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  ABA   



SouthWest Division Awards given - by Gianni Pascucci

See here down the 2012-13 Season Awards given in SouthWest Division of the American Basketball Association (ABA)

Division MVP - Marlo Saunders and Will Haynes
Coach of the year - Cleveland Phelps
Executive of the year - Casey Topletz

1st Team
Brandon Lee- North Dallas Vandals
Justin Leemow- North Dallas Vandals
Difbril Thiam- North Dallas Vandals
Marcus Saunders-West Texas Whirlwinds
Barry Whitley-West Texas Whirlwinds
Larry Boyd-West Texas Whirlwinds
Derek Winston- OKC Outlaws
Kenny Hewitt- Dallas Impact
Mike Willis- Texas Fuel

2nd Team
Ned Simmions-West Texas Whirlwinds
Keandre Derrick-Dallas Impact
Brad Hambrick- Texas Fuel
Bill Wilson-West Texas Whirlwinds
Sammy Jackson-Dallas Impact
Johnthan Reed-OKC Outlaw
Richard thomas-North Dallas Vandals
Randel Daigle- Lake Charles
Lou Crane- West Texas Whirlwinds

According with statements of coach Phelps, the ABA SouthWest Division will have its first Division Showcase Game in San Antonio, on Sat. March 30th at 7pm at Mission Concepcion.



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  ALGERIA   

Standings

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. GS Petroliers 16-1 
 2. CRB Dar El-B. 16-2 
 3. USM Blida 10-8 
 4. Arreridj 9-8 
 5. Trefle BB Blida 8-9 
 6. USM Alger 8-10 
 7. O Batna 8-10 
 8. COBB 6-11 
 9. MS Cherchell 6-12 
 10. Annaba 0-16 
Group B
 1. CSMC 17-1 
 2. US Setif 12-5 
 3. Staoueli 12-6 
 4. CSMB 11-5 
 5. WA Boufarik 10-5 
 6. Skikda 8-8 
 7. NAH Dey 7-10 
 8. Sidi-bel-Abbes 4-14 
 9. CR Bir Khadem 3-14 
 10. CRB Temouch. 1-17 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Satria Muda 10-3 
 2. Petron Blaze 9-3 
 3. KL Dragons 7-6 
 4. Singapore S. 4-9 
 5. Thailand S. 4-9 
 6. Saigon H. 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 27: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 83-72
Mar. 29: KL Dragons - Saigon H.
Mar. 30: Petron Blaze - Thailand S.
Mar. 31: Singapore S. - Saigon H.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Lee-Ingram's double-double lands him Round 5 (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kumanovo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage). He is American forward in his first season at Kumanovo. In the last game Lee-Ingram recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Kumanovo to edge the lower-ranked Teodo Tivat (#6, 2-7) by 6 points 96-90. Kumanovo's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 5-4 record is not bad at all. Lee-Ingram is one of the most experienced players at Kumanovo and similarly like Uros Lukovic has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Second best performed player last round was 23-year old center Uros Lukovic (212-C-89). He had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Teodo Tivat (#6, 2-7) 96-90. Kumanovo maintains the 3rd position in Balkan League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Kumanovo will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. Lukovic turned to be Kumanovo's top player in his first season with the team. Lukovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.9ppg) and averages solid 2.5bpg and 63.9% FGP.

Third place about best performers goes to center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) of Teodo Tivat (#6). Radulovic scored 18 points. Despite Radulovic's great performance Teodo Tivat lost 90-96 to the higher-ranked Kumanovo (#3, 5-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Teodo Tivat can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Radulovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Radulovic has individually a great season in Balkan League. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83) of Teodo Tivat - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82) of Levski Sofia - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Stefan Djordjevic (206-C-89) of Teodo Tivat - 17 points
7. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Levski Sofia - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Terry Smith (185-PG-86) of Rilski Sportist - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88) of Kumanovo - 18 points and 6 assists
10. Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) of Teodo Tivat - 15 points, 3 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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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 20-6 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 19-6 
 3. Gembo BBC 18-7 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-9 
 5. St-Niklase 15-10 
 6. CEP Fleurus 15-10 
 7. Waregem 14-12 
 8. M.Hainaut II 12-13 
 9. Tongeren 12-14 
 10. Gent Dragons 11-13 
 11. Excelsior 11-13 
 12. Sprimont 10-14 
 13. Oudenaarde 8-17 
 14. Giants II 3-21 
 15. Essor Charleroi 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 29: M.Hainaut II - Sint-Jan Ant.
Mar. 29: CEP Fleurus - Kangor.-Boom
Mar. 30: Waregem - Point Chaud
Mar. 30: Gent Dragons - Houthalen
Mar. 30: Tongeren - Gembo BBC
Mar. 31: Giants II - Excelsior
Mar. 31: Oudenaarde - Sint-Jan Ant.



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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, Capljina16.5 
 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. Damjanovic, Servit.6.3 
 10. Erkic, Radnik B.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. Hodzic, Bosna5.1 
 5. Kovacevic, Capljina5.0 
 6. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 7. Radovanovic, Radni.4.7 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.6 
 9. Bjelica, Capljina4.2 
 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, Capljina2.2 
 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. Demic, Bosna0.4 
 10. Ninkovic, Leotar0.4 



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  BRAZIL   


Universo/Ajax sign Mutombo and Guilherme Gitterer - by Paulo Freire

The Universo/Ajax basketball team from Goias State is now getting their first group of players.
The team already sign the point guard Gustavo Gomes (G-89), guard Paulo Nery (188-G-81) and center Paulao Castro (212-C-79).
The managers of the club now agreed with guard Ederson da Silva (194-G-84), more knowing as Mutombo, another piece is the forward Guilherme Gitterer (204-C-85) who have been playing in Spain since 2005.
The managers of the team are also negotiation with an guard from Argentina and three american players are expect to join the team as well.





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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

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


Guangdong step closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong ST - Shandong FB 97-83 (3-0)

Guangdong step closer to the title and took 3-0 record. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-83. Guandong Tigers made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Shandong Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international FangYu Zhu (201-83) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. International Jianlian Yi (212-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. American point guard Pooh Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) answered with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Shandong Bulls' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: Z.FangYu 23+3reb+1ast, Z.Peng 18+3reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 18+4reb+3ast, Y.Jianlian 13+10reb+2ast, D.Ike 11+5reb+2ast, S.Donald 9+4reb+8ast
Shandong FB: J.Pooh 25+8reb+4ast, A.Zaid 15+8reb, Y.Ding 14+5reb+1ast, L.JingYu 11+1reb+1ast, V.Jackson 7+7reb+2ast, T.HanLin 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 237429



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cibona 1-0 
 2. Jolly 1-0 
 3. KK Split 1-0 
 4. Zadar 1-0 
 5. Kvarner 2010 0-0 
 6. KK Zagreb 0-1 
 7. Cedevita 0-1 
 8. Alkar Sinj 0-1 
Places 9-14
 1. Darda 10-8 
 2. Djuro Djakovic 10-8 
 3. Zabok 7-11 
 4. Krizevci 6-13 
 5. Osjecki Sokol 5-13 
 6. Dubrovnik 1-17 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 27: Kvarner 2010 - Cibona 84-86
Mar. 27: Cedevita - Zadar 79-84 OT
Mar. 27: Jolly - KK Zagreb 70-65
Mar. 27: Alkar Sinj - KK Split 65-71

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 3: Cibona - Zadar
Apr. 3: KK Zagreb - Cedevita
Apr. 3: KK Split - Jolly
Apr. 3: Kvarner 2010 - Alkar Sinj


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ross, Jolly22.3 
 2. Batina, Djuro D.17.1 
 3. Mrva, Jolly16.9 
 4. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.4 
 5. Budimir, Osjecki15.2 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci14.9 
 7. Lez, Zabok14.7 
 8. Radic, Kvarner 201014.7 
 9. Skific, Kvarner14.6 
 10. Peraica, Darda14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mate MRVA
  Jolly
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mrva, Jolly7.8 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.4 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.0 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Poscic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 6. Krapic, KK Zagreb5.6 
 7. Skific, Kvarner5.3 
 8. Peraica, Darda5.3 
 9. Vlaic, Zabok5.3 
 10. Krstanovic, Krize.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.2 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.2 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Blajic, Djuro D.3.4 
 6. Panduric, Darda3.2 
 7. Segaric, KK Zagreb3.1 
 8. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
 9. Rembert, Krizevci2.9 
 10. Jugo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ross, Jolly2.7 
 2. Krivec, Kvarner1.7 
 3. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 5. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 6. Segaric, KK Zagreb1.4 
 7. Glavinic, Darda1.3 
 8. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.3 
 9. Batina, Djuro D.1.3 
 10. Skific, Kvarner1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 2. Bubalo, Jolly1.2 
 3. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 4. Najev, Dubrovnik0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.7 
 6. Vlaic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 8. Budimir, Osjecki0.6 
 9. Bundovic, Zabok0.6 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.6 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 28-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 19-10 
 3. NH Ostrava 18-12 
 4. BK Pardubice 18-12 
 5. BC Kolin 17-13 
 6. BK Decin 17-13 
Group A2
 1. Levice 20-15 
 2. USK Praha 16-18 
 3. B&W Opava 13-21 
 4. Chomutov 13-22 
 5. J.Hradec 10-24 
 6. Svitavy 10-24 
 7. Usti n/Labem 10-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

A1

Mar. 30: BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov
Mar. 30: BC Kolin - BK Decin
Mar. 30: CEZ Nymburk - NH Ostrava

A2

Mar. 27: Chomutov - Svitavy 87-68
Mar. 27: USK Praha - B&W Opava 86-57
Mar. 27: Usti n/Labem - Levice 72-81
Mar. 30: Svitavy - USK Praha
Mar. 30: B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem
Mar. 30: Levice - J.Hradec


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Matej VENTA
  J.Hradec
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Venta, J.Hradec19.8 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin18.3 
 4. Meno, USK Praha17.5 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy17.5 
 6. Fields, Chomutov17.3 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava16.7 
 8. Fields, Levice16.5 
 9. Reese, Usti n.16.2 
 10. Zabas, BK Pardub.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.2 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.8 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Bolds, BC Kolin7.0 
 8. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 9. Deloach, Svitavy6.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.0 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.7 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 4. Venta, J.Hradec4.6 
 5. Deloach, Svitavy4.5 
 6. Carter, CEZ N.4.3 
 7. Glover, Chomutov4.3 
 8. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 9. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
 10. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.6 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Reese, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 4. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 5. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 6. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 8. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


Astrum Levice Defeated Levharti Chomutov on Monday Night - by Surujh Roopnarine

In a make-up game from Round 3 of A2 group play, leaders Astrum Levice defeated the visiting Levharti Chomutov 78-69.Despite opening up a double-digit lead in the first half, the home squad had to withstand a furious third-quarter comeback from Chomutov which eventually tied the game at 55-55 heading into the fourth quarter. The game saw tremendous individual performances on both sides, as the winners from Slovakia were paced by the trio of Salih Nuhanovic (208-C-82), Willie Kemp (188-PG-87, college: Memphis) and Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) who scored 22, 20 and 20 points respectively. Nuhanovic also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. For Chomutov, they were paced by the tremendous performance of John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) who scored 19 points while pulling down a game-high 23 rebounds in defeat. The 23 rebounds, including 18 on the defensive glass, were a season high for the 205cm big man.
With the victory Levice improved to 20-15 (55 points) while Chomutov fell to 12-22 (46 points), 4th in the A2 group.
LEVICE: Salih Nuhanovic (22pts+10reb), Brandon Fields (20pts), Willie Kemp (20pts), Tomas Mrvis (200-SF-91) (6pts)
CHOMUTOV: John Fields (19pts+23reb+5to), Showron Glover (180-PG-87) (17pts+5to), Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) (14pts+6reb), Curtis Allen (193-G-86, college: ORU) (10pts)



Czech Republic NBL round 5 (Second Stage) best performance: Tweety Carter - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked CEZ Nymburk, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, two rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat BK Pardubice (#4, 18-12) 84-75. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic NBL. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 28-1. In the team's last game Carter had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former Baylor University star has very solid stats this year. Carter is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.5apg) and averages impressive 54.5% FGP and 44.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Showron Glover (180-PG-87) of Chomutov. Glover had a very good evening with 32 points and 7 assists. Bad luck as Chomutov lost that game 103-111 to the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#1, 10-24). Despite lost game Chomutov moved up to -2th position in A2. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-22 record. Glover is a newcomer at Chomutov, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Brandon Fields (193-G-88) of Levice (#-5). Fields got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of Levice, leading his team to a 93-74 easy win against #0 ranked Svitavy in a game of the week. Levice needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in A2. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 15 lost games. Fields has a great season in Czech Republic. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 3.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) of Svitavy - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87) of Usti n/Labem - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kamil Svrdlik (206-PF-86) of BK Prostejov - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) of J.Hradec - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Chomutov - 27 points and 5 rebounds
9. Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) of Svitavy - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Brandon Fields (193-G-88) of Levice - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 31-14 
 2. Canton C. 27-19 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 24-21 
 4. Maine RC 24-23 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 23-22 
 6. Erie Bay H. 23-22 
 7. Springfield A. 18-27 
 8. Iowa E. 11-35 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 32-13 
 2. Rio Grande VV 31-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 25-20 
 4. Austin T. 25-20 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-26 
 6. Texas L. 19-27 
 7. Idaho S. 16-30 
 8. Reno B. 15-29 

Regular Season: Round 65

Mar. 27: Austin T. - Sioux Falls S. 90-92
Mar. 27: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 118-105
Mar. 27: Springfield A. - Canton C. 110-108
Mar. 27: Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S. 101-109
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. Goudelock, Rio G.21.5 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 4. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.20.7 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.20.0 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 9. Jones, Rio G.19.0 
 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.10.0 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 8. Varnado, Sioux F.9.3 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.2 
 10. Wright, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Reno B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 2. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.2 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 7. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Goudelock, Rio G.6.0 
 10. Singletary, Texas5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.0 
 4. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 5. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 6. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 7. Singletary, Texas1.8 
 8. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 10. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.4 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.2 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 6. Armstrong, Santa C.2.2 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Moon, Los A.2.0 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


D-League round 64 best performance: Terrence Jones - by Eurobasket News

Forward Terrence Jones (205-F-92) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Rio Grande VV, receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 64.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Tulsa 66ers (#3, 25-19) 104-94. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rio Grande VV maintains the 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 30-15 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Rio Grande VV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Kentucky star has very solid stats this year. Jones. Jones is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.1ppg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 54.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Sean Singletary (183-PG-85) of Texas L.. Singletary had a very good evening with 35 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Texas L. lost that game 93-103 to slightly lower-ranked Reno B. (#7, 15-29). Texas L. managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 19-27 record. Singletary is a newcomer at Texas L., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Iowa E. (#8). Harris got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . Despite Harris' great performance Iowa E. lost 94-99 to the higher-ranked Austin T. (#4, 25-19). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Iowa E. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 11-35 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Harris he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Harris has a very solid season. In 43 games in D-L he scored 16.6ppg. He also has 8.7rpg and FGP: 50.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) of Rio Grande VV - 41 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) of Los Angeles D. - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Tony Mitchell (198-F-92) of Ft.Wayne MA - 37 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) of Los Angeles D. - 35 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) of Austin T. - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Royce White (203-F-91) of Rio Grande VV - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Mo Charlo (201-F-83) of Reno B. - 16 points and 12 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 - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 20-9 
 2. TU/Rock 18-1 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 15-5 
 4. TTU 14-11 
 5. Rapla 13-13 
 6. Valga 12-16 
 7. Parnu 11-14 
 8. Tln Kalev 8-21 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 27: Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 69-64
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TU/Rock
Mar. 30: Hito/Johvi - Kalev/Cramo
Mar. 30: Parnu - Rapla
Mar. 31: TTU - Parnu
Mar. 28: Kalev/Cramo - TTU


Stats Leaders

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


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Lithuanian team Rudupis to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Barons kvartals (5-1) 76-73 in the Baltic League in Wednesday night's game. Vene recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 25 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Rudupis Prienu (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Vene averages: 9.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 29.4% in the 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy. Kangur could not help Montepaschi Siena (7-5) to beat Besiktas (1-11). He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the fifth-placed Montepaschi Siena was edged 72-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Besiktas (#8) in the group F of Euroleague. It was Montepaschi Siena's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Kangur's first season with the team. Kangur's overall stats this year are: 8.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania). Hallik was the major contributor in Craiova's victory against the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco (18-10) 80-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Sunday night. He recorded 14 points in 21 minutes. SCM CSU Craiova (20-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Hallik's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg in the 12 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Gregor Arbet
Gregor Arbet
   #4. Swingman Gregor Arbet (195-83, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Kavala (5-16) in their game against KAOD (7-14) in the Greek A1. Arbet scored 9 points. But Kavala was defeated 71-60 at home by the higher-ranked KAOD (#10). It was Kavala's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Arbet's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Kent-Kaarel Vene
Kent-Kaarel Vene
   #5. U18 international shooting guard Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-94, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Zalgiris-Sabonio krepsinio centras in a victory against the closely-ranked Olimpas (23-11) 79-62 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Thursday. Vene recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Zalgiris-Sabonio krepsinio centras (21-13) is placed sixth in the NKL. This year Vene averages just 1.8ppg in the 25 games. He plays currently for the Estonian U18 national team.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Janar Talts (207-PF-83) plays for Cimberio Varese in Italian SerieA
Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) plays for Olimpi in Georgian Superleague
Marko Meimer (200-F-96) plays for Caceres Basket in Spanish LEB Gold
Viljar Veski (215-C-86) plays for Palma in Spanish LEB Silver
Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Elgar Tamsalu (184-G/F-87) plays for East Perth Eagles in Australian State League
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga

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



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.1 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena19.5 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. McKee, Triumph17.9 
 5. Eidson, Unics16.5 
 6. Ray, Ratiopharm16.5 
 7. Karasev, Triumph16.1 
 8. Delaney, Budivelnyk16.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.0 
 10. Brown, Lokomotiv16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.0 
 2. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.3 
 3. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.3 
 4. Maric, Lokomotiv7.1 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.1 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK6.8 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.6.6 
 8. Savovic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 9. Hervelle, Gescr.6.2 
 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. Satoransky, Cajasol4.8 
 7. Rowland, VEF Riga4.8 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 9. Welsch, CEZ N.4.3 
 10. Nelson, Crvena Z.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. Mejia, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Wright, Spartak SP1.6 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.1.4 
 9. Carter, Spartak SP1.4 
 10. Hodge, Stelmet ZG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.3 
 2. Balvin, Cajasol1.2 
 3. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.2 
 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. Ndong, Galatasar.0.8 


Lokomotiv and Uxue Bilbao Basket advanced to the 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 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 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 chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Gescrap BB - Budivelnyk 75-53
Uxue Bilbao Basket reach the Finals as they rolled over BC Budivelnik Kiev in Game 2 of the Semifinals. The Spanish team had a 10-point victory in Game 2 and added massive 75:53 win tonight. Uxue Bilbao Basket started with 20-14 in the first period and never looked behind in the game. They added 17-9 in the second frame and enjoyed a 37:23 halftime advantage. The team from Ukraine replied with 19-16 rally in the third quarter and managed to reduce to 9 points early in the last stanza. Uxue Bilbao Basket however pushed the tempo for good and reached a 22-point victory. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Mamadou Samb, Kostas Vasiliadis and Fran Pilepic followed them with 10 points each in a win. Leo Lyons answered with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) posted 12. Michailis Anisimovas scored 8 and Sergiy Gorbenko had 6.



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 31-9 
 2. KTP 31-9 
 3. Kataja 28-8 
 4. Pyrinto 26-12 
 5. Kauhajoki 24-16 
 6. Kouvot 19-20 
 7. LrNMKY 17-22 
 8. Korihait 13-27 
 9. Lapua 13-27 
 10. Salon Vilpas 12-27 
 11. Namika Lahti 11-28 
 12. FoKoPo 10-30 

Regular Season: Round 41

Mar. 27: Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki 96-61
Mar. 25: Nilan Bisons - Kataja 95-84
Mar. 26: Lapua - Namika Lahti 83-90
Mar. 27: Pyrinto - Kouvot 82-70
Mar. 26: FoKoPo - Kataja 79-104
Mar. 27: LrNMKY - Nilan Bisons 76-89
Mar. 27: KTP - Korihait 101-72

Regular Season: Round 42

Mar. 30: Kauhajoki - FoKoPo
Mar. 30: Nilan Bisons - Lapua
Mar. 30: Kouvot - Salon Vilpas
Mar. 30: Namika Lahti - KTP
Mar. 30: Korihait - Pyrinto
Mar. 30: Kataja - LrNMKY


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.8 
 2. Relphorde, Salon V.22.7 
 3. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.21.0 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.3 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.4 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.5 
 8. Logins, LrNM.17.7 
 9. Holloway, Namika L.17.2 
 10. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.0 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.9 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.6 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.4 
 5. Thornton, FoKoPo9.2 
 6. Giles, KTP9.1 
 7. Watt, Korihait8.5 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 10. Haanpaa, Lapua8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.1 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.8 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.4 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.1 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.9 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.8 
 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. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 6. Tolbert, Lapua1.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 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. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 4. Giles, KTP1.1 
 5. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 6. Fields, Kataja1.0 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 9. Watt, Korihait0.9 
 10. Dyer, Korihait0.9 


Stats Leaders - Division I

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


KORISLIIGA: KTP and Bisons are rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 40: Four contests tonight, no big upsets. KTP (Kotka) crushed UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 32-10 during the last 10 minutes and the final difference between these two teams was 29 points: 101-72 (48-44). KTP (31-9) caused UU-Korihait 24 turnovers and the "D" was so clean, that the visitors had only four FTs in the game. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) led KTP with 20pts/7rbs. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) was 6/10 from the distance adding 20 pts for KTP. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) led UU-Korihait with 21 pts.
Bisons (Loimaa) was visiting Lappeenranta, where local YMCA had to admit the visitors were tougher: 76-89 (32-37). Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) led YMCA LPR (17-23) with game high 32pts (1 - 4/5, 2 - 11/19, 3 - 2/5) and 13rbs. Greg Logins (200-F-88, college: Canisius) added 14 pts. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) netted 19 pts for the Bisons (31-9). Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) added 18 pts and gave 12 assists.
Pyrinto (Tampere) was leading vs Kouvot (Kouvola) by 15 points during the half and winning finally by 12 pts: 82-70 (42-27). Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) led Pyrinto with 22pts. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) gave six assists and was leading Kouvot with 16 pts. Vilpas (Salo) scored 96 points vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) and that was 35 points too much for J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, college: Cleveland St.) and company. Bullock (13 pts) was anyway back in action after the injury. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) again leading Vilpas (13-27) with 22 pts. Nine Vilpas players scored points.

