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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Travis' 20 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old power forward Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zadar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds for Zadar in his team's victory, helping them to crush KK Split (#14, 8-18) with 17-point margin 85-68. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Zadar is placed at 12th position in Adriatic League . Zadar is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-17 record. Travis turned to be Zadar's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Akron graduate has very impressive stats this year. Travis is in league's top in points (4th best: 14.7ppg) and rebounds (2nd best: 7.8rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of Cedevita. He is a center in his second season at Cedevita. In the last game Bilan recorded impressive 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Cedevita to edge the lower-ranked Siroki WWin (#11, 9-17) by 2 points 77-75. Cedevita's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bilan is well-known at Cedevita and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) of Siroki WWin (#11). Sakic scored 21 points and passed four assists. Despite Sakic's great performance Siroki WWin lost 75-77 to the higher-ranked Cedevita (#6, 15-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Siroki WWin not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sakic could try to bring Siroki WWin's a little bit higher in the standings. Sakic has individually a great season in Adriatic League. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.2rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Un.Olimpija - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Alen Omic (217-C-92) of Un.Olimpija - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Branko Jorovic (204-F-81) of Igokea - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cibona - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) of Zadar - 14 points and 3 rebounds
10. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Radnicki KG - 13 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.6 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 7. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 8. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 9. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.5 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 10. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.1 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Weigand, Argentino0.8 


Emanuel Ginobili selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Golden State Warriors (40-31) 104-93 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Ginobili recorded 16 points and added 7 passes in 28 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 53-17 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's 11th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 79.4% in the 57 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Phoenix Suns (23-48) in their last game on Friday. Despite Scola's very good performance the Phoenix Suns were crushed 117-86 at home by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. It's Scola's first season with the team. This year Scola has very high stats. He averages: 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 15.4% and FT: 77.9%. Scola is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain). Nocioni led Caja Laboral to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (7-19) 88-80 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Nocioni scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (20-6) is placed second in the ACB. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 51.2%(42-82) and FT: 76.7% in the 25 games. He has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #4. Small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Houston Rockets (39-31) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Delfino's good performance the Houston Rockets were crushed 108-78 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. He recorded 12 points. This season Delfino has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a New York Knicks' victory against the Orlando Magic (18-52) 106-94 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 20 minutes. The New York Knicks have a solid 42-26 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Prigioni's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg in the 64 games. Similarly like Delfino and Nocioni above he holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Prigioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #6. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Blancos de Rueda (10-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Blancos de Rueda lost 74-84 in Madrid to the lower-ranked (#16) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Porta was the second best scorer with 13 points in 29 minutes. This year Porta's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in the four games. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team five years ago.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. International guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the 13th-ranked FCM Ferentino (8-13) 90-85 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Fernandez scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Centrale del Latte Brescia (13-8) is placed fourth in the Lega2. Fernandez is currently fourth on the list of best passers. He has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg. Fernandez is also Argentinian national team player.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #8. Forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (8-18) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (13-13) in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance last Sunday. He was the top scorer with 11 points. Mainoldi also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 64-69 in Malaga to the higher-ranked (#10) Unicaja. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 5.5rpg in the 26 games. Mainoldi plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #9. International point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) helped Vivo/Franca edge the tenth-ranked Minas (14-16) 60-58 in the Brazilian NBB on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes. Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (9-8) is placed third in the NBB. Figueroa is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.9bpg. Figueroa is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #10. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the league leader Real Madrid (24-2) 96-83 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 8 points and had 3 steals in 16 minutes. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (11-15) is placed 12th in the ACB. Richotti has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg in the 26 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) was the main contributor in an Arkadia Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers 101-82 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Vay was the best player in that game. He recorded 30 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Vay has very impressive stats this year: 21.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg in the seven games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fabricio Vay and both played together in the last Austrian A Bundesliga game. Bortolin was the major contributor in an Arkadia Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers 101-82. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bortolin is currently third on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1bpg. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help AcegasAps TR (9-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 86-76 on the road by the higher-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (#5). Filloy was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Filloy has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Ariel Filloy in the Italian Lega2 last game. Musso was the major contributor in a LeGamberi Foods Forli's victory against the 11th-ranked AcegasAps TR (9-13) 86-76. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Musso has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in the 19 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Latina Basket to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (9-19) 73-71 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Carrizo was the best player in that game. He scored 28 points (!!!), had 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. A.S.D. Latina Basket (10-18) is placed 16th in the Nazionale A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Carrizo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like Musso and Filloy above Carrizo has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (13-13) 76-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Jasen scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. Jasen has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) led Agrigento to a victory against the closely-ranked Matera (18-10) 74-69 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Chiarastella scored 16 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Moncada Solar Agrigento (16-11) is placed third in the Nazionale A. Chiarastella has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg in the 18 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help FCM Ferentino (8-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Casini's good performance FCM Ferentino was defeated 90-85 at home by the much higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4). He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Casini has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Albano Chiarastella in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Vico, who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Matera (18-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Matera lost 69-74 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#3) Agrigento. Vico scored 11 points in 28 minutes. His stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg and 2.7spg in the 27 games. Vico has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Brian Savoy (192-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno 83-66 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Savoy has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg. He holds both Argentinian and Swiss passports. Despite Savoy's Argentinian nationality, he currently plays for the Swiss U20 national team and cannot be called to the Argentinian team.

   #9. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria's victory against the closely-ranked Firenze 74-72 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Fabi scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. Fabi has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Trenkwalder RE in their game against Cimberio Varese in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Filloy scored only 2 points. His team was edged 77-74. He has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg. Filloy has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



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ASEAN League round 11 best performance: Gavin Edwards - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for KL Dragons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Singapore S. (#5, 4-9) with 30-point margin 93-63. KL Dragons maintains the 3rd position in ASEAN League . KL Dragons 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 7-6 record. In the team's last game Edwards had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be KL Dragons' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Connecticut star has very solid stats this year. Edwards is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.4ppg), rebounds (8th best: 10.8rpg) and averages impressive 3.0bpg and 50.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another KL Dragons' star - 29-year old American Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83). Hubbard had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Edwards he helped KL Dragons with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Singapore S. (#5, 4-9) 93-63. KL Dragons' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-6 record is not bad at all. Hubbard is one of the most experienced players at KL Dragons and similarly like Gavin Edwards has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87) of Singapore S. (#5). Singleton scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Singleton's great performance Singapore S. lost 63-93 to slightly higher-ranked KL Dragons (#3, 7-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Singapore S. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Singleton could try to bring Singapore S.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Singleton has a very solid season. In 5 games in ASEAN League he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87) of Singapore S. - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rashad Jones-Jennings (203-F/C-84) of Singapore S. - 10 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Justin Melton (180-G-86) of KL Dragons - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Chris Banchero (185-PG-90) of Petron Blaze - 19 points and 6 assists
8. Brian Williams (208-C-87) of Petron Blaze - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. RJ Rizada (188-F-82) of Petron Blaze - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89) of KL Dragons - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

State Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 2-0 
 2. Diamond V.E. 2-0 
 3. Eltham W. 1-1 
 4. Waverley F. 1-1 
 5. Werribee 1-1 
 6. Ringwood H. 1-1 
 7. Corio Bay 1-1 
 8. Hume City 1-1 
 9. Melbourne 0-2 
 10. Sherbrooke S. 0-2 
Central ABL
 1. C.District L. 0-0 
 2. Eastern M. 0-0 
 3. Forestville E. 0-0 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 0-0 
 5. Norwood F. 0-0 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 0-0 
 7. Southern T. 0-0 
 8. Sturt S. 0-0 
 9. W.Adelaide B. 0-0 
 10. Woodville W. 0-0 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 3. Cairns M. 0-0 
 4. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 5. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 6. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 7. Mackay M. 0-0 
 8. Northside W. 0-0 
 9. Rockhampton 0-0 
 10. Suncoast 0-0 
 11. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 12. Toowoomba 0-0 
 13. Townsville H. 0-0 
SBL
 1. Lakeside L. 3-0 
 2. Perry Lakes H. 3-0 
 3. East Perth E. 2-0 
 4. Perth R. 2-0 
 5. Goldfield G. 2-1 
 6. SW Slammers 1-1 
 7. Willetton T. 1-1 
 8. Wanneroo W. 1-2 
 9. Mandurah M. 1-2 
 10. Geraldton B. 1-2 
 11. Stirling S. 1-2 
 12. Cockburn C. 0-2 
 13. Rockingham F. 0-2 
 14. Kalamunda E.S. 0-3 
SEABL-East
 1. Canberra G. 2-0 
 2. Dandenong 2-0 
 3. Frankston B. 2-1 
 4. Geelong S. 2-1 
 5. Bendigo B. 1-2 
 6. Sandringham S. 0-2 
 7. Brisbane S. 0-3 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 2-0 
 2. NW Tasmania 2-0 
 3. Albury W.B. 1-1 
 4. Ballarat M. 1-1 
 5. Hobart C. 1-1 
 6. Knox R. 1-2 
 7. Mt Gambier 1-2 
 8. Kilsyth C. 0-2 
WARATAH
 1. Bankstown B. 2-0 
 2. Manly Warr. 2-0 
 3. Norths Bears 2-0 
 4. Hills H. 1-0 
 5. Sydney C. 1-1 
 6. Parramatta W. 1-1 
 7. Colonial Hotel 1-1 
 8. Illawarra H. 1-1 
 9. Hornsby S. 1-1 
 10. Cent.Coast C. 1-1 
 11. Maitland M. 0-2 
 12. Newcastle H. 0-2 
 13. Sutherland S. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 2

BIG V

Mar. 23: Werribee - Waverley F. 92-89
Mar. 23: Corio Bay - Ringwood H. 89-87
Mar. 23: Hume City - Eltham W. 68-85
Mar. 23: Melbourne - Diamond V.E. 68-101
Mar. 23: Bulleen B. - Sherbrooke S. 64-58

SBL

Mar. 23: Stirling S. - Kalamunda E.S. 99-70
Mar. 23: Perth R. - Willetton T. 97-87
Mar. 23: Geraldton B. - Cockburn C. 96-83
Mar. 22: Kalamunda E.S. - Lakeside L. 83-118
Mar. 23: Rockingham F. - Goldfield G. 121-131
Mar. 23: Lakeside L. - Mandurah M. 114-77
Mar. 23: East Perth E. - Wanneroo W. 111-80
Mar. 23: Perry Lakes H. - SW Slammers 106-88
Mar. 24: Wanneroo W. - Goldfield G. 105-110

SEABL

Mar. 24: Nunawading S. - Mt Gambier 99-90
Mar. 24: Albury W.B. - Geelong S. 93-88
Mar. 23: Geelong S. - Sandringham S. 92-81
Mar. 23: Dandenong - Mt Gambier 85-81
Mar. 23: Canberra G. - Bendigo B. 83-81
Mar. 23: NW Tasmania - Brisbane S. 83-68
Mar. 23: Frankston B. - Ballarat M. 81-85
Mar. 22: Hobart C. - Brisbane S. 78-55
Mar. 23: Knox R. - Kilsyth C. 76-75

WARATAH

Mar. 24: Illawarra H. - Sutherland S. 87-63
Mar. 23: Sydney C. - Cent.Coast C. 84-67
Mar. 24: Hornsby S. - Parramatta W. 76-78
Mar. 23: Newcastle H. - Manly Warr. 74-85
Mar. 23: Maitland M. - Norths Bears 55-99
Mar. 23: Colonial Hotel - Bankstown B. 49-72
Mar. 23: Parramatta W. - Hills H.


Nathan Jawai selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (9-17) 91-72 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Jawai scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (17-9) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Jawai's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 70.1%(68-97) and FT: 66.1% in the 25 games he played so far. Jawai played for the Australian senior national team four years ago.

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Andrew Bogut (212-84, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). He led Golden State Warriors to an easy victory against the Houston Rockets (39-31) crushing them 108-78 in the NBA last Sunday. Bogut recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. The Golden State Warriors have 40-31 record this season. Bogut's overall stats this year are: 6.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 45.9% and FT: 59.4%. He played for the Australian national team in 2008.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey). Andersen led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory against the 13th-ranked Turk Telekom (7-16) 90-80 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (19-3) is placed first in the TBL. This year Andersen's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 47.9%(23-48) and FT: 93.5%(29-31) in the 19 games. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #4. Power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Budivelnyk (28-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kickert's good performance the league leader Budivelnyk was defeated in an overtime 93-88 on the road by the lower-ranked Khimik (#3). He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kickert has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg and 5.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Kickert is also Australian national team player.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #5. International center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (4-2) 97-87 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 9 points and had 3 steals in only 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Maric is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.3rpg. This year he also averages: 12.0ppg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in the 12 games. Maric plays currently for the Australian national team.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #6. Swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Boise St. (9-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Boise St. was defeated 80-71 at home by the La Salle University. Drmic scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. This season Drmic has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team two years ago.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #7. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Mary's, CA's victory against the Middle Tennessee State University (17-3) 67-54 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 in Tuesday night's game. Dellavedova scored 22 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes. The Saint Mary's College of California has a very good 14-2 conference record this season. It was St.Mary's, CA's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Dellavedova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Mary's, CA's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in the 12 games. Dellavedova is also Australian national team player.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #8. Small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Ingles managed to help Regal FC Barcelona to win against the sixth-ranked Caja Laboral (6-6) 83-74. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (11-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Ingles' total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Cameron Bairstow
Cameron Bairstow
   #9. International forward Cameron Bairstow (206-90, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the N.Mexico (13-3) in their last game. Despite Bairstow's very good performance the N.Mexico lost 62-68 on their home court in Albuquerque, NM to the Harvard University. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Bairstow's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #10. Power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (13-13) 76-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Barlow scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. Barlow has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help G.Canaria 2014 (15-11) in their last game. Despite Newley's good performance G.Canaria 2014 lost 56-68 in Valencia to the higher-ranked (#4) Basket. He scored 10 points in 29 minutes. Newley averaged so far 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Sagesse win their game against the closely-ranked Amchit 75-68 in the Lebanese Division A in Wednesday night's game. Khazzouh had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds in 38 minutes. Khazzouh is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. He also averaged so far 10.1ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games. Khazzouh used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped St.Louis win their game against the New Mexico State University crushing them 64-44 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ellis averaged so far 10.1ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) helped Oradea win their game against the 11th-ranked Rovinari 78-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Dillon recorded 13 points and added 4 passes in 32 minutes. He averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.2apg in the 28 games. Dillon used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their game against the closely-ranked Zvezda 80-75 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 5 passes. Markovic is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers. He has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg. Markovic used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Charleston So. (12-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Muo's very good performance the Charleston So. was defeated 78-71 on the road by the University of Southern Mississippi. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Muo averaged so far 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #2. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, currently plays in Germany) led Science City Jena to a victory over the closely-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-13) 69-65 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Jeka recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in 35 minutes. Science City Jena (14-14) is placed eighth in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jeka averaged so far 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.3apg in the 27 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.

   #3. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Caceres Basket (9-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Duinker's very good performance Caceres Basket was defeated 81-75 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Ford_Burgos. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Duinker also added 8 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Duinker has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 4.8rpg. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Albany (9-7) in their last game. Despite Hooley's good performance the Albany lost 61-73 in Durham, NC to the Duke University. He scored 13 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Hooley has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 4.8rpg in the 23 games.

   #5. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A couldn't help Byblos (12-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Byblos lost 78-92 in Beirut to the leading Al Riyadi. Ammar scored 16 points and added 3 assists in 35 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Ammar has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 22 games. He also holds two passports: Australian and Lebanese.

   #6. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) couldn't help Duesseldorf Baskets (19-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tzakopoulos' good performance Duesseldorf Baskets was defeated 65-59 in Cuxhaven by the lower-ranked BasCats (#4). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Tzakopoulos also added 3 assists. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg. He has Greek and Australian nationalities.

   #7. Luke Devlin (203-F-91, college: Albany, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Peter Hooley and both played together in the last NCAA game. Devlin couldn't help the Albany in their game against the Duke University. He scored 9 points. His team was defeated 73-61. Devlin has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg.

   #8. Experienced Mick Pennisi (210-C-75, college: E.Michigan, currently plays in Philippines), who plays in the Filipino PBA couldn't help Barako Bull (3-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the ninth-placed Barako Bull lost 93-103 in Manila to the higher-ranked (#3) Rain or Shine in the Commissioner's Cup group. Pennisi recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Pennisi has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.6apg in the eight games. He has Australian and Filipino nationalities.

   #9. Michael Kingma (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, currently plays in Holland) couldn't help Groningen in their game against Den Bosch in the Dutch Eredivisie. Kingma cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was crushed by 48 points 92-44. Kingma has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.8rpg. He has dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch.

   #10. Laurent Lahey (204-F/C-89, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Boncourt in their game against Lugano Tigers in the Swiss LNA, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. Lahey recorded 12 points in a mere 18 minutes. But his team lost 83-89. Lahey has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.1rpg in the 22 games. He has dual citizenship: Australian and Swiss. Despite Lahey's Australian passport, he previously played for the Swiss U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team.



SBL: Redbacks come from behind to defeat Tigers - by Eurobasket News

The BOQ Redbacks mens State Basketball League team came back from a nine-point time deficit to secure a 97 to 87 win against the Willetton Tigers.

The game was a see-saw affair in which the lead changed 15 times.

The win was secured by the Redbacks in the third term when they produced a strong defensive effort to hold the Tigers to 14 while amassing 30.

213 centimetre centre Justin Brown scored 23, brought down 17 rebounds and made four assists.

Power-forward Michael Vigor (205-F/C-90) scored 27 and had 12 rebounds and five assists.

Point-guard Joel Wagner scored 15 and had five assists and three steals while shooting guard Adam Johnston had 14 and three assists.

The Redbacks men have two wins and no losses and are in fourth-place in the 14-team competition.

In a tough encounter in which the lead changed ten times, the BOQ Redbacks womens team lost their first game of the year against the Tigers 50 to 60.

Centre Marita Payne was the Redbacks top-scorer with 19 while bringing down 10 rebounds and making three assists.

Point-guard Rachel Lisch (174-G-86, college: ORU) scored eight and had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Forward Jessica Jakens had seven points, three rebounds and two assists while point-guard Gabby OSullivan scored six.

The loss sees the Redbacks women in 10th place in the 12-team competition.

The action continues this Saturday with the Redbacks playing at their home venue of the Belmont Oasis Leisure and Aquatic Centre against the Wanneroo Wolves.

Tip-off for the womens game is at 6PM and 8PM for the mens game.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Eagles continue impressive start - by Eurobasket News

Round Two for the Eagles men's team showed a continuation of the previous weeks success, defeating the Wanneroo Wolves 111-80 at Morley Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

Eagles guard Drew Williamson opened up the home sides account within the first 15 seconds of the game. Shortly after, forward Jarrod Balcombe topped it up with a dunk that was set up by good pressure from within the key by forward Nikola Donlagic (195-F-90).

Near the end of the first quarter, centre Michael Jones placed the Eagles even further in front by scoring a three point shot, the Eagles finishing with a solid 14 point advantage at the first break.

Point guard Elgar Tamsalu (184-G/F-87) got the second quarter underway to maintain the Eagles advantage. Centre Michael Jones was making excellent use of the key in both offensive and defensive rebounds getting a collective total of eight rebounds for the match.

The Eagles started the second half of the match in front of the Wolves 57-42 and started to turn the heat up even more by scoring their next six points within the first three minutes of the third quarter. The Wolves were appearing to be quick on their feet but just couldnt keep up with the game-play of their opponents.

As the final quarter started, point guard Elgar Tamsalu and forward Jarrod Balcombe streamlined some fantastic passing down the court resulting in an alleyoop, widening the lead to 26 points with six minutes to go in the match.

With under five minutes to go, forward Brighton Pass made his 2013 on-court debut for the Eagles and contributed straight away with a three point bucket, immediately followed by forward Jarrod Balcombe once again, scoring the last three points of the game.

Despite the Wolves putting up a good fight showcasing talented players such as centre Robert Huntington and guard Trian Iliadis, it were the Eagles who came out on top after leading for 46 minutes of the match.

In the Women's game, the Eagles found themselves chasing the Wanneroo Wolves up and down the court in their first home game at Morley Recreation Centre where they were defeated by the Wolfpack 86-39.

The Wolves got off the mark quickly, building a 7-0 lead early. Eagles forward Liz Cooke was showing some great defence in the key but it wasnt until just after the first time out that Eagles forward Danielle Lipscombe scored the home sides first two points, however it was the Wolves who were in control and by the end of the first quarter the score was 25-6 in favour of the visitors.

Forward Amy Chinnery scored three points within the first four minutes of the second quarter shortly followed with Liz Cooke gaining another two points just before the six minute mark. Once again, it was Eagles forward Liz Cooke teaming up with forward Jodee Sontay showcasing excellent team work within the key to finish the quarter with another two points, however the Wolves had extended the lead to 27 at the main break.

With seven minutes left on the clock the score had become 72-37 and the Eagles were pulling out all stops to close the gap. Eagles Import guard Jillian Shelley was obtaining the rebounds by occupying the key well but the Wolves were the ones distributing themselves evenly across the court, running out 47 point winners.

There was impressive play from Wolves guard Nikita-Lee Martin and forward Casey Lockwood who shot a combined 25 points for the visotrs, almost a third of the total match score.

East Perth Eagles WSBL coach Aaron Berryman conveyed that more discipline is needed on court and is looking forward to building upon this in the coming weeks.

Next week the Eagles play the Stirling Senators away at Warwick Leisure Centre on Thursday night, with the Men looking to extend their undefeated start to the season.
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



SBL: Lightning remain undefeated with win over Magic - by Eurobasket News

Perennial MSBL finalists Lakeside Lightning have continued their strong start to the 2013 season by dismantling the Mandurah Magic 114-77 on Saturday night.

It was a strong all around team performance from the Lightning which would have pleased head coach Andy Stewart, with eight players finishing in double figures for scoring.

On the other side of the court, the Magics statistics would be leaving head coach Jason Chalk wondering what went wrong after the team was outnumbered in every major category.

The Lightning dominated the game from the outset and took a five point lead into quarter time. Lakeside big man Jarrad Prue asserted his usual dominance on the boards early and looked to provide numerous second chance opportunities for his team.

Mandurahs only offensive contribution came from big man Taylor Mullenax (201-F/C-86, college: St.Edward's) who had 20 points to half time, however there was little contribution from his teammates. Lakeside outscored the Magic by nine in the second quarter to take a 13 point lead into the main break.

