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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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  APBL   


Donald Herring Jr. Named APBL Executive of the Year - by Mike Lee

Donald Herring Jr. of the Hudson Valley Kingz was named as the 2012-13 APBL Executive of the Year as the leagues first round of season awards were announced. Under Herrings leadership, the Hudson Valley Kingz ended the regular season with an 11-5 record in the Gateway Division of the Northern Conference. Their record was tied for the second-best in the Northern Conference.

The official release from the APBL stated: Donald Herring, Jr. has gradually improved his team year after year. From their original 2-win season, to a 7-win season, to an 11-win season this year, the gradual improvement of winning with virtually unknown talent has made The Hudson Valley Kingz a respected team within the APBL. Herring's ability to put the pieces of the puzzle together and create a winning formula is something that cannot be overlooked.

Herring responded to the award by stating: I would like to take this time to thank the APBL Commissioner Brian Graham (6'4''-G-83, college: Point Loma), as well as all of the team owners, GMs, and coaches because they are a major reason why our league is successful and headed in the right direction.

I'd also like to accept my Executive of the Year award on behalf of the entire Hudson Valley Kingz organization. They make my job easy and without them none of this would be possible. I thank you all for the love and support.

Other awards that were announced was Jamaal Schools of the The Rockville Victors winning Coach of the Year, Dominic Manual and the Alexandria Avengers winning the Sportsmanship Award, and Reggie Winkfield, Anthony Williams, and Tavares Cooper of the The Rockville Victors winning the Outstanding Community Service Award.

Herring and the Hudson Valley Kingz will begin their playoff run as the first round of the APBL playoffs begins on Saturday, March 30th.




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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Dragons out to continue winning run - by Aris Ignacio

The Westports Malaysia Dragons are out to continue their winning ways when they meet the Saigon Heat on March 29 at the MABA Stadium, home of the Dragons.

The Dragons have won five of their last seven outings to have a stronghold of third place in the ABL standings behind the Indonesia Warriors and the San Miguel Beermen with a 7-6 win-loss record. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) will be leading the charge together with Justin Melton (180-G-86, college: Mount Olive) and Marcus Hubbard (206-C-83, college: Angelo St.).

The Heat, still at the bottom of the ABL standings, are out to push their bid for the playoffs as the game will the start of their three-game road trip. They will be led by reinforcements David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) and ABL leading scorer Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) with support coming from guard Jai Reyes (173-G).

The last time the two teams met, the Dragons walloped the Heat, 90-69, during the 2013 ABL Hoop Fest in Ho Chi Minh City. Edwards led the Dragons with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the win while Palmer finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Wildcats def. Hawks in 1st semi-final game - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats have cruised to a 14th straight win inside Perth Arena beating the Wollongong Hawks 93-65 in Game 1 of the semi-final series on Thursday night.

With Cameron Tovey (202-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) playing a cameo role after announcing he'd be hanging up his boots on Thursday morning, the Wildcats took the best that a fighting Hawks line-up could throw at them early in the game to end up comfortably winners.

Tovey had not scored more than six points in a game this season, but hit 11 on Thursday with his fellow small forward Greg Hire outstanding with 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

It was an even contribution from the Wildcats with Matt Knight (15 points, 7 rebounds), Kevin Lisch (15 points, 4 assists), Damian Martin (10 points), Shawn Redhage (9 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds) and Rhys Carter all big contributors.

Adris Deleon and Tim Coenraad both hit 16 points for Wollongong, Dave Gruber contributed 11 and Australian junior national team star Mirko Djeric posted an exciting eight.

The Hawks started strongly with Deleon nailing the first five points of the game and then a three to Coenraad had them up 9-4, but the Wildcats worked their way on top through their backcourt with Martin, Lisch and Carter all nailing threes to see the home side up 21-18 at quarter-time.

Tovey then stepped up with his best moments of the season hitting an open three to put Perth up 28-23 and then taking a charge down the other end leading to a Lisch basket.

The 'Cats led 45-31 at half-time with Tovey and Martin contributing 17 points between them with just three missed shots.

Wollongong again came out strong to start the second half with a three to Forman and basket to Deleon to close the margin to nine, but every time they made a good play the Wildcats answered down the other end to still lead by 14 at three quarter-time.

By the time Redhage opened the last quarter with a three, the contest was all but over and the Wildcats went on to win by 28.



The Bobcats land Jonny Flynn, ex Tigers - by Eurobasket News (T)

Charlotte Bobcats landed 24-year old guard Jonny Flynn (183-88kg-89, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Tigers in Australian NBL league. In 18 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.9apg this season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Australian NBL All-Star Game. Flynn also spent pre-season at the Pistons earlier that year. The most of last season he spent at the Trail Blazers. In 18 games he had 5.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.8apg. The other team Flynn played that season for were the Rockets. In 11 games he had 3.4ppg and 2.5apg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at the Timberwolves. In 53 games he had 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.4apg. Another team Flynn played shortly was Sioux Falls Skyforce. In two games he had 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 10.5apg and 1.0spg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (6th overall). Flynn attended Syracuse University and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2009. Flynn received also NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team award back in 2010. He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Novi Sad (Serbia) six years ago. Flynn's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 35%, FT: 77.3%.
Flynn has played previously for Houston Rockets.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Kevin Duffy for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Tremendous athlete who always seems to have the game under control ... A real competitor who wants to take the big shots and excels in the clutch. Can use both hands to finish at the rim. Exhibits great body control and creativity to get his shot off against taller defenders ... Can get to the foul line as well as any point guard out there, creating contact at the rim
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AUSTRIA   


International All-Stars celebrate victory in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

International All-Stars - European All-Stars 110:106

International All-Stars clinched an impressive victory over European counterparts at the 2013 Paperbox All Star Day at the Raiffeisen Arena in Wels. Mike Michael Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) fired 29 points to lead the winners. He was trumped the MVP after the game.
International All-Stars led throughout the bigger part of the contest. They gained a 29:21 lead at the first break. The scoreboard read 55:50 in their favour at halftime. International All-Stars entered the fourth frame up by four points 79:75. They did not slow down and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) netted 16 points, while Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87, college: Nevada) added 11 points for the winners. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points for the European All-Stars. Ramiz Suljanovic (205-F/C-79) had 17 points in the defeat.
The game was preceded by the traditional contests. Darnell Gant (203-F-89, college: Washington) stole the show at the Slam Dunk Contest. He overcame Reggie Arnold in the Final.
Romed Vieider (195-SF-91) clinched the Three-Point Shootout Contest crown. He prevailed over Matthias Mayer and Curtis Bobb in the final round.

International All-Stars: Michael Dale 29, Tyler Tiedeman 16, Joe Dean Shaw 11
European All-Stars: Davor Lamesic 22, Ramiz Suljanovic 17



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  BRAZIL   


Cicero Ganzaga getting it done, Down Under - by Mel Devonne

Brasilain , Cicero Gonzaga (202-F-86, college: NE Oklahoma A&M CC), 6-8 forward recently informed me that he is playing in Australia
for the Nunawading Specters Club in the State League.
The Australian league is one of the toughest in the world and Cicero is the
lone Brasilian currently playing.
Cicero has played in the NBB, and the Paulista leagues in Brasil, and also played
in the US at NE Oklahoma A&M Community College.
The Brasilian forward from Minas Geris recently resigned for another season in Australia
and his Nunawading Specters Club is 2-0 so far this season.
Getting it down DOWN Under, Cicero Gonzaga!



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  COLOMBIA   


Colombian DPB round 20 best performance: Patrick Culver - by Eurobasket News

American center Patrick Culver (208-C-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for Caribbean Heat, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Halcones (#8, 4-16) 84-78. Caribbean Heat maintains the 7th position in Colombian DPB. Caribbean Heat is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 7-13 record. Culver just recently signed at Caribbean Heat, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former West Texas A&M University star has very solid stats this year. Culver is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.4ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.1rpg) and averages impressive 61.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old former international center John Hernandez (207-C-84) of league's second-best Bucaros. Hernandez had a very good evening with 6 points and 24 rebounds. Of course Bucaros cruised to a 79-69 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Piratas (#5, 10-10). Bucaros' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-5 record is not bad at all. Hernandez is one of the most experienced players at Bucaros and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia (#4). Chavez Jacobo scored 19 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Academia, leading his team to a 70-63 win against slightly lower-ranked Aguilas (#6, 7-13). Academia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Chavez Jacobo has a very solid season. In 20 games in Colombia he scored 21.8ppg. He also has 4.4rpg, 4.8apg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Pomare (185-G) of Caribbean Heat - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) of Piratas - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86) of Bucaros - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Quentin Smith (205-C-77) of Aguilas - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Once Caldas - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Piratas - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Courtney Nelson (186-G-85) of Halcones - 24 points, 2 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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Ross' 25 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: LUMANI 10.7) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Jolly and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Jolly in his team's victory, helping them to beat KK Zagreb (#6, 0-1), Second Stage botton-ranked team 70-65. Jolly is placed at 2nd position in Croatian league. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Jolly won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Ross had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Jolly and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ross is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.3ppg. Ross is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 2.7spg,61.3% FGP and 40.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of top-ranked Cibona. He is international forward in his first season at Cibona. In the last game Saric recorded impressive 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Cibona to edge Kvarner 2010 (0-0) by 2 points 86-84. His team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won their first game. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Saric is a newcomer at Cibona and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ivica Radic (208-F-90) of Kvarner 2010 (#5). Radic scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Radic's great performance Kvarner 2010 lost 84-86 to Cibona (#1, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Kvarner 2010 has a very good start of the Second Stage. But there were just 0 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Radic also has a very good start of the Second Stage with very strong stats. Radic has a great season in Croatia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 7.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Kraljevic (212-F-89) of KK Split - 14 points and 9 rebounds
5. Bojan Krivec (188-G-87) of Kvarner 2010 - 12 points and 10 assists
6. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Miro Bilan (215-C-89) of Cedevita - 12 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of KK Zagreb - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mate Mrva (195-F-83) of Jolly - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Cibona - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Ligaen Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Randers and Horsens IC earn victories - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC - Bakken 82-78

Horsens bounced back after the starting loss to tie things up in the semifinal series. Bakken was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 21-16 charge of Horsens IC, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bakken's coach Mathias Bach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: K.Thomann 20+12reb, D.Jukic 19+9reb+5ast, S.Bowlin 15+4reb+4ast, E.Kvedaravicius 10+8reb, D.Friedrich 8+1reb+2ast, L.Varga 6+2ast
Bakken: N.Iversen 21+7reb+2ast, M.Waithe 15+9reb+1ast, C.Parker 13+12reb+2ast, F.Nielsen 13+3reb+2ast, C.Christoffersen 9+4reb, M.Sahlertz 7+3reb+1ast
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Randers - Svendborg 94-82

Randers overcame Svendborg to level things up at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 52-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Randers made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Randers outrebounded Svendborg 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Damian Ocana (198-86) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Svendborg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Svendborg's coach Craig Pedersen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Randers: B.Colas 20+8reb+5ast, D.Ocana 19+8reb+1ast, M.Ortega 15+3reb+6ast, P.Nielsen 13+4reb+4ast, C.Nielsen 12+3reb+2ast, C.Jorgensen 9+6reb+2ast
Svendborg: D.Rutherford 27+10reb+3ast, A.Darboe 20+6reb+5ast, M.Plannthin 15+2reb+5ast, G.Washington 13+4reb+2ast, J.Hansen 4+2reb, K.Gertz 3+1ast
gschID: 236146



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Latest results and stats from around the League - by Eurobasket News

Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 118-105
With the NBA Development League in the heat of what Vipers coach Nick Nurse calls "call-up season," guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) is doing everything he can to put people on notice. Coming off an NBA D-League Co-Player of the Week spree, Goudelock torched Tulsa on Wednesday night in helping the Vipers secure a Central Division championship, scoring a season-high 42 points on 16-of-30 shooting, including 8-of-13 from 3, to go with nine assists and three steals to highlight a 118-105 Vipers win at State Farm Arena. 'I'm very surprised he's still here," Vipers coach Nick Nurse said of his lead guard. "It should be a matter time, but then again you never know. All it takes is for one team to be interested, but not every team has an open spot. 'He's certainly played as well, in my opinion, of anyone else who's been called up." Goudelock's 15 first-quarter points helped get the Vipers (31-15) off to a hot start. When Tulsa (25-20) cut an 11-point second quarter deficit to 51-50, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Goudelock countered with 10 quick points to close the first half to get the lead back up to 10. He had 30 points at the 9:04 mark of the third quarter. This came after a then-season high 41-point outing at Fort Wayne on Sunday and Tuesday's 22 points against the same Tulsa club that seemingly had no answer for the sharpshooter, a natural scorer who has taken his longer-than-expected time in the minors with a natural grace. 'Coming to the D-League was a blessing for me because it allowed me to work on my all-around game," Goudelock said. "I just keep having confidence in my game and let everything else speak for itself." Goudelock, a second-round 2011 draft pick by the Lakers out of the College of Charleston, has drawn his share of interest this season, but nothing solid of yet. He was cut by the Lakers, picked up by Sioux Falls earlier this season and then was traded to the Vipers on Jan. 3. "I'm trying, man. I've been trying for what feels like a long time, bro," he said about getting a call-up. "It's tough, but you've just got to stick with it. You really can't control those things. Just do what you've got to do on the basketball court, and if those guys pick you, they pick you. If they don't ... what I try to keep my mind on is I'm healthy, I'm living, 24 years old, and I've got a bright future ahead of me. " For now, a division title will have to suffice as reward for Goudelock, who was averaging 20.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting in 32 games as a Viper heading into Wednesday's game. With Austin's 92-90 loss to Sioux Falls and the win over Tulsa, the Vipers clinched the Central Division with four games to spare, thanks to another spirited team effort as Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91, college: Georgia Tech) Jr. (21 points, five rebounds) and Rockets assignee Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) (17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three steals) helped lead the way. "A divisional title always means a lot; it was one of our goals," Nurse said. "From top to bottom, this is a tough division. The strength of it shows you we went 3-5 against the fifth-place team, Texas. That's just how it is. "That's how strong this division was." Courtesy of: themonitor.com

Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S. 101-109
The Santa Cruz Warriors' defense has led them to many wins this year. Wednesday night's tilt against Idaho was not one of them. Leading by as many as 18 points in the first half and limiting the visiting Stampede to just 16 first-quarter points was a distant memory for the Warriors following their 109-101 loss to Idaho at Kaiser Permanente Arena. The resilient Stampede fought back for the better part of two and a half quarters before grabbing a one-point lead with 6:54 remaining in regulation -- Idaho's first since leading 2-0 at the start of the game. That come-from-behind momentum appeared to carry the Stampede to the end, when Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) nailed a step-back jumper in the lane with 25 seconds left to all but seal Idaho's improbable win, snapping Santa Cruz's league-best nine-game winning streak. When the Warriors needed a stop, the Stampede proved too difficult to even slow down. "It started really early. It started in the second quarter," said Warriors coach Nate Bjorkgren, noting Idaho's ability to score 30 points or more in the second, third and fourth quarters. "It was a combination of not staying with our defense and a combination of turnovers and giving them easy shots." Despite shooting 48.2 percent from the field, Santa Cruz committed 25 turnovers and allowed Idaho to stay around all game. The Stampede converted 34 points off those turnovers. Perhaps that had something to do with Wednesday's game being the eighth time this season Santa Cruz and Idaho (15-30) have faced each other, including four times this month. The two teams split the season series. "I thought the first quarter, we were moving and cutting and our spacing was good. But from the second through the fourth quarter, our spacing shrunk and we didn't have as much quickness and speed on offense," Bjorkgren said. "And it led to turnovers -- some of them were forced and some of them were not." Four times the Warriors turned the ball over in the final four minutes. But it was Santa Cruz that forced a shot-clock violation trailing by three points in the final minute, leading to a slam dunk by Jeremy Tyler on the other end with 40 seconds remaining. Karl then answered with a high-arcing jumper that somehow fell and lifted Idaho back up by three. Daniel Nwaelele missed the ensuing 3-point attempt that would have tied the game, and Idaho extended its lead from the free-throw line. Nwaelele had 12 points off the bench behind a pair of 3-pointers, while Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) led the Warriors with a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists. Lance Goulbourne (6'8''-F-89, college: Vanderbilt), making his first start of the season, finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Goulbourne replaced Taylor Griffin, who, along with Moe Baker, did not dress because of injury. "We just gave them some rest tonight and they'll be ready to go," Bjorkgren said. In regards to Goulbourne, the Warriors coach said the Vandebilt graduate has done well this season. "I just liked the combination of him and Hilton there," Bjorkgren said. "He hadn't had a chance to start this year and I've done a lot of different starting lineups, and he works really hard for us." Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington), who scored 28 against Santa Cruz on Monday, led all scorers with 36 points -- 33 points following the first quarter. Sean Evans added 19, including seven in the fourth quarter. The Warriors (31-14) will begin a back-to-back series with the Los Angeles D-Fenders (19-26) on Friday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena at 7 p.m. It was a golden opportunity for the Warriors to pull into a tie for first place in the West Division. Instead, the loss moves the Warriors a game behind of idle Bakersfield, which plays on the road Friday at Idaho. The Jam, who on Wednesday lost the services of All-Star guard Jerel McNeal and his 18.1 points per game to the Utah Jazz, have five games remaining. Two of those games will be against the Warriors in an important back-to-back series to close out the regular season, one that could very well decide the West Division champion. That's an important factor under the D-League's innovative playoff format, where division winners are able to select their first-round opponent from the playoff-bound teams ranked fifth through eighth. Both Santa Cruz and Bakersfield have already clinched postseason berths. "We know about it. But this is a veteran group and they do a good job of playing for the now and playing for tonight," Bjorkgren said. "And our total focus was Idaho tonight, period. We know we have to take care of ourselves before we can even think about the end of the year ..." The Warriors came out at a blistering pace behind the play of Hannah. With the Warriors' defense forcing the Idaho offense into bad shots early, the speedy point guard got Santa Cruz out into transition for easy baskets -- including two alley-oop dunks by Travis Leslie. Hannah had six assists less than seven minutes into the game, as the Warriors built a 21-9 lead. Santa Cruz's lead was as much as 18 points in the first half. But while Idaho's Holiday was held in check during the first quarter, the 6-foot-6 guard heated up in the second and scored eight straight points to pull the Stampede to within single digits. Aided by 10 Santa Cruz turnovers, Holiday used a series of transition layups and pull-up jumpers to compile 11 points in the second quarter alone. Reggie Hamilton used his breakneck speed in the open court to drive the length of the floor and sink two buzzer beaters -- first at halftime to pull Idaho to within 11, then at the end of the third quarter to cut the deficit to just one. Idaho then used another 30-plus point quarter -- this time, outscoring the Warriors 32-23 -- to put Santa Cruz away in the final stanza. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Austin T. - Sioux Falls S. 90-92
The Austin Toros struggled in a sloppy game with 24 team turnovers and lost to the Sioux Falls Skyforce 92-90. Austin fell behind 88-78 halfway through the fourth but rallied late, with Patrick Sullivan's potential game-tying jumper coming up short at the buzzer. 'Our effort in the second half was just abysmal,' Toros coach Taylor Jenkins said. 'We put up a great first half, they come back and make a little run, and we just kind of weltered.' Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) made a corner three-pointer for Austin with 24 seconds left to cut the lead to 92-90. On Sioux Falls' next possession, the Toros forced a turnover with 18 seconds left. Tre Kelley (6'0''-PG-85, college: S.Carolina) held the ball as the clock ticked down, unable to find a teammate. He finally found Patrick Sullivan but his baseline jumper hit the side of the rim. 'I was supposed to make a play; it was definitely my fault,' Kelley said. 'I picked up my dribble which was the wrong thing to do against a tall guy.' Jamarr Sanders' three-pointer in the second quarter put the Toros up 45-39 with 4:10 left. Sanders had all 15 of his points in the first half. 'Turnovers ultimately cost us tonight,' Sanders said. 'We had 24 turnovers and when you play a good team like Sioux Falls, you can't afford to turn the ball over as times as we did.' Tre Kelley sank a three-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded, giving the Toros a 52-45 lead, their largest of the game. Kelley led the Toros with 23 points. Sioux Falls then came out in the third and quickly erased the deficit to take the lead. Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89, college: Syracuse)'s bucket with 2:40 left recaptured the advantage for the Toros 65-64. Jackson had 14 points and seven rebounds but the Toros two starting big men, JaMychal Green and Aron Baynes, combined for just six points. Mychel Thompson tied the game at 70 going into the fourth with a fastbreak layup with two seconds left in the third. Austin plays the Tulsa 66ers at the Cedar Park Center Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Springfield A. - Canton C. 110-108
The Charge clinching a playoff berth will have to wait another day. Springfield's Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) hit a 15-foot fadeaway jumper with six-tenths of a second left to give the Armor a 110-108 win over Canton in a NBA Development League game at the MassMutual Center on Wednesday night. Canton could have clinched a spot in the playoffs with a win. Instead, the Charge (27-19) went scoreless for the final three minutes and shot just 37.5 percent in the fourth quarter after shooting 55.4 percent through three quarters. A Fort Wayne loss in Iowa today would put Canton in the playoffs. The next opportunity for the Charge to take care of their own business is Saturday, when they host Texas in their final regular-season home game. The first-place Charge have a 3 1/2 -game lead in the East Division with four games remaining. Wednesday featured 12 ties and 22 lead changes. The Charge led 108-103 on D'Aundray Brown's 3-pointer with 3:05 left. Brown made 7 of 9 shots, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, to score a season-high 17 points off the bench. The Charge were without starting guard and leading scorer Kyle Gibson. The team did not give a reason for Gibson's absence. After Carleton Scott's putback bucket cut Springfield's deficit to three points, Canton's Jorge Gutierrez missed two free throws with 2:23 left. The Charge then missed their final six field goal attempts, including a 4-footer from Brown with the score tied and 3.2 seconds left. The Armor (18-27) rebounded and called timeout with 2.7 seconds left, setting up Ben Uzoh to find Reed for the game winner. Canton forward Ryan Rossiter came off the bench to score a season-high 22 points, leading seven Charge players in double figures. That matched the Armor's total. Springfield, which shot 52.6 percent from the floor and 11-of-21 from 3-point range, was led by former NBA guard Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida)' 24 points. The Charge totaled 31 assists to tie a franchise record. Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) led with a season-high 11. Canton center Arinze Onuaku (6'9''-F-87, college: Syracuse) had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Courtesy of: cantonrep.com

Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 109-102
With a minute to go in the first half, 6-foot-1 Maine Red Claws guard Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-PG-87, college: Baylor) got position on 6-10 Kyle Goldcamp. Jerrells timed his jump and beat Goldcamp for the rebound. Jerrells hurried up the floor but did not reach half court before heaving the ball into space. Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) filled that space, launching above the basket, grabbing the ball and slamming it down to the delight of a sold-out Portland Expo crowd of 3,045. These Red Claws sure play entertaining basketball. Now comes the question: Will Maine play any more games at the Expo this season? The Red Claws concluded their home schedule Thursday night with an exhilarating 109-102 comeback win over the Erie BayHawks. The win keeps Maine (25-23) alive in the NBA D-League playoff picture. A postseason berth will mean at least one more home game for the Red Claws. Maine jumped ahead of Erie (23-23) in the playoff race, as the Red Claws try to keep pace with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (24-22) for the final berth. The Red Claws were again led by guard Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida) (30 points) who has averaged 30 a game since joining Maine six games ago. "Incredible teammates. They do a good job finding me," Taylor said. Wright scored 29 and Jerrells added 18, including three straight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Maine trailed most of the game until Jerrells got hot and gave the Red Claws a 97-94 lead. "I was able to make a couple of shots," Jerrells said. "Jermaine was hot pretty much all night. We were able to use him as a decoy. He got the attention. "Then we just defended well. Got some stops." Maine led 99-98 when Erie's Goldcamp drove in for a basket. But the referee negated the score, calling Goldcamp for a charging foul against Jerrells. Wright scored on a drive (101-98). Erie scored, but the Red Claws bolted on a fast break with Taylor scoring from a Micah Downs pass (103-100) with 40 seconds left. Erie missed. Taylor rebounded. With Erie Coach Gene Cross calling for his team to foul, Maine hurried. Downs got the ball to Omar Reed for the lay-up (105-100) with 24 seconds left. Maine clinched it with free throws. "Hard-fought game," said Maine Coach Mike Taylor, whose last two games will be in Erie next weekend. "You know the next two games will be exactly the same. The guys are expecting a street fight out there." The coach praised his leading scorers but saved some applause for the role players, like Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86, college: Temple) (9 points, 7 rebounds), Downs (9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), Reed (8 points, 5 rebounds) and Josh Selby (5 rebounds, 3 assists). Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Iowa E. - Ft.Wayne MA 110-128
Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) got plenty of help Thursday night as the Fort Wayne Mad Ants helped their playoff chances. Mitchell scored a game-high 36 points, but the Mad Ants' bench combined for 52 points as Fort Wayne outscored the Iowa Energy 128-110. Chris Porter (6'7''-F-78, college: Auburn) scored 17 points, Demitri McCamey 15 and Sadiel Rojas and Terrance Thomas 10 each in reserve roles to help Fort Wayne. Mitchell, the NBA D-League's co-Player of the Week, stayed hot by hitting 14-of-24 shots from the field, including 6-of-10 from three-point range. Mitchell has scored 120 points over the last three games to push his scoring average to 21 points. The game was critical because it helps Fort Wayne hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot with four games remaining. The Mad Ants continue to lead Maine by percentage points and Erie by one game. Maine beat Erie 109-102 last night. The Mad Ants, 7-3 in their last 10 games, come home for the last two Memorial Coliseum games of the regular season. Tonight, Fort Wayne hosts Reno at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday the Mad Ants host Texas at 5 p.m. The regular season ends with games at Sioux Falls on April 5 and at Tulsa on April 6. Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com



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1.DIVISION: Basketball game was interrupted - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 A, Play-off-games, Quarter-Finals, Game 1: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Honka (Tapiola) against eachother and what happened? Historical "Kisahalli", which had served so well in the summer Olympic Games 1952, when USA defeated Soviet Union in the final 36-25 (17-15), was now against these two (ToPo and Honka) teams, the spectators, and media already before tonight's game. There was of course the timekeeper, but the equipment taking time were out of order and broken. Well, for a while the equipment then started to work and ToPo was leading 25-18 at 13 minutes, but then the timekeeper was trying in vain to do his job. Both teams agreed this contest had to be moved to another date. Very rare and unusual episode in basketball in the capital of Finland!


