens SuperLeague Clubs can chase including the SuperLeague Mens National Cup and the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague.

Speaking about the competition, Pat Duffy, Chairman of the SGMB, said, 'The National Champions Trophy will decide the supreme champions for this season with a sparkling new trophy awaiting the winner.

Echoing the SGMB, Bernard OByrne, Secretary General of Basketball Ireland enthused, The Champions Trophy is an exciting new development in the SuperLeague calendar. It will provide a fitting climax to the season.

Over the last couple of weeks, both UCC Demons and DCU Saints have fought hard to book their place in the new competition.

This year when both sides meet, Saints claimed two narrow wins in the second half of the season while Demons scrapped a one point win over the Dubliners back in October.

Speaking about his side, Paul Kelleher, head coach of UCC Demons said, We have prepared as normal this week ahead of the game this Saturday. Even getting to practice early on the bank holiday which allowed the lads to spend some quality time with their families best of both worlds really.

Commenting about the new National Title, Kelleher admitted, I am a big advocate for this new title. It is a nice competition as the teams had to work very hard to qualify for it.

There is always an incentive to win a competition but this one in particular really honours the team that kept fighting until the end of the season.

Head coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly is also enthusiastic about this sides chances of claiming the title as they enter the game coming off the back of four wins on the bounce.

Meanwhile in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, National Cup Champions, UL Huskies, will take on old rivals, DCU Mercy.

So far this season, the Huskies have proved that they are a side to be reckoned with as they only dropped one game, claimed the National Cup title and secured the number one spot on the league table. However, for DCU Mercy, they have yet to claim any silverware this season as they regroup with a younger squad.

Speaking about the game, head coach of DCU Mercy, Mark Ingle, said, Making it to the final is a reward for our hard work over the last few weeks. We have kept pushing and have pulled out some great performances.

Come Saturday, we will need to make our shots in the Arena and spread out UL on the floor.

Obviously, UL Huskies, are the favourites to win this game with their current track record but we are rearing to go and will fight to the end.

Head coach of UL Huskies, James Weldon understands what his side must do if they want to win, The team that controls the tempo of the game will be the team to win this battle.

We have prepared very well this week and are looking forward to the challenge Mercy will bring. Our girls have been here before, and they know how to win. We have great experience on our squad.

League Finals Day, March 23rd, National Basketball Arena

Schedule:

11am Nivea Womens SuperLeague Plate Final - Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Killester

1pm Basketball Ireland Womens Division One Playoff Final - Tralee Imperials v Oblate Dynamos

3pm Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Playoff Final - Matt OFlaherty Chemists Titans v Blue Demons

5pm Nivea Womens SuperLeague Playoff Final - UL Huskies v DCU Mercy

7pm National Champions Trophy Final - UCC Demons v DCU Saints

Courtesy .... Elaine Caffrey ....www.basketballireland.ie
Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta St.)



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  ISRAEL   


EuroLeague: Maccabi T-A steal the show from Peace and Friendship Stadium - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Maccabi T-A 67:73

Maccabi T-A steal the show from Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. The Israeli team grabbed a 73:67 win over Olympiacos and improved to 7-5 record. Olympiacos dropped at the same record but lowered their position.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympiacos won third quarter 26-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and Konstantinos Sloukas added 7 points in the effort for Olympiacos.
Olympiacos will face next Fener.Ulker, while Maccabi T-A will host Besiktas.

Maccabi T-A: David Logan 20, Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) 16, Devin Smith 13, James 9+10rebs
Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 19, Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) 10, Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) 8



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  ITALY   


EuroLeague: Besiktas tastes the initial success - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas - Montepaschi 72:70

Besiktas tastes the initial success in Top 16 and improved to 1-11 record in Group F. The Turkish team shocked visiting Montepaschi 72:70. Tutku Acik (194-G-80) brought the victory for the hosts a driving layup at the end of the game. Siena suffered its third consecutive loss, dropped to 7-5 and saw its playoff hopes take a hit.
The hosts started with 18-16 rally in the first period, but the Italian team tied the game at the halftime. The latter grabbed 5-point lead after three quarters as they enjoyed 53:48 advantage. Besiktas however needed a 24-17 surge to win the game.


The winners were led by guard Tutku Acik who scored that evening 17 points and 4 assists and Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 19 points and 8 assists by Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) did not help to save the game for Montepaschi Siena. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) added 16 points, while Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) brought 9.

Besiktas: Tutku Acik 17, Serhat Cetin (197-G/F-86) 14, Ricky Minard 14, Cemal Nalga (213-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) 8
Montepaschi: Bobby Brown 19+8ast, David Moss 16, K.Kristjan Kangur 9



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  JAPAN   

BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.9 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.3 
 3. Chandler, Chiba J.20.9 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC20.4 
 5. Brown, Akita NH20.3 
 6. Jones, Tokyo C.20.1 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.9 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.7 
 10. Warren, Fukuoka17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Willard, Sendai 89.13.3 
 3. White, Oita H.13.2 
 4. Warren, Fukuoka12.6 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.4 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 7. Rickert, Osaka E.11.1 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets11.0 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.5 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Takehiko SHIMURA
  Sendai
  (160-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Shimura, Sendai6.1 
 2. Togashi, Akita NH6.0 
 3. Namizato, Okina.5.9 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.5.9 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC5.1 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama4.0 
 8. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.6 
 10. Kondo, Niigata3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 2. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM2.1 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 6. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 7. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Woods, Miyazaki SS1.8 
 10. Bell, Chiba Jets1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.1 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.6 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 8. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 9. Ashby, Fukuoka1.5 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Irtysh hand BK Almaty two defeats - by Eurobasket News

Irtysh overcame BK Almaty twice in a row. The first game ended with an 85:45 victory of the defending champions. Tamara Seregina (182-F-90) nailed 16 points to lead the winners. Irtysh built a 50:28 halftime lead. The Pavlodar team stretched the lead to as many as 41 points at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Nadezhda Kondrakova (191-C-89) posted 14 points, while Zuldys Baydusenova (189-F-83) netted 10 points in the win. Julia Udarceva (176-F-90) answered with 14 points for BK Almaty.
Irtysh followed with an 85:60 victory tonight. Tamara Seregina accounted for 19 points for the winners. Zuldys Baydusenova accounted for 14 points for the reigning champions. Irtysh built a 55:27 halftime lead and cruised to the victory at the end. Elmira Musalimova (168-G-88) delivered 18 points for BK Almaty.



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 20-1 
 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 1-20 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 22: Kosova - Peja 81-92
Mar. 24: Bashkimi - RTV 21
Mar. 24: Vellaznimi - Trepca
Mar. 24: Drita - Sigal Prishtina


Drilon Hajrizi is back - by Dren Shporta

Champions are coming back in their old form. While Drilon Hajrizi (203-F-91) is getting to his old shape, the greens from Mitrovica registered their second derby win of the season by defeating Bashkimi.

Kosovos player of the year, Drilon Hajrizi, scored 25 points in a match where they registered seasons 11th victory and came back to the 4th place in ranking.

American guard, Ryan White, scored 13 more for Trepca while the oranges from Prizren had disadvantage during all game and couldnt come back after good start.

Trepca plays against Vellaznimi tommorow, while Bashkimi will have a hard job against RTV 21.



Ljuca shines after coming back from injury - by Dren Shporta

Unstoppable league leaders, Peja, registered their 11th victory in a row after defeating Drita 102-79 in midweek.

Ersid Luca (212-C-81), who came back after injury shined in the match by scoring 27 points while Samir Shaptahovic and Alban Veseli added 18 each for yellows.

Harouna Mutombo and Gerti Shima also gaved their contribution to the match by scoring 12, respectively 10 points.

On the other side Craig Blackmon scored 26 points and 4 assists, while Obinna Agomo scored 11 points and added 3 rebounds.

Brandon Shingles registered his first double-double in Kosovo with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

This was the 19th victory for Peja, while Drita registered its 15th defeat.



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Peiners, LU20.2 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.7 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.1 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils15.9 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.6 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.5 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.2 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 9. Timma, Ventspils14.0 
 10. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.11.1 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.1 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.1 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 9. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.0 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.2 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.7 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 5. Peiners, LU3.4 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 8. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 9. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 10. Metra, Barons k.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.9 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Timma, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Ginters, U181.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 7. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Mednis, Jurmala0.8 
 9. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekab.0.8 


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 14-14 
 9. VEF skola 11-13 
 10. Liepaja-2 10-17 
 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 85-88
Mar. 23: Valmiera BSS - Liepaja-2
Mar. 23: Saldus - VeA
Mar. 23: VEF skola - Ogres



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

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

Second Stage: Round 4

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

Second Stage: Round 5

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


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 35.4
 1. Emmett, Amchit35.4 
 2. Harper, Sagesse27.0 
 3. Blair, Hoops26.9 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.0 
 6. Williams, Bejjeh23.3 
 7. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos22.9 
 9. Perry, Hoops21.9 
 10. Sims, Sagesse21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 18
 1. Fraser, Byblos18.0 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.7 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.5 
 5. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 6. Perry, Hoops10.1 
 7. Sims, Sagesse9.7 
 8. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.4 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blair, Hoops6.5 
 2. Chatfield, Mouta.6.2 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.0 
 4. Williams, Bejjeh5.9 
 5. Fahed, Moutahed5.5 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos5.2 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Blair, Hoops3.1 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.5 
 3. Emmett, Amchit2.2 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos2.2 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.1 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.9 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed0.9 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Freije, Amchit0.7 



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Standings
Group D
 1. Lanus 3-0 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 2-1 
 3. Mavort 1-2 
 4. Flamengo 0-3 
Group E
 1. Arecibo 1-0 
 2. S.Jose/Unimed 1-0 
 3. Brasilia 0-1 
 4. Pioneros 0-1 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Mar. 22: Pioneros - S.Jose/Unimed 66-70
Mar. 22: Brasilia - Arecibo 106-108 OT

Second Stage: Round 5

Mar. 23: S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia
Mar. 23: Arecibo - Pinheiros/Sky


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.20.8 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.19.5 
 4. Smith, Pinheiro.19.3 
 5. Guzman, Mavort19.0 
 6. Vassallo, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Giovannoni, Brasil.17.5 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.17.5 
 9. Silva, Brasilia17.3 
 10. Graham, Arecibo16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.8.5 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasil.8.0 
 4. Battle, Lanus7.7 
 5. Graterol, Arecibo7.5 
 6. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 7. Guzman, Mavort7.2 
 8. Hernandez, Pioneros6.0 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.6.0 
 10. Benite, Flamengo5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.8 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.6.0 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laws, S.Jose/U.4.3 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus4.3 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia3.5 
 9. Escalera, Arecibo3.3 
 10. Cardenas, Mavort3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.2.5 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 3. Mensah, Flamengo1.4 
 4. Ribeiro, Brasilia1.3 
 5. Cortes Ruiz, Areci.1.3 
 6. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.3 
 7. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.3 
 8. Levy, Lanus1.3 
 9. Dominguez, Pione.1.3 
 10. Graham, Arecibo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.2 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 3. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 4. Araujo, Pinheiro.1.0 
 5. Battle, Lanus0.7 
 6. Boccia, Lanus0.5 
 7. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 8. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.5 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.0.5 
 10. McFarlan, Lanus0.5 



