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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 20-6 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 18-8 
 3. Radnicki KG 17-9 
 4. Partizan 16-10 
 5. Buducnost 16-10 
 6. Cedevita 15-11 
 7. MZT Skopje 14-12 
 8. Un.Olimpija 13-13 
 9. Krka 9-17 
 10. Cibona 9-17 
 11. Siroki WWin 9-17 
 12. Zadar 9-17 
 13. Szolnok 9-17 
 14. KK Split 8-18 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 24: Zadar - KK Split 85-68
Mar. 23: Partizan - Szolnok 83-69
Mar. 23: Radnicki KG - Crvena Zvezda 80-75
Mar. 23: Buducnost - Un.Olimpija 79-75
Mar. 23: Cibona - Igokea 78-87
Mar. 23: Siroki WWin - Cedevita 75-77
Mar. 23: Krka - MZT Skopje 68-80


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG17.5 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena16.0 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 4. Travis, Zadar14.7 
 5. Jorovic, Igokea14.7 
 6. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG14.5 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.14.4 
 9. Strawberry, Cibona14.3 
 10. Zizic, Cibona14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.3 
 2. Travis, Zadar7.8 
 3. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 4. Bader, Szolnok7.4 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.2 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Saric, Cibona6.1 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 10. Gecevski, MZT S.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.1 
 2. Subotic, KK Split4.8 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.3 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea4.0 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.8 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki.3.6 
 7. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.4 
 8. Wright, Cedevita3.3 
 9. Otasevic, MZT S.3.3 
 10. Rannikko, Un.Olim.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Otasevic, MZT S.1.7 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.6 
 6. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 8. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 9. Travis, Zadar1.4 
 10. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.4 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 4. Musli, Partizan1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 7. Gordon, Partizan0.8 
 8. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 9. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 10. Vujcic, KK Split0.7 


Round 26: The end of the regular season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Adriatic League just ended.

The most interesting game of round 26 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fourteenth ranked KK Zadar won against visiting KK Split (8-18) 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by KK Zadar. KK Split managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KK Split 38-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Center Franko Kastropil (212-84) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ivan Mimica (190-80) replied with 12 points for KK Split. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Zadar (9-17) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost.
One of the most interesting games of round 26 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Kragujevac where third ranked Radnicki KG won against visiting Zvezda (18-8) 80-75. Power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Terrico White chipped in 14 points during the contest. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Radnicki KG maintains third position with 17-9 record having just three points less than leader Igokea. Zvezda at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost.
Adriatic League top team - Bosnian Igokea (20-6) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Croatian Cibona (9-17) in Zagreb 87-78. Branko Jorovic notched 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by Andrija Zizic did not help to save the game for Cibona. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Igokea maintains first position with 20-6 record. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams.
Tenth-ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (9-17) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Croatian Cedevita (15-11) in Siroki Brijeg. The visitors from Zagreb managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of HKK Siroki WWin. The best player for the winners was Miro Bilan who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. HKK Siroki WWin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cedevita have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 15-11 record. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin dropped to the ninth place with 17 games lost.
The game between fourth ranked Serbian Partizan (16-10) and 11th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (9-17) in Beograd on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Partizan beat guests from Szolnok 83-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szolnok. Vladimir Lucic orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion maintains fourth position with 16-10 record, which they share with Buducnost. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok dropped to the ninth place with 17 games lost.

In the last two games of round 26 MZT Skopje beat Krka on the road 80-68. Buducnost won against Un.Olimpija on its own court 79-75.


Zadar - KK Split 85-68

The most interesting game of round 26 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fourteenth ranked KK Zadar won against visiting KK Split (8-18) 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by KK Zadar. KK Split managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KK Split 38-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Center Franko Kastropil (212-84) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ivan Mimica (190-80) replied with 12 points and center Nikola Vujcic (211-78) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KK Split. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Zadar (9-17) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Zadar: R.Travis 20+9reb+1ast, J.Nurkic 14+3reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 13+7reb+2ast, D.Thorne 9+3reb+3ast, B.Krasic 9+3reb+1ast, M.Ramljak 6+6reb+1ast
KK Split: I.Siriscevic 12+2reb, I.Mimica 12+2reb+3ast, T.Dijan 10+3reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 9+5reb+1ast, N.Vujcic 8+6reb+2ast, T.Katic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183818


Partizan - Szolnok 83-69

The game between fourth ranked Serbian Partizan (16-10) and 11th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (9-17) in Beograd on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Partizan beat guests from Szolnok 83-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szolnok. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Szolnok was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Partizan made 7 blocks. Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points in the effort for Szolnok. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion maintains fourth position with 16-10 record, which they share with Buducnost. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok dropped to the ninth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Partizan: V.Lucic 16+3reb+2ast, D.Bertans 14+3reb+2ast, D.Gagic 11+5reb, B.Bogdanovic 11+2reb+2ast, N.Gordic 10+2reb+3ast, D.Gordon 10+9reb
Szolnok: S.Sehovic 16+6reb+3ast, J.Florence 16+2reb+2ast, M.Bader 8+6reb, Z.Trepak 7, B.Gay 7+3reb, A.Horvath 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 183824


Krka - MZT Skopje 68-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje's (14-12) road victory over 9th ranked Slovenian Krka (9-17) in Novo Mesto 80-68 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. MZT Skopje made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Krka turnovers. Krka was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Gjorji Cekovski (203-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. Center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points for the winners. MZT Skopje's coach Ales Pipan used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) added 13 points in the effort for Krka. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to seventh place. Krka lost fifth consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 26+1reb+3ast, T.Gecevski 20+4reb, D.Stojanovski 8+3reb+4ast, C.Davis 6+4reb+1ast, B.Bakic 5+1reb+2ast, N.Otasevic 4+4reb+3ast
Krka: J.Vladovic 16+6reb+3ast, M.Smodis 13+3reb+2ast, U.Lucic 13+2ast, J.Lalic 9+6reb+1ast, J.Klobucar 6+2reb+3ast, M.Rojc 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 183823


Siroki WWin - Cedevita 75-77

Tenth-ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (9-17) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Croatian Cedevita (15-11) in Siroki Brijeg. The visitors from Zagreb managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of HKK Siroki WWin. HKK Siroki WWin was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was center Miro Bilan (215-89) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) produced 21 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Five Cedevita and four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. HKK Siroki WWin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cedevita have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 15-11 record. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin dropped to the ninth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 21+8reb+2ast, M.Tomas 15+2reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 12+3reb+1ast, L.Andric 11+6reb+2ast, B.Wright 10+5reb+7ast, L.Babic 5+1reb
Siroki WWin: Z.Sakic 21+4reb+4ast, M.Sutalo 12+6reb+4ast, R.Rikic 12+6reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 10+1reb+5ast, J.Jones 8+3reb+2ast, J.Bilinovac 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 183821


Buducnost - Un.Olimpija 79-75

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (13-13) lost to fifth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (16-10) in Podgorica 75-79 on Saturday. Un.Olimpija was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Buducnost, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Marko Popovic (200-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) replied with 20 points and 6 assists and center Alen Omic (217-92) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Five Buducnost and four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Partizan. Un.Olimpija lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: M.Popovic 17+1reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 12+5reb+2ast, G.Lee 12+4reb, D.Bost 11+4reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 11+5reb+2ast, D.Bunic 9+4reb
Un.Olimpija: K.Prepelic 20+3reb+6ast, A.Omic 17+11reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 10+2reb+4ast, J.Blazic 10+2reb+1ast, D.Muric 8+3reb+1ast, S.Salin 6+3reb
gschID: 183820


Radnicki KG - Crvena Zvezda 80-75

One of the most interesting games of round 26 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Kragujevac where third ranked Radnicki KG won against visiting Zvezda (18-8) 80-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zvezda won third quarter 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Radnicki KG won last quarter 25-22. Power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Radnicki KG maintains third position with 17-9 record having just three points less than leader Igokea. Zvezda at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Radnicki KG: T.White 14+3reb+2ast, S.Bircevic 13+10reb, S.Sinovec 10+3reb+1ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 8+1ast, S.Markovic 8+3reb+5ast, N.Miljenovic 7+6ast
Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 20+3reb+1ast, B.Savovic 19+7reb+3ast, D.Nelson 10+4reb+9ast, E.Brown 9+5reb+1ast, B.Lazic 6+5reb+1ast, R.Katic 5+2reb
gschID: 183819


Cibona - Igokea 78-87

Adriatic League top team - Bosnian Igokea (20-6) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Croatian Cibona (9-17) in Zagreb 87-78. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-78. Igokea made 22-of-23 free shots (95.7 percent) during the game. Igokea had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) notched 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Cibona. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) added 16 points and 8 assists for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Igokea maintains first position with 20-6 record. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams.
Top scorers:
Igokea: B.Jorovic 23+5reb+3ast, C.Edwards 16+5reb, M.Brkic 9+2reb, S.Stemberger 9+4reb+4ast, G.Gajovic 8+3reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 7+5reb+3ast
Cibona: A.Zizic 20+9reb+1ast, J.Blassingame 16+1reb+8ast, D.Strawberry 10+6reb+4ast, D.Saric 7+5reb+1ast, M.Rozic 7+1reb, S.Nicevic 7+2reb
gschID: 183822



Split relegated from Adriatic league - by Igor Obradovic

In the last game of the last round of the Adriatic League, KK Split lost against Zadar with score of 85:68 and thus dropped from the Adriatic League.
Even if winning the title in Croatia, KK Split is not entitled to the next season in the regional league appearances this season, having finished in last, fourteenth place.


Due to poor plays of Croatian clubs this year in the Adriatic League, they lost one seat and instead the club from Croatia, Serbia will next season have four representatives in the Adriatic League.

KK Zadar Travis 20, Kastropil 13, Nurkic 14.
KK Split :
Mimica 12, Siriscevic 12, Dijan 10.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 11

Mar. 22: KL Dragons - Singapore S. 93-63
Mar. 24: Singapore S. - Petron Blaze 61-68

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 27: Satria Muda - Thailand S.
Mar. 29: KL Dragons - Saigon H.
Mar. 30: Petron Blaze - Thailand S.
Mar. 31: Singapore S. - Saigon H.


Round 11: Singapore Slingers lose to Petron Blaze - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Filipino Petron Blaze's (#2, 9-3) victory against 4th placed Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-9) 68-61. Singapore Slingers trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 24-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 61-68 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. American center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Petron Blaze (9-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Satria Muda. Singapore Slingers lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Petron Blaze is looking forward to face Thailand Slammers (#4) in Bangkok in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play at home against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Malaysian KL Dragons' (#3, 7-6) victory against 4th placed Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-9) 93-63. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Marcus Hubbard accounted for 17 points and 12 rebounds. Center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for Singapore Slingers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KL Dragons maintains third place with 7-6 record having just one points less than leader Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. KL Dragons will play against bottom-ranked Saigon Heat (#6) at home in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Singapore S. - Petron Blaze 61-68

Very significant was Filipino Petron Blaze's (#2, 9-3) victory against 4th placed Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-9) 68-61. Singapore Slingers trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 24-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 61-68 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee) helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. American center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. Four Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. Petron Blaze (9-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Satria Muda. Singapore Slingers lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Petron Blaze is looking forward to face Thailand Slammers (#4) in Bangkok in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play at home against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: C.Banchero 19+1reb+6ast, B.Williams 11+11reb+3ast, L.Avenido 10+3reb+2ast, R.Rizada 9+5reb+3ast, J.Williams 6+5reb, J.Cawaling 5+1reb
Singapore S.: R.Singleton 17+11reb+2ast, P.Aaron Morrison 14+1reb+2ast, S.Cabatu 10+2reb+1ast, R.Jones-Jennings 10+16reb+3ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 6, W.Long Wong 2+1reb
gschID: 236243


KL Dragons - Singapore S. 93-63

Very significant was Malaysian KL Dragons' (#3, 7-6) victory against 4th placed Singapore Singapore Slingers (4-9) 93-63. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Singapore Slingers' 38. KL Dragons forced 23 Singapore Slingers turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Center Marcus Hubbard (206-83, college: Angelo St.) accounted for 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) added 6 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Singapore Slingers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KL Dragons maintains third place with 7-6 record having just one points less than leader Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. KL Dragons will play against bottom-ranked Saigon Heat (#6) at home in the next round. Singapore Slingers will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: G.Edwards 23+8reb+1ast, J.Melton 18+4reb+4ast, M.Hubbard 17+12reb+1ast, B.Guganeswaran 8+4ast, M.Tautuaa 6+7reb+3ast, S.Fai Loh 5+1reb+1ast
Singapore S.: R.Singleton 25+11reb+3ast, W.Long Wong 9+2reb+3ast, S.Cabatu 8+1reb+3ast, R.Jones-Jennings 6+13reb+1ast, Q.Wu 6+2reb, K.Chiang 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 236242



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 24-4 
 2. Wildcats 22-6 
 3. Hawks 13-15 
 4. Kings 12-16 
 5. Tigers 12-16 
 6. Taipans 11-17 
 7. Crocodiles 10-18 
 8. 36ers 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 22: Kings - Crocodiles 81-74
Mar. 24: Tigers - Crocodiles 78-70
Mar. 23: Hawks - 36ers 74-64
Mar. 22: Wildcats - Breakers 73-58
Mar. 22: Taipans - Tigers 64-66

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 28: Breakers - Kings
Mar. 28: Wildcats - Hawks


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Madgen, Kings17.9 
 2. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles16.9 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.8 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.2 
 6. Wilson, Taipans15.3 
 7. Jackson, Breakers15.1 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats15.0 
 9. Goulding, Tigers15.0 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel JOHNSON
  36ers
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.7 
 4. Pledger, Breakers7.1 
 5. Lazare, Kings7.1 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.0 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.7 
 8. Tragardh, Taipans6.4 
 9. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 10. Vukona, Breakers6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.2 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.9 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.5 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.2 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.1 
 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, Taipans1.4 
 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: 1.4
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.4 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.2 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 5. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 6. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 7. Scott, Tigers0.7 
 8. Knight, Wildcats0.6 
 9. Davidson, Hawks0.6 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats0.6 


Cedric Jackson wins NBL Most Valuable Player - by Hugh McAuliffe

New Zealand Breakers star Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) has cemented his standing as a leader of the League, taking out the National Basketball League's Andrew Gaze Trophy for Most Valuable Player at the 2013 iiNet Basketball Australia MVP.

Jackson's star shone the brightest as the NBL's best were honoured, with a host of big names among the various award winners.

In his second season with the Breakers, Jackson quickly established himself as the premier guard in the competition, leading the league in assists (7.2 per game) and steals (2.8) along with being a top 10 in points (15.6).

Jackson finished narrowly ahead of Sydney Kings star Ben Madgen, who was another big winner tonight, taking out the NBL Most Improved award.

Madgen was also named in the All-NBL First Team, joined by Jackson, Melbourne Tigers import Seth Scott and Perth Wildcats duo Kevin Lisch and Matthew Knight.

Wildcats teammate Damian Martin solidified his reputation as the leading stopper in the league, taking out his third consecutive NBL Defensive Player of the Year award.

Andrej Lemanis joined fellow Breakers' star Cedric Jackson among the award winners, claiming his second Lindsay Gaze Trophy for NBL Coach of the Year.

Cairns Taipans young gun Cameron Gliddon marked a memorable debut season, winning the NBL Rookie of the Year award, while Wollongong Hawks' crowd-thriller Adris 2Hard 2Guard' Deleon was named NBL Best Sixth Man.

Referee Michael Aylen claimed his fourth consecutive NBL Referee of the Year honour, making him a six-time winner of the award.



NBL Regular Season is over. The Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked New Zealand Breakers (24-4) on the court of second ranked Perth Wildcats on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Perth Wildcats 73-58. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of New Zealand Breakers. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Perth Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Matthew Knight (203-85, college: Loyola Mary) who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Fijian-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (198-82) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Breakers. Defending champion New Zealand Breakers still keep top place with four games lost.
Very significant was Melbourne Tigers' (#5) just 2-point road victory against 5th ranked Cairns Taipans 66-64. The winners were led by the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) who scored that evening 23 points and Matthew Burston supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 11 points and 7 assists by American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) did not help to save the game for Cairns Taipans. Melbourne Tigers (12-16) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kings. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Crocodiles lost to Tigers on the opponent's court 70-78. Hawks managed to outperform 36ers in a home game 74-64. Crocodiles recorded a loss to Kings on the road 74-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 15 rebounds by Larry Davidson of Hawks.


Tigers - Crocodiles 78-70

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-18) were defeated on the road by fifth ranked Melbourne Tigers (12-16) 78-70. Melbourne Tigers made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Townsville Crocodiles were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by the former international guard Nate Tomlinson (190-89, college: Colorado) who scored that evening 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Liam Rush (202-82) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by center Ben Allen (211-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) did not help to save the game for Townsville Crocodiles. The former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) added 8 points and 9 rebounds. Townsville Crocodiles' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Melbourne Tigers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kings. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side keep the seventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tigers: B.Lewis 17+3reb+3ast, A.Ballinger 16+7reb, L.Rush 15+6reb+2ast, N.Tomlinson 11+6reb+6ast, M.Burston 10+10reb, S.Scott 7+6reb+1ast
Crocodiles: B.Allen 13+6reb, G.Ervin 9+4reb+3ast, M.Norton 9+2reb+2ast, M.Cedar 9+2ast, P.Crawford 8+2reb+1ast, L.Nevill 8+9reb
gschID: 182777


Hawks - 36ers 74-64

Very predictable result in Gwynneville where third ranked Wollongong Hawks (13-15) defeated bottom-ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-20) 74-64. The winners were led by power forward Larry Davidson (206-83, college: Boise St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) supported him with 23 points. Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by the former international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) did not help to save the game for Adelaide 36ers. Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wollongong Hawks maintains third position with 13-15 record having eleven points less than leader Breakers. Adelaide 36ers lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hawks: A.Deleon 23+2reb+2ast, L.Davidson 20+15reb+2ast, D.Gruber 14+5reb, T.Demos 7+1reb, M.Djeric 5+2ast, T.Coenraad 5+5reb+6ast
36ers: S.Weigh 22+9reb, D.Johnson 12+10reb+1ast, A.Petrie 10+2reb, N.Crosswell 6+2reb+2ast, T.Daly 6+2reb+1ast, A.Gibson 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 182776


Taipans - Tigers 64-66

Very significant was Melbourne Tigers' (#5) just 2-point road victory against 5th ranked Cairns Taipans 66-64. Melbourne Tigers had a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) who scored that evening 23 points and the former international power forward Matthew Burston (211-82) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 11 points and 7 assists by American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) did not help to save the game for Cairns Taipans. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. Melbourne Tigers (12-16) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kings. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Goulding 23+2reb+2ast, M.Burston 12+5reb+2ast, S.Scott 12+7reb+2ast, L.Rush 6+4reb, B.Lewis 6+3reb+1ast, N.Tomlinson 5+3reb+2ast
Taipans: S.Edwards 15+5reb, A.Loughton 15+5reb+1ast, C.Tragardh 11+2reb, J.Wilson 11+4reb+7ast, C.Gliddon 5+2reb+4ast, D.Rychart 4
gschID: 182775


Wildcats - Breakers 73-58

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked New Zealand Breakers (24-4) on the court of second ranked Perth Wildcats on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Perth Wildcats 73-58. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of New Zealand Breakers. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Perth Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Matthew Knight (203-85, college: Loyola Mary) who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Five Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Fijian-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (198-82) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and New Zealand guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Breakers. Defending champion New Zealand Breakers still keep top place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: K.Lisch 24+3reb+4ast, S.Redhage 14+2reb, J.Wagstaff 13+3reb+1ast, M.Knight 12+13reb+1ast, R.Carter 10+5reb+6ast, C.Tovey 0+5reb+3ast
Breakers: C.Webster 18+1reb+1ast, M.Vukona 11+13reb+1ast, A.Pledger 9+7reb+2ast, C.Bruton 8+1reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 4+1reb+2ast, C.Jackson 3+5reb+6ast
gschID: 182773


