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  ABA   



ABA East and West All-Star Teams named - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) yesterday named the All Star squads that will compete in the ABA All Star Game on Saturday, April 20th in Chicago, IL. "With so many teams and so many great players in the ABA, this was not an easy selection process," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "Essentially, we asked ABA teams to nominate their best two players and then asked the East and West All Star team coaches to select from among the nominations. They know talent and they've seen most of the players in action. We believe the All Star teams represent the outstanding talent we have in the ABA. And fans will have an opportunity to see them play in Chicago.
For details on the All Star Game, visit www.chicagosteambasketball.com

ABA East All Stars
Head Coach
: Kevin Waters, Jacksonville Giants
Jermaine Bell Jacksonville Giants
Maurice Mickens Memphis Bluff City Reign
Ed Horton Jacksonville Giants
Kyle Myer Lima Explosion
Richaad Fuast Georgia Gwizzlies
Odgra Bobo Michiana Monarchs
Bryan Calloway Fayetteville Flight
Jordan Payne Gulf Coast Flash
Mareo Thompson Electric City Lions
Jashon Muxib Jersey Express
Andrew Muse Chicago Steam
Oludale Doherty Jr Hampton Roads Stallions
Alternates
Anthony Jackson Jacksonville Giants
Keith Dean Chicago Steam
Al Pressley Southwest Warriors

ABA West All Stars
Head Coach
: Ron Tilley, Arizona Scorpions
Ron Turner Arizona Scorpions
Chris Weston Missouri Rhythm
Jamal Livingston Arizona Scorpions
David Kinder San Diego Surf
Jerry DuPree Los Angeles SLAM
Mike Willis Texas FUEL
Reuben Lewis Bay Area Matrix
Will Haynes North Dallas Vandals
Brandon Lee North Dallas Vandals
Marlo Sanders West Texas Whirlwinds
Tyrone Davis Conway Cyclones
Marcus Sanders Colorado Kings
Alternates:
Darius Eason Conway Cyclones
Justin Artis Olympia Rise
Patrick Lewis Olympia Rise
San Diego Surf Justin Brownlee
Shaun Buckingham Bay Area Matrix
Danyour Clark Sacramento Heatwave
Missouri Rhythm Dwayne Blakeley
Barry Whitley West Texas Whirlwinds
Ryan McBride Colorado Kings
Marcus Bradford Seattle Mountaineers

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  ALGERIA   


The Algerian Cup is down to the final 8 - by Sean Whalen

The Algerian Cup is a tournament that is played throughout the season and is comprised of all the teams in Algeria. This gives teams in the 2nd and 3rd division a chance to compete with big boys. On the 22nd and 23rd of March the field was narrowed down from 16 teams to the final 8 teams to play in the quarterfinal in the coming weeks. There were a couple of surprises teams to advance along with an unprecedented political stand that highlighted the weekends events.

OMSM, a division 2 team from Miliana blew out USM Alger 91-67 in Staoueli. USM Alger who secured a spot in the super division just a week earlier had a hard time with OSMS guards who have been playing well all season. OSSBA another division 2 team also advanced to quarterfinals by beating THBM 75-57. In an interesting turn of events ASMI of Blida forfeited their game against GSP in protest. ASMI just recently missed the top 8 that forces them to play in the play down games to secure a spot in the Super Division next season. They accused GSP of intentionally losing a game to MSC who was granted the coveted 8th spot and assurance that they will be in the Super Division next season. While GSP did not lose the game ASMI stated that they played an illegal player on purpose that caused them to be penalized with a loss and a point. ASMI showed up to the games and took court sporting banners that explained their protest. In the end there was no way to show any wrong doing by GSP. ASPPT Oran also forfeited their game against O Batna.

Other scores include CMS Constantine defeated AB Skikda 61-56, CRB Dar Beida defeated USM Blida 84-78, NB Staoueli defeated OMBBA 61-56 and CSMMB defeated COBB Oran 75-58. This makes the final 8 as follows OMSM, OSSBA, GSP, O Batna, CMS Constantine, CRB Dar Beida, NB Staoueli, CSMMB. The Match ups for the quarterfinals will be chosen by random lottery this coming week and all games will played at neutral sites.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.6 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.0 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol15.1 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.9 
 10. Campazzo, Penarol14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 2. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 5. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.6 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.5 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.4 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 10. Laprovittola, Lan.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.1 
 6. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.1 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Libertad.0.8 


LigaA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Penarol - Quimsa 92-80

Penarol jumped to 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series versus Quimsa. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Quimsa managed to win second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. International power forward Leonardo Gutierrez (201-78) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Five Penarol players scored in double figures. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Quimsa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 21+3reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 20+7reb+6ast, D.Teague 13+5reb+1ast, S.Safar 13+1reb+3ast, M.Mata 10+10reb+4ast, L.Rasio 8+4reb
Quimsa: J.Baxter 21+7reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 13+1reb, S.Vega 12+1reb, D.Lo Grippo 9+1reb, J.Williams 9+7reb+1ast, J.Mojica 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 237746


Lanus - Atenas 73-61

Lanus grabbed the opening win against Atenas. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. Atenas managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Diego Guaita (202-83) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Atenas. Atenas' coach Alejandro Lotterio rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 21+6reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 16+8reb+2ast, R.Battle 9+5reb, C.Schattmann 7+3reb+1ast, P.Prato 7+2reb, F.Martina 6+7reb+2ast
Atenas: M.Fierro 15+9reb, D.Kante 12+7reb, D.Guaita 11+8reb+1ast, M.Lescano 6+3reb+2ast, B.Labaque 5, J.Bulfoni 4+3reb
gschID: 237745


Regatas C. - GECR Indalo 90-57

Ragatas Corrientes cruised past GECR Indalo for 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. GECR Indalo managed to win fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regatas Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to GECR Indalo's 28. They outrebounded GECR Indalo 42-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) answered with 13 points and power forward Pablo Orlietti (207-90) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for GECR Indalo.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: T.Washam 15+6reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 14+4reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 12+3reb, N.Romano 12+5reb, F.Kammerichs 10+6reb, P.Quinteros 9+2reb+4ast
GECR Indalo: D.Jackson 13+2reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 9+7reb, S.Scala 8+3reb+4ast, K.Seawright 8+2reb+2ast, D.Romero 6+4reb, D.Ciorciari 6
gschID: 237744


Boca Jrs - Argentino 89-62

Boca Juniors dominated Argentino to make it 1-0 lead. The game without a history. Boca Juniors led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Boca Juniors made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for naturalized American guard Phillip Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. American forward Kavon Lytch (199-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Argentino. 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:
Boca Jrs: J.Coleman 16, F.Van Lacke 15+3reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 13+6reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 13+2reb, P.Hopson 12+6reb+4ast, M.Stanic 6+5reb+4ast
Argentino: K.Lytch 13+8reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 11+1reb, C.Amicucci 10+7reb, B.Carlwell 9+4reb, N.De los Santos 8+1reb+1ast, F.Funes 4+1reb
gschID: 237743



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

ASEAN League Standings
 1. Satria Muda 10-3 
 2. Petron Blaze 9-3 
 3. KL Dragons 8-6 
 4. Singapore S. 4-9 
 5. Thailand S. 4-9 
 6. Saigon H. 3-8 

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 27: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 83-72
Mar. 29: KL Dragons - Saigon H. 75-64
Mar. 30: Petron Blaze - Thailand S.
Mar. 31: Singapore S. - Saigon H.



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 29: Giants II - Gent Dragons 65-87
Mar. 29: CEP Fleurus - Kangor.-Boom
Mar. 30: Waregem - Point Chaud
Mar. 30: Gent Dragons - Houthalen
Mar. 30: Tongeren - Gembo BBC
Mar. 31: Giants II - Excelsior
Mar. 31: Oudenaarde - Sint-Jan Ant.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 21-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 19-4 
 3. Balkan 15-8 
 4. Rilski Sportist 15-8 
 5. Tundja Yambol 11-12 
 6. Beroe 10-13 
 7. Cherno More 9-14 
 8. Chernomorets 9-14 
 9. Spartak Pleven 5-18 
 10. U20 1-22 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 29: Balkan - Chernomorets 85-70
Mar. 29: Lukoil Academik - Tundja Yambol 85-68
Mar. 29: Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist 85-61
Mar. 29: Cherno More - Spartak Pleven 80-61
Mar. 29: Beroe - U20 79-68

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 6: Tundja Yambol - Spartak Pleven
Apr. 6: Rilski Sportist - Cherno More
Apr. 6: U20 - Levski Sofia
Apr. 6: Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik
Apr. 6: Balkan - Beroe


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21
 1. Holmes, Beroe21.0 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.9 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.7 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.17.0 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.16.9 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.4 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.3 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.7 
 9. Milosevic, Tundja15.7 
 10. Green, Lukoil A.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.7 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.5 
 3. Galiotos, Cherno M.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan9.0 
 5. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.6 
 6. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.2 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.7.1 
 8. Gugino, Rilski S.6.8 
 9. Agre, Spartak6.7 
 10. Marintchechk., Sp.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Walker, Beroe7.1 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.4 
 3. Marinovic, Levski5.4 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.4 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.5 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.1 
 7. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.1 
 8. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.0 
 9. Velikov, Cherno M.4.0 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Walker, Beroe2.3 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.2 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 4. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.2.1 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.9 
 7. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 8. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.9 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.1.9 
 10. Mirkovic, Rilski1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.0 
 2. Dupree, Rilski S.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.4 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.8 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 


NBL Round 23: Levski Sofia defeats Rilski Sportist in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An interesting game for Levski Sofia (19-4) which hosted in Sofia 3rd placed Rilski Sportist (15-8). Second ranked Levski Sofia had an easy win 85-61. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-61. Levski Sofia made 16-of-16 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They also forced 21 Rilski Sportist turnovers. International Pavel Ivanov (200-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Rilski Sportist. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 19-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Balkan. Levski Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena U20.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (21-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (11-12) in Sofia 85-68. It was a great evening for American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Dimitris Haritopoulos helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International Martin Durchev (204-87) responded with 17 points and 4 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-2 record. Tundja Yambol lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tundja Yambol will play at home against Spartak Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: Spartak Pleven was smashed by Cherno More on the road 80-61. Beroe won against U20 on its own court 79-68. Chernomorets unfortunately lost to Balkan in Botevgrad 70-85.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 32 points by Vladimir Panic of Balkan.


Cherno More - Spartak Pleven 80-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Euroins Cherno More's (9-14) home victory over 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-18) in Varna 80-61. The game was mostly controlled by Euroins Cherno More. Spartak Pleven was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Euroins Cherno More dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 32. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 42-26 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Simeon Iliev (203-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Euroins Cherno More's coach Spas Natov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Tsvetoslav Ostrev (184-86) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Euroins Cherno More and four Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chernomorets. Spartak Pleven lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 18 games lost. Euroins Cherno More will play against higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Tundja Yambol (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: S.Tsonkov 16+6reb+3ast, A.Velikov 16+5reb+3ast, S.Iliev 15+11reb, V.Kyosev 11+2reb+1ast, L.Vrcelj 10+13reb+1ast, P.Aleksiev 10+1reb+5ast
Spartak Pleven: T.Ostrev 17+3reb+4ast, D.Marintchechki 14+5reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 13+5reb+1ast, I.Stankov 12+4reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 5+2reb+4ast, D.Agre 0+6reb
gschID: 233933


Lukoil Academik - Tundja Yambol 85-68

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (21-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (11-12) in Sofia 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Tundja Yambol was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Tundja Yambol was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International Martin Durchev (204-87) responded with 17 points and 4 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-2 record. Tundja Yambol lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tundja Yambol will play at home against Spartak Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Watkins 16+12reb, D.Haritopoulos 16+6reb, B.Popovic 11+4reb+7ast, T.Stoykov 10+1reb+1ast, B.Avramov 9+3ast, T.Massamba 9+4reb+2ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 17+2reb+4ast, N.Milosevic 16+6reb, B.Ormon 10+2reb, S.Cholakov 7+2reb, J.Radionov 7+4reb+1ast, F.Vukosavljevic 6+6reb
gschID: 233932


Beroe - U20 79-68

Very expected game when 10th ranked U20 (1-22) lost to sixth ranked Beroe (10-13) in Stara Zagora 68-79. The game without a history. Beroe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. U20 was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. His fellow American import guard Will Walker (183-87, college: De Paul) helped adding 15 points and 7 assists. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four U20 players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Beroe maintains sixth place with 10-13 record. U20 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 22 lost games. Beroe will play against higher ranked Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U20's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Beroe: R.Holmes 24+3reb+1ast, W.Walker 15+3reb+7ast, M.Hart 11+9reb+1ast, V.Aleksandrov 7+2reb, M.Dimitrov 7+2reb, P.Dafinov 3+4reb+1ast
U20: N.Stoyanov 15+6reb, K.Kirilov 12+5reb, A.Simeonov 12+7reb+3ast, A.Natskin 10+3reb+5ast, G.Nikolov 6+1reb, N.Grozev 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 233931


Balkan - Chernomorets 85-70

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Balkan (15-8) won against 7th ranked Chernomorets (9-14) in Botevgrad 85-70. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Balkan's pressure prevailed and they won that period 32-20 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Martin Marinov (190-85) helped adding 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American center James Tyler (218-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds and forward Konstantin Koev (195-91) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Balkan. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Chernomorets at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Cherno More. Balkan will play against Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Balkan: V.Panic 32+3reb+3ast, U.Petrovic 12+3reb, M.Marinov 11+6reb+5ast, B.Jovovic 11+5reb+1ast, A.Santos 6+6reb+1ast, J.Hunt 6+1reb
Chernomorets: J.Tyler 18+19reb+1ast, K.Koev 16+6reb+2ast, B.Boev 11+4reb+2ast, I.Slavchev 11+2reb+1ast, P.Rakovic 4+1reb, K.Hristov 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 233930


Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist 85-61

An interesting game for Levski Sofia (19-4) which hosted in Sofia 3rd placed Rilski Sportist (15-8). Second ranked Levski Sofia had an easy win 85-61. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-61. Levski Sofia made 16-of-16 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They also forced 21 Rilski Sportist turnovers. International Pavel Ivanov (200-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 19-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Balkan. Levski Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena U20.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: P.Ivanov 20+6reb+3ast, D.Anguelov 19+4reb+3ast, Z.Georgiev 12+4reb+1ast, M.Pantic 12+11reb+4ast, S.Georgiev 10+1reb, M.Marinovic 8+2reb+5ast
Rilski Sportist: A.Caloiaro 15+6reb+3ast, H.Zahariev 12+3reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 10+6reb+3ast, B.Dupree 10+4reb+1ast, T.Smith 8+1reb+5ast, T.Gugino 6+5reb
gschID: 233929



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

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


Guangdong clinch 2012-2013 title! - by Eurobasket News

Shandong FB - Guangdong ST 74:94

Guangdong clinch 2012-2013 title! The team complete the sweep in the Finals against Shandong FB and added 94:74 win in Game 4. Guangdong won all four games of the finals with 4-0 record.
Both teams scored 19 points in the first period and then Guangdong posted a 24-15 surge in the second frame. Guangdong answered with 29-12 in the last period but could not catch up with the opponents.
Guandong Tigers made 19-of-24 free shots during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Diogu Ike (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jeter Pooh (180-PG-83, college: Portland) replied with 16 points (made all of his eight free throws) and Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Five Guandong Tigers and four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures.



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Jan Slowiak is Out as Head Coach of BK JIP Pardubice - by Surujh Roopnarine

The most successful head coach in the past decade of BK JIP Pardubice history has been fired. Jan Slowiak , after a 1-5 start to A1 group play has been relieved of his duties, just two weeks before the start of the playoffs. According to team spokesperson Martin Marek, the players had stopped responding to Slowiaks direction and in addition to the weak performance in group play, the club felt it was necessary to make a change. While acknowledging that the poor team play lies not solely at the feet of Slowiak, the club felt that a new voice would definitely change the attitude and performance heading into the final weeks of the season. The interim head coach will be current assistant Dusan Bohunicky , who will make his NBL head coaching debut on Sundays nationally televised contest versus Prostejov.
Dusan Bohunicky was a longtime player for BK Kondori Liberec, retiring after the 2007-08 season and was in his first season as assistant coach with Pardubice.
During Jan Slowiak s tenure as head coach Pardubice enjoyed its most successful period in recent history. In his three prior seasons as coach, the club finished 4th, 3rd and 4th in league standings while reaching the semi-finals of the playoffs in 2010 and 2011. Last season, the club made its debut on the European stage, earning a place in the EuroChallenge Top 16 before finishing 1-5, and 4th place in Group K. His final successes as head coach were this season, leading Pardubice to the Czech Cup Finals as well as being named head coach of the Czech Team in the All-Star game.
Pardubice is currently 18-12 on the season, and resides in 3rd position in Group A1 with 48 points.



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 31-15 
 2. Canton C. 27-19 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 25-22 
 4. Maine RC 25-23 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 24-22 
 6. Erie Bay H. 24-23 
 7. Springfield A. 18-28 
 8. Iowa E. 11-36 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 33-13 
 2. Rio Grande VV 32-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 26-20 
 4. Austin T. 25-21 
 5. Los Angeles D. 20-26 
 6. Texas L. 19-27 
 7. Idaho S. 16-31 
 8. Reno B. 15-30 

Regular Season: Round 66

Mar. 29: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 94-109
Mar. 29: Austin T. - Tulsa 66ers 90-91
Mar. 29: Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S. 124-106
Mar. 29: Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 115-111
Mar. 29: Ft.Wayne MA - Reno B. 106-86
Mar. 29: Santa Cruz W. - Los Angeles D. 104-111

Regular Season: Round 67

Mar. 30: Canton C. - Texas L.
Mar. 30: Tulsa 66ers - Austin T.
Mar. 30: Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S.
Mar. 30: Iowa E. - Reno B.
Mar. 30: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J.
Mar. 30: Los Angeles D. - Santa Cruz W.
Mar. 31: Ft.Wayne MA - Texas L.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Goudelock, Rio G.21.6 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 4. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.21.1 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Samuels, Reno B.19.9 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Jones, Rio G.19.2 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.6 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.8 
 4. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 5. Samuels, Reno B.10.5 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.9 
 7. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 8. Varnado, Sioux F.9.5 
 9. Jones, Rio G.9.3 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 3. Russell, Reno B.7.4 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.2 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Karl, Idaho S.6.2 
 7. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Goudelock, Rio G.5.9 
 10. Singletary, Texas5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 5. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 6. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.1.8 
 8. Leslie, Santa C.1.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
 10. Greene, Los A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.5 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.2 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Armstrong, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.3 
 6. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Whiteside, Rio G.2.0 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


Interview with Darryl Partin: NBA D-League and March Madness - by Surujh Roopnarine

In the midst of March Madness, we look at a player in Darryl Partin (6'6''-G-87, college: Boston U.) who helped lead his Boston Terrier squad to the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a junior and then spent his rookie season in the NBA D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. A 6-5 guard, Partin was a standout scorer at BU after transferring from LaSalle. In his senior season he finished in the top-25 nationally and second in the American East in scoring at 19.6ppg. Not willing to just rest on his laurels and strengths, Partin dedicated his time in the D-League to focus on the ball handling skills he knew were necessary to make his success as a professional. As evidence, notice that as the primary scoring option at BU he averaged over three turnovers per contest as a senior, while handing out one assist. Yet, in his 33 games this season with the Mad Ants, in a reduced role, he still maintained a 1.1apg average, but reduced his turnovers to less than one per game. Focused on the long term progression and success of his career Partin is now training and preparing for a venture to European basketball next season.

Q. Describe your first season as a professional with Fort Wayne. What were the positives and negatives you would take away from this season?
A. Overall my rookie season with Fort Wayne was a great chance for me to improve my game. Some of the positives that I take away from my experience is the high talent level that you see every night, the constant influx of players both NBA and non NBA which forces you to raise your level of play, also the overall adjustment to the professional game and way of life. Some of the negatives from my rookie year was the adjustment to playing with multiple new players every other night under limited practice circumstances making it hard to find that chemistry.

Q. What was the most difficult adjustment you had to make going from the collegiate ranks to the NBA D-League?
A. The most difficult adjustment I had to make from college to the D-league was the style of play. College was a lot more systematic with more emphasis on getting the defense to change sides of the floor, screens, pick & rolls. While in the d-league it was a lot more up tempo with the shot clock, and with so many new players and limited practice time plays are seldom ran through with a bigger emphasis on mismatches.

Q. After transferring from LaSalle to Boston U., your career blossomed as you helped lead the Terriers to an NCAA Tournament appearance as well as earning American East Conference POY honors. What was it about the change which helped you excel and develop so much?
A. The transfer from Lasalle was a very difficult decision when I made it but the opportunity to red-shirt a year to develop my game under a staff at Boston U that I was really comfortable with was something that I couldn't pass up. At BU our staff helped me to get a lot stronger and to define my game. BU put me in situations to play to my greatest strengths whereas at Lasalle I was utilized in other facets.

Q. Staying with the NCAA Tournament, what is your best memory from the 2010-11 season? What are your emotions watching your former school LaSalle now playing in the Sweet 16?
A. My best memory from the 2010-11 season was cutting down the nets. When you go to college your hopes are that you can one day represent your institution in the NCAA tournament, and when all your hard work finally pays off and your cutting down those nets its a indescribable feeling. Watching Lasalle in the sweet sixteen definitely makes me proud being a partial alum if you will, even though Im looking for BU to do the same one of these days.

Q. Regarding your game and how it translates to the pro level, you obviously are a talented and gifted scorer as evidenced by your time at BU, but what advice or teaching have you gained in regards to what areas of your game need to be improved or refined?
A. The sole purpose of this season in the development league for me was to prove my ability to play the point guard. I wouldn't allow myself to focus on my strengths such as scoring only things i needed to improve on. I emphasized creating for others off drive and kick situations, and off Pick & rolls. I focused on being an aggressive ball-handler north/south vs. east/west. These are all things that I consider to have made huge leaps in making me a more complete player.

Q. Since leaving Fort Wayne a few weeks ago, how have you been spending your time?
A. I asked for my release from Fort Wayne a few weeks ago so I could get with my trainer and focus on ways to improve, taking into account all the things I learned in the D-league this season. So mostly I've been spending my time with my trainer on the court and in the weight room continuing to improve.

Q. What are your plans and goals for the immediate future i.e., next season?
A. Out of college I knew my game was more suited for European style of play but i wanted a year to develop my combo guard skills. Now that I have had a season to do that my focus is on making a huge impact next season in Europe.

Q. Finally, being the season of March Madness, who were your original Final Four picks and who do you think has the best chance to win now?
A. My original final four picks were Gonzaga, Michigan, Indiana, and Duke. I think Indiana* has the best chance considering the bracket format.


* Interview done prior to Indiana's loss in the Sweet 16 to Syracuse



Andrew Goudelock claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Rio Grande VV and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 65.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 42 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Rio Grande VV in his team's victory, helping them to beat Tulsa 66ers (#3, 25-20) 118-105. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rio Grande VV maintains the 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 31-15 record. In the team's last game Goudelock had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 13 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 (2nd best: 21.5ppg), assists (9th best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 53.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Tony Mitchell (198-F-92) of Ft.Wayne MA. Mitchell impressed basketball fans with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Ft.Wayne MA to another comfortable win 128-110 over the lower-ranked Iowa E. (#8, 11-36) being unquestionably team leader. Ft.Wayne MA's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 24-22 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mitchell is a newcomer at Ft.Wayne MA and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#4). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Sean Evans (203-F-88) of Idaho S. (#7). Evans scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Idaho S., leading his team to a 109-101 win against the higher-ranked Santa Cruz W. (#1, 31-14). The chances of Idaho S. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 30 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Evans could try to bring Idaho S.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Evans has a very solid season. In 42 games in D-L he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Holiday (198-F-89) of Idaho S. - 36 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Chris Wright (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Daniel Orton (208-F-90) of Tulsa 66ers - 25 points and 12 rebounds
7. Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of Sioux Falls S. - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Paul Harris (193-F/G-86) of Iowa E. - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Cory Higgins (195-G-89) of Erie Bay H. - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jermaine Taylor (193-G-86) of Maine RC - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Six games review from Friday - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz W. - Los Angeles D. 104-111
The Los Angeles D-Fenders shot down the Santa Cruz Warriors on the road tonight. It was the 20th win for the D-Fenders in the season. Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) stepped up with 26 points to lead the charge. Gary Flowers (6'8''-F-86, college: S.Mississippi) contributed 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) responded iwth 28 points and 6 rebounds for the Warriors. Cameron Jones chipped in 18 points and distributed 7 assists as Santa Cruz slipped at 31-15 record.

Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 94-109
Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) had a season-high 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting, including 11 points in the first quarter, but the Idaho Stampede lost 109-94 to the Bakersfield Jam. Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) added 14 points, four rebounds and three steals, while Coby Karl had 17 points for Idaho (16-31). Jason Ellis (6'7''-F-82, college: Boise St.) collected 12 rebounds and Justin Harper had 13 to go along with eight points, but the Stampede were out-rebounded 58-46. The Stampede shot just 34.8 percent in the game, while Bakersfield made exactly half of their shots (42-84). Sean Evans added nine points and five rebounds. The Jam (33-13) fell behind by 12 points early in the first quarter, and by as many as 14 in the game, but eventually took the lead with 7:47 to go in the third quarter. Idaho shot just 21.4 percent from the floor in the second quarter, 33.3 percent in the third quarter and 28.6 percent in the fourth quarter, scoring just 36 total points in the second half. The Stampede play the Jam again tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. as the team holds a Portland Trail Blazer affiliate night. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Austin T. - Tulsa 66ers 90-91
The Austin Toros (25-21) came back from a 13 point deficit Friday night in front of a crowd of nearly 4,000 at Cedar Park Center, but fell short losing to the Tulsa 66ers 91-90. Tre Kelley (6'0''-PG-85, college: S.Carolina) hit two key free-throws with just under a minute left to give the Toros a one point lead, but Tony Taylor (6'1''-PG-90, college: G.Washington) came back to score the go ahead lay-in, putting the Toros away. Adidas player of the game Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) led all scorers with 23 points, six rebounds and two assists. Five Toros' players scored in double figures on the night. JaMychal Green and Chris Roberts each scored 14 points, while Kelley and Jamarr Sanders tallied 11 points apiece. Spurs assignee Aron Baynes contributed nine points and five rebounds. Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) led the 66ers (26-20) with a team high 20 points and four rebounds. Tony Taylor finished with 18 points along with three rebounds. DeAndre Liggins recorded a double- double for the evening with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Toros travel to Tulsa to take on the 66ers tomorrow night at 7pm. Austin returns home Wednesday, April 3rd for their final regular season home game against the Springfield Armor at 7:30pm. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S. 124-106
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers topped the Sioux Falls Skyforce 124-106 tonight at State Farm Arena. Tonight's win tied the Vipers longest win streak of the season, seven games. Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) led the Vipers with 27 points. Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) scored a double-double 23 points, 11 rebounds. Glen Rice, Jr. added 17 points. Toure Murry scored 15 points, and Chris Johnson added 11 points. The Skyforce were led by Jarvis Varnado and Seth Tarver, who both scored 20 points. Varnado also added 12 rebounds. Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) followed with 19 points, and Chris Davis contributed 14 points. James Mays scored 11 points. The lead changed nine times and tied three times throughout the first quarter as the teams fought for control. At the end of the quarter, the Vipers led 30-26. RGV broke away in the second quarter. A shot from behind the arc by Goudelock gave the Vipers their largest lead of the first half, 14 points 59-45 with 3:38 on the clock. Goudelock scored 20 of his 27 total points in the first half. The Vipers led 66-54 at halftime. Sioux Falls fought back in the third quarter. The Vipers outscored the Skyforce by only one point, 34-33 in the quarter. RGV built their lead to 17 points three times in the quarter. At the end of the third, RGV held a 100-87 advantage. The Vipers cruised through the fourth quarter. With 2:35 left in the game, D.J. Kennedy gave RGV their largest lead of the game, 20 points 121-101. The Vipers won the game 124-106. Courtesy of: keloland.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Reno B. 106-86
If there was one thing that had Fort Wayne Mad Ants coach Duane Ticknor concerned heading into Friday's home game with Reno, it was his team's energy level after the long travel day across nearly 500 miles starting at 4:15 a.m. Friday morning. He needn't have worried. The Mad Ants scored 13 of the game's first 15 points and led from tipoff to final buzzer in a 106-86 victory over Reno (15-30) at Memorial Coliseum. The win moves Fort Wayne up to the No. 7 playoff seed with four games to play. Mathematically, the Mad Ants still have a shot at winning the East Division, with Canton atop the standings, two-and-a-half games in front. 'I was really impressed with the way we came out to start the game, I was really worried about that,' Ticknor said. 'This group, they just seem to have a lot of toughness and they seem to bring it almost every night. 'And if it's not one guy, somebody else picks it up.' While Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) has led the scoring surge for the Mad Ants over the last four games, he got plenty of help Friday. Mitchell had with a game-high 25 points, but Brandon Wallace (6'9''-F-85, college: S.Carolina) notched a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Anthony Richardson and Sadiel Rojas added 14 points apiece. Mitchell has averaged 36.2 points per contest over the last four games. Rojas scored all of his points in the fourth quarter as Reno closed to within eight at 78-70, but Fort Wayne responded with a 16-0 run to put the game away. The Mad Ants led by as many as 24 points, soothing Ticknor's nerves about fatigue after beating Iowa on Thursday night and having to leave for home early Friday. 'We were facing a veteran team that is way better than their record and we were leaving the hotel at 4:15 a.m. this morning to catch a flight back,' Ticknor said. 'So it was a rough travel day.' The Mad Ants earned their 25th victory of the season on Friday, setting a new team record for the six-year franchise. 'It is a feather in the cap to our players, but it is not where we want to be,' Ticknor said. 'We have higher goals than just to win 25 games. It was a team effort (Friday), contributions from everyone up and down the lineup.' Fort Wayne (25-22) will host its final regular season game Sunday against Texas (19-27). Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com

Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 115-111
Springfield coach Bob MacKinnon had a bit of a homecoming on Friday in Erie. The BayHawks weren't cordial hosts. Springfield tied a season-high with 39 points in the fourth quarter but Erie held off a furious Armor rally to hang on to a 115-111 win in front of 2,782 fans at Erie Insurance Arena. 'I thought we had a stretch between the three- and two-minute mark where we had four turnovers and they were unforced mistakes,' MacKinnon said. 'We stepped out of bounds and those are plays that really matter.' MacKinnon, a Buffalo (N.Y.) native with most of his family in attendance, is a former coach at Mercyhurst College. He spent three seasons with the Lakers and always enjoys returning to Erie. 'The people of Erie are great people and always fun to come near home,' MacKinnon said. 'I enjoyed my time here and have wonderful relationships with the people here.' MacKinnon was happy to travel to Erie, but he would have been more pleased if the Armor had completed their comeback. Springfield (18-28) trailed 101-75 with 10 minutes, 12 seconds left after a 3-pointer from Nick Covington before going on a 39-10 run over the next 10 minutes. Carleton Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Notre Dame), a Notre Dame product, had 11 points during the run, including three 3-pointers and a dunk. Ramone Moore scored seven of his 17 points during the run as well. Dennis Horner scored on a layup with 16.5 seconds left to cut Erie's lead to 114-111 and Demonte Harper (6'4''-G-89, college: Morehead St.) made only 1-of-2 from the free throw line one second later to give the BayHawks a 115-111 lead. The Armor missed two shots over the next 10 seconds and had to foul with four seconds left. Erie, which blew a 14-point lead on Thursday in a 109-102 loss to Maine, needed a win Friday to stay in the playoff race. Springfield will get one more shot at the BayHawks Monday at 1 p.m. before heading to Texas on Wednesday to take on Austin. 'This is a league of opportunity and getting into the playoffs is just more opportunity to be seen,' MacKinnon said. 'Every game is important whether you are in the playoffs or not. Every game you play is on your resume and we did what we were supposed to do. These guys are professionals and as professionals they are to play to the end.' Springfield shot 37% in the first quarter and had one assist on its 20 field goals. The Armor started sharing the ball more over the final three quarters to stay close enough to Erie to make one final run in the fourth quarter. Scott finished with 20 points to pace Springfield and pulled down six rebounds, all on the defensive end. Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) scored 16 points followed by 13 from Kris Joseph, 12 from Ben Uzoh and 11 points by Willie Reed. Horner led the Armor with nine rebounds and Springfield outrebounded the BayHawks 48-41. 'Springfield has a great team and they threw everything they had at us,' BayHawks coach Gene Cross said. 'We can't take them lightly and they have the ability to score in bunches. We have to be ready for Monday.' Harper scored a career-high 23 points to lead Erie, which was missing star center Henry Sims for personal reasons and standout guard Mustafa Shakur, who was injured Thursday in Maine. Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) added 20 points, while Keith Benson had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Goldcamp battled an ankle injury to score 11 points and Tirrell Baines and Nick Covington each scored 10 points for Erie. Courtesy of: masslive.com



