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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Radnicki easy with Buducnost - by Igor Obradovic

In front of 4,500 people at the Hall, "Jezero", the Radnicki completely broke team of Buducnost and now is alone in third place behind Crvena zvezda Telekom

This is 15 victory for Miroslav Nikolic team this season and it come easier than anyone had expected.
They defeated the team of the Buducnost with 78:63 (25:21, 17:11, 20:10, 16:21).

Best in domestic team was Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) which is in 39 minutes scored a 23pts, 5rbd, 2ast, 1steal with index of 22 points. It was followed by an excellent Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) with 20pts, 5rbd, 2ast, 2steal with 19 index points.
Among guests was the best Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) with 18pts, 4rbd, 1 steal, Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) with 12pts, and Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) with 3pts, 8rbd, 1ast, 2 steals.



Another victory for Crvena zvezda - by Igor Obradovic

In exceptional shooting match Crvena zvezda Telekom is the second time this season in the ABA League defeated Cibona from Zagreb and also recorded 17 win in this season in the regional league.

Crvena zvezda won 97:95 (27:25, 23:26, 18:22, 29:22)
Throughout the match both teams had a great shot percentage from the game, Cibona had 78% for 2 points (28/36) and 47% for 3 points (8/17) while Crvena zvezda have 30/46 65% for 2p, and 7/23 for 3p (30%).

In the last minute Strawberrie shoot for three points but he fouled and only managed to hit two free throws. At that point it was 94:95 for the guests.
It was left 24.6 seconds to go, Crvena zvezda went on the attack, and 5.8 seconds left from the end of the game Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) is shoot for 3 points and hit the three.
Zvezda led 97:95. Less than 6 seconds left until the end of the game, D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) as the best individual teams from Croatia team took the ball entered the racket but missed the shot and so dropped the chance to take his team into overtime in the "Pionir" Hall where was 4.000 people.

Best in home team was Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) with 21pts, 2rbd, 9ast, with 28 index points. Marko Simonovic 15pts, 3rbd, 1steal, Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 7rbd, 1ast, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 16pts, 2rbd, 2ast, DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 17pts, 3rbd, 5ast.
In the team from Croatia best was D.J. Strawberry with 31pts, 2rbd, 2ast with great shooting percentage 11/13 for 2p, 1/2 for 3p and 6/9 on free throws, Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) 13pts, 2rbd, 9ast, Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) 9pts, 7rbd, 2ast, 1steal.

With this win Crvena zvezda telekom provided Final 4.

Team statistic for this game :

Crvena zvezda Telekom 30/46 for 2p, 7/23 for 3p, 16/25 for FT, 30 RBD, 22 AST, 7 steals, 7 TO, index points 110
Cibona 28/36 for 2p, 8/17 for 3p, 15/22 for FT. 19 RBD. 18 AST. 5 steals. 13 TO, index points 98



Alija Piric & Nedim Djedovic among 40 best U16 European players - by Sead Buljina

KK "Magic" Tuzla's product Alija Piric (211-F/C-97) and Nedim Djedovic (198-SF-97) are participating at prestigious Jordan Brand Classic in Barcelona. Forty best Europeans born '97 and younger are invited for a 3-day event that will determine 10 players who will travel to Brooklyn on April 13 to showcase their skills. Alija Piric started playing at KK "Magic" in 2005. After 7 years at KK "Magic" Piric moved to KK Spars, Sarajevo in September. He has already played for U16 Bosnian selection last january. KK "Magic" Tuzla is well known for quality work with young players. Some of them have already moved to KK "Spars" like 212cm tall Muamer Karic.
Well-known Nedim Djedovic is a BC Barcelona member. His older brother Nihad plays for Bosnian National team. Bosnian fans can only hope that Nedim will join forces with his older brother who has played for all Bosnian NT selections and is a key player on our senior NT.
As always, there is a Bosnian player at an international tournament who plays for another country. Namely, Dragan Bender (207-F-97) from Capljina has chosen to play for Croatian National team. While there is a hope that Nedim Djedovic will play for Bosnia, it is unlikely that Bender will change his mind. Just like most gifted players from
southern part of the country who choose Croatia by default. Otherwise, Bosnia would be officially represented with three players at Jordan Brand Classic tournament.
As far as Adriatic League region goes, Slovenia has one player, Croatia claims, besides Bosnian Dragan Bender, one player at the JBC camp. Montenegro and Macedonia are represented with one player each, Serbia has three players and Slovenia has one player.

We shall know tomorrow if Piric or Djedovic make it among top 10 players who will travel to New York and play against best World players at a state-of-the-art Brooklyn Nets arena on April 13.



Andrija Zizic to return soon - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Croatian center Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket), who has been the main player of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in the past few rounds of the Adriatic League, missed the derby match against Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd in Belgrade. The reason is pain in the back, due to which he could not practice in the previous days. It's a long lasting problem but despite that fact, Zizic could play on Saturday against Belgrade team.

However, the decision was made for him to stay in Zagreb to fix the problem, because the only medicine that could help him right now is to rest. He should be ready to play already in the next round, when Cibona will face Union Olimpija Ljubljana at home in a clash of two (former) Turkish Airlines Euroleague giants.



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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 29: Lanus edge Argentino by one point - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in LigaA. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 29 in the LigaA took place in Junin. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Argentino (22-19) to third ranked Lanus (26-13) 73-72 on Friday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Lanus have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 26-13 record having six points less than leader Regatas C. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the seventh position with 19 games lost. They share it with Olimpico LB. Lanus are looking forward to face Olimpico de La Banda (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Argentino will play against Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Penarol (27-12) against thirteenth ranked Obras (15-24) on Thursday night. Visiting Penarol was defeated by Obras in Buenos Aires 93-79. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Penarol. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Martin Osimani contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for Penarol. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obras maintains thirteenth place with 15-24 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Obras will play against higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play against 9 de Julio (#14) in Rio Tercero and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Regatas Corrientes delivered the thirtyth victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Quimsa (22-18) 85-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Quimsa. Nicolas Romano stepped up and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Damian Tintorelli responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Regatas Corrientes (30-11) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Quimsa at the other side keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Libertad S.. Regatas Corrientes will meet bottom-ranked La Union (#16) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimsa will play against Boca Juniors (#4) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Regatas Corrientes recorded the thirtyth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (22-18) 76-72. Paolo Quinteros nailed 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Regatas Corrientes. They maintain first place with 30-11 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 18 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked La Union (#16) in Formosa which should be an easy win for them. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Obras (#13) in Buenos Aires.
Sionista (#11) forced the game against Libertad Sunchales (#7) into an overtime, but lost by seven points 84-91 on Friday night. The game took place in Parana. But the guests from Sunchales were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Diego Garcia who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Libertad Sunchales (22-18) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Quimsa. Loser Sionista dropped to the twelfth position with 22 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Obras (#13) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sionista will play on the road against Union Progresista in Villa Angela.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked La Union was defeated by Olimpico LB in La Banda 88-72. 9 de Julio was smashed by GECR Indalo at home 80-99. Union Progr. lost to Atenas on the opponent's court 79-82. Boca Jrs managed to outperform Wuber-Est.Bahia in a home game 80-78.
The best stats of 29th round was 17 points and 13 rebounds by Sam Clancy of Olimpico LB.


Round 15
Argentino - Lanus 72-73

The most exciting game of round 29 in the LigaA took place in Junin. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Argentino (22-19) to third ranked Lanus (26-13) 73-72 on Friday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Lanus have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 26-13 record having six points less than leader Regatas C. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the seventh position with 19 games lost. They share it with Olimpico LB. Lanus are looking forward to face Olimpico de La Banda (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Argentino will play against Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 17+10reb, P.Prato 15+2reb+2ast, W.McFarlan 15+4reb+1ast, R.Battle 12+8reb+3ast, L.Perez 6+2reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 5+2reb
Argentino: C.Amicucci 17+6reb+2ast, K.Lytch 11+6reb+1ast, F.Funes 11+3reb+2ast, A.Weigand 9+8reb+5ast, J.Cangelosi 8+4reb, B.Carlwell 6+2reb
gschID: 234007


Olimpico LB - La Union 88-72

There was no surprise when 16th ranked La Union (10-31) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (22-19) 88-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpico de La Banda. La Union was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Fernando Malara (194-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Guard Juan Brussino (183-91) produced 14 points and 5 assists and American forward Gregory Lewis (200-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Argentino. La Union lost their fourth game in a row. They stay dead last with 31 lost games. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Lanus (#3) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play at home against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: F.Malara 19+5reb+5ast, S.Clancy 17+13reb+2ast, A.Pau 14+2reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 12+3reb+2ast, F.Calvi 10+3reb, A.Eslava 8+3reb+3ast
La Union: G.Lewis 16+1reb+1ast, J.Brussino 14+3reb+5ast, S.Shorter 10+1reb, T.Shannon 10+7reb, A.Marin 9+4reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 7+2reb
gschID: 234006


9 de Julio - GECR Indalo 80-99

No shocking result in a game in Rio Tercero where ninth ranked GECR Indalo (21-19) smashed 14th ranked 9 de Julio (12-28) 99-80 on Friday. The game without a history. GECR Indalo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was naturalized Italian point guard Diego Ciorciari (184-80, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Diego Romero (203-82, college: Florida St.) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). GECR Indalo's coach Miguel Volcan used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for GECR Indalo. They maintain ninth place with 21-19 record. 9 de Julio lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 28 games lost. GECR Indalo will face Atenas (#10) in Cordoba in the next round. 9 de Julio will play at home against the league's second-placed Penarol (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 21+4reb+3ast, D.Ciorciari 18+7reb+7ast, D.Romero 17+8reb+3ast, J.Robinson 13+5reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 9+1reb+2ast, K.Seawright 7+6reb+2ast
9 de Julio: E.Nelson 22+8reb, J.Ayarza 16+5reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 12+5ast, D.Brezzo 10+4reb+1ast, B.Barovero 8+3reb+5ast, M.Garcia 7+2reb
gschID: 234005


Sionista - Libertad S. 84-91 OT

Sionista (#11) forced the game against Libertad Sunchales (#7) into an overtime, but lost by seven points 84-91 on Friday night. The game took place in Parana. But the guests from Sunchales were better at the end. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Libertad Sunchales made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) chipped in 23 points. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 27 points and Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales (22-18) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Quimsa. Loser Sionista dropped to the twelfth position with 22 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Obras (#13) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sionista will play on the road against Union Progresista in Villa Angela.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Treise 23+3reb+3ast, D.Garcia 22+5reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 11+1reb+1ast, D.Johnson 10+9reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 9+6reb+1ast, A.Reinick 6+2reb
Sionista: L.Wade 27+3reb+3ast, J.Lloreda 15+6reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 14+1reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 11+2reb+10ast, M.Sandes 9+10reb+2ast, D.Hure 3+1reb
gschID: 234004


Atenas - Union Progr. 82-79

Rather expected game in Cordoba where 15th ranked Union Progresista (10-29) was edged by twelfth ranked Atenas (20-21) 82-79 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Union Progresista won fourth quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Union Progresista 47-26 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American center Djibril Kante (205-80, college: Indiana St.) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Alejandro Lotterio used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Diego Cavaco (200-79) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Atenas moved-up to tenth place. Union Progresista lost their eleventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 29 games lost. Atenas will face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#9) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union Progresista will play at home against Sionista (#12) in Parana.
Top scorers:
Atenas: A.Elsener 15+4reb+2ast, D.Kante 13+9reb+1ast, M.Lescano 13+6reb+3ast, F.Oberto 12+7reb+1ast, M.Fierro 10+10reb+1ast, B.Labaque 9+3reb+4ast
Union Progr.: D.Phillip 23+6reb+1ast, D.Cavaco 19+2reb+3ast, O.Canton 11+5reb, C.Schoppler 7+1reb+2ast, C.Avalle 7+1reb, V.Hugo Cajal 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 234003


Regatas C. - Quimsa 85-64

Leader Regatas Corrientes delivered the thirtyth victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Quimsa (22-18) 85-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Quimsa. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. Quimsa managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International power forward Nicolas Romano (199-87) stepped up and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Regatas Corrientes (30-11) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Quimsa at the other side keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Libertad S.. Regatas Corrientes will meet bottom-ranked La Union (#16) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimsa will play against Boca Juniors (#4) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: N.Romano 13+7reb+3ast, T.Washam 13+3reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 11+4reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 11+2reb, J.Meyinsse 8+10reb+2ast, F.Kammerichs 8+8reb
Quimsa: S.Vega 13+5reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 12+6reb+2ast, J.Baxter 8+5reb+2ast, J.Williams 8+9reb, J.Mojica 6+1reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 5+4reb
gschID: 234002


Obras - Penarol 93-79

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Penarol (27-12) against thirteenth ranked Obras (15-24) on Thursday night. Visiting Penarol was defeated by Obras in Buenos Aires 93-79. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Penarol. The game was mostly controlled by Obras. Penarol was better in third quarter 30-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Uruguayan guard Martin Osimani (194-81, college: Duquesne) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) added 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Penarol. Five Obras and four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obras maintains thirteenth place with 15-24 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Obras will play against higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play against 9 de Julio (#14) in Rio Tercero and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 26+9reb+4ast, M.Osimani 19+2reb+5ast, T.Field 14+7reb+4ast, R.Humphrey 13+4reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 11+4reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 4+3reb+1ast
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 20+2reb+1ast, D.Teague 17+4reb+1ast, M.Mata 16+7reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 13+5reb+10ast, L.Rasio 6+1reb, M.Leiva 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 234001


Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia 80-78

Very predictable result in Buenos Aires where fourth ranked Boca Juniors (23-16) edged 10th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (19-20) 80-78 on Thursday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Wuber-Est.Bahia was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Boca Juniors, which allowed them to win the game. Wuber-Est.Bahia was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Five Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors' coach Nestor Garcia used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Boca Juniors maintains fourth place with 23-16 record. Loser Wuber-Est.Bahia dropped to the eleventh position with 20 games lost. Boca Juniors will face Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play on the road against Argentino (#7) in Junin.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: J.DeGroat 17+9reb, J.Coleman 15+1reb, D.Santiago 11+5reb+3ast, M.Stanic 11+3reb+3ast, P.Hopson 11+3reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 9+3ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: H.Jasen 22+5reb+3ast, J.Manuel Rivero 12+1reb, D.Davis 12+10reb, L.Nailon 9+3reb, J.Williams 7+2reb+2ast, F.Ferrini 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 234000


Round 16
Regatas C. - Libertad S. 76-72

Leader Regatas Corrientes recorded the thirtyth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (22-18) 76-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-9. But Libertad Sunchales won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Regatas Corrientes won last quarter 23-20. The former international guard Paolo Quinteros (190-79) nailed 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds. American guard DerMarr Johnson (206-80, college: Cincinnati) came up with 24 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Jonatan Treise (186-85) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for Libertad Sunchales in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Regatas Corrientes. They maintain first place with 30-11 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 18 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked La Union (#16) in Formosa which should be an easy win for them. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Obras (#13) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 26+5reb+6ast, F.Kammerichs 14+11reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 11+2reb, N.Romano 9+3reb, J.Meyinsse 7+7reb+1ast, J.Martinez 4+2reb+1ast
Libertad S.: D.Johnson 24+9reb+1ast, J.Treise 14+2reb+5ast, A.Alloatti 14+3reb+4ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 6+9reb, G.Mikulas 6+4reb, D.Garcia 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 233999


Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 30-11 
 2. Penarol 27-12 
 3. Lanus 26-13 
 4. Boca Jrs 23-16 
 5. Quimsa 22-18 
 6. Libertad S. 22-18 
 7. Argentino 22-19 
 8. Olimpico LB 22-19 
 9. GECR Indalo 21-19 
 10. Atenas 20-21 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 19-20 
 12. Sionista 19-22 
 13. Obras 15-24 
 14. 9 de Julio 12-28 
 15. Union Progr. 10-29 
 16. La Union 10-31 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 29

Feb. 28: Obras - Penarol 93-79
Mar. 1: Olimpico LB - La Union 88-72
Mar. 1: Regatas C. - Quimsa 85-64
Mar. 1: Sionista - Libertad S. 84-91 OT
Mar. 1: Atenas - Union Progr. 82-79
Mar. 1: 9 de Julio - GECR Indalo 80-99
Feb. 28: Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia 80-78
Feb. 27: Regatas C. - Libertad S. 76-72
Mar. 1: Argentino - Lanus 72-73

Second Stage: Round 31

Mar. 6: Lanus - Libertad S.
Mar. 8: La Union - Sionista
Mar. 8: Union Progr. - Regatas C.
Mar. 8: Olimpico LB - GECR Indalo
Mar. 8: Atenas - Lanus
Mar. 8: 9 de Julio - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 8: Argentino - Penarol
Mar. 8: Boca Jrs - Libertad S.
Mar. 8: Obras - Quimsa


Blancos de Rueda inks Antonio Porta - by Eurobasket News (T)

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (ACB) agreed terms with 30-year old Argentinian ex-international point guard Antonio Porta (187-88kg-83, agency: Players Group). He is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. Porta just played at Givova Scafati in Italian Lega2. In 8 games he had 7.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg this season. He also spent pre-season at Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that year. The last season Porta played at Tezenis (Lega2) in Italy. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg (top 3) and 2.3spg. He helped them to make it to the Italian Lega Due Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 3rd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Porta also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in Beijing (China) five years ago. His team won Bronze but his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Porta has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Italy (Livorno, Angelico Biella and Air Avellino).
On Porta: A PG who is doing better year after year. Has winning mentality and great passing abilities, needs to improve his decision making and his outside shooting, yet under the par.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.2 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio18.1 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.7 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.4 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.8 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs15.8 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.1 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.8 
 10. Shannon, La Union14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.9 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.7 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 7. Battle, Lanus7.4 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.2 
 9. Fierro, Atenas7.0 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.4.0 
 6. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.9 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.8 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 9. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 10. Laprovittola, Lan.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 7. Humphrey, Obras1.0 
 8. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 10. Weigand, Argentino0.8 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Round 7: Petron Blaze defeats KL Dragons in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Filipino Petron Blaze (5-3) which hosted in Manila 4th placed Malaysian KL Dragons (4-5). Fourth ranked Petron Blaze managed to get a 11-point victory 77-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KL Dragons. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-66. Petron Blaze looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Matthew Rogers (211-87, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds for KL Dragons. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze moved-up to second place. KL Dragons at the other side keep the fourth position with five games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KL Dragons will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat 76-58. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Thailand Slammers is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was a great evening for American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Froilan Baguion helped adding 16 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) responded with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Thailand Slammers maintains sixth place with 3-6 record. Saigon Heat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Thailand Slammers will play against league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will play again on the road against Thailand Slammers (#6) in Bangkok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 77-66

An interesting game for Filipino Petron Blaze (5-3) which hosted in Manila 4th placed Malaysian KL Dragons (4-5). Fourth ranked Petron Blaze managed to get a 11-point victory 77-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KL Dragons. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-66. Petron Blaze looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Matthew Rogers (211-87, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Chris Banchero (185-90, college: Seattle Pacific) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and Filipino-Tongan center Moala Tautuaa (200-89, college: Chadron St.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for KL Dragons. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze moved-up to second place. KL Dragons at the other side keep the fourth position with five games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KL Dragons will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: G.Edwards 22+16reb+1ast, M.Tautuaa 17+5reb+3ast, S.Monroe 12+7reb+5ast, J.Melton 6+4reb+5ast, S.Fai Loh 3+1reb+2ast, B.Sin Ooi 3+1ast
Petron Blaze: C.Banchero 21+4reb+4ast, M.Rogers 21+10reb+3ast, R.Rizada 10+2reb, P.Taulava 6+10reb+7ast, L.Avenido 6+7reb+5ast, J.Cawaling 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 229702


Saigon H. - Thailand S. 58-76

Bottom-ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against fifth-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat 76-58. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Thailand Slammers is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Thailand Slammers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American power forward Christien Charles (216-81, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Filipino guard Froilan Baguion (170-80) helped adding 16 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American forward Dior Lowhorn (201-87, college: USF) responded with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and American-Taiwanese guard Larry Tieu (188-86, college: Biola, CA) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Thailand Slammers maintains sixth place with 3-6 record. Saigon Heat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Thailand Slammers will play against league's leader Satria Muda in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saigon Heat will play again on the road against Thailand Slammers (#6) in Bangkok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: D.Lowhorn 34+7reb, P.Aaron Morrison 7+5reb, L.Tieu 6+6reb, M.Trieu 4+4reb+2ast, J.Reyes 4+3reb+5ast, K.Dehesa 3+5reb+2ast
Thailand S.: C.Charles 22+17reb, W.Dawsom 16+7reb, F.Baguion 16+7reb+12ast, K.Lertlaaokul 8+2reb+2ast, M.Earl 4+5reb+1ast, C.Klahan 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 229701


Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Mar. 2: Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 77-66
Mar. 1: Saigon H. - Thailand S. 58-76

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 6: Satria Muda - Thailand S.
Mar. 8: Satria Muda - Petron Blaze
Mar. 9: Thailand S. - Saigon H.



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  AUSTRIA   


Tiedeman's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for Wels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 33 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Wels in his team's victory, helping them to crush St.Polten (#10, 3-20) with 19-point margin 98-79. Wels maintains the 5th position in Austrian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Wels will need more victories to improve their 13-9 record. In the team's last game Tiedeman had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Wels' top player in his first season with the team. Boise State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tiedeman is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.6ppg), assists (4th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 65.6% FGP and 40.6% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) of top-ranked BC Vienna. He is a swingman in his first season at BC Vienna. In the last game Trmal recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as BC Vienna lost that game 79-92 to the lower-ranked Klosterneub. (#4, 16-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. BC Vienna still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 17-6 record. Trmal is a newcomer at BC Vienna and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side) of league's second-best Kapfenberg. Sanchez showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kapfenberg, leading his team to a 89-75 easy win against #3 ranked Gmunden. Kapfenberg needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 6 lost games. Sanchez has a great season in Austria. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 67.9% and 3PT: 45.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Dale (197-G/F-84) of UBSC Graz - 32 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86) of Furstenfeld - 17 points and 16 rebounds
6. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83) of Wels - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Gmunden - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Maksim Kovacevic (199-G/F-87) of St.Polten - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77) of Oberwart - 13 points and 12 rebounds
10. Christoph Nagler (196-G/F-84) of Klosterneub. - 20 points, 4 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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  BELGIUM   


Ethias League Round 19 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Spirou Charleroi (12-6) outlasted Belfius Mons-Hainaut (12-7) in overtime by four points 94-90 on Saturday night. The game took place in Quaregnon. But the guests from Charleroi were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for Devin Green who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Liege Basket (#7) in Liege in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play on the road against the league's leader Base Oostende (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals by Niels Marnegrave of Leuven.


M.Hainaut - Spirou 90-94 OT

Spirou Charleroi (12-6) outlasted Belfius Mons-Hainaut (12-7) in overtime by four points 94-90 on Saturday night. The game took place in Quaregnon. But the guests from Charleroi were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 27-21 charge of Spirou Charleroi, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-10. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) helped adding 23 points. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Liege Basket (#7) in Liege in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play on the road against the league's leader Base Oostende (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: J.Bostic 23+3reb, J.Cage 19+8reb, Q.Taylor 18+11reb, J.Wallace 16+3reb+3ast, M.Randle 6+4reb+1ast, G.Muya 6+3reb+3ast
Spirou: J.Randle 23+1ast, S.Massot 15+7reb, D.Green 13+10reb+2ast, G.Dandridge 9+1reb, A.Riddick 8+1reb, D.Allen 7+4reb
gschID: 187315


Leuven - Verviers-Pep. 107-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster's (4-15) road loss to seventh ranked Leuven Bears (6-12) 91-107 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Leuven Bears. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was better in fourth quarter 33-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leuven Bears shot 60.7 percent from the field. They also forced 19 VOO Verviers-Pepinster turnovers. Strangely VOO Verviers-Pepinster outrebounded Leuven Bears 35-22 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Leuven Bears especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 4 assists. International point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) helped adding 16 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American center Chris Ferguson (206-89, college: Mid-Continent) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Yannick Moray (199-91, agency: LBM Management) scored 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leuven Bears moved-up to sixth place. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Leuven Bears will face higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Okapi Aalstar.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: C.Ferguson 22+10reb+3ast, N.Aleksandrov 20+4reb+3ast, Y.Moray 20+4reb+4ast, S.Moris 17+6reb+1ast, D.Tubak 4+5reb, L.Lambermont 2
Leuven: G.Robinson 28+1reb+4ast, Y.Desiron 18+7reb+3ast, I.Hanavan 17+4reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 16+5reb+10ast, T.Deroover 10+1reb+1ast, B.Burgess 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 187314


Antwerp - Oostende 67-69

Rather predictable result when first ranked Base Oostende (14-5) edged on the road 5th ranked Antwerp Giants (9-10) 69-67 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-20. But Antwerp Giants won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian-German swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 17 points and 5 assists and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-5 record. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Base Oostende will face Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Antwerp Giants will play at home against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 17+2reb+5ast, R.Moors 12+7reb+5ast, M.De Zeeuw 10+6reb+1ast, J.Mwema 9+2reb, Y.Driesen 8+6reb+1ast, B.Hopkins 5+2ast
Oostende: M.Lojeski 21+6reb+2ast, M.Stojic 12+7reb+2ast, W.Wilkinson 9+2reb+2ast, B.Wright 8+5reb+2ast, Q.Serron 5+2reb+1ast, D.Katnic 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 187313


Liege - Aalstar 68-85

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Liege Basket (6-13) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (12-7) 85-68 on Friday. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. His fellow American import Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place, which they share with M.Hainaut. Liege Basket lost their seventh game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Liege Basket will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi.
Top scorers:
Liege: G.Ware 16+10reb, W.Boss Mukubu 15+7reb+1ast, G.Hockins 14+2reb+1ast, L.Bosco 8+3reb+3ast, A.Williamson 6+1reb, P.Gillet 5+7reb
Aalstar: R.Thompson 20+3reb+3ast, D.Raivio 17+5reb+3ast, N.Hartsock 14+5reb, C.Young 13+6reb, L.Cummard 7+6reb+1ast, J.Tofi 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 187312


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.9 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.2 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende17.1 
 4. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.9 
 5. Robinson, Leuven16.6 
 6. Mukubu, Liege16.5 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar16.2 
 8. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.8 
 10. Bostic, M.Hainaut14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.7 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende6.9 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.7 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar6.7 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 8. Gillet, Liege6.1 
 9. Mukubu, Liege6.1 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.4 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.3 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.6 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.3 
 5. Thompson, Aalstar3.6 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.5 
 7. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 8. Raivio, Aalstar3.4 
 9. Moors, Antwerp3.2 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.6 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.2 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp1.8 
 5. Black, Antwerp1.8 
 6. Hanavan, Leuven1.8 
 7. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar1.7 
 9. Anderson, Aalstar1.6 
 10. Biggs, Antwerp1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.3 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.3 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.2 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.2 
 5. Dukes, Leuven0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Aska, Leuven0.6 
 10. Mukubu, Liege0.5 


Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 14-5 
 2. Spirou 12-6 
 3. M.Hainaut 12-7 
 4. Aalstar 12-7 
 5. Antwerp 9-10 
 6. Leuven 6-12 
 7. Liege 6-13 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 2: M.Hainaut - Spirou 90-94 OT
Mar. 1: Liege - Aalstar 68-85
Mar. 1: Antwerp - Oostende 67-69
Mar. 2: Leuven - Verviers-Pep. 107-91

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 7: Antwerp - Leuven
Mar. 8: Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar
Mar. 8: Spirou - Liege
Mar. 9: Oostende - M.Hainaut



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Adriatic League: Split tame Siroki WWin in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Split - Siroki WWin 88:83 (OT)

Split secured the eighth win in the season. They fired past Siroki WWin in overtime at home tonight. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) and Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) teamed up for 11 points in the extra period to help Split to a hard-fought victory at home court. Srdan Subotic and Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) accounted for 18 points each to pace the home team.
Split enjoyed a 20:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But the Bosnian team managed to erase the deficit in the second frame. Siroki levelled things up at halftime 38:38. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second half. Siroki managed to take a 7-point lead at some point in the fourth frame 65:58. The Bosnian team led by three points with under two minutes remaining. However a triple from Markulin tied things up at 73 and forced overtime. Ivan Siriscevic and Srdan Subotic then stepped up for the hosts and led Split to the victory. Ivan Mimica (190-G-80) accounted for 14 points for the winners. Karlo Vragovic (192-G-89) answered with 15 points for Siroki WWin. Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) netted 14 points in the loss.

Split: Srdan Subotic 18, Nikola Vujcic 18, Ivan Mimica 14
Siroki WWin: Karlo Vragovic 15, Marko Ramljak 14



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Lukoil with third straight Cup, Heath - Final game MVP again - by Maria Mitzova

Lukoil Academik Sofia retained the Cup in its possession, after having its easiest Final win for the last three years.
After winning by one and by two in 2011 and 2012, at the Cup Final in 2013, Lukoil nailed a 84-73 victory over the same opposition - Levski.
This was third Cup in a row for the champions.
Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) turned the game over, after Lukoil trailed by 6 points midst the third quarter. It was their 18-2 run, ignited by Heath, that made the comeback possible. He scored the last 14 points of that run, and before the last period, Levski was the one trailing, by as much as 10.
Levski has one last chance, cutting it to 4, but two consecutive three-pointers by Popovic and Avramov closed the deal.
Brandon Heath was chosen MVP of the Final game, for second straight year, finishing with 21 pts, most of them at the end of the third and the beginning of the 4th quarter.
Bojan Popovic had great plays and added 20 pts, while Avramov scored 14 more. Early foul troubles kept Darryl Watkins out of the game, and later on - captain Todor Stoykov.
Chavdar Kostov scored 21 for Levski. Nikolay Varbanov was the best performer for Levski with 16 pts and 15 rebs. Marko Marinovic had tough time against Lukoil defense, and finished with 16 points.



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CIS Round 4 of Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News

UFV - UBC 61-68

Cascades were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Thunderbirds shot 20 for 29 from the free-throw line, while Cascades only scored four points from the stripe. The winners were led by American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Tommy Nixon (198) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds by Kevon Parchment did not help to save the game for Cascades. Forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for lost side.
Top scorers:
UBC: T.Nixon 18+5reb+1ast, D.Plumb 15+10reb+3ast, D.Wagner 9+4reb, C.Morgan 6+4reb, I.Solomon 6+1reb+3ast, B.Kamen 5+8reb
UFV: K.Grewal 14+6reb+1ast, K.Parchment 13+13reb+1ast, K.Figueiredo 12+4reb+2ast, A.Khaira 9+4reb+1ast, S.Ashkenazy 6+3reb+1ast, J.York 4+1reb+6ast
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Ottawa - Windsor 78-58

The game was mostly controlled by Gee-Gees. Lancers managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Gee-Gees' coach James DeRouin used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lancers.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: W.Ward 26+8reb+6ast, J.Berhanemeskel 21+7reb, V.Gill 11+5reb+2ast, M.L'Africain 8+4reb+3ast, M.Tihani 7+5reb+1ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 2+2reb+2ast
Windsor: L.Phillip 19+10reb+2ast, E.Diloreto 16+5reb+2ast, R.Osuntola 9+4reb+2ast, M.Petrella 5+2reb+1ast, J.Malcom 4+1reb, E.Matthews 3+9reb
gschID: 234463


St.Mary''s - UPEI 67-66



St.Mary''s beat UPEI 67:66. Halpin top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Downey replied with 20 points in the losing effort.