Kings - Crocodiles 81-74

Not a big story in a game in Sydney where 7th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-18) were defeated by fifth ranked Kings (12-16) 81-74. Kings outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by American forward Darnell Lazare (203-85, college: LSU, agency: Priority Sports) who scored that evening 21 points and the former international guard Aaron Bruce (190-84) supported him with 16 points and 6 assists. Kings' coach Shane Heal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by the former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) did not help to save the game for Townsville Crocodiles. The former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) added 21 points. Four Kings and five Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Kings moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tigers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side keep the seventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kings: D.Lazare 21+4reb+1ast, A.Bruce 16+3reb+6ast, J.Harvey 15+2reb+1ast, T.Garlepp 11+5reb, B.Madgen 8+3reb+4ast, I.Crosswhite 5+14reb+6ast
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 21+1reb+1ast, L.Nevill 19+6reb+1ast, M.Cedar 10+1reb+3ast, R.Hinder 10+5reb+3ast, G.Ervin 10+6reb+6ast, M.Norton 2+1reb
gschID: 182774



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 21-7 
 2. Klosterneub. 19-9 
 3. Kapfenberg 19-9 
 4. Oberwart 17-11 
 5. Wels 16-10 
 6. Gmunden 16-12 
 7. Gussing 14-14 
 8. UBSC Graz 11-16 
 9. Furstenfeld 10-16 
 10. St.Polten 4-22 
 11. Arkadia 3-24 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 24: St.Polten - UBSC Graz 95-76
Mar. 24: Oberwart - BC Vienna 88-78
Mar. 24: Kapfenberg - Gussing 81-72
Mar. 24: Arkadia - Wels 78-99
Mar. 24: Klosterneub. - Gmunden 64-62

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 31: UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld
Mar. 31: BC Vienna - Klosterneub.
Mar. 31: Gussing - Oberwart
Mar. 31: Wels - St.Polten
Apr. 1: Gmunden - Kapfenberg


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Oberwart
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Hinson, Oberwart20.8 
 2. Pearson, Furstenf.19.8 
 3. Grum, Furstenfeld19.8 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels19.7 
 5. Spasojevic, Arkadia19.6 
 6. Boxley, Oberwart19.1 
 7. Chaney, Oberwart17.6 
 8. Shaw, Kapfenberg17.5 
 9. Dale, UBSC G.17.4 
 10. Ray, BC Vienna17.3 
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, Wels7.8 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.5 
 6. Cresnar, Furstenf.7.3 
 7. Boxley, Oberwart7.3 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten7.0 
 9. Spasojevic, Arkadia6.9 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg5.3 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing4.7 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 5. Tiedeman, Wels4.3 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna3.9 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.8 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld3.5 
 10. Gilchrese, 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. Gonzalvez, Wels1.6 
 5. Boylan, BC Vienna1.6 
 6. Chaney, Oberwart1.4 
 7. Arnold, Gmunden1.4 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 9. Koch, Gussing1.3 
 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. Boxley, Oberwart0.8 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.7 
 8. Washington, Wels0.7 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 10. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 30: #1 BC Vienna is defeated by Redwell Gunners Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A Bundesliga.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked BC Vienna (21-7) on the court of fifth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Redwell Gunners Oberwart 88-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BC Vienna. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-78. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) scored 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. BC Vienna at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart are looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#7) on the road in the next round. BC Vienna will play against the league's second-placed Xion Dukes (#2) in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Klosterneuburg. Second ranked Xion Dukes (19-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Gmunden Swans (16-12) 64-62 on Sunday evening. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) notched 16 points to lead the effort and Moritz Lanegger supported him with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) did not help to save the game for Gmunden Swans. Gmunden Swans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains second position with 19-9 record having just two points less than leader BC Vienna, which they share with Kapfenberg. Gmunden Swans lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Xion Dukes will play against league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
11th ranked Arkadia Lions (3-24) were outscored at home by sixth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (16-10) with the biggest margin this round 99-78 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was DeVaughn Washington who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Fabricio Vay who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. Arkadia Lions' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place. Loser Arkadia Lions stay dead last with 24 lost games. Raiffeisen Wels will meet at home St.Polten (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 30 Gussing lost to Kapfenberg on the opponent's court 72-81. St.Polten outscored UBSC Graz in a home game 95-76.


Kapfenberg - Gussing 81-72

Very expected game when 7th ranked Gussing Knights (14-14) were defeated on the road by third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (19-9) 81-72 on Sunday. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to second place, which they share with Klosterneub. Loser Gussing Knights keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet Gmunden Swans (#6) in the next round. Gussing Knights will play against Redwell Gunners Oberwart and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 233398


Oberwart - BC Vienna 88-78

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked BC Vienna (21-7) on the court of fifth ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Redwell Gunners Oberwart 88-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BC Vienna. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-78. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) scored 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) with 30 points and 6 rebounds and American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four BC Vienna players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. BC Vienna at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart are looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#7) on the road in the next round. BC Vienna will play against the league's second-placed Xion Dukes (#2) in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 30+6reb+2ast, I.Boylan 19+5reb+3ast, M.Pearson 11+3reb+1ast, S.Ray 10+6reb+2ast, F.Trmal 8+2reb+1ast, M.Sosiashvili 0
Oberwart: R.Chaney 30+6reb+2ast, D.Hinson 21+4reb+1ast, S.Boxley 19+6reb+5ast, J.Johnson 7+7reb, D.Gant 6+2reb, H.Artner 5+1ast
gschID: 233396


Klosterneub. - Gmunden 64-62

Important game to mention about took place in Klosterneuburg. Second ranked Xion Dukes (19-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Gmunden Swans (16-12) 64-62 on Sunday evening. It looked good early as Gmunden Swans took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Xion Dukes had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Gmunden Swans were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-64. Xion Dukes forced 20 Gmunden Swans turnovers. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) notched 16 points to lead the effort and international point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) did not help to save the game for Gmunden Swans. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Gmunden Swans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains second position with 19-9 record having just two points less than leader BC Vienna, which they share with Kapfenberg. Gmunden Swans lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Xion Dukes will play against league's leader BC Vienna in Wien in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: E.Murati 18+6reb+2ast, J.Brown 11+4reb+1ast, R.Arnold 11+4reb, D.Oppland 8+7reb+2ast, R.Poiger 7+1reb, M.Mayer 3+3reb
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 16+4reb, C.Bobb 12+3reb+2ast, M.Lanegger 9+5reb+5ast, K.Payton 8+5reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 6+2reb, L.Sallomon 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233397


St.Polten - UBSC Graz 95-76

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked St.Polten (4-22) smashed at home 8th ranked UBSC Graz (11-16) 95-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. St.Polten led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 38. St.Polten looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. St.Polten's coach Uros Vukadinovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire, agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. St.Polten maintains tenth position with 4-22 record. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. St.Polten will meet higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UBSC Graz will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: E.Gilchrese 21+5reb+7ast, M.Dale 17+7reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 16+10reb+4ast, C.Knor 12+3reb, C.Bronson 6+4reb, A.Heuberger 2
St.Polten: M.Kovacevic 22+4reb+6ast, M.Speiser 21+12reb+1ast, M.Kohlmaier 15+7reb+1ast, T.Csebits 11+3reb+10ast, A.Worenz 9+2reb+2ast, M.Pinezich 8+2reb
gschID: 233395


Arkadia - Wels 78-99

11th ranked Arkadia Lions (3-24) were outscored at home by sixth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (16-10) with the biggest margin this round 99-78 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Raiffeisen Wels. Arkadia Lions managed to win second period 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Italian-Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists and Argentinian-Italian center Matias Bortolin (205-93, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Raiffeisen Wels and four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. Arkadia Lions' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place. Loser Arkadia Lions stay dead last with 24 lost games. Raiffeisen Wels will meet at home St.Polten (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 19+4reb, M.Bortolin 17+8reb+2ast, F.Vay 15+15reb+8ast, J.Blazevic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Milin 9+2reb, B.Guettl 6+2reb+4ast
Wels: D.Washington 19+13reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 19+6reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 18+6reb+3ast, T.Tiedeman 15+1reb+5ast, R.Vieider 14+1reb, D.Gonzalvez 12+3reb+2ast
gschID: 233394



Coach A - by Aaron Mitchell

Sorry basketball fans for being away for so long but rest assure Coach A is back. Nba news from some very close sources of mine there is a wave of rumors which could affect some teams and there future. Here are some. 1st Sacramento will indeed keep its team in the league. A new plan is being put together for a new arena. Congrads to my colleage Mayor Kevin Johnson , job well done. My thoughts and prayers go out out to my coach Rick Adeleman of the Timberwolves as his wife battles health issues. Want to say my home state of Louisiana , congrads to the New Orleans Hornets for a hard fought and battling through this tough year. Also the change of the logo to the Pelicans. Good Luck to my Pelican State. Now here in Austria, Vienna remains on top and Kloburg, and Kapfenberg are close. Tough to pick a winner this season for there seems to be no club who wants to take the league over. Some will say balance in the league but i don"t believe its balance its a matter of runs. The team who finds it will eventually take it over. Stay tune for my next Blog for i will go 1 on 1 with one of Austria's elite players! Stay tune!!


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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel21.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Konate, Svisloch18.2 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.0 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch14.6 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.6 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.13.8 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.12.9 
 10. Konuyshenko, Gro.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Konate, Svisloch11.7 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.4 
 3. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.6 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.7.8 
 7. Sharamet, Borisfen6.6 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.4 
 9. Dolenko, Svisloch6.1 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.8 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 3. Akulich, Rubon5.0 
 4. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.5 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch4.5 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.0 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.4 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen3.1 
 9. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Charko, Grodno-932.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.0 
 2. Konate, Svisloch2.7 
 3. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.7 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.4 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 6. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.2 
 7. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.1 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen2.0 
 10. Dolenko, Svisloch1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 


VTB League: Tsmoki-Minsk edge CEZ Nymburk, remain in the League - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk - CEZ Nymburk 71:63

Tsmoki-Minsk edge CEZ Nymburk, as both finish the VTB League campaign. The team from Belarus posted a 71:63 win on Sunday.
CEZ Nymburk trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-71 at the end of the game. American guard Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Pavel Houska scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Tsmoki-Minsk finished with 3-15 record. It was enough to step higher than Neptunas and remain in the League.



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 27-3 
 2. Brasilia 25-4 
 3. Uberlandia 21-9 
 4. Bauru 20-10 
 5. Franca 19-10 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 19-12 
 7. Pinheiros/Sky 18-9 
 8. Liga Sorocaba 15-15 
 9. Paulistano 15-15 
 10. Minas 14-16 
 11. Basquete Cearense 13-16 
 12. Limeira 12-18 
 13. Mogi das Cruzes 11-19 
 14. Palmeiras 10-20 
 15. Joinville 10-21 
 16. Vila Velha 9-20 
 17. Tijuca TC 4-24 
 18. Suzano 4-25 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 23: Palmeiras - Bauru 89-83
Mar. 23: Pinheiros/Sky - Basquete Cearense 87-69
Mar. 23: Suzano - Liga Sorocaba 79-90
Mar. 23: Paulistano - Brasilia 77-82
Mar. 23: Limeira - Flamengo 75-80
Mar. 23: Joinville - Tijuca TC 74-73
Mar. 23: Vila Velha - Uberlandia 66-84
Mar. 23: Minas - Franca 58-60

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 21: Palmeiras - Liga Sorocaba
Mar. 21: Suzano - Bauru
Mar. 21: Paulistano - Basquete Cearense
Mar. 21: Joinville - Flamengo
Mar. 21: Minas - Uberlandia
Mar. 21: Mogi das Cruzes - S.Jose/Unimed
Mar. 25: Vila Velha - Franca


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha19.3 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.8 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.18.2 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.17.8 
 8. Dawkins, Liga S.17.7 
 9. Beal, Minas17.5 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.9.0 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.8 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.1 
 7. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 8. Agba, Bauru7.0 
 9. Teichmann, Franca7.0 
 10. Toyloy, Paulistano6.8 
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.6.5 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.8 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.3 
 5. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.7 
 6. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 7. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 8. Smith, Pinheiro.4.5 
 9. Taylor, Bauru4.5 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.4 
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. Castellar, Limeira0.1 
 7. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 8. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.1 
 9. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
 10. Ribeiro, Basque.0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 4. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 
 8. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 9. Day, Uberlandia1.7 
 10. Munoz, Paulistano1.7 


NBB Round 32: Leader Flamengo gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

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

Leader Flamengo delivered the twentieth seventh win on Saturday night. This time they beat 12th ranked Winner/Limeira (12-18) 80-75. Winner/Limeira trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 27-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 75-80 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. International swingman Vitor Benite (190-90) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. The former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Flamengo maintains first position with 27-3 record. Winner/Limeira lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Flamengo are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Suzano (#18) in Sao Paulo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Winner/Limeira will play at home against Joinville (#15) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Sao Paolo was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Brasilia (25-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Paulistano (15-15). Brasilia managed to secure a 5-point victory 82-77. International guard Alex Ribeiro (191-80, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guilherme Giovannoni contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International guard Elinho Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC) replied with 21 points for Paulistano. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Brasilia have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 25-4 record having just three points less than leader Flamengo. Paulistano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Liga Sorocaba. Brasilia will play against Minas (#10) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paulistano will play on the road against Paschoalotto/Bauru and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Seventeenth-ranked Tijuca TC (4-24) made lots of trouble for sixteenth ranked Joinville (10-21) on Saturday. Joinville managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Diego Conceicao who helped to win the game recording 14 points. Cesar Araujo responded with 19 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Joinville moved-up to fifteenth place. Tijuca TC lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Joinville will meet higher ranked Winner/Limeira (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tijuca TC will play against Palmeiras (#14) in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
Ninth-ranked Minas (14-16) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (19-10) in Belo Horizonte. The visitors from Sao Paulo managed to secure only two-point victory 60-58. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by Jhonatan Luz dos Santos who scored that evening 18 points. Vivo/Franca's coach Aluisio Xavier Ferreira allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Vivo/Franca moved-up to fifth place. Minas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Vivo/Franca's next round opponent will be Sao Jose/Vinac (#6) at home. Minas will play against the league's second-placed Brasilia (#2).
We should mention about the upset which took place in Sao Paulo, where higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (20-10) lost to fifteenth ranked Palmeiras (10-20) in a road game 83-89 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. The best player for the winners was Caleb Brown who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Palmeiras moved-up to fourteenth place. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Palmeiras will face Tijuca TC (#17) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play at home against Paulistano (#9) in Sao Paolo.

Rest of the games of round 32 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Uberlandia defeated Vila Velha in a road game 84-66. Bottom-ranked Suzano was beaten by Liga Sorocaba at home 79-90. Basquete Cearense lost to Pinheiros/Sky on the opponent's court 69-87.
The best stats of 32th round was 31 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by DeAndre Coleman of Bauru.


Limeira - Flamengo 75-80

Leader Flamengo delivered the twentieth seventh win on Saturday night. This time they beat 12th ranked Winner/Limeira (12-18) 80-75. Winner/Limeira trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 27-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 75-80 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. International swingman Vitor Benite (190-90) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. The former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and center Daniel Castellar (202-83) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Flamengo maintains first position with 27-3 record. Winner/Limeira lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Flamengo are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Suzano (#18) in Sao Paulo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Winner/Limeira will play at home against Joinville (#15) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: V.Benite 20+2reb+4ast, C.Silveira 17+10reb, M.Vieira 13+3reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 12+8reb, K.Mensah 9+6reb+3ast, S.Santos 6+4reb+1ast
Limeira: D.Barba 18+1ast, D.Pinheiro 14+5reb+5ast, D.Castellar 10+9reb+1ast, H.Vitor Lima 10+5reb+3ast, G.Hubner 6+4reb, O.Carter 6+1reb
gschID: 229339


Vila Velha - Uberlandia 66-84

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Vila Velha (9-20) was defeated at home by third ranked Uberlandia (21-9) 84-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Uberlandia. Vila Velha was better in third quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Uberlandia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Luis Felipe Gruber (205-85) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Robert Day (197-82, college: W.Oregon) chipped in 20 points. Power forward Case Santos (203-77) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Syrian power forward Eder Araujo Gorges (212-81, college: Walsh) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Uberlandia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-9 record having six points less than leader Flamengo. Vila Velha at the other side dropped to the sixteenth place with 20 games lost. Uberlandia will face Mogi (#13) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vila Velha will play on the road against SKY/Basquete in Aldeota.
Top scorers:
Uberlandia: R.Day 20+4reb+2ast, L.Felipe Gruber 17+6reb+3ast, L.Cipolini 16+4reb, H.Garcia 9+8reb+4ast, R.Collum 8+3reb+11ast, J.Estevam Ferreira 8+6reb
Vila Velha: E.Araujo Gorges 19+3reb, C.Santos 17+6reb+1ast, B.Simmons 9+7reb, D.Costa 6+7reb, A.Pinheiro 5+5reb+6ast, J.Parker 5+2reb
gschID: 229338


Suzano - Liga Sorocaba 79-90

No shocking result in a game in Sao Paulo where tenth ranked Liga Sorocaba (15-15) defeated bottom-ranked Suzano (4-25) 90-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Liga Sorocaba. Suzano was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liga Sorocaba shot 60.8 percent from the field and made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liga Sorocaba made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) who scored 27 points and 6 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Arlindo Neto (187-86) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists. Forward Rafael Da Silva (198-91) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) added 15 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Suzano players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Liga Sorocaba moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Paulistano. Suzano lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Liga Sorocaba will face higher ranked Pinheiros (#7) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Suzano will play on the road against the league's leader Flamengo (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Liga Sorocaba: K.Dawkins 27+4reb+3ast, A.Neto 21+3reb+6ast, D.Holloway 19+1reb+1ast, E.Rodrigues 8+3reb+2ast, F.Russo 5+4reb+1ast, D.Gomes 4+2ast
Suzano: R.Da Silva 22+6reb+1ast, J.Campos 15+3reb+7ast, N.Santana 15+7reb+1ast, A.Pizzolato 12+3ast, I.Tracci 8+3reb, E.Soares 5+5reb
gschID: 229337


Palmeiras - Bauru 89-83

We should mention about the upset which took place in Sao Paulo, where higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (20-10) lost to fifteenth ranked Palmeiras (10-20) in a road game 83-89 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. Paschoalotto/Bauru trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 31-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-89 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Caleb Brown (182-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. point guard Arthur Pecos (182-95) chipped in 17 points. American forward DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) and guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Five Palmeiras and four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Palmeiras moved-up to fourteenth place. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Palmeiras will face Tijuca TC (#17) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play at home against Paulistano (#9) in Sao Paolo.
Top scorers:
Palmeiras: C.Brown 20+5reb+6ast, A.Pecos 17+4reb+3ast, M.Vinicius 16+2reb+1ast, T.Lima 10+10reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 10+5reb+2ast, T.Curnell 7+6reb+3ast
Bauru: D.Coleman 31+15reb+4ast, G.Pereira 12+2reb+2ast, R.Fischer 10+4reb+8ast, P.Alves 10+5reb+2ast, L.Taylor 8+4reb+4ast, J.Agba 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 229336