Things didnt get better for the Magic as Lakesides dominance in rebounding proved to be too much for them to counteract. The Lightning were also able to rely on their bench to shoulder some of the scoring burden, something which the Magic couldnt receive.

A 31-15 final term from the Lightning put the result beyond doubt as the lead pushed out towards the 40 point mark in the closing stages.

Darrel Morgan was the top scorer for the Lightning with 20 points as he led a host of Lakeside players finishing with double figures in points. Prue was also outstanding for the Lightning finishing with 23 rebounds as the team outrebounded the Magic 65-37.

Mullenax led all scorers in the game finishing with 30 points but was unable to get much assistance from his teammates on the scoresheet. The Lightning also converted on 52% of their field goals attempts in comparison to Mandurahs 37%.

After Round Two the Lightning sit on top of the standings, with a 3-0 record while the Magic drop to 11th with one win and two losses.

Next week sees the Lightning travel to Willetton to take on the Tigers while the Magic head south to take on rivals South West Slammers on Thursday night.

Article by Nathan Winch
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au



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Raoul Korner and the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch clinch Dutch Cup Title - by Stefan Prager

As posted by Eurobasket News, Austrian coaching export Raoul Korner (agency: Court Side ) wins the Dutch cup title.

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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.



Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. He could not help Asseco Prokom Gdynia (16-10) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's very good performance the fifth-placed Asseco Prokom Gdynia lost 68-82 on the road to the second-ranked PGE Turow in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Mahalbasic also added 9 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. It was Asseco Prokom Gdynia's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Mahalbasic averages: 9.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 60.5%(95-157) and FT: 70.2% in the 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Euroleague). Ortner was not able to help Montepaschi Siena (7-5) in their game against Besiktas (1-11) in the Euroleague. He scored 6 points and had 3 steals. Montepaschi Siena (#5) was edged 72-70 in Istanbul by the lower-ranked Besiktas (#8) in the group F of Euroleague. It was Montepaschi Siena's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Ortner's first season with the team. Ortner's overall stats this year are: 4.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 62.0%(31-50) and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Maresch was not able to secure a victory for River Andorra (3-0) in their last game. Despite his good performance his team lost 72-79 in Logrono to the much lower-ranked (#7) CB Clavijo. Maresch scored 10 points in 24 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Maresch's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 78.5% in the 23 games. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Anton Maresch and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Schreiner couldn't help River Andorra (3-0) in their game against CB Clavijo (10-13). He scored 5 points in 19 minutes. his team lost 72-79 in Logrono to the much lower-ranked (#7) CB Clavijo. This year Schreiner's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg in the 19 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

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

   #1. Jamie Kohn (195-G-89, college: E.Connecticut, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Tees Valley Mohawks' victory against the 12th-ranked Medway Park (8-14) 87-76 in the British EBL D1 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Kohn recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Kohn's third season in pro basketball. Tees Valley Mohawks (15-7) is placed second in the EBL D1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kohn belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kohn averages: 19.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Marc Goetzinger (182-PG-96) plays for s Oliver Baskets in German BBL
Matej Kljaic (193-F-91) plays for Djuro Djakovic in Croatian A1
Jason Detrick (195-SF-80) plays for Paschoalotto/Bauru in Brazilian NBB
Martin-Patrick Pos (198-F-94) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Patrick Churchill (181-SF-98) plays for Muenchen Nord in German NBBL



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Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 10-2 
 2. Al Ahli 10-2 
 3. Al Hala 10-2 
 4. Sitra 9-3 
 5. Muharraq 9-3 
 6. Issa Town 6-6 
 7. Hidd 5-7 
 8. Nuwaidrat 5-7 
 9. Bahrain Club 4-8 
 10. Al Najma 2-10 
 11. Al Ittihad 2-10 
 12. Samaheej 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 28: Issa Town - Muharraq
Mar. 28: Samaheej - Al Najma
Mar. 29: Al Manama - Al Ittihad
Mar. 29: Hidd - Sitra
Mar. 30: Nuwaidrat - Al Hala
Mar. 30: Al Ahli - Bahrain Club



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College recruit has Bajan roots - by Don Farrell

Barbados appears to have a stake in the United States next great hoops hope after it was recently revealed that top basketball college recruit Andrew Wiggins was born to a Bajan woman.
The 18-year-old Canadian high school player is the son of Barbadian-born Marita Payne-Wiggins, who is a Canadian citizen who represented the North American country in athletics at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.
It would make the six-foot-seven wing player eligible to play for the ultramarine and gold if he so chooses, though that would be unlikely considering the younger Wiggins has already led Canada to bronze medal showings at the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and 2012 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championships.
Currently in his senior year at Huntington Prep School in West Virginia, Wiggins has been rated the top prospect coming out of high school having already won Naismith Prep Player of the Year award as Americas best high school player. NBA superstars LeBron James (2003) and Dwight Howard (2004) have each won the award.
Born in Toronto, but raised in Thornhill, Ontario, Wiggins is also the son of former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Mitchell Wiggins, who had stints with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers. Mitchell Wiggins was also on the United Staes national team that won a silver medal at the 1982 FIBA World Championships
Payne-Wiggins is still the Canadian record holder in the 400 metres with a best of 49.91 seconds. (JM)



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Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked PGE Turow (4-14) crushing them 80-48 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Veremeenko scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 15 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (14-4) is placed second in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(50-82) and FT: 87.0% in the 17 games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team six years ago.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (5-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Olin Edirne was edged 83-82 on the road by the much higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#4). Parakhouski recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. It's Parakhouski's first season with the team. Parakhouski is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 64.6%(122-189) and FT: 52.4%. Parakhouski is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus). He led Apoel to a victory over the league leader Keravnos (18-3) crushing them 92-67 in the Cypriot Division A on Tuesday night. Stiggers was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (12-9) is placed fourth in the Division A. Stiggers belongs to league's best passers (ranked #6) and also on the list of most steals (third place). This year his overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.4apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 74.5% in the 23 games. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (9-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 71-67 at home by the higher-ranked Biancoblu BO (#6). Meshcharakou was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Meshcharakou's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2spg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #5. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) was not able to secure a victory for Sojuz Zaretchny (4-21) in their game against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-10) in the Russian Superleague (second division), despite his good performance last Monday. Shustau scored 11 points in 22 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny was badly defeated 86-67 on their home court in Zaretchny by the much higher-ranked (#5) TEMP-SUMZ Revda. It was Sojuz Zaretchny's eighth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Shustau has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.2apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team five years ago.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #6. An experienced center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Mazeikiai's victory against the eighth-ranked Statyba (20-14) 92-82 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Thursday. Kojenets recorded 6 points. Mazeikiai (27-7) is placed first in the NKL. This season Kojenets has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 4.0rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team four years ago.

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

   #1. Igor Suhinin, who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (9-16) to beat Universitet-Yugra (22-3). Suhinin scored 7 points and added 3 passes. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was crushed 79-53 on the road by the leading Universitet-Yugra. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Suhinin's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg.

   #2. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an Ironi Ramat Gan's victory against the 12th-ranked Kiryat Tivon (5-17) 94-81 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 7 points in only 9 minutes. Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (14-8) is placed fifth in the National League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Yeremishin's total stats are: 3.6ppg and 2.1rpg in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Yeremishin's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #3. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Elitzur Yavne (14-8) in their game against Maccabi K/G (5-17) in the Israeli National League (second division). Lioutrine recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes. Elitzur Yavne lost 63-74 in Kiryat Gat to the one of league's weakest teams (#13) Maccabi K/G. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Lioutrine's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 3.9rpg in the 22 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Belarusian team.

   #4. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia) was not able to secure a victory for Sojuz Zaretchny (4-21) in their game against Spartak Vidnoye (5-20) in the Russian Superleague (second division). Karpov scored only 4 points. The bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 80-70 in Moscow by the higher-ranked Spartak Vidnoye (#13). It was Sojuz Zaretchny's eighth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Karpov's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 2.1rpg. He has both Belarusian and Russian nationalities.



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Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 20-6 
 2. Gembo BBC 18-7 
 3. Kangor.-Boom 18-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 17-8 
 5. St-Niklase 15-10 
 6. CEP Fleurus 15-10 
 7. Waregem 14-12 
 8. M.Hainaut II 12-13 
 9. Tongeren 12-14 
 10. Gent Dragons 11-13 
 11. Excelsior 11-13 
 12. Sprimont 10-14 
 13. Oudenaarde 8-17 
 14. Giants II 3-21 
 15. Essor Charleroi 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 24: Giants II - Point Chaud 93-68
Mar. 24: Excelsior - Houthalen 83-90
Mar. 24: Oudenaarde - Tongeren 78-97
Mar. 23: Sint-Jan Ant. - Kangor.-Boom 78-65
Mar. 22: CEP Fleurus - Essor Charleroi 76-74
Mar. 23: Waregem - St-Niklase 73-56
Mar. 22: Essor Charleroi - M.Hainaut II 68-81
Mar. 23: Gent Dragons - Gembo BBC 65-79
Mar. 27: Essor Charleroi - Excelsior


Belgian Ethias League round 22 best performance: Roel Moors - by Eurobasket News

Former international guard Roel Moors (190-G-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Antwerp, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, two rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat M.Hainaut (#3, 14-8) 86-79. Antwerp maintains the 5th position in Belgian Ethias League. Antwerp 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 12-10 record. In the team's last game Moors had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Antwerp, through which he has constantly improved. Roel Moors averages this season 11.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Derek Raivio (190-SG-84) of Aalstar. Raivio had a very good evening with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Aalstar lost that game 86-91 to slightly higher-ranked Spirou (#2, 14-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Aalstar still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 14-8 record is not bad at all. Raivio is a newcomer at Aalstar, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#3). He also recorded 3.6 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of M.Hainaut (#3). Bostic scored 26 points. Despite Bostic's great performance M.Hainaut lost 79-86 to slightly lower-ranked Antwerp (#5, 12-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing M.Hainaut needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 8 lost games. Bostic has a very solid season. In 21 games in Belgium he scored 15.4ppg. He also has 4.0rpg and FGP: 56.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Ware (205-F/C-83) of Liege - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) of Oostende - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Aalstar - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Wesley Wilkinson (207-PF-84) of Oostende - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Justin Hamilton (190-G-80) of Spirou - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 15 points and 3 rebounds
10. Chris Ferguson (206-C-89) of Verviers-Pep. - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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



Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (16-10) to beat Assignia Manresa (5-21). Hervelle scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Gescrap BB was edged 82-79 on the road by the league outsider Assignia Manresa (#18). This season Hervelle averages: 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(80-141), 3FGP: 23.5% and FT: 82.4%. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu contributed to Cantu's victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-17) 74-62 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. FoxTown Cantu (15-9) is placed fifth in the SerieA. This year Tabu's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 82.5% in the 24 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland). Lichodzijewski was the major contributor in Polpharma's victory against the second-ranked AZS Koszalin (11-14) 79-71 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (14-11) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. It was Polpharma's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Lichodzijewski's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Former Sanex Antwerp Giants starter played for the Belgian national team five years ago.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Alabama to a victory against the Stanford University (20-1) 66-54 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 on Saturday night. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The The University of Alabama has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. It's Obasohan's first year with the team. Obasohan has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also Belgian U20 national team player.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #5. International point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (14-12) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (17-9) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points and added 7 assists in 28 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 81-89 in Barcelona to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC. This year Van Rossom's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #6. An experienced guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (13-26) crushing them 101-78 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Friday night. Faison recorded 9 points in 22 minutes. KTP Basket Kotka (30-9) is placed first in the Korisliiga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Faison has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Faison is a former international player as he played for the Belgian senior team two years ago. He used to play for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #7. International guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Aget Service IM (7-15) 71-55 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Lauwers scored 8 points in 23 minutes. Tezenis Verona (11-11) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lauwers has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg in the three games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #8. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-28) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hulsen's good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was defeated 93-79 in Plymouth by the much higher-ranked Raiders (#3). He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hulsen has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.5apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to a victory against the The University of Washington (12-8) 90-79 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 in Tuesday night's game. He scored 37 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. The Brigham Young University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. Haws' team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. And that game will be critical. It's Haws' fourth year with the team.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a 1-point Fileni BPA Jesi's victory against the seventh-ranked Givova Scafati (11-11) 73-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Hoover had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes. Fileni BPA Jesi (9-13) is placed 12th in the Lega2. Hoover has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg in the 22 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (202-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno (4-21) 83-66 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Dubas recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals. BBC Monthey (13-11) is placed fourth in the LNA. Dubas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Dubas has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #4. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help KK Maribor Messer to win against the sixth-ranked Zlatorog (0-1) 77-73 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Wednesday night's game. Tshiabu Kayembe recorded only 4 points. KK Maribor Messer (1-0) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. Tshiabu Kayembe has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #5. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83, college: Tusculum, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) could not help JA Vichy (18-7) to beat Blois (14-9). Tshomba scored 8 points in 16 minutes. JA Vichy was badly defeated 92-75 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Blois. Tshomba's stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games.

   #6. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to Contern's victory against the third-ranked Basket Esch 88-82 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Sunday. He recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. Jones is currently first on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg and 2.5spg. Jones has both Belgian and Luxembourg nationalities.



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Standings - BIH League

Division I Standings
1. Mladost 17-5
2. Bosna 16-6
3. Capljina 16-6
4. Radnik B. 11-11
5. Zrinjski HT 11-11
6. Varda HE 10-12
7. Leotar 10-12
8. Kakanj 9-13
9. Posusje 9-13
10. Borac 9-13
11. Vogosca 8-14
12. Servitium 6-16
Play in international cups:
1. Igokea -
2. Siroki WWin -

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 23: Leotar - Posusje 97-76
Mar. 23: Bosna - Vogosca 78-68
Mar. 23: Zrinjski HT - Varda HE 78-63
Mar. 23: Capljina - Servitium 76-66
Mar. 23: Borac Nektar - Kakanj 75-76
Mar. 23: Radnik B. - Mladost 64-65


D1 Stats Leaders

LIGA 12 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Tuljkovic, Vogos 23.8
2 Bakovic, Posusje 22.6
3 Lalovic, Zrinjski. 20.5
4 Filipovic, Vogosca 19.9
5 Hadzifejzovi., Kak. 17.3
6 Bijelic, Mladost 17.3
7 Sinadinovic, Zri. 17.3
8 Hot, Vogosca 17.3
9 Bjelica, Capljina 16.3
10 Rizvic, Bosna16.0

Rebounds Per Game
1 Tuljkovic, Vogosca 9.4
2 Josilo, Varda 9.0
3 Lalovic, Zrinjski. 8.3
4 Goranovic, Radnik B. 7.1
5 Pavlovic, Borac N. 7
6 Hadzifejzovi., Kak. 6.8
7 Rizvic, Bosna 6.8
8 Erkic, Radnik B. 6.3
9 Damjanovic, Servit 6.3
10 Bijelic, Mladost 6.3

Assists Per Game
1 Hot, Vogosca 7.1
2 Peljto, Kakanj 5.7
3 Kascelan, Leotar 5.2
4 Hodzic, Bosna 4.9
5 Sinadinovic, Zrinjs. 4.8
6 Kovacevic, Capljina 4.7
7 Bakovic, Posusje 4.7
8 Radovanovic, Radnik 4.7
9 Ivanic, Mladost 4.5
10 Bjelica, Capljina 3.9

Steals Per Game
1 Hot, Vogosca 2.6
2 Lovric, Posusje 2.4
3 Kovacevic, Capljina 2.3
4 Bjelica, Capljina 2.2
5 Hodzic, Bosna 1.7
6 Kastratovic, Varda H. 1.6
7 Borovcanin, Radnik B. 1.6
8 Knezevic, Mladost 1.5
9 Peljto, Kakanj 1.5
10 Milosevic, Mladost 1.4

Blocks Per Game
1 Bijelic, Mladost 1.2
2 Mustapic, Posusje 0.7
3 Suljagic, Kakanj 0.6
4 Buza, Bosna 0.5
5 Djuranovic, Borac N. 0.5
6 Loncarevic, Radnik B. 0.5
7 Popovic, Capljina 0.5
8 Erkic, Radnik B. 0.5
9 Velimirovic, Mladost 0.5
10 Leric, Bosna 0.4



Standings - D2 Leagues

Division II Standings
1.Liga RS
 1. HEO 14-1 
 2. Gradanski 12-3 
 3. Bratunac 9-6 
 4. Gacko 9-7 
 5. Drina Birac 8-6 
 6. Sutjeska 8-8 
 7. Prijedor 7-7 
 8. Feniks 7-9 
 9. Rudar 5-11 
 10. Rogatica 3-13 
 11. Jahorina 2-13 
A1 Liga
 1. Spars Sarajevo 19-1 
 2. Sloboda Tuzla 17-3 
 3. Play Off 14-6 
 4. Brcko 13-7 
 5. Gradina S. 12-8 
 6. Bosnjak 9-11 
 7. Celik 9-11 
 8. Student 8-12 
 9. Spars Mostar 7-13 
 10. Orlovik 5-15 
 11. Limometal 4-16 
 12. Donji Vakuf 3-17 
Liga Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 13-1 
 2. Brotnjo 11-3 
 3. Siroki II 8-5 
 4. Student M. 5-3 
 5. Kiseljak 5-8 
 6. Grude 5-9 
 7. Busovaca 4-9 
 8. Livno 4-9 
 9. Rama 2-11 


Mirza Teletovic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (24-47) crushing them 119-82 in the NBA last Monday. Teletovic scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. The Brooklyn Nets have 41-29 record this season. It's Teletovic's first year with the team. This year he averages: 3.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 87.5% in the 45 games he played so far. Teletovic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (12-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Wright's good performance the fourth-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was defeated 88-80 on the road by the lower-ranked BC Donetsk (#6) in the group A of VTB United League. He scored 11 points and added 3 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Wright's first season with the team. Wright's overall stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 64.1%(66-103), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 78.6%. He is a naturalized American. Wright is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland). Opacak led PGE Turow to a victory over the fourth-ranked Anwil (16-9) 73-63 in the Polish TBL in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Opacak scored 18 points and blocked 2 shots in 23 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (17-8) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. This year Opacak's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 55.3%(52-94), 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 85.7% in the 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Ex-KK Zenica Celik player is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #4. Forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help ALBA Berlin (16-10) in their last game. Despite Djedovic's good performance ALBA Berlin lost 87-94 in Hagen to the lower-ranked (#8) Phoenix. He recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in 25 minutes. This year Djedovic's total stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.1apg in the 23 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #5. Former international guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to secure a victory for Sloga (9-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Sloga (#5) was crushed 99-77 in Cacak by the lower-ranked (#9) Borac in the Places 9-17 group. Popovic was the top scorer with 29 points. He also added 8 passes in 40 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Popovic is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Popovic averages: 18.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 8.1apg and 1.4spg in the 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Popovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #6. Point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Partizan's victory against one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (9-17) 83-69 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and added 3 passes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (16-10) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Gordic has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Dejan Jeftic
Dejan Jeftic
   #7. Former U18 international forward Dejan Jeftic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in Vrsac's victory against the seventh-ranked Tamis (11-15) 82-66 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. Jeftic was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points in 38 minutes. KK Vrsac (14-12) is placed first in Places 9-17 group. The Regular Season already ended. Jeftic has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg and 3.2rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team six years ago.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #8. Guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Armani Milano (14-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Bremer's good performance Armani Milano was edged 81-78 in Cremona by the lower-ranked Vanoli (#9). He scored 11 points. Bremer has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Bremer used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2011. He played also for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #9. International center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Banvit BK (19-3) in their game against Tofas (10-13) in the Turkish TBL. Bajramovic scored 7 points in 21 minutes. Banvit BK lost 73-80 in Bursa to the lower-ranked (#8) Tofas. They ended the series of twelve consecutive victories. Bajramovic has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 4.9rpg in the 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Sasa Vasiljevic
Sasa Vasiljevic
   #10. Point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Halychyna (23-15) in their last game. Despite Vasiljevic's very good performance Halychyna was edged 83-81 at home by the lower-ranked (#6) BC Donetsk. He recorded 15 points (made all of his six free throws) in 20 minutes. Vasiljevic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg in the 38 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in Timisoara's victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara 91-88 in a derby game in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Jovanovic recorded 17 points and added 4 passes. Jovanovic is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). This season he has very high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.1apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zagreb's victory against the eighth-ranked Jolly 78-70 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. Halilovic scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg. Halilovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2011.

   #13. International center Jusuf Nurkic (212-94, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Croatian team KK Zadar win their game against the league outsider KK Split 85-68 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points in only a mere 12 minutes. Nurkic has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 2.0rpg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #14. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 couldn't help Kavala (5-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Kavala was defeated 71-60 on their home court in Kavala by the higher-ranked KAOD (#10). Mitrovic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg. Mitrovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former international guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kolossos in their game against Ikaros in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He was the top scorer with 16 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 20 minutes. But his team lost 69-73. This year Kapelan has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg in the two games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid to a victory over the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-12) 84-75 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Begic scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Real Madrid (24-2) is placed first in the ACB. This year Begic averages: 5.5ppg and 2.9rpg in the 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #2. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Erdemir (9-14) crushing them 78-46 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Barac recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (19-4) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Barac averages: 4.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #3. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Besiktas (13-10) in their last game. Despite Markota's good performance Besiktas lost 72-76 in a derby game to the second-ranked Galatasaray. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Markota averages: 8.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.0apg in the 23 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-10) crushing them 99-76 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Planinic scored 9 points and added 5 passes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (7-5) is placed second in group F. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Planinic is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.3apg and 1.2spg. Similarly like Markota and Barac above Planinic also holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #5. Seid Hajric (203-F-83, currently plays in Poland) was the main contributor in an overtime Anwil's victory against the sixth-ranked Energa Czarni (13-12) 78-69 in the Polish TBL last Friday. Hajric was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Anwil Wloclawek (16-9) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. Hajric has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg and 6.1rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish passports.

   #6. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Start Gdynia's victory against the sixth-ranked Kotwica 71-67 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Rothbart was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 11 rebounds. Rothbart is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3bpg. Rothbart has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.

   #7. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help Sodertalje Kings (24-9) in their last game. Despite Bizaca's very good performance Sodertalje Kings lost 61-68 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Solna Vikings. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Bizaca also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Bizaca has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 31 games.

   #8. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary was not able to secure a victory for Szolnok (9-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sehovic's very good performance Szolnok was defeated 83-69 in Beograd by the leading Partizan. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Sehovic also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.5apg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin passports.

   #9. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in Ukraine) was the major contributor in Khimik's victory against the league outsider BC Kyiv crushing them 85-65 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Todic scored 12 points in a mere 17 minutes. Todic has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg in the six games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports.

