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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. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Lytch, Argentino14.9 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.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. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 8. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 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. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 9. Laprovittola, Lanus1.4 
 10. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.1 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Weigand, Argentino0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Libertad.0.8 


LigaA Round 5 of 1/8 Finals. Argentino, Atenas and Quimsa reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Argentino - Wuber-Est.Bahia 79-77

Argentino reached the quarterfinal stage beating Wuber-Estudiantes Bahia in the decisive fifth game of the series. It looked good early as Wuber-Est.Bahia took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Argentino had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Wuber-Est.Bahia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-79. Wuber-Est.Bahia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) chipped in 15 points. International center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Argentino: K.Lytch 29+12reb+5ast, N.De los Santos 15+3reb+1ast, F.Funes 11+2reb, G.Luchino 8+2reb, C.Amicucci 7+3reb, A.Weigand 6+5reb+1ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Ignacio Sanchez 20+4reb+3ast, J.Manuel Torres 17+11reb, H.Jasen 17+8reb+3ast, J.Williams 11+5reb, L.Faggiano 10+3reb+1ast, L.Nailon 2+1reb
gschID: 237381


Atenas - Sionista 68-67

Atenas snatched a tough home win against Sionista to reach the quarterfinals. Sionista cut a 14-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Atenas made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Sionista helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Alexis Elsener (193-88) saved the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (180-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import Joshua Pittman (195-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sionista. Four Sionista players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atenas: A.Elsener 17+6reb+1ast, B.Labaque 16+3reb+5ast, M.Lescano 10+1reb, M.Fierro 9+13reb, D.Guaita 8+8reb+1ast, D.Kante 5+4reb+2ast
Sionista: L.Wade 17+9reb+1ast, M.Sandes 12+3reb, J.Pittman 10+6reb+3ast, A.Zilli 10+5reb, L.Gonzalez 7+1reb, J.Sandrini 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 237380


Quimsa - Libertad S. 91-81

Quimsa stayed in the title race after edging Libertad in the decider. The game without a history. Quimsa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Libertad Sunchales only scored five points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for Quimsa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) came up with 20 points and 6 assists and Puerto Rican center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Libertad Sunchales in the defeat. Four Quimsa and five Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Baxter 21+8reb+5ast, N.Aguirre 13+7reb+1ast, D.Lo Grippo 13+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 13+6reb, J.Mojica 9+2reb+3ast, E.Villares 7
Libertad S.: D.Garcia 20+2reb+6ast, G.Mikulas 15+1reb+4ast, J.Treise 11+1reb+2ast, M.Saglietti 11+4reb, R.Sanchez 10+8reb+3ast, D.Johnson 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 237382



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australian NBL round 24 best performance: Larry Davidson - by Eurobasket News

Australian Larry Davidson (206-C/F-83) had a great game in the last round for Hawks, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat 36ers (#8, 8-20) 74-64. Hawks maintains the 3rd position in Australian NBL. Hawks 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 13-15 record. In the team's last game Davidson had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Hawks, through which he has constantly improved. Former Boise State University star has very solid stats this year. Davidson is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.7rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International) of league's second-best Wildcats. Lisch had a very good evening with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Wildcats to another comfortable win 73-58 over slightly higher-ranked Breakers (#1, 24-4) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Wildcats consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 22-6 record is not bad at all. Lisch is one of the most experienced players at Wildcats and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#8).

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Priority Sports) of Kings (#4). Lazare scored 21 points. He was a key player of Kings, leading his team to a 81-74 win against the lower-ranked Crocodiles (#7, 10-18). The chances of Kings ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lazare could help Kings to bring them higher in the standings. Lazare has a great season in Australia. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.1rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Bruce (190-G-84) of Kings - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Luke Nevill (218-C-86) of Crocodiles - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers - 12 points and 10 rebounds
7. Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) of Wildcats - 12 points and 13 rebounds
8. Shane Edwards (201-F-87) of Taipans - 15 points and 5 rebounds
9. Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82) of Kings - 5 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Stephen Weigh (198-F/G-87) of 36ers - 22 points and 9 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)



Griffin proves point for Gunners - by Eurobasket News

He has a Hollywood name with the game to match, and is helping the Canberra Gunners earn respect after last year's ''embarrassing'' campaign.

And Gunners coach Cameron Barnes believes National Basketball League clubs should be bashing the door down to sign American import Camontae Griffin (175-G-86, college: St.Mary's, MD) after the point guard's match-winning display against Bendigo on Saturday night.

With Canberra down by a point, Griffin nailed a three-pointer in the final second to give the Gunners an 83-81 win, their second victory in as many games to start the SEABL season.

Last year the Gunners finished with an appalling 1-27 record, but over the winter they decided enough was enough.

Having not paid their players in the past, Basketball ACT allocated a budget to target some quality recruits to complement the Gunners' local talent.

Griffin scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half to outpoint the league's reigning most valuable player Jazzmar Ferguson, while forward Alex Gynes (25 points, 10 rebounds) was also outstanding.

The 26-year-old played alongside Sydney Kings star Corin Henry at the Community College of Baltimore County, and recently spent time training with the Kings.

''It's only been two games but he's shown what he can do,'' Barnes said.

''As a point guard he can score and penetrate, he's one of the quickest guys in the league and there's not too many Australian guards who can go with those guys.

''I've only seen Corin on TV but they're very similar; they're both little guys who can get into the key and make everyone else better, which is what you want in a point guard. From what I've seen so far, NBL teams should be looking at him for sure.''

Sick of being the league's laughing stock, Gunners and Basketball ACT officials knew they would continue to fire blanks unless they loosened the purse strings.

They still don't boast the budget of some SEABL powerhouses, but it's helped them attract the likes of Griffin, NBL veteran Jeff Dowdell and Kings player Daniel Joyce, who will join the side after Sydney's play-off campaign.

''Last year was embarrassing and as soon as it was finished we addressed it and said we can't go on like this again,'' Barnes said.

''We actually have a budget. In the past they all played for free which is why it was a bunch of local guys.

''This year we said we can't compete in the league without actually buying some players. We've got a lot of ground to go to get some respect back and I know most of the guys were pissed off by it [last year] and have been working very hard behind the scenes.''

Courtesy of: www.canberratimes.com.au



Bandits in a thriller: simply Vann-tastic - by Eurobasket News

The Albury-Wodonga Bandits showed their championship fighting qualities yesterday with an inspired come-from-behind win over a brave Geelong at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

In front of a raucous home crowd, the defending title-holders stormed back from 17 points down in the third quarter to over-run the visitors in a thriller 93-88, the Bandits first home win over the Supercats since 2003.

US import Eric Vann (183-G, college: Bowie St.) sparked the comeback with 16 final-quarter points including several three-pointers and dunks to finish with a game-high 39 points.

Young guard Jack Duck (183-G-92) enjoyed perhaps the finest game of his career with 18 points, pivot Momo Ntumba took just seven shots but finished with an ultra-efficient 15 points and eight boards and Ben Hollis added another double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds.

For Geelong, which was without import Theron Wilson and former NBL guard Nathan Herbert, American swingman Mike Mercer top-scored with 23 points, while power forward Ash Cannan worked hard for 22 points.

Bandits coach Brad Chalmers was a relieved man afterwards, acknowledging that an insipid first half had almost cost the Border outfit dearly.

I think when you get back to playing the way we need to play, its clearly evident we can be a very good team, Chalmers said.

When you dont want to do the fundamental, 1 per cent things, you just go through the motions, youre going to lose more games than not.

But Im really happy for Eric, hes finding his feet, defensively he was much better.

After a slow start, the visitors stepped it up with a 13-2 run to establish a handy 22-16 advantage at the first break.

Geelong continued to work its offence with precision, in stark contrast to the stagnant efforts from the Border club which was without skipper Nick Payne, out with a shoulder injury and found itself trailing by 15 points, 52-37, at the half.

In a frantic third term, the Bandits tried to eat into the Geelong advantage but the Supercats always had an answer.

Trailing by eight to open the final stanza, a Vann steal and dunk gave the home crowd some hope and a Duck layup and Ntumba bucket cut the lead to 80-77 with five minutes to play.

Back-to-back threes from Vann gave them the lead for the first time since the opening quarter and pandemonium followed a dunk from Vann that pushed the margin to 87-84.

The teams traded baskets before a Vann transition layup with 20.7 seconds left made it 91-88.

Geelongs Dominic Friend missed what wouldve been the tying triple and Vann closed out a famous win at the free throw line.
Courtesy of: http://www.bordermail.com.au



Late charge gets Thunder over line - by Eurobasket News

A SPIRITED second half comeback has seen the North-West Thunder storm home over the Brisbane Spartans to win by 15 points on Saturday night.

The Thunder trailed by seven points at the main break, but outscored their rivals by 22 points in the last half to register its second consecutive win, 83-68.

Brisbane took control in the early going, spreading the floor well and converting on its chances.

Scott Kenny (193-G-89, college: MSU Moorhead) was running hot for the Spartans, hitting eight points in the quarter, while the Thunder weren't doing themselves any favours, missing on all seven attempts from beyond the arc.

Up 23-16, Brisbane threatened to break the game open in the second quarter, and when Daniel George knocked down his fourth jumper of the night the lead stretched to 15 points.

Starring down the barrel of defeat, the home side soon switched into gear.

Wright eventually found his range, knocking down 10 of his 24 points by the end of the term.

When captain Nick Haywood banked a shot in on the buzzer, the Thunder went in to the main break down a manageable seven points.

The Thunder upped the ante in defence in the second half, leading to multiple turnovers and shot clock violations. Payne, who finished with six steals and 23 points, hit the side's first three-pointer with two minutes remaining in the quarter, squaring the match.

Eric Gaff (208-C-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Grace Coll.) (14 points and 22 rebounds), threw down a jam with only seconds left to put the home side up by a basket at the end of the third.

It was all one-way traffic in the final quarter, as the Thunder piled on 25 points to 12.

Blagoj Janev came to the party with two long threes and the crowd erupted when Haywood combined with Payne for an alley-oop.

For Brisbane, Kenny (21 points) and Zachary Henifin (19 points) worked hard.

However, a lack of height saw the Spartans lose the rebound count by 13 and points-in-the-paint by 24.
Courtesy of: http://www.theadvocate.com.au



Wildcats vs Hawks semi-final preview - by Hugh McAuliffe

After a long NBL season the 2013 finals have finally arrived, and the Perth Wildcats are ready to take on their semi-finals opponents - the Wollongong Hawks.

So far this season the two teams have split their four matches, with both teams picking up wins in their home stadiums.

Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge says his team will be taking a do-or-die attitude into game one of their three game series.

'All we know is they've beaten us twice, we are good at home obviously, but they have beaten us twice, so we have an enormous amount of respect for them so there's no chance we'll be taking them lightly,' Beveridge said.

'They probably gave us our biggest defeat this season, so we know how potent they are, they shoot the ball better than any team, the way they move it, they're the most disciplined team in the league. Geordie McLeod is masterful in the way he has his game plan, so he will have something up his sleeve, he'll really try to screw with us.'

The top scorer between the teams in the season series was Wollongong's Adris Deleon with 59 in four games, and Beveridge says they will have to be close attention to the classy guard.

'He can be unstoppable, and he's had a few 30-point games of late, so he's feeling pretty good about himself and the way I see it this is a free hit for them to come in here, the expectation is that we beat them, so that actually goes in Deleon's favour, that he's a great street ball player, one-on-one, he is that good, so we have to do a tremendous job on him for sure.'

The man who will be given the task of looking after Deleon is Damian Martin (186-PG-84, college: Loyola Mary), who last week sat out with an Achilles injury, but Beveridge says he will be good to go on Thursday.

'He will 100 per cent play, he's looking good, he feels good, so he'll definitely play, no question about it,' he said.

'He is the best defensive player in the league, maybe the greatest ever in the league, so to have him on our side is definitely a massive advantage for us.'

Star performers for Perth against Wollongong this season have been stars Shawn Redhage and Kevin Lisch, who have led the way on the scoreboard, while Damian Martin has dished out 15 assists in the four clashes and Greg Hire has pulled down 30 rebounds.

Thursday night's game tips-off at Perth Arena at 7.40pm, with live coverage on NBL.TV, 720 ABC Perth, and Sonshine FM and coverage on One begins at 10.30pm.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1. Levski Sofia 7-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 6-3 
 3. Kumanovo 5-4 
 4. Rilski Sportist 4-5 
 5. Kavala 3-6 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-7 
Group D
 1. Kozuv 4-1 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 3-2 
 3. Mornar Bar 2-3 
 4. OKK Beograd 1-4 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Mar. 26: Kumanovo - Teodo Tivat 96-90
Mar. 26: Rilski Sportist - Levski Sofia 69-74

Second Stage: Round 6

First Six

Apr. 4: Kavala - Kumanovo
Apr. 4: Teodo Tivat - Levski Sofia
Apr. 4: Galil Gilboa - Rilski Sportist

Last Four

Apr. 2: Kozuv - Djuro Djakovic
Apr. 3: OKK Beograd - Mornar Bar


Round 5 (Second Stage): Derby game ends with Levski Sofia's defeat of Rilski Sportist - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Balkan League.

The most interesting game of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Bulgaria. The game took place in Samokov where first ranked Levski Sofia won against host Rilski Sportist (4-5) 74-69. Rilski Sportist trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 25-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-74 at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Rilski Sportist helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) answered with 19 points and 5 assists for Rilski Sportist. Levski Sofia (7-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Rilski Sportist at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face Teodo Tivat (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rilski Sportist will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (5-4) and 6th ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (2-7) in Kumanovo ended with biggest points difference. Kumanovo 2009 beat guests from Tivat 96-90. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Uros Lukovic chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Manuel Johnson (201-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Kumanovo 2009 maintains third place with 5-4 record having just two points less than leader Kozuv. Teodo Tivat lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Kavala (#5) on the road in the next round. Teodo Tivat will play against the league's leader Levski Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.

The most impressive performance of 5th round was 29 points and 7 rebounds by Ivica Dimcevski of Kumanovo.


First Six
Kumanovo - Teodo Tivat 96-90

The game between third ranked FYR Macedonian Kumanovo 2009 (5-4) and 6th ranked Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (2-7) in Kumanovo ended with biggest points difference. Kumanovo 2009 beat guests from Tivat 96-90. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 32-20 last quarter charge of Teodo Tivat cut the lead to 96-90 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Teodo Tivat 38-24 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Teodo Tivat was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-88, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kumanovo 2009's coach Ljubislav Lukovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Manuel Johnson (201-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) scored 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 maintains third place with 5-4 record having just two points less than leader Kozuv. Teodo Tivat lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Kavala (#5) on the road in the next round. Teodo Tivat will play against the league's leader Levski Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: A.Lee-Ingram 24+12reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 18+12reb+1ast, A.Kostoski 18+1reb+6ast, M.Janevski 14+7reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 10+3reb+1ast, V.Georgievski 8+1reb
Teodo Tivat: M.Johnson 19+8reb+1ast, A.Radulovic 18+4reb+1ast, S.Djordjevic 17+1reb, S.Subotic 15+3reb+4ast, M.Mijovic 12+2reb+5ast, I.Kunjic 4+1reb
gschID: 231550


Rilski Sportist - Levski Sofia 69-74

The most interesting game of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Bulgaria. The game took place in Samokov where first ranked Levski Sofia won against host Rilski Sportist (4-5) 74-69. Rilski Sportist trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 25-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-74 at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Rilski Sportist helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) answered with 19 points and 5 assists and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia (7-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Rilski Sportist at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face Teodo Tivat (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rilski Sportist will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 21+4reb+4ast, M.Pantic 16+6reb+1ast, N.Protic 9+3reb+4ast, Z.Georgiev 8+3reb+1ast, S.Georgiev 6+3reb, P.Ivanov 5+6reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: T.Smith 19+4reb+5ast, T.Gugino 11+5reb, B.Mirkovic 11+4reb+6ast, B.Dupree 10+6reb+1ast, A.Caloiaro 8+11reb, E.Binev 8
gschID: 231549



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 25-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 18-7 
 3. Svisloch 12-15 
 4. Rubon 11-15 
Play-Out
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk II 11-16 
 2. Impuls BGUIR 10-17 
 3. Borisfen 6-22 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Championship

Mar. 26: Svisloch - Rubon 84-79
Mar. 26: Sozh Gomel - Grodno-93 0-20

Plyay-Out

Mar. 26: Impuls BGUIR - Tsmoki-Minsk II 66-71

Second Stage: Round 4

Championship

Mar. 29: Rubon - Grodno-93
Mar. 29: Svisloch - Sozh Gomel

Play-Out

Mar. 29: Borisfen - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel21.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Konate, Svisloch18.9 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.0 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch14.9 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.5 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.14.0 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.12.8 
 10. Konuyshenko, Gro.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Konate, Svisloch12.1 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.4 
 3. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.7 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.7.9 
 7. Sharamet, Borisfen6.6 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.5 
 9. Dolenko, Svisloch6.1 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.8 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 3. Akulich, Rubon5.0 
 4. Dolenko, Svisloch4.8 
 5. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.5 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.0 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.4 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen3.1 
 9. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.0 
 2. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.7 
 3. Konate, Svisloch2.7 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.4 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 6. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.2 
 7. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 8. Malkov, Grodno-932.1 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen2.0 
 10. Indrikov, Rubon1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Yaraslau KURAPAU
  Tsmoki.
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 



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  BELGIUM   


Division II - Round Twenty-Seven - by Bert Larsimont

Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 93-68

The young Giants beat Point Chaud Sprimont at the Sporthal Roosendael in Merksem last Sunday. The young players of Luc Smout gave no chance to their visitors from the Liege region.

Excelsior Brussels vs. Cuva Houthalen: 83-90

Three Cuva players were injured in this game: Odell Hodge (204-C/F-73, college: ODU, knee), Hans Vanwijn (197-F-95, tooth) and Jason Westrol (191-G-88, college: Bentley, ankle). Great efforts by Kanefu "Sam" Semijejero (195-PF-77) were not enough for Excelsior. Cuva of coach Brian Lynch managed to get on top in the last quarter. See free highlights on Telebruxelles.net: http://www.telebruxelles.net/portail/info/info-sportive/24329-basket-lexcelsior-defait-a-domicile.
Score evolution: 25-19, 39-40, 61-63 and 83-90.
Best scorers:
Excelsior: X. Collette 8, N. Verrept 7, M. Depuydt 13, J. Van Haevermaet 2, G. De Pooter 6, L. Maesfrancx 8, J. De Schepper 10, S. Pelle 4, R. Oveneke 7, S. Semijejero 18.
Cuva: N/A

BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. BasKet Tongeren: 78-97

Despite the news that BK Tongeren will quit playing in Division II next season (staff decision), Peter Pipeleers (202-F/C-80), Herbert Baert (204-F-75) and mates keep doing well on the court. They travelled to Oudenaarde and came back with a very nice win last Sunday.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 73-56

The Condors have lost some points in their race to the play-offs. Special mention to hardworking player Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) who keeps grabbing rebounds, playing good defense and scoring each week. Samaey scored 16 points last weekend against the Condors.
Score evolution: 20-16, 34-29, 53-44 and 73-56.
Best scorers:
BS Waregem: B. Samaey 16, S. Naudts 12, S. Dhondt 4, A. Steinbach 9, A. Gueye 12, T. Foucart 3, O. Foucart 15, T. Delmulle 2.
Condors: N/A

Gent Dragons vs. Gembo BBC: 65-79

Despite the good start of the Dragons, the Gembo guys of coach Stefan Sappenberghs found a good rhythm later on in this game played at the Tolhuis in Ghent. Led by Domien Loubry (186-G-85), the visitors had an excellent second half in offense. See free highlights on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccf8L0e6lvE&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ&index=3.
Score evolution: 26-17, 40-40, 50-63 and 65-79.
Best scorers:
Dragons: B. Heinle 7, R. Spaens 15, L. Tielens 5, F. Lat 2, T. Van De Vondel 4, M. Van Gelder 4, L. Enobakhare 18, C. Tshimuanga 10.
Gembo: N/A

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 78-85

The battle for the fourth Division II play-off spot remains exciting. The Jantjes are still in the race and hosted the current leading team Kangoeroes Boom last weekend. The visitors, led by their three scorers Mitchel Gorremans (191-G/F-85), Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) and Witse Van Schil (188-G-83), quickly took a lead. Sint-Jan's playmaker Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90) stopped the Kangoeroes later on in the game. Vincent Verbeeck (196-F-87) and Senne Geukens (190-G-83) allowed the Jantjes to have a 41-36 advantage but, thanks to a 0-13 run, the Kangoeroes of coach Tom Poppe impressed the attendance. Great shots from long range and great impulse by KaBo newcomer Tarick Johnson (192-G/F-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Campbell) made the difference in the last moments of the game.
Score evolution: 16-20, 37-36, 52-55 and 78-85.
Best scorers:
Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 10, B. Hartshorne 6, V. Verbeeck 8, B. Raes 2, N. El Khounchar 5, S. Geukens 25, L. Anthonis 11, M. Brown 11.
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 9, W. Dobbelaere 13, D. Souveryns 18, W. Van Schil 15, M. Gorremans 14, Johnson 16.