Top scorers:
St.Mary''s: R.Halpin 16+7reb, J.McAvoy 11+2reb+2ast, H.Ezenibe 9+16reb+3ast, M.Pink 9+4reb+5ast, K.Thomas 7+8reb, K.Thompson 5+1reb+2ast
UPEI: M.Downey 20+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 16+11reb+6ast, J.Duke 13+11reb, G.Doane 7+8reb, L.Parker 5+4reb, J.Kendrick 3+9reb+2ast


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Lakehead - Carleton 51-72

The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Thunderwolves was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ravens held Thunderwolves to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 40.0 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Thunderwolves 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Clinton Springer-Williams (193) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Ravens players scored in double figures. Forward Joey Nitychoruk produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Joseph Jones (188-89) added 15 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Carleton: P.Scrubb 15+4reb+5ast, T.Hinz 14+9reb+3ast, T.Scrubb 11+4reb+1ast, C.Springer-Williams 10+12reb+2ast, D.Penner 10+3reb+1ast, K.Blain 8+3reb
Lakehead: J.Jones 15+1reb, J.Nitychoruk 12+5reb, J.Hart 8+2reb, D.Harvey 5+6reb+2ast, B.Johnson 5+1reb, M.Schmidt 3+4reb
gschID: 234461


St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 74-70

The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-70. It was a great shooting night for X-Men especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a very good performance for guard Tyrell Vernon (185-88) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 assists. Forward Jeremy Dunn (196) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four X-Men players scored in double figures. Jarred Reid replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Hassan Abdullahi added 20 points in the effort for Tigers. Tigers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 17+5reb+1ast, T.Vernon 17+4reb+7ast, J.Clarke 12+3reb+4ast, W.Donkoh 10+5reb+6ast, R.Madera 9+8reb, S.Coupland 9+8reb
Dalhousie: H.Abdullahi 20+4reb+3ast, J.Reid 16+8reb+5ast, S.Marr 14+9reb+1ast, W.Yengue 8+7reb+1ast, K.Lawrence 7+5reb+1ast, J.Mullings 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 234460


Victoria - Winnipeg 72-59

Vikies outrebounded Wesmen 46-22 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for center Chris McLaughlin (208) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Terrell Evans contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Vikies' coach Craig Beaucamp allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Wesmen.
Top scorers:
Victoria: C.McLaughlin 23+15reb+2ast, T.Evans 19+5reb+2ast, M.Acheampong 10+3reb+2ast, B.Dunlop 8+5reb+4ast, R.Theil 5+8reb, R.Erikson 3+6reb
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 17+6reb+1ast, B.Iko 10+5reb, A.Cunningham 9+5reb+5ast, M.McNee 9+3reb, J.Clennon 5+1reb, N.Gooding 4+1reb
gschID: 234465



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PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 5- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bambuqueros in his first game at home had a better performance of its American players Dorsey, Dunn and Graham who combined scored 50 of the 92 points of the team, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) leaded the Neivas squad posting a nice 20 points and 9 rebounds while Stalin Ortiz added 13, all five Bambuqueros players scored in double figures.
Bukaros si having problems with the consistency during the four quarters, in the previous games was the third the most critical but in the game against the Bambuqueros the in quarters one to three the team did not had a good performance but woke up in the fourth however was late, Tim Jennings had 26 pts in the night.
Bambuqueros 91 D. Dorsey 21 pts, E. Guevara 20 pts + 9 rebs.
Bukaros T. 86 Jennings 26pts, P. Brooks 19 pts.

Living by the three, dying without the three Manizales OC shot 42 3pt FG attempts but just made 11 while Piratas had a very accurate night to stole a very important victory at Manizales, Piratas stock rises after this victory.
Both teams played good defense but Piratas had a better offensive in the paint making the difference, Jamal Johnson had another productive night posting 24 pts in the winners, the Colombian Venezuelan Edgar Arteaga put 18 pts and 11 rebounds, Justin Garris scored 22 for the OC.
Manizales OC 70 J. Garris 22 pts, M. Dodd 9 pts
Piratas 81 J. Johnson 24 pts, E. Arteaga 18 pts + 11 rebs.

The Caribbean Heat was unable to get their first victory fo the season falling at home against the Academia de la Montana, the Medellin team played a good colective game in both sides of the court and took control of the boards, while the Heat still havent found a good chemistry among their players, Academias Steffon Farley 24 pts leaded the way , Patrick Culver leaded the Caribbean Heat one more time with 24 pts
Caribbean Heat 72 P. Culver 20 pts, C. Bradford 17 pts
Academia de la Montana 83 S. Farley 24 pts, C. Chavez 17

Halcones del Norte reached their first victory in the season defeating the Aguilas de Tunja in Cucuta, the arrival of Louis Truscott and a better performance from Byron Burnett helped the Halcones to rule in the paint and the boards, Eleuterio Renteria shined in the game with 23 points.
Eddy Mayfield and Tyron Raison scored 20 points each in the Tunja team.
Halcones del Norte 99 E, Renteria 23 pts, B. Burnett 17 pts + 13 rebs
Aguilas de Tunja 94 E. Mayfield 20 pts, B Rayson 20 pts




Philip Brooks claims Colombian DPB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Philip Brooks (188-G-84) had a great game in the last round for Bucaros and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Bucaros in his team's victory, helping them to beat Caribbean Heat (#7, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 94-85. Bucaros maintains the 3rd position in Colombian DPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Bucaros will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Bucaros and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Patrick Culver (208-C-84) of Caribbean Heat. Culver impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Caribbean Heat lost that game 85-94 to the higher-ranked Bucaros (#3, 3-1). Caribbean Heat managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Culver is one of the most experienced players at Caribbean Heat and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Justin Garris (196-F/G-89) of Once Caldas (#6). Garris scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Once Caldas, leading his team to a 92-88 win against the higher-ranked Aguilas (#2, 3-1). Once Caldas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. The season just started for Garris as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamal Johnson (201-F-81) of Piratas - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Edgar Moreno (190-G-81) of Piratas - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Michael Dodd (193-G/F-86) of Once Caldas - 28 points and 5 assists
7. Cesar Chavez Jacobo (196-PG-85) of Academia - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tyrone Rayson (198-F-80) of Aguilas - 25 points and 4 rebounds
9. Norbey Aragon (194-F/G-78) of Academia - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gabriel Fuentes (203-C) of Piratas - 9 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 11-0 
 2. Dubrava 7-4 
 3. Samobor 7-4 
 4. Zrinjevac 7-5 
 5. Gorica 6-5 
 6. Sanac Karl. 5-7 
 7. Maksimir 4-5 
 8. Mladost Z.(C) 4-6 
 9. Bosco 4-7 
 10. Rudes 2-8 
 11. Kaptol 2-8 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 14-1 
 2. Vinkovci 10-2 
 3. Meteor D. 8-5 
 4. Zupanja 7-7 
 5. Vrijednosnice 6-7 
 6. Vukovar 6-7 
 7. Pozega 5-9 
 8. Olimp Inspekt 3-12 
 9. Virovitica 2-11 
Group North
 1. Graficar 14-4 
 2. Podravac Virje 13-5 
 3. Cakovec 13-5 
 4. Mladost D.(N) 13-5 
 5. Bjelovar 11-6 
 6. Medjimurje C. 11-7 
 7. Vindija V. 9-8 
 8. Petar Zrinski 8-9 
 9. Radnik 5-13 
 10. Ivancica 4-13 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 3-15 
 12. Koprivnica 0-18 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 18-1 
 2. Puntamika 18-1 
 3. Kastela 14-5 
 4. Sukosan 9-10 
 5. Jazine 9-10 
 6. Metkovic 8-11 
 7. Policnik 8-11 
 8. Omis Galeb 8-11 
 9. Solin 7-12 
 10. Cetina 6-13 
 11. DOSK 5-14 
 12. Trogir 4-15 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 12-2 
 2. Stoja Pula 11-3 
 3. Crikvenica 10-4 
 4. Kastav 9-5 
 5. Pula 1981 9-6 
 6. Zamet 5-9 
 7. Otocac 4-9 
 8. Ghia Staff 2-12 
 9. Rovinj 1-13 
 10. Ucka 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 21

Center

Mar. 9: Dubrava - Kaptol
Mar. 9: Hermes Anal. - Samobor
Mar. 9: Maksimir - Gorica
Mar. 9: Rudes - Zrinjevac
Mar. 9: Bosco - Sanac Karl.
Mar. 9: Sus.-Moslavina - Mladost Z.(C)

East

Mar. 9: Vukovar - Vrijednosnice
Mar. 9: Meteor D. - Olimp Inspekt
Mar. 9: Vinkovci - Pozega
Mar. 9: Zupanja - Virovitica

North

Mar. 9: Ivancica - Cakovec
Mar. 9: Petar Zrinski - Koprivnica
Mar. 9: Rudar-Cimper - Podravac Virje
Mar. 9: Bjelovar - Mladost D.(N)
Mar. 9: Radnik - Graficar
Mar. 9: Medjimurje C. - Vindija V.

South

Mar. 9: Metkovic - Puntamika
Mar. 9: Policnik - Trogir
Mar. 9: GKK Sibenik - Kastela
Mar. 9: Sukosan - Solin
Mar. 9: Jazine - Cetina
Mar. 9: Omis Galeb - DOSK

West

Mar. 9: Ghia Staff - Otocac
Mar. 9: Pula 1981 - Ucka
Mar. 9: Crikvenica - Kastav
Mar. 9: Skrljevo - Stoja Pula
Mar. 9: Zamet - Rovinj


Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda eke out home win over Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Cibona 97:95

Crvena Zvezda registered the 17th win in the Adriatic League season. The Serbian powerhouse snatched a tough home win over Cibona on a late three-pointer from Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket).
Crvena Zvezda led by just two points after ten minutes of action 27:25. Cibona erased the deficit in the second frame and pulled ahead for a narrow 51:50 halftime advantage. The Croatian side maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They built a 73:68 lead heading into the fourth frame. But the hosts eventually denied the deficit. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) put Crvena Zvezda in front 84:83 midway through the final period. Boris Savovic and Igor Rakocevic made it 88:83 for the home team. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) answered with quick four points to narrow the gap. He followed with five more points as Cibona spurred ahead 93:92 inside the final minute. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) connected for Crvena Zvezda but D.J. Strawberry hit two free throws to put Cibona up by one 95:94. Marko Simonovic drained a crucial three-pointer in the next possession, while D.J. Strawberry was unable to connect for Cibona in the dying seconds. Igor Rakocevic delivered 21 points, while DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) notched 17 points for the winners. D.J. Strawberry answered with 31 points for Cibona. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) had 13 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 21, DeMarcus Nelson 17, Rasko Katic 16
Cibona: D.J. Strawberry 31, Jerel Blassingame 13



Adriatic League: Split tame Siroki WWin in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Split - Siroki WWin 88:83 (OT)

Split secured the eighth win in the season. They fired past Siroki WWin in overtime at home tonight. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) and Srdan Subotic (190-G-80) teamed up for 11 points in the extra period to help Split to a hard-fought victory at home court. Srdan Subotic and Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) accounted for 18 points each to pace the home team.
Split enjoyed a 20:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But the Bosnian team managed to erase the deficit in the second frame. Siroki levelled things up at halftime 38:38. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second half. Siroki managed to take a 7-point lead at some point in the fourth frame 65:58. The Bosnian team led by three points with under two minutes remaining. However a triple from Markulin tied things up at 73 and forced overtime. Ivan Siriscevic and Srdan Subotic then stepped up for the hosts and led Split to the victory. Ivan Mimica (190-G-80) accounted for 14 points for the winners. Karlo Vragovic (192-G-89) answered with 15 points for Siroki WWin. Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) netted 14 points in the loss.

Split: Srdan Subotic 18, Nikola Vujcic 18, Ivan Mimica 14
Siroki WWin: Karlo Vragovic 15, Marko Ramljak 14



Adriatic League: Gjorji Cekovski leads MZT Skopje past Zadar - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Zadar 94:69

MZT Skopje had little problems defeating Zadar at home court tonight. Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) unloaded 29 points to lead the winners.
MZT Skopje strongly entered the game. They exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter to take an 8-point lead. Zadar however bounced back quickly. The Croats went on a 26:18 run in the second quarter to erase the deficit. But the third term belonged to the hosts. MZT Skopje triggered a 27:14 surge in the third frame to establish a 13-point advantage. The Macedonian side finished off their opponents with a 21:9 rally in the fourth stanza. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) delivered 25 points, while Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) netted 14 points for the winning side. Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) answered with 13 points for Zadar. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84, college: Akron) and Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) chipped in 12 points apiece in the loss.

MZT Skopje: Gjorji Cekovski 29, Todor Gecevski 25, Damjan Stojanovski 14
Zadar: Ive Ivanov 13, Romeo Travis 12, Franko Kastropil 12



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LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eddy HECHEVARRIA
  Santi.
  (193-F/G-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Hechevarria, Santi.23.0 
 2. Soria, Guantanamo20.4 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago19.5 
 4. Jaca, Camaguey18.7 
 5. Boffil, Villa Clara17.6 
 6. Granda, Ciego d.17.0 
 7. Castillo, Matanzas16.6 
 8. Ramos, Camaguey14.9 
 9. Alfonso, Matanzas14.5 
 10. Valdez, Capitalin.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasiel MORALES
  Matanzas
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Morales, Matanzas8.9 
 2. Sanchez, Santiago7.1 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago7.0 
 4. Jaca, Camaguey6.7 
 5. Fundora, Villa Cla.6.6 
 6. Haiti, Ciego de Av.6.5 
 7. Reyes, Ciego de Av.6.4 
 8. Alorda, Capitalinos5.3 
 9. Baldo, Camaguey4.8 
 10. Cairo, Capitalinos4.7 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando HERNANDEZ
  Santiago
  (190-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Hernandez, Santia.4.4 
 2. Arcia, Villa Clara3.9 
 3. Villegas, Camaguey3.6 
 4. Rodriguez, Ciego d.3.2 
 5. Oliva, Artemisa3.1 
 6. Deschapelles, Mata.2.9 
 7. Monterrey, Artem.2.3 
 8. Haiti, Ciego de Av.2.3 
 9. Areas, Santiago2.0 
 10. Ramos, Camaguey2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yasmanis DESCHAPELLES
  Matan.
  (179-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Deschapelles, Mata.5.5 
 2. Hernandez, Santia.4.3 
 3. Monterrey, Artem.4.2 
 4. Villegas, Camaguey3.9 
 5. Arcia, Villa Clara3.7 
 6. Ramos, Camaguey3.7 
 7. Jaca, Camaguey3.7 
 8. Castillo, Matanzas3.7 
 9. Soria, Guantanamo3.3 
 10. Ochoa, Santiago3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan Carlos SANCHEZ
  Santiago
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sanchez, Santiago2.4 
 2. Morales, Matanzas1.1 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.1 
 4. Rivera, Matanzas1.0 
 5. Jaca, Camaguey0.9 
 6. Lima, Capitalinos0.9 
 7. Valdez, Capitalinos0.7 
 8. Baldo, Camaguey0.6 
 9. Torres, Capitalinos0.6 
 10. Granda, Ciego d.0.5 



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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Allen, Omonia18.8 
 2. Brown, Apollon18.6 
 3. Aleksic, AEL17.9 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Outerbridge, AEL16.2 
 6. Williams, Etha16.1 
 7. Warren, Apollon15.5 
 8. Fisher, AEK15.2 
 9. Diggs, Omonia14.8 
 10. Crocker, Keravnos14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Outerbridge, AEL9.0 
 2. Pesic, AEL8.6 
 3. Buljan, Keravnos7.9 
 4. Aleksic, AEL7.4 
 5. Brown, Apollon7.2 
 6. Diggs, Omonia7.1 
 7. Vaughn, Keravnos6.5 
 8. Jefferson, Apollon6.4 
 9. Fisher, AEK6.3 
 10. Bolden, ENAD6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEL
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 2. Diggs, Omonia4.9 
 3. Maze, Keravnos4.8 
 4. Palalas, AEL3.6 
 5. Adegboye, Etha3.5 
 6. Demertzis, Kerav.3.4 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.3 
 8. Guillandeaux, AEL2.8 
 9. Mokongo, Apoel2.7 
 10. Panteli, AEK2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Hamilton, ENAD2.4 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel2.1 
 4. Diggs, Omonia1.9 
 5. Poole, Etha1.8 
 6. Buljan, Keravnos1.7 
 7. Brown, Apollon1.7 
 8. Williams, Etha1.7 
 9. Crocker, Keravnos1.6 
 10. Panteli, AEK1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  AEK
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, AEK1.9 
 2. Outerbridge, AEL1.8 
 3. Jefferson, Apollon1.6 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.2 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos1.2 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.1 
 7. Morrison, Apoel0.8 
 8. Maras, Etha0.8 
 9. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 10. Pesic, AEL0.5 


Apollon Keeps Season Alive, Edges APOEL 83-79 - by Nima Siar

Limassol - CY,

After losing the game 1 of the 2013 Cyprus League Playoffs quarterfinals to APOEL 85-69 in Nicosia, Limassol side Apollon was able to hold on to force a decisive game 3. The winner of the next game will take on top seed Keravnos in a best of five series. Led by Andrew Warren (18 pts, 3/4 3's, 7 ast) Apollon jumped out to a early 14 point lead after the first quarter however they let the visiting team back in the game and were trailing in the end of the third quarter after a 9-0 run. APOEL's bench came through as Michael Kremen and Ales Chan helped lead the charge with 28 points combined on 59% shooting. They were able to own the paint and turn Apollon's game high 16 turnovers into a 22-6 advantage. All five Apollon starters scored double figures and the 29-15 difference in fast break points proved to be the difference in the game.

Game Notes:

Apollon: 50% FG, 10/21 3's, 62% FT
Diego Kapelan: 16 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl
Marvin Jefferson: 13 pts, 67% FG, 6 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk

APOEL: 42% FG, 19/22 FT, 10 stl
Michael Kremen: 5/10 FG, 3/4 3's, 7 reb, 4 ast, 4 stl
Porter Troupe: 14 pts, 2/5 3's, 4 reb, 2 stl

* game stats provided by the Cyprus Basketball Federation *



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NBL Round 3: BC Kolin defeats NH Ostrava in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 3 in the NBL took place in Kolin. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best NH Ostrava (18-9) to sixth ranked BC Kolin (15-11) 82-80 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Kolin made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward David Machac (205-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) helped adding 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Kolin maintains sixth place in Group A1 with 15-11 record. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. BC Kolin are looking forward to face league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NH Ostrava will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked USK Praha (12-16) against sixth ranked B&W Opava (8-20) on Saturday night. Visiting USK Praha was defeated by B&W Opava in Opava 77-62. It was an exceptional evening for forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Radim Kramny accounted for 15 points and 14 rebounds. B&W Opava's coach Petr Czudek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Viktor Cvek (200-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for USK Praha in the defeat. B&W Opava moved-up to fifth place in Group A2, which they share with J.Hradec. USK Praha at the other side keeps the second position with 16 games lost. B&W Opava will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#7) on the road in the next round. USK Praha will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Svitavy. 4th placed host Basketbal Svitavy (9-19) lost to third ranked Levharti Chomutov (11-17) 85-75. The best player for the winners was John Fields who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Michael Deloach who recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Levharti Chomutov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Group A2 with 11-17 record having twelve points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Basketbal Svitavy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 19 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home league's second-placed USK Praha in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against the league's second-placed USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Levice (15-13) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (7-21) 95-81. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Willie Kemp who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 4 assists. Levice have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A2 with 15-13 record. BK Usti nad Labem lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. Levice's next round opponent will be BK Lions Hradec (#5) in J.Hradec. BK Usti nad Labem will play at home against B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Pardubice was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked BK Decin (16-11) played at the court of 5th ranked BK Pardubice (17-9). BK Decin did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-68 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Patrick Pope who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory BK Decin went down to fifth position (Group A1) due to points difference. Loser BK Pardubice dropped to the third place with nine games lost. BK Decin will face higher ranked BK Prostejov (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Group A1
BK Pardubice - BK Decin 68-85

The game in Pardubice was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked BK Decin (16-11) played at the court of 5th ranked BK Pardubice (17-9). BK Decin did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. BK Pardubice was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Decin looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. His fellow American import guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) helped adding 13 points and 6 assists. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Zbynek Pospisil (206-81) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Michal Carnecky (184-85) scored 5 points and 7 assists. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory BK Decin went down to fifth position (Group A1) due to points difference. Loser BK Pardubice dropped to the third place with nine games lost. BK Decin will face higher ranked BK Prostejov (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: Z.Pospisil 15+7reb, S.Faifr 10+2reb, M.Peterka 8+1reb, P.Bohacik 7+5reb+1ast, L.Kotas 6+3reb+2ast, C.Muirhead 6+6reb+1ast
BK Decin: P.Pope 22+4reb+3ast, L.Sanders 13+4reb+6ast, R.Landa 12+7reb, A.Alic 11+1reb+2ast, J.Jiricek 8+1reb, L.Stria 7+4reb+7ast
gschID: 233043


BC Kolin - NH Ostrava 82-80

The most exciting game of round 3 in the NBL took place in Kolin. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best NH Ostrava (18-9) to sixth ranked BC Kolin (15-11) 82-80 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Kolin made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward David Machac (205-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) helped adding 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Rahsaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Kolin maintains sixth place in Group A1 with 15-11 record. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. BC Kolin are looking forward to face league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NH Ostrava will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: A.Dufault 23+8reb+2ast, C.Barnes 19+4reb+2ast, R.Ames 9+8reb+8ast, M.Gniadek 7+5reb+1ast, A.Ciz 7+1reb, L.Jurecka 5+2reb+1ast
BC Kolin: D.Machac 34+6reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 21+5reb+5ast, D.Bolds 15+10reb, T.Vyoral 4+4reb, R.Field 2+4reb+3ast, D.Radulovic 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 233042


Group A2
Svitavy - Chomutov 75-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Svitavy. 4th placed host Basketbal Svitavy (9-19) lost to third ranked Levharti Chomutov (11-17) 85-75. Levharti Chomutov outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 43-23 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) who recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) added 16 points respectively. Levharti Chomutov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Group A2 with 11-17 record having twelve points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Basketbal Svitavy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 19 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home league's second-placed USK Praha in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against the league's second-placed USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: M.Deloach 21+8reb+4ast, P.Mroz 16+4reb+1ast, T.Macela 12+1reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 9+2reb, M.Sykora 8+5reb+1ast, L.Moravec 4+2reb+4ast
Chomutov: J.Fields 24+11reb+4ast, C.Allen 24+8reb+2ast, P.Bosak 10+2reb, V.Honomichl 7+2reb+2ast, S.Glover 7+5reb+5ast, P.Stanek 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 233080


Levice - Usti n/Labem 95-81

NBL top team - Levice (15-13) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (7-21) 95-81. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for point guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 4 assists. Forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St.) answered with 20 points and forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) added 17 points in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Levice have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A2 with 15-13 record. BK Usti nad Labem lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. Levice's next round opponent will be BK Lions Hradec (#5) in J.Hradec. BK Usti nad Labem will play at home against B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 20+4reb+2ast, B.Reese 17+4reb+2ast, S.Licartovsky 15+2reb+4ast, R.Lewandowski 12+7reb+2ast, R.Ptacek 8+1reb+2ast, L.Horak 7+5reb
Levice: W.Kemp 31+4ast, J.Simmons 24+8reb+1ast, B.Fields 15+5reb, S.Nuhanovic 10+11reb+1ast, R.Grznar 9+1reb+2ast, B.Addison 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 233078


B&W Opava - USK Praha 77-62

Very important is a road loss of second ranked USK Praha (12-16) against sixth ranked B&W Opava (8-20) on Saturday night. Visiting USK Praha was defeated by B&W Opava in Opava 77-62. B&W Opava outrebounded USK Praha 47-27 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Center Radim Kramny (215-85) accounted for 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. B&W Opava's coach Petr Czudek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Viktor Cvek (200-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for USK Praha in the defeat. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. B&W Opava moved-up to fifth place in Group A2, which they share with J.Hradec. USK Praha at the other side keeps the second position with 16 games lost. B&W Opava will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#7) on the road in the next round. USK Praha will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: B.Meno 14+6reb+1ast, V.Cvek 13+10reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 11+5reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 10+1reb+1ast, M.Mares 5+2reb, M.Sotnar 5+2reb+2ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 23+8reb, P.Martin 15+5reb+2ast, R.Kramny 15+14reb+1ast, P.Dokoupil 7+1reb+2ast, J.Sirina 5+6reb+5ast, K.Vlcek 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233079


Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 25-1 
 2. NH Ostrava 18-9 
 3. BK Pardubice 17-9 
 4. BK Prostejov 16-10 
 5. BK Decin 16-11 
 6. BC Kolin 15-11 
Group A2
 1. Levice 15-13 
 2. USK Praha 12-16 
 3. Chomutov 11-17 
 4. Svitavy 9-19 
 5. J.Hradec 8-20 
 6. B&W Opava 8-20 
 7. Usti n/Labem 7-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

A2

Mar. 2: Levice - Usti n/Labem 95-81

A1

Mar. 2: BC Kolin - NH Ostrava 82-80

A2

Mar. 2: B&W Opava - USK Praha 77-62
Mar. 2: Svitavy - Chomutov 75-85

A1

Mar. 2: BK Pardubice - BK Decin 68-85

Second Stage: Round 4

A1

Mar. 7: BK Prostejov - BK Decin
Mar. 9: NH Ostrava - BK Pardubice
Mar. 6: CEZ Nymburk - BC Kolin

A2

Mar. 6: USK Praha - Svitavy
Mar. 6: Usti n/Labem - B&W Opava
Mar. 6: J.Hradec - Levice
Mar. 9: B&W Opava - J.Hradec
Mar. 9: Svitavy - Usti n/Labem
Mar. 9: Chomutov - USK Praha


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.8 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy18.6 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava18.0 
 4. Bolds, BC Kolin17.7 
 5. Fields, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Meno, USK Praha17.5 
 7. Reese, Usti n.17.3 
 8. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.3 
 9. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.3 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.4 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.1 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.2 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.7 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy7.1 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.7.1 
 8. Simmons, Levice7.0 
 9. Bolds, BC Kolin6.9 
 10. Reese, Usti n.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rahsaan AMES
  NH Ostrava
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Ames, NH Ostrava5.7 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.6 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy4.5 
 4. Kemp, Levice4.2 
 5. Glover, Chomutov4.1 
 6. Pope, BK Decin4.0 
 7. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 9. Pavkovic, CEZ N.3.8 
 10. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.9 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin2.1 
 3. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 5. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy2.0 
 7. Reese, Usti n.1.8 
 8. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 9. Pope, BK Decin1.6 
 10. Kemp, Levice1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Simmons, Levice1.0 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 5. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 6. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 7. Mroz, Svitavy0.8 
 8. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 



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Standings - 1st Division

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 2: Lemvig - Jonstrup 88-78
Mar. 2: Virum - Amager BK 79-64
Mar. 2: Aarhus BF - Stevnsgade 70-78
Mar. 2: ALBA - Koge BK 46-72

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 9: Jonstrup - Haderslev
Mar. 9: Aarhus BF - Lemvig
Mar. 9: Glostrup - BMS Skovlunde
Mar. 9: ALBA - Virum
Mar. 9: Falcon - Koge BK



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Six games recap from Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz W. - Rio Grande VV 130-112
Fresh off its biggest loss of the season, the Santa Cruz Warriors gave the visiting Rio Grande Valley Vipers a taste of their own medicine just one night later. Santa Cruz led from start to finish and scored a season-high in points in a 130-112 victory over the Vipers Saturday night at a sold-out Kaiser Permanente Arena. Seven different Warriors scored in double digits as Santa Cruz denied the Vipers the chance to be the first team to defeat Santa Cruz at home twice in a season. Taylor Griffin (6'8''-F-86, college: Oklahoma), who missed most of the previous game after receiving a gash on his forehead, returned and lead Santa Cruz with 21 points. Daniel Nwaelele (6'5''-G-84, college: Air Force) came off the bench and scored 20 points, including a 5-of-8 performance from behind the 3-point line. Point guard Stefhon Hannah added 19 points and six assists and Cameron Jones nearly had a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a team-high seven assists. Hilton Armstrong added 16 points and eight rebounds. Darington Hobson came off the bench with 16 points and Mickell Gladness added a double-double -- 12 points and 11 rebounds -- in the victory. The Warriors had fallen to the Vipers 131-100 the previous night. "It was an effort because last night was kind of tough for us. We didn't play good as a team," Hannah said. "Tonight we came together as a team, played defense as a team and shared the ball on offense." The Vipers (21-14) closed the second quarter with a burst and cut the Warriors' 17-point lead to just 10 at halftime. Santa Cruz coach Nate Bjorkgren was able to get his starters some rest and his bench played so well in the fourth quarter that only starters Jones and Armstrong saw playing time in the period. "We wanted to set the tone tonight, then get the crowd in it," Hannah said. "We got going, then the crowd got going, and it's tough for a team to come back on us when we play our brand of basketball." While the Warriors were getting the bulk of their scoring from what was practically their whole roster, the Vipers got it from mainly three guys. Tyler Honeycutt (6'8''-F-90, college: UCLA) had a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) had 23 points and eight rebounds and Glen Rice, Jr. had 21 points and nine rebounds. Honeycutt and post player Royce White -- who was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter -- were on assignment from the Houston Rockets, the Vipers' NBA affiliate. The Warriors (23-13) will now have five nights off to get some rest and recovery. They play again Friday night against visiting Sioux Falls. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com

Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 114-99
Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) unloaded 28 points and distributed 10 assists to lead the Los Angeles D-Fenders to a home win over the Bakersfield Jam. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) connected for 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as the D-Fenders jumped at 15-19 record in the Western Conference. The Jam enjoyed a 26:20 lead after the starting quarter but the D-Fenders dominated from there on. The hosts erased the deficit to knot things up at 49 after the first half. They went on a 32:20 run in the third quarter to clear off for good. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) notched 27 points for the Jam. Mike Scott accounted for 25 points and 12 boards in the losing case.