   #10. Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France) helped Le Mans win their game against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite 77-69 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Keselj scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Keselj has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg and 6.6rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.



Haris Hujic opts for Germany? - by Nedzad Kladusak

According to German and Bosnian sources KSBIH was interested to add the promising PG Haris Hujic (188-PG-97) to its cadet team.
However after promising intial contacts it seems that Haris Hujic decided to play for Germany. According to sources close to KSBIH Hujic had already promised to play for BIH and Harun Mahmutovic has informed FIBA about his decision. He has been on the roster for the "6th April" tournament but appeared now on the roster of the German U16 team which
will face Serbia from 29.03 in Belgrade.



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Tiago Splitter selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Golden State Warriors (41-31) 104-93 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Splitter recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 53-17 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57.5%(275-478) and FT: 73.6% in the 70 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (26-44) in their last game on Monday. Despite Nene's very good performance the Washington Wizards were defeated 119-114 on the road by the Charlotte Bobcats. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Nene also added 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. It's Nene's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nene averages: 12.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 48.0% and FT: 73.5%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB. Passos was not able to help Hebraica (2-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Hebraica lost 66-75 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#4) Malvin in the Serie 1. Passos had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 17 rebounds in 39 minutes. It was Hebraica's third consecutive loss in a row. Passos is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 11.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.7ppg, 2FGP: 66.8%(251-376) and FT: 57.9% in the 42 games. Passos played for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #4. Point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (9-17) 91-72 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Huertas scored 7 points and added 5 passes in only 12 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (17-9) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg in the 26 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is also Brazilian national team player.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #5. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Le Mans (14-10) in their game against Chalon/Saor (16-8) in the French ProA. He scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. But Le Mans was defeated 66-60 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Chalon/Saor (#3). Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Le Mans' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #6. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) led Ford Burgos to a victory against the 11th-ranked Caceres Basket (9-14) 81-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Toledo scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Autocid Ford Burgos (19-4) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Toledo is currently third on the league's list of most steals with 1.9spg. He also averaged so far 8.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 22 games. Toledo is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #7. Former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-12) 84-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored only 2 points. Real Madrid (24-2) is placed first in the ACB. Hettsheimer's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #8. Point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC (7-19) in their game against Caja Laboral (20-6) in the Spanish ACB. Neto scored 7 points in only 14 minutes. Lagun Aro GBC lost 80-88 in Vitoria to the second-ranked Caja Laboral. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Neto's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #9. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help Givova Scafati (11-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tavernari's good performance Givova Scafati was edged 73-72 in Jesi by the lower-ranked Fileni BPA (#12). He scored 11 points. Tavernari has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #10. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (12-14) in their game against Blusens Monbus (13-13) in the Spanish ACB. Nogueira cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes lost 71-82 in Santoago de Comp to the higher-ranked (#9) Blusens Monbus. It was Asefa Estudiantes' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg in the 26 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Planasa NV in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Cobos scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 76-60. Cobos has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.4apg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) led Balkan to a victory over the eighth-ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-14) 76-72 in the Bulgarian NBL in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Santos recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Balkan Botevgrad (14-8) is placed fourth in the NBL. Santos is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #2. Gerson Santo (206-C-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Colorado State University to win against the University of Missouri (11-7) 84-72 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Santo scored only 4 points. The Colorado State University has a solid 11-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Santo has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #3. Andre Coimbra (205-F-86, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an Oita Heat Devils' surprising victory against the third-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (26-15) crushing them 90-63 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. Coimbra scored only 2 points. Oita Heat Devils (15-28) are placed ninth in Western group. Coimbra has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg.



DeAndre Coleman claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bauru and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Palmeiras (#14, 10-20) 83-89. Bauru maintains the 4th position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bauru will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 20-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Coleman as usually he does not deliver so high stats. DeAndre Coleman averages this season 10.1ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old international guard Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) of second-ranked Brasilia. Ribeiro impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Brasilia to edge the lower-ranked Paulistano (#9, 15-15) by 5 points 82-77. Brasilia's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 25 matches. Ribeiro is one of the most experienced players at Brasilia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87) of Liga Sorocaba (#8). Dawkins scored 27 points. He was a key player of Liga Sorocaba, leading his team to a 90-79 win against the lower-ranked Suzano (#18, 4-25). Liga Sorocaba needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 15 lost games. Dawkins has a great season in Brazil. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arlindo Neto (187-G-86) of Liga Sorocaba - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Andre Bambu (205-C-79) of Pinheiros/Sky - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-F/G-87) of Franca - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Caio Silveira (211-C-87) of Flamengo - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Caleb Brown (182-G-87) of Palmeiras - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) of Basquete Cearense - 18 points and 8 rebounds

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



Liga Americas: Capitanes snatch win over Sao Jose/Unimed - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes - Sao Jose/Unimed 82:81

Capitanes de Arecibo paved their way into Liga Americas Final Four. They sneaked past Sao Jose/Unimed to stay in the title hunt. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 20 points to lead the charge. He accounted for a decisive bucket late in regulation that propelled the Puerto Rican team to the win.
Sao Jose/Unimed dominated in the opening quarter. The Brazilian team surged ahead for a 20:12 lead into the second stanza. But Capitanes stopped the bleeding in the second frame. The Puerto Ricans pulled within 2 points at halftime 33:35. Capitanes denied the deficit in the third quarter. The teams entered the fourth period tied at 57. Angel Daniel Vassallo came up strong in the dying stages of the game. He fired 7 points in the key moments and sealed the win at the end. Joey Graham (200-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) had 16 points and 11 boards, while Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning team. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) responded with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Sao Jose/Unimed. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) chipped in 15 points in defeat.

Capitanes: Angel Daniel Vassallo 20, Joey Graham 16+11 boards, Peter John Ramos 13+10 boards
Sao Jose/Unimed: Murilo Becker 23+10 boards, Dede Stefanelli 15



Liga Americas: Uniceub/BRB upset Pioneros - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Pioneros 80:64

Uniceub/BRB will play in Liga Americas Final Four. They knocked down Pioneros de Quintana Roo to advance into the next round. Pioneros slipped at 1-2 record in Group E and got eliminated from the title race.
Uniceub/BRB shocked the hosts in the opening half. The Brazilian champions posted a 20:9 lead after ten minutes of action. The gap grew wider in the second quarter. Uniceub/BRB gained a 40:19 halftime lead. Pioneros de Quintana got closer in the third term. The Mexican team trimmed the deficit at 19-point mark at the final intermission. Uniceub/BRB fired 24 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the win at the end. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 29 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead the winners. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) added 19 points and 13 assists for Uniceub/BRB. Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) responded with 13 points for Pioneros. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Guilherme Giovannoni 29+10 boards, Welington Dos Santos 19+13 assists, Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) 13
Pioneros: Forrest Fisher 13, Hector Hernandez 12



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Earl Rowland's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Latvian team VEF Riga to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (12-6) 98-95 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Rowland recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. VEF Riga (11-7) is placed fourth in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Rowland averages: 17.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.9apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(100-176), 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 84.0%. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain. Calloway could not help Unicaja Malaga (6-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Unicaja Malaga lost 66-70 on the road to the leading CSKA Moscow in the group E of Euroleague. Calloway scored 10 points in 20 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.1%(37-66), 3FGP: 45.1%(37-82) and FT: 73.3% in the 22 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Lithuania). Ivanov contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked LSU-Baltai (5-12) crushing them 111-61 in the Lithuanian LKL last Tuesday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (7-2) is placed eighth in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Ivanov's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 54.3% and FT: 74.1% in the eight games. He played for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #4. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Gaz Metan (18-10) in their game against Ploiesti (21-7) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Lilov was the top scorer with 17 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Lilov has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #5. An experienced international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Olin Edirne (5-18) in their game against Turk Telekom (7-16) in the Turkish TBL, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Videnov was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. But Olin Edirne lost 63-67 at home to the higher-ranked (#13) Turk Telekom. It was Olin Edirne's third consecutive loss in a row. Videnov has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.9apg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #6. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Enel Brindisi (10-14) in their game against Air Avellino (9-14) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his good performance last Sunday Simmons scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Simmons has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #7. Former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cajasol (9-17) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (17-9) in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance last Saturday. He was the second best scorer with 10 points in only 13 minutes. But Cajasol was badly defeated 91-72 on their home court in Sevilla by the much higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. It was Cajasol's third consecutive loss in a row. Blakney has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.3apg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #8. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) led CSU Sibiu to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked CS Farul Constanta (6-22) crushing them 89-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points and added 5 passes in 34 minutes. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (14-14) is placed ninth in the Liga Nationala. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gruev is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 4.6apg. He also averaged so far 14.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the 26 games. Gruev used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Krum Doychinov
Krum Doychinov
   #9. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help OFI (6-15) in their game against Agia Paraskevis (5-9) in the Greek A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Doychinov is the league's best blocker. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Georgi Sirakov
Georgi Sirakov
   #10. Guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Mazzeo San Severo (9-19) in their game against Latina Basket (10-18) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division), despite his good performance on Sunday night. He was the top scorer with 12 points in 27 minutes. But Mazzeo San Severo was edged 73-71 in Latina by the higher-ranked (#16) Basket. This year Sirakov averages only 7.8ppg in the 28 games. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian national team.

   #11. Former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Keravnos in their game against Apoel in the Cypriot Division A. Owens cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 63-54. Owens has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Owens used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. He played also for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

   #12. International power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help U-Mobitelco in their game against Craiova in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Nikolov cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. His team lost 72-80. This year Nikolov has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg in the 27 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Assignia Manresa in a victory against the fifth-ranked Gescrap BB 82-79 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. Georgiev has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg in the 26 games. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former international power forward Vassil Evtimov (208-77, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite in their game against Le Mans in the French ProA. Evtimov cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 77-69. This season Evtimov averages just 1.1ppg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to an overtime victory over the league leader Budivelnyk (28-10) 93-88 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Deane scored 26 points (!!!) and added 9 assists in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (23-13) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Deane has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg in the 34 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece could not help Olympiacos (7-5) to beat Maccabi T-A (7-5). Antic scored 7 points. Olympiacos (#4) was defeated 73-67 at home by the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#3) in the group F of Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Antic's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Poitiers (7-17) crushing them 84-52 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Evtimov scored 7 points in 18 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (16-8) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Evtimov has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (5-19) crushing them 97-62 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Clark scored 10 points and added 4 passes. Umana Reyer Venezia (12-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This season Clark has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.4apg. He is a naturalized American. However Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #5. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga was not able to help Kozuv (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Karadzovski's good performance Kozuv (#5) was defeated 77-71 on the road by the second-ranked MZT Skopje in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Karadzovski also added 3 assists. Karadzovski is currently fourth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.6apg. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #6. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) led Malbas to a victory against the third-ranked Boras II 85-72 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. Gafor recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Gafor has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg and 2.0spg. Gafor also holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.



Mladen Pantic claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Levski Sofia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Spartak Pleven (#9, 5-17) 92-85. Levski Sofia maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They are still close to the very top. Levski Sofia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 18-4 record. Pantic just recently signed at Levski Sofia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mladen Pantic averages just after three games 17.7ppg and 7.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-F-89) of Rilski Sportist. Caloiaro impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Rilski Sportist was edged by the lower-ranked U20 (#10, 1-21) 73-72. Rilski Sportist managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 15-7 record is not bad at all. Caloiaro is one of the most experienced players at Rilski Sportist and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) of Spartak Pleven (#9). Marintchechki scored 27 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Marintchechki's great performance Spartak Pleven lost 85-92 to the higher-ranked Levski Sofia (#2, 18-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Spartak Pleven can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Marintchechki he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Marintchechki has a very solid season. In 22 games in Bulgaria he scored 15.7ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 68.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-F/C-83) of Lukoil Academik - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83) of Lukoil Academik - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Larry Hall (190-G-83) of Cherno More - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Balkan - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets - 19 points and 11 rebounds
9. Will Walker (183-G-87) of Beroe - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia - 26 points, 4 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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Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 15-3 
 2. Bucaros 13-5 
 3. Piratas 10-8 
 4. Academia 10-8 
 5. Once Caldas 9-9 
 6. Aguilas 6-12 
 7. Caribbean Heat 6-12 
 8. Halcones 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 23: Academia - Piratas 93-99
Mar. 23: Caribbean Heat - Once Caldas 91-92
Mar. 23: Bucaros - Aguilas 86-72
Mar. 23: Bambuqueros - Halcones 100-84

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 26: Bucaros - Piratas
Mar. 26: Aguilas - Academia
Mar. 26: Bambuqueros - Once Caldas
Mar. 26: Halcones - Caribbean Heat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone RAYSON
  Aguilas
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Rayson, Aguilas23.3 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.9 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.2 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros18.6 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros17.8 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas17.5 
 10. Aragon, Academia17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.0 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros10.4 
 3. Blue, Academia9.6 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.4 
 5. Rayson, Aguilas6.8 
 6. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 7. Truscott, Halcones6.6 
 8. Burnett, Halcones6.1 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.6.1 
 10. Arteaga, Piratas6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.6 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.4 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 4. Brooks, Bucaros4.9 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.6 
 6. Garcia, Aguilas3.1 
 7. Nelson, Halcones3.1 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 9. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 10. Londono, Academia2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.2 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.2 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.9 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.8 
 5. Garris, Once Caldas1.6 
 6. Londono, Academia1.4 
 7. Cortes, Once Cald.1.2 
 8. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.2 
 9. Forbes, Once Cald.1.2 
 10. Corpus, Aguilas1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dario CUERO
  Aguilas
  (200-F/C-85)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Cuero, Aguilas0.8 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros0.8 
 3. Farley, Academia0.7 
 4. Perez, Bambuqueros0.7 
 5. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 6. Blue, Academia0.6 
 7. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 8. Mayfield, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Aragon, Academia0.5 
 10. Trocha, Bucaros0.4 



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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Brown, Apollon20.2 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Jamar Diggs Omonia15.5 
 6. Fisher, AEK15.5 
 7. Williams, Etha15.1 
 8. Warren, Apollon14.5 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.3 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mihajlo PESIC
  AEL
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 2. Brown, Apollon7.5 
 3. Aleksic, AEL7.4 
 4. Buljan, Keravnos6.7 
 5. Jamar Diggs Omonia6.7 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.6 
 7. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 8. Kaskiris, ENAD6.1 
 9. Fisher, AEK6.1 
 10. Maras, Etha6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEL
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 2. Jamar Diggs Omonia4.7 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.1 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Demertzis, Kerav.3.5 
 6. Stiggers, Apoel3.4 
 7. Adegboye, Etha3.3 
 8. Mokongo, Apoel2.9 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.6 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.4 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel2.0 
 4. Jamar Diggs Omonia1.9 
 5. Poole, Etha1.8 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.6 
 8. Williams, Etha1.5 
 9. Allen, AEL1.5 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, AEK1.9 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.5 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 4. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.0 
 6. Morrison, Apoel0.9 
 7. Maras, Etha0.8 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.7 
 9. Pesic, AEL0.5 
 10. Sims, ENAD0.5 


Final time - by Michael Aristidou

Petrolina AEK Larnaca and Cytavision Apoel Nicosia are the two teams that they will fight for the championship this year. Petrolina AEK Larnaca starts the series from their own ground and they will try to get the title after 19 years. On the other hand Cytavision Apoel Nicosia won the champion last time two years ago.
Petrolina AEK Larnaca is the merger of Pezoporikos and EPA and reaches the final as Petrolina AEK Larnaca for a second time in their history. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia reaches for 16th time.
Their history
The two teams faced each other 3 times in their history. Petrolina AEK Larnaca as Pezoporikos won two times and Cytavision Apoel Nicosia once
1990-91: Pezoporikos-APOEL 4-1
1993-94: Pezoporikos-APOEL 4-0
1994-95 : APOEL-AEK 4-2

The road to the final
Petrolina AEK Larnaca came third in the league and faced Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD in the quarter-finals. They won 2-0 and face former champions Michellin ETHA in the semifinals. Petrolina AEK Larnaca won 3-1 and went through the final.
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia came fourth in the regular season and face Pizza Express Apollon in the quarterfinals and they won 2-1. In the semis they face Keravnos and won 3-1 the series.



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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 19-15 
 2. USK Praha 15-18 
 3. B&W Opava 13-20 
 4. Chomutov 12-22 
 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 5

A1

Mar. 16: BK Decin - NH Ostrava
Mar. 16: BC Kolin - BK Prostejov
Mar. 27: CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice

A2

Mar. 13: Chomutov - Usti n/Labem
Mar. 18: Levice - Svitavy
Mar. 16: Svitavy - B&W Opava
Mar. 14: B&W Opava - Levice
Mar. 18: Usti n/Labem - USK Praha
Mar. 16: J.Hradec - Chomutov
Mar. 13: Svitavy - J.Hradec


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. Fields, Levice17.0 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava17.0 
 9. Reese, Usti n.16.4 
 10. Zabas, BK Pardub.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.4 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.7 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 8. Bolds, BC Kolin7.0 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.7 
 10. Simmons, Levice6.7 
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: 2.7
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.7 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 6. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 4. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 5. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 7. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


Bolds' double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old guard Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law) had an amazing evening in the last round for BC Kolin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat BK Pardubice (#3, 18-11) 88-82. BC Kolin is placed at 5th position in Czech Republic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. BC Kolin will need more victories to improve their 17-13 record. In the team's last game Bolds had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be BC Kolin's top player in his first season with the team. Missouri Western State College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bolds is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 50.6% FGP. Worth to mention Bolds played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Brandon Fields (193-G-88) of Levice. He is American guard in his first season at Levice. In the last game Fields recorded impressive 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Levice to edge slightly lower-ranked USK Praha (#-4, 15-18) by 5 points 70-65. This victory allowed Levice to move up to -5th position in A2. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fields is a newcomer at Levice and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#6). He also recorded 3.1 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ondrej Kohout (204-F-91) of league's second-best BK Prostejov. Kohout scored 20 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of BK Prostejov, leading his team to a 82-72 win against #4 ranked NH Ostrava in a game of the week. BK Prostejov needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in A1. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 10 lost games. Kohout has a great season in Czech Republic. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roman Zachrla (200-F-87) of J.Hradec - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kamil Svrdlik (206-PF-86) of BK Prostejov - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Travis Nelson (208-C-87) of BK Pardubice - 24 points and 10 rebounds
7. Roman Marko (194-SG-86) of BK Prostejov - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Brian Addison (205-F-87) of Levice - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. Phil Martin (193-G) of B&W Opava - 23 points and 11 rebounds
10. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) of BK Pardubice - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Colas, Randers25.4 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.22.4 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.7 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.1 
 5. Walker, Naestved19.8 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose19.3 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg18.7 
 8. Funches, Aarhus BC18.6 
 9. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
 10. Dennis, SISU17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Colas, Randers15.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.9.5 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus9.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC8.6 
 5. Washington, Svend.8.5 
 6. Doggett, Naestved8.4 
 7. Moritz, SISU8.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved7.9 
 9. Baker, Vaerlose7.8 
 10. Thomann, Horse.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ortega, Randers7.0 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC6.8 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.9 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.3 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.8 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Dennis, SISU4.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.2 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.0 
 10. Nielsen, Randers4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.1 
 4. Ortega, Randers2.1 
 5. Nielsen, SISU2.1 
 6. Walker, Naestved2.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC1.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 9. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 10. Rungby, Horsens1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Washington, Svend.2.6 
 2. Colas, Randers2.2 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 4. Jukic, Horsholm1.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 6. Funches, Aarhus BC1.1 
 7. Doggett, Naestved1.1 
 8. Jukic, Horsens IC1.1 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Smith, SISU0.9 


Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 18-4 
 2. Lemvig 18-4 
 3. BMS Skovlunde 16-6 
 4. Amager BK 14-8 
 5. Virum 13-9 
 6. Stevnsgade 13-9 
 7. Aarhus BF 9-13 
 8. Koge BK 8-14 
 9. Glostrup 8-14 
 10. Jonstrup 7-15 
 11. ALBA 6-16 
 12. Haderslev 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 23: Falcon - Haderslev 86-57
Mar. 24: Jonstrup - Virum 77-73
Mar. 23: Glostrup - Stevnsgade 76-85
Mar. 23: ALBA - Lemvig 61-67
Mar. 23: Aarhus BF - BMS Skovlunde 59-78
Mar. 23: Amager BK - Koge BK 100-89

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 26: Amager BK - Virum
Mar. 26: Falcon - Koge BK
Mar. 26: Lemvig - Aarhus BF
Mar. 27: BMS Skovlunde - Stevnsgade


Ligaen Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Bakken and Svendborg clinch victories - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Horsens IC 87-81

Bakken Bears celebrated the first win in the semifinal series versus Horsens IC. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 20-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Bakken outrebounded Horsens IC 45-22 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bakken's coach Mathias Bach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 assists and 6 steals and the other American import center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Horsens IC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bakken: M.Waithe 26+10reb+3ast, N.Iversen 13+10reb+4ast, C.Parker 12+5reb+2ast, F.Nielsen 10+2reb+1ast, J.Jensen 10+1ast, C.Christoffersen 9+11reb+2ast
Horsens IC: K.Thomann 20+9reb, D.Jukic 19+5reb+3ast, S.Bowlin 18+4reb+10ast, E.Kvedaravicius 11+2reb, F.Rungby 6+1reb, L.Varga 4+3ast
gschID: 236145


Svendborg - Randers 86-76

Svendorg rallied past Randers in the semifinal series opener. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Svendborg made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) chipped in 25 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side forward Damian Ocana (198-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Svendborg and five Randers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: G.Washington 28+16reb, D.Rutherford 25+12reb+3ast, A.Darboe 12+8reb+6ast, M.Plannthin 11+3reb+4ast, C.Magaard 6+3reb+3ast, M.Mariegaard 2+2reb+2ast
Randers: D.Ocana 19+10reb, C.Nielsen 16+3reb+1ast, B.Colas 15+10reb+3ast, M.Ortega 13+8reb+2ast, P.Nielsen 10+2reb, C.Jorgensen 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 236144



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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 



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Harrisburg H. 4-2 
 2. N.Y. Wizards 2-0 
 3. New Jersey B. 1-0 
 4. N.Y.Primetime 1-1 
 5. Westchester D. 1-4 
Southern Division
 1. Washington M. 3-2 
 2. Bad News B. 2-3 
 3. Maryland B. 1-2 
 4. Richmond R. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 24: Harrisburg H. - Washington M. 131-127