Russell returns to Bighorns after stop in Venezuela - by Eurobasket News

Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) Jr. has returned to the Reno Bighorns, the team announced Thursday. Russell played in 17 games for the Bighorns this season, averaging 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. He left to pursue an opportunity with a team in Venezuela, but returned to this week Reno. He was initially acquired in a trade with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Dec. 27. To make room on the roster for Russell, the Bighorns deactivated guard Tajuan Porter. Russell is expected to be in uniform for the Bighorns today when they take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in Fort Wayne.
Courtesy of: rgj.com



Reeves Nelson agreed terms with D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D-Fenders strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old forward Reeves Nelson (204-106kg-91, college: UCLA). He was tested at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League), but was not approved after all. Nelson was called during the season by the Los Angeles Lakers. The last season he played at Zalgiris (LKL) in Lithuanian league. In 7 games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 2.9rpg. Nelson also played 1 game in Euroleague but he did not score anything and had only 2 rebounds.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Pac-10 Regular Season in 2011. Nelson received also All-Pac-10 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
Nelson was a member of USA U18 National Team back in 2008.
He graduated from Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings

Euroleague Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. CSKA 10-3 
 2. Anadolu Efes 9-4 
 3. Panathinaikos 9-4 
 4. Real Madrid 9-4 
 5. Unicaja 7-6 
 6. Zalgiris 5-8 
 7. ALBA 3-10 
 8. Brose Bask. 0-13 
Group F
 1. FCB Regal 12-1 
 2. Maccabi T-A 8-5 
 3. Olympiacos 8-5 
 4. Montepaschi 7-6 
 5. Khimky 7-6 
 6. Caja Laboral 7-6 
 7. Fener.Ulker 2-11 
 8. Besiktas 1-12 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 13

E

Mar. 28: CSKA - Real Madrid 81-72
Mar. 29: ALBA - Zalgiris 77-55
Mar. 28: Anadolu Efes - Unicaja 64-70
Mar. 28: Brose Bask. - Panathinaikos 60-82

F

Mar. 29: Khimky - Caja Laboral 82-86
Mar. 29: Fener.Ulker - Olympiacos 73-78
Mar. 29: Montepaschi - FCB Regal 69-77
Mar. 28: Maccabi T-A - Besiktas 101-58

Top 16: Round 14

E

Apr. 4: Zalgiris - Brose Bask.
Apr. 4: Unicaja - ALBA
Apr. 4: Panathinaikos - CSKA
Apr. 4: Real Madrid - Anadolu Efes

F

Apr. 4: Olympiacos - Khimky
Apr. 4: Caja Laboral - Montepaschi
Apr. 4: FCB Regal - Maccabi T-A
Apr. 4: Besiktas - Fener.Ulker


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Brown, Montepaschi18.6 
 2. Bogdanovic, Fener..16.3 
 3. Nachbar, Brose B.16.2 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.7 
 5. Farmar, Anadolu14.3 
 6. Jerrells, Besiktas14.2 
 7. Weems, CSKA14.2 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.13.9 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi13.9 
 10. Lampe, Caja L.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.4 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A6.5 
 3. Lampe, Caja L.6.0 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.6.0 
 5. Tomic, FCB Regal5.9 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos5.9 
 7. Thompson, ALBA5.6 
 8. Davis, Khimky5.5 
 9. Mirotic, Real Madr.5.4 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.5 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.4 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Brown, Montepaschi5.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 6. Heurtel, Caja L.4.5 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu4.1 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.1 
 9. Gordon, Anadolu4.0 
 10. Cook, Caja Laboral3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Fener.Ul.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 5. Hickman, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 7. Calloway, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA1.2 
 9. Cook, Caja Laboral1.2 
 10. Diamantidis, Pana.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.0 
 2. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 3. Tomic, FCB Regal1.3 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja1.1 
 8. Vidmar, Besiktas1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 10. Ford, Brose Bask.1.0 


Euroleague round 13 (Top 16) best performance: Nathan Jawai - by Eurobasket News

Australian power forward Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked FCB Regal, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13 (Top 16).
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Montepaschi (#4, 7-6) 77-69. It allowed FCB Regal to consolidate first place in the Euroleague group F. FCB Regal has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Jawai as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Nathan Jawai averages this season 7.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid. Fernandez had a very good evening with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Real Madrid lost that game 72-81 to the higher-ranked CSKA (#1, 10-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group E. Real Madrid still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 9-4 record is not bad at all. Fernandez is a newcomer at Real Madrid, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#8). He also recorded 3.1 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of league's second-best Maccabi T-A. Hickman scored 16 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 101-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Besiktas (#8, 1-12). Maccabi T-A needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in group F. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Hickman has a great season in Euroleague. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.9ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Williams (191-G-85) of Unicaja - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83) of Maccabi T-A - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) of Panathinaikos - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) of Caja Laboral - 24 points and 6 rebounds
8. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of Unicaja - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) of Caja Laboral - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Khimky - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Top 16 Round 13 Results and Stats - by Eurobasket News

Group E
CSKA - Real Madrid 81-72
CSKA celebrated a comfortable home win over Real Madrid. The victory propelled the Moscow team on top of EuroLeague Top 16 Group E. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) nailed 21 points to lead the winners. CSKA are now at 10-3 record, while Real slipped at 9-4. CSKA stormed into the game. They led 11:3 early in the encounter. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the reminder of the period. CSKA accounted for a 24:15 lead at the first break. Nenad Krstic gave CSKA a 34:19 lead midway through the second frame. The hosts opened a 16-point lead at the interval 44:28. Sonny Weems opened the second half with a three-pointer to make it 47:28. CSKA kept their opponents at bay throughout the reminder of the quarter and earned a 63:47. Real tipped off the fourth frame on a 6:2 rally to narrow the gap. The visitors cut the deficit to 7 points with just over a minute remaining 69:76. Nenad Krstic and Aaron Jackson answered straight back for CSKA and they ran away with the victory. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) chipped in 17 points, while Nenad Krstic contributed 16 points for the winning side. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) answered with 24 points for Real. Felipe Reyes had 10 points in the loss.

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

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

ALBA - Zalgiris 77-55
Alba Berlin demolish Zalgiris Kaunas at O2 World. The German side posted a 77:55 win for 3-10 record. The German side won 77:55 controlling the entire game. Alba Berlin limited the guest to only 6 points in the first period. Alba Berlin erupted with 27-15 surge in the second frame and ensured the win already at the halftime. Alba Berlin added 20-15 rally in the third period and had 25-point lead after 30 minutes. Zalgiris Kaunas only managed to reply with 19-16 in the last period and reduced to final 22 points. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) added 12. Nihad Djedovic, Ali Traore and DaShaun Wood scored 8 apiece. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Mario Delas had 8. Mindaugas Kuzminskas notched 7, whilst Darjus Lavrinovic brought 6.

Group F
Fener.Ulker - Olympiacos 73-78
Olympiacos claimed a road win in Istanbul tonight. The Reds outgunned Fenerbahce to improve at 8-5 record in Top 16 Group F. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 16 points to lead the winners. Olympiacos strongly entered the game. They held Fenerbahce to 13 points in the opening quarter to gain a 6-point lead. Fenerbahce however turned things their way in the second frame. The hosts erased the deficit and eked out a 44:43 halftime lead. But Olympiacos bounced back in the third term. The Hellenes regained the lead and rallied to a 56:53 advantage at the final intermission. Omer Onan helped Fenerbahce to surge in front 64:58 midway through the fourth frame. Oguz Savas made it 69:61 for the home team but Olympiacos answered with a 13:0 run to pull ahead. Georgios Printezis came up with several key points in the final seconds to seal the win for the visitors. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and issued 7 assists, while Georgios Printezis added 12 points for the winners. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans), Omer Onan and Romain Sato had 12 points each in the loss.

Montepaschi - FCB Regal 69-77
Barcelona Regal stole a road win over Montepaschi Siena in the 13th round of EuroLeague Top 16. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) came up with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Barcelona entered the game without their key trio of Navarro, Tomic and Mickael. Montepaschi capitalized early in the game taking a 25:23 lead at the first break. Barcelona reacted with more aggressive defence in the second quarter. The Spaniards held Siena to 15 points in the period and ensured a 45:40 halftime lead. Barcelona stretched their advantage in the third quarter. They opened a 10-point lead at the final intermission 65:55. Kangur helped Siena revive the intrigue in the fourth frame. The Estonian dragged Montepaschi within three points 69:72. Marcelinho Huertas came up with a key bucket and then Nathan Nathan Jawai pulled down several rebounds to seal the deal for the visitors. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) connected for 20 points, while Marcelinho Huertas provided 14 points and 6 assists in the win. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 15 points for Montepaschi Siena. David Moss chipped in 12 points in the losing case.

Maccabi T-A - Besiktas 101-58
Maccabi Tel-Aviv claimed the 8th win in the EuroLeague Top 16. They thumped Besiktas in front of 11000 fans in Tel-Aviv tonight. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) produced 16 points each for the winners. Maccabi started the game confidently and quickly cleared off. The hosts built a 29:11 lead after ten minutes. The game remained a one-way traffic in the second quarter. Maccabi erupted for 32 points in the second frame to take a 61:27 halftime lead. Maccabi silenced Besiktas with a 30:8 rally in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a convincing victory. Niklas Caner-Medley delivered 15 points for the winning side. Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) answered with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Besiktas. Tutku Acik had 8 points in the loss.

Khimky - Caja Laboral 82-86
Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its chances to reach the playoffs in EuroLeague. The Spanish team beat Khimky 86:82 and tied both records at 7-6. Caja Laboral Vitoria won the first period 22-19 and led three points at the halftime. The Spanish team pushed the tempo for good in the third quarter and improved to 8 points after a 22-17 rally. Khimky tried hard to recover in the last stanza and managed to reduce at the end. Fridzon and Davis brought Khimki back in the game, 78:81, while Augustine James and Koponen Petteri delivered 12 each, while Rivers K.C. cut it to 80:81 Khimki deficit. Nocioni and later San Emeterio's free throws allowed Vitoria to seal a good-as-gold road win. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) added 21. Bjelica Nemanja delivered 13, while Fernando San Emeterio posted 10. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Monya Sergey notched 13. Augustine James and Koponen Petteri delivered 12 each, while Rivers K.C. had 10.



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 22-7 
 2. Evreux 21-8 
 3. Chalons-Reims 19-10 
 4. Le Portel 19-10 
 5. Boulogne 18-11 
 6. Rouen 17-12 
 7. Antibes 17-12 
 8. Fos Ouest 17-12 
 9. Bourg 16-13 
 10. Maurienne 15-14 
 11. Lille 14-15 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 13-16 
 13. St Quentin 12-17 
 14. Denain 10-19 
 15. Nantes 10-19 
 16. St Vallier 9-20 
 17. Bordeaux 7-22 
 18. Charleville 5-24 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 29: Hyeres-Toulon - Boulogne 90-73
Mar. 29: Maurienne - St Quentin 87-75
Mar. 29: Denain - Fos Ouest 81-89
Mar. 29: Lille - Evreux 75-63
Mar. 29: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Chalons-Reims 75-55
Mar. 29: Bordeaux - Rouen 57-71
Mar. 29: Charleville - Antibes 55-65
Mar. 29: Le Portel - St Vallier 103-75
Mar. 29: Bourg - Nantes 100-61

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 5: Chalons-Reims - Maurienne
Apr. 6: Boulogne - Le Portel
Apr. 5: Fos Ouest - Bordeaux
Apr. 5: Nantes - Denain
Apr. 5: Evreux - Bourg
Apr. 5: Antibes - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Apr. 6: St Vallier - Lille
Apr. 5: Rouen - Hyeres-Toulon
Apr. 5: St Quentin - Charleville


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain21.0 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Blue, Antibes19.0 
 5. Wood, Evreux18.7 
 6. Siggers, Lille17.9 
 7. Hilliard, Antibes17.4 
 8. McKines, Rouen17.4 
 9. Hannah, Evreux17.3 
 10. Sanders, Charlevi.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Wood, Evreux10.4 
 2. Bing, Maurienne10.1 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.7 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.4 
 8. Blue, Antibes7.9 
 9. Rouse, St Vallier7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.8 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.6 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.7 
 5. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.5 
 6. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 7. Hannah, Evreux5.3 
 8. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen5.0 
 10. Bassett, Rouen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 3. Craven, St Vallier2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.1 
 5. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 6. Siggers, Lille1.8 
 7. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 8. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
 9. Mathis, Nantes1.7 
 10. Hannah, Evreux1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.9 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.3 
 4. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 5. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 6. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 7. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 8. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 9. Ho You Fat, Evreux0.9 
 10. Correa, Pau-Lacq.0.9 


ProB Round 29: ALM Evreux loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

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

There was a change at the ProB leadership position after last games. Round 29 most important game was a defeat of league's leader ALM Evreux (21-8). They were defeated by eleventh ranked Lille Metropole (14-15) 75-63 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-63. American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) stepped up and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lille Metropole's coach Abdourahmane N’Diaye used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds. Lille Metropole maintains eleventh place with 14-15 record. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. ALM Evreux will play next round against JL Bourg trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Lille Metropole will try to continue on its current victory against sixteenth ranked Saint Vallier on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pau-Lacq-Orthez smashed 3rd placed Chalons-Reims at home 75-55. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chalons-Reims. David Denave (195-85) nailed 14 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Brian Boddicker accounted for 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Chalons-Reims in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Chalons-Reims at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Chalons-Reims will play next round against Aix-Maurienne trying to get back on the winning streak. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Olympique Antibes on the road.
An interesting game took place in Toulon where higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (18-11) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (13-16) 90-73 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SO Maritime Boulogne. The best player for the winners was Jared Newson who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Jean-Aime Toupane allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Jonathan Rousselle produced 22 points for the guests. Hyeres-Toulon maintains twelfth place with 13-16 record. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will meet higher ranked SPO Rouen (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Le Portel and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Ninth ranked JL Bourg (16-13) crushed at home 15th ranked Nantes (10-19) by 39 points 100-61, which is the biggest margin this round. David Monds orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 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. JL Bourg maintains ninth place with 16-13 record. Nantes at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. JL Bourg'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 Denain Voltaire (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: St Quentin lost to Maurienne on the opponent's court 75-87. Denain unfortunately lost to Fos Ouest in a home game 81-89. Rouen managed to beat Bordeaux on the road 71-57. Bottom-ranked Charleville was defeated by Antibes on its own court 55-65. St Vallier was smashed by Le Portel in a road game 103-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 4 assists by Darnell Wilson of Le Portel.


Bourg - Nantes 100-61

Ninth ranked JL Bourg (16-13) crushed at home 15th ranked Nantes (10-19) by 39 points 100-61, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. JL Bourg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JL Bourg outrebounded Nantes 40-23 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. JL Bourg players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Nantes' players. American power forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five JL Bourg players scored in double figures. The former international forward Williams Soliman (201-80, agency: ACMT) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Terrance Henry (208-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) added 11 points in the effort for Nantes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JL Bourg maintains ninth place with 16-13 record. Nantes at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. JL Bourg'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 Denain Voltaire (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bourg: D.Monds 23+9reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 15+1reb+7ast, J.Forte 15+7reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 13+2reb+2ast, M.Sonko 12+9reb+4ast, P.Braud 10+1reb+3ast
Nantes: W.Soliman 14+5reb+1ast, T.Henry 11+1reb+1ast, L.Corbett 8+3ast, K.Idomenee 6+1reb+1ast, C.Gomez 5+3ast, M.Drame 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 179497


Lille - Evreux 75-63

There was a change at the ProB leadership position after last games. Round 29 most important game was a defeat of league's leader ALM Evreux (21-8). They were defeated by eleventh ranked Lille Metropole (14-15) 75-63 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-63. American Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) stepped up and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lille Metropole's coach Abdourahmane N’Diaye used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds and Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole maintains eleventh place with 14-15 record. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. ALM Evreux will play next round against JL Bourg trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Lille Metropole will try to continue on its current victory against sixteenth ranked Saint Vallier on the road.
Top scorers:
Lille: J.Siggers 15+8reb+3ast, S.Smith 13+10reb+2ast, S.Bradford 9+6reb, L.Akono 9+4reb+4ast, M.Tensorer 8+2reb, A.Rigaux 8+1reb+3ast
Evreux: C.Hannah 14+3reb+3ast, S.Ho You Fat 12+7reb+2ast, J.Wood 10+18reb+2ast, D.Reed 10+6reb+1ast, L.Sambe 8+2reb, G.Florimont 7+2reb
gschID: 179496


Maurienne - St Quentin 87-75

Rather expected game in Aix-les-Bains where 13th ranked Saint-Quentin (12-17) was defeated by tenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (15-14) 87-75. It looked good early as Saint-Quentin took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aix-Maurienne had a 26-14 second period charge getting the lead and Saint-Quentin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-87. American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Cameroonian Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Aix-Maurienne's coach Antoine Michon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American-Ghanian Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Saint-Quentin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne maintains tenth place with 15-14 record. Newly promoted Saint-Quentin keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint-Quentin will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18).
Top scorers:
Maurienne: J.Ekanga-Ehawa 19+4reb+1ast, E.Bing 16+12reb+2ast, M.Houmounou 14+2reb+2ast, G.Clerc 11+1reb+4ast, W.Chism 10+7reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 8+2reb+8ast
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 20+9reb+1ast, A.Saaka 16+9reb+1ast, O.Romain 11+1reb+6ast, J.Ball 10+1reb+6ast, L.Simmons 7+11reb+3ast, K.Bichard 5+1reb
gschID: 179495


Denain - Fos Ouest 81-89

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Fos Ouest (17-12) defeated on the road 14th ranked Denain Voltaire (10-19) 89-81. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-19 Denain Voltaire's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 89-81 at the end of the game. Fos Ouest made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Sacha Giffa (202-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) answered with 30 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) added 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Denain Voltaire. Fos Ouest moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Antibes and Rouen. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be Bordeaux (#17) at home which should be an easy win for them. Denain Voltaire will play against Nantes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: M.Hachad 19+6reb+1ast, S.Giffa 19+6reb+5ast, C.Davis 18+4reb, J.Williamson 10+4reb+5ast, I.Sy 10+2reb+4ast, M.Dia 8+4reb+3ast
Denain: J.Flowers 30+7reb+1ast, M.Kitts 14+10reb, R.Lopez 10+5reb+1ast, A.Liorel 9+3reb+3ast, X.Gaillou 9+2reb+1ast, L.Humphrey 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179494


Bordeaux - Rouen 57-71

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Bordeaux (7-22) was defeated at home by sixth ranked SPO Rouen (17-12) 71-57. The game was mostly controlled by SPO Rouen. Bordeaux was better in third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SPO Rouen brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard O'Darien Bassett (191-86, college: Troy) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bordeaux. SPO Rouen maintains sixth place with 17-12 record, which they share with Antibes and Fos Ouest. Bordeaux lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 22 games lost. SPO Rouen's next round opponent will be Hyeres-Toulon (#12) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Bordeaux will play against Fos Ouest (#8).
Top scorers:
Rouen: W.McKines 17+10reb+1ast, M.Diarra 16+5reb, O.Bassett 11+8reb+5ast, G.Chathuant 9+5reb+2ast, F.Ateba 8+2reb, T.Wesley 6+3ast
Bordeaux: N.Wyatte 14+8reb+2ast, N.Carter 13+4reb, M.Humphrey 12+13reb, K.Thalien 7+2reb+3ast, R.Dardaine 5+3reb, R.Chery 3
gschID: 179493


Charleville - Antibes 55-65

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Olympique Antibes (17-12) beat on the road bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-24) 65-55. It looked good early as Charleville-Mezieres took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Olympique Antibes had a 19-12 second period charge getting the lead and Charleville-Mezieres was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-65. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. His fellow American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Olympique Antibes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Rouen. Charleville-Mezieres lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Saint-Quentin (#13).
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Blue 22+11reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 19+12reb+2ast, J.Fontenet 9+3reb+6ast, R.Desroses 7+8reb, S.Essart 5+6ast, G.Yango 3+8reb
Charleville: T.Toney 19+8reb+1ast, D.Hudson 15+3reb+4ast, V.Pridotkas 9+11reb+2ast, D.Pistre 7+2reb+4ast, F.Bourdillon 3+1reb, C.Guillarme 2+6reb
gschID: 179492


Hyeres-Toulon - Boulogne 90-73

An interesting game took place in Toulon where higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (18-11) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (13-16) 90-73 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SO Maritime Boulogne. The game was mostly controlled by Hyeres-Toulon. SO Maritime Boulogne managed to win third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hyeres-Toulon made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Axel Julien (185-92) chipped in 11 points and 9 assists. Five Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Jean-Aime Toupane allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) produced 22 points and American power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hyeres-Toulon maintains twelfth place with 13-16 record. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will meet higher ranked SPO Rouen (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Le Portel and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: J.Newson 19+5reb+1ast, G.Radonjic 16+1reb+1ast, T.Dials 13+5reb+1ast, A.Julien 11+4reb+9ast, R.Wright 10+4reb+1ast, B.Niang 10+2reb+1ast
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 22+4reb, K.Cunningham 18+6reb+1ast, A.Rowland 11+1reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 7+7reb, Z.Bah 5+2ast, M.Var 4+2reb
gschID: 179491


Le Portel - St Vallier 103-75

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Saint Vallier (9-20) was outplayed on the road by fourth ranked Le Portel (19-10) 103-75. It looked good early as Saint Vallier took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Portel had a 28-20 second period charge getting the lead and Saint Vallier was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-103. Le Portel made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) contributed with 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Saint Vallier. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Le Portel moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Saint Vallier lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (#5) on the road. Saint Vallier will play against Lille Metropole (#11).
Top scorers:
Le Portel: D.Wilson 27+3reb+4ast, S.Gay 24+3reb+1ast, A.Charles 13+7reb+3ast, R.Taylor 10+2reb+7ast, A.Aboubakar Zaki 9+6reb, C.Bronchard 7+5reb+1ast
St Vallier: C.Rouse 17+5reb+3ast, F.Tortosa 14+2reb, E.Craven 14+6reb+5ast, H.Disy 10+4reb, B.Tinsley 9+2reb+3ast, J.Hoyaux 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 179490


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Chalons-Reims 75-55

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pau-Lacq-Orthez smashed 3rd placed Chalons-Reims at home 75-55. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chalons-Reims. It looked good early as Chalons-Reims took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pau-Lacq-Orthez had a 24-9 second period charge getting the lead and Chalons-Reims was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-75. Pau-Lacq-Orthez dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Chalons-Reims' 30. Pau-Lacq-Orthez forced 21 Chalons-Reims turnovers and outrebounded them 39-19 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. David Denave (195-85) nailed 14 points and 6 assists for the winning side and American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) accounted for 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. American forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Kevin Corre (202-85) added 6 points respectively for Chalons-Reims in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Chalons-Reims at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Chalons-Reims will play next round against Aix-Maurienne trying to get back on the winning streak. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Olympique Antibes on the road.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: I.Ordin 15+3reb, D.Denave 14+3reb+6ast, M.Correa 12+7reb+1ast, B.Boddicker 10+5reb+5ast, J.Morency 8+4reb+4ast, C.Jackson 6+5reb
Chalons-Reims: T.Johnson 22+5reb, J.Burrell 8+2reb, B.Mullins 6+1reb+2ast, A.Tsagarakis 6+2reb+3ast, K.Corre 6+4reb+2ast, P.Beye 4+1reb
gschID: 179489



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Bo McCalebb 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.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is 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 (2-10) in their last game. Despite McCalebb's very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was crushed 99-76 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Khimky in the group F of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 18 points. McCalebb also added made 7 passes and 5 steals (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes on the court. It was Fenerbahce Ulker's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's McCalebb's first season with the team. McCalebb is currently first on the list of most steals with 2.0spg. He also averaged so far 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 24.5% and FT: 83.3% in the 21 games he played so far. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in Ukraine). Stojanovski was the major contributor in a BC Donetsk's victory against the league outsider BC Kyiv (9-30) crushing them 95-73 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game. He scored 17 points and added 4 passes. BC Donetsk (22-15) is placed sixth in the Superleague. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Stojanovski has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 85.4%. He is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). Antic was not able to help Olympiacos (7-5) in their game against Maccabi T-A (8-5) in the Euroleague. He scored 7 points in 21 minutes. Olympiacos (#3) lost 67-73 at home to the second-ranked Maccabi T-A in the group F of Euroleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be important. This year Antic averages: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 71.0% in the 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano (14-10) in their game against Sutor Montegranaro (9-15) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 5 points and added 8 passes. Armani Milano was defeated 85-71 in Montegranaro by the much lower-ranked Sutor (#13). Green's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.4apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bojan Krstevski
Bojan Krstevski
   #5. Former U20 international power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kavala (5-16) in their game against KAOD (7-14) in the Greek A1. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Krstevski scored only 2 points. Kavala was defeated 71-60 on their home court in Kavala by the higher-ranked KAOD (#10). It was Kavala's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Krstevski's overall stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U20 national team four years ago.

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 France), who plays in the French ProA could not help Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 98-89 on the road by the much lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#9). Winston was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Winston has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Winston has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis, currently plays in France) led Le Mans to a victory over the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (4-16) 77-69 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Washington scored 19 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 33 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (14-10) is placed fourth in the ProA. Washington has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg in the five games he played so far. Washington is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #3. Experienced Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, currently plays in Iceland) was the major contributor in Stjarnan's victory against the closely-ranked Keflavik (14-8) 102-86 in the Icelandic Dominos League in Thursday night's game. Zdravevski recorded 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Stjarnan (5-1) is placed second in the Dominos League. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Stjarnan's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.2apg in the 23 games. Zdravevski has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Icelandic.

   #4. Cedi Osman (195-SG-95, currently plays in Turkey) was the main contributor in Pertevniyal's surprising victory against the tenth-ranked Bandirma Kirmizi (15-14) 72-63 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Osman recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Pertevniyal Istanbul (10-19) is placed 16th in the TB2L. This season Osman has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Turkish. Despite Osman's FYR Macedonian nationality, he currently plays for the Turkish U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #5. Djordje Jovanovic, who plays in the Greek A2 (second division) was not able to help Irakleio (6-15) in their last game. Despite Jovanovic's very good performance Irakleio lost 62-70 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Nea Kifisia. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Jovanovic also added 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Jovanovic has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg and 6.6rpg in the five games.



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 22-7 
 2. Goettingen 21-8 
 3. Duesseldorf 19-10 
 4. Cuxhaven 17-12 
 5. Karlsruhe 17-12 
 6. Jena 15-14 
 7. Ehingen 15-14 
 8. NBC 15-14 
 9. Chemnitz 14-15 
 10. Heidelberg 13-16 
 11. Crailsheim 12-17 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 12-17 
 13. Finke Baskets 12-17 
 14. Gotha 10-19 
 15. Kirchheim 10-19 
 16. Leipzig 8-21 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 28: Kirchheim - Heidelberg 89-95
Mar. 28: Jena - Duesseldorf 88-78
Mar. 28: Crailsheim - Gotha 88-73
Mar. 28: Finke Baskets - Karlsruhe 84-73
Mar. 28: ETB Wohnbau - Ehingen 77-75
Mar. 28: Chemnitz - NBC 66-78
Mar. 28: Cuxhaven - Goettingen 63-92
Mar. 28: Vechta - Leipzig 129-88

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 30: Leipzig - Crailsheim
Mar. 30: Ehingen - Vechta
Mar. 30: Duesseldorf - ETB Wohnbau
Mar. 30: Heidelberg - Jena
Mar. 30: Goettingen - Kirchheim
Mar. 30: Karlsruhe - Cuxhaven
Mar. 30: NBC - Finke Baskets
Mar. 30: Gotha - Chemnitz


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Sollazzo, Leipzig19.0 
 4. Nixon, NBC18.0 
 5. Griffin, Gotha17.8 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen17.0 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.9 
 8. Williams, Vechta16.7 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.9 
 10. Barker, Jena15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz10.4 
 3. Smith, NBC9.3 
 4. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 6. Baker, Gotha7.8 
 7. Johnson, Crailsheim7.7 
 8. Henley, ETB W.7.6 
 9. Waleskowski, Duess.7.5 
 10. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, Vechta7.3 
 2. Smith, NBC6.9 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim6.1 
 4. Aud, Finke Baskets5.7 
 5. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.0 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 7. Sollazzo, Leipzig4.6 
 8. Jeka, Jena4.5 
 9. Matthews, Ehingen4.4 
 10. Barker, Jena4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, Vechta2.6 
 2. Hardy, Heidelberg2.3 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen2.0 
 5. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.8 
 6. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 7. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.6 
 8. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz1.4 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.7 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.3 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz1.3 
 5. Crowder, Heide.1.2 
 6. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 7. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.0.9 


Johnson's 25 points and 7 rebounds give him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

34-year old power forward Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) had a great game in the last round for Crailsheim and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Crailsheim in his team's victory, helping them to beat Gotha (#14, 10-19) 88-73. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Crailsheim maintains the 11th position in German ProA. Crailsheim is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-17 record. Johnson turned to be Crailsheim's top player in his first season with the team. Iowa State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 70.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Donald Lawson (208-C-88) of Chemnitz. He is American center in his 3rd season at Chemnitz. In the last game Lawson recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Chemnitz lost that game 66-78 to slightly higher-ranked NBC (#8, 15-14). This loss caused Chemnitz to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-15 record. Lawson is one of the most experienced players at Chemnitz and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) of league's leader Vechta. Doerksen scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Vechta, leading his team to a 129-88 easy win against the lower-ranked Leipzig (#16, 8-21). Vechta confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 7 lost games. Doerksen has a very solid season. In 24 games in Germany he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lee Jeka (187-G-83) of Jena - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) of Karlsruhe - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Richard Williams (178-PG-87) of Vechta - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Corey Hassan (193-G/F-87) of Vechta - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tim Schwartz (199-F-87) of Jena - 25 points and 5 rebounds
9. Nick Freer (198-G/F-85) of Leipzig - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Clint Sargent (193-G) of Heidelberg - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



ProA Round 29: Duesseldorf Baskets lose to Science City Jena - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (19-10) and eighth ranked Science City Jena (15-14) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Duesseldorf Baskets were defeated by Science City Jena in Jena 78-88. The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. Duesseldorf Baskets managed to win fourth quarter 28-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena forced 21 Duesseldorf Baskets turnovers. Strangely Duesseldorf Baskets outrebounded Science City Jena 45-29 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Duesseldorf Baskets' players. Forward Tim Schwartz (199-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for Duesseldorf Baskets. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Science City Jena moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ehingen and NBC. Duesseldorf Baskets at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost. Science City Jena is looking forward to face MLP Academics Heidelberg (#10) on the road in the next round. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against ETB Wohnbau (#12) in Essen and are hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for BG Goettingen (21-8) which played road game in Cuxhaven against 4th placed Cuxhaven BasCats (17-12). Second ranked BG Goettingen had an easy win 92-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cuxhaven BasCats. Guard Marco Grimaldi (188-83) stepped up and scored 10 points and 9 assists for the winners and Ramon Harris chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. BG Goettingen's coach Johannes Roijakkers felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American swingman Jeremy Dunbar (195-88, college: Arkansas Tech) responded with 22 points. BG Goettingen maintains second place with 21-8 record behind leader Vechta. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Karlsruhe. BG Goettingen will play against Kirchheim Knights (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against BG Karlsruhe (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProA top team - SC Rasta Vechta (22-7) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked USC Leipzig (8-21) 129-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of USC Leipzig. Corey Hassan nailed 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Coach Patrick Elzie's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Adam Sollazzo came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds for USC Leipzig in the defeat. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first place with 22-7 record. USC Leipzig at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will meet Ehingen/Urspringschule (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. USC Leipzig will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Essen. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-14) to twelfth ranked ETB Wohnbau (12-17) 77-75 on Thursday evening. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Logan Stutz who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Finke Baskets and Crailsheim. Ehingen/Urspringschule at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. ETB Wohnbau's next round opponent will be higher ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BG Karlsruhe (17-12) and Finke Baskets (12-17), which took place in Paderborn. Higher ranked BG Karlsruhe lost to thirteenth ranked Finke Baskets in a road game 73-84 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BG Karlsruhe. Michael Fleischmann orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Finke Baskets moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Crailsheim. Loser BG Karlsruhe dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Finke Baskets will face higher ranked NBC (#8) in Nurnberg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Karlsruhe will play at home against Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Heidelberg beat Kirchheim on the road 95-89. Chemnitz lost to NBC on its own court 66-78. Gotha unfortunately lost to Crailsheim in a road game 73-88.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Stevie Johnson of Crailsheim.