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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Jovan Stefanov joins Energy Invest Rustavi - by Eurobasket News (T)

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%.



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)



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos Athens sealed the Play-off appearance - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Panathinaikos Athens 60:82

Panathinaikos Athens sealed the Play-off appearance with the road win over Brose Baskets. The Greek side stormed past the German team 82:60 in the last game on Thursday.
Panathinaikos Athens started well and never looked behind after a 26-16 surge in the first period. The Greek side added 16-11 rally in the second frame and had 42:27 lead at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the guests. Panathinaikos Athens won the third quarter 17-14 and finished the game with 23-19 in the last stanza.
Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) as well as James Gist (205-F-86) posted 11 each. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) netted 10 in the winning effort. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) notched 12. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) collected 11, whilst Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) added 9.

Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 14, Matt Walsh 12, Sharrod Ford 11, Andrew James Ogilvy 9
Panathinaikos Athens: Jonas Maciulis 24, Stephane Lasme 11, James Gist 11, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 10



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos Athens sealed the Play-off appearance - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - Panathinaikos Athens 60:82

Panathinaikos Athens sealed the Play-off appearance with the road win over Brose Baskets. The Greek side stormed past the German team 82:60 in the last game on Thursday.
Panathinaikos Athens started well and never looked behind after a 26-16 surge in the first period. The Greek side added 16-11 rally in the second frame and had 42:27 lead at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the guests. Panathinaikos Athens won the third quarter 17-14 and finished the game with 23-19 in the last stanza.
Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) as well as James Gist (205-F-86) posted 11 each. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) netted 10 in the winning effort. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) notched 12. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) collected 11, whilst Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) added 9.

Brose Baskets: Bostjan Nachbar 14, Matt Walsh 12, Sharrod Ford 11, Andrew James Ogilvy 9
Panathinaikos Athens: Jonas Maciulis 24, Stephane Lasme 11, James Gist 11, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 10



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Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 4-0 
 2. Szolnok 3-1 
 3. Atomeromu 2-2 
 4. Kaposvari 1-3 
 5. Jaszberenyi 1-3 
 6. Kormend 1-3 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 13-11 
 2. Soproni 13-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 12-12 
 4. ZTE KK 11-14 
 5. Marso NYKK 9-16 
 6. Szedeak 9-16 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Mar. 27: Jaszberenyi - Kormend 95-80

Places 7-13

Mar. 27: Soproni - Szedeak 93-69

Places 1-6

Mar. 27: Kaposvari - Szolnok 85-103

Places 7-13

Mar. 26: ZTE KK - FS Debrecen 79-53

Places 1-6

Mar. 27: Albacomp - Atomeromu 78-59

Places 7-13

Mar. 25: FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon 62-72

Second Stage: Round 5

Places 1-6

Apr. 3: Szolnok - Albacomp
Apr. 3: Kormend - Atomeromu
Apr. 3: Jaszberenyi - Kaposvari

Places 7-13

Apr. 3: Soproni - ZTE KK


A Division Round 4 (Second Stage): Szolnok defeats Kaposvari in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Szolnok (3-1) which played road game in Kaposvar against 4th ranked Kaposvari (1-3). Third ranked Szolnok had an easy win 103-85. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Szolnok's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-19 extending their advantage to 18 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Kaposvari's 42. They outrebounded Kaposvari 43-22 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) contributed with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) replied with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for Kaposvari. Defending champion moved-up to second place in Division. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Szolnok are looking forward to face league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kaposvari will play on the road against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Albacomp (4-0) which hosted in Szekesfehervar their biggest opponent Atomeromu (2-2). Top-ranked Albacomp had an easy win 78-59. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and Zsolt Szabo who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) responded with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Albacomp maintains first position in Division with 4-0 record. Atomeromu at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Albacomp will play against league's second-placed Szolnok in Szolnok in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atomeromu will play on the road against Kormend and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Jaszberenyi's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kormend (1-3) 95-80 on Wednesday. The winners were led by Rastko Dramicanin who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by Matt Shaw did not help to save the game for Kormend. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jaszberenyi left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Division. Jaszberenyi will meet at home higher ranked Kaposvari (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kormend will play against Atomeromu in Paks.
The game in Debrecen was also worth to mention about. Third ranked PVSK Pannon (12-12) played at the court of 7th ranked FS Debrecen (2-24). PVSK Pannon defeated FS Debrecen 72-62. Norbert Toth fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. PVSK Pannon maintains third position in Division with 12-12 record having just -28 point less than leader Albacomp. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the seventh place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 4
In Division Szedeak was smashed by Soproni on the road 93-69. ZTE KK destroyed FS Debrecen on its own court 79-53.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 31 points and 10 rebounds by Zvonko Buljan of Kormend.


Places 1-6
Jaszberenyi - Kormend 95-80

Jaszberenyi's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kormend (1-3) 95-80 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Jaszberenyi. Kormend managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kormend 42-20 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Jaszberenyi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Kormend's players. The winners were led by Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Kormend. His fellow American import forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jaszberenyi left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Division. Jaszberenyi will meet at home higher ranked Kaposvari (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kormend will play against Atomeromu in Paks.
Top scorers:
Kormend: M.Shaw 25+5reb, K.Austin 16+9reb+2ast, A.Rujak 12+3ast, A.Farkas 9+3reb, C.Ferencz 7+1ast, G.Kutasi 5+1reb+1ast
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 24+12reb+4ast, G.Soos 17+3reb+2ast, M.Rakic 16+8reb+9ast, M.Markovic 14+5reb+5ast, R.Torok 13+6reb+2ast, B.Horti 9+6reb
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Kaposvari - Szolnok 85-103

An interesting game for Szolnok (3-1) which played road game in Kaposvar against 4th ranked Kaposvari (1-3). Third ranked Szolnok had an easy win 103-85. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Szolnok's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-19 extending their advantage to 18 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Kaposvari's 42. They outrebounded Kaposvari 43-22 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Szolnok players scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) replied with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 22 points in the effort for Kaposvari. Defending champion moved-up to second place in Division. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Szolnok are looking forward to face league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kaposvari will play on the road against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: C.Dunn 29+5reb+9ast, K.Swanston 22+3reb, M.Spica 15+2reb+4ast, R.Hendlein 7+6reb+2ast, G.Drahos 6+6ast, G.David 3+6reb+2ast
Szolnok: E.Kalve 25+6reb, R.Bell 17+11reb, S.Sehovic 15+5reb+5ast, J.Florence 14+5reb+5ast, M.Bader 11+8reb, A.Horvath 9+1reb+6ast
gschID: 234749


Albacomp - Atomeromu 78-59

An interesting game for Albacomp (4-0) which hosted in Szekesfehervar their biggest opponent Atomeromu (2-2). Top-ranked Albacomp had an easy win 78-59. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Atomeromu was better in third quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Atomeromu 38-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brandon Wood (187-89, college: Michigan St., agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) responded with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and the former international power forward Adam Toth (208-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Albacomp maintains first position in Division with 4-0 record. Atomeromu at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Albacomp will play against league's second-placed Szolnok in Szolnok in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atomeromu will play on the road against Kormend and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 14+1reb+1ast, J.Levy 12+5reb+4ast, S.Idlet 10+3reb, A.Toth 9+6reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 8+2reb+4ast, T.Kaman 6+1reb
Albacomp: B.Wood 18+2reb+2ast, Z.Szabo 12+8reb+2ast, K.Smith 10+1reb+2ast, J.Lekli 8+2reb, D.Hollis 8+8reb+1ast, A.Keller 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 234748


Places 7-13
Soproni - Szedeak 93-69

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Soproni (13-12) crushed at home 5th ranked Szedeak (9-16) 93-69. Soproni maintains second position in Division with 13-12 record having just -30 point less than leader Albacomp. Szedeak at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 16 games lost. Soproni's next round opponent will be ZTE KK (#4) in Zalaegerszeg.
gschID: 234776


ZTE KK - FS Debrecen 79-53

Rather expected game when 7th ranked FS Debrecen (2-24) was smashed by fourth ranked ZTE KK (11-14) in Zalaegerszeg 79-53. The game without a history. ZTE KK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Swingman Gergely Baki (195-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International David Gaspar (196-82, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Five ZTE KK players scored in double figures. Forward Viktor Vas (200-89) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mate Medve (197-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 16 points respectively for lost side. FS Debrecen's coach Jason Okrzesik gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. ZTE KK maintains fourth position in Division with 11-14 record. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the seventh place with 24 games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Soproni on the road and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: M.Medve 16+2reb, G.Cseh 12+4reb, V.Vas 12+7reb+2ast, K.Izzo 6+5reb, P.Hajmasy 5+1reb+1ast, I.Kovacs 2+5reb+2ast
ZTE KK: G.Baki 20+6reb+1ast, D.Koma 20+5reb, D.Gaspar 11+7reb+8ast, A.Kovacs 11+7reb+2ast, A.Kerkai 10+3reb+1ast, D.Kertesz 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 234775


FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon 62-72

The game in Debrecen was also worth to mention about. Third ranked PVSK Pannon (12-12) played at the court of 7th ranked FS Debrecen (2-24). PVSK Pannon defeated FS Debrecen 72-62. FS Debrecen was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. PVSK Pannon forced 19 FS Debrecen turnovers. The former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. Guard Mate Medve (197-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Peter Hajmasy (193-88, agency: TSS Management) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. PVSK Pannon maintains third position in Division with 12-12 record having just -28 point less than leader Albacomp. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the seventh place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: M.Medve 16+8reb+1ast, P.Hajmasy 14+5reb+1ast, A.Helmeczi 10+3reb+4ast, G.Cseh 7+4reb+3ast, I.Kovacs 6+5reb+3ast, V.Vas 5+3reb+1ast
PVSK Pannon: N.Toth 21+10reb+3ast, B.Loesing 19+2reb+7ast, K.Nagy 13+9reb+1ast, A.Csabay 7+3reb+1ast, T.Hendley 4+6reb, A.Halasz 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 234774



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Play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Skallagrimur is out in play-offs after a loss to regular season Champion Grindavik 78-102. Grindavik won the serie 2-0 and will meet KR in Semi-finals.
The main different in this game was Grindavik shooting better in all area of the game, Grindavik took 12 more rebounds. Good season though for Skallagrimur who came up to top league from Division 1.
Top scorers for Skallagrim Carlos Medlock 31. Pall Axel Vilbergsson 14. For Grindavik. aaron Broussard 23. samuel Zeglinski 20

Njarvik tight the serie up with Snaefell with a good win at home 105-90. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) who only had 5 points in the game before did step up with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Elvar Fridriksson also with good game 20 points.
For Snaefell Jay Treatt 19. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 13



Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory over the eighth-ranked 08 Stockholm (16-17) 93-86 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in 38 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (27-6) is placed first in the Basketligan. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 17.9ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 91.6%(153-167) in the 36 games he played so far. Sigurdarson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Baeringsson, who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help Sundsvall Dragons (27-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite Baeringsson's very good performance the league leader Sundsvall Dragons was defeated 74-70 on the road by the much lower-ranked 08 Stockholm (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Baeringsson also added 3 assists and 4 steals. Baeringsson is currently first on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(147-258), 3FGP: 46.8%(44-94) and FT: 71.5%. Baeringsson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jon Stefansson (196-82, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (14-12) in their game against Real Madrid (24-2) in the Spanish ACB. Stefansson scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 75-84 at home to the leading Real Madrid. This year Stefansson averages: 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 83.3% in the 21 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #4. Small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Assignia Manresa's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Gescrap BB (16-10) 82-79 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Palsson scored 8 points. Assignia Manresa (5-21) closes the standings in the ACB. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of six consecutive loses. Palsson's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 1.2rpg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #5. International guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in Sweden) managed to help Norrkoping Dolphins in a victory against the fifth-ranked Boras Basket (21-12) 74-63 in the Swedish Basketligan last Monday. Ermolinskij recorded only 2 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 31 minutes. Norrkoping Dolphins (4-2) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ermolinskij's first season with the team. Ermolinskij is currently sixth on the list of best passers with 4.4apg. This year he also averages: 9.2ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 31 games. Ermolinskij plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #6. Point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against one of league's weakest teams EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-18) 61-56 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He recorded 5 points and added 4 passes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (12-15) is placed 12th in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Vilhjalmsson's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Axel Karason (194-SF-83) plays for Vaerlose in Danish Ligaen
Logi Gunnarsson (192-SG-81) plays for Angers BC 49 in French NM1
Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) plays for Aarhus BC in Danish Ligaen



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Valencia may add Will Hanley to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Valencia Basket (ACB) is about to agree terms with 23-year old American (has also Irish passport) swingman Will Hanley (200-93kg-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) who currently plays Oviedo Club Baloncesto in Irish LEB Silver. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.6spg this season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The last season Hanley played at Bowdoin College in New England Small College Athletic Association Conference in the NCAA3. Quite impressive season as he was named to NABC Division III All-Northeast Region 2nd Team.
He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
Hanley could be described: Will runs the floor very well. He is always a double- double threat on the court. He is really intense and hard mentality. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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EuroLeague: Maccabi demolish Besiktas in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi - Besiktas 101:58

Maccabi Tel-Aviv claimed the 8th win in the EuroLeague Top 16. They thumped Besiktas in front of 11000 fans in Tel-Aviv tonight. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) produced 16 points each for the winners.
Maccabi started the game confidently and quickly cleared off. The hosts built a 29:11 lead after ten minutes. The game remained a one-way traffic in the second quarter. Maccabi erupted for 32 points in the second frame to take a 61:27 halftime lead. Maccabi silenced Besiktas with a 30:8 rally in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) delivered 15 points for the winning side. Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Besiktas. Tutku Acik (194-G-80) had 8 points in the loss.

Maccabi: Devin Smith 16, Ricky Hickman 16, Niklas Caner-Medley 15
Besiktas: Ricky Minard 12, Tutku Acik 8



Robert Rothbart's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Israelis playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland). He led Start Gdynia to a victory over the sixth-ranked Kotwica (6-19) 71-67 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. Rothbart was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 11 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. KS Start Gdynia (7-19) is placed fifth in Places 7-12 group. Rothbart is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 55.0% in the 25 games he played so far. Rothbart has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Ex-Hapoel Galil Elyon player is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help Triumph Lyubertsy (5-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Naimy's good performance Triumph Lyubertsy was badly defeated 82-62 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow. He scored 11 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Naimy's first season with the team. This year Naimy averages: 8.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 40.5%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 77.8%. He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland). Brandwein was not able to help Energa Czarni (13-13) in their game against Anwil (17-9) in the Polish TBL. He scored 7 points and added 6 assists in 37 minutes. The sixth-placed Energa Czarni lost in an overtime 69-78 in Wloclawek to the higher-ranked (#3) Anwil in the Places 1-6 group. It was Energa Czarni's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Brandwein is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 3.9apg. This year his other stats are: 10.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 41.3%, 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 23 games. Brandwein is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team five years ago.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #4. Center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Cantu (15-9) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (15-9) in the Italian SerieA. He did not have that impressive stats last Monday. Tyus scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. Cantu lost 66-73 in Siena to the higher-ranked (#4) Montepaschi. This year Tyus' overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2bpg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Tyus is also Israeli national team player. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help one of league's weakest teams Boras Basket (21-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Boras Basket was defeated 74-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (#4). Thomas recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Thomas has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) plays for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL
Joshua Reisman (188-G-82) plays for Lechugueros in Mexican LNBP
Guy Parselani (217-C-78) plays for The San Diego Surf in the ABA
Guy Aud (188-G-89) plays for Finke Baskets in German ProA
Gil Sobol (201-C-93) plays for Fraport Skyliners II in German ProB
Haran Shifman (183-G-84) plays for Polonia in Polish 1Liga
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-PG-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga
Nathan Zana (185-G-77) plays for Blonay Basket in Swiss LNB

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



National League Round 23: Elitzur Yavne defeats Ironi Ramat Gan in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 23 in the National League took place in Yavne. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (14-9) to sixth ranked Elitzur Yavne (15-8) 69-67 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Ramat Gan. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-14. But Ironi Ramat Gan won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Elitzur Yavne won last quarter 15-15. It was a great evening for swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) helped adding 9 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to fourth place. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hapoel Afula. Elitzur Yavne are looking forward to face Beer Yaakov (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hod Hasharon (17-6) against seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-10) on Thursday night. Visiting Hod Hasharon was defeated by Ironi Kiryat Ata in Kiryat Ata 86-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. It was an exceptional evening for forward Gal Halamish (195-91) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Darrin Govens accounted for 20 points. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for Hod Hasharon in the defeat. Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains seventh place with 13-10 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hod Hasharon will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses on Thursday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Hapoel Afula 88-83. The best player for the winners was Dror Davidi who scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Allen Durham produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik maintains fourteenth place with 4-19 record. Loser Hapoel Afula dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will meet higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Afula will play against Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon and hope to secure a win.
National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (20-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-16) in Nes Ziyona 100-70. Tal Michael Dunne orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be Hod Hasharon (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14).
An interesting game took place in Kiryat Tivon where 9th ranked Beer Yaakov (8-15) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Kiryat Tivon (6-17) 97-86 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. It was a great evening for Simon Farine who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Kiryat Tivon maintains twelfth place with 6-17 record. Loser Beer Yaakov dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Kiryat Tivon will face higher ranked Hapoel Afula (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 23 Maccabi K/G was destroyed by Hapoel Kazrin on the opponent's court 81-62. Elitzur Ramla was outscored by Ironi Nahariya in a home game 54-82.


Ironi K-A - Hod Hasharon 86-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hod Hasharon (17-6) against seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-10) on Thursday night. Visiting Hod Hasharon was defeated by Ironi Kiryat Ata in Kiryat Ata 86-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. It was an exceptional evening for forward Gal Halamish (195-91) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Hod Hasharon in the defeat. Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains seventh place with 13-10 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against league's second-placed Ironi Nahariya on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hod Hasharon will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Govens 20+2reb, G.Halamish 16+5reb+2ast, I.Clark 14+5reb+1ast, K.Izik 12+2reb, N.Laish 9+2reb+3ast, I.Nanikashvili 6+5reb+10ast
Hod Hasharon: B.Walker 21+6reb+3ast, C.Odiakosa 19+14reb+5ast, E.Asante Asare 17+1reb+3ast, G.Gandel 7+2reb+2ast, O.Hover 6+3reb, I.Stolero 6+2reb+4ast
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Maccabi K/B - Hapoel Afula 88-83

Bottom-ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses on Thursday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Hapoel Afula 88-83. Hapoel Afula was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Maccabi Kiryat Bialik, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Dror Davidi (190-84) who scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Five Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik maintains fourteenth place with 4-19 record. Loser Hapoel Afula dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will meet higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Afula will play against Kiryat Tivon (#12) in Kiryat Tivon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/B: D.Davidi 28+7reb+7ast, M.Shamis 22+2reb+3ast, D.Joyner 20+10reb+2ast, T.Ronen 7+4reb+2ast, Z.Tavor 5+4reb+3ast, A.Barak 4+3reb
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 21+5reb+6ast, A.Fisher 16+5reb+7ast, I.Bochman 14+2reb, E.Eliyah 12+3reb+2ast, S.Brener 10+4reb+1ast, R.Barzilai 6+4reb
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Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Ramat Gan 69-67

The most exciting game of round 23 in the National League took place in Yavne. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (14-9) to sixth ranked Elitzur Yavne (15-8) 69-67 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Ramat Gan. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-14. But Ironi Ramat Gan won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Elitzur Yavne won last quarter 15-15. It was a great evening for swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) helped adding 9 points and 12 rebounds. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to fourth place. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hapoel Afula. Elitzur Yavne are looking forward to face Beer Yaakov (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hapoel Kazrin (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 16+4reb+1ast, E.Hofman 16+9reb+5ast, Y.Lioutrine 12+1reb, N.Matalon 10+2reb+3ast, M.McGhee 9+12reb+2ast, I.Nesterenko 6+1reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: T.Kent 21+8reb+1ast, A.Tamir 13+10reb+5ast, I.Grinboim 10+3reb+2ast, D.Assaf 9+4reb+2ast, V.Yeremishin 6, K.Ramsey 5+13reb+3ast
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Hapoel Kazrin - Maccabi K/G 81-62

Very expected game when 13th ranked Maccabi K/G (5-18) was crushed on the road by eighth ranked Hapoel Kazrin (11-12) 81-62 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Kazrin. Maccabi K/G was better in second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Kazrin forced 19 Maccabi K/G turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) helped adding 22 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) scored 24 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin maintains eighth place with 11-12 record. Maccabi K/G at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Hapoel Kazrin will face higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi K/G will play against Elitzur Ramla (#9).
Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: M.James 25+8reb+4ast, A.Kazarnovski 22+8reb, R.Dyer 16+11reb+1ast, R.Sabag 9+2reb+2ast, L.Shvarzvald 5+2reb+5ast, S.Salz 2
Maccabi K/G: L.Daniel 24+4reb, M.El Amin 17+10reb+5ast, H.Gonshor 5+2ast, D.Peterson 5+7reb+1ast, O.Ron 4+1ast, Y.Shtarkman 2+1reb
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Elitzur Ramla - Ironi Nahariya 54-82

Very predictable result when second ranked Ironi Nahariya (18-5) smashed on the road 10th ranked Elitzur Ramla (9-14) 82-54 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 52-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Nahariya dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Ramla's 30. It was a great evening for guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Ironi Nahariya's coach Shay Minister felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ironi Nahariya. They maintain second place with 18-5 record having just two points less than leader Ironi Nes-Ziona. Elitzur Ramla lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will face Ironi Kiryat Ata (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Elitzur Ramla will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: A.Zelkovits 29+10reb+2ast, N.Miller 19+8reb+4ast, R.Clemente 13+10reb+1ast, J.Baze 4+1reb, E.Saudai 4, R.Pitshon 3+14reb+1ast
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 13+8reb+4ast, O.Zinderman 12+2reb+2ast, J.Jefferson 11+14reb, A.Guterman 8+5reb, O.Plavnik 4+3reb, O.Cohen 3+10reb+1ast
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Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel K/S 100-70

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (20-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-16) in Nes Ziyona 100-70. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kfar Saba's 30. Ironi Nes-Ziona players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Kfar Saba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. American forward Maurice McNeil (205-87, college: Houston) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Adir Harush (187-90) added 19 points in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona and four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be Hod Hasharon (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14).
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 30+11reb+6ast, B.Benn 21+7reb+6ast, C.Tate 13+6reb+1ast, R.Zehavian 11+7reb+1ast, T.Karpels 10+2reb+4ast, B.Sharoni 5+4reb
Hapoel K/S: A.Harush 19+3reb, M.McNeil 17+9reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 13+4reb, M.Hampton 10+4reb+4ast, O.Lev 4+3reb, Y.Amiram 3+1reb+1ast
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Kiryat Tivon - Macc.B.Yaakov 97-86

An interesting game took place in Kiryat Tivon where 9th ranked Beer Yaakov (8-15) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Kiryat Tivon (6-17) 97-86 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. Kiryat Tivon made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Beer Yaakov turnovers. It was a great evening for naturalized Canadian guard Simon Farine (188-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) helped adding 24 points. American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Kiryat Tivon and four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Kiryat Tivon maintains twelfth place with 6-17 record. Loser Beer Yaakov dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Kiryat Tivon will face higher ranked Hapoel Afula (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: S.Farine 25+4reb+5ast, G.Murray 24+4reb+1ast, A.Carcamo 16+10reb+1ast, T.Ber-Aven 14+4reb+3ast, C.Bouchman 10+8reb+1ast, I.Raguan 6+1reb+1ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Alexander 29+10reb+2ast, A.Eliyahu 14+1reb+6ast, J.Hall 12+5reb+1ast, I.Iram 12+7reb+3ast, S.Kleimintz 8+2ast, I.Simin 7+3reb+1ast
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  JAMAICA   


Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Houston Rockets (39-32) 100-91 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hibbert was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 13 rebounds. Hibbert also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 45-27 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.7bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 11.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 43.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 74.1% in the 71 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Liga Americas). Scott was the main contributor in Pioneros' victory against the league leader Capitanes crushing them 96-75 in the LNBP last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Scott scored 29 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancunis placed first in the LNBP. Scott has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 43.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 74.1%. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Scott is in the roster of the Jamaican senior national team.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France). Reid was the major contributor in a 3-point Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-11) 75-72 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (13-10) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Reid's first season with the team. This year Reid averages: 5.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(42-72) and FT: 65.1% in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Reid played for the Jamaican national team two years ago.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #4. Center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a 2-point Aishin Sea Horses' victory against one of league's weakest teams Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-30) 72-70 in the Japanese JBL last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Aishin Sea Horses (34-8) are placed first in the JBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Young's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 7.0rpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2006.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #5. Former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Fribourg's victory against the closely-ranked Monthey (13-12) 79-73 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday. Yates scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (4-1) is placed second in the LNA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Yates has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.4apg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Yates used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A could not help Bejjeh (6-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Bejjeh lost 92-98 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Amchit. Williams was the top scorer with 37 points. He also added 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls in 44 minutes. It was Bejjeh's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Williams' team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Williams' first season with the team. Williams is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Williams averages: 23.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 5.9apg and 2.5spg in the 24 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to help Le Portel (18-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gay's very good performance Le Portel was defeated in an overtime 102-94 on the road by the lower-ranked SPO Rouen (#6). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Gay also added 5 assists and 5 steals. It's Gay's first season with the team. Gay is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 16.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for BK Pardubice (18-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed BK Pardubice was defeated 86-73 in Kolin by the lower-ranked BC Kolin (#5) in the Group A1. Muirhead was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 8 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 2 shots. Muirhead is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg. Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala couldn't help CSM Bucuresti (16-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was edged 101-98 on their home court in Bucuresti by the lower-ranked (#11) Pitesti. Shepherd recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Shepherd belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3 with 19.3ppg. He also averaged so far 4.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg in the 27 games. Shepherd is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to a 3-point victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (8-21) 91-88 in a derby game in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Gallimore recorded 11 points in 26 minutes. BC Timisoara (19-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Gallimore's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg in the 15 games. Similarly like Shepherd and Muirhead above he has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities. Despite Gallimore's Jamaican passport, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #6. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms (11-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Anderson's good performance New Yorker Phantoms was defeated 64-60 in Wuerzburg by the higher-ranked s Oliver Baskets (#7). He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Anderson's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.6apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #7. Hugh Robinson (202-C-83, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a Brahe Basket's victory against the ninth-ranked Eskilstuna 70-60 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Robinson is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.0bpg and 1.2spg.