Regular Season: Round 10

Apr. 6: N.Y. Wizards - Washington M.
Apr. 13: Richmond R. - Washington M.
Apr. 13: N.Y.Primetime - Westchester D.
Apr. 14: Harrisburg H. - N.Y. Wizards



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Estonian KML round 24 best performance: Brandis Raley-Ross - by Eurobasket News

American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Tarvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Parnu (#7, 11-14) 80-77. It allowed Tarvas to consolidate first place in the Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tarvas has a very solid 20-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Raley-Ross had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of South Carolina star has very solid stats this year. Raley-Ross is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.1ppg), rebounds (9th best: 6.3rpg), assists (6th best: 3.4apg) and averages impressive 57.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Serbian Edi Sinadinovic (193-PG-88) of Valga. Sinadinovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Valga was edged by slightly higher-ranked TTU (#4, 14-11) 64-61. Valga managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Sinadinovic is one of the most experienced players at Valga and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206-F-86) of Tln Kalev (#8). Okoye scored 12 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tln Kalev, leading his team to a 67-50 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Hito/Johvi (#9, 2-25). Tln Kalev can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Okoye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Okoye has individually a great season in Estonia. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.9ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.6rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90) of Parnu - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) of Rapla - 18 points and 6 rebounds
6. Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) of Tarvas - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Martin Jurtom (198-PF-94) of Rapla - 14 points and 4 rebounds
8. Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) of Rapla - 8 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) of Parnu - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Edgars Cunda (195-G-84) of Valga - 15 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Kristijan NIKOLOV
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Nikolov, MKD25.9 
 2. Kauffmann, LUX22.8 
 3. Hakanson, SWE22.0 
 4. Salash, BLR20.8 
 5. Magdevski, MKD20.1 
 6. Popovic, MNT17.4 
 7. Ciotlaus, ROM16.5 
 8. Niemisto, FIN16.4 
 9. Kandybovic, BLR15.6 
 10. Mandic, SUI15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maksim SALASH
  (203-C/F-96)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Salash, BLR14.3 
 2. Polite, SUI12.4 
 3. Berg, NOR11.1 
 4. Cate, ROM11.1 
 5. Lazic, BIH10.5 
 6. Skagius, SWE9.4 
 7. Ogunsipe, AUT8.7 
 8. Larsen, DEN8.5 
 9. Dozic, MNT8.4 
 10. Nikolic, MNT8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ludvig HAKANSON
  SWE
  (190-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Hakanson, SWE6.7 
 2. Benzouien, BEL3.6 
 3. Pavicevic, MNT3.6 
 4. Magdevski, MKD3.5 
 5. Kelly, DEN3.4 
 6. Arens, LUX3.3 
 7. Petkov, BUL3.3 
 8. Amiel, POR3.2 
 9. Hodi, HUN3.2 
 10. Nikolov, MKD3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrej MAGDEVSKI
  MKD
  (190-G-96)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Magdevski, MKD4.4 
 2. Ciotlaus, ROM3.6 
 3. Demirtas, BEL3.2 
 4. Blatt, ISR3.1 
 5. Rozanek, SVK3.0 
 6. Cvetkovski, MKD2.9 
 7. Amiel, POR2.9 
 8. Hakanson, SWE2.6 
 9. Andelic, MNT2.5 
 10. Petkov, BUL2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gyorgy GOLOMAN
  (204-PF-96)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Goloman, HUN2.3 
 2. Cate, ROM2.3 
 3. Nikolic, MNT2.0 
 4. Larsen, DEN1.9 
 5. Salash, BLR1.8 
 6. Janicek, SVK1.7 
 7. Magdevski, MKD1.4 
 8. Andersen, DEN1.3 
 9. Skagius, SWE1.1 
 10. Boezeman, NED1.1 



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 30-9 
 2. KTP 30-9 
 3. Kataja 27-8 
 4. Pyrinto 25-12 
 5. Kauhajoki 24-15 
 6. Kouvot 19-19 
 7. LrNMKY 17-21 
 8. Korihait 13-26 
 9. Lapua 13-26 
 10. Salon Vilpas 11-27 
 11. Namika Lahti 10-28 
 12. FoKoPo 10-29 

Regular Season: Round 41

Mar. 25: Nilan Bisons - Kataja 95-84
Mar. 26: FoKoPo - Kataja
Mar. 27: LrNMKY - Nilan Bisons
Mar. 26: Lapua - Namika Lahti
Mar. 27: KTP - Korihait
Mar. 27: Pyrinto - Kouvot
Mar. 27: Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Marcus RELPHORDE
  Salon V.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Relphorde, Salon V.22.7 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.5 
 3. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.21.3 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.6 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.6 
 8. Logins, LrNM.17.8 
 9. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.1 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.8 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.5 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.4 
 5. Giles, KTP9.2 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.3 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 10. Haanpaa, Lapua8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.2 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.7 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.0 
 5. Smith, Kataja4.8 
 6. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.5 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Tolbert, Lapua1.8 
 7. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 3. Giles, KTP1.1 
 4. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Fields, Kataja1.0 
 6. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 7. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 9. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 10. Watt, Korihait0.9 


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 


Thursday will be the day! - by Pekka Salminen

The start of the play-offs that is. And despite so called experts (=me for example) ToPo did not win the regular season, Porvoo did.

They beat ToPo after OT and that was that.

We took Porvoo by 25 pts in the last (meaningless) regular season game which was a good sign for the play-offs. OK, they missed two key guys, but still..
Congratulations to Tarmo but especially to Coach Gronroos. They have been solid all year and deserved the pole position for the main event.

So we got our biggest rival in the semis, Torpan Pojat, Helsinki. This traditional club has had its ups and downs in last 20 years, finnish championships, Saporta Cup ULEB cupbut also some problems with finances. And finances were the reason they were kicked out from the league.

We (yes I was an assistant coach there last yearhave to admit) were 3rd in the league last year, but things happened and the club was done for a while.

Now they are ready to make a step back to the daylight ( league) again and with a good team: Three Americans, Hanno Mttl and quality guys with a lot of league experience (Elias Kajander, Tuukka Kulha, Sad Niskanen).

I have already talked about the special relationship/ rivalry between ToPo and my Honka in my previous blogs, so U do understand this will be BIG.

We expect a great series: 1000+ spectators, a lot of emotions, intensity, quality basketball and tough games (for the referees especially).

We will start away on Thursday, the next game will be home on Monday and Thursday away again. Best of fivePlay-offs time.

Take care now, have to watch some tape..

P



KORISLIIGA: Bisons beat Kataja - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 39: Top contest Bisons (Loimaa) vs Kataja (Joensuu) tonight. Bisons first leading by 14 points, then Kataja winning the second quarter by 17 pts and ahead by three during the half time. When the last quarter got started Kataja was still ahead by seven, but Bisons crushed Kataja 37-19 during the last 10 minutes and 20-4 during the last 3:20 minutes. Bisons (30-9) won finally 95-84 (41-44). Quarters: 28-14, 13-30, 17-21, 37-19.
Altogether 54 fouls were called (Bisons 21 - Kataja 33) and five players (Bisons two, Kataja three) were fouled out of the game. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) saved the hosts when scoring game high 25 pts. Zeno had 19 FTs and made 15 of them. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) added 20 pts and Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) 14 pts, 12 of them already during the opening quarter. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) led Kataja (28-8) with 24 pts. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) added 17 pts.

Bisons - Kataja 95-84 (41-44). (Martin Zeno 25, Jeb Ivey 20, Matti Nuutinen 14 - Petri Virtanen 24, Johnell Smith 17, Dan Coleman 13. A: 1097).



Moultrie's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for BC Nokia and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 21 rebounds, while his team crushed Ura Basket (#9, 6-18) with 25-point margin 119-94. BC Nokia maintains the 4th position in Finnish 1st Division. BC Nokia 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 13-11 record. Moultrie turned to be BC Nokia's top player in his first season with the team. Armstrong Atlantic State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moultrie is in league's top in points (5th best: 23.7ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 13.5rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 64.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Eryk Thomas (200-C/F-85) of SayRi. He is American in his 3rd season at SayRi. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds. Of course SayRi cruised to a 104-93 relatively comfortable win over Pyrinto II (8-16). This victory allowed SayRi to move up to 7th position in group A. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-16 record. Thomas is one of the most experienced players at SayRi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Antonio Hester (198-F) of league's leader TuNMKY. Hester scored 29 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of TuNMKY, leading his team to a 115-66 easy win against the lower-ranked JyWe (#8, 6-22). TuNMKY confirms their top position in . Their record at this point is 21 victories and 7 lost games. Hester has a great season in Finland. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.9ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 15.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 69.2%. Hester attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomi Sakala (203-C-80) of KaU Koris - 12 points, 27 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Cory Abercrombie (201-PF-85) of Huima - 29 points and 10 rebounds
6. Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79) of Jarvenpaa - 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kraidon Woods (205-C/F-88) of BC Nokia - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shaquille Johnson (190-G-90) of SayRi - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Janne Kinnunen (180-PG-87) of KaU Koris - 37 points and 3 assists
10. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Ura Basket - 21 points and 13 rebounds

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



T.J. Robinson claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had a very impressive game in the last round for Korihait and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 40.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Kouvot (#6, 19-19) 82-76. Korihait is placed at 8th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Korihait is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-26 record. Robinson just recently signed at Korihait, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Long Beach State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Robinson leads league in rebounds with 10.1rpg. Robinson is in league's top in and averages solid 54.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Korihait's star - 23-year old American forward Demond Watt (200-F-89). Watt impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Korihait to edge slightly higher-ranked Kouvot (#6, 19-19) by 6 points 82-76. This victory allowed Korihait to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-26 record. Watt is one of the most experienced players at Korihait and similarly like T.J. Robinson has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Kauhajoki (#5). Quaintance scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 92-81 win against slightly higher-ranked Pyrinto (#4, 25-12). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 15 lost games. Quaintance has a very solid season. In 7 games in Finland he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 9.0rpg, 2.4spg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 69.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 32 points and 11 rebounds
5. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86) of Kauhajoki - 17 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 23 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 16-7 
 2. Strasbourg 16-8 
 3. Chalon 16-8 
 4. Le Mans 14-10 
 5. Roanne 13-10 
 6. ASVEL 13-11 
 7. Paris-Levallois 13-11 
 8. Orleans 12-12 
 9. Nanterre 12-12 
 10. Dijon 12-12 
 11. Le Havre 11-13 
 12. Cholet 11-13 
 13. Limoges 10-14 
 14. Nancy 8-16 
 15. Boulazac 7-17 
 16. Poitiers 7-17 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 23: Paris-Levallois - Boulazac 90-79
Mar. 23: Gravelines - Nanterre 89-98
Mar. 23: Orleans - Strasbourg 89-81
Mar. 23: Chalon - Poitiers 84-52
Mar. 23: Dijon - Le Havre 82-89
Mar. 23: Le Mans - Limoges 77-69
Mar. 23: ASVEL - Roanne 72-75
Mar. 25: Cholet - Nancy 68-67

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 30: Gravelines - Orleans
Mar. 30: Roanne - Cholet
Mar. 30: Nancy - Chalon
Mar. 30: Limoges - ASVEL
Mar. 30: Poitiers - Dijon
Mar. 30: Strasbourg - Boulazac
Mar. 30: Le Mans - Le Havre
Mar. 30: Nanterre - Paris-Levallois


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.7 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.1 
 3. Williams, Paris-.17.0 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.6 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.2 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy16.1 
 7. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Nivins, Poitiers15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.5 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.8.0 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.8 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy6.9 
 7. Collins, Roanne6.9 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac6.8 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers6.8 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. King, Le Havre7.5 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.3 
 5. Schilb, Chalon5.1 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg5.0 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.9 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.7 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 5. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 6. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 7. Williams, Paris-.1.6 
 8. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 9. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 10. Greene, Orleans1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.5 
 3. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 4. Sy, AS.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.9 
 9. Goree, Cholet0.8 
 10. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 


ProA Round 24: Leader Gravelines-Dunkerque loses to JSF Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked JSF Nanterre (12-12) 98-89. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 36-22 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-85) who scored 19 points. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu 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-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Orleans. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. JSF Nanterre is looking forward to face higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Villeurbanne. Sixth ranked Chorale de Roanne (13-10) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-11) 75-72 in the game for the fifth place. It was a good game for naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Victor Samnick contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) replied with 20 points for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chorale de Roanne have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Paris-Levallois. Chorale de Roanne will play against Cholet (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Strasbourg IG (16-8) against tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (12-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Strasbourg IG was defeated by Entente Orleans 45 in a tough game in Orleans 81-89. Worth to mention a great performance of Brian Greene who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Alexis Ajinca with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Strasbourg IG's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Nanterre. Loser Strasbourg IG keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Chalon. Entente Orleans 45 will meet league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Strasbourg IG will play against Boulazac Basket and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Cholet. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 14th ranked Sluc Nancy (8-16) to twelfth ranked Cholet (11-13) 68-67 on Monday evening. The winners were led by A.J. Slaughter who scored that evening 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cholet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Le Havre. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
We should mention about the upset which took place in JDA Dijon, where higher ranked JDA Dijon (12-12) lost at home to eleventh ranked STB Le Havre (11-13) 82-89 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JDA Dijon. The best player for the winners was Vlad Moldoveanu who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). JDA Dijon's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. STB Le Havre maintains eleventh position with 11-13 record, which they share with Cholet. Loser JDA Dijon dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked Le Mans (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Limoges was defeated by Le Mans in a road game 77-69. Paris-Levallois beat Boulazac at home 90-79. Bottom-ranked Poitiers was destroyed by Chalon on the opponent's court 84-52.


Cholet - Nancy 68-67

A very interesting game took place in Cholet. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 14th ranked Sluc Nancy (8-16) to twelfth ranked Cholet (11-13) 68-67 on Monday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sluc Nancy won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Sluc Nancy outrebounded Cholet 39-27 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) who scored that evening 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) supported him with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Even 25 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) did not help to save the game for Sluc Nancy. Naturalized Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82) added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cholet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Le Havre. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Cholet: A.Slaughter 19+5reb+4ast, A.Coleman 10+5reb+3ast, T.Bryant 10+1reb+1ast, R.Gobert 9+4reb, M.Goree 8+1reb, K.Souchu 7
Nancy: M.Sommerville 25+6reb+3ast, H.Toure 16+12reb, C.Marquis 11+7reb, S.Diabate 10+6reb+6ast, J.Shuler 2+2reb, K.Grant 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 179028


Le Mans - Limoges 77-69

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (10-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Le Mans (14-10) 77-69 on Saturday. Limoges CSP Elite trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was FYR Macedonian-American point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St.) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jon Brockman (201-87, college: Washington) who recorded 9 points and 16 rebounds and naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Le Mans and four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Le Mans moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Le Mans will face STB Le Havre (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: D.Washington 19+3reb+4ast, C.Victor 12+4reb+3ast, M.Keselj 11+6reb, C.Long 11+1reb+4ast, D.Issa 10+4reb, J.Paulo Batista 5+5reb+1ast
Limoges: N.Boungou Colo 12+5reb, K.McAlarney 12+1reb, B.Wanamaker 12+2ast, J.Mipoka 10+2reb+2ast, J.Brockman 9+16reb+2ast, T.Gipson 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 179035


Gravelines - Nanterre 89-98

Top ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked JSF Nanterre (12-12) 98-89. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 36-22 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-85) who scored 19 points. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu 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-FYR Macedonian swingman Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) added 14 points respectively. Five JSF Nanterre and four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Orleans. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. JSF Nanterre is looking forward to face higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: J.Palacios 19+4reb+3ast, T.Meacham 18+2reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 16+3reb, C.Warren 15+2reb+4ast, C.Oliver 10+10reb+4ast, S.Brun 8+6reb+1ast
Gravelines: K.Winston 21+5reb+3ast, D.Buycks 14+1reb+3ast, J.Johnson 14+1reb, J.Edwards 11+1reb+4ast, L.Vaty 9+2reb, O.Camara 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 179034


Paris-Levallois - Boulazac 90-79

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Paris-Levallois (13-11) defeated at home 15th ranked Boulazac Basket (7-17) 90-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paris-Levallois looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Boulazac Basket's players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Paris-Levallois moved-up to sixth place, which they share with ASVEL. Newly promoted Boulazac Basket keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face JSF Nanterre (#9) on the road in the next round. Boulazac Basket will play against the league's second-placed Strasbourg IG (#2).
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: S.May 25+13reb+1ast, J.Williams 20+10reb+4ast, J.Hodge 17+4reb+4ast, J.Cox 10+5reb+2ast, A.Diot 9+6reb+6ast, G.Oniangue 5+1ast
Boulazac: T.Smith 19+5reb+1ast, A.Acker 16+5reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 11+5reb, A.McKenzie 8+4reb+3ast, A.Kerckhof 8+4reb+3ast, D.Harris 6+4reb
gschID: 179033


Dijon - Le Havre 82-89

We should mention about the upset which took place in JDA Dijon, where higher ranked JDA Dijon (12-12) lost at home to eleventh ranked STB Le Havre (11-13) 82-89 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JDA Dijon. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. STB Le Havre looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. JDA Dijon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Romanian forward Vlad Moldoveanu (209-88, college: American) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who recorded 15 points and 5 assists and guard David Melody (184-77) added 14 points, 6 assists and 8 steals respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. JDA Dijon's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. STB Le Havre maintains eleventh position with 11-13 record, which they share with Cholet. Loser JDA Dijon dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked Le Mans (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: V.Moldoveanu 29+11reb+2ast, B.King 14+3reb+12ast, C.Mason 12+8reb+1ast, B.Fofana 11+3reb, M.Kouguere 11+1reb+2ast, G.Brown 7+3reb+1ast
Dijon: T.Campbell 16+1reb+3ast, J.Leloup 15+2reb+5ast, D.Melody 14+1reb+6ast, A.Harris 13+6reb, Z.Moss 12+7reb, L.Owens 6+2reb
gschID: 179032


Orleans - Strasbourg 89-81

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Strasbourg IG (16-8) against tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (12-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Strasbourg IG was defeated by Entente Orleans 45 in a tough game in Orleans 81-89. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Entente Orleans 45 made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 steals and the other American import guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who added 19 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon and Nanterre. Loser Strasbourg IG keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Chalon. Entente Orleans 45 will meet league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Strasbourg IG will play against Boulazac Basket and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Orleans: B.Greene 28+2reb+3ast, C.Hill 19+4reb+3ast, T.Martin 13+2reb+1ast, B.Hunter 9+8reb+1ast, M.Lebrun 9+2reb+1ast, A.Eito 5+2reb+1ast
Strasbourg: A.Ajinca 25+10reb+1ast, R.Greer 22+8reb+5ast, J.Shurna 13+2reb+1ast, A.Toupane 8+3reb, J.Greer 6+1ast, A.Jeanneau 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 179031


Chalon - Poitiers 84-52

Very expected game when 16th ranked Poitiers (7-17) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Chalon/Saor (16-8) 84-52 on Saturday. The game without a history. Chalon/Saor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Aboudou (198-91) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) added 5 points and 8 rebounds 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. Chalon/Saor have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Strasbourg. Poitiers lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Sluc Nancy (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Poitiers will play against JDA Dijon.
Top scorers:
Chalon: S.Williams 18+11reb+1ast, N.Lang 15+1reb, J.Aboudou 13+5reb+3ast, M.Denmon 8+3reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 8+5reb, I.Evtimov 7+1ast
Poitiers: A.Nivins 23+6reb, A.Grant 6+3reb+1ast, P.Badiane 5+8reb, L.Kante 5+3reb, D.James 4+2ast, K.Harley 3+2reb
gschID: 179030


ASVEL - Roanne 72-75

Important game to mention about took place in Villeurbanne. Sixth ranked Chorale de Roanne (13-10) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-11) 75-72 in the game for the fifth place. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 41-34 second half run of Chorale de Roanne. It was a good game for naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Naturalized Cameroonian power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) replied with 20 points and naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chorale de Roanne have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Paris-Levallois. Chorale de Roanne will play against Cholet (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roanne: P.Amagou 20+1reb+1ast, R.Reid 12+7reb, C.Collins 12+5reb+1ast, V.Samnick 12+8reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 10+2reb+5ast, S.Gray 5+1reb+4ast
ASVEL: E.Jackson 20+4reb+1ast, A.Sy 13+2reb+7ast, P.Morlende 11+1reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+6reb+1ast, T.Abromaitis 8+5reb, M.Thompson 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 179029



Johnson's 29 points and 6 rebounds give him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Tyren Johnson (202-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chalons-Reims and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Chalons-Reims in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lille (#11, 13-15) 82-79. Chalons-Reims maintains the 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalons-Reims will need more victories to improve their 19-9 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Chalons-Reims' top player in his first season with the team. Tyren Johnson averages this season 14.7ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Nigel Wyatte (204-C/F-81, agency: Court Side) of Bordeaux. He is American in his first season at Bordeaux. In the last game Wyatte recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Bordeaux lost that game 91-104 to the higher-ranked Boulogne (#5, 18-10). Bordeaux is still in a red zone at 17th spot in the standings. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Bordeaux managed to get this year. Wyatte is one of the most experienced players at Bordeaux and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward James Mathis (200-F/C-84, agency: Court Side) of Nantes (#15). Mathis scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Nantes, leading his team to a 86-74 win against the lower-ranked Charleville (#18, 5-23). The chances of Nantes not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mathis could try to bring Nantes' a little bit higher in the standings. Mathis has a very solid season. In 27 games in France he scored 15.5ppg. He also has 7.4rpg, 3.0apg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Evreux - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Steve Smith (200-PF-81) of Lille - 20 points and 16 rebounds
6. Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Rouen - 25 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jimmal Ball (179-PG-78) of St Quentin - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Le Portel - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) of Boulogne - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mohamed Hachad (194-SG-83) of Fos Ouest - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 6 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)



Julien Bestron claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Julien Bestron (205-C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Orchy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 26-year old center had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds for Orchy in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cognac (#4, 16-8) 84-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Orchy to consolidate first place in the French NM1. Orchy have a solid 19-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Bestron as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Julien Bestron averages this season 6.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80, agency: TSS Management) of Rueil. Ocokoljic impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Rueil cruised to a 82-72 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Monaco (#8, 13-10). Rueil's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ocokoljic is a newcomer at Rueil and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Chadian Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) of Souffel (#3). Alingue scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Souffel, leading his team to a 68-44 easy win against the lower-ranked Challans (#14, 8-16). Souffel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 7 lost games. Alingue has a great season in France. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (8th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 52.2%. Jacques Alingue has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) of Blois - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) of Blois - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Corey Raji (198-F-88) of Quimper - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Anthony Hill (204-F-88) of Angers BC 49 - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of St Chamond - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daviin Davis (193-G/F-85) of Blois - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of Monaco - 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Super Cup 2013 season is launched ... with Ndella girls and TALI (eg Toungui B) boys - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

BASKETBALL News Gabon

This is yesterday's gym military academy through Super Cup Gabon the start of the basketball season was given. Two beautiful women in opposing meetings Ndella-Somo: 68-42.