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.3 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.0 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.8 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai14.6 
 5. Milaknis, Rudupis13.5 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.3 
 7. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai12.7 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.5 
 10. Vene, Rudupis12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.7 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.9 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.7 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.9 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.4 
 8. Kiausas, Sakalai5.9 
 9. Vene, Rudupis5.9 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Jackson, Siauliai4.6 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.5 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.2 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai3.9 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 7. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.2 
 8. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.1 
 9. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
 10. Ginevicius, Lietk.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 3. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 4. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 5. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 6. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 8. Lengvinas, Naglis1.5 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.5 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 5. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.9 
 6. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 7. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 8. Vene, Rudupis0.8 
 9. Bishop, Nevezis0.8 
 10. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.23.6 
 2. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 3. Maneikis, Olimpas19.3 
 4. Valukonis, Suduva.18.7 
 5. Giedraitis, Mazeik.17.1 
 6. Linkevicius, Triob.17.1 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.6 
 8. Jucikas, Meresta16.4 
 9. Tarvydas, Statyba15.9 
 10. Macernis, Mazeiki.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas LINKEVICIUS
  Triobet
  (197-F-85)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Linkevicius, Triob.10.6 
 2. Trybanski, Dzukija10.1 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.9.0 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.8.9 
 5. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.6 
 6. Valukonis, Suduva.8.5 
 7. Montrimavici., Rad.7.4 
 8. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.1 
 9. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.0 
 10. Staniulis, S.Marc.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.5 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija7.4 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.4.8 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas4.7 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 6. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 7. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.3 
 8. Kutra, Radviliskis4.2 
 9. Anuzis, Nafta U.4.1 
 10. Pelss, Zanavykas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.2.9 
 2. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.8 
 3. Razutis, Olimpas2.6 
 4. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.6 
 5. Harrison, Dzukija2.4 
 6. Sabeckis, Birstono2.2 
 7. Paliukenas, Staty.2.1 
 8. Pelss, Zanavykas1.9 
 9. Kleiza, Birstono1.9 
 10. Giedraitis, Mazei.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.2 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.6 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.4 
 5. Jucikas, Meresta1.3 
 6. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.2 
 7. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.2 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 9. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.0 
 10. Milinskas, Triobet0.9 



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: KL Dragons fire past Slingers - by Eurobasket News

KL Dragons - Singapore Slingers 93:63

KL Dragons cruised past the Singapore Slingers in the latest ASEAN League game. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Malaysian team.
KL Dragons poured in 30 points in the first quarter to clear off. The Malaysian team gained an 11-point lead after the starting quarter. The hosts stretched the gap in the second quarter. They accumulated a comfortable 54:37 halftime lead. The home team stretched the gap even further in the third term. The Dragons gained a 22-point lead at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Justin Melton (180-G-86, college: Mount Olive) finished with 18 points, while Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83, college: Angelo St.) added 17 points for the winning team. Singleton Rashaad (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern) responded with 25 points for the Slingers. Wong Wei Long (172-G-88) had 9 points in the loss.

KL Dragons: Gavin Edwards 23, Justin Melton 18 Marcus Hubbard 17
Singapore Slingers: Singleton Rashaad 25, Wong Wei Long 9



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  MALI   


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. Sy could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 68-59 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Boulazac Basket (#15). Sy scored 11 points. Sy has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 70.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Rueil (12-12) in their game against Orchesien BC (18-4) in the French NM1 (third division). Saounera scored 7 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 19 minutes. Rueil lost 77-81 in Orchies to the leading Orchesien BC. It's Saounera's first season with the team. Saounera is currently fourth on the list of most steals with 1.8spg. This year his other stats are: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 78.8% in the 24 games he played so far. Saounera is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. He played for the Mali national team in 2011.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France). He contributed to a 2-point Hyeres-Toulon's victory against the eighth-ranked Olympique Antibes (15-12) 64-62 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Chelle scored 6 points in 23 minutes. Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (12-15) is placed 12th in the ProB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Chelle's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 66.7% in the four games. Similarly like Saounera and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2011.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #4. An experienced power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite to win in overtime against the league outsider Poitiers (7-16) 88-80 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Traore scored only 2 points. Limoges CSP Elite (4-15) is placed 11th in the ProA. This season Traore averages: 3.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #5. Former international shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Nantes (11-12) in their game against Lille Metropole (13-14) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. Nantes was badly defeated 90-74 in Lille by the lower-ranked (#11) Metropole. This year Drame's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 1.3spg in the three games. He has dual citizenship: Mali and French. Drame used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #6. Swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France) contributed to a Vendee Challans' victory against the closely-ranked Chartres (9-14) 71-60 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Diakite scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Vendee Challans Basket (8-15) is placed 14th in the NM1. Diakite has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.0rpg in the four games. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the N.Mexico St. (14-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the N.Mexico St. was badly defeated 64-44 on the road by the Saint Louis University. Sy scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Sy's fourth season with the team. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Bakary Konate (208-C/F-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an La Palma's victory against the sixth-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (10-9) 71-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Konate scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. U.B. La Palma (5-14) closes the standings in the LEB Silver. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of three consecutive loses. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Konate averages: 4.9ppg and 5.2rpg.

   #3. Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83, college: Cowley County CC, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked La Rochelle (13-11) 92-76 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. ADA Blois Basket (13-9) is placed seventh in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sy has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.



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Standings - 1A

1A Stage Two Standings
Play-Out
 1. ABS Primorje 0-0 
 2. Centar BP 0-0 
 3. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 4. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 5. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 6. S.Centar 0-0 
 7. ABS Primorje 0-0 
 8. Centar BP 0-0 
 9. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 10. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 11. Jedinstvo 0-0 
S-League
 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Lovcen 0-0 
 3. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 4. Sutjeska 0-0 
 5. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 6. Ulcinj 0-0 
 7. Buducnost 0-0 
 8. Lovcen 0-0 
 9. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 10. Sutjeska 0-0 
 11. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 12. Ulcinj 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Regular Season: Round 18

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Play-Out

Mar. 26: Centar BP - S.Centar
Mar. 26: Jedinstvo - Ibar Rozaje
Mar. 26: Danilovgrad - ABS Primorje

S-League

Mar. 23: Ulcinj - Teodo Tivat
Mar. 26: Mornar Bar - Buducnost
Mar. 26: Sutjeska - Lovcen


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon ROBERSON
  Ibar R.
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Roberson, Ibar R.21.7 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.19.3 
 3. Milosevic, Ulcinj18.6 
 4. Stojanovic, Lovcen17.3 
 5. Jovanovic, Danilov.16.4 
 6. Nicaj, Lovcen15.1 
 7. Ratkovic, ABS P.14.9 
 8. Radulovic, Teodo T.14.8 
 9. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.14.4 
 10. Mitchell, Centar14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Teodo T.
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Djikanovic, Teodo9.4 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.8.6 
 3. Zejak, Danilovgrad7.8 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar7.5 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.7.4 
 6. Bacovic, ABS P.7.3 
 7. Radak, ABS P.6.8 
 8. Zizic, Sutjeska5.9 
 9. Calic, Sutjeska5.7 
 10. Vujosevic, Sutjes.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marko MIJOVIC
  Teodo Tivat
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.4.3 
 2. Korac, Jedinstvo4.0 
 3. Stojanovic, Lovcen3.6 
 4. Calic, Sutjeska3.4 
 5. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.3.1 
 6. Radosavljevi., Mor.2.9 
 7. Tepavcevic, Teodo2.8 
 8. Mitchell, Centar B.2.7 
 9. Pajovic, Mornar B.2.7 
 10. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lazar SIMONOVIC
  Ulcinj
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Simonovic, Ulcinj2.4 
 2. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.2.2 
 3. Mitchell, Centar B.2.0 
 4. Samardzic, Danilov.1.8 
 5. Omerovic, Jedin.1.7 
 6. Djurisic, Mornar B.1.7 
 7. Calic, Sutjeska1.6 
 8. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.6 
 9. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.5 
 10. Milosevic, Ulcinj1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Radoje VUJOSEVIC
  Sutjeska
  (209-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vujosevic, Sutjeska2.1 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.5 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.0 
 4. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.0 
 5. Nicaj, Lovcen0.8 
 6. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.6 
 7. Pavlicevic, Sutjes.0.5 
 8. Mitchell, Centar B.0.5 
 9. Korac, Centar BP0.5 
 10. Skurdauskas, Morn.0.5 


Nikola Vucevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Orlando Magic (18-51) in their last game. Despite Vucevic's very good performance the Orlando Magic lost 109-115 on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. Vucevic also added 4 assists in 42 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was Magic's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Vucevic is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 11.5rpg. He also averaged so far 12.4ppg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 68.3% in the 68 games he played so far. Vucevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Pekovic was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-43) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were edged 101-98 in Sacramento by the Kings. Pekovic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. Pekovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 8.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.8% and FT: 72.9% in the 51 games. Pekovic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League. He was not able to secure a victory for Metalac (15-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bakic's very good performance Metalac was defeated 92-81 at home by the much lower-ranked Smederevo Vizura (#11). He was the top scorer with 32 points. Bakic also added 3 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Bakic is currently fifth on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Bakic averages: 16.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(46-77), 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 82.6%. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #4. Power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain couldn't help Valencia Basket (4-2) in their last game. Despite Dubljevic's very good performance the second-placed Valencia Basket lost 87-97 in Kuban to the leading Lokomotiv in the group J of Eurocup. He recorded 17 points in 20 minutes. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg and 4.3rpg in the 15 games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #5. International power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-9) crushing them 87-67 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Bjelica scored 9 points and added 4 assists. Caja Laboral Vitoria (6-6) is placed sixth in group F. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Bjelica plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Vladimir Golubovic
Vladimir Golubovic
   #6. Center Vladimir Golubovic (213-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey) led Antalya to a victory against the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler (11-11) 100-93 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Golubovic recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. It was his first game for Antalya this season. His team is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the TBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Golubovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #7. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Cook managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-9) crushing them 87-67. He scored only 3 points and added 5 assists. Cook's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Cook is also Montenegrin national team player. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #8. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help Vrsac (13-12) in their last game. Despite Radovic's good performance Vrsac was edged 82-80 in Beograd by the lower-ranked (#7) Radnicki Basket. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Radovic also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Radovic is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 25 games. Radovic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2011.

Igor Bijelic
Igor Bijelic
   #9. Former U21 international power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88, currently plays in Bosnia) was the major contributor in Mladost's victory against the closely-ranked Capljina Lasta (15-6) 83-79 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Saturday night. He scored 19 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Mladost Mrkonjic Gradis placed in the Division I. Bijelic is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Bijelic averages: 17.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #10. Power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the sixth-ranked Caja Laboral (6-6) 83-74 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Todorovic scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (11-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. It's Todorovic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg in the 13 games. Todorovic is U21 international player who is currently on the Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Angelico Biella (5-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Angelico Biella was defeated 77-72 in Avellino by the higher-ranked Air Avellino (#12). Rochestie was the second best scorer with 20 points. This season he has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. Rochestie is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team. Apparently Rochestie has never played in Montenegro.

   #12. An experienced former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala couldn't help Gaz Metan (18-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Gaz Metan was defeated 86-80 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Timisoara (#7). Ivanovic scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Ivanovic has reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2008.