CEP Fleurus vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 76-74

Spectacular plays by Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) and Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) in crucial moments. Essor players Boris Penninck (202-C-88) and Yann Siegwarth (184-PG-93) were pretty inspired on Friday night. They combined 43 points for their team in this game. Penninck is a former CEP F player. The arrival of Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) among the Spirou B team, a strong player from Canada, was also the focus of many observers' attention. His first game with Essor Charleroi was not bad. The game was decided on a great three-pointer by CEP clutch player Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) in the last seconds before the final buzzer. Also to be mentioned: only six players scored for CEP while only four guys scored for Essor. The visitors probably had their best game this season and their coach Pascal Angilis could smile despite the short loss. See free highlights on Telesambre: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/16961/166/.
Score evolution: 23-19, 45-39, 58-61 and 76-74.
Best scorers:
CEP F: A. Marion 12, K. Jonniaux 12, C. Manzanza 16, T. Bauwens 6, L. Hazard 16, C. Ilongo 14.
Essor: Y. Siegwarth 25, A. Lambot 19, T. Gottselig 12, B. Penninck 18.


Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Union Mons Hainaut II: 68-81

Excellent game by Amaury Gorgemans (211-C-92) for the visitors. The young Foxes were better organised and the experience as well as the discipline of their coach Patrick Verdun probably made a difference. Patrick Verdun will leave Union Mons Hainaut and will face new challenges as coach of CEP Fleurus next season. Verdun had already coached CEP Fleurus from 2003 to 2006. Troy Gottselig showed some good skills again and Boris Penninck was pretty efficient in offense for the losing side.
Best scorers:
Essor: Y. Siegwarth 9, A. Lambot 7, T. Gottselig 13, Y. Diop 6, B. Penninck 25, M. Steenberghs 4, A. Eyenga 4.
Mons Hainaut II: M. Pretto 5, E. Lecomte 16, L. Schwartz 18, D. Walasiak 10, M. Renard 10, A. Gorgemans 22.





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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Mladost 18-5 
 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 10-13 
 9. Posusje 9-13 
 10. Borac Nektar 9-14 
 11. Vogosca 8-14 
 12. Servitium 6-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 29: Bosna - Capljina
Mar. 30: Siroki WWin - Radnik B.
Mar. 30: Igokea - Mladost


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje23.5 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 4. Filipovic, Vogosca19.9 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.17.4 
 6. Bijelic, Mladost17.4 
 7. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.3 
 8. Hot, Vogosca17.1 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina16.7 
 10. Aleksic, Leotar16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko JOSILO
  Varda HE
  (201-G-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Josilo, Varda HE8.9 
 2. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 3. Lalovic, Zrinjski.8.3 
 4. Goranovic, Radnik7.3 
 5. Pavlovic, Borac N.7.0 
 6. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.6.9 
 7. Rizvic, Bosna6.8 
 8. Bijelic, Mladost6.4 
 9. Erkic, Radnik B.6.3 
 10. Damjanovic, Servi.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.2 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.3 
 3. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.2 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.2 
 5. Hodzic, Bosna5.1 
 6. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 7. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.6 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina3.9 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hot, Vogosca2.5 
 2. Lovric, Posusje2.5 
 3. Kovacevic, Capljina2.3 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.2 
 5. Kastratovic, Varda1.6 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 7. Borovcanin, Radnik1.6 
 8. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
 9. Peljto, Kakanj1.5 
 10. Milosevic, Mladost1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.2 
 2. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 
 3. Mustapic, Posusje0.6 
 4. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 5. Buza, Bosna0.5 
 6. Djuranovic, Borac0.5 
 7. Popovic, Capljina0.5 
 8. Loncarevic, Radnik0.5 
 9. Velimirovic, Mlado.0.4 
 10. Ninkovic, Leotar0.4 


KK Igokea brings in Zeljko Kljestan - by Miljan Veskovic

ABA league regular season champion is bringing Zeljko Kljestan (198-F/G-92). He signed a multi-year deal with BC Igokea and will be a good reinforcement for the team from Aleksandrovac for the upcoming league 6 where the U21 domestic player rule applies. Kljestan is considered as one of the top Bosnian players born in 1992, the athletic swingman has played for HKK Capljina Lasta till March 2013 when the two parts decided to split due to personal and financial issues. During this season he had solid all-around role averaging 7.2pts (58.1% 2FGP, 31.8% 3FGP and 83.3% FT), 4.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.


Division I Round 22: Mladost beats Radnik B. by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Division I just ended.

Fourth-ranked Radnik B. (11-11) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Mladost (18-5) in Bijeljina on Saturday. The visitors from Mrkonjic Grad managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mladost dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Radnik B.'s 28. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian guard Petar Ivanic (191-85) contributed with 10 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Radnik B.Mladost have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-5 record. Newly promoted Radnik B. keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Zrinjski HT.
The game in Trebinje supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Posusje (9-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Leotar (10-12). Leotar smashed Posusje 97-76. Forward Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and Dejan Sakotic chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leotar moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Varda HE. Newly promoted Posusje dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost.
A very close game took place in Banja Luka between Kakanj and Borac Nektar. Tenth ranked Kakanj (10-13) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Borac Nektar (9-14). Kakanj managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Saturday evening. Kakanj moved-up to eighth place. Borac Nektar lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Sarajevo: Bosna ASA BHT (#2) and Vogosca (#10). Bosna ASA BHT (16-6) won against visiting Vogosca (8-14) 78-68. Nermin Buza fired 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Vogosca's coach Muriz Hamidovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosna ASA BHT have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader Mladost, which they share with Capljina. Vogosca at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 14 games lost.

In the last two games of round 22 bottom-ranked Servitium was beaten by Capljina on the road 76-66. Zrinjski HT won against Varda HE on its own court 78-63.


Capljina - Servitium 76-66

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Capljina Lasta (16-6) beat at home bottom-ranked Servitium (6-16) 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Capljina Lasta. Servitium was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Marko Boksic (201-93) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Davor Karamatic (200-95) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Capljina Lasta's coach Goran Peric allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Dejan Savic (202-85) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Nemanja Bilanovic (198-87) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Capljina Lasta moved-up to second place, which they share with Bosna. Servitium lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Capljina: M.Boksic 19+5reb+2ast, D.Karamatic 14+8reb+2ast, V.Jurkovic 14+9reb, K.Bjelica 12+4reb+8ast, D.Micic 9+3reb+3ast, M.Galic 8+3reb+1ast
Servitium: D.Savic 21+5reb, O.Vukovic 17+3reb, N.Bilanovic 17+7reb, N.Micic 4+3reb+3ast, V.Pecanac 4+5reb, B.Vukajlovic 2+1reb
gschID: 201834


Radnik B. - Mladost 64-65

Fourth-ranked Radnik B. (11-11) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Mladost (18-5) in Bijeljina on Saturday. The visitors from Mrkonjic Grad managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mladost dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Radnik B.'s 28. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian guard Petar Ivanic (191-85) contributed with 10 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Vladimir Radovanovic (191-81) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for Radnik B.Mladost have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-5 record. Newly promoted Radnik B. keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Zrinjski HT.
Top scorers:
Mladost: I.Bijelic 21+8reb+1ast, P.Ivanic 10+4reb+5ast, M.Radanovic 9+5reb, M.Kezic 8+4reb+5ast, R.Velimirovic 7+4reb, D.Knezevic 6+1reb+3ast
Radnik B.: V.Borovcanin 22+10reb+1ast, V.Radovanovic 17+2reb+5ast, D.Simic 11, F.Goranovic 8+8reb, D.Kokorus 3+4reb, J.Kecman 2+2reb
gschID: 201833


Zrinjski HT - Varda HE 78-63

Everything could happen in Mostar at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Zrinjski HT and 6th ranked Varda HE had identical 10-11 record. This time Zrinjski HT used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Varda 78-63. The game was mostly controlled by Zrinjski HT. Varda HE was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Zrinjski HT forced 22 Varda HE turnovers. Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-81) fired 26 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91) chipped in 14 points. Zrinjski HT's coach Zoran Glomazic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Darko Damjanovic (203-91) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Serbian guard Marko Josilo (201-92) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Zrinjski HT have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Radnik B. Varda HE lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: B.Lalovic 26+5reb, M.Djukanovic 14+3reb+3ast, M.Petric 7+2reb+2ast, I.Petric 6+2reb+1ast, B.Masic 6+5reb, Z.Cvjetkovic 5+3reb+2ast
Varda HE: D.Ognjenovic 11+2reb, D.Damjanovic 10+10reb+1ast, M.Josilo 8+7reb+3ast, M.Trikic 7+1reb+2ast, S.Ivanovic 7, B.Kajevic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201832


Leotar - Posusje 97-76

The game in Trebinje supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Posusje (9-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Leotar (10-12). Leotar smashed Posusje 97-76. The game was mostly controlled by Leotar. Posusje was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leotar shot 63.2 percent from the field and made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Leotar outrebounded Posusje 38-14 including a 28-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dejan Sakotic (194-93) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Leotar players scored in double figures. At the losing side Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and power forward Ante Cutura (204-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 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. Leotar moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Varda HE. Newly promoted Posusje dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Leotar: V.Aleksic 27+4reb+1ast, D.Sakotic 16+5reb+5ast, D.Markovic 11+2reb, M.Kovacevic 11+10reb+3ast, S.Milanovic 10+2reb, D.Ninkovic 10+7reb+1ast
Posusje: I.Bakovic 19+3reb+4ast, A.Cutura 15+3reb, K.Mustapic 12+3reb+1ast, D.Jukic 8+1reb, M.Lovric 6, J.Sakota 5
gschID: 201830


Bosna - Vogosca 78-68

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Sarajevo: Bosna ASA BHT (#2) and Vogosca (#10). Bosna ASA BHT (16-6) won against visiting Vogosca (8-14) 78-68. The game was mostly controlled by Bosna ASA BHT. Vogosca was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Vogosca helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Nermin Buza (206-91) fired 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Dino Hodzic (190-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Bosna ASA BHT players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Amin Hot (192-92) produced 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Croatian swingman Mario Filipovic (196-88) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Vogosca's coach Muriz Hamidovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosna ASA BHT have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader Mladost, which they share with Capljina. Vogosca at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bosna: D.Hodzic 18+5reb+2ast, N.Buza 16+7reb+4ast, S.Demic 13+4reb, R.Rizvic 12+7reb+3ast, E.Camdzic 9+2reb+1ast, S.Leric 6+8reb
Vogosca: M.Filipovic 18+7reb+2ast, A.Hot 16+6reb+8ast, D.Alic 11+1reb, M.Keser 9+6reb, A.Mazur 4, F.Kalamujic 4+10reb
gschID: 201829


Borac Nektar - Kakanj 75-76

A very close game took place in Banja Luka between Kakanj and Borac Nektar. Tenth ranked Kakanj (10-13) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Borac Nektar (9-14). Kakanj managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Saturday evening. Kakanj moved-up to eighth place. Borac Nektar lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost.
gschID: 201831



Bosnian Cadet Armin Topic scores 85 points in a game! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnian Cadet Armin Topic scores 85 points in a game!

Bosnian Cadet candidate Armin Topic 193cm born in 1997 scored an amazing 85 points in a Cadet league game for Cazin! Armin has competed against older players for years and this has helped his development as he has had to battle physically more developed players. He has averaged 11ppg in only 24 minutes per game this season.

His intelligence and commitment are two of his best qualities and he is a very competitive young player who has a good future ahead of him. He has been on the radar of some of the bigger European leagues and it seems likely that soon he will be moving on to bigger teams in the near future.



Bosnian Cadet Armin Topic scores 85 points in a game! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnian Cadet Armin Topic scores 85 points in a game!

Bosnian Cadet candidate Armin Topic 193cm born in 1997 scored an amazing 85 points in a Cadet league game for Cazin! Armin has competed against older players for years and this has helped his development as he has had to battle physically more developed players. He has averaged 11ppg in only 24 minutes per game this season.

His intelligence and commitment are two of his best qualities and he is a very competitive young player who has a good future ahead of him. He has been on the radar of some of the bigger European leagues and it seems likely that soon he will be moving on to bigger teams in the near future.



The battle for elevation to D1 KSBiH division begins! - by Chris Mathieu

The battle for elevation to D1 KSBiH division begins!

A1 League playoffs are about to begin and it looks like it is going to be quite the battle! The regular season battle between KK SPARS and Sloboda Tuzla was quite the battle. Now the intensity has been taken up a notch.

The four team playoff battle starts with Sloboda vs Play Off and Spars vs Brcko. Play off and Brcko have little chance for advancement but will battle none the less. Sloboda has added four players Armin Avidbegovic, Mladen Gligor, Adi Sarajlic and Mirza Alibasic. It should be quite the battle for promotion, it is really too bad both teams can be elevated to D1 because they are two of the most compelling teams in Bosnia todayA breakdown of the four teams.

KK SPARS: By far the most talented team in Bosnia and the best run organization. The team has talented young players it will rely on Aleskej Nikolic, Doko Salic, Adin Vrabac, Nedim Buza, Zlatan Halibegovic, Stefan Glogovac and Mirza Bulic. They are the odds on favorite to win it all.

Sloboda Tuzla: There have been rumors of Damir Mulaomerovic joining the team for the playoffs but nothing has been proven yet and it now seems unlikely even though he is with the team as a coach. The team picked up four solid players in Avidbegovic, Gligor, Sarajlic and Alibasic. Sarajlic was a surprise breakout player with cross town rivals Student Tuzla. Muris Andelija, Aleksandar Pejic, Nermin Hujdurovic, Mirza Ibracevic and Adnan Jahic formed the backbone of the team all season and they played well as a cohesive unit. Hujdurovic has been a key player but has battled injuries lately and he will be needed if they are supposed to pull the upset this season. Sloboda is motivated, focused and ready to knock off KK SPARS and pull the upset of the century in Bosnia.

Play Off: Ermin Tarcin and Nedim Salcin lead the charge for Play Off. It will need epic performance to pull the upset of Sloboda. The team is well coached and motivated.

Brcko: The team isnt very talented but is competitive and will try hard to pull the upset. The team is led by veteran big men Esmir Guzonjic and Mirnes Islamovic.

Prediction: It will be a tough battle but in the end I believe KK SPARS will win 3-1 in tightly contested games.



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Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 21: Palmeiras - Liga Sorocaba 85-77
Mar. 21: Suzano - Bauru 82-87
Mar. 21: Paulistano - Basquete Cearense 79-86
Mar. 21: Joinville - Flamengo 72-99
Mar. 21: Minas - Uberlandia 67-90
Mar. 25: Vila Velha - Franca 64-87
Mar. 21: Mogi das Cruzes - S.Jose/Unimed 60-93

Round 34

Mar. 25: Bauru - Pinheiros/Sky 67-62

Round 35

Mar. 21: Pinheiros/Sky - Tijuca TC 84-81

Regular Season: Round 33

Mar. 28: Tijuca TC - Palmeiras
Mar. 28: Brasilia - Minas
Mar. 28: Limeira - Joinville
Mar. 28: Flamengo - Suzano
Mar. 28: Liga Sorocaba - Pinheiros/Sky
Mar. 28: Bauru - Paulistano
Mar. 28: Basquete Cearense - Vila Velha
Mar. 28: Uberlandia - Mogi das Cruzes
Mar. 28: Franca - S.Jose/Unimed


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo21.6 
 2. Holloway, Liga S.20.4 
 3. Simmons, Vila Velha19.3 
 4. Day, Uberlandia18.8 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.18.4 
 6. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.1 
 7. Antonio, S.Jose/U.17.8 
 8. Dawkins, Liga S.17.7 
 9. Beal, Minas17.5 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babby ARAUJO
  Mogi d.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Araujo, Mogi d.9.0 
 2. Ribeiro, Basque.8.8 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.8.5 
 4. Antonio, S.Jose/U.7.9 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.5 
 6. Castellar, Limeira7.1 
 7. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.0 
 9. Toyloy, Paulistano6.8 
 10. Soares, Suzano6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (186-PG-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.5 
 3. Collum, Uberlandia5.8 
 4. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.3 
 5. Garcia, Uberlandia4.5 
 6. Fischer, Bauru4.5 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.4.5 
 8. Taylor, Bauru4.4 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.4.4 
 10. Campos, Suzano4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 0.2
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 2. Benite, Flamengo0.2 
 3. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 4. Alvim, Limeira0.1 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.0.1 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.1 
 7. Froehlich, Franca0.1 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.0.1 
 9. Mensah, Flamengo0.1 
 10. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 2. Dawkins, Liga S.2.1 
 3. Figueroa, Franca1.9 
 4. Campos, Suzano1.9 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.1.8 
 6. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 7. Munoz, Paulistano1.7 
 8. Day, Uberlandia1.7 
 9. Taylor, Bauru1.7 
 10. Brown, Palmeiras1.7 


Rafael Fusco leaves Suzano - by Eurobasket News

35-year old forward Rafael Fusco (192-78) left Suzano/Campestre/Instituto Rato (NBB). In 18 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.4apg this season. The forward will continue his career in Paysandu.
Fusco has played previously for eight other Brazil teams: Pinheiros, Paulistano, Sao Caetano, Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo, Automovel CF/Fluminense, Objectivo, Americana and Liga Sorocaba.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeria)



Rafael Fusco leaves Suzano - by Eurobasket News

35-year old forward Rafael Fusco (192-78) left Suzano/Campestre/Instituto Rato (NBB). In 18 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.4apg this season. The forward will continue his career in Paysandu. 
Fusco has played previously for eight other Brazil teams: Pinheiros, Paulistano, Sao Caetano, Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo, Automovel CF/Fluminense, Objectivo, Americana and Liga Sorocaba.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketeria)



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Balkan League: Levski roll past Rilski Sportist - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Levski 69:74

Levski clinched a road win over Rilski Sportist in todays Balkan League action. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) nailed 21 points to lead the visitors to the fifth straight win in Top Six group.
Levski started the game strong. They accumulated a 25:15 lead after the starting period. Rilski Sportist cut the deficit in the second quarter. The hosts got within a single point at the interval 33:34. Levski cleared off again in the third quarter. The visiting team went on a decisive 25:11 rally to gain a 15-point lead at the final break. Rilski trimmed the deficit and trailed by just three points with 14 seconds remaining in regulation. But Levski stayed cool and sealed the win at the end. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) had 16 points and 6 boards, while Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) added 9 points for the winners. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) responded with 19 points for Rilski Sportist. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Tony Gugino (207-C-86, college: Hillsdale) had 11 points each in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Terry Smith 19, Branko Mirkovic 11, Tony Gugino 11
Levski: Marko Marinovic 21, Mladen Pantic 16, Nemanja Protic 9



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Victor Samnick selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France). He led Chorale de Roanne to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-11) 75-72 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Samnick scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Chorale de Roanne Basket (13-10) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Samnick's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 69.1% in the 22 games he played so far. Samnick has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). Kadji contributed to an Miami, FL's victory against the University of Illinois (8-10) 63-59 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 last Sunday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The University of Miami, Florida has a very solid 16-3 conference record this season. It was Miami, FL's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kadji's team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. And that game will be critical. Kadji's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 69.1%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division). Ekanga-Ehawa could not help Aix-Maurienne (14-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Aix-Maurienne lost 64-70 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Olympique Antibes. Ekanga-Ehawa was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 87.1% in the 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Ekanga-Ehawa played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #4. Forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help New Yorker Phantoms (11-16) in their game against s Oliver Baskets (15-13) in the German BBL. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms was defeated 64-60 in Wuerzburg by the higher-ranked s Oliver Baskets (#7). This season NaNa has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #5. Former international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Final Genclik (11-17) in their game against Usak (21-7) in the Turkish TB2L (second division). Aboya recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Final Genclik this season. Final Genclik was badly defeated 78-62 on the opponent's court by the leading Usak. It was Final Genclik's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Aboya used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Harvard (11-3) to beat the University of Arizona (4-15). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the Harvard was crushed 74-51 on the road by the University of Arizona. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. This season Moundou-Missi has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Experienced Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) was not able to help Kerava Energia Team (21-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Kerava Energia Team lost 84-97 in Karkkila to the lower-ranked (#4) KaU Koris in the Division B. Mua had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 31 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Mua is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mua averages: 21.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.1bpg and 1.8spg in the 24 games he played so far.

   #3. Gedeon Pitard (188-PG-89, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre to win against the tenth-ranked JDA Dijon (12-12) 89-82 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. STB Le Havre (12-3) is placed sixth in the ProA. Pitard has been at the team for six years. Pitard's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #4. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Air Avellino's victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (10-14) 76-72 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Biligha scored only 3 points in 21 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (9-14) is placed 12th in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Biligha's overall stats are: 3.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #5. Francois Affia (211-C-93, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Geoplin Slovan win their game against the leader Rogaska (12-8) 73-56 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Affia scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (10-10) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Affia's overall stats this season are: 1.1ppg and 1.6rpg.

   #6. Sama Taku (185-G, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Pacific in their game against the University of Miami, Florida in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Taku scored only 1 points in 20 minutes. His team was crushed by 29 points 78-49. This year Taku's overall stats are: 1.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the seven games.

   #7. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help JL Bourg in their game against Saint-Quentin in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Njoya recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 76-66. Njoya's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg.