Pinheiros/Sky - Basquete Cearense 87-69

Very expected game in Sao Paolo where 11th ranked SKY/Basquete (13-16) was defeated by seventh ranked Pinheiros (18-9) 87-69 on Saturday. SKY/Basquete was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Pinheiros made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who scored 23 points. The former international center Andre Bambu (205-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Pinheiros players scored in double figures. The former international power forward William Drudi (206-81) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Andre Bresolin (195-87) added 17 points respectively for the guests. SKY/Basquete's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Pinheiros maintains seventh position with 18-9 record. Loser SKY/Basquete keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Pinheiros will face Liga Sorocaba (#8) in Sorocabana in the next round. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Vila Velha.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 23+3reb+2ast, M.Dornelles 14+2reb+7ast, A.Bambu 13+10reb+2ast, J.Smith 11+2reb+5ast, M.Ferreira 11+6reb+4ast, P.Boracini 9+2reb+2ast
Basquete Cearense: W.Drudi 18+8reb+1ast, A.Bresolin 17+2reb+3ast, R.Klafke 9+5reb+4ast, F.Ribeiro 9+5reb+1ast, J.de Oliveira 7+3reb, M.Costa 5+3ast
gschID: 229335


Minas - Franca 58-60

Ninth-ranked Minas (14-16) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (19-10) in Belo Horizonte. The visitors from Sao Paulo managed to secure only two-point victory 60-58. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Minas won fourth quarter 11-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vivo/Franca brought some defensive toughness making 15 blocks. The winners were led by the former international swingman Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) who scored that evening 18 points and guard Caue Borges dos Santos (180-91) supported him with 18 points. Vivo/Franca's coach Aluisio Xavier Ferreira allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) did not help to save the game for Minas. His fellow American import center Paul Crosby (203, college: Miss.Valley St.) added 15 points for the hosts. Vivo/Franca moved-up to fifth place. Minas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Vivo/Franca's next round opponent will be Sao Jose/Vinac (#6) at home. Minas will play against the league's second-placed Brasilia (#2).
Top scorers:
Franca: C.Borges dos Santos 18+4reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 18+3reb+3ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 9+2reb+3ast, D.Kurtz 7+5reb, G.Teichmann 5+9reb+4ast, L.Meindl 3+4reb
Minas: J.Beal 19+6reb+2ast, P.Crosby 15+4reb+3ast, B.Nardi Duarte 8+8reb+2ast, R.Pinto 8+7reb+3ast, D.Nunes 6+3reb+3ast, R.Mineiro Rodrigues 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229334


Paulistano - Brasilia 77-82

The game in Sao Paolo was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Brasilia (25-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Paulistano (15-15). Brasilia managed to secure a 5-point victory 82-77. The guests were already 18 points ahead at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 31-17 last quarter charge of Paulistano cut the lead to 82-77 at the end of the game. Brasilia made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Paulistano was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Alex Ribeiro (191-80, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Brasilia players scored in double figures. International guard Elinho Corazza (193-89, college: Miami Dade CC) replied with 21 points and American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Paulistano. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Brasilia have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 25-4 record having just three points less than leader Flamengo. Paulistano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Liga Sorocaba. Brasilia will play against Minas (#10) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paulistano will play on the road against Paschoalotto/Bauru and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: A.Ribeiro 25+8reb+5ast, G.Giovannoni 14+5reb+2ast, A.Silva 12+2reb, W.Dos Santos 11+4reb+4ast, M.Cipriano 7+5reb, A.Alves 7+3reb+1ast
Paulistano: E.Corazza 21+3reb+1ast, S.Toyloy 12+10reb, A.Oliveira 10+3reb+1ast, P.Lima 10, J.Munoz 9+1reb, R.Andreotti 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 229333


Joinville - Tijuca TC 74-73

Seventeenth-ranked Tijuca TC (4-24) made lots of trouble for sixteenth ranked Joinville (10-21) on Saturday. Joinville managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joinville made 13 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and naturalized Italian guard Thyago Aleo (188-89) who added 14 points during the contest. Power forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) responded with 19 points and point guard Frederico Lima (180-80) scored 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Joinville moved-up to fifteenth place. Tijuca TC lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Joinville will meet higher ranked Winner/Limeira (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tijuca TC will play against Palmeiras (#14) in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Joinville: D.Conceicao 14+4reb+2ast, T.Aleo 14+3reb+1ast, V.De Souza 12+2reb+2ast, T.Mathias 9+5reb+2ast, A.Moreira 7+6reb, R.Probst 6+1reb+1ast
Tijuca TC: F.Lima 20+2reb+2ast, C.Araujo 19+4reb+1ast, R.McLemore 15+2reb+2ast, M.Camara 8+1reb+2ast, R.Bishop 7+9reb, R.Bahia Bispo 2+7reb
gschID: 229332



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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Foshan LL
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 32
 1. Randolph, Foshan32.0 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB31.6 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.29.0 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.28.6 
 7. Spencer, Jilin N.28.6 
 8. Forbes, Guangsha28.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.3 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.6 
 4. Wang, Fujian QB12.9 
 5. Li, Liaoning H.12.8 
 6. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 7. Abbas, Shandong FB11.6 
 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. Abbas, Shandong FB2.2 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.3.9 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.9 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jones, Liaoning H.1.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.7 
 6. Yi, Guangdong ST1.7 
 7. Vroman, Shandong.1.6 
 8. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.4 


Guangdong take 2-0 CBA Final lead - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong ST - Shandong FB 93-82 (2-0)

Guangdong take 2-0 CBA Final lead. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Shandong Bulls managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Shandong Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Jianlian Yi (212-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Four Guandong Tigers and five Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 26+11reb+3ast, D.Ike 23+13reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 14+2reb+2ast, S.Donald 10+3reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 8+1reb+1ast, C.Jianghua 5+1reb+2ast
Shandong FB: A.Zaid 22+7reb, Y.Ding 15+3reb, J.Pooh 13+2reb+2ast, S.Ran 12+3reb+1ast, V.Jackson 11+7reb+2ast, L.JingYu 5+1reb
gschID: 237370



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PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 18- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros with 33 points and Bukaros with 31 points clinched a place for the second phase of the tournament, while in the other side the Halcones needs a miracle to do it.
Bambuqueros sweeped its series against the Halcones , Bambuqueros playing without Stalin Ortiz reached the 100 points or more for the 3 time in the last 4 games, Darrin Dorsey had 33 point and Joe Manuel postedhis fourth double double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, the American guard Joseph Dunn keep rising his numbers andfinished with 21 points, Halcones facing some internal problems did not found a way to keep their players motivated and their bench players does not brings solutions, Daniel Northern had 19 points and Richard Jeter 18, some sources close to the Cucutas club announces that their manager Giovanni Fraino is ready to leave the organization.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 100 -D. Dorsey 33 pts, J. Manuel 20 pts + 10 rebs
Halcones de Cucuta 86

Manizales OC survived the final reaction of the Caribbean Heat to get a very important victory in Cartagena that gives them a 3 points gap in the 5th place of the standings, the OC started taking control of the game, the Heat focused his options on the size of Patrick Culver in the paint,but the new americans Hunter and Hines does not shows a good level to help the team, the OC veteran forward Cesar Cortez took the load on his shoulders and leaded the team with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals, Justin Garris added 15 more, Patrick Culver effort came short but his 30 points and 13 rebounds were the best of the game, Larry Pomare added 11.
Caribbean Heat 91 - P. Culver 30 pts + 13 rebs
Manizales OC 92 - C. Cortes 29 pts, J. Garris 15.

A monster game of Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) posting a big doubl doubl with 26 points and 21 rebounds guided the Piratas to rule the boards against a bigger Academia team , the 3rd Piratas victory in his last 4 straight games on the road that gives them confidence to be among the top six.
Academia did not found a way to use his size their defense allows 17 Piratas offensive rebounds and too many second chance points, Tayron Thomas helped to the victory with 24 points, while Steffon Farley had 28 points and Norbey Aragon 24.
Academia de la Montana 93 - S. Farley 28 pts, N. Aragon 24 pts
Piratas de Bogota 99 - J. Fahnbulled 26 pts + 21 rebs, T. Thomas 24 pts

Bukaros playing a very controled game defeated the Aguilas, the yellow team made 23 our of 39 three pointers a 59% accuracy that meant the victory, Joshua Dollard had his best game since his arrival leading the winners with 21 points, Quentin Smith had 14 points and Tayrone Rayson 12 in Aguilas.
Bukaros Freskaleche 86 - J. Dollard 21 pts, A. Reyes 14 pts
Aguilas de Tunja 72 - Q. Smith 14 pts, T. Rayson 12 pts




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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 27-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 19-10 
 3. BK Pardubice 18-11 
 4. NH Ostrava 18-12 
 5. BC Kolin 17-13 
 6. BK Decin 17-13 
Group A2
 1. Levice 18-15 
 2. USK Praha 15-18 
 3. B&W Opava 13-20 
 4. Chomutov 12-21 
 5. Usti n/Labem 10-23 
 6. Svitavy 10-23 
 7. J.Hradec 10-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

A1

Mar. 20: BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 86-73
Mar. 23: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 82-88
Mar. 23: BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava 82-72
Mar. 20: BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 65-67

A2

Mar. 20: USK Praha - J.Hradec 99-87
Mar. 23: B&W Opava - Chomutov 90-69
Mar. 24: J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem 85-93
Mar. 20: Chomutov - Levice 71-85
Mar. 23: Levice - USK Praha 70-65

Second Stage: Round 1

A1

Feb. 22: CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin
Feb. 23: NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov

A2

Feb. 22: B&W Opava - Svitavy
Feb. 23: J.Hradec - USK Praha
Feb. 13: Usti n/Labem - Chomutov
Feb. 20: USK Praha - Usti n/Labem
Feb. 16: Svitavy - Levice
Feb. 13: J.Hradec - Svitavy
Feb. 20: Chomutov - J.Hradec
Feb. 13: Levice - B&W Opava
Mar. 25: Levice - Chomutov


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Matej VENTA
  J.Hradec
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Venta, J.Hradec19.8 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin18.3 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy17.8 
 5. Meno, USK Praha17.3 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.0 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava17.0 
 8. Fields, Levice16.8 
 9. Reese, Usti n.16.4 
 10. Zabas, BK Pardub.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Fields, Chomutov9.8 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin7.0 
 9. Simmons, Levice6.7 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.0 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.7 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 4. Venta, J.Hradec4.6 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy4.5 
 6. Carter, CEZ N.4.5 
 7. Glover, Chomutov4.4 
 8. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 10. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.8 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 6. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Reese, Usti 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. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 5. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 7. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 


VTB League: Tsmoki-Minsk edge CEZ Nymburk, remain in the League - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk - CEZ Nymburk 71:63

Tsmoki-Minsk edge CEZ Nymburk, as both finish the VTB League campaign. The team from Belarus posted a 71:63 win on Sunday.
CEZ Nymburk trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-71 at the end of the game. American guard Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Pavel Houska scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Tsmoki-Minsk finished with 3-15 record. It was enough to step higher than Neptunas and remain in the League.



NBL Round 6: CEZ Nymburk beats BK Decin by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked BK Decin (17-13) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked CEZ Nymburk (27-1) on Wednesday. The visitors from Nymburk managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international center Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Robert Landa (200-82) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for BK Decin. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A1 with 27-1 record. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with BC Kolin. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face NH Ostrava (#4) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked BK Pardubice (18-11) against sixth ranked BC Kolin (17-13) on Saturday night. Host BK Pardubice was defeated by BC Kolin in a tough game in Pardubice 82-88. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Emanuel Ubilla chipped in 11 points, 8 assists and 5 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place in Group A1, which they share with BK Decin. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. BC Kolin will play against BK Decin (#6) at home in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked BK Pardubice (18-11) against sixth ranked BC Kolin (17-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting BK Pardubice was defeated by BC Kolin in Kolin 86-73. Demarius Bolds notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by Corey Muirhead did not help to save the game for BK Pardubice. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place in Group A1, which they share with BK Decin. Loser BK Pardubice dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. BC Kolin will meet at home BK Decin (#6) in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-21) against fourth ranked B&W Opava (13-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Levharti Chomutov was crushed by B&W Opava in Opava 90-69. The best player for the winners was Phil Martin who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. B&W Opava's coach Petr Czudek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group A2. Levharti Chomutov lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 21 games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be BK Usti nad Labem (#5) at home. Levharti Chomutov will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for BK Prostejov (19-10) which hosted in Prostejov 4th ranked NH Ostrava (18-12). Third ranked BK Prostejov managed to get a 10-point victory 82-72. It was a good game for Ondrej Kohout who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Prostejov have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group A1. NH Ostrava lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. BK Prostejov will face BK Pardubice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. NH Ostrava will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6:
In Group A2 Usti n/Labem beat J.Hradec on the road 93-85. Levice won against USK Praha on its own court 70-65. Levice managed to outperform Chomutov in a road game 85-71. USK Praha managed to beat J.Hradec at home 99-87.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 24 points and 12 rebounds by Jan Tomanec of J.Hradec.


Group A1
BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 82-88

Very important is a home loss of second ranked BK Pardubice (18-11) against sixth ranked BC Kolin (17-13) on Saturday night. Host BK Pardubice was defeated by BC Kolin in a tough game in Pardubice 82-88. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points, 8 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Travis Nelson (208-87, college: Minnesota St.) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) scored 17 points and 5 assists. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place in Group A1, which they share with BK Decin. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. BC Kolin will play against BK Decin (#6) at home in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Bolds 27+13reb+2ast, D.Machac 13+5reb+1ast, E.Ubilla 11+4reb+8ast, M.Kriz 10+6reb+1ast, U.Benacek 10+4reb, D.Radulovic 9+4reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: T.Nelson 24+10reb, E.Zabas 17+2reb+5ast, P.Bohacik 15+5reb+1ast, O.Peterka 8+1reb, M.Carnecky 7+2reb+1ast, L.Kotas 5+9reb+6ast
gschID: 233052


BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava 82-72

An interesting game for BK Prostejov (19-10) which hosted in Prostejov 4th ranked NH Ostrava (18-12). Third ranked BK Prostejov managed to get a 10-point victory 82-72. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. BK Prostejov outrebounded NH Ostrava 40-29 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. NH Ostrava was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). International Kamil Svrdlik (206-86, college: Fair Dickinson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) added 11 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for NH Ostrava. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Prostejov have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group A1. NH Ostrava lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. BK Prostejov will face BK Pardubice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. NH Ostrava will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: R.Marko 21+8reb+1ast, O.Kohout 20+13reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 20+11reb+2ast, P.Slezak 15+1reb, D.Pandula 6+5reb+5ast, J.Prasil 0
NH Ostrava: C.Barnes 18+5reb+1ast, A.Dufault 11+10reb+1ast, R.Ames 11+4reb+2ast, A.Ciz 9+1reb+1ast, J.Greene 6+2reb, R.Pelikan 6
gschID: 233050


BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 65-67

Fifth-ranked BK Decin (17-13) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked CEZ Nymburk (27-1) on Wednesday. The visitors from Nymburk managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international center Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Robert Landa (200-82) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) added 11 points in the effort for BK Decin. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A1 with 27-1 record. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with BC Kolin. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face NH Ostrava (#4) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 18+5reb+2ast, R.Rancik 14+5reb+2ast, J.Welsch 11+2reb+3ast, M.Pavkovic 6+3reb+6ast, L.Palyza 6+5reb+1ast, P.Houska 4+2reb
BK Decin: R.Landa 19+7reb+1ast, L.Stria 15+1reb+1ast, P.Pope 11+4reb+3ast, L.Sanders 7+6reb+5ast, A.Alic 6+4reb+1ast, J.Kasa 5+2reb
gschID: 233051


BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 86-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked BK Pardubice (18-11) against sixth ranked BC Kolin (17-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting BK Pardubice was defeated by BC Kolin in Kolin 86-73. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) did not help to save the game for BK Pardubice. Forward Ondrej Peterka (195-91) added 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place in Group A1, which they share with BK Decin. Loser BK Pardubice dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. BC Kolin will meet at home BK Decin (#6) in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Bolds 22+7reb+4ast, E.Ubilla 17+5reb+8ast, M.Kriz 15+5reb, D.Machac 13+8reb+1ast, D.Radulovic 8+1reb+2ast, U.Benacek 6+4reb+1ast
BK Pardubice: O.Peterka 20+4reb+1ast, C.Muirhead 17+8reb+6ast, E.Zabas 13+3reb, P.Bohacik 10+8reb+1ast, T.Nelson 6+8reb, L.Kotas 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 233879


Group A2
J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem 85-93

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (10-23) beat 6th ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-24) in J.Hradec 93-85 on Sunday. BK Usti nad Labem made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (208-89, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) added 18 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to fifth place in Group A2, which they share with Svitavy. Loser BK Lions Hradec dropped to the seventh position with 24 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face higher ranked B&W Opava (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Lions Hradec will play against the league's leader Levice (#1).
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: R.Lewandowski 23+6reb+1ast, T.McFadden 13+4reb+6ast, V.Hejl 13+5reb, B.Reese 10+8reb+4ast, R.Ptacek 9+3reb, M.Slunecko 8+3reb
J.Hradec: M.Venta 25+7reb+1ast, T.Voslajer 18+11reb+2ast, M.Frohde 15+1reb+1ast, J.Pavlik 10+1reb+2ast, R.Zachrla 8+2reb+1ast, J.Cech 7+1reb
gschID: 233100


Levice - USK Praha 70-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best USK Praha's (15-18) road loss to first ranked Levice (18-15) 65-70 on Saturday. It was a good game for American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Viktor Cvek (200-89) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for USK Praha. Levice have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A2 with 18-15 record. Loser USK Praha keeps the second place with 18 games lost. Levice will face BK Lions Hradec (#7) in J.Hradec in the next round where they are favorite. USK Praha will play on the road against Basketbal Svitavy (#6).
Top scorers:
Levice: B.Fields 30+7reb+3ast, W.Kemp 15+3reb+4ast, B.Addison 9+5reb, J.Simmons 7+5reb+1ast, S.Nuhanovic 4+5reb, R.Nuber 3+1reb
USK Praha: B.Meno 15+6reb+1ast, V.Cvek 13+7reb+2ast, M.Mares 11+2reb, M.Sotnar 7+2reb+4ast, S.Votroubek 6+5reb+1ast, J.Slavik 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 233099


B&W Opava - Chomutov 90-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-21) against fourth ranked B&W Opava (13-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Levharti Chomutov was crushed by B&W Opava in Opava 90-69. B&W Opava dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 36. They outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 48-27 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Phil Martin (193, college: Cal-Riverside) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). B&W Opava's coach Petr Czudek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Showron Glover (180-87) who recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and his fellow American import guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively. B&W Opava have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group A2. Levharti Chomutov lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 21 games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be BK Usti nad Labem (#5) at home. Levharti Chomutov will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: P.Martin 23+11reb, P.Dokoupil 17+2reb+3ast, L.Toth 17+4reb+3ast, M.Miklosik 11+1reb+1ast, R.Kramny 8+10reb, J.Blazek 7+8reb+1ast
Chomutov: C.Allen 20+2reb+2ast, S.Glover 19+7reb+6ast, L.Pecka 9+9reb+2ast, Z.Hanzlik 8, F.Halada 7+4reb, J.Stepanek 6+3reb
gschID: 233098


Chomutov - Levice 71-85

Rather predictable result when first ranked Levice (18-15) won against on the road 3rd ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-21) 85-71 on Wednesday. It was a good game for American forward Brian Addison (205-87, college: Buffalo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Addison is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Levice players scored in double figures. American point guard Showron Glover (180-87) replied with 20 points and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Levharti Chomutov. Levharti Chomutov's coach let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levice have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A2 with 18-15 record. Levharti Chomutov lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 21 games lost. Levice will face BK Lions Hradec (#7) in J.Hradec in the next round where they are favorite. Levharti Chomutov will play at home against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levice: B.Addison 20+10reb, S.Nuhanovic 16+5reb, R.Grznar 15+3reb+1ast, W.Kemp 14+2reb+4ast, B.Fields 11+3reb+1ast, J.Simmons 9+6reb
Chomutov: S.Glover 20+3reb+3ast, L.Pecka 15+5reb+1ast, J.Fields 11+10reb, P.Bosak 8+2ast, C.Allen 8+2reb+1ast, A.Zampach 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 233097