   #13. Former U20 international power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, another player represented by Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Tundja Yambol in their game against Beroe in the Bulgarian NBL, despite his good performance last Wednesday. Milosevic had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes. But his team was edged 70-69. Milosevic is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg and 9.3rpg in the 16 games. Milosevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia) helped Konstantin win their game against the ninth-ranked OKK Beograd 76-66 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Savic recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He averaged so far 10.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. Savic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #15. International swingman Milos Borisov (198-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their game against the league outsider KK Split 81-63 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Borisov's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg in the 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain could not help Real Madrid (9-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Real Madrid was edged 74-73 at home by the lower-ranked Panathinaikos (#4) in the group E of Euroleague. Mirotic was the second best scorer with 17 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Mirotic has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg and 5.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, currently plays in Italy) led Air Avellino to a victory over the league outsider Angelico Biella (5-18) 77-72 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Dragovic scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sidigas Avellino (8-14) is placed 12th in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dragovic's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2spg in the 22 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #3. Novak Popovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia), who plays in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I was not able to help Capljina Lasta (15-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Capljina Lasta lost 79-83 on the road to the leading Mladost. Popovic had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Popovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg in the 18 games.

   #4. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Vojvodina's victory against the eighth-ranked Borac (12-13) 85-72 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He recorded 13 points in only a mere 12 minutes. KK Vojvodina Novi Sad (19-6) is placed second in the A League. Marojevic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Marojevic's total stats are: 9.6ppg and 3.3rpg in the 25 games.

   #5. Boris Lalovic (209-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) was the main contributor in a Zrinjski HT's victory against the 11th-ranked Kakanj (8-13) 79-72 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Lalovic scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar (10-11) is placed sixth in the Division I. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Lalovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Lalovic averages: 19.9ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.7apg.

   #6. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Pitesti crushing them 95-71 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Thursday night's game. He scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes. Cuic is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 5.7apg. He also averaged so far 13.4ppg and 6.5rpg in the 26 games.

   #7. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to a 2-point CEZ Nymburk's victory against the fifth-ranked BK Decin 67-65 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night's game. Pavkovic scored 6 points and added 6 passes in 23 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg in the 27 games.

   #8. Filip Goranovic (205-C/F-85, currently plays in Bosnia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Varda HE 64-45 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday. Goranovic was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Goranovic belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg and 6.7rpg.

   #9. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in FYR Macedonia), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga was not able to secure a victory for Lirija (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Radunovic's very good performance Lirija (#4) was defeated 106-92 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Radunovic also added 7 rebounds. Radunovic is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Radunovic averages: 16.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg.

   #10. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Base Oostende in their game against Okapi Aalstar in the Belgian Ethias League. He scored only 4 points and added 5 assists. His team was defeated 82-77. Djordjevic is currently fourth on the list of best passers. He has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. Djordjevic has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities.



Filip Simic joins Ibar - by Darko Pekic

Ibar from Rozaje announced today the signing of Filip Simic (185-G-90, agency: Beo Basket), a young point guard from Serbia, for upcoming Play Out League. The 22 year Belgrade native started his career in BC Mega Aqua Monta in 2007. In 2010 he joined Radnicki Obrenovac in Division II and stayed there two seasons. In 2012/2013 he joined Servitium Gradiska but as the club from Bosnian Top Division struggled in the first part of season and finished at the bottom of the table, he left them in December. Siimic averaged 3.6 ppg and 1.8 rpg for Servitium.

In Rozaje he will not have an easy task to replace Brandon Roberson (180-PG-87, college: Missouri Baptist) who led the League in scoring and in January moved to Kosovo.



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Georgetown Downs SAGU to Earn Second National Title, 88-62 - by Greg

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Box score) No. 13-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) dominated play in the second half to capture its second national championship in program history, posting an 88-62 win over sixth-seeded Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) at the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Mo.

"SAGU is a good team, they just couldn't make shots," said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs . "We guarded them; we got a lot of contested shots. They are a good team; otherwise they would not be in the championship game. You expect them to come back and make a run at you and our guys were tough enough to hold them off and I couldn't be happier for them."

The Municipal Auditorium crowd was treated to a game between the team with the most appearances in tournament history and fifth showing in the title game in Georgetown, matched up against SAGU, a team making just its second trip to the championship and first-ever berth in the title contest.

The Lions raced out of the gate with the kind of start a team with no championship game experience would want, scoring the first five points in the opening 95 seconds and forcing a pair of early turnovers to set the tempo. Georgetown settled the early nerves and scored the next eight points to claim a lead that would never be relinquished. The Tigers ran off a 17-2 spurt overall to grab a 17-7 lead at the midway point of the half.

SAGU would swing the pendulum back in its favor with an 8-0 run of its own, sparked by a pair of three-pointers by Dominique Rambo (5'10''-G). The momentum would quickly swing back, however, and Georgetown would reclaim a double-digit advantage before settling for a 33-26 halftime advantage.

Georgetown would see its lead drop to six points early in the half, but maintained its distance from SAGU. The Tigers used a 14-2 run over the next 4:16 to stretch their seven-point lead into a 61-42 cushion with 8:56 remaining.

Instead of resting on its laurels, Georgetown continued to look to finish off the game and stretched the lead to 28 points inside the final five minutes. The 26-point margin was the largest in a championship game since the 1977 title game was decided by a 71-44 ledger for Texas Southern over Campbell (N.C.).

Georgetown dominated the game on the glass, collecting a 61-31 rebounding advantage, while limiting SAGU to 28.6 percent shooting for the game (24-of-84) on the way to 46 defensive boards. Three players posted double-digit rebounding totals for the Tigers, led by Vic Moses (6'6''-F) and Allan Thomas (6'4''-G) with 13, while Montavious Marc (6'9''-F) collected 12 rebounds.

The Tigers shot 73.1 percent in the second half (19-of-26) with three of the misses coming on four three-point attempts. Georgetown knocked down 16-of-19 free throws after intermission and finished the game 20-of-25 at the line to go along with a 58.2 percent overall field goal mark. About the only black mark on the Georgetown resume in the game was a total of 24 turnovers that SAGU turned into 22 points.

Tournament MVP Monty Wilson (6'4''-G) shared game-high scoring honors with 23 points, hitting 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 three-point attempts. He also tallied six rebounds and three assists. Moses, Deondre McWhorter (6'8''-F) and Garel Craig (6'3''-G) chipped in 14 points apiece, while Thomas added 12 points, six assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

Dominique Rambo recorded 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the way for SAGU, which committed just five turnovers, but finished 8-of-32 (.250) from three-point range and missed 10 of its 16 free throw attempts. Caleb Gentry (6'0''-G) tossed in 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Lions.

Georgetown closed its season at 28-8 and improved to 59-30 all-time in 32 national tournament appearances. SAGU ended its season at 33-5 overall and fell to 4-2 in two appearances at the National Championship.




Courtesy of NAIA




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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 41-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 40-28 
 3. Boston C. 36-32 
 4. Philadelph.76 26-42 
 5. Toronto R. 26-43 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 43-26 
 2. Chicago B. 36-31 
 3. Milwaukee B. 34-34 
 4. Detroit P. 23-47 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-47 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 54-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 38-31 
 3. Washington W. 25-43 
 4. Orlando M. 18-52 
 5. Charlotte B. 16-52 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 51-19 
 2. Denver N. 48-22 
 3. Utah Jazz 34-35 
 4. Portland TB 33-36 
 5. Minnesota T. 24-43 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 47-22 
 2. Golden St.W. 39-31 
 3. LA Lakers 36-34 
 4. Sacramento K. 25-44 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-47 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 53-16 
 2. Memphis G. 46-22 
 3. Houston R. 38-31 
 4. Dallas M. 33-36 
 5. N.Orleans H. 24-46 

Regular Season: Round 138

Mar. 22: Toronto R. - New York K. 94-99
Mar. 22: Atlanta H. - Portland TB 93-104
Mar. 22: N.Orleans H. - Memphis G. 90-83
Mar. 22: Orlando M. - Oklah.City T. 89-97
Mar. 22: Phoenix Suns - Minnesota T. 86-117
Mar. 22: Houston R. - Cleveland C. 116-78
Mar. 22: San Antonio S. - Utah Jazz 104-97 OT
Mar. 22: Dallas M. - Boston C. 104-94
Mar. 22: Miami Heat - Detroit P. 103-89
Mar. 22: Indiana P. - Milwaukee B. 102-78
Mar. 22: LA Lakers - Washington W. 100-103

Regular Season: Round 139

Mar. 23: Charlotte B. - Detroit P.
Mar. 23: New York K. - Toronto R.
Mar. 23: Chicago B. - Indiana P.
Mar. 23: Memphis G. - Boston C.
Mar. 23: Denver N. - Sacramento K.
Mar. 23: LA Clippers - Brooklyn N.
Mar. 23: Golden St.W. - Washington W.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.6 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.0 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.3 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.3 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.2 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.5 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Howard, LA Lakers12.5 
 3. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 5. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 7. Lee, Golden St.W.11.1 
 8. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 9. Hickson, Portland.10.8 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.3 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.7 
 5. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.5 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 10. Young, Philadelph.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.8 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Eleven-game Friday in the League - by Eurobasket News

Toronto R. - New York K. 94-99
It was little more than a week ago that a doctor stuck a needle in the back of Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse)'s stiff right knee and drained the fluid that had dampened his game. It was only days ago that Anthony returned, gingerly, to the Knicks' lineup, his knee still a source of curiosity and concern. None of that seemed to matter Friday night when the final minutes arrived and the Toronto Raptors charged and the Knicks grew antsy and desperate. They needed big plays and timely points, and Anthony was the only one who could provide them that security. Anthony assumed the burden, played every necessary second and converted the critical shots, securing a 99-94 victory and a 2013 playoff berth. He played 43 minutes - about 11 more than Coach Mike Woodson had planned - and scored 37 points, 11 in the fourth quarter. 'This was a game that we had to go get,' Woodson said, sounding almost apologetic about Anthony's minutes. He added: 'I couldn't find a gap there to sit him. I feel bad about it, but hey, hopefully he'll sleep tonight, ice up and be ready to go tomorrow.' The victory pushed the Knicks' record to 41-26, mathematically out of reach of the Raptors (26-43), thus securing a playoff bid. The teams meet for the final time Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. This will be the Knicks' third straight trip to the playoffs, their longest streak in more than a decade, since a run of 14 straight postseason berths from 1988 through 2001. The Knicks have 15 regular-season games left, however, and it appears they will remain thoroughly dependent on Anthony to keep them atop the Atlantic Division. This was not Anthony's best night, to be sure. He shot 14 for 31 from the field, committed seven turnovers and missed two free throws in the fourth quarter. But he delivered when it mattered most. Toronto, which once trailed by 15 points, had whittled the Knicks' lead to 84-82 with 6 minutes 16 seconds to play. Anthony's 3-point play provided a little breathing room. Kenyon Martin (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) followed with consecutive baskets, a dunk and a layup, and Raymond Felton hit a 3-pointer in an 11-2 run that effectively put the game away. When Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 8, Anthony immediately responded with another jumper, smiling all the way. 'The game is fun, especially when I'm able to play the way I know how to play, and be confident in things that I'm doing out there on the court,' Anthony said, drawing a contrast with the previous four weeks, when the knee limited his game. As for the extended run, which included playing the entire second half, Anthony just smiled sheepishly. 'I'm all right,' he said, adding, 'We needed every one of those minutes.' The Knicks also needed every ounce of energy from Martin, who again started in place of the injured Tyson Chandler. Martin played a season-high 36 minutes, made 9 of 10 shots and recorded his first double-double as a Knick, with 19 points and 11 rebounds. It is incredible to think that, just a month ago, Martin was sitting at home, unsigned. 'If we didn't have him, we would be in trouble right now,' Jason Kidd said. The Raptors lost Rudy Gay, their star forward, to a back injury in the first half, but they found a suitable replacement in Anderson, who scored a team-high 35 points, including six 3-pointers. Gay's status for Saturday's game was unclear. The Knicks have no shortage of motivation as they try to secure their first Atlantic Division title in nearly two decades. With the Knicks and the Nets splitting their head-to-head series, division record would serve as the first tiebreaker should the teams finish with identical records. The Knicks are 7-6 against Atlantic Division teams, while the Nets are 9-4. 'We can't have any slippage, no matter who we play,' Woodson said, 'because Brooklyn's not going anywhere and Boston's not going anywhere.' So Anthony will keep playing every critical minute, his knee - and Woodson's guilty conscience - notwithstanding. 'He puts too much pressure on himself, man,' Anthony said of Woodson. 'He can't control that. He's got to coach the game. If I got to play 48, I'll play 48.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com