The final men was exciting and eventful ... everything was there, tactics, techniques and aggression ... outstanding! Final score: 83-61 (42-36 at the break) ...
We note with great pleasure the good behavior Maxi Shamba (Tali BB) and Amissi (Somo B) which showed the full extent of their expertise ...
Gabonese side were the best young NZE ESSONO Lerry voted best player of the final (best hope of last season) and Jason RETENO FANGA (Mvp the past season)

It is therefore left and congratulations to the organizers who allowed us access to gym very soft Baraka camp.
The pdt of FEGABAB has scored a first point ...
National elite begins this weekend with a Prytane always enticing Tali-Somo ... again!



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Tskitishvili Continues Tradition - by Akaki Bakradze

Champville of Nikoloz Tskitishvili celebrated another victory at Lebanese Championship and the Georgian basketball player made a double-double.

Champville beat Amchit 94:78. Tskitishvili earned 25 points, 10 rebounds and 1 steal. Nikoloz played for 40 minutes, scored 3 from 8 2 points, 4 from 8 3 points and 7 from 8 free throws.

8 best clubs are fighting for the championship. Champville has 15 wins and 8 losses and is in the third place. The club will hold the next game against Sagesse on March 30.
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports)



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 21-7 
 2. Goettingen 20-8 
 3. Duesseldorf 19-9 
 4. Cuxhaven 17-11 
 5. Karlsruhe 17-11 
 6. Ehingen 15-13 
 7. Chemnitz 14-14 
 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. 25: Karlsruhe - Chemnitz 91-75
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

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 28: Crailsheim - Gotha
Mar. 28: Chemnitz - NBC
Mar. 28: Finke Baskets - Karlsruhe
Mar. 28: Cuxhaven - Goettingen
Mar. 28: Kirchheim - Heidelberg
Mar. 28: Jena - Duesseldorf
Mar. 28: ETB Wohnbau - Ehingen
Mar. 28: Vechta - Leipzig


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. White, Heidelberg16.9 
 7. Williams, Vechta16.9 
 8. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.6 
 9. Barker, Jena15.6 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz10.2 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.1 
 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. Jeka, Jena4.3 
 8. Barker, Jena4.3 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg3.9 
 10. Ishizaki, Chemnitz3.8 
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, Karlsruhe1.5 
 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. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 6. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz1.1 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 9. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.0.9 


Another Normal Day At The Office For Dawan Robinson Leading The Fraport Skyliners Past The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 86-73 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



There were times this season when winning for the Fraport Skyliners was as difficult as it was for Texas native Devin Gibson to hit his free throws on a consistent level, but that has all changed for both as the 2004 German champion has slowly risen from a team in the unwanted cellar to one that is slowly seemingly getting invincible. The Fraport Skyliners won their fourth game out of their last five games and have finally moved out of the last two places moving to 16th place after a superb 86-73 win against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven getting revenge for their loss earlier in the season in Bremerhaven. After the game, the club and fans enjoyed the win conservatively not engaging in the Humba rumble, but just enjoying the moment. For Skyliner point guard Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island), who talks as softly as he glides into the zone with power was his usual self smiling and talking about the win, but despite being the teams top scorer, it wasnt an ordinary day at the office out of his view. Any other player would have been thrilled with 17 points and a big win, but the Philadelphia native was as focused as always and just not content to the fullest with his performance even if it was brilliant from the view of everyone else. It wasnt really a good day for me, but I finished strong and most important is that we got the victory. I controlled the tempo and when we had the lead kept the team calm. I made them play 24 seconds defense something they didnt like, stressed Dawan Robinson. His opponent Stanley Burrell who belongs to the top point guards in the last months and might be in the Beko BBL, but already has that NBA touch with his lets talk and walk gave all he could, but just couldnt get his team over the hump and had his hands full with Robinson. Robinson has a lot of experience and I have much respect for him how he controlled the tempo. He led his team and created for them and his teammates helped him out by knocking down shots. The Frankfurt system is perfect for him. They have great spacing and with the high pick and roll with Peacock and Prowell fits him perfect, stated Indianapolis native Stanley Burrell. Larry Wright who could observe the play of Robinson from the bench had another opinion about his work day at the office. Robinson is our floor general and he did a great job keeping a good pace. He didnt go a million miles an hour as so many other point guards do, but just did the right things. It was a normal day at the office for him, commented Larry Wright.
The Fraport Skyliners came into the Fraport arena having won the last four games in their own living room and after the big win at home against five time champion Brose Baskets Bamberg had a lot of confidence and just controlled the game for 40 minutes getting their offense rolling early and just defending with a passion that would have made Tom Thibodeau smile. Our defense and Laquan Prowell were key for us getting the win tonight. Laquan played the way he did when he was with Giessen. It seems that he has been lacking confidence on the defensive side, but it was great tonight, stated Dawan Robinson. After the game Eisbaeren Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley was stoic as he was staring at the stats and analyzing the game in his thoughts. He seemed helpless at times on the sidelines, but was quick to point out that he had no excuses for the loss. Frankfurt deserved to win this game. We werent able to play as hard and as together as we wanted to, commented Doug Spradley. Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi who was battling the flu 24 hours later was happy to be back, but was disappointed with the performance of his team. It was good to be back. Frankfurt is a great organization with great fans. I liked the cheers during the introductions. We got outplayed tonight on the individual ball. Whenever we made a run we followed with mistakes which put the lead back up for them. It was a great team win for Frankfurt, stated Jacob Burtschi.

Often professional basketball players go where the money is happening no matter in what country it is being offered and sometimes a player just has the luck to return back to the same league time in and time out because the offers are good, or perhaps because that player just likes the style of play. Drevo is one of those players that has had a knack of returning back to the Beko BBL 31 year old 202cm power forward Andrew Drevo from Lincoln is one of those rare players that has played in Germany in his nine year career five times for teams like Braunschweig, Bremerhaven and the Artland Dragons. He is back in Bremerhaven for a third time and perhaps it is the allure of a massive body of water or polar bears something which is as rare in Nebraska as is being able to take a subway in the countryside. When inspecting Andrew Drevo on the court, he looks like a sophisticated country boy with the military buzz cut in one and the cunning expression of a secret agent that is as dangerous as a basketball James Bond sneaking around the three point line ready to fire away at any split second and always ready to flee from any annoying opponents. The American has good size and can run the floor while adding a solid presence in the paint. He is an all-around player that can pass well inside and has the ability to step outside the arc, which will create matchup problems for opposing defenses. Drevo was a valuable pick up from head coach Doug Spradley in the stretch run and with Jacob Burtschi two very solid position four players that will drive the opponent crazy. Drevo who has had some big games against Frankfurt in the last years in the playoffs with Bremerhaven in 2010 and some games with Braunschweig where he nailed big threes, returned back to the Fraport arena and hit some big shots in the second half and finished with nine points and six rebounds. Drevo will be an important piece for the stretch run. He knows what I expect form him and what he is getting into with him coming back to a familiar place. I like his smartness and that he is willing to take the big shots. Not all players are willing to do this. There are so many guys that are athletic and can jump out of the gym, but he is just smart and does the things that he knows he can do, stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley. Basketball expert Steven Clauss also sees the same in Drevo that Spradley does. He knows the German league. He isnt athletic, but he is so dangerous, because he may not always be present, but then he makes the good decisions. He is a superb player coming from bench. He wont come in and do the wild things, but contribute to the game, added Steven Clauss.
4,320 fans wanted to witness a rare Friday night joust in the Fraport arena and one of the positives that the Fraport Skyliners have been able to do in the last games have been to start off quickly and get into a rhythm. Ryan Brooks and Zach Peacock hit shots, but were met by Stefan Jackson and Scott Morrison free throws to knot the score at 4-4. Laquan Prowell who is slowly finding his form from his Giessen days tested his 50% three point shooting % nailing a shot. Bremerhaven then caught Frankfurt sleeping as American Stefan Jackson scored on the fast break cutting the Frankfurt lead to 7-6. Frankfurt kept their offense threat alive as Robinson drowned a three pointer and then the two ex Giessen 46ers two Ps Prowell set up Peacock for a dunk and 12-6 lead as Doug Spradley had to call a time out. Frankfurt did a super job hitting four of their first five shots and getting an offensive rhythm fast, keeping Stanley Burrell in check and doing a good job on penetration defense. However the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven came out of the time out refreshed as Canadian Scott Morrison led the team on a 4-0 mini run with a put back after getting an offensive rebound and then making a thunderous left handed dunk cutting the Frankfurt lead to 12-10. Prowell and Jackson then traded baskets as Frankfurt led 14-13. However Frankfurt then put up their intensity a notch closing out the first quarter with a 13-4 run to lead 27-17. Frankfurt just was at a different level then Bremerhaven in the last two minutes scoring from all over and getting production from many players. Brooks scored inside, Quantez Robertson nailed a three pointer, Marius Nolte snuck inside for a layup and German Danilo Barthel put a stamp on the first quarter with a buzzer beater three pointer. Frankfurt played very good defense limiting Bremerhaven too one shot. On offense they had good ball movement, were creating good shots and nothing as being forced. Prowell also was playing well. It was no surprise how he played. I see him do it each day in practice, stressed Fraport Skyliner junior Taylor Brown. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 67% from the two point range and 67% from outside while Bremerhaven was shooting 55% from the tow point range and 0% from outside. Bremerhaven had the 8-5 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Frankfurt only had two turnovers.
Despite coughing up the ball three times in the first two minutes, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were unable to make up ground against the Fraport Skyliners on offense, but had to witness Laquan Prowell finish with a mega dunk and Devin Gibson score inside as Bremerhaven trailed 31-19. The Fraport Skyliners continued to have the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven for dinner as they were able to extend their lead to 40-23. Robinson dropped a three pointer, Prowell scored inside again as Peacock once again displayed his fine passing touch and Ryan Brooks dunked hard over German national player Philipp Zwiener. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven quickly rebounded as slasher Terrell Everett scored with his left hand and Zwiener connected from downtown as Frankfurt led 40-28. Bremerhaven point guard Stanley Burrell who had been kept quiet in the first quarter exploded in the latter half of the second quarter hitting two in your face jumpers over Danilo Barthel showing that he wasnt scared form the 208cm hitting as if it was the easiest thing as Frankfurt only led 44-35. Robertson then hit a jumper and Burrell made one of two free throw as Frankfurt went into halftime with the 46-36 advantage. Frankfurt let up a bit not rotating as well leading to more open shots. But they were still moving the ball well and hitting shots. Robinson continued to control the tempo and they did a good job getting easy points inside against their zone finding guys, stressed Taylor Brown. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 63% from the field and 45% from the three point line while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was shooting 52% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Bremerhaven led the rebound duel 12-10, but had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.
Basketball is a game of runs and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven started their run off the bat in the third quarter jumping on the Fraport Skyliners on a 9-3 run to cut the lead to 49-45. After Jackosn and Robinson traded jumpers, it was Bremerhaven that put pressure on offense and defense as Burrell was the main factor in the run getting to the free throw line and then buried a three pointer as Robinson was too slow to get to the American and could only watch the rainbow as if he was in Philadelphia on a rainy muggy summer afternoon. Morrison then scored inside getting a pretty pass from Burrell as Bremerhaven trailed only by four points. Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin called a timeout and when his team came back on the court, an unbelievable wave of vicious energy was thrust upon Bremerhaven from athletic gurus Ryan Brooks and Quantez Robertson who led their team on a nasty 6-0 run to make a four point lead back toa more comfortable 10 point lead. Brooks started the run with a swift sprint past Morrison, then made a steal and went coast to coast and then Super Tez made a dunk to get the Fraport arena electrified. Burrell and Robertson then traded shots as Frankfurt led 57-47. Gibson then came from the bench hitting a clutch three pointer. After Jackson scored inside, it was Gibson that had the clock in his view and finished the third quarter with a second to play with a left handed lay in as the Fraport Skyliners led 62-51. Brooks can always score the ball and showed it in the third quarter. He was aggressive the whole game and passed up shots in the first half, but in the second half when he got the shots, he made them, stressed Larry Wright. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 65% from the field and 42% from the parking lot while the Eisaberen Bremerhaven were shooting 51% from the field and 22% from the parking lot. Bremerhaven had the 18-13 rebound edge and 18 turnovers while Frankfurt had 14 turnovers.
In the first minutes of the fourth quarter, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were threatening and chipping at the Frankfurt lead, but just couldnt withstand the consistent offense of their opponent. After Ryan Brooks started the fourth quarter with a free throw and reverse layup, it was Bremerhaven that scored inside twice with Zwiener and Burrell to cut the Frankfurt lead to 64-55. After Gibson and Jackson got to the free throw line, it was Drevo again making that big shot which he had did with Braunschweig and Bremerhaven in the last years against Frankfurt got Breemrhaven back to 66-59, but that was as close as they would get in the game. Bremerhaven was getting tired and just had less and less energy to fight combat the Frankfurt offense machine as they gave up a 12-0 run as they trailed 78-59. Super Tez Robertson started the run with a flight to the hoop with so much air time that the only thing missing was his tongue to help make the dunk Jordanesque. Robertson then hit a three pointer, Prowell and Robinson then drove to the hoop hard getting layins. Tez has really improved his shot. We stuck around a lot last season after practice working on our shots. He obviously has continued to practice his shot this season, expressed Jacob Burtschi. Stanley Burrell kept getting into the paint and cut the Frankfurt lead to 80-67 with an off balance runner. However time was running out and the Fraport Skyliners were able to close out the game with successful free throws from Robinson and Robertson. We made too many simple mistakes like the technical foul and the Tez dunk got the crowd going. We shot ourselves in the foot and there was no chance of coming back, expressed Jacob Burtschi. Frankfurt kept their momentum on defense. They were able to contain Burrell and keep the ball out of the middle, added Larry Wright.
The Fraport Skyliners were led by Dawan Robinson with 17 points. Ryan Brooks added 16 points. Quantez Robertson contributed 15 points and Laquan Prowell contributed 14 points. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Stanley Burrell with 19 points and five assists. Scott Morrison added 13 points and six rebounds and Philipp Zwiener produced 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Stefan Jackson scored 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners had a strong shooting day hitting 61% from the field and 35% from outside while Bremerhaven shot 50% from the field and 25% from outside. Bremerhaven won the rebound duel 27-20 and had 20 turnovers while Frankfurt had 18 turnovers. Frankfurt did a superb job scoring 38 points in the paint. The Fraport Skyliners continue to overwhelm their opponents with their aggressive defense which kept Bremerhaven at bay all night long. We did what we needed to do to be successful. We made it tough on Burrell and closed out their shooters. We did good team rebounding our denying in the post was strong. Our help defense was key in getting this win, added Dawan Robinson. The Fraport Skyliners now have a free weekend while the Beko BBL Top 4 takes place in Berlin. The Fraport Skyliners get back to work next weekend in Wurzburg.




Predrag Krunich New Head Coach Of BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Rumours had been circulating in the last week that Predrag Krunich could be headed to BBC Bayreuth to help the club stay in the Beko BBL and today it was announced that the Serb will step in as head coach. The Serb wont only serve as a fire man to save the season, but should the team qualify for the next season then he will remain as head coach for the 2013-2014 season. Krunich is no unknown coach in the Beko BBL, because he served as head coach for the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2001-2005 and then displayed his coaching talent for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2007-2012 helping the club win the 2009 Beko BBL championship. "We are getting a known coach in Germany and europe that is respected and a hard worker and is known for giving a team success in only a short time. He knows the Beko BBL and has followed the current season and wont need much time to help us", stated BBC Bayreuth CEO Marko Beens.




Nate Linhart claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Nate Linhart (201-F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for TBB Trier and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 14 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for TBB Trier in his team's victory, helping them to beat B.Muenchen (#2, 18-10) 90-84. TBB Trier is placed at 10th position in German BBL. TBB Trier 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 13-13 record. It's Linhart's second year at TBB Trier and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nate Linhart averages this season 11.9ppg and 6.3rpg. Worth to mention Linhart played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American guard Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports) of EWE Baskets. Paulding impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as EWE Baskets lost that game 67-73 to the lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#8, 14-13). EWE Baskets managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 17-8 record is not bad at all. Paulding is one of the most experienced players at EWE Baskets and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another EWE Baskets' star - American Chris Kramer (191-G-88). Kramer showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Kramer's great performance EWE Baskets lost 67-73 to the lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#8, 14-13). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing EWE Baskets needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Kramer has a very solid season. In 16 games in Germany he scored 12.2ppg. He also has 4.5rpg, 3.3apg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dino Gregory (200-F-89) of Phoenix Hagen - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of Phoenix Hagen - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ali Traore (207-PF-85) of ALBA - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Brian Harper (206-F/G-85) of TBB Trier - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of Phoenix Hagen - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81) of EWE Baskets - 9 points and 11 rebounds
10. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84) of Brose Bask. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



ProA Round 28: Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig wins against ETB Wohnbau - by Eurobasket News

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

Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get the fifth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against twelfth-ranked ETB Wohnbau 90-86. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. USC Leipzig made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by ETB Wohnbau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 23 points and 5 assists for ETB Wohnbau. USC Leipzig (8-20) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth position. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Finke Baskets and Crailsheim. USC Leipzig are looking forward to face league's leader SC Rasta Vechta on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#6) in Allmendingen and is hoping to win this game.
ProA top team - SC Rasta Vechta (21-7) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (11-17) 91-78. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and Dirk Madrich who added 18 points during the contest. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first position with 21-7 record. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Finke Baskets and ETB Wohnbau. SC Rasta Vechta will play against bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#14) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-13) and Science City Jena (14-14), which took place in Allmendingen. 6th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule lost at home to ninth ranked Science City Jena 65-69 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ehingen/Urspringschule. The winners were led by Lee Jeka who scored that evening 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds by Andre Calvin did not help to save the game for Ehingen/Urspringschule. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Science City Jena moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chemnitz and NBC. Loser Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Science City Jena will meet at home higher ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifth ranked BG Karlsruhe (17-11) and 7th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (14-14) in Karlsruhe ended with biggest points difference. BG Karlsruhe beat guests from Chemnitz 91-75. Rouven Roessler fired 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cuxhaven. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. BG Karlsruhe's next round opponent will be Finke Baskets (#13) in Paderborn and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play at home against NBC (#9) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Cuxhaven beat Heidelberg on the road 88-84. Duesseldorf won against Kirchheim on its own court 80-71. Finke Baskets unfortunately lost to Goettingen in a road game 66-82. NBC managed to beat Gotha at home 91-82.


Karlsruhe - Chemnitz 91-75

The game between fifth ranked BG Karlsruhe (17-11) and 7th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (14-14) in Karlsruhe ended with biggest points difference. BG Karlsruhe beat guests from Chemnitz 91-75. The game was mostly controlled by BG Karlsruhe. BV Chemnitz 99 was better in fourth quarter 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Karlsruhe shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 71.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) fired 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) added 18 points respectively for lost side. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cuxhaven. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. BG Karlsruhe's next round opponent will be Finke Baskets (#13) in Paderborn and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play at home against NBC (#9) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 21+3reb+5ast, M.Stockton 16+2reb+8ast, S.Hauer 16+2reb+2ast, J.Harris 15+5reb+3ast, J.Black 13+13reb+2ast, E.Vierneisel 10+1reb
Chemnitz: D.Lawson 19+13reb+2ast, A.Jones 18+4reb, A.Rosenthal 15+2reb+1ast, R.Cardenas 7+3reb+2ast, J.Schmidt 7+3reb, P.Stachula 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 184568


Heidelberg - Cuxhaven 84-88

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (17-11) beat on the road 10th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (12-16) 88-84. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MLP Academics Heidelberg won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cuxhaven BasCats made 29-of-35 charity shots (82.9 percent) during the game, while MLP Academics Heidelberg only scored five points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for Cuxhaven BasCats especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. 31 personal fouls committed by MLP Academics Heidelberg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Monyea Pratt (195-85, college: Stillman) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Jeremy Dunbar (195-88, college: Arkansas Tech) chipped in 25 points. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. American forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Cuxhaven BasCats maintains fourth position with 17-11 record, which they share with Karlsruhe. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be league's second-placed BG Goettingen at home and it may be the game of the week. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Kirchheim Knights (#15).
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: J.Dunbar 25+4reb+1ast, E.Harris 18+10reb+1ast, M.Pratt 16+11reb+7ast, O.Mackeldanz 14+5reb+1ast, A.Hasenkamm 9+1reb, G.Onwuegbuze 6+1reb+2ast
Heidelberg: D.White 30+9reb, C.Sargent 19+2reb+1ast, T.Blackwood 15+3ast, K.Barth 8+4reb+3ast, K.Kuhn 5+10reb+1ast, A.Hardy 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 184566


Duesseldorf - Kirchheim 80-71

Very expected game when 14th ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-18) lost on the road to third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (19-9) 80-71. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 28-20 last quarter charge of Kirchheim Knights cut the lead to 80-71 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Kirchheim Knights 42-28 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Duesseldorf Baskets brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by Kirchheim Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (made all of his eight free throws) and naturalized Serbian guard Radivoj Tomasevic (180-78) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Duesseldorf Baskets maintains third position with 19-9 record having just two points less than leader Vechta. Kirchheim Knights lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Duesseldorf Baskets' next round opponent will be Science City Jena (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Kirchheim Knights will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#10).
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: C.Gadley 21+10reb+3ast, P.Flomo 14+8reb+1ast, M.Petric 12+2reb+1ast, T.Tzakopoulos 8+1reb+3ast, A.Waleskowski 7+4reb+2ast, N.Adamczak 6+12reb+2ast
Kirchheim: C.Alexander 20+6reb+4ast, R.Tomasevic 18+2reb, T.Burnette 9, G.Prodromou 8+4reb, B.Bekteshi 4+1reb, J.Maier 4+1reb
gschID: 184565