   #8. Omari Johnson (205-F-89, college: Oregon St., currently plays in NBLCanada) led Summerside Storm to an easy victory against the Windsor Express 114-98 in the NBL Canada in Tuesday night's game. Johnson had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Johnson has reliable stats this year: 14.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.0bpg and 1.2spg in the 21 games. He is a naturalized American.



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  JAPAN   


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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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.



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.



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Ernests Kalve selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Hungary). He led Szolnok to a victory over the fourth-ranked Kaposvari (1-3) 103-85 in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. Kalve was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (3-1) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It's Kalve's first season with the team. Kalve has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 71.4% in the three games he played so far. He played for the Latvian senior national team three years ago.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in VTB United League). Blums was the main contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the ninth-ranked Azovmash (3-15) 75-56 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Blums scored 18 points. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (9-9) is placed seventh in group A. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. This season Blums has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 37.0%, 3FGP: 48.4%(45-93) and FT: 87.2%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League). Bertans was the major contributor in Partizan's victory against one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (9-17) 83-69 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. He scored 14 points in 27 minutes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (16-10) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. Bertans' team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Bertans averages: 9.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3FGP: 44.5% and FT: 75.0% in the 26 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Kaspars Kambala
Kaspars Kambala
   #4. An experienced center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Pi Koleji's victory against the closely-ranked Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (13-16) 82-75 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) in Friday night's game. Kambala was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 18 rebounds. Kambala also added 2 blocks. Pi Koleji Ankara (12-17) is placed 13th in the TB2L. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kambala has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.1ppg, 12.1rpg and 1.3apg. Kambala used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Ivars Timermanis
Ivars Timermanis
   #5. Former international forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania) helped Ploiesti win their game against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (8-21) crushing them 107-85 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. He was the top player that evening. Timermanis scored 22 points in 26 minutes. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (22-7) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Timermanis' overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 3.1rpg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team six years ago.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #6. Guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Estonia could not help Kalev/Cramo (3-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Skele's good performance the tenth-placed Kalev/Cramo was defeated in an overtime 85-81 at home by the higher-ranked BC Astana (#5) in the group A of VTB United League. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Skele has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #7. Former international forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Estonia) helped BC Rakvere win their game against the seventh-ranked KK Parnu (11-14) 80-77 in the Estonian KML last Saturday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. BC Rakvere Tarvas (20-9) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Laksa is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Laksa averages: 15.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team ten years ago.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #8. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (210-88, currently plays in Italy) helped Sutor Montegranaro win their game against the sixth-ranked Armani Milano (14-10) 85-71 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Freimanis scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Sutor Montegranaro (9-15) is placed 13th in the SerieA. This year Freimanis' total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.1rpg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #9. Former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Umbrasko helped BC Rakvere win their game against the seventh-ranked KK Parnu (11-14) 80-77. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Umbrasko's stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team five years ago.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #10. Point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Spartak St.Petersburg (12-6) in their game against BC Donetsk (9-9) in the VTB United League. Strelnieks cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 5 passes in 27 minutes. 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. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. Strelnieks has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg in the 18 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) helped Baloncesto Fuenlabrada win their game against the closely-ranked Blancos de Rueda 84-74 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Valters scored 9 points and added 5 passes. Valters has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

   #12. International point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden) helped Norrkoping Dolphins win their game against the fifth-ranked Boras Basket 79-72 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Jeromanovs scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 33 minutes. Jeromanovs' stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.4spg in the 32 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. Former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Prima Veroli (8-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jurevicus' very good performance the bottom-ranked Prima Veroli was defeated 81-72 in Barcellona by the second-ranked Sigma. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Jurevicus averaged so far 14.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

   #14. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Clavijo win their game against the league leader River Andorra 79-72 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Mejeris scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Mejeris has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 5.4rpg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international center Zintis Plivda (206-88, currently plays in Belarus), who plays in the Belarusian Premier League couldn't help Rubon (11-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Plivda's good performance Rubon (#4) was defeated 84-79 in Osipovichi by the higher-ranked Svisloch (#3) in the Championship group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Plivda averaged so far 10.9ppg and 9.2rpg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help Marso NYKK (9-16) in their last game. Despite Berkis' very good performance Marso NYKK (#5) lost 82-88 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) PVSK Pannon in the Places 7-13 group. He was the second best scorer with 26 points. Berkis also added 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Berkis' stats this year are: 14.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6spg in the 25 games he played so far.

   #2. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) was not able to help Dragons Rhoendorf (19-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tukiss' good performance Dragons Rhoendorf was defeated 77-73 on the road by the much lower-ranked BSW Sixers (#8) in the Group South. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Tukiss has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 2.6rpg.

   #3. Experienced Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hod Hasharon (17-6) in their game against Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-10) in the Israeli National League (second division). He scored 7 points. Hod Hasharon was defeated 86-76 in Kiryat Ata by the lower-ranked Ironi (#7). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gandel averaged so far 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.



LBL Round 35: Barons kvartals lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

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

There was a change at the LBL leadership position after last games. Round 35 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Barons kvartals (18-11). They were defeated by ninth ranked Liepaja (12-18) 96-89 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-89. Liepaja made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Barons kvartals turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Kristaps Miglinieks (197-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 17 points and 5 assists. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) responded with 20 points. Liepaja moved-up to eighth place. Barons kvartals at the other side dropped to the second position with 11 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Jekabpils. Barons kvartals will play next round against strong Ventspils trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
LBL top team - Jekabpils (19-11) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Turiba (10-20) 106-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turiba. It was a quality performance for American point guard P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 6 assists. Todd O'Brien accounted for 22 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Martins Steinbergs (191-90, agency: FCM) came up with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Turiba in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Jekabpils maintains first place with 19-11 record. Turiba at the other side keeps the tenth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Jurmala was also quite interesting. Third ranked Valmiera (18-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Jurmala (11-19). Valmiera did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 69-52 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Janis Berzins who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Valmiera's coach Varis Krumins allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Roberts Stumbris produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Valmiera maintains third place with 18-12 record behind leader Jekabpils. Jurmala lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 19 games lost. Valmiera will meet at home bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jurmala will have a break next round.
Sixth ranked Ventspils (14-2) crushed at home 7th ranked Jelgava (13-16) by 30 points 93-63, which is the biggest margin this round. Ronalds Zakis orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ventspils moved-up to fourth place. Jelgava at the other side keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jelgava will play at home against VEF Riga (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Jekabpils - Turiba 106-77

LBL top team - Jekabpils (19-11) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Turiba (10-20) 106-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turiba. The game was mostly controlled by Jekabpils. Turiba was better in third quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Jekabpils outrebounded Turiba 44-26 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a quality performance for American point guard P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) accounted for 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Hill jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Martins Steinbergs (191-90, agency: FCM) came up with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) added 16 points respectively for Turiba in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Jekabpils maintains first place with 19-11 record. Turiba at the other side keeps the tenth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: P.Hill jr. 28+4reb+6ast, T.O'Brien 22+12reb+2ast, O.Virsis 17+5reb+2ast, K.Mediss 11+1ast, M.Hlebowicki 8+9reb+1ast, K.Piternieks 6+4reb+4ast
Turiba: M.Rudmiezis 16+4reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 15+2reb, M.Steinbergs 14+6reb+4ast, V.Veinbergs 8, M.Motivans 7+5reb+1ast, G.Sipolins 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 232725


Liepaja - Barons kvartals 96-89

There was a change at the LBL leadership position after last games. Round 35 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Barons kvartals (18-11). They were defeated by ninth ranked Liepaja (12-18) 96-89 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-89. Liepaja made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Barons kvartals turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Kristaps Miglinieks (197-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 17 points and 5 assists. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) responded with 20 points and swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) scored 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja moved-up to eighth place. Barons kvartals at the other side dropped to the second position with 11 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Jekabpils. Barons kvartals will play next round against strong Ventspils trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: K.Miglinieks 22+3reb+1ast, P.Caldwell 17+3reb+5ast, A.Ate 14+4reb+4ast, I.Jakovics 13+2reb+1ast, G.Plater 10+2reb+4ast, A.Helmanis 8+4reb
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 20+2reb+2ast, S.Metra 16+4reb+2ast, D.Dulkys 16+6reb, T.Cain 10+9reb+2ast, J.Diggs 9+2reb+7ast, D.Zonne 6
gschID: 232724


Jurmala - Valmiera 52-69

The game in Jurmala was also quite interesting. Third ranked Valmiera (18-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Jurmala (11-19). Valmiera did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 69-52 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Jurmala managed to win fourth quarter 11-5. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Jurmala to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Jurmala 45-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Cavars is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Valmiera's coach Varis Krumins allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Roberts Stumbris (198-93) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Valmiera maintains third place with 18-12 record behind leader Jekabpils. Jurmala lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 19 games lost. Valmiera will meet at home bottom-ranked U18 (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jurmala will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Berzins 20+6reb, P.Veselovs 11+5reb, A.Cavars 9+11reb+1ast, S.Amolins 7+4reb+5ast, M.Ziedins 6+1reb+2ast, K.Krumins 5+3reb+2ast
Jurmala: R.Stumbris 12+11reb+1ast, J.Dilevka 11+2reb, E.Jonats 10+7reb, R.Mednis 6+3reb, E.Slesers 5+4reb+3ast, R.Liepa 4+1reb
gschID: 232723


Ventspils - Jelgava 93-63

Sixth ranked Ventspils (14-2) crushed at home 7th ranked Jelgava (13-16) by 30 points 93-63, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ventspils outrebounded Jelgava 45-33 including 33 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Shedrick Haynes (182-88, college: Tarleton St.) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) added 10 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava. Ventspils moved-up to fourth place. Jelgava at the other side keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jelgava will play at home against VEF Riga (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: R.Zakis 18+7reb, J.Timma 14+5reb+4ast, F.Campbell 12+6reb+3ast, M.Laksa 12+5reb+2ast, D.Lejasmeiers 8+5reb+8ast, A.Berzins 7+2reb
Jelgava: S.Haynes 21+8reb+2ast, K.Kanbergs 15+1reb+3ast, K.Chamberlain 10+17reb+2ast, A.Duselis 9+4reb+2ast, S.Silavs 8+1reb+5ast, A.Justovics 0
gschID: 232722



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Sakalai fired coach Petronis - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sakalai Vilnius (LKL) axed 49-year old coach Romualdas Petronis. He took over the team at the start of the season. Sakalai won 4 out of 18 games played in LKL this season. Previously Petronis worked with Prienai, Avtodor Saratov and Chekhovskie Yastreby.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lithuaniabasket)



NKL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals: Mazeikiai reach the semis - by Eurobasket News

Mazeikiai - Statyba 89-64 (2-1)

The game without a history. Mazeikiai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) chipped in 20 points. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: R.Giedraitis 20+3reb+1ast, O.Macernis 17+11reb+5ast, A.Gydra 13+4reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 10+7reb+4ast, A.Kojenets 9+4reb+1ast, M.Sidlauskas 9+5reb+5ast
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 13+2reb+4ast, K.Brusokas 12+9reb+1ast, T.Rinkunas 12+3reb+1ast, V.Luksa 8+4reb, D.Tarvydas 7+9reb, M.Paliukenas 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 237373


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.23.6 
 2. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 3. Maneikis, Olimpas19.0 
 4. Valukonis, Suduva.18.7 
 5. Linkevicius, Triob.17.5 
 6. Giedraitis, Mazeik.17.3 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.6 
 8. Jucikas, Meresta16.4 
 9. Macernis, Mazeikiai15.8 
 10. Tarvydas, Statyba15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas LINKEVICIUS
  Triobet
  (197-F-85)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Linkevicius, Triob.10.6 
 2. Trybanski, Dzukija9.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.9.0 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.8.8 
 5. Valukonis, Suduva.8.5 
 6. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.4 
 7. Montrimavici., Rad.7.4 
 8. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.1 
 9. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.0 
 10. Norkus, Nafta U.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.5 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija7.5 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.4.8 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas4.7 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 6. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 7. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.3 
 8. Kutra, Radviliskis4.2 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas4.2 
 10. Anuzis, Nafta U.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zydrunas KELYS
  Perlas-MRU
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.8 
 2. Stanionis, Zanav.2.8 
 3. Razutis, Olimpas2.6 
 4. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.5 
 5. Harrison, Dzukija2.4 
 6. Sabeckis, Birstono2.2 
 7. Paliukenas, Staty.2.0 
 8. Pelss, Zanavykas1.9 
 9. Giedraitis, Mazeik.1.9 
 10. Kleiza, Birstono1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.2 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.7 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.4 
 5. Jucikas, Meresta1.3 
 6. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.2 
 7. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.2 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 9. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.0 
 10. Milinskas, Triobet0.9 



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Standings

Diekirch Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sparta 20-6 
 2. Amicale 16-10 
 3. T71 15-11 
 4. Residence 15-11 
 5. Etzella 14-12 
 6. Musel Pikes 13-13 
Places 7-10
 1. Contern 11-12 
 2. Soleuvre 10-13 
 3. Basket Esch 8-15 
 4. Black Star 2-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 5: Etzella - Sparta
Apr. 5: Musel Pikes - Amicale
Apr. 5: T71 - Residence


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Mychal GREEN
  Soleuvre
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Green, Soleuvre26.3 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.24.4 
 3. Schumacher, T7124.0 
 4. Kennedy, Residence23.6 
 5. Bryant, Black Star23.0 
 6. Tapscott, Soleuvre22.8 
 7. Frazier, Contern21.9 
 8. Ulin, Sparta21.5 
 9. Simpson, Etzella20.0 
 10. Smith, Sparta19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.2 
 2. Powell, Contern13.4 
 3. Sharry, T7111.9 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.11.7 
 5. Tapscott, Soleuvre10.8 
 6. Gary, Musel Pikes10.7 
 7. Frazier, Contern10.1 
 8. Stephens, T7110.1 
 9. Wurtz, Musel Pikes9.9 
 10. Kennedy, Residen.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.5 
 2. Bryant, Black Star4.5 
 3. Schumacher, T714.2 
 4. Schartz, Amicale4.0 
 5. Green, Soleuvre3.8 
 6. Biever, Basket Es.3.6 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.3.5 
 8. Koster, Residence3.4 
 9. Scott, Residence3.4 
 10. Ruffato, T713.3 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Contern2.5 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.2.2 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Green, Soleuvre1.8 
 5. Schumacher, T711.8 
 6. Simpson, Etzella1.7 
 7. Delgado, Etzella1.7 
 8. Stephens, T711.6 
 9. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 10. Bryant, Black Star1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chehales TAPSCOTT
  Soleuvre
  (195-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Tapscott, Soleuvre1.7 
 2. Sharry, T711.2 
 3. Gary, Musel Pikes1.2 
 4. Powell, Contern0.9 
 5. Simpson, Etzella0.9 
 6. McDaniel, Black S.0.9 
 7. Hoffmann, Sparta0.8 
 8. Fisher, Amicale0.8 
 9. Frazier, Contern0.8 
 10. Golson, Amicale0.6 



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Best players of Montenegrin 1A round 1 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Mersudin Kosuta had an amazing evening in the last round for Ibar Rozaje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The -year old had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Jedinstvo (#1, 1-1) in overtime 91-85. Thanks to this victory Ibar Rozaje moved-up to the 4th position in the Montenegrin 1A. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Ibar Rozaje won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Kosuta had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ibar Rozaje, through which he has constantly improved.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old swingman Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) of Primorje. Boricic impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as ABS Primorje lost that game 69-78 to Danilovgrad (1-1). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Boricic is a newcomer at ABS Primorje 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 Nikola Korac (185-G-86, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) of top-ranked Jedinstvo. Korac scored 26 points and passed eight assists. Despite Korac's great performance Jedinstvo lost 85-91in overtime to #4 ranked Ibar Rozaje. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Jedinstvo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Play-Out. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Korac has a great season in Montenegro. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.1ppg (9th best) and assists with 4.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Danilo Draskovic (207-C-85) of Jedinstvo - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marko Ljujic (205-C-90) of Centar BP - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Buducnost - 21 points and 5 rebounds
7. Vladimir Milosevic (201-F-87) of S.Centar - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) of Buducnost - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Zeljko Jovanovic (195-G/F-86) of Danilovgrad - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90) of Ulcinj - 18 points and 4 rebounds

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



Momir Milatovic is the new Head Coach of Jedinstvo - by Darko Pekic (T)

After only one round of Play Out League, a coach decided to step aside and it leave his team to someone else. The first victim of 'End of the season pressure' is Zeljko Rakocevic who left Jedinstvo after a tough overtime loss against Ibar at home in the first Play Out Round. Rakocevic announced his decision to the players in the locker room right after the game. But Jedinstvo's board members did not waste anytime and they announced the name of his replacement this afternoon. It's Momir Milatovic , experienced coach who worked in both male and female basketball.

Milatovic was considered one of the top coaching prospects in former Yugoslavia at the end of the 90s. He used to coach Lovcen, FMP Zeleznik and Red Star in the 90s as well as female teams of Buducnost and Jedinstvo. He was also the assistant coach of National team of Yugoslavia and won the European Championships in 1997.


His last club was ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS in 2011 but he left them in November of the same year due to poor performances. He will not have an easy task to help Jedinstvo get back on the right track.


Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. KK Zeta 2011 16-0 
 2. S.Centar 10-6 
 3. Gorstak 10-6 
 4. Berane 2010 9-7 
 5. Pljevlja 8-8 
 6. Un.Mediteran 7-9 
 7. Buducnost II 7-9 
 8. KK Zeta 5-11 
 9. Gusinje 0-16 



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Keyon Dooling agreed terms with The Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News (T)

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old guard Keyon Dooling (191-88kg-80, college: Missouri). He played most recently at Boston Celtics. In 66 games he recorded 3.6ppg last season. He helped them to win the Atlantic Division title. The most of previous (2010-11) season Dooling spent at the Bucks. In 80 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.0apg that season. He also spent pre-season at Brooklyn Nets (previous name New Jersey Nets) that year.
In 2000 Dooling was drafted by Orlando Magic in first round (10th overall). He attended University of Missouri and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
Dooling has played previously for two other NBA teams: Miami Heat and LA Clippers.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A natural SG with all the skills to play the point in NBA: jump shot, size, speed.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Bobcats land Jonny Flynn, ex Tigers - by Eurobasket News (T)

Charlotte Bobcats landed 24-year old guard Jonny Flynn (183-88kg-89, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Tigers in Australian NBL league. In 18 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.9apg this season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Australian NBL All-Star Game. Flynn also spent pre-season at the Pistons earlier that year. The most of last season he spent at the Trail Blazers. In 18 games he had 5.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.8apg. The other team Flynn played that season for were the Rockets. In 11 games he had 3.4ppg and 2.5apg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at the Timberwolves. In 53 games he had 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.4apg. Another team Flynn played shortly was Sioux Falls Skyforce. In two games he had 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 10.5apg and 1.0spg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in first round (6th overall). Flynn attended Syracuse University and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2009. Flynn received also NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team award back in 2010. He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Novi Sad (Serbia) six years ago. Flynn's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 9 games: 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 35%, FT: 77.3%.
Flynn has played previously for Houston Rockets.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Kevin Duffy for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Tremendous athlete who always seems to have the game under control ... A real competitor who wants to take the big shots and excels in the clutch. Can use both hands to finish at the rim. Exhibits great body control and creativity to get his shot off against taller defenders ... Can get to the foul line as well as any point guard out there, creating contact at the rim
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Utah Jazz lands Jerel McNeal - by Eurobasket News (T)

Utah Jazz (NBA) tabbed 26-year old guard Jerel McNeal (191-92kg-87, college: Marquette). He played recently at Bakersfield Jam. In 44 games he averaged impressive 18.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.5apg and 1.6spg this season. McNeal was called during the season by the Toronto Raptors. The last season he played at Sutor Montegranaro (SerieA) in Italian league. In 32 games he had 10.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg.
The previous (10-11) season McNeal played at Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 55 games he had very remarkable stats: 20.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg that season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 3rd Team, Gatorade All-D-League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. McNeal was called during the season by the New Orleans Hornets. He was also called during the season by the Houston Rockets.
McNeal has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements he received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team award back in 2009 at his college time.
McNeal has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons-Hainaut).
He attended Marquette University until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into McNeal's outlook: He''s very good in create his own shot, it is better to never leave him open. He''s a good offensive player with a winning mentality, but also he''s a very good defender on the perimeter (quick legs and hands, lots od deflections..).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbadleague)