Ft.Wayne MA - Idaho S. 109-98
Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) scored 25 points off the bench, but the Idaho Stampede lost to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 109-98. Jason Ellis (6'7''-F-82, college: Boise St.) added eight points and a season-high 15 rebounds in the loss for Idaho (10-24). Fort Wayne (18-19) led by as many as 23 and went 10-of-24 from the 3-point line, while holding Idaho to just 41.3 percent from the floor and 5-of-21 from the 3-point line. In addition, the Stampede made just 17-of-31 free throw attempts and were out-rebounded 59-43. Justin Holiday had 18 points and two blocks, while Reggie Hamilton added 10 points and three steals. Mustapha Farrakhan had 14 points and Justin Harper had seven points and eight rebounds. Fort Wayne saw four players reach double figures, including Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama), who had 27 points and nine rebounds. Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) added 23 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Wallace had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, and Anthony Richardson added 22 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Idaho plays at Iowa at 4 p.m. CT Sunday. Fort Wayne is host to Canton on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. Courtesy of: wane.com

Canton C. - Springfield A. 112-111
Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) drilled a three-point jumper with 5.3 seconds left that proved to be the game-winning points as the Canton Charge defeated the Springfield Armor 112-111 in front of 3,371 at the Memorial Civic Center on Saturday night. The win improved the Charge's East Division-leading record to 22-14 while the Armor fell to 13-23. Both teams got off to a hot start offensively, with Dominique Johnson netting 11 first quarter points to lead Canton to a 35-31 advantage after the first quarter. The Charge continued to outshoot the Armor in the second quarter, but Springfield was able to create more opportunities by forcing seven Canton turnovers that allowed the visitors to outscore them 31-22 in the period and take a 62-57 lead into the half. The Charge pulled back ahead in the third quarter with a 17-2 run over a span of 4:34 in which five different players contributed scoring, giving them their largest lead of the game at 76-68. Springfield chipped away throughout the remainder of the period to dwindle Canton's lead to 85-83 entering the fourth. Canton built their advantage to as many as six in the early minutes of the fourth, but Springfield were again persistent with an 8-2 run to tie the game at 93-93. Three more ties ensued before the Armor were able to pull ahead 108-104 on a 7-3 run. Gibson first put the Charge back ahead 109-108 with a 16-foot jumper with 56.6 seconds left. After stops on both ends, Springfield grabbed two offensive rebounds and Willie Reed put back the third to give them the 110-109 lead. After the Charge were unable to convert on the other end and had to foul, Tornike Shengelia (6'8''-PF-91) split the pair of free throws that had the Armor up 111-109. Off the timeout with 8.4 seconds left, Gibson took the inbounds pass on the right wing and pumped to give himself space to dribble to his left. He let the ball fly and hit the three-point shot with 5.3 seconds left. Gibson then made the play on the defensive end to seal the deal as he stole the ball from Kris Joseph at the top of the lane just before time expired. Gibson finished with a team-high 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting with four rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes for his ninth 20-point game of the season. Kevin Jones (6'8''-F-89, college: W.Virginia) notched his seventh double-double in nine games with Canton this year, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. Josh Selby had a solid all-around effort of 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes. Arinze Onuaku added 17 points with eight rebounds in 27 minutes. Shengelia poured in a game-high 29 points with four steals in 33 minutes on assignment from the Brooklyn Nets. Reed came off the bench to score 19 points with seven rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes. Joseph finished with 15 points and three rebounds in 34 minutes, while Ramone Moore was huge off the bench for the Armor in hitting 5-of-7 three-point attempts for 15 points in 20 minutes of relief. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S. 102-99
The Tulsa 66ers fought back from a 14-point deficit in the final six minutes to top the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 102-99, on Saturday at the SpiritBank Event Center. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones III (6'11''-F-91, college: Baylor) led all players in scoring with 21 points alongside seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Fellow Thunder assignee Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) scored 18 with four rebounds, three assists and two steals and DeAndre Liggins posted five points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds. Trailing 94-80 with six minutes remaining, Tulsa put together a 14-0 run to tie the game with 2:24 on the clock. Sioux Falls answered with a 5-0 run to lead the 66ers 99-94 with just under a minute to play. Rasual Butler used a driving dunk with 48 seconds left to begin chipping away at the Skyforce lead. After a 3-point miss by Sioux Falls' Damian Saunders on the next possesion, Lamb pulled down the rebound and threw a lob pass to Butler, who laid it in to get within one. As Sioux Falls brought the ball up court, Liggins and Butler double-teamed Skyforce guard Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and trapped him at halfcourt. As Liggins applied the defensive pressure, Butler stole the ball from Nichols and dunked it in to give Tulsa the lead with 10 seconds to play. The 66ers defense forced a missed shot on Sioux Falls' final possession before Butler was fouled and sealed Tulsa's sixth-straight win with a pair of free throws. "During the course of the whole game I was preaching to the guys that they needed to stay together and stay focused," said Tulsa Head Coach Darko Rajakovic. "I told the guys to not think about the scoreboard or the result, just stay focused and show effort and play for our team. After a couple of stops in a row and good transition offense, guys saw that we were just a few points down. That was extra motivation for us and we finished the game on a high level." Butler, an 11-year NBA veteran, scored Tulsa's final eight points. He scored 14 overall with seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Tulsa (21-15) also saw a productive night from Andy Rautins, who scored 15 points and went 3-for-4 from 3-point range. With 117 3-point field goals on the season, Rautins tied the franchise record for most 3-pointers in a season, set by Moses Ehambe in 2009-10. Sioux Falls (21-15) had seven players score in double digits, led by James Mays' 18 points and 11 rebounds. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Reno B. 94-91
The Texas Legends (17-20), presented by Veracruz (visit Veracruz.mx), fought through a close game to defeat the Reno Bighorns (13-22) 94-91. The two teams kept the score tight for four quarters with the largest lead being 13 (Reno) in the third quarter. The Legends went into halftime down 45-54 and allowed Reno to increase the deficit to double digits early in the second half. Falling behind by 13 twice the Legends powered on and cut the difference to four going into the final period. Dwayne Jones hit two free throws with eight minutes in play to tie up the game for the seventh time of the night. From that point on the Legends took control and with 10 seconds left, Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) drove in the final shot of the game to give the Legends the 3-point victory. Dentmon led the Legends with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Fred House posted a well-rounded game with 7 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Reno's leading scorer was Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) with the game's only double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Goudelock's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Rio Grande VV and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 50.
He had the game-high 33 points adding eight assists for Rio Grande VV in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Santa Cruz W. (#1, 22-13) with 31-point margin 131-100. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rio Grande VV is placed at 2nd position in D-League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 21-13 record. In the team's last game Goudelock had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Rio Grande VV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. College of Charleston graduate has very impressive stats this year. Goudelock is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.6ppg) and averages solid 51.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Iowa E.. He is a swingman in his first season at Iowa E.. In the last game Harris recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Iowa E. cruised to a 109-100 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Texas L. (#5, 16-20). Iowa E.'s 8th position in the standings has not changed. 29 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Iowa E. managed to get this year. Harris is a newcomer at Iowa E. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Iowa E.'s star - forward Othyus Jeffers (196-F-85, agency: Priority Sports). Jeffers showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Iowa E., helping his team with a 109-100 win against the higher-ranked Texas L. (#5, 16-20). Iowa E. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-29 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jeffers he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jeffers has a very solid season. In 20 games in D-L he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, 3.6apg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Texas L. - 18 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Henry Sims (208-C-90) of Erie Bay H. - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Fabricio Melo (212-C-90) of Maine RC - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Chris Porter (201-F-78) of Ft.Wayne MA - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Travis Leslie (193-G-90) of Santa Cruz W. - 29 points and 6 rebounds
9. Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) of Santa Cruz W. - 14 points and 10 rebounds

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



Scott is assigned to Bakersfield Jam - by Eurobasket News (T)

Bakersfield Jam added to their roster 25-year old forward Mike Scott (203-110kg-88, college: Virginia). It is actually his comeback to Bakersfield Jam as he played here before. Scott just played at Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. In 25 games he recorded only 3.0ppg and 2.1rpg this season. He also played at Bakersfield Jam earlier that season. In four D-League games he averaged 13.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3apg.
Last year Scott was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (43rd overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as he was voted USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 3rd Team and NABC Division I All-District 2 1st Team in 2012.
On Scott: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
At 6'8 245, Scott is on the small side for the PF position, but makes up for that with effort and hard work Pretty underrated athleticism Offensively, Scott has some nice tools and a relatively mature game He likes to play with his back to the rim, but also is a decent face-up shooter In the post, Scott seals well and is willing to bang Also has a pretty soft touch He has a nice right hand jump hook and is most decisive with that move than any other move he has in his arsenal. Shows a turnaround jumper as well that he likes to use when he flips his left shoulder
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



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San Marcos claims D2 Clausura title - by Jaime Arevalo

Defeating 2-0 Halcones in Final playoff, San Marcos took the 2012-13 Division 2 Clausura crown.
Game 1 ended 82-63, and the best performers were: in San Marcos Ruben Guevara at 26 pts and Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) at 24 pts, in Halcones Cesar Alvarez at 22pts.
Game 2 ended 71-64, and the best performers were: in San Marcos Manuel Artiga with 20 pts and Ruben Guevara at 12, in Halcones Cesar Alvarez, who was the game top scorer with 30 points in losing effort.
The Finals MVP Award went to Manuel Artiga
Centro Educativo Denver ended Clausura at third place.
Halcones (winner of D2 Apertura) and San Marcos (Clausura Champion) will meet again next week in D2 Final Series



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Krstic's 20 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old center Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) had a great game in the last round for CSKA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 20 points adding four rebounds and four assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat ALBA (#7, 1-8) 80-65. CSKA maintains the 3rd position in Euroleague group E. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Top 16. CSKA will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. It's Krstic's second year at CSKA and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nenad Krstic averages this season 13.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral. He is Polish-Swedish forward in his second season at Caja Laboral. In the last game Lampe recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Caja Laboral was edged by slightly higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (4-5) 66-62. This loss caused Caja Laboral to drop to 6th position in group F. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Lampe is well-known at Caja Laboral and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Khimky (#4). Davis scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Davis' great performance Khimky lost 69-71 to #1 ranked FCB Regal. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Khimky needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group F. Their record is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Davis has a very solid season. In 18 games in Euroleague he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 60.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) of Panathinaikos - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Randal Falker (201-F-85) of Besiktas - 11 points and 9 rebounds
6. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) of Fener.Ulker - 22 points and 3 rebounds
7. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) of Zalgiris - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of Unicaja - 12 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FCB Regal - 16 points and 5 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Brown, Montepaschi19.4 
 2. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.8 
 4. Bogdanovic, Fener..15.8 
 5. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.5 
 7. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 8. Weems, CSKA14.2 
 9. Popovic, Zalgiris13.8 
 10. Krstic, CSKA13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija9.8 
 2. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 3. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 5. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 6. James, Maccabi T-A6.4 
 7. Lampe, Caja L.6.2 
 8. Lasme, Panathin.6.2 
 9. Thompson, ALBA5.9 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.1 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.2 
 5. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 6. Cook, EA7 Armani5.0 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 8. Heurtel, Caja L.4.7 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Zalgiris
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 2. Gordon, Anadolu1.9 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA1.7 
 4. Hickman, Maccabi1.7 
 5. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.1.7 
 6. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 7. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
 9. Markoishvili, Cantu1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.1 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.8 
 3. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 4. Tomic, FCB Regal1.4 
 5. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 6. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 7. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 8. Ress, Montepaschi1.1 
 9. Falker, Besiktas1.1 
 10. Gordon, Partizan1.1 



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KORISLIIGA: Kouvot crushed KTP - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 34: Kouvot (Kouvola) crushed tonight Top League top team KTP (Kotka) 83-63 (41-30). Kouvot was better in everything. KTP had hardly three players over 10 points and playing without The Player of February, Mr Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) seems to be difficult. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) was replacing Barrett, who is on injured list. Faison started with 10pts/6rbs in 25:51 minutes. Such players as Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) and Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) combined two (2) pts for KTP (26-8).
Kouvot won the rebounds 50-36 and Samuli Vanttaja (210-F/C-91) grabbed alone his season high 17 rbs. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led Kouvot (17-17) with 18 pts, Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) had a double-double 17pts/11rbs.
FoKoPo (Forssa) lost the three first quarters (36-53) vs UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki), then won the last quarter 27-15, but visitor Korihait won the contest 63-68 (21-35). Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) and Sami Ikavalko (188-G-89) netted both 13 pts for FoKoPo (8-26). Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida) led Korihait (12-22) with 20pts/10rbs. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) added 13 pts and T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) had a double-double 10pts/13rbs.

And at Kauhajoki OT was needed, when YMCA Lahti upset the hosting Karhu 73-78 (68) (44-39). There were 42 turnovers in this game. Both teams got the most points from the foreigner players. Karhu's Americans combined 50 pts and YMCA Lahti (8-25) got 63 pts from team's three Americans.
Kouvot - KTP 83-63 (41-30). (Gilberto Clavell 18, Chris Hester 17/11/5a, Lamarr Greer 15 - Devonne Giles 14/9, Antwine Williams 11, Marcus Faison 10. A: 1239).
FoKoPo - UU-Korihait 63-68 (21-35). (Jahmar Thorpe 13, Sami Ikavalko 13, Andrais Thornton 12/14 - Alain Laroche 20/10, Villematti Kopio 13, T.J.Robinson 10/13. A: 337).
Karhu - YMCA Lahti OT 73-78 (68) (44-39). (Giordan Watson 20/8a, Haminn Quaintance 16, Eric Hicks 14/10 - Jordan Hasquet 22, Emmanuel Holloway 21, Louis Johnson 20/12. A: 1323).

In Division 1 A YMCA Oulu lost the game # 4 in a row. This time the winning team was Riento from Saynatsalo, which team had lost nine games in a row before this one: 74-84 (43-44). Josh Nofflet (194-G/F-88, college: Lee) led YMCA Oulu (10-11) with a double-double 26pts/13rbs. Shaquille Johnson (190-G-90, college: Marshall) netted 18 pts for SayRi (5-16). Miikka Marttinen (196-F-92) added 15 pts.


Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 26-8 
 2. Nilan Bisons 25-8 
 3. Kataja 24-6 
 4. Pyrinto 24-8 
 5. Kauhajoki 21-13 
 6. Kouvot 17-17 
 7. LrNMKY 15-18 
 8. Korihait 12-22 
 9. Salon Vilpas 10-24 
 10. Lapua 9-24 
 11. Namika Lahti 8-25 
 12. FoKoPo 8-26 

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 2: Kouvot - KTP 83-63
Mar. 1: Kataja - Nilan Bisons 74-72
Mar. 2: Kauhajoki - Namika Lahti 73-78
Mar. 2: FoKoPo - Korihait 63-68

Regular Season: Round 36

Mar. 5: Korihait - Kataja
Mar. 6: Lapua - Salon Vilpas
Mar. 6: Nilan Bisons - Kauhajoki
Mar. 6: Namika Lahti - Kouvot
Mar. 6: KTP - Pyrinto
Mar. 6: LrNMKY - FoKoPo


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Conley, LrNM.23.0 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.9 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.1 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua19.2 
 6. Logins, LrNM.17.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto17.8 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo16.5 
 10. Holloway, Namika16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Conley, LrNM.10.0 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.9.6 
 3. Robinson, Korihait9.4 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.0 
 5. Thornton, FoKoPo8.9 
 6. Giles, KTP8.5 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.3 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.1 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.5 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.1 
 3. Smith, Kataja5.1 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.6 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.5 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.3 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.6 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.4 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.5 
 10. Tolbert, Lapua1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 3. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Giles, KTP0.9 
 7. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto0.8 
 9. Hampton, Lapua0.8 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 



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Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 2: Le Havre - Limoges 85-74
Mar. 2: Poitiers - Boulazac 81-86 OT
Mar. 2: Dijon - Orleans 74-83
Mar. 2: Le Mans - Paris-Levallois 72-59
Mar. 2: Cholet - ASVEL 71-81
Mar. 2: Nancy - Nanterre 71-79
Mar. 2: Chalon - Gravelines 69-67 OT
Mar. 4: Roanne - Strasbourg


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 20-5 
 2. Evreux 18-7 
 3. Le Portel 17-8 
 4. Chalons-Reims 16-9 
 5. Boulogne 15-10 
 6. Antibes 15-10 
 7. Fos Ouest 15-10 
 8. Bourg 14-11 
 9. Rouen 14-11 
 10. Maurienne 13-12 
 11. Lille 12-13 
 12. St Quentin 11-14 
 13. Hyeres-Toulon 10-15 
 14. Nantes 9-16 
 15. St Vallier 8-17 
 16. Denain 7-18 
 17. Bordeaux 6-19 
 18. Charleville 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 1: Bourg - Denain 91-81
Mar. 2: Le Portel - Lille 90-76
Mar. 1: Bordeaux - St Quentin 89-87
Mar. 1: Fos Ouest - Boulogne 89-100
Mar. 1: Rouen - Antibes 85-70
Mar. 1: Maurienne - Nantes 79-66
Mar. 1: Charleville - Evreux 74-87
Mar. 1: Hyeres-Toulon - Chalons-Reims 70-66
Mar. 1: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - St Vallier 111-76


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Dwight BUYCKS
  Gravelines
  (190-PG-89)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Buycks, Gravelines18.2 
 2. May, Paris-Levallo.18.0 
 3. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.6 
 5. King, Le Havre16.3 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg16.2 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.8 
 8. Nivins, Poitiers15.8 
 9. Sommerville, Nancy15.4 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.0 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.7.8 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.7 
 5. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.3 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy7.2 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac7.1 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers6.9 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. King, Le Havre6.9 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.6 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.5 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.1 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 8. Campbell, Stras.4.7 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.9 
 4. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 5. Campbell, Stras.1.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 7. Linehan, Nancy1.6 
 8. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 9. Greene, Orleans1.5 
 10. Thompson, Le Hav.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gobert, Cholet2.1 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 3. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.4 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.3 
 5. Walker, Limoges1.2 
 6. Sy, AS.1.2 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.2 
 8. Goree, Cholet0.9 
 9. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 10. Jean-B., Chalon0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Brown, Maurienne22.8 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.0 
 3. Blue, Antibes19.7 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.8 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.4 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.6 
 8. Hannah, Evreux17.5 
 9. Sanders, Charlevil.17.2 
 10. McKines, Rouen17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Wood, Evreux9.9 
 2. Bing, Maurienne9.6 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.6 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.3 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin9.1 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.5 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier8.0 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.7 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.7 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.6 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.6 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 7. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.2 
 8. Hannah, Evreux5.1 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen5.1 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.5 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.3 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.0 
 5. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 6. Sonko, Bourg1.9 
 7. Hannah, Evreux1.8 
 8. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.1.7 
 10. Rowland, Boulogne1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.2 
 5. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Blue, Antibes0.9 
 8. Ho You Fat, Evreux0.9 
 9. Wesley, Rouen0.8 
 10. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.8 


NM1 Round 24: JA Vichy edges Quimper UJAP by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 24 in the NM1 took place in Quimper. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Quimper UJAP (14-7) to first ranked JA Vichy (17-5) 80-77 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Quimper UJAP won fourth quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JA Vichy dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Quimper UJAP's 30. The best player for the winners was point guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who scored 21 points and 6 assists. Octavio Da Silveira (204-89) chipped in 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). JA Vichy's coach Fabien Romeyer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 19 points and 9 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). JA Vichy maintains first position with 17-5 record. Quimper UJAP at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Cognac. JA Vichy are looking forward to face league's second-placed Orchesien BC in Orchies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimper UJAP will play on the road against Rueil and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-22) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-46 loss to seventh ranked Monaco (12-8) in Monaco. It was a good game for American center Jason Jones (203-86, college: Northeastern St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Sylvain Marco contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Monaco's coach Jean-Michel Senegal felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Lucas Dussoulier (200-96) replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds for CFBB. Monaco have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Monaco maintains seventh position with 12-8 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Monaco will play against higher ranked La Rochelle (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against Blois (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Saint Chamond between Saint Chamond and Cognac. Thirteenth ranked Saint Chamond (8-13) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Cognac (14-7). Saint Chamond managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. Worth to mention a great performance of Jean-Paul Landu-Bongo who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Dejan Sencanski with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Saint Chamond moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Loser Cognac keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Quimper. Saint Chamond will meet at home Vendee Challans (#14) in the next round. Cognac will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Challans, where higher ranked Sorgues (10-11) lost to fourteenth ranked Vendee Challans (7-14) in a road game 74-85. The winners were led by Johan Rathieuville who scored that evening 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Vendee Challans maintains fourteenth position with 7-14 record. Sorgues lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Vendee Challans' next round opponent will be higher ranked Saint Chamond (#13) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Rennes was crushed by Angers BC 49 in a road game 85-60. Souffel beat Rueil at home 76-61. La Rochelle lost to Orchy on the opponent's court 72-77.
The best stats of 24th round was 20 points and 6 assists by Jeremy Tschamber of Souffel.


Angers BC 49 - Rennes 85-60

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Union Rennes (4-18) was crushed on the road by thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 (8-13) 85-60. The game without a history. Angers BC 49 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Angers BC 49 outrebounded Union Rennes 43-26 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-89) who scored that evening 24 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by center Said Ben Driss (206-85) did not help to save the game for Union Rennes. American forward Alex Okafor (202-87, college: Princeton) added 9 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Angers BC 49 moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with St Chamond. Union Rennes lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: T.Lonzieme 24+8reb+2ast, A.Hill 15+10reb+3ast, S.Traore 15+7reb+5ast, M.Chupin 11+7reb+1ast, P.Drouault 9+4reb+2ast, L.Gunnarsson 7+1reb+2ast
Rennes: S.Ben Driss 16+7reb+2ast, E.Kabir Pene 11+1reb+2ast, A.Okafor 9+7reb+2ast, O.Sall 6+5reb+2ast, B.M'Poy 6+1reb+2ast, G.Broudic 3+1ast
gschID: 186270


Souffel - Rueil 76-61

No shocking result in a game in Souffel. where third ranked Souffelweyersheim (15-6) defeated 9th ranked Rueil (11-11) 76-61. It looked good early as Rueil took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Souffelweyersheim had a 24-10 second period charge getting the lead and Rueil was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-76. The winners were led by guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) who scored that evening 20 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) supported him with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Rueil. Alexis Desespringalle (192-91) added 13 points. Souffelweyersheim maintains third position with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Vichy. Rueil at the other side keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be Cognac (#4) on the road. Rueil will play against Quimper UJAP (#5).
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Tschamber 20+4reb+6ast, F.Broliron 11+2reb, J.Cazenobe 10+3reb+1ast, J.Alingue 10+10reb, A.N'Diaye 9+6reb+1ast, M.M'Bodji 7+4reb+5ast
Rueil: S.Ocokoljic 13+7reb+3ast, A.Desespringalle 13+4reb+1ast, M.Diame 10+5reb, I.Saounera 8+1reb+1ast, S.Ricard 4+4reb+2ast, D.Gentil 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 186273


Monaco - CFBB 100-46

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-22) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-46 loss to seventh ranked Monaco (12-8) in Monaco. The game without a history. Monaco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 26. They outrebounded CFBB 51-20 including a 40-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Monaco players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by CFBB's players. It was a good game for American center Jason Jones (203-86, college: Northeastern St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Sylvain Marco (206-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. Monaco's coach Jean-Michel Senegal felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Lucas Dussoulier (200-96) replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (198-96) added 8 points in the effort for CFBB. Monaco have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Monaco maintains seventh position with 12-8 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Monaco will play against higher ranked La Rochelle (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against Blois (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Monaco: S.Marco 12+11reb, N.Calasan 12+6reb+2ast, O.Bardet 11+2reb+2ast, J.Jones 11+12reb+4ast, M.Labeyrie-Hafsi 11+2reb+5ast, N.Peyre 11+3reb+3ast
CFBB: L.Dussoulier 11+5reb, P.Rigot 9+3reb, C.Pontens 9+2ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+4reb+2ast, A.Paquentin 4+2reb, L.Laporal 4+2reb
gschID: 186271


Quimper - Vichy 77-80

The most exciting game of round 24 in the NM1 took place in Quimper. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Quimper UJAP (14-7) to first ranked JA Vichy (17-5) 80-77 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Quimper UJAP won fourth quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JA Vichy dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Quimper UJAP's 30. The best player for the winners was point guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who scored 21 points and 6 assists. Octavio Da Silveira (204-89) chipped in 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). JA Vichy's coach Fabien Romeyer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Spanish point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 19 points and 9 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and swingman Florian Thibedore (193-90) added 17 points respectively. JA Vichy maintains first position with 17-5 record. Quimper UJAP at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Cognac. JA Vichy are looking forward to face league's second-placed Orchesien BC in Orchies in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimper UJAP will play on the road against Rueil and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Vichy: B.Thomas 21+2reb+6ast, O.Da Silveira 15+3reb, J.Reynolds 10+5reb, G.Pons 9+4reb+3ast, D.Tshomba 9+2reb+2ast, G.Lessort 7+5reb
Quimper: C.Cherry 19+4reb+9ast, F.Thibedore 17+4reb+2ast, J.Moupegnou 12+6reb, W.Molas 8+5reb, C.Raji 7+9reb+2ast, O.Kolb 7+3reb
gschID: 186269


Orchy - La Rochelle 77-72

Very expected game in Orchies where 6th ranked La Rochelle (13-9) was defeated by second ranked Orchesien BC (16-4) 77-72. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 15-7 La Rochelle's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-72 at the end of the game. The winners were led by forward Renaud Brocheray (202-80) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) supported him with 3 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by American forward Jarryd Cole (204-88, college: Iowa) did not help to save the game for La Rochelle. Naturalized Madagascar swingman Amy M'Boma (199-83) added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five La Rochelle players scored in double figures. Orchesien BC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-4 record behind leader Vichy. Newly promoted La Rochelle keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be league's leader JA Vichy on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. La Rochelle will play against Monaco (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orchy: R.Brocheray 17+7reb+1ast, J.Bestron 11+6reb+2ast, T.Stanley 11+3reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 9+1reb+3ast, R.Carter 8+5reb, J.Verbeke 7+1reb+2ast
La Rochelle: J.Cole 20+9reb+3ast, A.M'Boma 14+8reb+2ast, S.Soliman 12+3reb+1ast, F.Sahraoui 10+1reb+3ast, A.Thomson 10+4reb+1ast, L.Iglesias 4
gschID: 186267


St Chamond - Cognac 78-76

A very close game took place in Saint Chamond between Saint Chamond and Cognac. Thirteenth ranked Saint Chamond (8-13) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Cognac (14-7). Saint Chamond managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cognac won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized DR Congolese guard Jean-Paul Landu-Bongo (187-85) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Romain Tillon (180-82, agency: ACMT) who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Jean-Philippe Ludon (200-83) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saint Chamond moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Loser Cognac keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Quimper. Saint Chamond will meet at home Vendee Challans (#14) in the next round. Cognac will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.Landu-Bongo 20+5reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 16+3reb+1ast, R.Tillon 14+2reb+5ast, J.Rinna 12+5reb+2ast, E.Sadiku 5+2reb+4ast, B.Rey 5+1reb+3ast
Cognac: D.Sencanski 18+6reb+2ast, J.Ludon 15+5reb+2ast, M.Buval 13+3reb, C.Bertorelle 11+3reb+2ast, S.Doucoure 7+9reb, R.Hillotte 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 186266


Challans - Sorgues 85-74

We should mention about the upset which took place in Challans, where higher ranked Sorgues (10-11) lost to fourteenth ranked Vendee Challans (7-14) in a road game 74-85. It looked good early as Sorgues took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vendee Challans had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and Sorgues was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-85. Vendee Challans players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) who scored that evening 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 9 rebounds by forward Cedric Mansare (195-85) did not help to save the game for Sorgues. point guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) added 20 points. Vendee Challans maintains fourteenth position with 7-14 record. Sorgues lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Vendee Challans' next round opponent will be higher ranked Saint Chamond (#13) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Challans: F.Herard 15+6reb+3ast, S.Mekdad 14+4reb, G.Jenkins 12+7reb, J.Geay 12+2reb+8ast, P.Balocka 11+6reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 9+11reb+6ast
Sorgues: C.Mansare 27+9reb+1ast, A.Thinon 20+4reb, J.Doreau 8+5reb+3ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 8+4reb+1ast, P.Clerence 6+6reb, T.Albenque 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 186265



ProB Round 25: Chalons-Reims lose to Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Chalons-Reims (16-9) and fourteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-15) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Chalons-Reims was defeated by Hyeres-Toulon in a tough game in Toulon 66-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalons-Reims. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon forced 19 Chalons-Reims turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Chalons-Reims helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Landing Sane (207-90) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Chalons-Reims. Hyeres-Toulon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to thirteenth place. Chalons-Reims at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Hyeres-Toulon are looking forward to face higher ranked Saint-Quentin (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against JL Bourg (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier (8-17) 111-76. American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Brian Boddicker chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) responded with 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains first place with 20-5 record. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#5) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bordeaux between Bordeaux and Saint-Quentin. Seventeenth ranked Bordeaux (6-19) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Saint-Quentin (11-14). Bordeaux managed to escape with a 2-point win 89-87 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Nigel Wyatte nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Jimmal Ball came up with 24 points for Saint-Quentin in the defeat. Saint-Quentin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bordeaux maintains seventeenth place with 6-19 record. Newly promoted Saint-Quentin keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Bordeaux will meet higher ranked Olympique Antibes (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint-Quentin will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Olympique Antibes (15-10) and SPO Rouen (14-11), which took place in Rouen. Higher ranked Olympique Antibes lost to ninth ranked SPO Rouen in a road game 70-85. Gary Chathuant fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. SPO Rouen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bourg. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. SPO Rouen's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olympique Antibes will play against Bordeaux.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Lille was beaten by Le Portel on the road 90-76. Bottom-ranked Charleville lost to Evreux on its own court 74-87. Denain unfortunately lost to Bourg in a road game 81-91. Maurienne managed to beat Nantes at home 79-66. Boulogne defeated Fos Ouest on the opponent's court 100-89.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 31 points and 17 rebounds by Mouhammadou Jaiteh of Boulogne.