Ehingen - Jena 65-69

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-13) and Science City Jena (14-14), which took place in Allmendingen. 6th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule lost at home to ninth ranked Science City Jena 65-69 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ehingen/Urspringschule. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 16-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Science City Jena outrebounded Ehingen/Urspringschule 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored that evening 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) supported him with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Andre Calvin (201-85, college: Drake) did not help to save the game for Ehingen/Urspringschule. Kenneth Ogbe (197-94) added 8 points for lost side. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Science City Jena moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chemnitz and NBC. Loser Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Science City Jena will meet at home higher ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jena: L.Jeka 21+3reb+3ast, A.Adomaitis 11+11reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 9+2reb, S.Watts 8+5reb+1ast, G.Sim 7+5reb, K.Barker 7+3reb+3ast
Ehingen: A.Calvin 27+12reb+1ast, T.Rohde 8+3reb+2ast, K.Ogbe 8+4reb+3ast, M.Mueller 7+4reb+3ast, S.Haukohl 6+2reb+1ast, G.Williamson 5+2ast
gschID: 184564


Goettingen - Finke Baskets 82-66

Very predictable result when second ranked BG Goettingen (20-8) won against at home 13th ranked Finke Baskets (11-17) 82-66. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BG Goettingen maintains second position with 20-8 record behind leader Vechta. Finke Baskets at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) on the road. Finke Baskets will play against BG Karlsruhe (#5).
gschID: 184567


Leipzig - ETB Wohnbau 90-86 OT

Bottom-ranked USC Leipzig managed to get the fifth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time newly promoted USC Leipzig won against twelfth-ranked ETB Wohnbau 90-86. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. USC Leipzig made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by ETB Wohnbau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 23 points and 5 assists and forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) added 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. USC Leipzig (8-20) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains sixteenth position. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Finke Baskets and Crailsheim. USC Leipzig are looking forward to face league's leader SC Rasta Vechta on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#6) in Allmendingen and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: A.Sollazzo 26+10reb+4ast, N.Freer 26+4reb+1ast, W.Simon 19+6reb, G.McCammon 7+4reb+1ast, K.Schaffartzik 6+4reb+3ast, J.Tyrna 4+6reb
ETB Wohnbau: A.Cook 23+3reb+5ast, L.Stutz 20+7reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 16+4reb, J.Henley 9+5reb+1ast, F.Franke 7+5reb+3ast, T.Harbut 6+4reb
gschID: 184563


Crailsheim - Vechta 78-91

ProA top team - SC Rasta Vechta (21-7) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (11-17) 91-78. Crailsheim Merlins were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 49-33 second half run of SC Rasta Vechta. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and the former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83) who added 18 points during the contest. Five SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Derek Coleman (180-84, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first position with 21-7 record. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Finke Baskets and ETB Wohnbau. SC Rasta Vechta will play against bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#14) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vechta: C.Hassan 20+3reb+1ast, D.Madrich 18+4reb, J.Doerksen 14+4reb+1ast, B.Fumey 12+2reb, A.Rudowitz 12+6reb+2ast, F.Stuckemann 11+5reb+3ast
Crailsheim: S.Johnson 22+10reb+3ast, M.Rose 12+2ast, P.Friedel 12, J.Moore 9+3reb+1ast, D.Coleman 9+5reb+10ast, J.Crow 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 184562


NBC - Gotha 91-82

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-18) lost to ninth ranked NBC (14-14) in Nurnberg 82-91. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 16-4 charge of NBC, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oettinger Rockets Gotha to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Oettinger Rockets Gotha 41-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. NBC players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: LUMANI 10.7) fired a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. The other American import point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) chipped in 25 points and 8 assists. Four NBC players scored in double figures. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) produced 22 points and 4 steals and forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 12 points respectively for lost side. NBC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Jena and Chemnitz. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. NBC's next round opponent will be BV Chemnitz 99 (#7) on the road. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11).
Top scorers:
NBC: C.Adler 26+5reb, Z.Nixon 25+8ast, R.Thompson 18+12reb+1ast, A.Smith 10+14reb+10ast, S.Schroeder 8+2reb+1ast, D.McDaniel 2+5reb
Gotha: C.Griffin 22+3reb+3ast, L.Niebuhr 12+4reb+3ast, A.Kuppe 10+5reb+2ast, T.Baker 8+5reb+1ast, J.Schaffrath 8+2reb+1ast, D.Kreis 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 184561



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 20-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 18-3 
 3. Panionios 16-5 
 4. PAOK 16-5 
 5. AGOR 14-7 
 6. Ikaros 10-11 
 7. Apollon Patras 9-12 
 8. Aris 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. 25: Aris - Olympiacos 68-84
Mar. 23: AGOR - PAOK 66-64
Mar. 23: Kavala - KAOD 60-71

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 30: Ikaros - Aris
Mar. 30: KAOD - Kolossos
Mar. 30: Peristeri GS - Kavala
Mar. 30: Panionios - Panathinaikos
Mar. 30: Olympiacos - AGOR
Mar. 30: PAOK - Ilysiakos
Mar. 30: Apollon Patras - Panelefsiniakos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos22.2 
 2. Pappas, Panionios17.9 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.3 
 5. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.2 
 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, Panionios7.3 
 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: 5.6
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.6 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.1 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.0 
 5. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 6. Papantoniou, Peris.3.8 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.2 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.2 
 9. Sloukas, Olympiacos3.1 
 10. Pappas, Panionios3.1 
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. Knowles, KAOD1.5 
 8. Pelekanos, Aris1.4 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.4 
 10. Liakopoulos, Pane.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. Jankovic, Panionios0.9 
 10. Charissis, Aris0.9 


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.20.0 
 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. Kaklamanos, Trikal.15.2 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.6 
 2. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.7 
 4. Sklavos, Pagrati8.1 
 5. Manousos, Doxa L.8.0 
 6. Anagnostopou., Erm.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. Katsares, Trikalla3.4 
 9. Petrakis, OFI3.4 
 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. Ioakeimidis, Ermis2.0 
 5. Karydas, Koroivos2.0 
 6. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 7. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.6 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 10. Koutinas, Niki Vo.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. Antetokoubo, Filat.0.7 
 5. Charismidis, Trika.0.7 
 6. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 7. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 8. Manousos, Doxa L.0.7 
 9. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 10. Dialo, Irakleio0.6 


A1 Round 21: AGOR beats PAOK by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 21 in the A1 took place in Rethymno. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed PAOK (16-5) to fifth ranked AGOR (14-7) 66-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of PAOK. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. AGOR had a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Evaggelis Margaritis (200-82) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for PAOK. AGOR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-7 record. PAOK at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Panionios. AGOR are looking forward to face league's leader Olympiacos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PAOK will play at home against Ilysiakos in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panionios (16-5) against fourteenth ranked Panelefsiniakos (5-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Panionios was defeated by Panelefsiniakos in a tough game in Eleusina 72-76. Point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and Callistus Eziukwu chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Peristeri GS and Kavala. Panionios at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with PAOK. Panelefsiniakos will play against higher ranked Apollon Patras (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
A1 top team - Olympiacos (20-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they beat seventh ranked Aris (9-12) in Thessaloniki 84-68. Vassilis Spanoulis nailed 13 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Antonis Asimakopoulos came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Aris in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-1 record. Loser Aris keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Apollon Patras. Olympiacos will meet at home AGOR (#5) in the next round. Aris will play against Ikaros in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Apollon Patras (9-12) and Ilysiakos (7-14), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Apollon Patras lost to eleventh ranked Ilysiakos in a road game 69-75. The best player for the winners was Aloysius Anagonye who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Ilysiakos' coach Giorgos Zeugolis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ilysiakos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KAOD. Apollon Patras lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Ilysiakos' next round opponent will be higher ranked PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between second ranked Panathinaikos (18-3) and 12th ranked Peristeri GS (5-16) in Athens on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Panathinaikos outscored guests from Athens 85-60. It was a good game for Marcus Banks who led his team to a victory with 19 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. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain second place with 18-3 record having just two points less than leader Olympiacos. Peristeri GS lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panionios.

In the last two games of round 21 KAOD beat Kavala on the road 71-60. Kolossos lost to Ikaros on its own court 69-73.


Aris - Olympiacos 68-84

A1 top team - Olympiacos (20-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they beat seventh ranked Aris (9-12) in Thessaloniki 84-68. Olympiacos made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Aris turnovers. International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 13 points and 7 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Olympiacos players scored in double figures. Forward Antonis Asimakopoulos (203-76) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for Aris in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-1 record. Loser Aris keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Apollon Patras. Olympiacos will meet at home AGOR (#5) in the next round. Aris will play against Ikaros in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aris: A.Asimakopoulos 14+6reb+1ast, D.Verginis 12+3reb, M.Pelekanos 10+4reb+5ast, S.Karapostolou 8+2reb+4ast, A.Vezenkov 7+3reb, E.Bochoridis 6+1reb+1ast
Olympiacos: S.Perperoglou 15+5reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 13+3reb+7ast, G.Shermadini 13+4reb, K.Hines 12+3reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 11+2ast, A.Law 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 203830


Panelefsiniakos - Panionios 76-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panionios (16-5) against fourteenth ranked Panelefsiniakos (5-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Panionios was defeated by Panelefsiniakos in a tough game in Eleusina 72-76. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panionios won fourth quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panelefsiniakos made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Nikos Pappas (195-90, agency: FCM) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Peristeri GS and Kavala. Panionios at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with PAOK. Panelefsiniakos will play against higher ranked Apollon Patras (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Panionios: V.Jankovic 13+10reb+1ast, M.Payne 10+2reb+1ast, C.Booker 10+7reb+1ast, N.Pappas 10+4reb+5ast, V.Kavvadas 9+3reb, L.Milbourne 7+1reb+1ast
Panelefsiniakos: N.Liakopoulos 21+1reb+4ast, C.Eziukwu 11+8reb, X.Gibson 10+3reb+1ast, N.Papanikolaou 6+5reb+1ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 6+2reb, T.Nikou 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 203836


Panathinaikos - Peristeri GS 85-60

The game between second ranked Panathinaikos (18-3) and 12th ranked Peristeri GS (5-16) in Athens on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Panathinaikos outscored guests from Athens 85-60. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Peristeri GS was better in fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Peristeri GS to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a good game for American guard Marcus Banks (188-81, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. International swingman Michael Bramos (197-87, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. point guard Nontas Papantoniou (190-90) answered with 18 points and forward Andreas Kanonidis (198-91) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Peristeri GS. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain second place with 18-3 record having just two points less than leader Olympiacos. Peristeri GS lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panionios.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: N.Papantoniou 18+3reb+2ast, J.Mitchell 11+5reb, S.Parker 10+2reb+1ast, D.Kompodietas 7+1ast, A.Mantzaris 6, A.Kanonidis 6+10reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: M.Banks 19+3reb+2ast, M.Bramos 14+4reb+2ast, V.Xanthopoulos 10+3reb+1ast, S.Lasme 10+5reb, R.Ukic 7+4ast, J.Maciulis 7+4reb
gschID: 203833


Ilysiakos - Apollon Patras 75-69

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Apollon Patras (9-12) and Ilysiakos (7-14), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Apollon Patras lost to eleventh ranked Ilysiakos in a road game 69-75. Apollon Patras was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Ilysiakos made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Ilysiakos outrebounded Apollon Patras 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Apollon Patras helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international guard Nikos Chatzis (196-76) chipped in 14 points. Ilysiakos' coach Giorgos Zeugolis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who recorded 15 points and the other American import Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. Ilysiakos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KAOD. Apollon Patras lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Ilysiakos' next round opponent will be higher ranked PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: E.McCollum 15+3reb+3ast, K.Grant 13+6reb+2ast, N.Argyropoylos 12+3ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 11+5reb+1ast, I.Krolo 8+4reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 5+8reb
Ilysiakos: N.Chatzis 14+3reb, A.Anagonye 13+8reb, P.Dorkofikis 10+3reb+4ast, T.Stoglin 9+6reb+2ast, M.Paragios 9+4reb+2ast, A.Spanos 7+2reb
gschID: 203835


AGOR - PAOK 66-64

The most exciting game of round 21 in the A1 took place in Rethymno. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed PAOK (16-5) to fifth ranked AGOR (14-7) 66-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of PAOK. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. AGOR had a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Evaggelis Margaritis (200-82) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) added 19 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for PAOK. AGOR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-7 record. PAOK at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Panionios. AGOR are looking forward to face league's leader Olympiacos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PAOK will play at home against Ilysiakos in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
PAOK: K.Haralampidis 19+3reb+6ast, E.Margaritis 18+9reb+1ast, W.Hatcher 8+3reb+3ast, G.Dedas 7+1reb+1ast, M.Tsairelis 6+2reb+1ast, L.Papadopoulos 6+9reb+2ast
AGOR: B.Petway 16+11reb+1ast, N.Angelopoulos 13+3reb, A.Tsochlas 10+1reb+4ast, N.Kommatos 7+10reb+1ast, C.Colimon 6+3reb, D.Latovic 6+1reb
gschID: 203834


Kavala - KAOD 60-71

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked KAOD (7-14) beat on the road 12th ranked Kavala (5-16) 71-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Kavala was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KAOD had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for French center Guy-Marc Michel (213-88, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four KAOD players scored in double figures. American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian-Bosnian guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland) added 14 points in the effort for Kavala. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. KAOD moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ilysiakos. Kavala lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. KAOD will face Kolossos (#11) in Rodou in the next round. Kavala will play on the road against Peristeri GS in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kavala: W.Coleman 15+6reb+2ast, N.Mitrovic 14+2reb+2ast, G.Arbet 9+2reb+1ast, C.Stefanidis 7+6reb+1ast, K.Achara 6+5reb+1ast, D.Tairu 5+3reb+2ast
KAOD: G.Michel 16+15reb+1ast, K.Palmer 16+7reb+2ast, K.Kakaroudis 11+4reb+4ast, E.Bavcic 10+3reb+1ast, P.Knowles 6+5reb+1ast, E.Akepsimaidis 5+5ast
gschID: 203832


Kolossos - Ikaros 69-73

Very expected game when 11th ranked Kolossos (6-15) lost to seventh ranked Ikaros (10-11) in Rodou 69-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 43-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kolossos was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Brandon McKnight (188-83, college: Purdue) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Serbian forward Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79, agency: FCM) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds and Canadian-Bosnian guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) added 16 points in the effort for Kolossos. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ikaros. They moved-up to sixth place. Kolossos lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Ikaros will face Aris (#8) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Kolossos will play on the road against KAOD in Dramas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kolossos: D.Kapelan 16+2reb+1ast, G.Kalambokis 13+1ast, K.Langford 13+5reb, S.Nadjfeji 9+8reb+2ast, F.Koumpouras 8+1reb, B.Osby 7+7reb
Ikaros: M.Faye 19+5reb+2ast, B.McKnight 15+3reb+3ast, A.Kiritsis 12+1reb+1ast, Z.Vrkic 8+1reb+1ast, V.Symtsak 7+9reb, N.Strnad 5
gschID: 203831



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  IBL   

Standings

IBL Standings
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 0-0 
 2. Nippon T. 0-0 
 3. Portland C. 0-0 
 4. Salem Sabres 0-0 
 5. Vancouver V. 0-0 
International
 1. Kitsap Adm. 0-0 
 2. Lonestar S. 0-0 
 3. Olympia R. 0-0 
 4. Pit Bulls 0-0 
 5. Seattle 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 19: Vancouver V. - Bellingham S.
Apr. 21: Bellingham S. - Vancouver V.



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  ICELAND   

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Pitts, KFI33.5 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.27.2 
 3. Palm, IR26.5 
 4. Smith, Thor Thorl25.9 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.1 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.8 
 7. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.6 
 8. Craion, Keflavik21.8 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan21.5 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Van, Njardvik15.0 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.3 
 3. Baptist, Keflavik10.4 
 4. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 5. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 7. Broussard, Grind.9.3 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.1 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan8.7 
 10. Jackson, Thor Tho.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.3 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.6 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.3 
 6. Williams, IR5.6 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.6 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.4.8 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dandre WILLIAMS
  IR
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, IR2.6 
 2. Broussard, Grind.2.6 
 3. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.2.3 
 5. Threatt, Snaefell2.1 
 6. Baptist, Keflavik2.0 
 7. Frye, Stjarnan1.9 
 8. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 9. Craion, Keflavik1.9 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.3 
 2. Craion, Keflavik2.3 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.8 
 4. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 5. Baptist, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.2 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 10. Eiriksson, Skalla.0.7 


Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Germany:
MBC 61 Neckar 56. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 5 points, 3 boards and 4 assist in the win.
SPAIN:
Assignia Manresa beat Bilbao 82-79. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) scored 8 points for Manresa.
CAI Zaragoza 75 Real Madrid 84. Jon Stefansson had 4 points for CAI
SWEDEN
Play-offs games. 08 Stockholm 90. Sundsvall 98. Jakob Sigurdarson 30 points 5 reb & 2 assist. Hlynur Baeringsson 17 pts, 13 boards & 8 assist.
Boras 104 Norrkoping 90 Pavel Ermolinskij 10 pts & 9 reb for Norrkoping.
Sundsvall 70. 08 Stockholm 74. Hlynur Baeringsson 17 + 11 boards & 4 assist. jakob Sigurdarson 11 pts, 1 board & 3 assist in the loss.
Norrkoping 79 Boras 72. Pavel Ermolinskij 2 pts, 8 reb, 2 assist.
08 Stockholm 86 Sundsvall Dragons 93. Jakob Sigurdarson 25 points 7 reb and 1 asist. Hlynur Baeringsson 13 pts,11 boards & 2 assist.
Norrkoping 74 Boras 63 Pavel Ermolinskij 2 pts, 8 reb, 7 assist in the win
Norrkoping vs Sundsvall in next round of play-offs



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UL Eagles 15-5 
 2. UCC Demons 13-8 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 13-8 
 4. DCU Saints 11-10 
 5. Killester 9-12 
 6. UCD Marian 9-13 
 7. Ballon Inter 7-14 
 8. Moycullen 7-14 

Finals: Round 1

Mar. 23: UCC Demons - DCU Saints 73-62


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen23.3 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles22.2 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.21.2 
 5. Walker, UCC Demons19.4 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.5 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints14.1 
 8. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.3 
 9. Cuffe, UCC Demons13.3 
 10. Summers, Killester13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons13.3 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.12.2 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.11.8 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen11.6 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles11.3 
 7. Quill, DCU Saints8.3 
 8. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.2 
 9. Foley, UCD Marian7.9 
 10. Tummon, Moycullen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.2 
 2. Camps, Moycullen7.1 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles4.8 
 4. Coughlan, UCC D.4.4 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.3.7 
 6. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.7 
 7. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.2 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.3.2 
 9. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
 10. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles2.7 
 2. Camps, Moycullen2.5 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.4 
 4. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.3 
 5. Summers, Killester2.1 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.2.1 
 7. Drumm, UCD Marian1.8 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.1.7 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.6 
 10. Kinevane, UL Eag.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Trimmer, DCU S.2.5 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.2 
 4. Walker, UCC Demons2.0 
 5. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.7 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.1.7 
 7. Townes, B.Gais N.1.7 
 8. Killeen, UL Eagles1.6 
 9. Sullivan, Moycullen0.9 
 10. O''Brien, Killester0.9 


National Champions Trophy (new competition) - by Patrick Maher



Emotions High as Champions are Crowned at the National Basketball Arena

[The Inaugural National Champions Trophy as well as the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, Men and Womens Division One and Nivea Womens SuperLeague Plate finals were all contested over the weekend at the National Basketball Arena]

The difference between winning and losing is just phenomenal we are champions now and it is an unbelievable feeling.

Tralee Imperials head coach Liam Culloty summed up like few could the level of emotion on display at the National Basketball Arena over the weekend after he witnessed his team lift the Basketball Ireland Womens Division One title.

Imperials victory over Oblate Dynamos of Dublin, 53 to 24, was one of five finals played at the home of Irish basketball during the weekend. As the best teams from around Ireland battled it out for the right to be crowned champion, scenes of joy, despair and even relief were evident on court throughout the games.

To be honest, for this group of players, I think it is the monkey off the back, said a beaming Paul Kelleher, head coach of UCC Demons, after his team had captured the inaugural National Champions Trophy with a win over DCU Saints 73 to 62.

We have had so much building over the last three years, we were right there this year again, we were ten and one in the league and then, I wouldnt say we fell apart but we just lacked a bit of fluency, we had a couple of injuries and illnesses, guys in hospital stuff like that. It killed our momentum.

We knew we were always there, it was only a matter of getting over the hump - I am delighted for the younger lads, Im delighted for the older fellas, delighted for the club really.

Delight also translated into gratitude amidst the celebrations. For UL Huskies players, who captured the clubs third successive Nivea Womens SuperLeague title with a win over DCU Mercy 78 to 56, many were simply thankful to be part of what must be considered one of the greatest teams in the history of hoops in Ireland.

It is unbelievable, everything we do we do for each other. You would never miss a training for the girls. There is such a good team spirit and it is just unbelievable to play on a team like this, remarked Aoife McDermott, Huskies mobile power-forward.

Fortune can also play a major part in these things, as Basketball Ireland Mens Division One winning captain Tim OHalloran said of his Blue Demons sides acquisition of star French guard Christian Anon.

He came into the college and the Mardyke Arena where I work and just wanted to play a little bit of basketball and make a few friends and we got lucky to be honest.

Anon certainly made some friends Leeside this season, capping off a memorable few months with a superb display that earned him the finals Most Valuable Player award versus a fancied Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans side. His play was a large reason for Demons 88 to 63 triumph and the first of two titles the Cork club would win over the weekend.

Again, it was Culloty of Tralee Imperials that summed up the over-riding emotions best for winning teams after the finals and the conclusion of what has been a long and thrilling domestic season of senior basketball.

We are just delighted with the win and are going to go celebrate for a good long time.

Results from Basketball Irelands League Finals

National Champions Trophy Final

UCC Demons 73 (26) (Ciaran OSullivan 18, Kenton Walker 17, Shane Coughlan 12)

DCU Saints 62 (32) (Keith Anderson 13, Joe McGuirk 11, Eoin Quill 9)

Final MVP Shane Coughlan

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Final

Blue Demons 88 (40) (Christian Anon 22, Kyle Hosford 18, Tim OHalloran 15, Thibaut Priou 15)

Matt O'Flaherty Chemist Titans 63 (30) (Andre Tonge 22, Paulius Peldzius 17, Conall MacMichael 8)

Final MVP Chritian Anon of Blue Demons

Courtesy .... Cian Nihill .... www.basketballireland.ie


Kenton Walker (203-C/F, college: Creighton)



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  ISRAEL   


Special interview with Oded Brandwein - by Shai Levi


In the last two seasons, Oded Brandwein (186-G-88, agency: N.E.T.) is one of the best point guards in the Polish league but in spite of this fact he still doesn't get too much recognition in his homeland. 2 years ago, The young Israeli decided to leave his place of birth and used his Polish roots to get a Polish passport and move to Poland. His first stop in Poland was Kotwica Kolobrzeg and after a successful season he moved last summer to Energa Czarni Slupsk. Brandwein started the season as a backup point guard but since the management brought coach Andrej Urlep he became the leader of his team and established himself as one of the best guards in Poland. On passover evening Brendwein sat with Eurobasket for a special interview.