KTP - UU-Korihait 101-72 (48-44). (Devonne Giles 20/7, Jukka Matinen 20, Antwine Williams 19 - Villematti Kopio 21, T.J.Robinson 15, Alain Laroche 14. A: 1030).
YMCA LPR - Bisons 76-89 (32-37). (Jason Conley 32/13, Greg Logins 14, Matt Gibson 13/7a - Mikko Koivisto 19, Martin Zenio 18, Jeb Ivey 18/12a. A:413).
Pyrinto - Kouvot 82-70 (47-27). (Carl Lindbom 22, Lamonte Ulmer 16, Damon Williams 12/8/5a - Antto Nikkarinen 16/6a, Gilberto Clavell 16, Aleksi Akpaso 9. A: 777).
Vilpas - Karhu 96-61 (46-30). (Marcus Relphorde 22, Alex Vaenerberg 16, Shawn Atupem 15/7 - Giordan Watson 19, J'Nathan Bullock 13, Haminn Quaintance 12. A: 860).



1.DIVISION: Tarmo defeated BC Nokia - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, Play-off-games, Quarter-Finals, Game 1: Two nervous teams, low shooting percentages, better Defense. Regular season winner Tarmo (Porvoo) defeated BC Nokia 63-58 (26-32). Quarters: 11-13, 15-19, 20-6, 17-20. BC Nokia won three quarters and Tarmo only one, the third quarter and finally the contest. BC Nokia lost Kraidon Woods (205-C/F-88, college: Drake) in the beginning of the third quarter after an unfortunate accident, when Woods was blocking Isaiah Tate's donk. Woods hurt his right knee when coming down on the floor. BC Nokia was leading then (22:00) 28-34. Three and half minutes later (25:27) Tarmo was leading 37-36.
Tarmo never gave away the lead although it was a three-point-game (60-57) with 25 seconds to go. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy), who had scored two points during the first half, had 15 points during the second half. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) led BC Nokia with 24pts/22rbs and BC Nokia won the rebounds 38-54. Game # 2 on Monday, April 1 at Nokia. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) vs Honka (Tapiola) will start on Thursday, March 28.

Tarmo - BC Nokia 63-58 (26-32). (Vernon Taylor 17/8, Isaiah Tate 14, Jarkko Kyllonen 12 - Brian Moultrie 24/22, Ville Tuominen 10, Antti Keski-Koukkari 5. A: 362).



Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team Khimky to a victory over the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-10) crushing them 99-76 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Koponen was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 7 passes in 29 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (7-5) is placed second in group F. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year Koponen averages: 6.3ppg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 43.6% in the 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Rannikko could not help Un.Olimpija (13-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija was defeated 79-75 on the road by the higher-ranked Buducnost (#5). Rannikko scored 10 points and added 4 passes. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 66.7%(18-27), 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 87.1%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy). Kotti contributed to an Vanoli Cremona's surprising victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (18-6) 108-91 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Vanoli Cremona (10-14) is placed ninth in the SerieA. This year Kotti's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 61.0%(50-82) and FT: 55.6% in the 22 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #4. Center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League) faced previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko in the Adriatic League last game. Lee was the major contributor in Buducnost's victory against the closely-ranked Un.Olimpija (13-13) 79-75. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Lee has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Lee is also Finnish national team player. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #5. International guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Salin was not able to help Un.Olimpija (13-13) in their game against Buducnost (16-10). He scored 6 points in 25 minutes. Un.Olimpija lost 75-79 in Podgorica to the higher-ranked (#5) Buducnost. Salin belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #4 with 1.6spg. This year he also averages: 7.5ppg and 3.2rpg in the 25 games. Salin plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #6. Small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Upea CdO's victory against the closely-ranked Pall.Trento (9-12) 91-87 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Upea Capo d'Orlando (10-12) is placed ninth in the Lega2. Huff has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 3.0spg. Huff is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #7. International forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked JA Vichy (18-7) 92-75 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds in 36 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (14-9) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Kaunisto is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.6ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 18 games. Kaunisto is also Finnish national team player.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko. He played also in the last Adriatic League game facing Sasu Salin (above) in the other team. Sulejmanovic was not able to secure a victory for Un.Olimpija (13-13) in their game against Buducnost (16-10). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sulejmanovic scored only 2 points. Un.Olimpija was defeated 79-75 in Podgorica by the higher-ranked Buducnost (#5). This season Sulejmanovic averages just 2.4ppg. He used to play for the Finnish U16 national team back in 2011.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #9. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Solna Vikings (20-13) in their game against Sodertalje Kings (24-9) in the Swedish Basketligan. Ahonen scored 9 points in 21 minutes. But Solna Vikings lost 71-79 in Sodertalje to the higher-ranked (#3) Kings. This year Ahonen has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 4.0apg in the 34 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #10. Power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Prat Juventud (13-7) in their game against Clinicas Rincon (12-8) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Caven was the second best scorer with 11 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Caven's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 2.6rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Finnish National Team roster.



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

32-year old guard Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Nilan Bisons and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 41.
He got a double-double of 18 points and 12 assists, while his team beat LrNMKY (#7, 17-22) 89-76. It allowed Nilan Bisons to consolidate first place in the Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nilan Bisons has a very solid 31-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Ivey's second year at Nilan Bisons and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ivey is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.4apg) and averages solid 54.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International) of LrNMKY. He is American guard in his first season at LrNMKY. In the last game Conley recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as LrNMKY lost that game 76-89 to the higher-ranked Nilan Bisons (#1, 31-9). LrNMKY 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 17-22 record. Conley is a newcomer at LrNMKY and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#1). He also registered 9.9 boards per game. Former University of Missouri star Conley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to another Nilan Bisons' star - guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85). Zeno scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Nilan Bisons, helping his team with a 95-84 win against #3 ranked Kataja in a game of the week. Nilan Bisons confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 31 victories and 9 lost games. Zeno has a great season in Finland. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.2ppg (3rd best) and assists with 4.1apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85) of FoKoPo - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) of Pyrinto - 22 points and 5 rebounds
6. Emmanuel Holloway (185-G-86) of Namika Lahti - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85) of Namika Lahti - 24 points and 8 rebounds
8. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) of Kataja - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Antwine Williams (192-F-75) of KTP - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Tony Parker selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (53-17) in their last game. Despite Parker's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were edged 96-95 on the road by the Houston Rockets. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Parker also added 4 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 35 minutes on the court. It was Spurs' first loss after four consecutive victories. It's Parker's 12th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Parker averages: 21.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 83.2% in the 58 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Noah was not able to help the Chicago Bulls (38-31) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the Chicago Bulls were defeated 99-89 in Portland by the Trail Blazers. Noah was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. Noah belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. This season he has very high stats. Noah averages: 12.1ppg, 11.4rpg, 4.1apg, 2.2bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.1% and FT: 76.0%. He is a naturalized American. Noah played for the French national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in France.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Batum was not able to secure a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers (33-37) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Portland Trail Blazers were badly defeated 103-83 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. Batum was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 boards, handed out 8 passes and blocked 2 shots in 37 minutes. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 14.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.9apg, 1.2bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 84.6% in the 69 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #4. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) led Washington Wizards to a victory against the Phoenix Suns (23-48) 88-79 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Seraphin recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Washington Wizards have 26-44 record this season. Seraphin has relatively good stats this year: 9.1ppg and 4.3rpg. He is also French national team player.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #5. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Spain) 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 last Saturday. Heurtel scored 13 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (20-6) is placed second in the ACB. This year Heurtel's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #6. Power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gescrap BB (16-10) in their game against Assignia Manresa (5-21) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance on Sunday night Moerman scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It's Moerman's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 6.4ppg and 3.2rpg. Moerman is a former international player as he played for the French senior team three years ago.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #7. International shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. De Colo helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Golden State Warriors (41-31) 104-93. He recorded 10 points in 25 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 53-17 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year De Colo's total stats are: 3.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 60 games. He is also French national team player.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #8. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs (53-17) in their game against the Houston Rockets (39-31). Despite his good performance last Sunday He scored 10 points and blocked 2 shots. Diaw has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #9. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Indiana Pacers win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (34-35) crushing them 102-78 in the NBA on Friday night. Mahinmi scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 44-27 record this season. Mahinmi has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg in the 71 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Guy-Marc Michel
Guy-Marc Michel
   #10. Center Guy-Marc Michel (213-88, college: Indiana, currently plays in Greece) led KAOD to a victory over the closely-ranked Kavala (5-16) 71-60 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Michel was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Michel also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. KAO Dramas (7-14) is placed tenth in the A1. Michel belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.6bpg. Michel is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. International power forward Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in a 3-point ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg 75-72 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Traore has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the four games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Spain) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 68-56 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Pietrus scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 3.1rpg. Pietrus is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel. However that was another game of his team in Euroleague which brought him to that list. Causeur couldn't help Caja Laboral in their game against Regal FC Barcelona. He scored 5 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 74-83. Causeur has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 22 games. He is also French national team player.

   #14. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Atlanta Hawks to win against the Milwaukee Bucks 104-99 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Petro scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.6rpg. Petro used to play for the French national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help PGE Turow in their game against Unics Kazan in the VTB United League. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. His team was crushed by 32 points 80-48. Cel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 6.7rpg. This year he also averages: 9.2ppg in the 18 games. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the N.Mexico St. (14-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Sy's very good performance the N.Mexico St. was badly defeated 64-44 on the road by the Saint Louis University. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Sy has been at the team for four years. Sy has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) led USK Praha to a victory over the third-ranked B&W Opava (13-21) crushing them 86-57 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night's game. Meno was the best player in that game. He recorded 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A2. USK Praha (25-1) is placed first. It was his team's fourth 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. Meno is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Meno averages: 17.5ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 34 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Congolese and French.

   #3. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Palencia Baloncesto's victory against the eighth-ranked Lobe Huesca (10-13) 87-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 13 points and had 3 steals. Palencia Baloncesto (14-9) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ott has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #4. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (13-13) 76-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. Tillie has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 4.2rpg in the 26 games. He has both Dutch and French nationalities.

   #5. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Al Moutahed win their game against the closely-ranked Sagesse (19-4) 88-80 in the Lebanese Division A last Sunday. Samaha scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Al Moutahed Tripoli (15-8) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Samaha has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 5.0rpg. He also holds two passports: French and Lebanese.

   #6. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan), who plays in the Taiwanese SBL was not able to help Yulon Luxgen (16-14) in their last game. Despite Lamizana's very good performance Yulon Luxgen was edged 77-75 by the leading Pure Youth. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Lamizana also added 8 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 4 blocks in 36 minutes. Lamizana is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 21.8ppg, 12.3rpg, 3.7apg, 3.3bpg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. Lamizana has Ivorian and French nationalities.

   #7. Remi Barry (201-F, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bandja Sy and both played together in the last NCAA game. Barry was not able to secure a victory for the N.Mexico St. in their game against the Saint Louis University. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 64-44. This season Barry has very high stats. He averages: 21.8ppg, 12.3rpg, 3.7apg, 3.3bpg and 1.2spg.

   #8. Yoni Deri (178-PG-87, currently plays in Israel) helped Ironi Nahariya win their game against the eighth-ranked Hapoel Kazrin 92-88 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Deri recorded 14 points in 30 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 11 games. Deri holds both French and Israeli passports.

   #9. Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa, currently plays in Italy) helped VL Pesaro win their game against the 11th-ranked Juvecaserta 77-66 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 6 points. Bryan has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He has French and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-G-81, currently plays in Romania) managed to help SCM CSU Craiova in a victory against the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco 80-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. Kabengele-Kalala recorded only 3 points. This year he averages just 1.7ppg in the three games. Kabengele-Kalala has dual citizenship: French and Romanian.



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 22: Batumi - STU Tbilisi 86-75
Mar. 27: Sokhumi - Dinamo Tbilisi 74-73
Mar. 27: Samedicino - TSU Tbilisi 73-70
Mar. 27: Armia - Rustavi 64-79
Mar. 27: Olimpi - MIA Academy 63-70

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 30: TSU Tbilisi - Sokhumi
Mar. 30: Olimpi - Rustavi
Mar. 30: MIA Academy - Kutaisi
Mar. 30: Dinamo Tbilisi - Armia
Mar. 30: STU Tbilisi - Samedicino


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Bowie, Rustavi22.0 
 2. Chlaidze, Sokhumi21.5 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.20.8 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.19.8 
 5. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.17.2 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi17.2 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi17.1 
 8. Chikviladze, Dinam.15.8 
 9. Ramishvili, Batumi15.6 
 10. Fatsatsia, Olimpi15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.13.2 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.9 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi12.7 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.7 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.5 
 6. Nelson, Rustavi9.3 
 7. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.9.1 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi9.0 
 9. Revazashvili, Same.7.8 
 10. Prewitt, MIA A.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.6.4 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi5.9 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.9 
 5. Bakradze, TSU T.5.4 
 6. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.3 
 7. Bowie, Rustavi5.2 
 8. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.2 
 9. Tsekvava, Rustavi3.9 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.6 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.3 
 3. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 5. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.1.7 
 7. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 8. Gamqrelidze, Armia1.6 
 9. Fatsatsia, Olimpi1.6 
 10. Chikviladze, Dina.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.4 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.6 
 3. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.4 
 4. Milosevic, Olimpi1.3 
 5. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 6. Archibeque, MIA A.1.1 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.1 
 8. Eliashvili, Batumi1.1 
 9. Periashvili, Samed.0.9 
 10. Toudjani, Rustavi0.8 


Jovan Stefanov joins Energy Invest Rustavi - by Eurobasket News

Jovan Stefanov (205-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) joins Energy Invest Rustavi for the rest of the season. The Serbian player already debuted last night for the Georgian team.
Jovan Stefanov started his career in 1999-2000 for FMP Zeleznik Beograd. In 2001-2002 he moved to Tavares (Fla.) and in 25 games averaged 21.5ppg, 9.9rpg. 2.1apg. In 2002-2003 he moved to Illinois-Chicago (NCAA) and stayed until year 2007. In 2007-2008 appeared for Energy Invest Rustavi (Georgia-Highest League, 1T) and in FIBA EuroCup showed 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 85.7%. In Georgian League he became the third top-scorer with 19.6ppg, Reb-2 (9.3rpg), Assists-5 (4.6apg).
In 2008-2009 Jovan Stefanov moved to Ararat (Iran-Superleague, starting five) and in 18 games had high 23.4ppg, 12.0rpg. In 2009-2010 he played for ASM Basket Le Puy Haute Loire (France-NM1, starting five) and averaged 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.8%, 3Pts: 42.9%, FT: 54.0%. In 2010-2011 the Serbina player appeared for at BC Souffelweyersheim (France-NM1) and in 14 games had 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 67.4%.



Superleague Round 19: Leader Olimpi loses to MIA - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superleague is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Olimpi (14-3) in Tbilisi on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by MIA (15-2) 70-63. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Olimpi. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 14-2 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olimpi won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when MIA won last quarter 21-16. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds for lost side. MIA have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Olimpi at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. MIA are looking forward to face Kutaisi (#5) at home in the next round. Olimpi will play against Energy Invest in Rustavi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Seventh ranked Sokhumi (7-10) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 5th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (10-7) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Grigol Shvangiradze contributed with 21 points for the winners. Sokhumi's coach Vazha Kvaratskhelia allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) answered with 21 points and 7 assists for Dinamo Tbilisi. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sokhumi. They maintain seventh place with 7-10 record. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Kutaisi. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Armia (13-4) against fourth ranked Energy Invest (13-5) on Wednesday night. Host Armia was defeated by Energy Invest in Tbilisi 79-64. It was a great evening for Kyle Nelson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side Giorgi Gamqrelidze responded with 14 points and 7 assists. Energy Invest maintains fourth place with 13-5 record. Defending champion Armia keeps the third position with four games lost. Energy Invest will meet league's second-placed Olimpi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Bottom-ranked STU (0-17) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-75 loss to ninth ranked Batumi (5-13) in Batumi. It was an exceptional evening for Lasha Keshelava who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. STU's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Batumi maintains ninth place with 5-13 record. STU lost their seventeenth game in a row. They still closes the standings. Batumi will have a break next round. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Tenth ranked Samedicino-Academia (2-15) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked TSU (6-12) 73-70 on Wednesday evening. Levan Revazashvili fired 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Samedicino-Academia maintains tenth place with 2-15 record. Loser TSU keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena STU.



Armia - Rustavi 64-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Armia (13-4) against fourth ranked Energy Invest (13-5) on Wednesday night. Host Armia was defeated by Energy Invest in Tbilisi 79-64. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 15 points. Energy Invest had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) helped adding 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) responded with 14 points and 7 assists and center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Energy Invest maintains fourth place with 13-5 record. Defending champion Armia keeps the third position with four games lost. Energy Invest will meet league's second-placed Olimpi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: K.Nelson 27+12reb+2ast, T.Toudjani 18+9reb+3ast, N.Bowie 17+8reb+4ast, L.Tsekvava 11+5reb+7ast, R.Atanelishvili 4+3reb+3ast, L.Khmelidze 2
Armia: G.Sharabidze 15+9reb+1ast, Z.Babiashvili 15+7reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 14+4reb+7ast, A.Boisa 6+7reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 5+1reb+2ast, B.Lezhava 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 231600


Sokhumi - Dinamo Tbilisi 74-73

Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Seventh ranked Sokhumi (7-10) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 5th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (10-7) 74-73 on Wednesday evening. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 18-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Grigol Shvangiradze (196-91) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Sokhumi's coach Vazha Kvaratskhelia allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Dinamo Tbilisi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sokhumi. They maintain seventh place with 7-10 record. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Kutaisi. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: G.Shvangiradze 21+4reb+1ast, B.Stojakovic 20+12reb+6ast, S.Atvashovili 17+7reb+1ast, V.Kadaria 16+8reb+2ast, D.Miuznieks 0+1ast, I.Beshkenadze 0
Dinamo Tbilisi: L.Karim 21+3reb+7ast, B.Chikviladze 17+3reb+1ast, F.Clayman 10+2reb+1ast, M.Oluic 10+11reb+2ast, K.Carter 9+9reb+1ast, I.Keidia 4+2reb
gschID: 231601


Olimpi - MIA Academy 63-70

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Olimpi (14-3) in Tbilisi on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by MIA (15-2) 70-63. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Olimpi. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 14-2 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olimpi won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when MIA won last quarter 21-16. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds and forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. MIA have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Olimpi at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. MIA are looking forward to face Kutaisi (#5) at home in the next round. Olimpi will play against Energy Invest in Rustavi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: B.Raymond 24+9reb+2ast, K.Archibeque 22+11reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 11+5reb+3ast, M.Chitashvili 5+3reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 3+3reb+1ast, R.Rogava 3+1reb
Olimpi: S.Milosevic 15+19reb, L.Fatsatsia 14+6reb+4ast, S.Sokk 11+1ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 10+1reb, M.Berishvili 7+5reb, I.Mikeladze 6+2ast
gschID: 231599


Samedicino - TSU Tbilisi 73-70

Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Tenth ranked Samedicino-Academia (2-15) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked TSU (6-12) 73-70 on Wednesday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Center Levan Revazashvili (207-92) fired 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Giorgi Periashvili (210-91) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Irakli Kobidze (208-90) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four TSU players scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia maintains tenth place with 2-15 record. Loser TSU keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena STU.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: Z.Maisuradze 18+3reb, L.Revazashvili 15+8reb+2ast, G.Periashvili 15+5reb+1ast, R.Tukvadze 9+3reb+1ast, I.Gabisonia 6+7reb+2ast, G.Gaprindashvili 6+2reb+4ast
TSU Tbilisi: G.Bakradze 18+6reb+4ast, I.Kobidze 17+11reb, V.Beruashvili 16+9reb+2ast, V.Chkareuli 10+6reb+3ast, G.Khaniashvili 4+1reb+4ast, T.Tavamaishvili 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 231598


Batumi - STU Tbilisi 86-75

Bottom-ranked STU (0-17) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-75 loss to ninth ranked Batumi (5-13) in Batumi. 31 personal fouls committed by STU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Nika Ramishvili (179-94) accounted for 26 points for the winning side. Four Batumi players scored in double figures. Forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Giorgi Pirvelashvili (201-88) added 17 points respectively for STU in the defeat. STU's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Batumi maintains ninth place with 5-13 record. STU lost their seventeenth game in a row. They still closes the standings. Batumi will have a break next round. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Batumi: L.Keshelava 26+10reb+1ast, N.Ramishvili 26+2reb+2ast, I.Maisuradze 12+7reb+2ast, A.Eliashvili 10+10reb+4ast, G.Kvelashvili 6+3reb, N.Sigua 3+3ast
STU Tbilisi: G.Pirvelashvili 17+4reb, T.Chachibaia 17+10reb+3ast, Z.Korkotadze 13+6reb, I.Dzidziguri 8+3ast, V.Janashia 6+6reb+1ast, L.Minashvili 4+2reb
gschID: 231597



Kyle Nelson claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Kyle Nelson (203-F-89, agency: N.E.T.) had a great game in the last round for Rustavi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Armia (#3, 13-4) 79-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rustavi maintains the 4th position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rustavi will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Nelson turned to be Rustavi's top player in his first season with the team. Augustana College, IL graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nelson is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.2ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 59.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of second-ranked Olimpi. Milosevic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Olimpi lost that game 63-70 to slightly higher-ranked MIA Academy (#1, 15-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Olimpi still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 3rd loss this season, while they won 14 other games. Milosevic is a newcomer at Olimpi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Bosko Stojakovic (196-G-84) of Sokhumi (#7). Stojakovic showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sokhumi, leading his team to a 74-73 win against slightly higher-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (#6, 10-7). The chances of Sokhumi ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stojakovic could help Sokhumi to bring them higher in the standings. Stojakovic has a very solid season. In 6 games in Georgia he scored 19.0ppg. He also has 7.0rpg, 5.5apg and and 3PT: 43.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87) of MIA Academy - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 26 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lamar Karim (178-PG-83) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80) of Rustavi - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84) of MIA Academy - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Irakli Kobidze (208-C-90) of TSU Tbilisi - 17 points and 11 rebounds
10. Tato Chachibaia (201-F-90) of STU Tbilisi - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Giorgi Shermadini selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Greece). Shermadini led Olympiacos to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Aris (9-12) 84-68 in the Greek A1 last Monday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (20-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This season Shermadini averages: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 61.9%(13-21) and FT: 85.0%. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine). Tsintsadze led Budivelnyk to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Mykolaiv (6-6) 76-73 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Tsintsadze scored 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (28-10) is placed first in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tsintsadze's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 75.9% in the 38 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Fisher could not help FIATC Joventut (13-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance FIATC Joventut was edged 71-68 on the road by the lower-ranked CB Canarias (#12). Fisher was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It's Fisher's first season with the team. Fisher is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 45.4%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 82.3%. Fisher is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #4. Power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports, currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in Champville's victory against the seventh-ranked Hoops Club (6-18) crushing them 108-86 in the Lebanese Division A on Wednesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 12 rebounds. Tskitishvili also added 5 assists. Champville (15-8) is placed third in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Tskitishvili is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 18.6ppg, 11.4rpg, 2.2apg and 2.0bpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2011.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #5. International small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the 12th-ranked Besiktas (6-18) 76-72 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL last Monday. He scored 8 points. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (20-3) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Markoishvili's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #6. Small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Montepaschi Siena (7-5) in their game against Besiktas (1-11) in the Euroleague. Sanikidze cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. The fifth-placed Montepaschi Siena was edged 72-70 in Istanbul by the lower-ranked (#8) Besiktas in the group F of Euroleague. It was Montepaschi Siena's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be important. This year Sanikidze's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 5.2rpg in the 22 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #7. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Oknoplast BO (8-15) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (17-7) in the Italian SerieA. Pullen scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Oknoplast BO was badly defeated 90-70 in Roma by the much higher-ranked Lottomatica (#3). Pullen has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is also Georgian national team player. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #8. Power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Agrigento (16-12) 67-52 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Wednesday. Metreveli recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Paffoni Omegna (14-13) is placed ninth in the Nazionale A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Metreveli has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #9. Former international center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) contributed to Rueil's victory against the closely-ranked Monaco (13-10) 82-72 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Mdivani scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Rueil Athletic Club (13-12) is placed ninth in the NM1. Mdivani has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was the major contributor in Karsiyaka's victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (4-2) 85-69 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Thomas also added 3 assists in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (4-2) is placed first. Thomas is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.7rpg. He also averaged so far 14.9ppg and 1.9apg in the 15 games he played so far. Thomas is a naturalized American. He used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in EuroChallenge) is a teammate of previously mentioned Will Thomas and both played together in the last EuroChallenge game. Sanders led his Turkish team Karsiyaka to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (4-2) 85-69. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sanders also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. This year Sanders' total stats are: 5.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 3.3apg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Sanders has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help Stelmet ZG (17-9) in their last game. Despite Hosley's very good performance the fourth-placed Stelmet ZG lost 68-77 at home to the second-ranked Trefl Sopot in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Hosley also added 4 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Hosley is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.7apg and 2.4spg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #4. Giga Janelidze (199-F-95, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Assigeco Casalpusterlengo in a victory against the 14th-ranked Mirandola (12-16) crushing them 72-49 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Wednesday night's game. Janelidze recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 4 minutes on the court. Assigeco Casalpusterlengo (15-12) is placed fifth in the Nazionale A. This year Janelidze averages just 0.6ppg in the 11 games.