Le Portel - Lille 90-76

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Le Portel (17-8) beat at home 11th ranked Lille Metropole (12-13) 90-76. It looked good early as Lille Metropole took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Portel had a 18-7 second period charge getting the lead and Lille Metropole was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-90. Le Portel dominated on the defensive end, holding Lille Metropole to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Lille Metropole's 36. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) fired 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Swingman Benoit Gillet (191-86) produced 19 points and 5 assists and American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lille Metropole's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Le Portel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 17-8 record having just three points less than leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be Nantes (#14) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Lille Metropole will play against Denain Voltaire.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: R.Taylor 20+6ast, D.Wilson 19+3reb+2ast, B.Mangin 15+4reb+2ast, A.Charles 11+6reb+2ast, M.Bigote 9+3reb, S.Gay 8+1reb+2ast
Lille: B.Gillet 19+2reb+5ast, J.Siggers 15+5reb+3ast, S.Smith 11+6reb, S.Bradford 9+7reb+2ast, M.Tensorer 8+2reb, L.Akono 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 179449


Charleville - Evreux 74-87

Very expected game when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-20) lost at home to second ranked ALM Evreux (18-7) 87-74. The game was mostly controlled by ALM Evreux. Charleville-Mezieres was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALM Evreux shot 62.1 percent from the field. ALM Evreux outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 42-16 including a 30-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) fired 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 23 points. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 19 points and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Charleville-Mezieres' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ALM Evreux maintains second place with 18-7 record having just two points less than leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Charleville-Mezieres lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. ALM Evreux's next round opponent will be Aix-Maurienne (#10) in Aix-les-Bains and are hoping to win another game. Charleville-Mezieres will play on the road against Saint Vallier (#15).
Top scorers:
Evreux: J.Wood 23+4reb+3ast, S.Ho You Fat 23+4reb+5ast, C.Hannah 17+5reb+4ast, D.Reed 11+5reb+5ast, G.Costentin 8+11reb+2ast, L.Konate 3+4reb+2ast
Charleville: D.Hudson 19+2reb+1ast, T.Toney 12+3reb+1ast, D.Pistre 10+1reb+2ast, V.Pridotkas 8+3reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 8+1reb+4ast, C.Guillarme 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 179456


Hyeres-Toulon - Chalons-Reims 70-66

The game between third ranked Chalons-Reims (16-9) and fourteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-15) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Chalons-Reims was defeated by Hyeres-Toulon in a tough game in Toulon 66-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalons-Reims. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon forced 19 Chalons-Reims turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Chalons-Reims helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Landing Sane (207-90) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Hyeres-Toulon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to thirteenth place. Chalons-Reims at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Hyeres-Toulon are looking forward to face higher ranked Saint-Quentin (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against JL Bourg (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Wright 18+2reb+1ast, L.Sane 14+9reb, T.Dials 14+3reb+2ast, J.Newson 13+8reb+3ast, A.Julien 8+2reb+6ast, L.Chelle 3+2reb
Chalons-Reims: J.Burrell 15+8reb+2ast, T.Johnson 14+7reb, A.Tsagarakis 10+2reb+3ast, B.Mullins 7+1reb+7ast, K.Joss-Rauze 6+1reb+1ast, P.Beye 6+5reb
gschID: 179455


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - St Vallier 111-76

ProB top team - Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier (8-17) 111-76. The game without a history. Pau-Lacq-Orthez led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-32 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Saint Vallier only scored nine points from the stripe. Pau-Lacq-Orthez forced 20 Saint Vallier turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Saint Vallier's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Saint Vallier was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) responded with 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Brad Tinsley (190-89, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains first place with 20-5 record. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#5) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: B.Boddicker 23+1reb+4ast, C.Jackson 20+12reb+1ast, D.Denave 20+1reb+3ast, A.Mendy 17+6reb+1ast, J.Morency 11+4reb+1ast, M.Correa 10+3reb+1ast
St Vallier: E.Craven 17+4reb+4ast, B.Tinsley 15+1reb, V.Fofana 8, F.Tortosa 8+2reb+1ast, I.Koma 7+2reb+1ast, D.Diarra 7+2reb
gschID: 179454


Bourg - Denain 91-81

Very predictable result when ninth ranked JL Bourg (14-11) won against at home 16th ranked Denain Voltaire (7-18) 91-81. Denain Voltaire was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 54-38 second half run of JL Bourg. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. American point guard Lee Humphrey (189-84, college: Florida) produced 23 points and the other American import forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Denain Voltaire's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. JL Bourg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Rouen. Denain Voltaire lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Denain Voltaire will play against Lille Metropole (#11).
Top scorers:
Bourg: M.Sonko 24+7reb, D.Monds 19+8reb, J.Forte 12+9reb+6ast, A.Tanghe 11+2reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 10+1reb+2ast, S.Njoya 6+2ast
Denain: L.Humphrey 23+1reb, J.Flowers 15+7reb+2ast, M.Kitts 13+7reb, R.Lopez 8+5reb, C.Cairo 7+6reb, X.Gaillou 5+3reb+10ast
gschID: 179453


Maurienne - Nantes 79-66

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Nantes (9-16) lost to tenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (13-12) in Aix-les-Bains 66-79. The game without a history. Aix-Maurienne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-24 charity shots (95.8 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne forced 19 Nantes turnovers. American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Cameroonian Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77) chipped in 14 points. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) produced 19 points and the former international forward Williams Soliman (201-80, agency: ACMT) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aix-Maurienne maintains tenth place with 13-12 record. Nantes lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be league's second-placed ALM Evreux on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nantes will play against Le Portel (#3).
Top scorers:
Maurienne: W.Brown 17+5reb+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 14+4reb+3ast, G.Clerc 11+4reb+2ast, E.Bing 10+9reb+2ast, S.Darnauzan 8+4ast, W.Chism 8+4reb
Nantes: J.Mathis 19+4reb+3ast, T.Henry 10+5reb+2ast, W.Soliman 8+8reb+2ast, L.Corbett 7+2reb+3ast, E.Mendy 6+1reb+1ast, C.Gomez 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 179452


Bordeaux - St Quentin 89-87

A very close game took place in Bordeaux between Bordeaux and Saint-Quentin. Seventeenth ranked Bordeaux (6-19) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Saint-Quentin (11-14). Bordeaux managed to escape with a 2-point win 89-87 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bordeaux made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 22 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Naturalized American point guard Jimmal Ball (179-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) came up with 24 points and American-Ghanian Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) added 15 points respectively for Saint-Quentin in the defeat. Saint-Quentin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bordeaux maintains seventeenth place with 6-19 record. Newly promoted Saint-Quentin keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Bordeaux will meet higher ranked Olympique Antibes (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint-Quentin will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: M.Humphrey 22+4reb+4ast, N.Wyatte 20+13reb+2ast, G.Darrigand 14+4reb+5ast, M.Guichard 10+1reb+6ast, N.Carter 10+2reb+2ast, K.Thalien 6+1ast
St Quentin: J.Ball 24+3reb+2ast, D.Williams 16+2reb+1ast, A.Saaka 15+4reb+2ast, O.Romain 7+2reb+4ast, K.Bichard 6+1ast, J.Lesieu 5+7reb+4ast
gschID: 179451


Fos Ouest - Boulogne 89-100

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (15-10) defeated on the road 6th ranked Fos Ouest (15-10) 100-89. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. Fos Ouest was better in third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 17 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. American swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) produced 25 points and the other American import power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fos Ouest's coach Remi Giutta tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Antibes and Fos Ouest. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fos Ouest will play against SPO Rouen (#9).
Top scorers:
Boulogne: M.Jaiteh 31+17reb+1ast, Z.Bah 22+3reb+2ast, J.Rousselle 17+6reb+5ast, K.Cunningham 14+4reb+2ast, A.Loum 10+4reb, A.Rowland 5+5ast
Fos Ouest: C.Davis 25+1reb+2ast, J.Williamson 18+6reb+1ast, M.Dia 12+5reb+1ast, K.Atamna 8+1reb+1ast, M.Hachad 8+11reb+6ast, S.Giffa 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 179450


Rouen - Antibes 85-70

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Olympique Antibes (15-10) and SPO Rouen (14-11), which took place in Rouen. Higher ranked Olympique Antibes lost to ninth ranked SPO Rouen in a road game 70-85. The game was mostly controlled by SPO Rouen. Olympique Antibes was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SPO Rouen made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The former international Gary Chathuant (195-83) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. SPO Rouen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bourg. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. SPO Rouen's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olympique Antibes will play against Bordeaux.
Top scorers:
Rouen: G.Chathuant 24+6reb, W.McKines 18+7reb, T.Wesley 15+4reb+3ast, O.Bassett 13+4reb+8ast, P.Da Silva 4+6reb+6ast, M.Courby 4+1reb
Antibes: A.Hilliard 24+6reb+2ast, T.Blue 10+8reb+2ast, G.Yango 10+4reb, M.Badiane 8+4reb+1ast, S.Essart 6+3ast, B.Monclar 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179448



Cognac tabs Francis Koffi - by Eurobasket News (T)

Cognac BB (NM1) inked 32-year old former Ivory Coast international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno State). He has a double citizenship as he also holds French passport. Koffi played recently at Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold. But in two games he did not score anything. He also spent pre-season at Blancos de Rueda (ACB) in Spanish league earlier that year. The last season Koffi played at Ourense (LEB Silver) in Spanish league. In 36 games he averaged 11.9ppg and 5.7rpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Bosmans Team.
The previous (10-11) season Koffi played at Caceres Basket (LEB Gold) in Spain. In 10 games he had just 2.0ppg and 2.1rpg. He was a member of Ivory Coast Senior National Team in 2010.
Koffi has played previously professionally in Spain (Leche Rio Breogan, Melilla Baloncesto, Gijon and La Palma) and France (Paris-Levallois).
He attended Fresno State until 2004 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.

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Vojdan Stojanovski selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine). Stojanovski led BC Donetsk to a victory over the 11th-ranked BC Odessa (12-20) 94-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Stojanovski recorded 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). BC Donetsk (18-15) is placed seventh in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Stojanovski's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 84.7%. Stojanovski is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. He could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (2-7) in their last game. Despite McCalebb's good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was badly defeated 87-69 on the road by the second-ranked Montepaschi Siena in the group F of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. McCalebb also added 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. McCalebb is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.7spg. This year his other stats are: 12.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 55.8%(77-138), 3FGP: 25.6% and FT: 80.7% in the 18 games he played so far. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Germany). He contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-16) crushing them 88-68 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. Massey scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg (21-2) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Massey has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 62.1%(18-29), 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 77.1%. He is a naturalized American. Massey played for the FYR Macedonian national team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #4. Forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Peristeri GS (5-13) crushing them 105-57 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Antic scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 6 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (17-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #5. An experienced international point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to help Cedevita (12-10) in their game against Szolnok (7-15) in the Adriatic League. He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Ilievski recorded only 3 points and added 4 passes. Cedevita was defeated 64-59 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (#13). There are only four games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ilievski's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. Ilievski plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #6. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) managed to help Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd to win against the 11th-ranked Cibona (8-15) 97-95 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Samardziski scored 5 points. Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd (17-6) is placed second in the Adriatic League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Samardziski's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #7. Former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano (12-8) in their game against Trenkwalder RE (11-9) in the Italian SerieA. Green cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 20 minutes. Armani Milano was badly defeated 79-61 in Reggio Emilia by the lower-ranked (#8) Trenkwalder RE. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. This year Green's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.6apg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Uros Vasiljevic
Uros Vasiljevic
   #8. Forward Uros Vasiljevic (201-88, college: Kenyon, currently plays in Croatia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams KK Dubrovnik (1-14) in their game against Osjecki Sokol (5-10) in the Croatian A1. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. KK Dubrovnik was crushed 85-57 in Osijek by the higher-ranked (#9) Osjecki Sokol. It was KK Dubrovnik's 11th consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U18 national team back in 2005.

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

   #1. Kennedy Winston (198-F/G-84, college: Alabama, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his French team Gravelines-Dunkerque to a victory over the fourth-ranked Hapoel Holon (0-6) 85-79 in the EuroChallenge in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Winston scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 29 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (5-1) is placed first in group J. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. It's Winston's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg in the six games he played so far. Winston is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Le Mans (12-8) to beat Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-5). He scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. It was his first game for Le Mans this season. Le Mans was edged 71-68 on the road by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. Washington is a naturalized American. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #3. Experienced Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Grindavik (15-4) crushing them 104-82 in the Icelandic Dominos League in Sunday night's game. Zdravevski scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stjarnan (5-1) is placed second in the Dominos League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.2apg. Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.



Adriatic League: Gjorji Cekovski leads MZT Skopje past Zadar - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Zadar 94:69

MZT Skopje had little problems defeating Zadar at home court tonight. Gjorji Cekovski (203-PF-79) unloaded 29 points to lead the winners.
MZT Skopje strongly entered the game. They exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter to take an 8-point lead. Zadar however bounced back quickly. The Croats went on a 26:18 run in the second quarter to erase the deficit. But the third term belonged to the hosts. MZT Skopje triggered a 27:14 surge in the third frame to establish a 13-point advantage. The Macedonian side finished off their opponents with a 21:9 rally in the fourth stanza. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) delivered 25 points, while Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) netted 14 points for the winning side. Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) answered with 13 points for Zadar. Romeo Travis (201-PF-84, college: Akron) and Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) chipped in 12 points apiece in the loss.

MZT Skopje: Gjorji Cekovski 29, Todor Gecevski 25, Damjan Stojanovski 14
Zadar: Ive Ivanov 13, Romeo Travis 12, Franko Kastropil 12



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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Irakli CHLAIDZE
  Sokhumi
  (199-F-89)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Chlaidze, Sokhumi21.5 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.21.3 
 3. Bowie, Rustavi20.3 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.19.5 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi16.7 
 6. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.16.7 
 7. Fatsatsia, Olimpi16.0 
 8. Chikviladze, Dinam.15.9 
 9. Nelson, Rustavi15.9 
 10. Clayman, Dinamo T.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  MIA A.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Archibeque, MIA A.13.2 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.12.6 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi11.9 
 4. Kadaria, Sokhumi11.6 
 5. Aselaini, TSU T.10.4 
 6. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.9.4 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi8.9 
 8. Nelson, Rustavi8.4 
 9. Prewitt, MIA A.7.9 
 10. Wilson, Armia7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Armia
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Armia7.1 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.6.7 
 3. Sokk, Olimpi6.1 
 4. Pashayev, Kutaisi5.7 
 5. Bakradze, TSU T.5.7 
 6. Gaprindashvi., Sam.5.5 
 7. Bowie, Rustavi5.1 
 8. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.5.0 
 9. Millage, Armia4.0 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Bowie, Rustavi3.5 
 2. Vaughn, MIA A.2.4 
 3. Millage, Armia2.3 
 4. Chochua, Rustavi2.0 
 5. Ramishvili, Batumi1.9 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.1.8 
 7. Beruashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 8. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.6 
 9. Dvalishvili, Olimpi1.6 
 10. Gabisonia, Samedi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.2.4 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.8 
 3. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.4 
 4. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 5. Milosevic, Olimpi1.2 
 6. Archibeque, MIA A.1.0 
 7. Aselaini, TSU T.1.0 
 8. Eliashvili, Batumi0.9 
 9. Periashvili, Samed.0.9 
 10. Wilson, Armia0.9 


Highest League Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Mar. 2: Armia - Sokhumi 91-84
Mar. 1: Rustavi - TSU Tbilisi 86-68
Mar. 1: Kutaisi - Batumi 82-73
Mar. 2: MIA Academy - STU Tbilisi 78-59
Mar. 2: Olimpi - Samedicino 110-63

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 8: Kutaisi - Olimpi
Mar. 9: TSU Tbilisi - Batumi
Mar. 9: MIA Academy - Armia
Mar. 9: Dinamo Tbilisi - Samedicino
Mar. 9: Sokhumi - Rustavi


Superleague Round 16: Armia beats Sokhumi in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#3) and Sokhumi (#8). Armia (12-2) won against visiting Sokhumi (4-10) 91-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-22. But Sokhumi won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) fired 24 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward George Jgerenaia (206-90, college: N.Georgia) chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for lost side. Armia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Olimpi. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Leader MIA delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed bottom-ranked STU (0-15) 78-59 in Tbilisi. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Ilia Londaridze contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for STU. STU's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. MIA (13-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. STU at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Olimpi (12-2) outscored 10th ranked Samedicino-Academia (1-13) 110-63 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Mikheil Berishvili who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side Giorgi Periashvili responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpi have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Armia. Samedicino-Academia lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Olimpi will meet Kutaisi (#6) on the road in the next round. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.

In the last two games of round 16 TSU Tbilisi was defeated by Rustavi in a road game 86-68. Kutaisi beat Batumi at home 82-73.
The best stats of 16th round was 30 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks by Richard Matiashvili of Kutaisi.


Olimpi - Samedicino 110-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Olimpi (12-2) outscored 10th ranked Samedicino-Academia (1-13) 110-63 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Olimpi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Olimpi outrebounded Samedicino-Academia 59-39 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 21 passes made by Samedicino-Academia's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and international Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) who added 21 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Giorgi Periashvili (210-91) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and center Levan Revazashvili (207-92) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpi have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Armia. Samedicino-Academia lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Olimpi will meet Kutaisi (#6) on the road in the next round. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: M.Berishvili 25+15reb+3ast, L.Fatsatsia 22+5reb+7ast, A.Dvalishvili 21+16reb+1ast, S.Sokk 16+3reb+9ast, K.Tomaradze 9+4reb+2ast, M.Andriukaitis 7+8reb+1ast
Samedicino: G.Periashvili 14+7reb, L.Revazashvili 10+7reb+2ast, Z.Maisuradze 8+9reb+1ast, G.Gaprindashvili 8+1reb+7ast, I.Shiolashvili 6, D.Artsividze 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 231586


MIA Academy - STU Tbilisi 78-59

Leader MIA delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed bottom-ranked STU (0-15) 78-59 in Tbilisi. STU was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. MIA forced 20 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 41-27 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and forward Giorgi Pirvelashvili (201-88) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for STU. STU's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. MIA (13-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. STU at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: B.Raymond 25+11reb+4ast, M.Bokolishvili 16+2reb+3ast, I.Londaridze 15+9reb+1ast, A.Lomouri 8+3reb+1ast, B.Bekauri 6+7reb+2ast, R.Rogava 4+1reb+1ast
STU Tbilisi: Z.Machaladze 12+9reb+1ast, V.Janashia 9+1reb+1ast, T.Chachibaia 9+3reb, G.Pirvelashvili 8+6reb+4ast, G.Kvetenadze 7+3reb, Z.Korkotadze 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 231585


Armia - Sokhumi 91-84

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#3) and Sokhumi (#8). Armia (12-2) won against visiting Sokhumi (4-10) 91-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-22. But Sokhumi won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) fired 24 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward George Jgerenaia (206-90, college: N.Georgia) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Sergo Atvashovili (223-85) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Armia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Olimpi. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Armia: L.Parghalava 24+4reb+2ast, Z.Babiashvili 19+3reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 13+11reb+2ast, G.Gamqrelidze 12+3reb+9ast, B.Lezhava 6+5reb+1ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 6+2reb+1ast
Sokhumi: I.Chlaidze 21+2reb+4ast, S.Atvashovili 18+17reb+2ast, B.Stojakovic 17+7reb+6ast, V.Kadaria 14+10reb+1ast, G.Shvangiradze 6+1reb, G.Kopaliani 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 231584


Rustavi - TSU Tbilisi 86-68

There was no surprise in Rustavi where 7th ranked TSU (5-10) was defeated by fourth ranked Energy Invest (12-3) 86-68 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Energy Invest. TSU managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Energy Invest dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to TSU's 32. Energy Invest forced 19 TSU turnovers and had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 7 assists and 6 steals and the other American import forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) who added 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Serzhi Aselaini (198-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Giorgi Tetelashvili (192-92) scored 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Energy Invest maintains fourth position with 12-3 record. TSU lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Energy Invest will meet Sokhumi (#8) in the next round. TSU will play against Batumi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: N.Bowie 25+3reb+7ast, L.Tsekvava 19+1reb+5ast, K.Nelson 13+9reb+3ast, T.Toudjani 8+8reb, R.Atanelishvili 7+7reb, G.Arabuli 5+4reb+2ast
TSU Tbilisi: D.Khizanishvili 13+2reb+1ast, S.Aselaini 13+12reb+1ast, G.Vakhania 13+3reb+1ast, G.Khaniashvili 7+1reb+1ast, G.Tetelashvili 6+6reb+5ast, L.Nozadze 6+4reb
gschID: 231583


Kutaisi - Batumi 82-73

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Kutaisi (9-6) defeated at home 9th ranked Batumi (3-12) 82-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 29-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kutaisi dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 26. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kutaisi made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks and guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) who added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ivane Maisuradze (194-85) scored 8 points and 6 assists. Batumi's coach Mikhail Kobeshavidze tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi maintains sixth position with 9-6 record. Batumi lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. Kutaisi will meet at home higher ranked Olimpi (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Batumi will play against TSU (#7) in Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 30+18reb+2ast, B.Kvimsadze 21+5reb+7ast, R.Didia 9+6reb+5ast, Z.Pashayev 7+1reb+3ast, T.Babunashvili 5+3reb, D.Barbakadze 5+1reb
Batumi: L.Keshelava 29+9reb, A.Eliashvili 12+4reb, M.Ninua 9+2reb, I.Maisuradze 8+4reb+6ast, G.Kvelashvili 7+5reb, N.Ramishvili 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 231582



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Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) Hopefully We Can String Together A Few Good Wins In A row Before The Season Ends - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg March 2nd.

A tough 81-78 loss to the Fraport Skyliners. How were the Fraport Skyliners able to stop the Phoenix Hagen run and gun game so well? Was it more paying to detail and good scouting or just a lack of execution on your part?

I just think we didn't execute as well as we wanted and our defense was not aggressive enough as it was against Ulm.


What was your impression of German Danilo Barthel who had a monster dunk over Abe Lodwick?

He was a good player, didn't know much about him but what I saw on the scouting report but he was a good player.


Why is Phoenix Hagen so up and down. It seems like you guy win, lose, win, lose in a cycle. The team has only won two games in a row this season.

Thats a question we are trying to answer ourselves, it's just the way it is. Hopefully we can string together a few good wins in a row before the season ends.

The next game is against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What is your memory of the 78-64 win at home?

We controlled the game pretty much and they made a run. They have a good 4 man Anderson and a solid big Boone that gets there team going. They also have solid guards who all shoot the ball good, but just like last game if we just excute what we want to do on both ends of the court we will be in great position to win the game

Was that perhaps the best Phoenix Hagen defensive performance of the season? You forced Wurzbug to 24 turnovers.

I think it was one of them yea, but we definitely had better defensive games that don't always show up on the stat sheet. The little things.


Wurzburg is very tough to play on the road. The team will be very much different with new faces as key guys like Jimmy Mckinney and Ben Jacobson are out for the season. What will be key to winning the game?

Just execute what we want to do on defense and offense and play our game and we will be fine.

Will Derek Fischer be able to make Russell Westbrook into an even better point guard?

He has a lot of potential, and a lot of raw talent, I think any good point guard in the NBA can help Westbrook become more than what he is.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Wanted

Thanks Larry for the chat




Can Alba Berlin Win At Least One Title This Season? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There are many wonderful things that a DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) would desire like battling a Derrick Rose in a one on one duel on a playground in Oak park, Chicago, having Monta Ellis 26, 8, 7 like stats in every Beko BBL game or finally experiencing a Detroit Lions Super Bowl some time in his lifetime. Wood has won a Beko BBL MVP title in 2011 and the only thing missing in his basketball career is a title. Whenever asked why he is on the court, his usual answer is is too win that championship and that is the main reason why he fled from Frankfurt two seasons ago with Gordon Herbert. However so far he still is winless in the hardware department in the Beko BBL in his third season. The last time Alba Berlin the 8 time Beko BBL champion won a title was the cup in 2009. With the high budget and unending talent that lands in the Spree each season, it can be at times a real mystery like it is how a Brazilen boy could juggle a soccer ball for 12 hours and 15 minutes nonstop and his name wasnt Pele as too why the team is unable to win titles in more of a consecutive rate. Alba Berlin is a top basketball address in Germany and was the FC Bayern Munich of the league before the Bavarian club moved up to the Beko BBL in 2011. With Marco Baldi, Alba Berlin has a top executive who made the team to what it is since making it a top team in the 90s and definitely has that Uli Hoennis passion 24 hours a day with the only difference that he can keep his emotions better in check. The team has always had top coaches on board and a supporting cast of players that makes a team like the LTi Giessen 46ers foam in their mouths. The Beko BBL gets more and more competitive each season and winning atitle isnt as much of a cake walk like in the past and one cant forget that the Brose Baskets Bamberg started their little dynasty in the 2009-2010 season right after the last title of Alba Berlin. Maybe this is the year as Alba Berlin is hosting the 2013 Beko BBL Top 4 as Alba Berlin only needs to win two games and could get revenge against FC Bayern Munich in the semi final with a win and as a good omen head coach Sasa Obradovic won two titles with Rhein Energy Cologne. Alba Berlin always has strong players, but I feel that ex coach Luka Pavicevic was unable to get equal strong players at each position when he was there. I really like the three new players they got with Je Kel Foster, Derrick Byers and Ali Traore. They have been up and down this season and should be playing better. They have interesting new players and now Obradovic has to make them fit in with the other players. I think that they have a chance to beat FC Bayern Munich in the cup game. They already beat them once before in Berlin this season and why shouldnt they be able to do it again, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.

What does a traditional and respected Beko BBL team do that has won 8 titles to get back on track after last winning a title in 2009? It brings back a familiar face that is used to winning and has won with Alba Berlin before. No one better than sasa Obradovic who won the Korac cup in 1995 and the double in 1997 with Alba Berlin. As a player he won three world championships with the former Jugoslavia and as a coach won the title in 2006 with Cologne. His name stands for winning. He stands for unending passion. He burns for this team, stated Marco Baldi. Obradovic is a tough coach, but is also the type of coach that makes his players better. Obradovic brought something new to the spree with versatility that the new players have. He chose players that can play many different positions thus making it harder for opponents to read and defend. The team has only won one title in the last nine years and Sasa Obradovic did a house cleaning this past off season getting rid of seven players and hauling in eight new players. The team held DaShaun Wood, Heiko Schaffartzik, Yassin Idbihi and Sven Schultze to somewhat maintain a small collective in the team. Obrdovic did a good job bringing in a healthy mix of three Americans, a Bosnian, Serb and two young Germans. He brought in experienced Vule Avdalovic who he coached at BC Donetsk and has Euroleague experience and has played many years in the ACB and will make some competition for DaShaun Wood. Nihad Djedovic was brought in for giving that special versatility and all around good play. He brought in Nathan peavey who might be the most underrated power forward in the Beko BBL. A pity that he was injured and will miss most of the season. Zack Morley was brought in for toughness and can also score when needed. Further flexibility and power under the basket was brought in with Deon Thompson who played at the top NCAA school North Carolina. Obradovic brought in Spanish ACB veteran Albert Miralles recently to help bring muscle to the basket and help bang with the centers of the league. Young German David Herwig and Steven Monse also arrived to help round out the roster. The biggest strength of Alba Berlin likely is their guard rotation with Wood, Schaffartzik and Avdalovic who could be the best guard trio in the Beko BBL. Obradovic will be very flexible at this position often being able to play two at a time. Also at the forward position, he has players like Thompson, Miralles and Morley that can play different positions and will keep opponents guessing what the 8 time Beko BBL champion will do next in their offensive sets as they will be unpredictable. Alba Berlin has a very deep roster once again and if there are any problems that could arise then it is how well the team can respond to the coaching decisions of the coach as playing time will be reduced. DaShaun Wood that was the commander on the court in Frankfurt and Berlin doesnt have that big role this season with more offensive weapons, but has taken this reality in stride and showed his character of playing for the team and not for his stats. Obradovic will make Wood an even better player than what he already is. The team cant afford more injuries as they will need a full roster to make an impact in the Beko BBL playoffs as they also play Euroleague.

Since the climatic semi final win over Alba Berlin in 2005, where guys like Chris Williams and Tyrone Ellis led the then Opel Skyliners into the BBL final, Frankfurt has only a 9-16record against the Albatros, but have built installed a special albatross cage in the Ballsporthalle which has rewarded them with a 5-3 record. One of the biggest and most emotional wins in the last years was the 81-67 trouncing in January 2006 as it was the debut of ex Skyliner coach Charles Barton. It was only a shame that the team was unable to take this big win and grow off it as they won little more that season and had to win on the last day at home against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg to stay in the BBL. Some nice wins in the last years was the 74-58 win in 2008 as American Derrick Allen added 19 points and six rebounds and in 2009, they won 73-66 as ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds. Last season, the two teams split the season series 1-1 as Alba Berlin held Frankfurt to 53 points in the Ballsporthalle and winning. Frankfurt returned to Berlin to win 76-70 as Derrick Allen led the team with 18 points. Frankfurt then surprisingly kicked out Alba Berlin in the playoffs 3-1 winning game four at home 69-58 as Derrick Allen had 26 points. In the first meeting last season, Alba Berlin escaped the O-2 World arena with a 81-77 win. Frankfurt led for 36 minutes before Alba Berlin put on the turbo and went on a 8-2 run which sparked the win. DaShaun Wood led all players with 32 points and Derrick Allen chipped in with 17 points for Alba Berlin. Alba Berlin shot 57% from the field and 44% from the parking lot, but Frankfurt had control of the boards 31-21. In the second meeting last season, Alba Berlin prevailed 79-70 as DaShaun Wood led Frankfurt with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and ex Skyliner Derrick Allen had 18 points. Frankfurt lost in the 2011 Beko BBL semi finals 3-2 . Last season the Fraport Skyliners stunk out their Fraport arena with a 83-57 loss where DaShaun Wood led all scorers with 21 points and also lost a close game 70-66 in Berlin. This season, The Fraport Skyliners were walloped in Berlin losing 91-65 as they had little chance. Frankfurt didnt shoot so bad hitting over 40% from the field and outside, but were clobbered under the boards 36-22 and relinquished 19 turnovers. After starting the season at 500 , the team went on a 8 agme winning streak, but then around Christmas lost three games in a row, but then rebounded having won five of its last seven games. Their biggest win of the season was a 90-75 bruising of the Brose Baskets Bamberg. The Fraport Sklyiners have won their last two games in a row with solid wins against Tuebingen and Hagen, games they had to win, but now with Alba Berlin face a stiff opponent. Frankfurt is riding a lot of self confidence at the moment. We can beat anyone. We have a lot of talent and feel very good at the moment. We just have to continue to play our game, stressed Fraport Skyliner Dawan Robinson. Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steven Wriedt has movie experience with Phoenix in der asche and added some humor concerning the chances of Frankfurt to win. Frankfurt has to hope that Alba Berlin has a bad shooting day or have a hangover form their Euroleague game in Moscow Friday, stressed Steven Wriedt. Alba Berlin is the favorite in every game and I think that they are the best team in the league. We cant make them feel comfortable and take them out of what they do well. We have to protect the ball and get little turnovers. We have to rebound well and get back quick as they are one of the best fast break teams in the league.Our only advantage may be that they play in Moscow Friday. If we can make our game hard for them then we have a chance, warned Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin.

Alba Berlin is led by Deon Thompson who is playing his first season in the Beko BBL. Thompson is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Torrnace, California. He played at North Carolina from 2006-2010, reaching a NCAA Final 4 and Elite 8. At North Carolina, he had the pleasure of playing with NBA players like Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansborough, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green. As a rookie in 2010-2011, he played for Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece-A1, starting five): 25 games: 14.1ppg, Reb-2 (8.8rpg), Blocks-3 (1.3bpg), FGP: 50.0%, FT: 70.7%. Last season, he played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Telemach League, starting five): Adriatic League: 24 games: 12.2ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.9%; Euroleague: 10 games: 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 48.1%, FT: 47.6%; Slovenian League: 16 games: 11.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 51.2%, FT: 72.5%. There he won the cup and was MVP as well as mVP of the Slovenian Allstar game. DaShaun Wood is a 27 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his second season for Alba Berlin. He has natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright State from 2003-2007. He then had a superb rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In his second season he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. He sat out the next season due to injuries and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners took a gamble signing him in 2010, but it paid off. Wood who was the leagues MVP in 2011 playing 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Last season for Alba Berlin he played German League: 37 games: Score-5 (15.0ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg; EuroCup: 12 games: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-1 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.2%.