Kings, Pacers and Bucks get victories on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns - Sacramento K. 103-117
DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) scorched the Suns with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-PG-89, college: Washington) included 23 points and eight rebounds to the Kings' convincing win. Sacramento has added to its fourth victory in the last six games, whereas Phoenix has tied a season-high fourth consecutive loss at home. 'We have a unique big man,' Kings coach Keith Smart said. 'He's a big who can play big but has the skills of a guard and a perimeter player. He has the whole package. When everything comes along in his life, when he grows up and sells into how he plays every night in the NBA, he'll be a special talent.' Sacramento finished the game shooting 53 percent from the field, 39 percent from the 3-point line and 92 percent from the foul line. The Kings accounted for 21 assists, three blocks, 19 fast break points, five steals and 18 turnovers. The Suns continued to struggle in the low post. Sacramento totaled 50 rebounds compared to Phoenix's 37. Prior to this matchup, the Kings notably struggled at US Airways Center, losing 12 of their past 13 meetings in Phoenix. Regardless, Sacramento was able to pull out a 121-112 home win vs. the Suns on March 8. It was a miracle the Suns only trailed 38-32 considering the explosive performance of Cousins. The Kings' starting center began the first quarter with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds. Not exactly the ideal start for Phoenix, a team that surrendered 56 points in the paint Wednesday night vs. Utah Jazz. The Kings entered halftime with a 64-50 lead. Cousins cemented his double-double by the end of the second with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Cousins closed the first half with 17-straight points. 'I didn't even realize it,' Cousins said. 'I was more caught up in the turnover I had. That's some of the advantages I do have, my size and the ability to shoot ball, so I just took advantage of it.' Thomas certainly aided Cousins' outstanding first half with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sacramento shot 55 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 92 percent from the free-throw line heading into intermission. Phoenix conversely shot 41 percent from field goal range, 40 percent from beyond the arc and 43 percent from the foul line. The Suns were able to cut the deficit to 10 entering the fourth. Luis Scola led the Suns with 16 points to help hold the Kings to a manageable 88-78 lead. Phoenix inched even closer following a 9-0 run with eight minutes remaining, bringing the score to within seven points in the final quarter. However, the Suns' hopes quickly dwindled following two quick Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) assists to Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes. With a victory virtually secured, the Kings sat a number of their starters with time to spare. Scola finished the game with the team-high 25 points. Goran Dragic sat out once again, giving Kendall Marshall (6'4''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) his second start. The young point guard finished with nine points and 10 assists. The Suns ended the fourth shooting 45 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3 and 52 percent from the free-throw line. 'I thought our effort was there but our execution wasn't,' Suns coach Lindsey Hunter explained. 'We had mental lapses at times on different coverages and it resulted in them scoring.' The Kings will take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Sacramento, while the Suns will face the Indiana Pacers in Phoenix. Both game are scheduled for March 30. Courtesy of: sunngun.com

Dallas M. - Indiana P. 78-103
Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) had 24 points and eight rebounds and the Indiana Pacers broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-78 on Thursday night. George scored 13 points in the third, including eight in a 20-5 run that broke a tie game at halftime. The first-place Pacers won their fourth straight and have a half-game lead for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 21 points for Dallas, which remained 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Nowitzki and five of his teammates have grown out beards since early February and vowed not to shave until the Mavericks (35-37) got back to .500. Those unshaven Mavericks will have to put their razors away for at least a few more days as Indiana denied Dallas a chance to even its record for the first time since Dec. 12. Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) had 16 points and 11 rebounds one night after scoring a season-high 28 against Houston, and Tyler Hansbrough added 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Indiana, which announced before the game that former All-Star forward Danny Granger will have season-ending left knee surgery. David West scored seven points in his return for the Pacers after missing six games with a lower back strain. George Hill hit a 3-pointer to start the second half and break a 41-all halftime tie. George hit a 21-footer to push Indiana's lead to 49-42. Indiana closed the 20-5 run with a couple of layups from Hill and a jumper from Ian Mahinmi to make it 61-46 midway through the third. George was 10 of 17 from the field and had six assists and three steals. Mahinmi closed the third with a dunk off a pass from Orlando Johnson as the Pacers outscored the Mavericks 34-17 in the third. Vince Carter had 14 points and Darren Collison added 10 or Dallas. The Mavericks shot 38.6 percent (32 of 83) against the NBA's top-scoring defense. Dallas, which got no closer than 10 points in the fourth, dropped to 3-2 on its six-game homestand. The Mavericks close out their longest home stay of the season Saturday against the Chicago Bulls, who ended Miami's 27-game winning streak Wednesday night. Courtesy of: utsandiego.com

Milwaukee B. - LA Lakers 113-103
Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, college: VCU) scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 on Thursday night. Sanders was 8 of 11 from the floor and had 13 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) and Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) each had 20 points, Monta Ellis added 18, and Marquis Daniels had 16 to help the Bucks snap a four-game losing streak. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth place on the NBA's career list. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Nash scored 16 points. The Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot. Milwaukee is eighth in the Eastern Conference, seven games ahead of Philadelphia for the final spot. Ellis scored eight points for Milwaukee during a late 12-3 run, making it 102-92 on a running in the lane. The Lakers turned it over on the next possession, and Daniels raced down the court and dunked to make it 104-92 with 4:12 left. The Lakers never got closer than eight the rest of the way. The Lakers' last gasp came early in the fourth. Antwan Jamison scored twice and Howard dunked in a miss to help the Lakers regain the lead at 83-82. The teams exchanged the lead four times before Jennings' 3-pointer at 8:23 put Milwaukee ahead for good. The Bucks started turning it around in the third, using a 19-8 run to close the quarter with 82-77 lead. Daniels stole an inbound pass from Bryant under the Lakers' basket and passed to Sanders, who dunked to give Milwaukee a 70-69 lead with 4:23 left in the third. Sanders dunked his way to nine points during the surge. The rest of his points came on a hook shot and a free throw. Courtesy of: nytimes.com



Granger to have knee surgery, miss rest of season - by Eurobasket News

Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) will have left knee surgery and miss the rest of the season. Granger underwent a surgical procedure for patellar tendinosis in October and came back Feb. 25, but had complications and was sidelined again because of continued pain. Granger originally injured his knee during a playoff series against Miami last season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



World Peace Sidelined At Least Six Weeks With Torn Meniscus - by Eurobasket News

Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) will be sidelined a minimum of six weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday on the torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, the Los Angeles Lakers announced. World Peace sustained the injury in Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors. Mike D'Antoni told reporters earlier Wednesday that he is not optimistic about World Peace returning to the Lakers this season. World Peace has averaged almost 13 points and five rebounds in 70 games this season as the lone Lakers starter to play in all games before the injury.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



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Garden Bound: MBB Tops Providence to Advance to NYC - by Eurobasket News

WACO, Texas (AP) - Pierre Jackson had 20 points with 13 assists, seven rebounds and no turnovers in his final home game for Baylor as the Bears beat Providence 79-68 in an NIT quarterfinal game Wednesday night.

Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90) added 26 points and Rico Gathers had 10 rebounds for the Bears (21-14), who go to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden for the second time in four years.

Providence (19-15) had three 20-point scorers -- Bryce Cotton (6'1''-PG-92) with 23, Vincent Council (6'2''-G-90) 21 and Kadeem Batts 20. Only one other player scored for the Friars, who got to quarterfinal with a win over Robert Morris, the team that beat Kentucky in the first round.

Baylor went ahead to stay when Jefferson had a dunk with 8:11 left for a 60-59 lead. That started a 7-0 run over 71 seconds that Jefferson capped with a three-point play.

After the final buzzer and a team prayer at midcourt, Baylor coach Scott Drew briefly addressed the crowd. Then Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" blared over the speakers in the arena.

"When you've got a lot on the line like a chance to go to New York and play in a Final Four atmosphere in Madison Square Garden, you know you don't have to motivate as a coach," Drew said. "Our guys were extremely excited all day long for this game. ... The big thing was we took care of the ball all game."

The Bears had 19 assists with only five turnovers as a team.

Jackson, the point guard who had 26 points and 16 assists in Baylor's victory over Arizona State on Friday night, played the entire game against Providence. Now he gets to go to New York for the first time.

"That's what I was the thinking the whole time, just playing and getting the chance to go somewhere I've never been," Jackson said.

Since losing to Penn State in the 2009 NIT championship game, the Bears had been to NCAA regional finals twice in the past three seasons.

They play BYU (24-11) on Tuesday, a rematch of a game the Bears won 79-64 at home on Dec. 21.

"Every coach would rather play a team you hadn't played," Drew said. "But at the same time, we're all happy to be playing still."

Providence jumped ahead 10-4 before Baylor scored 11 points in a row, including two three-point plays by Jefferson.

The Bears were ahead 38-35 when Cotton missed a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left in the first half. Deuce Bello had the rebound from Baylor, but Cotton stole a pass and hit a 3 at the buzzer to tie the game.

Baylor scored the first seven points after halftime. Providence then had a 9-2 run to tie the game at 49 with 13:16 left, and the Friars' last lead came almost 5 minutes later when a free throw by Council put them up 59-58.

"I thought we played really well for about 34 minutes. I thought we got tired. I thought their depth was greater than ours," said Providence coach Ed Cooley, whose team played Monday."

"We've come a long way with our program, a long ways, being picked last in our league to advancing this far," he said. "I mean, we were inches away from an NCAA tournament with basically a short roster, but I'm proud of our progress. Looking forward to next year."
Courtesy of: http://www.baylorbears.com



Cougars cruise to 79-62 victory over Southern Miss - by Eurobasket News

HATTIESBURG, Miss. Tyler Haws (6'5''-G) finished with 25 points to lead No. 3 seed BYU to a 79-62 victory over No. 1 seed Southern Miss Wednesday night, earning the Cougars a trip to the 2013 NIT Semifinals in Madison Square Garden.

"I don't know how long it's been since we've been back to play an NIT game in New York but it sure is great for this team," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "Great for these guys. Maybe we were a little disappointed with this season but we've hung in there and we're doing well in this tournament. I think these guys are really playing their best and have got a second wind that's pushing them forward."

With the victory the Cougars improve to 24-11 on the season, while Southern Miss finishes its season with a 27-10 mark. BYU will next play on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2 against either Baylor or Providence.

Senior Brock Zylstra (6'6''-G) was lights out early on with five threes in the first half to help the Cougars establish a strong shooting night. BYU finished 11 for 27 from behind the arc and 29 for 65 from the field, with four Cougars finishing in double digits. Zylstra earned his first career double-double, contributing a career-high 10 rebounds and a season-high 23 points, Matt Carlino added 15 points and nine assists, and Brandon Davies finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for his 11th double-double this season.

Haws has now scored 86 points through BYU's three NIT games to give him the BYU record for career points in NIT games, passing Roland Minson's previous record of 80 points set in the 1950-51 season.

The Cougars established their game in the early going at Reed Green Coliseum. Down 5-0 to start, BYU battled back to take the lead after going on an 11-0 run. Davies led the charge converting the old fashioned three-point play followed by a trey from Haws to take the 6-5 lead with 18:35 remaining. Zylstra added to the Cougars lead by hitting his first of five first-half threes to extend the Cougar lead to six at 11-5.

Both teams struggled through a scoring drought midway through the first half before Jerrold Brooks hit a three to bring Southern Miss within three of the Cougars. Zylstra caught fire for the Cougars with three-straight treys to put the Cougars up 20-10 at the 10:54 mark.

Davies fed Nate Austin with a nice pass in the paint for the easy layup to extend the Cougar lead to 26-17 with 7:22 remaining. On BYUs next possession, Zylstra hit another three from the right arc while drawing the foul. He completed the four-point play to up BYUs lead to 30-20.

Fueled by five-straight free throws, Southern Miss battled back with a 7-0 run to narrow BYU's lead to 30-27 at the 3:27 mark. Haws hit back-to-back jumpers to spark a 10-2 BYU run to close out the half. Carlino capped off the run hitting a long three before the buzzer to give BYU the 40-29 lead at the half.

Zylstra finished the first half with 18 points, going 5 of 7 from three and 6 of 8 from the field.

BYUs momentum carried over into the second half with Austin hitting a 16-foot baseline jumper and Carlino feeding Haws for an easy layup to extend the Cougars lead to 48-31 with 17:22 remaining.

BYU continued to push its lead from behind the arc. Carlino and Haws both hit treys to extend the Cougars lead to 19 points at 54-35 with 15:24 remaining.

Daveon Boardingham hit a free throw to cut the Cougar lead to 15 with 12:02 remaining before Carlino hit his third trey of the game to push the Cougars lead to 60-42 at the 11:31 mark. Haws hit a jumper at the 9:21 mark to put the Cougars up 64-46.

Dwayne Davis hit a short mid-range floater to bring the Golden Eagles within 15 at the 5:16 mark, but the Cougars proved too much to handle down the stretch. Haws hit a cutting Davies to extend the Cougar lead to 74-58 with just under four minutes remaining in regulation to put the game out of reach.

BYU cruised during the remainder of the half to a 79-62 win.
Courtesy of: http://byucougars.com



Men's Hoops to Make First NIT Semifinals Appearance - by Eurobasket News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Iowa entered Wednesday's NIT quarterfinal game at Virginia with two road wins this season. The top-seeded Cavaliers entered the contest with 19-straight home victories.

Throw it all out the window because the Hawkeyes are headed to New York City.

The University of Iowa men's basketball team shot nearly 50 percent from the floor en route to a 75-64 victory over Virginia inside John Paul Jones Arena. The win, the team's 24th this season, sends the Hawkeyes to Madison Square Garden for an NIT semifinal matchup against Maryland on April 2.

"To be able to go on the road and beat a team with that type of winning streak that has already put up 23 wins and who is undefeated at home in the ACC and score 75 is a great statement," said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. "I wanted our team to make a statement as to what our capabilities are on the road and for it to be an example of how we've grown as a team."

After eight lead changes over the first seven minutes of the second half, junior Roy Devyn Marble knocked down a 3-pointer in transition to give Iowa a 42-41 advantage and spark a 10-2 Hawkeye run to push the lead to 49-43.

"We knew they were going to make a run, and we withstood it and threw a couple of more punches at them and ended up coming out with the victory," said freshman Adam Woodbury, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Cavaliers cut the lead to 49-46 with 8:06 remaining, but Iowa followed with nine straight points to break open a 12-point lead. Sophomore Aaron White (6'8''-F-92) opened the run with a dunk before Woodbury and Marble followed with layups. Junior Zach McCabe (6'7''-F-91) then pushed the lead to double digits courtesy of a 3-pointer that made the score 58-46.

Iowa then put the game away by making all 10 free throws in the final three minutes.

Marble paced the Hawkeyes with 24 points -- his third straight 20-point game -- on 8-of-16 shooting to go along with a 7-of-7 performance from the free throw stripe. The guard also had five assists and three rebounds. McCabe was the third player in double digits, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

"It's amazing how Dev ended up, making all his free throws," said McCaffery. "His court presence and his competitive instincts for the feel for the game is so indicative of who he is, but also has an impact on his teammates. He's playing both ends of the floor like an All-American."

Iowa shot 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the floor and 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from 3-point range. Virginia made 19-of-50 attempts (38 percent) and was 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from long range. The Hawkeyes made all 15 of their free throw attempts and won the rebounding battle, 34-26.

Iowa is the third team this season to score 70 points against the Cavaliers, and the Hawkeyes' field goal percentage is the highest against Virginia since the George Mason on Nov. 9 in the season-opener.

"We won the game on the defensive end of the floor," said McCaffery. "Woodbury was great and our guards stuck their nose in there (on the glass)."

Anderson paced Virginia with a career-high 24 points, making 6-of-14 field goals, including five 3-pointers. The Cavaliers' leading scorer, Joe Harris, was limited to 11 points.

The Hawkeyes came out hot, making 9-of-17 shots to start the game to build a 21-11 advantage over the first 10 minutes. The Cavaliers followed with nine straight points to cut the lead to 21-20 before a Justin Anderson 3-pointer evened the game at 23 with 5:38 to go in the first half.

An old school three-point play off a dunk and and-one put the Hawkeyes back up 26-23 and an Anthony Clemmons 3-pointer pushed the lead to 31-25 with 2:35 left. Virginia's Joe Harris hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left to cut the lead to 31-28 at the half.

Iowa shot 46.4 percent (13-of-28) during the first half, including 4-of-9 3-pointers. The Cavaliers were 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) from the floor and made 6-of-11 first-half 3-pointers.

The Hawkeyes now turn their attention to a semifinal matchup against Maryland on Tuesday night in New York City.

"We've got this far, we might as well win it," said freshman Adam Woodbury. "That's what our mindset is. I have never been to Madison Square Garden, so it will be fun to play in the mecca of basketball. Let's go win it."

McCaffery says the experience will be beneficial for the team.

"It will be a phenomenal experience for these kids, a chance to win a championship in the greatest arena in all of sports," said McCaffery. "We'll focus on Maryland, do what we do, and go down there looking to win a championship."
Courtesy of: http://www.hawkeyesports.com



George Mason Moves Past Western Michigan Into CBI Finals, 62-52 - by Eurobasket News

FAIRFAX, Va. - Junior Jonathan Arledge (6'9''-F) scored a career-high 23 points, leading the George Mason mens basketball team past Western Michigan, 62-52, and into the College Basketball Invitational presented by Buick finals. The best-of-three series begins Monday, April 1, with opponent, location and game time to be determined.

Mason improved to 21-14 with the victory, while the Broncos closed out their season at 22-13.

Arledge was the lone Patriot in double-digit scoring, including an 8-for-8 mark at the free throw line. He also tied teammate Erik Copes for a team-high five rebounds, while junior Bryon Allen dished a game-high seven assists. David Brown led a trio of WMU double figure scorers with 13 points.

Unlike the previous game, the Patriots fell behind early as the visiting Broncos raced out to nine-point lead in the first nine minutes of play. Up 17-9 after a Brandon Pokley jumper at the 11:23 mark, WMU saw its lead disappear thanks to an 18-0 run by the Patriots. Mason held the Broncos off the scoreboard for more than nine minutes, as the Green and Gold took a 26-17 lead into the final three minutes of the half.

Western Michigan cut it to a six point game behind a Connar Tava (6'5''-G) layup and a Brown free throw, but Masons Paris Bennett hit one of two at the stripe to set the halftime score of 27-20. Arledge scored nearly half his total in the first half, contributing 11 points as both teams shot in the thirties from the field. Austin Richie led the Broncos in the opening period with eight points.

Mason took its largest lead out of the intermission with an Arledge 3-pointer and a Copes layup, making the score 32-20 with just over a minute expired. A Shayne Whittington dunk and a Pokley trey pulled the Broncos to within seven at 32-25, but the WMU comeback effort essentially stalled for the next 10 minutes.

Mason would lead by as many as 14 at 47-33 before seven in a row by the Broncos cut the margin to 47-40 with five minutes to play. The seven-point difference would again be as close as the visitors could get, as the Patriots answered with seven in a row and did not see their advantage threatened in the final minutes.

Sherrod Wright tied a school-record with his 35th start of the season tonight, matching the mark set by Lamar Butler and Will Thomas during the Patriots NCAA Final Four season of 2005-06.

Check back with GoMason.com for updated game time and ticket information as it becomes available.
Courtesy of: http://www.gomason.com



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

All-District 1 1st Team 2013
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Lamont Jones
Jones
Juanya Green
Green
Billy Baron
Baron
O.D. Anosike
Anosike
Tommy Brenton
Brenton
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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
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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



Bucknell extend coach Paulsen - by Eurobasket News

Bucknell have agreed on terms of contract extension with head coach Dave Paulsen. The specialist will guide the team through 2017/18 season. Dave Paulsen has been working with the Bison since 2008. He led Bucknell to the second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Bucknell finished at 28-6 record this season. They lost to Butler last week at the NCAA Tournament.


Shaka Smart and Josh Pastner renew contracts - by Eurobasket News

Shaka Smart will remain the head coach of Virginian Commonwealth basketball team. The Trinidad and Tobago specialist has renewed his deal with the Rams until 2020. Shaka Smart can boast of impressive 111-37 record with the Rams in four seasons at the bridge. He led the team to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Final this season. Previously Shaka Smart worked as assistant coach with Clemson, Akron and Florida. He led the Rams to the NCAA Final Four in 2011. Shaka Smart also worked as assistant coach with the U18 USA National Team in 2012.
Josh Pastner also renewed his contract as head coach of the University of Memphis. He guided the University basketball programme since 2009. Josh Pastner helped the team to an impressive 106-34 record. Josh Pastner was named All-C-USA Coach of the Year in 2013.



Northwestern inks coach Chris Collins - by Eurobasket News (T)

Northwestern University signed 39-year old coach Chris Collins. The specialist will replace Bill Carmody at the bridge. He previously worked as assistant coach at Duke (NCAA). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the conference (ACC). They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Collins' team won ACC Tournament in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



East Carolina joining Big East in all sports; Tulsa likely next - by Eurobasket News

A person with knowledge of the decision says E.Carolina will join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East as an all-sports member, instead of just for football as originally planned. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement would be coming later Wednesday, also says Tulsa will officially be added to the conference soon. E.Carolina had already been set to join Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Florida and the rest of the Big East football schools in 2014. But with the recent split of the football and basketball schools, the football side has decided to give up the name Big East and needed to add more members for all sports. Tulsa is expected to join by 2015, when Navy also comes aboard, and will give the league 12 schools.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Coach Ray Giacoletti joins Drake - by Eurobasket News (T)

Drake University agreed terms with coach Ray Giacoletti. He started the season at Gonzaga (NCAA) working as assistant coach. The last season Giacoletti coached also at Gonzaga University. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Giacoletti's team won WCC Tournament in 2009 and 2011. He was also voted All-MWC Coach of the Year back in 2005.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

All-Atlantic Region 1st Team 2013
#s#
Alex Falk
Falk
Whis Grant
Grant
Luis Leao
Leao
Chad Moore
Moore
Isaac Thornton
Thornton
#e#1

Coach of the Year: Jim Crutchfield of West Liberty University

1st Team
Alex Falk (6'3''-G) of West Liberty
Whis Grant (6'0''-PG) of East Stroudsburg
Luis Leao (6'5''-F-89) of Mercyhurst
Chad Moore (6'5''-F) of Shepherd
Isaac Thornton (6'3''-G-81) of Fairmont State
Byron Westmorland (6'4''-F-90) of Bowie State

2nd Team
Darrell Blanton (6'4''-F) of Gannon
Nick Novak (6'0''-PG) of Pitt-Johnstown
Trevin Parks (5'11''-PG-91) of Johnson C. Smith
Angelo Sharpless (6'4''-G-90) of Elizabeth City
Devin Taylor (6'6''-F-86) of Slippery Rock



All-Midwest Region 1st Team 2013
#s#
Keith Dewitt
Dewitt
Ali Haidar
Haidar
Alex Hall
Hall
Greg Kahlig
Kahlig
Kenny Kornowski
Kornowski
#e#1


Coach of the Year: Luke Reigel of UW-Parkside

1st Team
Keith Dewitt (6'9''-F) of Southern Indiana
Ali Haidar (6'7''-F-90) of Michigan Tech
Alex Hall (6'2''-G-90) of Drury
Greg Kahlig (6'6''-F-92) of Findlay
Kenny Kornowski (6'9''-F) of Walsh
Jeremy Saffold (6'6''-F) of UW-Parkside


2nd Team
Chris Dowe (6'2''-G) of Bellarmine
Vance Hall (6'3''-G-91) of Bellarmine
Ryan Jackson (6'2''-G) of Lewis
Ian Larkin (6'5''-F) of Wayne State
Dazmond Starke (6'7''-C-90) of Kentucky Wesleyan


All-Central Region 1st Team 2013
#s#
Bryton Hobbs
Hobbs
Cameron McCaffrey
McCaffrey
Will McNeill
McNeill
Theo Rothstein
Rothstein
Clayton Vette
Vette
#e#1


Coach of the Year: Matt Margenthaler of Minnesota State-Mankato

1st Team
Bryton Hobbs (6'0''-PG-91) of Northeastern State
Cameron McCaffrey (6'1''-G-90) of Augustana
Will McNeill (6'1''-G-90) of Washburn
Theo Rothstein (6'6''-F) of St. Cloud State
Clayton Vette (6'9''-C-88) of Winona State
Jarvis Williams (6'6''-G-89) of Minnesota State-Mankato


All-East Region 1st Team 2013
#s#
Trevon Hamlet
Hamlet
Eric Jean-Guillaume
Jean-Guillaume
Garret Kerr
Kerr
Roy Mabrey
Mabrey
Dominykas Milka
Milka
#e#1


Coach of the Year: Keith Dickson of St. Anselm

1st Team
Trevon Hamlet (6'6''-F) of Southern Connecticut
Eric Jean-Guillaume (6'0''-PG-91) of Franklin Pierce
Garret Kerr (6'4''-F) of University of the Sciences
Roy Mabrey (6'2''-G) of St. Anselm
Dominykas Milka (6'8''-C) of St. Rose
Akeem Williams (5'10''-PG) of UMass-Lowell

2nd Team
Tobin Carberry (6'3''-G) of LIU-C.W. Post
Ellis Cooper (6'3''-F-91) of Franklin Pierce
Darian David (6'0''-PG) of Bridgeport
Justin Exum (6'3''-G) of New Haven
Leon Porter (5'6''-PG) of Dominican


All-South Region 1st Team 2013
#s#
Zane Campbell
Campbell
Michael Drake
Drake
Darrien Mack
Mack
Marcus Ruh
Ruh
Jaime Smith
Smith
#e#1


Coach of the Year: Lennie Acuff of Alabama-Huntsville

1st Team
Zane Campbell (6'8''-F) of Alabama-Huntsville
Michael Drake (6'6''-F) of Christian Brothers
Darrien Mack (6'7''-F) of Eckerd
Marcus Ruh (6'4''-G) of St. Leo
Jaime Smith (6'3''-G) of Alabama-Huntsville
Ellis Young (6'4''-G) of West Florida