How does it feel like being an Israeli in Poland?

"To live here as an Israeli for sure its something that has a special meaning. There is so much history for the jewish people in Poland and i feel that its a big respect to live here. That is my second season here and i feel much more comfortable. i feel loose and i like what im doing and m teammates and its definitely a very positive experience for me. I even learned to speak a little bit Polish and i understand the language".

How did you adjust to the life in Poland?

"It wasnt an easy thing to do cause there is a big difference between lifestyle in Israel and Poland. I think that the true character and nature of a person discovered when he is out of his comfort zone and needs to handle situation he is not use to. If you wand to succeed in this kind of transition you need to be strong and patient and to work hard each and every day. I love the game and love to work hard and get better. For me its a big privilege to get up in the morning and go to a job that i love and no matter in which country im doing it. Its just a question of how much you willing to sacrifice for your goal and dreams and im willing to sacrifice a lot for it".

What made you stay in Poland for another season?

" I had a great time at Kotwica last year. It was a strong experience for me and it made me stronger. I learned a lot about myself and im thankful for the trust that they had in me and for the opportunity to get the exposure in the Polish league. Czarni saw me play last season and showed interest in me".

You started this season as a backup point guard but now you are the leader of the team. How did it happen?

"Some coaches decides who will be the leader point guard just because of the resume of the players and others are much more open minded and looks on the present and the abilities of the players. The old coach decide that i wont be starting point guard no matter what, because that another player on the roster had better resume and he wasnt even looking who is better. It was very frustrating for me. Its hard to do your best at practice when you know that your coach dont care how much you work and fight for your place on that team. In spite of that, i didnt let my head down and fight as much as i could. Coach Urlep is different and he is always aware of his players shape. Im going to each practice with full motivation and a player that doesnt do that will suffer cause here no one is safe and everybody fights for his position on the team. Its good and healthy competition that keeps everyone alerts and with best shape. Our season has changed for the best since Coach Urlep came and he is not only a very high level coach, he is a person that people respect and honor. He is our undisputed leader and the best coach i ever played for".

How do you compare the level between Israeli and Polish league?

" The polish league is in good level and very competitive. the teams are well coached and coming to win in each and every game. There are a lot of good players and all the conditions that can bring success. Its less than the quality of the Spanish and Russian leagues but i have no doubt that the difference are less than everyone thinks. There are 4 teams that plays in European cups and did good. Since i left Israel i can say that im getting more focused and know better how to be a professional basketball player and im gaining more tools. Its starts already in the summer, that for me is very intense and includes a lot of hard work ,physically and also on improving my basketball skills. Im pushing myself knowing that if i wont do it no one will do it for me. My philosophy is to focus on the present and do the maximum".

Do you think that there are too many foreigners in the Israeli league?

" Its not a matter of number, its the attitude. In Israel the Americans status is stronger than the teams and i think that there is no chance that my case here could happen in Israel, when the head coach prefers a local player over an American. No way that an Israeli coach will let me play and put the American on the bench. Thats the attitude. If i will be better than the foreigner the Israeli team will bring someone instead of him and i will stay on the bench as a substitute".

How much it effected your decision to stay in europe?

" I didnt even thought about getting back to Israel. I came here because i wanted more exposure in a competitive league. In Poland there are four teams that can give you the exposure and in Israel there are only Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem. I think that the exposure i get in Poland is better than what i could get in Israel and it can lead to big contract in a big league. This summer i already got offers from the spanish LEB gold and from Greece, Holland and Cyprus. Most of Israeli players leaving Israel because they think they can earn more money and they dont understand that if you not a Maccabi player or national team player, you have to prove yourself before you get the big money. I have spent a lot of money on personal training. I had a great advisor name Uri Barnea and an American agent that helped me getting a tryout in Poland while i was playing in Israeli second division. Im sure that next season i will play in a team that plays in Europe and has great ambitious. I dont think about getting back to Israel and it will take a very special offer to make me consider getting back".

Did you keep in touch with the other Israeli that playing this year at Poland- Robert Rothbart

"Off course that me and Robert are in touch and i can say he is a great player and also a fun guy to be with. He is having a great season so far personally and everybody is aware to his abilities. After that we won his team he came to congratulate me. I wish him and his team all the best"

How would you describe the relations with your teammates?

"Many of my teammates are best friends of mine and i have good relations with the polish players and also with the Americans. There is a great atmosphere in our locker-room".

What do you like to do in your free time?

" I dedicate most of my free time for rest cause we have very intense practices so we need to rest and eat when we have free time. I use Skype to keep in touch with my family and my girlfriend from Israel".

Israel national team will play this summer in the European championship. Do you think you deserve to play there?

"I dont see it happen. Im realistic and know that i need to improve my game first".



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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. Montepaschi 15-9 
 5. Cantu 15-9 
 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. 25: Montepaschi - Cantu 73-66
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

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 30: Pesaro - Oknoplast BO
Apr. 1: Banco di Sard. - EA7 Armani
Apr. 1: Cantu - JuveCaserta
Apr. 1: Umana VE - Vanoli CR
Apr. 1: Cimberio VA - Acea Virtus RM
Apr. 1: Sidigas AV - Montepaschi
Apr. 1: Angelico BI - Sutor MGR
Apr. 1: Enel Brindisi - Trenkwalder RE


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. Brown, Montepaschi16.6 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.5 
 7. Harris, Vanoli CR15.8 
 8. Johnson, Angelico.15.7 
 9. Dunston, Cimberio.15.5 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA15.5 
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. Gigli, Oknoplast BO7.0 
 10. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.0 
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. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.0 
 6. Vitali, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Taylor, Acea V.3.7 
 8. Brown, Montepaschi3.7 
 9. Steele, Sutor MGR3.4 
 10. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.4 
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. Goss, Acea V.1.8 
 9. Thornton, Banco d.1.8 
 10. Dean, Sidigas AV1.8 
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. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 7. Tyus, Cantu1.2 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 9. Simmons, Enel B.1.2 
 10. Akindele, JuveCas.1.1 


SerieA Round 24: Banco di Sard. loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 24 in SerieA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Cremona where host Vanoli Cremona (10-14) beat league's leader Banco di Sard. (18-6) 108-91 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli Cremona. Banco di Sard. managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli Cremona shot 60.9 percent from the field. Vanoli Cremona outrebounded Banco di Sard. 32-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Banco di Sard.'s players. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) who scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Polish forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, college: Mississippi St., agency: Stanley International) who recorded 23 points. Vanoli Cremona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with JuveCaserta and Enel Brindisi. Banco di Sard. at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Cimberio VA. Banco di Sard. will play next round against Armani Milano trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Vanoli Cremona will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Umana Venezia on the road.
Seventh-ranked Trenkwalder RE (13-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Cimberio Varese (19-5) in Reggio Emilia. The visitors from Varese managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Ebi Ere contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for Trenkwalder RE. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cimberio Varese keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Lottomatica Roma (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Trenkwalder RE will play against Enel Brindisi (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Siena was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Cantu (15-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Montepaschi Siena (15-9). Montepaschi Siena managed to secure a 7-point victory 73-66 on Monday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cantu. Worth to mention a great performance of Bobby Brown who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Maarten Leunen with 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Cantu. Montepaschi Siena will meet Air Avellino (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cantu will play against Juvecaserta (#11) in Caserta and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Brindisi, where 9th ranked Enel Brindisi (10-14) lost at home to twelfth ranked Air Avellino (9-14) 72-76. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by Taquan Dean who scored that evening 24 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Air Avellino have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 9-14 record. Enel Brindisi lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be higher ranked Montepaschi Siena (#4) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Caserta, where higher ranked Juvecaserta (10-14) lost at home to fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (7-17) 66-77 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Juvecaserta. The best player for the winners was Rok Stipcevic who scored 19 points. VL Pesaro maintains fifteenth position with 7-17 record. Loser Juvecaserta dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. VL Pesaro will face higher ranked Oknoplast BO (#14) in Bologna in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Oknoplast BO was crushed by Acea Virtus RM in Roma 90-70. Umana VE smashed Angelico BI at home 97-62. Sutor MGR won against EA7 Armani on the opponent's court 85-71.


Montepaschi - Cantu 73-66

The game in Siena was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Cantu (15-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Montepaschi Siena (15-9). Montepaschi Siena managed to secure a 7-point victory 73-66 on Monday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cantu. Cantu trailed by 23 points after 3 quarters before a 25-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-73 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists and Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) with 17 points and his fellow American import forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Cantu. Montepaschi Siena will meet Air Avellino (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cantu will play against Juvecaserta (#11) in Caserta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cantu: M.Leunen 17+2reb+2ast, J.Brooks 10+6reb, S.Mancinelli 10+2reb+2ast, M.Scekic 9+3reb+1ast, M.Cusin 8+3reb, J.Smith 5+6reb+4ast
Montepaschi: B.Brown 24+2reb+4ast, D.Moss 17+3reb+1ast, B.Ortner 15+7reb, A.Rasic 7+1reb+5ast, M.Janning 3+1reb, K.Kangur 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 185604


Enel Brindisi - Sidigas AV 72-76

We should mention about the upset which took place in Brindisi, where 9th ranked Enel Brindisi (10-14) lost at home to twelfth ranked Air Avellino (9-14) 72-76. It looked good early as Enel Brindisi took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Air Avellino had a 21-8 second period charge getting the lead and Enel Brindisi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-76. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville) who scored that evening 24 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 28 points by point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) did not help to save the game for Enel Brindisi. Forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Air Avellino have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 9-14 record. Enel Brindisi lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be higher ranked Montepaschi Siena (#4) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 28+3reb+2ast, S.Reynolds 13+4reb+6ast, C.Simmons 12+5reb, A.Robinson 12+14reb, J.Viggiano 5+5reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 2+3reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: T.Dean 24+5reb, J.Richardson 14+6reb+1ast, B.Brown 13+5reb, V.Spinelli 11+3reb+6ast, J.Hunter 8+4reb+1ast, P.Biligha 3+1ast
gschID: 185611


Trenkwalder RE - Cimberio VA 74-77

Seventh-ranked Trenkwalder RE (13-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Cimberio Varese (19-5) in Reggio Emilia. The visitors from Varese managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Trenkwalder RE won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cimberio Varese won last quarter 14-12. Trenkwalder RE was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Trenkwalder RE. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cimberio Varese keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Trenkwalder RE keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Lottomatica Roma (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Trenkwalder RE will play against Enel Brindisi (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 23+10reb+2ast, G.Brunner 10+5reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 9+5reb+2ast, D.Slanina 8+1reb, T.Bell 7+1reb, M.Antonutti 6+5reb+1ast
Cimberio VA: B.Dunston 22+7reb, E.Ere 15+3reb+1ast, D.Sakota 13+2reb, A.Banks 11+2reb+4ast, A.Polonara 7+5reb+1ast, E.Rush 4+2reb
gschID: 185610


JuveCaserta - Pesaro 66-77

An interesting game took place in Caserta, where higher ranked Juvecaserta (10-14) lost at home to fifteenth ranked VL Pesaro (7-17) 66-77 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Juvecaserta. The game was mostly controlled by VL Pesaro. Juvecaserta was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) who scored 19 points. American point guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. VL Pesaro maintains fifteenth position with 7-17 record. Loser Juvecaserta dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. VL Pesaro will face higher ranked Oknoplast BO (#14) in Bologna in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: A.Michelori 13+6reb, S.Jelovac 11+13reb, S.Gentile 11+5reb+5ast, D.Mavraides 11+1reb+1ast, J.Akindele 6+7reb+1ast, Z.Jonusas 5+3reb
Pesaro: R.Stipcevic 19+4reb+3ast, T.Thomas 13+5reb+3ast, T.Kinsey 11+7reb+1ast, L.Mack 10+4reb, A.Barbour 8+3reb, A.Crosariol 7+6reb
gschID: 185609


Acea Virtus RM - Oknoplast BO 90-70

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Oknoplast BO (8-15) was crushed on the road by third ranked Lottomatica Roma (17-7) 90-70 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 57-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lottomatica Roma dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Oknoplast BO's 32. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) who recorded 10 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) added 14 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lottomatica Roma have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-7 record having just two points less than leader Cimberio VA. Loser Oknoplast BO dropped to the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face league's leader Cimberio Varese on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oknoplast BO will play against VL Pesaro (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oknoplast BO: K.Hasbrouck 14+2reb+1ast, G.Poeta 11+2reb, M.Imbro 10+3reb+1ast, S.Smith 10+8reb+1ast, J.Parzenski 8+4reb+1ast, J.Pullen 6+4reb+3ast
Acea Virtus RM: P.Goss 23+4reb+2ast, L.Datome 20+4reb+2ast, G.Lawal 18+12reb+1ast, J.Taylor 13+4reb+3ast, P.Lorant 8+4reb+8ast, L.D'Ercole 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 185608


Vanoli CR - Banco di Sard. 108-91

Round 24 in SerieA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Cremona where host Vanoli Cremona (10-14) beat league's leader Banco di Sard. (18-6) 108-91 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli Cremona. Banco di Sard. managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli Cremona shot 60.9 percent from the field. Vanoli Cremona outrebounded Banco di Sard. 32-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Banco di Sard.'s players. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) who scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Polish forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, college: Mississippi St., agency: Stanley International) who recorded 23 points and American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 24 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vanoli Cremona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with JuveCaserta and Enel Brindisi. Banco di Sard. at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Cimberio VA. Banco di Sard. will play next round against Armani Milano trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Vanoli Cremona will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Umana Venezia on the road.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 24+2reb+1ast, M.Ignerski 23+3reb+2ast, T.Easley 11+4reb, M.Pinton 11+2reb+2ast, M.Thornton 9+3reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 8+1reb
Vanoli CR: H.Peric 25+6reb+4ast, L.Vitali 20+5reb+5ast, T.Kotti 19+6reb, B.Chase 18+3reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 9+5reb, A.Johnson 7+4reb+7ast
gschID: 185607


Umana VE - Angelico BI 97-62

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Umana Venezia (12-12) smashed at home bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (5-19) 97-62 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-62. Umana Venezia dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Angelico Biella's 36. They outrebounded Angelico Biella 36-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Umana Venezia looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Angelico Biella's players. Angelico Biella was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Czech center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, college: Iowa St., agency: Two Points) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) chipped in 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) who recorded 25 points and American-Qatari guard Trey Johnson (196-84, college: Jackson St., agency: Priority Sports) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively. Umana Venezia maintains eighth position with 12-12 record. Angelico Biella lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Umana Venezia will face Vanoli Cremona (#9) at home in the next round. Angelico Biella will play against Sutor Montegranaro (#13).
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: K.Pinkney 25+3reb, T.Johnson 18+2reb+4ast, T.Rochestie 7+2reb+1ast, J.Mavunga 3+2reb, D.Tsaldaris 2+2reb+1ast, G.Jurak 2+4reb+2ast
Umana VE: A.Young 16+1ast, J.Hubalek 14+9reb, Y.Diawara 11+3reb+1ast, K.Kee Clark 10+4ast, S.Szewczyk 9+4reb+1ast, M.Bulleri 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 185606


EA7 Armani - Sutor MGR 71-85

There was an upset when higher ranked Armani Milano (14-10) was defeated at home by fourteenth ranked Sutor Montegranaro (9-15) 85-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sutor Montegranaro. Armani Milano was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) chipped in 20 points. Five Sutor Montegranaro players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) added 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Sutor Montegranaro moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Armani Milano dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Sutor Montegranaro will face bottom-ranked Angelico Biella (#16) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 16+4reb+1ast, K.Langford 16+6reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 16+7reb, A.Fotsis 6+4reb+1ast, M.Green 5+3reb+8ast, G.Basile 5+1reb+1ast
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 21+10reb+2ast, D.Cinciarini 20+2reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 13+6reb+2ast, R.Freimanis 11+7reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 10+2reb+5ast, L.Campani 6+1reb
gschID: 185605



Italian Nazionale A round 30 best performance: Manuel Carrizo - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, agency: Players Group) had a very impressive game in the last round for Latina Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out San Severo (#17, 9-19) 73-71. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Latina Basket is placed at 16th position in Argentinian Nazionale A. Latina Basket is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-18 record. In the team's last game Carrizo had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Latina Basket, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Manuel Carrizo averages this season 19.8ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) of league's leader Torino. Baldi Rossi had a very good evening with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Torino lost that game 79-85 to the lower-ranked Chieti (#14, 12-15). Torino managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. It was just his team's 5th loss this season, while they won 23 other games. Baldi Rossi is a newcomer at Torino, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Simone Ferrarese (182-PG-87) of Treviglio (#5). Ferrarese showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Treviglio, leading his team to a 71-67 win against the lower-ranked Casalpusterlengo (#8, 14-12). Treviglio needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 12 lost games. Ferrarese has a great season in Italy. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.6apg (5th best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 50.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michele Venturelli (188-G-82) of Mirandola - 23 points and 2 assists
5. Marko Micevic (198-F-89) of Chieti - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. Valerio Circosta (188-PG-87) of Ferrara - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michele Ferri (191-G-85) of Ferrara - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr. - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) of San Severo - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Italian Lega2 round 23 best performance: Ryan Hoover - by Eurobasket News

American-Belgian point guard Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fileni BPA Jesi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 38-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Givova Scafati (#7, 11-11) 73-72. Fileni BPA Jesi is placed at 12th position in Italian Lega2. Fileni BPA Jesi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-13 record. It's Hoover's second year at Fileni BPA Jesi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ryan Hoover averages this season 11.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Talor Battle (183-PG-88) of Upea CdO. Battle had a very good evening with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Upea CdO to edge slightly lower-ranked Pall.Trento (#10, 9-12) 91-87. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Upea CdO managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-12 record. Battle is a newcomer at Upea CdO, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#7). He also recorded 4.5 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports) of Tezenis VE (#8). Lawal scored 9 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tezenis VE, leading his team to a 71-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Aget Service IM (#15, 7-15). Tezenis VE needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Lawal has a great season in Italy. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.8rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.1spg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 64.7%. Lawal attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino - 17 points and 12 rebounds
5. Michael Jenkins (191-G-86) of C.de Latte BRE - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi - 26 points and 7 rebounds
7. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Prima Veroli - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76) of Giorgo Tesi PT - 24 points and 7 rebounds
9. Donte Mathis (190-G-77) of Upea CdO - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Matteo Da Ros (204-F-89) of Tezenis VE - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Best players of Italian SerieA round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American-Nigerian Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) had a great game in the last round for Acea Virtus RM and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 24-year old had a double-double of 18 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Oknoplast BO (#14, 8-15) with 20-point margin 90-70. Acea Virtus RM maintains the 3rd position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Acea Virtus RM will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. Lawal turned to be Acea Virtus RM's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawal leads league in rebounds with 9.0rpg. Lawal is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg and 66.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-PG-87, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Enel Brindisi. Gibson impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Enel Brindisi was edged by slightly lower-ranked Sidigas AV (#12, 9-14) 76-72. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Enel Brindisi dropped in the standings to 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Gibson is a newcomer at Enel Brindisi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#2).

The third best performed player last round was international guard Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Vanoli CR (#9). Vitali showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Vanoli CR, leading his team to a 108-91 easy win against the higher-ranked Banco di Sard. (#2, 18-6). The chances of Vanoli CR ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vitali could help Vanoli CR to bring them higher in the standings. Vitali has a great season in Italy. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard. - 24 points and 2 rebounds
6. Donnel Taylor (198-G-82) of Trenkwalder RE - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andrea Michelori (202-F-78) of JuveCaserta - 13 points and 6 rebounds
8. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Vanoli CR - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) of EA7 Armani - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



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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. Niigata Albirex 30-12 
 2. Yokohama BC 30-12 
 3. Toyama Grouses 27-15 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 26-16 
 5. Akita NH 22-20 
 6. Chiba Jets 22-20 
 7. Sendai 89ers 16-26 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 16-27 
 9. Shinshu BW 16-28 
 10. Saitama Bron. 11-31 
 11. Gunma 10-32 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 33-9 
 2. Shimane SM 30-14 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 28-16 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 26-16 
 5. Hamamatsu P. 25-19 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 23-19 
 7. Osaka Evessa 17-25 
 8. Oita H.Devils 16-28 
 9. Takamatsu FA 15-28 
 10. Miyazaki SS 9-35 

Regular Season: Round 46

Mar. 24: Niigata Albirex - Takamatsu FA 89-86
Mar. 24: Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron. 87-77
Mar. 24: Iwate Big Bulls - Oita H.Devils 80-83
Mar. 24: Fukuoka Rizing - Chiba Jets 77-87
Mar. 24: Shimane SM - Toyama Grouses 72-77
Mar. 24: Shinshu BW - Kyoto Hannar. 72-76
Mar. 24: Sendai 89ers - Osaka Evessa 66-79
Mar. 24: Shiga L-Stars - Hamamatsu P. 62-64
Mar. 24: Akita NH - Miyazaki SS 60-76

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: 24.7
 1. Humphrey, Saitama24.7 
 2. Cummings, Sendai23.0 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC20.7 
 4. Chandler, Chiba J.20.6 
 5. Brown, Akita NH20.3 
 6. Jones, Tokyo C.19.8 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.8 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.7 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.4 
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, Fukuoka12.4 
 5. Kuso, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.6 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets11.2 
 8. Rickert, Osaka E.11.0 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.7 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Narito NAMIZATO
  Okina.
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 2. Togashi, Akita NH6.1 
 3. Shimura, Sendai6.1 
 4. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC5.1 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 8. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.7 
 10. Kondo, Niigata3.6 
Steals Per Game
 John HUMPHREY
  Saitama .
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC2.2 
 3. Brown, Toyama G.2.1 
 4. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 6. Alawoya, Oita H.2.0 
 7. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.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. Parker, Shimane SM1.6 
 6. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.6 
 7. Kuso, Miyazaki SS1.5 
 8. Ashby, Fukuoka1.5 
 9. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 10. Brown, Toyama G.1.4 


BJ League Round 46: Niigata Albirex climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 10 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Niigata Albirex as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Niigata Albirex edged 8th ranked Takamatsu FA at home 89-86. Niigata Albirex made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Yokohama BC. Takamatsu FA lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 28 games lost. Takamatsu FA will play next round against Shinshu BW trying to get back on the winning streak. Niigata Albirex will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Gunma on the road.
Very significant was Osaka Evessa's (#7) 79-66 road victory against 7th ranked Sendai 89ers. Point guard Shun Watanuki (178-87) notched 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Dwayne Lathan supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Sendai 89ers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa (17-25) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position which they share with defeated Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. Osaka Evessa will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) on the road in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Shiga between Hamamatsu Phoenix and Shiga L-Stars. Fifth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (25-19) got a very close victory on the road over one of their biggest challengers Shiga L-Stars (26-16). Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to escape with a 2-point win 64-62 on Sunday evening. Kevin Galloway fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Shelton Colwell produced 21 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains fifth position with 25-19 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Iwate Big Bulls. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play against Toyama Grouses (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (28-16) against sixth ranked Chiba Jets (22-20) on Sunday night. Host Fukuoka Rizing was defeated by Chiba Jets in Fukuoka 87-77. Worth to mention a great performance of Marquin Chandler who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannar. (#6) on the road. Fukuoka Rizing will play against the league's second-placed Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shimane Magic (30-14) against fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (27-15) on Sunday night. Host Shimane Magic was defeated by Toyama Grouses in a tough game in Shimane 72-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. Angel Garcia had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face Shiga L-Stars (#4) at home in the next round. Shimane Magic will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 46: Saitama Bron. lost to Okinawa GK on the opponent's court 77-87. Shinshu BW unfortunately lost to Kyoto Hannar. in a home game 72-76. Miyazaki SS managed to beat Akita NH on the road 76-60. Iwate Big Bulls was defeated by Oita H.Devils on its own court 80-83.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 11 rebounds by Michael Parker of Shimane SM.