Nihad Djedovic is a 22 year old 198cm forward that can play the position one to three. He hails form Bosnia and started his basketball career at Bosna TH Telecom Sarajevo in 2006. He then played for WTC Cornella (Spain-LEB Silver) from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (Spain-ACB, starting five): 27 games: 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 69.0%. Last season, he played for Acea Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 25 games: 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 71.2%; in Jan.'12 loaned to UCAM Murcia (Spain-ACB, starting five), in Mar.'12 signed at Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 12 games: 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. He recently played the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 16.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.1apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 62.2%. The team brings back 29 year old 208cm forward/center Yassin Idbihi from Cologne for a tird season. He can score, but is not so fast, but has potent moves. He played at The University of Buffalo from 2003-2007 and finished as the schools fourth all time leading scorer with 1,514 points and the third all time leading rebounder with 844. He became the first player in school history to score 1,500 points and 800 rebounds. He played with the Cologne 99ers and had some experience playing in France for Limoges. In 2009-2010, he helped lead The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig into the BEKO BBL semi finals losing against The Brose Baskets Bamberg where he played games 39 games averaging 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. In 2010-2011, he got better in the second half of the season playing German League: 43 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 73.4%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 4 games: 3.3ppg, 3.3rpg; EuroCup: 11 games: 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP-1 (71.4%), FT: 73.9%. Last season, he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg; EuroCup: 8 games: 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 63.0%, FT: 73.1%; German League: 30 games: 8.8ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 59.2%, FT: 83.3%. The team brought back Heiko Schaffartzik who is a 28 year old 182cm point guard who is a German National player who has been a BBL traveler who has played for many different BEKO BBL teams like Giessen, Oldenburg, Nurnberg, EnBW Ludwigsburg and Braunschweig. He had his big international breakthrough at the Euro Championships in 2009 averaging 12,7ppg, 2,0rpg, 3,8apg and shot 54% from the three point line. He shoots first and penetrates second. He is a great one on one player. His biggest weapon is his shooting as he loves the catch and pop and off the dribble shooting. He started the season with Turk telekom in Turkey, but never found his rhythm as he played 10 games averaging 3,8ppg, 1,6rpg and 2,3apg in 15 minutes per game. He had a strong playoff series against Frankfurt and in 2010-2011 played German League: 32 games: 4.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg; EuroCup: 5 games: 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 66.7%. Last season, he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg; EuroCup: 11 games: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 85.7%. Last summer he played Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 82.6%.

The team also brought in 30 year old 208cm Spaniard Alberto Miralles who has much ACB experience. He is a good board fighter and an score from mid-range. He started his basketball career in 1999 with Juventut Badalona. He already played Euroleague as a 19 year old with Virtus Kinder Bologna . He was drafted in 2004 by the NBA team Toronto Raptors. In 2004-2005, he played for Vertical Vision Cantu (Italy-SerieA): ULEB Cup: 9 games: 7,3ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 00.0%; Italian League: 37 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-1 ( 62.3%), 3FGP: 33.3%. He then had a long time playing for Pamesa Valencia (ACB) from 2005-2009. He then played for Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB) from 2009-2010. Last season, he played for Angelico Biella (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 32 games: 10.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 64.4%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 55.8%. Zach Morley is a 29 year old 203cm forward that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL with Alba Berlin. He started his basketball career at Indian Hills Community College before finishing his college career at Wisconsin in 2005. He came to Europe in 2005 and played his first five seasons in Spain in the Leb Gold division. He played for Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague,) the last two seasons and last season played Ukrainian League: 50 games: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.2%; VTB League: 15 games: 9.0ppg, Reb-4 (6.9rpg), 2.2apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 76.7%. He won the Ukrainian cup last season. Vule Avdalovic is a 31 year old 189cm point guard from Serbia. He is a true point guard, good passer and organizer, who is able to run a team at any pace. Has leadership and court vision, and, like any ex-Yugo player, knows how to score if left open. He started his basketball career in 1999 for Partizan Beograd where he played until 2005. He then played with Albert Miralles at Pamesa Valencia until 2009. In 2009-2010, he played for : Lucentum Alicante Costablanca (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 7.2ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 82.6%. In 2010-2011, he played for Cholet Basket (France-ProA): Euroleague: 10 games: 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.6%; French League: 34 games: 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 80.6%. Last season, he played for BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 5pts, 2reb, 1ast; EuroCup: 14 games: 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 81.3%; Ukrainian League: 49 games: 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 80.4%. Last season, he was Ukrainian Superleague Champion . He played the World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 36.4%, FT: 76.9%.

The team recently added Je Kel Foster. Foster is a 191cm guard that is back in the Beko BBL. He played with ex Skyliner Derrick Allen this season at Belgacom Spirou (Belgium-Ethias League, starting five): Belgian Ethias League: 8 games: 11.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 32.6%, FT: 64.5%; Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 17.4%, FT: 80.0%. He played at Ohio State and played in Ludwigsburg and Oldenburg where he won the 2009 league title. He also has played in France and Italy. Last season he played for FC Bayern Munich. The team recently also brought in 28 year old 201cm forward Derrick Byars who is back in Berlin again after playing there in the 2009-2010 season. He played at Vanderbilt and was drafted in 2007 by the Portland Trailblazers. He was a rookie in 2007-2008 for the Koln 99ers and also played in the D-league, France and Greece. Last season he played for Cholet Basket (France-ProA): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 2pts, 1reb, 1steal; French League: 1 game: 9pts, 3reb, 1ast, 1steal, in Dec.'11 signed for $457,588 at Miami Heat (NBA), only pre-season, in Feb.'12 moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League, starting five): 29 games: 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 81.6%; then agreed terms with San Antonio Spurs (NBA, starting five): 2 games: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0spg. The team recently also added French national player Ali Traore who is a 27 year old 207cm power forward. He is a very athletic player, who can play in each of the front court positions. Has great inside game skills, he's tough and has good timing for the offensive rebounds. Also, he can hit a shot from outside. He played most of his basketball career in France, but also played in Italy and last season for Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-PBL): VTB League: 21 games: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 57.5%, FT: 70.1%; EuroCup: 13 games: Score-3 (15.3ppg), Reb-3 (7.1rpg), FGP: 60.4%, FT: 68.5%; Russian League: 20 games: 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 59.1%, FT: 60.9%. He took part at the 2012 summer Olympics.
The team also brought back a familiar face with very experienced Sven Schultze who played many years for The German national team. He is a 34 year old 206cm power forward that was born in Bamberg. He is a very strong player with a deadly shot. With his size, he will post up the opponents small forwards and outrun the opponents power forwards. He is able to defend bigger players, but also agile enough to defend smaller ones. He can drop the three pointer in a variety of ways which gave Luka Pavicevic so many more ways of using him. He also is very dangerous on the fast break as he can with the speed of a point guard and then dunk. He started his career with Bamberg and then played for Alba Berlin from 1998-2002 winning four BEKO BBL titles. He then played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen until 2005 before going south to Play in Italy in Milian, Udine and Biella. he also played shortly in Greece for Larissa. He finished the 2009-2010 season playing for Ferrara (Italy-SerieA): 13 games: 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 75.0%. He won a silver in Belgrad in 2005 at the European Championships and played at the Olympic games 2008 in Bejing. In 2010-2011 for Alba Berlin he played EuroCup: 12 games: 4.7ppg, 2.3rpg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg; German League: 43 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg. Last season, he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 12 games: 2.6ppg, 1.2rpg; German League: 32 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg. The team also has young Germans David Herwig, Steven Monse and Sebastian Fulle.





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Henk Norel selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (13-9) 76-62 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Norel recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. CAI Zaragoza (13-9) is placed seventh in the ACB. It's Norel's first season with the team. Norel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 6.5rpg. He also averaged so far 12.4ppg, 2FGP: 59.1%(120-203) and FT: 56.1% in the 22 games he played so far. Norel is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #2. Second place goes to former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Valparaiso to a victory against the Youngstown State University (6-7) 73-64 in the NCAA last Tuesday. van Wijk recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Valparaiso University has quite an impressive 11-3 conference record this season. van Wijk's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. van Wijk has relatively good stats this season: 12.4ppg, 2FGP: 59.1%(120-203) and FT: 56.1%. He played for the Dutch U16 national team in 2005.

Francisco Elson
Francisco Elson
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center Francisco Elson (211-76, college: California, currently plays in Iran). He contributed to Mahram's victory against the closely-ranked Foolad Mahan (15-3) 96-89 in the Iranian Superleague in Monday night's game. Elson recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mahram Tehran (14-3) is placed third in the Superleague. Elson is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This season he averages: 8.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1bpg, 2.4spg. Elson is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #4. Forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a EWE Baskets' victory against the 11th-ranked s Oliver Baskets (11-13) 76-65 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Smeulders scored 7 points in 23 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (15-7) is placed third in the BBL. This year Smeulders' overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 3.5rpg in the 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and German. Smeulders is also Dutch national team player.

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #5. Former U20 international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Portland (4-11) in their last game. Despite van der Mars' good performance the Portland lost 63-75 at home to the Santa Clara University. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. van der Mars' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year van der Mars' total stats are: 7.4ppg and 4.8rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #6. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Leche Rio Breogan (10-9) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (12-7) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Schaftenaar recorded only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan was defeated 70-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Meridiano Alicante (#4). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Schaftenaar has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Dutch senior team three years ago.

Olaf Schaftenaar
Olaf Schaftenaar
   #7. Former U18 international center Olaf Schaftenaar (206-93, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Oregon St. (3-12) in their game against the University of Oregon (12-4) in the NCAA. Schaftenaar scored 6 points. The Oregon St. was defeated 85-75 in Eugene, OR by the University of Oregon. It was Oregon St.'s fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Schaftenaar has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team two years ago.

Shane Hammink
Shane Hammink
   #8. Forward Shane Hammink (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Louisiana State University in a victory against the The University of Arkansas (8-7) 65-60 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Hammink recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. The Louisiana State University has 8-7 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Hammink has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.2apg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Hammink plays currently for the Dutch U18 national team. Strangely he has never played in Holland.

Robert Krabbendam
Robert Krabbendam
   #9. Former international center Robert Krabbendam (213-86, also represented by Court Side, college: Virginia Tech, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Apollon win their game against the closely-ranked Apoel (12-9) 83-79 in the Cypriot Division A on Friday night. He scored 5 points in 9 minutes. Forex Time Apollon (9-12) is placed fifth in the Division A. Krabbendam has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 3.5rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against the closely-ranked Durham Wildcats 83-79 in the British BBL on Sunday night. Ocitti recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 35 minutes. Worcester Wolves (15-9) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ocitti is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg in the 23 games he played so far. Ocitti is a naturalized American.

   #2. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Budivelnyk (25-8) to beat BC Odessa (12-20). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Budivelnyk this season. The league leader Budivelnyk was edged 87-85 at home by the much lower-ranked (#11) BC Odessa. It was Budivelnyk's first loss after seven consecutive victories. Kickert has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance his team was badly defeated 79-62 on their home court in Murcia by the lower-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#3). Tillie was the second best scorer with 10 points. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 3.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #4. Josh Duinker (210-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket (8-12) in their game against Lleida Basquet (8-11) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance last Friday He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Duinker also added 6 rebounds. Duinker's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 4.8rpg. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #5. Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Josh Duinker and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Van Oostrum couldn't help Caceres Basket (8-12) in their game against Lleida Basquet (8-11). He recorded 6 points in 17 minutes. Caceres Basket lost 70-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Lleida_Basquet. Van Oostrum has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.2apg in the 19 games. He also holds two passports: Dutch and British.

   #6. Joey van Zegeren McAdam (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Virginia Tech in their game against the University of Miami, Florida in the NCAA. van Zegeren McAdam cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 76-58. van Zegeren McAdam has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.2apg.



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  ICELAND   


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

27-year old power forward Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) had a great game in the last round for Njardvik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 21 rebounds, while his team crushed Fjolnir (#12, 4-15) with 25-point margin 100-75. Njardvik maintains the 7th position in Icelandic league. Njardvik is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-9 record. In the team's last game Van had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Njardvik's top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Van leads league in rebounds with 14.6rpg. Van is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg and 54.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Christopher Smith (204-PF-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Fjolnir. He is American forward in his first season at Fjolnir. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Fjolnir lost that game 75-100 to the higher-ranked Njardvik (#7, 10-9). Fjolnir are still at the very bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Fjolnir managed to get this year. Smith is a newcomer at Fjolnir and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). He also registered 11.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of league's leader Grindavik. Thorsteinsson showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Grindavik, leading his team to a 100-87 easy win against the lower-ranked KR (#6, 10-9). Grindavik confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 4 lost games. Thorsteinsson has a very solid season. In 19 games in Iceland he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 7.4rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 59.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell - 25 points and 9 rebounds
5. Sammy Zeglinski (182-PG-88) of Grindavik - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Drew Gibson (188-G-85) of Tindastoll - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Billy Baptist (196-F-87) of Keflavik - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eric Palm (188-G-87) of IR - 42 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
10. David Jackson (201-F-88) of Thor Thorl - 30 points and 5 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 34.5
 1. Pitts, KFI34.5 
 2. Palm, IR27.5 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl26.0 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.25.3 
 5. Jackson, Thor Thorl23.2 
 6. Broussard, Grind.22.5 
 7. Craion, Keflavik22.1 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.1 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan21.8 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Van, Njardvik14.9 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.7 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 5. Valentine, Tindast.9.9 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 7. Mills, Stjarnan9.6 
 8. Broussard, Grind.9.1 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl9.0 
 10. Flake, Thor Thorl8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.4 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.4 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.2 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.5 
 5. Gibson, Tindastoll6.2 
 6. Williams, IR6.1 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.4 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 9. Valsson, Keflavik4.6 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Moore, Njardvik2.5 
 3. Medlock, Skallagri.2.5 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 5. Williams, IR2.2 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.2.1 
 7. Threatt, Snaefell2.0 
 8. Pitts, KFI2.0 
 9. Gibson, Tindastoll1.9 
 10. Jonsson, Thor Tho.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.2 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 4. Bradshaw, KFI1.7 
 5. Van, Njardvik1.4 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.3 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.2 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.8 



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  IRAN   


Petrochimi and Mahram advance to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi and Mahram advance to the Final after they swept their Semifinal series.
Petrochimi won over Gorgan 90:52 and won the series 3-0. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84, college: Pennsylvania) led their scoring with 28 points as Petro took charge. Hamed Afagh added 16 points and Mohammed Zareei reeled in 5 of his 7 three-pointer attempts for 15 points.
Mahram edged Foolad Mahan 73:63 for 3-0 win in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Mahram. Foolad Mahan managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mahram forced 19 Foolad Mahan turnovers. Strangely Foolad Mahan outrebounded Mahram 39-27 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for international Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Mahdi Kamrani contributed with 19 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds and Ivorian-French center Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) added 11 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Foolad Mahan.



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  IRELAND   


Basketball Ireland Weekend Preview - by Patrick Maher


Basketball Ireland Weekend Preview

UL Eagles stand on the cusp of a second straight Nivea For Mens SuperLeague title this weekend, needing just one win from their two games to lift the coveted trophy.

Meanwhile it will be out with calculators in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague as the final weekend of the regular season has thrown up some tantalising playoff possibilities depending on results Saturday night.

For UL Eagles fans, all eyes will be on the National Basketball Arena on Friday when their team take on an in-form Dublin Inter.

A win for Eagles and they are champions for 2012/13, a loss and the pressure will mount on a team that have already let one chance to wrap up the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague slip through their fingers.

We are definitely not looking past Friday night, insisted Eagles head coach Mark Keenan, who will lead out his charges again the following day at home against Bord Gais Neptune.

We are bitterly disappointed that we didnt finish things last weekend but even by Monday at training, the mood was good in the team.

There is no such thing as waiting until Saturday and trying to win the league at home. We want to win it Friday night and well be gunning to get it there and then.

Eagles opponents, Dublin Inter, have enjoyed a superb run of form recently, topped by their stunning win in Cork last Saturday versus SuperLeague Cup Champions Bord Gais Neptune.

They are really finding their feet now and theyve had some huge wins recently, said Keenan of Inter, who are currently coming to the end of their first ever season in SuperLeague.

They have quality players and we will have to keep battling for a full forty minutes if we want to win.

Should Eagles fail to rise to the occasion on Friday night, they will get one more bite at the cherry this weekend when they host Bord Gais Neptune on Saturday.

The SuperLeague Cup champions have suffered a small dip in form recently and are on a three game losing streak but will know that they have what it takes to defeat Eagles after getting the better of the sides recent Cup final meeting.

Waiting in the wings should Eagles fall are UCC Demons who play a DCU Saints side on Sunday that are busy chasing fourth place and a spot in the end of season Champions Trophy.

The Dublin side had a huge win last weekend in Galway over their closest challenger Moycullen, gifting them a head to head advantage that could prove crucial.

Its really tight and every game is really important. We played good defence last weekend after being in trouble with referees a lot in the weeks prior. Well need another game like we had in Galway to get a result Sunday, said Dave Donnelly, head coach of Saints.

They have firepower all over the court so all we can do is to make them work for what they get.

Donnelly will no doubt be casting an eye over the Killester v Moycullen matchup Saturday night as both teams are lurking dangerously behind in fifth and sixth place.

While both teams would need to win out as well as have Saints drop two of their remaining three games to steal fourth, considering the topsy-turvy season so far, nobody is counting out either side just yet.

We have just two games left so we will give them everything. Then, we will pray that Saints lose a couple, said Moycullen head coach Salva Camps, who has led his young Galway team to their best ever record in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague.

Saints have three very tough games left and it is very possible for them to lose two. We need to try our best to take care of our business and if we lose let it be because we didnt get the breaks, not because we didnt prepare thinking the season was over.

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Friday, March 1st

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

Dublin Inter v UL Eagles, 19:45, National Basketball Arena

Saturday, March 2nd

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

Dublin Inter v UCD Marian, 19:00, Oblate Hall Inchicore ; UL Eagles v Bord Gais Neptune, 19:30, UL Arena ; Killester v Moycullen 20:10, IWA Clontarf

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Maree v Matt OFlaherty Chemists Titans, Calasanctius College, 19:00 ; Donegal Town v Fr Mathews, Abbey VS, 17:30 ; Team Garveys St Marys v Templeogue Azzurri, Castleisland, 19:00

Sunday, March 3rd

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

UCC Demons v DCU Saints, 15:30, Mardyke Arena

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

Blue Demons v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Mardyke, 13:00 ; Ulster Elks v Ballon, UUJ, 14:45

Courtesy ....Cian Nihill ...www.basketballireland.ie
Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta St.)



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  ISRAEL   


Hapoel Holon signed Yoav Saffar - by Shai Levi

The comeback of the year in Israeli basketball is official now after that Hapoel Holon announced they signed the former national team captain,Yoav Saffar (207-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman), for the reminder of the season . The 37 year old veteran , who retired from the game 9 years ago as a result of a knee injury, passed his medical test and impressed head coach, Dan Shamir , in the 2 days tryout he had with the team. Another addition to Holon's roster is the naturalized American shooting guard,Omar Wattad (195-G-88, college: Chattanooga).

Saffar (6'9, 37) is considered one of the greatest players in Israel basketball history. He grew up in Hapoel Holon Youth team and also started his proffesional career at Holon. At his prime he led Galil Elion to the playoffs finals and was playing for Israeli powerhouse, Maccabi Tel aviv, between the years 2001 and 2004. Saffar was part of the team that won Eurolegue title at 2003-2004 but he had to retire from the game at the end of that season because He had several back injuries that hurt his game and finish his career at the age of 29.
As mentioned earlier, Saffar was a big part of Israeli National team and participated in three European champinships (1999,2001,2003).



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  ITALY   


Top16 for Fenerbahce almost over and done after loss against Siena - by Pervin Elgin

After a 87-69 loss against Montepaschi Siena, Fenerbahce Ulkers hopes of making it to the playoffs of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague are fading away. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) scored 22 points and Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) added 10, but Siena took control of the game in the second period, survived a Fener comeback in the third and cruised to victory after that. Ulker dropped to 2-7 after the loss and will need a miracle to advance to the Final 8.

Fenerbahce's new coach Ertugrul Erdogan didn't change the starting lineup. Andersen opened the score in the first period, followed by a triple by Bogdanovic to give Fenerbahce a 0-5 advantange. Siena claimed the lead after back-to-back three-pointers (10-9). After mutual scores another triple by Bogdanovic brought the advantage back to Fenerbahce, 15-18, but Siena's Hackett and Brown joined the triple shootout and put the home team ahead 21-18 after one quarter.

Mike Batiste evened the game at 21-21 in the beginning of the seconds period, and Ilkan Karaman's jumper made it 21-23. Siena scored six straight points for Siena (27-23), Fenerbahce closed the gap to 29-28 but the hosts pulled ayway to 36-28 again. Preldzic's foul shot didn't stop the momentum, Siena increased the lead to double digits (40-29) and cruised to a 49-35 advantage at the break.

Two Siena three-pointers increased the lead to 19 points in the beginning of the third period, 55-36, but Fenerbahce suddenly caught fire and made a 0-11 to make it 55-47. A free throw broke Siena's 4.5 minute scoring silence, followed by a triple by Sato to cut the gap to 56-50. Siena closed ranks and a series of foul shots made 65-53 after three quarters.

Fenerbahce committed two turnovers to start the final period, resulting in two triples by Siena to increase the lead to 71-53. With four minutes to play the home team was still firmly in command, 78-59. Andersen scored a basket and McCalebb and Sato each made two foul shots to cut it to 78-65, but that was as far as Siena allowed Fener to go.




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  JAPAN   


Naglis Palangos sign Rasheem Barrett, ex Tokyo Cinq R. - by Eurobasket News (T)

Naglis Palangos (LKL) signed 26-year old American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-100kg-87, college: Auburn). He started the season at Tokyo Cinq Reves in Japanese BJ League. In 28 games he had 11.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Barrett played at Al Ahli (D1) in Omani league. He also played at Sokol de Antofagasta (DIMAYOR) in Chilean league earlier that season. Barrett also spent pre-season at Tennessee Dragons in U.S. semi-pro league UBA earlier that year. The other team he played shortly was The Storm (NBL Canada) in Canadian NBL Canada. In four games he recorded just 2.5ppg.
The previous (2011) summer Barrett played at Frayles de Guasave (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.7bpg. Great season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team was regular season runner-up in SEC West Division in 2009. Barrett was also voted Auburn Player of the Year Award back in 2008 at his college time.
Barrett has played previously professionally in Germany and UBA (S.Generals and Tennessee D.).
He attended Auburn University until 2009 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 23-2 
 2. Al Sahel 22-4 
 3. Al Qadsia 21-4 
 4. Kazma 20-5 
 5. Al Jahraa 17-9 
 6. Al Arabi 13-12 
 7. Al Yarmook 12-14 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 10-16 
 9. Al Nasar 6-20 
 10. Al Salmiyah 4-22 
 11. Al Tadhamon 3-22 
 12. Al Shabab 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 40

Mar. 1: Al Jahraa - Al Qadsia 75-69
Mar. 1: Al Tadhamon - Kazma 57-85


D1 Round 40: Al Qadsia is upset by Al Jahraa - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Al Jahraa between third ranked Al Qadsia (21-4) and fifth ranked Al Jahraa (17-9) on Friday night. Al Qadsia was defeated by Al Jahraa in a tough game on the road 69-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Qadsia. Al Jahraa have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-9 record. Al Qadsia at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Al Farwaniya. Local Al Tadhamon (3-22) was outscored by fourth ranked Kazma (20-5) 85-57. Kazma have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 20-5 record. Al Tadhamon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 22 games lost.


Al Jahraa - Al Qadsia 75-69

The most important game in the last round took place in Al Jahraa between third ranked Al Qadsia (21-4) and fifth ranked Al Jahraa (17-9) on Friday night. Al Qadsia was defeated by Al Jahraa in a tough game on the road 69-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Qadsia. Al Jahraa have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-9 record. Al Qadsia at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost.
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Al Tadhamon - Kazma 57-85

The game with biggest result difference took place in Al Farwaniya. Local Al Tadhamon (3-22) was outscored by fourth ranked Kazma (20-5) 85-57. Kazma have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 20-5 record. Al Tadhamon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 22 games lost.
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  LEBANON   


Amchit regaining the 4th position - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In the Byblos Derby Amchit managed to score another precious win against Byblos on the score of 84-79. The game saw a very interesting first half , both teams exchanged the lead many times but couldnt impose their rhythm the score at the half was 34-33. Amchit whos playing its second game with their new import player Herbert Hill who replaced Dalibor Bagaric managed to impose its game in the 3rd quarter due to Andre Emmett and Herbert Hill efficiency , They outscored Byblos in the 3rd 27-17. The 4th quarter saw the participation of Amchit local players in scoring especially Matt Freije and Sabah Khouri , this led to increase the lead in favor of Amchit to 21 points but Byblos managed to make a big comeback to reduce the difference to 5 points, The game finished at the score of 84-79.

Andre Emmett led Amchit with 28 points , Herbert Hill finished with 22points , 12 rebounds , 6 blockshots ,Matt Freije with 14 and Sabah Khouri 11. From the other side Jay Youngblood led his team with 28 , Mike Fraser with 14 points and 23 rebounds and Mazen Mneimneh with 14 .

With this win Amchit regained the 4th place in the standings as for Byblos suffered its 4th loss in a dramatically way at the last minutes of the games.

Q1: 16-14 Q2:34-33 Q3:61-50 Q4:84-79



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.3 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.16.5 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.2 
 4. Samenas, Siauliai14.5 
 5. Milaknis, Rudupis13.8 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.0 
 7. Sinica, Sakalai12.9 
 8. Mazeika, Neptunas12.5 
 9. Brown, Naglis P.12.5 
 10. Kieza, Siauliai12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.1 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.5 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.4 
 4. Sarakauskas, Nept.7.3 
 5. Varnelis, Juventus6.8 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai6.5 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.6.5 
 8. Konate, Naglis P.6.3 
 9. Vene, Rudupis6.0 
 10. Kiausas, Sakalai5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Jackson, Siauliai4.8 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.7 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas4.1 
 4. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.0 
 5. Viskontas, Juvent.3.9 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 7. Orelikas, Rudupis3.1 
 8. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.1 
 9. Maceina, Pieno Z.3.1 
 10. Broadus, Neptunas3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.3 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 3. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.9 
 4. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 5. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 6. Malasauskas, LSU-.1.6 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.6 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai1.5 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.5 
 10. Lengvinas, Naglis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.6 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.4 
 4. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 6. McClure, Neptunas0.9 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Kieza, Siauliai0.8 
 9. Vene, Rudupis0.8 
 10. Ramasauskas, Sak.0.8 


Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 13-2 
 2. Neptunas 12-3 
 3. Juventus 9-7 
 4. Zalgiris 8-0 
 5. Nevezis 8-7 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-7 
 7. Siauliai 8-7 
 8. Lietuvos rytas 6-2 
 9. Lietkabelis 5-11 
 10. LSU-Baltai 4-11 
 11. Sakalai 4-12 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 2: Siauliai - Sakalai 89-69
Mar. 2: Juventus - Pieno Zvaigzdes 71-66
Mar. 2: Nevezis - Naglis Palangos 69-68
Mar. 2: Rudupis - Lietkabelis 100-77

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 12: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Lietkabelis
Mar. 12: Siauliai - Rudupis
Mar. 12: Naglis Palangos - LSU-Baltai
Mar. 12: Juventus - Nevezis
Mar. 13: Sakalai - Neptunas


LKL Round 22: No surprise as #1 Rudupis defeat Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

LKL top team - Rudupis (13-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Lietkabelis (5-11) in Prienai 100-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-77. Rudupis dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Lietkabelis' players. Power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-86, college: Hofstra) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Arnas Labuckas (203-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Rudupis maintains first position with 13-2 record. Lietkabelis lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Rudupis are looking forward to face Siauliai (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lietkabelis will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-16) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to sixth ranked Nevezis (8-7) 69-68. American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Mindaugas Girdziunas supported him with 12 points and 4 assists. Even 8 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals by American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. Nevezis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Siauliai and Pieno Zvaigzdes. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings. Nevezis will play against higher ranked Juventus (#3) in Utena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against LSU-Baltai (#10) in Kaunas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Utena was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (8-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Juventus (9-7). Juventus managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pieno Zvaigzdes. Aidas Viskontas fired 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. TreVon Hughes produced 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Juventus moved-up to third place. Loser Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Siauliai and Nevezis. Juventus will meet at home Nevezis (#5) in the next round. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Lietkabelis in Panevezys and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 22 Sakalai was destroyed by Siauliai on the opponent's court 89-69.