   #8. Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (186-PG-75, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Spot Up Medien Baskets in their game against Weissenhorn Youngstars in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Njoya Nken scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 69-78. This year Njoya Nken's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.8apg in the 16 games. He has both Cameroonian and Canadian nationalities.



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Steve Nash selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Los Angeles Lakers (36-35) in their last game. Despite Nash's very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 103-109 on the road to the Golden State Warriors. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Nash also added 9 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 37 minutes on the court. It was Lakers' third consecutive loss in a row. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.8apg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 43.2% and FT: 92.3%(96-104) in the 47 games he played so far. Nash played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-47) in their last game on Monday. Despite Thompson's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were crushed 111-90 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Thompson also added 2 blocks. This season Thompson has very high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.5% and FT: 63.5%. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (33-37) 102-95 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Dalembert scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 34-35 record this season. This year Dalembert's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 53.9% and FT: 68.5% in the 44 games. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert played for the Canadian national team five years ago.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #4. Guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to a victory over the league outsider BC Kyiv (9-29) crushing them 85-65 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Joseph was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and added 3 assists in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Joseph's third season in pro basketball. 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. Joseph has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg in the 36 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #5. Former international forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Gonzaga (16-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Gonzaga lost 70-76 at home to the Wichita State University. Olynyk recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 38 minutes. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. It's Olynyk's fourth season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg in the 65 games. Olynyk used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Brady Heslip
Brady Heslip
   #6. Guard Brady Heslip (188-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to an Baylor's surprising victory against the Long Beach State University (9-9) crushing them 112-66 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Wednesday. He scored 26 points (!!!). The Baylor University has 9-9 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Heslip has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Marvell Waithe
Marvell Waithe
   #7. Former international forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Denmark) was the main contributor in Bakken's victory against the closely-ranked Horsens IC (19-8) 87-81 in the Danish Ligaen on Monday night. Waithe was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. Waithe also added 3 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in 24 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (21-6) is placed second in the Ligaen. Waithe has very impressive stats this year: 19.9ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #8. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL couldn't help Triumph Lyubertsy (5-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Triumph Lyubertsy was badly defeated 82-62 in Moscow by the leading CSKA. Landry scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Landry is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #9. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kelly Olynyk and both played together in the last NCAA game. Pangos couldn't help the Gonzaga (16-0) in their game against the Wichita State University (15-3), despite his very good performance on Saturday night. He recorded 19 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in 39 minutes. But the Gonzaga lost 70-76 on their home court in Spokane, WA to the Wichita State University. This year Pangos has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg in the nine games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #10. Forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UNLV (10-6) in their game against the University of California (18-2) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Thursday. Bennett had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. But the UNLV were edged 64-61 on their home court in Las Vegas, NV by the University of California. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Bennett has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg in the 21 games. He is a former U17 international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) couldn't help Leiden in their game against Weert in the Dutch Eredivisie. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday He was the top scorer with 16 points. Bekkering also added 5 rebounds. Bekkering is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 13.5ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.2apg. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Elektra's victory against the fifth-ranked Grosuplje 78-68 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Collins was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. Collins also added 2 blocks. Collins is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.6bpg. Collins used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U19 international guard Laurent Rivard (196-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Harvard's victory against the University of New Mexico 68-62 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. Rivard has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.6bpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Timba Timosoara in their game against Timisoara in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Brown was the second best scorer with 28 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Brown has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. Brown used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international forward Mike Tuck (201-83, college: Loyola, MD, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Sheffield One Health Sharks' victory against the closely-ranked Worcester Wolves 78-73 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Tuck had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Tuck is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.8rpg. He also averaged so far 13.6ppg and 1.5apg in the 27 games. Tuck used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Lebanon) led Al Riyadi to a victory over the sixth-ranked Byblos (12-11) 92-78 in the Lebanese Division A in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mahmoud scored 31 points (!!!), grabbed 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (21-2) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Mahmoud's ninth season with the team. He is currently sixth on the list of best passers. Mahmoud's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.4apg and 1.8spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #2. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (18-53) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Nicholson's good performance the Orlando Magic was defeated 106-94 on the road by the New York Knicks. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. It's Nicholson's first season with the team. This year Nicholson has relatively solid stats: 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #3. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to help Byblos (12-11) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Fraser's very good performance Byblos was defeated 81-67 at home by the higher-ranked Al Moutahed (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 23 rebounds. Fraser also added 3 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. It's Fraser's first season with the team. Fraser is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Fraser averages: 18.5ppg, 17.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8bpg and 1.4spg.

   #4. Stephen Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to secure a victory for CSM Bucuresti (16-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was edged 101-98 on their home court in Bucuresti by the lower-ranked (#10) Pitesti. Sir was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 3 passes in 34 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Sir's first season with the team. This year Sir has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 26 games he played so far.

   #5. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Mahmoud and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Kanaan contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against the sixth-ranked Byblos (12-11) 92-78. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kanaan also added 3 assists. Kanaan has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 5.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #6. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Iowa St. win their game against the University of Notre Dame 76-58 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Friday night's game. Ejim scored 17 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. Ejim has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 5.3rpg in the 16 games.

   #7. Jamal Williams (196-F-86, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help Plymouth Raiders (19-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Williams' very good performance Plymouth Raiders was defeated 82-67 in Sheffield by the lower-ranked One Health Sharks (#7). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Williams also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Williams has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. He has both Canadian and British nationalities.

   #8. Experienced Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Golden State Warriors 104-93 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Bonner recorded 6 points. Bonner has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #9. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL couldn't help BK Pardubice (18-11) in their last game. Despite Muirhead's very good performance the third-placed BK Pardubice lost 73-86 in Kolin to the lower-ranked (#5) BC Kolin in the Group A1. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Muirhead also added 8 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 2 shots in 40 minutes. Muirhead is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg. He also averaged so far 13.9ppg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg in the 27 games. Muirhead also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #10. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Detroit Mercy (12-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Detroit Mercy lost 68-83 in Phoenix, AZ to the Arizona State University. Calliste scored 19 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 38 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 31 games.



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Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 15-5 
 2. Bucaros 15-5 
 3. Once Caldas 11-9 
 4. Academia 11-9 
 5. Piratas 10-10 
 6. Aguilas 7-13 
 7. Caribbean Heat 7-13 
 8. Halcones 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 26: Bambuqueros - Once Caldas 83-94
Mar. 26: Bucaros - Piratas 79-69
Mar. 26: Halcones - Caribbean Heat 78-84
Mar. 26: Aguilas - Academia 63-70

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 1: Piratas - Caribbean Heat
Apr. 1: Once Caldas - Halcones
Apr. 1: Academia - Bucaros
Apr. 1: Aguilas - Bambuqueros


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.9 
 2. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.8 
 3. Rayson, Aguilas21.3 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Culver, Caribbea.19.4 
 6. Brooks, Bucaros18.7 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 8. Garris, Once Caldas18.0 
 9. Gilbert, Bucaros17.8 
 10. Dorsey, Bambuque.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.2 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros11.6 
 3. Blue, Academia9.2 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.9.1 
 5. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 6. Rayson, Aguilas6.4 
 7. Aragon, Academia6.0 
 8. Cortes, Once Cald.6.0 
 9. Arteaga, Piratas5.9 
 10. Guevara, Bambuqu.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moreno, Piratas5.2 
 2. Mayfield, Aguilas5.1 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.8 
 4. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.8 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros4.5 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.4 
 7. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 9. Garcia, Aguilas2.6 
 10. Caicedo, Bambuqu.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  Bambuqueros
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.2 
 2. Moreno, Piratas2.0 
 3. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.8 
 4. Mayfield, Aguilas1.7 
 5. Garris, Once Caldas1.5 
 6. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.3 
 7. Pomare, Caribbea.1.3 
 8. Aragon, Academia1.2 
 9. Londono, Academia1.2 
 10. Corpus, Aguilas1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Steffon FARLEY
  Academia
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Farley, Academia0.8 
 2. Perez, Bambuqueros0.7 
 3. Hernandez, Bucaros0.7 
 4. Blue, Academia0.7 
 5. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.0.6 
 7. Cuero, Aguilas0.6 
 8. Baquero, Halcones0.5 
 9. Mayfield, Aguilas0.5 
 10. Aragon, Academia0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 19- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Manizales OC got a great victory in Neiva defeating the leaders Bmabuqueros on their own home, not and easy victory , the OC overcome a 4 points deficit entenring the last quarter to get a final 3 points gap, Justin Garris with 23 and the newcomer Pedro Cubillan with 20 leaded the way for the OC, in the Bambuqueros Jonathan Dunn leaded the scorers with his 25 points, Dunn has been taking the offensive load during Stalin Ortiz absence.
Bambuqueros 91 J. Dunn 25 pts, D. Dorsey 16 pts.
Manizalez OC 94 J. Garris 23 pts, P. Cubillan 20 pts.

Bukaros had Jason Edwins debut to defeat the Piratas squad, Brooks , Lawrence and Edwin combined for 67 points leading a strong performance of the yellow squad, the Piratas had the solitary effort of Tayron Thomas 25 pts and Jeffrey Fahnbulleh 22 pts.
The second quarter wrote the game history, a 18 pts lead of Bukaros at the middle was too much, Piratas late effort in the last quarter was not enough to change it.
Bukaros 94 P. Brooks 27 pts, G. Lawrence 20 pts
Piratas 89 T. Thomas 25 pts, J. Fahnbulleh 22 pts.

Halcones keeps alive defeating the Caribbean Heat in Cucuta, the Halcones had too many problems at the beginning of the game trying to stop Patrick Culver, the Heat big guy really ruled in the paint but as he enters in foul troubles the Halcones time arrived and guided by Eleutherio Renteria (194-G/F-81) got the victory.
Halcones 77 E. Renteria 23 pts, D. Northern 21 pts + 18 rebs
Caribbean Heat 72 P. Cuver 26 pts + 16 rebs, L. Pomare 13 pts.

Gianluca Bacci proved hes one of the top Colombian players and along Eddy Mayfield guided the Aguilas to a hard victory against the Academia de Medellin, the game required an overtime after finish the regulation tied 84 pts each, in the overtime a Barlows layup with 14 seconds in the clock lead the Aguilas to the final victory, Academias Cesar Chavez had a great night but was not enough.
Aguilas 92 E. Mayfield 30 pts, G. Bacci 22 pts (4 of 8 3 ptrs).
Academia 89 C. Chavez 34 pts, D. Aguirre 21 pts




ROSTER CHANGES IN HALCONES AND BUKAROS - by Victor Garcia

Halcones de Cucuta adds the veteran forward Richard Jeter to its roster replacing Louis Truscott who leave the team to take care of a knee injury,Jeter played last season with Bukaros, and recently played with Mavort in the Fiba Americas League.
Bukaros gets the 32 years old forward Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) from the Virgin Islands, Edwin is very experienced in Venezuela, Uruguay and Mexico, also had played in the German Bundesliga.



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

28-year old center John Hernandez (207-C-84) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Bucaros and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 11 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Piratas (#3, 10-9) 94-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bucaros maintains the 2nd position in Colombian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bucaros will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. Hernandez has many years of experience at Bucaros, through which he has constantly improved. Hernandez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.9rpg) and averages solid 54.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85) of Halcones. He is American forward in his first season at Halcones. In the last game Northern recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for Halcones to edge slightly higher-ranked Caribbean Heat (#7, 6-13) by 5 points 77-72. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Halcones managed to get this year. Northern is one of the most experienced players at Halcones and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia (#5). Chavez Jacobo got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and six assists. Despite Chavez Jacobo's great performance Academia lost 89-92 to slightly lower-ranked Aguilas (#6, 7-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Academia needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Chavez Jacobo has a very solid season. In 19 games in Colombia he scored 21.9ppg. He also has 4.4rpg, 4.7apg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Quentin Smith (205-C-77) of Aguilas - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Philip Brooks (188-G-84) of Bucaros - 27 points and 3 assists
7. Eddy Mayfield (185-G-81) of Aguilas - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat - 26 points and 15 rebounds
9. Deiby Aguirre (192-G/F) of Academia - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Piratas - 22 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)



Jeffrey Fahnbulleh claims Colombian DPB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Piratas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 27-year old had a double-double of 26 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team beat Academia (10-8) 99-93. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Piratas is placed at 3rd position in Colombian DPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Piratas will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. Fahnbulleh just recently signed at Piratas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Fahnbulleh has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 12.0rpg. Fahnbulleh

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat. Culver impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Caribbean Heat was edged by slightly higher-ranked Once Caldas (#5, 9-9) 92-91. Caribbean Heat managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Culver is one of the most experienced players at Caribbean Heat and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#5). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Darrin Dorsey (188-PG) of top-ranked Bambuqueros. Dorsey got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Bambuqueros, leading his team to a 100-84 easy win against the lower-ranked Halcones (#8, 3-15). Bambuqueros confirms their top position in the standings Dorsey has a great season in Colombia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Cesar Cortes (201-F-80) of Once Caldas - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Steffon Farley (203-F) of Academia - 28 points and 4 rebounds
8. Joe Manuel (196-F) of Bambuqueros - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jonathan Dunn (193-G) of Bambuqueros - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Ante Tomic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the sixth-ranked Caja Laboral (6-6) 83-74 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Tomic scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (11-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Tomic's first season with the team. Tomic is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 63.4%(111-175) and FT: 62.1% in the 22 games he played so far. Tomic played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Russia). He led Khimky to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-5) 82-81 in the Russian PBL last Monday. Loncar scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. BC Khimky Moscow Region (9-4) is placed second in the PBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Loncar averages: 7.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(20-36) and FT: 81.0%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Euroleague). Ukic led his Greek team Panathinaikos to a 1-point victory against the second-ranked Real Madrid (9-3) 74-73 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (8-4) is placed fourth in group E. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be important. This year Ukic's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 66.7% in the 21 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Jakov Vladovic
Jakov Vladovic
   #4. Point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia could not help Krka (9-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Vladovic's very good performance Krka was defeated 80-68 at home by the higher-ranked MZT Skopje (#7). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Vladovic also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Vladovic is currently third on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.3apg. Vladovic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #5. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakov Vladovic. But that was another game of his team in Slovenian Telemach League which we would like to mention. Lalic led Krka to a victory over the fifth-ranked Helios (0-1) 73-57. He was MVP of the game. Lalic recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Krka this season. His team is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Lalic used to play for the Croatian U20 national team seven years ago.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #6. Power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the fifth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (10-8) 69-62 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (16-2) is placed first in group B. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Delas' total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team four years ago.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #7. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a Vanoli Cremona's surprising victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (18-6) 108-91 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Peric was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. Vanoli Cremona (10-14) is placed ninth in the SerieA. Peric has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

Sime Spralja
Sime Spralja
   #8. Power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to help Trefl Sopot (17-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Spralja's very good performance the second-placed Trefl Sopot was edged 69-67 on their home court in Sopot by the lower-ranked Anwil (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Spralja also added 5 rebounds. Spralja's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2004.

Damjan Rudez
Damjan Rudez
   #9. International forward Damjan Rudez (208-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (14-12) in their last game. Despite Rudez's very good performance CAI Zaragoza lost 75-84 on their home court in Zaragoza to the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 15 points in 23 minutes. This year Rudez has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Ante Djugum
Ante Djugum
   #10. Center Ante Djugum (211-88, also represented by Court Side, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League couldn't help Zlatorog (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Zlatorog (#6) was defeated 77-73 on their home court in Lasko by the second-ranked Maribor Messer in the Places 1-6 group. Djugum was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Djugum has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 5.9rpg. He is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in a victory against the ninth-ranked Azovmash 75-56 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Zubcic scored 5 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 minutes. This year Zubcic's total stats are: 3.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

   #12. International center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga in their game against UCAM Murcia in the Spanish ACB. Zoric scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 76-68. Zoric averaged so far 10.7ppg and 4.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric. However that was another game of his team in Euroleague which brought him to that list. Simon, who plays in Spain couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (6-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Unicaja Malaga (#5) lost 66-70 on the road to the leading CSKA Moscow in the group E of Euroleague. Simon was the second best scorer with 10 points in 33 minutes. Simon's stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.5apg in the 21 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. International swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gescrap BB in their game against Assignia Manresa in the Spanish ACB. Pilepic scored 7 points. His team was edged 82-79. This season Pilepic averages only 3.3ppg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a VL Pesaro's victory against the 11th-ranked Juvecaserta 77-66 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Stipcevic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Stipcevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg in the 11 games. Stipcevic is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

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

   #1. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Boise St. (9-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Drmic's very good performance the Boise St. was defeated 80-71 at home by the La Salle University. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Drmic has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #2. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a Maribor Messer's victory against the sixth-ranked Zlatorog (0-1) 77-73 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Wednesday. Maric recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. KK Maribor Messer (1-0) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. Maric has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games he played so far.

   #3. Experienced Stipe Modric (206-F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) led Geoplin Slovan to a victory over the leader Rogaska (12-8) 73-56 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Modric scored 16 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (10-10) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Modric averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #4. Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Stipe Modric. But that was another game of his team in Slovenian Telemach League which we would like to mention. Paravinja contributed to a Geoplin Slovan's victory against the third-ranked Elektra (9-11) 74-70. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (10-10) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Paravinja has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg. He has both Croatian and Slovenian nationalities.

   #5. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help ETB Wohnbau (11-17) in their last game. Despite Buljevic's very good performance ETB Wohnbau lost in an overtime 86-90 on the road to the league outsider (#16) USC Leipzig. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Buljevic averaged so far 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 28 games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and German. Despite Buljevic's Croatian nationality, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #6. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL was not able to secure a victory for Euroins Cherno More (5-1) in their last game. Despite Vrcelj's good performance the league leader Euroins Cherno More lost 72-76 in Botevgrad to the lower-ranked (#4) Balkan. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Vrcelj is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.2rpg. This year he also averages: 11.2ppg in the 14 games. Vrcelj holds both Croatian and Canadian passports.

   #7. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help AZS Koszalin in their game against Polpharma in the Polish TBL. He scored 8 points. His team was defeated 79-71. Milicic has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg. He has Croatian and Polish nationalities.

   #8. Marin Petric (190-G-80, currently plays in Germany) helped Duesseldorf Baskets win their game against one of league's weakest teams Kirchheim Knights 80-71 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Petric recorded 12 points in a mere 18 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 27 games. Petric has dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #9. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help UBSC Graz (11-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance UBSC Graz was badly defeated 95-76 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams (#10) St.Polten. Stegnjaic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 37 minutes. Stegnjaic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 27 games.

   #10. David Dolic (198-F-89, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Fileni BPA Jesi to win against the seventh-ranked Givova Scafati 73-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Dolic scored only 3 points. This season he averages just 1.5ppg. Dolic has dual citizenship: Croatian and Italian.



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  CYPRUS   

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Brown, Apollon20.2 
 2. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Fisher, AEK16.1 
 6. Jamar Diggs Omonia15.5 
 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. Jamar Diggs Omonia6.7 
 5. Buljan, Keravnos6.7 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.6 
 7. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 8. Kaskiris, ENAD6.1 
 9. Fisher, AEK6.0 
 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, Apoel2.8 
 9. Tutt, AEK2.8 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.6 
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. Allen, AEL1.5 
 8. Crocker, Keravnos1.5 
 9. Williams, Etha1.5 
 10. Panteli, AEK1.5 
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 


Aek wins game 1 of the series! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

With Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) finishing with 31 points Aek won game 1 of the finals. Kakiouzis had 17 points and 6 rebounds.

In Apoel, Chan had 15 points and Porter had 13. Cremen finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Apoel won the 2nd quarter by 13-24 and was ahead at half time by 33-41. It was ahead even by 12 (36-48) but it lost quarters 3 and 4 by 20-15 and 25-14 respectively and lost the game 78-70.

The two teams had exactly the same overall shooting percentage (44% each). They both had 51% in 2-point attempts and around 30% each behind the 3-point line.

Aek had the amazing 88% behind the free throw line ( had 15 in 17) whereas Apoel lost 11 free throws (had 17 in 28).

Rebounds were 38 to 33. We note that Aek has been the second-best rebound team in the regular season with an average of 39 rebounds per game, just 2 rebounds behind Keravnos.



Finals: AEK is a step closer to the title after beatting Apoel and did the 1-0 in the series - by Chris Mammides

The best of five, finals of the Cyprus OPAP Men's competition started tonight with Petrolina AEK Larnakas adding its first victory in the series after beating the team of CytaVision Apoel with 78-70 in another thrilling game with Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) being the man of the match and the MVP of this first final after scoring 31 points against the team that brought hi for the first time in his career, in the Cyprus league.
The game was a derby from the very beginning with the visiting site of Coach Konstantinidis leading the score at the beginning with +6, (7-13) at the first 5.17' minutes, but after the comeback of the home team mainly with the duet Charron Fisher and Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances), the Larnaka team succeeded a solid 13-7 to end the first half with 20-17 and having the American forward already scoring half the points of his team (9 points) and Mihalis Kakiouzis (6 points)

The second half was the worst for the home team and the best for the visitors. Apoel with an offensive crescent after the first four minutes of the game (25-21) succeeded not only to take the lead with Wells, 5.06' to the end of the first half but also to increase it with the bosman center Ales Chan (216-C-80, college: Seton Hill) (scoring his 10th point) with 29-33, 3.11' before the end by doing a 4-12 series. Wells, Stiggers and Porter Troupe (196-G-83, college: Portland) were very good from behind the arc and surprised their opponents after a new series in the last two minutes with 4-8 to end up the first half with 33-41 and making Coach Papadopoulos and his team very sceptical for the continuation as Apoel had more passion and the player of Konstantinidis were better from the parameter.