Kirchheim - Heidelberg 89-95

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (13-16) beat on the road 14th ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-19) 95-89 on Thursday. American guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Kristian Kuhn (208-87, college: N.Arizona) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) answered with 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights' coach gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains tenth place with 13-16 record. Kirchheim Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg will face higher ranked Science City Jena (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kirchheim Knights will play against the league's second-placed BG Goettingen (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: C.Sargent 19+5reb+4ast, D.White 17+3reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 16+9reb+3ast, T.Blackwood 14+1reb+2ast, A.Hardy 13+3reb+2ast, K.Barth 8+3reb+5ast
Kirchheim: C.Alexander 22+4reb+3ast, J.Stommes 16+3reb+4ast, R.Tomasevic 13+4ast, M.Smallwood 12+12reb+1ast, S.Adeberg 11+10reb+1ast, T.Burnette 7+2reb
gschID: 184573


Vechta - Leipzig 129-88

ProA top team - SC Rasta Vechta (22-7) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked USC Leipzig (8-21) 129-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of USC Leipzig. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 25-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 129-88. SC Rasta Vechta dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to USC Leipzig's 40. SC Rasta Vechta forced 22 USC Leipzig turnovers and outrebounded them 39-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by USC Leipzig's players. American swingman Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) nailed 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds. Coach Patrick Elzie's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Edge Sports) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) added 24 points respectively for USC Leipzig in the defeat. Four SC Rasta Vechta and five USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains first place with 22-7 record. USC Leipzig at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will meet Ehingen/Urspringschule (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. USC Leipzig will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vechta: C.Hassan 29+5reb+4ast, J.Doerksen 22+5reb+3ast, R.Ferguson 15+10reb, D.Krause 14+1reb, A.Rudowitz 12+2reb+1ast, R.Williams 11+5reb+10ast
Leipzig: N.Freer 24+2reb+2ast, A.Sollazzo 20+6reb+3ast, G.McCammon 13+2reb+1ast, K.Schaffartzik 12+6ast, W.Simon 11+6reb, J.Tyrna 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 184576


ETB Wohnbau - Ehingen 77-75

A very interesting game took place in Essen. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (15-14) to twelfth ranked ETB Wohnbau (12-17) 77-75 on Thursday evening. Ehingen/Urspringschule was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-19 charge of ETB Wohnbau, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Joey Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Andre Calvin (201-85, college: Drake) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Taylor Rohde (205-90, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Five ETB Wohnbau and four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Finke Baskets and Crailsheim. Ehingen/Urspringschule at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. ETB Wohnbau's next round opponent will be higher ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 17+9reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 15+5reb+4ast, A.Cook 15+3reb+4ast, J.Henley 11+11reb+2ast, F.Franke 10+4reb+2ast, R.Christen 6+1reb+1ast
Ehingen: A.Calvin 18+6reb+2ast, T.Rohde 13+4reb+2ast, V.Matthews 10+3reb+2ast, M.Mueller 10+2reb+1ast, K.Ogbe 10+3reb, S.Marlon Theis 6+1reb
gschID: 184575


Jena - Duesseldorf 88-78

The game between third ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (19-10) and eighth ranked Science City Jena (15-14) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Duesseldorf Baskets were defeated by Science City Jena in Jena 78-88. The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. Duesseldorf Baskets managed to win fourth quarter 28-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena forced 21 Duesseldorf Baskets turnovers. Strangely Duesseldorf Baskets outrebounded Science City Jena 45-29 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Duesseldorf Baskets' players. Forward Tim Schwartz (199-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) added 11 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Duesseldorf Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Science City Jena moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ehingen and NBC. Duesseldorf Baskets at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost. Science City Jena is looking forward to face MLP Academics Heidelberg (#10) on the road in the next round. Duesseldorf Baskets will play against ETB Wohnbau (#12) in Essen and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jena: T.Schwartz 25+5reb+1ast, L.Jeka 14+5reb+10ast, S.Watts 12+6reb, K.Barker 10+5reb+4ast, G.Sim 9+1reb+6ast, K.Wysocki 8+2reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: A.Waleskowski 20+14reb, T.Tzakopoulos 16+3reb+3ast, G.Johnson 13+2reb+5ast, C.Gadley 11+13reb, M.Liyanage 5+4reb+1ast, P.Flomo 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 184574


Cuxhaven - Goettingen 63-92

An interesting game for BG Goettingen (21-8) which played road game in Cuxhaven against 4th placed Cuxhaven BasCats (17-12). Second ranked BG Goettingen had an easy win 92-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cuxhaven BasCats. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Marco Grimaldi (188-83) stepped up and scored 10 points and 9 assists for the winners and American forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. BG Goettingen's coach Johannes Roijakkers felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American swingman Jeremy Dunbar (195-88, college: Arkansas Tech) responded with 22 points and American forward Monyea Pratt (195-85, college: Stillman) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. BG Goettingen maintains second place with 21-8 record behind leader Vechta. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Karlsruhe. BG Goettingen will play against Kirchheim Knights (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against BG Karlsruhe (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: P.Guede 15+1reb, A.Hitchens 14+2reb+2ast, R.Harris 12+4reb+5ast, M.Grimaldi 10+4reb+9ast, A.Vargas 9+4reb+2ast, B.Davis 9+4reb
Cuxhaven: J.Dunbar 22+2reb+2ast, M.Pratt 14+5reb+4ast, A.Hasenkamm 9+1ast, M.Pluskota 7+11reb, E.Harris 5+3reb, G.Onwuegbuze 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 184572


Finke Baskets - Karlsruhe 84-73

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BG Karlsruhe (17-12) and Finke Baskets (12-17), which took place in Paderborn. Higher ranked BG Karlsruhe lost to thirteenth ranked Finke Baskets in a road game 73-84 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BG Karlsruhe. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-73. Finke Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jason Jamerson (190-86, college: Grand Valley St.) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for BG Karlsruhe. Finke Baskets moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Crailsheim. Loser BG Karlsruhe dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Finke Baskets will face higher ranked NBC (#8) in Nurnberg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Karlsruhe will play at home against Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Finke Baskets: J.Jamerson 22+4reb+2ast, M.Fleischmann 20+7reb+2ast, B.Rush 16+4reb, G.Aud 9+2reb+6ast, V.Kittmann 8+3reb+3ast, S.Dennis 5+5reb+6ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 25+8reb+3ast, J.Black 13+5reb+2ast, J.Harris 12+6reb+5ast, M.Stockton 9+2reb+2ast, E.Vierneisel 8+7reb+1ast, S.Hauer 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 184571


Chemnitz - NBC 66-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked NBC and 7th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 had identical 14-14 record. But BV Chemnitz 99 was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Nurnberg 78-66 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by NBC. BV Chemnitz 99 was better in fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BV Chemnitz 99 43-31 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: LUMANI 10.7) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four NBC players scored in double figures. NBC's coach Martin Ides used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks and forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) added 16 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for BV Chemnitz 99. NBC (15-14) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ehingen and Jena. Loser BV Chemnitz 99 dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. NBC will face Finke Baskets (#13) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#14).
Top scorers:
NBC: Z.Nixon 23+5reb+3ast, A.Smith 13+6reb+9ast, N.Khartchenkov 13+2reb, D.McDaniel 10+7reb, C.Adler 7+10reb+2ast, R.Thompson 4+8reb+2ast
Chemnitz: A.Jones 16+4reb+4ast, D.Lawson 15+16reb+1ast, J.Schmidt 10+1reb+2ast, P.Stachula 9+1reb+2ast, T.Ishizaki 7+1reb+3ast, A.Rosenthal 5+3reb+1ast
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Crailsheim - Gotha 88-73

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (12-17) won against at home 14th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-19) 88-73 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Crailsheim Merlins. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Crailsheim Merlins maintains eleventh place with 12-17 record, which they share with Finke Baskets and ETB Wohnbau. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against BV Chemnitz 99.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: S.Johnson 25+7reb+4ast, J.Moore 17+9reb, B.Lischka 11+2reb, D.Coleman 11+2reb+7ast, P.Friedel 10+3reb+4ast, J.Crow 9+2reb
Gotha: L.Niebuhr 16+5reb+2ast, T.Baker 15+5reb+1ast, C.Griffin 10+5ast, J.Schaffrath 8+4reb+2ast, J.Person 8+1reb+2ast, D.Watson 7+4reb+1ast
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EuroLeague: Alba Berlin demolish Zalgiris Kaunas at O2 World - by Eurobasket News

Alba Berlin - Zalgiris Kaunas 77:55

Alba Berlin demolish Zalgiris Kaunas at O2 World. The German side posted a 77:55 win for 3-10 record. The German side won 77:55 controlling the entire game.
Alba Berlin limited the guest to only 6 points in the first period. Alba Berlin erupted with 27-15 surge in the second frame and ensured the win already at the halftime. Alba Berlin added 20-15 rally in the third period and had 25-point lead after 30 minutes. Zalgiris Kaunas only managed to reply with 19-16 in the last period and reduced to final 22 points.
Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) added 12. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket), Ali Traore (207-PF-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) and DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) scored 8 apiece. Ksistof Lavrinovic answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) had 8. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) notched 7, whilst Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) brought 6.

Alba Berlin: Deon Thompson 16, Derrick Byars 12, Nihad Djedovic 8, Ali Traore 8, DaShaun Wood 8
Zalgiris Kaunas: Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) 15, Mario Delas 8, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 7, Darjus Lavrinovic 6



Will Round Three Of The Battle Of The Trenches Between Frankfurt And Wurzburg Continue Saturday? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Last season, the incredible seasons of Ulm and Wurzburg were as unexpected and surprising as the slow start by the Los Angeles Lakers and not rehiring of NBA legend Phil Jackson. 2010 Eurochallenge head coach John Patrick was the magician that led the team to the semi finals after an amazing 3-1 playoff win against Alba Berlin, but then had to depart on account of internal problems between him and management. The club decided to hand the reigns to assistant coach Marcel Schroeder who had led the team into the Beko BBL in 2011 from the Pro A and had to step back last season to assistant coach. Schroeder is a young coach that has tasted success and learned a season under Patrick. He is in a way like ex Ulm coach Mike Taylor in which he eats, drinks and sleeps 24 hours for basketball. He has a strong roster, but the question will be how well he can make the transition to the Beko BBL as head coach and how he reacts when there are injuries or crises in the team? Despite the fairy tale season of the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg last season, one has to give a lot of respect and credit to young German head coach Marcel Schroeder who took over the wane from John Patrick and has kept his team steady, focused and possibly happy with an abundance of energy from the special Wurzburg sausages that are a specialty in that region. Despite a full Eurocup schedule and injuries woes to guys like Ben Jacobsen, John Little, Chris Mcnaughton or Maxi Kleber that was similar to what the Frankfurt Skyliners have experienced in the last years, the team kept fighting and have been consistently in the playoff area in the standings. A big loss was Jimmy MCkinney who just cant seem to shake the injury bug that has infected him time in and time out again. Despite injuries the team had to bring in players like Osiris Eldridge, Courtney Pigram, Michael Lenzly or Frank Robinson who all have contributed and some how kept the team chemistry alive despite the many new happenings with arrivals.

Soon after the playoff loss to Ulm in 2012, a very interesting and surprising development occurred as the team let successful head coach John Patrick go. It was hard to believe that the team and head coach would go separate ways, but for the insider it was clear that there seemed to be clear differences between management and the head coach. Both sides rather stayed silent to what happened and both sides didnt destroy each other in the media either as no one dragged the other side into quick sand. The club decided to name assistant coach Marcel Schroder as head coach. Schroeder was no unknown coach as he had already experienced success with the Bavarian team leading them to the Beko BBL in 2011 from the PRO A. Schroeder is a coach that breathes basketball 24 hours a day and surely gained experience learning from John Patrick. The club was able to increase their player budget from last season, have built a more potent team than last season, kept a healthy core of players and the goal remains reaching the Beko BBL playoffs. The club kept the three BG Goettingen amigos Americans beast under the basket Jason Boone, versatile Ben Jacobson and pitbull John Little who belongs to the top defenders in the league and was one of the most important players in the Alba Berlin series last year as he took a page out of 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood scoring as if he had been transformed in the Detroit natives body. The team also kept German Alex King who continues to develop well. Alex really has made his way in the Beko BBL after being only a role player averaging 5-10 minutes, stated John Patrick. Germans Oliver Clay, big talent Maximilian Kleber and experienced Chistoph Henneberger were also retained. The team lost important players like Americans Chris Kramer, Ivan Elliot and Ricky Harris. Losing team top scorer Chris Kramer hurt very much as he played with so much intensity on offense and defense and could change impact of a game. However the team did a super job filling these spots. The team added American Jimmy Mckinney who left the main in Frankfurt after six years. Mckinney is known as a deadly shooter and is looking to make the next step in Wurzburg being more of a go to guy than he was in Frankfurt. The team got Dwayne Anderson who belongs to the top five forward in the Beko BBL, German national player Chris Mcnaughton who is injured, but will form a nice center duo with Boone, experienced Lamont Mcintosh who celebrated much success with Artland Dragon teams including the 2008 Beko BBL cup and talented German Maurice Stuckey who is on loan from Bamberg where he will get more minutes than in Freak city. The biggest strength of the team will be that the team was formed early and many players were kept from last season. Why should the team change their style when it works. John Patrick practiced the quick aggressive style that he had had in Goettingen called 40 minutes of basketball hell. It was quite that extreme last season, but it was still used maybe 25 minutes of hell. Schroeder still likes to play like this, but so far this season, the team is still looking to come together as the team is parked in the middle field of the standings. Their offense is more versatile and unpredictable compared to last season. Weaknesses this season could of been being able to play up to expectations, but the team is currently in sixth place with a record of 15-13 despite having had many injuries and losing Ben Jacobson for the season. Wurzburg recently added American Frank Robinson and English man Mike Lenzley to help out at the guard position. Wurzburg is riding a four game winning streak and also have won their last four games at home. Defense continues to be their biggest strength as they have given up 64 points average in the last four games. The Fraport Skyliners also are riding a high as they have won five of their last six games and had huge wins over Alba Berlin, Bamberg and Bremerhaven. Frankfurt also is relying on their biggest strength the most defense as the yhave given up only an average of 66 points in the last four games. The most important thing that we have to focus on is defense. Rebounding and limiting our mistakes and executing and sharing the ball will be key for us beating Wurzburg, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Dawan Robinson. The way both teams have played the last two games scoring only 221 points combined with Frankfurt averaging 55 points and Wurzburg averaging 55 points, fans could witness round three of the battle of the trenches.

The Fraport Skyliners have fond memories from the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg winning both games last season. The Fraport Skyliners squeaked out a 80-78 win at home as American Justin Gray won the game with a buzzer beater. Justin Gray led the Skyliners with 18 points while NBA player Jon Leuer chipped in with 17 points. Chris Kramer had 16 points while Ivan Elliot and Ricky Harris contributed 13 points each. In the return game in Wurzburg in early January, the fans witnessed a gruesome hard fought battle in the trenches as no team wanted to give the other teams any gifts as Frankfurt prevailed 56-51. Frankfurt was led by Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn) with 12 points, Devin Gibson added 11 points and Jermario Davidson produced 10 points. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by Ben Jacobson with 15 points. The Fraport Skyliners have a 2-1 record against Wurzburg since they arrived in the Beko BBL in 2011. This season the Fraport Skyliners lost round two of the battle of the trenches after winning round one in Wurzburg last season at home last December 59-55. Frankfurt only mustered 21 points in the first half, but had a strong fourth quarter scoring 21 points. The club was sparked by Zach Peacock with 18 points and Quantez Robertson added 12 points, nine rebounds and five steals to the win. Wurzburg was led by Dwayne Anderson with 11 points and Jason Boone had 10 points.

The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg are led by Jason Boone who is a 27 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York who played four seasons with Goettingen and is playing his second season in Wurzburg. Four years ago, he made the jump from the Regionalliga to the BBL, which is similar as if a professional baseball player jumped from A ball to MLB. In 2010-2011 for BG Goettingen, he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0% . Jason Boone is a strong athlete who likes to finish around the rim and is not a shooter at all. One should give him the jump shot and dont let him penetrate. He is a strong offensive rebounder and goes to the boards each time. He isnt a good free throw shooter and dont give him any easy layups. One should attack him on defense and despite his athletic body, doesnt move his feet so well and he is foul prone, Frankfurt still will have to keep an eye on him in the paint, added 2009 Beko BBL top scorer Omari Westley. Boone is probably one of the strongest low post players in the BBL. He can move anybody with his strength down low, added Ricky Hickman who is playing for Macabbi Tel Aviv. I always want to improve my game, and I feel like coming into this season fully healthy will help me establish myself as a top center in this league. In retrospect I think, on a personal level, 2010-2011 was a "down" year for me, but it taught me a, commented Jason Boone. Last season for Wurzburg, Boone played 40 games: 8.7ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 53.6%, FT: 52.4. Ben Jacobson is a 28 year old 188cm guard that is a big Time Point Guard, very good defender and a great scorer who can create his own shot that is playing his second season in Wurzburg. Before coming to BG Goettingen in 2007, he played at Northern Iowa with teammate John Little and in other German places like Erdgas Ehingen and the Mitteldeutscher BC. His most successful season was 2009-2010 where he helped BG Goettingen win the Eurochallenge. In 2010-2011 he played for Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece-A1, starting five), only pre-season, in Dec.'10 moved to Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProB, starting five): 19 games: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 34.9%. Last season for Wurzburg, he played 40 games: 8.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 65.7%.

The third member to arrive from BG Goettingen in 2011 is John Little who is a 28 year old 180cm guard from Peoria, Illinois. He played four seasons with BG Goettingen. He played at Northern Iowa from 2002-2006. In 2007-2008, he wanted to play for the Peoria Kings of the ABA league, but the team folded, so he returned to Northern Iowa and finished the season as assistant coach. Last season, he played EuroCup: 9 games: 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 33 games: 6.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 21.0%, FT: 75.0% Little is their energy guy. He brings a lot of energy and athletic ability from the bench. He doesnt have much of a shot and likes to drive to the hoop and finish at the rim. He is a good rebounder for his size. He is possibly the best defender on the team. He has long arms and plays the passing lanes well and is their best on ball defender, stressed Omari Westley. He is probably one of the scrappiest players in the league and always plays hard and gives 100% every minute on the court, added Ricky Hickman. Last season for Wurzburg, he played 41 games: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 64.1%. The team brought in American Jimmy Mckinney who is a 29 year old 192cm shooting guard from St Louis who is cousins with ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon. Mckinney is a s a solid knock-down shooter, but also can score from penetration and with rim-rattling dunks. He played at Missouri from 2002-2006 where he was a teammate of NBA player Linas Kleiza. He played a total of 133 NCAA Games. He played for the Frankfurt Skyliners from 2006-2012 playing a total of 218 games reaching the 2008 Beko BBL semi final and 2010 Beko BBL final where hew a son the floor in a tough game 5 loss in Bamberg. Last season for Frankfurt he played EuroCup: 6 games: 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 92.3%; German League: 34 games: 13.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 84.0%.

The team also hauled in Lamont Mcintosh who is a 30 year old 190cm guard from Georgia that is playing his ninth professional season and first in Wurzburg. He played at Georgia Tech from 2000-2004. In his first two seasons he played for the Southern Crescent Lightning (WBA) and then went to Europe to play for the Scottish Rocks (United Kingdom-BBL). In 2005, he showed that he could play in a more higher league playing for Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1): 28 games: 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 51.0%. He then played for the Artland Dragons from 2006-2009 reaching the playoffs each season. In 2009-2010, he played for Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Ukraine-Superleague) 20 games: 16.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 73.8%. In 2001-2011, he played for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1, starting five): 25 games: 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 80.8%. Last season, he played for AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK): 14 games: 11.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 85.2%. Christopher Mcnaughton is a 29 year old 211cm center. He is a true back-to-the-basket big man, but does possess good mobility for his size. He started his basketball career in the Bamberg system in 2000 playing 35 games for TSV Troester Breitengrussbach in the second Bundesliga. He then played at Bucknell from 2003-2007. After getting valuable experience in the NCAA, he played two years in Spain before moving to BG Goettingen in 2009-2010. He helped the club win the Eurochallenge and scoring 22 points in the final. He played EuroChallenge: 15 games: 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 71.1%; German League: 37 games: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 71.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing EuroCup: 6 games: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT; German League: 39 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 60.7%, FT: 80.7%. At the World Championships in Turkey in 2010, he played 5 games: 5.4ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 58.8%, FT: 77.8%. Currently, he is averaging 10,3ppg and 5,6rpg. Last season, for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven he played 34 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 79.0%.

The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg also has its share of German players including Alex King who moved to his third Beko BBL team Wurzburg in 2011. King is a 27 year old 200cm forward from Munich, Germany. King started his basketball career in Frankfurt playing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2002-2008. In that span he won the German league title in 2004 and was a finalist in 2005 and played a total of 129 BBL games for Frankfurt. He played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2008-20011 playing a total of 101 Beko BBl games. In 2010-2011 for Bonn he played EuroChallenge: 6 games: 2.5ppg, 4.0rpg; German League: 31 games: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg. Last season for Wurzburg, he played 41 games: 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg. The team also brought in young German Oliver Clay in 2011 who is a 25 year old 205cm power forward/center from Berlin. He started his basketball career in 2006 for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga): 25 games: 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg. He then played for Alba Berlin playing mostly for the Regionaliga team where he was German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion in 2010. In 2010-2011, he played for TBB Trier (1.Bundesliga): 33 games: 2.5ppg, 1.9rpg. Last season for Wurzburg he played 22 games: 1.9ppg, 1.1rpg. Christoph Henneberger also stayed with the team. Henneberger is a 28 year old 188cm guard who has seen the ups and downs of Wurzburg basketball since 2003. Last season, he played 11 games: 0.8ppg. The team also has young talented Maximilian Klebber on the roster who is a 20 year old 196cm forward. He started his basketball career in 2008 with SCH Wuerzburg Baskets (Regionalliga). Last season he played 26 games: 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg. The team also brought in Maurice Stuckey who is a 22 year old 187cm guard that was born in Augsburg and is on loan from Bamberg. He started his basketball career in 2005 for BG Leitershofen. He then moved to Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB), where he played from 2007-2009. In2009-2010, he played for Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 62.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 85.3%, played also at Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 1.3ppg. At the 2010 European Championships U20 in Croatia he played 9 games: 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 75.0%. In 2010-2011, he played German League: 35 games: 2.2ppg; Euroleague: 3 games: 2.3ppg; also played at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 18 games: 14.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 77.5%. Last season he played 5 games for Bamberg averaging 1.6ppg; played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB, starting five): 8 games: 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 85.7%. The team also has 20 year old 201cm forward Malte Herwig. Last season he played for BG Goettingen (1.Bundesliga): 7 games: 0.6ppg; EuroChallenge: 1 game: 0pts; played also for ASC 46 Goettingen (Regionalliga, starting five): 17 games: 7.6ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 60.9%.





Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Vaughn Duggins dose a great job of releasing pressure from other players before making crunch time plays. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Joshua Young (185-PG-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 24 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma that is playing hiss econd season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. Last season for Tuebingen he played 34 games: 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.0% He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against BBC Bayreuth.

After the sensational win against FC Bayern Munich, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen have lost two games in a row in a very crucial time of the season. How ha sthe team been staying focused not too loose their nerves now?

It has been important for us as a team that we focus only on this last month of regular season play. We just are taking it one game at a time and trying to play our best each time we step on the court.

In the last game, the Walter Tigers Tuebings lost at home badly to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg 89-64. After reviewing tape, what were the most important things that the team learned from the loss?

We didn't play with any energy in that game . We were a step slow all game and just didn't compete. We know we cant have any more games like that and I think we are ready to battle for every game now.

Vaughn Duggins has been a very important back bone in the success of the Tigers. How has he helped you the most on the court in tough situations?

Vaughn makes big plays for us when we need them. He has done a great job of releasing pressure from other players before making crunch time plays.

The next game is against BBC Bayreuth. What is your memory from the 83-75 loss at the start of the season

I remember we had a slow start that lasted the entire first half. This can't be the case today. We have to come out ready to play. That makes a huge difference for us.

The middle to lower standings are very exciting. For many teams, they can get into the playoffs or even get into the Abstiegs battle. What will be key to winning at home in the Tigers den?

We have to use our home court advantage in these next few games. Our fans are great so we can feed off their energy and really give a great effort. If we can do that, and play our style of basketball, we can pick up big wins.

What do you like most about the game of point guard Kevin Hamilton?


Kevin is a great PG. He does so many things well but his passing and court vision are impressive.

How have you been experiencing the 2013 NCAA tournament? What has been the biggest surprise for you?

The tournament has been just as crazy as most years. I've enjoyed watch FGCU upset teams.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched Gladiator - it's a classic.


Thanks Josh for the chat.




Larry Gordon (Phoenix Hagen) We have not reached our goal yet and every team poses a threat to us not achieving our goal - 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 New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig.

Congrats on the 73-67 win at home against Oldenburg. Oldenburg was up by 5 points after three quarters. In the fourth quarter Phoenix Hagen played Hagen basketball erupting for 26 points. Was this not a better example of how the team ALWAYS believes in itself?

It was a great example, and teams are going to start to respect the fact that we don't ever give up no matter what the game is looking like.

It used to be that nobody talked about the Phoenix Hagen defense, but giving up 67 points and forcing 23 turnovers was excellent. How has Phoenix Hagen improved defensively in the last two months?

We have been more focused and concentrated on defense more than our offense, we know our offense will come and we know that defense is what is going to win games for us.

If someone had said in November that Phoenix Hagen would beat Alba Berlin, Bamberg and Oldenburg in a row what would you have said?

Knowing the history of those teams, I would have just said that its going to be really hard to do that.

Is there a possibility that Phoenix Hagen is peaking too soon?

Not at all, I think we peak too late but at the same time I think we peaked at just the right time.

Phoenix Hagen beat Braunschweig 89-78 in the first game. What memories do you have from that game?

We pretty much controlled the game, we shared the ball very well that game and had a balanced attack on offense and played good defense.

Braunschweig is fighting to stay in the league. What will be key to keep the winning streak alive?

We have to keep our mentality the same as all the games before no matter what their position is in the league. We have not reached our goal yet and every team poses a threat to us not achieving our goal.

How have you been following the NCAA tournament. Have you been happy how the tournament has gone with the upsets? What was the biggest surprise for you so far?

Yea I'm not too happy with the upsets, I mean it's fun to see but not when it messes up your bracket lol. Biggest surprise I would say would be Florida Gulf Coast,they are playing some real good basketball right now

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Tron Legacy

Thanks Larry for the chat.




15-year-old German prospect signs four year-deal with ratiopharm Ulm - by Moritz Korff

BBL team ratiopharm Ulm has secured the services of German talent Marvin Omonigho Omuvwie (190-F-97). The 15-year-old Berlin native will sign a four year-contract with the Ulm team starting following this current season. The German junior international moves from TuS Lichterfelde to Ulm and will mostly see action in the club's NBBL team next season. Omuvwie is averaging 12.4 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots for TuSLi in the U16 Bundesliga JBBL this season.


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EuroLeague: Olympiacos edge Fenerbahce in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 73:78

Olympiacos claimed a road win in Istanbul tonight. The Reds outgunned Fenerbahce to improve at 8-5 record in Top 16 Group F. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 16 points to lead the winners.
Olympiacos strongly entered the game. They held Fenerbahce to 13 points in the opening quarter to gain a 6-point lead. Fenerbahce however turned things their way in the second frame. The hosts erased the deficit and eked out a 44:43 halftime lead. But Olympiacos bounced back in the third term. The Hellenes regained the lead and rallied to a 56:53 advantage at the final intermission. Omer Onan (194-G-78) helped Fenerbahce to surge in front 64:58 midway through the fourth frame. Oguz Savas made it 69:61 for the home team but Olympiacos answered with a 13:0 run to pull ahead. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) came up with several key points in the final seconds to seal the win for the visitors. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and issued 7 assists, while Georgios Printezis added 12 points for the winners. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans), Omer Onan and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) had 12 points each in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Bo McCalebb 12, Omer Onan 12, Romain Sato 12
Olympiacos: Kostas Papanikolaou 16, Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Georgios Printezis 12



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Snaefell & Stjarnan to Semi-finals - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

In the third game of best of three it was Snaefell and Stjarnan that made it to the Semi-finals by beating Njardvik & Keflavik in front of a packed gyms.
In Snaefell vs Njardvik game tight game from beginning, Snaefell shooting better from three pointers 41% to 33% Njardvik and from free throw line 75% to 54%
The more experienced team won in the end 84-82.
Top performers for Snaefell. jay Threatt 21 points. Ryan Amoroso 18 + 16 boards. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 16 pts.
For Njardvik. Nigel Moore 25. Elvar Fridriksson 15. Olafur Helgi Jonsson 14.

Stjarnan vs Keflavik game was live on TV but still sold out gym. This was very interesting match up since the game before was a fighting game and lot of things said in the press between these games. Stjarnan lost one of their best player Jovan Zdradvevski to 1 game ban and Michael Craion playing with ankle injury. Also Justin Shouse playing with injury.
When the score was 74-77 for Keflavik and less than 2 minutes left Stjarnan Lock the basket and finish the game 8-0 for a 82-77 win and place in the Semi-finals.
Top scorers for Stjarnan, Brian Mills (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) 32 points including 4 monster dunks. Jarrid Frye 21 Marvin Valdimarsson 16.
for Keflavik. Billy Baptist 24. Darrel Lewis 16 + 10 assist.

In the Semi-finals it will be Grindavik vs KR & Snaefell vs Stjarnan



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Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Giorgo Tesi PT 17-5 
 2. Sigma Barcel. 16-7 
 3. Novipiu Casale 15-8 
 4. C.de Latte BRE 14-8 
 5. Givova Scafati 12-11 
 6. LeGamberi FO 11-11 
 7. Biancoblu BO 11-11 
 8. Tezenis VE 11-12 
 9. Pall.Trento 10-12 
 10. Upea CdO 10-13 
 11. Fileni BPA Jesi 10-13 
 12. AcegasAps TR 9-14 
 13. FCM Ferentino 8-14 
 14. Aget Service IM 8-15 
 15. Prima Veroli 8-15 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 28: Givova Scafati - Biancoblu BO 92-86
Mar. 28: Sigma Barcel. - AcegasAps TR 84-78
Mar. 28: LeGamberi FO - Novipiu Casale 77-78
Mar. 28: Aget Service IM - FCM Ferentino 73-66
Mar. 29: Tezenis VE - Pall.Trento 72-75
Mar. 28: Prima Veroli - Fileni BPA Jesi 61-72
Mar. 28: C.de Latte BRE - Upea CdO 109-87

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 7: Pall.Trento - Giorgo Tesi PT
Apr. 7: Novipiu Casale - Givova Scafati
Apr. 7: Fileni BPA Jesi - Sigma Barcel.
Apr. 7: Biancoblu BO - Prima Veroli
Apr. 7: FCM Ferentino - Tezenis VE
Apr. 7: C.de Latte BRE - Aget Service IM
Apr. 7: Upea CdO - LeGamberi FO


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.21.3 
 2. Green, Novipiu Cas.21.1 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.4 
 4. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.7 
 5. Mays, Givova S.18.7 
 6. Battle, Upea CdO18.0 
 7. Walker, Prima Vero.17.9 
 8. Jenkins, C.de L.17.7 
 9. Thomas, AcegasAp.17.1 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.8 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.10.0 
 3. Todic, LeGamber.9.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.2 
 5. George, Upea CdO9.0 
 6. Mosley, Biancobl.9.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Novip.8.6 
 8. Slay, Givova Scafa.8.5 
 9. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.0 
 10. Gandini, AcegasAp.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  Novipiu Casale
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.3 
 2. Green, Sigma B.5.2 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.4.9 
 4. Fernandez, C.de L.4.7 
 5. Battle, Upea CdO4.4 
 6. Roderick, LeGamber.4.0 
 7. Gay, Aget S.4.0 
 8. Walker, Prima Vero.3.6 
 9. Guarino, FCM F.3.2 
 10. Mays, Givova S.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donato CUTOLO
  Biancobl.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.8 
 2. Mays, Givova S.2.7 
 3. James, FCM F.2.5 
 4. George, Upea CdO2.3 
 5. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.2 
 6. Baldassarre, Givov.2.1 
 7. Filloy, AcegasAp.2.1 
 8. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.1 
 9. Ware, Novipiu Casa.2.1 
 10. Westbrook, Tezen.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.8 
 2. Mosley, Biancobl.1.8 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.5 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.2 
 6. James, FCM F.1.1 
 7. Roderick, LeGamber.1.0 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.1.0 
 9. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 
 10. Butkevicius, Novi.0.9 


The curious case of Kenny Hasbrouck - by Antonello Varallo

The mad season of Virtus Bologna has another chapter. After the 21 points scored against Avellino (best performance since January) Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) has agreed terms with Aliaga Petkim, but the turkish team has not agreed a compensation with Bologna. According to Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Virtus Bologna, the italian team was available to treat the transfer, but Hasbrouck signed a contract with Aliaga without the permission of Bologna. Hasbrouck's agent said that Virtus has not paid his client; Sabatini answered that Virtus has no debt with Hasbrouck...Now Hasbrouck could face a suspension of several months. Who will be right?