Juventus - Pieno Zvaigzdes 71-66

The game in Utena was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (8-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Juventus (9-7). Juventus managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pieno Zvaigzdes. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pieno Zvaigzdes won third quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Aidas Viskontas (183-86) fired 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Juventus moved-up to third place. Loser Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Siauliai and Nevezis. Juventus will meet at home Nevezis (#5) in the next round. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Lietkabelis in Panevezys and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Juventus: A.Viskontas 15+4reb+5ast, K.Petrukonis 10+9reb+2ast, D.Gvezdauskas 9+1reb+1ast, D.Leonard 9+5reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 7+7reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 7+2reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 19+7reb+2ast, G.Maceina 15+2reb+4ast, Y.Gates 9+6reb+1ast, T.Biggs 7+2reb+2ast, V.Cepukaitis 6+2reb, J.Sinica 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 194349


Rudupis - Lietkabelis 100-77

LKL top team - Rudupis (13-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Lietkabelis (5-11) in Prienai 100-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-77. Rudupis dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Lietkabelis' players. Power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-86, college: Hofstra) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Arnas Labuckas (203-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Karolis Babkauskas (186-91) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Rudupis maintains first position with 13-2 record. Lietkabelis lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Rudupis are looking forward to face Siauliai (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lietkabelis will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Urbutis 19+6reb+3ast, A.Labuckas 17+5reb+3ast, A.Milaknis 17+2reb+1ast, S.Vene 12+4reb+3ast, A.Valeika 10+6reb, G.Orelikas 9+5reb+5ast
Lietkabelis: E.Ulanovas 18+9reb+3ast, K.Babkauskas 14+3reb+4ast, K.Vecvagars 10+1reb+1ast, E.Jezukevicius 9+3reb, A.Butkevicius 8+4reb+1ast, V.Volkus 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 194348


Nevezis - Naglis Palangos 69-68

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-16) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to sixth ranked Nevezis (8-7) 69-68. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 15-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Nevezis forced 21 Naglis Palangos turnovers. American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) supported him with 12 points and 4 assists. Even 8 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals by American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. His fellow American import center Ryan Olander (213-90, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Four Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Nevezis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Siauliai and Pieno Zvaigzdes. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings. Nevezis will play against higher ranked Juventus (#3) in Utena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against LSU-Baltai (#10) in Kaunas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: T.Bishop 20+8reb+2ast, M.Girdziunas 12+3reb+4ast, R.Jakstas 10+6reb+1ast, A.Aleksandrovas 7+3reb, P.Semaska 6+3reb+3ast, T.Cerneckis 6+2reb+2ast
Naglis Palangos: R.Olander 15+10reb, E.Lengvinas 11+1reb+3ast, R.Barrett 11+5reb, O.Kushnirov 11+7reb+2ast, P.Brown 8+12reb+6ast, M.Kumpys 5+3reb
gschID: 194347


Siauliai - Sakalai 89-69

Very expected game when 11th ranked Sakalai (4-12) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked Siauliai (8-7) 89-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Sakalai managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sakalai 42-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Chase Simon (198-89, college: Detroit Mercy) fired 28 points for the winners. The former international Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Jokubas Gintvainis (191-94) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Siauliai moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Nevezis and Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Sakalai keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Siauliai will meet at home league's leader Rudupis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sakalai will play against the league's second-placed Neptunas (#2) in Klaipeda and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: C.Simon 28+4reb+1ast, A.Kieza 16+16reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 12+1reb+3ast, L.Jackson 11+7reb+4ast, O.Galdikas 10+5reb, V.Liutych 6+2reb+3ast
Sakalai: J.Gintvainis 20+5reb+4ast, R.Matulis 13+4reb, L.Kazlauskas 8+2reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 8+2reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 8+3reb+1ast, D.Krestininas 6+6reb
gschID: 194346



Naglis Palangos sign Rasheem Barrett, ex Tokyo Cinq R. - by Eurobasket News (T)

Naglis Palangos (LKL) signed 26-year old American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-100kg-87, college: Auburn). He started the season at Tokyo Cinq Reves in Japanese BJ League. In 28 games he had 11.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Barrett played at Al Ahli (D1) in Omani league. He also played at Sokol de Antofagasta (DIMAYOR) in Chilean league earlier that season. Barrett also spent pre-season at Tennessee Dragons in U.S. semi-pro league UBA earlier that year. The other team he played shortly was The Storm (NBL Canada) in Canadian NBL Canada. In four games he recorded just 2.5ppg.
The previous (2011) summer Barrett played at Frayles de Guasave (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg and 1.7bpg. Great season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team was regular season runner-up in SEC West Division in 2009. Barrett was also voted Auburn Player of the Year Award back in 2008 at his college time.
Barrett has played previously professionally in Germany and UBA (S.Generals and Tennessee D.).
He attended Auburn University until 2009 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze better KL Dragons at home court - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 77:66

Petron Blaze climbed to the second position in the ASEAN League standings following a home win over KL Dragons. Matthew Rogers (211-C-87, college: SW Baptist) and Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up with 21 points each to lead the winners.
KL Dragons enjoyed a one-point lead at the first break. But the Beermen adjusted defensively in the second frame. They held their opponents to 10 points and pulled ahead for a 36:30 halftime lead. The Blaze stretched the lead in the third quarter. The hosts rallied to an 11-point advantage at the final intermission. The Beermen and Dragons exchanged baskets throughout the final term as the hosts cruised to the victory. RJ Rizada (188-F-82) delivered 10 points in the winning case. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) answered with 22 points and 16 boards for KL Dragons. Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Matthew Rogers 21, Chris Banchero 21, RJ Rizada 10
KL Dragons: Gavin Edwards 22+16 boards, Moala Tautuaa 17



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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-9) to beat Poitiers (7-13). Sy scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes on the court. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 78-86 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Poitiers. It's Sy's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 69.1% in the 20 games he played so far. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. He played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division). He was not able to help ifm Baskets Konstanz (4-16) in their last game. Despite Sylla's very good performance the 11th-placed ifm Baskets Konstanz was badly defeated 96-78 in Rhoendorf by the leading Dragons in the Group South. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Sylla also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. It was ifm Baskets Konstanz's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sylla has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 74.1% in the 20 games. He played for the Mali national team in 2009.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France). Chelle led Hyeres-Toulon to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Saint Vallier (8-17) crushing them 72-51 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and added 3 passes. Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (10-15) is placed 13th in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Chelle averages: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 75.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2011.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #4. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France) led Rueil to a victory against the 13th-ranked Saint Chamond (7-13) 90-79 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Saounera scored 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (11-10) is placed ninth in the NM1. Saounera has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.7spg in the 21 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Saounera used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #5. An experienced former international power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier (8-17) in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-5) in the French ProB (second division). Diarra recorded 7 points in only 13 minutes. Saint Vallier was crushed 111-76 on the opponent's court by the leading Pau-Lacq-Orthez. This year Diarra's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the 18 games. Similarly like Saounera and Chelle above he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Diarra used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #6. Power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite (3-13) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (10-10) in the French ProA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Traore scored only 2 points. Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 90-77 in Roanne by the higher-ranked Chorale de (#7). It was Limoges CSP Elite's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Traore's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #7. Former international shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86, currently plays in France) couldn't help Nantes (10-11) in their game against Aix-Maurienne (13-12) in the French ProB (second division). Drame recorded 5 points and had 3 steals in 9 minutes. It was his first game for Nantes this season. Nantes lost 66-79 in Aix-les-Bains to the lower-ranked (#10) Aix-Maurienne. It was Nantes' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Drame used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #8. Swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France) couldn't help Vendee Challans (6-14) in their game against Cognac (14-6) in the French NM1 (third division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Vendee Challans this season. Vendee Challans was edged 69-66 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Cognac (#4). Diakite used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the The Univ.of Texas at El Paso (8-5) 55-51 in the NCAA last Saturday. Sy scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The New Mexico State University has quite an impressive 12-3 conference record this season. It was N.Mexico St.'s 12th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in N.Mexico St.'s roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3bpg. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France) managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket to win against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (3-13) 90-77 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Sangare scored only 2 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals. Chorale de Roanne Basket (10-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. This season Sangare averages: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Experienced Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80, currently plays in France) helped JSF Nanterre win their game against the closely-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-11) 93-78 in the French ProA last Saturday. Diarra scored 6 points in 26 minutes. JSF Nanterre (10-10) is placed ninth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Diarra's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg in the 12 games he played so far. Similarly like Sangare and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities.

   #4. Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83, college: Cowley County CC, currently plays in France) helped Blois win their game against the closely-ranked Union Rennes (8-7) 65-51 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ADA Blois Basket (11-9) is placed eighth in the NM1. Sy's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French.



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Erste 1A league: Primorje win in derby game , new win for Teodo and Mornar - by Dragan Scepanovic

Danilovgrad - ABS Primorje 79:84 (17:11, 20:19, 22:29, 20:25)
Danilovgrad SC Danilovgrad. Spect: 300. Reff: Jokic (Podgorica), Popovic (Podgorica), Janjusevic (Niksic).
Danilovgrad: Ademovic 5, Samardzic 2, Zeljko Jovanovic (200-G/F-83) 31, Radonjic, Kasalica 7, Kocanovic, Novakovic 5, Skendzic, Zejak 15, Mrdak 6, Jang 8, Krivacevic.
ABS Primorje: Bojan Ratkovic (181-PG-92) 19, Dabovic, Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) 21, D. Arapovic, Savic, Bulaja, S. Arapovic 7, Kovacevic 13, Karalic 12, Bacovic 7, Radak 5, Spajic.

Teodo - Ulcinj 76:69 (17:15, 21:14, 19:16, 19:24)
Tivat SC: Zupa.Spect: 350. Reff: Sundic (Podgorica), Kicovic (Bar), Filipovic (Niksic).
Teodo: Crepulja, Tepavcevic 10, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) 23, Pekic, Mijovic 16, Boskovic, Subotic 7, Johnson 12, Kunjic, Lucic 3.
Ulcinj: Latkovic 6, Taflaj, Ivanovic, Markasevic, Simonovic 2, Osmajic 2, Unkasevic 5, Djokovic 5, Milovic 10, Klikovac, Zeljko Jovanovic 13, Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) 26.

Mornar - Centar 91:83 (30:17, 18:18, 18:22, 25:26)
Bar SC "Topolica". Spect 100. Reff: Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Lakicevic (Budva), Kostic (Ulcinj).
Mornar: Damjanovic 9, Popovic 1, Pajovic 6, Tosic 2, Milovic, Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) 22, Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Sekulovic 8, Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances) 19, Pavic 8, Vuksanovic, Pavicevic 2.
Centar: Michel 17, Boskovic, Radovic, Sekularac 2, Fisik 2, Femic 11, Rakocevic, Korac 7, Hadzibegovic 5, Alihodzic 4, Ljuic 28, Knezevic 7.



Nikola Pekovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-35) in their last game. Despite Pekovic's very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were edged in an overtime 84-83 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pekovic also added 3 blocks and 3 steals (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 40 minutes on the court. It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Pekovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.9% and FT: 73.4% in the 48 games he played so far. Pekovic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Russia). He led Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the eighth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-9) 86-68 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. Dragicevic was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg (8-6) is placed third in the PBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dragicevic's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(40-68). He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Vucevic was not able to help the Orlando Magic (16-43) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Orlando Magic was defeated 118-110 in Houston by the Rockets. Vucevic recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Vucevic is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Vucevic averages: 12.2ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 52.4% and FT: 67.0%. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #4. Power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the sixth-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (13-9) 85-74 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Bjelica recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (18-4) is placed second in the ACB. This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.6rpg in the 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Bjelica is also Montenegrin national team player.

Maksim Sturanovic
Maksim Sturanovic
   #5. Former U21 international center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in a Radnicki Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Tamis (10-12) 68-55 in the Serbian A League on Tuesday night. He was the best player in that game. Sturanovic recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Radnicki Basket Beograd (12-10) is placed sixth in the A League. It was his team's third 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. It's Sturanovic's first season with the team. Sturanovic is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. His total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6bpg. Sturanovic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

Sead Sehovic
Sead Sehovic
   #6. Swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Hungarian team Szolnok win their game against the seventh-ranked Cedevita (12-10) 64-59 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sehovic also added 5 assists. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (7-15) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the Adriatic League. There are only four games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Nemanja Milosevic
Nemanja Milosevic
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Bulgaria) helped Tundja Yambol win their game against the closely-ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-11) 84-71 in the Bulgarian NBL on Friday night. Milosevic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Milosevic's third season in pro basketball. Tundja Yambol (10-8) is placed fifth in the NBL. Milosevic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #9) and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg and 9.1rpg in the 13 games. Milosevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team five years ago.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #8. Swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for Khimik (18-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Khimik was defeated 82-68 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Mykolaiv (#3). Sehovic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds. This season Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #9. Former U20 international power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) helped Vrsac win their game against the closely-ranked Sloboda (12-10) 79-73 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Radovic recorded 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. KK Vrsac (12-10) is placed fifth in the A League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Radovic is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 22 games. Radovic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team two years ago.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #10. Center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (10-12) 84-77 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Sekulic recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (9-13) is placed 13th in the ACB. Sekulic's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. An experienced former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a Gaz Metan's victory against the closely-ranked Pitesti 71-55 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Ivanovic scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Ivanovic has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.0apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia) helped Konstantin win their game against the 13th-ranked Sloga 91-77 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Savic recorded 13 points and added 5 passes. Savic averaged so far 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #13. International point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Angelico Biella in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance last Sunday. He scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes. But his team was crushed by 23 points 98-75. Rochestie's stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.5apg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie is also Montenegrin national team player. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

   #14. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help CSM Bucuresti in their game against Targu Mures in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Martinic scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists. Martinic is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). This season he has very high stats. Martinic averages: 20.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.2apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #15. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Cook couldn't help Caja Laboral in their game against Maccabi T-A. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Cook scored only 3 points and added 4 assists in 18 minutes. His team lost 62-66. This year Cook's total stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.9apg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Cook is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-16) crushing them 88-65 in a derby game in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Mirotic recorded 15 points in a mere 19 minutes. Real Madrid (21-1) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Mirotic has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg and 5.3rpg in the 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) led Vojvodina to a victory against the eighth-ranked OKK Beograd (10-12) 86-79 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. KK Vojvodina Novi Sad (17-5) is placed second in the A League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Marojevic's total stats are: 9.4ppg and 3.4rpg in the 21 games.

   #3. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the 11th-ranked Rovinari (11-13) 92-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Cuic scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. BC Mures Targu-Mures (17-7) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. Cuic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 5.6apg. This year his other stats are: 13.2ppg and 6.5rpg in the 23 games.

   #4. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led Lirija to a victory over the seventh-ranked Vardar (2-10) 81-74 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Saturday night's game. Radunovic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Radunovic also added 3 assists. KK Lirija Skopje (9-3) is placed second in the Prva Liga. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Radunovic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Radunovic averages: 15.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg.

   #5. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) helped Base Oostende win their game against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (5-12) 80-72 in the Belgian Ethias League on Friday night. Djordjevic scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Telenet Oostende (14-5) is placed first in the Ethias League. Djordjevic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 4.3apg. This year his other stats are: 7.8ppg and 2.9rpg in the 18 games. Djordjevic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #6. Marko Ilic (203-F-76, currently plays in Serbia) helped BKK Radnicki win their game against the closely-ranked Smederevo Vizura 70-66 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. Ilic has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg in the 15 games.

   #7. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League could not help Elektra (8-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Elektra lost 83-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Geoplin Slovan. Julevic recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes. He averaged so far 12.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games. Julevic has both Montenegrin and Slovenian nationalities. Despite his Montenegrin passport, Julevic previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #8. Novak Popovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Capljina Lasta win their game against the ninth-ranked Posusje 81-71 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Popovic is currently third on the league's list of best blockers. This season he has very high stats. Popovic averages: 15.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg.

   #9. Boris Lalovic (209-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) was the main contributor in a Zrinjski HT's victory against the closely-ranked Leotar 72-54 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Lalovic scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes. Lalovic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #3) and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.5ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 17 games.

   #10. Ranko Velimirovic (205-C/F-72, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Mladost win their game against the fifth-ranked Varda HE 77-59 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday. Velimirovic scored 12 points. He averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.2apg.



EBL Round 15: Teodo and Mornar unbeatable at home. Primorje surprised Danilovgrad - by Darko Pekic

In the most interesting game of Round 15, Teodo faced Ulcinj in Tivat and won (76-69). Teodo had a nice lead during the match but Ulcinj did not want to give up and was even close to make an upset but Teodos big men did not allow that. Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) (23 points) and Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) (12 points and 13 rebounds) dominated the boards and sent the guests back home with a defeat in their pockets. Ulcinj was led by Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 26 points.

Mornar demolished Centar in the first quarter but the home team was not able to keep the lead and with a big run in the third quarter, Centar almost tied the game. Although it was not enough to beat a much stronger team such as Mornar, Centars players left a good impression in Bar after a 8 point loss (91-83 for Mornar). Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) led the home team with his best performances this season (22 points in 22 minutes on the floor, shooting 5/5 from the 3 point line + 8 rebounds). Centar also had a big man tonight who decided to step up and show his quality. His name is Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) and he scored 28 points and added 15 rebounds.

Danilovgrad and Primorje played an interesting game but the guests returned home happy with two new points that will help them improve their record (84-79 for Primorje). Danilovgrad started the game well and had +7 at the halftime but then Primorje's players started protecting their basket better and Danilovgrad lost a game that was just a warm up for the Play-Out league and their future challenges. Primorje was led by Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) who scored 21 points while on the other side Zeljko Jovanovic (200-G/F-83) had another outstanding shooting night with 31 points. He also added 8 rebounds.

Tomorrow Ibar will host Lovcen in Rozaje while Jedinstvo will face Sutjeska at home.



Adriatic League: Buducnost surrender in Kragujevac - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki - Buducnost 78:63

Radnicki posted the 15th win in the Adriatic League season. It came at expense of Buducnost as Radnicki cruised to the home win. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 23 points to pace the winners.
Radnicki grabbed a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the game. They kept the visitors at distance throughout the second quarter. Buducnost managed just 11 points in the period to trail by as many as 10 points at halftime 42:32. Radnicki did not slow down after the big break. They went on a 20:10 rally in the third term to take a 20-point lead into the final stanza. Buducnost outscored the home team in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss at the end. Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) netted 20 points for the home side. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Buducnost. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) had 12 points in the loss.

Radnicki: Aleksandar Capin 23, Terrico White 20, Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) 8
Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 18, Aleksa Popovic 12



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Trail Blazers, Bucks, Bulls and 76ers victorious on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - Minnesota T. 109-94
Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) scored 24 points and J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) added 18 and 16 rebounds as Portland easily dispatched visiting Minnesota. Meyers Leonard collected 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Eric Maynor had a career-high 12 assists for the Trail Blazers, who won for the second time in their past 10 games. Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) scored 23 points, Luke Ridnour had 18 and Ricky Rubio narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Timberwolves lost their fifth straight. Minnesota was without starters Andrei Kirilenko (calf) and Nikola Pekovic (abdomen) as its injury-plagued season continued. Portland used an 11-2 run in the first quarter to take control and led 31-19 after the first quarter. The Blazers pushed the lead 39-25 on Hickson's basket early in the second before settling for a 51-44 lead at the break. Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer with 8:55 left in the third pushed it back to double figures at 60-48, and Leonard's jumper with just over eight minutes left in the fourth made it an 18-point gap and allowed Portland to cruise to the finish. Courtesy of: sun-sentinel.com

Milwaukee B. - Toronto R. 122-114 OT
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored six of his 23 points in overtime and Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) and Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) added five apiece in the extra period to spark the Milwaukee Bucks to a 122-114 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Ilyasova finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Brandon Jennings had a career-high 19 assists, including one in overtime. Kyle Lowry had a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored 21 points off the bench and Amir Johnson added 19 for Toronto, which lost for the fourth consecutive time and fifth in six games since tying a season best with a five-game winning streak. Toronto was without Rudy Gay, the team's leading scorer at 18 points per game, who was a game-time decision due to back spasms. Tied at 104 at the end of regulation, Larry Sanders dunked in a miss by Ellis to put the Bucks ahead 106-104 - a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Ellis drove the lane and passed to Ilyasova for a layup on the next possession, and Ilyasova followed that with a three-point play and the Bucks had a 111-104 lead. Lowry hit a wide-open 3 for Toronto, but Ellis scored on a layup. Ellis hit an open 21-foot jump shot to push the lead to 115-109. On Toronto's next possession, DeMar DeRozan made a driving layup for Toronto, but Jennings buried a 3 from the corner baseline with 39.3 seconds left. After a timeout, DeRozan fouled out after getting tangled up with Jennings with 29.9 seconds left. Toronto fouled Jennings, who sank two free throws, and another 3 by Lowry pulled the Raptors within six at 120-114. But they could get no closer. Ellis scored eight points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as John Lucas hit three 3s and Johnson and Anderson each added six points. Anderson tied the game at 104 when he took a pass from Landry Fields, faked Sanders to the floor and slammed in the ball. Ilyasova scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including the basket that tied the game at 56 before Sanders' 16-foot jumper on the next possession put the Bucks ahead 58-57 in the third. A 9-2 run midway through the third gave Milwaukee its biggest lead at 74-64. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com

Chicago B. - Brooklyn N. 96-85
There was intensity and passion on the court right from the start of the Nets' matchup with the Chicago Bulls on Saturday - although it was not exactly coming from the Nets' side. Eighty-five seconds after the opening tip, Chicago's Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) picked up a technical foul for arguing with the referees after a foul call, and it seemed like something of a fitting appetizer for the remaining 46 minutes. The Bulls pulsed with life in front of 22,414 fans at a packed United Center, while the Nets fizzled out and lost, 96-85. There may have been some tired legs after playing at home - and losing to Dallas - the night before. But the Nets are on the verge of a prolonged trip that will test their mettle for the postseason, and Saturday's performance was conspicuously devoid of the element also mostly missing from Friday's loss: energy. It is a topic Nets Coach P. J. Carlesimo and players have continually addressed, knowing the team's inconsistent outputs have cost them winnable games. 'We shoot ourselves in the foot,' guard Joe Johnson said. 'We can talk about it until we're blue in the face, but it won't do anything about it.' The Nets clearly did not rectify the issue overnight. After a hot start against the Bulls - the Nets hit six of their first eight field-goal attempts to grab an early 15-4 lead - they fell apart in the second quarter. The offense collapsed into dysfunction. Chicago used a 15-0 run to end the half ahead by 53-39. Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) combined for 22 points in the first quarter, then faded in the second. As a team, the Nets were outscored, 26-12, and committed seven turnovers in the period. 'The ball was just sticking,' Williams said. 'There was no movement, no flow of the game, no rhythm. It's hard to get going. A lot of it is their defense, and a lot of it is us.' The Bulls' scoring stretch extended into the third quarter: 19-0, 24-4, then 31-14. The Nets had few answers for the speedy guards Nate Robinson and Kirk Hinrich, or Joakim Noah, who scored 21 points with 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocked shots. 'Until we can play consistently over more than a three- or four-game stretch, this is what we're going to be,' Carlesimo said. 'We've definitely got to tighten up, we've got to play better, and we've got to do it soon.' After the game, Carlesimo hinted at making changes to the Nets' rotations, including the possibility of stacking Lopez with the backup center Andray Blatche in the same lineup. It has not been used often, but Carlesimo indicated changes might be necessary to serve as a catalyst. 'We've got to look at a lot of things,' Carlesimo said. The possibility of rotation changes was greeted with eagerness from Williams, who said he had felt the Nets' tempo dissipate too often after strong first quarters. 'Once we sub, it's like we start all over again,' Williams said. 'It's not the bench fault or one guy's fault - we don't just click right away. We've got to get going again, and that can't happen.' On Saturday, the Nets were upstaged as Joakim Noah brought his size and athleticism - with a double espresso shot. With his usual blend of scoring and defending, energizing and instigating, he had 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals. 'He's so big for them, brings so much energy and does so many different things,' Lopez said. 'He scores the ball, passes the ball, rebounds the ball, blocks shots. He does everything for them.' The Nets committed 21 turnovers, marking the second straight game they have crossed the 20-turnover threshold. The Bulls, with the third-best defense in the N.B.A., scored 24 points off the Nets' miscues. Johnson, in his second game back after missing the previous three with a left heel injury, attempted only four field goals in the first half and finished with 11 points, shooting 5 of 10. Lopez scored 22 points but attempted only six field goals after the first quarter. He disappeared from the Nets' offense. Then the Nets' offense just disappeared. 'I've said we need to find consistency if we want to be the best we can be,' Lopez said. 'I don't know if it's a matter of focus or intensity. But we really need to put it together for four quarters.' Courtesy of: nytimes.com

Philadelph.76 - Golden St.W. 104-97
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) had 27 points, seven assists and four steals as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 104-97, on Saturday. Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) nearly recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the 76ers, who snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak. Royal Ivey scored 17 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting, including four made 3-pointers, while Thaddeus Young recorded 14 points and a career- high 16 rebounds. "It's cool, I think we had a great game as a unit," said Turner. "It was great, hopefully it builds momentum." Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored a game-high 30 points and dished out eight assists for the Warriors, who have lost four straight games. Klay Thompson added 29 points and David Lee registered 13 points and 16 rebounds in the setback. Tied at 94-94 with 3:15 remaining in regulation, Young made a layup to start a 10-3 run to finish the game. Holiday scored the final four points to seal the victory. "We got away from what we are," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson afterward. "We made mistakes, let go of the rope and paid the price. We were bad." Entering the second quarter, the Warriors had a 31-20 lead. However, the 76ers bounced back thanks in large part to Dorell Wright, who recorded 11 points and five rebounds off the bench during the period. By halftime, Philadelphia closed the gap to three, 54-51. Golden State opened up the third quarter by outscoring Philadelphia by a 12-5 margin and had a 66-56 advantage with 7:01 left to play. Thompson scored 12 points during the span, including three treys. Philadelphia would not be deterred, though, as they outscored Golden State 17-7 over the next 4 1/2 minutes. A Turner layup with 2:39 to go in the quarter tied the game at 73-73. After a pair of made free throws by Golden State's Carl Landry, Turner fired a 15-footer and Arnett Moultrie dunked off an alley-oop pass by Turner to give the 76ers the lead, 77-75, with 1:48 left in the third. A 3-point play by Curry gave Golden State the lead one last time before Ivey's jumper with 1:23 remaining gave Philadelphia a 79-78 edge. Courtesy of: foxnews.com Entering the fourth quarter, the 76ers had an 82-81 edge.



The Kings waive Brooks - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sacramento Kings (NBA) waived 28-year old point guard Aaron Brooks (183-73kg-85, college: Oregon). In 46 NBA games he recorded 8.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg this season.
In 2007 Brooks was drafted by Houston Rockets in first round (26th overall). The former University of Oregon staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Brooks' team won Chinese CBA Regular Season in 2012. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team in 2012. Brooks represented USA at the ESPN College Three Point Championships six years ago.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Phoenix Suns) and China (Guandong Tigers).
On Brooks: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Brooks is an above average athlete with great quickness. Shifty ball handler capable of getting separation with fakes and stutter steps. Perimeter shooting has improved greatly this year in consistency and confidence Is a capable three point shooter, off the dribble or with his feet set.
Despite being a point guard, Brooks lacks the qualities that most NBA teams look for in that position. Still doesnt control the tempo very well and possesses just average court vision
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By Eurobasket Data Center



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Kirk Penney selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help TED Kolejliler (10-9) in their last game. Despite Penney's very good performance TED Kolejliler lost 76-81 at home to the second-ranked Banvit BK. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 31 minutes on the court. Penney is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.4ppg. He also averaged so far 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(61-105), 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 80.4% in the 18 games he played so far. Penney played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia). He was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79 in the Australian NBL last Thursday. Abercrombie scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers (21-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Abercrombie's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 71.7%. Abercrombie played for the New Zealand national team in 2011.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Vukona led New Zealand Breakers to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 23 minutes. This year Vukona averages: 8.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 62.3% in the 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. Vukona is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #4. Center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Pledger contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Pledger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. Pledger is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). His overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5bpg. Pledger is also New Zealand national team player.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #5. Former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Webster led New Zealand Breakers to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in a mere 16 minutes. This year Webster's overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 1.4rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #6. Forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led St.Louis to an easy victory against the Saint Joseph's University (8-17) 70-53 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Loe recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Saint Louis University has a very solid 9-2 conference record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Loe's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 1.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #7. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kings (10-14) crushing them 97-71 in the Australian NBL last Sunday. Bartlett scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Wildcats (19-6) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Bartlett's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg. Bartlett is also New Zealand national team player.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #8. Power forward Jeremiah Trueman (204-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Everard Bartlett and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Trueman contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kings (10-14) crushing them 97-71. He scored 10 points in 16 minutes. This year Trueman's total stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.1rpg in the 25 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #9. International forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, currently studies in the States) led Hawaii to a victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (4-11) 70-66 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 12 points in 34 minutes. The University of Hawaii has 9-6 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Fotu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg in the 20 games. Fotu is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #10. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Corey Webster (above) in the other team. Henry contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers (8-17) crushing them 104-79. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Henry has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Leon Henry (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers crushing them 104-79. He scored only 4 points and added 4 assists in 16 minutes. Boucher has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team six years ago.

   #12. International guard Tai Jack Webster (186-95, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Webster contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Adelaide 36ers crushing them 104-79. He scored only 3 points. This season Webster averages just 0.8ppg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of South Florida crushing them 64-44 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Adams recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks in 16 minutes. This year Adams averages only 0.8ppg in the five games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) managed to help San Antonio Spurs in a victory against the Sacramento Kings (20-40) crushing them 130-102 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Baynes scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 46-14 record this season. This year Baynes' total stats are: 1.9ppg and 1.4rpg in the nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in Pitesti's victory against the closely-ranked Timba Timosoara (5-19) 81-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. Jones scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. BCM U Pitesti (11-13) is placed tenth in the Liga Nationala. Jones is currently second on the league's list of most steals. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jones averages: 15.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Jones used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.



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Alade Aminu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey). He led Karsiyaka to a victory over the tenth-ranked Tofas (7-12) 87-77 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Aminu was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (16-3) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 69.4%(102-147) and FT: 64.4% in the 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Italy). Eze contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Angelico Biella (4-16) crushing them 98-75 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 6 blocks in 23 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (14-6) is placed third in the SerieA. It's Eze's first season with the team. Eze belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2 with 1.6bpg. This year his other stats are: 5.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(33-57) and FT: 57.1% in the 13 games. Eze has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Italian. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in China). Diogu was the main contributor in a Guandong Tigers' victory against the eighth-ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (16-16) 104-89 in the Chinese CBA in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Diogu recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 10 rebounds. Guangdong Southern Tigers (28-4) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Diogu has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 10.3rpg, 2FGP: 63.1%(209-331) and FT: 84.2%. Diogu is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #4. Forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to Toros' victory against the league leader Halcones UV Xalapa (36-4) 94-89 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Ofoegbu scored 29 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Toros Nuevo Laredo (31-9) is placed fourth in the LNBP. This season Ofoegbu has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.8apg. Ofoegbu has both American and Nigerian nationalities. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2011.

Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
   #5. Former international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton, currently plays in China) contributed to a 2-point Liaoning Hunters' victory against the closely-ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (21-11) 100-98 in the Chinese CBA on Wednesday night. Akognon was the top player that evening. He recorded 30 points (!!!) in 36 minutes. Liaoning Jiebao Hunters (19-13) are placed fifth in the CBA. Akognon is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers with 30.1ppg. This year his other stats are: 3.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg in the 33 games. Akognon also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #6. Swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Cimberio Varese (16-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ere's good performance the league leader Cimberio Varese was defeated 67-60 on the road by the lower-ranked Cantu (#4). He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Ere has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ere is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #7. Former international guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a CEZ Nymburk's victory against the fourth-ranked BK Decin (15-11) 79-66 in the Czech Republic NBL last Friday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (25-1) is placed first in Group A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Efevberha has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the five games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #8. Forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) contributed to Cholet's victory against the league outsider Boulazac Basket (5-15) 86-75 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Cholet Basket (9-11) is placed tenth in the ProA. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 13 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-15) 88-69 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 18 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Odiakosa's third season in pro basketball. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (15-4) is placed third in the National League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Odiakosa is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Odiakosa averages: 20.0ppg, 13.4rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team nine years ago.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #10. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Juvecaserta (8-12) in their last game. Despite Akindele's good performance Juvecaserta was edged 66-64 in Roma by the higher-ranked (#5) Lottomatica. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Juvecaserta's third consecutive loss in a row. Akindele belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 7.8rpg. He also averaged so far 13.2ppg in the 20 games. Akindele is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to Ourense's victory against the closely-ranked Ford Burgos 74-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Ogide recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Ogide is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.8rpg. This year he also averages: 11.9ppg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. Ogide plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to secure a victory for Miyazaki Shining Suns (5-31) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Miyazaki Shining Suns lost 63-77 in Fukuoka to the much higher-ranked (#3) Rizing in the Western group. Kuso had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 38 minutes. Kuso is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders with 11.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 15.1ppg and 1.2bpg in the 15 games. Kuso used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

   #13. International shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St., currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL couldn't help Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (3-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Spartak Primorie Vladivostok was crushed 94-55 in Moscow by the leading CSKA. Oguchi was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Oguchi's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Pall.Trento in their game against Aget Service IM in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance last Sunday Umeh was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 3 steals. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2011.