2nd Team
Xavier Collier (5'11''-PG) of Benedict
Marcus Goode (6'10''-C) of Benedict
Terry Leake (6'4''-F-91) of Delta State
Julius Reid (6'1''-PG-91) of Florida Tech
Josh Sparks (6'9''-F) of Valdosta State


All-Southeast Region 1st Team 2013
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Gerald Boston
Boston
Tyshawn Good
Good
Paul Larsen
Larsen
Aric Miller
Miller
Remon Nelson
Nelson
#e#1


Coach of the Year: Vince Alexander of USC Aiken

1st Team
Gerald Boston (5'10''-PG) of Barton
Tyshawn Good (6'1''-G) of Belmont Abbey
Paul Larsen (6'6''-F-92) of USC Aiken
Aric Miller (6'3''-G-90) of Armstrong Atlantic
Remon Nelson (5'9''-PG-90) of USC Aiken
Antonio Stabler (6'6''-F-91) of Queens

2nd Team
George Blakeney (6'9''-F-91) of UNC Pembroke
Charles Blue (6'6''-F-90) of Limestone
Shahmel Brackett (6'0''-PG-91) of UNC Pembroke
Troran Brown (6'2''-G) of Montevallo
Drico Hightower (6'7''-F) of Montevallo

All-South Central Region 1st Team 2013
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Craig Foster
Foster
Alex Herrera
Herrera
Brandon Jefferson
Jefferson
Kevin Kotzur
Kotzur
Jonathan Morse
Morse
#e#1


Coach of the Year: Derrick Clark of Metropolitan State

1st Team
Craig Foster (5'11''-PG) of Cameron
Alex Herrera (6'10''-C) of Fort Lewis
Brandon Jefferson (5'9''-PG-91) of Metropolitan State
Kevin Kotzur (6'8''-F/C) of Saint Mary's (TX)
Jonathan Morse (6'7''-F-91) of Metropolitan State
Corbin Thomas (6'6''-F-91) of Midwestern State

2nd Team
Shamar Acuay (6'0''-G-87) of Newman
Nick Fox (6'8''-F-90) of Dallas Baptist
Chuck Guy (5'10''-PG-92) of Tarleton State
Kaimyn Pruitt (6'8''-F-90) of Adams State
Dionelle Rucker (6'4''-F-89) of Incarnate Word


All-West Region 1st Team 2013
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Kwame Alexander
Alexander
John Allen
Allen
Mitchel Anderson
Anderson
David Downs
Downs
Terrence Drisdom
Drisdom
#e#1


Coach of the Year: Greg Kamansky of Cal Poly Pomona

1st Team
Kwame Alexander (6'7''-F) of CSU San Bernardino
John Allen (6'1''-G-89) of Western Washington
Mitchel Anderson (6'4''-G) of Cal Poly Pomona
David Downs (6'2''-PG) of Seattle Pacific
Terrence Drisdom (6'3''-G) of Cal Poly Pomona
Paul Jones (6'4''-F) of Western Washington


2nd Team
Deandre Haskins (6'4''-G-88) of Chaminade
Joshua Lowery (6'3''-G) of Grand Canyon
Mark McLaughlin (6'6''-F) of Central Washington
Zach Robbins (6'9''-F/C) of Dixie State
Jobi Wall (6'7''-G/F) of Seattle Pacific



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NABC Division III All-America Awards 2012-13 - by Simas

NABC Division III All-America 1st Team 2013
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Chas Cross
Cross
John DiBartolomeo
DiBartolomeo
Colton Hunt
Hunt
Chris Kearney
Kearney
Aj Matthews
Matthews
#e#1

1st Team
Chas Cross (6'8''-C) of UW-Platteville
John DiBartolomeo (6'0''-PG) of Rochester
Colton Hunt (6'1''-G) of Randolph
Chris Kearney (6'7''-F) of Catholic
Aj Matthews (7'0''-F-89) of Farmingdale State
Derek Raridon (6'6''-G) of North Central
Aaron Toomey (6'1''-G) of Amherst
Andy Winters (6'0''-G) of Ohio Wesleyan

2nd Team
Tahrike Carter (6'2''-G) of Rhode Island College
Brandon Givens (6'6''-G) of North Carolina Wesleyan
Taylor Hall (6'7''-G/F-90) of Bethel
Spencer Niekamp (6'6''-F) of Capital
Paul Reynolds (6'4''-F-90) of Wesley
Julian Strickland (6'3''-G) of Rose-Hulman
Stefan Thompson (5'10''-G) of Hobart
Tyrik Tucker (6'6''-G) of Old Westbury

3rd Team
Ben Eisenhardt (6'10''-F) of Whitman
Hayk Gyokchyan (6'7''-F-90) of Franklin and Marshall
Jamar Harry (6'2''-G/F) of John Jay
Ian Jackson of Trine
Taylor Koth of Ripon
Kyle Schleigh (6'6''-F) of UT-Dallas
Will Tashman (6'8''-F) of MIT
Hayden Ward (6'6''-F) of SUNY-Oswego



NABC Division III All-District Teams and Coaches 2012-13 - by Simas

All-South District 1st Team 2013
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Andrew Galow
Galow
Brandon Givens
Givens
Colton Hunt
Hunt
Dwayne Patterson
Patterson
Kyle Schleigh
Schleigh
#e#1

Player of the Year: Colton Hunt (6'1''-G) of Randolph
Coach of the Year: Jason Zimmerman of Emory

1st Team
Jonathan Blount (6'1''-G) of Centenary
Andrew Galow (6'5''-G) of Rhodes
Brandon Givens (6'6''-G) of North Carolina Wesleyan
Colton Hunt of Randolph
Dwayne Patterson (6'5''-F) of Concordia
Kyle Schleigh (6'6''-F) of UT-Dallas

2nd Team
Tra Benefield (6'2''-G-92) of Christopher Newport
Jake Davis (6'5''-F-91) of Emory
Harrison George (6'5''-F-91) of Hampden-Sydney
Zach Lambert of Trinity
DJ Woodmore (6'3''-G) of Virginia Wesleyan




All-Northeast District 1st Team 2013
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Sedale Jones
Jones
Michael Mayer
Mayer
Will Tashman
Tashman
Aaron Toomey
Toomey
Willy Workman
Workman
#e#1


Player of the Year: Aaron Toomey (6'1''-G) of Amherst
Coach of the Year: Dave Hixon of Amherst

1st Team
Tahrike Carter (6'2''-G) of Rhode Island College
Sedale Jones (6'4''-G) of Curry
Michael Mayer (6'9''-C) of Williams
Will Tashman (6'8''-F) of MIT
Aaron Toomey of Amherst
Willy Workman (6'6''-F) of Amherst


2nd Team
Alex Berthiaume (5'11''-G-90) of Springfield
Anthony Click (6'4''-G/F) of Anna Maria
Gabriel Moton (6'1''-G-91) of Brandeis
Nolan Thompson (6'3''-G) of Middlebury
Lee Vazquez (5'6''-PG) of Westfield State



All-Great Lakes District 1st Teamm 2013
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Russ Conley
Conley
D'Carlo Hayes
Hayes
Spencer Niekamp
Niekamp
Andy Winters
Winters
#e#1


Player of the Year: Andy Winters (6'0''-G) of Ohio Wesleyan
Co-Coach of the Year: Mike DeWitt of Ohio Wesleyan
Co-Coach of the Year: Kevin Vande Streek of Calvin

1st Team
Russ Conley (6'9''-C) of Penn State-Behrend
D'Carlo Hayes (5'11''-PG) of Thomas More
Ian Jackson of Trine
J.J. Martin (6'5''-F) of Marietta
Spencer Niekamp (6'6''-F) of Capital
Andy Winters of Ohio Wesleyan


2nd Team
Xavier Brown (6'0''-PG-92) of Wooster
Dimonde Hale (6'4''-F) of Denison
Chris Klimchock (5'9''-G) of St. Vincent
Tom Snikkers (6'4''-F) of Calvin
Doug Thorpe (5'9''-PG-91) of Wooster



All-West District 1st Team 2013
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Josiah Brensdal
Brensdal
Chas Cross
Cross
Ben Eisenhardt
Eisenhardt
Taylor Hall
Hall
Tyler Wedemeier
Wedemeier
#e#1


Player of the Year: Chas Cross (6'8''-C) of UW-Platteville
Coach of the Year: Johnny Tauer of St. Thomas

1st Team
Josiah Brensdal (6'5''-F) of Redlands
Chas Cross of UW-Platteville
Ben Eisenhardt (6'10''-F) of Whitman
Taylor Hall (6'7''-G/F-90) of Bethel
Nathan Roeder of North Central University
Tyler Wedemeier (6'9''-C) of Luther


2nd Team
Wade Gebbers (5'11''-G) of Whitworth
Tommy Hannon (6'8''-F-90) of St. Thomas
Trevor Hass (6'4''-G-92) of UW-Stevens Point
Dan Kornbaum (6'9''-C) of Augsburg
Wes Nordquist (6'7''-F-90) of Buena Vista



All-Atlantic District 1st Team 2013
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Elgin Brown
Brown
Jamar Harry
Harry
Aj Matthews
Matthews
Stephon Treadwell
Treadwell
#e#1


Player of the Year: Aj Matthews (7'0''-F-89) of Farmingdale State
Coach of the Year: Chuck McBreen of Ramapo

1st Team
Elgin Brown (6'4''-F) of Ramapo
Jamar Harry (6'2''-G/F) of John Jay
Aj Matthews of Farmingdale State
Teon Russell (6'4''-G/F) of Rutgers Camden
Stephon Treadwell (6'5''-F) of Ramapo
Tyrik Tucker (6'6''-G) of Old Westbury

2nd Team
Lance Brown (6'4''-G/F) of William Paterson
Jonathon Chadwick-Myers (6'0''-G) of College of Staten Island
Winston Douglas (6'4''-F) of Medgar Evers
Will Sanborn (6'1''-G) of Ramapo
Tony Vails (6'0''-G) of York



All-Middle Atlantic District 1st Team 2013
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Hayk Gyokchyan
Gyokchyan
Chris Kearney
Kearney
Paul Reynolds
Reynolds
Jeremy Beckett
Beckett
Dave Singleton
Singleton
#e#1


Player of the Year: Chris Kearney (6'7''-F) of Catholic
Coach of the Year: Chris Harney of St. Mary's

1st Team
Jeremy Beckett (6'5''-F) of Delaware Valley
Hayk Gyokchyan (6'7''-F-90) of Franklin and Marshall
Chris Kearney of Catholic
Paul Reynolds (6'4''-F-90) of Wesley
Dave Singleton (6'4''-G) of Albright
Aaron Walton-Moss (6'1''-G) of Cabrini

2nd Team
Terrance Bridgers (6'5''-F) of Alvernia
Nick Laguerre (6'2''-G) of St. Mary's
Mike Marvin of Penn State-Abington
Brett Moyer (6'4''-F) of DeSales
Gerry Wixted of Dickinson



All-East District 1st Team 2013
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John DiBartolomeo
DiBartolomeo
Sheldon Jones
Jones
Sean Rossi
Rossi
Stefan Thompson
Thompson
Hayden Ward
Ward
#e#1


Player of the Year: John DiBartolomeo (6'0''-PG) of Rochester
Coach of the Year: Tom Spanbauer of SUNY-Cortland

1st Team
John DiBartolomeo of Rochester
Sheldon Jones (6'1''-G) of Stevens Institute of Technology
Sean Rossi (5'11''-G) of Ithaca
Stefan Thompson (5'10''-G) of Hobart
Hayden Ward (6'6''-F) of SUNY Oswego
Jesse Winter of SUNY Cortland


2nd Team
Richie Bonney (6'5''-F) of Hobart
Kevin Donohue (6'7''-F/C) of Union
Jason Norsen (6'6''-C) of St. John Fisher
Jake Simmons (6'0''-G) of Buffalo State
Carl Yaffe (6'8''-F) of NYU



All-Midwest District 1st Team 2013
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Landon Gamble
Gamble
Mark Lessen
Lessen
Derek Raridon
Raridon
Julian Strickland
Strickland
Jake Schwarz
Schwarz
#e#1


Player of the Year: Derek Raridon (6'6''-G) of North Central College
Co-Coach of the Year: Ron Rose of Illinois Wesleyan
Co-Coach of the Year: Jim Shaw of Rose-Hulman

1st Team
Landon Gamble (6'6''-F) of North Central College
Taylor Koth of Ripon
Mark Lessen (6'7''-C/F-90) of Eureka
Derek Raridon of North Central College
Jake Schwarz (6'5''-F) of Lakeland
Julian Strickland (6'3''-G) of Rose-Hulman

2nd Team
Brandon Gries (6'1''-G) of St. Norbert
Chris Klimek (6'5''-F-91) of Washington
Tyler Peters (6'4''-G) of Wheaton
Logan Wolfrum of Defiance
Andrew Ziemnik (6'5''-F-92) of Illinois Wesleyan



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Boosters on to second import change - by Aris Ignacio

The Petron Blaze Boosters, coming from a 92-84 loss against the Alaska Aces, decided to replace an ineffective Rodney White (206-C/F-80, college: Charlotte). White was the replacement for former import Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina).

White, who mightily struggled against the Aces as he just tallied a measly two points in the loss, was a former Barako Bull Energy import who just shown flashes of his old self during his two-game outing in the recent PBA Commissioner's Cup. In his re-debut against the Talk N Text Tropang Texters where White managed to collect 12 points in an 93-85 overtime loss.

Still in search of a replacement, the Boosters will have ample time to find the perfect import as they will not take the floor on until April 5 against the Meralco Bolts.



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  POLAND   


Adam Hrycaniuk (ex Asseco Prok.) joins Valencia - by Eurobasket News (T)

Valencia Basket (ACB) agreed terms with 29-year old Polish ex-international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-104kg-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport). He started the season at Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Polish TBL league. In 25 games he had 10.0ppg and 6.8rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Hrycaniuk also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.0ppg and 5.3rpg. The last season he played also at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Poland. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Hrycaniuk had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 25 TBL games he recorded 9.5ppg and 8.3rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and they also played in the supercup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Hrycaniuk also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 6.0ppg and 4.7rpg. He also played 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.3ppg and 5.8rpg (#2 in the league). Hrycaniuk represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 57.9%.
Hrycaniuk has played also professionally for other Polish teams like Spojnia and Start Gdynia.
He attended University of Cincinnati until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On Hrycaniuk: Very skilled big man with great toughness ... loves to run the floor ... a guy that you can count on to out hustle his opponent.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  RUSSIA   


EuroLeague: CSKA outgun visiting Real - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Real Madrid 81:72

CSKA celebrated a comfortable home win over Real Madrid. The victory propelled the Moscow team on top of EuroLeague Top 16 Group E. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. CSKA are now at 10-3 record, while Real slipped at 9-4.
CSKA stormed into the game. They led 11:3 early in the encounter. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the period. CSKA accounted for a 24:15 lead at the first break. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) gave CSKA a 34:19 lead midway through the second frame. The hosts opened a 16-point lead at the interval 44:28. Sonny Weems opened the second half with a three-pointer to make it 47:28. CSKA kept their opponents at bay throughout the reminder of the quarter and earned a 63:47. Real tipped off the fourth frame on a 6:2 rally to narrow the gap. The visitors cut the deficit to 7 points with just over a minute remaining 69:76. Nenad Krstic and Aaron Jackson answered straight back for CSKA and they ran away with the victory. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) chipped in 17 points, while Nenad Krstic contributed 16 points for the winning side. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) answered with 24 points for Real. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) had 10 points in the loss.

CSKA: Sonny Weems 21, Milos Teodosic 17, Nenad Krstic 16
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 24, Felipe Reyes 10



Spartak Primorie Vladivostok beat Krasnie Krilya by 12 points - by Athanasios Ntinas

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok continued their 2012 2013 PBL campaign with an 84-72 victory at Vladivostok over Krasnie Krilya. Spartak earned their fifth and second consecutive win, while Krasnie Krilya registered their third straight away loss. For twenty-seven minutes the fight was equal but strong defense and sharp shooting became the decisive factors for the team located in the Far East. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-SG-86, college: Illinois St.) paced the winners with 20 points. Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.) added 18 points, Paul Delaney (188-PG-86, college: UAB) had 17 and Konstantin Nesterov (205-F/C-81, college: VCU) contributed 14 for Spartak. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) led Krasnie Krilya with 14 points whereas Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) and Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) added 13 points for the guests.


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Jovan Stefanov joins Energy Invest Rustavi - by Eurobasket News (T)

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%.



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  SLOVENIA   


Smiljan Pavic gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian Telemach League (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Krka and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old power forward had the game-high 19 points adding eight rebounds for Krka in his team's victory, helping them to beat Maribor Messer (#4, 1-1) 83-70. It allowed Krka to consolidate first place in the Slovenian Telemach League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Krka won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Pavic has many years of experience at Krka, through which he has constantly improved. Smiljan Pavic averages just after two games 11.0ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 38-year old former international forward Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) of Polzela. Jagodnik impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Polzela lost that game 92-101 to Elektra (10-11). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Jagodnik is one of the most experienced players at Polzela and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#1). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Geoplin Slovan (#-4). Mlakar scored 20 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Geoplin Slovan, leading his team to a 77-48 easy win against #-1 ranked Grosuplje in a game of the week. Geoplin Slovan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Places 7-12. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Mlakar has a great season in Slovenia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (4th best). He also has FGP: 54.4% and 3PT: 41.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kervin Bristol (208-F-88) of Polzela - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85) of Elektra - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Djordje Majstorovic (209-C/F-90) of Helios - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) of Zlatorog - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ziga Zagorc (184-PG-84) of Elektra - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ivan Drzic (205-C-83) of Tajfun - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) of Un.Olimpija - 19 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Goyang Orions tied the Quarter-Finals at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News

Anyang KGC - Goyang Orions 104-121 (2-2)

Goyang Orions dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Anyang KGC's 26. Worth to mention a quality performance of Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) who added 26 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side forward Jung-Hyun Lee (191-87) responded with 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and international point guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) scored 28 points and 4 assists. Five Goyang Orions and four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: J.Lee 34+5reb+3ast, T.Kim 28+3reb+4ast, H.Choi 15+2reb, K.Trim 14+8reb, J.Pattillo 8+5reb, H.Yang 3+3reb+1ast
Goyang Orions: J.Choi 28+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 28+11reb, T.Akins 26+5reb+7ast, S.Cho 15+1reb, D.Kim 12+5reb+5ast, J.Taylor 10+3reb
gschID: 237837



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  SPAIN   


EuroLeague: Unicaja scalp Anadolu Efes in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul-Unicaja Malaga 64:70

Unicaja scalp Anadolu Efes in Istanbul tonight. The Spanish team downed the hosts in front of more than 10000 fans and took a 70:64 win. Unicaja played the game betted and deserved the victory more.
Unicaja took 19-16 lead at the end of the first period, but slowed down a bit in the rest of the half. The hosts managed to produce a 17-9 surge in the second frame and grabbed a 28:33 halftime advantage. The second half however belonged to Unicaja Malaga. The latter posted a 22-14 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 20-17 in the last stanza.
Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) added 21. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) added 12, while Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) posted 8. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) replied with 13 points in defeat and Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) nailed 11. LUCAS poured in 9, whilst Kerem Tunceri (191-PG-79) added 8.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Jordan Farmar 13, Kerem Gonlum 11, Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) 9, Kerem Tunceri 8
Unicaja Malaga: Marcus Williams 22, Luka Zoric 21, Txemi Urtasun 12, Fran Vazquez 8



Valencia may add Will Hanley to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Valencia Basket (ACB) is about to agree terms with 23-year old American (has also Irish passport) swingman Will Hanley (200-93kg-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International) who currently plays Oviedo Club Baloncesto in Irish LEB Silver. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.6spg this season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The last season Hanley played at Bowdoin College in New England Small College Athletic Association Conference in the NCAA3. Quite impressive season as he was named to NABC Division III All-Northeast Region 2nd Team.
He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.
Hanley could be described: Will runs the floor very well. He is always a double- double threat on the court. He is really intense and hard mentality. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroLeague: CSKA outgun visiting Real - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Real Madrid 81:72

CSKA celebrated a comfortable home win over Real Madrid. The victory propelled the Moscow team on top of EuroLeague Top 16 Group E. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. CSKA are now at 10-3 record, while Real slipped at 9-4.
CSKA stormed into the game. They led 11:3 early in the encounter. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the period. CSKA accounted for a 24:15 lead at the first break. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) gave CSKA a 34:19 lead midway through the second frame. The hosts opened a 16-point lead at the interval 44:28. Sonny Weems opened the second half with a three-pointer to make it 47:28. CSKA kept their opponents at bay throughout the reminder of the quarter and earned a 63:47. Real tipped off the fourth frame on a 6:2 rally to narrow the gap. The visitors cut the deficit to 7 points with just over a minute remaining 69:76. Nenad Krstic and Aaron Jackson answered straight back for CSKA and they ran away with the victory. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) chipped in 17 points, while Nenad Krstic contributed 16 points for the winning side. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) answered with 24 points for Real. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) had 10 points in the loss.

CSKA: Sonny Weems 21, Milos Teodosic 17, Nenad Krstic 16
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 24, Felipe Reyes 10



Adam Hrycaniuk (ex Asseco Prok.) joins Valencia - by Eurobasket News (T)

Valencia Basket (ACB) agreed terms with 29-year old Polish ex-international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-104kg-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport). He started the season at Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Polish TBL league. In 25 games he had 10.0ppg and 6.8rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. Hrycaniuk also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.0ppg and 5.3rpg. The last season he played also at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) in Poland. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Hrycaniuk had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 25 TBL games he recorded 9.5ppg and 8.3rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and they also played in the supercup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Hrycaniuk also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 6.0ppg and 4.7rpg. He also played 16 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.3ppg and 5.8rpg (#2 in the league). Hrycaniuk represented Poland at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 57.9%.
Hrycaniuk has played also professionally for other Polish teams like Spojnia and Start Gdynia.
He attended University of Cincinnati until 2008 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On Hrycaniuk: Very skilled big man with great toughness ... loves to run the floor ... a guy that you can count on to out hustle his opponent.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - LNA

LNA Standings
 1. Geneve Lions 21-4 
 2. Fribourg 19-6 
 3. Lugano Tigers 16-9 
 4. Monthey 13-12 
 5. Neuchatel 13-12 
 6. Boncourt 10-15 
 7. Starwings 8-18 
 8. BBC Nyon 5-20 
 9. SAM Massagno 4-21 
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 1. SAV Vacallo 13-5 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 27: Boncourt - BBC Nyon 93-74
Mar. 27: Lugano Tigers - Starwings 92-60
Mar. 27: Geneve Lions - Neuchatel 85-57
Mar. 27: Fribourg - Monthey 79-73

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 6: Fribourg - Lugano Tigers
Apr. 6: Geneve Lions - Boncourt
Apr. 6: Monthey - BBC Nyon
Apr. 6: Neuchatel - SAM Massagno


LNA Round 26: Monthey loses to Fribourg in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fribourg. Second ranked host Fribourg (19-6) defeated 4th ranked Monthey (13-12) 79-73. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Monthey won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fribourg won last quarter 20-15. American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) scored 18 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. International Jonathan Dubas (202-91) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Fribourg maintains second position with 19-6 record having just two points less than leader Geneve Lions. Monthey at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Neuchatel.
LNA top team - Geneve Lions (21-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Neuchatel (13-12) 85-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Neuchatel. Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Oliver Vogt supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by naturalized Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (206-92) did not help to save the game for Neuchatel. Geneve Lions have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-4 record. Newly promoted Neuchatel dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Monthey.
Third ranked Lugano Tigers (16-9) crushed at home 7th ranked Starwings (8-18) by 32 points 92-60, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Lugano Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 16-9 record having five points less than leader Geneve Lions. Starwings lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost.

In the last game of round 26 BBC Nyon were destroyed by Boncourt on the opponent's court 93-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 4 steals by Daniel Ferguson of Boncourt.