The third period begun with Apoel being more focused and Kremen's four consecutive points gave a +12 to Apoel, 36-48, and 8.15' to the end. Coach Papadopoulos tried to balance the game and with three changes in his roster tried to change the momentum which was in favor of the visiting site. The next two minutes were "dead" as both teams were not able to score at all. Charron Fisher though broke this silence with 5 personal points to cut the deficit to -7, but Davis scored both the shots from the charity line. Charron Fisher was there for AEK, and with another 5 points cut the deficit -5, (47-52), the American forward had already reached the 29 points for his team in less than 23 minutes. The American small forward, Porter Troupe, was also very hot and with a new three pointer increase the deficit for his team. Panteli and Mihalis Kakiouzis at the end cut the deficit to 53-56, which was the score of the third period.


The thrilling game continued in the fourth period too, with Mihalis Kakiouzis being present in the most difficult part for his team with a new three pointer balanced the game to 58-58, 8.41' to the end. Tutt with a goal-foul gave a lead to his team with +3, 61-58, 7.32' to the end, and 63-60, the same player, 25 seconds after, while Subotic who was pointless in the previous minutes scored his first basket to give a +5 to his team (65-60), 6.11' to the end. Mokongo took over for Apoel and with 6 personal points (they could have been 7 but he missed the one of two free throws, cut the deficit to only one point 67-66, 3.37' to the end, With the time going to an end the two teams were fighting for the best, but the home team was more focused at these crucial last minutes and with Tutt increase the deficit once more to +3 but Ales Chan had a different opinion and with both his free throws made, did the score 69-68. The last two thrilling minutes were as follows: Ales Chan blocked Mihalis Kakiouzis but did a turnover, Panteli scored but Ales Chan answered back with another pair of free throws and 58 seconds to the end the game is at the edge with AEK having the ball and the score being 71-70!, Like all the big men in the sport, Mihalis Kakiouzis proved why he can still play the ball and can play it very well, with a three pointer in the nine seconds of the offense increased the deficit in the most crucial part of the game to 74-70, a basket full of psychology and winning spirit, Apoel couldn't cope as the players of Konstantinidis were not calm enough to fight back so first with Mokongo, his shot was blocked by Morrison and then with Kremen missing the three pointer from the edge, Mokongo had to foul Charron Fisher to stop the clock, Charron Fisher's both free throws 31 seconds to the end, gave the victory to AEK as the +6, 76-60 was enough for Apoel's player to quit the game and simply lose another two offenses with Stiggers as both his three pointers were bad. The final score was 78-70 the win is fair but the score was unfair for Apoel. Mihalis Kakiouzis was the man of the last period since his three pointers at the end was the final knock for Apoel.

Top scorers:
AEK: Charron Fisher 31, Mihalis Kakiouzis 17, 6 rebounds, Tutt 11, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Panteli 9 and 4 assists.
Apoel: Ales Chan 15, Porter Troupe 13 and Mokongo 10, Kremen 9 and 10 rebounds.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Nova Hut Ostrava Parts Ways with Justin Greene - by Surujh Roopnarine

BK Nova Hut Ostrava, currently 18-12 and in 3rd place in A1 group play, have decided to part ways with American power forward Justin Greene (203-F-89, college: Kent St.).
According to club spokesman Vladimir Raszka the team decided to shorten its rotation for the upcoming playoffs and with the return of Jeremiah Wilson and Rostislav Pelikan from injury, felt that they no longer needed Greene's services.
Justin Greene is a 6-8 rookie out of Kent State who appeared in 30 games averaging 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds, while shooting 50.7% from the field and 73.6% from the free-throw line.
A three-year starter at Kent State, the Brooklyn, New York native finished a successful collegiate career ranked fourth all-time with 1,545 career points, second with 814 rebounds and second with 120 blocks.



David Jelinek selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (7-19) 88-80 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Jelinek scored 8 points and had 3 steals in 20 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (20-6) is placed second in the ACB. This year Jelinek averages: 2.8ppg, 2FGP: 83.3% and FT: 66.7% in the five games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). Hubalek was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (5-19) crushing them 97-62 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Umana Reyer Venezia (12-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Hubalek's first season with the team. Hubalek's overall stats this year are: 2.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3FGP: 9.1% and FT: 28.6%. He played for the Czech Republic national team in 2009.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky could not help Cajasol (9-17) in their last game. Despite his good performance Cajasol was badly defeated 91-72 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona. Satoransky was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added made 5 passes and 3 steals in 30 minutes. It was Cajasol's third consecutive loss in a row. Satoransky is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 4.0apg. This year his other stats are: 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 76.5% in the 25 games. Satoransky is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #4. Shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to a victory against the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (12-14) 82-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points and had 3 steals. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (13-13) is placed ninth in the ACB. Pumprla's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #5. An experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain) helped Planasa NV win their game against the fifth-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (12-11) 76-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. Planasa Navarra (9-14) is placed tenth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Starosta is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.2ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #6. Forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Washington Wizards in a victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (47-23) 107-94 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Vesely scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 26-44 record this season. This year Vesely's overall stats are: 2.6ppg and 2.4rpg in the 39 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team three years ago.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #7. Former international center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Apoel win their game against the league leader Keravnos (18-3) crushing them 92-67 in the Cypriot Division A last Tuesday. Chan recorded 11 points and blocked 2 shots. 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. Chan's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #8. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help River Andorra (3-0) in their game against CB Clavijo (10-13) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Hampl scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. his team lost 72-79 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#7) CB Clavijo. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Hampl's total stats are: 7.2ppg and 4.1rpg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #9. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Balvin was not able to secure a victory for Cajasol (9-17) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (17-9). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Balvin scored only 2 points. Cajasol was badly defeated 91-72 on their home court in Sevilla by the much higher-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#3). Balvin has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic national team.

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

   #1. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) led Apoel to an easy victory against the league leader Keravnos (18-3) crushing them 92-67 in the Cypriot Division A last Tuesday. Kremen had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 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. This year Kremen's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg in the 23 games he played so far.

   #2. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Handlova (7-25) crushing them 93-62 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. Kratochvil recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. MBK Rieker Komarno (21-11) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Kratochvil has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 3.0rpg.

   #3. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Rovinari (13-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Rovinari lost 63-78 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Oradea. Steffel was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Steffel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 7.8rpg. This year he also averages: 12.1ppg and 1.4apg in the 28 games.

   #4. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Uni-Riesen Leipzig in a victory in overtime against the 12th-ranked ETB Wohnbau (11-17) 90-86 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Tyrna recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Uni-Riesen Leipzig (8-20) is located at the very bottom in the ProA. 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 is very crucial. Tyrna has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1bpg in the 14 games.



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 31-13 
 2. Canton C. 27-18 
 3. Maine RC 24-23 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 23-21 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 23-22 
 6. Erie Bay H. 23-22 
 7. Springfield A. 17-27 
 8. Iowa E. 11-35 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 32-13 
 2. Rio Grande VV 30-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 25-19 
 4. Austin T. 25-19 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-26 
 6. Texas L. 19-27 
 7. Reno B. 15-29 
 8. Idaho S. 15-30 

Regular Season: Round 64

Mar. 24: Austin T. - Iowa E. 99-94
Mar. 26: Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S. 89-84
Mar. 24: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 109-100
Mar. 24: Ft.Wayne MA - Rio Grande VV 107-116
Mar. 26: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 104-94
Mar. 24: Reno B. - Texas L. 103-93

Regular Season: Round 65

Mar. 27: Springfield A. - Canton C.
Mar. 27: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 27: Bakersfield J. - Sioux Falls S.
Mar. 27: Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S.
Mar. 28: Maine RC - Erie Bay H.
Mar. 28: Iowa E. - Ft.Wayne MA


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. Jones, Rio G.19.1 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 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.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.2 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 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. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.1.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
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. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 8. Armstrong, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Whiteside, Rio G.2.0 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.2.0 


Recap of latest six games in the League - by Eurobasket News

Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 109-100
The Bakersfield Jam suffered through perhaps its worst quarter of the season Sunday, managing just 12 points in the first period. But coach Will Voigt's squad more than made up for it. With Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) leading the way, making 5-of-9 shots from 3-point range, scoring 22 points and dishing 11 assists, the Jam rallied from a 32-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles D-Fenders 109-100 at the Dignity Health Event Center. Bakersfield (32-13) shot only 13 percent in the opening quarter and trailed 28-12. Los Angeles (19-26) stretched the lead to 32 in the second quarter. But the Jam defense stepped up and limited the D-Fenders to just 28 percent shooting from the floor in the second half. Stephen Dennis (6'6''-G-87, college: Kutztown) scored 20 points off the bench for Bakersfield. James Nunnally posted 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Damion James tallied 13 points and eight rebounds and Adam Koch contributed 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench. The D-Fenders were paced by Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Arkansas) with 35 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Courtesy of: bakersfieldcalifornian.com

Austin T. - Iowa E. 99-94
The Austin Toros stayed firmly in the NBA D-League playoff picture with six games left by beating the Iowa Energy 99-94 Sunday at Cedar Park Center. Austin, which is third in the Central Division but sitting sixth for the eight-team playoffs, swept the season series with Iowa 6-0. 'All of the games we've played against Iowa have been very physical and down to the wire,' Austin coach Taylor Jenkins said. 'They fought us every game, and our guys were able to find ways to win six games against this team, which is a tough task against any team in this league.' The Toros led by as many as 16 and kept a comfortable margin for much of the game until midway through the fourth quarter, when the Energy cut the lead to 83-82 on an Alex Ruoff layup with 6 minutes, 30 seconds remaining. On the Toros' next possession, San Antonio Spurs assignee Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86, college: Washington St.) had a putback dunk off Chris Roberts' missed shot, sparking a 6-0 run. Baynes had 19 points and 14 rebounds. 'I just saw an open lane down to the rim,' he said. 'No one put a body on me, so I decided I would go in and see if I could make the most of it. It was a lucky bounce, and I was just able to go up and get it.' Six Toros finished in double figures, and everyone who played for Austin had at least seven points. 'Everybody wants to get in the game; everybody wants to score; everybody wants to be a part of the win,' Tre Kelley said. 'We're just sharing the ball well and playing together.' Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) had a game-high 31 points for Iowa to go with 11 rebounds. Ryan Ayers (6'7''-SF-86, college: Notre Dame) hit a wide open 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Toros a 28-20 lead, their biggest of the quarter. Austin committed seven of its 25 turnovers in the first quarter but out-rebounded the Energy 15-6. Iowa made a push in the second quarter to get back into it, cutting the lead to 51-49, but the Toros went on a 5-0 run to close out the half, capped by Lester Hudson's 3-pointer with three seconds left. The Toros did not trail the rest of the game. Austin's next game is against the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Park Center. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Rio Grande VV 107-116
You know that bit of breathing room the Mad Ants got Saturday night when Rio Grande Valley beat Erie to bump the Ants into seventh place in the D-League playoff chase? Consider the same wind taken out of the Ants' sails. Whatever brief favor the Vipers (29-15) provided the Ants, they took back Sunday at Memorial Coliseum, where Central Division-leading Rio Grande Valley overcame a 19-point first quarter deficit to beat Fort Wayne 116-107. With the loss, the Ants (23-22) slipped into a tie for eighth place with Erie in the wild playoff scramble that has four teams - Sioux Falls, the Ants, Erie and Maine - a game and a half within one another for the remaining two spots. 'Sometimes you've got to tip your cap and move onto the next game,' Ants coach Duane Ticknor said. 'We reached our goal of winning two out of three in this little mini playoff series over the weekend. Now we've got to get two out of three next week; look at it that way. We keep winning these little series, we'll put ourselves in a spot we want to be two weeks from (Sunday).' With five games remaining in the regular season, the Ants play at Iowa on Thursday, return for their final two home games Friday (vs. Reno) and Sunday (vs. Texas), then close out the regular season at Sioux Falls on April 5 and at Tulsa on April 6. The first round of the D-League playoff series is the best-of-three. The Mad Ants, who had beaten Maine on Thursday and Austin in a triple-overtime thriller on Friday, appeared to be on their way to a weekend sweep by taking a 36-17 lead with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter. The big lead came off a jump shot from Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama), who followed his 47-point performance Friday with 37 Sunday. But the Vipers began their long road back by outscoring the Ants 10-2 in the final 1:43 of the period. By the time the first half ended, Rio Grande Valley was within a point, 63-62. A minute and a half into the third quarter, the Vipers were up by six, 69-63. But the Ants responded and regained the lead, 81-78. Again, it was another end-of-quarter surge that did in Fort Wayne, as RGV outscored the Ants 11-1 over the final two and a half minutes of the third period. The fourth quarter was put away by Rio Grande Valley's 6-foot-3 guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston), who scored 18 of his 41 points in the final period. 'He had a great game,' admitted Ants guard Anthony Harris, who had 13 points and eight assists. 'He got to his spots, and had a big second half.' Ticknor was impressed. 'Wow,' he said. 'What a performance by Andrew. He made shots whether we were on him or not. He really did a great job. There's a reason he was with the Lakers last year, and they called him Mini Mamba.' He played great.' Goudelock, who played 40 games with Los Angeles last season, hit 16 of 23 shots from the floor. While all five Ants starters scored in double figures, the Rio Grande Valley's bench outscored Fort Wayne's 46-18. 'That shows you what kind of weapons they have,' Ticknor said. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net

Reno B. - Texas L. 103-93
The Reno Bighorns had six players score in double figures Sunday afternoon on the way to defeating the Texas Legends, 103-93. The Bighorns (15-29) were led by Desmon Farmer (6'5''-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: USC)'s 23 points. Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU), Mo Charlo, and Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) all recorded double-doubles for Reno. Dupree had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Charlo had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Samuels had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Dar Tucker added 21 points and Will Blalock chipped in 10 points. The Legends were paced by Sean Singletary (6'0''-PG-85, college: Virginia)'s 35 points. Dwayne Jones had a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds. The Bighorns shot 52 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Bighorns also outrebounded the Legends, 55-45. The Bighorns next hit the road to face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Friday. Courtesy of: rgj.com

Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S. 89-84
It wasn't as if Jeremy Tyler was taking bad shots in the first half. They just simply weren't falling for him. But following the Santa Cruz Warriors' 93-82 playoff-clinching victory over the Texas Legends on Saturday night, few from the capacity crowd at Kaiser Permanente Arena will remember his offensive struggles through three quarters. "I just needed to get rolling," Tyler said afterward. Limited to just 1 of 8 shooting heading into the fourth quarter, the Warriors center exploded in the final stanza for 16 of his team-high 18 points to lead Santa Cruz in a come-from-behind victory over Texas. The recently acquired post player, who said he hadn't played in about a month following his release from the Atlanta Hawks, scored on a put-back dunk with a little more than nine minutes remaining in regulation. He then continued to score the next eight points for Santa Cruz, including a hook shot from inside and a 16-foot jumper -- two shots that seemingly weren't falling for the center in the first half. "I wouldn't say solid," Tyler said of his performance after the game. "I had a terrible, terrible first half." Tyler said the difference in his game was that he slowed down and stayed patient. He was 7 of 8 from the field in the fourth quarter. "I was anticipating things too much," he said. "I needed to let the game come to me instead of coming out and chasing it." "In the second half," he later added, "we came out with more intensity." Nothing was more intense than Tyler's monster put-back dunks. He had three of them in the fourth quarter following Santa Cruz misses, while his two-handed slam off an inside dish from Daniel Nwaelele (6'5''-G-84, college: Air Force) with 6:30 remaining supplied the Warriors with the lead for good. ""We just wanted him to be a little more patient on offense," said Santa Cruz coach Nate Bjorkgren, who felt Tyler's ability to rebound and run the floor helped him settle down later in the game. "He tries really hard," Bjorkgren added. Saturday's victory ensures basketball will be played in Santa Cruz following the regular-season finale on April 6. And the Warriors (30-13) still have time to improve upon their playoff seeding, too. The team trails West Division leader Bakersfield (31-13) by a half game in the standings (the two teams will finish the regular season with back-to-back games). But while it was believed Santa Cruz owned a playoff-clinching tiebreaker situation after Friday's win against Idaho, Saturday's win guarantees a berth. The Warriors will host the Idaho Stampede on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network. Monday is 'Public Safety Night,' where the Warriors will honor the community's public safety officials and hold a special halftime ceremony remembering Sgt. Butch Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler. Daniel Nwaelele finished with 17 points off the bench for Santa Cruz, while Hilton Armstrong (6'11''-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cameron Jones finished with 12 points to go along with five steals. Texas was led by Solomon Bozeman's 19 points, while Dwayne Jones finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Fred House had 16 points behind three 3-pointers. It was House's hot shooting from behind the arc that gave the Legends the lead in the third quarter. Texas led 69-63 with 12 minutes remaining, and appeared to be in control after the Warriors displayed a stagnant offense for two straight quarters. But Tyler, who finished with a double-double with 17 rebounds, took over inside and shifted the momentum in Santa Cruz's favor at the right time. Stefhon Hannah's huge 3-pointer with six minutes left continued the onslaught for Santa Cruz, which outscored Texas 30-13 in the fourth quarter. The Legends were without 6-foot guard Justin Dentmon and his league-leading 22.3 points per game. Just a few hours before tip-off, it was reported by the Dallas Morning News that the NBA's Mavericks were planning to sign Dentmon to a 10-day contact. The reigning D-League Most Valuable Player was not in the active lineup against the Warriors. Also missing from Texas' rotation was Delonte West. The NBA veteran started the game for the Legends but picked up a technical foul in the first quarter and did not come out of the locker room for the second half. He finished with two points in less than nine minutes of action. The Warriors closed out the first quarter on a 10-4 run behind a quick six points by Daniel Nwaelele off the bench. Forcing nine turnovers on the Legends in the opening 12 minutes, Santa Cruz built a 26-18 first-quarter lead behind easy transition baskets and powerful dunks by Taylor Griffin and Armstrong. The Warriors may have been looking for that same stifling defense to carry their offense in the second quarter, too. Back-to-back miscues by Texas midway through the second quarter led to a Scott Machado layup and a two-handed transition dunk from Cam Jones -- giving the Warriors an 11-point lead, their largest of the half. But Santa Cruz's offense was lacking a spark and was otherwise stagnant. Shooting just 24 percent (7 of 29) in the second quarter, the Warriors converted just one field goal during a 5-plus minute stretch. Texas centers Dwayne Jones (6-foot-11) and Melvin Ely (6-10) provided a formidable front line for the Legends, but the Warriors didn't help themselves by missing open shots. Dwayne Jones and George Odufuwa, meanwhile, helped Texas to second- and third-chance opportunities at will, as the Legends outrebounded Santa Cruz in the first half 37-21. Still, it wasn't enough to jump-start Texas' offense, which shot just 29.4 percent in the first half and trailed 43-38 at the break. Not even the frequent trips to the line -- Texas was 14 of 20 in the second quarter -- was enough to supply the Legends with the lead. Consecutive 3's by House in the third quarter did finally supply the Legends with their first lead since early in the first quarter, though. But Texas wasn't able to pull away, and its inside defensive presence and rebounding ability that was so strong in the first half was non-existent in the fourth quarter as Tyler took over. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 104-94
Terrence Jones' double-double, 25 points, 11 rebounds led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers past the Tulsa 66ers 104-94 tonight at State Farm Arena. Additionally, the Vipers were led by Andrew Goudelock's 22 points. Royce White and Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech), Jr. each added 19 points. D.J. Kennedy tallied 10 points. Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) led Tulsa with 27 points. DeAndre Liggins added 17 points. Tony Taylor recorded 12 points, and Ron Anderson scored 10 points. Dominique Sutton contributed 10 rebounds. A jump shot from Goudelock put the Vipers ahead 13-9 at the 6:20 mark in the first quarter. Anderson responded with a jump shot for the 66ers, and Butler shot from behind the arc to put Tulsa on top 14-13. The 66ers maintained control and led 25-19 at the end of the first quarter. Jones opened the second quarter with back-to-back shots to put the Vipers within two points, 25-23 of the 66ers. White followed with a layup to tie the game at 25 points two minutes into the quarter. The Vipers were not able to break away until the end of the quarter. With 3:43 remaining in the first half, Kennedy shot a three-pointer the sent the Vipers on a run. At the end of the half, RGV held the 52-46 advantage. The lead changed four times during the third quarter. With 2:59 on the clock Goudelock connected on a 24' three-pointer to put the Vipers up 72-67. Despite the 66ers outscoring the Vipers 27-24 in the quarter, RGV held the 76-73 lead at the end of the third. Liggins shot from behind the arc to the game at 76 points early in the fourth quarter. White responded with a dunk to put the Vipers back up 78-76. The Vipers never looked back. A layup, plus one at the line from White gave RGV their largest lead 15 points, 100-85 with 4:10 remaining. The Vipers claimed the game 104-94. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Trevor Ariza selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He led Washington Wizards to a 3-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (36-35) 103-100 in the NBA last Friday. Ariza was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Washington Wizards have 26-44 record this season. It's Ariza's first year with the team. Ariza has relatively good stats this year: 9.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 81.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Mejia could not help Banvit BK (19-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Banvit BK lost 73-80 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Tofas. Mejia had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 28 minutes. They ended the series of twelve consecutive victories. This year Mejia has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61.8%(89-144), 3FGP: 48.6%(18-37) and FT: 72.6% in the 22 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain). He led Assignia Manresa to a surprising victory over the fifth-ranked Gescrap BB (16-10) 82-79 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Asselin was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Assignia Manresa (5-21) closes the standings in the ACB. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of six consecutive loses. Asselin has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 86.3%. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Asselin played for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago. He used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #4. Forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help G.Canaria 2014 (15-11) in their game against Valencia Basket (16-10) in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. G.Canaria 2014 lost 56-68 in Valencia to the higher-ranked (#4) Basket. It's Baez's first season with the team. This year Baez's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #5. Former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Strasbourg IG (16-8) in their game against Entente Orleans 45 (12-12) in the French ProA. Greer scored 6 points. Strasbourg IG was defeated 89-81 in Orleans by the lower-ranked Entente 45 (#8). Greer is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). This season he averages: 6.1ppg and 2.9rpg. Greer also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (34-35) 98-90 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 15 rebounds. Horford also added 2 blocks in 43 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 39-32 record this season. It's Horford's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Horford averages: 17.4ppg, 10.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 68 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Strasbourg IG (16-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Greer's very good performance Strasbourg IG was defeated 89-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#8). He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Greer also added 8 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. Greer is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) led Detroit Pistons to a 1-point victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (16-54) 92-91 in the NBA last Saturday. Villanueva was the best player in that game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Detroit Pistons have not so impressive 24-48 record this season. Villanueva is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Pistons' roster. Villanueva has reliable stats this season: 7.1ppg and 3.6rpg in the 59 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Villanueva's Dominican Republic nationality, he previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Interesting that Villanueva has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-47) crushing them 116-78 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Garcia scored 7 points in only 10 minutes. The Houston Rockets have 39-31 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Garcia averages only 4.1ppg in the eight games.