EuroLeague: Barcelona with victory in Siena - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena - Barcelona 69:77

Barcelona Regal stole a road win over Montepaschi Siena in the 13th round of EuroLeague Top 16. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) came up with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Barcelona entered the game without their key trio of Navarro, Tomic and Mickael. Montepaschi capitalized early in the game taking a 25:23 lead at the first break. Barcelona reacted with more aggressive defence in the second quarter. The Spaniards held Siena to 15 points in the period and ensured a 45:40 halftime lead. Barcelona stretched their advantage in the third quarter. They opened a 10-point lead at the final intermission 65:55. Kangur helped Siena revive the intrigue in the fourth frame. The Estonian dragged Montepaschi within three points 69:72. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) came up with a key bucket and then Nathan Nathan Jawai pulled down several rebounds to seal the deal for the visitors. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) connected for 20 points, while Marcelinho Huertas provided 14 points and 6 assists in the win. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 15 points for Montepaschi Siena. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 12 points in the losing case.

Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 15, David Moss 12
Barcelona: Nathan Jawai 22+12 boards, Joe Ingles 20, Marcelinho Huertas 14



Italy U18 lost to Mortara in the friendly - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Mortara 73:77

Italy U18 lost to Mortara in the friendly. The young players trailed in the majority of the game and were beaten 73:77 in Genova.
Mortara started the game with 24-20 and kept 4-point advantage at the halftime. The more experienced team added also a narrow victory in the third period and enjoyed a 59:53 lead after three quarters. Italy U18 managed to reduce to final 4 points at the end of the game as they replied with a 2-point win in the last stanza.
Del Sorbo top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Mossi added 18. Gatti delivered 17, while Fabio Grugnetti (171-PG-87) produced 15. Alessandro Maccaferri (175-PG-95) and Diego Flaccadori (184-PG-96) replied with 11 points each in defeat. Marco Spissu (181-G-95) had 10, while Panzieri posted 9.

Italia U18. Mussini 2 (0/2, 0/1, 2/2), Alessandro Maccaferri 11 (3/5, 1/2, 2/2), Sacchettini 0 (0/2), Marco Spissu 10 (1/1, 2/4, 2/2), Rossato 3 (1/4, 0/0, 1/1), Donzelli 6 (1/5, 1/2, 1/2), Diego Flaccadori 11 (3/8, 1/1, 2/2), Di Prampero 7 (2/6, 0/2, 3/4), Cucci 5 (2/3, 0/0, 1/2), Galli 0 (0/0,0/1), Visentin 0 (0/1), Vedovato 6 (3/3, 0/0, 0/2), Artioli 1 (0/0, 0/0, 1/2), Terenzi 0 (0/0, 0/1), Forte, Benvenuti 2 (1/4, 0/0, 0/0), Panzieri 9 (3/5, 1/3, 0/0).Allenatore: Andrea Capobianco. Assistente: Antonio Bocchino.
Totali. Tiri: T2: 20/49, T3: 6/17, TL: 15/21. Falli fatti: 22, Falli subiti: 15; Palle perse: 17, Palle recuperate: 9; Rimbalzi difensivi: 26, Rimbazi attacco: 15, Rimbalzi totali: 41.
Mortara. Del Sorbo 20 (5/8, 2/5, 4/6), Fant, Avanzini 1 (0/4,0/0,1/2), Fabio Grugnetti 15 (3/4,3/5), Mossi 18 (4/9, 1/8, 7/9), Gatti 17 (4/5, 3/4), Ferrari 0 (0/1), Di Paola 2 (1/3), Ferretti, Ne: Ratti, Francescato, Werlich. Allenatore: Zanellati. Assistente: Werlich.
Stats courtesy of: http://www.fip.it



Lega2 Round 24: Novipiu Casale edges LeGamberi Foods Forli by one point - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 24 in the Lega 2 took place in Forli. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (11-11) to third ranked Novipiu Casale (15-8) 78-77 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Novipiu Casale made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Novipiu Casale especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who scored 21 points and 5 assists. The other American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Novipiu Casale maintains third position with 15-8 record having just -5 point less than leader Giorgo Tesi PT. LeGamberi Foods Forli at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Biancoblu BO. Novipiu Casale are looking forward to face Givova Scafati (#5) at home in the next round. LeGamberi Foods Forli will play against Upea CdO in Capo d'Orlando and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Aget Service IM managed to get a eighth victory. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked FCM Ferentino in Imola 73-66. It was a good game for American point guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. Rodolfo Valenti contributed with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-British forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for FCM Ferentino. Aget Service IM (8-15) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Prima Veroli. Newly promoted FCM Ferentino keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Aget Service IM will play against higher ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4) in Brescia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. FCM Ferentino will play at home against Tezenis VE (#8) in Verona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Scafati was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Biancoblu BO (11-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Givova Scafati (12-11). Givova Scafati managed to secure a 6-point victory 92-86 on Thursday. Worth to mention a great performance of Keddric Mays who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was David Cournooh with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Givova Scafati moved-up to fifth place. Loser Biancoblu BO keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with LeGamberi FO. Givova Scafati will meet higher ranked Novipiu Casale (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Biancoblu BO will play against Prima Veroli and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Verona. It ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Tezenis VE (11-12) to eleventh ranked Pall.Trento (10-12) 75-72 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tezenis VE. The winners were led by Luca Garri who scored that evening 26 points and 9 rebounds. Pall.Trento moved-up to ninth place. Tezenis VE at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Pall.Trento's next round opponent will be league's leader Tuscany Pistoia at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Brescia. Local C.de Latte BRE (14-8) outscored 9th ranked Upea CdO (10-13) 109-87 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Upea CdO. The best player for the winners was David Brkic who scored 32 points and 5 assists (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field). C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. C.de Latte BRE maintains fourth position with 14-8 record. Newly promoted Upea CdO dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. C.de Latte BRE will face Aget Service IM (#14) in Imola in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Upea CdO will play at home against LeGamberi Foods Forli (#6).

In the last two games of round 24 AcegasAps TR was defeated by Sigma Barcel. in Barcellona 84-78. Prima Veroli was beaten by Fileni BPA Jesi at home 61-72.


Tezenis VE - Pall.Trento 72-75

A very interesting game took place in Verona. It ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Tezenis VE (11-12) to eleventh ranked Pall.Trento (10-12) 75-72 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tezenis VE. The winners were led by the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who scored that evening 26 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Barry Elder (197-82, college: Georgia Tech) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Even 30 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Charlie Westbrook (193-89, college: S.Dakota) did not help to save the game for Tezenis VE. Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Pro One Sports) added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Four Tezenis VE players scored in double figures. Pall.Trento moved-up to ninth place. Tezenis VE at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Pall.Trento's next round opponent will be league's leader Tuscany Pistoia at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Tezenis VE: C.Westbrook 30+6reb+2ast, R.McConnell 12+5reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 11+3reb, O.Lawal 10+13reb+2ast, D.Lauwers 5+4reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 4+4reb
Pall.Trento: L.Garri 26+9reb+1ast, B.Elder 16+7reb, M.Umeh 9+4reb+1ast, L.Dordei 9+6reb+2ast, A.Forray 8+4reb+2ast, M.Spanghero 3+1ast
gschID: 188940


C.de Latte BRE - Upea CdO 109-87

The game with biggest result difference took place in Brescia. Local C.de Latte BRE (14-8) outscored 9th ranked Upea CdO (10-13) 109-87 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Upea CdO. The game was mostly controlled by C.de Latte BRE. Upea CdO was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. C.de Latte BRE shot 63.2 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Upea CdO's players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who scored 32 points and 5 assists (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field). Greek forward Nikos Barlos (203-79) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively. Five C.de Latte BRE and four Upea CdO players scored in double figures. C.de Latte BRE maintains fourth position with 14-8 record. Newly promoted Upea CdO dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. C.de Latte BRE will face Aget Service IM (#14) in Imola in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Upea CdO will play at home against LeGamberi Foods Forli (#6).
Top scorers:
Upea CdO: A.Young 19+3reb+1ast, T.Battle 18+1reb+2ast, M.Portannese 18+4reb+4ast, M.Poletti 17+11reb+1ast, S.Huff 6+4reb, D.Mathis 5+4reb+4ast
C.de Latte BRE: D.Brkic 32+4reb+5ast, N.Barlos 22+3reb+4ast, F.Loschi 20+3reb+1ast, J.Giddens 13+7reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 11+5reb+10ast, G.Cuccarolo 4+4reb
gschID: 188942


Sigma Barcel. - AcegasAps TR 84-78

There was no surprise when 11th ranked AcegasAps TR (9-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked Sigma Barcellona (16-7) 84-78 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-78. Sigma Barcellona made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. AcegasAps TR was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Congolese point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) who scored 30 points and 4 steals. Naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 25 points, 5 assists and 7 steals and power forward Luca Gandini (205-85) added 16 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Sigma Barcellona maintains second position with 16-7 record having just -6 point less than leader Giorgo Tesi PT. AcegasAps TR lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Fileni BPA Jesi (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
AcegasAps TR: A.Filloy 25+2reb+5ast, M.Diviach 18+5reb+1ast, L.Gandini 16+13reb+1ast, D.Mastrangelo 7+1reb, M.Ruzzier 5+2reb+5ast, A.Coronica 4+6reb
Sigma Barcel.: D.Hardy 30+2reb+2ast, C.Callahan 18+15reb+1ast, J.Thomas 11+6reb+1ast, T.Green 8+5reb+4ast, R.Bucci 6+1reb, G.Eliantonio 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 188941


Aget Service IM - FCM Ferentino 73-66

Bottom-ranked Aget Service IM managed to get a eighth victory. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked FCM Ferentino in Imola 73-66. FCM Ferentino was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American point guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-British forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Marcos Casini (188-80) added 15 points in the effort for FCM Ferentino. Aget Service IM (8-15) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Prima Veroli. Newly promoted FCM Ferentino keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Aget Service IM will play against higher ranked C.de Latte BRE (#4) in Brescia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. FCM Ferentino will play at home against Tezenis VE (#8) in Verona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: L.Ekperigin 21+13reb+1ast, M.Casini 15+3reb, F.Guarino 12+2ast, S.Parrillo 7+3reb+1ast, M.Allegretti 4+7reb, G.Tomassini 4+2reb+1ast
Aget Service IM: D.Gay 22+4reb+4ast, R.Valenti 20+10reb, M.Frassineti 13+4reb+3ast, M.Chillo 8+5reb, M.Maestrello 6+4reb+1ast, F.Masoni 2
gschID: 188939


Givova Scafati - Biancoblu BO 92-86

The game in Scafati was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Biancoblu BO (11-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Givova Scafati (12-11). Givova Scafati managed to secure a 6-point victory 92-86 on Thursday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-23. But Biancoblu BO won third quarter 19-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Givova Scafati shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 63.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) who added 17 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (188-90) with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) scored 18 points and 6 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Givova Scafati moved-up to fifth place. Loser Biancoblu BO keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with LeGamberi FO. Givova Scafati will meet higher ranked Novipiu Casale (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Biancoblu BO will play against Prima Veroli and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: A.Pecile 18+3reb+6ast, D.Cournooh 14+9reb+4ast, D.Cutolo 13+6reb, G.Pini 12+3reb+1ast, W.Mosley 11+6reb, R.Harris 7+1ast
Givova Scafati: K.Mays 20+8reb+4ast, P.Baldassarre 17+3reb+2ast, R.Slay 15+6reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 12+4reb+2ast, J.Tavernari 12, G.Sorrentino 11+4ast
gschID: 188938


Prima Veroli - Fileni BPA Jesi 61-72

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (10-13) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Prima Veroli (8-15) 72-61 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Fileni BPA Jesi made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Prima Veroli was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. Four Fileni BPA Jesi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 21 points and guard Simone Berti (196-85) added 11 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Prima Veroli's coach Franco Marcelletti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fileni BPA Jesi moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Upea CdO. Loser Prima Veroli dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Fileni BPA Jesi will face league's second-placed Sigma Barcellona at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Prima Veroli will play against Biancoblu BO (#7) in Bologna.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: P.Marigney 21+3reb+2ast, M.Jurevicus 11+1reb+3ast, S.Berti 11+3reb+2ast, L.Infante 9+5reb+2ast, D.Bruttini 5+2reb, T.Rinaldi 4+6reb
Fileni BPA Jesi: E.Griffin 17+3reb, J.Sanders 14+7reb+3ast, M.Santiangeli 11+1reb+1ast, R.Hoover 10+2reb+2ast, M.Maggioli 8+11reb+3ast, F.Zanelli 7+1reb
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LeGamberi FO - Novipiu Casale 77-78

The most exciting game of round 24 in the Lega 2 took place in Forli. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (11-11) to third ranked Novipiu Casale (15-8) 78-77 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Novipiu Casale made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Novipiu Casale especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who scored 21 points and 5 assists. The other American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Amedeo Tessitori (207-94) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Novipiu Casale maintains third position with 15-8 record having just -5 point less than leader Giorgo Tesi PT. LeGamberi Foods Forli at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Biancoblu BO. Novipiu Casale are looking forward to face Givova Scafati (#5) at home in the next round. LeGamberi Foods Forli will play against Upea CdO in Capo d'Orlando and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
LeGamberi FO: T.Roderick 21+7reb+5ast, S.Borsato 12+2ast, B.Spencer 11+4reb+2ast, B.Musso 8+5reb+5ast, N.Natali 8+5reb, A.Tessitori 8+10reb
Novipiu Casale: C.Ware 21+4reb+5ast, R.Green 19+4reb, S.Pierich 14+6reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 8+8reb, P.Butkevicius 7+7reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 4+1reb
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ASU and Riyadi open Final Four stage with victories - by Eurobasket News

ASU overcame Kulliyeh 115:77 to tip off the Final Four campaign in the Premier League. Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) delivered 25 points and issued 8 assists to lead the winners. ASU exploded with 70 points in the first half to take a 28-point lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Ahmad Hamarsheh added 18 points and 13 rebounds in the winning case. Malek Khashan (185-PG-85) answered with 21 points for Kulliyeh. Ghazi Naber netted 15 points in the loss.
Riyadi prevailed against Ittihad Schools 93:87. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) unloaded 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the winning side. Ittihad Schools led by as many as 11 points at the interval. But Riyadi used a 29:17 rally in the fourth frame to snatch the victory. Issa Kamel (194-F/G-83) chipped in 23 points for Riyadi. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) responded with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Ittihad Schools. Nedal Al Sharif (190-G-82) produced 18 points for the losing side.



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 19-1 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 12-6 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 10-8 
 4. Tobol 6-14 
 5. BK Almaty 4-16 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 29: BC Astana - Barsy Atyrau 88-75
Mar. 28: BC Astana - Barsy Atyrau 69-52

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 4: BC Astana - BK Kapshagay
Apr. 6: Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau


BC Astana finish regular season with wins over Barsy Atyrau - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana ended their regular season campaign with back-to-back victories over Barsy Atyrau.
BC Astana celebrated a 69:52 win in the first game between the sides. David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Barsy led by two points after the opening quarter but BC Astana used a 22:10 run in the second frame to surge ahead. BC Astana accounted for an 18-point lead heading into the fourth frame and sealed the win in the last ten minutes. Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) delivered 11 points, while Voyeykov had 10 points in the win. Zambalist Fredrick (183-G-86, college: S.Carolina) responded with 12 points for Barsy Atyrau.
Next game was an easy ride for BC Astana. They piled up a 48:37 halftime lead. BC Astana controlled the tempo in the second half and cruised to the victory at the end. David Simon topscored for BC Astana once again with 16 points. Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) connected for 15 points in the winning case. Matyukevych accounted for 12 points in the loss.



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Shitsama:1st win was a morale booster - by Eurobasket News

Lions coach Morris Shitsama says the first result over the weekend was encouraging and a positive start to a new season. Lions defeated newly promoted Nairobi Aviation College 80-66 in their first league match on Sunday afternoon at the Nyayo Gymnasium.
Lions capitalized on their experience, a factor Shitsama says gave them much needed advantage, Aviation is a very good team, they have been together since the lower league and now they are in the Premier League so they know each other well but experience helped us.
They got exhausted later in the match and cracked and we took advantage of that to win the day. He added.
Shitsama applauded their new players stating that they had a huge impact in the game, we have James Omune who came from Ulinzi and his impact was felt immediately. Getting 19 points is a good thing considering it was his 1st game. The other two Dennis Opiyo from KPA and Simon Hill who played for Barclays also contributed a lot.
Shitsama concluded by stating that the win was only the 1st match and they wont get carried away with it since there is a long way ahead in the year, that was just the 1st game and we need to focus for future matches, but all in all the win was a huge morale booster considering what we have gone through.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



KBF Play-Offs to Revert to Best of Five Series - by Eurobasket News

THE national league play-off finals will revert to the best of five series beginning this year, officials confirmed.
Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) assistant secretary, Ambrose Kisoi, said this was a major change made in the rules governing the league during the team managers meeting held at the Nyayo Stadium over the weekend.
The move for the best of five series will start with this year's semi finals and then proceed to the finals. But the quarter finals, he clarified, will still be played in the best of three series. Next year, they will look into making the finals best of seven series. "When the inaugural play-off matches were introduced in 1997, it was played in the best of five series. But this was changed in 1999 after a tragic road accident involving Barclays Bank Eaglets players as they returned from a league tie in Mombasa."
"The number of games in the play-offs was then reduced due to inadequate time following that tragedy. It is good to move back to the old format. It means only an extra two weekends," noted national team head coach Ronnie Owino. It was also decided in the same meeting that a league and competitions committee be constituted to help KBF run the league professionally. It will consist of a five-man team namelyJoseph Amoko, Charles Goro, Cynthia Mumbo, Owino and George Namake.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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EuroLeague: Alba Berlin demolish Zalgiris Kaunas at O2 World - by Eurobasket News

Alba Berlin - Zalgiris Kaunas 77:55

Alba Berlin demolish Zalgiris Kaunas at O2 World. The German side posted a 77:55 win for 3-10 record. The German side won 77:55 controlling the entire game.
Alba Berlin limited the guest to only 6 points in the first period. Alba Berlin erupted with 27-15 surge in the second frame and ensured the win already at the halftime. Alba Berlin added 20-15 rally in the third period and had 25-point lead after 30 minutes. Zalgiris Kaunas only managed to reply with 19-16 in the last period and reduced to final 22 points.
Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) added 12. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket), Ali Traore (207-PF-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) and DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) scored 8 apiece. Ksistof Lavrinovic answered with 15 points in the losing effort and Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) had 8. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) notched 7, whilst Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) brought 6.

Alba Berlin: Deon Thompson 16, Derrick Byars 12, Nihad Djedovic 8, Ali Traore 8, DaShaun Wood 8
Zalgiris Kaunas: Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) 15, Mario Delas 8, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 7, Darjus Lavrinovic 6



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ASEAN League: KL Dragons overcome Heat - by Eurobasket News

KL Dragons - Saigon Heat 75:64

KL Dragons clinched the eighth victory in the ASEAN League season. They overcame visiting Saigon Heat tonight. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) and Moala Tautuaa (200-C-89, college: Chadron St.) netted 21 points each to pace the hosts.
KL Dragons got to a strong start. They held the Saigon Heat to just 7 points in the opening frame taking a 12-point lead. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame posting a 35:21 halftime lead. The Heat narrowed the deficit in the third quarter. The visitors got within 7 points at the third quarter. But the Dragons did not allow the Heat to ignite a comeback effort. They jumped to a 17-point lead and cruised to the victory at the end. Justin Melton (180-G-86, college: Mount Olive) netted 10 points for the winners. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) answered with 35 points and 15 boards for the Heat. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) had 20 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

KL Dragons: Gavin Edwards 21, Moala Tautuaa 21, Justin Melton 10
Saigon Heat: Dior Lowhorn 35+15 boards, David Palmer 20+17 boards



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

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Malians who are currently playing 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 one of league's weakest teams ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-11) in their last game. Despite Sy's good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was edged 75-72 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Chorale de Roanne. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Sy also added 7 passes in 34 minutes on the court. It's Sy's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 70.5% in the 24 games he played so far. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. He played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79, currently plays in France). Traore was not able to help Limoges CSP Elite (4-16) in their game against Le Mans (14-10) in the French ProA. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 77-69 in Le Mans by the much higher-ranked Le Mans (#4). It was Limoges CSP Elite's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Traore averages: 3.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.8% and FT: 48.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team in 2011.

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), who plays in the French ProB (second division). He was not able to secure a victory for Hyeres-Toulon (12-16) in their last game. Despite Chelle's good performance Hyeres-Toulon lost 60-75 in Fos to the higher-ranked (#8) Ouest. He was the second best scorer with 10 points in 25 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. This year Chelle's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 66.7% in the five games. Similarly like Traore and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2011.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #4. Shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86, currently plays in France) contributed to Nantes' victory against the 11th-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (9-14) 86-74 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Drame recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (11-12) is placed seventh in the ProB. Drame's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 1.8rpg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Drame used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #5. Former international swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn't help Vendee Challans (8-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Vendee Challans was crushed 68-44 in Souffel. by the much higher-ranked (#3) Souffelweyersheim. Diakite was the second best scorer with 10 points in 28 minutes. This year Diakite's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 3.0rpg in the five games. He has dual citizenship: Mali and French. Diakite used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #6. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France) contributed to Rueil's victory against the closely-ranked Monaco (13-10) 82-72 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 7 points. Rueil Athletic Club (13-12) is placed ninth in the NM1. This season Saounera has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #7. Former international power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Saint Vallier (9-19) in their game against Denain Voltaire (10-18) in the French ProB (second division). Diarra recorded 5 points in 9 minutes. Saint Vallier lost 68-74 in Denain to the higher-ranked (#14) Voltaire. Diarra has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 2.1rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Modibo Diarra
Modibo Diarra
   #8. Power forward Modibo Diarra (208-80, college: Memphis, currently plays in NBLCanada) managed to help Saint John Mill Rats to win against the Moncton Miracles (20-20) crushing them 126-99 in the NBL Canada in Friday night's game. Diarra scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. The Saint John Mill Rats have 20-20 record this season. Diarra has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2009.

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), who plays in the NCAA could not help the N.Mexico St. (14-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Sy's very good performance the N.Mexico St. was badly defeated 64-44 on the road by the Saint Louis University. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Sy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in N.Mexico St.'s roster. This season Sy has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-11) 75-72 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Sangare scored 10 points and added 5 passes in 34 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (13-10) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Sangare averages: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg in the 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83, college: Cowley County CC, currently plays in France) managed to help ADA Blois Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked JA Vichy (18-7) 92-75 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Sy scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (14-9) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Sy has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.6rpg in the 20 games. Similarly like Sangare and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities.



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Pekovic powers Timberwolves over Thunder 101-93 - by Eurobasket News

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 on Friday night.

Chase Budinger scored 13 points off the bench and Andrei Kirilenko played superb defense on Thunder star Kevin Durant in the second half to help the Wolves deal the Thunder an unexpected setback in their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Durant had 36 points and seven rebounds, but was just 4 for 9 in the final 22 minutes. Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who entered the night 1 games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the West.

If the Thunder aren't able to catch the Spurs in the final 10 games, they could look to this game as one they will regret. The Wolves had just 25 wins on the season, tied for second fewest in the West, having suffered through a litany of injuries. They were playing without Olympian Kevin Love, who has missed most of the season with a broken right hand.

So they used Nikola Pekovic's broad shoulders and Dante Cunningham's grit to get a surprising victory, one that moved coach Rick Adelman three away from 1,000 for his career.

With Minnesota leading 84-81 early in the fourth, Nikola Pekovic bulled to the basket for two layups and Cunningham, who was playing with a bruised shooting hand, hit a jumper and converted a tough layup in traffic for a 92-81 lead.

The Thunder got as close as five points down the stretch, but Nikola Pekovic held them off with a putback that pushed the lead back to 96-87 with 1:34 to go. Westbrook was just 7 for 17 from the floor and Durant was relatively quiet after a 9-for-10 start.

Oklahoma City has nine games remaining to make up for it. Getting that No. 1 seed is very much a goal for these Thunder, who want to play as many games as possible in front of their raucous home fans in the playoffs. It was in Oklahoma City last year when the series against the Spurs turned so dramatically. Down 2-0 to San Antonio and in serious danger of being swept by the veteran Spurs, the Thunder exploded for a 20-point win in Game 3 at home. That gave them the confidence and momentum, and they reeled off three more in a row to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since moving from Seattle.

Seven of Nikola Pekovic's 15 boards came on the offensive end and the Wolves committed just 11 turnovers to get the win.

NOTES: Love's doctors in New York conferred with Timberwolves doctors on his hand. He was not given clearance to resume contact work and will be evaluated again next week. There is still not timetable for his return. ... Give J.J. Barea points for ingenuity. In the second quarter, the 5-foot-10 PG was met at the top of the key by the 7-3 Hasheem Thabeet. With nowhere to go, Barea tried to go between Thabeet's legs. He didn't quite make it, and Reggie Jackson was called for a foul on the play. ... Derek Fisher hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter to snap an 0-for-19 skid from the field.
Courtesy of: The Associated Press.



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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Montenegrin players, who play currently 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 (25-45) in their last game. Despite Pekovic's very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were edged 120-117 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 16 rebounds in 41 minutes on the court. Pekovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 8.8rpg, 2FGP: 51.4% and FT: 73.1% in the 55 games he played so far. Pekovic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup). Dubljevic was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the leader Lokomotiv (5-1) 68-63 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Valencia Basket (4-2) is placed second. It's Dubljevic's first season with the team. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 81.7% in the 16 games. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Golubovic
Vladimir Golubovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Vladimir Golubovic (213-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Golubovic was not able to help Antalya (5-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Antalya was edged 87-86 in Akdeniz by the much higher-ranked Mersin (#3). Golubovic recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. This season Golubovic has very high stats. He averages: 26.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 85.2%(23-27) and FT: 77.8%. Golubovic has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #4. Swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for Khimik (23-14) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's very good performance Khimik lost 79-91 in Mariupol to the higher-ranked (#3) Azovmash. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Sehovic also added 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the 37 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sehovic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #5. International shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, currently plays in Serbia) led Metalac to a victory over the third-ranked KK Jagodina (5-21) 87-79 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Bakic scored 27 points (!!!) and added 3 passes. Vujic Metalac Valjevois placed fourth in Superliga group. Bakic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Bakic averages: 17.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #6. Power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (9-17) 91-72 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Todorovic scored 9 points in only 4 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (17-9) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Todorovic's overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.8rpg in the 16 games. He is U21 international player who is currently on the Montenegrin National Team roster.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Nemanja Radovic (206-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Tamis (11-15) 82-66 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Radovic scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. KK Vrsac (14-12) is placed first in Places 9-17 group. The Regular Season already ended. Radovic is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Radovic averages: 15.5ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team two years ago.

Sead Sehovic
Sead Sehovic
   #8. Swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Kaposvari (1-3) 103-85 in the Hungarian A Division on Wednesday night. Sehovic recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (3-1) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. Sehovic has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg in the three games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #9. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the closely-ranked Khimky (7-6) 86-82 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Cook recorded only 3 points, 11 assists and 3 steals. Caja Laboral Vitoria (7-6) is placed sixth in group F. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Cook's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Cook is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Milorad Sutulovic
Milorad Sutulovic
   #10. Guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in an OKK Beograd's victory against the sixth-ranked Smederevo Vizura (10-16) 96-91 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Sutulovic was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!) in 32 minutes. OKK Beograd (12-14) is placed fourth in Places 9-17 group. The Regular Season already ended. Sutulovic's stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 25 games. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Montenegrin national team.

   #11. International power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar-Sharif Cook. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Bjelica contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC 88-80. He scored 8 points. Bjelica's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #12. International center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the eighth-ranked FIATC Joventut 71-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Sekulic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Sekulic averaged so far 10.4ppg and 5.0rpg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

   #13. Former U21 international power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88, currently plays in Bosnia) helped Mladost edge the fourth-ranked KK Radnik Bijeljina 65-64 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday. Bijelic was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Bijelic is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Bijelic averages: 17.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) helped CSM Bucuresti win their game against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti 92-81 in a derby game in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Friday night's game. Martinic scored 23 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. Martinic is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). This season he has very high stats. Martinic averages: 20.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.2apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former U20 international power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Bulgaria), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL couldn't help Tundja Yambol (11-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Tundja Yambol was defeated 79-74 in Botevgrad by the higher-ranked Balkan (#3). Milosevic recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 17 rebounds. Milosevic is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Milosevic averages: 15.7ppg and 9.5rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team five years ago.

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 Euroleague), who plays in Spain could not help Real Madrid (9-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Real Madrid was edged 74-73 at home by the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#3) in the group E of Euroleague. Mirotic was the second best scorer with 17 points. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. Mirotic has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg and 5.4rpg. 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. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Georgia), who plays in the Georgian Superleague was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Olimpi (14-3) in their last game. Despite Milosevic's very good performance Olimpi lost 63-70 in a derby game to the leading MIA. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 19 rebounds in 38 minutes. It was Olimpi's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Milosevic is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 12.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg in the 13 games he played so far.

   #3. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in Elektra's victory against the fourth-ranked Polzela (6-15) 101-92 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Wednesday. Julevic scored 20 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. KK Elektra Sostanj (10-11) is placed third in Places 7-12 group. Julevic averaged so far 13.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.1apg in the 20 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #4. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, currently plays in Romania) led Targu Mures to a victory against the tenth-ranked CSU Sibiu (14-15) 88-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Thursday night. Cuic scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). BC Mures Targu-Mures (22-7) is placed second in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Cuic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 5.6apg.

   #5. Boris Lalovic (209-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) led Zrinjski HT to a victory over the closely-ranked Varda HE (10-12) 78-63 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. Lalovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in 23 minutes. HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar (11-11) is placed fifth in the Division I. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Lalovic is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Lalovic averages: 20.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 22 games.

   #6. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) managed to help Telenet Oostende in a victory against the league outsider VOO Verviers-Pepinster crushing them 87-67 in the Belgian Ethias League on Saturday night. Djordjevic recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 19 minutes. Djordjevic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #4 with 4.2apg. This year his other stats are: 7.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the 21 games. Djordjevic has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities.

   #7. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a 1-point Vojvodina's victory against the eighth-ranked Mega Vizura 77-76 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Marojevic's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #8. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Metalac's victory against the third-ranked KK Jagodina 87-79 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He scored 8 points in 21 minutes. This year Marojevic's total stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the 24 games.

   #9. Damjan Kandic (208-F-84, currently plays in Romania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Cuic. But that was another game of his team in Romanian Liga Nationala which we would like to mention. Kandic contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 104-72. He recorded only 3 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 24 minutes. This year Kandic's total stats are: 4.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3spg in the six games.