USK Praha - J.Hradec 99-87

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked BK Lions Hradec (10-24) lost on the road to second ranked USK Praha (15-18) 99-87 on Wednesday. USK Praha looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 6 rebounds. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Roman Zachrla (200-87) replied with 31 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (188-84) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USK Praha maintains second position in Group A2 with 15-18 record having just three points less than leader Levice. Loser BK Lions Hradec dropped to the seventh place with 24 games lost. USK Praha will face Basketbal Svitavy (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Lions Hradec will play against the league's leader Levice.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: S.Votroubek 29+6reb, V.Cvek 20+3reb+4ast, B.Meno 17+8reb+3ast, M.Mares 11+5reb+5ast, M.Sotnar 6+2reb+2ast, J.Slavik 6+2reb+1ast
J.Hradec: R.Zachrla 31+7reb+2ast, M.Venta 21+6reb+5ast, M.Frohde 13+1ast, T.Voslajer 12+11reb, E.Eisman 8+2reb+3ast, O.Dygryn 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 233096



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 30-13 
 2. Canton C. 27-18 
 3. Maine RC 24-23 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 23-21 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 23-22 
 6. Erie Bay H. 23-22 
 7. Springfield A. 17-27 
 8. Iowa E. 11-35 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 32-13 
 2. Rio Grande VV 29-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 25-18 
 4. Austin T. 25-19 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-26 
 6. Texas L. 19-27 
 7. Idaho S. 15-29 
 8. Reno B. 15-29 

Regular Season: Round 64

Mar. 24: Austin T. - Iowa E. 99-94
Mar. 24: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 109-100
Mar. 24: Ft.Wayne MA - Rio Grande VV 107-116
Mar. 24: Reno B. - Texas L. 103-93
Mar. 26: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 26: Santa Cruz W. - 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. Goudelock, Rio G.20.8 
 4. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.20.7 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.20.0 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 9. Jones, Rio G.18.8 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Samuels, Reno B.10.8 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.10.7 
 5. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.1 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.6 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Wright, Maine RC9.1 
 10. Jones, Rio G.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 2. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.2 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.1 
 7. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 8. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 9. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
 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. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 5. Leslie, Santa C.1.9 
 6. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 7. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 10. Singletary, Texas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.5 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.2 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 7. Whiteside, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Armstrong, Santa C.2.1 
 10. Moon, Los A.2.0 


Taylor's 49-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Jermaine Taylor (193-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maine RC and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 63.
He had the game-high 49 points adding four rebounds for Maine RC in his team's victory, helping them to beat Springfield A. (#7, 17-27) 115-108. Maine RC is placed at 3rd position in D-League league. Maine RC is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 24-23 record. In the team's last game Taylor had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Maine RC, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jermaine Taylor averages this season 30.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Cory Higgins (195-G-89) of Erie Bay H.. He is a guard in his first season at Erie Bay H.. In the last game Higgins recorded impressive 35 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as Erie Bay H. was edged by the higher-ranked Rio Grande VV (#2, 28-15) 105-104. This loss caused Erie Bay H. to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 23-22 record is not bad and everything may still change. Higgins is a newcomer at Erie Bay H. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Texas L. (#6). Jones scored 15 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Jones' great performance Texas L. lost 82-93 to the higher-ranked Santa Cruz W. (#1, 30-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Texas L. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 26 games, recording just nineteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could help Texas L. to bring them higher in the standings. Jones has a great season in D-L. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 8.8ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 12.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82) of Sioux Falls S. - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Tornike Shengelia (203-PF-91) of Springfield A. - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Willie Reed (206-F-90) of Springfield A. - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cameron Tatum (200-G-88) of Bakersfield J. - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Carlon Brown (195-G-89) of Idaho S. - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of Sioux Falls S. - 32 points and 9 rebounds
10. Terrence Jones (205-F-92) of Rio Grande VV - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 20-9 
 2. TU/Rock 18-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 14-5 
 4. TTU 14-11 
 5. Rapla 13-13 
 6. Valga 12-16 
 7. Parnu 11-14 
 8. Tln Kalev 8-21 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 23: Rapla - Hito/Johvi 95-64
Mar. 23: Parnu - Tarvas 77-80
Mar. 23: TTU - Valga 64-61
Mar. 24: Hito/Johvi - Tln Kalev 50-67

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 27: Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock
Mar. 27: Tln Kalev - Tarvas
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TU/Rock
Mar. 30: Hito/Johvi - Kalev/Cramo
Mar. 30: Parnu - Rapla
Mar. 31: TTU - Parnu
Mar. 28: Kalev/Cramo - TTU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.1 
 2. Akenparg, TTU15.8 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.5 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.2 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas15.1 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu14.8 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.0 
 8. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.9 
 9. Pilk, Rapla13.8 
 10. Raadik, Parnu13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.6 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi7.9 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.3 
 6. Grafs, Valga7.0 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.3 
 10. Cunda, Valga6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 4. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.4 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Cunda, Valga3.3 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.1 
 9. Raap, Parnu2.7 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 8. Cunda, Valga1.5 
 9. Puidet, TTU1.5 
 10. Saage, TU/Rock1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.0 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 5. Grim, Valga0.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 7. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 8. Dimsa, TU/Rock0.5 
 9. Grafs, Valga0.5 
 10. Saks, Tarvas0.5 


VTB League: BC Astana needs overtime to seal VTB Play-off Berth - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - BC Astana 81:85 OT

BC Astana needs overtime to seal VTB Play-off Berth. The team from Kazakhstan overcame Kalev/Cramo 85:81 and finished with 9-9 record that gave them the opportunity to play in the next stage.
The visitors from Astana managed to secure only four-point victory 85-81. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then Kalev/Cramo managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was BC Astana who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-11. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.



KML Round 24: BC Rakvere defeats KK Parnu in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Seventh-ranked KK Parnu (11-14) gave a tough game to first ranked BC Rakvere (20-9) on Saturday. The visitors from Rakvere managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KK Parnu. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who added 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. BC Rakvere maintains first position with 20-9 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. BC Rakvere are looking forward to face league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Parnu will play on the road against TTU (#4) in Tallinn and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Tallinn. Fourth ranked TTU (14-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Valga (12-16) 64-61 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valga. The winners were led by the former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) who scored that evening 9 points and 5 assists and Kiur Akenparg supported him with 14 points. Even a double-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists by Serbian point guard Edi Sinadinovic (193-88) did not help to save the game for Valga. TTU maintains fourth position with 14-11 record. Valga at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. TTU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Kalev/Cramo.
Fifth ranked Rapla (13-13) crushed at home 9th ranked Hito/Johvi (2-25) by 31 points 95-64, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Illimar Pilk who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Edvard Trumm who recorded 12 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rapla maintains fifth position with 13-13 record. Hito/Johvi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Rapla will meet KK Parnu (#7) on the road in the next round. Hito/Johvi will play against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 24 Tln Kalev won against Hito/Johvi on the opponent's court 67-50.


Hito/Johvi - Tln Kalev 50-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Hito/Johvi's (2-25) home loss to eighth ranked Tln Kalev (8-21) 50-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Tln Kalev. Hito/Johvi managed to win fourth quarter 12-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Siim Laur (189-87) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Edvard Trumm (192-83) added 2 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tln Kalev maintains eighth position with 8-21 record. Hito/Johvi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Tln Kalev will meet at home league's leader BC Rakvere in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hito/Johvi will play against Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Campbell 15+5reb+2ast, M.Paiste 13+6reb+1ast, I.Okoye 12+13reb+3ast, M.Kurg 10+2reb+1ast, J.Vahter 4+4reb, R.Prii 4+2reb
Hito/Johvi: S.Laur 14+8reb+1ast, M.Laanemets 7+5reb, A.Anijarv 7+1ast, J.Kool 6+4reb, G.Tambre 5+4reb, J.Saar 3+4reb
gschID: 231190


Parnu - Tarvas 77-80

Seventh-ranked KK Parnu (11-14) gave a tough game to first ranked BC Rakvere (20-9) on Saturday. The visitors from Rakvere managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KK Parnu. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who added 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Rakvere maintains first position with 20-9 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. BC Rakvere are looking forward to face league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Parnu will play on the road against TTU (#4) in Tallinn and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: B.Raley-Ross 22+8reb+5ast, R.Tamm 22+3reb+6ast, M.Laksa 12+6reb, J.Umbrasko 11+4reb, O.Metsalu 6+3reb, A.Stewart 5+7reb
Parnu: O.Matulionis 18+4reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 17+1reb+4ast, K.Kitsing 16+12reb+3ast, R.Raap 10+5reb+4ast, R.Raadik 8+10reb+1ast, O.Siigur 3+1reb
gschID: 231189


Rapla - Hito/Johvi 95-64

Fifth ranked Rapla (13-13) crushed at home 9th ranked Hito/Johvi (2-25) by 31 points 95-64, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Rapla led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Rapla forced 21 Hito/Johvi turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Martin Jurtom (198-94) chipped in 14 points. Five Rapla players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Edvard Trumm (192-83) who recorded 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Aleksis Anijarv (186-94) added 12 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rapla maintains fifth position with 13-13 record. Hito/Johvi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Rapla will meet KK Parnu (#7) on the road in the next round. Hito/Johvi will play against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rapla: I.Pilk 18+6reb+1ast, M.Jurtom 14+4reb+1ast, J.Soo 11+6reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 11+4reb, M.Dorbek 10+1reb+4ast, R.Laane 8+3reb+4ast
Hito/Johvi: E.Trumm 12+5reb+1ast, A.Anijarv 12+1reb+3ast, A.Saariste 10+3reb, J.Kool 6+2reb+1ast, S.Saare 6+3reb, T.Uuekula 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 231188


TTU - Valga 64-61

Important game to mention about took place in Tallinn. Fourth ranked TTU (14-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Valga (12-16) 64-61 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valga. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valga won fourth quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by the former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) who scored that evening 9 points and 5 assists and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) supported him with 14 points. Even a double-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists by Serbian point guard Edi Sinadinovic (193-88) did not help to save the game for Valga. Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84) added 15 points. Four Valga players scored in double figures. TTU maintains fourth position with 14-11 record. Valga at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. TTU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 14+1reb+1ast, K.Makke 9+3reb, E.Keedus 9+3reb+5ast, A.Arnold 8+6reb, J.Puidet 8+5reb+2ast, S.Raudla 7+6reb+3ast
Valga: E.Cunda 15+3reb, J.Jarvelainen 13+1reb, E.Sinadinovic 12+11reb+8ast, V.Vares 10, R.Grafs 8+4reb+1ast, H.Rannula 3+3reb
gschID: 231187



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  EUROCUP   

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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  FINLAND   

Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 19-5 
 2. ToPo 17-7 
 3. Tapiolan Honka 15-9 
 4. BC Nokia 13-11 
 5. Oulun NMKY 12-12 
 6. Huima 10-14 
 7. SayRi 8-16 
 8. Pyrinto II 8-16 
 9. Ura Basket 6-18 
Division B
 1. TuNMKY 21-7 
 2. Kerava ET 21-7 
 3. Jarvenpaa 18-10 
 4. KaU Koris 17-11 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 11-17 
 6. HBA-Marsky 10-18 
 7. Espoo Basket 8-20 
 8. JyWe 6-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 24: BC Jyvaskyla - Espoo Basket 93-79
Mar. 24: Jarvenpaa - HBA-Marsky 83-80
Mar. 24: TuNMKY - JyWe 115-66

A

Mar. 24: KaU Koris - Kerava ET 97-84
Mar. 24: Tapiolan Honka - Porvoon Tarmo 94-70
Mar. 24: ToPo - Huima 78-85
Mar. 24: BC Nokia - Ura Basket 119-94
Mar. 24: SayRi - Pyrinto II 104-93

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 27: Porvoon Tarmo - BC Nokia
Mar. 28: ToPo - Tapiolan Honka


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.24.6 
 3. Taylor, Porvoon23.9 
 4. Hester, TuNM.23.9 
 5. Moultrie, BC Nokia23.7 
 6. Jallow, Jarvenpaa22.4 
 7. Mays, Huima22.0 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.0 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET21.5 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio HESTER
  TuNM.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Hester, TuNM.15.6 
 2. Jallow, Jarvenpaa14.8 
 3. Moultrie, BC Nokia13.5 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.8 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.8 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET11.6 
 7. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 8. Young, Porvoon10.7 
 9. Capers, ToPo10.2 
 10. Harrison, Ura B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.3 
 2. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.4 
 4. Ginty, ToPo4.3 
 5. Harjula, Pyrinto II4.3 
 6. Mays, Huima4.2 
 7. Jallow, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 8. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.8 
 9. Humalamaki, TuNM.3.8 
 10. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.8 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.7 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 4. Thomas, SayRi1.9 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 6. Taylor, Porvoon1.9 
 7. Hester, TuNM.1.8 
 8. Richardson, Ura B.1.8 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 10. Michelsen, HBA-M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.5 
 2. Mua, Kerava ET2.1 
 3. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.0 
 4. Woods, BC Nokia1.8 
 5. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.4 
 6. Hester, TuNM.1.3 
 7. Rajala, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 8. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 9. Capers, ToPo1.3 
 10. Kauhanen, HBA-M.1.2 


DIVISION 1 play-off-games starting on March 27 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, round 24: The regular season is over. The Top-4 teams Tarmo, Porvoo (19-5), Torpan Pojat, Helsinki (17-7), Honka, Tapiola (15-9) and BC Nokia (13-11) made the play-off-games, which will start on Wednesday, March 27. In the first stage it will be Tarmo vs BC Nokia and ToPo vs Honka. Three wins will be needed to make the Finals. In the Finals three wins will be needed to win it all and go up to Top League (Korisliiga). Ura Basket, Kaarina will say goodbye to Division 1 A and will be replaced by Kerava ET.
Tonight four games. American player Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) helped BC Nokia with 32pts/21rbs and Cory Abercrombie (201-PF-85, college: Independence CC) helped Huima with 29pts/10rbs. Both BC Nokia and Huima won their game as well as Honka and Riento from Saynatsalo.

ToPo - Huima 78-85 (41-42). (Devin Ginty 17, Marcus Capers 16, HL Coleman 14 - Cory Abercrombie 29/10, DeAndre Mays 21, Andre Stephens 12/14).
BC Nokia - Ura Basket 119-94 (56-36). (Brian Moultrie 32/21, Timo Riihela 23/6a, Kraidon Woods 20/11 - Bobby Nash 28, Nolan Richardson 28, Paul Harrison 21/13. A: 315).
SayRi - Pyrinto II 104-93 (49-49). (Eryk Thomas 30/14, Shaquille Johnson 25/10/7a, Kosti Naukkarinen 13 - Topias Palmi 26, J-P.Vaananen 18, Joni Harjula 14/5a. A: 146).
Honka - Tarmo 94-70 (55-42). (Ronnie Clark 20, Jouko Jarvinen 15, Tuomas Iisalo 11 - Vernon Taylor 24, Mikael Holme 15, Eemil Oikari 9. A: 682).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 19-4 
 2. Vichy 18-7 
 3. Souffel 17-7 
 4. Cognac 16-8 
 5. Blois 14-9 
 6. Quimper 14-10 
 7. La Rochelle 14-11 
 8. Monaco 13-10 
 9. Rueil 13-12 
 10. Sorgues 11-12 
 11. St Chamond 10-14 
 12. Angers BC 49 9-14 
 13. Chartres 9-15 
 14. Challans 8-16 
 15. Rennes 6-18 
 16. CFBB 0-24 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 23: Rueil - Monaco 82-72
Mar. 23: La Rochelle - Angers BC 49 81-68
Mar. 23: Vichy - Blois 75-92
Mar. 23: Cognac - Orchy 72-84
Mar. 23: Rennes - Chartres 70-57
Mar. 23: St Chamond - Quimper 69-63
Mar. 23: Souffel - Challans 68-44

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 30: Monaco - Cognac
Mar. 30: Orchy - St Chamond
Mar. 30: Quimper - Souffel
Mar. 30: Angers BC 49 - Vichy
Mar. 30: Challans - Rennes
Mar. 30: Blois - Rueil
Mar. 30: Sorgues - CFBB


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.5 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.6 
 3. Raji, Quimper17.2 
 4. Hill, Angers BC 4917.0 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle16.8 
 6. Inglis, CFBB16.5 
 7. Petrovic, Orchy16.4 
 8. Pene, Rennes16.2 
 9. Herard, Challans16.0 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.5 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle7.8 
 4. Tornato, Blois7.5 
 5. Inglis, CFBB7.4 
 6. Sall, Rennes7.3 
 7. Calasan, Monaco7.2 
 8. Alingue, Souffel7.2 
 9. Rinna, St Chamond7.1 
 10. Caskill, Cognac7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.0 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 4. Rathieuville, Chal.5.4 
 5. Thomas, Vichy4.8 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 7. Fellah, Angers B.4.5 
 8. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 9. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 10. Boivin, Chartres3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.5 
 2. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.1.8 
 4. Davis, Blois1.8 
 5. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.7 
 6. Saounera, Rueil1.7 
 7. Herard, Challans1.6 
 8. Christophe, Monaco1.6 
 9. Mouillard, Cognac1.6 
 10. Pene, Rennes1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Davis, Blois1.6 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.5 
 3. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 7. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.0 
 9. Kolb, Quimper0.8 
 10. Smock, CFBB0.8 


Finish strong - by Daviin Davis

I don't have to say but i have so much to be thankful for seeing my team playing together and fighting hard is something I'm thankful for. We tent to take so much got granted everyday take time each day and thank those who you look to for your blessings. We all go through our Up and downs in life and In basketball the way we deal with them define who we are as a person and as a team..Finish strong!!!


Monaco adds McClintock to their roster - by Eurobasket

AS Monaco Basket (NM1) added to their roster 36-year old American center Daniel McClintock (212-112kg-77, college: N.Arizona). He started the season at Arizona Scorpions (ABA) in the U.S.. The last season McClintock played at MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 35 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Azovmash (Superleague) in Ukraine. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and McClintock was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 9 Superleague games he averaged 8.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.5ppg and 1.5rpg. McClintock also played 2 games in VTB United League where he averaged 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
In 2000 he was drafted by Kansas Cagerz (USBL) in sixth round (58th overall).
McClintock attended Northern Arizona University and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the Ukrainian Cup final in 2011. McClintock was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Center of the Year back in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. McClintock has played also professionally in China, Germany (EWE Baskets), Italy (Biancoblu Basket Bologna), Latvia (Ventspils) and France (Gravelines-Dunkerque and Sluc Nancy).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Monaco.