   #5. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia) led Wollongong Hawks to a victory over the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-20) 74-64 in the Australian NBL last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Deleon scored 23 points. Wollongong Hawks (13-15) are placed third in the NBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Deleon's first season with the team. Deleon is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Deleon averages: 16.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help FIATC Joventut in their game against CB Canarias in the Spanish ACB. He was the second best scorer with 9 points in only 14 minutes. His team was edged 71-68. This year Quezada's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 26 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Interesting that Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the closely-ranked Blancos de Rueda 84-74 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points. Feldeine is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Feldeine averages: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Colombia), who plays in the Colombian DPB was not able to secure a victory for Academia (11-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Academia was edged 92-89 in Boyaca by the lower-ranked (#6) Patriotas. Chavez Jacobo was the top scorer with 34 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 41 minutes. Chavez Jacobo has very impressive stats this year: 21.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Chavez Jacobo used to play for Quisqueya in Dominican Republic league.

   #9. Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: FIU, currently plays in FYR Macedonia), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga couldn't help Lirija (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Lirija was defeated 106-92 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. Morban recorded 10 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Morban belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. His total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.3apg. Morban holds both Dominican Republic and FYR Macedonian passports.

   #10. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Winner/Limeira in their game against Flamengo in the Brazilian NBB. He scored 6 points in 27 minutes. His team lost 75-80. Ramon's stats this year are: 14.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.6apg in the 30 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.



Victor Toribio returns to Plaza - by Oscar Peralta

International player player Victor Toribio joins Plaza Valerio after a 4 years. Plaza who is trying to make a championship run could use a shooter with Toribio experience who has played in Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Germany, and Luxemburg to name a few. he will strengthen there roster with his ability to shoot, run the floor, and defend at the 4 spot because of his sizes. The team is close to making the playoffs and Toribio services will be highly needed then.


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3 games in 3 days - by Philip Perre

Wats up world, Im back people.. Sorry I have been away for so long, been a rollercoaster season so far with highs and some lows, some great wins and some bad loses. But all in all a wonderful journey here in Egypt. Its been a serious adjustment with the amount of games we have been playing to anything I have been used to as a professional. 3 games in 3 days, has somewhat been very tough on my body, being seriously fatigued after the 3rd game. But the more I have played these many games 15 in 3 and half weeks, the more my body as adjusted and I have performed at the good level. As a professional in the game for all these years, taking care of your body is a most, especially playing so many games in a short period of time. The importance of taking care of my body has really come into play this season more than others, and I love the fact here in Cairo I have everything at arms reach from physio, treatment spas to my club. Heliopolis have done a good job making sure I have everything, and taking care of me on and off the court. But importantly our team Heliopolis Club have come together during the highs and lows and have gained some important wins, our lack of experience has hurt us some times but progression and learning to get better has kept us on the right path, helping us as a team achieve good things this season, from playing in the lower part of the league last season to now playing in the top half of the league this season. We now play in top part of the league against all the elite teams, live on national television.

A positive attitude always and thinking progression as really helped me in my career, think big, dream big, with work hard, nothing is impossible. My experience here is Egypt has been great, from seeing the great historic side of Egypt (The Giza Pyramids) to seeing the beautiful side of Egypt (Red Sea) to seeing our season on hold for a moth and half cause of protesting to do with the well being of the country, and having family and friends worried about me. But I must say things wasnt as bad as people thought it was, things are back to normal and the season is on its way. Our next focus is pushing for a good playoff position, and awaiting to do battle with the elite teams in the league. Gooooo Heliopolis

Hard work beats talent, if talent doesnt work hard..



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.8 
 6. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 7. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 8. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.5 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv7.1 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.3 
 10. Ndong, Galatasar.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick CALATHES
  Lokom.
  (198-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Calathes, Lokom.6.7 
 2. McKee, Triumph6.1 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.6 
 4. Wright, Spartak SP5.5 
 5. Kalnietis, Lokomot.5.4 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Tsintsadze, Budiv.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKee, Triumph2.4 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 3. Brown, Lokomotiv1.7 
 4. Doellman, Valencia1.7 
 5. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Eidson, Unics1.4 
 9. Calathes, Lokom.1.4 
 10. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michailis ANISIMOVAS
  Budiv.
  (214-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 3. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.2 
 5. Nankivil, Ratiopha.1.0 
 6. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 
 7. Carter, Spartak SP0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 
 9. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 10. Doellman, Valencia0.8 



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Pete Mickeal will miss reminder of the season - by Eurobasket News

Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) is done for the season. The Barcelona forward was diagnosed with the recurrence of pulmonary embolism. Pete Mickeal dealt with a blood clot on the lungs back in 2010/11 season. He missed almost the entire season then. The forward is in his fourth season with Barcelona. He tallied 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in EuroLeague this season. Pete Mickeal also delivered 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds per appearance in ACB. He made it into All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team in 2012. Previously Pete Mickeal had stints in IBL, ABA, Philippines, CBA, Greece, Russia, South Korea and Spain. He was named All-ULEB Cup Player of the Year back in 2005.


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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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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 41

Mar. 25: Nilan Bisons - Kataja 95-84
Mar. 26: Lapua - Namika Lahti 83-90
Mar. 26: FoKoPo - Kataja 79-104
Mar. 27: LrNMKY - Nilan Bisons
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, Lapua19.4 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.6 
 8. Logins, LrNM.17.8 
 9. Holloway, Namika L.17.2 
 10. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
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. Thornton, FoKoPo9.2 
 6. Giles, KTP9.2 
 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, Lapua5.8 
 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: 2.5
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.4 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.3 
 4. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 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. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 9. Watt, Korihait0.9 
 10. Lehtoranta, Kata.0.9 


KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti won after OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 40: Two contests, two wins on the road tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) crushed FoKoPo at Forssa 79-104 (30-51), when Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) was back in action and FoKoPo's American G Charles Burgess still on "holiday". Flowers led Kataja (29-8) with 25 points and Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) adding 22 pts. Virtanen was 3/6 from behind the arc and he has made now 1000 3-pointers out of 2878 shots (34,7%) in 428 games.
FoKoPo (10-30) is in real danger to fall out of the League as YMCA Lahti was winning at the same time at Lapua. OT was needed, but Korikobrat (13-28) missed too many shots in OT and YMCA Lahti (11-28) was thankful: 83-90 (76) (41-38). Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led the visitors with 26 pts.

FoKoPo - Kataja 79-104 (30-51). (Jahmar Thorpe 23, Andrais Thornton 19/12, Sami Ikavalko 15 - Jonte Flowers 25, Petri Virtanen 22, Dan Coleman 18).
Lapua - YMCA Lahti OT 83-90 (76) (41-38). (Aleksi Huuskonen 18, Trey Hampton 16/9, Dominique Coleman 16/9a - Emmanuel Holloway 26, Jordan Hasquet 24; Louis Johnson 14. A: 809).



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  FRANCE   


Vlad Moldoveanu claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Romanian Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88) had a great game in the last round for Le Havre and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Dijon (#10, 12-12) 89-82. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Le Havre maintains the 11th position in French ProA. Le Havre 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 11-13 record. In the team's last game Moldoveanu had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Le Havre's top player in his first season with the team. Vlad Moldoveanu averages this season 13.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois. May impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Paris-Levallois cruised to a 90-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Boulazac (#15, 7-17). This victory allowed Paris-Levallois to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. May is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois 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 18.7ppg (#1). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) of second-ranked Strasbourg. Ajinca scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Ajinca's great performance Strasbourg lost 81-89 to the lower-ranked Orleans (#8, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Strasbourg needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 8 lost games. Ajinca has a great season in France. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (5th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Greene (204-F-81) of Orleans - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Shelden Williams (206-F-83) of Chalon - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84) of Gravelines - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of Poitiers - 23 points and 6 rebounds
10. Julius Hodge (201-G-83) of Paris-Levallois - 17 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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Balkan League: Kumanovo clinch last Final Four ticket - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Teodo Tivat 96:90

Kumanovo clinched their Balkan League Final Four ticket. They shot down Teodo Tivat at home court to complete the Final Four picture. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Brescia, KY) stepped up with 24 points to lead the Macedonian team.
Kumanovo opened the game with an aggressive defence. They held Teodo Tivat to 14 points in the opening quarter and gained a 5-point lead. Kumanovo increased the tempo in the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 47:36 halftime lead. The hosts stayed on fire in the third quarter. Kumanovo erupted for 29 points in the period to ensure a 76:58 lead at the final intermission. Teodo Tivat answered with a 32:20 rally in the fourth frame but still could not avoid the loss at the end. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) netted 18 points each for the winners. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Teodo Tivat. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Kumanovo: Anthony Lee-Ingram 24, Aleksandar Kostoski 18, Uros Lukovic 18
Teodo Tivat: Manuel Johnson 19, Aleksandar Radulovic 18



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  GERMANY   


Dirk outdoes Paul in OT as Mavs down Clippers - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) scored 33 points, eight of them coming in overtime, as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-102, on Wednesday.

Vince Carter put Dallas ahead 95-93 from the freethrow line with 49 seconds remaining in the fourth, but Chris Paul only took three seconds to tie it up anew. The Clippers looked for Paul to win the game, and the pointguard did not disappoint, scoring on a drive with 5.9 seconds remaining, 97-95.

But after a full timeout and substitutions by Dallas, OJ Mayo ended up with the ball and a shot down the lane with 0.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

In the extra period, it was all Nowitzki, as the German scored eight points to give Dallas a 105-100 lead with 22.2 seconds remaining. Four more freethrows from Darren Collison cancelled out a Blake Griffin jumper as the Mavs get a win at home.

Vince Carter was the second best scorer for Dallas with 14 points, five boards and two assists, while Collison added 13.

Chris Paul had 33 for Los Angeles, while Griffin and Caron Butler had 14 each.
Courtesy of: http://www.gmanetwork.com



ProB Round 3 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Herten Lions - Licher Baeren 90-78 (2-1)

The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 54-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Herten Lions made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a quality performance for American guard Adrian Bowie (189-89, college: Maryland) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) accounted for 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. American guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists and forward Nino Valentic (198-90) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Licher Baeren in the defeat. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Herten Lions: A.Bowie 22+6reb+11ast, J.Ducker 19+1reb, F.Sadek 10+5reb+8ast, C.Hackenesch 10+2reb, T.Schonborn 9+3reb, Y.Opitz 8+2reb+2ast
Licher Baeren: V.Klassen 14+2reb+1ast, N.Valentic 13+7reb+1ast, W.Gardner 12+4reb+12ast, J.Jones 11+1reb+1ast, M.Perl 9+2reb, D.Dorr 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 237420


Schwelm - Leitershofen 85-78 (2-1)

The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 24-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets outrebounded Leitershofen 38-27 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 4 assists. Sebastian Schroter (207-83) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) with 25 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: FCM) scored 20 points. Leitershofen's coach Stefan Goschenhofer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Coles 22+3reb+4ast, S.Schroter 22+6reb+1ast, L.Wendt 13+8reb+7ast, A.Kronhardt 9+10reb, D.Fiorentino 8+3reb, F.Gentgen 6+3reb
Leitershofen: L.Hughey 25+3reb+4ast, J.Washington 20+3reb+3ast, S.Montag 15+7reb, P.Wischnewski 9+2reb+1ast, R.Froehlich 6+10reb, J.Genck 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 237419


Oldenburg - Bayer Giants 90-95 (1-2)

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Oldenburg won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayer Giants made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Oldenburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Adonte Parker (183-89, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with 36 points (!!!) and 5 assists. His fellow American import Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Kevin Smit (183-91) answered with 30 points and 5 assists and naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Oldenburg.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: A.Parker 36+4reb+5ast, J.Eggleston 29+11reb+2ast, M.Rass 17+2reb+2ast, O.Legankovas 6+2reb+2ast, G.Twiehoff 4+6reb, M.Kuczmann 3+3reb
Oldenburg: K.Smit 30+4reb+5ast, M.Taylor 15+3reb+2ast, C.Heinrich 14+11reb+2ast, S.Kreutzer 9+2ast, J.Wimberg 8+9reb+4ast, K.Haenig 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 237418



Augie Johnston (SC Rist Wedel) Konstantin Klein Is A Good Player That Uses Screens Well - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Augie Johnston (185-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from Atascadero, Calfornia. He played at Cal.St.-Monterey (NCAA2) and his infinite range has proven he was one of the best shooters in the country. Although he is a prolific shooter, it is his overall ability to score the basketball and defend the opponent's best player that is so impressive. He is one of the most professional and hard working players. As a captain at Cal State Monterey Bay he has shown to have all the leadership qualities you would want in a point guard or shooting guard. He started his professional basketball career in 2009-2010 for Velbert Baskets (Germany-2.Regionalliga), playing 9 games: 28.4ppg. Last season, he played for SpVgg Rattelsdorf Independents (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 25 games: 29.8ppg . This season, he is playing his second season for SC Rist Wedel and helped bring the team into the playoffs against Nordlingen last season and Fraport Skyliners juniors this season. Last season he played 27 games: 15.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 77.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the sweep of the Fraport Skyliners juniors.

Congrats on a 75-74 win in Frankfurt. Did you think that the game would go down to the wire before the game started?

Yes actually. I knew it would be a close game and that their first league players would give them a big boost. It's not easy to win on the road after a 7 hour drive no matter who you play against.

SC Rist Wedel did a good job throwing the ball inside in the first half. Was that the first option in the game plan?

Yes it was. You don't want to dig yourself into a hole in the first quarter if your outside shots are not falling so we always try to look inside first.

Frankfurt ran out on a 12-0 run at the end of the second quarter. What was key for Frankfurt getting back into the game?

It was the pressure defense from their guards. The forced a couple turnovers that turned into easy points for them.

In the second half the game was very tight. Marvin Adu added that SC Rist Wedel won at the end because they had been used to those kind of situations all season long. Would you agree with him?

Yes I agree 100%. We played a lot of close games this season and won every game but one against Wulfen.

The biggest strength of Frankfurt was their fighting mentality. What was the biggest strength of SC Rist Wedel on this day?

It was our balanced attack. Three of our starters scored over 15 points and we had some bench players step up and have huge games.

What was it like playing against Konstantin Klein. Your 35 points were cut in half in game two?

Konstantin Klein is a good player that uses screens well. I have to give him and Mertz some credit on the defensive end. My 3pt attempts that game were pretty low so they did a good job chasing me off screens and not leaving me open.

You were impressed by Falko Thelig in game one. Did that inbound ally op pass surprise you that they called it at that stage of the game?

Yeah that was a nice pass. I knew they were trying to get a quick 2 pointer and they ran their OB play to perfection and the pass was almost perfect so they were able to convert on that play

What was your overall impression of the Fraport Skyliners juniors. Did you like the mix of many young German players?

Yeah I think they have a good core group of guys there. It seems like they lack a little depth right now. I know they have some really young players on that team
and with a good off season they could be a good team in the ProB next season, especially if the first league guys play again next season.

How have you been experiencing March Madness? Kentucky is out and Harvard advanced.

Yeah it seems like everyday there is a new upset that kills everyone's brackets. I can't wait for the final four!

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I Am Legend

Thanks Augie for the chat.




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  GREECE   

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 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Filippos Veroias 16-4 
 2. Iraklis 14-6 
 3. Stratoni 13-7 
 4. Egaleo 13-7 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 11-9 
 6. Marousi 10-11 
 7. Ionikos N.F. 10-11 
 8. Periko/Arhelaos 9-11 
 9. Aias Evosmou 9-11 
 10. Anatolia 8-13 
 11. Metamorfosi 7-13 
 12. Ionikos Ionias 6-14 
 13. MENT 5-14 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 19-1 
 2. AEK Athens 17-3 
 3. Panerythraikos 13-8 
 4. Aetos 12-7 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 12-8 
 6. Holargos 11-9 
 7. Enosi 10-11 
 8. Doukas 9-10 
 9. Near East 8-12 
 10. Halkidas 7-14 
 11. Esperos Patras 6-15 
 12. Kronos AD 5-15 
 13. Perama Ermis 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

North

Mar. 24: Doxa Pefkon - Egaleo 97-81
Mar. 24: Periko/Arhelaos - Anatolia 82-58
Mar. 24: Ionikos N.F. - Iraklis 81-72
Mar. 24: Ionikos Ionias - Metamorfosi 72-64
Mar. 24: Stratoni - Filippos Veroias 64-71
Mar. 24: MENT - Marousi 55-74

South

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

Regular Season: Round 23

North

Mar. 31: Metamorfosi - Periko/Arhelaos
Mar. 31: Anatolia - MENT
Mar. 31: Filippos Veroias - Ionikos Ionias
Mar. 31: Egaleo - Stratoni
Mar. 31: Iraklis - Doxa Pefkon
Mar. 31: Aias Evosmou - Ionikos N.F.