   #10. Bojan Subotic (203-F-90, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Zvezda in their game against Radnicki KG in the Adriatic League. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Subotic scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 80-75. His total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 45-26 
 2. Brooklyn N. 42-30 
 3. Boston C. 38-34 
 4. Philadelph.76 29-43 
 5. Toronto R. 27-45 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 46-27 
 2. Chicago B. 39-31 
 3. Milwaukee B. 35-36 
 4. Detroit P. 24-49 
 5. Cleveland C. 22-49 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 57-15 
 2. Atlanta H. 40-33 
 3. Washington W. 26-46 
 4. Orlando M. 19-54 
 5. Charlotte B. 17-55 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 53-20 
 2. Denver N. 50-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 37-36 
 4. Portland TB 33-39 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-45 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 49-24 
 2. Golden St.W. 41-32 
 3. LA Lakers 37-36 
 4. Sacramento K. 27-46 
 5. Phoenix Suns 23-50 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 55-17 
 2. Memphis G. 48-24 
 3. Houston R. 39-33 
 4. Dallas M. 35-37 
 5. N.Orleans H. 25-48 

Regular Season: Round 145

Mar. 29: Orlando M. - Washington W. 97-92
Mar. 29: Portland TB - Utah Jazz 95-105
Mar. 29: N.Orleans H. - Miami Heat 89-108
Mar. 29: Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76 87-97
Mar. 29: Detroit P. - Toronto R. 82-99
Mar. 29: Boston C. - Atlanta H. 118-107
Mar. 29: New York K. - Charlotte B. 111-102
Mar. 29: Denver N. - Brooklyn N. 109-87
Mar. 29: San Antonio S. - LA Clippers 104-102
Mar. 29: Memphis G. - Houston R. 103-94
Mar. 29: Minnesota T. - Oklah.City T. 101-93

Regular Season: Round 146

Mar. 30: Dallas M. - Chicago B.
Mar. 30: Atlanta H. - Orlando M.
Mar. 30: Philadelph.76 - Charlotte B.
Mar. 30: Houston R. - LA Clippers
Mar. 30: Minnesota T. - Memphis G.
Mar. 30: Milwaukee B. - Oklah.City T.
Mar. 30: Utah Jazz - Brooklyn N.
Mar. 30: Phoenix Suns - Indiana P.
Mar. 30: Sacramento K. - LA Lakers
Mar. 30: Golden St.W. - Portland TB


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-SF-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Anthony, New Y.27.6 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 5. Harden, Houston R.26.0 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
 7. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 8. Curry, Golden S.22.4 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.3 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  LA Lakers
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Howard, LA Lakers12.6 
 2. Asik, Houston R.11.6 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.5 
 4. Vucevic, Orlan.11.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.4 
 6. Lee, Golden St.W.11.2 
 7. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 8. Hickson, Portland.10.7 
 9. Evans, Brooklyn N.10.5 
 10. Horford, Atlanta10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.6 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.5 
 5. Parker, San A.7.6 
 6. Wall, Washington W.7.6 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.5 
 9. Calderon, Toron.7.4 
 10. Nelson, Orlando M.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 4. Ellis, Milwaukee B.2.0 
 5. Walker, Charlott.2.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 7. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 9. Lin, Houston R.1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.0 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.2.2 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Drummond, Detro.1.7 


Friday recap of 11 games - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - Utah Jazz 95-105
The Blazers' balanced scoring was led by Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) with 24 points and 7 assists. All the starters scored in double figures, including 17 apiece from Nicolas Batum and JJ Hickson, and 12 apiece from Wesley Matthews and replacement starter Meyers Leonard. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) did not play due to his ankle injury from Wednesday's Nets game. First Quarter: What a difference a few days make, as the Blazers jumped out of the gate quickly. Leonard didn't miss a beat in Aldridge's absence, and Lillard drew the defense to help open the lane for some easy buckets. Utah's big guys couldn't match the energy, causing the team to fell behind. They kept it close, but a nice Matthews three-pointer at the buzzer put the Blazers ahead by 8. Score: Blazers 30, Jazz 22. After getting destroyed by Reggie Evans, I'm glad we aren't playing a team with any rugged, energetic post players tonight! by Roy Wonder Second Quarter: The Blazers brought in the bench, and they kept a slim lead. I'm going to ignore the first few minutes of this game to talk about Victor Claver's amazing move on the break, faking the defender by showing a behind-the-back pass, only to bring the ball back in front and score a layup while forcing a foul. He'll make every highlight reel tonight (assuming ESPN notices this game), and gave a glimpse of something possibly special. As the starters returned, the Jazz tied the score, but the Blazers responded. How? Two Batum three-pointers helped spark a 12 straight Blazer run, leaving them with a double-digit lead at halftime. Score: Blazers 52, Jazz 42. Maynor took our bench from an F up to a C. That makes him an A. by Chuck Nevitt Third Quarter: The Blazers scored the first four points of the quarter, but the Jazz quickly responded with some strong defense to keep the game in single digits. While the defense continued to hurt Portland, Gordon Hayward showed up, hitting consecutive three-pointers to cut the lead to 3. The Blazers called timeout, but it didn't help. Within a minute, the Jazz had the lead. Back to back dunks from Lillard and Claver gave the Blazers the lead again, as the teams battled back and forth. Lillard's late free throws kept Portland ahead in the end. Score: Blazers 75, Jazz 74. Ok, fellas, I'm impressed. Now you can tank. Troll the L@kers by Honka Playboy Fourth Quarter: The Jazz jumped ahead by three early, but the Blazers responded with eight straight points to force a timeout. Afterward, the Blazers went zone, forcing Utah to fall behind by 9. But that's when the Blazer coaches pulled out their smartphones, checked our GDT and saw Honka's recommendation above. In seconds, the lead dropped to 4. Afterward, the Blazers turned it over on consecutive possessions, giving Utah a 1 point lead with 3 minutes left. In response, the Blazers had three more terrible offensive possessions, and the Jazz lead reached 5 with under 90 seconds left. Matthews attempted a step-back three-pointer and was blocked (Wesley interrupts this recap to remind us he was fouled), and Utah scored again, completing a 13-0 run down the stretch for a 7 point lead. After a timeout, the Blazers promptly turned the ball over. It was just a matter of letting the last minute tick down, as a strong Blazer effort came up short. Courtesy of: http://www.blazersedge.com

Denver N. - Brooklyn N. 109-87
In what was deemed the toughest game of the Nets 8-game circus road trip, the Nets were in Denver tonight to take on a Nuggets team that entered the game having lost just three home games all season -- and currently on a 17-game home winning streak. Not too shabby. Both teams were dealing with major injuries, as the Nuggets were without Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) and the Nets were missing Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) from their lineup. The problem for the Nets, though, was their interior defense which was awful. The Nets had buried themselves early, with giving up far too many points in the paint, too many transition points and missing nine first-half free throws. It's tough enough to beat the Nuggets in Denver, let alone come back from a 17-point halftime deficit. You also can't turn the ball over 17 times and miss 18 free throws, and expect to win. In the end, the Nets fell to the Nuggets, 109-87. They are now 4-2 on the current 8-game road trip, while the Nuggets have won 18 straight at home. Reggie Evans, for the second straight game, was the Nets best player, posting 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 16 rebounds. Next up, tomorrow night the Nets take on the Jazz in Utah. Game Flow The Nuggets went inside early, scoring eight of the first 10 points in the paint, while the Nets went to, uh, Reggie Evans? Coming off his 20-20 game in Portland, Evans came out active and looking to create some offense. And seeing as the Nets were without Joe Johnson, they could use any help they could get on the offensive end against the offensively-gifted Nuggets. Evans went for seven points and six rebounds in the first quarter. It was the interior defense that did the Nets in early. They had no answer for Kosta Koufos. He scored 10 points in the first seven minutes of the game. Marshon Brooks (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Providence) was the first Net off the bench, coming in at about the 5-minute mark in the first. The Nets needed to get something going offensively, hence the Brooks substitution. Still, even though Brooks provided a nice spark off the bench (only two points, but two nice assists), the Nets struggled with their interior defense -- Nuggets scored 22 points in the paint in the first 12 minutes -- as they trailed 26-23 after one. In the second, things really fell apart for the Nets. They turned the ball over five times in the first 5-plus minutes, while being outscored 17-5 midway through the second. The Nuggets were active, quick and got far too many transition looks. Meaning, they played Denver Nuggets basketball. The Nets shot 34.2 percent from the floor in the first half and missed nine free throws. They were outscored 29-15 in the quarter, leading to a 55-38 halftime deficit. In the third, the song remained the same. The Nets continued to turn the ball over and let the Nuggets get out on the fastbreak. It got to the point where Denver built up a 23-point lead early in the third quarter which, well, was all she wrote. The Nets got a little help, as the Nuggets bigs (Koufos, JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried) combined for 14 fouls after three quarters. Still, the Nets couldn't make their free throws, which is killer when you're trying to make a late run. In the end, the Nets shot 40.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent (18 missed free throws) from the free-throw line. Again, it's no easy task to overcome a 20-plus point deficit in the second half against Denver and their 17-game home win streak, which is ultimately why the Nets weren't able to keep pace with the Nuggets, even as they inched closer. Just far too many turnovers and missed opportunities. Courtesy of: http://www.netsdaily.com

San Antonio S. - LA Clippers 104-102
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) is a man of little emotion and even fewer words. The Los Angeles Clippers brought out a demonstrative side rarely seen from the 16-year veteran and it helped lead to their downfall. . Duncan had a season-high 34 points, including a game-winning three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, and San Antonio outlasted Los Angeles 104-102 on Friday night. Sparked by a pair of hard fouls in the second quarter, Duncan was 12 for 19 from field and also had 11 rebounds in leading San Antonio (55-17) to its seventh straight home victory. 'There was a stretch where they put the whistle away,' Duncan said. 'It gave me a little energy to kind of play a little harder. I got some shots to go early and it just kind of snowballed from there.' Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) added 24 points and eight assists, and Tiago Splitter had 14 points for San Antonio. The Spurs extended their lead in the Western Conference to 2 games over Oklahoma City, which lost 101-93 to Minnesota. Blake Griffin scored 18 points, Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) added 16 and Chris Paul had 14 for the Clippers (49-24), who remain fourth in the West. Caron Butler added 11 points and Willie Green had 10. With San Antonio trailing 102-101 with 7 seconds remaining, Duncan was fouled by Willie Green on a 16-foot jumper. Duncan yelled after making the jumper, tugging at the front of his jersey and nearly walking to the opposite free throw line in celebration. Duncan made the ensuing free throw to give San Antonio the final winning margin. He finished 10 for 10 on free throws and had three assists and two blocks. 'Well, you just look at his line and just be amazed that he's doing what he's doing,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'But he's done the work to put himself in the position to have games like this and to have the season that he's had. You couldn't be more proud of the guy tonight on what he did out there.' Paul missed a seven-foot jumper on the final possession that would have won the game, but Duncan's jumper bothered him more. 'He traveled,' Paul said. 'I can say that, right? He traveled. I just looked at the film. He traveled. He made an unbelievable shot, though. We have to do better. I'm not trying to take anything away from him. It was an unbelievable big-time shot. That's why he's one of the best power forwards to ever play the game. But, he traveled.' The Clippers set up the tense finale by erasing a seven-point deficit in the final six minutes. Crawford's 3 tied the game at 99. Griffin blocked a short jumper by Splitter, resulting in a three-foot floater by Paul with 35.2 seconds left for a 101-99 lead. Duncan's layup tied the game at 101 off an assist from Parker, who was momentarily dazed when he was struck in the neck by DeAndre Jordan's knee as he released the ball. Parker was then charged with a dead ball foul when he grabbed Paul's jersey prior to the inbound play. Paul made the free throw to give the Clippers a 102-101 lead to set up Duncan's shot. Los Angeles failed to get a shot off on the ensuing possession when Boris Diaw stripped Paul on a drive and Griffin was forced to toss up a five-foot jumper that failed to draw iron. 'The biggest play of the game was probably when we were up one, I had the ball and I didn't even get a shot attempt up,' Paul said. 'That's terrible. You can't do that. You're up one; you have to at least get a shot up on the rim. If I make that shot, now it's a three-point game.' Duncan then made the game-winning shot. . 'We've got to do a better job as a team making it harder, especially when he's got it going like that,' Griffin said of Duncan. The emotion for that game-winner was sparked midway through the second quarter when Duncan received a two-handed push from Ryan Hollins as he drove to the basket for a one-handed dunk. The Spurs' All-Star forward hung on the rim briefly to steady himself, but no flagrant was called as the fans howled in protest. 'It was very physical,' Duncan said, 'especially against them. They're athletic. They're big. They're strong. They're very competitive.' No foul was called when Duncan tumbled to the floor on San Antonio's ensuing possession after three defenders charged at him. Popovich ran down the sideline grabbing his arm and yelling for a foul as Los Angeles sprinted up the court on the turnover, resulting in a technical. Duncan also protested the non-call, but was not whistled. 'If he did (get a technical), I deserved it,' Duncan said. 'I wasn't going to argue that.' The action sparked Duncan, who scored San Antonio's next 10 points to tie the game at 57 with 1:35 left in the first half. 'We'll probably see them down the way (in the playoffs),' Griffin said. 'We can learn from this. We'll see what we did well and we'll see what we didn't do well. Hopefully we'll learn from those mistakes. We'll just try to take that and make it something positive.' NOTES: Spurs G Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) left midway through the first quarter with tightness in his right hamstring after tumbling out of bounds on a drive. Emanuel Ginobili had two points on a pair of free throws in 3 minutes before departing. . Clippers G Chauncey Billups (strained right groin) missed his third straight game. He has missed 52 overall, including 35 with tendinitis in his left foot. Los Angeles is 35-17 without him. . Jordan smiled at Popovich before entering the game with 1 minute left in the first half, apparently knowing what the Spurs' coach had planned. Jordan was fouled as soon as he entered, making 1 of 2 free throws. . Video highlighting Vinny Del Negro's career with the Spurs was booed by the home crowd. The Los Angeles Clippers coach played six seasons in San Antonio beginning in 1992. Courtesy of: The Associated Press.

Minnesota T. - Oklah.City T. 101-93
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 on Friday night. Chase Budinger scored 13 points off the bench and Andrei Kirilenko played superb defense on Thunder star Kevin Durant in the second half to help the Wolves deal the Thunder an unexpected setback in their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Durant had 36 points and seven rebounds, but was just 4 for 9 in the final 22 minutes. Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who entered the night 1 games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the West. If the Thunder aren't able to catch the Spurs in the final 10 games, they could look to this game as one they will regret. The Wolves had just 25 wins on the season, tied for second fewest in the West, having suffered through a litany of injuries. They were playing without Olympian Kevin Love, who has missed most of the season with a broken right hand. So they used Pekovic's broad shoulders and Dante Cunningham's grit to get a surprising victory, one that moved coach Rick Adelman three away from 1,000 for his career. With Minnesota leading 84-81 early in the fourth, Pekovic bulled to the basket for two layups and Cunningham, who was playing with a bruised shooting hand, hit a jumper and converted a tough layup in traffic for a 92-81 lead. The Thunder got as close as five points down the stretch, but Pekovic held them off with a putback that pushed the lead back to 96-87 with 1:34 to go. Westbrook was just 7 for 17 from the floor and Durant was relatively quiet after a 9-for-10 start. Oklahoma City has nine games remaining to make up for it. Getting that No. 1 seed is very much a goal for these Thunder, who want to play as many games as possible in front of their raucous home fans in the playoffs. It was in Oklahoma City last year when the series against the Spurs turned so dramatically. Down 2-0 to San Antonio and in serious danger of being swept by the veteran Spurs, the Thunder exploded for a 20-point win in Game 3 at home. That gave them the confidence and momentum, and they reeled off three more in a row to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since moving from Seattle. Seven of Pekovic's 15 boards came on the offensive end and the Wolves committed just 11 turnovers to get the win. NOTES: Love's doctors in New York conferred with Timberwolves doctors on his hand. He was not given clearance to resume contact work and will be evaluated again next week. There is still not timetable for his return. ... Give J.J. Barea points for ingenuity. In the second quarter, the 5-foot-10 PG was met at the top of the key by the 7-3 Hasheem Thabeet. With nowhere to go, Barea tried to go between Thabeet's legs. He didn't quite make it, and Reggie Jackson was called for a foul on the play. ... Derek Fisher hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter to snap an 0-for-19 skid from the field. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 on Friday night. Chase Budinger scored 13 points off the bench and Andrei Kirilenko played superb defense on Thunder star Kevin Durant in the second half to help the Wolves deal the Thunder an unexpected setback in their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Durant had 36 points and seven rebounds, but was just 4 for 9 in the final 22 minutes. Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who entered the night 1 games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the West. If the Thunder aren't able to catch the Spurs in the final 10 games, they could look to this game as one they will regret. The Wolves had just 25 wins on the season, tied for second fewest in the West, having suffered through a litany of injuries. They were playing without Olympian Kevin Love, who has missed most of the season with a broken right hand. So they used Pekovic's broad shoulders and Dante Cunningham's grit to get a surprising victory, one that moved coach Rick Adelman three away from 1,000 for his career. With Minnesota leading 84-81 early in the fourth, Pekovic bulled to the basket for two layups and Cunningham, who was playing with a bruised shooting hand, hit a jumper and converted a tough layup in traffic for a 92-81 lead. The Thunder got as close as five points down the stretch, but Pekovic held them off with a putback that pushed the lead back to 96-87 with 1:34 to go. Westbrook was just 7 for 17 from the floor and Durant was relatively quiet after a 9-for-10 start. Oklahoma City has nine games remaining to make up for it. Getting that No. 1 seed is very much a goal for these Thunder, who want to play as many games as possible in front of their raucous home fans in the playoffs. It was in Oklahoma City last year when the series against the Spurs turned so dramatically. Down 2-0 to San Antonio and in serious danger of being swept by the veteran Spurs, the Thunder exploded for a 20-point win in Game 3 at home. That gave them the confidence and momentum, and they reeled off three more in a row to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since moving from Seattle. Seven of Pekovic's 15 boards came on the offensive end and the Wolves committed just 11 turnovers to get the win. NOTES: Love's doctors in New York conferred with Timberwolves doctors on his hand. He was not given clearance to resume contact work and will be evaluated again next week. There is still not timetable for his return. ... Give J.J. Barea points for ingenuity. In the second quarter, the 5-foot-10 PG was met at the top of the key by the 7-3 Hasheem Thabeet. With nowhere to go, Barea tried to go between Thabeet's legs. He didn't quite make it, and Reggie Jackson was called for a foul on the play. ... Derek Fisher hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter to snap an 0-for-19 skid from the field. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

N.Orleans H. - Miami Heat 89-108
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) stood behind the 3-point line like he owned it Friday night at the New Orleans Arena. He opened the game making six consecutive 3-pointers and with that kind of range and accuracy, the Heat had no trouble jumping out to an early 24-point lead and cruising to a 108-89 victory against the New Orleans Hornets in front of a sellout crowd of 18, 647. If the Heat (57-15) came in wanting to make a statement to the rest of the league they s are still going to strive for perfection, despite seeing their 27-game winning streak this past Wednesday with a 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls, they met their objective. The defending champion Heat virtually put the game out of reach by halftime when they took a 60-43 lead on 69.7 percent shooting from the field. James scored a game-high 36 points on seven-of-10 shooting from behind the 3-point line. James' 3-point shooting spree started during the final two minutes of the first quarter when he made three in a row. He didn't stop there, sinking three more during the opening four minutes of the second quarter. Hornets forward Al Farouq Aminu looked helpless trying to stay in front of James to force him to miss 3-pointers. Beyond his accuracy from his 3-point line, James showcased his playmaking ability and athleticism, soaring a few times for forceful dunks. He had six assists and overall made 13- of- 20 shots. Guard Dwyane Wade finished with 17 points and forward Chris Bosh had 10. The Heat stayed on the attack even when James wasn't in the game. Wade took over on his drives through the lane. Bosh forced rookie Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) into foul trouble before scoring 11 points in 29 minutes. Heat attacked even when the lane was crowded with Hornets defenders. Backup point guard guard Norris Cole came off the bench and made his five of six shots for 12 points. The Heat outscored the Hornets 17-4 on fast break points. For most of the game, the Hornets were out of sync offensively and overmatched defensively. When James went out of the game, then Wade took over. The Heat easily got open shots in the lane, taking advantage of pick-and-rolls plays that led to layups.The Hornets guard Eric Gordon was unable to lead the Hornets like James' led his team, finishing with 17 points but making only three of 11 shots from the field. Gordon opened the game missing his first five shots. Point guard Brian Roberts started in place of Greivis Vasquez, who has a sore right ankle. Roberts had a career-high 18 assists in leading the Hornets' to a 110-86 victory against the Denver Nuggets that ended their 15-game winning streak. But Roberts wasn't that kind of playmaker against the Heat, which cut off his drives and forced all of the Hornets to attempt difficult shots.Roberts finished with five assists and scored 13 points. Courtesy of:www.nola.com

Memphis G. - Houston R. 103-94
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) and Marc Gasol scored 21 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with a 103-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Randolph added 12 rebounds, Tony Allen scored 16 points, connecting on 8 of 12 shots, and Mike Conley finished with 15 points and 10 assists. Reserve Jerryd Bayless added 14 points and Tayshaun Prince finished with 10. Allen also had a strong defensive effort in limiting Rockets' star James Harden, who came into the game fifth in the league in scoring with a 26.2 average, to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) and Donatas Motiejunas led the Rockets with 16 points apiece, despite not playing in the fourth quarter as Houston coach Kevin McHale used his reserves to try to put more pressure on the Grizzlies defensively. Carlos Delfino had 15 points for Houston, while James Anderson had 10. The victory came after Memphis had lost two straight on the road, at Washington and New York. The Grizzlies now have won 11 straight at home. Houston dropped its second straight game. Gasol and Randolph led an inside dominance for Memphis as the Grizzlies held a 56-46 advantage in the paint and outrebounded the Rockets 42-35. Memphis opened the second half with a 19-10 rally to stretch its 61-53 halftime lead to 80-63, its biggest of the game. Memphis turned up the defense from the start of the half after Allen got a steal on the Rockets' opening possession and broke free for a dunk, and the first double-digit lead of the game. Gasol had eight points in the quarter as Memphis outscored Houston 23-16 in taking an 84-69 advantage into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, it was the Rockets' reserves who were applying the defensive pressure, leading to an 8-2 rally, fueled by four Memphis turnovers. That cut Houston's deficit to single-digits. Anderson and Delfino both had four points in the push. Memphis immediately answered, extending the lead as Randolph began working inside, scoring six straight points as the Grizzlies regained the momentum. Memphis maintained the double-digit advantage until Anderson's jumper in the closing seconds provided the final score. Both teams shot well early. Memphis was at 60 percent after the first quarter, while the Rockets were at 55 percent, including connecting on 5 of 8 outside the arc. Those trends continued through the half as Memphis shot 62 percent to take a 61-53 lead into intermission. The Rockets dropped a bit on field goal percentage, but still connected on 7 of 16 from long range. Randolph, who has struggled offensively recently, already had 15 points, matched by 15 from Parsons. Memphis would end the night shooting 51 percent, while Houston connected on 42 percent. NOTES: Friday's game at Memphis was the Rockets' only road trip in a 10-game stretch. Houston finished 5-2 in its previous seven games, all at home. The Rockets play their next two back at the Toyota Center against the Clippers and the Magic. . The Rockets have lost five straight in Memphis. . Memphis entered the game having given up an average of 107 points in its last three games. Courtesy of: http://www.islandpacket.com

Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76 87-97
CLEVELAND: The losing streak is now the longest of the season. The Cavaliers' only chance at victory is if six or seven guys play well for an entire game and that hasn't happened since injuries wrecked the roster. Right now the Cavs are a team in distress simply trying to hold on for the final 11 games following Friday's 97-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, their seventh consecutive defeat. 'The first thing we have to do as a team is continue to stick together,' Cavs coach Byron Scott said. 'This is a big-time test because we're going through some adversity as far as losing and it's going to test the type of character we have in that locker room. We'll see if guys go south or north.' Friday night it was mostly south. The Cavs were outscored 20-2 during a five-minute stretch that spanned the end of the first half and start of the third quarter. Injuries have reduced Scott to believing 'we need six or seven guys to play really well,' he said, even though that hasn't happened for a full game since Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters went down with injuries. He insists this team hasn't given up, but asked if he can find six or seven players to play well for four quarters, Scott said, 'I think so.' That's different from knowing so. 'It's a little different than knowing so,' Scott said. 'I've seen it in spurts. I know if I can see it for spurts, then there's a possibility for doing it for 48 minutes.' The Cavs led 45-36 on a layup by Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas) with 1:57 left in the half, but that was the end of the fun for the Cavs. They missed their last six shots of the first half and four of their first five to start the third quarter. Evan Turner's 3-pointer with 8:47 left in the third extended the Sixers' lead to 56-47. The Cavs were within 86-81 on a dunk by Tyler Zeller with 5:57 left, but Turner made a jumper and Jrue Holiday followed a finger roll with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 12. The deficit remained in double figures the rest of the night. C.J. Miles had 19 points off the bench to lead the Cavs. Zeller had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Tristan Thompson had 10 points and five rebounds, although he struggled from the floor and free-throw line for the second consecutive game. Thompson shot 4-of-11 and 2-of-7 from the foul line, making him 5-of-17 from the floor and 2-of-9 from the line in his past two games. 'It's our seventh loss in a row and we should have won about three of those,' Thompson said. 'It's definitely frustrating, but we have to keep our heads up and stay together.' Courtesy of: http://www.ohio.com

Detroit P. - Toronto R. 82-99
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) and Rudy Gay scored 21 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors ended a five-game skid with a 99-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The Raptors led 46-45 at the break and took control by outscoring Detroit 23-5 in the first eight minutes of the third period. Gay, who had just two points at halftime, scored 19 points during the third. Amir Johnson added 20 points, including 10 during the second period that helped the Raptors take the lead for good. Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry added 11 assists. Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-PF-87) scored 20 points to lead the Pistons, who also got 17 from rookie Andre Drummond in their eighth straight home loss. Detroit made just six field goals in the third and often couldn't seem to find Gay once he got hot. The Pistons turned the ball over four times in the third and Toronto turned the miscues into nine points. Detroit ended the game with 13 giveaways. Drummond, who missed 22 games with a stress fracture in his lower back, made his first career start. Kyle Singler added 13 points and Greg Monroe added 11 and 13 rebounds, as Detroit fell for the 12th time in its last 13 games. It was the first time the Raptors played against Pistons point guard Jose Calderon since the Jan. 30 trade that sent Prince to Memphis and Gay to Toronto In other action last night: LeBron James scored 36 points, hitting six consecutive 3-pointers in less than six minutes during the first half, and the Miami Heat rebounded from their first loss in nearly two months to beat the New Orleans Hornets 108-89 on Friday night. The Heat, whose 27-game winning streak ended in Chicago on Wednesday, looked ready to start a new one while clinching the top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. James kept shooting 3-pointers after making his first one with 1:55 left in the first quarter, and he did not miss until he already had set a season high with his sixth. James finished with seven 3s, one shy of his career high. Dwyane Wade added 17 points and seven assists. Norris Cole scored 12 points and Chris Bosh 10. Ryan Anderson had 20 points off the bench for the Hornets. Eric Gordon scored 17, and Al-Farouq Aminu tied his career high with 16 rebounds. After his fifth 3, which gave the Heat a 42-27 lead, James walked by himself along the side of the court, raising his arm over his head to ask for applause, which he received along with a smattering of boos. Most of the 3s were face-up shots from a few feet behind the arc when no one challenged him, respecting his driving ability. The last was a pull-up from the side with no space, as if he wanted to find out exactly how hot he was. Nothing but net. He finally missed two in a row on the Heat's next possession, but by then they already led 47-27. James also hit a pair of 2-pointers during the torrid stretch, scoring a season-high 28 points in the first half as Miami went ahead 60-43. His teammates were nearly as hot. The Heat shot a season-best 69.7 per cent for any half, hitting 23 of 33 shots, and their 60.9 per cent for the game was their highest of the year, too, and the highest allowed by the Hornets. Miami made 14 of 27 3-pointers. Miami led by as much as 27 points in the second half, and New Orleans never came closer than the halftime margin of 17. James was content to distribute, throwing a perfect pass to Bosh for an alley-oop that capped a 10-2 run at the start of the third quarter. Courtesy of: The Associated Press

New York K. - Charlotte B. 111-102
NEW YORK J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) scored 37 points, his third consecutive 30-point outing, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 111-102 on Friday night for their season-high seventh straight victory. Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) added 18 for the Knicks, who have the longest current streak in the NBA. They built a 30-point lead that was reduced to single digits for the second game in a row. Gerald Henderson tied a career high with 35 points for the Bobcats. Kemba Walker added 16, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14 and Ben Gordon finished with 12. Smith had 23 points at halftime, shooting 9-for-11 from the field. The Knicks held their biggest lead of the game at 58-28 when Smith hit a 3-pointer with 5:24 left in the first half. The Bobcats then went on a 19-9 run to pull within 20 before Anthony's two free throws gave the Knicks a 69-47 halftime lead. After shooting 62.5 percent (25-for-40) from the field and 75 percent (9-for-12) from 3-point range in the first half, the Knicks went cold in the third quarter, going 5-for-18 from the field and missing all four shots behind the arc. The Bobcats took advantage and pulled within 83-69 on Jeffery Taylor's free throws with 39 seconds left in the quarter. However, Felton's layup and three free throws by Smith gave the Knicks an 88-69 lead after three quarters. The Knicks' struggles persisted in the fourth quarter and the Bobcats continued to cut their deficit. Gordon's 3-pointer with 2:57 left brought Charlotte within 102-93 and Josh McRoberts followed with a dunk with 2:05 to go and the Knicks' lead was down to seven. Smith hit a short floater with 1:02 left. Then, after Henderson's two free throws again brought the Bobcats within seven, Anthony hit two free throws, Smith made one, and Anthony sank a jumper to secure the victory. Charlotte took its only lead on the game's opening basket by Henderson. Courtesy of: www.charlotteobserver.com