Boncourt - BBC Nyon 93-74

Rather expected game when 8th ranked BBC Nyon (5-20) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked Boncourt (10-15) 93-74 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Boncourt led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Strangely BBC Nyon outrebounded Boncourt 36-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Shy Ely (194-87, college: Evansville, agency: Merit Sports) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Daniel Ferguson (191-85, college: Valdosta St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points and 4 steals (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Four Boncourt players scored in double figures. Boncourt's coach Antoine Petitjean used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Justin Rutty (200-89, college: Quinnipiac) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) added 22 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Boncourt maintains sixth position with 10-15 record. Loser BBC Nyon keeps the eighth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Boncourt: D.Ferguson 23+1reb+3ast, S.Ely 20+5reb+2ast, N.Dos Santos 12+1reb+1ast, I.N'Diaye 11+2reb+1ast, G.Louissaint 7+4reb+2ast, J.Capel 7+1reb+6ast
BBC Nyon: J.Rutty 24+14reb, J.Volcy 22+11reb+2ast, G.Lanisse 8+2reb+1ast, S.Zivkovic 7+3reb+3ast, K.Bradley 7+2reb, J.Chabbey 3+1reb+6ast
gschID: 235404


Geneve Lions - Neuchatel 85-57

LNA top team - Geneve Lions (21-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Neuchatel (13-12) 85-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Neuchatel. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Neuchatel was better in fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Geneve Lions outrebounded Neuchatel 40-18 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international center Oliver Vogt (209-80) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by naturalized Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (206-92) did not help to save the game for Neuchatel. Naturalized Angolan guard Tresore Quidome (192-80) added 10 points and 4 assists for the guests. Geneve Lions have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-4 record. Newly promoted Neuchatel dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Monthey.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: F.Steinmann 15+4reb, B.Toure 14+13reb, O.Vogt 14+7reb, A.Stimac 11+4reb+4ast, M.Maruotto 10+3reb+1ast, K.Parker 9+3reb+5ast
Neuchatel: P.Badji 21+5reb+1ast, T.Quidome 10+2reb+4ast, D.Lang 6+3reb+5ast, S.Louissaint 6+2reb+4ast, R.Reese 5+2reb+1ast, Q.Day 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 235402


Fribourg - Monthey 79-73

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fribourg. Second ranked host Fribourg (19-6) defeated 4th ranked Monthey (13-12) 79-73. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Monthey won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fribourg won last quarter 20-15. American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) scored 18 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. International Jonathan Dubas (202-91) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Bosnian forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, college: Lipscomb) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Fribourg maintains second position with 19-6 record having just two points less than leader Geneve Lions. Monthey at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Neuchatel.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: E.Draughan 18+4reb+5ast, R.Kovac 18+1reb+3ast, J.Kazadi 14+1reb+6ast, R.Yates 11+4reb+2ast, A.Reid 9+12reb+2ast, J.Almanson 7+2reb
Monthey: J.Dubas 21+8reb+1ast, A.Hodzic 18+5reb, D.Holmes 14+2reb+1ast, B.Djurasovic 8+8reb+2ast, M.Lukic 6+3reb, H.Laroche 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 235401


Lugano Tigers - Starwings 92-60

Third ranked Lugano Tigers (16-9) crushed at home 7th ranked Starwings (8-18) by 32 points 92-60, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Lugano Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 16-9 record having five points less than leader Geneve Lions. Starwings lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost.
gschID: 235403



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EuroLeague: Unicaja scalp Anadolu Efes in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes Istanbul-Unicaja Malaga 64:70

Unicaja scalp Anadolu Efes in Istanbul tonight. The Spanish team downed the hosts in front of more than 10000 fans and took a 70:64 win. Unicaja played the game betted and deserved the victory more.
Unicaja took 19-16 lead at the end of the first period, but slowed down a bit in the rest of the half. The hosts managed to produce a 17-9 surge in the second frame and grabbed a 28:33 halftime advantage. The second half however belonged to Unicaja Malaga. The latter posted a 22-14 rally in the third quarter and finished the game with 20-17 in the last stanza.
Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) added 21. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) added 12, while Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) posted 8. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) replied with 13 points in defeat and Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) nailed 11. LUCAS poured in 9, whilst Kerem Tunceri (191-PG-79) added 8.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Jordan Farmar 13, Kerem Gonlum 11, Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-SG-84, college: Virginia Tech) 9, Kerem Tunceri 8
Unicaja Malaga: Marcus Williams 22, Luka Zoric 21, Txemi Urtasun 12, Fran Vazquez 8



EuroLeague: Maccabi demolish Besiktas in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi - Besiktas 101:58

Maccabi Tel-Aviv claimed the 8th win in the EuroLeague Top 16. They thumped Besiktas in front of 11000 fans in Tel-Aviv tonight. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) produced 16 points each for the winners.
Maccabi started the game confidently and quickly cleared off. The hosts built a 29:11 lead after ten minutes. The game remained a one-way traffic in the second quarter. Maccabi erupted for 32 points in the second frame to take a 61:27 halftime lead. Maccabi silenced Besiktas with a 30:8 rally in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) delivered 15 points for the winning side. Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Besiktas. Tutku Acik (194-G-80) had 8 points in the loss.

Maccabi: Devin Smith 16, Ricky Hickman 16, Niklas Caner-Medley 15
Besiktas: Ricky Minard 12, Tutku Acik 8



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Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Poland). He led Stelmet ZG to a victory over the fifth-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia (16-10) 80-75 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. Hodge was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Stelmet Zielona Gora (17-9) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. Hodge is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 20.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 82.9%. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Hodge is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Gregory Washington
Gregory Washington
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Denmark). He was the main contributor in Svendborg's victory against the fifth-ranked Randers (13-14) 86-76 in the Danish Ligaen on Monday night. Washington was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 16 rebounds. Washington also added 5 blocks in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Svendborg Rabbits (22-5) is placed first in the Ligaen. Washington is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 62.4%(189-303), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 70.5% in the 31 games he played so far. Washington is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Estonia. Elegar could not help Kalev/Cramo (3-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance the tenth-placed Kalev/Cramo lost in an overtime 81-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) BC Astana in the group A of VTB United League. Elegar had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Kalev/Cramo's seventh consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. It's Elegar's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 47.1% and FT: 75.8% in the 16 games. Elegar played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team three years ago.

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #4. Forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Le Mans' victory against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (4-16) 77-69 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (14-10) is placed fourth in the ProA. Victor has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team back in 2011.

Jerome Gumbs
Jerome Gumbs
   #5. Former international forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Cheshire Phoenix (9-22) in their game against Surrey Heat (19-11) in the British BBL, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Gumbs was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. But Cheshire Phoenix was crushed 108-84 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Surrey Heat. Gumbs' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Gumbs is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 16.9ppg. He also averaged so far 6.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. Gumbs used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team two years ago.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #6. Forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Leuven Bears (7-14) in their game against Liege Basket (7-15) in the Belgian Ethias League. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Leuven Bears was defeated 80-66 in Liege by the one of league's weakest teams Basket (#7). This season Aska has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

Jason Edwin
Jason Edwin
   #7. International swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St., currently plays in Colombia) contributed to Bucaros' victory against the closely-ranked Piratas (10-10) 94-89 in the Colombian DPB on Monday night. Edwin recorded 19 points and added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Bucaros de Bucaramanga (15-5) is placed second in the DPB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Edwin has reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg in the two games. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

The list of other players, who all have U.S. Virgin Islands passport but never been selected to any of U.S. Virgin Islands national teams:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Golden State Warriors (41-32) 104-93 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Duncan had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 4 blocks in 31 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 54-17 record this season. It's Duncan's 16th year with the team. Duncan has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.7bpg in the 60 games he played so far. Duncan has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) contributed to Paris-Levallois' victory against one of league's weakest teams Boulazac Basket (7-17) 90-79 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 17 points, had 4 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots. Paris-Levallois (13-11) is placed seventh in the ProA. Hodge's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Antiguan.

   #3. Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Syracuse University to win against the University of California (18-2) 66-60 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 in Saturday night's game. Christmas recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Syracuse University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. And that game will be critical. Christmas' stats this season are: 14.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg.



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EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martyn GAYLE
  Derby T.
  (-G-89)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Gayle, Derby T.21.1 
 2. Kohn, Tees V.20.6 
 3. Ebanks, Tees V.20.4 
 4. Rose, Derby T.20.2 
 5. Lufadeju, Medway20.0 
 6. Marsden, Leeds C.18.6 
 7. Rivers, Worthing.18.6 
 8. Johnston, Worthing.18.5 
 9. Cummings, Leopards17.3 
 10. Hernandez, Leopa.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hank RIVERS
  Worthing.
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Rivers, Worthing.12.3 
 2. Lual, Medway Park11.9 
 3. Kohn, Tees V.11.0 
 4. Silcott, Bradford.11.0 
 5. Marsden, Leeds C.10.8 
 6. Hernandez, Leopar.10.4 
 7. Hobin, Medway Park8.7 
 8. Anebo, Leeds C.8.3 
 9. Williams, Brist.8.2 
 10. Fetske, Bradford8.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. GLAVAN
  Tees V.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavan, Tees V.4.9 
 2. Ebanks, Tees V.4.7 
 3. Johnston, Worthing.4.3 
 4. Owen, Bristol AF4.3 
 5. Hobin, Medway Park4.2 
 6. Cummings, Leopards3.9 
 7. Streete, Bristol AF3.9 
 8. Robinson, Tees V.3.8 
 9. Volskis, Medway P.3.5 
 10. Hanson, Tees V.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jorge EBANKS
  Tees V.
  (--86)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Ebanks, Tees V.4.7 
 2. Glavan, Tees V.2.3 
 3. Hobin, Medway Park2.2 
 4. Rose, Derby T.2.2 
 5. Robinson, Tees V.2.0 
 6. Cummings, Leopards1.9 
 7. Lufadeju, Medway1.8 
 8. Hernandez, Leopar.1.7 
 9. Johnston, Worthing.1.7 
 10. Lual, Medway Park1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Enrique GARCIA
  Bristol AF
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Garcia, Bristol AF1.8 
 2. Youngblood, Leopa.1.2 
 3. Hobin, Medway Park1.2 
 4. Anyigbo, Tees V.0.7 
 5. Fetske, Bradford D.0.7 
 6. Kohn, Tees V.0.6 
 7. Marsden, Leeds C.0.6 
 8. Rivers, Worthing.0.6 
 9. Brown, Leopards0.6 
 10. Lual, Medway Park0.5 


Standings - EBL Conf.

EBL D1 Standings
 1. Reading R. 20-3 
 2. Tees Valley M. 15-7 
 3. Northumbria 14-7 
 4. Bristol AF 14-8 
 5. Leeds Carnegie 14-8 
 6. Leopards 12-10 
 7. Worthing T. 11-12 
 8. Bradford D. 11-13 
 9. Leicester W. 10-13 
 10. Hemel Storm 10-13 
 11. Westminster W. 9-13 
 12. Medway Park 8-14 
 13. Derby T. 7-17 
 14. Brixton T. 3-20 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 30: Medway Park - Derby T.
Mar. 30: Worthing T. - Northumbria
Mar. 30: Hemel Storm - Tees Valley M.
Mar. 30: Reading R. - Leicester W.
Mar. 30: Westminster W. - Leeds Carnegie
Mar. 30: Bristol AF - Bradford D.
Mar. 31: Leopards - Brixton T.



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Aguada and Defensor Sp. took a 1-0 lead - by Hector Lopez

Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) netted a three points shot, with 27 seconds to be played and Aguada defeated Malvin 86-85 to take a 1-0 lead for the Uruguayan League best of five semifinals games. Defensor Sporting recovered from a 15 points deficit to beat Bohemios 77-67 an also has a 1-0 lead for the other semifinal group.
Aguada 86 - Garcia Morales 22 points 8 rebounds 9 assists, Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 20 points 11 rebounds, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) 19 points 9 rebounds
Malvin 85 - Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 16 points 12 rebounds, Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) 22 points 4 assists, William Graves (198-F/G-88, college: N.Carolina) 14 points 14 rebounds, Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 9 points 9 rebounds.
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Defensor Sporting 77 - Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: Miami, FL) 29 points 16 rebounds, Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 20 points 3 rebounds, Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) 18 points 5 rebounds.
Bohemios 67 - Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) 22 points 6 rebounds 6 assists, Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Ill.-Chicago) 13 points 14 rebounds, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 9 points 13 rebounds 5 assists.
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The second game will be played by Aguada-Malvin Monday 1st and Bohemios- Defensor Sporting on Wednesday 3rd.




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Women News


BC Vienna join Flying Foxes in AWBL Final - by Eurobasket News

BK Duchess - BC Vienna 54:73

BC Vienna will play in the AWBL Final. They overcame BK Duchess in the third decisive game of the semifinal series. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) scored 14 points to lead the winners.
BC Vienna 87 surged ahead in the opening quarter. They built a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The gap grew deeper in the second frame. The visitors accumulated a 37:28 halftime advantage. BC Vienna stayed dominant after the big break. They accounted for a 10-point lead at the final intermission 51:41. They finished off the hosts with a 22:13 rally in the final period. Agnes Roth (186-F/C-86) and Simona Wagner (192-C-95) provided 13 points apiece for the winners. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) answered with 12 points for BK Duchess. Anna Kadensky (185-C-89) netted 11 points in the loss.

BK Duchess: Sophia Plank 12, Anna Kadensky 11
BC Vienna: Lisa Zderadicka 14, Agnes Roth 13, Simona Wagner 13



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  BELARUS   


The teams from Belarus conquer Baltic League - by Eurobasket News

The teams from Belarus conquer Baltic League and will send three representatives to the Final Four of the competition. The Final Four will be held on April 20-21. BC Horizont will play Kibirkstis-Vici-Iki and Olimpia will meet Tsmoki-Minsk in the semi-finals.
Gorizont finished the Second Stage with the win over Tsmoki-Minsk 60:42. Worth to mention a great performance of Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds and Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Zhanna Horodetskaya responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Volha Istseliatsova (189-F/C-88) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams advanced with 5-1 records.
Olimpia meanwhile finished the Group B with a 6-0 record. Tim Skuf could not make it to the last game with the favorites as Olimpia had a 20-0 victory.
Berezina meanwhile finished Group B with 0-6 record.



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  BULGARIA   


Amanda Johnson claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Amanda Johnson (187-F-90, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Dunav 8806 and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and fifteen rebounds, while her team beat Beroe (#6, 6-17) 73-61. Dunav 8806 maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dunav 8806 will need more victories to improve their 18-5 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. She turned to be Dunav 8806's top player in her first season with the team. University of Oregon graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.9ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Dunav 8806's star - 23-year old American forward Kristina Santiago (185-F-89, agency: LBM Management). Santiago impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Dunav 8806 cruised to a 73-61 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Beroe (#6, 6-17). Dunav 8806's second position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 18-5 record is not bad at all. Santiago is a newcomer at Dunav 8806 and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#1). She also registered 8.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82) of Montana 2003 (#3). Tomova scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Montana 2003, leading her team to a 74-67 win against slightly lower-ranked Haskovo 2012 (#5, 10-13). Montana 2003 needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Tomova has a great season in Bulgaria. After 23 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.6ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.9rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charel Allen (181-G-86) of Levski - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Anna Sokolan (178-G-84) of Neftochimic - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Aneta Miteva (181-G-88) of Neftochimic - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) of Beroe - 25 points and 4 rebounds
8. Viive Kai Rebane (182-F-89) of Neftochimic - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ashley Gayle (193-F/C-90) of Neftochimic - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Haskovo 2012 - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CROATIA   

A1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Luca IVANKOVIC
  Jolly
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Ivankovic, Jolly22.6 
 2. Misura, Jolly19.0 
 3. Meznaric, Agram ZG18.4 
 4. Matic, Ragusa18.2 
 5. Bosilj, Gospic17.0 
 6. Williams, Novi Zag.16.4 
 7. Erslan, Zadar15.3 
 8. Balic, Zadar14.9 
 9. Salopek, Gospic14.9 
 10. Premasunac, Medv.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luca IVANKOVIC
  Jolly
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ivankovic, Jolly10.8 
 2. Zubak, Rockwool.9.9 
 3. Meznaric, Agram ZG9.8 
 4. Roje, Split9.7 
 5. Matic, Ragusa9.6 
 6. Mazic, Novi Zagreb8.6 
 7. Premasunac, Medve.7.8 
 8. Ramljak, Rockwool.7.5 
 9. Begic, Medvescak7.4 
 10. Tikvic, Medvescak7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Antonija MISURA
  Jolly
  (178-F-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Misura, Jolly5.3 
 2. Mitchell, Novi Zag.3.5 
 3. Fabbri, Tresnjevka3.2 
 4. Cvjetkovic, Zadar3.1 
 5. Salopek, Gospic3.1 
 6. Benic, Jolly3.1 
 7. Cacic, Novi Zagreb2.9 
 8. Peric, Medvescak2.9 
 9. Tosic, Ragusa2.8 
 10. Cuncic, Tresnjevka2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Maja PULJIC
  Split
  (176-F-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Puljic, Split3.3 
 2. Dincic, Studenec O.3.2 
 3. Matic, Ragusa3.1 
 4. Benic, Jolly2.7 
 5. Mitchell, Novi Zag.2.6 
 6. Misura, Jolly2.5 
 7. Dover, Gospic2.5 
 8. Anic, Studenec.2.5 
 9. Gambiraza, Pleter2.4 
 10. Vrvilo, Studenec2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mia MLINAR
  Agram ZG
  (190-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mlinar, Agram ZG2.1 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.5 
 3. Williams, Novi Zag.1.3 
 4. Kelava, Tresnjevka1.3 
 5. Balic, Zadar1.1 
 6. Matic, Ragusa0.8 
 7. Roje, Split0.8 
 8. Parunov, Split0.7 
 9. Tikvic, Medvescak0.7 
 10. Chiabov, Jolly0.6 


Standings - Women

A1 Standings
 1. Gospic 19-1 
 2. Novi Zagreb 19-1 
 3. Jolly 16-3 
 4. Medvescak 16-5 
 5. Pleter 9-11 
 6. Tresnjevka 8-12 
 7. Split 7-12 
 8. Zadar 7-13 
 9. Studenec Omis 6-12 
 10. Rockwool Pula 6-13 
 11. Ragusa 5-15 
 12. Agram ZG 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 27: Pleter - Rockwool Pula 95-56
Mar. 28: Medvescak - Ragusa 88-45
Mar. 27: Gospic - Jolly 80-67
Mar. 28: Tresnjevka - Zadar 77-62
Mar. 27: Novi Zagreb - Agram ZG 114-55

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 3: Pleter - Split
Apr. 3: Rockwool Pula - Gospic
Apr. 3: Jolly - Novi Zagreb
Apr. 3: Ragusa - Tresnjevka
Apr. 3: Zadar - Studenec Omis



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Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Awards 2012-2013 - by Chris Mammides

All-Cyprus League 1st Team 2012-2013
#s#
Marija Boskovic
Boskovic
Antria Pitsilidou
Pitsilidou
Biljana Pavicevic
Pavicevic
Nevena Saponjic
Saponjic
Monica Gavriloska
Gavriloska
#e#5

Player of the Year: Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of AEL Limassol
Guard of the Year: Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) of AEL Limassol
Shooting Guard of the Year: Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of AEL Limassol
Small Forward of the Year: Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80) of Keravnos
Power Forward of the Year: Monica Gavriloska (190-F/C-76) of AEL Limassol
Center of the Year: Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85) of AEL Limassol
Co-Rookie of the Year: Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) of APOP Paphou
Co-Rookie of the Year: Eliza Ilieva of APOP Paphou
Newcomer of the Year: Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85) of AEL Limassol
Most Improved Player of the Year: Zoe Athanasiou (172-C-88) of Keravnos
Bosman Player of the Year: Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of AEL Limassol
Domestic Player of the Year: Antria Pitsilidou (167-G-89) of Keravnos
Co-Coach of the Year: Vladimir Zaric of Keravnos
Co-Coach of the Year: Giorgos Palalas of AEL Limassol

1st Team
G: Antria Pitsilidou (167-89) of Keravnos
G: Marija Boskovic (173-81) of AEL Limassol
F: Biljana Pavicevic (191-80) of Keravnos
C: Nevena Saponjic (186-85) of AEL Limassol
F/C: Monica Gavriloska (190-76) of AEL Limassol

2nd Team
G: Kalia Papadopoulou (166-80) of AEL Limassol
SG: Andriana Antoniou (169-97) of APOP Paphou
F: Valeria Sella (178-92) of APOEL
C: Zoe Athanasiou (172-88) of Keravnos
F/C: Stefani Nikola (181-89) of ENAD

Honorable Mention
Koulla Nikodemou (170-G-86) of Keravnos
Styliani Theodosiou (170-SG-96) of ENAD
Rafaella Konstantinou (171-F-94) of APOP Paphou
Veatriki Akathiotou (166-G-95) of APOEL
Konstantina Koniali (171-G-89) of APOEL
Elena Mythillou (175-SG-96) of NBA
Anna-Maria Georgiou (180-G-95) of NBA
Stefani Nikola (181-F/C-89) of ENAD
Christiana Menelaou (158-G-90) of AEL Limassol
Sonia Papadopoulou (171-G/F-82) of AEL Limassol
Ionna Pittaka (173-F-95) of AEL Limassol

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Kalia Papadopoulou (166-80) of AEL Limassol
G: Antria Pitsilidou (167-89) of Keravnos
G/F: Antonia Makri (174-79) of Keravnos
C: Zoe Athanasiou (172-88) of Keravnos
F/C: Zoe Agapiou (182-83) of APOP Paphou

All-Defensive Team
Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) of AEL Limassol
Antria Pitsilidou (167-G-89) of Keravnos
Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of AEL Limassol
Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80) of Keravnos
Monica Gavriloska (190-F/C-76) of AEL Limassol

All-Newcomers Team
Andriana Antoniou (169-SG-97) of APOP Paphou
Eliza Ilieva of APOP Paphou
Kallia Megalemou (180-G-90) of Keravnos
Ionna Pittaka (173-F-95) of AEL Limassol
Stefanie Foukaris (180-C-97) of ENAD



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Czech Republic ZBL round 5 (Second Stage) best performance: Farhiya Abdi - by Eurobasket News

Swedish forward Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked IMOS Brno, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass Trutnov (#4, 14-13) with 61-point margin 117-56. IMOS Brno maintains the 2nd position in Czech Republic ZBL. They are still close to the very top. IMOS Brno would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 22-5 record. It's Abdi's second year at IMOS Brno and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Farhiya Abdi has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.6ppg) and averages impressive 50.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Amber Sprague (196-C-86) of Valosun Brno. Sprague had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she lead Valosun Brno to another comfortable win 83-69 over slightly lower-ranked VSE Praha (#-1, 13-14) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Valosun Brno to move up to -3th position in A2. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sprague is a newcomer at Valosun Brno, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#6). She also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Kia Vaughn (193-C-87) of league's top team USK Praha. Vaughn scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of USK Praha, leading her team to a 81-69 win against #3 ranked Hradec Kralove in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count USK Praha as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 26 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings in A1. Vaughn has a great season in Czech Republic. After 22 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) of IMOS Brno - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Linda Tesarikova (178-C-78) of Slovanka MB - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Michael Belohoubkova (179-F-91) of Pardubice - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Monika Kusova (172-G-92) of Strakonice - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) of Hradec Kralove - 16 points and 9 rebounds
9. Katerina Krizova (186-F-80) of Strakonice - 25 points and 5 rebounds
10. Sarka Kucerova (181-PF-82) of Lokomotiva - 20 points and 4 rebounds

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



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  ESTONIA   


Eclex Tallinn ended up Baltic league with the win - by Eurobasket News

Eclex Tallinn ended up Baltic league with the win as they rout Berezina 59:41. The Estonian representative finished Group A with 2-4 record but could not make it to the semifinals. The Final Four will be held on April 20-21. BC Horizont will play Kibirkstis-Vici-Iki and Olimpia will meet Tsmoki-Minsk in the semi-finals.
The game was mostly controlled by Eclex Tallinn. Berezina-RCOR was better in fourth quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Annika Koster (185-F/C-92) who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Estonian guard Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) who added 8 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Viktoriya Pankova (184-F-93) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Yuliya Haponava scored 9 points and 7 rebounds.