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FC Bayern Munich Keep Svetislav Pesic Until 2015 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to numerous reports, Beko BBL team FC Bayern Munich will keep head coach Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) until 2015. After the slow start of FC Bayern Munich, the club hauled in Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) and since his arrival, he has brought the team to the second position in the standings. After losing in the cup semi finals last weekend, the team now hopes of winning the Beko BBL championship. "It is nice to see how well basketball is recieved in the organization and by the fans. I am thrilled to keep being a part of this great development. I will put all my strength to already to set a course for this team this season", added Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ).







Fabian Boeke (SC Rist Wedel) My Help Side Defense Gets Unnoticed - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Fabian Boeke (208-PF-86, college: Washington St.) is a 26 year old 208cm center that is playing his second season with SC Rist Wedel. He started his career in 2003 with BC Hamburg. He then played with TSG Ehingen from 2004-2007 where he played with young German talents Lucca Staiger and Christian Standhardinger. He then played in the NCAA for Washington State from 2007-2010 playing with guys like Abd Lodwick, Taylor Rochestie, Kyle Weaver and NBA players Aron Baynes and Klay Thompson. He spoke to Eurobasket after advancing to the next round of the PRO B playoffs beating the Fraport Skyliners juniors.

You are 26 now. After playing in the NCAA, you now have played in the PRO the last two seasons. Are you happy about playing in the PRO B at this stage in your career?

I think its ok, because basketball isnt my first focus. After finishing my studies, I have decided to concentrate on my career as an HR manager. Playing in the PRO B is a nice change for me from the day to day job.


How happy are you with your season stats of 13 points and seven rebounds?

It is a lot better than I thought it would be. I seem to be more efficient this year than last year. Maybe the league isnt as good anymore. But I dont really look at my stats anymore. It is more important to get wins.


What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

My help side defense. This helps me change the shot of the opponent.

How difficult was it making your mid distance shot look like a layup?

I have worked very hard on my mid distance shot for a long time. It started at Ehingen where Ralf Junge was a big help for me. I was injured a lot in college so I was able to practice it more. Shooting was all I could do while I was injured so I practiced very much.


What is the most important thing that you learned from Ralph Junge?

I learned very much form him more about life. He is like an adoptive father for me. He taught me to go hard for my goals in my life and just be happy with what I have.

Were you on the floor as Lucca Staiger hit for 106 points?

No I wasnt. I came the following season. I heard very much about that game the season I came. He hit for 106 points in the old Urspring halle which had a very bad floor, but he knew the gym well since he always practiced there. That gym doesnt even exist anymore.


What is your sweetest memory of reaching the Sweet 16 in 2008?

I was actually injured and illegible and wasnt allowed to play that season, but I was practicing with the team. It was a great run. We lost to North Carolina, but I remember my roommate Aron Baynes stopping Tyler Hainsborough.


Who won a one on one in practice you or Aron Baynes?

He mostly won, but I won a few times.


Did you know that your rx teammate Klay Thompson would become an instant success in the NBA?

Yes I knew that he would. He had the best jump shot that I ever saw. He was a hard worker. I remember the times off the court with him. He was a funny guy, but quiet. The typical nerd.

What was the most important thing that you learned from Washington State head coach Tony Bennett?

He taught me help side defense. That was installed by his dad who is in the hall of fame. One also called it the pack defense.


You battled Johannes Voigtmann in the playoffs. What is your impression of him?

He has a big body and a very nice soft touch. He could be more powerful inside, but I think that he will mature into a very good player. He should take a Maik Zirbes to be his role model.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA?

The best player that I saw in the NCAA was Kevin Love. You can see how dominant he was. Baynes killed me in practice and Love did the same to him posting a 32 point 16 rebound game with UCLA against us.

Who are your NCAA Final 4 picks?

Indiana, Duke, Michigan and a sleeper.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hannibal with Anthony Hopkins.


Thanks Fabian for the chat.




Dirk Nowitzki's 33 points make him top German player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He led Dallas Mavericks to an overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (48-23) 109-102 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He recorded 33 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 39 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 35-36 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Nowitzki's 15th year with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 86.4% in the 42 games he played so far. Nowitzki played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, 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 last Saturday. Pleiss recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Caja Laboral Vitoria (20-6) is placed second in the ACB. It's Pleiss' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 33.3%. Pleiss is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman, who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (35-36) in their last game. Despite Kaman's good performance the Dallas Mavericks were badly defeated 113-96 on the road by the Brooklyn Nets. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kaman also added 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Kaman has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 50.9% and FT: 78.8% in the 56 games. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #4. Forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Gonzaga (16-0) in their last game. Despite Harris' good performance the Gonzaga lost 70-76 at home to the Wichita State University. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster. This season Harris has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg in the 26 games. He is also German national team player.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #5. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (6-36) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was defeated 61-55 in Tokyo by the second-ranked Toyota Alvark. Klette was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg and 6.3rpg. He used to play for the German U22 national team fourteen years ago.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #6. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (14-12) in their game against Real Madrid (24-2) in the Spanish ACB. Toppert scored 5 points in 21 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 75-84 on their home court in Zaragoza to the leading Real Madrid. This year Toppert's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg in the 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert is a former international player as he played for the German senior team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

T.J. DiLeo
T.J. DiLeo
   #7. Former U20 international point guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently studies in the States) managed to help Temple University in a victory against the North Carolina State University (11-7) 76-72 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Friday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 22 minutes. The Temple University has a solid 11-5 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. DiLeo has been at the team for five years. This season DiLeo's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 4.4rpg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. DiLeo used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

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

   #1. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to a 3-point victory over the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (8-20) 91-88 in a derby game in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Sarovic was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 11 rebounds. BC Timisoara (19-9) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Sarovic has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and German.

   #2. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL could not help Dongbu Promy (20-34) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Sensley's good performance Dongbu Promy was defeated 80-72 at home by the leading SK Knights. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Sensley also added 6 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 3 shots. The Regular Season already ended. Sensley has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #3. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (17-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LF Basket was badly defeated 91-73 on their home court in Lulea by the league outsider (#12) Uppsala Basket. Igbavboa recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Igbavboa has reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg and 7.1rpg in the 35 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #4. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-18) crushing them 87-67 in the Belgian Ethias League in Saturday night's game. Stojic recorded 6 points. Telenet Oostende (15-7) is placed first in the Ethias League. Stojic's stats this season are: 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #5. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) led Melilla Baloncesto to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Ourense (2-13) 84-81 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. Wachsmann had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (6-17) is located at the very bottom in the LEB Gold. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Wachsmann is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.0rpg. This year he also averages: 9.1ppg and 1.4apg in the 23 games.

   #6. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Energa Czarni in their game against Anwil in the Polish TBL. Tomaszek scored only 4 points. His team was defeated in an overtime 78-69. His total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 4.4rpg. Tomaszek has both German and Polish nationalities.

   #7. Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-28) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lockett's good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 92-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Newcastle Eagles (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Lockett's stats this season are: 10.6ppg and 6.5rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help the league outsider one of league's weakest teams Horsens IC in their game against Bakken in the Danish Ligaen. Varga recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists in 16 minutes. His team lost 81-87. He has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 31 games. Varga also holds two passports: German and Slovakian.



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

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the leader Budivelnyk (4-2) 93-83 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Vasiliadis recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Vasiliadis has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 85.7% in the 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. Calathes could not help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Lokomotiv was edged 98-95 at home by the lower-ranked VEF Riga (#4) in the group B of VTB United League. Calathes was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 9 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.8apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(80-141), 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 61.1%. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He was not able to help Spartak St.Petersburg (12-6) in their last game. Despite Mavrokefalidis' very good performance Spartak St.Petersburg (#4) lost 80-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) BC Donetsk in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Mavrokefalidis also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Mavrokefalidis has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 47.1%(16-34) and FT: 83.6% in the 18 games. He played for the Greek national team two years ago.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #4. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) led Denver Nuggets to a victory against the Sacramento Kings (26-46) 101-95 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Koufos recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 49-24 record this season. Koufos has reliable stats this year: 8.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.4bpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos used to play for the Greek national team back in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Dimitris Haritopoulos
Dimitris Haritopoulos
   #5. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Lukoil Academik to a victory over the eighth-ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-14) crushing them 112-71 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Haritopoulos was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Lukoil Academik Sofia (20-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Haritopoulos has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg in the six games. Haritopoulos used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #6. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Zisis contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the leader Budivelnyk (4-2) 93-83. He recorded 14 points. Zisis' stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.4apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #7. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the eighth-ranked PGE Turow (4-14) crushing them 80-48 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Vougioukas scored 15 points and blocked 2 shots in a mere 16 minutes. Unics Kazan (14-4) is placed second in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Vougioukas is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. He also averaged so far 10.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 18 games. Vougioukas is also Greek national team player.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #8. Small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) helped Cimberio Varese win their game against the seventh-ranked Trenkwalder RE (13-11) 77-74 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 13 points. Cimberio Varese (19-5) is placed first in the SerieA. Sakota's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #9. An experienced former international point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Russia) managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the eighth-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (5-8) crushing them 82-62 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night. Papaloukas scored only 3 points and added 6 passes in 16 minutes. CSKA Moscow (14-2) is placed first in the PBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Papaloukas' overall stats are: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 4.8apg in the four games. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #10. Power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Kaimakoglou helped his Russian team Unics Kazan win their game against the eighth-ranked PGE Turow (4-14) crushing them 80-48. He scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Kaimakoglou is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league. This season he has very good stats: 13.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg. Kaimakoglou is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Cyprus) helped AEK win their game against the closely-ranked Apoel 78-70 in the Cypriot Division A last Tuesday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. Kakiouzis' stats this year are: 14.3ppg and 4.7rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Greek national team six years ago.

   #12. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano in their game against Sutor Montegranaro in the Italian SerieA. Fotsis scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 85-71. Fotsis' total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 4.2rpg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

   #13. Former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) helped C.de Latte BRE win their game against the 13th-ranked FCM Ferentino 90-85 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Barlos scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. He averaged so far 11.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.7spg in the 20 games. Barlos used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Olin Edirne (5-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Olin Edirne lost 63-67 on their home court in Edirne to the higher-ranked (#13) Turk Telekom. Tapoutos scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. Tapoutos averaged so far 10.3ppg and 4.7rpg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, another player represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Solna Vikings in their game against Sodertalje Kings in the Swedish Basketligan. Despite his good performance on Wednesday night Toutziarakis scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Toutziarakis averaged so far 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A could not help Keravnos (18-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the league leader Keravnos was crushed 92-67 on the road by the lower-ranked Apoel (#4). Demertzis recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Demertzis is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg.

   #2. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Lokomotiv (12-6) in their game against VEF Riga (11-7) in the VTB United League. Savrasenko scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Lokomotiv (#3) was edged 98-95 at home by the lower-ranked (#4) VEF Riga in the group B of VTB United League. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Savrasenko's total stats are: 2.4ppg and 2.1rpg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian.

   #3. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Juvecaserta (10-14) in their game against VL Pesaro (7-17) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Mavraides was the second best scorer with 11 points. Mavraides' total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #4. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89, currently plays in Georgia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Olimpi (14-3) in their game against MIA (15-2) in the Georgian Superleague, despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game. Sokk recorded 11 points in 28 minutes. But Olimpi lost 63-70 in a derby game to the leading MIA. It was Olimpi's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sokk is currently third on the league's list of best passers with 5.9apg. He also averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 17 games. Sokk is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Estonian.

   #5. Elias Motran (201-F-80, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Bejjeh (6-18) in their game against Hoops Club (6-18) in the Lebanese Division A, despite his very good performance on Friday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Bejjeh lost 81-95 in Beirut to the higher-ranked (#7) Hoops Club. It was Bejjeh's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Motran's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. This year Motran's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 19 games. He has both Greek and Lebanese nationalities.

   #6. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in Akropol's victory against the third-ranked LF Future 74-70 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kalpakas recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Kalpakas averaged so far 12.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #7. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Uppsala Basket in their game against LF Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. Nakos scored 6 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 81-88. This year Nakos' total stats are: 6.4ppg and 1.5apg in the 37 games. He holds both Greek and Swedish passports.

   #8. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Duesseldorf Baskets' victory against one of league's weakest teams Kirchheim Knights 80-71 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Tzakopoulos recorded 8 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Tzakopoulos' total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.6apg. He has Greek and Australian nationalities.

   #9. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC, currently plays in Sweden) managed to help Solna Vikings in a victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings 83-66 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game. Koutras recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 16 minutes. This year Koutras averages just 1.8ppg in the 10 games. He has dual citizenship: Greek and Swedish.

   #10. Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Triantafillos Tzakopoulos in the German ProA last game. Prodromou couldn't help Kirchheim Knights in their game against Duesseldorf Baskets. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 80-71. Prodromou's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 1.7rpg. Worth to mention Prodromou played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



LaRon Dendy (ex Kolossos) is a newcomer at Darussafaka - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (TB2L) added to their roster 25-year old American center LaRon Dendy (205-107kg-88, college: Middle Tennessee State, agency: David Lee services). He just played at Kolossos in Greek A1 league. In 14 games he recorded 14.9ppg and 5.6rpg this season. Dendy also spent pre-season at JDA Dijon (ProA) in French league earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team won Sun Belt East Division Regular Season in 2012. Dendy was also voted All-Sun Belt Player of the Year and All-Sun Belt 1st Team in 2012 at his college time.
Dendy was a member of USA U19 National Team back in 2007.
He graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 26-5 
 2. Leiden 25-7 
 3. Groningen 22-10 
 4. Zwolle 18-14 
 5. Leeuwarden 17-15 
 6. Den Helder K. 16-17 
 7. M.Magixx 14-17 
 8. Weert 14-18 
 9. Amsterdam 4-28 
 10. Rotterdam 3-28 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 21: Zwolle - M.Magixx 93-73
Mar. 27: Leiden - Den Helder K. 71-59
Mar. 28: Groningen - M.Magixx
Mar. 30: Leiden - Zwolle
Mar. 30: Rotterdam - Weert
Mar. 30: M.Magixx - Leeuwarden
Mar. 30: Amsterdam - Den Bosch



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  IBL   


Slam re-sign seven players from 2012 squad - by Kip Leonetti

The Bellingham Slam's 2013 roster is beginning to take shape as the team announced the return of seven players from the team that captured the 2012 International Basketball League championship last July. Headlining the group is guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington) and center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's), both IBL All-Stars last season.

For the Slam, Anderson ranked second in scoring with 21.4 points per game and first in assists with 6.4. He captured the leagues Defensive Player of the Year award thanks in part to a league-leading 58 steals and was also named Most Valuable Player of the IBL title game after scoring 29 points in the teams win over Portland.

Poole, who is currently competing in Germany, will return to Bellingham in April looking to lead the team in rebounding for the third straight season. In 2012, his average of 13.4 boards per game ranked first in the IBL and his 18.8 points per game placed him third on the Slams list of scoring leaders.

Joining Anderson and Poole as returning veterans in 2013 will be center Evan Matteson (6'10''-C, college: Texas A&M Int.), forwards Jeremy Green (6'6''-F, college: St.Martin's) and Chas Kok (6'5''-F), and guards Andrew Ready (6'1''-G, college: W.Washington) and Jacob Stevenson (6'4''-G-81, college: W.Washington).

Matteson, who appeared in three mid-season games with the Slam in 2012, will bolster a frontcourt that already features one of the leagues most dominant big men in Poole. Matteson averaged 14.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in his limited action for Bellingham and became the teams first player to be selected in the NBA Development League draft last fall. He was picked by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and appeared in two NBDL pre-season games before being released.

Green proved to be a fine addition to the Slam roster after coming off his senior season at Saint Martin's University in 2012. He averaged 8.0 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Slam last season, with season highs of 28 points and 12 rebounds coming in a road win in Olympia last May. Green became known for his outstanding ball control as he committed the fewest turnovers, just ten all season, of any player who saw significant minutes.

Kok will look to expand his role with the team after the Lynden native got just a taste of pro hoops with the Slam last season. He saw limited action and averaged 6.4 points per game, but did come up big when he did see the court. Known for his offensive prowess in college, his breakout performance for the Slam came last June when he poured in 22 points in just 12 minutes against the Yamhill Highflyers.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2012 season was the performance of Ready, who took full advantage of an increase in minutes coming off his rookie season in 2011. His scoring average ballooned to 13.8 points per game and he was the Slams most efficient shooter, connecting on 55 percent of his shots from the floor. He was also an asset defensively, racking up 31 steals and 15 blocked shots.

Rounding out the list of returnees is veteran guard Jacob Stevenson, who will be back for his eighth season for the Slam. The franchises career leader in scoring, assists and steals, Stevenson kept up his strong output in 2012 with averages of 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and finished the season by posting a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists in the title game against Portland.

Notable players not returning to the Slam in 2013 include forwards Michael Duty (6'6''-F, college: W.Washington) and Zack Henifin (6'5''-F-88, college: W.Washington), as well as guard Paul Hafford (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Portland St.).

Duty and Henifin are both playing professionally this spring in Australia with the Mackay Meteors and Brisbane Spartans, respectively. Meanwhile, Hafford has moved away from Bellingham to the Portland area and will not be able to compete with the Slam. Hafford's departure ends an impressive run of five seasons and two championship wins since joining the Slam in 2008.

The Slam tip-off the 2013 season at home on April 19 as they face the Vancouver Volcanoes. A 7 p.m. start time is scheduled at Whatcom Pavilion.



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ASEAN League: Warriors outscore Slammers - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Thailand Slammers 83:72

Indonesia Warriors celebrated the 10th win in the ASEAN League season. They held off visiting Thailand Slammers for 10-3 record. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) came up with 20 points to lead the winners.
The league leaders jumped in front in the opening quarter. The Warriors arrived at the first break up by 7 points 23:16. The hosts maintained the pressure throughout the second quarter. The Indonesian team gained a 40:27 halftime advantage. The Slammers cut the deficit in the third quarter. The Thai team got within 8 points at the final intermission. The Warriors however fired 29 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Jerick Canada (170-G) provided 19 points, while Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, college: Georgia) had 16 points and 13 boards in the victory. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81, college: Villanova) answered with 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Slammers. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) netted 11 points in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Mario Wuysang 20, Jerick Canada 19, Chris Daniels 16+13 boards
Thailand Slammers: Christien Charles 30+10 boards, Froilan Baguion 11



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 23-6 
 2. Matera 18-10 
 3. Castelletto 16-11 
 4. Agrigento 16-12 
 5. Casalpusterlengo 15-12 
 6. Lucca 15-12 
 7. Treviglio 15-13 
 8. Reggio Calabr. 14-12 
 9. Omegna 14-13 
 10. Bari 13-13 
 11. Ferrara 13-15 
 12. Firenze 12-14 
 13. Recanati 12-15 
 14. Mirandola 12-16 
 15. Chieti 12-16 
 16. Latina Basket 10-18 
 17. San Severo 10-19 
 18. Perugia 8-20 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 27: Castelletto - Treviglio 75-71
Mar. 27: Ferrara - Chieti 72-55
Mar. 27: Casalpusterlengo - Mirandola 72-49
Mar. 27: San Severo - Torino 67-58
Mar. 27: Omegna - Agrigento 67-52
Mar. 27: Recanati - Perugia 62-55
Mar. 28: Firenze - Matera
Mar. 29: Bari - Reggio Calabr.