Boston C. - Atlanta H. 118-107
BOSTON - The Boston Celtics, who have already had their share of key injuries, had a quick scare seconds into the second half when Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) fell to the floor hard and was down for a bit before limping to the bench. After a timeout, the 35-year-old captain shook off the slight injury to his left leg, headed back onto the court and went back to work on his third triple-double of the season. Pierce had 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Green scored 27 points to carry the Celtics to a 118-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Pierce was just glad others stepped up, too. 'Well, we need it,' he said. 'It has to come from everybody. Like I said, due to the injuries, guys are getting opportunities.' Boston coach Doc Rivers knew Pierce was upset over a seven-turnover night in a victory at Cleveland on Wednesday. 'He's just so smart. He's never in a rush,' Rivers said. 'We just told him to, Be an aggressive scorer. Your instincts will have you pass.'' Jason Terry was 5 of 7 on three-pointers and finished with 24 points for Boston, which won its second straight following a five-game losing streak. Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) scored 13 and Shavlik Randolph grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds with nine points. 'Paul just gets everybody involved,' guard Avery Bradley said. 'I love playing with him. He just wants to win.' Josh Smith led the Hawks with 18 points but shot just 7 of 23 from the floor and 0-for-6 in the second half. Mike Scott scored 19 and Jeff Teague added 17 points and seven assists. 'Paul Pierce is going to score on anybody. He's been doing it for a long time,' Teague said. 'Jason Terry and those guys making shots, they're tough to beat.' The Celtics, who closed to 1 games behind the Hawks for the Eastern Conference's sixth playoff spot, won the season series 3-1. The Hawks sliced an 11-point deficit to 100-94, but Bass nailed a baseline jumper and Terry followed with a three from the top of the key after a wild scramble for a loose ball that had it slip through the hands of at least four players. Green then nailed a jumper, making it 107-94 with 5:08 left. The Hawks never threatened the rest of the way. 'That's kind of how the game went,' Hawks coach Larry Drew said of the loose ball episode. 'We had some breakdowns and we kept fighting, which was very encouraging.' Boston, which led by 10 at halftime, pushed it to 83-68 on Green's 3-pointer from the right corner midway through the third and benefited from a poor shooting quarter by Atlanta's Smith. The Celtics owned a 92-80 advantage after three. Smith was 0 for 6 from the field, missing five jumpers and came up short on a drive. He also got a technical. Pierce was close to a triple-double after three quarters, collecting 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Terry hit consecutive 3s just 32 seconds apart midway into the second, triggering Boston's 25-8 run. He made four in the spree and Pierce added one, helping the Celtics to a 66-56 halftime edge. Jordan Crawford hit a buzzer-beating 3 from directly in front of the Celtics' bench to give Boston a 32-30 edge after one. The lead flip flopped nine times in the opening quarter. NOTES: Hawks F/C Al Horford missed the game due to an illness. Rivers said before the game that the timetable for F/C Kevin Garnett's return remained the same. 'I think it's still two weeks,' he said. 'I don't think it'll be any longer than that. But if it's two and a half, I don't want to you to call me a liar or anything like that.' Garnett missed his fourth straight with what the team called 'left ankle inflammation.' Boston G Courtney Lee returned after missing three games with a sprained left ankle. 'I worked out (Thursday) and felt good,' he said before the game. 'Then at shootaround (Friday morning) I felt good and decided to give it a go.' Hawks G John Jenkins left the game with a concussion and the first half and didn't return. Boston G Rajon Rondo, out for the season after right knee surgery, was on the bench. 'We felt like we had our captain back,' Bradley said. Rivers said Rondo has been doing most of his rehab work in Florida. 'He told us today he was coming in, and it was good to have him back around,' Rivers said. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Orlando M. - Washington W. 97-92
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tobias Harris had a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic break an eight-game losing streak with a 97-92 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. Maurice Harkless (6'8''-G/F-93, college: St.John's) added 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while reserves E'Twaun Moore and Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 15 and 14, respectively, for Orlando. John Wall led the Wizards with 35 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Martell Webster was the only other Wizard in double figures, scoring 19. It was not a well-played game by either team - Orlando shot just 43 percent and Washington only 37 percent - but the Magic were able to come up with the plays when they needed them. Orlando led by as many 16 points in the first half, used an 8-0 spurt at the end of the third quarter to go ahead 78-71, and took a 91-84 lead with 3:15 left in the game on a steal and three-point play by Harris. Harris had another key basket, a 15-foot floater that gave the Magic a 93-88 lead with 1:22 left in the game. Wall made two free throws to get the Wizards within 93-90, but after the Magic missed, Wall couldn't convert at the other end and the final 20 seconds became a free throw shooting contest. Harris and Beno Udrih combined to hit four of six from the line to keep the Magic in front. Udrih finished with 10 points and nine assists. The Magic led 58-46 at halftime after shooting 51.1 percent against almost no defensive pressure. Harris scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Harkless had 12 points and six rebounds, five at the offensive end. Still neither team could get control until the middle of the second period, when the Magic scored eight straight and finished the half on a 23-13 run. Wall scored 11 of the Wizards 13 points in the last five minutes of the half to help keep Washington within striking distance. He then scored the first six points of the second half as Washington came out with a 13-2 run to cut the deficit to 60-59. Harris stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer and the Magic slowly regained control, finishing the quarter on another 8-0 run to lead 78-71. Washington caught Orlando with two jumpers from Webster and a 3-pointer by Trevor Ariza that made it 78-78 with 8:56 left in the game, but the Wizards could never get the lead. That was all the Wizards could muster as they couldn't get consistent scoring from anyone other than Wall and Webster. Washington had only 15 assists in the game and turned the ball over 14 times, costing them 21 points. NOTES: Magic G Jameer Nelson left the game in the first quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return. . Wizards PG John Wall is shooting 51.2 percent from the floor (83 for 162), 58.3 percent from 3-point territory (7 for 12) and 82.4 percent from the free throw line (70 for 85) in his last 10 games. .. Magic C Nik Vucevic missed his fifth straight game with a mild concussion. . Magic C Kyle O'Quinn, subbing for Vucevic, is averaging a double-double (14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds) in his last four games. ... Ariza returned to the lineup after missing three games with the flu. Courtesy of: http://www.huffingtonpost.com



Malcolm Thomas to sign 2nd 10-Day contract with Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.) will sign his second 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls on Friday, a league source told RealGM. The Bulls have long been intrigued by Thomas activity and length and have needed frontcourt depth due to the injuries of Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) and Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC). While Gibson returned strong from a sprained MCL, Noah has missed the past three games with recurrence of plantar fasciitis. Thomas, whose first 10-day contract expired Thursday night, will travel with the Bulls to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Saturday. The 24-year-old forward has a strong chance to stay with the Bulls through the rest of this season and into the summer. In Wednesday nights sensational 101-97 win over the Miami Heat, Thomas played the final 20 seconds of the second quarter and helped the Bulls get a defensive stop heading into halftime. After mutually parting ways with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the European League, Thomas signed with the Golden State Warriors on March 8. He has three points and five rebounds in 21 total minutes this season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Enes Kanter out indefinitely with dislocated shoulder - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (6'10''-C-92, college: Kentucky) has suffered a dislocated left shoulder and will be out indefinitely, the team announced on Thursday. Kanter injured the shoulder after a collision with Hamed Haddadi in the second quarter of Utah's 103-88 win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. The initial diagnosis of a dislocated shoulder was confirmed Thursday when Kanter received an MRI. The loss of Kanter comes as a significant blow to the Jazz, who currently trail the Los Angeles Lakers by one game for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. Kanter had been enjoying his strongest month of the season in March, averaging 10.7 points per game on 58.6 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds in 14 games while playing a season-high 19.6 minutes per game. The Jazz aren't lacking in frontcourt depth, with Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) and Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) in the starting lineup and Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) on the bench. However, the loss of Kanter couldn't come at a worse time for the Jazz. The loss of Metta World Peace for six weeks leaves the Lakers' hold on the eighth seed vulnerable, and the Jazz were looking to make a push to overtake them. Utah holds a half-game lead over the Dallas Mavericks for ninth place in the Western Conference. The final playoff spot in the west may come down to which team can stay the healthiest, and the loss of one of their most consistent second-unit players in Kanter puts the Jazz at a disadvantage.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regional Semifinals: Round 131

East

Mar. 28: Marquette - Miami, FL 71-61
Mar. 28: Indiana - Syracuse 50-61

Midwest

Mar. 29: Louisville - Oregon 77-69
Mar. 29: Michigan St. - Duke 61-71

NIT QF

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

South

Mar. 29: Kansas - Michigan 85-87 OT
Mar. 29: Florida - Florida Gulf Coast 62-50

West

Mar. 28: Wichita St. - La Salle 72-58
Mar. 28: Arizona - Ohio St. 70-73

Regional Finals: Round 132

Apr. 2: Baylor - BYU
Apr. 2: Maryland - Iowa


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Torrey CRAIG
  USC Upstate
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Craig, USC Upstate17.2 
 2. Cummings, Kennesa.16.5 
 3. Smith, N.Florida16.4 
 4. Jones, E.Tenn.St.16.0 
 5. Pegg, Stetson15.7 
 6. Jones, N.Kentucky15.7 
 7. Brown, Florid.15.5 
 8. Perez, Stetson15.1 
 9. Wallace, N.Florida14.5 
 10. Thompson, Florid.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron ANDERSON
  Kennesaw.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Anderson, Kennesa.9.0 
 2. Glenn, USC Upstate8.1 
 3. Hurt, Lipscomb7.8 
 4. Sankey, Lipscomb7.0 
 5. Powell, Jacksonvil.6.9 
 6. Craig, USC Upstate6.9 
 7. Green, Stetson6.6 
 8. Brown, Florid.6.5 
 9. Pegg, Stetson6.3 
 10. Maxey, USC Upsta.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brett COMER
  Florid.
  (190-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Comer, Florid.6.6 
 2. Wilson, N.Florida6.1 
 3. Hall, Mercer5.0 
 4. Powell, Jacksonvil.4.2 
 5. Naburgs, Stetson3.9 
 6. Faulkner, N.Ken.3.3 
 7. McClain, E.Ten.3.2 
 8. Miller, Stetson2.8 
 9. Sankey, Lipscomb2.8 
 10. Love, Kennesaw S.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bernard THOMPSON
  Florid.
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Thompson, Florid.2.8 
 2. Jones, E.Tenn.St.1.8 
 3. Comer, Florid.1.6 
 4. Greene, USC Upsta.1.5 
 5. Love, Kennesaw St.1.5 
 6. Sankey, Lipscomb1.4 
 7. Brown, Florid.1.4 
 8. Wilson, N.Florida1.4 
 9. Jackson, N.Kentuc.1.4 
 10. McDougald, Jacks.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jodd MAXEY
  USC Upstate
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maxey, USC Upstate1.6 
 2. Green, Stetson1.3 
 3. Fieler, Florid.1.3 
 4. Coursey, Mercer1.3 
 5. McKnight, Florid.1.3 
 6. Daniels, N.Florida1.0 
 7. Harris, E.Tenn.St.0.9 
 8. Wallace, N.Florida0.9 
 9. Powell, Jacksonvil.0.9 
 10. Olumuyiwa, USC U.0.9 


Interview with Darryl Partin: NBA D-League and March Madness - by Surujh Roopnarine

In the midst of March Madness, we look at a player in Darryl Partin (6'6''-G-87, college: Boston U.) who helped lead his Boston Terrier squad to the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a junior and then spent his rookie season in the NBA D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. A 6-5 guard, Partin was a standout scorer at BU after transferring from LaSalle. In his senior season he finished in the top-25 nationally and second in the American East in scoring at 19.6ppg. Not willing to just rest on his laurels and strengths, Partin dedicated his time in the D-League to focus on the ball handling skills he knew were necessary to make his success as a professional. As evidence, notice that as the primary scoring option at BU he averaged over three turnovers per contest as a senior, while handing out one assist. Yet, in his 33 games this season with the Mad Ants, in a reduced role, he still maintained a 1.1apg average, but reduced his turnovers to less than one per game. Focused on the long term progression and success of his career Partin is now training and preparing for a venture to European basketball next season.

Q. Describe your first season as a professional with Fort Wayne. What were the positives and negatives you would take away from this season?
A. Overall my rookie season with Fort Wayne was a great chance for me to improve my game. Some of the positives that I take away from my experience is the high talent level that you see every night, the constant influx of players both NBA and non NBA which forces you to raise your level of play, also the overall adjustment to the professional game and way of life. Some of the negatives from my rookie year was the adjustment to playing with multiple new players every other night under limited practice circumstances making it hard to find that chemistry.

Q. What was the most difficult adjustment you had to make going from the collegiate ranks to the NBA D-League?
A. The most difficult adjustment I had to make from college to the D-league was the style of play. College was a lot more systematic with more emphasis on getting the defense to change sides of the floor, screens, pick & rolls. While in the d-league it was a lot more up tempo with the shot clock, and with so many new players and limited practice time plays are seldom ran through with a bigger emphasis on mismatches.

Q. After transferring from LaSalle to Boston U., your career blossomed as you helped lead the Terriers to an NCAA Tournament appearance as well as earning American East Conference POY honors. What was it about the change which helped you excel and develop so much?
A. The transfer from Lasalle was a very difficult decision when I made it but the opportunity to red-shirt a year to develop my game under a staff at Boston U that I was really comfortable with was something that I couldn't pass up. At BU our staff helped me to get a lot stronger and to define my game. BU put me in situations to play to my greatest strengths whereas at Lasalle I was utilized in other facets.

Q. Staying with the NCAA Tournament, what is your best memory from the 2010-11 season? What are your emotions watching your former school LaSalle now playing in the Sweet 16?
A. My best memory from the 2010-11 season was cutting down the nets. When you go to college your hopes are that you can one day represent your institution in the NCAA tournament, and when all your hard work finally pays off and your cutting down those nets its a indescribable feeling. Watching Lasalle in the sweet sixteen definitely makes me proud being a partial alum if you will, even though Im looking for BU to do the same one of these days.

Q. Regarding your game and how it translates to the pro level, you obviously are a talented and gifted scorer as evidenced by your time at BU, but what advice or teaching have you gained in regards to what areas of your game need to be improved or refined?
A. The sole purpose of this season in the development league for me was to prove my ability to play the point guard. I wouldn't allow myself to focus on my strengths such as scoring only things i needed to improve on. I emphasized creating for others off drive and kick situations, and off Pick & rolls. I focused on being an aggressive ball-handler north/south vs. east/west. These are all things that I consider to have made huge leaps in making me a more complete player.

Q. Since leaving Fort Wayne a few weeks ago, how have you been spending your time?
A. I asked for my release from Fort Wayne a few weeks ago so I could get with my trainer and focus on ways to improve, taking into account all the things I learned in the D-league this season. So mostly I've been spending my time with my trainer on the court and in the weight room continuing to improve.

Q. What are your plans and goals for the immediate future i.e., next season?
A. Out of college I knew my game was more suited for European style of play but i wanted a year to develop my combo guard skills. Now that I have had a season to do that my focus is on making a huge impact next season in Europe.

Q. Finally, being the season of March Madness, who were your original Final Four picks and who do you think has the best chance to win now?
A. My original final four picks were Gonzaga, Michigan, Indiana, and Duke. I think Indiana* has the best chance considering the bracket format.


* Interview done prior to Indiana's loss in the Sweet 16 to Syracuse



Louisville Advances to the Elite Eight - by Eurobasket News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Even a nasty cold can't stop Russ Smith (6'0''-G-91).

With his teammates struggling with the virus he gave them and top-seeded Louisville facing its toughest test of the postseason, Russ put on his best show yet. He matched his career high of 31 points and the Cardinals proved they can win close games, too, beating Oregon 77-69 on Friday night.

"Without Russ Smith, we couldn't win," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino , who improved to 11-0 in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Louisville (32-5) moves on to play the winner of Michigan State-Duke on Sunday, hoping to advance to the Final Four for the second straight year.

Louisville has been nearly untouchable during its 13-game winning streak, beating opponents by an average of 17 points. And it looked as if this was going to be more of the same when Smith outscored Oregon 9-8 through the first 10 minutes.

But the 12th-seeded Ducks (28-9) made a game of it late.

After Louisville went up 66-48 with 9:01 left, Oregon made six straight field goals to close to 70-64 - the closest anyone's been to the Cardinals in weeks. But Kevin Ware scored on a layup and Chane Behanan threw down a monstrous dunk to put the game out of reach.

Ware finished with 11, topping his previous career best by one, and Gorgui Dieng had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

"Russ Smith is a talented young man. They've got a lot of talented players," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "When he got going, we didn't have an answer."

E.J. Singler's 15 points led five Ducks in double figures. But Damyean Dotson had an off night, held without a field goal until five minutes were gone in the second half, and Oregon could never recover from its poor start.

Early foul trouble didn't help, with Johnathan Loyd picking up his third before halftime and Dominic Artis and Carlos Emory playing the last six minutes of the half with two.

"If it wasn't for the beginning, it would have been a completely different game," Loyd said. "We just came out, we weren't ready and we got smacked. If we were playing the way were playing in the second half the whole game, it's a completely different story."

The Cardinals were barely tested in either of their first two games in the NCAA tournament, beating North Carolina A&T by 31 and Colorado State by 26. They set an NCAA tournament record with 20 steals against A&T, outrebounded one of the country's best rebounding teams in Colorado State and left both teams with ugly shooting lines.

But that hacking cough that Smith has had the last few days is making its way around the Louisville team, and it was clear from the start this wasn't going to be another juggernaut performance by the Cardinals.

Peyton Siva spent the last 15:19 of the first half on the bench after picking up his second foul, and Louisville wasn't nearly as stingy on defense as it's been. The Cardinals (13) actually had more turnovers than the Ducks (12), and Oregon is only the third team to shoot 44 percent or better during Louisville's winning streak.

"We've been a great defensive team - not a good one, a great one - all season," Pitino said. "Tonight, their quickness was so good, all it did was wear us out defensively. But we had Russ Smith and Kevin really bail us out of some situations that could have gone either way."

After Siva went out, Smith hit a 3 to spark a 14-3 run that put Louisville up 24-8.

"We really dug ourselves a big hole," Singler said. "We tried to figure back as much as possible, but Louisville's a really, really good team. They just played better than us today."

But the Ducks aren't a team that gives in. After losing six of their last 11 regular-season games, the Ducks have been on a tear. They won the Pac-12 tournament, then upset Oklahoma State and Saint Louis last weekend.

After Luke Hancock's 3 capped a 12-2 run that put Louisville up 66-48, the Ducks would make six straight field goals. When Dotson knocked down a jumper with 5:12 remaining, it got Oregon within six, the closest it had been since early in the first half.

Closest anyone had been to Louisville since the Big East tournament, actually.

"We've been in that position before this year," Singler said.

But part of what makes the Cardinals so imposing is their maturity and their options, which seem endless. Instead of panicking, the Cardinals regrouped and regained control, and the Ducks never threatened again.

"I told our guys, 'We don't have it tonight. It's obvious,"' Pitino said. "We're winning with offense and that's great, but we've got to start digging in and getting stops. We did it at the end."

Ware brought a halt to the Oregon run with his layup and then came Behanan's dunk. Smith made a pair of free throws, and the only question was whether the Ducks could get back within single digits before the buzzer.

" (Smith) made big plays," Altman said. "When you let a good team like Louisville be the aggressor, they're tough to beat."

Even with colds.

"Coach has been telling me to fight through it, fight through it, dig in. My teammates as well," Smith said. "We're fighting through it and just doing whatever we can to get a win."
Courtesy of: http://www.gocards.com



Elite Again: Gators Defeat Florida Gulf Coast to Advance to Elite Eight - by Eurobasket News

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Gators continued their March Madness journey while ending Florida Gulf Coast's fairytale story.

The No. 3-seed Gators advanced to the Elite Eight for a school-record third consecutive season on Saturday with a 62-50 victory over the No. 15-seed Eagles.

Florida trailed 24-14 midway into the first half as the pro-Eagles crowd at Cowboys Stadium roared in approval. But the Gators tuned them out, going on a 16-0 run to seize a 30-26 halftime lead.

Reserves Will Yeguete (6'7''-F-91), Michael Frazier and Casey Prather (6'6''-G/F) helped turn the game around.

"We needed energy,'' Prather said in a radio interview after the game. "I came in and tried to give that to the team. We made up in our mind that we didn't want to leave today."

Prather finished with 11 points, Yeguete had two points, four rebounds and played stellar defense, and Frazier had a couple of key 3-pointers during Florida's outburst late in the first half.

Mike Rosario led the Gators with 15 points and his 3-pointer during Florida's run gave the Gators their first lead of the game, 27-24. They never trailed after that.

Florida will face Michigan on Sunday (2:20 p.m. ET, CBS) for a berth in the Final Four.
Courtesy of: http://www.gatorzone.com



Among the Elite: Michigan Rocks Jayhawks in OT for Sweet 16 Win - by Eurobasket News

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Behind double-double performances by freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) (25 points and 14 rebounds) and sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) (23 points and 10 assists), the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 11 Coaches) defeated top-seeded Kansas (No. 3 AP, No. 3 Coaches), 87-85, in overtime on Friday night (Mar. 29) inside Cowboys Stadium. The fourth-seeded Wolverines trailed by 14 points before outscoring the Jayhawks 23-8 over the final seven minutes of the second half -- capped by a long triple by Burke in the waning seconds to send the game into overtime and advance to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the first time since the 1993-1994 season.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Freshman guard Glenn Robinson (6'6''-F-94) III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central), freshman guard Nik Stauskas (6'6''-G-93) (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) also contributed in double-digit scoring. Robinson finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Stauskas and Hardaway added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

After six-and-a-half minutes of even play, Kansas made a three-pointer to go up 14 (68-54) with a little less than seven minutes on the clock. However, a jumper by Burke followed by a slam by Hardaway started a 12-4 U-M run into the last minute and a half of the period. The Jayhawks made a pair from the charity stripe, before Burke nailed one from behind the arc to get within five (74-69).

With 30 seconds to play, Hardaway's three-point attempt missed, but Robinson grabbed the offensive rebound and converted the put-back to cut Michigan's deficit to three. KU then made two more from the free throw line, but Burke made a layup and a deep three consecutively to tie the game at 76 with four seconds on the clock. Kansas' last-second attempt missed to send the game into overtime.

The Jayhawks made the first basket of the extra period, before Burke knocked down another triple help U-M to take its first lead of the game since the 15:32 mark of the first half. Then, McGary scored four straight points to put the Maize and Blue up three (85-82) with a minute to play.

Robinson picked up a steal on the other end and drained both of his subsequent free throw attempts after getting fouled on the way to the basket. A triple by Kansas cut the lead to just two with 45 seconds remaining, but the last-second three-point attempt missed after a shot-clock violation by Michigan to get to the final point difference.

The Jayhawks went inside for 10 points to put together a 12-2 run early in the first half, until Hardaway nailed one from behind the arc to cut the Wolverines' deficit to six (20-14) at the 10:56 mark. Over the next five minutes, however, Kansas pushed its lead to 27-17.

With 1:13 to play in the half, McGary put together an old fashioned three-point play, before Stauskas knocked down a triple to put Michigan back at a six-point deficit. Neither team could get a basket off before the clock expired, and U-M entered the break down, 40-34.

Three-and-a-half minutes into the second half, Burke converted a layup followed by an old-fashioned three-point play on consecutive possessions to get within two, 46-44, but KU responded with a 10-2 run to extend its lead to double digits once again at the 13:18 mark.

While Kansas made 36-of-66 (55 percent) from the field, including 6-of-16 (38 percent) from behind the arc, Michigan shot 35-of-71 (49 percent) from the floor in the game and 8-of-23 (35 percent). The Jayhawks outscored the Wolverines 60-40 in the paint, but U-M capitalized off KU's 13 turnovers with 17 points.

Michigan will face No. 3 seed Florida, a 62-50 winner over Florida Gulf Coast, on Sunday (March 31) for the South Regional championship and a trip to the Final Four. The game will tip off at 1:20 p.m. CDT and be televised by CBS.
Courtesy of: http://www.mgoblue.com



Curry Lifts No. 6 Duke Over Michigan State 71-61 - by Eurobasket News

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. There were times when Seth Curry (6'2''-G-90) felt as if he could make every shot. Even his record-setting coach was amazed.

Curry scored 29 points and Duke beat Michigan State 71-61 on Friday night to advance to the Midwest Regional final, putting Mike Krzyzewski on the precipice of another milestone in the NCAA tournament.

"Seth was scoring on every possession and it was almost like we felt like we could relax on defense,'' Krzyzewski said. "When you've got a guy hot like that and you can put a couple of defensive stops with it, you can get separation.''

When the Spartans (27-9) and Blue Devils (30-5) remained locked in a tight one, Krzyzewski called timeout to tell his hot-shooting guard to keep firing - and to make sure his defense kept up the pressure.

The combination worked perfectly.

Now Krzyzewski is one win away from his 12th Final Four appearance, which would tie John Wooden's record for a coach. He is tied for second with North Carolina's Dean Smith.

Next up for the second-seeded Blue Devils is Louisville (32-5), a 77-69 winner over Oregon in the night's first game, and it could be a virtual home game for the Cardinals just about 100 miles from their campus. Plus, Louisville coach Rick Pitino is trying for his seventh Final Four trip, which would tie him for fourth with Roy Williams.

But Duke beat Louisville 76-71 on Nov. 24, and with Curry shooting like this, the Blue Devils just might have the advantage.

"Seth was just at a different level than anyone else on the court offensively tonight,'' Krzyzewski said. "To get 29 points in a game like this against a good team is just incredible.''

The win comes 16 months after Duke beat Michigan State to give Krzyzewski the NCAA record for wins. And now, one year after falling to Lehigh in the second round of the tournament, Duke has reached the regional final in the same venue where it won its fourth national title - just as the son of Spartans coach Tom Izzo predicted.

Third-seeded Michigan State couldn't keep up with Curry and Duke's other shooters. Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points for the Blue Devils, making 12 of 14 from the free-throw line, and Mason Plumlee finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in the return to his home state.

And the biggest difference was Curry.

"Curry's a fifth-year senior. He's wise. He knows how to come off things and get open,'' Izzo said after falling to 1-3 in NCAA tourney play against Krzyzewski. "I think our freshmen got a little lesson tonight.''

Curry's sixth 3-pointer of the game broke a 38-38 tie early in the second half, sending Duke on a 9-0 run. It also matched the school record for most 3s in an NCAA tourney game, most recently accomplished by Jason Williams on March 22, 2001, against UCLA.

The Blue Devils never trailed again.

"Honestly, I was just trying to help my shot. I got a few to go early,'' Curry said. "I feel like every time I take a shot it's going to go down and nothing felt different tonight.''

The Spartans were led by Keith Appling, who scored 16 points despite playing with a brace over his injured right shoulder. Adreian Payne added 14 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't nearly enough against Curry & Co.

"They're a good team, they played well, Curry hurt us, no question about it,'' Izzo said. "We didn't quit, we hung in there. I thought we played poorly for us, but the better team won tonight.''

The game was billed as an entertaining contest between two of college basketball's most successful coaches - and it lived up to the hype.

The first half was played to a near draw with four ties and eight lead changes.

Michigan State grabbed an 18-17 lead on Derrick Nix's tip-in with 9:52 left in the first half, but Curry then scored nine points in an 11-2 run for the Blue Devils. He was fouled by Travis Trice while attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to make it 28-20 with 4:59 remaining.

Back came the Spartans, who clamped down on defense and closed to 32-31 at halftime.

But Curry's early second-half scoring spree forced Michigan State to play catch-up the rest of the way. The Spartans pulled within seven with 1:32 to go, but couldn't get any closer after trailing by as much as 13 in the second half.

"We knew we would have to play at that level. They're a little more athletic than we are,'' Krzyzewski said. "We had to try to match that and tonight we were able to do that. I'm glad it's not a seven-game series because I'm not sure we'd be able to continue to do it. But tonight we were able to do it.''
Courtesy of: http://www.goduke.com



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Bruton plays 150th game for Breakers - by Mike Lacey

As CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) prepares for his 150th game for the SKY CITY Breakers against one of his former clubs, the Sydney Kings he will know that he is only three wins away from securing his sixth NBL title. Bruton was quiet in semi final game one at Vector Arena, Auckland, Tom Abercrombie (15 points), and Daryl Corletto (12 points) led the way for the hosts as victory was safely secured, 81-64. He only contributed four points in that game and his season average of 7.2 ppg is way down on previous years but the way he went about shooting practice in training on Saturday suggests a big game is imminent. Bruton secured his first ever Grand Final MVP against Perth Wildcats last season averaging 18.7 points per game in the three game series and he and his Breakers team mates are keen to make it to a third consecutive Grand Final series. Game two is in Sydney on Easter Monday and should a decider be required it will be back in Auckland fourty eight hours later.


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

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

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). He was the major contributor in a TED Kolejliler's victory against the closely-ranked Aliaga (8-15) 80-76 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Penney scored 19 points in 33 minutes on the court. TED Kolejliler Ankara (12-11) is placed seventh in the TBL. Penney is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.2ppg. He also averaged so far 3.6rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 79.2% in the 22 games he played so far. Penney played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia), who plays in the Australian NBL. He could not help New Zealand Breakers (24-4) in their last game. Despite Webster's very good performance the league leader New Zealand Breakers lost 58-73 on the road to the second-ranked Perth Wildcats. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 20 minutes. They ended the series of sixteen consecutive victories. Webster's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Webster's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 82.6% in the 25 games. Webster 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 Corey Webster and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Vukona, who plays in the Australian NBL. He was not able to help New Zealand Breakers (24-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Vukona's good performance the league leader New Zealand Breakers were defeated 73-58 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. Vukona's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 52.0% and FT: 64.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. Vukona is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #4. Swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Corey Webster. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Abercrombie led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over the closely-ranked Kings (12-16) 81-64. He was MVP of the game. Abercrombie recorded 15 points in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (24-4) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg and 4.2rpg in the 29 games. Abercrombie used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2011.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #5. International center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Corey Webster. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Pledger contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kings (12-16) 81-64. He recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Pledger has been at the team for four years. Pledger belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.5bpg. Pledger plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #6. Forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Corey Webster. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against the closely-ranked Kings (12-16) 81-64. He recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 23 minutes. Boucher plays fifth season for the team. This year Boucher's overall stats are: 2.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in the 29 games. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team six years ago.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #7. International forward Robert Loe (211-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Louis (13-3) in their game against the University of Oregon (2-17) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. Loe recorded 5 points and added 3 passes. The St.Louis was badly defeated 74-57 at home by the University of Oregon. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. Loe's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. He 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) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (13-15) crushing them 93-65 in the Australian NBL on Thursday night. Trueman recorded only 4 points in 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Wildcats (22-6) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Trueman's total stats are: 3.6ppg and 2.0rpg in the 29 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #9. International swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Corey Webster. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Henry contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kings (12-16) 81-64. He recorded only 3 points. Henry has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #10. Guard Everard Bartlett (193-86, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Trueman and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Bartlett contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (13-15) crushing them 93-65. He recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes. Bartlett has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 29 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Pittsburgh (12-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Pittsburgh was badly defeated 73-55 on their home court in Pittsburgh, PA by the Wichita State University. Adams had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes. This year Adams averages only 2.8ppg in the 12 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. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania) led Pitesti to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked CSM Bucuresti (17-12) 101-98 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Jones recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. BCM U Pitesti (13-16) is placed 11th in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Jones' first season with the team. Jones is currently third on the league's list of most steals. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jones averages: 15.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Jones used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.

   #2. Karl Noyer (193-G-88, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Worcester Wolves (17-12) to beat Newcastle Eagles. Noyer scored only 4 points. Worcester Wolves was defeated 102-87 on the road by the lower-ranked Newcastle Eagles (#6). It was Worcester Wolves' first loss after seven consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Noyer averages just 2.8ppg.



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Diogu Ike wins the title with Guangdong - by Eurobasket News

Diogu Ike (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) wins the title with Guangdong as the latter clinch 2012-2013 title in China. The team complete the sweep in the Finals against Shandong FB and added 94:74 win in Game 4. Guangdong won all four games of the finals with 4-0 record.
Both teams scored 19 points in the first period and then Guangdong posted a 24-15 surge in the second frame. Guangdong answered with 29-12 in the last period but could not catch up with the opponents.
Guandong Tigers made 19-of-24 free shots during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Yi Jianlian who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Diogu Ike contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jeter Pooh replied with 16 points (made all of his eight free throws) and Abbas Zaid added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Five Guandong Tigers and four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures.



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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Nigerian players, who play currently 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 against the closely-ranked Banvit BK (19-4) 73-65 in the Turkish TBL on Wednesday night. Aminu scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (18-5) is placed fifth in the TBL. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5 with 0.9bpg. This year his other stats are: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 68.3%(112-164) and FT: 66.7% in the 22 games he played so far. Aminu is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in China). He was the major contributor in a Guandong Tigers' victory against the closely-ranked Shandong Bulls (24-8) 93-82 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. Diogu recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. 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: 16.9ppg, 9.7rpg, 2FGP: 63.6%(257-404), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 84.1%. Diogu has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. He is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy). Ere contributed to a 3-point Cimberio Varese's victory against the seventh-ranked Trenkwalder RE (13-11) 77-74 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 15 points in 33 minutes. Cimberio Varese (19-5) is placed first in the SerieA. Ere has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 75.8% in the 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ere played for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Chamberlain Oguchi
Chamberlain Oguchi
   #4. Shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St., currently plays in Russia) led Spartak Primorie Vladivostok to a victory over the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-6) 84-72 in the Russian PBL last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Oguchi scored 20 points and added 3 passes. Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (5-7) is placed seventh in the PBL. Oguchi has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #5. Former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Italy could not help Montepaschi Siena (7-6) to beat Besiktas (1-12). Eze scored 8 points. The fourth-placed Montepaschi Siena was edged 72-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Besiktas (#8) in the group F of Euroleague. It was Montepaschi Siena's fourth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. Eze's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 4.3rpg. He has both Nigerian and Italian nationalities. Eze used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #6. Guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to a CEZ Nymburk's victory against the fourth-ranked BK Pardubice (18-12) 84-75 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (28-1) is placed first in Group A1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Efevberha has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg and 1.9rpg in the eight games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Efevberha is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #7. International forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Lagun Aro GBC (7-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Lagun Aro GBC was defeated 88-80 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. Ibekwe scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Ibekwe is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.6bpg. Ibekwe holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Aloysius Anagonye
Aloysius Anagonye
   #8. Forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Greece) helped Ilysiakos win their game against the closely-ranked Apollon Patras (9-12) 75-69 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Ilysiakos Athens (7-14) is placed ninth in the A1. Anagonye belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg and 7.4rpg. Anagonye holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #9. Former international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Pall.Trento (9-12) in their game against Upea CdO (10-13) in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Umeh was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. But Pall.Trento lost 87-91 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) Upea CdO. Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 16.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg in the 21 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Umeh used to play for the Nigerian national team two years ago.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #10. Power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St., currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hod Hasharon (17-6) in their game against Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-10) in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. Odiakosa also added 5 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. 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: 20.1ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former U22 international player as nine years ago he still played for the Nigerian national team.