Fukuoka Rizing - Chiba Jets 77-87

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (28-16) against sixth ranked Chiba Jets (22-20) on Sunday night. Host Fukuoka Rizing was defeated by Chiba Jets in Fukuoka 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Chiba Jets. Fukuoka Rizing was better in fourth quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 47-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. Chiba Jets players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. The other American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) replied with 19 points and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Five Chiba Jets and four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannar. (#6) on the road. Fukuoka Rizing will play against the league's second-placed Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 19+4reb+2ast, J.Johnson 19+5reb, J.Ashby 12+9reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 10+4reb+2ast, A.Takeno 8+3reb+7ast, R.Warren 4+3reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: M.Chandler 25+4reb+4ast, S.Isshiki 15+2reb+6ast, J.Werner 12+16reb+4ast, R.Itakura 11+7reb+2ast, D.Bell 11+6reb+2ast, H.Sato 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 200852


Niigata Albirex - Takamatsu FA 89-86

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Niigata Albirex as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Niigata Albirex edged 8th ranked Takamatsu FA at home 89-86. Niigata Albirex made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Yokohama BC. Takamatsu FA lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 28 games lost. Takamatsu FA will play next round against Shinshu BW trying to get back on the winning streak. Niigata Albirex will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Gunma on the road.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: P.Williams 19+7reb+2ast, B.Penn 15+5reb+1ast, D.Lyons 11+7reb+4ast, H.Kikuchi 9+2reb+2ast, D.Tamura 9+2reb, R.Johnson 9+6reb+2ast
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 21+6reb+5ast, S.Komatsu 19+1reb, Y.Ikeda 12+2reb, K.Sato 11+1reb+2ast, C.Holm 10+12reb+1ast, T.Finger 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 200848


Sendai 89ers - Osaka Evessa 66-79

Very significant was Osaka Evessa's (#7) 79-66 road victory against 7th ranked Sendai 89ers. Point guard Shun Watanuki (178-87) notched 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Sendai 89ers. Guard Takehiko Shimura (160-83) added 16 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa (17-25) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position which they share with defeated Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. Osaka Evessa will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) on the road in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Cummings 24+10reb+2ast, T.Shimura 16+1reb+4ast, D.Takaoka 8+3ast, T.Komoda 6+7reb+1ast, M.Hargrow 5+2reb+1ast, S.Coleman 5+4reb+2ast
Osaka Evessa: S.Watanuki 21+8reb+5ast, D.Lathan 17+9reb+1ast, S.Konno 13+1reb, M.Bell 12+10reb+3ast, N.Walkup 10+1reb, S.Takeda 3+1ast
gschID: 200847


Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron. 87-77

Very expected game when 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (11-31) were defeated on the road by first ranked Okinawa GK (33-9) 87-77 on Sunday. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Naoto Kosuge (187-82) scored 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Okinawa GK's coach Tohyama Kohto used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-9 record. Saitama Broncos lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 31 games lost. Okinawa GK will face league's second-placed Shimane Magic at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play against Oita Heat Devils (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: Y.Nobihura 14+4reb, Y.Kitamuki 13+5reb+3ast, T.Yamashiro 13+15reb+2ast, J.Humphrey 12+10reb+5ast, R.Orr 9+5reb+2ast, M.Haraguchi 8+6reb
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 24+6reb, N.Kosuge 24+9reb+1ast, A.McHenry 11+8reb+6ast, M.Yamauchi 11+5reb+4ast, N.Namizato 6+12reb+11ast, D.Larkai 6+15reb
gschID: 200853


Shimane SM - Toyama Grouses 72-77

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shimane Magic (30-14) against fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (27-15) on Sunday night. Host Shimane Magic was defeated by Toyama Grouses in a tough game in Shimane 72-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. They outrebounded Shimane Magic 42-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Kouki Yamabuchi (183-84) scored 9 points and 5 assists. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face Shiga L-Stars (#4) at home in the next round. Shimane Magic will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 25+11reb+2ast, B.Freeman 10+1ast, T.Yokoo 10, K.Yamabuchi 9+4reb+5ast, J.Davis 7+6reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 7+1reb+2ast
Toyama Grouses: A.Garcia 21+14reb+1ast, I.Brown 17+11reb, T.Mito 15+2reb+3ast, M.Joho 15+6reb+3ast, T.Fujie 6+1ast, M.Kamezaki 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 200851


Shiga L-Stars - Hamamatsu P. 62-64

A very close game took place in Shiga between Hamamatsu Phoenix and Shiga L-Stars. Fifth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (25-19) got a very close victory on the road over one of their biggest challengers Shiga L-Stars (26-16). Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to escape with a 2-point win 64-62 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St., agency: Top Notch Sports) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains fifth position with 25-19 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Iwate Big Bulls. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play against Toyama Grouses (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: S.Colwell 21+9reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 15+8reb+4ast, W.Arnold 12+3reb+3ast, T.Fujiwara 6+5reb+7ast, D.Terashita 4+1reb+2ast, J.Nakama 2+2reb
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 16+6reb+4ast, K.Galloway 13+11reb+6ast, E.Fuqua 10+6reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 8+2reb, Y.Tsubasa 6+1reb, S.Nakanishi 6
gschID: 200850


Shinshu BW - Kyoto Hannar. 72-76

Rather predictable result in Nagano where sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (23-19) defeated 8th ranked Shinshu BW (16-28) 76-72 on Sunday. Shinshu BW was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Kyoto Hannar., which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 23-19 record. Shinshu BW lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 28 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face Chiba Jets (#6) at home in the next round. Shinshu BW will play against Takamatsu FA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: E.Morris 26+13reb+1ast, T.Utsunomiya 8+1reb+3ast, T.Saito 8+1reb+3ast, E.Walton 7+3reb, Y.Matsubara 7+2reb+1ast, J.Green 7+4reb
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 17+11reb+1ast, Y.Okada 17+3reb+1ast, L.Pomare 14+12reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 12+4reb+4ast, D.Palmer 9+4reb+2ast, H.Kantake 4+1reb
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Akita NH - Miyazaki SS 60-76

There was an upset when higher ranked Akita Happinets (22-20) were defeated at home by tenth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-35) 76-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Miyazaki Shining Suns. Akita Happinets was better in second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 45-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. Point guard Kyohei Ito (175-88) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Mike Anderson (201-86, college: VCU, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) scored 14 points and 9 assists. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains tenth position with 9-35 record. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth place with 20 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will face higher ranked Osaka Evessa (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Akita Happinets will play against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Anderson 16+9reb+1ast, D.Harris 15+3reb, Y.Togashi 14+1reb+9ast, Y.Kato 6+9reb, S.Taguchi 4+6reb, K.Shoji 3+1reb
Miyazaki SS: H.Otsuka 17+2reb+3ast, K.Ito 15+9reb+4ast, A.Kuso 14+12reb+2ast, T.Fairley 14+9reb, Y.Kojima 10+9reb+2ast, K.Shigenaga 2
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Iwate Big Bulls - Oita H.Devils 80-83

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-28) edged on the road higher ranked Iwate Big Bulls (26-16) 83-80 on Sunday. Iwate Big Bulls were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Oita Heat Devils, which allowed them to win the game. American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). Oita Heat Devils have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Iwate Big Bulls lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 16 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Tokyo Cinq R. (#8).
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 28+12reb, C.Dixon 23+7reb+3ast, Y.Yamamoto 9+3reb+1ast, N.Takushi 8+3reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 6, K.Takahashi 3+1reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: T.Granado 23+13reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 19+3reb+7ast, V.Jones III 14+5reb+3ast, P.Alawoya 12+11reb+1ast, S.Umemiya 7+1reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 5+2reb
gschID: 200845



McHenry's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Okinawa GK and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 45.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Saitama Bron. (#10, 11-30) with 18-point margin 89-71. It allowed Okinawa GK to consolidate first place in the Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Okinawa GK has a very solid 32-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game McHenry had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Okinawa GK, through which he has constantly improved. Anthony McHenry averages this season 15.3ppg and 9.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Joe Werner (201-C-84) of Chiba Jets. He is American center in his first season at Chiba Jets. In the last game Werner recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Chiba Jets to edge the higher-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3, 28-15) by 3 points 86-83. Chiba Jets' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-20 record is not bad and everything may still change. Werner is a newcomer at Chiba Jets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#6). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Michael Parker (202-F-81) of league's second-best Shimane SM. Parker scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Shimane SM, leading his team to a 90-78 win against #4 ranked Toyama Grouses in a game of the week. Shimane SM needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 30 victories and 13 lost games. Parker has a great season in Japan. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (8th best). He also has 2.0spg, 1.6bpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Galloway (200-PG-88) of Hamamatsu P. - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Marquis Gray (206-F/C-86) of Chiba Jets - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80) of Shiga L-Stars - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84) of Yokohama BC - 20 points and 11 rebounds
9. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88) of Oita H.Devils - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Akitomo Takeno (173-PG-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists

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



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Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. ASU 14-0 
 2. Ittihad Schools 10-4 
 3. Al Riyadi 9-5 
 4. Kulliyeh 8-6 
 5. Orthodox 7-7 
 6. Al Wehdat 5-9 
 7. Kofer Yoba 2-12 
 8. Ghazat Hash. 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 25: Ittihad Schools - Al Riyadi 87-102
Mar. 25: Al Wehdat - Kulliyeh 81-80
Mar. 25: Ghazat Hash. - Kofer Yoba 67-97
Mar. 25: Orthodox - ASU 0-20


Premier League Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 14 most important game was a victory of Kofer Yoba over 7th ranked Ghazat Hash. 97-67 on Monday night. Kofer Yoba (2-12) moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Ghazat Hash. dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Amman. Sixth ranked Al Wehdat (5-9) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 4th ranked Kulliyeh (8-6) 81-80 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kulliyeh. Al Wehdat maintains sixth position with 5-9 record. Kulliyeh at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Orthodox (#5). Orthodox was smashed at home by 20 points 0-20 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Undefeated ASU (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Loser Orthodox keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Amman: Al Riyadi (#3) and Ittihad Schools (#2). Ittihad Schools were defeated at home 87-102 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Al Riyadi maintains third position with 9-5 record having five points less than leader ASU. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools keep the second place with four games lost.


Orthodox - ASU 0-20

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Orthodox (#5). Orthodox was smashed at home by 20 points 0-20 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. ASU (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Loser Orthodox keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
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Ittihad Schools - Al Riyadi 87-102

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Amman: Al Riyadi (#3) and Ittihad Schools (#2). Ittihad Schools were defeated at home 87-102 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Al Riyadi maintains third position with 9-5 record having five points less than leader ASU. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools keep the second place with four games lost.
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Al Wehdat - Kulliyeh 81-80

Important game to mention about took place in Amman. Sixth ranked Al Wehdat (5-9) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 4th ranked Kulliyeh (8-6) 81-80 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kulliyeh. Al Wehdat maintains sixth position with 5-9 record. Kulliyeh at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
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Ghazat Hash. - Kofer Yoba 67-97

Round 14 most important game was a victory of Kofer Yoba over 7th ranked Ghazat Hash. 97-67 on Monday night. Kofer Yoba (2-12) moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Ghazat Hash. dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost.
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Premier League Round 13: Al Riyadi is defeated by ASU in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Premier League.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Al Riyadi (#3). ASU (13-0) won against visiting Al Riyadi (8-5) 96-83. Undefeated ASU have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Al Riyadi at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Kulliyeh. ASU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Orthodox.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Amman: Kulliyeh (#4) and Ittihad Schools (#2). Kulliyeh (8-5) won against visiting Ittihad Schools (10-3) 99-95. Kulliyeh moved-up to third place, which they share with Al Riyadi. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools keep the second position with three games lost. Kulliyeh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Al Wehdat.
Ghazat Hash. has finally registered their first victory this season after 12 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Al Wehdat (4-9) 71-66 on Friday. Ghazat Hash. (1-12) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Kofer Yoba. Loser Al Wehdat keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Ghazat Hash.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Irbid Kofer Yoba.
The game in Irbid supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Orthodox (7-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Kofer Yoba (1-12). Orthodox smashed Kofer Yoba 83-55. Orthodox maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. Kofer Yoba lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Orthodox's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman ASU.



Kofer Yoba - Orthodox 55-83

The game in Irbid supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Orthodox (7-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Kofer Yoba (1-12). Orthodox smashed Kofer Yoba 83-55. Orthodox maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. Kofer Yoba lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Orthodox's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Amman ASU.
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ASU - Al Riyadi 96-83

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Al Riyadi (#3). ASU (13-0) won against visiting Al Riyadi (8-5) 96-83. ASU have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Al Riyadi at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Kulliyeh. ASU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Orthodox.
gschID: 233031


Kulliyeh - Ittihad Schools 99-95

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Amman: Kulliyeh (#4) and Ittihad Schools (#2). Kulliyeh (8-5) won against visiting Ittihad Schools (10-3) 99-95. Kulliyeh moved-up to third place, which they share with Al Riyadi. Newly promoted Ittihad Schools keep the second position with three games lost. Kulliyeh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Amman to the arena Al Wehdat.
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Ghazat Hash. - Al Wehdat 71-66

Ghazat Hash. has finally registered their first victory this season after 12 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Al Wehdat (4-9) 71-66 on Friday. Ghazat Hash. (1-12) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Kofer Yoba. Loser Al Wehdat keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Ghazat Hash.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Irbid Kofer Yoba.
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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 17-1 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 12-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 10-8 
 4. Tobol 6-14 
 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 68-71

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 28: BC Astana - Barsy Atyrau
Mar. 29: BC Astana - Barsy Atyrau


Lewis Arrives And Leads Kapshagay To Playoffs - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting with American player Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) of PBK Kapshagay

First Off, how are you?

I fine a little banged I have a little ulnar nerve bruise I beleive or damage but I'm managing injuries comes with the game and with proper treatment I'll be fine nothing major. What's crazy is as much as it snows here they rarely have ice so that's been tough I like icing a lot. But I have MRI in next days and we will see what happens.

This is PBK Kapshagay first season in top division and you guys made the playoffs.

Well, we were in last place when I arrived and that was one motivating factor for me to make the playoffs and although its only 6 teams we were like dead last like two wins when I arrived we won first two then teams sort of caught on to what I was doing and our team as a whole didn't make adjustments needed and we lost some games and I hate losing my wife and have shooting contest and I know she 1-2 player and I still talk trash like it was luck and I was posed to win call it confidence or stupidity but luckily as for Astana in the 1st round now it doesn't matter everyone is 0-0 in the playoffs that's what's great about it.

You play against Astana, VTB League and the best team in the league.

I mean it will be tough very tough actually they have Jerry Jones electric super fast good big guy in Simon but I don't want to pump those guys up to much because its the first to 3 wins and we will see what happens. I first need to take care of my health and we will go from there.

Ok. So one big question for you before you go Kobe or Lebron?

Neither Gentry lol... But no of course Vino aka Mamba 100 percent Lebron is terrific especially the run they are on its amazing but Young Bean is my guy..



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Thunder strikes Bankers in Nairobi - by Eurobasket News

Shauri Moyo based Thunder basketball team pulled a surprise on defending Champions of the KBF Premier League Co-op Bank when they beat them 72-63 on Saturday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Griffin Ligare the Thunder captain was in top form for his side sinking in 27 points while the Bankers Joseph Khaemba had the highest points in the game with 28. In the 1st quarter Co-op had 23 points against Thunders 13 points while in the 2nd quarter saw Thunder rally back with 21 points against their opponents 15 points to put the half time scores 38-34 in favor of Co-op.
The second half of the match saw a head to head showdown between the two teams but Thunder managed to overcome Co-op in the 3rd quarter at 21 points against 17 points then finished them off in the last quarter with 17 points with the Cary Odhiambos side managing only 8 points.
The defeat to Thunder comes as huge disappointment for Odhiambo the Co-op Bank coach as he had highlighted the need for the team to start the league on a high note and the loss will force the side too re-strategize.
On the other end the win is huge boost for the Thunder side with Ligare stating that everyone played their hearts out to win the day, we knew we were facing the defending champions meaning that we were supposed to be on top of our game and we did that and of course our game plan worked for us.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Lions kick start season with roar over Aviation - by Eurobasket News

Lions basketball team began the 2013 KBF Premier League on a positive note after beating debutants Nairobi Aviation 80-66 at the Nyayo Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.This being the first match for the oldest club in Kenya's basketball history to play without the backing of their sponsors Kenya Commercial Bank who withdrew their financial support to the club early this year after decades of consistent partnership.
Four matches scheduled for the past weekend involving USIU vs. Storms, USIU vs. Nakuru Club, Western Delight vs. Shimba Hills, KPA vs. MMUST and Western Delight vs. KPA were rescheduled due to technical reasons.
Lions who were formerly known as KCB Lions were clearly the superior side against the students despite the 1st quarter ending 14-14.
Lions again dominated with a 20-14 win in the second quarter to put the half time scores at 34-25. The ever green Ancent Wafula who was also the Kenya team captain that travelled to Tanzania for the African Cup qualifiers hit 23 points for the Lions followed by James Omune who had 19 points while Aviation's top scorer was Byron Job with 21 points.
Aviation lost the 3rd 22- 29 but pulled themselves up in the final stretch to pin down the Lions with a minor lead of 19-17 but it was too late.
In the Division One matches played on Sunday Equity overcame Trailblazers 57-44 while Umoja beat World Hope 72-58. Parklands Baptist succumbed to KCA-U 34 -51.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 26-3 
 2. Al Sahel 26-4 
 3. Al Qadsia 25-5 
 4. Kazma 24-6 
 5. Al Jahraa 19-12 
 6. Al Arabi 16-14 
 7. Al Yarmook 15-16 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 11-20 
 9. Al Nasar 9-21 
 10. Al Tadhamon 4-25 
 11. Al Salmiyah 4-28 
 12. Al Shabab 2-27 

Regular Season: Round 47

Mar. 24: Kazma - Al Shabab 94-78
Mar. 24: Al Nasar - Al Sulaibikhat 86-80
Mar. 24: Al Sahel - Al Qadsia 59-55
Mar. 24: Al Salmiyah - Al Yarmook 53-72

Regular Season: Round 48

Mar. 27: Al Kuwait - Al Jahraa
Mar. 27: Al Sahel - Al Yarmook
Mar. 27: Al Arabi - Al Shabab
Mar. 27: Al Tadhamon - Al Sulaibikhat


D1 Round 47: Al Qadsia loses to Al Sahel in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Abu Halifa. Second ranked host Al Sahel (26-4) defeated 3rd placed Al Qadsia (25-5) 59-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Qadsia. Al Sahel have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 26-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Al Kuwait. Al Qadsia at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost.
11th ranked Al Salmiyah (4-28) was outscored at home by seventh ranked Al Yarmook (15-16) with the biggest margin this round 72-53. Al Yarmook maintains seventh place with 15-16 record. Al Salmiyah lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 28 games lost.

In the last two games of round 47 Al Sulaibikhat lost to Al Nasar on the opponent's court 80-86. Kazma managed to outperform Al Shabab in a home game 94-78.


Al Nasar - Al Sulaibikhat 86-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in An Nasr where 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (11-20) was defeated by ninth ranked Al Nasar (9-21) 86-80. Al Nasar maintains ninth place with 9-21 record. Al Sulaibikhat at the other side keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost.
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Al Sahel - Al Qadsia 59-55

The game between Top Four teams took place in Abu Halifa. Second ranked host Al Sahel (26-4) defeated 3rd placed Al Qadsia (25-5) 59-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Qadsia. Al Sahel have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 26-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Al Kuwait. Al Qadsia at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost.
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Al Salmiyah - Al Yarmook 53-72

11th ranked Al Salmiyah (4-28) was outscored at home by seventh ranked Al Yarmook (15-16) with the biggest margin this round 72-53. Al Yarmook maintains seventh place with 15-16 record. Al Salmiyah lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 28 games lost.
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Kazma - Al Shabab 94-78

Very predictable result in Kuwait City where fourth ranked Kazma (24-6) defeated bottom-ranked Al Shabab (2-27) 94-78. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Kazma. They maintain fourth place with 24-6 record. Al Shabab lost their fifteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games.
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Peiners' 24 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old guard Zanis Peiners (204-G-90, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for LU and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and five assists for LU in his team's victory, helping them to crush Jekabpils (#2, 18-11) with 21-point margin 94-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. LU is placed at 4th position in Latvian league. LU 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 14-17 record. In the team's last game Peiners had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at LU, through which he has constantly improved. Peiners has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Peiners is in league's top in assists (5th best: 3.5apg) and averages solid 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Keith Chamberlain (204-F/C-87) of Jelgava. He is American forward in his first season at Jelgava. In the last game Chamberlain recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Jelgava to another comfortable win 112-94 over slightly lower-ranked Liepaja (#9, 11-18) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Jelgava slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Chamberlain is a newcomer at Jelgava and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to another Jelgava's star - forward