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.6 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.4 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 5. Reati, Treviglio15.7 
 6. Ruggiero, Bari15.5 
 7. Bolzonella, Castel.15.4 
 8. Prandin, Casalp.15.3 
 9. Gueye, San Severo15.3 
 10. Benfatto, Ferrara15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.1 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.5 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.3 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.5 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.4 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara8.4 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.0 
 8. Ricci, Casalpus.7.9 
 9. Mancin, Mirandola7.7 
 10. Casadei, Firenze7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.6 
 2. Piazza, Reggio C.5.2 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.6 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.7 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.5 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.3 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.2.9 
 10. Mariani, Omegna2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara3.0 
 4. Parente, Lucca2.7 
 5. Gueye, San Severo2.7 
 6. Vico, Matera2.7 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 8. Caroldi, Firenze2.6 
 9. Maggio, San Severo2.5 
 10. Spizzichini, Ferr.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 4. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 5. Mancin, Mirandola0.8 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.0.8 
 7. Piunti, Mirandola0.8 
 8. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 9. Casadei, Firenze0.7 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.0.7 


Drew Gordon (ex Partizan) agreed terms with Banco di Sardegna Sassari - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Drew Gordon (205-107kg-90, college: N.Mexico). He started the season at Partizan in Serbian A League, but left the team earlier this month. In 10 Euroleague games he recorded 9.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg this season. Gordon also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 9.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He played in the final of Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup). Gordon received NABC Division I All-District 17 1st Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Gordon was a member of USA U19 National Team in 2009.
He graduated from University of New Mexico in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Japanese BJ League round 46 best performance: Thomas Granado - by Eurobasket News

American center Thomas Granado (208-C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Oita H.Devils, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 46.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Iwate Big Bulls (#4, 26-16) 83-80. Oita H.Devils is placed at 8th position in Japanese BJ League. Oita H.Devils is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 16-28 record. Granado just recently signed at Oita H.Devils, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Thomas Granado averages this season 11.0ppg and 8.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Michael Parker (202-F-81) of league's second-best Shimane SM. Parker had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Shimane SM lost that game 72-77 to slightly lower-ranked Toyama Grouses (#3, 27-15). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Shimane SM still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 30-14 record is not bad at all. Parker is well-known at Shimane SM and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#8). He also registered 10.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Edward Morris (205-C/F-84) of Shinshu BW (#9). Morris scored 26 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Morris' great performance Shinshu BW lost 72-76 to the higher-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#6, 23-19). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Shinshu BW not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 28 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Morris could try to bring Shinshu BW's a little bit higher in the standings. Morris has a very solid season. In 44 games in Japan he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 8.4rpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dillion Sneed (203-C-84) of Iwate Big Bulls - 28 points and 12 rebounds
5. Shelton Colwell (202-C/F-80) of Shiga L-Stars - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Joe Werner (201-C-84) of Chiba Jets - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marcus Cousin (211-C-86) of Kyoto Hannar. - 17 points and 11 rebounds
8. Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86) of Kyoto Hannar. - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Takuma Yamashiro (167-PG-85) of Saitama Bron. - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Shun Watanuki (178-PG-87) of Osaka Evessa - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Shimane reaches 30 victories for first time in franchise history - by Emeka Eke

According to the Japan Times, Shimane Susanoo Magic coach Zeljko Pavlicevics club reached the 30-win plateau for the first time in franchise history on Saturday, beating the visiting Toyama Grouses 90-78.

MVP candidate Michael Parker scored 22 points on 11-for-16 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots, and Brandon Freeman led the team with 23 points, canning all three of its 3-pointers.

Shimane big man Jeral Davis poured in 14 points, including a pair of dunks, and swatted four shots.

With Parker and Davis teaming up to contest shot after shot for the entire contest, Toyama shot poorly from inside the arc (18-for-49).

The Susanoo Magic (30-13) increased their scoring output in each of the four quarters from 14 to 20 to 25 to 31. They led 59-58 entering the final stanza in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture.

Koki Yabuuchi added 10 points and four steals for Shimane, B.J. Puckett chipped in with nine points and Shohei Nakama had eight points and four assists. The Magic shot 63.6 percent (35-for-55) from 2-point range.

Pavlicevic, a former Japan national team head coach, has guided Shimane since the clubs inception in 2010. The Magic went 24-26 in their inaugural season and 28-24 in 2011-12.

The Croatian bench boss, who has a pair of Euroleague titles on his impressive resume, has spoken many times about building his team step by step to contend for a championship, and the team has taken big steps this season, as evidenced by its place in the standings (second in the 10-team Western Conference) and head-to-head record against the reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings (4-0).

For Toyama (26-15), Ira Brown led the way with 26 points on 8-for-22 shooting, Masashi Joho had 15 points, Takeshi Mito scored 11 and Angel Garcia 10.



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 20-1 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 17-4 
 3. Bashkimi 15-7 
 4. Trepca 13-9 
 5. RTV 21 10-11 
 6. Vellaznimi 5-17 
 7. Drita 5-17 
 8. Kosova 1-20 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 27: Vellaznimi - Bashkimi 90-111
Mar. 27: Drita - Trepca 81-91
Mar. 28: RTV 21 - Peja
Mar. 27: Kosova - Sigal Prishtina


Kandemir new coach of Sigal Prishtina - by Dren Shporta

After record eight years in charge of Sigal Prishtina, Arben Krasniqi, is not the coach of the record champion team of Kosovo anymore.

The club has decided to rest him for a while, and replaced him with Turkish well known coach Ahmet Kandemir .

Kandemir started to work with a club since Monday and his first match will be against bottom team Kosova.

This is the first international team that Kandemir will be in charge, after years of leading Besiktas, Pinar Karsiyaka and Antalya on Turkey.



Merovci shines in Bashkimis easy victory - by Dren Shporta

Bashkimi registered its 15th victory of the season by beating Vellaznimi last night, 90-111.

It was an easy game for the orange boys from Prizren, where coach Muharem Vugdalic gave the chance to all players during the match.

Mustafe Merovci (202-F-88) shined with his record 37 points in a a night, while american forward Mark Dawson registered his next double-double with 28 points and 17 rebounds.

Lithuanian Rokas Uzas added 16 points and 4 assist, while scored 3 three pointers and Kejuan Johnson registered 13 points and 5 assists.

On the other side, the red team from Gjakova, registered its 17th defeat of the season, while still is fighting for a place that saves them from play-out.

Valon Gashi scored great 29 points for them and Qendrim Gashi added 19 more in a match that Vellaznimi lost.



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 27-3 
 2. Al Sahel 27-4 
 3. Al Qadsia 25-5 
 4. Kazma 24-6 
 5. Al Jahraa 19-13 
 6. Al Arabi 17-14 
 7. Al Yarmook 15-17 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 11-21 
 9. Al Nasar 9-21 
 10. Al Tadhamon 5-25 
 11. Al Salmiyah 4-28 
 12. Al Shabab 2-28 

Regular Season: Round 48

Mar. 27: Al Kuwait - Al Jahraa 85-60
Mar. 27: Al Sahel - Al Yarmook 80-73
Mar. 27: Al Arabi - Al Shabab 74-71
Mar. 27: Al Tadhamon - Al Sulaibikhat 69-67

Regular Season: Round 49

Mar. 31: Al Kuwait - Al Salmiyah
Mar. 31: Kazma - Al Sahel
Mar. 31: Al Tadhamon - Al Jahraa
Mar. 31: Al Shabab - Al Qadsia


D1 Round 48: Leader Al Kuwait gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Al Kuwait delivered the twentieth seventh win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Al Jahraa (19-13) 85-60 in Kuwait City. Al Kuwait have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-3 record. Al Jahraa at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Al Farwaniya. Tenth ranked Al Tadhamon (5-25) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (11-21) 69-67 on Wednesday evening. Al Tadhamon maintains tenth position with 5-25 record. Al Sulaibikhat lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 21 games lost.
Twelfth-ranked Al Shabab (2-28) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Al Arabi (17-14) in Kuwait City on Wednesday. Al Arabi managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Al Arabi maintains sixth position with 17-14 record. Al Shabab lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.

In the last game of round 48 Al Yarmook was defeated by Al Sahel in Abu Halifa 80-73.


Al Tadhamon - Al Sulaibikhat 69-67

Important game to mention about took place in Al Farwaniya. Tenth ranked Al Tadhamon (5-25) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (11-21) 69-67 on Wednesday evening. Al Tadhamon maintains tenth position with 5-25 record. Al Sulaibikhat lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 21 games lost.
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Al Arabi - Al Shabab 74-71

Twelfth-ranked Al Shabab (2-28) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Al Arabi (17-14) in Kuwait City on Wednesday. Al Arabi managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Al Arabi maintains sixth position with 17-14 record. Al Shabab lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.
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Al Sahel - Al Yarmook 80-73

There was no surprise in Abu Halifa where 7th ranked Al Yarmook (15-17) was defeated by second ranked Al Sahel (27-4) 80-73 on Wednesday. Al Sahel have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Al Kuwait. Loser Al Yarmook keeps the seventh place with 17 games lost.
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Al Kuwait - Al Jahraa 85-60

Leader Al Kuwait delivered the twentieth seventh win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Al Jahraa (19-13) 85-60 in Kuwait City. Al Kuwait have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-3 record. Al Jahraa at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost.
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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 27: Liepaja - Barons kvartals 96-89
Mar. 26: Ventspils - Jelgava 93-63
Mar. 27: Jurmala - Valmiera 52-69
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.15.8 
 4. Berzins, Valmiera15.8 
 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. Cain, Barons k.11.0 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.2 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.6 
 6. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera7.1 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala6.9 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.1 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.3 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.7 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 5. Peiners, LU3.5 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 7. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 8. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 9. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.1 
 10. Bergmanis, Barons3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 6. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 7. Ginters, U181.5 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.5 
 10. Cain, Barons k.1.5 
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. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 5. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 6. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.9 
 7. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Ziedins, Valmiera0.8 
 10. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 


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 18-10 
 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. Livani 9-19 
 13. Gulbene 8-18 
 14. Ridzene 7-19 
 15. Valmiera BSS 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 37

Mar. 27: Gulbene - Livani 84-94
Mar. 26: Valmiera BSS - Kvele 81-82
Mar. 27: Ridzene - RSU 80-78
Mar. 26: VEF skola - DSN 107-71
Mar. 28: Saldus - VEF skola
Mar. 30: Gulbene - Saldus



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Standings - Division A

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Mar. 27: Bejjeh - Amchit 92-98
Mar. 26: Byblos - Hoops 90-74
Mar. 28: Moutahed - Al Riyadi
Mar. 30: Sagesse - Champville


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 36.1
 1. Emmett, Amchit36.1 
 2. Harper, Sagesse26.9 
 3. Blair, Hoops26.6 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.3 
 6. Williams, Bejjeh23.8 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos23.6 
 8. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 9. Sims, Sagesse22.3 
 10. Perry, Hoops21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.5 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.8 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.4 
 5. Jamison, Bejjeh11.0 
 6. Perry, Hoops10.3 
 7. Sims, Sagesse9.7 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.3 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Chatfield, Mouta.6.0 
 3. Williams, Bejjeh5.9 
 4. Akl, Sagesse5.9 
 5. Fahed, Moutahed5.5 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos5.3 
 8. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, Hoops3.2 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.3 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.2 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.0 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.8 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.7 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 8. Terry, Champville0.8 
 9. Bawji, Moutahed0.8 
 10. Freije, Amchit0.7 



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Lithuanian LKL round 25 best performance: Darius Griskenas - by Eurobasket News

Forward Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for Lietkabelis, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Sakalai (#11, 4-14) with 17-point margin 85-68. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Lietkabelis maintains the 9th position in Lithuanian LKL. Lietkabelis is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. In the team's last game Griskenas had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Darius Griskenas averages this season 9.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Arturas Valeika (207-F-85) of league's leader Rudupis. Valeika had a very good evening with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Rudupis to edge the lower-ranked Juventus (#5, 10-8) 78-74. This victory allowed Rudupis to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 14 matches. Valeika is a newcomer at Rudupis and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Lietkabelis' star - guard Karolis Babkauskas (186-PG-91). Babkauskas showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of Lietkabelis, helping his team with a 85-68 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Sakalai (#11, 4-14). The chances of Lietkabelis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Babkauskas could try to bring Lietkabelis' a little bit higher in the standings. Babkauskas has a very solid season. In 19 games in Lithuania he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 3.1apg, FGP: 51.0% and 3PT: 42.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) of Siauliai - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LSU-Baltai - 20 points and 4 rebounds
7. Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 15 points and 5 rebounds
9. Sarunas Kulevicius (195-G-89) of Nevezis - 18 points
10. Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90) of Rudupis - 12 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Play-Out

Mar. 27: Jedinstvo - Ibar Rozaje 85-91
Mar. 27: Centar BP - S.Centar 82-74
Mar. 27: Danilovgrad - ABS Primorje 78-69

S-League

Mar. 27: Buducnost - Mornar Bar 92-50
Mar. 27: Sutjeska - Lovcen 74-66
Mar. 23: Ulcinj - Teodo Tivat 100-65

Second Stage: Round 2

Play-Out

Mar. 30: S.Centar - ABS Primorje
Mar. 30: Ibar Rozaje - Danilovgrad
Mar. 30: Centar BP - Jedinstvo

S-League

Mar. 30: Lovcen - Teodo Tivat
Mar. 30: Buducnost - Ulcinj
Mar. 30: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar


Superleague/Play Out League Round 1: Buducnost started with a big win - by Darko Pekic

In the oppening Superleague round Buducnost had no problems against Mornar, one of their arch rivals from former Yugoslavian League. Buducnost won 92-50 and dominated the whole game. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) was outstanding against Mornar's frontcourt with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Mornar's former guard Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points. In the team from Bar, Hank Thorns (175-PG-89, college: TCU) was the leading scorer once again with 15 points.

Sutjeska played a tied game with Lovcen but was able to secure an important win anyway (74-66). The newcomer Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81) scored 17 points for the home team and the starting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) helped Sutjeska with 16 points to start the Superleague with a win. Lovcen was led by Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) who scored 18 points.

In the game played last Wednesday Ulcinj crashed Teodo at home 100-65.

The Play Out League also started today and a surprise happened in Bijelo Polje. Jedinstvo, a #6 ranked team lost against Ibar at home, after an overtime (91-85). Mersudin Kosuta had a double double for the guests (22 points, 10 rebounds) while the newcomer Filip Simic (185-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 20 points and 7 assists. Jedinstvo was led by Nikola Korac (185-G-86, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) who scored 26 points but it was not enough to win the game.

Danilovgrad defeated Primorje at home (78-69). The home team had a lead during most of the game and it was clear that the guest would have to search their first Play Out win somewhere else. Five players in the home team scored in double figures and the top scorer was Zeljko Jovanovic (195-G/F-86, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) with 15 points. Primorje had Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) who fought hard and scored 26 points for the guests.

Centar had problems against the newcomer Studentski Centar at home (82-74) but got an important win. Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Longwood) led the home team with 17 points and Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) added a double double (15 points and 10 rebounds). The new face in Studentski centar's roster, Vladimir Milosevic (201-F-87) scored 22 points for the guests.

The next round of both competitions will be played on Saturday.



Nikola Ivanovic to participate at Nike Hoop Summit 2013 - by Darko Pekic

Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) will be the third player from Montenegro, after Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75, agency: FCM) and Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91), to participate at Nike Hoop Summit in the World's team against USA young stars. The talented point guard from Podgorica will have the honor to play with and againstthe worlds upcoming basketball talent. This annual basketball game is played under international rules and features the USA Basketball Mens Junior National Select Team, comprised of the top high school boy senior players, playing against a World Select Team, comprised of top players 19-years-old or younger from around the world. The 2012 Hoop Summit will be played Saturday April 20th, at 7:00pm in Portland, Oregon at the Rose Garden.


MNE S-League Round 1. : First win for Buducnost and Sutjeska - by Dragan Scepanovic

Buducnost Voli - Mornar 92:50
Podgorica - SC Moraca.Spect: 500. Sudije: Sutulovic (Podgorica), Rutesic (Niksic), R. Vojinovic (Niksic).By-Q. : 18:3, 27:16, 22:12, 25:19.
Buducnost Voli: Mihailovic 13, M. Popovic 5, Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) 15, Mugosa 9, Li 21, Vitkovac 6, Bunic 9, A. Popovic 2, Ivanovic 7, Nikolic 3, Bost 2.
Mornar: Damjanovic 3, Torns 15, Pajovic 11, Tosic 1, Milovic, Pavicevic, Mikovic 2, Radosavljevic 6, Sekulovic, Rondovic 5, Pavic 3, Skurdauskas 4.

Sutjeska - Lovcen 74:66
Niksic City SC. Spect: 500. Reff: Dragojevic, Jokic, Savovic (Podgorica).By-Q.: 18:17, 20:14, 21:20, 15:15.
Sutjeska: Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 16, Vusovic, Pejovic, Lalic, Djurovic 4, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 13, Vujosevic 4, Vujacic 9, Kuveljic, Perovic, Zizic 11, Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81) 17.
Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) 18, Borilovic, Marko Milosevic (202-SF-84) 15, Bilic, Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) 14, Popovic 3, Ljubenkovic, Nicaj 8, Milic, Milickovic 2, Latkovic 6, Sevaljevic.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 44-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 42-29 
 3. Boston C. 37-34 
 4. Philadelph.76 28-43 
 5. Toronto R. 26-45 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 45-27 
 2. Chicago B. 39-31 
 3. Milwaukee B. 34-36 
 4. Detroit P. 24-48 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-48 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 56-15 
 2. Atlanta H. 40-32 
 3. Washington W. 26-45 
 4. Orlando M. 18-54 
 5. Charlotte B. 17-54 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 53-19 
 2. Denver N. 49-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 36-36 
 4. Portland TB 33-38 
 5. Minnesota T. 25-45 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 49-23 
 2. Golden St.W. 41-32 
 3. LA Lakers 37-35 
 4. Sacramento K. 26-46 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-49 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 54-17 
 2. Memphis G. 47-24 
 3. Houston R. 39-32 
 4. Dallas M. 35-36 
 5. N.Orleans H. 25-47 

Regular Season: Round 143

Mar. 27: Golden St.W. - Sacramento K. 98-105
Mar. 27: Portland TB - Brooklyn N. 93-111
Mar. 27: Cleveland C. - Boston C. 92-93
Mar. 27: N.Orleans H. - LA Clippers 91-105
Mar. 27: Houston R. - Indiana P. 91-100
Mar. 27: Toronto R. - Atlanta H. 88-107
Mar. 27: Minnesota T. - LA Lakers 117-120
Mar. 27: Charlotte B. - Orlando M. 114-108
Mar. 27: New York K. - Memphis G. 108-101
Mar. 27: Utah Jazz - Phoenix Suns 103-88
Mar. 27: Oklah.City T. - Washington W. 103-80
Mar. 27: Chicago B. - Miami Heat 101-97
Mar. 27: San Antonio S. - Denver N. 100-99
Mar. 27: Philadelph.76 - Milwaukee B. 100-92

Regular Season: Round 144

Mar. 28: Milwaukee B. - LA Lakers
Mar. 28: Dallas M. - Indiana P.
Mar. 28: Phoenix Suns - Sacramento K.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.2 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.8 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.2 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.4 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.4 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.6 
 2. Asik, Houston R.11.7 
 3. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.4 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 9. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.4 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.5 
 5. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 7. Parker, San A.7.6 
 8. Nelson, Orlando M.7.5 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.5 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
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. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Iguodala, Denver1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 10. Drummond, Detro.1.7 


Results and Stats from full of action Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

New York K. - Memphis G. 108-101
Look who has the NBA's longest winning streak now. The New York Knicks, mired in a bad slump just two weeks ago, tied a season high with their sixth straight victory by holding off the Memphis Grizzlies, 108-101 on Wednesday night. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) scored 35 points, his second straight 30-point game, to help the Knicks withstand a furious rally. "I started off establishing my game on the inside and moving on from there," said Smith, who shot 10 of 18 from the field and 12 of 13 from the free throw line. "Fortunately, I got a lot of calls, got to the free throw line and was making my free throws, except for one. My mom is going to kill me, but I'll take it." Smith scored 32 points against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) added 22 points and Iman Shumpert had 16 for the Knicks, who started the season 6-0 but had played around .500 ball for much of the time since. They took over the NBA's longest win streak after Miami's 27-game run ended with a 101-97 loss in Chicago. After trailing by as many as 30 points early in the second half, the Grizzlies cut their deficit to 103-99 on Tony Allen's two free throws with 33 seconds left. However, they got no closer as Raymond Felton, Smith and Anthony scored the game's next five points at the free throw line. "Games happen in spurts," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "To win games by 30 going away isn't that easy sometimes." With the Knicks leading 71-41 early in the second half, the Grizzlies went on a 29-13 run and cut their deficit to 84-70 on Jerryd Bayless' 3-pointer with 32 seconds left in the third quarter. Two free throws by Smith gave the Knicks an 86-70 lead heading into the fourth. After Smith opened the final quarter with a three-point play, the Grizzlies pulled within 89-79 with a 9-0 run, as Bayless scored all nine points. Quincy Pondexter's jumper with 1:38 remaining cut the lead to five, but Jason Kidd hit a 3-pointer with 1:16 left to stall the comeback. "In the second half we got a little lax," Shumpert said. "They started to feel good and then we got a little rattled and got into the referees. We know where we messed up." Shumpert scored 13 of the Knicks' first 15 points. His 3-pointer with 8:13 left in the first quarter broke a 7-all tie and the Knicks led the rest of the game. New York ended the first quarter on a 30-18 run, shooting 72.2 percent from the field (13-for-18) for the period to take a 37-25 lead. They increased their lead to 30 points in the second quarter, 69-39, on another 3-pointer by Shumpert with just 9 seconds left before settling for a 69-41 halftime lead. "Obviously, it was a bad start, getting all the way down by 30 points," said Memphis coach Lionel Hollins. "I'm proud of our guys, the way that they showed character and fought back. We had to finally find a lineup that could both guard and score. We worked our way back, but we just didn't have any margin for error." Shumpert connected on all six of his field goal attempts in the first half, including 4 of 4 on 3-pointers, while the Knicks shot 61 percent overall, including 11 of 21 (52 percent) from 3-point range. "Early on, we recognized that they put a big man on me," Shumpert said. "I took that as disrespect. Once everybody saw me feeling good, the bucket got big for everybody." Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) led Memphis with 26 points and Bayless finished with 24. Allen had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Marc Gasol, who missed the previous two games with an abdominal tear, finished with 13 points. "I felt I could play and could help my teammates," Gasol said. "That's the bottom line. Obviously we didn't win and that didn't make me feel any better. Like I said, if I can play, I will play. That's the way it's always been with me and hopefully that's how it's always going to be." Courtesy of: foxnews.com

Cleveland C. - Boston C. 92-93
The Cleveland Cavaliers could've used a few real superhero's Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland blew yet another double-digit 4th quarter lead and Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) hit a driving layup at the buzzer to give the Boston Celtics a 93-92 win Wednesday night as costumed versions of Batman, Robin, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man, all made appearances during timeouts to entertain the 17,130 fans on hand. '[Jason Terry] set a good screen on my man, and Avery made a good pass,' Green said. 'I just tried to be aggressive and get to the rim. I'm a player.' The Cavaliers, who had already blown leads of 22, 26 and 27 points this season, led by 14 with 8:08 remaining but Boston outscored them 21-6 down the stretch resulting in a 6th straight defeat and the 10th in their last 12 games. 'That's a tough way to lose a basketball game,' Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. With 9.2 seconds remaining, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) had the ball knocked out of bounds by Alonzo Gee with 2.1 seconds left. The officials reviewed the play - essentially giving the Celtics a free timeout - which confirmed Boston had possession much to the dismay of Scott. 'Basically you give them another timeout,' Scott said. 'It was very clear. It was very clear.' Avery Bradley inbounded the ball to Green, who then drove into the lane and scored over 2 Cavaliers defenders as time expired. 'It's not hard to tell it didn't happen the way we wanted it to happen,' C.J. Miles said of the final play. '[Green] came flying off that thing with a head of steam toward the basket. Wanted to make him shoot a jump shot and that's not what happened.' Green finished with 21 points in the win for Boston while Brandon Bass scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Celtics in scoring. Both teams were without their primary stars - Boston minus Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo and the Cavaliers were sans Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao. Forward Paul Pierce, who started at guard for the first time in 6 years for the Celtics, nearly finished with a quadruple-double - 19 points, 10 rebounds 8 assists and 7 turnovers. Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) led Cleveland with 16 points while Marreese Speights and Miles added 13 off the bench. Tyler Zeller finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds. The end of the opening quarter was an adventure. Officials put .5 seconds back on clock and Speights drained a turnaround jumper but after review it was waived off and Boston remained up 24-18 after 1. Boston built a 10 point 2nd quarter lead but Cleveland ended the half with a 19-10 run to close within 46-45 at intermission. The Cavaliers came out of the locker room with a 17-4 run to take 62-50 lead with 7:09 left in 3rd but Jordan Crawford's basket at the buzzer cut the lead to 6 at 73-67 after 3. Daniel Gibson, C.J. Miles and Luke Walton hit 3-pointers and 2 baskets by Speights stretched the lead to 86-72 before the roof caved in. Again. 'We were looking at the clock, playing not to lose the game instead of to win the game,' Scott said. 'You have to look to win. You can't hope the clock runs out and that's what we kind of did.' Courtesy of: cleveland.cbslocal.com