   #11. Former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Juvecaserta in their game against VL Pesaro in the Italian SerieA. Akindele scored 6 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was defeated 77-66. Akindele is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 12.7ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.1bpg. Akindele used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Miyazaki Shining Suns in their game against Akita Happinets in the Japanese BJ League. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kuso also added 3 assists. Kuso belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. This season he has very high stats. Kuso averages: 16.8ppg, 12.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5bpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

   #13. International center Olumide Oyedeji (210-81, currently plays in Japan) helped Tochigi Brex win their game against the closely-ranked Panasonic Trians crushing them 99-64 in the Japanese JBL last Sunday. Oyedeji scored 9 points, had 11 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Oyedeji is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. His overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.4apg. Oyedeji is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. International forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) managed to help Cholet Basket to win against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy 68-67 in the French ProA on Monday night. He scored only 3 points. Obasohan's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. International forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ourense in their game against Melilla Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team was edged 84-81. Ogide is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.0rpg. He also averaged so far 11.2ppg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. Ogide 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) was the major contributor in a Washington Wizards' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (47-24) 107-94 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 26-45 record this season. Okafor has relatively good stats this year: 9.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 69 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) led Lottomatica Roma to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Oknoplast BO (8-15) crushing them 90-70 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Lawal recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Lawal's third season in pro basketball. Acea Virtus Roma (17-7) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Lawal's first year with the team. Lawal is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.3bpg. Lawal is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Worcester Wolves (17-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Worcester Wolves was defeated 91-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Manchester Giants (#9). Owumi recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 5 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Owumi belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Owumi averages: 18.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #4. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks (35-36) in their last game. Despite Udoh's good performance the Milwaukee Bucks lost 99-104 in Atlanta to the Hawks. He scored 10 points and blocked 2 shots in 19 minutes. It was Bucks' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Udoh's overall stats are: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1bpg in the 68 games.

   #5. Experienced Oluoma Nnamaka (201-F/C-78, college: Marquette, currently plays in Sweden) led Uppsala Basket to a victory against the seventh-ranked LF Basket (17-16) 76-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Nnamaka scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Uppsala Basket (25-8) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Nnamaka's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 32 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and Swedish.

   #6. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Tofas' victory against the fourth-ranked Banvit BK 80-73 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Elonu scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Elonu is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.2bpg in the 23 games.

   #7. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Golden State Warriors to win against the Los Angeles Lakers 109-103 in the NBA last Monday. Ezeli scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His overall stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #8. Retin Obasohan (185-PG-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Alabama's victory against the Stanford University 66-54 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 on Saturday night. Obasohan recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in 29 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 2.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 69 games. Obasohan has Belgian and Nigerian nationalities. Despite his Nigerian passport, Obasohan currently plays for the Belgian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #9. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Illinois (8-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the Illinois were defeated 63-59 at home by the University of Miami, Florida. Egwu recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. His overall stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #10. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Aget Service IM 71-55 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 35 minutes. Lawal is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 13.8rpg, 1.8bpg and 2.1spg in the 22 games. Lawal holds both American and Nigerian passports. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



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Three Panamanians will be at the Puerto Rican Professional League - by Robert OConnell

After having a strong performance in the Mexican League with stats as good as 20.1 points per game, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists Panamanian forward Jamelle Horne (200-F-88, college: Arizona) will play for the Humacao Caciques he will probably play the small forward position he will play for coach Omar Gonzalez. The second Panamanian will be the 6-5 swingman Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) who also put nice stats in Mexico with the Halcones Rojos 13.1 points per game, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and a strong 50.5% field goal, he will play for the Mayaguez Indios ,with the same coach he had with Halcones the international Eddie Cassiano, he will play the shooting guard position. The third Panamanian will be the veteran center Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) he played last year for the Capitanes de Arecibo and has played in the NBA, Spain, Venezuela and Argentina ,he will play this year for the Mets of Guaynabo under the US coach and former NBA Robert Werdann . The Mayaguez Indios will play the season opener with Quebradillas Piratas.


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

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

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Italy). Hicks led Tuscany Pistoia to a victory over the closely-ranked Novipiu Casale (15-8) 75-67 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Hicks scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (17-5) is placed first in the Lega2. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Hicks is currently fourth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hicks averages: 18.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 83.7%. He played for the Panamanian senior national team two years ago.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Japan). Gomez Camargo was the main contributor in a Shiga L-Stars' victory against the fifth-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (25-19) 80-72 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Gomez Camargo had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 38 minutes. Shiga Lakestars (26-16) are placed fourth in Western group. Gomez Camargo has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 67.2% in the 42 games he played so far. He played for the Panamanian national team in 2011.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, currently plays in Japan). Pomare contributed to a Kyoto Hannaryz's victory against the ninth-ranked Shinshu BW (16-28) 76-72 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pomare also added 3 assists. Kyoto Hannaryz (23-19) is placed sixth in Western group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Pomare's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 57.2%(198-346) and FT: 78.2%. Pomare is a naturalized American. He played for the Panamanian national team two years ago. Pomare used to play for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #4. Power forward Jose Lloreda (203-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU, currently plays in Argentina) helped Sionista win their game against the closely-ranked Atenas (22-22) 87-77 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Centro Juventud Sionista de Parana (21-23) is placed 11th in the LigaA. This year Lloreda has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg and 5.7rpg in the 35 games. He used to play for the Panamanian national team back in 2011.

Joel Munoz
Joel Munoz
   #5. International point guard Joel Munoz (179-80, currently plays in Brazil) helped Paulistano win their game against the ninth-ranked Liga Sorocaba (15-16) 78-73 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. Munoz scored 8 points and added 3 assists. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (13-5) is placed third in the NBB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Munoz's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7bpg. He plays currently for the Panamanian national team.

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), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Kansas St. (14-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Kansas St. was edged 63-61 at home by the La Salle University. Henriquez had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks in 28 minutes. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. It's Henriquez's fourth season with the team. Henriquez is a naturalized American. Strangely 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
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Chinese CBA
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for 9 de Julio in Argentinian LigaA
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Jamelle Horne (200-F-88) plays for Caciques in Puerto Rican BSN
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) plays for Indios in Puerto Rican BSN
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Mets in Puerto Rican BSN
Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) plays for SW Slammers in Australian State League
Darrell St.Rose (191-F-88) plays for Coopenae-USJ in Costa Rican LBS

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



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Petron tapping Sims as Freeman will be temporary cover - by Aris Ignacio

Henry Sims (208-C-90, college: Georgetown), a former Georgetown Hoyas, has come to terms with the Petron Blaze Boosters to be their new import replacing ineffective Rodney White (206-C/F-80, college: Charlotte) for the current PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Sims is currently playing for the Erie Bayhawks in the NBA Dvelopmental League and has a live contract that the Boosters will be buying out. With this, contract negotiations with the Bayhawks will not be completed on time when Petron meets the Meralco Bolts on April 5. The plan will be making ASEAN Basketball League's San Miguel Beermen reinforcement, Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), as a temporary filler while the contract of Sims be finalized.

Freeman, coincidentally was the replacement of White for the Barako Bull Energy in last year's tournament, had undergone an MCL injury that sidelined him in playing for the Beermen. Medical doctors had already cleared Freeman but cannot return to San Miguel's lineup because his slot is currently occupied by Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming), the former Global Port Batang Pier import, who is currently playing well in the ABL.

White, who has been ineffective in the two losses of the Boosters, averaged just seven points, seven rebounds, and 1.5 blocks against the Talk N Text Tropang Texters and the Alaska Aces. He was the replacement for the Boosters original import Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina).



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Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. PGE Turow 18-8 
 2. Trefl Sopot 17-9 
 3. Anwil 17-9 
 4. Stelmet ZG 17-9 
 5. Asseco Prok. 16-10 
 6. Energa Czarni 13-13 
Places 7-12
 1. Polpharma 14-12 
 2. AZS Koszalin 12-14 
 3. Siarka Jezioro 11-15 
 4. Rosa Radom 8-18 
 5. Start Gdynia 8-19 
 6. Kotwica 6-20 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Mar. 24: Stelmet ZG - Asseco Prok. 80-75
Mar. 27: PGE Turow - Energa Czarni 68-56
Mar. 26: Trefl Sopot - Anwil 67-69

Places 7-12

Mar. 28: AZS Koszalin - Rosa Radom 82-74
Mar. 28: Kotwica - Siarka Jezioro 76-87
Mar. 29: Start Gdynia - Polpharma 74-70

Second Stage: Round 5

Places 1-6

Mar. 30: PGE Turow - Stelmet ZG
Mar. 30: Trefl Sopot - Energa Czarni
Mar. 30: Anwil - Asseco Prok.

Places 7-12

Mar. 30: Kotwica - Rosa Radom
Mar. 30: AZS Koszalin - Siarka Jezioro


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.20.2 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG20.2 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.4 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG15.6 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.4 
 6. Rothbart, Start G.14.6 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.6 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.14.5 
 9. Borovnjak, Stelm.14.2 
 10. Chylinski, PGE T.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Rosa Radom
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Adams, Rosa Radom8.4 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.3 
 3. Doaks, Siarka J.8.3 
 4. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.6 
 5. Rothbart, Start G.7.6 
 6. McCauley, Polph.7.6 
 7. Cel, PGE Turow7.4 
 8. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.3 
 9. Dabkus, Energa C.7.1 
 10. Borovnjak, Stelm.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.4 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.2 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 4. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.3 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica4.8 
 6. Koszarek, Asseco4.6 
 7. Brandwein, Energa3.9 
 8. Tiller, Siarka J.3.8 
 9. Carter, Polpharma3.7 
 10. Skibniewski, AZS3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Stelmet ZG
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hosley, Stelmet ZG2.4 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.0 
 3. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica1.6 
 5. Alexander, Siarka1.6 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil1.6 
 7. Koszarek, Asseco1.4 
 8. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.3 
 9. Tiller, Siarka J.1.3 
 10. Jackson, PGE Tur.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.8 
 2. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.4 
 3. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 4. Rothbart, Start G.1.3 
 5. Kulig, PGE Turow1.3 
 6. Zigeranovic, PGE T.1.0 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 
 8. Boykin, Anwil0.8 
 9. Alexander, Siarka0.8 
 10. Jones, Stelmet ZG0.8 


TBL Round 4 (Second Stage): Anwil defeats group leader Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Trefl Sopot (17-9) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Anwil (17-9) 69-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trefl Sopot. It was a key game for the second position in Places 1-6. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian power forward Nikola Jovanovic (203-81, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Anwil's coach Milija Bogicevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for Trefl Sopot. Anwil moved-up to second place in Places 1-6, which they share with Stelmet ZG and Trefl Sopot. Anwil is looking forward to face Asseco Prok. (#5) in Gdynia in the next round. Trefl Sopot will play at home against Energa Czarni in Slupsk and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked Polpharma (14-12) against fifth ranked Start Gdynia (8-19) on Friday night. Visiting Polpharma was defeated by Start Gdynia in a tough game in Gdynia 70-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Polpharma. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Israeli center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and Jaroslaw Mokros who added 14 points during the contest. Start Gdynia's coach David Dedek allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo., agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points. Start Gdynia have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Start Gdynia maintains fifth position in Places 7-12 with 8-19 record. Polpharma at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for AZS Koszalin (12-14) which hosted in Koszalin 4th ranked Rosa Radom (8-18). Second ranked AZS Koszalin managed to get a 8-point victory 82-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rosa Radom. The winners were led by Sek Henry who scored that evening 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even 18 points and 9 assists by Nic Wise did not help to save the game for Rosa Radom. Rosa Radom's coach Wojciech Kaminski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS Koszalin maintains second position in Places 7-12 with 12-14 record having six points less than leader PGE Turow. Newly promoted Rosa Radom keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost. AZS Koszalin will meet at home Siarka Jezioro (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rosa Radom will play against Kotwica in Kolobrzeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
TBL top team - PGE Turow (18-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Energa Czarni (13-13) in Zgorzelec 68-56. Ivan Zigeranovic fired 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PGE Turow have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Places 1-6 with 18-8 record. Energa Czarni lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. PGE Turow's next round opponent will be Stelmet ZG (#4) in Zielona Gora. Energa Czarni will play on the road against the league's second-placed Trefl Sopot.
The game in Zielona Gora was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Asseco Prok. (16-10) played at the court of fifth ranked Stelmet ZG (17-9). Stelmet ZG managed to secure a 5-point victory 80-75 on Sunday. It was a key game for the second position in Places 1-6. It was a very good performance for Walter Hodge who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Stelmet ZG moved-up to second place in Places 1-6, which they share with Anwil and Trefl Sopot. Asseco Prok. lost third consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Stelmet ZG will face league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asseco Prok. will play on the road against Anwil (#3) in Wloclawek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4
In Places 7-12 Siarka Jezioro beat Kotwica on the road 87-76.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 29 points and 8 rebounds by Quinton Hosley of Stelmet ZG.


Places 1-6
PGE Turow - Energa Czarni 68-56

TBL top team - PGE Turow (18-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Energa Czarni (13-13) in Zgorzelec 68-56. The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. Energa Czarni was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) fired 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. The former international point guard Michal Chylinski (190-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. American forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PGE Turow have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Places 1-6 with 18-8 record. Energa Czarni lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. PGE Turow's next round opponent will be Stelmet ZG (#4) in Zielona Gora. Energa Czarni will play on the road against the league's second-placed Trefl Sopot.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: R.Trice 16+5reb+1ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 11+7reb, O.Brandwein 6+2reb+1ast, V.Dabkus 5+10reb, M.Nowakowski 5+3reb+1ast, M.Dutkiewicz 5+2reb
PGE Turow: I.Zigeranovic 16+3reb+1ast, I.Opacak 11+3reb+1ast, M.Chylinski 10+4reb+4ast, R.Robinson 9+4reb+3ast, D.Kulig 9+7reb, A.Cel 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 235328


Trefl Sopot - Anwil 67-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Trefl Sopot (17-9) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Anwil (17-9) 69-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trefl Sopot. It was a key game for the second position in Places 1-6. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian power forward Nikola Jovanovic (203-81, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Anwil's coach Milija Bogicevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Trefl Sopot. Anwil moved-up to second place in Places 1-6, which they share with Stelmet ZG and Trefl Sopot. Anwil is looking forward to face Asseco Prok. (#5) in Gdynia in the next round. Trefl Sopot will play at home against Energa Czarni in Slupsk and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: S.Spralja 15+5reb+2ast, F.Dylewicz 14+11reb+2ast, F.Turner 12+2reb+7ast, M.Stefanski 8+4reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 7+4reb+4ast, M.Michalak 5+1reb
Anwil: N.Jovanovic 14+4reb, R.Boykin 9+5reb, M.Ginyard 9+3reb+1ast, K.Szubarga 9+6reb+4ast, S.Hajric 8+4reb+2ast, T.Weeden 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 235326


Stelmet ZG - Asseco Prok. 80-75

The game in Zielona Gora was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Asseco Prok. (16-10) played at the court of fifth ranked Stelmet ZG (17-9). Stelmet ZG managed to secure a 5-point victory 80-75 on Sunday. It was a key game for the second position in Places 1-6. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-16. But Asseco Prok. won second period 17-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stelmet ZG forced 19 Asseco Prok. turnovers. Asseco Prok. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. The former international point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Austrian-Slovenian center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90) replied with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-86, college: Independence CC, agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points in the effort for Asseco Prok.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stelmet ZG moved-up to second place in Places 1-6, which they share with Anwil and Trefl Sopot. Asseco Prok. lost third consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Stelmet ZG will face league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asseco Prok. will play on the road against Anwil (#3) in Wloclawek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prok.: P.Zamojski 16+3reb+3ast, R.Mahalbasic 15+9reb+2ast, R.Witka 14+4reb+3ast, K.Roszyk 12+3reb+3ast, T.Snieg 6+1reb+4ast, M.Ponitka 4+1reb
Stelmet ZG: W.Hodge 19+2reb+7ast, L.Koszarek 19+2reb+6ast, O.Stevic 17+9reb, D.Borovnjak 11+6reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 7+2reb+1ast, M.Sroka 7+3reb
gschID: 235327


Places 7-12
Start Gdynia - Polpharma 74-70

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Polpharma (14-12) against fifth ranked Start Gdynia (8-19) on Friday night. Visiting Polpharma was defeated by Start Gdynia in a tough game in Gdynia 70-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Polpharma. The hosts were ahead by 11 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Start Gdynia outrebounded Polpharma 35-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Israeli center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Jaroslaw Mokros (201-90) who added 14 points during the contest. Five Start Gdynia players scored in double figures. Start Gdynia's coach David Dedek allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo., agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points and his fellow American import power forward Ben McCauley (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 13 points. Start Gdynia have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Start Gdynia maintains fifth position in Places 7-12 with 8-19 record. Polpharma at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: M.Hicks 19+1reb+2ast, B.McCauley 13+3reb, L.Majewski 12+2reb+2ast, B.Sarzalo 8+6reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 7+5reb+1ast, U.Mirkovic 6+6reb
Start Gdynia: R.Rothbart 16+7reb+1ast, M.Jankowski 14+2reb, J.Mokros 14+3reb+1ast, G.Mordzak 12+2reb+4ast, T.Wojdyla 10+8reb, M.Malczyk 4+4reb
gschID: 235359


Kotwica - Siarka Jezioro 76-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Siarka Jezioro (11-15) beat 6th ranked Kotwica (6-20) in Kolobrzeg 87-76 on Thursday. The game without a history. Siarka Jezioro 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 53.8 percentage. Quite impressive performance for the former international center Dawid Przybyszewski (215-81, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. American guard J.T. Tiller (191-88, college: Missouri) contributed with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. American guard Sean Mosley (193-89, college: Maryland) replied with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Lukasz Wichniarz (197-82) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Kotwica. Siarka Jezioro maintains third position in Places 7-12 with 11-15 record having seven points less than leader PGE Turow. Kotwica lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 20 games lost. Siarka Jezioro will face league's second-placed AZS Koszalin on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kotwica will play against Rosa Radom (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: S.Mosley 26+6reb+4ast, L.Wichniarz 17+6reb+4ast, G.Arabas 15+2reb+2ast, J.Sapp 7+2reb+5ast, C.Jefferson 5+2reb+3ast, T.Walker 4+9reb+2ast
Siarka Jezioro: D.Przybyszewski 20+11reb, J.Dloniak 15+2ast, D.Wall 14+4reb+1ast, C.Long 12+1ast, X.Alexander 10+7reb+3ast, J.Tiller 8+9reb+6ast
gschID: 235358


AZS Koszalin - Rosa Radom 82-74

An interesting game for AZS Koszalin (12-14) which hosted in Koszalin 4th ranked Rosa Radom (8-18). Second ranked AZS Koszalin managed to get a 8-point victory 82-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rosa Radom. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rosa Radom won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Koszalin had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) who scored that evening 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86, agency: Promotex) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 9 assists by American point guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) did not help to save the game for Rosa Radom. The former international power forward Mateusz Jarmakowicz (208-88) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Rosa Radom's coach Wojciech Kaminski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS Koszalin maintains second position in Places 7-12 with 12-14 record having six points less than leader PGE Turow. Newly promoted Rosa Radom keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost. AZS Koszalin will meet at home Siarka Jezioro (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rosa Radom will play against Kotwica in Kolobrzeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: N.Wise 18+3reb+9ast, M.Jarmakowicz 15+8reb+1ast, J.Montgomery 14+2reb+1ast, J.Zalewski 8, H.Radke 6, S.Cupkovic 5+2reb
AZS Koszalin: P.Leonczyk 16+5reb, S.Henry 14+5reb+3ast, R.Jones 11+6reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 11+2reb+5ast, B.Woloszyn 9+1reb+2ast, D.Harris 9+8reb+2ast
gschID: 235357



Stevic's 17 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old power forward Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had a great game in the last round for Stelmet ZG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds for Stelmet ZG in his team's victory, helping them to beat Asseco Prok. (#5, 16-10) 80-75. Stelmet ZG is placed at 4th position in Polish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Stelmet ZG will need more victories to improve their 17-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Stevic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Stevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sean Mosley (193-G-89) of Kotwica. He is American guard in his first season at Kotwica. In the last game Mosley recorded impressive 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Kotwica lost that game 76-87 to the higher-ranked Siarka Jezioro (#-3, 11-15). Despite lost game Kotwica moved up to 0th position in Places 7-12. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Kotwica managed to get this Second Stage. Mosley is a newcomer at Kotwica and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#5). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) of Asseco Prok. (#5). Mahalbasic scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Mahalbasic's great performance Asseco Prok. lost 75-80 to slightly higher-ranked Stelmet ZG (#4, 17-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Asseco Prok. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Places 1-6. Their record is 16 victories and 10 lost games. Mahalbasic has a very solid season. In 26 games in Poland he scored 9.6ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 60.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dawid Przybyszewski (215-C-81) of Siarka Jezioro - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84) of PGE Turow - 16 points and 3 rebounds
6. Lukasz Wichniarz (197-F-82) of Kotwica - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Trefl Sopot - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Roderick Trice (191-F-84) of Energa Czarni - 16 points and 5 rebounds
10. Sek Henry (193-G-87) of AZS Koszalin - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings

Division A Standings
 1. Oradea 23-6 
 2. Targu Mures 22-7 
 3. Ploiesti 22-7 
 4. Craiova 20-9 
 5. Gaz Metan 19-10 
 6. Timisoara 19-10 
 7. U.Mobitel.CN 19-10 
 8. CSM Bucuresti 17-12 
 9. Rovinari 14-15 
 10. CSU Sibiu 14-15 
 11. Pitesti 13-16 
 12. Giurgiu 11-18 
 13. Timba Timis. 8-21 
 14. Farul Const. 7-22 
 15. Miercurea Ciuc 3-26 
 16. Dinamo B. 1-28 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 28: Timisoara - Giurgiu 86-96
Mar. 29: Dinamo B. - CSM Bucuresti 81-92
Mar. 28: Oradea - U.Mobitel.CN 75-84
Mar. 28: Pitesti - Rovinari 75-78
Mar. 28: CSU Sibiu - Targu Mures 74-88
Mar. 28: Miercurea Ciuc - Farul Const. 56-65
Mar. 28: Ploiesti - Timba Timis. 107-85
Mar. 28: Gaz Metan - Craiova 101-66

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 2: Craiova - Oradea
Apr. 2: U.Mobitel.CN - Pitesti
Apr. 2: Rovinari - Dinamo B.
Apr. 2: CSM Bucuresti - CSU Sibiu
Apr. 2: Targu Mures - Miercurea Ciuc
Apr. 2: Farul Const. - Timisoara
Apr. 2: Giurgiu - Ploiesti
Apr. 2: Timba Timis. - Gaz Metan


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Louis DARBY
  Rovinari
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Darby, Rovinari21.2 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.20.4 
 3. Shepherd, CSM B.19.5 
 4. Petty, Giurgiu18.5 
 5. Wisseh, Rovinari18.4 
 6. Horton, Timba Timi.17.4 
 7. Barac, Pitesti17.3 
 8. Brown, Timba Timis.16.8 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.16.7 
 10. Dzambic, Craiova15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Lee, CSU Sibiu9.6 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.9.3 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova8.6 
 4. Steffel, Rovinari7.7 
 5. Johnson, Timisoara7.1 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti7.0 
 7. Darby, Rovinari7.0 
 8. Harvey, Giurgiu6.7 
 9. Carutasu, CSM B.6.7 
 10. Filip, Dinamo B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.7.3 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.6 
 3. Jovanovic, Timisoa.6.0 
 4. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.8 
 5. Cuic, Targu Mures5.6 
 6. Wisseh, Rovinari5.5 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 8. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.5 
 9. Gruev, CSU Sibiu4.5 
 10. Petty, Giurgiu4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.3.1 
 2. Petty, Giurgiu2.3 
 3. Jones, Pitesti2.0 
 4. Henifin, Miercure.1.9 
 5. Mandache, Gaz M.1.8 
 6. Barac, Pitesti1.7 
 7. Seals, Craiova1.7 
 8. Lilov, Gaz Metan1.7 
 9. Shepherd, CSM B.1.7 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ionut DRAGUSIN
  Craiova
  (221-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dragusin, Craiova2.1 
 2. Lee, CSU Sibiu1.6 
 3. Kickingstall., Tim.1.5 
 4. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 5. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.2 
 6. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 8. Kinloch, Pitesti1.0 
 9. Baciu, U.Mobite.0.9 
 10. Knutson, CSU Sib.0.9 


#1 Oradea is defeated by U-Mobitelco - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Division A. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Oradea (23-6) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked U-Mobitelco (19-10) 84-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Oradea. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Oradea won third quarter 29-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Bulgarian Hristo Nikolov (200-85) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Sean Barnette (198-86, college: Wingate) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard William Franklin (183-85, college: Bradley) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. U-Mobitelco moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Timisoara and Gaz Metan. Oradea at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. U-Mobitelco is looking forward to face Pitesti (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oradea will play against Craiova (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Medias supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Craiova (20-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Gaz Metan (19-10). Gaz Metan smashed Craiova 101-66. American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Aleksandar Mladenovic accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-80, college: NYIT, agency: TSS Management) came up with 16 points for Craiova in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaz Metan moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Timisoara and U.Mobitel.CN. Craiova at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Gaz Metan will play against Timba Timosoara (#13) in Timisoara in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Craiova will play at home against the league's leader Oradea (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Pitesti between Rovinari and Pitesti. Eleventh ranked Rovinari (14-15) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Pitesti (13-16). Rovinari managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Thursday evening. The best player for the winners was Louis Darby who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Donte Gennie produced 19 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Rovinari moved-up to ninth place, which they share with CSU Sibiu. Loser Pitesti dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Rovinari will meet at home bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pitesti will play against U-Mobitelco (#7) in Cluj and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Timisoara where higher ranked Timisoara (19-10) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Giurgiu (11-18) 96-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Timisoara. Perry Petty orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Giurgiu maintains twelfth place with 11-18 record. Timisoara at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Giurgiu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ploiesti (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Timisoara will play against Farul Const. in Constanca.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bucuresti: CSM Bucuresti (#8) and CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#16). CS Dinamo Bucuresti was defeated at home 81-92. Goran Martinic stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. CSM Bucuresti's coach Hristu Sapera used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSM Bucuresti maintains eighth place with 17-12 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. CSM Bucuresti will face CSU Sibiu (#10) at home in the next round. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Rovinari (#9).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Targu Mures won against CSU Sibiu on the opponent's court 88-74. Miercurea Ciuc unfortunately lost to Farul Const. in a home game 56-65. Timba Timis. was rolled over Ploiesti on the road 85-107.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Brian Fisher of Dinamo B..


Dinamo B. - CSM Bucuresti 81-92

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Bucuresti: CSM Bucuresti (#8) and CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#16). CS Dinamo Bucuresti was defeated at home 81-92. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. CSM Bucuresti dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to CS Dinamo Bucuresti's 36. They outrebounded CS Dinamo Bucuresti 45-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 assists for the winners and Canadian-Jamaican forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) chipped in 24 points. CSM Bucuresti's coach Hristu Sapera used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Brian Fisher (191-88, college: Winston Salem) responded with 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Vladimir Mihai (180-90) scored 13 points. CSM Bucuresti maintains eighth place with 17-12 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. CSM Bucuresti will face CSU Sibiu (#10) at home in the next round. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Rovinari (#9).
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: J.Shepherd 24+4reb+2ast, G.Martinic 23+3reb+5ast, I.Bosnjak 14+7reb+5ast, B.Morris 8+6reb+2ast, S.Sir 7+3ast, S.Santa 6+4reb
Dinamo B.: B.Fisher 36+6reb+5ast, V.Mihai 13+3reb+2ast, L.Filip 10+6reb+2ast, S.Dixon 7+1reb+9ast, V.Negut 7+4reb, A.Petica 5
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Oradea - U.Mobitel.CN 75-84

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Oradea (23-6) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked U-Mobitelco (19-10) 84-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Oradea. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Oradea won third quarter 29-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Bulgarian Hristo Nikolov (200-85) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Sean Barnette (198-86, college: Wingate) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard William Franklin (183-85, college: Bradley) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) scored 15 points. Five U-Mobitelco and four Oradea players scored in double figures. U-Mobitelco moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Timisoara and Gaz Metan. Oradea at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. U-Mobitelco is looking forward to face Pitesti (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oradea will play against Craiova (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: H.Nikolov 24+8reb+4ast, D.Djapa 15+3reb, M.Paul 14+3reb+2ast, S.Barnette 13+10reb+1ast, M.Silvasan 10+6reb+2ast, S.Ross 8+3reb+1ast
Oradea: W.Franklin 19+7reb+4ast, M.Pesic 15+1reb+2ast, Z.Comagic 11+6reb, D.Dillon 10+3reb, B.Tibirna 8+3reb, S.Topchov 7+3reb+1ast
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Pitesti - Rovinari 75-78

A very close game took place in Pitesti between Rovinari and Pitesti. Eleventh ranked Rovinari (14-15) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Pitesti (13-16). Rovinari managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Thursday evening. Pitesti was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Rovinari, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. American-Liberian guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 assists. American point guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia South, agency: TSS Management) produced 19 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-New Zealand forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rovinari moved-up to ninth place, which they share with CSU Sibiu. Loser Pitesti dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Rovinari will meet at home bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pitesti will play against U-Mobitelco (#7) in Cluj and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: L.Darby 19+13reb+3ast, J.Wisseh 17+4reb+11ast, S.Nikolic 16+2reb+2ast, D.Steffel 10+5reb+2ast, F.Lapuste 7+3reb, M.Janjusevic 5+2reb
Pitesti: D.Gennie 19+2reb+4ast, O.Calota 15+3reb, M.Jones 13+5reb+3ast, D.Kinloch 10+5reb+4ast, S.Bratic 9+4reb+2ast, D.Popescu 6+4reb+3ast
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CSU Sibiu - Targu Mures 74-88

Very expected game when 9th ranked CSU Sibiu (14-15) was defeated at home by second ranked Targu Mures (22-7) 88-74 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Targu Mures. CSU Sibiu was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Targu Mures dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to CSU Sibiu's 32. They outrebounded CSU Sibiu 35-22 including 20 on the defensive glass. Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Bulgarian guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 25 points and American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St., agency: Duran International) scored 16 points. Targu Mures have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-7 record behind leader Oradea, which they share with Ploiesti. Loser CSU Sibiu keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Targu Mures will face Miercurea Ciuc (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CSU Sibiu will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: M.Ceskovic 19+1reb+2ast, A.Ciric 18+6reb, B.Cuic 15+7reb+2ast, V.Peciukas 11+2reb+2ast, O.Barro 11+13reb+2ast, L.Dumitru 9+3reb+2ast
CSU Sibiu: A.Gruev 25+2reb+3ast, C.Lee 16+2reb+1ast, M.Griskenas 10+3reb, D.Austin 9+7reb+1ast, I.Jenkins 9+2reb+6ast, C.Craciun 5+5reb
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Miercurea Ciuc - Farul Const. 56-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourteenth ranked Farul Const.'s (7-22) road victory over 15th ranked Miercurea Ciuc (3-26) 65-56 on Thursday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 18-7. But Miercurea Ciuc won third quarter 25-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Farul Const. dominated on the defensive end, holding Miercurea Ciuc to just 7 points in first quarter. Serbian guard Nenad Tomasevic (192-84) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and Spanish forward Angel Santana (198-77, college: St.Francis, NY) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Croatian power forward Marijo Hajdic (206-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian forward Franko Filipovic (203-87) scored 19 points. Newly promoted Farul Const. maintains fourteenth place with 7-22 record. Miercurea Ciuc lost fifteenth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 26 games lost. Farul Const. will face higher ranked Timisoara (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Miercurea Ciuc will play against the league's second-placed Targu Mures (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Farul Const.: N.Tomasevic 16+1reb+1ast, N.Markovic 11, A.Santana 10+7reb, D.Petronic 9+3reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 9+6reb+2ast, B.Grubisic 4+5reb
Miercurea Ciuc: F.Filipovic 19+4reb+3ast, M.Hajdic 16+10reb+1ast, S.Avalic 7+2reb+1ast, I.Harris 5+1reb, F.Bubalo 5+3ast, V.Corpodean 2+8reb+1ast
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Ploiesti - Timba Timis. 107-85

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Timba Timosoara (8-21) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Ploiesti (22-7) 107-85 on Thursday. The game without a history. Ploiesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ploiesti forced 22 Timba Timosoara turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Timba Timosoara's players. Serbian guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 assists for the winners and Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Five Ploiesti and four Timba Timosoara players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ploiesti have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Targu Mures. Newly promoted Timba Timosoara keeps the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Ploiesti will face Giurgiu (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Timba Timosoara will play against Gaz Metan in Medias.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: I.Timermanis 22+2reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 18+7reb+2ast, A.Vlahovic 16+1reb+14ast, V.Tica 15+5reb+1ast, P.Miletic 14+3reb+4ast, C.Burlacu 9+7reb+2ast
Timba Timis.: D.Brown 24+6reb+7ast, J.Glynn 15+15reb+1ast, R.Huckaby 14+4reb+1ast, C.Kickingstallionsims 14+6reb+1ast, J.Horton 6+3reb+1ast, F.Popa 6+1reb+1ast
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Gaz Metan - Craiova 101-66