LA Lakers - Washington W. 100-103
Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on his way to 25 points, John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) added 24 points and the Washington Wizards rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-100 on Friday night. Wall had 16 assists, and Nene scored 15 points for the Wizards, who won their second straight while improving to 7-26 on the road. Down 2 points, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) missed a short open jumper with 5 seconds to go and Metta World Peace fouled Wall, who made both free throws. After a timeout, Bryant's 3-pointer drew the Lakers to 101-100 with 2 seconds left. But Bryant fouled Wall with 1 second to go, and he again made both. The Lakers got the ball to Bryant one last time, and he launched a 3-point attempt from the right sideline that missed as time expired. Bryant finished with 21 points and 11 assists after missing two games with a sprained left ankle. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Jodie Meeks had 16 points off the bench as the Lakers' seven-game home winning streak ended. Pau Gasol had four points and eight rebounds playing limited minutes after missing more than six weeks with a right foot injury. The starting lineup of Bryant, Howard, Gasol, World Peace and Steve Nash fell to 0-6 this season. After struggling with injuries, the Lakers are fielding a near-healthy roster with 12 games to play as they fight for a playoff berth. The Wizards' rally that began in the third quarter continued in the fourth, with Ariza's 3-pointer tying the game and his driving layup providing their first lead, 81-79, with 8:52 left. Bryant scored 10 of the Lakers' first 12 points, with his reverse dunk putting them back in front, 86-83. Meeks hit a 3-pointer off an unlikely assist from World Peace, who missed, grabbed his own rebound and barely kept his balance to stay inbounds before firing to Meeks in the right corner for an 89-86 lead. Ariza's sixth and seventh 3-pointers twice restored the Wizards' lead to two points. Washington outscored the Lakers 31-17 in the third to close to 74-72. The Wizards ended on an 11-2 run, with Wall and Ariza scoring all their points. Bryant scored just four points and had a turnover as time expired. The Lakers took a 57-41 halftime lead on the strength of an opening quarter in which they shot 68 percent and led by 16 points. The Wizards played them to a 22-22 tie in the second period despite shooting 36 percent. Courtesy of: mydesert.com

Phoenix Suns - Minnesota T. 86-117
Andrei Kirilenko (6'10''-F-81) and the Minnesota Timberwolves were content to let the Phoenix Suns settle for jumpers and dig an ever-deepening hole. Kirilenko scored 20 points and the Timberwolves routed the slumping Suns 117-86 on Friday night to snap a nine-game road losing streak. 'We kind of prevented them to score from inside and forced them to take shots outside,' Kirilenko said. 'They took a lot of shots that they couldn't make.' The Suns came into the game with only one true center on the roster, little-used Hamid Haddadi, who has averaged 18 minutes since starter Marcin Gortat went out on March 6 with a Lisfranc strain in his right foot. Jermaine O'Neal, Gortat's regular backup, was out with a combination of a strained left calf muscle sustained in the Suns' loss to Washington on Wednesday and a case of the flu. Phoenix used 6-foot-9 Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) as its nominal center, and Kirilenko and Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) wasted little time taking advantage of the Suns' smaller lineup. Kirilenko scored five points to spark an 18-4 run as Minnesota extended an 11-10 lead to 29-14 with 1:24 left in the first quarter. Overall, the two scored a combined 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the first half as Minnesota opened a 67-39 lead at the break. 'Regardless of who's not here, this is an opportunity for some of our guys,' Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said. 'You've got to take advantage of the opportunity to play and I don't think guys did that.' Reserve Dante Cunningham added 18 points, Greg Stiemsma had 14 and four others were in double figures for the Timberwolves, who won for the fourth time in 16 games. Cunningham took over the Timberwolves' offensive load in the third quarter, scoring 12 of his points on 5-of-5 shooting as Minnesota took a 95-69 lead after three. 'We just kept attacking,' said Minnesota guard Luke Ridnour, who had 12 points and seven assists. 'We did a good job just to continue to run the floor and get midrange and inside shots.' Minnesota set season highs for total points, first-half points (67) and second-quarter points (35) in snapping a 13-game road losing streak against Western Conference opponents. 'We had it going,' Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. 'We haven't had a lead like that in a long time. You start getting worried, but we built it back up again and I thought from start to finish they did a great job.' Scola had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 13 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who have lost six of seven and eight of their past 10. Phoenix's last three losses have come by an average of 21 points. 'This is an embarrassment,' said P.J. Tucker, who finished with 11 points, one of four Suns in double figures. 'There's no way we can play like that, with no energy, and have to come in here and talk to be able to go out there and play hard. We've got to be able to do it from the beginning.' Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

San Antonio S. - Utah Jazz 104-97 OT
The San Antonio Spurs were happy to have Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) back, especially in overtime when the All-Star point guard returned to his role as the team's closer. Parker had 22 points in his return from an eight-game absence, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 16 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 104-97 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Friday night. Amid cries of "MVP," Parker capped the scoring with a pair of free throws with 17.2 seconds left in overtime. He went 8 for 13 from the field and had five assists after missing eight games with a sprained left ankle. The Spurs were 6-2 in his absence, but struggled offensively. "Tony was a little bit shy in the first half; he was just trying to feel his way a little bit," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "The game got tight at the end in regulation and then in overtime, and he was Tony Parker. Like I said, up until the time he got hurt, there wasn't a point guard in the league playing better than Tony Parker." Parker had six points and two assists in overtime, including a cross-court pass to Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) for a 3-pointer to open overtime. Leonard finished with 21 points, including five in overtime, and Danny Green had 15 points for San Antonio (53-16), which remains 2 games ahead of Oklahoma City in the West. Mo Williams scored 23 points, Al Jefferson had 18 and Alec Burks 14 for Utah (34-35), which has lost three straight and dropped two games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the West's final playoff berth. "I can live with this," Jefferson said. "It is the end of the season and we cannot afford to lose one game. We played a tough team on their home floor and had a chance to win for the first time in a long time. The energy and the effort was there for all 48 minutes plus. If we continue to play the way we did tonight for the rest of these 12 games, we have a great chance." Utah almost ruined what became a historic night for Duncan and Popovich. Duncan's 29th double-double of the season gives him 13,113 career rebounds, moving him past Shaquille O'Neal (13,099) for 13th on the all-time list. Popovich recorded his 900th career victory, becoming the 12th coach in NBA history to accomplish the feat and joining former Utah coach Jerry Sloan as the only coaches to do so with one team. " (The ankle) feels good; it's more my cardio, my wind," Parker said. "I'm definitely (tired). It was a hard game; playoff intensity. Utah is definitely fighting hard to get that eight spot. "It was big win for a lot of reasons. For Pop, No. 900; for Timmy passing Shaq; and me, I'm just happy to be back and hopefully we can keep it going now." While Parker's return helped settle San Antonio late on offense, it was the team's defense that sealed the win. The Spurs held the Jazz to 2-for-8 shooting in overtime after Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina)' 3 at the buzzer tied the game at 90, drawing a heated tirade from Popovich for the defensive lapse. In the end, however, Popovich was happy with the outcome. "I thought it was a great game," he said. "The guys fought hard. Utah's a team trying to stay in the playoffs and really highly motivated. We ground it out. We just ground it out and found some combinations that work well. A lot of people contributed to that. It was a hell of a win. It's one of our better wins this year for a lot of reasons." Parker made his first attempt, drawing huge applause after hitting a 15-foot jumper 2 minutes into the game. He had only six points in the first half, going 3 for 6 from the field in 17 minutes. "It's always tough, because you don't want to mess with the chemistry," Parker said. "They've been playing very good basketball at home. I was just trying to fit in. In the second half, Pop was calling plays for me. And being aggressive in the fourth quarter, so it came naturally." The Spurs had a 12-0 run to take a 16-4 lead with 6:26 left in the first quarter. Tiago Splitter capped the run by tossing in a hook shot after missing an open layup off a bullet pass from Parker. Parker sat shortly after that pass, sparking a 17-2 run by Utah to close the quarter. San Antonio went scoreless for almost 5 minutes bridging the first and second quarters. Leonard also had six points in the first half before going 6 for 8 from the field in the second half and overtime, including 3 for 3 on 3s. "Kawhi's a stud, he's not afraid to shoot the ball," Popovich said. "He knows that he's got license to play; we went to him a couple of times down the stretch in regulation and he came through." Courtesy of: greenwichtime.com

Dallas M. - Boston C. 104-94
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 22 points, Shawn Marion had a double-double in his return from a calf injury and the Mavericks spoiled Jason Terry's return to Dallas with a 104-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Terry scored eight in his first game in Dallas since leaving for Boston in free agency. He was the latest key piece the Mavericks decided not to keep since beating Miami in the 2011 NBA finals. Terry was known for 3-point shooting and clutch fourth quarters with the Mavericks, but he missed both 3-pointers for the game and was just 1 of 3 shooting without a try from long range in the final quarter. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) and Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) led Boston with 16 points apiece, and Bass added 11 rebounds. The Mavericks kept their lead near the halftime margin of 11 until early in the fourth quarter, when Jordan Crawford hit a tough 3-pointer from the corner, then picked up a steal from Mike James near midcourt and made a reverse layup with Nowitzki in pursuit to pull Boston within six. Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) led Dallas with a season-high 23 points and had a key strip on a drive by Jeff Green that led to a short jumper from Darren Collison for an 88-78 lead with 7:44 remaining. The Celtics were within five in the final 2 minutes when Wright rebounded a miss from Vince Carter, and O.J. Mayo had all the time he needed to measure up a 3-pointer for a 100-92 lead while an injured Courtney Lee sat near him holding his left leg. The Celtics were within six earlier in the fourth when Mayo hit a tough jumper with the shot clock expiring and Wright followed a miss with a dunk to push the lead to 10 again. Marion, back after missing eight games with a left calf strain, had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Dallas went 5-3 without him but missed his defense, particularly in giving up 113 points in each of the last two games he was out. The Mavericks held the Celtics to 42 percent shooting and limited Pierce and Kevin Garnett to just 19 shots combined. Marion had a rough start - his first shot was an airball on a wide-open 3-pointer - but he had seven rebounds in the first quarter and 10 before halftime. The Celtics lost for the fifth time in seven games and slid closer to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, which would mean a likely first-round pairing with Miami. The Celtics have lost three straight, a skid that started with a loss to Miami when Boston let a 17-point lead slip away with a chance to end the Heat's winning streak at 22. Carter closed the first half on a three-point play less than a second left, flipping the ball in off the backboard while being pulled down by Pierce after Nowitzki barely grazed the backboard on a fadeway shot. The play put Dallas up 55-44, and Carter joined Wright with 12 points apiece before halftime. Nowitzki led Dallas with 14 in the first half, including a 3-pointer from a couple of feet behind the line late in the second quarter. Terry struggled to get involved offensively in the first half, taking just two shots and finishing with four points. The Celtics shot just 37 percent in the first half but stayed close by making all 17 free throws. Brandon Bass, who led Boston with 10 first-half points, and Garnett were each 6 of 6 from the line. Garnett had eight first-half rebounds. Courtesy of: metrowestdailynews.com