Charlotte B. - Orlando M. 114-108
The Magic lost the game but gained some ground. Whaaaat? The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Magic 114-108 on Wednesday night in a game that had lottery implications. The Magic (18-53) actually gained a game against the Bobcats (17-54) in the race for the NBA's worst record and the best odds at nabbing the top draft pick. Nothing else was at stake. Charlotte entered the night with the NBA's worst record and Orlando had the second-worst - and they showed their records weren't a fluke. Most of it was unwatchable at Time Warner Cable Arena, a fast-paced scrimmage with so little defense that both teams shot over 50 percent and virtual lay-up lines that produced 114 points in the paint (62 by Orlando). Playing without starting center Nik Vucevic (concussion) and back-up power forward Andrew Nicholson (ankle), the Magic rushed to a 19-point first-quarter lead, but couldn't hold off the 'Cats. "They got out in transition and we were looking at the scoreboard admiring the lead we had," Coach Jacque Vaughn said. The Magic surrendered 34-point nights to point guard Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) and shooting guard Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke). Walker had 10 and Henderson eight in the final quarter, scoring 18 of Charlotte's 31 points. Former Magic forward Josh McRoberts completed an alley-oop dunk to make it 112-106, an exclamation point with 17 seconds left. Orlando might want to consider drafting somebody who can play defense. Typical of the night, the Magic gave up an uncontested lay-up to Henderson that tied the game at 102. They then surrendered up a dunk to Bismack Biyombo, handing the Bobcats a 108-106 lead with two-and-a half minutes remaining. Charlotte never trailed again as Orlando scored on just one of its last six possessions and had two turnovers. The Bobcats roared back with a nearly identical run after the opening quarter, outscoring the Magic 31-19 in the second period. "We let them go on a little run," Maurice Harkless said. "Our mistakes on defense gave them some confidence. We let up. We can't do that." Charlotte roared back with a nearly identical run, outscoring the Magic 31-19 in the second period. It was as if the teams were equally as bad. If the bigger picture for these doormats is player development, the Magic continued to see Harris, Harkless and rookie Kyle O'Quinn (6'10''-F-90, college: Norfolk St.) make strides. Harris led the club with 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting, adding nine rebounds and six assists. Harkless 18 points, hitting 7-of-12 shots, and DeQuan Jones added 13. O'Quinn, a second-round pick from Norfolk State, did a nice impression of Vucevic. He finished with 23 points, a career high. 11 rebounds and six assists, scoring scored 10 of Orlando's first 24 points. O'Quinn showed nice range on some jump shots and opened eyes with several nifty passes, even if his handiwork came against the hapless Bobcats. Judging by the youth in the starting lineups, you had to wonder if this wasn't an NCAA play-in game. The Magic started Jones at shooting guard, giving them three rookies in the lineup (Jones, O'Quinn and Harkless), plus second-year forward Tobias Harris. Jameer Nelson, 30, must have felt like it was senior night. "A Diaper Dandy game," said the Magic's colorful radio analyst Richie Adubato. Harris, Harkless, O'Quinn and Nelson all played more than 40 minutes as Vaughn used only eight players. Forwards Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu - who was eligible after serving a 20-game suspension for violating the league's steroid policy - watched from the bench. Perhaps their veteran presence might have made a difference on the floor, but then they also might have cost them in their drive to lose enough to win the Lottery Bowl. Courtesy of: orlandosentinel.com

Philadelph.76 - Milwaukee B. 100-92
This ride to a playoff berth is getting more than a bit bumpy. The Milwaukee Bucks experienced unexpected turbulence Wednesday night on the way to a deflating 100-92 loss to Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. Starting point guard Brandon Jennings was benched in the third quarter and was not happy about it. And even though the Bucks rallied from an early 18-point deficit to hold a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter, it all fell apart. The 76ers righted course with a 15-0 run to transform an 87-83 deficit into a 98-87 lead on Evan Turner's three-pointer with 5 minutes 9 seconds remaining. And the Bucks (34-36) lost their fourth straight game and had their magic number to clinch a playoff berth remain stuck on five. Milwaukee also missed a chance for its first sweep of the 76ers since the 1973-'74 season. The Bucks dropped 2 games behind seventh-place Boston, which won at Cleveland on Wednesday. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85), who switched to the point guard spot with Jennings out of the game, led the Bucks with 29 points and seven assists. Ersan Ilyasova added 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. But six Philadelphia players scored in double figures, paced by Damien Wilkins (6'7''-G/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia) and Jrue Holiday with 18 points apiece. Center Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) sank a critical three-pointer during the 76ers' late run and finished with 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds. Thaddeus Young and Dorell Wright each added 14 points for the 76ers (28-43), who are 6 games behind the Bucks for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Bucks had two days of practice to get ready for Wednesday's game, following a late collapse in a 104-99 home loss to Atlanta on Sunday. But Milwaukee was sluggish from the start and trailed, 45-27, before pulling within six points at halftime. When the Bucks sputtered at the start of the second half and Jennings was beat twice off the dribble by Holiday, Bucks coach Jim Boylan took his point guard out and replaced him with J.J. Redick. "I just felt I needed to do something to try to energize our team," Boylan said. "We played with pretty good energy toward the end of the first half, and then we came out in the second half and we were right back to how we had started the game. "When you play that position (point guard) there comes a lot of responsibility. The offense is initiated from that position. The talent at that position in this league is outstanding. "So you have to bring it every single night, at both ends of the floor. If that's not happening, you need to do something. I just felt I needed to do something tonight, so that's what I did." Jennings, who went scoreless in 17 minutes, made it clear after the game he felt he was being singled out. "This is the third time I've been benched in the second half and it hasn't been under (former coach Scott) Skiles," Jennings said. "You always want to be out there to help your team. "I don't see any all-stars in this locker room so I think everybody should be held accountable, like anybody else. There's no maxed-out (contract) players in this locker room; there's no all-stars. So don't try to put me on a pedestal and just give everybody else the freedom to do whatever they want." Ellis scored 19 points in the second half on 8-of-12 shooting and lifted the Bucks into the lead. But it didn't last. The Bucks started to give the ball away, committing eight fourth-quarter turnovers leading to 12 points. "Fourth quarter, our defense was great," said 76ers coach Doug Collins. "I thought Monta got a little tired. He really expended a lot of energy in that one stretch." Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy said the problems run deeper than the woes that showed up Wednesday. Now the Bucks face the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Thursday night in a matchup of eighth-place teams trying to secure playoff spots. The Lakers won at Minnesota, 120-117, on Wednesday night. "We're not on the same page," Dunleavy said. "We've got a lot of issues. We've just got to find a way to get a win at some point here." Courtesy of: jsonline.com

Toronto R. - Atlanta H. 88-107
Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) had 24 points and 13 assists and the Atlanta Hawks clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season, beating the Toronto Raptors 107-88 on Wednesday night. Josh Smith added 19 points for the Hawks, who used a 16-0 run midway through the fourth to win for the 13th time in the last 15 meetings with the Raptors. Horford reached double digits for the 31st consecutive game, the second-longest streak of his career. He did it in 33 straight games in 2009-10. Raptors coach Dwane Casey had suggested his team might shut down Rudy Gay after the star forward left Friday's home loss to the Knicks with a sore back, then sat out Saturday's loss in New York. Still sore, Gay started against the Hawks, scoring 15 points in 34 minutes and matching his season high with 12 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) scored 19 points, DeMar DeRozan had 14, Terrence Ross 13 and Alan Anderson 12 for the Raptors, who have lost four straight and 11 of 14. Toronto forward Amir Johnson left with 10:28 left in the third with a left leg contusion. X-rays were negative but he did not return. The Raptors trailed 81-80 after Anderson's 3-pointer with 9:11 left, but Horford scored six of the next eight points, four on jump shots and two on a dunk, putting the Hawks up 89-80 with 7:26 to play. Teague made back-to-back 3-pointers then added a driving jump shot, giving the Hawks a 97-80 lead with 4:39 left. DeRozan snapped Toronto's 4:48 scoreless streak with a pair of free throws, but Horford answered with a slam off an alley-oop from Teague. Toronto shot 5 for 20 in the final quarter and was outscored 32-13. Gay scored six in the first and DeRozan and Amir Johnson each had five as the Raptors led 25-20 after one. Ross scored nine points in the second and DeRozan had seven, including a jump shot with less than two seconds left, giving the Raptors a 54-44 lead at the half. Atlanta took a 71-69 lead, its first since early in the second quarter, on Smith's 3 with 3:23 left in the third. Ross scored four of Toronto's next six points as the Raptors reclaimed the lead, but a pair of free throws by Smith with 30 seconds left knotted the score at 75-all heading to the fourth. Atlanta's Kyle Korver extended his streak of game with at least one 3-pointer to 65. Korver's streak is the fifth-longest in NBA history. Reggie Miller (68 games) had the fourth-longest, while Dana Barros tops the list with an 89-game streak. Courtesy of: lacrossetribune.com

Portland TB - Brooklyn N. 93-111
Nenad Krstic played 80 games, Lamond Murray, Scott Padgett and Bostjan Nachbar came off the bench, Orlando's current head coach was the backup PG, and Uncle Cliffy got suspended in the playoffs against Shaq and the eventual champion Miami Heat. The year was 2006, and it was the last time the Nets finished a season with more wins than losses. Until tonight. The Nets salted away their 42nd win of the season and their franchise-record 20th road victory behind an incredible, amazing, unbelievable performance by PF Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa). Evans posted his career highs with 22 points and 26 rebounds (!) as he continually shredded the helpless Blazers frontcourt. Indeed, Brooklyn's front line of Evans, Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche were no match for Portland's J.J. Hickson and LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas). They combined for 52 points on 26-41 shooting and helped the visitors to a healthy 65-49 advantage on the boards. The Nets had an insane 74 points in the paint. PG Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) struggled from the floor, but dished out 10 assists, played some inspired defense on shoo-in Rookie-of-the-Year Damian Lillard, and generally kept things running as well as possible. Through three quarters, the Nets never took their foot off the gas - amassing a seemingly insurmountable 95-69 lead. However, Portland's well-rested bench - the least effective in the NBA - put up a fight against the Nets backups and guys like Meyers Leonard and Will Barton drew the Blazers as close as 14. That caused coach P.J. Carlesimo to re-insert Evans and the rest of the starters, who closed things out. Aldridge did some damage on offense, putting up 24 points on 11-14 shooting, but that was the lone bright spot for the home side, who were never really in the game from the outset. The Nets also went to 4-1 on what has become a fantastic road trip. The three games remaining are against the smoking hot Nuggets, the tough-at-home Jazz and the free-falling Cavaliers. If the Nets can take at least one of the next two, it would be an historic trip that could give the team confidence going into the playoffs. Courtesy of: netsdaily.com

Golden St.W. - Sacramento K. 98-105
The Warriors keep saying that all they have to do is beat the teams they're supposed to beat and they'll make the playoffs. Well, they didn't exactly take care of business Wednesday night. Sporting the NBA's worst road record and having played the entire season without an away victory over a winning team, Sacramento marched into Oracle Arena and upended the Warriors 105-98. "Unfortunately we're not good enough to show up and just win ballgames," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "When you mess around with a team that you're better than, they gain confidence and you give them a reason to show up. "It's just disappointing." The Warriors trailed 91-79 with 7:03 remaining, but they used four different scorers on a 9-2 run to briefly make it interesting. Harrison Barnes stole a Patrick Patterson pass and raced to the other end for a layup that cut it to 93-88 with 3:29 remaining. The Kings' 16th offensive rebound led to Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-PG-89, college: Washington)' seventh three-pointer, and Sacramento led 96-88 with 2:43 left. Tyreke Evans stepped back and drained the dagger for a 98-90 lead with 42 seconds remaining. The Warriors (41-32) had won six of their previous eight games and still lead seventh-place Houston by a game, the eighth-place Lakers by 3 1/2, ninth-place Utah by 4 1/2, 10th-place Dallas by five and 11th-place Portland by seven. They get to play six consecutive opponents with .500 records or worse, but they didn't fare so well against the first of those. The Warriors' next three opponents are a combined 81-134. The Kings (26-46) won the season series between the Northern California rivals 3-1, and tied the all-time series 185-185 in what may be the final meeting between Northern California teams as owner Chris Hansen looks to move the Kings to Seattle. They got 31 points and seven assists from Thomas, who made seven three-pointers. The Warriors set a season high with 68 points in the paint, but they struggled from the perimeter, making only five of 24 three-pointers (20.8 percent). Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 21 points on 6-of-31 shooting from the field and 3-of-17 shooting from long distance. In his 200th career game with the Warriors, David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) did what he usually does, going for 20 points and 10 rebounds for his NBA-topping 49th double-double. Center Andrew Bogut tied a season-high 12 points and added nine rebounds, and Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack combined for 32 points off the Warriors' bench. But the Warriors had few defensive answers for the Kings, who had averaged a league-high 108.7 points per game since the All-Star break. "When we got into lulls offensively, we didn't have the same kind of energy we've had the past couple of games defensively," Bogut said. "When we missed shots, we dropped our heads. "We have no excuse for it. Our coaches do a great job preparing us. Our fans are great. And we come in and lay an absolute egg. We need to remember this one. There's no excuse for this loss, especially at this point in the season." Thomas scored 17 points in the third quarter, including a three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left to give the Kings a 77-66 lead. Sacramento led for the game's final 21:02. "It took us getting down by 10 to create some energy and some motivation to play," Jack said. "We can't do that. This was a typical letdown game. When you have the Lakers walking into your building (Monday), your ears are automatically perked up. You have names that you're perked up for." Courtesy of: sfgate.com

Utah Jazz - Phoenix Suns 103-88
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) and Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) each scored 25 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 103-88 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Looking for their first back-to-back wins since Feb. 13-19, the Jazz started quickly. Utah made its first six shots and took a 12-7 lead. The Suns rallied and grabbed an 18-17 advantage with 6:40 left in the opening quarter, but Paul Millsap scored to start an 8-0 run. The Suns eventually converted only two of their final 14 possessions and the Jazz inched away to a 34-23 lead. Early in the second quarter, Utah lost second-year center Enes Kanter to an injury after he dove for a loose ball. Phoenix center Hamed Haddadi landed on Kanter, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder and did not return. Meanwhile, the Suns went on a 13-4 run to narrow their deficit to 42-38. Utah converted five of their last six possessions, however, and Randy Foye's three-point jumper at the buzzer gave the Jazz a 53-44 advantage at the half. Jefferson had 14 points for Utah, while Hayward added 10. Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) topped the Suns with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting, mostly jumpers after pick-and-rolls. In the third quarter, the Jazz seemingly remained in control. They owned a 75-63 lead with 2:13 left before the Suns scored the final eight points of the period to pull within four. Leading 75-71, the Jazz turned to Jefferson. He scored seven points, grabbed an offensive rebound and came up with a steal during a 10-0 run during a three-minute stretch, when Utah finally pulled away. Courtesy of: sltrib.com

San Antonio S. - Denver N. 100-99
Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 100-99 win over Denver on Wednesday night when Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) added 20 points and Tony Parker had 18 points and 11 assists for the Spurs, who remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Oklahoma City in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference. Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 11 points and Tiago Splitter had 10. Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Wilson Chandler scored 15 points and Miller 14 for the Nuggets, whose reserves outscored their Spurs counterparts 59-18. Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari added 12 points apiece and Andre Igoudala had 10. The Spurs (54-17) pulled within two games of Miami (56-15) in the loss column for the league's best record. The Heat lost 101-97 at Chicago, snapping their 27-game winning streak. San Antonio escaped with its sixth straight home victory in a game that had 20 lead changes. Duncan missed a 15-foot jumper with 10.2 seconds left, setting up Miller's driving attempt that bounced off the back of the rim as the buzzer sounded. Parker sprained his right middle finger late in the third quarter, but returned to score four points in the fourth. Continuing the momentum they captured late in the first half, the Spurs outscored Denver 32-21 during a third quarter in which they shot 3 for 3 from 3-point range. The Nuggets failed to score any fast-break points in the third and were 9 for 23 in the quarter. Denver opened the game by missing its first six shots, including a pair of 3-point attempts, as San Antonio raced to a 7-0 lead. The Nuggets closed within 14-12 on eight points by Faried off a series of short jumpers, layups and a dunk. Denver opened the second quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 39-28 lead. San Antonio went 3 minutes without scoring before Parker double-pumped to make a contested layup. The Nuggets were 23 for 39 following that early drought, continually attacking the basket against the Spurs. Green made three straight 3s to fuel a 12-4 run to close the first half, pulling San Antonio within 54-51. Green also had a free throw in the run, closing the first half with 19 points while shooting 6 for 7 from long range. Courtesy of: timesonline.com

Minnesota T. - LA Lakers 117-120
So this is what the Lakers could look like without World Peace. With Metta World Peace remaining sidelined for at least the next six weeks after having surgery today to treat a lateral meniscus tear, the Lakers' 120-117 victory Wednesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center featured various snapshots on what their evolving identity without their dependable defender. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) both refound his scoring stroke (31 points on 12 of 21 shooting) and provided more facilitating en route to seven assists and more pick-and-roll plays. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) benefited from such plays, posting 25 points and 16 rebounds while enhancing his large defensive role with five steals and five blocks. Pau Gasol benefited from such a dynamic, posting 17 points and ninerebounds partly because of improved conditioning in his third game since sitting the previous 20 because of a right foot injury. After nursing a sprained right wrist for the past week, Although he hobbled over to the bench midway through the fourth quarter nursing his sprained right wrist, Antawn Jamison proved managed to play through it enough to finish with 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting. Add it all up, and the Lakers (37-35) snapped their three-game losing steak. First, a reality check. The Lakers' win against Minnesota marked their 22nd win against the Western Conference's worst team, the NBA's longest active winning streak. Such an element allowed the Lakers to absorb some otherwise costly miscues. Minnesota fans loudly booed over officials didn't call a foul on Bryant when Ricky Rubio attempted a potential game-tying three-pointer at halfcourt before time expired. The Lakers nearly lost a double-digit lead late in the game after the Hack a Dwight strategy contributed to his 7 of 17 mark from the free throw line. The Lakers committed 21 turnovers. They collected 27 fouls. Also consider the Timberwolves don't have former UCLA product Kevin Love (right hand surgery). The Lakers' team defense didn't improve after allowing double-digit production from Nikola Perkovic (6'7''-C-91) (19 points), Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87, college: Villanova) (18 points), Derrick Williams (15 points), J.J. Barea (14), Andrei Kirilenko (11) and Luke Ridnour (11). Such an effort could've resulted in another blown double-digit lead against a sub. 500 team. Instead, the Lakers prevented such mistakes from boiling over. Howard played limited first-half minutes after collecting his third foul with 1:40 left in the second quarter. Moments after looking like he'd punch the protective foam behind the basket, Howard hugged it. He still kept a positive mindset in the game, too. Bryant hardly did much in elevating his defense. He still jawed at refs after missed calls. Following one turnover off his inbounds pass, Bryant stood in the same position as Minnesota converted on the other end. But Bryant offset that by scoring 16 third quarter points on 7 of 9 shooting. Bryant also iced the game after making a 22-foot dagger and a pair of free throws in the final minute. The Lakers sorely missed World Peace's energy and defense. But the Lakers didn't change completely. With how the game played out, the Lakers would walk away with an embarrassing loss to a bad team or squeak out an ugly win. Luckily for the Lakers' playoff fortunes, the latter scenario happened. Courtesy of: insidesocal.com

Oklah.City T. - Washington W. 103-80
The Oklahoma City Thunder took care of business Wednesday night, beating John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) and the Washington Wizards, 103-80. Oklahoma City has now won three straight games, all of which have come against teams under .500, but were most definitely games that could not be lost as the Thunder prepare for a final push to grab the top seed in the Western Conference. Kevin Durant scored 20 points with six rebounds and six assists while Russell Westbrook scored 21 points with four rebounds and four assists. Kevin Martin chipped in with 18 points on six-of-nine shooting off the bench including going 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line as it was smooth sailing throughout for Oklahoma City. The last time these teams met was in early January with the Wizards prevailing, 101-99, in a game that Kevin Durant admitted he and teammates were "too confident" about. The Wizards, who are 21-17 since the return of guard, John Wall, were coming off one of their biggest wins of the season Monday, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 107-94. In that game Wall scored a career-high 47 points with seven rebounds and eight assists. Wednesday night's game couldn't have been any different, though, as Wall struggled mightily, finishing 3-for-18 from the field with 18 points. Wall wasn't the only Wizard to struggle Wednesday, as the team shot 32 percent from the field as a whole. Washington, to its credit, was missing three of its five leading scorers in Bradley Beal, Nene, Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza. Despite tonight's blowout loss, the Wizards have shown signs of potential since the return of Wall, as Washington fans should be very excited for the future of this young team. Oklahoma City hits the road this weekend to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, neither of which are easy games, especially on the road. Expect a great weekend of basketball. Courtesy of: oudaily.com

Houston R. - Indiana P. 91-100
Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The Pacers never trailed and led by as many as 19. Houston made several runs, once cutting the deficit to four points, but Indiana answered each time to hold on for the victory. The Central Division-leading Pacers weren't back to full strength but they certainly got a boost from the return of Stephenson, who missed Indiana's last game with a strained right hip flexor, and of George Hill, out last game with a strained left groin. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Houston, which is seventh in the Western conference. The Rockets were led by James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.)'s 22 points and eight assists. The Pacers led by 11 entering the fourth but managed just two points in the first four minutes of the quarter to allow Houston to get within 84-79. Indiana scored the next six points, with four of them coming on free throws to make it 90-79. Harden connected on a 3-pointer before sinking two free throws to get Houston within eight with about three minutes left. This time it was Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) responded, knocking down a 3-pointer seconds later to extend the lead. George and Tyler Hansbrough added 16 points apiece for Indiana. Hill had two points, five assists and four rebounds. Greg Smith had 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for Houston. Indiana was up by 10 early in third before Houston used an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 68-64 at the seven-minute mark. Harden had a steal and a dunk before Lin hit an off-balance layup and the ensuing free throw after a foul by Hill. The Pacers ended the rally with a 7-1 spurt which pushed to lead back to 10 with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. Chandler Parsons had an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Harden after that, but George scored five quick points for Indiana to make it 80-67. The Pacers were still missing Danny Granger, who has sat out the majority of the season with patellar tendinitis in his left knee, and David West, who sat out his sixth straight game with a lower back sprain. They didn't look to miss them much on Wednesday night as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead and used another 10-2 run, that featured three dunks in less than a minute later in the quarter, to push the lead to 25-9. They were up 35-19 entering the second quarter after a first period where they shot 60.9 percent. Houston missed 15 shots in the first quarter and had four turnovers. Consecutive 3-pointers by Orlando Johnson extended Indiana's advantage to 48-29 eight minutes before halftime. The Pacers hot-shooting cooled down after that and the Rockets finally discovered some offense. Houston used a 13-2 run to get within 50-42 with five minutes left in the first half. Patrick Beverley started that spurt with a jump shot and scored seven of the Rockets