By Eurobasket Data Center



NM1 Round 27: JA Vichy is upset by Blois - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked JA Vichy (18-7) and seventh ranked Blois (14-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. JA Vichy was defeated by Blois in Vichy 92-75. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-75. 29 personal fouls committed by JA Vichy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Gregory Lessort (197-85) who recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. JA Vichy's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Blois have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. JA Vichy at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Blois are looking forward to face Rueil (#9) at home in the next round. JA Vichy will play against Angers BC 49 (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cognac. First ranked Orchesien BC faced 4th placed Cognac. Guests from Orchies (19-4) defeated host Cognac (16-8) 84-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. It was a good game for center Julien Bestron (205-86) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Tony Stanley contributed with 17 points for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian point guard Mickael Toti (181-87) answered with 11 points and 9 assists for Cognac. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Orchesien BC. They maintain first place with 19-4 record. Cognac at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Orchesien BC will play against Saint Chamond (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Monaco (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Saint Chamond, where higher ranked Quimper UJAP (14-10) lost to twelfth ranked Saint Chamond (10-14) in a road game 63-69 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Tyray Pearson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Corey Raji with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Saint Chamond moved-up to eleventh place. Quimper UJAP lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Saint Chamond will meet league's leader Orchesien BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimper UJAP will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game took place in Rennes, where 12th ranked Chartres (9-15) lost to fifteenth ranked Union Rennes (6-18) in a road game 57-70. It was an exceptional evening for El Kabir Pene who led the winners and scored 26 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Union Rennes maintains fifteenth place with 6-18 record. Chartres lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Union Rennes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Vendee Challans (#14) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Rueil, where 6th ranked Monaco (13-10) lost to ninth ranked Rueil (13-12) in a road game 72-82 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Slobodan Ocokoljic who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Rueil maintains ninth place with 13-12 record. Newly promoted Monaco dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Rueil will face higher ranked Blois (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 27 Challans was crushed by Souffel in Souffel. 68-44. La Rochelle beat Angers BC 49 at home 81-68.


St Chamond - Quimper 69-63

We should mention about the upset which took place in Saint Chamond, where higher ranked Quimper UJAP (14-10) lost to twelfth ranked Saint Chamond (10-14) in a road game 63-69 on Saturday. Saint Chamond looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) helped adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) with 25 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Etienne Plateau (192-86) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Saint Chamond moved-up to eleventh place. Quimper UJAP lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Saint Chamond will meet league's leader Orchesien BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimper UJAP will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: I.Bankevics 18+2reb+2ast, T.Pearson 13+13reb+3ast, J.Rinna 11+9reb+3ast, E.Sadiku 10+3ast, R.Tillon 8+2reb+7ast, J.Landu-Bongo 5+5reb+2ast
Quimper: C.Raji 25+6reb+3ast, E.Plateau 15+6reb+1ast, A.Thimon 7+1reb+1ast, F.Thibedore 7+6reb+6ast, O.Kolb 6+6reb+1ast, W.Molas 2+1reb
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Cognac - Orchy 72-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cognac. First ranked Orchesien BC faced 4th placed Cognac. Guests from Orchies (19-4) defeated host Cognac (16-8) 84-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. Orchesien BC made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for center Julien Bestron (205-86) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American Tony Stanley (193-77, college: Dayton) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian point guard Mickael Toti (181-87) answered with 11 points and 9 assists and Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) added 13 points in the effort for Cognac. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Orchesien BC. They maintain first place with 19-4 record. Cognac at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Orchesien BC will play against Saint Chamond (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Monaco (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bestron 26+9reb, T.Stanley 17+3reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 10+4reb, E.Barbry 7+2reb+4ast, R.Carter 7+1reb+4ast, R.Brocheray 7+5reb+2ast
Cognac: D.Sencanski 13+4reb+2ast, M.Toti 11+1reb+9ast, M.Buval 10+3reb+1ast, R.Hillotte 9+2reb+4ast, C.Bertorelle 8+3reb+3ast, F.Koffi 6+4reb+1ast
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Rennes - Chartres 70-57

An interesting game took place in Rennes, where 12th ranked Chartres (9-15) lost to fifteenth ranked Union Rennes (6-18) in a road game 57-70. The game was mostly controlled by Union Rennes. Chartres was better in third quarter 17-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for Senegalese guard El Kabir Pene (190-84) who led the winners and scored 26 points. American forward Alex Okafor (202-87, college: Princeton) accounted for 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Union Rennes players scored in double figures. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Chartres in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Union Rennes maintains fifteenth place with 6-18 record. Chartres lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Union Rennes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Vendee Challans (#14) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Rennes: E.Kabir Pene 26+3reb+1ast, K.Kittar 12+1reb, O.Lamothe 10+1reb+1ast, A.Okafor 10+7reb+2ast, S.Ben Driss 4+6reb, J.Dessart 3+4reb+4ast
Chartres: G.Merie 20+8reb+1ast, V.Mendy 8+10reb+1ast, J.Sauret 8+1reb+1ast, M.Vasic 6+1reb+1ast, A.Hergott 6+5reb, A.Barakaou 3+1ast
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Souffel - Challans 68-44

There was no surprise in Souffel. where 14th ranked Vendee Challans (8-16) was crushed by third ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-7) 68-44 on Saturday. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Vendee Challans to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 48.2 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) who recorded 10 points and 4 steals and naturalized Mali swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming) added 10 points respectively. Vendee Challans' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Souffelweyersheim maintains third place with 17-7 record having just one points less than leader Orchy. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face Quimper UJAP (#6) on the road in the next round. Vendee Challans will play against Union Rennes (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Alingue 18+10reb+1ast, J.Tschamber 11+2reb+4ast, F.Minet 11+5reb+1ast, J.Cazenobe 8+5reb, A.N'Diaye 8+7reb+2ast, G.OBERNESSER 6+2reb
Challans: J.Rathieuville 10+3reb+1ast, M.Diakite 10+3reb, S.Cherasse 8+1reb, S.Mekdad 4+4reb+1ast, P.Balocka 4+6reb, F.Herard 2+3reb
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Vichy - Blois 75-92

The game between second ranked JA Vichy (18-7) and seventh ranked Blois (14-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. JA Vichy was defeated by Blois in Vichy 92-75. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-75. 29 personal fouls committed by JA Vichy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Four Blois players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Gregory Lessort (197-85) who recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Guillaume Pons (198-79) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. JA Vichy's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Blois have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. JA Vichy at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Blois are looking forward to face Rueil (#9) at home in the next round. JA Vichy will play against Angers BC 49 (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Blois: D.Davis 25+3reb+2ast, J.Tornato 19+11reb+1ast, V.Kaunisto 16+14reb+2ast, G.Staelens 13+4reb+4ast, K.Morlende 8+2reb+1ast, W.Aka 5+1ast
Vichy: J.Reynolds 18+3reb+1ast, G.Pons 17+6reb+3ast, G.Lessort 16+6reb+4ast, D.Tshomba 8+2reb+1ast, Y.Smail 7+3reb+1ast, B.Thomas 6+1reb+5ast
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Rueil - Monaco 82-72

An interesting game took place in Rueil, where 6th ranked Monaco (13-10) lost to ninth ranked Rueil (13-12) in a road game 72-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rueil. Monaco was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Monaco outrebounded Rueil 47-35 including 22 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Monaco was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Alexis Desespringalle (192-91) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) who recorded 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (205-85, college: Purdue) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Rueil maintains ninth place with 13-12 record. Newly promoted Monaco dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Rueil will face higher ranked Blois (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Rueil: S.Ocokoljic 26+7reb+5ast, D.Gentil 14+3reb+1ast, A.Desespringalle 13+4reb+4ast, G.Mdivani 10+9reb+1ast, I.Saounera 7+1ast, K.Gourari 5+4reb+6ast
Monaco: J.Jones 15+6reb+1ast, N.Calasan 12+10reb+1ast, D.Vebobe 12+7reb+1ast, M.Diallo 8+5reb+3ast, N.Peyre 8+1reb, M.Aleksic 7+9reb+7ast
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La Rochelle - Angers BC 49 81-68

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked La Rochelle (14-11) defeated at home 11th ranked Angers BC 49 (9-14) 81-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by La Rochelle. Angers BC 49 was better in fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Rochelle had a 28-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was naturalized Madagascar swingman Amy M'Boma (199-83) who scored 18 points. Steeve Soliman (196-88) chipped in 16 points. Four La Rochelle players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward SyPir Traore (204-85) added 17 points respectively. La Rochelle moved-up to seventh place. Loser Angers BC 49 dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. La Rochelle will have a break next round. Angers BC 49 will play at home against the league's second-placed JA Vichy (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
La Rochelle: A.M'Boma 18+4reb+1ast, S.Soliman 16+4reb+1ast, J.Dalmat 12+4reb, F.Sahraoui 10+4reb+7ast, J.Cole 9+5reb, H.Jannel 6+4reb
Angers BC 49: A.Hill 21+8reb+4ast, S.Traore 17+3reb, T.Lonzieme 9+5reb, P.Drouault 8+2reb+2ast, M.Chupin 6+1reb, A.Fellah 4+3reb+2ast
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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-5 
 2. B.Muenchen 18-10 
 3. EWE Baskets 17-8 
 4. Ratiopharm 17-9 
 5. ALBA 16-10 
 6. Art.Dragons 15-12 
 7. s.Oliver Baskets 15-13 
 8. Phoenix Hagen 14-13 
 9. Telekom Baskets 13-13 
 10. TBB Trier 13-13 
 11. Walter Tigers 13-15 
 12. MBC 12-15 
 13. NY Phantoms 11-16 
 14. Bremerhaven 11-16 
 15. Bayreuth 11-16 
 16. Fraport SKY 11-17 
 17. Neckar L'burg 10-18 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 17: Phoenix Hagen - ALBA 94-87
Mar. 17: TBB Trier - B.Muenchen 90-84
Mar. 22: Fraport SKY - Bremerhaven 86-73
Mar. 17: Fraport SKY - Brose Bask. 77-64
Mar. 22: Phoenix Hagen - EWE Baskets 73-67
Mar. 16: Bayreuth - s.Oliver Baskets 62-83
Mar. 23: Neckar L'burg - MBC 56-61

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 30: s.Oliver Baskets - Fraport SKY
Mar. 30: Ratiopharm - ALBA
Mar. 30: MBC - Telekom Baskets
Mar. 30: NY Phantoms - Phoenix Hagen
Mar. 30: EWE Baskets - Neckar L'burg
Mar. 30: Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen
Mar. 30: Walter Tigers - Bayreuth
Mar. 31: Bremerhaven - TBB Trier
Mar. 31: Brose Bask. - LTi 46ers

Round 26

Mar. 24: NY Phantoms - s.Oliver Baskets


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.8 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.9 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen14.9 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.5 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.5 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.14.4 
 9. Rice, B.Muenchen14.3 
 10. Thompson, ALBA14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.3 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.1 
 5. Robertson, Fraport6.7 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 7. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 9. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.4 
 10. Linhart, TBB Trier6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.0 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.9 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.3 
 4. White, Phoenix4.3 
 5. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.0 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.4.0 
 7. Redding, Walter T.3.9 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.5 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Gibson, Fraport S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth0.8 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 21-7 
 2. Goettingen 20-8 
 3. Duesseldorf 19-9 
 4. Cuxhaven 17-11 
 5. Karlsruhe 16-11 
 6. Ehingen 15-13 
 7. Chemnitz 14-13 
 8. Jena 14-14 
 9. NBC 14-14 
 10. Heidelberg 12-16 
 11. Crailsheim 11-17 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 11-17 
 13. Finke Baskets 11-17 
 14. Gotha 10-18 
 15. Kirchheim 10-18 
 16. Leipzig 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 23: NBC - Gotha 91-82
Mar. 23: Leipzig - ETB Wohnbau 90-86 OT
Mar. 23: Heidelberg - Cuxhaven 84-88
Mar. 23: Goettingen - Finke Baskets 82-66
Mar. 23: Duesseldorf - Kirchheim 80-71
Mar. 23: Crailsheim - Vechta 78-91
Mar. 23: Ehingen - Jena 65-69
Mar. 25: Karlsruhe - Chemnitz


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, Gotha18.1 
 4. Nixon, NBC17.7 
 5. Calvin, Ehingen17.0 
 6. Williams, Vechta16.9 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.9 
 8. Barker, Jena15.6 
 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. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 5. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.7 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 8. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
 9. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.3 
 10. Livas, Goettingen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Vechta7.1 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.0 
 3. Aud, Finke Baskets5.7 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 7. Barker, Jena4.3 
 8. Jeka, Jena4.3 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg3.9 
 10. Ishizaki, Chemnitz3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, Vechta2.6 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.0 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 6. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.5 
 7. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim1.5 
 9. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.4 
 10. Adams, Finke B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Thompson, NBC1.3 
 4. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.3 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz1.2 
 6. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 7. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 9. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.0.9 


James, Nowitzki lead Mavericks past Jazz, 113-108 - by Eurobasket News

Mike James didn't play like a 37-year-old on his last legs in the NBA on Sunday night.

James scored a season-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the slumping Utah Jazz 113-108.

The journeyman point guard scored 12 points in the third quarter, including seven in a 20-2 run which bridged the third and fourth quarters.

''I'm like a little kid in the candy store,'' James said. ''People don't understand how much fun I'm having out there.''

The 11th-year point guard is probably enjoying himself more now considering he didn't even have an NBA job three months ago. James joined Dallas on a 10-day contract on Jan. 8, and the Mavericks signed him for the rest of season three weeks later.

Rick Carlisle inserted James into the starting lineup on March 6, and the Mavericks have gone 8-3 since then to get within two games of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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''Because people say I can't play this game anymore, I'm out there having a great time,'' said James, who has played with 10 different teams.

Vince Carter and Shawn Marion each had 15 as the Mavericks improved to 2-1 on a season-long six-game homestand. Dallas has gone 21-13 since dropping 10 games under .500 on Jan. 9.

'' (This season) has been so up and down,'' Mavericks center Elton Brand said. ''It's been a roller coaster.''

Enes Kanter scored 17 points as the Jazz lost their ninth straight on the road, Utah's longest such skid since losing 17 in a row away from home during the 1981-82 season. The Jazz's last road win was Feb. 13 at Minnesota.

''We can't get the games back that we lost,'' Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. ''We need to learn lessons from it. But we have to find a way to get better.''

Dallas had a one-point edge at halftime and the teams exchanged the lead 12 times in the third. The game was tied at 69 midway through the third before Dallas surged ahead for good.

James hit a 3-pointer to put Dallas in front 74-69. He connected on two free throws and short jumper to close the third, stretching the Mavericks' lead to 83-71.

Carter made a difficult layup and Marion hit a free throw to cap the 20-2 run which gave Dallas an 89-71 advantage with 9:55 left.

The Mavericks led 104-87 with 3:12 left before the Jazz went on a 21-7 run over the next 3 minutes. Gordon Hayward's three-point play brought Utah to 111-108 with 7.3 seconds left.

James hit 7 of 10 shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers. Darren Collison had 13 points for the Dallas, which shot 54.3 percent from the field.

James fell just short of his first 20-game performance since Jan. 14, 2009 against the New York Knicks.

''Mike James played great,'' Brand said. ''He's been very good since he's been here for us.''

Utah's Paul Millsap had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Hayward chipped in with 13 points.

Utah has lost four in a row and 12 of 15 overall. The Jazz dropped two games behind the Lakers - and even with Dallas - for the last playoff spot in the conference.

''I think we're just losing focus,'' Kanter said. ''We'll just have to work on it and stick together.''

Al Jefferson scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter to help the Jazz take a 27-24 lead.

Mo Williams hit a 3-pointer and a 20-footer to start a 9-2 run that gave Utah a 42-35 advantage, its largest of the first half.

Late in the second quarter, Dallas took its first lead since early in the first half on Nowitzki's jumper over Jefferson. Nowitzki ended the first half with a fadeaway over Millsap, putting Dallas up 53-52 at halftime.

NOTES: Utah plays eight of its next 10 at home, starting Monday night against Philadelphia. . The Mavericks have won 19 of their last 22 against the Jazz in Dallas.
Courtesy of: http://www.philstar.com



ALBA triumphs at Beko BBL Pokal 2013 in O2 World - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
ALBA-Ratiopharm Ulm 85:67


Alba triumphs at Beko BBL Pokal 2013 in O2 World. The home side of the Top Four overcame Ratiopharm Ulm 85:67 in the Final game.
Ratiopharm Ulm looked better in the first half and managed to take 1-point lead at the halftime. The tempo continued on a high note in the third period and ALBA managed to post 24-20 in it for 3-point lead at the end of the period. The rest of the game the court was dominated by only, one team, ALBA. The latter erupted with a massive 23-8 surge and clinched the title of the game. Heiko Schaffartzik nailed the last three-pointer with the buzzer for the final success.
Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) nailed 20. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) delivered 12, whilst DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) brought 10. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) ended up with 21 points and Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio) had 13. GuNTHER Per scored 10, while Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) added 8.

Alba: Zach Morley 24, Deon Thompson 20, Je'Kel Foster 12, DaShaun Wood 10
Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 21, Steven Esterkamp 13, GuNTHER Per 10, Allan Ray 8



Ahmad Smith (NBC) Rebounding Is Something That I Focus On Going Into Each Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 28 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his first season for the NBC of the German PRO A. He started the season with Gotha, but left the team and came to NBC in January 2013. He played at St.Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8 (14.2ppg), RebA10-10 (6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9 (3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. Last season for the Kichheim Knights he played 35 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 62.0% He spoke to eurobasket after the 91-82 win against his ex team Gotha.

Congrats on the 91-82 win against your ex team Gotha. How motivated were you to play against your old team again?

Thanks, I was motivated its always special playing against your former team.

When you left Gotha, it was stated in the press release that both sides had no comment to the reasons for the termination of your contract. In the game, you had a tangle with Christop Nicol on the court. What exactly happened from your point of view?

I just told him it was a good game and thanks for some of the negative comments he had about me while I was in Gotha.

How disappointed are you about the way you have been perceived in the media in general about your departure from Gotha. In the press release to the game, it was written that you were unprofessional on the court. How much does that bother you?

That really bothers me because I was never trying to provoke their players or fans. I have respect for the BIG Gotha organization and especially their fans who were always kind to me during my time there. I think its really unprofessional from them writing negative things about a player in the press. Especially when its not true.

Why didnt the relationship Ahmad Smith and Gotha work?

It wasn't a good situation for both sides and was better if we just parted ways.


It was a very intense game, but what was key for getting the win in the fourth quarter and holding Gotha to four points?

We really picked up our intensity on defense in the fourth quarter and that helped us get out in transition which is our best strength.
This was your second triple double of the season for NBC. Was this game better than the one against Kirchheim?
I think I played better in the game against Kirchheim.


You are almost averaging 10 rebounds a game in the PRO A. That is a crazy stat, but shows your rebounding strength and willingness to help out. Have you worked extra on your rebounding with NBC?

Rebounding is something that I always focus on going into every game.


Do you think that your stats now will get some interest from Beko BBL teams? Why do you think have Beko BBL teams not signed you yet?

I'm not sure if I will get any interest from BBL teams. I don't know why a BBL hasn't signed me thats something you would have to ask them.

NBC is fighting to reach the playoffs. How positive are you that the club will reach the promised land?

We have to continue to play great defense the way we played during the fourth quarter against Gotha and we'll be fine.

Talk is always about how big Zamal Nixon or Ronald Thompson have been, but how important has German Cornelius Adler been for the success of the team?

Cornelius has been playing great for us on both sides of the court the last couple of games he's a hard worker and deserves it.


You and Adler are the same height. How do you push each other in practice and how do you help him get better?

Playing against him everyday in practice prepares you for the game because of his intensity every play.


Who has been your toughest player opponent in the PRO A this season?

Zamal Nixon everyday in practice.

Who are your NCAA Final 4 teams?