Houston R. - Cleveland C. 116-78
The Houston Rockets avoided the trap on Friday night and now can move on to one of their season's most challenging weeks. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 20 points, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik added 13 points apiece and the Rockets cruised past the cold-shooting Cleveland Cavaliers 116-78 on Friday night. Thomas Robinson scored 15 points and Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds off the bench for the Rockets. Asik also grabbed 11 rebounds for Houston, which has won four of five games on its current homestand. The outcome was decided after three quarters, and Houston's starters sat out the fourth, turning their attention toward Sunday's game with San Antonio. "That was a big win for us, and now we've got an even bigger one coming up Sunday," Parsons said. Shaun Livingston scored 14 points for the Cavaliers, who've dropped five in a row and nine of their last 11 games. Cleveland failed to reach 20 points in each of the last three quarters and shot 36 percent (31 of 86) for the game. Houston also had a 54-32 edge in rebounds. "As I told our guys, it was the first game in a long time that I saw us being very disconnected on both ends of the floor," Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. The Rockets currently hold the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. After the Spurs come to town, Houston faces Indiana, Memphis and the Los Angeles Clippers next week. "We could see some of these teams coming up (in the playoffs), like Memphis and the Clippers," Parsons said. "It's a big test for us, to see where we stand with the elite teams." The injury-depleted Cavaliers are hardly one of those, and the Rockets started to take control in the second quarter. Harden returned after a long rest with 6:44 remaining in the first half, promptly stole the ball from Wayne Ellington and raced for a one-handed dunk. The Rockets ranked sixth in steals (8.51 per game) coming into Friday. Harden and Carlos Delfino sank back-to-back 3-pointers later in the quarter as the Rockets stretched the lead into double digits. Livingston and Ellington sank jumpers in the final two minutes as the Cavaliers briefly seemed to find their shooting touch. But Delfino just beat the halftime buzzer with his second 3-pointer and Houston led 58-43 at the break. Houston outrebounded Cleveland 14-5 in the second quarter and held the Cavaliers to 7-for-18 shooting. "The entire defensive mindset was amazing," Harden said. "It was probably one of our best performances we've had on the defensive end all year." Cleveland's shooting was even worse in the third quarter and Houston blew it open. The Rockets found little defensive resistance inside and Asik and Parsons cut inside for easy baskets early in the third quarter to extend the lead. The Rockets continued to control the boards, particularly Asik, who was fouled making his 10th rebound with 6:49 left in the third quarter. He split two free throws, then dunked 30 seconds later for a 69-51 lead. Last month, Houston squandered 17-point leads in consecutive games and lost. Parsons knew that wasn't going to happen on Friday night. "We've had tendencies of getting big leads and then letting them (opponents) come back in," he said. "I thought it was big to keep our foot on the gas pedal and not look back and not let them keep climbing and give them any hope." Harden and backup point guard Patrick Beverley sank 3-pointers in the last two minutes of the quarter and Houston led 87-61 heading to the fourth. The Cavaliers went 6 for 24 from the field in the third quarter. "We just seemed like we were on our heels, waiting to see what they were going to do," Scott said. The Cavaliers blew a 27-point lead in a 98-95 loss to Miami on Wednesday night and they were once again missing their top three scorers. Point guard Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) (23 points per game) may miss the rest of the season with a left shoulder sprain, center Anderson Varejao (14.1 ppg) is definitely out for the year with a torn quadriceps and rookie guard Dion Waiters (14.7 ppg) is out indefinitely with a sore left knee. Scott said before the game that Waiters will be re-evaluated next week. Courtesy of: eveningsun.com

N.Orleans H. - Memphis G. 90-83
Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) had 23 points, including a key putback and a pair of free throws in the final 1:11, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 90-83 on Friday night. Lopez also had 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which has won two in a row. Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) added 18 points and 15 boards, Greivis Vasquez had 12 points and nine assists, and Eric Gordon finished with 11 points. Mike Conley scored 20 points while nearly leading the Grizzlies back from a 16-point fourth-quarter hole. His consecutive 3s had Memphis as close as 83-81 with 2:36 left, but Vasquez answered with a big 3 and Lopez's putback made it 88-81. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points for the Grizzlies, while Zach Randolph added 14 and Jerryd Bayless 12. Lopez and Davis helped the Hornets outrebound Memphis 49-33. Lopez had six offensive boards, helping the Hornets to a 22-12 advantage in second-chance points. The Hornets also wound up outshooting Memphis 47.4 percent (36 of 76) to 41.1 percent (30 of 73). Coming off an impressive overtime victory against Oklahoma City, Memphis dominated early, going up by 11 when Conley's free throws made it 21-10. That turned out to be the largest lead of the game for the Grizzlies. New Orleans pulled into a 27-all tie on Gordon's 3 in the middle of the second quarter. After that, Memphis managed to maintain a slim lead for much of the second period until Al-Farouq Aminu's inside basket sparked an 8-0 run to close the half, capped by Gordon's last-second floater that gave New Orleans a 48-43 lead at the break. Memphis was back within a point after Randolph scored inside to make it 56-55, but the Hornets then put together an 11-1 run late in the third period, with eight straight points coming from Lopez before Ryan Anderson added a 3 to make it 67-56. Anderson's second 3 gave New Orleans its largest lead at 76-60. Memphis then began to make one final push during which Conley scored 11 points on three 3s and a pair of free throws, but the Hornets, who have blown several double-digit leads this season, uncharacteristically made all the plays they needed to in the clutch. Courtesy of: pasadenastarnews.com

Miami Heat - Detroit P. 103-89
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) had 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Detroit Pistons fell to the Miami Heat, 103-89, tonight in Miami as the defending world champs extended their winning streak to 25 games. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 19 points and Mario Chalmers scored 11. Shane Battier (Birmigham Detroit Country Day) had 11 points off the bench and Norris Cole scored 10. Despite four players in scoring in double figures, the Pistons' losing streak has now hit 10. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Jose Calderon and Kyle Singler (eight rebounds) each scored 18 and Rodney Stuckey had 11. Detroit led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, but chipped away and took a one-point lead after Battier made three free throws late in the third quarter. Later, Battier canned a triple as Chris Andersen was fouled under the basket. His free throw, followed by James' driving hoop helped the Heat take a 73-68 lead into the fourth. The Heat pulled away in the final period. Norris Cole's layup, followed by two Detroit misses, a turnover and a Cole dunk pushed the lead to 85-76. Cole's two baskets were the beginning of an 11-0 run which gave Miami a 16-point lead with 5:18 remaining. Miami shot 56% (38-for-68) from the field and made 8 of 15 three-pointers. Detroit outrebounded Miami, 48-32, while shooting 41% (34-for-83). The Pistons led, 54-51, at halftime. Calderon had 16 points and six assists at the break. Miami was led by James' 14 points. Courtesy of: freep.com

Atlanta H. - Portland TB 93-104
Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) scored 28 points to lead three Trail Blazers with at least 20 points and Portland beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-93 Friday night for their second road win in as many nights. Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) scored 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 13 rebounds, giving him at least 20 points in seven straight games. Aldridge had 28 points in the Blazers' 99-89 win at Chicago on Thursday night. The Hawks led by 11 points in the third quarter before Matthews rallied the Trail Blazers. The Hawks, fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, completed a disappointing 1-2 homestand. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) led Atlanta with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Teague scored 21 points and Al Horford added 15 points with 11 rebounds. The Blazers made 10 of 18 3-pointers, including five of eight by Matthews and four of five by Lillard. J.J. Hickson also posted a double-double for Portland with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Portland led 52-51 early in the third quarter before Smith's basket on a pass from Horford started a 15-3 run for the Hawks. Smith had two jams - each set up by Teague - in the run, which left the Hawks leading 66-55. Blazers coach Terry Stotts called two timeouts during the run. The Blazers' only points during Atlanta's run came on a 3-pointer by Matthews. The third-year guard from Marquette added a jumper and two more 3s in a stretch of 11 straight points for Portland, cutting the Hawks' lead to 76-73 at the end of the third period. Portland went up 82-78 with a 9-0 run early in the final period. The Hawks came no closer than two points the rest of the way. A steal and basket by Teague cut the Blazers' lead to 90-88. Portland responded with eight unanswered points, including a 3-pointer by Lillard, to stretch its lead to 98-88. Kyle Korver's 3-pointer midway through the third quarter gave him at least one 3 in 62 consecutive games, tied with Peja Stojakovic (2008) for the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. It was his only 3-pointer of the game. Courtesy of: gainesvilletimes.com

Indiana P. - Milwaukee B. 102-78
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to their third straight win, 102-78 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) added 20 points and had Roy Hibbert had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Pacers. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 22 points and Samuel Dalembert had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bucks, who have lost five of seven. The Pacers went on a 14-4 run to start the second half and to take a 61-48 lead midway through the third quarter. Larry Sanders was ejected with 7:54 left in the third when he was called for a double technical after Hibbert was fouled on a shot. George hit both technical free throws and Hibbert scored two more to make it 57-47. Hibbert sparked the run to start the second half. He scored three baskets and Hansbrough had another. Ellis hit a jumper, Marquis Daniels made two free throws and the Pacers led 53-47. After Sanders was ejected and the Pacers took a 10-point lead, George dunked to make it 61-48 with 5:29 left in the quarter. Indiana led by as many as 19 points in the third when Hansbrough sank two free throws with 3:14 left to give the Pacers 67-48 advantage. They led the rest of the way. In a game that was back and forth for the entire first half, neither team found a way to pull away before halftime. Ian Mahinmi was fouled and converted the 3-point play to give the Pacers a 38-37 lead with 6:35 left in the first half. Sanders scored to make it 37-36 and Mahinmi scored again to give the Pacers a 38-37 lead before Henson hit a jumper to give the Bucks a lead again, 38-39 with 5:38 left in the second quarter. Hansbrough made a steal and dunked on a fast break with 28 seconds left in the half to give the Pacers a 45-43 lead at the break. The Bucks took a 9-4 lead early in the game before the Pacers went on a 6-0 run to go in front. Hansbrough and George dunked and Hill made a layup to give the Pacers a 10-9 lead with 6:41 left in the first quarter. Later, the Bucks jumped ahead 23-19 when Dalembert and Ekpe Udoh hit back-to-back jumpers. But Hibbert scored on a put-back and George a layup to tie the game at 23 at the end of the first quarter. The Pacers played their third straight game without forward David West, who is out with a lower back sprain. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said before the game that West is improving, but still is having a hard time walking because of the injury. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Orlando M. - Oklah.City T. 89-97
Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 11 of his 25 points in the final six minutes as visiting Oklahoma City staved off Orlando's upset bid. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) added 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds and Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 13 points as the Thunder halted a two-game losing streak with its second win over the Magic in eight days. Rookie Maurice Harkless (6'8''-G/F-93, college: St.John's) scored a season-high 25 points to lead five players in double figures for Orlando, which erased a 13-point halftime deficit before tumbling to its sixth consecutive defeat. Despite losing leading scorer Arron Afflalo to injury and playing without center Nikola Vucevic, the Magic rallied in the second half behind Maurice Harkless and Jameer Nelson, who combined for 26 of their 32 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 70-66. The Thunder briefly lost the lead in the fourth and were deadlocked at 86-86 when Durant buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:44 to play. Durant and Westbrook put the game away by hitting 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch. Courtesy of: wptz.com