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Lightning step closer to the Final, Storm bounce back - by Eurobasket News

London L. - Moncton M. 89-78
The Moncton Miracles, presented by Rogers, lost to the London Lightning in Game 2 of Round 2 in the NBL of Canada Playoffs with a final score of 78-89. The Lightning lead the series 0-2. Both teams would have a slow start and would only be a 10-13 ball game with 3 minutes left to play on the clock. The Miracles would still be suffering from the loss of Sylvania Watkins who sat out due to a back injury that occurred in Game 1 of the series. Miracles Kamar Burke would cash in on a 3-point late in the quarter to tie the game up at 17-17. Devin Sweetney (6'6''-G/F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) would then go coast to coast to give Moncton a 19-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. Both teams struggled from behind the arc shooting 0-6. Miracles Sweetney would hit the first 3 of the game in the second quarter 26-19. Jeremy Williams would hit a jumper with just under 4 minutes to give the Lightning the lead back 26-27. London would pull ahead before Moncton's Isaac Butts would hit some free-throws to tie the game back up. Miracles Herman Favors (5'9''-G-84, college: Georgia St.) would hit a buzzer beater 3-point shot to end the second quarter with the Miracles trailing 34-37. Both teams would struggle from the 3-point line in the first half with Moncton leading the way shooting 16.67% (2-12) while London shot 0% (0-9). Miracles Butts was leading the way for his team with 9 points and 10 rebounds at the half while Lightning's Jeremy Williams had 9 points and pulled down 4 boards. Miracles Favors would get a hot hand in the third quarter to help his team battle through. After having struggled for the beginning of the quarter with shots and getting into foul trouble early they would take a 57-51 lead late in the quarter and continue to try and push to the finish. The quarter would end with Moncton holding on to the scoreboard advantage 59-57. The Lightning's shots would finally start to drop early in the fourth quarter to have the game tied up at 65-65 with 8:49 left on the clock. London would continue on a 13-0 run to pull ahead on Moncton 65-78 and never look back. The Miracles 24 turnovers hurt them down the stretch when their opponents only had 10. Herman Favors led the way for the Miracles with 26 points. Devin Sweetney followed with 22 points while Isaac Butts added in with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) was the force for the Lightning with 19 points. Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) was next with 16 points and Elvin Mims, Tim Ellis, and Jeremy Williams all had 11 points each. The Miracles bench and Isaac Butts were handed a technical fouls. Lightning's Head Coach Michael Ray Richardson also received a technical. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Summerside S. - Windsor Exp. 114-98
The Summerside Storm played a desperate, physical game Tuesday, battering the visiting Windsor Express for a 114-98 win at Credit Union Place. Victory evens the National Basketball League of Canada best-of-five semifinal at 1-1 with Game 3 Thursday at the WFCU Centre (7 p.m.) "Our goal was to come out of here 1-1 (in the series) and we did that," Express forward Greg Surmacz (6'8''-F-86, agency: Interperformances) said. "Now we've got a chance to win it in Windsor." Game 4 is Saturday at the WFCU Centre. The Express overcame a 30-point deficit to win the first game of the series last Sunday and they made a good run at another come-from-behind effort Tuesday. After falling behind by 16 points in the third quarter they shaved that to one at 75-74 Summerside heading into the fourth. A Surmacz three gave Windsor a 91-90 lead with five minutes to play but the Storm pulled in front on an eight-for-eight performance by leading scorer Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) from the free throw line over the final 1: 16. "That's tough to overcome," said Surmacz not wanting to comment further on the officiating that sent Robinson to the line so often. "We were right there, it was right there for the taking but that's the second straight game we had to come from behind and this time, with the home crowd, they made a push instead of us." Tempered flared early and often in a rugged affair played before an announced crowd of 2,000. "It was a tough situation in the fourth quarter," Windsor coach Bill Jones said. "The crowd was with them in the fourth quarter and the refs hear that too. "That's part of the playoffs and we've got to be strong and play better defence." Robinson made 12 of 14 from the free throw line for 22 points and pulled in 10 rebounds. The Storm had six players in double figures and two with double doubles in Robinson and Omari Johnson (6'9''-F-89, college: Oregon St.) who had 12 points and 10 boards. Surmacz had 21 points for Windsor, Mike Helms had 19 and Kevin Loiselle doubled with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Darren Duncan, the hero of Game 1 with a triple double, shot just four of 12 for 10 points. "They really tried to get the ball out of Darren's hands as much as possible and they did a good job," Surmacz said. The Storm also pounded the ball inside on Windsor's defence, outscoring the Express 62-36 in the paint. Courtesy of: canada.com



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Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 14-4 (26-5) 
 2. Louisville 14-4 (29-5) 
 3. Kentucky 12-6 (21-11) 
 4. Ohio St. 14-5 (24-7) 
 5. Michigan 12-6 (25-6) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 11-7 (22-9) 
 7. Kansas 14-4 (29-5) 
 8. Duke 14-4 (27-4) 
 9. Syracuse 11-7 (26-9) 
 10. Florida 14-4 (27-7) 
 11. Arizona 13-7 (25-7) 
 12. N.Carolina 12-7 (22-10) 
 13. UCLA 14-6 (24-9) 
 14. Michigan St. 13-5 (24-7) 
 15. Creighton 13-5 (27-7) 
 16. Memphis 16-0 (30-4) 
 17. Missouri 11-7 (23-11) 
 18. Baylor 9-9 (18-14) 
 19. UNLV 10-6 (25-10) 
 20. San Diego St. 9-7 (22-10) 
 21. Wisconsin 12-7 (21-11) 
 22. Gonzaga 16-0 (29-2) 
 23. Notre Dame 11-7 (25-9) 
 24. Florida St. 9-9 (17-14) 
 25. Texas 7-11 (16-17) 

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. 27: Providence - Baylor 68-79
Mar. 27: Virginia - Iowa 64-75
Mar. 27: S.Mississippi - BYU 62-79
Mar. 26: Alabama - Maryland 57-58

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
 Pierre JACKSON
  Baylor
  (178-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Jackson, Baylor19.5 
 2. Osby, Oklahoma16.0 
 3. McLemore, Kansas15.8 
 4. McGruder, Kansas S.15.6 
 5. Brown, Oklahoma.15.4 
 6. Smart, Oklahoma.15.4 
 7. Clyburn, Iowa St.14.9 
 8. McClellan, Texas14.2 
 9. Nash, Oklahoma St.13.8 
 10. Withey, Kansas13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Melvin EJIM
  Iowa St.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ejim, Iowa St.9.3 
 2. Withey, Kansas8.5 
 3. Austin, Baylor8.3 
 4. Jefferson, Baylor8.1 
 5. Osby, Oklahoma7.1 
 6. Clyburn, Iowa St.6.8 
 7. Young, Kansas6.7 
 8. Crockett, Texas T.6.5 
 9. McKinney, TCU6.5 
 10. Cobbins, Oklahoma.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Baylor
  (178-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Jackson, Baylor6.6 
 2. Lucious, Iowa St.5.6 
 3. Rodriguez, Kansas5.2 
 4. Johnson, Kansas4.6 
 5. Felix, Texas4.3 
 6. Smart, Oklahoma.4.2 
 7. Walton, Baylor3.6 
 8. Anderson, TCU3.3 
 9. Staten, W.Virginia3.3 
 10. Grooms, Oklahoma3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SMART
  Oklahoma.
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smart, Oklahoma.3.1 
 2. Gray, Texas Tech2.0 
 3. Walton, Baylor1.7 
 4. Jackson, Baylor1.5 
 5. Rodriguez, Kansas1.5 
 6. Anderson, TCU1.4 
 7. McGruder, Kansas S.1.3 
 8. Hield, Oklahoma1.3 
 9. Crockett, Texas T.1.3 
 10. Releford, Kansas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff WITHEY
  Kansas
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Withey, Kansas3.9 
 2. Jefferson, Baylor2.0 
 3. Henriquez, Kansas1.9 
 4. Austin, Baylor1.6 
 5. Cobbins, Oklahoma.1.5 
 6. Ridley, Texas1.5 
 7. Murray, W.Virginia1.5 
 8. Kravic, Texas Tech1.3 
 9. Jurick, Oklahoma.1.1 
 10. Ibeh, Texas1.0 


NABC Division I All-America Teams 2012-13 - by Simas

All-District 1 1st Team 2013
#s#
Lamont Jones
Jones
Juanya Green
Green
Billy Baron
Baron
O.D. Anosike
Anosike
Tommy Brenton
Brenton
#e#1
1st Team
Lamont Jones (6'0''-G) of Iona
Juanya Green (6'3''-PG) of Niagara
Billy Baron (6'2''-G-90) of Canisius
O.D. Anosike (6'8''-F-91) of Siena
Tommy Brenton (6'5''-G-89) of Stony Brook

2nd Team
Erik Etherly (6'7''-F) of Loyola (MD)
D.J. Irving (6'0''-PG-92) of Boston U.
Derek Needham (5'11''-PG) of Fairfield
Antoine Mason (6'3''-G) of Niagara
Jameel Warney (6'8''-F-94) of Stony Brook



All-District 2 1st Team 2013
#s#
Mason Plumlee
Plumlee
Shane Larkin
Larkin
Joe Harris
Harris
Erick Green
Green
Kenny Kadji
Kadji
#e#1
1st Team
Shane Larkin (5'11''-PG-92) of Miami
Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) of Duke
Joe Harris (6'6''-G) of Virginia
Erick Green (6'3''-PG-91) of Va. Tech
Kenny Kadji (6'11''-F/C-88) of Miami

2nd Team
Seth Curry (6'2''-G-90) of Duke
Richard Howell (6'8''-F-90) of N.C. State
C.J. Leslie (6'8''-F-91) of N.C. State
James Michael McAdoo (6'9''-F-93) of North Carolina
Lorenzo Brown (6'5''-G) of N.C. State



All-District 3 1st Team 2013
#s#
Stan Okoye
Okoye
Saah Nimley
Nimley
Sherwood Brown
Brown
Anthony Raffa
Raffa
Torrey Craig
Craig
#e#1

1st Team
Stan Okoye (6'6''-F-91) of VMI
Saah Nimley (5'8''-PG-93) of Charleston Southern
Sherwood Brown (6'4''-G-91) of Florida Gulf Coast
Anthony Raffa (6'1''-PG) of Coastal Carolina
Torrey Craig (6'6''-F-90) of USC Upstate

2nd Team
Jeremy Atkinson (6'4''-F) of UNC Asheville
John Brown (6'7''-F-92) of High Point
Parker Smith (6'3''-G-90) of North Florida
Allan Chaney (6'9''-F) of High Point
Travis Smith (6'3''-G-91) of Mercer


All-District 4 1st Team 2013
#s#
Rotnei Clarke
Clarke
Khalif Wyatt
Wyatt
Ramon Galloway
Galloway
Chaz Williams
Williams
Juvonte Reddic
Reddic
#e#1
1st Team
Rotnei Clarke (6'0''-G-89) of Butler
Khalif Wyatt (6'4''-G) of Temple
Ramon Galloway (6'3''-G) of LaSalle
Chaz Williams (5'9''-PG-91) of Massachusetts
Juvonte Reddic (6'9''-F-92) of VCU

2nd Team
Treveon Graham (6'5''-G-93) of VCU
Dwayne Evans (6'5''-F) of St. Louis
Semaj Christon (6'3''-G-92) of Xavier
Tyreek Duren (6'0''-PG) of LaSalle
Kevin Dillard (6'0''-PG-89) of Dayton



All-District 5 1st Team 2013
#s#
Otto Porter
Porter
Russ Smith
Smith
Jack Cooley
Cooley
Sean Kilpatrick
Kilpatrick
Shabazz Napier
Napier
#e#1

1st Team
Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93) of Georgetown
Russ Smith (6'0''-G-91) of Louisville
Jack Cooley (6'9''-F-91) of Notre Dame
Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) of Cincinnati
Shabazz Napier (6'1''-G-91) of Connecticut

2nd Team
Bryce Cotton (6'1''-PG-92) of Providence
Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91) of Syracuse
C.J. Fair (6'8''-F-91) of Syracuse
Vander Blue (6'4''-G-92) of Marquette
Jerian Grant (6'5''-G-92) of Notre Dame


All-District 6 1st Team 2013
#s#
Chris Udofia
Udofia
Davion Berry
Berry
Raheem Appleby
Appleby
Kyle Barone
Barone
Will Cherry
Cherry
#e#1

1st Team
Chris Udofia (6'6''-F-92) of Denver
Davion Berry (6'4''-G/F-91) of Weber State
Raheem Appleby (6'3''-PG-93) of La. Tech
Kyle Barone (6'10''-C-89) of Idaho
Will Cherry (6'1''-PG-91) of Montana

2nd Team
Daniel Mullings (6'2''-G) of New Mexico State
Kareem Jamar (6'5''-G/F-92) of Montana
Jarred Shaw (6'10''-C-90) of Utah State
Mathias Ward (6'7''-F-90) of Montana
Troy Huff (6'5''-G) of North Dakota


All-District 7 1st Team 2013
#s#
Trey Burke
Burke
Cody Zeller
Zeller
Victor Oladipo
Oladipo
Deshaun Thomas
Thomas
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway Jr.
#e#1

1st Team
Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) of Michigan
Cody Zeller (7'0''-F-92) of Indiana
Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92) of Indiana
Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F-91) of Ohio State
Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92) of Michigan

2nd Team
Keith Appling (6'1''-PG-92) of Michigan State
Christian Watford (6'9''-F-91) of Indiana
Aaron Craft (6'2''-PG-91) of Ohio State
Jared Berggren (6'10''-F/C-90) of Wisconsin
Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-F-89) of Minnesota


All-District 8 1st Team 2013
#s#
Ben McLemore
McLemore
Marcus Smart
Smart
Rodney McGruder
McGruder
Jeff Withey
Withey
Pierre Jackson
Jackson
#e#1

1st Team
Ben McLemore (6'5''-G) of Kansas
Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94) of Oklahoma State
Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91) of Kansas State
Jeff Withey (7'0''-C-90) of Kansas
Pierre Jackson (5'10''-PG-91) of Baylor

2nd Team
Romero Osby (6'8''-F-90) of Oklahoma Missouri
Markel Brown (6'3''-PG-92) of Oklahoma State
Will Clyburn (6'7''-G-90) of Iowa State
Angel Rodriguez (5'11''-PG-92) of Kansas State
Melvin Ejim (6'6''-F-91) of Iowa State


All-District 9 1st Team 2013
#s#
Kelly Olynyk
Olynyk
Matthew Dellavedova
Dellavedova
Tyler Haws
Haws
Elias Harris
Harris
James Ennis
Ennis
#e#1

1st Team
Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-F-91) of Gonzaga
Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) of St. Mary's
Tyler Haws (6'5''-G) of BYU
Elias Harris (6'8''-F-89) of Gonzaga
James Ennis (6'7''-G/F) of Long Beach State

2nd Team
Brandon Davies (6'9''-F) of BYU
Kevin Pangos (6'2''-G-93) of Gonzaga
Kevin Foster (6'2''-PG) of Santa Clara
Alan Williams (6'7''-C-93) of UC Santa Barbara
D.J. Seeley (6'4''-G-89) of Cal State Fullerton


All-District 10 1st Team 2013
#s#
Jerrelle Benimon
Benimon
Keith Rendleman
Rendleman
Devon Saddler
Saddler
Joel Smith
Smith
Marcus Thornton
Thornton
#e#1

1st Team
Jerrelle Benimon (6'8''-F) of Towson
Keith Rendleman (6'8''-F-90) of UNC Wilmington
Devon Saddler (6'2''-G) of Delaware
Joel Smith (6'4''-G-90) of Northeastern
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G) of William & Mary

2nd Team
Sherrod Wright (6'4''-G) of George Mason
R.J. Hunter (6'5''-G-93) of Georgia State
Damion Lee (6'6''-G) of Drexel
Jamelle Hagins (6'9''-F) of Delaware
Devon Moore (6'4''-PG) of James Madison


All-District 11 1st Team 2013
#s#
Joe Jackson
Jackson
Josh Davis
Davis
Keith Clanton
Clanton
Isaiah Sykes
Sykes
Tashawn Thomas
Thomas
#e#1

1st Team
Joe Jackson (6'1''-PG-92) of Memphis
Josh Davis (6'8''-F-91) of Tulane
Keith Clanton (6'9''-F) of Central Florida
Isaiah Sykes (6'5''-G) of Central Florida
Tashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-93) of Houston

2nd Team
Maurice Kemp (6'8''-F-91) of East Carolina
Dwayne Davis (6'5''-F-89) of Southern Miss
Geron Johnson (6'3''-G) of Memphis
Ricky Tarrant (6'2''-G-93) of Tulane
Adonis Thomas (6'7''-G/F-93) of Memphis


All-District 12 1st Team 2013
#s#
Nate Wolters
Wolters
Ryan Broekhoff
Broekhoff
Ray McCallum
McCallum
Travis Bader
Bader
Kendrick Perry
Perry
#e#1

1st Team
Nate Wolters (6'4''-G) of South Dakota State
Ryan Broekhoff (6'7''-F-90) of Valparaiso
Ray McCallum (6'3''-G-91) of Detroit
Travis Bader (6'5''-G-91) of Oakland
Kendrick Perry (6'0''-PG-92) of Youngstown State

2nd Team
Keifer Sykes (5'10''-PG) of Green Bay
Terell Parks (6'8''-F) of Western Illinois
Alec Brown (7'1''-F/C) of Green Bay
Nick Minnerath (6'9''-F) of Detroit
Kevin van Wijk (6'8''-F-89) of Valparaiso


All-District 13 1st Team 2013
#s#
Mike Muscala
Muscala
Ian Hummer
Hummer
Wesley Saunders
Saunders
Siyani Chambers
Chambers
Chris Flores
Flores
#e#1

1st Team
Mike Muscala (6'11''-F/C-91) of Bucknell
Ian Hummer (6'7''-F-90) of Princeton
Wesley Saunders (6'5''-G) of Harvard
Siyani Chambers (6'0''-PG) of Harvard
Chris Flores (6'2''-G-90) of NJIT

2nd Team
Ella Ellis (6'7''-F) of Army
Gabe Knutson (6'9''-F) of Lehigh
Mackey McKnight (6'0''-PG) of Lehigh
Stephen Lumpkins (6'8''-F) of American
Tony Johnson (6'0''-PG) of Lafayette


All-District 14 1st Team 2013
#s#
D.J. Cooper
Cooper
Javon McCrea
McCrea
Zeke Marshall
Marshall
Rian Pearson
Pearson
Chris Evans
Evans
#e#1

1st Team
D.J. Cooper (6'0''-PG-90) of Ohio
Javon McCrea (6'7''-F-92) of Buffalo
Zeke Marshall (7'0''-C-90) of Akron
Rian Pearson (6'4''-G-90) of Toledo
Chris Evans (6'8''-F) of Kent State

2nd Team
Auston Calhoun (6'7''-F-90) of Bowling Green
Shayne Whittington (6'10''-C-91) of Western Michigan
Demetrius Treadwell (6'7''-F-91) of Akron
Alex Abreu (5'11''-PG-91) of Akron
Kyle Randall (5'10''-PG-91) of Central Michigan


All-District 15 1st Team 2013
#s#
Jeremy Ingram
Ingram
Pendarvis Williams
Williams
Tahj Tate
Tate
Dewayne Jackson
Jackson
Adrien Coleman
Coleman
#e#1

1st Team
Jeremy Ingram (6'3''-G-92) of N.C. Central
Pendarvis Williams (6'6''-G-91) of Norfolk State
Tahj Tate (6'4''-G-90) of Delaware State
Dewayne Jackson (6'8''-F-90) of Morgan State
Adrien Coleman (6'5''-G-90) of Bethune-Cookman

2nd Team
Rashad Hassan (6'7''-F-89) of Savannah State
Ray Willis (6'6''-G-89) of N.C. Central
Preston Blackman (6'0''-PG-90) of Savannah State
Stanton Kidd (6'7''-F-92) of N.C. Central
Malcolm Hawkins (6'5''-G-91) of Norfolk State


All-District 16 1st Team 2013
#s#
Doug McDermott
McDermott
Jackie Carmichael
Carmichael
Colt Ryan
Ryan
Walt Lemon
Lemon
Jake Odum
Odum
#e#1

1st Team
Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) of Creighton
Jackie Carmichael (6'9''-F-90) of Illinois State
Colt Ryan (6'5''-G/F-90) of Evansville
Walt Lemon (6'3''-G-91) of Bradley
Jake Odum (6'4''-PG-91) of Indiana State

2nd Team
Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89) of Wichita State
Tyler Brown (6'4''-G-90) of Illinois State
Cleanthony Early (6'8''-F-91) of Wichita State
Anthony James (6'0''-PG-89) of Northern Iowa
Ben Simons (6'8''-F-91) of Drake


All-District 17 1st Team 2013
#s#
Jamaal Franklin
Franklin
Colton Iverson
Iverson
Michael Lyons
Lyons
Anthony Bennett
Bennett
Kendall Williams
Williams
#e#1

1st Team
Jamaal Franklin (6'5''-G) of San Diego State
Colton Iverson (6'10''-F-89) of Colorado State
Michael Lyons (6'5''-G) of Air Force
Anthony Bennett (6'8''-F-93) of UNLV
Kendall Williams (6'4''-G-91) of New Mexico


2nd Team
Chase Tapley (6'3''-G-91) of San Diego State
Leonard Washington (6'7''-F-88) of Wyoming
Tony Snell (6'7''-G-91) of New Mexico
Anthony Marshall (6'3''-G-91) of UNLV
Pierce Hornung (6'5''-F-91) of Colorado State


All-District 18 1st Team 2013
#s#
Jamal Olasewere
Olasewere
Shane Gibson
Gibson
Alex Francis
Francis
Kyle Vinales
Vinales
Dyami Starks
Starks
#e#1

1st Team
Jamal Olasewere (6'7''-F-91) of Long Island
Shane Gibson (6'2''-G) of Sacred Heart
Alex Francis (6'6''-F-91) of Bryant
Kyle Vinales (6'1''-G) of Central Connecticut
Dyami Starks (6'2''-G-92) of Bryant

2nd Team
Jason Brickman (6'0''-G-91) of Long Island
Ike Azotam (6'7''-F) of Quinnipiac
Jalen Cannon (6'6''-F-93) of St. Francis
Velton Jones (6'0''-PG-89) of Robert Morris
Kenneth Ortiz (6'0''-PG-91) of Wagner