   #15. International center Olumide Oyedeji (210-81, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Tochigi Brex in their game against Hitachi Sunrockers in the Japanese JBL. Despite his good performance on Saturday night Oyedeji recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Oyedeji's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 9.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Emeka Okafor (206-F/C-82, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) led Washington Wizards to a 2-point victory against the Houston Rockets (32-28) 105-103 in the NBA last Saturday. Okafor recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 18-39 record this season. This year Okafor has relatively solid stats: 9.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led VMI to an easy victory against the Liberty University (5-10) 83-66 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Okoye had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. The Virginia Military Institute has 8-6 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Okoye is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in VMI's roster. Okoye has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg and 10.3rpg in the 32 games he played so far.

   #3. Experienced Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle, currently plays in Japan) led Iwate Big Bulls to a victory over the second-ranked Yokohama BC (25-9) crushing them 92-68 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. Okosa was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 23 rebounds. Okosa also added 5 assists and 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Eastern. Iwate Big Bulls (24-12) are placed third. This season Okosa has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. Okosa is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #4. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 78-86 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Poitiers. Nsonwu-Amadi was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. This year Nsonwu-Amadi has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.8apg in the 20 games.

   #5. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Tofas (7-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Tofas was defeated 87-77 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Karsiyaka (#3). Elonu was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Elonu belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg and 8.5rpg.

   #6. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Golden State Warriors in their game against the New York Knicks in the NBA. Ezeli recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 17 minutes. His team lost 105-109 in the NBA. This year Ezeli's overall stats are: 2.5ppg and 3.7rpg in the 55 games.

   #7. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against the closely-ranked Durham Wildcats 83-79 in the British BBL last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Owumi recorded 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Owumi belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). This season he has very high stats. Owumi averages: 17.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #8. Paul Gombwer (198-F-91, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Charleston So. (11-4) in their last game. Despite Gombwer's good performance the Charleston So. lost in an overtime 62-67 in Boiling Springs, NC to the Gardner-Webb University. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. Gombwer has very impressive stats this year: 17.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games.

   #9. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Lottomatica Roma's victory against the tenth-ranked Juvecaserta 66-64 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lawal is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.3bpg. Lawal also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #10. David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Balkan League), who plays in Greece couldn't help Kavala (3-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Tairu's good performance the fifth-placed Kavala was edged 94-92 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Kumanovo_2009 in the group C of Balkan League. He scored 14 points. Tairu's stats this season are: 14.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



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Gary Forbes selected the top Panamanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in China), who plays in the Chinese CBA. He could not help Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (17-15) in their last game. Despite Forbes' very good performance Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost 96-110 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Beijing Ducks. He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Forbes also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Forbes is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers with 29.0ppg. He also averaged so far 7.9rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 77.3% in the 26 games he played so far. Forbes is a naturalized American. He played for the Panamanian senior national team two years ago. Strangely Forbes has never played in Panama.

Joel Munoz
Joel Munoz
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Joel Munoz (179-80, currently plays in Brazil). He led Paulistano to a victory against the 15th-ranked Vila Velha (8-17) 126-120 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. Munoz scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (13-5) is placed third in the NBB. It's Munoz's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 46.7%(7-15) and FT: 72.2%. Ex-El Machetazo de Rio Abajo player is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League. Gomez Camargo was not able to help Shiga L-Stars (22-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Shiga L-Stars lost 80-93 in Takamatsu to the lower-ranked (#7) Takamatsu FA in the Western group. Gomez Camargo was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Gomez Camargo has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 67.3% in the 36 games. He played for the Panamanian national team two years ago.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #4. Power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to secure a victory for Sionista (19-22) in their last game on Friday. Despite Lloreda's very good performance Sionista was defeated in an overtime 91-84 at home by the higher-ranked Libertad Sunchales (#6). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Lloreda also added 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Lloreda has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Panamanian national team back in 2011.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #5. International forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA couldn't help 9 de Julio (12-28) in their last game. Despite Ayarza's very good performance 9 de Julio was badly defeated 85-69 in Sunchales by the much higher-ranked (#6) Libertad. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Ayarza also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was 9 de Julio's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Ayarza has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg and 3.4rpg in the 29 games. He plays currently for the Panamanian national team.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #6. Forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: San Diego, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Kyoto Hannaryz (19-17) in their game against Osaka Evessa (10-24) in the Japanese BJ League. Pomare scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. But Kyoto Hannaryz (#6) was badly defeated 69-53 in Osaka by the lower-ranked (#9) Evessa in the Western group. Pomare's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Pomare is a former international player as he played for the Panamanian senior team two years ago. He used to play for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

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

   #1. Jordan Henriquez (211-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Kansas St.'s victory against the The University of Texas (4-10) 81-69 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Henriquez scored 6 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Kansas State University has quite an impressive 12-3 conference record this season. It was Kansas St.'s fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Henriquez is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kansas St.'s roster. His stats this season are: 13.4ppg and 3.4rpg. Henriquez is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Panama.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Jamaal Levy (206-C-83) plays for Lanus in Argentinian LigaA
Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76) plays for Tuscany Pistoia in Italian Lega2
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) plays for Halcones Rojos in Mexican LNBP
Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) plays for Soles in Mexican LNBP
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Darrell St.Rose (191-F-88) plays for Coopenae-USJ in Costa Rican LBS
Amir Alvarado (198-F-84) plays for Grecia in Costa Rican LBS



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze better KL Dragons at home court - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - KL Dragons 77:66

Petron Blaze climbed to the second position in the ASEAN League standings following a home win over KL Dragons. Matthew Rogers (211-C-87, college: SW Baptist) and Chris Banchero (185-PG-90, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up with 21 points each to lead the winners.
KL Dragons enjoyed a one-point lead at the first break. But the Beermen adjusted defensively in the second frame. They held their opponents to 10 points and pulled ahead for a 36:30 halftime lead. The Blaze stretched the lead in the third quarter. The hosts rallied to an 11-point advantage at the final intermission. The Beermen and Dragons exchanged baskets throughout the final term as the hosts cruised to the victory. RJ Rizada (188-F-82) delivered 10 points in the winning case. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) answered with 22 points and 16 boards for KL Dragons. Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Matthew Rogers 21, Chris Banchero 21, RJ Rizada 10
KL Dragons: Gavin Edwards 22+16 boards, Moala Tautuaa 17



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Marcin Gortat's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Poles playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Marcin Gortat (211-84, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Phoenix Suns (21-39) in their last game. Despite Gortat's very good performance the Phoenix Suns lost 87-97 at home to the San Antonio Spurs. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Gortat also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 40 minutes on the court. Gortat has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 65.7% in the 60 games he played so far. Gortat is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain. He was not able to help Caja Laboral (4-5) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Lampe's very good performance the sixth-placed Caja Laboral was defeated 66-62 on their home court in Vitoria by the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#5) in the group F of Euroleague. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Lampe belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 76.9%. Lampe has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. He is in the roster of the Polish senior national team.

Michal Ignerski
Michal Ignerski
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Italy). Ignerski was the major contributor in a Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (5-15) 87-76 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (16-4) is placed second in the SerieA. It's Ignerski's first season with the team. Ignerski has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 73.7% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Polish senior national team.

David Logan
David Logan
   #4. Guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Maciej Lampe in the Euroleague last game. Logan led his Israeli team Maccabi T-A to a victory against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (4-5) 66-62. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Logan has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Logan used to play for the Polish national team back in 2009. He played also for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Szymon Szewczyk
Szymon Szewczyk
   #5. International center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82, currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia to a victory over the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (10-10) 76-68 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Szewczyk was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (11-9) is placed seventh in the SerieA. Szewczyk has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg and 5.4rpg in the 18 games. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Michal Hlebowicki
Michal Hlebowicki
   #6. Center Michal Hlebowicki (204-76, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to Jekabpils' victory against the sixth-ranked Jelgava (10-13) 96-88 in the Latvian LBL in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. BK Jekabpils (16-9) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Hlebowicki's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 6.7rpg in the 24 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Polish senior team eleven years ago.

Thomas Kelati
Thomas Kelati
   #7. International swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Valencia Basket (13-9) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (13-9) in the Spanish ACB. Kelati recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Valencia Basket was defeated 76-62 on the road by the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#7). Kelati's stats this season are: 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He is also Polish national team player.

Karol Gruszecki
Karol Gruszecki
   #8. Forward Karol Gruszecki (196-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Texas Arlington's victory against the San Jose State University (3-10) 81-74 in the NCAA last Thursday. Gruszecki scored 14 points in a mere 19 minutes. The University of Texas at Arlington has a solid 10-5 conference record this season. It was Texas Arlington's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Gruszecki's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 2.9rpg in the 31 games. He used to play for the Polish U20 national team back in 2008.

Tomasz Gielo
Tomasz Gielo
   #9. U20 international forward Tomasz Gielo (206-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to an overtime Liberty's victory against the Austin Peay State University (3-12) 79-73 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Gielo scored 12 points and added 3 assists. The Liberty University has not so impressive 5-10 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Gielo has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 2.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Polish U20 national team.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #10. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Torino (20-4) in their game against Mirandola (11-13) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He was the second best scorer with 9 points. Wojciechowski also added 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. But the league leader Torino lost 73-83 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#11) Mirandola. They ended the series of eight consecutive victories. Wojciechowski has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg and 8.8rpg in the 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Olek Czyz (200-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nevada, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Acea Virtus Roma to win against the tenth-ranked Juvecaserta 66-64 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Czyz scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Czyz has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Polish U20 national team three years ago.

   #12. International center Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-93, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of San Diego crushing them 81-50 in the NCAA last Saturday. Karnowski scored 8 points in 15 minutes. Karnowski has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

   #13. Former U18 international center Pawel Mroz (215-84, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help Basketbal Svitavy in their game against B&W Opava in the Czech Republic NBL. Mroz recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 90-72. This season Mroz has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg and 6.8rpg. Mroz used to play for the Polish U18 national team eleven years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to Nassjo's victory against the closely-ranked KFUM Jamtland 82-73 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Lukasiak has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 5.1rpg in the 30 games. He used to play for the Polish U18 national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former international center Cezary Trybanski (218-79, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Dzukija's victory against the eighth-ranked Statyba 90-77 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Saturday night. Trybanski recorded 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. Trybanski belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This year he has very good stats: 12.7ppg, 10.4rpg and 3.1bpg in the 33 games. Trybanski used to play for the Polish national team twelve years ago.

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

   #1. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Maccabi Haifa's victory against the league leader Maccabi Ashdod (18-0) 95-85 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. Mekel scored 18 points and added 9 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Bazan Haifa (11-7) is placed fourth in the Winner League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mekel is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league. This season he has very good stats: 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.8apg and 1.4spg. Mekel has a dual citizenship: Polish and Israeli.

   #2. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his German team EWE Baskets to a victory over the third-ranked Okapi Aalstar (2-4) 82-74 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. Wysocki was the best player in that game. He scored 12 points in a mere 16 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (5-1) is placed first in group L. Wysocki's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. This year Wysocki's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 3.9rpg in the 10 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and German.

   #3. Vitaliy Kovalenko (203-F-84, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Khimik (18-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kovalenko's good performance Khimik was defeated 82-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Mykolaiv (#3). He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kovalenko's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 2.9rpg. He has both Polish and Ukrainian nationalities.

   #4. Patrick Wischnewski (191-G-87, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) was not able to help Leitershofen (9-11) in their last game. Despite Wischnewski's very good performance Leitershofen (#8) lost 80-84 in Langen to the higher-ranked (#6) TV 1862 in the Group South. He was the second best scorer with 19 points in 31 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Wischnewski's stats this year are: 14.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He also holds two passports: German and Polish. Despite Wischnewski's Polish nationality, he previously played for the German U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #5. Robert Lewandowski (208-F-89, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for BK Usti nad Labem (7-20) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Lewandowski's good performance BK Usti nad Labem (#5) was defeated 91-87 in J.Hradec by the lower-ranked BK Lions Hradec (#7) in the Group A2. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Lewandowski averaged so far 13.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Lewandowski used to play for PGE Turow Zgorzelec in Polish league.

   #6. Dominik Malinowski (198-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a SG Schwelmer Baskets' victory against the ninth-ranked Hannover Tigers 76-71 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. Malinowski scored 7 points. Malinowski has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.1apg. He holds both Polish and German passports. Despite Malinowski's Polish nationality, he previously played for the German U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Polish team.

   #7. Marek Olesinski (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help U.S. Air Force Academy to win against the University of Wyoming 72-66 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Olesinski averaged so far 12.7ppg, 10.4rpg and 3.1bpg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Olesinski has never played in Poland.

   #8. Maciej Baginski (195-SF-95, currently plays in Iceland) helped Njardvik win their game against one of league's weakest teams KFI crushing them 119-93 in the Icelandic Dominos League last Sunday. He scored 10 points in 16 minutes. Baginski has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 3.3rpg in the 19 games. He holds both Polish and Icelandic passports. Despite Baginski's Polish nationality, he currently plays for the Icelandic U18 national team.

   #9. Jakub Kusmieruk (224-C-89, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Idaho St. in their game against the University of Idaho in the NCAA. Kusmieruk scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 75-69. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 3.3rpg.



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Jose Juan Barea selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jose Juan Barea
Jose Juan Barea
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jose Juan Barea (181-84, college: Northeastern, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-35) in their last game. Despite Barea's very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were crushed 116-94 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Barea also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 25 minutes on the court. It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Barea has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 80.9% in the 47 games he played so far. Barea is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the league outsider Olin Edirne (4-15) 69-59 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. Arroyo recorded 15 points and added 7 assists in 30 minutes. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (17-3) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Arroyo has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 47.1% and FT: 78.9% in the six games. Former Cangrejeros Santurce starter played for the Puerto Rican national team in 2011.

Javier Mojica
Javier Mojica
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Javier Mojica (190-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St., currently plays in Argentina). He led Quimsa to a victory over the 14th-ranked 9 de Julio (12-28) 91-83 in the Argentinian LigaA in Sunday night's game. Mojica was MVP of the game. He recorded 29 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (22-18) is placed fifth in the LigaA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Mojica's first season with the team. This year Mojica has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 41.1%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 82.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Mojica played for the Puerto Rican national team two years ago. He used to play for Fajardo in Puerto Rican league.

John Holland
John Holland
   #4. Swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in Cajasol's surprising victory against the eighth-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (12-10) 86-78 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Holland recorded 21 points, 4 assists and 3 steals; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (8-14) is placed 14th in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Holland has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Holland used to play for the Puerto Rican national team back in 2011. He played also for Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

Peter John Ramos
Peter John Ramos
   #5. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85, currently plays in China), who plays in the Chinese CBA was not able to help Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (17-15) in their last game. Despite Ramos' very good performance Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost 96-110 in Beijing to the higher-ranked (#3) Ducks. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Ramos also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 43 minutes. Ramos has very impressive stats this year: 22.7ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 34 games. He has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Ramos plays currently for the Puerto Rican national team. He used to play for Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rican league.

Ricardo Sanchez
Ricardo Sanchez
   #6. Center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked 9 de Julio (12-28) 85-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Sanchez scored 13 points, had 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Libertad Sunchales (22-18) is placed sixth in the LigaA. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Sanchez's stats this season are: 11.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Puerto Rican National Team roster.

Daniel Santiago
Daniel Santiago
   #7. International center Daniel Santiago (216-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Sionista (19-22) 81-66 in the Argentinian LigaA on Friday night. Santiago was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (23-16) is placed fourth in the LigaA. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Santiago is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.1bpg. This year his other stats are: 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 38 games. Santiago also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. He is also Puerto Rican national team player. Santiago used to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican league.

Angel Rodriguez
Angel Rodriguez
   #8. Point guard Angel Rodriguez (180-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Texas Tech University (2-13) crushing them 75-55 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals. The Kansas State University has a very good 12-3 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Rodriguez averaged so far 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Puerto Rican U18 national team back in 2010.

Renaldo Balkman
Renaldo Balkman
   #9. International forward Renaldo Balkman (201-84, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to a Petron Blaze's victory against the ninth-ranked Air21 Express (1-4) 60-53 in a derby game in the Filipino PBA last Friday. Balkman was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds in 42 minutes. Petron Blaze Boosters (4-1) are placed second in Commissioner's Cup group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Balkman is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 27.8ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.8apg, 3.8bpg and 1.8spg in the four games. Balkman holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. He is also in the roster of the Puerto Rican national team. Balkman used to play for Guayama in Puerto Rican league.

Alex Abreu
Alex Abreu
   #10. Point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, currently studies in the States) helped Akron win their n overtime game against the Ohio University (10-2) 88-81 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The The University of Akron has a very solid 13-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all thirteen games in the conference. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. This season Abreu has very high stats. He averages: 27.8ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.8apg, 3.8bpg and 1.8spg. Abreu is a former U19 international player as three years ago he still played for the Puerto Rican national team.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Kevin Young (203-90, is currently at the American university) helped Kansas win their n overtime game against the Iowa State University 108-96 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. Young has very impressive stats this year: 27.8ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.8apg, 3.8bpg and 1.8spg in the four games. He used to play for the Puerto Rican U19 national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St., currently plays in Finland) helped Kouvot edge the tenth-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat 85-83 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Clavell recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. Clavell is currently fourth on the list of top scorers with 20.4ppg. This year his other stats are: 6.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 32 games. Clavell used to play for the Puerto Rican U21 national team back in 2006.

   #13. Former international point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, currently plays in Mexico) helped Toros win their game against the league leader Halcones UV Xalapa 96-83 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. This year Pagan's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.9apg in the 45 games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Pagan used to play for the Puerto Rican national team eleven years ago. He played also for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican league.

   #14. Former U19 international point guard Raymond Cintron Cortes (183-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Middle Tenn.St. win their game against the University of Louisiana at Monroe crushing them 87-46 in the NCAA last Saturday. Cintron Cortes scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.9apg. Cintron Cortes used to play for the Puerto Rican U19 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U18 international point guard Michael Alvarado (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Manhattan edge the The University of Buffalo 65-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Alvarado has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. Alvarado used to play for the Puerto Rican U18 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Maurice Harkless (203-G/F-93, college: St.John's, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (16-43) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Orlando Magic was defeated 88-82 on the road by the Memphis Grizzlies. Harkless was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 9 rebounds. It's Harkless' first season with the team. Harkless' overall stats this year are: 6.1ppg and 4.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Strangely Harkless has never played in Puerto Rico.

   #2. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL was not able to help Pieno Zvaigzdes (8-7) in their last game. Despite Hughes' very good performance Pieno Zvaigzdes lost 66-71 in Utena to the higher-ranked (#3) Juventus. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Hughes also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Pieno Zvaigzdes' first loss after five consecutive victories. Hughes belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hughes averages: 16.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg in the 14 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Strangely Hughes has never played in Puerto Rico.

   #3. Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86, agency: Court Side, college: Fair Dickinson, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for BC Kolin (14-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Ubilla's very good performance the sixth-placed BC Kolin was defeated 96-91 in Decin by the higher-ranked BK Decin (#4) in the Group A1. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Ubilla also added 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Ubilla averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.2apg and 1.6spg. He has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Ubilla used to play for Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican league.

   #4. Ivan Aska (200-F-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League couldn't help Leuven Bears (5-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Leuven Bears was defeated 80-72 in Oostende by the leading Base. Aska was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Aska averaged so far 14.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

   #5. Donald Copeland (177-PG-84, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division couldn't help ZTE KK (8-13) in their last game. Despite Copeland's very good performance ZTE KK was crushed 90-62 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#4) Jaszberenyi. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Copeland also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was ZTE KK's fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Copeland is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 5.3apg. This year he also averages: 18.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. Copeland holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. He used to play for Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rican league.

   #6. Experienced Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Austria) led Redwell Gunners Oberwart to a victory over the closely-ranked Gussing Knights crushing them 73-52 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Friday night. Hinson was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Hinson is the league's top scorer and also on the list of most steals (second place). This season he has very high stats. Hinson averages: 21.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg and 2.1spg. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Hinson used to play for Grises de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

   #7. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a 2-point Ironi Nahariya's victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Kiryat Bialik 88-86 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. Clemente has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Clemente used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

   #8. Devon Collier (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Oregon St. (3-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Oregon St. lost 75-85 in Eugene, OR to the University of Oregon. Collier scored 14 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 32 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. Collier holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.

   #9. Shabazz Napier (185-G-91, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Connecticut in their game against the Georgetown University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. Napier recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 47 minutes. But his team was edged in an overtime 79-78. He has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. Napier holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.



Darren Phillip joins Quebradillas - by Eurobasket (T)

Pirates de Quebradillas (BSN) agreed terms with 35-year old American (has also British passport) forward Darren Phillip (201-107kg-78, college: Fairfield, agency: Dream Team Management). He is currently playing in Argentina and will join the team in April.
The last season Phillip played at Ford Burgos (LEB Gold) in Spanish league. In 39 games he recorded 12.2ppg and 6.9rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at CAI Zaragoza (ACB) in Spanish league. In 25 games he recorded 5.8ppg and 3.0rpg that season.
In 2000 Phillip was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) as #4 pick overall.
He attended Fairfield University and it will be his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Phillip won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2008 and 2010. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Bosman Player of the Year back in 2010.
Phillip has played previously professionally in Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC and Cajasol) and ABA (S.Island S.).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Alexey Shved selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alexey Shved
Alexey Shved
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-35) in their last game. Despite Shved's very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were badly defeated 127-111 on the road by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Shved also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Shved's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 73.9% in the 50 games he played so far. Shved is currently a member of the Russian senior national team.

Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Andrei Kirilenko (209-81, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alexey Shved. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kirilenko, who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-35) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kirilenko's good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were edged 100-99 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. He recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Kirilenko has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1bpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 56.9%(182-320), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 77.0%. Kirilenko is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Russian senior national team. Kirilenko used to play for CSKA Moscow in Russian league.

Ivan Nelyubov
Ivan Nelyubov
   #3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88, currently plays in Estonia). He was the major contributor in TU/Rock's victory against the league outsider Hito/Johvi (1-21) crushing them 90-51 in the Estonian KML in Friday night's game. Nelyubov recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool/Rock (17-0) is placed second in the KML. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Nelyubov's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg. He played for the Russian university national team two years ago.

Stanislav Dikiy
Stanislav Dikiy
   #4. Forward Stanislav Dikiy (201-88, currently plays in Ukraine) was not able to secure a victory for Ferro-ZNTU (19-14) in their game against Dnipro (12-20) in the Ukrainian Superleague. Dikiy recorded 6 points and blocked 2 shots in 16 minutes. Ferro-ZNTU lost 66-78 in Dnepropetrovsk to the much lower-ranked (#12) Dnipro. It was Ferro-ZNTU's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Dikiy's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.8rpg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Russian U18 national team back in 2006.

Timofey Mozgov
Timofey Mozgov
   #5. International center Timofey Mozgov (215-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Denver Nuggets to win against the Los Angeles Lakers (29-30) 119-108 in the NBA on Monday night. Mozgov scored only 2 points. The Denver Nuggets have a solid 38-22 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mozgov's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 2.9rpg. He plays currently for the Russian national team.

Teymuraz Babunashvili
Teymuraz Babunashvili
   #6. Guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague couldn't help Kutaisi (1-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Babunashvili's good performance his team was edged 87-85 in Tbilisi by the lower-ranked Dinamo (#5). He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Babunashvili's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Russian team five years ago.

Ruslan Pateev
Ruslan Pateev
   #7. Former U20 international center Ruslan Pateev (213-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Arizona St. (9-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Pateev's good performance the Arizona St. was defeated 68-59 at home by the The University of Washington. He scored 10 points. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pateev has been at the team for four years. Pateev's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Russian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, currently plays in Greece) contributed to PAOK's victory against the 11th-ranked Kavala (5-13) 81-69 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He scored 9 points, had 10 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (12-6) is placed fourth in the A1. Papadopoulos is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 7.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.7ppg and 3.2apg in the 18 games he played so far. Papadopoulos has a dual citizenship: Russian and Greek.

   #2. Dmitry Flis (203-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) led River Andorra to a victory over the tenth-ranked Planasa NV (8-12) crushing them 78-53 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Flis was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Flis is currently second on the list of best blockers with 1.4bpg. This year he also averages: 12.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. Flis is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Spanish.

   #3. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Belarus could not help Tsmoki-Minsk (1-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Tsmoki-Minsk was defeated 86-72 on the road by the second-ranked Telekom Baskets in the group L of EuroChallenge. Pustahvar was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds. The Top 16 already ended in the EuroChallenge. Pustahvar's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 3.2rpg. He has both Russian and Belarusian nationalities.

   #4. Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in NBC's victory against the closely-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (12-11) 90-82 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Khartchenkov was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes. Nuernberger Basketball Club (11-12) is placed tenth in the ProA. This year Khartchenkov has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg in the seven games. He also holds two passports: Russian and German. Despite Khartchenkov's Russian nationality, he previously played for the German U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.

   #5. Anton Indrikov (193-G-87, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Impuls BGUIR (8-14) 78-62 in the Belarusian Premier League last Tuesday. Indrikov was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Indrikov also added 4 assists and 7 steals. BK Rubon Vitebsk (10-11) is placed third in the Premier League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Indrikov is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg.

   #6. Aleksey Adediran (204-C-82, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in Liepaja's victory against the closely-ranked Jelgava 84-70 in the Latvian LBL on Wednesday night. Adediran scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Adediran averages: 16.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. He has Nigerian and Russian nationalities.

   #7. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Kazrin's victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata 84-77 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Kazarnovski recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Kazarnovski averages: 15.1ppg, 8.9rpg and 3.1apg. He has dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Despite Kazarnovski's Russian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and probably cannot be called to the Russian team.

   #8. Albert Kuppe (195-F-88, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha in their game against Science City Jena in the German ProA (second division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Kuppe scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. But his team lost 87-97. This year Kuppe's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4apg in the 23 games. He has dual citizenship: Russian and German. Despite Kuppe's Russian passport, he previously played for the German U18 national team.

   #9. Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, currently plays in Israel) helped Maccabi Haifa win their game against the league leader Maccabi Ashdod 95-85 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. Chubrevich scored 6 points in only 8 minutes. This year Chubrevich's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.5rpg in the 11 games. He has Russian and Israeli nationalities. Despite Chubrevich's Russian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team.

   #10. Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-C-81, currently plays in Georgia) was not able to secure a victory for Batumi in their game against Kutaisi in the Georgian Superleague. Kvelashvili recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. His team lost 73-82. This year Kvelashvili's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 5.9rpg in the 15 games. He holds both Russian and Georgian passports.



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Sitapha Savane selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sitapha Savane
Sitapha Savane
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a FIATC Joventut's victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (4-19) 92-88 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Savane recorded 19 points and blocked 2 shots in 25 minutes on the court. FIATC Joventut Badalona (11-11) is placed ninth in the ACB. It's Savane's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 56.8%(50-88) and FT: 82.9% in the 19 games he played so far. Savane has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish. He played for the Senegalese senior national team four years ago.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Greece). Faye led Ikaros to a victory against the 12th-ranked KAOD (5-13) 80-74 in the Greek A1 last Monday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Faye also added 3 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Ikaros Kallitheas (8-11) is placed eighth in the A1. Faye is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). His overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 75.0%. Faye played for the Senegalese national team in 2011.

Pape Faye
Pape Faye
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Pape Faye (200-87, currently plays in Japan). He led Yokohama BC to a victory over the third-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (24-12) 75-62 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. Faye was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. Faye also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Eastern. Yokohama B-Corsairs (25-9) are placed second. This year Faye's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 56.1% in the 34 games. He is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #4. Center Boniface Ndong (213-77, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul to win against the 14th-ranked Olin Edirne (5-15) 69-59 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Ndong recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (18-3) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ndong's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 5.2rpg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2009.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #5. Former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a 2-point Targu Mures' victory against the eighth-ranked CSM Bucuresti (15-9) 93-91 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Barro scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BC Mures Targu-Mures (17-7) is placed third in the Liga Nationala. Barro has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg and 7.0rpg. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team eleven years ago.

Jules Aw
Jules Aw
   #6. Forward Jules Aw (200-86, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA could not help Neuchatel (10-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Aw's very good performance Neuchatel was defeated 73-58 on the road by the leading Fribourg. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. Aw also added 2 blocks and 3 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Aw has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team six years ago.

Antoine Mendy
Antoine Mendy
   #7. Former international forward Antoine Mendy (198-83, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Saint Vallier (8-17) crushing them 111-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Mendy recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-5) is placed first in the ProB. Mendy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Pau-Lacq-Orthez's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in the 25 games. Mendy used to play for the Senegalese national team four years ago.

Maleye N'Doye
Maleye N'Doye
   #8. Forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman, currently plays in France) was not able to help Paris-Levallois (11-10) in their game against Le Mans (13-8) in the French ProA. He scored 7 points. Paris-Levallois was defeated 72-59 in Le Mans by the higher-ranked Le Mans (#4). N'Doye's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2011.

Mamadou Diouf
Mamadou Diouf
   #9. Former international swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Panasonic Trians (20-15) crushing them 101-75 in the Japanese JBL on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Toshiba Brave Thunders (22-13) are placed third in the JBL. Diouf averaged so far 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team six years ago.

Ousmane Gueye
Ousmane Gueye
   #10. Guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Mazzeo San Severo (8-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gueye's good performance Mazzeo San Severo was crushed 84-57 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Omegna (#4). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Gueye also added 6 rebounds. Gueye is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gueye averages: 15.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 2.9spg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Senegalese senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Kalev/Cramo in their game against Rudupis in the Baltic League. Fall scored only 4 points in 18 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 84-63. Fall is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.2bpg in the 14 games. Fall used to play for the Senegalese national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Rueil 76-61 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. N'Diaye is currently second on the list of best blockers with 1.4bpg. This year his other stats are: 10.7ppg and 7.0rpg in the 20 games. N'Diaye used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Washington's victory against the Arizona State University 68-59 in the NCAA last Saturday. N'Diaye scored only 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. His stats this year are: 10.7ppg and 7.0rpg in the 20 games. N'Diaye used to play for the Senegalese national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Papa Mbaye (209-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help FCB Regal II in their game against Palencia Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was crushed by 27 points 104-77. Mbaye's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Moustapha N'Diaye (200-84, currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Portel's victory against the 12th-ranked Charleville-Mezieres 76-64 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. N'Diaye scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year his total stats are: 5.2ppg and 3.7rpg in the 25 games. N'Diaye used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Amath M'Baye (206-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Oklahoma (10-6) in their last game. Despite M'Baye's very good performance the Oklahoma lost in an overtime 86-92 on the road to the The University of Texas. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 37 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year M'Baye's total stats are: 8.4ppg and 5.2rpg in the 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and French. Despite M'Baye's Senegalese passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Senegalese team.