Nuggets' Wilson Chandler (shoulder) to miss 3-4 games - by Eurobasket News

The Nuggets are rolling, but if they're going to maintain their win streak, they're going to have to do it a bit short-handed. Coach George Karl said point guard Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) would sit Thursday's game against the 76ers because of a heel injury and via the Denver Post, Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) said he expects to miss the team's next 3-4 games because of a separated left shoulder. Chandler injured the shoulder against the Thunder on Tuesday while trying to run through a screen. Denver hosts the struggling 76ers, who have lost their last 12 road games and are on the second night of a back-to-back. With Denver being one of the best road teams in the league (30-3), even down a couple of guys they should be able to extend their streak to 14. Without Lawson, Andre Miller will likely start. No Chandler, though, means Karl will have to adjust his rotation a bit because he likes Chandler as a 4 in small-ball lineups. So maybe expect a little Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) in that spot. Chandler, 25, is averaging 11.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 32 appearances.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Bobcats center Brendan Haywood injures foot, done for season - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats announced today that center Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, college: N.Carolina) will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot. Haywood missed three of the teams last four games due to left ankle soreness. He had an MRI yesterday, and a CT scan ordered by foot specialist Dr. Bob Anderson confirmed the stress reaction. Haywood, who will be in a walking boot for the next four weeks, has appeared in 61 games for the Bobcats this season, with averages of 3.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 19.0 minutes. Per the Charlotte Observer, Haywood came to the Bobcats in July, after the Dallas Mavericks waived him under the amnesty clause. He is under contract to the Bobcats the next two seasons.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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Mill Rats force decider against Miracles - by Eurobasket News

St.John M.R. - Moncton M. 126-99
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, won game 2 in playoff action against the Moncton Miracles on home court on Friday evening with a final score of 126-99. With the win, Saint John has tied the best of three series at 1-1. Saturday night will be the final and deciding Game 3 - the winner advances to the NBLC semis! The crowd of 2000 fans went wild as the Mill Rats opened up with a basket from Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Brandeis). Both teams were basket for basket until 5 minutes into the first when the Mill Rats started to pull ahead after a momentous play from Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84, college: Chattanooga) to Melvin Council (6'3''-G-82, college: Robert Morris) for the pass to Steve DeLuca for the basket. After two consecutive 3 pointers from Crouch and Council, the Mill Rats able to pull ahead by 10 points, leading 25-15 with 3:15 on the clock. By the end of the first, the Mill Rats had gained a 16 point lead, 34-18, largely due to 3 three pointers from Council, 2 baskets and a free throw. Dropping 14 points in the first quarter, it was bound to be a big game for Council. The Miracles fought back in second quarter action, but the entire Mill Rats played hard as all team members contributed on the court, putting numbers on the board. With just under 2 minutes before half, a solid offensive rebound from Kenny Jones (6'6''-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Kentucky St.) out to Melvin Council at the three point line, kept the Mill Rats ahead 59-46 over the Miracles. A three pointer from Moncton's Darrell Wonge, closed the half with a 10 digit spread, Mill Rats still holding the lead, 59-49. By the end of third quarter, Council had picked up another 13 points. After an And 1 play from Jones with 3 minutes left in the third, the Mill Rats were able to hold their lead, 84-70. The Miracles kept fighting but the final push for the Mill Rats came with just over 3 minutes left in the game. Stealing the ball, Council passed up the court to Jones for the dunk which was followed up by another steal from Council when the Miracles inbounded the ball and brought it up the court. This time, Council lobbed it up to Jones for an alley oop, giving the Mill Rats a 118-97 lead. The Mill Rats left nothing on the court tonight at Harbour Station as they added their first playoff win in National Basketball League History with a final score of 126-99. Head Coach David Cooper, made a bold move inserting Modibo Diarra into the lineup to try and fend off the 6'10, 300 lb+ Isaac Butts. The strategy paid off as Butts was held to 11 points and 10 rebounds. Leading game scorer was Melvin Council with 37 points and 6 assists. Jerice Crouch dropped 27 while Jones and Deluca each had 27 points each. Jones also got a double double tonight with 13 rebounds. Team veteran Deluca was 7 for 7, dropping 5 three pointers and 2 field goals. The Mill Rats need your support for the final game 3 which takes place tomorrow night at Harbour Station at 7pm! Come on out and support your team as they battle for the NBLC Championship! The play-in series is now tied, 1-1 between the Moncton Miracles and the Saint John Mill Rats. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Top 25 - Men

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

National Tournament Round 2: Round 129

East

Mar. 22: Indiana - JMU 83-62
Mar. 21: Syracuse - Montana 81-34
Mar. 22: Miami, FL - Pacific 78-49
Mar. 22: N.Carolina St. - Temple 72-76
Mar. 21: Butler - Bucknell 68-56
Mar. 21: UNLV - California 61-64
Mar. 21: Marquette - Davidson 59-58
Mar. 22: Illinois - Colorado 57-49

Midwest

Mar. 21: Colorado St. - Missouri 84-72
Mar. 21: Louisville - N.Carolina A&T 79-48
Mar. 22: Duke - Albany 73-61
Mar. 22: Creighton - Cincinnati 67-63
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: Memphis - St.Mary's, CA 54-52

NIT

Mar. 21: Denver - Maryland 52-62

South

Mar. 21: VCU - Akron 88-42
Mar. 22: Florida - Northwestern St. 79-47
Mar. 22: N.Carolina - Villanova 78-71
Mar. 21: Michigan - S.Dakota St. 71-56
Mar. 22: San Diego St. - Oklahoma 70-55
Mar. 22: Georgetown - Florida Gulf Coast 68-78
Mar. 22: Kansas - W.Kentucky 64-57
Mar. 22: UCLA - Minnesota 63-83

West

Mar. 22: Ohio St. - Iona 95-70
Mar. 21: Arizona - Belmont 81-64
Mar. 21: Gonzaga - Southern 64-58
Mar. 21: N.Mexico - Harvard 62-68
Mar. 22: Kansas St. - La Salle 61-63
Mar. 22: Notre Dame - Iowa St. 58-76
Mar. 21: Pittsburgh - Wichita St. 55-73


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Deshaun THOMAS
  Ohio St.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Thomas, Ohio St.19.6 
 2. Burke, Michigan18.5 
 3. Zeller, Indiana16.7 
 4. Paul, Illinois16.6 
 5. Newbill, Penn St.16.3 
 6. Marshall, Penn St.15.3 
 7. Hardaway Jr., Mich.15.1 
 8. Marble, Iowa14.4 
 9. Hollins, Minnesota14.3 
 10. Talley, Nebraska13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevor MBAKWE
  Minnesota
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Mbakwe, Minnesota8.8 
 2. Zeller, Indiana8.1 
 3. Travis, Penn St.7.4 
 4. Evans, Wisconsin7.4 
 5. Payne, Michigan.7.3 
 6. Berggren, Wisco.6.9 
 7. Swopshire, Northwe.6.7 
 8. Nix, Michigan St.6.7 
 9. Ubel, Nebraska6.7 
 10. Oladipo, Indiana6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Trey BURKE
  Michigan
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Burke, Michigan6.7 
 2. Craft, Ohio St.4.7 
 3. Ferrell, Indiana4.2 
 4. Newbill, Penn St.4.0 
 5. Scott, Ohio St.4.0 
 6. Sobolewski, Northw.4.0 
 7. Johnson, Purdue4.0 
 8. Hollins, Minnesota3.5 
 9. Appling, Michigan3.4 
 10. Abrams, Illinois3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Victor OLADIPO
  Indiana
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Oladipo, Indiana2.2 
 2. Craft, Ohio St.2.1 
 3. Hollins, Minnesota1.8 
 4. Scott, Ohio St.1.8 
 5. Dawson, Michigan.1.6 
 6. Burke, Michigan1.5 
 7. Marshall, Penn St.1.5 
 8. Abrams, Illinois1.4 
 9. Richardson, Illino.1.4 
 10. Harris, Michigan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared BERGGREN
  Wisco.
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berggren, Wisco.2.1 
 2. Hammons, Purdue2.0 
 3. Mbakwe, Minnesota1.5 
 4. Egwu, Illinois1.4 
 5. Williams, Minnesota1.3 
 6. Basabe, Iowa1.3 
 7. Zeller, Indiana1.3 
 8. Williams, Ohio St.1.3 
 9. Eliason, Minnesota1.2 
 10. Almeida, Nebraska1.1 


Ducks Defeat Oklahoma State 68-55, Advance to Round of 32 - by Eurobasket News

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - With their outside shots falling and their defense harassing Oklahoma State all afternoon, the Oregon Ducks played well above their disappointing seeding and into the next round of the NCAA tournament.

Damyean Dotson (6'5''-G) scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi (6'7''-F-90) added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help 12th-seeded Oregon extend a run that began in the Pac-12 tournament by beating the fifth-seeded Cowboys 68-55 in the second round on Thursday.

Dominic Artis (6'1''-PG) scored 13 points and helped frustrate Oklahoma State star freshman Marcus Smart on the defensive end to give the Ducks (27-8) their first tournament win in six years.

Oregon advanced to play fourth-seeded St Louis (27-6) on Saturday for a spot in the Midwest regional in Indianapolis next week. The Billikens beat New Mexico State 64-44.

The selection committee raised some eyebrows when Oregon was given a 12 seed despite tying for second place in the Pac-12 in the regular season, winning the conference tournament and going 21-4 with Artis in the lineup.

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said before the game that the Ducks looked nothing like a 12 seed and that was proven true in their tournament opener with the way they shut down Smart and hit their outside shots. Oregon's eight 3-pointers were their most since having nine in December against Houston Baptist.

Smart came into the game with the hype of a top NBA prospect but was held to 14 points on 5 for 13 shooting a disappointing finish to a stellar season for the Cowboys (24-9).

It was the Ducks' freshmen backcourt that shined on this night with Dotson hitting three 3-pointers in the first half to help build the lead and Artis shining on both ends.

Artis had four steals and hit a 3-pointer that gave the Ducks a 54-38 lead midway through the second half in his best performance since missing nine games with a foot injury during the conference season.

His return late in the year helped pave the way to the Pac-12 tournament title for Oregon and has the Ducks playing their best at the most important time of year.

Smart picked a bad time for one of his worst performances. He turned the ball over five times, missed four of eight free throws and was unable to exploit his decided size advantage against Artis and Johnathan Loyd on the offensive end.

He didn't get much help either outside of Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash.

The Ducks had a decided crowd advantage for the game played on the West Coast with even former UCLA star Bill Walton decked out in a tie-dyed Oregon outfit.

There was plenty to cheer about in the first half for the Oregon fans after a sloppy start to the game that featured 10 turnovers in the opening 9 minutes.

Artis picked Smart twice to lead to fastbreak baskets for the Ducks. Kazemi's slam on a putback gave Oregon a 19-12 lead as the Cowboys went nearly 6 minutes without scoring.