The game in Medias supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Craiova (20-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Gaz Metan (19-10). Gaz Metan smashed Craiova 101-66. The game without a history. Gaz Metan 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 Craiova's 32. Gaz Metan forced 22 Craiova turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-80, college: NYIT, agency: TSS Management) came up with 16 points and the former international center Ionut Dragusin (221-85) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Craiova in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaz Metan moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Timisoara and U.Mobitel.CN. Craiova at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Gaz Metan will play against Timba Timosoara (#13) in Timisoara in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Craiova will play at home against the league's leader Oradea (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 18+5reb+3ast, Z.Krstanovic 14+6reb+1ast, A.Mladenovic 14+7reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 10+3reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 10+2reb, A.Mandache 9+1reb+3ast
Craiova: R.Dzambic 16, I.Miskovic 9+4reb, I.Dragusin 8+5reb, B.Kabengele-Kalala 7+1reb+2ast, D.Habus 7+3reb, L.Seals 7+4reb+1ast
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Timisoara - Giurgiu 86-96

An interesting game took place in Timisoara where higher ranked Timisoara (19-10) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Giurgiu (11-18) 96-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Timisoara. 27 personal fouls committed by Timisoara helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTPA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Brian Burrell (192-84, college: UTPA) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American power forward Delvon Johnson (206-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Timisoara. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giurgiu maintains twelfth place with 11-18 record. Timisoara at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Giurgiu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ploiesti (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Timisoara will play against Farul Const. in Constanca.
Top scorers:
Giurgiu: P.Petty 40+6reb+9ast, B.Burrell 21+4reb, C.Nicolae 12+3reb+1ast, C.Ware 12+5reb+4ast, C.Vlaicu 8+10reb, D.Bivolaru 3+1reb
Timisoara: R.Sarovic 18+5reb, Z.Jovanovic 18+3ast, B.Popescu 16+8reb+2ast, D.Johnson 12+13reb, D.Archie 8+5reb+8ast, D.Downey 7+4reb+6ast
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Petty number one in Romania for round 29 - by Eurobasket News

American guard Perry Petty (185-G-88) had a great game in the last round for Giurgiu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (40 points, six rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Timisoara (#6, 19-10) 96-86. Giurgiu maintains the 12th position in Romanian Division A. Giurgiu is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-18 record. In the team's last game Petty had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Giurgiu's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Texas-Pan American star has very solid stats this year. Petty is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.5ppg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 54.8% FGP. Worth to mention Petty played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Brian Fisher (191-G-88) of Dinamo B.. Fisher had a very good evening with 36 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Dinamo B. lost that game 81-92 to the higher-ranked CSM Bucuresti (#8, 17-12). Dinamo B. are still at the very bottom. 28 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Dinamo B. managed to get this year. Fisher is one of the most experienced players at Dinamo B. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) of Ploiesti (#3). Vlahovic scored 16 points and passed fourteen assists (!!!). He was a key player of Ploiesti, leading his team to a 107-85 easy win against the lower-ranked Timba Timis. (#13, 8-21). Ploiesti needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 7 lost games. Vlahovic has a great season in Romania. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.8apg (4th best). He also has FGP: 51.5% and 3PT: 43.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Louis Darby (196-G-84) of Rovinari - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jordan Glynn (200-F-89) of Timba Timis. - 15 points and 15 rebounds
6. Goran Martinic (183-PG-87) of CSM Bucuresti - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) of CSM Bucuresti - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) of Miercurea Ciuc - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81) of Ploiesti - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jaytornah Wisseh (185-G-88) of Rovinari - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists

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



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Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 14-2 
 2. Khimky 9-4 
 3. Spartak SP 8-6 
 4. Lokomotiv 7-6 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 6-6 
 6. N.Novgorod 6-9 
 7. Spartak-Prim. 5-7 
 8. Unics 5-7 
 9. Triumph 5-8 
 10. Enisey 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 29: Spartak-Prim. - Krasnie Krilya 84-72
Mar. 25: Khimky - Krasnie Krilya 82-81
Mar. 24: Triumph - CSKA 62-82

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 1: Spartak SP - Triumph
Apr. 1: Spartak-Prim. - Lokomotiv
Apr. 1: Unics - Enisey
Apr. 2: N.Novgorod - Krasnie Krilya


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Karasev, Triumph18.1 
 2. Fridzon, Khimky16.9 
 3. Simmons, Krasnie16.1 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.15.7 
 5. Gillenwater, Spart.15.2 
 6. Kaimakoglou, Unics14.6 
 7. Eidson, Unics14.3 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.13.9 
 9. Teodosic, CSKA13.2 
 10. Krstic, CSKA13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Khryapa, CSKA7.5 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv6.9 
 3. Landry, Triumph6.7 
 4. Gillenwater, Spart.6.7 
 5. Thompson, N.Nov.6.6 
 6. Smith, Krasnie Kri.6.4 
 7. Monya, Khimky5.9 
 8. Panin, N.Novgorod5.8 
 9. Kaimakoglou, Unics5.7 
 10. Vorontsevich, CS.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.3 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.0 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 4. McKee, Triumph4.8 
 5. Calathes, Lokom.4.1 
 6. Eidson, Unics4.0 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA4.0 
 8. Dowdell, Enisey4.0 
 9. Delaney, Spartak-.3.9 
 10. Kalnietis, Lokomo.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.3 
 2. McKee, Triumph2.2 
 3. Surovtsev, Sparta.2.1 
 4. Thompson, N.Nov.2.0 
 5. Kaimakoglou, Unics1.9 
 6. Landry, Triumph1.7 
 7. Eidson, Unics1.6 
 8. Maric, Lokomotiv1.5 
 9. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem ZABELIN
  Spartak-.
  (215-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zabelin, Spartak-.1.5 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.4 
 3. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 4. Balashov, Krasni.0.9 
 5. Vougioukas, Unics0.8 
 6. Lazarev, Triumph0.8 
 7. Thompson, N.Nov.0.7 
 8. Rizvic, Enisey0.6 
 9. Mavrokefalid., Spa.0.6 
 10. Kaimakoglou, Unics0.6 


EuroLeague: Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its chances to reach the playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - Caja Laboral 82:86

Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its chances to reach the playoffs in EuroLeague. The Spanish team beat Khimky 86:82 and tied both records at 7-6.
Caja Laboral Vitoria won the first period 22-19 and led three points at the halftime. The Spanish team pushed the tempo for good in the third quarter and improved to 8 points after a 22-17 rally. Khimky tried hard to recover in the last stanza and managed to reduce at the end. Fridzon and Davis brought Khimki back in the game, 78:81, while James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) delivered 12 each, while K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) cut it to 80:81 Khimki deficit. Nocioni and later San Emeterio's free throws allowed Vitoria to seal a good-as-gold road win.
Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) added 21. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) delivered 13, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) posted 10. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) notched 13. James Augustine and Petteri Koponen delivered 12 each, while K.C. Rivers had 10.

Khimky: Paul Davis 15, Sergey Monya 13, James Augustine 12, Petteri Koponen 12, K.C. Rivers 10
Caja Laboral: Andres Nocioni 24, Maciej Lampe 21, Nemanja Bjelica 13, Fernando San Emeterio 10



PBL Round 20: Khimky defeats Krasnie Krilya in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 20 in the PBL took place in Khimki. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-6) to second ranked Khimky (9-4) 82-81 on Monday evening. Khimky looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and international Sergey Monya (202-83) who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. American point guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Khimky maintains second position with 9-4 record having eight points less than leader CSKA. Krasnie Krilya lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Khimky will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
PBL top team - CSKA Moscow (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (5-8) in Lubertsy 82-62. The winners were led by American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who scored that evening 17 points and Nenad Krstic supported him with 12 points. Even 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) did not help to save the game for Triumph Lyubertsy. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. CSKA Moscow will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Triumph Lyubertsy will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Vladivostok where higher ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-6) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Spartak-Prim. (5-7) 84-72 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Paul Delaney who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Andre Smith produced 13 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spartak-Prim. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Unics. Krasnie Krilya lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Spartak-Prim. will meet at home higher ranked Lokomotiv (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Krasnie Krilya will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Spartak-Prim. - Krasnie Krilya 84-72

An interesting game took place in Vladivostok where higher ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-6) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Spartak-Prim. (5-7) 84-72 on Friday. Spartak-Prim. made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Nigerian Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 20 points. Four Spartak-Prim. players scored in double figures. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) added 7 points and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spartak-Prim. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Unics. Krasnie Krilya lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Spartak-Prim. will meet at home higher ranked Lokomotiv (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Krasnie Krilya will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: C.Oguchi 20+1reb+3ast, T.Gillenwater 18+6reb, P.Delaney 17+7reb+2ast, K.Nesterov 14+6reb, M.Kolyushkin 6+7reb+1ast, A.Surovtsev 5+2reb+3ast
Krasnie Krilya: C.Simmons 14+2reb, A.Smith 13+5reb+2ast, E.Kolesnikov 13+2reb, D.Kulagin 11+2reb, A.Miles 7+4reb+9ast, N.Balashov 7+8reb
gschID: 200817


Khimky - Krasnie Krilya 82-81

The most exciting game of round 20 in the PBL took place in Khimki. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-6) to second ranked Khimky (9-4) 82-81 on Monday evening. Khimky looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and international Sergey Monya (202-83) who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. American point guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Krasnie Krilya's coach Sergey Bazarevich tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Khimky maintains second position with 9-4 record having eight points less than leader CSKA. Krasnie Krilya lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Khimky will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimky: P.Koponen 16+4reb+1ast, K.Loncar 16+7reb+2ast, S.Monya 14+3reb+5ast, E.Vyaltsev 13+1reb+5ast, V.Fridzon 13+2reb+2ast, Z.Planinic 8+2reb+3ast
Krasnie Krilya: C.Simmons 17+5reb+4ast, A.Smith 15+11reb+2ast, A.Miles 13+7reb+10ast, E.Kolesnikov 12+3reb+1ast, N.Balashov 12+4reb, A.Pushkov 4+1reb
gschID: 200816


Triumph - CSKA 62-82

PBL top team - CSKA Moscow (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (5-8) in Lubertsy 82-62. They outrebounded Triumph Lyubertsy 36-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. Triumph Lyubertsy was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who scored that evening 17 points and Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) supported him with 12 points. Even 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) did not help to save the game for Triumph Lyubertsy. Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-2 record. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. CSKA Moscow will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Triumph Lyubertsy will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CSKA: S.Weems 17+3reb+1ast, M.Teodosic 12+2ast, N.Krstic 12+2reb+1ast, V.Micov 9+2reb, S.Kaun 9+2reb, Z.Erceg 6
Triumph: T.McKee 13+4reb+5ast, S.Karasev 11+2reb, Y.Naimy 11+2reb+4ast, K.Landry 10+7reb+1ast, A.Vikhrov 8+2ast, I.Lazarev 7+4reb
gschID: 200815



Loncar number one in Russia for round 20 - by Eurobasket News

Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Khimky, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (16 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Krasnie Krilya (#5, 6-6) 82-81. Khimky maintains the 2nd position in Russian PBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Khimky will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. Loncar has many years of experience at Khimky, through which he has constantly improved. Kresimir Loncar averages this season 7.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Aaron Miles (186-PG-83) of Krasnie Krilya. Miles had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Krasnie Krilya was edged by the higher-ranked Khimky (#2, 9-4) 82-81. Krasnie Krilya managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Miles is well-known at Krasnie Krilya and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Krasnie Krilya's star - American forward Andre Smith (203-F-85). Smith scored 15 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Smith's great performance Krasnie Krilya lost 81-82 to the higher-ranked Khimky (#2, 9-4). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Krasnie Krilya needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Smith has a great season in Russia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Paul Delaney (188-PG-86) of Spartak-Prim. - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) of Khimky - 16 points and 4 rebounds
8. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) of Khimky - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Egor Vyaltsev (192-PG-85) of Khimky - 13 points and 5 assists
10. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) of Krasnie Krilya - 13 points and 2 rebounds

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



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Rwanda goes NBA-style with All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Espoir (green) beat APR (white and black) in Game Three of the playoff final 78-68 at Amahoro indoor stadium to complete a 3-0 whitewash. The New Times / P. Muzogeye.After the successful conclusion of the regular and playoff season, the Rwanda Basketball Federation has come up with the American NBA-style All-star game scheduled for this weekend at the Amahoro indoor stadium court.
According to the federation Secretary General Richard Mutabazi, 24 best performing players from the just-concluded season will be selected from nine registered clubs to form the two teams. The game will be a curtain-raiser for Game Three of the womens playoff final between APR and Ubumwe.
Each of the two opposing teams for the All-star game will be made up of 12 best players with one side coached by Espoirs Jean Bahufite and the other by APRs Cliff Owour.
Bahufite led Espoir to the league and playoff titles with an unbeaten record, while Espoir whitewashed APR 3-0 in the best-of-five playoff final series.
We dont want players to sit idle for a long period, thats why we came up with this idea to keep them busy after the league,, Mutabazi told Times Sport on Tuesday.
The officials also noted that the federation plans to come up with more competitions to keep the players busy throughout the season, since the national league runs for only four months.
Mutabazi explained the idea of the All-star game, saying that, much as it is for keeping the players busy it was also to attract more fans at the stadium for ladies Game Three of the playoff final as a way of promoting the womens game.
However, there will be no trophies for the All-star game, since there are no sponsors on board, according to the federation.
There are no sponsors for this event, therefore the way to go about it is to give to individual players and coaches an envelope for their participation, Mutabazi reveale
APR lead the series 2-0 after beating Ubumwe 54-41 and 58-47 in Game One, and Two, respectively a fortnight
Meanwhile, the basketball federation awarded individuals, who played a tremendous role in the 2012/2013 season. These included; team president of the year award to Venuste Nsabimana of league debutants 30 plus.

irene.nayebare@newtimes.co.rw

Referee of the year: Jean Sauveur Ruhumuliza, Coach of the year: Alexandre Ahishakiye (RAPP), Journalist of the year: Peter Kamasa (The New Times), Fan of the year: Francois Habiyakare and Volunteer of the year: Mohammed Tuyisenge.
Young player of the year Espoir Placide UWITONZE, born in 1995, while Best scorer player was Mike Buzangu from KBC, and the Most Valuable Player was Aristide Mugabe (Espoir).
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Rocks toil in Sheffield - by Eurobasket News

One Health Sharks Sheffield 62 (18,28,37) (Holmes 20, Demetrius Jemison (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan) 12, Tuck 11)
Glasgow Rocks 52 (11,28,40) (Robinson 14, Fantazia/Harrison 8)

An impressive final quarter from the One Health Sharks Sheffield saw them pick up an impressive 62-52 victory over the Glasgow Rocks in a low scoring affair at the EIS, Sheffield on Tuesday evening.

The home side exploded out of the blocks and opened the game up with an 11-2 burst to take an early lead with four minutes left in the opening quarter. The Rocks managed to stem the flow of points as the period drew to a close and closed the gap slightly by the end as they trailed by seven points at 18-11 at the end of the stanza.

In the second period, the Rocks enjoyed a reversal of fortunes as they opened with a 12-2 tear of their own and took the lead at 20-23 midway through the quarter. The Sharks got themselves back in front shortly afterwards as a Colin Sing (195-SG-89) basket gave them a 28-26 lead with just under two minutes remaining in the half, but a pair of EJ Harrison (186-PG-76, college: Connecticut) free-throws tied the game up and sent the teams into the locker rooms with them locked together at 28-28 at the half.

In the second half, both sides traded baskets throughout much of the third quarter and the lead changed hands on a number of occasions, but it was the visitors who held the advantage as a Brice Fantazia basket with seven seconds remaining in the third period saw the Rocks take a 37-40 lead into the final stanza.

In the final period, a Harrison basket midway through the quarter sent the Rocks out to a 42-48 lead with 5:39 left in the contest. This only served to spur the Sharks on as a BJ Holmes three-pointer sparked the Sharks into life as they rattled off a 12-1 burst to take the lead at 54-49 with 1:44 remaining.

A Fantazia three-pointer immediately bought the visitors back to within two points at 54-52, but that was as close as they would get down the stretch as the Sharks bagged the final eight points of the contest to pick up the all-important victory.

A game-high 20 points from Holmes was the leading mark for the Sharks, while Donald Robinson led the Rocks with 14 points personal.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
Superliga
 1. Vojvodina 1-0 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 3. Konstantin 0-0 
 4. Mega Vizura 0-0 
 5. Partizan 0-0 
 6. Radnicki KG 0-0 
 7. Sloboda Uzice 0-0 
 8. Metalac 0-1 
Places 9-17
 1. Vrsac 14-12 
 2. Radnicki Basket 14-12 
 3. Borac 13-13 
 4. OKK Beograd 12-14 
 5. Tamis 11-15 
 6. Smederevo 10-16 
 7. Sloga 9-17 
 8. BKK Radnicki 8-18 
 9. Jagodina 5-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 29: Vojvodina - Metalac 81-77
Mar. 30: Sloboda Uzice - Crvena Zvezda
Mar. 30: Partizan - Mega Vizura
Mar. 30: Konstantin - Radnicki KG


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Popovic, Sloga18.6 
 2. Sljivancanin, Borac18.2 
 3. Sibalic, Smederevo17.3 
 4. Marjanovic, Mega V.17.2 
 5. Bakic, Metalac16.6 
 6. Radovic, Vrsac15.5 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina15.3 
 8. Popadic, Smederevo15.0 
 9. Nesovic, OKK B.13.8 
 10. Kljajevic, Jagodi.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Mega V.
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Marjanovic, Mega V.12.3 
 2. Radovic, Vrsac8.7 
 3. Knezevic, OKK B.6.9 
 4. Radenkovic, Smede.6.8 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda6.6 
 6. Kljajevic, Jagodina6.4 
 7. Zekovic, Vojvodina6.1 
 8. Todorovic, Borac5.8 
 9. Marelja, Sloga5.8 
 10. Miceta, Tamis5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Popovic, Sloga8.1 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis5.9 
 3. Sljivancanin, Borac4.7 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura4.6 
 5. Malidzan, OKK B.4.5 
 6. Nesovic, OKK B.4.2 
 7. Milosevic, Vrsac4.0 
 8. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 9. Vasic, Sloboda Uzi.3.6 
 10. Velickovic, Konst.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Vojvodina
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.4 
 2. Knezevic, OKK B.2.3 
 3. Nesovic, OKK B.2.1 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki1.8 
 5. Boltic, BKK R.1.8 
 6. Zivanovic, Metalac1.7 
 7. Vasic, Sloboda Uzi.1.7 
 8. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.6 
 9. Todorovic, Borac1.6 
 10. Seferovic, Jagodi.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim STURANOVIC
  Radnic.
  (209-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sturanovic, Radnic.1.5 
 2. Marjanovic, Mega V.1.5 
 3. Filipovic, Jagodina1.3 
 4. Radovic, Vrsac1.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.9 
 6. Maravic, Vrsac0.7 
 7. Radenkovic, Smede.0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Metalac0.7 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.7 
 10. Bezbradica, BKK R.0.7 


Darko Cohadarevic signed in New Zealand! - by Nenad Ilijev

Darko Cohadarevic (206-F-86, college: Texas Tech) is a new player of HBS Bank Hawks and he is on his way to city of Napier at this moment. Cohadarevic will be one of key players for his new team that will be a title contender in National Basketball League 2013 season. Darko Cohadarevic is a former Texas Tech student that started playing professionaly in 2010. He has experience of playing in Adriatic League and top leagues of Greece and Georgia. First part of this season Darko spent with Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cyprus.
We should highlight that Darko Cohadarevic becomes first Serbian player ever in the Hawks history and only second Serbian that will play professionally in New Zealand in basketball history of this beautiful island country. The first one was coach Nenad Vucinic who came to NZ in 1997 and started successful coaching career.
Darko Cohadarevic will be working under supervision of his new head coach Tab Baldwin. Tab is a worldwide famous head coach with a lot of international experience and the most victorious coach in the history of the New Zealand NBL. Tab Baldwin also made 2002 FIBA World Championships semi-finals with New Zealand National Team.



Vojvodina Srbijagas with winning open Serbian Super league - by Igor Obradovic

In the first round of the Superleague, Vojvodina Srbijagas Novi Sad was better than the Metalac with result 81:77 (25:23, 24:14, 12:23, 20:17).

We saw a lot of interesting game, with lots of twists and series. Vojvodina Srbijagas Novi Sad was able to go to +12 at halftime but Vujic Metalac Valjevo express back in the third part, which is played great and win this quarter with 12:23. However, in the last quarter players from Novi Sad was calmer and so entered his first victory in the Super League.

Team statistic :

Vojvodina Srbijagas Novi Sad : FT 17/25, 2P 20/40, 3P 8/22, 28 RBD (23d, 5o), 13 TO, 14 AST, Index 72
Vujic Metalac Valjevo : FT 20/28, 2P 21/39, 3P 5/20, 33RBD (25d, 8o), 13 TO, 12 AST, Index 87

Player statistic :

Vojvodina Srbijagas Novi Sad : Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) 17pts, 8rbd, 4ast, Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) 18pts, 2rbd, 2ast, Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89) 14pts
Vujic Metalac Valjevo : Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88) 17pts, 7rbd, 2ast, Dragan Kruscic (198-F/G-86) 14pts, 3rbd, 1ast, Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) 10pts, 8rbd



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EuroLeague: Barcelona with victory in Siena - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena - Barcelona 69:77

Barcelona Regal stole a road win over Montepaschi Siena in the 13th round of EuroLeague Top 16. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) came up with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Barcelona entered the game without their key trio of Navarro, Tomic and Mickael. Montepaschi capitalized early in the game taking a 25:23 lead at the first break. Barcelona reacted with more aggressive defence in the second quarter. The Spaniards held Siena to 15 points in the period and ensured a 45:40 halftime lead. Barcelona stretched their advantage in the third quarter. They opened a 10-point lead at the final intermission 65:55. Kangur helped Siena revive the intrigue in the fourth frame. The Estonian dragged Montepaschi within three points 69:72. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) came up with a key bucket and then Nathan Nathan Jawai pulled down several rebounds to seal the deal for the visitors. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) connected for 20 points, while Marcelinho Huertas provided 14 points and 6 assists in the win. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 15 points for Montepaschi Siena. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 12 points in the losing case.

Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 15, David Moss 12
Barcelona: Nathan Jawai 22+12 boards, Joe Ingles 20, Marcelinho Huertas 14



EuroLeague: Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its chances to reach the playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - Caja Laboral 82:86

Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its chances to reach the playoffs in EuroLeague. The Spanish team beat Khimky 86:82 and tied both records at 7-6.
Caja Laboral Vitoria won the first period 22-19 and led three points at the halftime. The Spanish team pushed the tempo for good in the third quarter and improved to 8 points after a 22-17 rally. Khimky tried hard to recover in the last stanza and managed to reduce at the end. Fridzon and Davis brought Khimki back in the game, 78:81, while James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) delivered 12 each, while K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) cut it to 80:81 Khimki deficit. Nocioni and later San Emeterio's free throws allowed Vitoria to seal a good-as-gold road win.
Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) added 21. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) delivered 13, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) posted 10. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) notched 13. James Augustine and Petteri Koponen delivered 12 each, while K.C. Rivers had 10.

Khimky: Paul Davis 15, Sergey Monya 13, James Augustine 12, Petteri Koponen 12, K.C. Rivers 10
Caja Laboral: Andres Nocioni 24, Maciej Lampe 21, Nemanja Bjelica 13, Fernando San Emeterio 10



Randolph, Gasol lead Grizzlies by Rockets, 103-94 - by Eurobasket News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with a 103-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

Randolph added 12 rebounds, Tony Allen scored 16 points, connecting on 8 of 12 shots, and Mike Conley finished with 15 points and 10 assists. Reserve Jerryd Bayless added 14 points and Tayshaun Prince finished with 10.

Allen also had a strong defensive effort in limiting Rockets' star James Harden, who came into the game fifth in the league in scoring with a 26.2 average, to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Chandler Parsons and Donatas Motiejunas led the Rockets with 16 points apiece, despite not playing in the fourth quarter as Houston coach Kevin McHale used his reserves to try to put more pressure on the Grizzlies defensively. Carlos Delfino had 15 points for Houston, while James Anderson had 10.

The victory came after Memphis had lost two straight on the road, at Washington and New York. The Grizzlies now have won 11 straight at home.

Houston dropped its second straight game.

Marc Gasol and Randolph led an inside dominance for Memphis as the Grizzlies held a 56-46 advantage in the paint and outrebounded the Rockets 42-35.

Memphis opened the second half with a 19-10 rally to stretch its 61-53 halftime lead to 80-63, its biggest of the game. Memphis turned up the defense from the start of the half after Allen got a steal on the Rockets' opening possession and broke free for a dunk, and the first double-digit lead of the game.

Marc Gasol had eight points in the quarter as Memphis outscored Houston 23-16 in taking an 84-69 advantage into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, it was the Rockets' reserves who were applying the defensive pressure, leading to an 8-2 rally, fueled by four Memphis turnovers. That cut Houston's deficit to single-digits. Anderson and Delfino both had four points in the push.

Memphis immediately answered, extending the lead as Randolph began working inside, scoring six straight points as the Grizzlies regained the momentum.

Memphis maintained the double-digit advantage until Anderson's jumper in the closing seconds provided the final score.

Both teams shot well early. Memphis was at 60 percent after the first quarter, while the Rockets were at 55 percent, including connecting on 5 of 8 outside the arc.

Those trends continued through the half as Memphis shot 62 percent to take a 61-53 lead into intermission.

The Rockets dropped a bit on field goal percentage, but still connected on 7 of 16 from long range.

Randolph, who has struggled offensively recently, already had 15 points, matched by 15 from Parsons.

Memphis would end the night shooting 51 percent, while Houston connected on 42 percent.

NOTES: Friday's game at Memphis was the Rockets' only road trip in a 10-game stretch. Houston finished 5-2 in its previous seven games, all at home. The Rockets play their next two back at the Toyota Center against the Clippers and the Magic. . The Rockets have lost five straight in Memphis. . Memphis entered the game having given up an average of 107 points in its last three games.

Courtesy of: http://www.islandpacket.com



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Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Usak 21-8 
 2. Trabzonspor 20-9 
 3. Yesilgiresun 20-9 
 4. Maliye Milli 20-10 
 5. Selcuk Univ. 19-10 
 6. Akhisar Bld 18-11 
 7. Darussafaka 18-11 
 8. Vestel 17-12 
 9. Balikesir 17-12 
 10. Bandirma Kir. 15-14 
 11. Istanbul B.B. 13-16 
 12. Final Genclik 12-17 
 13. Pi Koleji 12-17 
 14. Gelisim 12-18 
 15. Baskent Genclik 11-18 
 16. Pertevniyal 10-19 
 17. Istanbulspor 4-25 
 18. Izmir BSB 3-26 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 29: Gelisim - Maliye Milli 70-77
Mar. 30: Pi Koleji - Final Genclik
Mar. 30: Pertevniyal - Izmir BSB
Mar. 30: Balikesir - Vestel
Mar. 30: Selcuk Univ. - Istanbul B.B.
Mar. 30: Istanbulspor - Darussafaka
Mar. 30: Akhisar Bld - Bandirma Kir.
Mar. 30: Yesilgiresun - Trabzonspor
Mar. 31: Usak - Baskent Genclik


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.24.4 
 2. Reese, Baskent21.6 
 3. Carter, Usak20.3 
 4. Lowery, Balikesir18.4 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld18.4 
 6. Hall, Darussafaka17.7 
 7. Knox, Vestel17.7 
 8. Sykes, Bandirma.17.0 
 9. Waller, Vestel16.8 
 10. Brown, Bandirma.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Wesson, Baskent12.7 
 2. Bristol, Istanbuls.12.2 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.5 
 4. Moses, Final Gencl.10.4 
 5. Sykes, Bandirma.9.5 
 6. Miller, Istanbul.9.2 
 7. Pasco, Balikesir9.1 
 8. Ofoegbu, Yesilgire.8.9 
 9. Brown, Pertevniyal8.7 
 10. Johnson, Istanbu.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.5 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor5.8 
 3. Hall, Darussafaka4.9 
 4. Porrini, Gelisim4.7 
 5. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.4.6 
 6. Williams, Maliye M.4.3 
 7. Gen, Yesilgiresun4.0 
 8. Carter, Usak3.8 
 9. Lowery, Balikesir3.7 
 10. Kan, Baskent3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.8 
 2. Reed, Pertevniyal2.0 
 3. Brown, Bandirma.2.0 
 4. Waller, Vestel1.9 
 5. Carter, Usak1.8 
 6. Gordon, Yesilgires.1.8 
 7. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.7 
 8. Hot, Balikesir1.6 
 9. Turna, Bandirma.1.6 
 10. Lowery, Balikesir1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric BUCKNER
  Usak
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Buckner, Usak2.0 
 2. Sykes, Bandirma.1.7 
 3. Bristol, Istanbuls.1.6 
 4. Johnson, Istanbul.1.3 
 5. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 6. Wesson, Baskent1.1 
 7. Morrow, Akhisar1.0 
 8. Carter, Usak1.0 
 9. Carter, Final Genc.0.9 
 10. Ofoegbu, Yesilgir.0.9 


EuroLeague: Olympiacos edge Fenerbahce in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 73:78

Olympiacos claimed a road win in Istanbul tonight. The Reds outgunned Fenerbahce to improve at 8-5 record in Top 16 Group F. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) delivered 16 points to lead the winners.
Olympiacos strongly entered the game. They held Fenerbahce to 13 points in the opening quarter to gain a 6-point lead. Fenerbahce however turned things their way in the second frame. The hosts erased the deficit and eked out a 44:43 halftime lead. But Olympiacos bounced back in the third term. The Hellenes regained the lead and rallied to a 56:53 advantage at the final intermission. Omer Onan (194-G-78) helped Fenerbahce to surge in front 64:58 midway through the fourth frame. Oguz Savas made it 69:61 for the home team but Olympiacos answered with a 13:0 run to pull ahead. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) came up with several key points in the final seconds to seal the win for the visitors. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and issued 7 assists, while Georgios Printezis added 12 points for the winners. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans), Omer Onan and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) had 12 points each in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Bo McCalebb 12, Omer Onan 12, Romain Sato 12
Olympiacos: Kostas Papanikolaou 16, Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Georgios Printezis 12



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Team Koma dares Malinga in FNL Grand Finale - by Eurobasket News

Action between Team Malinga (red) and Team Enabu during the preliminary round. Team Malinga have a chance to win their maiden title. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA The third season of the thrilling Friday Night Lights (FNL)basketball tournament concludes tonight with an intriguing final between journalists and celebrities.
The fun game is the first match of the FNL finals, which will little doubt arouse excitement. Musicians Cindy, Navio, JB, The Mith, Baboon Forest, Miss Uganda Phiona Bizzu, comedian Salvador, Helen and Sheeba among others are some of the celebrities lining up against the paparazzi.
Last season the celebrities managed saw off the paparazzi, sidestepping them 56-19. But Team Media have vowed to smash their opponents in entertaining style to bag the Shs500,000 cash prize up for grabs for the winner. Team Media will be represented by various stars from the Monitor Publications Limited, Vision Group, the Observer, NTV and the Red Pepper.

Title decider
In other games, Team Malinga return to the FNL stage to face unbeaten Team Koma in a title decider while team Blick take on Team Ikong in third place decider. This will be Team Malingas first appearance in the FNL finals since the fan-filled event kicked off two years ago. This is the moment we have been anxiously waiting for, Henry Malinga told Daily Monitor ahead of tonights clash.
We believe we are set because we managed to knock out the two time champions, Team Ikong last week.
Team Koma, who are still unbeaten, reached the FNL finals in 2011 but team Ikong denied them a chance to get the much coveted title.
We will be more proactive now that we know what the environment is like. We are not looking forward to lose after coming all the way unbeaten, said MVP Ben Komakech, also the captain of Team Koma.
Meanwhile, the KCB blind shot challenge is still up for grabs with Shs8m staked for the lucky contestant.



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 28-10 
 2. Ferro-ZNTU 25-14 
 3. Azovmash 25-14 
 4. Halychyna 24-15 
 5. Khimik