All-District 19 1st Team 2013
#s#
Isaiah Canaan
Canaan
Ian Clark
Clark
Kellen Thornton
Thornton
Mike DiNunno
DiNunno
Jud Dillard
Dillard
#e#1

1st Team
Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-PG-91) of Murray State
Ian Clark (6'3''-G-91) of Belmont
Kellen Thornton (6'7''-F-88) of Tennessee State
Mike DiNunno (5'11''-PG-90) of Eastern Kentucky
Jud Dillard (6'5''-G-91) of Tennessee Tech


2nd Team
Kerron Johnson (6'1''-PG-90) of Belmont
Robert Covington (6'9''-F-90) of Tennessee State
Ed Daniel (6'7''-F-90) of Murray State
Tyler Stone (6'8''-F-91) of S.E. Missouri State
Glenn Cosey (6'0''-G) of Eastern Kentucky


All-District 20 1st Team 2013
#s#
Allen Crabbe
Crabbe
Shabazz Muhammad
Muhammad
Jahii Carson
Carson
Solomon Hill
Hill
Mark Lyons
Lyons
#e#1

1st Team
Allen Crabbe (6'6''-G-92) of California
Shabazz Muhammad (6'6''-G/F-92) of UCLA
Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92) of Arizona State
Solomon Hill (6'7''-F) of Arizona
Mark Lyons (6'1''-G-89) of Arizona


2nd Team
Dwight Powell (6'10''-F-91) of Stanford
Spencer Dinwiddie (6'5''-G-93) of Colorado
E.J. Singler (6'6''-F) of Oregon
Carrick Felix (6'6''-G/F-90) of Arizona State
Brock Motum (6'10''-F-90) of Washington State
C.J. Wilcox (6'5''-G) of Washington


All-District 21 1st Team 2013
#s#
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Caldwell-Pope
Erik Murphy
Murphy
Nerlens Noel
Noel
Phil Pressey
Pressey
Jarnell Stokes
Stokes
#e#1

1st Team
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'5''-G-93) of Georgia
Erik Murphy (6'10''-F/C) of Florida
Nerlens Noel (6'10''-F-94) of Kentucky
Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91) of Missouri
Jarnell Stokes (6'8''-F-94) of Tennessee


2nd Team
Marshall Henderson (6'2''-PG-90) of Mississippi
Johnny O'Bryant (6'9''-F-93) of LSU
Elston Turner (6'5''-G-90) of Texas A&M
Marshawn Powell (6'7''-F-90) of Arkansas
Kenny Boynton (6'2''-PG-91) of Florida


All-District 22 1st Team 2013
#s#
Jake Cohen
Cohen
Trey Sumler
Sumler
Lucas Troutman
Troutman
Trevis Simpson
Simpson
Andrew Lawrence
Lawrence
#e#1

1st Team
Jake Cohen (6'10''-F-90) of Davidson
Trey Sumler (6'2''-PG) of Western Carolina
Lucas Troutman (6'10''-F-91) of Elon
Trevis Simpson (6'4''-G/F-91) of UNC Greensboro
Andrew Lawrence (6'1''-PG-90) of College of Charleston


2nd Team
DeMon Brooks (6'7''-F-92) of Davidson
Mike Groselle (6'8''-C-90) of Citadel
Karl Cochran (6'1''-PG-92) of Wofford
Jack Isenbarger (6'2''-G-91) of Elon
Raijon Kelly (6'4''-G-93) of Samford


All-District 23 1st Team 2013
#s#
Taylor Smith
Smith
Damen Bell-Holter
Bell-Holter
Warren Niles
Niles
Brandon Fortenberry
Fortenberry
Omar Strong
Strong
#e#1

1st Team
Taylor Smith (6'6''-F) of Stephen F. Austin
Damen Bell-Holter (6'9''-F/C) of Oral Roberts
Warren Niles (6'5''-G) of Oral Roberts
Brandon Fortenberry (6'3''-G-90) of Southeastern La.
Omar Strong (5'9''-PG) of Texas Southern


2nd Team
Derick Beltran (6'4''-G) of Southern
Fred Hunter (6'5''-G-89) of Nicholls State
Dequan Hicks (6'7''-F) of Northwestern State
Malcolm Miller (6'6''-G) of Southern
Demarquelle Tabb (6'5''-G/F-90) of Alabama A&M


All-District 24 1st Team 2013
#s#
Augustine Rubit
Rubit
Marcos Knight
Knight
Tymell Murphy
Murphy
Greg Gantt
Gantt
Elfrid Payton
Payton
#e#1

1st Team
Augustine Rubit (6'7''-F-89) of South Alabama
Marcos Knight (6'2''-G-89) of Middle Tennessee
Tymell Murphy (6'5''-F-90) of Florida International
Greg Gantt (6'2''-PG) of Florida Atlantic
Elfrid Payton (6'3''-PG-94) of La.-Lafayette

2nd Team
Shawn Long (6'9''-F) of La.-Lafayette
Brandon Peterson (6'8''-F) of Arkansas State
Will Neighbour (6'10''-F-90) of Arkansas-Little Rock
Trey Finn (6'2''-G) of Arkansas State
Tony Mitchell (6'8''-F-92) of North Texas
George Fant (6'6''-F) of Western Kentucky



UNI ends Bradley season, 90-77 - by Eurobasket News

In its first two CollegeInsider.com tournament games, Bradley overcame double-digit deficts at home to win.

But on the road Tuesday night against Missouri Valley Conference rival Northern Iowa, that extra gear was not to be found as the Braves ended their season with a 90-77 loss before 3,390 at McLeod Center.

Its always the same story when we play the good teams on the road, said BU coach Geno Ford . In the second half tonight, we get a little separation and cant get it back. But I thought our kids really battled. I was really proud of the way we competed.

Indeed, considering Bradleys last visit here two months ago yielded one of the most embarrassing first-half showings in school history (BU trailed 22-2 and 41-11 that day), the 29-19 lead the Braves held at 7:02 was almost shocking.

I didnt like the way our defense was playing, said UNI coach Ben Jacobson . But when you say that, its like you dont give credit to what Bradley was doing. They deserve credit for the way they started. They were aggressive and really good.

The Panthers (21-14) caught up quickly, using a 16-6 burst to tie the game at 2:21. A Will Egolf 3-pointer and a Walt Lemon (6'3''-G-91) driving shot created a 40-40 halftime tie.

But that was the last time the Panthers didnt lead. UNI surged out of the locker room with a 13-4 salvo on five layups and a 3-pointer to forge a 53-44 lead. The inside attack was not by accident.

Egolf had the two fouls in the first half and had to sit for a long time, said Jacobson. When that happens, guys dont want to pick up their third foul and have to go back to the bench. So we wanted to go to (UNI center) Jake (Koch) as much as we could.

Said Egolf: Thats the kind of team they are. They focus on exposing your weaknesses in the scouting report and it carries over into the game. Theyre a good shooting team but they win games by going inside.

Bradley (18-17) fought an uphill battle from there, cutting the margin to 60-54 on an Egolf 3-pointer, but unable to draw any closer.

Theyre hard to defend and they dont turn the ball over (only four turnovers), Ford said. That makes it hard for us because (steals and runouts) are such a big part of our game.
The Panthers also put the clamps on Lemon, who had 17 first-half points keyed by four 3-pointers. He would score just two in the second half.

They were more focused on me when I was coming off screens, Lemon said. So I tried to get it to my teammates more (collecting four of his six assists after halftime).

Bradleys 10 3-pointers were its second-highest in a game this season (11 at Drake). But the Panthers hit a dozen, seven in the second half.

UNI shot 63 percent from the field the second half and 59 percent for the game.

Thats as good as our offense has been in a half this year, Jacobson said.

Ford said something similar about the Braves first half.

We have just three turnovers, we shared the ball, we made 3s, we got it inside, he said. In the first half, from an offensive standpoint, it was as well as we were going to play.

Despite the loss, the BU seniors were satisfied with their showing in the tournament. Egolf said the first two games, when he averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds, were two of the most fun games of his career.

Im really glad I had these three extra games to lace them up with my team, said Dyricus Simms-Edwards. Anytime I can play basketball, Im happy. It was a great tournament for us.
Courtesy of:http://www.pjstar.com



Ryan Breaks Scoring Record As UE Tops Canisius - by Eurobasket News

BUFFALO, N.Y. University of Evansville senior Colt Ryan (6'5''-G/F-90) broke the all-time UE scoring record with a 39-point effort against Canisius as the Purple Aces advanced to the final four of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament with an 84-83 victory on Tuesday evening at Koessler Athletic Center.

Entering the game with 2,228 points, Colt Ryan hit 11 out of 22 shots while going 12-of-15 from the stripe en route to a season-high effort of 39 points. He eclipsed the record of 2,236, which was set by the great Larry Humes, who played for UE from 1963-66. With the win, the Aces won three in a row on the road for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

The Aces (21-14) overcame a 9-point halftime deficit as Colt Ryan tallied 30 second-half points. Troy Taylor followed his career effort of 16 against EKU with 10 against the Golden Griffins.

"This is a very special accomplishment," Colt Ryan said. "Mr. Humes set that mark in just three years of playing, so it is a credit to what he did in such a short time that makes this moment so special."

Coach Simmons followed that up with some comments of his own.

"He is a special guy, I have had the privilege of coaching him (Colt) for four years," head coach Marty Simmons said. "He has a great knowledge of the game that is as good as anyone I have been around."

Canisius got off to a quick 5-0 start as Isaac Sosa knocked down a trey after the Griffins hit the opening shot of the game. Ned Cox hit a pair of shots before Lewis Jones drained an 18-footer as the Aces got within a point at 13-12 with 11:38 remaining in the opening frame.

The Golden Griffins overcame that stretch to go on a 12-2 run of their own as Alshwan Hymes hit a pair of treys to give Canisius a 25-14 lead five minutes later as they connected on five out of eight shots in the stretch while UE made just one out of 12 attempts over that stretch.

Evansville inched back with a 9-1 stretch as the offense hit four out of five shots while holding Canisius without a bucket for five minutes as they cut the gap to 26-23. With 1:56 left in the half, they got even closer on one of the most historic shots in program history. Colt Colt Ryan knocked down a trey that not only brought UE within two points, but it gave him the all-time scoring record at the university. The bucket marked his ninth points of the game, giving him 2,237 for his career, one ahead of Larry Humes in a record that has stood for 47 years.

After the Aces worked hard to get back into the game, Canisius scored six in a row in a span of 20 seconds as they extended their lead to nine points going into halftime. The dagger came at the buzzer as Reggie Groves hit a three to make it a 37-28 game.

Shooting was the primary disparity at the half as UE hit just 11 out of 31 attempts (35.5%) while Canisius was 14-of-28. The Griffs also held a 21-15 rebounding edge at the break.

As much as the offense struggled in the first half, they did a full 180 in the second stanza, starting the period 5-of-6 from the floor in a 14-4 run that saw UE takes its first lead of the game at 42-41 just over four minutes in. Troy Taylor and Egidijus Mockevicius were the spark plugs as Mockevicius registered five quick points while Taylor stole the ball three times in the opening minutes of the half.

Two lead changes would ensue before Canisius would retake and begin to extend their lead. An and-one by Christ Manhertz with 9:34 left gave them a 60-53 lead after they hit six out of nine shots in the stretch as they retook the lead.

With the season on the line, Evansville made its way back as D.J. Balentine hit his first three-pointer of the night to bring the Aces within two before Colt Ryan hit a pair of free throws to knot the game at 65-65 with just under six minutes remaining in the contest. That momentum was short-lived as Billy Baron came back with a 4-0 run of his own, which included a long three, but Colt Ryan shot the Aces right back in it scoring 14 points in a row as UE outscored Canisius by a 14-2 margin to take its largest lead of the game at 79-71.

Canisius made its way back within three at 81-78 in the final minutes on an Isaac Sosa three before Colt Ryan countered with two free throws with 14 seconds left and sealed the game with another two from the stripe in the final seconds. Baron hit a trey at the buzzer, but the game was out of reach as UE won, 84-83

The rebounding battle was tied at 32 while Canisius shot 53.4% and UE was 47.5%. Taylor had a strong effort aside from his scoring, posting 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Baron was the leading score for the Griffs with 21.

UE will now await its next opponent in the CIT. GoPurpleAces.com will have full information as soon as it is available.
Courtesy of: http://gopurpleaces.com



NY Bound: Terps Advance to NIT Semis - by Eurobasket News

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and had a key block in the final seconds to help Maryland escape with a 58-57 victory over Alabama on Tuesday night in the NIT quarterfinals.

Len's fifth block came on Rodney Cooper's drive with 3 seconds left, but the ball went out of bounds. Then Trevor Lacey got off another potential game-winner at the buzzer after a pump-fake, but it bounced off the rim.

The Terrapins (25-12) are making their first trip to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden since 2005 and are seeking their first title since 1972. The Terps also have their most wins since 2006-07, when they were 25-9.

"We've been talking about trying to get a great road win, and to get a postseason win against a team that I thought should have been in the NCAA tournament was just a great win," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "Our defense was just spectacular all night.

Alabama (23-13) wiped out most of a 10-point second-half deficit but never reclaimed the lead.

Len had been on the bench with four fouls, but came up big at the end despite missing two free throws with 27 seconds left. Dezmine Wells (6'4''-G/F-92) and Jake Layman each had 13 points.

Levi Randolph (6'5''-G-92) led Alabama in scoring for the third straight NIT game with 15 points. Cooper had 13 and Trevor Releford 11. Lacey had eight assists but was 1 of 6 shooting for five points.

"Our guys never stopped fighting, never quit, I thought gave great effort and gave us a chance at the end," Tide coach Anthony Grant said.

The Terrapins had controlled the second half in their first two NIT games, but this time managed to hold off several Alabama rallies.

"We're excited to go to Madison Square Garden," Len said. "It was just a huge win for our program."

Alabama cut a 10-point second-half deficit down to 48-47 when Cooper got a layup off a nice pass from Lacey.

The Terrapins answered with a 3-pointer by Pe'Shon Howard -- his first points of the game -- and two more by Layman, who celebrated the second with a little dance and a yell as he came back up the court with Maryland's lead back to 57-49 and 3:40 remaining.

Cooper and Nick Jacobs both converted three-point plays and Wells was called for traveling on two straight possessions after Len made 1 of 2 from the foul line.

Releford drove to the basket with 47 seconds left, cutting it to 58-57.

Nick Faust nearly lost the ball against the full-court press but managed to drive to the basket. He missed the shot but Len grabbed the rebound and drew the foul.

He missed both free throws with 27 seconds left and Randolph rebounded the second and crossed midcourt before Alabama called timeout.

Randolph inbounded to Lacey, who managed to get off the final attempt.

"I feel like Trevor got a good look," Randolph said. "We drew up an inbounds play and he came up. He got a good shot up."
Courtesy of: http://www.umterps.com



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  NCAA2   


NABC Division II All-Region Teams 2012-13 - by Simas

1st Team
Alex Falk of West Liberty
Whis Grant of East Stroudsburg
Luis Leao of Mercyhurst
Chad Moore of Shepherd
Isaac Thornton of Fairmont State
Byron Westmorland of Bowie State

2nd Team
Darrell Blanton of Gannon
Nick Novak of Pitt-Johnstown
Trevin Parks of Johnson C. Smith
Angelo Sharpless of Elizabeth City
Devin Taylor of Slippery Rock



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 18-8 
 2. Trefl Sopot 17-9 
 3. Anwil 17-9 
 4. Stelmet ZG 17-9 
 5. Asseco Prok. 16-10 
 6. Energa Czarni 13-13 
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. 27: PGE Turow - Energa Czarni 68-56
Mar. 26: Trefl Sopot - Anwil 67-69

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. Carter, Polpharma14.2 
 10. Chylinski, PGE T.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. Rothbart, Start G.7.6 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.6 
 7. Cel, PGE Turow7.4 
 8. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.3 
 9. Dabkus, Energa C.7.1 
 10. Borovnjak, Stelm.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, Energa3.9 
 8. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 9. Skibniewski, AZS K.3.7 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.3.6 
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. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 4. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 5. Kulig, PGE Turow1.3 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.1.1 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.0 
 8. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 9. Boykin, Anwil0.8 
 10. Jones, Stelmet ZG0.8 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Niesobski, Sudety20.2 
 2. Grod, Notec19.3 
 3. Przyborowski, Pula.19.1 
 4. Piotrkowski, AZS A.19.0 
 5. Pawlowski, Pogon P.18.3 
 6. Krzeminski, Basket17.8 
 7. Brembly, Trefl I.17.4 
 8. Nitsche, Korsarz17.2 
 9. Zalucki, Korsarz17.0 
 10. Niesobski, Sudety17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaroslaw PAWLOWSKI
  Pogon P.
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Pawlowski, Pogon P.10.3 
 2. Konsek, Korsarz9.8 
 3. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.7 
 4. Kapturski, Pulask.9.5 
 5. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.1 
 6. Wysocki, Tur B.9.0 
 7. Cetnar, Rosa I.8.7 
 8. Grod, Notec8.6 
 9. Weselak, Alba C.8.4 
 10. Michalek, Basket8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dawid MIECZKOWSKI
  Pulask.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Mieczkowski, Pulas.8.7 
 2. Stoklosa, Wilki M.7.9 
 3. Grzelinski, WKK W.6.7 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.5.4 
 5. Ecka, AZS A.5.4 
 6. Wrobel, GTK G.5.3 
 7. Kozak, Sudety5.3 
 8. Wluczynski, Ksieza.4.9 
 9. Schenk, Rosa I.4.9 
 10. Paszkiewicz, PWiK4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mikolaj GROD
  Notec
  (194-F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Grod, Notec2.5 
 2. Kapturski, Pulask.2.5 
 3. Wojcik, MKS S.2.4 
 4. Brembly, Trefl I.2.4 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.2.3 
 6. Filipiak, Notec2.3 
 7. Rogacewicz, Baske.2.3 
 8. Niesobski, Sudety2.2 
 9. Przyborowski, Pula.2.2 
 10. Krawczyk, Wisla A.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lukasz SOBUTA
  Rosa I.
  (209-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.8 
 2. Mis, Handlopex AZS1.8 
 3. Milewski, AZS A.1.7 
 4. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.1.5 
 5. Nowerski, Legia1.5 
 6. Wojcik, MKS S.1.3 
 7. Wysocki, Tur B.1.3 
 8. Michalek, Basket P.1.2 
 9. Nedzi, Legia1.2 
 10. Rudnik, Basket Pi.1.1 



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  PUERTO RICO   


Daniel Santiago honored in Argentina - by Juan Hernandez

LNB Liga Nacional de Basquetbol de Argentina rewarded the best of the best for season 2012/2013, elected in a poll, as happens every year, to the journalists. And our Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) was selected as Center representing Boca Juniors Club. In 41 games these season Daniel averaged 23.8 mins 12.2 ppg 64% FG 5.6 rebs and 1 block a game. Guaynabo Mets really needs Santiago to be in his best shape for a BSN Tournamment who promises to be very competitive. Pretty good numbers to join a great team composed of;
Guards: Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) and Paolo Quinteros (190-G-79) (League MVP)
Forwards: Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) and Joan De Groat
Center: Daniel Santiago

Also Darren Phillip (201-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fairfield), who is supposed to strengthen the Piratas de Quebradillas was selected as Best Import Player.



Schedule for Puerto Rico in FIBA Americas Championship for Men - by Juan Hernandez

The schedule for FIBA AmericasChampionship tournament was released and Puerto Rico needs to play great basketball from start to finish beacuse they will have 2 strong games starting the tournament.

Friday august 30, 2013
Puerto Rico vs Brasil

Saturday 31 august, 2013
Puerto Rico vs Canada

Sunday september 1, 2013
Puerto Rico vs Uruguay

Monday september 2, 2013
Puerto Rico vs Jamaica

Tuesday
Off

As you see Puerto Rico will play four consecutive games against good teams starting with our hardest adversary to maybe much easier teams for last.
Coach Flor Melendez and his assistant coaches need to deploy our best talent to this tournament to qualify for the World Championships in Spain.
Players likely to be on the team will include Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico), Peter John Ramos (222-C-85), Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU), Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern), David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi), Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87), Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU), Mike Rosario (190-G-90, college: Florida), Andres Rodriguez (184-PG-81, college: American) Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech), Alex Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena), Angel Garcia (209-C/F-88, college: Memphis) among others.



Three boricuas will compete in Sweet 16 - by Juan Hernandez

Puerto Rico will have three of it's young promises in basketball representing their institutions in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, also known as Sweet 16.
Kevin Young (203-F-90) scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks beat 70-58 the number eighth seed, North Carolina Tarheels. They will meet the fourth seed Michigan Wolverines march 29 at 7:37 pm at Cowboy stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Mike Rosario (190-G-90, college: Florida) led third-seeded Florida Gators in the win over the eleventh-seeded Minnesota. Mike cored 25 points and hit upon six of nine shots from beyond the arc. The next match will be against number 15th seeded and Cinderella team so far Florida Gulf Coast University. This game also will be in Cowboys Stadium at 9:57 pm ET.
That means we could have a very interesting matchup between Florida and Kansas in the Final Eight, if they both beat their adversaries.
Finally Carlos Emory (196-F, college: Oregon) came off the bench and finished with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes, while Oregon, seeded 12th in the tournament, beat Saint Louis 74-57, fourth-seeded. Oregon now will have to play the powerhouse Louisville Cardinals wellcoached by Rick Pitino .This game will be played march 29 on the Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN at 7:15 pm ET.
Good Luck to our boys representing proudly their schools and our country!!!



Liga de las Americas Final four will be held in Arecibo - by Juan Hernandez

FIBA Americas headquarters confirmed that the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League 2013 will be held in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, from April 5-7 of 2013.
The International Basketball Federation in Americas confirmed this afternoon that the house of the Arecibo Captains, the Coliseo Manuel "Petaca" Iguina will host the final of the premier club competition on the continent.
"We are grateful for the opportunity it gives us FIBA Americas and its Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia to host this great event. Our commitment to the League of the Americas has been since day one, we have participated in every edition and this year's finalists we want to have everything on our side to crown us as the best team on the continent. "Said Luis Monrouzeau, Capitanes Owner. "We want all our fans with us next weekend because it will be a great celebration of basketball for Puerto Rico and all Capitanes.
The date of the tournament had to be reassigned and this would affect the schedule of games BSN. By hosting the event it will be more comfortable for the organization of the games and their schedule in Puerto Rico without affecting the parties.
Arecibo Capitanes has participated in every edition of the FIBA Americas League, achieving second place in 2010. The Puerto Rican team comes to the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League 2013 after qualifying in the first round in Quito, Ecuador with a 2-1 record and last weekend's semi-final in Cancun, Mexico with a basket at the buzzer from Angel D. Vassallo with four seconds on the game clock.

The past champions was the Pioneers of Quintana Roo in Mexico, who was crowned in Formosa, Argentina during the Final Four last year.