Carlos Emory's 3-pointer from the corner made it a double-digit game with just over a minute left and Kazemi beat the buzzer with a reverse off an airball by Dotson to give Oregon a 37-26 lead at the half.

GAME NOTES:

Oregon improves to 13-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The win marks the Ducks first since knocking off UNLV in the 2007 Sweet Sixteen.

The 2012-13 Ducks moved into third place on UOs single-season wins chart with a 27-8 record, passing the 2001-02 team, which finished 26-9.

The Ducks are now 2-0 all-time against Oklahoma State.

Arsalan Kazemi recorded his 55th career double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds.

Kazemis 17 rebounds are an Oregon single-game record for NCAA Tournament games.

E.J. Singler (1,517) passed Aaron Brooks (1,511) on the UO all-time points list.

E.J. Singler and his brother Kyle (3,924) moved up to 13th place on the all-time scoring list for brother combinations, passing Jason and Ryan Thompson (3,919).

Dominic Artis 4 steals ties Fred Jones Oregon single-game NCAA Tournament record set on March 24th, 2002 against Kansas.
Courtesy of: http://www.goducks.com



MSU Powers Past Valparaiso in NCAA Opener, 65-54 - by Eurobasket News

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Derrick Nix (6'9''-C-90) got a pass down low, backed up his beefy body to put an opponent on his back and scored.

For much of Michigan State's NCAA tournament-opening win, it was as easy as giving Nix the ball and getting out of his way.

Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power the third-seeded Spartans past 14th-seeded Valparaiso 65-54 on Thursday with an inspired effort by their only senior.

''It's my last go-around,'' he said. ''And, I'm not ready to be done yet.''

The Spartans went on a 26-5 run in the first half to take control, and cruised to an easy victory much to the delight of a crowd filled with green-clad fans at the home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

Their hard-driving coach, though, wasn't totally satisfied because he said a ''sluggish'' start was followed up by a ''disgusting,'' finish.

''I was pleased with about 33, 34 minutes of that game,'' Tom Izzo said.

Michigan State (26-8) will play Memphis on Saturday when the Spartans will be shooting for a spot in the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years.

The Crusaders (26-8) were no match for Michigan State in their first NCAA tourney in nine years, just as they weren't as a first-round loser in 2000 to the eventual champion Spartans.

Valpo had enough size to match up, but didn't have enough strength.

''We were a little overpowering inside,'' Izzo said.

The Crusaders didn't seem worried about the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Nix when asked about him the day before the game.

Valpo's 6-8, 240-pound forward Kevin van Wijk (6'8''-F-89) nonchalantly said he and his teammates faced similar players in the Horizon League. If that's true, it didn't seem to prepare Van Wijk and his fellow post players for Nix's brute force, relatively nimble feet and soft hands.

''He had some ups and downs during the season, but he really bounced back,'' Van Wijk said.

Nix had nine points in the first half and when he made his fourth shot to put Michigan State ahead 32-12, he had as many field goals as the Crusaders' entire team. That basket was scored after backing down Bobby Capobianco so much that the 6-10, 245-pound forward fell on his back as if he was hit by a linebacker. Nix scored 14 in the second half, two points shy of matching his career high.

''He's definitely a load,'' Valpo forward Ryan Broekhoff said. ''He just sealed us a little bit too low, too close to the rim. And with his size and his skill level around the hoop, it's almost impossible to guard him.''

Van Wijk, meanwhile, missed both of his shots in the first half. He fouled out without making any of his six attempts and finishing with two points - far below his 12.7-point average.

''They took away just about anything we wanted to do, and that really got us out of our rhythm,'' Van Wijk said. ''It seemed like every time we tried something different, they immediately had an answer for it. ''

Valpo's other post player and leading scorer, Broekhoff, scored eight points - half his average - on 2 of 11 shooting.

Erik Buggs scored 14 and Matt Kenney had 10 points for the senior-laden Crusaders, whose coach Bryce Drew called as many timeouts as he could to slow down the Spartans.

It didn't work.

''You didn't see their best, and I think we had something to do with it,'' Izzo said.

While Nix dominated on the inside, Michigan State guards Keith Appling and Gary Harris gave the team offensive balance by making jumpers. Appling scored 15 points - making three 3-pointers - and Harris had 10 points.

When Valpo was in a zone early in the game when the score was tied at 8, Harris made a 3-pointer to put the Spartans ahead for good midway through the first half. He made another 3-pointer during the game's decisive run, making his extra work earlier in the week pay off for him and his team.

More than an hour after Monday's practice, Harris was back in the gym. He got a collapsed ball-return machine out of a corner by himself, wheeled it under a rim and set it up to put up some high-arcing shots. He made 52 of his first 71 shots, mostly from long range, during a personal workout thanks to a sweet stroke that has served the freshman - and the Spartans - well this season.

''Harris is going to be a special player,'' Izzo said. ''He can really make some shots.''

The Spartans missed 32 shots and corralled many of them, jumping up and hustling across the court for 20 offensive rebounds to help them have a 49-23 advantage in a facet of the game that Izzo's teams have done consistently during their streak of 16 straight NCAA tournaments.

''When they are on their game, they can play with any team in the country,'' Capobianco said.
Courtesy of: http://www.msuspartans.com



Zags Perservere Down Stretch, Avoid Upset Bid By Jags - by Eurobasket News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - It was every frontrunner's nightmare.

Top-seeded Gonzaga ran into a No. 16 seed that wasn't playing like one, a crowd itching for an upset and the very real prospect of making history in a most embarrassing way.

Somehow, the Zags maneuvered their way out of that mess Thursday with a 64-58 win over Southern University, but not before they provided plenty of fodder for all those who wondered if that small school from the small conference really belonged at the top of the West Region bracket.

''The more I watched film on them, the more I thought, 'This could be a real grinder,''' coach Mark Few said of the Jaguars, champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. ''They don't give you many easy opportunities. They're very patient on offense.''

Gonzaga's win wasn't safely in hand until the final buzzer sounded. No. 1 seeds improved to 113-0 since the NCAA tournament field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Led by Derick Beltran's 21 points, Southern (23-10) made life hard on the West Coast Conference champions from beginning to end, blocking eight shots, making 10 3-pointers, harassing its star player, Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91), and never letting the Bulldogs out of striking range.

Kelly Olynyk scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half to help the Zags (32-2) advance to Saturday's game against Wichita State.

But there was no celebration. Just a big sigh of relief.

''That crowd gets going, everyone wants to see that first 1-16 loss,'' Few said. ''My guys deserve credit. They showed a lot of poise down the stretch when things weren't going their way.''

And the Jaguars, the team from the school in Baton Rouge, La., with enrollment 6,900, never stopped scrapping.

This was a program nearly wiped off the map three years ago because of an NCAA investigation into problems in the classroom. They still have players on the roster who were around for the 20-plus-loss seasons that ensued. Their coach, Roman Banks , looked to Gonzaga - tiny school with big dreams - as the program his players should try to emulate.

''We were basically an unknown ballclub that showed they can play the game of basketball,'' Banks said. ''But we came here to win a ballgame, not play a ballgame.''

Though Kelly Olynyk was the force that kept Gonzaga ahead through the second half, it was a pair of 3-pointers - one by Gary Bell Jr., the next by Kevin Pangos - that gave the Bulldogs their small cushion after Southern tied things at 56 with 3:45 left.

Bell's 3 made it 59-56 after Beltran hit a 14-footer on the baseline to close out a 15-4 Southern run and tie the game.

Beltran answered with two free throws to cut the deficit to one, but Gonzaga responded by working the ball to Pangos, whose 3 made it a four-point game.

Yondarius Johnson and Malcom Miller both had open looks on the next possession for Southern but neither could convert.

The Jaguars did almost everything right in this game, but missed five open shots down the stretch that could have put them over the top.

''From a coaching perspective, you learn that two or three bad possessions can cost you a ballgame,'' Banks said.

Pangos (16 points) made two free throws with 14.3 seconds left to seal the game. Only then did the Gonzaga cheering section rile up and the rest of the crowd, pulling for the underdog, settle down.

''Everyone was so moved by their effort, their resilience, their confidence,'' Few said. ''If I wasn't coaching on the other sideline, they'd be a tough team not to root for.''

This Jaguars will go down among the teams that produced the closest calls in the history of 1 vs. 16 matchups, next to the 1989 Princeton squad that barely lost to Georgetown and the East Tennessee State team that lost to Oklahoma by one in the opening round of the same tournament.

This game provided a fitting start to March Madness 2013 - the closing act to a season filled with upsets, shifts atop The Associated Press poll and no dominant team.

Gonzaga's critics felt the Zags got to No. 1 by default more than anything.

The Zags shut out that talk and said they'd take their first game as NCAA tournament front-runners the way they'd taken the previous 33.

The Jaguars fell behind 7-0 over the first 3 1/2 minutes, but reeled off eight straight points after that. For the rest of the afternoon, this looked nothing like a typical 1-16 matchup. Southern took away the high-low game between Kelly Olynyk and forward Elias Harris, frustrated the Zags relentlessly and, during one stretch early in the second half, blocked three of Gonzaga's inside shots in the span of 48 seconds.

Despite its struggles, Gonzaga kept working the ball to Kelly Olynyk in the second half. At one point, he had 17 of Gonzaga's 20 second-half points.

''We started calling his number, directing the ball his way a little bit and guys figure out where we're having success,'' Few said. ''Tonight, it was with 'KO.'''

At the end, what the Bulldogs really needed was another option. Not until then did Bell and Pangos come through.

''Any win in the tournament is a good win,'' Kelly Olynyk said. ''We have to kind of take that into consideration and move forward.'' .
Courtesy of: http://www.gozags.com



Second Half Carries Butler To NCAA Third Round - by Eurobasket News

LEXINGTON, KY. -- Seniors Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith helped lead Butler to a 47-point second half and Butler held off Bucknell to post a 68-56 victory in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at Rupp Arena on Thursday, March 21. The victory sends the Bulldogs to the third round of the national tournament against Marquette on Saturday (March 23).

Clarke scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the final 20 minutes, while Smith had 12 of his 14 points after intermission. The two combined to hit 12 of 14 free throws in the final five minutes to help the Bulldogs secure the tournament win.

The Bulldogs needed a big second half effort to overcome a determined Bucknell (28-6) squad. The Bison, who trailed most of the first half, rallied from an 11-point deficit and eventually took a six-point, 37-31, lead on the strength of an 11-0 run.

But the Bulldogs answered with their own 22-5 run to stretch the lead back to 11 points, and Butler held its advantage at the free throw line in the final five minutes.

"I told (our team) in the locker room, there's a lot of teams in this tournament that wouldn't be able to withstand a 16-point swing and then have a 16 point swing of their own," said Butler head coach Brad Stevens. "I'm really proud of the way they stuck together, and I'm proud of the way they played, led by our seniors, but everyone played pretty well."

The sixth-seeded Bulldogs, who improved to 27-8 on the season, struggled to score early in the contest and wound up matching their season-low with just 21 points in the first half. Sophomore Roosevelt Jones led the effort with nine points.

But thanks to a strong performance at the defensive end, Butler carried a seven-point lead to the locker room at halftime.

"It may not have been aesthetic the entire game, missing our first 13 threes. But our defense was really good in the first half," added the Butler coach.

The Bison, fueled by forward Joe Willman, chopped Butler's lead early in the second half and eventually took a lead at 32-31. Willman hit a jumper to give Bucknell its biggest lead at 37-31 with 10:17 remaining.