South

Mar. 31: Diagoras - Holargos
Mar. 31: Esperos Patras - Doukas
Mar. 31: AEK Athens - Psyhiko
Mar. 31: Halkidas - Aetos
Mar. 31: Amyntas Dafnis - Perama Ermis
Mar. 31: Near East - Panerythraikos


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

24-year old center Guy-Marc Michel (213-C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for KAOD and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Kavala (#12, 5-16) 71-60. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. KAOD maintains the 10th position in Greek league. KAOD is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-14 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Michel as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Indiana University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Michel is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 61.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brent Petway (204-F-85) of AGOR. He is American forward in his second season at AGOR. In the last game Petway recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for AGOR to edge slightly higher-ranked PAOK (#4, 16-5) by 2 points 66-64. AGOR's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Petway is well-known at AGOR and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Evaggelis Margaritis (200-F/C-82) of PAOK (#4). Margaritis scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Margaritis' great performance PAOK lost 64-66 to slightly lower-ranked AGOR (#5, 14-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing PAOK needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 5 lost games. Margaritis has a very solid season. In 17 games in Greece he scored 6.2ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios - 13 points and 10 rebounds
5. Nikos Liakopoulos (189-PG-83) of Panelefsiniakos - 21 points and 4 assists
6. Kostas Haralampidis (189-PG-76) of PAOK - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Brandon McKnight (188-PG-83) of Ikaros - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Marcus Banks (188-G-81) of Panathinaikos - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of KAOD - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) of Olympiacos - 13 points and 4 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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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 23-1 
 2. De Groene 20-4 
 3. Cangeroes 18-6 
 4. Binnenland 16-7 
 5. De Hoppers 13-11 
 6. Rotterdam 2 11-12 
 7. Red Giants 11-13 
 8. Leiden 2 10-14 
 9. Almonte 10-14 
 10. Punch 10-14 
 11. MSV/Zeemacht 8-16 
 12. Almere P. 7-17 
 13. BC Apollo 2 7-17 
 14. UBALL 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 13: Leiden 2 - Punch 89-50
Mar. 14: De Groene - De Hoppers 83-69
Mar. 12: Almere P. - Orca's Urk 78-87
Mar. 23: MSV/Zeemacht - Orca's Urk 72-78
Mar. 16: Red Giants - Binnenland 70-82
Mar. 24: De Hoppers - Almonte 70-55
Mar. 23: Binnenland - Red Giants 68-57
Mar. 24: Rotterdam 2 - Cangeroes 60-63
Mar. 26: Cangeroes - BC Apollo 2 57-53
Mar. 20: Binnenland - De Groene 55-53
Mar. 12: MSV/Zeemacht - Rotterdam 2 50-67

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Almonte - Leiden 2
Apr. 6: Punch - MSV/Zeemacht
Apr. 6: UBALL - Almere P.
Apr. 6: Orca''s Urk - Cangeroes
Apr. 6: De Groene - Binnenland
Apr. 6: Rotterdam 2 - Red Giants
Apr. 7: BC Apollo 2 - De Hoppers


Prom.Divisie Round 23: Binnenland edges De Groene by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Prom.Divisie is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Prom.Divisie took place in Barendrecht. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked De Groene (20-4) to fourth ranked Binnenland (16-7) 55-53 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of De Groene. Binnenland have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 16-7 record. De Groene at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Binnenland are again looking forward to face league's second-placed De Groene in Groningen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. De Groene will have a break next round.
Sixth-ranked Rotterdam 2 (11-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Cangeroes (18-6). The visitors from Utrecht managed to secure only three-point victory 63-60. However their fans expected easier game. Cangeroes have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-6 record having five points less than leader Orca's Urk. Rotterdam 2 at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Cangeroes will play against higher ranked Orca's Urk on the road in the next round. Rotterdam 2 will play against Red Giants (#7) in Meppel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Orca's Urk delivered the twentieth third victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked MSV/Zeemacht (8-16) 78-72. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Orca's Urk. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first place with 23-1 record. MSV/Zeemacht lost their tenth game in a row. MSV/Zeemacht at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Orca's Urk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Orca's Urk to the arena .
Leader Orca's Urk recorded the twentieth third victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Almere P. (7-17) 87-78. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Orca's Urk. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first place with 23-1 record. Almere P. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Orca's Urk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Orca's Urk to the arena .
The game in Meppel was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Binnenland (16-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Red Giants (11-13). Binnenland defeated Red Giants 82-70 on Saturday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Binnenland. They maintain fourth place with 16-7 record. Red Giants lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Binnenland will face league's second-placed De Groene in Groningen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Red Giants will play on the road against Rotterdam 2 (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 23 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Red Giants was defeated by Binnenland in Barendrecht 68-57. De Hoppers beat Almonte at home 70-55. BC Apollo 2 lost to Cangeroes on the opponent's court 53-57. De Groene managed to outperform De Hoppers in a home game 83-69. Punch were rolled over Leiden 2 on the road 89-50. MSV/Zeemacht was defeated by Rotterdam 2 on its own court 50-67.


Binnenland - De Groene 55-53

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Prom.Divisie took place in Barendrecht. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked De Groene (20-4) to fourth ranked Binnenland (16-7) 55-53 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of De Groene. Binnenland have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 16-7 record. De Groene at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Binnenland are again looking forward to face league's second-placed De Groene in Groningen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. De Groene will have a break next round.
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MSV/Zeemacht - Orca's Urk 72-78

Leader Orca's Urk delivered the twentieth third victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked MSV/Zeemacht (8-16) 78-72. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Orca's Urk. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first place with 23-1 record. MSV/Zeemacht lost their tenth game in a row. MSV/Zeemacht at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Orca's Urk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Orca's Urk to the arena .
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Binnenland - Red Giants 68-57

There was no surprise in Barendrecht where 7th ranked Red Giants (11-13) were defeated by fourth ranked Binnenland (16-7) 68-57 on Saturday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Binnenland. They maintain fourth place with 16-7 record. Red Giants lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Binnenland will face league's second-placed De Groene in Groningen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Red Giants will play on the road against Rotterdam 2 (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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De Hoppers - Almonte 70-55

No shocking result in a game in Hoom where fifth ranked De Hoppers (13-11) defeated 8th ranked Almonte (10-14) 70-55 on Sunday. De Hoppers maintains fifth place with 13-11 record. Loser Almonte keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. De Hoppers will face BC Apollo 2 (#13) in Amsterdam in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Almonte will play at home against Leiden 2 (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Rotterdam 2 - Cangeroes 60-63

Sixth-ranked Rotterdam 2 (11-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Cangeroes (18-6). The visitors from Utrecht managed to secure only three-point victory 63-60. However their fans expected easier game. Cangeroes have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-6 record having five points less than leader Orca's Urk. Rotterdam 2 at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Cangeroes will play against higher ranked Orca's Urk on the road in the next round. Rotterdam 2 will play against Red Giants (#7) in Meppel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Cangeroes - BC Apollo 2 57-53

Very expected game in Utrecht where 12th ranked BC Apollo 2 (7-17) was defeated by third ranked Cangeroes (18-6) 57-53 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Cangeroes. They maintain third place with 18-6 record having five points less than leader Orca's Urk. Newly promoted BC Apollo 2 keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Cangeroes will face higher ranked Orca's Urk on the road in the next round. BC Apollo 2 will play against De Hoppers (#5) in Hoom.
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Red Giants - Binnenland 70-82

The game in Meppel was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Binnenland (16-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Red Giants (11-13). Binnenland defeated Red Giants 82-70 on Saturday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Binnenland. They maintain fourth place with 16-7 record. Red Giants lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Binnenland will face league's second-placed De Groene in Groningen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Red Giants will play on the road against Rotterdam 2 (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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De Groene - De Hoppers 83-69

Rather predictable result in Groningen where second ranked De Groene (20-4) beat 5th ranked De Hoppers (13-11) 83-69 on Thursday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for De Groene. They maintain second place with 20-4 record having just three points less than leader Orca's Urk. De Hoppers lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. De Groene will face Binnenland (#4) in Barendrecht in the next round. De Hoppers will play on the road against BC Apollo 2 in Amsterdam.
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Leiden 2 - Punch 89-50

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Punch (10-14) was outplayed on the road by tenth ranked Leiden 2 (10-14) 89-50 on Wednesday. Leiden 2 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Punch and Almonte. Leiden 2 will face Almonte (#9) in Eindhoven in the next round.
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Almere P. - Orca's Urk 78-87

Leader Orca's Urk recorded the twentieth third victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Almere P. (7-17) 87-78. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Orca's Urk. Newly promoted Orca's Urk maintains first place with 23-1 record. Almere P. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Orca's Urk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Orca's Urk to the arena .
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MSV/Zeemacht - Rotterdam 2 50-67

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Rotterdam 2 (11-12) won against on the road 11th ranked MSV/Zeemacht (8-16) 67-50 on Tuesday. Rotterdam 2 maintains sixth place with 11-12 record. MSV/Zeemacht lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Rotterdam 2 will face Red Giants (#7) in Meppel in the next round. MSV/Zeemacht will play on the road against Punch (#10) in Delft and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 3-0 
 2. Atomeromu 2-1 
 3. Szolnok 2-1 
 4. Kaposvari 1-2 
 5. Kormend 1-2 
 6. Jaszberenyi 0-3 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 13-11 
 2. Soproni 12-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 12-12 
 4. ZTE KK 10-14 
 5. Szedeak 9-15 
 6. Marso NYKK 9-16 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-23 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

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

Places 7-13

Mar. 25: FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon 62-72
Mar. 26: ZTE KK - FS Debrecen
Mar. 27: Soproni - Szedeak


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Swanston, Kapos.20.7 
 2. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari20.1 
 4. Spica, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Wood, Albacomp19.5 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.9 
 8. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 9. Nelson, Marso N.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.0 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 6. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 7. Keller, Albacomp7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.7.4 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Atomeromu
  (189-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.7 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.7 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 7. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 8. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.8 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Loesing, PVSK P.1.8 
 9. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 10. Mohacsi, Marso N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 2. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 8. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 9. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 
 10. Ivosev, Falco-Sz.0.6 



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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 Thorl25.8 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.1 
 6. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.6 
 7. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.6 
 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.8.5 
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. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Williams, IR5.6 
 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. Valentine, Tindast.1.9 
 8. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 9. Frye, Stjarnan1.9 
 10. Craion, Keflavik1.9 
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. Acox, KR1.3 
 6. Baptist, Keflavik1.3 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.2 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.1 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.7 


Play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

KR knock out Thor.
KR who was in 7th seat after regular season knock out 2nd seat Thor in first round of play-offs 2-0
Thor playing without one of their best player Darri Hilmarsson who is out with injury did fight hard in second game but came up short 93-83
When KR played team ball Thor did not have a chance but when they play as individual Thor came close but not close enough.
Leading scorers for KR. Brandon Richardson (182-G-88, college: Nebraska) 22. Brynjar Bjornsson 19. Helgi Magnusson 16. For Thor. Benjamin Curtis Smith 23. David Bernhard Jackson 20 Emil Karel Einarsson 11.
Keflavik beat Stjarnan 100-87 in a hard played game where some durty or unfair things happen.Things that should not been seen and said in basketball games.
Keflavik tight the serie 1-1.
Leading scorers for Keflavik. darrell Lewis 26. Magnus Gunnarsson 24. Billy baptist 16. For Stjarnan Jarrid Frye 23. Justin Shouse 18




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Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague - by Simas

Player of the Year: Jason Killeen of U.L. Eagles
Guard of the Year: Robert Taylor of U.L. Eagles
Forward of the Year: Darren Townes of Neptune
Centre of the Year: Kenton Walker of Blue Demons
Import Player of the Year: Robert Taylor of U.L. Eagles
Domestic Player of the Year: Jason Killeen of U.L. Eagles
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Taylor of U.L. Eagles
Coach of the Year: Mark Keenan of U.L. Eagles

1st Team
G: Robert Taylor of U.L. Eagles
G: Gerard Noonan of Neptune
F: Darren Townes of Neptune
F: Kenton Walker of Blue Demons
C: Jason Killeen of U.L. Eagles

2nd Team
G: Scott Kinevane of U.L. Eagles
G: Ciaran O'Sullivan of Blue Demons
F: Kevin Foley of UCD Marian
F: Patrick Sullivan of Moycullen
C: Martins Provizors of DCU Saints

Honorable Mention
Matthew Hall of U.L. Eagles
Shane Coughlan of Blue Demons
Carlton Cuffe of UCC Demons
Patrick Glover of DCU Saints
Aurimas Statkus of Ballon Inter
Michael Trimmmer of DCU Saints
Daniel James of UCD Marian
Mindaugas Tamusauskas of Ballon Inter

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Michael McGinn of Neptune
G: Shane Coughlan of Blue Demons
F: Niall O'Reilly of Blue Demons
F: Neil Campbell of U.L. Eagles
C: Kieran O'Brien of Killester

All-Imports Team
G: Robert Taylor of U.L. Eagles
G: Lawrence Summers of Killester
F: Darren Townes of Neptune
F/C: Kenton Walker of Blue Demons
F: Patrick Sullivan of Moycullen

All-Defensive Team
Robert Taylor of U.L. Eagles
Jason Killeen of U.L. Eagles
Darren Townes of Neptune
Thomas Vigilianco of UCD Marian
Kevin Foley of UCD Marian



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  ISRAEL   


Kiryat Tivon inks Alex Carcamo - by Netanel Dahan

Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (National League) agreed terms with 36-year old Belizean ex-international forward Alex Carcamo (200-77, college: E.Washington, agency: Dream Team Management). He played last season at Ciudad de Bragado in Argentinian TNA league. The most of previous (2010-11) season Carcamo spent at Asociacion Italiana (TNA) in Argentina. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg that season. He also spent pre-season at Obera Tennis Club (TNA) in Argentinian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Carcamo won Kosovo League championship title in 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Kosovo League All-Imports Team back in 2010. Carcamo represented Belize at the COCABA Championships in Cancun (Mexico) four years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Carcamo has played also in China, Dominican Rep., Philippines, Portugal, Uruguay (Hebraica), Venezuela, Kosovo (Sigal Prishtina), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa and Cosmos), Dominican Republic (Reales) and Argentina (Olimpico de La Banda and San Martin Corrientes).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Kiryat Tivon.
Carcamo attended Eastern Washington University until 1999 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: A good all around forward, who plays the 3 and 4 positions and even some 5 if needed. Very athletic, good shootblocker, he's really quick for a PF, and has good shooting, dribbling and post-up skills.

Alex had a great start by having a double double of 19 pts and 10 boards.



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  ITALY   


Finnish Three Point Champ: Like I Said!!! - by Dwight Coleman

They say the proof is in the pudding I know from my initial post titled "Finnish Three Point Champion" that there were a few naysayers following old SweetMilk. I know that everybody is not going to SAVOR MY FLAVOR, but dig this booger. I am #1 here is the link http://www.basket.fi/english/competitions/players/player/?season_id=63263&player_id=2771813. I would like to give a public shoutout to my shooting Coach Bobby Bobcat Kirby and if anybody wants to make a move and you are in the states look him up at www.coachup.com\coaches\ bobbyk. "Look coach no hands."

Dwight SweetMilk Coleman



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  JAPAN   

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 SM19.7 
 9. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.7 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.3 
 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.10.9 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.7 
 10. Jones, Tokyo C.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuki TOGASHI
  Akita NH
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Togashi, Akita NH6.3 
 2. Namizato, Okina.6.2 
 3. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 4. Shimura, Sendai6.0 
 5. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC5.1 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama4.2 
 8. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 9. Ito, Miyazaki SS3.8 
 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. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM2.1 
 5. Alawoya, Oita H.2.0 
 6. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 7. Masato, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Galloway, Hamamats.1.9 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.1.8 
 10. Bell, Chiba Jets1.7 
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. Bell, Osaka Eves.1.4 


JBL2 Standings

JBL2 Standings
Eastern
 1. TGI D-Rise 23-9 
 2. Daytrick 22-10 
 3. Hitachi B. 15-17 
 4. Otsuka A. 13-19 
 5. Kuroda Electric 9-23 
 6. Tokyo Big Blue 1-31 
Western
 1. Hyogo S. 27-5 
 2. Kagoshima 26-6 
 3. Toyota Tsusho 22-10 
 4. Aisin AW 21-11 
 5. Toyoda Gosei 8-24 
 6. Ishikawa 5-25 


JBL2 stats leaders

JBL2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Ohara, Toyoda 23.4
2 Hasegawa, Otsuka 20.5
3 Sanders, Daytrick 19.7
4 Hasegawa, Otsuka 17.4
5 Umezu, Hitachi 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Sanders, Daytrick 15.25
2 Leiffers, Hyogo 12.25
3 Harada, Toyoda 11.7
4 Johnson, Renova 10.6
5 Onodero, Kuroda 9.1
Assists Per Game
1 Matsuzaki, Hyogo 4.4
2 Namizato, Renova 4.1
3 Mochida, Toyoda 3.3
4 Sujuki, Hitachi 3.2
5 Hasegawa, Otsuka 3.2


Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese JBL2 Awards 2012-2013 - by Greg

All-Japanese JBL2 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Kento Matsuzaki
Matsuzaki
Ken Ohara
Ohara
Ryuichiro Nakazono
Nakazono
William Knight
Knight
Lamar Sanders
Sanders
#e#5

Player of the Year: Kento Matsuzaki (178-PG-88) of Hyogo S.
Guard of the Year: Kento Matsuzaki (178-PG-88) of Hyogo S.
Forward of the Year: William Knight (196-F/G-79) of Hyogo S.
Center of the Year: Lamar Sanders (198-F/C-84) of Daytrick
Domestic Player of the Year: Kento Matsuzaki (178-PG-88) of Hyogo S.
Import Player of the Year: William Knight (196-F/G-79) of Hyogo S.
Rookie of the Year: Noriaki Dohara (178-PG-89) of Hyogo S.
Coach of the Year: BT Toews of Hyogo S.

1st Team
PG: Kento Matsuzaki (178-88) of Hyogo S.
PG: Ken Ohara (177-83) of Toyoda Gosei
F: Ryuichiro Nakazono (190-78) of Kagoshima
F/G: William Knight (196-79) of Hyogo S.
F/C: Lamar Sanders (198-84) of Daytrick



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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 4-16 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 26: BK Almaty - BK Kapshagay 85-96
Mar. 24: Tobol - Barsy Atyrau 80-85
Mar. 25: BK Almaty - BK Kapshagay 69-75
Mar. 25: Tobol - Barsy Atyrau 68-71

Regular Season: Round 18

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



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 26: Ventspils - Jelgava 93-63
Mar. 27: Jurmala - Valmiera
Mar. 27: Liepaja - Barons kvartals
Mar. 28: Jekabpils - Turiba


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Peiners, LU20.4 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.7 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.1 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera15.6 
 5. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.6 
 6. Sirsnins, Jekabpils15.4 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.1 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 9. Timma, Ventspils14.0 
 10. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.11.1 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.2 
 3. Dargais, LU8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera7.1 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.1 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.2 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.7 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 7. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.1 
 8. Metra, Barons k.3.1 
 9. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 10. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 5. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 7. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 9. Ginters, U181.5 
 10. Timma, Ventspils1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 6. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 7. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 9. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekab.0.8 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 24-4 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 22-6 
 3. Saldus 19-7 
 4. VeA 19-9 
 5. RSU 18-9 
 6. Kvele 16-12 
 7. Ogres 15-13 
 8. ViA Riga 14-14 
 9. VEF skola 12-14 
 10. Liepaja-2 10-18 
 11. DSN 9-19 
 12. Gulbene 8-17 
 13. Livani 8-19 
 14. Ridzene 6-19 
 15. Valmiera BSS 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 37

Mar. 26: Valmiera BSS - Kvele 81-82
Mar. 26: VEF skola - DSN 107-71
Mar. 27: Gulbene - Livani
Mar. 27: Ridzene - RSU
Mar. 28: Saldus - VEF skola
Mar. 30: Gulbene - Saldus



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 21-2 
 2. Sagesse 19-4 
 3. Champville 15-8 
 4. Moutahed 15-8 
 5. Byblos 13-11 
 6. Amchit 12-11 
 7. Bejjeh 6-17 
 8. Hoops 6-18 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 6

Mar. 26: Byblos - Hoops 90-74
Mar. 27: Bejjeh - Amchit
Mar. 28: Moutahed - Al Riyadi
Mar. 30: Sagesse - Champville


ANTRANIK CLUB BREACHES CONTRACT - by Eurobasket Center

Attention to all players and agents. Antranik Beirut has done it again. This Club has failed to uphold its obligations under a contract it agreed to with another agent. The living conditions described in the contract were a 2-bedroom apartment and luxury standards. This was far from the truth. The player was stuck in a flat, with electricity that did not always work, no hot-water and unsafe and uncomfortable living conditions.

However, the most important breach by Antranik Beirut came from a failure to pay player and agent. The player was shorted about $12,000 USD, and the agent was never paid any agent fee. After several attempts to reach the President of the Club, Agent notified FIBA and the league of the unprofessionalism. President has been hiding and dodging any communication request.

What makes this even more suspicious is the comment by Antranik Beiruts Operations Manager. In a conversation regarding the breach of contract, he acknowledged that the President had no intention of paying the agent fee, and this was his plan from the beginning of the season. He said that it would be too difficult to file a BAT and the President would never respond to any such request. He said teams have tried before and it has not worked.

So this should be a lesson to all players and agents considering sending a player to Lebanonthere are many good and professional teams here, but this is not one of them. Avoid this team at all costs and please spread the word to others so that they are not taken advantage of.