   #2. Michel Diouf (208-C-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Leche Rio Breogan (11-9) in their last game. Despite Diouf's very good performance Leche Rio Breogan lost 60-70 in Alicante to the higher-ranked (#4) Meridiano. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Diouf also added 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Diouf is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.6bpg and 1.5spg in the 20 games.

   #3. Badou Diagne (201-F, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Co.Carolina (9-6) in their last game. Despite Diagne's good performance the Co.Carolina lost 70-80 in Cullowhee, NC to the Western Carolina University. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Diagne's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Diagne's total stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.4rpg in the 21 games.

   #4. Experienced Mamadou Dia (202-C/F-78, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Fos Ouest (15-10) in their last game. Despite Dia's good performance Fos Ouest lost 89-100 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) SO Maritime Boulogne. He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes. It was Fos Ouest's first loss after five consecutive victories. Dia has been at the team for seven years. This season Dia's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 5.2rpg in the 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and French.

   #5. El Hadji Ndieguene (208-F-90, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Badou Diagne. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Ndieguene contributed to an easy victory against the Winthrop University (5-10) 73-54. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Coastal Carolina College has 9-6 conference record this season. Ndieguene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 2.9spg in the 24 games.

   #6. Youssou Ndoye (213-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to St.Bonaventure's victory against the University of Duquesne 78-71 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Ndoye scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Ndoye has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 2.9spg.

   #7. Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, college: E.Carolina, currently plays in France) couldn't help Olympique Antibes in their game against SPO Rouen in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 85-70. Badiane is the league's best blocker. His total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg and 2.0bpg. Badiane has both Senegalese and French nationalities.

   #8. Mamadou Diop (201-F/C-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Guadalajara in their game against Oviedo CB in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 6 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 91-98. This year Diop's total stats are: 1.9ppg and 2.9rpg in the 14 games. He also holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish. Despite Diop's Senegalese nationality, he currently plays for the Spanish U20 national team and cannot be called to the Senegalese team.

   #9. Papa Beye (202-F-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chalons-Reims in their game against Hyeres-Toulon in the French ProB (second division). Beye recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 70-66. Beye's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg.

   #10. Moussa Gueye (213-C-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Alabama in their game against the Louisiana State University in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Gueye scored only 2 points. His team was edged in a triple overtime 97-94. He averaged so far 10.7ppg and 7.0rpg.



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Radnicki easy with Buducnost - by Igor Obradovic

In front of 4,500 people at the Hall, "Jezero", the Radnicki completely broke team of Buducnost and now is alone in third place behind Crvena zvezda Telekom

This is 15 victory for Miroslav Nikolic team this season and it come easier than anyone had expected.
They defeated the team of the Buducnost with 78:63 (25:21, 17:11, 20:10, 16:21).

Best in domestic team was Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) which is in 39 minutes scored a 23pts, 5rbd, 2ast, 1steal with index of 22 points. It was followed by an excellent Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) with 20pts, 5rbd, 2ast, 2steal with 19 index points.
Among guests was the best Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) with 18pts, 4rbd, 1 steal, Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) with 12pts, and Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) with 3pts, 8rbd, 1ast, 2 steals.



Another victory for Crvena zvezda - by Igor Obradovic

In exceptional shooting match Crvena zvezda Telekom is the second time this season in the ABA League defeated Cibona from Zagreb and also recorded 17 win in this season in the regional league.

Crvena zvezda won 97:95 (27:25, 23:26, 18:22, 29:22)
Throughout the match both teams had a great shot percentage from the game, Cibona had 78% for 2 points (28/36) and 47% for 3 points (8/17) while Crvena zvezda have 30/46 65% for 2p, and 7/23 for 3p (30%).

In the last minute Strawberrie shoot for three points but he fouled and only managed to hit two free throws. At that point it was 94:95 for the guests.
It was left 24.6 seconds to go, Crvena zvezda went on the attack, and 5.8 seconds left from the end of the game Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) is shoot for 3 points and hit the three.
Zvezda led 97:95. Less than 6 seconds left until the end of the game, D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) as the best individual teams from Croatia team took the ball entered the racket but missed the shot and so dropped the chance to take his team into overtime in the "Pionir" Hall where was 4.000 people.

Best in home team was Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) with 21pts, 2rbd, 9ast, with 28 index points. Marko Simonovic 15pts, 3rbd, 1steal, Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 7rbd, 1ast, Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) 16pts, 2rbd, 2ast, DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) 17pts, 3rbd, 5ast.
In the team from Croatia best was D.J. Strawberry with 31pts, 2rbd, 2ast with great shooting percentage 11/13 for 2p, 1/2 for 3p and 6/9 on free throws, Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) 13pts, 2rbd, 9ast, Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) 9pts, 7rbd, 2ast, 1steal.

With this win Crvena zvezda telekom provided Final 4.

Team statistic for this game :

Crvena zvezda Telekom 30/46 for 2p, 7/23 for 3p, 16/25 for FT, 30 RBD, 22 AST, 7 steals, 7 TO, index points 110
Cibona 28/36 for 2p, 8/17 for 3p, 15/22 for FT. 19 RBD. 18 AST. 5 steals. 13 TO, index points 98



Milos Teodosic selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia. He could not help CSKA Moscow (6-3) in their last game. Despite Teodosic's very good performance the third-placed CSKA Moscow was edged 63-60 on the road by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes in the group E of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Teodosic also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Teodosic is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 4.9apg. He also averaged so far 13.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.5%(44-74), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 88.1% in the 19 games he played so far. Teodosic is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nenad Krstic (212-83, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milos Teodosic. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Krstic led his Russian team CSKA Moscow to a victory over the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-8) 80-65. He was MVP of the game. Krstic scored 20 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. CSKA Moscow (6-3) is placed third in group E. Krstic has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 62.2%(84-135) and FT: 76.8%. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey. Savanovic was not able to help Anadolu Efes (7-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Anadolu Efes (#2) lost 62-75 in Athens to the lower-ranked (#4) Panathinaikos in the group E of Euroleague. Savanovic was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Savanovic averages: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 82.1% in the 19 games. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
   #4. Power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (4-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Bjelica's good performance Caja Laboral (#6) was defeated 82-74 in Athens by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group F of Euroleague. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Bjelica has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Milan Macvan
Milan Macvan
   #5. International power forward Milan Macvan (205-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the ninth-ranked Erdemir (7-13) crushing them 84-61 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Macvan scored 16 points in a mere 18 minutes. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (18-3) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Macvan's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg in the 19 games. Macvan plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Aleksandar Rasic
Aleksandar Rasic
   #6. Point guard Aleksandar Rasic (195-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was the main contributor in a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-7) 87-69 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Rasic scored 16 points. Montepaschi Siena (7-2) is placed second in group F. This season Rasic averages only 4.6ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Vladan Vukosavljevic
Vladan Vukosavljevic
   #7. Former University international power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams DniproAzot (11-22) crushing them 84-60 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Vukosavljevic had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 29 minutes. Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (21-12) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vukosavljevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 32 games. Vukosavljevic used to play for the Serbian university national team six years ago.

Cedomir Vitkovac
Cedomir Vitkovac
   #8. Forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Montenegro couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Buducnost (14-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Vitkovac's very good performance Buducnost was defeated 78-63 in Kragujevac by the higher-ranked Radnicki KG (#3). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Vitkovac also added 4 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vitkovac has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2007.

Milovan Rakovic
Milovan Rakovic
   #9. International center Milovan Rakovic (208-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (5-18) 91-72 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Rakovic recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (14-8) is placed fourth in the ACB. This year Rakovic's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 2.6rpg in the 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

Miroslav Raduljica
Miroslav Raduljica
   #10. Center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Azovmash (22-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite Raduljica's very good performance Azovmash was defeated 82-76 in Frankivsk by the lower-ranked Hoverla (#4). He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Raduljica also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Raduljica's stats this season are: 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to a BC Donetsk's victory against one of league's weakest teams DniproAzot 90-80 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Radenovic scored 14 points and added 6 assists in 24 minutes. Radenovic has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team three years ago.

   #12. International center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey) helped Banvit BK edge the closely-ranked Mersin 92-90 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Stimac scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Stimac is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 7.8rpg. Stimac is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

   #13. Former University international point guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) helped Kozuv win their game against one of league's weakest teams Pelister Bitola 82-72 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Mijajlovic scored 24 points and added 6 passes in 32 minutes. Mijajlovic is currently second on the list of best passers with 4.7apg. This year his other stats are: 13.8ppg and 3.6rpg in the nine games. Mijajlovic used to play for the Serbian university national team six years ago.

   #14. Former University international power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL couldn't help Stelmet ZG (14-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Stelmet ZG was defeated 100-96 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Rosa Radom (#11). Borovnjak scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He averaged so far 14.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.6apg. Borovnjak used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former University international power forward Sava Lesic (205-88, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Khimik win their game against the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU 91-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Lesic scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. His stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the 29 games. Lesic used to play for the Serbian university national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help Stelmet ZG (14-7) in their last game. Despite Stevic's very good performance Stelmet ZG lost 96-100 at home to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Rosa Radom. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Stevic also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Stevic is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.7rpg. This year he also averages: 11.1ppg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games he played so far.

   #2. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, currently plays in Greece) led Panionios to a victory against the seventh-ranked Aris (9-10) 82-75 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Jankovic recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (15-4) is placed third in the A1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Jankovic's fourth season with the team. He is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. Jankovic has very reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Greek. Despite Jankovic's Serbian passport, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Serbian team.

   #3. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the seventh-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-8) 80-65 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Micov scored 10 points in 23 minutes. CSKA Moscow (6-3) is placed third in group E. This year Micov's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg in the 19 games.

   #4. Experienced Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help TED Kolejliler (11-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance TED Kolejliler was defeated 81-76 on their home court in Ankara by the leading Banvit BK. Stanojevic was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Stanojevic is currently third on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Stanojevic averages: 17.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 3.0apg.

   #5. Milos Pesic (205-F-84, currently plays in Romania) led Oradea to a 2-point victory over the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (8-16) 80-78 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Pesic scored 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds. CSM Oradea (20-4) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. Pesic is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Pesic averages: 16.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.0apg.

   #6. Milko Bjelica (205-F/C-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 85-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year Bjelica's total stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.6rpg in the 20 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #7. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) led Gaz Metan to a victory over the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 84-48 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. Mladenovic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mladenovic also added and 3 steals. He has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg and 5.5rpg.

   #8. Uros Lucic (207-C-83, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia was not able to secure a victory for Krka (9-14) in their last game. Despite Lucic's very good performance Krka lost 63-76 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Un.Olimpija. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Lucic also added 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year his total stats are: 8.5ppg and 4.3rpg in the 20 games.

   #9. Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, agency: TSS Management, college: NYIT, currently plays in Romania) helped Craiova win their game against one of league's weakest teams Miercurea Ciuc 92-76 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He scored 23 points and added 5 assists in 36 minutes. Dzambic is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 6.9apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games.

   #10. Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in Rogaska's victory against the closely-ranked LTHcast Mercator 57-53 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Miljkovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Miljkovic is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2spg.



Bojan Nesic officially join CAI Zaragoza - by Aleksa Nikolic (T)

Serbian prospect Bojan Nesic (1998) sign a mulit-year contract with CAI Zaragoza.He joined team 1st march.
He played almost seven years in Kris Kros Pancevo.Nesic was member of u16 national team last year.
He is one of the biggest prospect in his generation, biggest with
Milos Glisic (200-PF-98), who playing in BC Partizan.
CAI Zaragoza already signed some big prospects: Simon Pursl (200-C-97) from Czech Republic, Jorge Turbica (F-97) etc.



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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Robert ABRAMOVIC
  LTHcas.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Abramovic, LTHcas.18.8 
 2. Tomic, LTHcast17.7 
 3. Udrih, Zlatorog15.8 
 4. Mlakar, Geoplin15.5 
 5. Pelko, Maribor15.0 
 6. Span, Geoplin Slov.14.6 
 7. Miljkovic, Rogaska14.4 
 8. Gacesa, Helios14.1 
 9. Pelc, Tajfun13.8 
 10. Vasl, Polzela13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasonn HANNIBAL
  Polzela
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Hannibal, Polzela8.0 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska7.8 
 3. Zimic, Tajfun7.8 
 4. Collins, Elektra7.1 
 5. Mijovic, Rogaska7.1 
 6. Martin, Polzela6.8 
 7. Primorac, Tajfun6.8 
 8. Kolarevic, LTHcas.6.8 
 9. Rizvic, Maribor6.4 
 10. Djugum, Zlatorog5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan JOVANOVIC
  Maribo.
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.8 
 2. Tomic, LTHcast5.8 
 3. Mocnik, Helios4.7 
 4. Zagorc, Elektra4.4 
 5. Ferme, Tajfun4.2 
 6. Antonijevic, Grosu.4.1 
 7. Pelc, Tajfun3.8 
 8. Mlakar, Geoplin3.8 
 9. Kostomaj, Rogaska3.6 
 10. Brolih, Tajfun3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Samo UDRIH
  Zlatorog
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udrih, Zlatorog2.2 
 2. Tomic, Geoplin Slo.1.9 
 3. Petrovic, Geopli.1.7 
 4. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.7 
 5. Mlakar, Geoplin1.7 
 6. Tomic, LTHcast1.6 
 7. Vasl, Polzela1.6 
 8. Zadnik, Zlatorog1.5 
 9. Jovanovic, Maribo.1.5 
 10. Pelko, Maribor1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor TRATNIK
  Grosuplje
  (206-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Tratnik, Grosuplje1.9 
 2. Collins, Elektra1.5 
 3. Zimic, Tajfun1.4 
 4. Hannibal, Polzela1.2 
 5. Martin, Polzela1.1 
 6. Kolarevic, LTHcas.0.7 
 7. Majstorovic, Helios0.7 
 8. Miljkovic, Grosupl.0.7 
 9. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.7 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 


Sentjur and Maribor clinch last Top 6 spots, - by Zeljko Zule

Maribor Messer and Tajfun Sentjur took the last two spots for the League Play-Off. The other two who already locked up spots were Zlatorog and Helios.
Slovan and Hopsi, both recorded back to back wins for the first time this season in Round 17. Hopsi handed league-leading Helios its first home loss of the season while Slovan eliminated Rogaska from the League Play-Off.
Helios-Hopsi 74-81: Helios made a 13-2 run to take a lead 63-56 late in third quarter. Hopsi opened the final period with a23-4 run to go up 81-69 with 48 seconds left. Isiah Martin (203-F/C-89, college: Indiana St.) scored 16 of his 20 points in the first halftime, Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points, Danijel Vujasinovic (180-G-89) collected 13 points, 15 assists and 7 rebounds and Hugh Robertson (198-G-89, college: S.Florida) scored 12 points. Helios was led by Damir Rancic (199-G-83) who scored 22 points on shooting 9-of-22 from the field. Aleksandar Ponjavic (198-G-91) added 15 points and Jure Mocnik (185-PG-85) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Slovan-Rogaska Crystal 73-71: The game saw just two lead changes. Rogaska had the first, going on a 6-0 run after trailing 10-13. Slovan take a lead at 51-48 late in the third quarter and scored 9 straight points to pushed their advantage to 69-60 with two minutes left. Rogaska cut the deficit to 71-72, but Jure Span (95) made a free throw for Slovan to secure the win. Span finished with game high 21 points, Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 14 points and 7 assists, Nejc Buda (211-C-91, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) added 12 points and Vjekoslav Petrovic (193-G/F-81) collected 11 points and 9 rebounds. Rogaska outrebounded Slovan 33-24. Boban Tomic (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 16 points and Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84) poured in 13 points.
Tajfun Sentjur-LTH Castings Mercator 76-73: The home team take a lead 20-17 and never looked back from there. They were up 71-63 early in the final quarter and LTH cut the deficit to 73-74 with 1:25 remaining. Anze Pelc (190-G-90) made just one free throw for Tajfun to make the score 75-73. Robert Abramovic (185-G-88) lost the ball and Ivan Drzic (205-C-83) hit only the second free throw, putting Sentjur up 76-73 with four seconds into the game. Tomo Cajic (200-F/C-85) missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Anze Pelc had 15 points and 6 assists for Sentjur, Tadej Ferme (187-PG-91) scored 13 points, Ivan Drzic added 11, Primoz Brolih (185-G-81) came off the bench for 10 points and 6 assists and Emir Zimic (215-C-86) grabbed 16 rebounds. LTH was led by Robert Abramovic with his 26 points, Luka Voncina (193-G-91, college: Charlotte) had 15 points and 6 assists, Gregor Jakhel Kolarevic (208-F/C-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 14 points and 9 rebounds and Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) posted 10 points.
Elektra-Maribor Messer 59-62: Elektra opened the game with a 12-2 run and had the advantage until the final quarter. Maribor scored nine straight points to go up 56-54 with 2:06 remaining. Elektra took the lead back, 57-56 with 1:16 into the game. Jure Pelko (190-G-90) hit a 3-pointer and Bojan Jovanovic (186-G-82) made a pair of free throws to give Maribor s 61-57 lead with 25 seconds left. Andrej Podvrsnik (186-G-87) made a jumper and missed and additional free throw. David Collins (213-C-85, college: Bradley) grabbed and offensive rebound, but Bojan Jovanovic stole the ball from him. Bojan Jovanovic was lone Maribor's scorer in double-figures with 19 pioints while Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85) led Elektra wiith 15 points, Urban Bukovic (186-PG-92) added 12 points, Ziga Zagorc (184-PG-84) posted 10 and David Collins grabbed 10 rebounds.
Grosuplje-Zlatorog 70-69: Marko Antonijevic (189-G-81, agency: Court Side) hit a free throw with two seconds remaining as Grosuplje snapped nine-game losing streak. Marko Antonijevic finished wth 16 points, Sasa Zagorac (205-F/C-84) scored 18 and Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89) added 10 points. Grosuplje had their largest lead at 54-36 late in the third quarter. Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) hit a 3-pointer for Zlatorog to tie the game at 69 with 12 second left, but his team suffered its first back-to-back loss of the season. Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) netted 19 points, Ante Djugum (211-C-88, agency: Court Side) had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Jaka Brodnik (203-F-92) posted 10 points.


Standings - 1A

Telemach League Standings
 1. Helios 12-5 
 2. Tajfun 12-5 
 3. Maribor Messer 12-5 
 4. Zlatorog 12-5 
 5. Rogaska 10-7 
 6. Elektra 8-9 
 7. Geoplin Slovan 7-10 
 8. LTHcast Mercator 5-12 
 9. Polzela 4-13 
 10. Grosuplje 3-14 
 11. Krka 0-0 
 12. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 13. Parklji 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 2: Tajfun - LTHcast Mercator 76-73
Mar. 2: Helios - Polzela 74-81
Mar. 2: Geoplin Slovan - Rogaska 73-71
Mar. 2: Grosuplje - Zlatorog 70-69
Mar. 2: Elektra - Maribor Messer 59-62

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 9: Rogaska - Tajfun
Mar. 9: LTHcast Mercator - Grosuplje
Mar. 9: Zlatorog - Helios
Mar. 9: Polzela - Elektra
Mar. 9: Maribor Messer - Geoplin Slovan


Goran Dragic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Slovenians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Goran Dragic (190-86, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Phoenix Suns (21-39) in their last game. Despite Dragic's very good performance the Phoenix Suns were crushed 113-88 at home by the Boston Celtics. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 10 passes. Dragic also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 43 minutes on the court. It's Dragic's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Dragic averages: 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 31.2% and FT: 73.6% in the 58 games he played so far. He played for the Slovenian senior national team two years ago.

Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Beno Udrih (194-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Udrih was not able to help the Orlando Magic (16-43) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Orlando Magic was crushed 125-101 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. Udrih recorded 14 points and added 8 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Udrih has relatively good stats this season: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 8.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 91.7%. He played for the Slovenian national team in 2010.

Erazem Lorbek
Erazem Lorbek
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Euroleague). Lorbek led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a 2-point victory against the fourth-ranked Khimky (5-4) 71-69 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 29 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (8-1) is placed first in group F. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Lorbek is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Regal FC Barcelona's roster. This season Lorbek's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 72.4% in the 18 games. He played for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

Bostjan Nachbar
Bostjan Nachbar
   #4. Power forward Bostjan Nachbar (207-80, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Brose Baskets Bamberg's victory against the 16th-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-16) crushing them 88-68 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. Nachbar scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg (21-2) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Nachbar has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2010.

Aleksandar Capin
Aleksandar Capin
   #5. Former international point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) led his Serbian team Radnicki KG to a victory over the closely-ranked Buducnost (14-9) 78-63 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Capin was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Radnicki Kragujevac (15-8) is placed third in the Adriatic League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Capin is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg in the 20 games. Capin has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Serbian. He used to play for the Slovenian national team five years ago.

Gasper Vidmar
Gasper Vidmar
   #6. Power forward Gasper Vidmar (211-87, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Besiktas (12-7) in their game against Fenerbahce Ulker (17-2) in the Turkish TBL. Despite his good performance on Monday night Vidmar recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Vidmar's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Slovenian senior team three years ago.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #7. Former international center Mirza Begic (217-85, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a 3-point Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-9) 76-73 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Begic scored 8 points in 15 minutes. Real Madrid (8-1) is placed first in group E. This year Begic's total stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

Marko Milic
Marko Milic
   #8. Forward Marko Milic (201-77, currently plays in Iran) contributed to Mahram's victory against the closely-ranked Foolad Mahan (15-3) 84-76 in the Iranian Superleague last Tuesday. Milic recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mahram Tehran (14-3) is placed third in the Superleague. Milic is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season he has very high stats. Milic averages: 16.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2006.

Bojan Krivec
Bojan Krivec
   #9. Former U18 international guard Bojan Krivec (188-87, currently plays in Croatia) couldn't help Kvarner 2010 (12-4) in their game against Alkar Sinj (10-6) in the Croatian A1, despite his good performance on Saturday night. Krivec scored 12 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 32 minutes. But the league leader Kvarner 2010 lost 62-67 in Sinj to the lower-ranked (#4) Alkar. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Krivec is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.9apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games. Krivec used to play for the Slovenian U18 national team eight years ago.

Emir Preldzic
Emir Preldzic
   #10. Small forward Emir Preldzic (205-87, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Gasper Vidmar in the Turkish TBL last game. Preldzic managed to help Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul to win against the 12th-ranked Besiktas (5-16) 78-70 in a derby game. He recorded 5 points and added 5 assists. Preldzic has been at the team for six years. Preldzic is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 4.6apg. Preldzic is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Slovenian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in Falco-Szova's victory against one of league's weakest teams FS Debrecen crushing them 130-42 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Zagorac scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 21.1ppg, 12.6rpg and 1.1spg in the seven games. Zagorac used to play for the Slovenian national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Base Oostende's victory against the sixth-ranked Leuven Bears 80-72 in the Belgian Ethias League on Friday night. He scored 9 points and added 4 passes. Drobnjak has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2008.

   #13. Former U21 international point guard Matej Venta (188-84, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped BK Lions Hradec win their game against the seventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem 91-87 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night's game. Venta scored 22 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 4 balls (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 32 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 19.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg in the seven games. Venta used to play for the Slovenian U21 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international point guard Mirza Sarajlija (187-91, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Tamis in their game against Borac in the Serbian A League. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Sarajlija also added made 3 passes and 4 steals. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. Sarajlija used to play for the Slovenian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international power forward Miha Zupan (205-82, currently plays in Turkey) helped Turk Telekom win their game against the closely-ranked Tofas 76-70 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Zupan has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia could not help Cedevita (12-10) to beat Szolnok (7-15). Ilievski cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 4 passes. Cedevita was defeated 64-59 on the road by the lower-ranked Szolnok (#12). There are only four games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ilievski has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian.

   #2. Nejc Strnad (190-PG-83, currently plays in Greece) led Ikaros to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Peristeri GS (5-14) 88-79 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Strnad recorded 13 points and had 3 steals in a mere 17 minutes. Ikaros Kallitheas (8-11) is placed eighth in the A1. This year Strnad averages only 2.5ppg in the 17 games he played so far.

   #3. Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Asseco Prokom Gdynia (14-7) in their game against Trefl Sopot (14-7) in the Polish TBL. He scored 6 points in 19 minutes. Asseco Prokom Gdynia lost 65-78 in Sopot to the second-ranked Trefl. It was Asseco Prokom Gdynia's first loss after four consecutive victories. Mahalbasic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Mahalbasic has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 5.1rpg in the 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Slovenian.

   #4. Damir Zeleznik (185-G-80, currently plays in Austria) contributed to a Xion Dukes' victory against the closely-ranked BC Vienna (8-7) 92-79 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Friday night's game. Zeleznik recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg (16-7) is placed fourth in the A Bundesliga. Zeleznik has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #5. Jure Balazic (204-F-80, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Erdemir (7-13) in their game against Hacettepe (4-16) in the Turkish TBL. Balazic recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Erdemir was edged 71-69 at home by the league outsider (#16) Hacettepe. It was Erdemir's third consecutive loss in a row. Balazic's stats this year are: 11.4ppg and 5.0rpg in the 19 games.

   #6. Marko Milicevic (204-F-82, currently plays in Greece) helped Ikaroi Serron win their game against the tenth-ranked Arkadikos 65-60 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Milicevic has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 4.4rpg in the 16 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Slovenian.

   #7. Rene Zvan (182-PG-87, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help Nitra in their game against Nova Ves in the Slovakian Extraliga. Zvan cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 19 minutes. His team lost 84-94. Zvan has averaged so far 3.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg in the 25 games.

   #8. Uros Benacek (206-C-92, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help BC Kolin in their game against BK Decin in the Czech Republic NBL. He scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 96-91. Benacek has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.6rpg.



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Blancos de Rueda inks Antonio Porta - by Eurobasket News (T)

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (ACB) agreed terms with 30-year old Argentinian ex-international point guard Antonio Porta (187-88kg-83, agency: Players Group). He is a dual citizen owning also Italian passport. Porta just played at Givova Scafati in Italian Lega2. In 8 games he had 7.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg this season. He also spent pre-season at Montepaschi Siena (SerieA) in Italian league earlier that year. The last season Porta played at Tezenis (Lega2) in Italy. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg (top 3) and 2.3spg. He helped them to make it to the Italian Lega Due Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 3rd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Porta also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in Beijing (China) five years ago. His team won Bronze but his stats at that event were not that remarkable as he did not score anything.
Porta has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg) and Italy (Livorno, Angelico Biella and Air Avellino).
On Porta: A PG who is doing better year after year. Has winning mentality and great passing abilities, needs to improve his decision making and his outside shooting, yet under the par.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Basketligan Round 31: Sundsvall Dragons defeat Boras Basket in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Sundsvall Dragons (26-5) which hosted in Sundsvall 4th placed Boras Basket (21-10). First ranked Sundsvall Dragons had an easy win 111-88. The game without a history. Sundsvall Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sundsvall Dragons outrebounded Boras Basket 55-34 including a 46-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) contributed with 16 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sundsvall Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for Boras Basket. Sundsvall Dragons maintains first place with 26-5 record. Boras Basket at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face league's second-placed Uppsala Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boras Basket will play against LF Basket in Lulea and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Stockholm. Eleventh ranked White Eagles (6-25) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (19-11) 96-94 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was a great evening for Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Agnis Cavars helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side the former international Mikael Lindquist (193-83, agency: Court Side) responded with 32 points. Newly promoted White Eagles maintains eleventh place with 6-25 record. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. White Eagles will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Norrkoping Dolphins will play on the road against 08 Stockholm (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Nassjo (7-24) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Sodertalje Kings (22-8) on Friday. The visitors from Sodertalje managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nassjo. It was an exceptional evening for Wictor Grenthe who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). William Walker came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for Nassjo in the defeat. Sodertalje Kings maintains third place with 22-8 record having five points less than leader Sundsvall. Newly promoted Nassjo keeps the ninth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Jamtland. Sodertalje Kings will meet bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nassjo will play against Solna Vikings and hope to secure a win.
The game between second ranked Uppsala Basket (23-8) and 12th ranked Eco Orebro (5-26) in Uppsala ended with biggest points difference. Uppsala Basket outscored guests from Orebro 91-55. Keith Wright fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Coach Kelly Grant's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Uppsala Basket maintains second place with 23-8 record having just three points less than leader Sundsvall. Eco Orebro lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Uppsala Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Sundsvall Dragons on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eco Orebro will play against Sodertalje Kings (#3).

In the last two games of round 31 08 beat Solna on the road 88-76. LF Basket won against Jamtland on its own court 89-73.


Solna - 08 76-88

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked 08 Stockholm (15-16) beat on the road 6th ranked Solna Vikings (19-12) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by 08 Stockholm. Solna Vikings was better in second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Kodi Augustus (203-87, college: Mississippi St., agency: Two Points) fired 27 points for the winners. The former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) chipped in 12 points. American guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Donald Johnson (201, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. 08 Stockholm maintains seventh place with 15-16 record, which they share with LF Basket. Solna Vikings at the other side keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. 08 Stockholm's next round opponent will be higher ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (#5) in Norrkoping and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
08: K.Augustus 27+4reb+3ast, I.Brown 13+3reb+1ast, O.Ilunga 12+4reb+3ast, B.Cvilak 9+3reb+3ast, J.Blom 9+3reb+3ast, N.Stefanovic 8+2reb
Solna: J.Nystrom 18, S.Toutziarakis 12+2reb+1ast, V.Mandic 12+1reb+1ast, D.Johnson 12+6reb, K.Lewis 12+7reb+5ast, M.Levin 6+2reb+5ast
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LF Basket - Jamtland 89-73

Rather expected game when 10th ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-24) lost to eighth ranked LF Basket (15-16) in Lulea 73-89. The game was mostly controlled by LF Basket. KFUM Jamtland was better in third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for LF Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American guard Henry Dugat (183-87, college: Baylor) fired 30 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international guard Christopher Ryan (196-90) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Andreas Karlsson (200-89) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Tim Whitworth (198-81, college: Drexel) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. LF Basket have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 08. KFUM Jamtland lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 24 games lost. LF Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Boras Basket (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KFUM Jamtland will play against Eco Orebro (#12).
Top scorers:
LF Basket: H.Dugat 30+6reb+7ast, C.Ryan 16+6reb+3ast, A.Person 13+2reb+4ast, L.Reed 12+1ast, J.Akesson 8+6reb, C.Grace 6+8reb+3ast
Jamtland: T.Whitworth 18+5reb, A.Karlsson 18+5reb+2ast, L.Marolt 12+4reb+1ast, D.Klaric 9+4reb+3ast, B.Lalugba 8+7reb+3ast, S.Hellgren 6+2reb+6ast
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Uppsala - Eco Orebro 91-55

The game between second ranked Uppsala Basket (23-8) and 12th ranked Eco Orebro (5-26) in Uppsala ended with biggest points difference. Uppsala Basket outscored guests from Orebro 91-55. The game without a history. Uppsala Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Eco Orebro's 36. Uppsala Basket forced 22 Eco Orebro turnovers. American forward