In this Final Four edition, Lans of Argentina, Brazilian clubs Pinheiros / Sky and Uniceub / BRB, will join Arecibo Capitanes from Puerto Rico.




Capitanes de Arecibo to host FIBA-Americas League Final Four: - by Luis Modestti


The city of Arecibo will host the FIBA-Americas League Final Four to be played from April 5-7 at Manuel Iguina Coliseum.

Capitanes are going to play in the Final Four against Lanus of Argentina and Pinheiros and Uniceub/BRB of Brazil.

The Puerto Rican team reached the Final Four after Angel Daniel Vassallo made a game-winning bucket against Sao Jose in the semifinals. Now they expect to have Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) for this stage after having a minor injury on his knee.

BSN has to move some of Capitanes games like the one against Quebradillas on April 6, also at least one more game because they play before and after the Final Four.



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 22-3 
 2. Ural Ekaterinb. 19-6 
 3. Novosybirsk 19-6 
 4. Ruskon-Mord. 16-10 
 5. TEMP-SUMZ 15-10 
 6. Ataman 15-11 
 7. Dynamo MO 13-11 
 8. Avtodor 13-12 
 9. AltajBasket 13-12 
 10. Ryazan 13-13 
 11. Planeta-Univ. 9-16 
 12. Volgograd 8-16 
 13. Spartak V. 5-20 
 14. Severstal 4-21 
 15. Sojuz Zaretchny 4-21 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 25: Univ.Surgut - Spartak V. 86-59
Mar. 21: AltajBasket - Volgograd 83-73
Mar. 25: Ural Ekaterinb. - Ataman 80-69
Mar. 25: Volgograd - Planeta-Univ. 78-73
Mar. 24: Novosybirsk - Dynamo MO 75-65
Mar. 25: Sojuz Zaretchny - TEMP-SUMZ 67-86
Mar. 25: Avtodor - AltajBasket 64-52
Mar. 25: Ryazan - Ruskon-Mord. 63-64

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 30: Ataman - Ryazan
Mar. 31: Sojuz Zaretchny - Ural Ekaterinb.
Mar. 31: TEMP-SUMZ - Univ.Surgut
Mar. 31: AltajBasket - Novosybirsk
Mar. 31: Planeta-Univ. - Dynamo MO
Mar. 31: Severstal - Avtodor
Mar. 31: Spartak V. - Volgograd


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.16.3 
 2. Chernov, AltajBas.16.3 
 3. Boyko, Volgograd15.9 
 4. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.15.9 
 5. Monroe, Ural E.15.3 
 6. Komissarov, Volgo.15.1 
 7. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.1 
 8. McGhee, Ural E.14.1 
 9. Podkolzin, Novosyb.13.9 
 10. Kachanko, TE.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr SAVENKOV
  Univ.Sur.
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.8.4 
 2. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.8 
 3. Zinchenko, Sever.7.4 
 4. Vzdykhalkin, Ryaz.7.2 
 5. Pisarchuk, Sever.7.2 
 6. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.1 
 7. Makshantsev, Novo.7.0 
 8. Pavlov, Ataman7.0 
 9. Denison, Ataman6.9 
 10. Novikov, Sojuz Z.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.6 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.5.4 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.6 
 4. Chernov, AltajBas.4.5 
 5. Amirkhanov, Ataman4.3 
 6. Urazmanov, Dynamo4.1 
 7. Boyko, Volgograd4.1 
 8. Mateyunas, Avtodor4.0 
 9. Anisimov, Novosybi.3.9 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rya.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.5 
 2. Mateyunas, Avtodor2.0 
 3. Zakamov, Novosybi.1.8 
 4. Lunev, AltajBasket1.8 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.8 
 6. Zakharov, Spart.1.6 
 7. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 8. Boyko, Volgograd1.5 
 9. Chernov, AltajBas.1.5 
 10. Bartunov, Ryazan1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr RINDIN
  Univ.Surgut
  (225-C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.4 
 2. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.3 
 3. Denison, Ataman1.1 
 4. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.1 
 5. Kondrashin, Sever.1.0 
 6. Varlamov, AltajBas.1.0 
 7. Sayapin, Novosybi.0.9 
 8. Kurtsevich, Ataman0.9 
 9. Klimenko, Avtodor0.9 
 10. Oveshkov, Planet.0.9 


Likholitov number one in Russian Superleague for round 27 - by Eurobasket News

Former international center Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) put on an amazing game in the last round for Volgograd, receiving a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Planeta-Univ. (#11, 9-16) 78-73. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Volgograd maintains the 12th position in Russian Superleague. Volgograd is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-16 record. Likholitov just recently signed at Volgograd, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Fedor Likholitov averages this season 18.3ppg and 12.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Volgograd's star - 22-year old Artem Komissarov (200-G-90). Komissarov had a very good evening with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Volgograd lost that game 73-83 to the higher-ranked AltajBasket (#9, 13-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Volgograd keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-16 record. Komissarov is a newcomer at Volgograd, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#6). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Anton Sayapin (205-F/C-86) of Novosybirsk (#3). Sayapin scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Novosybirsk, leading his team to a 75-65 win against the lower-ranked Dynamo MO (#7, 13-11). Novosybirsk needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. Sayapin has a very solid season. In 24 games in Russia he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 50.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hakeem Rollins (202-F/C-83) of Avtodor - 12 points and 10 rebounds
5. Sergey Chernov (187-G-86) of AltajBasket - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dmitriy Kachanko (200-G-86) of TEMP-SUMZ - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Linas Lekavicius (186-PG-84) of Univ.Surgut - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85) of Ryazan - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  SERBIA   


Konstatin part ways with coach Bosko Djokic - by Zoran Popovic

Just before begining of Serian Super league Management of Konstatin Nis part ways with coach Bosko Djokic . According to Serbian Sports news the main reason because coach Djokic criticize situation in club. Coach Bosko Djokic came in Konstantin last season and after score 15-11 and 4th position in Serbian league, qualified team from Nis in Super league. Before Konstantin Bosko Djokic build his career in Zdravlje Leskovac, Radnicki Beograd, Avtodoroznik Saratov, Masinac Kraljevo, Borac Cacak, FMP Beograd, Avala Ada Beograd, Swisslion Takovo, Niksic, Radnicki Novi Sad, and Metalac Valjevo. Coach Djokic wins Adriatic league 2004 and National cup 2005 with FMP Zeleznik.


Dasic officially in Metalac - by Igor Obradovic

Montenegrin basketball player Vladimir Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) and officially became a member of Metalac Valjevo.

Vladimir Dasic, who is 25 years old and 2.08 meters tall has had a contract with the Turkish Besiktas, and waited for permission FIBA and KSS for its registration.
Vladimir Dasic plays as wing and power forward, and he performed for Buducnost, Real Madrid, Gran Canaries, Lottomatica, Olimpija and Besiktas. He was also a member of the youth teams of Serbia and Montenegro, with whom he won European medals.

Metalac Valjevo signed and Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) few days ago. Another change in this team is change of coaches, Dragan Nikolic left the team from Valjevo, while they signed a contract with an experienced coach, Milovan Stepandic.

In first round of Serbian Superleague Metalac will play against Vojvodina Novi Sad.



Jovan Stefanov joins Energy Invest Rustavi - by Eurobasket News

Jovan Stefanov (205-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) joins Energy Invest Rustavi for the rest of the season. The Serbian player already debuted last night for the Georgian team.
Jovan Stefanov started his career in 1999-2000 for FMP Zeleznik Beograd. In 2001-2002 he moved to Tavares (Fla.) and in 25 games averaged 21.5ppg, 9.9rpg. 2.1apg. In 2002-2003 he moved to Illinois-Chicago (NCAA) and stayed until year 2007. In 2007-2008 appeared for Energy Invest Rustavi (Georgia-Highest League, 1T) and in FIBA EuroCup showed 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 85.7%. In Georgian League he became the third top-scorer with 19.6ppg, Reb-2 (9.3rpg), Assists-5 (4.6apg).
In 2008-2009 Jovan Stefanov moved to Ararat (Iran-Superleague, starting five) and in 18 games had high 23.4ppg, 12.0rpg. In 2009-2010 he played for ASM Basket Le Puy Haute Loire (France-NM1, starting five) and averaged 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.8%, 3Pts: 42.9%, FT: 54.0%. In 2010-2011 the Serbina player appeared for at BC Souffelweyersheim (France-NM1) and in 14 games had 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 67.4%.



Drew Gordon (ex Partizan) agreed terms with Banco di Sardegna Sassari - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (SerieA) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Drew Gordon (205-107kg-90, college: N.Mexico). He started the season at Partizan in Serbian A League, but left the team earlier this month. In 10 Euroleague games he recorded 9.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg this season. Gordon also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 9.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He played in the final of Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup). Gordon received NABC Division I All-District 17 1st Team award in 2012 at his college time.
Gordon was a member of USA U19 National Team in 2009.
He graduated from University of New Mexico in 2012 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SLOVAKIA   


Extraliga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Prievidza - Nova Ves 106-67

Prievidza celebrated a comfortable home win over Nova Ves to tie things up at 1-1. The game without a history. Prievidza led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Nova Ves' 32 and made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Nova Ves 38-23 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Prievidza players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Nova Ves' players. American guard Willie Powers (187-89, college: Georgia South) notched 20 points to lead the effort and the former international guard Milan Ziak (190-88) supported him with 14 points and 7 assists. Four Prievidza players scored in double figures. Prievidza's coach Krunoslav Krajnovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) by Serbian power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) did not help to save the game for Nova Ves. American center Timothy Frost (208-80, college: Utah) added 14 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: A.Mandic 14+4reb+1ast, T.Frost 14+5reb, V.Hovanak 12+3reb, N.Evans 7+1ast, M.Acker 7+1reb+4ast, M.Kozar 5+4reb
Prievidza: W.Powers 20+4reb+3ast, J.Manns 16+6reb, M.Ziak 14+4reb+7ast, M.Batka 12+5reb+1ast, R.Sturcel 11+1ast, M.Jass 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 237155


B.Bystrica - Inter Bratislava 91-99

Inter Bratislava took 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-91. Inter Bratislava made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Inter Bratislava especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Peter Dorazil (199-89) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Maros Rendla (195-88) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
B.Bystrica: P.Dorazil 16+8reb, S.Smajlagic 14+3reb, M.Rendla 14+2reb+3ast, M.Ahmetbasic 12+1reb+2ast, E.Clemons 10+6ast, J.Hughes 8+7reb
Inter Bratislava: A.Tucker 22+5reb+1ast, P.Sedmak 15+4reb+3ast, R.Skibniewski 15+4reb+4ast, M.Rancik 13+11reb+4ast, N.Milosevic 12+1reb, J.Graham 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 236263


Svit - Nitra 101-81

Svit rallied past Nitra at home court to level things up in the series. The game without a history. Svit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Nitra's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. McNeal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Swingman David Noel (199-84, college: N.Carolina) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Four Nitra players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Nitra: D.Noel 22+5reb, A.McClain 12+14reb, D.Geiger 11+3reb+2ast, B.Tomek 10+5reb, M.Kovacevic 7+1ast, P.Sparks 7+2reb+6ast
Svit: C.Jackson 20+3reb+1ast, T.McNeal 19+7reb+2ast, W.Channels 14+6reb+9ast, E.Znanec 11+1reb, R.George 9+3reb+4ast, H.Bond 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 236262


Handlova - Komarno 79-84

Komarno held off Handlova and gained a 2-0 lead in the quarterfinals. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import forward Amin Stevens (198-90, college: Florida A&M) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Kevin Bridgewaters (179-84, college: Chattanooga) produced 26 points and 6 assists and forward Ondrej Haviar (194-85) added 22 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Handlova: K.Bridgewaters 26+4reb+6ast, O.Haviar 22+1reb+3ast, Z.Crimmins 14+8reb+1ast, R.Vido 11+4reb+1ast, M.Golian 4+2reb+1ast, P.Kiss 2+6reb+1ast
Komarno: A.Stevens 20+8reb, K.Thompson 20+12reb+1ast, V.Simpson 18+1reb+2ast, C.Lowe 14+3reb+3ast, M.Bilik 8+4reb+1ast, O.Soska 4+2reb
gschID: 236261



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  SLOVENIA   

Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Krka 2-0 
 2. Tajfun 1-0 
 3. Un.Olimpija 1-0 
 4. Maribor Messer 1-1 
 5. Helios 0-2 
 6. Zlatorog 0-2 
Places 7-12
 1. Rogaska 13-8 
 2. Geoplin Slovan 11-10 
 3. Elektra 10-11 
 4. Polzela 6-15 
 5. Grosuplje 5-16 
 6. LTHcast Mercator 5-16 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Mar. 27: Tajfun - Zlatorog 94-91
Mar. 27: Un.Olimpija - Helios 77-63
Mar. 27: Maribor Messer - Krka 70-83

Places 7-12

Mar. 27: Geoplin Slovan - Grosuplje 77-48
Mar. 27: LTHcast Mercator - Rogaska 62-63
Mar. 27: Elektra - Polzela 101-92

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Mar. 30: Krka - Tajfun
Mar. 30: Zlatorog - Un.Olimpija
Mar. 30: Helios - Maribor Messer

Places 7-12

Mar. 30: Rogaska - Grosuplje
Mar. 30: Polzela - Geoplin Slovan
Mar. 30: LTHcast Mercator - Elektra


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Goran JAGODNIK
  Polzela
  (203-F-74)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Jagodnik, Polzela18.7 
 2. Abramovic, LTHcas.17.6 
 3. Zagorac, Grosuplje16.5 
 4. Mlakar, Geoplin15.2 
 5. Pelko, Maribor15.1 
 6. Span, Geoplin Slov.14.7 
 7. Udrih, Zlatorog14.3 
 8. Robertson, Polzela13.9 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska13.7 
 10. Pelc, Tajfun13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska7.8 
 2. Zimic, Tajfun7.8 
 3. Collins, Elektra7.7 
 4. Jagodnik, Polzela7.1 
 5. Mijovic, Rogaska6.7 
 6. Zagorac, Grosuplje6.7 
 7. Kolarevic, LTHcas.6.7 
 8. Primorac, Tajfun6.6 
 9. Rizvic, Maribor6.4 
 10. Martin, Polzela6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Polzela
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vujasinovic, Polze.6.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.5 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska4.4 
 4. Antonijevic, Grosu.4.2 
 5. Zagorc, Elektra4.2 
 6. Ferme, Tajfun4.2 
 7. Pelc, Tajfun4.0 
 8. Mocnik, Helios3.9 
 9. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.7 
 10. Mlakar, Geoplin3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog2.1 
 2. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.9 
 3. Robertson, Polzela1.8 
 4. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.8 
 5. Tomic, Rogaska1.7 
 6. Zadnik, Zlatorog1.7 
 7. Petrovic, Geopli.1.5 
 8. Pelko, Maribor1.5 
 9. Mlakar, Geoplin1.5 
 10. Span, Geoplin Slo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor TRATNIK
  Grosuplje
  (206-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.7 
 2. Collins, Elektra1.5 
 3. Zimic, Tajfun1.4 
 4. Martin, Polzela1.3 
 5. Majstorovic, Helios0.8 
 6. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.7 
 7. Miljkovic, Grosupl.0.6 
 8. Kolarevic, LTHcas.0.6 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 
 10. Dimec, Geoplin Sl.0.6 



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KBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Samsung Th. - ET Land 63-82 (0-3)

The game was mostly controlled by ET Land Elephants. Samsung Thunders managed to win fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward DeAngelo Casto (203-90, college: Washington St.) helped adding 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds and the former international forward Daniel Sandrin (200-80, college: Seattle Pacific) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
ET Land: C.Powell 18+2reb+5ast, Weathered 13+1reb+1ast, B.Cha 12+3reb+1ast, D.Casto 11+7reb, J.Han 7+4reb, T.Joo 6+5reb
Samsung Th.: D.Lim 16+4reb+2ast, D.Sandrin 14+9reb+3ast, D.Townes 12+18reb+1ast, J.Lee 8+4reb+4ast, O.Blankson 4+1ast, W.Lee 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 237601


Goyang Orions - Anyang KGC 78-74 (1-2)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anyang KGC won third quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Goyang Orions dominated on the defensive end, holding Anyang KGC to just 7 points in second quarter. It was an exceptional evening for Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points and 12 assists for the winning side. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and international forward Hee-Jong Yang (194-84) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Anyang KGC in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: L.Williams 30+14reb+1ast, T.Akins 16+2reb+12ast, D.Kim 15+5reb+4ast, J.Choi 10+4reb, J.Chun 3+1reb, J.Taylor 2+4reb
Anyang KGC: K.Trim 20+8reb+1ast, H.Yang 14+6reb+3ast, J.Lee 11+4reb+2ast, J.Pattillo 11+4reb, H.Choi 6+2ast, S.Kim 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 237600



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  SPAIN   


EuroCup: Uxue Bilbao Basket reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Uxue Bilbao Basket - BC Budivelnik Kiev 75:53

Uxue Bilbao Basket reach the Finals as they rolled over BC Budivelnik Kiev in Game 2 of the Semifinals. The Spanish team had a 10-point victory in Game 2 and added massive 75:53 win tonight.
Uxue Bilbao Basket started with 20-14 in the first period and never looked behind in the game. They added 17-9 in the second frame and enjoyed a 37:23 halftime advantage. The team from Ukraine replied with 19-16 rally in the third quarter and managed to reduce to 9 points early in the last stanza. Uxue Bilbao Basket however pushed the tempo for good and reached a 22-point victory.
Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each. Mamadou Samb (208-C/F-89), Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and Fran Pilepic (193-G/F-89) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) answered with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Artur Drozdov (200-SF-80) posted 12. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) scored 8 and Sergiy Gorbenko (202-F-85) had 6.

Uxue Bilbao Basket: Lamont Hamilton 13, Alex Mumbru 13, Mamadou Samb 10, Kostas Vasiliadis 10, Fran Pilepic 10
BC Budivelnik Kiev: Leo Lyons 20, Artur Drozdov 12, Michailis Anisimovas 8, Sergiy Gorbenko 6



Serge Ibaka's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Spaniards playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). Ibaka led Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory against the Orlando Magic (18-53) 97-89 in the NBA last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Ibaka also added 5 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 52-19 record this season. Ibaka has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.0bpg, 2FGP: 58.9%(368-625), 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 75.3%. Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Memphis Grizzlies (47-23) in their last game. Despite Gasol's very good performance the Memphis Grizzlies lost 83-90 on the road to the New Orleans Hornets. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Gasol also added 6 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 38 minutes. It's Gasol's fifth season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 14.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 49.9%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 85.5% in the 68 games he played so far. Gasol is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Calderon was not able to help the Detroit Pistons (24-48) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Detroit Pistons lost 89-103 in Miami to the Heat. Calderon was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 passes in 43 minutes. Calderon has very impressive stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 54.0%(47-87) and FT: 91.3%(21-23) in the 24 games. He is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
   #4. Guard Ricky Rubio (192-90, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-44) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Rubio's very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were defeated 104-97 in Chicago by the Bulls. He scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Rubio has relatively good stats this season: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 7.3apg and 2.3spg. He used to play for the Spanish national team back in 2011.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #5. An experienced international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers (36-35) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (41-31) in the NBA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers were defeated 109-103 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. It was Lakers' third consecutive loss in a row. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Lakers' roster. This season Gasol has very high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3bpg. Gasol plays currently for the Spanish national team.

Miguel Ortega
Miguel Ortega
   #6. Point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen couldn't help Randers (13-14) in their last game on Monday. Despite Ortega's good performance Randers was defeated 86-76 on the opponent's court by the leading Svendborg. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Ortega is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.0apg and 2.1spg. Ortega is a former U18 international player as he played for the Spanish team four years ago.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #7. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help ALBA Berlin in a 3-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-12) 75-72 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. ALBA Berlin (2-10) is placed seventh in group E. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Miralles' first season with the team. This year Miralles' overall stats are: 5.1ppg and 3.5rpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Spanish national team eight years ago.

Francisco Robles
Francisco Robles
   #8. Guard Francisco Robles (195-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a 2-point Bristol Acadamy Flyers' victory against the closely-ranked London Leopards (12-10) 83-81 in the British EBL D1 (second division) last Saturday. Robles scored 17 points and added 3 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Bristol Acadamy Flyers (14-8) is placed fourth in the EBL D1. It was his team's fourth 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. This season Robles has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Spanish U20 national team back in 2000.

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

   #1. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Golden State Warriors (41-31) 104-93 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 53-17 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.6apg in the 70 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #2. Experienced Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Phoenix Suns (23-48) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns were crushed 117-86 at home by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Scola recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. It's Scola's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scola averages: 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish.

   #3. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) led Flamengo to a victory against the 12th-ranked Winner/Limeira (12-18) 80-75 in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. Silveira had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (6-0) is placed first in the NBB. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. Silveira belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7 with 7.0rpg. He also averaged so far 13.0ppg in the 29 games. Silveira has both Spanish and Brazilian nationalities.

   #4. Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-G-77, college: Temple, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Wuber-Est.Bahia's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Argentino (25-19) 85-83 in the Argentinian LigaA on Tuesday night. He scored 19 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 29 minutes. Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (20-22) is placed 12th in the LigaA. This year Sanchez's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.8apg in the 26 games. He also holds two passports: Spanish and Argentinian.

   #5. Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to Ovarense's victory against the seventh-ranked Barcelos (7-10) 80-75 in the Portuguese LPB in Wednesday night's game. Coll recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ovarense Dolce Vita (13-5) is placed third in the LPB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Coll has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Jose Manuel Coego (204-C/F-78, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to a CAB Madeira's victory against the ninth-ranked Fisica 81-69 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Coego has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg and 5.5rpg in the 16 games.

   #7. Jorge Calvo (190-G-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Leicester Riders win their game against the fifth-ranked Glasgow Rocks 84-71 in the British BBL on Saturday night. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Calvo's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg.

   #8. Devin Davis (202-F-74, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Argentina) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Ignacio Sanchez and both played together in the last Argentinian LigaA game. Davis helped Wuber-Est.Bahia edge the fifth-ranked Argentino 85-83. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 24 minutes. This year Davis' overall stats are: 6.7ppg and 5.7rpg in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Davis used to play for 13.6ppg, Reb-1(9.8), 2apg, in April '98 signed with Huelva in Spanish league.

   #9. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Hebraica in their game against Malvin in the Uruguayan LUB. He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 7 assists and added 3 steals. His team was defeated 75-66. Barrera is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.8apg and 2.0spg. Barrera holds both Spanish and Uruguayan passports.

   #10. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88, currently plays in Portugal) helped Academica win their game against the closely-ranked Barcelos 81-74 in the Portuguese LPB on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. Hallman is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 11.2rpg, 2.5apg and 2.1spg in the 17 games. Hallman is a naturalized American. He used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.



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Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Miller, Boras21.6 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket20.4 
 3. Palm, Boras19.2 
 4. Cuffee, Sundsvall18.3 
 5. Wesby, Sundsvall18.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.9 
 7. Ruach, Nassjo17.3 
 8. Augustus, 0817.1 
 9. Castle, Eco Orebro17.0 
 10. Oglesby, Boras