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Final Four Standings
Group A
 1. Arecibo 0-0 
 2. Brasilia 0-0 
 3. Lanus 0-0 
 4. Pinheiros/Sky 0-0 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Mar. 24: S.Jose/Unimed - Arecibo 81-82
Mar. 24: Pioneros - Brasilia 64-80

Top 4: Round 1

Apr. 5: Lanus - Brasilia
Apr. 5: Pinheiros/Sky - Arecibo



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.22.3 
 2. Quinteros, Regat.20.6 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras19.5 
 4. Sucre, Tiburones18.3 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.17.5 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo17.1 
 7. Barrios, Tiburones16.7 
 8. Dos Santos, Brasil.16.6 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.15.9 
 10. Silva, Brasilia15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.8.5 
 4. Sucre, Tiburones8.3 
 5. Rodriguez, Flame.7.6 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo7.0 
 7. Mikulas, Libertad6.3 
 8. Mata, Penarol6.2 
 9. Teague, Penarol6.0 
 10. Washam, Regatas6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Obras
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Osimani, Obras6.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.8 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol5.7 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 5. Ribeiro, Brasilia5.0 
 6. Ecker, Tiburones4.5 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.3.8 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 9. Mijares, Tiburones3.5 
 10. Smith, Pinheiro.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.7 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
 4. Washam, Regatas C.2.0 
 5. Benite, Flamengo1.7 
 6. Teague, Penarol1.6 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.1.6 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.3 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.1.2 
 10. Mijares, Tiburones1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin LEIVA
  Penarol
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Leiva, Penarol1.3 
 2. Morro, Pinheiro.1.2 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 4. Alves, Brasilia1.0 
 5. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.0 
 6. Silveira, Flamengo0.9 
 7. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 9. Meyinsse, Regat.0.7 
 10. Levy, Libertad S.0.7 



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 14-3 
 2. Neptunas 14-3 
 3. Pieno Zvaigzdes 10-7 
 4. Siauliai 10-7 
 5. Juventus 10-8 
 6. Zalgiris 8-0 
 7. Nevezis 8-9 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 7-2 
 9. Lietkabelis 7-12 
 10. LSU-Baltai 5-13 
 11. Sakalai 4-14 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 26: Lietkabelis - Sakalai 85-68
Mar. 25: Rudupis - Juventus 78-74
Mar. 26: LSU-Baltai - Siauliai 75-97
Mar. 25: Nevezis - Pieno Zvaigzdes 68-83

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 30: Rudupis - LSU-Baltai
Mar. 30: Nevezis - Siauliai
Mar. 30: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietuvos rytas
Mar. 30: Juventus - Lietkabelis
Mar. 30: Naglis Palangos - Sakalai
Apr. 1: Neptunas - Zalgiris


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.6 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.9 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.8 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai15.1 
 5. Milaknis, Rudupis13.1 
 6. Skucas, LSU-Baltai13.0 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.0 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 9. Sragauskis, LSU-B.12.9 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kieza, Siauliai9.6 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.6 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.9 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.7 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.1 
 8. Vene, Rudupis5.9 
 9. Kiausas, Sakalai5.8 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  LSU-Baltai
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.5 
 2. Jackson, Siauliai4.5 
 3. Viskontas, Juvent.4.2 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 5. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.0 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.4 
 7. Malasauskas, LSU-.3.2 
 8. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.1 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.1 
 10. Broadus, Neptunas3.1 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.2 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.1 
 3. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 4. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.8 
 5. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.8 
 6. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 9. Lengvinas, Naglis1.5 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 5. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 6. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 7. Vene, Rudupis0.8 
 8. Gates, Pieno Z.0.8 
 9. Ramasauskas, Saka.0.8 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai0.8 


LKL Round 25: Rudupis keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Rudupis as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Rudupis defeated 3rd placed Juventus in Prienai 78-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Juventus. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-14. But Juventus won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rudupis made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Juventus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) responded with 21 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Neptunas. Juventus at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Juventus will play next round against Lietkabelis trying to get back on the winning streak. Rudupis will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked LSU-Baltai in Kaunas.
The game in Kedainiai was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Nevezis (8-9). Pieno Zvaigzdes defeated Nevezis 83-68. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Sarunas Vasiliauskas accounted for 16 points. Guard Sarunas Kulevicius (195-89) came up with 18 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for Nevezis in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pieno Zvaigzdes moved-up to third place, which they share with Siauliai. Nevezis at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Lietuvos rytas (#8) in Vilnius in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nevezis will play at home against Siauliai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
10th ranked LSU-Baltai (5-13) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Siauliai (10-7) with the biggest margin this round 97-75 on Tuesday night. Laurynas Samenas fired 23 points for the winners. Vidmantas Sragauskis produced 20 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Siauliai have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser LSU-Baltai keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Siauliai will meet Nevezis (#7) in the next round. LSU-Baltai will play against the league's leader Rudupis in Prienai and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 25 Sakalai lost to Lietkabelis on the opponent's court 68-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by Karolis Babkauskas of Lietkabelis.


Lietkabelis - Sakalai 85-68

Rather expected game in Panevezys where 11th ranked Sakalai (4-14) was defeated by ninth ranked Lietkabelis (7-12) 85-68 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Lietkabelis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Point guard Karolis Babkauskas (186-91) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. The former international forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) produced 19 points and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lietkabelis maintains ninth place with 7-12 record. Sakalai lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Lietkabelis will meet higher ranked Juventus (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sakalai will play against Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: A.Kiausas 19+4reb+3ast, Z.Sestokas 18+1reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 11+7reb+2ast, J.Gintvainis 6+2reb+5ast, D.Krestininas 6+4reb+1ast, L.Kazlauskas 4+1reb
Lietkabelis: D.Griskenas 20+8reb+2ast, K.Babkauskas 19+5reb+7ast, M.Kupsas 14+4reb, T.Jogela 10+9reb+2ast, V.Volkus 8+1reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 194359


LSU-Baltai - Siauliai 75-97

10th ranked LSU-Baltai (5-13) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Siauliai (10-7) with the biggest margin this round 97-75 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 28. They outrebounded LSU-Baltai 34-17 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Siauliai especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) fired 23 points for the winners. Guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) produced 20 points and point guard Taurantas Tamosiunas (192-92) added 12 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Siauliai have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser LSU-Baltai keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Siauliai will meet Nevezis (#7) in the next round. LSU-Baltai will play against the league's leader Rudupis in Prienai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: V.Sragauskis 20+4reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 12, T.Tamosiunas 12+2reb+1ast, S.Vingelis 10, Z.Skucas 9+2reb+1ast, M.Stasys 7+2reb+4ast
Siauliai: L.Samenas 23+2reb+2ast, V.Sulskis 13+5reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 12+6reb+1ast, V.Liutych 11+4reb+1ast, R.Alijevas 10+2reb+6ast, A.Kieza 9+8reb+2ast
gschID: 194358


Nevezis - Pieno Zvaigzdes 68-83

The game in Kedainiai was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Nevezis (8-9). Pieno Zvaigzdes defeated Nevezis 83-68. Nevezis was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 43-25 second half run of Pieno Zvaigzdes. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 16 points. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Guard Sarunas Kulevicius (195-89) came up with 18 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Nevezis in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pieno Zvaigzdes moved-up to third place, which they share with Siauliai. Nevezis at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Lietuvos rytas (#8) in Vilnius in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nevezis will play at home against Siauliai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: S.Kulevicius 18+1reb+1ast, T.Bishop 11+9reb, V.Jasikevicius 11+5reb+3ast, G.Zyle 9+1reb, T.Cerneckis 6+1reb+2ast, A.Aleksandrovas 5+2reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: S.Vasiliauskas 16+1reb+3ast, T.Hughes 15+5reb+1ast, T.Biggs 14+3reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 11+2reb+3ast, S.Muldrow 9+8reb, Y.Gates 7+2reb
gschID: 194361


Rudupis - Juventus 78-74

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Rudupis as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Rudupis defeated 3rd placed Juventus in Prienai 78-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Juventus. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-14. But Juventus won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rudupis made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Juventus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and forward Arturas Valeika (207-85, college: Midland CC) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) responded with 21 points and point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Neptunas. Juventus at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Juventus will play next round against Lietkabelis trying to get back on the winning streak. Rudupis will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked LSU-Baltai in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Juventus: L.Kisielius 21+2reb+1ast, R.Olander 13+2reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 13+4reb+4ast, K.Petrukonis 11+6reb+3ast, D.Leonard 8+4reb+1ast, G.Matulis 4+1ast
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 24+4reb+3ast, S.Vene 12+6reb, A.Valeika 11+7reb+4ast, G.Kadziulis 9+4reb+5ast, A.Milaknis 9+1reb, A.Labuckas 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 194360



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Pekovic's double-double leads Timberwolves to 105-82 rout of Pistons - by Eurobasket News

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. The scouting report against the Minnesota Timberwolves is pretty simple pack the paint, because they cant shoot 3-pointers.

Dont tell that to the Detroit Pistons.

The Timberwolves, who came into the game shooting a league-worst 29 percent from behind the arc, hit 14 3-pointers Tuesday night in a 105-82 rout of the hapless Detroit Pistons.

We were due for a night like this, said J.J. Berea, who went 5 for 7 on 3s. Our starters started getting hot, and we kept the flow going.

Detroit snapped a 10-game losing streak Saturday night in Charlotte, but certainly didnt build off that win against Minnesota.

Of those 14 3-pointers, how many were contested? Not many, said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. We just had so many defensive breakdowns tonight. We let them hit some shots and gain some confidence, and then we just left them wide-open all night.

The game matched one of the leagues worst home teams against one of the worst on the road. The Pistons havent won at home since before the All-Star break, losing seven straight, while Minnesota only had one road victory in March.

Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) provided a perfect complement to Minnesotas 3-point barrage, dominating the paint for 18 points and 11 rebounds. Barea matched a season-best with 21 points off the bench, while Luke Ridnour scored 15 and Ricky Rubio added 14 points and nine assists.

It was fun to have a game like this, Rubio said. When shots are going in, it is easier to play. Weve been strong all season, but we havent hit 3s, so we need to keep this going.

Greg Monroe had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, while point guard Jose Calderon scored 14 points, but had only one assist. Monroe and Calderon were the only Pistons to reach double figures, until Khris Middleton got to 10 with an uncontested dunk in the final 20 seconds.

The Timberwolves hit five of six 3-pointers early in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead. Minnesota kept rolling throughout the period, outscoring Detroit 38-16 in the quarter to build an 82-54 lead.

We just didnt guard anyone, rookie Kim English said.

Another small Palace crowd showered the Pistons with boos as the game got more and more out of hand. The only cheer came when the mascot hit a half-court shot during a timeout, but the applause ended when Minnesota scored another easy basket shortly after the break.

We deserved everything we got tonight, Frank said. Weve got 24 wins and not many games left. The fans that were out here tonight are the hardcore loyalists, and we need to give them a better product. They have every right to boo us right now.

NOTES: The Pistons were missing backup point guard Will Bynum (hand) and rookie center Andre Drummond (back). Drummond, who has been out since Feb. 8, has returned to full activity and could play as soon as Friday. ... Kevin Love is scheduled to have a CT scan on his broken right hand later this week to determine if he will play again this season. ... Long-time Pistons trainer Mike Abdenour will be out indefinitely with an undisclosed medical issue.
Courtesy of: Associated Press.



Its A New Season, A New Day - by Jay-R Strowbridge

It's A New Season, A New Day

What's up Everyone? A Lot Has Occurred Since My Last Blog. I Was Blessed To Spend Time With Former AAU Teammate And Current Lokomotiv Kuban Star, Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama) After They Played KK Buducnost Voli Podgoricat For EuroCup Elite 8. Also, I Got The Chance To Talk With Another Former Husker Teammate That Plays For Lokomotiv Kuban, Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska). Aleks Was Injured And Unable To Make It On The Trip, But His Doing Fine Now. It Was A Great Game! Lokomotiv Kuban Really Had Momentum The Whole Game. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) Control The Game As A Player, Richard Hendrix Controlled The Boards And Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) Athleticism Took Over The Game. Overall, My Teammates And I Enjoyed The Game And Always Great To Catch Up With Lifelong Friends While Traveling The World.

Next, We Won Both of Our Scrimmages. The First Friendly Was At Home And We Won By 40. We Scored More Than 110 Points. We Picked Up The Defensive Intensity Which Led To Easy Baskets. I Played Well But Always Room For Improvement. The Second Game We Played On The Road Vs KK Lovcen Cetinje. It Was A "Friendly", But Had A Playoff Atmosphere. Both Teams Battled Every Possession For 40 Minutes. In The 4th Quarter, We Were Down By 10 Points With 4 Minutes Left In The Game. We Were Determined As A Team And Found A Way To Win. We Locked Up And Got Defensive Stops, And Made Shots. With Less Than 10 Seconds Left One of Their Players Hits A 3 Pointer To Put Them Up By 1 Point. We Inbound The Ball, Jakov Samardzic (188-G-90) Passed The Ball To Me Around 3/4 Court With 6 Seconds Left. I Made A Move To Create Space For A Open Shot... (5...4...3...2...Buckets) With One Second Left I Hit The Game Winning Shot. This "Friendly" Was Great For Us Because We Were On The Road Vs A Well Coached And Disciplined Good Team And Pulled Out The W. You Can't Teach Effort. Our Desire To Win Was Greater Than Our Opponent. We Conquered Adversity, Stayed United And With Our Backs Against The Wall But We Came Back Fighting With A TKO Hit And Gained The Victory. That's What Winners Do! Although, It Was A Friendly It Revealed Our Persistence, Will To Win, Unity, And Trust. We Trusted In One Another To Get Stops. My Coach & Teammate Put Trust In Me To Make Clutch Plays. Now Thats #Clutch. We Were Missing One of Our Key Players, Zeljko Jovanovic (195-G/F-86, agency: BBEH Cokrlija), His Support Helped Us And Can't Wait For Him To Be Back On The Court. Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) Hit Some Big 3s For Us And JJakov Samardzic Defensive Presence Changes The Game For Us. His Persistence And Relentlessness Wears Down The Other Team's Guard And He is One of The Best On Ball Defenders. Rickey Young (205-F/C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: W.Virginia Tech) Is An Athletic Force For Us. Even Our Younger Guys Are Stepping Up To The Challenge And Getting The Job Done As Pros. Our Team Has Really Come A Long Way In A Short Time Period. We're Happy But Not Satisfied Because Its So Much More Room For Improvement.

TOMORROW, We Open Up At Home For Our First Playout Game. It's A NEW SEASON, A NEW DAY. Everyone Starts Out 0-0 And Only The Strong Will Survive. No One Cares About What We Have Done In The Past Its What You Accomplished Right Now! Words Cannot Express The Feelings I Have For Moments Like This. The Blood, Sweat, And Tears We Shed For This Opportunity And Believe We Will Take Full Advantage Of It.
I Hope To See Everyone Out At The Games And Want To Thank The Loyal Fans That Bleed KK Danilovgrad Blue & White. Our Time Is NOW! I Will Write A Weekly Post On Our Game Results. Stay Tuned To The Strow Show...

Way of Life Motto
"GRIND HARD, PRAY DAILY"

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION (F.I.N.A.O)


THEREFORE DO NOT THROW YOUR CONFIDENCE, WHICH HAS A GREAT REWARD. FOR YOU HAVE NEED OF ENDURANCE, SO THAT WHEN YOU HAVE DONE The Will of GOD You May Receive What Is Promised.
-HEBREWS 10:36


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Balkan League: Kumanovo clinch last Final Four ticket - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Teodo Tivat 96:90

Kumanovo clinched their Balkan League Final Four ticket. They shot down Teodo Tivat at home court to complete the Final Four picture. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Brescia, KY) stepped up with 24 points to lead the Macedonian team.
Kumanovo opened the game with an aggressive defence. They held Teodo Tivat to 14 points in the opening quarter and gained a 5-point lead. Kumanovo increased the tempo in the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 47:36 halftime lead. The hosts stayed on fire in the third quarter. Kumanovo erupted for 29 points in the period to ensure a 76:58 lead at the final intermission. Teodo Tivat answered with a 32:20 rally in the fourth frame but still could not avoid the loss at the end. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) netted 18 points each for the winners. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Teodo Tivat. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Kumanovo: Anthony Lee-Ingram 24, Aleksandar Kostoski 18, Uros Lukovic 18
Teodo Tivat: Manuel Johnson 19, Aleksandar Radulovic 18



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 43-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 41-29 
 3. Boston C. 36-34 
 4. Philadelph.76 27-43 
 5. Toronto R. 26-44 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 44-27 
 2. Chicago B. 38-31 
 3. Milwaukee B. 34-35 
 4. Detroit P. 24-48 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-47 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 56-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 39-32 
 3. Washington W. 26-44 
 4. Orlando M. 18-53 
 5. Charlotte B. 16-54 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 52-19 
 2. Denver N. 49-23 
 3. Utah Jazz 35-36 
 4. Portland TB 33-37 
 5. Minnesota T. 25-44 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 48-23 
 2. Golden St.W. 41-31 
 3. LA Lakers 36-35 
 4. Sacramento K. 25-46 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-48 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 53-17 
 2. Memphis G. 47-23 
 3. Houston R. 39-31 
 4. Dallas M. 35-36 
 5. N.Orleans H. 25-46 

Regular Season: Round 142

Mar. 26: Boston C. - New York K. 85-100
Mar. 26: Detroit P. - Minnesota T. 82-105
Mar. 26: Dallas M. - LA Clippers 109-102 OT

Regular Season: Round 143

Mar. 27: Toronto R. - Atlanta H.
Mar. 27: Philadelph.76 - Milwaukee B.
Mar. 27: Charlotte B. - Orlando M.
Mar. 27: Cleveland C. - Boston C.
Mar. 27: New York K. - Memphis G.
Mar. 27: Chicago B. - Miami Heat
Mar. 27: N.Orleans H. - LA Clippers
Mar. 27: Houston R. - Indiana P.
Mar. 27: Oklah.City T. - Washington W.
Mar. 27: Minnesota T. - LA Lakers
Mar. 27: San Antonio S. - Denver N.
Mar. 27: Utah Jazz - Phoenix Suns
Mar. 27: Golden St.W. - Sacramento K.
Mar. 27: Portland TB - Brooklyn N.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.6 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.3 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.3 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.4 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.5 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.5 
 2. Asik, Houston R.11.8 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 4. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.8 
 9. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.2 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.3 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.6 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Parker, San A.7.6 
 7. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.5 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Davis, N.Orleans1.8 


Kevin Garnett expected to miss at least a week with injury - by Eurobasket News

Boston's Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) is expected to miss at least a week with inflammation in his left ankle as the Celtics practice patience with their 36-year-old star. Coach Doc Rivers , preparing his team for a playoff run, said on Monday he doesnt think Garnett will be out for the long term. I dont know what long term is, Rivers said before practice. If you mean that hes not going to play this year, no, I dont worry about that. But can he miss four or five games? Yeah, thats possible. Garnett sat out Saturday nights 110-106 loss at Memphis and will miss Tuesday nights home game against the New York Knicks, Rivers said. The Celtics busy stretch continues Wednesday night at Cleveland, Friday night at home against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday night at New York and Monday at Minnesota.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Minnesota, New York and Dallas won the Tuesday games - by Eurobasket News

Detroit P. - Minnesota T. 82-105
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 26 (UPI) -- J.J. Barea came off the bench to pop in 21 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves used a huge third period to hang a 105-82 defeat on Detroit. Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) supplied a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who broke the game open with a 38-16 run in third period. Luke Ridnour (15 points) and Ricky Rubio (14, nine assists) also reached double figures in the victory. Detroit got 14 points from Jose Manuel Calderon (6'4''-PG-81) but couldn't avoid an 11th loss in 12 games. Greg Monroe provided 11 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Courtesy of: http://www.upi.com

Boston C. - New York K. 85-100
J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 29 to lead the New York Knicks to a 100-85 win against the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association. New York won its fifth straight game last night, while Boston lost its fifth in a row. The Knicks were without injured center Tyson Chandler for the seventh consecutive game, while center Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) sat out his second game in a row for Boston. Kenyon Martin (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) and Steve Novak each contributed nine points for the Knicks, who had a 58-44 lead at halftime at TD Garden in Boston. Jeff Green had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce added 16 points for the Celtics. The Knicks (43-26) are atop the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets (41- 29). Boston (36-34) holds third place, 7 1/2 games off the lead. Courtesy of:http://www.bloomberg.com

Dallas M. - LA Clippers 109-102 OT
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 33 points, eight of them coming in overtime, as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-102, on Wednesday. Vince Carter put Dallas ahead 95-93 from the freethrow line with 49 seconds remaining in the fourth, but Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) only took three seconds to tie it up anew. The Clippers looked for Paul to win the game, and the pointguard did not disappoint, scoring on a drive with 5.9 seconds remaining, 97-95. But after a full timeout and substitutions by Dallas, OJ Mayo ended up with the ball and a shot down the lane with 0.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, it was all Nowitzki, as the German scored eight points to give Dallas a 105-100 lead with 22.2 seconds remaining. Four more freethrows from Darren Collison cancelled out a Blake Griffin jumper as the Mavs get a win at home. Vince Carter was the second best scorer for Dallas with 14 points, five boards and two assists, while Collison added 13. Chris Paul had 33 for Los Angeles, while Griffin and Caron Butler had 14 each Courtesy of: gmanetwork.com



Harden, LeBron Named NBA Players Of The Week - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played Monday, March 18 through Sunday, March 24.
James averaged 30.8 points, 10.0 assists, 8.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 59 percent from the field. He recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 25 points (14 in the fourth quarter), 12 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Heat rallied from a 27-point deficit to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 20.
Harden led the Rockets to a 3-0 week with averages of 26.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He scored a game-high 29 points, connecting on 17-of-18 from the free throw line, in a win over Utah on March 20.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta's Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida), Brooklyn's Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford), New Orleans' Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky), New York's Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas).
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

B10 Standings
 1. Indiana (1) 14-4 (26-5) 
 2. Ohio St. (4) 14-5 (24-7) 
 3. Michigan St. (14) 13-5 (24-7) 
 4. Michigan (5) 12-6 (25-6) 
 5. Wisconsin (21) 12-7 (21-11) 
 6. Iowa 9-9 (20-11) 
 7. Purdue 8-10 (15-16) 
 8. Illinois 8-10 (21-11) 
 9. Minnesota 8-10 (20-11) 
 10. Nebraska 5-13 (14-17) 
 11. Northwestern 4-14 (13-18) 
 12. Penn St. 2-16 (10-21) 

Regional Semifinals: Round 131

East

Mar. 28: Indiana - Syracuse
Mar. 28: Marquette - Miami, FL

Midwest

Mar. 29: Louisville - Oregon
Mar. 29: Michigan St. - Duke

NIT QF

Mar. 26: Alabama - Maryland 57-58
Mar. 27: Providence - Baylor
Mar. 27: S.Mississippi - BYU
Mar. 27: Virginia - Iowa

South

Mar. 29: Kansas - Michigan
Mar. 29: Florida - Florida Gulf Coast

West

Mar. 28: Wichita St. - La Salle
Mar. 28: Arizona - Ohio St.