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  FINLAND   


SM-sarja Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

FoA - HoNsU 69-63

HoNsU trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 20-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-69 at the end of the game. The former international power forward Laura Saarinen (187-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Sarah Miles (170-89, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American guard Brandi Davis (183-83, college: Oregon) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Minna Sten (189-87) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. HoNsU's coach Tuomas Oja rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
FoA: M.Lechlitner 18+1reb+3ast, S.Miles 12+5reb+5ast, L.Saarinen 10+19reb+1ast, S.Ray 10+11reb, H.Koponen 8+1reb, H.Salomaa 7+3reb+2ast
HoNsU: B.Davis 19+10reb+3ast, T.Lepisto 12+6reb+1ast, N.Jackson 12+8reb+1ast, M.Sten 11+10reb+2ast, L.Lahtinen 6+2reb, A.Karkkainen 2+5reb
gschID: 237376


PeKa - Huima 84-70

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-70. The former international point guard Reetta Piipari (170-80, college: Xavier) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and American guard Miriam McKenzie (177-90, college: Loyola, MD) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Four Peli-Karhut players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jasmin Holliday (182-90, college: Oregon) scored 12 points and 4 steals.
Top scorers:
PeKa: R.Piipari 22+4reb+3ast, M.McKenzie 16+11reb, L.Richter 14+2reb+2ast, A.Pounds 12+1reb+1ast, L.Lehtoranta 9, S.Landry 9+9reb
Huima: K.Robinson 27+15reb, J.Holliday 12+3reb+3ast, S.Viitanen 11+1reb+1ast, E.Lagerstedt 9+1reb, R.Karkkainen 4+1reb+2ast, K.Rytkonen 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 237375


Catz - TuRi 85-68

The game was mostly controlled by Catz Lappeenranta. TuRi managed to win fourth quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Catz Lappeenranta dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to TuRi's 30. Catz Lappeenranta forced 20 TuRi turnovers. Russian power forward Jelena Reshetko (184-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Alexandria Anderson (185-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Regeneracom Sports) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds. Catz Lappeenranta's coach Mika Haakana used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Canadian guard Brittany Hedderson (175-90, college: Buffalo) responded with 23 points and American forward Callan Taylor (182-90, college: Sacred Heart) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Catz: A.Anderson 25+5reb+2ast, C.Jones 20+2reb+2ast, J.Reshetko 19+12reb+2ast, S.Daniels 6+2reb+4ast, L.Hamalainen 4+3reb+1ast, K.Summala 4
TuRi: B.Hedderson 23+4reb+3ast, C.Taylor 15+9reb, T.Hietanen 14+2reb+1ast, S.Pelander 9+7reb, M.Makela 6+2reb, K.Karkkainen 1+2reb+5ast
gschID: 237374


Honka - ToPo 80-62

Honka made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Torpan Pojat turnovers. American guard Jordan Murphree (183-87, college: Texas Tech, agency: Merit Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals for the winners and her fellow American import guard Melissa Jeltema (175-88, college: Oakland) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Honka players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds and international guard Vilma Kesanen (179-88) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Honka: J.Murphree 24+14reb+7ast, M.Jeltema 20+8reb, R.Myllyveraja 12, V.Kesanen 10+2reb+1ast, E.Laaksonen 9+4reb, V.Purhonen 4+1reb+1ast
ToPo: N.Laaksonen 31+15reb, V.Kesanen 14+7reb+5ast, K.McBee 7+8reb+1ast, V.Holtta 4+3reb+2ast, S.Klinkmann 4+3reb, S.Wahlgren 2+1ast
gschID: 237377



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  FRANCE   


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

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

Sandrine Gruda
Sandrine Gruda
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Sandrine Gruda (193-87, currently plays in Euroleague). She was the major contributor in an UMMC Ekaterinburg's victory against the leader Fenerbahce (3-0) crushing them 82-56 in the Euroleague in Sunday night's game. Gruda recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. UMMC Ekaterinburg (3-0) is placed first. So far her team won all three games in the Finals. It's Gruda's sixth season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(99-176) and FT: 65.1% in the 17 games she played so far. Gruda is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-86, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia. She could not help Spartak Vidnoye (1-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Yacoubou-Dehoui's good performance the third-placed Spartak Vidnoye was edged 73-70 on the road by the leading Fenerbahce in the group B of Euroleague. She was the second best scorer with 14 points. This season Yacoubou-Dehoui has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.8% and FT: 65.3%. She is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Elodie Godin
Elodie Godin
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Elodie Godin (191-85, currently plays in Euroleague). Godin was not able to help Familia Schio (0-3) in their game against Bourges (2-1) in the Euroleague. It was not her best game last Wednesday. Godin scored only 2 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. Familia Schio (#4) lost 56-60 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Bourges in the group B of Euroleague. So far Familia Schio lost all three games in the Quarter-Finals. This year Godin averages: 4.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 34.3% and FT: 61.5% in the 18 games. She is also a member of the French senior national team.

Lucie Bouthors
Lucie Bouthors
   #4. Point guard Lucie Bouthors (174-88, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Homend Antakya Belediyesi to win against the closely-ranked Botas (10-15) crushing them 87-65 in the Turkish TKBL in Sunday night's game. Bouthors recorded 5 points. Homend Antakya Belediyesi (13-12) is placed seventh in the TKBL. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Bouthors' overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg. She used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2008.

Anael Lardy
Anael Lardy
   #5. International guard Anael Lardy (170-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to a USK Praha's victory against the third-ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (18-9) 81-69 in the Czech Republic ZBL last Wednesday. Lardy scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A1. ZVVZ USK Praha (26-1) is placed first. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This year Lardy's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. She plays currently for the French national team.

Onayssa Sbahi
Onayssa Sbahi
   #6. Point guard Onayssa Sbahi (168-93, currently plays in Spain) helped Cortegada edge the fourth-ranked Universitario de Ferrol (11-5) 57-56 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) in Saturday night's game. She scored only 3 points in 18 minutes. Thetrend Social Cortegada (16-3) is placed first in Group A. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Sbahi's total stats are: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg in the 19 games. She is a former U18 international player as she played for the French team two years ago.

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

   #1. Karolina Piotrkiewicz (190-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Liberty, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) could not help Valmadrera (8-18) to beat Virtus Cagliari (9-17). Piotrkiewicz was the top scorer with 9 points. But Valmadrera (#12) was badly defeated 63-44 on the road by the higher-ranked Virtus Cagliari (#10) in the North group. The Regular Season already ended. It's Piotrkiewicz's first season with the team. Her total stats this year are: 9.7ppg and 8.7rpg. Piotrkiewicz has a dual citizenship: Polish and French. Despite her French passport, Piotrkiewicz previously played for the Polish university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #2. Lucie Berthelin (175-G-93, currently plays in Finland) managed to help Turun Riento Turku to win against the league outsider HyPo (3-27) crushing them 83-57 in the Finnish SM-sarja last Saturday. Berthelin scored only 4 points. Turun Riento Turku (10-20) is placed eighth in the SM-sarja. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Berthelin's first season with the team. Berthelin has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Magaly Meynadier (17-SG-91, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to a 2-point Musel Pikes' victory against the third-ranked AB Contern (15-7) 79-77 in the Luxembourg Total League on Saturday night. She scored 10 points in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Musel Pikes (21-1) is placed first. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Meynadier is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her seventh year in Musel Pikes' roster. Meynadier has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in the 22 games she played so far. She is another player who holds two passports: French and Luxembourg.

   #4. Lucy Karlye (187-C-90, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Higher League (12th division) was not able to help Regina-Basket Bar (12-18) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Karlye's very good performance Regina-Basket Bar was defeated 74-61 in Frankivsk by the league outsider BK -Halichina (#6). She was the top scorer with 21 points. Karlye also added 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Karlye has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.



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  GREECE   


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

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

Evanthia Maltsi
Evanthia Maltsi
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Evanthia Maltsi (180-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Turkey). She contributed to Kayseri's victory against the eighth-ranked Ceyhan Bld (11-14) 88-79 in the Turkish TKBL in Saturday night's game. Maltsi recorded 9 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in 21 minutes on the court. Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (18-6) is placed fourth in the TKBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Maltsi has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 88.7% in the 22 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Anna Spyridopoulou
Anna Spyridopoulou
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Anna Spyridopoulou (184-88, currently plays in Sweden). Spyridopoulou was the major contributor in a Solna Vikings' victory against the second-ranked Northland (4-2) 70-54 in the Swedish Damligan last Saturday. She recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Spyridopoulou also added 4 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Solna Vikings (4-2) is placed third. This season Spyridopoulou averages: 9.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 73.0%. She played for the Greek national team in 2011.

Olga Chatzinikolaou
Olga Chatzinikolaou
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-81, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LFB. Chatzinikolaou could not help Caja Rural (7-13) in their last game. Despite her good performance Caja Rural lost 60-64 at home to the one of league's weakest teams (#10) Socinsa Bembibre. Chatzinikolaou was the second best scorer with 13 points. She also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. This year Chatzinikolaou's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 45.2% and FT: 73.1% in the 18 games. She is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Peli Papamichail
Peli Papamichail
   #4. Power forward Peli Papamichail (189-86, also represented by Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Italy) led Ragusa to a victory against the third-ranked S. La Spezia (18-6) 73-61 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Sunday. Papamichail scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group South. Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (23-1) is placed first. It was her team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Papamichail's first season with the team. This year she has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.4spg in the 24 games. Papamichail is also Greek national team player.

Katerina Sotiriou
Katerina Sotiriou
   #5. International forward Katerina Sotiriou (186-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Navarra Pamplona (8-11) in their game against Hondarribia-Irun (6-13) in the Spanish LFB. She scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Navarra Pamplona was defeated 65-59 on the road by the lower-ranked Hondarribia-Irun (#9). It was Navarra Pamplona's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Sotiriou's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Sotiriou's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. She plays currently for the Greek national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Vicky Volonaki (179-F-80, currently plays in Sweden) led Solna Vikings to a 3-point victory against the second-ranked Northland (4-2) 75-72 in the Swedish Damligan in Wednesday night's game. Volonaki scored 14 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Solna Vikings (4-2) is placed third. It's Volonaki's first season with the team. Her total stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg.

Other top Greek players, who play abroad:

Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83) plays for Bourges in French LFB
Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79) plays for Dynamo Kursk in Russian PBL
Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) plays for Kayseri in Turkish TKBL
Stefanie Murphy (192-F/C-89) plays for Samorin in Slovakian A Division
Katerina Glyniadaki (196-C-86) plays for C.U.S. Chieti in Italian A1
Nafsika Stavridou (182-G-86) plays for Northland in Swedish Damligan
Maria Grammatikopoulou (170-F-86) plays for Keravnos in Cypriot A1
Valeria Sella (178-F-92) plays for APOEL in Cypriot A1
Efthimia Roka (165-G-88) plays for Leeds Carnegie in British EBL

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



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  HUNGARY   


Allie Quigley selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Allie Quigley
Allie Quigley
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Allie Quigley (180-86, college: De Paul, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Slovakia. She could not help Good Angels (2-1) in their last game. Despite Quigley's very good performance the second-placed Good Angels lost 57-65 at home to the second-ranked Bourges in the group A of Euroleague. She was the top scorer with 18 points. Quigley also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. Quigley has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 45.1%(37-82) and FT: 73.2% in the 19 games she played so far. She is a naturalized American. Quigley is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team. She used to play for Pecs 2010 in Hungarian league.

Dora Horti
Dora Horti
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Dora Horti (193-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, currently plays in Poland). Horti led Wisla Can-Pak to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Artego Bydgoszcz (16-2) crushing them 90-63 in the Polish PLKK last Wednesday. She scored 13 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (14-4) is placed third in the PLKK. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Horti's first season with the team. This year Horti averages: 8.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.4% and FT: 71.6%. She is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team.

Hajnalka Szlimak
Hajnalka Szlimak
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Hajnalka Szlimak (182-82, currently plays in Romania). Szlimak led Satu Mare to a victory over the closely-ranked Sf.Gheorghe (20-7) 74-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. She was MVP of the game. Szlimak scored 19 points in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSM Satu Mare (22-5) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Szlimak's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 88.9% in the 26 games. She played for the Hungarian national team three years ago.

Tijana Krivacevic
Tijana Krivacevic
   #4. Forward Tijana Krivacevic (194-90, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Allie Quigley. But that was another game of her team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Krivacevic contributed to a Good Angels' victory against the closely-ranked CCC Polkowice (1-2) 66-54. She scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Good Angels Kosice (2-1) is placed second in group A. Krivacevic's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. She has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian. Krivacevic used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2011.

Judit Fritz
Judit Fritz
   #5. Former University international swingman Judit Fritz (183-87, college: St.Francis, NY, currently plays in France) was not able to help Dunkerque (7-14) in their game against CFBB (3-17) in the French LF2 (12th division). She recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Dunkerque was crushed 85-61 on their home court in Dunkerque by the one of league's weakest teams (#12) CFBB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Fritz's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in the 18 games. She used to play for the Hungarian university national team four years ago.

Judit Kajdacsi
Judit Kajdacsi
   #6. An experienced center Judit Kajdacsi (192-79, also represented by Laszlo Vinko Group, currently plays in Romania) managed to help BC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe to win against the league leader CSM Targoviste (25-2) 79-64 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Kajdacsi scored only 3 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Sepsi SIC Sfantu Gheorghe (20-7) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kajdacsi has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.4spg. She is a former international player as she played for the Hungarian senior team three years ago.

Viktoria Vincze
Viktoria Vincze
   #7. Former University international center Viktoria Vincze (189-87, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Wildcats Wolfenbuettel (13-9) in their game against BC Pharmaserv Marburg (8-14) in the German DBBL. Vincze cannot count it as her best performance. She recorded only 2 points in 14 minutes. Wildcats Wolfenbuettel was edged 81-78 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#10) BC Pharmaserv Marburg. The Regular Season already ended. Vincze has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 2.7rpg in the 18 games. She used to play for the Hungarian university national team four years ago.

Ildiko Szakacs
Ildiko Szakacs
   #8. Forward Ildiko Szakacs (187-81, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket (2-3) in their last game. Despite Szakacs' good performance Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket (#4) lost 58-68 in Riva San Vitale to the higher-ranked (#3) Riva Basket in the Places 1-6 group. She scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. Szakacs' team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. This year Szakacs has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in the 23 games. She used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2005.

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

   #1. Experienced Diana Adela Pop (168-G-71, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) could not help Friendsfactory Germering (8-12) to beat Gruner Stern Keltern (13-7). Pop cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. She recorded only 2 points. Friendsfactory Germering (#9) was defeated 69-62 on the road by the higher-ranked Gruner Stern Keltern (#3) in the South group. The Regular Season already ended. Pop has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. She has a dual citizenship: Romanian and Hungarian.



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 D''Andra MOSS
  Umbertide
  (178-SG-88)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Moss, Umbertide16.5 
 2. Morris, Pozzuoli16.5 
 3. Hampton, Orvieto16.3 
 4. Nacickaite, Chieti16.2 
 5. Sepulveda, Chieti16.2 
 6. Lavender, Familia16.2 
 7. Kireta, Parma16.0 
 8. Harmon, Parma15.1 
 9. Eldebrink, Cagliar.13.4 
 10. Maznichenko, Pozz.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kelley CAIN
  Priolo
  (198-C-89)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Cain, Priolo9.7 
 2. Kireta, Parma9.7 
 3. Godin, Familia Sch.9.6 
 4. Ress, Faenza9.5 
 5. Hampton, Orvieto8.6 
 6. Harmon, Parma8.4 
 7. Karakasevic, Chieti8.4 
 8. Seino, Priolo8.3 
 9. Ruzickova, Lucca7.7 
 10. Mahoney, Taranto7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kathy WAMBE
  Familia Schio
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Wambe, Familia Sch.3.7 
 2. Eldebrink, Cagliar.3.4 
 3. Cohen, Taranto3.1 
 4. Infantes, Orvieto2.9 
 5. Battisodo, Parma2.9 
 6. Andrade, Lucca2.8 
 7. Striulli, Cagliari.2.7 
 8. Sottana, Familia2.7 
 9. Eric, Priolo2.7 
 10. Gorini, Umbertide2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mery ANDRADE
  Lucca
  (181-F-75)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Andrade, Lucca4.1 
 2. Sepulveda, Chieti3.0 
 3. Moss, Umbertide2.8 
 4. Battisodo, Parma2.8 
 5. Mahoney, Taranto2.5 
 6. Ruzickova, Lucca2.4 
 7. Seino, Priolo2.4 
 8. Maznichenko, Pozzu.2.4 
 9. McCarthy, Faenza2.3 
 10. Cinili, Umbertide2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelley CAIN
  Priolo
  (198-C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cain, Priolo1.3 
 2. Petronyte, Taranto1.2 
 3. Brunetti, Cagliari.1.2 
 4. Godin, Familia Sch.1.1 
 5. Cinili, Umbertide0.9 
 6. Ress, Faenza0.9 
 7. Karakasevic, Chieti0.8 
 8. Sutherland, Orvieto0.7 
 9. Willis, Umbertide0.7 
 10. Kireta, Parma0.7 


A1 Round 22: Lucca beats Taranto in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A1 just ended.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lucca. Second ranked Lucca faced 4th ranked Taranto. Host Lucca (15-3) defeated guests from Taranto (12-6) 66-60. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-60. Lucca made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Taranto turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Taranto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Slovakian center Marie Ruzickova (189-86, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Megan Mahoney (183-83, college: Kansas St., agency: LBM Management) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Taranto's coach Roberto Ricchini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lucca have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader Familia Schio. Defending champion Taranto keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
Leader Familia Schio delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Pall.Pozzuoli (4-14) 87-81. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Jantel Lavender (190-88, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Jenifer Nadalin contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Familia Schio's coach Maurizio Lasi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (190-91, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds for Pall.Pozzuoli. Familia Schio (17-1) have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Pall.Pozzuoli lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Orvieto.
A very close game took place in Chieti between Orvieto and C.U.S. Chieti. Tenth ranked Orvieto (4-14) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked C.U.S. Chieti (5-13). Orvieto managed to escape with a 2-point win 61-59 on Thursday evening. Valentina Baldelli scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Jefimija Karakasevic responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Orvieto moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pozzuoli. C.U.S. Chieti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Parma. Local Parma (13-5) outscored 6th ranked Priolo (7-11) 71-52. Sonja Kireta notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Parma's coach Mauro Procaccini used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Parma maintains third position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Familia Schio. Priolo at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost.

In the last game of round 22 Umbertide defeated Cagliari CUS in a road game 63-58.


Cagliari CUS - Umbertide 58-63

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Cagliari CUS (3-15) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Umbertide (10-8) 63-58. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cagliari CUS won third quarter 17-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Umbertide dominated on the defensive end, holding Cagliari CUS to just 6 points in second quarter. American D'Andra Moss (178-88, college: VCU, agency: Regeneracom Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Sabrina Cinili (190-89) supported her with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Even 20 points by Slovakian forward Barbora Fabianova (182-82, college: Youngstown St., agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Cagliari CUS. Swedish guard Elin Eldebrink (174-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Umbertide maintains fifth position with 10-8 record. Cagliari CUS lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Umbertide: D.Moss 23+10reb, K.Zohnova 17+3reb, S.Cinili 10+11reb+1ast, C.Dotto 7+2reb+1ast, G.Gorini 4+5reb+1ast, F.Tognalini 2+2reb+1ast
Cagliari CUS: B.Fabianova 20+4reb+1ast, M.Goodall 15+7reb, L.Santucci 10+8reb+1ast, E.Eldebrink 9+7reb+6ast, F.Brunetti 4+3reb, M.Gaslini 0
gschID: 202166


Lucca - Taranto 66-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lucca. Second ranked Lucca faced 4th ranked Taranto. Host Lucca (15-3) defeated guests from Taranto (12-6) 66-60. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-60. Lucca made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Taranto turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Taranto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Slovakian center Marie Ruzickova (189-86, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lucca players scored in double figures. American forward Megan Mahoney (183-83, college: Kansas St., agency: LBM Management) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Giulia Gatti (172-89, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Taranto's coach Roberto Ricchini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lucca have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader Familia Schio. Defending champion Taranto keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Lucca: M.Andrade 17+2reb+1ast, M.Ruzickova 15+9reb, A.Johnson 13+10reb+1ast, B.Bagnara 10+5reb+2ast, A.Gianolla 7+3reb+4ast, F.Dotto 2+2reb+1ast
Taranto: G.Gatti 12+3reb+5ast, M.Mahoney 12+9reb+1ast, N.Antibe 11+2reb, G.Petronyte 7+3reb, N.Wabara 5+7reb, I.Zanoni 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 202165


Pozzuoli - Familia Schio 81-87

Leader Familia Schio delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Pall.Pozzuoli (4-14) 87-81. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Jantel Lavender (190-88, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Jenifer Nadalin (186-83, college: Furman) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Familia Schio's coach Maurizio Lasi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (190-91, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and guard Enrica Pavia (179-89) added 15 points in the effort for Pall.Pozzuoli. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Familia Schio (17-1) have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Pall.Pozzuoli lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Orvieto.
Top scorers:
Familia Schio: J.Lavender 25+11reb+2ast, J.Nadalin 12+5reb, D.McCray 11+4reb, C.Consolini 11+2reb+1ast, R.Masciadri 9+5reb, K.Wambe 9+1reb+2ast
Pozzuoli: O.Maznichenko 27+15reb, D.Morris 18+1reb+1ast, E.Pavia 15+4reb+1ast, A.Richter 10+8reb, V.Giordano 9+2reb+3ast, S.Baggioli 2+3reb
gschID: 202164


Parma - Priolo 71-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Parma. Local Parma (13-5) outscored 6th ranked Priolo (7-11) 71-52. The game without a history. Parma led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Parma outrebounded Priolo 38-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Croatian center Sonja Kireta (198-76) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and New Zealand-American forward Jillian Harmon (185-87, college: Stanford) supported her with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Parma players scored in double figures. Parma's coach Mauro Procaccini used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 8 points and 8 rebounds by American center Kelley Cain (198-89, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Priolo. Serbian guard Marija Eric (164-83) added 7 points for lost side. Parma maintains third position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Familia Schio. Priolo at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Parma: S.Kireta 19+10reb, J.Harmon 16+7reb+3ast, M.Fazio 12+3reb+4ast, M.Chiara Franchini 11+3reb+1ast, V.Battisodo 5+3reb+4ast, T.Ajdukovic 4+2reb+1ast
Priolo: M.Veselovski 11+1reb, V.Donvito 10, E.Bestagno 9+1reb+1ast, K.Cain 8+8reb, M.Eric 7+3reb+3ast, H.Radunovic 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 202163


Chieti - Orvieto 59-61

A very close game took place in Chieti between Orvieto and C.U.S. Chieti. Tenth ranked Orvieto (4-14) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked C.U.S. Chieti (5-13). Orvieto managed to escape with a 2-point win 61-59 on Thursday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But C.U.S. Chieti won third quarter 21-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Orvieto won last quarter 17-16. Guard Valentina Baldelli (170-89) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Shamela Hampton (191-87, college: UNLV) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side Serbian center Jefimija Karakasevic (191-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican Jazmine Sepulveda (178-85, college: S.Florida, agency: Merit Sports) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Orvieto moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pozzuoli. C.U.S. Chieti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Orvieto: S.Hampton 16+3reb+1ast, V.Baldelli 14+5reb+2ast, A.Sutherland 12+3reb, P.Gulak-Lipka 8+5reb+2ast, F.Mariani 6+5reb+1ast, M.Fassina 5+7reb+2ast
Chieti: J.Karakasevic 21+10reb, J.Sepulveda 12+8reb+1ast, C.Pastore 10+5reb, D.Gonzalez 9+3reb, E.Silva 5+7reb, N.David 2+2reb
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Standings A1 (W)

A1 Standings
 1. Familia Schio 17-1 
 2. Lucca 15-3 
 3. Parma 13-5 
 4. Taranto 12-6 
 5. Umbertide 10-8 
 6. Priolo 7-11 
 7. Chieti 5-13 
 8. Orvieto 4-14 
 9. Pozzuoli 4-14 
 10. Cagliari CUS 3-15 
Folded
 1. Faenza 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 28: Pozzuoli - Familia Schio 81-87
Mar. 28: Parma - Priolo 71-52
Mar. 28: Lucca - Taranto 66-60
Mar. 28: Chieti - Orvieto 59-61
Mar. 28: Cagliari CUS - Umbertide 58-63

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 4: Familia Schio - Orvieto
Apr. 4: Taranto - Umbertide
Apr. 4: Lucca - Chieti
Apr. 4: Parma - Priolo



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LSBL

LSBL Standings
 1. Cesis 22-0 
 2. TTT Riga 19-3 
 3. Eclex Tallinn 17-5 
 4. RTU-Merks 16-6 
 5. Liepajas 14-8 
 6. Tallina U. 11-11 
 7. Audentes SG/N. 9-12 
 8. TTT Juniores 8-14 
 9. LU 5-16 
 10. Rapla KK 5-16 
 11. Kolibri/U-16 4-17 
 12. Tartu U. 0-22 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 28: Rapla KK - Tartu U. 81-62
Mar. 25: Eclex Tallinn - Audentes SG/N. 78-74
Mar. 27: TTT Riga - Liepajas 71-55
Apr. 4: Kolibri/U-16 - LU


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Laura AUDERE
  RTU-Merks
  (178-F-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Audere, RTU-Merks20.3 
 2. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.19.3 
 3. Jallai, Tallina U.19.3 
 4. Puu, Tallina U.19.3 
 5. Haas, Rapla KK18.5 
 6. Jakobsone, Cesis18.4 
 7. Rozenberga, TTT R.18.4 
 8. Krastina, TTT Riga16.8 
 9. Silaraja, Cesis15.9 
 10. Cirsa, Liepajas15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dita ROZENBERGA
  TTT R.
  (181-F-92)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rozenberga, TTT R.11.4 
 2. Kasemagi, Auden.10.8 
 3. Peterkin, Liepajas10.7 
 4. Jallai, Tallina U.10.0 
 5. Audere, RTU-Merks9.4 
 6. Strautmane, Kolibr.9.4 
 7. Koster, Eclex Tall.9.2 
 8. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.8.9 
 9. Egle, Liepajas8.5 
 10. Dzarcane, TTT J.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  Cesis
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Eibele, Cesis8.4 
 2. Fomina, RTU-Merks6.5 
 3. Krastina, TTT Riga4.6 
 4. Rosenfeldt, Eclex3.7 
 5. Kosk, Rapla KK3.3 
 6. Jallai, Tallina U.3.3 
 7. Puu, Tallina U.3.2 
 8. Miil, Tallina U.3.2 
 9. Langenfelde, RTU-.3.2 
 10. Cirsa, Liepajas3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (174-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga3.2 
 2. Langenfelde, RTU-.2.9 
 3. Koster, Eclex Tall.2.8 
 4. Rozenberga, TTT R.2.7 
 5. Vasiljeva, Tartu U.2.7 
 6. Silaraja, Cesis2.6 
 7. Wallace, Tallina U.2.4 
 8. Fomina, RTU-Merks2.4 
 9. Puu, Tallina U.2.3 
 10. Maaring, Eclex T.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daina LAZDENIECE
  RTU-M.
  (187-C-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.2.3 
 2. Jallai, Tallina U.1.7 
 3. Mesila-K., Eclex T.1.4 
 4. Kasemagi, Auden.1.3 
 5. Peterkin, Liepajas1.3 
 6. Kast, Tallina U.1.2 
 7. Strautmane, Kolibr.1.1 
 8. Veidere, TTT Riga1.0 
 9. Dzarcane, TTT J.1.0 
 10. Cirsa, Liepajas0.9 



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  LITHUANIA   


Kibirkstis-Tiche advanced to the Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Kibirkstis-Tiche advanced to the Final Four of Baltic League. The team from Lithuania will compete against three teams from Belarus in the Final Stage of the competition. . The Final Four will be held on April 20-21. BC Horizont will play Kibirkstis-Vici-Iki and Olimpia will meet Tsmoki-Minsk in the semi-finals.
In the last game of the Second Stage Kibirkstis-Tiche overcame Victoria 86:59. Kibirkstis-Tiche led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Victoria-UOR's 26. They outrebounded Victoria-UOR 57-28 including a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Kristina Alminaite (205-C-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds and guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Maryia Rashchenia (185-PF-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) scored 18 points.