Bucknell's last lead came at 40-39, before Smith hit a jumper to put Butler in front for good. The Bulldogs maintained their lead by hitting 22 of 25 free throws in the final 20 minutes.

Clarke, playing in his first NCAA Tournament game, wound up hitting five of 14 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and five of six from the free throw line.

Smith, who helped limit Bucknell leading scorer Mike Muscala to just nine points, finished with a career-high 16 rebounds, including 15 defensive rebounds. Jones finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while sophomore Alex Barlow added a career-high ten points and four steals.

Willman led the Bison with a game-high 20 points.

The Bulldogs will be facing Marquette, a future conference foe, for the second time this season. Butler defeated the Golden Eagles, 72-71, on a three-point field goal by Clarke at the buzzer in the opening round of the Maui Invitational last November.
Courtesy of: http://www.butlersports.com



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Wildcats def. Breakers - by Hugh McAuliffe

One streak was going to end when the NBL's top two teams clashed on Friday night and it was the Perth Wildcats who beat the New Zealand Breakers 73-58 to win their 13th straight game at Perth Arena.

The Wildcats' victory saw New Zealand's 16-game winning run come to an end with Perth also ensuring it took an empathic 3-1 series win over the Breakers with an overall points advantage of 44 from the four games.

Both teams now eagerly await confirmation of their semi-final opponents, the Wildcats finishing second with a 22-6 record and the Breakers first with 24-4.

It was a sold-out Perth Arena on Friday night for the final regular season game and even though it meant nothing in terms of finishing positions, 12,381 people turned out and the atmosphere and intensity of the contest was certainly playoff-like.

Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) hit 18 first-half points for the Wildcats and finished with 24 to go with four assists. Shawn Redhage added 14 points, Jesse Wagstaff 13, Matt Knight 12 points and 13 rebounds and Rhys Carter 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Corey Webster top-scored for the Breakers with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field with Mika Vukona adding 11 points and 13 rebounds. Cedric Jackson had just three points, but six assists, five boards and four steals.

Even without Damian Martin the Wildcats started the game on fire hitting the first 11 points with Redhage and Lisch particularly on fire.

However, the Breakers then hit back through the impressive Webster, their own 11-0 run reducing the margin to just a point at quarter-time.

Lisch got even hotter in the second term with 14 points off his own hand as Perth took a 47-33 advantage into half-time before they unleashed another 7-0 run thanks to Redhage and Lisch to maintain their dominance during their third period.

CJ Bruton threatened to shoot the Breakers back into the game in the last quarter but the deficit was a stretch too far with the Cats holding on to win by 15.



Alex Pledger's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia). He led New Zealand Breakers to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers (11-16) crushing them 114-84 in the Australian NBL in Thursday night's game. Pledger had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. New Zealand Breakers (24-4) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Pledger's fourth season with the team. He is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). Pledger has very reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 50.9% and FT: 67.0% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Abercrombie led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers (11-16) crushing them 114-84. He was MVP of the game. Abercrombie scored 24 points. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 76.6%. Abercrombie played for the New Zealand national team in 2011.

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help TED Kolejliler (11-11) in their last game. Despite Penney's very good performance TED Kolejliler lost 93-100 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Antalya. He was the top scorer with 20 points in 33 minutes. It's Penney's first season with the team. Penney is currently fourth on the list of top scorers with 17.1ppg. This year his other stats are: 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 79.4% in the 21 games. Penney played for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #4. Guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Webster was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers (11-16) crushing them 114-84. He scored 23 points. This season Webster averages: 7.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2011.

Reuben Te Rangi
Reuben Te Rangi
   #5. U18 international forward Reuben Te Rangi (201-94, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Corey Webster (above) in the other team. Te Rangi contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers (11-16) crushing them 114-84. He scored 13 points. This season Te Rangi averages only 2.5ppg. He plays currently for the New Zealand U18 national team.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #6. Forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to St.Louis' victory against the Virginia Commonwealth University 62-56 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Loe recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Saint Louis University has a very solid 13-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Loe averages only 2.5ppg in the eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #7. Former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Reuben Te Rangi (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers to win against the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers (11-16) crushing them 114-84. He scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. Boucher has been at the team for five years. Boucher's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team six years ago.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #8. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Henry contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers (11-16) crushing them 114-84. He scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. This year Henry's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.4rpg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #9. International power forward Jeremiah Trueman (204-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Cairns Taipans (11-17) 70-53 in the Australian NBL in Sunday night's game. Trueman scored only 4 points. Perth Wildcats (22-6) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Trueman's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 2.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #10. Forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Leon Henry (above) in the other team. Vukona contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers (11-16) crushing them 114-84. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. This year Vukona's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.1apg in the 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Tai Jack Webster (186-95, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Webster contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers crushing them 114-84. He scored only 2 points. This season Webster averages just 1.0ppg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #12. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Trueman and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Bartlett contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Cairns Taipans 70-53. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Bartlett has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 27 games. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

   #13. International forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Hawaii in their game against the University of California-Irvine in the NCAA. Fotu cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 71-60. Fotu has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

   #14. Former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Pittsburgh (12-6) in their last game. Despite Adams' good performance the Pittsburgh was badly defeated 73-55 at home by the Wichita State University. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Adams also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Adams has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 27 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Pitesti (12-15) in their last game. Despite Jones' very good performance Pitesti was crushed 95-71 at home by the lower-ranked (#11) Targu Mures. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Jones also added 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 36 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jones is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.9spg. This year he also averages: 15.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.4apg in the 23 games he played so far. Jones is a naturalized American. He used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.



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Alade Aminu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in EuroChallenge). He led his Turkish team Karsiyaka to a victory over the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (4-2) 72-66 in the EuroChallenge in Thursday night's game. Aminu was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (4-2) is placed first. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.3bpg. He also averaged so far 11.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 65.8%(75-114) and FT: 57.1% in the 15 games he played so far. Aminu is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy). Akindele was the main contributor in Juvecaserta's victory against the sixth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (14-9) 72-64 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Akindele had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 4 steals in 31 minutes. Co.Fi.Ba JuveCaserta (10-13) is placed tenth in the SerieA. Akindele is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.2rpg. This year he also averages: 13.0ppg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 62.3%(109-175) and FT: 75.0% in the 23 games. Akindele played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Czech Republic. He could not help CEZ Nymburk (5-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Efevberha's very good performance the eighth-placed CEZ Nymburk was defeated 76-63 at home by the second-ranked CSKA Moscow in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Efevberha also added 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Efevberha has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 34.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Efevberha played for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #4. Swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Cimberio Varese (18-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Cimberio Varese was edged 76-75 on the road by the leading Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Ere scored 14 points in 33 minutes. Ere is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.5ppg. He also averaged so far 5.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. Ere is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #5. Former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Montepaschi Siena (7-5) in their game against Olympiacos (7-5) in the Euroleague. He scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (#5) was edged 68-67 in Athens by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#4) in the group F of Euroleague. It was Montepaschi Siena's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Eze's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 4.2rpg. He has both Nigerian and Italian nationalities. Eze used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #6. Power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in China) contributed to a Guandong Tigers' victory against the closely-ranked Shandong Bulls (24-8) 88-81 in the Chinese CBA last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Diogu recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Guangdong Southern Tigers (28-4) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Diogu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg and 9.8rpg in the 38 games. Diogu also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #7. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) helped Miyazaki Shining Suns win their game against the tenth-ranked Saitama Broncos (11-29) 94-90 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. Kuso was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 21 rebounds. Kuso also added 4 blocks. Miyazaki Shining Suns (8-34) are placed tenth in Western group. Kuso is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very high stats. Kuso averages: 17.0ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5bpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team six years ago.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #8. Forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) helped Cholet win their game against the second-ranked Strasbourg IG (16-7) 71-65 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cholet Basket (10-13) is placed 12th in the ProA. Obasohan's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Aloysius Anagonye
Aloysius Anagonye
   #9. Former international forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Ilysiakos (6-14) in their game against Panionios (16-4) in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Ilysiakos lost 62-77 in a derby game to the much higher-ranked (#3) Panionios. This year Anagonye has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg and 7.3rpg in the 10 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Anagonye used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Chamberlain Oguchi
Chamberlain Oguchi
   #10. Shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St., currently plays in Russia) helped Spartak Primorie Vladivostok win their game against the second-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (18-8) 67-59 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Oguchi recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (4-7) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the PBL. Oguchi's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 5.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Pall.Trento in their game against FCM Ferentino in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Umeh also added 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U22 international power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) helped Hod Hasharon win their game against the tenth-ranked Elitzur Ramla 85-78 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Odiakosa recorded 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. Odiakosa belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 20.1ppg, 12.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 22 games. Odiakosa used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team back in 2004.

   #13. International center Olumide Oyedeji (210-81, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Tochigi Brex in their game against Mitsubishi Dolphins in the Japanese JBL. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Oyedeji recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Oyedeji is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.2apg. Oyedeji is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. International forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia 86-78 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 6 points. Ibekwe is currently third on the list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5bpg. Ibekwe holds both American and Nigerian passports. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. International forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Ourense in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Ogide recorded 5 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 83-93. Ogide belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 6.9rpg. He also averaged so far 11.4ppg and 1.1spg in the 22 games. Ogide is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) led Lottomatica Roma to a victory over the eighth-ranked Umana Venezia (11-12) 74-69 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Lawal recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Acea Virtus Roma (16-7) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.3bpg. Lawal has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Emeka Okafor (206-F/C-82, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Phoenix Suns (23-46) crushing them 127-105 in the NBA on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 24-43 record this season. Okafor has relatively good stats this year: 9.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in the 66 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey) was the main contributor in Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Gaziantep (8-14) 78-69 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Elonu was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Tofas Bursa (9-13) is placed ninth in the TBL. Elonu is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #4. Experienced Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Nsonwu-Amadi's very good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 68-59 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Boulazac Basket (#15). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Nsonwu-Amadi also added 6 rebounds. This season Nsonwu-Amadi has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.6apg.

   #5. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Orlando Magic (18-51) 115-109 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 34-33 record this season. This year Udoh's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1bpg in the 64 games.

   #6. Oluoma Nnamaka (201-F/C-78, college: Marquette, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in an Uppsala Basket's victory against the seventh-ranked LF Basket 76-72 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Nnamaka scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 31 games. Nnamaka has both Nigerian and Swedish nationalities.

   #7. Aleksey Adediran (204-C-82, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Latvia), who plays in the Latvian LBL was not able to help Liepaja (11-18) in their last game. Despite Adediran's very good performance Liepaja was edged 100-97 at home by the higher-ranked (#7) Latvijas Universitate. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Adediran also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. Adediran has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3apg in the seven games. Adediran also holds two passports: Nigerian and Russian.

   #8. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to secure a victory for Oita Heat Devils (14-28) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Oita Heat Devils (#9) lost 74-85 in Sendai to the higher-ranked (#7) 89ers in the Western group. Alawoya had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 37 minutes. Alawoya has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg in the 19 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Worth to mention Alawoya played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #9. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Golden State Warriors to win against the Houston Rockets crushing them 108-78 in the NBA last Sunday. Ezeli recorded only 2 points. Ezeli's overall stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #10. Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-C/F-87, college: Elon, currently plays in Spain) helped Oviedo CB win their game against the seventh-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi 77-58 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Atoyebi's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.



Nigeria Women's Basketball League Starts Saturday - by Iwedi Ojinmah