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 25
 1. Green, Virginia Te.25.0 
 2. Curry, Duke17.4 
 3. Plumlee, Duke17.2 
 4. Harris, Virginia16.4 
 5. Hanlan, Boston Col.15.7 
 6. Harris, Wake F.15.4 
 7. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.1 
 8. Snaer, Florida St.14.8 
 9. Hairston, N.Caroli.14.6 
 10. Larkin, Miami, FL14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  N.Caroli.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howell, N.Caroli.10.9 
 2. Plumlee, Duke10.0 
 3. Mitchell, Virginia9.0 
 4. Anderson, Boston8.0 
 5. Len, Maryland7.8 
 6. Thomas, Wake F.7.5 
 7. Booker, Clemson7.4 
 8. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.4 
 9. McAdoo, N.Carolina7.3 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.7.2 
 2. Cook, Duke5.3 
 3. Evans, Virginia4.9 
 4. Paige, N.Carolina4.6 
 5. Larkin, Miami, FL4.6 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.4.2 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.3.8 
 8. Howard, Maryland3.6 
 9. Rahon, Boston Coll.3.5 
 10. Hall, Clemson3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  Miami, FL
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Larkin, Miami, FL2.0 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.2.0 
 3. Scott, Miami, FL1.6 
 4. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 5. Cook, Duke1.5 
 6. Paige, N.Carolina1.4 
 7. McKie, Wake Forest1.4 
 8. Hairston, N.Caroli.1.3 
 9. Thornton, Duke1.3 
 10. Jones, Wake Fore.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 K.J. MCDANIELS
  Clemson
  (198-G/F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. McDaniels, Clemson2.1 
 2. Miller, Georgia Te.2.1 
 3. Len, Maryland1.9 
 4. Gamble, Miami, FL1.8 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.5 
 6. Kelly, Duke1.4 
 7. Thomas, Wake F.1.4 
 8. Turpin, Florida St.1.3 
 9. Kadji, Miami, FL1.3 
 10. Leslie, N.Caroli.1.2 


Troy hire coach Phil Cunningham - by Eurobasket News

Troy University named Phil Cunningham the new head coach. He worked previously at W.Kentucky (NCAA). He helped them to win Sun Belt Tournament. The last season Cunningham coached at Mississippi State University.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Coach Bobby Hurley takes over Buffalo - by Eurobasket News

The University of Buffalo agreed terms with 42-year old coach Bobby Hurley. He started the season at Rhode Island (NCAA). The last season Hurley coached at Wagner College. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the conference (NEC). They also advanced to the league semifinals.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  PBL   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.5 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.6 
 4. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 5. Commons, Scranton.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 8. Harris, Z*.17.5 
 9. Petty, Cent.Ill.17.0 
 10. Hill, Chicago M.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 3. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.4 
 4. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.7.5 
 6. Harris, Sauk V.7.1 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 8. Harris, Z*.6.8 
 9. Russ, Z*.6.6 
 10. Love, Chicago M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.2 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.6 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.9 
 5. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.7 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.4.7 
 7. Smith, Z*.4.1 
 8. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 9. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
 10. Council, Rocheste.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.6 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 4. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.4 
 6. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 7. Favors, Sauk V.1.3 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.1.3 
 9. Bobo, Lake M.1.2 
 10. Smith, Z*.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.1.9 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.2 
 5. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.1.0 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 
 9. Gorman, Scranton.0.7 
 10. Giddings, Rochest.0.7 



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Standings - DBE

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

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Mar. 24: Stelmet ZG - Asseco Prok. 80-75
Mar. 26: Trefl Sopot - Anwil 67-69
Mar. 27: PGE Turow - Energa Czarni

Places 7-12

Mar. 28: AZS Koszalin - Rosa Radom
Mar. 28: Kotwica - Siarka Jezioro
Mar. 28: Start Gdynia - Polpharma


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.2 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.7 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.6 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.0 
 6. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.6 
 7. Rothbart, Start G.14.5 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 9. Chylinski, PGE T.14.4 
 10. Borovnjak, Stelm.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.7 
 2. Adams, Rosa Radom8.4 
 3. Harris, AZS K.8.3 
 4. McCauley, Polph.7.8 
 5. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.6 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.7.6 
 7. Cel, PGE Turow7.4 
 8. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.3 
 9. Borovnjak, Stelm.7.0 
 10. Dabkus, Energa C.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.4 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.2 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.3 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.6 
 7. Brandwein, Energa4.0 
 8. Skibniewski, AZS K.3.7 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 10. Abernethy, Energa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.8 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Alexander, Siarka1.6 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco1.4 
 8. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.4 
 9. Jackson, PGE Turow1.3 
 10. Turner, Trefl Sop.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.8 
 2. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.4 
 3. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 4. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.0 
 8. Boykin, Anwil0.8 
 9. Jones, Stelmet ZG0.8 
 10. Alexander, Siarka0.8 


Trefl Sopot inks Ronald Davis, ex DniproAzot - by Greg

Trefl Sopot (TBL) agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). He started the season at DniproAzot in Ukrainian Superleague. In 38 games he had 13.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg this season. The last season Davis played at Aris (A1) in Greek league. In 22 games he recorded 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he recorded 12.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.

On Davis: Not a great outside shooter, but a solid and very athletic guard, who can score a lot in penetration and is a very good rebounder for his size.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Marko LONCOVIC
  Barcelos
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Loncovic, Barcelos20.6 
 2. Almeida, Vitor.19.1 
 3. Huggins, Lusitania18.9 
 4. Balseiro, Academica18.3 
 5. Rapier, Sampaense18.2 
 6. Holt, Alges17.9 
 7. Baker, Sampaense16.3 
 8. Oliveira, Barcelos16.3 
 9. Dunn, Benfica16.1 
 10. Pinto, Galitos-Tl.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arnette HALLMAN
  Academica
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Hallman, Academica11.2 
 2. Holt, Alges10.8 
 3. Momplasir, Lusitan.10.8 
 4. Almeida, Vitor.9.5 
 5. Nevels, Lusitania9.4 
 6. Cunha, Vitoria SC9.1 
 7. Miranda, Ovarense9.0 
 8. Loncovic, Barcelos9.0 
 9. Barnes, Galitos-Tl.8.7 
 10. Doliboa, Benfica7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Miguel BARBOSA
  Ovarense
  (176-G-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Barbosa, Ovarense6.6 
 2. Fernandes, Acade.5.9 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.8 
 4. Smith, CAB Madeira5.2 
 5. Pires, Alges4.9 
 6. Costa, CAB Madeira4.8 
 7. Fechas, Barcelos4.7 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.5 
 9. Simoes, Academica4.1 
 10. Swiggett, Vitor.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rui COELHO
  Barcelos
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Coelho, Barcelos2.7 
 2. Barbosa, Ovarense2.6 
 3. Almeida, Vitor.2.3 
 4. Loncovic, Barcelos2.2 
 5. Hallman, Academica2.1 
 6. Balseiro, Academica2.0 
 7. Freire, Fisica2.0 
 8. Freitas, Lusitania1.9 
 9. Swiggett, Vitor.1.9 
 10. Oliveira, Barcelos1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLAISIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Momplasir, Lusitan.2.0 
 2. Nevels, Lusitania1.8 
 3. Rosario, Fisica0.9 
 4. Fonseca, Benfica0.8 
 5. Barnes, Galitos-Tl.0.8 
 6. Evora, Benfica0.8 
 7. Almeida, Vitor.0.8 
 8. Goncalves, Acade.0.8 
 9. Swetalla, Vitor.0.7 
 10. Holt, Alges0.7 


Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Oliveirense 16-2 
 2. Maia Basket 15-3 
 3. Electrico FC 14-4 
 4. Illiabum 11-8 
 5. Sangalhos 10-9 
 6. Guifoes 8-10 
 7. Angra 7-11 
 8. Terceira 6-12 
 9. Benfica B 5-13 
 10. Ginasio 4-14 
 11. Leca 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 24: Maia Basket - Guifoes 90-70
Mar. 23: Electrico FC - Leca 75-63
Mar. 24: Illiabum - Ginasio 66-59
Mar. 24: Sangalhos - Benfica B 54-56

Round 9

Mar. 24: Oliveirense - Terceira 67-65

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 30: Illiabum - Oliveirense
Mar. 30: Leca - Ginasio
Mar. 30: Maia Basket - Terceira
Mar. 30: Guifoes - Benfica B
Mar. 30: Electrico FC - Angra



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  RUSSIA   


EuroCup: Lokomotiv lose in Krasnodar, still reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Valencia 63:68

Lokomotiv will play in the EuroCup Final. They lost to Valencia in Krasnodar but advanced to the title game on aggregate.
Lokomotiv entered the game with a 10-point lead after the Valencia game. The Russian team held on to the advantage throughout the opening quarter. Lokomotiv earned a 16:15 lead at the first intermission. But Valencia used a stifling defence to pull ahead in the second stanza. The Spaniards spurred ahead for a 28:26 halftime lead. The visitors stretched the lead in the third quarter. Valencia arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points 43:37. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) made it 53:43 for Valencia with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) and Maric pulled Lokomotiv within four points 55:59 with just over a minute remaining. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) would give the visitors a 7-point lead on several occasions but Jimmy Baron sank four free throws in the dying seconds to help Loko reach Final. Stefan Markovic and Bojan Dubljevic produced 14 points each for Valencia. Pau Ribas had 12 points in the win. Nick Calathes answered with 19 points for Lokomotiv. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv: Nick Calathes 19, Derrick Brown 11
Valencia: Stefan Markovic 14, Bojan Dubljevic 14, Pau Ribas 12



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  SERBIA   


Vojvodina with two new players in Superliga - by Ivan Milenkovic

Vojvodina Srbijagas finished in first position in first part of Serbian League, but know they have to stregthen their roster for Superliga. Team from Novi Sad did just that and added two new players - Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Interperformances) and Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89). Previously, they signed playmaker Marko Boltic (193-G-87) from BKK Radnicki. He already played two games for Vojvodina in final two rounds of first part of Serbian League.
Big man Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Interperformances) didn't play this season after failing to find new club. He spent previous season in Crvena zvezda Beograd and averaged 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in Adriatic League and 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in Serbian League. Nikola Markovic also played for Crvena zvezda Beograd last season and averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in Adriatic League and 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in Serbian League. He played for FMP Zeleznik this season and had 11.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in first part of Serbian League.
Vojvodina will try to finish in one of top four positions in Superliga and qualify for Adriatic League next season.



Drew Gordon leave Partizan mt:s - by Igor Obradovic

American center leaves Partizan and probably went to the Italian team Banco di Sardegna Sassari.
Gordon came to Partizan mt:s at the beginning of the season but due to too many foreigners. Partizan mt:s can only have 4 foreign players in Superleague of Serbia and Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) must leave team from Belgrade.
In his place will play Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) who has already played for Partizan this season in the Adriatic league and has a contract with Partizan for two more years.

Drew Gordon has recorded this season 9.5pts, 7.5rbd and 1ast per game in Adriatic league in 26 games and 9.1pts, 7.5rbd and 1.5ast in 10 games in Euroleague.




Crvena zvezda Telekom : Djokic transferred to the first team - by Igor Obradovic

Former playmaker of FMP, second team of Crvena zvezda transferred to the first of Crvena zvezda team and will compete for this team in Super League of Serbia which starts on March 30th.

Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) in the Serbian league for the FMP recorded 10.8 points per game, 1.7 assists and played in all 26 games in this competition.

FMP has failed to qualify for the Serbian Superliga as they finished in seventh place with a score of 14-12, in front of them was Vrac with the same score, and Sloboda from Uzice with 15-11.



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  SPAIN   


Spanish EBA Best Performance of the week: Francisco Javier Sastre - by Mariano Galindo

Spanish guard Francisco Sastre (187-PG-89), son of coach Xavi Francisco Sastre, had a very impressive game in the last round for Wifibasket Mallorca Basquet and receives a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award. Francisco Sastre posted 33 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and stole 2 balls for 44 index rating. After six defeats in a row for Mallorca Basquet, Francisco Sastre helped his teamates to get a very important victory with such an amazing performance.


Pete Mickeal will miss reminder of the season - by Eurobasket News

Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) is done for the season. The Barcelona forward was diagnosed with the recurrence of pulmonary embolism. Pete Mickeal dealt with a blood clot on the lungs back in 2010/11 season. He missed almost the entire season then. The forward is in his fourth season with Barcelona. He tallied 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in EuroLeague this season. Pete Mickeal also delivered 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds per appearance in ACB. He made it into All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team in 2012. Previously Pete Mickeal had stints in IBL, ABA, Philippines, CBA, Greece, Russia, South Korea and Spain. He was named All-ULEB Cup Player of the Year back in 2005.


EuroCup: Lokomotiv lose in Krasnodar, still reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Valencia 63:68

Lokomotiv will play in the EuroCup Final. They lost to Valencia in Krasnodar but advanced to the title game on aggregate.
Lokomotiv entered the game with a 10-point lead after the Valencia game. The Russian team held on to the advantage throughout the opening quarter. Lokomotiv earned a 16:15 lead at the first intermission. But Valencia used a stifling defence to pull ahead in the second stanza. The Spaniards spurred ahead for a 28:26 halftime lead. The visitors stretched the lead in the third quarter. Valencia arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points 43:37. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) made it 53:43 for Valencia with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) and Maric pulled Lokomotiv within four points 55:59 with just over a minute remaining. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) would give the visitors a 7-point lead on several occasions but Jimmy Baron sank four free throws in the dying seconds to help Loko reach Final. Stefan Markovic and Bojan Dubljevic produced 14 points each for Valencia. Pau Ribas had 12 points in the win. Nick Calathes answered with 19 points for Lokomotiv. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv: Nick Calathes 19, Derrick Brown 11
Valencia: Stefan Markovic 14, Bojan Dubljevic 14, Pau Ribas 12



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  SWITZERLAND   

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.21.0 
 2. Owens, BBC Nyon20.9 
 3. Rutty, BBC Nyon20.5 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.5 
 5. O''Bannon, SAV V.17.8 
 6. Ely, Boncourt17.7 
 7. Burrows, Starwings17.6 
 8. Dobbins, Starwings17.1 
 9. Hodzic, Monthey16.5 
 10. Draughan, Fribourg16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.6 
 2. Burrows, Starwings9.3 
 3. Barber, Lugano T.9.0 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.8.5 
 5. Garrett, Fribourg7.9 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings7.9 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.7.4 
 8. Gordon, Lugano T.7.3 
 9. Reid, Fribourg7.3 
 10. Aw, Neuchatel7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Barrett, SAM M.7.5 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.3 
 3. Parker, Geneve L.6.4 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings5.7 
 5. Kojadinovic, Month.4.7 
 6. Draughan, Fribourg4.3 
 7. Stimac, Geneve L.3.7 
 8. Burrows, Starwings3.6 
 9. O''Bannon, SAV V.3.2 
 10. Kazadi, Fribourg3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings2.3 
 4. Petkovic, SAV V.2.1 
 5. Owens, BBC Nyon2.0 
 6. Fergerson, Lugano1.9 
 7. Zivkovic, BBC Nyon1.8 
 8. Kojadinovic, Month.1.7 
 9. James, Geneve L.1.7 
 10. Dubas, Monthey1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrius GARRETT
  Fribourg
  (205-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Garrett, Fribourg2.8 
 2. Chapman, SAM M.2.7 
 3. Dobbins, Starwings1.4 
 4. Burrows, Starwings1.3 
 5. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.3 
 6. Matter, Starwings1.3 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel1.1 
 8. Barber, Lugano T.1.0 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.8 
 10. Mladjan, SAM M.0.8 


Daniel Fitzgerald joins SAM Massagno - by Luca Maffioli

SAM Basket Massagno agreed terms with Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette). The 28-year old American forward comes back to Massagno after three seasons. He played with SAM in 2009-2010 season and he averaged 14.7 points (FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 82.7%), 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 steals. In march '11 he signed at Ulm then (2011-2012) he played in Japan with Sendai 89ers. Fitzgerald started this season in Argentina with Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires but in december he moved to Akita Northern Happinets. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16 Japan-BJ League games.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taylor KING
  KKL
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. King, KKL24.0 
 2. Lamizana, Yulon L.21.8 
 3. Lin, KKL21.1 
 4. Taylor, Bank o.20.8 
 5. Davis, Pure Youth19.4 
 6. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.18.0 
 7. Allen, Taiwan Beer16.6 
 8. Howell, Dacin Tige.15.5 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers14.6 
 10. Chen, Bank o.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy DAVIS
  Pure Youth
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Davis, Pure Youth14.2 
 2. King, KKL13.9 
 3. Howell, Dacin Tige.12.7 
 4. Lamizana, Yulon L.12.3 
 5. Taylor, Bank o.12.0 
 6. Allen, Taiwan Beer10.4 
 7. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.9.0 
 8. Zhou, Bank o.7.2 
 9. Tsai, Pure Youth6.4 
 10. Liu, Taiwan Beer6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kuan-Lun LIN
  KKL
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Lin, KKL4.5 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.1 
 3. Lamizana, Yulon L.3.7 
 4. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.6 
 5. Chen, Pure Youth3.1 
 6. Wu, Taiwan Mobile3.1 
 7. King, KKL2.8 
 8. Taylor, Bank o.2.8 
 9. Chen, Taiwan Mobile2.7 
 10. Lai, Taiwan Beer2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Bank o.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Taylor, Bank o.2.4 
 2. King, KKL2.1 
 3. Liu, Taiwan Beer1.9 
 4. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.1.6 
 5. Davis, Pure Youth1.4 
 6. Hsu, Dacin Tigers1.3 
 7. Chen, Pure Youth1.3 
 8. Zuo, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 9. Ke, Pure Youth1.3 
 10. Zheng, Bank o.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Yulon L.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lamizana, Yulon L.3.3 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth2.3 
 3. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.1.8 
 4. Taylor, Bank o.1.6 
 5. King, KKL1.6 
 6. Howell, Dacin Tige.1.2 
 7. Te-Wei, Yulon L.1.1 
 8. Wu, Taiwan Mobile0.9 
 9. Liu, Taiwan Beer0.8 
 10. Allen, Taiwan Beer0.8 


Dacin Tigers needs overtime to reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan Mobile - Dacin Tigers 76-79 (3-4)


Dacin Tigers needs overtime to reach the Finals. It was a great evening for the former international forward Lei Tien (202-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Rolando Howell (206-82, college: S.Carolina) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Belizean-American power forward Noel Felix (205-81, college: Fresno St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Yong-Ren Wu (176-82) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Taiwan Mobile players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Mobile: N.Felix 26+10reb, Y.Wu 16+5reb+6ast, T.Wu 12+7reb, J.Cheng 11+8reb+2ast, J.Chang 7+2reb+1ast, S.Ho 3+5reb
Dacin Tigers: L.Tien 22+6reb+4ast, R.Howell 16+5reb+1ast, T.Chen 10+1reb+1ast, Y.Lin 9+3reb+2ast, C.Tsai 5+7reb+1ast, Y.Lo 5+3reb+3ast


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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 20-3 
 2. Galatasaray 20-3 
 3. Banvit BK 19-3 
 4. Anadolu Efes 19-4 
 5. Karsiyaka 17-5 
 6. Besiktas 13-10 
 7. TED Kolejliler 12-11 
 8. Tofas 10-13 
 9. Erdemir 9-14 
 10. Aliaga 8-15 
 11. Gaziantep 8-15 
 12. Mersin 7-16 
 13. Turk Telekom 7-16 
 14. Olin Edirne 5-18 
 15. Antalya 5-18 
 16. Hacettepe 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 26: Fener.Ulker - Gaziantep 95-59
Mar. 23: Mersin - Antalya 87-86
Mar. 23: Karsiyaka - Hacettepe 83-69
Mar. 23: TED Kolejliler - Aliaga 80-76
Mar. 23: Tofas - Banvit BK 80-73
Mar. 25: Besiktas - Galatasaray 72-76
Mar. 23: Olin Edirne - Turk Telekom 63-67
Mar. 24: Erdemir - Anadolu Efes 46-78

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 30: Mersin - Aliaga
Mar. 30: Hacettepe - Tofas
Mar. 30: Antalya - Besiktas
Mar. 30: Turk Telekom - Gaziantep
Mar. 30: Galatasaray - Karsiyaka
Mar. 30: Olin Edirne - Erdemir
Mar. 31: Banvit BK - Fener.Ulker
Apr. 1: Anadolu Efes - TED Kolejliler

Round 22

Mar. 27: Banvit BK - Karsiyaka


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin20.9 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.18.0 
 3. Burtt, Tofas17.9 
 4. Penney, TED K.17.2 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir16.5 
 6. Lewis, Antalya16.0 
 7. Swann, Gaziantep15.3 
 8. Dixon, Karsiyaka15.1 
 9. Dorsey, Gaziantep15.1 
 10. Brown, Turk T.14.9