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Kayla TETSCHLAG
  Racing
  (182-G/F-89)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Tetschlag, Racing25.9 
 2. Gardler, Amicale25.0 
 3. Yoerger, AB Contern21.4 
 4. Vaughn, Basket Es.21.3 
 5. Conicelli, Etzella20.5 
 6. Stowe, Musel Pikes18.3 
 7. Stevenson, Racing17.9 
 8. Ulin, Sparta17.8 
 9. Bridenbaugh, T71 D.17.7 
 10. Grieb, AB Contern17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kayla TETSCHLAG
  Racing
  (182-G/F-89)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Tetschlag, Racing14.9 
 2. Conicelli, Etzella13.6 
 3. Stevenson, Racing11.1 
 4. Gardler, Amicale11.0 
 5. Vaughn, Basket Es.10.9 
 6. Yoerger, AB Contern10.7 
 7. Drake, Sparta10.1 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes9.8 
 9. Stowe, Musel Pikes9.7 
 10. Grieb, AB Contern8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Katie DONOVAN
  Etzella
  (178-G-82)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Donovan, Etzella4.8 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes4.5 
 3. Yoerger, AB Contern3.7 
 4. Sitz, Sparta3.5 
 5. Fisher, Musel Pikes3.4 
 6. Skrijelj, Sparta2.9 
 7. Wagener, T71 D.2.9 
 8. Tetschlag, Racing2.9 
 9. Grieb, AB Contern2.8 
 10. Petrova, Etzella2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kayla TETSCHLAG
  Racing
  (182-G/F-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Tetschlag, Racing3.7 
 2. Gardler, Amicale3.6 
 3. Conicelli, Etzella3.3 
 4. Yoerger, AB Contern2.9 
 5. Schmit, Musel Pikes2.8 
 6. Wagener, T71 D.2.7 
 7. Stevenson, Racing2.6 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.2 
 9. Lemmer, Racing2.0 
 10. Manakova, Amicale1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra MANAKOVA
  Amicale
  (195-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Manakova, Amicale0.8 
 2. Yoerger, AB Contern0.6 
 3. Drake, Sparta0.5 
 4. Stowe, Musel Pikes0.5 
 5. Stevenson, Racing0.4 
 6. Leyers, Basket Es.0.4 
 7. Mosgrove, Basket0.4 
 8. Orban, T71 D.0.4 
 9. Conicelli, Etzella0.4 
 10. Ulin, Sparta0.4 



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  NIGERIA   


Zenith Bank WBL: Action resumes after a day break - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The sixteen teams participating in the first phase of the 9th Zenith Bank Women League holding in Abuja will resume action today after observing Thursday as rest day.

The teams who will carry forward their points garnered in this phase to the second billed for Asaba Delta State in May with the top-four teams from each group qualifying for the Lagos final-8 battle are paired against one another.

New entrant IGP queens basketball club of Lagos will open the days proceeding against Dolphins basketball club of Lagos at 07H00 in a group-B game; second placed side in group-A Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure will try to

stretched her unbeaten run in the phase when it file out against new comer Coal City Queens basketball club of Enugu at 08H30; the third game of the day will be between high riding Benue Princess basketball club of Makurdi and

Delta Force basketball club of Asaba at 10H00.

Taraba Hurricanes basketball club of Jalingo will be up against Nigeria Customs basketball club of Lagos in a group-A game at 11H30; Oluyole Babes basketball club of Ibadan will test the might of former champion First Bank

basketball club of Lagos at 13H00 while AHIP Queens basketball club of Kano will play host to defending champion First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos at 14H30 in group-A.

Final-8 hopeful Plateau Rocks basketball club of Jos look set to continue with her impressive performance when it engage Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano at 16H00. The days Star-Game will be between two youthful sides

in the league as third and fourth place sides in group-A FCT Angels basketball club of Abuja takes to the floor against new entrant and high riding GT 2000 basketball club of Kaduna in the last game of Day-5 at 17H30



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  POLAND   

Stats Leaders - PLKK

Points Per Game
 Julie MCBRIDE
  Artego B.
  (165-G-82)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. McBride, Artego B.18.7 
 2. Ogwumike, CCC P.18.1 
 3. Szczechowiak, Arte.16.4 
 4. Nwagbo, Gorzow15.4 
 5. Charles, Wisla C.14.9 
 6. Ross, Energa Torun14.8 
 7. Bennett, BI SSA G.14.5 
 8. Snell, CCC P.14.3 
 9. Jankowska, Widzew14.1 
 10. Michael, Energa T.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charity SZCZECHOWIAK
  Artego B.
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Szczechowiak, Arte.10.2 
 2. Nwagbo, Gorzow8.9 
 3. Ogwumike, CCC P.8.6 
 4. Dosty, Gorzow8.4 
 5. Michael, Energa T.8.2 
 6. Charles, Wisla C.7.9 
 7. Morris, Artego B.7.8 
 8. Jankowska, Widzew7.1 
 9. Bennett, BI SSA G.6.8 
 10. Kassing, BI SSA6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Julie MCBRIDE
  Artego B.
  (165-G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. McBride, Artego B.7.0 
 2. Palau, CCC P.5.5 
 3. Colson, Lider P.4.6 
 4. Dixon, BI SSA G.3.7 
 5. Gajda, PTK P.3.6 
 6. Idczak, Energa T.3.4 
 7. Pawlak, Wisla C.3.3 
 8. Rzeznik, Widzew3.1 
 9. Kopczyk, Widzew3.0 
 10. Ross, Energa Tor.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Weronika IDCZAK
  Energa T.
  (177-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Idczak, Energa T.2.8 
 2. McBride, Artego B.2.5 
 3. Colson, Lider P.2.3 
 4. Gajda, PTK P.2.2 
 5. Ross, Energa Torun2.2 
 6. Ouvina, Wisla C.2.1 
 7. Zietara, BI SSA G.2.1 
 8. Skobel, Gorzow2.1 
 9. Nwagbo, Gorzow1.9 
 10. Morris, Artego B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnieszka MAJEWSKA
  CCC P.
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Majewska, CCC P.1.7 
 2. Dosty, Gorzow1.3 
 3. Jankowska, Widzew0.9 
 4. Bennett, Lider P.0.9 
 5. Szczechowiak, Arte.0.9 
 6. Michael, Energa T.0.8 
 7. Morris, Artego B.0.8 
 8. Gala, Artego Bydg.0.7 
 9. Koc, Energa Torun0.7 
 10. Bennett, BI SSA0.7 



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  ROMANIA   


Khadijah Whittington gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian Liga Nationala - by Eurobasket News

American Khadijah Whittington (185-F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Satu Mare and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and twelve rebounds, while her team beat Sf.Gheorghe (#4, 20-7) 74-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Satu Mare maintains the 3rd position in Romanian Liga Nationala. They are still close to the very top. Satu Mare would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 22-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Whittington as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Khadijah Whittington averages this season 8.4ppg and 7.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Amanda Thompson (183-F-87) of Alba Iulia. Thompson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead Alba Iulia to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Targu Mures (#11, 8-19) 112-39. Alba Iulia's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thompson is a newcomer at Alba Iulia and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) of Sp.Studentesc (#8). Demirovic scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Sp.Studentesc, leading her team to a 68-67 win against the lower-ranked Cluj Napoca (#13, 4-23). The chances of Sp.Studentesc ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Demirovic could help Sp.Studentesc to bring them higher in the standings. Demirovic has a great season in Romania. After 25 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivanka Matic (193-F/C-79) of Targoviste - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Zenta Melnika (197-C-91) of Alba Iulia - 10 points and 9 rebounds
6. Sonja Maric (185-F-85) of Timisoara - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) of Alba Iulia - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mekia Valentine (193-F/C-88) of Sf.Gheorghe - 15 points and 11 rebounds
9. Jasmin Bailey (172-G/F-90) of Sf.Gheorghe - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) of Cluj Napoca - 17 points, 2 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)



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  RUSSIA   


PBL Round 19: Spartak Vidnoye beats Dynamo Kursk in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vidnoye. Second ranked Spartak Vidnoye faced 4th placed Dynamo Kursk. Host Spartak Vidnoye (13-4) defeated guests from Kursk (11-6) 87-82. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak Vidnoye made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. American power forward Candice Dupree (188-84, college: Temple, agency: LBM Management) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Becky Hammon (175-77, college: Colorado St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Spartak Vidnoye's coach Pokey Chatman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Greek-American swingman Katie Douglas (185-79, college: Purdue) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Spartak Vidnoye have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader UMMC. Dynamo Kursk at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Dynamo M.. Spartak Vidnoye are looking forward to face league's leader UMMC Ekaterinburg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dynamo Kursk will play against Energy Ivanovo and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Ivanovo, where 6th ranked Vologda-Chevakata (6-11) lost to ninth ranked Energy Ivanovo (5-12) in a road game 66-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Leah Metcalf (171-83, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. Olga Gorbacheva contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Energy Ivanovo's coach Aleksander Krutikov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Glory Johnson (191-90, college: Tennessee) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds for Vologda-Chevakata. Energy Ivanovo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dynamo-GUVD and Spartak N. Vologda-Chevakata lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Energy Ivanovo will play against higher ranked Dynamo Kursk (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vologda-Chevakata will play against Spartak Noginsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Rostov. Local BC Rostov (1-16) lost to fifth ranked Dynamo Moscow (11-6) 62-51 on Tuesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nadezhda Grishaeva who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Dynamo Moscow's coach Vladimir Shtam used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Yuliya Klimenko responded with 9 points and 6 rebounds. Dynamo Moscow moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dynamo K. BC Rostov lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted BC Rostov stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Dynamo Moscow will meet at home Dynamo-GUVD (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Rostov will play against Nadezhda Orenburg.

In the last game of round 19 Spartak N. defeated Dynamo-GUVD in Noginsk 74-66.


Spartak V MR - Dynamo K. 87-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vidnoye. Second ranked Spartak Vidnoye faced 4th placed Dynamo Kursk. Host Spartak Vidnoye (13-4) defeated guests from Kursk (11-6) 87-82. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak Vidnoye made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. American power forward Candice Dupree (188-84, college: Temple, agency: LBM Management) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Becky Hammon (175-77, college: Colorado St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Spartak Vidnoye's coach Pokey Chatman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Greek-American swingman Katie Douglas (185-79, college: Purdue) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Spartak Vidnoye have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader UMMC. Dynamo Kursk at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Dynamo M.. Spartak Vidnoye are looking forward to face league's leader UMMC Ekaterinburg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dynamo Kursk will play against Energy Ivanovo and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Dynamo K.: K.Douglas 21+5reb+1ast, M.Snow 15+9reb+1ast, E.Prince 15+1reb+1ast, N.Vodopiyanova 10+5reb, K.Alikina 8+4reb+6ast, T.Johnson 8+6reb+6ast
Spartak V MR: C.Dupree 26+12reb+1ast, S.Augustus 23+3reb+3ast, B.Hammon 15+6reb+9ast, N.Vieru 8+5reb+1ast, I.Yacoubou-Dehoui 8+5reb, E.Belyakova 5+2reb+2ast
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Rostov - Dynamo M. 51-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Rostov. Local BC Rostov (1-16) lost to fifth ranked Dynamo Moscow (11-6) 62-51 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Dynamo Moscow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dynamo Moscow outrebounded BC Rostov 54-33 including a 21-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of international center Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. The former international center Tatiana Vidmer (191-86) helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Dynamo Moscow's coach Vladimir Shtam used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Yuliya Klimenko (176-90) responded with 9 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Maria Kalmykova (194-78) scored 4 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Dynamo Moscow moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dynamo K. BC Rostov lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted BC Rostov stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Dynamo Moscow will meet at home Dynamo-GUVD (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Rostov will play against Nadezhda Orenburg.
Top scorers:
Rostov: T.Grigoryeva 10+3reb, Y.Klimenko 9+6reb+2ast, M.Minenko 9+2reb+1ast, E.Gogiya 8+5reb+1ast, E.Pletneva 5+4reb+1ast, M.Kalmykova 4+8reb+5ast
Dynamo M.: N.Grishaeva 17+17reb+2ast, T.Vidmer 17+11reb+3ast, S.Aleksic 10+3reb+2ast, T.Abrikosova 7+4reb+1ast, E.Fedorenkova 3+3reb+2ast, V.Dorosheva 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 193368


Dynamo-GUVD - Spartak N. 66-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Novosibirsk where 7th ranked Dynamo-GUVD (5-12) was defeated by eighth ranked Spartak Noginsk (5-12) 74-66 on Monday. Dynamo-GUVD was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-14 charge of Spartak Noginsk, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak Noginsk outrebounded Dynamo-GUVD 44-33 including a 35-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Ekaterina Chistyakova (184-89) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Center Anna Tolikova (190-86, agency: IPSA) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Yvonne Turner (174-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Regeneracom Sports) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Maria Khrustaleva (167-87) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dynamo-GUVD's coach Nikolaj Tanaseychuk rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak Noginsk moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dynamo-GUVD and Energy Ivanovo. Spartak Noginsk will meet higher ranked Vologda-Chevakata (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dynamo-GUVD will play against Dynamo Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dynamo-GUVD: Y.Turner 18+5reb, A.Loginova 13+4reb+1ast, M.Khrustaleva 13+2reb+4ast, N.Myasoedova 11+5reb+2ast, S.Spencer 6+5reb+1ast, K.Kolosovskaia 3+4reb+1ast
Spartak N.: M.Merzliakova 14+4reb+1ast, J.Bigovic 13+7reb+2ast, E.Chistyakova 13+10reb+3ast, A.Tolikova 13+11reb+1ast, Z.Milanovich 11+2reb+1ast, N.Popovic 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 193367


Energy Ivanovo - Chevakata 75-66

We should mention about the upset which took place in Ivanovo, where 6th ranked Vologda-Chevakata (6-11) lost to ninth ranked Energy Ivanovo (5-12) in a road game 66-75. Vologda-Chevakata was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Leah Metcalf (171-83, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. Center Olga Gorbacheva (193-88, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Energy Ivanovo's coach Aleksander Krutikov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Glory Johnson (191-90, college: Tennessee) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard Jasmine Thomas (175-89, college: Duke) added 14 points in the effort for Vologda-Chevakata. Energy Ivanovo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dynamo-GUVD and Spartak N. Vologda-Chevakata lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Energy Ivanovo will play against higher ranked Dynamo Kursk (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vologda-Chevakata will play against Spartak Noginsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chevakata: G.Johnson 17+16reb, J.Thomas 14+2reb+2ast, E.Volkova 12+3reb+3ast, K.Snytsina 8+5reb+1ast, S.Makhlina 7+4reb+1ast, V.Solovyeva 5+2reb+1ast
Energy Ivanovo: L.Metcalf 17+3reb+4ast, O.Gorbacheva 10+8reb+1ast, N.Trofimowa 8+5reb, O.Zhuzhgova 8+5reb, V.Loskutova 8+1reb, O.Ovcharenko 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 193366



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Solna Vikings reached the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Northland - Solna Vikings 51-57 (2-3)

The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Solna Vikings dominated on the defensive end, holding Northland to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. Solna Vikings had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center Katarina Andersson (191-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Christy Bacon (182-80, college: Wyoming) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Anna Barthold (185-80, college: St.Peter's, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Josefin Vesterberg (187-93) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Northland. Northland's coach Mikael Johansson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Northland: J.Vesterberg 15+8reb, A.Barthold 11+13reb+1ast, M.Stalvant 9+1reb+3ast, F.Aili 7+5reb+4ast, E.Nystrom 6+9reb+3ast, I.Mihailova 3
Solna Vikings: K.Andersson 27+11reb+1ast, C.Bacon 12+13reb, E.Brooks 8+5reb+4ast, V.Volonaki 6+6reb, K.Ristic 4+4reb+8ast, A.Mellstrom 0
gschID: 237757


Stats Leaders - Damligan

Points Per Game
 Taneisha HARRISON
  Jarfalla
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Harrison, Jarfalla24.4 
 2. Key, Mark Basket22.2 
 3. Smart, Kvarnby21.0 
 4. Williams, Visby20.9 
 5. Egnell, Norrkoping19.1 
 6. McCants, Telge18.4 
 7. Rosanio, Udominate18.1 
 8. Saunders, Udomi.15.4 
 9. Andersson, Solna V.15.2 
 10. Miller, Visby14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Earnesia WILLIAMS
  Visby
  (185-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Williams, Visby10.7 
 2. Smart, Kvarnby9.5 
 3. Brown, Kvarnby8.9 
 4. Nordstrom, Sallen8.6 
 5. Tattersdill, Sallen8.5 
 6. Forsman-Goga, Tel.8.1 
 7. Andersson, Solna V.7.9 
 8. Bacon, Solna Vikin.7.6 
 9. Miller, Visby7.5 
 10. Barthold, Northla.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ashley KEY
  Mark Basket
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Key, Mark Basket4.6 
 2. Robinson, Telge4.5 
 3. Ristic, Solna Viki.4.3 
 4. Stalvant, Northland3.8 
 5. Valek, Sallen3.6 
 6. Smart, Kvarnby3.5 
 7. Saunders, Udomi.3.3 
 8. McCants, Telge3.2 
 9. Nordstrom, Sallen3.1 
 10. Aili, Northland3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ashley KEY
  Mark Basket
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Key, Mark Basket3.2 
 2. Harrison, Jarfalla2.9 
 3. Saunders, Udomi.2.8 
 4. Valek, Sallen2.6 
 5. Aili, Northland2.5 
 6. Egnell, Norrkoping2.4 
 7. Robinson, Telge2.3 
 8. Nystrom, Northland2.3 
 9. McCants, Telge2.2 
 10. Stalvant, Northla.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna V.
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Andersson, Solna V.1.9 
 2. Stjarnstrom, Telge1.8 
 3. McCants, Telge1.4 
 4. Johnson, Northland1.3 
 5. Vesterberg, North.1.2 
 6. Buaka, 081.1 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.0.9 
 8. Gustavsson, Sallen0.9 
 9. Lidgren, Udominate0.8 
 10. Grima, Visby0.8 



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LNSA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cameo HICKS
  Riva Basket
  (182-G/F-84)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Hicks, Riva Basket28.9 
 2. Twehues, Helios22.0 
 3. Sowinski, Fribourg21.9 
 4. Harrison, Basel20.9 
 5. Copeland, Fribourg20.4 
 6. Studer-G., Ovronn.18.1 
 7. Moss, Pully17.8 
 8. Michaux, Hope-GBA17.3 
 9. Skouby, Basel16.8 
 10. Seabrook, Bellinz.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chelsea SNYDER
  Highflyers
  (198-C-90)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Snyder, Highflyers14.6 
 2. Porter, Pully14.4 
 3. Giroud, Helios12.5 
 4. Seabrook, Bellinzo.12.3 
 5. McKenzie, Riva B.11.9 
 6. Sowinski, Fribourg9.8 
 7. Skouby, Basel9.7 
 8. Studer-G., Ovronn.8.8 
 9. Harrison, Basel8.6 
 10. Copeland, Fribourg8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kirby COPELAND
  Fribourg
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Copeland, Fribourg6.1 
 2. Turin, Helios3.7 
 3. Rol, Helios3.4 
 4. Volpe, Ovronnaz.3.4 
 5. Heckendorn, Basel3.4 
 6. Diouf, Helios3.4 
 7. Hicks, Riva Basket3.1 
 8. Giroud, Helios3.0 
 9. Kershaw, Helios3.0 
 10. Szakacs, Ovronna.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alexia ROL
  Helios
  (175-F-89)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Rol, Helios4.5 
 2. McKenzie, Riva B.4.3 
 3. Moss, Pully4.2 
 4. Twehues, Helios3.9 
 5. Hicks, Riva Basket3.8 
 6. Copeland, Fribourg3.7 
 7. Michaux, Hope-GBA3.6 
 8. Kershaw, Helios3.6 
 9. Giroud, Helios3.4 
 10. Voumard, Muraltese3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaitlin SOWINSKI
  Fribourg
  (196-C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sowinski, Fribourg3.4 
 2. Snyder, Highflyers2.1 
 3. Hajdune Csas., Hel.1.6 
 4. Skouby, Basel1.5 
 5. Seabrook, Bellinzo.1.5 
 6. Porter, Pully1.2 
 7. Moss, Pully1.0 
 8. Harrison, Basel0.8 
 9. Tshitenge, Pully0.8 
 10. Studer-G., Ovronn.0.7 


Standings - LNF

LNA Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Helios 5-0 
 2. Fribourg 4-1 
 3. Riva Basket 3-2 
 4. Ovronnaz-Mart. 2-3 
 5. Hope-GBA 1-4 
 6. Muraltese 0-5 
Places 7-10
 1. Bellinzona 4-2 
 2. Basel 4-2 
 3. Pully 4-2 
 4. Highflyers 0-6 
Stage One Standings

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 4: Helios - Basel
Apr. 3: Fribourg - Pully
Apr. 3: Riva Basket - Muraltese
Apr. 4: Ovronnaz-Mart. - Hope-GBA



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Tim-Scuf finished BBL campaign - by Eurobasket News

Tim-Scuf finished BBL campaign on a sad note. The team could not leave Kiev due to the bad weather and after the negotiations received three 0-20 losses with.
The Second Stage Tim-Scuf finished with 1-5 record. The Ukrainian team ended up on the third place in Group B. The only victory Tim-Scuf posted over Victoria 90:57. That time the best player for the winners was Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Olga Krayevska (183-PG-94) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Maryia Rashchenia produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and Viyaleta Kiuliak (185-F-96) added 10 points respectively for the guests.
Meanwhile the teams from Belarus conquer Baltic League and will send three representatives to the Final Four of the competition. The Final Four will be held on April 20-21. BC Horizont will play Kibirkstis-Vici-Iki and Olimpia will meet Tsmoki-Minsk in the semi-finals.



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Chicago Sky tab Melisa Can - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Chicago Sky bolstered their frontcourt. They secured the services of Melisa Can (6'2''-F-84, college: Rutgers) (Michelle Campbell). The forward is currently playing in Turkey. She averaged 12.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in EuroLeague with Tarsus Bld. Her stats read also 13.8 points, 8.2 boards and 1.0 assist per game in TKBL. Previously Melisa Can had stints in Israel, Poland, Latvia and Turkey. She participated at the TKBL All-Star Game in 2009 and 2010. Melisa Can made it into All-Turkish TKBL 2nd Team in 2010. Melisa Can graduated from Rutgers back in 2006. She participated at the NCAA Sweet 16 in her senior season.