Louisville Michigan Arizona Indiana

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

A Good Day To Die Hard


Thanks Ahmad for the chat





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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 19-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 18-3 
 3. Panionios 16-5 
 4. PAOK 16-5 
 5. AGOR 14-7 
 6. Ikaros 10-11 
 7. Aris 9-11 
 8. Apollon Patras 9-12 
 9. Ilysiakos 7-14 
 10. KAOD 7-14 
 11. Kolossos 6-15 
 12. Kavala 5-16 
 13. Panelefsiniakos 5-16 
 14. Peristeri GS 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 24: Panathinaikos - Peristeri GS 85-60
Mar. 23: Panelefsiniakos - Panionios 76-72
Mar. 23: Ilysiakos - Apollon Patras 75-69
Mar. 23: Kolossos - Ikaros 69-73
Mar. 23: AGOR - PAOK 66-64
Mar. 23: Kavala - KAOD 60-71
Mar. 25: Aris - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos22.2 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.3 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.2 
 5. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.0 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Coleman, Kavala14.1 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 10. Gibson, Ikaros13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.5 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 3. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.4 
 4. Faye, Ikaros7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios7.1 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.6 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.2 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ar.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.2 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.0 
 5. Papantoniou, Peris.3.8 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.2 
 8. Sloukas, Olympiacos3.2 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.2 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.6 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 6. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.5 
 9. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.4 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 5. Achara, Kavala1.2 
 6. Faye, Ikaros1.2 
 7. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Jankovic, Panioni.0.9 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 17-4 
 2. Filathlitikos 17-4 
 3. Trikalla 17-4 
 4. Koroivos 14-7 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 12-9 
 6. Lavrio 12-9 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 11-10 
 8. Pagrati 10-11 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 8-13 
 10. Arkadikos 8-13 
 11. Irakleio 6-15 
 12. OFI 6-15 
 13. Niki Volou 5-16 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 23: Trikalla - Ermis Lagkada 93-79
Mar. 23: Pagrati - Doxa Lefkadas 88-72
Mar. 23: Filathlitikos - Arkadikos 87-79
Mar. 23: Agia Paraskevis - OFI 76-73
Mar. 23: Lavrio - Niki Volou 68-65
Mar. 23: Ikaroi Serron - Koroivos 63-65
Mar. 23: Irakleio - Nea Kifisia 62-70


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.4 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.5 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.8 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lav.16.8 
 5. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 6. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.3 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.15.9 
 8. Kitsoulis, OFI15.8 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.1 
 10. Kaklamanos, Trika.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.6 
 2. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.7 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.2 
 5. Sklavos, Pagrati8.1 
 6. Manousos, Doxa L.8.0 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.5 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.3 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.6.0 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.3 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 6. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.5 
 8. Petrakis, OFI3.4 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.3 
 10. Cosic, Koroivos3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.8 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos2.0 
 5. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.9 
 6. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 7. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.6 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  OFI
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 2. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 5. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 6. Manousos, Doxa L.0.7 
 7. Antetokoubo, Filat.0.7 
 8. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 9. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 10. Charismidis, Trik.0.7 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 15-4 
 2. Iraklis 14-5 
 3. Stratoni 13-6 
 4. Egaleo 13-6 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 10-9 
 6. Marousi 9-11 
 7. Ionikos N.F. 9-11 
 8. Aias Evosmou 9-11 
 9. Periko/Arhelaos 8-11 
 10. Anatolia 8-12 
 11. Metamorfosi 7-12 
 12. MENT 5-13 
 13. Ionikos Ionias 5-14 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 19-1 
 2. AEK Athens 17-3 
 3. Panerythraikos 13-8 
 4. Aetos 12-7 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 12-8 
 6. Holargos 11-9 
 7. Enosi 10-11 
 8. Doukas 9-10 
 9. Near East 8-12 
 10. Halkidas 7-14 
 11. Esperos Patras 6-15 
 12. Kronos AD 5-15 
 13. Perama Ermis 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

North

Mar. 24: Ionikos Ionias - Metamorfosi
Mar. 24: Periko/Arhelaos - Anatolia
Mar. 24: MENT - Marousi
Mar. 24: Stratoni - Filippos Veroias
Mar. 24: Doxa Pefkon - Egaleo
Mar. 24: Ionikos N.F. - Iraklis

South

Mar. 24: Doukas - Enosi 84-75
Mar. 24: Panerythraikos - Amyntas Dafnis 80-74
Mar. 24: Psyhiko - Kronos AD 79-64
Mar. 24: Perama Ermis - Halkidas 73-71
Mar. 24: Holargos - Esperos Patras 73-65
Mar. 24: Aetos - AEK Athens 61-66



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

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

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 21: Zwolle - M.Magixx
Mar. 28: Groningen - M.Magixx
Mar. 30: Leiden - Zwolle
Mar. 30: Rotterdam - Weert
Mar. 30: M.Magixx - Leeuwarden
Mar. 30: Amsterdam - Den Bosch
Mar. 27: Leiden - Den Helder K.


EiffelTowers Den Bosch wins the 2012/2013 Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle-Den Bosch 61:73

EiffelTowers Den Bosch wins the 2012/2013 Cup title. The team overcame Zwolle 73:61 in the Final game.
EiffelTowers Den Bosch won the opening period 16:15 and posted the same number of the points in the second frame. It was enough again to win the frame and to improve to 4 points at the halftime. Moreover EiffelTowers Den Bosch also posted two narrow wins in the second half. They needed a 18-17 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 23-16 in the last stanza.
Andre Young (175-G-90, college: Clemson) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Wil Carter (203-F-88, college: San Jose St.) netted 14. Dejuan Wright (190-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: FIU) delivered 13, whilst Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 11. Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Indiana, PA) ended up with 28 points in the losing effort. Josh Magette (185-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) and Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida) posted 8 points each in a loss.

Zwolle: Darryl Webb 28, Josh Magette 8, Kenrick Zondervan 8
Den Bosch: Andre Young 15, Wil Carter 14, Dejuan Wright 13, Stefan Wessels 11



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 3-0 
 2. Atomeromu 2-1 
 3. Szolnok 2-1 
 4. Kaposvari 1-2 
 5. Kormend 1-2 
 6. Jaszberenyi 0-3 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 13-11 
 2. Soproni 12-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 11-12 
 4. ZTE KK 10-14 
 5. Szedeak 9-15 
 6. Marso NYKK 9-16 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: Szolnok - Kormend 96-73
Mar. 23: Atomeromu - Jaszberenyi 89-86
Mar. 23: Kaposvari - Albacomp 81-89

Places 7-13

Mar. 23: Szedeak - ZTE KK 92-79
Mar. 22: Marso NYKK - PVSK Pannon 82-88
Mar. 20: FS Debrecen - Soproni 42-90

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Mar. 27: Albacomp - Atomeromu
Mar. 27: Kaposvari - Szolnok
Mar. 27: Jaszberenyi - Kormend

Places 7-13

Mar. 25: FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon
Mar. 26: ZTE KK - FS Debrecen
Mar. 27: Soproni - Szedeak


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Swanston, Kapos.20.7 
 2. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari20.1 
 4. Spica, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Wood, Albacomp19.5 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.9 
 8. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 9. Nelson, Marso N.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.0 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 6. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 7. Keller, Albacomp7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Shaw, Kormend7.4 
 10. Markovic, Jaszber.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Atomeromu
  (189-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.7 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.7 
 6. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 7. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 8. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.7 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 5. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Mohacsi, Marso N.1.7 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 2. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 8. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 9. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 
 10. Ivosev, Falco-Sz.0.6 



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  ISRAEL   


The Israeli league may be cancelled - by Idan Seggev

The remaining of the season in the Israeli league is in danger. The Israeli players are on strike for almost two weeks now, when the main reason is the high number of foreign players according to them and the fact that the Israeli player almost never gets a shot in the teams who prefer to build themselves around four or more foreigns. The playoff should have start today, but the league management decide to postpone it to Thursday. As things are going at the moment, it seems that both sides (Israeli players organization & league management) are far from settling which may cancel the rest of the season and will break the league management apart and will force the Israeli basketball association to be in charge. Both sides will meet today in order to reach an agreement and finish with the strike.

The main problem - While the league management wants to keep the "Russian rule", which means everytime 2 Israelies on the court, five foreigns and three youth players, the players organization wants three Israelies on the court at the same time but they are also willing to compromise: "Russian rule" in the next two years, but from the third year, only three foreigns.

We'll have to wait and see the results of today's meeting, in order to see the future of the Israeli league.



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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 19-5 
 2. Banco di Sard. 18-6 
 3. Acea Virtus RM 17-7 
 4. Cantu 15-8 
 5. Montepaschi 14-9 
 6. EA7 Armani 14-10 
 7. Trenkwalder RE 13-11 
 8. Umana VE 12-12 
 9. Vanoli CR 10-14 
 10. Enel Brindisi 10-14 
 11. JuveCaserta 10-14 
 12. Sidigas AV 9-14 
 13. Sutor MGR 9-15 
 14. Oknoplast BO 8-15 
 15. Pesaro 7-17 
 16. Angelico BI 5-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 24: Umana VE - Angelico BI 97-62
Mar. 24: Acea Virtus RM - Oknoplast BO 90-70
Mar. 24: Trenkwalder RE - Cimberio VA 74-77
Mar. 24: Enel Brindisi - Sidigas AV 72-76
Mar. 24: EA7 Armani - Sutor MGR 71-85
Mar. 24: JuveCaserta - Pesaro 66-77
Mar. 24: Vanoli CR - Banco di Sard. 108-91
Mar. 25: Montepaschi - Cantu


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Donnel TAYLOR
  Trenkwal.
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.5 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.5 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.6 
 4. Datome, Acea V.17.2 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.5 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi16.3 
 7. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 8. Johnson, Angelico.15.7 
 9. Ere, Cimberio VA15.5 
 10. Dunston, Cimberio.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Acea V.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Lawal, Acea V.9.0 
 2. Akindele, JuveCase.8.1 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.0 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas7.9 
 5. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.7 
 6. Dunston, Cimberio.7.6 
 7. Jelovac, JuveCase.7.4 
 8. Burns, Sutor MGR7.1 
 9. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.0 
 10. Gigli, Oknoplast7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Diener, Banco d.7.7 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.8 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.3 
 4. Cinciarini, Trenkw.4.1 
 5. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.0 
 6. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.0 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
 10. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.5 
 2. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 3. Kinsey, Pesaro2.3 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 5. Green, Cimberio VA2.0 
 6. Shakur, Sidigas AV1.9 
 7. Barbour, Pesaro1.9 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV1.8 
 9. Reynolds, Enel B.1.8 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.5 
 3. Ress, Montepaschi1.3 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Pesaro1.3 
 6. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 8. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 9. Cusin, Cantu1.2 
 10. Akindele, JuveCas.1.1 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Giorgo Tesi PT 17-5 
 2. Sigma Barcel. 15-7 
 3. Novipiu Casale 14-8 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 13-8 
 5. LeGamberi FO 11-10 
 6. Biancoblu BO 11-10 
 7. Givova Scafati 11-11 
 8. Tezenis VE 11-11 
 9. Upea CdO 10-12 
 10. Pall.Trento 9-12 
 11. AcegasAps TR 9-13 
 12. Fileni BPA Jesi 9-13 
 13. FCM Ferentino 8-13 
 14. Prima Veroli 8-14 
 15. Aget Service IM 7-15 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 24: Pall.Trento - Upea CdO 87-91
Mar. 24: FCM Ferentino - C.de Latte BRE 85-90
Mar. 24: Sigma Barcel. - Prima Veroli 81-72
Mar. 24: Giorgo Tesi PT - Novipiu Casale 75-67
Mar. 24: Fileni BPA Jesi - Givova Scafati 73-72
Mar. 24: Tezenis VE - Aget Service IM 71-55
Mar. 24: AcegasAps TR - Biancoblu BO 67-71


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.21.3 
 2. Green, Novipiu Cas.21.2 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 4. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.7 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.6 
 6. Jenkins, C.de L.18.0 
 7. Battle, Upea CdO18.0 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 9. James, FCM F.17.5 
 10. Thomas, AcegasAp.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.8 
 2. Todic, LeGamber.9.9 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 4. Mosley, Biancobl.9.2 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.1 
 6. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.7 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.6 
 9. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.0 
 10. Giddens, C.de L.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.3 
 2. Green, Sigma B.5.2 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.8 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.4.5 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.5 
 6. Gay, Aget S.4.0 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.4.0 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
 10. Mays, Givova S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.8 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.7 
 3. James, FCM F.2.5 
 4. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 5. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.1 
 6. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.1 
 7. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.1 
 8. Baldassarre, Givov.2.0 
 9. Fernandez, C.de L.2.0 
 10. Westbrook, Tezen.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.1.9 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.5 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.1.0 
 9. Roderick, LeGamber.0.9 
 10. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.8 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 23-5 
 2. Matera 18-10 
 3. Agrigento 16-11 
 4. Castelletto 15-11 
 5. Treviglio 15-12 
 6. Lucca 15-12 
 7. Reggio Calabr. 14-12 
 8. Casalpusterlengo 14-12 
 9. Omegna 13-13 
 10. Bari 13-13 
 11. Firenze 12-14 
 12. Mirandola 12-15 
 13. Ferrara 12-15 
 14. Chieti 12-15 
 15. Recanati 11-15 
 16. Latina Basket 10-18 
 17. San Severo 9-19 
 18. Perugia 8-19 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 24: Lucca - Recanati 85-82
Mar. 24: Chieti - Torino 85-79
Mar. 24: Mirandola - Bari 82-71
Mar. 24: Reggio Calabr. - Firenze 74-72
Mar. 24: Agrigento - Matera 74-69
Mar. 24: Latina Basket - San Severo 73-71
Mar. 24: Treviglio - Casalpusterlengo 71-67
Mar. 23: Omegna - Ferrara 59-65


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.6 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.4 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.0 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 6. Gueye, San Severo15.5 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.5 
 8. Ruggiero, Bari15.5 
 9. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.0 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.6 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.2 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.2 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.6 
 9. Ricci, Casalpus.7.6 
 10. Casadei, Firenze7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.6 
 2. Piazza, Reggio C.5.2 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.7 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.5 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.4 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.0 
 10. Santolamazza, Lat.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 4. Parente, Lucca2.7 
 5. Gueye, San Severo2.7 
 6. Vico, Matera2.7 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 8. Caroldi, Firenze2.6 
 9. Losi, Mirandola2.5 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 4. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 5. Mancin, Mirandola0.8 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 7. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 8. Piunti, Mirandola0.7 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.0.7 
 10. Casadei, Firenze0.7 


Gallinari scores 19 as Nuggets pull out 101-95 victory over Kings to extend win streak to 15 - by Eurobasket News

DENVER Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack and the Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to 15 games with a 101-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won a franchise-best 17 straight at home.

And they did it while Ty Lawson (right heel) and Wilson Chandler (shoulder), two of their top players, were out with injuries.

It took until the final minutes to hold off the Kings, who got 24 points and 15 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins.

John Salmons, who finished with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to get the Kings within four points, but Andre Miller sank two foul shots to seal the win.
Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com



Lega2 Round 23: Novipiu Casale loses to Tuscany Pistoia in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pistoia. First ranked host Tuscany Pistoia (17-5) defeated second-ranked Novipiu Casale (14-8) 75-67. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Novipiu Casale won second period 16-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tuscany Pistoia made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Novipiu Casale helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) helped adding 15 points. American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Tuscany Pistoia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-5 record. Novipiu Casale at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Novipiu Casale will play on the road against LeGamberi Foods Forli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Jesi. Fourteenth ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (9-13) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Givova Scafati (11-11) 73-72 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Ryan Hoover accounted for 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) came up with 17 points for Givova Scafati in the defeat. Fileni BPA Jesi moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with AcegasAps TR. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Tezenis VE. Fileni BPA Jesi will play against Prima Veroli (#14) on the road in the next round. Givova Scafati will play against Biancoblu BO (#6) in Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth ranked Tezenis VE (11-11) crushed at home 15th ranked Aget Service IM (7-15) by 16 points 71-55, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Olaseni Lawal who scored 9 points and 20 rebounds. Francesco Foiera produced 23 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tezenis VE. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Givova Scafati. Loser Aget Service IM stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Tezenis VE will meet at home Pall.Trento (#10) in the next round. Aget Service IM will play against FCM Ferentino (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Upea CdO won against Pall.Trento on the opponent's court 91-87. AcegasAps TR unfortunately lost to Biancoblu BO in a home game 67-71. Prima Veroli recorded a loss to Sigma Barcel. on the road 72-81. FCM Ferentino was defeated by C.de Latte BRE on its own court 85-90.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 7 rebounds by Talor Battle of Upea CdO.


Pall.Trento - Upea CdO 87-91

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Pall.Trento (9-12) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Upea CdO (10-12) 91-87 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But Pall.Trento won second period 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Upea CdO made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St., agency: Two Points) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) produced 20 points and Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Upea CdO moved-up to ninth place. Pall.Trento at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Upea CdO will meet higher ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pall.Trento will play against Tezenis VE (#8) in Verona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: B.Elder 20+3reb+1ast, M.Umeh 17+4reb+1ast, L.Garri 13+6reb+2ast, L.Conte 10+6reb, M.Spanghero 10+1reb+4ast, D.Pascolo 6+8reb+3ast
Upea CdO: T.Battle 30+7reb+3ast, D.Mathis 18+4reb+6ast, M.Portannese 17+8reb+2ast, S.Huff 16+6reb+1ast, M.Poletti 6+9reb+2ast, F.Pellegrino 4+1reb
gschID: 188934


Tezenis VE - Aget Service IM 71-55

Eighth ranked Tezenis VE (11-11) crushed at home 15th ranked Aget Service IM (7-15) by 16 points 71-55, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-55. Tezenis VE dominated on the defensive end, holding Aget Service IM to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Aget Service IM 46-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 9 points and 20 rebounds. American point guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international center Francesco Foiera (207-75, agency: Interperformances) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and Matteo Chillo (202-93) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tezenis VE. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Givova Scafati. Loser Aget Service IM stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Tezenis VE will meet at home Pall.Trento (#10) in the next round. Aget Service IM will play against FCM Ferentino (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aget Service IM: F.Foiera 23+7reb, M.Frassineti 8+4reb, M.Chillo 8+6reb, F.Masoni 6+3reb+1ast, M.Turel 6+2reb, R.Valenti 2+6reb
Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 18+1reb+1ast, R.McConnell 16+6reb+3ast, M.Da Ros 15+7reb+2ast, O.Lawal 9+20reb+1ast, D.Lauwers 8+2reb, G.Boscagin 3+6reb
gschID: 188932


AcegasAps TR - Biancoblu BO 67-71

Rather predictable result in Trieste where seventh ranked Biancoblu BO (11-10) defeated 10th ranked AcegasAps TR (9-13) 71-67 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AcegasAps TR won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Biancoblu BO won last quarter 22-20. They also forced 22 AcegasAps TR turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Donato Cutolo (198-87, agency: Players Group) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) chipped in 14 points. Four Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. point guard Michele Ruzzier (185-93) produced 17 points and power forward Luca Gandini (205-85) added 6 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Biancoblu BO moved-up to fifth place, which they share with LeGamberi FO. Newly promoted AcegasAps TR dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Fileni BPA Jesi. Biancoblu BO will meet Givova Scafati (#7) on the road in the next round. AcegasAps TR will play against the league's second-placed Sigma Barcellona (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AcegasAps TR: M.Ruzzier 17+4reb+2ast, M.Meshcharakou 13+5reb, D.Mastrangelo 10+2reb, A.Coronica 8+6reb+1ast, A.Filloy 7+2reb+4ast, L.Gandini 6+14reb+3ast
Biancoblu BO: R.Harris 17+1reb+1ast, D.Cutolo 15+6reb+1ast, A.Pecile 14+3reb+3ast, D.Cournooh 10+4reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 8+1reb+1ast, M.Vitali 7+4reb
gschID: 188931


Sigma Barcel. - Prima Veroli 81-72

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Prima Veroli (8-14) was defeated on the road by third ranked Sigma Barcellona (15-7) 81-72 on Sunday. Prima Veroli trailed by 32 points after 3 quarters before a 30-7 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-81 at the end of the game. Sigma Barcellona dominated on the defensive end, holding Prima Veroli to just 7 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was American point guard Taurean Green (184-85, college: Florida) who scored 17 points and 4 steals. Naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to second place. Loser Prima Veroli dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will meet at home AcegasAps TR (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Prima Veroli will play against Fileni BPA Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: P.Marigney 23+5reb+4ast, M.Jurevicus 15+1reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 10+3reb+1ast, G.Carenza 10+3reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 6+2reb, L.Infante 4+3reb
Sigma Barcel.: T.Green 17+3reb+3ast, D.Hardy 16+2reb+3ast, J.Thomas 16+4reb, M.Mocavero 12+2reb, A.Cittadini 9+7reb+1ast, C.Callahan 9+11reb+3ast
gschID: 188930


FCM Ferentino - C.de Latte BRE 85-90

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked C.de Latte BRE (13-8) beat on the road 12th ranked FCM Ferentino (8-13) 90-85 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But FCM Ferentino won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. C.de Latte BRE shot 63.0 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for C.de Latte BRE especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) who scored 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Argentinian guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American-British forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. FCM Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. C.de Latte BRE maintains fourth place with 13-8 record. Newly promoted FCM Ferentino dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. C.de Latte BRE will meet at home Upea CdO (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FCM Ferentino will play against Aget Service IM (#15) in Imola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: D.James 18+5reb+3ast, L.Ekperigin 17+12reb, M.Casini 13+5reb+1ast, F.Guarino 11+1reb+8ast, M.Allegretti 8+3reb, G.Gurini 7+1reb
C.de Latte BRE: M.Jenkins 30+6reb+4ast, J.Giddens 19+1reb+1ast, N.Barlos 15+4reb, J.Fernandez 14+5reb+3ast, D.Brkic 5+2reb+3ast, G.Cuccarolo 3+3reb
gschID: 188929


Fileni BPA Jesi - Givova Scafati 73-72

Important game to mention about took place in Jesi. Fourteenth ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (9-13) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Givova Scafati (11-11) 73-72 on Sunday evening. Givova Scafati was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 17-15 charge of Fileni BPA Jesi, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Fileni BPA Jesi outrebounded Givova Scafati 37-22 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American-Belgian point guard Ryan Hoover (187-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winning side. The former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) came up with 17 points and American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 14 points respectively for Givova Scafati in the defeat. Fileni BPA Jesi moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with AcegasAps TR. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Tezenis VE. Fileni BPA Jesi will play against Prima Veroli (#14) on the road in the next round. Givova Scafati will play against Biancoblu BO (#6) in Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: A.Ghiacci 17+3reb+2ast, K.Mays 14+3reb, J.Tavernari 11+1reb, F.Bushati 10, R.Slay 9+6reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 7+4reb+2ast
Fileni BPA Jesi: M.Maggioli 26+7reb, R.Hoover 18+10reb+4ast, E.Griffin 13+9reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 7+2reb, J.Valentini 4+5reb, D.Dolic 3
gschID: 188928


Giorgo Tesi PT - Novipiu Casale 75-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pistoia. First ranked host Tuscany Pistoia (17-5) defeated second-ranked Novipiu Casale (14-8) 75-67. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Novipiu Casale won second period 16-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tuscany Pistoia made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Novipiu Casale helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) helped adding 15 points. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Niccolo Martinoni (202-89) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-5 record. Novipiu Casale at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Novipiu Casale will play on the road against LeGamberi Foods Forli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: R.Green 21+4reb, C.Ware 21+5reb+4ast, N.Martinoni 15+11reb, P.Butkevicius 4+1reb, M.Malaventura 2+1reb+1ast, S.Pierich 2+4reb
Giorgo Tesi PT: M.Hicks 24+7reb+1ast, G.Galanda 15+3reb+2ast, R.Cortese 11+2reb, A.Graves 11+2reb+2ast, L.Saccaggi 5+4reb+1ast, F.Toppo 4+12reb+1ast
gschID: 188927



Nazionale A Round 30: #1 Torino is defeated by Chieti - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Torino (23-5) on the court of fifteenth ranked Chieti on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Chieti 85-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Torino. Torino was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Chieti made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Chieti especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Torino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) chipped in 10 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Chieti (12-15) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ferrara and Mirandola. Torino at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Chieti is looking forward to face Naturhouse Ferrara (#13) on the road in the next round. Torino will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Agrigento. Third ranked host Agrigento (16-11) defeated second-best Matera (18-10) 74-69. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) notched 21 points to lead the effort and Albano Chiarastella supported him with 16 points. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds by the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) did not help to save the game for Matera. Newly promoted Agrigento maintains third position with 16-11 record having eight points less than leader Torino. Matera at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Agrigento will play against Omegna (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Matera will play against Firenze (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Treviglio was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Casalpusterlengo (14-12) played at the court of sixth ranked Treviglio (15-12). Treviglio managed to secure a 4-point victory 71-67 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Simone Ferrarese who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Gianpaolo Ricci who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Treviglio moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lucca. Loser Casalpusterlengo dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Reggio Calabr.. Treviglio will meet higher ranked Castelletto (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Casalpusterlengo will play against Mirandola and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Reggio Calabria. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Firenze (12-14) to eighth ranked Reggio Calabr. (14-12) 74-72 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Alessandro Piazza who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Reggio Calabr. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Casalpusterlengo. Firenze at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Reggio Calabr.'s next round opponent will be Bari (#10) on the road. Firenze will play against the league's second-placed Matera where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Important game to mention about took place in Latina. Seventeenth ranked Latina Basket (10-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (9-19) 73-71 in the game for the sixteenth place. Manuel Carrizo scored 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Latina Basket moved-up to sixteenth place. Loser Mazzeo San Severo dropped to the seventeenth position with 19 games lost. Latina Basket will have a break next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against the league's leader Torino (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Bari lost to Mirandola on the opponent's court 71-82. Lucca managed to outperform Recanati in a home game 85-82. Ferrara managed to beat Omegna on the road 65-59.


Agrigento - Matera 74-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Agrigento. Third ranked host Agrigento (16-11) defeated second-best Matera (18-10) 74-69. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-14. But Matera won third quarter 26-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Agrigento won last quarter 17-14. Strangely Matera outrebounded Agrigento 35-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Matera was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) notched 21 points to lead the effort and naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (196-85) supported him with 16 points. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds by the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) did not help to save the game for Matera. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Newly promoted Agrigento maintains third position with 16-11 record having eight points less than leader Torino. Matera at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Agrigento will play against Omegna (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Matera will play against Firenze (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Iannuzzi 14+7reb, C.Sebastian Vico 11+2reb, M.Rezzano 11+11reb, C.Grappasonni 9+4reb, A.Vitale 8+8reb, C.Cantone 8+2reb+2ast
Agrigento: F.Mian 21+3reb+3ast, A.Chiarastella 16+3reb+3ast, G.Anello 10+2reb+2ast, Q.De Laurentiis 8+2reb, R.Chiacig 6+4reb, V.Di Viccaro 5+2reb
gschID: 191901


Latina Basket - San Severo 73-71

Important game to mention about took place in Latina. Seventeenth ranked Latina Basket (10-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (9-19) 73-71 in the game for the sixteenth place. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Latina Basket made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) scored 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-86) chipped in 13 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Senegalese guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Latina Basket moved-up to sixteenth place. Loser Mazzeo San Severo dropped to the seventeenth position with 19 games lost. Latina Basket will have a break next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against the league's leader Torino (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
San Severo: O.Gueye 12+7reb, G.Sirakov 12, I.Scarponi 11+2reb, G.Zampolli 9+2ast, A.Iannilli 8+11reb+6ast, R.Maggio 7+1reb+1ast
Latina Basket: M.Carrizo 28+8reb+3ast, M.Canavesi 13+2reb+3ast, F.Gagliardo 12+5reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 6+2reb, A.Poti 6+2reb, T.Milani 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 191900


Chieti - Torino 85-79

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Torino (23-5) on the court of fifteenth ranked Chieti on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Chieti 85-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Torino. Torino was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Chieti made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Chieti especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Torino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) chipped in 10 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Five Chieti and four Torino players scored in double figures. Chieti (12-15) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ferrara and Mirandola. Torino at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Chieti is looking forward to face Naturhouse Ferrara (#13) on the road in the next round. Torino will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Torino: L.Gergati 18+1reb+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 12+13reb+3ast, M.Evangelisti 12+1reb+3ast, D.Sandri 11+2reb+1ast, J.Wojciechowski 11+12reb+5ast, F.Conti 9+4reb+1ast
Chieti: A.Raschi 22+1reb+3ast, M.Micevic 22+8reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 19+2reb, E.Rossi 10+14reb+3ast, S.Rajola 10+3reb+3ast, L.Bolletta 2
gschID: 191899


Mirandola - Bari 82-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Bari (13-13) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Mirandola (12-15) 82-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 48-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Michele Venturelli (188-82) scored 23 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) chipped in 11 points and 10 assists during the contest. Four Mirandola players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) scored 14 points. Mirandola moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ferrara and Chieti. Loser Bari keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Mirandola will face higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bari: D.Bonessio 18+6reb+1ast, A.Ruggiero 14+3reb+2ast, M.Cardillo 13+4reb, L.Bisconti 9+4reb+2ast, T.Laquintana 9+1reb+1ast, S.Bonfiglio 6+3reb+2ast
Mirandola: M.Venturelli 23+1reb+2ast, L.Pignatti 11+10reb, J.Losi 11+4reb+10ast, A.Pilotti 11+2reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 10+1reb+1ast, G.Piunti 7+3reb
gschID: 191898


Reggio Calabr. - Firenze 74-72

A very interesting game took place in Reggio Calabria. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Firenze (12-14) to eighth ranked Reggio Calabr. (14-12) 74-72 on Sunday evening. Firenze was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 24-11 charge of Reggio Calabr., which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Marco Ammannato (202-88, agency: Players Group) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Reggio Calabr.'s coach Francesco Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (185-82) added 18 points in the effort for Firenze. Four Firenze players scored in double figures. Reggio Calabr. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Casalpusterlengo. Firenze at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Reggio Calabr.'s next round opponent will be Bari (#10) on the road. Firenze will play against the league's second-placed Matera where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Firenze: M.Caroldi 18+2reb+1ast, D.Casadei 13+7reb+1ast, S.Rabaglietti 12+1reb, S.Spizzichini 10+7reb, A.Giampaoli 8+1reb, M.Sanna 7+4reb
Reggio Calabr.: A.Piazza 18+8reb, M.Ammannato 16+6reb+1ast, G.Rugolo 15+4reb+2ast, L.Fontecchio 9+4reb+1ast, A.Fabi 9+5reb, M.Caprari 4+1reb
gschID: 191896


Treviglio - Casalpusterlengo 71-67

The game in Treviglio was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Casalpusterlengo (14-12) played at the court of sixth ranked Treviglio (15-12). Treviglio managed to secure a 4-point victory 71-67 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Casalpusterlengo won third quarter 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Treviglio made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Gianpaolo Ricci (200-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) added 17 points respectively. Treviglio moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lucca. Loser Casalpusterlengo dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Reggio Calabr.. Treviglio will meet higher ranked Castelletto (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Casalpusterlengo will play against Mirandola and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 17+3reb, G.Ricci 11+13reb+2ast, T.Marino 9+3reb+6ast, F.Bellina 9+6reb, A.Chiumenti 9+4reb, M.Planezio 6+3reb+1ast
Treviglio: S.Ferrarese 19+5reb+5ast, R.Pederzini 12+6reb+1ast, D.Reati 11+5reb+2ast, M.Raminelli 9+5reb+2ast, R.Perego 7+7reb+4ast, G.Maspero 7+1reb
gschID: 191893


Lucca - Recanati 85-82

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Lucca (15-12) edged at home 13th ranked Recanati (11-15) 85-82 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Guard Andrea Barsanti (189-86) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) chipped in 15 points and 5 steals during the contest. Four Lucca players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Nicolo Benedusi (193-88) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Lucca moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Treviglio. Loser Recanati dropped to the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Lucca will face bottom-ranked Bologna (#19) in Ozzano Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Recanati will play at home against Perugia (#18).
Top scorers:
Recanati: A.Pierini 20+2reb, N.Benedusi 17+5reb, M.Gnaccarini 15+6reb+1ast, R.Castelli 9+6reb+1ast, M.Pierangeli 8+7reb, M.Maganza 7+6reb+1ast
Lucca: A.Barsanti 18+6reb+1ast, D.Banti 15+4reb, W.Santarossa 15+4reb+1ast, D.Parente 12+3reb+1ast, R.Bottioni 9+2reb, R.Casagrande 8+11reb
gschID: 191895


Omegna - Ferrara 59-65

There was an upset when higher ranked Omegna (13-13) was defeated at home by fourteenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (12-15) 65-59 on Saturday. Naturhouse Ferrara forced 19 Omegna turnovers. Point guard Valerio Circosta (188-87, agency: Two Points) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Chieti and Mirandola. Omegna lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara will face Chieti (#14) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Omegna: S.Masciadri 12+9reb, A.Saccaggi 10+6reb+2ast, N.Metreveli 10+5reb+1ast, C.Villani 9+3reb+3ast, P.Picazio 6, G.Mariani 5+4reb+4ast
Ferrara: V.Circosta 24+2reb+2ast, M.Benfatto 11+10reb, M.Ferri 10+7reb+4ast, S.Cortesi 9+6reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 7+5reb, G.Spizzichini 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 191892



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  JAPAN   

Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 34-8 
 2. Toyota Alvark 32-10 
 3. Toshiba BT 28-14 
 4. Hitachi SR 22-20 
 5. Panasonic T. 21-21 
 6. Tochigi Brex 13-29 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 12-30 
 8. Hokkaido L. 6-36 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 24: Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 99-64
Mar. 23: Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 98-63
Mar. 24: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 79-65
Mar. 24: Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 79-62
Mar. 24: Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 72-70
Mar. 23: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 69-58
Mar. 23: Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 61-55
Mar. 23: Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 56-53


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.4 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.16.9 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.0 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.3 
 6. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.4 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR14.4 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.1 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba12.1 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.12.0 
 4. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.10.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR7.3 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota7.2 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 10. Young, Aishin SH7.0 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.3 
 2. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.7 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 7. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.2 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 9. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 10. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.1 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.5 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Fazekas, Toshiba0.8 
 7. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.7 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Yokohama BC 30-12 
 2. Niigata Albirex 29-12 
 3. Iwate Big Bulls 26-15 
 4. Toyama Grouses 26-15 
 5. Akita NH 22-19 
 6. Chiba Jets 21-20 
 7. Sendai 89ers 16-25 
 8. Shinshu BW 16-27 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 16-27 
 10. Saitama Bron. 11-30 
 11. Gunma 10-32 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 32-9 
 2. Shimane SM 30-13 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 28-15 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 26-15 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 24-19 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 22-19 
 7. Osaka Evessa 16-25 
 8. Takamatsu FA 15-27 
 9. Oita H.Devils 15-28 
 10. Miyazaki SS 8-35 

Regular Season: Round 45

Mar. 23: Niigata Albirex - Takamatsu FA 94-77
Mar. 23: Shimane SM - Toyama Grouses 90-78
Mar. 23: Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron. 89-71
Mar. 23: Akita NH - Miyazaki SS 84-77
Mar. 23: Fukuoka Rizing - Chiba Jets 83-86
Mar. 23: Shiga L-Stars - Hamamatsu P. 80-72
Mar. 23: Tokyo Cinq R. - Yokohama BC 75-92
Mar. 22: Tokyo Cinq R. - Yokohama BC 69-82
Mar. 23: Shinshu BW - Kyoto Hannar. 65-78
Mar. 23: Iwate Big Bulls - Oita H.Devils 63-90
Mar. 23: Sendai 89ers - Osaka Evessa 52-56

Regular Season: Round 47

Mar. 30: Iwate Big Bulls - Tokyo Cinq R.
Mar. 30: Sendai 89ers - Akita NH
Mar. 30: Toyama Grouses - Shiga L-Stars
Mar. 30: Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA
Mar. 30: Gunma - Niigata Albirex
Mar. 30: Saitama Bron. - Oita H.Devils
Mar. 30: Yokohama BC - Fukuoka Rizing
Mar. 30: Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets
Mar. 30: Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa
Mar. 30: Okinawa GK - Shimane SM


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Humphrey, Saitama25.3 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.0 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC20.7 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.20.5 
 5. Brown, Akita NH20.3 
 6. Werner, Chiba Jets20.0 
 7. Jones, Tokyo C.19.8 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.7 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.2 
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 SS12.3 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets11.1 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.11.0 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.6 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Akita NH
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Togashi, Akita NH6.1 
 2. Shimura, Sendai6.1 
 3. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 4. Namizato, Okina.6.0 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC5.1 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama4.1 
 8. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.7 
 10. Takeno, Fukuoka3.6 
Steals Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 5. Alawoya, Oita H.2.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 7. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.9 
 9. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 10. Woods, Miyazaki1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.7 
 3. Carter, Tokyo C.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 5. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.6 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 9. Ashby, Fukuoka1.5 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 


UBA Round 21: Aishin Sea Horses defeat Mitsubishi Dolphins in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in JBL just ended. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-30) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (34-8) in Kariya on Sunday. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Mitsubishi Dolphins were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international power forward Hiromasa Omiya (198-82) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 34-8 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh position with 30 games lost.
Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-30) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (34-8) in Kariya. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only three-point victory 56-53. However their fans expected much easier game. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) nailed 16 points for the winning side and Ryoma Hashimoto accounted for 7 points. Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for Mitsubishi Dolphins in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Aishin Sea Horses. They maintain first place with 34-8 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh position with 30 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked host Toshiba Thunders (28-14) defeated 4th placed Hitachi Sunrockers (22-20) 79-65. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Chris Moss who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jamar Smith who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Toshiba Thunders. They maintain third place with 28-14 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fourth position with 20 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked host Toshiba Thunders (28-14) defeated 4th placed Hitachi Sunrockers (22-20) 69-58. It was a good game for Nick Fazekas who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Toshiba Thunders. They maintain third place with 28-14 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fourth position with 20 games lost.
The game in Tochigi supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Panasonic Trians (21-21) played at the court of sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (13-29). Tochigi Brex smashed Panasonic Trians 99-64 on Sunday. Tomoo Amino stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth place with 13-29 record. Panasonic Trians lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 21 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. lost to Toyota Alvark on the opponent's court 62-79. Toyota Alvark managed to outperform Hokkaido L. in a home game 61-55. Panasonic T. was rolled over Tochigi Brex on the road 98-63.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 14 points, 5 assists and 5 steals by Yuta Tabuse of Tochigi Brex.


Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 72-70

Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-30) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (34-8) in Kariya on Sunday. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Mitsubishi Dolphins were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international power forward Hiromasa Omiya (198-82) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and forward Yuki Ueta (193-87) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 34-8 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh position with 30 games lost.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: H.Omiya 15+5reb, R.Covile 15+4reb, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 12+7reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 11+1ast, S.Kitagawa 8+1reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 4+3reb+3ast
Mitsubishi DD: Y.Ueta 18+2reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 13+3reb+2ast, M.Rolle 12+10reb, A.Minatoya 9+3reb+4ast, J.Abe 7+1reb, K.Nakagawa 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 183394


Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 79-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked host Toshiba Thunders (28-14) defeated 4th placed Hitachi Sunrockers (22-20) 79-65. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Toshiba Thunders made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Toshiba Thunders. They maintain third place with 28-14 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fourth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 18+8reb, S.Kikuchi 15+1reb, C.Moss 13+12reb+2ast, N.Tsuji 11+2reb+1ast, T.Kurihara 6+1reb+1ast, Y.Kagami 5+4reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: D.Fenn 13+5reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 13+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+9reb+1ast, Y.Mitsuhara 7+4reb+1ast, J.Kano 6+2reb, Y.Chikamori 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 183393


Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 79-62

Very expected game in Tokyo where 8th ranked Hokkaido L. (6-36) was defeated by second ranked Toyota Alvark (32-10) 79-62 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Keijuro Matsui (188-85, college: Columbia) chipped in 16 points. The best for the losing side was German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) scored 16 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 32-10 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Hokkaido L. lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 36 lost games.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 24+6reb+1ast, K.Matsui 16+1reb, K.Takeuchi 11+2reb, T.Ito 7+3ast, T.Shonaka 6+1reb+3ast, Y.Okada 5+2reb
Hokkaido L.: R.Sakurai 16+4reb, T.Klette 13+9reb+1ast, T.Orimo 11+5reb, J.Lewis 8+8reb+1ast, T.Abe 6+3reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183392


Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 99-64

The game in Tochigi supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Panasonic Trians (21-21) played at the court of sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (13-29). Tochigi Brex smashed Panasonic Trians 99-64 on Sunday. The game without a history. Tochigi Brex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Panasonic Trians' 32. They outrebounded Panasonic Trians 49-22 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Tochigi Brex looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Panasonic Trians' players. The former international forward Tomoo Amino (196-80) stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international swingman Ken Takeda (188-78) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Makoto Nagayama (184-77) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth place with 13-29 record. Panasonic Trians lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Amino 19+9reb+2ast, S.Ito 14+8reb, Y.Tabuse 14+4reb+5ast, K.Takeda 12+8reb+5ast, D.Yamada 10+2ast, O.Oyedeji 9+11reb+4ast
Panasonic T.: J.Watkins 19+7reb+1ast, M.Nagayama 14+1reb+1ast, K.Hirose 10+2reb+1ast, A.Hirao 7, T.Onishi 7+6reb+1ast, Y.Abe 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183391


Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 56-53

Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-30) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (34-8) in Kariya. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only three-point victory 56-53. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Mitsubishi Dolphins took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aishin Sea Horses had a 13-7 second period charge getting the lead and Mitsubishi Dolphins were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-56. Aishin Sea Horses dominated on the defensive end, holding Mitsubishi Dolphins to just 7 points in second quarter. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) nailed 16 points for the winning side and guard Ryoma Hashimoto (178-88) accounted for 7 points. Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Alexis Minatoya (191-88) added 18 points respectively for Mitsubishi Dolphins in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Aishin Sea Horses. They maintain first place with 34-8 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh position with 30 games lost.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: S.Kashiwagi 16+4reb+3ast, R.Hashimoto 7+3reb+2ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 6+13reb, S.Asayama 6+2ast, M.Fukuda 6+3reb, T.Furukawa 5+1reb
Mitsubishi DD: A.Minatoya 18+4reb+1ast, M.Rolle 12+14reb+2ast, Y.Ueta 8+3reb+1ast, T.Yo 6+3reb, K.Nakagawa 3+5reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 2+2reb
gschID: 183390


Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 69-58

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kanagawa. Third ranked host Toshiba Thunders (28-14) defeated 4th placed Hitachi Sunrockers (22-20) 69-58. Hitachi Sunrockers were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 47-33 second half run of Toshiba Thunders. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Hitachi Sunrockers' 24. It was a good game for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Toshiba Thunders. They maintain third place with 28-14 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fourth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 12+11reb+1ast, Y.Yamashita 12+2reb, T.Kurihara 11+1reb+2ast, C.Moss 10+8reb, R.Shinoyama 6+1reb+4ast, N.Tsuji 6+3reb
Hitachi SR: J.Kano 17+2reb, J.Smith 10+7reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 10+12reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 7+2ast, D.Fenn 6+5reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 183389


Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 61-55

Very predictable result in Tokyo where second ranked Toyota Alvark (32-10) defeated bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. (6-36) 61-55 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-55. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Toyota Alvark made 8 blocks. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) chipped in 16 points. The best for the losing side was German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Tomokazu Abe (180-85) scored 7 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 32-10 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Hokkaido L. lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 36 lost games.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: Y.Okada 16+2reb+1ast, P.Ricci 14+12reb, K.Takeuchi 8+7reb+1ast, K.Matsui 7+1reb, T.Shonaka 5+3reb+3ast, T.Ito 4+2reb+2ast
Hokkaido L.: T.Klette 20+5reb+2ast, M.Ito 8+2reb, T.Abe 7+1reb+8ast, T.Orimo 6+3reb, D.Noguchi 5+4reb, R.Sakurai 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 183388


Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 98-63

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Panasonic Trians (21-21) were rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (13-29) 98-63 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tochigi Brex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Panasonic Trians' 38. They outrebounded Panasonic Trians 53-28 including a 37-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Tomoo Amino (196-80) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners and the former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) with 8 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) scored 11 points and 5 steals. 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. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth place with 13-29 record. Panasonic Trians lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Amino 21+5reb, T.Kawamura 18+5reb+1ast, Y.Tabuse 13+3reb+1ast, D.Yamada 10+6reb+5ast, T.Yanagawa 9+2reb+2ast, S.Ito 8+11reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: K.Hirose 11+4reb+1ast, K.Kanamaru 10+1ast, J.Watkins 8+4reb+1ast, C.O'Bannon 8+8reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 5+1reb+1ast, A.Hirao 4
gschID: 183387



BJ League Round 45: Chiba Jets beat Fukuoka Rizing by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 45 in the BJ League took place in Fukuoka. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Fukuoka Rizing (28-15) to sixth ranked Chiba Jets (21-20) 86-83 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-83. Chiba Jets made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Chiba Jets had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for Fukuoka Rizing. Chiba Jets maintains sixth place with 21-20 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against Chiba Jets and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (26-15) against ninth ranked Oita Heat Devils (15-28) on Saturday night. Host Iwate Big Bulls were crushed by Oita Heat Devils in Iwate 90-63. American guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and P.J. Alawoya chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Oita Heat Devils maintains ninth place with 15-28 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the third position with 15 games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Shiga L-Stars. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Oita Heat Devils and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Shimane Magic (30-13) which hosted in Shimane 4th placed Toyama Grouses (26-15). Second ranked Shimane Magic managed to get a 12-point victory 90-78. Michael Parker nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Ira Brown came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Shimane Magic maintains second place with 30-13 record having just 0 points less than leader Yokohama BC. Loser Toyama Grouses dropped to the third position with 15 games lost. They share it with Iwate Big Bulls and Shiga L-Stars. Shimane Magic will again meet at home Toyama Grouses (#4) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (29-12) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Takamatsu FA (15-27) 94-77. The best player for the winners was Chris Holm who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Niigata Albirex went down to second position due to points difference. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 27 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Takamatsu FA (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (32-9) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (11-30) 89-71. It was a good game for Anthony McHenry who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kohto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 32-9 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the tenth position with 30 games lost. Okinawa GK will face again Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 45: Hamamatsu P. was beaten by Shiga L-Stars on the road 80-72. Akita NH won against Miyazaki SS on its own court 84-77. Yokohama BC managed to outperform Tokyo Cinq R. in a road game 92-75. Shinshu BW recorded a loss to Kyoto Hannar. at home 65-78. Osaka Evessa defeated Sendai 89ers on the opponent's court 56-52. Tokyo Cinq R. were beaten by Yokohama BC in a home game 69-82.


Shiga L-Stars - Hamamatsu P. 80-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars' (26-15) home victory over 5th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (24-19) 80-72 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Shiga L-Stars especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St., agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and the other American import forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to third place, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls and Toyama Grouses. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Hamamatsu Phoenix (#5) in Mikawa in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 18+6reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 16+4reb, K.Galloway 15+10reb+11ast, A.Ohta 12+4reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 7+1reb+1ast, E.Fuqua 4+4reb
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 18+13reb+3ast, W.Arnold 16+7reb+3ast, S.Colwell 16+8reb+3ast, T.Fujiwara 14+3reb+4ast, B.Yokoe 8+4ast, D.Terashita 5+2ast
gschID: 200825


Fukuoka Rizing - Chiba Jets 83-86

The most exciting game of round 45 in the BJ League took place in Fukuoka. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Fukuoka Rizing (28-15) to sixth ranked Chiba Jets (21-20) 86-83 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-83. Chiba Jets made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Chiba Jets had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Marquis Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets maintains sixth place with 21-20 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against Chiba Jets and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Ashby 21+5reb+3ast, R.Warren 18+12reb+4ast, A.Takeno 15+2reb+10ast, J.Peppers 11+5reb, M.Kano 11+1reb, J.Nakanishi 5+2reb+2ast
Chiba Jets: M.Gray 26+8reb+2ast, J.Werner 22+16reb+5ast, M.Chandler 10+5reb, D.Bell 9+1reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 8+2reb+2ast, H.Sato 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 200827


Shimane SM - Toyama Grouses 90-78

An interesting game for Shimane Magic (30-13) which hosted in Shimane 4th placed Toyama Grouses (26-15). Second ranked Shimane Magic managed to get a 12-point victory 90-78. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-78. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Toyama Grouses' 36. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) accounted for 23 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shimane Magic maintains second place with 30-13 record having just 0 points less than leader Yokohama BC. Loser Toyama Grouses dropped to the third position with 15 games lost. They share it with Iwate Big Bulls and Shiga L-Stars. Shimane Magic will again meet at home Toyama Grouses (#4) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 26+9reb+2ast, M.Joho 15+1reb+3ast, T.Mito 11+2reb+1ast, A.Garcia 10+9reb+3ast, M.Kamezaki 6+1reb, J.Jacob 4+6reb+1ast
Shimane SM: B.Freeman 23+5reb+3ast, M.Parker 22+11reb+1ast, J.Davis 14+6reb+2ast, K.Yamabuchi 10+9reb+3ast, B.Puckett 9+1ast, S.Nakama 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 200826


Niigata Albirex - Takamatsu FA 94-77

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (29-12) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Takamatsu FA (15-27) 94-77. The game without a history. Niigata Albirex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Takamatsu FA 42-20 including a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Yuichi Ikeda (192-83) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 14 points respectively. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Niigata Albirex went down to second position due to points difference. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 27 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be again Takamatsu FA (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 16+1reb+1ast, B.Penn 14+4reb+1ast, P.Williams 13+7reb+3ast, D.Tamura 12, H.Kikuchi 8+2reb, R.Johnson 8+3reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: Y.Ikeda 20+6reb+1ast, R.Webb 15+8reb+1ast, H.Kondo 15+2reb+2ast, C.Holm 13+16reb+1ast, N.Murry 12+2reb+1ast, K.Sato 9+1reb
gschID: 200822


Akita NH - Miyazaki SS 84-77

Very expected game when 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (8-35) lost on the road to fifth ranked Akita Happinets (22-19) 84-77 on Saturday. Miyazaki Shining Suns were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 assists. American forward Mike Anderson (201-86, college: VCU, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Anderson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Akita Happinets' coach Kazuo Nakamura allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets maintains fifth place with 22-19 record, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the tenth position with 35 games lost. Akita Happinets will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: T.Fairley 21+13reb+2ast, A.Kuso 16+11reb+3ast, Y.Kojima 12+5reb+4ast, H.Otsuka 11+2reb+2ast, M.Takahashi 8+4reb, K.Ito 6+2reb+10ast
Akita NH: Y.Togashi 21+1reb+8ast, D.Harris 19+4reb, S.Taguchi 15+6reb+1ast, A.Kent 14+10reb, M.Anderson 9+8reb+8ast, K.Shoji 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 200820


Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron. 89-71

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (32-9) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (11-30) 89-71. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 40. It was a good game for American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kohto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Randall Orr (207-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) added 9 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Okinawa GK have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 32-9 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the tenth position with 30 games lost. Okinawa GK will face again Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: R.Orr 27+7reb+1ast, J.Humphrey 10+9reb+6ast, T.Yamashiro 9+17reb+1ast, M.Haraguchi 9+2reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 8+3reb+2ast, W.Oliver 5+4reb
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 23+11reb+2ast, A.McHenry 22+15reb+5ast, D.Larkai 12+9reb, N.Namizato 6+12reb+9ast, M.Yamauchi 6+4reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200828


Tokyo Cinq R. - Yokohama BC 75-92

Very predictable result when second ranked Yokohama BC (30-12) won against on the road 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (16-27) 92-75 on Saturday. Tokyo Cinq R. was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 33-15 charge of Yokohama BC, which allowed them to win the game. Tokyo Cinq R. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) added 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Four Tokyo Cinq R. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC keeps a position of league leader. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the eighth place with 27 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 21+6reb+4ast, C.Aoki 16+5reb+2ast, J.Jones 12+14reb+1ast, J.Carter 10+10reb, A.Inoue 8+3reb, C.Sasaki 5+1reb
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 29+7reb+7ast, T.Kennedy 26+4reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 15+1reb+2ast, P.Faye 9+10reb, L.Malloy 5+5reb+2ast, O.Kimura 4+2reb
gschID: 200824


Shinshu BW - Kyoto Hannar. 65-78

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Shinshu BW (16-27) lost to sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (22-19) in Nagano 65-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-65. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) who led his team to a victory with 25 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Shinshu BW lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 27 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Kyoto Hannar. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: E.Morris 16+11reb+4ast, M.Fey 16+8reb+1ast, J.Green 13+6reb+1ast, S.Yosuke 8+4reb+5ast, E.Walton 4+2reb, T.Utsunomiya 3+1reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Kataoka 25+1reb+3ast, M.Cousin 16+11reb, L.Pomare 10+5reb+2ast, J.Boyette 10+4reb+2ast, D.Palmer 6+5reb+3ast, H.Kantake 4+2reb
gschID: 200823


Sendai 89ers - Osaka Evessa 52-56

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Osaka Evessa (16-25) defeated on the road 7th ranked Sendai 89ers (16-25) 56-52 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 13-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Worth to mention Walkup played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) added 3 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Osaka Evessa have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 16-25 record, which they share with defeated Sendai 89ers. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 17+8reb, T.Komoda 11+2reb, S.Coleman 6+2reb, D.Takaoka 5+4reb+1ast, T.Shimura 4+6reb+7ast, M.Hargrow 4+7reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: S.Konno 13+2ast, N.Walkup 10+4reb+1ast, M.Bell 9+12reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 9+4reb+1ast, S.Takeda 6+5reb, S.Watanuki 4+3reb
gschID: 200821


Iwate Big Bulls - Oita H.Devils 63-90

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (26-15) against ninth ranked Oita Heat Devils (15-28) on Saturday night. Host Iwate Big Bulls were crushed by Oita Heat Devils in Iwate 90-63. The game without a history. Oita Heat Devils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Oita Heat Devils forced 26 Iwate Big Bulls turnovers. American guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Oita Heat Devils maintains ninth place with 15-28 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the third position with 15 games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses and Shiga L-Stars. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Oita Heat Devils and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 21+14reb+1ast, D.Sneed 11+8reb, K.Takahashi 10+1reb+1ast, R.Okosa 9+9reb+2ast, Y.Yamamoto 8+2reb, T.Masato 2+1ast
Oita H.Devils: T.Shimizu 22+2reb+4ast, V.Jones III 20+5reb+7ast, P.Alawoya 20+9reb, S.Umemiya 15+2reb+3ast, T.Granado 9+10reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 2+3reb
gschID: 200819


Tokyo Cinq R. - Yokohama BC 69-82

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (16-27) lost at home to second ranked Yokohama BC (30-12) 82-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Yokohama BC. Tokyo Cinq R. was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Yokohama BC made 8 blocks. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 5 assists. Power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) added 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Yokohama BC keeps a position of league leader. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the eighth place with 27 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Woods 19+7reb+4ast, J.Jones 16+12reb+2ast, C.Aoki 14+2reb+2ast, H.Takada 5+2reb+1ast, A.Inoue 4+2reb+1ast, Y.Kurihara 3+1ast
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 23+3reb+5ast, L.Malloy 20+11reb, T.Kennedy 12+8reb+2ast, K.Yamada 9+1reb+4ast, M.Kabaya 5+3reb+1ast, T.Hotta 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200818



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  JORDAN   

Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. ASU 13-0 
 2. Ittihad Schools 10-3 
 3. Al Riyadi 8-5 
 4. Kulliyeh 8-5 
 5. Orthodox 6-6 
 6. Al Wehdat 4-9 
 7. Kofer Yoba 1-11 
 8. Ghazat Hash. 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 22: Kulliyeh - Ittihad Schools 99-95
Mar. 22: ASU - Al Riyadi 96-83
Mar. 22: Ghazat Hash. - Al Wehdat 71-66
Mar. 22: Kofer Yoba - Orthodox



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  KAZAKHSTAN   

Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 17-1 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 11-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 10-8 
 4. Tobol 6-13 
 5. BK Almaty 4-14 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 24: Tobol - Barsy Atyrau 80-85
Mar. 25: Tobol - Barsy Atyrau


VTB League: BC Astana needs overtime to seal VTB Play-off Berth - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - BC Astana 81:85 OT

BC Astana needs overtime to seal VTB Play-off Berth. The team from Kazakhstan overcame Kalev/Cramo 85:81 and finished with 9-9 record that gave them the opportunity to play in the next stage.
The visitors from Astana managed to secure only four-point victory 85-81. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then Kalev/Cramo managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was BC Astana who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-11. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 20-1 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 17-4 
 3. Bashkimi 14-7 
 4. Trepca 12-9 
 5. RTV 21 10-11 
 6. Vellaznimi 5-16 
 7. Drita 5-16 
 8. Kosova 1-20 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 22: Kosova - Peja 81-92
Mar. 24: Bashkimi - RTV 21 81-76
Mar. 24: Drita - Sigal Prishtina 75-97
Mar. 24: Vellaznimi - Trepca 62-102

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 30: RTV 21 - Peja
Mar. 30: Kosova - Sigal Prishtina
Mar. 30: Drita - Trepca
Mar. 30: Vellaznimi - Bashkimi


Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
 1. BC Studenti 8-0 
 2. Kastrioti 8-1 
 3. Malisheva 6-4 
 4. Futura 6-4 
 5. Fushe 3-4 
 6. Llapi Podujeve 3-7 
 7. Ylli 3-7 
 8. Skenderaj 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 11

Mar. 30: BC Studenti - Skenderaj
Mar. 30: Llapi Podujeve - Kastrioti
Mar. 30: Futura - Malisheva
Mar. 30: Fushe - Ylli



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Barons kvartals 18-10 
 2. Jekabpils 18-11 
 3. Valmiera 17-12 
 4. LU 14-17 
 5. VEF Riga 13-1 
 6. Ventspils 13-2 
 7. Jelgava 13-15 
 8. Jurmala 11-18 
 9. Liepaja 11-18 
 10. Turiba 10-19 
 11. U18 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 34

Mar. 23: Valmiera - Jelgava 99-71
Mar. 24: LU - Jekabpils 94-73
Mar. 20: Liepaja - Jelgava 94-112
Mar. 20: Jurmala - Turiba 85-87
Mar. 20: Jekabpils - LU 72-67

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 26: Ventspils - Jelgava
Mar. 27: Jurmala - Valmiera
Mar. 27: Liepaja - Barons kvartals
Mar. 28: Jekabpils - Turiba


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Peiners, LU20.4 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.7 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.1 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.6 
 6. Sirsnins, Jekabpils15.4 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.1 
 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, Jekabpils9.2 
 3. Dargais, LU8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 7. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.1 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera7.1 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.1 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.2 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.7 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 7. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 8. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 9. Metra, Barons k.3.1 
 10. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.0 
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, LU1.8 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 8. Timma, Ventspils1.5 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 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